Thursday, January 31, 2013

THRIFT ADDICTION THURSDAY #3 - ROSS Continued, and some other thrifty thaaangs!

Happy THRIFT ADDICTION THURSDAY from Disney!!!

Yes, we have taken the kiddos for a short Disney excursion this week.  We've been having lots of fun!   We got to see the new Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom, and a few things that are not new to the parks, but new to us because we had never been to them before.

Because of my Disney trip, I haven't done any thrift shopping this week, so my THRIFT ADDICTION THURSDAY is a mixture of some previous thrifty finds!

So, without further ado....onto the bargains!!!

First up is this pretty glass pitcher!   I got this at Ross on clearance for $6.99.  


I had a peach-colored pitcher that I had bought previously and was having to use that at all my tables, even if it didn't match.  

I love this glass one because it will go with so much!    I thought it was pretty and it looked really nice at our table with lemon slices in it to create the "gold" effect with our purple and gold theme!   




It is not super fancy, but totally goes with everything! 

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Next up, I found these adorable red and white polka dot plates....in these adorable plate trays!!!





These are going to be great for my Valentine's Day table!  


This is also a Ross find!  4 plates were $7.98!   I bought 2 sets.  I also love these little black plate holders...I actually had bought some black and white polka dotted sets of these plates as well. 


So now, I have 4 of these cute little black plate holders.  I'm not sure what I will do with them yet, but I'm looking forward to doing something with them at one of our Sunday Family Dinners where it's just the 4 of us.  =D

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Next up, I found this very cute Flower petal bowl at our church's local thrift store!   It actually looks a little more like a plate than a bowl with this angle I took it in, but it's a bowl.  This was such a cute find, and I sure wish they had more of them, because I just loved it.   



It had no price on it, so when I went to check out with some other things, I talked to the girl, who was starting to know me pretty well since I'm in there so much!   I told her there was no price on this one and she actually said "no charge!"   So I got it for FREE!   So happy!  I just love it!

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Another thing I was able to acquire while out thrift shopping was this adorable flip-flop tray with white and little pink flowers.

 It was just 2 dollars and I thought it was so cute maybe for a summer girls tea or something like that. It definitely was a bargain, in my opinion. 
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And, last but not least, I found this very cute peach and white flowered tray! 



I thought this was so cute for a peach-colored tablescape, which I am currently collecting for. I thought it would be very fun for ladies breakfast or something for springtime. 

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I have been very very excited about the bargains that I have found lately. And I hope to find many more as the budget allows... Haha. 

Thanks so much for joining me today and I hope you'll come back tomorrow for my FIVE FABULOUS FINDS Friday. 

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Talk to you soon!  

~The Home Girl





Tuesday, January 29, 2013

"Whadda We Eatin' Wednesday" #3 - CROCK POT LASAGNA!

Hiya "Home Girls"

Hope you are having a great week so far!

Welcome to our third "WHADDA WE EATIN' WEDNESDAY"!  

Today I am featuring a meal that I made for my family this past Sunday for our Sunday Family Dinner  (you can catch the tablescape for this family dinner HERE. if you're interested.)

Everyone absolutely loved this CROCK POT LASAGNA!

Yes, I know, it sounded a little unorthodox to me too when I first heard about it.  But when I found it on Pinterest and visited the blog of the person who made it, everyone was just raving about it in the comments section.  Now that I've tried it, it is my new GO-TO lasagna recipe.  I modified mine just a little because I have a larger crock pot.




I tweaked the recipe a little bit from the original recipe that I found here.  

Here are the ingredients I used:

1 pound of ground turkey  (I used closer to 2 pounds because my crock pot was a little bigger)

1 jar (24-29 oz) of your favorite pasta sauce  (I added another 1/2 jar..again, because of the size of the crock pot....and because I LOVE meat sauce!  haha!)

1 small can of tomato sauce

1/2 cup water

1 8 oz box of lasagna noodles - regular, uncooked 

4-5 cups of Mozzerella cheese

1 1/2 cups cottage cheese

Grated parmesean cheese.

