October 31, 2014

Fun Finds

Good Morning!

It's time once again to show off the fun finds I've had the opportunity to uncover at my local thrift store this past week.  

First up is the cute mini sized oil lamp.  It didn't come with the glass top, no matter, I still think it's great.

Sticking to the mini theme, I found this adorable tiny pitcher and saucer also.

Too cute!

And since one can never have too many candle holders I brought this beauty home with me also.  I am really like the combo of glass and black metal lately and this will go very nicely with a few other items I have already.

And finally, not to get to cutesy but I just could not pass up these two dog figures.  Something about this spoke to me.  I think they will look cute atop a stack of books or something like that.

How about you?

Any great finds this week?


October 30, 2014

BBQ Pork Loin

Good Morning!

I thought today I would share with you a dinner idea that my family and I have been loving over the past couple months.

Grilled BBQ Pork Loin.

It's super yummy and super easy to make.

You'll need a Pork Loin, a grill and your favorite BBQ Sauce.

We're a Sweet Baby Ray's family here. . . our favorite is the Honey BBQ Sauce but sadly we were all out so I had to use the original flavor. 

Preheat your grill to med-high heat and place your Pork Loin in the middle of the rack, close the lid and grill for about 10 minutes.

After 10 minutes, flip the Pork Loin over and again grill for 10 minutes.  Continue this process until all four sides of the Pork Loin has been grilled.
If you think it needs a little more grilling, start grilling and flipping every 5 minutes.  Normally this step is not necessary but sometimes grills can be unpredictable and you'll need to give it a little more time to cook all the way through.

When you think you've reached the last five minutes of grilling or so, using a basting brush coat one side of the Pork Loin with a generous amount of BBQ sauce.  Flip it over and do the same to the other side.

Give it a few minutes then coat again with the sauce, flip and coat the other side.  Do this a few times so meat has time to absorb some of the sauce and the grill has time to crisp up the sides.

Remove from the grill and let it rest a minute or two before you cut it into slices for serving.

Grilled BBQ Pork Loin is perfect paired with corn on the cob and baked potatoes which is what we normally have with it.

Before I started making my pork loins like this the kids hate having it for dinner.  Now they gobble it right up and fighting about who gets seconds.

Give it a try, I think you'll like it.

bye now,


October 28, 2014

Cozy Crocheted Scarf


I'm ready to embrace the dropping temperatures here in Minnesota and I thought there is just no better way to do it then to make something to jazz up my outerwear.

Since I'm on a big crochet kick right now I figured a simple scarf would be quick and easy.

It turned out pretty good I think.

 I crocheted the whole thing using a simple single crochet starting with a chain of thirteen.  Looks like this up close.

Once I had the scarf to the length I wanted I add a fringe to the ends.
To do this I cut two pieces of yarn at a time and using a simple slipknot tied them onto the scarf at each crochet hole along the edge of the scarf.

I used a really big plastic hook from Walmart to crochet with.

And the yarn I used is this chenille like stuff I picked up at Jo-Ann's . . . 
It's so soft!

I have a feeling this may be my go to scarf this winter.  I've been wearing it every night around the house whenever I get a little chill - - silly I know but it's so soft, I love it.

Have a great day now,

October 24, 2014

Fun Finds

Good Morning!

It's once again time to show off my weekly thrifty finds.

I only have a few items to share since I'm trying to be very selective about what I bring home.

First up, another silver piece to add to my collection

I love the pedestal and the arms, reminded me of a trophy, so of course it had to come home with me.

And second, two additions to my rhinestone pin collection.
I have no idea if they are vintage but I figure someday they will be.  LOL

And last but not least, this beautiful painting.
For some reason I have been drawn to painting like this lately so I am very happy to have found it.  It will work perfectly with my decor for this fall.

How about you?

Any great finds this week?


October 23, 2014

Shelby Girl

I find myself taking photos of my furry baby more than my real babies.

Of course it may have something to do with the fact that my babies are in fact no longer babies at all . . . instead all three of my girls are pre-teen or older.

They don't take kindly to having their photos taken.

My oldest gets downright angry . . . and stalks off to her room,

My middle child calls me weird and hides behind whatever is close and convenient,

My youngest daughter, bless her, will sometimes humor me. . . but produces a silly face - - not what I was going for.

Which leaves me with Shelby Girl.

We're best buds, and she doesn't roll her eyes at me when the camera comes out, or call me names, or turn into super grumpy girl in one second flat.

She will try to lick the camera - - so I have to watch out for that.

Most of the time Shelby could care less whether the camera is pointed in her direction or not.  Which suits me just fine.

So until Shelby starts giving me the "have you lost your mind" look, I'll be the crazy dog lady who takes too many pictures and drives people crazy showing them off.

Have a great day,


October 22, 2014

A Hankering For . . . Living Room Inspiration


It's time for another "Hankering" post.  I have to say I am really enjoying putting together these posts every week.

I find that I have so many idea swarming around in my head of what I want to work on and accomplish.  Rounding up inspiration photos has helped me get motivated to get started as soon as possible.

This past week I have been thinking alot about what I want to do in my living room come January.  You know that crazy time of the year when all the holiday decorations are packed away for another year and your cleaning the house like crazy because your craving clean, organized spaces to start the year off right.

If your like me you also crave simplicity more at this time of the year than any other.

Last January I attempted a Cottage Scandinavian look that I really enjoyed.  

The Scandinavian or Nordic look is perfection when balancing beauty, simplicity and function all wrapped up in a paired down style - in my humble opinion that is.

Since last years living room look was a success, I thought I'd try to elaborate on the theme again this time around.

To get my creativity flowing, I've rounded up a few photos that I've fell in love with that I hope maybe you'll fine inspirational also.

(note: If you decide to pin any of these wonderful photos please follow the link provided - thanks)

love the simplicity and style of this room.  from Inspiration in White

Vintage Interior: Kjøkken...igjen

Vintage Interior: Ønsker...

dining area


VIBEKE DESIGN: Hello September !

VIBEKE DESIGN: A little too high expectations .....

VIBEKE DESIGN: Like rundt hjørnet.....

Hope you enjoyed,


October 21, 2014

Homemade Dill Dip

We all know that eating our veggies every day is a good thing to do...

but plain veggies get boring fast.

I prefer veggies with a little something yummy to dip them into.

As I was mixing up a batch of my favorite veggie dip this morning I felt inspired to share the recipe.  

It was passed down to me from my mother and is by far so much better than any dip I've ever bought at the grocery store.  

Dill Dip
1 Cup Mayo
1 Cup Sour Cream
2 teaspoons Season Salt
1 teaspoon Dill Weed
1 teaspoon Dried Parsley (I skip this sometimes)
1 teaspoon Dried Onion

Mix all ingredients together and chill for two hours before serving.
Keep refrigerated.  Makes 2 Cups

So simple and so yummy, 

it takes less than five minutes to whip up a batch.  
 You can use low fat versions of both the mayo and the sour cream if you'd like. . . it will still be yummy.

Simply dump all the ingredients into the bowl . . . 

Give it a stir, cover and chill.

I've been know not to wait the two hours for the dip to chill and allow the flavors to blend together . . . if you can hold out long enough, it is much better.

Now you'll have to excuse me, 
I've got to go cut up more carrot sticks since I gobbled up the ones I used for my photo's as soon as I knew I had captured the shots I wanted.

Bye now,


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