August Thrifty Treasures

By the time you will be reading this post, I’ll have landed back in Georgia from my whirlwind trip to CA.  I’m sure I’ll be exhausted for a couple of days, but while I’m getting my body back on Georgia time, I have to scream the news!


Woooo to the Hooooo, this girl is so excited about the opportunity to represent Knorr in this very fun contest.  Myself and 3 others were chosen in the final round to be ambassadors for Knorr, so you will be seeing and hearing more about their products around here in the coming months.

One of the judges and celebrity world-renowned Chef, Marco Pierre White from England told me that he loved my dish and what a good choice it was for me to present.  Talk about excited.  I was!  🙂  The first thing I did was call my mom to tell her that HER recipe won.  She was so excited too, so this is a family victory.

I have SO much to share and as soon as I can do that, i certainly will!

In the meantime, let’s look at some of the fab finds from last week’s par-tay!

Talk about a steal!  Kiwi in Texas scored big time on this Bernhardt sofa from Craigslist for $80.  I love the lines.  Bernhardt is a great brand, I have one myself.

For just $10, Cleverly Inspired scored this cute little side table.  It had seen better days, so she opted to paint it and it really turned out nice.

I’ve always had a thing for chairs and I see that Lovely, Etc. does too.  She picked up these 3 strays at the thriftstore and aren’t they cute?

Wow, does this old Royal bring back some memories!  We had one of these growing up in my family, just like this.  House of Hawthornes found this one at an estate sale and it was made in 1925.   Raise your hand if you learned to type on a manual typewriter.  My hand is high in the air!!

You’ll have to click over to 4 The Love of Wood to see how this dresser got a facelift with repurposed legs.  Talk about reinventing, this piece got the treatment.

Our Lake Life searched on Ebay for the perfect treasure to spray paint this glorious shade of blue.  Loving that pop of color!

For a mere $35, A Big Story, picked up this beautiful set of silverplate serving pieces.  Beautiful on a sideboard.

There are a TON of parties out there to highlight all your projects, so please let’s keep this one about thrifty finds that were bought 2nd hand! Not a great sale from the store, or a recipe, or just a plain project, but 2nd Hand finds only!

And please DO NOT go back in your archives to OLD posts and link up. Let’s keep this party fresh and current! If you have already shared your find in a previous party, DON’T share it again! Please, girls, I don’t want to have to delete links.

  1. Add your permalink to the link list, which is the actual post that you did for this party, NOT your general blog url. To get the actual post, after you publish the post, just click on the title and THAT will be your party post url. PLEASE try to get the correct url in the first time! :)
  2. Please add my button to your post or blog OR at least link back to this post in your post. That’s all I ask. It’s common courtesy to link back to the person having the party, so that all of your readers can find it too.
  3. Please do NOT link to an Etsy shop or something similar (even if you think it’s a fabulous deal) or I will delete the link. This party is for sharing thrifty finds from yardsales, thriftstores, or something along those lines. If I see that your post is not really on track with this theme AND you don’t link back, I’ll delete your link. Sorry, but I’d like to keep the party consistent! IF YOU SEE THAT YOUR LINK HAS BEEN DELETED, IT IS PROBABLY BECAUSE IT IS NOT IN LINE WITH THIS PARTY THEME.

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- Rhoda


  1. That is fantastic news!!! Congratulations especially for promoting a fine SOUTHERN dish!!!

  2. Thanks for featuring the great chairs I found last week. I love this thrifty treasures party and seeing everyone’s finds. I always feel inspired to get out there and keep searching!

  3. Congratulations! There’s nothing better than good ol’ chicken and dumplin’s!

  4. congrats on winning the cooking contest, how great!
    Thanks for featuring my sofa! I’m linking up this week with a little table that got a spray paint makeover.

  5. Congratulations! I’m proud for you and your mother!

  6. Congrats!!

  7. Congratulations Rhoda!! How exciting for both you and your mum!


  8. That is the best news! I’m thrilled for you!

    Can’t wait to hear all about and your mamma and daddy’s reaction. He said you better take your momma along….but YOU did it♥

  9. Rhoda, I’d already seen the good news on Twitter, but I just have to say CONGRATULATIONS once again! I keep seeing your mom’s dear hands as I imagine your winning dish. She was there with you in spirit, I know!

