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Jeff Varasano’s NY Pizza Recipe

Do you know how many forgettable meals have come and gone since then. The ingredients are not piled high, but instead are perfectly balanced. I can’t really vouch for these but if your in the area check them out and let me know your opinion. I am going to add a lot more instructions and photos over the next couple of months, including specifics on how to culture the dough, so check back here occasionally.
Sml Clip The Big Mess! | Duration 3 Minutes 3 Seconds Not that these pies are all identical – but they share certain basics in common. Oddly, while many claim to be secret or special, they are practically all the same. Coat with oil and leave in a warm place until it doubles in bulk, about 1-2 hours. I assure you, this will not make anything like a real pizza. I know that people fuss over the brand of flour, the kind of sauce, etc. The truth is that a lot of these recipes look the same and that you can vary these ingredients by several percentage points and it’s not going to make a huge difference. Salt only the final dough, never your permanent sourdough culture. You can “create your own” culture by leaving some flour water out on the counter. I have not gotten the best results with them after numerous attempts. Not every flavorful lactobacilli has a competent yeast partner. This is hard to control because it could take 10 hours or 24 hours. But improving your dough making technique is much, much more important than hunting down the exact right type of flour. Kneading and overall technique is more important than the flour in my opinion. One is not ‘better’ than the other, it depends on the style you want. You can still hold it, but sometimes it flops a bit at the tip. It will never brown and you’ll have much more luck with another flour.

Keller @ Large Trumps Need To Help Secret Service Fix Budget Mess | Duration 2 Minutes 5 Seconds The higher the temperature of the oven, the wetter the dough should be. There are 100 recipes on the net that say you dump all the ingredients together, turn the machine on and you will have a great dough. But once you understand these steps your dough will transform into something smooth and amazing. You can make a dozen pies or more in it at a clip, no problem. There are about a hundred books and internet recipes that claim to give an authentic or secret pizza dough recipe. I discuss all of these things, but if you don’t have the 3 fundamentals above handled, you will be limited. There are lots of kinds of yeast in the air in your kitchen right now and one of them will set up shop eventually in your flour water and begin growing. Another myth is that you can get the same flavor out of packaged yeast as you can out of a sourdough culture if you handle it right. Can you get parsley to taste like thyme if you handle it right? The yeast will be mostly dormant, giving time for the lactobacilli to produce flavor. Then you take it out of the fridge and let the yeast take over and produce gas. There is no need for a gradual rise, because at this point the flavor is there. You simply leave it out at room temp and wait for it to rise. Tiny, tiny variations in room temp and the amount of yeast you started with will make all the difference. and if it’s not risen optimally when you use it, the dough may end up flat and lacking in oven spring. The 00 has a finer mill and also it will absorb much less water than the other flours. And it provides more steam for more puff in the final baked crust. At super high heats needed to make a pie in 2 minutes or less, you need a lot of moisture to keep it from burning and sticking to the baking surface.

The Best Advice For Classroom Behavior Management by

I also would like this to be a place where veteran or somewhat experienced teachers (that’s me – 4 years) can come to find fresh new ideas. Some of the things are my ideas, but the vast majority of the ideas come from teachers of various grades and places. Thank you to the wonderful teachers that have an idea or comment on one of these pages. There is a growing set of conserquences with each color change. Green will result in a note or phone call home that same day to the child’s parent. Next to each date is 6 boxes- 5 smaller ones, 1 per day of the week. Rather a focus on doing the right thing all the time and being rewarded for that.

