Gorgeous Coming Into Fall Finds View

Gorgeous is coming into fall finds view.  Sprucing up interiors with new and new to you home decor fall finds frames an inviting and stylish picture.

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“By all these lovely tokens September days are here, with summer’s best of weather and autumn’s best of cheer.”

—Helen Hunt Jackson

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Satisfaction 

Discovering the overnight temps will be in the low 50s throughout much of the week mixed and mingled with the excitement over the home decor fall finds currently catching my eye is a big fall finds deal.

One may even say reason enough to get their it’s fall y’all prep and pretty groove on.


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Fall Finds

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 California Redwood by Benjamin Moore

Color strikes a chord with the eye, nature inspires as only nature can do, and home decor fall finds carry the theme through to the spaces and places we love to decorate.

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Owl Moscow Mule Mug 

Small and affordable touches of color, texture and pattern refresh the foundation style.

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Broadway Collection End Table Trunk

Stylish storage solution for seasonal throws, blankets and cozy accouterments.

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Fox & Hare Serving Bowl

The common denominator of fall color and fall cuisine is the rich, warm and tasteful aspects of their appeal.

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Ruffoni Hand-Hammered Copper Chef’s Pan with Wood Spoon

pumpkin-pancakes Pumpkin Pie Pancakes

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Vermont Pure Maple Syrup

palmergreen-fall-colorsPalmer Green by Benjamin Moore

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Porthos Home Finnick Leisure Chair

benjamin-moore-greenfield-pumpkinGreenfield Pumpkin by Benjamin Moore

sweet-potato-and-green-apple-soupSweet Potato and Green Apple Soup

I like to set the table for seasonal dishes with seasonal dishes.

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Expressions Capri Dinner Plate

marble-gold-coastersOld Hollywood Marble Coasters

benjamin-moore-hot-tamaleHot Tamale by Benjamin Moore

painted_ceilings_ericpiaseckiottoPhoto by Eric Piasecki / OTTO

red-lacquered-chestsRed Lacquered Chest

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Snow Leopard Throw Blanket

The snap, crackle and pop of fall color naturally evokes a session of seasonal match game.  We associate texture and pattern-fabrics and fibers rich in warmth and coziness with fall decorating and feathering essentials.

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Tingari Chocolate Throw Pillows (Set of 2)

Deck the entry halls in warmth and welcome.

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Handmade Leopard Print Cowhide Rug

Nature is the ultimate tastemaker- a stunning source of inspiration.  I’m calling this Twig Accent Table by Three Hands  the fall finds deal of the day. Available at Gilt.com, this spot accent table is $39.  There is only one(1) available and is a final sale and non-returnable item.

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Maple Leaf Red by Benjamin Moore

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Carol Lew Barnyard Royalty Mr. Pig Throw Pillow 

Small spot changes often pack the biggest decorative punch, add decorative interest, and keep updating costs in affordable territory.

pear-tea-towel Do It With Love Tea Towel

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French Zinc Corbels

benjamin-moore-butternut-brownButternut Brown by Benjamin Moore

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Threshold Ceramic Cookie Jar with Lid 

original_personalised-tinder-sackOriginal Personalized Tinder Sack

benjamin-moore-graphiteGraphite by Benjamin Moore

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Toile de Jouy

Adorn the walls, layer with texture and pattern, and light up a crisp evening with a new lamp or light fixture.

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Distressed Black Cloche Edison Lamp

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Moon Plate

benjamin-moore-newburg-green1Newburg Green by Benjamin Moore

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Traditional Home

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Covington Balenciaga Nile Fabric

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Warming up home and hearth invites the beauty of the current season to lend a stylish look in the pursuit of feathering the nest.

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Sage Advice and Astute Observations

Sage advice and astute observations to ponder on this first Friday of fall.

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What Mr. Lagerfeld said.

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I simply can’t argue with this observation.

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I miss the days when no one gave a thought to licking cake batter drenched beaters, raw eggs and all. Lest we forget the days of eating raw cookie dough without an E. coli care in the world.

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Love.

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It really is all you need.

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Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home to recharge your battery.

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I hope you enjoy the splendor of the season on this first weekend of fall at your little house on the prairie.

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Tidbits Of All Things House That Make a Home Information

Today I am sharing tidbits of all things house that make a home information.

A design, decorating, dish and detail show and tell resource of information is what drives us here at Places In The Home.

And away we go!

and-away-we-goJackie Gleason

In a recent survey of home decor consumers and the decorative throw pillows they love to decorate the humble abode with, the colors blue and purple top the list of color preference.  Consumers tastes also trended toward patterned throw pillows.

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Consumers tastes also trended toward patterned throw pillows.

Buster-kittySir Kitty Kat

Fleas drives me crazy.   What a swing in subject matter, but into every household an unwanted guest of the bug species will creep in.  We’ve been fortunate over the many years of our pet ownership to only contend with fleas inside the house once.  That is until last month when I noticed we had company.  Sir Kitty Kat aka the culprit gifted the entire house with fleas.  Flea bombing the house with unwanted chemicals was out of the question, and calling an exterminator would be an option of last resort. After conducting a quick google search for help, I decided to go with a natural, safe and inexpensive alternative.

