A Simple Favor


You ever have a pleasant encounter with someone and said to yourself, “Gee, that was a nice person”. That was the case when I met a soft spoken gentleman last summer during our town’s 49-Mile Yard Sale.  He told me about him and his wife buying a historical (fixer-upper) house in our town.  I love to hear stories about people buying old homes and bringing them back to life.  Many times I’ll ride past an abandoned home and wonder how did it get that way, and why would someone let it go to rot.  He briefly told me the story of how he was attached to the property and his family’s heritage to it.  After our conversation, I wished him well, gave him my business card and bid him farewell.  About a month ago I received a phone call from him and he asked a favor of me.  At first I was a bit skeptical, because I really didn’t know him.  Of course, he stated he would understand if I said no, but when he told me what the favor was, it really wasn’t a problem and it  was quite simple.  He needed a picture of the house and wanted to know if I would go take a picture and send it to him.  They were chronically taking pictures of the renovation process and the dumpster was delivered.  Since they lived out of state and were not able to get here at the time to take pictures, they wanted to know if I could do them that favor.  Given this is a small town, and it wasn’t too much of a task – I truly understood and obliged the favor.  Me and mom took a quick ride to take pictures and I texted them to him.

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One thing for sure…. he didn’t exaggerate when he said it was a complete fixer-upper.  I was like “YIKES”  they really have their hands full with this one (but I could truly see their vision).  The least I could do is take a few pics for them.  I truly commend their efforts, but this will be a long process.   Last week I received a text from him stating he left a “thank-you” gift on the porch.  Of course I responded, it was not necessary because it was no trouble at all.  His response was he appreciated what I did and just wanted to say “Thank You”.  In my mind, it really wasn’t a big deal, and it definitely wasn’t necessary.. when he responded “thank-you” after I sent the pictures, that was sufficient for me.  When I got home, to my surprise, I couldn’t believe the gift… it was a hand-woven wool rug…

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A total shocker…and even more of a shocker is that I’ve been thinking about a rug for our family room, and it matched perfectly!!

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Although it was a tad bit too long, I just tucked the edge in a bit, but for the most part, I was truly pleased with this surprise gift.    It really warmed the space

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I sent them a picture and they were excited to see it was perfect match.

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Although there was no need to give such a generous gift, but I must say, it is tenderly appreciated.  So, I’m saying a big “Thank You to Mr. & Mrs. Alaji.  Life really has a way of bringing wonderful people in your circle.. just as it did with my blog.

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Simple acts of kindness is always a good thing… Even if you get a simple, heartfelt “thank you” – it makes it all worthwhile.  As the movement “Pay it Forward” goes.. continue to do kind things and perhaps kindness will come back.  That’s how a circle goes.. around and around.  So friends.. I hope you enjoyed my “Simple Favor” story.. and until next time….may peace be with you..   Smooches!



Tuscany Shrimp Pizza


There’s no shame in my game – I’m here to confess —  I LOOOOVE pizza –  especially Jersey Style pizza!  But ever since I ate Red Lobster’s Lobster Pizza, I enjoyed pizza on another level.  They use chopped tomatoes instead of pizza sauce…  If you haven’t tried it, here’s what theirs look like..


I decided to give it a try and create my own and here’s my recipe I made with shrimp:

1 12oz bag of shrimp, cleaned, deveined, chopped

2 tomatoes, chopped (remove the seeded part)

Kirkland brand Basil Pesto

1/4 cup chopped fresh basil

2 tbspn grated Parmesan cheese

8oz grated mozzarella cheese

1 1/2 tspn Victoria Tuscan Seasoning

1 1/2 Spicy Garlic Seasoning

6 small flour tortillas

Olive Oil

Preheat oven to 380 degrees.  Heat a small frying pan and coat the bottom with olive oil.  Add shrimp, Tuscan seasoning and Spicy Garlic.  Sautee until shrimp are done.   Brush each tortilla completely with olive oil.  Then spoon small amounts of basil pesto on each tortilla and spread.


Next sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.  Top with tomatoes, basil, shrimp and  mozzarella cheese and spread evenly.



Bake for approximately 15 mins (or until cheese is melted and edges are slightly browned).  Here’s my Tuscany Shrimp Pizza.



Slice and enjoy!!   The flour tortillas make the perfect thin crust. .. A bit crunchy with the right amount of chewiness.  The basil and Tuscan flavored shrimp really gives this pizza the best Italian flavor


Mmmmmm…. I must say, this was VERY good and a big hit with the family!!  So, now I can have pizza as often as I like.. and so can you..  I hope you enjoy it..


