Thursday, December 13, 2018

Vintage Recipe: Orange Marmalade Fruit Cake

I'm digging into old recipe boxes and rediscovering the family favorites hidden inside! You'll find carefully handwritten recipe cards, newspapers and magazines clippings and even some hastily scrawled directions on scraps of paper, all from years (and years) ago! They're all getting scanned and transcribed so you can enjoy them in your own home kitchen. 

With Christmas upon us, and December being the month for exchanging fruit cakes, I thought I'd offer up a recipe for a different sort of fruitcake. It is called Orange Marmalade Fruit Cake and is estimated to be from the 1950's. It was found in a worn old small red metal recipe box. The old newspaper clipping was attached to an index card with clear tape, now yellowed and brittle from age.

I don't always have marmalade on hand (though I LOVE marmalade!!!), but I do usually have some home canned orange jam available. I think this may be a recipe to try soon with my orange jam...and perhaps swap out the raisins for dried cranberries. Yum!

The original recipe has been scanned and is transcribed below. It can be printed for use in your own home kitchen. Enjoy!

Please Note: Every effort has been made to transcribe these old recipe cards completely and accurately. Many have faded, are stained, or simply do not include every step or tool used in the process. We have changed the wording in some places and added instruction in others to make the text a bit clearer. We do not test or verify all the information found on these old cards. If you choose use the information found here, please know that you do so at your own risk.

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Orange Marmalade Fruit Cake


  • 1/2 c. Shortening
  • 1/3 c. Sugar
  • 1 Egg, beaten
  • 2/3 c. Orange Marmalade
  • 1 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1/8 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 2 c. Flour
  • 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon, ground
  • 1/2 tsp. Allspice, ground
  • 1/2 tsp. Cloves, ground
  • 1/3 c. Raisins
  • 1/3 c. Chopped Nuts
  • 1/2 c. Water


Cream shortening and sugar. Add beaten egg and then marmalade. Add alternately, sifted dry ingredients and water. Add fruit and nuts. Bake in a loaf pan in a very slow oven (approximately 250°F).


Original recipe not dated but estimated to be from 1930s - 1950s. Did not have baking time. A "very slow oven" refers to an oven that is approximately 250°F.
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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Vintage Recipes: Defining Oven Temperatures


Many older recipes don’t give an exact oven temperature for baking food. Most commonly, I see recipes calling for baking “in a moderate oven”. But recipes may also ask for a “hot oven” or a “slow oven”. Well, that seems a bit vague, especially in a time when we’re wanting exact measurements and specifications for everything. So what do you do when you encounter a temperature term like this in an older recipe?


Not to worry! Although you will find slight variations in different publications, the following chart breaks it down for you…from the “Cool Oven” at 200˚F, to the “Moderate Oven” at 350˚F, on up to the “Very Hot Oven” at 450˚F. Both Fahrenheit and the approximate corresponding Celsius temperatures are also included. 

Most of the time you will probably just encounter the “moderate oven” but just in case… Be sure to pin this for fast and easy reference later when you come across another vague recipe!

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Sunday, December 2, 2018

The Community Garden Project

Our HOA has a community garden. The neighborhood is made up of a bunch of townhomes, most with very small backyards. A community garden seemed like an wish come true and I was thrilled when Mr. LH discovered it while looking at an aerial view of the area. We decided to investigate and what we found was pretty disappointing.

I have no idea how long it had been since the garden was used but it was in really sad shape. However, the potential for the space was clearly there. And even after years of obvious neglect, one of the planting beds had a fabulous patch of wild spearmint growing in it (the spearmint had died back by the time these pictures were taken).

Finding out any information on the garden's history and the HOA's plans for it (if there were any) was difficult and frustrating and I resigned myself to not being able to use the community garden area in my planting efforts.

That was three years ago.

During the latest HOA meeting this past week, the garden area was brought up for discussion. A bordering neighbor expressed concerns about its disrepair and possible safety issues with curious young children nearby. It needed to be cleaned up and repaired or the space needed to be turned into something else.

Lots of these hiding out everywhere. Better get rid of them while the weather is cold!

Reviving our neighborhood community garden seemed like an exciting opportunity for me to gain planting space, improve the neighborhood and make new friends at the same time so I contacted the property management company the following day. It was suggested I prepare a proposal for the next HOA board meeting next month outlining plans and possible costs to the HOA, so I've been gathering information and putting together a group of interested neighbors willing to help.

Hopefully, if the proposal goes well, this is where I'll be spending a lot of my time between snow storms this winter...working side by side with other determined neighbors to restore this to a useful and beautiful place where we can all play in the dirt.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Have Yourself a Merry NFL Christmas

Last year while thrift shopping, I ran across this great vintage Denver Broncos Christmas Ornament.

I loved the bright orange-i-ness of it! And while a part of me wanted to keep it (it IS a Broncos ornament, after all), I listed it in our vintage Etsy shop, thinking "well, IF it doesn't sell, THEN I'll keep it."

That Christmas ornament sold really quickly. I'm kind of wishing I hadn't let it go :) I'll have to be on the hunt for another.

More recently, I can across two more ornaments by the same manufacturer...a Dallas Cowboys ornament...

...and an LA Lakers ornament.

And both still had their boxes (though the boxes were pretty worn) so I could get some details as to their origin.

All of these ornaments are “Sports Collectors Series™”glass ornaments made by Topperscot Inc., in Denver, Colorado (circa mid-1990's) and are official licensed NFL & NBA products.

These were both listed in our Etsy shop. The Los Angeles Lakers ornament sold before I could post here either ornament (you can get faster notifications about new Etsy listings on our Facebook page).

However, as of the date of this post, the Dallas Cowboys ornament is still available. If you want it, you can still have yourself a merry NFL Christmas this year!

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Friday, November 9, 2018

DC Comics Iron-On Transfers

WOW! We just came across this HUGE book of DC Comics Super Heroes (and Villains) iron-on transfers! These would be great for a DC Comics fan!

There are pages and pages of transfer designs ready for t-shirts, bags, pillows and more! Just looking through this book makes me want to watch the old Batman cartoons again.

You can find this and other craft books in our Etsy shop!

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