Friday, March 6, 2009

Stealing Beauty

OK, so I didn't actually "steal" beauty. But I did find some pretty things for a steal.

My new favorite local haunt is a store in Goshen called Home Again. It's a home consignment store in an old warehouse-type building. It's packed full. Every time I'm in there, I'm silently willing it to survive. To me, one of the saddest things has always been when little businesses close up shop. Oh, I'm hoping this one makes it. It's so great.

I found this foldable step ladder for $6. It's the perfect height for Frick and Frack to stand on while they "help" me cook dinner. And then it folds neatly and leans against the wall until next time. And it's bluish green!

As I was checking out, I spied this, across the store. Up on a shelf, with every manner of lamps. Ugly ones. Tacky ones. Retro ones. Ornate ones. And a lone alabaster one. See, it's even got a little chip in it, just to prove that it's the real deal. Again, $6. Now, to find a shade...

Last week was our inagural steak-tasting, from the side of beef we purchased earlier in the Fall.
New York strip. I marinaded 'em up and Cory showed them who was boss out on the grill. The marinade (red wine vinegar, garlic, olive oil, Worcestershire sauce, Italian seasoning and Montreal steak seasoning) was incredible, but Cory's grill skills would have put Bobby Flay to shame.

Is it weird that I have a before shot, but no after? It's kind of weird, because raw meat just never looks very appetizing. But those steaks were so dang good that it never crossed my mind to stop eating and go grab my camera.

In a related sidenote, we grilled/ate these after the kids were in bed. So fun! Thank the Lord for early to bed-ers.

Oooh, aren't these pretty? I sure hope so, because they tasted nasty. $4.99 right down the drain. How can Clementines vary from so delectable to so dry and shrively and nasty, but they all look the same on the outside? I feel an analogy brewing here...

Finally, Calvin painted this for me. I asked him what it was and he said, very matter-of-factly, "It's a person watering flowers!" Immediately, I could see the person, watering the flowers. The power of suggestion is a lovely thing. Especially when you have a 3 year old.