Sunday, February 27, 2011

I Kid You Not!

Yesterday was a big outing for me.  I hadn't been out except to the doc for a few weeks, and I decided it was time.

My friend, A, The Tablescaper was the driver and we made the most of her day out here in Southampton.

We crammed visits to  many stores into our time.

First, we stopped off for a Tattoo. I just had my hand and arm done, but A was a lot more daring!

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I AM kidding on this one!  This was a tattoo sleeve from my gson's bday party.  Bet you couldn't believe it! :)

Anyway, we started at TJMaxx, then to Target, Lenox, WS and PB Outlets and finally Home Goods.  We worked in a great lunch in between.  45 min drive each way, so it was a full fun day!

When we were in WS Outlet, I showed A the purchase I had made last month.

I wasn't crazy about it, but I bought 4 dinner, 4 salads and a pitcher.

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I showed it to her and told her what I paid, same store a month earlier.

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Here is the sales slip!

I kid you not! I paid 10.88 and yesterday they were 128.00!  Who would pay that, seriously???

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The dinner plate was marked 30.00, and the salad was 24.00. I paid 3 and 2.40 then another 15% off that!

Shopping and finding a bargain is a favorite thing!


I am not kidding, I rarely make breakfast, dh does the honors.  But there was a half of loaf of Italian bread going stale, perfect for French Toast...

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Add bananas, strawberries, blueberries, and oranges, a few sausage and dh was a happy man.  Perfect for a Seasonal Sunday!

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I made lunch and dinner that day too.    He was in a food daze.  I'll save dinner for my next post.

I am joining Laurie at Bargain Hunting with Laurie for Favorite Things and The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays.


March is almost here!  Every post up to the blog party on the 15th will have a give away, and the big giveaway will be on the 15th.    ♣ ♣  Stop in and try your luck!  ♣♣♣

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Blue With A Hint of Egg Roll

I have had this fabric for a tablecloth for a few years, from Walmart.  Never knew exactly what to use with it.

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Blue Willow  it is!

The centerpiece is a vase of fresh baby's breath with a touch of red.

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Chargers are from Noritake outlet, Blue Willow from various grocery stores.  Blue stems are from Dansk as well as the pitcher. Blue place mats are from CTS.

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The  toile napkins are from WSonoma Outlet, great sale, 2 yrs ago. You know my motto, "Anyone can pay retail!"  :)

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Knotted napkin rings are replicas of those very expensive ones, from Cmas Tree Shop, so, very inexpensive, very! 

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Blue and white ceramic tea light holders were 1.00 ea at Home Goods clearance.  The white ruffled serving bowls are from HG also.

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Red flatware by Cambridge from CTS as well as the square white lacey plate and the round blue and white bowl on top.

I hot glued a round dish to the white square dish for dipping sauce and hot mustard. Dh likes the latter, I pass on that!   The blue and white spoons are from Walmart.

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For dinner?  My version of Pork Fried Rice.  Lots of pork, very little oil.

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Cook the rice and cool.  I do mine the night before and refrigerate.

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Saute the cut up the seasoned  pork in a little oil, add onions , garlic, soy sauce, powdered mustard.

In a small amt of oil fry the rice, scallions and 2 beaten eggs.

Add meat mix to the rice mix and continue to cook on low heat.

I add Duck Sauce, Dai Dai, and more Soy Sauce to taste.

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Before serving, sprinkle with  chopped scallions. Serve with Snow Peas.

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Egg Rolls

I ground my own pork,just a piece of pork loin,(that way you can control the amount of fat) cooked it with some minced onions and seasonings.

Egg roll wrappers from the market.

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Fill with the pork mixture, finely sliced scallions and snow peas and shredded cabbage.  Roll and fry.  Drain, and serve with dipping sauces.

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(There several egg roll how to videos on the net if you need a refresher, I did, as I hadn't made them in years!)

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I hope you won't be hungry in an hour!  :)

I am joining Susan for Tablescape Thursday

Gollum for Foodie Friday

Erin at Ekat's Kitchen for Pot Luck Friday.

Suzy at Kitchen Bouquets for Flashback Friday.

I am trying to catch up on your blogs, I have been a little under the weather.

Thanks for visiting!

Don't forget the blog party and give away  here on Mar. 15th.  The showing of the green!

Thanks for all of you have put my button up on your side bar!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

We Are Waiting for the Green!

