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Home economics, decorating, gardening and home improvement. Also includes entertaining, parties, etiquette.

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Thankfully Weeded

It's time for Thanksgiving

It’s Time For Thanksgiving
Sechrist and Woolsey
1957

As we start heading into November, I thought I would share this little holiday gem that had not left the shelf in at least 20 years. It might have been longer than that, but the library automated in 1995 so what happened before is anyone’s guess.

This book is actually done by 2 youth librarians and is perfect for anyone wanting to have some themed ideas for a preschool or story time —in the 1950s. It has skits, crafts, poems, and stories that are perfect for a story time or teacher led program. I have a feeling these librarians assembled their best stuff and wrote a book for their fellow youth librarians. This was the 1950s equivalent to a Pinterest board or story time ideas blog.

I think it needs to be retired just on the fact that a few crafts depend on using hatpins.

Mary

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Groovy Pilgrims

thanksgiving crafts and cookbook cover

Thanksgiving Crafts and Cookbook
Hathaway
1979

Just in case you have no ideas what to do this Thanksgiving holiday, this book is for you. The illustrations are just outrageous. That groovy doe-eyed look on everyone from Pilgrims to the modern people is just….weird. Think of these as a pencil version of a Peter Max wannabe.  I think I will stick to my traditions of the Lions losing and marathon Hallmark Channel movies.

Thankfully,

Mary

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Turning your buffet up to 11

buffet entertaining cookbook

Family Circle
Buffet Entertaining
Robinson, ed.
1978

When I think of buffets, I usually think of potlucks and lots of informal, easy prep food. I am a Midwesterner, after all. This book actually surprised me on the complexity of some of the dishes. More than half of these buffet recipes and presentation actually seem over the top for a family party or home entertaining. I suppose a Martha Stewart type or a professional wouldn’t find these challenging, but all I could see was a lot of work.

Actually, there are quite a few good recipes (i.e. would be popular in 2017) as well as the 1970s favorite of aspic molds and weird shapes for food. The artful arranging of food for the presentation makes me laugh as I think of my large extended family falling on a buffet so fast that no one would notice any special arrangement. I am guessing my family is NOT the target market for this book.

Mary

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