Beat The Boss Marble Race 4 Test Run | Duration 2 Minutes 19 Seconds They can write their name on and then place in the container. This presents me with a challenge to be aware of all children and catch each child doing something appropriate(no matter how small). Jean’s celebrations, like the ketsup bottle clap, or the fireworks, or they stand up and do something silly. At the end of each day the day’s team captains (1 fromeach table) reports how many tickets their team has. Continue down the line having each student add 2 to the new total. I tried it one year but it was so hard for me because the bulk of my class is always so good! The students each have their name on a magnetic card, or you can use gallon milk caps with their pictures inside made into a magnet. During the day their name can move up when they make good choices or down when they make not so good choices. The first thing in the morning it is two students job to fill out my form that keeps track of where you were at the end of the day. I just stuck them on a pretty page and organized them so that we could refer back to them each year. All you have to do it read about the system to understand it. Many teachers across the world shared the systems they use in their classroom. Most of the time once a child gets to green (2 changes) the child chooses to change. The focus is not on the negative behaviour and its consequence. At the end of each day we have a draw and the persons name that is pulled out gets a jelly snake. I notice that they have responded to the directions quickly and quietly. I also use some different things when negative consequences are necessary. I put a clown up high on the wall, (any visual will work)… It is extremely positive and quite different than the approach you said you have used in the past. The second student in the line adds two to the first students number. If they answer incorrectly the student sits down and the student behind the “out” student tries to take over where the other left off. If your classroom sound like a traffic jam – this idea may help you out!

All Big Marble Runs Epic Marble Race | Duration 23 Minutes 13 Seconds Tell the class when the arrow points to the yellow light, they need to listen carefully to directions. I have never paid them for good grades or given them allowance based on doing chores at home that they should be doing to contribute to the household. Around the house, we all share some of the chores to make it a nice place to live and none of us gets paid for it. I like this because they can redeem themselves, opposed to the color cards. They use the points they have gained to buy their time on a game.

Does Your Floor Tile Have To Match Your Countertop Or Surround? by

One of my long-time readers posted a comment recently still haunts me. No one needs to read a blog post for that kind of useless advice. This one works (above) with the patterned granite countertop. Stick to these rules and you will love your bathroom and kitchen for a very long time. The person at the tile store helped me match gray subway tile with it. I really want the rest of the bathroom to be white everything. The floor tile isn’t changing but we are changing everything else, the counter tops, cabinetry, sink woodwork color and wall color. I need to choose the granite counter tops and wall paint color. Go to the countertop store with a sample of your tile and plunk them down one after the other until you can see there’s one that looks the best over all the others. If you don’t have a sample of the tile, bring home every solid countertop that looks like it would match. Installed a porcelain tile floor that looks like marble with a brown grain for the marble.

400 Marble Run Epic Marble Race Season 4 Run 3 | Duration 4 Minutes 28 Seconds You will be cranky every time you walk into this bathroom. I am building a house and to the point of final decisions on the flooring, counters, etc. Is it too much to use marble or marble-look tile on the shower walls floor and countertop for the vanity? They were trying to decide on the floor tile and the wife remarked that she liked the striated one best but she felt it didn’t match in color (she was right). If you don’t believe me, just go on-line and start shopping for a new house and tell me how many bathrooms and kitchens you absolutely love? And the problem with a completely solid tile in white or cream is it starts looking too modern for most kitchens. It’s rare, and the undertones need to be identical, but it can be done. There’s really nothing out there now that you can’t find within seconds. Which is why it works (just like the first image in this post). Keep in mind, you will most likely get bored of this look within 10 minutes of installing it. It’s for the person who is about to buy their tiles and is waffling on their decision. Makes no sense to introduce grey if you don’t have any grey to start off with. Anything else and it will look like every other laundry room with mismatched countertop and floor. What is important is coordinating your colours and that is impossible to do with a patterned countertop and a patterned floor tile. Bought the brown vanity online and it came with a marble top (with a gray grain). I just use it on the countertop and floor and use a plain tile in the shower?

Big Ball Of Mud by

Yet, its enduring popularity cannot merely be indicative of a general disregard for architecture. In an ideal world, every system would be an exemplar of one or more such high-level patterns. However, such code often takes on a life of its own, despite casual structure and poor or non-existent documentation.

