Cold winter days are the perfect days to make a pot of soup - I made Grandma's Corn Chowder the other day, it was really delicious! Right off the top, I have to say this is not my Grandmother's recipe or anybody's recipe that I know, it's from All Recipes, I don't care who it belongs to, it's a good one! Another thing, I never plan a food post so if I have a picture and it's something worth sharing, I'll write about it, therefore, the picture may not be the very best!!
Grandma's Corn Chowder
1/2 c. diced bacon
4 medium potatoes, peeled and chopped. ( I used three nice sized red potatoes and left the peeling on, for some color)
1 medium onion
2 cups water ( I used chicken broth)
3 cups cream style corn ( I used one can of cream corn and two cups of frozen corn)
2 teaspoons salt
Ground black pepper, to taste
2 cups half and half
Place the bacon in a large pot over medium high heat and cook until crisp. Drain and crumble, reserving about 2 tablespoons drippings in the pot. Bacon would not have to be used at all, or you could just crumble some on the top, for whoever desires it!
Mix potatoes and onion into the pot with the crumbled bacon and reserved drippings. Cook and stir 5 minutes. Pour in the water or broth and stir in corn. Season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and cover pot. Simmer 20 minutes, stirring frequently, until potatoes are tender.
Warm the half and half in a small saucepan until it bubbles. Remove from heat before it boils, and mix into the chowder just before serving!
I froze the leftovers, after each having a nice size bowl, there are two more soup meals in the freezer for us. I have been trying to make soup ahead and not buy canned soup any more, right now I have three kinds in the freezer. It's so much better!!
It's winter, time for more reading, more tv watching but any season is good for going to the movies, I love going to the movies!!
Do you remember the movie, Into the Wild? It came out in 2007, the story of Chris McCandless, who after graduating from university, he abandoned his possessions and took off for Alaska, living in the wilderness. Our whole family loved this movie and when I saw a new book, The Wild Truth, I put it on my Christmas list. I've read it, if you're a fan of the movie, this book will answer a lot of questions that you might have about the film. The book is written by Chris' sister, Carine McCandless - it really does shine a new background on this incredible story.
Right now I'm reading Unbroken, I saw the movie over Christmas, it's one of those movies that grabs you in right from the first scene. It's the true story of Louis Zamperini, set in World War II, he survived events that we cannot even imagine, that's all I'm going to say because I don't want to give it away! This author also wrote Seabiscuit which became another fabulous movie.
Over the weekend we saw "The Imitation Game" another World War II true story - the story of mathematician, Alan Turning who cracked the enigma code along with a group of other mathematicians -great acting and a great story!!
Before Christmas we started watching "Wentworth" on Netflix - if you liked "Orange is the New Black", this series is one to watch, it's very similar but set in an Australian prison, we just finished it up on the weekend, there's two seasons available, it was binge watching, for sure!! Loved it - I think it's the better of the two series'. Now, what are we going to watch?
I must include songza.com - Carla recommended it, now I know why she likes it so much - I always have the XM Sirius channels playing, after discovering this site, we are considering stopping our in house XM service - there is every kind of music you could ever want on here and even better, it's free!!! Right now I'm listening to 70's One Hit Wonders!! It's great!!!
I can't believe I haven't been on blogger since December 20, where did the time go? Well, I can tell you where I've been spending a lot of my time - on Instagram!! I started on Instagram nearly two years ago, it started out for me the same way that my blog did - taking pictures of thrifted finds and vintage things around the house. My blog changed to include other things, like SMASHing, recipes and the like, there's still the odd thrifty find, but not as much as the only thing I look for actively all year long are Vera scarves and of course, the vintage occasion items.
Since the summer, I've become more interested in Instagram - I'm always looking for something different to photograph and every day I am taking part in Instagram challenges, I enjoy it a lot! Now, I am walking in fields to get pictures of old houses, old cars, stopping on the side of the road to take a picture, chances for pictures that can become amazing are everywhere!! I have to boast here just a bit, my pictures were featured in 104 challenges since the summer - some as stand alone features, others sharing a grid with others. I love to browse and look at other pictures that people have posted, there are just so many ideas, I've learned so much and have plenty to learn yet, one important thing I've learned is that photo editing makes a big difference in your picture!!
I thought I would share this grid with you - showing my most viewed pictures. I find it interesting that six of these shots were taken within the past month - I'm most proud of the first shot, my most viewed, it was featured numerous times on different hubs, it was just a perfect day for photography and turned out perfect!! All of these pictures were taken with my iPhone. I like it that Pyrex is always popular too, but I've probably shared every piece of Pyrex that I own and how many ways can you photograph it?
I'm mackaypj on Instagram and I'm an Instagram addict!!!
I went to four thrift shops yesterday, struck out at one but the others yielded me some vintage Christmas and it was all half price - that made me real happy!!!
I haven't had much luck at Value Village at all this season but yesterday was different, I came out of there with three things and I only paid $3.
This Noma tree topper box is in perfect shape, the angel looks like she was well taken care of, definitely, she was coming home with me!!
I debated on taking the angel but I'm glad I did - these chalkware figurines were made in Korea.
Mom had a box made of old cards so I was taken by this - but, I'm not really sure if it's old or not, it just looks too perfect and in such great shape. Anybody see one like this? It doesn't matter if it's old or not, it has a vintage look and I like it!!
