Thursday

Illuminated fragments...




Hello my darling friends...I've been puttering around trying to continue creating my vision of serenity decorating (see above).
I painted a round black mirror (found it for $12 at a close~out sale)
and hung it on the stair landing...


...created a delicious trail mix for about half the cost by buying my favorite dried fruits and nuts from Trader Joe's and mixing them together...TIP: I use kitchen shears to snip larger pieces of dried fruit, such as ginger or dates, into smaller pieces. Doing this stretches the sweeter elements of the trail mix without adding extra sugar (which I'm always trying to keep at a minimum)...

...also tried my hand at making butter in the food processor from a wonderful recipe I found HERE. It was sooo incredibly easy, and a great way to use up the raw cream before it spoiled! You can also make it with regular whipping cream.




Last...but certainly not least...I whipped up an easy pumpkin spice bread that Rosie had been craving...for her to enjoy for breakfast. I made her take half of it to school (so I wouldn't eat it ;)!

Hope you are having a lovely week and a happy Saint Patrick's Day!


Love and Good Thoughts to All, as always.


Warmly,


Tracey and Family x0x



16 comments:

Mary Ellen said...

Wow Tracey you have been so industrious! So glad you mentioned about the trail mix as I am needing to make some more. The butter reminded me that a friend gave me 2 quarts of whey. I had asked for a little bit for water kefir that I make and she gave me tons! I am going to have to figure out what else I can do with it. I know you can use it in yogurt too but the amounts are so tiny it will take forever to use it up!

A fellow missionary asked if she could have a women's retreat at our place in May so I better get industrious and texture and paint another guest room!

have a blessed
weekend
mary

Storybook Woods said...

You busy, creative girl. Great tips!! The mirror looks wonderful. Love your green love seat by the way. And Rosie looks beautiful!! xoxoxo Clarice

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

Hi Mary Ellen...just came back from your site and have to tell you how GORGEOUS your homemade Easter baskets are...great tutorial! As for the whey, you can also use it in baking in lieu of water or milk to up the nutrition factor! I even freeze it sometimes to use later when making our muffins and a homemade flax meal bread I make a lot...I think it makes it taste better too! Also, Katie likes to add it to smoothies.
Love,
Tracey
x0x
P.S. Oh boy, you are a busy girl...lucky folks who get to stay in your pretty guest rooms! :)

Bettyann said...

Dear Tracy..love your puttering around..was just thinking of you..wanted to ask about your painting..did you use a primer? have some whipping Mom gave me..might try the butter..been sick after a family visit..Happy Spring..

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

Thank you so much Clarice!!! So glad you like the green bench, it was in Mike's house when he was a child and holds special memories :)
Love,
Tracey
x0x
P.S. I see you've been a busy girl too...love the recent review of your book!

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

Hope you're feeling better Bettyann! Thanks so much for the kind words. To answer your question, yes, I did use a primer...Kilz stain blocker works well and keeps the stain from bleeding through the white paint! I like the oil based primer and then use a water based paint over it, once it had dried. :) I also want to try that "no sand" primer called Zinzer...but didn't want to try something new on such a big project so stuck with Kilz as I've used it many a time with great success. :)))
Love,
Tracey
x0x

Scrappy quilter said...

Love how the mirror turned out. I always love white...there is just something about it when it's done the way you painted the mirror. I've done that with several frames in our home. Hugs

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

Thanks so much Carol! Yes...white is so soothing and works well in visually expanding our small house. I agree, an ordinary frame, painted white is a lovely frugal luxury!
Love,
Tracey
x0x

Penny Ann said...

Lovely to see you've been happy about your home. Spring, summer, fall and winter, I love nothing better than piddling about my home.

Georgia is in the midst of Spring (never mind dates, we're in middle of it anyway!). The grass grew about four inches last night and we'll be doing the first mowing of the season. I can't wait to smell mown lawn and charcoal smoking away.

Love the house Tracey. It looks so serene and beautiful.

Terri

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

Oh Terri, thank you so much my friend! So happy that you're enjoying that lovely spring weather. :)
Love,
Tracey
x0x
P.S. I am enjoying your food series very much...just now catching up on the posts I've missed.

Forest-Dweller said...

I love your frugal way

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

Right back at you Forest~Dweller! Can't wait to see how your daughter's Easter dress turns out...the embroidery is so pretty. Also...love your new header...you're so lucky to live in such a lovely place!
Love,
Tracey
x0x

Caroline said...

Wow have you been busy or what. Love your photos. I make butter with left over cream before it wastes.

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

Not as busy as you Caroline! Hope you enjoyed your vacation and that your little dog Chloe is faring well after her bout with the snake. :) Sending good thoughts to you all.
Warmly,
Tracey
x0x

Bettyann said...

How have you been Tracey?? Been thinking of you and wondering what you have been up to? Take care and enjoy Spring..

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

Well thank you Bettyann, for thinking of me and dropping a note! I'm busy planning our garden and doing a bunch of other stuff. Mostly, I've been spending too much time "researching" ideas for our postage stamp size back yard (I use the word "yard" loosely:). I have a ton of wonderful inspiration pictures so will probably post some of them here this week! Hope you are doing well and enjoying some uplifting spring weather. IMore soon my kind friend.
Love,
Tracey
x0x

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