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VOLUME 346 ISSUE 46 YOUR HOUSE
UNDER DECK STORAGE SOLUTIONS
If you find your deck is being overtaken with storage bins to hold toys, gardening tools, patio furniture cushions, etc., you might want to look under your deck for a solution. Decks that are anywhere from a few feet off of the ground to up to a whole story tall have empty space underneath that can be turned into storage areas. Whether you’re building a new deck or trying to make the most out of the one you already have, consider these ideas for additional outdoor storage. For a deck that is a few feet off the ground, build slide out drawers or even small cubby holes that can be easily accessed from the yard. Finish the ends off so the drawers match seamlessly with the rest of the deck skirting. Alternately, leave the underside of the deck unfinished so items can be stored safely but with less precision. Use rubber totes to keep items dry and free of pests. Multi-level decks can be built where the steps are hidden storage drawers that can be utilized for all sorts of smaller items that need a home. Consult a builder or your local hardware store on how to convert regular steps into storage steps. Finally, decks that are higher off the ground, like on a second story for instance, can become a roof to an entire storage shed area. Imagine a fully enclosed area for bikes, scooters, garden tools and extra lawn chairs. As long as you can keep water from draining into the storage area and pooling, your under the deck storage solution should be a great way to make your yard more enjoyable.
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KEY LIME CREAM PIE
INGREDIENTS: 1 package (11.3 ounces) pecan shortbread cookies, crushed (about 2 cups) 1/3 cup butter, melted 4 cups heavy whipping cream 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon coconut extract 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk 1/2 cup Key lime juice
1/4 cup sweetened shredded coconut, toasted Optional: Maraschino cherries with stems and sliced Key limes
DIRECTIONS: 1. In a small bowl, mix crushed cookies and butter. Press onto bottom and up side of a greased 9-in. deep-dish pie plate. In a large bowl, beat cream until it begins to thicken. Add confectioners’ sugar and extract; beat until stiff peaks form. In another large bowl, beat cream cheese, condensed milk and lime juice until blended. Fold in 2 cups whipped cream. Spoon into prepared crust. 2. Top with remaining whipped cream; sprinkle with toasted coconut. Refrigerate until serving, at least 4 hours. If desired, garnish with cherries and limes.
PLANNING YOUR PANTRY Whether your pantry is huge or small, proper organization and storage techniques can really help make it a functional space that works for your needs. Start with an empty pantry as it’s going to be easier if you can clear everything out first instead of just moving items around. Once everything is out of the pantry, sort it into groups – cooking, baking, breakfast, snacks, etc. so you can take stock of what you have and how much space you will need. Then you’ll be able to determine if you will need to add extra shelving or storage solutions to provide more space. Shelf risers, baskets and lazy Susans can all come in handy if you’re worried about accessing everything you need. Once you have an idea of where everything will go, you can start stocking the shelves. Keep in mind weight distribution and ease of access. Keep things that you use every day eye level and lesser used items on the top shelves where they’re accessible, but don’t take up valuable real estate on the eye level shelves. Try using the floor for appliances that you bring out once in a while, like the slow cooker or wok, and heavy bags of root vegetables, beverages and cases of soup. Linens and other small items can be stored in baskets on the top shelves so they’re out of the way, but you can easily reach them and pull them down when needed. A final step to organizing your pantry is to label everything. It’s not necessary, but it does help to know where to put things away if there is a label telling you exactly what goes where. This is also helpful if you have a large family or others that visit your home and may help unload groceries or dishes into the pantry.
