Married to the Empire

Monday, April 28, 2008

A few things from the weekend

Friday I decided to head to a local thrift store. My cookbook collection has outgrown my tiny set of shelves in the kitchen, so I was hoping that I could find something inexpensive that I could rehab for this purpose. I had great luck in the past finding an ugly piece of furniture there for very little money, then making it over into something fabulous. I was hoping for more of the same.

No such luck in the shelving department, but I did have success in the LP record section. I'm always on the lookout for albums since Steven gave me a new record player for my birthday. Someone had obviously donated their entire collection of Christian LPs because there were tons in great shape. I have fond memories of Petra, an 80s Christian rock band that was all the rage when I was in junior high. I picked up the 2 albums they had for only $1.09 each. I also found A John Denver Christmas, which didn't impress my husband at all (he says I like old people music), but I really like his folksy sound. I also threw in a copy of the album from the musical Oklahoma.

I also found 2 books, Sarah Ban Breathnach's Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy and Bad Girls of the Bible by Liz Curtis Higgs. Admittedly, I'd always thought the second book sounded dumb, but after reading through a little of it in the store, I was intrigued.

On Saturday we went to Lowe's, as Steven needed a few things for the house. I found a section with bulbs for sale at 75% off. They're past their ideal planting date for our zone, which is why they were so cheap. I figured that at $1.24 a package, they were worth a try. If they grow, fabulous! If not, I'm only out $7.

I also spent a good part of Saturday in the kitchen. Our youth group had a casserole sale on Sunday to raise money for transportation costs to youth camp this summer. I made a huge pan of macaroni and cheese (made with real cheese only!), and another pan with my Jamaican Jerk Pork (along with a container of lime mayo, red peppers, and wheat rolls for making jerk pork sandwiches). I'd already pre-sold the pork to friends, so I didn't worry about its not being a traditional casserole. I forgot to take any pictures, but we made $580 in the sale! Everything was purchased, including the "Four-Cheese Mac and Elk" made by one of our middle schoolers. His mother and I were laughing hysterically at the name of his dish.


Vader's Mom said...

Bad Girls of the Bible is amazing! Just a'll be hooked and you'll end up with the whole series. It's very well done!!

*carrie* said...

Anne Marie,

I laughed when you mentioned Petra. I haven't thought of them for years! I used to have 2 of their cassette tapes. =)

ann said...

Wow! Very nice work on that furniture! That's the same thing they do on those HGTV shows, give old furniture a new makeover. It's awesome! I'm so impressed with how careful you are with money. Your husband must be so thankful he doesn't have a wife who is careless.

Lizzy said...

Hi Anne Marie!

I am an old fan of Petra as well, but on cassette tape! I also think I have some Mylon LeFevre and Broken Heart around here!

Take care, Lizzy