16 Nov 2016
November 16, 2016

2016 Charter House Interiors Christmas Open House Details

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Welcome to our annual Christmas Open House happening this Saturday November 19.

Special Extended Hours: 9:00-5:30

Our theme this year is a “Good Old Fashioned Christmas”. There are plenty of (not-for-sale) antiques which we have dressed up all Christmas-like to demonstrate how everyday items in your home can be dressed up for the holidays.

Door prizes this year are:

A $450.00 crystal angel from Charter House. She is gorgeous and will be the envy of all your friends and family.

Gift Certificates from Charter House Interiors: Who couldn’t use free merchandise.

Table top fire pots and fuel.

The draws will be made at 5:00 Saturday November 19 and the winners will be notified by phone.

We will also be giving away…gift-with-purchase while supplies last.

Features: Refreshments compliments of Charter House will be served. Christmas music in the background will help get everyone in the holiday mood, even if we don’t have snow yet.

Christmas Clearance area: 50% off all Christmas ornaments and decorations in the designated area.

All other Christmas decorations and decor is tax free November 19.

A coat check will be provided for your convenience.

Parking: Sorry. Street parking only, regular rates apply, that’s the only Grinch part of the day.

JOKE OF THE DAY: When I told you I was Normal, I may have exaggerated slightly.

HAPPY NOVEMBER 16 BIRTHDAY TO: Dean McDermott 50, Diana Krall 52, Dwight Gooden 52, Brandi Glanville 44, Miguel Sandoval 65, Clu Gulager 88, Marg Helgenberger 58, Lisa Bonet 49, Maggie Gyllenhaal 39, and Burgess Meredith (1907-1997).

15 Nov 2016
November 15, 2016

How To Store Wreaths In The Off Season

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How To Store Wreaths In The Off Season

If you are a wreath fanatic (for all seasons) there is a solution to keep them clean and not squashed. Cover your wreaths in plastic and hang them on a double garment rack in storage. Label the bag or hang a tag from the hanger hook so they can be easily identified. Garlands can lay on top of the garment rack and use side shelves for wreath hangers, decorations and other accessories. When fall comes along, pull out your pumpkin and burlap wreath etc.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: Remember when teachers used to say, “You won’t have a calculator everywhere you go.” Well, we showed them.

SAD DAY IN THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY: Award-winning stage and screen actress Janet Wright, best known for her portrayal of the long-suffering matriarch on “Corner Gas,” has died at age 71. Wright played Emma Leroy on the hit Canadian sitcom, which ended its six-season run in 2009, and returned with a big-screen adaptation in 2014.

THIS DAY IN ENTERTAINMENT: 1956 Elvis Presley’s first movie, Love Me Tender, premieres in New York’s Paramount Theater.

THIS DAY IN BUSINESS: 1969 – Dave Thomas opens the first Wendy’s restaurant in Columbus, Ohio.

HAPPY NOVEMBER 15 BIRTHDAY TO: Frida Lyngstad 71, Chad Kroeger 42, Johnny Lee Miller 44, Petula Clark 84, Jimmy Choo 64, Shailene Woodley 25, Beverly D’Angelo 65, Buck Pierce 35, Sam Waterston 76, Ed Asner 87, Sean Murray 39, Erwin (Desert Fox) Rommel (1891-1944), and Randy Savage (1952-2011).


14 Nov 2016
November 14, 2016

Candy Cane Holder- So Simple It Should Be Illegal

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Candy Cane Holder

Before the weather turns real nasty and makes outdoor decorating miserable, try this porch idea. We have all seen these candy canes down sidewalks or driveways. If you have them and want to do something different this year, try this idea. The urn does not need to be white, you can dress up a grey or black urn by tying on some greenery and a bow. Add lights for a better effect.
Take inspiration from classic Christmas candy and fill a white planter with decorative candy canes for a unique outdoor holiday decorating idea. Store-bought plastic canes and weather-treated ribbon mean this front door decor can last throughout the season.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: My job performance is off the charts because of how low I keep the bar.

THIS DAY IN SPORTS: 1970 – In sad day in sports history, the entire Marshall Thundering Herd football team and coaches die in plane crash.

