Vintage Cookbooks from the 1970s

I love vintage cookbooks, as I’ve mentioned before. I’ve actually banned myself from buying them at Goodwill anymore. But I was at the Goodwill Outlet and couldn’t pass these up. Ended up buying 14 books; half of which were cookbooks but for such a steal! Plus, I feel like I’m rescuing treasures from being thrown away.


I got a signed Justin Wilson cook book, first printing of Cookin’ Cajun – Cookbook #2. I’ve got that up for sale on Etsy since having lived in New Orleans I’m pretty good at the cajun recipes already. Love his TV show too, what a character!


This one is published in 1978 but the recipes are a blend Southern Comfort food, French techniques, seafood and creole flavors.

Here is his recipe for Beef Étouffée

Ingredients: 3 – 1/2 or 3/4in shouder steaks, 3 slices chopped lime, 2 cups chopped onion, 1 cup chopped bell pepper, 1 cup sauterne wine, parsely, garlic, lemon-pepper, soy sauce, red pepper, salt

Instructions: Season meat with lemon-pepper, salt, red pepper and garlic. Put the meat in a pot and add the rest of the ingredients. Cover and cook over low fire. Get it real hot to start, then turn down and cook it slowly until the meat is done. 

Sounds pretty easy, huh? The Sauternes wine he refers to is a sweet white wine.


I also got a cookbook called Kitchen Magic: Cooking with Common Grains from 1974. I enjoy baking and am just getting into making my own bread.

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I also got a cake decorating book. I have a few frosting tips but haven’t tried them since high school where I recall being absolutely horrible at it. I’ve heard you can practice piping with instant mashed potatoes to save a little money. This is a 1974 Wilton Yearbook of Cake Decorating.


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I’ll save the other cookbooks for another post. Maybe I’ll try my hand at some kooky 70s recipes in the mean time.

Do you have a favorite classic cookbook? Let me know your suggestions.

Thrift Store Finds – Old Kitchen Appliances & more

So, thought I’d share a few thrift store finds from a couple of months ago. These are just some random items I thought were interesting. I was strong and didn’t actually buy any of them.

Check out this huge ceramic Asian lamp! Amazing, these fit a decor that are both retro and modern. They can run several hundred dollars. This one was like $50 which is a little high for a thrift store but still. I believe these are called ginger jar lamps. This one has a white lattice work cut out of a tree.


Here is another classic avocado green Crock Pot. This one is a Princess Pot-o-Plenty. This one was marked down to like $10. This is from the 1970s and even has recipe info on the front.


Here is a bit of a woddity. An electric peeler for vegetables. This is a GE Peeling Wand. Below is an ad from a 1978 newspaper showing the wand which sold for $23.



They also had a pristine couch with a geometric yellow print. This style was popular from the 1950s thru the 1970s.


Here is another 1970s kitchen gem that has mostly disappeared from modern kitchens. A Rival Meat Grinder for making sausage or meatballs. This one is a bright yellow.


Another thing that has gone out of fashion. Cloth wall calendars. This one is from 1974 and has a rooster and sunflowers on it. My grandma always had one of these, even up until the 1990s. But as computers and smart phones have taken hold calendars are less used.


Here is a Sunbeam waffle maker in stainless steel. This is a classic and they were build to last. Great for breakfast or even grilled cheese sandwiches. This one was marked down to $8. Guessing from the cloth chord this one is from the 1960s or 70s.


Fredricksburg Peaches – Daytrips from Austin #1

I thought I would do a series about some fun day trips from Austin, TX. There are many small towns, fun shopping places and beautiful natural sites to see around the Texas Hill Country.


Location – Fredricksburg, Texas

Distance – 75 miles (about 1.5 hrs)

Sites – Peaches!!!

I know “Peaches” might seem like a bit of an odd site seeing destination, but wait til you taste them. I thought Fredricksburg was know as a quaint German town with B&B’s, antiques, restaurants and historic sites? Yes, of course you will find all that there as well. But in early summer you will also see the roadside fruit stands that the local farms and orchards have. Similar to garden fresh tomatoes vs store bought tomatoes, the taste of fresh picked peaches is amazing.

