Potholder Crochet Pattern for a Teapot, Cookie Jar, Plate and Minted Tea Cooler Recipe

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Potholder Crochet Pattern

Here’s a potholder crochet pattern for a teapot with a recipe for a Minted Tea Cooler perfect for a summer afternoon party. Along with the teapot potholder are patterns that match for a cookie jar and plate potholder. These are from the a 1947 American Thread Company crochet pattern booklet titled Star Potholders.

Teapot Potholder Crochet Pattern

Minted Tea Cooler Recipe

This is a great recipe if you have mint growing in your herb garden. If you’ve planted one mint plant, you probably do. Mint will take over the entire garden if you don’t contain it.

Minted Tea Cooler Recipe

Here’s a Look at the Other Potholder Crochet Patterns

A matching set can be crocheted with the cookie jar and plate potholder crochet patterns included with the teapot. You’ll find the 2-page PDF file to download below with all of the pattern instructions.

 

Minted Tea Cooler Potholder Crochet Patterns

More Recipes and Potholder Crochet Patterns

I’ve shared several other potholder patterns and the included recipes from this booklet. Find them here:

Crab AuGratin Recipe and Fish and Crab Potholder

Spiced Fruit Compote Recipe and Fruit Potholder Patterns

Maple Sugar Graham Crackers and Maple Leaf Potholder Crochet Pattern

 

PDF File to Download

Potholder Crochet Patterns

The pattern file is in PDF format so to read it you’ll need the Adobe Reader software on your computer. Most computers come with it, but it is free and can be found here.

Download Instructions: Right-Click the link and select either “save target as” or “save link as” depending on what browser you are using or simply click on it and save or print.

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Fish and Crab Potholder Crochet Patterns with Crab Meat Au Gratin Recipe

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Welcome to this Friday’s VTNS (Vintage Textile and Needlework Sellers) Fan Freebie!

fish and crab potholder crochet patterns - vintage crafts and more

Anyone on vacation by the seashore? Today’s freebie will fit right in. It’s two crochet patterns for potholders, a fish and a crab.

An added plus with these patterns is a recipe for Crab Meat Au Gratin. It’s a quick and easy recipe to cook for dinner with friends.

The recipe and patterns come from a 1947 American Thread Company booklet titled Star Potholders.

I think you’ll enjoy both the recipe and potholder patterns. The potholders would fit perfectly in a seaside retreat kitchen or a cabin by the lake.

Fish and Crab Potholders Crochet Pattern Photo - Vintage Crafts and More

 

As with most of the American Thread Company vintage patterns, the yarn that is called for is discontinued. My suggestion as a substitute yarn when making potholders is cotton, mainly because it won’t melt and is easily cleaned. One yarn that is popular for kitchen and bath projects is Lily Sugar ‘N Cream.

You can also use wool yarn for potholders. An advantage with wool yarn is it not only won’t melt, but it is self-extinguishing and likely to go out on it’s own if caught on fire accidentally.  A downside to wool is it’s harder to clean and if the potholders are washed and dried they may end up felted.

I wouldn’t use an acrylic or polyester yarn for crocheting potholders, since those types of fibers will melt when they come into contact with a hot dish.

You’ll also need 50 yards of red Pearl Cotton Size 5 and a skein of black Six Strand Embroidery Floss to finish off the potholders.

 

Fish and Crab Potholders Crochet Pattern Instructions - Vintage Crafts and MoreFish Potholder Crochet Pattern Photo - Vintage Crafts and More

Download Instructions: Click on the instructions (don’t forget the continued paragraph for the fish potholder), it will open in a new window, right click your mouse and select either “save target as” or “save image as” depending on what browser you are using and then save.

When printing you may have to “shrink to fit” the large page. I noticed when I printed it the very bottom line wasn’t there unless I did.

Now for the recipe……It calls for one cup of a medium white sauce. A white sauce is made with butter, flour and milk. Easy enough, but if you need a recipe for it, this White Sauce Recipe on the Allrecipes site is a good one.

