Thursday, January 28, 2010

Winter Weekends

Betty and her family love to head outdoors on winter weekends. Even though the air is cool, they spend afternoons ice skating at their neighbor's frozen pond or sledding in the park. When their noses are red and fingertips numb, Betty surprises everyone with homemade marshmallows and hot chocolate. This sweet snack warms her family so that they can head back out for some more fun in the snow. This weekend don't be afraid of the cold weather; just be sure to make plenty of hot cocoa and bring gourmet marshmallows. Everyone will want a second cup!

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Hot Chocolate
Dishes Children Love, 1965

Heat together, stirring constantly, in top of double broiler over low heat.
2 sq. (2 oz.) chocolate
1/2 cup water
When chocolate has melted, add
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
Cook 4 min., stirring constantly. Place over simmering water. Stir in
2 cups milk
Heat thoroughly. Beat with rotary beater just before serving.
Float on each serving
1 or 3 marshmallows

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Soups On

Watching the snow falling, Betty and her family are warm and toasty sitting in their cozy kitchen. Betty serves steaming soup for dinner, perfect for cold January nights. Betty knows enough recipes to keep her family satisfied all winter long. This week make two of her favorites for your family, classic tomato and chicken noodle. After just one spoonful, you will forget all about the weather outside.

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Chicken Noodle Soup
from Better Homes and Gardens Favorite Ways with Chicken, 1967

1 2-1/2 to 3 pound broiler-fryer, cut up
3 quarts water
1 medium onion, quartered
few sprigs parsley
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. whole black peppers
2 cups uncooked fine noodles
1 cup diced celery
1/2 cup shredded carrots
2 tsps. salt
1/2 tsp. dried thyme, crushed
1/4 tsp. dried oregano, crushed

Place chicken in Dutch oven or deep kettle. Add next 5 ingredients. Simmer, covered, 1 hour. Remove chicken from broth; cool and remove meat from bones; dice meat. Strain broth; return to kettle. Bring stock to boiling; add remaining ingredients, except chicken. Return to boil; cook covered, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes, or until noodles are tender. Add chicken; heat. Makes 2-1/2 quarts.

Hearty Tomato Soup
From Betty Crocker's Cookbook, 1969

1 medium onion, finely chopped (about 1/2 cup)
2 tbs. butter or margarine
1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
2 cans (10-3/4 ouncces each) condensed tomato soup
1 soup can milk
1/2 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. sweet basil leaves
1/8 tsp. garlic powder

In medium saucepan, cook and stir onion in butter until onion is tender. Stir in cream cheese. Gradually stir in soup and milk; beat with rotary beater until smooth. Add seasonings. Heat, stirring frequently, but do not boil. If desired, garnish each serving with sieved egg yolk.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Betty Goes Atomic

Betty can't help but love mid-century design. With star burst patterns and futuristic form who wouldn't want one of these pieces in their home? In the 1950's and 60's science and technology exploded into the American consciousness. As physics altered the way people thought about the atom and astronauts began to explore space, home decor changed along with it.

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Thursday, January 7, 2010

Cold Afternoon Crafts

On cold January afternoons Betty spends her time working on craft projects. Whether embroidering pillows or crocheting a scarf, she always keeps busy. And so should you. This cute set from Moulin Roty will meet every one of your sewing needs. Filled with yarn, scissors, a fabric tape measure and more all you need is an idea. By the time Betty finishes knitting her sister an afghan the winter is melting into spring!