The Crazy Suburban Mom: 2009-11-01

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Retro Tuesay all week long with too much sodium

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I haven't done an old recipe in a while and really want to.
I love chicken and leeks so I picked:


My first thought was....

Whoa! That's a lot of cans...


My second was who has a pot that big?


(The Duggers?)

But Emma of Louisville...


Seemed so sure about it and she looks like my Grandma....


And who am I to argue with the guests of someone that looks
like my Grandma? And I haven't heard any 'ahs' in quite some time ....

Assemble your retro mise en place...
(That's French for Ready, Set, Go! - Well, loosely...)


And man, I still think that's a lot of cans....


As near as I can figure this is sort of a roast stuffed chicken cooked under....


vegetables... Which is sort of, okay....Odd. And not exactly a soup. More stewed?

And you're not going to get the roasted chicken thing going on and I haven't seen a fowl at the grocery store, ever. But you know... Since I've been writing this post I've sort of softened on this recipe a bit.

I think there was a love of canned soups overall, in 1955 which was the year of the magazine I took this from. And a lot of cookbooks in that time - elegant cookbooks - I've found recipes with canned soups. A surprising amount. I think they must have looked at cream of mushroom soup a bit differently than people do today.

So I'm not sure I can make this for a ton of reasons, the swimming pool size soup pot, the fowl.... the 7,500 mg. sodium serving size... I'm thinking I might be able to figure something out to cook the chicken a la Emma. I'll have to give it a shot sometime.

And there was no picture of the finished dish.

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Thursday, November 5, 2009

It's been Retro Tuesday so long it's Retro Tuesday on Vintage Thingies Thursday...

It's Retro Tuesday again and again and again!

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I've wanted to do a post on this book forever.


Retro Style : The '50s Look for Today's Home

The Author is Marion Haslam who is based out of England so the focus is both England and the United States. Amazon's Editorial Review: "Recalling the home fashions of the 50's, this volume offers today's home decorator a more discerning perspective on an era that evokes endless nostalgia. With functional household products-kettles, toasters, hand blenders, and more-being fashionably designed, these stylish accessories make chores at home far more glamorous."
I couldn't resist the book despite some spectacularly meh! reviews on Amazon. As in all things, you can't make everyone happy.
But I've loved this book since the day I got it. The text is informational with it's mix of designers and design trends, fabrics and appliances, whole rooms or just a chair... or a cup ... or a radio... or a clock...
But it's the pictures that really grab me...
Some of the items are vintage retro and some are things that are so fabulous they were in productions 60 years ago and are still today.


There are a few project ideas...


That's done with a 24 pocket vinyl CD/Photo holder and
the small scraps of vintage fabric you love and can't part with but
are too small to actually do anything with. Till now. Wow, huh?

This is a clickable image if you want large instructions.

What's not to love?


There's something for every retro taste.


And no matter how many times I've already looked at it...


I keep noticing new things...


I've looked at this photo a hundred times and never seen what looks like a jadite lamb in the right corner....

I so want that jadite lamb.

That's what I call my son...


Oh. I call him, Lamb...Not Jadite.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Retro Tuesday All Week Long's Salute to the Unfortunate 70's Blog Hop...

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Whenever I'm looking for Retro Tuesday ideas I always come across things that make me shake my head - and you know, it's funny - most of these unfortunate ideas are clustered around 1970.

So today I'm putting these all together as an unfortunate salute to 1970.

In almost every magazine I look through prior to the 70's I find something classic; something worthy of coveting. Something that is still being made today. Sometimes the same thing in the ad; the very same model is still in production today.

But this?


The picture clock here...


Who wouldn't throw the nearest projectile at that monstrosity?

And this?


I guess they added "whimsical" to the name just in case
it didn't occur to you that this was, ya know...ridiculous.

And okay, in 1970 did you know this?


Uh-huh...'tis true.


The. Meat. Toaster.

Oddly enough, several words I never thought of putting together....

And it's 'that' green too. Brady Bunch Green. Which is normally enough to get me to like stuff...but this time? I'm just not feeling the meat toaster.


If you want to be part of the Retro Tuesday all week long,
add a link to me on your blog and join here

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

It's going to be Retro Tuesday all week long...

Maureen from The Green Suitcase gave me the best advice - just now - about my McKlinky issues.

I keep doing it and and I'm alone in my own blog hop much like being alone at the lunch table in the High School Lunch Room.

And while she was kind and didn't tell me to, just get over my High School rediculousnessness already, Geeze - She did say if I did Retro Tuesday a few days in a row people would catch on. And that once she was all ready to do it and I didn't do it. Sorry about that, Maureen.

And since I was thinking I wanted to do this more anyway - I even said that just this morning.... I bring you ....

Ta- Da!

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I changed the Blog Hop Retro Tuesday Dates to go into next week and made it Retro Tuesday all week long. I'm going to post Vintage retro all week long...

Okay, this is the new Linky Blog Hop this for all week long. Please join in and link back to me!

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Retro Tuesday with the prices (and a Blog Hop)

I can't tell you how much I love Retro Tuesday...

