30 Nov 2016
November 30, 2016

Christmas Movie Fun For The Whole Family

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What a fun idea if your family enjoys Christmas movies but argues over which one to play. Wrap them all up and have someone choose a movie to watch. Eventually everyone will get to watch their favorite.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: It’s so awkward when you say good bye to loved ones on the phone and you’re like “I love you.” and they’re like “Thank you for choosing Domino’s.”

HAPPY NOVEMBER 30 BIRTHDAY TO:  Ben Stiller 51, Kaley Cuoco 31, Billy Idol 61, Ryan Murphy 51, Bo Jackson 54, Mandy Patinkin 64, Elisha Cuthbert 34, Clay Aiken 38, Robert Guillaume 89, Colin Mochrie 59, Ridley Scott 79, Efrem Zimbilist Jr. (1918-2014), Dick Clark (1929-2012), Mark Twain (1835-1910), Richard Crenna (1926-2003), Mindy McCready (1975-2013), and Winston Churchill (1864-1965).

29 Nov 2016
November 29, 2016

Window Box Christmas Decor – DIY

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Would you like a super easy way to brighten up the exterior of your home for Christmas without costing a lot of money? If you have a window box and want to cover up the plain old dirt left over from summer, this display sets up in a very short time with very little work. Large ornaments can be purchased at almost any large retail chain or home reno store. The greenery can be real or artificial. Secure the greenery in the dirt with clothes hangers snipped into a ‘U’ shape.The ornaments can be strung together with fishing line and secured into the dirt the same way as the greenery. For an extra bit of sparkle add Christmas lights. This display looks particularly nice in the daylight.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: I wonder which mistake I am going to try to learn from today.

THIS DAY IN ENTERTAINMENT: 1972 – The Atari company announces the release of its first video game PONG.

HAPPY NOVEMBER 29 BIRTHDAY TO: Howie Mandel 61, Diane Ladd 81, Andrew McCarthy 54, Brian Baumgartner 44, Tom Sizemore 55, Janina Gavankar 36, Diego Boneta 26, Chuck Mangione 76, Garry Shandling 67, and Jonathan Knight 48.

28 Nov 2016
November 28, 2016

How To Remove Permanent Marker From Everything (Almost)

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Try these few tricks to remove (or at least dull) Sharpie marks from almost anything. For Clothes: use hand sanitizer, for Walls: use toothpaste or hairspray, for Wood: use rubbing alcohol, for Carpets use: white vinegar and for Dry Erase Boards: use dry erase marker (it makes no sense to me either but they say it works) and for Furniture use: milk.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: Everyone is posting pictures of their Christmas trees and I’m over here like, I should do something about those rotting pumpkins on my porch.

CONGRATULATIONS TO: The Ottawa Redblacks Football team who won the Grey Cup in overtime today. Also, congratulations to the Calgary Stampeders who made it to the Grey Cup. It was no small feat.
HAPPY NOVEMBER 28 BIRTHDAY TO: Ryan Kwanten 40, Marc Andre Fleury 32, S. Epatha Merkerson 64, Jon Stewart 54, Ed Harris 66, Judd Nelson 57, Paul Shaffer 67, Barry Gordy Jr. 87, Karen Gillian 29, Anna Nicole Smith (1967-2007), and Alexander Gudenov (1949-1995).

27 Nov 2016
November 27, 2016

Christmas Bark Candy

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Christmas Bark Candy

“A SPECIAL treat for the family at Christmas! Quick and easy to prepare. May be placed in gift bags with a pretty bow. Ingredients can vary with your choice of substitutions. Something good to munch on!”

1 lb white almond bark
3/4 cup Rice Krispies
3/4 cup pretzel, broken up
3/4 cup coconut
1 cup dry roasted peanuts
1/2 cup M&M’s plain chocolate candy, red and green

Melt almond bark or white chocolate chips in microwave or use a double boiler on stove top.
Stir in remaining ingredients and mix well.
Line a cookie sheet with wax paper. Quickly place by teaspoonfuls onto waxed paper. Allow to set up and harden. (Refrigerate them for a few minutes).

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JOKE OF THE DAY: I just spent 15 minutes looking for my phone in the car…while using my phone for a flashlight.
THIS DAY IN SPORTS: On this day, November 27th, in 1960, the Shotgun formation was introduced for the first time. Red Hickey is credited with bringing the formation to the NFL while coaching for the San Francisco 49ers.  The formation places the quarterback farther behind the center, allowing more time for passing plays to develop.  San Francisco quarterback John Brodie became the first Shotgun quarterback.The Shotgun formation became more popular in the 1960s and 1970s when the Jets adopted the formation for Joe Namath of the Jets and Roger Staubach of the Cowboys.

