Friday

August 26, 1952 - Our House Is a Very Fine House

Good Morning,
   Sorry for the delay in posts but I have been very busy lately.  We went to look at our house and loved it.  There was so much interest in it that we had to put a bid in on it immediately.  The next day I learned that we got it and it will close sometime in late December, so my husband and I have been doing a lot of planning and a little packing.
   There is some work that needs to be done but don't you worry we are looking forward to the challenge.  A couple of windows need to be replaced as well as the counter-tops (because they are missing completely) and the kitchen sink.  We went out and bought all of our appliances this past Wednesday and now we are trying to figure out where we are going to put all of our furniture.
   Everything is moving so quickly that I haven't really had a moment to sit down and breathe let alone write.  I have missed this little blog over the last couple of weeks however and can't wait to get back to life as normal.  This time with a yard and a huge kitchen to make all of those wonderful recipes and a garden that I can grow my own vegetables in.  We are even going to put in a tree on the first day that we are officially living there so that it can grow with our family.
   This is a whole new world for me and I can't wait to enjoy the ride.  I hope all is well with everyone else.  Pretty soon I will be back to sewing as normal and sharing all of my misadventures with all of you.  Please forgive me for my absence.  I will be back online as soon as time allows.

Till Later!
Andrea

Saturday

August 13, 1952 - A House Hunting We Will Go

Good Morning,
   Well since we have gotten married we have started to think about taking the next logical step and buying a house.  We live in an area that is very reasonable with housing costs especially now that the market is what it is.  It didn't take long for us to find our humble little abode.  If all goes well we will be putting a down-payment on it on Monday.
    It is a lovely ranch style home that was built in 1955.  It's only a couple of blocks away from family so we are within easy distance to see everyone.  Really walking distance for visits and walks with the dog.  It is two bedrooms which is perfect for right now.  We have room to grow as a family.  Reasonably speaking we can have two children and still fit comfortably in this house.  It has a large backyard with a big, I believe, maple tree near the middle and an unbelievable three car garage.  That's more garage space than people that will be living in the house.  There is also a nice sized front porch and a a wonderful place for a garden.
   There is some work that needs to be done.  Someone stole all of the copper piping and the granite counter-tops, but the way that I figure is this.  I can now do it anyway that I want to.  I can get the Robin's Egg blue Formica top that I always wanted.  I mean the house isn't ours yet but it's starting to look like all of my dreams are coming true much quicker than I ever thought that they would.  We go to see the whole thing on Monday.  I can't wait.  I don't want to post any pictures of the house itself until we get it.  I guess now I have to get my drivers license otherwise there is no getting to work.

Till Later!
Andrea

Friday

August 12, 1952 - Recipe Club

Good Evening Everyone,
   Time to share a few interesting recipes.  I thought that you might enjoy them, now I haven't tried all of them out myself just yet so tell me if they are any good if you try them.

Tyrolean No Bake Fruit Cake
Serves 8-10
4 cups ground brazil nuts
1 1/2 boxes seedless raisins (appox. 22 oz)
2 cups cut up glaceed fruit mix
2 cups maraschino cherries
1 1/2 lbs. graham crackers, crushed
2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
1/2 cup orange juice
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup molasses
2 scant tbs. grated orange rind
1/2 tsp. cinamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. cloves
1/4 tsp. allspice
1/4 tsp. ginger

Combine orange juice and gelatin and cook over low heat until dissolved.  Ass sugar, molasses, spices and orange rind and beat at high speed until very creamy.  Combine Brazil nuts, glaceed fruit, cherries, and graham crackers in a large bowl.  Combine creamy mixture with dry ingredients and mix well (since mixture will be very thick you may have to use your hands to mix well.)  Firmly press the fruitcake mixture into an oiled tall Tyrolean mold cover with foil and refrigerate for 24 hours.  To unmold, dip mold into hot water and invert over your serving tray.  Garnish mold with glaceed pineapple and/or cherries.


ABC Aspic
Serves 8
3 - 3oz packages of lemon gelatin
4 cups boiling water
3 - 8oz cans seasoned tomato sauce
2 tsp seasoned salt
3 tbs. vinegar
salt and pepper to taste

Dissolve gelatin in boiling water; add other ingredients.  Pour into Rose mold pan.  Chill until set.

In the forties and fifties everyone had a thing for aspics and salad gelatin molds.  I have wanted to try one for a while now but have simply never gotten around to it.  I think that maybe tonight is the night to try this one out.


Cheese Straws
1 1/2 cups flour
6 tbs. shortening
5 tbs. ice water
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup grated cheese
dash of paprika, cayenne pepper and Tabasco sauce

Cut shortening into dry ingredients.  Add water and mix as for pie crust.  Place dough into cookie king press tube (or roll into strings).  Form dough into lines of desired length with a sharp knife.  Separate slightly.  Bake at 400 degrees for 5-10 minutes.