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Is 20 Mule Team Borax a detergent booster or is it a miracle flea be gone treatment?  It’s both!  I used 2 boxes of 20 Mule Team Borax over a 2 week period.  Patience and persistence paid off.  We treated Sir Kitty Kat with a topical flea treatment under our veterinarian’s advisement.  Kitty was scratching to take up residence outdoors for a few days, and admittedly I was happy to oblige him.  I purchased a plastic storage container, a broom, rubber gloves and a box of disposable face masks from the dollar store.  You’ll need two(2) new empty vacuum cleaner bags- one to use during treatment and a fresh new one for after treatment.  Perform a discoloration test by selecting a small area and applying the Borax to rule out the possibility of discoloration.  I only treated the carpet, rugs and floors with the Borax.  I did not use it on fabric or upholstered furniture.

What You Do:

Fill the storage container about 3/4 full per room with 20 Mule Team Borax.  Lightly dust floors, carpets, and rugs with Borax along baseboards, under furniture, in closets.  Use the broom to work the Borax into the carpet.  The Borax dries out the fleas and larvae.  I let the Borax do its thing in the carpet for one week.  Overkill for sure, but we were on a flea killing mission.  Vacuum up the Borax, discard the vacuum bag into a garbage bag and immediately place outside, and pop in a new vacuum bag.

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I’ve got the hem tape thing down to a science!

I’ve been called a lot of things in my lifetime, but seamstress is not one of them and rightly so.   All those years ago in high school home economics class I aced the cooking part of the semester.  Sewing cooked my goose.  I come from a long line of no-sew seamstresses.  Button detail and hem tape I’ve mastered, but that’s it for my sewing prowess.

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Pincushion curiosity struck while staring at the tomato pincushion that was my mother’s mother’s mother, trying to decide if I really needed the button to be on the pant and not in the drawer.  After consulting with the fountain of information guru that is Google, the what and the why a strawberry is attached to the tomato pincushion mystery was solved. Emory powder is the filler source for the strawberry. The powder is an abrasive, and serves as a cleaner of rust and sharpener of pins and needles.

Glad that’s answered.

I was on pins and needles.

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Crazy cake is crazy easy and crazy good.  Do you ever look at recipes and projects and wonder if they really are that easy, that tasty and worth the effort?  You now have it on good authority that this easy peasy crazy cake is.  One pan and no eggs- I love this concept.

3 cups all-purpose flour

2 cups white sugar

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons baking soda

½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

3/4 cup vegetable oil

2 Tablespoons distilled white vinegar

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 cups cold water

Directions

Sift flour, sugar, salt, soda, and cocoa together into a 9 x 13 inch ungreased cake pan.  Make three wells. Pour oil into one well, vinegar into second, and vanilla into third well.  Pour cold water over all, and stir well with fork.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes, or until tooth pick inserted comes out clean.  To frost or not to frost.  That is the question only your personal preference can answer.

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I did not frost the first chocolate crazy cake and it was delicious.  I did frost the second chocolate crazy cake with Duncan Hines Salted Caramel frosting and it was scrumptious.

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Choices and caramel make the world go round.  Tidbits of all things house that make a home information does too.

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Signs and Sounds: Fall or Autumn Wishfall Thinking

Signs and sounds hinting at an early fall or autumn leads to wishfall thinking.  Concrete proof of fall’s preview peppers the Places In The Home driveway, sidewalk and patio with yellow leaves intermingled among summer’s last holdouts.  As I blog and type “Dancing In The Moonlight” by King Harvest is currently playing on Music Choice.  Now “Night Moves” by Bob Seger is playing.  Two songs played back to back with the lyrics everybody’s dancin’ in the moonlight and with autumn closing in. Changing colors, temps and tastes.  Oh yeah, this is happening.

yellow-fall-leavesWe crazy Louisianians grab hold of the slightest hint of a fall weather preview and hold on for dear life.  Hey, speaking of crazy Louisianians

britney-ellenLouisianians  Ellen DeGeneres and  Britney Spears

Dave and I stood on the front porch for a few minutes Friday night listening to the high school bands playing during the local football Jamboree.  Humidity and mosquitoes crashed our party, making me wish for fall even more.  Hope springs or falls eternal, and I can testify to sure signs of wishfall thinking- shorter days, a changing sun that casts a bright white light through the windows, and wind chimes that play a North wind lullaby.

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The first gumbo feast of fall is soon to be cooking in the big blue pot.

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Okay.  I couldn’t wait until the official arrival of fall for a gumbo feast.  No respectable Louisiana cook can talk about gumbo and not break out the big blue pot, make some roux, chop up the Cajun trinity, and whip up a pot of chicken and sausage gumbo.  C’est si bon!

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The hunt is on for Sportsman’s Paradise activities to do.  Fall festivals of pecan, tamale, meat pie, and funktoberfest are on our fall calendar of events.

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A new to me vintage mixing bowl is ready for fall recipe duty.

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A bag of fresh and faux apples and a dash of wishfall thinking leads the inspired charge to create delicious apple themed recipes and diy projects.

