First sale was pretty empty, not much of interest until I spotted a silk Armani cape ( poncho?) They tried to raise the price, but that don't cut it with me, its marked, I'll either try to talk you down if I think its not worth that, or pay the asking price. It was $10, and will look amazing layered or even as a swim coverup as its quite long on me.
|This is the Armani cape/ poncho thingie. Its actually quite sheer, made out of silk scarf-type fabric. (Yeah, it'll get ironed with the rest when I get motivated!)|
In the room filled with linens, I found a gorgeous Hanae Mori silk scarf, and a so-so Vera scarf (colours not what I normally go for but a lovely print, so may gift it.) Then I spotted a set of 4 linen napkins and placemats by Vera, and then a second unused set! The patterns and colours on these are beautiful and I have a few pieces I use all the time as they really brighten a table. For those of you in the UK Vera Neuman was quite a prolific artist and lent her designs to be produced as linens and scarves, mostly in very bright colours, geometrics, and flowers throughout the 60's and 70s. She actually lived near me (only found out recently) and some of her designs sell quite high. It's getting harder to find things by her as she's become "trendy". Ew. I've been collecting the scarves since the 80s and have a lovely collection. The linens are harder to come by, I guess they got used so much they got stained and people tossed them. Shame, I make stories up about stains on vintage linens about the meals eaten on them! (Of course our own stories get added...)
|I just love the colour of this, it's actually very pink, not red like it looks on my screen.|
|Pretty design, but the colours are eh.|
On another note, an estate sale I happened upon two weeks ago was crazy, and not in a good way. I wish I had taken pics, the house gave me the distinct impression that someone mentally ill lived there, as there had been no cleaning for decades and items were in multiples. Kind of sad actually. The house itself should have been condemned! Seriously, I've been to some pretty rickety old houses but this one took the prize. As tiny as I am I was scared to climb any stairs inside because they looked so dicey. But my curiosity got the better of me. If there was one of an item, you could be sure to find at least two more. There was a bathtub filled with never worn tee shirts still in shrink wrap. A pile of mostly new mens clothes that went from the floor piled up about 6 feet tall, and about as wide. A pile of never worn Addias sneakers four feet high, again about as wide. Stuff crammed in every corner that I wondered how someone had actually lived there. The place was completely filthy, the floors, the walls, ceilings, everywhere. I spotted a vintage serving dish in a kitchen cabinet but when I went to fish it out the filth caked on the inside of the cabinets completely grossed me out! How does the inside of a cabinet get that filthy? I have only encountered that sort of thing when younger and exploring abandoned houses. I was out of there pretty fast, anything I might've wanted would've given me the heebie-jeebies to bring home! I actually came home, threw all my clothes (including my jacket) into the washer, and took a shower I felt so disgusting after being there. You never know what to encounter, but I'm sure glad they put a disclaimer about wearing old clothes, I didn't even bring in my handbag, just some cash in my pocket, thank goodness!
Now on to some yummy comfort food!
I had a request from both my husband and daughter for my homemade baked ziti. I haven't made it in awhile, and they had the ingredients on sale, so this was Monday night's supper.
Baked ziti is basically the same ingredients as lasagna (switching out lasagna for ziti), but much quicker and all jumbled together so no pretty layers, but same tastes.
I took 32 oz Ricotta cheese, 16 oz Mozzarella cheese (shredded finely) and one egg, and mixed together with some Italian seasonings, always with extra garlic! (Powdered garlic is fine for this, remember this is to be quick so don't faff about with fresh.) Save enough of the mozzarella to sprinkle over the top.
|This is all the cheese, egg and seasoning mixed together. Don't forget to save some mozzarella for the top!|
|A pound of Ziti Rigati (I like the grooves, they hold the cheese and sauce better than plain ziti) mixed with most of the sauce. Don't forget to reserve some sauce for the top!|
|Here I've already mixed the cheese mixture in (oops forgot to take a pic of that) and started spreading the sauce on top.|
Next step is to sprinkle the mozzarella on top.
|The mozzarella sprinkled over the top.|
Cover with foil, and pop in the oven. I set the oven to 350 degrees, for one hour. After the hour, I'll test to see if its hot enough inside, if not, it stays in with the foil. Once it's hot enough I remove the foil and let it bake just a little to make sure the mozzarella on top is melted nicely.
|Ready for the oven!|
|Here it is right out of the oven, hot gooey cheesy Italian comfort food!|
Now there are many variations on how to make this, but this is the way I grew up watching my Italian grandmother making it, and its how all of us in the family make it.
The recipe can easily be halved, or even quartered to suit your needs. My family will demolish almost half in one sitting and then the rest gets put in the fridge and is always gone by the end of the week, as it gets eaten for lunch, or if I don't feel like cooking one night -- leftovers!
You can also play with the cheese amounts. My family LOVES a lot of cheese, so I accommodate, but I have made it with less. You could also try using half the ricotta and half yoghurt cheese (strain yoghurt overnight in cheesecloth or a coffee filter to make yoghurt cheese.) I know other people that like to make a lower calorie version by using cottage cheese, but you'll never see that pass my lips! I can even see it made more vegan if you leave out the egg, used seasoned tofu, and vegan mozzarella (again, tofu doesn't go past these lips, its definitely a texture thing with both tofu and cottage cheese.) I do usually have extra sauce in the fridge, which is nice to add to leftovers as they can get dry. Play around to see what suits you best, but remember: this is Italian comfort food not really meant to be super healthy, just a hot gooey mess of cheese and pasta! (Hence why I made it while it was not only a freezing day, but also started snowing like mad!) Whatever you do, mangia!
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