I know I do! For some reason the holidays always feel like a perfect time to go retro and enjoy all those things have been around for generations that you just don't find in the stores anymore. But you can find them on Etsy! And you can especially find them in the wonderful shops that are members of the Vintage and Main team on Etsy. Here are a few of my favorite finds that would be perfect for Thanksgiving (I can't believe that it is only one week away!). Gobble! Gobble!
(P.S. If you aren't hosting, these would also make perfect hostess gifts!)
1. The "Stop Ice" Perfect Hostess Aid Bar Accessory from Kolorize $15
2. Copper Kitchen Canisters from Little Kitten Vintage $32
3. Mosaic Folk Art Vintage Turkey Platter from Rush Creek Vintage $45
4. Hand Painted Owl Cookie Jar from Yell and Panic $25
5. Antique Gravy Boat from Hound Dog Digs $28.50
6. Vintage Troll Doll Decorator Set from Sunchowders Vintage $8
7. Salvador Dali Cook Book from Gentlemanly Pursuits $550
8. Vintage Linen Table Runner from Rosa Meyer Collection $42
9. Pink Depression Glass Pitcher from The Zoe Bird $27
Friday, August 9, 2013
|Photo from LIFE Photo Archive|
Rancho Drive-In Theater in San Francisco, August 1948
The Drayton's views are challenged when their engaged daughter brings home her black fiancé.
Trivia: This was Spencer Tracy's last appearance on film. He passed 17 days after filming ended. At the time the movie was conceived, interracial marriage was still illegal in a number of states. By the time the movie was in theaters, the US Supreme Court in the case of Loving v. Virginia declared anti-miscegenation laws unconstitutional.
Joey Evans has it made. Rich widow Vera Simpson provides financial security to Joey and his every whim, but along comes beautiful ingenue Linda English and now Joey is caught between the two women.
Trivia: Rita Hayworth plays what is supposed to be an older cougar type who is keeping Joey as her arm candy, but in reality Rita Hayworth was only in her late 30's when she played the role and actually 3 years younger than Frank Sinatra.
During a trip to a small Northern California town, Melanie Daniels is met with bizarre attacks by vicious birds who seem to be targeting her.
Trivia: The famous depiction of a woman screaming whilst being attacked by birds that appears on the movie poster is actually Jessica Tandy and not Tippi Hedren. Tippi also is not the one that Rod Taylor as Mitch is carrying down the stairs from the bedroom after Tippi's character has been trapped in a room with the birds, it is actually Ms. Hedren's stand in since Tippi Hedren was hospitalized from exhaustion after spending a week filming that scene. One ending that was considered was showing the Golden Gate Bridge covered in birds and Hitchcock purposely did not include a "The End" at the closing of the film to emphasize the unending terror of the birds.
Based on the life of Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr., the famous producer of numerous extravagant stage revues known as the Ziegfeld Follies.
Trivia: Billie Burke (best known for her portrayal of Glinda the Good Witch from MGM's The Wizard of Oz movie (1939), was married to Florenz Ziegfeld from 1914 until his death in 1932. Louise Rainer who played Ziegfeld's common law first wife Anna Held was the first woman to win two Academy awards in a row, the first for this movie and the next for her role in The Good Earth (1937).
Michael O'Hara meets beautiful Elsa Bannister and is convinced to join her and her husband on a yachting cruise but is soon embroiled in a bizarre murder plot.
Trivia: The movie was shot in San Francisco, although the setting on film is supposed to be New York. The yacht used for filming, the Zaca, belonged to Errol Flynn at the time and despite having been almost destroyed throughout the years from neglect and ownership disputes, it now sails out of Monte Carlo and is considered to be one of the world's finest yachts (and quite possibly haunted). The film was not a success, and many people believe that it may have had to do with the decision by Welles to have Rita Hayworth cut her famous red hair short and dye it blonde.
Private detective Sam Spade gets involved in a twisted quest for a priceless statuette that involves several eccentric criminals and a beautiful liar.
Trivia: This was John Huston's directorial debut. Although there were several falcon statuettes used during filming, Bogart dropped one of the original ones cast out of lead (others were cast out of resin). This first one can be seen on display at the Warner Bros., movie museum with visible dents from being dropped. To give Mary Astor's character the appearance of being nervous and breathless, John Huston would run with her around the set several times before shooting her scenes.
Retired private investigator John 'Scottie' Ferguson becomes obsessed with his client and old friend's young beautiful wife who he has been hired to follow.
Trivia: James Stewart's character eventually finds Kim Novak's character at The Empire Hotel at 940 Sutter St. in the heart of San Francisco. This hotel is now known as Hotel Vertigo and the room (Room 501) where the scenes took place is still reminiscent of how it appears on film. The film was poorly received upon its release, but is now considered one of Hitchcock's greatest films and in 2012 it replaced Citizen Kane in the Sight and Sound critics' poll as the greatest film of all time.
