Monday, June 19, 2017

Super Goober

From Woman's Day Magazine Sept 1952 

What an intriguing idea for a cake.... upside down peanut butter peach!
It's a wham-banger!
I like that the cake part is from a prefab mix, which is usually my regular Saturday night thing.
When I made this cake I had everything already on hand except that cake mix so I switched things up this time by making a homemade cake! Ha!  That is a definite first!  The recipe recommends using an iron skillet as the baking vessel.  However I don't have one that isn't rusted out so I made this cake in a round cake pan.

I had several problems that I am going to let you in on so you can enjoy complete success with your own Super Goober.   Some my fault and some not.   First off grease the pan. even the bottom.  I thought the butter in the bottom would be enough to help with sticking (I did grease the sides).  The recipe never mentions greasing even the alternative option of using a square pan.  So my cake top stuck to the roof of that pan like peanut butter.  What part of the cake I could get on to the serving plate wound up landing off center so I decided to give it a little tilt to budge it over... half the cake slid off the plate causing a peach peanut butter cake avalanche.  Thankfully no young impressionable minds were anywhere in the 3 mile radius because they would have been exposed to a few new words.  I scrapped up what I could and mashed it together and replaced the jostled peaches.  I then scrapped the topping out of the pan and used it as camouflage for the top.  This is why there is only one pic and the ass of the cake is away from the camera. 

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For the cake part I decided to use the recipe for  As You Like It Cake with Three Way Frosting.  Originally when I made that cake I used half of a prefab cake mix I had left over from another dessert.  I like this cake recipe because it has all normal ingredients found in my kitchen.  I don't keep stuff like cake flour or buttermilk around.  Those things are too unitask-ish. I have plain all purpose flour and skim milk, items that can play well with most all recipes, meals and are cost effective. I surely am not going to use buttermilk in my cereal and normal flour is way cheaper than cake flour.  

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So did this Super Goober Wham Banger send our taste buds singing as claimed?
Maybe not singing but definitely humming very loudly. It really does taste good and I really like the unusual concoction of ingredients. 
Highly recommended for peanut butter and peach lovin' kids of all ages! 

Monday, June 12, 2017

Coloring fun!

One of my favorite past times is coloring in kid's coloring books.   It's an activity I have been into since I was a little kid (duh!) and I still have several of my coloring books from my younger years.  I also collect old coloring books too.  I scan and print the pages to color instead of wasting the original.  I thought I would share a few images from a set of books published in 1956 I got from Mr. Husband Sir for Christmas a couple of years ago.  The first one is time appropriate to start with since it's summer vacation right now!

 School's out for summer!
School's out forever!
School's been blown to pieces!
He even blew his shoes off.  Not unless those are wooden Dutch clogs.

It's time for picnics, floppy hats, and a cute Thermos!

No vacation for this clown though.  He's off for his rabies shot.  Ohhh!

Things That Move

This one doesn't have a lot of cute images, just simple line drawings of trucks and planes.
But there is this gem:

I always like coloring pages that I can elaborate upon.  This one needs me to draw a bunch of trash hanging out of the back end.  I think a few fish skeletons and a severed arm would do nicely.

Join The Parade

This one has a bunch of cute stuff but none of it has anything to do with a parade.

Busy People To Color

Images of people working hard or hardly working.

Fred Astaire at his weekend waiter job.

The smirky mailman.  He knows where all of those discretely no-return-addressed- boxes are really from that you order. 

And the "busy" janitor.

PB, Mr. Husband, and I also like to draw our own coloring pages too.  We generally come up with ideas from our little inside jokes and references.  At some point I plan on posting a few images of our coloring sheets and add a little bit of the back story with them.  

Monday, June 05, 2017

20,000 Leagues under Birthday Cake

Mr. Husband Sir just turned another year older.  His surprise birthday theme this year was based after one of his favorite movies, 20000 Leagues Under The Sea.  He also loved the now gone Disney World ride based after the 1954 Disney Pictures release.  The ride opened in 1971 and "sunk" in 1994.  Mr. Husband Sir went on many under water adventures on the Nautilus when he was a kid living just outside of Orlando.  We just recently took a trip to Disney World and he was telling us much he wished the ride was still there, then I decided it had to be his birthday theme!

