Sunday, February 17, 2019

Kaymar Little Dikkens

Mr. Husband Sir super surprised me by giving me this vintage Kaymar winking devil kneehugger named Dikkens for Valentine's day this year! 
He has been on my wish list for a long time, always in a price range I couldn't bring myself to paying.
Mr. Husband found him on ebay and while he did pay a pretty penny (45 bucks) for him, it wasn't as much as some are going for (200 bucks).
I always start jonesing for one of these cuties around Valentine's Day, since he would be perfect for the decor.  

I had been window shopping some of these guys on ebay earlier this week, but hadn't even mentioned it Mr. Husband.  And lo and behold, here came this little guy!  Mr. Husband always out does me in the gift giving department. He also got me a book I am always checking out of the library and a box of cold brew coffee.  I always see Valentine's day as simple little gifts and edibles, which means the coffee should have been the highlight but nope! Poor Mr. Husband Sir just got some protein bars and beef jerky....and of course, he has me, ha!

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Fried Chicken Valentine Bouquet

Some people give their loved ones a bouquet of flowers for Valentine's Day, which is nice, but if the bouquet is also full of fried chicken that's even better!

I put together this Fried Chicken Floral bouquet bucket for the fam as part of our
 Valentine's Day dinner.
How to: Place chucks/rounds of Styrofoam/foral foam inside the bucket filling it about half way.  Add flowers around the rim, inserting firmly into foam.  Skewer chicken pieces on bamboo sticks and insert into foam in the middle area.  Present to the lucky recipient!

I have been wanting to make one of these bouquets even since first seeing

Charles Phoenix's Flying Fried Chicken Birthday Bucket Bouquet.
His is far more amazing than mine is, but everything he does is fantastic..."I knowww!"

Friday, February 15, 2019

Valentine's Decor

I love Vantentine's Day.  It ranks up there with Halloween, which is saying something.  I like it because as with Halloween, everything is optional.  Sure a gift of some sort is usually exchanged and that's a bit of a requirement.  But really it can be anything...simple treats or doo-dads, nothing over the top is required, just tokens. I see it as St. Nick Valentine stocking stuffers.  You can go to dinner or do something at home.  Make a fancy dessert or just have some cutesie Krispy Kreme donuts.  It's just about showing your closest sweethearts you are thinking of them.
You can also be very creative with Valentine's Day, as with Halloween.
So I opted this year, for the first time, to do some full fledged Valentine's Day decorating!

The table centerpiece featuring PB's He-men.  We bought these near Valentine's Day 2015 and every year since they have ventured out as part of the Valentine decor.  I picked the red fabric tablecloth up at Target on Christmas clearance.

The major bit of decorating I did involved clearing the main wall in the dining-room to put up this focal spot.
The honeycomb hearts and tinsel hearts all came from dollar tree.

The primary focus was the poster sized print I made of a vintage valentine card from my mom when she was a kid in the mid 1960s.  It is my favorite!

I attached several more of my mom's vintage valentine cards to the tinsel hearts with mini clothes pins,
also from dollar tree.

Here is the original card next the the enlargement.  The original has silver embossing on it.  I produced the same look on the large version with Elmer's school glue and silver glitter.
I am really stoked about how it turned out.  My local library has a wide format printer and on certain nights you can do free printing.  It's great for making decor for holidays, birthdays, anniversaries.....all sorts of great stuff.  I used it for several prints from my last birthday party.

I don't typically do loads for Valentine's day, such as this much decorating.  I am usually hard core busy planning and making stuff for PB's blow out birthday parties.  This year he told me he didn't want a party, which I translated as he didn't want a big party.  I mean, he's got to have a party!  I have been doing big themed shindigs for him for the past 14 years and I am not ready to hang up the cake sprinkles just yet.  This year is going to be a smaller surprise theme party which meant I could also squeeze in some Valentiney stuff too, hence the decor.

