A to Z Blog Reveal: An April Spent Back in Time

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Coming soon … an April full of the past. Bread and Butter Days is participating in the BLOGGING FROM A TO Z APRIL CHALLENGE.

Life was good in the ‘good ole days’, or so some say. We’re going to traipse back in time, 26 steps back in time as Bread and Butter Days visits the past, from A to Z. Some things we miss. And some things … well, sometimes all we can say is ‘Good riddance’.

Join along as we browse history with a variety of subjects: Aprons, butter, carrot coffee … hobos and ice boxes … a little moonshine … with a few recipes and museums here and there too.


Wash on Monday: Eight Stories of the People behind the Antiques

Wash on Monday_LKO CoverWash on Monday is now available as an e-book. This is the first in the Forgotten Stories series, each telling the tales of the people behind eight antique and collectible pieces. Available on Amazon and Smashwords.

Some of the stories are based on true facts and true people. Others … pure imagination.

Wash on Monday has stories about eight unique pieces: — The antique, primitive spinning wheel featured on the front cover — Three indigo rag balls from Amana, Iowa — A Scandinavian inspired stitchery tablecloth — A bowl of marbles — Antique purple etched glass candy dishes and vases, owned by Bea Bender and Pauline Washburn — An original Patsy doll, ca 1941, owned by Iona Burk — White enamelware plates, owned by Amy Royer — A hand pieced and stitched quilt, made by Mildred Cline.

Join us as we take a step back in time, remembering the people behind these antiques.

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Wash-Monday-Stories-Antiques-Forgotten-ebook/dp/B00U9STM8Y/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1427057928&sr=8-1&keywords=wash+on+monday

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/524827

Friday Facts- March 20, 2015- Happy Birthday, Monopoly

Jillian Chantal

The board game, Monopoly turned 80 yesterday. How cool is that? How many versions do you own?monopoly%20board

I don’t know many people who haven’t played this game at some point in their lives. We played all the time when I was a kid and even played with my own children as well. We own the classic one, Doctor Who one, Sherlock one and Alabama one. We have too many obviously.  LOL

My favorite piece to play as is the iron but I like the dog as well (for variety, you know). My sister was always the hat. What piece do you like to represent you?

I always found it interesting that this game came out in 1935. The big stock market crash in October 1929 made a lot of rich folks poor and I often wondered if these same people liked to play so they could be money and real…

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Movie Entertainment 1915 Style: The Tramp

BBD_The Tramp movie posterWhat a hundred years has done to the motion film industry! On April 11, 1915. Charlie Chaplin’s popular silent film, The Tramp, was released. It was his sixth film for Essanay Studios in 1915. (Just wondering, can movies be produced so quickly now?) I’m sure the budget for these silent films was much lower than the current day price tags that run in the millions of dollars, even with accounting for the inflation costs over the past hundred years.

According to Wikipedia, the plot is: The Tramp (Charlie Chaplin) finds the girl of his dreams and works on a family farm. He helps defend the farm against criminals, and all seems well, until he discovers the girl of his dreams already has a boyfriend. Unwilling to be a problem in their lives, he takes to the road, though he is seen skipping and swinging his cane as if happy to be back on the road where he knows he belongs.

Charlie Chaplin not only starred in this iconic film, he also wrote the script, directed, and edited.

Today, take a moment to put your feet up, and enjoy this 32 minute step back in time.

The Tramp is available for free download at Internet Archive.

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Ageless Salads – ca 1939

BBD_MazolaFun, healthy salads. Yum!

Although I have memories of eating green salads my entire life, something I still think of these nutritious side dishes as a relatively modern dining custom.

This 1939 The Mazola Salad Bowl cookbook proves me wrong.

This 32 page cookbooklet is filled with tempting recipes and several full color photographs.

I was amused to read this snippet on the first page:

For Your Guidance: We have employed an entirely new technique in the “real life” photographs in this booklet. Each is a “homemaker’s view” – taken looking directly down on the salad – to guide you in arrangements and serving.

The little paperback imparts history, wisdom and salad etiquette, along with its many delicious recipes. It tells us that salads go back much further than I’d ever thought.

It’s another “old Roman custom” – mixing salad greens and “makings” in a big bowl, with plenty of good dressing. At least a story goes that the first salad-maker was a solid citizen of Rome who dabbled with the herbs and spices and oil while the cook was away, to produce our first salad dressing, which he poured over “Lactuca” or “Lettis” – which we now know as lettuce!

Here are a few recipes to try.

Stuffed Olive Dressing

1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1 teaspoon paprika
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

2 tablespoons catsup
1 cup Mazola
¼ cup vinegar
1 (3 oz) bottle stuffed olives, sliced

Mix all the dry ingredients and the catsup together. Beat well with a hand beter or an electric beater at high speed, then add the Mazola one tablespoonful at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vinegar gradually, beating all the while. Add the olives and chill.

Makes about 1 ½ cups dressing, and is delicious on romaine or lettuce salad.

–Good Housekeeping

Grandfather’s Egg Salad

1 head lettuce
6 medium onions
12 hard cooked eggs
2 tablespoons vinegar
4 tablespoons Mazola
1 ½ teaspoons salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
Dash paprika
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
¼ cup grated sharp cheese
1 tablespoon minced parsley

With lettuce leaves line a salad bowl, china or glass preferred, unless you don’t mind a persistent flavor of Worcestershire sauce in your wooden bowl. The little lettuce leaves from the garden are supreme for this. Fill with alternate layers of sliced hard cooked eggs and sliced onions. Over this pour the dressing made by beating together the vinegar, Mazola, salt, pepper, paprika, and Worcestershire sauce. Sprinkle with the cheese and garnish with parsley. Serves 6 to 8 people.

— American Home

Whether from long ago, or longer ago than I ever imagined, I love salads. Enjoy your day … with a fresh salad on the side!