A few years ago I was let go from a job for being robbed (with a gun to my head). It was a really good paying job and I was comfortable. What really went on was my reacquired boss decided to listen to some lies from an old employee and used those against me. When I didn’t quit from the harassment, something was created to fire me for. He had had a man hired already to replace me but I was assured by HR that it was a mistake that it was posted a new GM was hired and that he was going to be an assistant manager to myself and the GM at another location. Not sure why I overlooked that when I went to the lawyer because that was the only case I would have had. New Mexico is a right to work state, they can fire someone for not tying their shoes. Anyway, I got a little down after that, and the time it took to find a new job. I turned to books by Brene Brown and blogs like Karen Walrond’s. I even took some of Karen’s self help courses. One thing I learned then was to make a life list (which can be found on my menu bar). There are many things in that list that will probably never happen, not unless I somehow come into money before I get too old to enjoy them. But, some of the list was created around my new love of photography. On my list is 50 pictures of Wheels, Grills and Headlights. I only have 10 more to go. Getting there. Clicking on the link will take you to my entire list on Flickr.
A few months ago my son and I rode the local trolley. Though it is designed to be for tourists, I thought it would be cool to see some of Albuquerque I might not have seen. One of the places we went was the neighborhood where a lot of movies are filmed. Movies that don’t say they are in New Mexico, but places like Seattle and California. So yesterday I decided I wanted to work on my wheels and entries sets and that neighborhood would be a great place to go. As we were on our way there we passed Tingley Beach. A series of ponds created in the 30s for swimming. Now they are primarily for fishing. No swimming allowed. But they now sport Pedal (I always thought it was paddle) Boating. Mr B and I took a ride. Tough work, pedal boating. I found all of this week’s prompts at the beach and in the neighborhood I went driving through, just like they did in the movie Wild Hogs.
Of course I have only looked at houses for a week, but I am a little worried. I showed you pictures of what my other house looked like. It is only 10 years old and I was the second owner. Still am technically. The first mortgage company I called said I couldn’t get another mortgage until my other house had been under contract for a year (really 12 payments had been made). Well that really put a damper on things. I already have to rely on my parents enough as it is, I didn’t want a co-signer on my 4th ever house. My heart fell a little. At that time I had also already walked through like 10 houses. 10 gross houses. I knew I was going to have to do some work on a house, with my price range, but I wasn’t prepared for what I saw in houses that were actually higher than my price range. And the smell in some of them. And these weren’t houses under 100k.
My brother and sister in law are in the midst of flipping a house. Maybe a little bigger than they should have started on their first house. It is taking them forever. I am worried for them too. A LOT of houses have gone up for sale on the street behind them. The street that literally backs up to the golf course. So yesterday we all went to look at this house. Only $57 a square foot. Considering all the other houses in this neighborhood, the neighborhood where I want to live so my son can walk to school, range around $100 a square foot. We had to go see why it was so low. Pro: the steeped, tiled roof right at the front. The closed-in sun room right at the front, with a great view of the mountains. There is no house across the street so you have a wide open view of Corrales and the mountains. That is where the pros stopped. The house would literally have to be gutted. The garage (where the board is on the left) was turned into an apartment, but never fully finished. Which was odd since it looked like it was done in the 70s. The pool in the backyard was only cinder block so easily could be filled in, and the porch looked like it was off of an old trailer park house. It had potential, if your budget wasn’t the price of the house. Some flipper needs to come in and gut it.
Then my brother tells me to be patient. Give myself 6 months. Right. I used a POD to store my belongings (except valuable and breakable) in and can’t afford that thing for more than 3 months. I don’t feel I need to be rescued, but I could use that man riding up on a white horse right about now (years ago really). This trying to do life alone is no fun.
I am using these photos straight from my phone so I hope they aren’t bad. As I finished cleaning out my house today I took some last photos. It was bittersweet. As I said before, I loved this house. I loved the open kitchen with lots of cupboard space.
The laundry room wasn’t bad either. At least it wasn’t a closet. I would have liked a door in a different spot tho. My first (town)house had the washer in one spot and the dryer under the stairs across from it. In Austin, my cute little house had them in the garage.
I loved the vaulted ceilings (see kitchen). The arched doorways. The fan I put in the living room and the wood floors my parents put in. And the closet space was awesome.
Have you ever tried a recipe and knew that you would make that many more times to come? I HATE bananas. But I like some banana nut breads. Warm with butter. I LOVE Biscoff Cookie Spread. I don’t live close to a Trader Joes so I have never tried their brand. When I came across this banana bread recipe with Biscoff, of course I had to try it.
Didn’t have to eat them warm.
Thank you Maria at Two Peas and Their Pod for this great recipe. I, of course, added nuts though.
Biscoff Banana Nut Muffins
1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 medium very ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 cup Biscoff Spread
1/4 cup oil
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar
For the Biscoff Cookie Streusel:
1/2 cup chopped Biscoff cookies
1/4 cup chopped pecans
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease or line muffin pans and set aside.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt, set aside.
3. In a stand mixer, mash bananas. Add the Biscoff Spread, oil, egg, vanilla, and sugars.
4. Add the dry ingredients into your wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Batter will be slightly lumpy, don’t over mix.
5. Scoop batter into prepared pans.
1. In a small bowl, melt butter. Combine chopped Biscoff cookies, chopped pecans, flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon to the melted butter. Stir until combined. Add a spoonful of the streusel to the top of the batter in each muffin cup.
2. Bake muffins for 35-45 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.
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Greetings from New Mexico. I live right next to and work in the biggest city in the state. I started blogging in 2009 when I learned to share my crafts. I quickly learned I needed a better camera and got my Nikon d90. I then learned that I loved sharing my photography and changed the focus of my blog to just that. I also moved over to Wordpress and became Sanukipity Photography in 2011. Recently, I started baking. A wonderful new passion. A great stress reliever. And another thing to photograph and share. Welcome to my open world of finding fun and happiness thru the lens.