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Half Price Books, Blueberry Crumb Muffins, Crafty Super Slab

I finally tried selling to Half Price Books. I took in nine books and a bunch of magazines. They took everything and gave me $10 plus a 10% off my next purchase coupon. I was happy with the $10 because I didn’t have much into the books, I was finished with them, and I didn’t have any luck selling them online (due to market saturation). All of the magazines I traded in didn’t cost me much to begin with either…thanks to cheap subscriptions, I only had 25¢ or less into each issue. I’ll see how it goes next time I sell to them.

We used the $10 and 10% coupon to buy two books. Rob found an interesting car book called The Cobra in the Barn. It’s about people finding antique cars in unique places. While Rob was reading the book, he was stunned to see one of the stories was written by my dad’s friend. We knew it was my dad’s friend because the name matched, it was about Detroit, and the car pictured was the same car he used to store in my relative’s garage. What a small world!

I found a cookbook called Extending the Table by Joetta Handrich Schlabach which contains “recipes and stories of people from Argentina to Zambia in the spirit of More With Less.” You might remember More With Less was the Mennonite book I got for free after coupon earlier this year at an estate sale. I was thrilled to find a companion book. The book is from 1991 and I didn’t even know it existed. HPB must have had the book for a long time because it was marked down several times…starting at $10.98 and all the way down to $3.98. The back of the book has a $22 price sticker from a Ten Thousand Villages store!


I made some Blueberry Crumb Muffins but they’re still a work in progress. I veganized the recipe from the blueberry cookbook I bought at one of the library sales. I didn’t like the crumb topping but Rob did. They also need more blueberries and a few other tweaks. I’m going to try again this weekend. The muffins themselves had a great texture….they were sturdy and held together well without being tough or chewy. The recipe is a good starting point though. I’ll try to post the recipe once I get them perfected. I need to go to Trader Joes this weekend and get some more frozen blueberries. I’m a big fan of TJ’s frozen fruits and veggies.

Blueberry Crumb Muffins

And yet another shout-out for Udandi. 😀 She told me about the Provo Craft’s Super Slabs that can be found at Michaels. The super slabs contain a wonderful assortment of 12″ x 12″ crafty paper and cardstock, as well as die cuts and stickers. The paper has a lot of cool retro designs and colors. I bought the Super Slab #10 because it had some nifty dragonfly paper. The Super Slabs retail for $20 but I used a 40% off coupon so it was only $12 plus tax. Cool! I also didn’t find it at the first Michaels I went to but the second one had a bunch of them.

Super Slab

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!!! 😀

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  • vicki March 30, 2007, 1:57 pm

    Your new cookbook sounds like a great find. I love the “more for less” idea and it sounds like you got just that witha $3.98 sticker price marked waaay down.

  • River March 30, 2007, 2:22 pm

    And now I have just found YOUR blog 🙂 I look forward to reading at leisure! Best of luck and thanks for your comment!

  • judy March 30, 2007, 4:58 pm

    Ooh, I love Michael’s. I could spend all day in there. It even has its own smell, like wood and fake flowers and crafty goodness.

    The muffins look pretty tasty, too.

  • scottishvegan March 30, 2007, 5:14 pm

    The muffins look good. It’s a shame you didn’t like the topping too much. Hope you manage to perfect them! I love TJ’s for frozen fruit and veg too, especially their Organic Super Sweet Cut Corn. It’s always really yummy!

  • bazu March 31, 2007, 7:09 am

    What a coincidence finding a book with writing by someone you know! It was meant to be! (Rob buying the book that is)
    I love TJ’s frozen fruits too. I’m ashamed to say that when I went to visit my mom in D.C. in January, I came back with large cooler in the trunk filled with frozen fruit from Trader Joe’s! That’s the kind of addict I am!

    SO cool that you guys go spinning- and went on your wedding day! I want to do it more- it seemed like such an awesome workout (and a good way to burn off poundcake!)

    Have a great weekend, Emmy

  • mikaela March 31, 2007, 10:18 am

    You are the Empress of Thrift 🙂

  • melody March 31, 2007, 12:41 pm

    Extending the table looks right up my alley. I really enjoy browsing through more with less. Women are so creative all over the world!

  • johanna March 31, 2007, 9:14 pm

    Your new cookbook sounds great, cute muffins!

  • udandi April 1, 2007, 2:17 pm

    I don’t think I realized the super slabs had numbers, I’ll have to look and see what number I have because mine is different. I’m glad you used the 40% off coupon, too!