Saturday, July 22, 2017

Highlights of MacKenzie-Childs Barn Sale 2017



 
The Butterfly Garden Tumblers had been on my wish list and they are more reasonable at 50% off :-)  
Flower market cutting board, Berries & Blossoms dinner plates, Poppy dish towel, Daisy dish towel.

I picked up the Courtly Stripe Chandelier Shade for an accent lamp I had, and got one for a friend. 
A throw rug for the entry way.
The cannister trio came home with me, and I haven't decided what to fill them with. I've never had cannisters on my counter. 


Most of the people I met at the barn sale were from other states. This is Stacie from Oklahoma. 



Barn Sale treasures and meeting new friends was the highlight of the MacKenzie-Childs Barn Sale. But having quality time with my best friend Mr. Mountain Breaths at the barn sale was even better. The best way to describe the barn sale is that you are at a conference with thousands of people who enjoy what you enjoy. It's a happy place, crowded yes, but everyone is polite. Some of my blog friends would like to attend in 2018, and I sure hope they do. One of the ladies I met at the sale was from Oklahoma and while chatting I found out that the reason she attends the barn sale is because of my blog. The world is smaller than we think. The connections we have that we are unaware of. I receive several emails about the barn sale, and I am happy to help. How long was the line this year? I went on Thursday, arrived at 2 pm and only waited for one hour. We were checked out by 5:30 pm just in time for dinner at the Aurora Inn. 

Thanks for stopping by!
xoxo
Debbie




Thursday, July 20, 2017

MacKenzie-Childs Barn Sale Bound!!!!



Wish me luck! I am hoping to find everything on my list :-)

I'll be back soon!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Yummy Raspberries!






I was invited to a friend's home to pick raspberries, and I knew exactly how I would use them. I have been using this scone recipe for many years, and it was shared with me when I was a member of a Cooking Forum on the internet. You will not find a better scone recipe, and sometimes I drizzle white chocolate on them. I bet some chocolate would be lovely too. 


Ann T's Scones
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(Raspberry, Blueberry, etc..)

2-1/4 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 Tbsp. cold butter
1 cup heavy cream
3/4 cup fresh raspberries
Extra cream and sugar

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. 

Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Cut butter into mixture 
with pastry blender until it resembles a course meal. Add cream and 
raspberries to dry ingredients. Mix lightly with fork until mixture 
forms a stiff dough. Knead on floured board just to incorporate all 
flour; try not to damage berries.

Roll into 7-inch round and cut into 6 or 8 wedges. Place 1 inch apart 
on greased baking sheet; brush tops with cream and sprinkle with sugar. 
Bake for 15 to 18 minutes.

IMPORTANT -- FREEZE BERRIES BEFORE USING

Note: When adding fruit to the scone mixture, make sure the raspberries 
or blueberries are frozen. Otherwise you end up with crushed fruit. Still 
tastes as good, but not as pretty. I usually add the cream and when the 
dough has almost come together I then I add the frozen fruit.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Almost Time for MacKenzie-Childs Barn Sale 2017


Let me preface this by saying I am not at Wegman's filling up my grocery cart. In April, we went to MacKenzie-Childs first ever warehouse sale and stocked up with gifts and a few items for our home. 

The MacKenzie-Childs barn sale in Upstate New York is fast approaching and is an event that I LOVE to attend.  I told Joe I only have a few items on my wish list. Once we get to the sale, he will do what he does every barn sale. He takes off on me and starts loading up HIS cart. It's comical to see him that excited, and then he comes looking for me to show me the loot. He takes me to a corner, reviews each item with me (ugh) and I tell him to return about 95% of the items back to their shelves. All this while I am sweating from the heat in the tent. LOL

The 65 acre farm in Aurora is lovely and people camp the week of the sale. They can visit the studio, retail store and farmhouse that offers daily tours. It's an annual 4-day super shopping event for the luxury home & decor brand. Items at the sale are at least 50% off and up to 80% off. Some items get marked down even more on Sunday. 

There is a large barn on the property, and during the sale it's filled with MKC enamelware.  There are also tents with ceramics, furniture,  glassware, rugs, holiday and more
 The sale attracts over 15,000 people, some driving hours across the country and others even camping out overnight. 

The whimsical luxury home d├ęcor brand that makes our home and guests smile. 


 If you are interested in previous Barn Sale posts on my blog, I have included some links here 20102011 two posts from 2012 and here 2012 and 2013
 
 I love this fun ceramic flower pot from one of the barn sales. In the Wallcourt pattern. Did you know that the Mackenzie-Childs story began in a humble studio run out of the basement of a Wells College dorm named Wallcourt? The days of Richard and Victoria.  

The barn sale is July 20-23, 2017 in Aurora, New York. 

xoxo
Debbie

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Grilled Pizza



If you have a grill and don't want to heat up your kitchen, give grilled pizza a try. We've been doing pizza this way for at least ten years, and have made hundreds for get togethers. When we went to the New York Botanical Gardens, they were demonstrating how to grill pizza. I've included links to the two pizzas they made. I've made both at home and they were both wonderful. 

I hope you try it!



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