Friday, June 12, 2020

Vintage Cookbook: Your Share - How to Prepare Appetizing, Healthful Meals.... A Forward from Betty Crocker about feeding your family in difficult times: Vintage Ephemera

Betty Crocker, in the forward from the cookbook / pamphlet, Your Share - How to Prepare Appetizing, Healthful Meals with Foods Available Today,  described women as "soldiers on the home front." Women were picking up where the men had left off before going to war.  Women were in the factories, war plants, Red Cross, and even the armed forces.  They were not only working in the home but helping keep America going on the home front.

 While we are not at war, today, and it is not just women maintaining the household, woman are still out in the world, working beside men.  We have outside responsibilities, in addition to the housework, and these types of booklets were published to help keep our lives moving.  This one, in particular, was published to help us keep our budgets in check with food shortages and rationing. As Betty Crocker writes in the forward,  "In spite of sectional problems and shortages, you must prepare satisfying meals out of your share of what there is."  We can take these helpful hints to help stretch our supplies today as limits are placed on certain foods and prices are climbing higher.

As seen in the General Mills advertisement, above, many advancements were being made to help "lighten your household tasks"

How do you stretch your food supplies to help keep your budget in check?  We have not really gotten to this point, in our household, but really need to get this going.  We have plenty of stock because we keep a very full pantry/freezer, due to couponing and budget hunting, but this will not last forever.

The important thing is to learn to do all of this while keeping your meals healthy and including the major food groups.  As I go thru this booklet, I will share the tips and hints with you and hopefully we can add some of our personal advice along the way.

Be sure to check out my pantry post and the earlier posts I made regarding this booklet.  There are some cute 1940s graphics to enjoy.


Thursday, June 11, 2020

New Vintage Cookbook to Share: Your Share - How to Prepare Appetizing, Healthful Meals with Foods Available Today: Vintage Ephemera: Vintage Housewife

I absolutely love vintage cookbooks and the little advertising pamphlets or booklets from the mid century era.  These little gems were usually published and distributed by popular food or appliance companies.  They were distributed as marketing material to highlight a certain appliance, like a Frigidaire Refrigerator Or Kitchen-aid Mixer.  Sometimes, however, they were also distributed by banks, electric companies, and even an auto parts companies like the NAPA / Regal Ride cook book seen below (it is the blue one in the top left corner, I will feature it in an upcoming blog post so you can get a better look).

picture of pamphlets and booklets from my personal collection

These pamphlets were distributed a few different ways, I have found by talking to past generations of home makers while working in a senior living community.  Some were distributed in the super market, with a display of the product, much like we see coupons or recipes on hang pads.  Others were tucked in an electric bill or banking statement.  The booklets included with an appliance may come in the appliance box or handed out by a salesman while making his sales pitch. They, like the new appliances of the time,  were for the "modern homemaker" and usually had hints and recipes to make her life easier and more carefree.  

I am thrilled to have found this little gem, Your Share - How to prepare appetizing, healthful meals ** with foods available today*** a Betty Crocker Cookbook (lette?) .  It comes at the perfect time since prices of meat are climbing and limits have been put in place on certain household items and foods.

It was published in 1943 by General Mills, Inc.  It was to help with the rationing put in place during World War II.  We are not at war now, obviously, but I think we can appreciate the tips and helpful hints as much now as anytime.

I will share more of this booklet, with commentary, in the next few blog posts.  Be on the look out for tips and tricks on stretching your meat, multiplying your eggs, and making your cheese go further, for example, as I break it into sections.

Here are some more of these pamphlets from the mid century era.


Saturday, June 6, 2020

Vintage Card Games to Play in the Cool Indoors on a Hot Summer Day: Vintage Ephemera

Cooling off INDOORS is a must during the HOT Texas Summers.  We reached 105 degrees yesterday and today is climbing high, as well.  This is nothing new, we are used to having hot days.  We love spending time in the pool but when it's time to cool off, we head inside for a Popsicle and games.

I will admit, we have been playing card and board games a lot the last few months since self isolating.  I have been on the hunt for some new ones to keep it interesting.  These pieces of ephemera are from the same cute little vintage book I posted about hereherehere, here, and here.  

It was a give a way, of some sort, from the Curtiss Candy Company from 1961.  You just do not see such helpful pamphlets these days.  Everything is on a companies website.

 Look how cute the little boy and girl are, seriously concentrating on their game.

My little cutie gets serious when playing, too.

