Monday, September 23, 2013

Goodwill Goes Glam and Fall

This weekend was one of those magical ones that come only so often.  First it was the beginning of Fall, my most favorite time of year.  It even felt a little cool for Hawaii standards.  So, I made my very favorite meal to celebrate my favorite season, and I'll leave the recipe with you at the end of this post.

The other reason I had an awesome weekend...  My husband was a gem and let me go out with my girlfriends for the entire day!  I can't even tell you how long it's been since I've had an entire day to myself.

We started off with brunch and then headed over to the city's arena for Goodwill Goes Glam, a huge Goodwill sale with designer items and racks and racks of treasures. Needless to say, we had a blast and found a number of unique items. 

Two Beautiful Ladies.

Lovely, thrifty shoppers.

Racks of Treasures.

Like I promised, I'll leave you with my favorite meal.  I make it the first of Fall every year to kick off the season.  My mother made it for us growing up.  It's a German dish called Saurerkraut Soup, and if you love sauerkraut and sausage, you'll love this dish. 

I'd love to hear about how you kick off the Fall Season.

Sauerkraut Soup


4 Potatoes, Cubed

8 Cups of Salted Water

1 lb. Smoked Kielbasa Sausage, Cubed

1 Tbs. Caraway Seed

2 Cans Sauerkraut, drained and rinsed

1 Pt. Sour Cream, with 2 Tsp reserved

1 Tbs. Flour

Salt and Pepper to Taste  


  1. Bring water to a boil in a large pot.
  2. Boil potatoes for 10 minutes. 
  3. Reduce heat and add the kielbasa, sauerkraut, salt, pepper, and caraway seed. 
  4. Allow soup to cook at a gentle boil for 20 minutes.
  5. Slowly add sour cream, and stir regularly until mixed.  (Keep 2 Tsp. reserved).
  6. Mix flour and reserved sour cream until it becomes a paste.  
  7. Slowly add flour/sour cream mixture to the soup, stirring constantly until dissolved.  
  8. Simmer for another 5-10 minutes.
  9. Serve hot with slices of rye or pumpernickel bread.


  1. First of all, I get what you mean.... I mean it's FALLLLLL! Yeah! The lonnnng hot Summer is over
    or at least it looks that way. Temp's were high of 52 today! After 80's last week and 90's before
    that! It looks like you had a really nice day; wish we had something like what your talking about. An
    entire arena for thrifting? WOW; how cool is that?
    I found some lovelies at the local Deseret Industries...5 dresses, a sweater, and a cute denium jacket
    that looks like it's never been worn. Some of them need a bit of re-vamping but that's alright! My girls
    were looking at them shaking their heads... until I told them how I was going to re-fashion them into
    either skirts; or just re-shaping them etc... then it was like the lightbulb lit up! Isn't it nice to be able to
    do things for yourself! I also found a little black knit dress that was a tad bit too short... sooo I cut
    it off under the arm pits; and I'm making a skirt out of it. Not sure if I will just roll it and stitch adding
    elastic or make an actual waist band. Time will tell. I did also find a great color blocked blue sweater,
    it was wayyy to long for me (I'm a bit shorter; 5' 4") so I've cut it to make into a skirt also.

  2. Oops; sorry I was going to add that we seem to really enjoy Taco Soup as one of our
    Fall Foods. We make it every year the 1st or 2nd week of September.

  3. feelingkindathriftyOctober 14, 2013 at 8:35 AM

    Hi Jean. I just added a Refashion in Action tab to my blog. I'd love to feature your refashion! Isn't shopping secondhand addictive? There are so many unique items, and it's even better when you can refashion them into something amazing!


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