An Autumn Nickel Auction Party

To celebrate Fall (and clear out the closets and not spend any money on decor),
my girlfriends and I had a party.
A Nickel Auction.
In our basement cafe' and cinema room.

What is a "Nickel" Auction, you ask?

Well, basically, it is a group of women bidding on another woman's stuff
in increments of 5 cents, until one woman outbids all the other women
to win the one woman's stuff that she is auctioning.

Clear as mud.

It goes like this:

Everyone brings in $5 worth of nickels and 3 items to auction off.
Each person takes turns standing with their items, describing them, and their benefits
to the bidders, as the bidders raise their paddles, the price goes up in increments of a nickel.
When you have sold your own items to the other ladies, you have more $ to buy the other ladies' items.
So, the nicer the item you bring to auction off,
the better chance you have to make more money.
You can either keep your income or re-spend it on the other ladies' items.

We started the late morning party with a brunch I prepared.
(If you should host one of these, you could also ask the ladies to bring a dish to share.)

Fresh fruit.

Yogurt parfaits. Layer in wine glass:
Vanilla yogurt, granola, vanilla yogurt, granola, and top with fresh berries.

Triple berry scones and triple chocolate scones.

The teenagers played a game on the floor
(because they're young and can still get up off the floor easily)
while they waited on the adults to finish their food.

(I apologize for the pictures being so dark, our Cinema Room has no windows.)

Some items up for action:
pictures, a chair, trays, antique gessoed picture frames, eyebrow waxing, clocks,
planters, candlesticks, lamps, greenery, clothing, china, and holiday ware.

A terracotta fish being auctioned.

Bidding. Although we all had auction paddles, Karen liked using her finger instead.
(Rachael, her daughter is next to her, and I'm the one on the right.)

My Miss S (College girl) and her friend (my other daughter, Amber).

Ann can't decide if she wants to bid or not.

She does, she does want to bid!

(There's that gangsta, again.)

Suzanne auctions off a genuine, authentic, antique reproduction 
of the Declaration of Independence.
Which fetched a fair penny, ahem, nickel.
The teenagers fought over it, believe it or not! 

This is Mary Ann, she is Miss S's roommate at Furman University
(and one of my other "adopted" daughters). 
She is a History Major. 
She is one of the teenagers who fought over the D of I.

My Miss A keeps track of the auction totals for each item in the ledger book.
Chelsey decides how high she'd like to bid on the D of I.

This is Amara. She sees something she likes.

It's this.
An apple pie.
I believe it went for $7.00.
That's a lot of nickels, folks!

Then the clothes came out!
I have a screen that I found at a flea market a few years ago, that we tried things on behind.
It's in the middle of the picture below.

See all the nickels on the table?
(There's a colander, baby formula can, ceramic POPCORN bowl, and a Rubbermaid container.)

Bidding on clothes. 
Sweaters, dresses, jeans, dress pants, shoes. All sold for between 5 cents and a dollar!

My Miss S was the model for some things. Here is a Tommy Hilfiger pale blue sparkly sweater.

Hi, Sandra (she is the artist of the Eiffel tower and table/chairs on my cafe' chalkboard wall)!! 
(I see you creepin', Mary Ann!)

Jenni and Catherine fight over a tray or a chair or something.
Catherine scoots in to get a better look.

HEY!! I'm dressin' here!
Just noticed the crown over my head.

We had loads of fun!
Everyone came with something and everyone left with something.
Here's what I won, for $6.50.
An antique gessoed frame, which is now in our Master Bedroom.

Other pictures from the Cafe' de Sous Sol (Basement Coffee House).

Why sew a banner if you can draw one?
I also drew some frames, and Miss S made the art inside them.

She also wrote a love letter to all of us.

Caffeination Station.

I made the auction paddles from card stock, on which I printed numbers,
traced around a plate and cut out, glittered the edges with copper glitter,
black glittered the numbers, and hot glued to Lowe's paint sitcks.

I pray you are having a glorious Fall, thus far!
Give thanks!


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A New Season :: Autumn Printable

Today as I sat in the kitchen looking out the window,
I was pondering why I loved Fall so much.
Inspired, I wrote this.

I wanted to share it with you.

We all need reminders of His grace.
We all need a gentle breeze to blow away our past.
We all need a new season.
That's what hope is all about.

(Save it to a folder on your computer,
and re-size in a Word Document to print, if you like.)


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Glazed Cranberry-Orange Bread

The cranberries are here!
The cranberries are here!

I was just minding my own business, following the shopping list,
when I went to pick a pint of tomatoes and guess what I saw?
Yep. Cranberries. (Can't get nuthin' past YOU!)
So, I had to buy some. 
I love them.
And I baked this:

And used the recipe from my Better Homes & Gardens "NEW" COOK BOOK 
that is actually 30 years old.

Meet my ol' faithful, the cookbook that I have had the longest.
The one that never fails me.
I think my hubby, Mark, bought it for himself before he went to college.
He had it when we met.
We married and I think it's the only thing of his that is left from our dating days!

I love this recipe.

It's easy, yummy, low-fat (not that I cared), and makes the house smell like Fall.
Or a cranberry candle.

Glazed Cranberry Orange Bread

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

3 medium oranges (shred peel from one, set aside. Squeeze juice from all, keep 3/4 c. for bread, 1 tbsp. for glaze)
1 beaten egg
2 tablespoons oil
2 cups flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup chopped cranberries 
1/2 cup walnuts (if you like)
1 cup sifted powdered sugar (Miss Lovely, our South Korean exchange student told us that she calls this sugar powder, not powdered sugar. I think it sounds prettier, don't you?)
(Also, you can make your own powdered sugar, it's easy, see how HERE.)

Whisk O.J., egg, oil, and 1 tsp. of grated orange peel.

Add remaining dry ingredients.

Fold in cranberries.

 This makes 1 loaf or two mini loaves.
Bake 1 loaf for 45 -50 minutes. Mini loaves for 25-30 minutes.

Cool in pans 10 minutes, the completely on wire racks.

Mix sugar powder, 1 tsp. grated orange peel, and reserved tablespoon of orange juice.

You know what to do next.

And after that, PLEASE try to save some for the rest of the family, okay?


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