Fast forward to April, and I came across the phrase "Buy Nothing New". Whoooa!! That's it! I don't need a word of the year, but a phrase of the year - yes! Buy Nothing New - that is sooo me!! It speaks to my desire to tread easy on the earth, save money, take my time with new purchases, and shop thrift stores, antiques stores, and auctions.
Of course in April, we did buy new sandals for Isabelle right before walking into the children's resale store and finding barely worn sandals for less than 1/3 the price of new. doh! And there was the electric skillet I bought when there was and still is a vintage corning electric skillet with removable stoneware at the antiques store for only $10 more. (I may still go and buy one since there are two.)
|Much like the one I didn't buy.|
Which brings me to yesterday's baking session - banana nut muffins which start out with creaming the butter and sugar. No problem, right? Have you ever tried creaming butter and sugar with a fork? No? How about a whisk? It just doesn't go well which results in flat muffins. The flavor was still good, but they're not light and fluffy (no air).
So I've been kicking around the idea for a while to get an old-fashioned egg beater to use for creaming butter and sugar, and today was the day to head out and see if I could find one at the GoodWill store (nope) or the thrift store down town (nope) before looking at the antiques mall which I knew had a half dozen of them the last time I went for a walk there.
It will get a thorough cleaning before I start trying it out. I see creaming butter, beating egg whites, and making butter in its immediate future.
There were also some bags of brightly colored balls of yarn that I picked up to add to my stash. It's not a lot that I'm adding, and I know I'll use it to crochet flowers for a wall-hanging I'll be making for Isabelle's bedroom.
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