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Organic & Whole Living: Back to School Series: Healthy Lunch, Bagel Pizza's

I know I'm probably not the first person to come up with a recipe like this. Better yet, I know I'm not. There's already a registered trademark company making these, they've been making them for years. My problem is, I don't know what the ingredients are or how they're processed. Just today I read an article about lunch meat glue. Yep, you read that right! GLUE! Gross, right? Even though we home school, I still have to come up with lunch every day, and my goal is to make sure they're getting the best ingredients for their learning minds. Who could learn anything fueled by glue!

My son has been begging for a version of these for awhile now. He says, "Mom, you don't have to buy those, just make me a home made version."  Awe, isn't he sweet thinking his mama could make him a home made version of anything he wants. This mama aims to please though and I think I did just that today with this easy recipe.


1 Can of Organic Tomato Sauce

2 T Organic Olive Oil


1 Clove of Garlic

Toppings; think fresh veggies from the garden, pepperoni, olives, or anything else you or your kids like on your pizza.

Seasonings; Fresh Basil, Fresh Oregano, Salt, Pepper, Pinch of Cayenne

Mini Plain Bagels (we use the Trader Joe's kind)


Start by heating your olive oil on low in a small sauce pan. Add your minced garlic clove (or the whole thing smashed if your kids aren't big on garlic). Add fresh basil, oregano, salt, pepper to taste and a tiny pinch of cayenne. Let the oil infuse with all of these herbs for about 30 seconds or so being careful not to burn them.

Next add the tomato sauce to the pan and mix the spices into the sauce. Cover and let simmer on low while you prepare the other ingredients.

Slice and toast the bagels, and prep any fresh veggies and toppings you would like to add.

When your ready to asemble, top each bagel slice with a spoonful of yummy sauce and add your toppings. Top with cheese and place under the broiler for a few minutes. Be sure to keep an eye out on them so you don't burn them!

Cool and enjoy!

Pizza Bagels Vintage Indie

Time Saver Tip: After broiling each pizza, cool and freeze individually on a cookie sheet. Wrap and store for later use. When your kids need a quick lunch or snack, they can pull out a couple of these and warm in a toaster oven. Simple as that!

Art & Photography: Skippy Designs

If you're like me when you see a cluster of vintage come together perfectly your heart does a little pitter-patter. I like to think it is the little things in life that make us happy, right? Skippy Designs', Many Lynne pulls this off perfectly with her gorgeous art prints, postcards and fine art.


Nostalgia Yellow Postcards Gift Set


I also adore her Market Poster Prints, gorgeous!


Visit Skippy Designs, Mandy Lynne Photography for these prints and so many more.

*All images copyright © Mandy Lynne Photography

Organic & Whole Living: Square Foot Gardening

Our garden got put in way too late, but it's in! 

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We have a lot of green stuff growing since this photo was taken, but I'm in the midst of battling groundhogs, racoons and aphids, it doesn't look so pretty. Not an easy go for our first year of a big-er garden.

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I really love the square foot garden idea. The idea is that you plant things within the square foot spaces. I love the organization of it and it helps me keep the garden tidy. We used masonry twine with nails to make sure the squares didn't go anywhere. We also graded our yard and planted grass, we finally have some grass growing too. I'll get the updated pictures up soon.

What about you? Are you gardening this year? What are you growing?

I'm reviewing a fantastic book for you called Four Season Harvest by Eliot Coleman, so if you were late getting your garden in, don't wait for my review! Go get this book or check it out at your library, there is hope for a practical garden all year long.


Art & Photography: Briana Taylor

It's that time of year again. Families are scurrying about in the garden and preparing to put up fruits and veggies for winter. I really love how Briana Taylor captures the gorgeous, that is the canning jar.

Isn't it amazing how something so simple can become so gorgeous?

Visit Briana Taylor Painting to purchase any of her beautiful vessle paintings and prints.

