Thursday Things


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Here are this week’s Thursday Things:

1. I need a free-standing storage unit for my living/family room area for dishes, books, knick-knacks, and just stuff. Between a stand mixer, a Vita-Mix, and enough random little plates to start my own thrift shop some days, my kitchen storage area is maxed out.

I am storing my books and cookbooks in boxes and in random parts of my house and they’re not all in one place because I don’t have proper shelving and storage. Need to fix this.

2. This unit from West Elm would be lovely. Part open, part glass doors, part solid doors. A nice balance.

West Elm Storage unit

I actually got a great modular storage unit from Ikea for Skylar’s room (the Trofast line) a few years ago. The storage system is worth its weight in gold.

I need to poke around the Ikea site and do some research but it’s one of those don’t even want to start researching it because I’ll drive myself crazy with options type projects. It would be easier to just get the West Elm but then I wouldn’t get to drive myself crazy researching the options. See how I am?

3. Last week when I went to the mall and someone got lucky with a pair of boots, well mama got lucky when she saw this: a sale at Anthropologie.

Unfortunately, a sale doesn’t necessarily mean affordable. Tiny bowls are still $20 bucks and plates are still $10 dollars each and up, but anything beats full price.

Crates of dishware at anthropologie

4. I picked up a few little plates. Half were on sale, half weren’t.

The things I really want never tend to be the things on sale. Funny how that works.

DIfferent colored plates

5. If I get more storage in my house then I can buy more at Anthro, right? Can I borrow your credit card while I’m at it?

Anthropologie store inside

6. Bloody Mary Tomatoes sound fabulous. I love bloody Mary’s.

Hate the sodium, but love the taste. The spicier the better.

Tasting table white text on black background

7. Popsicle maker. Yes, you could just freeze your popsicle “batter”; you don’t need a “maker”. But I’m all about quirky, fun gadgets. Unless they’re $50 bucks.

This one makes popsicles in 10 minutes after you first freeze the base (for a few hours).

Popsicle maker

8. I picked up these for $4.99 and they’ve been working like a charm. Who needs quirky $50 gadgets anyway.

Recipes are coming for some popsicles and frozen treats (hopefully before summer is over).

9. Mango Banana Vanilla Softserve (vegan, GF) is more fun to eat push-up style than in a bowl.

Mango and banana in blender

And eating it from a mold beats eating it straight from the Vita-Mix canister.

Mango Banana Vanilla Softserve

10. Adorable old-fashioned style straws from Sweet Lulu.

Way too many adorable baking supplies, party supplies, and party favors under one roof.

colorful straws listed on website

Cupcake Liner Pick-a-Mix. I want these which would mean I’d have to make more cupcakes. Oh darn.

Cupcake Liner Pick-a-Mix

3 Musketeers Marshmallow Candy-Stuffed White Chocolate Cupcakes with Fluffy Vanilla Buttercream would look much better in cute liners.

Marshmallow Candy-Stuffed White Chocolate Cupcakes with Fluffy Vanilla Buttercream

What are your Thursday Things?

Feel free to link up anything you’ve made, done, seen, tried, or bought that’s fabulous.

If you have any fun kitchenware sites you love, link those up because I always need cute cupcake liners.

Do you have any storage systems that you love?

Link it up because I’d love to hear about it.

I would like to keep it as classy as possible considering it’s going to be in my living room. In general, big huge plastic storage bins and carts on wheels don’t scream stylish and chic, but at least they’re functional. Ideally I’d like something that doesn’t break the bank, looks great, and is functional.

Have a great (almost) long weekend!


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  1. Oh, Averie! You just opened up a whole can of worms for me with those Anthropologie pictures! I haven’t been there in so long and I totally forgot about their amazing kitchen stuff! MUST. GO. NOW.

