Wednesday, December 31, 2014

An Exciting Upcoming Year

This next year is going to be an exciting one.  Here are some things to expect:
1.  January For Books, 30-Day Challenge
2.  My first taekwondo tournaments in January and in February
3.  Moving to Pennsylvania (Harrisburg area)  - I started a blog, mainly for myself, as a way to organize stuff in the area (events, stores, etc)  Cruisin' For A Bruisin'
4. I'll be moving in with my boyfriend.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

January For Books!


I decided to give myself a 30 day challenge involving books.  Everyday for the month of January, I will be posting a single book review for those who love rockabilly, retro themes, and midcentury modern stuff.  The books I am going to review are in my own collection.  They might be old books, they might be new.  I will try to find a link to somewhere so you can get a copy if you want.  If you want to take on this 30-day challenge yourself, tag to Flickr using the tag #LonelyHepkatBooks


Saturday, December 27, 2014

Christmas Cooking

Well, I was in charge of appetizers for Christmas.  I thought I'd share what I made, along with the recipes I used.

Raspberry paleo truffles without any pink

Finished Raspberry Paleo Truffles



The truffles are all paleo-friendly.  I used a semi-sweet chocolate and white chocolate to dip them in.  I indicated what was what with a little bit of candy melt color.  The raspberry truffles actually come from a strawberry recipe.  I just replaced the strawberries with raspberries. Here are the orange creme and the lemon truffle recipes.  For the lemon, I had to add a 1/2 cup of coconut butter to it.  It just wasn't setting up like it was supposed to.  These were pretty easy and tasted awesome!

Chicken liver, shallot, and thyme pate.  I had never eaten this or made it, so I gave it a shot.  I am not a fan of this, though it smelled good when it was cooking.  This is a classic pate.  People either love it or hate it.  I ended up tying a ribbon around the jar and it made it more presentable.

Devils on Horseback.  These are FANTASTIC!  Its a date stuffed with stilton, wrapped in bacon.

Donut Hole Hedgehogs.  So cute, so easy.  Good for a Christmas morning.  I used a little chocolate treat glaze to dip part of the donut hole in, then rolled them in chocolate jimmies.

Petit Fours.  I took two frozen pound cakes (let them thaw), thin sliced them, and used a cookie cutter to cut out the exact same shape for all of the mini-cakes.  These are filled with some chocolate frosting.  I used Wilton Treat Glaze to coat them.  The chocolate ones are covered in chocolate treat glaze and have a few chocolate jimmies on them.  Treat glaze sets up fast, fair warning.

The other petit fours (aka mini-cakes).  White = Orange marmalade filled, topped with an almond slice.  Pink = Marshmallow creme filled, topped with sugar glitter flake.

Basil Pesto Deviled Eggs and Savory Tomato Deviled Eggs (topped with paprika)


Devils on Horseback and a Pigs In A Blanket Wreath

I felt I had a good mix of sweet and savory flavors.  My mom had a cheese and cracker tray and a veggie tray over at her place (the apartment across the hall), so we were not without those staples.  Things were maneuvered around, so my apartment became home to desserts and sweets.  The devils on horseback and the wreath were the first ones gone.

SOOOOOO glad I had finished all of my kitchen painting.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Campaign For A Retro Barbecue Grill

I was looking online for some retro barbecues, but only came across the standard red round barbecue that looks like Sputnik.
Looks a bit like Sputnik
Then, I came across an article on Retro Renovation on vintage barbecues.  I really like the first two listed, both are Kenmore grills.  I went to Kenmore.com and found that they have absolutely nothing like it right now.  Figures, right?  So, I found "Email Us" and sent them the following message:


I was doing an online search for retro barbecues when I came across this article on Retro Renovation on some vintage grills.

http://retrorenovation.com/2014/07/04/8-vintage-barbecue-grills/

I really like the old Kenmore grills and was wondering if Kenmore had any plans on releasing a retro style barbecue.  I think it would get a lot of attention, especially from the design community and the rockabilly community.  I know Retro Renovation would blog about it.  Dwell magazine would certainly write something about it.  I would suggest making them in retro colors like black, red, orange, aqua, mint, and pink. Black and stainless steel are just so...plain.

I also found this old 1950's ad for one of those barbecues at the other link.  I'm guessing its an old Sears ad. 



I don't think there are any midcentury modern style grills out on the market right now, except for the classic round red barbecue that looks a lot like Sputnik.

Would like to hear back from you if you decide to produce something.


JOIN ME!



If you would like to see something like this swanky barbecue made, you should send them a message.  Send them a picture of your retro house or send them a whole essay on why it needs to be produced or just send them a short email on why it should be produced.  What I'm getting at is that it takes a lot of voices to get them to listen.

Click HERE To Go To The Email Page At Kenmore

Writing an email for a product is pretty simple.  Just remember the basics: Who, Why, What, When, and Where.  

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

The Pre-Christmas Kitchen Remodel, Part 2

Last night, with the help of my mom, my kitchen was finished.  It took two coats of paint and it was done.  This morning we razored the tape and pulled the tape off.  The results are as follows.




It will do for Christmas!  I pulled out two small tiki mugs that I got in Kona back in February.  I'll put some plants in them or something.  I would like to trim out some areas with a gold MCM pattern.  I haven't decided on anything yet.

