Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Di'vicon (Diva Icon) of the month.


From Wikipedia:

Bailey began by singing and dancing in Philadelphia’s black nightclubs in the 1930s, and soon started performing in other parts of the East Coast. In 1941, during World War II, Bailey toured the country with the USO, performing for American troops. After the tour, she settled in New York. Her solo successes as a nightclub performer were followed by acts with such entertainers as Cab Calloway and Duke Ellington. In 1946, Bailey made her Broadway debut in St. Louis Woman. Bailey continued to tour and record albums in between her stage and screen performances.

She took the role of Frankie in the film version of Carmen Jones, and her rendition of "Beat Out That Rhythm on the Drum" is one of the highlights of the film. She also starred in the Broadway musical House of Flowers. In 1959, she played the role of Maria in the film version of Porgy and Bess, starring Sidney Poitier and Dorothy Dandridge. Also that year, she played the role of "Aunt Hagar" in the movie St. Louis Blues, alongside Mahalia Jackson, Eartha Kitt, and Nat King Cole. Though she was originally considered for the part of Annie Johnson in the 1959 film Imitation of Life, the part went to Juanita Moore, for which Moore received an Academy Award nomination.

In 1967, Bailey and Cab Calloway headlined an all-black cast version of Hello, Dolly! The touring version was so successful, producer David Merrick took it to Broadway where it played to sold-out houses and revitalized the long running musical. Bailey was given a special Tony Award for her role and RCA made a second original cast album.. That is the only recording of the score to have an overture which was written especially for that recording.

A passionate fan of the New York Mets, Bailey sang the national anthem at Shea Stadium prior to game 5 of the 1969 World Series, and appears in the Series highlight film showing her support for the team. She also sang the national anthem prior to game 1 of the 1981 World Series between the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers at Yankee Stadium.

During the 1970s she had her own television show, and she also provided voices for animations such as Tubby the Tuba (1976) and Disney's The Fox and the Hound (1981). She returned to Broadway in 1975, playing the lead in an all-black production of Hello, Dolly!. She earned a B.A. in theology from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., in 1985.

Later in her career, Bailey was a fixture as a spokesperson in a series of Duncan Hines commercials, singing "Bill Bailey (Won't You Come Home)".

Ms. Bailey passed away in 1990; she was survived by her husband of 38 years Jazz drummer Louis Bellson. She was sassy, classy and God-fearing, that's why she is my Di'vicon of the month.

Mr. Hubba Hubba of the month.

 Clark Gable (February 1, 1901 – November 16, 1960)

He was known "The King of Hollywood"at the height of his career. In 1999, the American Film Institute named Gable seventh among the greatest male stars of all time. Dashing good looks, he was the embodiment of tall dark and handsome.

Gable's most famous role was Rhett Butler in the 1939 Civil War epic film Gone with the Wind, in which he starred with Vivien Leigh. His performance earned him his third nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor. His line, "Frankly my dear I don't give a damn." Was considered to be contorversial for the time, for an  actor swore on film.

He did however  won an Academy Award for It Happened One Night (1934) and was also nominated for Mutiny on the Bounty (1935). Later performances were in Run Silent, Run Deep, a submarine war film, and his final film, The Misfits (1961), which paired Gable with Marilyn Monroe in her last screen appearance. Gable was often named the top male star in the mid-30s, and was second only to the top box-office draw of all, Shirley Temple.

It is sad that we lost him at the age of 59 to a heart attack, but his good looks and talent we can forever enjoy on film.

And becasue frnakly my dears I DO give a damn, that is why I have chosen him as my Hubba Hubba of the month.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

From Betty's Library

By Jo Weldon

Burlesque is an old artform that adds a little naughty and a little nice, and so much more enteratining than seeing a naked girl slide down a pole. If done correctly you will leave your audience wanting more (even if it is only  your man , LOL) In commemoration of the the new movie "Burlesque"   You should pick up this book to enjoy the history of this sexy ,sassy way of life that Dita Von Teese and many others call their own.

From Amazon:

The BURLESQUE HANDBOOK is the no-holds-barred, totally feisty, pocket-sized manual for the aspiring, the practicing, and the admiring burlesque fan, written by Professor Jo Boobs, founder of the New York School of Burlesque. With a foreword by feminist comedian (and bona fide burlesque enthusiast) Margaret Cho, this guidebook runs through the basic philosophies of burlesque performance, provides step-by-step instruction on basic moves, and gives hand-me-down wisdom from one of the most established voices on the burlesque scene. The book also includes hands-on exercises for developing stage-worthy confidence, sexiness, and presence, as well as advice on how to bring together the fabulous makeup, costumes, pasties, moves, grooves, and attitudes of burlesque. The BURLESQUE HANDBOOK is the one-stop, must-have guide for everyone interested in this newly -- and wildly -- popular performance art and provides inspiration and advice that readers can take straight from the page to the stage!

