Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Pistachio Cake

This cake is really good! Its so good that I had to share it with all my friends who follow my blog. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!!

Pistachio Cake

1 box of yellow cake mix
1 box of pistachio pudding
1cup of milk
1 cup of oil
3 eggs

Mix all the cake ingredients together, add a few drops of green food coloring for a brighter green.
Pour in a cake pan and bake @350 for 35 minutes.
Let the cake cool before you add the icing.

Icing

2 cups of heavy whipping cream
1 box of pistachio pudding
Beat together until the icing thickens. It won't take to long to thicken, once its done refrigerate it until the cake is cool and the icing is stiff.

Add the icing to the cake and sprinkle chopped pistachios as much as you like on top.

I hope you enjoy!!



Friday, May 8, 2015

Happy Mothers Day

Hello everyone! I am so honored to be writing this blog! About 2 weeks ago I asked my friends to send me stories and pictures about their moms that they would allow me to share on Facebook and Blogger this Mothers Day. I love to hear all the old stories, new stories, and any story that has to do with the love and memories we have for our moms. Being a mom isn't easy, most of us can relate to that statement, but its also the best thing in the world that I've ever done. I am so thankful that I am a mom to 3 beautiful children. Its such a blessing. I hope that these stories will bring a smile to your face like they brought to mine.



Rachel Anderson and her mother



This is a picture of my mother holding me less than 24 hours after I was born.  My parents were told that if I lived, I wouldn't be normal in any way.  My mother had been on treatment for rheumatoid arthritis for several years and only figured out she was expecting when she was about 4 months into her pregnancy.  Her doctor took her off steroids and narcotic pain relief abruptly, she went through horrible withdrawal.  The doctor also put her on an 800 calorie a day diet to lose weight.  The doctor gave my parents a list of facilities that took "abnormal newborns" and advised them that "If it lives, put it in one of these institutions and forget you ever had it."  My parents refused to give in to the doctor's bleak outlook.  They decided to keep me and care for me no matter what.  When I was born, they put my mother in the large operating room theater where students could observe (it was a large teaching hospital).  Everyone wanted to see the "abnormal birth".  No doubt they were disappointed when I made my debut all pink and perfect with a very loud statement about the doctor's prognosis.  You can see in the picture how happy my mother was and I even had a smile on my face (probably a newborn way of saying "Ha ha!! Deal with that, Doc!!"  Mother's day had always been special between my mother and me. Now that she's gone, the memory of her strength, faith, and love help me deal with impossible situations.  She showed courage and her memory gives me courage.

Thank you for such a wonderful tribute to all mothers who give themselves fully to their children!

Rachael Anderson




Brenda Nichols and her Mom



It was on June 2, 2001, that I told my mom good-bye for the last time. She was surrounded by her family as the angels came to take her home. My heart still aches as I remember it. I think about her every day.

Sometimes when I look at my hands, I think of hers. She had strong hands and they were always moving. I’ve watched her hands while she peeled potatoes, stitched a quilt, set tobacco, squeezed out cat-head biscuits, planted a garden, or played “Rooster, Pullet, Hen” with an unsuspecting child. If you’re not familiar with that little game, it went like this: She would touch a youngster’s forehead and say, “This is the rooster.” Then she’d touch his nose and say, “This is the pullet.” She would touch his chin and say, “This is the hen.” She’d touch his nose once more and ask, “What’d I say that was?” When he answered “Pullet” . . . she would.

She could tie the prettiest hand of tobacco. She tied backwards, but the hands were neat and tight. After Daddy packed them on the basket, it was almost a work of art. Daddy told me that he never once asked Mom to go help him on the farm. She would ask him every night about his plans for the next day. She would be up the following morning and ready to go by the time he got out of bed. She loved to work, whether it was in the field or in the kitchen.

