Monday, October 20, 2014

The Spice Islands Cookbook

I picked up this cookbook at a thrift store simply because I really like the lovely illustrations inside.
"The Spice Islands Cookbook", printed in 1961.
The colorful and pretty illustrations inside (done by an an artist named Alice Harth) just needed to be shared:











And I figured it was only fair to share a couple of the recipes with you, too.
We have Noodles Romanoff, which sounds pretty darned good to me:
And then, here is a recipe for "Hangtown Fry", which, as the story goes, originated in Hangtown, back "in the Gold Rush days in the Far West":
Hangtown, California , that is - now better known as Placerville, which happens to be where the Gold Country Girls grew up!
So, put that in your pan and fry it!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

More From Counterpoint

I have written about my love for vintage Counterpoint items before.
Quite a few times, I think, actually.
Here are three more things I found recently.
First up is a mushroom canister - discovered at the Waste Management Store.
I think I paid a dollar for it.
When I wrote this post back in 2010, I was dreaming about finding canisters like this.
Well, I found ONE of them anyway:
Label on the bottom - I love it when the original labels remain intact:
And I found this little "Key" key rack at a thrift store - for fifty cents!
It goes with the others I have! (Click here to see my post about them.)
Oh, I was happy when I spotted it!
And it has the label, as well:
 (There's another post, too, if you're interested. I told you I'm a BIG Counterpoint fan!)
And also, one more little Victorian  row house wall pocket for my little collection of those.
I think I may have six of them, now:
(Yes, it has the label on the bottom, too!)
Counterpoint made some of my very favorite vintage things.
And it is a great feeling EVERY single time when I find one of them at a thrift store!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

The Last Farmer's Market Of The Season

Today marks the date of our last Farmer's Market of the season here in downtown Sonora.
I snapped these photos last week.
This beautiful mural is painted on the wall of the parking lot where the market is held. A local artist named Judy Grossman was the Master Artist behind this community project.
 Photos of some of our favorite things to buy at the market - starting with big red tomatoes:
 And my favorite - cherry tomatoes:
 Walnuts:
 Strawberries:
 Here's a closer look at the right side of the mural. There is a special tribute within the mural to honor the life of Eleazar Rodriguez, aka "Ed, The Flower Guy", who died in an accident in September 2012, on his way home from the market where he had been a flower vendor for seven years.
 Somebody else sells flowers in his old spot now:
 Last of all, we have these lovely pomegranates....
 ....and some pumpkins!
Sadly, our downtown market won't be open again until next May.
But then, that gives us something to look forward to!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Disneyland Hotel

I shared this 1957 vintage Disneyland Hotel brochure with you a few years back, but I wanted to include it again today.
It was mailed to my mother-in-law after she had sent a $15.00 check to the hotel to hold a room:
Here's a look inside the brochure:
Oh, how I long to stay there again some day. But, alas, the rates these days are higher than I can afford.
Here are a few other things I have from the hotel - we'll start with
this wooden coat hanger, below.
I am not sure how old it is - not very, I don't believe - and no, I didn't steal it!
 I bought it at a thrift store for a quarter, and I was tickled to find it:
I don't think I ever shared these matchbooks before.
I found them in a big basket full of the books at a thrift store. I had to dig, but I was rewarded for my efforts:
The front:
The back:
And the inside:
Tina gave me this ashtray for my birthday one year.
Pretty cool!
We don't smoke, but that doesn't mean I don't like (some) ashtrays.
I mean, especially one from the "World's Most Exciting Hotel"!!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

A Wrinkle In Time

I am reading this book:
"A Wrinkle In Time", written by Madeline L'Engle back in 1962.
"It was a dark and stormy night....."
I love that.
I know that I must have read it years and years ago, but it's been so long that I didn't even remember the story at all.
It's one of Tina's all-time favorite childhood books, if I recall correctly.
I just happened to have a copy of it in my collection, on my bookshelf ( of course I did!).
There is actually a very special reason why I am re-reading this particular novel at this particular time.
But I'm not going to tell you yet what that reason is.
It must remain a mystery...
for now.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Raggedy Ann and I love the same fabric!

Well, Heidi found a great pattern and wrote about it the other day
in this post.
 I made this blue top and another one in a red calico after I had my son in 1971.
 I wore them often.
This McCall's magazine is from August 1970. Inside I found my fabric worn by Raggedy Ann.

 I also found a description of what might be my fabric.


Cotton print by Henry Glass-Peter Pan fabrics.


Oh, to go back to 70's fabric prices!


I have searched for this fabric for several years now,

I found this one little girl's dress below. It is the dress from the McCall's 2530 pattern.


I love the simple smocking and the rickrack!


My dress is small enough to fit a large Raggedy Ann.


Maybe someday I will find the toddler's dress in my fabric also,


What a darling dress. Very simple to make, too.


I hope the Mom who made this dress for her daughter made her the matching Raggedy Ann doll.


If she did, maybe I will someday find that Raggedy Ann.


I am really liking the eyelet pinafore.


 I just love this fabric! Raggedy Ann, you have great taste!