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dear mae,

i recently gave myself the gift of a new work space.  my poor computer hasn’t had a proper place to live since we moved here. it has spent the majority of the last two years sitting on the kitchen table. that’s class. it cost me nothing to get my little home office set up, just a bit of rearranging.  this desk was tucked in my bedroom collecting dust and junk for a year before i realized that it’s a desk. for a computer. duh, put it in the living room. it’s in really ugly shape so i draped some fabric over it. good as new. kind of.

thank goodness for goodwill! lamp:$1.50, seriously. map:$5.00, maybe, i got it a long time ago, so i don’t really remember. oh, and the desk and chair were dumpster finds. did i mention how classy i am?
is it crazy of me to match my markers to the map? maybe, but who cares? i do, that’s who, and i like it.
hey look! i can see my house from here!

the map is one of my favorite things. it’s the portland metro area and includes little ol’ wilsonville.  tom spotted it rolled up at goodwill and it was so huge we decided just to buy it without knowing what it was.  there are tiny little post-its all over it that were there when we unrolled it.  i’m not really sure what they mean, but i’m thinking that it used to be in one of the distribution centers in town (hollywood video and rite aid both used to ship out of wilsonville, and coke still does).

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dear mae,

so far for me, the best part about being pregnant is collecting all of the tiny little sweet smelling baby items i’ll need when my little guy finally gets here.  i’ve been painting old furniture, sewing curtains, crafting like a mad woman…. and it’s awesome.  finally his little corner of the world is coming together ready for late night feedings, story book reading, diaper changes, and i’m certain it’s never going to look this nice again, so i’d better get some pictures up before he gets here and destroys his beautiful nursery!

art is from land of nod and ikea, crib is from target and the deer pillow was my very first baby craft

both lamps are goodwill finds, the red one got a fresh coat of paint, but the blue one already fit in just right!baby doesn’t have a whole lot of toys  of his own just yet, so tom’s robot collection is saving a shelf for now.this globe is another brilliant goodwill find, only $6!
oh, my baby stands no chance but to be a nerd…. i spy a dalek and a tardis, a gameboy, superman, number twenty four, maths…. and that’s only on one side of his room!

i’ve been spending a lot of time in this little room, and it’s becoming quite cozy, i hope my little guy likes it in there as much as i do!

<3,

betty

p.s. my personal favorite part is the marquee letter lights! i made them myself for less that $20 with this tutorial!

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dear mae,

believe it or not, i’m still roaming planet earth, just a little more zombie like than before.  my world has been a whirlwind of doctors appointment’s, eating, sleeping, knitting and eating, a lot of eating.  every time someone says being pregnant gives me the goahead to eat whatever i want, i want to punch them. what it really means is i should be eating as well and as healthy as i can because i will be doing a lot of eating. even with that said i can no longer squeeze my butt into any of my pre-pregnancy pants, and barely into a skirt. my wardrobe is limited to baby-doll dresses and leggings. i look like the 90’s. now where’d that denim jacket go?

anywho, enough groaning. i did manage to come up with a recipe that i think everyone would enjoy! it may seem daunting to make your own granola from scratch, but it’s actually quite fun! i love to wander up and down the bulk foods isle at the supermarket choosing seeds and nuts and dried fruits to pair up.  i’m not a label snob (when it comes to food) but it’s nice to know every last ingredient in my breakfast cereal, and wonderful for those of you who are!

ingredients:

3 cups rolled oats

1 cup slivered almonds

1 cup pumpkin seeds

1 tsp ground cloves

1 tsp cinnimon

1 tsp ground ginger

1/4 cup honey

1/2 cup dried cranberries

1/2 cup dried blueberries

*note: most of these ingredients can be swapped, replaced, skipped, added to, ratios changed, whathaveyou. these are the ingredients i used for this particular batch, but i’ve made it with lots of different fruit/nut/seed combos, or try maple syrup instead of honey if its what you’ve got on hand, you could even add some chocolate chips if you wanted, yum! (even my measurments are approximate, i count 1 scoop at the bulk food isle to be about a cup.)

preheat your oven to 350.

mix your oats, nuts, seeds, spices and honey in a big bowl

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spread it all out on a baking sheet

bake for about 10-15 minutes (i can usually tell it’s done when the whole house smells like cookies, but don’t let it burn!)

carefully transfer your granola to a bowl with a lid and stir in your fruits (and chocolate chips if you feel so inclined).  your granola can be kept in the fridge indefinitely, but i’m sure it won’t last that long!!Image

i usually eat mine in a bowl with soy milk, but it is also awesome on yogurt or ice cream.

give it a try! next time i think i’m going to try it with banana chips, maybe pistachios…. let me know if you try it, and what worked out for you!

