Stimulating the economy

16 Jun

Hi all! It’s 10:30pm and I am finally getting some down time. My time has been filled with packing and some fun. Shall we?

I was craving bar food like whoa last night. I didn’t want to go out and still need to go through stuff in my fridge so why not make something at home, right? I found a lone container of crescent rolls sitting in my fridge and I couldn’t even remember when I bought them or for what purpose. I’m not the kind of girl who will just buy crescent rolls since I could probably down seven or eight in a sitting and we just don’t need that.

I also had some Cracker Barrel Extra Sharp Cheese and Tyson Grilled & Ready Chicken and there you have the ingredients of dinner.

I sprinkled two crescent rolls with Penzey’s Mural of Flavor then threw in the chicken and cheese and wrapped up

Kinda, I really didn’t have a set plan on how I was going to make these and just tried to get them to stay together as a roll.

I also threw some kale, extra virgin olive oil, pepper and garlic together to make kale chips while that was cooking. They had the same cook time of about 15 minutes so it worked out perfectly.

Complete with some Chick Fil A Fat Free Honey Mustard for dipping. Yum.

Today, I helped boost the economy. I had a thrift store + lunch date with one of a new friend. What’s up with me meeting fabulous people right as I’m about to leave Charlotte? Can we say dislike?

We went to Mac’s Speedshop. Mac’s holds a special place in my heart. Mac’s holds a special place in my heart because it was one of the first restaurants I went to when I first moved to Charlotte and when out of towners ask where they should eat when they visit Charlotte, Mac’s is my answer.

And then when we were looking through the menu (which I just pretend to do since I get the same thing 99% of the time), it hit me that it would be my last time at Mac’s.

Farewell, Little Pig sandwich with a side of mac n cheese. We’ve had some good times together and will miss you dearly.

This is exactly how I want to remember you and your meaty goodness.

When I got home, Lincoln could send that I had some delicious for lunch. Sorry, little dog, no meat for you.

But let’s get back to me stimulating the economy today. I can’t say no to a deal and it all started with Big Lots.

I really don’t need these in the house but for $1, I needed to try these since Almond Joy is one of my all time favorite candies

Like little chocolate and coconut M&M’s….only better. This is what heaven tastes like.

I found some other good deals:

Can you tell I’m a wee bit obsessed with this anti aging stuff?

We went to Value Village to find some new threads. I am well aware I’m trying to get rid of stuff but I wanted to get a few skirts since it’s starting to get steamy out and if I’m going to get some skirts, it’s going to be at the VV.

$2.50. I love the pocket in the front and the inside is a sweatshirt like material!

This purse? Ok, well, it’s probably a bag but I deemed it my new summer purse, only $1.61! I didn’t even find this on my own, I walking to the cash register and saw this in a ladies shopping cart. I ooooohhhhed and ahhhhhhed when I saw it and pet it (because that’s the weird thing I do with purses) and she told me I could have it. I asked her four or five times if she was sure and she insisted so I did a happy dance and  walked away as quickly as I could before she changed her mind.



I’m not a let’s wear a white visor kind of girl but for $1, I definitely get down with it. Plus it will be good to wear on afternoon walks with the Linx so I can get that evil sunlight away from my face.

Now to my two favorite finds of the day:

Do I need brown and orange plaid trimmed shoes? No but they were only $3.50 and went perfectly with a dress I soon found after, also for only $3.50

I can’t wait to rock my $7 outfit!

What kind of moisturizer do you use?
What’s your favorite restaurant of all time—give me details!

Oh, if you are looking for some clothes or other goods, check out my ebay page. I’m selling some of my coworkers clothes and getting rid of other stuff.

24 Responses to “Stimulating the economy”

  1. Lisa June 16, 2011 at 11:01 pm #

    love the tank on you! such a great color.

    and those croistants with cheese? simple perfection.

  2. getfitwithjuju June 16, 2011 at 11:21 pm #

    I wish we could have sales like that over in nyc! My fave moisturizer right now is garnier and philosophy hope in a jar. Makes my skin feel so soft! I can’t choose what my favorite restaurant is. If the food is good, and I’m leaving full, then its a favorite.

  3. Jenn @ Peas and Crayons June 17, 2011 at 12:35 am #

    alright shopaholic – whats your fav for anti-aging? like EVERRRRR? I need something good! ❤

    • simplyshaka June 18, 2011 at 12:55 pm #

      LOL I know, I have a problem. I am an Olay girl all the way, I tried Hope in a Jar by Philosophy and wasn’t overly impressed at least not enough to spend the cash on it I used Olay regular moisturizer in the AM (has a spf 15) and their anti-aging night creaam (not sure what the real name of it is but it’s in a purple bottle) Thats about $20 a jar and I loved it, it smells good and very smooth!

