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Two out of three ain't bad

There are three Halloween inspired ideas on this old recipe sheet but I've only posted two. I thought the first idea posed too great a risk of choking someone, especially a child.

Halloween party treats

Ghost Sandwiches
Spread one slice of bread first with peanut butter and then with dark jelly. Cut it and another plain slice in half, diagonally. Cut oval-shaped eyes and mouth in each of the plain halves and then place them over the jelly halves. Make as many Ghost Sandwiches as you need for your guests.

Goblin Cookies
Mix together 2 tbsp. of softened butter, 2 tbsp. of peanut butter, 1 tsp. of milk, 1/2 cup powdered sugar, 1/2 tsp. of vanilla and a few drops of yellow and red food coloring. Stir in one cup of any dry sweet cereal. Mix well. Drop by teaspoonful onto a piece of wax paper. Put jelly bean in center of each cookie and place cookies in the refrigerator until firm. Recipe makes 12 cookies.


These vintage Halloween masks from the 1960s have a creep factor all their own.

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Even the Davy Jones mask is kind of creepy:



Recipe via And Everything Else, Too
Images: socal72girlebay


New Orleans Style Bran'n Molasses Muffins

I'm not buying this "New Orleans Style" thing. Anyone who knows anything about New Orleans knows that they don't eat bran there.

If you want add a genuine New Orleans flavor to these bran muffins you're either going to have to wash them down with a Hurricane or pour whiskey sauce all over them.

1967 ad with recipe for muffins

New Orleans Bran'n Molasses Muffins
Recipe from 1967 Kellogg's advertising

1 cup Kellogg's All-Bran
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup Brer Rabbit Molasses
1 egg
1/4 cup soft shortening
1/2 cup seedless raisins or finely cut, pitted dates
1 cup sifted flour
2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt

1. Combine Kellogg's All-Bran, milk and Brer Rabbit Molasses. Let stand until most of the moisture is taken up. Add egg and shortening; beat well.Stir in raisins. 

2. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Add to All-Bran mixture, stirring only until combined. Fill greased muffin pans 2/3 full.

3. Bake in moderately hot oven (400˚F) about 20 minutes. Serve hot.

Yields 12 muffins, 2 1/2 inches in diameter.


 In this alternate reality, Ken and his friend Allan do the cooking.

"Oh, Allan, do put that rolling pin away," suggests Barbie.

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Recipe via Classic Film
Image via Pinterest

Retro Holiday Happy Hour: Modhouse Punch (made with or without alcohol)


Modhouse Punch
1960s recipe from old Sprite advertising

1 6-oz. pkg. lime Jell-O
2 cups hot water
1/2 cup to 1 cup bottled lime juice (though I bet fresh lime juice would be better)
2 12-oz. cans frozen concentrate for limeade
90 oz. Sprite
1 tsp. almond extract (this is mentioned in the ingredients list but not the recipe; use your discretion) 

Dissolve gelatin in hot water. Then stir in frozen limeade concentrate. Add lime juice.

To serve, pour into bowl over 1 1/2 quarts of cracked ice. Add Sprite.

If you like, add a fifth of vodka.

Makes about 48 4-oz. servings.


A little mod inspiration — Carnaby Street in London, all decked out for Christmas in the 1960s.


Via Shelf Life Taste Test
Photo via Wiggle That Wotsit

1967 Phillie Cream Cheese Pumpkin Pie




Cream Cheese Pumpkin Pie
1967 recipe from old Philadelphia Cream Cheese advertising

Combine 8-oz. package of softened Philadelphia Brand Cream Cheese, 1/4 cup sugar and 1/2 tsp. vanilla. Add 1 egg; mix well. Spread on bottom of deep, 9-inch unbaked pastry shell. Combine 1 1/4 cups canned pumpkin, 1/2 cup sugar, 1 tsp. ground cinnamon, 1/4 tsp. each ground ginger and ground nutmeg, dash of salt; mix well. Blend in 2 slightly beaten eggs and 1 cup evaporated milk. Carefully pour over cheese mixture. Bake at 350˚, 65 to 70 minutes or until done. Cool.



Recipe via easyeightquilts
Image via 

60s scotcheroos

You know what would make Rice Krispies Treats even better?

Chocolate and butterscotch.


Chocolate Scotcheroos
Retro recipe from 1960s Nestle's advertising

1 cup sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1 cup peanut butter
6 cups Kellogg's Rice Krispies
1 cup (6-oz. pkg. Nestle's Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
1 cup (6-oz. pkg.) Nestle's Butterscotch Morsels

1. Combine sugar and syrup in 3-quart saucepan. Cook over moderate heat, stirring frequently, until mixture begins to bubble. Remove form heat. Stir in peanut butter; mix well. Add Rice Krispies; stir well until blended. Press mixture into 13 x 9-inch pan.

2. Melt Nestles Chocolate and Butterscotch Morsels together over very low heat or over hot but not boiling water, stirring until well-blended. Remove from heat; spread evenly over Rice Krispies mixture. Cool until firm. Cut into bars.

Makes 48 bars, 2 x 1 inches each.



You've got to hand it to 3M. They managed to make a Scotch tape ad look sophisticated. 

Recipe via Shelf Life Taste Test
Scotch tape ad via my other blog Found in Mom's Basement

Cake mix pound cake

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Devil's Food Pound Cake
Retro recipe from 1969 Duncan Hines advertising

Duncan Hines Devil's Food Deluxe Cake Mix
1 pkg. chocolate instant pudding mix (4-serving size)
4 eggs
1 cup water
1/2 cup Crisco oil (use only Crisco oil as some other oils may cause the cake to fail)

Blend all ingredients and beat 2 minutes at medium speed. Put batter in greased and floured 10-inch tube pan.