Any suggestions for that?

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The Pre-Christmas Kitchen Remodel, Part 1

Some folks would call me crazy.  I got into my apartment and immediately bought paint with plans to tear down the kitchen wallpaper.  Since I was originally supposed to be in this apartment 6 months ago, I already had some plans in my head.  The kitchen is dark with the big, medium walnut stained cabinets.  Its cold because of the high contrast between the cabinets and the wilson art white with gold vein laminate countertops.
My paint color choice
Wilson Art laminate.  White with gold vein
I think this is what my laminate is.


The Wilson Art white gold satellite laminate isn't made anymore.  I found a picture of it thanks to Retro Renovation.  I asked Wilson Art, through facebook, about the time frame on this particular laminate.  They replied that it is from the 60s and, they weren't 100%, but were pretty sure it was discontinued in the 70s.  I checked on the building with the FNSB Property Database and found that the building was built in 1972 (by my grandpa).  He was a mechanical contractor (as is my dad), so he probably got a pretty sweet deal on the bathroom fixtures which are pink.

My kitchen was wallpapered with beige on beige, the papered trim in wine.

EW.  How utterly plain...and I'm not just talking about me without makeup or hair done.
First thing to do was take down the top layer of wallpaper.  If you've ever removed wallpaper, you know that its basically a two step process.  You have the outer layer, then you have the papery glue layer.  I decided to use a steamer to help me along.

A razorblade really helped me out.

This is what the papery glue layer looks like, with some scraped away.

It sure looks clean with the top portion of the wallpaper gone.

Had to take off the wallpaper above the cabinets too.

It seemed to take forever to get the first part cleared.  That's my steamer on the counter.  Every time I run out of water, I take a break.  It was the best plan that I could have.



The original green daisy floral wallpaper and the new-ish beige on beige wallpaper.
Once the wallpaper is off, its time to start priming, right?  Well I thought so, but my mom was over and complained that I missed a few pieces of papery glue.  I took a hand sander to the walls, then started to prime it.

Getting it primed!

Getting it done!
With the priming done, I couldn't help but get some initial color on, just to see how it might look.  I know its bright, but I'm planning on doing a polynesian/tiki kitchen.  Besides, when its dark all the time (I think we just gained like almost a minute of daylight) a color like this can really lift your spirit.  If you have any suggestions, I'm open to them.  I'm considering a spattering of MCM tiki stenciling in gold, maybe by the sink.

Some of the first bit of paint, just to have an idea of what it look like.

The rest should be finished tonight.  I asked my uncle if he could fix the wonky flickering overhead light and he did - THANK YOU!  Now there are no reasons for my help (my mom) not to help.  I did help her remodel her kitchen last month - so she can at least help me paint.  I believe its going to take at least two good coats.


Put it off until after Christmas you say?  I would, if I wasn't having people over for Christmas and if I wasn't in charge of the appetizers.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Early Gifts!!!

I have received my Vintage Secret Santa gift and I also got some stuff from the girls at last night's Christmas party.

My secret Santa was Laura Swanson from Waukegan, Illinois.
From Laura, I received an apron that will match my kitchen (when I finish my small remodel), a yellow milk glass creamer, a vintage ornament, chocolate (yum!), and Mid-Century Modern Mania by Jenn Ski (this is totally awesome!!!).

Thank you so much Santa Laura!

Last night was my group's Christmas party.  

From left to right: Me, April, and Deanna
 We had a good selection of food.  Deanna made some mulled wine, baked brie, devils on horseback, and stuffed mushroom caps.  April brought some meatballs and homemade hummus.  I brought a yule log cake and some champagne, but we didn't break into it.  After a bit of talking and eating and laughing, we ventured downstairs to watch "Holiday Inn" and to open our gifts from each other.

From Deanna, I got a bigfoot embroidered dishtowel, a Mr.Goodbar, and they were packed in an old wooden cigar box.  From April I got a hand knit snood, a hand made deer ornament, and a hand knit and felted poinsettia brooch.
I want to thank Vintage Life magazine for the idea for my hair and hat.  The December issue had a great updo to do with a vintage hat.

Monday, December 15, 2014

More Contact Paper

After the last look at contact paper, I wondered what else I could find.  I went over to Chic Shelf Paper and was surprised to find some awesome stuff.

Zebra
Alligator
Leopard

Green Basket Weave
Wheat Basket Weave
Birds & Bees
Bee Mine in Ivory, Blue, Grey, or Beige
Blue Squared
Porthole in Blue or Orange
Bright Fruits
Polka Dot in Black, Cranberry, Honeydew, or Navy
Cross Me in Yellow, Green, Pink, Ivory, Khaki, Plum, and Sea Glass
Earth Tone Harlequin
Harlequin in Green, Beige, Blue, and Yellow
Eco Leaves
Leaves and Koi
Tiles in Lime, Papaya, Blue, or Tobacco
Mod Plaid
Spring Rain
Vibrant Stripes in Red, Blue, Indigo, Green, Violet, Orange, and Blue.

There are a lot more patterns to choose from.  I like the cartoon modern Eco Leaves.  If I was going to get something for the kitchen I'm about to work on, I'd probably go with Tiles in Lime or Wheat Basket Weave - I have a modern polynesian theme that's about to happen.

If you are looking to spruce up your home with a little contact paper, consider these!