Welcome to the Vintage Cookbooks and Crafts blog!For over 10 years I have been writing this blog as a fond nostalgic parody of recipes and crafts from the 70's and earlier. Do you remember a trend fondly? From chiffon cakes to pom poms for roller skates, you're speaking my language.
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Happy New Year! Some fun changes coming for this blog. To kick off 2017, here’s a recipe from Molly MacRae, who is busy writing her next mystery. Have you read Plaid and Plagiarism yet? It’s terrific! -Amy Happy New Year! … Continue reading
We have a very happy holiday message from Molly MacRae today, on the eve of her new book, Plaid and Plagiarism! I can’t wait to read it! -AA The holidays are here and I’m launching a new mystery series, so … Continue reading
Molly MacRae talks birthdays and cake this month. Yum! And next month the first book in her new series comes out: Plaid and Plagiarism: The Highland Bookshop Mystery Series. -AA “Most people who make cakes for people they love regularly employ … Continue reading
I was delighted to be interviewed for this article by Judy Buchenot on an upcoming talk I’m giving. I got to discuss some of the favorites from my collection. Kyle took some photos of me in a vintage dress for … Continue reading
My mind is on Halloween now, between planning for the third grade party and all the themed things in the stores. But I am also thinking about winter. My writer’s group, the Windy City RWA, hosts a writers’ retreat every … Continue reading
It feels like fall around here, and we took the boys out to a local pumpkin farm last week. What are your fall rituals? I think this recipe would be fun for a Halloween party. It’s from the same 1983 … Continue reading
My son Owen’s dream for the last couple of years has been to grow a pumpkin. Last year’s crop didn’t make it past July. This year, one hardy pumpkin is holding on. You can see we put chicken wire over … Continue reading
Molly MacRae returns with an amazing and interesting cake in between book deadlines. Her next book, Plaid and Plagiarism is coming December 6. Can’t wait! Oh, and Molly? I’d rather have bear than prunes! -AA Chocolate Oatrage Cake Last month … Continue reading
It’s definitely apple picking weather and we had a quick trip last weekend to pick some. Josh lifted up Owen to reach the high ones. So I have apples on the brain. Here’s another gem from a 1983 church cookbook … Continue reading