Monday, January 31, 2011

Do you recognize this poultry?

Going through all these vintage cookbooks I have come to realize a few things......
1) They were really bad at photographing food.
2) They liked their Aspic.  (insert shiver here)
3)  The poultry.   Have a look at this Turkey.  Doesn't look like one, right?

How about these Chicken Pieces.  Look at the tiny little drumsticks.

Well......This is what the poultry should look like.  I know most of you have watched the movie "Food, Inc." and thought that you have to buy better food for yourself and your family.  But when you go and buy that Organic, Natural Chicken it has much larger breasts than that poor little Turkey up there.  These pictures have really made it obvious to me how much they have altered our Poultry so that even if we buy the "natural" ones, they are still Genetically altered.   This was, literally, food for thought for me. For them to have used them in a photo, it had to be some pretty good looking meat back then. 

I found these photos in this General Electric cookbook from 1933.  It has awesome photos of the "New Electric Kitchen" and lots of recipes.

This book is available at Flourishes. Just click here.

Yes, we now get more meat, but at what cost?  And to me this looks like something that is now done and can't be fixed.  Our Poultry is now very well endowed and that is that.  Like I said, this is just something I've noticed.

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Friday, January 28, 2011

Three Lovely Ladies and One Red Hat...

I just love this photo!  It sits on a table in my living room where I can see it everyday.  It's a photo of my wonderful Grandma, my Mom in the center and my lovely Aunt.  It was taken at a wedding in the mid 60's. You can see the wedding cake in the background.  They just look so beautiful!  My Grandma is so stylish with her hat and fur, and those glasses!   My Mom and my Aunt are in their mid to late teens when this was taken.   
1960s Red Straw Hat
 We recently lost my Grandmother.  She truly was an amazing woman.  She had only 3 months to go and she would have been 100 years old!  The things she saw.  A fantastic seamstress, she worked at a furrier doing the finishing work on all the lovely coats until she was 93 or 94.   All the delicate stitches and wonderful pockets that come with the luxury of a fur.  She would do that.  Plus the pretty little initials inside.  She could sew anything! She even saved fur scraps and made my Cabbage Patch Doll a mink coat! I definitely had the best dressed doll around.

But, this was about this hat.  While cleaning out her home, I found it!  See my Aunt wearing it in the picture.  It's still absolutely fabulous!!!!
1960s Red Straw Hat
I have a really big thing for hats and find it just so cool to have the hat and a picture of it being worn.  A large floppy brim done in straw with a big beautiful bow.   The brim is graduated in size to be larger in the front.  Very well made.  It's just waiting to go off and make a statement at another wedding.  (I do have it listed in my shop, just click the link under the picture and it will bring you right there.)  I can't keep everything, no matter how much I would like too, so since I do have the history to go with it, I figured you might enjoy it. 

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

All The Pretty Things.....

I have a vintage addiction.  There, I said it.  I especially love the fashions from the 1950s and 60s.  I hit up every yard sale, garage sale and estate sale I can find to dig up whatever I can find.   Hats are my biggest downfall.  Just love them! 

The ladies in this dress ad are so lovely and feminine.  Very much what a "lady" should look like.   Even the soap is lady-like.  A feminine oval shape and called "Sweetheart's".  Just lovely!

I live in the land of blue jeans and T shirts and think it would have been lovely to get dressed up in the evenings and go to the club, or ladies lunch.  You needed a nice wardrobe then.  Today, I'm sitting here in yoga pants with no plans on leaving the house till kickboxing.  The times are so different.  In the 50's and 60's you would clean the house in a dress!  Because you were a lady and ladies wore dresses.  I remember my Mom, even in the early 80s, getting dressed up just to go to the grocery store.  Tall boots and a skirt!  No one does that anymore and I think we should make it come back.   Along with my resolution this year to be a calmer person, I have also decided to make a conscious effort to get a bit more dressed up this year.  Doesn't matter if I'm just going to the store, I will try and look a bit better.  Try to bring back some of the femininity that was lost somewhere along the lines.  Putting on the vintage jewelry with my T shirt and jeans.  Add a pair of heels and my new faux mink swing coat and off to the store.   Mom's nowadays tend to dress for comfort and utility, but our Mothers and Grandmothers were Mom's too and they were lovely.

