We are back from the most wonderful (though entirely too short) vacation. I will share some photos from our trip in the coming days, but until then, here is my quickly expanding belly in one of my most comfortable 1950s maternity tops. As comfortable as it is, I think it may only accentuate how enormous I have grown. Modern day maternity tops seem to downsize the belly a bit—which after three days of people asking me if I am having twins or commenting that the baby must be coming any day (no, I still have TWO whole months!), I may be living in my stretchy modern maternity ware for the next few days.
My shoes are from Remix Vintage, they are the most pricey shoes I own, but boy the money was worth it. I bought them last year and because of the cost (I had to save up for this pair!) I was a little hesitant to wear them other than for special occasions. I decided just before we left for vacation that that was a ridiculous idea, and I should enjoy them as much as possible. So I have. These shoes are so comfortable, there was no “breaking in” stage, the leather is so soft, and I did a fair amount of walking in them with no discomfort. I am so glad I got over my fear of ruining them….though now I want more of their lovely shoes!
Shoes: Remix Vintage
I hope you all had a great weekend. Ours was nice and relaxed, with a surprising douse of rain. I so much love a summer rain, even if it turns our dry desert heat into the sticky hot tropics for a couple of days. Everything smells so nice and clean after a good rain. With the cloud cover and all day drizzle on Saturday, I couldn’t help but make a pot of soup and pretend that fall had arrived.
I sewed this top from a vintage pattern back when I was pregnant with Lucy, according to this blog post, December 2010–it seems so long ago now! I didn’t ever care for how the skirt turned out, but the top has been a life saver this summer. It is so light and breezy, and unlike many of my vintage tops (maternity and not), the arm holes are big enough that I don’t feel like I am going to have crazy sweat stains when I spend a little time in the sun.
I pulled this recipe from the Better Homes and Gardens Creative Cooking Library: Snacks and Refreshments, from 1963. It was titled ‘spicy raisin cake’, but I thought that was a bit misleading. To me spicy is something with kick, this has a mere teaspoon of cinnamon to flavor it, so maybe a better title would have been ‘gently spiced raisin coffeecake’. I did take the liberty to change it from spicy to spiced, because I am crazy like that.
This coffeecake was good. Really good. I am not much of a cake person, preferring pies, cobblers and the like, but I plan on making this one again and again. The cake was moist and light with a delicious cinnamon sugar crunch on the top. The raisins, which I originally thought were a bit heavy handed in the addition to the recipe, turned out to be just the perfect amount to break up what would have otherwise been an entirely too decadent tasting dessert for a mid afternoon snack.
On to the recipe.
Spiced Raisin Coffeecake
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup sour cream
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup roughly chopped walnuts
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 1/2 cup raisins
Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Cream together butter and 1 cup sugar until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Blend in sour cream. In a separate bowl sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir into the creamed mixture until well incorporated. Spread 1/2 the mixture into a well greased 9 x 9 x 2 inch pan. Mix nuts, 1/2 cup sugar, and cinnamon; sprinkle half of the mixture over batter. Sprinkle raisins over. Very gently spoon the remaining batter over. Top with remaining nut mixture. Bake for 40 minutes.
Shortly after my I announced my pregnancy I got a message from a friend on Twitter, offering me a bunch of vintage maternity clothes that she no longer had a use for. It was one of the nicest gifts I have ever received–a huge box of gorgeous vintage maternity tops, dresses, and skirts from the 50s and 60s.
It took a little while to fit into some of the more roomy pieces, but lately I have been living in the most lovely 1950s tops. This pink top and skirt set was among the outfits in the box. I have worn the top a few times already with pants, but this was my first time wearing the set. I felt so glamorous and pretty, which isn’t a feeling that comes around often when you have an enormous baby belly leading the way.
Hey friends, I hope your summer (or winter) is going well. It is hot, hot, hot here. I look at the number and it is never as hot as I think it is or that it will get, but I literally feel like I am melting at all times of day and night. Being pregnant during the summer is serious business! One thing that I can always rely on to be nice and cool is the thrift store, not that I need an excuse, but the nice air conditioned thrift stores provide a nice change of scenery when Lucy and I start to get cabin fever. She will usually grab a toy or two, hop in the shopping cart and play for a little while as I waddle down the thrift store isles.
On to some of my recent finds.
1. This set of Marcrest Swiss Chalet dishes. I have talked about them in the past here. I have a friend who collects this set, but I may just have to hang on to these for a little while, I am really in love with them. (Sorry Erin!)
