guest post: snowy sunday soundtrack by dana from radio k’s girl germs


If I had to choose one group of sexist stereotypes that I hate more than others (take your pick, right?), it would have to be the ones surrounding women in music. Even the independent music business—which you’d think would be more evolved—doesn’t always know what to do with a lady artist who doesn’t fit neatly into the “girl with acoustic guitar,” “angry feminist” or “sultry singer” boxes (apparently you just file under “sounds like Sleater-Kinney” and move on).

As women working in the music industry, my friends Anna, Jenny and I became disillusioned with this attitude and created Girl Germs, a radio show that airs on the University of Minnesota’s Radio K. We wanted to create a space for talented female artists who have been overlooked or written off—maybe because they’ve broken new ground, created art on their own terms, produced or distributed their music D.I.Y. style or simply challenged the connections we often take for granted between femininity, sexuality and style.

This playlist is a sampling of what you’ll hear on Girl Germs: groundbreaking women playing and singing everything from ‘60s yéyé to modern Italo Disco to 1930s-era Appalachian folk music to L.A. synth-pop, all selected on the premise that supporting women’s creativity is itself an act of solidarity. Plus, you know, there’s the simple fact that these beats are the JAM and these women all have serious style. I hope you’ll make this playlist your new soundtrack to getting pumped about your own creative pursuits. Enjoy!

Girl Germs airs Tuesday nights from 9-11 p.m. on 100.7, 106.5 and 104.5 FM in the Twin Cities and online at To check out playlists, listen to past shows and read more about female artists, visit our blog, and find us on Facebook and follow us Twitter. And, if you’re free tomorrow, cruise on down to the Red Stag Supperclub for a screening of “My So-Called Life” that we’re hosting, too. Details here.

don’t let a little snow stop ya!

Morning y’all! Happy weekend!

You know what’s happening today, right? This!

Come on down,  say “hi” and get some Christmas shopping done! We have loads of vintage dresses, house wares, original art work, jewelry, belts, hats…all priced super reasonably. Rae and I, along with a bunch of our lovely vendors will be at Tarnish & Gold from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today, and noon to 5 p.m. tomorrow. We’d love to see you!



P.S. Here’s a sneak peek of the store, or at least how it looked last night at 10 p.m.

guest post: making whoopie (pies) with lisa

Whoa, Friday! It’s nice to see you!

If you’re at all like me, by the time the end of the week rolls around, the prospect of spending some leisurely hours in the kitchen sounds divine. Trying a new recipe or two, slow roasting some meat, simmering a big batch of chili—the weekend’s a great time to just mess around, no rushing necessary. If I wasn’t so busy with this, I’d love to spend a chill afternoon, baking up a batch of these. I hope you all have wonderful Fridays!



Making Whoopie (Pies), With Making Electricity’s Lisa

Hello wonderful readers! This is Lisa from Making Electricity and I am so happy to be blogging for Meghan while she is working her tush off to get ready for Mighty Swell—I’ll be bright and early that Saturday morning and I hope to meet some of you local ladies there!

I know that fall has come and gone, but I am still in the thick of my love affair with pumpkin-centric foods. With holiday party season upon us, I thought I would share a recipe for some delicious treats that are super easy to make—perfect for your own party or to bring as a hostess gift—as an extra perk, your home will be warm, cozy and smell like pumpkin cake when you are done make these.

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

Source: Baked: New Frontiers in Baking

♥ For the Whoopie Pies ♥

3 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup dark brown sugar
1 cup canola or vegetable oil
3 cups chilled pumpkin puree (canned pumpkin)
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

♥ For the Maple-Cream Cheese Filling ♥
3 cups powdered sugar
8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
4 ounces (½ cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature
3 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

♥ How to Make ♥

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger and nutmeg. Set aside.

3. In a separate bowl, whisk the granulated sugar, the dark brown sugar, and the oil together. Add the pumpkin puree and whisk to combine thoroughly. Add the eggs and vanilla and whisk until combined. Gradually add the flour mixture to the pumpkin mixture and whisk until completely combined.

4. Use a small cookie scoop or a large spoon to drop a rounded, heaping tablespoon of the dough onto the prepared baking sheets, about 1 inch apart.

5. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, making sure that the cookies are just starting to crack on top and a toothpick inserted into the center of a cookie comes out clean. The cookies should be firm when touched. Remove from the oven and let the cookies cool completely on a cooling rack.

