Tag Archives: Vintage

1950s Peanut Butter Cookies

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Cooking from old recipes is really neat because, for the most part, you get to share an experience from history.  Sadly, I don’t get that experience with this recipe; a peanut sensitivity prevents me.  So if you try these cookies please leave a comment to tell me how they turned out.

Peanut Butter Cookies from Needlework News

2 tablespoons butter

1/2 cup peanut butter

1 cup sugar

1 egg, beaten lightly

1/3 cup milk

2 cups flour

4 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

Cream the butter; add the peanut butter and cream again; gradually beat in the sugar; add the egg, milk, flour sifted with baking powder and salt; mix to a dough.  Knead slightly, roll into thin sheet and cut into rounds or as desired; place on buttered pan, sprinkle with granulated sugar, and bake in quick oven (400 F).

My best guess for the date of this recipe is around 1952, but it doesn’t say exactly.  Happy baking!

Peanut Butter Cookies

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Skinflints & Penny-Pinchers: Miser’s Purses Revisited

A simple miser's purse.

A popular fashion accessory from the late 1700s until the early 1900s, miser’s purses are an ingenious answer to the necessity of keeping coins in place.  In order to insert or remove coins from a miser’s purse, the metal rings must first be slipped out of the way like this.

As these bags were used by ladies, embellishments prevail.  Steel beads, color work, and elaborate tassels make these tiny coin purses works of art in their own right.

A faded red cotton miser's purse decorated with beads, tassels and two rings. Black Country Museum's photo via Getty Images.

Miser’s purses were most commonly made via crochet and knitting.  (There are currently some patterns on Ravelry.  Just search “miser’s purses” in the patterns.)

Some lovely beaded miser's purses from the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.

If you’d like to take the plunge and make a miser’s purse of your own, here are some patterns for you:

1859 Purse in Crochet Beadwork

1882 Two Crochet Miser Purse Patterns

1888 Beaded Miser’s Purse Crochet Pattern

More Pictures & Information:

Peggy McClard Antiques Original Miser’s Purse

Costume Gallery of the Pitti Palace in Florence Miser’s Purse Collection

German Miser Bags

Short History of the Miser Bag

Highly In-Depth Treatise The Ubiquitous Miser’s Purse (.pdf, 137 pages)

And if you’d rather not make a miser’s purse but still want one, Backward Glances has a lovely Reproduction Crochet and Bead Miser Bag.  (She also takes custom orders.)

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You Said It!

“Women are like teabags; you never know how strong they are until they’re put in hot water.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt

1963 US postage stamp honoring Eleanor Roosevelt

There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.
-Jane Austen  

Portrait of Jane Austen

All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.
-Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson by Rembrandt Peale (1805)

Credit is a system whereby a person who can not pay gets another person who can not pay to guarantee that he can pay.
-Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens in 1852

A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way.
-Mark Twain

Photograph of Mark Twain by Matthew Brady (Feb. 7, 1871)

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My New (Old) Treadle Machine!

On Tuesday I brought home my Demorest 181794 Treadle Sewing Machine.  It’s at least 100 years old.  Some friends from church gave it to me since they weren’t using it.  I’m very blessed.

Here are some pictures of the darling:

Closeup of the machine:

The attachments:

Manuals and various paper pieces:

Scorch mark:

Suffice it to say, I love my new machine!!!

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