SAD DAY IN THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY: Ron Glass, who portrayed Ron Harris, the dapper and intellectual detective on the ensemble television comedy series “Barney Miller” and who appeared in numerous television shows and films, died on Friday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 71.
 HAPPY NOVEMBER 27 BIRTHDAY TO: Jaleel White 40, Willian Fichtner 60, Bill Nye the Science Guy 61, Alison Pill 31, Robin Givens 52, Curtis Armstrong 63, Kathryn Bigalow 65, James Avery 68, Michael Vartan 48, Caroline Kennedy 59, James Avery (1945-2013). Jimi Hendrix (1942-1970), Bruce Lee (1940-1973), and Eddie Rabbitt (1941-1998).

26 Nov 2016
November 26, 2016

Candy Cane Fruit & Cream Cheese Danish

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A whole lot of fun with a minimum of effort or ingredients.

Candy Cane Fruit & Cream Cheese Danish

This would be made in any shape
2 cans of Pillsbury crescent rolls ( croissants)
1 package cream cheese
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 can cherry or strawberry pie filing
Powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Set two roll sections aside for candy cane stripes. Lay out remaining crescent roll sections in the shape of a candy cane making sure to overlap the edges slightly. Use a knife to cut out your candy cane shape. Mix together your cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla extract. Spread on top of your candy candy shape.
Spoon pie filling on top of cream cheese filling.
Using the remaining two roll sections, cut off long strips, twirl and lay on top of your filling to create a candy cane look. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until bread is golden brown.
Mix together ingredients alternating between powdered sugar and milk until desired consistency is obtained.
Drizzle over baked candy cane and enjoy!

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JOKE OF THE DAY: They hold elections in November because that is the best time for picking out a turkey.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: Life is too short for shoes that hurt your feet, friends that make you feel bad about yourself, and jobs that crush your soul. Take a chance, make a change, the time is now – Lisa Lewtan

THIS DAY IN ENTERTAINMENT: 1942 – World premiere of movie “Casablanca” starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY: 1922 – Archaeologists enter King Tuts tomb.

HAPPY NOVEMBER 26 BIRTHDAY TO:  Kristin Bauer 50, John McVie 71, Peter Facinelli 43, Chris Hughes 33, Tina Turner 77, Rich Little 78, Bat Masterson (1853-1921), Robert Goulet (1933-2007), and Charles Schulz (1922-2000).

25 Nov 2016
November 25, 2016

Spray Paint Mailboxes For Kids Rooms

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Here is a fun and clever way to contain ‘kid clutter’. Paint metal mailboxes a solid color and stencil the child’s name on the lid (you can likely find reasonably priced mailboxes at Habitat For Humanity stores). Leave notes for the kids, reminders to clean up their rooms, lost and found, a dollar or two as a reward for a job well done or any other Thing you can think of.

Credit: blogger Connie Brumley Sutton for this fine idea.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: It isn’t a successful barbecue until some drunken idiot walks face first into a closed sliding glass door. I’m fine by the way.

SAD DAY IN THE ENTERTAINMENT BUSINESS: Florence Henderson, who went from Broadway star to become one of America’s most beloved television moms in “The Brady Bunch,” has died. She was 82. Henderson died Thursday night November 24 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, she had suffered heart failure.

HAPPY NOVEMBER 25 BIRTHDAY TO: Billy Burke 51, Katie Cassidy 31, Bruno Tonioli 62, Ben Stein 73, Christina Applegate 46, Barbara and Jenna Bush 36, Charlaine Harris 66, Amy Grant 57, Steven Lunsford 28, Ricardo Maltalban (1920-2009), Joe DiMaggio (1914-1999), and John F. Kennedy Jr. (1960-1999).

24 Nov 2016
November 24, 2016

Bacon Cracker Candy – What’s Not To Love

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This recipe should satisfy all the sweet and salty flavor fans. It seems like strange flavors to be mixing but I will bet it is delicious.

