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Amazing Yard Sale Finds

Wow.  I almost didn’t leave my house on Saturday. I had nearly decided not to go look at yard sales, but then suddenly felt the urge overtake me and went anyway.

I’m sure glad I did.

At the first house I went to, I scored this rocking chair for $10.  It needs a little bit of lovin, but the price was right!  I told Steve that I feel like a real Mom now that I have a rocking chair.

I won’t tell you now what I found at the second yard sale, because it is going to be a birthday gift, but ask me later this month if I forget to tell you- its pretty darn cool.

At the next two yard sales, I got all of this for less than $25:

A 6 drawer organizer full of the previous owner’s crafting supplies ($2!)

A Boppy nursing pillow with cover ($4)

A baby bathtub that folds up for smaller storage ($2)

2 books for $1

And, I actually bought someone else’s used breast pump for $15.  It is a double electric pump, and all of the parts can be sterilized, and it came with everything, highly endorsed.  So, I decided it was worth saving the $200 we had thought about spending on a pump.

Then, at the last stop I made, I found a pretty white crib (without mattress) for only $5.  I’d put it together for a better picture, but it seems like too much work for a lazy afternoon.

All in all, a pretty darn good day for yard sales!  What treasures have you found this spring?

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I didn’t really plan on posting about the dress I made until I had some better lighting and a better hanger (the one its on now is for bras), but then this happened on Facebook:

And so, without further ado, here is the dress I made:

I love the nursery rhyme fabric, my favorite is Humpty Dumpty.  I found the fabric on clearance at JoAnn’s and actually ended up spending more on the contrasting fabric than I did on the print, but I really like them together.

Liz and I have both decided we want dresses like this, too.

The pattern is Simplicity #3765. I made it in the 18-21 lbs size.  I might get around to making a matching hat someday.  Emphasis on the might.

Also this week, I’ve been working on a couple other projects.  I made this cute little pair of baby shoes by hand while watching the series finale of Lost.  I like the shoes more than I liked the finale

I’ve also been working on Steve’s Hawaiian shirt quilt.  For those of you who weren’t aware, Steve wore Hawaiian shirts a lot in high school, and so I inherited a tub full of them when we got married.  I decided that I was going to go simply on this one and just made 9 1/2 inch squares.  The top is about half way done, I hope to have this completely finished before he leaves for Washington D.C. next month.

Now, for those of you wondering what picture Stacy was referring to in the above Facebook conversation, I have to share with you the picture that she and Keith took.  They were the winners of the Yoplait Nourish Your Inner Goddess Giveaway earlier this month, and so they sent me a picture of their sweet little Molly enjoying all the prize included. I’m afraid it is nearly too cute.

There you go!  I think I’ll have to save the pictures showing everything I found at yard sales this morning for another day- my internet doesn’t like it when I upload so many pictures at a time!

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Seven and a half months ago I quoted scripture to you.

And then I told you how I had gleaned onions and potatoes and that I hoped they would be enough to last me through the winter.

Later I told you that some of them spoiled and I had to throw a lot of them away.

Well, today we are finally saying good-bye to the end of the gleaned potatoes and onions.

And I wanted to share with you how it all turned out.

This is the last of our onions.  Pretty good for starting out with 160 lbs, huh?

We could probably still eat these, but the dust has a faint blue tinge to it, so we’re done.

We still had an entire box of potatoes left, and I was wondering if we would continue to have potatoes until we glean more this fall.  We had 2 boxes stacked one on top of the other and when we finished the last of the potatoes in the top box we lifted it away, and this is what we found:

There was a secret potato growing operation happening in our spare room right under our noses and we didn’t even know it!

Unfortunately, when potatoes sprout they get soft, and I’m not a huge fan of mushy potatoes, so we’re tossing these out too.

I sure wish I had somewhere to plant all these lovely sprouts!!

Some of them got pretty dang tall.  The one you see dangling had sprouts that grew up through the box above it.

It has been a lovely seven and half months, and we’ve been extremely grateful for all this free food.

I think we’ll scale down a bit this year, though.

Happy gleaning!

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I have this problem.

I used to be able to read recipes, soak in the information, and say to myself “I’ll make that someday.”  Then I would promptly forget about it and life would go on.

This is no longer so.  I blame the baby.

The thing is, little Evelyn, albeit that she is still in utero and not capable of speech right now, has this way of making me do things.  She also has a thing about food.  She wants it all the time.

Unfortunately, she is discriminatory when it comes to food.  She only likes things that use large quantities of flour, sugar, and butter and that require her poor mama to spend way too much time on her feet.  Then, after her poor mama consumes said food, she changes her mind, decides that isn’t what she wanted and then I spend the evening clutching my belly and wishing I never had to eat again.  I also have to ask for foot rubs afterwards because my kitchen floor and my swollen feet are not friends.  My kitchen floor actually hates me, I can tell.

And then it starts all over again.

