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Happy Birthday Elvis!

Elvis 1957

Happy Birthday To Elvis Presley today! Elvis was born on Jan, 8th 1935in Tupelo, Mississippi.

I’m glad to say I was there when he began was on the radio with songs like, Love Me Tender, Don’t be cruel, Teddy Bear,

Jailhouse Rock and saw the movies at the time He was Rocking the Country, What great Rock and Roll Artists and Groupes there were 1950s!

Elvis Home

Elvis was born in this house in 1935In Tupelo, Mississippi. built by his father, Vernon Elvis Presley, in preparation for the birth. In November 1948, the family moved to Memphis, Tennessee.  Elvis received only a C in music in eighth grade. When his music teacher told him that he had no aptitude for singing, he brought in his guitar the next day and sang a recent hit, “Keep Them Cold Icy Fingers Off Me”, in an effort to prove otherwise.

Elvis signing autographs

During his junior year, Elvis Presley began to stand out more among his classmates, largely because of his appearance: he grew his sideburns and styled his hair with rose oil and Vaseline. he competed in Humes’s Annual “Minstrel” show in April 1953. Singing and playing guitar, he opened

with “till I Waltz again with you”, a recent hit for “Teresa Brewer” Presley recalled that the performance did much for his reputation:

“I wasn’t popular in school … I failed music—only thing I ever failed. And then they entered me in this talent show … when I came onstage I heard people kind of rumbling and whispering and so forth, ’cause nobody knew I even sang. It was amazing how popular I became after that. The rest is history as you may know..

Keep the Change!

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Back in the winters and summers of the1950’s my father worked part time around the corner tavern, and every once in a while he would wake me at 6:am and say, Do you want to come with me I have to open up and get the tavern ready for the day? I said ok so as we opened up he would say to me, take this flashlight and look under the wood plank on the floor behind the bar and any money you find you can keep I’m like wow a treasure hunt!

So I did just that and after about 30 minutes or so I added up my finds and at times it would add up to a couple of dollars, and a kid could buy a bit of candy then as most were 2 for a penny, and soda a dime or less, chips were about 5 cents, ice cream about 5 cents so you get the point I’m making here.

Yes what a treat it was to have 2 dollars at one time then you felt like you were rich! The money was gone in like no time because you would wind up buying things just so you can. And there were times I would go the 5 and dime store “Woolworth’s” just about 3 blocks from my house and once there I had a pick of things as the prices were low enough to buy a Duncan yo-yo, or a water pistol, a hi-bouncer ball, from Spalding and a number of other great little toys and gadgets and still have enough for candy!

Merry Christmas!

Wishing you all the Merriest Christmas and Happiest of New Years!

Eggnog French Toast




  • 1 loaf crusty country-style bread, sliced 1-inch thick
  • 1 1/2 cups eggnog, store-bought or homemade
  • 2 tablespoons dark rum (optional, can omit or use 2 teaspoons rum extract)
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Whipped cream and maple syrup for serving.


Slice up your bread then set it aside to set a bit. It may take up to 15 minutes or so as you’re preparing the batter, or 48 hours upon your countertop.

Next : Fly the toast: in a griddle, or large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of butter on medium heat.  After the butter has melted, move the bread that has soaked from the bowl [or baking pan] using  tongs or your fingers, letting the batter excess drip off the bread. Be careful if you left the bread out overnight to soak, as it will be more fragile!

Warm the oven, place a metal wire rack, once you are ready to toast in a rimmed baking sheet. Put in the oven at 250F.

Now: frying the toast for 2 to 3 minutes, or till golden brown, flip the toast with a spatula cooking for 2 to 3 minutes more until equally brown on both sides. Now place more slices in the bow to soak up the batter while the toast is cooking.

Next: Keep that toast warm! When the bread if all finished, move it the the wire rack in the oven and with the remaining bread, Repete soaking first, then frying.

Serve it with whipped cream or maple syrup, soon as you can because it’s that good!   Enjoy!

Prep: 10 minutes ~ Cook Time: 15 minutes ~ Yield: 12 slices ~ Serves 4 to 6 People

View this and more great holiday recipes from the folks at Simplyrecipes! Eggnob French Toast!  

Christmas Mornings!


Back in the 1950s, when my Brothers and Sisters and I woke on Christmas morning after a restless sleep like millions of other kids, there before us was a sight like no other! Let me explain, first on Christmas eve we went to bed without a tree, with just those visions of sugar plums in our heads so the saying goes.

Then  we would wake on Christmas morning with a decorated tree with those old bright-colored lights, and a couple sets of bubble lights and the gifts were laided out before us because Santa never wrapped gifts so we were told and he always carefully placed them under the tree without us ever knowing of course! Oh how I loved sitting by the tree just staring at those sparkling bubble lights! 

Over the years my father would send 2 of the older kids out on Christmas eve to a tree lot to pick out the best of what was left of them by that time of day the tree lot man wanted to get rid of what was left, and you could get a tree for $3.00! and if you were lucky a good size one at that! 

Holiday News!

Holiday News!

Hey If you’re visiting the east coast this holiday season, visit the tree in Rockeller Center N.Y.C.  It’s a breath taking view to see! A lot of hustle and Bustle going on and the crowds are amazing! I’ve been there a number of times over the years and it’s always like seeing it for the first time!I

Whenever I would go with my family there wasn’t enough time to do all we wanted, and the decorated store windows, we hardly saw any that year, only Macy’s and what a sight it was, as they were doing their windows as in the movie “miracle on 34th street”

Bloomingdale’s. Third Avenue at 59th Street. …

Barneys. Madison Avenue at 61st Street. …

Bergdorf Goodman. Fifth Avenue at 58th Street. …

Macy’s Herald Square. Broadway between 34th and 35th Streets. …

Saks Fifth Avenue. Fifth Avenue at 49th Street. …

You won’t be let down I can tell you that! There’s never a better time than the Christmas Holidays to visit New York City!

Check out Retrodee’s blog entry “keeping The 50’s Alive” on Retro Christmas cards and gifts part. 1 >>>

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(c) Can Stock Photo / viperagp

Date With The Angels Christmas

Here is the great Betty White in her show from the 1950’s “Date With The Angels” I do remember watching the “Betty White Show”  another show she starred in and may have seeen this episode but I was a kid so can’t recall it. 

I did view this awhile ago and thought you might like to view it. It’s a nice little Christmas episode. So enjoy!

Christmas 1950’s

 Part 2 1950’s Christmas video Enjoy!

(c) Can Stock Photo / StockFilm

Christmas 1950’s

From the 1950’s a retro holiday!

(c) Can Stock Photo / StockFilm