Month: August 2016

Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies!! Gluten-Free!

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I found this recipe off Pinterest for Coconut Chocolate Chip cookies and tweaked the recipe a bit as I always do.  The inspiration comes from and her recipe for the Ultimate Chewy Coconut Cookie.  I made these this morning for my lovely co-workers at the hospital where I worked the evening shift and they were a real hit. By changing the flour to gluten-free and adding the chocolate chips I think they are a real crowd or family pleaser. You  should try this recipe out, you will be delighted with the results!


Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies

1/2 cup room temperature butter

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup white sugar

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup gluten-free flour (or regular flour)

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1 1/2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut

3/4 cup mini chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Cream butter and sugars until well mixed, add egg and vanilla.
In separate bowl mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
Add dry ingredients to butter/sugar mixture and mix until all incorporated.  Add coconut and chocolate chips and mix until just combined.
On parchment paper or Silpat pad lined baking sheets place small walnut sized balls about 4 inches apart as these cookies really spread.  Place in oven and bake until edges just begin to brown.  Remove from oven and remove allow to cool for 5 minutes.  Then remove them from paper or Silpat pad and place on cooling racks to continue cooling.  If you allow them to brown more; they will be very crispy; less and they will be more chewy.  Store in a closed container.  Enjoy.  Cheers, Michele

Another Mini Thrift Haul!! With A Great Coupon!

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I recently had a coupon for $10 off $25 dollars spent at Value Village.  The best part about this thrift haul is that I shop at this Value Village a lot and the girl behind the counter and I have chatted before.  My total for the whole bill would have been over $100 but she let me use the coupon 4 times to bring it down to just over $60.  I got some very nice shirts for my husband from Ralph Lauren and Banana Republic as well as a pair of Ralph Lauren pants for his work.  I got some books and movies as well as the following clothes for me.


This top was only $3.99.


This top was $4.99.


But the best find was this Old Navy dress in this gorgeous fuchsia for only $9.99.  Not a big thrift haul for me, but very satisfying none the less.  Cheers, Michele

Fix It Friday!! Dress Refashion!

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I bought this dress for $7.50 at Value Village at the 50% off sale.  I love the print and the fabric, it was just huge on me, but I knew this would be an easy refashion.


As you can see, it was far too large.  A size 28 in fact.  But I knew that I could refashion it very easily.


I turned it inside out and pinned in the sides and the front seams.  I sewed these up to my satisfaction with a long basting stitch and then tried the dress on to see if it fit.  It needed a little adjustment and then I stitched the seam with a proper length stitch, cut off the excess fabric and then zigzag stitched the raw edges to keep them from fraying.


Here is the final result and it fits very nicely now.  A simple fix to a simple problem.  Cheers, Michele

Dotty For Polka Dots!! My Polka Dot Clothing Collection!

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Here is just a selection of my favourite thrifted polka dot finds.  As you can see, I have a real passion for polka dots.  I am always on the lookout for new pieces.

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As you can see I really love navy with white polka dots and black with white polka dots the most.  Do you have a pattern or print that you particularly love?  I just can help myself when it comes to Polka dots.  Cheers, Michele

Potato Salad Nicoise!! Delicious!

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I made this salad recipe to serve with our home made ribs fresh out of my husband’s new smoker.  The ribs were excellent and this recipe was voted a clear winner.  So I thought I would share it.


Potato Salad Nicoise

3/4 pound green beans, trimmed and cut into 2 inch pieces

3 pounds of new potatoes cut into bite size pieces if too large

1/2 small red onion diced small, rinsed and drained

1/4 cup of pitted Kalamata olives, rinsed, drained and chopped small

2 Tbsp drained and rinsed capers chopped small

6 hard-boiled eggs peeled and sliced


2 garlic cloves minced

1/2 cup olive oil

juice of a lemon

3 Tbsp white wine vinegar

1 cup mayonnaise

1 Tbsp Dijon mustard

1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper

dash of Worsteshire sauce

Mix all dressing ingredients well and set aside.  In a large pot, bring salted water to the boil, place green beans in the boiling water and cook for 5 minutes.  With a slotted spoon, remove the beans and place in a bowl of ice water.  Place potatoes in boiling water and cook for 15 minutes til tender when pierced with a knife.  Drain potatoes and place in a bowl.  Cover the hot potatoes with the dressing.  Add the olives, capers and onions.  Allow to cool to room temperature.  Drain the green beans and add them to the potatoes and dressing and mix well.  Top with the sliced eggs.  Serve.  If you are not serving the salad right away, place in the fridge to keep cool.

I hope you enjoy this salad.  Cheers, Michele

A Bit Of A Different Find Of The Day!! A Big Surprise!

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It has been a hell of a day today.  We have had some kind of animal burrowing under out house for the last little while and since we have seen lots of rabbits and squirrels in our yard we thought it was one of those.  But then Katie our eldest daughter saw a groundhog in the yard yesterday, so we figured it was one of those.  So we bought a humane box trap and baited it with vegetables and cooked chicken and put it out.

My husband woke me up this morning and said he saw something in the trap and then went off with the dog for a long walk to leave me to sort it out.  So out I went and here is what I found.


A little skunk!!  He or she was pretty ticked off but luckily I didn’t get sprayed.  I covered the trap with a big plastic bag after tying a rope to the latch of the door and took the whole thing to an open field near my house and let the little guy go.  Be free little stripey friend.  Glad you aren’t living under my house any more.  Hope your weekend was a little less stressful and exciting than mine.  Have you ever had an unpleasant experience with a skunk?  Cheers, Michele

Kat Von D’s Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks Collection Review!!

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So Katie, my eldest daughter, has a rather healthy or some might say unhealthy addiction to makeup.  And one of her favourite brands of liquid lipstick is the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks.  We thought she could share her review of the collection.


Here from left to right are Double Dare, Lovesick, Bow n Arrow, Lolita,   Mother, Melancholia, Armageddon, Backstage Bambi, A-Go-Go, Bachelorette, Outlaw, Nosferatu, Bauhaus, Susperia, L.U.V., Exorcism, Vampira, and Echo.


Here are the swatches of the same colours in the same order from left to right.





Here are lip swatches of two of the colours to show the finishes and colours.

The most popular colours are Bow n Arrow, Lolita and Vampira.  Katie’s personal favourites are Mother and Lovesick.
The darker colours can be patchy and need a second coat applied carefully to avoid streaking and cracking from too thick application.  These liquid lipsticks are dry formula so on dry chapped lips it can enhance the dryness and flakes.  Using a thin layer of a waxy balm can help.  They dry down to a nice matte finish.  They are waterproof but will dissolve with greasy food and heavy application of lip balm or gloss will cause it to rub off.
Summary of this product, more is not more, less applied well is more.  Technique is everything with these liquid lipsticks.  A good oil-based makeup remover is a must for removing these products. All in all, very good products with a wonderful colour pay-off and finish.  Kate and I hope you will try these products out.  Cheers, Michele