HAPPY NOVEMBER 14 BIRTHDAY TO: Yanni 62, Condoleezza Rice 62, Josh Duhamel 44, Prince Charles 67, Brian Dietzen 39, McLean Stevenson (1927-1996), Claude Monet (1840-1926), Robert Fulton (1765-1815), and Brian Keith (1921-1997).

13 Nov 2016
November 13, 2016

Say Good-Bye To Stuck Garbage Bags With This Trick

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It’s one of the smelliest rules of physics — lifting a full bag from your trash bin creates a suction-induced struggle, and it can feel like the bag is stuck. But it’s not because you’ve stuffed too much inside. Instead, the air pressure within the can makes the bag harder to yank out.

There is a two-step fix to make this chore much easier. If you drill a small hole at the bottom of the can, the pressure will be relieved (place a piece of painter’s tape over the spot first to avoid cracking the plastic or metal). Bye-bye, stuck garbage (and our aching backs!). ****editor’s note: we tried this on our own plastic garbage can and it really does work.****

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JOKE OF THE DAY: WARNING: There is an email going around offering processed pork, gelatin, and salt in a can. If you get this email; do NOT open it. It’s spam.

TIP OF THE DAY: Add powdered gelatin mix (JELL-O) to your icing. It will both color and flavor it.

ANOTHER SAD DAY IN THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY: Leon Russell, who sang, wrote and produced some of rock ‘n’ roll’s top records, has died. He was 74. Russell died in Nashville on Saturday night (Nov. 12). He had been planning on resuming touring in January.

HAPPY NOVEMBER 13 BIRTHDAY TO: Rex Linn 60, Whoopi Goldberg 61, Chris Noth 62, Frances Conroy 63, Mel Stottlemyre 75, Neil Flynn 56, Gerard Butler 47, Jimmy Kimmel 49, Joe Mantegna 69, Gary Marshall (1934-2016), Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894), and Jack Elam (1920-2003).

12 Nov 2016
November 12, 2016

Help Save Your Life In A ‘Situation’

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With all the horrible things going on in the world today, here is a post I found somewhere on the internet that might just save your life if you are ever in a ‘situation.’

#1 Find A Safe Room
Find a room to seek shelter and build a barricade using tables and chairs. Use whatever you can to block the door and make sure the barricade is as strong as it could be.

#2 Use A Belt To Secure A Door
If you are in a room with a door that has this type of hinge, use a belt to lock it in place. Make sure the belt is buckled down as tight as possible.

#3 If An Intruder Enters The Room…
If you end up having a close encounter with someone, fight back! Use whatever you can find to throw, hit or stab the perpetrator. The more people the better in this case.

#4 Locate A Fire Extinguisher
If you can find a fire extinguisher, you can blast it on the suspect to by some time. It can also be sprayed on the floor to create a slippery surface and create a diversion. If you’re in close-quarters, throw the device or hit the person with it.

#5 Your Life Depends On It
If you end up in a life or death situation and you can find something to stab the perp, make sure to go for the eye and use as much force as you can. This is the most sensitive part of the body and will give you time to make an escape!

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JOKE OF THE DAY: I wish Facebook would notify me when people delete me, so I can LIKE it.

SAD DAY IN THE ENTERTAINMENT WORLD: Robert Vaughn, whose Napoleon Solo on NBC’s spy yarn The Man From U.N.C.L.E. set TV’s 1960s standard for suavity and crimebusting cool, died this morning (November 11, 2016) after a brief battle with acute leukemia. He was 83.

HAPPY NOVEMBER 12 BIRTHDAY TO: Neil Young 71, Ethan Zohn 43, Anne Hathaway 34, Nadia Comaneci 55, Ryan Gosling 36, Cote De Pablo 37, Sammy Sosa 48, and Grace Kelly (1929-1982).



11 Nov 2016
November 11, 2016

Remembrance Day 2016

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Charter House Interiors will be closed Remembrance Day to honor all the men, women and animals who fought in every war. We have a special remembrance of our own, our father Frank Lucky who served in the Korean Conflict and Ken’s father who was a flight navigator in WW II. They were both handsome in their uniforms.

This photo is an incredible tribute to the 8 million horses, donkeys and mules that died faithfully supporting their respective armies. No choice to be there, faithful to the end. We will remember them.

Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place: and in the sky
The larks still bravely singing fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead: Short days ago,
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved: and now we lie
In Flanders fields!

