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Friday, August 26, 2011

Die-cuts of the Past

I had a fabulous post planned for today for National Goat Cheese Month. I thought for sure I would make it just under the wire since August is Goat Cheese Month but, alas, it just isn't going to happen...yet. Hopefully soon...feel free to click to enlarge

When I was reading all of my lovely comments the other day (thanks for that, they really do brighten my day:) I took special note of a comment left by Pattie @ Olla-Podrida. Like so many of you have in the past, she enjoyed seeing one of the die-cut cookbooks from my collection.

Well, it just so happens that in my spare time:) I've been preparing my blog to go out on its own one day with its very own dot.com. My Picasa Albums are a mess and I've been slowly reorganizing. My latest venture has been to weed out the die-cut books posted since October 2007, when I first started blogging, by putting them in their own album. (I'm thinking if I ever move from blogger, I just may have to take them with me:)

Although it's been a bit daunting, slowly but surely it is getting done. While I was at it, I also decided it was probably a good time to make a list of their whereabouts through the years. It seems, in the early days of this blog, I was much more generous about sharing them.

I know why that is. As the years have gone by, (wow, that has much more of an effect in type:) I realized that most of my visitors are quite cooking savvy and recipes and cookbooks from the past may not excite them as much as say, today's food "stars."

It may surprise you know, that I am not much of a cook any more. Oh, I've had my glorious days, many many many of them. Through the years I have become more absorbed with the hidden messages found within the pages of the books more so than the recipes themselves.

They are especially charming when verse is enclosed. Food in Poetry is awfully nourishing; don't you think?:)

Fairy Pie

With visions of childhood come those luscious mince pies
so tender, so juicy, so sweet!
When brought from the oven what aroma would rise
Our tantalized nostrils to greet!

Reflections of the times are forever embedded in many of them. Some, not so honorable such as this Aunt Jemima Pastry and Flour booklet circa 1886.

From 1883 until 1921, The Sleepy Eye Milling Company, used Chief Sleepy Eye's (Ish-Tak-Ha-Ba) portrait in its advertising. The premiums were numerous, including this booklet circa early nineteenth century.

Preserved in acid free slips, and safely bound, I plan on sharing my die-cuts more often...

For they are treasures to be shared...

I would like to once again thank Rochelle from Rochelle's Vintage & Frugal recipes for one of my most cherished RAK. Drop by and say Hi. She doesn't post often but when she does, you just never know what goodie you will be served!

The turnpike road to people's hearts I find Lies through their mouths,
or I mistake mankind.
~Dr. Wolcot~

In the spirit of National Coffee Month which is chugging away, I'd like to share this delicious looking Coffee Ice Cream with Chocolate Almond Pieces that I literally "drooled" over while visiting, Gloria's Canela Kitchen. Gloria was most generous when I asked her if I could let you "drool" too. Be sure and drop by her place for the recipe or just to let her know how darn good it looks:)

Coffee Ice Cream with Chocolate Almond Pieces

I'll be back on Thursday, the first day of September, with a new list of yummy celebrations. To all our friends who are in harms way of Irene, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Stay safe...Louise:)