Monday, July 23, 2012

What a Weekend!

Good Monday Morning Everyone!  It was a lovely weekend in SW Virginia.   No searing, scalding, can't catch your breath temperatures.  Saturday, even though I woke up with a slight migraine, I was able to take my meds and it was gone within an hour and we went out on the boat for a couple of hours!  It was the first time in about 3 weeks and I was in heaven!  After we came in and rested a bit I decided to walk out in the garden and see what was going on and low and behold even thought I have neglected the poor thing, there were tons of tomatoes out there so I got me a basket and started picking tomatoes, sweet peppers, jalapenos, banana peppers, and an eggplant that I will give to my sister because I don't like them, I just like to see them grow.  And what did I do with all that produce?  Why this of course!
I ended up with twelve 12 oz jars, I have no idea where I found those 12 oz jars, but I love them and wish I could find them again.  I also had 18, 8 oz jars and 6 pints.  Lots of salsa.

Then on Sunday afternoon I decided that I needed to run out to Michaels to pick up some supplies since I noticed that they had their paper packs 50% off and my supplies were gettings low.  BTW-  They are putting out their Halloween things!   My heart was doing flip flops!!!   Love Halloween!!  On my way I knew there was an estate sale on it's last day and things would be 50% off.  The sale was supposed to end at 3:00 and I pulled in at 3:15 I asked if I was too late and they said no come on in and I'm glad I did because I got one of these that I have always wanted and never could afford to buy,

A lady head vase!  Don't you love her pink dress with the white buckle thingy and strand of pearls! 
I also got this flow blue plate to add to my collection

Love the colors!
$10.00 for both!!!  At a normal estate sale they would probably be around $50.00!  So I was one happy lady.  And you know what made me even happier yesterday.  NO MIGRAINE YESTERDAY!!!!!!!!

So celebrating last night I decided to make one of my favorite Paula Deen recipes, Orange Brownies:


1 1/2 cups all purpose flour (I used self rising and it was fine)
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon salt (leave out if using self rising flour)
1 cup (2 sticks) butter
4 large eggs
2 teaspoons pure orange extract
1 teaspoon grated orange zest
1 cup confectioners sugar
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 teaspoon grated orange zest

Preheat oven to 350,  Grease a 13x9x2 pan.  Stir together flour, sugar and salt in a bowl; add butter, eggs, extract, and zest.  Using a hand mixer, beat until well blended.  Pour batter into prepared pan and bake 30 minutes or until light golden and set.  Removed from oven and pierce entire cake with a fork.
For glaze, mix all ingredients together and stir until smooth.  Pour glaze over cake.  Cool and cut into squares.

Delicious for these hot summer days!!!!!




Creative Breathing said...

Oh Linda! There is so much to say thank you about in this post! Thank you for the Orange Brownie recipe. I must make them SOON! Your blue plate is beautiful, and so is your head vase. Our weekend was slightly cooler as well. Definitely something to be thankful for this summer. Have a great week ahead. Elizabeth

Nan said...

Oh what great finds you have there. The orange brownies look great and I would love to eat them but alas as soon as I do a pound will show up on the scale!!

Mecky said...

Oh wow, you did great at that sale.
You are so fortunate to have all those tomatoes. Mine are still green. It has been way to hot to get anymore to develope. I have lots of flowers but they just sit there. I may have to pick my green tomatoes and bring them in to ripen!
Thank you for visiting my blog!

~~Carol~~ said...

Oh Linda, I'm so happy that you finally got one of those lady head vases! They're so hard to come by, at a good price.
Looks like you're set for salsa for a long time, and I'm with you on not liking eggplant. My Mom used to make breaded eggplant when I was little, and it was all I could do not to gag!

Chenille Cottage said...

Hi Linda!
Thank you for stopping by my blog and for your gracious comment. I just started my blog in April and with each comment I am so appreciative!
Oh...My goodness! You have had a busy weekend...with your garden, salsa making and garage sale treasure hunting!
I love your coy little vase. She is a delight and such a wonderful find. Even thought it was late in the day...You were certainly in the right place at the right time!
I hope you have a great week...(minus any headaches)!

chris mckinley said...

Thanks for sharing your receipe!! And I love the head vase!!


Little Susie Home Maker said...

A day without a migraine is a good day!!! I agree. it seems more people are getting more frequent migraines, and I think it is this hot summer. Yu got to enjoy yourself. I love that recipe, it is going in my,.. I gotta try, list of goodies!! The Estate finds are wonderful! only $10! Thats a bargain. I love all your canning you got done! I am hoping to make some Jam this week!

craftyles said...

Linda, it sounds like you had a great couple of days. What a deal you got on the lady head vase and that beautiful plate. You are lucky to have that great produce and all that salsa.mmmmm. I'm glad you're feeling better!


NICE headvase and great price!!!
Those orange brownies look delish!
Thank you so Very Much for praying for my's a huge shock..however God is in control!
Glad your mirgraine went away.

donna said...

Linda I love salsa. My garden went KaPut long time ago. My tomatoes did not do well at all. I was very disappointed. Love your finds at the estate sale. Your right about those lady head vases. What a score.

GardenofDaisies said...

Yum! Look at all that salsa! And your orange brownies... oh my, I might have to make those tonight!

Kim K. said...

Your orange brownies look absolutely heavenly. I definitely want to try them. I bet they are even good for breakfast (wink wink).