Italian seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder and paprika to taste
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First, brown the ground turkey in some olive oil, garlic powder, italian seasoning and paprika to taste.  They make a great meaty flavor that takes away some of the "bland" taste of the turkey meat and makes it taste more like ground beef, in my opinion.

Then add the pasta sauce, tomato sauce and water to the mix and just let it simmer a few minutes..

Then, mix the cheeses 4 of the 5 cups of Mozzerella and the cottage cheese...I also added a little garlic powder, italian seasoning and 1/2 cup of grated parmesean and parsley to taste and got out my HANDY stick blender!!!  It made a great cheesy fill!



Then on to the layering....spray the Crock Pot with cooking spray throughout the inside of the pot.




Then add 1/4 of the meat mixture...

That's the first Layer.   On top of that, break apart 1/3 of your lasagna noodles and place them on top...making sure as much of that meat mixture is as covered as you can make it.



Then it's time to top that with 1/3 of the cheese mixture.


Repeat the process 2 more times, then top with the remaining 1/4 of the meat mixture.   Cover and put it on low in the crock pot for 3.5 hours.   At the 3.5 hour mark, put in some more mozzerella cheese and cook for another 1/2 hour.

On the original recipe, Katherine mentioned that she cooked the lasagna on high while she was getting ready for work and then turned it on WARM for the rest of the day while she was gone, and it also turned out great.

Now, when the lasagna is done cooking, you may see some liquid on the top like I did...from the cheese and perhaps from the sauce or meat.  I went ahead and put a layer of grated parmesean on top of the Mozzerella and it mixed in so nicely...almost creating a swirl-like effect on the top of the lasagna!

I pulled the crock pot off the base, brought it in and just set it on my buffet, got a big spoon and VOILA!   It was perfect!  You're supposed to take off the cover and let this set for at least 10 minutes after it's done.  Then you're ready to eat!




I can not tell you how happy I was that everyone loved it. Especially considering this is the first lasagna I've ever made!  I can't imagine making it any other way now! 

My dad, a gourmet cook, was throwing around the idea of making this recipe for a potluck he was going to soon.   He couldn't believe how good it turned out, in the CROCK POT!!!  haha!

Even my kids, who told me long ago that they HATED lasagna, said they LOVED this and both asked for seconds!

I will also say, we had just a little leftovers on this, because we all totally indulged on this lasagna, but when I reheated the leftovers, I thought they were just as yummy, if not better the next day!

Thanks so much for joining me!  If you have made this recipe, or plan to, I'd love your thoughts and any tweaks you did/do.  I'd also love for you to come on by my Facebook Page, where I'll host some fun conversations and keep you posted on what's going on at the "Home Girl's" Home!  =D

Also, if you are liking these posts, I'd love to have you follow my blog.  If you're also a blogger, I'd be happy to follow you back and we can keep up with eachother!  =D

Have a great rest of the week!

~The "HOME GIRL"

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Tablescape Tuesday #2 - Sunday Family Dinner - The ROYAL Treatment

Happy TABLESCAPE TUESDAY!!!

I hope you are having a great week so far!   For today's Tablescape Tuesday, I'd like to share the tablescape for our latest "Sunday Family Dinner"!   This was a special one because we had some special guests...My father and his girlfriend came to join us for dinner.  They had just gotten back from a cruise on a Royal Caribbean ship, so I decided to name this tablescape  "THE ROYAL TREATMENT" in honor of having them as our honored guests, and the fact that they were on a Royal Caribbean cruise!

For this, I wanted my main colors to be Purple and Gold (of course with a touch of black and white.



I decided to use my black tablecloths, and some new purple and gold ribbon I got from Walmart on clearance after Christmas!  I really like how it turned out!   Next time I will use some double-sided tape to hold the ribbon down.  It did kind of pop up a little here and there, most likely due to the wires in the ribbon, and I had to smooth it back down several times.


