Saturday, August 8, 2020

Dare to Share #429


It is Friday night, and you know what that means. 
It is time for Dare to Share! 

Sorry I am a little late to post the party. I have a good reason though..  I have been working hard trying to get this done before the party.  


I have been working on this paint by numbers set by Winnie's Picks.  I am so close to being done but some of the numbers are just too small for my older eyes.  I think I am going to have to use a magnifying glass to see them.  I was hoping to get it finished before the party, because I am going to be doing something the next few days and won't be able to work on it.  I will be sharing a review post as soon as I get it done. I will leave you with this though, this is a customized print of one of our beloved kitties that died a few years ago, and I love how it is turning out. :) 

I better get this party started because it is late, and I need to get some sleep.  

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Friday, July 31, 2020

Dare to Share #428


It is Friday night, and you know what that means..
It is time to Dare to Share!! 

Have you noticed that the summer seems to be going by faster and faster. School for us is supposed to start in three weeks, but as of right now things are still up in the air. We have a plan in place, but many districts are deciding to at least start online.   How is school happening where you live?  

Did you see that I shared my Dollar Tree Fun Finds this week?  I have been starting to find many cool fall and Halloween items that I will be sharing soon too.  If you love to craft or decorate, be sure to check out what the Dollar Tree has to offer. 

Well it is getting to be that time.. It is time to get this party started.. Link up and HAVE FUN!! 

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Thursday, July 30, 2020

July Dollar Tree Fun Finds



I know it has been a few weeks since I had a new post.  I have actually had a few of these finds for a couple of weeks.  As you know from many of my posts, I love shopping at the Dollar Tree. Every time you go, there is something new, and you never know what fun item you are going to find.  I bought these items in the last month, and many of them you can still find at the Dollar Tree. (My cute letter board I found at Aldi. I actually have a couple different kinds and hope to use them in my posts.  




One thing that I really like about the Dollar Tree is all the different types and styles of tote bags they offer.  This one just screams summer by the beach to me.  



A very exciting thing happened in most Dollar Trees this summer, they got expanded craft sections with many new craft products for only $1.  If you ever need a specific craft item always check the Dollar Tree before the craft store.  Here are some of my favorite craft finds this month.  The extra large rolls of mesh that sell for way more at the craft store, multiple colors of glass paint brush markers, and a retractable tube holder that extends to 14.5 inches. 


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If you ever seen unusual party items, grab them when you see them.  A lot of times they will not be in stock long and are special buys sent from other stores. Some of my finds include a birdhouse centerpiece, a beach party photo back drop that is 50 in by 72 in, butterfly paper lanterns, and an EK tools curvy cutter.



Even though many schools are not sure if they are going back to in person teaching,  there are so many cute supplies available.  The 2020-2021 planner is the one I had last year that I kept in my work bag and kept track of all my sub jobs. It is the perfect size, and each day has a lot of space to write on.  Of course I love the puppy notebook.  I don't even really need another notebook, but I could not pass up the cute face. I also loved the colors of the heart folder.  They have many fun and original comp notebooks in stock as well.


I was really excited about my kid fun finds. In the Glow Art box is a mini LITE BRIGHT.  It is about 2 in by 2 in a bag of colorful mini lights.  Right above it in the picture is a mini LED projector light.  I have not tried it yet, but it projects stars on the ceiling.  The space unicorn and google eye unicorn stickers would make a great gift for the unicorn lover in your life. 

While the calendar says July for another day, the Dollar Tree is already stocking for fall.   They have so many cute fall and Halloween items already on the shelves.  I am so excited about what I have found so far, which I will be sharing with you shortly, along with some fall craft projects. 


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Friday, July 24, 2020

Dare to Share #427


It is Friday night, and you know what that means.. 
It is time to Dare to Share! 


Do you remember back in February when I shared a pic of  puppies, and told you that I helped a friend pick out a sweet fluffball from a pile of pups?  I am visiting them this week, and I thought you would like to see an updated pic.  She is now 7 months old and a good sized dog.  She is full of energy, but a total sweetheart.  



I have also made some more progress on my custom paint 
by numbers set by Winnie's Picks.  This photo was taken about a week ago, and even more of cat has been completed. I am very happy with how cool it is turning out. 




I have been working on a new post that will be posting in the next few days.  I have been finding so many fun news items at the Dollar Tree that I want to share,  so you can possibly find them at your local store as well.  If you are wondering about the letter board, that is one of my Aldi Fun Finds that was one of last weeks special buys.  

