Pumpkin Cinnamon Chip Muffins

Margaret Osgood emailed her recipe for Pumpkin Cinnamon Chip Muffins. INGREDIENTS: 1/2 cup shortening 1 cup sugar 2 eggs 1 2/3 cups flour 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup pureed, cooked pumpkin (canned or fresh) – NOT pie filling 1 cup cinnamon chips … Continue reading

New Parquet Wood Flooring Trends

The great tradition of parquet flooring has been somewhat ignored in recent years as interior design has focused more on minimalist and then utilitarian influences. But the art of parquet flooring – which is the use of veneer block patterns rather than solid planks of wood – has not been … Continue reading

Fascinating Prank Video

On April 1, 2014, I uploaded a prank video here and at my YouTube channel. But here’s a fascinating prank video that might cause you to shed a tear or two. Watch it until the end. Ask the Builder

What is Shabby Chic and How to Do It?

Shabby-chic is difficult to describe in just a few words, but it’s a forgiving style that leaves lots of room for your own unique tastes and decorating touches. It’s eclectic items that look used, but not dirty, worn but not broken. It’s a warm and inviting space, full of things … Continue reading