Monday, November 16, 2009

16 November 1955 “Just a quick Hello, Gals”

1953-american-kitchen I am busy in the kitchen today, gals. It is my MIL birthday and we are planning a trip over to cook her a meal and celebrate there. I would much rather do that than take her out and I think the food will be better.
I am making a Cape Cod fish chowder (recipe tomorrow) and with the extra cod and halibut I baked that to serve on a salad. I am making my homemade cheese crackers to eat with the hearty chowder and finishing with simple chocolate dipped coconut macaroons and coffee. Simple, but hearty and delicious.

I just wanted to touch base with all of you and know I am thinking of you today in my kitchen.

Here is a fun little short about the housewife.

And, just for fun, don’t you adore this kitchen nook? I just love that color! I have predominately yellow and red with touches of this in my current 50’s kitchen, but as we need to do our floor over (old house and floor beam rot!) next spring, there will be more of this color in. It matches my every day dishes.50s kitchen blue

Have a great day, all. Keep the Apron Revolution alive!

13 comments:

  1. What a fun video--It is so refreshing compared to what we have to watch today.

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  2. Hear ! Hear ! to Aprons!

    I wear an apron everyday in the kitchen. I will do my part to keep the Apron Revolution alive.

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  3. I think I need to cut back on my apron habit. *gulp* It's so not my fault, I have a mini enabler. My 4 year old son is crazy about aprons and he was bugging me for a new one as we were walking past Jo-Ann Fabrics today. I was looking at a pattern for one made out of old jeans today and he has a pair with a big hole in one knee. I was going to patch them but he really has enough jeans so perhaps I'll repurpose them that way instead.

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  4. Thanks for thinking of us. I can just imagine you busily and prettily cooking in your kitchen. I'm sure your mother-in-law will be blessed by your scrumptious offering. Happy birthday to her. :) What is she like? I'd imagine she has plenty of positive attributes to have raised such an adorable son. :) I never had a MIL as my husband's mother died when he was 16. I really want to be a good MIL to my son's wife and try to show much love, support and acceptance (and of course to my daughter's husband too but it's different with guys) so do you have any pointers? Do's and don'ts from a daughter-in-laws perspective.

    I love the little film. I enjoy immersing myself in that 'way of life'. Sweet, mature, thoughtful, responsible... What a great life. Linda

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  5. Zebu-isn't it! It is just a simple practical series of truths, something very hard to come by today. It seems that we are always bombarded with 'smoke screens' in the news. Things that are sensationalized that really have very little to do with day to day life, but manage to keep the masses sated with some side to be on or what way to 'argue' the politic of the moment. Meanwhile, we are raising a nation of overweight underachieving spoiled people who feel the world 'owes them' and they are 'alwayt bored' and need 'enteraintment; and thay all are going to be rock stars/sports stars/reality stars.
    Viv-Good for you. I realized, as I was making aprond this week, I have three reliables. Two are vintage aprons that belonged to my mother and one is a repro full coverage apron that I wear for housework. Now, I want to keep some that I am making, but I might like the pin money in my little kitchen money box more ( I need to show that decorated, as I mentioned it before!)
    Rhonda-Repurposing sounds very good indeed. It is refreshing to hear that your son enjoys a good apron,they are so practical, not only for cooking and cleaning, but for crafts and art and I even have an apron I wear when I get down and dirty building fences or sheds. I need to design and build a new chicken house/barn this spring, so there will be an apron situation! Will you teach your song baking/cooking mending and cleaning? It is such practical knowledge and yet so few actually have it!

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  6. I am so sad, I just wrote a long response to how I feel about my MIL and how wonderful she is and it didn't get sent and now it is lost forever. I haven't the heart to write it again now, but will do so again in the morning. Sometimes technology fails us, I suppose.

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  7. 50'sgal, I'm sorry that you lost what you wrote about your MIL. That would be so very disappointing. That calamity has happened to most of us and we can understand how exhausting and distressing it feels especially if one's tired or when one's eager to share a little treasure in which you know others will be especially interested. When it flows from you it's then sometimes hard to duplicate what you'd previously written but I hope you have the heart try later, as you planned. I'll be so looking forward to it if you can. Linda

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  8. I wonder how produce was in 50s grocery stores...Today, the produce is not that fresh and the produce aisle is small compared to all the frozen prepared goods available...I imagine because less people cook. I agree with you that there are really bad role models on TV for kids nowadays, and I can't believe those reality shows get the ratings they do.

    How nice of you to cook for your MIL! Sorry to hear you lost your post...

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  9. Housewife07-no worries, I was thinking perhaps I will take the loss and make it part of a post. It really got me thinking about how much I do adore my MIL. I love that our community here always makes me even more contemplative of my life. Thank you, dear readers.

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  10. That is so sweet! And we thank you for writing your wonderful blog! :)

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  11. I love that picture you have at the top of the post. Very inspiring to me.

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  13. Thats one thing i miss: the masculine east-coast diction of the announcers of the 50s thru the mid 60s

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