Crab Meat Au Gratin Recipe - Vintage Crafts and More

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Crochet Fruit Potholder Patterns – Apple, Strawberry and Pear

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Welcome to October and the VTNS Fan Freebie!

Strawberry Potholder Crochet Pattern Pic - Vintage Crafts and MoreApple Potholder Crochet Pattern Pic - Vintage Crafts and MorePear Potholder Crochet Pattern Pic - Vintage Crafts and More
Before we get started with the patterns, I have a recipe to share that is included with the patterns in this vintage crochet booklet. The fruit potholders pattern has a recipe for…….

Spiced Fruit Compote

Spiced Fruit Compote Recipe - Vintage Crafts and MoreTo clarify, a No. 2½ can translates to 3½ cups or 27 to 29 ounces of fruit. A No. 2 can is 2½ cups or 20 ounces. Also, a greengage plum is the color of a granny smith apple and the size of an apricot. It’s firm, sweet and has a syrup like juice.

This would be yummy alone as a dessert or served over vanilla ice cream.

I’ve posted another pot holder pattern and recipe from this booklet for Maple Sugar Graham Crackers and an Acorn Potholder.

The main body of each potholder is the same. The fruits, Apple, Pear and Strawberries, have a separate set of instructions.

Mercerized Crochet Cotton is used for the body of the holder. Six strand mercerized embroidery cotton floss and pearl cotton are used for the fruit decoration. The crochet hook size is No. 8 or No. 9.

Fruit Potholders Crochet Pattern Materials Required - Vintage Crafts and More

The following pattern is used for the body of each pot holder:

Fruit Potholders Crochet Pattern - Vintage Crafts and More

The fruit decoration instructions are separate:

STRAWBERRY:

Strawberry Potholder Crochet Pattern Pic - Vintage Crafts and More

Strawberry Potholder Crochet Pattern - Vintage Crafts and MoreStrawberry Potholder Crochet Pattern 2 - Vintage Crafts and MorePEAR:

Pear Potholder Crochet Pattern Pic - Vintage Crafts and More

Pear Potholder Crochet Pattern - Vintage Crafts and MoreAPPLE:

Apple Potholder Crochet Pattern Pic - Vintage Crafts and MoreApple Potholder Crochet Pattern - Vintage Crafts and More

Below you’ll find the 2-page PDF file and download instructions:

Fruit Potholders Crochet Pattern

The pattern is in pdf format so to read it you’ll need the Adobe Reader software on your computer. Most computers come with it, but it is free and can be found here.

Download Instructions: Right-Click the link and select either “save target as” or “save link as” depending on what browser you are using or simply click on it and save or print.

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Keep Warm with this Vintage Midwest Chowder Recipe

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May have to try this vintage recipe today to keep warm!

Vintage Crafts and More - Midwest ChowderDecided to give this recipe a try. Cut up all the veggies, then used some chicken stock I had left over to make up the 2 cups of boiling water. Made a roux (white sauce) with butter, flour and milk. Didn’t have as much cheese as required on hand, but it was enough. Also had to use a regular can of corn rather than creamed (didn’t have any). Still came out delicious. Wonderful meal for a cold winter day!!

Vintage Crafts and More - Midwest Chowder Recipe

Midwest Chowder Recipe getting started

Vintage Crafts and More - Midwest Chowder Recipe

Midwest Chowder ready to eat!

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St. Patrick’s Day Green Recipes from 1929

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Flower Babies

Green Recipes for St. Patrick’s Day

Back in December I shared a vintage Gridley Dairy order card with sweet baby faces on roses and recipes.  Today I have another order card with more baby faces and some Green Recipes for St. Patrick’s Day. These recipes are from 1929.

Green Corn Oysters

The first one is Green Corn Oysters, I know what you’re thinking, oohee, but really there are no oysters involved, they’re sort of a corn fritter or hush puppy and reading the ingredients they sound pretty good.

Green Recipes Corn OystersSee, not so bad.

