Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Date Layer Bars vintage style

Hey there Peeps!

I'm back with a surprisingly yummy recipe and a new fascination of mine!

Here's a little hint......

Yep, my new fascination is this old cookbook that was my mothers.

You can see by the handwriting that my mom received this cookbook in 1964 from my Aunt Clara.  (Just in case you wondered, no, I wasn't born yet) The copy write says revised 1962.   I'm completely fascinated by this cookbook because it is like a history book.  There's no fancy gourmet recipes in this book, just everyday meals that every day common folks had 365 days a year.   There is a section on nutrition and budgeting and time savers.  The funny thing is that it seems we are slowly working our way back to eating the same way they did in 1962.   Anywho, you can bet you'll be seeing lots more "old school" recipes as I've informed Hubster that I'm going to start cooking our meals from this...aside from the weird gelatin salads because I love you guys but I just cannot possibly eat congealed food!!!!  

Ok  let's get started here because first thing you have to do is make the Date Filling.  

You are going to need:
2 cups pitted dates, chopped
½ cup raisins
1 ½ cups water

Put these in a saucepan and cover.  Cook and stir often, until it reaches the consistency of jam. That is about 8-10 minutes.

Now while that is cooking down you can get out the rest of your ingredients:
½ cup shortening
1 cup brown sugar
1 ½ cups All Purpose Flour  ( I used Gluten Free)
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 ½ cups quick cooking oatmeal
1 Tablespoon water

Cream your crisco and brown sugar together in a mixing bowl.

While the mixture is taking care of itself in the mixer you need to sift the flour, soda and salt together in a large bowl.    Add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture and turn the mixture down to stir and add the oats and water.  Mix until crumbly.

Grab yourself a 9x13 pan and grease it up. 

Now take half of that crumbly mixture and firmly press it into the bottom of the 9x13 pan.

Take that date mixture and spread it carefully over the top of the crumb mixture.

Now press the other half of the crumb mixture on top of the date mixture.
Be careful that date mixture is hot and sticky.

Now pop that in a 350 degree oven and bake for 35 minutes.

Take that out of the oven and let it cool before you cut into bars.

I dusted mine with a little powdered sugar for a pretty effect and I was pleasantly surprised.  I mean I really do love dates but these were really good. Not too sweet and just sweet enough.  AND did you notice there is no butter, no eggs, no oil?  Well yeah there is some crisco but come on you got to use something! haha   Other than substituting in GF flour I am going to try very hard to follow the recipes exactly as they were written in 1962 BHG new cookbook.  I think we're going to find some yummy meals that you totally forgot about that your grandma or your mom made for you and if you've never had anything like them then hopefully you'll find something old is new again in a fun vintage way.   

And in case you think I was kidding about being completely fascinated with this cookbook check out my lunch today.  Straight out of the lunch meal plan. Yes, I said the LUNCH meal plans.  So apparently lunch was a big deal but I suppose that's only if you weren't in school. 

I had 1 cup of tomato soup (although in 1962 I'm sure it was Campbell's but in 2015's jacked up food world I had to have Amy's organic because it is GF), a Grilled cheese sandwich (sadly on GF bread), it mentioned I should have a calico salad but I couldn't find what that was so I just had an iceberg lettuce salad with chopped carrots and some french dressing (that was as 1962 as I could think) then I had a Date Layer Bar for dessert.    Seriously I think this was more food than I normally eat all day long when I'm home alone  and I was STUFFED but I got busy and got some chores done and by 6pm I was wondering where Better Crocker was with my dinner!  haha    I had grandiose plans of making myself a 1962 dinner but I had some organic canned chili albeit I ate organic GF chili over the top of fritos topped with cheese but whatever...don't judge me.     Lunch was definitely the better meal today.   I'm trying to figure out what kind of "vintage" meal I'm making Hubster on Sunday for his birthday.  I'm thinking maybe an old fashioned pot roast in the oven and not the crock pot.  If I wanted to go real old school I'd do it in the pressure cooker but the chances of me using one of those are the same as me eating a congealed salad.  

I'm off to bed now because I've had a rough time adjusting to the time change this week and for once I'd like to be asleep before 2 am. and I have to be up and coherent before 9 in the morning so I can try to get Wrestlemania tickets for my nephew.  It's coming to Dallas in April and I'm hoping to surprise him with a really awesome birthday/Christmas present.   I'm working on my cool Aunt points plus by taking him I'll get to see the Rock, it's a win-win for everyone!!!

What do you think?  Do you think you are going to like this old school cooking?
Anything you hope I find in my mom's well worn cookbook?

Peace, Love, & 1962

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Tuesday Times

You know it's Tuesday so you know what TIME it is?!
It's been a bit since we've done a Tuesday Times so we're kicking it old school and doing one today!

Reading:  I was on a roll with my reading but lately I've backed up and been reading my magazines and my Feedly list every day very thoroughly.  It's approaching holiday season you know and I got to get ready to get my decorating on.  
Listening:  When I'm home I'm hooked on a Pandora station I discovered the other day, Sunday Funday Brunch.  I'm hearing Frank Sinatra, Otis Redding, Etta James, Michael Buble, Bill Withers, Spinners, The Temptations, Harry Connick Jr., etc.  It's fun and it's great background music.  I've gotten up and turned it on every morning for several days now and just leave it going all day. Occasionally I'll break out in a little dance too!    In the car I'm still listening to Channel 28 Spectrum on XM radio. My normal Octane station has been a bit "off" lately so I'm enjoying Spectrum for now. 