Well it looks to be about that time.  Time to get this party started.  Link up and HAVE FUN!  


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Saturday, July 18, 2020

Dare to Share #426


It is Saturday, and you know what that means.. 
It is time to Dare to Share! 

I did not forget about the party, I was just away from my computer last night.  Do you remember when I used to go dancing every Friday night before the Covid shut down.  Well last night, a small group of friends who went to the dance had a social distanced reunion. While it was definitely not like the dance, we were able to sit in a circle and catch up outside in the backyard. It was the first time, we had seen each other in 4 months. It was a lot fun, and definitely needed. 

So this party is a little bit late to get started, but better late than never.  Let's get this party started! 

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Saturday, July 11, 2020

Dare to Share #425


It is Friday night, and you know what that means.. 
It is time to Dare to Share! 

I have a lot to share with you this week. After working on my friend's house for several weeks, we have finally got the work almost done.  Last Saturday was the last official day of the estate sale. We sold a handful of things during the week too, because of the internet.  Overall it was a success.  We also were able to get everything put together inside the house for it's official open house on the 5th.  The night of the 4th my friend, her son, another friend on the lake and myself spent the last evening at the house on the deck enjoying the beautiful view and a bonfire. 


It was a bittersweet unofficial goodbye. There may have a been a few tears shed.  The moon was breathtaking that night (my photo does not do it justice) and there were fireworks all around the lake.  It was so peaceful that night sitting by the fire, eating smores, and taking everything in.  The open house was a success as well. She had several people visit, and has also had 9 or 10 showing this week.  We are not quite done at the house just yet.  This weekend we need to go back and box up everything from the sale that is being donated to charity before the truck comes to pick things up.  The last few days I have been taking it easy.  Temps where I live have been in the mid 90s with a heat index feeling like 100.  I have a harder time breathing when its extra hot and humid, so I tried to stay cool and rested indoors.  I also had the chance to start a new project that has been in the works for awhile.  


I have been asked by Winnie's Picks to try a custom paint by number set.  I chose a picture of my cat Milo who died a few years ago and it still missed.  Since I have been so busy with helping my friend, it is taken me a bit to get started.  So far I really like it.  I just started yesterday and doing a section at a time so I do not accidentally smear the paint.  I will be sharing my progress and a review in the coming weeks, and based on what I have seen so far it will be a GOOD review post.  

Well it looks to be about that time again, time to get the party started.   Link up and HAVE FUN! 


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Friday, July 3, 2020

Dare to Share #424


It is Friday night, and you know what that means.. 
It is time to Dare to Share! 

Happy 4th of July!  

Well we are in the final stretch for the move of my friend.  This week we worked very hard to get everything organized and set up for an estate/moving sale in 90 degree plus heat.  It has been a lot of work and the sale has been going on for the last few days.  We have decided to open at least part of the day tomorrow since we are on a very busy lake were there will be a lot of traffic.  Then we have to box everything up and make sure the property is ready for an open house that will be this Sunday.   Afterwards we will spend our last 4th of July watching fireworks over the water. It will definitely be a bittersweet holiday.  She has had several people stop by during the sale to say they were interested in the house and hope to come to the open house.  To say we are beyond tired is an understatement but it has been worth it.  Since I really need to get some sleep for our big day tomorrow, I need to get this party started.  

I hope everyone has a great 4th of July holiday.. BE SAFE and HAVE FUN !! 

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Saturday, June 27, 2020

Dare to Share #423


It is Saturday, and you know what that means.. 
It is time to Dare to Share! 

If you have been following my Dare to Share parties for awhile, you know that I have been helping my best friend clean out her house, and pack for a big move.  This past week was probably our busiest week, because we were on a time deadline.  She wanted to get her house on the market before the 4th of July holiday. (she lives on a lake) We were finally able to get it all done with a huge push this past week.  Yesterday (Friday) we had movers moving all the furniture and items she was not moving to the garage, and a cleaning team over for a deep clean, all at the same time. Not ideal timing, but the time that worked for everyone. We are now also trying to get organized to have a big garage/estate sale next week.  By the time I got home last night I was very tired and sore.  I did not realize I forgot to post the party until today while I was sitting in the ER parking lot.  My friend who is moving, may have a stress fracture in her foot.  This morning it was swollen and bruised and she is not exactly sure how she hurt it but it was hurting enough I took her to the Dr.  Visitors are still not allowed to go in with the patient so I have been waiting. She just called that she is almost ready to go, so I need to get this party started. 

