1950s wools skirt by Sporteens-Hand-Me-Ups
Scarf-something my mother-in-law brought back from a trip to China in the 90s
Dior earrings-Thrift World
Dan isn't very interested in presents, but I did want to get him something for his birthday, so we settled on a new weather station. Our old one wasn't working well, and it was something we purchased for his 8th Birthday-so it was time to upgrade. The new one has all sorts of sensors for UV light, pollution, etc. I was pleased to see how quickly it set up and how accurate it was for registering both inside and outside data. He's linked it up online as a local weather station so everyone in the neighbourhood can see the readings. I'm glad he likes it because he's worked so hard this year and I wanted to acknowledge it. It was trickier trying to figure out a theme for his birthday cake. I like to do novelty cakes based on his particular interests. Over the years this has been everything from movies, to sports, to that one time I did the Periodic Table in decorated cookies. That was challenging. This year, about the only thing he's found enjoyment in stuck at home since March is, root beer. The soft drink. I should explain. When I do the grocery shopping I try to get things that are a little special to try and make being at home a little less miserable. For Mr. ETB that's a package of beef jerky. For Dan it is root beer. There's so many different brands of root beer/sarsaparilla that I just started buying an assortment. While 2020 hasn't had much to look forward to (other than it being over) every couple of weeks there's some fancy soft drinks. Maybe you can tell where this is headed, but yeah-I'm baking a cake in the shape of a can of root beer. A Swiss roll decorated to look like a can of A&W shouldn't be too difficult. I bought some root beer flavoured extract to bake the cake and flavour the icing. Anyway, I have a couple weeks to work out the details, but no matter what, it will still be easier than the periodic table was!
1 1/2 cups plain flour (AP)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup regular sugar
3/4 cup cold margarine (or butter) cut into pieces
1 1/2 cup oats (regular or quick)
Enough mincemeat to cover a layer-about 2 cups
Line a 9x13 pan with parchment or grease well. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, and sugars. Cut in the margarine until crumbly. Mix in the oats. Press 2/3 of the mixture into the pan. Top with the mincemeat, and then gently press the remaining crumbs onto the top.
Bake 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in the pan, on a rack. Makes about a dozen squares.
Vintage Nolan Miller Dynasty (the TV show) collection jacket-Goodwill
Skirt-K Mart, years ago
Vintage velour poloneck-Jordan Marsh, 90s
Jacket and skirt-Goodwill
Handbag-New Life Thrift
Years ago, I bought this sweater for Danny. He's since outgrown it, so I've reclaimed it though it is a bit large in the arms. I only bought it because it had a tag from Carson Pirie Scott and Co. a long-gone Chicago department store. I was always more of a Marshall Field's woman for clothing, but Carson's had a better perfume counter. Anyway, the sweater is a lovely acrylic that does a very convincing job of looking and feeling like wool, but with the ease of laundering in the machine and tumble drying. By the label, I'd guess it was late 60s/early 70s.
Vintage Carson Pirie Scott sweater-New Life Thrift
Vintage reindeer brooch-Goodwill
80s beaded shirt-Can't remember
Velvet skirt-K Mart, years ago
Earrings-Big Lots years ago
Black tunic under shirt-Dots-about 20 years ago (That's getting your money out of fast fashion)
Ann Taylor boots-Goodwill
80s shirt-Thrift World
Belt-New Life Thrift
Earrings and brooch-Goodwill
Tights-Filene's retail 90s. They're still holding up!
Our local garden centre was selling Omaha themed ornaments. As we live along Dodge Street (the front of our complex is on Dodge, the rear on Burt) this was pretty much the perfect item for our "fancy ornament of the year" purchase. I only buy one retail ornament a year-I'm stubborn that way. It is glass, and very fragile. I also came home with a large poinsettia that was so perfect the boys thought it was fake(!) and a large rosemary plant topiaried into the shape of a Christmas tree. I buy one every year and then they go out into the garden in spring. They typically last a few years before getting too woody, but I enjoy a fresh one for the sunny kitchen window to keep everything smelling nice all winter.