Marble Race Tournament Season 3 Marble Run Game 32 | Duration 4 Minutes 45 Seconds The relentless onslaught of changing requirements that any successful system attracts can gradually undermine its structure. If such sprawl continues unabated, the structure of the system can become so badly compromised that it must be abandoned. Since the system becomes harder and harder to understand, maintenance becomes more expensive, and more difficult. As with anything else in the universe, counteracting entropic forces requires an investment of energy. As they do, things that change quickly tend to become distinct from things that change more slowly. A simple way to begin to control decline is to cordon off the blighted areas, and put an attractive façade around them. In more advanced cases, there may be no alternative but to tear everything down and start over. Still, some of them may strike some readers as having a schizoid quality about them. Where possible, architectural decline should be prevented, arrested, or reversed. In severe cases, architectural abominations may even need to be demolished. In part, our attitude is to “hate the sin, but love the sinner”. A certain amount of controlled chaos is natural during construction, and can be tolerated, as long as you clean up after yourself eventually. The class of systems that we can build at all may be larger than the class of systems we can build elegantly, at least at first. As we gain more experience in such domains, we should increasingly direct our energies to gleaning more enduring architectural abstractions from them. They are instead set in a context that includes a number of other patterns that we and others have described. One reason that software architectures are so often mediocre is that architecture frequently takes a back seat to more mundane concerns such as cost, time-to-market, and programmer skill. Architecture is often treated with neglect, and even disdain. Premature architecture can be more dangerous than none at all, as unproved architectural hypotheses turn into straightjackets that discourage evolution and experimentation. Indeed, if architectural concerns delay a product’s market entry for too long, then long-term concerns may be moot. It’s hard to recover the value of your architectural assets if you’ve long since gone bankrupt. These expenses must be weighed against those of allowing an expensive system to slip into premature decline and obsolescence. A good architect may lack domain experience, or a domain expert who knows the code cold may not have architectural experience. Programmers differ tremendously in their degrees of experience with particular domains, and their capacities for adapting to new ones. A program’s user interface presents the public face of a program, much as a building’s exterior manifests its architecture. Indeed, one of the reasons that architecture is neglected is that much of it is “under the hood”, where nobody can see it. The system becomes a tangled mess, and what little structure is there can erode further. Of course, the world has a way of mocking our attempts to make such predictions by tossing us the totally unexpected. Such changes may cut directly across the grain of fundamental architectural decisions made in the light of the certainty that these new contingencies could never arise. The more likely result is that the architecture of the system will be expediently perturbed to address the new requirements, with only passing regard for the effect of these radical changes on the structure of the system. Obviously, “divide and conquer” is, in general, an insufficient answer to the problems posed by scale. Everyone seems to agree they are a bad idea, but forces conspire to promote their emergence anyway. Shantytowns are usually built from common, inexpensive materials and simple tools. Even though the labor force is “unskilled” in the customary sense, the construction and maintenance of this sort of housing can be quite labor intensive. Each housing unit is constructed and maintained primarily by its inhabitants, and each inhabitant must be a jack of all the necessary trades. Maintaining a shantytown is labor-intensive and requires a broad range of skills. However, there is little of the sort of skilled specialization that one sees in a mature economy. Investment in tools and infrastructure is too often inadequate. Individual portions of the system grow unchecked, and the lack of infrastructure and architecture allows problems in one part of the system to erode and pollute adjacent portions. As a system nears completion, its actual users may begin to work with it for the first time. During this period, it can become evident that certain wish-list items are not going to make it, and that exotic experiments are not going to work. Often, the people who control and manage the development process simply do not regard architecture as a pressing concern. Architecture and code quality may strike management as frills that have only an indirect impact on their bottom lines. Variable and function names might be uninformative, or even misleading. The function themselves are lengthy and convoluted, and perform several unrelated tasks. The overall structure of the system may never have been well defined. Programmers with a shred of architectural sensibility shun these quagmires. What forces drive good programmers to build ugly systems? Even systems with well-defined architectures are prone to structural erosion. More often, change takes place a building or block at a time, while the city as a whole continues to function. Systems and their constituent elements evolve at different rates. Instead, they seek to examine the gap between what we preach and what we practice. At the same time, we seek not to cast blame upon those who must wallow in these mires. Opportunities and insights that can allow for architectural progress often are present later rather than earlier in the lifecycle. Even beyond this though, a complex system may be an accurate reflection of our immature understanding of a complex problem. The patterns described herein are not intended to stand alone. Architecture is often seen as a luxury or a frill, or the indulgent pursuit of lily-gilding compulsives who have no concern for the bottom line. While such attitudes are unfortunate, they are not hard to understand. Indeed, an immature architecture can be an advantage in a growing system because data and functionality can migrate to their natural places in the system unencumbered by artificial architectural constraints. An investment in architecture usually does not pay off immediately. Who benefits from an investment in architecture, and when is a return on this investment seen? If you think good architecture is expensive, try bad architecture. Only after these are identified do the architectural boundaries among parts of the system start to emerge. Employee turnover can wreak havoc on an organization’s institutional memory, with the perhaps dubious consolation of bringing fresh blood aboard. Programmers differ in their language and tool preferences and experience as well. However, unlike buildings, only the people who build a program see how it looks inside. The manner in which we present these bits greatly affects our sense of how they are put together. The fashion in which we present our architectures affects our perceptions of whether they are good or bad, clear or muddled, and elegant or muddy. Big problems can arises when the needs of the applications force unrestrained communication across these boundaries. A problem we might have been told was definitely ruled out of consideration for all time may turn out to be dear to the heart of a new client we never thought we’d have. Shantytowns emerge where there is a need for housing, a surplus of unskilled labor, and a dearth of capital investment. One must be able to improvise repairs with the materials on-hand, and master tasks from roof repair to ad hoc sanitation. All too many of our software systems are, architecturally, little more than shantytowns. Tools are usually primitive, and infrastructure such as libraries and frameworks, is undercapitalized. This experience may inspire changes to data formats and the user interface that undermine architectural decisions that had been thought to be settled. The money is running out, and the finishing touches are being put on just those parts of the space that will interact the most with its occupants. To survive, we must do what it takes to get our software working and out the door on time. You need to deliver quality software on time, and under budget. More often, the customer needs something working by tomorrow. It may seem to a programmer that whether to don hip boots and wade into a swamp is a major quality-of-life matter, but programmer comfort is but one concern to a manager, which can conflict with many others. Therefore , focus first on features and functionality, then focus on architecture and performance. What does this muddy code look like to the programmers in the trenches who must confront it? Functions themselves may make extensive use of global variables, as well as long lists of poorly defined parameters.

