Friday, January 26, 2018

Valentine Roundup

Today my blogger friend Jemma at 
featuring some ladies from Etsy to show off
their Valentine's Day treasures.
I am one of the 
blessed ones!

Isn't she so sweet to do that? Here is a sneak
peek of the items I included
but click over to Jemma's blog
to see what's in her shop
and all the other 
pretties the ladies
are offering. There are
even some sweets!

Happy (early) Valentine's Day
Happy Shopping!

AnnMarie xoxo

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Frigid Weather = Comfort Food (Dessert!)

.....and comfort food includes desserts and sweets too!

While most of the country is in a deep freeze, there may be some of you that are still enjoying a balmy 80 degrees. You'll want to turn your oven on for these too.

We all have made the chocolate chip cookie bars from the back of the chocolate chips at least a hundred times, right?

Well, I am tired of those. The last time I made them they were too thin and too crunchy.

I searched for a new recipe and the one that I found is so good that I made two batches, one after the other while the oven was hot. I need one batch for an event this weekend and I could not bear to bring them all and not have any for home!

My new favorite word to describe something really, really good is Ridiculous.

These chocolate chip cookie bars are RIDICULOUS.

Delicious Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chip Bars
(they had me with this title)


2 1/8 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
12 tablespoons butter ( 1 1/2 sticks), melted and cooled slightly
1 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Adjust the oven rack to lower-middle position. Line a 9 x 13 baking pan with foil, letting the excess hang over the edges of the pan by about 1 inch so you can grab those edges and pull the brownies from the pan after they have baked. Spray the foil lined pan with nonstick cooking spray.

Mix the flour, salt and baking soda together in a medium bowl; set aside. Whisk the melted butter and sugars in a large bowl until combined. Add the egg, egg yolk and vanilla and mix well. Using a rubber spatula, fold the dry ingredients into the egg mixture until just combined; do not over-mix. Fold in the chocolate chips and turn the batter into a prepared pan, smoothing the top with the spatula.

Bake until the top of the bars is light golden brown, slightly firm to the touch, and edges start pulling away from the sides of the pan, 24-28 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Lift bars out of the pan with the foil edges and cut into squares.


I followed this recipe to a tee. I usually "cheat" and put everything into the electric mixer but I think the hand stirring is what keeps these so fluffy and light.

It took mine the full 28 minutes to be done.

A good baker has to test her goods. I trim the ends off to a straight edge and eat that slice of goodness. There are no calories in the ends.

Start your new year off with some comfort food and chocolate chips. You have the whole rest of the year to work the calories off!

AnnMarie xoxo

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

The Vintage Kitchen

In an effort to replenish my Etsy shop after a very good holiday sales season, I have been thrifting every chance I get.

It just occurred to me that out of the last 14 items I have found, 12 of them are kitchen items.


Is this the time of year to clean out the kitchen? I know it is the time to get new bedding and linens, clear out clutter and clean, clean, clean.

I guess the kitchen is a big part of that.

Good for me! I found some great vintage kitchen items and I have been furiously listing them in my shop.

Here they are in no particular order:

This pitcher makes me want to redecorate my kitchen in pigs! Or maybe pink and add pigs! I thought it was so cute when I found it. It is made by KMC and available here.

This classic kitchen icon is such a great find. Perfect to add a little whimsy to your kitchen. He is from 1988 and is available here.

You gotta love a good enamelware pot, if you are at all into vintage. I happen to have an obsession with it! I have a whole section of enamelware in my shop. This classic white pot with red trim is available here.

Another cookie jar, as five of my new found treasures are cookie jars. This one is from Hyalyn Pottery and has a pretty wildflower design on one side....

....and an orange and yellow floral design on the other. It is quite large and made of porcelain. It is available here.

Remember these cute little froggys? They are from the 70's/80's and hold your scrubby sponge at your kitchen sink. This one is large and has been hand painted with flowers and a butterfly. It is available here.