    I am so happy for you!! First the Shaw Flooring trip, now this one, and new opportunities from Knorr–you deserve these accolades, Rhoda! I’m really proud of you and so glad to see how God is honoring your desire to use your talents well. 🙂

  10. WOW!! Congratulations to you AND your Mama! 🙂 Chicken and dumplings is my favorite comfort food.

  11. I did a little happy dance in my seat for you when I saw the news about your big win! That’s SO cool!! Congrats! I love Knorr (best spinach dip ever) so yeah… big fan here!

  12. Hi Rhoda-
    Congrats – I am soooo happy for you! All these wonderful things that are happening to you do not surprise me at all. You are one of the best – so engaging, professional, and fun.
    My best- Diane

  13. I am so happy that you won! You deserve it. You are definitely turning your year around for the better! I bet your Mom is so proud of you and the recipe. And thanks for featuring my typewriter from last week’s party!

  14. Big Congrats! So happy for you! I knew that down home recipe was a winner. Thanks for hosting.

  15. I am so excited and happy for you! So many good things are happening for you…one of my favorite quotations is:” You’re never too old to be what you might have been”. Keep on “becoming” and keep on reaching.

  16. So thrilled for you! Your mom must have been over the moon 🙂

    Happy party this week. I got lucky enough to find a great pickle dish this week.

  17. Debbie L. says:

    Rhoda!!! I am thrilled for you. I knew you would win!!!

    I wish I could have seen your face and your sweet Mom’s face when you learned this fantastic news.

    Rhoda I have chills because prayers are being answered for you.

    You go girl!

  18. WOOHOO, RHODA! You ROCK!!! Seriously, AWESOME! 😉 Way to go, girl! Glad you had a safe trip! Love ya + so proud!!! 😉

  19. Rhoda,
    Congratulations!! I love watching those cooking contest. I know you and your mom are on top of the ‘cooking’ world!!!
    I hate that Alabama doesn’t have the bragging rights to the newest Knorr Ambassador!! Miss you blogging from here too, but Georgia is close!

  20. Hi Rhoda!

    Congrats on your win and thanks for hosting.

  21. That’s fantastic!! You just can’t beat good southern food, especially chicken and dumplings. I’m so happy for your mom, too. Let’s her know her food really is special.

  22. Congratulations to you and your Mom!! I knew you would win! Those dumplings just looked so good, how could you fail!


  23. Congratulations to you and your Mother !!

  24. Congrats to you and your mother. I am sure she is very proud of you and that is the best prize of all.

  25. Thank you for featuring my great silver service I bought! I just love it! And how exciting for you to win the cook-off. I had no doubt when I read you were doing chicken and dumplings that you would be the winner. Really, who can resist that comfort food? And, you have made me a believer in Knorr. I have not used the broth (although I have used other of their products.) As soon as the weather here is not 111 degrees (!!!!) I will make my dumplins’ and try out the product. Again, congrats to you, and thanks for the feature. Lori L

  26. Woo Hoo! Congrats on the win, Rhoda! Way to go with all this recognition. 🙂

  27. Paula Lusk says:

    Yippeeee! I’m so excited for you. I think all your readers, including me, knew you would win. Just too exciting.

  28. Can I get some of those Chicken and Dumplings, next year at the Haven Conference??

    CONGRATULATIONS! So glad you won!


  29. Rhoda, That is SO awesome!!! Congrats! 🙂 I know your Mom is so proud, too!!! –My family loves the Enchiladia Dish you shared a month or so back! Hope you’ll keep posting your mama’s great recipes!


  30. Sharon in chicago says:

    No thrifting (heck, I have stuff that needs to GO to the thrift shop!) just a great big congrats. May blessings to continue to flow your way.

  31. Congratulations on your win! You really did pick a perfect dish, one from your heart and true to who you are. Way to go!

  32. Oh heck, I just whirled myself on by all those thirfty things or whatever they were? in this post cause I just had to get to the comments section as fast as I could to tell you I bout tinkled my undergarments when I read the news. Yes, YeS, YES!!! Ya know Rhoda, I really thought you would win. After checking out some of the other entries, I just felt like if you rolled those dumplins out thin enough the judges would be swayed our SOUTHERN way. But then again, stranger things have happened. Take for instance the Casey Anthony case. LOL!

    My dumplins ain’t half bad…on a good day. But I do look forward to trying them your way…or I guess I should say your momma’s winning way……with that Knorr spin put on them.

    Congratulations Rhoda and IRIS!!!

