Weekend Distractions No. 13

This inspiration:


OMG. I love the huge shutters. But maybe not that big. The old crib pieces are pretty cool too. I have been trying to figure out how I could use the shutters I have to achieve the look with the rounded part like the shutters above. I think I might have finally come up with a solution. Stay tuned. (As always, click on the photo to take you to the original blog post.)

This printable:


I am going to print it out. Make a rustic frame with all the wood scraps in my garage.

Good use for wood scraps in my garage:chunky-bunny-15

I was actually looking for more wintery crafts, but I couldn’t not check these out. They are so cute. I will have to make sure to try these after Christmas.

Because I love how cute gnomes are:holiday-gnome-tutorial-on-madeinaday-com_-650x573

These seem like they would be pretty simple to make.

As always, here I am with all these things I want to make and not making half of them. LOL. Why it’s called distractions.





Healthy Chocolate Chip Muffins

Whole wheat flour. Oats. Pecans. Brown sugar. Greek yogurt.

I had shared a muffin recipe a few weeks ago in my weekend distractions. I made them last week. Took them to work for a birthday. Even though I baked them 30 seconds too long, everyone liked them.

I couldn’t find Old Fashioned Oats, so I borrowed what my mom had and all she had was steel cut, or Captain’s Oats. There was barely enough so I made up the difference with crushed pecans. There was supposed to be oats in the streusel too, I used pecans again.



  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1-1/2 cups old-fashioned oats (I think any oats would work)
  • 1/2 cup crushed pecans
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup Greek vanilla yogurt
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats/or crushed pecans
  • 1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 12-cup muffin pan with cooking spray and set aside.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, oats, pecans, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.

3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the oil, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla and Greek yogurt. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until well combined. Fold in 1 cup chocolate chips.

4. Divide batter evenly among greased muffins cups, filling each one almost full. I used a cookie scoop.

5. In a small bowl, stir together the streusel ingredients with a fork until well coated in the oil. Place a heaping tablespoon of streusel over the batter in the muffin cups.

6. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until muffins start to turn golden brown and streusel is crisp. Let muffins cool in pan for 5-10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely or enjoy.

Adapted from The BakerMama

Albuquerque; Revisited

A repost from 2013. A fun post that I really enjoyed writing.

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Mr B and me on the trolley

I am always looking for new places to take pictures. When I am always doing the driving, this can sometimes be harder than it would seem. When I saw an ad for a trolley ride around the “best of Albuquerque” I hopped on. Albuquerque, pronounced AL-bu-kur-key, is a desert city. With very slight weather changes, it is a great place to be. But still a smallish large city. Not a very big airport at all, but the only major airport in New Mexico. I would bet that 90% of you have never heard of Albuquerque. And another large number of you don’t know New Mexico is one of the 50 states (I used to be a flight attendant. You might be shocked at the remarks I used to get.)

Mr B had fun on the trolley. It was a good little adventure and I learned some things about Albuquerque I didn’t know. For instance, the movie Wild Hogs? Picture it. Picture them all meeting up on their motorcycles, riding down the street and William H. Macy crashing into a street sign (‘somewhere Seattle’ it claims in the movie). Then they go into a Seattle biker bar. That whole part was filmed in Albuquerque. Anybody that watches Breaking Bad knows that it was filmed in Albuquerque. I personally have never watched it, I am more a In Plain Sight (also filmed here) kinda gal. The trolley guys even have a whole Breaking Bad tour. I am sure that didn’t hurt their business any. But what a cool job. Driving people around in a trolley, showing them the good stuff.

breaking bad house
Jesse’s house??

