04 March 2010

Vintage Thingies Thursday - Books

Hey guys! I'm participating again in VTT. I know, two weeks in a row?? Shocking, isn't it?! I have been racking my brain this week trying to think of something to share that didn't require too much effort in the way of staging pictures or anything because I've been sick with a horrible cold & sinus infection and I just didn't have it in me to do anymore than the bare minimum. Luckily, this weeks pictures were easy enough to take, seeing how these books sit on the shelf behind my desk. All I had to do was turn around & snap a few pictures! Yay for simplicity!!

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Anyhow, as previously stated, this week I'm sharing some of my favorite vintage books. I'm not sure how I decided that I needed to start collecting vintage Better Homes & Gardens books. I think it started out with wanting one of the old red & white checkered cookbooks and then just sort of escalated from there. Next was one of the gardening books, followed by a decorating book, a handyman book, a few more cookbooks. Soon, I had a collection!!

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I think my favorite is the decorating book from 1961. A pink kitchen? LOVE!!

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Pink bathrooms?? Really LOVE!!

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I would LOVE to find a house with a pink bathroom. As a matter of fact, a few years ago when Will & I were looking for homes, the biggest thing on my wish list was a pink bathroom! Our realtor though I was insane when we'd find a house with vintage bathrooms and I'd squeal in delight! I mean pink bathrooms are my absolute fave, but I'd settle for a minty green or blue too.

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I think when Will & I find our dream house & we stop moving all over the place, I'm going to insist on having a pink & aqua kitchen. And in my pink & aqua kitchen, I'll house all of my vintage cookbooks, like these fabulous Betty Crocker cookbooks.

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This one is my favorite - the Cooky book. Cooky. LOL I remember buying this shortly after Will & I were married. My momma had come down to Charleston to spend the weekend with us & she & I went antiquing on Saturday. I actually paid $5.00 for this book, which is about $4.00 more than I'll pay for vintage cookbooks now. I was young & naive and just didn't know any better.

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And while those cookies look delicious, there's a lot of nastiness in those old cookbooks. Take for example this most disgusting picture:

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Yeah, I know what y'all are thinking. Y'all are thinking what the hell is that thing?!?! Well, that's what I was thinking when I first saw it. I dunno. Maybe you are thinking "wow, a party loaf. I haven't seen one of those since Jane's baby shower back in 1972.". Yeah, thankfully, I've never, ever seen one of those before and I hope I never do. So, while I enjoy collecting vintage cookbooks, I don't do a lot of actual cooking from them. Well, at least not party loaves!! Ewww!!

Here, for you all, a recipe for the Party Loaf. Three layers of disgusting fillings, *PLUS* a cream cheese frosting, all on white bread. GAG!

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Thanks for visiting me for VTT. Stop in at Colorado Lady & see everyone else that's participating!



ClassyChassy said...

I have a few old cook books - I love to thumb through the recipes! But, I've found that some call for ingredients that are no longer readily available, or the cooking times are such that I can't easily adjust the temperatures for on my stove with digital numbers - frustrating! And, they don't always turn out the same on non-stick bake ware!

Sherrie said...

You have a great collection of books. I've got one of the red and white checkered Betty Crocker Cook Books. I've had it for years. Hope you feeling better. Have a great day!

Sherrie's Stuff

Postcardy said...

I remember seeing those party loafs. I probably just saw them in cookbooks.

P. said...

I love your book collection! I have one of the small Betty Crocker ones, Cooking for Boys & Girls, or something like that. OMG, I thought the "party loaf" was a cake, then read the ingredients. I'll pass, thanks. :)

Stephanie said...

Thanks for sharing your great collection of vintage Better Homes and Gardens books. They look to be in good condition. Party Loaf? I'll pass, too! Peace, Stephanie

Manang Kim said...

What I noticed first is how your books are so neatly stack ^_^.

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fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

wow!! what a great collection.. you got wonderful books.. love them.. thanks for sharing.. happy VTT

viridian said...

er, thanks but no thanks on the party loaf.
Check out mid century menu http://www.nopatternrequired.com/?p=4962 for a couple that makes and eats these recipes!

Maureen said...

Collections have a way of creeping up on you now don't they? It takes just one...

Shannon said...

The party loaf cracks me up! I just love entertaining ideas from the 60s!

Sarah said...

Great books, the picture are so fun! When I was in high school and friend of mine had a pink toilet! :-)

Coloradolady said...

Your books are great, and I hate to admit this, but we had a pink bathroom at our cabin in Colorado...pink sink, pink toilet, pink tub....PINK....and well....we ripped it all out and replaced it....I hated to do that, but pink in the mountains just did not work!! Have a great VTT!

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

Nice collection of vintage cookbooks. Love the pink kitchen. In our 50's home where I grew up, we had pink and aqua wallpaper, with gold sparkles in it in our kitchen! Our house was pink outside too. When I married, my bathroom was pink and green. I liked the pink, but not so much the green.


Tara Beaulieu said...

Wow, that bathroom looks like my grandmother's (now my mother's) bathroom, totally pink! I love my Betty Crocker cook book too, why mess with a good thing, right?

Amanda said...

Your post really made me laugh-- I have some of these same cookbooks! Wait till you come across aspics! That will make party loafs look absolutely yummy!

SueWis said...

I have the Cooky Book. Funny how it is spelled!

Charlotte said...

You are too cute! Have you ever tried the Party Loaf? Looks pretty good to me!

GeorgiaPeachez said...

Love those old cookbooks.
If you have a love of pink bathroom then you need to go check out www.retrorenovation.com.
xo, suzy

Our Back Porch said...

Your vintage cookbooks are awesome! Thanks for coming by to visit. Have a lovely weekend!

Back Porch Blessings,

Anonymous said...

Here's an awful story. I HAD a pink bathroom in our 1920's style house, and when we put in an addition it had to be removed. I begged the contractors to figure out a way around it, but because it was smack dab in the middle of the renovations there was no way to keep it. I made sure I wasn't around the day they had to demolish it. To add insult to injury, the bathroom housed my collection of old cat planters and a homemade cat shower curtain made out of vintage tea towels. The boxes with the cat memorabilia are still in the basement, and that was 4 years ago! So sad--I still regret it!

quiltdoggie said...

Loriiiiiii!!!!!!!! I just got home, saw ur comment and Sue's post, too~ So great to meet u guys! SO much fun * I have lots to say, but I"m dead on my gosh darn feet * more to come!~!! So happy you came by :) xo P

Annie said...

I Loved This! P.S. We had a Pink Refrigerator when I was growing up (before the Avocado Green came into style!) and a Mint Green Bathroom! Fun! Gonna go read the rest of your blog!