Sunday, February 7, 2016

Baker's Coconut Cakes #10 A Football For Super Bowl Sunday

I found yet another (different) copy of a Baker's Coconut "Cut-Up" Cake cookbook at a thrift store.
This one is a nice little Dell paperback, and it has even more cakes, photos and illustrations than my other two booklets.
I like this new one the best, and I will be featuring more of these cakes in my series of posts.
Today, we have a football-shaped cake in honor of Super Bowl 50!
First "some basic cake talk"......
And the coconut-decorated football:
Directions on how to cut and decorate it:
And there you have it - just in case you didn't have enough food already for game day!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

A Plate From Shara, and A Couple Of Other Finds That Feature Disneyland

I bought a souvenir plate recently from Shara over at Monkeybox.
It has depictions of attractions in "Southern California"
I mainly wanted it because it has Disneyland on it, so it goes with my vintage Disneyland plates.
But also because I just get a kick out of it.
 Southern California, like it's a separate state.
I realize California is big, but did they make plates back in 1961 that said "Southern Texas" ( for example) and show only attractions in the southern portion of the state?
I love the plate, mind you - I'm not complaining.
 I'm only saying that I find it amusing.
Shara was so sweet, and she also sent me one of her gorgeous pendants she makes out of dominoes:
How nice was that?? It's so pretty!
And since I mentioned Disneyland, I also wanted to share with you this cute little single shaker, a vintage Disneyland souvenir item, that I found at a thrift store:
Sure, a pair would have been better, but I'll settle for the one, with my Sleeping Beauty Castle on one side and this pretty little gal on the other:
One more thing today - this vintage California scarf, also a thrift shop find:
"Disney Land", it says, with a surely non-authorized little Mickey Mouse on there!
The pictures depict many places and attractions in our state.
So many of these places hold memories for me!

As on the plate, Knott's Berry Farm is included, as well:

I've never found a vintage California scarf before, and it's not in perfect condition, but I love it just the same.
Oh, yes - and while the map may not show everything in precisely the right location (artistic license and all that, and it would have been difficult to achieve perfection on something such as this) - at least the entire state is included!
I'm proud to be a California Girl.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Lounge Chair Road Trip No. 12: We are going to play in the snow in Truckee, California!

Good morning. Tina here.

It tried to snow here in Kelsey yesterday. It was coming down pretty good for a little while. It even started to stick. Then it stopped. I was quite disappointed.

It made me want to go where the snow is.

That place is Truckee, California. We can go back to Auburn, where we were last week, and then head east on Highway 80 to Truckee.

Be sure and bring your chains, as they always warn us.

Ah, that's better, here we are in the snow at Truckee.

In the 1980's my hubby played softball and baseball quite a lot. One team he played with had a tournament each year in Truckee in the snow at the high school.

We would go up for the weekend and stay at the Truckee hotel.

They would play a game of softball in the snow, with florescent orange softballs so they could see where the ball was in the white expanse.

Once the game was over everyone gathered at the bar across from the hotel and we warmed up with liquor.

It was a lot of fun. The tournament lasted for quite a few years, but then petered out, as those things tend to do.

In the last few years it would have been hard to hold a snow tournament, as there wasn't much snow.

This year would have been a good year to start up again, except all the team members are pretty much just old farts nowadays, and golf is their exercise. Running in snow is hard!

But we still have our memories. And we could still go up and enjoy the snow and warm up with liquor.  We still have that...

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Close-Up On Fabrics And Linens I've Found

As some of our readers may already know, I can't pass up a fabulous fabric remnant when I see it, so here are some of the latest - starting with the bright and beautiful flower power, here:
Paisley swirls in orange and green:
A lovely vintage Alfred Shaheen panel:
Below, another floral in that gorgeous blue and green combo that I love.
You may think you have seen this one before.
You haven't; it's new:
Next up is this nice set of napkins in a blue and yellow fabric design that look as though they came straight from a table in Provence:
And then I have one more set of fabric napkins, a vintage set in a navy blue and reddish-orange checkerboard design with that "op-art" look:
I seem to find these types of things fairly often, so I'll show you more as I discover them!
I most definitely DO love a bright and pretty fabric!

Monday, February 1, 2016

A Vintage Calendar Page - For ALMOST The Whole Month...

