Making Things

By Cedar | June 29, 2014

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, but it most likely won’t be often.

 

Some Random Thoughts

By Cedar | April 30, 2014

making granola

making granola

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.

picking vegetables

picking vegetables

It’s hard to believe this little goofball is going to be 3 this Sunday. The time does fly.

 

My New Etsy Shop – A Taste of Honey Vintage

By Cedar | April 27, 2014

mid century vintage swap meet finds

mid century vintage swap meet finds

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.

Date Pudding

By Cedar | April 23, 2014

date pudding retro recipe

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!

Date Pudding

  • 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.

date pudding vintage recipe

date pudding vintage recipe

date pudding retro recipe

date pudding vintage recipe

date pudding retro recipe

date pudding retro recipe

Restoring a China Cabinet

By Cedar | April 17, 2014

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).

mid century china cabinet restore

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.

scraping paint

Stay tuned to see the finished product. Oh, and I promise a more active week around here next week!

Patio Salad – A Retro Recipe Flop

By Cedar | April 10, 2014

patio salad vintage recipe

Well, that looks horribly unappetizing, doesn’t it? This chunky, crunchy, chewy, creamy orange dish is called Patio Salad, recipe taken from the Knudsen Recipes book (which I also used last week to make a delicious, but not so crunchy, Apple Crunch) from 1962. It is slightly sweet, and packed with flavor. Unusual, why did I think I would like this, sweet, flavor.

As you may have already guessed, this one was not a winner. Upon first bite I thought to myself, ‘hmm this is interesting’, and with each subsequent bite my taste for this unique salad lessened and lessened. I think I made it four bites in before I decided I was done, for good, forever. Patio salad is not for me, at least not in this incarnation.

The ingredients in this recipe should have been a warning sign, but I hoped that maybe this was one of those odd recipes, where once it all came together it would create a party in my mouth. Or, at the very least, I figured my non vegetable eating three year old would like it with all those dates and pineapple. Wrong and wrong. No one liked it, I am almost afraid my compost pile will throw this one back in my face.

Anyhow, here is the recipe. Who knows, you may like it.

  • 4 medium sized carrots, shredded
  • 1 tablespoon candied ginger, chopped
  • 1 cup pitted dates, chopped
  • 1 cup celery
  • 2 cups Knudsen Hawaiian Pineapple Cottage Cheese (since I am pretty sure this product no longer exists, I used 2 cups plain cottage cheese and 1/2 cup pineapple chunks, running the pineapple through the processor before mixing in)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream

Mix carrots, ginger, dates and celery with the cottage cheese (and pineapple), chill. At serving time toss with sour cream. Serve on crisp greens.

patio salad vintage recipe

patio salad vintage recipe

patio salad vintage recipe

The burger and fries were amazing!

Things I am Loving

By Cedar | April 9, 2014

Vintage horse head bookends from the 1950s, found in thrift store.

vegetarian biscuits and gravy

opi nude nail polish samoan sand

Wednesday. Hump day. I always disliked that term. Maybe it is my inner 12 year old speaking, but whenever I hear the term hump day I either giggle or cringe. Anyway, here is a rather fluffy blog post about some of the things I have been loving lately.

1. These funky vintage horse head bookends that I found in the thrift store last week. I haven’t quite found the proper place for them yet, but they are just like some I had been eying on Etsy a while back. Bookends always come in handy around here!

2. Not the healthiest meal, but possibly the tastiest I have had in a while. Biscuits and gravy with eggs. I used the veggie breakfast “sausage”, which I don’t usually buy, but oh I am glad I did. This meal hit the spot, and just looking at the photo again has me making plans to make it again this weekend.

3. This nail polish by OPI called Samoan Sand.

Not pictured:

- The heat! It has been in the high 80s and low 90s the past few days, and I love it. I know I will tire of it come July or August, but right now it is wonderful. Lucy and I lay outside in the grass until 6 in the evening, playing and enjoying the weather.

- That moment at the end of the day when I hear the keys in the door and I am no longer parenting alone. There is nothing better.

Someone’s Family Photos

By Cedar | April 7, 2014

A very warm welcome to those of you who are joining me from Jessica’s blog, Chronically Vintage. I have been a long time reader of her lovely blog, and was so happy to sponsor it for the month of April. Jessica is such a dear, it really has been a pleasure working with her. So, welcome to all!

vintage photo album from the 1950s

This is one of my favorite things to come across when I am out looking for treasures. Sometimes the pictures inside are pretty, but nothing special, and then other times you find real winners, like this book I picked up from the swap meet yesterday morning. Inside are the most wonderful images of a couple that clearly liked to have a good time (and toward the end of the book very few of their child!). The pictures range from 1954 to 1961. Enjoy!

vintage photo album from the 1950s

vintage photo album from the 1950s

vintage photo album from the 1950s

vintage photo album from the 1950s

vintage photo album from the 1950s

vintage photo album from the 1950s

vintage photo album from the 1950s

vintage photo album from the 1950s

vintage photo album from the 1950s

Aren’t these fun? I am quite partial to the first one, of the gal in the kitchen as well as the couple kissing. Which is your favorite?

Happy Weekend!

By Cedar | April 5, 2014

butterfly festival

Just popping in to wish all a happy weekend. Here is a little sneak peak at my enormous belly–it is wild that I am only 12 weeks, I must have been at least 18 weeks before I was this size last time around!

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Apple Crunch

By Cedar | April 2, 2014

apple crunch vintage recipe

This recipe is inappropriately named Apple Crunch as there was nothing crunchy about it. Perhaps a better name would be apple porridge or apple pudding. Either way, it was delicious, and just what this lady with a baby was craving. We don’t eat a lot of sweets or desserts around our house, but when I do get a hankering for something sugary I prefer desserts with fruit in them. Pies, cobblers and crisps are right up my alley.

Yesterday I was in the mood for something sugary and decided to treat myself to a doughnut while Lucy and I were out. The doughnut was not nearly as good as it looked and left me feeling pretty underwhelmed and still craving a sweet treat. Today I decided I better appease my sugar craving, so we tried this recipe from Knudsen Recipes cookbook from 1962. I followed this recipe  to a T (well, other than not using Knudsen products!) and was very happy. It was just sweet enough and I loved the unique taste that the sour cream and cream cheese gave to the dish.

(Scroll down for recipe.)

apple crunch recipe ingredients

vintage knudsen recipes cookbook

apple crunch recipe

apple crunch recipe

Apple Crunch

  • 6 apples
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 3 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup half and half

Preheat oven to 350°F. Peel and slice apples. Place them in a shallow, greased baking dish. Mix the flour and sugar and add the sour cream. Spoon over the top of apples. Top with diced cream cheese. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Bake for 40 minutes. Serve hot, topped with half and half.

apple crunch recipe