You might recognize the gold pillar candle bases from my New Years Eve Tablescape here.  The candleholders on top of the gold pillar bases were part of my awesome Big Lots clearance finds after the Holidays.  $2.50 for two of them!  To see that post, you can click here

I used my gold chargers, my dollar store white plates and bowls, and for the dessert/salad plate, I actually used some purple plastic plates from the Dollar store.  I have not found a set of purple plates that I like yet, so these had to do in a pinch.  I really need to buy some new flatware.  I'd love to get a pretty matching silver set and a pretty matching gold set.  Of course, I'm looking for ECONOMICAL, yet lovely!  haha!




The purple wine glasses were a great goodwill find..and I had just enough... 6 of them!

Here is the table all lit up at night (we had more of a luncheon than a dinner, so these pics were from the night before)



The Centerpiece is a gold basket with a tall candleholder I found at Ross.  Also in the basket, I added some smaller purple sparkly candle holders...also part of that Big Lots Bargain craze, along with some glass tealight holders, some gold tinsel garland and a gold sparkle leafy thing that was on the gold pillar candle bases, but looked a little too Christmas-y for keeping on them.




Here is the "royal spread"!   I will be posting the recipe for the Crock Pot Lasagna in tomorrow's "Whadda We Eatin' Wednesday".  It was REALLY delicious and super easy...my favorite combination!!! 

Here's the buffet table all lit up at night!  Those tall candles toward the back are from the bases of those cupcake domes I found at Ross last week as part of my "Ross Shopping Haul".  Everything else on this buffet table is from thrift stores or the Dollar Tree.



Well, that's it for me for today.   I hope you'll follow this blog if you enjoy these posts.  Each day I have a theme and if you have a favorite thing you're looking for, following my blog will hopefully help you get to what you need when it's posted!  I'd also love to keep in touch, and follow your blog, if I don't already, that is!  

Also, I'd love for you to come visit my Facebook Page and like it if you have time!  I will also post extra pictures and have fun discussions from time to time as this blog continues to grow!    I'd also love to keep in touch by having you follow my blog!  If you're also a blogger, I'll make sure to follow yours as well and then we can keep up with eachother!  



I also would like to THANK YOU for coming to visit my blog.  This is my first month blogging and I've already gotten almost 4000 views!  That blows my mind and I'd really like to thank you for visiting!  

I hope to continue to have fun and inspiring posts coming your way every weekday, and I hope you'll come back and visit often!  =D

Have a great day!

~The HOME GIRL

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Monday, January 28, 2013

MAKEOVER MONDAY - Master Bathtub

Happy Monday!!!

Well this weekend has just FLOWN by!  It was a great one, complete with a very nice SUNDAY FAMILY DINNER, which I will be sharing with you tomorrow on TABLESCAPE TUESDAY...and lots of other fun activities!

Well, back to the work week, AND...time for another....

MAKEOVER MONDAY!

But first...I just wanted to share that one of my posts was featured on "A Humble Creation's" Monday Makeover" Party.  

If you haven't had time to check out her blog or her link party, you should go check it out!  Jessica from "A Humble Creation" is a very sweet and nice person who knows how to make some really neat crafts and shares her trials and triumphs along the way!!

Ok, so today I will be featuring how I made over my Master Bathroom's tub area.  This is the third part in a SERIES of Master Bathroom Makeover posts!  haha!  If you are new to my blog and would like to see the others...You can access them here and here.

This part of the bathroom was in pretty bad shape.  Dirty, dusty, grimy, and just not a relaxing, pretty place to relax and take a nice bath!


Towels hanging around haphazardly, a mildewy washcloth wadded up at the corner of the tub....accessories, shampoos and an empty face cleaner just sitting out along with open boxes of baking soda.   

An ugly plastic cup just sitting on the side of the tub next to an almost used up bar of soap.  The cabinet is full of clutter and dusty and dirty...the sides of the tub were dusty and yucky...and those pink blinds....oh, those PINK BLINDS that do NOT go with this room at all!  I rarely took baths in there anymore...and it's obvious why!

And THAT'S just ONE side of the tub.....Here's the other side!


