Sunday, June 22, 2014

Cartoons & 7-UP, It Must Be Somebody’s Birthday!

I may have mentioned it, once or twice or maybe even three times in the last few days but, for those of you who may still be befuddled, June 22nd seems to be a popular day for birthdays! Not only is it John’s birthday over @ Kitchen Riffs and Nee’s birthday from Nee’s Place, today is also the day Richard Hellman, the namesake of Hellmann's Mayonnaise, was born. You may remember the year that I declared June 22nd, Mayonnaise Day!

BTW, Nee is having a hoe-down over at her place to celebrate her birthday. I’m not exactly sure what to expect, lol, but, I will definitely be going over to check it out! You should too!!!

I’ve also mentioned the name Paul Frees once or twice on this blog. Paul Frees; The Man of a Thousand Voices, was not only the voice of The Pillsbury Dough Boy in what they call voice over commercials, he did many, many cartoon characters as well. Actually, he was a man of many talents and a slew of voices. I couldn’t even begin to list the numerous works he contributed to in his life. Simply fascinating. If you have a minute, you really should check out The Magnificent Paul Frees website.

”If you were to ask someone about Paul Frees, the most common answer might be, “who?” Not many people seem to know him, at least not by his name, however in reality nearly everyone knows him in some form. His voice is heard nearly as often as Elvis Presley or Frank Sinatra, and if you were alive during the 1960’s and 1970’s it would have been nearly impossible to turn on your television on any given day, and not hear the voice of Paul Frees…”

Curious yet? Does this strike a chord?

No, it isn’t Rocky or Bullwinkle, it’s none other than the evil Boris Badenov! Surprised? A quick search on YouTube produces countless samples of The Voices of Paul Frees.

Well, if you haven’t guessed yet or if you haven’t visited one of the Paul Frees links I provided above, I suppose it’s time to tell you that today we are celebrating Paul Frees’ birthday. That’s right Paul Frees was also born on my birthday and everyone else’s who is sharing a birthday today.

It was easy deciding what clip to share with you today once I happened upon this Fresh-Up Freddie 7-Up commercial featuring Paul Frees as the voice of Fresh-Up Freddie, the Matador.

I’ve had these 7-UP recipe booklets that I have been just “dying” to share with you. Can you think of a better day to lift them out of their binders and see what’s inside? This first one is just a tad younger than me:) Although, I must admit, I’m in much better shape, lol…

There aren’t many pages or unique recipes for that matter but, I thought you’d get a kick out of this recipe for 7-UP Cake with 7-UP frosting. After all, we are celebrating birthdays:)

This 7-UP Goes To a Party recipe booklet is from 1961. It’s in really good condition and just happens to have some “outside” recipes.

The Mexican Sauce recipe is rather intriguing, don’t you think?

Here’s a booklet from 1969. Can you tell, lol? It is perhaps my favorite. Just look at those colors!

I vaguely remember when 7-UP was touting itself as the “Uncola” drink. I was never much of a soda drinker anyway. Here are some hints for Un-Cooking:)

And some more for Salads and Dressings. I’m not so sure about German Potato Salad prepared with 7-UP but I’m willing to give it a try. How ‘bout you?

I hope you all have enjoyed taking a peek inside these 7-UP recipe booklets as much as I have enjoyed sharing them. Have a wonderful day everyone and I’ll “see” you here on Wednesday. We still have 5 letters left for the Picnic Game. I’m going to do a bit of blog hopping today to remind some regular picnic guests that the Picnic Game is in full swing. As of this writing, I’ve already received two baskets filled with deliciousness and there are more on the way! I hope you’re all getting your picnic blankets spruced up and are ready for lots and lots of yummies! Louise:) The remaining letters are:

J, U, V and Y

1. Welcome, Foolish Mortals: The Life and Voices of Paul Frees (book review)