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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

vintage cookbooks are so interesting

Let me start by saying I'm not a great cook.  I'm a basic cook.  I don't entertain a lot and don't make fancy new dishes that are trending all the time with food I haven't a clue what to do with.  Murray likes meat, potatoes and veggies.....and cookies....and now we eat salad a lot.  Haha. 

I have a few old cookbooks that were my mother's and my mother-in-law's.  As a new bride I received many cookbooks, a traditional gift at bridal showers, and have given most of them away.  They were taking up valuable space in the cupboard and have pretty well become redundant with the Internet and all the thousands {millions} of recipes available there.

The cookbook on the top left was given to me by my older sister for Christmas in 1966 "from the cats".  ðŸ˜Š  I use a lot of recipes from that tattered and worn cookbook today....most often the chocolate chip cookies recipe and one for butter frosting.  The one on the right is the original Purity Cookbook from 1932 that was my mother-in-law's.  She even wrote recipes on the inside covers and pages!  The books are pretty well identical inside except the photos are different.  There is a new edition of this cookbook available now too, but the photos are black and white.

A photo from my book.

Our favourite cookie recipe.  I used about 1 1/2 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips and omit the nuts.

This battered cookbook was my Mum's.  It is full of handwritten recipes in my mother's handwriting and my older sister's as well.  My sister re-wrote a lot of recipes in her nice penmanship (she became a school teacher) for Mum.  There are sometimes names or just initials at the bottom of the recipe denoting where it came from.  Also there are some loose pages of recipes jotted down on scrap paper, some clippings from magazines, a diet Mum was following at one time in the 60's, and notes.  

My Mum's handwriting.  ðŸ’—
I think someone lifted the beaters of the old Mix Master before turning it off and spattered chocolate batter all over the pages.  ðŸ˜‹ I wonder if they were making chocolate pudding.  

My sister's precise handwriting.  ðŸ’—

I found this note on the back of an old envelope from Mum to my younger sister tucked in the pages.  

Yes, this was a 'favourite' fudge recipe.  When I was growing up we had natural gas in Moncton so we had a gas stove.  It was what I learned to cook on and getting it 'just right' was tricky.  I remember cold winter Saturdays someone would make a batch of chocolate fudge for a treat.  I've never tried this recipe since and as much as I love chocolate and sweets I don't make fudge.  Perhaps I should try it again.

Recipe Clippings. 
Have you cut out recipes from magazines (before the internet)?  It was the thing to do in the last century and this handy book could store them in various categories.  Some of them date from 1949!

I love the graphics of this little recipe book tucked in Mum's book.  I don't know of Dwight's Baking Soda.  Arm & Hammer is the brand most common here and all I've ever used.

These vintage items were my mother-in-law's.  Look how worn the wooden spoon is....but you didn't throw it out.  She was the queen of thrift and recycling way ahead of her time because she grew up in the 30's when times were really tough and you 'made-do'.

Do you have old cookbooks?  Do you still use a cookbook or mostly internet recipes?  I do both.  
And there are enough recipes out there to tempt us as we are inundated with them on Facebook too.  Not a 'friendly' place to scroll through when you're sick.  Haha!

I hope you enjoyed seeing my vintage cookbooks. Have you found anything interesting in yours?

Have a great day!
Thank you for visiting.


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

seasonal flooding and bird watching

The moon setting over the field while the deer graze at sunrise on Thursday morning.

We had a really good, and very busy, Easter weekend.  The above photo was taken Thursday evening on our way to church for music practice.  The rivers are up and flooding their banks so all the fields were flooded.  So far it hasn't breeched the roadway!

The Islands in the river are flooded as well, a usual occurrence.  The St. John River runs through the province from northern Maine down to the Bay of Fundy in Saint John and is now totally ice free, which is good, as there won't be any ice jams causing major flooding of the Perth-Andover town  upriver.  However, it doesn't mean there won't be anymore flooding of properties.

This is the much same view taken on Friday morning on the way to church.  It looks so much prettier in the sunshine with blue skies doesn't it?

We had our Easter dinner on Good Friday as it was the only day our son and daughter-in-law weren't busy with her family and because of our music commitments at church all weekend.  I made a little white cake with vanilla butter frosting (and a few sprinkles) for dessert along with 'fresh' strawberries (all the way from Florida so I'm being facetious when I say 'fresh').  I found the recipe on my friend Faye's blog "The Blessed Hearth" and it is delicious!

The flooded fields at sunset on Saturday evening.

Saturday was sunny and warm at 15C so we got some yard cleanup done before we had to head to church to practice for the evening service.  

A Tree Swallow peeks out of the birdhouse behind our back deck on Saturday afternoon.  There have been a few around all week and they have been visiting now and then staking claim to this house.  This afternoon there was an Eastern Bluebird checking out this same box which could be interesting to see which wins out.  We put another box about 20 feet away which the Bluebirds were checking out on Sunday.

The female Bluebird checking out the new house.

And the beautiful male Bluebird sitting on the clothesline waiting.  Isn't that typical - the wife out 'shopping' and the husband waiting.  ðŸ˜

Our snow is just about gone.  There are two patches in the ditch by the driveway and a small patch out back.  It is hard to believe all that snow went so quickly.  Mind you, we woke to a dusting of snow this morning which has since melted, and it's really chilly here today, so our wintry weather isn't finished with us yet.  

Today is dull, cloudy and cold.  But, I see green in the brown grass and the buds on the trees are swelling and the daffodils have buds forming.