I scoured through the MHICTY archives and came across several more Valentine lovey dovey type stuffs.  To check it out, click on the tag below left "valentines".

Thursday, February 14, 2019

"Be My Valentine" Cake

For our Valentine's dinner, I made us this "Be My Valentine" cake as suggested by Baker's coconut 1950.

Woman's Day Magazine Feb 1950
image source

I am not sure what the recipe calls for, I just made it up from looking at the image.  I made a pre-fab red velvet cake, used pre-fab tub cream cheese icing, covered it in pink tinted coconut, and the heart is Red Hot cinnamon candies.

It is quick and easy to make.  Also having "pennywise glamour" as the ad totes,
costing about 5 bucks to make and it's super cute.

Here are a few more Sweets for your Sweets of the past:

Be Mine Sweetheart Cake
Sweet Tooth
Sugar wafer treats for your sweets
Valentine Cookies

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Sweetheart Heart Doughnuts

Krispy Kreme has Sweetheart candy inspired heart doughnuts this season!

There was panic in the streets a few months back when word got out that candy company Necco (started in 1847, officially named Necco in 1901) had shuttered it's factory.  Necco also makes those yank your fillings out of your teeth Mary Jane candies and Squirrel Nut Zippers.  The Spangler candy company (since 1906 well known for Dum Dum lollipops) did buy the rights to Necco wafers and their Sweetheart heart candy and plan on returning them to store shelves in 2019.  I doubt we will see a lag in product though...cheapy discount stores have had the same rolls of wafers on their shelves collecting dust for the past 15 years.  It is said that Necco wafers were a favorite of Civil War Union soldiers.
If you need to get your Sweethearts candy fix,
Brachs Candy company (since 1904) makes Conversation hearts, which look just like Necco's Sweethearts candy.  They are, as always, available for Valentine's Day this year, so there's no need to panic.  While conversation hearts are great, I think you will get your sweetheart's attention much better with a dozen of these doughnuts!

You could also make your own calorie free virtual conversation hearts at
cryptogram hearts , such as this gem, not of my making, but funny nevertheless:

Monday, February 11, 2019

Banana Meatloaf

I had come across a recipe for Banana Meatloaf awhile back in one of my vintage diet books and thought it sounded intriguing.  Bananas in meatloaf, it's just weird enough to be good.

I looked up on the nets a few other recipes to see what other serving suggestions were out there and most all of them were the same ingredients.  It was also said that the meatloaf was quite tasty and no banana could be noted.  It's sounding better and better!


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I did do a few modifications, as I always tend to do.  I used ground turkey, oats in place of the breadcrumbs, and prepared brown mustard instead of the dry mustard.

This was horrible.  It most definitely tasted like bananas...only with meat, like a meat filled banana bread.  I even made a ketchup based sauce to accompany it (drown it in) but even that was unable to help.   Nothing would help it.  However, Mr. Husband Sir really liked it and salvaged it from going into the rummage bin.

The best thing going for it was my presentation of piped mashed potatoes and parsley garnish.
I don't know where it went wrong...maybe it was the substitutions or maybe bananas just shouldn't be involved with meatloaf....ever.

Thursday, February 07, 2019

Monkey Meat

 I happened to stumble upon a recipe for something called Monkey meat while looking for a good recipe for pickled pigs feet and scrambled brains recently.  While this recipe does include random bits of organ meat and snout, no monkeys are harmed.  I love stuff with fun names so I had to try it out!

Monkey meat is merely chopped up bologna, dill pickles, and mayo!  Not even a banana in it!  You can eat it on crackers or use it as a spread for a sandwich.  It tastes just like what it is...a baloney sandwich sent through the chopper!

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Duraglow Fabric Skirt

I had an impulse to sew up a skirt and took the risk on using some vintage fabric even!
I did take the precaution of using a pattern.  Although the pattern was one I had never used before and it was originally for a dress, I just used the south section.