I first showed you this calendar back in September (in this post).
With illustrations by the illustrious (see what I did there?) and fabulous Lowell Herrero, it is a Shell Agricultural Calendar from 1971.
As you can clearly see, February 1st fell on a Monday that year, as well.
Oh - perhaps I shouldn't use the word "fell" in the presence of circus acrobats - I'm just sayin' .......
So - I suppose if I wanted to, I could have actually used this calendar for the first two months of this year.
But now I've just got this month.....
Right up through the 28th, at least.
Lowell Herrero, once again I salute you - and thank you - for your completely unique and wonderful artwork!

Saturday, January 30, 2016

I'd Like An Electric Blanket Like They USED to Make - Is That Too Much To Ask??

I found this vintage advertisement for a NEW Simmons Electronic Blanket from 1946 in a magazine.
 With "the miracle of electronics", this was a blanket that would have given "you comfort and safety never know in a blanket before".
Well, I really like the sound of that.
 I want to wake up raring to go.
I want to wake up full of zest for the day.
(I don't sleep well so I'm not sure a blanket could help me with that - and yet, wouldn't it be nice if it could?)
I want fleecy luxury.
I want a blanket that can be easily hand-laundered (smirk).
You know, $39.50 was quite a lot back then.
But I would gladly pay that and more for an electric or electronic blanket again that is soft and nice.
Just NICE - you know?
Do your remember them? The way they used to be?
You see - I basically hate our electric blanket.
I'm not going to say the brand.
It's just weird. I hate the light on the control, it disturbs me, so I have to put it in a weird place so I can't see it at all. The lights on the old type of controls were dim and not obnoxious.
I hate the texture of the blanket. It isn't strong enough to tug on.
And it doesn't seem to want to stay pulled up to the point where I need my covers to be. I'm thinking there is no cotton in it, no natural fibers. It's sort of a stretchy velour type of stuff?
It is soft - but not in quite the way I like. And it's not as thick as the old type of blanket, either.
So I don't like anything about it, really - except that it's warm on a cold night. Sure, there's that.
Oh, and they are quite expensive, too.
If our old one still worked, we'd still be using it.
I don't know if anybody makes them like they used to be. We haven't seen any.
And it would be great if it was made in the good old U.S.A., too - while I'm at it.
Yes, so I'm picky.
And I'm a dreamer, I suppose.
Because I guess it probably IS too much to ask.
I'm done.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Little Bo Peep On A Painted Plate

My friend Heidi gave me the cutest plate for Christmas:
Little Bo Peep and one of her sheep - isn't it adorable?
I think that looks like rickrack on her apron:
I love it, Heidi - thank you!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Lounge Chair Road Trip No. 11: A visit to Auburn, Placer County, California

Good morning, Tina here. It is a beautiful morning in Kelsey, and it isn't raining, so I thought it would be a good day for a lounge chair road trip to Auburn. It is about 2 1/2 miles to highway 193 and we can head north to Cool and hit highway 49 and follow it to Auburn. Then if we just go back in time a little...

The old firehouse above is a well known sight just off highway 80 as you drive by old town Auburn.
It is a lovely area. The Gold Country Girls used to always hit the Antique Street Faire in April and September and found lots of nice collectibles there.

The upper and newer section of Auburn still retains a lot of the old buildings.

I am especially fond of  "Bird's Eye Views". This one is from the high school, I believe looking north. I just love all the old homes. Auburn still has a lot of great older homes.

Auburn has one of the most beautiful old courthouses in California. It stands out, sitting on a hill above old town. This postcard shows the fountain which I believe is still there.

Above is the old Methodist Church. Heidi and I once went to a thrift store next door to an old church, but I don't think this is the one.

This is the view (a bit different now in 2016) from Highway 80 as you go past old Auburn. You can see how imposing the Courthouse is.

I am pretty sure the J. C. Penney building is still there, but other businesses are now inside.

Another of my Bird's Eye Views. It is interesting because it shows a few houses under construction. I have to share that I found this real photo post card on ebay for about $6.50. I just saw another copy for sale today for about $34.00. Glad I bought mine first, even if it does have a few problems on the edges.

There are a lot of train bridges in Auburn, at least if you compare it to Placerville. I had a good friend move to Auburn in the early 1960's and to get to their home you took a road off highway 49 which went under a small curved railroad bridge tunnel. I have never forgotten that bridge, it really made an impression on me.

A far "Bird's Eye" view of the Courthouse.

I am ending our road trip with this lovely picture of a water canal. What a beautiful spot to take a walk and maybe dangle a few toes in the water (don't tell!)