  2. The mango and banana vanilla soft serve sounds so good, and refreshing and healthy!

  3. I can totally relate to your comment about the things you want not being the ones on sale. I have a long-standing joke with my friends and fiance that, if you show me five similar items without prices on them, I have a knack for deciding that the most expensive one is the one I like the best. I chalk it up to having a good internal quality-meter…recognizing, of course, that quality and high price don’t always go hand in hand…but it’s not exactly a talent I like having, either. It makes it more difficult to indulge my tastes when they’re expensive ones. =)

    1. “I have a knack for deciding that the most expensive one is the one I like the best.” = I have had that knack since childhood, too. Ask my mother! lol

  4. Great list of things, I adore Ikea for cheap storage and have a few of the EXPEDIT shelves in our office, gym, and set up as a stylish TV stand in the master bedroom for a fraction of the cost of a “real” TV stand. :-P Good thing hubby does not mind putting them together!

    1. Ikea furniture assembly is one thing you have to take into consideration, for sure, when buying from them!

  5. I just got into the pospicle craze recently! Didn’t buy anything fancy, just some $2 molds at Walgreens :P They get the job done!

  6. Love your Thursday Things – so many fun, cute interesting things. Love those plates.

  7. Averie,
    Love those plates you picked up, especially the blue one, gorgeous! I’m in the exact same boat with my dish storage. I’ve been hitting the Antique stores and literally haven’t purchased good buys because I don’t want them on the dining room table piling up.
    I can’t wait to see your pop sicles. I tried making those incredible Spring Flower Popsicles in Family Fresh Cooking but mine were so plain in comparison…I just ate them without photographing. :(
    Lots of sales this weekend. Hope you can find some storage that matches how classy your room is now, good luck! Sometimes the fun is all in the looking for me.

    1. Glad you tried a new recipe (Marla is a dear friend of mine!) and yes, sometimes the fun is in the looking, you’re right!

  8. Love anthro, although there isn’t one even close to me which is a stroke of luck. I just moved back home and there were some built in shelves in the kitchen not being used for anything so I stocked alllll of my linens, bowls, kitchen gadgets, and cookbooks there. It was a perfect fit for me.

    1. I need something like that, big time. You seem to have the best luck with things just falling from the sky into your lap lately :)

      1. it’s funny you say that because beyond what I’ve been blogging about, several other things have been completely random strokes of luck and serendipity this past week!

  9. I bought a house that’s pretty fabulous.

    I need to get some storage units like that also. There areounly about 4 closets in my entire house, and that is not enough room for all my stuff! There is an attic, but that doesn’t do much for storage of things i actually use. My bedroom doesn’t even have a closet! But there is a tiny bedroom across the hall that is basically a walk-in closet.

    I saw those push-pop molds and I so want them! I have never gotten into the banana soft serve because I don’t want to eat it out of a bowl like that. I think I’d be down with the molds though. MIght have to have my mom pick some up and bring them to me. Thanks for the link!

    1. I think you’d love the molds and the price is right. You have to hold them inside a big cup when pouring the liquid into them and freeze them that way (there’s no fancy base unit – but that just takes up storage anyway), but for the price, they’re just fine!

  10. very fun post! I am with rachel and want to go shopping! Have a super holiday

  11. Oh yes, I need to borrow someone’s credit card for an Anthro shopping spree, too! I could spend my life’s savings in there, easily! Have a great long weekend, Averie :)

  12. That unit is gorgeous. Storage is tough for me, I never have enough space.

  13. I recently made lentil-mushroom burgers ( vegan) and these were a huge hit w/ my hubby (who is as carnivorous as they come). Recipe is from June issue of Outside magazine ( They were a little more labor intensive than I usually like, but I did part of the recipe right after lunch and put it in the fridge, then added everything else before dinner and formed the patties for cooking. I also cut the recipe in half and still had 6 huge patties…and they were delish!

  14. So many things I love in this post! I was just window shopping on West last night. It took a LOT of discipline not to add anything to the shopping cart!!

    I have colored striped straws! I haven’t had a chance to use them yet.

    If you get a shelf/organizer, get one with doors. Keeps dust out much easier! If you have a spare bedroom it might have to become your storage and studio. :)

    1. Sadly no spare bedrooms. Every square inch is accounted for in this urban pad. Online West Elm window shopping and not putting anything into your cart takes major discipline :)