Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Pyrex Ware in COLOR!


"Imagine these beautiful dishes on your table...and think of the joy they are to own!"

2.95! Not for the catalog...not some introductory offer for just one dish to get you reeled in.  It's for the entire set, no strings!  And only 29 cents for additional individual dishes!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

End of Summer Bowling Bonanza


We are trying to squeeze some fun into the busy last week before school starts.  At just 99 cents a game, we made our way to Felton Lanes for some bowling fun.
Felton Lanes is locally owned and has been around since 1960 with little neat vintage characteristics everywhere.


Felton is know for "Cosmic Bowling".  On certain nights the lights are all black lights with the balls and pins glowing neon! For 99 cents though, the regular lights were what we got.



One of the best part of bowling. The cool shoes!

A whole rack of green balls.



Locker door.  I like the Brunswick "B" and crown logo.

The Alley Galley



I thought the wire rack drink holder was neat looking. 


We are thinking of making Felton a regular Wed night thing.  PB is going to design us some shirts and a clever team name.... Wait.  School starts next week... Maybe next summer.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Massive Super Cool Awesome Fisher Price Score

Once weekly, during the summer break,  PB and I have been having a thrift store day together, Thrift Store Thursday we call it.  Before heading out on our adventure, we each crack open a fortune cookie.  We add "at the thrift store" at the end.  Last week we got :
"You are heading in the right direction....at the thrift store"  and
 "Good things are coming to you in due course of time.....at the thrift store".
We had no idea how true these fortunes would be.  PB likes to push shopping carts (and I hate them! ) which was another thing in our favor before we knew it.  As we started looking in the toy area my eye was attracted to something boxy, bright, and cute.  The Fisher Price Play Family Camper...right there and only $2.49.  But the boat was missing.  PB and I started frantically looking around for it and low and behold another Fisher Price Play Family Camper with the boat was on another shelf, with accessories .  We put both in the buggy. 

As we made our way through the toy area, I then found the Fisher Price School Days Desk ($1.99)....

Then the School House with accessories ($2.99).....
(several desks and chairs are inside, along with the magnetic alphabet letters)

 Then the Parking Ramp Service Center ($2.99)....

My brother and I had this when we were little and loved playing with it!
Fill'r up!


We also found this plastic picnic basket.  It is not by Fisher Price but I had one just like it when I was little.
($1.49)


At this point, I asked PB to pinch me so I could know if I was dreaming all of this!  We made our way to the furniture area to have a sitsy and to look through everything we had found.  While I could have kept both of the campers I know that is not good thrift store karma.  I am sure I could have sold it on ebay, but I wanted to leave it for someone else to discover and be happy about (even with the boat missing).  As we made our way back to the toy area to put the camper back, the Fisher Price fairy had returned leaving...

 the Family Farm with accessories
($4.99)

A big bag of little people and furniture
($1.99)

Here is some of the furniture in a Fisher Price house I picked up from a thrift store several years ago.  It didn't come with any items at that time. When PB was little he used it for his cars to have sleep overs together in. Check out the little sewing machine on the bottom right !!!

Tip Top Turtle pull toy ($1.49)

Goldilocks and the 3 Bears Playhouse ($.99)
We found the bear family in with the bag of little peoples.
I had never seen this toy before.  On the other side of the roof is corresponding open shapes of the bears for them to be pushed through.  Inside the house is a little table with lithos of porridge for each. 

On the back of the house is a face similar to the Chatter Phone with eyes that move up and down as it is pulled across the floor.

I was looking at the roof of the house and noticed a little illustration of a blonde girl with a blue dress and white ruffled collar.  Just looked it up on the nets and yes! A Goldilocks was included:
Scroll back up and look to the right of the image of all the little peoples! There she is, with her back to us!  I thought she seemed different from every one else when I looked through the bag. 

And lastly, I found the
Jalopy ($.99)

I also got a huge bag of plastic magnetic letters and numbers for $.99.

This is a day that will go down in history! Apparently the thrift store person who would normally price each of these items at $40.00 bucks was out sick.  We kinda hung around for a bit in hopes more treasures might come out...(that furniture must have had a house to be placed in!) but nothing else. At one point I had to use the restroom, I asked PB to guard the buggy.  He grabbed a Nerf gun from the toy section and held his ground while I was away.  It was very funny!
Several of these toys were ones I had been wanting for a long time and I doubled my collection in one trip. Thrift store karma! Do not doubt it's power!

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Pork Brains With Milk Gravy!

 I told you all that it existed...but I felt there may have been some doubts out there. 

