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A Look at “Simple” Pottery for the Table

Very few of us today use fancy china more than one or two times a year.  I, unfortunately, fall into that category and find that I much prefer to use my everyday “heartier” dishes.  While this may be the case with many of us today, it is fun to look back and notice that this wasn’t always the case.  Around the late 1880’s using china on a daily basis was the norm, however there began to be a switch around the 1920’s to embracing more humble forms of pottery for the more simpler meals of the day. For example, the following excerpt describes the appropriate times and locations to use more simple pottery. “A third class of tableware is “pottery.”  It is , as a rule, the least carefully, and therefore the least expensively, made tableware…We speak of the simple “tea-room” variety, gay in color and elemental as to decorate, such as all are familiar with.  Some of our readers may have collected pieces of such pottery when traveling in various parts of the world and …

Vintage Thanksgiving Advertisements

I’m pretty sure I have said this before, and will most probably say it again, but I adore vintage advertisements.  I love the catch phrases, the corny promises, and the super happy people just grinning from ear to ear over the product.  But when you add in anything to do with a holiday, I just go wild!  Commercials have the same effect on me.  Whenever a holiday commercial comes on, especially if its one that gets played every year, I just get that much more excited!  So with Thanksgiving coming up this week, I thought it would be fun to take a look at some vintage advertisements featuring products that one must just simply have …or at least within reason! Turkey, or in this case, ham is the foundation for the meal.  I can’t say I have ever had ham on Thanksgiving…but if it was put out there next to the turkey, I’m sure I would indulge! Okay, I personally do not care for sweet potatoes or yam..but I know many in my family do. …

Having a Harvest Feast

I have several vintage cookbooks that are my absolutely favorite things to read on a rainy day.  There is something so relaxing about reading recipes, table setting ideas, and ways to wow your guests all from the comfort of your couch.  And it seems the older the book, the more descriptive and detailed the ideas become.  How to set a table for different meals throughout the day using the same centerpiece tickles some domestic part of me.  The proper way to serve coffee following a buffet dinner or how to greet guests right when they walk in the door while making sure your dinner doesn’t burn in the oven are all fascinating tidbits to learn.  So when it comes to having friends or family over, even if I don’t serve one recipe mentioned, I will always start by reading one of my vintage cookbooks.  It puts me in the right frame of mind and ensures I plan the most perfect meal. Today I wanted to share with you one fabulous meal entitled Harvest Feast.  This …

All Things Apple Pie

I think I have eaten apple pie at least once a week for the past month and a half….I can’t get enough of it!  I love every warm, soft, gooey, delicious bite.  So nothing would do but take some time to fully appreciate all things apple pie! To start with, here is one of my go-to recipes from my 1950’s Betty Crocker Cookbook: 1 recipe for Double-Crust Pastry 1/3 to 1/2 cup sugar 1/4 cup Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/8 teaspoon salt 8 cups thinly sliced peeled tart apples (8 medium) 2 tablespoons butter or margarine 1 Heat oven to 425ºF. Prepare Double-Crust Pastry. 2 Mix sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in large bowl. Stir in apples. Turn into pastry-lined pie plate. Dot with butter. Trim overhanging edge of pastry 1/2 inch from rim of plate. 3 Roll other round of pastry. Fold into fourths and cut slits so steam can escape. Unfold top pastry over filling; trim overhanging edge 1 inch from rim of plate. Fold and roll top edge under lower …

“Let’s Eat Outdoors”

For many Americans (especially those up north) today marks the end of summer.  Even though the actual day may still be a few weeks away, Labor Day seems to be the “unofficial, official” end.  With school starting this week, along with football season, the overwhelming desire to put out pumpkins, mums, and bales of hay can become very strong.  However, Labor Day weekend is the last hurrah where families get together for one last outdoor BBQ.  At this particular meal, everyone is very careful to avoid mentioning the leaves changing, or that they brought out their winter sweaters from storage…and above all, no one, I mean NO ONE is to dare breath a word indicating that a school bus will be showing up at one’s house tomorrow morning.  It is sort of an unspoken code of honor between parents and students ….eh…I mean, children! So even though tomorrow means fall, school, and sweaters….today is all about summer picnic eating!  To celebrate, I have collected some of my favorite vintage images of picnics, camping, and BBQ’s.  So after you …

Petite Fruit Pies

When the Autumn season rolls around, I am all about making pies.  Huge pies overflowing with fruits, spices, and lots of sugar.  But during the summer months, I prefer to create smaller, more delicate pies.  I am not quite sure of the reason, but there it is nonetheless.  I try to find fruits that are in season and make only one or two small pies at a time.  This is not only affordable, it is also a time saver, as I make a large amount of pie curst once and then freeze it in small batches. So whether I want a little pie for myself, for a party, or simply to drop off to a friend, these small creations are the way to go! Some of the best recipes I have, comes from the Better Homes and Garden Pies and Cakes Cookbook from 1966.  The recipes range from normal fruit pies to cold and tasty creations in a variety of crusts. I have the two pages below for you to peruse and try out as …

A Summer Vintage Tea Party

I am on the final countdown until all the construction on my house is finished!   ***cue fireworks, excited squeals, and sighs of relief** And I have decided that once it is all done and my house looks better than ever, I want to have my friends over for a little get together.  And while I am sure it will only be the first of many parties, I really want the first one to be extra special and true to who I am. So what is more me than a vintage tea party!?  And half the fun of the party is all the planning that goes into it…. along with the hours of finding and perfecting the perfect recipes.  Yum! Here are a few samples of ideas I have and plan to use! I love the idea of using vintage dishes to hold all of the accessories for the party.  This example from Martha Stewart reminds me of a 1930’s table setting. I don’t personally own a vintage cake pedestal, but here are two wonderful …

Hosting a Pancake Party!

Isn’t it funny how switching the norm around a bit can make something more exciting or unusual?  This can definitely be said about having breakfast for dinner!  It was one of my favorite meals growing up and still is today…especially if we were having pancakes.  Easy to make and universally pleasing, having a pancake party, whether with friends or just the family, is the perfect way to spend an evening! One of my 1960’s cookbooks offers some wonderful pancake recipes to get your party off on the right foot! To start, you need the basic recipe, and believe it or not, the books says to start with Bisquik! Basic Pancake Recipe: 4 cups Bisquik 2 eggs 3 1/1 cups of milk Stir until combined then try any of the adaptations that follow: Apple Pancakes Fold 2 cups of chopped apple, 2 tbsp. of sugar and 1 tbsp. of lemon juice into the batter.  Serve with Cinnamon-Maple Syrup. Banana Pancakes (one of my favorites) Fold 1 cup mashed ripe banana and 2 tbsp. of sugar into …