Saturday, April 26, 2008

Some of My Favorite Things

Oprah has a show on some of her favorite things. Everyone has them. There are just some things we prefer not to go without. Here are just a few of mine:

I'll start with one of my favorite bowls. It's a Ruby Red serving bowl. I love it. It belonged to my maternal grandmother. Red was her favorite color, it must be hereditary! I only wish I had a whole set of them. That way, I could have a beautiful table for my dinner guests. Today I made a potato salad using my mom's recipe. It's the only potato salad that's worth eating. My hubby will disagree. In his opinion, NO potato salad is the BEST potato salad.

A few years ago my mom and I went to a Christmas Craft Show at one of our local schools. I saw this and melted. She kindly purchased this for me as a Christmas gift. I love it. The lady who painted it said she was running out of old windows to paint. I'm forever happy we found this one.

This is a Partylite Global Fusion Candle Votive. I splurged, it has to be one of my favorite things. I also splurged on another one on the other side of the berries and stars you see to your left. They are beautiful all lit up.

A Circle E Candle is a MUST for this household. I love the Orange Pekoe Tea. This candle is almost gone. I'll have to remind my hubby he owes me one as a birthday gift. Maybe I can trick him into buying me another one. Very well worth it!!!

During this time of year and whenever possible, my hubby likes to grill outside. These seasonings are our favorites. McCormick's Steakhouse Grinder, Garlic & Sea Salt and maybe a little extra garlic powder and or sea salt is perfect for our steaks outside. We finally found seasonings we both really like. It's a menagerie of spices, but worth it. I also added the McCormick's Pizza Seasoning. Perfect for homemade pizza that my hubby HAS to have at least once a month. His absolute favorite!
EVOO and a cute cannister full of my favorite must haves! The black Mix & Chop Utensil came from the Pampered Chef. One of those instances where I felt like I had to order something, so I bought this. If you don't have one, get one. I love it. It helps mix and chop seasonings and meats to a much finer degree. I had to get one for my mom and a friend. I have a couple of other people I'm adding to my list too. I love wooden spoons and spatulas. Oh, and chickens and roosters too!
Don't laugh!! This is a dietary staple for me. Just ask my hubby. I go into panic mode if my frig doesn't have any. Vlasic Hamburger Dill Chips. The best pickles for any hamburger or anything, including me, that requires a dill pickle. When I was little I would drink the pickle juice from the jar and mom would freak! I love dill pickles. Klaussen makes a great one too. But this way I get more bang for the buck with this huge jar.
Diet Mt. Dew Code Red, Diet 7UP and Diet Coke. Depends on my mood, but one of these will do the trick.
My mother-in-law Katie gave this desk to me a couple of years ago. She wanted someone to take care of it as her late husband made it when he was very young. It's perfect for me and right up my alley. I didn't have a neat chair to put with it, but found an old rocker I purchased at an auction in 1996. The old woman who had passed loved to sew. I wonder if she sat in this rocker and sewed?

Next is my fireplace. We don't use it much. It doesn't have a chimney liner. Okay by me. I just like to decorate it. The tile in front of it looks pretty funky in this picture, but I don't think it's quite that bad in person. Later this spring I'm going to clean the inside out and paint the wood burning crate black. I haven't seen another one like this. The fireplace had doors, but they were removed last summer in order to get some new ones. Then I discovered I liked it much better without the doors. So now I have to clean it. Yuck. There are other favorites in this picture too. The dark brown crock, the realtor gave it to me when I purchased this home. The child's chair, I found it in Arrow Rock at a little festival they were having years ago. And last but not least is the old tool box. I really love old tool boxes. Mom and I saw several last weekend and I wanted them all. I got this one at the White Cloud Flea Market about 8 years ago. I fill it full of berries and evergreen stems at Christmas.
I love these birds. When I was younger I saw these in my friends' homes and thought my mom needed some too. I never got them for her, didnt' know where to find them. Then in college I saw them in a Home Interior Catalog. I didn't want to spend any money on them then. They weren't that important. However, I found these at a garage sale a couple of years ago. I don't know if they are actual Home Interior Birds but it doesn't matter. I only paid 50 cents for them.

A couple of weeks ago I found these pillow covers at the $1 Shop. The manager of the store said they came from Target originally. Fortunately, I found four of them, only $4 for pillows that were ready to hit the trash can.
For all four legged friends and family who enter our home. It's at fur-friendly-eye-level. As soon as our furkids shut the door, they can't miss this sign.
In honor of my hubby, who was golfing during all of this, here is his favorite thing in the whole house. His TV. Ironically, one of my favorite movies was playing, "Sixteen Candles".
Kia's purple couch. This is her second couch, the first one is a hand me down to Annie P. I just washed it this morning and put it back together (NIGHTMARE) then she plopped down on it like she'd been waiting for me to finish.
Proud, quite proud I say!! I found this little nightstand for only $20. If there had only been another one.

Yes, I know this is a strange picture and difficult to capture without Annie's tail, nose or face getting in the way. I love these cheapy slippers. They are a little too big. And yes I really do have a heal, it's just turned in while I'm standing on my head taking this picture.Finally, are you bored yet? I'm ready for this. My bed and my pillow. For most of my years I'd do anything not to be home. I loved to travel whether it be work or recreational. I loved going places. Now, if I go anywhere, I want to be close enough to come home to my bed and my own pillow. I love my bed and my pillow(s). Oh, I love old pillow cases. They don't really make them like they used to. I find them at sales, use them whether they match or not. This one is one of my favorites.

These things are only a few of my favorite things. Unfortunately for me, I get too overwhelmed and have a lot of favorite things.


PAT said...

This is a fun post, Lisa! Thank you for sharing your favorite things. I see we have a couple or three favorites in common..expecially those dill chips!


Gayla said...

Awesome. I loved this post. I love those dill chips too!

justabeachkat said...

Great posts. Good idea to remind ourselves how lucky we are to be surrounded by so many favorite things! I might do this myself soon.


Susie Q said...

This was such a fun post!! Great idea!
I am so with you one some of those favorites!
And how can anyone NOT love *Sixteen Candles*? Samantha: "I can't believe I gave my panties to a geek."