Wednesday, January 29, 2014

1950's Valentines and Where it All Started

I have often wondered where the idea of Valentines Day came from. I did a bit of poking around and this is the best explanation I could find. More cards below. Enjoy.
Chaucer's love birds
Jack B. Oruch writes that the first recorded association of Valentine's Day with romantic love is in Parlement of Foules (1382) by Geoffrey Chaucer.[21] Chaucer wrote:
For this was on seynt Volantynys day
Whan euery bryd comyth there to chese his make.
["For this was on Saint Valentine's Day, when every bird cometh there to choose his mate."]
This poem was written to honor the first anniversary of the engagement of King Richard II of England to Anne of Bohemia.[37] A treaty providing for a marriage was signed on May 2, 1381.[38] (When they were married eight months later, they were each only 15 years old).

I hope you find it as interesting as I did. These cute little 1950's Valentine Cards are some my mother collected over the years and some belonged to my Aunt "Dottie" Jean when she was a teacher in the late 1940's and  early1950's, she has since passed. I hope you find them as cute as I do.

What silly things do you save?

Thursday, January 23, 2014

$10 Healthy Meal Challenge

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During the month of January, post a picture of your favorite healthy meal on Pinterest, making sure it costs about $10 total for a family of four and tagging #WalmartGiving and #NoKidHungry. Be sure to include a list of ingredients, the total cost of the meal, and a description of your recipes. In early February, prizes will be awarded for the following categories: Most Family Friendly, Most Creative and Best Presentation!

  • "Healthy” means the meal should include foods from at least three food groups, and be low in added sugar, salt and fat.
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I am entering my Dutch Oven Verde Pork Stew with Corn Sticks.
A warm bowl of healthy veggies and lean pork steaks cubed and cooked up tender in a nice Verde (Green Sauce) with a sweet corn stick for dipping. And all for under $10.00!
I cubed 2 very large pork steaks patted dry, coated with seasoned flour, I used (Mrs. Dash & Black Pepper and dried cumin), then place a single layer in hot oil in your pan and brown lightly, remove pieces to paper toweling too drain fat while you brown the rest of your meat. After all pieces are browned use a paper towel to wipe your skillet or Dutch Oven out.
Wash and dice 4 potatoes, 2 ribs of celery, 3 carrots and 1 white or yellow onion. You can add more or less of any veggie of course that you and your family prefers.
Now it is as easy as adding your browned meat and veggies to your pan, and 1 large can 28 oz.any
brand, I use Las Palmas Green Chile Enchilada Sauce. Add 2 full cans of water and stir gently to mix. You can cook on your stove or even you crock-pot but, I prefer to place in the oven at 350 degrees for 90 minutes. Because I will be using my oven for the Corn Sticks, the oven is hot and ready. And my mom and my grandmother slow roasted their stews this way.

Done! Can't you just taste it? I always add a bit of dried cumin when it comes out, it smells wonderful!
Who does not love Jiffy Corn Bread mix for a quick little bread? One little box yields 7 sweet little sticks you can of course use muffin tins or an 8x8 square pan. I always add a pinch or two of sugar to the mix. When I cook cornbread etc. from scratch I like it Sweet.

This is my wonderful 4 in 1 Cast Iron Dutch Oven given to me by my Mom many years ago. It has served many well. I just love it. It has a hinged removable lid.

And I think everyone has a Corn Stick pan, (mostly hanging on the wall, use it!) they make the crispiest little ears. Always get them good and hot before you put your batter in! No stickin' then!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Magic of Crochet: Sweet Girls Dress

Pin it To Win it! No Fail Dinner Ideas



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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

What Can $1.00 buy in the United States

10 Meals for one Child!

My goal for 2014 is small. I am trying to raise $150.00 by years end.

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Monday, January 6, 2014

Pinterest Sweepstakes

Sverve Turns One Sweepstakes

Sverve just turned 1 year old! Follow Sverve's pin board & repin what you find inspiring or upload your own "firsts" or milestone images with hashtag #SverveTurns1. Enter your email for a chance to win one (1) of five (5) $50 Amazon gift cards!

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