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A Guide to Apples from Williams-Sonoma


1.  Cortland – Crimson in color with a sweet flavor and crisp texture.  Best for:  applesauce and apple butter.

2.  Red Delicious – Softer in texture with a mellow, not-too-sweet flavor. Best for:  apple cider

3.   Braeburn – Reddish-orange with green and yellow streaks and a unique sweet-tart flavor.  Best for:  cooking and baking

4.  Gravenstein  –  A juicy apple with a finely-grained texture and a light yellow or red skin.  Best for:  applesauce and apple cider

5.  Gala  –  Sweet, aromatic and crisp with a light-red color.  Best for: eating raw and applesauce

6.  Fuji  –  Crisp texture and dense flesh with a sugary-sweet flavor.  Best for: eating raw

7.  Pink Lady  –  Crisp in texture and bright pink with a tart-sweet flavor.   Best for:  eating raw

8.  Golden Delicious  –  Very sweet to the taste with a golden yellow color.   Best for:  applesauce and apple butter

9.  Granny Smith  –  Very tart and crisp with a bright green color.  Best for: baking


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Wishfall thinking exhibit A as in a fall diamond in the summer rough.  The seasons they are a-changin’.

 Fall Autumn Wishfall Thinking

There is nothing like a good fall preview or autumn sneak peek to build the anticipation of seasonal things to come.  By all accounts, it’s fall y’all!

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15 Years Later: Never Forget 9/11

9/11/2016 marks the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks waged against our nation on September 11, 2001.  9/11 will forever be a day steeped in raw emotions.  Sheer disbelief. Shock. Fear of the unknown and sorrow of the now known.  We watched and listened as graphic carnage and deliberate decimation unfolded before our eyes in real time with no filter, no delay button, no censorship.  I wandered out loud my God, is this our new normal?

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The Sept. 14, 2001, cover of TIME

I have a hard time remembering what I did yesterday, but I will forever remember every detail, every phone call, and every emotion I experienced that fateful September Tuesday morning in 2001.  I bet you do too.

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9/11 will forever remain the day our nation felt a collective numbness out of shock and sorrow for the innocent and the innocence killed in the terrorist attacks.  Gladys Knight’s beautiful version of “The Way We Were” and the haunting lyric “Try to remember the kind of September When life was slow and oh, so mellow” never fails to turn my thoughts to the morning of September 11, 2001.

What’s too painful to remember we should never choose to forget.  Never Forget 9/11.

“In time, perhaps, we will mark the memory of September the 11th in stone and metal — something we can show children as yet unborn to help them understand what happened on this minute and on this day.

But for those of us who lived through these events, the only marker we’ll ever need is the tick of a clock at the 46th minute of the eighth hour of the 11th day. We will remember where we were and how we felt. We will remember the dead and what we owe them. We will remember what we lost and what we found.

And in our time, we will honor the memory of the 11th day by doing our duty as citizens of this great country, freedom’s home and freedoms defender.”

George W. Bush

The World Will Always Remember 9/11

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National September 11 Memorial South Pool

Evil acts tested the stamina, fortitude and resilience of our nation, her citizens, the brave men and women of our military, police, fire and medical departments and city, state and national officials.  We are a changed world.  We may carry and live with the scars, but one thing is certain- The United States of America will never be broken.  Bumped and bruised, but never broken.  We mustn’t allow that to ever happen. Together we are better.

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We are the United States of America.  We differ from one another on many points, views and opinions, but when all is said and done, we are one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.  Strong. United. Free.

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Flight 93 National Memorial

Through trying times and the best of times, Dave and I never lose sight of our freedoms and how proud we are to be Americans. May God Bless this great nation we call the home, The United States of America.

Tasty Tailgating Recipes For Tailgating Times

Tasty tailgating recipes for tailgating times are on my mind.  Our favorite team is picked, we’ve rallied our friends, and the ideas for tailgating recipes are flowing.  Tailgating is a parking lot or stadium grounds pregame ritual based on the principle of celebrated camaraderie and good food and drink shared among home team friends and fans.  Tailgating sets the pregame football excitement in motion.

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As fall and football season make their collective presence known, the party atmosphere is everywhere.  Selecting tailgating recipes takes time and thought.  Dishes pleasing to the masses and the pocketbook as well as ones that prove easy to prepare determine many tailgating menus, ours included.  Here’s the starting lineup of tailgating recipes for this season’s tailgating times beginning with the pass a good time crowd-pleaser, Cajun Lemonade.

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Cajun Lemonade

Ingredients

2 cups light rum

1 (12-oz.) can frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed

1 teaspoon Louisiana hot sauce

1 (1-liter) bottle club soda, chilled

Crushed ice & garnishes:  sugarcane sticks, lemon slices

Directions

Stir together first 3 ingredients. Add club soda just before serving. Serve over crushed ice. Garnish, if desired.

Southern Living 

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Pub-Style Pretzels and Beer Cheese Sauce

Ingredients
1 ½ cups warm water
1 packet active yeast
4 cups all-purpose flour (will need extra for kneading)
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
1 large egg
½ tablespoon sea salt
1 tablespoon flavored seasoning of your choice (This recipe uses McCormick Grill Mates Molasses & Bacon)

Smoked Gouda and Cheddar Beer Sauce Ingredients
Yield: about one cup
½ cup of beer (This recipe uses Sierra Nevada for its strong taste. Use a wheat beer or blonde ale for a milder taste.)
½ cup grated smoked Gouda
½ cup grated sharp cheddar
2 tablespoons sour cream
1 ½ tablespoons flour
¼ teaspoon ground mustard
¼ teaspoon paprika
salt & pepper to taste

Directions
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Place a non-stick baking mat on a cookie sheet.