She even made it a royal event in her crown, jewels, and princess attire.  This cute dress was from a 2018 Disney trip and is still holding up like new (with the exception of being a bit short on her).  We bought this dress and a few others from Little Adventures (highly recommend)

Uno has been a favorite, although we only play with half the deck.  Others we enjoy are the classic Old Maid, Memory, Go Fish, Slap Jack, and Crazy Eights.  We found this set of children card games, Hoyle Six in One at Walmart or Target, I don't remember.  Both stores, as well as Amazon, carry them.

We keep a well stocked game cabinet. (you can see it in the background of the above photograph.  It is the open linen closet at the end of our hall). I highly suggest converting a closet or cabinet, that is unused, into a game cabinet.  These bring us hours of enjoyment when spending some down time indoors. 

 Please comment, below, if you have any recommendations for fun games to add.  I am always open to new or even classic ideas!!!


Please check out more about the darling little Curtiss Candy Company "How to Keep Your Kids Busy and Happy All Summer Long" Booklet at the following links:

Mother's, This Book is for You: Vintage Ephemera  

Mid Century Summer Fun for Kids:  Vintage Ephemera 

Rainy Day Summer Fun Ideas: Vintage Ephemera  

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Easy Semi Homemade Peach Pie

This happened today!  Well...let me take you back a few weeks and tell you how it all started

Someone, in the local moms group, Plano Moms Talk, to be exact, inquired if anyone had any experience ordering peaches from The Peach Truck. The Peach Truck is a farm from Georgia that tours around delivering pre-ordered peaches. You can read their story on their website.

As a lover of peaches, I was intrigued and set off to  see what  "The Peach Truck" was all about.  Being impressed with what I read, I decided to get some of my gal pal moms to go in with me on a box of peaches. They sell these by the 25 pound box. My family and I would never go thru 25 pounds of peaches on our own so no way I’d shell out 50 bucks for big box of peaches. I mean I can go to my beloved Central Market and buy some sweet ass Texas peaches...but I’m not going to my beloved Central Market right now and splitting this box and the price by 3...was certainly more agreeable.  

We still had way more than we could go thru before they went bad, however, so a peach pie made it's way to our menu planning.

I am not a baker.  I like baking but I am pretty basic because when I get fancy, it is usually a disaster.  I leave my baking to the pros or my husband.  Now, he's a baker!!! I decided to try my hand at a simple peach pie.  Simple meaning I was going to use a redi-made pie crust and throw some ingredients that sounded good in a pie plate.  Here is what I came up with (keep in mind that I do not measure things, I just kind of fly by the seat of my you can certainly play with the measurements, this is what sounded right, to me)


Follow direction on the box for a 2 crust pie.  I used the Pillsbury ready made crusts.


8 medium peaches
1 tablespoon lemon juice
a cup of sugar
about .25 cup of corn starch (could have used more, it was a big runny because of the juiciness of the peaches)
.25 teaspoon nutmeg
dash of salt

Peel and slice the peaches.  Place in a large mixing bowl, add lemon juice.  Gently stir to coat the peach slices.  Gently mix in the remaining ingredients.  Add to bottom crust.  Continue following direction on pie crust box for a 2 crust pie.  I baked at 425 for 20 minutes.  Take pie out and cover the edges, with foil,  to prevent over browning. Replace pie and bake another 25 minutes.  Once I saw the peach mixture bubbling out the top and sides, I let go about 5 more minutes then took out of the oven to cool.  Served with Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream.

David thought it was the best peach pie he has ever had.  He may be a bit biased.

Of course the peaches were also yummy without any extra ingredients or steps...


Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Happiness is a Well Stocked Pantry...and Being Prepared for Difficult Times

Having a well stocked pantry and freezer have always given me peace of mind.  Knowing that your family is taken care of is a sense of satisfaction and pride.  During the recent run on pantry items, we did not really have an urgent need for anything.  We keep a good back stock and, even during the recent run on toilet paper, cleaning products, eggs, and water... we were well set.  

My pantry is not "Pinterest Fancy", in fact it is usually a hot mess.  It is a working pantry and we are in and out of it for meals and snacks all day.  Especially now that we are staying home literally, we are in and out  ALL. DAY. LONG!!! 

My pantry / food storage consists of several parts.  We have a small pantry (shown in the above picture, however it does extend all the way to the floor) in our kitchen where we keep things that have been opened and need to be used up.  I also keep things I only have one of, like a new flavor of jam we may be sampling.  Most of our sauces and salad dressings are in here.  It is not a very efficient pantry because of the layout.  The shelves are dark and deep, going far back in the pantry.  There is also a very high shelf...way on top.  If I did not know, from memory, what is in this pantry, things would go bad.