The pattern I used was Simplicity 8294.  I also had to make up the waist band feature.

Close up of the fabric.  I picked it up from a thrift store a couple of years back.  The selvage says:  Vat Colors "Duraglow" Prints.  I think I may make a shirt to go with the skirt using the itsy bitsy leftover fabric to accent the collar.

Lastly, here is a photo of my sassy hair and caterpillar eyebrows!

Friday, February 01, 2019

Bologna Cake

Bologna Cake?!  It's not bologna in a cake, it's just in the shape of a cake, so wipe away those fears.  Of course if you fear bologna in any form then you may have to sleep with the lights on tonight.
Bologna Cake is a savory appetizer that you serve with buttery salty crackers, aka Ritz crackers for the fancy folks.  I had reservations as to how it would taste (I knew it would look amazing) but it is surprisingly delicious and addictive!

I am not a fan of bologna.  As a matter of fact this is the first time in my life I have ever purchased it or ate it willingly.  As a kid growing up in the south there were always boloney sandwiches wrapped in waxed paper in an old A&P brown paper grocery bag on the back seat of the car for trips to family's houses.  We didn't stop at restaurants or even fast food places to eat on the way.  Like Ron Weasley said depressingly about his packed from home corned beef sandwich "I'm all set..."  Although I do have to say I found it fun to strip the last bits of "meat" off the red plastic band from each slice with my teeth when I was younger.
As an adult I swore off ever eating any of those overly processed, non-nutritional, sodium laden (fill in black) -Roni or (fill-in-blank)-Helper crap foods.  I don't scorn my mom for feeding them to me, though.  Advertising sold them to the working mother as a quick (and cheap) easy solution for dinner, just toss in some ground beef and call it done!  I bet you could have even tossed in bologna.....Boloney-Roni!

But here we are...with a cake of bologna.  I don't recall where I first saw or heard about it.  Some sites say it's a vintage traditional dish served at church pot lucks and family reunions in the south.  I don't recall ever seeing one growing up though.  Nevertheless, it looks like it could have come straight out of a 1950-60s booklet of  "250 ways with appetizers".

Assembling the cake is super fun and then there is this great money shot of the interior once it's cut into!  Layers and layers of bologna!

Here is the recipe and How-To:
1 pack thick cut bologna
12 oz cream cheese 
1/2 packet powdered ranch mix
Aerosol "cheese" in a can
Set out cream cheese to soften and become spreadable.
Place cream cheese in a bowl, mix in 1/2 pack of ranch powder.
Place down first slice of bologna. 
With an offset metal spatula apply a thin even layer of cream cheese.
Continue this process till you reach the top.
Cover sides with cream cheese.
Decorate cake with aerosol cheese, olive slice, and some greenery!
Serve with crackers. 

(Helpful hints: I made a little foil covered cardboard disk as a base.
Make sure there is no extra moisture on each slice of bologna as you are constructing your cake. 
 Blot it off with a napkin or your cheese cream is not going to stick well.
To smooth out the cream cheese on the cake (before applying the cheese-in-a-can) , I washed off my metal spatula in hot water then dried it.  I used the retained heat against the cream cheese to polish it off, making it look velvety purdy!) 

I really thought this was going to taste like salty salt salt processed salt with salty salt crackers...but it didn't!  It really was quite tasty.  I have mentioned a few times before that I don't make many recipes more than once (except for Deep Dish Apple Pie with Candied Crust and Cranberry Coconut Holidainty) because what's the fun in that.  But!  I will definitely be making this again if the situation arises such as a pot luck or get together.
A Bologna Cake says "Now it's a party!"

