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Monday, August 30, 2010

Saturday Morning Garage Sales

My Dad and I were in Bartlesville by 6:30 a.m. this past Saturday morning (We live 30 minutes to the west by the way) so needless to say we were up awful early!  We had a church rummage sale to go to that was supposed to start at 7:00a.m. so our plan was to get there a little early for a good parking spot and just in case they opened the doors before 7:00.  Well we rolled up about 6:35 and saw the door open and light pouring forth.  I could feel the excitement bubbling up!  I got out and thought it couldn't hurt to ask if they were open yet.  I found one man inside and asked very politely if they were open yet and he said, "If you got money, then YES, we are!"  I held up my money bag and said with a big grin, "It's right here!"  I told Dad as were going in, "Go to the furniture section first and start pulling tags."  He said, "You got it"  We had the furniture section picked over in 5 seconds flat.  An Early American living room suite, a very nice desk, a small mission oak side table, a piano bench, several nice lamps and then we were on to the long lines of tables laden down with antique glassware, home decor, kitchenwares, clothes, and all kinds of goodies.  The man running the sale kind of looked at us funny as we were gathering all this stuff up.   Our "treasure pile" probably measured 12' x 12' after we were done (not counting the furniture pieces).  We had everything almost gone through before the next customer even came in.  We are Blessed!!  God lays up for us treasures of darkness and hidden riches of secret places (Isaiah 45:3).  It tooks us longer to load it up then it did to gather it up!  We had so much fun.  We were quite a spectacle as we were trying to load all of our goodies in the pickup not to mention while we were going down the road with plunder sticking 3 foot up over the cab of the truck, ha,ha! 

Just call us Merriman and Daughter
(as in Sanford and Son)!

Now where are those side rails and sign
for the truck door??!!









Homemade Pizza

Here's a delicious pizza recipe that's super easy:

l.  Brown 1 lb. hamburger meat, 1 small chopped onion and 1 tsp. of minced garlic, season to taste

2. Saute' 1 lg. can of sliced mushrooms or 1 tub of button mushrooms, sliced,  in a small amount of olive oil, a  dash of soy sauce, a couple of sprinkles of creole seasoning and seasoning salt

3.  Mix 2 boxes of jiffy pizza crust mix according to package directions

4.  Mix a small can of tomato sauce, 1/2 tsp of italian seasoning, 1/4 tsp of garlic powder, 1/2 tsp of parsley together

5.  Heat oven to 375 up to 425 depending how your oven works.  Mine runs hotter so I always have to cut back on the temperature

6.  Spray a sheet cake pan with oil

7.  With floured fingers take out the pizza dough and place on floured surface and knead about 10 times.  Then press out in pan, be sure and press up the sides too.  I have this handy little gadget with a 4" rolling pin on one side that makes this easy

8.  I spread a little garlic butter ( I get it in the bakery section at Wal-Mart) on the crust and then bake about 5 minutes

9.  After baking 5 min., spread the tomato sauce on the crust and sprinkle the hamburger and mushrooms ( you can add anything you like as toppings) and then sprinkle mozarella cheese and any other cheese such as sharp, cheddar or monterey jack.  Just cover the top with the cheeses really good, no measuring!

10.  Bake for about 20 minutes or until good and golden and the cheeses melted.
 
11.  Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and gobble it up!


American Pickers doesn't have anything on us!

My Dad & I had an opportunity to go and "pick" an old barn at an old Osage county farm this morning.  What absolute fun!  This morning's pick only wet my appetite and made me want to go dig for junk all day long!
The location was an old Osage Indian home with lots of history to tell.  We came away with a few treasures such as an old chest of drawers, nightstand, 4 retro dining chairs, glassware, an old railroad metal crate that says protected by Pinkerton Detective Agency, an old alligator suitcase and misc.  There's still some more items there that we are waiting to see if the previous owners of the place still wanted. 

 We offered the owners a trade-in value to use in our store which suited them just fine as they usually buy lots of Pyrex and kitchen/cooking items from us and instead of old junk in their barn that they didn't need, they can come to the store and get items they DO need!  We either can offer a trade-in value or pay cash for picking finds.

 Does anyone out there have some barns for us to pick????!!!! Please say you do!!  We would also like to hear your picking stories, leave us some comments! 



Opening the lid of the treasure chest.....
  Ah, the inside of the treasure chest! 




Look at this beautiful old place!

They won't look like this after we put our fix on them!


Loaded up!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Inspiring Lessons From The Prairie

A Lone Cottonwood Tree on the Prairie


Trees on the prairie have to be from
 tough stock, with no shelter they face the year-round winds that beat against them nonstop.
Summer lightning storms have been known to wreak havoc on many.
 Many an ice storm have broken branches and tornados have swept across the bluestem battlefield to wipe out the few that stood as sentinels over the buffalo
Most that survive are bent, twisted or stunted
Up on the top of the gently rolling hills, my grandpa called bald hills because of the absence of trees, you won't find many that have stood the test of time.
But sometimes you will find one lone survivor and it makes you stop and ponder the storms it has withstood and wonder at it's tenacity and how it held on when so many others fell by the wayside....