My Vintage Pad: Home Tour Ms. Lora Jabot owner of Holly Vogue Vintage

Please help me in welcoming our latest homeowner Ms. Lora Jabot. 




What is your favorite part of each room?

My Favorite place is the kitchen...filled with memories of the past...Tinker toys, twister and Cooties! I love the cherries and polka-dots too! It's a cheerie place and it makes me happy!


The dining space changes from green booth to red and gray Formica table...Fun and festive!
For me, I love color and fun in my surroundings! The 30's through the 50's are my Favorites!


The living room is tropical...Vintage Hawaii, one of my favorite Vacation trips! I love the prints and collectibles, Asian and Oriental influences!


Where do you find inspiration for decorating your home?

The inspiration for my home is Having a Vintage Boutique and living Vintage for years! I get most my things from Thrift shops, Estate sales and circulating goods with Movie and Theater company's.



 How do vintage things play a role in your room/home?

Vintage things around me reminds me of a time long gone...And Living the Vintage lifestyle is the closest thing to preserving our past!

Any advice on creating your look?

I think the best way to create a fun vintage environment is to take ideas from the things you find and rotate your displays!


A special thank you to Ms. Lora Jobot for giving us a peek into her home. Please visit Lora at her Boutique Holly Vogue Vintage.

Organic & Whole Living: Lite Raw Summer Salad

Summer is about eating fresh, local and lite. This is one of my favorite go to salads for lunch, dinner or even a snack!  It's refreshing, and the ingredients can usually be found in abundance during the summer.


Israeli Cucumbers, English Cucumbers or any cucumbers you have.

Small Red Onion

Cherry Tomatoes

Lemon Juice

Olive Oil

Salt & Pepper

To prepare the salad, cut the cherry tomatoes or grape tomatoes in half, dice the red onion and cucumber into a fine dice. If you choose to use a regular cucumber or another cucumber with a tougher peel, you may wish to peel it. Israeli cucumbers have a forgiving peel and I like to leave it on. Drizzle a few tablespoons of olive oil, lemon juice and season to taste with salt & pepper.  Mix to coat. If you aren't going to eat it right away, cover it, but leave it on your counter to marinate. It will only get better with time.

There are so many variations that I make of this salad, you really can do just about anything. Sometimes I omit the onion and add a little balsamic vinegar, diced yellow crook neck squash and zucchini, along with some fresh basil and oregano.



Vintage Collections: Vintage Clocks

Good Monday morning to you! Today, I have a special treat a vintage clock collection! Please enjoy my interview with Mr. Jeff S.




VI - What made you start collecting these?

I've always had an interest in vintage clocks but never got into really collecting them until 2007.  A friend of mine began collecting GE/Telechron clocks a year or two earlier, and that's what got me started. The fascinating thing about these clocks is the fact that so many of them are still working and keeping accurate time 70-80 years after they were first made. My everyday bedside alarm is a silver and black clock, the 7H93K Talisman, which dates from 1939. I often wonder what the original owner of that clock would think if they knew it would still be in daily use 70 years later!     
5H67 Showpiece

VI - What's your favorite item out of the collection?
All the clocks in my collection are my favorites! :) But if I had to choose one, it would be the 5H67 Showpiece. It dates from 1954 and was part of Telechron's short-lived Designer Line which ran from June 1954 to October 1955. It is a rather rare clock with only 853 units having been sold during the short time it was available. It has a brushed silver body with brass legs and trim pieces, very mid-century. Some people think it's a bit gaudy, but I rather like it. It's very much a product of it's era.

VI - What's missing from your collection, that you dream about having?
For me, the one clock missing from my collection is the 431 Modernique. It was also known as the "$50.00 clock" because that was it's original retail price in 1928, making it a rather expensive clock for it's day. It was designed by Paul Frankl, and has a lot of crossover appeal for  many collectors, not just collectors of vintage clocks but also collectors of art deco and anything designed by Mr. Frankl. Today, because of its rarity and design pedigree, well preserved examples of the Modernique can sell for upwards of $1,000.00 or more. So unless I win the lottery or find one hidden away in a dusty antique store with a $25.00 price tag from 30 years ago, it will remain a dream. 
Luxor Blue

VI - What do you think makes a great collector or a great collection?

