Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Vintage Photo Shoot

My daughter, Justine, did an amazing job capturing these moments on Sunday - in the heat and humidity - with deer flies and mosquitoes (wink, wink).  

I recently purchased a box of vintage dresses from an 102 year old client.  She is so sweet!   She told her daughter, "when it's my time and I'm gone, I want Jacky to do my estate sale."  I don't know how I feel about that...but, I appreciate hearing it from her and have been blessed to know it.

Anyway, my niece Natalee and her friend Evie were my models for some of the dresses.  They are adorable.  

Here is my Instagram post:

Sometimes I put stuff on Instagram that I don't do on here, so if you are on there, go and follow me, I will follow back!  

I will be selling these, I wanted to put on Etsy...we will see if they even make it there....thanks!

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.  

Linked to:  https://mythriftstoreaddiction.blogspot.com/2018/06/vintage-charm-party-138.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed:%20MyThriftStoreAddiction%20(My%20Thrift%20Store%20Addiction%20)

Monday, June 18, 2018

Cream of Asparagus Soups

We had an abundant crop of asparagus.  We ate, we shared and I made soup - 2 types.  

Cream of Asparagus and Chive Soup

Cream of Asparagus and Vegetable Soup

I posted the first picture on my instagram and had several ladies ask for my recipe.  I didn't have one....I just made it.  I decided to make it again and this time write it down.

Start with 4 C water or broth - up to you
1/2 large sweet onion - if you like onion put in whole one
1/4 t - dried thyme
1/4 t - garlic powder
2 bay leaves
S & P

Put in kettle and start to boil.


4 C diced asparagus
2 T butter

Stop here if you only want cream of asparagus soup

2 C diced potato
2 C diced mushrooms
You could add any other veggies you like

Continue to boil until the veggies are super soft.  

Remove the bay leaves and pour contents into a blender or use emulsion blender (I did both on the last one...).   

Pour back into the kettle.  If this is too thick to your liking add another cup of water or stock, 2 T butter and 1/2 C heavy cream.  

To make the Cream of Asparagus and Chive, it is at this point you cut up some chives, I even added the purple blossoms.  

For a pretty presentation, I added some chopped chives, chive blossoms and sliced mushroom to the soups. 

Super EASY - Enjoy!

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.  

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Being Content

In a conversation the other day with a friend, I said this...."I'll just do me and let the rest be."  I knew when it came out, that I would do a blog post or Bible study about it....I am doing both.  Yesterday was the Bible study.  

Now when you hear a quote about "doing me" you might think that sounds like a person who wants to do whatever they want.  However, the "doing" isn't about selfishness, rather it is about being content.  You see, I've been blessed to be able to do all sorts of things and enjoy it over the years.   I truly have!   It is with that feeling and knowledge I wish the same for others.  I want everyone to be able to do what they love, how they do it and enjoy themselves.   I understand what a blessing it is and choose to "let the rest be."  

Social media doesn't help us in this....it really doesn't.  You see your friend post a picture of a beautiful pie, her counters clean, no sink full of dishes....now, keep in mind...you have made beautiful pies, on clean counters, with no dishes in the sink at one time too....only, there wasn't social media to document it!  That doesn't mean your pie at that time wasn't enjoyed by your family.  Or that you didn't enjoy baking it.  You did!  And, if truth be known....more pies than your friend...(hey, it's about being content here...DickyBird!)...LOL....yes, the "let the rest be" is important!  

I joke about the pie, but it could be whatever you have in your life - and we all have them - that you tend to "beat yourself" up about.  Try to remember to: "just do me and let the rest be."  

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin

Monday, June 11, 2018

Mosaic Monday

For my Mosaic Monday I thought I would share my interesting past week in light of what I do....resell.

I do lots of loading and unloading, shuffle, shuffle, pack and stack.  It's just what it is and this week it was ALL week!

I had appointments every day with potential clients and booked an estate sale or two along with 2 partial buy outs.  I enjoy what I do, so it doesn't seem like work, but my body is telling me otherwise.  

Lisa and I set up at the Birnamwood's Farmer's Market.  There aren't too many vegetable vendors yet, so we were invited to set up some "junk."  We enjoyed the time with the other vendors and even brainstormed a collaborative event with Hoekstra Husbandry.  I hope we can do it!

(Items for sale at this week's Theme event:  "Knee Deep in June")

(My full van of inventory for the farmer's market)

(Lisa and I at the farmer's market.  My friend Shelly took the picture.  She was set up with eggs, maple syrup and maple syrup fudge that is so good!)

