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Vintage Americana…It’s Who I Am

Vintage Americana...Because I Am

Vintage Americana… It’s who I amLet me just start off by saying that I grew up in the 1960’s.  My Parents were probably 20 years old, that’s really young,  when they built their first house.  Needless to say I grew up in a home with modern furnishings.  I will admit I grew to have a love/hate/hate relationship with avocado green and goldenrod yellow.  Which are two colors I still avoid to this day.

However, I am drawn to so many things vintage.  I love vintage jewelry and vintage coats.  I admire the simple straight lines of vintage furniture.  I love 60’s music; the Mamas and Papas, the Beatles, Rolling Stones and The Byrd’s.  I admire the playful patterns on Pyrex bowls and the exuberant colors of Fiestaware.  My own preference for vintage bowls leans to TexasWare.  TexasWare is made of melamine, a type of hard plastic.  They are light and durable.  They were made in a variety of colors and are highly collectable.  Thanks in part to Rachel Ray’s infamous garbage bowl.

I love the combination of chrome and vinyl dinette sets.  They remind me of the days when our family would stop in for dinner at the Airline Diner on old Hwy 61 just outside of New Orleans.  They also remind me of the many times my Dad would take the family to the Frostop, this is the actual place,  for Root beer Floats and Ice Cream Cones.  I remember they had car hops and the best root beer floats I have ever tasted.  They were served in frosted mugs…and the root beer was creamy and foamy and yummy!

Now I hope I haven’t given you the impression that my house is loaded down with vintage americana like this house or that I drive a Hippie Van.  On the contrary, I like including a single piece of vintage americana where you least expect to see it.  Which was my intent when I asked Mr. Clause for a 1961 light blue AM/FM Alarm Clock Radio for Christmas.  I had my eye on a 1940’s Hippo radio. Very funky and definitely a conversation starter.  But the little voice in my head reminded me that I would also need an alarm clock…the hippo is only a radio…which led me to be more practical.  If you can call buying a 1960’s vintage AM/FM Alarm Clock Radio practical.  Mr. Clause came through with the highly sought after vintage clock radio.

Vintage Americana...Admiral AM/FM Clock Radio

Now I realize that this little beauty isn’t everyone’s taste…but she reminds me of some very sweet memories I have of weekends spent sleeping over at my cousin’s house.  We would spend the days riding our bikes around the neighborhood picking thistles…why, I do not know…swinging as high as we could go on the backyard swingset…watching the late late movie and then crawling into bed and talking and laughing while listening to the radio until we fell asleep.

I am enamored with vintage americana because It’s who I am

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Hummus Chicken Salad…

 
This whole eating healthier thing is a struggle in today’s fast- food pre-packaged eat on the go lifestyle most of us live.  So when I find a web-site, internet article or health and nutrition blogger sharing a good idea I just have to share it.  I know I am not the only person struggling with the concept of  eating to live.
 
I have been following Michelle Myers on twitter for about a month.  However, I had not visited her blog until she twitted about checking out the healthy recipes on her site.  Well I jumped over there just as fast as my browser would go and lo and behold, She was true to her tweet. 
 
I am learning that eating healthy does not require me to go without my favorite foods, it just requires a little recipe tweaking.
 
Here is a an old favorite with a new twist.  I made it for lunch and it is delicious.  If you try it you are sure to like it!
 
Hummus Chicken Salad
 
2 cups skinless boneless chicken breasts
1/2 cup of hummus (use your favorite)
2 stalks of celery, diced
1 small apple, diced
1/4 dried cranberries (or fresh grapes)
pepper to taste
 
Thanks to Michelle and others like her, I will learn to eat to live instead of living to eat….I’ll Get By With a little help from my friends…
 
In the words of the Beatles tune from 1967 Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band..
 
 Oh, I get by with a little help from my friends
Mm, gonna try with a little help from my friends
Yes I get by with a little help from my friends
With a little help from my friends

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