Famous Route 66 goes right through Albuquerque. A main street that is now called Central. Parts of Central you are told not to be on after dark, but the majority of the street is what makes up downtown, Uptown, the student strip of UNM and the entrance to Old Town. There is some real awesome stuff off of Route 66. There are some cool older buildings that developers have come in and fixed up and turned into something else. For instance, the original Albuquerque High School is now apartment lofts. What used to be a mental hospital (right off of the freeway) sat empty for several years and is now an upscale hotel. Once upon a time, I now can’t remember what building it was, some old building was torn down. Now there is a law that certain buildings can’t be torn down. So the original drive up motel on Route 66 sits boarded up. Some developer bought it and was going to tear it down to put up lofts and the mayor at the time had it declared an historic landmark. The original neon sign was finally removed to put in a museum and the rest of the building (not crumbling or anything) sits boarded up, waiting its ‘what can we use this for’ fate.

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Somewhere off Route 66

Fun fact. Although New Mexico does not have any major league sports teams, Albuquerque does have a minor league baseball team. When the Duke’s franchise moved to Portland and a team from Calgary relocated here, they took a poll from the city to see what to call the new team. The people of Albuquerque unanimously voted for the Isotopes. What are isotopes and what do they have to do with New Mexico? Isotopes are some nuclear thing and tho Los Alamos, New Mexico is where the atomic bomb was produced, this wasn’t the reason for the name of the team. At least not by the people that voted. A few years before the team was in question, there was an episode on The Simpsons. Homer had a hunger strike because he found out they wanted to move the Isotopes baseball team to Albuquerque. So the voters made it actually happen a few years later.

baleras railyard

I had said earlier that there is an act that buildings can’t be torn down. In the background of this photo is Downtown Albuquerque and the tallest building in the state. No need to build up here, there is plenty of room to build out. The buildings in the front of the photo are part of the Barelas railyard shops which have been closed since 1970. They are very vandalized buildings and completely empty. I noticed it would be a great place to use for a backdrop for photos. But the reason these buildings aren’t rebuilt as lofts or anything is because they make lots of money in movies. Movies filmed in the vacant railyard complex include Beerfest (2006),Terminator Salvation (2009), The Avengers (2012), and the pilot episode of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. The trolley guys said there is a scene from Transformers (where Bumblebee and a Decepticon crash into a railyard) filmed here too, but I couldn’t find anything that collaborated this.

Neil Young and the Partridge Family sing songs about Albuquerque. Tim McGraw and Glen Campbell mention Albuquerque in a song. Even Bugs Bunny, while traveling around the world by burrowing underground; would often get lost while traveling and remark, while consulting a map, “Should have made a left toin at Albukoykee”. All three High School Musical movies are set in Albuquerque, at the fictional Albuquerque East High School (but not really filmed here). Microsoft began on April 4, 1975, when it was founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen in an Albuquerque garage. Demi Lovato was born here. Neil Patrick Harris and Freddie Prinz Jr went to high school here. Jesse Tyler Ferguson from Modern Family was raised here. Here being Albuquerque but how many times can I say that word in this entire post? LOL. Albuquerque Studios is the largest production facility in the country and have filmed over 600 movies in New Mexico. The new movie Transcendence that came out yesterday, was filmed here. As well as Lone Survivor to name a few.

neon scooter

Tho the wind may blow a lot, it is the desert (and sand with that wind), the climate is pretty ideal. In the spring there is some green grass, pretty flowers and blooming trees, but gotta watch out on overusing water. We don’t get a whole lot of rain but that is why so many movies are filmed here too. I don’t live in Albuquerque, but Rio Rancho is part of the metro area. I have lived here longer than I have lived anywhere else. I by no means am being paid by anyone for this post, just something I wrote after my adventure yesterday. I do find it to not be a ‘meet a man kind of place’, and not very single mom friendly. But there are worse things in life. My son likes it here, my family is here and I find great places to take pictures (just not in winter). I would really love to find a good meet-up photography group but it must not be a big thing around here outside of Balloon Fiesta. Hum I have a thought…something along the lines of the trolley and photography meet-ups. Wonder what way to start a business like that. Scooter rental tours?

