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Gotta love these vintage ads!

A Hoover or a Cadillac, which would  have made you happier? As they say, “getting a Hoover for Christmas would really suck.”

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You can sit at this Hit Parade retro diner set and ponder the question.

How about reviving this 1980’s Jello Jigglers Gingerbread Man retro recipe? “There’s always room for Jello “on any  Christmas Wish List.

4 packages (4-serving size) Jell-O Brand Gelatin or Sugar Free Gelatin, any flavor

2 1/2 cups boiling water or fruit juice

Dissolve gelatin completely in boiling water in a bowl. Pour into 8- or 9-inch square pan.Chill until firm, about 4 hours. Cut with any cookie cutter. Garnish as desired. Cube remaining gelatin.

If you’re too young to remember Mom and the bangs thing, we all colored the Thanksgiving turkey, right?

Social media, are you addicted, affected or connected? The back fence at one time was the pipeline and lifeline for neighbors. Where are we today?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some old timers remember when good conversation took place around the dinner table. There were homes that only had one telephone (land line) and it was not answered during dinner.

Black Jack Gum: A Longtime Favorite

Thomas Adams, Sr. introduced Black Jack gum, the first manufactured, flavored chewing gum, in 1870.

One 1928 magazine advertisement states, “After smoking, have a stick of Black Jack!  The licorice in this quality gum soothes the throat and freshens the mouth.  The world’s most popular licorice flavored gum.”

Adam’s Black Jack gum has been a favorite of gum lovers for decades. In fact, Black Jack gum is one of the oldest chewing gums in America. Inventor Thomas Adams used his patented gum-making machine to manufacture Black Jack Gum. By adding licorice flavor to his previously plain tasting chewing gum, Adams created and instant hit with Black Jack Gum. Black Jack Gum sold well right up to the 1970’s. Since then it has been available only on a limited basis every few years.

Sporadically, and on a schedule we have yet to understand, small batches of the Adams line are produced.  It is common for these limited runs to sell out quickly.

Two From One. That familiar split reminds me of my grandfather who always broke a stick of gum in half to share, just like the picture.

Black Jack Gum: That Familiar Licorice Taste

Black Jack Gum is a favorite among licorice lovers. Each stick of Black Jack Gum bursts with that pleasant and familiar licorice taste. Licorice lovers in the United States and abroad know that Black Jack Gum provides a lasting licorice taste that they have.

If you would like a taste of the past, Victory Seeds offers these 5 stick packs of days gone by.

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Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavour (On the Bedpost Overnight?)

How about the chewing gum stuck under the table? Yuck, who would do that?

Hit Parade retro dinette sets always arrive gumless.

It will be your “Lucky Day” when you bring our classic Hit Parade Dinette Set into your home. Hairpin legs and a double tubular chrome edge will surely put this one on the top of your charts. They’re back in production, using vintage plans pulled from the archives. Available for you to enjoy in the new millennium. Commercial quality too!

How many of you have never used a typewriter? How many kids today have never ever seen one and would not know what it is if they did?

As an officially licensed Apple product, the Limited Edition Typescreen™ offers all the style and quality that you’d expect from Apple with the playful design and innovation expected from Spinning Hat.  Compatible with both the iPad and iPad 2, the Typescreen™.

You may not have to go take your memory so far back in time to remember the “brick” phone.

Hello….

Convert your iPhone into a retro 80′s brick with the new Thumbs Up iPhone case – because you can look as hip as Ferris Bueller, without taking the day off.

You not only protect your iPhone, but totally kick-it retro!

 

 

 

 

How about an Etch A Sketch cover for your iPad?

Smashed Peas and Carrots will show you how to make this retro crazy cute cover.

 

 

 

Put down your electronics for a while and have some doodle dialing fun with the real deal Etch A Sketch.

Thousands of aficionados of all things modern have descended on Palm Springs for the Annual Modernism Week, an homage to the ideals of mid-century modern design, architecture and culture running from February 17th to the 27th.

Palm Springs, is easily one of the best preserved Mid Century destinations in the country.

There are lectures, double decker bus architecture tours, travel trailer exhibits, vintage auto exhibit, fashion from the 50′s and 60′s with modernist style, tours of Frank Sinatras Twin Palms Estate plus an exhibit at the museum. The Elvis Presley Honeymoon Hideaway is a classic mid-century must see too.

We are off to the Modernism Week epicenter, the legendary Palm Springs Rivera Hotel tonight for “If You’ve Got it, Flaunt it: The Braniff Airlines Collection.” That will talk about at a later date.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meanwhile back at the ranch, I mean back at Totally Kids fun furniture & kids; what do you think of these? Could you use a Ball  Chair or Yolk Chair, the pint sized replica of the of the iconic Arne Jacobsen Egg Chair?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your little short stuff can have a Bertoia chairs and table set for the next play date.