Right now Evelyn really wants me to make PW’s Cinnamon Baked French Toast.  She has been asking for it for 11 days in a row now, and I’m afraid that because tomorrow is Saturday morning that I may just have to oblige her soon.  The only problem is that on Wednesday, she talked me into making PW’s Cinnamon Rolls.  I only got as far as finishing the dough before my feet gave out on me and I ended up in bed asking for a foot rub.  That means that my feet and I are going to have to spend this afternoon back in the kitchen rolling out dough and shaping it into heaven.  I mean rolls.  Rolls may or may not equal heaven.  Evelyn was just there, and she seems to think they are roughly equivalent.

And don’t even get me started on Smitten Kitchen’s Braided Lemon Bread or her Rustic Rhubarb Tarts.  I’ve been dreaming about rhubarb six nights in a row here! People should realize that there are people like Evelyn out there that have no self-control at all.

Oh, and by the way, I’m pretty sure that it is Evelyn who is making me read all these blog posts and see all these recipes.  She is very controlling.

Before I head off to the kitchen, however, I really should share something with you.  Something amazing.  Something with a large quantities of flour, sugar, and butter.

You see, I think I figured out where Evelyn got her aforementioned cravings and powers of persuasion.  They came from her father.

Steve wanted some chocolate chip cookies on Wednesday.  I could tell by looking at the back of his head while he was studying for a Russian politics test.  We are in a close enough relationship that I can sense these things by looking at the back of his head.  And because I knew he wanted them, I had to make them.

So I did.

And Evelyn really likes them.  I hope you do too!

Chocolate Chip Cookies a la Evelyn’s Mom

  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 lb butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tbs vanilla
  • 6 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 24 oz chocolate chips

Cream together your butter and sugars until fluffy.  Add eggs and vanilla and combine.  When a recipe calls for a tsp of vanilla, I usually use a tablespoon instead. Vanilla is good for you.

Whisk together the flour, baking powder, and baking soda.  Add this to the wet ingredients a cup at a time mixing on slow until just combined.  Add chocolate chips and thoroughly incorporate them into your dough. This recipe is just slightly too large for my KitchenAid mixer.  I use it up until the chocolate chips are to be mixed in, and then I throw everything in a big bowl and mix with my hands.  I also prefer milk chocolate chips over semi-sweet, but use whatever your heart desires.

Using a tablespoon, scoop out cookies onto an ungreased sheet and bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes.  You want them to look totally undercooked but have the slightest hint of gold.  When they’ve sat for 2 minutes on the sheet they will be perfect.

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Holy Smokes!

Something happened today.  Something unusual.

My average blog views per day drift from 20-60.  This morning when I opened up my dashboard I was up to 393.  I’ve blown way past that now, over 1,500.

Craziness.

I told Steve its all because of his amazing cake.  It really is an amazing cake.

So, welcome to all my new viewers today, and in the future.  I’m really glad you stopped by.

And, maybe just a little freaked out, too.

But, what I really got on here to say was that today I accomplished a goal.  A small step towards a very large goal.

I actually listed a pair of my shoes on Etsy today.  Please take a look and let me know what you think. My plan is to list a pair a day all week long.  If I tell you my plan I’ll feel a little more accountable about actually getting it done.  And then I’ll have to make more shoes, and even some book purses and list those as well, and then my goal will have reached fruition and maybe I’ll actually be selling things online before I know it!

So, again, welcome to all who stopped by for their first time, and thank thank thank you to all those who take the time to leave a comment.  It really makes me feel a little more alive, and quite exhilerated as well.

And, maybe just a little freaked out, too.

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I finally got my camera back! Sorry these pictures are an entire week late, but I promise- the cake was worth waiting for.

We actually started my birthday with the amazing Stuffed French toast recipe that Amanda from I am Baker posted on Tasty Kitchen.

It turns out I was going to have an I am Baker birthday/ Mother’s Day because Steve made her amazing Rainbow Cake.  Its not that Steve reads blogs, he just pays attention when I show him cool posts.

Anyhow, he started by mixing 1-2-3-4 white cake batter with different fruits: Strawberry, Orange, Lemon, Kiwi, Blueberry, and Grape.  He added a little food color to each layer, as well.

Each cake was then baked in separate pans- they looked so pretty!

He then stacked them.  The lower layers had a simple syrup between them, like Amanda recommended in her recipe.  Between the green and yellow and between the orange and yellow, we instead spread some leftover lemon curd, and between the red and orange we spread some homemade strawberry freezer jam.  Then Steve frosted the whole cake with whipped cream and decorated it with fruit.

It turned out so pretty!

My mom and Grandma and aunt patiently shared their holiday and their cake with me and let me blow out the candles.  My cousin was upset that I didn’t wait for him to help, though.

If you look above, though, you’ll see that he had already tried the frosting on the cake by this point, so don’t feel too bad for him.

So pretty!

My grandparents brought Neopolitan ice cream, which seemed particularly appropriate, but my dad knew I only wanted the Strawberry, so he oblidged.

A special thank you to Amanda for sharing this fun recipe, and more especially to Steve for making this beautiful cake and for making my birthday/Mother’s day such a sweet celebration and special day!

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Not to 400 yet

Well, we didn’t make it to 400 comments yet, but I do want to thank everyone for the birthday greeting and well-wishes.

I left my camera in Yakima, but stay tuned for some pictures of the BEAUTIFUL cake that Steve made for me!

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