Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Thanksgiving Dinner

Hi everyone!

Are you all ready for Thanksgiving? We will be enjoying thanksgiving with family at our cabin. Surrounded by pine trees laden with snow and fire going inside and everyone sitting at the huge farm table for dinner! The perfect Thanksgiving!

The last Thanksgiving we had at home was several years ago. We had commitments and couldn’t go up north for the holiday so, I set out a fancy table for us.

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I used vintage dishes in a mix and match. Had to do a nice stack!page2

All done in browns with a little green.

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Lots of candles in the centerpiece.


This was the first year that I made the stuffing in green apples. And I LOVED it!!

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Table filled with food. After this photo we sat down and said grace. So many blessings!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Purex Crystals Aromatherapy Winner!

Hi everyone and thank you all for entering my giveaway for the new Purex Crystals Aromatherapy laundry enhancer!

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And a big thanks for the awesome folks at Purex for sponsoring this giveaway!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

How to Remove Sticky Residue Naturally

Hi everyone!

I am always having to remove stickers from things. Don’t you wish stores would put price stickers on the bottoms of items? Okay that is just one of my pet peeves so, I will move along and not rant you into boredom!

I often use a lot of the commercial sticky gunky removers that are out there. But, they are so harsh and stink!

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I bought this white tureen at a thrift store and the lid and ladle were all taped together with packing tape and they REALLY taped it good so the pieces remained together.

It took me forever just to remove the tape. And then I was left with a lot of gunky sticky residue.

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I didn’t have any Goo Gone or any other residue remover on hand. I tried soaking it in hot soapy water and that just created smeared gray sticky residue!

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I had heard that the citrus oil with break down sticky stuff. So, I grabbed an orange and peeled it and gave it a try.

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Sure enough it worked! I do have to tell you there was a bit more elbow grease involved but, it smelled wonderful (and my kitchen smelled like oranges for hours!) and no toxic chemical stuff on my hands or countertops. And lets not forget it was FREE!

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The next time you have any sticker residue, grab a piece of citrus fruit and use the peel!

More ideas can be found on my Thrifty Cleaning board on Pinterest.

Speaking of your house smelling nice, if you haven't enter my giveaway for two coupons to try two different scents of the new Purex Crystals Aromatherapy, head over now and enter! Just click the picture below. 


Monday, November 17, 2014

Autumn Copper Tablescape

Hi everyone!

This is one of my all time favorite Autumn tablescapes. I LOVE to use copper during the Fall months.  And it really surprises me that more people don’t add touches of copper to their Fall décor. It is the perfect metal for the season. The rich color just fits so beautifully!

I found these dishes at Value World and just fell in love with them! They are a white ironstone with a dark green pattern.

Autumn Copper Tablescape @ The Thrifty Groove

Don’t you love different shaped dishes? Autumn Copper Tablescape @ The Thrifty Groove

Hum. Looking at the tablecloth, placemats and dishes, the whole look is all wrong.  I originally used a mossy green tablecloth and natural bamboo placemats.  This is the part we as blogging tablescapers don’t usually show but, I need to find different linens because this is so not working for me.  Tell me this has never happened to you? You have the look in your head and then when things start to be put together, it is totally not what you thought it would be!

Okay, I will be right back…….lalala…….

I decided to go with using plain chocolate brown napkins for placemats. I couldn’t pass up the price of .25 cents each. I got these at the grocery store.

I love the rich colors and the wonderful design on this fabric and used it as a small table runner.

Autumn Copper Tablescape @ The Thrifty GrooveIsn’t it gorgeous! It is actually a thrifted pillowcase I found at a yard sale for .25 cents a couple of years ago.

Okay, let me put the dishes back on the table and add all the other things.

I added the gold raise leaf/grape charger. I paid full price for these at The Christmas Tree Shops!  $1.69 each. I know! Can you believe that I paid full retail for something?! I must have had a mental breakdown for a moment!

Here is the table setting.

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Did anyone else buy these leaf napkin rings at the dollar store? I thought they were fun and you can’t beat 4 napkin rings for $1.00!Autumn Copper Tablescape @ The Thrifty Groove

I bought these two different sets of glasses at an estate sale. Each glass was .10 cent.

Autumn Copper Tablescape @ The Thrifty GrooveAdd a few dollar store leaves and acorns.

Autumn Copper Tablescape @ The Thrifty Groove I have slowly been accumulating some fun copper pieces while thrifting. I found this set at SA. It is made by Coppercraft Guild which was a "pre-Tupperware" home party company that sold decorative copper home decor items. It has 9 pieces in the set (I didn’t use the gravy boat). It was marked $6.99 and then it was 50% off that price. I really like this set a lot!

Autumn Copper Tablescape @ The Thrifty GrooveAs you can see, I am using the round copper cups to hold tealights.The details aren’t really showing up very well. But, they are so pretty!

I just added a few pumpkins that I swiped from around the house.

Autumn Copper Tablescape @ The Thrifty GrooveHere are just random pictures of my thrifty November tablescape!

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Autumn Copper Tablescape @ The Thrifty Groove

I love all the warm tones and various metals and then to add white just makes it all pop. 

