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MCC Recycling Centre Thrifting

A sample of what we found

There is an end of the line thrift store in our area where you ignore the thrift store price because you pay by the pound – the MCC Recycling Centre.

There are bin everywhere and you need to take your time sorting through all of the things that did not sell at the regular MCC thrift stores.

Frames are gone images ready to be reused

There were bins upon bins of frames from which I a rescued two pieces of hand work that someone lovingly made and hung in their home.  I will use them as covers or art pieces in the journals that I make.

The two book will also be used in journals over the next year.

Vintage wedding dress

The head piece belongs to this wedding dress.  I will wash the dress and then pick apart the lace pieces again to use in journals or other sewing projects.

I also found three full balls of eye lash yarn, a piece of cross stitch cloth and a bag of lace all of which I will use in journals, or for Happy Mail.

yarns and lace
The price for all this goodness was $10.00 

What and where is your favourite thrift store?

Grandma Snyder
©twosnydergirls 2018
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Dinner & TV

Quick Cheese & Herb Flatbread

It wasn’t supposed to be a forever thing. It was just our entertainment at the “beach girls” getaway last winter. One friend brought her computer and hooked it to the TV in the house (after a couple of phone calls to her son for tech support) so that we could all watch A Place To Call Home*, an Australian television production, that the rest of us had not seen. She said she knew we’d enjoy it.

Oh, was she ever right. We watched a few episodes each day. And on the last morning—the day we were leaving—the ladies were up and dressed and ready to watch a little more. At SEVEN in the morning! It’s the kind of show where it’s hard to find a stopping place.

On the way home, someone asked, “How are we supposed to know how this ends up?” And that’s how the Monday night “dinner and TV” was born. The friend who brought the computer didn’t know she would have us at her house weekly (more or less.) But she does. She provides her house and the TV connection. The rest of us take turns bringing dinner. And we watch three or four episodes while we eat.

This week I took dinner. After all of the wonderful vacation food I’d enjoyed last week, I needed something a little more Weight Watchers friendly. I made chicken taco soup, which I’ve made many times. And I needed something to put with it.

I found a recipe in a new WW Soups & Stews recipe magazine. Violating one of the rules I live by—always try a recipe before you serve it to guests—I forged ahead. And in my typical fashion, I failed to read the part that said “dough at room temperature.” But it all worked out in the end. I think it would have been easier and faster if I had pulled the dough out of the refrigerator an hour before I needed to make the recipe. Learn from me. Plan ahead.

But the recipe was delicious. I made two of the flatbreads. Sixteen pieces all together. I brought home four pieces last night. The five of us nearly finished it all. That tells me it’s a good recipe. Here is how I did it.


1 teaspoon olive oil
8 oz. fresh pizza dough (from the grocery store bakery) AT ROOM TEMP!
1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella
1/2 crumbled feta cheese

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Use fingertips to spread oil over bottom of pan.
Pat or roll dough out into a rectangle just smaller than the pan. Place dough into pan, and with lightly oiled fingers, press dough to fit a 7×11-inch (or 9×9-inch pan,) going slightly up the sides. Sprinkle with rosemary, parsley, mozzarella and feta.

Bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown. Let cool in pan a few minutes. Remove and cut into 8 slices. Serve warm, or cool completely.


~Because my dough was too cold, I couldn’t stretch it out to fit the pan. It kept shrinking back. I didn’t have time to wait longer, so I went with what I could do. Instead of a neat rectangle, I got a lovely rustic oval. It looked nice that way.

~The recipe called for more oil. I ended up wiping out a good bit with a paper towel. The oily pan made it even harder to get that dough to stretch to the sides of the pan. I don’t think I’ll ever use the whole tablespoon it called for. 

~The recipe says you can serve it warm or cooled completely. Because I was taking this from my farm to their farm 20 miles away, serving it cooled worked well. But I did taste it while it was warm. Of course warm was better! The crust was crispy. But room temp was totally acceptable. 

OH…and I forgot the important part if you are counting WW points. (Sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t.) Each slice is 4 SmartPoints.

And although I’ve posted this recipe before, I’m putting it here again because the soup and this bread was such a nice combination.