I have even resurrected the dressing table.  For year's I have been putting my make-up on quickly, sitting on the bed in front of the TV.  I was recently given my Grandma's beautiful dresser tray and while finding a place to put it, I ended up with a dressing table.  I was given a new lighted make-up mirror and everything I need is right there.   It makes you think about your appearance, sitting there in front of the mirror and it's not taking me any longer in the mornings than it did before.
So ladies, bust out all your pretty little things, put them where you can see them and use them and lets bring some glamor back into our busy lives!  It's fun and makes you feel good.

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Monday, January 24, 2011

A Bit Of Wit From 1956

Good Morning! I really didn't know what to put on here today, but seeing as it is Monday morning, we probably all need a bit of a chuckle. Soften up the Monday a bit.

I found this column, The Wit Parade, in an August 12, 1956 issue of The American Weekly. I'm just going to put up a couple of these, so here goes....

Two newly rich matrons were fanning themselves contentedly on the terrace of a plush resort hotel. After a bit one said: "Goodness, I should be dressing! What time is it?"
"Oh, it's still early," answered her friend, glancing at her wristwatch. "It's exactly four diamonds past the ruby."

It's supposed to have happened at the Neiman Marcus department store in Dallas.
Two youngsters, complete with ice cream cones, had obviously strayed away from their mother and were amusing themselves riding up and down the crowded elevators. Suddenly the boy noticed his cone was dripping - and wiped it against the back of a woman's mink stole.
"For goodness sake, Jimmy, watch yourself," whispered his sister loudly. "You're getting fur all over your ice cream!"

Ok, I didn't say they were great. Just kind of cute. Simple humor......... Alright, I will try better tomorrow. I hope you all have a great day and if you would like to follow the happenings in my two shops, Monkey & Me and Flourishes, please come give me a like on Facebook. (Just click on "facebook" it's the link to my page.) Happy Monday All!!!

Friday, January 21, 2011

A Team Of Merry Maids and a Personal Assistant

It's friday! Here that means cleaning day, but with all that still needs to get done, I don't think that's going to happen today. My dream in life is a team of merry maids and a personal assistant. Wouldn't that be lovely? But as Scarlett would say "Tomorrow is another day".

I saw these old adds from the 40s and had to laugh. If only these products did what they said! I would let the Soilax box come clean my tub, if he did it himself. " Soilax lightens daily chores, Does bathrooms, laundry, silver, floors!" I'm impressed that you can clean the bathroom and wash your clothes with the same product! Fill the tub with Soilax, dump in laundry and swish around with a fork? What, do we then drag the wet soapy clothes across the floor? Maybe they were on to something?
The Fels-Naptha Soap people tell us that " A married woman's life can't always be a 'bowl of cherries'. But it needn't be just a tub of dirty clothes." HA! See how happy those ladies are?! They got the team of Merry Maids. I just know it, otherwise they would be home doing the wash.

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Thee makes wonderful soup!

It's cold and I'm hungry! What's new, right? They say that we are going to have wind chills around 20-29 degrees below zero the next couple of nights. Brrrrrrr!!!!! A good time to stay in. And what do I do when I stay in? Raid the kitchen! LOL!!! Come on, we all do it. And what is in most pantry's? Campbell's Soup. So when I found these ads, I thought perfect. Let's share.

This sweet little ad is for all of you out there with a cold. It seems like everyone has gotten sick this week. It gave me a chuckle, and they do say laughter is the best medicine.

"Back in the days of the thirteen colonies, Chicken Noodle Soup was a great family favorite. With patient care, early American housewives prepared their chickens, rolled their egg noodles, brewed the chicken broth in deep iron kettles to a glistening golden richness. And many a hungry husband looked up from this steaming, fragrant bowl and murmured to his wife - " Thee makes wonderful soup".

Today, of course, most Americans have the same liking for Chicken Noodle Soup. But women needn't any longer bend above the hearth, sipping and sav
oring. For Campbell's Chicken Noodle Soup is made to the taste of present-day America, yet in the early homespun tradition: tempting egg noodles, a broth rich with tender pieces of chicken.
You'll find plenty of this good soup now at your grocer's. Let the family have their fill again!"

Heeheee... has your husband ever said that to thee?

This next ad, proclaiming that these are "Budget Beaters", has one of my all time favorite recipes in it. My Mom would make this for us and I now make it for my family, and I haven't come across one person who didn't like it. And it's so Easy! This may be tonight's dinner.

Budget Beater No. 7
Mushroom Meatballs
Continental flavor - on a budget!

