Monday, April 30, 2012

Meatless Monday - Slo Cooker Lentils

I remember when my mom would make pot roast with carrots and potatoes in her slow cooker. I would come home from school and the house would be filled with the yummy smell. The dog must have hated those days, having to be around that smell and not be able to eat it.

Slo Cooker..... not a crock pot!
Her slow cooker was orange and ugly. I never much paid attention to it. Until just about a month ago we were talking an she stated if I found one like it she would like it. Hers broke and she preferred he slow cooker type, one that sets in the base, not in.

Well I found one. For $5 in Palos Verdes. Exact color and everything and of course I had to try it out. But not with pot roast and carrots. I made sloppy lentils, like sloppy joes but vegan. 

How cool is this thing? 

Sloppy Lentils
adapted from fatfreevegan

1 medium-size yellow onion, chopped
1 small red or green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 1/2 cups dried brown lentils, picked over and rinsed
One 14.5-ounce can crushed tomatoes
3 cups water
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon prepared mustard
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper

Add all to crock pot or slow cooker. Stir.   Cover and cook on Low (Mine was on 3)  for 8 hours. Serve on buns.
Serves: 4 to 6

Slo Cooker: sits on, has metal pot

Now remember crock pots/slow cookers temps may vary from appliance to appliance.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Comparing prices -Early American

Early American 404. Brown with a gold pattern on it depicting a rooster, corn, coffee grinder thingie....

Salvation army thrift store: $15.00

St. Vincent DePaul thrift store: $8.99

Long Beach Antique Mall :$35.00 (with small bowl as a set)

All same condition, no chips, no cracks, shiny and pretty!
Even though the last one is a set, still high for EA, at least for what I would pay. Bowls generally  went for $20 or more that this mall.

Lesson: Shop around for common pieces. 

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Random pictures

Wordless Wednesday
Random Pictures that occupy my phone (instagram style)


Glendale, CA slide

Soy sauce disaster


Monday, April 23, 2012

Meatless Monday - NONE

No Meatless Monday today. I've been in a funk and nothing sounds good to eat so I have been having quick dinners like tuna fish and Ramon for the past week.

Except THM did ask on Friday of last week for me to make pie.

He ran up to the cookbooks and said, "come here, I show you the book of pie."

Only my child would know what cookbook is the pie book. He wanted a strawberry pie. Now I do not like strawberry pie so I found a recipe in the "green" cookbook. It is Americans Woman's Cookbook. I found it at a used book store many many years ago. And the funny thing is my mom has the same one. It is 856 pages and was published around 1954.

We made Strawberry Chiffon Pie on page 601. It is a variation of the Orange Chiffon pie.

It has a cereal flake crust. I had no clue what kind of crust that was so I had to look it up.

Cereal Flake crust
1 c. crushed  crisp rice cereal 
1/4 c. sugar 
6 tbsp. butter, melted

Combine crushed  crisp rice cereal  with sugar and melted butter; toss to thoroughly combine. Press mixture firmly into a 9" pie plate. Chill 1 hour or until firm.
Chiffon pie was new to me also. It comes out sorta like a very firm meringue. It was yummy. 

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Pyrex I didn't Buy

Warning: I didn't buy any of this. Very sad.

I went into SA on my lunch hour one day this week. I found an awesome set.

Horizon. A 2.5 quart and a 1.5 quart.  No chips or cracks. Great color. Not so awesome price. $24.00 for the large and $15 for the smaller. REALLY? at SA? Come on. Yeah I have spent maybe that much on a set, but I normally buy on 40% off day. Still I didn't think these were worth the price even with 40% off coupon in my purse (on 1 item).  If it was an antique store maybe, but I rather save my money for something I totally love. And of course I don't want to break up a set. Maybe if they go to 50% off or they sit there for another 2 weeks. Then I know they will come down on price if someone hasn't grabbed them. Plus I am just too cheap some days. (went back to look again and someone grabbed em up. Good for them!)

The same day I came across this one at a little thrift store by my house. I already have an Early American divided, but in white. I don't like this pattern enough to buy another. Plus I think I have 5 divided and I don't need anymore. But for $7 it is a good deal here in SoCal.

Another day another Salvation Army.  Why oh why do they price DWD so high? The Green Guy was priced at 6.99. And then the hard to find pieces are sorta just priced the same?  The Opal (not marked) was 12.99. Really? Come on guys get it freaking together!

And on Friday I saw this poor DWD extreme at Salvation Army for $6.99.  It is the pattern of Square flowers if you couldn't tell. SA had nothing that day except for this. I saw another lady looking at it. She also declined to purchase it.

