What a busy weekend!

Before I get started, I wanted to ask a question.  When I get comments on my blog, I try to always reply to them.  Does anyone see my replies, either by checking back in with the website or by email?  I am just curious, that’s all.

Mark and I have been taking it easy in the days since his Pop passed away.  I went back to work on Thursday and by Saturday, I was itching to get some second hand goodies.  I didn’t feel like driving all over the area to hunt down some rummage sales, so I went to one of my favorite thrift shops.  Here’s what I got:

Vintage Hawaiian dress (From Hawaii and it has a Tiki head on it!), late 70’s-early 80’s polyester “working woman” dress, 70’s polyester maxi dress (Someone invite me to a fancy party so I can wear this soon!), Lord and Taylor 80’s ruffled plaid shirt, 60’s psychedelic scarf, 60’s sleeveless polyester turtleneck, 70’s Wrangler snap front shirt (Ride ’em, cowboy!), 70’s nylon robe, and 60’s loafers (Brand name: “Fling!”) There is one more dress, but it’s going to be for sale so I didn’t include it in the photo.

Some kitchen goodies: two vintage pink Watertown Lifetime Ware melamine sugar bowls and a vintage sugar dispenser.

All thrifted for a grand total of $7!

Here’s the Hawaiian dress in action.  I wore this last night when I went to a potluck with college friends that I haven’t seen in almost 15 years.  I ate good food, laughed until I cried and my sides hurt, shared stores (and pieced together ones from the old days), and had a great time.  I made my black bean, tomato, and corn salad.  This is so damn easy to make and it’s my staple potluck dish.  It’s tasty and I almost always have the ingredients on hand to make it.  It even works well wrapped up in a flour tortilla.  I have a little left, so I will take a photo and put the recipe up this week.

Here’s an outtake.  I swear, the outtake photos are some of the best.  I call this pose, “Oh no!  I think the camera is going to fall!”  This damn photo cracks me up every time I look at it.  I made it my Facebook profile photo so I can look at it often.

Now, for some food talk.  I hate wasting food.  Absolutely hate it.  This is why I love to roast vegetables!  When they look like they are starting to go bad, I toss them with a little oil, spices, and roast!

I adore the flavor of roasted tomatoes.  Here are some store bought grape tomatoes that weren’t looking that great.  With our own garden about to produce more tomatoes than we can handle, I will be roasting a lot of tomatoes in then next few weeks.  There is a lot of oil left over so I am going to pour it into my salad dressing shaker bottle and see if I can come up with some sort oil and vinegar salad dressing.  Heck, it’s already seasoned with garlic, salt, and pepper!  Side note:  this dish is one of my favorite vintage Pyrex refrigerator dishes.  My mom gave it to me and it was my first refrigerator dish.  I have five pieces total now and I am always on the look out for more.  I could buy it on eBay or Etsy, but that’s too easy and I really enjoy the hunt.

This photo makes these carrots look burnt, terrible, and unappetizing.  However, they are very tasty!  I had a bag of baby carrots that were a bit dodgy, so I tossed them with oil, garlic, salt, pepper, and smoked paprika.  Unfortunately, I was distracted when I was shaking it out of the jar and I poured way too much paprika on these poor carrots.  They taste great though!

Today has been a day of housework and grocery shopping and cooking.  I am flat out exhausted!  Right now I am in my cozy spot, oddly enough with no cats, blogging and listening to The Monkees on Spotify.  Thank goodness for Spotify because I am hearing some unreleased tracks and I am totally geeking out about them.  Anyway, after I got all my chores done, I took a lovely, hot bubble bath and put on this ’70′s dress that I bought for $3 two weeks ago at a thrift shot and forgot to take a photo of.  I just love this dress to itty, bitty bits!  Mark hates it.  It’s not something I would wear to work because I am sure I would get the sleeve caught on something and hurt myself, but it’s perfect for a evening of lounging like tonight.  Or, for twirling around and skipping barefoot through a meadow of flowers, which is secretly what I want to do when I put this dress on.

You know, for someone who has never been a big fan of the color blue, it’s been creeping into my wardrobe more and more lately.

Phew!  This is the longest and most photo heavy post I think I have ever done here!  I hope you all had a great weekend and are refreshed for whatever life has in store for you this week.

Have a great night and keep cooking!





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  1. Your maxi dresses are fabulous on you and I love the Hawaiian frock, too! those carrots look delicious!
    I don’t expect an answer to my comments and I never think of checking back! x

  2. EEEK! I’m feeling very frisky about that Hawaiian frock,and I am gagging to see the red maxi and the “working womans” frock with the tie in action!!!That one with the tie really wets my whistle! You rocked the Hawaiian frock!
    I can’t wait to see what your black bean/corn/tomato entails,it might be similar to mine!I adore corn and tomato,my two faves..I shoulda been a Mexican!!!
    My G doesn’t like cooked tomatoes,dammit,so I rarely get to eat them!Yours,and those carrots look scrummy…
    The blue frock is fabulous! I have something along those lines in green I was just thinking about earlier,as I have never worn it!I need ot take it in a little,and then I will..when the weather is warmer.It looks so lovely there right now!
    Regards answering comments or questions, personally I like to go to the blog of the person who asked and do it there.It seems more polite to me.But that’s just me!Everyone will have their own opinion!
    Rock on,gorgeous! XXX

  3. I don’t have time to check back in comments and if I want to ask someone something to which I want an answer, I email them!

    All of your treasures look amazing – PLEEEEASE MODEL THE RED MAXI FOR US!!! You look gorgeous in the blue frock and I also adore roasted tomatoes and I love the outtake pic – it looks as though you’re dancing!

    Sarah xxx

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