Saturday, 5 April 2014

Fun Finds ~ Southern Cooking by Mrs. S. R. Dull

I found this great vintage cookbook at the Goodwill in North Gulfport today.  This is the 1968 edition, but the original was published in 1941.  The author Mrs. S. R. Dull is a legendary culinary expert from Georgia.  Southern Cooking is my type of cookbook because over half of it's contents are desserts!  It even subdivides cakes from the rest of the dessert section.  

Here are some of the recipes I would like to try: 

  • Miss Cora's Spanish Gumbo
  • South Georgia Ice Box Rolls
  • Boston Pumpkin Pie
  • Snow Balls (Merengue Dessert)

Sunday, 5 January 2014

Fun Finds: Gulfport

I found some great items at the Goodwill in Orange Grove yesterday afternoon.  Here is a quick snapshot of the fun things available.  I did make off with this awesome silver plated coffee pots!  

Samsonite Silhouette Carry On 
Vintage Anchor Tea Cups
(I wanted the whole set!) 
Great if you had the punch bowl pattern!
Silver Platted Coffee Pots
With a pineapple on the lid.  

Friday, 3 January 2014

Happy 2014! New at The Sassy Starfish

Happy New Year!  2014 is an exciting year for me and The Sassy Starfish.  This year will mark my 30th Birthday, and my fourth trip to the United Kingdom and Europe.  As I have for the past several years, I have made several resolutions.  

** Live the creative life…. this includes writing and reading daily.  Hopefully, I can cut out television significantly this year.  I am completing the Good Reads Reading Challenge for the fourth year in a row.  I am hoping to read over 100 books. 
** Learn to sew.  Blow the dust of my machine and get busy!
** Finds some more great vintage pieces.  Keep up with my thrifty lifestyle I started in 2013.  
** Scan all my family photographs.  I have the scanner, and now I need to get busy!

Here are some new posts to look forward to this year as well!

Sewing Sagas

As I mentioned in my resolutions, I want to learn to sew this year.  Nothing seems more retro and domestic than sewing.  I was really seduced into sewing by the cool projects on Pinterest.  So I hope to create posts about the projects I attempt and complete.  This will be from my point of view as a true beginner and I would like to share my journey with you. Look forward to projects, vintage inspired pieces, and insights onto the history of sewing.  

Thrifty Business

My friend The Muddy Mermaid and I are going to go more in depth on our thrift store adventures with this monthly series.  It will be full of tips and insights from us.  As well as some reviews on thrift stores/flea markets in our general area.  All items are on the table to discuss including: clothing, house decor, cutlery, furniture, books, and jewelry.  

The Sassy Starfish will continue to feature the normal Fun Finds and Wish List Wednesday memes.  Also, look forward to some great history and genealogy posts this year.  

Tuesday, 31 December 2013

The Best of 2013

Here are a few of my favorite Sassy Starfish Posts of 2013.  

  1. Sharing my grandmother's Ooey-Gooey Bars recipe.
  2. Continuing our Halloween Tradition with Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves is October.
  3. Our wood burning stove remodel.
  4. Fun finds in Independence, Oregon while visiting my graduate school buddies.
  5. Best genealogy advice I can give about what to do when you are stuck on your genealogy research.
  6. A brief history of the southern staple chicory coffee found in the deep south.  
It has been a fun year, where I started by Etsy shop and participated in my first craft shows.    

Everyone have a safe and happy New Year! 

Sunday, 29 December 2013

Fun Finds Christmas Edition!

My husband surprised me this Christmas with a childhood classic.  When I was a little girl, I was delighted to find and read a book titled with my first name.  It is an extra bonus that it is written by Julie Andrews herself.  It is a 1971 first edition with a dust jacket in great condition.  

The book is about a young orphan girl who sneaks into the woods by the orphanage to play house in an abandoned cottage.  It is a sweet tale, and I am excited to have my own copy! 

Saturday, 28 December 2013

Family Favorite Recipes: Grandma's Peanut Butter Fudge

Finished Peanut Butter Fudge

Out of my grandmother's many delicious recipes, her peanut butter fudge is my favorite.  This was a crowd pleaser.  My friends would beg for her to make it for class parties, and would appear on special occasions such as the holidays.  Here is the exact recipe from the Cedar Lake United Methodist Church Ladies Fellowship Circle Cookbook.  I left it in her own explanation because she was the expert.  Below are pictures of me recreating this family favorite on Christmas eve.

Feel free to contact me with any questions regarding her fudge recipe.  Enjoy!  

Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe from "Taste of Heaven" Cookbook
Some necessities for the fudge.  
Mixing the marshmallow fluff, peanut butter chips, and smooth peanut butter.  
Finished fudge after cooling for about two hours.  

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Ooey-Gooey Bars: A Family Recipe

 This is a very fun and easy holiday recipe from my Maternal grandmother.  For my Sorority Alumnae group's Christmas party, I resurrected this from the Cedar Lake Ladies Fellowship Circle Cook Book.  Enjoy!

Ooey-Gooey Bars

  • 1 Box Butter Cake Mix
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Stick Butter (Softened)
  • 1 Cup Pecans (Chopped) 
Mix above ingredients. Press into lightly greased 9X13 pan.

Rest of Bars:
  • 1 Box of Confectioners Sugar
  • 1 Pack Cream Cheese (8 oz)
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Cup Chocolate Chips
Mix and pour over batter that's already in pan.  Cook at 350 for about 40-45 minutes.  Put chocolate chips on top while bars are still warm.  

Helpful Tips:
** Grease pan very well. They can be hard to get out.
**For easy serving, cut the bars and place them in cupcake holders.