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RE: Anyone here understand "cousins" and "once removed" ? (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: poohbear2767 on 01.28.2015 at 02:34 am in Kitchen Table Forum


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RE: Color gurus..Edgecomb gray (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: funcolors on 11.04.2014 at 02:40 am in Home Decorating & Design Forum

I know I'm probably sounding like a broken record by now, but .... :)

but am wondering if there is indeed a gray undertone?

1. You see a color's undertone only when the medium, like paint, is manipulated i.e. spread thinly, at different rates or thicknesses as is often done in decorative finishes. Regular architectural coatings are applied at one, uniform thickness, as are finishes for countertops, flooring, etc. Google overtone and hue bias if you want more info on correct color attributes.

All the photos I view, this color seems more tan than gray.

2. You can't look at color chips online. Because color chips online are emitted color to your eyeballs. Color chips in real life are reflected. It's two completely different color spaces. The online or emitted color space is called "additive" and it's device dependent. Which means that colors are going to look different on your monitor than they look on mine. Looking at colors online is futile.

So, I nixed the undertone schtick and attempting to evaluate colors online.

What we can do instead is take a look at Edgecomb Gray's color notation. Which, unfortunately, isn't available to the public, but I happen to have it so we can talk about it. And we'll take a look at Revere Pewter just for comparison.

Edgecomb Gray: Hue - 1.90 Yellow / Value - 8.24 / Chroma 1.06
Revere Pewter: Hue - 2.76 Yellow / Value - 7.77 / Chroma 0.98

Both colors belong to the Yellow Hue Family. Edgecomb's chroma is more than 1 which means it's unlikely to show any edge of greeness in most lights. It should read as a toasty warm "chromatic gray" in most light.

Revere Pewter is also from the Yellow Hue Family and it has a chroma less than one which means it has the potential to show an edge of greeness. Doesn't mean it will - just means it could. The quality of inherent light will determine which way it goes.

The colors we call "gray" come from every hue family. To ensure all the grays work together in the space, you should consider making sure they are all from the same hue family, like yellow.


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RE: Aha moment on gray obsession (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: vedazu on 09.07.2014 at 01:39 pm in Home Decorating & Design Forum

I'm with kswl. The first floor of my Cape Cod is almost entirely done in various types of yellows--an almost ivory yellow in a music room with lots of windows (BM Filtered Light) Ivory Tusk in the kitchen which opens to a family room in a strie yellow over the ivory, passing to a dining room with a 5 layer strie with Ralph Lauren Duchesse Satin in Gold as the top layer (no longer manufactured--it was very pretty) and then another yellow strie in the hallways going up the stairs. (Have to redo the living room, which is currently an apricot and ready for a do-over. I still like the original sofa fabric called Saracen Blue from Clarence House, but having all these horsemen wielding their scimitars seems decidedly politically incorrect these days!) Some rooms are furnished in blues, the dining room in red/gold checks. I go to grey in a second house only as an antidote to a red to the magenta color of the living room!


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RE: Paint for Blue Carpet in Living Room/Dining Room/Hallway/Stai (Follow-Up #24)

posted by: bbstx on 09.15.2014 at 11:53 pm in Home Decorating & Design Forum

Over the last several years, I've painted several things. Below is a clip from igloochic that I've followed when I've painted. I painted a bathroom vanity using the SW Prep-Rite. All I did first was wipe the cabinet down with a damp microfiber cloth.
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posted by: igloochic on 08.01.2008 at 01:01 pm in Kitchens Forum

OK DON'T use deglosser. Instead, use Sherwin Williams PrepRite ProBlock Interior Exterior Seals and Bonds, Latex primer (be sure you get exactly that says BONDS on the label). It's made to cover shiny surfaces and bond tightly, and I've used it in several kitchens, and on all of my interior woodwork and it does BOND!! No sanding, just wipe down your cabinets with either a TSP and water mixture or a little vinager and water to get rid of grease.
This stuff is wonderful. I've converted many naysayers to the primer because you really don't have to sand or use a deglosser, and even if they're will BOND and you'll have a finish you can then paint on. :O) It's so much easier. I just love it (I just picked up another couple of gallons last night). And the finish will be tough as nails by the way. I personally also like to use a high quality sherwin williams paint.

THis is the base for a dark color:
Sherwin Williams All Surface Glass Enamel
Acrylic Latex HIGH GLOSS Ultradeep base 6403-25932

If you're painting white, just ask for the same thing in a white base.
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Buy a good brush. I use Purdy. They are a little pricier, but it will be worth it in the long run. Allow the paint to dry well between coats.