Take up our quarrel with the foe
To you, from failing hands, we throw
The torch: be yours to hold it high
If ye break faith with us who die,
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields

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SAD DAY IN THE ENTERTAINMENT WORLD: Leonard Cohen, the hugely influential singer and songwriter whose work spanned nearly 50 years, died at the age of 82 on November 10, 2016. Add one more entertainer to the long list who have passed away in 2016. May the year end soon.

HAPPY NOVEMBER 11 BIRTHDAY TO: Leonardo Decaprio 42, Calista Flockhart 52, Demi Moore 54, Adam Beach 44, Carson Cressley 45, Fuzzy Zoller 65, Stanley Tucci 56, Vinny Guadaganino 29, Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (1922-2007), George Patton (1885-1945), and Johnathan Winters (1935-2013).

10 Nov 2016
November 10, 2016

Remembering The Edmund Fitzgerald

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“Every Man Knew” was commissioned from artist David Conklin by the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society, which has limited prints available.
Much of the world may not instantly remember November 10, 1975, but on Lake Superior’s shores that date still inspires memories, memorials and chilling visions of a perilous storm and tragic loss.

That day 29 men died on the inland sea, drowning along with their 729-foot vessel when the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald succumbed to a storm and sank 17 miles north-northwest of Whitefish Point. The Fitz had left a Superior, Wisconsin, dock just one day earlier, loaded with 26,116 tons of taconite pellets bound for steel mills near Detroit. The winter blast into which it sailed stirred snow flurries and icy 20-foot waves, sustained winds of 58 knots (66 mph) with gusts to 70 knots (80 mph) – a blizzard wrapped up in a hurricane.

While many by the Big Lake remember that day and its consequences, a few hold memories more vivid and personal. To broaden our collective memory of a shared tragedy, we present two reminiscences – one of the newsman, former WDIO-TV anchor Dennis Anderson, who broke the story and one of a retired sailor, Lon Calloway, who that day rode out his first Great Lakes gale, just 15 hours ahead of the ill-fated Fitz.

**Editors Note** We lived in Thunder Bay on the shores of Lake Superior and these storms were massive. If you saw waves coming over the breakwater you just knew there was going to be devastation the next day..seaplanes, boats, yachts and the shoreline. Mother Nature could be very cruel.

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 JOKE OF THE DAY: I love planners, highlighters, giant calendars, day planners, nice ball point pens, to-do lists…and anything else that gives me the illusion that I’m getting my life together.
REMINDER…Charter House and Coffee With A Twist will be closed ALL day Friday November 11 to honor our war veterans. Ken’s father (Don Carmichael) flew Liberators as a navigator in World War II and our father (Frank Lucky) was in the Korean Conflict.

HAPPY NOVEMBER 10 BIRTHDAY TO: Donna Fargo 71, Miranda Lambert 33, Walt Goggins 45, Ellen Pompeo 47,  MacKenzie Foy 17, MacKenzie Phillips 57, Tracy Morgan 48, David Paetkau 38, Roy Scheider (1932-2008), Richard Burton (1925-1984), Russell (the professor) Johnson (1924-2014), Mikhail Kalashnikov (1919-1973) and Brittany Murphy (1977-2009).

09 Nov 2016
November 9, 2016

Easy Weeknight Supper – Slow Cooker Cajun Shrimp And Rice

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Slow Cooker Cajun Shrimp And Rice
1 lb. shrimp
1 onion (chopped)
1 bell pepper (chopped)
2 cloves minced garlic
1 6.25 oz. box of long grain and wild rice (with seasoning packet)
28 oz. diced tomatoes
1 tsp. Cajun seasoning
14.5 oz. chicken stock
1/4 cup water
1. Add all ingredients to slow cooker except shrimp.
2. Cook on High for 3-4 hours, or Low for 5-6 hours.
3. Add shrimp and cook on low for an additional 15 minutes or until shrimp becomes pink.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: Singing in the shower is all fun and games until you get soap in your mouth. Then it becomes a soap opera.

