Archive of ‘Retro’ category

Satellite Tomatoes are out of this world!

By Kerry

You all know that I cannot resist a classic Betty Crocker cook book. So, when I found a copy of “Betty Crocker’s Outdoor Cook Book” at the thrift store, I could not pass it up. I used to think Betty could never disappoint me…but she is drawing a gender line in the sand when it […] Read more…

Trashy Paperback Tuesday: Dire Happenings!

By Kerry

I decided that it was time for a scary, trashy read. The scariest thing about this one? The editing. Here’s just one of the many typos: Book Title: Castle Midnight Author: Evelyn McKenna Year Published: 1966 Tagline: Bev thought there was a reasonable explanation for the strange “ghosts” at Castle Midnight…but was there? The Elevator Pitch: “Charming” jerkwad tries […] Read more…

1960s Buffets: Laying it all out on the table

By Kerry

So, do you need to feed 5 to 50 people? Not sure how to get it done? Better Homes and Gardens have your back. Just serve up some food buffet style! But, Kerry, I was just going to serve hamburgers and hotdogs…I can’t have a fancy, retro-style buffet. Think again! Hamburgers and hot dogs can […] Read more…

Glenn’s Retro Comics Review: Exorcist Ripoffs!

By Glenn

My newest contribution to CFR (that’s what we call Candyfloss Ramparts here at home) gives me an excuse to talk about two things at once: my love of classic comics, and my utter fear of the film “The Exorcist.” How can these two things possibly be related? You will soon see, as we review two […] Read more…

1977 – The Year of the Funky, Funky Quilt

By Kerry

If you read yesterday’s post, you’ll know that I have quilting on the brain right now. So, I turned to my trusty copy of Better Homes and Gardens Patchwork & Quilting from 1977. You can probably guess that 1977 was a supremely good year for funky, funky quilts. Need photo evidence? How about this: It’s […] Read more…

I Know What Boys Like

By Kerry

…and so does Betty Crocker. Yup, I’ve been rummaging through my trusty Betty Crocker recipe card file – and thought I would share a few dishes that Betty declares “Men’s Favorites.” Just in case you’re suspicious of Betty’s recipe picks, she assures us that these are “princely recipes for kingly dishes, tested and male-approved for […] Read more…

Retro Thanksgiving Ideas

By Kerry

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. Since my family is spread out a bit geographically, Thanksgiving is one of the few times we all get to be in the same place at the same time. Since my love of vintage cook books is well documented, it wasn’t a huge stretch to put the two […] Read more…

Kids Party Ideas from the 1970s

By Kerry

Last week, I posted about how Betty Crocker tried to scare small children in the 1960s. Since I picked up an old Betty Crocker recipe card file while thrifting over the weekend, I figured I’d give ol’ Betty a chance to redeem herself with some more children’s party ideas. She did not disappoint. Or, maybe […] Read more…

Betty Crocker wants to scare your kids

By Kerry

Since Halloween is just around the corner, I thought it would be fun to check in with Betty Crocker on the proper way to throw a Halloween party for children. Betty, helpfully, has the entire gathering planned out – from party games to menu: We’ll get to those party games in a minute. First, I […] Read more…

These hotdogs are happening, man!

By Kerry

It’s that time again, where I bring you the culinary delights of yesteryear! This week is all about “Hotdog Happenings.” Just what was happening with hotdogs in 1972? Oh, so many things! There are literally dozens of hotdog recipes in this book, with promising names like “Frankfurter Fiesta,” “Bohemian Salad,” and “Double Porkers.” Mostly, these […] Read more…

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