Month: September 2016

More Thrifted Travel Scarves and Fabric!! 30% Off Mini Haul!

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Don’t forget to enter the giveaway, only two more days left!!  Just subscribe to my blog and send me a message of which prizes you want to be entered to win, the beauty bundles, the book and tea bundles or the complete thrifted outfit!

I picked up a few more vintage travel scarves and some fabric for making a table cloth and some napkins at a recent 30% off day at Value Village.


This vintage scarf is obviously from Paris, but unfortunately the colours do not match my other travel scarf from Paris so I can’t make a top of the two of them together…I will have to keep looking for their matches.  Only $3.50.


This Swiss travel scarf has beautiful bright colours and needs only a plain backing to make a top…I will just have to keep hunting.  It was $1.80.


This maple leaf fabric…about 3 metres…is perfect for a future sewing project to make a table cloth and some napkins for Canada Day next year.  Not bad for only $2.40.  So that’s my mini thrifted haul of scarves and fabric.  Cheers, Michele

Another Beauty Bundle For The Giveaway!!

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Due to so much interest in the beauty bundles for the giveaway and because of the generosity of my daughter Kate, I am adding another beauty bundle to the giveaway prizes.  It will be similar to the ones up top but of course with slightly different contents.  If you are already entered for one of these prizes, your chances of winning just improved.  But if you are not already entered into the giveaway, just subscribe to my blog and send me a message through this post telling me which prize or prizes you wish to be entered to win.  Good luck.  Cheers, Michele

Thank You For Over 10,000 Views!!

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Don’t forget to sign up for the anniversary giveaway, just subscribe to my blog and then send me a note to tell me which bundle of prizes you would like to be entered for.  Giveaway closes September 30th!

When I started this blog a year ago I never thought I would have as much interest in what I tend to ramble on about as I have, so I am completely delighted to have finally reached over 10,000 views on my blog.  I know some bloggers get 10,000 views per day, but this is a pretty big milestone for me and my little blog.  I want to thank all the lovely people who have taken the time to look at and read my blog as well comment and give me encouragement to continue this journey.  Thank you so much.  Cheers, Michele

A Complete Thrifted Outfit For About $20!!

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This was just one thrift store visit and I got a complete thrifted outfit with clothes and accessories for about $20.  Not bad in my books.


This necklace is just my style and was only $3.99.


This sheer top will need to be worn with a camisole, but I love the vibrant orange colour and at only $4.99 it was a steal.


This eyelet white skirt is a perfect summer piece for only $4.99 it is a bargain too.


These shoes a little worn but still in great shape and at only $5.99 they complete the outfit perfectly.
So what do you think of my completely thrifted outfit?  Not bad for around $20.00.

Don’t forget to sign up for the giveaway.  Just subscribe to my blog and send me a comment of which prizes you would like to be entered for.

Cheers, Michele

Aloo Gobi!! Cauliflower And Potato Curry!

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I have been craving Aloo Gobi which is a simple vegetable curry for a while now and so I finally bit the bullet and made some.  It is so yummy and comforting.  I got new potatoes and a cauliflower on the discount table at my local fruit and veg store so this is a very cheap meal.  You can add meat or chickpeas to the recipe to make it a whole meal, but we are having it with tandoori spice rubbed chicken breasts off the BBQ!  Yummy.  Serve it with rice and naan bread if you have it and you have a super simple supper.  Hope you try it.


Aloo Gobi

1 small head of cauliflower cut into small flowerettes

2 pounds of potatoes cut into bite size pieces

1 large bunch of fresh cilantro, leaves and stems separated and finely chopped

1 tbsps of vegetable oil

2 onions cut into small pieces

3 large cloves of garlic finely minced

2 inch piece of ginger finely minced

3 small hot chilis finely minced

2 tsps of tumeric

2 tsps of cumin

2 tsps ground coriander seed

1 tsp curry powder

1 tsp salt

1 large 16 oz tin of crushed tomatoes

2-3 cups of water, vegetable or chicken stock

2 cups frozen peas

In a large pot heat oil over medium heat.  Add the onions and cook until translucent.  Then add chilis, garlic, ginger and the finely minced stems of the cilantro.  Stir til slightly cooked.  Add potatoes and cauliflower, spices and salt and stir well to coat the vegetables.  Add can of tomatoes.  Then cover the vegetables with as much stock or water as it takes to just cover.  Simmer over medium  to low heat for 30 minutes. Check the potatoes and cauliflower and add the frozen peas.  Cook for another 30 minutes until liquid reduces.  This may take longer depending on the size of your pot.  Once ready sprinkle with the chopped cilantro leaves and serve with steamed rice.  Perfect delicious and easy vegetarian meal or side dish. But like I said, you can add chicken or chickpeas to add some protein.  Hope you try it.  Cheers, Michele

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The Savoy Brasserie Ottawa!! Restaurant Review!

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For my birthday on Saturday we went to the Savoy Brasserie here in Ottawa to celebrate.  I love this restaurant very much, the food is always stellar, the service is very good and I love the atmosphere.  So I thought I would review our latest visit to this wonderful place.

My husband Will, our daughter Katie and her boyfriend Chris went with me to celebrate and so the company was terrific to begin with.We were seated by the window so we could do some people watching, which reminds me of our time in Europe and how much fun people watching is while enjoying delicious food.  We enjoyed some delicious cocktails while we waited for our food.

I had already checked out the menu on-line to figure out my main dish, but I already had a good idea what I wanted because the type of dish I wanted is one of my favourite ways to eat.


We ordered 40 raw oysters and 20 large prawns to share for starters.  Will ordered the moules and frites (mussels with French fries and garlic aioli) in a beer, blue cheese and lardons sauce.  He was very nice and shared with me.  Katie ordered the vegetable tartar and a risotto.  Chris ordered the deconstructed grilled Caesar salad.


I got a chaucutarie which had smoked duck, house made pate and foie gras.  It was so amazingly yummy.  After all that terrific food we were too full for dessert, but I can tell you from previous experience that the desserts are decadent and delicious.

We all enjoyed our dinner very much, the service was excellent and the atmosphere was delightful, not too noisy that you couldn’t have a great conversation over food.  It is an expensive restaurant, but you certainly get what you pay for, the quality of the food is very good as is the service.  Certainly a special occasion type of place.  But if you go during Westboro (the name of the neighbourhood that the Savoy is in) hour, oysters and prawns are only $1 each from 3:30 til closing every day.  So if you are into oysters and prawns and other appetizers, with a beer included, it is a reasonable and delicious meal option.

If you live in the Ottawa area, I definitely recommend that you try this restaurant out.  I give it 5 stars!!  Cheers, Michele

Giveaway Entry Rules!!

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I have had a lot of lovely response to the giveaway that I am hosting on my blog to celebrate my one year anniversary.  But some people have put their names in without completing the entrance guidelines.  In order to complete your entry you must do two things:

  1. Subscribe or be subscribed to my blog
  2. Send me an email to tell me which or all of the prizes you wish to be entered for.

Just do those two things and you are entered in the giveaway.  Cheers, Michele