Giveaway Winner and Passion Perspective Week Refresher

AND THE WINNER IS………Kristin Rubow

If you missed any of our posts this week we would love you to go back and read them and you will be truly blessed.

MONDAY: It was our privilege to feature Rhonda and Cara this week on our Passion Perspective. Check out this first post as we introduce you, our readers, to two fantastic women who have dedicated their hearts and lives to bringing blessings to others through their business, Forever Vintage Rentals
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TUESDAY: Read Tuesday’s post about the success they are having in their business which comes from their true passion…”We are passionate about weddings. We love all things vintage. But even more, it does our heart’s SO good to invest into the lives of each of our brides. We are blessed to be able to live out our passion and be a part in creating the day of their dreams.”
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WEDNESDAY: Check out the Wednesday blog post where we spent time asking them some of the ins and outs of their business and the challenges and triumphs they have experienced along the way……”Our greatest challenge has been to keep our commitment of remaining debt free in the process of building a business.” http://www.growingweisser.com/2015/02/25/passionperspective-interview-day-2-forever-vintage-rentals/

THURSDAY: This post is a must read with stunningly beautify pictures from Bethany and Bekah’s weddings. Our family had the joy of being spoiled by Forever Vintage Rentals.
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Find Forever Vintage Rentals here

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Thank you so much for joining us in our journey of sharing the Passion Perspective of Rhonda and Cara and their business, Forever Vintage Rentals.

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Forever Vintage Rentals-Blessings for our Family

A wedding is one of the most treasured days of life. The day is filled with love, cherished people, celebration, joy, laughter, and promise. Not only are there family, friends, and people enjoying the wedding, but there are a number of people behind the scenes. There are always countless people involved in the planning, the preparation, and the logistics. There are vendors, caterers, planners, decoraters, djs, and the list could go on and on. Two of our family weddings had the blessing of having close family friends help either the venue, decorations, coordination, or the photography.  And not only were they a joy to work with (which I am sure you have already read about how wonderful they are), they sure do know how to decorate and throw a party! They did an amazing job with each of the weddings unique taste and flavor.  And both of the days exceeded our expectations. 

Bethany shared, “I was never one of those little girls that dreamed about the details of my wedding or planned it all out in my head, but if I had been, I could not have imagined a more beautiful wedding than what I experienced, thanks to Rhonda and Cara and Forever Vintage Rentals. Even though I already knew them as family friends, they took the time to get to know me and Mike, our relationship, and what we pictured for our wedding day. They didn’t miss a detail.  From the tables, to the decor, to the head table, to the food presentation, to the character of the wedding, it was all perfect. I got endless compliments of how wonderful my wedding was.  And not just for the food, or the people, but for the atmosphere.  People loved the decorations, the beautiful pieces placed all around the property, the unique flavor of the theme, and the complete atmosphere the venue exuded. For me as the bride, I felt so much love in what Cara and Rhonda created for my wedding day.  For the guests that were they, they could feel the love and care that went into creating the special day.  It was all I could have ever asked for.  And it would not have been as special as it was without such amazing people behind the scenes.”

“And not only do they do an amazing job and have an amazing business, they are such a joy to work with. They love what they do, which makes a huge difference when you are planning something you are really excited about. They love working with people, which makes you feel so valuable. They do their best to work with each person and each brides desires and needs. They are thorough, and not only do they do weddings, they do dinners, parties, events, basically whatever is needed, they can dream up. Weddings are all about the details, the little things, and having a plan. They know how to plan creatively, think of things that we may not think about, design and decorate with the best of them, and problem solve on the spot.  I would recommend Forever Vintage Rentals to anyone who asked. And not only just for the quality of the business and the beauty of what they offer and present, but for the overall experience.”

“My wedding was a dream come true. And I am forever grateful for Forever Vintage Rentals”.

Here are some lovely pictures from Bethany and Mike’s wedding.
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A former client, Megan, expressed her feelings for her experience working with Rhonda and Cara, “Forever Vintage Rentals truly set the stage for my dream wedding. From the farm tables to vintage games and seating, our guests felt so welcome and at home, which was exactly how we wanted them to feel after traveling to celebrate such a special day with us. We felt so loved and taken care of throughout all of the planning and preparation leading up to the big day. The women of FVR really do know how to take care of their brides and go above and beyond to create the setting for the perfect day! I’m so grateful!” She continued her sincere gratitude with the following comment, “I can’t begin to express how much I loved working with Forever Vintage Rentals! The experience impacted mine and my husband’s lives far beyond picking out furniture and design elements for the wedding- we were SO blessed by Cara and Rhonda and their families. Bryan and I actually got married at Leaning Tree Lodge, and Bre was our wedding planner… These families touched our hearts in a big way, and truly helped shape the foundation of our marriage, not just through what they do so well professionally, but their genuine care and love for their clients! I can’t rave about these sweet people enough!”

