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Happy Thanksgiving!

Back in the 1950s it was common to go out on Thanksgiving day knocking on people’s doos saying “Anything for Thanksgiving!”A tradition going back around the start of the century. We just went out as we were dressed although it was common to dress up in costumes, most of the time we were given fruit and nuts maybe come candy.

Some people called it begging and guess some people viewed it like that but back in the 50’s things were tight for most of us who to say the least, so we never looked at it that way as kids we were happy to enjoy it, So the point I’m trying to state is, we were Thankful for the fruit we received on those Thanksgiving days in the 1950s.

I like to wish you all very Happy Thanksgiving!

Pecan Pie

Retro Pie

Delicious Pie!

Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 1 hour 15 minutes, Yield: Serves 8

Pre-heat the oven at at 350.F
1 9-inch pie shell, frozen (freeze for half an hour if freshly made) (I recommend our easy, flaky, sour cream pie crust)
2 cups pecans, coarsely chopped (save a few whole pecan halves to create a decoration on the surface of the pie if you want)
3 eggs, slightly beaten
1 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 Tbsp molasses
4 Tbsp butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon vanilla extract.

1st Step: For the pecan filling, mix the molasses, eggs, corn syrup, melted butter, vanilla, brown sugar, and salt together in a medium bowl till smooth [mix well] with a wooden spoon no need for a mixer with this recipe.
Next: In a frozen pie crust, spread the chopped pecans over the bottom and pour the filling over the pecans, not to worry, they will rise the surface.

[and if you have a few whole pecan halves] you can arrange them on top, you can just dip them right below the wet filling, so they can rise with the filling.
Next: bake at 350.F for 30 minutes, loosely, to tent the pie with aluminum foil to prevent the crust and pecans from getting browned too much.

Then bake for another 35 to 45 minutes till the filling as set. [It should be a little wiggly in the center of the pie.] Remove from the oven and let it cool completly.
[it will be puffed up some but will settle down as it cools down]

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Rock it Up!

Spooky Tortilla Crisps!

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  •  1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 4 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 2 flour tortillas 
  • Directions
  • First thing you want to so is,cut every flour tortilla  with a cookie cutter to cut and shape 6 to 8 wedges. Next  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil as you preheat the oven to 350 F.
  • Next: In melted butter, dip the tortilla pieces, then one side in cinnamon sugar places on a lined baking sheet.
  • Next: mix in a small small bowl, the cinnamon, sugar and spread out  over the bottom of a small plate, and Melt butter in a small bowl.
  • Next: dip the cut flour tortilla pieces into the melted butter, shake off the excess glentry and place them on the plate cinnamon sugar.
  • Then on the lined baking tray, place the coated tortilla pieces cinnamon side up
  • Bake at 350F for 10 minutes or until the tortilla crisps are  “Crisp”
  • Then remove from oven and let cool about 2 minutes.
  • View the many great holiday recipes from the folks at simply recipes.

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Here’s Your Treat!

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Back in 1957 My cousins and I went treat or treating, we would grab a paper bag as we never used costumes and began our search for many treats, or so we thought!

We just went house to house as always then we had an idea to travel to this apartment building so in that way  we could knock off a lot more treats, going up and down the flights door to door and we were doing great, till we got in the elevator when it came to a big stop!

we were stuck and my little cousin about 5 years old started crying and we had to calm him down. We pushed the alarm and after about 45 minutes the janitor came and helped us out we were stuck between the floors.

We were on our way home about 5 blocks when we ran into a few kids that were older and they were going about town just looking to cause trouble and as they were coming near to us they said “here’s your treat” and pulled out these small pies and threw them at us My cousin got one right in the face! I ran up the block fast as a rabbit! and my cousins followed just as fast. Yea it was a fun time and a halloween memorie I’ll always remember.

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Goosebumps in 58′

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Back in 1958 my friends and I were just hanging out in front of my house, when a few older kids began talking of visiting an old casino about 12 blocks from where we lived. It was used if I remember right for gambling back in the 1930’s but now just boarded up and abamdened.