Next stop - three more items...
My first reflector box - full of reflectors.
I like this little planter, I think the Christmas bouquet might have been replaced, it looks just a bit too new.
One lone poinsetta - I bought it because Mom had a bouquet of these that she always put on the table, well, now I have a bouquet of one!!
My last thrift stop was the shop where I bought the ornaments the other week and paid $2 for two boxes, last week I was in and they had another box but it was marked at $5, no way was I buying them for that, yesterday I got them for $1. SCORE!!
I never expected to find anything much this close to Christmas, it made my day!!
I signed on with Laura who pens the fun blog Hey Mom What's for Dinner to take part in her Christmas blog hop, formally called Thrifter Merry Christmas Blog Hop- what was I getting myself into it, I had never done one before and at Christmas, no less, didn't I have enough to do. Well, I did it!! I'm focusing on Christmas in my livingroom - I could share my kitchen and my family room too or outside, but lets face it, you probably don't want to look at all that stuff and I don't have time to photograph it all!!! Just a click on the picture will get you a closer view!
That's the two angles of my livingroom. I won't be sharing anything about my fireplace as I've already blogged about that and everything that's on top of it, in case you want to read the story of how my husband made that beautiful piece, here's that blog post.
As you can see I have two trees in this room, our main tree and in the corner is my memory tree, a tree that is full of decorations that belonged to my mother and grandmother and a couple more vintage ones on there as well. My main tree is mostly all vintage ornaments, either from "home" or thrifted - this is my second year for a tree like this, I used to have a primitive type tree with dark colors, now I've switched to all that kitschy Christmas stuff, I like it so much better!!
I have two corner shelves, both full of vintage Christmas. These shelves are a godsend to me, my husband made them, out of doors. I have a larger one in the kitchen, they hold so much stuff!! It's great to have a handy and crafty husband!!
There's a shelf dedicated to old lights and light boxes. I love that Shiny Brite wreath just as much as I did last year when I made it!!
The bannister is all decked out too - with an Annalee at the forefront!!
I took so many pictures for this post, it was really hard to pare it down, it was so hard to decide which ones to use. It was fun though and now, on to visiting the other gals! Why don't you link up some vintage Christmas?
I can't go to the city without checking out the thrift stores, even if I'm supposed to be Christmas shopping, there just might be something wonderful, lately, though, the chances of that happening are not very good, it's all junk!! I had checked out my three usual stops - nothing, there was one left, which I go to sometimes, but it's not a regular like the others. I'm glad I pulled in. Everything I bought I love!!
This is my second one of this particular cup.
I love this set of salt and pepper shakers!! So cute!! No markings on them but after researching, looks like they're Josef.
This little figurine still has the silver Giftcraft sticker on the bottom. I can never remember which company the "G' surrounded by leaves is - it's made in Taiwan.
This stuff was all up front in the Christmas display, of course, I took a walk around the shop, at the back they had some merchandise that hadn't been priced, oh yes, I picked up these two boxes, how much I ask, $2 for the two boxes she says, then she got looking at them and remarked that they were old, I just said, I guess so, I just wanted to leave in case she changed her mind.
I was especially happy to find that Santa one in the middle, I don't have one like that!
Woolcrest - the old Woolco brand, we Canadians all remember what our Walmart was at one time! These ornaments apparently don't belong in this box, they're too mismatched - they were made in Wales, I wonder if any of these were.
I was so happy I stopped at that shop - a good $8 spent!!
Joining up with Thrifter Share today! Laura at Thrifter Share is hosting a blog hop next week, I'm taking part - it will be full of all kinds of Christmasy kitschy fun! What will I share?? You'll be able to link up next week with all your treasures - keep it in mind!
Things must definitely be picking up at the thrift stores, I had something to share last week and I do again this week! It's a miracle!!
Even though I found a few things, the things I am looking for are few and far between. I really do have enough so I should't complain!!
I hope there are more Santa mugs out - I walked by this one first but went back and picked it up - it's marked Ron Gordon Designs Inc. 1983 - I've seen another one since that had some candy cane striping on the handle, so I wonder if this one could be the same.
It always pays to look closely at those junk bags, if you have the patience!! It's not very often you see a knee hugger in one of those bags, I already have the rest of the bag ready to be donated back, I'm only out a $1 and I got a knee hugger!!
A partial box of ornaments for 50 cents!
I think it's going to be a Vera drought over the winter, it seems that this year most of the thrifts have only winter scarves for sale - now, that's just not right!! The one on the left if the first one I've found in ages, or so it seems! My blogging friend Sir Thrift a Lot sent me the other one - thanks so much for picking that up for me!!!
I don't usually buy Fire King and I really haven't been buying any dishes much at all, but I saw this utility dish in the Wheat pattern at Value Village, I wanted it and I bought it. That makes two pieces of Wheat for me, I have the loaf pan which I use often! I only have one Pyrex flamingo green dish that size and sometimes you jut need two, especially around this time of the year! It's in perfect shape - there was an address label on it and also the owners initials on masking tape, stuck on the bottom. I think this dish was probably taken to a few church functions, it's kind of sad to see something like that, why couldn't they take the label off?
Right beside it was sitting this little Pyrex individual casserole, in lime green, now I have the green and flamingo!
I'm happy to find anything nice this time of the year!!