Thursday, November 30, 2017

Evelyn's DIY Lamp and Plant Stand Makeovers

Hello Darlings,

Below are photos of my latest do it yourself projects that I started yesterday .

The first is the before photo of one of two old lamps.  They  stopped working because the sockets and the cords of the pair of lamps needed changing out. 

In the second photo, is the mid-result after changing the sockets and cords. I added  15 foot cords with their own plugs because in many living areas there are not enough outlets. However, many of the older homes and apartments that do have 3 to 4 outlets in a room have them spaced too far from where you might need them.

Like my kitchen island trio makeover, I am still into the black and copper/chestnut decoration  stage. So I painted the peeling and fading gold portions of the lamps a metallic copper color, and because the paint was somewhat hard to cover over the gold, I used a sponge brush to texturize each coat. As you can see, they look great just as they are now. However,  I have made these left and right sided cardboard stencils that I plan to add to the front of each lamp for decoration and to easily let us know where the lamps knobs are at.
Homemade template -Bare Branches
I also purchased new shades, which I am thinking about painting copper on the side and black on the outside. I know that this color combination will reduce the amount of light when the lamps are on, but it is okay because I like low lit rooms.

Therefore, these lamps and their shades are still works in progress, and I will share the end results in the future.

As you can see from the photo above, my second project was to give this old rusting and peeling plant stand and its mates a makeover.

Below are the steps I took to make each of these junkyard looking stands into beautiful plant stands, which would perhaps be valued today at $20 to $25 each. Click any image to large for a clearer view.

The Tools:
1 scraper
several sheets of 120 - 180 sandpaper
3 -4 cans spray paint (cost $6 to $8)
plastic drop cloth, extra large
oil spray to prevent paint from sticking to the surrounding work area. (I use cooking oil)
a well vented work area
a roll of masking tape to prevent drop cloth from moving
lots of spare time and patience

1.      clean and dry old plant stands.
2.      using scraper remove all old paint.

3.      sand to smooth unpainted plant stands and to remove any remaining old paint 

4.      moving to prepared work area.
5.      spray every parts of plant stands by following product's label instructions. 

 6.      allow plant stands to dry completed for overnight.

7.      in morning check for spots on the plant stands that still need additional paint. If needed,  follow steps 4 through 5 again.
To This!
From this!

 Wow, and now you're done!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Amazon's November 2017 Black Friday Quick-Peek List

Hello Darlings,

Below is a list of some of the products for selling during Amazon's November 27th Black Friday Sale.

------ has added a news release to its Investor Relations website.
Title: TVs, Toys, Tablets and More - Amazon's Black Friday Deals Sneak Peek is Here

Date(s): 14-Nov-2017 3:01 AM

For a complete listing of our news releases, please click here

Black Friday will feature more than 30 Deals of the Day and thousands of Lightning Deals across 30 categories
Save up to 35% on Melissa & Doug toys and furniture; Premium brand 40-inch smart TV only $279.99; Echo Dot only $29.99 - the lowest price ever!
Shop deals from small businesses and entrepreneurs, including startups in the Amazon Launchpad and Amazon Exclusives programs, on everything from toys and electronics to sporting equipment and clothes
SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 14, 2017-- (NASDAQ:AMZN) - Amazon is offering a sneak peek of its plans for Black Friday and, with deals across 30 categories, there is something for everyone this holiday. Now through Black Friday, customers will find deals on items including toys, electronics, fashion, beauty, kitchen, sporting goods, and more, in addition to Amazon Devices and products from small businesses and entrepreneurs, at Customers can expect to find incredible deals across a wide selection of top holiday products throughout the duration of the "Turkey 5" - those five popular shopping days starting at midnight PT on Thanksgiving and continuing through Cyber Monday. Black Friday will feature more than 30 Deals of the Day and thousands of Lightning Deals. Customers will find new deals every day, all season long.