  4. Liz June 17, 2011 at 3:20 am #

    You had me at crescent rolls…and cheese.

    I’ve been using Aveeno and I really like it. Usually I buy expensive stuff for no reason other than I assume it must be better…but nope. More money for shoes now.

    Cute dress!

    P.S. your comment on Alexs blog about dressing up the little animal was hilarious. We clearly have too much time on our hands.

  5. Amy @ Second City Randomness June 17, 2011 at 7:04 am #

    I rock out the aveeno moisturizer, too… I used to be strictly Mary Kay- but I ran out and grabbed Aveeno at walgreen’s and never looked back!

    Nice job on the cheesy rolls. I never would have thought about that…

  6. TheSceneFromMe June 17, 2011 at 7:56 am #

    That is such an adorable outfit! I think I need a VV in my city!

    • simplyshaka June 17, 2011 at 8:27 am #

      There are some in Indianapolis along with Value World!

  7. Jessica @ Stylish Stealthy and Healthy June 17, 2011 at 8:50 am #

    Those little sandwiches look AMAZING! I am so making something like that this weekend. I’m coming for you crescent rolls…
    And fab job at the thrift store, I love good finds like that!
    Oh and lastly I wear Neutrogena sensitive skin oil free moisturizer and it’s the only one I am loyal to 🙂

  8. Abby June 17, 2011 at 8:55 am #

    1) I love crescent rolls.
    2) I love “The” Big Lots, as we call it here. It can be scary at times, but other days it’s like winning the discount lottery or something.
    3) I would fight you for that bag, especially because it was under $2.
    4) After we fought for the bag (and I won–I’m not afraid to bite,) we would take Lincoln bye-bye car to a cute coffee shop/book store and I would buy you a latte to keep the peace–and stimulate the economy.
    Deal? Deal.

  9. Mindy@FSL June 17, 2011 at 9:30 am #

    I love that belt! Um, pork sandwich + mac & cheese?!?!?= me drooling on my laptop.

  10. diana@mymarblerye June 17, 2011 at 9:33 am #

    omfg. I need bbq and mac n cheese in my life right now!!! Anyways, my favorite restaurant is probably Bobby Flay’s Bar Americain. It’s simple dining but everything I’ve had there is tasty. Try it next time in nyc and let me know!

  11. Monique June 17, 2011 at 10:24 am #

    i am a philosophy girl! woot!

    great finds thrifty lady! (spanx!)

  12. Erin June 17, 2011 at 10:55 am #

    That cheese makes me so hungry. Love the dress! All for $7?! You can come shopping with me any time!

  13. Alyssa @ Life of bLyss June 17, 2011 at 12:55 pm #

    THOSE CHICKEN AND CHEESE ROLLS. they look so fa-reaking good.

    and! and! the almond joy pieces are some of my faves. I’ve never heard of anyone else who was impressed by them. alriiight.

    • simplyshaka June 18, 2011 at 12:53 pm #

      How can one NOT be impressed by them? They rock my world!!

  14. MelissaNibbles June 17, 2011 at 3:33 pm #

    The little rollup sandwiches look amazing. I love that Aveeno mousturizer and the dress looks great!

  15. Sara@Runninginpinkproject June 17, 2011 at 7:38 pm #

    Those shoes are cute!! There is nothing quite like a good deal. 🙂

  16. Monique June 17, 2011 at 9:08 pm #

    CUTE SHOES!!!! I love thrift shopping, especially since I don’t have much income right now. And I also like that chicken bake thing you made, sounds delish!!!! And girl, I feel your pain on moving…. EVERY TIME I’ve moved I’ve met really awesome people within the last month/week before leaving. It’s a bummer.

  17. Katie H June 17, 2011 at 9:14 pm #

    The croissants look amazing- you are so crafty! And thrifty too- love the seven dolla outfit. I use a stila tinted moisturizer if I’m going out and coconut oil before bed. Love it.

    • simplyshaka June 18, 2011 at 12:05 am #

      I’m tempted to try coconut oil on my face. Does it may you greasy at all?

      • Katie H June 19, 2011 at 10:47 am #

        I thought it would- it took me a long time to try it bc I was scared of that! Honestly I think it made my skin less greasy- it was no longer dry so it wasn’t overproducing oil or something scientific like that. Try it!

  18. thecookiebattle June 18, 2011 at 9:54 am #

    Um, chicken and cheese in crescent rolls? You are a genius. Patent that!

    I am pretty brand loyal to my moisturizers…I use L’Occitane. I used to work there and got hooked on their face creams…now I don’t work there and have to pay full price 😦 So worth it though, my skin is crazy.

  19. leashieloo June 18, 2011 at 9:24 pm #

    Really like what you did there with those crescent rolls, bread+cheese is my favorite combo. Er, one of them.

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