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The Convenience of Thrift Shopping Online

The convenience of thrift shopping online has been growing that now even mainstream stores have decided to set up shop. Recently Nordstrom has decided to expand into thrift store territory by selling second hand clothing.  Initially it had started out with Ebay, then Etsy, facebook marketplace and now poshmark. As a seller and buyer, it is convenience at my fingertips as long as the measurements are correct, the thrifted item will fit. Going to the brick and mortar thrift store to takes a lot of time to find that diamond in a haystack at times they are overpriced mass produced items. At times the markup is significantly more than initially paid. You can find a pair of George jeans second hand for what Walmart sells them when they go on sale. However, I have recently noticed that now physical retail stores have now set up a liquidation section on their website. Which means finding the item cheaper new rather than going thrift shopping hoping to find it gently used. The dichotomy of thi…
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Tortelini with cherry tomatoes

Some days are easier than others, when I have motivation I'll make a significant meal which takes a lot of time. Other times I'll just make either a premade chicken pot pie or chicken filets and fries. This recipe is good to use cherry tomatoes from the garden although its good for anytime of year. With our resources we can buy greenhouse tomatoes. Not only does it help buy local but it lowers transport cost. Although its move affordable during the summer months than during the winter months.
To create this recipe, you'll need 
A pack of store bought beef tortellini 1 1/2 cup of  cherry tomatoes 1 french shallot a clove of garlic 1 colored pepper (yellow, red or orange) 2 Leeks (White parts, although to save time you can buy prepackaged ones). 1/2 cup of white wine











For us it's a simple healthy recipe when I don't want to cook or spend hours in the kitchen. You can always add some cheese to it. Enjoy!

It's been a while!

It's been a while since I last wrote. Lots has happened since I lost wrote a post. Now I'm back planning to create content based on a debt free life. Yes, its possible to live debt free and enjoy some financial freedom. I might not be a financial advisor but I can enlighten you about how we manage our finances, lifestyle and my cooking.

I have a passion for spending time in the kitchen creating recipes. It's something that I missed quite a bit when I had returned to work. It wasn't about going back to work to make money it was more to go back help bring my skills to a corporate environment. Although it didn't work out the job was a bad fit for me, being creative it was hard to fit into the corporate box.

We do thrift due to the environmental costs but also the financial costs. At times its cheaper to buy used rather than new. Yes, you might go to the mall and see the most recent fashion trends but they come at a financial and environmental stain. I will update this…

Budgeting to stay out of debt

The New Year came and it was time for a financial reset. Many people live with debt or live pay check to paycheck. Having over budgeted all last year, I decided it was time for a financial reset. The joy of creating memories helped me plan our budget. Having too much stuff and clutter does not make one happy. To try to limit the clutter I decided were going on a debt diet. No spending diet for the next month. The hubs is doing a no alcohol diet for the next 28 days. I'm doing a not spending diet besides buying groceries and other necessities.

The steps I opted to take are: Eating leftovers cooking only every few daysEating vegetarian foods part time. Yes, not only are they cheap but they are a good alternative to meat. Since the price of meat is considerably expensive. Knowing how to use them is the key. I'd prefer spending money on fresh vegetables rather than a big piece of meat.No shopping, rather occupying my time with outdoor activities and purging the house. Preparing for…

Thrift Shopping and Fashion Trends

Thrift shopping lends its hand to fashion trends due the fashion cycles. The fashion style from the 90's is back in fashion some 20 years after. You can find similar styles as to the runway in your local thrift store. Keeping in mind, what styles have recently been shown on the runway. The local shops had a lot of the looks from the early 90's. Although classic closet staples are worth buying second hand. At times you can find luxury brand which are better quality The classic styles are worth it buying at the thrift store. Usually the fabric is thicker and the seems are tighter. When buying items you need to make sure that the fabric is thick. In the mall, we often see fabrics which are see thru, in turn they will break down or rip within a wearing it a few times. At times its worth it see whats available to buy. A classic pencil skirt in a wool tweed mix by a big name designer is worth every penny. Or a good quality leather bag is worth it also.

Recently I came across a Donne…

Planko Parsley Sole

This recipe was inspired by my mother in laws recipe. During a long weekend, when we went to visit and I had asked her if she could prepare for us a fish dish. Since fish has yet to come on rotation on our menu she prepared us a planko parsley sole. With it being the two of us, buying frozen fish and frying it up makes it an affordable meal. You can serve it with green salad to make an easy meal. In this case with the heat which we had, I decided to accompany it with a warm corn salsa.



For the fish filets' you'll need:

4 sole filets' (fresh or frozen)
1/4 cup of planko
1/2 tsp of fresh thyme
1/4 cup of fresh parsley
zest of one lemon
1 french shallot (diced finely)
1/4 cup of planko
1 egg
1/2 cup of white flour

Step 1: you add the thyme



Step 2: Finely chop the parsley


Step 3: Finely chop the french shallot, then add it to the bowl.


 Step 4: Zest the lemon into the bowl with the parsley, thyme and the diced shallots.


Step 5:  Add the planko to the bowl then mix them togethe…