I thought the decorations turned out pretty well considering all I spent was 1.07 at Dollar Tree to purchase a bag of seashells.  Everything else I had or made between either PB or myself.
The 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea record (1964) seen above is from my grandmother's collection and was passed on to me when I was younger.

I drew and painted the giant squid and the Nautilus on large pieces of cardboard I scavenged from a furniture shop for free.  The seaweed is snipped crepe paper streamers.  PB and I drew and painted the sea life on the ocean wall.

20,000 Leagues Under The Sea has a very steam punk kinda feel to the film sets.  I don't really have anything like that other than an old barometer and a few sets of these ornate candle holders seen above.  The candle holders are actually vintage funeral home decor!  Mr. Husband Sir used to work at a funeral home years ago when we first met and they were given to him.  They come in quite handy during Halloween or for a 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea party!

Another area of underwater ambiance.  I printed out a bunch of vintage sea life book illustrations and placed them in metal frames here and there.  I also printed images of the movie posters and old diving masks to hang or prop up.

For his cake I made it resemble the 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea ride...with him getting to experience it again!  I used a horseshoe cake pan that I originally used for PB's first birthday and a wedding cake back in 2005. 

 I printed out and laminated an image of a Nautilus ship and a giant squid to chase him.  I used a bunch of PB's plastic sea life critters on the cake and on tables.  

One of the gifts Mr. Husband Sir got was an advertisement from 1954 when the movie was first released.  I found it in a old Collier's magazine I picked up at an estate sale.

While we were at Disney World last month we had heard tale that at the Little Mermaid ride (which was where the original 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea had been) was a hidden tribute.  Mr. Husband Sir found it!  Carved in the rocks is a large sized Nautilus "floating" just above the water pool.

Past Mr. Husband B-day Bashes:

Monday, May 29, 2017

Have a Nice (Birth)Day!!

 For PB's birthday party this year I decided to go with a Mick Foley hardcore theme!
For those of you who don't know who Mrs. Foley's baby boy is, he is the Hardcore Legend of WWE wrestling.

PB got to meet his favorite celebrity at a recent Comic Con, along with getting his autograph, a photo with him and attended his panel talk.  Look! They were matchers!

 One of Mick Foley's taglines is "Have a nice day!" but I went with "Have a nice (birth)day!"

 I decorated with PB's wrestling ring, his 'three faces of Foley' action figures and publicity photos.  We also had PB's autographed photo framed for him.

 I made a couple of buntings with Mick Foley trading card images.

 And had to put up a bunch of Cactus Jack Wanted posters.

 I made several Mr. Socko puppets, Mankind's side kick, which happens to be an old dirty sock.  I had lots of perfect dingy holey socks in my rag bag courteous of Mr. Husband to decorate with.  To make them stand I inserted several balled up plastic grocery bags in the toe area and slipped it over one of those tall glass Mexican religious candle holder deals.

 Mr. Socko's likeness was also the inspiration for the birthday cake.
I covered the cake in white fondant that I brushed cocoa powder on to make it look roughed up. I also torn a hole in the heel. 

 Birthday boy with a fondant barbed wire "13".

To have a piece of the cake you have to be Foley Hardcore though!  It is covered in some of his infamous items (some real, some not!) from his matches:  Barbwire, a ripped ear, broken teeth, blood, fire, and lots of tacks!

Need a little more wrasslin'?
Check out this past post:
Lunch Time Ring Side

Monday, May 22, 2017

Easter Decor

You read that right.  It says EASTER decor.  Easter is one of my least favorite holidays.  I am not into froo froo flowers and pukey pastel colors.  I like things a bit distressed, old, and with character.  How can a Halloween kid represent this happy fluffy holiday in their own way?  It then came to me when I was arranging my vintage stuffed animal collection that most of the fellas I had were bunnies, a chic, along with several other deteriorated darlings that once upon a time were probably nestled in someone's Easter basket.  I then realized I had Easter decor and didn't even know it!

So I rounded up these cotton tailed cuties along with the other minimal vintage Easter items I have and set up a bit of decor in the dining room.   Everyone did get a bit dress up with a new fresh flouncy bow.

