Friday, March 28, 2014

Christmas for my Birthday!

So I am 29 now.  Scary that I have less than a year until I am 30.  It was a great birthday. I got a new swim suit (below).  I also got a little bit of pyrex I have been eyeing at the antique mall.

43 lbs lost and counting! How cute is this suit?
 Happy 29th birthday to me.
I feel fantastic! 

First hubby got me some new heavier weights. I needed those. The 5 lb ones were not cutting it anymore. He also got me a band so I can do the back exercises. Oh and he got me cake. Nice combo right? lol I can work off that cake.

My mom made me a new nightgown and bought me this at the antique mall. It is a called "designs"  They made this patten in a weird shape (no other patten ever came in this shape) and only 2 sizes. A large and a small.

The Pyrex people have coined it "Yoga Butts" I love it.  I found the smaller one.  I need a place to display it. I like it that much.

For myself I bought me the 404 Gold Leaf  promo mixing bowl. I had the cradle. So happy to reunite this guy back with his friends and my house. It is minty minty! not one mark on it.

I have the 3 Holiday promos that came with cradles and are red. Might have to have a Christmas party this year. use them and my Tom and Jerry sets.

Merry Birthday!!!!

And did you know they make a stove top toaster? I had no clue until THB went to make toast today and asked where my toaster was. Ummmmm……..

1st toaster we had stopped working ($10 k-mart cheapie)
2nd toaster I splurged and got a nice stainless steel looking one. Then promptly toasted my bluetooth headset. Thank you THM for putting it in there.
3rd toaster I just replaced the stainless steal one. It broke, under warranty.
4th was the replacement toaster. It bit the dust too. I opted not to get another if they kept breaking.
5th one I got at a thrift. It was green. It held 4 slices. It caught fire. I burnt my hand. I used it maybe 3 times.

5 toasters.  I decided no more toasters. Until today.

I told THB I would just use the broiler. Except sometimes it takes my oven 10 minutes to even turn on. And I have to light the back burner. What can I say I do not have good luck with appliances. (I don't even own a microwave). She said "why not get a stove top toaster.

What the hell is a stove top toaster? I must know as I raced to the computer.  I google "stove top toaster."

A $4 divice for camping. They use propane stoves. Or gas stoves. $4???? Amazon I love you. So I ordered one right then and there. It stores flat and I won't have to waste the energy on my broiler. When it comes I will video it doing it's job and we can see if it works.

Treasure Hunter Mini and Treasure Hunter Bitch.
THM got Star Citizen at his school for the month! 

My life may be changed today.

Birthday Pyrex

Monday, March 24, 2014

Slim Pickens but a Pixie!

So it is my Birthday week! I have plans to go thrifting all Thursday. Maybe hit up an antique store or two. My mom is coming so we will go to the flea market Sunday. I am also going to eat Koegels hotdogs and stuff my face.

Saturday I had a few minutes to run over to my local thrifts. Nothing much. A butter print 502. I already have two but for $2 I picked it up. It was nasty dirty so it got a nice long soak in the sink.

Cleaned up nice with some soap and water

Other thrifts didn't have much. So I hit up some antique stores to browse. They are expensive so I never come home with much, if anything at all. But much luck was strong today. Managed it to pick up a single Pixie. I've seen a few here before and the lady wants $35 a pop. I think she secretly wants them for herself. Or she is knob. Anyways I found this little dude in a tiny both way in the back. at a super cheap price for a pixie. $4. I know right!!!

Maroon.  came to find out this little dude is hard to find! 

Pyrex Tableware. 

I also grabbed this guy from the elements of nature at the outside section. Same booth as the $35 a pop pixies. But she had this guy on sale. He was dirty and alone. I felt bad for him. So I scooped him up and brought him to his nice new home along with the others.  He can gossip about the knob lady with all the other Pyrex in the cabinet.

All in all not a too bad of a day. Glad I came home with something. I also got my cradles that are not on display up on the wall so THH doesn't run into them anymore. And I kept them in the kitchen as requested.  He underestimates my organizational skills. I am a pro.

I hope I didn't offend anyone calling the lady, hell it could be a man, a knob. Im just saying that $35 for 1 verde pixie makes me shake my head and wonder about the booth owner.

My "haul"  LOL

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Pink Square Baker

Ok So I am falling behind. And I told you I would tell you this story.

