Category: Home & Garden

Double Chocolatey Chip Cookies

Ingredients: * ½ cup butter (1 stick) softened * ½ cup brown sugar                                                  * ½ cup white sugar * 1 tsp vanilla extract * 2 large eggs * 1 tsp baking soda * ½ tsp salt * ½ cup cocoa powder * 2 cups flour * 1 1/2 cup chocolate chips Directions: 1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. 2. Beat together your butter and sugars in a large bowl until creamy. 3. Add in your vanilla and eggs and mix in until extra creamy. 4. Mix your baking soda, salt, cocoa powder and flour in a separate bowl and then mix into wet ingredients. Stir until everything is well...

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Northern California Quilt Shows 2017

The winter of 2017 will surely be remembered with all the floods, mudslides and snow closures we’ve had in the North State. As we move from a wet winter to the balmy spring, let’s join quilters in the North State in the several Annual Quilt Shows. Each show is bound to perk your creativity, open your sense to new spring fabrics, patterns and gadgets. On April 1st, 2017 we have the Quilting in the Sun Country Quilt Show, held at Tehama District Fairgrounds, in Red Bluff. It begins Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. There will be over 200 quilts on display....

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Spring Antiquing In Northern California

As Spring returns to NorCal it is time once again to visit the antique shows, shops and markets in search of that perfect something to spruce up your space for the season. April and May bring some of our favorite annual events where several vendors collaborate to offer the best of the best from miles around. Whether you are an antiquing novice or a dealer wishing to participate these gatherings are an excellent way to see what’s happening in the market this year. The fun begins April 7 & 8 at the Roses and Rust Vintage Market in Anderson. Every year friends, neighbors and visitors from...

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Businesses Welcomed in the Small Town of Westwood

Westwood’s business community is well supported by the townspeople. The welcoming streets are named alphabetically by the names of trees. Streets are lined with old wooden homes, reminiscent of its early lumber days’ history. Retail businesses include three convenience stores, two with fuels, Lassen True Value hardware store, Now and Then thrift shop and Old Town Mercantile, an artists’ collective/Shabby Chic home furnishings & decor store which has been moving and expanding for its new early April Grand Re-opening. The town recently lost its grocery store, due to retirement, as was the...

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Try Paint Colors Virtually, Before You Buy

If the long winter has left you in search of a fresh look for the inside of your home, here’s a way to aim for big impact with minimal cost; paint! It’s a great way to freshen any room without spending a lot of money. Choosing a theme or color scheme, however, might not be the easiest part of the design challenge. It can be frightening to bring new colors in to set the scene as the entire backdrop for your life. If it makes you wish you could try before you buy, head online to PrattandLambert.com. Go to their Inspiration Gallery and click on Color Visualizer. Choose from several photos of...

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A Quilt In A Day

By Valerie Borque Photos by Carolyn Kenney I recently had the pleasure to communicate with the staff at Quilt in a Day productions. Eleanor Burns, the Quilt in a Day lady is an icon in the quilt industry. Eleanor is quirky, fun and passionate about finding the easiest, quickest method to create that cherished quilt. Eleanor is a self-taught quilter. Eleanor came to quilting without any preconceived ideas of how quilt blocks go together. But she likes to do things fast and easy so she developed production piecing which makes it possible to make a quilt in a day. Eleanor got started quilting...

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Homemade Sugar Scrub

By Mara Dobyns Don’t get me wrong, I am a huge fan of sugar. I have a sweet tooth like no other. Unfortunately it doesn’t love me back and can cause countless health problems. So let’s talk about some of its benefits. You’re probably thinking, what?! Sugar has benefits? Yes! When it comes to skin care, sugar is one of the best. Sugar is a natural humectant. It draws moisture from the environment into your skin so when you use products with sugar or sugar derivatives they can actually help hydrate your skin and keep moisture inside! What?! Seriously. Sugar is also a natural source of glycolic...

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Time Throughout Time, Antique Time Pieces

By Melissa Wynn Since the first sundial measured the passing of a day, clocks of all kinds have been an integral part of home and garden decor. The clocks in our homes are pieces we look at several times every day and therefore have the opportunity to really enjoy. Available in an endless variety of shapes, sizes and degrees of fancy, there is a clock to fit every style and personality. Whether you prefer a tall Grandfather clock with a hypnotically swaying pendulum and clean sleek lines or an entertaining Cuckoo style clock that serves up a show every hour on the hour, your local antique...

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Ruth Underberg’s Champion Lemon Cheesecake

Preheat oven to 325 degrees Graham Cracker Crust 2 Cups Graham Cracker Crumbs 3 Tablespoons Sugar 1 Stick butter, melted Mix crumbs and sugar. Add the melted butter and mix until well incorporated. Press mixture into a 9 inch springform pan and refrigerate until you are ready to fill it. Cheesecake Filling 2 8oz boxes Cream Cheese, room temperature 4 Eggs 1/2 Teaspoon Cream of Tarter 2 Teaspoons Flour 1 Cup Sugar 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Separate eggs. Beat the whites with the Cream of Tarter until stiff peaks form and set aside. Beat the yolks with the flour until it has a pudding like...

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Homemade Chicken Alfredo

Homemade Chicken Alfredo Trying to impress him? Or her? Look no further than this homemade chicken Alfredo recipe. It’s proven to be a real crowd pleaser. Ingredients 3 chicken breasts Whole wheat noodles or whatever you prefer Olive oil for cooking Mrs. Dash’s garlic seasoning Italian seasoning Freshly minced garlic to taste For the sauce 1/2 cup butter 1 pint whipping cream (2 cups) 4 ounces cream cheese 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning Salt and pepper to taste (not much is needed. I recommend a pinch of each) 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese...

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