Along Hwy 290, from about the tiny town of Hye, Texas thru Stonewall, TX and right into Fredricksburg you will see signs for Peaches. All are good family owned farms. Peaches are picked daily and the salesperson can explain the different varieties. Peaches come in small or large varieties. Some have white pale flesh, some yellow, some more orange. They come normal or “stone free” which means the pit does not clings to the flesh. Some have thin skins with less fuzz. The sales people also typically can tell you what ones are ready to eat today or those ready tomorrow or the next day. Be aware these are NOT the rock like peaches from the store that take a week to ripen. Plan on using them very soon or preserving them in a pie, jam or canning them. You can buy just a few peaches, a small box or a huge flat. They also often sell other veggies like tomato, peppers, etc.

I stopped at Vogel’s Orchard which has a super cute indoor store that sells jams and other sundries. The inside is decorated with a sort of modern shabby chic vibe.


Recipes – I ate some of my peaches just plain and simple. No muss, no fuss. The next day I ate them sliced over ice cream. They also go well with yogurt, fresh whipped cream, granola or cereal. The third day they were getting a little too ripe so I baked them into a Peach Crumble. Sort of like a shortbread dough in a casserole dish with sliced or mashed peaches in the middle then a spinkle of “crumbs” aka more shortbread dough but in crumbly pieces. You can also spinkle granola or chopped nuts on top. Similar to cobbler but not so gooey.

Thred Up – Upcycled Clothing & Make a Little Cash on your Spring Cleaning


Periodically I go through my closet and get rid of clothing I no longer need. Usually, I just donate it to Goodwill or Salvation Army. This time I heard about a new way to get rid of clothes and maybe make a bit of cash. The best part is it is easy and all by mail and online so I don’t even have to leave the house.

Basically, thredUp is a website to buy and sell gentle used name brand clothes. The clothes come from people like you and me mailing in clothes they don’t need. You earn either store credits or cash via paypal.

The shopping aspect reminds me a bit of ModCloth’s vintage section. What? You didn’t know ModCloth had one of a kind vintage items? Its a bit of a secret feature…You have to be logged into modcloth to see it either via email or FB login. That is actually how modcloth started out. Things are cute, well-photographed and go super super fast.


ThredUp Shopping – First of all I love the design of the website. Stylish, modern and very user-friendly. I also love the prices. Cute casual dresses for under $10 that likely came from Target or JCPenney’s etc. Of course each piece is priced individually, so they range for more expensive designer brands also. I like that they have plus sized clothing (on plus sized mannequins ) which is very helpful.  You do have to be logged in to browse and buy things. They have a feature where you can create a “personal shop” that remembers your search features like sizes, styles etc.

ThredUp Selling – Easy as 1, 2, 3

1. Create an account and ask for a mailer bag (right now they are free, sometimes they are $4.95)


2. Fill the bag with gently used clothing.

3. Seal the bag, postage is already paid and labelled on the bag. Leave by your mail box for USPS or drop at post office,            FedEx or UPS.


Then the magic happens. They receive your bag and evaluate each item. They say they only accept about 50% of items which meet their quality standards. Items they don’t accept get donated to charity or if you select it in advance and pay for it, returned to you by mail. The standards they use are: is it in good condition, a known brand they accept, stylish or from a recent collection and an item they don’t already have a ton of. Then they photograph your item and put it up for sale. They give you an upfront payment on items based on their sale price and for higher priced items automatically become consignment and you are paid when the item sells. You can use your funds as a store credit or after 14 days can be cashed out into a paypal account.

Before sending in items check out their Clothing Calculator or Pricing Estimator to see what brands and items they take and the possible amount you might get.

Items they DON’T take: men’s wear, formal gowns, business suits, undergarments, damaged items, dirty/stained items, items with the labels cut out, certain common brands like from Wal-Mart like Faded Glory.

Items they DO take: women’s clothing, kids clothing, cocktail dresses, swim wear, shoes, handbags, and accessories from most stores like Target, Gap, JCPenney’s, Dillard’s, Foley’s, Neiman Marcus, Lane Bryant, DressBarn, White House Black Market. They also take maternity and juniors or teen clothes.

