Friday, September 30, 2011


Deal spotted at Coupon Katrina

I love vintage and vintage looking jewelry and was excited to see that 1928 Jewelry currently had a promotion where you can get your choice of the above 4 earrings free (retail value $18) - just pay $5.00 shipping now through October 4th. 

I just ordered a pair of the black and I was able to use my Paypal account and did not have disclose my credit card information, which always makes me more comfortable in dealing with a company I have not ordered from before.

While I plan on wearing them for everyday, they would also be a great accessory to any vintage outfit of gypsy costume for Halloween.

Disclaimer:  I received nothing for this post - it is a deal offered to everyone that I wanted to share.

Monday, September 26, 2011


One of the blogs that I follow, Off The Cuff ~Sewing Style~ posted the link below for a download of the above book Modern Pattern Design: The Complete Guide to the Creation of Patterns as a Means of Designing Smart Wearing Apparel,  by Harriet Pepin (1942).

In looking over the download, it is very comprehensive and even though it is from 1942 and would be great for vintage sewing, but it is not limited to that as many of the techniques could be incorporated into a project to give it a modern look.

For the link to the free download, please visit:
Off The Cuff ~Sewing Style

EDIT:  7/31/12 - link now appears to be dead, but I did find an online version at  Vintage Sewing Info and one from a Spanish blog here, although the text is in English.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Perfect Box Macaroni and Cheese and Hot Dogs

This post is part of Mom's Crazy Cooking Challenge where each month there will be a different challenge theme (this month is Macaroni & Cheese) and you go out to the "Blog World" and use a recipe by a fellow blogger (not a celebrity chef or other commercialized site) and make your version and post it on the 7th of the month.

Next month's challenge is going to be Chocolate Chip Cookies.  For further details and if you would like to join, click the link at the bottom of the post for more details.

I joined after the 7th but thought I would join the party any way.

I found the recipe at Betty Jo's Blog and my version is basically the same except for a few tweaks, but it was a big hit with my son and I will be making it again.

  • 1 box of Macaroni and Cheese
  • 4 hot dogs
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 4 tbsp of butter 
  • 1/4 tsp Olive Oil
  • 1/4 c shredded cheddar cheese (optional) 
  • 1 heaping tsp of prepared mustard
  • Salt and pepper
  • Garlic salt or powder

    Add a few dashes of salt and bring the water to a boil under medium high.  Add the olive oil and the macaroni.  Cook according the package (approx 7-8 mins)
While macaroni is cooking, chop up the hotdogs into approx 1/2 inch pieces and cook in the microwave for 3 minutes.

When the macaroni is cooked drain in strainer of colander.
Put the pan  back on the stove and turn down to low heat over low heat and add the butter. Let it melt stirring constantly then add the powder packet from the box.  .

You could smash the cheese powder with a spoon or fork to blend it, but I decided to use my immersion blender to avoid any clumps (you could also use a mixer)

Add the milk a little at a time, blending constantly and then add the shredded cheese.
Add the mustard and blend.

Add the macaroni to the pan and toss with a spoon.

Add hotdogs, season with salt, pepper and garlic salt or powder to taste,toss with a spoon then serve.

Photobucket Crazy Cooking Challenge