Monday, November 23, 2015

We Went to an Auction

We went to an auction yesterday, there were lots of goodies and lots of people!  I had my eye on only one thing, I really never expected to get it, but I did and for only $15

It's a Napco "Miss Cutie Pie" cookie jar - how cute is that?  The only other bidder was the lady in front of me - she stopped bidding, yay, for me!!  I can't believe I was lucky enough to get it - I know these are worth a whole lot more.

I have this Lefton "Miss Dainty" piece that I found in the US a couple of years ago,  I like it a lot even if it doesn't have a lid.  Do you have any of these cute pieces?

Friday, November 20, 2015

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

It seems I make the same kinds of muffins and nothing else - bran, banana chocolate chip and blueberry, the other day I branched out and made pumpkin chocolate chip muffins, oh, my, are they good!!  

The recipe came from All Recipes but here it is anyway!

3/4 c. white sugar

1/4 c. vegetable oil

2 eggs

3/4 c. canned pumpkin

1/4 c. water

1 1/2 c. all purpose flour

3/4 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp. cloves

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. nutmeg

1/2 c. chocolate chips (I added more)

Preheat over to 400.  Grease and flour muffin pan or use liners

Mix sugar, oil, eggs.  Add pumpkin and water.  In separate bowl, mix together flour, b. soda, b. powder, spices and salt.  Add wet mixture and stir in chocolate chips.

Fill  muffin cups 2/3 full with batter.  Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes.

I could have made a double batch and froze them, but I wanted to try them first, so I'll definitely be using up more from the big can of pumpkin!!  

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Bulbs and Trees!!


If you read my post yesterday,  you know that I was on the hunt for stars for my ceramic trees, well, look at what I was given and I only had to walk across the road - stars, bulbs, bird bulbs, butterfly bulbs - what an array!   I have a very kind neighbour!    And, that's not all - now I have four trees - she gave me another tree!!  It's the one on the right!  Love it!!!

I am so grateful, thanks, Debbie!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Ceramic Christmas Trees

Yes, I have three ceramic Christmas trees!!  But, I didn't know it and that is a bad sign, a sign that I buy more Christmas stuff that I don't know I already have!!  The one on the right I've had for a couple of years, it's a pretty big one.  I bought the one on the left last week at Value Village, it was a really nice tree, look at that base!!  So, this morning, I thought I'd look at the the big tree and lo and behold, there's another one which I must have bought last year but I don't have a clue where!!  

But, I have no stars for the two smaller ones - I've seen them when I've been in the US before but I have never seen them here in Canada.  I've also checked on Ebay and Etsy, I think purchasing on there might be a thing of the past, the postage is ridiculous - for one little star - over $10 - I think not! I wrote to the seller, she wouldn't budge on the postage!  Too bad!!   Are there any Canadians out there who have seen them?  Or anyone who has extra stars hanging around?  

I don't think I better buy any more ceramic trees!!!  I sure do like them though!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015


These three items cost me $2.00 total - that's my kind of thrift shopping!!

I have been wanting a Santa boot for a while, now I havea pair and they are marked officially, Santa's Boot - you could get a lot of candy in these!!  I paid 25 cents for each boot - I think that's a crazy price - in a good way!

I wonder if this is an indication I will find some great old ornaments this season - purchased two boxes for $1.50 - the ornaments in one box are all from Poland, the other box from Japan.  I hope I can find enough to make another wreath - last year the pickins' were slim!!  

I felt like it was just like the old days - I found three Vera scarves, I've paid as much as $2 for a scarf at this shop before, today they were 25 cents for the three, yes, 25 cents total!!  I love the nautical one and the Verasheer one is a ladybug one, this was a great find for me!

It makes it so much more fun when you go into these places and find something you want - did you find anything good this week?

Monday, November 2, 2015

I Saw Ringo Starr!!

Yes, I saw Ringo Starr in concert!!  We've had  tickets since March to see Ringo and his All Starr Band in Toronto on October 20 - this concert definitely ranked in the top five of concerts that we've seen.  The concert was at Massey Hall, a smaller venue which was a perfect spot for a concert like this - no screens needed there and the sound was outstanding!

Can you believe Ringo is 75 years old?  How can that be?  He doesn't look it, he doesn't act it, his concert was 25 songs with no intermission - the songs were great, he interacted with the audience - hey, I guess he's had a lot of experience at it by now!

Ringo has been touring with an All Starr band since 1989, this particular group has been together since 2012 - it's unique because many of these guys had hits in their own right - Steve Lukather from Toto - remember Rosanna and Africa - Richard Page from Mr. Mister - Broken Wings, Kyrie - Gregg Rolie from Santana & Journey - Black Magic Woman - Todd Rundgren who performed as a solo artist and with the group Utopia - Love is the Answer, Bang the Drum All Day - these songs were all performed and of course, Ringo's great songs - It Don't Come Easy, You're Sixteen, Photograph and a few Beatles songs - Yellow Submarine, I don't think there was a person there that wasn't singing along with that one,  With a Little Help From My Friends and Give Peace a Chance - the encore song!    That's just a few of the songs - it was just the best night!!  

Like I said, it was definitely one of the best concerts - I was thinking back to the past year, we've been so lucky to see some great ones - Fleetwood Mac, John Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Revival, Lynyrd Skynrd - have you seen any memorable ones lately?

CBC's Peter Mansbridge interviewed Ringo, it's quite interesting,  give it a listen!

I still have my 45  - better give it a spin!  Now I've seen Ringo perform this song live - so fun!!!

Two posts in a week - I'm proud of myself!!

As Ringo says - Peace and Love!!!  Have a great day, my friends!!