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The Story of a Yard Sale Toy

While visiting yard sales I love to take pictures of the strange things I find, or the obscenely overpriced.
I found this pup for $10

The next week at Target I found him brand new for $15.19 :

And then last weekend at another yard sale for $1 :

I can always tell who just wants to get rid of stuff, and those are my favorite sales. The sales where items are priced high, "Because I paid ----- for it" or "It's ----- on eBay" are the ones that I walk away from quickly.

More Yard Sale Fun

Words to ponder

Came across this quote while reading The Good Girl by Christy Barrett. It completely threw me off and made me pause.

Perhaps when we find something that reminds us of how people acted in high school it isn't because they haven't grown up, maybe it's because high school is really the start of social dynamics.

Before then we're all just pretty much friends with everyone. We pretend play with whoever is available.

Once high school starts we tend to gravitate towards others like us and separate into groups.

Maybe it really isn't a bad thing after all.

What are your thoughts?

Small Changes: Chocolate Cereal

I dedicate this entry to my husband. He picked up the box of cereal and said, "Hey, do this one." So I am. Just for him.

Cereal isn't my first choice as a breakfast food. It's pretty much empty calories. There's no protein in it, it's all carbs. Breakfast is supposed to fuel your day. That isn't going to happen with a bowl of cereal.

But there are some people who love their milky bowl of crunch in the morning (or in the

Here we have two boxes of crispy rice chocolate cereal.

 The first one is a natural brand found in the organic section of my grocery store. There's nothing of any nutritional value in it, but it's still much better than the Post offering below it. Mainly because of the hydrogenated oil.

Read the labels! Get to know the ingredients and what you're putting into your body. If you're feeling ill a lot, your diet is probably to blame. God gave us wonderful foods to eat and when we routinely deviate from His garden of g…

Things that make you go hmmmm

Okay, just one thing that's making me scratch my head in wonder.
How did this bottle of Lemon Italian Sparkling Mineral Water from Whole Foods Market end up at my local grocery store in the clearance section? There were about 6 bottles of it.
Did they receive a shipment obviously meant to go to the better store?
Is it a sign of things to come? 

Oh how I'd love to have a Whole Foods Market right around the corner.

A girl can dream.

Small Changes: Shredded Cheese

Today we're not just talking cheese, we're talking shredded cheese. This is the time of year when everyone has a party or picnic to go to, and most of the time you need to bring a dish of some kind. Many of these dishes call for cheese.

Sidenote: I'm so in love with cheese that I have to restrict it from my diet 99% of the time. I cannot be trusted with the creamy goodness that is cheese. Colby. Cheddar. Mozzarella. Gouda. Gorgonzola. Monterey Jack. Cream. Pepper Jack. Sigh. I love cheese, but it does not love me. It tempts me ever so. Today at lunch I splurged and order chicken parm. I only ate about half of it and that should last me several months. My body works much better when I stay away from cheese and dairy in general. Though, surprisingly, ice cream does not affect me in a bad way. Hmmmm.....

Anyway, back to cheese. Many recipes call for shredded cheese and the food industry has listened and provided a myriad of choices in the shredded cheese department and they hav…

Foaming Soap: A Hint

Did you know that you can turn any liquid soap into a foaming soap? To re-use your foaming soap containers, simply fill 2/3 with your favorite soap (I used a natural liquid dishsoap that I wasn't happy with) and the rest of the way with water. Gently shake it to mix it up. So easy!

Stuffed Red Peppers

I've never liked stuffed peppers. One of my least favorite things to eat. Right up there with stuffed cabbage. *bad shivers*

Green peppers aren't a favorite around here. We much prefer the yellow, orange, and red variety. I had an epiphany one night and made stuffed red peppers. They were divine.

Made them again last night and wrote it all out for you.

Stuffed Red Peppers

1 onion, diced
3-4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 medium zucchini, diced
2 cups cooked brown rice
14 oz can diced tomatoes
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 cup spinach
1 lb ground chicken
7-10 red bell peppers

Preheat oven to 350
Combine all ingredients except for the rice and peppers in a large pot. I use my cast iron Dutch oven.

Stir and cook. While cooking, prepare the peppers. I use an economy bag of red peppers from my local grocery store. This bag holds seven peppers. The recipe easily makes ten. 

Cut the tops off of the peppers and pull out the seeds and veins.

After your chicken and vegetables mixture has cooked through you'll …

Small Changes: Peanut Butter and Jelly

I eat the same thing for breakfast every single day. Most people think it's weird, I just think of it as fuel to get my day started. I was never big on cereal, mostly because I don't like milk. Other than a little splash of it in my tea I don't drink it.

I start my day with an organic brown rice cake with peanut butter and jelly on it. It works for me. The peanut butter provides protein and the jelly provides the yum.

I prefer the Lundberg Farms brown rice cakes. Brown rice is a good carb, white rice is a bad carb. White rice has no nutritional value and turns to sugar in your system. Brown rice is a whole grain and is a much better choice. 
I get the lightly salted ones. I find these in the organic food section of my favorite grocery store.

Now, let's look at some peanut butter and jelly. For the peanut butter I just chose Skippy because it's a brand that everyone is familiar with. I prefer the natural peanut butters, but if you don't like the texture of them and …

Yard sales can be interesting

From house to house I never know what I'll find. I'm going to start taking more pictures of the strange.
The above picture was letting everyone know that they were welcome.

The yard sale where this picture was taken was full of over-priced items. They had an Atari 2600 with a bunch of games for $75. I almost laughed. But they were very proud of it, "We played that a lot, had a lot of fun with it..."
Yeah.....30+ years ago.

The following pictures were all snapped at the same sale. Enjoy.

Camoflauging the Gas Meter

It's no secret that the gas meter is an ugly appendagein your yard. If you're in a neighborhood like mine then everyone has one, you either let it be or you try to disguise it somehow.

Here are some I snapped on a recent walk down my street: