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Master Manuel for home? [Mar. 9th, 2008|07:07 pm]
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serista mentioned a manual for her home.. i was wondering if any others do as well? and if so.. what type of thigns does one include?
can you make a preplanned one  for when your in a relationship.. or do you wait? thanks for all replys ahead of time.. Teri 
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secret santa ideas? [Nov. 26th, 2007|02:41 pm]
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 Greetings all,
i have a secret santa girl i need to send to by dec 20th.... it HAS to be under 20 bucks not including shipping, she likes the color red, but doesnt  like belly dancing, expeiments with cooking and enjoys it.. i gather from the reply she sent back to the list owner she isnt very domestic.... she is not in service  and is unowned.. plus i think we are suposed to make at least one thing for the box.. any clues? i am out of ideas for some reason... not much to go on.. but i want a really nice box to send her...thanks shreves pet / Teri

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Household Manual [Aug. 24th, 2007|07:50 am]
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[mood |curious]

I am preparing to put together a Household Manual for Casa de Smith. Basically, it will include everything about the new home- appliances with warranty information, phone numbers, paint colors used and brands etc. It will also include a maintenance and cleaning schedule. If anyone has examples of what they've used that they can show me, I would greatly appreciate it.
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Project [Aug. 16th, 2007|04:02 pm]
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since this is a service community, i thought i would post my latest project.. it is for my granddaughters first birthday this weekend :) still need to add the ribbon hanger and spray a clear coat on it, bit for the most part it is done... enjoy ~smile~
i am also taking orders if anyone would like to have one made :)
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Masters favorite Fried Chicken [Aug. 2nd, 2007|08:40 pm]
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Ingredients :

Boneless, skinless chicken breasts ( as many as you need )
saltine crackers( crushed.. easiest way is to put them in a baggie and crush them with a rolling pin )
grated parmesan cheese
various spices : Lawrys Season Salt, Garlic powder, and sometimes I add red pepper flakes, black pepper
2 eggs beaten with a fork
Canola Oil

Directions :

Heat Canola oil in a skillet ( medium heat )

put crushed saltines in a bowl, add  parmesan cheese ( as much as you like ), and spices, mix together thoroughly. Put egg mixture in a seperate bowl. Cut off excess fat from chicken. Dip chicken in egg, then roll in flour ( you will need 3 seperate bowls, one for breading, one for eggs and one for flour ), and then roll in breading mixture, put in heated skillet on medium heat, and turn as needed until cooked through and golden brown. Transfer to a plate covered with paper towel and pat off excess oil....

Thats it ! VERY easy to do and tastes delicious :)
I usually make the shell pasta with cucumber and dill to go with it in the summer, in the winter its mashed potatoes and chicken gravy.

Tomorrow i will post the shell pasta recipe
But for tonight, our child is away on a overnight with a friend... so we are going to make full use of our evening ~smile~
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Cherry,Macadamia, White Chocolate Cookies [Aug. 2nd, 2007|07:17 pm]
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Cookies :
1 1/4 C all purpose flour        1/4 TSP baking soda
1/4 TSP salt                            3/4 C unsalted butter, softened
1/2 C sugar                               1/2 C packed light brown sugar
1 egg                                         1 TBS lemon juice
1 TSP vanilla extract               3/4 TSP almond extract
1 C Macadamia nuts               1 C white baking chips
3/4 C dried cherries

4 oz chopped white chocolate ( do not use white baking chips, they do not melt well )

Heat over to 350 degrees line 3 baking sheets with parchment paper
In med bowl stir together  flour, baking soda, and salt. In lg bowl, beat butter, sugar, and brown sugar @ med speed 1 minute or until blended. Beat in egg, lemon juice, vanilla and almond extracts until blended( mixture may look curdled )Reduce speed to low, beat in flour mix just until blended. Stir in macadamia nuts, white baking chips and cherries. Drop tablespoons of dough 2 inches apart on baking sheets.
Bake one sheet at a time 12 to 14 minutes or until edges are light brown. Cool on baking sheet on wire rack. Remove from sheet and put on wire rack.
Glaze :
place chopped white chocolate in small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on med 1 to 1 1/2 minutes until almost melted. Stir until smooth. With a fork, drizzle over cookies.

white baking chips are referred to as white chocolate chips. For best flavor, look for chips that contain cocoa butter
Makes about 3 dozen cookies
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OOPS [Aug. 2nd, 2007|05:58 pm]
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NOTE : that should be 2 or 3 TBS beef boullion... dont know why the resipe came out as it did, if its hard to read, please let me know !
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Beef Barley Soup [Aug. 2nd, 2007|05:47 pm]
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ok, i said i would post some of my recipes, i started with beef barley soup and will post the cookies in a seperate post :)

Ingredients :

2 lbs stew meat(fat removed and bite size pieces)         2 lg cans diced tomatoes
1/4 C minced garlic                                                             2 C sliced fresh carrots
2 C diced, fresh potatoes                                                   2 C fresh cut green beans
1 C sliced fresh celery                                                        1 TBS Oregeno
1 TBS Basil                                                                          2/3 TBS granulated beef boullion
1 C beef barley

Brown stew beef in stock pot with garlic and a little oil, add water to cover pot half way up, add tomatoes after browning meat, along with oregeno, basil and beef boullion. simmer for 1 hour. add carrots, green beans, and celery. simmer 1 more hour. add potatoes and barley, simmer 1 more hour ( total time 3 hours ).
Serve, and enjoy !!

