Tuesday, October 20, 2015

5 Things I Learned About Having a Garage Sale...

I spent last weekend at a friend's house having a garage sale.  It's not for the faint of heart, that's for sure.  It was fun hanging with friends and we each made a little money but I'm not sure it was really worth it financially.  We probably both ended up making way less than minimum wage.  Are you thinking of doing a garage sale?  I'm no expert but if you're planning one soon let me pass on the things I've learned this time around.

  1. Books & DVD's aren't Huge Sellers.  I sold 3 DVD's and about 5 books.  I thought the kids' movies and books would sell but maybe with iPads and the like they just aren't relevant. I had a man offer me $5 for all of the books - there were probably 40-50 of them.  I declined but as I was loading them back into my car I was second guessing myself. I think you're better off donating them to a school or taking them to somewhere like Hastings for store credit.
  2. Furniture is a Big Draw. If I had a dime for everyone who asked if we had any furniture.  The couch we had was gone before 10am the first day.
  3. Odd Things Sell. I didn't know anyone living outside of the South knew what a tobacco basket was but it sold (they did ask what it was though).  For full price.  The marble flamingo book ends? Gone. As were the random ziplock bags containing miscellaneous Barbie & Polly Pocket items. Go figure.
  4. Hanging Racks aren't necessary. We sold more of the clothing folded up and placed on a tarp than we did the items we nicely hung. 
  5. The More it Rains the Bigger the Crowd. Every time the rain started the crowds rolled up.
I would suggest doing a garage sale with a friend or two so if it's a bust at least you'll have someone to laugh about it with.

And if you're a garage sale pro share your tips in the comments or on the September Acres Facebook Page.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Buffalo Cauliflower...


I'm a firm believer that you can put buffalo sauce on anything and it will taste good.  Cauliflower is no exception.  I have had this recipe hanging on my fridge for months and finally made it tonight. And just as I suspected, it was delicious. I didn't make the cheese sauce but I'm sure it's yummy too.


Cheese Sauce:
1/3 cup nonfat sour cream
2 tablespoons crumbled blue cheese
1 tablespoon skim milk
2 teaspoons mayonnaise
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Buffalo Cauliflower:
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup hot sauce, such as Frank's
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
Kosher salt
8 cups cauliflower florets (from about 1 medium head)

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

For the cheese sauce: Whisk together the sour cream, blue cheese, milk, mayonnaise, 1/8 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper in a small bowl. Cover and refrigerate until chilled, about 30 minutes

For the Buffalo cauliflower: Meanwhile, microwave the butter in a small microwave-safe bowl on high until melted. Whisk in the hot sauce and lemon juice and set aside.

Mix olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/2 cup water in a large bowl. Add the cauliflower and toss until well coated. Spread the cauliflower on a rimmed baking sheet and roast until beginning to brown and just tender, 20 to 25 minutes. Whisk the hot sauce mixture again, drizzle over the cauliflower and toss with tongs to coat. Roast the cauliflower until the sauce is bubbling and browned around the edges, 5 to 7 minutes more. Serve hot with the cheese sauce.

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