Sometime weeks of treasure hunting just don't go in my favor. That is okay, I can also window shop the antique mall and dream and get idea of what NOT to pay.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Colorful Stuff

Wordless Wednesday
Colorful Stuff that occupies my house

Fake Vomit

Laundry soap

Dog bed I made

Beer clock

Monday, April 16, 2012

Meatless Monday - Spring Blossom

Breakfast for dinner? You bet. Sometimes meatless Monday's are thrown together. And when I cannot think of anything I make breakfast. Because breakfast can be filling and requires no meat. I made a banana strawberry oatmeal.

Baked Oatmeal with Strawberries & Banana
adapted from:
  • 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon Chinese five spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped almonds
  • 1 cup sliced strawberries
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 ripe banana, peeled, 1/2-inch slices
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F and generously spray the inside of a 10-1/2 by 7 inch baking dish with cooking spray and place on a baking sheet.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the oats, sugar, baking powder, orange zest, Chinese five spice, salt, half the almonds, and half the strawberries. (Save the other half of strawberries and almonds for the top of the oatmeal). In another large bowl, whisk together the milk, egg, butter and vanilla extract.
  3. Add the oat mixture to prepared baking dish. Arrange the remaining strawberries and almonds. Add the banana slices to the top then pour the milk mixture over everything. Gently shimmy/shake the baking dish to help the milk mixture go throughout the oats.
  4.  Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until the top is nicely golden brown and the milk mixture has set. For an extra tasty top, sprinkle a tablespoon or so of extra brown sugar on top then place back in the oven under the broiler and broil for 20-30 seconds. Serve warm with an extra sprinkle of sugar or drizzle of maple syrup.

Now both THH and I agreed it had too much orange flavor. I don't think I will be making this again, but I made it because I had a ton of strawberries to use it and had most everything in the cabinet already.

We also had toast. The toast fit perfectly in the spring blossom medium size refrigerator dish. And the butter dish is a main piece in our everyday life. I use real butter. Not margarine. (Margarine grosses me out). 

Don't you love this little thing?
Tupperware sugar container.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Nasty dirty lasagna pan

Some people think I am crazy. (that is an understatement).  I am sure the guy at goodwill thought so when I bought this pan.

 Man was it gross. Well gross isn't enough ick to describe it. For 5.99 though I knew I could clean it up. It took some elbow grease but I did get it parking clean. This dish was well loved by someone. I am sure that it was donated with a bunch of old lady stuff because no one would donate this piece if it was one of their most used pices and it sure looked that it was used for Sunday lasagna every Sunday since it was bought some 50 years ago.                                                                                                                                                                                              

I'm thinking someone cleaned out an estate and it was donated. Lucky for me.

This is the progress I had made after an hour of scrubbing it. It can come clean!
I used bar keepers friend. My arm hurts. I posted a picture on flicker and someone suggested oven cleaner. Now I know people have used oven cleaner but I hate the fumes and I hate wearing gloves, but this pan was nasty and needed the max. I went to the dollar store and grabbed a can of oven cleaner. 

Still took me about another hour to get it to look like this:

See goodwill guy, I'm not crazy! Clean and pretty. And my favorite color!

I also got a lid and cradle (lid didn't even go with the cradle, wrong size. But they were taped together) And a smaller lid for a Cinderella casserole.

Saturday, April 14, 2012


Another thing THH doesn't hate, but he hates the carafes. Well he does like the stove top one.

A month ago or so I ran across the outside parts of a 9 cup Pyrex Coffee percolator. I wished it had the insides. I knew I would never just find the insides so sadly I left it there. I then thought to myself and did look on ebay for one. Holy crap do you know how much those things go for? Average price about $35 plus shipping. Now I am NOT paying that much.

I went to a thrift store down the road. AIDS thrift Shop, they support the Gay and Lesbian community here in LBC and run a medium size shop at cheap prices. I found this small Carafe for $2. No lid, nothing, but I love it for say... chocolate syrup.

 Anchor Hocking/Fire-King (both names are on the bottom) mugs I picked up for 50 cents a piece.

Then on Friday 3/30 I did my afternoon trip to Salvation Army. I like to shop on way home if I have a free minute or two. And knowing I couldn't go the next day as I was going out of town to go bowling with my brother I really wanted to stop. Glad I did.

As I was walking through the housewares I spotted this.

I ran to it. Complete, the handle, the insides. THE LID! turn it around to look for a price. No crap $5.99. I about died right then and there. I had to call THB. To say the least she is the most happiest because he hates we don't have a coffee pot. Now I do. I spent a good 15 minutes on the phone, telling here what I was seeing and trying a few handheld mix masters out for her.

