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Jul 6, 2015

Road Trip, Quick Italian Pasta Salad, Big Thrifting Scores!!!

Road Trip-
We had a great time this last weekend going to Baker City, Oregon. It's about 2 1/2 hours from here, and an easy drive. We wanted to do a day trip somewhere we've never been. Baker is just off the hiway and we'd seen it but never been in town. We went to the Baker Heritage Museum and the purportedly haunted Geiser Grand Hotel. We also had lunch, hit a yard sale, and saw the sights. Great trip! It really was a extremely RICH mining town, a lot of $$$ there. Here's some photos of the sights-

From the Heritage Museum, examples of historical life-

miner's cabin

winter coat

old time store

I've never seen purple jars!!!

love the wafer tin box!

kitchen, love it

apron, how cute!

I've never seen an electric range this old

canning time!

My Grandma had one of these :)

Love the blue stove

Looks like a Hoosier 

I've never seen a piece like this- desk and cabinet

I LOVED this portrait, sadly no name of artist, large and stunning!

flapper dress

From The Geiser Grand Hotel, a $7,000,000 restoration-

Incredible stain glass ceiling, huge!

19 of these chandeliers from a palace in Venice, incredible!

all original mahogany restored, gorgeous

Austrian buffet with swans

All gold leaf

ceiling detail

Photo from Allrecipes

Quick Italian Pasta Salad-
I found this recipe and made for the 4th of July dinner. Everybody loved it! I added celery and used 1/3 of the dry dressing mix. Yummy and cool and crisp!!! Quick Italian Pasta Salad recipe.

New thrifted table

Big Thrifting Scores!!!-
I had been looking for a used dining table for several years. We found the one above yesterday! At a thrift store for $150.00 with 4 chairs, which were too big. The table has a leaf and was perfect with our existing chairs. After talking to the manager, and using a forgotten frequent buyer discount, it was $83.00! It even fit in our mazda hatch back, a match made in heaven :) Gorgeous heavy wood and fits perfect. I love the big legs.

Our old one, wobbly and cheap, now on Craigslist-

After taking a wrong turn (lucky for me) we found a storage facility with all kind of things for sale-

Fossil Hanover organizer purse, expensive with pebbled leather, like new! $2.00, yes $2.00!!!

Not a knock off, the real deal :) A small town so maybe they don't know the brand, but I do...

Nice rusty metal bin, $3.00 

Fun little wooden scoop, $3.00

Target 1/2 price summer sale, heavy outdoor thermometer, $10.00

$3.00 solar LED outdoor lights, I got 4

Anya enjoying the new sink :)

Jul 4, 2015

Have a Happy 4th!!!

From The American President-
"America isn't easy. America is advanced citizenship. You've gotta want it bad, 'cause it's gonna put up a fight. It's gonna say, "You want free speech? Let's see you acknowledge a man whose words make your blood boil, who's standing center stage and advocating at the top of his lungs that which you would spend a lifetime opposing at the top of yours." You want to claim this land as the land of the free? Then the symbol of your country cannot just be a flag."

Jul 1, 2015

Kitchen Re-Do Part 2, More Record-Breaking Heat

Kitchen Re-Do Part 2-
I recently posted about my Kitchen Backsplash Re-Do. Today was part 2! We had a plumber (luckily) pull out our old sink and install our new sink, faucet, garbage disposal and water filter with some minor modifications. We also had him replace our 35-year old leaky exterior water spigot. All good now! He was able to pull the old sink without damaging the counter, hurray! He put in the new, HEAVY, deeper, shiny sink and added all the components. I LOVE it! The old almond sink was pretty old and the new white one is really BRIGHT! It's a Kohler Brookfield cast iron model sink. A friend dropped by and remarked how, looking into the kitchen, with the new white back splash and sink, it was lighter! Yes indeed.

Old sink and faucet, way too high

Progress underway

New sink in, and adding components

Ooo, ahhh, all caulked

So shiny!

I love the new stainless steel faucet I chose, a Moen Walden, smaller, low profile, cheaper & will do the job! We also added a soap dispenser and replaced our under counter water filter. All done! I donated the old sink to the Habitat store as it's still usable...

More Record-Breaking Heat-
Triple digits pretty much the whole last week. It is just so HOT for the garden, yard and chickens. We been watering some section daily and rotating the areas. It's 97 right now at 8:30 p.m. Ugh, I hope you're staying cool! The hens have been getting lots of cool treats and I'm using the mister too. The GOOD news- I picked my first 2 ripe tomatoes yesterday, 2 Lemon Boys, so tasty. I have NEVER harvested this early, but with the mild spring, and really early summer-like weather I planted early. My basil is huge too, ready for pesto making!

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