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DECK THE HOLIDAY'S: 12/27/11

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

DIY MASON JAR SOAP DISPENSER!

   This comes from www.notjustpaperandglue.com .   Cute, unique and very easy to make, instead of the regualr plasitc bottles that it usually comes in.  Also it wouldn't need to be refilled very often.  Enjoy!


Mason Jar Soap Dispenser
Pinterest is one of my favorite places to browse for inspiration. One of the most fascinating things I have found are soap dispensers made from old mason jars. I have plenty of mason jars so this would be a great addition to our master bathroom.



Source: theblissfullycontentlife.blogspot.com via Not Just Paper and Glue on Pinterest
I wanted to add some decoration to the soap dispensers but I knew I could not put anything on the outside that could not be washed down. The perfect solution would be to put the decoration on the inside.
I found some clear pump bottles that fit perfectly inside of my pint jars. I had my husband drill a hole into each of the jar lids and then I attached the bottles to the lids.


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I sprinkled glitter onto Sticky Paper and then placed an Art Acetate over the top of the glittered Sticky Paper and wrapped it around the bottle.
I cut out another piece of Sticky Paper with my Silhouette for the label and glittered it with the same colors I used for the background. I adhered the glittered Sticky Paper label to the colored cardstock and adhered the label to the inside of the jars with small pieces of WonderFilm.


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I slipped the bottled that was wrapped with the glittered background into the jar and screwed on the outer ring.
I also used my Silhouette to cut out the word “Soap” from vinyl and placed it on the outside of jar. The vinyl is washable so this should make for easy clean up.


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Does this look like a doable project?

25 THINGS TO EAT, DRINK AND COOK IN 2012, PART I!

   This comes from www.bonappetit.com . They are always on the cusp of all things past, present and future that has to do with food (sounds like the ghost of Christmas past, present and future)!  Good luck in the coming New Year and enjoy yourself too!




1. Seafood CSAs


    It started with kale and kohlrabi, then expanded to eggs and meat. Now the noble CSA model is supporting seafood programs like Siren SeaSA, Cape Ann Fresh Catch, and Port Clyde Fresh Catch, which bring sparkling-fresh fish to your kitchen. Crate to Plate, based in Midcoast Maine, lets subscribers lease lobster traps (you can pick and track yours online) and guarantees delivery of at least 40 lively critters during peak season. Sign up now; traps go fast. cratetoplate.com
2. Asian-Inspired Subs
   With all due respect to the BLT, the best sandwiches these days are the ones piled with pickled vegetables, cilantro, cucumbers, and spicy mayo. First it was the classic Vietnamese banh mi; now other Asian-inspired subs are springing up everywhere, making millions of office workers happy at lunch-time. Num Pang (Cambodian for "bread") is the name of our new favorite Cambodian-style sandwich shop in New York. Order the pulled Duroc-breed pork, their pig-centric specialty.

3. Destination Tasmania

Tasmania is tiny, but its terrain is gloriously varied: rolling farmland, temperate rain forests, tidy little towns, epic wilderness preserves, white sand beaches. And everywhere there's great stuff to eat, from the much-exported Tasmanian ocean trout and briny oysters found only near Bruny Island to the distinctive floral funk of its indigenous leatherwood honey. Restaurants celebrate local goat cheeses and the sparkling wines of the Tamar Valley. There's even Tasmanian whiskey made on the central highlands peat bogs.

4. Casual "Glass"ware

   Timeless, virtually indestructible, and chic to boot: We wish every glass worked as hard as France's Duralex Picardie. A longtime bistro staple, it's our new go-to for casual sipping. 5.4-oz.; $18 for six; duralexusa.com.

5. Whey

   It's time to discover whey, the thin, slightly sour liquid that's left after making yogurt and fresh cheeses. At Manresa in Los Gatos, CA, chef David Kinch uses it in a suckling goat sauce, and San Francisco's Bar Tartine pickles vegetables in it (the lactic acid aids fermentation). "Whey has some umami qualities and adds body and flavor," says Bar Tartine chef Nick Balla. "It's a great medium for sauces." Here in New York, White Cow Dairy's yogurt whey "tonics" are now part of our breakfast lineup.
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6. Lap Cheong

   Lap cheong, the sweet, mostly-pork cured sausage that has to be cooked before eating, is quickly becoming a kitchen staple. Here are our favorite takes:
• Sliced, steamed, and served over rice for a simple lunch
• Chopped, sautéed, and folded into an omelet
• Sliced, wok-fried, then dipped into a spicy cilantro, scallion, and rice wine sauce
$15 for three 12-oz. packages; amazon.com

7. Better Coffee...Anywhere

   Good coffee is hard to find in most hotels, but hot water isn't. That's why I always travel with an AeroPress, a funny-looking coffee maker made out of rugged plastic that works like an oversize syringe.
   It's easy to use: Place filter into cap, screw cap on chamber, add coffee grounds and hot water, stir, plunge. Done. Even more important, it makes fantastic coffee. A favorite tool among coffee enthusiasts, it's so good at what it does, you just might start using it at home.—Oliver Strand
$30; aerobie.com for stores

8. The New Nonstick

   We rely on a nonstick pan for making scrambled eggs, but it's pitiful for browning meats or crisping fritters. Which is why we're obsessed (yes, obsessed) with Bialetti's Aeternum line of ceramic-coated pans. Food literally slides around on the ultra-slippery surface, which crisps chicken thighs just as well as our cast iron. Eco bonus: They're Teflon-free. Bialetti Aeternum 10.25" sauté pan; $30; bialettishop.com

9. Mackerel

   Perhaps you've heard that if things continue as they are, commercial fish stocks (i.e., what we eat) will collapse by 2048. Time to buck the trend. Say no to overfished bluefin tuna and Chilean sea bass and yes to our favorite sustainable fish, mackerel. It's beautiful, crazy-nutritious (protein! Vitamin D! Omega-3s!), and its rich flesh can be prepared just about any way under the sun (or sea).

