My Alpine Home

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Weekend (Wonder)fuls. . .

I decided on the title of this post after cleaning up my thrifty finds from the last two weekends.

Why is the wonder in parenthesis?  Well, as wonderful as my treasures are, (at least to me); I often wonder why I can’t resist.  This time I justified it by saying that soon the basement will be finished and I’ll be moving a lot of things downstairs. 

A couple weekends ago I attended ‘Fleattitude’.  A junkers paradise!  I really did pretty good and did not buy a lot.

I couldn’t resist these goodies for my farmhouse kitchen.  Isn’t the drippings bowl so cute?

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Last weekend in St. George found me toting home more.  I’ve quit buying red glass, (so I thought) because my cabinet is full.  I knew I could squeeze in two small salad plates and a bowl. $5 at a yard sale.  So glad I did.  I found that I had two other plates to match.

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I love this platter.  Half price, $7 at a consignment store.

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I found the blue trimmed saucers and white ramekins at a thrift. $3 for all.  The saucers are Pyrex.  Who knew they made more than bowls?  The ramekins are Fire King.  Of course I can’t pass up a green handled kitchen tool or a sweet red and white doily for 50 cents.

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Four Johnson Bros. Thanksgiving plates for $1 each.  No wonder I can’t resist.

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As well as an old brown bottle and a rusty dustpan.

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This basket came home with me simply because of the color.  Are you starting to feel that I have absolutely no will power?

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I have a weakness for old boxes.  Wish I could say it was my ‘only weakness’! lol!

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I have plans for these in my craft room.  Again, the erasers were bought because I love the mustard colored box.

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I loved the graphics on these two bottles.   A thrift find for $1.50 for both.  They are not old.  They had a tag from a shop still attached.

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This fun tote was only $3.

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There you have it my finds from the last two weekends.  Actually, I have a few yard finds, but I’ll save them for another post.

All I can say is that they better hurry up and get my basement finished.  I May have more now than I have room for.  Might have to sale a few things.

Good thing I don’t go to yard sales and thrift stores every weekend.  Although it makes a person ‘wonder’ what treasures they have missed. Hee-hee!  Yes, I have a sickness!!!

hugs,

Jann

I will be sharing with:

Mid Century Cafe

Monday, April 29, 2013

Taking Care of Baby!

Take good care of my baby. . .

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Be just as kind as you can be.

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And if you should discover,

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That you don’t really love her. . .

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Just send my baby back home to me!

 

Oh my friends, I could hardly wait to get home and share this special find.  I have really missed you and can’t wait to come visit.

Now for the story behind the pictures and lyrics.

At one of the yard sales we went to in St. George I spied this gallon size baggie on a table full of stuff.

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The words ‘old blanket’ immediately caught my eye.

Tucked inside and hidden under the doilies is where I found this treasure.

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When I took it out of the bag I could hardly believe my eyes.  Like many of you, I swear I heard angels singing.

Now here’s the kicker.  When I took the bag up to pay for it the girl (who I would guess to be in her 30’s) said, “enjoy that blanket, it was mine as a baby and my grandmother made it for me.”

I gasped and said, “Oh my gosh, are you sure you want to sell it?”  A few of my friends gathered round and said the same thing.  She replied, “now ladies”.  indicating that she didn’t want us to talk her back into saving it.  I said, at least tell me your name, so I can think of you every time I look at it.

She replied, “Terry”. 

Sweet Terry, thank you for this treasure.  I will cherish and love it dearly.  After I got home I thought that I should have given her my number in case she ever changed her mind.  But then, if I hadn’t nabbed it someone else would have.

It’s hard for me to understand how someone could part with such a cherished  item.  But then, it’s a good thing that not everyone has emotional attachments.  If they did there would be no treasures for us to find, right?

Here’s the cute doilies inside.  Talk about a lot of bang for your buck.  Can you believe, $3 for all this?

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Two of them are runners.  I soaked them all in Biz this morning and they came out beautiful.  A few minor stains on a couple.

Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

hugs,

Jann

I will be sharing with:

Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday

Sunday View for Vintage View Party

Lavender Garden Cottage for Cottage Party

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Share Your Cup Thursday #55

Hello and welcome to Share Your Cup.  The party where you share what ever it is that makes you happy.  The party is starting a little early this week.  I will be on the road for a ‘Girls Gone Wild’ get away.  Well, as wild as girls my age and older can get. lol!

I know that I say this often, but you really amaze with your wonderful posts.  Makes it hard for a gal to pick just a few.