Mom was the best cook I’ve ever known. It was old fashioned country cooking, much of which came from the garden, either fresh or canned. New potatoes, fried corn, green beans, peas, sliced tomatoes – I can taste them now. Sometimes she didn’t even have to go to the garden, for example when she cooked dandelion greens or fried poke stalk. She would bake a pan of cornbread every evening. When there was work to be done on the farm, she made a big breakfast, including biscuits and gravy, so they would get a substantial start to the day. I can’t imagine cooking breakfast, packing lunch (which was called “dinner”), working all day in the field, cooking supper in the evening, washing dishes, then doing the household chores – and never once complaining about it.

I don’t know how many quilts Mom made. It seemed every winter she would piece a new top. She and other ladies in the neighborhood would set up a quilting frame in an empty room or even a vacant house. They would then meet to put the quilt together. I was amazed at the way Mom’s hand rocked back and forth as she made the quilting stitches. The stitches were so tiny, they looked as though they had been done on a machine.

Mom loved to sleep so she could dream. That was the only time she could see. If all the things above weren’t amazing enough, she did them even though she was legally blind. During the last several years of her life, she could only distinguish light from dark. As she held my newborn daughter on her lap twenty years ago, she said, “I can see the light shining in your eyes.”

Mom started losing her eyesight just a few years after I was born. It never stopped her – it just made life more challenging for her. If she wanted to see your facial features, she would “look” at you with her hands. If you were a man with a beard, you could expect to have it pulled as she felt of your face. When the electricity goes off and I’m groping around in the dark trying to find a flashlight, I'm reminded of how her every waking moment was like that. I don’t think I could ever be as brave as she was.

I admire my mom for her perseverance, her strength, her love of hard work, and her love of family. I miss her so much and I still love her with all my heart.



                                                          Lucy Venable and her Mom


Enjoy your facebook page so much!

This is my mom and i heading out to the country club.  I am the baby of 5 girls, no brothers.  My mother passed two years ago at a happy age of 84.  She was a lover of all animals, in fact, we had 2 pet monkeys on separate occasions.



                                                                 Levonne Price and her Mom







I'll try to make this short, but my Mom as always and continues to be one of the strongest, unflappable people I've ever come across (and I'm 64 years old!)

Just an Ordinary Christian Girl that grew up in Chicago, where she met my Dad.   They were married for a couple of years and she gave birth to me, their only child.  My Dad died 11 months later in a work-related accident.  And she was alone.......with me.
We moved back with her parents who welcomed us with open arms.   My Grandmother was also, such a Queen of "Mothering" also.  And Yes, I imagine that I was quite spoiled!!
I was raised in a very modest, fun, Christian home.  Solid as a Rock.  Mom went on to further her education and became a Licensed Practical Nurse , while my Grandparents took care of me.
As she went to work in our local hospital, Tampa General, she met a fine man that had "Accidently" broke his back.  Well, as you can guess.  They were married and Mom and I and Dad became a family.

Mom's not a pushy person, but she has certainly made a Mark in this world by her actions.   Her gift, her Heart is to be God's Servant and she has certainly mastered it.

Thanks so much, RetroWifey for this opportunity to share this "testimony" about my Precious Mom.

Happy Mother's Day to You, Also 

Levonne Price



                                                        Barbara Yerby and her Mom 






Our mother, Margret Hofmann, was born in Germany and lived under the oppression of Hitler. She lost family members in concentration camps including her own mother and was able to emigrate to this country in 1946. Since being here, she has accomplished a great deal including raising not only her own 5 children but helped out neighbor kids as well. Among her many achievements were civil rights marches, meetings, and letters, publishing books and 100s of articles, speaking to many groups, organizing people's lives and homes, wearing many hats depending on which was needed, helping refugees, saving trees in Austin, Texas, helping pass the no smoking ordinance and the leash law, taking care of our father's business and his apprentices, serving on the city council, exposing her children to adventures, getting sidewalks built around elementary schools, substituting in schools, acting as the Quaker Meeting archivist and clerk for many years, being an informal counselor to many, and taking personal adventures such as a 7 month trip to Alaska when she was in her 60s, hitchhiking alone in the northeast in 1948, and driving 5 children from Texas to Canada and back herself.  