2016 update: Some polls are claiming that New Mexico is the most violent place to live (I guess per capita). I don’t feel unsafe here. At least we don’t have riots when people are killed. We also have a two time governor running for President, so that’s pretty cool. Too bad he couldn’t get into the debates.




summer days2Colors of summer. Delicious peaches.

banana muffins 4Smells of winter. The best banana bread (muffins) ever. 

candySome fall MnMs. I love the colors. 

I found a copycat Cheescake Factory original cheesecake recipe I am going to try next. I have never made a cheesecake by scratch. I am excited. Think I need a spring bottom pan though because you have to bake it in a water bath. 

Just Add Water


I do know that posing is not the same as writing. Just so tired. Just seeing the 3:07 pop up on the clock as I turn on my alarm wares me out. So here is my interpretation for the prompt for wet from The Idea Room. 

Bumper Boats in January (with the water guns turned off). 


That was today’s word on the Idea Room’s Photo a Day challenge. Not that I am taking the pictures. Just a word to go off of today for a post. Ever sat and thought of all the word combinations with up?

Growing Up

Dress Up

(need to) Clean Up


Eat Up


I could probably go all night but I got up early and need some sleep. Goodnight folks.


Restoration of 407: The Dining Nook



Of course when I looked at the house, there was furniture in it. That big dark spot by the arches was a sofa.


New flooring. No popcorn ceilings. Ceiling fan added. New paint on every inch of space. New door. New screen door. New light by front door. Big mirror gone. Replaced electric outlets and light switches.

The three pictures are all pictures I took and used frames I had found at Target on sale several years before I found a use for them. I love ❤️ the color of the bookcase and would like to eventually lighten up the color of my table and chairs. I think I need a little cabinet in the corner where the plant is too. Something with at least one drawer so I can put place mats and napkins in it.

Weekend Distractions No. 12

These cookies


Of course the dough looks so good I would want to eat all of it so I better not make them. (Click picture for the original source.)

This entryway


It’s so simple and lovely. I even love how the light switches blend into the wall. I makes me (again) wish I had an entryway. I really think I need to make the spot next to the garage door in the den be an official entryway. Just because. Some day.

Dog feeding stations


I definately am going to make one of these but I can’t decide how I want the legs to be done. Plumbing pieces can be costly. I really like this one though.

Bar/counter stools


I feel that my counter stools are too big for my island. I can’t decide if I want to cut the back off of them and paint them to look more industrial, or find some stools like this and paint them sort of like this. I could probably tuck 3 away under there if I did this style. Decisions. Decisions.



I am obsessed with different fonts. I love that you can use all your fonts on Photoshop Elements and am always downloading new ones. No plain ole Arial here. (I wish I could change the font on my blog to a favorite one.)


my fave

I don’t like the chicken soup I made. I have no idea how I am going to finish it all.Wonder what I could do to it to make it better. It’s just kind of blah and really rich at the same time.

One of the eyes fell off of the kitty cat I made. I guess that Elmer’s glue gun isn’t that great. Well, to be fair, the sun is facing that part of the house for most of the day. It might have “melted” off. Gonna have to try a different glue.

I bought my last 3 mattresses at Sam’s Club. They are Sertas. I get the plush pillow top one. The one that I put in my son’s room is fine. Held it’s shape. I returned mine about 6 months ago. It was sloping towards the middle. I hadn’t slept on it but for maybe 6 months. The one I have now is definitely sloping too. It took me awhile to realize it really is. I have a good box spring under it so even if the bed itself isn’t giving good support it shouldn’t matter. I guess it either matters are this mattress is a piece of crap. They got a new style at Sam’s. Guess I am going to exchange it again. I need to get that bed from my brother painted and set up too, just in case that was the sloping issue.

Even though I forgot to write a piece yesterday, I haven’t been on Farmville 2 since I started this. Yeah! And amazingly, my computer hasn’t been conking out. Makes me think that something was up with that Zynga site.