Guest Groups: Thanksgiving Cooking and Entertaining

My second-most-treasured vacation of the whole year is Thanksgiving. Aside from the copious amounts of delicious food, I totally love the coziness and sense of home that this collecting boosts. Here are a couple staple pieces to add to your tablescape this year that will assist you and yours celebrate and give thanks. — Rhiannon from Beautiful Occasions


Staub Pumpkin Covered Casserole – $159.95

I am totally obsessed with this adorable pumpkin casserole dish. It would offer this kind of pop of color in my Thanksgiving tablescape.

West Elm

Greenpan Roaster With Rack – $89.95

Often it is underestimated how crucial a suitable pan is to ensuring a tasty bird. This West Elm roaster will make certain your Thanksgiving meat is cooked to perfection.

Fondant Marble Cake Stand – $128

Rustic, practical and chic, this is the best item to use to show your Thanksgiving pie.


Maple Leaf Place Cards by Timeless Paper – $1

I’ve used those at events before, and I just love how smart it is assigning guests to their seats from the edge of a wineglass.

West Elm

Laura Zindel Thanksgiving Dessert Plates – $8

I am a sucker for cute dessert plates with art on them for every vacation. All these Thanksgiving ones are just perfect for serving yummy pumpkin pie on.


Fall Mini Pie Cutters – $6.95

If you are game for tackling a homemade pie this year, don’t forget to snag up those sweet pie cutters to complete your baking off masterpiece.

Pottery Barn

Beaded Birch Pillar Candles – $12.50

There’s something really gorgeous about birch bark. The subtle sparkle and the beaded pattern on those candleholders measure them up a degree in elegance. They’re absolutely perfect for any holiday tablescape.

Pottery Barn

Sculpted Turkey Lidded Serve Bowl – $49.50

This lidded turkey dish is really adorable. Use it for stuffing, candy or perhaps a side of brussels sprouts.

West Elm

Twig Barware Kit – $39

If you are going to be mixing up some vacation drinks this year, consider using this Twig barware collection from West Elm.


Give Thanks Beverage Napkins – $3.95

The moment I saw these, I bought them. And I am fairly confident I’ll use them year-round. It is always a good time to give thanks.

West Elm

Terracotta Cast Cornucopia – $39

A cornucopia is one of the very first things that I remember learning about in school as it came to Thanksgiving classes. It would be really fun to display new rolls and croissants in and halfway from the terra-cotta version from West Elm.


Whiskey Stones – $19.95

For the dinner guest that loves whiskey on the rocks, these whiskey stones are certain to elicit a few smiles. Keep them available to delight even the most distinguished of growers.

West Elm

Slate Coaster Set – $16

I’ve seen the coaster done many ways before, but I love the way sleek and natural these black slate types look. They’d match any type of beverage holder.


Natural White Birch Poles Logs – $29

I’ve been on the search for birch logs for years, and I eventually discovered those 3-foot versions. I can not wait to decorate my mantel and fireplace with them and a couple of festive gourds and pumpkins.

West Elm

Organic Shaped Dinnerware, Metallic Rimmed, Sets of 4 – $24

My mother used to always put such a high degree of importance on having fine hamburger for special occasions. And as a homeowner, I do it. All these metallic-rimmed dishes from West Elm are so pretty and tasteful — they’d make my mother so joyful.


Artesia Charger – $14.95

I am not typically a fan of chargers, but I love the texture of those rattan ones from Crate & Barrel. They’d match every vacation plate.

Pottery Barn

Gold Pumpkin Vase Filler – $19.50

If you are trying to find a sweet and easy way to decorate your table for Thanksgiving, these mini gold pumpkins will do just the trick. They’re little pieces that pack a big punch.

Pottery Barn

Juliette Gravy Boat – $29.50

My brother and I used to make fun of our parents’ gravy boat. It is this odd thing to have! However, I loved that thing, and that I look forward to having my own sometime soon. This traditional variant in Pottery Barn is so gorgeous.

Ruffled Pie Dish – $19.95

This is the most perfect pie dish ever. It is a staple.

