January 31, 2012

Mid-Winter Deals

Well, it's that time of year again, when garden centers everywhere are clearing out old stock to make room for this year's crop of garden delights.

Sorry, dark cell phone photo!

Yesterday, I headed out to my favorite haunt for a little late January garden center therapy, and was elated to see racks and racks of discounted perennials.

I didn't actually need a lot (not that that's ever stopped me before), but I did find a couple of Prince Henry anemones, two Flash Lime astilbes, and some Red Veined Sorrel (which looks gorgeous in the ground, but will be absolutely delicious in my new favorite tart).

Unlike last year, I couldn't resist grabbing myself a lush looking hellebore, but in my defense, it was on sale!

I also got myself a great hammered tin planter for next to nothing (the hellebore is sitting in it). I'm going to fill it with river rocks, maybe a water plant or two, and put it at the base of the rain chain by our front door.

Gardenworks also has all of their seeds on sale for 25% off - sale ends today, for anyone within driving distance - so I'm almost ready for spring (truth be told, I've been ready for a while). Now if only the weather would cooperate!

January 26, 2012

Deal of the day.

Look what I found at our local thrift store today - a brand new (still in the package!) Yolife yogurt maker for only four dollars!

I have always relied on the warmth of my oven light when making my own yogurt, but the temperature isn't always consistent, and this way, I don't have to worry about accidentally turning the oven on and ruining the whole batch (something I've done more than once, despite my best efforts).

My favorite thing about this machine is that if I want to make more yogurt than the 7 glass jars will hold, I can just use the taller lid that came with it, which allows me to make a bigger batch using my own, larger containers.

Pricing them online, it looks like I saved myself about $46. Sweet!


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