My bag

Selecting Items –  So I went thru my closet looking for things that don’t fit me, don’t flatter me or weren’t as cute as I originally thought. Things like that adorable dress that just needs to be taken in a few inches but has been sitting in my closet for a year. Or items I have several similar items of. Do I really need 4 black pencil skirts? I ended up with a pile of about 10 items. Mostly dresses, a few skirts, a pair of pants and a top.Then I looked at the tags and typed them into the Clothing Calculator. Some things might have only estimated like 50 cents and I think I’d rather keep those. Some things estimated anywhere from $1 to $10. Washed all my items. Folded them and put them in the bag.

Mailing the Items – These bags are made of thin plastic and fit quite a lot. I took a photo of the tracking number and dropped the bag off at the post office. Dropped off on the 5th and FedEx delivered it on the 15th, so it is a bit slow but not terrible. Then thredUp took a few days to process. They send you an email. I ended up getting about $17 so that’s cool. These are items I would have donated anyway. The funds sit as store credit for 14 days then you can withdraw to paypal.

Selling – ThredUp sells everything for you. All my items were upfront payment rather than consignment. They accepted 5 of my items. They store your bag history so you can see all your items. They don’t outline how much you get per item but rather for the entire bag. It is a little surreal seeing something that was sitting in your closet suddenly on the web looking all fancy and professionally photographed. Out of curiosity, I check the sale prices and whether an item has sold. Within a week I could see that 3 items had sold so nice to see I have some good taste. ;)

Check out my Bag – You can also shop items from a particular household. This is cool to find items in a similar size or style.

Below is one of my items. I saw it and thought to myself the same things I did when I bought it. OOOOooo look how pretty that is. I would totally wear that. It was lovely fabric and flattering. My issue with it was it was a bit too dressy for everyday outfits and it is a bit more bright and colorful than I typically wear.


What I wish I had done….Made a list of what I sent or taken a photo. Now I can’t really remember what I sent in that they didn’t accept.

Note –  if an item says “unavailable” or “you just missed it” that means someone has it in their Cart but has not completed the sale yet. You might check back later as some people change their minds.


Check me out on pinterest. I finally jumped on the bandwagon. I have boards on vintage fashions from the 50s to the 70s. Also some Steampunk / Victorian clothing and housewares. Downton Abbey inspired flapper dresses from the Edwardian period and 1920s.


Lonestar Round Up 2014 – Classic Carshow


So this past weekend I went to the Lonestar Round Up for the third time. Awesome as always. They have about 500 plus classic cars on display. Everything from 1920s roadsters to 50s Chevrolet. Rustic pickup trucks to shiny chrome convertibles.


Cars are limited to American made vehicles prior to 1964. Registration for your classic car is $50 and includes 1 wristband. They have been putting on this show since 2002 and it grows a bit every year. The people are all very nice. This year was April 17-18th, 2014 and the weather was overcast but still nice.


It is a big draw of people from all over the country. Rather a large carshow with thousands of visitors descending on the Travis County Expo Center here in Austin. A wristband is $15 but does cover both Friday and Saturday admission. Kids under 12 are free.


In addition to beautiful vintage cars, it is a great chance to people watch. All the kustom culture and rockabilly type people come out. I love the retro fashions and hairstyles.This lovely lady let me take her picture. I love how her eyeshadow perfectly matches her lime green polka dot dress.


In addition to all the cars, food and live music. There is also shopping! Booths both inside in a small building and outside on vendors row. Some are smaller independent vintage shops selling clothing, artwork and decor.

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I think the above shop was called Blonde League but not sure. Very cute mid-century circle dresses. Also super reasonable prices like $20 to $40.


There was also a vendor in an old Airstream trailer called guess what Airstream Boutique. Adorable inside and out.


Then they also have some bigger nation wide vendors like Steady Clothing.


Antique Weekend 2015 – Warrenton / Roundtop


So this weekend was my first time going to the  Texas Antique Weekend in Warrenton / Roundtop. Wow, quite the experience. If you have never heard of it, it is rather a big deal here in Texas. It is a bit like the Fredricksburg Tradedays but on steroids. There are thousands of people attending and well over 1,000 vendors. It is actually 60 antique shows put together. It is located half way between Austin and Houston. Shoppers and vendors come from all over the country and even world to come to this giant fleamarket.