Bekah shared, “It was such a joy working with Rhonda as my wedding photographer. She made sure that my special day was captured at every second and not a detail was missed! She made me so relaxed and made the experience so much fun! Although I was not able to have Forever Vintage Rentals as one of my wedding vendors, I did use a few of their pieces in my decor and that made such a difference! I love the work that Rhonda and Cara do and just love what they have made of Forever Vintage Rentals – I am confident that they will EXCEED your expectations to make your wedding day more than you could ever imagine!!

Here are some photographs from Bekah and Ashkon’s wedding.

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Secret note in my groom’s suit jacket

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Mom and Sisters

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Pieces of scraps from my Mom and Sister’s Wedding Dresses and Veils

 

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Our Venue

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Our Cake Table

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One of my Favs!

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A Surprise Guest

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Post Wedding Photoshop Fun

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Forever Vintage Rentals is a company we stand behind with full enthusiasm and support. We would recommend them to everyone we know and love.

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Passion Perspective Interview Day 2-Forever Vintage Rentals

6-22-13 rpiper_0059As you have seen from the past two days posts, Rhonda and Cara have created a very special business. We continued their interview with more specific questions about their hopes for the future and what they have learned along the way as they have worked together to establish Forever Vintage Rentals.

We asked them…..

What are your long-term goals and dreams?
“Continue to follow wherever the Lord may lead. He has opened so many doors and allowed for opportunities we would have never dreamed possible thus far.”
How has your inventory changed and expanded?
“Every day brings something new… literally:). One of our favorite pastimes is shopping for the business. We are constantly scouting new finds that will suit our brides and the latest trends. We are currently building another FVR storage barn and it will be full in no time at all.”

They have wonderful decorative pieces that they stage for their clients on the vintage pieces of furniture. They love to help brides create their own personal theme with accent pieces.12-18-14 rp_0063-2 12-18-14 rp_0052-2 8-23-14 rp_0057 8-23-14 rp_0044 OT4A8257

How do you promote your business?
“We have found social media and our website to be most effective. Rhonda is diligent about keeping FVR active on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. In addition, we have been featured in highly acclaimed national wedding blogs such as Style Me Pretty, Green Wedding Shoes, Ruffled and many others. The blogs are probably our best form of advertisement because of the fact that they are earned rather than purchased, they speak volumes to our clientele.”

What are the next steps for your business?
“Continue to supply for the unique vision of each of our brides and current trends within the industry.”

What marketing mistakes have you made?
“We have tried advertising in Wedding Magazines; to our knowledge it has not been near as successful as word of mouth and social media.”

What marketing techniques have worked?
“Each year we stage a large booth at the Cal Expo Bridal Show. It provides exposure for our business within the industry and an opportunity to personally meet with hundreds of brides.”

Our family has personally benefitted from their business. In 2012, Bethany and her husband, Mike, had a beautiful wedding at Leaning Tree Lodge-the property where Cara lives (Rhonda lives next door to Cara) and from where they run their business and house their Forever Vintage Rental inventory. (We will feature pictures and more from our family’s experiences with Forever Vintage Rentals in our post tomorrow so check back!!!!)

Tell us a few of your favorite stories of how your business has blessed others.

“It was an honor for us to provide and style the Food For Families event hosted by Raley’s last year. The event raised 80K for needy families in the San Joaquin Valley. It was a week long styling event for us and we were blessed to supply the rentals to them and our design work became our donation to Food for Families. Another wonderful opportunity was made for us to supply complimentary rentals to a leukemia patient for her 4th birthday party. This year, we will have the opportunity to donate our design work to Valley Christian School for their first ever Barn Prom in May 2015. These are the things that make life so rich and meaningful.”

Rhonda and Cara both have a deep and strong faith in Jesus Christ and this has been the strong driving force behind them pursuing their passion. We asked them about the blessings and challenges of this journey.
How has your faith played a part of this journey?
“In every way and every day we are completely reliant on the grace of God for direction and inspiration.”

“What have been the challenges-expected and unexpected?”
“Our greatest challenge has been to keep our commitment of remaining debt free in the process of building a business.”