In a large mixing bowl, add yeast to warm water. Stir until dissolved. Stir in salt and sugar. Once mixed, add flour one cup at a time. Mix thoroughly until dough is thick and no longer sticky.

Create a floured surface for kneading. Knead dough for approximately 5 minutes. Separate dough into even sections, about six.

Roll dough into ropes (Image 1), making width even throughout. Make pretzel shapes by creating a circle with the dough. Twist ends and press down to finish shape (Image 2).

On a plate, mix sea salt and seasoning together for sprinkling. Beat egg in a small bowl and brush on pretzel tops. Place pretzels on baking sheet, and sprinkle salt mixture on top.

Bake for 10 minutes. After the first 5 minutes, switch to broil. Keep an eye on them to avoid over-browning. Remove from oven and serve warm with beer cheese dip.

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In small saucepan, heat beer on low until it bubbles. Slowly whisk in flour, then add cheese (Image 3).  Whisk until smooth.

Add sour cream, mustard and paprika while whisking. Add more flour for a thicker sauce, or more beer for a thinner sauce. Sprinkle salt and pepper to taste.  Yield: 6-8 pretzels

-HGTV

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Tailgating Olive Dip

Ingredients

8 oz. cream cheese
1  cup  olives, chopped (I use green salad olives)
½ cup mayonnaise
2  tbsp. juice from olives
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
1  teaspoon hot sauce, optional
½  cup finely chopped pecans

Directions

Soften cream cheese. Mix remainder of ingredients.  Best to prepare the night before to allow flavors to marry.  Keep chilled during transport. Serve with pita chips or cracker of choice.

tailgating-food-ideasBetter Homes and Gardens

Imitation is the highest form of tailgating tablescapes flattery.

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Flamin’ Cinnamon Cider

Directions

In a large saucepan heat cider over medium heat until hot, but not simmering.  Add candies; stir until melted.   To serve, float apple slices on the cider mixture.  If desired, top with orange peel strips.

-Better Homes and Gardens

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I like items that pull double duty.  Is it an urn for a fall foliage centerpiece or is it a stylish holder for bottles of liquid fall in a glass aka apple cider?

wood-planterClancy Wood Urn Planter

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bone-handled-cheese-knivesBone Handled Cheese Knives

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Bread Bags 

purple-raffiaWraphia

copper-bowl-with-handlesHammered Copper Bowl with Handles

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Caramel Peanut Popcorn Snack Mix

Ingredients
15 cups popped popcorn (about 3/4 cup kernels)
vegetable cooking spray
1 cup plus 2 Tbsp. firmly packed dark brown sugar
½ cup butter
½ cup dark corn syrup
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup lightly salted dry-roasted peanuts
wax paper
1 (10.5 oz.) package candy-coated peanut butter pieces (such as Reese’s Pieces)

Directions

Preheat oven to 325°. Spread popcorn in an even layer on a lightly greased (with cooking spray) heavy-duty aluminum foil-lined 13- x 18-inch pan. Stir together brown sugar and next 3 ingredients in a small saucepan over medium-low heat; bring to a simmer, and simmer, stirring constantly, 1 minute. Pour over popcorn, and stir gently to coat.

Bake at 325° for 25 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes. Add peanuts during last 5 minutes. Remove from oven, and spread on lightly greased (with cooking spray) wax paper. Cool completely (about 20 minutes). Break apart large pieces, and stir in candy pieces. Store in an airtight container up to 1 week.

Southern Living

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Corn and Black-Eyed Pea Salad aka Death Valley Salad 

Ingredients

2 cans black-eyed peas
2 cans white corn, drained
2 cans yellow corn, drained
1 bell pepper, chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
1 medium purple onion, finely chopped
1 medium bunch green onions, chopped
1 teaspoon black pepper, optional
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup white vinegar

Directions

Chop bell pepper, celery, purple onion, and green onions, add to large bowl.  Add black-eyed peas,  drained white & yellow corn.  In separate mixing bowl combine sugar, oil, and vinegar, mixing well.  Pour over salad, cover, and refrigerate overnight.

Kitchen Daily

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Four-Chile Chili

Ingredients
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 ½ pounds ground sirloin or chuck
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 large Spanish onion (1 ½ pounds), coarsely chopped
8 large garlic cloves, minced
3 large jalapeño chiles, seeded and minced
3 tablespoons ancho chile powder
2 ½ tablespoons sweet paprika
¼ cup tomato paste
Two 28-ounce cans peeled Italian tomatoes, coarsely chopped and juices reserved
3 cups chicken or beef stock or canned low-sodium broth
Two 19-ounce cans kidney beans, drained and rinsed
2 chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, seeded and minced
1 tablespoon dried oregano
Pinch of cinnamon
Coarsely chopped cilantro, for serving
Sour cream, for serving

Directions
Heat the olive oil in a enameled cast-iron casserole. Add half the ground beef in large chunks and season with salt and pepper. Cook over moderately high heat until brown on the bottom, about 4 minutes. Stir and cook until most of the pink is gone, about 3 minutes; keep the meat in large chunks. Transfer to a plate and repeat with the remaining meat.