Suzy Q from At The Farmhouse set the sweetest little breakfast tray.  The colors are sure to brighten anyones day!

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And look at Priscilla’s wreath.  If I didn’t know better, I’d think she made it to go right along with Suzie’s tray.  Visit her at Priscillas

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Shannon from A Southern Belle with Northern Roots created this cute display with an old door she had bought to use as a back drop for her daughters wedding.

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Victoria from Sunny in Tucson shared her wonderful Pyrex finds.

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Jonell from My Grammas house shared an outdoor space that her hubby built her without her asking.  It has been on her wish list.

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I am still seeing a few posts with no visable link back to the party.  Please try and remember to do this.  Get out there and visit.  I’d love to make SYC one of your top traffic.

Thanks everyone and please grab my button if you were featured.

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A few rules and then let the fun begin!

1. I would love for you to be a follower of Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson.
2. Link up a particular post and not your entire blog. Please limit your links to no more than three.
3. Please have a link back to this post. That way others will know where the party is. Feel free to grab my button on the sidebar if you’d like. Only those with a link back will be featured.
4. Please find time to visit at least two other participants. It’s a great way to find new blogs

After you link up please come back and leave a comment. They help to fill my cup

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

BEE Happy!

I have always considered myself to be a happy person.  Life’s too short to spend each day being sad.

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If you don’t realize that now, believe me by the time you reach my age, (pushing 60) you will.

Inside I feel just like I did as a teenager hiking to the ‘G’ mountain.  But sometimes I feel my age. Some days I ache as though I have been hiking ‘G’ mountain. lol!

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Still I am happy.  I love life and life loves me.   I am very blessed and feel my makers love every single day.

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I see the beauty in so many things.  One might say, I have a positive attitude.

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I love meeting new people and spending time with family and friends.

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One of the greatest compliments I was ever given was told to me by my 17 year old grandson three years ago.

He said, “Grandma, it doesn’t take much to make you happy”.

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Yup, a few pretty dishes,  will even do the trick.  Which by the way are my youngest daughters.  I gave them to her for her wedding shower.  They are being stored here while they are in Spain.

You’ll never guess where they came from, the Dollar Store.

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My sweet Bee Skep is one of my favorite vacation finds.  I bought it at Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia.

The burlap bee container was a $7 clearance item at Ross and my cute doily I just bought at Fleattitude for $2.50

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If I had one wish for you it would be to “BEE HAPPY”!

Sure there will be days that one might have sadness.  But I pray that if that be the case that you will be able to pick yourself back up and be happy.

Hubby and I love the show, Duck Dynasty.  Uncle Si is always sipping on his sweet tea.  It makes him happy.

No sweet tea, but a Fresh Lime every now and then is so refreshing.

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And it’s ever so easy:

Just mix a lemon-lime soda (7-up, Sprite, Fresca, Squirt) with freshly squeezed limes and a bit of cherry juice.

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And don’t forget a few slices and cherries to make it ever so pretty.

Especially in my bright green and black thrift find pitcher.

This is sure to make you happy, happy, happy!

hugs,

Jann

p.s. Share Your Cup will start early tomorrow.  Sometime before noon.  I am heading to St. George for a ‘Girls Trip’.  Like I said, happy, happy happy!

How do you like my new header?  My daughter, Kylee revamped my blog as an early Mother’s Day gift.  May be doing a few more changes.  I woke up to this sweet surprise.

I will be sharing with:

Savvy Southern Style for Wow

Lavender Garden Cottage for Cottage Style Party

Hope in Every Season for Homemaking Party

Green Willow Pond for What We Accomplished Wednesday

Rose Chintz Cottage for Home

Common Ground for Be Inspired

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Sunday Sweets. . .Raspberry Cream Cheese Bars

Hi everyone, hope you have had a wonderful weekend.

I love fruit and my number one favorite is raspberries.  This morning I was havin myself a cravin for somethin ‘sweet’.

I swear, when I cut my first tooth as a baby that it came in as a sweet tooth. lol!

I make raspberry freezer jam so I decided it was the perfect time to make a recipe that I have had in my ‘to try’ drawer for quite some time.

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Now and then some of our local restaurants will share a recipe in our ‘Utah Valley’ magazine.

These Raspberry Cream Cheese Bars were shared by ‘Flour Girls & Dough Boys’ (artisan bakery and café).

Cute name, right?  Sadly enough the business has closed.  I feel bad whenever a local place shuts down.  I must admit that I had only been there once.  Maybe if I had gone more often. 