These two cookie jars are from the Pfalzgraff Treasure Craft collection. There are yellow pears on one and peaches on the other. The blue and white checks are the Hopscotch design. They are available here and here.

Oh, if only I had room on my counter tops for a sweet cookie jar or a nice vintage milk glass canister set like this one from Wheaton. I would have my pick, wouldn't I? It is available here.

Another item I do not have room on my counter top for but wish I did, is a paper towel holder. This one was made in France and is white painted cast iron. There is a cute rooster on top for that French Farmhouse style kitchen. It is available here.

This mason jar style canister is great for anything, as it's name La Cuisine implies.  How about cookies? It is available here.

Lastly, this enamel coffee pot has a retro look to it with it's collection of 60's style kitchen items on it. Fill it with cookies. Just kidding! It makes a great vase though. It is available here.

Oops, I just realized I said 12 kitchen items and I only showed you eleven. There is one more great milk glass Hamilton Beach Pyrex mixing bowl available in my shop, in case you are needing one to, you know, mix things in. Like baked goods that you will be making on these cold wintry days.

What will my next thrifting adventure turn up?

Stay tuned....

AnnMarie xoxo

I am sharing with these great blog parties:

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Hearty Good Wishes!

I've enjoyed
and treasured my
blog friends
throughout 2017....
sharing with you,
chatting with you,
getting to know you.

Looking forward to 
starting the new year
with you and
new friends....

See you all in 2018!

AnnMarie xoxo

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Abundant Blessings

To all who have visited me and 
left lovely comments
throughout the year....

I have been blessed to 
to call you friend
and I wish for
you abundant
blessings for the
New Year

AnnMarie xoxo

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Romantic Touches for Christmas

This is my second post on my holiday décor.  If you missed the first one,
which featured mostly rustic décor, you can see it here.

I have been waiting almost a month for an item I wanted to use this
year as part of my new décor.

It finally came in the mail.

I think it will fit in perfectly with the Creating Christmas Link Party going on
at Jann's Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson.
I am linking up at My Thrift Store Addiction
  where the theme is A Rustic and Romantic Christmas.

I am going with the romantic theme in this post, although I couldn't resist
putting a picture in of my vintage, retro tree. It
has a little bit of romance on it.

My house is a mix of rustic, romantic, retro and traditional décor.
What can I say?
I love all styles of décor with a huge emphasis on vintage :-)

This is the item I was waiting for.

My husband bought me the dress form so that I could play dress up
for the seasons. When I saw this dress,
I knew that is what I wanted to style for Christmas.

It is sage green with just enough red and green to make it Christmasy.
I added a simple red satin bow, a sparkly gold pick and some vintage pearls.


I have a collection of nativities and this is one of my favorites.
I bought it years ago on QVC. It was a limited quantity item and
I have never seen anything like it since.

Across the room is another small porcelain nativity I found
this year at a thrift store. It fits perfectly with my
mirror vignette and Gurley angels.

My mantel is dressed with Joy. The vintage picture hanging above it 
is of a sleigh driving through the countryside.
Such a romantic thought for Christmas time.

The sweet glass vase with the ornament on top was
found at a show this past September on a 90 degree day.
Still, I was thinking ahead for Christmas decorating.

My stackable poinsettia boxes were found a few years 
ago at half price after Christmas. I have
loved them ever since.

You saw the window seat in my first post.
I added the snowman pillow since then. The snowflakes in the 
windows with my fringed valances add a touch of romance 
to my parlor.


In the living room, the floor to ceiling window gets
dressed every year with a sparkly wreath and
gold ribbon.

The top of the armoire has a handmade (from Etsy) JOY banner
and flocked trees.

My snowman sits atop a chippy bench 
that is hiding the plug for the tree.

You can link up your Christmas home tours
at any one of the participating bloggers
until December 24th.