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Saturday, June 20, 2020

Dare to Share #422


It is Friday night, and you know what that means..
It is time to Dare to Share!

We are still very busy helping my friend move.  We have a deadline of the end of the month.  We still have a decent amount to do, but making progress. Tonight one of our friends took us out on her boat to rest and cool off.  I'm really going to miss this view.   



Well since it is a little after midnight, I am going to get this party started. 

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Saturday, June 13, 2020

Dare to Share #421


It is Friday night, and you know what that means, 
it is time to Dare to Share! 

We are still very busy packing up my friends house and helping her get it ready to move.  We are making progress slowly but surely. One of the definite perks of helping a friend who lives on the lake are the occasional boats rides when we take breaks. 



One of my friends had a big birthday this week, so we gave her a small party, and took a boat ride. It was such a beautiful day out on the water 



I did find time to get one blog post done in between all the moving.  As you know I love the Dollar Tree which has been having some really incredible finds lately.  If you love cookbooks you will want to check out some NEW Dollar Tree Cookbooks that sell for a lot more in other stores and online.

Well it looks like it is about that time, so I better get the party started.  

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Thursday, June 11, 2020

"NEW" Dollar Tree Cookbooks To Check Out

I love to buy cookbooks.  When I buy them I am excited and full of hope, that I will actually make some of the recipes in them. I don't always use them, so sometimes it is hard justifying paying a lot of money on a book.  I don't know if you have realized it or not, but the Dollar Tree has a book section that I check every single time I am in the store.  You won't believe some of the amazing deals you may find.    Today I am going to share the new cookbooks that I have are new to my store this week.  Each store is a little bit different but most stores get many of the same titles.  


The Science of Skinny Cookbook by Dee McCaffrey  List price on this  book is $19.99.  Prices for the book online are on  Amazon $15.70, and Barnes and Noble $17.99. In this book you will find 175 whole food recipes.  There are not pictures with every recipe, but several pages ofcolor pictures in the middle of the book.  I wrote down some of the recipes that caught my eye as I scanned through the book, they are Apricot Sweet and Sour Meatballs, Maple Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Pecans, Broccoli in Orange Sauce and Cherry Vanilla Smoothies. 

75 Flowers for Cake Decorators by Helen Penman List price on this book is $21.99.   Prices for the book online are $8.77 (ebay) and $9.38 (Walmart) both resale. The byline for this book is A beautiful collection of easy to make floral toppers for cakes and cupcakes. I was blown away by this book! There were beautiful pictures and directions for all 75 different flowers that arrange from easy to advanced.  There were so many flowers that I would love to try and make, and some of my favorites were the roses, orchids and lilies. 




Spiralizer Skinny by Vicky Ushakova and Rami Abramov  List price on this book is $19.99. Prices that I found online are $7.99 for Kindle and Barnes and Noble Ebook. The byline on this book is lose weight with easy low carb spiralizer recipes.  I decided to share this book in a separate pic because I found a spiral slicer at Aldi this week which is my other favorite store for $6.99.  Buying the two together would make a great gift idea.  The recipes that caught my eye that I really want to try are the California Chicken Salad,  Chicken and Broccoli Bake,  Chicken Parm Zoodles, and Bacon Cheddar Zucchini Fritters 






 



Charlie Palmers American Fare by Charlie Palmers (an award winning chef and who owns several restaurants) List price on this book is $40.00 (pictured)   The prices I found online are $19.99 for Kindle and Barnes and Noble ebook, and $4.83 resale.   This books is really big, and has more than 100 recipes.  Since it is only $1 at the Dollar Tree that is like paying only a penny for each recipe.  If you want to cook like a chef, then you will want to check this book out.  It would definitely make a great gift.   Some of the recipes that caught my eye are Pork Chops with Rum Maple BBQ Sauce and Italian Style Grilled Cheese and many more. 

