Color Me Beautiful Knitting

Posted by mrssmythe on May 9, 2016 in Books, Crafting, libraries, Musings, Old Books |

I found a treasure at our library’s recent book sale – that old 80’s classic: Color Me Beautiful. Do you remember this book? The first time I heard about it, I was listening to my aunt and my mother discussing which “season” they fit into. My aunt had recently had her “colors done”, and she’d been […]

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Crown Jewel Dessert

Posted by mrssmythe on February 16, 2016 in Celebrations, Cooking, Mrs. Smythe, Old Books |

A while back, I wrote about a vintage cookbook I’d found on the library FREE shelf. (You can read all about that HERE). It was titled The General Foods Kitchens Cookbook and was published in 1959. I’ve had some time to go through the book, and one section interests me keenly: the “How to Feed a Crowd” section. I find […]

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The General Foods Kitchens Cookbook

Posted by mrssmythe on January 25, 2016 in Baking, Books, Cooking, Old Books |

I spotted this on the FREE shelf at the library today: I’m a huge fan of vintage cookbooks, so of course I snapped it up. Published in 1959, it’s full of recipes and tips, divided, not by type of food, but by menu. First, there are the everyday meals – foods you’d serve your family. Then come the […]

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The Modern Family Cookbook

Posted by mrssmythe on May 5, 2015 in Books, Cooking, Old Books |

Our library is in the midst of its annual used book sale. Today was the start of “bargain days” – the point in the sale where a bag full of books costs a mere $2. The girls and I left with six bags’ worth. Pepper chose Shakespeare and history, Ginger found adventure fiction, and I ended […]

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Friday Morning Tag Sales

Posted by mrssmythe on June 27, 2014 in Old Books, Out & About |

I finally got my act together and went tag sale-ing. This is something I’ve been meaning to do for years. We live in a great area for it. In the warmer months, there are tag sales every weekend. There isn’t a lot of driving involved. People sell some really interesting stuff….And yet I kept forgetting […]


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