Sunday, September 26, 2010

Sometimes we just need to know our limits

My old gal (she is now 12) knows her limits.  They are set by that glass door where she has been sitting for hours lately.  She can't go any further than that glass door BUT she continues to watch all those squirrels busy getting ready for winter.  And BOY have they been busy lately.  I'm just hoping that isn't a sign of a hard winter. 

I, on the other hand, apparently need to learn from her.  I just can't sit still for very long.  As I mentioned earlier, we just got back from Colorado.  Now that our sale is over at the Mart we are off to Wisconsin!!
Hopefully I will have time to travel the area a little bit and see if I can find some treasures that I can share at the Mart....and of course with you all.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Pumpkins...Pumpkins...Pumpkins!!!!


Our next sale is approaching quickly  (Sunday, September 26th)
They always find some really neat pumpkins to add to the fall sale.  The whole shop is really decorated for the season.  The dealers have found some really awesome items. 

I have just gotten back from Colorado visiting my grandkids (my daughter's daughters).  It was ninety almost every day so coming back to 60's was mind boggling.  I really am ready for fall but maybe not so fast!!

I need to go on a buying trip soon and time seems to be flying by more than usual.  Between football, Halloween and just getting yard and all the toys ready for another winter season .....hmmmm  Help!!!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Back in Time

Just got out of the workshop….thank goodness it is cool and dry out. Sure makes a difference with my attitude as well as the varnish. I found this autograph book from 1892.


I’m still so fascinated by it. Not only because it is so beautiful and very old but to just read the entries of people at that time. The handwriting alone is amazing.


I can remember my Dad telling us so often about how they taught penmanship in school in his day. The Palmer method I believe was what he called it. How he would have to draw circles on top of circles on top of circles. All in an effort to teach them the proper way to hold the pen and to correctly “write” their words and letters.



I don’t think they even teach writing or penmanship in school today. With computers it seems that printing is all they need. Of course typing is now “keyboarding”. When my SEVEN YEAR OLD!!! Granddaughter said she was learning the keyboard, I thought she was talking about the piano!!!!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Time is flying by as usual....Fall is apparently here!!!!

This is a tree right across the street.  If fall isn't here it must be right around the corner.  And so is another sale for the shop which means I had better get going on some sanding and inventory entering, etc.

The anniversary sale was a great success and really a lot of fun.  It was followed up by what was going to be just another sale...huh.  At the last minute we decided to celebrate one of our dealers 60th birthday.  He didn't know of course!!  What a hoot.  We even had a customer volunteer to sing!!  He overheard a couple dealers suggesting we should sing happy birthday.  He announced that if he had a guitar he would be glad to do a sing a long!!  Of course they immediately found a guitar and so it went.  Greg's face was as red as his shirt. 
The balloons that are hoovering overhead are all "Happy Birthday" balloons.  They also had % off written on them so our customers picked out a balloon and got that percentage off their purchase.  It really turned out to be a favorite.  The hot dog buffet was a hit as usual and all the desserts were gone quite quickly. 

We were really busy.  It was a beautiful day out.  The tent was put up outside and obviously empty.  The reason being that Sue, Sharon and myself quickly found out that bees were enjoying life right in that same spot.  They did not enjoy our interruption and started chasing us into the shop.  So needless to say we let them have their "space". 

Furniture seemed to be the most popular sale.  Small items moved as usual.  It was nice to see some of the old faces....collectors and dealers.  Bonnie sold her wall clock that was the featured item on our web page.  And vintage clothing was also a hit.  Our corner was decorated with sewing and clothing features.  They always do a great job every monthly with a different theme.  Check out the great piece that Greg brought in...its on our facebook page...sorry I cant post it here.  Must have saved it some place strange???  I never said I was good at this stuff.  Actually just learning as I go.

Next sale (Sept 26th)will be fun with all the pumpkins we bring in every year.  Becky finds some really unusual pumpkins.  The usual along with white and some really ugly, bumpy scary pumpkins.  The Fall sale is just the way to start off the season.  I love it!!

Well enough for now.  Thinking about fall...I have to go dig out those lawn chairs for the coming Yorkville Youth Tackle Football season.  Jake, my oldest grandson and his brother Trent are both starters so our Sundays are scheduled out for a couple months :)


Friday, September 3, 2010

As Promised Karen's Lime Pie with Blueberry Compote

This topped off our meeting and I just have to send it along...

A purchased graham cracker crust will work in this twist on Key Lime Pie, but the dessert won't be as pretty

CRUST:
1 1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
3 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
FILLING:
1 (14 ounce)can sweetened condensed milk
3/4 cup fresh lime juice
2 teaspoons finely grated lime zest
2 eggs, beaten
16 ounces (1 pint)fresh blueberries
COMPOTE:
16 ounces fresh or frozen blueberries
1/2 cup sugar
TO SERVE:
1 cup heavy cream, whipped and sweetened

Crust:  Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Butter a 9-inch glass pie dish.  Mix crumbs, sugar and salt in a medium bowl.  Stir in the butter.  Press the crumb mixture evenly over the bottom and up the sides of the pie dish, just even with the rim.  Bake until crust just begins to brown, about 10 minutes.

Filling:  In a large bowl, stir the condensed milk, lime juice and zest until blended.  Whisk in the eggs.  Pour the filling into the baked crust.  Return to oven and bake until set, about 20 minutes.

Let the pie cool completely on a rack.  Scatter blueberries evenly over top.  Refrigerate until chilled, at least 2 hours (Pie can be refrigerated, covered, up to 3 days)

Compote:  Simmer the blueberries and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat until reduce to 1 1/4 cups, about 15 minutes.  Set aside to cool.  (Can be refrigerated, covered, up to 3 days)

To serve, cut the pie into wedges and garnish with compote and whipped cream.  Makes 8 servings.

(Copied from Karen's clipping)

Now they did list the calories and all that good stuff BUT why go there!!!!  Just enjoy

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

My First Blog

Well I guess everything has a start.  So I'll start with our planning meeting.  Most all of our dealers were present.  It was great seeing everyone.  Our meetings are usually a bit of planning, a little more socializing and a lot of just fun, folks and (oh yes) good food. 

Our anniversary sale was fast approaching and we always like to make it the biggest and best sale of the year.  Everyone pitches in as usual.  This year the corner will be decorated with a wedding theme.  Cake will be ordered appropriate for our 21st anniversary.  Wow!!  That says a lot.  We are still going strong and having fun after 21 years. 

All of our customers love the hot dogs, chips and doings that we always offer at our monthly sales.  Balloons will decorate the whole area.

The rest of the year's activities were reviewed.  We are up and going on the web (check us out) and our e-mail list is growing leaps and bounds.  Someone suggested that if a customer e-mails us with comments on our new web page they should receive a discount coupon.  I will track.

We also went over our "Want List" and reviewed all contacts and items listed.

The next meeting will be announced.  All sales are scheduled and listed on our web page.  We will need to meet several weeks before our November Christmas Open House.  I can't wait for that.  Christmas is just around the corner............OMG!!!

As soon as Karen emails me with the recipe for the blueberry pie,  I will post it.  It is a must try.