The "Tree Lady" as she was known, was involved in many things including being the UNICEF representative in Austin for many years. Heifer International was another of her favorite charities as well as Habitat for Humanity. Right before she died she was worried about leaving behind unfinished business until a friend reminded her of what she had already accomplished which was recorded, archived, and a small park was named after her. At that point she seemed to relax and let it all go. She leaves behind quite a legacy. Her spirit is infectious and she instilled in us a sense of adventure and caring for all life. I would be happy to be half the woman she was. 

Barbara Yerby

                                         

                                      Christina McKerracher and her Mom


                                    



Love you on fb .... attached is a photo of my mother Alta Gracia Archuleta Flores .... 86 years old born on 08/24/1929.  She was married to my Daddy for 62 years till his death in 2009 @ 90 years old.  She continues to love him from afar.  In 2012 she under went heart bypass surgery @ 83 years old.  ... My mother had 10 children 5 girls 5 boys has 20+ grand children @ least 20 great grand children and 1 great great grand child.  She began her motherhood in with my oldest sister Frances in 1949.  I am # 9 of 10 Frances 12 years my elder and the youngest brother 7 years my minor.  My mother comes from a long line of strong NM women matriarchs.... She lost her mother young in life and was raised by her grandmother on a cattle ranch on the Rowe Mesa, NM.  Her Grandmother and Grandfather were from Spain and were revered int he community of Rowe known as "El Don" and "La Donna" ..... members of the community respected them and turned to them for assistance in life matters....as they raised cattle and dry farmed beans etc.  they had means to assist the community as well as travelers passing through NM from Oklahoma and back east during the Great Depression.  My mother is not only mother to her own but has taken on the mother figure for a rather large "extended" family on both her side and my fathers side as the parents of many of my cousins have also passed and she is loved by soooooo many! You are welcome to visit my fb site and visit my album Mother Goose ..... We call her the Goose ..... it is my tribute to my beautiful mother  Her name Alta Gracia translates to High Grace .... my Mother Goose 

                                                    
                                             Allyson Urie 4 Generations




Hello!

I've shared this before with you but I will share it again!  This is a 4 generation picture with me at around age 2, my mother Frances, Grandmother (Memere) Pauline and Great-Grandmother (Great-Memere) Irene. Great Memere lived to be 100 years old, and my grandmother passed unexpectedly last fall.  I feel extremely lucky to have had these wonderful ladies in my life!  Thanks for sharing!


                                                     John McDowell




Mom left Germany in 1951, along with Dad and my three sisters, in search of
a better life in America, after the war. They left behind many relatives,
but joined a few other ones in the states.  Mom worked hard, alongside Dad,
as they started life anew.  She began as a farmer's wife and retired as a
meticulous seamstress/co-owner of their dry-cleaning business.  She worked
tirelessly for her family, never complaining.  She always remained
optimistic in life, despite losing two brothers in the war and her mother at
an early age, thus the commitment of raising her siblings and nephew.  I'm
so proud of her strength and grateful for her love and the wonderful role
model she's been in our lives.  We are so fortunate to continue loving her
at 95 years of age!



Thank you to everyone who shared stories about their Mothers. I love hearing them. I hope we can do this every year.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Eating with the Stars

 I love looking trying recipes that have been handed down for generations. I came across these recipes from our favorite Stars. I wanted to share them with you, maybe you could try them with your family? This sounds really good, I think I'm going to try my hand at this over the weekend. Who doesn't love BBQ Chicken?!


