Sunday, April 29, 2012

Weekend Update: Load In

I spent most of today loading in the set for American Buffalo, so no time to dilly dally. However, tomorrow's post will have some great Thrift Share business.

Goals for Last Week:
1. Finish ground plan for American Buffalo, draw a perspective sketch. I started a perspective sketch but abandoned it mid way as the amount of space were are using has been shifting on a daily basis. Now it is far enough in the process, it would be a waste of time.
2. Start pulling props and furniture for the American Buffalo set.
3. Pull American Buffalo costumes from Yale stock, thrift the rest.
4. Have American Buffalo costume fittings. Scheduled for Monday
5.Exercise for 3 hours this week. (Trying a new approach with number of hours of exercise as opposed to the number of days.)
6. Go through my closet and drawers and purge old clothes.

Not too shabby.

Goals for This Week:
1. American Buffalo costume fittings and do notes.
2. Vacuum and mop floors of my apartment.
3. Macbeth-Start drafting and drawings
4. This week's exercise goal: run 4 times this week instead of 3.
5. Macbeth-finish and organize costume research.
6. Go through my closet and drawers and purge old clothes. (I really doubt I'm going to have the time, but you never know.)

Thing a Week #14: I made a set! Still a ways to go, but great progress was made today.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Thrifts of Terror: Oh Really?!

Now it sounds like Project Kresher is an amazing institution. But if they really want to work against the oppression of women around the globe they should have come up with a less stereotypical title.


Reversing Kitchen and Kremlin would be totally acceptable. 
Seen at the Orange, CT Savers.

And speaking of women and our rights, today there are events around the country to Unite Against the War on Women. I wish I could be at the march in NY to hear Martha Plimpton speak. If you are there it starts at 11am at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory.  

Friday, April 27, 2012

Vintage Kitsch'n: The Jell-O You've Been Waiting For

The savory recipe.
Recipe: Tomato Aspic Molds
From: Betty Crocker's Hostess Cookbook


I've been fascinated with this recipe for some time. When I first glanced at it I said, "Ew, Tomato Aspic." Then I read the recipe and said "Hey, now this is basically the Jell-O version of a Virgin Bloody Mary." For a long time I thought I might try a seafood gelatin mold for the savory recipe, but I couldn't handle the thought of throwing it out if it was disgusting. So I kept it simple and went with what interested me.

Creative Cookery: I do what I want.
I pretty much followed the recipe to the letter, except I added 3oz of Absolut Vodka. I also halved the recipe. I mean who really needs that much Tomato Aspic if you are not entertaining with it?

Vintage Wares:
My latest fluted mold:



And of course I've been utilizing my extensive collection of Pyrex measuring cups to mix all of my gelatin creations.


And where would we be without a Pyrex plate for serving?


Verdict: Red Ribbon
It's not terrible. The smell of the cloves actually makes you want to eat it. There's a definite spicy kick from the Tabasco and cayenne. The lemon gelatin and tomato work well together. There is crunch from the celery. And with my variation, there is a buzz from the booze. It is as I suspected, a solidified Bloody Mary. I've been eating it with shrimp and polenta, and I have to say it's grown on me. But let's face it, it's still tomato Jell-O.

My official month of Jell-O is at an end, but hell I'm having such fun I'm just going to keep going. My copy of Hello, Jell-O is on it's way along with some small, individual molds and I can't wait to look for more molds while out thrifting. Next week, the Rainbow Jell-O Mold. Here's a tease:

Monday, April 23, 2012

Thrift Share Monday: More Jell-O Mold Madness

This could be a very dangerous road I'm on, this road paved with Jell-O molds. A quick glance at "Jell-O mold" searches on eBay and Etsy, sent my heart a pitter-patter. I even made my first Etsy Teasury: the Joys of Jell-O. Then promptly purchased an item from the treasury, 8 mini Jell-O molds. Then purchased Victoria Belanger's book Hello, Jell-O! from The Strand Bookstore via Amazon. I'm Jell-O obsessed, I tell you!

I picked up a new fluted mold for $3 at the English Market on Sunday.


It's already gelling this weeks Jell-O Experiment. Tomato aspic. (No I'm not kidding. Check back Friday for the results.) I like these smaller 2-3 cup molds, good for single girls like me. Though I am now longing for one of the tall, tiered layer types.


I also snagged this charming Vera towel calendar for $8. I love how narrow and simple it is.



Last, I grabbed a couple bits of vintage fabric for quilting:


If you missed my Thursday Tray Update, be sure to click the link for more details on the State Trays I picked up this week.


