Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Make Ava Gardner's Pancakes

Ava Gardner shares her mother's pancake recipe:

Three cups of flour, one teaspoon salt, three teaspoons baking powder, sifted together. Beat three eggs and add to three cups of milk and one tablespoon melted butter. Mix into a smooth batter and cook on a well-greased hot griddle to a nice light brown.

Ava maintains that nothing beats pancakes for breakfast when they are seved piping hot and swimming in butter.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

How To Freeze Peas

From the Bureau of Home Economics, United States Department of Agriculture, 1952, how to freeze fresh peas from your garden.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Princess Peggy Pop On

A 1952 ad for the Pop On from Princess Peggy -- "just Pop It On for a blouse, smock, apron... perfect for the hostess or gardener."

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Links Your Thrifty Grandmother Would Like

How does your garden grow? Information Central: Gardening Questions Answered, by Stephanie Suesan Smith, Ph.D.

Your grandmother would probably like Natural Practical Remedies: Your source for remedies that are practical and/or natural for you and the whole family.

Feel like saving more money? Check out Elemental Cheapness for more ideas.

Also, a contest to win a downloadable file of more than 150 pages of antique images from a 1914 New York Department Store catalog -- for you vintage lovers and creative types.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Vintage Duck & Bird Decoys

Tips, patterns and instructions on making your own hunting decoys from The Standard Book of Hunting & Shooting, edited by Robert B. Stringfellow (copyright 1950, Stackpole & Heck, Inc.). Along with construction and painting tips, there's information on lines, anchors and weights. And of course, patterns. The decoy patterns are for diving ducks, puddle ducks, goose and crow. (Scans of patterns are large enough to print!)  If you hunt, it's time to make your decoys now!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

How Well Do You Know Your Victorian Homes?

Tired of the same old party games? Well, this puzzle party game is OLD, but it's likely new to you and your guests!

There are 17 things wrong with this illustration from The Book of Knowledge encyclopedias, circa 1910. Can you & your guests find them all?

Great for bridal showers, couples moving in together, housewarmings, college kids and others moving out -- see if they are ready to do all the household chores ;)

(Yes, I'll give you the answer guide if you need it!)

Available from me in two forms: 1) a download at Etsy you can print yourself, or 2) printed sheets from Zazzle.

Basic Roll Dough & Pan Rolls (Recipe & Instructions)

This is another set of Photo-Method instructions from the Occident Flour series: The Photo-Method For Rolls, by Virginia Roberts, 1943.

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