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RE: Yellow help!! (Follow-Up #13)

posted by: funcolors on 10.21.2013 at 05:55 pm in Home Decorating & Design Forum

SW 6141 Softer Tan (looks more gray)
SW 6134 Netsuke (looks more green)
SW 6127 Ivoire (looks more yellow)
SW 6120 Believable Buff (looks more tan)

Looks more gray - grayness is a separate attribute from hue family. Whether a color is fully saturated like a primary yellow or toned down like Softer Tan, it's still in the same hue family. Only it's saturation/tone/grayness is different.

Depending on the color mix, if there's a factor of black in the color formula, toned down yellows may shift and show an edge of greeness in some light exposures. Doesn't change the fact that it's still inherently hue family yellow, though. Doesn't mean you should be looking at the formula either - only the dried, final finish color and how it looks is what matters.

Softer Tan belongs to the yellow hue family.
Netsuke is the yellow hue family.
Ivoire is the yellow hue family
Believeable Buff is the yellow hue family

If you pull SW color strips #17 thru #24 and look at them in numerical order you'll see a spectral order progression starting with yellow-red, yellow, green-yellow, green.

#17, #18, and #19 for example. #18 has Believeable on it. In between #17 and #19 you can see how it could swing yellow-red to yellow. I call Believeable yellow.


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RE: Yellow help!! (Follow-Up #12)

posted by: funcolors on 10.21.2013 at 05:22 pm in Home Decorating & Design Forum

The difference I see between the following is due to color family, and not undertone, right?

Yes. It's that simple. There's nothing hidden, nothing "under" anything. Every manufacturer of everything on the planet uses a hue family premised color order system.

Every color is ordered into a color family and it's usually pretty easy follow the spectral order (R, YR, Y, GY, G, BG, B, PB, P, RP) and figure out what hue family a color belongs to.

Once you know the hue family, you can then work out color relationships. Color relationships are where color schemes come from. Fundamental color wheel stuff.

Unless the brand makes the huge mistake of letting someone who does not understand the importance of spectral order REorder their collection -- pull out all the near neutrals, for example, into a separate category.

Which happens all the time. And it's a mistake.

Spectral order, hue families, for color is as simple as the ABC's. But no one teaches it and few know about it - even the people who work in the paint store fail to notice the order of hue families in the color displays they restock and look at every single frickin' day.

Which is why every so often you'll stumble on a blogger who rants about how confusing the paint displays are and how they think they could make them better.

I feel embarrassed for those folks because they think they're "breaking through" with some sort of color genius implying that the paint companies have it all wrong, or the tile store doesn't "know color" when in actuality all they're doing is exposing how much of an expert they're not.


color definition
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RE: What can you tell me about air beds? (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: lynninnewmexico on 11.18.2013 at 06:11 pm in Home Decorating & Design Forum

I asked basically the same question about a week ago here, if you'd like to check out the opinions and info I received, SJ.

As a result of the info I received I went ahead and ordered the EZ Bed Inflatable (Queen) Guest Bed with the Constant Comfort Pump at $299.00 today.

I first checked on Amazon to see what I could find there, as we have free shipping with their Amazon Prime. Surprisingly, I could get a better deal through Frontgate online. Right now, they have 2 promo codes available. One is for free shipping, which would have saved me $29.99; the other is for 20% off your order. I used that one and got $59.99 off the total! ****But, this promo code ends today! I got it through, a coupon web site.

Wish I had it already so that I could tell you personally how I like it, but it won't ship until 11/25. This is ok as I don't need it until our son arrives for Christmas. But, this bed got a huge number of great reviews. Those combined with the opinions I received here give me high hopes that this will happily suit our guest room needs.

I must say, though, that I'm not ordering Frontgate's sheets for it, as the general consensus of reviews on them said they wrinkle badly and are over-priced. I'll use one of my many sets of queen sheets for it and plan to buy a egg crate or similar mattress topper for it here locally.

This post was edited by lynninnewmexico on Mon, Nov 18, 13 at 19:55


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RE: As Promised, Link to Terrific Baseboard Install Trick! (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: forboystoo on 10.26.2013 at 01:20 pm in Home Decorating & Design Forum

I love The Family Handyman...
Instructions with photos always rank high for me.

I'm having problems with the link you provided.

Might be a mobile link....Here's another one for computers..

Here is a link that might be useful:


baseboard hints
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RE: Fast healthy real food dinner ideas (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: lynninnewmexico on 09.23.2013 at 05:25 pm in Home Decorating & Design Forum

I love to cook. Although I usually don't mind more complicated recipes when I have the time, I totally understand wanting to eat healthfully . . . and quickly.