AnnMarie xoxo

I am linking up to these blog parties:

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Christmas Decor - New Every Year

I have been waiting since the Spring to use my
Seasons Greetings crate and birch logs!

I found both this past Spring and Summer at
yard sales.

I shop year round for Christmas decorating ideas.
I have firmly adopted the "buy it when you see it" rule.

My decorating for Christmas is mostly Winter
décor so I can leave it up longer. I sprinkle a little
Christmas in there to make it festive 
over the holidays.

The picture is is the floor and my cupboard literally leans to the left!

I have a random approach to holiday decorating.
I have lots of options stored in the basement 
so something is there for wherever my decorating
senses take me. 

Although I take pictures every year of my décor
I don't even look at them for ideas the current year!

I like it to be spontaneous.

I also buy new stuff every year, according to 
what tickles my fancy (and what's on sale!)

Like the window seat with all Christmas pillows.

It is decked out with all kinds of pillows year round
but I didn't have enough Christmas pillows for 
the whole seat.

After I saw Cecilia's post at My Thrift Store Addiction
with all the pillows lined up on her couch, 
I made it my mission to go get some.

With crazy good coupons for Michael's and JoAnn's
I found a good assortment.

The Joy pillow is from last year's after Christmas sales,
one of the things I look forward to every year!

I found this fabulous Peace pillow at TJ Maxx last year 
after Christmas for $5! It is all felt.

And then there are those thrift store finds I bought
to sell in my Etsy shop and just had to keep!
Like this sweet rocking chair and the hand painted
winter scene bowl.

New this year is the JOY basket filled with greens, another after
Christmas sale find last year.

The globe with pinecones is new also, and it lights up,
apparently only when it wants to (it is switched on)!

I have a plaid/woodland theme going in my dining room. The plaid 
cooler, tote bag and thermos (from above) are all garage sale
finds. My collection of deer can be seen scattered
around the room.

I came back to edit the picture of my dining room centerpiece. Once
again I was inspired by a post from Cecilia at My Thrift Store
Addiction and had to make a cake stand centerpiece of my own.

There's also snowmen and Santa's scattered about,
both of which I have a huge collection of.
They all don't make it out every year :-(

In the kitchen I tried something new this year.
I saw this idea at Kingsbury Brook Farm
and had to try it.

Lucky for me, on a recent visit to Rustiques (my former booth) 
there were vintage garlands at 50% off.
I bought a few and made my own small wreaths.
I had the ribbon and decided it was
enough to make a statement.

They turned out a little bigger than I thought I'd
want but I am living with it!

(I have to apologize for the quality of pictures. My house is
so hard to photograph! I tried all different times of 
day and lighting and this is the best I got)

My centerpiece on the island is a retro camper, tree and
woody station wagon I put together in a huge
apothecary jar that I found in Skaneateles, NY.
There is one thrift store there so I always have to
check it out. The jar caught my eye immediately.

I found the retro aqua reindeer towel at Walmart.

I made the Let It Snow sign last year after
seeing it on another blog. I found
the wood board already painted
aqua and distressed at 
Goodwill and bought it not knowing
what I would use it for.

The Parlor and Living room décor will have to wait
for another post. Partly because this post is too long
and partly because the tree is standing in
the living room undecorated still!

I do have to show you my recent $5 find at Walmart though.

I do very little decorating in the bathroom, usually just
this window. I did get a snowman soap dispenser
to help get to the minimum required to use my
coupon at JoAnn's for the pillows.
It's perfect that I did because then
I found this!

I think it's my favorite decoration so far this year!

Till next time.....

AnnMarie xoxo

I am linking up with these great blog parties:
Vintage Charm
Share Your Cup
Thought "Full" Thursdays
Holiday Link Party
Home Sweet Home
Share Your Style
Best of the Weekend
Anything Goes Pink Saturday
Happiness is Homemade
Home for Christmas Bloggers Link Party