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Pineapple Pretzel Fluff Dip

When I first came across this recipe, it was called a "salad".  You know the types.... usually involving congealed peas, copious amounts of pimento and vinegar added to sweetened canned fruit cocktail...a salad!  No, those aren't salads, those are mistakes. However there are a few "salads" out there that are yummy and don't take liberties with Jello. These salads are actually really dessert, such as this yummy Pineapple Pretzel Fluff Dip....well it's a dessert that is an appetizer, so call it what you want...a dessertizer.

I changed up the original recipe from a "salad" which also means you scoop it on a plate and eat it with a spoon into making it a dip.  The recipe had the pretzels being added to the creamy mixture and left to sit turning them into mushy salty blotches appearing randomly within the "salad".  Uh uh, not eating that. I did think that the sweetness of the Fluff could work well as a dip for crunchy salty pretzels, so I have improved it, I must say. Oh, and I also added coconut too because why not?!

Pineapple Pretzel Fluff Dip

1 can well drained pineapple tidbits
8 oz cream cheese
1 tub cool whip
1 cup coconut
1/2 cup sugar
Set out cream cheese and cool whip to soften.
Drain pineapple well.  I took handfuls and squeezed it even.
Beat cream cheese and sugar together.
Fold in cool whip, pineapple, and coconut.
Scoop into a bowl and serve with mini salted pretzels. 

Easy peasy, and yummy! 

Back to the topic of "salads".  I have to admit that I am a bit memorized by the image of a smooth glistening tomato aspic with meticulously arranged shrimp and pineapple tidbits.  Or what about the towering clear dome of lime gelatin with floating wisps of radish and cucumber suspended within?   And then there is the beautiful congealed rings of green ombre layers concealing canned tuna and mayonnaise bedazzled with boiled egg slices.
They are all works of art...but I ain't eating that crap!

Monday, January 28, 2019

Black Skillet Fried Egg Magnet

I love little grandama crafts like this magnet made from scrap resembling a fried egg in a skillet.  I kind of made it up as I went along and just used stuff I already had on hand.
Here is the How-To:  Start by bending a small bit of wire into a handle.  Glue it down inside a metal bottle cap with E6000 and let dry.  Trace a nickel sized circle of black paper and cut out.  Place a small ball of styrofoam (out of a bag of "snow") on the sharp end of a pin.  Dip the ball into acrylic yellow paint.  Set aside to dry. Glue the circle of black paper into the bottom of the skillet.  Paint the entire skillet, including the paper, with black nail polish, let dry.  Glue magnet to bottom of skillet with E6000, let dry.  Squeeze white puffy paint onto bottom of skillet in the shape of the egg white, let dry slightly.  Remove the dried "yolk" from the pin and give it a squeeze between your thumb and forefinger to flatten it a touch.  Next place the yolk in the egg white while it is still a bit tacky and can thus glue the yolk to it. Let egg white dry completely.

Now place on fridge!

I like the simplicity of just the fried egg but you could make some bacon out of a tiny bit of crinkled brown paper striped with red paint as a little side!

For another mini food craft magnet check out the Jiffy Pop magnets I made last year. 

Friday, January 25, 2019

$1,000 Caramel Candy Pie

I love to make recipes from vintage Pillsbury Bake-Off winners, especially around the holidays.  The recipes are always something different and interesting.  It's also fun to tell family and friends that they are eating an $1,000 pie or even better, a $25,000 cake.
I made this $1,000 Caramel Candy Pie from Pillsbury's 4th Grand National Baking Contest in 1953 for thanksgiving last year and it was a big hit.

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Even though it is full of melted caramel candies it is not overly sweet.  The filling is velvet smooth and the candied almonds on top provides a nice crunch in contrast.  I should have baked my pie crust just a bit longer for a more golden appearance, or brushed it with an egg wash but I'm always nervous of over baking so it's on the pale side.  The filling could benefit from a drop of brown food coloring to give it a small color boost.
I would certainly eat this pie again...only I don't typically like to make a recipe more than once (unless it's super easy).  But if someone else wants to make it, I'd get in line for a slice! 