I like to cook a nice bottom round beef roast on the weekend. I simmer it for hours in beef broth, a packet of Lipton Onion Soup mix, bay leaf and some dried thyme. Afterwards, I shred it and freeze it in portions for DH & myself. It thaws quickly and I can use it for tacos, enchiladas, a healthful version of taco salad (I live in New Mexico-LOL); shredded beef with a little broth over toasted rye bread for open-faced sandwiches; mixed with a little BBQ sauce over shredded Romaine lettuce or over a half of a toasted multigrain sandwich thin. I imagine that you can do the same with chicken.

I also cook up a number of skinless, boneless chicken breasts at one time. I like the thin ones best, if I can find them. I freeze them for main dish salads, shredded, over Romaine or fresh baby spinach (never iceberg, which is pretty much nutrient-free and worthless IMO) and whatever fresh veggies I have on hand. I like adding garbanzo or black beans for the added protein.

I also like to sauté a shredded (precooked) chicken breast in a small amount of olive oil along with a chopped fresh tomato, some chopped onion, chopped fresh kale or spinach, garlic, and sometimes a small can of chopped green chile, for just a couple of minutes. I serve it over black beans and top it all with a tablespoon of plain Greek yogurt, fresh cilantro and chopped green onion. It's fast, lo-cal, very healthful and delicious. The black beans are, again, healthful added protein that won't leave you hungry again in an hour.

If you like fish, sauté a piece of fresh fish in a small skillet, using a small amount of olive oil. When cooked, refrigerate until cool, about 15 minutes. In the meantime whisk together 1/8 cup of olive oil, 1/2 Tbs. lemon juice, 1/2 Tbs. Dijon mustard, 1 Tbs chopped FRESH cilantro and a dash of salt & pepper. Toss with fresh greens, 1/2 of a 15 oz can of(rinsed) chickpeas /garbanzos , 1 sliced or chopped avocado and 1/4 of a small red onion, sliced. Top with your fish and some fresh parsley. Once again, the chickpeas will add bulk and protein while eliminating the need for carbs like bread or rice. You can also substitute canned, rinsed tuna for the fish filet.
Did I mention that I love to cook (LOL)?


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RE: Funcolors? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: forboystoo on 09.21.2013 at 04:10 pm in Home Decorating & Design Forum

msrose~ I guess she's away right now but she's in ElPaso
you can reach her ~
Facebook:Lori Sawaya


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RE: post a pic ..part ll..a slice of your life... (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: forboystoo on 07.08.2013 at 09:31 pm in Home Decorating & Design Forum

Violet ~ Go to photobucket
right hand side left click where it says HTML
(it will read "copied")
Go to the "Message"box at Garden Web
right click and paste..


posting photos
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RE: Tried and true easy recipes (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: ravencajun on 06.14.2013 at 03:06 pm in Kitchen Table Forum

do you know about our recipe archives? There you will find lots and lots of our tried and true recipes including a section of crockpot recipes.
KT Gathering Place
there at the Gathering place you will see up in the top left side links to the various recipe areas.

Here is my completely self created recipe for beef stew in the crockpot and it is definitely tried and true.

Crock Pot Stew
1lg red onion chopped
2lg carrots well scrubbed cut in rounds(do not peel)
2red potatoes cubed(i don't peel)
1pk lipton onion soup mix
1stalk chopped celery
sliced mushrooms(fresh)about a handful(this is optional)
1lb lean stew meat
1can cream of onion soup or cream of celery soup
1/2cup flour
2TBS worstershire sauce
1 1/2to2TBS cajun seasoning(I use Tony Chacheres)
1TBS garlic salt
1soupcan of milk
1soupcan of water
*1cup frozen peas
Spray inside of crock pot with pam.
Put flour and meat in a zip lock bag and shake till coated
Put all ingredients in crock pot, pour meat and flour in crock pot
Mix VERY well (add any other seasonings you desire)
*Put the frozen peas in during the last 30 mins of cooking
Cook on high till potatoes are done (4hrs)
*optional ingredient 1TBS kitchen bouquet(adds flavor)

this one is TandT also and makes a lot so you can have left overs or freeze it.
Black Bean Creole


3 pounds smoked sausage, cut into 1-inch pieces
5 cans (15 ounces each) black beans, partially drained
1-1/2 cups onions, chopped
1-1/2 cups green pepper, chopped
1-1/2 cups celery, chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped
2 teaspoons leaf thyme
1-1/2 teaspoons leaf oregano
1-1/2 teaspoons black pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 chicken bouillon cube
5 bay leaves
8 ounces tomato sauce
1 cup water

Combine all ingredients in a crockpot. Cover and cook on low 8 hours or high 4 hours. Remove bay leaves. Serve with corn chips, cheese and sour cream. Or over cooked rice.


