Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Shabby Apple Give Away @ Poofing The Pillows

Bonjour Mes Amies!

Stacey at Poofing The Pillows is having a Shabby Apple Give Away.

If you visit her blog and enter, you could win this....

Happy Talk Dress!  Isn't this the perfect summer dress?


Head on over and visit Stacey's blog here and give her some bloggy love.

While your at it...stop by Shabby Apple's site and check out their divine dresses.

Like this one... or this one....

C'est Magnifique, Mais Non?

With gorgeous dresses and helpful tools to assist you in picking the right dress for your frame.  I can tell you I am spending some quality time with the 1943 collection.

Oooh la la!

A bientot!
Audra

Monday, February 21, 2011

Two Great Rummage Sales This Weekend...

Last year I had the opportunity to attend the Rummage Sale at Cornerstone Church in Chandler, Arizona. 
I saw the sign the day before the sale and made plans with my co-worker to meet up and check it out.  What a fantastic experience. 
If you are in the Metropolotian Phoenix, Mesa, Tempe, Chandler, Gilbert area, you should attend this event.  



Cornerstone Church Chandler Rummage Sale
Church Campus
1595 S Alma School Rd
Chandler, AZ 85286
This may be the biggest, best Rummage Sale that you have ever been to! 

Saturday February 26th from 6:00 AM - 1:00 PM at the Cornerstone Chandler Rummage Sale.
Just South of the 202 San Tan on the East side of Alma School Rd.


We have HUGE amounts of clothing, shoes, purses, electronics, TV's, Lawn tools, Athletic Equipment, Furniture, Audio/Visual, Games, Toys, Baby strollers, Cribs, and so much more. If you have never been to a Cornerstone Rummage sale before, you just don't know what you're missing! Bring your truck and/or trailer and be prepared to find some great deals! NOTHING WILL BE SOLD BEFORE 6:00 AM ON SATURDAY.
 Here is another great sale on the same weekend.
Kind of sad because this is normally the weekend before the Church Rummage Sale and I can hit both of them.  Not this year.
This one costs to attend and also to park.

Junior League of Arizona

74th Annual Rummage Sale – February 26, 2011

Doors open  at 8:00 AM,
located at the Arizona Exposition and State Fair Grounds, 
1826 W. McDowell Road, Phoenix, AZ 85007.
8:00 a.m to 12:00 p.m. • $5.00 admission


1:00 to 4:00  • Free Admission, all items 1/2 price


CLOSED from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Come early as this event starts lining up waiting for the doors to open.

Both of these events have a wide variety of home goods, decor, furnishings, electronics, clothing and large ticket items.

Take your pick, either sale is sure to be a treasure hunters paradise!

Happy Shopping!

Audra

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Bargain shopping in the rain....

Weather forecast of 70% chance of rain didn't stop some people from having garage sales and it didn't stop me from driving around looking for them.

Headed out early to pick up my co-op basket from Bountiful Baskets, stopping at a sale right outside of my sub-division.  Seller had beautiful items, reasonable prices, however not really my style.
I did spot a couple of boxes of movies and started going through them.  
Only to have another shopper offer her $40.00 for the lot of them and get this...The.Seller. picked up the movies that I had set aside and put them in the boxes explaining to me that "he is buying all of the movies". 

Shock!

I promptly left.  I was still stunned hours later. 

That mishap aside, it spit rain a bit, but I kept going.
Most sales were held in garages....


making it easier to shop.
At this sale I picked up these pictures for $3.00.
Which have found a new home above the tub in the master bathroom.

Almost missed this sale because of poor signage...People signs are EVERYTHING to a yard saler.
Some how located the sale and picked up these bird cages for $5.00 total.

That found a home on this shelf also in the Master Bathroom.
The sellers were the nicest people and they had the most amazing items.  A man and wife sold their home to help out daughter and SIL in their much larger home.  Some of the items they were loading on the moving truck were gorgeous and I wished they were selling them!
I did pick up this lamp on the way out for a dollar.
Which found it's home in the Master Bathroom.  

I bought this little trunk for $5.00 from another sale...
It's about 2 1/2 high and has the most wonderful tole style painting on it.
One last yard sale, I found more movies marked $1.00 a piece.
The Teenager and I picked out a few to add to our collection, 
This soothed the sting from the other movie debacle.

By 9:00 am the wind was picking up so I headed to St. Pete's Repete Boutique.  I make this my last stop on my yard saling trek every weekend.  They have a lovely staff of volunteers and there is always something new.