2 Saturdays ago I ran over to SA. Good Ole SA.  It was 40% off day. I wasn't expecting to find anything because they have been cleared out for a while. So I go in. I find a lonely Autumn Harvest 403. Look in at my album on my phone to see if I have it (yes it has gotten hat bad). I didn't. So I grabbed it.  Walked around for a while and nothing else caught my eye. Then I grabbed this FireKing duel casserole stand and dishes. It was marked at $50 but with a red 50% written on it.  I took it up to the counter to nicely ask if it would also be an extra 40%. She said nope.

Already washed and put away with the other 403s

Then the girl asked me if I had seen the pink sure dish she put out earlier? No I did not. We both went over and looked. Someone picked it up. She told me that she hadn't rang anyone up with it.  I grabbed my bowl and started to stalk. I looked everywhere, I started peeking in peoples carts.  Then there it was, on the bottom of a pile of dishes in a ladies cart. OMG a square baker in pink. She must have gotten to it first.

THH ran into it last night because I had it on the floor in the kitchen.
 A while ago he told me to keep the dishes in the kitchen, so it was his own fault. 

Anyone that loves Pyrex knows the "walk-n-stalk".  For you that do not it is where you casually follow someone and hope they put whatever they have back on the shelf. I do not steal out of peoples carts. carts are off limits. I staled her through clear glass, then to bric a brac, then she headed back over to collectables. I stood at the counter telling the cashier she had it. And I was trying to get the price down on the FireKing.  I kept watching her out of the corner of my eye. The cashier noticed I was stalking her. She laughed and we had a good giggle over my technique.

Then… wait for it…… I see it in her hand.  WHAT WAS SHE DOING? Then she carefully sets it down.  My heart races.  The cashier looks at me.  I do my "walk really fast but don't be noticeable" kind of run. I swiped that pink off that table like a baby falling off the couch. Smooth!

So happy, it even got an "in the car" picture! 

As I walked back to the counter I raised it in my hand and did the victory wave it in the air. At this point I could care of the cart lady saw me. It is mine. All Mine. I saw in her cart a yellow 503.

My question? 

Needless to say I was the winner. I also got the Firkeing for an even more reduced price than marked. I am good like that.

I wish I had a camera around to film myself. It must be a riot  to watch.

Oh and here is the fun thing I saw at St. Vincent's about an hour later.

It is a lamp, they wanted $12.99. They are on crack too. 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Pyrex I Didn't Buy - 12

Lots I did not buy over the last month. Something needs to pop up that I want and do not have.

Autumn Harvest 475
SA, Long Beach, CA

I have this. Duh. But they wanted way too much. I think this would be the number one reason I don't come home with much these days. Prices are awful.

Early American 471
SA, Long Beach, CA

A while ago I got the same dish, at the same store for like $3. Then I walk in and see this. I hate that the stores have been turned onto it and think just because it is a certain brand that they can jack up the prices. 

Opal Divided Dish
SA, Long Beach, CA

Look closely. They redid the price. Origionally they wanted $12.99 for it. It sat there that long and then got transferred to a different store where it got marked down. I saw this on Feb. 26th. As of March 5th it was still there.  Someone won;t even buy it on 40% off day. They should take a note.
Butterfly Gold Corelle
SA, Costa Mesa, CA

This store has not caught on to corelle patterns that match the Pyrex ones. Now I have never found Pyrex at this store. But to me this is a good deal for all of it. But I do not collect this pattern. So I left it for someone who would give it a good home. I am getting way better at not buying everything just because. 

So in 1 month I saw very little. So sad.  My mom is coming out this month and we will be heading to the flea market to do a little shopping. Hopefully there is something out there I want.

I do have a story for you I will share it Friday. We can all shake our heads at a lady here. 

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Doily - Pretty Blue!

I am back.  Where have I been? I took some time off to focus on myself and my family.  I am down a total of 38.6 lbs. I have a sparkling clean house. I am working on the science fair project my kid wanted to do and I have been spending time with THH whenever I can.

Now this does't mean I haven't gone thrifting. I have. Not as much as I normally do, but I have gone out a few times. Slim pickens here.

One day I did manage to find this doily bottom.

Now I Knew I had seen the lid for sale somewhere. I couldn't remember if I saw it online or in person.  I messages my pyrex lady on Facebook thinking i saw it at her house in her sell pile. She did have it. And sold it to me. While I was there I found the Forest Fancies 472 that I needed to complete my set. So I killed 2 birds with one stone!

I also found this really awesome rack. I don't know what it is supposed to be used for but I got it to hold  my pie plates. They look awesome on my counter. The little dividers bend so I can fit them all. I need more pretty colors. So much pink there!