Tuesday

August 9, 1952 - A Brand New Challange on the Sewing Front

Good Morning,
   Well, I didn't want to admit it to myself.  However, after not sewing for the better part of fifteen years I have to admit that I am a complete novice.  It seemed that lately every project that I was trying to accomplish was coming out a complete disaster.  This hadn't happened since I was about thirteen years old.  I was making my own clothes as an older teen.
   I didn't want to let myself believe that I couldn't pull off a five star project the first time out of the gate after not attempting it for so long.  So here I am in all of my ashamed glory telling you I am a total and utter beginner at sewing.  The main reason that I haven't shared all of my sewing projects on here is because they have been one foible after another.
   This month however I finally made a cute dress that came out rather well.  Out of the fabric that my step-mother-in-law gave me there was a huge piece of cotton that was black with little lacy vines on it and I thought it would be perfect for a little pattern that I was dying to use.  I made what I thought was all of the necessary adjustments and cut it out.  It sewed together in less than two hours and when I tried it on it was, well let's face it . . . a tent.  I over estimate how much material I have to leave to grade up a pattern one size.  I had to take the whole thing in about six or seven inches and it still fits over my head.  I really didn't want to put in a zipper so that was nice.
   I looked at myself in the mirror and saw that I had finally constructed something that looked good.  It however was still a little loose looking and plain.  To fix the loose looking part I constructed a very simple tie belt and to change the monotony of the simple dress I added a lace trim around the bottom.  It was honestly the first time that I made something that I liked and had self hemmed.  Normally I ask hubby to help me get a straight hem but since it was so loose I didn't really need to make any alterations to the length.  I'll post pictures as soon as I get them.  You see, the dress is on the bedroom and hubby is still sleeping, poor dear has a nasty little cold and he needs his rest.  I hope you understand.
   I have as of late become more obsessed with fashion and homemaking than ever.  So inspired am I being a new wife that I want to make my home adorable and my clothes perfection so that my husband will want to show me off. Quite a long time ago I found a woman that uploaded every picture from nearly every Lutterloh pattern book since the 1930's including some of the harder to find ones.  I wish she put up the pattern pieces as well but I suppose that beggars cannot be choosers.  I have a pretty determined nature and I would like to teach myself how to draft the pattern pieces myself eventually.
   The whole reason for this post seems to have gotten lost in the shuffle.  I want to start a challenge for myself.  I want to really get started on my new wardrobe.  This new dress has me more encouraged than ever that I can pull it off.  I would love to be able to sew a dress a week as they do at one of my favorite blogs sew weekly but I think that budget and time problems would keep me from trying to take that on.  I think that one piece of clothing every two weeks is more my speed.  I would like to have at least 10 outfits by the end of the year.  There should even be time for a Christmas dress.  I already have a skirt that needs a shirt and as a side project I would like to knit something about every four months.  Now this I am brand new at.  Until about a month and a half ago I had never lifted a set of knitting needles in my life so I'm not quite sure how this is going to turn out.  Wish me luck and the next letter will probably be about my new project.
Till Later!
Andrea

Saturday

August 6, 1952 - A Jackpot Kinda Day

Good Morning,
   How are you all doing this morning? I am feeling much better after the accident.  On the mend as they say.  One of my normal Traditions lived on the other day when we spent the morning at the local flea market.  Over the past several years I have learned to hone my skills in negotiating prices and acting like I don't really want something that I honestly don't think that I could live without.
   Well yesterday those skills were put to the test when I found a man who was selling an old recipe binder that had a pile of old newspaper clipped recipes in it.  I obviously wasn't going to pay a fortune for it because hey it is a flea market after all.  You never get what something is worth at a flea market.  He started out with a pretty darn low price of $5 and I made a sort of disinterested noise and he dropped it to $3.  I wanted to squeak from happiness but my inner bargain hunter took over and I asked him if he would take $2 and he said yes.  Well, you would not believe what I got for that price.
   Inside that little binder was a true jackpot from the heavens let me tell you.  Inside the front cover the original owner had written 1939-1940 and there were at least 100 loose magazine articles, labels from 40's and 50's containers especially from spry shortening and articles from my local newspaper in the mid to late 50's.  The magazine clippings ranged from the late 30's to the early 60's.  This woman collected these pages for around 30 years.  I was astonished at what amazing condition it was all in considering it had been sitting out in the sun and god knows where else for at least the last 60 years.
   That was not the only thing I got from this same man.  I also paid $0.50 for a Pennsylvania travel guide from 1957.  I have looked from time to time on E-Bay or at flea markets for items such as this and they are consistently overpriced.  My ultimate goal would be to get a few maps of Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey that I can keep in the car.
   This little book however is a little doozy  called "More Vacation Fun in Pennsylvania"  It highlights a bunch of little places that are still around today so perhaps next summer we will be going on a road trip around Penna. for a few days to save on money. 
   There are a lot of beautiful full color pictures throughout the book and it highlights some of the most scenic and may I also mention FREE places to go in my home state.  I know that in 1952 people were much happier with their lot in life and spent little on vacations.  If I told you how much money we spent on our trip to Las Vegas last week I think that you would fall right off your chair.
   Next year is going to be kept much closer to home and much cheaper than this years.  Perhaps we will spend a day in Lancaster where even here in the fifties the ways of the Amish people were an attraction to be explored.  Maybe we will even rent a boat for the day and laze in the lake sunbathing.  I can just see it now and boy can I not wait.
   The last thing that I want to tell you about is a cookbook that I got for free from one of my favorite vendors at this flea market.  I won't say her name but she is always incredibly nice to us and is almost like family at this point.  It's just a little book from Nordic Ware.  I'm not sure on the year but she told me that it was in the fifties.  (She is in her eighties.)  It is called "Unusual Old World and American Recipes".  It is obviously an advertizement for their bake-ware but it still highlights some very interesting recipes such as Mandarin Coffee Bread and Frosty Lime Seafood Salad.  Maybe for the next recipe share I will put up a couple of these.
   It is now time to start the day so have a good afternoon.
Till Later!
Andrea