THIS DAY IN BUSINESS: 1960 – 37 US brokerage firms are ordered to pay $1.03 billion to cheated NASDAQ investors – it is the largest civil statement in U.S. history.
HAPPY NOVEMBER 9 BIRTHDAY TO: Nick Lachey 43, Eric Dane 44, Lou Ferrigno 65, David Duval 45, Vanessa Lachey 36, Cory Hardict 37, Nikki Blonsky 28, Daphne Guinness 49, Robert David Hall 69, Hedy Lamarr (1913-2000), Tom Fogerty (1941-1990), and Mary Travers (1936-2009).

08 Nov 2016
November 8, 2016

The Best, Fluffiest Frosting Ever

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The Best, Fluffiest Frosting Ever. Have you ever wished you could have fluffier frosting like the bakeries? Well now you can with this super simple recipe.

1 box Jell-O Instant Pudding (flavor of your choice)

1 cup milk

1/3 cup confectioners sugar

8 oz. Cool Whip

4 oz. whipped cream cheese

Mix the milk, pudding mix and confectioners sugar until smooth, add cream cheese, then finally Cool Whip. Be sure frosting is smooth and free of lumps, refrigerate for an hour, then frost your cupcakes.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY: If we ever forget, we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under. – Ronald Regan

THIS DAY IN ENTERTAINMENT: 1960 – John F Kennedy is elected as 35th (and 2nd youngest) President of the United States

THIS DAY IN SPORTS: 1970 – Tom Dempsey kicks longest field goal in NFL history

HAPPY NOVEMBER 8 BIRTHDAY TO: Gordon Ramsay 50, Tara Reid 41, Luba Goy 71, Jack Osbourne 31, Johnny Bower 91, Matthew Rhys 42, Chris Rankin 33, Gretchen Mol 44, Leif Garrett 45, Mary Hart 65, Bonnie Raitt 67, Parker Posey 48, Courtney Thorne-Smith 49, Dr. Christiaan Barnard (1922-2001), and Bram Stoker (1847-1912).



07 Nov 2016
November 7, 2016

Baking Soda vs. Baking Powder: Here’s The Difference

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Baking Soda vs. Baking Powder: Here’s the Difference
The two ingredients are easily confused—here’s what you need to know about each.
By Kaitlin Stanford

It’s no wonder that baking soda and baking powder are easily confused, considering their similar names and appearance, plus the fact that they’re often used within the same recipe. But when it comes to their individual uses, it’s important to know the difference—lest you wind up with a minor baking disaster on your hands.

So let’s break it down:

Baking Soda
According to Susan Reid, chef and food editor of Sift magazine, baking soda is a base mineral, which, when combined with something acidic, produces carbon dioxide. “Usually this happens in liquid, and the results you get are bubbles,” says Reid. “Think of the volcanoes you see at every 5th grade science fair. Those bubbles can lift stains or act as a surfactant (meaning they will clean things).”

In other words: baking soda can do some pretty magical things.

Typically, you’ll see the ingredient pop up in baking recipes that also include acidic ingredients like molasses, maple syrup, lemon juice, and pumpkin. The reason it’s there is to act as a leavener, to help the dough rise. “Recipes using baking soda often bake up darker, and are more crisp, than those without,” adds Reid. But be warned, “too much baking soda in a recipe can give it a bitter, soapy taste.”

When it comes to cleaning, you can use baking soda for pretty much anything you can imagine, from unclogging drains to deodorizing the carpet. It’s even been used to remove heel marks from linoleum floors.

As for what it’s made of? That may surprise you: Baking soda is basically ground up rock, according to Reid, and as long as it stays cool and dry, it lasts indefinitely. (Hence why your mom’s had the same box of it in her pantry since what seems like 1975.)

Baking Powder
Baking powder on the other hand, is actually a combination of baking soda plus another acid, in the presence of an inert stabilizer (a fancy term for an inactive ingredient that keeps the mixture from reacting), which is often a bit of cornstarch. What that means: Everything stays inert in the mixture until liquid is added, which allows the soda and acid to combine to produce carbon dioxide (which look like bubbles to the naked eye). This process is what gives baking powder its lifting power in recipes—without which, you’d have some sad-looking biscuits on your hands.

But just like baking soda, Reid says baking powder can lose its lifting power over time if it’s not stored in a cool dry place. If you can, keep it free from humid conditions, since extra moisture in the air can allow the reaction between acid and base to happen.