West Elm

Rustic Cast Aluminum Tapers – $29

These mid-century would be perfect to get a kitchen island set behind your hand-crafted dinner disperse. Consider using gold- or burnt orange–hued candles for a fun twist on a classic.

Next: 5 Ways to Get Your Living Room Ready for Entertaining

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Guest Groups: Banish the Dorm Room Doldrums

Standard-issue dorm room decoration will consist of cinder blocks, utilitarian furniture and perhaps a security window to the exterior world (if you’re lucky). It is depressing, to say the least. Banish those back-to-school decoration blues with these colorful essentials! — Capree from My Adventure is Your Advantage


Glass Magnetic Wipe Boards – $22.95

Make passive-aggressive notes more attractive for your roommates with a colorful memo board.


Stenklöver Duvet Cover and Pillowcases, White/Red – $19.99

Polka dots are a certain way to bring some cheer to your white-walled dorm room.

Nanda Home

Tocky Clock, Red – $58

This clock rolls off as soon as the alarm sounds, forcing you to get out of bed — and be on time to get this 7 a.m. course!

Kate’s Paperie

Paperthinks Recycled Leather Notebooks, Slim, Lined Page – $6.95

When you’re not actually studying or taking notes, these notebooks will look awesome simply sitting on a shelf. Hopefully, that’s not all that they do, naturally.

Marais A Side Chair, Yellow – $145

A bold yellow will surely keep your mind stimulated during late-night study sessions.


Malin Tråd Rug – $199

If you can’t paint your walls, then turn your floor into a canvas with a bold, graphic rug.


Dave Laptop Table, White – $19.99

This simple notebook desk may be white and dull, but some fun contact paper will liven up things in a jiff.


Hadley Mod Throw – $69.95

Whether you’re cuddling or studying, this blanket will keep everybody involved perfectly comfy.


Ikea PS 2012 Rug – $149

More polka dots — you can never have enough, I say.


Paper Pots – $39

One thing is sure: You may get a chilly during finals week. That’s just the way these things operate. Be prepared with an wonderful tissue dispenser.


Canvas Storage Bins – $36

Keep pens, pens and other odds and ends organized with a few sharp-looking canvas containers.


Lumi Source Woopsy Lamp, Yellow – $32.99

Who says job lighting has to be dull? I really like this lively spin on a dorm room essential.


Green Bullet 1.3-Gallon Trash Can – $16.95

This soothing hue will calm the sting of those seemingly endless term paper adjustments.


Sunnan Table Lamp – $19.99

As you’re in course, these lights are working hard for their energy: Solar panels charge throughout the day so that you may burn the midnight oil afterwards.


Lappljung Rand Duvet Cover and Pillowcases – $19.99

Color and routine, kids — that’s how you’re going to keep that dorm room from feeling like some kind of higher education prison. I guarantee, it is going to work.


Polka Dot Wall Vase – $22

I adore these wall scatter vases so much! They’ll bring the space.


Magenta Tape Dispenser – $12

This tape dispenser can be found in a whole group of colours, so select your favorite and begin taping a few things.


Fleet Hot Orange Chair – $149

Fact: This stones. Fact: Your dorm area will not be complete without a bold statement seat.


Room Essentials Fast Dry Stripe Towel Set – $15.99

Avoid embarrassing laundry mix-ups with bold stripes and strong colors. Plus, c’mon towels are dull.


Colored iPhone Alarm Docks – $30

A charger alarm clock that is smartphone? That’s right genius.

More: If I Could Have a Dorm Room Do-Over

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Guest Picks: A Posy of Wildflower Designs

Wildflowers are among my favourite things. They’re universally beautiful and spread throughout the countryside worldwide, from the French areas of lavender to the California deserts scattered with wild poppies. Inspired by their beauty, designers produce all kinds of decorative items which enable you to integrate these fancy and free flowers in your interiors.

With August here, the days of summer will soon come to an end, but integrating a few wildflower-inspired items to the home will make certain you enjoy them yearlong. — Lauren from Fourth Floor Walk Up


Lavender Wreath – $52

Summertime wreaths include a welcoming flair to houses. This lavender wreath may also be displayed inside, releasing aromas of lavender.


Blooming Branch Hook – $24

How pretty is this hook? I want to find a use for one in every room of my flat.

