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Decorating with Goodwill Finds!!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Many find it uncomfortable to shop in a thrift store like Goodwill, or pick up something that has been placed on the side of the road. God forbid they would dig in a dumpster. Hey I have been know to take a load to the dump and come out with more in the back than I took in. Honest, I have done that. Don't get me wrong I love to purchase new things too, but its something about going into a flea market, junk store, goodwill or even the dump and find something so awesome that you just cant wait to share it with someone. And after you find a few things like that you are hooked. You will never want to pay full price for anything else.Well it's been a week since our planned road trip but I'm sad to say we had to cancel, boo hoo!!:( but don't be disappointed because I'm always on the hunt . I shouldn't call it junk because the things that we find are far more that.
A beautiful pair of gold wall sconces was recently found  by a friend and she shared them with me.
Old books, old furniture, old prints, old fabric put together in your home makes it warm and inviting.Take a look at some of the things I found this last week. From Goodwill , good friends, antique shops and flea markets.
Could not pass this up...

Found this on junking trip on Wedesday..
Dupree's Antique
Marietta, Georgia

Love garage sale finds...
Senior day at Goodwill always pays off. This was on Tuesday!! 

Table found in a storage shed shop!
Definition of storage shed shop, a vendor who rents a storage shed and sells from it.
I call it a hole in the wall shop. They can be full of goodies but sometimes they are not.  I had to replace glass but thanks to my friend Sue (who is in the biz too)  had just what I needed. 


Who Knew!! Cauliflower could taste so good!!

Friday, August 15, 2014


Bacon-Cheddar Cauliflower Chowder (Low-Carb Recipe)

Start the Bacon-Cheddar Cauliflower Chowder by chopping 1 celery stalk and 2 garlic cloves. I used my food processor for all the prep work in this recipe so, instead of repeating myself 100 times, just know that you can hand chop / use a box or flat grater for everything you see below!

Remove the celery and garlic to a plate or bowl, then fit the processor with a grating blade and grate 1/2 head of cauliflower, to equal 4 cups grated cauliflower.

a box or flat grater will do the job just fine, or you can just chop the cauliflower up real small!

Next grate up 2-1/2 cups sharp cheddar cheese to be used in both the chowder, and as a garnish. I recommend grating cheese fresh for things like soups and chowders, as the pre-grated stuff is coated in, well, stuff, that makes it not melt as well as fresh. If you’re in a pinch though, by all means – dooo iiit!

Next, chop up 8 strips center-cut bacon, to be used in both the chowder and as a garnish.

Prep work all done...

Heat a big  soup pot over medium heat, then add the chopped bacon and let it cook low and slow until it’s nice and crispy. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the cooked bacon to a paper towel-lined plate, then remove all but 1 Tablespoon drippings from the pot.

Add the grated cauliflower to the pot, along with 1 teaspoon onion powder and 2 Tablespoons water, then season with more salt and pepper, and place a lid on the pot to steam the cauliflower until tender. This will take between 5-7 minutes, and just give it a stir every now and again.

Once the cauliflower is tender, add in 1-3/4 cup chicken broth and 2 cups 2% milk. We'll
use additional 1/4 cup broth later.

Also throw in a dash (or 3, or 30) of your favorite hot sauce. This will give the chowder a fabulous flavor, and pretty orange color.

Almost done! Bring the chowder up to a boil then slowly drizzle in 2 Tablespoons flour whisked into 1/4 cup chicken broth while stirring constantly

The flour will make the chowder lusciously thick and wonderful in just a couple of minutes.

Finally, turn off the heat then stir in 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese until smooth, then stir in half the cooked bacon. Taste, then add more salt, pepper, and/or hot sauce if necessary.

Ladle the thickened, cheese and bacon-laced cauliflower chowder into bowls, then top with remaining shredded cheese, cooked bacon, and sliced green onions. 

