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Ready to see my mystery office desktop? The one John and I have been working so hard on for the past few weeks? And learn how we did it? I mean, I know *I'm* excited. Here, I'll ease you in slowly. And it became... Ta-DA! Ok, that's not the best shot. Oooh. Now, on to the photo-intensive tutorial/progress shots! First, if you want your top to have any shine to it, you're going to need to polish up some of the pennies you're using. Fill your bowl about a quarter of the way with pennies, pour in a little Tarn-X, and then swish and shake the bowl around over the sink (in case of splashes) to evenly expose the coins to the liquid. From there, dump the batch onto an old towel to dry them: I polished roughly half of the pennies I planned to use, so there would still be plenty of color variation. Next you're going to need a surface to adhere the pennies to. This fits in a cubby between two bookshelves, so only the front edge is rounded prettily. To begin, start with the oh-so-important front edge: Related:  Pearl Dump

Weekend Projects: 10 DIY Ideas That Will Make a Big Impact in a Room Know you'll have a few hours strung together this weekend to tackle a DIY project or two? Looking for something that will dramatically change the look of a room? We've gathered some of our favorite projects that take an afternoon to a full weekend to complete. One might possibly inspire a room makeover this weekend for you! We looked for challenging but doable ideas, some probably just for homeowners but plenty that renters can try, too! Mimic a wall of built-ins with cozy wood shelves We loved this Before & After of a chill room submitted by a reader. Add texture with a reclaimed wood wall This classic project is for homeowners unless you've got a very understanding landlord, but either way, this could be a more convincing way of adding architectural interest to a house than some of the less-permanent suggestions we've provided before. Cover an unattractive kitchen or bathroom counter top with concrete There are actually a couple of tutorials on the Internet on how to do this.

Daily Zen List — 9 Things You Can Do Daily to Improve Your Life by Johnny Webber 1. Read. You will learn things, expand your vocabulary, and exercise your brain. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 50 Easy Toast Toppers : Recipes and Cooking Recipes courtesy Food Network Magazine Step 1: Slice 1 to 2 loaves of French bread into 1/4-inch-thick rounds. Step 2: Brush each slice with olive oil or melted butter. Step 3: Place the rounds on baking sheets and bake at 350 degrees until crisp throughout and lightly golden around the edges, about 15 minutes. Top This... 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

50 Tacos : Recipes and Cooking How to heat taco shells and tortillas: Hard taco shells: Bake 4 minutes at 350 degrees F, or microwave 45 seconds. Soft 6-inch corn or flour tortillas: Heat in a dry skillet or on the grill, 30 seconds per side, or wrap in foil and bake 10 minutes at 400 degrees F. You can also wrap in a damp towel and microwave 1 minute. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. 44. 45. 46. 47. 48. 49. 50. Photographs by David Malosh 50 Panini : Recipes and Cooking How to Cook Panini In a panini press: Preheat the press. Add your sandwich and cook according to the manufacturer's instructions until golden and crisp, 3 to 5 minutes. On the stove: Preheat a skillet with butter or oil to medium low. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Chole - Chickpea Curry There are few foods more North Indian than Chole or Chickpea Curry and there are probably as many recipes for making Chole as there are households in North India! This is the recipe my Mother has always used, that I now swear by. In this recipe, I've used canned chickpeas (who doesn't like a shortcut?), but you can also use dried chickpeas, available from most supermarkets and speciality Indian groceries. If you do so, factor in the time required to soak the dried chickpeas... Ingredients: 2 cans of chickpeas (400 gm each)2 tbsps vegetable/ canola/ sunflower cooking oil2 bay leaves 5-6 cloves 3-4 green cardamoms5-6 peppercorns3 large onions, sliced thin2 large tomatoes chopped2 tbsps garlic paste1 tbsps ginger paste2 tsps coriander powder1 tsp cumin powder1/2 tsp red chilli powder1/4 tsp turmeric powder2 tsps garam masala1" piece of ginger, julliened2 tbsps fresh coriander leaves chopped fine Preparation: Grind 2 onions, the tomatoes, ginger, garlic together into a smooth paste.

