Tuesday, April 01, 2014

New Beginning!

My family and I have started a new beginning!  You can follow us on our adventure HERE.

The first post is HERE.

I'm not sure if I'll continue this blog yet, or not, but the other blog is pretty much daily posts, so if you have me linked up in a sidebar or blogroll, please consider updating it to the new blog.

Thank you, and please join me!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Tag, I'm It!

1:Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed?
Open.  My bathrobes are inside.

2:Do you take the shampoos and conditioner bottles from hotel?

3:Do you sleep with your sheets tucked in or out?
All over the place.

4:Have you ever stolen a street sign before?

5:Do you like to use post-it notes?
I have them, but rarely use them.

6:Do you cut out coupons but then never use them?

7:Would you rather be attacked by a big bear or a swarm of a bees?
I think I could handle the bees better than the bear.

8:Do you have freckles?

9:Do you always smile for pictures?

10:What is your biggest pet peeve?
The inability to keep my house to my standard of clean!

11:Do you ever count your steps when you walk?

12:Have you ever peed in the woods?

13:What about pooped in the woods?

14:Do you ever dance even if theres no music playing?

15:Do you chew your pens and pencils?

16:How many people have you slept with this week?

17:What size is your bed?

18:What is your Song of the week?
Don't have one.

19:Is it okay for guys to wear pink?

20:Do you still watch cartoons?
I watch My Little Pony with my daughter.

21:Whats your least favorite movie?
I recently found out about a horror  movie called The Girl Next Door.  The plot line and IMDB parental review were enough to make me so very sad that it was even made and people are entertained by it, especially since it is based on a true story.  So very sad.

22:Where would you bury hidden treasure if you had some?
Why would I tell you?

23:What do you drink with dinner?

24:What do you dip a chicken nugget in?
Honey or ketchup

25:What is your favorite food?
Don't really have one particular favorite.  I like lots of foods.

26:What movies could you watch over and over and still love?
How to Marry a Millionaire, Last of the Mohicans, The Village, The Illusionist, Little Women, pretty much any Jane Austen movie, Some Like it Hot, Rob Roy, and probably others...just can't think of them right now.

27:Last person you kissed/kissed you?

28:Were you ever a boy/girl scout?

29:Would you ever strip or pose nude in a magazine?

30:When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper?
Too long.  Facebook kind of ruined letter writing.

31:Can you change the oil on a car?

32:Ever gotten a speeding ticket?

33:Ever ran out of gas?

34:Favorite kind of sandwich?
Grilled Cheese

35:Best thing to eat for breakfast?
My smoothies, or scrambled eggs, sprouted grain toast with homemade butter and raw honey

36:What is your usual bedtime?

37:Are you lazy?
Yes....which is why I'm wasting time doing these questions.

38:When you were a kid, what did you dress up as for Halloween?
I remember being an angel one year and a bunny another, but after that we stopped celebrating Halloween.  

39:What is your Chinese astrological sign?
No idea.

40:How many languages can you speak?
Fluently?  English.  I took French in school, German and Welsh in college, Scottish Gaelic private lessons.

41:Do you have any magazine subscriptions?
Yes.  I just subscribed to English Home!

42:Which are better legos or lincoln logs?

43:Are you stubborn?
I can be.

44:Who is better...Leno or Letterman?
I don't have TV.

45:Ever watch soap operas?
I don't have TV.  (I watch My Little Pony on Netflix or YouTube)

46:Are you afraid of heights?
No, it's the sudden stop when falling that I'm afraid of.

47:Do you sing in the car?

48:Do you sing in the shower?

49:Do you dance in the car?

50:Ever used a gun?

51:Last time you got a portrait taken by a photographer?
About 2 weeks ago.

52:Do you think musicals are cheesy?
Yeah, but I still like some of them.

53:Is Christmas stressful?

54:Ever eat a pierogi?
Every Christmas!

55:Favorite type of fruit pie?
Pumpkin is a fruit, right?

56:Occupations you wanted to be when you were a kid?
A bank teller, until I learned they weren't rich just because they work with money.
A cop, until I learned about all  the criminal work they do.
A veterinarian until I learned how long college would take.

57:Do you believe in ghosts?

58:Ever have a Deja-vu feeling?
All. The. Time.

59:Take a vitamin daily?