10. The Wheat-Free Lifestyle

   I'm not eating pizza and I'm psyched. No, I don't have celiac disease. Yes, I feel 300 percent better now that I've cut gluten out of my diet: improved mood and even energy. Of course I miss the blissful high that comes with pasta and bread. But once you renounce wheat worship, wonderful things happen to your kitchen repertoire: You eat more vegetables. You cook way more Mexican, Thai, Japanese, and Peruvian—cuisines that are naturally gluten-free. You become a legume snob and a rice-pasta fanatic. Is it about dieting? Heck, no. It's about feeling as good as possible, both at and away from the table.

11. Beer Cocktails


   Can you name any beer cocktails besides a Shandy and a Michelada? No? Well, that's about to change. Try Shock Me, a take on the Old Fashioned from Virtue Feed & Grain in Alexandria, VA. Get the recipe here.

12. Basta Pasta

   Along with introducing us to the beauty of burrata cheese and fennel pollen, the new wave of regional Italian restaurants has also opened up a world of pasta shapes. It's time to branch out from linguine and try these new-comers to American grocery shelves.
   Paccheri: Fat, wide tubes found in Campania, these are ideal in hearty baked dishes.
Garganelli: Thin, ridged, rolled pasta named after a chicken's gullet. A specialty of the Emilia-Romagna region, hence its affinity for meaty ragù.
Trofie: Short, spiral pasta that's best when fresh and served with that other Ligurian classic, pesto alla genovese.

13. Sicilian Wine

   Sicily's Mount Etna is Europe's tallest active volcano—and easily the most dynamic wine region in Italy. Red wines from Etna are nervier and more energetic than the majority of their superripe Sicilian cousins. This has mostly to do with the high-altitude vineyards, which, when they're not being threatened by a river of molten lava, remain cool while the port city of Catania boils down below. These reds are deservedly getting all the love right now, but whites from local varieties such as Carricante have the mineral edge of volcanic rock. Look for them, too. —David Lynch
Three to try: Vini Biondi 2007 Etna Rosso "Outis," $28; Graci 2009 Etna Rosso, $25; Tenuta delle Terre Nere 2009 Etna Bianco, $17.







25 SIGNIFICANT HISTORIC EVENTS ON NEW YEAR'S DAY!

   Today begins a new year – two thousand and nine. To celebrate the new year, I have put together a list of significant events that have happened in man’s history on this day. It was not until the 16th century that the majority of countries in the West began to use January 1st as the first day of the year – prior to that many nations used the Feast of the Assumption (March 25). This list includes only events that happened on January 1st. The list is in chronological order. Happy New Year!



Significant Events 1 – 5
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1) 404 AD – The last known gladiatorial competition in Rome takes place (gladiators pictured above)

2) 630 – Muhammad sets out toward Mecca with the army that captures it bloodlessly.

3) 1515 – King Francis I of France (France’s first Renaissance monarch) succeeds to the French throne.

4) 1772 – The first traveler’s cheques, which can be used in 90 European cities, go on sale in London.

5) 1788 – First edition of The Times of London, previously The Daily Universal Register, is published.



Significant Events 6 – 10
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6) 1800 – The Dutch East India Company (the first international mega-corporation) is dissolved.

7) 1801 – The legislative union of Kingdom of Great Britain and Kingdom of Ireland is completed to form the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.

8) 1804 – French rule ends in Haiti. Haiti becomes the first black republic and first independent country in the West Indies.

9) 1808 – The importation of slaves into the United States is banned.

10) 1863 – American Civil War: The Emancipation Proclamation (pictured above) takes effect in Confederate territory.



Significant Events 11 – 15
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11) 1877 – Queen Victoria of Britain is proclaimed Empress of India.

12) 1892 – Ellis Island opens to begin processing immigrants into the United States.

13) 1901 – The British colonies of New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and Western Australia federate as the Commonwealth of Australia; Edmund Barton (pictured above) is appointed the first Prime Minister.

14) 1902 – The first American college football bowl game, the Rose Bowl between Michigan and Stanford, is held in Pasadena.

15) 1908 – For the first time, a ball is dropped in New York City’s Times Square to signify the start of the New Year at midnight.



Significant Events 16 – 20
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16) 1925 – The American astronomer Edwin Hubble announces the discovery of galaxies outside the Milky Way.

17) 1934 – Alcatraz Island (pictured above) becomes a United States federal prison.

18) 1934 – Nazi Germany passes the “Law for the Prevention of Genetically Diseased Offspring”.

19) 1956 – A new year event causes panic and stampedes at Yahiko Shrine, Yahiko, central Niigata, Japan, killing at least 124 people.

20) 1958 – The European Community is established.



Significant Events 21 – 25

21) 1959 – Fulgencio Batista, president of Cuba, is overthrown by Fidel Castro’s forces during the Cuban Revolution.

22) 1962 – United States Navy SEALs established.

23) 1971 – Cigarette advertisements are banned on American television (vintage cigarette commercial above).

24) 1978 – Air India Flight 855 Boeing 747 crashes into the sea, due to instrument failure and pilot disorientation, off the coast of Bombay, killing 213.

25) 1985 – The first British mobile phone call is made by Ernie Wise to Vodafone.