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RE: Your best chocolate frosting recipe? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: marigene on 07.09.2010 at 01:56 pm in Cooking Forum

This one posted by Marilyn several years ago. It is the only chocolate icing I have used since she posted it.

Chocolate Frosting

4 cups sifted powdered sugar
cup cocoa
1 stick ( cup) butter, melted
cup light corn syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3+ tablespoons milk
Beat ingredients together until smooth, adding enough milk to make of spreading consistency.


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RE: Sillites Anyone? (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: jsweenc on 04.22.2010 at 08:28 am in Kitchens Forum

sabjimata, I'm going to check with my lighting person today, and if he doesn't have them or know where I can get them, I'm going to order them from the link below. I had Ughmold installed last week and I can't stand it, so I'm hoping these will work in its place.

needsometips, we needsomepics! : )

Here is a link that might be useful: Team Ace Online


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My finished kitchen--creamy cabinets, Caesarstone, black walnut..

posted by: jenos on 06.18.2009 at 09:23 am in Kitchens Forum

Hi---even though my kitchen has been finished for a year and a half, I just figured out how to post pictures, so I thought I'd share! I am STILL on this forum daily since I LOVE checking out other people's wonderful ideas. Thank you to everyone here--and on the appliance forum--who helped when I needed it!Photobucket

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RE: Wood countertop question--Mongo again? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: mongoct on 08.05.2009 at 10:40 pm in Bathrooms Forum

Drop in sink or undermount? I'm not sure if you're using a memoirs sink or not.

If drop-in, use the template to locate the sink. The hole can be rough cut, as the sink will hide the cuts.

Using a drill bit larger than your jig saw blade, drill a couple of pilot holes on the waste side of the templated cut line, then use a jig saw to cut the hole. Finish the countertop and set the sink and you're done.

For undermount you want the edges of the hole to look purdier. I take the template and put it on a sheet of 1/2" mdf, trace it exactly, then use a jig saw to cut just touching the waste (the waste piece being the sink bowl circle) side of the line. I then use a sander to sand to the line, keeping all curves fair.

I then place the template on the countertop and use a pencil to trace an exact line on the countertop. I then trace another line, but I trace this second one about 3/16" inside the inside edge of the template.

Example; if the finished hole was to be 10" by 20", I'd trace my first line right on the template edge to get a 10" by 20" trace. My second one would be about 3/16" inside this, so the second tracing would be about 9-5/8" by 19-5/8".

I then drill a couple of pilot holes inside this second line and use a jig saw to cut on this second line, removing the waste piece.

I then place my 1/2" MDF template back on the countertop in it's exact location and clamp or double-sided tape it so it will be secure. I use a top-brearing pattern bit in a router and using the inside edge of the template as a guide, I use the router to waste away the remaining 3/16" of countertop around the perimeter of the opening. Depending on the thickness of your countertop and the height of your bit, it might take more than one pass.

Now your countertop should have a perfectly smooth and properly sized opening. You can chuck in a roundover (or even a profile) bit if you want to ease the top and/or bottom edges of the opening, or you can just use sandpaper to ease the edge.

Then you need to stain/seal the countertop.

If you're installing a memoirs top like I did in my bathroom, then you just need to eyeball the location of the sink on the countertop and waste the countertop wood away. It's easier to cut too little wood and have to make a second pass than to cut away too much in your first attempt.

If you want me to measure the size of the cutout let me know. It'll give you a ballpark estimate at least. Yours may vary due to how the sink and countertop blend with the backsplash, and the relative thickness of the backsplash.

I've done several memoirs sinks this way, some sit flatter than others, they're not all perfect after they come out of the kiln. Meaning when you get it on the countertop it might wobble a bit. If it's minimal you an use shims and then caulk (100% clear silicone) and that will lock the sink in place.

If the wobble is significant, you can use a wood chisel to pare a bit of wood away under the high corners of the sink to drop it down a bit and still use shims, or you can pare enough wood away so it sits steady. Or you can return the sink and try for a flatter one.

Regardless, After dry fitting the sink, I use blue tape to locate where the perimeter of the sink touches the wood countertop. I then pull the sink. I use a dab of silicone to "glue" the shims in their locations, then I run a bead of silicone just inside the blue tape. If your sink was really wobbly you can make that a heavy bead of silicone.

Then I drop the sink into place, resetting it in relation to the blue tape. If needed I then add another bead of silicone tol fill any gaps, then tool the silicone. Any excess silicone will be caught by the blue tape, preventing it from smearing all over the countertop.

I then pull up the blue tape.

I'll let the silicone sit overnght before I connect the plumbing under the sink.

Oh, and for what it's worth, if the extra weight and ability to maneuver the sink aren't compromised, you can save a bit of trouble by installing the faucet and drain on the sink prior to setting the sink in place.

And offer your husband a "welcome back to The World" from me.

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RE: Which feet for cabinets? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: ccoombs1 on 11.13.2008 at 03:50 pm in Kitchens Forum

I didn't think about feet soon enough either, so I am going to do what someone else here did. Sorry I can't credit the owner of these lovely cabinets....I don't remember who it is. I believe she said that she attached her "feet" with velcro so it can be pulled out of the way for cleaning. Isn't this great?

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