Monday, June 24, 2019

Out of a vintage kitchen

 Over the next week or two I'm hoping to feature some fun items that I've found in my sorting and sifting at my childhood home.  I thought I'd start with a few things from the kitchen.  Some of these are available in my Etsy shop, A New Hampshire Attic.  Some others were in the shop, but have sold.  And then there is at least one item pictured here that's not in the shop.  Enjoy the nostalgia ...

From a book called "Cake Mix Miracles"
Kitchen herbs are fun!
Any self-respecting kitchen will have recipes clipped from flour bags.
These are rice paper guest towels.  Who would ever have thought?
From a gorgeous little food coloring booklet.  These are paintings, not photos!
A blotter that came in a box of cereal.
This booklet featuring Homer Laughlin Jubilee dinnerware went to a collector.
Even a family fitness plan!
The Joys of Jello Cookbook has had many incarnations.
This glorious time of year?  Oh yes, let's eat outdoors!
Canning from the victory garden
So there you have it!  Just a few fun memories from a vintage kitchen.  Stay tuned for posts featuring the vintage sewing room, the vintage stationery drawer and more!

Friday, June 21, 2019

Friday five for June 21

Beautiful graphic by Abby at Little Birdie Blessings
Friday again!  They seem to come around so quickly!  It should be easy to come up with five things I'm thankful for, since three of them happened in one day -- last Saturday. 

1.  One of my cousins and her husband bought the large pine hutch my parents had loved so much.  It had been locally built and they bought it when they added onto their house in the mid-1960s.  What a blessing that this nice piece of furniture went to a home of family members where it will be loved and appreciated, rather than gathering dust in a used-furniture store.

2.  We attended a gorgeous outdoor wedding Saturday afternoon.  It had rained most of Friday and even was raining Saturday morning, but by 2 pm the weather was beautiful and just perfect for a wedding in a lovely setting by a pond.  It was good also to be at a wedding where the Gospel was clearly proclaimed.  Below you see the one and only photo that I took!  The centerpieces were so pretty and so simple.

3.  Sharing a meal and Bible study with our dear young friends on Saturday night, and getting to hold their new baby.  It made Saturday a very full day indeed, but it was such a day of blessings!

4.  A wonderful day in God's house, with His people, on Sunday.  We had several staffers from The Wilds of New England with us.  The young man preached both services, and he and the young ladies helped out with the music also by singing, and playing guitar, cello, and violin.  What a talented group of young people!  It was just a good day and we felt so very blessed.

Some of the cabins at TWNE
5.  A great Father's Day cookout with our daughter and her hubby and their four kiddos.  My hubby was so blessed later to see a little tribute to him that our daughter posted on Instagram.  He does all that he does selflessly, with no thought of reward, but it just blessed his heart to read her words of appreciation and love. 

That's the Friday five for this week!

Short post for the longest day

Just popping in with a little announcement.  I'm having a one-day sale at my Etsy shop, A New Hampshire Attic to celebrate the longest day of the year, June 21.  Selected listings will be 20% off for today only.  Note that this sale will not include items in the Vintage Christmas category.  I am planning a Christmas in July sale, so you will want to wait until July for deals on Christmas goodies.  Hope to see you at the sale!

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

A comical Wednesday Medley

Yes, it is Wednesday again, and time for the Wednesday Medley hosted by Terri at Your Friend from Florida.  This week's questions have to do with National Garfield the Cat Day, which is today.    Want to write a fun, light blog post this week?  Just head on over to Terri's and get the the questions to answer them on your own blog.   Here goes:

1.  If you have ever followed the Garfield comic strip, you know Garfield loves lasagna.  What is your favorite Italian food?  
Hmmm, my favorite Italian food.  That is a tough question.  I enjoy pizza, lasagna, stuffed shells, spaghetti and meatballs, calzone, and more.  Don't think I can pick a favorite.
Do you over-indulge when it comes to pasta?
Possibly on macaroni and cheese.
2.  Tell us about your very first pet.  If you have never had a pet, can you tell us about an animal that touched your life in some way?
When I was young our family dog was supposed to be my brother's pet.  But Queenie captured everyone's heart.  She was fearless but occasionally lacked common sense.  The amount of porcupine quills pulled from Queenie's face over the years was very surprising.  It seemed that she never learned.  In her later years, she became very much my dad's dog, riding shotgun in his pickup whenever possible.
3.  Garfield sleeps his day away, only waking to eat or sweet talk his girlfriend Arleen.  How many hours sleep do you normally get each night?  How much sleep do you really need?
About 7 hours of sleep seems ideal for me.   That's usually about how much sleep I get.  Sometimes a little less.
4.  Garfield lets the mice in the house have their way.  When was the last time you had to chase out a little varmint?  
At my dad's a few months ago.  Actually, it was nearly dead already.  However, my most recent mouse encounter was a few nights ago when I was innocently descending the cellar stairs to do some laundry. I was four or five steps from the bottom when a mouse came hurtling out from under the washer, seemingly straight at me.  Of course, he was really diving for cover under the stairs.  And then, from under a retired freezer I use as a pantry -- at right angles to the stairs -- another mouse came rushing toward me.  Two mice in less than 30 seconds was a little much, I thought.  Mr. T set a mousetrap, but it hasn't been touched.
5.  Garfield also loves his teddy bear Pooky. Did you have a favorite stuffed animal when you were young (or now!)?  If you didn't or don't, what about someone you know? 
I'm sure that I did have one, but can't remember right now.  One of my daughters had a large pink bunny, simply called Bunny,  who went everywhere with her.  One time when Bunny was left behind at church, our pastor and  his wife made a special trip to deliver him.  They knew Bunny was pretty important to a little girl's being able to sleep that night.
6.  Please tell us something about your week, so far!