What has been the biggest blessing-expected and unexpected?
“Our greatest blessing has been to remain debt free. It really keeps us aware of God’s provision for us and this business.

Then we finished their interview by asking about the wisdom they have gained along the way.
What tips would you want to share with others?
“If you can find a job that uses your God given passions and talents, your work won’t feel like work, it will be fun!”

What positives and negatives have you experienced while pursuing your dream?
“It is worth it. Being in business is much like that of a marriage… ironically because that is what we do. But realistically, we have to consider each other before ourselves in order to really work as a team.”

What wisdom you have gained personally and how has it affect you?
“Wisdom from our parents, who ironically were also business partners in the early 90’s. They have definitely inspired our entrepreneurial spirit and taught us the concept of servant leadership.”

How you have grown in this process?
“Growing pains are very evident if you take a look at each of our garages and barns. But even more, the business has stretched us and made our commitment to each other and our families even deeper.”

6-22-13 rpiper_0235So as you can see, this journey of developing their passion into a business, has taken all that God has created them to be and combined it with their gifts and talents and desire to serve and bless. They have taken their love of people and love of family and opened their hearts and homes (literally) to serve and bless others. Check back tomorrow to see some VERY SPECIAL PICTURES from how Rhonda and Cara blessed our family. Check out their website www.forevervintagerentals.com and maybe you could be the next recipient of their amazing magic as they create an experience of a lifetime for YOU!!!

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Passion Perspective Interview- Forever Vintage Rentals

Today we will take you on the journey of Forever Vintage Rentals…..Picture 11
We asked Rhonda and Cara a series of questions about their original passion…..
How did Forever Vintage Rentals developed into a business?
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“We are passionate about weddings. We love all things vintage. But even more, it does our heart’s SO good to invest into the lives of each of our brides. We are blessed to be able to live out our passion and be a part in creating the day of their dreams.”
How and when did  this passion begin?
“The summer of 2011. We decorated Rhonda’s daughters wedding with vintage items from our homes. Vintage doors, windows, bottles, suitcases and anything else we could find. Cara’s daughter owns a wedding planning business in San Diego. She was planning her own wedding in 2012 and had a vision for farm tables, mismatch china, chandeliers, ladders, hutches and buffets surrounded by architectural pieces from the past. She convinced her dad & uncle to build farm tables for her wedding and promised that she would have them rented if we would start a rental business. At the time, she was in close contact with First Vintage Rental Company in So Cal. She was relentless in persuading us to set the trend for Nor Cal; hence Forever Vintage was born.”
What steps did you take to make it a reality?
“Within a month we had decided to do just that. We decided on a few potential names and put it up for a family vote. Rhonda went to work shooting pictures of everything we could possibly find to start our inventory. Our website was designed and we continued purchasing. Farm Tables were built… and rented within a month.”  20130803_8-2-13 rpiper_0083  8-23-14 rp_004410-19-14 rp_0162-2
What sets Forever Vintage Rentals apart from other wedding rental companies?

Authenticity of our product- we specialize in truly antique and vintage pieces for our inventory. We believe if a bride is going to rent, it should not be something she can DIY or purchase at the local home store.”
Level of Service-We are vested into each of our brides and believe our role is one to come alongside and carry the burden of what can often be an overwhelming part of their celebration. We rent, style and deliver so the family can relax and enjoy their special day.”

What makes Forever Vintage Rentals special?
“I think the combination of personalities and strengths you get when working with both of us.

Cara is a visionary and loves to brainstorm creative ideas for repurposing and staging the inventory. She has relied on her background in home design to play a role in venue lay outs and architectural design. She has an obsession for vintage finds, a great business sense, and she loves primitive and rustic decor.
Rhonda’s strengths come from her experience as a wedding photographer. She captures the inventory on film and is constantly updating our social media. She is the ultimate curator of all things vintage and has a beautiful eye for detail in our designs. Our styled shots are a tribute to her tremendous work.
We both LOVE working with the clients and the design aspect of the business is our favorite.”

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Check back tomorrow for more exciting information about Forever Vintage Rentals and Rhonda and Cara’s journey.
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Passion Perspective-Getting to Know the Co-owners of Forever Vintage Rentals

Precious friends are a blessing from above and when that friend becomes like  “family” there are no words to describe the peace and joy that accompanies that forever friendship. Rhonda Piper is one of those friends!! I have known her for over 6 years and she is as close as a sister to me. She is a talented photographer and we were blessed to have her as our wedding photographer for both Bethany’s and Bekah’s weddings. She and her cousin, Cara Nelson, are the founders and co-owners of Forever Vintage Rentals.

