I seriously love this time of year. It is time for cookies! And these are Cracker Jills! Super, super cute name on these. I was interested to see if they would taste like Cracker Jack! This recipe is from the most hallowed and revered Wisconsin Electric holiday cookie book, the 1971 edition. Wisconsin Electric starting sending out holiday cookie recipes collected from employees and customers in holiday booklets in 1928, and distributing them to customers as goodwill freebies. They have continued this tradition up to the present day,...

In honor of #fruitcakeweek on our social media, I thought I would whip up a fruitcake! Well…sort of. This is Tunnel of Sugarplum Cake! I came across this recipe a few weeks ago, and I got really excited. Why? Cause I freaking love the Tunnel of Fudge cake. (If you need more history on this cake, check out my post about it.) Now, this Sugarplum cake not really a true fruitcake, but cut me some slack. I really wanted to try this. And it was a good excuse for me to attempt to close the Tunnel of Fudge cake circle. There have been some...

Oh my gosh, who needs a cocktail? It feels like it’s been forever since we’ve done this. This cocktail comes from a great little set of cocktail cards I bought off of Instagram. They are from vintage tabletop vending machines, and the top part pulls back to reveal your winning number! How cool is that? Just another reason for a drink! And you guys wonder why we don’t have time for fancy cocktails. Look at that guy. He’s basically trying to climb the wall. Tom’s Verdict: Good From The Tasting Notes – Anisette was...

I have a rather serious unveiling this week. A serious gelatin mold unveiling. This is how emotionally invested in this I really am. With great seriousness, I present: Mt. Fuji King Crab Salad. Can you believe this thing? I can’t. I saw this cookbook and just about lost my mind. Talk about upping your gelatin game. “I’m bringing an Under The Sea Salad mold to the party on Friday night, Judy. What are you bringing?” “Mt. Fuji reproduced in crab-sour cream gelatin.” Now that is a mid-century mike drop. Anyway, I was lucky...

This week we don’t have a recipe so much as a cutting and frosting challenge. Which are always the best kinds of challenges. This is Hallo Witch! This recipe is from the classic pamphlet, Baker’s Cut-Up Cakes, which is actually a brillant little pamphlet that is a good example of some very easy cake sculpting. The idea behind Cut-Up Cakes was to bake whatever kind of cake you wanted in a regular square or round layer, and then create shaped cakes with the layer. And then to frost them heavily and douse them liberally with coconut....

This week we are taking advantage of apple season by covering sliced apples with Pop-Tarts! This is Apple Crumble! This recipe is from, Kay Kellogg’s Creative Cookery that was published in 1971. And when they say creative, they aren’t kidding. But I love Pop-Tarts, especially the brown sugar flavor. So I was willing to give this one a whirl. I mean, who doesn’t want a chance to eat kid’s food that they have no business buying as adults? I mean…a chance to test recipes. For science. I am proud to say I did NOT sneak a...

I had a big, crazy recipe planned for this week, but then TJ got sick, and I got sick and yadda, yadda. Basically, life with kids happened. But I still wanted to do something fun for potato week, so I thought I would show you guys my best friend, my vintage french fry cutter! These are Homemade French Fries! So, I know you can get new fry cutters on Amazon , but honestly most of the reviews for these aren’t great. If you can find one of these vintage fry cutters, (affiliate links) I would encourage you to get it. This thing is pretty...

This week we aren’t doing anything freaky, just making some nice, calm bar cookies. These are O’Henry Bars! This recipe is from the Art of Cooking, a community cookbook from St. Paul’s Church from 1965. Sorry, this scan got kind of smeared, probably because a kid was tugging on my arm while I was scanning it. Anyway, since O’Henry Bars are candy bars, I was interested to see if this would taste like candy, a cookie, or…a granola bar. Because 4 cups of oatmeal is a lot of oatmeal for a candy bar. Anyway, this also is missing...

This week we have a very easy recipe. Which is good, because I’m tired. These are Cheese Snacks! This recipe is from the Easy Guide To Good Eating from Ralston that was published in 1959. I’ve been doing #cerealweek over on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and I have been having a blast. I happen really, really love these cereal recipe books and pamphlets. For some reason, I really enjoy how excited they get about breakfast cereal. Not that excitement over various kinds of Chex cereal snack mixes isn’t justified. Homemade...

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