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Arrr...Thrifted Treasure! Tracy Porter bowl for $5.99

I collect serveware.  Bowls, cake stands, platters, pretty glass jars and trays, even baskets...they are the items that call to me from garage sale tables and thrift store shelves.  Vintage Pyrex bowls in primary colors hold onions and garlic on my counter, and I never miss a chance to serve up pasta in a beautiful Italian made bowl or a stir fry in tiny dishes from Chicago's Chinatown.  I almost did a jig right there in the middle of Goodwill when I spotted this beautiful, hand painted Tracy Porter bowl on the shelf.  It was definitely a "Could it be?! ....It IS!" moment.  I've coveted a Porter piece for some time but could never justify the price tag.  This Thalia serving bowl retails for $60 and I snagged it for $ that I can justify. :)  Now...what to serve in it....

I just love the periwinkle blue of the inside, and the flower detailing is spectacular.

Thanks for letting me share my wig out with you!
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Honey Wheat Bread

If you've never made bread, I have just one question for you: why not?  It makes your house smell amazing, earns you major domestic rockstar points, and can be a great stress reliever.  Kneading is like Play-Doh for grown ups. :)  This is a great recipe to start on.  It's a yummy accompaniment to soup, makes fabulous sandwiches (grilled cheese made with this, cheddar, and muenster is out of this world), and toasts beautifully.  It makes two lovely, soft loaves, so you can freeze one for later. 

Honey Wheat Bread  (adapted from this recipe)

Ingredients 2 c warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C) 1 T active dry yeast 3 c whole wheat flour 1 tsp salt 1/3 c honey OR 1/4 cup honey + molasses to equal 1/3 cup total 1/3 c vegetable oil 4 c all-purpose flour Directions Dissolve yeast in warm water. Add honey (or honey and molasses), and stir well. …

Use Up The Harvest Minestrone

As we head into October, our garden is still providing us with all sorts of good things.  I whipped up my own variation on minestrone last night to use up some of our bountiful harvest.  Last night was dreary, and this was the perfect, healthy dinner to warm us up.

Use Up The Harvest Minestrone

1 lb. ground beef1 c diced onion2 c diced tomatoes5 14 oz. cans reduced sodium beef broth or water and bouillion1 15.5 oz. can cannellini beans, drained2 medium zucchini, sliced2-3 diced carrots1-2 c green beans cut in 1-2" piecescelery stalks (cut in half, just for flavor)2 c diced potatoes1 c dried soup pasta, like ditali1 tsp italian seasoning3/4 tsp each: basil, oregano, thyme1/2 tsp salt1/2 tsp garlic salt1/2 tsp black pepperdash red pepper flakes2 bay leavesDirections
Brown ground beef with onion in stockpot.  Add chopped tomatoes, cook 1 minute, then add broth or water and bouillion and bring to a boil.Add potatoes, cannellini beans, carrots, and seasonings, including celery stalks.  …