Learn To Make Cracked Marble Necklaces by

There are a lot of variations out there on oven temperatures, and times to bake the marbles at. You will need one bead cap, and one eye pin per necklace. You only need to leave enough “pin” to create a loop. When the adhesive is dry, add a jump ring to the loop in the eye pin. I put it to the test on these pendants- look how beautiful and easy it is to add color and glitter and fabulousness! She has been scrapbooking since 1997, the dreaded era of photos cropped with deco scissors. Her favorite subjects to scrap are her husband and five kids (never a lack for subject material there). I poured them into a bucket of really cold water (lots of ice cubes in it). Je voulais donc une fois de plus te remercier pour nous donner la possibilité de faire de belle chose. I was inspired by her use of nail polish to color plain old pearl beads”. I used an old pan with a lid, put the marbles in, heat on high. When the marbles got hot we would then pour them into a metal bowl of ice water. I have been looking for a way too do it without expensive tools. I wanted to seal them and was wondering if you knew a good sealant to use. You don’t need to seal them it doesn’t crack the outside just the inside. I do have to say the most difficult part for me was the gluing. Open your bag of marbles, and lay them out on a baking sheet. Pop the baking sheet into your oven, and set the timer for 20 minutes. Since then, her work has evolved into a clean, linear, photo-focused style. Much worse, the water in the pot had turned to lavender, so most of my ‘amethyst’ gems are now clear–and they are still not cracked. Comme tu l’écris, le craquelage est instantané quand on met les billes dans l’eau glacée. I have 2 questions……… 1) what type of “nail polish” did you use? Also, others have asked but what kind of paint did you use? They look different thought the clear ones but are still really pretty. Too easy for them to swallow/choke on the marbles if they come loose. When you can feel the heat coming through the pan (place hand over pan to check), cover and cook for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, dump the marbles into the ice water and listen to them sizzle and crack. We never used the oven, we would put them in a small metal saucepan on the top of the gas range and would just move them around the pan. It took less time on top than it does in the oven and you use less energy because you don’t have to heat up an oven of some sort. I am curious if you might know how to cut a marble in half? I only have one doubt, do you use degrees in celsius or fahrenheit? Every now and then one wuld break, but they’re actually surprisingly solid. I haven’t tried the nail polish yet, but would like to! So these didn’t break and they are in the oven right now can’t wait! I went to the dollar store, grabbed a bag of marbles, baked those puppies, then threw them in the ice and they turned out quite nicely.