 PB and I go on several field trips during the summer.  Sometimes to art or history museums and then sometimes to grocery stores.  Fun, interest and education can be had anywhere. Barnes Grocery Store is where we visited today.  It is a bit on the creepy side but also kinda neat too.  It's a hard balance.  Barnes has been around since I would guess the 70's.  It hasn't been remodeled or cleaned much since then either. It is very "small town" but in a bit of a shady-sh location.  I shop there when I need only a few items and am looking for an adventure at the same time.  The kinds of foods available at Barnes is the biggest part of the adventure, very neat labels as well.
 I love the Prairie Belt Smoked Sausage boy!  The design of the can is cute and worthy of becoming a kitchen wallpaper.  He lives next to jars of pickled pigs feet.
 Yikes.  I took all of these pics with my phone and I don't have a steady hand.  But I had to include this blurry image of family sized cans of beef tripe with milk....9.99 each.

 I thought these bags of Jay's O-Ke-Doke popcorn were cute on several levels. Cute name, cute graphics and they look neat hanging in clusters on an old style metal clipped rack tower.


The Brim's piggy is so darling he could give Piggly Wiggly some decent competition in a cuteness contest.

 Oh! Boy Syrup.  Cute label but apparently not a hot seller, as you can see the dust on the jars.  Maybe it stems from confusion with the name of the product.  It's not "Oh Boy! Syrup".  It's "Oh!  Boy Syrup".  Could it be made just for boys or out of boys? Oh! Boy?

 We did find a few items to purchase while on this adventure.  We bought these Uncle Al's Planks cookies for only 1.29 for 3! There are two planks in each package. Score! I remember getting these as a kid from small town convenience/gas stores.

And now for the best part of the adventure!!!! A visit to The Chicken Machine!!! Put in a mere 25 cents and you will receive a musical show ( the chicken clucks and turns) and a lucky egg with a prize inside!
PB was super happy with getting a mini compass in his egg.  He now thinks the chicken has magical powers of knowing what the recipient's interest are and gives them their prize accordingly.

This may have been fueled by our reason to go to Barnes today in the first place.  We had to buy Redi Whip for our homemade butterbeers we were going to enjoy during our Harry Potter marathon for the evening.

So what about fun, interest and education at Barnes?
Fun = Magical Chicken Egg.
Interest = Being able to view multitudes of canned meat products at one location.
Education= PB learned there is something called "Fla-vor-aid" and it is similar to Kool-Aid.  And that beef tripe is expensive!

Thursday, August 01, 2013

summer blahs

This summer has gone by way too quickly and I am not thrilled in the least over that fact. 
Just sayin'...


Cotton Candy Cookies!

We picked up some cotton candy flavored cookie mix and icing for something fun to do one afternoon this summer.  I soon realized that the big part of the fun of making these cookies was the neat cotton candy shape of the cookie...otherwise no one would get it really. However, the fine folks at Betty Crocker did not have an accompanying cutter. What?!  I could see into the future, and I would have to give everyone this exuberant speech about  the round cookie with pink icing they are about to eat is actually cotton candy flavored and to pretend that they are shaped like a cotton candy cone for full enjoyment of the moment *.  No,  it's just not the same.  So I had to take matters in to my own hands.  I had seen somewhere out on the nets that cookie cutters could be fashioned from the metal from coke cans.  I just went with it and with a pair of regular scissors, duct tape, and an empty cherry coke zero can, I worked some cookie-cutter-making magic.


Here is what I came up with:
 No, the cutter is not beautiful by any means but it works.  I did not take photos along the way because I just winged it as I made it.  I cut 2 wide strips from the can and then folded them in half longways.  I joined the ends together and duct tapped to form a large circle.  I shaped the cutter.  I then covered the sharp edge with duct tape.  I used the folded edge as the cutter.
 Now we can eat cotton candy cookies properly!

 (psss....while the cookies are tasty, I would not have guessed the flavor as cotton candy, yet another reason to have a fun and telling shape to them) 

Thrift Pans

My scores at the thrift have been a bit slim.  I did pick up these "nonstick" cake pans though.


I know this looks like a bed pan...but if you look around the front edge the word "MEATS" is imprinted on the rim.  I think it was a meat tray that kinda swung out from an old refrigerator because of the wedge shape. It is a pretty big container and several uses come to mind for it.... storage container for crafts, hang on the wall in the kitchen and use as a shelf for cookbooks and what-nots, use it to put meat in as it was originally intended... or, yes, a bed pan!