Monday, September 7, 2009
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
I Sheepishly Suggest A Tag Correction
Friday, June 12, 2009
Love To Twitter?
Friday, June 5, 2009
Sunday, April 5, 2009
You Can't Dust M&Ms
At $2, it was a thrift shop steal.
But then, being 9.5 inches tall, and having a mouth diameter of 4.5 inches (much narrower than the base), it would cost, what, $45 to fill it with peanut butter M&M's?
Plus there's the additional cost of "a lifetime on the hips" -- because you cannot dust off M&M's, you have to eat them.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
How To Serve Kitschy Kitschy Food
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
New Year? Not-So-Much
1960 New Years illustration via Flickr.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Make A Mammy (& Pappy) Racist Utensil Rack
As a white girl, I don't think I should even own these instructions and pattern from a vintage set of Coping Saw Carpentry For Boys & Girls cards... As I've said, Black Americana isn't something I feel good about collecting myself.
Whoopie, if you're reading this, I'll gladly send this to you for your collection. Free, of course.
Monday, December 8, 2008
Santa Gets Juiced
Monday, November 17, 2008
Like Hover Cars For Kitchens
FOOT PEDALS will operate many of the labor-saving devices which will be ours in the kitchen of tomorrow. Here the housewife prepares vegetables in the future kitchen, while her little daughter has opened a bin which tilts to throw the vegetables forward. By operating the foot pedals for water in the sink, the housewife has her hands free. The splash board back of the sink is self illuminating when raised, and lowers flush with the working bench at right to form a buffet bar.From What's Cooking For Tomorrow's Kitchens, by Joseph Lawren, in Modern Woman, Vol 14, No 5, 1945' photograph from Libby-Owens-Ford's "Kitchen of Tomorrow".
Thursday, November 6, 2008
You Put The Spoon Where?
Monday, October 27, 2008
You Say "Fez Monkey Huggers" Like It's A Bad Thing
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Thanks, But I Prefer Bald Condiment Dispensers
But honestly, who wants to shake salt or pepper from them, knowing full well that dust & whatever else sits in the rabbit fur will also be shaken, not stirred, onto your food?
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Salt & Pepper Skunks
Thursday, August 28, 2008
This Squirrel Wants To Spoon
Sunday, August 17, 2008
What's Shakin', Officer?
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
The Bell Hop's Purpose
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Vintage Rocket Toothpick Dispenser
Once filled with toothpicks, all you need to do is press the top down to pop up a toothpick. It's neat no matter how you define it.
Vintage Dick Tracy and Junior S&P Shakers
Monday, April 21, 2008
Modern Woman Monday: More Vintage Cookbooks
Thursday, April 3, 2008
Retro Manners Refresher
1-5 Rules for informal meals:
At an informal seated meal the hostess may pass dishes from a serving cart at her immediate left; she then serves herself last.Jeeze, I'd hate to see the formal rules. What direction does the hostess pass? Does it suck to be left-handed then, and if so, does it suck more than serving yourself last when you know there's not going to be enough because the husband brought home 3 extra buddies?
The cart holds a water pitcher, extra silver, glasses, napkins, and any other items that may be needed during the meal. If an item is dropped by a guest, the hostess replaces it from the cart without comment.Without comment you say... That would kill quite a bit of dinner conversation, wouldn't it? And in my family, we'd drop 'em on purpose, just to force a comment.
If you drop your fork and the hostess doesn't notice, you may use any other fork that is there -- or, without explanation, say to your hostess, "May I please have a fork?"I agree; if the hostess doesn't notice you (how rude!), by all means, grab the meat serving fork and start shoveling.
Ever notice how the lowly spoon and knife are left out of the discussion? I'd say 67% of all utensils dropped at the table are knives.
Or maybe it's some sort of passive-aggressive thing in my family and the knives aren't really 'dropped' at all...
6 Passing Food
When you help yourself to food or pass it, hold the dish from underneath so that you do not leave fingerprints on the rim.(Will keep this PG-13. Will keep this PG-13...)
7 Hey, look, the etiquette lady apparently doesn't believe in grammar; there is no period or other punctuation at the end of most of these tips.
8-10 Yeah, Luella is only on tip number 3, but then I told you that this was 13 comments on the tips; so I'm way ahead of her.
In buffet dining, the hostess stands beside the table and encourages shy guests or offers to serve them.You have guests too shy to eat? Isn't this one of those survival of the fittest things where we should just let nature take its course?
And what side does the hostess stand on?
Do not overload your plate; it looks unattractive and is hard to manage.Was this 1964 B.C. -- Before Chinet?
This, though, would explain the shy people who wonder how much food on a plate is unattractive.
11-13 And now for your holy crap moment...
In table manners there are many accepted forms, all equally correct. For example, the continental fashion of eatingThe continental fashion of eating? That's how people eat breakfast at hotels, right?
and the zigzag style are equally proper.Um... Time for a little help here.
OK, I do not zigzag; I am officially a continental styled gal.
If you have your own tradition, try to develop its fine points. The suggestions here are in a widely accepted American traditionWhat? No mention of how piggy eats?! Well, I guess that American tradition -- or at least its finer points -- really didn't come into full acceptance until Ralphie's brother Randy showed us in a Christmas Story in 1983.
To be continued...
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Monday, March 24, 2008
Modern Woman Monday: 1000 Ways To Make Yourself Beautiful
This book will disclose to you the Beauty Secrets of the Movie Stars. You, too, can be "most divinely fair," as irresistible as your favorite Glamour Queen. Imagine the thrill of hearing someone say about you, "Isn't she Glamorous, isn't she lovely!"You can find out more about my obsession with Mariposa in my article at Collectors' Quest. (And I welcome any knowledge you have about her!)
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Funky Science In The Kitchen
Fred Equal Measure Measuring Cup tells you those hard to find measurements such as the volume of half a human brain, volume of one human breath, water in a cumulus cloud the size of a bus, and the amount of table salt in a large human...
I have no idea what you're making, but the kids & I will love it.