Sunday, September 13, 2015

What I Wore (Vintage Edition)

It's a well established fact that I'm a hoarder.  (I'm really trying to work on that.)  There's just about nothing I can think of that isn't safe.  As in, my love knows no bounds.

I read that Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up book.  And no magic happened.

My master plan says I'll get it under control if we ever buy another house.  I won't pack anything that doesn't "spark joy."  I think that's a great idea!  Purge as I pack?


I did attempt to purge some clothes recently.  In my attempts, I came across this skirt, purchased on Etsy over two years ago.   This skirt hung out in my virtual cart forever, until one day, I finally took the plunge......

It arrived, and I loved it!  It fit perfectly.  The condition was great.  But then it went to live in my closet for two years.  What is wrong with me?

Luckily, I caught that bout of the purge-bug and rediscovered this beauty.  She went to work last week, paired with a simple white tee and some (also forgotten) red flats.

You can be sure that I won't forget about her again!

Linking up with:  Still Being Molly & Pleated Poppy

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Thrifting Frenzy

Last weekend, the thrifting fairies were on my side..........

I haven't had a haul like this since the end of June!  This was all from just two shops!

Now the hard part will be deciding what to keep!  I think the chair is here to stay.  I mean, look at the back of it!  I have added the magazine rack, tray, and crewel pieces to my booth already, so I'm not hoarding it all.

Other recently gifted or thrifted items have made it to Relics too.......

It's been a good summer for the booths!  This little hobby is so fun, and I'm thankful that it has been a successful venture!

Now, who wants to buy an ancient building downtown for me to fill with vintage?  I'd love you forever!!!!!!!

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Saturday, August 8, 2015

Chicken Vegetable Pesto Tortellini

Instagram is my favorite of all the social media outlets.  There is such a sense of community on Instagram.  You truly build relationships with people!  Mostly because you find folks with similar interests.  You banter and share!  You become friends. You meet in real life!  I love it!

But this post isn't just about Instagram.  It's also about food!

A friend posted a photo of her dinner on Instagram, and I just had to have the recipe!  Next thing you know, I'm getting all domestic.  Thank you, Bethany!!!

Chicken Vegetable Pesto Tortellini 

2-3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
16 oz package of frozen cheese tortellini
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 clove of pressed garlic
1 teas. Italian seasoning
1/3 cup of sliced mushrooms
1/2 cup of chopped zucchini 
1/2 cup of chopped squash 
1/3 cup of diced red pepper 
1/3 cup of cream cheese
jar of pesto
shredded mozzarella

Slice the raw chicken breasts into thin, bite size strips.  Sear the chicken in olive oil, garlic, and Italian seasoning over medium heat.

Begin cooking the tortellini as directed on the package.  Set aside.

When the chicken is almost cooked through, add all of the vegetables.  Saute the veggies as the chicken finishes cooking.  Add the cream cheese, stirring often, so it coats the veggies and chicken.

Plate a serving of tortellini.  Add a serving of chicken and veggies on top of the tortellini.  If desired, drizzle pesto over everything and sprinkle with mozzarella!

This will result in about four servings.  It would be very easy to adjust amounts to increase servings.  Oh, and it is very good leftover!!!

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Moral of the story, Instagram is the best for lots of reasons.  Thanks again, Bethany for sharing!  

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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Cranberry Pork Loin (crock pot style)

Missouri seasons are fickle.  If you don't like the weather, just wait a day or two.  We go from beautiful summer skies to days of rain.  Temps in the 90's to 75 degrees.  Swimsuits to cardigans.

Right now, we are in the middle of quite a few days of rain.  Cardigan weather.  Because 75 degrees is chilly!

And all of that has me dragging out the crock pot.

I love a good crock pot recipe, and boy did I find one!  (Thank you Pinterest!)  This recipe combines some unexpected ingredients that I never would have paired together........

Pork loin doused in cranberries?  YES!  ALL THE YESES!  I've made it twice in the last few weeks.  And you should too.......

Cranberry Pork Loin
(original source:  Julie's Eats and Treats)

3 lb pork loin
14 oz can of jellied cranberry sauce
1/2 cup of cranberry juice
1/2 cup of sugar
1 teas. mustard
1/2 teas. ground cloves
2 tbsp. cornstarch
2 tbsp. water

In a medium bowl, combine the jellied cranberry sauce, cranberry juice, sugar, mustard, and cloves.  Put the pork loin in a large crock pot, and pour the cranberry mixture over the loin.  Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours.  

Remove loin from crock pot.  It should shred easily, if it's done.  Set aside.....

Pour all the liquid from the crock pot in a saucepan.  Bring liquid to a boil over medium heat.  While you are waiting for it to boil, combine the water and cornstarch in a separate bowl.  Add to the liquid once it's boiling.  Stir until the liquid thickens.  It will serve as the gravy!

Whip up some mashed potatoes as a side, and cover everything with the gravy......

Unexpected taste explosion.  The leftovers are great too.

So, if you are also experiencing fall-in-the-summer, drag out the crock pot for this easy, tasty dinner!  Then come back and tell me how much you loved it!

Linking up with:  

Make-Ahead Meals for Busy Moms

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Thrifting Frenzy

Between yard sales and thrift shops, summer hunting has been great!  I even have a friend who knows what I like, and she found some goodies for me recently!  I really appreciate that, as she has helped keep my stock of suitcases flowing!  And another friend who is moving GAVE me some items that were once in her Etsy shop.  I have some really great friends.

All this free time has me making frequent trips to the booth!  It is packed with summer clothing, pitchers for tea or lemonade, and lots of afghans for picnics........

I am really working on purging........not hoarding, so I am proud to say that all of these finds are already in the booth or have sold!!!

I sure love this silly hobby of mine.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

What I'll Wear (to the pool)

School's out for summer!

It has officially been one week.  And while the weather here has been fickle ~ mostly gray, rainy days ~ I am confident that June will take a turn for the better!

So because I know we'll have sun and blue skies soon, I decided to get ready!  That meant a new swimsuit.....

top  //  bottoms

I wanted a bit of a retro feel, so I went with high-waisted bottoms and a top with a wide band.  And polka-dots.  Polka-dots are retro, right?

And speaking of retro, I still have last year's splurge that I plan to wear too!

I just need a new hat.

So summer, bring on the heat wave!  I'm waiting!

Follow my summer adventures on Instagram!

Linking up with:  Shanna Said So & The Pleated Poppy

Monday, May 18, 2015

Thrifting Frenzy

A summer themed round of thrifting in honor of five more school days!

Pink quilts are summery!  I think I am leaning toward selling it..........perfect for summer picnics!

A child's size aluminum lawn chair (alllll the heart eyes) and watering can (already in the booth)!  Can't pass up a cute cross-stitch either!

And not really summery, but definitely appropriate for the end of the school year......COFFEE!!! 

These jars are marked "Triomphe ~ Made in France" on the lids.  They already made it to the booth.  Annnd they'll be 10% off through the end of May!

Now to make it to next Tuesday at 3:30.

Then.........SUMMER VACATION BEGINS!!!!!!!


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