Cost Plus World Market

Neutral Sketched Flower Indoor-Outdoor Rug – $49.99

Showing only the outlines of flowers, this neutral, indoor/outdoor flower rug would include just the correct amount of whimsy to a contemporary space.


Flight of Fancy Armchair – $2,800

This armchair with fanciful birds and flowers beckons to be placed in a reading nook with a good book.


Meadowsweet Dinner Plate – $12

The Meadowsweet dinnerware from Anthropologie is the best choice to get an outdoor dinner party.


Queen Anne’s Lace Round Ottoman, Butterscotch – $299.99

This playful ottoman is sprinkled with silhouettes of one of my favourite flowers, Queen Anne’s Lace.


Sewing Basket Apron – $38

Intricately patched together, this floral blouse with wildflower-like blooms inspires entertaining and summery cocktails.

Neiman Marcus

Massoud ‘Christina’ Chair – $2,499

The bergère chair is one of my favourite styles of chair, and the mixture of a traditional silhouette with a contemporary, colorful print is really enjoyable.

West Elm

Gemma Orkin Wild Flowers Silk Pillow Cover – $39

Add a pop of coral with this silk wildflower throw cushion.

Arcadian Home & Lighting

Star Flower Chandelier – $190

This chandelier entwined with flowers is charming and whimsical.

Urban Outfitters

Romantic Floral Scarf Shower Curtain – $44

The oversize fragrance of flowers with this floral shower curtain sets an energetic mood for your morning wash.


Wildflowers Calendar From Claire Nereim – $50

This candy calendar graphs the months in which the California wildflowers blossom.


Wilderness Background, Gold – $110

Cast in gold silhouettes, the Wilderness background is glamorous and suitable for female interiors.

Ballard Designs

Catana Floral Lavender Fabric – $20

This old-world flower grows publicly from southern Europe to southeast Asia and can be recreated inside this fabric by Ballard Designs.

Neiman Marcus

Floral Light Fixture – $525

This intriguing wildflower light fixture is begging to be hung over a vanity or used as a decorative sculpture over the mattress.

Schoolhouse Electric

Makelike Pointy Poster Wall Art – $30

Who says flowers have to grow in lush landscapes? This desert flowers print finely outlines some beautiful specimens.

Urban Outfitters

Fawn Tapestry – $49

Bambi never looked so great! I’m in love with this unique Fawn Tapestry that will be quite the conversation starter.

Cole & Son

Wind Flowers Wallpaper

This simple, breezy flower wallpaper by Cole & Son provides you the opportunity to reminisce about those long summer days yearlong.


Wildflower Pocket Jotter by Borealchick Designs – $6.50

Whether you are on long walks through areas or jotting down summertime recipes, this Wildflower Pocket Jotter is a lovely on-the-go journal.


Wildflower Basket – $38

Picking flowers on a day walk is just one of my favorite summer pastimes, and this basket is a great boat to assist me do so in style. I would use it during the off-seasons to display dried flower arrangements.

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Guest Groups: Color Is King This Summer

Without fail, after the temperature starts to rise, so does my penchant for colour. I love just adding a few bold, saturated pieces into a room for an instantaneous breath of clean air and summer touch. There are not many rules when it comes to colour — first and foremost find a few hues that go you, sprinkle in some complementary colors and let delight abound! — Kelly from Recycled Produced


Pieni Unikko Pillow Sham – $35

When I think of bold blooms and vivid hues, Finnish design home Marimekko is the first brand that comes to mind. An updated neon choose a classic design, this pillow will surely fit the bill for spring.

Schoolhouse Electric

Schoolhouse Electric Clock, Industrial Yellow – $275

This classic reproduction clock is modernized by the glowing yellow rim. Who doesn’t remember watching that red hand count down the seconds until school was out? I really like the large graphic numbers. Even though this is a classic clock, it seems really contemporary and refreshing, with a storied background.

Layla Grayce

Jamie Young Lighting Lamp Shade Washed Coral Drum Small – $104

Drum colors look great covered in almost any print, but this stunner at a glowing coral with batik floral print is really a beauty.