Those trees are like us in a way.  The storms of life have broken us, stunted us, twisted us or burned us up.....but instead of us being tough enough to survive on our own strength.....there is One that hung on a Tree......and if we hang on to Him and know He is hanging on to us then we can be like that lone tree that survives and thrives even in the midst of the everything that could possibly be against us.
 
Roman 8:31-39
What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as
 sheep for the slaughter.
Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Inspiring Lessons From The Prairie

A Lone Cottonwood Tree on the Prairie


Trees on the prairie have to be from
 tough stock, with no shelter they face the year-round winds that beat against them nonstop.
Summer lightning storms have been known to wreak havoc on many.
 Many an ice storm have broken branches and tornados have swept across the bluestem battlefield to wipe out the few that stood as sentinels over the buffalo
Most that survive are bent, twisted or stunted
Up on the top of the gently rolling hills, my grandpa called bald hills because of the absence of trees, you won't find many that have stood the test of time.
But sometimes you will find one lone survivor and it makes you stop and ponder the storms it has withstood and wonder at it's tenacity and how it held on when so many others fell by the wayside....

Those trees are like us in a way.  The storms of life have broken us, stunted us, twisted us or burned us up.....but instead of us being tough enough to survive on our own strength.....there is One that hung on a Tree......and if we hang on to Him and know He is hanging on to us then we can be like that lone tree that survives and thrives even in the midst of the everything that could possibly be against us.
 
Roman 8:31-39
What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as
 sheep for the slaughter.
Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Friday, August 20, 2010

An Old Cowboy Song

My great-grandpa Gilmore used to sing this song every time he saddled up and they read it at his funeral yrs ago........


RIDIN' OL' PAINT AND LEADIN' OL' BALL(Curley Fletcher)



I'm getting mighty tired of single life
I'm going to settle down and get me a wife
...Away out west where the sun shines every day
Going to get me a job and save my pay
I'll get me a herd and start me a brand
Away out west where a man is a man
And a man must stand straight and tall
I'll be riding old paint and leading old ball




Chorus
Riding old paint and leading old ball
Going to quit work this coming fall
Going to the mountains and live until I'm old
Going to Oregon and look for some gold
Going to get married I swear I will
Going to settle down on the Santa Fe trail
And I'll answer my wife's every beck and call
But I'll still be riding old paint and leading old ball




Second verse
Every night when my work is through
We will go strolling just we two
Down the trail where the sun sets in the west
We will meet all challenges without protest
And every night beneath the stars
I'll play my cowboy songs on my old guitar
And I'll always be standing straight and tall
And I'll still be riding old paint and leading old ball
 

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Butter & Egg Day at the Promise Land

Butter & Egg Day

is what the oldtimers used to call it


Years ago, usually on Saturdays, farm women would come to town bringing their fresh butter, produce and eggs with them to sell to the stores or trade for items they needed.

We love the whole idea of a "butter & egg day" 
Some items we are interested in are:  antiques, furniture, jewelry, books, home decor, western, hunting/fishing, and the list goes on and on.....


Do you have things you would like to sell to us or trade-in? 

Well, load it up and come on in!!


Monday, August 16, 2010

Harvest Zucchini Pecan Bread

Fresh from the Cook Wagon.....

Enjoy summer's bounty with this yummy zucchini bread recipe.  Quick breads are great to take along on a early morning fishing trip or wrap up and take along for a pick me up while going to garage sales.  Wherever you go or whatever you do this recipe will hit the spot!



3 c. flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
3 eggs
1 c. oil
1 c. white sugar
1 1/4 c. brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
2 c. peeled, grated zucchini
1 c. chopped pecans

Directions:
Grease and flour 2- 8"x4" pans, preheat oven to 325 degrees
Sift flour/salt/baking powder/soda/cinnamon together
Beat eggs/oil/vanilla/sugars together
Add sifted ingredients into the creamed ingredients and beat well
Stir in zucchini and nuts
Pour into pans and bake for 40 to 60 mins. or until knife inserted comes out clean.

Enjoy!!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Pawhuska Farmer's Market

Summer's Bountiful Harvest

Yummy, Fresh and Delicious are just a few words to describe our little farmer's market here in Pawhuska.  Tables laden with watermelon, cantelope, peaches, new potatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers, okra, onions, green beans, corn, grapes, eggplant, brussel sprouts, peppers and squash are set up inside the local Senior Citizens Building located behind the police station about a 1/2 block south of Main Street. 

Local farmers and town gardeners bring in the fresh produce or Roger and Debbie Shepherd, the Center's caretakers, will make a run to different areas around Oklahoma and neighboring states to pick up loads of fruit/veggies.
They had a fresh load of Black Diamond and yellow-meated watermelons and cantelopes from the Ark City area in stock this morning.  I bought 1 of each varieties of watermelons and 2 cantelopes this morning along with a batch of new potatoes and zuchinni squash ( for yummy zuchinni bread!)  I brought in some okra from my own garden and traded it in on my purchase. 