❤ forever,

betty

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dear mae,

i recently purchased the august 1966 issue of better homes and gardens.  i love love love reading old magazines! the articles about how to clean your husbands socks, what are the new and hip wedding gifts,  and how to encourage good posture in your children will seemingly never go out of date, nor will that sideways wall mounted pink refrigerator! the best/worst part of magazines from the fifties and sixties are the recipes.

the first image here is some kind of lemon orange jello mold with mixed can fruit and mini marshmallows.  not too icky, until you top it with cream cheese and shredded cheddar. werid.
the center recipe is frozen mayonnaise  filled with canned fruit and cream cheese. barf.
the last recipe is another fruit filled jello, topped with sour cream (had whipped cream not been invented yet?) and mini marshmallows. close, but still not quite right…

all of these ideas are about 1 step away from sounding delicious, but i do like the idea of taking a prepackaged food or dessert mix and turning it into something a little closer to home made.  so i’ve been doing just that! here is the deliciousness that i have created!

recipe courtosy of kraftrecipies.com

what you need to make it

  • 2 pkg.pumpkin spice pudding mix
  • cinnamon
  • 2 cups cold milk
  • 1  grahm cracker pie crust
  • 1 tub whipped cream
what you need to do to make it

beat dry pudding mixes, cinnamon and milk with whisk 2 min.; spread 1-1/2 cups onto bottom of crust.  stir 1-1/2 cups whipped cream into remaining pudding; spread over layer in crust. top with remaining whipped cream. chill 1 hour. Sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg before serving

yum-tastic, and super easy!

<3, betty

oh, if anyone is interested in the actual recipes from he magazine for any reason, i would be happy to share them as the picture i took of the magazine doesn’t read very well.

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dear mae,

i got super giddy when i snagged this little ditty from my dearest local thrift.  it’s the super seventies doughnut phone!  there is even a sticker on the inside of the handle with the qvc ordering line, as well as the previous owner’s membership number.  it’s the little things that remind me of why i collect vintage things to begin with, every thing has a story, even if i don’t know it. i can imagine some bored housewife sitting in front of the set, rotary dialing over and over because she keeps getting the busy signal, until she finally gets to order that diamond tennis bracelet at bargain discount prices.

sitting at home playing bored housewife. it’s a lot like playing house, only there are real dishes to be done.
i bought this print from ikea with hanging it above this phone in mind.

makes me want to get a phone line.  it might be nice to have one any how, but so much nicer to have a fun phone to plug into it!

<3, betty

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dear mae,

i just built myself a new shower curtain, bought some fresh new towels and hung some girlie bits up on my bathroom wall and thought i’d share it!  i bought some 1960’s playboy magazines (i get it for the articles) and framed up the centerfold, as well as some sexy sailors.  i really wish i could paint the walls pink or teal, but alas, apartment living.

even tom agreed that we need a few more gents up on the wall, it’s a little boobie heavy.  (oh i don’t know if you can tell, but my cotton swabs match my towels, how neat is that?!)

<3,

betty

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hey mae!

it’s been a mere 6 months since we packed up everything and moved clear across the country, and i couldn’t be more satisfied with what i’ve done to this meager apartment in such a short period of time.  this is more like a progress report because nothing stays where it is for long in this place, and there are a few things this place needs in order to be a wee bit cozier.

i’m going to start the tour by saying that we spent a grand total of fifty dollars on all of our furniture in the living room, and not too much more than that on our accessories. talk about decoration on a small budget!

 this area is still lacking some proper coat hooks, now everything’s just hanging on screws.
i’ve been meaning to pick up some taper candles to stick in these bottles, but it keeps slipping my mind.
i worked out some curtains for my front window, but they are just tacked to the wall. keeping my eye out for a reasonably priced curtain rod.  oh, and check out my sweet view of the garages across the street. jealous yet?
this sofa used to be a $30 thrift store disaster, but with the help of my entire fabric scrap collection and one million finger pricks, it is a scandinavian dreamsicle. also,  i’ve had a sudden obsession with scouring the resale shops art isle. you can’t imagine the weird stuff that goes on in there.
florence really needs a better place to stand. she keeps falling over, or jumping out and scaring people.  oh, and yes that’s a bb-gun on the wall there.

i can’t tell if this place is going to turn out to be more wack-a-doodle than our last apartment, but i do miss my mustache mirror and my cardboard fireplace.  it does feel much more grown up in here, and a lot less cluttered, and i’m not sure if that’s a good thing or not.

❤ always,

betty

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