Thursday, July 30, 2009

Candy bar shortbread

I found this recipe in my junk mail one day. It was in one of those book offers, I tried it and loved it. I didn't buy the book, but I may try and find it. And it is sure easy. Mix, Cook, and Melt. If you love Toblerone you love this.

1 cup unsalted butter, softened
2/3 cup sugar
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
pinch salt
3 (3.52 oz) Toblerone chocolate bars, coarsely chopped
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Stack 2 baking sheets together and line top sheet with parchment paper.
In a mixer bowl, cream butter and sugar until blended. Add flour and salt and mix to make a stiff dough that does not quite hold together. Pat dough into a 13 x 9 inch pan lined with parchment paper and set pan on prepared baking sheet. Bake until lightly golden, 25 to 40 minutes. Sprinkle chocolate on hot uncut shortbread. Let set about 5 minutes and smear chocolate around. Cut into 2 inch squares and remove cooking to fridge or freezer to set up.

The Junk Mammas

Friday, July 24, 2009

Frugal Friday

Wendy at the Shabby Nest is having Frugal Friday Party. Who are we to turn down a party?

I have wanted a drop leaf table coffee table for in my living room for a few years now. I wanted an antique one, but was not willing to pay $100 to $200 bucks to then cut down the legs. I just couldn't do it, and I never found one painted the right color.

I found a table on Craig's List in May for $40 bucks. And it sat in the corner of my dining room until last week. I wasn't sure I really liked it, didn't know what color to paint it, blah, blah. I decided just to go for it and had my husband cut the legs down and then pulled out the wood kindergarten chairs Jenny found a church sales for 7 dollar each. Now it is the perfect place for my kids to play games, eat a snack, or color. I am glad we went for it, now should I paint it. What color, it may take me until next summer to decide. So for my $54, I have a sturdy coffee table my kids can use.

The Junk Mammas

Monday, July 20, 2009

Weekend Finds Part -2

We had a great weekend of junkin, as you can see by some our lastest posts photos. We found this great estate sale in the paper. It said 30's and 40's vintage items. Low and behold the house was filled. Look at the stacks of vintage tableclothes.

She had a ton of ironstone, Chamber pots, pitchers, etc. Kim asked if they minded if we took some photos for the blog. Here our some of the items we left behind. She had some really wonderful stuff.

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Saturday, July 18, 2009

Weekend Finds

We hit a few really good sales this weekend. And most were super cheap, love it. Now we need to find homes for all our stuff. I swear one day sometime soon, we will actually do something with our junk and blog about it.

Most of the stuff we found was $1.00 or under, minus the white ironstone chamber pot and pitchers.

Stop by tomorrow and checkout part 2 of our weekend finds, and see what we passed up. Also, head over to and see for the weekly finds and others.

The Junk Mammas

Monday, July 13, 2009

Greeting, from the land of junk

The land of junk continues to grow at our houses. Here is junk from the weekend. Lanterns from Walmart on clearance $10.00 each, marked down from $25.00. Silver tray was $5.00. A window with grid screening already in it for $3, a vintage suitcase $5, 2 wood planters $2 for both, 5 finals for $2, rake head for $1, which my son thought I bought him. And the hat stand was a find from Goodwill. I only have plans for the suitcase, a perfect place for my daughter's dress up clothes. She can't get it open without my help, so mean. At least I can then say no dress up clothes without cleaning up the million other toys first.

Check out Rhonda @ Southern Hospitality for others weekend finds.

The Junk Mammas

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Price my space at Nesting Place

The Nester is having a "Price my space party." I decided to use my daughter Maddie's room to share, as most of her stuff was found at a bargain price.

The white bed was found at a rummage sale for $20.00, the pink bedspread at an estate sale for $6.00. Then there is my Pottery Barn Kids bedding. I love that blue bedding. I have had some of this stuff since crib size. I bought it all at 1/2 price or less and picked up a few pieces on Ebay for next to nothing. Basket was an Ebay find, it is Pottery Barn Kids and matches my blue bedding, I bought 2 for under $10.00. The rocking chair was a 1st birthday gift and the pillow was a rummage find for $.50.
The white dresser was my sons that we bought unfinished for around $100.00. Pink bird house and Madeline sign I picked up at TJMAXX on clearance. Both were scratch and dent and paid $3.50 for the bird house and $6.00 for the name sign. The lamp shade is the blue PBK again, and I added some pink ball fringe. I paid $5.00 for the lamp shade, the base is a candle stick base that I bought way back and painted it white.
White wire basket was $1.00 at Salvation Army, and the rabbit jar was a baby gift.

The scalloped shelf is from TJMAXX, it was chipped so I only paid $5.00 for it. I put a fresh coat of pink paint and it's as good as new. Wood rabbit was an after Easter find one year for 75% off.

This room is one of my favorite rooms in our house and one of the smallest. I love the way it turned out and it was all furnished on a budget of less than $200.00.

The Junk Mammas

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Summer Ice Tea

We don't live in the south but I do enjoy iced tea. This is one of my favorite recipes. It really is never the same twice at my house, cause I can't remember what teas I used. Typical fashion for me. I really am liking TAZO Passion tea lately, but use whatever you have on hand.

Choose 10 teas from your cupboard. Eight herbal teas, such as lemon, chamomile, mint, and hibiscus, and mix with one to two bags of Earl Grey or English Breakfast. Hang the tea bags into an 8-cup Pyrex container. Pour boiling water over the tea, and steep for at least 10 minutes. Add 1/4 cup sugar or Splenda, taste, and add more sugar if desired. Add lemon if desired. Even my husband likes this tea. Recipe is from Martha Stewart.


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Thursday, July 2, 2009

The door

I finally did it, I painted my house numbers on my door. I have seen in blog land all of your doors painted with the house numbers. It adds so much to the door.

For those of you who have not seen this done, here's what I did. First, I printed numbers from my computer. Just used ones I found in Word and inlarged them to the size I wanted. Next, I used carbon paper and and taped that and my numbers to the door. I traced over the numbers with a pencil, that left me with an outline of my numbers. Last I filled them in with a paint pen.

I love the way it turned out and it added some much needed charm to my old screen door.

The Junk Mammas

Wednesday, July 1, 2009


Wishing you a very a happy birthday Kim. One more year until the BIG ONE!!!

:) Jenny