Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

My intention this morning was to make a zucchini loaf, I already made one and it was delicious, I had the zucchini to make another one but no can of crushed pineapple.  I didn't want to run out to the store, when you're in the mood for baking, you just want to get started, so I made muffins instead - those three speckled bananas were begging to be used!!

My husband picked up this cookbook for me a few years ago, it has the best "Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins" - it's the one I always make!

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

3 large bananas, mashed

1/4 cup butter/margarine, softened

1 cup white sugar

1 egg

1 tsp. vanilla

1 1/2 cups flour

1/2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. cinnamon

1 cup chocolate chips

Combine sugar and margarine, blend well.  Add egg, mashed bananas and vanilla.  Fold in dry ingredients.  Add chocolate chips.  Bake at 375 for 20 minutes.  

Hot out of the oven...

Eat them with a speck of butter or plain - either way, they're delicious!!!

Monday, September 15, 2014

More Vera for Me!!

I don't usually do an entire post on finding Vera scarves but I am today because in the past week I've found seven vintage Vera scarves - that brings my collection up to two hundred and fifty one scarves!  I'm thrilled to find that many, I just have to share!!

I hadn't been to the local thrifts in a month since I'd been away, they must have been waiting there just for me.

Four beauties at the Salvation Army - $1 each.  I love to find those big bold geometric patterns.

At the other thrift down the road, I found two more, I couldn't believe my luck.  This was crazy, I only paid 25 cents each!!!

I was away this past weekend, no trip away is complete without getting to a thrift or two - I was rewarded at a Value Village with this cute piano key scarf - I paid $2.99 for this one, still that's not a bad price.

My week was complete - it makes me happy when I come out of a thrift with some Vera!!

My blogging friend, Joann is starting a new linky party, it's called Vintage Bliss Tuesday and as you may have guessed, it's about  all those wonderful thrift and yard sale items you find, as well as vintage things you may have in your home that are part of your family history - link your post right here, that's what I'm going to do!!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Vintage from Home!

I said I would share some things I brought from my PEI house in the last post, so here they are.

Finally, we had enough room in the car to bring back these radios - I've wanted to drag them home for a while and I've placed them on a corner shelf already.  I thought I had them cleaned up nicely but after taking these pictures, they might need a little more work!!

I remember this was placed on top of the fridge - no, it doesn't work and the other one definitely doesn't work!

Dad must have picked this up from some relative, I never saw it before.  I'm pretty sure it's a Bakelite radio - love it!!

I've wanted to bring this flower bowl back for a while too, I so wanted to put some pansies in it because I remember Mom doing that, sadly, my pansies didn't make it when I was away!!   I looked this piece up in Mom's trusty Depression Glass book - the true name is "Old Colony" but also called "Lace Edge".  There's a little bonus with that, another little glass frog was inside it.  This pattern was made from 1935-1938.

Sometimes you recognize things that other people find and post - that was the way with these plastic plates, as soon as I saw them I knew we had them!  They were still there -   I found them packed away in a box with some ornaments.  Don't they really look like glass?  They're really delicate!!!

I found this up in a cupboard..

Neighbours of ours gave me this for Christmas in 1974 - I wrote it on the little tag - she plays "Somewhere my Love" - why I have left it there all this time, I don't know.   I always thought she was so pretty and notice it's a Josef!

What was the sense of leaving my little Easter cup  - it's here and ready for next Easter now..

Mom kept a lot of my things from when I was small, this is something else that I thought was still around - I just bought a few pieces - my tin play dishes.

Yes, these are my squeak toys - I think I  must have liked cats way more than I do now, his ears and tail are chewed up pretty good!!

Now that I've blogged about it all, I can put it away!!!

Joining in at Thirftasaurus  and We Call it Junkin- I didn't pay anything for these things but they're still the kind of things we all love!!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Things I Found in the Maritimes

I'm back from holidays and it's back to all things normal now  - back to the old routine.  I wouldn't mind at all to still be on Prince Edward Island - walking the beach for seaglass - oh, well, I'll be back next year!!!  I didn't even read a blog post the whole time I was away, Instagram was pretty well all I paid attention to in the cyberworld, because I like it so much!!

We timed our trip for Eastern Canada's largest flea market with up to 900 vendors and 1,000 tables - it all takes place in Sussex, New Brunswick, we had been there years and years ago but it has surely grown since then.  We walked around for a couple of hours, Gary picked this Santa up right away for $2, then he had to carry that around for the rest of the time.

He was starting to feel bad for me because there was just nothing I saw that I wanted to buy - we were ready to leave and went down one more row - there was a big Pyrex display -there were a lot of pieces, but at this stage of my collection, I don't need much but I've been wanting these for ages - I bought them both for $25.

