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 batter.  Serve with honey.

Blueberry Pancakes

And 2 tbsp. of sugar into batter; gently fold in 1 cup of fresh, frozen, or drained canned blueberries.  Dust pancakes with powdered sugar.

Spicy Blueberry Pancakes

Stir into batter 1 tsp. cinnamon, 1//2 tsp. nutmeg, and 1/4 tsp. cloves.  Gently fold in 1 cup fresh, frozen, or drained canned blueberries.  Serve with Lemon Syrup.

Orange Nut Pancakes

Fold 2 tbsp. grated orange peel and 1/3 cup finely chopped pecans into batter.  Serve warm with maple syrup.

Want to try something other than pancakes?

 Check out Retro Breakfast Recipes for many other delicious retro recipes!


So go ahead and treat the family, or yourself, to a fun pancake supper!!  You won’t regret it!



Source: So Quick with New Bisquik: A Betty Crocker Cookbook  1967

All Things Strawberry!


Strawberries are, hands down, my most favorite fruit.  I have always loved them and am fairly certain, I always will! 🙂

As a rule, I have never been a “cake” person, preferring instead fruit pies, shortcake, or biscuits.  The lovely thing about strawberries, is that that little fruit goes great with all of the above mentioned desserts.  As a young child, I would always ask for something with this little fruit for my birthday dessert.  Add a huge dollop of whipped cream, and well, I was in heaven!

And with strawberry season just beginning to start, I thought I would share some strawberry recipes.




However, my most absolute, positively-favorite way to eat strawberries, is in strawberry soup!  Smooth, cold, creamy, sweet…. and simply delightful!  


2 cups vanilla yogurt/ or buttermilk
1/2 cup orange juice
2 pounds fresh strawberries, halved (8 cups)
1/2 cup sugar
Additional vanilla yogurt and fresh mint leaves, optional

In a blender, combine the yogurt, orange juice, strawberries and sugar in batches; cover and process until blended. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Garnish with additional yogurt and mint leaves if desired. Yield: 6 servings.

So enjoy spring’s most favorite fruit…I know I will!


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A Vintage Valentine’s Day Party

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I love planning themed parties!  And whether its just for a few family members or a large group, vintage party ideas are always a hit!  So when it comes to Valentine’s Day, a holiday normally for two, why not shake things up and have a party for many!

Below are a few excerpts from a 1959 Better Homes and Garden’s Holiday Cook Book on hosting the perfect Valentine’s Day Dessert Party!

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Once you have planned the menu and decorated the table, why not send out some cute invitations using these FREE downloadable imaged from THIS WEBSITE.


Happy Planning! 




In the Kitchen: Colorful and Cool Desserts

Is it getting warm where you are?  It certainly is in the northeast of the U.S. and I am thoroughly enjoying it.  I find myself craving watermelon, ice cream, and ice frappucinos most of the time.  I am a big believer that food, especially dessert, should reflect the weather and the temperature.

I have collected over the years quite a few vintage cookbooks from as early as 1896 to 1980.  They are my pride and joy and each one I find is a cherished addition to my collection.  When it came to deciding posts for this month, I was nervous that my cooking ability would inhibit the beauty that this month is all about.  Therefore, I decided to just share the recipe I was planning on making of Rainbow Meringue Torte  from one of my 1950’s cookbooks, with the hope that you all might try it yourselves…without letting my, perhaps, poor attempt stop you.

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So whether you are sitting out on a patio, front porch, or chilling in front of the AC, I hope all your desserts are delicious, cool, and beautiful.

Have a wonderful rest of May and I will see you all in June!


Source: Better Homes and Garden Holiday Cook Book