The Crazy Suburban Mom: Retro Tuesday with a really awful smell...

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Retro Tuesday with a really awful smell...

When my family walks downstairs on Tuesday morning and sees me sitting on the couch and the first thing outta their mouth is, Holy Crap, what's that awful smell?

By now they really oughta know it's Retro Tuesday.

Some of those magazines smell like thirty-eight feet, one-hundred seventy-two inches of years in a wet basement full of dogs.   It's a lot like experiencing every wet dog you've every smelled rolled into one matted, hairy noseful of damp stink.

  So yeah. 

I keep about five magazines in my house and the rest have to stay outside, which is such a shame.  I'd love to keep them at my bedside to flip through.  I just find them so darned appealing.  Even the odd parts.  Even the really weird stuff.

Even the creepy gelatin oddities and canned meat, yeah...  I love to turn the page and find those train wrecks.   But the real truth is - I find lots of good stuff.

In the 1940's it was common to find crochet pattens. For free, just there right on the page.



It's not common to find crochet pattens at all anymore. Anywhere.  Even for not free.  In fact most people are sort of embarrassed about crocheting. Like if they were really talented, they would knit.


Sometimes I feel like Crochet's viewed as Knitting's stupid little cousin, know what I mean?  Like Knitting tolerates Crochet because Knitting's Mommy said to... but man, if Knitting could ditch Crochet behind the school... It so would. 


I also love weird frugal recipes.  Things that at first I might look at and say, Um. No.  But on second thought I like all the parts involved, so why not?


Here's the thing...


There's nothing I don't like here.

Granted, half the weight of this recipe is in transfats but that can be managed.  And I wouldn't have thought of serving deviled eggs on ...

covered with

But I would so eat that...  And I don't know what to say about that except, I love that stuff.  We all have our little comfort foods that defy explanation.  One of mine's canned cheese.  I like it over spaghetti, too.

  I've learned to accept the things I can't change. 

This goes for my love of  this stuff too...

Don't poke fun about my weakness for canned cheese products, I get enough of that from my family....

delmonte corn pattycake

I think this has possibility...

delmonte corn pattycake

Without the corn...

delmonte corn pattycake

Even though I know corn was the point...

delmonte corn pattycake

It's sort of the one thing that stands out as not fitting in.

How would you even eat this without corny bits falling all over the place anyway?  And honestly, it might be better with mozzarella or provolone cheese... pepperoni.  I don't know.  But there is some good springboarding here. 

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Vonlipi 6/22/10, 10:31 AM  

Those old mags can sure be stinky! I get allergies every Tuesday morning!

I loved Cheddar Cheese soup when I was a kid; my dad would put it on pasta and that would be lunch.

As a teenager I was fascinated by Easy Cheese but my parent's wouldn't let me buy it. Then as an adult I went totally crazy for Easy Cheese, every time I would go to the U.S. I would smuggle as much as I could and eat at all hours of the day and night.

But now not so much! I don't know where my cravings went...That's life I guess...

Maureen 6/22/10, 1:25 PM  

You two with your recipes are really turning my appetite to crap today. Yuck-a-doo!

Janiss 6/22/10, 7:10 PM  

I've knitted and crocheted and I have to say I enjoy crocheting better. I still have a doily I crocheted as a teenager and a couple of unfinished throws. In fact, I still have a red cable sweater and cardigan I knitted in my very early 20s. And I still wear them. But at some point I traded my crochet hooks and knitting needles for the internet and Photoshop and haven't looked back.

J Sedai 6/22/10, 9:57 PM  

my mom crochets and does the most beautiful lace work I've ever seen, and as she's gotten older (late 40/early 50 but she's not taken good care of herself ever) she's started making blankets. I tried it but I have weird arthritic hands and they lock up, so I can knit, but not well, cause once I realized that I couldn't do the lace work that I grew up seeing my mom make, I lost interest, I will however make the occasional scarf or other square shape artifact for the kids.

now, on to canned cheese, I've never tried the stuff, grew up on Velveeta tho, and YUCK never liked the stuff, so now as an adult I eat real cheese and have never looked back.

OH and over here in Japan, guess what they serve on pizza? CORN, and it's not bad, some ppl swear it's the nastiest stuff ever, but really it's just another veggie on the pizza, they don't pile a can of it in the middle tho, it's more sprinkled on all around the whole thing kinda like they do black olives or red pepper bits. It also comes on salad (I LOVE me some corn salad) and lots of other things, you wouldn't expect. but I'm a corn lover so there's that to take into consideration.

I wish I had the ability to have old magazines to flip thru!

OH, and the other day there was something I saw that made me wish I had your address again, to ship you something, can't remember what it is now tho, prolly some weird candy or something from the 100yen store, or a magazine I saw passing the book store. anyway, there's your stalker moment for the week!

Babes Mami 6/22/10, 10:11 PM  

My Great Granny used to crochet the most beautiful dainty doilies and I loved every one!

I've never heard of cheddar cheese soup until just now. Seriously.

Mimi 6/23/10, 8:24 AM  

LOL! I can totally relate to the wet dog smelly magazines! That cracked me up!

Coloradolady 6/24/10, 8:47 AM  

ummmm...I can not knit...and I crochet very little...guess I really fall into the very NOT talented group....hangs my head in shame! I do however aspire to learn to knit, just have not gotten to it this year!

I love old magazines too, but the smell usually gets to me, my allergies are so bad! My favorite parts are always the recipes and food ads! Those are so fun!!

Have a great VTT!

Sweet Bee Cottage 6/24/10, 9:02 AM  

Okay, so where does embroidery fit in there? And how about counted cross stitch? I'm just not sure of the needlework hierarchy and I'm so glad you gave me a heads up.

Umm-I'll pass on the recipes today, thanks though. It was kind of you to think of us all.

Dawn 6/24/10, 9:57 AM  

Why is it that old magazines smell so bad? did they all get stored in basements? I love your comparison of crocheting and knitting--very clever

Postcardy 6/24/10, 9:57 AM  

I love those things in the old magazines too. I collect old crocheted things, but I would never collect knitted things.

Tara Beaulieu 6/24/10, 10:10 AM  

Oh my gosh, the smell! I know it well, lol. Musty old magazines, record albums and books- welcome to my mother's basement!

But I have to say- when you said "really awful smell" I thought you meant the eggs ;) I HATE boiled eggs...

I have something vintage and turquoise posted this week if you want to add my link... :)

Anna 6/24/10, 4:08 PM  

I also thought you meant the eggs :)
I don't have the patience for knitting or crocheting, so there ya go, but I actually like crochet better. I just got some crochet stuff that came from Don's grandmother's house, maybe I'm old enough to try it again. Great post. We all have our guilty pleasures, but mine almost always involve butter or chocolate.

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