Friday, November 26, 2010

Love in Jars

I've fallen in love with things that can be made in jars. Crazy?? I think not! I made individual pumpkin pies in jars for cute are those! Perfect size and easy enough to top off with whipped cream or ice cream.

Pumpkin Pie in a jar
Pumpkin Pie Recipe

Peppermint Stick Cocoa in a jar
Peppermint Stick Cocoa Recipe
Bird Labels

This is one yummy cocoa recipe and I plan to give mine away as Christmas gifts! Easy to make and assemble. My cocoa jars are currently hanging out in Sgt's pantry. Can you tell Sgt likes to can?? We are currently canning apple pie filling for Christmas gifts too! Nothing beats a basket full of homemade Christmas goodies.


Saturday, November 20, 2010

Wooly Bully

I went off this morning to a box lot auction at one of my favorite places to snoop around. I often find some darn good things when I'm hunting around in boxes at this auction place. I wasn't really expecting to get anything on my measly little $20 budget, so I went mostly to have a look see. I also like to listen to the dealers talk when I'm there...they spend a lot of their time complaining about each other and how hard it is for them to find a good bargain anymore because there's so much competition out there for it. *insert MaryDeluxe chuckling quietly to herself here* This is my theory on auction and need to be smart and good at predicting what will be in high demand before it is and buy it when nobody else wants it. If you wait to start buying it when it's the hot new thing, of course you're going to have more competition and pay more for it. DUH! *insert eye roll*

Okay, back to my box lot buys! Yes, I bought some things and I stayed under budget! I was really shocked with all the dealers there, none of them wanted wool blankets?? Oh well, I win. Look what I got for $15! Bonus is.... they are in minty condition with no moth holes and smell like cedar. (I LOVE that smell!)

2: WWII Wool Military Blankets
Vintage Jacobs Oregon City Mills Wool Blanket


2: Vintage 40's North Star pink plaid wool throws
Vintage 40's quilt style comforter

My favorite buy of the day... a vintage Hudson Bay Company4 point wool blanket! Isn't the color lovely!

Who's going to be warm and toasty this winter? Oh yeah, me!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

A Belated Birthday Wish

Happy Belated Birthday to my big brother who turned the "BIG 40" on Monday!

Me and my big brother! Santa apparently came to town!

I was a very sloppy eater but at the same time extremely glamorous with my cool sun glasses and hands on hips pinup pose! I see my big brother was working the patriotic angle. Check out my sweet ride...with a banana seat! I'm so freakin retro, I can't stand myself!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

The Fixer Upper


I don't mean him....I mean his house. Yup, the Sgt has a fixer upper house that at times, if I think about it to much, can seem a little daunting. I think he probably feels the same way about his house. Or maybe it's just me that seems like a daunting task to him? hehehee MaryDeluxe can be a handful at times! But, since I will be relocating my whole life next Summer to the fixer upper, there are a few things that I asked him to do for me to the house before I move in...actually I made a list and my requests were things he planned on doing eventually anyway...he just now has a specific time frame to complete them before I move in! (insert MaryDeluxe being a handful here)

So, about my list, one of the things on my list are hardwood floors in the bedroom and a walk in closet! I really hate wall to wall carpet and the carpet in the bedroom is old and needs to go. Hardwood floors are great and add resale value to a house. Of course, I've never priced hardwood flooring before and can I just say, Wowza!! Geee do you know how expensive hardwood floors are! We went and priced them at a local hardwood flooring store and to do just the bedroom 270 sq ft, it was going to cost us close to $1500.(just for the floor) I don't know about you folks but I work really hard for my money and I'm picky about what I spend it on and how I spend it. You know me, thrifty all the way and how can I get something cheaper! Nice thing is, so is the Sgt. (We plan on being a bunch of cheapskates together but making it look like we spend a lot of money on things.) Anyway, we started exploring other options of locating hardwood floors for the fixer upper. As luck would have it, we just happened to find a builders auction going on this weekend in my area and went to check it out. The renovation Gods must have smiled down upon us because at auction, we scored an insane deal on hardwood floors.... 960 sq ft of pre-finished maple hardwood for $1.25 a sq foot! That's right, we spent the same amount of money we would have spent on 270 sq feet and now we'll be able to do all the rooms on the second floor! Heck, all the rooms wasn't even on my list...a MaryDeluxe bonus!


Mirage flooring is a really high quality maple hardwood that comes from beautiful Canada! The Canadians really know how to make a good quality hardwood floor. I'm sure if we would have gone to a flooring store, we would never have been able to afford this at the regular store prices. So seriously, if you're remodeling your house, it is so worth going to check out a builders materials auction. Just make sure you know exactly what you're looking for and what the price would be in a regular store so you don't over pay for it. Sometimes people get into bidding wars and you don't end up getting the deal you think you got. I see many more builders material auctions in our future as we continue to renovate the fixer upper.

Pretty, pretty floors!


A very proud, triumphant moment for the Sgt as he is sitting on a huge score and has conquered the auctioneer! Yes, Sgt is having an auction after glow or as I like to say...bidders high! But before he gets to cocky.....I hope he remembers he still has to put them in! Oh and build me my walk in closet...tick tock, tick tock Sgt.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

The War Stories


In honor of Veteran's Day, my local public radio station played some of their recorded stories from people who lived in the area during WWII. I think the stories shared were interesting and thought some of you might also enjoy reading about and listening to them.




More information can be found here: Stories from PA History...Arsenal of America: Pennsylvania during the Second World War.
WITF on Yahoo: War Stories

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Love Your Mr......

Why I'm keeping him reason #2....

When I'm feeling blue and missing him, he takes the shirt that he is wearing off (his favorite shirt btw) and over-nights it to me in the mail.....just so I can feel closer to him. He also includes a little love note of encouragement.


That's why I'm keeping him. A great way to make your girl cry Sgt....

I'm a lucky girl.

To see reason #1 go here (He builds things with his hands)
To see why he keeps me...see the post below! :)

Sunday, November 7, 2010

The $25 Dress

I went out thrifting yesterday and along my travels, I decided to stop in at my secret vintage clothing shop to have a look see. Actually, it's not really a shop at all, more like a tiny clothing rack on the wall at a antique co-op! The dealer never has a huge supply of things, but for some it my vintage karma...I always find the most AMAZING things on his clothing rack! His prices also happen to be extremely fair and his clothing and accessories are top notch! That's why I'm keeping this place a MaryDeluxe Secret! Shhhhhh I'm sure you can imagine how excited I was to pull this cute little number off the rack! There's no dressing room at this place and so I had to give a guess as to if it would fit...I guessed right and it actually fits like it was meant for me. I love when vintage magic like that happens...... oh thank you Vintage Gods !

The $25 1950's dress ....that I simply adore and which has now become my favorite little black dress.

Without the jacket

With a hat

Taming the beast

I win!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Favorite Things About Autumn

Homemade soup and fresh baked bread...


MaryDeluxe's Atomic Tortellini Soup
4 cans of Swanson Veggie broth
2 cans of Del Monte diced tomatoes, Oregano garlic basil variety
1 can white beans
1/2 cup of sliced baby carrots
1 cup green beans (from Sgt's garden)
1/2 cup sauteed onion
Italian type herb seasoning to taste
1 bag of frozen tortellinis added 10 min before serving

Put everything in a big pot, simmer on low for an hour then add tortellini right before serving.

Bread is Bob's Red Mill 9 grain bread mix made in my bread machine....who says cooking has to be complex? Lets keep it simple!