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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

THRIFTING, TABLESCAPING AND EATING...it doesn't get much better than THAT.

My good friend, MARTHA, and I spent the entire day
THRIFTING
and we had such fun and found some good "stuff"...
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I WON'T show ALL the great things I found in this one post..... I'll stretch them out a little....:)
I've already shown you the DESK and CHAIR that I got on this very trip... at Goodwill.



This is the D.A.V.......a fun place to go......
They not only handle thrifty items.....
antiques are scattered throughout the store, too...
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(don't ya love their little tiny "s" on " ANTIQUEs" ?
I picked up another small white ironstone platter...
I'm ALWAYS on the lookout for whites....
White ironstone looks fabulous in any setting, I think.
To me, it gives a feel of history to rooms....and that's a GOOD thing.
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You might like to know that I squealed like a sissy girl (Hi, Picket) when
I spied this huge covered dish at GOODWILL....
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It's not a tureen.....I'm really not sure what one would use it for...
Me?
It went right on top of my vintage green hutch, along with some other white pieces.
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Not a scratch nor a chip on either the bowl or the lid..... woo hoo !

$4.00.....GOODWILL
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Then we went to the SALVATION ARMY thrift store and
I was just flat thrilled to pieces when I found 12 of these adorable place mats...
all for $5.00
They are like new...not a stain or a tear or anything but cuteness !
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little places to tuck in a napkin....and your flatware..... lookin' especially good with RED ! :O)
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Wasn't I lucky to find an even dozen !!*


Will I EVER get tired of my redness ?
I don't think so !!
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...cause I just LUV red !
Baked chicken breast....baked in low fat ITALIAN DRESSING..
roasted veggies...carrots, onions, peppers and squash...a little olive oil, salt and pepper and
30 minutes at 350 degrees...
HEAVENLY....!!
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Regarding the healthier way we are trying to eat...
I made a crustless Veggie Quiche and it is really good...
Not that I would want it every day but I'm glad to be getting some recipes
that I know is a lot healthier than we've been eating.
I WILL make this again !
and...
a crustless, sugar free Chocolate Pie that turned out really good!!
It will be WONDERFUL when we can add some flour back into our diets and I can make a crust.
I am thinking, but don't know for sure, about making an egg white crust...
would it work?.....why not?.....it would give something for the pudding to sit on
and give an illusion, at least, of a crust......wouldn't it ??

It would also be good in a Sugar free graham cracker crust ..either one made at home or a store bought one.
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Gotta go now...
I just received my new issue of BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS...
and my quiche and cup of hot, DUNKIN DONUT coffee is calling me.....
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linking with
SUSAN for TABLESCAPE THURSDAY
and
GOLLUM for FOODIE FRIDAY
SHOW and TELL
with CINDY
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THANKS SO MUCH FOR STOPPING BY TODAY.....

72 comments:

Jeanette said...

What wonderful pieces. Love that loop for the napkin and flatware. I had some orange ones like that. Now wonder where they are.

kimmcl said...

BJ, every time I get onto your blog I start cracking up at the music!!! Do you pick it out yourself? You are a HOOT! Good for you for eating healthy - nothing will make you feel better inside or out than being good to your body. Now onto those thrifty finds! Great job girl - you did GOOD! It's fun to have a thrifty pal to go out with isn't it?

Lisa ~ A Cottage to Me said...

Not Fair!!! I am lovin those placemats. My Thrift Stores seem to NEVER have good stuff like that! I guess you'd say I'm jealous...but I am happy for you! Thanks for sharing your fun day!

Jackie said...

I think that your pot is a bean pot. I have a couple (not as nice as yours) that I serve my baked beans in.

God bless.

Mevely317 said...

Woo-hoo ... you scored again, lucky gal! Love the white ironstone ... but 'specially love the great red (real)brick buildings!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

You really did have a successful day out shopping. I love all of your treasures and I just LOVE all of your red dishes too. Both the quiche and the pie look fabulous. I will have some of both please. Hugs Marty

podso said...

I love the placemats holding your cutlery. What finds! And the food looks delicious.

ellen b said...

