Storytime

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A week or so ago, the girls and I accompanied Dan to an auto auction in Saint Louis. We stopped off at Barnes and Noble and enjoyed a children’s hour and a cup of coffee, while Dan did his auto selling.

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It was all a bit much for Sophie. She really doesn’t fit into any mold.

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Kinsley was very attentive to Sophie’s needs, and very captivated by the storyteller.

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After the bookstore, the girls and I found a nearby Goodwill, and stumbled upon three very lovely spring and summer dresses for Kinsley. All in all, it was a very satisfying day.

Vintage homemaking tip :: reach for the salt

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“When something spills or cooks over in your oven – just sprinkle salt immediately. When the oven is cool, use your pancake turner and pick up the burned pile of goop. Wipe with a damp sponge. Terrific!

I had scalloped potatoes boil over yesterday and what smoke and smell! I immediately grabbed my box of salts and poured it on the burned spill. Smoke died down, odors left, and I just kept cooking. After removing the food, I closed the oven door so that the heat would stay in the oven. Next morning, I just used my pancake turner and scraped up the awful mess.

I suggest that women should not try to clean up a mess like this when it happens. Close the oven door and let the heat finish your chores! There is always tomorrow…”

~1962 Heloise’s Housekeeping Hints

Vintage homemaking tip :: black-eyed peas

“I would like to suggest to wives who are low in their budget to buy dried black-eyed peas. They’re good, cheap, and they cook so quickly, too! Put them in water and add one chopped onion and a few slices of bacon. After they have cooked for a while add a little bit of celery salt and table salt and fresh ground pepper to taste. What a change from dried beans!”

~ 1962 Heloise’s Housekeeping Hints

snow ice cream

The first thing I think of when we get a big snow, is snow ice cream. Well, maybe I grumble a little (okay, maybe a lot) about the cold white stuff, but eventually I come around and try to make the best of it…. (Sometimes that might mean not looking outside while pretending that there is no such thing as snow, and that the temperature always stays about 60*….)

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Okay, so I was talking about snow ice cream. This is something we always had when I was a kid. When it snowed, anyway. I think it used to snow more, when I was a kid. Which, make me grateful for global warming, if it’s happening.

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Yeah, so back to snow ice cream.

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16 cups snow
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (or any flavor actually – this morning we used coconut, and it was really good)

Place snow in a large bowl. Pour condensed milk over and add vanilla. Mix to combine. Serve immediately in chilled bowls.

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You have to eat this stuff fast, because it melts fast!

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rah-rah hats

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These hats were designed to coordinate with the hoodies which Uncle Zion gave to the girls, in honor of Sophie’s birthday.

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After I finished Sophie’s, Dan pointed out that they reminded him of antique football helmets.

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Now Kinsley calls it “her football helmet”…

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Both girls really wanted The Boy to have a matching hat, but Kinsley was perplexed by the flower… “He can’t have a flower, Mama, cause he’s a boy…” So, this is what we came up with.

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Once again, the patterns came from Ravelry. The Sophie’s hat pattern is the Brrr Baby Beanie, with the Picot Flower accent.

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Kinsley’s hat (since she needed a size bigger) was the Cute Kid’s Earflap Hat, but with the same floral accent. I didn’t do the gauge swatch on this, and her hat is borderline too small. I may go ahead and make a duplicate in the next size up (I did the size 2-4 pattern).

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The Boy’s hat was the SLK Baby Hat pattern. His hat has more of a mushroom shape than the pattern depicts, and the reason for this is that I got scared about how large it was turning out, and decreased a few rounds…

Anyway… we’ll be cheering the team in style, this year!

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