Archive for July, 2006

A Survivable House

There’s a movement afoot in home building that I find very interesting-the move to create survivable housing. Up to now, that term has been used to talk about homes that can stand up to wildfires and high-wind events.

survivable house

Now the notion of survivability is starting to focus on the ability of a home or shelter to remain livable after a major event such as a natural or man-made disaster. What does one do when a major Nor’easter closes roads and knocks out services? What if an earthquake buckles local roads, knocks out power, and boxes you in? A survivable home will plan for disaster by maintaining its temperature, air supply, fresh water, and power. It will be built of materials that are …

A Survivable House

Originally from On The Level by Deb

Posted by Administrator - July 7, 2006 at 11:12 am

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Building a garden water feature

waterfeatureWe started a new project this weekend (like we didn’t have any others already on the go). Alas, we didn’t get too far though before the weather, social commitments and general weekend laziness forced it to the bottom of the feeding chain. We’re about to start building the first of two garden water features.

This one is very formal and will take up the complete side of the fence that is showing in the photograph. It starts from the where the crab-apple tree garden ends and will run the length of one section of fence (approx 2.4m – 7.87ft). It will have two levels, the upper one almost reaches the top of the fence and will contain the pipes for the water to flow through while the second one will contain the pond and an assortment of water plants and various fish.

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Posted by Administrator - July 6, 2006 at 11:40 am

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Spicy Southwest BBQ Sauce

6 Cloves Garlic
2 Cups Ketchup
2 Stalks celery
1 Cup ;Water
1/2 Cup Onion; chopped
1/2 Cup Brown sugar; firmly packed
1/2 Cup Butter or margarine
1/2 Cup Worcestershire sauce
1/2 Cup Cider vinegar
3 Tablespoons Chili powder
2 Teaspoons Instant coffee granules
2 Teaspoons Dried crushed red pepper
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1/2 Teaspoon Ground cloves

Bake garlic in a small baking pan at 350 degrees F for 20 to 30 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool and peel. Combine garlic and remaining ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes. Cool. Pour mixture into container of a blender; process until smooth, stopping once to scrape down sides. Recommended with chicken.


Check out these spicy BBQ sauces
Mad Dog Ultra Hot BBQ Sauce
Mad Anthony’s Extra Hot BBQ Sauce
Cowtown Night of the Living Barbeque Sauce


Spicy Southwest BBQ Sauce

Originally from Recipe of the Day

Posted by Administrator - July 6, 2006 at 2:05 am

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Patio Furniture Cleanup


Getting ready for your first outdoor get-together but your patio furniture and deck took a beating this winter? 3 On Your Side’s Jim Donovan says before the guests come over, a quick and easy clean-up is necessary. Have the elements made your backyard deck, furniture and grill lose their luster?

Have the elements made your backyard deck, furniture and grill lose their luster? If so, good housekeeping has some suggestions, starting with the deck.

“The deck really takes a beating in the winter snow, rain, sleet. It’s important to make it look new again,” said Nate Benforado, a tester at Good Housekeeping Institute. First, brush off all the debris. Then toss on the cleaner.

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Posted by Administrator - July 6, 2006 at 1:50 am

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Beverage with your Barbecue

Stylin’ at the barbecue means more than a great apron and a set of tongs. With people building full outdoor kitchens to take advantage of outdoor living, why wouldn’t they come up with a beverage station to boot?

Vintage appliances has a full line of stainless steel appliances and accessories to take the grilling and chilling experience to its highest level. Take this bartending center — how cool! It can be purchased and configured in a number of ways, including as a rolling beverage station or built-in with a beer tap, sink, and refrigerator.

They offer quick-pour shelves, bins for lemons and limes, storage for glasses, ice-makers, whatever you need to be the best drink tender on the …

Beverage with your Barbecue

Originally from On The Level by Deb

Posted by Administrator - July 6, 2006 at 1:30 am

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