        …recipe from (check her site for other good recipes)

1 small onion, chopped
1 (15-oz) can black beans, drained
1 (15-oz) can light red kidney beans, drained
1 (8-oz) can tomato sauce
10-oz bag frozen corn
2 (10-oz) cans Rotel tomatoes (I used Mild)
1 packet taco seasoning (I used mild, low-sodium)
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (fresh or frozen)
1/2 cup water

Place all ingredients into pot. Put lid on, close and set vent to “seal.” Use manual button and set to 8 minutes. Let it “natural release” for at least 10 minutes. (Longer is fine.) Then release remaining pressure, if there is any. Remove chicken and shred with two forks. Add shredded chicken back into soup. Serve. 

This is more like a chili than a true soup, but it’s yummy. It’s gluten-free. And it freezes beautifully. You can certainly cook this in something besides an Instant Pot. I used my IP last night and carried it to the dinner in the pot because the lid fastens securely and I could plug it in when I got there to keep it warm.

*We are into the 6th and final season of this show, A Place To Call Home. You can find it on Acorn TV, a subscription service which is also available through Amazon. It’s on iTunes. And one of our local PBS stations is airing it now. According to Wikipedia, the show…has been described as a “compelling melodrama about love and loss set against the social change of the 1950s”

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5 Minutes Of My Day – Sitting in small rooms

September 11, 2018
Sitting is described as the new danger to our health and today I can believe that.  Sitting in small rooms with no opportunity to walk around is soul crushing.

Government waiting room or break out rooms were never meant to spend to spend a day in.  No pictures, no reading material, no window!

This is one part of my job I will not miss when I retire.
September 11, 2017
2017 Just enjoying a a chocolate bar with no guilt
September 11, 2016
2016 Watching the girls receive bibles from the Sunday School teachers
September 11, 2015
2015 Beauty in the sunset
September 11, 2014
2014 Watching a storm move over the landscape

Grandma Snyder
©twosnydergirls 2018

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Knitting On The Porch

Daddy-O earned his “knitter’s husband” badge yesterday. He’s always been supportive of my knitting, even taking me to two yarn shops over the weekend while we were in Asheville for a short getaway. But we came home and immediately drove to the lake to get the cabin ready for “day of knitting” with my Thursday afternoon knitting group. And Daddy-O dove right in sweeping the gigantic porch, uncovering the furniture, buying ice, and even planting new flowers in the pots at the front door.

His reward (besides earring his badge) was getting make a hearty plate for his lunch. And also enjoy some leftovers for his supper. We had a feast! I had invited the knitters for lunch and an afternoon of knitting on the porch. The catch was that they also were asked to bring a salad for lunch. So many good salads, plus a few other goodies were on that table.

In the next several weeks I’ll be sharing some of the recipes we enjoyed yesterday. There were several “new to me” recipes, and some others that were good enough to share with you again.

These tiny sour cream muffins (also known as sour cream gems—depends on where you got your recipe) are a must for a luncheon. They only take minutes to stir up. Then pop them in the oven for about 15 minutes and they are ready.

For reasons I don’t know I patted the tops of a few muffins down so that they ended up with smooth tops. You can’t mess this recipe up, but I did decide that I liked the rough top you get when you just use a spoon to drop the dough into the muffin tin. More crispy edges.


1 cup sour cream
2 sticks butter, melted
2 cups self-rising flour

Stir together. Spoon into greased mini-muffin tins. Bake at 400 degrees from 15-20 minutes.

Can be baked until almost done, then removed from pans and frozen. Place on cookie sheet to freeze, then wrap them securely to store in the freezer. Complete browning just before serving.

Makes 36 mini muffins

This recipe has been shared here before, but yesterday I was texting with a friend in another state while I was doing the last bits of preparation, like baking these muffins. I sent her a photo of the muffins as they came out of the oven. I know she is a blog reader but she had missed this recipe. Maybe you haven’t seen it before either. So here you go.  

One of our knitters said yesterday, she wants this recipe to use at Thanksgiving. They can be baked ahead and frozen so it’s a great recipe when you need some make-ahead recipes. We had so many good recipes yesterday that our “knitting mama” (we meet weekly at her business for knitting and visiting) has asked all of us to bring her the recipes we used and she will print out a set for everyone. I will share several of them here with you. 

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