2. I have been building up a collection of enamel dishes and pots for picnics and future camping trips. Also, plaid linens and blankets, because only plaid will do when you are camping! I have been dreaming of camping all summer long, but not while pregnant. I hope to get back into it next year.
3. A few randoms. Pyrex, which I pretty much quit buying quite some time ago (I still need to sell off quite a bit of my hoarded dishes!), but this is my favorite print. That little girl, I don’t even have words for how much I love her chubby cheeks and bedroom eyes. I plan to use her to keep my makeup brushes in. A little bird wall vase.
Have you had any good thrifts lately?
Well hey there!
I have been busy growing a baby, sewing up little clothes, knitting for the not quickly enough approaching fall and winter, and trying to make the most of my increasingly limited time as a mama of one.
In the past I have wavered as to whether I was ready to move on from this blog, which is why I have been blogging quietly for the past two months in my new space. I needed a little time to really reevaluate why I was blogging, what I wanted to blog about, and who I was blogging for. I think I have finally answered those questions for myself and am ready to share.
Here it is: Cedar Makes Things
I will be blogging under a new name, though I am not killing off this site entirely. I may pop in here and there when I get that hankering to post about vintage.
If you have been reading here for a while you have probably noticed a great deal less food related posts lately. Other than my once a week or so retro recipes, there has been very little happening in this kitchen. The pregnancy fairy has not been as kind to me this time around, and I have had a complete loss of appetite (other than nightly takeout), as well as nausea that came and went for weeks. So much food was wasted over the past two months, it is embarrassing. I would go to the store in the morning, thinking the asparagus or green beans looked delicious, by evening the site and smell of said vegetables repulsed me. So, we have been eating out of bags for the past two months. I am not proud, but I am happy that things are looking up. I am no longer getting nausea and I have almost regained my energy, yes! Today I made breakfast (not just a piece of bread), dinner (not a burrito or sub sandwich wrapped in paper!), and Lucy and I even made a batch of granola in the afternoon. Who would have known that something as simple as scrambled eggs or grilled cheese with pesto could make one feel so accomplished? It did though, and I think I am ready to get back to it–just in time for summer’s delicious vegetables to start rolling in!
Speaking of vegetables, here are a few photos of Lucy helping my cousin pick from her beautiful garden.
It’s hard to believe this little goofball is going to be 3 this Sunday. The time does fly.
This morning I had one of those epic swap meet days, the kind where every direction that I looked I saw something I would love to bring home. I did pretty good, not caving to the temptation of dropping my loot off at home and returning for multiple car loads of goodies.
Lucy and I have been haunting the thrift stores in our area lately. You see, I decided recently that I would open another etsy shop (my pattern shop is here). There isn’t much that I enjoy more than the thrill of finding secondhand bargains, and Lucy has grown to love it as well (though I admit, on occasion I bribe her with a book or cheapy toy!).
Anyhow, yesterday evening I opened the virtual doors to my new vintage shop, A Taste of Honey Vintage. I spent last night listing children’s clothing, and made my first sale within two hours! Tonight I am listing some non clothing vintage items (including those cute squirrel salt and pepper shakers in the first photo). I also created an instagram and a twitter account to get sneak peaks of items before they hit the shop.
After the atrocity that was my last retro recipe, the Patio Salad, I needed something safe. One quick flip through my Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook and this recipe for date pudding practically jumped off the page. I have really only had date pudding once before, a year and a half ago for my 30th birthday at King’s Highway in Palm Springs. It really was one of the most delicious deserts I have ever had.
How would I describe this delicious dessert? Ooey, gooey, sticky, and sweet deliciousness, made even better with freshly made whipped cream. That sums it up pretty good. Try this one when you need a good sugar kick!
- 3 eggs, beaten
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup flour, sifted
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup chopped dates
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 350°F. Beat together eggs and sugar. Sift flour, baking powder, and salt. Add to egg mixture, stir in dates and walnuts. Pour into a greased baking dish (8×8) and bake in a pan of hot water for one hour. Serve warm, topped with whipped cream. Serves 6.
Pardon the radio silence around here this week. Want to hear my excuse for neglecting this space? Well, I have been working hard on this monster of a job. Last week I found this horrendously painted china cabinet for a steal in the thrift store and I took it upon myself to save it (or restore it, depending on how you look at it).
Isn’t that bad? Russ was sweet enough to spend last weekend scraping the paint off with chemicals. My spare time throughout the week has been spent out on the patio sanding, sanding, and more sanding. I am only about 1/3 of the way done, but I hope to be finished and ready to stain at the end of the weekend.
Stay tuned to see the finished product. Oh, and I promise a more active week around here next week!