Suite One Studio Pastel Sorbet Cup Set – $78

These luscious pastel cups can be used for so many things, like ice cream, nuts, candies — the list goes on. I do know 1 thing, however, I’d make sure anything I stored inside didn’t conceal the pretty pastel hues.


Mixed Berries Old Fashioned Teaspoon Set – $35

All these vibrantly-hued acrylic strands are just really fun. They will spice up even the most “vanilla” of ice cream tastes, and are gorgeous to check at. These glowing, hot colours remind me of summer just around the corner.

Putting Fire From Kathranne Knight – $24

I am in love with all the abstract nature of this sunset photo, and the deliciously rich and lively coloring. The light yellow is indeed complementary to the fiery deep pink and darkened purples. It’s the perfect print to hang in a drab hallway in need of some life.

Design Public

Flowie Bouquet Cocktail Napkins – $28

Both the print and colour combinations of these cocktail napkins are attractive. The angular roses and strong piping lends a contemporary, funky advantage to a blossom print which can occasionally come across as stuffy or overdone.

Serena & Lily

Herringbone Throw – $250

Which of these gorgeous shades to choose? I’d really like to envelop myself in almost any one of these beautiful throws. Simply because the mercury rises, doesn’t mean that you won’t need to pay up on a lively summer night or fight the chill of an air conditioner.

Shanna Murray

You are Tops Tiding Decals – $20

Beloved decal queen Shanna Murray just updated her shop with new colours and designs for spring and summer. I’ve a few sprinkled throughout my house in gold and charcoal, but the brand new Neon Pink, Matte Fog and Mint are giving me a serious crush.

Scandinavian Made

Alvesta Rug – $450

This handwoven Scandinavian rug boasts such vibrant pinks and aquas. Sized as a runner, this could be great to brighten up a hallway or section a space.

Ferm Living Shop

Spear Bowl – $80

Granted, I could probably close my eyes and click on and end up with something I loved from Ferm Living’s site, but there is something about this exceptional mix of colours and the humble triangle that elevates this bowl into new heights. And of course, the dimensions and shape are likely among the most useful you’ll find.

Scandinavian Made

Serving Plate Medium – $115

These fairly porcelain serving dishes have a delicate, crackled glaze that lends such an ethereal quality. They also don’t quite sit and the motion that they exude to the dinner table gives a real feeling of natural fluidity.

Layla Grayce

Thomas Paul Reversible Banner Violet Cotton Pillow – $70

I am loving the colour mixture of lavender and coral onto this reversible pillow. Graphic prints and bold colours are surefire ways to welcome in the hot weather.

Jonathan Adler

Green And Natural Dog Bowl, Large – $78

Even Fido can usher in spring and summer for this elegant bowl. I’d sure be tempted to fill it with a few lemons and limes and call it a centerpiece.

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Tiny Forest Fabric By Kobayashi – $30

Can not locate off-the-shelf fabrics that fit your fancy? Get a yard or two of fabric and whip up you’re own, or find a seamstress to provide you a hand. This fabric only screams spring, with its vivid blooms and grassy background. I could see a few pillows, with the opposite side a glowing chartreuse, or a few super adventuresome and fun placemats.

Panik Design

Vipp – Vipp 15 Copenhagen Green Pedal Bin – GBP 235

Wow, what a statement a trashcan will create! This mint color is hot right now, and sure to make you smile each time you press on the smooth-as-butter pedal.


Quarter Color Curtain – $98

Color blocking? Check! Coral? Check! Cover your windows with these rich and stunning curtains. They are so contemporary, so new and so summer.


Opinel Knife Set – $88

How fun would it be to peel off your apple and filet your fish with these colorful knives? The interesting palette of vibrant hues will capture and delight your attention.

Bold & Noble

Ginkgo at Yellow Moss Print – GBP 43

This simple print in a bold shade gives the eye a peaceful spot to rest. Something about the circular wreath shape is calming and elegant.


Paule Marrot Pink Maze Artwork – $1,400

The simple white on pink colour and whimsical design could be a terrific addition to add some charm and drama to a room. This bit has a young feel, without appearing juvenile.

