Thursday, March 23, 2017

Cookies With Quaker Oats

I love oatmeal cookies - how about you?
I got my Quaker Oats tins out of storage a while back, and now I have them in my pantry.
I wanted to use this one to store my Quaker Oats:
I have also tried a couple of new (to me) recipes for oatmeal cookies, instead of making the same ones I have always made.
(Honestly, I'm not sure why? I'm starting to wonder, and think to myself , "Stick with the tried and true, Heidi - just stick with the tried and true!".)
But I made these...
Gratuitous close-up on the batter:
"Peanut Butter Crisps" - oh, yes - now I remember; that was the reason why!
It was because I liked the idea of peanut butter being in there, since my husband also loves peanut butter cookies!
And they were good; I know we both liked them.
I have this tin, below, also.
I can use it to store oats, as well....
... or I can use it to store the cookies, themselves.
(I think I like that option better, LOL!)
I found an old magazine ad from 1992 that I had tucked away; it was to fill out the form and send away for the very same tin:

I'm sure that's what I did. I used to love sending away for things like that - I don't see any offers like that these days.
Another thing of the past, I suppose.
 I've sold or given away a lot of my old tins, but I like my Quaker Oats ones, and I wanted to keep those. 
I also decided to try this recipe recently:
(The photo seen at the top of my post shows the Oatmeal Hermits in the Bar Cookie variation.)
And I know exactly why I tried THAT recipe.
It was all about ease of preparation, and time.
Seriously, does it GET any easier than "combine all ingredients: mix well"?
 I melted the butter in the microwave in a large glass measuring pitcher, and I made the bar cookie version so I could just throw it in the oven, bake them and be done.
It was later in the evening when I made them and I didn't want to mess with drop cookies.
And they were good, too.
Just the other day, I decided to try the recipe below (also torn out of a magazine from 1992, and found with the tin offer):
I tweaked it a bit, though. I did not add nuts nor Toll House Morsels, instead I threw in about 1&1/4 cups of raisins and an extra half-cup of oatmeal, plus cinnamon and a bit of cloves.
And here's a photo of my latest batch:
But most of the time, I just make the regular old tried and true Famous Oatmeal Cookies, from the recipe on my tin:
Because I have always liked THAT recipe!
I've been making them since I was a kid.
(Oh, but I do absolutely have to add raisins, though. And some spices.)
Like I said, I just love oatmeal cookies......

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Happy Birthday Daddy Don!

Tina here.

Today, March 22nd, would have been the Gold Country Girls' Daddy's 93 birthday. He will have been gone 40 years this October.




We sure have missed him these long, long years. The photo above is my stepmom Donna, Daddy and me about to head up the street for Lori's high school graduation. The home they lived in and that we are standing near partially burned down this past year. There have been many changes to Placerville since Daddy died.  Also a lot of changes to me. I am already twelve years older than he was when he passed. That is a hard thing to realize.

We love you Daddy! I hope there is fishing in heaven!

Friday, March 17, 2017

March, From The Year Around Book

March is more than half-way through, so with St. Patrick's Day already here, and the official start of spring only a few days away, here, finally, is my page from "The Year Around Book", by Helen Jill Fletcher, with illustrations by Jerry Pinkney:
I began showing you these delightfully illustrated pages last May, so I've only got one more to go next month!
And then I'll have to find something else to share, won't I?
I hope you are enjoying your St. Patrick's Day.
Lori came over for one night, and we worked on our booth yesterday at Mountain Treasures.
We happen to have had the most glorious day here today, weather-wise, and I got to go to the Flea Market, which is always fun!
Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Bridal Veil Falls, Highway 50, El Dorado County

Good morning, Tina here. Below is a vintage (about 1910) real photo postcard showing Bridal Veil Falls, which is right on Highway 50 east of Pollock Pines, and just before the Ice House Road exit.




In the view above, there is a good amount of water flowing. During the drought years that have just passed, we grew used to the falls being a mere trickle, but they never ceased to flow.



The first few months of 2017 have inundated us with that precious liquid we call water, and the falls have been spectacular.  This photograph was from early February.


Come up and take a natural shower!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Yet Another Colorful Crewel Find

I took a box of donations to one of our local thrift stores last week,
and when I went inside afterward to have a look around, I honestly felt like I was being been rewarded for my donation when I found this:
A big, beautiful floral crewel stitchery picture!
Created in 1972 by "S. Noble", and mounted VERY nicely with more than one hanger and green velvet around the outside edge, it measures 17 by 21 inches.
It's in perfect condition, with bright, lovely, and colorful flowers - I mean, it's exactly the kind of thing I love!
And the price was even right.
I often feel like things are truly sitting there, waiting just for me.
And this discovery was one of those times.
Thank you, Thrifting Gods!
(Where am I going to put it, you ask? I'm actually not sure yet, but I will figure it out. Remember Mary Randolph Carter's book title "Never Stop To Think ... Do I Have A Place For This?"?
Well, I didn't stop to think anything - except that it was coming home with me!)

Monday, March 13, 2017

Patterns From The Past: McCall's 7801 - Separates From '65

I really get a kick out of these vintage advertisements for McCall's patterns when I find them in my vintage Seventeen Magazines:
 Here's the pattern she is "talking" about in the ad, McCall's 7801 from 1965:

The ad is silly - but it IS cute:
She made everything, and she certainly was stylin' in her mix and match wardrobe which included a madras plaid.
That's a LOT of sewing, girlfriend; good job!

