Friday, 30 November 2012

Chip Wade Answered My Home Improvement Questions

Recently I was asked if I'd like to submit any questions on home improvement to Chip Wade. Of course I would.  I love watching him on HGTV.

As I've posted before, we recently had our walnut floors refinished.  With Christmas parties coming up, I wanted to know if there was anything I could do to keep the floors looking great while relaxing about having a number of people on them.  Chip gave some very good advice on this.

A couple of the other questions I asked were for a friend with a very old house.  She's recently replaced windows and wanted to make sure the new stucco looked good and didn't leak around the new windows.  He gave very precise instructions on how to make them look great.

My last question was regarding a new toilet.  Chip suggested the Delta Corrente toilet that is made for easy installation, easy cleaning and with little chance of leaking.  It sounds like it's a great alternative to some of the others out there.  And, the best part is that it's under $200 and available at our favorite store, The Home Depot!  :)

Here's the video of Chip answering my questions.  I'm thrilled that he took the time to answer mine!

I was compensated for participating in this.  My opinions of Chip Wade and The Home Depot are my own.

Thanks so much for visiting!

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Simple Red and White Christmas Table

I love seeing pretty Christmas tables.  I love gingham and plaid fabrics, especially in red.
Yesterday I was on a mission to find some dishes to go with some square white plates that I already had.  I was so excited to find these snowman plates from Pier 1.  They were exactly what I'd had in mind and were on sale to boot!

I used my Mom's silver, which I am so happy to have. 
I was thrilled to find the gingham napkins, pretty bell napkin rings and plaid placemats at Pier 1 as well.
Even though we always sit in the same places at our table, I think the placecard holders are cute.


I used  a Santa that was my Mom's for the centerpiece and poinsettias in galvanized pots.
I'm trying to simplify my decorating this year.  I like how this  looks festive and was easy to do. 
Thanks so much for your visit!

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Debbiedoo's Newbie with a Twist Party


Saturday, 10 November 2012

Thanksgiving Pilgrim Hat Dessert


I have been making these Pilgrim hats for several years and they are always a big hit at Thanksgiving. And the best part is, they are EASY!

You will need:

  • Chocolate cookies (I used Keebler Striped Shortbread and turn them over)
  • Reese's individually wrapped peanut butter cups (unwrapped) :)
  • Orange frosting in a tube

Place the cookie striped side down, put a little frosting under the Reese's Peanut Butter cup. Set that in the center of the cookie.

Take the orange frosting and put a bead around the bottom of the Reese's.  Make a square on it to be the buckle.  And you're done!  How much easier could that be?!

Some of the orange frosting looks a little crazy, but I don't worry too much.  As soon as the kids see them, they're gone--crazy buckles and all!
Thanks for your visit!

I am linking to the following parties:

Debbiedoos Newbie Party with a Twist