Two vintage Christmas cards

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More Silver Jubilee stuff

While I was not in England during the Silver Jubilee (or was I? — I don’t remember) I have a few souvenirs from that event — all gifts, I think. I already blogged about the set of silver plated teaspoons. I also have two tea containers — one in use, the other was Mom’s and is in a box in the attic. I also have a pencil holder that, for years, held stickers for my students. It never held pencils. It now holds air.

Tea box and pencil holder

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Polaroid 3-dimensional picture viewer glasses

Not sure where these came from (other than Mom’s house).

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A portrait of Jean (I think)

My mom was an artist — not professionally, but she did have talent at drawing. I found the pencil drawing below among her things and I think it is of a neighbor. I know Mom drew (in chalk) a portrait of Marie, Jean’s older sister who died when she was around a year old. Her mom, June, gave it to me, along with a drawing of their house that Mom drew, at my Mom’s funeral.

This drawing was not in a frame, but matted (with black construction paper) and behind glass, in a box in the attic. I don’t know if she was going to give it to June and changed her mind or maybe this is not Jean at all.

What do you think? Is this Jean? I vaguely remember she had a haircut like that — and the dates match.

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Thoughts on some teaspoons that I never use

I’ve had these Silver Jubilee teaspoons since 1977. They were a gift to me from the Burgoynes — my British “second-family.” They are in perfect condition because I have never used them — I always think I should take them to the kitchen and actually use them for special occasions, but they are sort of impractical because they are so top-heavy (although I have never tried, I think they’d fall out of a tea cup). Besides, if I put them in the drawer that holds the teaspoons I actually use and if I actually used these, they’d end up falling in the garbage disposal, someone would turn the disposal on and then their perfection would be gone.

In 1977 the Queen had only been on the throne for 25 years — but it was more than a lifetime for me. Today she’s been on the throne for over 65 years, still over a lifetime for me, but it seems different somehow.

When I received them, I planned on using them but my life has turned out so differently than I’d expected it would in 1977 that it is okay that I keep them in my attic, admiring them only when I happen upon them now and then.

But if I use them, I’ll let you know.



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Meatballs (not the kind you have with spaghetti)


Here’s a handwritten (Mom’s handwriting) recipe for “Meatballs”


  • 2 lbs. hamburger
  • 1 pkg. dry onion soup mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs

Make meatballs

  • 1 bottle chili sauce
  • 1 can cranberry sauce
  • 16 oz. sauerkraut
  • 1 c. brown sugar

Pour over top. Bake 1.5 hours at 350.

It is probably pretty good — but very sweet.

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Six recipes from The Free Press, Elgin, Illinois, 1970

In a bag of recipes, some handwritten, some clipped from newspapers or magazines, I found six that were clipped from the Free Press newspaper.

None of them look very healthy and only a few look appetizing.

Barbecued Short Ribs

I might actually make this recipe — it doesn’t look too bad.

Italian Rice

I’d call this recipe “Spanish Rice” instead of “Italian Rice.” I might make it because Dean likes Spanish Rice.

Quick Bean Broth

This recipe confuses me. Why would you take a small can of pork and beans, add over 4 times as much liquid and a tiny amount of onion? How can this be in any way tasty? I think I will pass on this one.

Crisp Cherry Surprise

I hate to admit that this sounds kind of tasty too. But unhealthy! I might try it if we host a 1970 themed party sometime.

Butterscotch Pudding Cookie and Pumpkin Bread

I might make these too. Just for “old time’s sake.”

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A Swedish Meal and a Swedish Smorgasbord by Mary Martensen

Until today, I’d never heard of Mary Martensen. Apparently she was a dietitian who wrote cookbooks and cooking columns for newspapers. She also was head of the home economics department at theĀ Chicago American whose duties included conducting lessons for large audiences.

The document below must have been given out at one of the lessons. Lesson 10, Week of June 5, 1934. I wonder if one of my ancestors took this lesson or if it was something that Mom found somewhere. I can’t imagine either of my grandmothers traveling to Chicago to take this lesson, although I know my Grandma Patrick went to the Chicago World’s fair in 1933 or 1934 and Mary Martensen wrote a book called “A Century of Progress” cookbook that was published in 1934. It is possible that my Grandma Patrick picked up the typewritten lesson at an exposition at the fair.

I only wish that I had this document when I hosted my bookgroup for “A Man Called Ove.” I would have used some of the recipes.


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Recommendations from the Milk Foundation — circa 1960

Thinking has changed regarding what we should eat each day. Note this was recommendations of the the Milk Foundation in the middle of the last century. Internet searches on ‘”milk foundation” Chicago recommendation’ returns over 2000 results, but most reference the new Milk Foundation (Milk as in Harvey Milk) or Milk Makeup. One Mother Jones‘ article recommends that adults drink much less milk than the poster below suggests.

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Mac and Cheese for Newlywed[bride]s

Hey 1971, I thought you were more progressive than this! And what newlywed couple has a fancy milk(?) pitcher like that? And what is that thing on the lower right of the photo?

I will make this, with a few changes (margarine?) and report back.

Recipe looks pretty good at least

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