Kathy is frolicking around Italy and all I got was this painting from Laura Knight to look at! (This is my funny way of saying this is the first of the "I'm away" posts. Hope you enjoy! I especially like the outfit the ballerina on the left is wearing. Love it.)
Well then, I'm heading off to Italy with the family for two weeks. I will be away from computers, internet or anything like that, so it will be quiet here until July. To keep you entertained until my return, I have a few posts of interesting posters or works of art scheduled to go up while I'm traveling. It won't be on my typical three times a week posting schedule, but just a few scattered posts of eye candy to inspire you while I'm away. Also, here is a lovely tourist film from 1955 showing some of the sites in Rome; I thought you all may be interested in view it. Hope you enjoy the rest of your June!
Before I leave, I wanted to make my friend's recipe for Kahlua. It takes 2 weeks of infusing, so by the time I get back from my trip, I will have some lovely homemade liquor to sip on. (It will make my homecoming even that much sweeter.) This recipe calls for chocolate syrup and instant coffee. I just used whatever water soluble coffee my corner market had, but Noel and Denise (who this recipe belongs to) used Via.* I'm not one to keep chocolate syrup in the house and I didn't feel like running out and buying any just for this recipe, so I just made some instead. It was easier than I thought and made plenty; I used the recipe from Small Notebook.
Boil sugar and water until dissolved. Add soluble coffee (I used a mix of Taster's Choice and Via), stir until dissolved, cool.
Add the vanilla extract, vanilla bean and chocolate syrup. Pour in
container, add vodka, and let flavors sit for two weeks. Shake everyday.
ice by itself or with a splash of milk.
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Homemade liquor falls under Grandma Club status, though this is not a project the grannies did together. We have, however, been doing plenty! Check out our recent posts about touring the Chicago Honey Co-Op Apiary, going out to Bingo Night, and making Mozzarella Cheese.
*OK, so, the recipe doesn't belong to Noel and Denise, but is rather the invention of Denise's grandpa, hence the recipe name. Denise's grandpa was a chemist who invented liquid soap and low fat dog food, so I would say you can trust his food chemistry!
The lovely Johanna of Whirly Bird sent me an email about a Chicken Dinner Workshop happening in Taylorsville, KY this month. She went to the first workshop they ever did and wrote about her amazing experience here. Right after this post I immediately asked her if she new of any other farms doing this type of workshop, but my searching and her knowledge came up with zilch.
Lucky for those of you in or near Kentucky, RiverSong Farm is doing this workshop again! Oh dear, if I wasn't out of town during this event, I may have just made the 5 hours drive to do this! The details are below. You can RSVP via their Facebook page, or if you are like me and don't have a FB account, I'm sure you can also call to RSVP.
RiverSong Farm Chicken Dinner Workshop Date: Saturday, June 26, 2010 Time: 3:00pm - 6:00pm Street: 1719 East River Rd City/Town: Taylorsville, KY
Description: Learn how to take a chicken from the field to your plate with another of our chicken dinner workshops. Get involved with your food. See how your chicken was raised, and the satisfying life it had before you eat it.
The course is $10, and covers the cost of a live chicken. After we demonstrated how to process two chickens, each participant will pick out their own chicken and walk through the process with us on hand to help and talk you through it. When you leave, you'll have a bagged and chilled chicken ready for your fridge, and a recipe for cooking it. No longer will you need to eat sad unhealthy chicken from the grocery again.
Here is a British newsreel about how to change a pre-war long dress into a practical day dress. I especially like the matching turban. (Source)
Why don't you take that new dress downstairs to your home theater in the basement? I'm loving this home theater set-up by Chromedge from 1948 that
Pam of Retro Renovation posted
a while ago.
Pam mentions some interesting points about it:
"[It] doesn’t look all too different from many home theaters today with
their big, flat, wide screens tucked into the wall just like the cinema. [...] Note the art deco/streamline feel of this room… the linearity makes
it feel almost like a railroad car… and the colors and glitz, like a
Hollywood picture show palace"
Oh dear, a railroad car inspired TV room? Please don't tempt me. I for one can feel right at home in that fluffy velvet green chair right in the middle! Read more about this home theater set-up and retro homes on Pam's blog Retro Renovation.
Here are some more vintage covers that have caught my eye, but this time from the publication, Home Arts. While all of these are not examples of the best illustration, I chose
them for their sense of environment or capturing of the style of the
time. For example, the one above has a good composition, but I am mainly drawn to her entire outfit. Such great slacks!
If I was a knitter in high school, you bet you bottom dollar this would of been me. Also, the plaid dress of the teacher is just amazing.
I don't know why I like this cover. The boy is somewhat creepy, but I think I really am sucked in by the rocking chair dear mama is sitting on. Those wide arm rests, the basket-web backing and turned wood side details...I would quite enjoy owning a chair like that.
Italie Voyages, circa 1935.Cover to a travel magazine.
In 12 days (can't believe so soon), I will be driving around Italy with my family. We will mainly be staying in Rome & Florence, but will also hit Perugia, Assisi, and Siena. We pretty much have all the sights and touristy stuff covered, but I wanted to see if you lovely readers had any shop suggestions. One of my favorite memories of Venice, when I visited a few years ago, was walking into an amazing old stationery shop and finding the perfect fountain pen. That was pure luck, but perhaps you all have hints so I can make more planned discoveries like that when I visit this time around? So what food or shop suggestions do you have?
It feels like this trip snuck up on me, although we've been planning it for a while. None the less, things like "I should probably find my passport" or "where are my extra memory cards" as starting to surface. I should probably get all that in order! While I am busy starting to get ready for the trip, allow me distract you with pretty things.
Kathy here. I'm the history nerd behind this blog as well as one half of the stationery shop 16 Sparrows. I'm also co-founder of the member- based group, The Letter Writers Alliance. If you are new here, check out some of the most popular posts and work your way from there.
Thursday, March 20th
Chicago, IL Fountain Pen Workshop
Chicago Public Library
West Town Branch
1625 W. Chicago Ave. 6:30-7:45 pm
Free Event RSVP required: Please call to 312-743-0450 or visit the West Town branch to register.
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