DIY Kitchen Remodel by

However, you’ll be expected to purchase some of your cabinets and appliances from that store. If the existing flooring runs underneath your cabinets and covers all flooring area, then any new cabinet configuration will be fine. Again, this works if your cabinet configuration is identical to the old layout. Keep in close contact with your contractor during this stage so you can answer questions and clear up any problems quickly. That’ll reduce the temptation to eat at restaurants, and will help keep your day-to-day costs under control. If you can’t quite swing it, put down a temporary top, such as painted marine plywood or inexpensive laminate. If the flooring runs underneath, you’ll have some leeway for new cabinet configurations — just be sure the old flooring will cover any newly exposed floor areas. This works if your new cabinets match your old layout, so that the new cabinets fit exactly into the old flooring configuration. Keep your old flooring for now and cover it or replace it later. Old cabinetry and appliances are removed, and walls may have to be opened up for new electrical circuits. A major kitchen remodel can take six to 10 weeks, depending on how extensive the project is. Feinberg suggests tackling this stage in the summer, when you can easily grill and eat outside. Schedule this work for summer when you can grill and eat outside.

So You’Ve Ripped Off Your Toenail? by

It’s good to know that there is such thing as a toe condom for these occasions. And, we have the same color toenails right now 🙂 well, some of them! So sorry you had to go through that it sounds like it was painful as hell! Joe had a friend who hurt is nose badly and ran to the bathroom mirror to see. He immediately reached up and pulled it up to where it was supposed to be. I put your nose back, covered it up, and took you to the hospital. I guess the same first-aid applies to noses and toes (there’s a poem in there somewhere)! I screamed and yelled and then had to have assistance from my dad to put the toe back into place. I can’t imagine having to deal with a language barrier when it comes to medical issues, what a challenge! The bigger issue is that you have to know something about first aid as again medical science here is messed up. Everything you are saying is very true especially the cold sweats and wanting to black out or vomit. What you described in your post sounds just like what happened to my toenail. Basically, you have to wait until the injured area grows all the way out and you’ve trimmed off all the injured part. And if you’re feeling pressure, better safe than sorry! Pause briefly, look at the blood oozing out, then get to work. I also lost my big toe nail during my first marathon but had to rip it off because it was dangling by a thread. I immediately jumped in and grabbed it, but in the process busted up my foot. Thanks for your story it has helped me in one way or another. My toenail’s still bleeding and seeping lymph, and walking’s painful enough. I guess it will all depend on just how bad the damage is, since yours is still bleeding is sounds like it may take a while. It usually takes however long it takes your nail to grow out past that point for it to go away. Sometimes your body can reabsorb some of that blood, but if it’s really dark red or black under the nail, you have to wait until that is grown out for it to go away. I had hiked downhill with my hiking boots and had some “blue” big toes from the bruising. While my fix may work for some, everyone needs to listen to their own body!