Sounds like my perfect day! You did really good with some great deals. Love those placemats! I love adding white pieces to my collection, too. Love the red, white and black table setting!

jeanne said...

Hello BJ, your wandering friend is so happy to be home. I am still trying to visit everyone and it is an up hill climb. I will get to all my friends today.

I love your thrift buys and the place mats make a darling tablescape. I found a thrift something for you so send me your address. I couldn't resist getting it for you. A thrift surprise just for my Texas friend who loves red. and white too. The white bowl and lid is lovely. Lucky you.

You are cooking some good stuff. Healthy too. I'm proud of you. I admit to missing all the gooey sweet awesome treats you make. Now, forget I said that.

Love you my Texas sister friend, Jeanne

sissie said...

BJ,
I love coming to visit you. You always have something warm and welcoming to show us. And always something good to eat. You are so good to all of us. We love you for that.

Your thrift finds are wonderful. I'd like to go along with you sometime. The big white pot is gorgeous.

Sissie

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Oh BJ Sweetie...
I would so love to go thrifting with you. You know all the BEST places. I just love your finds. I am afraid you and I would be pushing and shoving when it came time to pick things up, I love what you buy, I would be competition for the shopping field. Not good for you.

I don't think I will ever tire of red. Check out my post today. I think you will appreciate it for sure.

Have a beautiful evening. I love your share tonight. Country hugs sweetie. Love, Sherry

black eyed susans kitchen said...

You have some wonderful thrift stores to shop in! I love the patriotic themed table setting. Red, white and blue is classic and I never get tired of seeing it. Just love it!
Susan

Christi @ A Southern Life said...

Fab finds. Good luck on a healthier way of eating!

Christi @ A Southern Life

Melody said...

I wish we had Thrift stores like you do. Love the red tablescape.

Diann @ the Thrifty Groove said...

Great finds! Love that white covered dish and those placemats!

Kathryn @ Bonafide Southern said...

I love those sweet place mats. I've never seen any with pockets for silverware and napkins, but what a great idea. Thanks for sharing and happy TT to you!

Civilla said...

I love the placemats! You did good, gal!

Phyllis AROUND THE HOUSE said...

I love the bargains you found, the place mats, wow, love them, that white bowl with lid, love that you can find so many wonderful things and have a good time while your out...I find they have so many wonderful Christmas things now, such great deals, wow, love that, I will have some quiche as well...maybe some chicken too,,,Phyllis

Stacey said...

I am always amazed at the awesome posts you come up with time after time. My little brain just can't do it. :)

Your thrift store finds are perfect. Whoever used to own those placemats just didn't realize what a treasure she had. I'm glad you did. Love the covered dish too.

Way to go on your diet. Hubby and boys are gone tonight so I'm having oatmeal for supper. Mmm.

Debbie said...

What a find on the place mats, amazing what some people disregard as trash!!~ Your meal looked amazing!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Wow BJ! You got some great things while thrifting and you are only showing us part of it? I can't wait to see the rest. Those placemats are adorable! Love the white tureen!
Hugs,
Penny

The Tablescaper said...

You get some amazing deals!!! Great shopping!

- The Tablescaper

Justine said...

Holy cow woman, you scored! I love how you put the napkins in that crock on the table. And those place mats couldn't be any more perfect.

I can't wait to see what else you brought home!

Oh, and the food!!!! It may be low fat but it all looks delicious. I love quiche, although I think I'd miss the crust a lot.

Justine :o )

Blondie's Journal said...

Oh! I wish I had come along with you and Martha. Wow...what a killing you made. Love the white dish (I love white serving pieces as they go with everything) and the place mats are out of this world. Love the pocket!!

I like that you are eating healthier. I am wondering if you ever use Splenda. When you start to add flour back in, you may want to use whole wheat and sweets are so much healthier with Splenda instead of sugar. But you probably know all of this. Keep up the great work!!

xoxo
Jane

Mimi said...

I love your new covered white dish, whether it is a soup tureen or not, that is what I would use it for! The placemats are great, and to find a dozen, how lucky can you get.

Marsha's Mpressions said...

