A New Thrifted Skirt Wardrobe!! For A New Job!

In continuation of my daughter Kate’s new work appropriate wardrobe I will feature her new skirts.  The tops in the photos are thrifted as well.

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One of the skirts is black leather and another is brown suede.  Again these outfits were all thrifted for at least 50% or 30% off.  Great deals!! What do you think?  Cheers, Michele

Rosacea Is Not Rosy!! Thank You For Your Kind Words!

Recently I posted that I have Rosacea and it is not only damaging to my skin, but it’s appearance and people’s comments about it are damaging to my self-esteem.  I couldn’t believe nor did I expect all the wonderful supporting and encouraging words from the lovely people who read my blog.  I just wanted to take a moment and say thank you to you all that made suggestions of products or treatments to try, shared their own struggles with Rosacea or another skin condition or just sent along love and encouragement.  I am so lucky to have such wonderful people who take the time to read my posts and even comment as well.  So thank you so much, you have no idea how much your kind words mean to me, it has really made my day, week, and month.  THANK YOU!!!  Cheers, Michele

Pavlova For My Niece Cheryl!! Delicious New Zealand Gluten-free Recipe!

My niece Cheryl spent some time in New Zealand and while she was there she tried Pavlova and fell in love with it.  So this past weekend I made this dessert for her.  I tripled the recipe to serve 10 people with a small amount of left overs.  I hope you enjoy this delicious gluten-free dessert.

Pavlova

4 egg whites at room temperature
1 1/4 cups white sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp cornstarch
1 pint of whipping cream whipped with 1/4 cup of sugar and 1/2 tsp of vanilla
4 cups of mixed fresh fruit

Preheat oven to 200 degrees F.  Beat egg whites until soft peaks form, then add sugar and cornstarch in small amounts while beating until meringue is stiff and shiny.  Fold in vanilla and lemon juice.  Line a pizza pan with parchment paper and place the meringue in a mound in the centre.  Spread the meringue out to form a shallow bowl of meringue.  Bake for 1 1/2 hours until meringue is lightly browned and crispy.  Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before peeling off the parchment paper and placing on a large plate.

You can serve this Pavlova with the following lemon/lime curd using up the left over egg yolks.

Lemon Lime Curd

4 room temperature egg yolks
2/3 cup of white sugar
pinch of salt
juice of one lemon
juice of 1 1/2 large limes
zest of one lemon
zest of one lime
1/4 cup of butter cut into small pieces

Place egg yolks and sugar in the top of a double boiler which has about an inch of water in the bottom pot over medium heat.  Whisk for 1 minute and then add the salt, juices and zests.  Whisk continuously until the curd thickens and coats the back of a spoon.  Add butter gradually while whisking.  Remove from heat and allow to cool completely.  Refrigerate and when Pavlova is ready, spread over the cooled meringue before topping with the whipped cream and fresh fruit.

Pavlova is traditionally served with passion fruit purée or chopped kiwis but we had it with berries, melon, banana and fresh pineapple.  It was delicious.  For an extra decadent treat drizzle cooled melted chocolate over the top of the assembled Pavlova before serving.  It can be made into individual Pavlovas by portioning the meringue into the appropriate number of mini meringues.  Reduce the cooking time and keep an eye on them until they are very lightly browned and crisp on the outside.  I hope you enjoy.  Cheers, Michele

Orange I Glad I Thrift!! A Mini Thrift Haul!

I have fallen in love with the colour orange.  I seem to be gravitating towards it more and more in my thrift shopping and today these orange pieces just had to come home with me.  As usual, I had a 30% off coupon card to save the day (and money)!

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This first dress is a wrap dress and will need a little adjustment to fit just perfectly but I love the colour and the print and it was only $9.20 with my discount.  A real steal.

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This coral pink tank top was only $2.10 after discount.

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This beautiful striped sweater makes me think of ice cream and spring time.  It was only $4.20 after discount.

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These two tablecloths were only $2.80 each.  Again with the orange!!  Sorry about the terrible title to this post, but  it is hard to come up with new titles for my thrifting addiction results.  Happy thrifting, Cheers, Michele

La Roche-Posay Rosaliac!! A New Rosacea Treatment!