It works!!!!!

Then I spotted this. All the piece's there. This thing is cool. Who wouldn't want their own little coffee pot at a small dinner party. Needless to say the $6.00 price tag was a good sight and it happily came home with me.

Who wants to have a small dinner party to use the cool little carafes with me?

But I am still overly in love with the Pyrex percolator. Even THH was happy about this one. And to top it off, they were 30% off making the Percolator $4.20 and the Set $4.90. Do a little happy dance with me.

THM and I bowling, and me doing my "yes" face

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Weird Stuff

Wordless Wednesday
weird stuff that occupies my house


Glass grapes


Monday, April 9, 2012

Meatless Monday - Autumn Harvest

Ambrosia salad - a fruit salad named in the 1970s after the watergate scandle. My grandmother used to make this. My mother made it like once. Now it is my turn. Who cares it is nice out and I used Autumn Harvest. I like it, sorta.

Meatless Monday took on a very retro vintage type feel. That was the goal. I made simple items more for a child's lunch than a dinner. Egg salad, ambrosia, and chips (notice we love Doritos here. LOL) were the perfect combo for a stress filled Monday, after a hard days work.

All 3 a reminder of the simpler times without Internet, without cell phones and without me. I wasn't even born until 1985. Plus I love that egg salad reminds me of Pee Wee Herman. I've seen Pee Wee's Big Top over a hundred times, because THM loves it! I do too. Now the meal may of not been the healthiest but it hit the spot, and I had left overs for breakfast. BONUS!

This set was picked up at a tiny salvation army in Los Angeles. THM and I went up to were THH works and stopped at 2 thrift stores that day. Having never been to this one, that took 20 minutes to get to but was only 5 miles from the office, I didn't know it was metered parking. I had a nickel. It gave me 5 minutes. I don't think I've ever thrfted something so fast. And THM even found a dinosaur. And we had 1 minute left when we got back to the car. I paid $6 for all 3. Sweet deal.

My grandma made that table runner.  She is awesome.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Not so normal Easter.

Easter usually is ham, potatoes, green beans and deviled eggs. Not this year.

 My Mother in law is visiting and we spent the day at the beach and the park. Still a little cold to play in the water but THM managed to get soaked. And we all are a little red from too much sun.

Instead of traditional dinner (since we don't celebrate Easter in a religious way we sorta winged everything this year) we had hamburgers, green beans, watermelon and for dessert: strawberry shortcake. Homemade strawberry shortcake. It was all yummy.

  I used Butterprint, Spring Blossom & a yellow hostess for serving.

 I asked THH to clean the green beans. I then see this from the kitchen.

Caught using Pyrex! Ha!

Old Orchard and A FireKing 8 inch cake pan

Butterprint and yummy strawberries
 I love cooking with Pyrex. Everything is so nice and colorful. Happy Easter from Treasure Hunter and family.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

My mother

Bahaha. No THH doesn't hate my mother. Actually we are lucky enough to live across the country from her. See I love my Ma. She is awesome. But if we are together for more than 2 weeks we tend to try to kill each other. So living this far away we have an amazing relationship. And she can not be a Monster in Law to THH.

 (L to R) THB1, THB, TTH, THM

Pictures are one of my most treasured items. They tell stories. Relive memories and give you a glimpse into the past. Look at that lovely wallpaper. What were my grandparents thinking? How big can a cake for a 4 year old be? How much do I freaking look like my mom? We should give her a name. THB  (Treasure Hunter Bitch) I love you mom, keep the awesome pictures coming.
I wonder if this is the cake my grandma stuffed a bunch of Barbie stuff into for her one year. How cool was my grandma?

Speaking of my awesome THB....  She gave me my very first piece of Pyrex. It was when I moved out of her house. I don't know why she gave it to me, I think because she had 2 big bowls and only needed one. Well for years that bowl has been the "mashed potatoes bowl" at Thanksgiving. I use it for making cakes and displaying fruit. See the beautiful yellow/orange bowl, it makes me hungry.

Not until a few weeks ago doing some digging around did I find out that it is a Chip and Dip set bowl. Named "Pineapple Party"! Can I just tell you how in love I am.  Yes my first piece ever is a not to easy  to find chip bowl.  I told THH if I die tomorrow he can get rid of all my pretty Pyrex except for that one bowl.   And she totally supports my Pyrex habit. I just got this in the mail from her. Yes, she knits and is awesome at it!