Love your reds! Great combination. Sounds like my kind of day!

Kathysue said...

Hi BJ, I love those placemats,what a great find, I did a whole post on Polka dots so those dishes are very appealing to me. So cute and cheerful,Kathysue

xinex said...

Mmmm, the food looks so yummy, BJ! And those placemats are so pretty, so unusual. You got so many great deals, how fun was that!...Christine

Dining Delight said...

What wonderful items and deals you got! I LOVE those placemats and how they have the spot for the napkin and the flatware. Your touches of red are lovely and so perfect for the time of year! Your healthy eating meal looks supper yummy too!

DD

One Pretty House Interiors said...

OMG!! I don't know what I love more~ The white Ironstone or the POP SONG... Thanks for a very fun tablescape. Wish my thift stores EVER had such great stuff.

D said...

I love red, too. Those placemats are adorable.
Cute table!

D

arkie said...

You are such a great shopper! Not to mention, you have to be a great cook! All your food pics are wonderful!

Red is such a happy color!

The Muse said...

I just love being able to visit with all my friends and see there delightful settings...we gleam so much from one another..
so happy that my evening allowed me the opportunity to visit you ms BJ :)

Theresa said...

Although I would like to come visit with you sometimes... I am glad we don't live in the same city. WHY? Because you get all the good bargains:) Love them all but my favorite is the placemats. LOVE THEM! Enjoy your day dear BJ!

Kathleen Grace said...

If I ever get to Texas you have to take me thrifting BJ! You always find the best stuff! Ok? Look at the napkin holder and little pocket for silverware on those placemats! I never put crust on my quiche anymore, a holdover from when E and I did Atkins. I don't miss it. Those roasted veggies look sooo good!

Celly B said...

What great finds! The white pieces are gorgeous and will be so versatile, and the placemats are adorable! Thanks for sharing!

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

You are so lucky! And to think that you will be "stretching" all of those goodies out - it makes our mouths water!
Your table is perfect - we love the red :)
Love your song too...one of our favorite movies - too cute!

Bearly Sane said...

BJ I think it could be a bread crock ... it certainly looks very similar to my Mum's old red one. I love the white jugs you have there too!
I see you are using my red polka dot plates again this week (I know they are yours, but I like to think that I will have some of my own one day).
You always make me feel hungry when I stop by here.
Warmest hugs,
Sandi @ Bearly Sane

Sage said...

What wonderful bargains! Our thrift stores do not have any of those quality articles;I am speachless; just beautiful. I must say the food you preapred sounds so nice and healthy. Loce it here.
Rita

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I can't have wheat flour {Celiac}, so I'm happy to see you made a Chocolate Pudding pie with no crust! What a great deal on the covered bowl. Not sure what that would be either, if it's not a tureen. You should hook this post up tomorrow over at Finding Fabulous ~ Jane does a Frugal Friday post every week that this would be perfect for.

Beverly said...

Girl, you did good. I love everything you found. It sounds like the perfect day.

LisaDay said...

Blue is my red. I am always impressed by people who can find deals. I think I am too impatient. Your banner is lovely. It makes me want to sit down, have a cup of hot chocolate and write.

Thank you for popping by my blog. I am coming by way of SITS as well.

LisaDay

Di said...

BJ, great finds! we support and frequent our local St Vincent de Paul; last summer I picked up a couple beautiful tea pots for our Mad Hatter's Tea Party in our garden. Being thrifty is a way of life.

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

What a find! Those placemats are to cute with all your *red*.

We will have to keep eachother straight on the 'healthy eating'. It makes me feel better to drink dunkin' donuts coffee~ not the same without the donut, but close. :-)

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

Oh, you found some good things! I love that covered dish...and what a deal! I don't have much luck thrifting...but, I'm just starting to do it, I'll find better places to go:)

Sue

Deb said...

great finds...I love red also...

KayEllen said...

oh yummy and a pretty table:)

Love this:)

Kay Ellen

Natasha said...

Wow BJ-I too subscribe to American BHG and I received my copy yesterday! I literally just made a cup of coffee and thought I would catch up on my favorite blogs then sit down in a comfy chair for a while to read!