The table centerpiece is kinda halloween evil in a way.  None of the candy is real in the basket.
The chocolate bunny is ceramic and the little foil wrapped "Bunny Money" chocolate coins are just for show.  I like to collect packaging with graphics that have remained unchanged over many decades.  Russell Stover and Palmer are two companies havng these kind of illustrations for Easter.  I saved these foil wrappers several years ago and replaced the candy with cut out disks of foam core.  PB was not pleased with any of this nonsense.

Here are some individual mugshots of my enervated eggheads:

Happy Easter from my buck toothed bunny bunch!

Easter Egg Past Posts Hunt:

Monday, May 15, 2017

"Quick-Like-A-Bunny" Cake

My Easter involvement is usually pretty minimal.  Yet this year I actually acknowledged the holiday with more than an a Target bag filled with discount cheap candy.  I have two whole new posts to share this year on said subject!

  Most years we do manage to make a bunny cake because of coconut! The cake is generally one with a plastic bunny face stuck to a couple of half circle cakes loaded down with coconut fur.  The Easter bunny does drop off goodies to PB every year along with "pooping" out PB's name next to his filled basket.  The Easter bunny poops candy like chocolate malt balls and chocolate covered peanuts or raisins.  You knew that right?

This year we retired the plastic bunny face and tried a whole new design of cake.  This boxy bunny is too too cute!
{Click on above image to enlarge for instructions}

 We don't care too much for jelly beans so I improvised his facial features with stuff we already had, some edible and some not.  Eater beware.  His eyes are black fondant, nose is a rock hard piece of bubble gum, smile is Hot Tamales.  His whiskers are strips of construction paper and his bow tie is scrap fabric.

Here are the few minimal, yet super cute, posts links I have to some past Easter stuff:

Monday, May 08, 2017

Still Under Construction

I thought by May I would have most of my house projects under control to where I would be back to this "house" but it's going to be a bit longer.  I am about to embark upon the most difficult space, the dreaded first room people see and judge you by: the living room.  

I have made some massive progress in other areas of the house over the last few months though.  Because I like to make lists here is a very simplified one of my project breakdowns:

Dining Room:
Those crappy plastic broken mini blinds that have been hanging in the dining room for the past 6 years are now clogging up the landfill.  Curtain rods are up, curtains made, walls painted, and (after years of being stored away) wall hanging are up too.  

The walls and ceiling are painted, most wall decor is up.  

Living Room:
Most walls are painted.  Barkcloth curtains are washed, still need hemming.  Display shelf and end tables need to be painted.  Wall stuff needs to be hung.

Lots of massive weeding has been going on and currently still in progress.  Mr. Husband Sir and I are also working on landscaping ideas.

This whole house decorating project has been a huge deal.  Picking wall colors is difficult because there are so many things that have to be considered.  The color of the living room and the dining room have to work together since they are only separated by a mini half wall along with needing to individually work with the furniture and other decorative items in each room.  But the biggest thing to consider with color is that the choices have to work with Halloween and Christmas decorating since those are both encompassing projects alone.  Another large project within the decorating is locating all the items I have to consider to use in each room.  I have been gathering little thrift store treasures for decades and stashing them in all sorts of places.  I would love to be able to give everything a little space to shine.  And if there are items that aren't going to work with the over all scheme then pass them along.  PB and I are planning on decorating/cleaning out his room this summer and also working toward a big yard sale for September.

I know some folks like to think of their house decorating as never done and always evolving.  This is waaay too much work.  I don't like filling my walls with nail holes or repainting them a new color on a whim.  I just want it all done once with nothing left but the dusting.  

I have been keeping my focus on this so much that the fam and I haven't been celebrating "holidays" like we normally would do.  Holidays like National Potato week have gone by without a single potato chip in site.  The first week of May was a tough one for me.  Elvis and Pricilla's 50th wedding anny, Star Wars May the Fourth day, and Cinco de Mayo.  All missed. But it has to be that way.  If I start working on ideas and projects for all of my holidays I won't even think about picking back up a paint roller.  The good news is that some holidays, like birthdays, will never be missed.  I do have several posts I am pulling together that are from festivities that have gone down the past months and I will post soon.  Once I get this house decorating tamed I plan on taking loads of pictures to share here. 

As an ode to the holidays I missed this year here are some past posts that will have to represent for now:

My Elvis Wedding: