Friday, August 29, 2014

Gutter Ball Gurus

 These folks are having a bit too much fun!
On our bowling excursions we had hopes of maybe 30 % of this.
(side note:That little girl has a similar jelly possessed look to her!)

Last summer we went on a bowling bonanza right before school started and I got an idea for the fam to all have matching bowling shirts on the next go round.  So this summer I started working on ideas and locating plain white button up shirts from thrifts to use as the base. This proved to be harder to accomplish than I would have thought.  I eventually had to get long sleeve shirts and shorten them.  Next, we needed a fun name or "sponsor" for our team.  We have been watching The Andy Griffith Show, even more than usual lately. The show's bowling team is sponsored by Emmett's Repair Shop.  I wanted something a bit more than that....something that also involved creepy, because that is just who I am.  We then remembered Mayberry had a funeral home...combined with a TV repair shop (for when business was slow)....

Monroe's Funeral Parlor and TV Repairs!  
Free Estimates!

I had a couple of yards of this cute hearse fabric stashed back that happened to be perfect for the theme!

I sewed a panel of the hearse fabric off to one side of the shirt while using iron-on lettering for our names on the other side.

On the backs of the shirts I sewed two strips of black fabric, resembling bowling shirt vents.  I then put our team name on the back made from iron-on lettering.

Inspired by the Pfeifer's Beer Bowling Team, we posed for our own championship team photo.
(Clearly none of us know how to use a hair brush and an excuse of  Pfeifer's beer being evolved with our appearance is not the case.)

We also used character names from The Andy Griffith Show.

Because Otis had the highest score of us all, he received the addition honor of being awarded 
the King of Corn! 
After finding the white base shirts it did not take too much time to sew the fabric panels and apply the iron-on transfers.  All of which were stash busting items.  I bought the hearse fabric last year on sale and the black strips I made from some left over fabric. The iron-on letters were by Generation-T found at Big Lots (several years ago) for one buck a set.  I had bought about 6 packs, which came in handy for this project.  I regret not having enough letters to include "Free Estimates" though... too many "E"s. 

  A strikingly good time was had by all, with even a possibility of exceeding to a 32% enjoyment level.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Boyer Candies

 Mallo Cups!  Love the classic packaging!
 Big Lots has just about the whole line of the Boyer's Candy Company products: Mallo Cups, Smoothies, and Peanut Butter Cups. After further investigation and consumption I learned that The Boyer Company has been making candies since 1936. Their most popular candy is the Mallo Cup which is, for those not in the know, a milk chocolate covered marshmallow centered candy cup.

However I really think the Smoothie is the yummiest.  It is a butterscotch covered peanut butter cup.

Along with Boyer making tasty treats and having cool packaging, there is another element of fun with these candies. Inside each package of candy is a cardboard card of "play money".  The "play money"  or coin card is the printed tray on which the candy sits. The coins range in amounts from 5-50 points.  These can be saved up to be used toward prizes (ie: mallo cup t-shirt!) or just turned in for actual money.  For every 500 points you send in you can get back one whole dollar.  There are no expiration dates on the cards so they can be saved for as long as you want.  In 2004, a Mallo Cup fan turned in 100,000 points earning him $200.

The website has tons of really fun recipes to use their candies and other baking products in. We had a hard time making a decision but narrowed  it down to trying out the Mallo Cup Coconut Cake. 

Mallo Cup Coconut Cake
  • 10 Fun-bite sized Mallo Cup candies
  • 1 lb Boyer Coconut
  • 1 tub refrigerated non-dairy whipped cream
  • 1 lb Boyer Mallo Fluff*
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 box Devil's Food cake mix
1. Bake cake as directed on package in sheet cake pan.
2. While cake is warm, prick with fork. Pour sweetened condensed milk over warm cake. 
Pour Boyer Mallo Fluff over warm cake. Allow to melt then spread over cake.
3. Place cake in refrigerator until cool. Spread non-dairy whipped cream over cool cake. 
Sprinkle coconut over cream. Decorate top of cake with Mallo Cup candies!

The cake turned out very well.  It is very rich and honestly did not need the extra-ness of the Mallo Cup on the top.  A few other of their recipes that sounded yummy: Mallo Cup Macaroons, Elvis Peanut Butter Cup and Banana Pancakes, and Smoothie Funnel many to choose from, so many calories to pack on!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Super Baby!

A friend of ours just had a baby boy! They named him Otis, after a family member...not Otis Campbell, the town drunk of Mayberry. 

 I picked up this pattern at a thrift store last week with grand plans of making the zipper front bunting outfit in a Halloween type fleece or flannel. It's about 1000 degrees outside right now so I'll put that project on hold. For now, a bib will do!

The Superman vintage comic fabric was leftover from the Super Boy shorts I made for PB last summer. Bibs are a great stash busting project since they take very little material. I left off the string ties and used velcro instead.  I remember having a few cute bibs for PB that tied...those didn't get used because they aren't for real life.  Tying on bibs several times a day is just one of those things I got over the "thrill" of real quick.

