Saturday, March 15, 2014

Soft Pretzel Recipe



This was so easy and fun to make. The kids LOVED these pretzels. I served them with cheese and mustard. My daughter had one later with cinnamon and sugar mix..

DOUGH:
3 teaspoons instant dry yeast
1 1/2 cups warm water
2 tablespoons granulated white sugar
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
CRUST:
1 cup water
2 teaspoons baking soda
coarse kosher salt
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted
Directions:
1. In a large bowl, combine the yeast, warm water and sugar. Add in the flour and salt and knead until smooth (you can use your hands, or you can use a stand mixer with a dough hook for this part). I used my mixer and it came out perfect.
2. Grease a second bowl with nonstick cooking spray and place the dough into the bowl. Cover with greased plastic wrap or a dish towel and let rise for 30 minutes in a warm place.
3. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Line 2-baking sheets with parchment paper or silpat mats.
4. I flattened the dough like a thick pizza crust and then cut into 8 pieces with the pizza cutter. I twisted and stretched each piece until it was about 22-24 inches long. I then twisted it into a pretzel.
5. In a shallow bowl, combine water and baking soda. Submerge each pretzel in the water and then place on the prepared baking sheets. Sprinkle with salt. 
6. Bake 12 to 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Brush each hot baked pretzel with melted butter a few minutes before you take them out of the oven.

Yummy! These were so good and super easy.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Old Hollywood

I love old Hollywood. The entertainers today don't hold a candle to the older ones. I wish people would learn that less isn't always better and you don't need to constantly do something for the shock value of it.


Cary Grant & Shirley Temple


Rock Hudson & Doris Day made some of the best movies ever! They were funny and not vulgar, its nice to be able to sit and watch a movie with the whole family and not worry about whats going to be said or done. These are movies that will stand the test of time.



Gone with the wind, need I say more? This movie is terrific. I could literally watch it all day long and never tire of it. I think I have! I love Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh. What wonderful actors they were.



I can't believe that 40 million people a year still watch this show!! I love Lucy and apparently so does everyone else! Good clean fun, my kids watch it and laugh so hard. Its nice to still see it showed on TV at least once a day. Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz were wonderful.



Joan Crawford & Bette Davis were wonderful actresses. They had some conflict with one another but that didn't change the fact that when they were filming they didn't let that interfere.



Paul Newman & Joanne Woodward were the best couple! I loved anything they were in. Both were insanely attractive and the chemistry between the two was very evident.



Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty...Oh how I love Splendor in the grass. That movie kills me every time. You can feel the emotion through the screen. Both are and were great actors. Natalie was taken way to soon.



A picture is worth a thousand words. Not much to say, the picture speaks for itself. One of the best entertainers ever.



Jackie Gleason and Audrey Meadows. One of the best shows ever, The Honeymooners.




Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Grilled cheese rolls and home made tater tots





Tonight I made a kid friendly meal that my husband and I enjoyed immensely. Its not something I make every night but once in a while its nice to indulge.

Who doesn't love a grilled cheese sandwich? I know as a kid we always had a grilled cheese sandwich with tomato soup. My grandma made the best tomato soup, she added milk to hers instead of water, it was so yummy. Or maybe just the fact that grandma made it with love made it all the better.

So this evening my kids wanted grilled cheese with chips and I decided to change it up. I peeled about 4 potatoes and grated them, added about 2 tsp of flour, salt, pepper and garlic powder and fried them in some oil, they have to be crispy on the outside! They turned out awesome!

For the grilled cheese rolls I took out my bread, flattened it down with my hands, cut the crust off and laid a slice of cheese and rolled them. I put them in the frying pan with a little butter until they were golden brown and my kids gobbled them up.

Its been snowing like crazy so it was nice to make something comforting for the kids.

Thanks for reading,

Retro Wifey

Monday, January 6, 2014

Retro Kitchens

I love looking at old vintage kitchens. My dream is to one day have my own. It will take time, but thats the fun of it. Shopping at thrift stores, yard sales and flea markets. I love getting something that somebody else has no use for, all those memories attached to an item makes it seem much more special. I love the Big Chill Appliances. They are a tad costly but gorgeous to look at! I love the aqua and pink! Oh my poor Husband! He's a good sport.