60:Wear slippers?
Yes, to avoid feeling the grit on my floors.  I seriously cannot vacuum enough!

61:Wear a bath robe?

62:What do you wear to bed?
None of your business.

63:First concert?
Runrig in Inverness, Scotland on Y2K

64:Wal-Mart, Target or Kmart?
I am a Target Snob!

65:Nike or Adidas?

66:Cheetos Or Fritos?
Yuck. Neither.

67:Peanuts or Sunflower seeds?

68:Ever hear of the group Tres Bien?

69:Ever take dance lessons?

70:Is there a profession you picture your future spouse doing?
I hope I don't have a future spouse.  I like the one I have.

71:Can you curl your tongue?

72:Ever won a spelling bee?

73:Have you ever cried because you were so happy?

74:Own any record albums?

75:Own a record player?

76:Regularly burn incense?

77:Ever been in love?

78:Who would you like to see in concert?
Not sure.

79:What was the last concert you saw?
Runrig in Inverness, Scotland on Y2K

80:Hot tea or cold tea?

81:Tea or coffee?

82:Sugar or snickerdoodles?
Oatmeal raisin

83:Can you swim well?
If by swim you mean lounging in a raft in a heated pool, then yes.

84:Can you hold your breath without holding your nose?

85:Are you patient?
Not as much as I used to be.

86:DJ or band, at a wedding?
CD player

87:Ever won a contest?

88:Ever have plastic surgery?
Does Laser Eye count? 

89:Which are better black or green olives?

90:Can you knit or crochet?

91:Best room for a fireplace?
Living room, but it is cold in my basement right now.  Wouldn't mind one in my basement.

92:Do you want to get married?
Did it!

93:If married, how long have you been married?
Married for 12 years!

94:Who was your HS crush?
The most popular boy in my grade.
95:Do you cry and throw a fit until you get your own way?
Ummmm...sometimes.  Sometimes it feels like no one listens until I hit ballistic level.

96:Do you have kids?

97:Do you want kids?
I'd better, I have them!  LOL!

98:Whats your favorite color?
don't have one, I like lots.

99:Do you miss anyone right now?
I miss hubby.  Time to log off and go cuddle.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Brazilian Orange Cake

I had a small basket of Cara Cara oranges and tangerines getting past their snacking prime.  I hated the idea of throwing them away, so I started pouring over my cookbooks for a recipe for an orange cake that uses just the juice, not the rind.  
In The Illustrated Encyclopedia of American Cooking (The Southwestern Company, 1986)
I found the Brazilian Orange Cake.

The cake is made with orange juice (freshly squeezed from my thin-skinned citrus), eggs (separated, but both parts used), flour, sugar baking powder and vanilla.

The recipe does not indicate the use of any sort of frosting, so I made my own out of heavy cream.
I whipped the cream with a bit of cream of tartar, powdered sugar and vanilla.  I topped half the cake with the whipped cream and shredded coconut and left the other half I left just the whipped cream.

It was moist, soft, delicious, not very orange-y, and a hit.  

There is nothing like a homemade cake.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

This Time of Year

Sunbeams pour into our south and west windows this time of year.
Even on days of single digit temperatures, the sunbeams warm the house nicely.
I wish I had to a cat to watch enjoy the beams.
For now, my toes had the opportunity.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

A Fun Find For Five

Dishwashing Gloves, Scrubber and Drain Sieve for $5.00 at Big Lots!
Washing dishes is a little more fun now.
(And yes, that's my countertop.  Original 1950's...came with the house.)

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Farewell to Shirley Temple

The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer
My favorite Shirley Temple movie.
They don't make them like that anymore...I mean both Shirley Temple and movies.

Time For Frugality Again

Everyone is shocked.  Everyone is aghast.  Utility bills in this area are going up up up like crazy!  Complaints are pouring in to the companies and the government and Facebook news feeds, but in the meantime, the bills must be paid.

It is the season of lay offs, too, and a very cold winter to boot.

So, it is a time to revisit those old ideas for saving money.  I have a load of laundry hanging on the lines in our (thankfully heated...thank you so much, hubby) basement instead of running the dryer.  It isn't much, but it's a start.  I'll have to start taking quicker showers instead of lounging until the hot water runs out.  It was my one luxury, but now that I have my basement room-of-my-own, I can do without the loooooong showers.

