Friday, December 9, 2016

Kittehs Roasting By An Open Fire

Roasting by an enclosed woodstove, rather.  I'd be down there with them if I were skinny enough.

I can't believe that furnace only lasted 21 years.  They just don't make 'em like they used to.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

This Can't End Well

I have three cats in my lap.

The Malevolence of Inanimate Objects

image from

Our furnace stopped working sometime Tuesday night.  The technician, a nice young former SeaBee, was out yesterday afternoon and replaced various bits and pieces and by the time Brian got home we had heat again.

Around midnight the damned thing switched from producing heat to pumping out cold air and it is 54° in here.  The tech is back and I can only imagine what this trip is going to cost us.

Update:  The new furnace will be installed Monday. Thank God for that wood-burning stove.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

All Is Forgiven

He got up in my lap and lay down on top of my knitting.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Sam's Cross (Tatting from 1953)

Sam's very well-done version of this cross, of which she was kind enough to send me a photo. It's always nice when someone actually uses one of the patterns that's posted here!

Monday, December 5, 2016

He Is So Not Speaking To Me

On top of all of the other wanton cruelties I've inflicted on Reserve Cat in the last ten months, I stepped on him this afternoon.

Vintage Images - Newell's Bakery and Restaurant

I have no idea where I got this -- it may have fallen out of a recently-purchased vintage cookbook.  Look at those prices!

Sunday, December 4, 2016

A Hostile Environment

In spite of 3" of snow, our hardy band made it to a Girl Scout camp in Woodford County for their Zombie Apocalypse/Emergency preparedness event today. The CDC has the right idea. 

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Thursday, December 1, 2016


Someone has figured out that if she lies on top of the kitchen stool, she's at just the right height to reach out and smack the dogs' ears when they walk by.

Monday, November 28, 2016

The Company I Keep

Our Red Cross chapter meeting is held on the fourth Monday of every month.  It's at 6pm, and since September, Chunk has been attending a K9 Life Skills class (aka Good Manners for Bad Dogs) each Monday at 7:30 at the kennel club.  

Because I had to go directly to class afterwards, I received permission to bring him to last two meetings with me.  Other than crawling up in the lap of the youngest and prettiest volunteer to lick her face whenever she lets him (there's a reason we call him the Kissing Bandit at home), he's been quite well-behaved.

Class is over until January (he passed. Really) so I went to the meeting alone tonight.  The cry was unanimous -

"Where's Chunk?"

Vintage Advertising - Campbell's Soup

From The American magazine, January 1934.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

And Then She Added The Tuna

Hawaiian Tuna Puffs was a winner that year (1961) in the Main Dish category. Note the ubiquitous General Mills product placement.

"Melt 1/2 cup Land O'Lakes butter or other shorting in 1 cup boiling water in saucepan.

Add 2 teaspoons soy sauce, 1/4 teaspoon Diamond Chrystal Slat and 1 cup sifted Pillsbury's Best All Purpose Flour all at once.

Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture leaves sides of pan and is smooth and compact, about 2 minutes.

Blend in 4 unbeaten eggs, one at a time, beating vigorously after each until mixture is smooth and glossy.

Drop by heaping tablespoons onto greased cookie sheets.

Bake at 425° for 20 to 25 minutes until golden brown. Do not underbake. Turn off oven. Prick with sharp knife for escape stem; leave in oven 10 minutes to dry out.  Cool; split and fill."

(So far, so good.  Unfortunately, the inventor couldn't be happy with anything so mundane as creamed chicken or shrimp.  No, she had to go ahead and come up with --)


Saute 1/2 cup chopped onion and 1/2 cup chopped green pepper in 2 tablespoons Land O'Lakes butter.  Add 1/4 cup pineapple juice, 1/4 cup Pet Evaporated Milk and 1/4 teaspoon Diamond Chrystal Salt.  Simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add two 7-oz cans tuna, 1 cup drained crushed pineapple and 1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese.  Reheat or served chilled."

This may be even worse than Silver Salad.

Saturday, November 26, 2016


Friday, November 25, 2016

Quote Of The Day

image from Pinterest

And there he maketh the hungry to dwell, that they may prepare a city for habitation; and sow the fields, and plant vineyards, which may yield fruits of increase. ~ Psalm 107

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Christmas Crafts - A Pointsettia Lapel Pin From 1952

The last project from the December, 1952 issue of Workbasket magazine, a felt lapel pin.  One page of instructions can be found on my Flickr account.

Monday, November 21, 2016

And You Thought Making A Bed Around Kittens Was Tough

Edited to add: Then he sends for reinforcements.
Edited to add further: I caught Reserve Cat playing with Minnie today.  Not for very long and he ran away when he saw me but still?

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Cooks and Cookbooks

Ladies Lunching from the January, 1919 Delineator

I have recently acquired another lot of vintage 50s/60s/70's cookbooks, all of them published by/for a major food company or magazine publisher.  Many of the recipes aren't bad (especially for cakes and cookies) but there are some lulus. I was trying to find the one for Hawaiian Tuna Puffs (chief ingredients pineapple, tuna and cheddar cheese) but I guess that will have to wait for another Sunday.  In the meantime, here's a ladies' luncheon favorite from Better Homes and Gardens Jiffy Cooking circa 1973.

"CURRIED TUNA AND PEAS. Blend 1/2 cup milk,into one 10 1/2 ounce can condensed cream of mushroomsoup. Add 1/2 to 1 teaspoon curry powder and heat to boiling  Carefully stir in one 6 1/2 to 7 ounce can tuna, drained, nd 1 cup frozen peas.  Cover and simmer 5 minutes.  Serve over hot cooked rice.  Makes 4 servings."

Saturday, November 19, 2016

There Are Probably More Useful Occupations this world than watching a kitten stalk a ladybug.

(but few that are as much fun).