Weekend Update: Productivity, I has it. Kind of.


I had a strange week at work. Some aspects of the new show have progressed really, really quickly and some have not progressed at all. Leaving all of us backstage with this strange vibe of confusion. Still, it's a thousand times easier than Winter's Tale so we're just rolling with it. 

Today being my only day off was busy with a Baby Shower, a trip to the English Market, and by the time I got home I had a migraine from the giant nor'easter bearing down on New England. I took some drugs and a 2 hour nap then ran to the grocery store before they closed. Came home, cleaned, and made some new Jell-o creations. 

Now: assessing the situation.

Goals from Last Week:
1. Complete Week 4 of Couch 2 5K program. Get to the gym at least three times this week.
2. Finish ground plan for American Buffalo, start sourcing props.
3. Vacuum and mop bedroom floor.
4. Macbeth-start drafting and sketching the set.
5. Macbeth-start organizing costume research.
6. Pull costumes for American Buffalo from Yale stock.

While I only completed half the list above. I also completed the latest quilt project for the Baby Shower. 
Thing a Week Number 13: The Goldilocks and the Three Bears Quilt!


Teaching children an important lesson about not acting like an entitled jackass. (More children should be told this story these days, just sayin'.)

Unfortunately, my work on American Buffalo took a hit. This means it's top priority for next week. And by next week I mean tomorrow.

Goals for Next Week:
1. Finish ground plan for American Buffalo, draw a perspective sketch.
2. Start pulling props and furniture for the American Buffalo set.
3. Pull American Buffalo costumes from Yale stock, thrift the rest.
4. Have American Buffalo costume fittings.
5.Exercise for 3 hours this week. (Trying a new approach with number of hours of exercise as opposed to the number of days.)
6. Go through my closet and drawers and purge old clothes. 

See you tomorrow for Thrift Share Monday when I show off the fabulous new Jell-O mold I bought today. Also my Thrift of Terror post did not go up as scheduled. (Blogger glitch perhaps?) Here is the link, enjoy.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Thrifts of Terror: Totally Inapropriate

I was tempted to buy this because it would be ironic if I used it.


But really, I'm just too horrified it exists.
Seen at the Teen Challenge Store in Branford, CT.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Vintage Kitsch'n: Molded Jell-O

So the first attempt at unmolding Jell-O was a total fail:

Blurg.
The second attempt was better.

From: The New Joys of Jell-O
Recipe: Ginger Peach Dessert
This was another one of those recipes requiring soda instead of water. My second attempt at molding the Jell-O was also my first attempt at adding fruit.

Creative Cookery: I do what I want.
Instead of Orange flavored Jell-O, I used Peach. It's what the Jell-O test kitchen cooks would have wanted, if Peach had been an available flavor I'm sure.

Kitchen Wares:
Vintage copper gelatin mold:


Vintage Pyrex plate for serving:


Verdict: Blue Ribbon
This peachy dessert was an excellent choice for my first solid food after a day of liquids. I can't quite describe the difference the ginger ale makes, but trust me-it's there. Zingy, maybe?

Want more molded Jell-O? Check out this great blog: The Jello Mold Mistress of Brooklyn. Victoria Belanger has taken modern Jell-O to a whole other level!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Thursday Tray Update

Last week, I was fortunate enough to receive an email from a local reader asking if I wanted to purchase two trays from her.

One being South Dakota:



The other being a Nashco Minnesota:

My response? Hell, yes! So we met up in outside the Ikea, where all good trades go down, I gave her a 20 and the rest is history.

I also received an Oklahoma tray in the mail from a friend/reader who lives in Colorado.




Thanks Janann! Check out her Etsy shop Janannigans.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Thrift Share Monday, I Mean Tuesday.

As my schedule slowly returns back to normal, my ability to get out thrifting and to write about it will return to a normal schedule too.  Here are some things I bought a couple weeks ago.

Remember my Betty Crocker Cookbook post? Well lo' and behold, I found the Party Book at the Orange Goodwill for .50, almost immediately after putting that post together.


Later that day, at Savers, I found this Cooking With Trader Joe's cookbook. I have been wanting a copy of this for several years, since my main grocery store is Trader Joe's.  At $6, it was a little pricey, but still cheaper than the full price of $25. I've already made a few recipes and discovered the cookbook was definitely worth the price.


I also picked up these aluminum molds at Savers for $5 for the pair. They are part of my Vintage Kitsch'n Jell-O experiment.


