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Fresh baked bread is the best potpourri

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I have a confession to make: sometimes I like to bake bread merely for the way it makes the house smell.  Shameful, I know.  Sure, we all eat the bread and it’s delicious and worth it.  I don’t tell anyone I’m making it for the smell alone.  It’s our secret, don’t tell, okay?

I thought I’d share a few pictures of the mega adorable Jen in the Lemon Sorbet Dress that is available in the shop now, plus a bread recipe!  It’s a double whammy post.

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How ADORABLE is she in that dress?  Jen was sweet enough to come over and teach me how to bake bread a few weeks ago.  She ran the kitchen for many years at one of the most popular baked goods and coffee stops in our area, and you better believe I pounced on the opportunity to learn to bake from her!

She taught me a pretty easy No Knead Beer Bread Recipe that was delicious!!  This is not that recipe because I misplaced it.  This one isn’t bad either, though.  I like how easy it was to make.

No Knead Beer Bread Recipe

Ingredients
1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
1/2 cup warm water (100 degrees F or 38 degrees C)
1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle beer

1 1/2 teaspoons fine salt
all-purpose flour for dusting
1 tablespoon cornmeal

Directions
1.  Stir together yeast, 1/2 cup flour and warm water in a large bowl. Cover and let sit in a warm spot for about 30 minutes.
2.  Stir beer, remaining flour and salt into the bowl. Mix until all the flour is incorporated and forms a thick sticky dough that pulls away from the sides of the bowl. Cover and let rise in a warm spot for 2 hours, until doubled in size.
3.  Scrape all the dough from the bowl with a rubber spatula, and place on a well-floured surface. Generously flour the top of the dough and form into a loaf shape.
4.  Sprinkle a baking sheet with cornmeal. Transfer loaf to the baking sheet and sprinkle the top with flour. Cover loosely with a towel and let rise for 30-40 minutes.
5.  Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
6.  Place a small loaf pan of warm water on a lower rack to humidify the oven.
7.  Slash a long slit in the top of the loaf with a sharp knife or razor. Place the baking sheet on the rack above the pan of warm water in the oven. Bake for 35 minutes, until the loaf is golden brown.
8.  Transfer to a cooling rack. Let cool completely before slicing and serving.

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Enjoy!!

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Flower Child Power

The ’70’s are back in style and we couldn’t be happier about it!

The 1970’s have such good, down-to-earth vibe that pretty much anyone can pull it off. There’s no need to go full blown hippie either – a dress in a floaty material, a wide brimmed hat, or an accessory with some fringe can add a little boho touch without going overboard.

 

This fantastic semi-sheer floral full length Flower Child dress is available in the shop right now and it’s giving us all the feels!!

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Some suggestions for adding 70’s to your wardrobe:

  • Crochet pieces – a cute crochet tank top or sweater is a nice touch.
  • Plunging neckline
  • Suede suede suede – boots, coat, or dresses
  • Mini-skirts – show off them legs, baby
  • Layers and layers of patterns
  • Chunky, funky accessories

The 70’s were all about freedom of movement, owning your sexuality, and having fun!

The Bad ’50’s Housewife

The year is 1954.  Betty is a housewife living in suburbia.  She’s been married for several years when her mother-in-law gives her a pamphlet titled “The Good Wife’s Guide”. Betty is shocked and offended that her mother-in-law thinks that she needs advice on how to keep a nice home and keep her husband happy!  After a quick perusal, Betty decides that she does everything that the pamphlet suggests a good housewife should do!

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Betty sets out to prove to her mother-in-law AND her husband just what a good wife she is!

Betty always keeps fresh flowers and live plants in the house.  

She wants her husband to return to a home that smelled fresh and clean every night!  She takes great care of her plants and makes sure that they receive love and attention every day.  She never forgets to water them.

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This is a part of an ongoing series that we’re working on, the “Bad ’50’s Housewife” series.  Join us every week as we share more stories of Bad Housewife Betty’s exploits!

Do you have any suggestions for future photos?  Leave them in the comment section!

Heart Of Gold – Class It Up For The Holidays!

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My friend, Megan, has been sweet enough to model vintage items for me on a few separate occasions.  This was my favorite photoshoot that we have done to date.  Meg is extremely patient with my amateur attempts at photography and instructions.

A photoshoot with me sounds something like this:

“Could you like turn this way a little but no more that way….uh no do what you were doing before.  Shit, the camera wasn’t on.  Could you pretend I said something really funny?  I mean, I could make up a joke or something.  Did you hear the one about the dog that wanted to be president?  Oh. Well, I don’t know it anyway.  Pretend to laugh. Har har.  Uh. No look serious. Yeah that’s better.”

Bless Meg’s sweet heart for putting up with me!

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This is a vintage evening gown that I bought many moons ago and wore to a schmancy New Years Eve party and then never found a reason to wear it again.  This dress doesn’t look like much on the hangar but OWEEE does it hang just so on a woman’s body.  It is elegant and slinky looking, even if you don’t have an “elegant and slinky” type of figure.  Trust me, I’m more of a short and round body type and it looked good on me as well!  I loved this dress BEFORE I ever asked Meg to wear it on a chilly afternoon on a street corner downtown.  We got a few funny looks but I think it was well worth it.  Doesn’t she look lovely in this dress?

The dress doesn’t have a belt with it, but it does have belt loops.  On our way out the door to the shoot, I snagged a silk tie from my boyfriend and tied it around her waist.  Not a typical look and maybe this isn’t something everyone would wear.  I like how it looks, don’t you?

My hometown has some great old brick buildings scattered here and there.  The building shown in the background of this photo is the Town Square market, just around the corner from our fabulous coffee shop Longbranch Cafe and Bakery.  Longbranch has evolved since it’s early days, when I used to show up to open mic nights and read my crappy teen angsty poetry to a few bored people chugging coffee and ignoring me.  Oh, Longbranch, how I loved my afternoons in your dark backroom, poring over the free library and gossiping with my friends.  It has now become a bright, cheerful, adorable cafe.  One of my favorite places to grab coffee to this day!

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The Heart of Gold Dress is perfect for the upcoming holidays.  This dress will instantly make you feel glamorous.

Here’s a playlist to listen to you as you get dolled up in this dress.

Vintage 1970’s Heart of Gold Evening Gown. Semi-sheer (needs a slip under it), glittery gold and cream interwoven together. This dress positively melds itself to your body and has great flow and twirl to it. The skirt loves to be lifted and twirl in the wind. Sleeveless with cowl neckline. Has belt loops but no belt. Shown with a silk tie used as a belt. Full length gown.

This dress is in fabulous shape and is SUCH a dream to wear.

Tags: J.T. Jody Dress Company

Measurements: Size 12; bust: 18″; waist: 12″-17″; free from waist.

Price: $57.00 + s&h