Thursday, November 27, 2014

Black Friday Sale Starts NOW

Surprise! The Black Friday Sale starts now!

All items in the shop are 25% OFF, including the fine estate jewelry

Happy Thanksgiving

This year I am cooking up all my Thanksgiving favorites, vegan style.

Want to see my feast?  Follow along on instagram @livinvintage


Happiest of Thanksgiving to all that celebrate.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Two Festive Holiday Dressings from 1960

Time Saver Corn Meal Dressing
(for 10 to 12-pound turkey)
A moist flavorful dressing, with an eggy "base" of corn meal mush 

1 cup cornmeal
2 cups cold water or stock
1/2 cup butter
1 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
1/2 chopped onions
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
5 cups toasted bread cubes
2 eggs beaten

Combine cornmeal and water in a saucepan. Add butter and cook until mixture thickens, stirring constantly.  Combine hot mush with remaining ingredients.  (Use an additional 1/2 cup warm water for more moist stuffing.)  Stuff lightly into neck region and body cavity of turkey.  Roast according to standard roasting directions.  Dressing may be baked in covered casserole in slow over (325F) 50 to 60s minutes.

Oyster Corn Bread Dressing
(for 10 to 12-pound turkey)   
An heirloom recipe which lends itself to many delicious variations

6 cups crumbled corn bread
5 cups soft bread crumbs
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper 
1 1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
1 cup chopped celery
1/2 chopped onion
1/2 butter
1 cup oysters drained
2 eggs, beaten
liquid from the oysters, plus enough milk to make 1 1/4 cup

Combine crumbs and seasonings.  Lightly brown celery and onions in butter; stir in oysters.  Add to crumb mixture, mixing lightly.  Gradually add eggs, then oyster liquid and milk.  (Use an additional 1/2 cup milk for more moist stuffing.)  Stuff lightly into the body cavity and neck region of turkey.  Roast according to standard roasting directions.  Dressing may be baked in covered casserole in slow oven (325F) 50 to 60 minutes.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Photos From the Past: Thanksgiving

Like many vintage devotees, I have a soft spot for vintage photos.  I've always felt that old photos offer a unique window into the past -- a seemingly more realistic one verses the carefully crafted Hollywood films of the time. 

 I love that so many of these photos are at awkward, canted angles or capture unexpected moments -- something we are missing out on in the digital age.

I am also fascinated by the way people lived generations before me.  How did they keep their kitchen?  How did they arrange the furniture in their living room?  How did they hang their curtains?

And all the sweet handwriting.  Some of my most prized possessions are vintage photos with my grandma's handwriting on them.

Don't get me wrong, I love my digital camera and the camera on my iPhone.  The ability to carry around a small, convenient camera with me nearly at all times is amazing.  I get to capture special moments no matter when or where I am.  But, sometimes I do miss the excitement of waiting to get my film developed from my camera, not knowing what the result would be. 

These photos are all from mid 20th century Thanksgivings and can be found on my Vintage Thanksgiving Pinterest board. 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Whoo's Got a New Dress

Recently, eShakti invited me to pick out a dress to review.  It was so much fun looking through all the wonderful retro style dresses they offer and so many of them I loved, so it was hard to narrow my choice down.

After much deliberation, I selected this adorable owl dress -- prefect for a Michigan fall.

What drew me to this dress, other than the ridiculously cute embroidered owl on the skirt, was the classic a line shape.  When I'm not wearing actual vintage, I tend to stick with classic silhouettes.  And there's pockets too!   

The other fabulous service eShakti offers is dress customization, such as hem length, sleeve style, and different necklines on most dresses.  I opted for a simple scoop neck and the below knee hem.  I will admit, it was a bit scary ordering without seeing the changes on the dress, but I couldn't be happier with the dress.  Having a brand new dress is a rarity around these parts, so it was truly a treat to receive this dress!

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