One thing I did work on while I was on a  break was a quilt for THM. It is a mix of IKEA fabric and random bits and bobs of fabric I had around. It goes perfect in his room. It has to be one of my favorite quilts I have done. It turned out perfect.

So I didn't buy much, but there was a ton I did not buy. Check that out this weekend. THH is filming a playstation commercial so I have lots of time on my hands this weekend.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014


I have been so bust lately I almost forgot about you.

Here is what I have been up to:

1. working out. I have lost 32.4 Lbs so far. I am eating healthy. I am moving my body!

2. I have been working on a gift for a friend. I cannot say what it is because I know she reads this. I finished it and will be giving it to her this weekend, then I will share it with you.

3. I have been searching for work. Like real work. ugh

But anyways I have also been thrifting a few times.  I have been coming up with very little. I have managed to get a few things.

First I found this red 402. Finially! I found one a few weeks back it poor thing was DWD. This one is nice and shiny. A few scratches but still a good one for a red. My blue is in sad shape but it works for now.

Last weekend I had to run out for something at the thrift store for my friends gift. I also found my first flame glow. They go from orange to red. Very pretty in person. I like the look of them. They are very pretty in person. Pictures do not do these justice. (I did find what I originally went for too)

I also found a cheap woodland 404 that was with the flame glow.  I like woodland. I like brown. Win for me.

Then I was in a different city on Monday. I ran into SA really quick. They normally have their Pyrex really high if they have any. Well they did have something I wanted. Something I have been searching for. A Spring Blossom 664. The BEAST! I asked for a discount because it was higher than normal than I like to pay. They gave me one. Then I ran to my car and did a little happy dance!!!

Do  happy dance with me! All I need to finish off my Spring Blossom collection is the loaf pan. Come to me loaf pan, come to me!

I won;t stay away so long next time. Maybe I will bring back Meatless Mondays. Until then Happy Hunting.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Dying a slipcover

I have a thing for furniture. I always have. I used to change my bedroom furniture constantly. My mom had this big garage type thing with a "bonus room" up top.  This is were I would put up furniture and hang out in the summer. It also stored all the random furniture she would collect. Lets see we had bunk beds, a twin size bookcase style bed, a day bed, a cannon ball full size bed and a trundle bed. I became a pro at taking the beds from the garage and through the house. I could carry them downstairs, outside, into the house, up the stairs and into my room.

As an adult I still have this thing for furniture. Luckily my budget does not allow what I really want for the dining room because THH would kill me. Our china cabinet weighs a ton and we have only ever moved it once.

We have had 2 beds. I currently love out Ikea frame and mattress. Plus is is HUGE.

But have never found a couch I like. We have had a small love seat, a futon, a sectional and then took pieces of the sectional and made a small couch. I always buy used or get for free. I was sick of our sectional. So I gave it to a friend and found a simple Ikea Hagalund on craigslist.  It fit in my 4runner.

In the car, ready to go home. 

So we get it home and up the stairs. 

I run to Joanns. I am not thrilled with the white at all. But this couch is a slipcovered one. So it can be washed (huge positive) and also 100% cotton, so it can be dyed!  I grab 5 bottles of Rit Dye. 

1 Black
2 Dark Green
2 Lemon Yellow

According to Rit Dye this is the formula for a  dark green. I wanted it to match our lazy boy chair. 

I take off the covers and wash them so remove any dirt and stains first. 

Then I followed the directions for a front loader machine. I took the wet covers and separated them. Two per load. I mixed the 1 bottle of green, 1 yellow and 1/2 the black with 4 cups hot water.

I started the machine and let the hot water start flowing.  Then I dumped the dye mix in.  Flushed with 4 cups hot water. Waited 10 minutes and added 1 cup salt mixed with 4 cups hot water.  Flushed again with hot water.
Salt water, using my big 8 cup batter bowl

Waited the 70 minutes for the longest wash cycle to end. I wanted to bad to see if I screwed this up. 

Don't mind the laundry on the floor.
It was laundry day yesterday. It did not get done

OH look! I didn't screw it up. 

Put it in the drier and started batch two.  Lets pray it would match the first batch. 

I did everything again. I worked out. It was about 10pm by now. 

All done! I got the covers back on (super simple) and we put it in place. 

This couch retails for $479 +tax

I got it for $75 on craigslist. Plus the $20 for the Dye. 
I say I did really well! 

It also pulls out into a bed. I need guests. 