 I completed a gigantic project of sorting recipes.  See previous post for the details.  So good to have that done.

And there is this week's Wednesday Medley!

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

A satisfying project completed

So a couple of weeks ago I tackled a project I've been thinking about for awhile.  It involves recipes printed from online sources (and a few printed out pages from my personal cookbook).  Storing these recipes has been a source of frustration to me for years, and recently it came to me that I could just get a really large binder and place the recipes in page protectors.  I didn't take a photo of the "before" storage, but trust me, it was not pretty.  Photos of the "after" are sprinkled throughout this post.

For some history:  A long time ago (I just looked back -- aren't blog archives wonderful? -- and it was in 2006) I was trying to find a solution for recipes I'd clipped from magazines, and I went shopping to see what I could find that might work.  I think that what I found was intended to be a planter. It’s galvanized metal, long and narrow, with an embossed ivy design. It held my recipes just fine, and looked neater and decorative at the same time. I put index cards in it for dividing the recipes into categories, and it worked well for quite awhile.

Until, that is, I started finding recipes on the internet and began printing them out.  What I found myself doing was to fold these recipes in half and tuck them into the metal box with my clipped out recipes, which these folded pages soon displaced.  I tried to solve it by putting all crockpot recipes in a file folder, and all gluten free recipes in another folder. and placing those with my cookbooks.  That did help quite a bit, but still my metal box was bristling with those folded papers.  It was annoying to look at and even more annoying to have to unfold various papers whenever I was looking for a recipe, to see what it was.  So when this binder idea came to me, I jumped on it.

I got the thickest binder I could find and a couple packs of page protectors.  Then I began the process of moving all of those recipes out of the box and into their new home.  I hadn't been sure what I would use to decorate the covers -- this is the type of binder with a clear pocket on front, back and spine -- but one day I was making an envelope out of a Gooseberry Patch calendar and realized the artwork was the perfect size for these large binders, with only a little trimming necessary.  I cut another piece of a calendar to decorate the spine.  Voila -- an absolutely beautiful binder with some of my favorite scenes on it!
 This past weekend I had some cooking and baking to do and used several of my printed-off-the-internet recipes.  What a blessing to just turn to the appropriate pages in my binder and use the recipes!  I'm very pleased with how this project turned out and how useful it is.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Friday five for June 14

 I am not quite sure where this week went!  Somehow it is Friday again!  Usually on Monday I will go to my favorite Christmas Friends site and share some sort of plan for the week, just for accountability.  This week I just didn't get there at all!

So, let's see about a Friday Five.

1.  A wonderful day in church on Sunday!  We had a visiting preacher (a missionary) and oh, what an encouragement he and his family were to us.  Such a blessing.

2.  The first ice cream date of the season on Sunday night!  I had a small Moose Tracks (on the left) and Mr. T had a medium Maine Black Bear (on the right).  I know, my ice cream looks larger, but it's a smaller dish. 
Curious about the flavors?  Here are the descriptions from Gifford’s Ice Cream:

Last summer when we met up with Vee, we went out for ice cream and she chose:

I really think that Vee's choice sounds most delicious of all, and I hope to try it before the summer's out.
[Edited to add:  Vee tells me (see comment below) that her FIRST choice would always be Caramel Caribou, which must have been unavailable that evening last summer.  It does sound delicious!]

3.  Getting out to walk 4 days out of 5 this week.  Even the rainy days had some un-rainy hours and we were able to get out.  The scenery in peoples' gardens is lovely.  All of the scenery pictures in this post are from one of our favorite walking routes.

4.  A great checkup at the dentist this week!  Maybe too much information, but you know how they measure the "pockets" on your gums?  Mine have improved vastly.  The hygienist commented on the huge improvement in only a year and asked "What have you been doing differently?"  It has to be the Essiac Tea,  one benefit  of which is reducing inflammation in the body.  Essaic Tea for the win again!

5.  God's hand of protection on a friend who had a horrific accident while working on a vehicle this week.  He has some serious injuries, but his life was spared and he will recover -- and his family and friends are very, very thankful!

And there's my Friday Five for this week!

