Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Squirt Melon Punch


It's a new Bar-B-Q trick!
I found this image out in internetland so we can't reference "next page" for the recipes, our minds will just have to wander.

What constitutes as a "punch"?  Because all I did was hollow out a watermelon, pour a liter of diet lemon lime soda in and garnished it with melon balls and strawberries.  That's just not enough to be a punch.  Some other beverage or sherbet or juice needs to be involved.

Wait...wait..wait.  The next line says "Mixed drinks almost make themselves when you start with Squirt.  Experiment, you can't miss!"

A-ha!  It's some kind of rum infused Jungle Juice! 
That explains the bottom line of suggesting the kids make Squirt-kebobs and Squirtcicles, the parents are gassed and don't know what they are saying. 

If I made one of these for a party I'd have to keep an eye on my old pal Bernice.
She would think the whole "punch bowl" was her drink vessel,  adding a straw and then complaining about not having a cocktail umbrella for it!

Cheer Up!

I used this vintage green glass beverage bottle as a fake Squirt bottle in the past post and then realized it needs it own post.

Cheer Up
A Delightful Drink
A Real Super Charged  Beverage

Must be full of caffeine right?

 Nope.  Full of Lithium.
For Hospital, Home, and General use.

General use?!  What's that mean?
If my plants are looking a bit a droopy Cheer Up could help?

Squirt Bottle Box

Here is the little vintage Squirt Soda box I used in a previous post along with scans for your crafting pleasure: 

Ooohh! Recipes!
Fun! Fun! Fun! Fun! Fun!

If you don't like fun, then you better not drink Squirt.


Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Chocolate Charlotte Pie


I had half a package of Lady Finger cookies left over after the Frito Kid July party and then came across this vintage recipe that made good use of them!

The original recipe calls for making stove top pudding and adding gelatin to it and then whipping the topping...nope.  I just went with instant pudding and cool whip. I didn't have plans of cutting it into wedges and just scooped it into bowls, lunch lady style!

Sunday, July 04, 2021

Frito Kid July 4th Party


July's installment for the Frito Kid's Party Ideas for Kiddies 1954 calls for a July 4th Party.  oh...woopie.

Fourth of July rates as my second least favorite holiday (easter taking gold).  Let me count the ways.  
1. It's so damn hot that I am sweating my nonexistent balls off.  2. It seems to be a day for the rednecks to be even more rednecky...It's not just "beef, beer, bbq"'s also about blowing shit up for them.  Git er done with some illegal Alabama fireworks!  I pray every year for those fireworks to take out as many Busch beered grimy fingers as possible.  3. There is also the fact that blue is a hideous color...yes, fact.  Certain shades of blue are known to be so hideous they can cause the viewer to have a strong desire to relieve the disgust by means of removing their eyeballs with a melon baller.  Unfortunately our American flag contains this precise shade of blue.  
  So I was looking forward to this party spread just as little as May's theme involving prissy ass fairies. 

Let's get this over with:
The Spread, with minimal blue barf.

Ice cream on sticks dunked in crushed Fritos.  This is sooo good!

Fruit Punch, just a powder drink mix.

Lady Finger cookies...I gave them some Frito fingernails!

There you have it. 
 Eyeballs still in place. Rednecks in the ER.  Fritos in ice cream... It's a great 4th after all!
 Until next month!

Sunday, June 27, 2021

Frito Kid Cowboy Party

From my 1954 Frito Kid's Party Ideas for Kiddies booklet I present June's Party theme: Cowboy Party! 
 Maybe Frito Kid's birthday is in June because this one is right up his tumbleweeded alley!

This party includes something new, a recipe for Frito Burgers (given below).

Yeehaw!  Sody pop in a tin cup, Frito-fied burgers, and panning for chips of gold!

So what did I do differently from the recipe, because you know I have to put in my own little tweaks.  I used ground turkey to cut calories, only it does have the tendency to be a bit bland.    I also used spicy ketchup in place of tomato juice.  I added some Tony's seasoning and some dehydrated onion to the meat before pan frying.  The grocery store was out of the bakery slider buns I had requested and subbed Hawaiian sweet rolls instead, which I had my doubts about.  I'm not a fan of sweet stuff on savory...only savory/salty on sweet.  I thought the burgers where surprisingly good even with the slightly sweet rolls.  All of that added salt from the corn chips helped the blandness, but I think the real flavor was courteous of the ketchup.  
That's a trick I will hold onto for the future. The corn chips didn't add any crunch since they are mixed in with the moist meat and they kinda sogged out by the end of frying, but not in a bad way, just melded together.