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RE: computer Blue screen? (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: ravencajun on 06.02.2013 at 12:03 pm in Kitchen Table Forum

yes lots and lots of things cause a blue screen notice, does not mean it is going to die but does mean you need to correct the problem that is causing it to happen. You need to get all of the exact message that is on the blue screen write it down that is essential because there are dozens of blue screen messages and with out the one on your's no way to know what is causing it.
The other option is to go into the administrative tools section of control panel and then the event viewer and open each of the sections including system and look for any red or yellow flagged items double click on the entry and it will give you the info for what is causing the red flag, it will have a code number or event number write that down all of this stuff you have written down can then be googled to find out exactly what it relates to.
You have to get it all exactly as it is written down, google it, and there it will tell you if it is some of your software causing it or hardware or if you have a system problem etc.

You can go to this forum which is dedicated to helping people with a blue screen problem and they will be happy to help.
BSOD, Crashes, Kernel Debugging


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Resizing images/pictures a little help tutorial

posted by: ravencajun on 06.15.2012 at 12:24 pm in Kitchen Table Forum

Since our wonderful new image upload feature lets us take the pictures right from our own pc and upload it here to the forum for view, I thought I would post a couple of real easy ways to resize your pictures on your pc since there is a size limit here.

There is actually a resizer made by microsoft for those with an xp computer, I have used it for years it is extremely easy to add to your computer, once you have it you will be able to simply right click on any picture on your pc and you will have the option to resize the picture, you can choose one of the sizes offered or choose to custom size. This will not affect your original it will create a new one in the smaller size.
This is offered on the microsoft power toys page, go to this page scroll down to image resizer click download a box will pop up that is the imageresizer exe. Save it to your pc, go to where you saved it double click on it and install. That is it.
Resize your image For xp

Now for those that have vista or 7 there is one for you also, it is a clone of the above described power toy which works with your windows version.
Image Resizer Powertoy Clone For Windows 7 for vista and 7
click on the link on that page that is blue and says Image resizer 2.0

there are various websites you can also use to resize but having the option right on your pc is really the easiest way to go.
Here are a few online options.
Resize Images Online
Resizr is a free online image resizer
these are super easy to use the last one even allows you to choose if you want to save it as a jpg,gif,png file.
there is another option to download if you want that is free also
The Free & Simple way to resize your photos

That should cover any resizing issues you may have.

In case anyone does not understand how to use the new image upload feature.
1. right above the title of the thread there is now a image file to upload area with a browse button.
2 click the browse button.
3 go to the location on your pc where you have pictures stored.
4 select a picture by clicking on it.
5 click the open button
6 the link to your picture will now appear in the blank on your post where it says image file to upload.

Hit preview button as you normally would then the submit button.

If you happen to go back to edit your post for any reason before you hit submit you will again have to select your picture it will not keep it, a small glitch.


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RE: A computer Question (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: ravencajun on 04.25.2013 at 01:18 pm in Kitchen Table Forum

first thing I would do is go to that location in your C drive and see what is there so you have some idea of what C:\$Mfr contains.

Have you run an updated malwarebytes scan lately? if not I would do that just to rule out malware interference.

I would also go to belarc and run a free belarc on it, that will give you the hard drive health info so you know if you are showing any signs of the hard drive malfunctioning.
Do both of those and report back with the results here are the links.
Belarc Advisor - Free Personal PC Audit
download, run, it will provide a full list of everything in your pc and also give a hard drive health report. This is a good report to print and have available should you need info about your pc.

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Download
download, install, update, run full scan it may require you to reboot do so if needed.

After those I would look at the even viewer and see if there are red flagged events. Do those first 2 then we can move on.


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Super easy cake recipe

posted by: oakleyok on 04.18.2013 at 02:01 pm in Home Decorating & Design Forum

This is too delicious and simple to make for me not to share. Someone posted the recipe on FB and I think it's making the rounds of Pinterest.

Angel Food Cake w/Pineapple.

1 box Angel Food Cake Mix
1 20 oz. can Crushed Pineapple, undrained

Mix these two ingredients together, pour into sprayed 9x13 pan. Bake for 30 min. at 350. Voila!

Delicious and very summery! I'm going to keep these two ingredients on hand in case I need to bring a dessert somewhere at the last minute.


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RE: What was for dinner? (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: patti43 on 04.13.2013 at 07:45 pm in Kitchen Table Forum

Kayjones, fried hot dogs--another one of those good things I'd forgotten about. I used to split them in half lengthwise and put cheese on them. So good!

Shirley, come down and we'll go have shrimp--betcah' you'll eat the whole pound. I ate all but 4. Ususally when we go out, if I order shrimp I may eat 5, but these are so fresh and so good you just can't stop eating them. I think they steam them, but I don't know for sure. They have the shells on and seasonings which are red and spicy, but not too spicy (sure make your hands messy, which is why they have rolls of paper towels on the tables instead of napkins). How is your sister feeling?