So he called her shift a "super highway with crazy road dividers", huh?
Hey, she seems happy about it, so that's enough for me.
Here's the back of the pattern:
And, so that we can truly complete her ensemble, here is the pattern for her madras tote bag, "McCall's Quickie No. 7760":
And now, we're off!
Just like "He" and She.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Birthday Books (Five Months Later)

I never had a chance back in October to write about my birthday, because I was too busy at that time, but I was perusing some photos, and I decided better late than never, so here goes:
First of all, my friend Robbi had given me these dear little birthday blocks in their original package, but I had to take them out so I could display them, along with the cute little celebrating kitty-cat ornaments:
My husband always asks me what I want - and this was one of the things I mentioned, so he got me a copy of the vintage Peter Max book, "Love":
And then my sister Tina got me this one, "Peace", and now my collection of four is complete!
 ("God" and "Thought" complete the set.)
 These little books are fabulous, and I'm delighted to have them all, now.
Peter Max is one of my all-time favorite artists.
Here's just one example of the pages inside:
And Lori gave me this Little Golden Book, "I Can Fly" with illustrations by the fabulous Mary Blair - another long-time favorite of mine.
She had found a great selection of vintage  Little Golden Books one day when we were at a thrift store together, and she remembered that I was incredibly envious of this particular one, an "A" edition.
 The illustrations are an absolute delight:
 So, although my birthday was months ago - and of course I said thank you at the time, thank you again, all of you - these are all true treasures to me!




Thursday, March 9, 2017

Then And Now #106: Jergens Lotion, Revisited

I wrote a post about Jergens Lotion seven years ago on this blog, and today I am revisiting that post, and that subject.
Here is another of the old advertisements, this one from 1956:
And here is one for their "Extra Dry Skin Formula", from 1970".
Notice that by that time, the glass bottle had a pump dispenser?
More practical, definitely, for everyday use.
I ditched that glass shoe bottle that I showed in my previous post some time ago, but I still had this great old bottle that I've owned for many years:
I was able to take a pump from an old bottle of soap and it fit onto my "Cream Of Almond Lotion" bottle perfectly!
Original Scent with "Cherry Almond Essence" will always be my favorite.
Here is how the bottle looks now:
 I love using vintage containers for anything I possibly can, because then I don't mind them sitting out, and they needn't be hidden away in a cupboard or cabinet.
Now I have a pretty bottle in my bathroom with the Original Scent lotion inside (instead of the new plastic container) - and I've also got my (practical) pump dispenser.
Perfect.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

March Can't Decide If It's A Lion Or A Lamb

Good morning, Tina here.


Well, it has been March for a week now. We have had just about every kind of weather you can have in that week, except for sunbathing weather.


We've had thunder, lightning, hail, torrential rains, 40 mile plus winds, popcorn snow, dry snow, wet snow, those large snowflakes that almost cover the ground themselves, frosted fields, rainbows, and shiver-inducing layers of fog. Oh, and clear, crisp blue skies. All in the same week. I think Mother Nature is just about worn out.


We haven't had any disasters here on our property, but our near neighbors lost one of their beautiful oak trees in their sheep pasture. Our driveway runs by it, and it was one of my favorites because it had a big burl down fairly low on its trunk. It came down in January, and will remain as it is until the weather is less liquid and the ground firms up around it.



It always amazes me that a little ball of roots could have held that gigantic leafy canopy for years. You can see a small section of the burl below just to the right of the roots. Farewell silent giant.



Another loss close to home was the Bell Store in Coloma. It was literally gone with the wind. I am just sick about it. 


I guess this gives us a better view of Mount Murphy now, no bricks to block it from us. I wrote a post on this old store a few years back, lots of history there.

(Click here to go back and revisit that post, if you'd like.)
Enough about the disruption caused by our weather, I would sure enjoy some calm, serene, quiet layers of snow.

Below is an old real photo post card (RPPC) of snow in Columbia, which Heidi can tell you is near Sonora where she lives.

I can hear the squeak and feel the squish of the snow under my boots. I think to myself, if it snowed in Columbia. . .  I bet Placerville got some!

Yep, here we are, looking down Main Street toward the Raffles Hotel in the right corner. A bit busier than in Columbia on its snow day.



Well, here I am at the end of the post. I started with absolutely no ideas, and I guess I went here and there, rather like being blown about by the blustery March winds. Hope you held on to your hat!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Then And Now #105: Let's Get Everything "Spic And Span"

Today's post is about Spic And Span , which has been around for many, many years.
I found this old advertisement for it - and would you just LOOK how happy she is to be cleaning her painted walls in her pinafore and her green polka-dotted dress!
Here's another old example of an old box:
 "Cleans Painted Walls, Woodwork, Linoleum"
"Faster, Easier"
"No Rinsing! No Wiping!"
And that's true, actually.
It used to be the only thing I ever used to clean my floors, with my old rag mop and galvanized bucket - you know, the kind that has the cup-like place inside at the top to push your mop down in and squeeze the water out?
As a matter of fact, I still had a box of it under the sink at our old house:
I can't find it anymore. Not at all.
I was kind of bummed when I went looking for it, and saw that it was no longer in the stores.
Maybe that's why it tickled me when I found this measuring cup at a thrift store, complete with a label still attached:
I never added it to my laundry; didn't even know that was a "thing"!
But if I could find the powder, I might get out that old bucket again.
Wouldn't want to use the measuring cup, though - because I don't want to get it wet or wash it, as I'd like to keep that old label intact!
Here are two other old boxes side by side:

They may still make the powder, but they don't sell it around here!
And no, I'm not going to go buying it online, or anything like that.
I just wanted to be able to go into a store and buy it off the shelf, like I used to do.
 Don't think that's gonna happen.
So it comes in a liquid formula, too - and I haven't seen that, either.


If I DO find some, though - I will surely try it!
Because I just always liked it.
I liked the smell of it, and I liked mopping my floor with it.
But a lot of my favorite products have disappeared, and I know I just have to live with that fact.
(But I don't have to LIKE it.)