Saturday, September 29, 2012


Lizzy is up to her creative little ways again. She is always making new recipes, most often it is for some kind of treat. This time, it is ginger candy. She makes this and sets it out on the table, before long everyone has eaten it up. She always makes very small batches, as you can see in the above photo. 


Friday, September 28, 2012

Big Holiday Expectations ~

Okay...I am not just making small changes (as stated in my earlier post); I am making BIG changes. My goal is to lose 10 pounds in the next five weeks, by the end of October! There, now I have said it. That is kind of scary, making such a bold statement on my blog. If I don't accomplish it, it certainly won't be for lack of trying. (I want to reach my goal on my weight-loss ticker, at the end of this post, before the holiday season begins ~ kicking off with Thanksgiving Day.)

So, why am I looking at a book full of  
"rib-sticking, taste bud-satisfying comfort food!"
I checked this our from the library before I made my big decision to drop 10 pounds.  I am always drawn to this sort of food; maybe it's the retro girl in me. It is enjoyable to look and and dream about, even if I cannot eat any ~ right now.

Right now, I am gazing over a recipes for...
The Best Fried Chicken in the U.S. of A.
Georgia's Fried Cornmeal Mush ~ Mmm, I love it
Granny Glen's Biscuits n' Gravy

And then finish off with some ~
Knock-Your-Sox-Off Carrot Cake
Washington State Fair Apple Strudel

I don't know about you, but this breakfast menu sounds appetizing to me!

AND 1 EGG...................... 85c

AND TOAST...................... 95c

TWO EGGS...................... 75c

AND TOAST...................... 85c

TOAST AND POTATOES...................... 65c

BACON OR SAUSAGE...................... 75c

TOAST AND JELLY...................... 50c

JELLY.......................... 1.25 

These cookbooks by Linda Everett,
Retro Breakfast and Retro Diner,
are available on Amazon

Thursday, September 27, 2012

When You Cannot Eat - It's Still Nice to Fix Food for Others

I think it is only natural that when you cannot indulge in mouthwatering foods, it is enjoyable to sit around and dream of the things you love.
Here’s what I am NOT having this fine Sunday morning:

Scrambled eggs topped with cheese
Tater Tots
Buttermilk Biscuits
Orange Juice
Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Tea and Malt-O-Meal Muffins

Today's Breakfast

Breakfast is one of my most cherished times of the day and always a favorite meals. Breakfast is good anytime of the day or night!

My children enjoy a cup of tea with breakfast; I prefer coffee. A teapot is a charming addition to the breakfast table.

Malt-O-Meal muffins are a delicious favorite for an easy breakfast. In addition to their delightful flavor, I enjoy them because one muffin is a mere 95 calories! That means that even while dieting, I can afford a muffin, yogurt, and fruit, which leaves me quite satisfied.


Friday, September 21, 2012

“Good Morning” Granola Rolls


“Good Morning” Granola Rolls .
 Cinnamon Rolls ~ Quick and Easy recipe
1 ¼ c. Honey Nut Granola
1 c. packed brown sugar
1 T. cinnamon
Combine ingredients and mix ( a food processor works well for this).

Quick White Glaze:
1 c. powdered sugar
2 T. milk
2 T. butter, softened
1 t. almond or vanilla extract

Mix sugar, milk, butter, and vanilla or almond extract until smooth.

Granola Rolls with Cream Cheese Glaze

Honey Nut Granola

Honey Nut Granola

Honey Nut Granola
2 ½ c. oats
1/2 c/ packed brown sugar
1/2 c. chopped nuts
1/3 c. honey
1/3 c. butter, melted
1/4 c. wheat germ
1 t. cinnamon
1 t. vanilla
1/2 c. raisins

Preheat oven to 325 °. Combine all ingredients except raisins; mix well. Bake in lightly greased 9” x 13” pan for 20 – 25 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in raisins. Spread mixture onto ungreased cookie sheet; cool. Store in a cool dry place. Makes about 6 cup.


Thursday, September 20, 2012

Cozy Corner

All I want is a room somewhere,
Far away from the cold night air,
With one enormous chair.
Oh, wouldn't it be loverly?
My Fair Lady (1964)

Monday, September 17, 2012

Cooking on a Budget ~ 1940s Style

Little End of the Horn (Horn of plenty, that is)

Budgeting, saving, making do, being resourceful, this was the life of the average 1940s housewife.

Can you relate?

 I too have always lived a life of stretching every penny. (I pick up every penny I see on the ground, as a way of appreciating all that God has given me. Growing up, we literally had to count every penny, and now things are not that tight. Thank you, Lord!)

I always appreciated the 1940s simple way of living because that was my own reality. I have come to love this way of living, and I believe that my life is actually richer because I have not always had everything that I want. That makes it easy to get excited about all the happy little pleasures life holds. And when bigger things come around, occasionally, they are that much more appreciated.

In celebrating the 1940s housewife way of life I thought it would be fun to share with you girls a few budget saving recipes for fall from my vintage cookbook: Quick & Easy Meals for two. (Of course, it is easy to make them for more than two.)

Bread-and-Cheese Casserole
Green Salad
Concord Grapes

I have always loved a simple European meal of cheese, fresh fruit, and great bread. Here is an American version of that meal.

Bread-and Cheese Casserole
Mix 1 cup grated sharp Cheddar cheese with 3 well-beaten eggs. Add 1-teaspoon baking powder, 1/8 teaspoon salt, and 1 tablespoon prepared mustard. Remove crust from 4 slices bread (I personally would not remove the crust.) Cut each slice in 4 pieces. Spread the bread pieces generously with the cheese mixture. Open one 8-oz. can tomato sauce. Alternate layers of cheese-spread bread with tomato sauce in a quart casserole or 2 individual casseroles. Heap any extra cheese mixture on top. Cover with strips of cooked bacon broken into pieces. Bake in a slow oven, 300° F., 20 to 30 minutes. 

Top-of-range adaption: Make sandwiches of bread with cheese filling. Sauté on both sides in bacon drippings. Serve with hot tomato sauce and crisp bacon.


Sunday, September 16, 2012

Cinnamon Rolls ~ Quick and Easy

These really are the easiest/best cinnamon rolls. My daughter had asked me to bake cinnamon rolls today, so I finally tried this recipe that I have had around for a long time. They are quick and easy to make.

Cinnamon Rolls
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter

Scald milk. Stir in 1/4 cup sugar and butter. Set aside to cool.

1/2 cup warm water
2 Tablespoons yeast
1/4 cup sugar

Dissolve yeast and 1/4 cup sugar in warm water. Set aside for 5 minutes until bubbly.

2 eggs
1-teaspoon salt
5 to 6 cups flour, divided

Mix milk, yeast mixture, eggs, salt, and 2 cups flour in kitchen aid. Add enough remaining flour to make soft dough. Knead 5-10 minutes.

Spray counter top with cooking spray. Divide dough into thirds and roll each into a rectangle.

Butter, softened
Brown sugar

Spread with softened butter; sprinkle liberally with brown sugar and cinnamon.

Roll up tightly and cut each roll into eighths. Place in three buttered cake pans.

Let rise in warm place until double.


Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes until light brown. (Servings: 24)
NOTE: My daughter likes them baked 10-12 minutes; my son likes them baked 12-15 minutes.

For the icing:
2 Tablespoons melted butter
2 cups confectioner's sugar
1 Tablespoon milk

Mix all ingredients until well blended and of spreading consistency.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

In Anticipation of the Holiday Season...

Homemade raisin bread and plum jam
 I am making a few diet changes now to allow for a few splurges during the holidays.

One small change: Usually I drink whole milk in my coffee, only indulging in half- &-half with sugar on holidays and special occasions. However, in preparation for the upcoming holiday season, which in our family starts the week of Thanksgiving Day and runs through New Year’s Day, I am going to drink my coffee black from now through the month of October (maybe even up to Thanksgiving Day).

Another small change: No more butter on my toast

Did you notice my retro styled diner coffee cup? I have always loved the diner look and found these dishes online; they make me so happy. I love using a saucer when I have a cup of coffee – it makes a simple cup of coffee more like a snack, or even a meal.

Additional way to encourages small changes: I chose the 8” dinner plate when purchasing my dishes to encourage smaller portion sizes.

I think these dishes are so cheerful, especially against this bright little red dish rack.


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Come Make Something With Me

Craft, bake, cook, and share.

My daughter is starting her own blog so that we can blog together. What fun for me!
If you have a daughter, perhaps she would like to visit this new blog.
Make sure to check out these links: Holiday Fun | Recipes

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