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 

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.