6. To make the filling, beat the butter on medium speed until smooth with no visible lumps, about 3 minutes. Add the cream cheese and beat until smooth and combined, about 2 minutes. Add the powdered sugar a little at a time, then add the maple syrup and vanilla and beat until smooth.

7. To assemble the pies: Turn half of the cooled cookies upside down. Pipe or spoon the filling (about a tablespoon) onto that half. Place another cookie, flat side down, on top of the filling. Press down slightly so that the filling spread to the edges of the cookie. Repeat until all the cookies are used. Put the whoopie pies in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to firm before serving.

And, since this is High Plains Thrifter, after all, I thought I’d also share this gorgeous vintage Pyrex casserole dish (with carrier) that I scored at my favorite Salvation Army for 99 cents!

Yummy desserts and beautiful kitchenware—life doesn’t get much better in my opinion. Have a fabulous holiday season, readers!

Best best,


a dieting tip even i can follow

A good reminder today especially, seeing that I’ve eaten a bowl of Multi-Grain Cheerios, a handful of these, a heaping bowl of butternut squash risotto (extra parm!) and a large G2 Gatorade all before 2 p.m. rolled around. Good thing I’ve got a mountain of vintage & heavy-duty racks to move tonight! I mean, it’ll all even out, right? Right??



guest post: vintage here, vintage there: around the loft with Katie Dohman

Geez louise, is Thursday finally here?

I’ve been counting down to today, because after work, the set-up for Mighty Swell begins! It’s so fun to see a space go from being empty and bare to a full-on shop, brimming with pretty stuff. Anyway, today on the blog, my stylish pal Katie shows off some of her favorite vintage and thrifted finds that deck out her downtown loft. I love how she and her hubs incorporate thrifted items in a stylish, fun way that’s uniquely theirs. Enjoy!



Vintage Here, Vintage There: Around the Loft with Katie Dohman

Hi there! I am so excited to be here on High Plains Thrifter talking about two of my favorite subjects—vintage and thrifting! It’s my job to shop for a living at Minnesota Monthly and my Scout blog, where I am the style editor, but many times I’m focusing on the newest and latest for my readers. That certainly has its merits, but nothing makes my heart race like vintage and thrift shopping.

My husband and I started vintage shopping together when we bought our loft in downtown St. Paul five years ago. And William and I are always looking for great props for photography for his shops, Oh Dier and on Etsy. I absolutely love the thrill of the hunt. I might set out with something in mind, but more often than not, I’m just excited to see what I might uncover.

Our vintage journey began with a few pieces. One of them was my grandma’s dresser. She had impeccable mid-century taste, and when William saw this stored in my parents’ house, he flipped. We had to have it. Thankfully, my mom relinquished it without too much protest.

Not long after we bought our place, we hit up the St. Paul Retro Loop, looking for furniture to go with our Room & Board Outlet couch and chair  Lo and behold, we found this beauty.

This is our real find—the one we still get excited talking about years later. You vintage lovers out there know what I’m talking about: The thing that was too good to be true, so you snapped it up before the shop owner knew what they were doing? We found this vintage, custom-made Lightolier sputnik in the basement of Swank. William and I completely freaked, and the owner at the time sold it to us for what she bought it for, since it needed rehabbing. We took it to Moen Lighting in Uptown to make sure the wiring was safe, and they told us they think it might have been made for a hotel. It’s missing a couple glass domes, so we’re always on the lookout for replacements, but we got it for a song and it makes our house absolutely sing when it’s on.

Two weekends ago, William and I hit the jackpot for Etsy props. We were visiting his grandparents in South Dakota and stopped in thrift shops in Watertown, plus in Hutchinson on our way back. Come to think of it, we’ve done a LOT of vintage shopping lately. I could talk about all my vintage pieces–clothing, furniture, housewares—forever (maybe Meghan will invite us back), so I’ll close things out with a few of our favorite recent finds:

I got these three milk glass vases for 39 cents each in Watertown. You can’t even get a candy bar for less than 50 cents these days! Proceeds (small as they are), went to benefit the Humane Society, one of my favorite places to donate money.

I snagged a whole box full of vintage brass frames. William and I are completely out of wall space, but I know these will make a great collage of photos somewhere, sometime. Plus I got the whole huge box, maybe 20-something frames, for like $15. I’m planning on keeping the models in that front frame. Too good.

Love this emergency light.

We love maps and globes, the older the better. Snapped this one up in Hutchinson for $14.

