Sunday, May 14, 2017

Things I Didn’t Buy 41

I found some adorable Japanese children’s books.

This is a cute old teaching clock toy. Front and back.

And a Care Bear from the 1980s.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Things I Didn’t Buy 40

I love this 1940s dress pattern.

I thought this 1940s dress pattern was interesting.

I liked this reprinted 1935 sewing pattern of a cute suit and cape.

This 1950s blouse pattern was nice.

I thought this 1970s skirt and vest outfit was really cute.

I liked this peplum top pattern that seem like it’s from the 1980s. In particular, I like C version with the large puffy sleeves.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Creamy Gochujang Pasta

I like to cook…mostly because I like to eat. But I’m a recipe follower, not a recipe creator. On the rare occasion I try to “whip something up,” I’m generally left dissatisfied by the results. However, this time I created something that I actually liked: Creamy Gochujang Pasta.

Some months ago I saw a pasta recipe online that used gochujang with milk and cheese (and a list of other ingredients), and while I didn’t make it, it did sound good to me. And the idea stayed in my brain…which brings me to yogurt.

While I can eat yogurt, I don’t particularly enjoy it—I’d rather just cook with it. I had bought a container of yogurt for a specific recipe, but had quite a bit left over and I didn’t know what to do with it. I recalled that cheesy gochujang pasta and thought I could just substitute the milk with yogurt to create a creamy sauce. So I did, and I liked it. It’s a quick recipe and takes about fifteen minutes to do.

1 serving

1 bacon strip
1 tbsp gochujang
1/8 tsp ground ginger
1/8 tsp ground garlic
2 tbsp water
¼ cup chopped kimchi
1 tbsp whole milk plain yogurt
1 serving angel hair pasta

— 1 —
In a nonstick frying pan, fry bacon. Once bacon is cooked, remove bacon from the pan and place on a paper towel to drain the excess grease. Keep the bacon grease in pan.

Once cool, break bacon into pieces.

— 2 —
Meanwhile, cook pasta according to directions. And drain pasta once cooked.

— 3 —
Add the water, gochujang, ground ginger, ground garlic and kimchi to the pan with the bacon grease. Over low heat, stir to combine.

— 4 —
Add the yogurt to the pan and stir to combine with the sauce. Add pasta to the pan and stir until coated with the sauce.

— 5 —
Place pasta on a plate and top with bacon pieces. Serve immediately.

Variation: Cheese
I also tried this replacing the bacon with cheese—mozzarella or cheddar works well. Cut a slice of cheese into 16 squares. In Step 5, once the sauce coats the pasta, add the cheese squares. Stir to combine as the cheese melts. Serve immediately.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Things I Didn’t Buy 39

While I thought this tea set was adorable and very retro, I didn’t need it…at all.

I considered buying this cigar box, because you know, I love boxes. But I remained strong and resisted.

This candy tin was nice.

I also liked this sea green box (that I think was meant for playing cards).

This glass jar was pretty cute.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Thrifted for $6.63

I got this red wool jacket for $3.50. It looks like it’s the inner jacket that can zip into an outer jacket. It fit well and I like the collar and snaps down the front. I didn’t need another wool jacket—but it’s different than my other jackets in that it’s more casual...and I liked it because it’s red.

The next two items I got for $3.13; I probably shouldn’t have bought either of them. First is a gray and maroon wool sweater—it’s clearly a man’s sweater as it’s large on me. It also appears to be handmade (since I can see the yarn ends on the inside); it’s a well-made garment. I like the design and color choice of the sweater.

And I got a petticoat that I thought I could wear under skirts and dresses to make it more voluminous…and it does, but perhaps too much for me.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Things I Didn’t Buy 38

This Santa doll is sooooo creepy—it’s hilarious. Look at his eyes; he’s saying, “I know you’ve been naughty. NO TOYS FOR YOU!” And I didn’t realize it until later, but there's a clown photo bombing the picture.

I thought about getting this old Nancy Drew book from the 1950s. However, besides missing the cover on the spine, there was mold growing on it.

This was just an interesting electric power book cover.

This serving tray was cool—so 1960s.

I liked this serving tray was well.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Thrifted for $25.21

I got this 1990s pullover dress for $7.99. I liked the colors and Asian-inspired pattern.

I also bought this denim dress for $9.99. It’s a little large on me, but with a belt, I think it looks fine. And it has pockets (I love dresses with pockets).

I have been trying to be pretty good about not buying more fabric because I already have more than I need. But every so often, I falter. And I bought two fabrics. The first is a lightweight pattern fabric for $1.99. I could see it being part of a dress or top.

The second fabric I got was this paisley fabric for $4.99.

I totally didn’t need this Iron Fireman measuring stick…at all…and don’t even know what it’s for, but I just liked it. And it only cost me 25 cents.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Sewing Patterns 1*

I love this dress pattern from the 1960s. Super cute with and without the collar

I adore this dress pattern from the 1970s. It looks comfortable and I like the sleeves and the buttons down the front.

This dress and top with pants pattern from the 1970s is nice. I like the collar and detail in the front that adds interest to an otherwise simple garment.

Finally, this separates pattern from 2007 isn’t that exciting to me on the whole—except the skirt. I bought this pattern specifically because of this tiered skirt pattern. I once had a cute purple silk tiered skirt that I loved, but eventually had to get rid of. So when I saw this pattern, I thought I could create my own tiered skirt.

*I realized that I should just number the sewing patterns I have bought to make the titling simpler. So I’m just starting at one now (rather than renaming the prior sewing pattern posts…because I’m lazy).

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Things I Didn’t Buy 37

I like the art on this Treasured Polish Recipes book.

This cover is pretty.

I like the graphic nature of this plumbing book.

And I like the color and simplicity of this filing book.

Finally, this Will Rogers book has an interesting cover.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Singer Sewing Machine

My uncle and aunt generously gifted me this portable vintage Singer sewing machine that appears to be in really good condition. They know I sew and would appreciate this lovely machine.

The machine itself is gorgeous. It looks to be a later model—from the 1950s. I love the lines of the machine, the simple and classic coloring, and the ornate scrolling design. [Pause.] Good design makes me smile.

And I love the wood case it comes with—it doesn’t make it lightweight, but it is sturdy. And it’s sooooo pretty.

It also has a lot of pieces with it. Different feet and bobbins. It looks quite complete. I have yet to try it out; I need to do some reading and watch some online videos to feel comfortable before I start sewing. But I look forward to testing it. I have a pair of jeans that I’ve been wanting to hem for quite some time now; I’ve avoided it since I didn’t think my current sewing machine could take the thick fabric. But I think this Singer machine is strong enough to do it. This was a very nice (and useful) gift.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Things I Didn’t Buy 36

A Care Bears lunchbox. I can’t help but comment: Really? $12.99 for a lunch box? That’s one expensive lunchbox, and Care Bears wasn’t even a great cartoon…

This nightlight is super retro and cute.

I just had to take a photo of this Hirsch-Weis (a division of White Stag), sleeping bag tag. It’s awesome; I love everything about it—the fonts, colors and drawings.

I thought about buying some of these milk crates, but I already have one that I haven’t really used yet, so buying more seemed stupid.

I thought this foldable metal ruler was cool.