EPISODE #35- SATURDAY MAY 8, 2010

Happy Mother's Day. We love our mothers and all that they do for us. There is so little they ask in return for all their love and affection. This week we show you some ways to repay some of the kindness with a quick and easy tea party for mom. We also talk about hand tied rugs (one of our favorite stories) and containers for indoors.

Disappearing Screen

Summer is right around the corner and that means the flying bugs and bees are soon to be out and about. You can keep them out with a traditional screen, but that may not be convenient. We found a cool new gadget for your back patio or any door in your house. It was a disappearing screen for you back door. Jon Holman from Champion Windows of Portland (503-624-2678) showed Robin the screen and how it works. The screen slides into a sleeve at the side of the door. You pull the handle and the screen extends out of the sleeve and latches by attaching magnets at the handle. Plus to prevent damage in case of an accident, it retracts automatically if bumped. Champion can come out and custom fit one to your home, just give them a call!

Indoor Containers

One of our favorite places for getting containers is Terra Casa (503-577-8242) out in Damascus. We recently paid a visit and learned that their huge selection of containers can also be used indoors as well. Diana took David out into the pottery yard to show him some of the wide selection of containers they have. Then we took a few steps indoors to see how they can use some of those same containers to build some great indoor accessories. One of the first ones we saw was a container that had been converted into a decorative table. It was filled with Styrofoam peanuts and some decorative moss and covered with a glass top. It was paired with a pottery garden seat. Next we saw an indoor fountain. It was great and it brings the soothing sound of water indoors. The most interesting part of this was the base. The fountain rested on a piece of pottery turned upside down to make a pedestal. We also saw how Diana used a pottery container as a wine bin/cooler for her wine and beer. She even told us that she has seen a large container used as a keg holder at a party. The great thing about that is you can use the container after the party to plant some displays for your garden or patio. You can also use plant stands and other garden structures for entertaining and design indoors. For more ideas and suggestions, check out the selection of pots at Terra Casa and see what they can do for you!

Handmade Rugs

Choosing a hand made rug is not as expensive as you think. And these rugs are not as delicate as you think either. We stopped by Rugs on Broadway (503-719-5544) to learn more about these functional 'works of art' from Moe. Before we even started taping the story Moe had us sit down and watch a video of how the rugs are made. The amount of craftsmanship that goes into even the smallest of rugs is incredible. For the individual dyes that are made and used to the type of designs and yarns, each is a master piece. An 8x12 rug can take from 8 months up to 3 years to make! What was really surprising was the cost. You can get a 'hand-tied' rug for roughly the same price as a machine made rug. A handmade rug is far superior to a machine made rug and with the proper care it can be handed down for generations. The other misconception about these rugs is that they can't handle the wear and tear of a normal household. Moe told us the story about how some of the rigs used to be put out in the road for cars to drive over. This helped the rug and the knots get 'conditioned' and made the rug more soft and pliable. To learn more about these beautiful pieces of art stop by and visit the friendly staff at Rugs on Broadway!

Microwave Safe Containers

One of the most used appliances in the home is the microwave. Still, some of us misuse the microwave and could be putting our health in danger. All too often we use dishes in the microwave that are not safe. Dishes that are not approved for the microwave could produce fumes and release other chemicals into our foods. Worse case, they could explode and cause us bodily harm. Now, we don't want to frighten you, but we feel you need to be aware of the dangers so you can choose to avoid them. David did some research on safety and here is what he came up with. First of all if it doesn't say it is OK for the microwave, it isn't! That applies to the foam container that holds your chicken breasts and ground beef to the old butter containers that you store food in and basic plastic wrap. Things that are safe for the microwave include wax paper and parchment paper. There are even microwave safe plastic wraps (make sure you read the label). Other safe items include most glass dishes and bowls and most paper products. To make sure that your dishes are safe you can check with the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service.

Mother's Day Tea

Mother's Day is a wonderful day to show mom how much you love her. One of the best ways to show how much you care is to make a special meal for her. Chef David came up with the idea to create a simple Mother's Day tea for mom. As David said, Moms like to be treated like a queen and queens like tea so that was the motivation for this idea. Tea sandwiches are the perfect little snack for Mom. David and Robin made 2 different kinds of sandwiches. One was a cream cheese, green olive and pistachios mixed together and the other was a cucumber sandwich made with butter, salt, cucumbers and fresh dill. Once the large sandwiches were made they cut off the crusts and cut them into shapes. To finish things off the small tea sandwiches were placed on a tray with some store bought scones and fresh strawberries for a wonderful little meal. Just add the tea and a fancy place setting and it is a tea fit for a queen! For recipes for the tea sandwiches click here.

Garlic Gadgets

Just about any recipe can benefit from the taste of garlic. To help you get the garlic ready for the kitchen we stopped by Sur La Table (503-968-8015) to check out the latest garlic tools. Laura showed us 3 different gadgets that you can use to make pealing and preparing your garlic easier. The first gadget helped to peal the skin off the garlic clove. All you have to do is insert the clove and roll it on the counter. Next we saw a garlic press that can mince and slice a clove. All you do is drop it in and press! Finally we saw Laura's favorite the Rosle garlic press. This one works well and it easily comes apart for easy cleaning, no more using a toothpick to clean out the little holes!

Budget Kitchen Makeover - Style

On an earlier show we visited with Linda Gemal from Rejuvenate Your Home (503-803-8000) to learn the first steps on how you can remodel your kitchen on a budget. This week she walked us through some of the areas where you can add your own special touch to the decorating to make it stand out. Linda started with the counter tops. She was able to keep her old tile countertops and add new tiles, that didn't exactly match, by using a border of a lighter tile to tie them all together. She also brought the same colors in to the kitchen as a backsplash with some simple tile sheets from Home Depot. Another place where you can change things up is with drawer pulls and hinges. Just something as simple as changing the hardware can really make a difference. Linda also showed us how she was able to shop the discount cabinet stores for some surplus cabinets. She was able to tie them together by connecting countertops and a coat of paint. And that was the final tip from Linda. If you only had one thing you could do in your kitchen, it would be to paint. Painting is easy and cheap and it can make a splash in a hurry!

 


 

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