1940’s Sugar Ration Recipe

During this time of year, most families are preparing to make Sugar Cookies complete with festive decorations for their holiday gatherings.  Concentrating on what I might contribute to the holiday menu, I turned to our family cookbook.  The pages before me contained a host of cookie, pie, cake and dessert recipes, but what caught my eye was a recipe by Grandma.  Her recipe was born out of simpler times…times of humble means.  Still…this recipe was a childhood favorite of mine. Continue reading

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

Enjoy Michael Buble singing “It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas” as you browse the lovely vintage Christmas selections from Etsy.

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Sobells Boutique — It’s All About Vintage

It’s no secret to those around me that I like vintage!  I also like to shop online!  So today I’m going to merge those two ideas together to tell you about a delightful Vintage Shop I found on Etsy.  Let me introduce you to Harriett Kroplinski, the shop curator for Sobells Boutique

(1)  Harriett, tell me a little bit about who you are.

I am a southern lady born and raised in Greenville, SC, in the Upstate South Carolina, very close to the Blue Ridge Mountains.

I have three children and three adorable grandchildren.  My grandchildren call me Grammy.  I wanted to be called Mimi but that is not what they wanted, so Grammy it is! Grandchildren always get their way with grandmothers!

My background is in the beauty industry for over 30 years.  I am a licensed esthetician.  I was previously a salon owner.  The name of my salon was Sobells.  It means to me, so beautiful.  So that is where I got the name of my Etsy shop.

My favorite activity when I am not working on my Etsy shop is sewing.  I have the most pleasant memories of sewing with my grandmother.  She taught me how to make doll clothes.  Some of those I still have to this day.  I have made it my mission to share those special moments with my two granddaughters.  This past summer we made American Doll furniture and handbags.  I want them to cherish those special memories of me as I hold dear of my grandmother.

Harriett Kroplinski of SobellsBoutique

Harriett Kroplinski of SobellsBoutique

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Thought Provoking Quote

Have you ever read an article, a quote, or heard someone say something that just stuck with you.  Something you pondered on for days.  Something that was so simple, yet so thought provoking.  Well, such was the case for me today.  I was reading an article that listed some quotes made by famous women and found this one to be very thought provoking. Continue reading

An Interview with Mrs. A.

I’m a wife, mother and grandmother enjoying life in the Heartland of America.  I like sewing new treasures or re-purposing gently used fabrics, crocheting, photography, beautiful quilts and fun jewelry.  I also enjoy the hunt for a great vintage find and researching the story behind each piece.  I’m always looking for a better way to organize just about anything and everything.  And…revamping recipes to cook with food allergies is a must!

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Norman Rockwell — An American Way of Life

It’s always been said that baseball and apple pie typify the American Way of Life, but Norman Rockwell’s collection of American culture portrays us as far more than that.  Norman Rockwell, an American author, painter and illustrator in the 1900’s, portrayed the American Way of Life with optimism, humor, warmth, and patriotism.  Rockwell lived from 1894-1978 and produced over 4,000 original works in his lifetime.

Norman Rockwell

Norman Rockwell

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Ten Thoughts To Remember About Kindness

Ten Thoughts to Remember about Kindness

Resurrection Lilies --  Ten Thoughts To Remember about Kindness

  • KINDNESS, noun

Good will; benevolence; that temper or disposition which delights in contributing to the happiness of others, which is exercised cheerfully in gratifying their wishes, supplying their wants or alleviating their distresses; benignity of nature. kindness ever accompanies love.

There is no man whose kindness we may not sometime want, or by whose malice we may not sometime suffer. — Noah Webster Dictionary (1828)

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Staples In The Pantry — Food Allergies Part 2

Most people have some of the same staples in their pantry or kitchen as others do, right? Sugar, Flour, Eggs, Milk…and the list goes on.  That’s not necessarily so if you have food allergies.  I feel sure that my cabinets and fridge are filled with items quite different than yours.  Today’s post will highlight some great food choice alternatives (for me, at least) and the wonderful companies that strive to provide safe foods. Continue reading

Strawberry Delight Vintage Style

Like many people, it seems through the years and almost by default, we end up with a collection of themed items.  For me, it has been Strawberries!  As a little girl, I loved to pick strawberries at my grandmother’s house.  We ate them freshly picked and any other way that Grandma could think to use them.  She had several strawberry beds, but one bed in particular was rather unique.  It was an old and very long wooden canoe.  Because of my love of strawberries, Grandma named me her “Strawberry Girl”. Continue reading