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Collectible Treasures Treasure Box of Vintage History and Tidbits
Welcome to our Treasure Box of Vintage History and Tidbits.  This
page was created for your amusement and hopefully enjoyment.
Tidbits of history past, as well as some found  treasure's of recipe's
and funny little finds  will be added to this newly created page as we
continue to build our  website and add to it's pages.  We hope to add
richly bits of historical information for our viewers, and customer's.    
Want to let us know what you think of our Treasure Box of  Vintage
History and Tidbits?  Just email     Linda Parker

This page is created with no index order in mind.   It will be  random
and a mixture of subjects.

            Browse down the page and read what interests you!

Home Making Ideas  by Leonore Dunnigan  Taken from a 1954
Southern American Poultry Journal, The Oldest Poultry Magazine  Established 1874.

Each year aprons are voted the most popular gift for  new and
experienced homemakers. New ones this  year,  are made of
white, dark blue, or brown organdie.  Follow any pattern you like,
but a simple style with deep hem and extra fullness, with generous
ties, is a popular  style.  Decorate them with  colorful floral motifs
cut from glazed chinz or other flowered cotton.   Turn in edges of
motifs and  slip stitch to apron.  Use yellow florals on brown; pink  
or rose on deep blue;  any  color on white.

A nice gift, and an inexpensive one, is a set of  holders that fit over
the handles of sauce pans,  skillets, etc.   Use quilted cotton in
colors to match your kitchen, or  you can quilt your own if you  wish.  
Cut a piece 7 inches  long by 6 inches wide.  Fold  crosswise and
cut one end rounded.  Baste bias binding to match, around sides and
around end, inserting a  double loop of bias tape to hang it up by at
center of  rounded end.  Stitch on sewing machine  using matching
thread.  Bind open end and stitch.  It  is nice to send one with
a pair of wooden spoons  inserted.  Or, it is easy to  make 2 or 3 and
give a set  for the kitchen.  

Hand crochet gloves, or  knitted ones to match scarf,  stoles, and hats
are always  welcome for Christmas gifts.   Make mittens or gloves in
plain colors and decorate  with bright wool yarn  stitches, flowers, or
with sequins to make them gay   and interesting.

Pine Cone Wreath

You can make a lovely pine  cone wreath by purchasing a  basic wreath
design at any  department store that sells  craft supplies.  If you can't
acquire your pine cones   from natural surroundings,  usually the craft
section of  a department store or craft   shop will have pine cones
for sale also.   You will need  glue, any glue of your preference will do.

I like to start in the very  center of the wreath adding  the pine cones
in one layer   first then adding layers after  the first layers have dried.  
I like at least 3 layers of pine  cones, this tends to make a  fuller pine  
cone wreath  when completed.     I use about 50 to 75 pine  cones, or
more depending  on the size of the pine cones I am using, in a
completed wreath.  

 After the pine cones have  set to dry for a couple of  days, I then do
little touches  of different colors of spray  sparkle.  I especially like  the greens and golds for  Christmas Holiday Season.

I add colorful ribbon along  the outer edges of the wreath, and attach a
hook or wire for hanging, after  I finish decorating the  wreath. Sometimes
I will use a wreath for a center  piece during Christmas.

You can use tiny little tree  ornaments, ribbons, and  sometimes even
add a small collectible or two  which adds an extra special meaning to
the wreath.  

Your imagination is your best guide to creating your  very own special wreath!

I even use the pine scents  ( I  buy mine in a spray bottle) to add a nice piney
scent to the wreath.  

It will take, depending on  the amount of time you devote to the creation
of your wreaths design at any  one time period,  at least a couple of days,
to a week  to complete your wreath.  Remember the pine cones  will
require time to adhere  to the glue you use.
Below Is A Picture of  A Wreath I made.
              By Linda Parker

**Sugar Cookies
Taken from a 1954 Southern American Poultry Journal,
The Oldest Poultry Magazine Established 1874.

Everyone likes to make cut-out cookies, using this favorite recipe.

*2 and 1/4 cups sifted, enriched
*1 teaspoon baking soda
*1 teaspoon cream of tartar
*1/2 teaspoon salt
*1 cup granulated sugar
*1/2 cup shortening
*2 eggs
*1 teaspoon vanilla
*2 tablespoons grated orange or
  lemon rind

*Measure and sift dry
  ingredients, except sugar.  
*Blend sugar and shortening in
  a bowl.  
*Stir in eggs.  
*Gradually add flour mixture,
  beating to mix thouroughly.  *Add vanilla,  orange rind;
*Chill for 2-3 hours.  
*Roll out part of dough on lightly
  floured pastry canvass to 1/8
  inch thickness.  
*Cut cookies with floured
*Place on greased cookie sheet
  using spatula,  about 2 inches
*Sprinkle with colored sugars or
  small candies.  
*Bake in 375 degree oven,  10 to
 12 minutes, or until done.  
*Makes about 2 and 1/2 dozen

*You can make your own
  colored sugars by spreading
  granulated sugar over the
  bottom of a pie plate.  
*Sprinkle with a few drops of
  red or green food coloring.  
*Blend.  Let stand in warm, dry
  place overnight to dry.

