Monday, May 16, 2011

Thrifting in Red, White and Blue and a Sausage Roll Recipe

Last Friday with both the beach house brats at school, I ditched the gym routine and decided instead, to hug the coast and visit all the charity shops between Palm Beach and Brookvale.  Oh the thrill of a bargain, some well worn, pre loved beauty that I can take home with me to love some more.  Oh it's almost better than you know what.  Actually I just wrote that it is better but I deleted, cause Mr Beach House if you are reading.... Err Hmm it's not really.  
 So with a budget of $50 I started here at Vinnies. I treat a day thrifting the same as I do a day at the races.  I set a limit and once I have blown it, that's it.  Otherwise you end up having a garage full of stuff that you forget about and which never sees the light of day until you sell it in your next garage sale or take it to the tip.  That is actually where Mr Beach House is headed right now as I write, bless him and we had a garage sale yesterday..... so I really know what I'm talking about.

First I stumbled upon these vintage binoculars, I am always on the look out for nautical type pieces to use as props in my styling business and these would be perfect for that. But this shop has always been a little on the pricey side and at $30 my fifty would be all but blown. So I'll watch them, if and when they come down to $10, I'll become a serious player. I think my mum has a pair similar to the black ones..... How about it mum? Do ya wanna part with them to a good cause, such as the happiness of a beloved daughter?

The next stop was also a Vinnes store, and as the truck deposits here, they take all the furniture so it's huge. Funnily enough I found nothing here but some pretty blue fabrics which I intend to use in a driftwood project soon.

On the way home was Barnardos.  I almost didn't stop because I'd had enough.  By this stage I was contemplating going back for the $30 binoculars, still having $$$$$ burning a hole in my pocket.  Last time I visited, there was nothing that took my fancy and I almost kept driving, except for the fact that there was one tiny little parking spot right out the front, which I could just squeeze my car into.  It was a sign I was meant to stop, because this shop has been transformed since I was last here and was well worth a visit. 
Although full of other peoples junk, the clothing and homewares have been styled in colours and it is very easy on the eye.  It was here that I found some beautiful pieces.

I found this lovely wicker coffee table.  Quite nautical.  Not sure if it's gunna get the white treatment. I'll probably remove the glass so it looks like a big fisherman's basket.
 I think this whole area is looking a little dark and I would like to paint it all white.  It faces south, so is gorgeous on a hot Summers day in the shade and with a sweet ocean cameo. I have pondered many of life's mysteries here,
looking at this view, but I think it needs to be white to give it the wow factor.

I also found these pieces and as you know I just love red, white and blue, so they had to come home with me.  Mr Beach House had a hissey fit when he saw the English soccer ball.  Now being a sports loving Australian, I'm as patriotic as the next person, but I just loved this ball.  It's shiny and the right colours.  I don't know what it is about the union jack, but to me and seemingly millions of others, it is uber stylish. 

The Cottee's cordial bottle is vintage and again it was the right colours.
As I had been out playing all day, I had nothing for dinner, so I whipped up one of the week night wonders that the Beach House clan know and love me for.  I grabbed the left over roast chicken.  I always roast extra veggies so I can use them the next night for sausage rolls and the recipe is oh so simple. 

Chicken and Roast Vegetable Sausage Rolls
  • Blend, whizz or process with your appliance of choice, the chicken and left over veggies with 1-2 lightly beaten eggs depending on quantity, retaining a small amount of egg to brush over pastry when rolled .
  • Salt and pepper to taste. 
  • You can add half a cup of store bought bread crumbs if the mixture is then too wet.  If it's too dry, add a dash of milk. 
  • Take the required amount of store bought  puff pastry, thaw slightly.  Cut the pastry in half, place chicken mixture down one side of the pastry.
  • Moisten the other side of the pastry with a little water.
  • Roll up the pastry and cut into bite size pieces.
  • Line the required amount of baking trays with baking paper. Arrange rolls with adequate room for pastry to rise.
  • Brush rolls with egg wash and put into a pre heated moderate oven for 15-20 mins or until golden.
  • Serve immediately with tomato or sweet chili sauce and enjoy!!!!!!
So we settled in front of the fire, which we have lit for the first time this week, with some wine and sausage rolls.  Yummo!!!!! Only problem was Mr Beach House said.  'Loved the entre darl, now what's for dinner?'  Without batting an eye lid, I just pointed him in the direction of the toaster and wished him luck.
Have a great week. I'm trying to!!!!
Best Carolyn
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  1. It's my day for a blog hop, I'd love it if you came over and shared one of your great recipes at savory sunday!! Have a great day :)

  2. I love your posts and look forward to them. This one was great. You got me in the mood for thrift shopping.

  3. I love thrift shopping!!! You never know what you might find:)

  4. YUM just when I was thinking of cutting back, this recipe had me at SAUSAGE! Oh and the thrifting, I just adore it. I am digging the blue and white plates, beachy style. thanks for taking us along :)

  5. Oh my gosh this looks wonderfully tasty! Thanks for linking up to Savory Sundays!!

  6. Stopped by from Savory Sunday. Nice post how you combined your thrifting and a recipe.
    My participating post is at this link:

  7. Oh boy that looks like a great day! So many thrift finds to feast the eye, not to mention the food. Thanks for sharing at my newbie party.

  8. Felt like I just spent a fun day with you Carolyn! Those rolls look delish!
    xo Cathy

  9. The wicker piece is lovely. Thrifting is way too much fun.

  10. Oh my word, so many treasures. I would be in hog heaven. Love all the vignettes andd treasures. Your sausage rolls look fabulous and I would like a glass and some please. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  11. I want to go thrifting with YOU! I LOVE that ball...and my soccer-playing/coaching son would love it, too. (Maybe I should have said "footballer son"). Love the wicker coffee table. It would be perfect on my pool deck.
    Happy hunting...
    Jane (Artfully graced)

    ps Those rolls look delicious!

  12. I wish our thrifts would decorate and coordinate rather than just pile. Then again maybe I find more treasures because I don't mind digging.
    Great basket. I agree it would be nice without the mirror, then again the smooth, solid top serves a purpose. And you can see when you have sauce on your face!

  13. Lots of eye candies here! That sausage roll is the diggidy-bomb of all rolls! Linking up this awesome post with us made the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop better and more special. Thank you!

  14. What a great piece of wicker...I'd want to paint it white too! The sausage rolls sound delicious. I love anything in puff pastry and so simple. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  15. I loved your post. Awesome shots of the goodies and I wanted to reach out for those white platters---sigh---and your recipe sounds delicious.

  16. Nice and nice...happy Rednesday. mine is up.

    Mine is here

  17. Yummy! Thanks so much for linking to my Share the Love Link Party!

  18. I love how they color coordinated that one store. Looks like they had bunches of good stuff.

    Thanks for linking to the party. I love seeing what you've been up to each week. ;)

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

  19. Love the wicker coffee table and really love that view of yours.
    Thanks for linking to THT.

  20. Carolyn, I spy a few items I would love to pick up at the charity shop! You're right - I'm as patriotic as any American, but the Union Jack is so decorative and you can do "anything" with it. It's hard (for me) to decorate with the Stars & Stripes! I do love your soccer ball - I would have picked it up, too! I am so glad that you pointed Mr. towards the toaster, lol!


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