Also, in the kitchen, we have a nice sized refrigerator / freezer that stores things we are currently using, like most families.  We have opened juice, milk, and lots of fresh fruits and veggies. The freezer has frozen veggies, meats, and sauces that have been opened.  The freezer does have more Popsicles and ice cream than frozen veggies, most of those are kept in another freezer ~wink~.

There is a small closet, to the side of our formal dinning room, that we turned into another pantry.  We keep our stock of canned foods (veggies, soups/broths, beans/chili, meats. etc), baking items, and cereals here.  Belle Starr, our very geriatric kitty, has her dry and wet cat food in here.  When she is hungry, she is sure to let you know where the food is kept. On the floor are buckets with gamma lids, inside we keep long term food supplies and more cat food. 

Pic from Library of Congress
Our snacks for school lunches, picnics, etc are kept in the laundry room / mud room.  It is also the entry way from our garage and a great place to just dump the large boxes that most individual snacks come in.  We have a closed shelving unit as well as 2 long shelves on each side of the room, up near the ceiling.  We keep more back stock here of some canned goods that are boxed together, as they are sold at Sam's and Costco.  These do not fit in the canned good pantry, at this time, but will be rotated in as space allows.  Also, kept in this area, are big buckets with gamma lids that house more long term food storage. This area is stocked more than usual because we are in the process of adding to our long term pantry, taking our preparedness up a notch.

Spacing made it impossible to get the entire picture.  The shelf, near the ceiling, runs the length of the room.  There is another shelf, exactly like it, on the opposite wall.

Photo from The People History
We have a deep freeze and two standard sized refrigerators in our garage.  The deep freeze exclusively holds beef, chicken, and one whole turkey.  We have all of our favorite cuts and varieties. This freezer is usually stocked to the brim with meats we have found on sale.

 One of the refrigerators has eggs, cheeses, deli meats, juices, refrigerated lunch box type of snacks like ready made Jello, yogurt, and fruit cups.  There is also back stock of creamer for coffee and milk.  We also place fruits and veggies, that do not fit in our kitchen fridge, in here.  The connecting freezer holds frozen veggies, breakfast items such as waffles and breakfast sausage, beef and turkey hot dogs and sausage links, hamburger and turkey patties, bacon, and a small selection of pork products.  Finally, the other fridge / freezer combo holds breads and drinks.  I drink ONE Coke Zero a day but stock up on that and other canned drinks when they are on sale.  We also have Powerade, Propel, Gatorade and flavored water type of drinks for when I Shipt shop or we are out in the heat for activities and play dates.  There may be leftover Halloween or Holiday candy hidden here, at time (shhhh Maggie is none the wiser)

We do have some other things stored in our garage like over stock of laundry supplies, cleaning supplies, paper products, water, food storage containers, camping stoves and equipment we can use in case of a power outage.   I would love for everything to be in one large pantry, however, that would take a room the size of a bedroom and I am not giving up my craft

I would not be totally transparent if I did not mention the Dorm Fridge in the Hubbie's Man Cave.  He keeps beer and his favorite snacks in there. I do not really count that or our wine or liquor / bar pantry in my household budget as he pretty much keeps up with that on his own.

All of our pantries are "working pantries", meaning we use the food that is stored here.  We rotate, donate, and re-purchase what we use and need.  We do not use canned foods often so it is especially important to rotate and donate these items often.  I keep a pantry inventory, updated and checked seasonally.  I usually do a huge can good stock up during the fall sales cycles.  November is a big time to stock up on baking and pantry items due to the upcoming holidays, so keep a lookout for your area fliers to get the best deals.  This is also a great time to donate!

As I mentioned, we are also stepping up our preparedness game.  We are not storing gas mask or planning to do any "bugging out".  The only time we would "bug out" is if there was a tornado and we had to leave our home when it was safe.  We have "go bags / bug out bags" and supplies for that occasion.  I would love a fall out shelter, but it would be more of a storm shelter.  I have been very close to tornadoes a few times in my life but luckily, have not been injured.  Having such a shelter would surely bring a great deal of peace. 

What we are preparing for is more of an economic situation, not a nuclear disaster.   This could come by the way of a job loss or anything where we may need to tighten our belts. Or, as in recent events, we needed to stay home for awhile, depending on our pantries for food and water.
Pic from

Preppers prep for the collapse, in some way, of society.  Many, in the Prepping communities, prepare for situations like nuclear fall out, civil unrest, or just a local collapse of services for whatever reason may come.

