Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The Dog Days of Summer?

Sophie enjoying our Summer like weather again today.

BUbbling Brook 3-2468

The change in phones in 1961. Goodbye to the letters in your phone number. Although, technically, we could still use letters to represent numbers today. I wonder if it could become a meme to give out one's number as "BUtterfield 8" to mean "288". Of course who uses their phone to make calls anymore? This short also stars famous radio personalities of their day, Peg Lynch and Alan Bunce ("Ethel and Albert"). Say goodbye to "BUbbling Brook"

I am lucky enough to own this phone. The concept of having a phone in more than one place was a novel idea at the time. 

Here they are much earlier also on film not radio.September 19, 1953 for NBC - TV in New York.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Indian Summer

Since Joaquin has decided to head out to sea we are now blessed with summer-like weather. Sophie enjoyed our morning beach stroll in the sunshine. And our breakfast out at one of our two favorite spots, the narrows, was delicious and felt like a summer outing The photo through the screen is the view at the narrows. Toad Hall is reluctant to give up the summer ghost.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Quiet evening in

Clearing sky brings hope of sun tomorrow. Quiet evening at Toad Hall.

A sad, sorry, spooky Jack-0-lantern and Halloween Treats

A 1950's family get's ready for Halloween.

"Look Out, Shep, that IS a sad sorry scary Jack-O-lantern"

"And the winner? A Lady Scarecrow"

These recipes from a 1959 cookbook are Halloweentastic. I love the thought of gingersnaps but maybe cut out like jack-0-lanterns, you know, the "sad, sorry, spooky" type. And traditional caramle apples could be improved with adding sea-salt and maybe even broken pits of pretzels to roll them in.

I always think of Popcorn balls when I envison vintage halloween. Why not make a vintage presentation but with a more Gourmet Ball?

Pecan Cashew Popcorn Balls

1 c Sugar
1 c Brown sugar; firm pack
1 c Light corn syrup
2/3 c Water
1 lb Butter
2 c Pecan halves; toasted
2 c Cashews; lightly toasted
8 c Popped popcorn

Combine the granulated sugar, brown sugar, corn syrup and water in a
heavy pan fitted with a candy thermometer and place over high heat.
Bring mixture to a boil and add the butter, stirring until it has
melted. Continue cooking until the mixture reached 350~, 20-30
minutes. In a LARGE, lightly oiled bowl, toss the nuts and popcorn
together. Carefully pour the hot syrup over the popcorn- nut mixture.
Carefully, but quickly, toss the mixture with a long-handled wooden
spoon to coat the popcorn and nuts completely with syrup. As soon as
the mixture is cool enough to handle, quickly shape into 3" balls and
place the balls onto a nonstick or lightly oiled baking sheet to
coool. Store, tightly wrapped, in a cool place. Wrap popcorn balls
individually in squares of amber cellophane, tied up with gold or
orange and black ribbon (these are meant for Halloween). Or pile the
balls together into a basket with red apples and wrap the basket up
in cellophane with orange and black ribbon. Or place the balls in a
brown paper bag and tie with a ribbon.

How about some Peanut Butter and White chocolate Haystacks?

Peanut Butter White Chocolate Popcorn Haystacks Recipe


1 bagpopped JOLLY TIME® Healthy Pop® 94% Fat Free Butter Microwave Pop Corn
1/2 cupchow mein noodles
1/8 cupwhite chocolate or almond bark
12 ouncesbutterscotch or peanut butter chips


Pop popcorn according to package directions.  Open bag carefully and pour into large bowl; discard unpopped kernels.  Add chow mein noodles to bowl. In a small microwave-safe bowl, melt baking chips, peanut butter and white chocolate, uncovered, on HIGH (100% power) for 2 minutes; stir well.  Pour over popcorn mixture; stir until evenly coated. Drop mixture by large rounded tablespoonfuls onto wax paper-lined cookie sheets.  Refrigerate until firm, 1 to 1-1/2 hours.  Store in tightly covered container.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Autumn clouds

It was a rather cloudy day but it did start out sunny. The gulls were active today and the hydrangeas are taking on their autumnal shade. The chaise seen to be wondering where their summer has gone. It is getting to be that time of the year.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Coconut pumpkin Chiffon Pie, Yes Please!

All I can say is everything in this photo is beyond wonderful: From the fridge, the color scheme down to the glasses and the turkey itself. We are in that season of warm spices, pumpkins, turkeys, and warm kitchens. Why not add to this wonderment a coconut chiffon pumpkin pie?

Coconut Pumpkin Chiffon Pie
1 envelope unflavored gelatine
¼ c cold water
1 ¾ c mashed cooked pumpkin
¾ cup evaporated milk
½ c water
2 egg yolks, slightly beaten
¾ c brown sugar, firmly packed
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp ground ginger
½ tsp nutmeg
½ tsp cinnamon
2 egg whites
½ tsp vanilla
1 c shredded coconut, toasted*
1 baked 9 inch pie shell
¾ c cream, whipped and sweetened

  1. Soften gelatine in ¼ c cold water.
  2. Combine pumpkin, milk, ½ c water, egg yolks, ½ c of the brown sugar, salt and spices in the top of a double boiler.  Cook over boiling water 10 minutes stirring constantly.
  3. Add gelatine and stir until dissolved.  Remove from boiling water.  Chill until slightly thickened.
  4. Beat egg whites until foamy.
  5. Add remaining sugar gradually and continue beating until stiff.
  6. Fold in pumpkin mixture, vanilla and ¾ c of the toasted coconut.
  7. Spoon filling onto cold pie shell, and chill until firm.
  8. Before serving, top with whipped cream and remaining toasted coconut.

*To toast coconut, spread thinly in shallow pan. Place in 350 degree F oven and toast about 10 minutes or until delicately browned, stirring occasionally to toast evenly.
Recipe thanks to Ruby Lane.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Halloween "Lassie"

This is the Halloween month, so why not lets start it off with a good ole' Lassie episode containing a 'witch'. I bet witches do make the best pickililli.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Cigarette pants vs leggings

Somehow the tight pants of the late 50's early 60's looked nicer and more put together than today's leggings. Is there someway the modern trend could get a nudge towards the classic look of then? They still were a skinny woman's game though, do you think?‪#‎leggingsintocigarettepantsmovement‬

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

1915 Fall Fashion Inspiration.

Fashion for Fall 100 years ago. 1915 fashion has a loose fitted natural waist, long forgiving layers and just pretty draping. This, to me, is fashion FOR women. Because it is comfortable and pretty and open to our own touches with jewelry and layers. It is not sexy tight wasted , low riding, hip hugging, tummy baring, or likely to slip or fall in any 'wardrobe malfunctions'. 1915 you might be a touchstone for my Autumn wardrobe.
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