 So little Otis, enjoy drooling and spitting up on this new bib made just for you!
 {I will have a hard time not thinking of a bottle of moonshine rather than a bottle of milk when his name is said.  That could be a fun project to make... a baby bottle that looks like a jug of hooch!}

Friday, August 01, 2014

Wallpaper Paste and Moulages

We love us some Andy Griffith show at my house. For reals...We watch it daily.  Certain food items are brought up in many episodes and then become embedded in my mind... kerosene cucumbers, for example. I decided to make a meal centered around a couple that could possibly be edible...A Mayberry Menu!

Main Course
Chicken A La King
inspired from : Opie's Newspaper
Season 5, episode 26
Opie makes a newspaper containing all the adult gossip he hears around Mayberry.  One piece being Aunt Bee saying that Mrs. Foster's Chicken A La King tastes like wallpaper paste.  I became intrigued with this notion and since none of the fam had ever had Chicken A La King we wanted to see what wallpaper paste tasted like.

I found a recipe in my Better Homes and Gardens cookbook 'Favorite Ways with Chicken' 1974 edition for a quick version of Chicken A La King (I added peas).  I made biscuit bowls from Jiffy Baking mix and baked them on the outside of cupcake pan cavities. I report that wallpaper paste is rich but pretty tasty!

And for dessert...
Moulage Cookies
inspired from: The Cow Thief
Season 3, Episode 5
In this episode, there is some cow thievery going on in town.  The mayor brings in an investigator, Mr. Upchurch, from the state capital to help with the case.  Mr. Upchurch notices several sets of shoe impressions and asks Barney about why he didn't make a moulage.  Moulage meaning plaster casts. Barney doesn't know what it means but says "Oh, we told a few people but we decided it didn't make sense upsetting folks running around blabbing, making a big moulage out of it." 
Later while Barney is preparing an actual moulage he comments to Andy on it, as if he has done them a million times, "I always like to make my moulages a bit on the solid side."

So, inspired by all the moulage-ing going on, I made Moulage Cookies.

I made these cookies from a gingerbread cookie mix and filled in the "moulage" with white icing...a bit on the solid side (royal icing).  
I made the shoe impression in the dough, from one of PB's large GI Joe man doll's shoes before baking.

In the episode, there are three sets of prints which are named: Able, Baker, and Charlie.  Baker and Charlie seem to be very overweight men, weighing possibly 250 pounds or more each.  Able seems to always be the front man and weighs a normal amount.  Andy then says "There seems to be one set of prints missing...Where's the prints made by the cow?" The thief (Able) had been putting shoes on the cow (Baker and Charlie) to try to throw off the police.  This story is apparently based after a real incident that happened in Andy's hometown. 

After our meal, we then washed everything down with a bottle of Colonel Harvey's Indian Elixir while hammering away at the keys on the piano..."Toot Toot Tootsie, Good Bye!"

Click below for older posts on other Andy adventures I have partaken in:

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

A Thrilling Flower of a Cake...Banana Cream Cake

 "What a thrill you'll get seeing a recipe flower into this luscious Banana Cream Cake!"

I would have been more thrilled if I could have been able to clearly read this recipe.  I was able to make out (or make up) most of it though.  It appeared that I was going to need a few items, cloves being one of them.  Do you know how expensive cloves are?!  Too much for me, my friend! The recipe seemed to call for cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves...basically a spice cake, right?  Well, Mrs. Betty Crocker, Mr. Duncan Hines makes a spice cake mix for the price of  4 bottles of those highfalutin cloves!
Now I don't need that ol' blurry recipe!  I'll just look at the picture and go with it.  I see spice cake mix, vanilla pudding, cool whip and bananas.

This just means I didn't get to enjoy the thrill of when the cake is cut open and having that two tiered color and flavor extravaganza.  You know how exciting vanilla cake and spice cake together can be! But I did contribute a sassy banana flower to the middle for some additional flare.
The cake turned out pretty tasty despite not having a true recipe.  It reminds me of Banana Pudding only using cake instead of Nilla wafers.  
I refuse to be a part of Betty Crocker's high priced clove conspiracy!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Random Acts of Happies

Yesterday while I was cleaning out some stuff, I came across a bunch of odds and ends craft supplies....pom poms, pipe cleaners, googly eyes, colored feathers, stickers, confetti, stamps, plastic easter eggs.....sounds like it's stash busting summer fun time to me! But what to make?  Some of these items brought to mind those little pom pom critters with big sticker feet I remember from when I was a kid.

So PB and I grabbed some glue and started making our own fuzzy little clan!

 We decided our pom pom soldiers are here to do good for the world.  PB wrote up nice greetings on small pieces of index cards along with covering the other side with stamps and stickers.  We then packaged up each little guy into his own egg along with a few gold stars and a happy note:

A nest of little Happies ready to be hatched:

We then loaded up the Happies and headed out to hide them for unsuspecting persons to enjoy their cheerful attributes!

