Here Comes 2017!


As I’m winding down from 2016 and getting ready for a new year, I thought I’d get a jump start on the table setting for a New Year’s day brunch.  Last year I did a New Year’s Eve get-together and I thought I’d do a brunch this year.  I pulled a few items I already had around the house to set a delightful table without spending hardly any money.  I wanted to use different plates but didn’t want to buy any, but then I came across these decorative plastic plates in At Home Store and they were perfect! I was able to have a new setting that gave me an semi-elegant look without breaking the bank.  I pulled out my Royal Copley BlackAmoor head vases and instead of flowers I used plume feathers which added a bit of drama to them.


This was the perfect opportunity to use a few yard sale items I bought this past summer, so I chose gold and ivory as my color scheme.  The vintage King’s Crown candy dish  was $5.00


The crystal dish with the gold pedestal and utensils was $10.00.  This bowl set is simply beautiful.  I actually bought it from my neighbor who was selling it because she had no use for it.  She was happy to know I would make use of it because it belonged to her mother.



I lucked up and found a matching bowl to my vintage Georges Briard bowl for $2.00 at Goodwill and paired it with another $2.00 vintage pressed glass cake stand flipped over to use as a pedestal for the punch bowl since it’s a small group.  With all this elegance on the table, it’s hard to believe the plates are plastic.. (chuckles)

nyetable7It has a few scratches but I was happy to take it because it matches my chip & dip set passed down from my grandmother.


The wine glasses were found at an antique store and I’ve had them well over 15 years.  The confetti glasses were from Goodwill and they were $1.00/set of 2.


This may be a bit of gold overload, but hey- it’s New Years! I’m looking forward to having the brunch and partaking in girltalk.  I haven’t planed the menu yet, but I’ll put something nice together and have a new recipe to share with you (I’m sure).  Tomorrow, I’ll add the name tags, napkins and utensils later to complete the look.  But for now I’m happy I did a jump start instead of waiting like did for Thanksgiving :-).   Are you planning an NYE event at your home this year?  If so, I’d love to hear about it.  I’ll check back with you tomorrow or Saturday for my finished look and to wish you a happy.  Until then, happy hunting while your thrift your house into a home.

As always – Smooches!!





Many Blessings


From my home to yours – I just wanted to take a moment to wish everyone a very merry and happy holiday season!  May God continue to bless you all with Peace, Love and Joy!



A while back I was thrilled about my version of Red Lobster’s Lobster Pizza when I shared my Tuscany-Shrimp Pizza and it was indeed a delicious treat.   I’m trying to behave myself because as I mentioned.. I freaking love pizza!  You know how you play around with a recipe and develop variations?  Well, just when I thought the Tuscany was good – this time I changed the seasonings and added Smokey Paprika Chipotle (in addition to the Tuscan).. Oh my God!! then topped it with fresh spinach.. Open up the heavenly pizza gates -LOL!!  Seriously though…. it’s so good..


Here’s the easy recipe:

1 12oz bag of pre-cooked shrimp, cleaned, deveined, chopped

2 tomatoes, chopped (remove the seeded part)

Kirkland brand Basil Pesto

1/4 cup chopped fresh basil

Grated Parmesan cheese

8oz grated mozzarella cheese

1 1/2 tspn Victoria Tuscan Seasoning

1 tspn Victoria Smoky Paprika Chipotle

1 1/2 tspn Spicy Garlic Seasoning

Fresh spinach

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 and saute until liquid goes away.  Add all the seasonings and saute until shrimp is done, briskly stirring (take a taster and if more seasoning is needed add a bit more). Brush each tortilla completely with olive oil.  Then spoon small amounts of basil pesto on each tortilla and spread.  Sprinkle tomatoes and shrimp around.  Top with spinach and sprinkle with parmesan and mozzarella cheeses and top with fresh basil.  Place on cookie sheet (or pizza pan) and bake for approx 10 mins or until cheese melts and crust is slightly browned.


Remove, slice and eat up!  The best part is it’s less calories then your average pizza dough crust – yet you get the same satisfaction


Red Lobster won’t see me for a while – lol.. now that I can make my own..


I’m so excited about this recipe that I’ve decided to give one lucky reader a jar of each of the Victoria Seasonings.  pizza5

This is not a sponsored post.  I know sometimes people may be skeptical on trying recipes and buying spices, but to entice you, I  just want to share my seasonings with someone.   It’s so simple to enter for a chance to win.
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So good luck and I hope you give this pizza a try.  As always- Cooking is easy with “TLC”pizza1




Friday Finds


Every wander in a store and find an item at a great price and then see “why” it was a great price?  Well that was the case with this 9″ brass pineapple.  It was a misfit, but for $6.00 I had no problem bringing it home with me. I guess someone thought it’d be useless because it’s missing a couple of tips.  Well given the fact I know I’m not perfect and got a few broken wings myself, I figured it’ll be fine for me.. who am I to judge right?? One thing about me.. I’m not the perfectionist type (and please know, by no means, I’m not knocking anyone who is).  My home is filled with vintage items, so I’m used to things not being “perfect”.     I’ve been looking for a bigger one (without paying $80 to $120 for it) and they’re extremely hard to come by.  Even though it was badly tarnished,  I knew my trusty “Barkeepers Friend” could handle that part, especially after seeing how it brought the coat rack back to life.   However, the broken stems.. oh well.. can’t do anything about that.


After polishing it and setting it out.. I think it’ll do just fine


With it being shiny and clean, the two broken stems aren’t so noticeable




The brass crab was another find at a yard sale for $3.00.  Ever since I saw this one I’ve been wanting one.  The only difference, mine is a trinket box (which is larger) instead of a bottle opener.


When I created my Antler tray I knew I’d have fun styling it.  My motto “patience is a virtue” (plus the mere fact of re-directing my spending habits) really pays off.


I’m definitely satisfied  🙂 with the style of the tray.


I also found this brass candle holder for $5.00 at RestoreHabitat


Which looked great on my Thanksgiving table (I wish I had polished it before – but again it was a last minute decision)


Another find – which I showed on Instagram (because I couldn’t wait).. and was also excited about was a black panther planter.  I saw this during our Mountain trip, but it was actually a light, and it was $60.00 – I was very tempted, however, I really didn’t need it as a light fixture, but it sure was fierce!  It was the first I’ve ever seen.


And then this cat crept in my life… for $4.99


I haven’t picked a plant to use in it just yet, or I may not put one in at all and use if for something else, but one thing for sure is I’m glad I found it!


That’s all I have to share for now.. I’m sure you’re out there shopping for holiday gifts, but in your travels and hunts – if you score a terrific find – don’t forget to share using hashtag #urthriftygirlfinds to be featured on the next FridayFinds.  As always – Happy Hunting while you thrift your house into a home!