Linking Up With:


Monday, April 16, 2012

Weekend Update: Back in the Saddle Again

Back where a friend is a friend, meaning the link-up with Van over at Thrift Core.

Things are finally back to normal. Or as normal as it gets in my life.  I'm going to jump right into goals for the coming week, best to just start with a clean slate.

1. Complete Week 4 of Couch 2 5K program. Get to the gym at least three times this week.
2. Finish ground plan for American Buffalo, start sourcing props.
3. Vacuum and mop bedroom floor.
4. Macbeth-start drafting and sketching the set.
5. Macbeth-start organizing costume research.
6. Pull costumes for American Buffalo from Yale stock.

Thing a Week Number 12:
I finally made progress on American Buffalo, my costumes are sketched and budgeted, and I typed up a props list.  What a relief to be productive again!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Thrifts of Terror: What Time Is It?

Vacation Time!


This thing is all kinds of amazing.


Look at these fabulous 80's people frolicking in a waterfall.


Seen at the Orange, CT Savers.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Vintage Kitsch'n: J-E-L-L-O

The Jell-O experiment started off with plain recipes to facilitate the liquid diet I needed to have on Wednesday pre-medical procedure.

From: The New Joys of Jell-O
Recipe: Topaz Parfait



Part of the Super Desserts chapter. This boozy recipe involves coffee and brandy or rum. Sounds weird, but when I mentioned this recipe to my Mom she remembered her grandmother used to make a coffee gelatin concoction.


Creative Cookery: I do what I want.
I omitted the booze and used 3/4 cup of water with a teaspoon of rum extract.


I also (eventually) used canned whipped cream instead of the Dream Whip. I did buy a couple boxes of the Dream Whip, but after reading the ingredients I decided against it.


Kitchen Wares:
Pyrex for setting. In retrospect this was not the best choice since the Jell-O against the glass somehow creates a tough "skin."


Kings Crown for serving:


Verdict: Red Ribbon
I tried this without the whipped cream on Wednesday and it was a bit sugary and rich, I could really only eat a few spoon fulls. Trying this after the procedure with whipped cream was much better. The whipped cream cuts the sweetness. I would definitely like to try this again with the booze.

The procedure went fine, all is well. Next week: Adventures with Molded Jell-O.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Vintage Kitsch'n: The New Joys of Jell-O

Welcome to Jell-O month at Vintage Spinster. I should start by saying the goal for this month of Jell-O goodness is for me to get over my dislike of Jell-O. I'm sure I've mentioned before that I have Crohn's Disease. Unfortunately, there was a period of time in my life when I was really ill and I could only really eat Jell-O, soup, and processed breads. Over the years I've managed to start appreciating and making my own soup. Why not try the same with gelatin by using some vintage recipes? Lucky me, I have a 1979 copy of The New Joys of Jell-O.


I have a medical procedure next week, for which I will need to ingest only liquids the day before.  (Totally routine-no big deal.) So instead of just making plain Jell-O flavors, I will utilize my stash of vintage cookbooks and make some exciting gelatin dishes. 


Bring on the Super Desserts!


I decided to see if some of the Molded Salad recipes are any good during the weekend after the procedure. The vegetable and meat gelatin recipes are fascinating. Time to see if they are any good!

Of course, where would we be without some vintage molds for this project? I used to have a Tupperware ring mold, but purged it from the kitchen ages ago. I think these metal ones I picked up at Savers for $5 have more appeal. Apparently the metal will help gelatin set quicker too.


Next week will feature the recipes I'm using for my day of liquids. And remember: "There's always room for Jell-O!"

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Vintage Kitsch'n: Betty Crocker

It's pretty well known by now that I have a love for vintage cookbooks and cooking. With all of the selections out there in the word of vintage cooking it has been hard to limit myself. So I've started to limit my collection to my first cookbook love, Betty Crocker. It all started when I was a kid with the Betty Crocker Cooky book and baking cookies with my Grandmother.


Now it has evolved to a huge collection, which can be seen here on my Betty Crocker Cookbook page. There are various editions of these cook books. Spiral bound, hardback, and paperback. As you can see, my current edition of the Cooky Book is a paperback. My mother still has the spiral bound which is my goal edition for each title. Of course there are still different versions of the spiral bounds as well. At some point the cover art had a line break added as you can see in these different Dinner parties editions:




And here's what I'm still on the hunt for:

Dinner Parties (see above) though a friend has loaned me her copy to look at, which is nice of her. Thanks Kate!





(Not the binder edition.)


Christmas Cookbook:





And who knows, maybe there are more to be on the look out for.