August 23, 1951 - Budget Month

I will be the first person to admit that I am just terrible at keeping a budget.  My husband and I came into some money a few years ago and just stopped worrying about our spending habits.  This is a very bad move to make and a very hard habit to break so for the month of September I am going to try my very hardest to stick to a very fifties budget. I won't go into specific numbers but I know that this is a pretty good pie chart of how the economics of the 1950s worked.

It seems that this is doable.  I'm going to take the 5% on healthcare to mean that you are going to spend 5% on things such as deductibles and prescriptions as well as over the counter remedies seeing as healthcare is now taken directly out of our paychecks every week.  I will do my best to keep you updated on how it goes.

July 19, 1951 - All-Star Game

In honor of the All-Star break (my hubby is a huge Phillies Phan [yes I meant to spell it that way.])  We do go to modern games from time to time because a day at the baseball park no matter what decade your in is a great day out.  This got me thinking about the game that would have taken place this year [1951].  I was blown away by the amount of future amazing Hall of Famers were part of the teams and the legendary Ty Cobb threw the first ceremonial pitch from the stands something I wasn't used to seeing but the husband explained that it was something that was routinely down back then.

Here is the highlights reel:

I also took a little trip to the Wiki world and here is the information provided by them.




I hope you all find this as interesting as I did.
Till Later!


July 4, 1951 - Happy Independence Day!

I am ashamed that it has been so long since I have written. I took some time to step away from the on-line social community to focus on other things but I am happy to say that I still try to live as vintage as possible.  But I'm back hopefully more often. 
Today is Independence Day here in America and although I am a great lover of all things British you can't help but have some love for the land you were born in as well.

What I wanted to do today was to share a couple of recipes that I found in an old newspaper that might make your 4th of July or any outdoor picnic a little more vintage.  Enjoy!

Along with this we are also serving corn on the cob and a banana, strawberry and blueberry fruit salad.

Barbecued Hamburgers
1 1/2 lb ground beef
 3 tbs chopped onion
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
barbecue sauce

Combine beef, onion, crumbs, salt and pepper.  Form into patties and grill under low heat cover with barbecue sauce and cook until done.
If you just want plain hamburgers omit the breadcrumbs and the sauce.

Potato Salad
6 medium potatoes
2 hard-cooked eggs
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp of monosodium glutamate [yes, you can still find it.  It's called accent and as long as your not allergic it's totally safe]
1/8 tsp pepper
3/4 cup salad dressing (the stuff that is kind of like mayo but not mayo)
2 tbs chopped onion

Wash potatoes cut into pieces and cook covered in boiling salt water for 20 mins or until tender when pierced with a fork.  Meanwhile cut eggs into eighths and set aside. 
Drain potatoes and dry them by shaking them in a pan over low heat.  Peel potatoes and cut into cubes (about 4 1/2 cups total.  Mix together salt, msg, pepper, eggs, salad dressing and chopped onion. Toss and coat potatoes well.  Place in refrigerator to chill.
Serves 4-6

Celebration Beans
1 1/2 qts water
2 1/3 cups dry navy beans
1/4 lb salt pork
2 tsps salt
2 1/2 cups reserved bean liquid
1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 cup molasses
1 tbs vinegar
2 tsp onion juice
3/4 tsp dry mustard
1/2 tsp monosodium glutamate

Grease 2 qt casserole with tight fitting lid.  Heat water in a saucepan.  Wash and sort beans discarding the imperfect ones.  Add beans gradually to boiling water so that it will not stop boiling.  Simmer for 2 mins and remove from heat set beans aside to soak for 1 hr.
Remove the rind and cut the pork into narrow strips, add to beans with salt.  Return to heat and simmer for 45 mins, stirring once or twice.  Drain beans reserving 2 1/2 cups of the liquid and put the beans and the pork into the casserole.  Set aside.
Combine in a saucepan the reserved liquid, brown sugar, molasses, vinegar, onion juice, dry mustard and msg.  Bring to boiling and pour over beans.
Cover and bake at 300 degrees about 2 1/2 hours.  If necessary, add more liquid to just cover beans during baking.  Remove cover and bake 1/2 hour longer to brown pork and beans.
Serves 8

Prune Spice Cake
For out-of-door eating we like "pan" cakes . . . richly flavored, substantial cakes that can be left right in the pan, frosted and then cut into squares for serving.  This prune spice cake is such a one, and with penuche, or broiled-on brown sugar and nut topping, is perfect for all kinds of meals.

