Archive for November, 2011

Joy of Cooking was self-published in 1931 by Irma Rombauer, a homemaker and native from St. Louis, who was struggling to make ends meet after the death of her husband.  There were 3,000 copies published for $3,000 with A. C. Clayton, a company that had printed labels for companies but never a book.  The book was illustrated by Marion Rombauer Becker, Irma’s daughter, who also tested the recipes.  She depicted St. Martha of Bethany, the patron saint of cooking, slaying a dragon on the cover. 

Published during the Great Depression, Joy of Cooking offered tips on making the most of leftovers as well as instructions on canning and pickling.  Irma’s joyful tone and practical advice appealed to the depression-era women who could no longer afford to keep their professional cooks. 

Joy of Cooking is one of the United States’ most published cookbooks.  In 1996 it was selected by the New York Public Library as one of the 150 most important Books of the Century.  For more history, check out the online home of Joy of Cooking.

Looking to bring some joy into your kitchen?  Here are just a few of the Joy of Cooking books on etsy …

Joy of Cooking 1946 from kris67 on etsy

A Cookbook for Girls and Boys from Hillside House on etsy

Joy of Cooking 1953 from AuntGrace on etsy


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Happy Thanksgiving

Psalm 28:7 –The LORD is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and he helps me.  My heart leaps for joy, And with my song I praise Him.

Enjoy ‘Holy Is The Lord’ by Chris Tomlin …

Count Your Blessings (Unknown Author)

I’ve never made a fortune,
and it’s probably too late now.
But I don’t worry about that much,
I’m happy anyhow.

And as I go along life’s way,
I’m reaping better than I sowed.
I’m drinking from my saucer,
‘Cause my cup has overflowed.

Haven’t got a lot of riches,
and sometimes the going’s tough.
But I’ve got loving ones all around me,
and that makes me rich enough.

I thank God for his blessings,
and the mercies He’s bestowed.
I’m drinking from my saucer,
‘Cause my cup has overflowed.

I remember times when things went wrong,
My faith wore somewhat thin.
But all at once the dark clouds broke,
and the sun peeped through again.

So Lord, help me not to gripe,
about the tough rows I have hoed.
I’m drinking from my saucer,
‘Cause my cup has overflowed.

If God gives me strength and courage,
When the way grows steep and rough.
I’ll not ask for other blessings,
I’m already blessed enough.

And may I never be too busy,
to help others bear their loads.
Then I’ll keep drinking from my saucer,
‘Cause my cup has overflowed.


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The first push button telephone with touch tone dialing was introduced on this day in 1963 by Bell Telephones to AT&T customers. 

The first push button phone, Western 1500, was introduced in the towns of Carnegie and Greensburg, PA, with touch tone dialing available for an extra charge.


Push button phones were marketed as being much faster to dial than their predecessor, the rotary dial telephone. 

But that wasn’t enough to convince customers in the 1960s to abandon their rotary dial telephones.  It wasn’t until the 1980s that the majority of households tossed their rotary dial telephones for a push button one.

Enjoy this clip from the 1963 World’s Fair, introducing the push button phone…

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Today, Nov. 15th, is America Recycles Day, a nationally recognized day dedicated to the promotion of recycling. 

I have to say that my husband and I had great intentions of recycling years ago.  Even had plans to make this great wooden recycling bin with 3 separate compartments for glass, metal, and plastic.  It just wasn’t something that bubbled to the top of the priority list until three years ago when our trash pickup bill raised their rates…


…we stopped our trash pickup service, created our recycling bins out of 3 aluminum trash cans (not exactly the original plan but it works), created a compost pile, and burn what we can.  We take aluminum and other metals to the metal recycling plant for money.

Not only are we doing something great for the environment and future generations but we’re saving money at the same time.

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Faith, Freedom, and the Flag

Happy Veteran’s Day

A salute to the men and women who have served and are serving our country with honor, dignity, pride, and sacrifice.  We remember and thank you.  May God bless each and every one of you.

 “I give thanks to my God for every remembrance of you.” – Philippians 1:3

Veterans Eat Free Today as Applebee’s

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The area code system was developed in the 1940s by AT&T and Bell Laboratories to simplify direct dialing calls.  It went into effect in 1947 and was called the North American Numbering Plan (NANP), an integrated telephone numbering plan.   At first, the codes were used only by long-distance operators.  Then on November 10, 1951 the first directly dialed call using area codes was made from Englewood, NJ to Alameda, CA.  Today, the NANP  serves 19 North American countries that share its resources.

To celebrate the invention of the area codes, I’ve created this etsy treasury…

‘Numbers, Numbers, and more Numbers’ by EndlessC

Celebrate the Area Code

Industrial Metal Number…


Do It Yourself Advent C…


Antique Porcelain Hotel…


Brass House Numbers 406…


French enamel house num…


One vintage school bus …


Brass Tags Number Tags …


Vintage Metal Gas Stati…


vintage black and white…


Fancy Vintage wood type…


Numbering Tacks – Never…


Old number school locke…


8″ Tall Brass Sten…


Brass Tags to Mark Seat…


1940s Numbered Price Ta…


Gorgeous Chippy Antiqu…


Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.

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I recently bought a box of old games and a box of old craft kits at an auction and I began reminiscing about what I used to play with as a child. Strolling down memory lane lead me to etsy and … yes you can still find nice vintage games and crafting kits.


‘Childhood Christmas Memories’ by EndlessC

Strolling down memory lane … won’t you join me?

Refrigerator Magnets Le…


DIY retro owl string ar…


Vintage Lisbeth Whiting…


Vintage Twister game


SHIPS FREE: Vintage 197…


1973 Unused Holly Hobbi…


Vintage 1974 Hasbro Lit…


Vintage GAME Old Maid f…


Autumn Harvest latch ho…


Old School Metal Wheele…


Vintage Pick-up Sticks …


Partridge Family Paper …


Vintage Yahtzee Board G…


Walt Disney Classic SNO…


1949 Cootie Game


Vintage 70’s Owls S…


Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.

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