Which Is The Best Thinset To Use: Infographic by

There’s still going to be gaps and there’s still going to be questions. For large tiles, you are going to want to use an unmodified thinset that specifically says it’s ok for large tiles. Porcelain tile is near impervious and can be difficult for the mortars to grab a hold of which is the reason for the modified mortars. But some backer board manufacturers have a more specific set of instructions. Also we used a thin set modified, not large us modified for 6×12 floor tiles. And finally what do you recommend for the shower walls with same tile? I was after 1/8″ he said these are not a true rectifiesd edge because there is avery tiny bevel near the top… 4. Have the contractor explain to you what they can do and what you should expect the floor to look like. It is possible that 1/8 inch isn’t practical with the tile that you’ve selected. If you feel that the contractor isn’t capable of delivering a floor to reasonable expectations then you should move onto someone that can. I think am now okay on which mortar to use thanks to you info above. Doing any of the above will be time consuming and possibly costly. This would be cheaper but it would all have to be done on your hands and knees. You’d probably want to check their tech line before committing to this method. Then you can stick directly to the vinyl or use an uncoupling mat. Versabond flex, 253 gold, ultraflex 2, something along those lines. I can apply the ceramic directly over the vinyl tiles? I have the vinyl (it may be asbestos- they’re 12 x 12) over a 7/8″ plywood subfloor. Otherwise the vinyl is going to have to pass a certain protocol. So you’ll need to determine if your floor can have tile installed over it the way it is right now. How are you keep supposed to keep track of them all? That’s not including the “premixed” variety (hint: don’t bother). It is simplified and it won’t answer every question that you have. Sometimes the glass tile manufacturer will have specific instructions on which thinset to use. Tiles that are outside in harsh conditions need to have a much stronger thinset than ones inside. These mortars really are the best thinset of the bunch because they have to be. Don’t stick tile directly to the plywood subfloor no matter which thinset you use. So this is an example where you don’t need the best thinset- it seems the worst will do. You’ll need to waterproof the seams and they don’t waterproof the way that you would think. Hopefully this helps clarify some of the mystery around the many different thinset products. Always read the manufacturer’s instructions for the products that you will be installing. What is the smallest grout line you recommend on this? If that’s exceptable to you then all you have to do is make sure that it meet’s those expectations. You just need to find someone capable and that will be someone that you can work with. Iam refinishing my basement floor and using a 12×24 porcelain tile over concrete. My concern now and question is this… about 7 years ago i painted the floor with a “satin latex” paint and install carpet over it. After reading a number of article online, it appears that i cannot install tile directly on top of painted concrete floor because the mortar may not bond well to the concrete and tile. A few of the article were dated close to 2 yrs ago, or older. A rental store may have a walk behind grinder but it could be done with a 7 inch grinder with a turbo cup grinding wheel which you would be better off buying your own and putting it on their grinder. You would want to make sure you have a large shop vac and a dust shroud for the grinder with this set up. If it doesn’t meet the minimum requirements then an uncoupling membrane isn’t going to fix it.

