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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Back To School-With Recipes

No matter how old you  are when September rolls around most people experience, even if it is only fleeting, that back to school spirit.  My own vintage style is more 1920s and 1930s, but my favorite back to school images are from the 40s and 50s.  Tartan in particular has always seemed so scholastic to me. 

This girl's hair bow is so beautiful and romantic, and I love her hopeful expression.
This is probably my favorite Gil Elvgreen picture, so cute and naughty.  Plus I love the color combo of green skirt, white blouse and red accented belt.
These outfits are just amazing, so gorgeously coordinated.  Id love to wear something like this.
I love the "checks you'll gladly endorse" line.
I love how attentive all of these young kinds are.

In addition to clothing back to school always makes me think of fall breakfasts.  My favorite autumn breakfast is Oven Baked apple Pancake, I'd say it take a bit long for a weekday breakfast, but back in the day I'm sure mom wouldn't have batted an eye.  I'd say for the modern era its weekend only:

Oven Baked Apple Pancake (you an see from the photo below that mine overflowed a but I probably did not pour the batter in just right, but it was still delicious!)

1/4 cup sugar granulated sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
7 tbsp butter
2 to 3 green apples peeled and cored, I use three
1/2 cup milk
3 eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup bread flour (you can use all purpose but bread flour is better)
1/2 tsp salt 
Powdered sugar for serving

Combine the cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl.
Preheat the oven to 425 and  melt 7 tablespoons of butter in a non stick cast iron skillet over medium heat.  Add the apples to the skillet and sprinkle over the cinnamon and sugar.  Cook stirring frequently for 5 to 7 minutes.
Whisk the milk, eggs, and vanilla extract together in a medium bowl.  Add the flour and salt and whisk until well combined.  Pour the batter over the apples and bake for 20 minutes, it will puff up impressively!  Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve.

Finally,  to conclude my back to school celebration I can't resist sharing a short from one of my all time favorite television shows Mystery Science Theater  Three Thousand (MST3K), if you are familiar with the show you will know how funny and addicting it is.  I love everything about it but the educational shorts where always among the best.  Below is Why Study Industrial Arts a bit of 1950s educational history hilariously dissected by the Mike and The Bots.



  1. Ohhhh yum! I have never seen that recipe before. I am going to have to try it.

  2. Funny video. We have to say we dreaded the end of the Summer holidays and never looked forward to going back to school. Have a fabulous Friday.
    Best wishes Molly

  3. This post rocks - darling vintage school girl/collegiate fashions, a fun video, and a lip-lickingly yummy recipe all add up to an awesomely fun way to celebrate the return of the school year and autumn's delicious apple harvest.

    Wishing you, your honey and all your cute critters a fantastic weekend!

    ♥ Jessica

  4. I still can't believe that summer is over. Beautiful fall fashions to help with the sadness though.


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