Green Corn Pudding

The next one is Green Corn Pudding recipe.  I don’t think this is a dessert, but more of a complimentary dish to serve with meat.

Green Recipes Corn Pudding

These Green Recipes use Green Corn aka Young and Tender

I’m not sure how they came up with the word “Green” in the titles of these recipes.  There’s no call for green food coloring and none of the ingredients are green.  May be I’m missing something, if anyone has some information about them, please share.

Comment shared from Tara:

So, I know I am late to this post…However, I was googling “Green Corn” for another recipe (from 1914) and that’s how I ended up here 🙂

Anyhoo, turns out that green corn is simply young, tender corn…not green! Back in the day, they called it green corn. And NOW we know!

So you are right…there is nothing green about this pudding. But I am definitely gonna add this one to my recipe file! Thanks!

The color green or not, they sound good enough to try for a St. Patrick’s Day meal.

Enjoy!

Valentine Recipes and Decorations for a 1922 Romantic Dinner Menu

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1922 Valentine Recipes Romantic Dinner Menu

The Valentine Recipes in this post are for a romantic dinner party from a 1922 entertaining magazine.  The recipes are great.  Each has a heart theme and just sound perfect for a candlelit Valentine dinner or a heart themed party with friends.  Some of these recipes could even be used for a Bridal Shower.

The beginning of the article states,

“ST. VALENTINES DAY is always a welcome day for the hostess. There are so many simple and effective table decorations that she can make, and so many unusual yet economical dishes that she can serve, she does not have to put an endless amount of thought in what she should have for her table. Perhaps the following table decorations and suggestions for a menu may give you some new ideas if you are planning to entertain on St. Valentine’s Day.”

How appropriate for today as well.  Economical dishes and ideas for quick and easy decorating.  They outline how to make the table decoration shown on the table.

TABLE DECORATION CENTERPIECE

Valentine Dinner Party Centerpiece“The centerpiece is made by cutting a circle of white cardboard, nine inches in diameter. To the edge of this circle is pasted a strip of matstock (cardstock) four inches wide and long enough to go around the circle. Cut a long piece of red crepe paper, eight inches wide, and one of white crepe paper six inches wide.

Gather the strips of paper together near the bottom and again three inches above. Paste this around the outside of the cardboard form, letting the ruffles stand out straight. Cover two wires with crepe paper, and twist them into heart shapes.

Paste these on to the box with gummed cloth tape. Cover the top and the sides of the round box with twisted crepe paper. To make these twisted strips cut a package of crepe paper into four strips; refold crepe, and every inch along one edge cut two inches deep. Round off the corners.

Hold each petal with thumb and forefinger and twist. Paste these twisted strips in rows on the box, close together. Cut figures from decorated crepe paper, paste them on cardboard, fasten a wire in the back of the figures, run it through the box and fasten it underneath. Tie a large bow of malines (thin, stiff net material) to top of wire heart. Fasten small hearts to ribbons and then paste them on either side of the bow.”

HOW TO MAKE NUT CUPS

“To make the nut cup, take a light weight wire, twelve inches long, cover with red crepe paper, and twist into a heart-shape. Fasten the ends of the wire to a plain white nut cup with gummed tape. Paste to the sides of the cup twisted petals of crepe paper made in the same way as those which cover the centerpiece. Tiny hearts are pasted to narrow ribbons and then the ribbons are fastened to the handle.”

This menu and the recipes that follow will take you back to the early 1920s.  Lots of butter in these recipes, so if you’re on a diet, you may have to do some exchanges on the ingredients, but it’s only one day so may be just a small portion of each.