Friday Finds

You remember my post Right Time Right Moment when I found the perfect barware while in Florida.  This past weekend I needed to go to Chester and decided to go their indoor flea market.  I came across this sweet elderly lady selling some items.  I couldn’t believe my luck.  She was actually selling another set of  the Culver glasses that I snagged back in Florida.

She had the rock glasses, which I didn’t have with my set.  You know my eyes lit up.. (more for my collection – yaaayyyy!!) When I asked her how much.. she said $1.00 a piece.   Mind you if this was Goodwill, I’d be jumping joy happy, but for this woman, I felt bad that’s all she asked, but I was glad because I had $5.00 left on me and just gave it to her (I honestly am one of those people who don’t carry much cash on me, but if I go somewhere on a whim, I’ll grab a few bucks – just in case) She told me how she had them for a long time and needed to clear out somethings.  She had them marked for $2.00 for a while but no one bought them (I’m starting to really believe they were meant for me).  She could see how happy I was to have them and said she was glad they were going to a good home.  I told her about my other set and this completes it.  After getting them home and seeing them with my set, I can’t be more pleased with my set.

As I reflect back on what Ginene, who blogs at Fox and Finch Antiques, wrote about “When They Can’t Take it with Them”, I was disgusted at the conversation she overheard about a woman haggling.  Although I was estatic about my find and the price, I still felt I cheated her out of what she really wanted.  This weekend I’m headed back to Chester and I hope this woman is still there to give her $5.00 more for her set.. They are clearly worth her asking $2.00 for, because if I had $10.00 on me I’d given her that for the four glasses.

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Sometimes in flea markets, people love haggling because it’s fun, but in some cases it’s not worth haggling.. I know a great deal when I see it.  So Ginene, you’re not the only crazy lady who feels the way you do.   Here’s wishing you all a wonderful weekend.  This find was featured on A Designer At Home blog as a ThriftScore Thursday.  Don’t forget you can be featured on my blog using hashtag #urthriftygirlfinds ..    Tah-tah for now!



$2.00 Tuesday

Remember this throwback series?? Yes, it’s been a while since I’ve posted a $2.00 Tuesday.  Not because I didn’t want to, but I hadn’t found anything to share with you – until now…  I went thrifting this past weekend and came across this coaster set.  I’m sure you’ve see these around before, and the price usually ranges from $7.00 – $15.00.

I needed new coasters, because the lasts one I had were rattan-like and for some reason when the little ones were around, they always seem to play with them (pretend they’re making miniature pizzas – heeeheee… kids and their imagination.. it’s so cute).  So for $2.00, I figure I could use these for my family room.  Naturally they need to be spruced up a bit.  Instead of pictures I wanted to monogram them.  I printed out the perfect “W” and inserted them instead of pictures.  I also repainted the base for a bit of glamour.


They’re perfect for the coffee-table.  I like that they each have their own color, so I could switch out the top for a bit of a variance look


Not bad right??  Especially for $2.00


She had two sets… now I wish I’d got them both… lol.. oh well..my lost.


Now that it’s a new year… let’s hope I (we) find more of these terrific bargains for $2.00.  Have you found anything lately?  If so, follow me on Instagram using hashtag #urthriftygirlfinds so I can feature your finds here on the blog.  Until next time lovies!!  Smooches..!!!


Brisket Breakfast Bake


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It’s Saturday morning and wondering what to make for breakfast.  Here’s a easy — delicious, AND easy dish to make.  I had some leftover brisket and decided to make a breakfast bake.


5 eggs, beaten

1 cup chopped cooked brisket

1/2 tsp Victoria Tuscan Seasoning

1/4 tsp Dean & Jacobs Spicy Garlic

1/2 cup chopped portabella mushrooms

1/4 cup chopped shallots

1/2 cup grated pepper jack cheese

1 tblspn butter

Olive Oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Heat small frying pan on medium high heat.  Coat the bottom with olive oil and add butter.  Once butter is melted add brisket and shallots.  Next add mushrooms and seasonings.  Continue to sautee until mushrooms are cooked and ingredients are well blended.   Lightly butter two ramekins and divide mixture into each dish.

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In a small mixing bowl, beat eggs until they are well blended (yes I still use a hand held mixer for eggs) Sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Evenly pour eggs into the ramekins and sprinkle top with cheese.   Bake until cheese is melted and top feels firm, approximately 15 mins.  (Do Not overcook because eggs will be dry).

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Remove and serve hot

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This makes a very hearty breakfast, and its packed with protein to start your day.  See how simple that was..  Remember, cooking is always easy with “TLC”.   Have a great weekend and I’ll see soon!