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Junkin around for a Bedroom...

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Picking up where I left off in my last blog post, I have been busy finishing up the final touches of our
master bedroom. I  left you with pictures of the fabulous dresser/buffet piece I picked at a great dealer mall here in the Atlanta area. Since then I have arranged and rearranged, put a nail in the wall, took a nail out of the wall. ( geez, what a job) I've hung window treatments, laid a rug, made a custom bed ruffle ,and arranged the flowers. I think I can say without hesitation, I'v done it. A master bedroom from the bowels of the junk stores.  A master bedroom anyone would love.  Thanks to Goodwill, dealer malls, dealer friends, garage sales, yard sales, estate sales, discount stores and auctions. That makes me happy, happy, happy. (and my pocket book too!)



A Newbie to Facebook..

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

If you know me, you know that I pretty much want to try anything that everyone else is doing. As I sat admiring all the fabulous home d├ęcor, cooking, home business type blogs out there. ( And there are some awesome ones out there) I wanted to set one up. Sooo, I researched and googled my way to learning how to set up this little blog.  It's been running since 2011, and I have enjoyed blogging about this and that, but after a few years everyone was talking and promoting their Facebook page. I really didn't think or want to worry about another social outlet to have to keep up with. But I am happy to say I finally joined the ranks. I don't really post to much on Facebook but I have to say Facebook came thru for me this past weekend, which made me really happy. I have been in the process of decorating our master bedroom, and have been looking everywhere for the perfect dresser or main focus piece to start my decorating juices. Would you believe I found it. Not in a shop, (well I had to purchase it from a shop) not at an auction, not even on craigslist, but Facebook. Love it!! Thanks, Mary. Mary has a wonderful booth in the Treasure Hunt Antique Mall in Powdersprings. Will post more pictures of bedroom when I get started and get finished. You can follow me on Facebook by clicking on icon in upper right corner.

                                         Love It!!
Its actually a buffet but I love as a bedroom piece.

Can't wait to get it all dolled up!!
To be continued....

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...

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