Their website is amazing and they describe their business as such-“Forever Vintage presents an eclectic melange of vintage treasures. We specialize in the truly antique, elegant, rustic & boho rentals for a one of a kind design. We travel anywhere the back roads will take us to bring you the finest in vintage rentals. In addition, our designers will custom build anything your heart’s desire. We rent, style, & deliver so you can relax & enjoy your special day!
Servicing all Northern, Central, & Southern California plus Oregon, Washington & Nevada.
Showroom located near Sacramento, in Northern California.”

It is our privilege to feature them this week on our Passion Perspective. Today we take you on an introductory journey into their business, Forever Vintage Rentals

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We interviewed Rhonda and Cara to get some fun facts about them to help you understand what sets them and their business apart and makes them so special. In order to set the stage for why we chose them for our Passion Perspective week,  we asked both gals how they got to know us. Rhonda stated, “We met the Weisser Family through our daughters. Our girls played softball together at Azusa Pacific. What a blessing they are in our lives. I’ve also had the pleasure of capturing (through photography) Bethany & Mike’s wedding and Bekah & Ashkon’s wedding.” and Cara added, “We had the honor of hosting Bethany’s wedding at our home, Leaning Tree Lodge. Blessed to see the family’s interaction with one another and their faith woven through every part of Mike & Bethany’s celebration.”

We continued the interview with a few more personal facts about Rhonda and Cara….

Rhonda’s Short Bio-“Born and raised in Southern California. Our family moved to Northern California when I was a teenager. Went to college and met and married a handsome young man from the Bay Area. We settled down in the Foothills of Northern California and raised our two beautiful daughters. I am a photographer, avid collector of vintage items, and Co-Owner of Forever Vintage Rentals. Blessed to work with my cousin Cara Nelson. I absolutely love what I do. Love working with Brides and their families.”
Life Motto-Philippians 4:6 Don’t be anxious about anything…(It was one of my Grandma Rosie’s favorites. Now it’s one of mine!)
Favorite food-Mexican Food, love all of it!
Favorite dessert-Homemade Ice Cream
Favorite Disney Character-Minnie Mouse
One thing you can’t live without-Family
Favorite book-Bible
One bucket list item-Traveling to Europe
Favorite Bible verse-Same as my Life Motto

Cara Nelson’s Short Bio-“You might say I was born a hundred years too late. I love everything about the turn of the century: the ambiance, the decor, and the good old-fashioned lifestyle. I am a country girl and share my life with the man of my dreams and four amazing children.  He can build anything, so we spend our days refinishing & restoring old furniture, homes, and just about anything vintage. Our ranch is also a wedding venue so our lives are full of love, laughter and lots of brides.”
Life Motto-Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best any way. For you see, in the end it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway. Mother Theresa
Favorite Food-Whole, organic, homemade foods
Favorite Dessert-Gelato
Favorite Disney Character-Cinderella
One thing you can’t live without-My Family
Favorite book-Bible, of course but second place goes to Sacred Romance
One bucket list item-Alaska…the last frontier
Favorite Bible verse-In all that you do, do all to the glory of God. (1 Cor. 10:31)

So now you can see why we are so excited  about these ladies and their passion for their business-Forever Vintage Rentals. We have been a part of each others’ lives for over 6 years through softball and our last two weddings and we have experienced their Forever Vintage Rentals business first hand. We have participated in the joy they have  experienced as they have grown their dream and vision into a business that has been a blessing to so many people, especially their own family-the one thing neither of them can live without!!!12-28-14 rp_0139a crop

Check back tomorrow and the rest of the week to learn more about their incredibly unique, one-of-a-kind business. Rhonda and Cara have generously donated a special vintage surprise for our Passion Perspective Giveaway. The giveaway starts tomorrow so come back tomorrow and enter.

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Pay Attention!

Today I was struck by how easy it would be to go about my day inwardly focused. I have so many things going on at every moment I can get lost feeling overwhelmed by just being Rachel, mommy to three adorable, but needy, girls. By the time I get somewhere the last thing on my mind is others. I’m ready to just tune out for a bit while watching my kids at dance class or the park.

However, by “tuning out” I’m missing out on the opportunities for connections. I am a very shy person and don’t usually instigate conversations, but recently I’ve had some great connections with other parents at my daughter’s dance class. It is so rewarding to have adult conversations and learn about other people while also sharing a little bit about myself. So far it is just nice to have friends that one day a week to talk to, but maybe some day these once a week friends will become something more.