Brown Paper Bag Flooring…Updates Holly’S Corner by

Getting started in the corner of the basement, starting to take shape. This is a section of the basement floor during the process of adding polyurethane. Skipping every other step makes it possible to still use your stairs when applying stain. Best part of the project is how easy it is – just tear strips and crumple up! This is what it looks like right after laying the wet paper over a wood surface. This is the floor after the paper has been put down and dried. With the outer section complete, sectioning off the last bit to make the inside rectangle march the scroll. Finished dining room floor complete with decorative box around the table. The brown paper floor is a hard floor covering that you can do yourself. It is created by gluing torn/crumpled pieces of brown paper, in an overlapping pattern. I highly recommend both although they aren’t an absolute necessity. Prepare the floor by removing old flooring, sanding or any other steps required to acquire a smooth surface. On a concrete floor you will need to use straight polyurethane to glue the paper down – be sure to use a water based poly. Dip the crumpled paper ball into the glue mixture, carefully unwrap the the wrinkled paper and smooth it out on the floor. Let the floor dry, then apply stain if desired and seal the floor with several coats of polyurethane. Make sure to keep any glue drips and drops smoothed out with the rest of the floor as it dries. If you have already stained or added poly to your floor you’ll need to use poly as the glue to reapply paper. The stain doesn’t take the same way to this as it d oes to the white glue, but it can still be accomplished with this combo product. You can purchase brown paper at your local hardware store too. I did use the combo product to seal and finish the floor with a darker color and that worked great. My first gallon did this section of floor plus the small room off to the left. I took just over 3 gallons to finish an estimated 600-700 sq feet. Don’t worry about imperfections of wrinkling in the paper, etc. The one on the left is a direct look down, the one on the right is a distance shot across the floor. The color variations in the paper are a natural process of the way the crumpled paper absorbs the glue and how it dries. I read many recommendations to lightly sand in between each coat for a smooth finish. Additionally, it’s flooring that will eventually be covered with area rugs and furniture. The picture on the right is this same spot, looking down, after it’s dried. You can also see how a floor imperfection will show through your work. Paper is very thin so imperfections in the floor they’re covering will show through. You also can clearly see the paper sections and seams. More glue creates a darker look, while a batch with more water will cause a lighter more washed out effect. My only conclusion is that he did a better job of smashing the paper before laying it out flat. Ironically it’s the same walnut stain as you’ll see on the stairs although it clearly doesn’t look anywhere near that dark on the concrete. This was very helpful when applying it to the stairs as there were a lot of straight edges. My floor had two coverings to remove – old carpet and old linoleum. I did try one room of putting the paper down on top and wasn’t happy. Another lesson learned here is application of polyurethane. When you pour it out it will get deep creases and cracks in it as it dries. But it fits the style of the floor and is only noticeable to me and those who might scrutinize the floor close up. It also taught me that even a light stain will bring out the wrinkles and seams of the paper more. A shot of what it looks like during the process of layering the paper over the floor. This is the floor after it’s dried on the cement in the basement and before polyurethane. Skipping every other step makes the stairs useable during the process – be sure to paint first! The two main ingredients for this flooring – torn, crumpled brown paper and water/glue mixture. Just waiting for the additional coats of polyurethane to dry. Leaving a walk way was necessary so this paper went down in two sections. Personal styles and colors are achieved with stain and patterns. Tear the paper in irregular shapes and patterns and crumple each piece. Press out air bubbles as you smooth the paper pieces on the floor, layering the pieces in an overlapping pattern to generate the desired, random look. If your mixture is different during applications, it will be noticeable to you especially if you use stain. Repairs are a wonderful attribute of this flooring option as any place you are unhappy with or that gets damaged is easily repaired by gluing more paper over old. There is a combo poly/stain product you can purchase if you want color on a floor where poly was used as the glue. After about the 4th coat you’ll start to notice the finish and leveling of your floor. One common question is how long to let the paper absorb the glue mixture. If you leave it too long the paper will fall apart on you as you try to unfold and flat ten it. The white glue mixture with water will absorb almost twice as fast as the poly. I opted to use an old lid, covered in a black garbage bag, for holding the poly and dipping the paper. I used my plain water based poly the paper went down like a dream. The next learning curve was seeing how much polyurethane it would take to glue the floor down. These pictures reflect how the floor looks when it’s wet and the same floor when it’s dried. Both pictures have the same dried coats of top coat (polyurethane), the lighting and angle are what explain the different look. You can see from the picture on the right how the gloss sheen adds to the finished look of the floor, if you prefer a less glossy finish you simply use a satin version of polyurethane. Additional coats of polyurethane could be added at any time during the life of the floor for added endurance and shine. The wood floor finish is more even and camouflaged (until stained). I learned along the way was how the coloring is affected by the glue and pressure. I figure his hand strength was better than mine or he was better and squeezing out the excess poly before handing me the paper pieces. These photos show the natural color, or the look with the paper, unaltered dried. Because the only adhesive strong enough to glue the paper to concrete is polyurethane, there is already a coat of protectant on the paper once it’s dried. I did try one small area with a combination polyurethane and stain. On a wood floor you can control color by applying stain directly onto the dried paper and then applying the polyurethane top coats. I wrapped my feet with some press and seal plastic wrap when applying the first coat of polyurethane, which dried in about four hours. All you need to do is fold over the wet paper to make a straight edge. It was wonderful to see the ugly wood transformed into a picture of perfect edges and beautiful finish. Here’s the stairs after the stain is on an protective sealant has been applied. I wasn’t prepared for how rough the wood subfloor would be when the old linoleum was pulled up and scraped off. We took a room out and were left with these open seams where the walls had been. We ended up gluing some of the same underlayment and covering it with poly to bring it the same height for finishing. There’s a reason the instructions say to apply it in thin layers. I measured out the area my table and hutch would be using a piece of yard and then put down painters tape in a pattern. So if you don’t want to see the overlapping paper seams don’t use stain at all. If you really want stain colors you’d need to seal the floor with a coat of poly before applying the second stain to maintain the crisp line definitions.