  33. Sooo happy for you! Can’t wait to hear more!
    Talk to you soon!

  34. YEAH!! I am SO excited for you. What a wonderful ambassador you will be for Knorr. Like everyone I know, I use their dried soup mix to make spinach dip. My “secret” is to use the dry leek soup instead of vegetable soup mix. I look forward to learning other uses for their products.

  35. Rhoda, Congratulations to you and your Mom!! I’m so happy you won and it was your Mom’s recipe that recieved the honor. Knorr makes a great product so you will be a great promoter for them. Looking forward to seeing more posts about your trip. Mary

  36. I am thrilled that your mom’s recipe won! There’s nothing like Southern chicken and dumplings!!!

  37. CONGRATS Rhoda!! So happy for you! Nothing can beat a good bowl of chicken dumplins!!!

  38. I am sooooooooooooo proud of you Rhodie!
    For so many reasons…. you are so deserving!!
    I am truly thrilled for you dear friend!


  39. Woo to the Hoo! Congratulations and I know you will be the BEST ambassador.

    Hand in air – not only did we have a manual at home, one of my first typewriters at a sales job (typing up a ton of invoices daily) in the 80s was an ANTIQUE manual typewriter.
    What I wouldn’t give to have it today, but back then, including reinking ribbons… no wonder my typing speed never increased.

    Had trouble linking up today.

  40. Elizabeth H says:

    Congrats Rhoda. May good things continue to a deserving person!

  41. CONGRATS!!!! Nothing is better than homemade chicken and dumplings!

  42. Congrats Rhoda! I am so excited and happy for you. Keep knocking them dead with your tasty dishes!


  43. Rhoda! So excited for your win. Congrats.

  44. So excited for you Rhoda!!! Im sure it was well deserved!!
    I linked up my thrifty treasure-its been a while since I’ve had something good to link up! its good to be back!!

  45. I am so happy for you Rhoda….it’s your time to shine dear friend……rest up…..can’t wait to hear all the details…..and congrats to your Mum too !!!!!!!

    All the best,
    xo Kathy 🙂

  46. Becky in 'Bama says:

    O-M happy-dance Gosh! That is such a blessing for you and us. That doorbell ringing is me and 500 of your closest blogging friends there to have a big bowl of the award winning chicken and dumplings. 🙂

  47. Thank you for highlighting my work! After a busy weekend it was finally time to sit down at the pc and read some emails. Low and behold there was my dresser pictured in the subscription email I got this morning from South Hospitality.
    Kristy @ 4 the love of WOOD

  48. Allison A. says:

    Congratulations to you! How exciting ! How fun for you and also your mom. Yay!!

  49. Winner winner chicken and dumpling dinner — that is such wonderful news to share. I love hearing good news from good people. Looking forward to hearing all about your entire CA trip.

  50. Congrats! I’m so excited for you. Must be a wonderful recipe!

  51. Woohoo!! Congrats on the win ….. when I looked at the recipes for the other three I thought they looked interesting, but nothing can compete with good old fashioned homemade chicken and dumplings. True comfort food!

  52. Congratulations, Rhoda! Awesome!

  53. Oh thanks so much for the feature!!! I do love my little $10 round table!!!

  54. Congratulations Rhoda!
    How wonderful for you!

    White Spray Paint

  55. Congratulations on the big win! I knew your mom’s recipe was fab and that you would make it excellently and also be an excellent spokesperson for Knorr. Way to go!!!

  56. Congrats on your win Rhoda!

    And thanks so much for your link party. Last week this party sent me 114 visits. Since I’m just getting started that’s a lot. I really appreciate it. I’ve added 2 this week, my Goodwill key and my thrifting finds from today.

    Again, Congrats! and Thanks!

  57. Congrats! You know the saying when life gives you lemons, make lemonade, well honey you are drowning in lemonade! You are doing s0 well!

  58. Yay!! That is so awesome! Congrats on winning the cookoff.

  59. lizzie beth says:

    So happy for you Rhoda…and so glad a classic home-cooked dish from the south won…a big congrats to your mom too! 🙂

  60. Wow, Rhoda, that is so cool that you won! I’m thrilled for you. Congrats!!! 🙂

  61. Congrats, Rhoda! What fun you’ll have!

  62. Oh Friend!!!

    I am so happy for you 🙂
    Just look at all the ways Abba is covering you
    with blessings, love and grace.
    Gonna have to try your recipe!

  63. Congrats! I’ll have to try making your Mom’s chicken and dumplings!

  64. Congrats on winning! You did your mama proud girl!! Love all of the features.


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