Bake at 350˚ for 50 - 60 minutes until center springs back at light touch.

Cool right side up for about 25 minutes. Remove from pan.

Chocolate Glaze
Stir over low heat 2 tbsp. cocoa, 1 tbsp. plus 2 tsp. water, 1 tbs. Crisco oil, 1 tbsp. corn syrup until smooth. Remove from heat, beat in 1 cup confectioners' sugar (I would sift the sugar first). Drizzle over cake.



Ladies, I think you should wear red lipstick to make your Devil's Food Pound Cake.


Recipe via Obsequies
Image via Pirate Treasure

When is Eat Like a Pirate Day?

Today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day.



 Pirate's Pie
Retro recipe from a 1960s Star-Kist ad

2 (6 1/2 oz.) cans Star-Kist tuna, chunk style
3 eggs
4-oz. can sliced mushrooms
1 tbsp. chopped parsley
1 medium tomato, cut in 1/4-inch slices
4 slices American cheese
1 envelope instant mashed potato mix (or 2 cups mashed potatoes)

Beat eggs slightly and add to separated chunks of tuna. Add mushrooms and parsley. Place mixture in bottom of well-greased 9" pie tin. Top with tomato slices and 3 cheese slices. Prepare mashed potato mix (using 1/2 cup less liquid than package directions call for). Spoon potatoes over cheese. Cut remaining cheese slice (diagonally in half) and top mashed potatoes with slices. Bake at 375˚ for 30 minutes or until potatoes are lightly browned and cheese melts. Cut into wedges and serve hot. Garnish with parsley. Serves 6 generously.


The Puffy Shirt ("like pirates used to wear") is one of my favorite Seinfeld episodes. It originally aired in 1993.


Recipe via Livejournal

Time for pie

If I make a pie, my husband will eat it for breakfast.

I, on the other hand, will eat it for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks until it's gone.


Old-Fashioned Apple Pie
Old recipe from a 1960s Pillsbury recipe booklet

Prepare pastry for two-crust pie as directed on package of Pillsbury pie crust mix. Fit bottom crust loosely into 9-inch pie pan.

In a small bowl, combine and set aside:
   3/4 to 1 cup sugar (depending on the sweetness of the apples)
   2 tbsp. flour
   1 tsp. grated lemon rind
   1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
   1/4 tsp. salt

Arrange 6 cups of pared and sliced apples (6 medium) in closely packed layers in pastry-lined pan, sprinkling cinnamon-sugar mixture over each layer.

Sprinkle 1 tbsp. lemon juice over apples. Dot with 2 tbsp. of butter.

Roll out remaining dough. Cut slits for escape of steam. Moisten rim of bottom crust. Place top crust over filling. Fold edge under bottom crust, pressing to seal. Flute.

Bake at 450˚F for 10 minutes, then lower temperature to 375˚ and bake for another 40 to 50 minutes until golden brown.



Back in the day, home bakers baked ceramic pie birds into their pies to allow steam to escape while baking. When not in use, pie birds made adorable kitchen knick knacks.


 Images via Bakepedia and Country Living

This recipe looks amazing

This is kind of an American toad-in-the-hole. Amazing. Only I would serve it with baked beans instead of mushroom gravy and barbecue sauce.

(BTW, here's the toad-in-the-hole recipe I use. It's amazing, too.)


Frankfurter Loaf
Vintage recipe from a 1967 Good Housekeeping Cookbook

8 skinless frankfurters (not all beef)
1 10-oz. package cornbread mix (I recommend Jiffy)
Canned mushroom gravy
Bottled barbecue sauce

1. Preheat oven to 375˚F.

2. Heat frankfurters in water; remove and dry; slash at 1-inch intervals.

3. Prepare cornbread mix as package label directs. Alternate layers of franks and batter in greased, floured, 1 1/2 quart glass loaf pan.

4. Bake 35 minutes; cool to lukewarm in pan. With sharp knife, slice 1-inch thick. Pass gravy and barbecue sauce. Makes 6 servings.


Old photos of my nephews wearing coordinating leisure suits are a source of entertainment till this day. Unfortunately, I don't have copies. Standing in is this image from an old Sears catalog.

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Recipe via Mid-Century Menu
Image via Sew Country Chick

Try some Campbell's soup on the barbie


Sizzling Tomato Barbecue Sauce
Vintage recipe from 1966 Campbell's Soup advertising

1/3 cup onion
1 small clove garlic, minced
2 tbsp. salad oil
1 can (10 3/4 oz.) Campbell's Tomato Soup
1 tbsp. vinegar
1 to 2 tbsp. Worcestershire 
2 tbsp. brown sugar
1 tsp. prepared mustard
dash Tabasco sauce

1. In saucepan, cook onion and garlic in oil until tender.

2. Add remaining ingredients.

3. Cook over low heat for 15 minutes; stir now and then. Makes 1 1/2 cups sauce.



Alternate pieces of meat and vegetables on skewers. Broil 10 to 20 minutes or until done, turning and basting every 5 minutes. Serve kabobs with remaining sauce. Also delicious on hamburgers, chicken and shrimp.

Meats: Sirloin, lamb (leg or shoulder), bologna, canned meats and frankfurters.

Vegetables: Mushrooms, tomatoes, green pepper, zucchini, potatoes (canned), cucumbers and pineapple.


I always get a little nervous when retro dads cook with hot coals while wearing nothing but their swim trunks.


Recipe via Classic Film
Image via Charlie a Go Go