My Obsession and Passion for Ebay

Over a decade ago I set out on a mission to start selling on EBay. It took me many years to figure it out. The basic concept was like the stock market buy low sell high.

There are so many different niches on EBay. I found mine with clothing, mainly for the sole reason that it made it convient to shop for clothes for my own family a the same time. I am by no means rich but my children have worn some of the top designer’s clothes that only cost me a couple of dollars.

A few years back I had the opportunity to be filmed about my EBay business. It was such a fun experience. The best part was that I ended up becoming friends with the news anchor. She is just as sweet as she was on television. I thought it would be fun to give you a chance to see me in action, shopping and explaining my EBay business.

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Fresh Strawberry Yogurt Cake

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I made this cake for our family dinner last Sunday and just had to share. It is so moist and light. The only thing I think that would have made this cake better is a dollop of homemade whipped cream.

I used this recipe I found on Pinterest, Fresh Strawberry Yogurt Cake

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Sunday Prep Day

I like to be prepared as I can be for the week ahead. I would love to say I do this because I am an ultra organized person but in all honesty it is because I don’t function well in the morning. It takes about 3 cups of coffee to get me moving. Which means yes, I’m the mom in the carpool line with bedhead and wearing a coat that covers up my pajamas; much to my children’s dismay.

I start by making all of my kids and hubby’s lunches for the next day. This provides for a smoother morning just in case we accidently oversleep. It doesn’t however guarantee they wont forget to grab their lunches on the way out the door to work or school. This happens more often then I would like, but by lunch time I am fully caffeinated and appropriately dressed so that I can drive their forgotten lunches up to school.

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Next I steep enough tea for the week. This is mainly for my husband and I. This week I made orange mint green tea. Once you learn how simple it is to make some fresh energizing tea ahead of time you will feel more creative about making your own flavor combinations. Next week I’m going to try steeping my tea with cucumbers and strawberries. Keep the tea in the fridge and it stays fresh all week.

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Now to the baking. I try and offer a healthy breakfast option that my family can just grab and go. I bake three varieties of muffins and or breakfast cookies. This is what I tried this week; healthy zucchini muffins,  carrot cake oatmeal cookies and applesauce oat muffins. The applesauce oat muffins were hands down my family’s favorite. I always double each recipe and freeze the extras. I individually wrap each muffin and then put them in a freezer zip-lock bag.

Hopefully these ideas will help you out if your morning are anything like mine.

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Deep Dish Apple Pie

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My hubby is a lover of all things apple. Every year for his birthday I make an apple pie from scratch for him. It has been my quest throughout our marriage to take my pie making game up a level each year. This year after he tasted this pie he actually had a tear in his eye. Success!

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For the crust I found what I would consider one of the best pie crust recipes ever discovered. Click this link for the pie crust. I blended my pie crust ingredients in my Ninja blender on pulse. It was amazingly simple this way which is great for me since I HATE making pie dough. I then separated it into 2 equal parts and wrapped each one in plastic wrap. I let it rest for an hour. Then roll out one of the parts of dough and lay in a 2 inch deep pie dish.

Ingredient List:

10 apples of your choosing, red for a sweeter pie and green for a more tart pie

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 cup butter

Topping:

1 egg white combined with 3T of water

1/8 cup granulated sugar mixed with 1/2 tsp. cinnamon

Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.

First peel, core and slice all of the apples. I use a potato peeler for all my apple. Next in a large bowl add all of the ingredients except the butter and toppings. Mix by hand until all of the apple slices are coated in the sugar and flour mixture. If your apples are extra juicy you may need to add more flour. Place the apple mixture in your prepared pie crust. Cut 1/4 cup of butter into small pieces and randomly place them on the apples.

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Then roll out the top crust. I don’t worry about the shape of the top crust as long as it is an even thickness and can cover the top of the pie. Once you lay the top crust over the apples I use kitchen scissors to trim the edges. After the top crust has been trimmed I pinch the bottom crust and the top crust together with my fingers.

Cut 4-6 slits on the top of the pie to let the steam escape while baking. Then take your egg wash and brush lightly all over the top off the pie. Sprinkle the cinnamon and sugar mixture over the top.

Place the pie on a baking sheet and put in a pre-heated oven at 350 degrees for 60-90 minutes. Check every 30 minutes to make sure the edges of the crust aren’t getting too dark. If you notice the edges getting too dark remove the pie from the oven and cover the edges with aluminum foil then return to the oven.

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Just try and let all of this deliciousness cool before grabbing a fork and digging in.

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I’ve Been Nominated for the Liebster Award!

Great to see established bloggers lifting up a newbie.

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I am so delighted to have been nominated for a Liebster award by a fellow blogger!

The Liebster award is open to new bloggers that have been blogging for under two years and have less than 1K followers. It is a wonderful honor that encourages newbies, like myself, by introducing them to a wider audience, and providing empowerment with a pat on the back that says, “Hey! We see you! And we love what you’ve got going on!”

Now, when the hysterical Alexis of Mrs. Mombie nominated me, she explained that this award did not, in fact, involve “heavy gold trophy ladies,” but was an opportunity for fellow bloggers to recognize their colleagues.

You mean one of my favorite bloggers considered me as someone worth reading and recognizing? DAY.MADE.

Alexis and I met on Instagram – and by met, I mean I kind of stalked her for a few months, admiring…

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