April 28, 1950 - Evening with The Babe

Good Morning,
   My last few days have not been in any way extraordinary.   I have cleaned a little and cooked a little.  In fact last night I made a beautiful Chicken Alfredo from a recipe that my late grandmother-in-law gave to me.  On a good note I did acquire 3 new magazines to add to my collection 2 old Coronets and a Ladies Home Journal.  The coronets are from March and April of this year (1950) and the Ladies Home Journal is from November of 1951.  It would be far too difficult to try and keep simply to the year that it is.  The way that I figure it is that I will try and stay as close to the year as possible, however, anything that is within the decade is OK.
   This evening hubby and I are going to be sitting down to an evening of old movies about baseball.  He is a huge baseball fan.  He is enough of a Phillies fan as I have said before that we go to at least a few games every year.  I am even looking into making myself a Phillies dress to wear to the games, perhaps with a red belt and shoes.  But I digress, we will be sitting down this evening to watch The Babe Ruth Story (1948) I think that by now this movie would be being broadcast on television in sort of a Saturday Night Movie fashion.  If there is time there is another movie that I have acquired that is also about baseball and filmed in the 1940's making it a double feature. 
   For dinner I think that I will make something with shrimp.  I like making one really nice meal each week and I think this one will be it.  Maybe some sort of kabob with the indoor grill with some pineapple and mushrooms with some Hawaiian rice on the side or something.  I'll have to look at all my cookbooks to figure something out. 
  Oh well, enough blather for now.  I'll write again soon and tell you how the movie was.

Till Later!


April 25, 1950 - Finally Back To Life

Dearest Readers,

   You may notice right away that the year in the "letter" title has gone backwards.  That my dears is by design.  I wanted to make a fresh start, not really to start over but to give myself a little more room to explore.  The years have been going by far to quickly and I really haven't experienced this project quite the way that I had wanted.  My sewing skills have made it impossible to create the wardrobe that I had dreamed of quite yet and there were two deaths in my close family in the last six weeks. 
   I have started to look at this more as a self improvement project more than a novel way to live my life.  Over the past couple of years I have forced myself to learn many new skills and change some bad old modern habits and I want that trend to continue but in a much more focused way. 
   There are a couple new features that I am going to work on for the blog and a few things that I am going to start trying around the house.  First and foremost I have had the opportunity  thanks to a wonderful antiques store not too far away from my home to build a little collection of early 1950's fiction books.  I would like to start doing a monthly sort of book club.  For April I have chosen the book Ghost Wanted.  It was published in 1943 and is part of the Tower Mystery Series.  There is even an inscription on the front cover to the original owner.  It was a Valentine's gift to a beloved one.  Part of what I love of antiques is the stories that may just be hiding behind the exterior.
   I will also try to impart a movie review once in a while.  I will nat start with this one, however, only a couple of hours ago I sat down and watched Summertime with Katherine Hepburn.  It was nothing near what I expected and I suppose that I'm not the biggest Hepburn fan that ever lived but it was still a very nice movie.  You get a real feel for Venice and truly become familiar with the way that Jane Hudson really feels.  I recommend it to any fifties film buff as a great relaxing movie to watch.
   On another note I wanted to share a little recipe with you all.  Last Sunday I decided to make one full menu out of my New Cook's Cook Book.  I went for the Oven Dinner on page 19 if you happen to own the book.  The recipe that just blew both the hubby and I away was the Apple Pie with cheese crust.  Had I known that it was going to be as delicious as it was I would have taken pictures of it along the way.  Next time, I promise that I will.  But here is the recipe if anyone wants to give it a whirl.  It's pretty quick if I do say so myself.  It only took about an hour and a half from nothing to the table.

Apple Pie With Cheese Crust
For Pastry:
2 cups sifted flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup shortening
3/4 cup grated cheese (Parmesan)
1/4 cup water

1.  Sift together flour and salt.
2.  Cut in shortening and cheese until consistency is like course crumbs.
3.  Add a little water and mix lightly.  Form into smooth ball.  I needed a little more water than it called for.  
4.  Turn out onto a floured board and roll 2 crusts each 1/8" thick.
5.  Place one crust in the bottom of an 8" pie pan,

For Filling:
3/12 cups sliced fresh apples
4 tablespoons flour
1 1/4 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon butter

1.  Peel apples, core, then cut into 8ths.
2.  Combine flour and sugar and spread about half of this mixture over the crust in the pie pan.
3.  Add the sliced apples.  Sprinkle remaining flour-sugar mixture over them.
4.  Sprinkle with cinnamon and add butter in small bits or dots.
5.  Moisten edge of bottom crust with water, then place top crust over filling and seal edges.
6.  Bake in a preheated oven for 45 minutes.

   This was my first real attempt at making a pie and let me tell you it will not be my last.  I think that next Sunday I'm going to make a key lime pie with a sugar cookie crust but don't tell anyone, I'm going to cheat and use a pre-made pie filling for that one.
   I hope that everyone enjoyed my little letter today and thanks to being back in the world of the technologically living I plan on having much more regular posts again.  Thank you to everyone that has stuck around as a follower and kept checking back to see if I did anything new.  I'm really grateful to you all for letting me know that people actually care what I have to say and that my learning all of this stuff has some impact on someone other than myself.

Thank You and Till Later!