VALENTINE’S DAY PARTY MENU

Cupid Canapes        Cream of Celery Soup          Heart Beet Pickle

Palmettes of Halibut              Hollandaise Sauce

Potato Timbales         Marshmallow Fruit Salad with Heart Sandwiches

Strawberry Ice Cream          Valentines Cakes

                                 Mint Hearts    CoffeeValentine Victorian Boy and Girl

Cupid Canapes
6 slices of bread
3 tablespoons grated American cheese
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons chopped parsley
1 red pepper
Salt

Cut the bread into one-fourth
inch slices. Stamp them with a
cutter into heart shapes. Cream the
butter, and add the grated cheese.
Work the cheese and butter together
until smooth, and season with salt.
Spread on the bread and garnish with a narrow border of finely chopped parsley and a piece of red pepper cut in heart shape, in the center of each. Serve on a small individual plate, covered with a lace paper doily.

Cream of Celery Soup
3 cups of celery, cut in small pieces
1 slice of onion
4 tablespoons butter
2 cups boiling water
3 cups milk
4 tablespoons flour
Salt and pepper

Wash and scrape the celery and cut into small pieces, cook in the boiling water until soft and tender, and press through a sieve. Scald the milk with the onion, remove the onion and add the milk to the celery. Melt the butter and add the flour, and to this add the milk and celery. Cook until thickened and season to taste. Serve with heart beet pickles.

Victorian Angels

Heart Beet Pickles
4 beets
¼ cup vinegar

Wash the beets, and cook them whole in boiling water until soft. Drain them and put them in cold water and remove the skins. Let stand until cool. Slice the beets and cover with vinegar. With a small heart cutter shape the slices of pickled beets, and return to the vinegar until time to serve.

Palmettes of Halibut

2 ½ pounds halibut
3 tablespoons butter
½ lemon
Salt and pepper

Cut out heart-shaped fillets from halibut. Season with salt and pepper, and the juice of half a lemon. Put under a press for half an hour. Cook in butter for about ten minutes until a delicate brown. Take a third of a pound of raw fish, mash it well, and put it through a purée sieve. To half a cup of fish pulp add a thickening made as follows:

½ tablespoon butter
3 tablespoons milk or cream
½ tablespoon flour
1 egg
½ teaspoon salt
Speck of pepper

Melt the butter, add the flour, and cook, for about a minute. Add the milk or cream, salt and pepper, and cook until thick. Remove from the fire, stir in the half cup of fish pulp and one beaten egg. Beat the whole mixture until light, and spread the palmettes of fish with this mixture one-fourth of an inch thick; smooth it carefully on the top and sides with a wet knife. Place the palmettes of fish in a pan, cover, set into another pan containing hot water, and let steam in the oven for fifteen minutes. Arrange the palmettes around a scole of spinach. Serve with Hollandaise sauce and garnish with a few celery leaves.

Spinach Scole
1 peck spinach
1/3 cup butter
Salt and pepper

Wash the spinach thoroughly, and cook in a covered pan with as little salted water as possible to prevent it from scorching. Let cook slowly for about twenty minutes or until soft, drain and chop. Season with salt, pepper and butter. Pack firmly into a mould, and serve with the palmettes of halibat.

Hollandaise Sauce

2 egg yolks
1 tablespoon vinegar
½ cup butter
¼ teaspoon salt

Put two tablespoons of butter in the top part of the double boiler and add the other ingredients. Place over hot water and stir constantly while the butter is melting. Add two tablespoons more of butter, and as it thickens, add the remaining butter. Stir the mixture all of the time, and as soon as it thickens, remove from the fire and add the salt and pepper. Do not permit the sauce to stand in the hot water after it has thickened or it will separate.

Potato Timbales

3 cups mashed potatoes
3 tablespoons cream
1/4 teaspoon grated onion
3 eggs
¼ teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
Speck of pepper

Mix together the mashed potato, cream, and the egg yolks well beaten. Add the seasoning, and fold in the stiffly beaten whites of eggs. Fill buttered timbale moulds with the potato mixture, and bake standing in a pan of hot water until firm.

