how to: thrift shop

Do you shop at thrift stores?

This is something that I do regurley. I grew up bargen hunting at thrift shops, and garage sales. I was taught at a young age to offer half of what they were asking for that collectable Beany Baby at a quick garage sale stop. It was common to make a pit stop at an obscure thrift shop on long car rides. My mom taught me alot about shopping second hand, it was something I thought everyone did. Until people started asking me where I got something, and my whole outfit had come from the thrift store; and this surprised them.

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photos: robby making elk calls

Every night Robby sticks his head out the window and makes elk calls. They are loud screeching sounds, that I am sure you can hear in the grocery store located 15 miles away from us. He says he’s calling the bulls, so that he can see them and count the points on their racks. Last night I joined him on his call for the elk, and let him climb on the roof to make his calls. I got an extra big hug after after that.

Isn’t he the cutest little elk caller ever?

espresso truffles


I made these for my brother’s engagement party last weekend. Soooo goood. Though most of you know that I am a sucker for coffee and chocolate. How can you go wrong?

So rich, so good, and so excited for my brother!

  • 16 oz dark chocolate (chopped)
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 2 shots freshly pulled espresso
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • cocoa powder (for finishing)

Heat cream to a simmer. Pour chocolate into a heatproof bowl. Pour (heated) cream, espresso, and vanilla over chocolate, let sit a couple minutes. Stir to completely combine and silky. Pour into into a 8×8 pan, chill for 2 hours or until hard.

Roll chilled chocolate into teaspoon sized balls. Roll in cocoa powder. Keep chilled until ready to serve.