Discover all of the great Amazon Black Friday deals at or shop anytime, anywhere with the Amazon App (to download, visit from your mobile browser). Customers shopping with the Amazon App can also set Watch a Deal alerts to ensure they never miss out on a hot holiday product, and even use AR view, a new augmented reality feature, to view thousands of items in their space before they buy. Voice Shoppers can shop select Black Friday deals, starting as early as 5pm PT, Wednesday, Nov. 22 - just ask Alexa.
All Amazon customers can choose from more than one hundred million items that are eligible for free shipping this holiday and all year long. This includes eligible orders of $25 or more shipped by Amazon, as well as free shipping offers from small business and entrepreneurs selling on Amazon.
The deals included below will be available on various dates and times between Nov. 17 and Nov. 24 (Black Friday), while supplies last, at or on the Amazon App.
Amazon Devices
  • Save $20 on Echo Dot, only $29.99 - the lowest price ever for Echo Dot
  • Save $20 on All-New Echo, only $79.99
  • Save $30 on Echo Plus, only $119.99
  • Save $50 on Amazon Tap, only $79.99
  • Add a smart plug to any Echo purchase for only $5 ($20 off)
  • Save $20 on Amazon Cloud Cam, only $99.99
  • Save $30 on Fire 7 Kids Edition, only $69.99 - and save an additional $10 when you buy two Fire 7 Kids Edition tablets, only $129.98
  • Save $40 on Fire HD 8 Kids Edition, only $89.99 - and save an additional $10 when you buy two Fire HD 8 Kids Edition, only $169.98
  • Save $50 on Fire HD 10, only $99.99 - the lowest price ever for the Fire HD 10
  • Save $30 on Fire HD 8, only $49.99
  • Save $30 on Kindle Paperwhite, only $89.99
  • Save $30 on Kindle, only $49.99
  • Save $30 on Kindle for Kids Bundle, only $69.99
  • Save $15 on Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote, only $24.99
  • Premium brand 40-inch smart TV, only $279.99
  • Sony 75-inch 4K Ultra HD smart LED TV (2017 Model), only $1,999.99
  • Sony 70-inch 4K Ultra HD smart LED TV (2017 Model), only $1,199.99
  • Samsung UN65MU8000 65-inch 4K Ultra HD smart TV (2017 Model), only $1,297.99
  • Sony 65-inch 4K Ultra HD smart LED TV (2017 Model), only $1,499.99
  • Samsung UN55MU8000 55-inch 4K Ultra HD smart TV (2017 Model), only $897.99
  • Sony 55-inch 4K Ultra HD smart LED TV (2017 Model), only $999.99
  • 32-inch 720p TV, only $69.99
  • 49-inch 4k TV, only $159.99
  • Save up to 30% on select TP-Link smart home and networking products
  • Save up to 25% on select Seagate hard drives
  • Save up to $150 on Acer Helios 300 Gaming Laptop
  • Save up to $120 on Cyberpowerpc Gaming Desktop
  • Save 30% on Corsair K70 Gaming Keyboard
  • Save up to 35% on select SanDisk memory products
  • Save up to 40% on PC gaming laptops, desktops, components and more
  • Save up to 25% on select 3D printers
  • Save up to 35% on Melissa & Doug toys and furniture
  • Save up to 40% on K'NEX Thrill Rides-Kraken's Revenge Roller Coaster
  • Save up to 30% on select Crayola arts and crafts
  • Save up to 30% on select Paw Patrol toys
  • Save up to 50% on select Zoomer toys
Home Furnishings
  • Save up to 35% on select Thanksgiving and holiday décor
  • Save up to 40% on select mattresses, furniture and area rugs
  • Save up to 35% on select Rubbermaid products
  • Save up to 40% on select Thermos products
Smart Home
  • Save up to $40 on Schlage Smart Lock - Works with Amazon Alexa
  • Save $50 on Bluetooth-enabled Opal Nugget Ice Maker
  • Save $100 on SmartThings Home Monitoring Kit
Video Games
  • Save up to $100 on select Playstation virtual reality bundles
  • Save up to 50% on Just Dance 2018 Gold Box
Music, TV, Movies & Books
  • For the first time ever, non-Prime members as well as Prime members who haven't yet tried Amazon Music Unlimited can get three months of the full catalog on-demand service with access to tens of millions of songs, for just $0.99 starting today
  • Save 40% on new release movies and TV seasons, as well as catalog best sellers available to rent or purchase and instantly stream on Amazon Video
  • Save up to 80% on select Kindle best-selling books
  • Save 35% on Soft WellBites Dog Treats
  • Save 15% on Fluval 2.6-Gallon Aquarium Kit
Sports & Outdoors
  • Save up to 60% on New Balance shoes and apparel
  • Save up to 30% on Under Armour TB12 Recovery Sleepwear
  • Save 20% on select Tumbl Trak products
  • Save on Bushnell Binoculars and Camelbak Hydration
  • Save up to 35% on select camo apparel
  • Save 20% on select Barska products
  • Save up to 25% on Nikon Coolshot 80 Rangefinder
  • Save 20% on Atomic Foosball Table
  • Save 25% on select X-Rocker Gaming Chairs
  • Save up to 35% on select Killerspin Table Tennis Rackets
  • Save 20% on select Paragon popcorn machines
Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs: Small businesses and entrepreneurs selling on Amazon come from every state in the U.S., and more than 130 countries around the world. Customers can shop deals from small businesses and entrepreneurs, including startups in the Amazon Launchpad and Amazon Exclusives programs, on everything from toys and electronics to sporting equipment and clothing:
  • Save 30% on Segway Minipro 2018 Edition
  • Save 20% on Star Wars Droid Inventor Kit
  • Save $30 on Anki Cozmo
  • Save 80% on Queen Rose Full Pregnancy Body Pillow
  • Save 20% on CoffeeGator Pour Over Coffee Maker
  • Save 60% on Silpada 'Santa Fe' Sterling Silver, Brass and Turquoise Bracelet
Voice Shop to Get Early Access to Deals: Customers who voice shop with Alexa will get an exclusive shopping window several hours earlier than the general public with access to some of the best deals starting at 5pm PT, Wednesday, Nov. 22. Available on the Amazon Echo, Echo Plus, Echo Dot and Amazon Tap, as well as screened devices such as the all-new Amazon Fire TV, all-new Fire HD 10 Tablet, Echo Show and soon to be released Echo Spot, it's as simple as asking Alexa. Customers can voice shop with Alexa for tens of millions of Prime-eligible items every day of the year. Changed your mind? No problem, any physical product purchased with your voice is eligible for free returns. Customers must be Prime members with default payment and shipping information. To learn more, visit
Amazon Prints: Beginning Nov. 19 for a limited time, holiday cards are 50% off. Create high-quality, custom cards and share holiday messages with friends and loved ones. Cards are printed on ultra-thick, matte cardstock and include envelopes with free return address printing plus free delivery with Prime. Go to to learn more.
Amazon Restaurants: Prime members making their first Amazon Restaurants order will get $10 off their order plus FREE delivery when they make a qualified purchase on or Prime Now between Nov. 24 and Nov. 27. Go to to learn more.
Amazon Books: Customers can also discover great deals on books, devices, toys and games in store at Amazon Books in Seattle, New York City (on 34th St and at Columbus Circle), Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston (Dedham and Lynnfield), San Diego, San Jose, Portland, Bellevue (Wash.) and Paramus (N.J.). Whether customers want to discover a new book for the holidays, test-drive a device, or purchase Amazon Gift Cards, Amazon Books offers gifts for everyone. in Spanish: Customers can shop, browse and search for deals across 30 categories in Spanish. Customers can update their language settings in their Amazon App, as well as visit and click the 'globe' button - located in the navigation bar at the top of their Amazon home screen - to set and begin shopping in their preferred language. Preferred language settings will be saved for future site visits under 'Your account' settings.
Fast Shipping, Deals and More with Prime: Prime is designed to make your life better every day including the convenience of fast, free shipping and great entertainment. Prime members can shop thousands of Lightning Deals with 30-minute early access and, with the Amazon Prime credit card, members will earn even bigger rewards this holiday season. Members can also enjoy Free Two-Day Shipping with Amazon Prime, as well as Prime FREE One-Day Shipping and Prime FREE Same-Day Delivery on more than one million items in orders of $35 or more available to members in over 5,000 cities and towns. And, with Prime Now, Prime Members in more than 30 U.S. cities can benefit from one-and-two hour delivery. In addition, Prime members in 37 cities and surrounding areas across the U.S. now have access to Amazon Key, the new service that radically improves the convenience of receiving deliveries. Amazon Key allows Prime members to have eligible packages securely delivered inside their homes without having to be there.
About Amazon
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Some of these products prices are shockingly low. So prepare yourself for keyboard mania to get your favorite ones.