Bacon Cracker Candy

8 strips of bacon, chopped up
1 sleeve saltine crackers
2 sticks of butter
1 C. packed brown sugar
1/4 C. semi sweet chocolate chips

Cook the bacon in a skillet till nice and crispy, drain on paper towels, sopping up as much grease on the bacon as you can. Line a large baking pan with tinfoil. Place the crackers in a single layer on the tinfoil. Put the butter and brown sugar in a pot and cook over med. high heat to melt the butter. Once the butter had melted, bring the mixture up to a boil. Once it is boiling, cook for 3 minutes, whisking so it doesn’t burn. It will get foamy looking. After 3 minutes, remove from the heat and pour over the crackers, spreading around so all crackers are coated. Place the pan in a 400 degree oven for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, melt the chocolate chips in the microwave. Heat for 30 seconds, stir and go at 10 second intervals till melted. Remove the pan from the oven and sprinkle the bacon over the crackers. Drizzle the chocolate over the top and place in the fridge to cool completely. Gently pull the crackers away from the tinfoil and break into pieces.

Credit: Janet’s Appalachian Kitchen Via Connie Brumley Sutton

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THOUGHT OF THE DAY: A speaker of truth has no friends.   African Proverb

JOKE OF THE DAY: Lord, give me coffee to change the things I can change and wine to accept the things I can’t.

HAPPY NOVEMBER 24 BIRTHDAY TO: Billy Connolly 74, Pete Best 75, Sarah Hyland 26, Catherine Heigl 38, Colin Hanks 39, Todd Beamer (1968-2001), and Charles ‘Lucky’ Luciano (1897-1962).

23 Nov 2016
November 23, 2016

Minty Peppermint Tree Project

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Credit for this project goes to Better Homes And Gardens

Minty Peppermint Tree Project
Choose a trio of craft foam shapes and glue on a variety of mints in red or green. Then top off your creations with tiny bow toppers.

Quick to make and so minty-fresh, these colorful topiary trees are made from candy that’s been hot-glued to a Styrofoam cone. We’ve displayed them on silver candlesticks for added elegance, but they can also just be set on your table or mantel.

You and your kids will have a blast making these gorgeous little trees.

6-x-3 white Styrofoam cone
9-x-3 white Styrofoam cone
12-x-3 white Styrofoam cone
3 candleholders made to hold 3-inch pillar candles
Red and white candies: round peppermints, red hots, candy canes
Hot-glue gun and glue sticks
If needed, cut 1/4 inch off the top of Styrofoam cone, so one candy can be hot-glued sideways.
Hot-glue candy to the cone starting at the bottom and working up to the top, completely covering surface.
For the candy cane tree, try a ‘dry run’ with elastics to hold the canes in place to get desired spacing.
Place the finished trees on wide candlesticks designed to display large pillar candles. Secure with a dab of Tacky Wax or floral clay if desired. Or set the trees directly on the table or on a plate of greenery.
To make a minty place-setting decoration, hot-glue a flat, round peppermint candy to the center of each candy cane. Let dry, then use as a table decoration on each napkin. Or tie a ribbon around each napkin and add a candy cane underneath the ribbon.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: What if the spider you killed in your home had spent his entire life thinking you were his room-mate? Ever think about that? No. You only ever think about yourself.

ANOTHER JOKE OF THE DAY: Silence is golden. Duct tape is silver. Coincidence? I think not.

HAPPY NOVEMBER 23 BIRTHDAY TO:  Vincent Cassel 50, Johnny Mandel  91 (wrote the theme song for M*A*S*H), Lucas Grabeel 32, Robin Rene Roberts 55, John Schnatter 56 (founder and CEO of Papa John’s Pizza), Maxwell Caulfield 57, Johnathon Sadowski 37, Nicole Snooki Polizzi 29, Harpo Marx (1888-1964), Billy The Kid (1859-1881), and Boris Karloff (1887-1969).

22 Nov 2016
November 22, 2016

Special Price On Parker Sectional Collection Until December 31

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From now until December 31, Brentwood Classics and Charter House interiors is offering a great savings promotion on the Parker sectional. There are several different sectional/chaise combinations to choose from. All sectionals are benchmade in Canada, kiln dried hardwood frames, toss cushions included. Please see the Parker in our PRODUCT section of the website under fabric sofas. There are 2 Parker sectionals in our showroom. Take one home for the holidays.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: I didn’t sleep well last night so I made my coffee with Red Bull this morning instead of water. I got half way to work before I realized I forgot my car.

FAMOUS QUOTE SAID ON THIS DAY, NOVEMBER 22: 1963 This is a sad time for all people. We have suffered a loss that cannot be weighed. (about the JFK assassination). – Lyndon B. Johnson

THIS DAY IN ENTERTAINMENT: 1995 – Pixar’s ‘Toy Story’ is released; first feature length computer generated film.

