Jan 12, 2015

Marvelous Monday Update 1/11/2015

The BF took me to the thrift store in search of yarn. Didn't find yarn, but did come across two Kitchen Art Spice Carousels.  Neither carousel looked like they had been used.  They retail for $20-24 each.  I had a 10% off coupon and ended up paying less than $5 for both of them!  Each one holds 12 spice containers and they rotate so you can find the spice you're looking for pretty easily.  I ended up filling 21 of the 24 spice containers... all different spices... even different than the 12 you see in the chrome and black carousel in the background.

There are three ways to get the spices out: There's two flip tops... a large one in front so you can use a measuring spoon and a smaller one in back with shaker holes. There's also a flip door on the bottom. See the knobs on the front? They can be turned and each click dispenses 1/4 tsp. of spice out the bottom door.

The funny thing is that I saw these a couple weeks ago at the thrift store.  At that time, they were separated and marked $4.99 each.  Someone must've thought they were supposed to be one unit and put them together.  They are stackable, but sold separately in stores.

See the little labels?  I made those with my Brother label maker.

I've made different recipes in the crockpot over the years, but never lasagna. Until now.  The recipe is very similar to my no-cook lasagna oven recipe.

It was scrumptious!
I kept reading about how easy it is to make homemade tomato soup.  I finally decided to try it.  It definitely is easy and tastes good.  Plus, it doesn't contain all the additives and sodium in canned tomato soup.

I think I may have mentioned stitching on a Wizzer during my lunch hour at work.  It's about 2/3 done and I remembered to bring it home for a photo op.  I think this may be an OOP kit as I've not seen it online anywhere.
Melvin and His Pal

My plan was to get the cat stitched and at least the outline of the moon done over the weekend. However, it didn't happen.  Here's my latest progress:

Other progress photos can be seen HERE.
 A few years ago, I created an online class to teach fellow stitchers how to make a needlebook.  The weekly lessons gave students a chance to ask questions as they created their projects.  After class was completed, I put the tutorial on my blog (see left sidebar).  Recently, Patricia, a stitcher from Facebook, contacted me and shared the needlebook she created using my tutorial.  With her permission, I'd like to share with you:

Isn't it adorable?
Kudos to Patricia for creating a beautiful needlebook!
Photos from the needlebook class can be seen HERE.


Deb said...

Oh wow! Never seen a spice rack like that!
Fantastic food!
Love the Wizzer kit!
Your stitching is beautiful!
Love the needle book!

Donna Pheneger said...

I've never seen a spice rack like that before! Congrats on a great bargain.
As usual your stitching is lovely, as well as your needle minder.

Anonymous said...

Great update! That spice rack is amazing! So is your blog!


Anonymous said...


I always enjoy reading your updates.Your stitching projects are looking good and your food makes me hungry.Congratulati ons on your latest find. Those spice racks are really very practical.

Tara Kimberley Torme

Vickie said...

Always great finds at thrift stores. It can be addictive!
I have stitched that Birthday Bunny, that is on Patricia's needlebook, for a friend.

Carol said...

You always find the most interesting things in thrift stores, Meari, and this is so useful... Great price, too, and I love how your little labels make it look so cute :)

It must be very rewarding to see a finish made by a fellow stitcher using your online class--Patricia's needlebook is so cute. Love your progress on Midnight Watch, too!

Enjoy your week, Meari :)

rosey175 said...

Love the random thrift store finds. I'm not sure I'd use the knobs because the flippy lid seems easier.

So glad to see a grilled cheese with that tomato soup. :D

Your stitchy stuff looks great and so does Patricia's little needlebook! I have been meaning to make one of those for quite some time now and they seem easy enough. Hopefully not famous last words. :b

Faith... said...

What a great find on the spice racks! Love the little Wizzer you are stitching, it is to cute. I love my crockpot and use it often.

Sandie said...

I must remember to eat before I look at your blog! The photos of your food always look delicious!
My old needlebook is looking a bit tatty. I might have to follow your tutorial to make myself a new one.

Fay and Charlette said...

Am going to try that crock pot lasagne. Your student's needle book is just too precious...you are a good teacher! Hugs,

CJ said...

Great find at the Thrift store. I remember your needle book class, I made one. So glad people are still using your terrific instructions.


jhm said...

Are you willing to share the crockpot lasagna recipe? Sounds wonderful and I've never seen one before.

another Hoosier Stitcher

Sharon said...

What a great update! Jose spice racks are gorgeous and so handy!
What a beautiful needle book! It must feel so good to know that you have helped a fellow stitcher expand her abilities!!
Your current projects are cute - love them! 😘

Dani - tkdchick said...

Your tomato soup and grilled cheese are making me drool as I sit here eating a salad topped with hard boiled egg and sunflower seeds!

Your stitching is looking great. Some weekend I hope to get a lot of stitching done but for some reason just can't buckle down and get it done!

Anonymous said...

Those spice containers are pretty cool. I like the dispenser part at the bottom. :) Your WIPs are looking great!

Karin in CA

Katie said...

Great find! I just love the Wizzers kit. Too cute! Your other WIP looks great too. Love the needlebook. Great job Patricia!!

Mylene said...

The spice containers looks great, i never seen one like that before.
WIP's coming along beautifully!

Pam in IL said...

You have the best luck finding goodies at the thrift store! Your cooking looks scrumptious too. Nothing better than coming home and having dinner ready. Love the projects you're working on too!

Pamela Redfern said...

Meari, would love to sit down and stitch with you over some homemade tomato soup with grilled cheese! love the spice rack you found. Lots of lasagna lovers out there especially garfield *(which I plan to stitch from a cute cs book) anyhow, enjoyed your update! hugs, and happy stitching, Queeny

Debs said...

Great find with the spice rack Meari, I've never seen one like that before.

Anonymous said...

Lovely updates on your blog and love those spice racks.


Kay said...

Beautiful stitching!! Love the spice rack you got and the price you got it for is amazing!

Debbie said...

I love the spice racks. I keep meaning to try homemade tomato soup...it's on the list. Great progress on your stitching projects. The needlebook is beautiful!

Lyn said...

I would love to have a spice rack like the one you found. Wonder where they sell them besides where you got yours. Your stitching looks great. Happy cooking too!

Anonymous said...

Sounds and looks delicious thank you fir sharing the recipe with us! -I love your new spice racks! I also like your Wizzer stitching I have a couple if them but haven't stitch them yet.

Kim G

Anonymous said...

Hi Meari,

Very nice recipe for lasagna! I have not had lasagna for a long, long time = thanks for sharing with us all! Do you have a vegetarian version? I am a vegetarian. I became one last year when I saw the amount of meat that a supermarket had - it could have fed the entire country - no exaggeration here! I do not miss meat at all!

Loved the little containers, too!!!

Hugs, Vilma.

Anonymous said...

Man do I wish you lived near me. You always seem to find the great deals. When I go I can find anything worth purchasing. You are a great treasure hunter. The lasagna does look yummy. Do you have the recipe for the homemade Tomato soup?
Betty in AZ

Anonymous said...

Meari -

Love the spice racks! Your stitching looks great! Love the needlebook.