Chow, Darlings.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Evelyn's Rice A Roni Teriyaki With Stirred-Fried Ginger Pork

Hello Darlings,

Time for one of my original quick and easy recipes. Today, I came up with a new recipe for Rice A Roni Chicken Teriyaki flavored. It is recipe for two and is truly delicious. I call it "Rice A Roni Teriyaki With Stirred-Fried Ginger Pork".

The recipe is as follows.

Rice A Roni Teriyaki With Stirred-Fried Ginger Pork


1 package of  Rice A Roni Chicken Teriyaki flavored

1 cup of frozen teriyaki vegetables, thawed and well drained

1/2 cup fresh or frozen snow peas, thawed and well drained

2 boneless center pork chops, or any other deboned pork chops

3-4 slices of fresh or frozen ginger, chopped

2 tablespoons Imperial Dragon Sesame Seed Oil

1/8 cup Tsang General Tso Sauce



1.      Prepare the Rice A Roni Chicken Teriyaki according to the microwave direction for 12 minutes. Stir.

2.      Add thawed vegetables and snow peas during the last  4 minutes. Stir.

3.      While Rice A Roni is cooking, slice pork chops into long thin strips (not too thin), and again into 1 inch to 1-1/2  inch slices

4.      Heat skillet on medium-low, or if using a electric skillet heat to 350 f.

5.      Add  Sesame Seed Oil and pork to skillet

6.      Stir pork until all the pink is gone.

7.      Then reduce heat to 300 f or simmer setting on stove.

8.      Add ginger and stir-fry until pork is a golden brown on both sides

9.      Remove pork and ginger from skillet and drain off excessive sesame seed oil.

10.  Replace pork and ginger and add the General Tso Sauce and  stir-fry 2- 3 minutes.

11.  Remove Rice A Roni from microwave, and stir to mix vegetables.

12.  Serve the Rice A Roni vegetable mixture and ginger pork side by side on plates.

13.  Add a line of Tsang General Tso Sauce to Rice A Roni and the vegetables


Cook's Tip: You can use the remaining amount of Rice A Roni vegetable mixture tomorrow as a leftover meal, or double the pork and ginger portions in this recipe to make a meal for four.