Tag Archives: old recipe books

Blushing Betty

With Thanksgiving here next week in the States, it is time to start planning the Turkey dinner!

I purchased this old Betty Crocker cookbook from a thrift store.  I use it for collage.  It is filled with stains and comments on the pages… it makes me wonder whose family enjoyed it. 😉


I have been drawing a lot of pears lately so it seems fitting that a pear-shaped weird bird would appear…


Blushing Betty is a variation of the photographed recipe above for Quick Brown Betty. 

I wonder is Betty blushing because she painted her toenails?

Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!

Cheers! 🙂

One Red Hot Bird

When you are feeling “Chili” the Cayenne bird often shows up to add a little heat to your world!


According to Wikipedia, the cayenne pepper is also known as a bird pepper!  So it seemed fitting to create a bird to spice things up for Weird Bird Wednesday!

With temperatures reaching into the 90’s here, I could use a little less heat…

I hope you are staying cool today!  🙂

A Pie Bird

Today for Weird Bird Wednesday, I have a Pie Bird:


Did you know that a pie bird is a hollow ceramic device, originating in Europe that is shaped like a funnel, chimney or upstretched bird with open beak used for supporting or venting a pie?!

According to Wikipedia, “Pie funnels were used to prevent pie filling from boiling up and leaking through the crust by allowing steam to escape from inside the pie.  They also supported the pastry crust in the center of the pie, so that it did not sag in the middle, and are occasionally known as “crustholders”. Older ovens had more problems with uniform heating, and the pie bird prevented boil-over in pie cooking.

Funnel-style steam vents have been placed in the center of fruit and meat pies during cooking since Victorian times; ceramic bird shapes came late in the 1940’s.”

Recently, the “pie bird” has become popular as gifts and collector’s items rather than as a kitchen tool.

Do you have a favorite pie?  I’d love to hear from you!

Happy Pie Eating!  🙂

Angel Food Cake

Lately, I have been struggling with creative ideas… So I decided to start a collage!  Here is my beginnings on a 8×10 inch canvas board – doesn’t she look like a sweet angel?


I randomly chose pages from these books (and fabric pattern) I purchased at thrift stores, yard sales and antique markets:

materials for collage on 2-4-16

The papers I choose help me create a story yet I do not think too much about which papers I’m selecting before I glue them down.  I also like to include an old photo of someone I do not know.  I usually make a copy to preserve the original photo.

Next, I glue them to a surface with Liquitex Gloss Medium and use an old credit card to remove any air bubbles.

A morsel of trivia – According to Wikipedia, the first cookbook to contain an angel food cake recipe was in 1878 from Isabella Stewart in The Home Messenger Book of Tested Recipes.  

Tomorrow, I will show you my next step!

Happy Creating!  🙂