Thursday, April 8, 2010

Gorging on Jelly Beans and Finally Finished Curtains!



Been super busy lately, so I'm really sorry for not posting lately. So while I spent the evening chomping basically an entire bowl of Starburst Jelly Beans, I finally finished the curtains I started in June



I think they turned out pretty good for my first time making curtains. A little disappointed by some issues, but on the whole I'm pleased. I'm sure my neighbors will be much happier, too!





This weekend I had a pretty good Easter. I hope everyone did too.



This was the first year I was asked to bring something for Easter. My grandma usually makes everything, but since she is still in the hospital, well we all had to step up to the plate. My mom did a fantastic job, basically making the entire feast. She rocks!




So I made banana bread for the first time. Sad, but true. It turned out pretty well if I do say so myself.





I decided I would use a vintage recipe from one of my vintage recipe books. I was surprised at how difficult it was to find a recipe. It must have been assumed that everyone knew how to make it, because I couldn't even find a recipe in my Chicita Banana book!





I found one finally in this 1952 book, Jane Ashley's Newest Recipes for Better Meals. The recipe is below if anyone is interested. The bread tasted pretty good and the bread stayed moist. I would definitely make again.




Thursday, April 1, 2010

Vintage Book of the Week - The Gracie Allen Murder Case by S.S.Van Dine



I had high hopes for this one because I adore the Philo Vance books and films, but after reading The Gracie Allen Murder Case, I was really annoyed. I know it is sacrilege, but I can't stand Gracie Allen! Her voice and manner are just grating to me. This book fully captured her mannerisms, so I suppose S. S. Van Dine did a good job.
Philo Vance for some reason came across Gracie Allen and her entourage. She basically helped Philo Vance solve the mystery. There were some site antics with her family and George Burns. They weren't yet together at the beginning of the novel, and at the end they got engaged. For some reason they also both worked at a perfume factory.
This was a pretty good book if you love Gracie Allen and mysteries. I love mysteries, but not really Gracie Allen. She seemed like a sweetie, but that voice is just nails on a chalkboard for me. Oh well, on to the next mystery.

Sunny Days are Here

It's finally warming up here in Minnesota. It's just about 70 degrees, so it's finally time to break out the cute, spring gear. My snow pile finally is melted in my back yard and we grilled out for the first time this year. My hubby makes a fab steak :)



I am not like the guy in this ad. I don't mind being pale and don't think there is anything wrong with it. It has a great name though, the Hanovia Alpine Sun Lamp. Makes you think of a winter wonderland. I checked out the Hanovia company, and they still make lamps for disinfectant purposes - not for sunbathing.


On a side note my Grandma finally had her cancer surgery today, and so far so good. They got it out but she has to stay in the hospital a few days. She still wants Easter to go on as usual at her house, even though she probably won't be there. And it's the first year I get to contribute to the meal. I'm in charge of making breads for brunch. Hopefully it won't be too difficult :) Banana bread can't be that hard to make, can it?

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