Glenda, we both love chopped BBQ pork. I don't like sauce either. That sounds terrific. I've never had salted caramel, either. But it seems to be really popular now. Here's the French potato salad. The kids have had it for lunch every day :-) Instead of cooking the bacon I used a packet of those real bacon bits (mine were Primrose brand).

French Potato Salad

2 lb. small red new potatoes
5 strips bacon, cooked crisp and chopped
3 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh dill or 2 tsp. dried
4 green onions, chopped
1/2 c. finely chopped red onion (I omitted)
Salt to taste

1/3 c. red wine vinegar (I prefer rice vinegar--not as strong)
3/4 c olive oil
2 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 garlic clove, minced
Freshly ground black pepper

Boil potatoes until just tender. Drain and cut into small chunks. Place in salad bowl with remaining salad ingredients. Combine dressing ingredients, mix well and toss with warm potatoes. Salad should marinate in dressing for several hours in refrigerate.

YogaLady, you're sooooo smart!!

Hounds, your healthy dinner puts me to shame. It sounds really refreshing, too.


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RE: Need only your tried and true pork tenderloin recipe (Follow-Up #17)

posted by: georgysmom on 03.24.2013 at 05:56 pm in Kitchen Table Forum

Glenda, I'm home and here is my pork tendeloin recipe:

Pork Tenderloin

1/4 C soy sauce
1/4 C bourbon
2 T. brown sugar

Mix together in plastic zip-lock bag and add 1 1/2 lb. pork tenderloin. Seal and refrigerate. Marinate several hours. Remove from marinade and bake 325 45 minutes (160 - 170 on meat thermometer). Serve with mustard sauce

Mustard Sauce:

2/3 C sour cream
2/3 C. mayo
2 T. dry mustard
3-4 green onions, finely chopped

Side dishes, roasted apparatus would be nice or a stuffed tomato (your tomato pie might be nice with this, too.) any kind of potato. I'm sure whatever you decide, it will be delicious!


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RE: Recipes for Quick & Easy - Week 3 March 2013 (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: fran1523 on 03.11.2013 at 09:09 am in Kitchen Table Forum

Pink vodka sauce

large can of crushed tomatoes or tomato puree
1 beef boullion cube
1 envelope of Good Seasons salad dressing mix (herb garlic or italian)
1/4 cup of vodka
Simmer together and then add heavy cream, half and half or Philadelphia cooking cream to taste. Serve over penne or ziti.

Sometimes I add sauteed red peppers and italian sausage to this but then it's no longer quick and easy.


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RE: angel food lemon cake, sweet surprise (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: salgal on 03.11.2013 at 10:03 am in Kitchen Table Forum

kayjones, I will do that after my next try...this one is gone!

The recipe cannot be any simpler: Dont second guess, just do it...YUM!

1 box Duncan Hines angel food cake (1 step mix)
1 can of any pie filling
Mix the 2 together well (no other ingredients)
Pour in prepared cake pan and bake according to cake package ( I used 9 x 13 pan)

I will be doing next batch as cookies to see how they come out.


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RE: Maximize seating in small, uniquely shaped living room (Follow-Up #11)

posted by: AnnieDeighnaugh on 01.08.2013 at 10:00 am in Smaller Homes Forum

And the loose chairs around the banquette seating can be easily moved into the main seating area during a party situation....

This post was edited by AnnieDeighnaugh on Tue, Jan 8, 13 at 10:02


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Quick & easy dessert

posted by: joann_fla on 02.27.2013 at 02:51 pm in Kitchen Table Forum

Just saw this one on Pinterest.

2 ingredient lemon bars..

box of angel food cake mix and a can of lemon pie filling... Mix them together and bake in a 9x13 cake pan at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

As they are cooling, you can sprinkle with powder sugar if you wish (Which I guess technically makes this a 3-ingredient recipe).


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RE: Need Book Suggestions (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: runninginplace on 01.20.2013 at 09:51 am in Home Decorating & Design Forum

Bestyears, I was going to recommend The End of Your Life Book club too. Got it from the library Friday and inhaled it, finishing (late) last night. Wonderful, wonderful book.

I also just finished The Fault in Our Stars which is a love story about teenagers facing a serious illness. A tearjerker but excellent. Only caveat is the dialogue which is mostly composed of lines spoken by no teenager ever, but that's relatively minor in the context of a very moving book.