Have you had to cut back?  Do you have any frugal ideas to share?  Please comment, if you do!

Monday, February 10, 2014

A Healthy Dose of Narcissism

Spoon can be purchased through Milk and Honey Luxuries

I've discovered something recently.  Allowing yourself to do something for yourself actually helps you NOT become selfish!

*forehead smack*


I spent most of my life in the uncomfortable paradox of deferring to the other party while still remaining rather self-centered.  That eventually leads to a boiled over pot of resentment and entitlement.

Add to that the self-giving life of young motherhood and I was beginning to forget who I was and what I even really liked or wanted to do.  I ended up not wanting to do....anything...at least until somebody did something for me!

Thankfully, hubby picked up on my desperation, a friend encouraged me to speak up and validated my need to refill my tank, and some opportunities arose to...as cliche as it sounds...find myself.  I gave myself permission.

And I am so much better for it!

Sunday, February 09, 2014

Giving Teal A Chance

There's a color from the Atomic Era that started standing out to me, recently.  Teal (or turquoise...shades within that color family)!

And I've decided to give teal a chance.

My kitchen is a cute Atomic blue, cherry red and white with chrome trim.

But my basement retreat I hope to transform into a softer 1950's color scheme.
Pink, Teal and Cream (with maybe a lavender velveteen thrown in there).

I plan on trying teal with a lamp for my workstation.  

So, off I went to Aunt Katie's Attic (no, I'm not getting paid to advertise for them, but it is my asylum, currently.  I go there to unwind.) but I did not find what I was looking for.  

Ebay didn't yield anything I really loved, or they were too expensive.

I am browsing Etsy right now, but again, price is an issue.

Teal is popular at Target in their teen line.  I may settle for that, but I want a gloriously large lamp, not a desk lamp.

There's Goodwill.  I could try there.

Otherwise, I could repurpose.  Do they make teal spray paint?

Saturday, February 08, 2014

Friday, February 07, 2014

My Own Little Corner

As our family grew and our little cottage...well...didn't grow, I pretty much lost my little corners to myself, giving them up for the needs of a growing family.  Unfortunately, my introverted need for my own space and quiet is still here.  Like the lady in the etching (Susanna Wesley?), I need my "apron over my head" time.

So, hubby and I decided that the play area in the basement I made for our daughter (who never uses it now that she has her own bedroom) shall be transformed into mom's retreat.

Let's see if I am able to snag that pink chaise from my photoshoot for that area.  Oooohhh...and to shop for a retro-looking indoor/outdoor rug!  Hmmmm....I may have to ask hubby to do some rewiring so I can have a small chandelier and a power strip for my sewing machine and other do-dads.  Is there enough room for a TV and DVD player so I can exercise down here?

I'm going to have fun planning this!

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Sweet On Snapshots Vintage Photoshoot!

I recently had a vintage photoshoot done with Sweet On Snapshots at Aunt Katie's Attic.  Here are some of the photographs:

Not liking what I'm hearing!
I love that Chaise, though.  I want it!

My curls actually stayed in!
The coat is mine.  It is vintage seal fur!  I bought it on Ebay nearly a decade ago.  I may have to buy that hat, though.
Did I mention that I LOVE that coat?

There's that suit!

What to make for dinner?  Isn't that apron divine?  The waistband of it is velvet!  Available at Aunt Katie's Attic, along with the phone above, the cookbook and the whisk.

This one is my favorite.  It was totally a candid shot, not posed as the cat wouldn't cooperate, but it came out so well!  I feel so vintage movie star-ish in this one.  I know I don't have that pin-up face (roundish, button nose, straight hairline), but this is just so much fun to do!!

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Latest Vintage Finds!

A beautiful vintage blouse, a February 1949 issues of Woman's Day and The Home Menu Cook Book from the 1930's were all found at Aunt Katie's Attic.
Vintage Ralph Lauren Equestrian Vest.  Ebay!

Vintage 1930's Jodhpurs.  Another Ebay find.

A Vintage 40's or 50's skirt suit discovered at Aunt Katie's Attic.  Fits me like a glove!

Saturday, January 04, 2014

Birthday Book Haul

Last month was my birthday and so came the fun of receiving and using gift cards.  I bought a foot massager with my Kohl's card, but used my Amazon and Barnes and Noble cards to get these beauties.