Oven Baked BBQ Chicken with Cary Grant






Recipe courtesy of The History Kitchen

Ingredients
  • 3 chickens, 1 ½ lbs each (or 1 chicken, 4.5 lbs), cut into pieces
  • Olive or vegetable oil for frying
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • ½ cup Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup A-1 sauce
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup cider vinegar
  • 1 onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch (or more if needed)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Heat olive or vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium till hot. Fry the chicken pieces in the hot oil in batches till browned. Season with salt and pepper as you cook.
  2. Place browned chicken pieces in a 9x13 baking dish. In a saucepan, combine ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, water, A-1 sauce, sugar, cider vinegar, onion and garlic. Whisk together over medium heat till warm.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together 2 tbsp cornstarch with 2 tbsp cold water till smooth. Slowly add the cornstarch mixture to the barbecue sauce, whisking till incorporated. Continue to whisk over medium heat till the sauce is hot, bubbly, and thickened. Remove from heat. Pour the sauce evenly across the top of the chicken pieces. Cover the roasting dish with foil.
  4. Bake the chicken for 60-75 minutes, or until the meat is tender and well cooked. Remove from the oven. If you’d like to serve extra sauce with the chicken, skim the fat drippings from the top of the sauce. To thicken the leftover sauce, pour it into a saucepan and heat over medium. Mix together equal amounts of cornstarch and water, a half tablespoon at a time, and slowly whisk into the sauce. Heat and add the cornstarch mixture, stirring constantly, till desired consistency is reached. Serve chicken warm with the thickened barbecue sauce on the side.



Judy Garland Vegetable Salad

I have read that her French Dressing is to die for! I am not much of a French Dressing lover, but I will give this a try. This is a pretty simple salad recipe. This may go good with Cary Grants BBQ dinner? I am not going to type out the recipe since its clear to see from the picture.






I LOVE Carole Lombard, unfortunately her life was cut very short. I love that we have something special left behind as well as her movies.  Recipes are things that people hold near and dear, so to have something like this is a treasure. I will give this a try. My Husband loves Spare Ribs. This would be a great for a Sunday dinner while watching some Football. Again, I didn't type this out because its clear to see from the picture.






I found this handwritten recipe from Marilyn Monroe, what a treasure!! I have provided the link to the recipe since its hard to read and understand. If you want to try it, check out the link! I LOVE to see her handwriting on this picture, how cool!

New York Times










Here is a yummy recipe from Betty White, our favorite Golden Girl!!







I hope you enjoyed these recipes I have posted. I will look for some more and do another blog. I have a lot of Celeb Cookbooks and I can go through them and find some to share....Enjoy!!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Happy New Year!!



Hey there friends! I hope that you all had a great holiday and New Year.  Ours was wonderful. The kids got everything that they wanted for Christmas and so did we! I love spending time with the family during the holidays and making memories that will last them a lifetime. I really want my kids to look back with fondness over their childhood. We try really hard to make that happen. We are not perfect, but we try our hardest to make a great home for them.

I really hope I can blog more this year. I had totally stopped blogging for awhile. I started to feel overwhelmed with all of the different social media sites. This year I made a promise to myself that I was going to weed out all of the negative people in my life. I want this year to be a positive and productive year. I have started with deleting many people from my Facebook that I really don't talk to. Its odd to me that we accept all of these request from people that we really don't know. I mean, just because they are a "friend of a friend" shouldn't really mean that we accept them. Its almost like letting someone peek into the windows of your home. We share family pictures, our kids pictures, vacations pictures, and most of us even post where we are going & cooking for the day. I think its great if you want to share that, but we need to be mindful of the people we truly don't know that are seeing all of this.

I know some people think that is ridiculous. However it is something that has really weighed heavily on my mind. So for me, I am starting with Facebook and working my way through that list. To me blogging is totally different. I don't have personal photos posted all over my blog. I strictly share the things that interest me, and the rest of you, like Retro stuff! I love to share all the pics of the 40s, 50s, 60s, and so forth.....

Another thing that I want to try and focus more on is saving money. I would love to be more frugal! I need to clip coupons, start planning our meals better, and making better use of my time. I could use tips if you have any to share!

Do you have any New Years resolutions that you have made? Its more of a tradition now that people do it, but it's still  fun to hear what others want to try and change or work on....Well, I hope you are all off to a happy and healthy year!!


TTYL

RW

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.




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