Pay close attention to the label when you buy a new box, since there are actually two different kinds of baking powders out there: single-acting and double-acting. Single-acting powders react fully when you combine them with another liquid. But double acting baking powders work in two stages: Once when combined with a liquid, and again when combined with heat. “Since the balance of the base (soda) and acid is calculated for you, it’s easier to get a final product that has no aftertaste when used in proper amounts,” says Reid.

Still not sure you’ll remember the difference between these two ingredients? Reid has a quick trick: Think baking soda = single ingredient. Baking powder = poof in the oven.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: One day on Mars lasts approximately 1408 hours. The same as one Monday on earth.

HAPPY NOVEMBER 7 BIRTHDAY TO: Troy Beyer 52, Joni give-me-back-my-stuff Mitchell 73, Johnny Rivers 74, Morgan Spurlock 46, Christopher Knight 59, Billy Graham (an amazing) 98, Madame Curie (1867-1934), and Dana Plato (1964-1999).

06 Nov 2016
November 6, 2016

Make Individual Work Stations For A Shared Space

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Make Individual Work Stations For A Shared Space

This is where a trip to Ikea is worth its weight in gold. Purchase two flat pack bookshelves (I believe they are called Billie). Ikea also has inexpensive wood tables that either pull apart or can by cut in half with a circular saw. Purchase 2 matching chairs while you are there or if you’ve had some old chairs in storage, give them a good cleaning, a bit of sanding and spray paint  them any color. Adjust the shelf height to accommodate the table and slide it in, secure with wood glue. Fill the work stations with computers, cubbies for storage or anything the family desires. This set up works well in a shared kids room but husband and wife could benefit from shared work spaces.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: Every time I hear of a celebrity cheating on his wife I’m reminded how lucky I am having a talentless, average-looking husband.

HAPPY NOVEMBER 6 BIRTHDAY TO: Sally Field 70, Katie Leclerc 30, Maria Schriver 61, Zoe McClellan 42, Rebecca Romijn 44, Thandie Newton 44, Ethan Hawke 46, Emma Stone 28, Lori Singer 59, and Glen Frey (1948-2016).


05 Nov 2016
November 5, 2016

Got Red Hair? November 5 Is Your Day

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Got red hair? November 5 is your day to celebrate.

It’s National Love Your Red Hair Day!

The holiday was started by two redheaded sisters who wanted to help other gingers embrace and love their fiery locks.

To help celebrate, here are nine fun facts about redheads:

  1. The highest concentration of redheads is in Scotland (13%) followed by Ireland (10%). Worldwide, only 2% of the population has red hair.
  2. People with red hair are likely more sensitive to pain. This is because the gene mutation (MC1R) that causes red hair is on the same gene linked to pain receptors. It also means redheads usually need more anesthesia for dental and medical procedures.
  3. Having red hair isn’t the only thing that makes some redheads unique. They are also more likely to be left handed. Both characteristics come from recessive genes, which like to come in pairs.
  4. Redheads probably won’t go grey. That’s because the pigment just fades over time. So they will probably go blonde and even white, but not grey.
  5. Rumor says Hitler banned marriage between redheads. Apparently he thought it would lead to “deviant offspring.”
  6. Redheads most commonly have brown eyes. The least common eye color: blue.
  7. Bees have been proven to be more attracted to redheads.
  8. Being a redheaded man may have health benefits. A study published by the British Journal of Cancer suggested that men with red hair are 54% less likely to develop prostate cancer than their brown and blonde-haired counterparts.
  9. Redheads actually have less hair than most other people. On average they only have 90,000 strands of hair while blonds, for example, have 140,000. However, red hair is typically thicker so they it still looks just as full.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: I saw some idiot at the gym put a water bottle where the Pringles go on the treadmill.

SAYING OF THE DAY: Some days, the best thing about my job is that the chair spins.

THIS DAY IN BUSINESS: 2007 – Hollywood screenwriters go on strike, drastically effecting the television industry.

HAPPY NOVEMBER 5 BIRTHDAY TO: Famke Janssen 52, Sam Shepard 73, Tatum O’Neil 53, Art Garfunkel 75, Tilda Swinton 56, Elke Sommer 76, Bryan Adams 57, Robert Patrick 57, Kevin Jonas 28, Peter Noone 69, Judy Reyes 49, Ike Turner (1931-2007), Natalie Schafer (1900-1991), Roy Rogers (1911-1998), and Vivian Leigh (1913-1967).