Oakley if you don't mind graphic sex and violence check out the Song of Ice and Fire series (aka Game of Thrones). I got sucked into them this summer although I am not a fantasy genre fan. The books are based on the War of the Roses era and have incredibly well written plotting and characterization. This is independent of the HBO series which I've not watched because I tend to prefer to have my own images of literary characters.

Recently finished The Odds, A Love Story by Stewart O'Nan--what an unfortunate surname! A novella about a long married couple facing financial ruin and relationship angst. Very well written and a quick read.

The Light Between Oceans was also a good read, and thought provoking. A novel about a couple living on a remote island off Australia post WWW-I, and a fateful decision they make that affects many lives.

Cooking for Gracie was very sweet. A memoir from a NYT editor and enthusiastic amateur chef about the first year or so of his daughter's life.

I have already recommended Where'd You Go Bernadette but I'll mention it again. Loved this one; a comic-with-serious-undertones book about a misfit mom in Seattle, her genius Microsoft husband and their teenage daughter. Wonderful send up of private school helicopter parents, as well as a serious look at choices people make, and relationships including the mother-daughter bond. Cleverly written too in epistolary style that includes notes, email, FBI reports(!), etc.

Beautiful Ruins was also excellent. This made quite a few best books of the year lists and deservedly so. I wasn't sure I"d like it but it was wonderful.

The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving-about a former SAHD(ad) who has literally lost his entire family and is now eking out a living as an attendant to a teenage boy with CP. A road trip novel and one that had moments of humor amidst a very serious theme.

Would it Kill You to Stop Doing That, A Modern Guide to Manners was just so funny! That along with some good advice and insights puts that on the list as a good read too.

The titles above are ones I've finished. On my bookshelf or next to my bed waiting are:

Behind the Beautiful Forevers, a non fiction book about life in the slums of India that is supposed to be almost a Dickensian look at people surviving in terribly difficult circumstances.

Quiet, the Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking-would probably be of great interest to many here who write about being on the introversion end of the scale.

Hope some of these are of interest...reading is the gift that keeps on giving isn't it?!



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Recipes for Pizza - Week 4 January 2013

posted by: walnutcreek on 01.27.2013 at 01:44 pm in Kitchen Table Forum

This sauce is really, really good in our opinions; we like it better than cooked sauces. For toppings, we like ham, black olives and onions or pepperoni, red and green peppers, and onions. Sometimes I spread a little cheese on the crust first, then spread/spoon the sauce on before adding toppings.

Simple No Cook Pizza Sauce

1 8-oz can tomato sauce
1 tsp dry oregano
1/2 tsp dry marjoram
1/2 tsp dry basil
1/4 tsp garlic salt

Combine and let sit on the countertop for at least 1 hour while the dough rises, if making homemade crust. I usually purchase a ready-made pizza crust.

For Each Pizza:
Preheat oven to 420-450F. Spoon 1/3 cup sauce on dough and spread to within 1" of edge. Distribute a few handfuls of shredded mozzarella cheese (I use a little cheddar, too) on sauce, then add whatever other toppings you want.

This post was edited by walnutcreek on Sun, Jan 27, 13 at 15:29


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RE: What are you reading? (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: YogaLady1948 on 01.14.2013 at 12:17 am in Kitchen Table Forum

The last novel I read was last month~The Witch's Daughter~
by Paula Brackston. It was so good I could not put it down!


book, the witch's daughter
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RE: Paint color with this Oriental rug (Follow-Up #11)

posted by: geokid on 01.14.2013 at 02:53 pm in Home Decorating & Design Forum

I have fallen in love with BM Bennington Gray.


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RE: Instead of buying Privacy Film for windows (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: minty88 on 01.11.2013 at 09:11 pm in Home Decorating & Design Forum

I used two tablespoons of cornstarch dissolved in 1/4 cup of water, and then added it to 2 cups of boiling water. I will warn you it is a bit messy when applying it and hanging it. But I found putting a big old towel to catch the drippings helped a lot. Kind of reminds me of putting up wallpaper but easier.

Here is the link to where I found it (scroll about 1/4 down the page to where he tells how to do it):


window treatments with cloth
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RE: Before and afters of my Magnaverde painted wing chairs. (Follow-Up #19)

posted by: dlm2000 on 04.21.2012 at 09:45 am in Home Decorating & Design Forum

Looks great, Becky - love the nail head trim that MR suggested

Here are the instructions from Magnaverde followed by a picture of his sofa:

"Forget all that nonsense about teensy bottles of expensive paint medium from the crafts store. You don't need anything more than regular latex semi-gloss paint--and a lot of guts. I found a beautiful Baker Chippendale camelback sofa, with cool curved arms and a fat down cushion, but it was covereed in a hideous glazed chintz in the ugliest colors I ever saw. I found some great yellow wool damask to reupholster with, but it would have cost me $3OOO for the job, so I painted my sofa instead.
Everyone freaked out when I told then the plan, but it worked. I was planning on painting my room dark green, so I decided to go with the red leather look. First, I painted the whole thing with bubblegum pink semigloss latex paint, using the widest foam brush I could find, and brushing it on in long strokes front-to-back and up + down. Think of that as the primer coat. I let it dry 2 days, and sanded it super lightly with fine-grade sandpaper to get rid of the burrs--there were a lot. When I couldn't feel any more sharp things, another coat of paint, spread thin. Dried and sanded again. Then spread--with my hands--a thin coat of raspberry red semi-gloss paint I had deadened a little with brown to make it a little less vivid. Because it was a deep color, there wasn't much white filler in the paint, and it was almost like a glaze or stain, instead of paint, which is just what I wanted anyway. I just smoothed it on, like suntan oil, and worked it into the pink paint. I let it build a little thicker at the back, on the inside of the arms and at the back edge of the loose cushion, so that the paler, thinner red took on an air of wear at the high points. I let it dry 2 days, then CAREFULLY sanded the few new sharp things, and touched up those spots with my fingers. I let it dry 2 days, then waxed the whole thing with regular paste wax. After it was dry, I polished with a soft cloth, then dusted with talcum, and vacuumed it all off. It was a little stiff the first few days, but now it not only looks like red leather, it feels like it.
This worked great on glazed chintz, and probably would work on any smooth fabric, except that some may have more burrs and therefore require more sanding, but I wouldn't try it on anything with a heavy texture. And no, the paint doesn't come off. And it's not stiff, either. Think about it--it's latex paint, and essentially, that's what's in those little bottles of fabric medium."



painting an upholstered chair
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RE: Recipes with Few Ingredients - Week 1 January 2013 (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: patti43 on 01.07.2013 at 10:11 am in Kitchen Table Forum

I'm making this sometime this week. Quick to put together and fast to cook. Love my crockpot!

CHICKEN AND DRESSING (The Pursuit of Happiness)

4 thawed chicken breasts
6 oz. package of Stove Top stuffing mix
1/2 cup sour cream
1 can of cream of chicken soup
1/4 c. water

Place chicken in the bottom of the crockpot. Top with dry stuffing mix. Mix sour cream and soup and water together; pour over top of stuffing and spread around. Cook on LOW for 3-4 hours. Fluff up the stuffing and serve.


chicken casserole
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RE: Recipes with Few Ingredients - Week 1 January 2013 (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: nicole__ on 01.06.2013 at 06:22 pm in Kitchen Table Forum

Coq Au Vin

1 whole chicken/cut up into 8 pieces
1 bottle red wine(pinot noir)
Vegetables, your choice(carrots,celery,potatoes,mushrooms,onion,garlic)

1/4 cup white flour
1 tsp thyme
salt & pepper to taste

In a large stew pot, put in all ingredients except flour. Cook on medium heat till it comes to a boil. Reduce to a simmer for the next 2 hours. Remove all chicken & vegetables to a plate. Add flour as you whisk, then put everything back into the pot. Serve.


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RE: Share your pasta "concoction"! (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: jenuwin on 01.06.2013 at 07:44 pm in Kitchen Table Forum

1/2 - 3/4 # Italian sausage, crumbled, and fried in OO with 3-4 cloves of minced garlic. When nice and carmalized, add 2 cups chicken broth, and cook for 10 minutes. Add chopped escarole, cook for another 5-7 minutes.
Boil 3/4 # of orrechette, or medium shells until tender. Drain and add to the pot with the sausage and broth.
Stir in a handful of parm, or romano cheese and serve.


italian recipe
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RE: How do you make pulled pork in crockpot? (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: liz_ga on 12.22.2012 at 10:56 pm in Kitchen Table Forum

I cut the pork loin in half...Horizontally...put in half bottle of SWEET BABY RAYS' and a Half Bottle of JACK DANIELS BBQ Sauce...and a l/4 C of Apple Cider Vinegar...simmer on low for about 4 hours...

then I dump out the liquid...(I save it for the doggies and put a couple of tablespoons over their doggie food)...

Put the remaining half bottles of BBQ back in the CrockPot...pull the pork apart with two forks...dump it back in and simmer for another 2-3 hours...