Maybe not, but I’m so glad for the time I do have with them: sharing parenting tips, talking about books and tv shows, recommending swim instructors or house cleaners. We never know what someone might have to offer to us, or what we can offer to someone in return. Maybe that person just needs a smile or a listening ear. I’ve tried to work harder to be patient and polite to customer service agents or make eye contact and smile to the Starbucks employee handing me a drink in the drive thru. I know that I feel better, and it is my hope that maybe I made someone else feel better too!

“The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it.”
― Thích Nhất Hạnh, Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life

“Attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. Stay eager.”
― Susan Sontag

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Commitment of One!

With the theme of commitment this month, I wanted to remind our readers of a post I wrote a few months ago. So here it is again! Are you ready to commit?

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How many different things do you say yes to? What are those things? What things do you say no to? How do those every day little decisions end up affecting your whole life?

We make yes and no decisions all day long, every day. Life is all about choices. Will you say no to getting out of bed and hit snooze one more time, will you say yes to driving the speed limit, will you say yes to another cup of coffee, will you say no to watching just one more show… Some decisions are methodically thought out over time, others are quick and hasty. Some have instant feedback, others have slow results. Some affect only you, others affect numerous people.  But regardless, our lives are filled with decision after decision that determine our steps, actions, and ultimately lives.

But don’t be overwhelmed by this seemingly endless cycle of choices… I can think of a pretty amazing way to make it less of a swamped feeling. God has called us to say yes to Him. Saying yes to Christ, yes to following Him, yes to love, yes to His truth. And the rest of the decisions can just flow all determined by the one overall decision. It’s not always an easy process, but it is a simple solution. And it is not just one way, it is THE way. Yes to Christ is the most important part of any decision. It is the thing we have to remember and cling to. It isn’t about saying no to the other things. It is about saying yes to pursuing Christ, pursuing what the Lord wants, and having everything in your life revolve around that one important decision. And other decisions are decided upon by this yes.  Rather than all the small no’s and small yes’s that don’t even compare to the big YES.

The Bible says in Philippians 3:8-11″Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith— that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.”

Say yes to Christ. He is worth it. The decision is simple. It doesn’t mean the journey will be easy, but it is worth it. Saying yes to Christ is saying yes to abundance, truth, purpose, and love.

Let’s try to lay out this yes principle in other things… Isn’t it better if we say yes to positive thoughts rather than no to negative thoughts. Isn’t it better if we choose yes to live a healthy lifestyle rather than no to eating cookies.  Isn’t it better if we say yes to being confident in who you are rather than no to the battle of comparison.  Isn’t it better to be proactive in encouraging others than saying no to gossip. The way we live, our attitude, our choices can all be shifted just a little bit to get just a little more abundance and hope out of life. So think about your choices. And say YES!

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New Uses for Old Things

I love Real Simple’s book “869 New Uses for Old Things” – it is so fun to find ways to use what often times seems like “junk” in your home. Here are a few of their fun ideas that will make you say, “Why didn’t I think of that!”

Paper Towel Tube

USE TO: Tame a tangle of computer cables; Ward off wrinkles in a silk scarf – wrap it around a tube; Dispense plastic bags – Stuff them in a tube (stashed in a drawer) and pull out as needed; Preserve remnants of gift wrap – Wind them around the tube and fasten with a rubber band or just roll them and slide them in the tube.

Q-tips

USE TO: Make a quickie cosmetics kit for a tiny evening bag. Dip cotton swabs into eye shadow, concealer, and lip gloss. Roll them up in a plastic bag and go; Polish crevices in silver pieces; Extend the life of batteries in a cordless phone, cell phone or laptop – Clean the battery contacts with a swab dipped in alcohol; Touch up paint in tight corners, or apply stain in the ridges of architectural details

Tennis Ball

USE TO: To open a stubborn jar lid without straining, slice a ball in half, use the rubber lining to grip the lid, and twist; A halved ball is a great way to remove a warm bulb that has just burned out; Add resistance to jumping jacks and lunges with weights made from tennis balls filled with pennies (about 3/4 pound each) – make a small slit in a ball, insert the coins, and seal with duct tape or Super Glue; Cut dryer time for a bulky comforter by tossing a few balls in with it; To relieve neck tension, tie two balls in a sock, lie on the floor, and place the sock under the spot where your head and neck meet – Tuck your chin and gently nod up and down