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The Way to Eliminate Hot Water Heaters

Most homes have a hot water heater that provides the homeowner with a plentiful supply of warm water. The tank fills up, the device heats the water and that the hot water is expelled out of the faucets in your home. When warm water heaters break or if you need to update to a different size or style, it is very important to know how to properly dispose of the components. These things cannot be set on the curb on trash-collection afternoon, however there are a couple of techniques to eliminate them.

Contact county or city officials or the local waste management department to find out if your area has an appliance recycling program. If it does, consider the hot water heater to the specified location. Alternatively, find out if you can set the hot water heater with your normal trash on a neighborhood recycling day.

Call the regional recycling centre and ask whether it accepts hot water heaters. Take the hot water heater to the facility. Find out whether the recycling centre pays cash for the item as most facilities profit from draining and reycycling the metallic components of the device.

Contact your landfill if you cannot recycle the warm water heaters in your area. Take the unit to the landfill. Pay the disposal fee that frequently relies on the weight of this merchandise.

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When Are My Calamondin Ripe?

If you are eager for mature citrus fruit , the calamondin (X Citrofortunella microcarpa) is not the shrub to plant. It’s a comparatively new fruit tree, caused by crossing a mandarin orange (Citrus reticulata) with a kumquat (Fortunella margarita). The fruit is fairly much sour, and it takes a very long time to ripen.

Cold Hardy Citrus

Calamondins are increased more for their allure than for fruit. The trees are small, rising to a maximum of 10 to 20 ft. They are evergreen, as well as their distributing crowns are packed with 4-inch leaves. One of the best citrus for chilly climates, calamondin is cold hardy to 20 degrees Fahrenheit. It thrives in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 8 through 11 while parent plants mandarin orange and kumquat grow in zones 9 through 11 and 9 through 10, respectively.

Dainty Flowers, Sour Fruit

Spring fills the calamondin shrub with fragrant blossoms, each featuring five, snowy white sands with a beautiful fragrance. Flowers continue to get there in smaller amounts throughout the year. The fruit appears on the tree at precisely the exact same time as the blossoms in springtime. Each looks like a very small orange, a few 1 to 2 inches in diameter. The fruit is better described as darling than delicious, since even at its ripest, it is extremely sour.

Harvesting Calamondin

Patience is necessary if you plant calamondins, since the veggies hang on the tree for months before they are mature. It’s not strange for calamondins to take a full year . This makes the tree a highly appealing decorative but is tough to those awaiting mature fruit. When you see the fruit begin to turn orange, you will know the end is in sight. But don’t wait till the fruit is soft or fully orange to pick it. Select firm fruit that is starting to turn from yellow to orange.

Utilizing Calamondin Fruit

Calamondins are smaller compared to typical lemon and their skins are thinner. Use kitchen scissors to clip ripe specimens off the tree to prevent ripping the stem ends. Once the fruit is chosen, use it rapidly. Calamondins taste best once you eat them within a week after leaving the shrub. The fruit is very sour and lots of gardeners prefer to use its juice for a flavoring, like lime and lemon juice.

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Sizes and Proportions of All Lampshades

The shade is an essential part of the percentage of the overall light fixture. If the proportions are off, the fixture may seem too tall or too broad, or it may tip over too easily. The shade complements the base shape, and both together make a design statement in an area program. Choosing the proper lampshade starts with the size and ratio; style and design come after these components are determined.


Technically speaking, the lamp is your bulb. The fixture is made up of the base, which sits against the table surface, the stem and the socket. The shade fits onto the fixture with a metallic structure called a harp which attaches to the stem at the base of the socket.

Measure the Components

The height of this fixture is measured as the distance from the base of the base to the base of the socket. The width of a fixture is the broadest aspect of the base or stem. Shades are explained by their elevation dimension; for example, a 16-inch shade is 16 inches from the bottom edge to the top edge, measured up throughout the shade.The width of this shade is the broadest aspect of the shade. The slope of this shade is that the distance from the top edge down the side towards the base edge and decides the shade side angle. A cylindrical shade will have a length and slope of the same dimension. As the slope increases, the shade presumes a more conical shape, and also the diameter increases.