Our "stocking up" sure came in handy during the recent run on toilet paper.  We usually have about a year to year and half stock of paper products, thanks to couponing.  I had been busy with a new side hustle and almost let that get away from me.  While we had and still have PLENTY of paper towels, we were running out of my couponing stockpile of toilet paper.  Luckily, we just bought a  large pack during a  Costco run back in January.  We still have 4 rolls of that pack left, even after being home almost 3 months.  

pic from local target
We could not believe or understand why there was such a run on toilet paper.  I noticed, the week or so before we began the "staying home" orders that the shelves were getting bare while doing my Shipt deliveries.  I just figured that Target was having a sale.  By the time schools announce they were closing on Thursday, all heck broke loose and EVERYONE was making a run for toilet paper.

Although, I read about limits on meat, eggs, milk, and baking products, I had not even tried to purchase these items as we have plenty in the pantry.  I did, however, get an urge to stock more "long term" foods in our pantry and had a difficult time finding rice and beans.

Bottled water was also hard to come by for awhile.  When it was in stock, there were limits.  This has help give us the push to look into a better solution.  Water is plentiful, right now, from our faucet.  We do not like our city water, it does not taste good, but it is drinkable.  However, we have stocked up, as we can, with the limits. We also need to think about water storage for cooking and cleaning.

Photo from History by Zim
Water storage can be difficult because it is bulky and takes up a lot of valuable storage real estate.

The best advice I have regarding starting a working pantry type of food storage is start slow.  When you do your grocery shopping, pick up a few extra cans of things you will use.  I will be sharing some tips in upcoming blog posts to help you get started.  In the meantime check out these sites to find great deals in your area.  

Pic from NPR

Also, don't forget to prepare for specific situations to your area.  We have taught Maggie, our 6 year old, what to do in case there is a Tornado siren.  She has known to "duck and cover" since she was walking.  We have disaster drills on the first Wednesday of every month so we use these to practice. She also knows to remind me to grab our "go bag", place pillows and blankets in the hallway, and be aware of Belle Starr's location (which is usually "ducked and covered" under an end table in the living room, her usual sleeping spot).  I will post about our "go bag", etc in a future post.

our hallway is the closest thing we have to a safe shelter when the tornado sirens go off.
I noticed that my boots were mismatched after the drill.  We got a good laugh over this but I was sure thankful it was only a drill and I did not have to go mismatched in public.

I hope you enjoyed this peek into our pantries and a bit of info on how and why we keep a working food storage.  Be on the lookout of future posts about our "go bag / bug out bag" and tips and tricks on how you can start a pantry of your own.  They really do bring peace of mind!!!



Wednesday, May 27, 2020

How to Entertain Kids During Isolation / Quarantine Vintage Ephemera

 Here in Texas, we are starting to open up and many of our activities are once again available to enjoy.  We are not quiet ready for that.  While we may take a trip to the zoo, while being as socially distanced as possible, we will not be enjoying many of our favorite play spaces and indoor fun activities.

Now that distance learning is officially over, we are on the hunt for some fun solo activities.  The adorable little vintage activity booklet I found has some fun ideas.

Of course, spending time in the kitchen is always an option. A bonus is all the yummy treats we can enjoy.

Yum, yum!  These drink recipes look for and refreshing for a hot summer day!

We are not able to run a Miracle Aid stand, as the book suggests, but these drinks sound pretty tasty.  I could not even find that the drink powder is even available at this time.  I did a bit of searching and did come to the conclusion that it is similar to the powdered Kool Aid drink mix that comes in packets. Here are a few of the vintage ads for the drink mix.  It was manufactured by the Curtiss Candy Company, the same company that published the vintage booklet I have been sharing here, here, here, and here.


Monday, May 25, 2020

Happy Memorial Day

I love Memorial Day!  It is the first big summer weekend and the official start of summer.  We do not have any big travel plans or really much of any plans at all, this year, because of social distancing due to Covid 19.  I am still looking forward to it and all the fun we can have without all the busy busy summer routines we usually have set in place.  We will spend time in our back yard, playing games, and some mornings at the playground, perhaps...maybe a short trip to the zoo or other outdoors activities that, hopefully, will not be too very crowded. 

As for today, we are hanging out at home about to cook up some hamburgers.  Unfortunately, it is still raining here so our cookout turned into a cook IN.

This is my Mawma and Pawpa when they were a young married couple.  He was in the United States Air Force , stationed in Alaska.

These ladies look ready for a patriotic afternoon, maybe a back yard BBQ or a relaxing boat ride.

  I wish everyone a very happy and safe Memorial Day!!!