They wanted to go one night and see what it looked like and maybe find something to take home, we asked if we could go also and it was planned for the next night at about 10:pm. So we met up the next night and walked up to the casino and brought along flashlights to look around. The only thing was we had to open the window in the bottom and slide down to the floor, so we all got in and looked around there was a great big chandelier right in the center of the room and a bunch of tables and other things,

But when we went down the stairs in the back of the room, that seemed to go down a bit, we saw these large spikes implanted in the walls going down! We quickly went up the stairs and went back out the window and headed home with a scary tale to share!

Pumpkin Bread Recipe


Pumpkin Bread

By; Elise Bauer :

Make this great Pumpkin Bead, great for the holidays or anytime of the year!


  • 1 1/2 cups (200g) flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 cup (240 ml) pumpkin purée*
  • 1 cup (200 g) sugar
  • 4 ounces (1 stick, 112 g) butter, melted (can sub 1/2 cup light olive oil)
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons molasses
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest (optional)
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)
  • Optional Orange Glaze:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar2 Tbsp orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla

  To make a puree, you’re need a small sugar pumpkin to cut in half horizontally, scrape    out the stringy stuff and seeds with a large metal spoon, on a foil or silpat lined baking       sheet. Bake at 350F about 45 mins to 1 hour till soft, let it then scoop out the fresh.   Whatever you don’t use freeze for future use. Also you can roast or boil them til ltender if you should work on pumpkin pieces fresh whatever you don’t use, freeze for future use. Also if you can roast or boil them till tender if you should work on pumpkin pieces.

Next: Preheat the oven in a loaf pan at {350F  180C} butter the sides of a 8 X 4 X 3 inch loaf pan. Place in the middle of the oven.

Next, place the melted butter, beaten eggs, sugar, 1/4 cup of water, pumpkin puree, orange zest, molasses, mix them all together. Next mix the wet and dry ingredients till there is no dry flour in the batter. Be careful to not over mix! If adding pecans or walnut then stir them in.

Next: Pour the batter into the pan and smooth off the top, then bake at 350F  {180C} depending on your oven and pan from, 45 minutes to 1 hour. { dark pans cook quicker than a light pan } You can also poke in the center of the loaf to see if it comes out clean.

When done remove from oven let it cool for 5 minutes Then work around the edges of the bread with a blunt dinner knife gentry to separate it out of the pan.

Invert it to loosen it from the pan and put the loaf on a rack to cool completely.

Glaze: If you plan on using the glaze, place the orange juice, powdered sugar, vanillia, and zest into a medium bowl whisk together till smooth, if too thick add a little water, too thin, add a little water. Wait till bread completely cools before glaze or slicing the bread….

Best to use a serrated knife to slice. 

Find many great recipes for you and family!

Pumpkin Bread simplyrecipes 

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Buddy Holly


Buddy Holly

Read Retodee’s great column on Buddy Holly, on her site, Retrodee’s Guild To The Best Era Ever! A great musican and songwriter from the 1950’s! And you can listen to Buddy’s music on the Jukebox if you like.

Standard 50’s Music!

The music and stars listed here are mostly of rock n roll of that was out when I was growing up, But there was a lot of great standard music from the area and music stars with hits on the radio, Like the great Pattie Page who sang the great “The Tennessee Waltz”  “Old Cape Code” and more. The Four Lads had a number of hits like “Moments To Remember” “No Not Much”. and others.

The great Nat King Cole had “Unforgettable” The Lovely “Mona Lisa” “Too Young” “Smile” Perry Como had hits like “Catch a Falling Star” “Papa Loves Mombo” “Round and Round” Who sang standards better than Frank Sinatra “Young At Heart” “Witch Craft” “Tony Bennett” “Because of You” “Rags to Riches” “Cold Cold Heart” “Rosemary Clooney” Come On-My House” “Mambo Italiano” “Dean Martin” “That’s Amore”.
Yes They were very much a part of the wonderful 1950’s and many more,the 1950’s would not be the same without their contribution of great standard music!