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Mixing up the Wednesday Medley

Wednesday again, and time for the Wednesday Medley hosted by Terri at Your Friend from Florida.  Terry has done something quite unique for the questions in this week's Medley: she has based them off five different "National Days".  If you'd like a blogging challenge this week, why not head over to Terri's and get the the questions to answer them on your own blog? Here goes:


1.  Tell us about a time you made someone's life beautiful or someone made YOUR life beautiful.

Oh, let's see what we can do with this.  I'm going to look at it a little differently, I guess.  One way that people make my life beautiful is to provide lovely spaces for me to enjoy.  I try to do the same for them with a uniquely set table, memorable seasonal decor, and so on.  The photos below are from a trip to Boothbay Harbor, Maine, a few years back.  The sea glass window and the wicker furniture were on our little patio outside our room.  The lamp was in the room, one of many sweet touches in decor.  And of course the plantings (which are everywhere in Boothbay) speak for themselves.  My hubby and I were enjoying a getaway at the time, and the beauty others had provided for our enjoyment just added so much to our time.


2.  Will you take on the challenge and smile more often on June 15th?  Why not start now!!  Have you been blessed by a smile that changed your day?

Sure, I can smile more often that day.  See question 6 for why it will be easy.  I don't know that anyone's smile has ever changed my day, but I do try to smile at others while grocery shopping, etc.

Below is my grandson Micah, who loves smiley faces and the color yellow.  This is probably his favorite shirt, and he will be sad indeed when he outgrows it, I am sure.  This photo was taken at Craters of the Moon National Monument in Idaho.


3.  Terri is a cancer survivor.  Cancer has touched most of us in one way or another.  When did someone reach out to you with an act of kindness or when did you last perform a random act of kindness for someone?

Let me see.  My friend Vee did such a kind thing when she framed and titled a photo of many of my grands together and sent it to me as a surprise.  The last time I performed a random act of kindness was probably last week when I let a couple different people go ahead of me in the checkout line at Dollar Tree.
The photo that Vee copied, embellished with the title "Grands on a Grand Day", framed, and sent to me.


4.  Terri admits that this turned out to be not what she thought it would be.  Our country has come a long way in recognizing that people are people and our differences are what makes life beautiful, but we still have a long way to go, unfortunately.  Your thoughts?

It's not what I thought it would be either, but I am thankful that these archaic state laws which made interracial marriage illegal were struck down.
Lovely image by Abby at Little Birdie Blessings
5.  Had to lighten it up a bit.  Terri is a total klutz in the kitchen.  Tell us about something klutzy that happened in your kitchen... by you or another!  Can you laugh about it now?

Oh, yes indeed.  I have had my share of kitchen catastrophes and even documented some of them on my blog.  You can read about several of them here: Kitchen Catastrophes.
I was making almond brittle when I had one of the catastrophes!
6.  Share something about your week so far, if you would.

 It's been a bit of a slow moving week for me.  I'm just not feeling too energetic.  I'll be smiling on Saturday (National Smile Power Day), though, for at least 2 reasons.  One of my cousins and her hubby will be meeting up with us to pick up a large pine hutch which they are buying from my childhood home.  I am SO happy to see that piece of furniture finding a home with people who will appreciate and love it.  And then in the afternoon we'll be attending a wedding.  Always lots to smile about on a happy occasion!
My daughter Joanna's wedding cake, back in 2000.  It is a pale sea green and trimmed with seashells.  Yes, we painted all those seashells with nontoxic paint!
And there is this week's challenging Wednesday Medley!

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Like Grammy

I had many fun little blessings while our Nevada daughter and some of the children were here last month.  One very unexpected one came by way of something that Emily brought along.  You can see a scan of it above -- yes, one of those woven potholders that kids make using that classic square loom.  Just look at those vibrant colors and how carefully planned the design is.  This potholder is made with the nicer cotton jersey loops, not those rather flimsy ones that are nylon or something.  Emily brought this one for me, and one for Aunt Carrie.  Carrie's is in cooler shades of blue and green and is also very pretty.

But the most fun for me is the why of Emily bringing along these handmade potholders.  It was much more than just a thoughtful gift for her grandmother and aunt.

You see, the last few times we've visited Nevada, I've brought along a bunch of these crocheted scalloped potholders or hot mats to use as hostess gifts for people we stay with or families who invite us over for a meal.  This has worked out very well.  Sometimes my daughter has an idea as to the color of someone's kitchen or their favorite color, but pretty much every kitchen can utilize something like this for one purpose or another.
As I've said many times, these are so easy to make that I've memorized the pattern and can work on them in small increments of time.  (For those who may be interested in the pattern, you can find it here: Scalloped Potholder.    I will warn you, though,  that making these, trying out different color combinations with the cotton yarn, is somewhat addictive.)  Below are the two most recent I've completed:

But back to Emily.  When she handed out her handmade potholders to Carrie and me,  I was surprised and so blessed when Joanna explained, "She wanted to be like Grammy and bring potholders for a hostess gift."  So sweet!  I love it and just had to share that blessing with my readers!