Monday, August 5, 2013
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For the cocktail pairing I had to of course use champagne, but I wanted to glam it up and make it pretty for MM. I had seen a champagne cocktail that used a blooming hibiscus flower for garnish and I thought it looked so beautiful, my eye was instantly drawn to it, and that pretty much sums up what Marilyn does to most people, even 51 years from her passing, she still draws the eye in and fascinates us (she passed 51 years ago today on August 5th 1962). I'm calling this one The NJ for Norma Jeane.
6 oz. Champagne (any one you prefer, although Marilyn did like her Dom Pérignon)
A hibiscus flower in rose water syrup
1/3 cup of Granita made from Hibiscus tea and simple syrup
How to: First make the granita. To begin, seep some dried hibiscus blooms in boiling water to make the hibiscus tea (about 1 1/2 cups). Strain the tea and let it completely cool. Mix the tea with about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of simple syrup. Pour into a small metal cake or pie pan and freeze until the top layer begins to harden. This takes about two hours. Using a fork, scrape the mixture to break the frozen parts into tiny pieces. Freeze for another 30 minutes and then scrape again. Repeat this process until the granita resembles fluffy shaved ice. This takes about 4 hours in total. To assemble the cocktail, lay about 1/3 of a cup of the granita in your favorite champagne glass. Place a hibiscus flower on top of the granita. Then slowly pour your champagne into the glass. You can use the flower itself or the back of a small spoon to let the champagne slowly roll into the glass so that it floats on top.
|This is the granita the first time out of the freezer|
|After a few times back and forth between scraping and freezing, the granita becomes 'fluffier'|
|Start assembling the cocktail with a bed of granita first|
|Then add the hibiscus flower|
|These flowers are edible, sustainably harvested in Australia and packed in the essence of Bulgarian roses|
|Pour the champagne slowly so that it rolls over the flower and into your cocktail glass|
|The finished champagne cocktail - this one's for you NJ!|
Thursday, August 1, 2013
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|Too Hot to Handle Cocktail|
Too Hot to Handle
1 oz. Skyy infusions ginger vodka
1 oz. Crème de cacao liqueur
3 oz. Naked blueberry juice*
How to: Prep your martini glass by sticking it in the freezer for about 5 minutes. In a cocktail shaker mix ice, vodka, crème de cacao liqueur, and juice. Shake for at least 20 seconds. Serve in your ice cold martini glass and keep cool under the collar.
|Getting my ingredients ready|
|After pouring everything into my martini shaker|
|I love the color the blueberry juice gives to the drink|
Friday, July 19, 2013
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Mango in the Morning
2 1/2 oz. Champagne or Sparkling Wine*
2 1/2 oz. Mango Orange Juice or Orange Peach Mango Juice**
How to: Chill both your champagne and juice ahead of time. *I recommend using a peach champagne, like the one Andre has. **I used an orange, peach mango juice with no sugar added, but I also recommend the Simply Orange juice with Mango or the Dole orange, peach and mango juice.
Mango in the Evening
1 oz. Tequila, reposado
1 oz. Triple sec
1 oz. Grand Marnier
3 oz. Mango Orange Juice or Orange Peach Mango Juice*
Frozen chunks of mango fruit
How to: Prep your margarita glass rim with a bit of fresh lime and a rim of rock salt. In a blender add your ice, frozen mango, tequila, triple sec, Grand Marnier, and chosen juice. Blend it up! Serve immediately and enjoy. *See notations above.
|I used Orange, Peach and Mango juice|
|I love the bright color|
|The mimosa/bellini - bellosa?|
|I didn't quite wait until the evening to start the margarita, but that is neither here nor there!|
|Cheers! and Cheers!|
Friday, May 17, 2013
I have a little giveaway to host for three recently published young adult advance reader copies! See the entry form below to enter, and you can enter every day between now and May 26th. Only the first step is mandatory and anything else above that is optional, but will raise your chances of winning. Only United States residents are eligible and I will announce the winner on May 31st. Good luck!
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Thursday, May 9, 2013
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East West Egg Nog
1 large egg
2 tablespoons of granulated sugar
2 oz heavy cream
1 oz bourbon
1 oz aged rum
2 1/2 oz whole milk
How to: Separate the white and the yolk from the egg and beat the egg white until soft peaks appear. Slowly add the sugar. In a separate bowl, whip the heavy cream and the egg yolk until thick. Add the bourbon and the rum to the cream and yolk mixture and then combine the two mixtures. Add the milk and beat until soft peaks appear again. Serve chilled with a sprinkle of nutmeg. Double the ingredients to make a batch for two. You can substitute the whole milk for 1 or 2% milk to make it lighter, or half and half to make it richer.