No wonder I love coming to visit you and I really missed your happy posts while I have been away.

Best wishes always, Natasha.
PS I just LOVE those place-mats!!!

Barbara said...

BJ OHHHHHHH. I love the desk and chair, the white dishes, but the placemats are to die for. I love them, really love them.
They look great with the red and the food makes me hungery.

Barbara

Picket said...

Hey BJ!!! Love the treasures you found...expecially those place mats...they are the cutest things with those little pockets!!!! I love roasted veggies and I have never tried baking chicken with Italian dressing...will have to give that a try...I have really got to try to rethink the way I eat...I have had to cook for so many for so many years it just takes getting use to for me to just think of taking care of myself and cooking special for me! lol Hope all is well with you and yours my friend...It was great visitng you today!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

It all looks good, BJ. From the ironstone to the quiche!

© Jennifer Raley said...

I've said it before and I'll say it again and again. I just love coming by here.

See ya Pink Saturday! (Got myself a pink post and emailed Beverly and everything. )

Jenn

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

What wonderful finds! I adore the desk and chair and the tureen!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

BJ- what a great day of thrifting you had! I love those placemats and the little tablesetting you set with them are just adorable!
Yvonne

The Quintessential Magpie said...

BJ, that was a great score with your placemats (so cute!) and that neat turreen! Good going!

And please share your crustless quiche recipe. We can't have flour so that appeals to me.

Happy Foodie Friday...

XO,


Sheila :-)

Kathleen said...

Jackpot..the lions head bowl wonderful! And the placemats..adorable..
Enjoy..your table looks great!

Lenore said...

What great pieces you got while thrifting!!!...especially love the big covered pot which I think might be a bean pot.
Isn't it great to have a buddy to go thrifting with?

Shirley said...

Nice finds!! I just love those place mats!! So cute and what a clever idea!! A beautiful table setting.

Hootin' Anni said...

Ohhhhhhhhhhhh green with envy here!!! Those placemats would just look great at my house. Dang, if I'd only known you were going thrifting...I'd been there like a biting sow!!!

Great treat for us today.

Gattina said...

Very nice bargains you made !
But why should you get rid of red, my kitchen is in red and red is the dominant color in my house too !

Sherry said...

Love, your tablescape!! I love what you can find thrifting! The chicken looks great too.

susan said...

Bj-Sounds like a perfect way to spend the afternoon to me--just make mine tea instead of coffee! Your covered dish is great--I NEVER find anything!

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

I really like those placemats...unique!

Just a dreamer said...

I sure wish you lived here in Georgia. You seem like a feisty ole' gal just like me! (At least that's what I'm told) Love your post today and LOVE those red, white and blue dishes. Jackie

Ms. Bake-it said...

What great finds! I love those placemats! Love the ironstone. Your new pot looks like a bean pot similar to one my mother has. Looks like you had a fabulous day!

Thanks for sharing it with us.

~ Tracy

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Nice finds! The chicken and veggies look so good. I think I would probably like the quiche, since I am not big on most crusts anyway.

Joy said...

What a cute blog you have, I love the white covered dish you found and the recipes you tried sound and look great. Have a great weekend.

The Fajdich Times said...

Score!!!! Love the placemates:)

Michael Lee West said...

I just wish I could've gone shopping with y'all! What a delight to come here and see your desk. And then to see all of that glorious Ironstone. The placemats were a find. I love how you added the red polka dot dishes (I love red, too, and turned my totally white/beige bedroom into a red nest. It feels 10 degrees warmer than the rest of the house.
Take care,
Gollum
XX00

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

BJ...those are about the cutest placemats I've ever seen! So darn cute with the spot for the napkin and the flatware...and what a steal! Don't you wonder sometimes why people give such great stuff away? Lucky for us they do! ;-)

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Oh...forgot to say...good for you on eating healthier...I need to do the same thing...but I don't enjoy cooking...wish I did.

Petite Little Bee said...

Hi: This is wonderful. Thanks so much for sharing. I love your finds and the food looks so yummy. Cheers, Lia