Pour off all but 2 tablespoons of the fat from the casserole. Add the onion, garlic and jalapeños and cook over moderately low heat, stirring often, until softened, about 6 minutes. Add the ancho powder and paprika and cook over low heat, stirring often, until fragrant, about 5 minutes. Add the tomato paste and cook, stirring, until the paste is glossy and starts to brown, about 5 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes and their juices, the chicken stock and the cooked beef and any accumulated juices. Bring to a simmer over moderately high heat. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 1 ½ hours, stirring occasionally.

Add the kidney beans, chipotles and oregano and simmer for 30 minutes longer. Season with salt, pepper and a large pinch of cinnamon. Remove from the heat and let stand for at least 20 minutes. Reheat before serving.
Serve the chili in bowls, topped with a generous sprinkling of cilantro. Can be refrigerated for up to 4 days and frozen for up to 2 months.

-Food & Wine

chili-spoonsFood presentation, especially when tailgating, should be fun. These Chili Cook-Off Wooden Spoons from Personalized Gallery take first, second and third place in the category of how fun!

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Serveware ideas include mahogany wood chargers, sugar molds used as a utensils holder, cast iron skillets in assorted sizes, Lodge cast iron mini serving bowls perfect  for  chili, soup and stew, cake stands, chalkboard picks, baker’s twine, take out boxes, and galvanized hot dog trays (clearance priced right).

purple-burlapBurlap is the original if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it tailgating accessory.  I like to keep burlap on the list of tailgating decorating and tablescape items because of its durability and inexpensive price tag.  Versatile for table covers, table skirts and table runners, burlap is a very forgiving fabric. Spills happen.  If a stain should occur, cover it up with a serving tray or platter of food (hey, every good tailgating host and hostess does it) for the duration of your tailgating soiree.  There’s no use in crying over spilled chili, dip, cocktails, etc…  Between tailgating times, head over to the fabric store or online retailer near you for several more yards of this tailgating friendly fabric.

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Jack Cheese and Smoky Chipotle Fondue

Ingredients

4 slices bacon, halved crosswise
1/4 cup finely chopped green onion
1/4 cup finely chopped red or yellow sweet pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
4 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese (16 ounces)
2 8 – ounce carton sour cream
2 -3 teaspoons finely chopped chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
French or Italian bread, cut into bite-size cubes
Tortilla chips or tortilla chip cups
Directions

In a heavy, medium saucepan, cook bacon till crisp. Remove bacon; reserving 1 tablespoon drippings in pan. Drain bacon on paper towels; crumble bacon and set aside.

Add green onion, sweet pepper and garlic to saucepan. Cook and stir over medium heat about 5 minutes or till vegetables are tender. Stir in flour. Stir in cheese, sour cream and chipotle peppers. Cook and stir over medium-low heat until cheese is melted and mixture is smooth.
Transfer cheese mixture to fondue pot over a fondue burner or slow-cooker on the low-heat setting. Top with crumbled bacon. Keep warm up to 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Serve with bread cubes or tortilla chips.

-Midwest Living

 

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The Hummingbird Cupcake

Prepare cupcakes according to box directions.  Allow to cool.  Stir 1 cup chopped toasted pecans and 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon into canned frosting.  Garnish with fresh pineapple wedges, banana chips, and pecan halves.

Southern Living

LSU pitcherGo Team Go Serving Pitcher.  Pick one up on your way to the game at Cracker Barrel.  Yes, Cracker Barrel.  

Citrus Tea Punch

Ingredients

6 cups water, divided

½ cup sugar

3 whole cloves

2 family-sized tea bags

1 (3-inch) cinnamon stick

1 cup orange juice

1 (6-ounce) can thawed lemonade concentrate, undiluted

Ice

Lemon slices (optional)

Directions

Combine 4 cups water and sugar in a heavy saucepan; bring to a boil. Cook until sugar dissolves; remove from heat.  Add cloves, tea bags, and cinnamon; steep 5 minutes.  Strain mixture through a sieve into a pitcher; discard solids.  Add remaining 2 cups water, juice, and lemonade concentrate; stir well.  Chill.  Serve over ice, and garnish with lemon slices, if desired.

-My Recipes

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Is That A Tiger On Your Tablescape? Tailgating Tablescapes Ideas

The football season rumblings are as loud as a Saturday at Tiger Stadium aka Death Valley.  Talk of menus, recipes, decorations and tailgating tablescapes ideas gives the tailgating nation something to talk about as well.  Southern Louisianians currently find themselves in a state of flooding uproar, displaced but not defeated. Some LSU and New Orleans Saints football fans will be tailgating around tailgating tablescapes in post flood neighborhoods for a while, but the good times will roll throughout the parishes and neighborhoods nonetheless.  A strong spirit and an even stronger will is hard to beat on and off the football field.

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If you play your cards right, the entire pregame and post-game tailgating experience can be an entertaining success from parking to parting.  I have it on good authority that the LSU fans traveling to Wisconsin to see the Tigers face the University of Wisconsin Badgers at Lambeau Field are pre-sell prepared, booking up most of the parking lots and spaces available for Saturday’s game.  Prepared is the first line of defense for successful tailgating.

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Tailgating has come along way from the hibachi and red Solo cup days, not that there’s anything wrong with that.  Tailgaters decked out in insert team colors here attire believe in getting the party started early.  The old adage football is a religion in the South has a lot of truth to it.  The shall we gather at the stadium loyal gather together to get the pregame ritual kicked off the way we like- all fired up.  There’s a lot of smoke and a lot of fire on these grills and smokers.

