Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Choosing appliances (link)

From HGTV: Whether to go for cheap or steep:

You can start with the basics--black or white--or go for the stainless steel film (peel and stick), or the real thing or go for the cooktop with a double oven and on up...

I used to think that double ovens were pretentious and a waste of space, but for holiday meals, they do come in handy; otherwise you're juggling side dishes, warming rolls, and reheating dishes that have gotten cold while you're cooking something else.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Tropical Storm Edouardo

TS Edouardo may become a category 2 hurricane eventually, but it's expected to stay away from Florida and curve out to sea as many of the earlier storms have done.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Color vs. Color (link)

Choose your favorite color from these selections from HGTV.com: Color vs. Color

My favorite is Cerise (pink for grown-ups).

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Imaginative kids' rooms (links)

These fantastic rooms include a Lilo & Stitch theme, a castle, nursery rhymes, the jungle, and more.  Oh, I thought the cowboys' bunkhouse was really fun.  Frankly, I think you're going to want one for yourself.  Check them all out: 7 Playful Kids' Rooms

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Decorating and entertaining

The October issue of Country Living has an article about how to use pumpkins for fall decorating; I especially like the pumpkin wrapped vertically with burlap ribbons.  (I didn't even know there were burlap ribbons.)  I also enjoyed the articles on downsizing while utilizing your collections and livening up a log cabin.  The article focusing on an all-white kitchen--it doesn't have to be boring--didn't convince me.

The food section focuses on hearty fall soups, but what got my attention was the grilled cheese croutons, though the Broccoli Florentine Bisque looked interesting. (The bowl helped.)  The spotlight--Portrait of America--on the country's largest drive-in diner, The Varsity in Georgia, makes you appreciate diners.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Tropical Storm Dolly

TS Dolly is heading straight west into Mexico.  We didn't even have to think about this one.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Kitchen countertop appliances (link)

From HGTVremodels.com:

The appliances include your basics: blenders, crockpot, stand mixers, a Cuisinart food processor, some coffee machines, etc.--and the latest: a soda maker.

I have a blender, a crockpot, and a toaster oven.  (I've never been on the cutting edge.)  Check these out to see what you have and what you need: 9 Must-Have Small Appliances

Monday, August 25, 2014

Decorating and entertaining

There are three imaginative ideas for kids' and tweens' rooms in the September issue of Southern Living; I love using a raspberry shade instead of pink for a girl's room.  The gardening, decorating, and travel articles are helpful, but the apple recipes are amazing, especially the apple stack cake.  Good luck with cutting that!  And check out the apple varieties.  Btw, it's sort of a double issue; the flip side focuses on Southern style.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Tropical Storm Cristobal

TS Cristobal has taken a sharp turn north--it never got anywhere near us--and is moving slowly up and off the east coast; it's expected to become a category 1 hurricane in a few days before becoming sub-tropical as it moves on north: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/refresh/graphics_at4+shtml/204224.shtml?5-daynl

(Thanks for the link, Lloyd.)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Striking and imaginative color combos (link)

I really enjoyed some of these combinations from HGTV.com, and the photos just might give you the courage to try them in your home: 20 Unexpected Color Combos