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I baked them before church and let them cool while we were gone.  I was so anxious to try one that I ate it before I fixed dinner.

Life is short, eat dessert first!

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Raspberry Cream Cheese bars

Ingredients

1/2 lb. butter, softened

1 c. sugar

2 c. flour

1 c. rolled oats

12 oz. cream cheese

3/4 c. Sweetened Condensed Milk

2/3 c. raspberry jam. (I used 1 cup)

Step 1:  Cream butter and sugar till well creamed

Step 2:  Add flour and oatmeal.  Mix gently to form a crumbly dough.

Step 3:  Put 2/3 of dough in buttered 9 x 13 pan.  Set aside other 1/3 for topping.

Step 4:  Combine cream cheese and Sweetened Condensed Milk in mixer till smooth.

Step 5:  Drop cream cheese mixture on top of crust and spread

Step 6:  Soften jam in microwave until pourable.  Spread over cream cheese mixture.

Step 7:  Crumble dough on top of jam.

Step 8:  Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 45 min. until crumbs are lightly browned.

After making these I didn’t think I would share the recipe.  They were good, but I thought that the crumbs were just a bit dry.  Well, guess what?  I realized that I had only used 1 cube of butter instead of two.  In my haste I read it as 1/2 C. instead of 1/2 lb.

OOPS!  If at first you don’t succeed; try, try, again!

Oh, and don’t worry.  They won’t go to waste.  Although, they may go to waist!

hugs,

Jann

I will be sharing with:

Clever Chick Blog Hop

Our Home Away from Home for Tuesdays at Our Home

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Coaxing Spring!

Recently we experienced beautiful Spring weather.  But lately Mother Nature has decided that she wasn’t quite ready to hang around.

If I glance out the window it looks so sunny and Spring like, but walk outside and it’s a different story.

The wind has been blowing and there is a chill in the air.  It has even sprinkled a bit of snow from time to time.

I decided that If I wanted Spring to hang around that maybe I needed to do a little coaxing.

I have had the kit to make this banner for a while.  Kraft paper pennants, assorted paper punched flowers, bakers twine, and a few rhinestones…Welcome Spring!

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This wooden Spring word had become faded.  It really didn’t say welcome.

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A little Mod Podge and glitter. . .

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Welcome Spring!

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While I was at it I added my stained glass butterfly that my friend, Joyce gave me for my birthday last year.

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And a few Spring posies.

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What do you think Mother Nature?  Ready to come back?

hugs,

Jann

If you haven’t joined me for Share Your Cup I would love to have you join!

I also want to thank Kerry Anne for featuring my Cabbage & Roses post on Shabbilicious Friday

I will be sharing this post with:

Style Sisters for Centerpiece Wednesday

Bernideens Teatime Blog for Open House

Shabby Art Boutique for Shabbilicious Friday

Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home

Made U Look for Made in a Day

The Dedicated House for Anything Blue Friday

Sunny Simple Sunday

Boogieboard Cottage for Masterpiece Monday

Alderberry Hill for Make the Scene Monday

Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday

A Stroll thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday

The Scoop

1208 for Pretty Things

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Share Your Cup Thursday #54

Hello my friends, and welcome to Share Your Cup.  Today is the hi-lite of my week.  Seeing all of the many ways each of you fill your cups is always such a delight.

Thanks for coming to party and if you are new, so happy to have you!

Here’s what caught my eye from last weeks party.

I fell head over heel in love with Debra’s seed boxes.  If you’ve ever looked for a vintage seed box, you know that they are pricey  Visit her at Common Ground to see how she made her own.

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Suzy from At the Farmhouse shared her collection of pretty Spring dishes.

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Cuisine Kathleen set a beautiful Spring table.  Love the polka dots and lace!

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Cynthia from Cynthia Lee Designs shared her cozy farmhouse style.

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There are always so many wonderful food links that it’s hard to choose, but I thought that Kitty’s Caesar Salad Bites were so fun and great for eating light.

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Thanks so much everyone and please grab my button if you were featured.

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A few rules and then let the fun begin!

1. I would love for you to be a follower of Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson.
2. Link up a particular post and not your entire blog. Please limit your links to no more than three.
3. Please have a link back to this post. That way others will know where the party is. Feel free to grab my button on the sidebar if you’d like. Only those with links back will be featured.
4. Please find time to visit at least two other participants. It’s a great way to find new blogs

After you link up please come back and leave a comment. They help to fill my cup