The great thing about smaller thrift stores is that items donated together are put out together, which is why I was able to score four nearly new skirts for less than $20.00!




I love tea length or long skirts.  These will stretch my wardrobe without breaking the bank.

All in all, come rain or shine, I had a successful Saturday of bargain shopping.

Hope you all had a wonderful Saturday as well...
Linking up with
Junkin' Finds Friday @ A La Carte
Frugalicious Friday @ Finding Fabulous
A biento!

Audra

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Finding Fabulous Bedding...

I am cheap...
rhymes with Jeep and there isn't a second doubt that I am seriously not going to plunk down several hundred dollars on bedding. 
No matter how gorgeous 

All pictures by Belle Notte Bedding
how decadently dreamy

how amazingly tantalizing.....
they are.  I just can't bring myself to spend that kind of moola on this bedding, 
or any bedding.

Sigh...
Dang broke budget.
What's a Frugal Girl to do?

Keep the peepers open and work with what you find...
Uh- huh.  I am talking Fabulous Bedding on a Frugal Budget.

I have long desired a change for my bedroom linens.  In fact I want to change out my entire bedroom but we'll save that for another post.

I had been looking at some bedding on mark down at Target...
but I just couldn't find the right size, or the right color or...price range.

I was going to buy a set online,  that was more than I really wanted to spend, 
so I had to think it over for a few days.
Meanwhile I kept looking...

Browsning an Estate Sale on Friday, I saw this duvet cover and two shams.
Realizing that it's hard to get the full effect of this gorgeous silk duvet, trust me, it's a lovely mix between gold and latte.  The color was right, the style was simple enough to add on to,
and the price ...$20.00!
I Know!!!
I promise better pictures when I am not so rushed.
(Washing Machine Repair Man interrupted my photo shoot, also another story for another post.)

While heading to pay for my find, I saw this on another bed.
oooh, 
Yes...burlap style linen Queen duvet cover and two shams.
It reminded me of the set from Belle Notte... 

not nearly as pricey...
but not as cheap as the silk duvet.
I talk to one of the ladies at the sale, who tells me there are TWO of these gorgeous
sets...
so of course I hawked my first born and bought one for me....
and one to re-sell.
This is the back side of the duvet, cream linen....
while the duvet top and shams are
a fawn colored linen with lovely pastel flowers.
You see why I had to buy both of them?  Tres Maqnifique!

Mais Non?
I will be listing the second set on eBay.

Linking up with Leigh from Tales from Bloggeritaville for Thrifty Thursday.
Junkin' Finds Friday @ A La Carte
Frugalicious Friday @ Finding Fabulous
Head over to join the parties and show off your thrifty finds.

ttfn....
Audra

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Ballard Style French Cannisters


Who doesn't love these Ballard French Cannisters?
 Ballard~$75.00 for three pieces
Ooh... I do, but not the hefty price tag.

I have been on the look out for white cannisters at the Thrift Stores, Garage Sales, Hobby Lobby, with the idea to create my own knock off's.

Voila!
Look what I found at Saver's today....
Ballard Knock Off French Cannisters!

Farine, Riz, Café, Thé, Sucre, 

I almost walked right past them, before spotting the littlest jars
Thym, Rosmarin, Basilic...


Of course I stopped in my tracks...I had to stiffle a little squeal
Oh, my...there were 8 in the set. 

Throwing a look over my shoulder I loaded them into my basket 
then rushed to the Register to pay for them.

Ceramic, not milk glass like those from Ballard, but they sure make up for it with the faux crazing and lovely french script.

All of this for about a 10th of Ballard's price.

C'est magnifique, mais oui?

Linking up with these lovely ladies...
Thrifty Thursday @ Tales From Bloggeritaville
Junkin' Finds Friday @ A La Carte
Frugalicious Friday @ Finding Fabulous

Monday, February 7, 2011

Baking Beer Bread

 Tonight I am making beer bread to go with our chili. I found this recipe from Hip and Stingy Cheap and Easy Bread a few years ago and had to try it.

Ok...she had me at use left over bread for French Toast.
Oh man...do. I . Love. French. Toast.

I had to try it.  What was not too love?  Bread in an hour?  
I am so there.

I borrowed one of Fly Guy's Oatmeal Stouts and made my bread.
That was six hundred and eleven loaves ago.
Maybe more like 50 loaves ago.
In fact I had to make another one after The Teenager, College Diva and I devoured  
sampled the first loaf.