Baking Soda

USE TO: Sprinkle it on a damp sponge to erase crayon, pencil, and ink from painted surfaces; To freshen a stale carpet, scatter soda on it, wait a few hours, then vacuum; Remove stains on enameled cast-iron pans with a soft nylon brush and a thick paste of baking soda and water. For stainless steel, use a soft cloth and 4 tablespoons of soda in 1 quart of water; Pour 1/2 cup soda, then 1/2 cup vinegar down a clogged drain – cover it with a wet cloth, wait 5 minutes, uncover, and flush with steaming water

Ice Cube Tray

USE TO: Freeze aloe-vera gel into single-serving sunburn relief – the cubes cool the heat instantly, then the soothing aloe gets to work; Use a tray for quick access to earrings, rings, and necklaces; The cubbies are great for organizing desk supplies, like thumbtacks and paper clips, or sewing notions like buttons; To make a batch of identical-sized cookies, roll the dough out flat, then press an upside-down tray into it; For a suppertime shortcut, freeze extra broth, pesto, or other sauces in trays, then transfer to the cubes to a freezer safe bag (works with purees too!); Fill the trays with sprinkles, nuts, and other toppings for a self-serve sundae bar

I hope you find some of these NEW USES FOR OLD THINGS tricks helpful for your cleaning, organizing, event planning, or everyday life needs! Click the photo below to find the book Real Simple 869 New Uses for Old Things on Amazon!

 

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Avocado Zucchini Bread

A few weeks ago on a Saturday, my husband and I went to our local farmer’s market and we had a blast picking out the fruits and vegetables we needed for the upcoming week. He decided he needed a snack and although his go-to favorite snack from the farmer’s market is kettle-corn he took me up on a challenge to try a chocolate chip cookie made with avocado (instead of oil). You have to understand that there are only a few things in the entire world that my hubby will NOT eat and avocado is one of them. To his great surprise, he actually liked the cookie and was quite impressed!!!! So I came home excited and inspired to try some baking using avocado instead of oil. So here is my first try….Avocado Zucchini Bread.IMG_6192

Ingredients

1 ¾ cups flour (you can use an oat flour and almond flour combo for gluten free)
¼ cup flax seed ground
2 teaspoons cinnamon (I used fancy vietnamese cinnamon)
1 teaspoon nutmeg (I used fresh ground nutmeg)
½ teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
¾ cup sugar or honey
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 eggs
½ cup mashed avocado (1 whole avocado)
1 ½ cups grated zucchini
Optional add-ins: ½-1 cup mini chocolate chips, ½-1 cup chopped walnuts
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Combine first 7 ingredients in a large bowl and set aside. Grate the zucchini and let it weep on paper towels so that moisture wicks away. In a mixer, combine the avocado and sugar and beat until smooth. (You can mix by hand if you like) Add eggs one at a time and mix until blended. Add vanilla and mix. Pour avocado mixture and grated zucchini into large bowl with the flour mixture and stir gently until combined. Do not over mix. Spray a loaf pan 8 ½ x 4 ½ with cooking spray and pour thick zucchini bread mix into pan. Bake in a preheated 325 degree oven for 50-60 minutes until golden brown and toothpick comes out clean. Enjoy!IMG_6191

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Avocado Zucchini Bread
 
Zucchini Bread with Avocado in the Batter
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Recipe type: Quick Bread
Cuisine: American
Ingredients
  • 1 ¾ cups flour (you can use an oat flour and almond flour combo for gluten free)
  • ¼ cup flax seed ground
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon (I used fancy vietnamese cinnamon)
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg (I used fresh ground nutmeg)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ cup sugar or honey
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup mashed avocado (1 whole avocado)
  • 1 ½ cups grated zucchini
  • Optional add-ins: ½-1 cup mini chocolate chips, ½-1 cup chopped walnuts
Instructions
  1. Combine first 7 ingredients in a large bowl and set aside.
  2. Grate the zucchini and let it weep on paper towels so that moisture wicks away.
  3. In a mixer, combine the avocado and sugar and beat until smooth. (You can mix by hand if you like)
  4. Add eggs one at a time and mix until blended.
  5. Add vanilla and mix.
  6. Pour avocado mixture and grated zucchini into large bowl with the flour mixture.
  7. Stir gently until combined.
  8. Do not over mix.
  9. Spray a loaf pan 8 ½ x 4 ½ with cooking spray and pour thick zucchini bread mix into pan.
  10. Bake in a preheated 325 degree oven for 50-60 minutes until golden brown and toothpick comes out clean. Enjoy!

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