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After all of this are you ready for some Grasshopper Pie? Family Fun had kids version of this classic chocolate-and-mint mid-century recipe.

Ingredients
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 7 whole graham crackers
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 gallon mint chocolate chip ice cream
  • Chocolate sauce or hot fudge(optional)
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Instructions
  1. In a small saucepan, melt the butter over low heat. Remove the pan from the stove and let the butter cool for a few minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, have your child crumble the graham crackers into the bowl of a food processor. Add the sugar and nuts, then pulse the ingredients in short bursts until you have very fine crumbs.
  3. Empty the crumbs into a medium -size mixing bowl and stir in the cocoa powder and salt, then the melted butter. Have your child use her fingers to evenly blend the ingredients. Then blend in 1 or 2 teaspoons of water until the crumbs clump together slightly.
  4. Grasshopper Pie Step 4 Heat the oven to 350º. Lightly butter a 9 -inch pie plate and press the crumbs evenly into the bottom and up the sides. Bake the crust on the center oven rack for 10 minutes. Let the crust cool on a wire rack, then chill it in the refrigerator for 20 minutes. Transfer the ice cream from the freezer to the refrigerator for 10 to 20 minutes, so that it will soften.
  5. Completed Pie Now your child can spoon the softened ice cream into the piecrust, pressing it firmly with an ice-cream spade to fill any airholes. Smooth the top, then place the pie back in the freezer for about 30 minutes or until it’s firm. When it’s time to serve the pie, drizzle chocolate sauce on each slice, if desired. Makes 10 servings.

It’s Modernism Week here in Palm Springs where it is always sunny, except for today.

The 11th Annual Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale is a highlight of Modernism Week featuring 10 days of celebrating everything modern with mid-century design and architecture fans, friends and aficionados from around the world all visit.

Palm Springs was once famous for movie stars hideaway homes during the golden age of Hollywood, but today this desert oasis attracts more sun-seeking retirees and gay travelers than celebrities.

With leftover love in the air from Valentine’s Day, it is fitting to begin Palm Springs modernism week looking at the Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway.

After their Las Vegas wedding, Elvis and Priscilla honeymooned in this home on May 1, 1967 then lived in it for about a year before buying a home offering more privacy located less than a mile away.

Even before the Presleys arrived, the house was famous for its architecture. Designed in 1962 as “The House of Tomorrow’” it was an experiment in modern living by the architecture firm of  Palmer and Krisel which was then built for the hefty sum of $300,000.

The house was featured in LOOK magazine, a mid-century pictorial, shortly after the home was built. The entire house is a set of round forms on different levels, there’s not a square room in the house.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A bedroom fit for a King.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Throne Room complete with tub.

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You to can live like the king, rent the Elvis Honeymoon House complete with 2 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and 4,695 sq ft of living space. Or….you can take a tour and see if it’s really the place for you.

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My favorite tell it like it is in Palm Springs:

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We know where you can find this Hound Dog Set, at Totally Kids fun furniture & toys.

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Classic retro food for kiddos, Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese.

Campbell’s Cream of Tomato Soup

1 can Condensed Tomato Soup
1 can milk
Pepper to taste

Directions from the back of the can…Slowly stir together soup and one can of milk.

STOVE: Simmer, stirring often. MICROWAVE: Use a microwave-safe bowl (duh!). Cover: microwave on HIGH 3 minutes or until hot. Stir.

Classic Grilled Cheese Sandwich

2 slices white bread
2 slices Pasteurized Processed Cheese Food Product
softened butter or margarine

Heat a griddle or small frying pan. Butter both sides of bread. Unwrap cheese slices and place between slices. Toast on both sides to desired consistency Serve immediately.

Have your friends and family use this 1950’s Pay Phone
and watch the money pile up.

PUBLIC PAY PHONE
Forget E-mail, try a little chit chat on your replica
1950’s pay phone. Drop in your nickel and you will
hear the original brass jingle. It accepts and stores
coins as a full feature coin bank with lock and key.
Features include a rotary look keypad with push
buttons, pulse/tone, ringer volume control, wall
or desk mount. Build of heavy ABS Plastic cabinet
with chrome accents Great for kids and adults!
18-1/4″ H x 9″ W x 6-1/2″ D

Find this many more fab retro pieces at
http://www.shoptotallykids.com or call a Totally Kids
personal shopper at 952-881-2425 to help you
find just what you are looking for.

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Minneapolis, MN  55420
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952-881-2425

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