Great Gluten Free Lemon Squares

October 13, 2013 at 7:09 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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First beat together:

1 Cup softened Butter

1/2 Cup sugar

2 Cups gluten free Flour

Once its all crumbly and mixed together (I used an electric mixer for a few minutes), press into the bottom of a 9 x 13 inch pan. Bake at 350º for 15 -20 minutes until it is golden and firm.

Meanwhile…. beat together:

4 Eggs

1 1/2 Cups Sugar

1/2 Cup Gluten Free Flour

1 Tsp. Salt

1/2 Tsp. Baking Powder

3/4 Cup Lemon Juice (the secret is fresh squeezed lemons) 

Pour over baked crust and bake another 20 minutes in that 350º oven. Sift powdered sugar over it and let cool for 2 hours.Cut into squares and enjoy!







Yes, I’m Still Alive

October 1, 2013 at 3:22 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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I have no idea how long it’s been since I’ve posted here. I pretty much keep up with far away friends with Facebook and email so there isn’t a whole lot of my life left to discuss on here! I’ve cut back on my thrift shopping of late although I’ve been evolving stylistically so lots of items in my wardrobe are headed out the door to the next Clothes Swap and lots of linen and cotton layers have been replacing them (thrifted, of course!). I’m really into a style referred to as “Lagenlook” which is a German word meaning ‘layered look’. It’s a little bohemian, a little Japanese, a little Swedish…

I’ve been loving Portland’s (Portland, Maine) First Friday Artwalk and have several arty friends who display work both on the street and in galleries. Very exciting! Below is a photo from our last FFA.


I’ve become completely, unabashedly addicted to Pinterest. If you’d like to see what I’ve been up to, you can see reflections of my interests and bits of my life by looking at my boards. Lots of art, household tips and tricks, style guides, thrifting tips – you name it, it’s probably there. Here is a link:

Hope all is well with you!


Beach baby

July 13, 2012 at 11:42 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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I burn if i look out the window and a tiny sliver of sunlight touches me so generally I avoid the beach. But kids love water and sand and the weatherman predicted temperatures in the 90’s today so off to the (lake) beach we went!




Visiting Hubs At Work

July 9, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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A couple weeks ago we decided to “go see where Daddy works” so we met Richie in Lewiston where he had been down inside a stinky manhole down under the street. He smelled heinous. But we hung out with him for a bit while he took a break. The girls got to try on his hard hat. They were tickled to see him at work and check out his gear.

Getting Rid of That Thrift Store Smell

June 23, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Posted in auction, budget, CLEANING, coffee, flea market, Goodwill, NEAT STUFF, shopping, SUPPLIES, thrifting, thrifty, Uncategorized, Vintage | 7 Comments
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If you love thrifting like I do, chances are you will bring home something that has that awful musty smell. Sometimes it’s a book. Sometimes it’s a vintage suitcase. It could be a dresser or other piece of furniture. Mold, mildew, mustiness, cigarette smoke, moth balls, old lady perfume, or someone just used too much fragranced detergent. Whatever the unpleasant smell is, if you thrift, you know what I’m talking about. Sometimes that great item from a yard sale, eBay, Etsy, Goodwill, or inherited from your great aunt Sally, just smells BAD. And life is too short to live with bad smells. Ick.

I found some great tips for getting rid of that awfulness. Depending on how powerful the smell is and how saturated the item is, you may need to use more than one of these tips to totally rid it of the funk. I’ve tried a lot of these but a couple were new to me too!