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

$1,000 Peanut Brittle Cookies

This is the other Pillsbury Bake-Off cookie I made for Christmas 2018 called Peanut Brittle Cookies.
They took the Best of Class Senior Division $1,000 prize in the 4th Grand National in 1953.

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I liked the idea of these cookies because I could just break them into pieces after baking and didn't have to shape or even drop them on the cookie sheet.  Only these things are crumbly...dare I say brittle.  I could barely get them to break into cookie sized pieces and most of it just crumbled to the bottom of the gift bags I placed them in.  I also thought the flavor was a bit bland.  I drizzled white chocolate on them and it was a definite improvement.  It gave them a bit more sweetness and kinda worked as a glue to hold a few of them together. The ones shown in the photos are un-drizzled since I wanted to get a picture more true to the original in the recipe booklet.

I would not make these again.   But maybe it's just me, after all they did win $1,000.  No one has ever given me $1,000 for being flaky, bland, and nutty.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Butterscotch Oaties

Butterscotch Oaties from Pillsbury's 16th Grand National Bake Off 1965

As I mentioned in the previous post, I had been eating some Christmas cookies that made wearing the belt to my snazzy dress a bit too snug.  Well these are said cookies and boy howdy are they good.

For Christmas 2018 I baked two Pillsbury Bake Off cookies to give as presents, this one and another which will be in an upcoming post.  These were my favorite by far!

I also drizzled white chocolate on top for a bit of extra festive flair, although the ones in the pictures are naked.
The texture of these cookies is both chewy and crispy.  The only complaint I have with them is they took way longer to bake than the recipe said and some spread disastrously on the baking sheet, while others held their shape just fine.  I have a bit of a suspicion though that it could be my oven acting up yet again, so  I might be light bulb baking before too long.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Disney Hollywood Studios: Prime Time Cafe

For lunch while we were at Disney's Hollywood Studios, we ate at The Prime Time Cafe'!
I just love this place.  The decor is for the most part true vintage pieces, not those ridiculous retro jukeboxes and poodle skirts hanging on the wall, like most places have. Just look at the top shelf on the right... a West Bend Bean Pot!

I wore one of my all time favorite vintage dresses so I could take some snazzy pictures next to the stove in the lobby!

One of the other fun things about eating at the Prime Time Cafe is the waiter/waitress interaction.  The premise is they are part of your family and treat you as such.  It's fun to improv with them.  We had Uncle Lou taking care of us.  I told him all proudly that I had washed my hands, and he says "What do you want a gold star for doing something you're suppose to?!"  Of course he then turned it on the boys and started grilling them about their hand sanitizing.  He gave us all nick names too.  Above you see Scooter and Sparky...I was Princess.

I liked all of the different floor tile patterns, especially these, so I snapped a pic to file in my mind's rolodex for future inspiration.

So let me tell you a little bit more about this dress.  I bought it about 19 years ago at an amazing vintage store in Tampa (Ybor City) FL called La France.  19 years ago I paid 55 bucks for it, so you can imagine what they would charge for it now.  It was new old stock and came with the belt, which I decided to not wear due to my having eaten a few too many Christmas cookies the week before.  I have not been not able to fit into this dress for the past 10 years and honestly thought I never would again.  Even after Kon-Maring my vintage clothes I still decided to keep it because it sparks some serious joy for me.  During the summer I started doing a DIY weight watchers diet and am stoked to say I have lost 15 pounds, meaning I can now wear several of my vintage pieces again!  Yay!

 The best park (other than Disneyland) to dress vintage is Hollywood Studios since it has a vintage vibe to it already.  When we were going through security check before entering the park in the morning the guard told me I looked very dapper, which is really like getting a gold star to me!

Here is our previous reservation:
2013 Prime Time Cafe

And another amazing restaurant also at Hollywood Studios that is like a Drive-In Theater at night and your table is a car!:
2014 Sci-Fi Cafe