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Throw me something, Mister!

To every sport there is a season, and to every tailgating tablescape there is a reason.  Real estate is all about location, location, location.  Tailgating tablescapes is all about display, display, display.  I like to start with a theme and build from there.  Decorating your surroundings and tablescapes with team colors and seasonal accents seems to always visually please the crowd.

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A casual yet elegant tablescape adds a touch of class to the overall party atmosphere.

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I love arrangements with a nod to the fabulous football fall season.   A lot of color and a little spice make a fabulous football tailgating combination. Get the tailgating tablescapes flower hook up with faux, fresh store-bought or from the home and garden section of your or your neighbor’s yard.  Crotons, dried hydrangeas, marigolds, branches, magnolia leaves and sunflowers pack well for transport as well as color impact.

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Pumpkin time is coming.  Painted, succulent topped, carved or fall on parade groupings in different sizes and colors, lanterns, serving bowl, soup tureen – the pumpkin is a decorative powerhouse.   I think nothing of packing up the wedding china and crystal (got to use it for something) for a head turning tablescape.  Sometimes you just gotta bring your tailgating tablescapes A game to the game day table.

Simple serves a purpose, a hungry crowd, and an easy cleanup detail.  I keep my eye of the tiger on these 5 gallon college buckets from Home Depot.  I like to pick up several of these tailgating gotta have it staples to use as a carry all, cool all and basic catchall.

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The first line of defense in pulling off a successful tailgating menu is to know your audience.  Are you playing to the beer & dogs crowd, or a cast of it doesn’t matter what we’re eating only what we’re drinking tailgating characters?

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LSU and Blue Dog- A Number One Tiger Fan

Menus can be a kick in the end zone extra point tailgating winner when the theme is hometown, home state or home team related.  Fried alligator (University of Florida), all dog, no bull grilled hot dogs (Georgia Bulldogs), pulled pork sliders with razorback remoulade (Arkansas Razorbacks) to name a few tailgating menu ideas.

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Tailgating tablescapes wow factor serveware suggestions include cake stands stacked for a tiered effect.  I use cake plates displays for cornbread, muffins, sweet breads and crackers.

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The Lodge cast iron bowl is a tailgating serving piece staple as much as the chili, soup, stew or hash brown casserole (gosh, that sounds good!) served in it.

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What started out as a fall inspired serving pieces idea board turned into a billboard for farmhouse chic pieces. The idea is to up your tailgating tablescape presentation game.  A lantern makes a great serving piece alternative.  Using plastic mason jars for serving the ever popular, ever easy salad, breads or desserts in a jar gives you the mason jar-farmhouse chic without the worry of breakage.  I really like the elm and faux slate melamine serving boards from the Webstaurant Store.  Melamine is break-resistant and the look of these boards complements a rustic, fall or farmhouse chic tablescape. You can’t go wrong with a chicken wire cloche. Copper beer tubs, farm animal plates and moss baskets all make stylish serving pieces.

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Tailgating recipes for barbecued anything, Creole seasoned popcorn and lemonade with a kick, cold or hot dips, salads, sandwiches, soups, stews or chili and tasty tailgating appropriate desserts always satisfy a hungry tailgating group.  Regional cuisine ranks high in taste and popularity with hungry fans, and the cook friendly one pot principal scores extra points for easy.

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Gumbo or deer chili served with homemade buttermilk cornbread with Cajun cracklings has Louisiana written all over it.  New to our tailgating 2016 menu is the French Onion Field Goal burger recipe from Mantitlement.  Oh. My. Goal!

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Fans are always looking for a way to celebrate their team(s).  Tailgating gives us a great excuse to get to the stadium early for pregame food, fun and fantastic times. Fire up the grills and pretty up the tailgating tablescapes- it’s football tailgating season!

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Designer Rooms With the Wow and the Woof Factor for National Dog Day

Today is National Dog Day. For dog lovers, every day is National Dog Day, but I do like the idea of a special day designed to celebrate our four-legged friends “decorating” designer rooms with the wow and the woof factor for National Dog Day.

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Must love dogs interior designer approved.

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The dog days of summer refer to the hottest days of the season, but the dog days of interior design and decorating refer to the hottest four legged accessories for the look of the season.

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Our collections usually provide a window into the world of our memories- the souvenirs of precious times and proven joys.

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I know I enjoy a great must love dogs collection!

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Staffordshire Spaniels @ Christie’s Interiors (Photography by Carol Dronsfield)

Dog owners know all too well the comforts of home include a wag of the tail and a welcoming bark, that if it could be put to the spoken word, would express “I’m so glad you’re home!”  Pup poetry.

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Fido is ready for his close-up!  After all, our pets are part of the family.

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Friend.  Companion.  Sous Chef.  Home security system.  Therapist. Confidant.  Constant source of entertainment.

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“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.

—Josh Billings (a.k.a. Henry Wheeler Shaw; humorist and lecturer)

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“Some of our greatest historical and artistic treasures we place with curators in museums; others we take for walks.”

 Roger Caras

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Our son and his girlfriend sit on the board of the Shepard rescue in their community.  Their caring and extremely rewarding work with rescue dogs brought them Caramel, and is inspired by our dear Ollie, our original rescue dog.

