Monday, November 28, 2016
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 -
Sunday, November 27, 2016
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.
Friday, November 25, 2016
Thursday, November 24, 2016
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
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
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
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
Friday, November 18, 2016
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
From the December, 1952 Workbasket, a few simple gifts for children to make. One page of instructions can be found on my Flickr account.
Monday, November 14, 2016
Friday, November 11, 2016
Thursday, November 10, 2016
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Monday, November 7, 2016
Sunday, November 6, 2016
Before the New Kids arrived, we were concerned about keeping them away from Reserve Cat's food, and vice versa. As it turns out, a combination of strategic food dish location and hyper-vigilance prevented this. Nothing daunted, they have started eating the dogs' food, with consequent impact on their bowels.
(Just to see what would happen I put a dish of kitten chow next to a dish of kibble. They went straight for the kibble. They think they're very small German Shepherds, maybe?)
We feed Batdog and Chunk in the morning and the evening. They are both snackers and nibble at their food throughout the day. Hiding their dishes from the kittens isn't going to work.
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
I won't say that SOMEBODY is a big Cubs fan, but 4/5ths of the livestock have taken refuge in the spare bedroom.
(It could be worse. I found out this morning that a guy I used to know -- the director of the state commission on volunteerism and community service -- became the father of twins last week and named them Clark and Addison).
Who knew cats liked baseball?