All the Things. 10.18.17

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I have been super careful about what I bring into our house lately.  As you will see by the photos.  Or maybe I just haven’t found more things that I love.  😉

Either way, all the things that I’ve brought home in the last few weeks is a LOT smaller than the things that I’m taking away to be enjoyed by another family.  But, these are some great things.

Here’s what I’ve found lately.

Matching set of pillowcases.  I don’t know why sheet sets come with only two pillowcases.  I have four pillows on our bed that we I use while reading in bed.  Granted, neither of us sleep with more than one, but when I’m reading in bed, always, I want to stack pillows up so I’m comfortable.  Anywho, I love it when I find lovely, super soft pillowcases for $0.25! each.

I have learned to be careful about buying your poor dead great, great grandma’s pillowcases though.  Things need to be durable at my house.  I bought a beautiful vintage pillowcase that felt like silk (it wasn’t), was paper thin and felt amazing on the pillow.  It didn’t make it through the second wash with all of the other normal sheets and pillowcases.  Poor thing.  I’m not using them for pillow fights, but they do need to be able to go through the normal wash cycle without coming apart.  Sigh.

By the way, just a random thought, how DO you wash a silk pillowcase?  I’ve read that they are best for the skin on your face, but how do you wash them?  Does silk get thrown into the gentle cycle and come out fine?  Inquiring minds want to know.  I’ll update you if I find out on Youtube.

A perfect Vera Bradley purse for $3.00.  I love my Vera Bradley wristlet that I use as my wallet.  But I’ve never been to keen on the purses.  They are very busy for my tastes, which run to straight black, brown, or red.  But I really like this print.  It’s owls.  Liv hasn’t seen it yet, she’ll probably steal it from me, which is fine, because I change my purses out like I do the sheets.  Which is weekly by the way.

I LOVE this fantastic find.  It’s a vintage rolling pin.  You can’t tell from this photo but it’s huge.  Here’s a better perspective.

I love it and can’t wait to try it out this weekend.  $1.98!

House of Marley headphones.  I really, really, really dislike ear buds.  The kids and Denton love them, but I can’t stand sticking them into my ears.  I found these last week for $0.99 and tried them on the spot.  They are awesome.  Now if I want to listen to a podcast while I’m walking, I won’t be the weirdo blasting Young House Love on the trail for everyone.  My beloved Milk Glass.  I am going to list these on Etsy this week.  They are absolutely beautiful.  But, I know that I won’t use them, and my house is being overrun, so they will go to live with someone else who has an affinity for milk glass!

Our Oreo.  Can you believe he’s 13 years old this year!?  That’s so crazy.  He’s such a sweetheart.  He is still grieving the loss of Sampson and it’s been a year and a half.  Some days he is completely unconsolable.   I honestly don’t think he’ll ever get over it.  We’ll just have to be the best substitutes he’s got.

Did you find anything awesome in your wanderings?

Want to see what else I’ve found?  You can find all of the goodies here.

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Deep Thoughts: Grill Igniter

This morning I was going through my emails and I clicked on the newest one from Pretty Handy Girl.  Do you read her blog?  I love it, she is amazing.  Right now she is saving a house that she calls Etta.  You should follow along, it’s pretty cool.

Anyway, her blog post was about replacing your grill’s igniter button.  And my brain just stutter-stopped.  You know those moments when your brain flashes 38 different instances in front of your eyes in 0.4 seconds?  That’s what happened.

The flashes were of me or Denton (mostly Denton because I sort of like my eyebrows, some days) over the last four or five years lighting our gas grill with a twisted up piece of paper towel that’s on fire – me – or lit matches – Denton – to light our grill.

I had somehow blocked out the reasoning behind this curious thing we’ve been doing for years.  And it’s because our igniter button no longer works.  Huh.  How do you forget the reason behind something you do at least twice a week, for years?  Or maybe it isn’t that we forgot, but it’s just something that we’ve grown so used to doing and it’s not irritating enough to us yet that we would do something about it.

Possibly, I could have had the thought cross my thrifty brain that the cost of a new igniter would be upwards of what I paid for the thing five years ago at a yard sale – ergo – it would be cost prohibitive to replace.  It’s a very nice gas grill, but I’m not willing to sink money into a button that would save me 16 seconds twice a week, if it’s going to cost more than I paid for the grill itself.

Do you face these dilemma’s on a daily basis too?  I’m going to go set out my vitamins next to my stove, because it’s the first thing I see in the mornings, so I’ll be sure to take them.  And possibly take a nap.  Good luck with your igniter button.

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75 Things I NO Longer Need in My Home.