That's a hard question to answer. Collections, like collectors, come in all shapes and sizes and there's no one hard and fast rule as to what makes a great collection or collector. For me, the joy I get from collecting is finding that bargain, or buying a beat up clock on the cheap and restoring it to its former beauty. Some people have vast collections of many different things. They buy lots of items simply because they can, but with no real thought or passion going into the purchase. Others can have very modest collections, but they buy what they love and it shows.


Thank you Jeff for giving us a look into your collection and sharing your love for vintage clocks with us.

See more of Jeff's collection at his Flickr Page.


Would you like to share your collection with us? Email me your submission/ideas!

Making the Most of Wednesday: Authentic

I've missed Making the Most of Monday here at Vintage Indie lately. Mostly, because I don't feel the need to publish something inspiring or from the heart unless I'm truly feeling it, just for the sake of a feature. Today's Making the Most of Monday fell on a Wednesday lucky for you. It is hump day after all.

I just finished watching this documentary called Divided. I'm bringing it here because I have been blessed with this platform to share "real life" with you. It touched my heart and my way of thinking. I hope that if you've had questions about the topic of authentic faith and the role of the family in youth ministry that you'll gain some inspiration and guidance from it as well.



Divided Trailer from NCFIC on Vimeo.


From the movie website; As you look on the church landscape, youth are leaving the faith in droves. The modern church, overall, is struggling to reach the next generation with the gospel. What has happened? Whether for good or bad, men, for many years, have been inventing solutions or brainstorming ideas without fully relying upon the foundation of God’s Word. God, however, is greater than man, and as the heavens are above the earth, so are His ways higher than ours and His thoughts than our thoughts (Is. 55:8-9). We have substituted the greater for the lesser – God’s wisdom for man’s ideas. Jesus said that he who hears His Word and does it, is like a man that built his house upon a rock, and when the storm came, it stood firm. On the other hand, he who rejects His Word, is like a man who built on the sand and when the storm came, the house fell (Matt. 7:24-25). Shouldn’t the church, as a whole, abandon the sandy ideas of man and shamelessly return to the firm rock of the Word of God? God’s Word sufficiently identifies how youth are to be reached. For more information on this issue, please see the film Divided, which is a documentary on age-segregated youth ministry in America. Watch it for free (for a limited time) at www.dividedthemovie.com. For an in-depth study, the book A Weed in the Church delves into the topic and more thoroughly handles the Scripture passages that address ministry to young people.


xoxox Gabreial

Art & Photography: vol25

I really like this artwork from vol25. The quotes and sayings are inspirational and hit close to home for me.

Shop these prints @ vol25

Artwork is copyright © VOL25


Have a great weekend!

xoxo Gabreial

The Daily Swank: Insect Curiosities

As I've been puttering about in my garden, I'm trying to get comfortable with the surrounding curious insects. I'm not much of a bug person, but I know their importance to the garden.

I truly love these though, they come straight to you from Mr. Finch.


"Things have been back to insects lately in my studio.
I love them and return to them as a muse time and time again.
This time its Moths.
I love butterflies too but moths always have that darker edge that Im more drawn to.
Made from old tablecloths,samplers bedlinen,knapkins and anything else that has beautiful embroidery on.
Flaws and odd stitching are celebrated and are to expected."





All of these from vintage tablecloths, delightful.


Teach Me: Wildcraft! An Herbal Adventure Game

Four little children, stretched on a blanket and four hours of fun later they have learned a lot. I had to do a double take when I was proofing this article. Four hours? Yes, four hours of playing this game. Mind you there was some running around involved, drink breaks and a half hour dinner break but still, that's a long time.