Parmesan Chicken Stuffed Shells Parmesan Chicken Stuffed Shells After trying and loving Parmesan Chicken Manicotti recipe a while ago, I thought of a new way to enjoy something similar, but this time in shell pasta! Since I’m on a diet (I’ve been losing weight for the last 12 weeks so that I can look descent when I go back to Korea this December! To make this recipe, first I boiled 2 chicken breasts and shredded it. Cook pasta shells according to package instructions. Drop spoonfuls of your favorite pasta sauce onto the shells and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake in the oven at 375 degrees F. for 25-30 minutes. Print Save Ingredients: 24 shell pasta, cooked according to package instructions 2 chicken breasts, boiled and shredded 1 cup reduced fat ricotta cheese 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded + more to sprinkle 1 cup frozen spinach, thawed 1/4 cup chopped sundried tomatoes 2 tablespoons chopped basil leaves salt and pepper to taste your favorite pasta sauce Directions:

7. Ben Shewry, Attica Restaurant (Melbourne, Australia) | Best Emerging Chefs Chef Ben Shewry/Photo: Gaal Creative Let me say that if the plate (assiette) of those Chefs are as generous and of the quality of their responses, we can assume that we will have a great time. Every encounter was a wonderful discovery, but The Australians chefs blew me away! They have a very distinct personality and a very unique cuisine that mixes technique, technology and influences from Spain, Japan, Thailand as well as New-Zealand. Ben Shewry was born in New Zealand in 1977. Visually exquisite, his cuisine is complex and simple all at once. Q+A WITH BEN SHEWRY ( ): 1-(Scoffier) How do you explain the philosophy behind your cuisine and what is it main characteristics? BShewry- My philosophy is very simple- work very hard, and by that I mean that I actually do mise- en-place every day with my small team (4 chefs). The main characteristic is that my cuisine is very personal, very different from others. None of the dishes have been cooked before….. -300ml water -8 eggs 1.

Living in a Small Space: Three Things that Make a Big Difference This May, we're all about Small Spaces, a bread-and-butter topic on Apartment Therapy and a personal favorite of mine. No doubt we'll cover lots of tips, inspiration and ideas for small-space living over the next four weeks, but first let's revisit what we already know works. Here are three classic ways to make living little work for you. Lighting Small is one thing, but small and dark is quite another. Almost nothing has the power to transform the a room like lighting. Work with the natural light available to you by keeping furniture low and out of the light’s path, using window treatments which let in as much light as possible, and by using reflective surfaces like mirrors to increase the light’s throw. See: • Slow Home Essentials: Good Lighting • Make the Most of the Light: Tips for Beautiful Curtains Organization & Storage It goes without saying that in a small space, storage, and more importantly, organization, is key. -Re-edited from a post originally May 6, 2014 - DF

56 Things To Do Instead of Spending Money - And Then We Saved Not spending money? No need to worry there’s lots to do! 56 Things To Do Instead of Spending Money… 1. Read the archives of your favorite blogs We all have our favorite blogs and websites; see what the beginning was like by digging through the archives. 2. Even if you have no kids (and don’t know any) you can throw some sheets over a few chairs and a table, toss in some blankets and pillows and pretend like you’re a kid again. 3. If you’re one of the 104.4 million Pinterest users then this one is for you. 4. Break out of any food rut that might be building and come up with some new meal ideas using only the foods that you already own. 5. That hem that’s come loose, the hole that needs patching, the button that’s hanging on my literally 2 thin threads; nows the time to get that pile of To-Do’s taken care of. 6. Check out all of their movies from the library or watch them all on Netflix. 7. that you’ll actually use! 8. 9. It’s only scary the first time (really!) 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16.