‘My Favorite Part Of Our Wedding’ by

Bollywood dance instructor to do a 30-minute lesson for our guests. We wrote him a loose script which he peppered with his wise words and a few racy jokes (at 91, you’re allowed). After the wedding, people kept asking for the name and artist, and we still hear from guests saying they heard it and thought of us. He’s a musician, so instead of speaking, he wrote and performed an original song. Because we had a limited budget, it meant we could invite only a few friends each, plus our families. We wanted our wedding to be unabashedly sacred, but also welcoming, warm, and safe for everyone who joined us and most of our wedding decisions orbited around that desire. We first had a ceremony at the county registrar with just our parents and siblings. Afterward, we went to our favorite local restaurant to celebrate. It was nice to not have to worry about much besides enjoying everyone’s company, and the fact that it cost a small fract ion of a typical modern wedding was the cherry on top. We had a very small, intimate wedding at my parent’s home. We had a celebration dinner that evening and lit and released lanterns. We hired an officiant and a photographer, but that’s it. My advice would be to do what you want, what you truly want, even if it disappoints your parents and friends. Neither of us like being the center of attention, and neither of us wanted to spend the money on a big wedding or be beholden to our parents for doing so. It sounds like the night meant as much to your dad as it did to you. It would never have been as happy as these moments each seemed to be, genuinely! For me it was all these tiny moments and memories that culminated in a magically fun, seamless, joyful weekend. Or how our rabbi encouraged us to hold hands at the start of the ceremony. The fact that we were not at some wedding venue rushing about blew her away. It was rustic and not super romantic but it was so much fun. During our tasting with our caterer, we had mentioned to them that we were thinking about having a s’mores station (since s’mores are my favorite thing!). My favorite memory is waiting with my dad to walk down the aisle. I was the last of 3 daughters to get married and also very close to my dad. I will be celebrating our eighth anniversary (!) next week, so we’ve been reminiscing about our wedding — the morning jitters, our first dance, the funny toasts. The anticipation (of nausea, broken bones, being too heavy) was way worse than the actuality. Many questioned the wisdom of spending time and money on a third wedding! We were sweating with nervousness trying to learn it those few weeks, but it was so much fun! He said if he sang the words, he wouldn’t cry — but once he started singing, there wasn’t a dry eye in sight. We wanted to be married at a magical restaurant we both love. During this time, a close friend who has been deeply wounded by religious encounters asked us to speak a blessing over them instead of feeding them the communion bread. It breaks my heart to hear of people not having good experiences in church. It was nice and intimate and a little funky (the officiant wore board shorts and tennies under his purple robe). The caterer had brought an extra case of chamagne, so everyone had their own bottle, and there were guests everywhere relaxing or dancing all over the house. We like to say our wedding was like a grown up, dressy, college house party. The kids were all at their peak at 9am instead of being ready for dinner and bed at sunset. There was a finite amount of time to get ready and then the rest of the day was spent relaxing on the beach. It was an important decision for us, and ultimately such a good one. I loved this idea and we have the greatest pictures of my parents, my aunt and brother, and random other “couples” surrounding us. I have the best memories of him, which is endearing, bc less than a year later he was diagnosed with brain cancer. It was so wonderful to spend real time with those people who are so dear to us. The room was absolutely packed with friends and family cheering us on, and my husband knocked it out of the park with his dance moves. We didn’t end up having a s’mores station at our wedding, but during the reception our caterer surprised us with a tray of s’meaches during the reception.

Haunted Manor: Painted Beauties ≫ IPad IPhone Android Mac and PC Game by

But you didn’t realize you were about to be transported into the dark world of his painting. Plenty of different scenes – someone really put a lot of effort and thought into this game. I played the beta version of this game and couldn’t wait till it was released. The mini games are good, but some tend to be time consuming such as swapping tiles in between 4 different squares until each of the four squares contain related item pictures in categories such as planets or weather. That being said, given the subject of the game, the devs could really have passed on the angel as cute as she is. I can recommend without hesitation that you at least give it a try. A wicked artist painted ladies who disappeared as far back as 100 years ago and captured their souls. In fact, thank goodness for the map; it would have been tedious moving from screen to screen. New items appearing in scenes already visited is a nice touch. I like the fact you find objects and carry them around without using them right away. Love that you have to collect beads to make the necklace not as an “extra” thing but to save yourself. I have hardly heard her giggle at all in the game but if you do use the hint button a lot, you will get that little giggle to let you know the button is ready once again. The game is a bit challenging and one or two of the puzzles took quite a bit of time to solve, one of them due to figuring out the mechanics. You have to find the missing pieces of their portraits to allow them to return to their lives and, in your spare time, find the missing pieces from your own portrait. It seems that something happened between that release, and this one. I play many games that don’t have a map, and that does’t bother me. But the game just didn’t have a “flow” to it, a cohesiveness that would lend itself to just a “bare bones” teleporting map with no other indicators.


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