From Karm Girl To Farm Girl…Huh?

First off, what’s up with me doing 3 posts in a roll on cooking???  Something must be wrong with me…LOL ;)  Anyway…bear with me here, I’m sure it won’t last to much longer ;)


KARM~Knox Area Rescue Mission or Ministries one….I can’t remember… ;)   Karm is a local Thrift Store here in Knoxville, which I frequent quite often.  You never know what you will find, sometimes nothing, sometimes I hit the jack pot!   And, the last time I went, I hit it!

DSC06651 Found this, so sweet and summery looking compote.  It has the cutest butterflies,  lady bugs, bees, and dragon flies painted on it.  Guess how much I paid for this pretty????  $1.99 A buck, ninety nine!  No cracks, chips or distress of any kind!  A real Gem!

DSC06664 Well, You know I couldn’t wait to try it out…..

DSC06669 Banana Pudding was the first to call this compote home!  I’m already thinking about what will be next….something strawberry….HMMMM?

DSC06674Next, See the little RED barn tart burner?  Adorable isn’t it?!   Found this several months back at Big Lots. It’s Home Interiors…don’t know how Big Lots ended up with H.I. but I am glad they did!  It was a whopping $4.00.   I don’t know why, but it says, SUMMER to me so I set it out a couple days ago!  This time of year just puts me in a Farm Girl mood, but that little RED barn up there is as close as Farming as I will ever be, I guess!

DSC06679 Y’all didn’t think I wasn’t going to offer you some Nana Puddin did ya?  Would you like milk or coffee with your puddin?  Honey, I would pick the milk….WHY? …………….

DSC06657Cause, I found this milk at a local corner market and it is Delicious!!!!!  I am NOT a milk drinker, but this one I have been drinking!!!  You have to shake it Well cause all the good stuff settles to the top.  It is made of a local, Knoxville Farm and they have a blog here…..go by and say Hi to Colleen.  And all you K-towners….you can find this milk at several local markets, they (Cruze Family) have a list on their blog, where you can find it! Several area restaurants use this milk as well….you can read all about it on their blog.   They even have ice cream coming soon….OH HONEY!!!  Here’s what Colleen Cruze says about their Milk…..Our cows are on pasture 365 days a year and are never given hormones. Our milk is not homogenized. You will find our milk in many fruit markets, mom and pop grocery stores, and food cooperatives throughout East Tennessee. Our dairy is a state approved and inspected milk processing plant.

I really think it made my Nana Puddin taste BETTER!!!!! 


 I don’t know about you, but I love and prefer to buy local grown, harvested food!  We love to go to the Area Farmers Markets and do a lot our shopping!  You really get the freshest and the best of the best….meat, eggs, veggies, and now MILK! 


Thanks everybody for coming by today!  I’ll be around later to visit with all of you!  Blessings!!!!!!!!


Glenda/MidSouth said...

Love the compote. I have one (not decorated) that I have not used for years - I forget about it. That pudding looks so good, and I will have coffee with mine please - I don't do milk. :-)

Stacey said...

Hi Nancy! I just sat down here with my afternoon coffee and your post popped up. Yay!

I can't believe you got the compote all decorated and cute for such a great price. I'm just going to have to go to some thrift stores.

That banana pudding....I'd like a bigger serving please. :)

Are you packing your bags for the beach? It has been so beautiful here. The rain finally stopped and I'm just working in the yard.

Beth in NC said...

Sooooo, that is called a "compote" eh? I never knew. Ha. Well, it is mighty cute! And that pudding looks SO GOOD! Sigh.

I think the little barn is cute as well.


I have a compote and I never knew it. LOL

Sandra said...

What great finds! The banana pudding looks yummy!

Rechelle ~Walnuthaven Cottage~ said...

Great find and it look great all set with banana pudding. I'm not a banana person anymore, but the pudding looks good to me, lol!
I'll bet that milk is so creamy...mmmm
Hope you're having a grest day!

Stacey @ The Blessed Nest said...

Mmmm...that sure looks good! I'd buy that milk just for the sweet little label! Too cute for words :)!

Glenda/MidSouth said...
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Glenda/MidSouth said...

Forgot to add. The last time I was in the Big Lots here, they had some items from Home Interiors. Mainly candle holders/burners, but nothing as cute as yours.

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

That compote is adorable! What a great bargain. I would have bought that milk just for the cute label!

Mama said...

Hi, Nancy! Enjoyed this post: that is the cutest compote, but really? It's the banana pudding that does it for me. LOL -- you are quite the cook, I know!

Now, don't take this the wrong way, but I got such a sweet giggle when I read your note to "bare with me" (LOL) because "bare" means naked. I think you meant bear with me?

Sorry, it's the English teacher in me. I hope you giggled, too. No offense meant!

Love ya, Nancy!

Four Paws and Co said...

The compote was such a great find! I love banana pudding & now I want some really bad... guess I'll have to run to the store now... ☺ Diane

Kim said...

Hi Nancy!!!! I totally agree about buying local. And, coming from the "Garden State" - I have to brag that we have the best Jersey Corn, Jersey Tomatoes and right now we are gettin ready to pick our own strawberries - YUM!!

Lisa said...

