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Vintage Banana Tuesday: Day 22 - Banana Milk Shake & More!

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In the second to last week of posting for Vintage Banana Tuesday, I couldn't decide between two recipes, so I decided to include them both! They both come from my copy of the 1941 book Bananas... how to serve them.

Without further ado - Banana Milk Shake & Banana Coconut Rolls!


First up is Banana Milk Shake. The regular recipe isn't what we'd call a milkshake today, but I think it's originally where the name came from. It's just literally mashed banana whipped up with cold milk. The fun variations is where the ice cream comes in, which you can see in the next picture. Look at all those yummy banana milkshake variations!

And second, is Banana Coconut Rolls. These are interesting on a whole bunch of levels! The Banana Coconut Rolls sounds quite yummy actually. But then, there are two different sauces to serve on top - Pineapple Sauce or Orange Sauce. The most interesting thing to me, though, is when you look at the picture of the recipe - look how finely shredde…

Eclipse 1937

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Happy Solar Eclipse Day!! 
In honor of today's American Solar Eclipse of 2017, I thought I'd look around to see if there were any interesting eclipses around WWII.

Boy, did I strike gold!

Eighty years ago, in 1937, there took place the longest solar eclipse in over 1,200 years. Totality lasted seven minutes! The prime viewing location was a place called Canton Island, a tiny island in the Pacific Ocean between Hawaii and Australia. The United States launched an expedition to photograph the eclipse and so did Britain which sparked a rivalry and led to tensions with Japan right before America's entry into WWII.

To read about the whole event, you can go to National Geographic's article here.

History is so fascinating. Who knew something as global as an eclipse could have such historical ramifications!

Where we are in Maryland, we were able to see around 87% totality. Pretty good! We did the whole experience with watching with our glasses, my son rigging up his camera to …

Vintage Banana Tuesday: Day 21 - Banana Boats

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This week's banana recipe for Banana Boats is a new concept to me, but apparently is familiar with other people! I found it in my Girl Scout camp cook book from 1946 called "Cooking Out-Of-Doors". It entails cutting open a banana, filling it with chocolate, raisins, and marshmallows, closing it back up, and then putting it in hot ashes to melt and get all gooey inside. Sounds like a much better version of S'mores to me!

(And I loathe S'mores. I may be the only one on this planet... Don't hate me.)

What a fun camping recipe, don't you think? I'm seriously going to try this one. One of the people that regularly makes these when they camp suggested putting nuts in it instead of raisins which I am totally on board for!



Sadly, Vintage Banana Tuesday is winding down! We have two weeks left, and then when September comes I'd like to start something else. I have really loved exploring vintage banana recipes this summer, and I hope you've enjoyed them…

Vintage Banana Tuesday: Day 20 - Ham Banana Rolls

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You thought I was done with the ham & banana combo, didn't you?

Well, I'm not! Mwahahahaha!

Apparently... from what I've heard from a source which shall remain anonymous, this recipe is shockingly, surprisingly good. I have a hard time believing it could be true... Especially when there's cheese sauce involved. Yes. It's true. Cheese Sauce.

Behold!!! Ham Banana Rolls!



This ad from Chiquita Banana, ca. December 1947 is floating around the internet. I tried to pinpoint where it came from, but had no luck. I did, however, find this same recipe in one of my banana cookbooks - Bananas...how to serve them, ca. 1941:

My son and I couldn't leave this alone, though. Something had to be done. 
We felt some graffiti was in order... 

Hahahaha! Oh my gosh. I love this so much.

Happy Vintage Banana Tuesday!

Vintage Banana Tuesday: Day 19 - Banana Cottage Pudding

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This week's recipe is a simple, homey-sounding recipe from my Royal Cook Book, ca. 1940.

You make a standard 1 egg cake, but then you slice bananas and put them on top of the batter before baking. You sprinkle with lemon juice and then bake it. Hmm! I wonder what the bananas would look like afterward. I haven't had the best of luck with bananas bared to the heat of the oven like with the Baked Ham & Bananas.... But this one might be different! I'd give it a try.



Vintage Banana Tuesday: Day 18 - Banana Donuts

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Whoever thought of this recipe is a genius. Don't Banana Donuts just make the most sense ever?!

This recipe comes from my fun, new cookbook, "Bananas...how to serve them", ca. 1941. I'm seriously making these babies. I'd be crazy not to. Mmm.... banana donuts!


And remember those cute illustrations I mentioned? Take a look at this banana guy smoking a cigar. He's blowing smoke donuts! Get it? Eh, eh? haha! There are all kinds of corny things like this in this cookbook. I love it!

Modern Changes in Museums

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I've been thinking about museums lately and how they're changing and adapting to "keep up with the times", which is funny if you think about it, because they seek to preserve a past and to connect people to that past. I wanted to share a few blog posts/articles I've been hanging on to that have some great thoughts on historical sites and living history.

First up, my good friend Mairi, over at Magpie Tidings, wrote a fascinating post about the dilemma historical sites face when it has a long history - what time period do they focus on to portray? One of them? All of them? You can read about it here. I like how the museum I used to work for took on this problem - they made a 1836 village, and then on a different part of the property they built an 1886 section and they kept expanding from there. You can "transport" to different years, learning about the area through time. This doesn't completely solve the problem of older sites such as castles, like M…