My lucky day- Golden Poinsetta which was a holiday promotional in 1961.  Neither one had lids but that didn't matter to me.

The Holiday casserole has a few scratches on it but that didn't stop me - I have never seen these pieces before for a price I could afford, I'm so happy to find them.  The flea market was worth it, after all.

I found a little pink elephant glass too for 25 cents!!

We were out touring one day on Prince Edward Island, there is one area that has four or five antique shops, most of it way too expensive for me.  But, I managed to get something.

These Made in Japan pixies were marked at $3 each, I got up to the cash and noticed the guy on the left was missing part of his ear - they were mine for $3 total. They're so cute!!

These are just perfect - they look like something from Japan as well - $2.

Another Christmas book for those future grandchildren.

Of course, there were Vera's - at one thrift I found four and that day they were half off - I love that place!!!

I brought a few things back from the PEI house too - I'll share those in another post.

Linking up with Dawn and her History and Home Link Party at We Call it Junkin - check it out!  It's also time for Thriftasaurus.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Postcrossing - It's Fun!

I joined up with "Postcrossing" five months ago, I first heard of it on a Facebook group - have you heard of it?   It's an online postcard exchange - it's all about sending and receiving cards from all over the world.  Postcrossing began in 2005, there are over 489,000 members in 212 different countries.  I used to collect postcards, then I sold them for quite a while on Ebay, so it really appealed to me, in that five month period, I've sent 56 postcards and received 54.  I think it would be the greatest thing for kids to get into - here is the website where you can read all about it

Here's my 54 postcards received..

My first card came from Australia, since then they're come from all corners of the world - Russia, Germany, Latvia, Netherlands, China, USA, Finland, Belarus, Portugal, Ukraine, South Africa, Ireland, Japan, Hong Kong, Czech Republic, Austria and Switzerland - it's so fun to get one from a new country. 

And, the stamps are so beautiful..


You can state on your profile which kind of cards that you'd like to receive, here's some of my faves that I've received.

The one challenge involved, in my area, anyway is finding postcards - you just don't see them like you used to.   Canada Post sells them and they're prepaid, which makes for a very nice deal as you can send them anywhere in the world, but the variety is not that great.  It's hard hard to find them, I went to a major tourist attraction in my area and asked for postcards, they had one and it wasn't nice, the response to my question was that no one sends postcards anymore, everything is online.  Apparently not, if there are nearly 500,000 Postcrossers worldwide - just waiting  for a nice postcard in their mailbox!!


Thursday, August 7, 2014

Binge Watching on Netflix

We are one of the approximately 5.8 million Canadians that use Netflix - do you use Netflix?  

Who even heard of the term "binge watching" before Netflix came along.  I have to say, we're guilty of it and we're binge watching right now, it's "The Killing, " we started it last Friday night and finished the first season on Tuesday night - it is so addictive and the good news is there's four seasons available.  I recommend this show!!

Before that we watched "Bates Motel" in the same way - in  a mad frenzy!!

And the same thing happened with "Lilyhammer"

When we subscribed to Netflix, our first show was "Orange is the New Black" we were amazed that you could watch a tv show that way - we were frantically watching that one too and then when the second season came out a couple of months ago, we started watching it that very night!!  

I really enjoy "Downton Abbey" and "Call the Midwife" now I enjoy "Mr. Selfridge" just as much- I watched the first season on Netflix, just in time to tune into the second season on tv.

We've also watched every episode of "Suits" on Netflix - that one is just ok for me..

"House of Lies" wasn't too bad...

My husband is watching "House of Cards" - I'm not interested in that one, at all!

We watch the odd movie on there too, but it seems to be mostly about "the series" watching - it hooks us right in.   Are you hooked on any Netflix shows?

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

My World Through Instagram

I love Instagram!!  I've had my iPhone for about a year and a half, it wasn't too long after I had it that my blogging friend, Holly, introduced me to it - at first I was mostly taking pictures of thrifting finds but now it has progressed for me, trying to get better shots, taking part in Instagram challenges, I always have my phone at the ready, you just never know when a picture opportunity will arise.  We are heading out for vacation next week, I anticipate a lot of picture opportunities, a lot!!!

I thought I'd share a few of my favourites with you this morning..

Flowers make beautiful shots and even wild flowers on the side of the road!

I might have to pull over at any time!

I've been very interested in old signs lately, they're few and far between around here but I'm always on the lookout!  They just don't make them like this any more!

Then, there is always food!!!

There's always something to take a picture of - at home (Pyrex and my kitchen), a store promotion on the sidewalk, M&M containers at Walmart!

This was my first picture I took today - dogwood in the back yard.

My very favourite picture I've taken, so far, has to be this locust on my Gerbera Daisy.  I watched him a long time and took a lot of pictures to get this one!

Join the fun if you haven't - you can follow me on Instagram right here