Thursday, August 26, 2010

For Sale: Fabric

For Sale: Lots of Fabric with different prints and materials.

If interested, you can find out more HERE.

See other items for sale HERE.

For Sale: Brief Case

For Sale: Wilson Leather Brief Case

Genuine leather briefcase on sale for $30.

If interested, go HERE.

You can see other items we're selling HERE.

For Sale: Suede Chair

For Sale: Suede Chair

Comfortable chair in great shape. Tan suede cloth and black metal legs.

See THIS page if you are interested in buying.

Go HERE to see other items we're selling.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Sold: IKEA Billy Bookcase

Sold: IKEA Billy Bookcase

Description: Featuring an optional wrap around design, this bookcase can fit to almost any space. It has a clean white color that matches most all room colors. Adjusts to go around walls, over couches or televisions. Provides much needed storage with the look of custom built book cases.

Ideal for bedrooms, libraries, living rooms, and entertainment rooms.

You can purchase by visiting our page HERE.

To see other items we are selling, click HERE.

Sold: Computer Speaker + Sub

Sold: Computer Speaker with Sub

Description: Stereo sound with sub. Cables included for easy pc install.

Click HERE to purchase from our page.

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For Sale: 5 disk DVD Changer

For Sale: Panasonic DVD-F85 five disk changer.

Purchased this particular model because consumer reports rated it a best buy. It plays dvd, mp3, cd, pictures, etc. With the five disk changer, you can play multiple cds back sequentially and it is smart enough to skip non music disks. Quality is great and has progressive scan. Load time is fast also.

Includes remote and original packaging.

See the page HERE to buy.

See other things we are selling HERE.

For Sale: Shepard's hooks

For Sale: Shepard's hooks

Metal hooks used once for our wedding.

See our page HERE to buy.

See other things we're selling HERE.

Sold: Sofa

Description: Comfortable couch with reversible pillows. As you can see in the pictures below, this couch is in good condition. There is no smokey smell as we do not smoke.

See other things we are selling HERE.
To purchase, please visit our page HERE.

Sold: Time Machine
It only goes forward in time
and at regular speed.
Also looks a lot like a sofa.

Reversible Pillows

Soccer & Birthday

I found some pictures just now from a while ago. One of our Jiminy Kickit games was on 7/7 which happened to be my brother's birthday. We brought candles and snacks for after the game and the team gave a short Happy Birthday song for him. Cheesy I know but it was fun. Plus, I think we won that game so it was a pretty good day after all.

ps - We brought oranges also. It wasn't all unhealthy.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Birthday Flowers

I think Marcie would rather get a bunch of flowers and arrange them herself then me buy some already in a vase. For one, you get more flowers that way but then she can also use her creative side. We had a coupon to get flowers from Harris Teeter for $3.99 but they were out. We picked up a rain check for them and ended up buying them on her birthday week. See to the left her arrangement.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Amazing Pizza

Marcie and I made the best pizza I've ever had the other night. The crust we made similar to focaccia bread but added a little brown sugar also. Bread is really three things: flour, yeast, and water (and maybe salt). On top of that, you add different things to flavor the bread. Typical things you could add are EVOO, brown sugar, sugar, honey, molasses, herbs, and/or spices.

We bought some really good sausage at Walmart the other day and also got a package of feta for free. We decided to make our pizza a Mediterranean style pizza because of what we had on hand. Instead of sauce, we used EVOO and a lot of basil, oregano, and rosemary. That's a lot thinner then sauce but has a very strong flavor. Then lightly covered that with mozzarella cheese. With the base taken care of, we added cherry tomatoes, olives, that amazing sausage (browned obviously), artichoke (also awesome tasting), and crumbled feta. We baked at 425 for 15-20 minutes till crust turned golden brown. We baked that on our cooking stone which works really well. It cooks very even and never sticks.

That will go down in the record books as a recipe to try again.

Kellogg Sale

Last week Kellogs had a super sale at Harris Teeter. Everything Kellogg was 50% off and we had lots of coupons. We bought 10 Kellogg products which gave us a $10 off coupon on your next order. We went back the next day and that's when we had some super savings. With 50% off, coupons, and the $10 off Catalina deal, our total ended up being $3 on $48 worth of groceries. I guess you can only get the Catalina coupon once a week or once per running so we didn't get another $10 coupon. Oh well. We still did really well by stocking up on our cereal and buying a few produce items that were on sale.

Also, we will have enough cereal to last several months.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Fall Vegetable Garden

We planted our fall plants this weekend. I'm so excited to be growing it all. Lord willing, we'll have broccoli, celery, Brussels sprouts, lettuce, carrots, pumpkins, and next week we'll plant soybeans. Needless to say, I did all this without thought to crop rotation. While I'll probably be OK planting some of the same things in the same plot next year, I'll really have to put some thought into where everything will go next time. Bugs and disease build up around plants it like and if you keep the same plant there year round, they can grow out of control. Also, you'll likely deplete certain nutrients that the plant needs from the soil that way. So, being overly excited about the fresh food and money we'll be saving, I planned out our three year rotation. That should be enough for us. As of right now, we only have three places where we can plant. Between the mailboxes, we created a flower garden. We'll still keep the front row flowering for appearance sake but behind that we're going to start planting food. Next, we have a crop circle that we laid out with extra bricks we found. That can hold some of the larger plants such as our peppers, beans, and corn. Finally, we have a small space in front of our cars on the wall. That is raised up so we can't really go too crazy there. It just wouldn't look right. We'll mix in some plants between the flowering ground cover we planted.

