A patched together lifestyle of thrift and charm...

Aug 17, 2017

Chicken Tortilla Soup - Thrifty Thursday...

Here's a simple recipe that is even simpler if you have leftover
 cooked chicken.   In my case I had 3 leftover skinless boneless
 thighs that I had baked the night before w/ salsa and seasonings on top.


They became all the chicken that I used in this recipe.
(Told you it was thrifty!)  
  Basically - I cut up the chicken and added the rest of the
 ingredients & threw in the crockpot.  Then cooked on High a few hours.
(In other words - I didn't do half of these steps...)

My love had cheese on his - I didn't.  De-lish either way!  
And with these amazing chips from the discount store... 

...and a tossed salad (not shown) - twas a very thrifty meal.
Hope you like it!   ~Joyce

Aug 16, 2017

Vintage Cottage Scene Prints...

Is cottage style still well - in style?  Probably not like it once was.  
But I'm still drawn to it.   And today I realized I have several
 thatched cottage scene pictures in the shop that are 
authentically vintage.  Just look how sweet...


And the pressed wood frame on this one is gorgeous... 
not to mention who wouldn't want the cobblestone path?



Do you like cottage scenes?  Do they warm your heart?   
They do mine!  ~Joyce

(Click the colored words above each picture to purchase.)





Aug 8, 2017

Vignettes...

Haven't shared my thrift shop displays with you for a while.  
So here are some from today...

First up - this would be an ice bucket turned 'planter'.. 

I only do one men's rack display...

This display has been the same for several weeks so I'll need to change it soon.  
It sits on a tall dress rack and things don't sell well off of it.
(Helps to keep me humble!)

This one is very simple and started with the book.

Pitchers - looking pretty all in a group!

And lastly... this display is in honor of a dear volunteer that died
 unexpectedly Sunday night.  She priced our hats, hankies and scarves.  

 I think she would have approved as she always encouraged me
 when I worked on displays.  I will miss you Doris!   ~Joyce



Aug 5, 2017

My Saturday Sighting Becomes A Milestone Moment...

Out and about at yet more yard sales this AM - I spotted this...

I hurried past thinking I'll get some of that 25 cents-an-ear
 corn on my way back... just enough for lunch.

Upon stopping I noticed the sign said 25 cents a dozen!  What?
 
A quick chat with the owner & I soon learned there was nothing amiss.  
She was simply well supplied and wanted someone else to benefit
 from her 'leftovers'.  Oh my!  Now anyone else who has no corn in
 their freezer would have surely taken most all that was there at this price.  
But you see - at 53 years old - I have never 'done up' corn by myself.  

My story in brief... 
I have a rare neuro arm disease that started when I was 16. 
There have been many things over the years that I haven't and
couldn't do.   Definitely not corn.  We have simply done without
 except what people have given us at times.  But my arms have improved 
in the last while and today I found myself wondering if I might now 
be well enough to give corn a whirl.  My Love assured he'd help if needed.
So I got a few dozen and we husked, cooked, cooled...

dried...

and the hard part for me... cut corn.  About 3 1/2 dozen.

Let's just say I cried some happy tears today. I did corn!  
And I did it all myself - except for help with husking.


 Granted - I didn't do a lot... but enough that now if I want to make
  baked corn - I'll actually have something to make it with.  
Cause we all know - baked corn with store bought corn just isn't the same.  

I'm just a little giddy and think I smiled through the whole process.
  I've been offering prayers of thanksgiving for sure.
Thanks for rejoicing with me!  ~Joyce






Aug 4, 2017

My Pretty Friday Finds Include a Soap Haul...

Sometimes you just run across an amazing find.   
Such was the case at my first yard sale stop today.

See all that soap?  For whatever reason - it was $2 for all 
and included these fancy bars...

The cookie cutters were super cheap at another sale 
as was the flannel pink roses blanket.

I was also smitten with a whole pile of Dawn dolls and outfits...

And treated myself to a lacy yellow maxi skirt for $2

The plaid camp blanket is from a previous week 
that I never got around to showing you.

I find that finding 'finds' is one of life's greatest things. :) 

Happy Friday Every one! ~Joyce


Aug 3, 2017

How to Use a Cookbook for Budget Meals - Thrifty Thursday...

Thrifty cooking and meal planning begins at the grocery store.  
I've shared about that in this post.

Today I'm sharing an easy way to do that planning...  
its all about the style of cookbooks you use.

Now of course - you can do Pinterest and web searches for what I'm 
about to show you.   But I've discovered that those searches alone 
cause me to miss out on a lot of recipes.  And... I need less screen time.

So... Are you familiar with the Taste of Home or Quick Cooking magazines?  
Then you're probably also aware that every year they make a
 hardback compilation book of recipes.  These sell new for about $25.  
BUT... they are plentiful at thrift shops and yard sales for $2 & under.  
Just pick some up when you see them.  I have several.

In the back of the book - you can search by main ingredient -
such as 'sausage'.    Here's what I did for planning tonight's supper...

I started with a search in the back of a book for 'sausage' - 
as that is a bargain meat that I have on hand right now.

I was looking for a main dish - and found several that will work
 with the sausage and ingredients I have.


I happen to also have a pack of turkey bacon open - 
so I zeroed in on
 'Zesty Sausage and Beans' (or a version thereof).

And here's a link for the recipe online (now that I know the name).


Done!  I find this planning method to be quick & simple.
I did it last night in my 'quiet time' before bed without a 'screen'.

  Love it when a meal comes together!  Of course there are other
 cookbooks that offer similar elements.  But these are readily
 available for cheap and I love the pretty pictures.  

Now I'm off to get my thrifty supper in the crock pot!  ~Joyce

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