HGTV Kitchens Abysmal

I decided I had to watch the HGTV Design Star Sunday night since they were making over two kitchens.  The results were not good.  The HGTV website tries to gloss over how bad the rooms are by taking photos from a distance and showcasing other areas like the Dining Room that were more the designers’ fortes.

The kitchen below was not finished.  The designers did not allocate their budget or resources well.  They chose to do a black ceramic tile countertop but they did not purchase enough material and did not even grout the tile they had down.  No amount of accessories is going to fix this room – although they tried.  The judges commented that they liked the old kitchen better.  I’m not sure what the home owners thought, their reactions were not revealed.  Other comments on the HGTV site are just as scathing citing the lack of lighting and bad material choices.

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The “winning” kitchen was not much better. A heavy crackle finish was applied to the upper cabinets leaving the lower cabinets with only new hardware.  The time spent faux painting the backsplash should have been devoted to finishing the cabinets.  While the homeowners were pleased with their results, the judges commented that they should have had better.

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Their is truth in hiring a Kitchen Designer to get the best results.

Childproof Kitchen Cabinets

kitchen cabinet childproof lock Say goodbye to all those unsightly plastic cabinet locks.  Smallbone of Devizes offers wireless receivers hidden inside cabinets. Touch a button on the wireless remote and an inconspicuous steel prong on storage pullouts and drawers is activated or released. The technology allows parents to childproof their kitchens—or, with multiple receivers programmed to lock selectively, to limit entry by employees. These devices can be used outside the kitchen in office cabinetry and luxurious closet cabinetry. Each lock costs about $650.

Organic Dog Food Recipe

 With all the concern about Pet Food these days I thought I might share a recipe printed in the local weekly.

Doggie Oats Miles

8 cups raw rolled oats (or 16 cups cooked oatmeal)
2 pounds (4 cups) raw ground or chopped turkey
1/2 cup Healthy Powder*
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup cooked vegetables (or less if raw and grated, may be omitted occasionally)
3 tablespoons bonemeal (or 5,400-6,000 mg calcium or 1 tablespoon eggshell powder)
10,000 IU vitamin A (optional if using carrots)
400 IU vitamin E
1 teaspoon tamari soy sauce or 1/4 teaspoon iodized salt (optional)
1-2 cloves garlic, crushed or minced (optional)
15 miligrams iron (optional)

Mix ingredients together.  Refrigerate until ready to serve.  Freeze remaining food within 2-3 days of preparation.


Healthy Powder: 2 cups nutritional (torula) yeast
1 cup lecithin granules
1/4 cup kelp powder
1/4 cup bonemeal (or 9,000 milligrams calcium or 5 teaspoons eggshell powder)
1,000 mg vitamin C (ground) or 1/4 teaspoon sodium ascorbate (optional)
Mix ingredients together in a 1 quart container and refrigerate.