1949 Kitchen





                                         Big Chill Appliances.




   
                               Look at that Fridge!


                                      I love this!

                                     
                                          Can never go wrong with Pink!!



Monday, December 30, 2013

New Years!!




I can't believe it will be 2014! I still think its the 90's ha! Where does the time go? I remember my Dad always saying that the older you get, the faster the time goes. That sure is true. It seems to me that my kids are growing up at lightening speed. I try to savor all the moments with them because in no time they will be gone. What will I do?! I hope you all have a great year to come. I am sure most of us will have our "New Years Resolutions" and swear we will stick by them. I know I will! At least I can try to anyway.



I love these little Vintage knick knacks.



My Parents always had New Years parties when I was growing up and still do! Steamed shrimp and drinks were on the menu. We try to carry that tradition on. What is on your New Years eve menu?



I love looking at these older pictures and seeing the clothes, hairstyles and decor...




Not sure who this lovely Lady is, she sure is beautiful though.



Party time!! My parents always had the annoying things that made noise. They were worse than the kids. Still are!



Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz 

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Barbie

Every little girl has dreamed of having a Barbie, I know I did. Unfortunately, my parents didn't have a lot of money when we were growing up so I always went to my friend Kristen's house to play with hers. Kristen was the girl who had everything, a built in pool, a bedroom to die for, all the Barbies one could want AND all the clothes! I had a blast at her house. Eventually I did get my very own Barbie, Peaches and Cream! I was so happy! I remember how gorgeous her dress was, I had that doll for years. I can't remember what happened to her? I now watch my own little girl play with her Barbies, I can't help but find myself sitting on the floor dressing them, brushing their hair and changing their shoes. Some things stay the same.




I always wanted the big Barbie Dream house. I thought it was so awesome! I would look at it in the Christmas Catalog from Sears and dream that I would get it!! Sadly I never did. Thats ok, I enjoy watching our daughter play with hers.



I love these Barbie Cases, we have got our daughter one but its nothing like these older vintage ones. I would love to find one of these.



I never had a Ken doll or any male doll. This is pretty cool. I bet it would be nice for a collector to have.


I LOVE the Vintage Barbies, I wish I could have all of them in a case! I love the details in their clothing, so cool. Barbies are not the same today in my opinion.



I think a lot of people remember Skipper Barbie. She is pretty cute.


Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Walt Disney The Story Of Menstruation




  I admit when I first saw this I laughed pretty hard at the tone of the voice the narrator used and how clean cut it was. This is supposedly the 1st ever movie to use the word "Vagina" in it. It was passed around to High Schools first with pamphlets from 1946-51 then I read it was banned.

Wow, there is nothing remotely bad in this!! I guess it was such a conservative time. Very different than from today. I think they need to use more stuff like this today in school. We are homeschoolers and this would be something I would use. Its hard enough to talk to our kids about sex, periods and puberty so why not have clean cut videos like this that we can share and can help us to explain. Yes it may be out of date but the basis of the story never changes, just the tones, the clothing, the music and maybe even the way they talk. I remember in school learning all about this stuff. My parents were not the type to talk to me about any of this. I guess it was hard for them since it was a much harder time for their parents, my grandparents, to explain sex, periods ect... Why is it such a dirty thing for most to talk about? It shouldn't be so hard. I think for me its the embarrassment that goes with it more than the not wanting to talk to them. I want my kids to be educated about sex and safe. I want them to know the dangers but also know its a beautiful thing when shared with the RIGHT person.

 Of course I want all my kids to wait until they are married to have sex and I don't want my daughter to get her first menstrual cycle until she is atleast 18 but I am a realist. I know thats not always how the world works. I can only pray and trust God that I've taught them the right way and they will make wise decisions. So, in the meantime, I'm going to take advantage of this kind of stuff even if it is a little outdated.