Sunday, July 24, 2016

MacKenzie-Childs Barn Sale 2016

 What can I say.....I am married to the BEST barn sale shopper EVER. We have so much fun, and Joe enjoys it as much (if not more) as I do. If he didn't go with me, I would save a LOT of money.  As soon as we get through the "gate", he takes off and heads for the tents while I shop in the Enamelware Barn. We both have different experiences, and share our stories on the drive home. If you're interested in the MacKenzie-Childs Barn Sale, I would recommend going on their Facebook page to see all the photos. 
 This year, we filled four paper shopping bags (they give these out when you are waiting in line). 
 As always, the property is gorgeous and we only waited in line for an hour and 15 minutes. The staff was exceptionally helpful. Each day they have an additional 20% off on specific items and typically the sale is 50-70% off.
 This is the entrance to the beautiful farmhouse which has tours.  
 Joe managed to get his photo taken in the Courtly Check frame that the barn sale girls in the pink shirts were walking around with. Social Media :-)
I want to sit here. 
And here. 
Oh my, look at the time--it's a quarter to chic! The "timing" was right and I decided I would like a new watch.
Here's most of my purchases. Lidded containers, small bowls, wallet, pitcher, paper plates, ribbon, butterfly placemats, potholders, soap dish, bunny with basket and some children's items for gifts.  Some items they had a ton of (brooms and lamp shades) and other items went quick. Like this Courtly Check rabbit but they brought more out on Sunday.
A beautiful day for the barn sale! Just 360 days until the next barn sale. 

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Skip The Line at the MacKenzie Childs Barn Sale

 I jumped at the chance to  #SkipTheLineMC at the 2016 Barn Sale. On Sunday, I entered their Instagram photo challenge and shared a selfie with my Courtly Check phone cover and purse. If you've never been to the Barn Sale, let me tell you that it is NOT in my blood to wait in line for THREE hours but I did in 2013 because I went on Day #2 which is a popular day. A friend of mine goes on DAY ONE due to the fact that she spends big bucks on furniture and it is quite a savings. During my three hour wait in line, I found that most of the shoppers had flown in from other states. That was our fourth annual trip to the barn sale, and we have always gone on a Saturday except that year.  This year we are going on Saturday, and if we get there by 7 a.m., we usually get in during the first wave at 8 a.m. 

The photos below were just a few that were submitted for the  #SkipTheLineMC at the 2016 Barn Sale Instagram challenge. MacKenzie Childs barn sale shoppers are so much fun and creative! If anyone is interested in going to the Barn Sale in 2017, let me know and I will help you organize your trip. 

I also submitted this photo with the Parchment Check vase. I use it all summer. 
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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Can't Leave Alone Bars

The recipe is from Woman's Day - July 2004. They fly out of the pan at pool parties, football games and pot luck parties. I made these a hundred times when the kids were playing sports and we were doing tailgate parties. I brought them to my niece's pool party on the Fourth and brought the pan home empty. It makes 48 bars. 

1 box white cake mix (choose your favorite brand)
2 large eggs
1/3 cup oil
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 stick butter, cut small

1.  Heat oven to 350. Grease 13 x 9 x 2 inch baking pan.

2.  Beat cake mix, eggs and oil in a large bowl with mixer until blended. Press 2/3 in pan.

3.  Microwave condensed milk, chocolate and butter in a bowl on high for 1 minute. Stir until smooth. Pour mixture over crust. Top with teaspoonfuls of reserved cake mixture.

4.  Bake 20 to 25 minutes until lightly browned. Cool; cut into bars.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Our Camp

I am here....enjoying life lived outside...losing track of time. Enjoying sunsets and moonlit evenings. My parents and grandparents built our camp in the Adirondack Mountains over 45 years ago and I was introduced to this summer lifestyle at an early age.  Now campfires every evening courtesy of Joe. The neighbors say he does it best. He's also the marshmallow toaster. Our 3 1/2 month old grandson Xavier is the fourth generation to spend time at the camp and many great memories await him. 

Joe built the camp shed. My father was deceased and never got to meet Joe. My dad and Joe would have been best doubt. 
It's a skyscraper :-) The shed holds a LOT of firewood and you'll never bump your head. 

Our neighbor's camp.....we have great neighbors. We are all in "chill mode" when we are at camp and everyone is happy and sociable. 
The dirt road to our our camp is also a snowmobile trail in the winter.

"Northern Exposure" is our next door neighbor's camp. We see them quite often, and enjoy sharing stories around the campfire.
Our camp is far enough off the road to be somewhat private. Especially our backyard since it is designated Forever Wild. We have dad to thank for the location. 
(Photo of Loons taken by a local photographer)

The calm surroundings and breathtaking views are just what we need after a crazy work week. You can't beat an early-morning paddle on a misty lake for feeling like you've crossed into another world. Our alarm clock is the call of the Loon. We love waking up that way. 

There is a 740-mile water trail that begins near our camp and goes through Saranac Lake and into Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine before ending in Quebec.
Have you spent time at a family camp? I'd love to hear about it. 
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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

America....Land That I Love

Hi friends, just "popping" in to wish my fellow Americans a Happy Fourth of July!

Whatever your plans may be, remember our Independence in this Sweet Land of Liberty and the Home of the Brave. Let Freedom Ring!

For our nation's birthday, we're having a little celebration at the office so I whipped up some Sweet and Salty Patriotic Popcorn that I saw on this blog. I used mini non-paraleils, red, white and blue M&M's, pecans, Candiquik candy coating, popcorn, salt and butter. 

I am joining Rattlebridge Farm for Foodie Friday

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