Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Thrifty Trip Tuesday #9

I promised to take you on a ride to one of my favorite thrifty digging spots...

We are headed to Kingston, NY to visit the Ulster County, NY Habitat for Humanity ReStore.

Visiting the ReStore and making a purchase always leaves me feeling a sense of giving back to the community.  The proceeds help to build a home to help a family in need of housing.

You will see me reference Habitat many times in my blogs (or on facebook if you are a follower).

Not that I am running low in inventory, but when I am in need of furniture the ReStore is usually 1st on my list to hit up.  

Some days I simply need a fix so I venture into see what I can find.  

On this glorious day I set out to see what was in stock.  I found so many fabulous pieces of furniture.  One of the greatest things about the Kingston store is the inventory.  They never disappoint in the amount they have in stock.

It is always neatly displayed.

With easy to walk through isles.

They have great tags that give you the price, the date it came in, and when it is being marked down at a discount.

Unless a piece is drastically overpriced & will require a lot of work (in my mind) I will not haggle with them.  I do this because I really think most things are already marked at good prices, and I know that my money is going to aid in building a family a home.

I know it goes against every single thing I am about!

There is always a diversified amount of items that they have available...

A couple of my favorite items -

I wanted the chairs so badly, but have no need for the table (I have 3 tables currently, so if I even thought for one second about bringing this anywhere near my home...well I'd be living with our George...in the doghouse).

This is a fantastic bedroom set.  It was in pristine shape!!  It had the pieces you see here, a bed frame, another dresser and 2 other side tables.  I was in love. Simply gorgeous...

Some tables with some pretty legs...

They have a whole other room full of bed frames, office furniture, kitchen cabinets, and industrial items...

If you are in the Kingston, NY area and looking for some quality furniture, this is a place to check out.

I have scored some pretty fabulous finds that will be making their debut on the blog soon.  

The folks are friendly and they are more than willing to help ensure you are able to load your items.  

With much love, peace & happiness 

Monday, September 29, 2014

A day in the life of Apple Picking & recipes you're sure to want to try!

Tis the season of all things fall.

This is by far my favorite time of the year.  The days are not too hot not too cold...just right.

With windows open, in with a whisper comes a nice wrestling of leaves that brings a smell all too familiar, crisp fall mornings.  

Our family loves to take trips out to the local You Pick Em farms for a little apple picking!!  

While eating our weight in apples as we pick apples with care.   

The farm is in full swing with families enjoying quality time together!

The apple trees are filled full of yummy goodness...

The farm is beautifully lined with mums....   

bustling with kids petting the goats 

and, donkeys...

eyeing pumpkins in the pumpkin patch to bring home.

Running through the corn maze, finding our way through to the end....still holding onto yet another apple to consume!

Our final pick of the day is the grape... Oh the grapes.  As we walked towards the vines, the air was filled with a smell of grape juice.  So sweet smelling.

By far it was one of our best days as a family.  My girls ran, laughed, and ate junk!

Oh those apple cider donuts will get ya every.single.time!

What better way to spend a Saturday.

The farm we visited was Dubois Farms in Highland, NY.  We've been there many times, and always walk away with a great experience.  Our family highly recommends Dubois Farms!!

You can visit their website here for more details.

What do with all the apples we picked!?!

Here are some fine recipes I will be trying out very soon.  Coming from some of my friends of another blog...

I present to you the following recipes -

Caramel Apple Pops and Candy Apple Pies by Pams Party & Practical Tips

This Simple Homes Caramel Apple Dip

For What It's Worth - fresh apple upside down coffee cake with Nutella

Apple Basil Chicken Panini by This and That

Apple Gorgonzola Salad by This and That

Apple Oatmeal Crisp from Kristina Grum

And, one of my all time go to favorite apple recipe is....

I make these easy & simple apple dumplings for friends, family, teachers, and if I want to just brighten up someone's day!!  They are a hit & everyone loves them.  If you like anything apple, this is a must try for sure.

I know each of those recipes above will be making it's way in my kitchen so very soon!!   

I hope you had a fantastic weekend!

With much love, peace & happiness.