Blend 1 can Campbell's Cream of Mushroom Soup with 1/2 cup water. Measure out 1/4 cup soup mixture. Combine with 1lb. ground beef, 1/2 cup fine dry bread crumbs, 2 tbsp minced onion, 1 tbsp. minced parsley, 1 egg (slightly beaten), 1/4 tsp salt.

Shape into meatballs about 1 1/2" in diameter. Brown in 1 tbsp. shortening in a large skillet.

Add remaining soup mixture; cover.

Cook over low heat about 15 min.; stir occasionally - 4 servings.

(sorry about the underline, it turned itself on and wont turn off)

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Emily Post Says....

Growing up, I was frequently reminded of what Emily Post would say about what I was doing. According to my Dad, I had her "spinning in her grave". I wonder if she's stopped yet? So when I saw this article I thought this was a good one to share, seeing as she really was a big part of me "learning to be a lady" HA! I still often think when I do something, " Whoop's! Got her spinning again."

Once again, this is one of those sheets that were tucked into that old cookbook I found. This one was taken from The American Weekly, August 12, 1956. Emily Post has a lot to say, so I'm just going to pick a couple to share.

Ok, this one really surprised me!

Checking a Wrap
Q: When a woman checks her wrap in a restaurant, or night club, is her escort supposed to go to the checkroom and get it for her when they are ready to leave, or does she go and get it herself?
A: She get's it herself.

Personally, I think he should get it. Really, isn't it like getting the door? Pulling out the chair? His job, definitely. (Ooop's there she goes again! )

On to the next.... for those of you to which this is a burning question.....

Q: Will you please tell me whether it is proper to use lace-paper doilies under individual servings of cake or ice cream? If not, will you please name the times when paper doilies may be used?
A: The lace-paper doily or mat is put under the whole cake - especially under a very elaborately iced one (such as a birthday cake). Also individual molds of ice cream are often placed on small doilies of paper lace.

I know that you will sleep better tonight having finally gotten the answer to that one!

Actually, it's nice to read these and see that people cared what was proper when in public. I think it's a shame that a lot of it has been lost, but I won't get to deep here. Just wanted to give you a chuckle.

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Don't sweat the little things......

How are you all doing on your New Year's Resolutions? Mine this year was to be a much calmer person. No more freaking out over all the little stuff that happens. All that stuff that builds and builds, one after the other, then KaPoW! Off ya go! I see all the calm people and wonder how they do it. Drugs? ;) So far I think I am doing better, not perfect, but better. So when I saw this article in that May 25, 1946 issue of the "GRIT" I figured I would share it and my goal for 2011.

I think it's kind of funny they have a section in the newspaper for Pet Peeves. Pent up aggressions must have been bad in 1946! They just needed one of those handy little lint rollers. You know, with the disposable tape. Problem solved!

I hope you all succeed with your 2011 goals. They really are worth striving for if you thought you needed them in the first place. Keep it up, and I will do the same. Now I'm off to my happy place. See ya!

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Friday, January 14, 2011

Coffee Break

Good Morning. Have we had our coffee yet?

I just found this great little advertisement in a November 27, 1955 issue of This Week Magazine. It was put out by the Pan-American Coffee Bureau. Made me smile. It's just so cute. It's a shame that the days of sweet little ads like these seem to be long gone. Hope you enjoy it.

Bus Stop "Coffee-break"

A few minutes ago, a bus stopped at Wayside, U.S.A. A group of strangers got off to stretch and have a snack. Now, they're getting acquainted, American-style - over a good, hot cup of coffee. The figure-conscious girl (who drinks hers black) is telling the businessman (cream, two sugars) about college. The driver (black, with apple pie) is reassuring the motherly-type (light, one sugar) that the bus is on time. When the driver kids the waitress about the coffee, the motherly-type will tell him her recipe for good coffee (two level tablespoons of coffee in each cup). The driver will listen courteously and agree. His wife's been making it that way for years.
Pan-American Coffee Bureau, 120 Wall St., New York 5, N.Y.

Cute. Right? Now off for cup # 3.

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Fun Household Hints From 1946

Well..... I made yesterdays recipe last night. It was delish! Perfect for a cold night, but the cooking time was way over what was stated. It took about 2 hours!!! We were starving by the time it got done. It makes quite a lot and since there is just the three of us, we will be eating Cheeseburger Pie for the next three days. :D

Today I have for you, Household Hints!!! Taken from a May 26, 1946 issue of the GRIT. I have no clue where this paper was distributed, but I am thinking Mississippi because of other things I have found in those cookbooks. I just think this is so much fun.

