Friday, 19 December 2014

LIFE: The Henry Ford

I guess you could say the Henry Ford is probably one of those must visit museums if you're ever in the area of south east Michigan. Noted for it's collection of many of America's notable historical pieces, the museum began it's life as the personal collection of Henry Ford (the noted automobile industrialist). Now it captures a glimpse of the industrial revolution, the history of the automobile through to pop culture and agriculture.
The Henry Ford over in the suburb of Dearborn was the first American museum I ever visited back in 2011, oddly enough around this time of year. Joe was having a work party there so I took to entertaining myself with the displays while he got to eat fancy food.


Driving America has to be my favorite part of the museum, they were revamping it the first time I came to this museum and now it's a well established fixture. The exhibit traces the history of how we got from horse and cart through to the cars we recognize today - how automobiles brought about the travel industry, hot rods to drive thru eating.

I wouldn't mind owning one of these classics myself.

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As I mentioned, the Henry Ford has some key items from America's most recent history and the social battles for equal rights. It's home to the Presidential car JFK was assassinated in, the Rosa Parks bus and the chair Lincoln was sitting in when he too, was shot. But you'll also find the first helicopter prototype, Edison's alleged last breath in a tube to a Dymaxion House.

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Always around this year, the Henry Ford is home to a gorgeous huge Christmas tree that dwarfs everything and anyone around it. With a golden glow, it's decorated with miniature toy sized vintage cars, planes and trains - it's pretty magical.


I gotta confess I love museums with historic collections, I love standing before history and seeing it for myself. I'd love to hear what your favorite museums are - wherever they are in the world!

You can find the Henry Ford at;

20900 Oakwood Blvd,
Dearborn, Michigan

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Wednesday, 17 December 2014

VINTAGE: 1970's Apple-Carrot-Raisin Cake

Apple Carrot Raisin Cake

If you have a sweet tooth then this apple-carrot-raisin cake with a load of cinnamon thrown in for good measure is one for you. It's another of my dug out and re-found vintage recipes - one found among a group of Detroit Free Press newspaper recipe clippings. While this is one undated, the rest all dated from the 1970's so I'm throwing caution to the wind and dating this to the same age.

As in it's description it's very much a pudding cake, it's moist and sweet and with the nutmeg and cinnamon has a festive feel for this time of year. While it only calls for 1/4 of a cup of butter (or marg) the apples and the carrots keep it amazingly moist even though it looks like sawdust before you place it into the oven.
It's one of those awesome bakes that doesn't take too long to put together (bar all the cutting up) and you can happily got watch your favorite show while it bakes away. I love how crispy the sugary lemon juice glaze makes it and finishes it off perfectly.

So if you're all fed up of Christmas cake, and pudding and have some left over carrots, give this a go and let me know how it turns out!

Monday, 15 December 2014

LIFE: #Photoanhour - Lazy Sunday

Sunday's, well I try to keep them lazy. They normally call for reading, sewing, endless marathons of Law & Order, CSI Miami, maybe even some NCIS. So I guess you could say that yesterday's #photoanhour was a great way of capturing some down time - the normal Sunday routines of watching TV, food shopping, eating something bacon related and everything in between. 


9am // after crawling out of bed, turning the heating on and falling over two hungry cats, Sunday mornings call for some read (this instance Visit Detroit and Gone with the Wind) and a mug of green tea. 

10am // got around to looking for something to do which I thought would be for filled with a quick attempt at tidying up the office, which really turned out into just moving random piles around to another part of the floor


11am // long way around to going food shopping via Target, the husband's on the look out for the new Transformer toy releases and I'm basically his enabler. But Target's been pretty poor showing for Transformers lately. 

12pm // trolly pushing time around Kroger for the weekly shop - lots of food and lots of coupons


1pm // because bacon for lunch

3pm // after going back to Target (don't ask) and missing 2pm, we got back just in time for a photo of our front door somewhat decked out Christmassy with a wreath.  


4pm // inspiration has been a little lacking, and it's hard to get down and write something half decent for the blog lately, so i started writing up this post while watching NCIS marathons on USA.

5pm // taking a screw driver to Optimal Optimus - he lights up, or at least he use to, the battery is dead and the screw is worn out.

The rest of the night was basically spent on the sofa, watching endless TV shows, cuddling the kitties and eating pizza.

How was your Sunday?

Friday, 12 December 2014

CHRISTMAS: Festive Cross Stitching

If you haven't been able to tell, this Christmas has been rather productive on the cross stitching front. Aside from the cross stitched Christmas cards I shared previously, I've been working on some festive stitching projects - couple of tree hangers and a grumpy old sheep.


I have to admit this Dimensions kit (#71-08932), annoyed the life out of me because embroidery is not my talent and the wording for love got pulled out far too many times to count. Satin stitch is not were my stitching talents lie. I'm too much of a perfectionist when it comes to stitch work and it's far from perfect but it got to the point where that was as good as it was going to get any time soon. Anyway, Share Love is something we all could be doing more at this time of year, like I said on twitter the other day - share love not a 101 wish lists.

Baaa Humbug

Baa Humbug by the Cross Eyed Cricket ( #21 from 1989) is the second sheep I've stitched by this company - they always design them so well. I have to admit, sometimes I feel and look as cranky as the sheep does when it comes to Christmas - too many years in retail does that to you. 

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The sheepie hanger design was an old 1980's sewing kit I found at an estate sale. It had been opened but never started so it was my little mission to stitch it. Actually completed it in a night and I love the way it turned out. Those French knots in the wreath make all the difference.

So that's all my Christmas stitching for the year. It's a shame they'll only be out for a month every year but it'll be fun digging them out in the future and adding to the collection.

Now I'm busy working on a large City Stitcher sampler - something to get my teeth into and slow me down a little.