Where – It takes place in mainly in two tiny towns on State Hwy 237 called Roundtop and Warrenton. And when I say tiny I’m not kidding …. Roundtop has a population of 90 and Warrenton 65. Apparently, the Roundtop Show started in 1968 and the Warrenton show followed along in the 1980s. If you missed the weekend there are always about 15 antique stores there all the time. If you want to get to Warrenton take Hwy 71 to Hwy 159 near La Grange, then Hwy 237 follow the signs for Roundtop. If you want to get to Roundtop you are better off approaching from the north as traffic during the show between the two towns is pretty bad. Take Hwy 290 for Giddings or Brenham and then take Hwy 237.


When – The Texas Antique Weekend is actually two weekends in the Fall and two weekends in the Spring. Generally late March / early April and then again late Sept / early Oct. The weather is generally quite nice, not too hot and not to cold. I went April 3rd and it was 70 to 85 degrees. Along the way you will see some pretty wildflowers, farms, cows and cute farmhouses.


What – Antiques as far as the eye can see. There are actually several fairs going on in each town run by various antique shops. Each one then has many booths, tents, small buildings and barns. All the antique shows in Warrenton are free. Three shows in Roundtop cost about $10 to get into; Marburger Farm being one of them. Parking is usually free in Roundtop or in Warrenton in peoples fields and cost $5. There are big pieces like furniture in styles like French, Colonial, Americana, Shabby Chic & mid-century. There are dishes like milk-glass, China, Pyrex, enamelware, cast-iron, etc. There are architectural salvage like old doors, old windows, stained glass, tin ceiling tiles, doorknobs, chandeliers, light fixtures, etc. There is vintage clothing like Victorian pieces, 1950s prom dresses, 60s mod fashions, retro hats, slips and gloves. Art work, rugs, rusty teasures, knick-knacks, you name it, its probably there. Need an old wagon wheel? They have plenty. How about old mason jars, they have tons. Some stuffed deer heads, you’re covered. Some chairs painted white and all chippy? Of course they have them. Want a 1950s kitchen table, no problem.


The shows I specifically remember seeing are Tree Park Antiques, Cole’s Antique Show, Clutter, Granny McCormick’s Yard, Hillcrest Inn Show, Lone Star Gallery, Renck Hall, Tin Star Field, Warrenton Grocery and Zapp Hall. Granted they are all right next to each other so kind of blend together. It has the feel of the State Fair or something. Booth after booth of interesting things to see.


What to Bring –

Comfy Shoes – I probably walked 3 to 5 miles just wandering around. You are best to walk up one side of the street and then back down the other.

Cart / Ikea bag – If you are serious about buying something bring a mini rolling cart, wagon or stroller to haul your stuff. You can buy a cart for about $25 at the show. Ikea also sells those huge blue plastic bags which are quite handy. Large items can be shipped to your house if they don’t fit in your car or truck

Bottled water – this is Texas, you will get thirsty and dehydrated. You can buy there for $1 to $1.50.

Snacks – you will be there for 1 to 6 hours depending on your stamina. Food is available from small cafes, booths and a few local restaurants. Anywhere from $8 to $20 so fairly reasonable. I think the booth I went to was called the Pickle Barrel. Very tasty handmade burger and fries for $8.50

Ice Chest – put an ice chest in your car. I cannot tell you how happy I was to have some ice cold drinks by the time I got back to my car.

Money – small booths take cash, some larger ones take credit cards, there are a few ATMs. Prices vary greatly and you are welcome to try haggling.

Hat / Sunscreen – While many shows are in tents or building you will do a lot of walking in between.

Good Attitude – a friendly positive attitude is the Texas way. Smile and say hello to the vendors. Be patient with the crowds or slow-walkers. Relax on your drive in and out of town as it will be a long one. Traffic crawls once you get 5 miles away. It took me nearly 2 hrs to go 5 miles. Granted it was noon on Friday when I drove in. I wish they had a shuttle.


They also have many booths selling new merchandise like women’s clothing, candles, textiles, pillows, baskets, home decor, etc.

See an awesome aeriel view from this youtube video. It goes north to south from Carmine to Roundtop to Warrenton.

See a gallery of my 70+ photos at my flickr.

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Websites – Being that there are multiple shows run by different people there are several websites. I like the no-frills 3rd party website that covers them all.

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