Here is our proposed rotation. If you're a farmer or know something about all this stuff, let me know if you think this will work.

Year 1:
Wall - Lettuce
Circle - asparagus, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, tomato, Artichoke (center)
Mailbox - Onion, Garlic, leek, shallot, chive, carrot, celery, melons
potted - bell pepper, strawberry, spinach

Year 2:
Wall - parsley, oregano, cilantro
Circle - asparagus, bell pepper, tomato, Soy plant, corn (center)
Mailbox - artichoke, lettuce, broccoli, Brussels sprouts
potted - strawberry, spinach

Year 3:
Wall - Onion, Garlic, chive, etc.
Circle - asparagus, watermelon, summer squash, cucumber, zucchini, soy (center)
Mailbox - tomato, bell pepper, eggplant, sweet/Irish potato
potted - strawberry, spinach, spices

Also, we have a cherry tree and a peach tree that will hopefully bear next year or the following. We plan to pick up a couple of apple trees as well.

Along the house, we'll likely plant a few bushes as well. We were thinking of doing rosemary, lavender, cranberry, and blueberry bushes. I hear cranberry bushes are hard to find so if you have one and you can get me a cutting, let me know.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Swagbucks - Bonus for signup

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This code is valid through August 15, 2010.

Super Doubles Wednesday

Break out your $1.50 coupons. It's time to save some money.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Black Swallowtail Butterfly

Evidently it only takes about a week for a caterpillar to turn into a butterfly. Here it has completely emerged from it's chrysalis and is drying it's wings. If a bird hasn't grabbed it, it will probably head strait to our flowers next to the mail box.

Speaking of birds, Marcie and I had butterflies in our wedding. We thought it would make good pictures of them flying around and landing on her. It in fact did make some good pictures but in one of them, you can see some birds in the background. According to my brother, not a single butterfly made it. A bird chomped all of them as soon as they left our area. It's pretty funny to hear my brother and sister describe it.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

London Broil

I made dinner for Marcie last night since it's her birthday week. We did our grocery shopping deal at Harris Teeter and spend our $29 for the week. To the left is the London Broil I picked up for half off.

I found a recipe for the easiest london broil you'll ever make. Basically, all you need is london broil, garlic salt, and tomatoes. It is surprisingly really really good. Well, you know me, kitchen sink and all. I decide to mix it up a little. I added italian spices to the meat and soy sauce. To soak up some of the juices, I put some rice on the side. A while back, we got a pineapple on sale so what we couldn't finish, we froze. I added a few slices of that for a little more flavor. That was a good idea. What was a bad idea was to use canned tomatoes that had chillies in there. Who would have thought they would have been that hot.

Marcie doesn't like hot stuff so my dinner for her although it was pretty good was too hot for her to really enjoy. Oh well, it's the thought that counts right?

Note to self: Make again but with regular diced tomatoes

Morning Smoothies

Marcie's car has experienced some major problems the last few weeks. First it was the spark plug cracking. We replaced that but the wires were carbon tracked. Those had to be replaced also. Then in the process of changing them, something broke and we had to have that replaced. That would have been a lot of money but luckily we did the spark plugs and wires ourselves saving $300 or more. The part we broke off we probably could have done but we needed to find it which required a vapor smoke machine. We took the car down to Lillington to Strickland repair shop and ended up spending around $90. Had the dealer done it, the part probably wouldn't have broken off but we still are $200 better off by doing it ourselves. We thought it was all done but the traction control light came on. We dropped it off at the dealer to check it out yesterday so we are now minus one car.

Well... I'm waking up a little earlier in the morning to take her to work. It's kind of nice since I was able to make us smoothies for the road while she watered our plants. And, being her birthday week, she gets to spend more time with me which is of course all she wants. I might get her a card and a present too... maybe. ;)

Monday, August 2, 2010

Black Swallowtail

As I said before, we had an infestation of Black Swallowtail caterpillars. We counted 31 when it was all said and done. Marcie and I packed most of them up and gave them to one of her friends who has a butterfly garden. You might have seen the Monarchs from our wedding photos. We missed three of them so we packed them somehow so we decided to see if we could view it changing stages.

To the left, you can see the beginning of the caterpillar's conversion to a cocoon. It grabs onto the stick with it's last legs or something down there and then wraps what looks like fishing line around it's back. From there, it hangs out for what seemed like an eternity. We gave it a couple of hours with no change so we finally decided to go to bed. The next morning, we went do expecting to see the cocoon but still no change. We went to work and when we came home, to the right is what we found. I found on YouTube THIS time lapse video of it changing. I wanted to see it first hand but it will have to do.

The next thing is to see it come out. Evidently when it is ready to come out, it shakes around like a cat in a sack. Eventually the chrysalis breaks and it hangs there till the wings dry. If we can catch that, I'll post the picture.