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Snowflake Garland - A Craigslist find

Oh Pyrex…. Oh Oh Pyrex. Why have you decide to stop being so abundant at reasonable prices. I know,  because stupid TV shows and the internet has decide that you are not really popular and everyone is looking to make a dollar. Well I won't fall into your trap. Nope not at all. Even if that means leaving stuff behind.


Spring Blossom 444 - SA Marked $24.99
Spring Blossom 441, 443 plus a random Fireking Bowl, SA Marked $39.99

Yes I understand people like it. But I do not understand is why anyone thinks when  thrift store would get stuff for free and marked it so high that it is a good idea.

So I have taken to looking else ware. I scour craigslist. I find an add for a random box of Pyrex for cheap per piece. The woman accepts my offer and we are off to go get it. I have to drive by Angel's stadium on a friday up the 5. OMG the traffic! LA/OC traffic is the worst.

When we finally got to one of the last roads we drove by a thrift store sign. I told THM I would buy him a candy bar if he put up with me and went. I am not below bribing my kid.

Box of Pyrex - Except loaf. 

I found the loaf for cheap at out local "Out of the Closet" I like that store for what they do.  They provide low cost and free AIDS testing. They have a pharmacy inside the store and hand out condoms like they are candy. They help our community. They spread the world of protective sex. Education is key.

My Mom and I call this store "The store mom got stuck in a pair of pants"  True story, she did get stuck in a pair of pants there.  It was funny.

So in the box from craigslist was the 480 series set of Snowflake Garland. I only paid $25 for the whole box so those alone it was worth it.

There was also a Verde 471. That completes my Verde 470/480 Series. 

There was also a red 501 that THM instantly stole.  He has it on his craft table filled with balls of copy paper.  Whatever floats his boat.

There were 3- 470 lids, 2 - green primaries  (one unnumbered) , a Snowflake garland 444 and Horizon Blue 444.  So a total of 13 items.  Making each one about $1.93 a piece. Way cheaper than any thrift store around me.  And I got to hit up a new store.

We pulled in I was like "HOLY SH!T, I hit the mother load of thrift stores."  A whole plaza of thrifts.


I came out with nothing. But you can bet I will be going back alone to dig through everything. They were cheap. And packed. 

By the way, THM got doughnuts for going in with me.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

PIA - Zucchini Ravioli

(Pyrex in Action)

Zucchini Ravioli

I often get asked if I actually use my Pyrex.  Well of course I do. I use every single one. I use them (not all that the same time) everyday.  From cooking, to storage, to kid activities.

Tonight is Skinny Saturday at out house. We used to eat out and get pizza, taco bell or order something but we stopped for the "good fight."

I love this recipe. I found it on pinterest. I have modified it to be simple and omit onions.

Stuff you need:

Marinera Sauce, Ground turkey , spinach, garlic and zucchini

Added the recipe in MyFitnessPal. 

What you need to do:

Take the zucchini and with a wide veggie peeler, peel strips of it. Depending on the size of your zucchini you may need 3 or more.

Brown your ground turkey and add garlic (please use fresh!). If you want you can add the frozen spinach now. If you use fresh add it now to cook it down. I thaw my spinach and add it to the turkey in a bowl. Add a little salt if you want.

Take 2-3 strips and place on your work surface. The take 2-3 more and lay them the other way on top of the first strips.  Add filling.  Take the bottom strips and fold over on stuffing. Then finish with the inner strips folded. Place in pan.

Easy as 1-2-3-4!

After you have the pan full (may or may not use all mix and zucchini, extra mix for an easy lunch for me) take your sauce and pour it over it.

Verde 933!

Bake in pre-heated oven at 375f until hot all the way through. I think I do 30-40 minutes. Depends on it you make them ahead of time and store them in the fridge. Throw in some garlic bread in the oven too. 

Now you are waiting for dinner. But you have this extra zucchini right? Chop it up and freeze it. I add it to my Fajita bag. That is a bag of veggies for soup or fajitas (I had extra peppers so it will be fajitas next time.) I hate to waste my food. This is a good way to start a freezer meal for quick weekday meals.
My "fajita" bag

In goes the extra! 
Clean up the kitchen and wait for this delish, healthy, easy dinner.

Yum!  Paired with a slice of toast and I have dinner. 

Look at that healthy spinach. I like spinach

Per Serving is 1 roll. So 3 for me is a good size, but low calorie dinner
I hope if you try it you enjoy it. I know it has become a regular on my menu. I like I can make enough for lunch the next day, or feed 4 people if need be.