Watching:  EMPIRE!!!  Seriously I am hooked into that show like crazy.  Two really hip, young and cool Bloggers I met introduced me to this one and I binge watched Season 1 (which I NEVER do) and now Wednesday can't get here fast enough.    On a Holiday programming note: 13 Days of Halloween started yesterday on ABC Family, Hocus Pocus is on, you should watch it! 


Cooking/Eating/Drinking:  Hubster was home last week except one night so we had actual dinner food.  I did make some really good pulled pork in the smoker and some Brazilian Black Beans with saffron rice.  Other than that, nothing really stands out in my mind, except we ate at Buffalo Wild Wings not once but twice!!!   I'm sorta hooked on the new B-Dubs Potato Stacks. Hope they keep that one on the menu long after football season. My pants hope they don't. 

Pinning:  We've been working on painting the kitchen and den area (one really big common area) and so I've been pinning decorating ideas for the wall over the television.  We separated out our entertainment center and it makes the room seem so much bigger but now I need things over the TV on the wall.  

Tweeting: Mostly products I've been testing out and events I've attended.
Crafting: If painting counts as crafting then I'm crafting like a crazy woman!  

Doing: See above: Painting, I've been painting.  Not much else except building a plant shelf for my kitchen window with Hubster.  It was supposed to be a quick easy project but at one point I had three Home Depot guys involved in how to make this happen.  Nothing is easy if you find it on Pinterest. 

Going: I had a couple of blog events I went to and I wanted to share a couple of quick photos.  I've seriously been having so much fun at these blog events.  I'm meeting some really great bloggers and getting out of the house.

First event was at the Anchor Design District Pool and Bar in Dallas at the DoubleTree Hotel.

Just a small sample of the delicious foods and yummy drinks they treated us with.
That was a most delightful Raspberry Mojito I had to drink. YUM!

Guest rooms freshened up and who can resist an ET towel buddy reading in the corner chair.

The cabanas out by the pool were just gorgeous.  Maybe Hubster and I will sneak away for a weekend soon and spend some time here.   Of course it's a DoubleTree so there are those amazing chocolate chip cookies and yes, they gave us a whole tin.   I gave mine to the MereBear, my gastrointestinal health depended on it. 

The next amazing event was at a absolutely lovely design store in Southlake, The Interior Collection

To say that I wanted every thing in this store is an understatement.  This bedroom spoke to me in so many ways.   If we could just move this to my house I'd be happy especially that headboard- that headboard was delicious!!!! 

One of the many cool things Whitnie and her staff did was show us how to set a table. I'm telling you I was drooling over this table!  So gorgeous and then they moved most of the items away and switched it up to a less formal setting.  Whitnie, Jodi and the rest of the staff were as kind and sweet as you could hope for.  Stop in the shop and chat and have a look around, I spied a few things for Christmas gifts I'll be going back for.

As if the day wasn't already so much fun, we came home with all this SWAG.  I mean really??!!  
There is even a gorgeous fabric tote bag that didn't even fit in the photo.  Truly a wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon.  That black sparkly Rustic Cuff bracelet is amazing, I think that when I go back to pick up gifts that I might pick up a stocking stuffer or two for myself.  Really, who wears only one bracelet at a time?  Not this girl!

I even won a door prize!  

Loving:  The fact that we may finally get some rain this week. We are way past dry as a bone over here peeps, not to mention we are also still in the 80's during the day.  Hellion Fall, where are you? 

Enjoying: Getting the house more like "me" and not the old owners.  It's only taken me a year and a half to decide on paint colors. 
Reviewing:  I've got two dandy little products to review for you.  Influenster sent me a few products to test out and review.  Remember, I received these items for free in exchange for my honest opinions.

Curel Itch Defense Body Wash and Instant Soothing Moisturizing Spray.

Let's start with the Body Wash.  It was in fact my favorite of the two.  I loved that it was sudsy and it didn't have an overpowering scent and it didn't dry out my sensitive skin.   Everything you could want in a body wash, this is on my shopping list because I squeezed out every drop of that stuff that I could.

The moisturizing spray, I have a mixed review on this one.  On the plus side this one was MUCH better than a previous spray on lotion I tried.  I'm thinking maybe I just don't get the point of spray on lotion, seriously is it that difficult to rub your lotion on every day?  Any way, this was ok as far as moisturizing and the scent didn't overpower any actual cologne or other fragrance you might choose to wear.   It was fine until I got near the end of the bottle then it went flipping everywhere except my body.  Near the end of the bottle it would spray all willy nilly and end up on the floor, on the bathroom vanity, the rug, just everywhere in addition to my legs.  I also feel like you go through a bottle of this much faster than regular lotion.   If you are into spray on lotion then you should definitely give this a try.  As for me, I'll stick with the regular Curel lotion, it does a good job and I can rub my own lotion onto my body.  

Also if you missed Jimmy Fallon last night then you missed having a good belly laugh. 

If you don't have time to watch the whole thing start at 5:20 and at least watch Fallon Whip and Nae Nae and his stanky leg....OMG total laughter BEST stanky leg ever!  Justin Timberlake is a riot just watching this unfold. 

Then of course Ellen one ups him with "Bitch Better Have My Money" and just like that, she wins!

Seriously ya'll, just watch and laugh!

Peace, Love & Mic drop

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