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Go For the Green: How to Mount a Staghorn Fern

August 24, 2016 9:03 am

Photos, posters, artwork… Some things lend themselves to framing and mounting—but what about houseplants? Epiphytes, like the popular staghorn fern, are perfectly suited to the framing treatment as they draw water and nutrients from the surrounding air (read: no soil required!). Store-bought mounted ferns can be costly, but you can easily create your own at home with a few supplies and a little elbow grease. Here's how:

1) For this project, you'll need a mounting surface, typically a wood board or plaque or a shallow crate. You'll also need clear fishing line, a picture-hanging kit, sphagnum moss, nails, and, of course, a staghorn fern.

2) Lay your mounting surface on a table, then hammer four nails into its front, in the shape of a square.

3) Wet your moss, then wring out extra moisture. Create a moss "bed" for your fern in the area between the four nails. Position your fern upon the moss, then wrap fishing wire around the nails and across the fern to affix it to the board.

For the rest of the tutorial, click though to How To Mount a Staghorn Fern on Apartment Therapy.

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Nola Po’Boy and Gumbo Kitchen: Authentic Cajun Cooking in Concord

August 17, 2016 9:03 am

Nola Po’Boy and Gumbo Kitchen offers Concord residents a taste of New Orleans that is typically difficult to find in the San Francisco Bay Area. The family-owned restaurant was started by New Orleans natives and offers a unique culinary experience by preparing a variety of flavorful, rich Louisiana-style dishes. Authentic New Orleans menu items include catfish, jambalaya, red beans and rice, and gumbo.

When patrons walk into Nola Po’Boy and Gumbo Kitchen, a New Orleans atmosphere is waiting. The decor includes memorabilia from the New Orleans Saints, Mardi Gras, and goodies from the state of Louisiana itself. The interior isn't fancy, but it is fun, relaxing, and casual, making Nola Po’Boy and Gumbo Kitchen a popular dining destination among families and friends.

Nola Po’Boy and Gumbo Kitchen
3606 Willow Pass Road
Concord, CA 94519
(925) 849-5682
www.nolapoboykitchen.com
www.yelp.com/biz/nola-poboy-and-gumbo-kitchen-concord

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5 Unexpected Household Uses for Mayonnaise

August 10, 2016 9:03 am

Even if mayonnaise isn’t your favorite sandwich topper, you can’t deny that these unique uses for the condiment are downright brilliant! Try one of these new uses for mayonnaise in your home, your car, or even the shower.

  1. Fix cracks in wood furniture by simply dabbing mayonnaise all over the top, and then using a clean rag to wipe the entire surface. The mayo will stay inside of the crack, and after a few days, its oils will swell the wood and help close the cracked part.
  2. Create a DIY deep hair conditioner by applying mayo all over your head. Concentrate on the drier parts at the ends and work your way up to the roots, and then leave it on for at least five minutes. When you rinse, you’ll be left with smooth, soft locks.
  3. Remove the frustrating residue left behind by stickers and other adhesives. Simply rub the spot with mayo and a smooth, dry towel.
  4. Clean up crayon marks from walls and wood floors by rubbing mayonnaise on the affected area and letting it soak in for a few minutes. Wipe it away with a damp towel and you’ll wipe away the crayon as well.
  5. Get gum out of your (or your kids’) hair by rubbing the gum with mayonnaise. Once it’s worked in, simply slide the gum down the strands.

10 Unexpected Home Uses for Mayonnaise [Wise Bread]
9 Surprising Uses for Mayonnaise [Rachel Ray Everyday]
11 Home and Beauty Uses for Mayonnaise [Reader’s Digest]

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