I hope you all had a lovely Easter weekend and wish you a beautiful spring-like week ahead.

Thank you so much for visiting and commenting.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

it's happening

Spring that is!  
We are finally starting to look like spring here.
On Sunday the robins arrived in flocks, along with the blackbirds and cowbirds, song sparrows and tree swallows, which made me feel delighted.

When I open the door I hear birdsong other than the chickadees that stay all winter and it is lovely.

On Monday the temperature rose to 19C and it was sunny.  Folks were out in their shirt sleeves and shorts, light spring jackets or sweaters, sandals and runners.  Gone were the winter jackets, scarves and boots!  Yesterday was another lovely mild day too and the snow melted even more.  Today is cloudy and cooler and we are expecting rain.  The weekend will be average April temperatures in the low to mid-teens

We are having a slow melt which is great but at the same time the snow is going so fast now.

There are lots of deer grazing on the hill most days.  I counted at least 30 one evening.  You can see the open spots in the above photo that I took on Monday evening, but now it is mostly bare brown grass.  

On Monday evening Murray burned the brush pile that had been gathering since last fall.  We gathered more sticks and twigs that had fallen during the winter and added it to the pile.  It's nice to see that eyesore gone!

While he did that I sat on the back deck and enjoyed the fading sun dressed in a toque and winter jacket.  It was chilling down fast.

A typical April evening in New Brunswick.  :-/

Spring tulips and daffodils.

As it is Easter weekend coming up we will be busy with family and special church services.  We will have our dinner on Friday at supper time with our son and his wife coming as Saturday evening we have a church service as well as Sunday morning.  There is lots of special music planned for the services which Murray and I are taking part in.  It is such a special time of the year as we celebrate the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  

If you celebrate Easter, I wish you a very blessed holiday.

Enjoy the holiday weekend.


Thursday, April 6, 2017

downtown Moncton

Moncton Market on Westmorland St.

We had a getaway to Moncton this past weekend.  We aren't the 'going down south' people that vacation to Florida or other southern climes in winter and we were due for a weekend away after a long winter.  The weather was blustery with a cold easterly wind that went right through you.  On Sunday morning we woke up to wet snow.  Spring in New Brunswick.

Moncton is my hometown and I still have family there so I connected with them to meet up with them.  People are so busy these days and one just doesn't drop in for a visit.  Friday we had the day to ourselves and did the shopping thing.  Saturday morning we decided to visit the Moncton Market downtown after which we walked around on Main Street.  A lot of Moncton's historic buildings are still in use today and I love the old architecture so I took a few cell phone pictures to share.   Sorry the photos are a bit dark but it was a dull day.

It is nice to see the older buildings from the last century (and before) being re-vamped for use today, rather than being torn down.  This building on Westmorland St. now houses a restaurant called "Gusto".

This iron gate is at the side entrance to another building.  I'm not sure if it's original to the building or not.

This is the front of the same building in the previous photo built in 1900, that originally housed the Moncton Transcript newspaper.  I like the wrought iron gate over the portico window.  Years ago there used to be a turret with wrought iron decor on the very top of this entrance.

This is another photo I found online of Main St. Moncton today and in the early 1900's.  You can see the Transcript building on the right in the right hand photo with it's fancy turret with wrought iron work.  The building on the right of it burned a few years ago and is now being rebuilt.  I wonder if it was a photo studio with the big glass wall of windows on the second floor.

A newer building, part of the Assumption Plaza, overhangs the sidewalk.

This is Assumption Plaza.

The "Tide and Boar" Restaurant is a great place to eat.....from what I hear. 

Moncton City Hall.  You can still see remnants of the winter snow along the streets.

This building used to be Rubin's Department Store  and the mosaic wall is a beautiful work of modern art from the 1960's.  "Cora" is a breakfast restaurant chain in Canada.  And it is a wonderful place to eat!

I don't know the date of this building but am guessing it was built around 1899 as The Merchants Bank.  It now houses a Tim Horton's Coffee Shop.....another famous coffee shop/ restaurant chain that you may have heard of.

This is a vintage photo I found online of the Tim Horton's building.

And what it looks like today (photo found online).  It is missing its turret and fancy edging of it's early years.  The white tower sticking up was built in the 70's as the NB Tel (telephone) communications tower.

An Irish Pub
There are a lot of eateries on Main St. these days and maybe a couple of boutiques.  Not like it was when I was growing up there and there were many department stores and fewer restaurants.  There was Zellers, Woolworths (then Woolco), Simpson-Sears (Sears Canada), Eaton's, Creaghan's, Dalmy's, Rubin's, Reitmans, Curll's, and Colpitts Mens Wear, a local business that has managed to survive and is still there, among them.  The best place to eat was the Palace Grill (Chinese food) and Woolworths.  That was all before the malls were built and the stores moved or closed completely.  Time sure changes things.

The Capitol Theatre has been restored both outside and in to its original glory and is truly beautiful.

The beautiful underside of the marquee overhang.
And a bit of up-to-date digital signage built in.

Another beautiful building with it's squared off corner has operated as a tobacco shop since 1926.

We made our loop walk back to the car and passed by another entrance to the Moncton Market with the rooster on the cupola and the cloud covered sun peeking through.  It was a dull cold day.

We had a great visit with my family and it was good to get away for a change of scene.  

Our weather is getting a 'bit' milder and today is foggy with heavy rain coming tonight which will melt down the snow a lot.  It might hit 15C on Monday!

Thanks for visiting.  Have a good weekend.

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