**Grandma's Apple Stack Cake

Sift together (in large electric mixer bowl):
*4 cups flour
*1 tsp. soda
*1 tsp. salt
*2 tsp. double-action baking powder

*1 cup shortening
*2 cup sugar
*1 and 1/2 cup buttermilk
*2 tsp.  vanilla

Beat in electric mixer for 2 minutes at low speed.  Add 4 whole eggs.  
Beat for 2 minutes.  Pour very thin layer of batter into well greased and
floured 9-inch round layer cake pans.  This will make 7 nice layers and
you can reuse pans by cooling and wiping with paper napkin and then
regrease and flour.  Bake in hot oven, 450 degrees, for 8 to 10 minutes.  
Stake and spread each layer as it comes from the oven with apple
filling made by combining:

*4 cups apples (cooked)
(Cook dry as possible).  
Sweeten to taste and flavor with:

*1 tsp. cinnamon
*1 tsp. allspice
*1 tsp. nutmeg

Place last layer, top side up on stacked cake and leave plain.
You may vary the taste by using just 1 cup buttermilk and 1/2 cup of molasses
and omitting the vanilla and flavoring with any desired spice.  Homemade
apple butter is very good between the layers.

**Peanut Butter Cookies

*1 cup granulated sugar
*1 cup brown sugar
*3/4 cup melted shortening
*3/4 cup peanut butter
*2 well beaten eggs
*2 tsp. vanilla
*2 and 1/2 cups flour
*3/4 tsp. salt
*1 tsp. soda

Mix sugar with shortening and peanut butter, eggs and vanilla and beat
until smooth.  Sift flour, salt and soda and add to first mixture, mixing thoroughly.

Roll small portions of dough in palm of hand and flatten with a fork and
bake in a hot oven.  Makes 3 dozen cookies.

*A Little Bit of Humour   Taken from the United
  Mine Workers Journal,    Page Fifteen,  (no Date)

*It Makes Some Difference

"How far is it to the next filling station?"  the driver asked a farmer.
"Nigh onto two miles as the crow flies."
"Well, how far is it if the crow has to walk and roll a flat tire?"

*Nothing In It For Him   Taken from the United
  Mine Workers Journal,    Page Fifteen,  (no Date)

  A very little boy came home dejected from  his first day at school.
"Ain't goin' tomorrow," he said.
"Why not, dear?"
"Well, I can't read 'n' I can't writ 'n' they won't let me talk--so what's
the use?"

*He Did Not Tarry   Taken from the United
  Mine Workers Journal,    Page Fifteen,  (no Date)

A gentle Quaker heard a strange noise in his house at night.  
He found a burglar busily at work.  
In plain sight of the visitor he walked quietly with his gun to
the doorway and said:
"Friend, I would do thee no harm for the world and all that's in it,
but thou standest where I am about to shoot."
The burglar didn't linger.

*Too Healthy!    Taken from the United
  Mine Workers Journal,    Page Fifteen,  (no Date)

*The old gentleman had just arrived at the hotel
and was pestering the clerk with all sorts of questions.
"Are you sure this is a healthy spot?" he asked anxiously.
"Healthy," echoed the clerk, smiling.  "I should say it is!   
Why, a few weeks ago an old fellow came here in a bathchair,
and after staying a month, he ran away without paying his bill!"

*Safe    Taken from the United
   Mine Workers Journal,     Page Fifteen,  (no Date)

*Two old maids went for a tramp in the woods.  
The tramp escaped.

*Just Checking    Taken from the United
  Mine Workers Journal,    Page Fifteen,  (no Date)

*Sambo was hired on a railway gang.  At the close
of the first shift he was all tired out and sought the boss.
"Mister, yo' sho yo' all got me down right on the pay roll?"
"Sure," said the boss.  "Here's your name--Sambo Simpson.  
That right?" "Yes, suh," replied Sambo.  
"Ah just thought  you might have me down as Samson."

*Spellbound    Taken from the United
  Mine Workers Journal,    Page Fifteen,  (no Date)

*Old Mrs. Miggles in a rural England town managed to get along in the
world in spite of her educational deficiencies.  One day she was called
upon by a lawyer to sign an important document.
"You sign it yourself, sir, and I'll make my mark,"
said Mrs. Wiggles. "Since me eyes gave out I'm not able to write a
"How do you spell it?" asked the lawyer, his pen  poised above the document.  
"Spell it whativer way ye plaze," said Mrs. Miggles.  
"Since I lost me teet there's not a wurrd I can spell."

Did You Know?  Some Useful Information, to help around the kitchen.
 Also a bit of tid bits you might enjoy!

       Did You Know?
       If a cracked dish is boiled for 45 minutes in sweet milk, the crack will
       be so welded together that it will hardly be visible, and will be so strong
       it will stand the same usage as before.

       Did You Know?
       Put a layer of marshmallows in the bottom of a pumpkin pie, then
       add the filling.  You will have a nice topping as the marshmallow will
       come to the top.

       Did You Know?
       Dip your bananas in lemon juice right after they are peeled.  They
       will not turn dark and the faint flavor of lemon really adds quite a bit.  
       The same may be done with apples.

       Did You Know?
       A leaf of lettace dropped into the pot absorbs the grease from the
       top of soup.  Remove the lettace and throw it away as soon as it has
       served its purpose.

       Did You Know?
       To prevent splashing when frying meat, sprinkle a little salt into the
       pan  before putting the fat in.

       Did You Know?
       If the juice from your apple pie runs over in the oven, shake some salt
       on it, which causes the juice to burn to a crisp so it can be removed.

       Did You Know?
       Add a little vinegar to the water when an egg cracks during boiling.  It
       will help seal the egg.

       Did You Know?
       Small amounts of left over corn may be added to pancake batter for

       Did You Know?
       Use a strawberry huller to peel potatoes which have been boiled in
       their 'jackets'.

       Did You Know?
       To make bread crumbs, use fine cutter of the food grinder and tie a
       large paper bag over the spout to prevent flying crumbs.

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