Thursday

August 4, 1952 - My Grandmother-In-Laws Perfect Style

Hello,
   How are you doing this morning?  I had a very nice weekend.  Getting ready for the wedding has been hectic but fun.  It is just around the corner now and I can't wait to get to Vegas and be a Mrs instead of just a little old Miss.
   As you can see I changed the form of my blog post a little.  I wanted to try this for a little while now but simply never did.  You see in 1952 people wrote letters often.  Much more often than they ever used a phone and although this is being done on a computer and not by hand or on a typewriter I thought it would feel a little more authentic if I wrote it in the form of a letter.
  A couple of weeks ago hubby started bringing over family pictures and boxes of mementos from his grandparents relationship before they were married.  They had dated from 1955 until 1958 when he was discharged from the Navy.  There were hundreds of pictures, letters, documents and even a few 1950's yearbooks for me to look through.  I loved every moment of our search through the past.  One thing that was consistent however was his Grandmother's sense of style.  
   I had only seen a few pictures from her graduation in 1955 and her wedding dress in 1958 before this and I knew those two dresses were beautiful but they were also very special occasions.  It wasn't until we were looking through these pictures that we discovered just how beautifully she dressed most of the time.

   Hubby has slowly begun to get all of these pictures scanned into the computer so that we will always have them and don't have to worry about losing them to time.  As soon as I have more available I will share them with you because these are too precious and too beautiful to not share.  
   For now however I will have to leave you with her amazing wedding dress.  She still has it and if I would have fit in it she would have let me wear it during our wedding.  Unfortunately I don't think I could have dreamed to fit into it.  She was so thin and beautiful.  
Till Later!
Andrea

Wednesday

August 3, 1952 - Starting Up My Little Home

As I had written earlier me and my husband (I love being able to say that now) did not live together until two days before the wedding.  I have had this apartment for seven years however so there is really nothing that is needed besides a new coffee pot.
However, as a new little wife I feel that I must be even more vigilant to keep a beautiful and happy home for my husband.  That's what my fifties counterpart would have done.  Hubby likes being involved in every aspect of the home life.  He even did the laundry yesterday because I am currently on muscle relaxers due to the car accident that we were in and they knock me out when I take them.  So we went grocery shopping together and planned all of the meals for the next two weeks together and we even have one day a week where we cook together so that not only do we get to spend time as a couple but he is learning how to cook which no one ever taught him how to do before.
Today he is at his grandmothers doing some housework and getting the new car looked at.  (It has been sitting in her garage for a few months to save on the insurance and the battery died.)  So I am here all by myself and I am going to use my time wisely in researching what my fifties self would do to make her house run smoothly and efficiently through the happy summer months.  I also want to put the finishing touches on the summer dress that I made using a retro pattern that I initially bought for my wedding dress.  I look forward to it being part of my vintage wardrobe.
I hope everyone is enjoying this lovely August day.  Till Later!

Monday

August 1, 1952 - I Got Married!

I realize that I have been neglecting my little blog over the last few weeks, however it has been with good reason.  On July 24th I got married.  It was a beautiful ceremony and we stayed in Las Vegas for a few days as our honeymoon.
The day after we returned home we got in a car accident.  We were rear-ended by a drunk driver on the way home from grabbing groceries and I ended up in the hospital until 4 in the morning with a pretty bad case of whiplash of which I am still recovering from.  I am going to keep this simple for now but I will leave you with a few pictures from the honeymoon.
Till Later!