What a sweet compote! And what a sweet deal (O: It was meant to be!

A Hint of Home said...

I love nanna pudding! I'll take some with milk, please. Your new dish is just as cute as can be and what a bargain.
I get my eggs from a local farmer and they are free of hormones, which I like.
Do you do your pudding with instant or the cooked kind.

bj said...

Good 'evenin', Mizz Nancy..
I am in love with that adorable makes that Banana Puddin' even better lookin', if that is possible. I love your little red barn, too. Sometimes, Big Lots has treasures and sometimes not...
Thanks for stopping by tonight...always so glad to see you've come visting.....
xo bj

Tammy518 said...

I love the compote and the tart burner! I've been frequenting Big Lots a lot lately but haven't seen that tart burner. You never know what you'll find there.

Free Art Printables said...

Love the compote! What a great deal! Jen

Brenda Pruitt said...

Firstly, I just realized I haven't made a banana puddin' in about ten or more years. Sad, isn't it? Secondly, I would buy that milk just for the picture of those kids on the front of the carton!

nikkicrumpet said...

What great bargains! And I'm with you...we used to buy whole milk from a local farmer when I lived in Utah...I LOVED it! I was so sorry to lose the chance to get it when we moved away.

the pleasures of homemaking said...

Oh yes, I prefer to buy local and I'm so excited that my little town is working on setting up a farmer's market in the square! That milk bottle is so cute! The compote is pretty and the pudding looks delish!


Cathy~Mille Fleur said...

I'll take my banana pudding with milk, please!!! This looks so yummy!!! I love your compote...what a deal you is darling!!! It looks so great with your little red house!!!

The picture of those precious kiddos on the milk carton is tooo sweet!!! Let me know when you make the strawberry goodies...I will be right over;)!!!

Have a wonderful day!!!

Ashley ~ said...

That dish is beautiful, and the banana puddin' looks SO YUMMY*!!!
I could get into some of that right about now*! (smile) _Ashley~

Unknown said...

Okay, now I want to go shopping with you to the thrift store and Southern Market. You are way too kind to say how much you like my pictures.... I am far from perfect... You should see my office. Messy!!!

I will trade you chicken tacos for banana pudding. K!


The Runyans said...


i took that picture of the boys on the milk!

yippee!! i finally made your blog!


Anonymous said...

Evening, Dear Sweet Nancy! Oh, I love the hand painted compote! I have a similar one! That banana pudding looks wonderful in it!
The little burner is adorable!
Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for popping in to see me!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Jessica said...

Morning Fancy~

I adore that compote but am now feeling a litte faint over your banana pudding~ I've been craving it all week!

Have a great Memorial weekend!

Big hugs~ J

Dawn Marie said...

the bowl is to die for, you surely did find some great finds. little tealight holder is so serene!

I've never made banana pudding, that does sound yummy.

Cathy~Mille Fleur said...

The tea is a loose black tea. It has the slightest flavor of fruit...I think that is why it tastes so good with the oranges. The orange enhances the flavor of the tea.
Have a great day!!!

Vintage Chicken said...


You hit the jackpot!

Oh and the chocolate pie recipe is a winner in my house - thanks so much for sharing your recipe! I am going to add this one to my list of dependable recipes! :)

Have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!

Deb said...


spotted the little lady bug right away...everything looks great

Barbara said...

Yes I agree you did hit a homerun with that beautiful compote. The pudding looks delicious and I wil have a glass of milk with mine.

Have a great weekend.

Angie said...

That compote is just adorable and that dessert looks delicious!

Anonymous said...

So cute Nancy....

I love to shop at Trader Joe's and Whole Foods...

Have a wonderful and safe holiday week-end...

Kathy :)

Stacey said...

Hi Nancy! It's Saturday. Just coming by to tell you to have a wonderful weekend! It's warm and beautiful here. We've been to the farmer's market and now my husband is smoking chickens. It's going to be a yummy dinner.

Talk to ya soon!


Aunt Spicy said...

No complaints here on the food posts! everything looks super yummy!

Melissa Miller said...

Oh I wish I could try that delicious looking cold milk Nancy. I've never that around here though.
Pass me a plate of that puddin' too! Yum, Yum!

Happy Memorial Day!
~Melissa :)

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

May you have a wonderful Memorial day weekend my friend...take good care of my couch ha ha!! one day I will show up with my really BIG purse for it...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Ginny said...

Ummm, I want that compote, please. I will pay you $3 for it LOL!
I like reading your blog, by the way.

Lady Katherine said...

Nancy, I love it! I always wanted one! Now I want one with ladybugs! I going to give painting on glass a try soon! Well too many projects! I need to make a list. For I love your ladybug trifle bowl!

Cathy~Mille Fleur said...

I wanted to stop by and wish you a wonderful Memorial Day!!!


Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Great bargains! That compote is so pretty.laurie

Kim said...

I finally got around to posting about my apron! Feel free to check it out!

Thanks again - it is darling!!

Missy Wertz said...

I love your dish! It is adorable! And I just love naner'puddin'. I made it to take to the pool yesterday. But if I had one of those compotes to put it in, I would have really been uptown sportin' to the pool and tennis club Memorial Day cookout. $1.99 to boot! Great find!