We all love it!! I make a pot every week...give some to one son/DIL and the rest gets eaten by my hubster, me and other son...who takes it to work for lunch's yummy!


pulled pork
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FINALLY got another project done.. Christmas decoration! outdoor

posted by: kat__wa on 12.18.2012 at 05:28 pm in Kitchen Table Forum

Finally got it hung up this past weekend!!
the planning stage...
wreath, start! and scrap metal !!!!!wreath pieces
just starting to put it together.
juststartingwreath_zps392930a2DONE!!!wreath done!
and hung! lol
hanging up done!

yeah, I know we need to repaint our trim! lol


Metal Xmas wreath
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RE: Your favorite dessert recipe? (Follow-Up #14)

posted by: sueb20 on 12.12.2012 at 12:37 pm in Home Decorating & Design Forum

Judie, funny, I just found that oreo recipe last night and decided it was a good option for one of the treats I give to neighbors for Christmas.

Thank you all for the great ideas. I'm going to save some of them for the future, and I hope the ideas may have been helpful to others here, too. In the hours since my posting and now, the end of the week has gotten even more scheduled, so I think I'm taking an easy route -- my friend's homemade hot fudge sauce recipe, brownies from a local farm shop (they are amazing), and peppermint stick ice cream. Somewhat holiday-esque, and if people don't like brownies, they can have ice cream, and vice versa.


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grayish sage paint

posted by: yayagal on 12.12.2012 at 01:36 am in Home Decorating & Design Forum

Does anyone know of a light to medium gray paint with sort of sage undertones. I was asked to choose one by the morning and I'm exhausted as I got home so late. I'd appreciate any suggestions and I'll get up early and check them, thanks if you can help.


gray mirage paint
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RE: Downton Abbey Series 3 ! (Follow-Up #13)

posted by: chickadee2 on 10.22.2012 at 06:02 pm in Home Decorating & Design Forum

Here's a list of some British shows I've enjoyed on Netflix's Instant play.

Evil Under the Sun - Agatha Christie's Poirot with Peter Ustinov and a young Maggie Smith. 'Love the clothes.

The Way We Live Now - An Adaptation of a Trollope novel with David Suchet. Great acting - lots of BBC regulars.

BBC Mysteries
Vera with Brenda Blethyn
The Last Detective with Peter Davison from All Creatures Great ans Small

BBC Comedies
Reggie Perrin with Martin Clunes from Doc Martin
Kingdom with Stephen Fry


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Sharing my paint choices per Colour Consult

posted by: dashiell on 10.22.2012 at 11:26 am in Home Decorating & Design Forum

I have enjoyed this Forum and would like to "give back", so to speak. After agonizing over paint choices for my house, I finally consulted with a Benjamin Moore paint consultant at a local store. She came to my single story house ($75.00 fee) and recommended the following colors, which flow from room to room and have worked out beautifully:
Hush #AF-95, Master Bedroom
Frappe #AF-85, Master Bath
Oakwood Manor #1095, Guest Bedroom
Inner Balance #1522, Guest Bath
Cedar Key #982, Kids bath and laundry room
Blanched Almond #1060, Living Room
Mohair #1058, Kitchen/Dining area/hallways
Mineral Alloy #1622, Kitchen Accent Wall
We also continued the Mohair colour down the stairs and into the downstairs entryway from the garage. (We have a lower level/walk out basement where my mother has her own apartment and painted it her own self-mixed color).
Please note that I wanted neutral colours, my living area colors are warm, my guest bedroom and bathroom have predominant green tones, and my kitchen is open to the dining area and has stainless steel appliances, black granite countertops, light birch cabinets, and where I keep a pottery vase that contains the mineral alloy color. All my floors are light yellow bamboo.

Anyway, I hope this info might help others of you who are struggling over paint choices. Good luck!


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RE: Eclectic vs. Consistent (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: saypoint on 08.17.2012 at 02:14 pm in Home Decorating & Design Forum

As far as mixing metals, I think you can use two in a kitchen before it starts looking unrelated. Hardware and fixtures should probably have something in common, such as period or general tendency to traditional or modern or retro style, or level of simplicity or ornamentation. Maybe three if you have existing vintage brass doorknobs or something.
As far as bathrooms, I don't think they have to match, but again, I would try to have a similar style. Retro in one bathroom and ornate victorian fittings in another would seem chaotic.
Using an eclectic mix of furnishing such as bronwynsmom describes takes a good eye or lots of practice (or trial and error, LOL) to pull off successfully, IMO. I save pictures of rooms I like from blogs and online mags, and go through them looking for similarities. I come up with simple, somewhat traditional or cottage, with warm mid- or light-toned woods, general color schemes of cream, soft green, gold, and a bit of green-blue, natural fiber fabrics, cream/gold or soft blue or green colored upholstery or slipcovers, white bedding, wood floors, seagrass or sisal or tribal rugs, accessories in wood, pottery, glass or basketry, a somewhat lived-in look, and fabulous light from generous windows. Using those qualities as a guide, I can put together a lot of different furnishings and decorative items that fit the overall scheme and "work" together.


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