Autumn Copper Tablescape @ The Thrifty Groove


Autumn Copper Tablescape @ The Thrifty Groove

Do you use copper in your Autumn décor? If not, you should! LOL This year start looking for inexpensive pieces at thrift stores, flea markets and yard sales to use next year in the Fall.

If you haven’t entered my giveaway, click the picture below to enter. It ends this Thursday!

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Purex Crystals Aromatherapy & Giveaway

Hi everyone!

If you follow me on Facebook, you know that last month Troy and I participated in the “Phantom Forest” over at the farm that we have been farming at for almost a year now. This is a big end of the year event. Every weekend we were in charge of the apple cider/donut tent and the huge bonfire. When everyone is done with their hayride, they walk over to get a snack and enjoy sitting around the fire to warm up.


One of my favorite things about cool crisp autumn evenings is sitting around a big bonfire. It’s mesmerizing and so calming.

We had some very cold evening over there so, we  wore warm coats even with the blazing fire. And guess what I discovered when I opened our coat closet? Yup, everything in there smells like a campfire! Which isn’t an entirely unpleasant smell to me but, I don’t want it to become my signature scent! LOL


Fortunately and perfectly timed, the good folks at Purex contacted me and asked if I would like to try out a new product, Purex Aromatherapy Crystals Laundry Enhancer.

As I was gathering up the campfire wardrobe, I was thinking to myself, “Poor Purex people! They are being put to the ultimate test here!” We are talking Carhart coats! Not the easiest fabric to freshen up!


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This is a wash-in scent booster for your laundry. It will  help eliminate laundry odors.

Okay, let’s see about that! LOL

I have to say right here that I was kind of nervous about using it with Troy’s Carhart coat simply because I know he doesn’t want it to smell all girly. The scent I received was “Well Being”.


Oh, I probably didn’t mention that Troy’s overall’s were getting a good wash too. As you can see above, it doesn’t call for a lot of the Purex Aromatherapy Crystals!

Okay, Into the wash they go!

As the clothes were washing I noticed a very nice scent throughout the house. Okay, that was a plus! Once they went into the dryer, the light scent continued.

The Purex Crystals Aromatherapy comes in 3 scents:

Well Being
brightens any mood with the happy fragrance of fresh blossoms


helps you tackle any day with the stimulating power of citrus


keeps you calm all day long with the gentle scent of water-lillies


Well, it has been 2 weeks since I washed these items. I kept waiting for Troy to say something about the scent. Finally I asked him and he said, “Oh yeah, it smells nice. Not too girly like some of the things you use.” Wow! Big compliment to Purex Crystals Aromatherapy! LOL

And the scent is still there. Not too strong.

Now YOU can try this new Purex Crystals Aromatherapy! As a matter of fact, you will receive TWO coupons to try two different scents if you choose! That’s right, one winner will win 2 coupons for a free bottle (each coupon) for Purex Crystals Aromatherapy!

Enter here:

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Disclaimer: I received a product from the Purex company to review. All opinions are my own!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

How to Make a Fall Cloche Ring

Hi everyone!

This is an easy to do Fall décor project.  Most of my supplies were from leftovers from last Fall. All came from the dollar store.

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This is what I started with. I didn't use everything. A nice variety of Autumn oranges, golds and reds.

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Just cut off the heads of the flowers (leaving a little stem) and start pushing into the foam. I like to leave the plastic on the foam ring. It cuts down on green foam crumbles everywhere. You may need a little pair of scissors to punch a hole through the plastic.

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Place your cloche on top.

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Very simple and easy!

Thank you for stopping by! Have a wonderful day!

Monday, October 27, 2014

25 Things to Do While Watching TV

Hi everyone!

I believe that women for generations have been major multi-taskers. This is not a new concept. It is more a way of life. The reality is that there is always something that needs done around our home.  I think women are actually born with a multitasking gene. It is like second nature to us.

In order to not let all the little things pile up, these are a few things I do while watching TV in the evening.

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  1. Take a grocery bag into the living room and go through all the mail and immediately throw out stuff you don’t need.
  2. Write in calendar/day planner upcoming events, dates of bills to be paid and any other relevant date type things.
  3. Make out bills and any other correspondence
  4. Clean out phone email, pictures and text messages
  5. Make weekly menu plan
  6. Fold several loads of laundry
  7. Clean jewelry
  8. Mending. Yup, still sew on a button from time to time or sew up a small rip
  9. Go through magazines and purge. (donate to a senior living facility)
  10. Match up clean socks
  11. Cut out coupons and match up sales ads
  12. Paint toenails or fingernails…or both!
  13. Shred old un-needed papers
  14. Clean out your purse/wallet
  15. Give yourself a facial (mask)
  16. Update your address book
  17. Make your grocery list
  18. Remove your junk drawer and clean it out
  19. Clean shoes. Use a Mr.Clean eraser on scuff marks
  20. Do some ironing (I use a small tabletop ironing board)
  21. Detangle necklaces
  22. Write out blog outline and or ideas for future posts
  23. Write a “Love” letter to your spouse and tuck it somewhere he/she will find it the next day
  24. Polish up some silver pieces
  25. Cut up old worn out, stained clothes for rags

There are a lot of other things and this list is just the tip of the iceberg. The other night while watching TV I gathered the 3 coffee cans I have filled with cookie cutters and sorted them into “holiday theme” bags. It was one of those little things that I had been meaning to do and never had the time.

