Archive for September, 2011
Oklahoma City Plaza District will again celebrate the annual Plaza District festival this year on Saturday, October 1, 2011. Local creations along with several live performances, artist booths, kid’s art activities and other local concessions will be featured in the event. The Plaza District Festival is free and open to public drawing audiences all over the state. This is one way to showcase local creations and talents of Oklahoma including artists, performers and even vendors.
About 40 Oklahoma artists’ booths will be set up in the 16th street. The stage is set in the center of the district and will cater to performances of local musicians and performers. During the day, live performances include the Irish Stepdances, Flamenco dancers and Everything Goes Dance Studio. There will also be a sneak preview of the Lyric Theatre, Altar Boyz.
During the night, performances include Kacey Walkingstick, The Wurly Birds, The Boom Bang, JuneBug Spade and the Brother Gruesome.
Kid’s art educational activities will also be highlighted in the festival. Kids can make four art projects along with art instructors from the Norman Firehouse Art Center and can even paint mural on interactive art mural. Other activities for kids include creating puppets, hosting puppet shows, artist scavenger hunt, moon bounce, craft booths, face painting and experiment instruments at the Music Playground by the Oklahoma City Philharmonic.
The festival will start at 12 noon with kid’s activities starting at 12 and ends at 6 p.m. Local food booths will open at 12 noon and ends at 10 in the evening.
Having a hardwood floor brings elegance and grace to your home. Once you set foot inside, you will feel an immediate atmosphere of comfortable elegance offered by the natural wood. Wood floors are a source of pride for many homeowners, and rightfully so!
However, despite the atmosphere wood floors provide, hardwood floor require upkeep and a little TLC from you. Yes, Total Loving Care. Otherwise, you will eventually see your floor in a very different light from the elegant and stylish look you had previously.
So, to save the gracefulness of your hardwood floor and give you a consistent and beautiful floor, here are some tips on how you can maintain your hardwood floor.
- Always clean your hardwood floor! Just like our wooden furniture and other house hold essentials, your floor will need regular cleaning it to prevent dirt, stains and other detriments from accumulating and creating a bigger, perhaps unfixable, mess. Before applying any cleaning agent, always be aware of what kind of hardwood you have so you can use the appropriate cleaning solution. You can inquire at the hardware store ahead of time, or ask your contractor for advice.
- Sweep regularly. This is in addition to the above tip. Sweeping your hardwood floor daily will keep things off of your floor and out of any cracks in the wood to prevent scratching and stains. Use only a soft broom and make sure to remove all sharp objects that are not supposed to be in the floor.
- Never let any liquid stay on your floor! Water does not go well with wood. It is its worst enemy, so prevent damage by keeping the two separate. Clean any spills or liquids on your floor with an absorbent cloth. Do it as soon as you see liquid on your floor. If you fail to do so, it will seep inside the cracks, warp the wood and WILL damage the floor.
- Always mop. This may sound contradictory to the above tip yet mopping your floor always will clean it thoroughly. You can use a dry damp mop so there will be no excess water to stay on the wood.
- Protect your floor with a rug. If you have a rug or a carpet, use it. It will not only add a pleasant accent to your room but it will also protect your hardwood floor. Moreover, do not forget to vacuum your rugs and carpets so no dirt can fall on the wood.
- Cover your floor if you plan to work. This means that if you plan to paint the wall or repair anything in the house, cover your floor. This will prevent damage, scratches or stains when you suddenly drop your paintbrush or your hammer.
- Use foot guards on your furniture. Furniture in the house will get moved – wood is fairly easy to scratch with heavy objects such as furniture so save your floor by using a foot guard on your furniture. This way, even if you budge it a little, no mark will be left forever.
One of our favorite things about fall is cooking. There is something about opening your kitchen windows, putting on Van Morrison (or whatever gets you in the mood) and being creative with food. Alan and I love to have friends and family in our cooking space and let them bring what they want to cook and we do the same and enjoy the act of doing it together and each having our own gourmet meals. It’s like having a mini cooking party.
To ensure that this is a fun and not challenging past-time, an organized kitchen is a must. For now, I will focus on the pantry and some easy things you can do to enhance your cooking experience.
To start: clean out your spices, throw away items that have been on the shelf for months unused and thoroughly clean off the shelves off crumbs, dust, and spilled food items. Below are some items that Alan and I can’t live without in the pantry. Every time we unpack from the grocery, we take everything out of the pre-packed boxes, throw them away and transfer it all to the containers you see below. We can see everything and we have a better chance of it staying fresh.
These stackable containers keep our unpacked uncooked risotto, noodles, and rice in a way that’s easy to store and use in our pantry. Made by Click Clack and found at The Container Store* or similar lines at Target.
*Container Store is a nationwide chain so check them out online or the closest store to OKC is Dallas.
We use these tall cylinder containers for cooking and baking products: white and brown sugar, different kinds of flour, etc. It stays fresh and when cooking it’s easy to grab, use and put back in the pantry. We are all about cleaning as you go.
These were the first containers we bought in our efforts to have an organized pantry years ago. These are the 4.4 quart Click Clack line from The Container Store. We have seven of these lining our pantry shelves in our most reachable section. They store our staples that we buy: Wheat Thins and Tricuits, Goldfish Crackers, Special K Cereal, Pretzels, Tortilla Chips, Saltines and we leave one for something different that we might buy.
Different sized baskets are perfect for organizing many items. We unpack our granola bars and put them in the small basket, grab and go nut mixes go in another basket and then loose bags of snacks and bigger bags of our non-standard chips and crackers go in their sacks in the biggest basket. It really keeps things together nicely and we clip the “chip clips” on the basket when not in use.