Overflowing laundry that hadn't been done in over a week....filling up the laundry basket, and then a small white wicker basket in the back that was bought to hold clean towels!   A picture that had fallen off the wall now resting against the wall....that's not that terrible, but it ended up becoming a place to put wet swimsuits and other laundry!   

Now, THAT'S terrible!

So, I set to work again...Cleaned up all the dust and grime and even some BUGS!  UGH!  It was a job!

The mildewy washcloth and the plastic cup were OUTTA THERE!  I threw them in the trash...never to be seen again!




I got the laundry rounded up and off to the laundry room where it belonged...and then brought a new laundry bin for our dirty clothes...a much better place than the FLOOR and our PICTURE...haha!

Those ugly Pink blinds are actually WHITE on the other side, so I just did a little flip around of the blinds and VOILA! 

I found these three blue candleholders at Goodwill a couple weeks ago and I just thought they were so pretty!  They were priced 2 dollars each, but as I was making small talk to the cashier at the checkout counter, he gave me a 50% discount, so they were only $1 each!   I love when that stuff happens!!!  =D




That empty blue bin on the tub?  I filled it with the shampoo/conditioner, etc...all the stuff I used for a bath.






I went through and organized this little cabinet here, and put the basket with towels up on top of it.  This is a much better place to store towels than on our Master Bedroom couch...haha!





I added a few little decorative touches to make this tub a little more of a "luxurious" place to take a bath.  

I found this porcelain lampshade at our church's local thrift store last month.  I loved the blue and white pattern and it fit perfectly on our old candlestick that we already had in the bathroom!  This originally was not going to go into the bathroom, but as I began to clean up, I thought of it and that it might look really nice by the tub!

The shells were already there, but I cleaned them out and cleaned out the bowl which had gotten quite dusty and dirty!



This is so much better!!!



This newly cleaned and organized bathtub area made me actually WANT to take a bath...which I hadn't done for months...so you know what?  I lit those candles, dimmed the lights, and I took a nice hot bubble bath in my new spa-oasis tub!!  haha!



Total cost for this makeover?  If you count the thrift items, the total would be $10!   (3 dollar-store blue bins, 3 dollars for the three blue candleholders and 4 dollars for the blue toile porcelain lampshade)  Definitely a SMALL price to pay to enjoy our tub again!  =)

I would LOVE to hear from you!   Please feel free to comment with any thoughts, some of your makeover tips, or suggestions on how to make this tub area even better!   Also if you're a Facebook user, I'd love for you to "like" my Facebook Page!   I'll post extra pics and daily updates as well so you can find what you like best and also share comments and suggestions!  =D

Hope you have a great Monday!   


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Friday, January 25, 2013

FIVE FABULOUS FINDS FRIDAY #3

Hi everybody!
 
Wow, I can't believe how quickly this week flew by.
 
It's already time for another...
 
FIVE FABULOUS FINDS FRIDAY!!! 
Today I would like to share with you:

1. A gorgeous tea for a wintery day,
2.  A great craft project that is easy and fun for Valentine's Day,
3. An super easy and delicious party appetizer to make for your Super Bowl Party!
4. A jewelry line of adorable, customizable necklaces and charms that tell our stories!
5. An inspirational talk between a father and his son about the real world and growing up. 
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1. This week, "Cuisine Kathleen" posted a tablescape challenge on her Let's Dish Link party, to create a tablescape for the cold wintery months. 
So many beautiful tablescapes were entered, and it was so fun to look through them and see the creative ideas everyone came up with. While it was way too hard to pick just one, this tablescape was one of several that really stood out and caught my attention! 

And Surprisingly, it wasn't even a TABLESCAPE!   It was a "Trayscape".   

My first Fabulous Find is..

DINING DELIGHT's Winter Teatime Trayscape!


(Photos Courtesy of Dining Delight)

"DD" from DINING DELIGHT is a mother of two grown children and a wife of her high school sweetheart (I love that!!!)   She loves tablescapes and home decor and has made it an art!  

