Wednesday, February 27, 2013


Have you visited the other blog I write along with my sisters and cousins?
We started it as a way to share all of our crazy craft projects with each other. We would love to have you along for the ride! You can also find knitting tips, recipes and crafting tips there.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Frigidaire Recipes 1923

 I am not sure if this little book was published to promote sales or was the owner's manual that came with the refrigerator. But it is fascinating to look at! I picked up last time I was antiquing. It was my big splurge, just too cute to pass up.
I love this first picture of 1920s ladies and their refrigerator.
 "The primary purpose of a Frigidaire Automatic Refrigeration is to preserve food."
 Frigidaire and the Modern Home
"Frigidaire plays a definite role in the daily routine and management of the modern home. It is an integral part of the equipment that lightens household cares and contributes to the health, happiness and convenience of every member of the family."

Aren't the little illustrations lovely! Even though it is just illustrating a ham casserole, it is elegant!
 Frigidaire Rolls and Frigidaire Cookies! The cookies look very interesting. Three layers of dough with chocolate, coconut and nuts. Yum!
 And would this cookbook be complete without Sherbets and Ices?
 I thought this was fascinating, a diagram of where to keep food.
"Whether shelf space be large or small it is important that there be ample chance for circulation of air, which becomes hampered on crowded shelves. There must be space between articles as well as above and below them.
Perishable foods of all kinds are best preserved when placed on the proper shelf, for some foods require colder temperatures than others for correct preservation. In placing food in Frigidaire, keep these few simple rules in mind:
1. Foods difficult to keep, such as milk and meat, should be placed under the cooling coil.
2. Foods that readily absorb odors, such as butter, should be placed under the cooling coil.
3. Foods that dry out easily, such as celery, lettuce and spinach, should be placed on the top shelves. 4. Foods that give off odors. such as cheese, melons and apples, should be placed on the top shelves."
Doesn't it make you thankful we don't have to worry about "difficult to keep foods" anymore? We just have to worry about forgetting things in the refrigerator!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Timless Springform Pans

This was another surprise, this time inside a cookbook. I don't know how long Spring Form pans have been around and  quick search online didn't come up with anything. Anyone know? It is hard to tell the age of the tag its self, though becasue it mentions aluminum maybe the 50s.
 Isn't that neat it comes with different pan bottoms? That certainly makes it space saving. And one doesn't have to debate whether it is worth keeping an angel food cake pan that is only used three times a year.
 I wonder if they still make them with the interchangeable bottoms.......... I need a set!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

1930s Coat Pattern and........a Surprise!

 A couple of weekends ago, I decided to play hooky, ditch all the Saturday chores and visit a new antique store! It was great fun! This is one of the goodies I picked up. The price was fabulous, I snatched it up so quick I didn't even look at it properly. Isn't it smashing? So very Loretta Young/ Myrna Loy looking. It fascinates me there is no buttons, just the neck scarf to keep it closed.
Sometimes the back of a pattern is just as interesting as the front. It looks like a simple coat to make. But it packs such style!

When I peeked inside at the pattern pieces, this fell out!! Isn't that funny! It is so bright and colorful. If you look very closely, there are the words "free sample" stamped across it. (It is a little hard to decipher at first) I wonder how it ended up in a sewing pattern? Was it used to hold buttons? Bits of fabric for possible choices? Matching thread??

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day!

I know I posted this last year, but  it is too cute!
 And for your enjoyment "Be Careful It's My Heart", a lovely song by Bing Crosby and dance by Fred Astaire from Holiday Inn. I couldn't embed the video, but here is link for a Color Version!
P.S. And if you are looking for a fabulous Valentine Cookie, check out Perhaps I Should Have Been Supervised!!

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Great Grandmother Marie

Marie around 1916-18
Even though my Mom or I had never met my great grandmother Marie, we always remember her for her housekeeping abilities. She instilled such a strong sense of cleanliness, proper housekeeping and care of one's family in her daughter(my grandmother) it is still going strong!  
Maire with her children and husband.
I know that sounds like a strange legacy, but that is what we remember of Marie. We don't really know much about her, other then the usual facts. She married a not so stable man, had three children, divorced and later re-married. Her personality doesn't show up in any of the family stories and so she remains a bit mysterious.
 Marie, like any good housekeeper wearing a a cute apron!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

A little Apron Inspiration

Illustration by Kate Greenaway
GREENAWAY, KATE (1846-1901), English artist and book illustrator, was the daughter of John Greenaway, a well-known draughtsman and engraver on wood, and was born in London on the I7th of March 1846. After a course of study at South Kensington, at Heatherleys life classes, and at the Slade School, Kate Greenaway began, in 1868, to exhibit watercolor drawings at the Dudley Gallery, London. Her more remarkable early work, however, consisted of Christmas cards, which, by reason of their quaint beauty of design and charm enjoyed an extraordinary vogue. Her subjects were, in the main, young girls, children, flowers, and landscape; and the air of artless simplicity, freshness, humor, and purity of these little works so appealed to public and artists alike that the enthusiastic welcome habitually accorded to them is to be attributed to something more than love of novelty. Courtesy of Illuminated Books