These colored wooden bowling pins are all over Etsy these days. Love ’em, and paid far less for them in Hutchinson than we would have online.

I I keep my jewelry in this vintage glass goblet-like thing (it looks like collectible Blenko, but I don’t think it is). William keeps his manly accessories in a small Norwegian Emalox bowl (we have several of these in different colors and sizes).

I hope you’ve enjoyed these little peeks into our space!

Best wishes,


guest post: mary o’regan gets warm & fuzzy

I’ve got another busy day ahead, and another rad guest blogger lined up for ya. Today, my most fashionable pal Mary spots a warm and fuzzy trend that can easily (and cheaply) be adopted with a quick trip to the thrift. I hope you like it!

Shearling, sure thing?

Hi everyone!

Allow me to introduce myself: I’m Mary O’Regan from fashion blog Art of Wore, here to guest-blog for the day while Meghan prepares to open her second Mighty Swell pop-up shop this weekend (which you should definitely check out!).

I’d like to take this opportunity to write about a trend that’s been in the back of my mind for quite some time.


Shearling. That’s right, the fuzzy fur that served as trim for many a ‘90s jacket. It’s backwith a vengence, appearing all over the fall runways.

At Ralph Lauren…


And Barbara Bui, too.


It’s all over Etsy, as well,  in the form of vintage clothing. Shearling is pretty easy to come by second-hand. I often see it lining jackets, vests and gloves, in both the men’s and women’s sections when I’m out thrifting. Here are some favorites from Etsy.

Tarantula Sisters

Pompom Clothing

Fox Tail Vintage

L’Enfant Terrible

I’m in love with the above shearling-trimmed trench coat. It looks like something you’dsee on a femme fatale in the 1940s.

But probably my favorite use of shearling appears on shoes. I’m head over heels for these Dolce Vitas.

Dolce Vita “Jagger” bootie

Burberry boot

With this type of look, the higher the heel the better, otherwise you’re verging into dumpy winter-wear. And we all know warmth has little to do with trendiness! Luckily this fad fits in well with cold weather.

So, whaddya think? Is shearling best left in the ‘90s, or are you going to embrace this new furry trend?

That’s all for now!


guest post: the rad housewife makes chicken a’la king

Happy Tuesday, lovelies!

Today’s guest post is courtesy of Mrs. Kate Smith, a beautiful blonde who shares her adventures in stylish domesticity on her blog, The Diary of a Rad Housewife. Kate’s not one to brag, like ever, about anything, but I think her talents in the kitchen are worth some serious horn-tooting. Today, she’s sharing a recipe for a winter comfort-food classic. I hope you enjoy!



The Housewife Queen Makes Chicken A’La King

If there’s one thing I admire about women from yesteryear, it’s their creativity with ingredients. What passed for food back in the day is oftentimes astounding—Velveeta, creamed cottage cheese, Jell-o and pineapple slices were staples, for heaven’s sake. And don’t get me started on what’s in Sherried Beef or Hamburg & Tatertot Hot Dish. But somehow all those dinners were consumed and here we are.

As a vintage cookbook collector, I would be remiss if I didn’t offer up one of my favorite golden oldies during my time as a guest blogger for the high plains thrifter. I’ve modified it quite a bit, but this Chicken A’La King is still the brainchild of Mrs. June Klee, straight from the Women’s Circle Home Cooking “Instant Cooking for People on the Go!” cookbook, circa 1978. Let’s dive in!

Chicken A’La King

1 boneless, skinless chicken breast
1 boneless, skinless chicken thigh
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 c. yellow onion, diced
0.5 c. carrots, sliced and peeled
0.5 c. peas
1.5 c. chicken stock
1 tsp. fresh sage, finely chopped
1 tsp. fresh thyme, finely chopped
2 tsp. celery leaf, finely chopped
Kosher salt and pepper

1. Preheat oven to 400 F.

2. Dice chicken.

3. Heat olive oil in a medium saucepan; add the onion and carrots. Saute until slightly softened.

4. Add stock and bring to a boil. Lower heat and add chicken pieces, bringing to a simmer.

5. Add peas, sage, thyme, celery leaf, 2 tsp. of salt and several grindings of pepper.

6. To thicken the dish (as it’s chilly out and you’ll probably want something nice and hearty): make a roux by melting 2 tbsp. of butter over low heat in a small sauce pan. Add 3 tbsp. of flour while stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. Do not let roux brown. Add 1/3 c. of heavy cream to mixture, stirring vigorously until mixture thickens. Season to taste.

