With the hubs still a member of that once-exclusive (but now open to just about anyone) club known as THE UNEMPLOYED, my wild spending has come to a screeching halt. As many of you know, however, going cold turkey spending-wise causes a certain amount of actual physical and mental anguish.
Well, it does that to ME, anyhow.
So we go over to La Condo the day after Thanksgiving since two of Mike's nephews (one a Marine, the other an Army guy) were in the area and he doesn't get to see them often. Both are in until they retire and when I'm around them I just shut up about my feelings regarding war and the military blah blah blah. Even though they're fairly young their minds are made up about things and in the interest of family togetherness I keep my trap zipped on subjects I know we're going to disagree on. The Marine has been to Iraq three times as a tank commander/instructor and he's now a drill sergeant. The Army guy has been to Afghanistan, will probably go back next year, and in the meantime he's the personal assistant to a two-star general.
Mike took them to the Tiki Bar at La Condo and apparently sometime during the evening he convinced Mark (the Marine) to do a "Stuntman". If you're not familiar with this particular barroom game, here's how it goes: You order a shot of tequila, half a lime and a salt shaker. You shake a pile of salt into your hand, then you snort the salt, squeeze the lime into your eye and shoot the tequila.
Then you sit there screaming for a couple minutes while everyone around you marvels at the size of your balls (figuratively, not literally. I think).
So the next morning, I jumped out of bed with a smile on my face and every intention of spending the day with my husband. He opened one (very bleary) eye and grumbled something like, "Mmmph, no, don't have hangover, mmmph, tired, mmmph, go ahead will watch dogs, snort." Which totally meant he had a hangover but as usual won't admit it. I grabbed $20 out of his wallet and headed out the door to see what the thrift stores and flea markets in the area had to offer.
I went to three thrift stores and two flea markets and spent a grand total of $8 at the first thrift I went to. I found ZILCH at all my other stops--there was nothing good at all, even nothing good but overpriced! But I do love what I DID find in the Lillian, Alabama Episcopal Church Thrift!
This mug is child-size and has lots of crackling going on. It also had the price written on the bottom with a felt tip pen. Aaargh. After soaking it in bleach and vinegar and soapy water for several hours I was able to remove most of the ink, at least so you can't see the numbers. STOP DOING THAT, YARD SALE AND THRIFT STORE PEOPLE!
I've started to drink white wine again so this green glass satinized goblet will be perfect for that. I already have two ruby red mugs like the green one. Now I'm on a hunt for one more green. Hopefully I will find one for 25 cents, as well.
This cookie jar is so cute! I may actually get around to baking up a batch of Mom's incredible Snowball cookies (with REAL butter, thank you very much) to put in it.
GREAT idea/cookbook published in 1958. It was preceded by "Thoughts For Food". From the preface:
"Our aims are twofold: (1) to retain the gracious art of fine dining with (2) a minimum of effort as befits the times. We have stressed the short cuts while observing an epicurean approach to both the palate and the eye. We do suggest the use of the many new items which simplify the homemaker's task. Space does not permit us to list all the commercial timesavers on the market. Frozen foods, packaged mixes, prebaked delicacies will make your cooking simpler; wines, spices, and herbs will make it far more interesting." You betcha, baby--a snort or two of vino always makes ANYTHING more interesting!
Here's what they suggest making for a Brunch Buffet:
Puffy Omelet with Lobster Sauce
Deviled Chicken Breasts on Toast
Caraway French Bread
Rhubarb and Strawberry Mold--Seasonal Fruits
Blender Cheese Pie
For a Luncheon Buffet:
Mustard French Dressing
Bing Cherries Royale
Muffins Rivoli--Pineapple Preserves
Chocolate Angel Pie
And for a Buffet Supper:
Chinese Cucumber Soup
Olives, Celery Hearts
Noodle Pudding Souffle
Jubilee Bavarian Cream
My mother used to do this all the time since she and Dad entertained a great deal. She did everything all by herself, although as we got older we were roped into dishwashing duties. No wonder she about fainted every time Dad said, "Oh Marian, we'll be having several couples over Friday night for cocktails and dinner. See what you can whip up." Women's Lib couldn't come too soon for Mom, believe me.
The Family Home Cookbook was published in 1956 and was created by the Staff Home Economists of the Culinary Arts Institute. Apparently they decided that "the far-flung membership of the Peoples Book Club and the Sears Readers Club probably included some of the best cooks in America," so they held a recipe contest and were literally FLOODED with recipes, many of which were awarded prizes and included in this book. The Grand Prize Best Recipe was won by Mrs. Newton A. Smith of Steens, Mississippi for her Orange Pork Chops. Woo hoo! Go Mississippi! Of course I love the mid-century cookbooks with lots of photos--not particularly showing the food, since the color is invariably "off" and the food doesn't look very appetizing, but because they're using what were considered everyday dishes to hold the food, dishes that are now very collectible and many that I own!