HAPPY NOVEMBER 22 BIRTHDAY TO: MacKenzie Lintz 19, Richard Kind 59, Mads Mikkelsen 50,Scarlett Johansson 31, Yvan Cournoyer 72, Tyler Hilton 32, Steven Zandt 65, Josh Cooke 36, Jaime Lee Curtis 57, Jamie Campbell Bower 27, Mark Ruffalo 48, Boris Becker 48,  Robert Vaughn (1943-2016), and Rodney Dangerfield (1921-2004).

21 Nov 2016
November 21, 2016

How To Make Gorgeous Bleached Pinecones

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How to Make Gorgeous Bleached Pinecones

***Editors Note*** I did some research from several different tutorials on how to bleach pinecones. They all agree, it takes time but they don’t agree on proportions of bleach to water and the time frame. If you have time to experiment, try both ways with small amounts of bleach/water and one or two pinecones. decide which method is best for your needs.

METHOD ONE: 2 parts water to 1 part bleach and submerge pinecones for no more than 24 hours

METHOD TWO: 1 part water to 2 parts bleach and submerge pinecones for 36-48 hours
Start off with pinecones that are in good condition, brown, not green, and have already started opening. The drier they are, the more open the pinecones become. Very dry pinecones will accept bleach better than one with lots of moisture in it. Packaged pinecones have been baked and are very dry. They are a great option to use if you do not have any pinecones available to you naturally in your area. It doesn’t matter what type of pinecones you use. Each species of pine cones will bleach differently. Also, bleaching them will not turn them “white”; they will become lighter, but not pure white. It’s more of a patina or distressed look.
Bleached pinecones require very few supplies and is an easy project. Even so, it does take some time.

Pinecones (various shapes and sizes)
Large bucket
Rubber Gloves
Bricks or Large Rocks

It’s best to do this part outside or in a well-ventilated area. Make sure you are wearing clothes that you don’t mind ruining just in case you splash yourself with bleach water, and wear rubber gloves to protect your hands. Put the pinecones in a large bucket (5 gallon utility bucket is best). Fill the bucket with water first and then add the bleach. The cones will float. Push them back down into the bleach water and lay the bricks or stones on top. You might have to add another rock or two and tuck any floaters back under the rocks. Pinecones close up when they are wet, so if you won’t see any change because they are closed, that doesn’t mean it’s not working. METHOD 1. Let the pinecones sit in the bleach solution for 24 hours, but no more than that. Check after 12 hours or so, smaller pinecones should already be whitish. Any longer than that, the pinecones will start to deteriorate in some spots. METHOD 2. Let the pinecones sit in the bleach solution for 36-48 hours.

After desired time has elapsed, put on your gloves and work/craft clothes and remove the pinecones. Lay them out on a large piece of paper outdoors so the fumes will dissipate. To dispose of the bleach water, slowly pour into a bathtub, being careful not to let any twigs or dirt go down the drain.

As they dry, they will start to open up again. If it’s a warm, sunny day, leave them outside to completely dry. It can take a few days for them to fully open. If you are in a hurry or have a stretch of wet weather, you can dry them in your oven. Set your oven to the lowest setting (it’s usually 170-200 F) and let the pinecones dry for a couple of hours. As soon as they are open, remove them.

As they dry you will be amazed at the transformation! Apply glitter or pearl beads to a few pinecones for added glamour. Mix with unbleached pinecones, ribbon or pine sprigs for a different look. They are even pretty on their own displayed in a tall glass vase or bowl. However you decide to use them, making bleached pinecones is a simple project that yields beautiful results.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: For once we are going to have a happy family get together. I’m stuffed the turkey with Prozac.

HAPPY NOVEMBER 21 BIRTHDAY TO: Troy Aikman 50, Cynthia Rhodes 60, Goldie Hawn 71, Carly Rae Jepsen 31, Bjork 51, Joseph Campanella 92, Lindsey Hahn 32, Nicolette Sheridan 53, Lorna Luft 64, Juliette Mills 75, Ken Griffey Jr. 47, Marlo Thomas 79, and Stan Musial (1920-2013).

20 Nov 2016
November 20, 2016

Sunday Morning Lazy Day After Our Open House

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No real blog today. We are resting up from a very successful Christmas Open House in the store yesterday November 19.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: I need to get in shape. If I got murdered right now, my chalk outline would be a circle.