The great thing with Beer Bread is that it goes with anything. You can add anything to it that you want, dill, Parmesan, cinnamon sugar and raisins, olives, it all turns out great.

I also have it on good authority that 12 oz. of Ginger Ale works great in place of the beer.

Beer or Ginger Ale Bread
(Hip and Stingy's Recipe)
3 cups of self-rising flour, 1/3 cup sugar and mix. 
Add one 12 ounce beer (any type, domestic, imported, dark, light, wheat, ale, ipa, stout), pour into a greased loaf pan, and pour two tablespoons melted butter over the top. Bake one hour at 375.
or
3 cups  all-purpose flour
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon baking powder



The Ingredients.  I used a White Chocolate Wheat Beer because it was a gift and I was NEVER going to drink it!


 Spray pan with Pam or coat with Crisco


dry ingredients, mix well



Add beer/ginger ale ...

Mix quickly as the batter starts to form and bubble up

 Dough

Voila

Go make some now...or at least tomorrow!
Bon Appetite!

S

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Frugal Fix...Water Logged Cell Phone

The Teenagers Cell Phone.

His link to the outside world, or so he says.

Dropped it in a bath tub half full of water...ooops
(Getting ready to bathe the cats)

Hollers "I NEED RICE".

Rice...???

Yes, Rice.

Did you know you could put your drowned cell phone in rice and it will suck the water out.


It is a desiccant meaning *a substance that promotes drying* 

Did you know that? 

Me neither...

Two days later.


Voila!

Turns out you can put your phone, sim card and battery in a bowl of rice for 24 to 48 hours and the rice will draw out the water.

If  phone was in water for more than a couple of minutes, it can take up to six days to draw out the water.

Um...Okay...I don't have six days to be with out phone, so I would get a replacement.

But two days...saving a couple hundred dollars...Uh, Heck to the Yes!

Another frugal tip from the always adventurous...

Frugal Missus.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Frugal Grocery Feburary

This month I am joining forces with Quilting in my Pyjamas in the Freezer/Pantry Challenge.
Although my stock pile is not nearly as impressive as hers, I have loads of frozen meat and decided to use it up before purchasing any more.
 (these pictures taken by The Teenager...who wants you to know I don't clean out the freezer as often as I should!)

(Did I mention that we are going to get a new refrigerator for our anniversary...?  This one is as old as College Diva!)

It had been a while since I saw the bottom of my deep freeze...
I found a trout that Fly Guy had caught over a year ago!
(Scary...I know.  What can I say...defrosting as I type)

The plan is to  purchase fresh vegetables, fruit, dairy and the most necessary of items.
Uh, can we say painful?   I might cry when I see great deals passing me by.

My pantry has a nice amount of sauces, pasta, rice and beans. I am going to finally make good on my promise to introduce more variety into our meals…I love all types of food, however when meal planning I tend to get stuck in a rut. 


Can anyone relate? Good, because I feel like we have spaghetti every week when I know we don’t really…although I could eat it every week because I love.it.that.much.

Anywhoo…my point being that I am going to crunch my already crunched food budget and see how creative I can get without my family leaving in protest.

This means no little stops at the store to pick up this or that to make a dish. If I don’t have it on hand then I will improvise. Again…I may have a riot in the kitchen, so don’t say I didn’t warn you.

I also won’t be posting my menu ahead of time because I am not great at following menus. I've tried but ail miserably each time. I might for grins put what I think I might make that week then post at the end of the week what I actually made. It might humor you

Since we don’t dine out often, I estimate I will be making 26 dinners. Exceptions will be for a dinner out with a friend and Fly Guy’s birthday celebration dinner. (Sushi)

I have on hand,

Two spiral cut hams…

One 9 lb Turkey

9 lbs ground sirloin

1 lb bacon

3 lbs pork chops

3 lb pork roast

4 lbs pork ribs

4 packages of tilapia fillets

12 lbs chicken breast

3.5 lbs stew meat

4 lb beef roast

2 lbs Andouille sausage

1 package Italian Sausage

1 package of beef cocktail sausages



I have plenty for the month as well as using up items that keep getting ignored…overlooked.

I will be instituting our Meatless Mondays, which sometimes get pushed to Meatless Wednesdays…Thursdays or something. 

I plan to cut my weekly grocery expense to $40.00 a week, down from the $75.00
I usually spend.

Wish me luck and come back to visit for more stories from the Adventures of The Frugal Missus.

Audra