We usually do freshly baked french bread with this, or, if i don't have time to bake bread, i use a store bought loaf.  I also make a salad sometimes to go with it, depening on what Master is in the mood for :)
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For fun - this season's "In" colors [Aug. 1st, 2007|07:35 pm]
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I thought I'd post this information generally since I don't often go back to read old comments myself and it might be fun for others. I'll be totally honest and upfront here in that I don't usually advocate doing the most "In" thing except in medium to lower priced pieces of your wardrobe... they go out of style as fast as they come in. Or hmm... I'll rephrase that a bit and I'll say take what's interesting from what's in... but don't do it too true to form because that will date quickly. Unless you're the type to redecorate and repaint every year of course (I do have one client like that), but generally that's too exhausting (and too expensive) for the rest of us.

So for fun... (I'm using fashion for examples because it'd take me too long online to find the right rooms to illustrate my points and fashion and decorating follow each other closely). There are several color pallettes that are, as kimattica put it, "in in in!" *grins*

One is muted - mauve (I know! old and creepy right?), with cappuccino, and cream colors. Think soft and feminine (or modern, goes both ways). Actually, this one is also somewhat classic and is great for soothing. Can't find a good clothes example of this one quickly enough. So for everyone stuck with rose or mauve colored carpeting that can't stand it (I know it was quite a thing for a while there), try painting the walls a nice cappuccino color - seriously, take your favorite Starbucks or Dunkin' Donuts iced drink to the paint store with you to help pick out a color, otherwise you'll be easily sidetracked by strange green-toned ones that end up looking more like erm... baby's diapers than you want. Then put some cream furniture in the room. Or turn all those colors around into other places - cream carpet, mauve walls, cappuccino fabrics, etc.

The next is yellow. Particularly yellow as an accent to black and white. Here's an example in a Kay Unger shirt dress. Done right, it doesn't look like bumblebee-wear. Black and white is still extremely popular - as in heavy contrast. Here is another example of black and white (this time with a soft metallic accent - also in. Check out Ralph Lauren's metallic paints though ping me if you actually want to use one, there's some things you should know about the labor involved. So the houndstooth prints and certain plaids are still very in. (If you think you're looking at 70s retro, you are.) By the way, don't be afraid of black in your home (in the wood furniture most likely) it does accent everything around it rather than looking like "yet another wood color."

Jewel tones are back. Think 80s style (teal, plum, chartreuse, navy, etc) but with a slightly lighter and more modern feel. This page is loading today with a great example, not sure how long it'll stay that way. Here's another good example of a jewel tone.

Very big in home furnishings right now is Blue and White. (Old Ralph Lauren, and probably will be in that line again). I mean clean navy and white. That's and up and coming one.

Also in is PURPLE!! Lots and lots and lots of purple - lavender, dark purple, plum, etc. For a bit of design background this is significant because the fashion world tends to follow the Color Wheel around until it reaches purple, and then it goes the opposite direction. So it never spins always clockwise, instead alternating between clockwise and counter-clockwise.

Animal prints are also big, and extremely classic (leopard was a favorite of Victorian decorating actually). So don't be afraid to add in a little pop in pillows or in your wardrobe with some animal prints. Lately I've been quite intrigued by the giraffe prints popping up, although zebra and leopard are still classics.

For those who don't remember or aren't familiar with the color wheel, here's a picture (and the informational link is here):

So there's a fun general gist for you.
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introduction [Aug. 1st, 2007|05:07 pm]
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I don't consider myself a slave but more of a submissive switch at times.  I've always had a high power job and well now I am living off a very genourous golden parachute and simply trying for my Master's (Amo) and mine's 1st child.  All of a sudden I am learning how to be a domestic diva and secrectly enjoying the joys of .. of all things dusting witha swifter!!!! who of thucnk!!!!

But it's semi (well relearned) new to me and I want so much to create a home that is tranquil for our family and be serving of my Master even though I am a switch and at times I will be the Dominant one with other slaves in our household.  So I want to learn to be the Martha and teach my household the Martha ways  hence I am here.

I am not totally a newbee in this are since I raised two teenage boys on my own and maintained a household before meeting amo but I realy look forward to enjoying it this time around.
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