Showing posts from January, 2013

Oven Pot Roast, Mashed Potatoes & Carrots Recipe

Here's one of my favorites: Oven Pot Roast!
What I love about pot roast, besides the way it tastes, falls apart at the touch of a fork and fills my kitchen with its wonderful aroma is that it's made with an inexpensive cut of meat. I buy organic beef which is more expensive than factory food, so it feels like win-win when I can purchase a lower, less costly grade of beef like a blade steak or chuck roast and turn it something moist and tender.

I take about 2 1/2 pounds of blade or chuck beef and trim off any visible fat around the edges, rinse it off well and place it in my vintage Pyrex casserole dish (click here to see why glass pans made today aren't your grandmother's Pyrex). I do not add any liquids because as the meat cooks it will release and simmer in its own juices as they rise up and around it.

I then add a half cup of frozen chopped onions, salt, pepper and few shakes of garlic powder and place it covered in a 300° oven for three hours. About halfway throug…

Good Morning from Maine!

This was the view outside my window this morning and I wanted to share it with you! To combat the January blahs I am going to have lunch out today, someplace new, where, I don't know yet! While I do make healthy choices when I eat out, I DO eat french fries from time to time as long as they aren't the fast food type.
A few years ago I would be breaking my resolution to diet right about now, oblivious to the lovely things around me, even in the Maine winter, and using junk food to get me through. I love that I now enjoy eating simple, wholesome foods that nourish me and actually cheer me up instead of giving me a temporary high followed by a mood crash. I don't miss that at all.
I hope that my blog is helping you find joy in being good to yourself!

Size Zero Tolerance for Vanity Sizing

Many websites have attributed this quote to Marilyn Monroe:
“To all the girls that think you’re fat because you’re not a size zero, you’re the beautiful one, its society who’s ugly.”
Marilyn Monroe passed away in 1962. Since size "zero" is a modern invention of vanity sizing, it's highly unlikely that she ever stated that.

Because a current-day size "zero" is a 1950s 10-12, and each manufacturer has their own sizing gimmicks, we can't use their measurements to determine a healthy weight. Why not strive to be among healthy beautiful ones and use scientific metrics?

Kellog's Special K Cereal Ads: 1959 vs 2013

The Special K ad from 1959 on the left is quite cheerful, isn't it? A happy father, smiling moms, a cute baby and healthy benefits are being promoted without any mention of it being a tool for weight loss. Wholesome stuff.

I find the ad on the right from the 2013 Ladies Home Journal to be rather...gross. I understand the concept that their marketing department wants to get across without making an outright claim: Special K will kill your desire to eat a jelly doughnut and sweets in general. But "the protein effect" next to what appears to be a bloody, and not jelly, donut makes me wonder. Are they trying to subliminally imply that monthly cravings will be conquered?? Even if they are, I now associate their cereal with an unpleasant image. I find the 1950s ad to be far more effective at making Special K seem appetizing!
What's your take on these ads?

Woman's Day Magazine Diet Smackdown: Does 1956 or 2013 Give Better Dieting Advice?

Diet Advice in Woman's Day Magazine: February 2013 vs February 1956

As a long-time collector and reader of vintage women's magazines, I can honestly say that I find them to be far more entertaining and practical than any present day periodical. I thought it would be fun and hopefully enlightening to compare diet advice between two February issues of Woman's Day, one from 1956 and the other from 2013.
You'll notice that the 1956 copy has a photo of a puppy, but it's not a famous pup. Vintage Woman's Day magazines usually had photos of cute pets, kids or pretty scenes instead of a celebrity. Not only did they have no relation to any of the articles inside, but it was also rare to find one promoting a reducing diet on the cover, or anything at all:

What a contrast to today! Also, I have compared some of the basic categories in the magazine's  contents. First is from 1956, the second from 2013:
Price: .07 / $1.99 Pages: 134 / 158 Categories: Articles and Fiction…

What bad habits of "today" would you like to leave behind in 2013?

Let's bring in the New Year with positive thoughts and actions for a healthier you the 1950s way!
According to WebMD, the average American gains 1-2 pounds during the holiday season and usually doesn't take it off. Consuming a "mere" extra average of 115 calories a day in the course of two months without exercising to compensate equals 7,000 additional calories which equals two pounds of weight gain.
The heavy weigh of today involves a mix of denial (it's not your fault, the dryer did it, etc.) and self-derision followed by starvation diets that rarely work and maybe an expensive membership to a gym you'll visit only a few times in January. Usually that proves depressing and then you give up and the pounds stay.
In the 1950s, a couple of pounds was a big deal! Here's why: Those pounds add up or are an unwanted addition to a growing problem. I've never seen the word "only" in front of any mention of weight gain in my hundreds of source…