Monday, October 28, 2013

Thrifting Finds #29!

Once again, it was a rather disappointing weekend for thrifting. Unfortunately, we didn't get to do our usual Sunday rounds.  Instead, we went to hubby's office and worked on a project that needed to get done.  The good thing is that, given the way the thrifts have been lately, it's unlikely we missed out on much!  With any luck, we'll be back to our usual routine next week.

I did find a couple of things, and I have some other stuff to share, which makes me feel better.  Since I really only post once a week, I hate it when we find nothing and I have nothing to post about.

So let's get to it!

1.  Blown glass snifter!  Lately, hubs and I have been hitting the thrifts and hubs makes a quick trip around then goes out to smoke while I look more carefully.  When I saw this on the shelf, I figured he had either seen it and didn't want it or missed it completely.  As soon as I spied this beauty, my little hand shot out and snatched it.  Those who have been paying attention probably realize that I love this color, having in the recent past purchased this:

...and this:
...and this:

So after I bought it, I showed it to hubs, who immediately made an "Oooh!" face and said he must have missed it.  Since he liked it so much, I gave it to him to add to his collection at work.  Also, the price was right:  $0.48!

2.  Cookbooklets!  I love these little booklets, generally put out by food manufacturers, encouraging mid-century housewives to use, say, Crisco, in everything from biscuits to coffee.  The one on the left touts Mirro bakeware, the other one is published by Pet evaporated milk.  Neither one seems to have any outstanding recipes, but I only glanced through.
And here's my rant about these.  Someone gave a buttload of these to one of the Goodwills I frequent.  What the GW has done is painstakingly adhered a non-removable price sticker to each and every one, each with the price of $1.19!!  Really, Goodwill?  A lot of these are like, four pages long, and now they're ruined by having huge price labels on them.  What they should have done was put a fistful of them in a baggie, and sold that for $1.19.  The only reason I bought these two was because it was half-off red tag day.

What I Made This Weekend Department

I'm not exactly sure why I took these pictures this weekend, but as long as I did, I thought I'd share 'em.

Dinner!  Last night we had Ritzy Pork Chops with spaetzle and mixed vegetables.  I thought the chop was kind of meh, but hubby liked his.  This is one of those dishes I'll make one more time, changing up the seasoning.  If we don't like it the second time, I won't make it again.
Go check out Heidi's blog, if you can.  She doesn't update regularly, but I've come across a lot of recipes there that I want to try.  

Tonight's dinner!  This is Chicken & Wild Rice soup, that I thought I got from Colorado Lady but when I went to look for it, I couldn't find it.  I have a really bad habit of copying recipes from the Interwebz and not noting where I got them.  We haven't had this yet, so I can't give a review.  I'll update tomorrow and let you know what we thought.  If it's good, I'll share the recipe, too.

Edit:  Hubby approved of the soup (though again, I thought it was kind of meh), so here's the recipe:

Chicken with Wild Rice Soup

1 celery rib, chopped
1 medium carrot, chopped
1/3 cup chopped onion
5 1/2 cups water
1 package (4.3 oz) long grain and wild rice mix
1 envelope chicken noodle soup mix
2 cans condensed cream of chicken soup
1 cup cooked cubed chicken

In a sauce pan saute together the onions, carrots and celery (add a little oil if you want, it's really not necessary)*.

Add the water, rice with contents of seasoning packet and soup mix. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for about 10 minutes. Stir in soup and chicken. Cook 10 minutes longer or until the rice and vegetables are tender**.

* I used a little oil because I didn't want it to stick.
**This took more than 10 minutes to cook the rice.

Goop!  That's what hubby calls it, anyway.  Actually, it's homemade moisturizer, courtesy of Colorado Lady.  Hubs and I both get really dry skin in the winter (and I've started already), and I thought I'd give this a try, just to say I did.  It certainly was easy to make!  I've only used it a couple of times and it seems pretty good, but it'll take a couple of weeks of regular use, I think, to really come to any conclusion.  I thought it was going to be too greasy for hand cream but it's not.  Still, if I make this again, I might cut down on the petroleum jelly next time.

And that's it from Fondue Headquarters!  I'm keeping my fingers crossed that next week I'll have all sorts of really nifty bargains to show you!

Linking up this week at Sir Thrift A LotThe Nifty Thrifty, and We Call It Junkin 


  1. Er I kind of want to eat the goop. I looks ike a pretty pudding! :D Love all your blue glass what a lovely lot of BLUE!

    1. Can you tell what my favorite color is?

      You should see the goop in person--it looks like fluffy pink icing. I'm having a hard time not tasting it!

  2. my pet hate is the stickering of books with labels that are damaging drives me mad , i could do a whole rant about it

    1. Rant away--I don't mind! There are a couple of Goodwills around here that use those particular labels, and you can't remove them for anything! Unfortunately, the other Goodwills use Sharpies to mark everything, which is often just as bad.

  3. 0.48 ??? I can't find anything for that price around here! Incredible score!

    1. The pricing around here is really random--it could just have easily been priced $4.95 or $48.00! See my rant above ;) My personal favorite is stuff from the Dollar Store that's been marked up to $2.00.

  4. I hear lighter fluid gets off the stickers without damage to the paper. I haven't had the bad luck to have to try it yet, but if you decide to, let me know!

    1. Mmmm, I don't think that's happening. I'm kind of ham-handed, so soaking anything in flammable liquid is courting disaster.
      Has anyone else tried this? Please share!

  5. I thought that the Goop was some kind of yummy fruit dip! Dang it....

    Love that snifter. You are so sweet to give something that you love to your hubby. AND you cook for him? He's a lucky guy!


    1. I tell you, it's getting harder and harder to resist tasting that goop!

      And yup, hubby's a lucky guy.

      Not as lucky as I, though ;)

  6. That was so nice of you to share pretty glassware! I miss stuff all the time on my first and even second pass through.

    1. I'm pretty sure I miss stuff all the time, too. I have kind of a short attention span, so I never really give the shelves as thorough a perusal as I probably should.

  7. Hi Bob, I love that shade of blue, too, so don't blame you for gravitating toward it. Those little cookbooklets are great, I have a few myself. Thanks so much for sharing this at my We Call It Olde Link Up this week. Hope to see you again Tuesday. -Dawn @ We Call It