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Perfectly Imperfect Life..........

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Etsy Treasury

Aprons2tie4 included my Primitive Star Pears 
in her Thanksgiving at the Farm Treasury!

Thank you so much Aprons2tie4!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Fertilizer Friday ~ 10/22/10

Boy, did this week pass me by!
I was a little under the weather
so I think that had something to do with it.

But time marches on and here it is again
Fertilizer Friday over at Tootsie Time.

My Oldest and his FiancĂ©e brought over the pumpkins they grew.
They live in the country and don't get any Trick or Treaters.

Look at the size of these babies!!
All are huge but the one on the left is Mega Huge!

Of course, Mama had to get in on the photo ;)

As I walked around the garden looking for anything in bloom,
I was surprised at what I found.
Oxalis under the pond bench is blooming.
When I was little we called this Sour Grass and used to pull a
stem off an chew on it! LOL

The Purple Potato is in full bloom.
This thing is so vigorous I cut it to the ground each year
and it comes back bigger and bigger

To my delight I found a few of my Lilacs blooming.

This one is from my Mother's Garden.
I love the white edges of the petals.

 Miss Kim has buds ready to burst open.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Fresh Red Tomato Cake

To all of you who are waiting with baited breath it was.........

mmmm mmmm goooood!!

Kinda similar to Carrot Cake.
No you can't taste the tomatoes.

So here ya go ☺☺

Fresh Tomato Cake
from RecipeLand


1 cup brown sugar, dark
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
2 large eggs
3 cups flour, all-purpose
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups tomatoes,  ripe and peeled
1/2 cup nuts, chopped
1/2 cup dates, chopped
1/2 cup raisins, seedless chopped


Mix cream sugar and shortening.
Add eggs.
Add sifted dry ingredients, mixing well.
Stir in tomatoes, nuts, dates, and raisins.
Put into greased and floured 9x13 inch baking pan.
Bake in preheated 350'F oven for 35 minutes or until cake tests done.
Frost with cream cheese frosting.

I changed a couple things.
I didn't peel the tomatoes. Instead, I pureed them.
Didn't add raisins or dates.
Doubled the nuts.

Monday, October 18, 2010

A Few Great Finds...

Be sure to visit each of these ladies to see lots of great Treasure!
Coastal Charm

A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words


After receiving an email from the Estate Sale List I'm on,
I was really excited to check this one out!
Just look at all that Treasure!

I had never been to a sale organized and I use that term loosely,
by this company. From the photos they looked like any other organized
sale....boy, was I wrong.

What should have taken us about 45 mins. took us 2 hrs.
I've never had so much trouble finding a place before.
My Garmin gave us wrong directions
(I need to break down and buy updated maps!)
The Directions I printed out from Google were wrong,
a different wrong from the Garmin.
Just when we were about to give up,
 we got enough of a cell signal to get directions from the phones GPS.

They had no signs except for the one in front of the house!
Now this was way in the boonies, mind you,
no gas stations to ask directions from.
 Anyway, we made it.

Lots and lots of Treasure,
but the few items that actually had prices on them seemed high.
There was only 1 lady working it and she was at the checkout,
so in order to find out the price of something you had to take it to her and wait your turn.

I wasn't in too good of a mood from hunting for this place so didn't feel like lugging things back and forth to her.

It was a huge beautiful home though, with 4 acres of Almonds.
Hardwood floors throughout.
Large living room, family room, front room, dining room,
and I do mean large!
The kitchen was pretty good size too,
with large pantry and laundry room.
I was too busy looking through all the goodies I forgot to pay attention to how many bedrooms it had :~
Also a large cement patio and garden. 
It had a shop about 3 times the size of a double car garage.
A guest room, which had a fireplace, was attached to the shop.
There was also another room attached to the guest room.
The price tag of the home is $389,000.

OK enough dreaming about the home!

These are the few things I left with.

A round wood frame,
 2 more nests with birds (why oh why can't I pass these up!!??),
2 vintage Japan Bird Clip-on ornaments.
One bird is in good condition the is not.

And an embroidered Souvenir Hankie from Alaska
Total $6.

We hit a Country Yard Sale on the way home and found
a sweet Lambie, planter and a couple topiary in need of some help.

And the pis de resistance...

this sweet chandelier!
My first ever Chandelier find :)

I'm pretty sure it's some type of iron, either cast or wrought
and very dirty.

At first I thought I'd sell it, but....

I've taken a shine to it, even with it's lilac color.
So it will be staying.
A good winter project to rewire and
add a chain for the Gazebo next Summer.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

It's Starting to get Spooky......

We've been adding to our Halloween Decor over the last few days.
More will be added, but the scariest not until Halloween Day...got to keep the neighborhood kiddos guessing ;)

Moma Cat supervises as Melissa decides
where to place the headstones and Mummy.

Everything looks better at night, of course ;)

Wish I had a wider front "porch" so I would have room for decorations.

We were out gallivanting around the other day and happened to stop by Target where the had the neatest "Porch Pot".
A black urn with black sticks decorated with orange mini lights.
I fell in love with it but not the price...$29.99!

Didn't take a photo in the store and this is the best I could find on the net.
I know it's not very good.

Anyway I decided I could make it way cheaper.

I have a urn that stays by the front door 
which I change out for the seasons.
And I have plenty of sticks in the backyard ,
black paint ~ check,
foam for the urn ~ check
orange mini lights...nope.
So I picked up a string there for $4.99.

Came home stuffed foam into the urn,

then added the sticks.
Now, Targets just had the painted black foam exposed...
didn't care for that too much so I added some Dollar Tree moss I had
and went crazy with the black spray paint.
Threw on the lights and decided to add the
infamous Dollar Tree Black Crow
we all have.


15 mins and $4.99 we have...

it's a little smaller than Targets and not as Professional looking,
but I love it!
And that's all that matters, right!?

We also stopped into Home Depot
and much to our surprise a

They had all their Christmas stuff out! yes, already!

I decided to take a peek (something I never do until Thanksgiving).
Well I ended up walking out with a new Christmas Tree! LOL

The one we have is quite old and really too big for the size of our living room, especially with the new furniture we got over the summer.
This one is a petite 5' tall and much narrower and....
drum roll please...


Woo Hoo! I'm so excited to have a pre-lit one!
I was surprised at the price,

Didn't think that was too bad at all.

maybe I'll put it up after Halloween,
just to see what it looks like in the room, of course


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