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Go for a walk with, throw a bone to, design and decorate your life around and consider adopting a rescue dog today on this National Dog Day.

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Simple. Elegant. Fall. Seasonal Updating With Fall Decorating Favorites

I am ready to get the seasonal updating with fall decorating favorites ball rolling.  Postings of home decor and fall decorating ideas from several hundred of my blogging and social media friends confirm fall fever is going around.

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Let the brisk mornings-cinnamon flavored-pumpkin decorating-colors on parade-sitting on the front porch-spice tea sipping-football tailgating afternoons-sweater wearing-sock feet snuggling with the one you love-crisp evenings spent in front of a fire pit season commence.  While we’re on the subject, let me ask you this.  Fall or Autumn.  What say you?

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Now to the seasonal updating with fall decorating favorites portion of our show…

I’ve been looking “foyer” to this seasonal update for quite some time. The wallpaper I selected for my Mother’s Day gift (Mother’s Day 2015) is finally up where it belongs.  Getting this wallpaper project to completion and fall coming to Louisiana have something in common. It seems to take forever.  I learned a long time ago that patience is a virtue in the pretty on a penny process.  Count the looking “foyer” to fall wallpaper project and estate sale chandelier makeover as the first seasonal updates of the fall 2016 season.

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We are ginkgo a gogo for fall decorating.  Inexpensive is good, but free is better.  Using natural elements in your seasonal decorating plan gifts the eye with the beauty of the season.  Simple. Elegant. Fall.

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Seasonal updating with fall decorating favorites is _________.

A.  Fun.

B.  Easy.

C.  Affordable when you use natural elements found in nature’s arts and crafts store and decorate with items that you already have, collect, love, and reflect your personal style.

D.  All of the above.

Multiple choices factor into the decorating scheme of things.

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Cotton bolls placed in and around collected sea shells is a match made in memories from my childhood heaven.  Cotton fields remain an integral part of the fall harvest scenery in our area.  A farmer friend with acres and acres of cotton fields generously supplies me with several bundles of cotton stalks for my fall decorating needs.  Another good friend supplies me with the dried hydrangeas and eucalyptus bunches perfect for fall arrangements in another fall decor essential, the dough bowl.  Good friends bearing gifts are rewarded with the house special, a fresh apple nut cake.

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An accidental placement of this antique chair in the foyer and the light of a late afternoon produce an effect worth keeping.

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Maybe it’s the lighting, the off-center placement, the new wallpaper or the combination of all three, but I love how it all works together. Ambience plays a significant role in interior design and decorating, and light is at the control.

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I’ve noticed the change in the color of the afternoon sun.  It is white bright, full of nuance as it streams through the window panes and French doors to shadow dance with colors, patterns and textures.

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Simple. Elegant. Fall.

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After A Flood: Tips For Cleaning Carpets, Floors, Kitchenwares and Furniture

Louisiana is once again in the national news as our Southern neighbors experience devastating flooding the likes never seen before.  Classified as a once-in-every-500-years flood, this event with no named tropical depression or hurricane to blame caught many folks off guard. Louisianians know a thing or two about weathering tropical storms and hurricanes, and yes, even flooding, but many of the flood areas are areas that in normal situations would not see high water.

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When the floodwaters begin to recede and the affected areas are safe to go back into, flood victims will be faced with the overwhelming task of cleaning up.  Insult, meet injury. This FEMA information and tips for cleaning carpets, floors, kitchenwares and furniture after a flood offer useful information to those soon to be in clean up mode.

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Acadia, Ascension, Avoyelles, East Feliciana, Evangeline, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, Point Coupee, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Tammany, Vermilion, Washington and West Feliciana have joined East Baton Rouge, Livingston, St. Helena and Tangipahoa as parishes eligible for federal disaster assistance.   Homeowners will need to document damage for a FEMA claim.  It is imperative to exercise extreme caution when re-entering your home or business when the time is right to so. Turn off the power to the home or building at the main electrical box.  You will need to take pictures of each room before removing contents.  Once removed to the outdoors and placed into small piles, take pictures of the debris piles.  I am sharing the link to the Baton Rouge newspaper, The Advocate, where tips for separating your debris into categories and other valuable information such as closings, medication refill information and donation sites is provided. http://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/environment/article_717d6a8c-6301-11e6-a6c8-e729c9b5cd78.html

Caution: Remove or secure shut with straps the door(s) of a discarded refrigerator, freezer, washing machine, dryer or stove oven to prevent the risk of a child or person climbing into the appliance, the door locking, and the child or person becoming trapped and suffocating.   

FEMA emphasizes the importance of registering for FEMA help now!  The sooner FEMA receives your claim, the sooner an inspector will be to your home.  You can register your claim with FEMA by calling  1-800-621-3362 or by going online to www.disasterassistance.gov.  FEMA cannot duplicate insurance coverage, but the agency can help with immediate needs like housing and medication.

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Beware of Fraud and Scams After a Flood

From the FEMA website:

As government agencies and charitable groups began providing disaster assistance, scam artists, identity thieves and other criminals may attempt to prey on vulnerable survivors. The most common post-disaster fraud practices include phony housing inspectors, fraudulent building contractors, bogus pleas for disaster donations and fake offers of state or federal aid.