She has a simply beautiful home and, because of a sore back, she couldn't do the entire table, so she made a beautiful "warm-up-drink-scape" that really wows!   The details were just perfect, and I love everything she did with this. 


This is not the only gorgeous thing I have seen of hers that is just perfect! EVERY tablescape of hers that I've seen on her blog are so inspirational and so beautiful! It is definitely worth checking out her blog, not just for this trayscape, but all of her amazing tablescapes!  Please go check out her site at Dining Delight!
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2.  This week I saw a very cute and easy to make Valentine's Heart picture on a link party!  This could not be easier to make and it looks really cute!   

I could totally see myself making something like this with the kids to add to our Valentine's Day decor!

That's why my Second FABULOUS FIND is...

 "DIY Valentine Art" from Sew Fantastic!


(Photos courtesy of Sew Fantastic)


This is made with just some canvas, a scrapbooking heart punch, some foam adhesive dots, and some paint samples!  This would also make some fun art for just about any occasion if you switch up the paint sample colors and the scrapbook punch!  




I love the ombre look and the depth that this creates with the foam adhesives! 



Julianne at "Sew Fantastic" has lots of wonderful DIY projects, so if you haven't caught her blog yet, you should go check it out.  I hope to make SEVERAL of her awesome DIY crafts at some point!!!  

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3.  A few months ago, we hosted an outdoor movie night and party with some families from our homeschool group.  



That night I tested out a new appetizer I had found on Pinterest that was such a big hit, that I used it again for appetizers on Thanksgiving!   Every one of my guests that tried them really liked them so they were gone fast!!  One of the OTHER reasons they were gone so fast is that I also kept eating them!   

They were so DELICIOUS and so easy to make!  This would be a FANTASTIC appetizer to have at a Super Bowl Party (which is coming up February 3rd!) 

That's why my Third Fabulous Find is...


"ROTEL CUPS" from Pearls, Handcuffs and Happy Hour.  


(photos courtesy of Pearls, Handcuffs and Happy Hour)


I wish I would have taken some pictures of mine, but her pictures are great!  I loved these, and so did everyone who tried them!!!   


They are easy, easy, EASY, too.  All you need are 5 ingredients!  1 can of Rotel, 1 bag of real bacon bits, some mayo, shredded cheese and mini fillo shells!  That's it!!! Mix everything together, put it in the fillo shells, put it in the oven for 15 minutes!  SO SIMPLE!!

She has some other great recipes on her blog as well, and gets featured often on many others' blogs, so her site is definitely worth checking out!  I am looking forward to trying a few more of her great recipes soon!
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4.  A friend of mine, and fellow homeschool mom recently let me know she just started a jewelry business.   At first, I wasn't sure what to expect.  Many of the jewelry catalogs I have came across were a little too fancy for my taste (with the exception of the rare very formal occasion)  and usually very pricey for something I would rarely or NEVER wear.

But when she shared these adorable necklaces and charms, I was totally hooked!  

The prices are fairly reasonable, the necklaces are very cute but not super fancy, (although they can be jazzed up to complete a fancier look) the charms were customizable to fit my personal story and tastes, and this kind of necklace is something I can see myself wearing on a daily basis!  

That's why my fourth FABULOUS FIND is....

"ORIGAMI OWL" JEWELRY!


(photo courtesy of lora.origamiowl.com)
This company she partnered up with has an amazing backstory too.  

Started by a teenager who just wanted to make enough money to buy a car...her personalized necklaces caught on, in a BIG way, and now they're quickly spreading all around the country!  

My friend Lora is an independent designer for them, so you can buy them online, or she also holds "jewelry parties" and lays out the charms so you can choose the ones that mean something to you and tell your "story"!   I love how customizable they are.  If you want to tell a different story, or go with a new theme, you just get some new charms!  


(Photo courtesy of lora.origamiowl.com)

I have yet to host a party, because she just started the business and I need to get my schedule together, but I plan to host one in the next month or two, and make it a fun, fancy affair with a great dinner or luncheon and a party!  It'll be a great excuse to get a nice tablescape going, hang out with friends and check out some CUTE jewelry that is wearable every day!  =)

I am definitely buying one for myself and for my daughter!  