HAPPY NOVEMBER 20 BIRTHDAY TO: Bo Derek 60,  Ashley Fink 40, Veronica Hamel 73, Rodger (SpongeBob Squarepants) Bumpass 65, Dick Smothers 77, Cody Linley 27, Joe Walsh 69, Richard Dawson (1932-2012), Alistaire Cooke (1908-2004), and Robert F. Kennedy (1905-1968).

19 Nov 2016
November 19, 2016

Make These Incredibly Cute Christmas Wine Glasses

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Credit and many thanks to this blogger for this amazing Christmas idea. www.thekeeperofthecheerios.com. Please visit her site for more great ideas.

Materials: Dollar Store wine glasses, buttons, wiggle eyes, glitter spray paint (Bronze Blaze, Citrus Dream, Diamond Dust, Lucky Green, Starry Night, Silver, Gold, Sparkling Waters, Posh Pink and Cheery Bomb), bells, pipe cleaners, feathers, ribbon, pom poms, felt, sharpie, hemp and one red pom pom.

Make sure your glasses are clean then simply spray them with the glitter spray and let dry for 24 hours. Once dry you can embellish them any way you want. I used hemp for the stem on Santa along with ribbon and a gold pipe cleaner (chenille stem), the simple Elf used ribbon and a gold pipe cleaner (chenille stem) and red felt, for the detailed Elf face I used felt for the ears, a dash of posh pink for the cheeks and used a sharpie for the face. The gingerbread man I used paint pen, sharpie, buttons and a ribbon, penguin I used felt, pom poms, chenille stems, and wiggle eyes, for the snowman buttons and ribbon for a scarf, for Rudolf simply a glitter pom pom and pipe cleaner antlers,  and the Grinch some feathers, wiggle eyes and a sharpie for the face. The Christmas mouse I used a chenille stem for the tail, pink pom pom for the nose, sharpie for the face and felt for the ears and teeth. We had these adorable Christmas bells at my work so I tied some to the glasses just for a little extra. All Items where glued on with hot glue or basic craft glue (I use Tacky Glue for my craft glue).
Penguin Tip: For the penguin and the owl I sprayed the inside of the glass white (or you can do a coat of white on the outside), then cut out of paper the shape of the belly (wet the paper and lay on the glass, over the white area) while the paper is damp it sticks to the glass long enough to spray the black over top, once dry you can easily removed the paper and the white underneath will show through.

Tip: for the cheeks of the Elf and the Snowman with mittens I used posh pink and just gave it a quick dash of pink (make sure to test the spray for a second to make sure you are getting an even spray of glitter before attempting the cheeks)

Hats: the hats are a little challenging, they are sewn up the back side from the top almost to the bottom leaving about an 1″-2″ opening the the bottom to wrap around the stem and then they are hot glued to the glass. I will try and get a template posted up in the next few days for the hat. CLICK HERE for hat template
NOTE: When spraying these you must treat it like any spray paint, you need to do it in coats and spray at a slight distance, if you get to close or spay too much in one spot at a time then the paint/ glitter can run. Shake the can VERY well before spraying to mix the glitter, this also helps to keep the can from clogging. If you live in a cold/ damp climate you need to take caution when spraying it may not tack up if its too cold out (you can spray them in a garage or somewhere warmer to help, but be careful of over spray in this case).
Note: These are for decoration purpose only, not meant for actual food use.
These are so much fun because the possibilities are endless! you can do anything you want and make any character you want. Just need some glitter spray and away you go!

I am so thrilled as to how popular these have become, I encourage you to make your own for you or family and friends. However I do strongly ask that you do not recreate these to sell since it directly competes with my Etsy site and local business. If you post your reproduction anywhere online such as a blog please link back to your original source of inspiration, this keeps my blog able to continue, along with me being able to create more fun ideas to share with everyone. Thank you all so much for your support.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: I will never be old enough to know  better. NEVER.

THIS DAY IN BUSINESS: 2007 – Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon.com, announces the launch of the Kindle – a portable e-reader that is extremely thin and easy to use.
THIS DAY IN SPORTS: 2004 – Worst brawl in NBA history: Ron Artest & Steven Jackson jump into crowd to fight fans

HAPPY NOVEMBER 19 BIRTHDAY TO:  Jack Dorsey (co-founder of Twitter) 40, Ann Curry 60, Larry King 83, Jodie Foster 54, Calvin Klein 74, Meg Ryan 55, Allison Janney 57, Ted Turner 78, Dan Haggerty (1942-2016), Tommy Dorsey (1905-1956), Indira Gandhi (1917-1984), and Roy Campanella (1921-1993).