Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Energy Bites

This is one of those recipes that I made years ago and then promptly forgot about it....until I was at my daughter's house babysitting and my grandchildren were finishing off the bowl of them she had just made.

They are a small bite of sweet and crunchy and they are good for you.

Once you buy the ingredients for them, you can make several batches, and you will want to!

It is a very easy chopping or mincing....just measuring and putting it all in a bowl.

There is the little detail of rolling the "dough" into little balls (it makes about 60 depending on the size) and then you're done.

This little bite is full of protein, grains, seeds and sweetness.


Energy Bites

1 cup oatmeal
2/3 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup flaxseed
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
1/3 cup honey
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 teaspoon vanilla

Mix all and refrigerate for a half hour. Roll into balls about 1" in diameter.
Store in the refrigerator.

AnnMarie xoxo

I am linking with these fun blog parties:

Full Plate Thursday
Best of the Weekend
Happiness is Homemade
Cooking & Crafting with J & J

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

A New Adventure for the New Year

 In an old warehouse....

on the edge of town....

is a thrifter's paradise...

and I now have a booth there!

It is called Rustiques, run by Liz and David....

He's the creative mind with great decorating, thrifting and upcycling skills, while she has a head for business. Together they have created a huge emporium of eclectic vintage treasures. I am so happy to have a booth in this fun place.

Here's a peek at the inside of Rustiques, and then I will show you my booth.

I want this door!

I want these clocks!

This is the White Room and it is filled with gorgeous items all different shades of white. It is the room where David shows his great decorating style.

And just behind this mantel is the room where my booth is. I have half of the room right now but hope to someday soon take it all!

The great rust table is not mine, it is the room divider for now. The items in front of it are mine.

If you are local in Wayne County, New York, and want to visit, Rustiques is located at 235 Murray St., Newark. They are open 9-5 Tuesday-Sunday year round. I like those hours! There is a Salvation Army next door and two other thrift stores on the street so it makes for steady traffic.

David said there is already a following there and Rustiques has become a destination for those visiting the area. He is constantly thrifting and picking for great items to fill the warehouse up. Before I rented a booth I would run into him at barn sales and have watched him in action.

I got a peek at some of his stash behind closed doors and there is no shortage of great treasures still to be put out.

Although winter is not the best time for thrifting with limited places to pick, I am always looking for new things to fill my booth.

My Etsy shop (on the sidebar) is going great and I am constantly re-filling it to stay above 500 items. Better SEO that way!

In the Spring I will decide if I am going back to Ye Olde Schoolhouse Country Store, closed for the winter. It was my first adventure in retail. You can read about it in my post titled Spreading My Wings.

I see a lot of pickin' and thrifting in my future to keep up and I couldn't be happier about that!

AnnMarie xoxo

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Sunday, January 1, 2017

A New Year...A Birthday....A Wish

So, it's January again.

A new year.

A chance to do new things or improve on the old things.

It is the month of my birthday and this year is a biggie.


At the end of the month I am throwing myself a birthday party....girls only, at an Italian restaurant. My husband is paying for it as my gift.

I worked at the restaurant for 14 years in my younger days, so I got to pick the menu from all my favorites. No typical buffet for this girl.

You may not know this, but over the years I grew to not like my birthday too much.

Recently I was talking to a friend about the snow we used to get here in Upstate New York.

Remember the storm of 1967?

I was going to be 10 and because of the snowfall, my birthday party was cancelled.

We sledded out of the second story window of our suburban house, the snow was so high.


But not at my birthday party. That was never rescheduled.

It scarred me for life.

Not really.

I won't go into the details of all the bad birthdays, but by my 50th I decided to throw myself a party. I do not like surprise parties.

Or any surprises, for that matter. Unless I am forewarned, but then it wouldn't be a surprise.

My birthday is and always will be in the winter (which explains a lot of the bad ones) but I decided to go with it.

I had a winter wonderland party.

We rented a cute cabin on the lake in a park and decorated it with snowflakes and snowmen and served different kinds of soup.

It was great!

Some more bad and some good birthdays and here we are 10 years later at my 60th.

It will be a winter wonderland theme again, just in a warm restaurant this time.

I have chosen the décor, the food and most importantly, the guest list. I have painstakingly chosen those ladies in my life that I have a heart connection with. That I really want there to celebrate with me and I know they would really want to be there.

I have one birthday wish this year.

I would love it if I could fly all of my blogger friends in for the day to celebrate with me. Those of you that I share comments with, and also chat with via email. Those that I feel a real heart connection with by sharing every day life stuff with, or the love of thrifty treasures with, shared our homes and decorating ideas, and baked and cooked each others delicious recipes with.

Although I have never met you in person, you are on my party list.

I know it is not possible to bring in my blog friends from all over the country and from around the world. That is why it is a wish.

So I will have you there in my heart with my other guests. I will pretend we are eating great food, laughing together and exchanging hugs with each other.

Do you like Fettucine Alfredo?

It's on the menu along with Deluxe Carrot Cake for dessert.

AnnMarie xoxo

I am linking up with these great blog parties:

Share Your Cup
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