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Megans Cookin: Trim The Tree Thursday

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Trim The Tree Thursday

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Beware: It will put you in the holiday spirit!!!
And while my Christmas stuff is still in the attic, I decided to take inventory of the gift closet. You know all the stuff you buy on clearance after the decorations are taken down and put away. Here are my clearance deals I couldn't live without.



Here is what the closet held. Lets take a closer look, shall we?


I got these great basket for a steal! Normal price on these babies were $15.99. Now I would never pay that as I'm sure you wouldn't either. Even at 50% off I wouldn't but these. Call me cheap, that's o.k. In fact, the better deal I get on something, the more I love it. These ended up costing me, are ya ready? only $1.59 each. Not bad in my book!
I'm going to fill these with homemade goodies and jam.




2 very cute wine bags. Sparkling apple cider is another good choice
for those who don't drink alcohol.



Remember Mr. Happy Spoon? Got 2 more!
Plus some candles and a little salt bowl. How cute!


This is my collection of bottles to house my homemade vanilla extract. I've been on the lookout for bottles all year. Lets hope they don't leak. That wouldn't be nice.



Here are some appetizer plates. Normally they were $24.99 for a box of 4. I bought mine for $3.49 a box. One year a friend gave me a cheese ball with a bottle of wine for Christmas and I enjoyed it so much that I was gonna do that with these plates. Add a cute snowman cheese spreader and you have a great gift. I'm not sure I can part with these plates. I really really like them. :/

So there ya have it. The beginning of my Christmas. This is the start I will build on. Fill those baskets with homemade Christmas treats and I'll have some gifts from the heart. And it wont cost me an arm and a leg this year.
I don't think the retail stores will get much of my money this year.
How about you?







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19 Comments:

Blogger April said...

These are some great items! I love the baskets, and the bottles!

November 20, 2008 at 9:34 AM  
Blogger Melissa Miller said...

Hi Megan, Thank you so much for visiting my new blog. I really appreciate your kind words. You sure are a great shopper. You found some beautiful things. The baskets are too cute! I need to get started ASAP! Please come and visit anytime. You're always welcome.~Melissa :)

November 20, 2008 at 10:37 AM  
Blogger Cary said...

Isn't it great to get a deal?:) I love that you have gifts stocked-I'm trying to do that so that I don't have to run out at the last minute to pick something up. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

November 20, 2008 at 10:59 AM  
Blogger Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

Oh, I'm jealous of your gift closet!!

November 20, 2008 at 12:05 PM  
Blogger Maria said...

Fun stuff!! I can't believe the holidays are coming up so soon! I need to get busy!

November 20, 2008 at 3:00 PM  
Blogger Reeni said...

Wow! You have a lot of great stuff. I love the sleigh baskets, so cute.

November 20, 2008 at 3:41 PM  
Blogger Carrie said...

What a neat post...those were some great buys and your ideas for using them are great.

November 20, 2008 at 4:52 PM  
Anonymous ellen b said...

Oh girl. I'm glad you knew where you stashed these goodies. I'm going to have to check all my closets and see what I can find :0)
Enjoy your Thanksgiving...

November 20, 2008 at 6:03 PM  
OpenID char72 said...

Wow what great bargains. I was especially interested in the home made vanilla. That sounds great.
Charlotte

November 20, 2008 at 7:46 PM  
Blogger Jan and Tom's Place said...

What great ideas!!!

I'm like you...get them at a fab price!!!

And then not be able to part with them!! LOL!!

November 21, 2008 at 3:58 AM  
Blogger Cami @ Creating Myself said...

Hi megan! Nice to meet you! Love the sleighs...they'll be soo cute filled w/ jams & goodies. I am LOVING the idea of cheese plates given w/ cheese balls & spreaders...what a great idea!

I made the Pumpkin Creme Brulee last week...it was soo good!

November 21, 2008 at 8:08 AM  
Blogger Teresa Cordero Cordell said...

Megan, thank you so much for stopping by. You are a girl after my own heart. I too look for specials throughout the year to have for Christmas. You can find so many things if you just keep you eyes open. I'm absolutely in love with the Mr. Happy Spoons. I haven't found them here yet, but I'll be going to the outlet mall soon. Hopefully I can find them at the gourmet shop.

November 21, 2008 at 9:11 AM  
Anonymous Dana McCauley said...

I just cannot go 'there' yet! My son's birthday is in early December and until it passes, Christmas is not on my radar. I can't handle two festivities at once!

November 21, 2008 at 11:36 AM  
Blogger The Blonde Duck said...

I love the baskets!

November 22, 2008 at 4:13 PM  
Blogger Meg said...

I love after Holiday clearance sales! Love all your finds!

There is an award on my blog for you!

November 23, 2008 at 6:00 PM  
Blogger glamah16 said...

You are already to go for Christmas. The homemade vanilla extract will be awesome.

November 23, 2008 at 6:41 PM  
Blogger Laurie said...

LOVE your bargains! Especially the sleigh baskets.

And your homemade cheese crackers look like something I must try.

November 23, 2008 at 8:35 PM  
Blogger nicisme said...

Great goodies, love those spoons!

November 24, 2008 at 8:35 AM  
Blogger maggie said...

I love your bargains and sounds like you will be doing some great Christmas giving without spending a bunch. This is what I love and it's so much better to get a homemade gift too.

November 26, 2008 at 5:46 AM  

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