Serves 8, 265 calories, 7 grams of carbs, and 15 grams of protein per serving
8 slices center-cut bacon, chopped (half used for garnish)
1/2 small onion, chopped OR 1 teaspoon onion powder
1 celery stalk, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
salt & pepper
4 cups shredded or grated cauliflower (1/2 large head)
2 Tablespoons water
2 Tablespoons flour
2 cups chicken broth, divided
2 cups 2% milk
3-4 dashes hot sauce (or more or less)
2-1/2 cups (12oz) shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided (half used for garnish)
2 green onions, chopped (optional)
  1. Whisk together flour and 1/4 cup chicken broth in a small bowl then set aside.
  2. Saute bacon in a large soup pot over medium heat until crisp. Using a slotted spoon, transfer bacon to a paper towel-lined plate then remove all but 1 Tablespoon drippings from the pot. Add chopped onion (if using,) celery, and garlic to the pot then season with salt and pepper and saute until vegetables are tender, about 4-5 minutes.
  3. Add cauliflower and onion powder (if using) to the pot then stir to combine. Add water then place a lid on top and steam cauliflower until tender, stirring a couple times, about 5-7 minutes. Add remaining chicken broth and milk then turn up heat and bring to a boil.
  4. Slowly whisk in flour/chicken broth mixture while stirring, then turn down heat and simmer for 3-4 minutes, or until chowder has thickened. Turn off heat then stir in 2 cups cheddar cheese until smooth, then stir in half the cooked bacon. Taste and adjust salt, pepper, and/or hot sauce if necessary. Serve topped with remaining shredded cheese, cooked bacon, and green onions, if desired.
*Use a food processor’s chopping and grating blades to make prepping veggies and cheese a breeze!

Yummy! I served with crusty slices of French bread.

Great way to get some veggies in your diet.


One Thing I Always Wanted..... a Butler.....pantry that is!!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

We've moved to a lot of different states in our 41 years of marriage and lived in a lot of different style homes. Tradition in Texas, adobe in New Mexico, rustic in Kansas ( My primitive years) ,igloo in Minnesota. Ha..(New built) old 50's ranch in Nashville, now trendy in Georgia. I always loved and wanted a house with a butlers pantry. A room not a closet to arrange all my kitchen stuff neatly in order. A place for linens, a place for china, a place for every casserole dish with it's lid attached. It's a dream, but maybe one day, one way I can manage to have a butlers pantry to enjoy. 
Enjoy some of the ones I found online.


Monday, August 11, 2014

China hutch in my dining room.
And the ones you love will help you collect!! 
Anyone who knows me, knows that one of my many loves, is to find an awesome old piece of true ironstone. In the past I have blogged about the special markings on the bottom of each piece, that is just as thrilling to me as the actual bowl or soup tureen.

More of my collection...

Some more of my collection. I collect brown transferware also.
My Breakfast room hutch.... 

As I visit blog after blog, I came to realize that there are a lot of people who share my passion. I love to get  pieces from friends and family. They  are always picking up pieces for me. My hubby picked up this awesome bowl for my collection on our recent anniversary. He knows how to make me happy. I love it, and will always know it was in honor of our 41st wedding anniversary.

Gift from Ron...

INSPIRATION......Or is it "Monkey see, Monkey do?"

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Magnolia Design
Joanna Gaines
I admit it. I AM a very visual person. If I see it I can do it, if I see it, I want to do it. I try to put my spin on it but I give it my all. Paint, sew, build, upholster. Rust it up, chip it up, what ever it takes. I will try it . I love all the home  also, Southern Living, Cottage Living, Coastal Living, if  home is in the title, my heart starts pumping. I think everyone should at least stay informed about the newest and greatest things on the market, whether you like them or not. I find some of the best ideas flipping the tv remote, when I take time to sit down. My latest favorite home show is HGTV's "Fixer Upper".
It's a couple out of Waco, Texas who have a wonderful business. He is a contractor, and she is the designer. Joanna Gains describes her style as Simple and Classic. Farm inspired. Industrial. Unexpected. I love that. Now everyone has a claim to fame in their life and mine this month is my cousin and best friend (best friend but family, that's the best kind) Cathy, she is also from Texas. Well, Cathy and her daughter sweet Kacey visited Joanna Gains store "Magnolia". They said it was to died for. Simply awesome. I would have loved that. You can read more about "FixerUpper" thru
Here are some pics of Cathy and Kacey enjoying their shopping trip. I am so envious.

                                                Magnolia shop in Waco, Texas

                          Check out all the wonderful things.

Cathy just can not believe how wonderful it is.


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Global Warming! Put it to rest! Today, July 30, in "Hotlanta" everyone woke up to a temperature of 59 degrees. The day ended in the 80's, but  what a beautiful day for a road trip.
My good friend (BFF) invited me over to do some consulting on a project that she is working on. By the way, if you know Sue,  she didn't really need my help, she's great designer and decorator.
Anyways, when I arrived I was amazed. OMG! her flower bed, which I call her shade garden was beautiful. Who knew just last summer that area was a construction zone. Not to mention the cold
frozen winter they had in Atlanta ( there's that global warming, again) that destroyed all her life long plants. I just could not resist taking some pics and sharing them with you. Enjoy!!  
Love it!

Sheep are her favorite...

Look at that fern!!Amazing... 

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