Thursday, March 31, 2011

Table for 1 and Cauliflower Soup !

What.... you say blech to cauliflowers? Do you like potato soup? Would you like a less starchy version?
Search no more.... you have found a healthy home-made delicious potato soup substitute!
2 large heads of cauliflower
3 or 4 onions (per your taste)
Chicken or Veggie stock 2 to 3 cups(and if you don't make your own,splurge for the kind with no MSG)
1-2 cups fat free half and half
Shredded cheddar per your taste
and salt and pepper
Ya know how on Top Chef they tell you it takes time for the soup flavors to "develop"? Well...I think its true. Which is why I make my soups mostly in crock-pots!
I use this gorg crock-pot from Target. Super cheap, lots of cook room ,and oh so sleek !

Honestly... I change up the recipe every time. Just remember to add lots of the veggies and let it cook all day!
Also...keep in mind that soup thickens after it has been no real need to add flour.
After it has cooked most of the morning and afternoon,I get a slotted spoon and put the cooked veggies in the blender and puree everything till smooth. I put it back in the pot with the broth and add fat free half and half ,a couple of cups of shredded cheddar ,salt and pepper,and let it warm for another 30 minutes to an hour.

So... I got a little freaky with the pepper. If you follow a low carb diet this is absolutely perfect! This soup is quite dee-lish.... healthy or not!

...and it yields plenty of leftovers for the rest of the week!

At my table for 1, I even got to use my newly thrifted danish modern candle holders...and new to me milk glass/juice glass for my grapefruit juice!

Monday, March 28, 2011

A Peek Into My Petals World.......and the "Tub of Wonder"

My sweet "not so wee(anymore)"...Petal is easily the most colorful of the family. At a just newly turned age 8 ....her tangerine room suits her perfectly!
I had to show off her newly thrifted "tablecloth". Costing under a dollar this Old Navy scarf gets the job done perfectly ...AND with a mod vintage feel...AND pom-pom fringe to boot!

Instead of junk drawers at my house we each have a "Tub of Wonder".This perfect pink tub was found at the Target "dollar spot" (though I recall it cost 2$'s). It houses any stray odds and ends at the end of the day...I-Coffin's,Squinky's,Hello Kitty eraser's ,or lone dolly shoes!

A place for everything and everything in its place (hah!).

The story under the "Trixie ,Dixie, and Dell" painting.
Happy Monday!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Thriftventuring...A List to Thrift by: Item #1 L.P. Cover Art

Soooooo....if I intend to start
"A list to thrift by". I thought it would be big fun to do a post on EACH item!!!!
Lets start with ...L.P. cover art.....which has always been a favorite around Pagoda-ville!
Each unique sleeve is as eclectic as the day is long and has a little something for everyone!
The above pic is a few I left behind at a special Thrift that has a spectacular GIANT record section. I am beginning to regret leaving behind "Actual Business Letters" and Ethel Smith's organ tunes!

Well why the heck not elevate L.P. cover art as "real" art in your home? I have always been drawn to those rather generic orchestral covers with amazing art direction and have collected them for some time...but until I moved into my new home and inspiration eventually struck for filling my odd little architectural nook above the big screen....
I never really knew what to do with them.
I am now simply AGOG over my ever changing L.P. cover gallery!
So what did I come home with?
How about Disney's Chilling,Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House?This album has actually been on my "to be thrifted" list for a long while.....and let us not forget the yummy ear candy center!

Have a little taste!

Little did I know that this truly tropical treat by Lani Royal was going to become the new sound track to my life!

Delicious and refreshing!

My former soundtrack?.....Mr Martin Denny and his orchestra ...natch!

Could there be better cover art? I have even used this image as my screen saver.

I suspect there has never been a more clever vessel for the elevation of L.P. art to Fine art than this aaahhhhhhmazing screen from Able and Baker Design. Perhaps I shall treat myself to this yummy-osity one day when I turn my dining room into my design studio...a little pretty something to hide away the eventual mess.

Kate Bush's ,"The Dreaming"
is probably my super nova ,all time ,favorite album cover. The image is referencing the song "Houdini" and how the key would be "passed" to Houdini.
This could certainly warm up a boudoir frame.

So what about you....could L.P. cover art be the panacea for your own artless walls? If I were a bit braver I think I might permanently affix an entire wall with covers. But how to choose which ones to use with so many lovelies?
Atleast at the thrift we shall never run out of possible candidates !

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

The Decorating War Within and Playing with Knick-Knacks and STUFF!!!

My inner decorator is forever warring within itself!!!
I like knick-knacks and STUFF!
Crazy kitschy witty winked at STUFF!!!

As evidenced here in this picture of me and my STUFF in the Fiesta Kitchen of my single days! You may click to enlarge this image and glimpse my lucite bag collection housed behind glass doors just above the taxidermied(oh yeah...) instrument playin' frogs!

....ahhhhh....but the hubs was not such a STUFF lovin' man and your lovely blog-hostess had to change her evil STUFF-hoardin' ways.

As evidenced in this pic of the Cliff May home.

....and this one. When un-encumbered by STUFF there is an amazing sense of being able to breathe in a space...and I LOVE this look.
Sigh...missing that sweet little home.

Same furniture-STUFF but now filling our new beloved home......and its even airier!

You walk in and immediately get the minimalist vibe.

Once upon a time my donkeys roamed freely about the windowsill.

Now they must contain themselves in an eclectic chest.

At the Cliff May home my STUFF filled "Magic Closet" looked more like a booth at an antique mall.

Here at the new Pagoda my "props" are bit pared down!

Lately I have been feeling the urge to decorate with knick-knacky STUFF , but employing my "minimalist within" editor.

It has been fun to just play a bit with my good STUFF.

I am craving a little area to just go kitschy crazy with some good STUFF. What the heck why not go a bit wild....its just wall space!

So what do you think are all of us bloggy vintage kitschy chickadees moments away from an invitation to be on Hoarders?
I continue to be thankful for my minimalist lovin' Hubs...and oddly I think he has developed an interesting appreciation for all my STUFF over the years!
Happy Tuesday !


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