It’s been awhile since I’ve participated in Vintage Thingies Thursday, but I’ve been meaning for several weeks to share this cookbook from my childhood with you.
I can’t remember where Mother got them, but we had this cookbook and a Betty Crocker’s Parties for Children book. I “inherited” the cookbook and it is falling apart. I haven’t seen the party book in years, but it was more fun to read (with all kinds of game ideas!) so I have no doubt that it fell apart and was probably discarded years ago. Or it may still be lurking coverless in a stack of papers on a bookcase at Mother’s, for all I know! The copyright date of the cookbook is 1965 (the year I was born), but our copy says it’s the seventh printing in 1970.
I don’t remember that we actually made very many recipes from the cookbook, and looking back through it now, I see why. Most of the recipes called for “convenience” foods like Bisquick and cake mixes, and our grocery budget didn’t allow for such “luxuries”. Mother cooked from scratch! Still… it was fun to look at! Check out the Animal Pancakes! I can’t make pancakes that cute even now. It’s probably because I don’t use Bisquick.
As I was picking out pictures and recipes to scan I noticed this dubious “treat”! Toasted doughnuts spread with orange marmalade and sprinkled with bacon bits. Yum?
Oh! Here’s one I do remember! Pigs in Blankets! We loved these! Of course, we had them with from-scratch biscuit dough, not Bisquick. And I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone actually call them frankfurters, have you? We always just called ’em hot dogs, or maybe weinies. What did you call them?
Here’s an adorable cake idea! But… yep, cake mix and canned frosting!
Here, though, is the absolute highlight of the whole book… and why I wanted to share it with you this week! It’s a very special Mother’s Day Dinner. Isn’t the cake sweet?
Why, yes! I do believe I have room for dessert, thank you, after a main course of Spam loaf with pineapples! Isn’t it precious how they call it “Ham” Loaf with “ham” in quotation marks? Did anyone actually like Spam, even back then? ..::shudder::..And my favorite picture in the book… I love all the red plaid-ness of this bike picnic!
Doesn’t it make you want to turn your kids lose in the kitchen? Wonder what they would come up with for a Mother’s Day dinner? I dare ya to find out!