The heading of the article is Household Hints, but some of them are just quirky little facts. Here we go.....

-Some like them raw, some like them cooked. Serve Dandelions in a tossed salad or cook them in a fairly large amount of water in an uncovered pan. Allow to simmer until tender. Don't overcook.

-Little angel? His parents think so. A baby was born recently in a plane flying 19,000 feet above LaPax, Bolivia.

-Psst, Mom! There goes pop with your talcum powder. OK, so he's doing it for you. Squeaky floors are sometimes caused by the rubbing of one floor board against another. Sifting talcum powder between them sometimes helps.

-This could concern you. The annual damage from moths is estimated at $100,000,000.

-And Uncle Bill thinks nobody eats them. Americans are consuming about 40,000,000 pounds of avocados a year.

-Prevents wilting. To keep carrots fresh, cut off the tops before you drop them into your vegetable bin. Same goes for beets, turnips, parsnips, and radishes.

-Was your face red when Aunt Susie called you extravagant. Next time rinse the milk bottle in soups, gravies, or white stocks like she says.

-Shoes that are not to be worn for a season should be cleaned, polished, put on shoe trees, and wrapped in tissue paper before storing them.

-How's this? Make an oilcloth cover for your ironing board when not in use. This will protect it from dust and the cover can be used as a work surface when sponging garments.

-A sad sack. To prevent your shoe bag from sagging, run a short curtain rod through the top of the bag. This will hold it securely in place.

There ya go! No more being embarrassed by Aunt Susie!!! LOL! Hope you got a chuckle from this, I did.

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Comfort Food For Snowy Days...

Well, I heard on the news this morning that every one of our 50 states had snow on the ground today. Including Hawaii! So I think we all need a warm meal tonight and I think most should like this one. I found it in those wonderful cookbooks that I spoke of yesterday, just a handwritten recipe on a yellow sheet. This is what I will be trying tonight and I may add potatoes to it as well.

Cheeseburger Pie
1 baked pastry shell
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup mustard
1/3 cup ketchup
1 tablespoon Parsley Flakes
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup dry bread crumbs
1 pound ground beef
3 slices of cheese

Bake pastry shell, cool. In a mixing bowl combine all ingredients, except cheese. Mix thoroughly. Spread mixture in shell. Bake in moderate oven, 45 minutes. Arrange cheese slices on meat. Return to oven until cheese melts.

This is dinner for us tonight, I will let you know how it turns out. Give it a shot as well. Sounds like the perfect meal for a cold night.

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Things Of Importance...

We all do it. Find something we think may be useful, helpful or that is just plain pretty, and tuck it away somewhere. I was just going through some items for Flourishes that I got at an estate sale a few months back and was amazed that the family didn't want to hang on to these. Cookbooks! Chock full of stashed newspaper clippings and magazine articles that this lovely lady saved. Some of the books are so full of extras, that they have blown their bindings! Also stashed in amongst the clippings and written all over the pages are many hand written recipes.

Some of these books were probably the first she ever had as a newlywed. They date all the way back to 1936! I love these little treasures. So full of personality. She obviously loved to cook and took pride in what she did. I saw her kitchen. She had everything! It was amazing!

I will be keeping a couple of these books for myself, but have decided to resurrect my long neglected blog to share different little things I have found. I will be starting with some of the Recipes and Helpful hints this lady had saved and stashed away. She felt they were good ideas, so maybe we should give them a shot.

I know it's after Christmas and we are all baked out, but I love the name of these cookies!
So let's give them a shot. I also think that these are the cookies my Aunt makes that are my absolute favorite. She twists the two parts together and makes candy canes out of them!

Miss Lizzie Simpkins Sugar Cookies
1 cup of butter
2 whole eggs
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup sour cream or buttermilk
2 cups of sugar
5 cups flour (plain)
1-2 teaspoon soda flavoring
1-2 teaspoon salt

Cream butter and sugar very well, add whole eggs and mix thoroughly. Add sifted flour mixed with the baking powder, soda and salt alternating with the sour cream. Divide dough and flavor half with almond flavoring the other half tint pink with a few drops of vegetable coloring and flavor with peppermint flavoring.

(taken from an old newspaper clipping)