Great Proportions

Standard proportions suggest that the elevation of the shade needs to be between 60 and 80 percent of the fixture height into the base of the socket. By way of example, if the fixture measures 16 inches in height, a good shade height is 10 to 12 inches. Some fixtures, such as candlestick fixtures, rely upon the ratio of the shade being around one-quarter the overall elevation. By way of example, the shade on a candlestick fixture needs to be no longer than six inches tall if the total height of fixture and shade is 24 inches. All shades have to be long enough to cover the whole socket and expand at least one-half inch past the base of the socket. A floor fixture shade is in good ratio at about 36 percent of the stem length. The form of the base and stem will be the indicators of the form of the shade; curved stems work best with curved shades; straight-lined foundations work best with geometric shades.

Shade Diameter

Color diameter is in good proportion to the base and stem if the shade is at least one-half inch wider than the broadest aspect of the stem — even though shades are often two inches wider or more. By way of example, if the base width is six inches, then the shade shouldn’t be greater than six and half dozen inches . This guideline best suits conventional shades on conventional foundations. Contemporary or modern fixtures may support shades much wider than this principle. The pitch and length of contemporary or modern shades may also be longer.

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Review of the Toro 20066

The Toro 20066 Recycler is. It is a mid-range mower compared to other versions in the Recycler lineup, and all of the Recycler versions are less fully featured compared to more expensive Super Recycler versions. Although discontinued, the 20066 Recycler may be available used or reconditioned from resellers.


The 20066 Recycler has a 190-cc Briggs & Stratton engine; it’s a four-cycle power plant that puts outside 6.75 foot-pounds of torque. The engine features recoil start, and it’s equipped with all the”Ready Start” system that eliminates the need for prestart priming and choke adjustment. Higher-end Toro Recycler versions are equipped with Honda engines, and more affordable versions are outfitted with smaller Kohler engines.

Cutting Deck

The 20066 includes a 22-inch stamped steel cutting deck rather than the milder cast aluminum deck featured on more expensive Super Recycler versions. The 20066’s total weight is 83 lbs. The deck on the 20066 can be configured to mulch grass clippings, throw them via a side-discharge chute or deposit them at a rear-mounted set bag. The deck also includes two cutting positions, which range from 1.25 to 4.25 inches, and a wash-out port that permits you to clean the blade and underside of the mower by simply joining a garden hose to the top side of the deck.

Drive System

The 20066 is outfitted with Toro’s premium”Personal Pace” propulsion system. The system transfers power from the engine to the rear wheels by way of a drive belt, and the machine automatically adjusts the quantity of power delivered to the wheels so the mower’s speed matches the operator’s walking pace. The mower’s highest speed is 4.8 miles per hour, which is a lively walking clip. Lower-end versions feature a more straightforward variable-speed system that does not adjust automatically.

2014 Model

As of 2014, the 20332 Recycler is the existing Toro model most like the 20066 Recycler. Its Briggs & Stratton engine is exactly the same dimension as that of the 20066, though the newer engine is rated at 7.25 foot-pounds of torque. The 20332 includes a comparable feature set, such as”Personal Pace,” 22-inch deck and wash-out port. At 80 lbs, though, the 20332 is slightly lighter compared to 20066.

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The Way to Remove Mildew Stains on Outdoor Fabric Furniture

If you have left your fabric patio furniture in a humid or damp environment for an extended period of time, it might develop mildew that leaves little spots on the cloth. If mildewed fabric is left untreated and kept in a moist environment, mold can also develop, resulting in mildew-spotted furniture that also smells musty. Cleaning the fabric and maintaining it in a well-ventilated, nonhumid area removes the mould and lessens the odds of new mildew development.

Basic Borax Cleaner

A borax solution removes mildew from influenced fabrics and works best when the fabric is allowed to dry outdoors on a sunny, nonhumid day. Brushing the mildew spots off with a broom or nylon brush outdoors removes a number of this deposits. Mix 1/4 cup borax per cup of warm water, and then rub it over the mildew spots with a wax or wax, allowing the liquid to soak into the cloth for several hours. Rinse with clean water.