Now don't be a yellow bellied varmint! Treat your favorite cowpokes to some Frito grub from your own chuckwagon!
And till next time, Happy Trails Partners!

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Pine-Applesauce Dessert and 16 year blogiversary


{Household Magazine April 1954}

The first recipe {see here} I posted on the first day of MhiCty 16 years ago was for "Pine-Applesauce Dessert".  Only I didn't give the recipe (click above image for that) or much less the name of the damn dish.  I was more memorized by the flower garnish made from marshmallows.  I still am!  So I thought it would be fun to have a do-over for this year's post, and include pertinent what it tasted like!

This dish has a refreshing taste and is perfect to stave off the searing heat of the summer.  I decided to "healthy" it up by using sugar free on all ingredients other than the marshmallows, making it diet friendly.  
On construction: I am not too pleased with the lack of jelled consistency I got compared to the promise of firmly congealed bars presented in the original recipe.  The applesauce layer on the bottom deflates on the plate even after hours of chilling.  Their layers are precise and even but the reality is more of a slopped together look.  Those original bars look like they were cut with a laser while mine appear hacked out with a throw pillow.  And believe me, I worked to get mine looking presentable.  I layered them with a level (eyeballed really) and cut out the "bars" with a sharp Ginsu knife (a generic Big Lots version).  
The fault is not with me, that I know.  
Maybe jello was made of stronger stuff back in 1954.  Asbestos?  Who knows... but look at those marshmallow flowers!  They turned out perfect!

I have noticed a trend that for dedicated blog writers the "seven year itch" is about at the 15 year mark.  It kinda blows my mind that I have been doing this for so long and I don't have any intentions of quitting.  I am always coming up with things that I want to try, showcase, or comment on.  I started out doing this blog to be part of a community but most of those members jumped ship years ago.  I then shifted to doing this just for my own amusement and if anyone happens to stop by there's always some potted meat canapes and clamato punch they can snack on.  
I have mentioned before that this blog is my happy place where I put my best foot forward.  However when life is at a low I don't have the creativity or the motivation.  I am not good at faking it.  It's interesting to me to look at the number of posts that I do each year because it follows a trend in my real life.  When life is going well I am more creative and productive.  When my life is near rock bottom I just can't do this.  This past year has been bad for everyone in the world.  Even without covid happening it's been very bad for our family.  And right now I am not feeling it for "happy".  I don't want to besmudge MhiCTY with negativity so I will not go into details.  I am just formally putting it out there that posting is going to be sparse over the remainder of the year.
Oddly enough I have been toying around with the idea of starting a separate blog that is kinda the opposite of this one.  No pictures, long ramblings, and tons of bad mood.  It would be a place where I could also write about one of my passions which is stuff, decluttering, and the psychology behind our relationships to possessions.  But again, it would not be dusted, tidy, and shellacked like posts are around here. 
Ehhh... I doubt people want to read my incessant bitching unless it's topped with a shit ton of marshmallow flowers!

Monday, May 31, 2021

Frito Kid May Flowers and Fairies Party

This was the only party idea in my vintage 1954 Frito Kid Party ideas for Kiddies booklet that I had zero interest in.  It involved ribbons and pink and fairies and blah! Throw on a tutu and let's all be princesses!  Not my bag of Fritos.  

I almost skipped it but I do enjoy a challenge where I can take something lame and make it as excellent as I possibly can.  

There are no fairies that I like in the least so I decided to invent my own...Frito Fairies!  I gave them Frito colored paper wings, although I considered trying real Fritos in place (too weighty and a waste of a good chip!)
And for the flowers I used some of my vintage plastic blooms.

The menu is simple:
Peanut butter and jelly star sandwiches    Fritos     Lemonade   

Punch glasses of Lemonade (from a mix).