When I first heard about ! the game, I was totally thrilled. It was right when I started my journey of learning more about using herbs in our home for medicinal and food purposes. This was a great opener to start teaching my children about herbs and plants for uses they aren't used to. After the initial talk about not eating or using any plant unless you have permission, I was comfortable with them learning how plants benefit them.

As they were stretched out on the blanket outside they began to squirm and take off running through the yard. When I went outside to find out what was going on and to put up the game, they told me not to. They were trying to see if they could find Plantain in our yard for their "plant cards". Sure enough, they did this several times, finding specific plants in our back yard from the game.


Boys Review;

 - I thought it was great, fun to learn with.

 - You learn a lot.

 - Its a good game to play with friends.


I think Wildcraft! is a great game for kids. It makes a great conversation starter and for me, someone who didn't know a lot about plants and herbs (most of us call them weeds), a great opportunity to learn right along with my kids.

If you're interested in learning more about Herbal Medicine visit family owned and operated Learning Herbs to check out Wildcraft! and more.


Truth in Review: Learning Herbs provide us with the game in exchange for our review.  We were not paid for any contents of our review or required any certain text within the review. We speak truly from our hearts and hope that you and your family will gain trust from Vintage Indie reviews so that you may enjoy learning opportinties like this one and more.  All reviews posted by me are truthful in content and not bought. Gabreial Wyatt, editor in chief.

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Teach Me: Home Educating Family Magazine The Well Planned Day

If you haven't heard me talk about the Home Educating Family Magazine then I encourage you to check out my past reviews. Just recently I became and affilate of Home Educating Family Magazine and I'm thrilled with the opportunity to be working with them.


In our home school journey, it is often publications like these that motivate us and get us through those days or weeks that are tough. I like to try and keep on top of things which is why I like to have my Well Planned Day planner with me. I absolutely love my planner and would not recommend it to you as much as I do if I didn't.

The truth is, we school almost year round and we do that for flexibility within our schedule. Take today for instance, we started a full schedule and plan to truck on through July with our full studies. We're planning a trip in September and to make sure we aren't behind then, we'll get a head start now. The Well Planned Day Planner is set up starting with July 2011 and goes all the way until July 2012. It helps me keep track of things like our assignments, family calendar, menu and weekend plans as well as record keeping. There are even pull out card stock quality report cards!

If you haven't had a chance to check our the Well Planned Day, I'm encouraging you to do so today and get a head start on being organized for your families school work! Be sure to get an inside peak of the planner while your're at their website!


Truth in Review: The above links are affiliate links to the Well Planned Day and Home Educating Family Magazine websites. We love our relationship with this company and encourage you to support them, me and your family with the great things they offer.  - Gabreial, Editor.

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VI Headliner: Welcome July Sponsors!

I'm so happy to be venturing into a new month with you. I hope you'll join me for more yummy vintage to celebrate full on summer!

In the meantime, I would love it if you would help me welcome our lovely sponsors. I truly appreciate each and every one.

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Our newest Featured Sponsor Time 4 Learning. We're still using Time 4 Learning and enjoying every bit of it. Stay tuned for our review. Something that shouldn't be missed on your home school curriculum this year.

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Have a great day!






Happy 4th of July 2011


I thought this image was quite comical since I woulnd't let my boys get near any of the fireworks this evening.

 I hope you and your family had a wonderful holiday weekend. As we were lighting the final fire work here, I remembered I missed wishing you a happy 4th of July! This weekend caught on like a whirlwind and we have been doing yard work all weekend. Mind you, I have truly enjoyed finally getting the final touches finished on the garden. I can't wait to show you. Anyway, I hope you enjoyed your day! See you back here tomorrow!


xoxox Gabreial & Family

Sponsored Feature: Diamond Bracelets - Should I Buy Vintage?

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