  1. BAKING SODA — This is usually the first thing I try. There is always some in the house and it requires almost no effort. If the smell is in a book, you need to put the book into some sort of container with a lid first. A large cooking pot works. Vintage tins would work too. Leave the book inside the container with an open box of baking soda or put the soda into a small dixie cup next to the book. If the smell is in furniture, you’ll need more than one box baking soda. If it is a dresser, you can use individual open boxes in each drawer or pour a bit into a bowl or small open container and leave it inside the drawer for a few days. Depending on the power of the smell, you may need to leave it for weeks. (If you aren’t going to use the furniture for a while, you just set it up and forget about it for awhile.)
  2. DAMPRID — This product is great for sucking moisture out of the air in a closet or other swampy area of your house. It also works to get rid of smells that are moisture based like mold or mildew. You can usually find it at the dollar store, but if not, you can usually find it at larger grocery stores or Walmart. First clean off any mold or mildew from the surface of the object. Then use the Damprid just like you would use Baking Soda. It’s just a more powerful option which is great if you are impatient like me.
  3. SUNLIGHT — Leaving your laundry out on the line to dry makes it smell great – fresh and clean. This works for musty tablecloths or garments that the previous owner stored in mothballs. I also hate when I buy a piece of clothing and it was washed and dried with WAY TOO MUCH fabric softener. Since I’m allergic to fabric softener and lots of fragrances, this is especially annoying. If you don’t have a clothesline, put the fabric item on a hanger and hang it in the sunshine on a tree or porch railing. As long as air and sunlight can get to it for a large part of the day. Again, depending on the saturation, this could take anywhere from a few hours to multiple days.
  4. PINESOLOkay, personally I can’t stand the stuff. It burns my nose and sinuses and so you’ll never find the stuff anywhere near my house. (the product tagline is “The powerful scent of real clean.”) But some folks swear by the stuff. If you like the smell, more power to you. Folks say that you can water it down a bit and scrub the item with a brush to really get into the crevices. Be sure to let the item dry thoroughly though or you’ll have new smells due to excess moisture. Kinda defeats the purpose if your cleaning method makes things worse.)  So…..If you can stand the stuff, go for it!
  5. COFFEE GROUNDS (or beans) — Personally, I can’t see wasting perfectly good coffee this way but I suppose you could buy a really cheap brand of ground coffee just for this purpose. I would never drink pre-ground coffee. For shame! (yes, I’m a coffee snob) If you’ve ever shopped for perfume, you may have had the salesperson hand you a small cup of coffee beans to cleanse your palette between different fragrances. Same principle.
  6. DRYER SHEETS — Since this is another item I never use due to allergies, it’s not a method I use. Plus, a lot of times they really just cover up the underlying smell. Sort of like spraying “air freshener” after someone stinks up your bathroom. You still have toilet stink but the air freshener fragrance sort of adds to it. In my book this is just worse. Again, you might love dryer sheets and this is the perfect product for you. If so, rub the dryer sheet all over the surface of the item or put the dryer sheet into a closed container with the the item (or inside a drawer) just like the baking soda method.
  7.  SCENTED CANDLE — Basically this is just like the dryer sheet; it covers up the smell but doesn’t get rid of it entirely. You burn a scented candle in close proximity to the item.
  8. LAUNDERING — Don’t underestimate the power of your washing machine. Add Oxyclean (or equivalent) to the wash. It is great for dissolving oils, stains and scents. Just remember NOT to wash the item with your normal laundry. If it requires more than one cycle to rid it of the smell, it can add the horrible smell to the rest of your clothes. I learned this one the hard way. Also, make sure the machine isn’t totally loaded up. The smaller the load, the more effective the Oxyclean is. If running it through your machine isn’t working, you can also dissolve a bunch of the Oxyclean into a large bowl or plastic bucket and then add the item. Let it soak for a few hours or days, depending on how bad it is. Oxyclean is seriously my best friend. It rocks.
  9. HOT MILK – Some people say this works like baking soda to absorb bad smells. Frankly, I wouldn’t want to waste the milk. That stuff costs more than gasoline!
  10. VINEGAR — You can add vinegar to your regular wash and it will act like dryer sheets to make your stuff softer. But the vinegar smell doesn’t always wash out so this isn’t a method I usually use. Vinegar cleans all kinds of stuff. It gets rid of water scale in your coffee maker or funk in your dishwasher. But again, you have to rinse it SO MUCH to get rid of the vinegar smell. I used it to clean a coffee maker once and mistakenly made coffee thinking the vinegar smell was gone. SO GROSS. It seriously takes a lot of rinsing. Other folks say you can but heated up vinegar nearby the object to absorb the smell. I’m just not a big fan of vinegar smell so….yeah, it might work if you aren’t lazy like me. Okay, enough about vinegar.
  11. MURPHY’S OIL SOAP – This is great for cleaning musty furniture. And it smells a heck of a lot better than nasty ol’ Pinesol. Just spray it on or dunk the item in a bucket of the diluted soap (same mixture that you’d use to clean a hardwood floor). Then just give it a really good scrub.
  12. ENZYME PET SPRAY – The sprays that you use to get pet urine smells and stains out of fabrics or hard surfaces also works to rid the item of other smells. It can cost a bit (I get mine really cheap at Big Lots or a local salvage store) but you can’t beat it for speed or easiness.
  13. RANDOM OTHER STUFF — Other folks swear by this other stuff but since I’ve never tried them, I can’t attest to how well they work. If you try one of them and it works out, lemme know! TEA TREE OIL, CARPET FRESHENER, ACTIVATED CHARCOAL (or charcoal for barbecue grills), WADDED UP NEWSPAPER (changed daily), KITTY LITTER, PAINTING IT WITH HEAVY PRIMER, VANILLA EXTRACT, CEDAR CHIPS (the kind from the pet store for the bottom of cages is an inexpensive source), BORAX, BLEACH (using bleach scares me because I’ve ruined lots of stuff because I didn’t add the right ratio of water), TILEX, VODKA (seriously? $$$!), LEMONS, APPLES (sliced), POTATOS, and BARS OF SOAP.