This week is more of the same.  However, I did give myself today off as our barn and outbuildings are getting painted.  I hope to spend the day in the garden.  

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.

Linked to:  https://normandylife.blogspot.com/2018/06/mosaic-monday-87-visit-from-friends.html

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Featured Favorite Pick on Vintage Charm Party

Oh imagine my delight to see that Kathleen from Our Hopeful Home (http://frame.bloglovin.com/?post=6360417189&blog=18765955&frame_type=feed) picked my post about Hippie Tom's Serendipity Farm as her favorite post on the Vintage Charm Party: https://mythriftstoreaddiction.blogspot.com/2018/06/vintage-charm-party-136-and-may-feature.html

Thanks Kathleen - I consider it quite an honor to have you pick my post - you're so talented and creative!  

Oh boy, now what do I write about this week to share on the blog hop?  Pressure is on....

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.  

Monday, June 4, 2018

Motivational Monday - Building a Kingdom

I heard this song the other day, it really hit me hard, listen and you'll see why.  In more than ways than one.  


So, this "digging for gold" "building my kingdom" part, ya, I need to work on that.  After all, this is nothing if we don't have HIM.  Building a brand, a business, an "empire" - that's our kingdom.  What effort are we making in building HIS kingdom?  

This past weekend I set up a sale by our daughter and son-in-law's house in Waukesha, Wisconsin.  Many of the items I took had been part of another sale, old inventory, items I really wanted to be rid of but, still good.  I had several customers say, "you have such nice things and you're prices are great" (smile).  What made my weekend, was that Anna and I set up Sunday morning pulling out tables close to the road next to the FREE pile.  The last hour of the day and while we were cleaning up, ALL items in driveway were FREE.  It was nice to see those who needed things, take them.  A van full of latinas came at the end.  I told them everything was free.  The eldest lady looked puzzled....I said "it's all free."  One of the younger girls said..."totos abuella, totos."  She turned to her and said "totos!"  "Si, totos"....oh they had a blast.  We gave them bags to use too.  (I can hardly spell English, much less Spanish, but I think you can see what I mean).   

During the sale, another latino came in the garage and said, "you are so happy here, the other sale...they look crabby..." (I do hear this a lot).  I said "well, when you have the joy of the Lord down in your heart, your face will reflect it."  He said "are you a Christian?  I am too."  - just little things like this...trying to build His Kingdom....in a small way.

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.  

Friday, June 1, 2018

Easy Homemade Cream of Mushroom Soup

My friend, Renee and I, happened upon this little restaurant on one of our junking trips.  I don't even remember exactly where it was - but, I do remember exactly what we ordered - cream of mushroom soup.  It was the BEST we both had ever eaten - so good!  That was a few months back.  The other day, I actually sent her a text that said, "this is random, but I dream about and crave that cream of mushroom soup" she replied "me too!"  

So, while visiting Anna and Jon this past weekend, we went to the Waukesha Farmer's Market.  As soon as I saw the table full of mushrooms I knew I was going to try to copy it.   I have never made cream of mushroom soup from scratch before, but this is what I came up with.

I bought oyster, shiitake and crimini mushrooms.  I talked with the vendor, these were grown locally in what she called "caves" (dark cool roooms).  

1 small sweet onion, diced add to a pan with 2 T melted butter and cook until soft.

I just diced up mushrooms, I didn't measure - use as much as you would like in your soup - remember they shrink while cooking.  Saute with the onions.

Add:  salt and pepper, 1 t or so garlic powder and thyme.  I also added some dried flat leaf parsley from my friend's herb farm - Ewe & Herb, LLC. https://www.facebook.com/Ewe-Herb-LLC-1702720866422534/ Cook until tender.  

Add 1/4 C flour to the pan, coating the mushrooms.

Let that cook a minute or two to brown the flour a bit.  Add 2 C liquid (water, vegetable or chicken stock) along with another tablespoon (or two) of butter.  Let that start to bubble up and add 1 C heavy cream.

Let that thicken up and simmer for 10 minutes.  Take out about 1/2 of the soup and put in your blender, pour that back into the soup.  

If the soup is too thick add some additional water or stock.  I had a bowl of soup and also baked chicken breasts in some to serve over rice.  It was so good!  Al even liked it (wink, wink).

It's really easy to make.  I hope you give it a try.  I see cream of asparagus in my future as well.  

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.