Marshmallow Fruit Salad

¾ cup pineapple
¾ cup marshmallows
½ cup banana
½ cup orange pulp
½ cup pecans
Pimento

Drain canned pineapple and cut it in small cubes, and add to them the bananas cut into small cubes, the sections of orange, the marshmallows cut in thin strips, and the nuts cut into pieces. Mix together well, arrange on lettuce leaves, and cover the top with cream salad dressing. Garnish the top of the salad with thin strips of pimento arranged in heart shape.

Victorian Angel on CloudHeart Sandwiches
Cut thin slices of white bread with heart-shaped cutter, spread one piece with butter and another with salad dressing and put the two together as a sandwich. Serve one on each salad plate. Chopped nuts in the salad dressing will add to the attractiveness of these sandwiches.

 

Cream Salad Dressing
4 tablespoons butter
½ teaspoon mustard
1 tablespoon flour
¼ cup vinegar
½ cup scalded milk
½ teaspoon salt
2 eggs
¼ cup sugar

Melt the butter in a saucepan, add the flour and pour on gradually the scalded milk, cook thoroughly, stirring constantly. Beat the yolks in the top part of a double boiler, add the mustard dissolved in one tablespoon of the vinegar, the salt, and the remaining vinegar. Pour the white sauce mixture gradually on the egg mixture, stirring constantly, and cook over hot water until it thickens like soft custard. Remove from the fire, add the sugar and fold in the stiffly beaten whites of eggs. Pour into glass jar, cool, cover, and let stand on ice until time to serve.

Strawberry Ice Cream in Heart-Shaped Moulds

Sirup from canned strawberries (About 1/3 cup)
3 cups thin cream
1 cup sugar
Few grains of salt
Pink coloring

To the cream add the sirup drained from the canned strawberries, sugar and salt. A little more sugar may be added if the sirup of the strawberries does not make the mixture sufficiently sweet. Color the mixture a delicate pink, and freeze, using three parts of finely crushed ice to one part of rock salt. Fill heart-shaped individual moulds with the strawberry ice cream, cover with buttered paper, adjust the covers of the moulds, pack in salt and ice, and let stand for three hours before serving.

Valentine Cakes

¼ cup butter
2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
1 cup sugar
½ cup milk
2 egg whites
1 2/3 cup flour
½ teaspoon vanilla

Cream the butter and add the sugar gradually, and continue beating, add the milk and the dry ingredients sifted together alternately. Beat the mixture well and fold in the stiffly beaten whites of eggs. Add the vanilla, and pour the  mixture into a deep, narrow pan that has been well greased. Bake forty-five minutes in a moderate oven. When done, remove the cake from the pan, allow it to cool, and cut it into small squares. Cover with frosting, and decorate with tiny red candy hearts. There are many varieties of frosting which can be used, depending upon individual taste though the white is perhaps best.

Victorian Valentine Post Card to my love

A set of the recipes to print out can be found here:  Valentines Day Dinner Recipes.

Enjoy!

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Vintage Early 20th Century Dairy Card Recipes

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Flower Baby FacesAren’t the little cherub baby roses adorable?

I found these wonderful cards for ordering dairy products in the late 1920’s and early 1930’s. One side of the card features recipes and the other is for your order. They are from the Gridley Dairy Co of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Gridley Dairy was one of the city’s largest milk producers and distributors.

Gridley Dairy Co Order and Recipes

 

 

 

When I find things like this I like to do a little research.  The Gridley Dairy was established in 1910 and later bought out by Sealtest. They were well known for their ice cream. Below is a  photograph of a Gridley Dairy Delivery Wagon drawn by a horse from the UWM Libraries Digital Collections.  I can just imagine the delivery salesman leaving one of these wonderful cards at the home of a customer.

Gridley Dairy Delivery Wagon

I also found a photograph of the Dairy itself at OldMilwaukee.net.

Gridley Dairy Building

 

It was a three story brick and concrete milk processing and bottling building. Built in 1909 and demolished in 1966. Click on the photo to enlarge it and take a look at the autos sitting next to the building in this photo.

 

Now on to the recipes:

Upside Down Cake Recipe

First Part –

1/4 cup butter        1 cup crushed pineapple      1 cup brown sugar

Put in frying pan (ovenproof), let cook until it is smooth and bubbling.

