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Showing posts with label PATRIOTIC. Show all posts
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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

FLOATING LUNCH

We spent Labor Day on our son’s pontoon boat.  It had rained, and the temperatures had dropped just enough to make the day bearable.  It was a fabulous way to end the Summer. 

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Bargain Hunting with Laurie
First, we found some good ways to work up an appetite.

 

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I had to take these pictures very quickly, because my family was already removing food from the table while I was snapping pictures.

 

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At home, I can take pictures while everyone is somewhere else in the house.  On a boat, there is nowhere for everyone to go.  I briefly considered pushing them all overboard, so I could get my pictures, but then I decided I might be putting blogging before family, so I snapped while they ate.

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We let the ants stay at the picnic, since they delivered our salt and pepper.

 

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Bargain Hunting with Laurie
Bargain Hunting with Laurie
All of our food didn’t fit on the little table on the boat, but I’m not going to show you the “seat scape”.  Trust me, it wasn’t a pretty sight. 


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Bargain Hunting with Laurie

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Two of our granddaughters decided that Lilly Pads make great sun-brellas, ..


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and even better sunhats.
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Our youngest grandson decided that he was the boat captain. Yes, this is the 1.14 pound baby that so many of you prayed for after his birth nine months ago.  Those chubby cheeks are proof that prayers work.  He is a miracle!  (Those are shadows on his check and his right side.  I didn’t want you to think we let him get sunburned.)
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At the end of a fun day, it was finally time to leave the water, the Lilly pads, and the sun behind, and head back to reality.
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I am posting some of my favorite inspiration photos on Friday.  I hope you’ll come back to see them.  Thank you for floating along with us today.  laurie

Saturday, July 6, 2013

WE CELEBRATED AMERICA’S BIRTHDAY

 

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Our grandchildren (and sometimes some of the adults) were in and out of the pool all day.  When they get out of the pool, they are ALWAYS hungry.  Swimming works up an appetite.  I had healthy snacks waiting for them in the “refreshment center”. 

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My “serving table” is a bench that my sweetheart made years ago.  I attached a board to the top of the bench, which gave me two surfaces for food.

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I paid $2.00 for the metal “refreshment center” sign at the auction I recently attended.  I think it originally would have had a Coca-Cola sign attached to it, but I’m glad it was gone, because there would have been Coca-Cola collectors bidding against me if it had been there.

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4th of July-Bargain Hunting with Laurie

 

4th of July-Bargain Hunting with Laurie

If I didn’t want to show you my scale, also purchased at the recent auction, I wouldn’t show you this table.  I’m calling it “the forgotten table”, because I forgot to use it on the 4th.  I had clean strawberries to put in the bowl on top of the scale, and chocolate dipping sauce to put in the little bowl inside the wooden box.  I completely forgot to take them out of the refrigerator!  So, I am now forced to dip all of those strawberries and eat them myself!

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I have admired other blogger’s scales for YEARS, but being a bargain hunter, I’ve never found a scale that was in my price range!    I was so excited to see two of them at the auction.  I lost the first one to a higher bidder, but I guess she and I were the only two at the auction who were really interested in scales.  I had a little competition in the bidding for this one, so I ended up paying $17.50 for it.  I was thrilled!

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Bargain Hunting with Laurie

Two of my granddaughters, waiting for the “firework parachutes” to float from the sky.

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Our grandson (now 7 1/2 months old) with his mother.  Many of you prayed for Cooper when he was born at 25 weeks, weighing one pound, 14 ounces.  Look at this chubby little guy now.  He weighs over 11 pounds!  All of my grands are God-given miracles, but Cooper is our most obvious miracle.

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I’m happy to have you visit today.  laurie

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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

FIREWORKS PICNIC

We serve our 4th of July meal at about 2:00 in the afternoon, so by fireworks time, we need want a little snack. 

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I fill a basket with plates, grapes, and a few flowers (okay, honestly, the flowers go in the basket only if I’m posting pictures to my blog).  (Red and white melamine plates:  Le Cadeaux)

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I cover a tray of cheese and crackers with one of my willow cloches,

flag tray

and grab a bottle of wine.

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Yes, I know these are martini stems, but can you see those pretty stars and swirls on them?  It is much more important to use a stem that fits the occasion than one that fits the beverage you are having, right?

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I purchased the napkins and matching square tablecloth at an estate sale several years ago.

Bargain Hunting with LaurieJust a little bit of light, so we don’t slosh the wine all over the place when we’re trying to pour it into those martini stems.

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Patriotic napkins, tied at the corners, cover pillows from the sofa. 

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Bring on the fireworks show.  We’re ready!