I have loaded up another lot of stuff that we no longer need at our house. I’m sending it all off to allow someone else to love it, via my local Salvation Army. Here’s what going away this week.

More glassware. I’m telling you that it’s breeding. I find more every.single.time.

Tri-pod, leather watch bands, notepad and pen, measuring spoon, silverware caddy, and a salad greens dryer.

Liv has been cleaning in her closet again. It’s very sad that we no longer have anyone to pass clothes down to. One of my nieces is taller than me, Liv is barely 5 feet tall, so a no go, and the other would take too long to grown into them. Sigh.

More Liv stuff…..

More socks that “just don’t feel good”, a candle holder and this weird bag that a set of sheets came in. Who stores their sheets in a bag? Uhm, first of all, I would never get them folded again like they were when they came out of the package and second of all, I keep my sheets in one of the pillowcases. People are strange. Of course, you may be saying that I’m strange for storing my sheets in a pillowcase, but whatever.

More magazines that we’ve I’ve already read. See that duplicate magazine? The woman we bought our house from keeps renewing magazines and they are still sending them to my house. My house I bought almost 10 years ago. Last I heard she had moved to Brazil. Someone is going to enjoy them both.

I finally brow beat Denton into clearing out his t-shirt collection.

I believe that they have been duplicating themselves just like the glassware.

Pajamas from Liv….

Curtains that I and everyone else decided against.

I am still clearing out hidden corners at my house. Did you clear out any of your clutter last week? I love the freedom of clean spaces in my house!

 

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Onions. Use EVERYTHING you pay for.

One of my personal pet peeves when I watch food videos, or even the Food Network when we had normal TV, is the waste.  Before you start composing your essay to me about the fact that they are making a video and they are under the gun because of time constraints and the cost of making said videos and TV, hear what I have to say.  Please.

I am guilty of it too.  See that photo above?  This is the way I have always cut up my onions.  First, slice off each end.  Second, cut the thing in half.  This way half of my chopping is already done for me.

But the ends always ended up chucked into the garbage disposal.  In my defense, in case you are yelling at your phone right now, telling me off for not discovering this waste in my life until this late date, I’ve been conditioned for it.  Seriously.

Go watch a Giada at Home video, or an old episode of Rachel Ray, or a Tasty video, or….. You get the drift.  They all do it.  I mean, how hard is it to reach for a spatula instead of a whisk.  Stop leaving all of that goodness in the bowl people, I need ALL of the brownie batter in the pan!

And I did it too.  Until now.  Take those ends and peel back the outer skin and cut it all off around the root stem. 

Like so.  Now you have almost nothing left but the outer papery shell of the onion.  If you want to take another giant leap into using every last morsel, get yourself a good freezer bag and plop those papery leftover bits into it and stick it in your freezer.  Do this with all of your non-edible bits – the ends of carrots, celery, any vegetable really, and you have the makings of a stock when you’ve filled up the bag.

Dice up those extra bits and you have a few tablespoons of onion that would have ended up at the water company.  Or your septic tank.  Or the compost pile.  You get the point.  😉

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The Best of the Randomness This Week. 10.15.17

These are the best of the memes I found this past week and shared over on my Facebook page.  Enjoy!  To share, just click on the meme.

Image may contain: textImage may contain: textNo automatic alt text available.No automatic alt text available.Number 11.  Definitely number 11.

Image may contain: sky, cloud, text, nature and outdoorImage may contain: car and textImage may contain: textNo automatic alt text available.Image may contain: text, outdoor and natureImage may contain: 1 person, smiling, standing and textPoor kid.

Image may contain: one or more people and textYes, and my aunts, and my best friend’s mother…….

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Quick and Easy Hot Dog Chili

I love a good hot dog.  We don’t eat them very often, but when we do, I always want a tasty hot dog chili to go with them.

Hot dog chili is not the same as a chili that you would eat as a meal.  It’s finer and doesn’t have beans.  Although according to Denton my homemade chili recipe is awesome on hot dogs too!

Here is my version of the best hot dog chili made.

Start out with your favorite meat.  You can use ground beef, turkey, chicken, or even the substitute meat crumbles that you can buy in the store.

Brown until no pink is showing.  I like to use my potato masher to make the meat as fine as possible.  That’s just my personal preference.

I like to use 80/20 ground beef.  See all of the juicy goodness?  That’s flavor, people!

Drain, but do not rinse your skillet.  Flavor, people, we want to keep as much of it as possible.

Make your spice mixture.  I like:

  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 2 1/2 tsp chili powder

I only use half of a 8 ounce can of tomato sauce, but you can use it all if you like.  It will just be more saucy. 