|In the middle of beating the egg white|
|The nutmeg adds another dimension of flavor|
|"In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars." (Quote from The Great Gatsby)|
Friday, April 19, 2013
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I am not the usual wine lover in that I guess I cheat at wine. That is to say that I prefer the sweet, desert wines, so when it comes down to it, I'm not a true wine enthusiast even though I actually have lots of enthusiasm for wine, but my palate is not complex I guess. All I know is that if it is sweet, I like it, no matter the cost, the age, the vintage, nose, varietal, or the obscurity or exclusivity. I don't pick up on nuances like vanilla oak, pepper, rhubarb, or whispers of clove either. I pretty much stick to a good Riesling, Moscato, Gewurztraminer, and the occasional Zinfandel. And I love sipping a port with some chocolate after dinner too. So this is where the bon bons come in. I chose three wines and I paired them with a variety of chocolates. I started with Cupcake Vineyards Red Velvet, which is a mix of Zinfandel, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah. It smelled like any other red wine to me, but it was actually not too dry and just smooth enough for me with a hint of sweetness (although with the name I really did expect some sort of a nod to red velvet cake). I paired it with white chocolate and it was quite nice to sip a bit at a time with the creamy white chocolate. Second up was the Chocolate Shop Red Wine which is red wine infused with dark chocolate, and I could definitely smell the chocolate before I took a taste. I paired this one with milk chocolate and it was a nice balance to the headiness of the wine. And finally I ended with a Quarles Harris Ruby Porto, which is an inexpensive port that has a bit of a kick (for something better I would recommend a Fonseca Porto). I paired it with a dark chocolate and almonds, but I think a chocolate desert might be best with this one. Out of all three my favorite was definitely the Chocolate Shop Red Wine. It was smooth, not too strong, with a lovely hint of dark chocolate. I could have even sipped it without the chocolate truth be told, which is rare for me as I usually stick to the white wines. Overall I think if I'm going to have some dessert after dinner or during a book club meeting, I think having it with some wine is definitely a win-win situation.
Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons Flight
1 bottle of Cupcake Vineyards Red Velvet
1 bottle of Chocolate Shop Red Wine
1 bottle of Quarles Harris Ruby Porto
A variety of chocolate
How to: For this pairing I would recommend making a night of it, inviting some angry or not-so-angry friends over to enjoy the flight with you and just have everyone bring a pairing of a wine and either a chocolate or maybe a cheese or a dessert. And make sure you have a DD as well or plenty of sleeping bags!
Friday, April 12, 2013
My Goodreads Rating: 3.5 stars
I took a listen to the audiobook of The Paris Wife, which is the story of Ernest Hemingway's first wife, Hadley Richardson and more than anything what I took away from the book was a feeling of getting a clearer picture of Ernest Hemingway and his early years as a writer. The book was never exciting enough or perhaps brilliant enough to warrant a higher rating, but it was still pleasurable and interesting. The story unfolds from the perspective of Hadley Richardson, who was married to Hemingway from 1921 until 1926. In the beginning their relationship is beautiful and young. They both have stars in their eyes and Paris seems like a brilliant constellation where they can both map out their dreams (they also travel to other cities, like Chicago and Toronto). But as the months and years wear on and Hadley has a child, it becomes harder and harder to maintain a sense of themselves. Ernest has a difficult time dealing with set backs in so far as his writing, and Hadley has a hard time situating herself and basically keeping up with Ernest. Their story was one of true love, but loyalties falter, and in the end Hadley loses Hemingway to another woman, although I think she actually loses him to himself and his writing. They had one son during their marriage, John Hadley Nicanor Hemingway, and one thing I did enjoy very much from listening to the novel was the opportunity to learn more about Hadley Richardson as a woman - how she met and fell in love with Ernest Hemingway, and then that prompted me to read more about her in other sources as well. I learned how she lost some of his manuscripts while in Europe and how Hemingway became obsessed with bullfighting. Also, more insight was given into relationships the couple had with other prominent characters, such as Gertrude Stein and the Fitzgeralds. All in all it was nice to know that she lived a long life and that she took part in the life of one of our greatest authors. This is a great book for history and literature lovers and the audio book was well read by Carrington Macduffie.
Photo: From Goodreads.com website
Friday, April 5, 2013
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“Ciro took Enza's face in his hands. "I have loved you all of my life. I was a boy who knew nothing, but when I met you, somehow I understood everything."”(from The Shoemaker's Wife by Adriana Trigiani)
1 oz. Bourbon
1 oz. Disaronno*
3 oz. Almond Milk
Shaved dark chocolate for garnish
How to: Prep your glass by adding a few ice cubes to it and setting it aside. In a cocktail shaker mix more ice, bourbon, Disaronno, almond milk, and a pinch of cinnamon. Shake for at least 20-25 seconds. Serve over ice and dust some more cinnamon and the shaved dark chocolate on top. I used a wine glass to serve, but feel free to use a rocks glass or a tumbler. Also, the cinnamon got away from me when I first sprinkled it, so I had to take some off before I drank the cocktail. *Disaronno is a brand of amaretto, which is normally made of almonds or apricot pits. However there are no almonds or nuts in Disaronno, it is made of apricot kernel oil, alcohol, sugar and a blend of herbs and fruits. Feel free to substitute any amaretto liqueur for this recipe.
|Shaving the dark chocolate which also had some almonds in it.|
|Before the excess cinnamon dusting.|
|After I removed the excess cinnamon and enjoyed a few sips.|