Batter –

1/4 cup butter         1/2 cup milk      3/4 cup sugar       1 tsp baking powder
1 egg, beaten      1-1/4 cups sifted flour

Cream butter and sugar, add the beaten egg.  Sift flour and baking powder, and add alternately with the milk.  Mix well, and pour over pineapple mixture.  Bake in moderate oven about thirty minutes.  Let cool ten minutes before turning out of pan.  Serve with whipped cream.

For the full recipe card click here:  Upside Down Cake Recipe. After you download the recipe, hit the back button on your browser to come back and download the others.

Cream Cheese Sandwiches Recipes

How about a couple cream cheese finger sandwiches? Recipes on this card include:  Cream Cheese Date Sandwiches, Cream Cheese Honey Sandwiches and
Cream Cheese Cherry Sandwiches.  If you have shaped cookie cutters, what fun to make for a party.

The card for these sandwiches is here:  Cream Cheese Sandwich Recipes

Pinwheel Cookies Recipe

Last but not least a Pinwheel cookie Recipe.

I haven’t tried any of these recipes yet, but they sure look good!

Easy Halloween or Fall Double Orange Cake Recipe

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orange cake recipe

Double Orange Cake Recipe

Need an easy orange cake recipe for Halloween or Autumn, or both? I made this cake and it’s delicious. I got the recipe from one of my issues of the Mail Box News. A little monthly newsletter written by Maid of Scandinavia that started back in 1956.

It was written to compliment the company’s mail order business of  wonderful cookware and accessories for baking.  Unfortunately the company doesn’t exist anymore and the magazine was purchased by Grace McNamara Inc in 2003, the publishers of American Cake Decorating. They turned it into a full color magazine format, but sad to say, Mailbox News is no longer produced in print.

You can find some of these sweet little vintage magazines for sale here and there on the internet. I haven’t posted mine for sale (I have about 50 of them) in my store yet. I guess I should share and make them available. We’ll see.

The issue I used was from September 1971. It has some great ideas for cake decorating, of course, but also many tested sweet and savory recipes from readers.

I don’t have any ball cake pans, so mine was made in an ordinary 9 x 12 sheet cake pan, which meant I reduced the cooking time to around 40-45  minutes instead of the 60 to 65 suggested. I used all of the batter in the sheet pan and it fit perfectly.

The cake mix I used was Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe Orange Supreme.  For the frosting, I used a can of white cream frosting. To turn it orange I first mixed a couple drops of red and yellow food coloring together, then mixed them directly into the can of frosting until I liked the color.

It was very easy to make, moist and a fun treat. It would be fun to decorate however you’d like for Halloween or Fall.

On to the recipe:

orange cake recipeIf you’d like to print the recipe, just click on it and file, print. This is the cover:

orange cake recipe

 

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Free Halloween Crafts and an eerie Eyeball Recipe

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halloween girl cat pumpkinI’m always on the look out for great craft websites and today I’ve found some super sites that are offering great craft ideas and patterns for Halloween.

I love the Tip Junkie site. She has some fantastic tips for all the holidays, not just Halloween.

I love the set up of her site. It’s easy to navigate and find what you’re looking for. The only problem is because there’s so much to see, I could be on it all day.

Another great craft site is Craft Passion. They have a neat free pattern for Ghost Lights with easy to follow show me how photos.

Craft Buds lists several places you can find free printables for Halloween. Plus some super cute Halloween pillow patterns to decorate your home.

For my contribution an easy and fun to do Halloween recipe:

Jell-O Eyeballs

They are squishable treats and actually look like real eyeballs!

Prepare yellow Jello gelatin according to package directions. Pour the mix into ice cube trays with rounded bottoms and refrigerate for 30 to 45 minutes. Then press a blueberry down into each cube, so that it touches the bottom of the tray. Continue refrigerating for at least 1-1/2 hours, or until ready to serve the “eyes”.