Here is another great list of things to do while watching TV. Kathi and I have a few of the same things but, she has a lot of great ideas that aren’t on my list!

30 Organizing Projects You Can Do While Watching a 30 Minute TV Show

There are evening when I only watch TV. But, my nature is to stay busy.

Oh, and my biggest internety thing I do at night is Pinterest! Seriously, I pin away on my phone late at night. I don’t have time to do it during the day because I found that I can quickly lose HOURS if I step into the world of Pinterest while at my laptop! Doing it on my phone seems to keep me from losing myself in Pinterest! LOL

You can find Kathi’s list along with a lot of other great organizing tips on my Pinterest board Thrifty Organizing


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I hope you have a fun and thrifty week!

I’m joining Kathe & Kim for Your Gonna Love it Tuesday

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sunday at the Table~Recipe for Stale Donut Bread Pudding

Hi everyone!

Do you ever buy those bakery donuts at the grocery store that are marked down at the end of the day? Or buy the package of the broken up donuts from the Bakery outlet store for super cheap? If they are cheap enough, I buy them and throw them in the freezer to make a “Stale Donut Bread Pudding”.

Stale Donut Recipe @ TTG

This year we have gotten quite a few dozens of leftover cinnamon and sugar donuts from the Haunted Hayrides at the farm.

Donut Pudding Recipe @ The Thrifty Groove

We have been manning the bonfire and the donut/apple cider tent for about a month every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Whatever donuts are left on Sunday evening we all divvy them up between all the workers. Considering it is not unusual to go through 25-30 dozen fresh baked donuts in an evening, we deal with a LOT of donuts every weekend!

Donut Pudding Recipe @ The Thrifty Groove 

After dealing with so much donuts 3 nights a week, you really get tired of them. LOL So, I seal them up into plastic bags and toss them in the freezer. In February, a donut bread pudding will sound really good!

Donut Pudding Recipe @ The Thrifty Groove

Bread puddings (or in this case donut puddings) are such a great budget stretcher and also a thrifty but yummy way to use up stale bread type products.The recipes below call for half & half and the other for heavy cream. I don’t find those things budget friendly so, I use canned milk and it turns out very good!

Here are two recipes that I use.

From Blogger Coleen's Recipes (The picture above is Coleen's. Doesn't it look awesome!)

6 day old donuts
1/2 cup raisins
4 eggs, beaten
2 cups half and half
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat your oven to 350 and grease an 8" x 8" baking dish.
Cut the donuts into 8ths and place in the baking dish - sprinkle with raisins. In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs, half and half, sugar, cinnamon and vanilla. Pour over the donuts and push the donuts down into the liquid a little. IMPORTANT STEP: Let the donuts absorb the liquid for about 30 minutes before putting into the oven.
Bake in preheated oven for 45-50 minutes or until golden. It will sound hollow (and spring back a little) when you tap the top of the bread pudding with your fingers. Serve warm with whipped cream or ice cream.

Another recipe from Food Network's Chef Michael Chiarello:
Bread pudding:
1 stick unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
5 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 cups heavy cream
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup raisins
16 cake doughnuts
Rum sauce:
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 pound confectioners' sugar
Dark rum, to taste
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a food processor, combine butter and sugar briefly, just until it forms into a ball. Add eggs, heavy cream, cinnamon, and vanilla, and process until blended.
Lightly butter a 9 by 13-inch baking dish. Break up the doughnuts into 1-inch pieces and layer in the pan. Scatter the raisins over the top. Pour the egg mixture over the doughnuts; soak for 5 to 10 minutes. You will need to push doughnut pieces down during this time to ensure even coverage by egg mixture.
Cover with foil and bake for 35 to 40 minutes. Remove foil and bake for additional 10 minutes to brown the top. The donut bread pudding is done when the custard is set, but still soft.
Make the rum sauce: melt butter over medium heat in a saucepan, and take off the heat. Add confectioners' sugar to the melted butter and whisk to blend. Add rum, to taste. Pour the sauce over the bread pudding and allow to soak in

I'm not a big fan of rum sauce but, I like to make a vanilla sauce or maple sauce to drizzle over the top. And depending on what flavor of donuts are in the pudding, I also like to make an orange cream sauce.

Bread puddings in general are a very simple thing to make and a great way to use up stale leftovers. Not to mention, you can toss in any of those little dabs of things that are leftover from other baked treats. Dried fruits, nuts, stale coconut, chocolate chips or any other flavor baking chips. There is no "absolutes" when making bread pudding. Just use what you have and what you like.

For more budget friendly food ideas, check out my board at  Pinterest: Thrifty Food!

Follow Diann Thrifty Groove's board Thrifty Food on Pinterest.