Where to begin?
There's just so much!
How about with some of my favorite characters...
Beautiful, sweet Janie.
She does remarkably well despite her disability.
She's really not afraid of anything, and she takes the stairs into the house like she can see better than anyone else. Remarkable I tell you. What a sweet spirit.
And speaking of sweet spirits, Fletch is as sweet as they come.
Although his sweetness is tinged with a big dose of goofiness and a couple shakes of crazy.
Look at that smile! He loves showing his teeth.
My little Ollie-Wally with butterscotch dots.
And the thrifting lately has been lucky for me...
This is my haul from Sister's Secondhand Shop in town.
We rode our bikes up there earlier in the week.
I got all the silicone bakeware for $1 for each piece.
The crocheted pillow pattern book for 50 cents.
The bread machine recipe book for $2.
It belonged to her mother so I think that's why the price was higher.
And two king-size flannel pillow cases for $1 each.
Then we went to a garage sale yesterday.
I got this pressure cooker for $7.50.
I'll have to research online how to use it.
They kind of scare me. Ken says I bought a bomb. LOL.
I hope not.
I couldn't resist this Tupperware bread keeper.
She had a lot of Tupperware stuff I forced myself to pass up.
I just have no room to store all this stuff.
This leaded glass sugar bowl with silver lid and spoon, $5.
The silver is badly tarnished.
As I type this, I have it soaking in a foil-lined pan with baking soda, vinegar, and hot water.
I hope it works. I'll show you the cleaned-up version next post.
I was thrilled to find this Tupperware jello mold with interchangeable designs.
I've been looking for jello molds. Guess what you're going to see next on my blog?
And I snatched this up so fast when I saw it.
It's a copper jello mold for 75 cents!
The other ones I saw exactly like this were $10 and $12 at another thrift store.
Okay, so I couldn't wait...
I lined a bowl with tin foil, poured in about 1 Tbsp of baking soda, then maybe 2 Tbsp white vinegar (a chemical reaction happened here and it got all foamy), then poured in boiling water to cover. Presto change-o! I finished up by polishing with a clean cotton cloth.
It's science, people!
It cleaned up beautifully!
It's even more silvery and polished than shown here.
For some reason it looks goldish in this picture, but it's pure, shiny silver.
Ken found this exactly sugar bowl with lid (no spoon) on Etsy for $23!
I cooked some too...
This recipe is called Baked Steak. I goofed it up, but I was too far along in the process to fix it. It still turned out great. I was supposed to brown the steaks in hot oil after I dredged them, but I didn't. Now I'm kind of happy I didn't because they were still wonderful but without all that frying in oil. Yay!
See my notes at the bottom for what I changed.
2 lbs boneless round steak, fat trimmed
1 tsp each salt and pepper
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup milk
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 sliced onion
1 cup beef broth
Cut steak into serving sized pieces. Pound with a mallet and season with salt and pepper.
Beat egg with 1/2 cup milk. Coat each piece of meat with flour, dip floured pieces into egg mixture and then back into flour to make a heavy coating.
Brown pieces in skillet in hot oil on both sides. Place onion slices in a 13 x 9-inch pan. Put browned meat on top of the onions and pour broth around the meat. Cover tightly with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 1 1/2 hours. Uncover and bake for 20 more minutes.
The drippings in the pan make an excellent gravy. Serve with mashed potatoes.
And the Bean Salad...
Isn't it pretty?
I got this recipe from my friend, Kate (formerly of the Garden Bell blog).
It's SO FREAKIN' GOOD! Really...FREAKIN' good!
I took a picture of the brand of seasoned vinegar I used.
There's also a Kikkoman brand, and I'm sure there are others.
Kate’s Dump and Chop / Multi-Bean Salad
1 can Green Beans
1 can Wax Beans
1 can Dark Kidney Beans
1 can Great Northern White Beans / Butter beans
1 can Garbanzo Beans
Rinse and Drain all beans. Dump them into a large container with a lid. Chop one red bell pepper and one sweet, white onion. Add to the beans. Add one cup or more of pumpkin, sunflower, or pepita nuts.
Optional: Finely chopped broccoli. I had some so I threw it in.
One can of SEASONED Rice Vinegar (seasoned is key). I use one of the empty bean cans to measure.
One can of Water
½ to ¾ths can of Splenda for baking sugar blend. (Or 16 single packets regular Splenda)
Mix all dressing ingredients well. Pour over beans. Refrigerate, stirring occasionally to distribute dressing and marinate everything. Serve cold.
I had more to post, but I'm going to save it for next time in case I'm short on content. Yeah, right!