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A New Look

So, you may have noticed the blog looks really different! I hope it didn't throw you for a loop. I was wanting to update the look of the blog and I even bought my blog's domain so it's a .com now. How exciting!  You can still find my tabs at the top. It only shows a few of them, but just click on the word "More" to find the rest. Also, if you don't see my side bar, there are three lines at the top by the blog title that if you click, you'll be able to see my content there. I might still tweak things here and there, but I'm really liking the new look!

The fun vintage background is from the cover of one of my ration cookbooks. It's pretty cool, I think!

Let me know what you think of the new look, and thanks as always for visiting!

P.S. I just reached my 300th post!

Vintage Banana Tuesday - Day 4: Bananas in Orange Juice

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Today's banana recipe sounds pretty good! Super fast and easy - any of you could try it, no problem. Aren't you excited?! Actually, I think I'll try this one. It sounds pretty refreshing to me.

I want to give a big thanks to my friend, Mairi, over at Magpie Tidings for finding this ad for me. It comes from her copy of the November 1930 Ladies Home Journal.



I asked Mairi for an extra close-up of the bottom of the ad, because I love finding the little recipe pamphlets that match the ad. I recently found a copy of this one, Bananas in the Modern Manner, on Amazon! I always forget to look there when I'm on the hunt. I'm really excited to get this one in the mail and will post about it soon!

Historical Sew Monthly Challenge - January: Firsts & Lasts

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I finished this one quite a bit ago, but just never got around to posting about it. I'm not personally modeling my finished petticoat, because I think it looks weird by itself without the jacket which I haven't made yet.

Here's the breakdown for the project -

The Challenge: January - Firsts and Lasts. This is the first item in my 18th century outfit.

Material: 100% striped linen from Burnley & Trowbridge

Pattern: Petticoat by J. P. Ryan

Year: late 18th century

Notions: linen tape, cotton thread

How historically accurate is it? 95%. Historically accurate pattern though I used the sewing machine for most parts except the hemming.

Hours to complete: Maybe 4-5 hours

First worn: Not worn yet. I'm waiting to finish my outfit!

Total cost: about $35 for cost of linen and linen tape

2017 Sewing Challenges

Leimomi over at The Dreamstress started another year of monthly sewing challenges for The Historical Sew Monthly. I'm a wee bit behind in posting about it, but here are her challenges:

January: Firsts & Lasts - Create either
the first item in a new ensemble, or one last piece to put the final fillip on
an outfit.

February: Re-Make, Re-Use, Re-Fashion - Sew
something that pays homage to the historical idea of re-using, re-making and
re-fashioning. Turn one thing into another. Re-fit or re-fashion an old gown
into something you would wear again. Re-trim a hat for a new outfit, or
re-shape a modern hat to be a historical hat. Re-purpose the fabric from an old
garment (your own or a commercial one) into a new garment.

March: The Great Outdoors - Get out into
the weather and dirt with an item for outdoor pursuits.

April: Circles, Squares & Rectangles -
Many historical garments, and the costumes of many people around the world, use
basic geometric shapes as their basis. In this chal…

Vintage Banana Tuesday: Day 3 - Banana Gingerbread Shortcake

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Another Vintage Banana Tuesday has arrived! I didn't just want to post a recipe this time. I wanted to make one.

So, I decided on this interesting one from The Alice Bradley Menu-Cook-Book - Banana Gingerbread Shortcake! Fascinating combination, wouldn't you say?

So, the recipe consists of two parts - the gingerbread cake and the banana cream filling. The gingerbread cake was a cinch to make. The only change I made was to bake it in my small spring form pan. I just didn't see how there would be enough batter to put into two cake pans like it says to, especially when they didn't specify the size. The recipe only calls for 1 1/4 cups flour, so I'm wondering if the standard cake pan back then was smaller than today's 9" size?

Also, I've never had to add boiling water to a cake mix before, so that was a different technique than I was used to.

So, here's my cake! I think it turned out quite lovely and fat. Just the way I wanted it. Since I didn't h…

Vintage Banana Tuesdays: Day 2 - Shrimp and Banana Salad

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I remembered in the nick of time that today was Tuesday and I hadn't posted my vintage banana recipe for today! It's been a crazy day and I've been having a hard time remembering that it wasn't still Monday. haha!
Today's recipe is for Shrimp and Banana Salad from This Way to the Banana Bazaar. It doesn't have a date inside the booklet, but I'm pretty sure it's late 1930s - early 1940. There's no mention of rationing inside and I'm sure bananas were hard to get during the war. 
Anyway, my older brother raves about banana and tuna fish sandwiches. Apparently an Australian he met in Japan turned him onto that weird concoction. I just don't get the whole seafood and banana thing. Why?! I guess the only answer would be to try it, but my insides quiver with fear while my stomach whimpers, "No... Please don't make me..." haha!

What do you think?