Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Sunday, March 2, 2014
I've been making these "Nut Smacks" since the early 80's - the recipe comes from "Company's Coming - 150 Delicious Squares" cookbook - my copy of this book is well worn, the cover is off, some of the often used pages are not looking so great, I see this book often at the thrifts, but I just don't want another copy, I guess the condition of this book shows that I really like it and have used it a lot.
These squares are easy and no icing involved. They have a butterscotch flavor, they're rich with nuts and brown sugar, definitely a tasty little morsel.
1/2 c. packed brown sugar
2 egg yolks
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 c. butter or margarine
1/4 tsp. salt
1 1/2 c. all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
First layer - Crumble seven ingredients together well in large bowl. Press firmly in 9 x 9 inch ungreased pan.
2 egg whites
1 c. brown sugar
1 c. chopped walnuts (I used pecans)
Second layer - Beat egg whites until frothy. Add brown sugar 1/3 at a time beating until stiff. Fold in nuts. Spoon over the unbaked base, spreading evenly. Bake in 350 oven 25 minutes until golden brown. Cover well to allow meringue to soften before cutting. I always find the meringue to be crumbly, but that doesn't matter, they still taste delicious!
Linking the Nut Smacks up with Junkin Joe
Friday, February 28, 2014
Do you find a book you like and then want to read all the books by that author? It happens to me often and I just did it again. The author was Curtis Sittenfeld and this was the first book that hooked me in.
I won't lie, I liked the cover and when I read the description, I thought it would be a good read. I really liked this book - it's a mirror of the life of Laura Bush - beginning with childhood and ending when "Alice" leaves the White House - very interesting.
So, then, I moved on the only other book the library had by Ms. Sittenfeld - I really liked this one too, the tale of identical twin sisters who both share ESP powers, this story also begins in childhood and continues on to adulthood - the two sisters are complete opposites in life - but share that unmistakable bond of twins.
After reading two books, I wanted more so I had the library order the other two for me - not so good, it was all downhill from there. I read them but didn't really enjoy them, especially "Prep" which was a Best Seller book - it was torture to get through, "Man of My Dreams" was only marginally better.
Last night I started this one, I really like it, I read seventy five pages last night, but I'm safe, I've already read the author's two other books.
For the first time, I'm linking up with Literary Friday - maybe I'll find a new author to try!
Monday, February 24, 2014
I covered a few occasions in that title, didn't I? We went away on an overnight trip this past weekend, of course, that involves checking out a couple of local thrifts and also two antique markets - I didn't get anything big but what I did buy makes me really happy!! It was a fun mini trip, the only bad thing, my iPhone fell down the stairs on Friday and it's kaput, I need a new one ASAP!! I'm only glad I have my iPad!!! It's really sad how dependent we are on these devices, and I'm not ashamed to say, that includes me!!
For some reason lately, I am loving these old honeycomb decorations - I bought three at one of the markets, they were 20% off so I paid next to nothing. One is made in Denmark, one in US and one in Japan, they all came in the original bag too. How cute are these??
I had these little Lefton pixies picked up, put them back down and then picked them back again, I'm glad I came to my senses - they'll look cute next to the honeycomb! They were a thrift purchase.
I have been so jealous when I read about the Halloween Beistle die cut decorations, no more - I have one of my own!!!
Joining today with Thriftasaurus , The Nifty Thrifty and We Call it Junkin
Thursday, February 20, 2014
How did your Pyrex collection begin? Mine began back in 2010, I read an article about it and that set me off on a hunt for just any piece of Pyrex I could find, it didn't matter if I liked it or not, I had to buy it!!! I have since come to my senses, I don't need every piece out there and most importantly, I don't have the space for it. I love every piece I have though and I have quite a few patterns, promotionals, carafes, bowls galore, casseroles... I'm not lacking in the Pyrex department, that's for sure!!
My first piece was my Mom's big yellow bowl from the primary set - what was your first piece? Believe me, it didn't take me long to find the whole set, thrifted, of course. She had the Colonial Mist set of mixing bowls and the Autumn Harvest Bake, Serve and Store set - I would never give any of those away. At one time I also had a Colonial Mist Cinderella bowl set, what was I thinking, those bowls take up so much space, I've since sold it!!
So, do you have a favourite piece of Pyrex? I have a few - but the Charcoal Snowflake pieces have to be my very favourite, I need one more piece - the 1.5 quart casserole. I have never seen one of these in a thrift, I was lucky enough to find them over time in antique shops when I was away on trips - it'll just be luck if I ever find that other piece.
Fridgies are probably my favourite pieces - they're definitely my most used pieces - these are my complete sets, but I have more individual ones... These fridgies would be my Pyrex weakness, I think I HAVE to buy them!!
I like my Moon Deco too - it's a special one, my son gave it to me for Christmas.
I have one piece of Pyrex that came in the original box - this "Big Bertha" Homestead casserole - my daughter found it at a thrift - it's so great to cook a ham in.
I would love to have more Christmas themed Pyrex, but I consider myself lucky to have this one lone piece. Christmas Pyrex is just not something I ever hope to see at a thrift shop, but I can hope....but until then, I'll put this beautiful Golden Leaf out every year!
When you are a new collector, the hunt for Pyrex can be so much fun, oh, to see one of those beauties sitting at the thrift store for cheap - it made for some perfect days!!
Joining in at Vintage Thingie Thursday, Share Your Cup Thursday and Thriftasaurus
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
It was a long weekend here in Ontario, Family Day, it's so nice to get a break in the middle of winter and to make it even nicer, the house was full, both kids were home with their partners. It was busy, Valentines Day on Friday and a half marathon on Sunday for the girls, but I didn't forget the 15th, which would have been Mom's 77th birthday..
I found this card that she was given when she was born..
I wonder who the card was from, they only put Mom's name on the card.
Here's a sweet picture, taken when she was nine years old.
Guess I best include a picture of Mom and I - how serious are we?
Just a little tribute to my Mom... hope you all had a great weekend!
Linking up with We Call it Junkin
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
I don't have many items to put out for Valentines Day, but my kitchen has lots of red in it all the time, so I guess that counts for something! I've been seeing lots of Valentine posts of cute displays, well, I've already shared that other years and this year not much has changed at my place! But, I have been collecting up a few vintage Valentines, so thought I'd share a few of my favourites with you.
Printed in Germany - to Norbert
To Roland, from Anita
From Patricia Ryan
To Helen, From Ruth Jelen
These two were unused
1st Grade, Mary from Aunt Cleo & Uncle George
To Kay, from Reva - 1949
This one is a mechanical Valentine - to Roland from Wilma - made in Germany
These two Baby's First Valentines were given to me on my first Valentines Day - quite a few years ago!!!