Showing posts from February, 2014

Beautiful Ice Crystals On My Window

Doesn't that look like a face? Maybe even John Lennon?? : ) These cold works of art on my home office window and hearing a songbird this morning, albeit it very briefly, made this late February feel a little warmer less frigid than zero.

"Don't let your grey give your age away." Why not?

This salon is in my town and I don't think this sign is good kind marketing. Not everyone has a problem with being a certain age. I don't try to hide my age at all. Even for those who color and cover their grey, age isn't something about which to be ashamed. It might bring in the crowd who agrees with the sentiment, but it's a real turn-off to me.

Things that really bug me!

This morning while making my bed I thought I saw a spider which turned out to be a metal part to my eyeglass case, but it reminded me of brushes with pure evil.
Directly after I graduated college in 1990 my boyfriend and I drove cross country from Maine to Seattle to "see America" and try life out on the west coast. (He's still out there, I left six months after we arrived.) My wholesome Mainer boy quickly went from 80s preppy to grunge while I had traded my straight edge punk rock roots for becoming a granola girl. Throughout both of those "stages" I always embraced eating and living as naturally as possible and had worked at health food shops and co-ops while still in school.
So when, one day alone in the cute cottage hovel we were renting I saw a gigantic spider the size of a rat, I had an instant personal transformation. Besides screaming like a little hippie girl faced with something akin to war, in a blind rage I drove to the supermarket and stocked up …

Mr. Peanut/Beth's Peanutty Slaw, 1970

This recipe is from Mr. Peanut's Guide to Nutrition, 1970. I'm eating a bowl of it right now and it is insanely delicious!

I doubled the cabbage but cut back on the fat per serving although it's still very rich:
10 cups chopped (I prefer it to shredded) cabbage (220 calories) 1 cup mayonnaise (1,580 calories) 3 teaspoons salt 1.5 tbsp maple syrup (75 calories) 4 teaspoons vinegar 1/2 cup crunchy no sugar added peanut butter in lieu of chopped peanuts (750 calories)

The crunchy peanut butter works really well because you get more of a blended peanut flavor but you still have some chopped bits with each bite. Makes 8 servings with 330 calories each if you have it for lunch or 16 sides at 165 calories each. I LOVE THIS!

Vintage Booklet: Nutrition Advice for Kids, 1970s vs Today Part II, Mr. Peanut

Earlier I blogged about a far-out booklet, Mystery at the Food Power Tower from the 70s to illustrate the differences in advice to kids about proper nutrition and a healthy weight. Here we have another glimpse through the Monocle of Mr. Peanut. The present-day CDC advises kids to NOT count calories. (So, should you "count calories?" Nah. It's easiest to just follow a healthy eating style and pay attention to your body).

Mr. Peanut advises kids that YES, you should count calories but here we also see the importance of weighing in (although Mr. Peanut doesn't hold back his displeasure of what he sees!)
Here we see TV used an example of what can lead to weight gain if enough energy isn't burned otherwise, or food consumption isn't lowered to match a sedentary lifestyle.

A calorie chart is provided so kids and their parents can use it as a guide.

Vintage Booklet: How To Handle Your Women, 1959, Industrial Supervisor

Despite the sexist theme of the cover, the article itself, written by a woman, is overall surprisingly sensible and feminist.