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In fact, I want to write two posts a lot, one regular post and one Retro Tuesday post...Of course, I'd have to change the name to... Well, something else.

But man, I love this stuff.

If any one wants to do Retro Tuesday with me
info is at the bottom of the post.

I woke up late today and got a late start on Retro Tuesday. Pulled all my magazines out without any idea what to do. I'd already looked through a few when I pulled out an April, 1954 Woman's Day. I wasn't feeling any of the ads and just started flipping randomly.

This caught my eye


Not because the room's fabulous; I hadn't noticed that yet. It was that hideous carpet. As it turns out, I have that same hideous carpet all over my house. What makes the whole hideosity of it all worse is, I picked it.

Yeah, I know. Dreadful. I live with the shame every single day.

Anyway, I'm staring at the carpet and all about my own deep well of self-pity, how could I have? I hate that color so much. I'm so over the green. I'd do anything for a boring ecru at this point...and than my eye wandered to this...


Oh man. I need a coffee table. I need THAT coffee table! And I knew I had my post. But it got even better because this article is about doing this room as a good value. A good value they said? Do you know what this stuff costs at estate sales? I can't afford any of it.


Prices were included...


See? $1200

Anyway, I decided to ignore the nauseating sea of vile green, much like I do in my daily life and plow on.


Be still my heart. $29.95? Ack. I experienced some serious ackage.


So unfair... The corner table matches the ackage-worthy coffee table.


A beauteous desk. The computer I'm using now is sitting on my son's old This End Up desk. It came with his bunk beds. It's bulky, ugly and falling apart... and cost way more than $79.95. I bet the desk in this picture is still around. All that stuff was made to last through several moves, 65 years of basement storage and at least two natural disasters.


Let me not tell you how my dining room set is falling apart either...


I'm not a huge curtainage fan normally but, Wow! I'm totally feeling these.


My best friend's mom had this chair, I'm sure of it. Different fabric but I remember the chair. And a matching sofa. I wanted it than, I want it now.

I'm going to do a McKLinky again for anyone who wants to do Retro Tuesday with me! But listen...

When I don't do this people ask where the McKlinky is but when I do do this I'm like alone mostly and I feel so pathetic there...

Being alone on the McKlinky is very much like being alone at the outcasts table in the High School Lunch Room. And don't ask me how I know.

I don't want to go there.

So I'm trying this again but please, if I'm alone here again, I can't do this anymore. My self-esteem can't take much more of this...Could you maybe pass this McKlinky on? Please?

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Monday, November 2, 2009

Butternut squash is one of my favorite things about winter...

You can cook a butternut squash lots of ways but the easiest is it to wash it, poke holes in it with a sharp knife (So it doesn't explode into a million gooey squashy bits) and bake it in your oven at 325 degrees for about an hour and a half.

Could anything be easier?

From there you can do anything you want. Yesterday I made Roasted Butternut Squash And Honeycrisp Apple Soup.



(And way cute served  in a Vintage Syracuse China Coffee cup, right?)

I made the squash early in the day and put it in the fridge whole until I was ready to use it. For the soup, just cut it the long way, scoop out the seeds and discard the skin...

What's left is the sweet roasted goodness.  Mmmm!

In a large pot I melted about 1 Tablespoon of butter and 1 Tablespoon of canola oil over medium heat.  Add 2 chopped medium onions. You don't have to chop these in any big city way, you're going to whiz this all up anyway.

I cooked the onions on medium until they became soft and translucent for maybe, oh.... 7 minutes. This isn't about browning them. Well, some did when I forgot to stir.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

Next I added 2 cut up (and cored but not peeled - Remember we are going to pulverize the soup anyway...) honeycrisp apples to the onions. Yum. Yum. Yum. Oh! How I love honeycrisp apples. Did you ever hear of them? Oh my. (There's a website about them here.) But I prefer to wax poetically about them so as soon as I'm done writing this post I'm going to go write a poem and call it:

Ode to a Honeycrisp Apple


One tablespoon of sugar

A few turns of cinnamon:


As an aside I always thought I hated cinnamon until I tried this stuff. Which is heavenly and makes me want to sprinkle it on ...well, myself.

A pinch of poultry seasoning:


Cook on med-low 10 minutes, you're just trying to cook the apples a bit. Than I added 2 cans vegetable stock:


You can use chicken stock also. How much stock you use depends on how big your squash was.

You want the stock to "just" cover the solid ingredients. Than let it all come to a boil, turn it down to a simmer and let it cook about 10 minutes to blend the flavors.

When you're ready to serve you need to whiz this up. You can use a blender - but for goodness sake, be careful! Or a one of these:


I have one.

To serve I just swirled in some fat free half and half but cream would be good too. So is Greek yogurt. I've done that too.

While I was roasting the butternut squash I also roasted two acorn squash.


Don't have any special plans yet for those but I'm working on it.  I like those too.  They aren't quite as sweet as butternut, a bit more starchy than sweet, but good with some butter and brown sugar and than thrown under a broiler for a sec or two.