They are too cute NOT to get one!  The options are pretty much endless!  

Check out Lora's site and tell her the HOME GIRL sent ya!  (No, I don't get any compensation for it, just the satisfaction of passing on a very cute product to my readers and friends!)  =D  
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5.  If you've never heard of Chance Scoggins..you should!  


(photos courtesy of Chancescoggins.com)

He is a studio singer, songwriter, public speaker and music producer for his job, but he also writes an unbelievably inspirational blog!   

Every post I've read of his has touched me in some way...and this post I read last week has inspired me to do this with both my kids when they "come of age" (which isn't for a long time, but I'll have plenty of time to plan, this way...and everyone with grown children tells me that mine will be grown before I know it!)  It's also something I think every person should know before they "leave the nest"!



It's a wonderful lesson inspired by a slightly "unorthodox" getaway vacation with his father.  Some GREAT wisdom shared here, and I hope this will move you like it did me...

That's why my fifth and final FABULOUS FIND is...

Chance Scoggins's post "Pack a Bag and Be Ready in 30 Minutes!"

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Well, that's it for this edition of FIVE FABULOUS FINDS FRIDAY!   Thanks so much for joining me!

I'd LOVE to hear from you.  

Was there one fabulous find you found particularly FABULOUS??  

Did you try one of these crafts or ideas?  

Is there one that you would especially like to try?   

If you're on Facebook, I'd love for you to come on by and join up on my FACEBOOK PAGE!  

Also, if you enjoy this blog, I'd love for you to follow me here in the blogosphere!  If you're a blogger also, I'd love to follow you right back and keep up with what you are doing!  Who knows?  You might just become one of my "FIVE FABULOUS FINDS!"   =D

~The HOME GIRL

Thursday, January 24, 2013

THRIFT ADDICTION THURSDAY #2 - Shopping Haul!!

Hey there everyone!
Welcome to the second...
THRIFT ADDICTION THURSDAY!!!
I'm so excited to share my Shopping finds with you this week.

So, technically I didn't go thrift shopping, per se, but I did get some amazing finds at ROSS yesterday. Some of these were on clearance and some were not, but I am so happy with what I was able to find when I was there.  
I was hoping to find really just 1 or 2 things while shopping yesterday, but I found a whole lot more than that!
The first find is these adorable little cupcake plates with a glass dome around them.



I had seen these before in several tablescapes and thought they were so cute, and really wanted to get some for myself. These ones are pretty small, enough to hold maybe 1 cupcake, an apple, or something like that, but I think they would look so cute on a tablescape with a little roll or something inside of it.
I looked around and they had only 3, but at $4.99, I thought that was a pretty good buy, so I snatched them up.  It was probably not the best deal, but it was worth it for me, because these were things I wanted to have a group of and it's a little harder to find a group of things like this at the thrift stores.

Sometimes, I'm learning, there are pieces that you may have to pay a little bit more, but it's an investment...because of the versatility of the item and how often you expect to use it.  That's what these (and the next finds) were to me!
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My next finds were these adorable cupcake stands, also with the glass domes!  




I had seen these on one of Nikki Boyd's blog videos (www.athomewithNikki.com) and I just loved them.  She showed some great ways to use these versatile cupcake stands on her Youtube video "Multi-Functional Accessories" (a previous "Fabulous Find" of mine from my "FIVE FABULOUS FINDS FRIDAY Posts!  It's a great video with some very creative ideas!)

These were so worth the $5.99 price tag to me!


I found 3 of them.... to make a total of 6 glass domes with plates and stands.




A very nice bonus...the domes with the plates and stands were the same size and look the same, and I noticed that the domes will cover other plates that I have as well, so they are really even more versatile!  

Now I have a complete set of 6 domes which would be great for our Sunday Family Dinners if we invite 2 more family members (which is our plan, once a month)....or even for a nice Bible study breakfast or something like that. 

I am very happy with these purchases!
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Next up I found these very cute tall silver candle holders on clearance for $6.99 each.