2 cups sifted flour
1 1/2 tsps baking soda
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp cinnamon
3/4 tsp cloves
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1 cup sugar
2 eggs, well beaten
1 1/4 cups chopped cooked prunes
1/2 cup buttermilk

Sift flour once, measure and resift with soda, salt and spices.  Cream butter or margarine, add the sugar and cream until light and fluffy.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Add prunes, then dry ingredients alternately with the buttermilk.  Bake in a greased loaf pan about 8 - 10 inches in size in a 350-degree oven about 35-40 mins.  Cool and frost as desired.
Reading Eagle - July 1, 1951


February 1, 1951 - The Year So Far

I can honestly say that the year so far has been a wonderful one.  We spent the New Year in London visiting such amazing attractions and historical sights. Here is just a small selection of what we got to see.

This is the front of the British Museum where we spent 2 days and it still wasn't nearly enough time to get through the 90 or so gigantic rooms.  This is both a heaven and a nightmare for those out there that love history.

This was within the British museum in the middle of one of the many galleries.  I wish that I could have taken a picture of every single artifact and taken that home to study each item further.

Fortnum & Mason, the Queen's Grocer.  It was like a grocery store and a department store rolled into one.  Beautiful chandeliers with teal and silver everywhere.  Definitely didn't feel like the market down the street.

These are the gates across the street from Buckingham Palace.  The brass and cast iron work are truly spectacular.

The front of Buckingham Palace.  We were lucky enough to go around Christmas so all of the decorations were still up, including the lovely tree that was covering the front entrance to the courtyard.

Of course the guards were out front, however they were not wearing the red coats you have come to expect, I guess during the winter time they are allowed to wear medium blue wool coats, but the large hats are still present.

This is the fountain that stands in front of the Palace.  It was honestly so packed with people that it was almost impossible to get a good photo.  With that being said I don't think that I will ever travel during Christmas again.  I never thought so many people would travel to tourist destinations during the holidays.

Windsor Castle was next on the agenda.  This we got to go inside, no pictures allowed unfortunately but some of the things inside nearly blew my mind.  The main Christmas tree was at least two stories tall with ornaments the size of a large serving dish.  Also Henry the VIII's suit of armor and so much more.

This is the rear of the Castle, we just happened to catch the beginning of the procession for the changing of the guards.  There was a very rude man that was taking photos of himself with the guards as they were waiting for the gate to be relocked.  This is what modern society brings us disrespect for the sake of what people think is funny.

Onto the London Museum of Natural History, yet another museum that we spent an entire two days going through.  While there we had the opportunity to come face to face with Darwin's pet octopus and to see a squid that is one of the largest ever preserved.  I just love being in places like this. 

This is the main hall of the museum, we splurged on a membership and that got us in a few minutes before they opened to the public so we got to walk around with just the employees for some amazing pictures.  This museum fills up fast to where there is hardly a place to walk.

Another amazing photo of the geology gallery when it was completely empty.  Inside they had every type of gem you could think of and a few that you couldn't.  They had a rock that is older than the earth itself and one of the largest cut gems in the world.

This is the tomb of a night that is resting in Salisbury Cathedral.  One of the most impressive churches that I have ever seen.  The best condition version of the Magna Carta in existence is also housed here.  We have pictures of the outside of the cathedral but it was late in the evening and they didn't come out that well.

What is a trip to England without visiting the famous Stone Henge.  I have to say personally I thought it was a bit anti-climactic especially they have officially disproven pretty much everything they thought that they knew about it and are somewhat starting from scratch.

Lastly, just thought that I would give you a sneak peak of the road that we stayed on.  Just a block from Earls Court.  The hotel is in the extreme right of the picture.  They are set up like row homes, our hotel occupied two spaces and I won't share the name because to be honest I wouldn't recommend staying there.

We saw and did so many other things that it would take me all day to list them all here.  We had a drink at a pub that was over 200 years old, we popped Christmas Crackers under the National tree in Trafalgar Square, we saw a cemetery that is no bigger than my home that contains the bodies of over 50,000 people most of which were plague victims.  We saw a department store built from two old ships and we visited the recreation of the Globe Theater.  So many things and so much more.  I just wanted to give you a little taste.  I hope you are all having a wonderful day and a very happy new year.

Till Later!