This past weekend I visited with my husband’s sister and her family at their cottage and had a truly wonderful time.  My sister-in-law, Mary and her daughter’s friend Leslie who are both fabulous people, both recommended that I try the Rosaliac line of La Roche-Posay for my Rosacea and the accompanying symptoms of this condition.

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So I went to Shopper’s Drugmart today and bought two gift sets which each contained a miceller cleanser, and a serum of this line.  One contained the AR Intensive cream and the other contained a sunblock specifically designed for Rosacea.  The gift sets were each $32 dollars which was the same price as each of the AR Intensive cream and the sunblock alone.  So I got some extras for free.  The lovely girl at Shopper’s Drugmart also gave me sample sizes of a CC cream and a serum from this line.  I am going to try the products out for a month and see how they go and I will let you know.  Wish me luck!!! Cheers, Michele

Spicy Green Beans!! Simple and Yummy Recipe!

I have planted my beans and peas in my garden since the soil has warmed up enough.  Hopefully the weather continues to stay warm and I will be eating fresh beans and peas before I know it.  My wonderful daughter Madeline and I are the only ones in our family who love green beans, so this recipe posting is in honour of her.  When my garden is full to the bursting with fresh green beans, this is a great way to eat them up.  Great hot or cold!

Spicy Green Beans

1 Tbsp olive oil

1 pound tender fresh green beans

1 large tomato chopped

3 cloves of garlic finely chopped

1/2 tsp Sirachi sauce

1 tsp balsamic vinegar

red pepper flakes to taste (You can make this as hot as you like)

salt and pepper to taste

In a fry pan heat oil over medium high heat.  Add all ingredients except for green beans.  Simmer til tomatoes soften and a bit of juice forms.  Add green beans and cook til tender crisp.  Add a bit of water if the sauce gets too thick.  Enjoy hot as a side dish or room temperature as a delicious salad.  Hope you enjoy.  Cheers, Michele

More Black Suede and Faux Leather!! Another Thrift Adventure!

I have more than enough leather, faux leather and suede clothing items but I just can’t seem to resist them.  I only found these two items in a recent thrift shop visit.

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This faux leather dress is a little short for me, but I have some faux leather scraps that I will lengthen the skirt with.  It was only $9.99.

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The real find of this trip was this real black suede skirt.  It is made in Canada as well and was only $8.99.
Have a happy and thrifty day.  Cheers, Michele

Why I Loved Brussels!! Travel and Photo Memories!

Brussels, Belgium is one of the most amazing cities.  We went there on our first little trip when we lived in Germany and went back several times after that.  The city has so much to offer but I am afraid that we usually spent most of our time in and around the Grand Platz which is a very old square in the old part of Brussels.  Here are some pictures and memories of the wonderful times we had there.

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The chocolate shops.

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The Tintin shop (One of my personal favourites)

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Mannequin Pis.

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The beautiful buildings.

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The beer stores.

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The moules and frites and the beer.

We had many wonderful times in Brussels and I would love to return again to explore more parts of this beautiful city.  Cheers, Michele

New Tops and Pants!! For A New Job!

We found a number of really cute tops and great pants which only had to have the hems let down on a few to fit my long-legged daughter, Kate.  Luckily for her, she has a mom with a sewing machine.  All of these outfits will be perfect for work.  And only 30% to 50% off all the items.

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Not bad finds!!  Cheers, Michele

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oat Bars!! Gluten-free!

My daughter, Katie and I made these yummy bars for her to take to her future in-laws.  They are very delicious and super easy.  Try them out!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oat Bars

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Line deep baking pan with parchment paper.

3 cups smooth or crunchy peanut butter

3 eggs

2 1/4 cups of light brown sugar

1 1/2 tsps baking soda

3/4 tsp salt

3 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup oatmeal

2 cups of chocolate chips

Mix all ingredients in a bowl until well combined.  Press mixture into baking pan in an even layer.  Bake for 20 minutes.  Remove pan from oven, let cool completely in pan before cutting into squares and eating.  They are good, still warm, with vanilla ice cream though!!  Enjoy.  Cheers, Michele