I really wanted some tall silver candle- holders because they are such a versatile piece. 

I like that they can hold pillar candles, a plate or a lot of other things, and I love the height of the tall candle stands!   Very striking!

I think they look very beautiful and just make a great addition to my collection!  I also liked that they were on SALE!

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Next up, I found this really cute patterned tablecloth for $5. 




When I don't have a fancy tablescape with a theme going on, my room is normally decorated in dark brown, beige and turquoise blues.  So, when I found this, I thought it would be the perfect addition to my dining room table when not making a themed tablescape. 

I love how it incorporates the dark brown, blues, and beiges, in such a pretty pattern! 
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Well, that's it for Thrift Addiction Thursday! 

Sorry I didn't have any actual thrift store bargains for you this week, but I'm hoping you might still be inspired by my shopping haul finds...and these are finds you might also be able to get at your local Ross store if you have one in your area! 

Also, I am learning how to do a link party, and soon I will make Thrift Addiction Thursday a link party where we can all share our thrifty treasures!  I always love looking at what everyone gets for their home!  I will definitely keep you posted on this. 

Thanks again so much for visiting and I would love to hear from you!  I'd also love for you to follow my blog if you like the posts you have seen here!

Also, if you are on Facebook, I would love for you to come by in like my Facebook Page!   

Have a great day!
~The HOME GIRL


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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Whadda We Eatin' Wednesday - #2 - Recipe for Crustless Mini Quiches!

Welcome to the second edition of...

"Whadda We Eatin' Wednesday!!" 

Today, I want share with you a recipe that is so easy to make and delicious, and is a hit for parties or just an easy, yummy breakfast or snack!

But, before I do...I just wanted to say how excited I am that one of my recipes was featured on one of my FAVORITE BLOGS!!! 

Stone Gable Blog has a beautiful blog and each week they host a link party called "On the Menu Monday", and feature some of their favorite entries from the previous week. Well, this week, my recipe for BAKED CHEDDAR BROCCOLI RICE CUPS was a featured recipe!

Thank you so much, Yvonne!  This is an unbelievable compliment, coming from one of the most amazing hostesses and home fashionistas out there!!!  =D

Ok...onto today's featured recipe... 


"Crustless Mini Quiches!!!"

I found this recipe on Pinterest and it has been my go-to breakfast food lately!!   I also took some of these to a women's Bible Study Breakfast a few weeks ago and they were gone so fast!  Everyone loved them and was asking for the recipe, so I thought I'd share it here as well!  
They are so easy to make!

Here's what you need....this makes about 6 mini quiches, but you can double this recipe to make 12, which is what I do. 

4 eggs,
1/4 cup of heavy cream (or half n half),
A pinch of salt (to help mix the eggs more evenly) and,
Your favorite omelet ingredients

For this batch, I used Tostitos NEW Chipotle Cantina Salsa (YUM), cheddar cheese, and real bacon bits, but I've also used ham and swiss, and bacon and cheddar, you could even try a spinach and feta version...I bet that would be YUMMY!



After you mix the eggs and the cream, you pour the mixture  into WELL greased muffin-tins....only about half way full. 

Then I added a teaspoon of salsa, a small handful of cheese and a sprinkling of bacon bits into the muffin cups.  The original recipe (found here) said to try not to use more than 2 tbsp of stuff in each muffin tin.


They you cook them at 350 for 20-25 minutes.




They puff up pretty tall when in the oven, but they will "deflate" a bit once you take them out.


They are so cute!  And SOOO tasty!



These also reheat great, so I make 12 at a time and then snack on them for several days! 

I hope you enjoy them!  If you try them, please let me know what YOU think!!!  Thanks again!

By the way, I'd love to hear from you!  Please feel free to leave a comment anytime or even come like me on Facebook.   Thanks again for stopping by!

Enjoy!!!

~The HOME GIRL

This post is added to....
Wicked Awesome Wednesday
Foodie Friday
On the Menu Monday
Homemaking Link Up
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Inspire Me Monday
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