And the random holiday for today is…

National Pound Cake Day. Bet ya didn’t expect that one. Apparently any event can be a holiday. Ever heard of Earmuff Day? National Deep Dish Pizza Day? Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Night? No? Okay, how about Send $20 to Trusty Sidekick Day? These are real holidays people! Okay, maybe not that last one. But it should be.

Anyway, Hotzenfeffer found a gem within a gem: Hidden inside an old cookbook she bought, there was this way awesome little booklet:

How great is the cover illustration? (One thing I do know: that woman is not eating shortening-laden baked goods with a waist that small.) The booklet is filled with recipes that use products like Presto and Spry. Totally 50’s. That decade rocked. You just can’t get un-PC advertising or product design like this anymore:

But then, tucked inside that amazing little booklet was this:


How fun! Hotzenfeffer was off in the stratosphere with these lucky finds. Don’t you just love when little treasures like this find their way into your life?

Has anyone even heard of Spry? Do you still bake with Presto? Please share in the comments if you have; we’re very curious.

So what are you waiting for? Go celebrate! Eat, drink, and be pound-cakey!  And then maybe run on the treadmill for a bit, too.

P.S. In craft-related news, it’s also International Scrapbooking Industry Day. See, we really CAN relate everything to crafting!


2 thoughts on “And the random holiday for today is…

  1. OMG! I think my mother had this and used it often. I clearly remember the can of Spry in the cupboard and out on the countertop OFTEN. It’s a wonder we survived, huh? I’ll take recipes using Spry (in small quantities) anyday over all the added chemicals that come in the foods we eat nowadays, claiming we have no time to cook. My mother will get a charge out of this look back. Thanks for sharing it.

  2. Well, it seems you two were born just a tad too late to have really enjoyed the 50s! Me, however, yeah I was totally there. In addition to good old Crisco and lard there was Spry and a couple of other ‘shortenings’ available for baking. But at least you knew what was in your baked goods, which the trim moms rarely ate — had to watch those waistlines for Dad, and so as not to embarrass the kids. And then your Mom always kept a jar on the back of the stove into which she strained all the bacon grease after frying your morning bacon. That would then be used to fry other stuff – yum! The fat police would definitely be knocking on a lot of doors if Moms were doing that today. But if you’ve ever had your green beans (fresh from the garden, of course) cooked and then sautéed in bacon fat, you would be willing to take your chances with those policemen. Fifties advertising is wonderful and brings back such great memories for me! I recently found a 1934 Good Housekeeping among my Mom’s things – what a hoot! Thanks for sharing your treasures Bev!

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