Lemon Spot Lifter

Lemon juice and salt combine to make a somewhat synthetic paste that cleans mildew off of fabric. Squirt a tablespoon or two of lemon juice to a small bowl together with a teaspoon of table salt. Dip a rag to the mixture and then rub it over the mildew spots. For best results, brush the mildew spots with a dry nylon-bristled brush to remove loose debris. Allow the lemon juice solution to sit on the cloth for an hour or two in sunlight on a nonhumid day.

Vinegar Spritz

White vinegar both removes mildew and freshens outdoor fabrics that have developed a musty odor. Spray undiluted white vinegar over the mildewed area, and allow it to sit on the cloth for an hour or so — ideally outside on a sunny, nonhumid day. Wipe away the deposits with a damp sponge. If the spots are particularly tough to eliminate, spray vinegar over them and then rub them with a nylon brush. Wipe down with a damp sponge afterward to eliminate any remaining mildew deposits.

Banish With Bleach

A light bleach solution removes stubborn mildew from outdoor furniture fabrics. Mix 1 tablespoon of bleach into a mix of warm water in a bucket. Dip a sponge into the solution and then soak the mildewed places, leaving the furniture to sit in sunlight on a nonhumid afternoon for 15 minutes. Wipe down with a brand new sponge dampened in water. Consult the care label on the cloth to ensure it’s colorfast and that bleach may be used on it. Test an inconspicuous area with the bleach solution first if you’re unsure.

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List of Items Needed to Prepare a Kitchen

When moving out on your own for the very first time, the apparently endless list of things necessary to furnish your place may appear daunting initially. But you can save money if you see thrift stores to purchase your kitchen essentials until your budget could afford pricier items. Stick to the basics for starters, since these make sure you’ve got what you want for regular use.

Cooktop Necessities

Even in a house without an oven, a cooktop allows you to prepare and heat plenty of meals. A very simple set of pots and pans with matching lids gets you started. A frying pan with a lid ensures you can create flames, stir-fry your favorite veggies or even heat up a frozen pan-based entree. A 2-quart saucepan provides ample space for heat up water for carbohydrates, or warming a can of soup. A stock pot or large pot provides all of the room you want to whip up a sizable batch of chili. Pot holders or oven mitts protect your hands from burns.

Cooking Utensils

If you intend to cook or even warm food at home, basic utensils are a must-have. A spatula makes it easy to flip pancakes or omelets — be sure to acquire a nonmetal heat-resistant type in case you’ve got nonstick pans, as metal spatulas scrape the finish. A slotted spoon and big spoon stir liquid-based meals. A spoon rest provides a place to stash those tools in the center of meal planning. A set of kitchen knives — a butcher’s knife, paring knife and bread knife helps you to get those meals together, together with a cutting board to protect the countertop. Don’t forget you need a can opener, bottle opener and if you want wine — a corkscrew for opening wine bottles. If you enjoy homemade hash browns or grated cheese, add a grater and a strainer for your utensil record. Measuring cups and spoons make sure your recipes come from the way they need to. A rolling pin and flour sifter are extras you want if you like bakingsoda.

Dining In At Home

When you cook in your home — or plan a dinner party — make sure you own silverware, glass and dinner ware on which to serve your meal. You can purchase complete dinnerware sets for four place settings at reasonable rates, or choose up sets inexpensively at thrift stores. A dinner plate, bowl and sandwich-sized plate provides the absolute essentials for eating a meal, together with butter knives, steak knives, teaspoons, tablespoons and dinner forks. Cups and mugs, as well as drinking glasses, round out these essentials. Purchase enough of the things you need for the men and women in your house or the guests you intend to serve.

Oven Essentials

If your home has an oven or microwave oven, then several essentials may get you started. A casserole dish is useful for one-pot meals, while a loaf pan is something you need should you bake bread or meatloaf. Round or square cake pans, pie plates or muffin tins are a must if you like baking sweet treats. For the fridge, purchase several microwave-safe containers, like glass plates you might also shop in the refrigerator. A group of piled blending cups makes food preparation easy.

Dishwashing Desirables

Cooking and eating at home also means dishes to clean after the meal. Liquid dish soap works for hand-washing dishes, however you need a specially formulated dish soap to get a dishwasher. Several dish fabrics, as well as nylon wash pads, help clean up tough messes. Dish towels allow you to dry your hands or the dishes after washing.

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