7. Add to chicken and vegetable mixture and simmer.

8. Place in casserole dish and heat in oven for 15 minutes.

Serve over warm, fresh slices of pain au levain from French Meadow Bakery & Cafe.

Note: A big thanks to the Williams-Sonoma Bride & Groom Cookbook for its inspiration in helping me to update this vintage classic. And also to Amy Casey for sharing her food photography.

P.S. This is my 200th post! Holy crap!!

recently found: vintage trash movie postcards @ eagles #34

If you haven’t been to the Eagles #34 in South, you’re missing out. On Saturday night, my sweetheart & I went there to see a group of bands his boss had booked, and I have to say, the whole evening was more fun than I’d bargained for. We arrived at a bit after 8, and found three separate rooms jumping with music (Cajun, ’50s, surf, bluegrass, rock ‘n roll, country…), a bake sale, a raffle (win a laptop, $100 cash, framed duck print, Cabela’s gift card…) and a $7 meatloaf dinner I would have been all about had I not just stuffed myself at Little T’s not even an hour before.

Across from the bake sale (Christmas cookies, banana bread, chocolate bark…) were a couple tables packed with rummage-y stuff (potpourri pinecones, crocheted reindeer, baseball cards, kitty calendars…). I spotted these oversized postcards featuring trash movies from the ’40s and ’50s behind some used books. I have a wee bit of an obsessive collection of vintage postcards, and figured these would make good additions. Some of the movie titles cracked me up.

I think I spent $10 for a bunch of them, and all the moola went to the University of Iowa Diabetes Research Center. The rest of the night was spent sipping Screamin’ Eagles (which sounds like the name of a high school football team mascot, but really is a deliciously creamy hot toddy, the likes of which I’ve not had outside of that specific hole-in-the-wall) and listening to great music with my honey. It was a great time, all around. Which was, in my book, excuse enough to get out the Instax.

I hope you had fun weekends, too. I’m off to (hopefully) have an ultra-ultra productive night pricing, steaming & mending clothes for the weekend. Wish me luck! I needs it!



guest post: teacup vintage on dressing for december

Hey lovelies!

Today, the wonderful gals of Teacup Vintage are takin’ over the blog. I’m so excited that they tackled a conundrum we Minnesota girls face annually: Dressing cute when it’s -20 outside. As expected, they came up with some super adorable looks for all kinds of holiday situations. If I had it my way, I’d be cozying up to a roaring fire in look #3 every night now through March.
I hope you all enjoy it, too!


Dressing for December, Outfits & Inspiration

In the winter wonderland of December, we want outfits that say cozy with style. Personally, we tend to mix vintage and modern clothing, with lots of feminine details that add a touch of softness (think ruffles, pearly buttons, fur, velvet, and silk) thrown in for good measure. Since the Mighty Swell sale is just around the corner, we pulled pieces from our winter collection to put together looks for holiday style inspiration. Find these Teacup Vintage pieces and more at Tarnish & Gold this weekend.

Look #1: Under the Mistletoe

Classic colors, red and black, can be played up with a multitude of textures. This look is ladylike and classy with a hint of sex appeal (you choose how high to button it up): a red ruffled polka-dotted blouse paired with a black velvet high-waisted skirt, black tights, and lace-up heels. Add another dimension with a multicolored floral clutch.

Look #2: Date at the Ice Rink

Winter dates can be fun and stylish with the right outerwear. Vintage coats are unique and always in style: this one is an ivory wool blend with pearly brown buttons and a belted waist. Top off the look with soft gloves, a cream muff with brown velvet lining, cable knit tights, and ice skates of course!

Look #3: Sipping Cocoa by the Fire

This outfit says “cuddle me” and is so cozy and cute. We are loving novelty sweaters this season, especially those featuring animals. This look features an oversized sweater with two puppies in love, jeans tucked into cream stockings, with tall brown woven leather boots. Complete the look with a large vintage ivory handbag. Extra marshmallows please!

Look #4: As the Ball Drops

On New Year’s Eve, anything goes. We wanted to sparkle it up so we paired a lovely black 50’s party dress with gold tights, a black sequined head wrap, a small metallic handbag, and heels. We love mixing and matching metal tones with a black base piece. So fun, easy, and adds an extra splash of fanciness to a look.

Check the Teacup Vintage blog for more style inspiration, we will be updating it regularly!

-Heather & Alea

Psst: You can check our more outfit ideas from Teacup Vintage here.