Category Archives: History

There is nothing more exciting that learning about where you came from.

When Did Handwriting Become “Old School”?

Flipping through the pages of one of my newest vintage cookbook finds, I ran across a couple of recipes written on index cards. The age of the recipes most likely date in the 80’s because this cookbook was printed in 1979. I thought I would share them with you. Why not give them a shot? The baked beans sound really good.

Found inside 1979 cookbook entitled, Georgia Heritage - Treasured Recipes

Found inside 1979 cookbook entitled, Georgia Heritage – Treasured Recipes

Found inside 1979 cookbook entitled, Georgia Heritage - Treasured Recipes

Found inside 1979 cookbook entitled, Georgia Heritage – Treasured Recipes


Old Soul, Obsessed with Food History

Along with my new found love for baking, I have a near obsession with recipes. Especially, vintage recipes. I will go pre-teen crazy over a vintage cookbook. One day, I decided to take advantage of having a little time to myself and checked out a local consignment shop (a perfect place to find such treasures). This particular consignment shop (an antique consignment shop at that) The Corner Market has a large selection (for this type of store) of books. Many of the books are more contemporary, but they did have a few vintage finds. I was truly in heaven.

Local, Vintage Cookbook 1951

Local, Vintage Cookbook 1951

I even think that the drawing for the cover really tells a lot about the time in which the book was created. This particular cookbook (as many are) was created by a local church. The page show extreme signs of use, wear, and age. I find myself with a dilemma. My respect for the history makes me want to not touch its pages and protect it to be able to share with future generations, but then again, that same respect for history makes me want to consume the recipes, language, and technique of the time. So what to do…what to do…

Take a look at the language used back in this day. It is a far, far change from today’s abbreviated LOL, OMG, text, Twitter society. The last paragraph really shows how they spoke in that time (which wasn’t all that long ago)…”To the business people who, by their generous subscriptions to the advertising pages have assured the success of this enterprise. We commend them to your good will and their products and service to your patronage.” Wow, I personally think that is beautiful and shows great respect.

So why don’t you take a little time off and find yourself an antique consignment shop or thrift store, and see what type of cooking history you can find. What you may find among the pages of those books could really surprise you. Be sure to share with me!!

Inside the Local, Vintage Cookbook dated 1951 (Read the Appreciation section if you can)

Inside the Local, Vintage Cookbook dated 1951 (Read the Appreciation section if you can)

A Nerd’s Celebration

ImageThere is only one thing a nerd loves better than learning–learning for FREE. As an absolute, total nerd myself, I can tell you that learning about this website totally got me excited!!

“A free world-class education for anyone anywhere. The Khan Academy is an organization on a mission. We’re a not-for-profit with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education to anyone anywhere.

All of the site’s resources are available to anyone. It doesn’t matter if you are a student, teacher, home-schooler, principal, adult returning to the classroom after 20 years, or a friendly alien just trying to get a leg up in earthly biology. The Khan Academy’s materials and resources are available to you completely free of charge.” – from Khan Academy website>About Us

Wow, you should see all of the topics they have to choose from. I now know what I can do with any “extra” time that I have. haha, extra time….funny.


Googling around…

Google Logo 02/22/12 Tribute to Heinrich Hertz

I don’t know about you, but when I log into my computer each morning, my browser loads to Google. Google is my preferred search engine, and maybe in part because of their humor.

This morning, I couldn’t help but smile when I noticed the image here (of course it’s animated on Google’s page, so check it out) because you really never know what those characters are going to do with their logo. Of course as usual, when I see an altered Google image, I click the image to read who they are paying a tribute to for that day.

Today’s tribute goes to Heinrich Hertz who is responsible for proving the existence of electromagnetic waves. Of course this information has gone on to contribute to all sorts of electronic devices. Hertz died at the very young age of 36 from Wegener’s Granulomatosis.


What I found very interesting was the fact that his nephew and great nephew also made huge contributions to the field of science. The contribution that caught my eye (and heart) was that of his great nephew Carl Hellmuth Hertz who invented medical ultrasonography. The reason this is so special to me is because I am expecting my first child, after years and years of believing I could not conceive.

For a family who has accepted that they would never have a child, this image was completely breathtaking, hugely emotional, and life changing.

I am very thankful to the work of the Hertz family and join with Google in making my blog a tribute to his work and the work of those he influenced along the way.


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