This and That

I recently had some free time which allowed me to indulge in my favorite hobby of thrift store browsing.  As many have said, shopping at thrift stores is akin to being on a treasure hunt, you don’t know what you will find.
I usually have a somewhat vague list of items I would like to find, but I’m always open to the unexpected.
I thought I would share a few of those unexpected finds from my recent excursion.

I can never pass up an urn of any type.  I knew this lovely blue vase would add charm to so many spaces in my house.  It’s perfect holding the purpley blue hydrangeas from the garden.


I’ve actually had these bottles for awhile.  I got the inspiration to use them in this old candlebox while watching an episode of “Fixer Upper”.  Joanna did something similar with a cute hanging rack.


I collected the small bottles because I wanted to try the sea glass paint by Krylon.  The paint worked pretty well but I never found a satisfying way to display the bottles.  Until now that is.  Thanks Joanna!

Am I the only one that would like to see more of Joanna’s styling and less of Chip’s clowning around?  We see so much of the demolition and construction, but not nearly enough of the styling process to suit me.

This last find may not be as exciting to everyone as it was to me.  I have been on the lookout for any Thomas Keller cookbook every since some friends recommended them.  I hate to spend $50 on a cookbook so I was delighted to find this one for $3.99.  


I enjoy the way these inexpensive purchases motivate me to refresh my space a bit.
And, hopefully, the cookbook will motivate me to try some new dishes.





How to Make a Tomato Sandwich

Mr. DB is  deep into the best part of the garden season, the harvest.  He recently brought home our first homegrown tomatoes of 2017.  That called for the first tomato sandwich of the year.

You might be thinking how hard can this be?  A tomato sandwich sounds pretty simple.  But, as with any recipe, ingredients matter.

Tomato sandwiches must be made with white bread, which I typically do not buy.  But when I do buy it I prefer Pepperidge Farm white.  It has firmness and doesn’t turn to mush from the juiciness of the tomatoes.

Everyone has their favorite mayonnaise.
I grew up with Hellmann’s and so I think it’s the best.  I use their Light mayo and I love it.
Both sides of the bread should be covered generously with the mayo.  
Mr. DB is having bacon on his sandwich.  I am a purist today, tomatoes only.

Don’t forget to salt your tomatoes.

Back in the day our sandwiches were accompanied by large glasses of sweet tea.  Today, we settled for sparkling water.

I’d love to hear how you make your tomato sandwich.  I’m sure there are many variations, probably all good.