The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (Louisiana) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency advise all residents that no individual with a government disaster assistance agency will call or text asking for financial account information.

Survivors also should keep in mind that federal and state workers never ask for or accept money and always carry identification badges. There is no fee required to apply for or to get disaster assistance from FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration or the state.

Scam attempts can be made over the phone, by mail or email, text or in person. Unfortunately, there seems to be no limit to the inventiveness of those wanting to commit fraud. Louisiana residents are asked to remain alert, ask questions and require photo identification when someone claims to represent a government agency.

Those who question the validity of a contact or suspect fraud are encouraged to call the toll free FEMA Disaster Fraud Hotline at 866-720-5721.  Complaints also may be made by contacting local law enforcement agencies.

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Beginning the Cleanup

Calling in a professional cleaning service is the best way to go, but in the aftermath of storms and floods these companies can be swamped.  No pun intended.   Also, and this is a big also, the out-of-pocket costs can be expensive and standard homeowners insurance does not cover any type of flood damage.  Homeowners face the important task of damage removal and clean-up.  Take a practical approach to what to keep and what not to keep.  Mattresses should go.  Floodwaters can be contaminated with chemicals, biohazards, sewage, fuel- you get the idea.  A mattress that has been in a flood is a breeding ground for mold.  It’s got to go.

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The immediate job of debris removal and cleaning carpets, rugs and floor will help to reduce the growth of molds, algae and bacteria- a proven health risk.  Open windows and doors to expose saturated items to as much air as possible.  Protect yourself from contamination and exposure by wearing gloves and covering your mouth, legs, arms, feet. Wearing a protective mask and goggles to prevent breathing mold spores and eye exposure is the prudent thing to do.

Carpets

Clean and dry carpet(s) as soon as possible. Throw out any and all flooring and carpet that has been submerged for 24 hours or more and or covered in sewage tainted floodwater.

Pull up all saturated carpet(s) and rug(s) and remove from the house, apartment, building, etc…  placing outdoors to begin the drying process. Sunlight works a natural disinfectant.

Cut your loses: Pull up carpet padding and throw it out.  The soaked material is a breeding ground for mold, mildew and stench.

If removal of carpet(s) is impossible, use a wet-dry vacuum and dehumidifier to dry the carpet as quickly as possible.  A fan can be used to aid in the drying process.  Lift up the carpet to allow the circulated air to reach the underside.

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Use a garden hose and nozzle that promotes good water pressure to remove mud. Apply a disinfectant carpet-cleaning product to heavily soiled spot(s), using a hard-bristled brush or broom to work into spot(s).

To combat mildew and odors, rinse the backing of the carpet(s) and rug(s) with a solution of 2 tablespoons of bleach to 1 gallon of water.  This solution is not to be used on wool carpets.  Also disinfect the slab or subfloor.

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Floors

Clean and dry floor(s) as soon as possible.  Allow floors to dry thoroughly before attempting repairs. Throw out any and all flooring and carpet that has been submerged for 24 hours or more and/or covered in sewage tainted floodwater.

Begin the clean-up by disinfecting flooring surfaces with a solution of 1 cup chlorine bleach in 1 gallon water.

With vinyl, tile and linoleum flooring: it is vital to remove vinyl, tile or linoleum to allow subflooring to dry.  Drying can take several months to complete.

With regards to wood flooring:  Gradual drying of wooden floors can prevent cracking or splitting of the wood.  Removal of hardwood floor boards helps to prevent buckling. Remove a board every few feet to reduce buckling caused by swelling.

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Cleaning Carpets, Floors, Kitchenwares and Furniture

Bleach, bleach, bleach!

Mix up a disinfecting solution of 2 tablespoons of chlorine bleach per gallon of hot water.

Soak glassware and dinnerware for 10 minutes.  Remove items and allow to air-dry.

Thoroughly wipe down countertops and cabinets with disinfecting solution.  See recipe above.

Never mix bleach with ammonia. The fumes produced are TOXIC.

Place silverware, metal utensils, pots and pans in boiling in water for 10 minutes to disinfect. Do not use chlorine bleach due to the reaction between bleach and metals.

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Furniture

Remove furniture and place outside to dry.  Sunlight works a natural disinfectant.

Upholstered furniture soaks up contaminants from floodwaters and should be cleaned only by a professional.

Unless sentimental value is attached, the cost to repair wood veneered furniture falls into the not worth it category.

Solid wood furniture can usually be restored, unless damage is severe.

Cleaning carpets, floors, kitchenwares and furniture after a flood is a difficult but necessary task.  The sooner you tackle the removal and cleaning process the sooner the mud, gunk, bayou-lake-river residue, sewage and mildew that exacerbates the problem will soon be on the way to becoming a distant and nasty memory.

Tips for Photos, Papers and Books

The LSU AgCenter offers wonderful tips for mold removal and prevention after a flood. http://www.lsuagcenter.com/profiles/lbenedict/articles/page1471440591268

One tip that I’m sure will be helpful is how to protect documents, papers and photos from mildew.  Gently wash the mud off a photos, books and documents/papers and place in a frost-free freezer. Freeze meaningful papers and photos. Wash the mud off important papers, photographs and books and place them in a frost-free freezer. The temporary freezing combats mildew from setting in until they can be thawed out and/or taken to a professional restorer.