First stop... The Library! We were going to leave all of them in one location but soon realized that just like actual easter eggs...people will realize that if there is one egg there are bound to be more.  We didn't want just a couple of people to seek out all of them, so we have plans on spreading out our distribution.  We are going to bring the rest of them along with us during our other summer outings and place a few here and there spreading happy cuteness to the masses!
{*}Knit Wit image only a mere serving suggestion and has very little to do with this post other than I thought it was cute and pom-pomy.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Thrift Scores

 Cutie Salt and Pepper shakers, with the added bonus of being bottle openers. The winking one is the pepper, she must have gotten some in her eye!

 I have been watching for one of these aluminum star strainers for a while.  It had to be in good shape and had to be only a dollar. Done!

It's 'Christmas in July' half price sale on holiday merchandise at one of the thrifts. I picked up this plastic Santa and sled for only a buck fifty.  It's bigger than it looks in the photo, about 2 feet long.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Let's Go Shopping!

 Here are some highlights from our most recent grocery store field trip!  We visited two older stores in our town and got to see interesting foods, vintage styled food labels, and various vintage grocery store "parts" shelving, cases, signs and decor.  The camera on my phone is horrible, not even doing 'instagram' effects and filters can help, so I had to snag images from the nets of some of the items we saw.
  Looking up the history of  the companies that produce the older styled food labels is another fun element involved with the field trips.  I am hoping one day to find a company that isn't based too far away and gives factory tours!

When we go to these small home town stores,  I picture that everything will look like this.....including me, while we are there.

So here are some of the goods!
First up is Blackburn Syrup, since 1927.
I couldn't find much info about them. They are based out of Jefferson, TX. and also make jellies and jams.  We bought this syrup and used it on our blueberry pancakes.  It's average as syrups go...sticky, messy and sweet.

Double Luck Green Beans
I love their packaging!  I can not find much info other than a possibility Del Monte owns the company and Double Luck foods are their scraps.  I have seen this brand at a couple of stores (Big Lots, Wall's Mart) with corn and sweet peas as other available varieties. I have purchased the corn before and it is my favorite of the canned corn world.

Humpty Dumpty Eggs
Horrible image, I know.  But the packaging is super cute with a graphic of the Dumpty boy on a wall, if you can find it in person.  The company was founded in 1948 and is part of Eggland's Best company.

Porkies Pork Rinds
Porkies company started in 1948 and are located in Cudahy, Wisconsin.  They have been in the same building since 1953.  They make a large variety of pork products that involve feet, gizzards, hocks and "tidbits". They also have dill pickles with pretty cool packaging.

It took a bit of digging to find their info and website.  Ruby Brand started up during the 1940s in New York City.  Their website has a wonderful catalog of their products, all with this same lovely graphic design.  They are all canned items, some of which include: olives, pineapple, tuna, mushrooms, mandarin oranges, and snails.  I think my favorite can of theirs is the Whole Baby Corn. 

Argo Starch
I could not find any info about Argo Starch's history, other than some people have cravings to eat the stuff...which you shouldn't do.

I have picked up a bit of an obsession over older grocery stores lately and happened to find this British repro  Tesco Super Market that was a part of a vintage car show back in 2011.  All of the inside of the store was set up to look mid century! There are far more pics in the link.  

And I found some real mid century grocery market photos.
Let's see what she is buying... In her shopping cart is Wonder Bread, Domino sugar, Kellogg's Frosted Flakes, Jell-o, and Dash detergent.  I wonder what the two hooks on the front of the cart are for hanging... I don't see a seat area for a child, hmmm....

I have a  Grocery Market pinterest board if you need more Jumbo Value, 29 cent special, wrapped in cellophane, free with 16 wrappers from Daisy Bread grocery marting goodness!
 {Last summer's grocery field trip, if you are so inclined: Pork Brains and Milk Gravy}

Friday, July 11, 2014

Golden Donut Sundaes

 During another vintage grocery store excursion, we found this sack of a dozen donuts from Golden Donut hailing from Columbus, Georgia.  I could not resist the king donut guy on the bag and they were only 2.29.  I thought Mr. Golden Donut King was sure to be a 1950-60 icon but the site claims they started business in the 1980's.  No matter, he is still quite adorable!

For dessert one night we set up a donut sundae bar with any and everything we had available, some of which included but not limited to were halloween and christmas sprinkles, plastic cake toppers and doo dads, chocolate sauce and glittery icing in a tube!

This is Hubs' Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs idea, "Whistle while you...Die!" where the dwarfs are happily covering the bloody skulls of their victims. 

This is PB's "Everything but the kitchen Sink-dae" which included a duck, Wonder bread, and a load of sprinkles.  You must ponder the juxtaposition and relationships within to truly understand where the artist is coming from. 

This is my "Death Clown and his Cockroach Minions" (good name for a band).  Death clown is having a meeting with the head roaches to discuss their next evil plot for taking over the world.  The ice cream and sprinkles are offerings laid at his skeleton feet and scavenged from unknowing kitchens..not much unlike your own! 

We have been doing a bunch of summer fun qualifying activities this week.  We went to the library, went to a state park, "grilled" hotdogs over the open flame of the stove, made lemonade, resurrected a dinosaur plant,  went thrifting, made a toy snow monster, ate Screwballs, made pancakes, visited several interesting grocery stores, went bowling, made pudding pops, went to the park and worked on a 'flat stanley' type photo project.  More on those things a bit later!