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Post by Tracy Kaler.
If a guest room is new territory for you, a few basic pointers might be in order. Beyond the obvious –– such as a bed, nightstand, and bedside lamp –– a few other items is all it takes to make the space one in which your family and friends will envy each time they visit.
Fresh, crisp linens
Sleeping is number one in any bedroom, and a guest room is no different. High quality linens, or the highest quality you can afford will bring restful sleep to your overnighters. Be sure to choose 100 percent cotton, and have both down and foam pillows available since some people have an allergy to feathers.
Space for clothing
Whether your room has a closet or you choose a freestanding wardrobe, you’ll need storage for clothing and other belongings. If your space is closet-less, a few wall hooks and a dresser may do the trick.
A luggage rack can look fashionable as well as be functional. Your visitors also won’t need to place their potentially dirty suitcases on nice, clean bedding when they unpack. Even a sturdy bench at the foot of the bed can work well to hold your guests’ bags.
A few bottles of mineral water, a tea setup or even a mini coffee maker will keep your guests from traipsing to your kitchen late at night or first thing in the morning. An ice bucket would be extra thoughtful for iced tea drinkers.
A plush robe is the ultimate amenity, in my opinion. Warm when you’re getting out of the bath or shower, and cozy in the chilly evenings or on top of PJs, a washable terrycloth robe is a must for any guest quarters.
Post by Alison Hein.
Our niece came to visit recently, and I wanted to be sure I had something perfect ready for breakfast. KellyAnne is a healthy eater, so I knew it had to be lean, light and luscious. It also had to be easy, as Kevin and I wanted to make sure we had plenty of time to take KellyAnne and Rich out to see the sights during their stay.
My mind drifted immediately back to Baked Egg Cups – portion-sized eggy cupcakes nested in lean Canadian bacon, and filled with colorful vegetables. Also low in fat, high in nutrients, and highly freezable so I could make them in advance. I did, however, want to dress them up a little. So out went the onions, peppers and mushrooms, and in came fresh, green asparagus and tangy sun-dried tomatoes. Mozzarella became crumbly goat cheese, and a few sprigs of fresh thyme added a bit of savory elegance.
Served with a fresh fruit salad and home-baked bread, these little egg cups were a big hit. We enjoyed a leisurely breakfast, then headed out for an ambling day of wandering and photo snapping.
So next time you’re expecting company, pull out this recipe and give it a try. Or, freeze some just for yourself, then heat them up when you’re in the mood for a lean, light and luscious breakfast in bed.
12 pieces Canadian bacon (or substitute turkey or veggie bacon)
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 ounces asparagus
7 large eggs
¼ cup sun-dried tomatoes
½ cup crumbled goat cheese
2 teaspoons fresh thyme
Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly spray 12-cup muffin tin with cooking spray. Place one piece of bacon in each muffin cup, arranging to fit against sides as much as possible.
Heat olive oil in a heavy saucepan over medium heat. Clean and trim asparagus, then slice into ½-inch long pieces. Add asparagus to pan and sauté until tender, about 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Alternatively, steam or oven roast asparagus. Set aside to cool.
Crack eggs into a large bowl and beat lightly. Add sautéed asparagus, sun-dried tomatoes, goat cheese, fresh thyme, salt and pepper to beaten eggs and mix thoroughly. Pour mixture evenly into muffin tins. Bake 30 to 35 minutes until cooked through (test with toothpick). Cool slightly before removing from tin.
Makes 12 egg cups.
Post by Mark T. Locker.
Just joking : 300 hilarious jokes, tricky tongue twisters, and ridiculous riddles
The National Geographic Society is not just about publishing the once-monthly gold-bordered glossy magazines full of beautiful photography and intriguing articles. Now it is the purveyor of knock-knock jokes and other groan-inducing riddles. I bought this one for my son with a pretty good sense that I would quickly regret this particular gift choice.
Turns out, I don’t really regret it at all. I have long been a fan of cheesy riddles, annoying knock-knock jokes and anything even remotely resembling a pun. The hardest part for me is deciding whether to pretend that I don’t know the answers to these jokes after being asked them 50 times or always give him the joy of the delivery. Right now, I’m at about 50/50. Here are a couple examples of what you will be in for:
Is there an owl in there?
Q:Who robs you when you are in a bathtub?
A: A robber ducky!
You get the idea. There will be no learning useful facts. There is no thought-provoking journalism. Just three hundred achingly terrible jokes. I highly recommend it. Any kid with a sense of humor will be well served by having this collection in their arsenal.
Post by Mark T. Locker.
1985! 1985! Such a cool and modern time! That was thirty years ago. THIRTY YEARS AGO. We had a sick day earlier this week and were looking for something awesome to share with the boy. I’d been thinking about Back to the Future, since, as we all know, this is the year that Marty and the Doc travel to in Back to the Future II. People have been scrambling to make that future vision a reality, from really unimpressive hoverboards to Nike’s Air Mag with self-tying laces. All that is well and good, but if you are going to start fresh, you have to start at the beginning.
November 5, 1955!
I can’t say how many times I have watched that movie. Apparently a lot because I can recite most lines from memory. I like this movie because it’s totally fun and it’s harmless. There are a couple words in it I had to gently remind my child that he is not allowed to say. But overall the whole time travel/awesome car/action movie was not lost on the kid at all. He even has a puffy vest like Marty McFly is wearing when he goes back to 1955! Whenever he wears it, I say, “Hey kid, why you wearing a life preserver?” It’s great fun.
If you haven’t watched it in a while, Back to the Future is still a pretty fun thing to watch. It’s classic Steven Spielberg good times, from the same era of E.T. and The Goonies and Raiders of the Lost Ark. What better way to wrap up a long day than with a trip back in time, in a meta-nostalgic movie, in a sweet DeLorean?
Post by Tracy Kaler.
Most of today’s luxury hotels have mastered the art of uncluttered design. If you’re partial to that clean, modern look so prevalent in upscale hotel rooms, you might like to replicate the look in your own quarters. High-quality linens, straight lines, and a neutral color palette are a few starting points, but clipping a few photos of your favorite bedrooms can also inspire.
After viewing the images below and noting a few helpful hints, introducing that hotel look –– think W, Ritz, or Four Seasons –– into your bedroom is probably easier than you had once thought.
With its tall, upholstered headboard, room-darkening drapery, and neutral palette, this big city bedroom exudes modern luxury. Notice the perfectly made bed with crisp linens. Don’t you want to crawl in?
This stylish bedroom comes complete with integrated headboard, plush bed covering, and black and white photography. The space boasts a design similar to a boutique hotel, but still offers plenty of personality.
More spacious than the average hotel room, this bedroom is more like a corner suite with its comfy sitting area and natural light. Still, the design is simple and elegant and could easily pass for a luxury hotel.
Minimalist design is evident in this cream and white bedroom. The dark wood floors and paneled bed wall add some depth to the otherwise light, bright room. The perfectly dressed bed resembles billows of clouds and completes this simple yet sumptuous space.
The fireplace isn’t a typical hotel amenity, but you might occasionally find one in a high-end boutique hotel. Regardless, if you’re lucky enough to have a fireplace in your bedroom, treat it as you would the rest of the room –– keep it modest and understated.