If one method isn’t working or you don’t have the patience to let that method work it’s magic, try another. I’ve been told that TIME rids all things of smell but I’ve never found this to be true. The quicker you tackle the smell, the less chances you have of it migrating to other stuff.


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SO awesome – you have no idea

June 5, 2012 at 9:32 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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“I am awesome beyond all human understanding!!!”

I’m thinking that should be my new personal catch phrase. It’s less offensive than my old favorite (to be said with a cocked head, an Elvis snarl, and hands like cocked guns) “Suck It.”.

Anyone else out there have a favorite catch phrase? For a while I favored the Princess Bride line, “As you wishhh”. But that just seemed so servitude-ish. As it is, whenever I hear someone say the words, “It’s possible”, I can’t help myself….I’m COMPELLED to say “PIG!”. If you’re from my generation and (sadly) can say all the lines in Princess Bride along with the characters, you’ll know what I’m talking about.

The generation before mine was all about Caddyshack (never seen more than commercials for it featuring golfers and a gopher puppet peeking out of the ground) or Animal House (another one I’ve never seen. Now Airplane was a movie chock full of quotable lines….(First person: “What do you make of it?” Second person: “Well, i could make a hat, a pterodactyl, a brooch…”) or the priceless, “Boy, I sure picked the wrong week to stop sniffing glue.”

Overlapping and following my generation were quoters of Napoleon Dynomite. Seems like there are some other quotable movies like that but I can’t think of them at the moment. Maybe after I’ve reached my prescribed caffeine intake, it will come to me. In the meantime, can you drop me a comment and let me know the movies I’ve missed quoting from?


-Lady Blah Blah

New Windham Goodwill

June 1, 2012 at 9:28 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Last week the bigger brand new Windham Goodwill opened its doors for the first time. The old location was small and, except for their books, there was not ever enough space to have much of a selection. The construction of the new location (off of 302 down the same driveway/road that you take to go to Walmart) had me pretty excited all winter in eager expectation of the grand opening!


So I finally checked it out today for the first time. The floor plan is identical to the fairly new Auburn location. Like the Auburn store, it was well organized, clean, and well lit. However, like most of the Goodwills I’ve been to in the past six months or so, the prices were higher than they really should be. When the sign reads, “Dresses $4.99”, then the majority of the dresses should be that price. Not $7.99, 9.99, and $14.99! Come on now, Goodwill. You get the clothes FOR FREE. Why do you have to be greedy about it?

However, one good thing about a grand opening location is that it is stocked full of the best stuff for at least the first few weeks or so. This means lots of items in like new condition or with the original tags still on them. Normally, if I see an item marked at more than the standard rack price ($4.99), if it isn’t on sale, I just keep on walking. However, today I ended up trying on a few of them and falling so deeply in love that they came home with me. Not all of them, mind you. But several. I found a well made, heavy weight cotton DKNY sundress, tags still on it, that wasn’t see through, can be washed, and fit me like a dream! I’ve been searching recently for a bright white light sweater made of natural fabrics and found a gorgeous cotton one by Bass that was just what I’ve been searching for and was brand new with the original store tags to boot! I found a few other like new quality pieces and some really cute kids clothes (at the standard $1.99 price point Sweet!) for my girls.



I also found a pair of vintage lace-up shoes that were new old stock. There were a couple of identical pairs with traces of the tissue paper they were wrapped in still on them. I’m guessing they are from the 60’s or early 70’s. Love! I also noticed a large number of pairs donated from L.L.Beans. Typically, GW marks them way too high so I just wait till they go on clearance or end up at the Buy-The-Pound location (more on that later). But I found a pair of kid-leather soft tie up booties that were mistakenly displayed in the men’s section. (Not only do female customers hide shoes in that isle, but there are enough careless/dumb employees who stock women’s shoes in that isle that it is always worth perusing, just in case.) They were brand new but marked a crazy $14.99. I put one on before I realized this and the softness and comfort had already sucked me in. I walked around the store for the next hour or so with that one bootie on one foot and my croc on the other, just to test it out to see if the cushy softness would eventually wear off and dissolve into discomfort. Surprisingly the cushy soft magic didn’t wear off in all that time so I ended up reasoning that I’d never be able to afford those boots, even on clearance outlet prices, if i bought them anywhere else. So with that justification in mind, they also came home with me.

While walking around, I overheard one woman say to her friend, “I’ll be honest with you – I’m not impressed.” I heard this same basic conversation several times. Also, sometimes the people doing the pricing get a little TOO excited when an item still has its store tags. Every so often, you find one that is priced at MORE than the original tag. Tsk, tsk! Shame on you, GW!


All in all, it was a fun afternoon and I left with quite a bit of stuff I was excited about. I don’t have any plans to rush back there anytime soon. But I did leave with treasures, which IS the real point to a trip to GW, afterall.

Home Depot ….for free

May 31, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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So i was at the transfer station today… For anyone who doesn’t know what that is— instead of taking our trash and recyclables to a dump, we take them to an intermediate site where we can sort and dump each kind of “trash” and then it is transferred elsewhere to its best final destination. The smaller town transfer stations have separate dumpsters for different kinds of plastics, paper, cardboard, and unclassifiable stuff that goes into a landfill. The larger ones ALSO have sections for oversized plastics like lawn furniture, car seats, and 20 gallon buckets. The Gray location has a building for stuff too good for the trash like books, clothes, and housewares which I call “The Free Store”. They also have sections for large appliances, one for windows and doors, one for sinks and toilets, one for pressure treated wood, and one for wood stumps and branches. They have more sections than i just mentioned but let me just say….it’s a picker’s paradise!

Anyway, I spent an hour or so collecting coupons and the occasional (current) magazine issue. Then I was encouraged by the employees to help myself to some large plastic items. I got some tiny toys, a replacement lid for one of my trash cans and a few lids for storage totes as well as some empty dvd containers (so the girls have no excuse to leave their DVDs out after they watch them).
Then I perused the other glorious mountains of junk/treasure.

After seeing the mountains of toilets, sinks, lawn furniture, wood, doors, windows, and other goodies, I can’t imagine ever needing to go to Home Depot again. I’ve been wanting to build an old door greenhouse… thinking it would take me years of curb browsing to find enough. Now I’m thinking that I could load up my van once or twice and be good to go!








WOOD, WOOD, AND MORE WOOD (while i was there, a truck pulled up and dumped out a whole bunkbed, broken dressers and headboards, and a vintage wicker stroller).

All in all, a fun fun afternoon!

Glorious weather…

May 31, 2012 at 8:32 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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After days and days of dark skies and downpours and thunder and lighting (felt like we were living in a black and white old Frankenstein movie) the SUN IS SHINING ONCE MORE!!!

It is truly remarkable how the weather and seasons effect a person’s mood, especially in New England. The negative ions and rain have made the air smell great and trees and lawns are so lush and green now. It makes want to go outside and play just as much as my six year old!

The sun streaming in the windows and mild, warm temperatures makes me want to dig in and get some cleaning and organizing done. The washer and dryer all already going. My daily postcard is already in the mailbox waiting on the mail lady (we seem to have only women postmen. Not sure why. And different ones depending on the day. Is this the route that nobody wants? Weird.). I’m thinking it’s time to finally rid myself of the mountains of recyclables filling the mudroom.

I hope your day is equally sunshiny!


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