2 or 3 dashes of Worcestershire sauce.

1/2 cup of ketchup…..

After you drain your meat, sprinkle in the spices…..

Add in 1/3 cup of water and the ketchup and tomato sauce……

And mix it all together.

Simmer for 20 minutes to let everything combine and for the sauce to reduce.

Voila!  You have the perfect hot dog chili.

Note:  The leftovers freeze well.  If you can hide them from everyone.

Here’s the handy dandy printable recipe.

Quick and Easy Hot Dog Chili
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Ingredients

  • 1 lb of ground beef (or turkey, chicken, or meat substitute)
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 4 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1/2 tsp EACH -
  • black pepper
  • salt
  • onion powder
  • garlic powder
  • sugar
  • 2 1/2 tsp chili powder

Instructions

  1. Brown your meat and drain.
  2. Add ALL of the other ingredients.
  3. Simmer for 20 minutes on medium to medium low until thickened.
  4. Enjoy with your hot dogs or as a chili dog!
  5. Note: The leftovers freeze well! If you can hide it from everyone.
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1547 cal
Fat
115 g
Carbs
55 g
Protein
76 g


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*Expired* FREE Friday Download from Kroger. 10.13.17

If you have a Kroger (on the East coast and Fred Meyer on the West coast) you can score a FREE M & M’s Chocolate Candies.  You have until October 29, 2017 to use the coupon, but it must be downloaded TODAY.

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Preparing for Christmas: Book t-shirts!

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I almost always get my Christmas shopping done early.  Are you like this?  Or are you like my brother, my husband and my Daddy and are frantically buying over priced toasters on Christmas Eve?  It gives me heart palpitations to wait until the last minute.  It’s the control freak in me.  I need to be prepared, people!

I actually Christmas shop all year long while I’m at yard sales and thrift shops.  Sometimes, though, you need something that you haven’t found during the yearly shopping and that’s where Amazon saves the day.

I love that I can do my shopping without stepping foot in a mall, more heart palpitations, and my UPS man will bring it to my doorstep.

Liv is big-time into graphic t-shirts right now, so this is a win all the way around.  Here are the goodies!  You can find ALL of the book t-shirts here, but here are some of my favorites!

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What I’m Reading Right Now. 10.10.17

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I must have a book at hand to be able to function. Or a magazine. Or a shampoo bottle. Words are nourishment for my mind and are essential to my well-being. In this space each week I’ll tell you what I’m reading and you can tell me what you’re reading and we’ll all be happy!

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It has returned to summer here in Virginia, much to my sadness. There is nothing I love more than curling up on the couch with a good book when it’s rainy and cool outside. Hopefully soon. Things have settled into a rhythm for us, which means more reading time for me. Yay!

Here’s what I carved out time to read this week.

FICTION

Dangerous Minds by Janet Evanovich and Phoef Sutton

I mentioned last week that I had started Curious Minds and that I would let you know what I thought of it. I really liked it, enough for me to pick up Dangerous Minds which is the next in the series. And I liked this one even more. They are an easy read, the plot is entertaining, and I liked the characters. I do LOVE the Stephanie Plum series, and it’s in the same vein. If you are looking for book’s that will be a quick, amusing read, these will definitely fit the bill.


Hood by Stephen Lawhead

I picked up the third book in this series last summer at a yard sale because it looked like something Liva would like to read, and it was $0.50! When I figured out is was part of a series I waited until I found the other two, which took me until now. I could have gotten my library to order them for me, (they didn’t have them), but I always hesitate to have them do that if it’s an author that I’ve never read.

I am about halfway through this first book and I really, really, like it. I’ll update you about it later! Liv hasn’t picked it up yet. Which means nothing. 🙂

COOKBOOK

The food and cooking of MEXICO South America and the Caribbean by Jane Milton, Jenni Fleetwood, and Marina Filippelli

I picked this book up some time ago, and it is beautiful. You know that I think all cookbooks should have lots of color photos, so that you can see what it’s supposed to look like in reality. This one is chock full of them. I can’t wait to try some of the recipes and I think tonight it will be the Burritos, just without the chicken since Liv won’t eat meat. I’ll let you know how they turn out.Love it!

MAGAZINES

My magazines. You know my love of a real magazine. These are the ones that I had on my nightstand this week. Cosmo is ridiculous, as always. I definitely will not be renewing this when it expires. But, Southern Living and bon appetit, absolutely. I love them.

Here are all of the magazines that are all $5.00 or less for a year, including bon appetit!

All of this is what was on my nightstand this past week. What have you been reading?

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Here are all of the other books I’ve been reading this year.