Dairy Free Delicious by Katy Salter  List price for this book is  $23.95. The price I found online is $13.40 on Amazon.  Katy wrote this book because she found out she was lactose intolerant while working at a food magazine.   I personally love dairy, but I have a couple of friends who are also lactose intolerant so I could use this book to make things for them.  There  are pictures for many of the recipes which do not look complicated.  Some of the recipes that caught my eye are Chocolate Truffles, Brownies and several breakfast recipes  

  




Impatient Foodie by Elettra Wiedemann  List price on this book is $29.99. The price I found online for this book is $14.99 on seveal sites for the ebook version.  The byline on this book is 100 delicious recipes for a hectic, time-starved world.  There are pictures for almost all of the recipes. I admit to not being a foodie.  I have a simple almost child like palate. I'm not picky, but tend to eat easy to make food. This book makes fancy looking foods in a simple way, so I thought I would give it a try.   Some of the recipes in this book that caught my eye are tomato soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons, Apple Brie Bacon Grilled Cheese, Chocolate Hazelnut Banana Bread Pudding and Arugula Watermelon Salad.  


Halloween Treats b Annie Rigg  List price on this book $16.95 The prices I found online for this book are $4.69 used on Ebay and $11.95 on Amazon.   The byline on this book says Simply Spooky Recipes for Ghoulish Sweet Treats.  There are pictures of all the recipes most of which are cookies, cakes and sweet treats.   The recipes that caught my eye are Brainball Clusters, Sugar Rats and Pumpkin Pies.   This is a fun book especially if you love Halloween and have Halloween parties.  

WOW!!  I just added up the list prices on my calculator.  If I bought all the books at their list price the amount I would pay would be $172.86 (before tax)..  The amount I actually paid... only $7!!! 

Not all Dollar Trees get the same books at the same time, but if any of these books sound interesting definitely check the book section of your local store.  There are many other smaller paperback cookbooks out right now as well. 
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Saturday, June 6, 2020

Dare to Share #420


It is Friday night, and you know what that means.. 
It is time to Dare to Share! 

This week has been a busy one.  I am still helping my friend with her big move. I was at her house almost every day, sorting, packing, and transporting stuff.  She has made progress but still has so much to do.  Since I have been busy with her move, I did not post anything new this week.  Tonight while over at my friends house, we celebrated another friends big birthday. I did take lots of pictures of her themed gift bag and makeshift photo booth.   


I know this picture is a little bit out of focus, but I took it tonight looking at the Strawberry moon. It was so pretty in person how it reflected over the lake.  This was our view while eating chocolate cake with strawberries and whip cream... definitely not a bad way to end the day. 

Well it is about that time, time to get this party started...

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Saturday, May 30, 2020

Dare to Share #419


It's Friday night, and you know what that means.. 
It is time to Dare to Share! 

I'm running a little bit behind this week.  I have been helping one of my best friends to pack up her house and move to her new house. There is a LOT to be done. I went through it myself a few years ago,  so I know how she is feeling.  It is bittersweet and overwhelming for her.  She does have a nice smaller house that is better for her needs, but she is leaving a home where she has lived for over 20 years, knows all the neighbors and on a lake. It is definitely one of my favorite places to be, especially in the summer time. I am sure we will be making some new memories at her new house, but for now we are working hard and trying to enjoy a few more days at the old one. 

I was able to get one new post done this week ..


I tried out a product I found at the Dollar Tree.  You can see my review of the Rapid Egg Cooker here. You might be surprised at what I thought. 


Since I am a little bit late for the party, let's get it started.. 

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Friday, May 29, 2020

Rapid Egg Cooker Review


Not that long ago while at the Dollar Tree, I found a Rapid Egg Cooker. It claimed it was the World's Fastest and Easiest Way to Cook Eggs.  Since it was only a dollar, I thought why not give it a try.



When I opened the box, I found a small microwave safe bowl with directions to use it etched in the bowl. 




It is hard to see, but you can see what I mean in this photo here. 




The directions were also on the back of the box. It said to add a little bit of milk to the bowl to the fill line, and then add two eggs. 




I accidentally added a little bit too much milk, but so far this is how I usually start making my scrambled eggs in a separate dish before adding it to a frying pan.  I mixed the eggs and milk with a fork, and placed it in the microwave for 1 minute and 20 seconds as instructed on the box. 



I thought they looked good but just slightly under cooked at the instructed time.  I put them back in for 20-30 more seconds. 



In a total of 2 minutes, my scrambled eggs turned out perfectly.  I have made eggs with the Rapid Egg Cooker a handful of time since I took these pictures each time with the same results.  This product gets a HUGE thumbs up from me.  Not only can you use the microwave bowl for a lot of things, it really does make delicious eggs without the mess. If you see this product while at your local Dollar Tree, give it a try.  
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