Friday, September 11, 2015

It Smells Like a Holiday in Here

I've been baking/cooking like a madwoman getting ready for the High Holidays (honey cake recipe follows at end of post), and the house smells wonderful. The tablecloth is ready as well, so being ahead of schedule I decided to stop by the annual Sarpy County Historical Society Garage Sale in Bellevue. This once a year sale never disappoints and I came home with the Holy Grail of kitchen appliances-a 1970's toasty-maker with a note that reads, "Used once." I have wanted one since Danny was born, but the newer models are all made so cheaply they wouldn't last long if they worked at all. I might have sounded a bit excited, but everyone was in good spirits. The sale is a bit like a reunion where you get to visit with people you haven't seen all year.

 I found Danny a set of recordings of bird songs from the old days of the Cornell Ornithology Lab. I think they're 78's (they're heavy!) but I have a way to play them (he'll need to crank it, but that's "old tech" for you!). That was .50 cents. I bought nearly an entire lot of nice, mid-century costume necklaces and brooches and got to talk a bit with the daughter of the woman that owned them. She was happy to meet the person buying them, and I was happy to learn a bit about her mother-she sounds like she was a wonderful lady. I promised to give them a good home, and looking over the way I was dressed I think she was satisfied I'd be wearing them, not re-selling them. I rarely get to know anything about the people that previously owned what I buy, so it was nice to be able to chat for a bit.
I couldn't have asked for better weather. This looks like a wool suit, eh? You'd be forgiven thinking that, however it is 100% glorious synthetic wash-and-wear polyester. Everyone thought I was, "So dressed-up." Ha! If they only knew. This was part of the Salvation Army vintage haul a few weeks back.
The bag is vinyl because who the hell has time to polish leather? I admit buying the bag just for the clasp.

School is going well, and our autumn calendar is filling up quicker than I can jot down dates and notes on it. Apple festival, bird banding, fall plant sale, pumpkin patch, fall festival at Pioneer's Park,  Lincoln City Library annual book sale-we'll have no excuse to claim boredom. Toss the Jewish holidays into it, and I'm ready for another trip to Kansas to rest. Two days was hardly a proper holiday!

I neglected to show this bag (and hat) when I wore it, but better late than never, right? It has seen better days, but for two dollars, I can't really complain. My mother had the same bag in green and blue. She never used it, instead storing photographs in it. I might use it to hold socks.
 I remember how this sort of thing was everywhere when I was a child. Suddenly, you're old and they've all disappeared. As nostalgia goes, I think I got away inexpensively.
 Hey everybody, look-a stunned turtle in a hat!
 Oh, never mind, that's just me.
 The hat turned up at my neighbourhood Goodwill, and they were selling it for pocket change. Sometimes I luck out.
I'm getting the last wears of the season out of my white accessories. This one is Crown Trifari, and came from Hand-Me-Ups. I like the lack of symmetry-very 70's. I'm less crazy about the chain that catches my hair in it.

Danny's pay-out from the fair arrived today-he wants to spend the $60.00 playing the Centipede arcade game at Broncos Burgers. At .50 cents a game, that's a lot of Centipede. I really shouldn't let him, and I'm going to try and reason with him, but I suspect at least 1/4 of his winnings will end up in that game. I try to remember I was young once (I was, I swear!). He's otherwise quite responsible with money. I suppose if he gets good enough at it, the quarters last longer.

In other news-I'm studying for my ham radio licence. Holy hell there's a lot of maths. A lot of maths. Still, that was something I'd set as a goal for myself, and this is the year-unless I screw up, then as the Cubs fans say-there's always next year. I don't think I'll screw-up. I like maths, mostly.

So that's us. How are you guys doing? I'll be over to your blogs for a visit soon.

*This has become my go-to honey cake recipe. It isn't fancy, and it doesn't have any chopped apples or raisins in it, but it keeps well, and slathered with butter and more honey it makes a great breakfast through the holiday.

You Will Need:
4 eggs, separated
¾ cup sugar
1-cup honey (12 oz.)
1/3 cup salad oil (I used Canola)
3 cups all purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1-teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon ground clove
½ teaspoon ground allspice
3 teaspoons instant coffee
1-cup hot water

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease either two regular sized, or one large loaf pan lightly and set aside.

Prepare the coffee in the hot water and set aside to cool.
Separate the eggs with the yolks in a large mixing bowl and the whites in a medium sized bowl (copper is best if you have one). Beat the yolks and sugar until creamy and light. Add the oil and then the honey beating well after each addition. Beat until smooth and creamy.
Sift the flour and measure again. Combine with salt, baking powder, baking soda and spices. Add the dry ingredients to the egg yolk mixture alternating with the coffee. Do not over mix-use a wooden spoon and mix just until blended.
Beat the egg whites until stiff and peaks will hold. Fold egg whites into mixture 1/3 at a time until combined. Do this carefully and with a light touch.
Pour into the prepared pans, and bake until dark and a toothpick comes out clean. This can take anywhere from 45 minutes to 90 minutes depending on the pan size. Keep an eye on it. I baked mine atop a baking sheet-just in case of overflow.

Cool five minutes in pan, then completely on a rack. Wrap tightly when cool and store a few days before serving.


Beth Waltz said...

The honey cake would be a worthwhile project if only to make the house smell wonderful!

The pussy-bow blouse is perfect with the looks-like-wool suit. The straw bag (I, too, keep several for storing pictures because a photographer once told me it allows them to air.) is very display-able, and the bucket hat is definitely a library day wear-able.

I, too, have an estate sale collection of costume jewellery I identify by the former owner. Viewing her other possessions, she seems to have been a cross between Elizabeth Arden and Auntie Mame. Wish she'd been several sizes larger, because she wore some Chanel look-alikes that would have suited me!

Wish you well on the HAM project! Comes The Emergency and the cell networks fails, we'll need all the HAM operators we can muster. Jeez, when The Explosion hit Richmond Indiana back then, our back-up was the taxi fleet and the Tiny Tot radio despatched trucks.

ThriftyParka said...

I like your comment about the straw purse. They were plentiful when you were young but now there nowhere. Whew! I can relate to that!!! There are things I had wished that I had snapped up at the time, not knowing that they'd be gone (like well made leather shoes).

That jewellery haul sounds amazing! I hope you do a blog on it! The hat and the honey cake look delicious!

Goody said...

@Beth Waltz
Let me know if you bake it-it does smell nice as it bakes. If you *really* want your house to smell great, make spiced honey with mulling spices warmed in liquefied honey. It makes a beautiful gift with a slice of lemon in the jar, and only needs 15 minutes in a water-bath canner.

@Thrifty PArka

I might just do a post on the jewelry-thank you for the idea.

Radostin said...

The jewellery does indeed sound post-worthy. Your woolless suit is lovely, and I particularly like it withthedarkbrown blouse, a very nice combination.

Goody said...

I will take that as encouragement as I'm never sure what to wear with that cranberry shade. Brown was all I could come up with because my pink blouse was in the wash ;)