Saturday, July 26, 2014

Home and entertaining

The August issue of Southern Living has some inspiring home ideas from their 2014 Southern Living Idea House, among other things, including a few home makeovers, but the issue also includes five Southern burger recipes.  I thought the Bacon, Peach, and Basil Burger sounded especially exciting, plus there's a recipe for onion-spiked pickles that I'd love to try.  

Friday, July 25, 2014

Bathroom sinks (link)

Here's a Pinterest board full of bathroom sinks, mainly of that new trend: Vessel sinks, most of which are impractical.  I wouldn't want to clean them inside and out!  Link:

Speaking of bathrooms, I don't know how serious this advice from Pinterest is: Before ripping the tile off the walls and ordering an LED toilet seat that doubles as a nightlight, make a thorough plan for your bathroom renovation.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Bookcase display ideas (link)

Here are some interesting ideas for spicing up your bookcases: 10 Bookshelf Styling Tips

I'm pretty happy with my bookcases, though I've been moving a few things around lately, and I don't know what to do with that big green apple!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Joy's remodeling ebook is on sale now!

Remodeling: Buying and Updating a Foreclosure is now half price with this coupon code: FN83G

How one woman bought and remodeled a foreclosure; it didn’t even have a kitchen sink! 

Get it here:

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Expediting the morning routine (link)

You can bag your breakfast, box your lunch supplies, make lists and schedules (love that big board by the little table), and even set your clock ten minutes ahead. For more ideas: Get Out the Door Faster: 8 Tips

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Pretty pastels (link)

Are pastels the new trend?  Do you care?  Pastels are gentle, I think, and sometimes quiet is good: Pastel ideas from HGTV.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Delicious dishes

I recently read a few Martha Stewart Living magazines that a friend gave me, and they are full of interesting articles and tempting photos of food.  No wonder the magzine is so big; those photos are beautifully displayed.

The May issue tells you how to enhance a flank steak with a marinade of olive oil, soy sauce, lemon juice, and brown sugar...  That carmelized crust sounds good.  And then there's the Upside-Down Lemon Meringue pie.

The June issue shows a variety of olives; I didn't know there were that many!  And then there are the pies with herbs and roses.  And fancy picnic ideas, plus a home made out of barns...

The July/August issue has an interesting article on lavender with a lavender sugar scrub that's good enough to eat....  You can even add lavender to nut brittle.  And I loved that display of the different tomatoes all sliced up.  Lots to look at and enjoy.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Decorating ideas

I enjoyed all the color choices and decorating ideas--stripes are in, btw--in the July/August issue of HGTV Magazine.  They have great sources also for getting an expensive look at a cheaper price--always apprecitated 'cause I hate waste.  And you're reminded not to use regular detergent in an HE washer and not to push bits of food down your drain.

I appreciate learning things like the differences between rattan and wicker and quartz and granite.  (I knew I should have gotten quartz.)  And learning decorating terms; I knew most of them except for some of the table legs--and Euro pillows.  I'm sure that's a new one.

I love paint color names, such as Blue Peacock (Sherwin-Williams), Citrus Zest (Behr), and Rosemary Green (Benjamin Moore).  Wait!!  That does not look like rosemary!  And I enjoyed the porch and home makeover ideas.  Always a fun learning experience.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Strike Three discount deadine: July 15

Strike Three is a post-apocalyptic novel:

Because of the "hot virus," the devastation of WWIII is more horrible than the worse case scenario, and missiles fired in retaliation gave new meaning to "scorched earth."

Strike Three is available in paperback or as an ebook.
For the print edition of Strike Three, go to Createspace:   With this discount code: TGERED9J  , you'll save 25% of the cover price of $12.95; the discount is good through July 15.

If you prefer eBooks, go to Smashwords:   The discount code: WB38B will save you 25% off the cover price of $4.95.  Again, this discount is only good through  July 15.