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COLOUR THEORY FOR DESIGN Decorating relies heavily on colour and a basic knowledge of colour theory because some colours go well together while others simply don't. Knowing about colour theory can help you choose colours to incorporate into your design. The colour wheel includes every colour imaginable but they all fall into a few simple categories: primary, secondary and tertiary colours. The primary colours are red, blue and yellow. From there, mixed in equal parts you create secondary colours. Mix a primary and a secondary, or two secondary colours and you have tertiary colours. Download a colour wheel and then follow these colour schemes for your next design project: Monochromatic: Using the same colour, in various shades, throughout a room. Adding black or white to the main colour will create various shades. It's a difficult look to pull off, but does look fabulous when done correctly. Analogous: Using colours found beside each other on the colour wheel, for instance purple, blue and green. One colour should be used as a base colour with accents appearing in the analogous hues. This is a common design trend and you'll find it easy to design around once you determine your colours. Complementary: Colours found on opposing sides of the colour wheel are used in this design scheme. For instance, blue and orange or green and purple. The complementing colours should be used equally to create the most pleasing design. Triadic: Three colours that are found evenly spaced out on the colour wheel are used in a triadic colour scheme. Blue, pink and orange or yellow, blue and red are some examples. Again, choose a main colour and accent with the others to create a vividly coloured room. If you are looking for a natural way to repel insects in and around your garden this summer, consider planting lemongrass. It's an ornamental plant that thrives in warm and humid areas. It grows tall (three to five feet) and will spread throughout a garden if left to do so. Because it is native to Sri Lanka and India, lemongrass likes lots of light, heat and moisture. Plant it in pots around your deck, along the side of your yard or throughout your garden to ward off mosquitoes and other outdoor pests. The strong fragrance from the lemongrass is what deters the insects, but note the plant itself is also mildly toxic to animals so be sure to keep pets away from it where possible. Humans are perfectly safe eating lemongrass, so feel free to harvest it and steep it for tea or use it to add flavour to your favourite dish. ADD LEMONGRASS TO YOUR GARDEN TO REPEL INSECTS
JOKES: SUMMER VACATION
Question: What did the bread do on summer break? Answer: It loafed around.
Question: Why did the robot go on summer vacation? Answer: He needed to recharge his batteries.
Question: Where do ants go for summer vacation? Answer: Frants.
Question: Where do eggs go on summer vacation? Answer: New Yolk City.
NOSTALGIC SUMMER ACTIVITIES Summer is here and so is the urge to head outside and explore the world. But if you’re like most Canadians, you have a budget to stick to. Thankfully, there are many activities you can do that won’t break the bank. If you have children, these ideas are sure to entertain them on those lazy summer days. Even if you don’t have children, you can get nostalgic and recreate the highlights of your summers spent as a child. 1. Head to a local field with a kite and spend time running around catching the perfect drift. 2. Set up a tent in the back yard and watch scary movies under the stars. 3. Grab a case of sidewalk chalk and let your imagination run wild – design your own hopscotch or obstacle course or just add your own art to a piece of cement. 4. Play hide and seek, tag, soccer or another of your favourite childhood games at the park. 5. Create your own bubble solution with dish soap, water and corn syrup and blow bubbles to your heart’s content. 6. After a rainfall, set toothpick ships sailing down the street, go splash in the puddles, or help worms make their way home. Regardless how you spend your summer days, making memories will be something you cherish for years to come.
ANAGRAM Courtesy of www.puzzlechoice.com
Can you work out the name of each animal, mammal, reptile, fish, bird or insect from the following anagrams? Word lengths are shown in brackets.
ANT HEAPS (8) EMANATE (7) ONE PIG (6) OWL LAWS (7) COP OUTS (7) IS TORCH (7) RAPT HEN (7) WAR PROS (7) A DEN SIR (7)
____________________ ____________________ ____________________ ____________________ ____________________ ____________________ ____________________ ____________________ ____________________ ____________________ ____________________ ____________________ ____________________ ____________________ ____________________ ____________________
BALD EAGLE CATERPILLAR BIRD OF PARADISE CHAMELEON SEA LION PARAKEET RHINOCEROS
Solution: PHEASANT MANATEE PIGEON SWALLOW OCTOPUS OSTRICH PANTHER SPARROW SARDINE
BAGEL DEAL (4,5) TRAIL PLACER (11) PAID FOR AIR BEDS (4,2,8) CLEAN HOME (9)
IS ALONE (3,4) KEEP A RAT (8) CHOIR SNORE (10)
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