Renters Window Treatment

 

Being a renter can be limiting but there are always ways around adding some practical solutions and personalizing your space.

Found this beautiful shower curtain. Perfect! I wanted to do a window treatment I had seen on Pinterest.  I had two long windows in a hallway that faced a busy street.

  1. Cleaned the windows and dried them.
  2. Measured windows 3 x to make sure of size.
  3. Ironed the shower curtain and cut to size. Left a 1/4 ” around the edge
  4. Made the corn starch mixture. See below for recipe.
  5. Liberally applied corn starch mixture to window and applied material piece.
  6. Smoothed out fabric and applied cornstarch mixture again over material.
  7. Used plastic card (ie: credit card, rewards card.) to smooth out bubbles.
  8. Allowed to dry 1 day.
  9. Trimmed edges with razor

 

Chose a shower curtain that had a large pattern and had a nature theme. The material is translucent to let light in and is a sturdy fabric. Shower curtain cost $10 cad

2 tablespoons cornstarch with about an equal amount of cold water, then mixing that in about a cup and a half of boiling water from the kettle.

Added material right side facing in.

Applied with cornstarch mixture with a large pastry brush on the window.  Added fabric, smoothed with card, applied cornstarch mixture over top and smoothed off excess mixture with card. Used a damp cloth to clean up excess. Let fabric dry for about a day. Trimmed the edges with razor and straight edge.

Easy to remove just spray warm water over until it loosens then remove. Use hot soapy water to remove residue. The material can also be removed, cleaned and then reapplied.

Easy Peasy.

Great solution for renters. 

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Sidewalk prisms of Vancouver

Sidewalk prisms a walking tour around Vancouver. Some very interesting facts and answers to how come these are in the sidewalks.

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I was a shy child, consequently I spent a lot of time avoiding eye contact by looking down at the ground. All this time looking down at my feet allowed me to regard the ground upon which I was walking. Thus it was as a child that I first noticed the purple squares embedded in sidewalks.

Have you ever been walking in an older part of the city and noticed a checker board grid of purple squares under your feet?

Sidewalk prism light mosaic. Photos: C. Hagemoen Sidewalk prism lights mosaic. Photos: C. Hagemoen

No, they are not simply sidewalk decoration [wouldn’t that be nice?] but rather a system to illuminate spaces under sidewalks called areaways. Sidewalk prisms, also known as vault lights (or pavement lights in the UK), are glass prisms set into sidewalks in order to reflect the natural light from above, safely illuminating these subterranean spaces. [Why are they purple? The answer to that…

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Basic White Sauce

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Basic White Sauce Recipe

This basic white sauce recipe can be used on it’s own or as the start to any number of French sauces, including supreme sauce. You can add cheese, chopped eggs, onions, all kinds of choices. Great on vegetables, as a base for macaroni and cheese, or gravy.

White sauce is very easy to make.

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup  water (More choices:  chicken stock, milk or cream)
  • salt and pepper

Directions

Melt the butter over low heat and stir in the flour with a wooden spoon. Cook while stirring for two minutes. Add the water or stock, two tablespoons at a time, whisking the mixture to a smooth consistency after each addition. When you’ve added about half the liquid, you can add the rest all at once.

Continue warming on low to medium heat until sauce thickens. Whisk as needed to prevent it from getting lumpy. Remove from heat and add salt and pepper to taste.

http://www.easy-french-food.com/white-sauce-recipe.html

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Almond Tea Cakes

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Almond Tea Cakes

1 1/4 cup flour
1 1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 cup ground almond meal
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 egg whites
6 ounces unsalted butter
1 teaspoon almond extract

1. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).
2. Begin by preparing a muffin or financier pan. If you are using a silicone pan, there is no need to grease. If you are using another sort of material, grease the pan with some soft butter.
3. Measure the flour, powdered sugar, almond meal, and salt into a large mixing bowl and stir together until completely mixed.
4. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients, and add in the four egg whites. Use a wooden spoon to mix the ingredients into a smooth paste. This takes a little elbow grease.
5. Place the butter in a small, microwave proof bowl and melt in the microwave on high heat. Watch this carefully. Butter melts very quickly in the microwave and you should stop it half way through and give it a stir.
6. Add the butter to the batter along with the almond extract. Carefully stir the batter until all of the butter is incorporated and the batter is smooth.
7. Place several heaping tablespoons of batter into each mold. They should be about 3/4 of the way full if you are using a financier pan, and a little less if you are using a typically sized muffin pan.
8. Place the filled pan in the preheated oven and bake at 400°F (200°C) for 15 minutes. Lower the oven temperature to 350°F (180°C) and bake for five more minutes. Turn the oven off and leave the financiers in the closed oven for two more minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool to warm before releasing from the pan.
*Makes 12 cakes.

Recipe Variations

Fillings: These cakes take especially will to having fillings added. Fill the molds half way, then add a tablespoon of jam, fruit or Nutella, before topping with another spoon full of batter.
Toppings: You can also top these with fruit or sliced almonds.
Chocolate: Personally I think this is going over board, but you can add in a handful of chocolate chips or chopped chocolate – for those who think dessert just isn’t complete without a little cacao.

Enjoy!

 

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Stuffing Meatloaf

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Stuffing Meatloaf


1 package Stove Top Stuffing mix, dry
1 c. warm water
1 1/2 lbs. lean ground beef
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 package onion soup mix

Preheat oven 350°. Coat inside of bundt pan with cooking spray.

Place warm water, onion soup mix and dry stuffing mix in a bowl. Mix well. Let sit for 5 minutes to allow bread time to absorb water.

Add eggs and ground beef. Mix well. Best to get it blended by using your hands and incorporating it all together.

Place evenly into bundt pan. You can also put into muffin tins to make individual loafs.

Bake 1 hour or until no longer pink inside.

Remove and allow to rest 5 minutes before cutting into.

 

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Happy Easter Recipe

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LEMON-CHEESE BAKE

INGREDIENTS

– Butter
– 1 Egg
– Fast acting yeast
– Vanilla extract
– Milk
– Lemon
– Flour
– Sugar
– Cottage cheese or ricotta cheese

DIRECTIONS
1. Warm your milk so that it’s lukewarm.
2. Add yeast to the milk, leave for a few minutes to bubble.
3. Add cottage cheese, sugar, egg, vanilla extract, lemon juice and zest. Mix.
4. Add melted butter and 1/2 flour to the yeast extract. Mix to form a dough.
5 Put dough on floured surface, knead a bit then put it back in your bowl and let it rise.
6. Add more flour on top before rolling out dough on floured surface. Put cottage cheese filling in the center of the dough.
7. Cut the outside edges of the dough and fold it in, so it almost resembles a braid.
8. Put the pastry on a baking sheet lined with wax paper and brush an egg wash on the top of the pastry.
9. Bake for 20 minutes until you see that it is a golden brown color.

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Found on Tip Hero http://tiphero.com/lemon-cheese-bake/