Star shaped peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.  I added crushed up Fritos in the sandwiches and it needs to be the next big trend...Deeee-licious!


Sunday, April 04, 2021

Frito Kid April Easter Party

The Frito Kid Party Ideas for Kiddies 1954 offering for April is an Easter Party.  Thankfully he got the word that Easter was going down in April this year.

The Frito-rific spread:

For the strawberry milk punch I dyed the milk pink and dolloped in mini scoops of strawberry ice cream then garnished with Frito studded strawberries.

The pink and yellow bunny cookies are sugar cookies with pink icing and golden yellow crushed Fritos on top. 

 To finish it out are eggfuls of Fritos!

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Irish Potato Candy

 These mini potato candies actually contain no potatoes.  I found the recipe out in internetland and I believe them to be a modern confectionary.

1/4 cup butter soft
4 oz cream cheese
1 tsp coconut extract
4 cups powder sugar
2 1/2 cups shredded coconut
Powder cinnamon

Beat butter, cream cheese, and extract together till smooth.  Slowly add powdered sugar while mixing in-between.  Add coconut and blend.  Roll into mini potato shaped balls.  Roll in powdered cinnamon.  Chill and serve.

I found it helpful to chill the mixture after all the mixing and before rolling into balls.  
These things are sickly sweet and I couldn't handle eating more than 3 at a time. 
For some added fun you could put candy eyes on them turning them into wee Mr. Potato Heads!

Frito Kid St. Patrick's Party

Here is March's Frito Kid party theme....St. Patrick's Party.

Here is the spread:

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I made little green pita bread rounds and tinted the chicken salad green, then topped it with a frito chip garnish.

Lemonade "frosted" with lime sherbet.  I used a melon baller to make mini sherbet scoops.  I am not sure if that is "frosted".

And of course mini pots of gold!  Fritos chips of gold!

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Plan a Party St. Patty Plates

I picked up these vintage Hallmark party paper plates at an estate sale last summer.

 It was the first sale (of only 3) I have attended since the pandemic started.  It was being run by friends and I knew they weren't putting up with any malarkey when it came to mask enforcement so I felt fairly safe.

I certainly have no plans to ruin these plates with servings of cabbage and corned beef.  I was thinking they could be quick wall decor if I can bring myself to take them out of the wrapper.

Wednesday, March 03, 2021

National Cold Cuts Day

It's National Cold Cuts Day!  
Celebrate with a piled high sandwich of these delicacies:

These are scans of some vintage deli promotional cards I have.  I saved the best for last!

Print and turn the slice of bologna into a fridge magnet ala Sandy Passage!!!!

Friday, February 26, 2021

Fats Domino

Celebrating one of my favorite performer's birthdays today...Fats Domino!

February 26, 1928 - October 24, 2017

Although The Dairy Farmers of Canada (1957) are toting these domino bars as Christmas goodies I thought they would be a fun Fats Domino inspired treat.

These domino confectionaries are sweet, rich, and scrumptious!  Here are a few helpful hints on construction because they didn't come together so smoothly.  Make a double batch of the vanilla pudding because the recommended amount is not enough.  I also had an issue with placing the melted chocolate layer over the soft vanilla.  It swirled into the vanilla thus preventing the solid top needed to decorate with the domino look.  I decided to use that first application like a 'crumb layer' for a cake to give a solid ground and placed it in the fridge to harden.  I then gave it another coating of melted chocolate to finish the top.  I would recommend coating the dish with cooking spray because the bars stuck.  And cutting them out in general was difficult and not too many turned out looking photogenic....but they do taste amazing, so eat them blindfolded. 

 Fats Domino is such a phenomenal legend in music.  It has always comforted me over the years knowing that amazing talents such as him were still with us on earth.  I would randomly say to Mr. Husband, "Guess what is awesome?  Fats Domino! and he's still alive!"

In September 2017 Mr. Husband sent a birthday card to Fats to autograph for my birthday.
Then sadly, Fats passed away the following month.

Pre-pandemic I enjoyed his music simply for it's upbeat fun. But now it's a become a kind of treatment for my mental blues.  If you need some Fats Domino healing here he is performing for Austin City Limits in 1986:

Happy Birthday dearest Fats.