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Wishing everyone a great weekend, and wishing my American friends a safe and happy 4th of July.  laurie

I am linking to Let’s Dish Wednesday at Cuisine Kathleen, Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters, and Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

PREPARING FOR THE 4TH

We have two of these iron rocking chairs in our yard, and they are a favorite sitting spot.  For the last couple of years, I have used two tie-on seat pillows (one on the back and one on the seat) on each of them, but those never really worked right, and all of the tie-on strings finally tore.

When we were cleaning out the garage, I found these floral cushions that I had used on the chairs several summers ago.  They were in pretty good shape, but the floral pattern didn’t go with anything else we have outside.  I put the two cushions in the give away/trash pile.

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It’s not the first time (and I’m afraid it won’t be the last time) I have gotten something out of our trash pile.  But, I had a good reason this time.  I had priced cushions for these chairs and decided that I was going to wait until the cushions go on sale.  But, what was I going to do about these chairs in the meantime? 

That’s when “Hometalk” stepped in.  I was browsing through all of the great ideas on Hometalk when I spotted Shabby Paints’ posting of her painted chair cushions.  What did I have to lose, but a little of my time?  I already had paint, and I could drag those cushions out of the trash pile and paint them.

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I followed the directions on the Shabby Paint site, and I used A.S. chalk paint in Old Violet. 

I was already painting a piece of furniture with this paint.  You may already know that I am not a patient person (that’s an understatement).  I can’t stand to wait to see the results of a project.  I think my impatience also makes me a sloppy painter.  When I’m finished painting, you would think I had been painting myself instead of furniture. 

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So, since my hands, arms, and legs were already painted Old Violet from my furniture painting (come back on Tuesday to see that project), I took my paint brush outside, and painted those old floral cushions.  I think they are going to work out great until I can find some on sale.

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While I have my camera in the back yard, I’m going to show you another one of my purchases from the auction I recently posted about.  I bet nobody who read that post thought I would purchase one of those “Red Goose” shoe displays.  I remember buying Red Goose shoes, and this shoe display brought back some great memories.  

Those are my gardening shoes that I’m storing on it.  That’s why those shoes are so nasty looking.  I realized after posting this picture that I should have rinsed the garden debris from the inside of the shoes before taking a picture to share on my blog.

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I’ll end this little post with the chalkboard that lives in our back entryway.  I’m getting ready for our 4th of July celebration.  Thanks for visiting.  laurie

I’m linking this post to Seasonal Sundays at The Tablescaper.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

INDEPENDENCE DAY DINING

On the 4th of July, some of our guests (the younger crowd) eat outside, but some of us (the older folks) like air conditioning while we’re eating. So I’ll have a table set in the sunroom for us “older” folks (not yet old enough for assisted living, but too old to enjoy dining in the heat).  Excuse the angle of these photos.  I’m still trying to figure out how to take photos with all of that light coming into the sunroom.

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4th of July-Bargain Hunting with Laurie

Our Lowe’s Store had these plastic, restaurant style baskets and liners marked 50% off recently, so of course, I had to buy 8 of them.  I will serve pieces of fresh fruit in the baskets, along with a dip in the little blue plastic bowl.

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4th of July-Bargain Hunting with LaurieInstead of flowers in my flower holder napkin rings, I used toothpick flags.  We will be using those to pick up and dip our fruit, so I won’t have to wash a salad fork!  You can just call me Lazy Laurie.

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When we finish our fruit, we can pile our food on the Moda Home patriotic plates, purchased several years ago at Tuesday Morning.

4th of July-Bargain Hunting with Laurie

Of course, we’ll be having corn on the cob.  I have no problem cooking it for a crowd, since I learned how to do it on Pinterest.  Do y’all cook your corn with husks on, in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes?  I just lay them on the racks in the oven, and when I take them out, it is sooo easy to remove the husks, and the corn is sooo moist.  I have so many great sounding recipes on my “Food Fun” Pinterest board, I’ll never get time to make them all!

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4th of July-Bargain Hunting with Laurie

 

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4th of July-Bargain Hunting with Laurie

Can you tell who is waiting under a cloche on a nearby table?

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Shirley Temple is ready to provide after-dinner entertainment.  This little cutout was a $2.00 purchase at the recent auction I attended.  She was originally on the top of a box of Shirley Temple note cards, but she had fallen off the top of the box and was being kept inside.  I don’t think anyone else at the auction had looked inside the box.  They probably wondered why that crazy lady was buying a beat up, very plain old box.   (Of course, even if they had looked inside the box, they’d probably wonder why the crazy lady was buying a Shirley Temple cutout!)

4th of July-Bargain Hunting with Laurie

4th of July-Bargain Hunting with Laurie

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I’ll be linking to Let’s Dish Wednesday at Cuisine Kathleen, Centerpiece Wednesdays at The Style Sisters, and Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch.  Because I’m sharing my $2.00 Shirley Temple, I’ll also link to Thrifty and Vintage Finds at Dagmar’s Home. (To be honest, everything on the table was a thrifty purchase, because I “nevah” pay full price for anything!)