I know it is too early for this!  I had no intentions of posting this table yet, but this week's entry is half done.

I had to run to the doc, and by the time I got back, the light was gone!

So, I had this one I had never posted.

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I know you are so used to seeing my round  kitchen table, but it has a leaf, so it is also oval. Lots of room for the platter of corned beef and cabbage and bowl of potatoes and carrots and basket of fresh Irish Soda Bread!  :)

I used a white cotton cable knit throw as the cloth.  Green quilted shamrocks for the mats.

Plates from HG last year, and tureens for my Irish Flag Soup are from WSonoma Outlet.

Green Bee glasses from CTS.  The  moss basket is also from CTS and I put a vase with fresh daffodils inside. I put a small Irish flag underneath with an Irish Lass and Lad.

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The ceramic shamrock rings I have had a long time.

table 3463 Have an Irish Coffee before you go, and please mark Mar. 15th on your bloggy calendar so you don't forget the blog crawl here and a give away!  I would love it if you grabbed the button from my sidebar for your blog!

For Foodie and Flashback Friday ...Popovers

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Next week it will be non Irish, but then after that, all bets are off!  :)

Thanks for visiting!

I am joining Susan for Tablescape Thursday and Gollum for Foodie Friday and Suzy at Kitchen Bouquets for Flashback Friday..

Monday, February 14, 2011

Love it or Leave It?

Lynn is having a Gadget Party!  So let's open those drawers clogged with goodies!  :)

I don't think I am a gadget person.  I have kitchen tools, don't know they are considered gadgets though!

Griddler, crock pot, mixers, food processor, those are appliances, right?  So I will try to stick to gadgets.

Some things aren't worth the drawer space!  But just when you throw it out, you find you need it.  :)

A good peeler is a must.  I love the OXO.  I think I learned how to peel potatoes when I was 5, and we would always fight for the sharper of the cheapie metal peelers.

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I like the silicone brushes.  So much easier to clean.

My rubber mallet is used frequently to pound out cutlets, or pork loins so they can be stuffed.

I found the yeast spoon for about 50 cents at WS outlet.  We buy the larger bags of yeast, not the packets, and this measures 1 packet perfectly.

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Microplanes, big and small, and one good for spices as it catches it and it comes with a cover.

Do you have a lemon birdie?  Squeezes out the juice and keeps the seeds inside.  I like a reamer too.

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I have shown this before, it makes a lattice top for pies.

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Of course sil pats, such a help when baking cookies, etc.

This one is for the LEAVE them list.

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I thought it would be good for the gkids sandwiches.

From one of those Home Parties, you can read the name.

I tried it with 3 diff kinds of bread, and it failed each time.

It is supposed to cut and seal at one time.  Forget it!

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Hard to get the sandwich out, and doesn't seal even with just one piece of cheese.  A dud!

I am joining Lynn at in Happier Than a Pig Mud for her Gadgets Party.  Please stop over and see what the other gals like!

Thanks, Lynn, I found a little tool I have  looking for while putting this together!!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Does Your ♥ Go Pitter Patter?

Does your heart go pitter patter when you think of your Valentine?table 1654 Or do you celebrate anti Valentine's Day?

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Some of the younger single teachers I worked with did the latter.  If they weren't in a relationship, they used to have Man Hater Parties.  :)

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They really didn't hate men, just a way for them to have some fun at the expense of the opposite sex!

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A loaf of bread, a jug of wine?

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This Gnarly kind will be just fine!

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We play the game of hugs and kisses...

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If the losses make your spirits droop

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Just have a cup of heart filled soup!

If you  feel you still might cry

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Oh you still don't feel much better?

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Here's a salad with LIPS of feta!

We'll have a party , our diets forsake

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There is always room for cookies and cake!

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The game of love is full of blips,

So please enjoy these candy lips!

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Mmmmmmwah!  Happy ♥ Day everyone!

I am joining Laurie at Bargain Hunting with Laurie for her Valentine Party, The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday and the Heart to Heart Party.

Thank you for visiting!

(The cakes were made with devils food cake and cherry pie filling and a heart shaped cutter.  The cupcake you slice off the top, cut a heart out and put the cherries on and replace the top. My version of Black Forest Cake. I made the candy lips with a mold and pink melts. )

One more thing and then I'll dash...

A heart shaped egg with baked ham hash!  :)

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