There is something so "down-home" and nostalgic about a Farmer's Market.   Come & Support local farmers/gardeners in this endeavor.  Stop by most week days from around 8:30 to 2:00 to pick up some of this tasty and nutritious produce.


Contact Information:  Roger & Debbie Shepherd, 918-287-1410
Location:  Pawhuska Senior Citizen's Building
               200 South Palmer
               Pawhuska, OK

They are always looking for more suppliers, if you have some produce you would like to sell or trade-in.

*Note:  They would like to find a honey supplier













Sunday, August 8, 2010

Summerhouse Essentials

Functional to Fun.......



Reclaimed Antique Canning Jars, $7-$12 each and 1940's Canisters, $10 set displayed in Metal Pantry/Jelly Cupboard, $49.50

Extra Tall Jelly Cupboard, $69.95


Be a Domestic Diva......Vintage Aprons, $5-10 each

Flea Market Culinary Delights, mixing bowls, utensils, baskets, tea towels, salt and pepper shakers, cookie cutters, pitchers, bread and  recipe boxes, plus oh so much more!

Okie Enchiladas

Fresh from the Cook Wagon.....

Forget Tex-Mex, Here's the recipe for my Okie-Mex Enchiladas: 


Ingredients:


1 lb. of ground beef, 1 sm. Onion, chopped, 1 can corn, drained, 1 can black beans, 1 pkg Mexican rice, prepared, 1 pkg. taco seasoning, ½ c. water, 1 can rotel, 1 can enchilada sauce, 1 can cream of celery, 1 cup shredded cheese, 1 pkg tortillas

Directions:


Brown ground beef & onion and season with creole seasoning and salt/pepper.


Mix corn, black beans, rice, taco seasoning, water and rotel in pan and heat then add browned beef/onions to this and mix well.


Mix together the enchilada sauce, cr. of celery & cheese.


Spray a sheet pan with cooking spray and fill the tortillas with 2 lg. spoonfuls of mixture and fold up and place with seam on bottom.


Spoon soup/enchilada mixture over top of tortillas.


Sprinkle with paprika. Cook uncovered for 20 minutes in a 350 degree oven.

Yummy!

Bling has always "Been In"



A Treasure Trove of  Vintage Sparkly Brooches

Western and Indian Style Jewelry and Collectilbles

Every Girl's Dream....Vintage Jewelry, Purses, Hats, Perfumes

1920's Hollywood Glamour.....Vintage Rhinestone Jewely

Flirty and Fun

French Perfumes

True Blue

Saturday, August 7, 2010

My Saturday

Cock-a-doodle-do!!  The chickens and I were up early this morning!  I went to garage sales and the chickens went to pecking! Treasures were laid up for me at a garage sale, thrift store and a warehouse sale.  Old glass & metal canisters, antique canning jars, a tole tray, french country gilded frame prints, vintage luggage, antique ironing board and irons, shutters, wooden bowls, and salt and pepper shakers.  I actually wore a white shirt and didn't even get dirty which was pretty amazing considering that everything I bought was covered with dirt! 

My morning just kept getting better!  I pulled up to the shop right before 11:00a.m. and had a crowd starting to form around my door.  Today was my 1st Saturday 50% Off sale and people come out of the woodwork for it.  I am so thankful to Jesus for the business I get on this day!  The 50% off sale was a "God-idea" that mom had when we were having a slow time back at the beginning of the year.  He gave her the phrase "A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush" and the scripture of the steward, in Luke chapter 16, who called in his masters debtors and had them pay discounted rates instead of the full amount.    The Lord is definitely in the business with us because this 1st Sat. sale idea has went over so well!  God blesses people with a deal and blesses us with making money and turning our merchandise.  He works both sides of the coin!



 People started making piles (I love when this happens!)  My sister, Carmon and niece, Josie got to the shop just a little after I opened up and helped me till early afternoon.  Thank God for them!  I needed the help.  During all this busy time, I had customers bringing in trade-ins.  I felt like I was a flittin' & gittin'!  Somehow God makes it all peaceful and helps me take care of everybody.  I had a nice Art Deco Waterfall Style Chest of Drawers and Dresser/Bench come in as a trade-in.   The lady and I swapped straight across for a French Country Style chest of drawers and pair of nightstands.  The trade-ins work well when someone wants to change styles in their home furnishings.  Another lady brought in 2 vintage Disney child's kitchen play house toys and an old 50's Cowboy light fixture.  I also had a man bring in a couple of items for me to buy.  It's wonderful when the items come to you!   






















Lots of merchandise went out my door today!  Furniture pieces, jewelry, books, linens, glassware, home decor seemed to be the best sellers of the day.  For the next few days, Dad and I have our work cut out for us fixing up more furniture pieces and misc. to get the shop stocked back up.  I love to have fresh items every week to bring into the shop and so do my customers.  

Sending out many thanks to all my lovely customers!   Locals, people from Bartlesville, Ponca City, Tulsa, Skiatook and even San Francisco, CA. graced my doorstep today.