Diappeared for a month Sorry! Kats and Kittens

I am sooo sorry, life has been a SCREAM!, but I am back and will resume my weekly posting starting today!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Simply Beautiful Beauty Treatment #18

Five Minute Manicure

1/4 Cup of Epsom Salts
1/2 Cup of Sea Salt
2 Oz of Apricot Kernel Oil
10-15 Drops of your favorite essential Oil

Blend the ingredients and put in a clean Glass Jar.
Put a small amount in your hands and work in a circular motion  to exfoliate old skin and remove old cuticles. Rinse hands with warm water and pat dry. If you still have oil on your hands, gently massage your hands until the oil is asorbed giving your hands the benefit of a little extra mosturizing. Store remaining scrub in a cool dry place. 

Sugessted Essential Oils:

For calming and relaxing, try  Chamomile and/or lavender.
For a pick me up, try Basil and/or Peppermint.

Giggle Water Recipie


1 1/2 Oz of Light Rum
1 1/2 Oz. of Triple Sec
1/2 Oz of Cream
1 scoop of Crushed Ice
Marichino Cherry (Optional)

Combine all the ingredients except the cherry in a  shaker.
Shake well, strain into cocktail glass and garnish with cherry.

Serves 1

Thursday, October 14, 2010

From Betty's Library

The Bombshell Manual of Style

By Laren Stover

Having a little trouble finding your inner sex kitten???? You are not alone; many of us put her away for a more practical way of life.  Even the author of this book was guilty of the same crime until a breathy pencil skirt, tight sweater wearing co-worker in 4 inch heels sauntered into a work meeting and inspired her to write this book. This book is in my opinion one of the best little pieces of inspiration to get your sex kitten out of the closet and back into circulation. Using bomshell veterans like Delores Del Rio, Dorothy Dandridge, Marylin Monroe and Sophia Loren as examples to name a few; Laren reminds us of the kind of purses a bomshell carries, her wardobe, her tantrums, the kind of perfume she wears (nothing that smells like a fruit cocktail or food product) how she enters or leaves a room is science, and many more delightful tidbits. When I feel my bombshell fading under the pressures of life, this is one of the books I pick up and read over and over and over again. You can find copies on amazon for a few dollars. Your inner bombshell will thank you for it!

Simply Beautiful Beauty Treatment #17

Carmen Jones
Oil Of Seduction

This is a great massage oil for you alone or you and your Solider Boy.

4 oz of Sweet Almond Oil
10-12 Drops of Vanilla Essential oil
2-3 Drops of Sweet Orange Oil

Blend the ingredients in a clean plastic or glass bottle. Massage generously into the skin of your soilder boy. When he has fallen into a deep sleep, leave him alone "Carmen" style, with a single rose by his side.

Store bottle in a cool dry place when not in use.

Giggle Water Recipie


Juice of 1/2 a lime
2/3 cup of Creme de Menthe
1/3 cup of Apricot Brandy
Mix with ice  and strain into a glass.

Serves 1

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Mr. Hubba Hubba of the Month

The Nicolas Brothers

Today's dancers could take a few cues from these masters of movement. They were the amazing Nicolas brothers.  Fayard (19142006) and Harold (19212000) were as facinating duo to watch. Flash dancing a highly acrobatic technique that requires high level of artistry and daring innovations was their specailty.They were considered by many the greatest tap dancers of their day. Growing up surrounded by Vaudeville acts as children, they became stars of the jazz circuit during the heyday of the Harlem Renaissance and went on to have successful careers performing on stage, film, and television well into the 1990s. They had fans in every generation including the late Michael Jackson and his brothers.  Although they have earned their wings, Fayard and Nicolas' fans will always remember them through their stage performances and film. Two hubba hubbas for the price of one this month.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Di'Vicon Of The Month


I've been in more laps than a napkin- Mae West

She was sassy, brassy and hot. She was one of the original boss ladies, and her name was Mae West. Known for her risque' double entendres, West was a household name on theVaudeville  circut and on  stage before heading to Hollywood to become a comedienne, actress and writer in the motion picture industry. One of the more controversial movie stars of her day, West encountered many problems including censorship. which led to her later being arrested. Her first starring role on Broadway was in a play she titled Sex, which she also wrote, produced, and directed. The show did well financially though the  production did not go over well with city officials and the theater was later raided and  West with the entire cast was put under arrest.

 April 19, 1927 she was convicted on morals charges and sentenced to ten days for "corrupting the morals of youth". While incarcerated on Welfare Island (now known as Roosevelt Island), she dined with the warden and his wife and told reporters that she wore her silk underpants while serving time. Showing that even while doing time, not being sexy was not an option.

She was fiercely independent and lived her life as she wanted. She dated  boxing champion William Jones, nicknamed Gorilla Jones. When the management at her apartment building discriminated against the African-American boxer and barred his entry, West solved the problem by buying the building. Until the day she died she was  loved and cherished by her fans. Although I am a little more conservative in my views on sexuality, I admire her courage in speaking her mind on the matter  and because she was willing to to be arrested to get the public to loosen up a little, she paved the way for others like Marylin Monroe, Betty Paige, and Jane Mansfield  and even Madonna to have the freedom be sexy and sassy. She went to jail so they wouldn't have to. Ms. West  I salute you Ms.Di'vicon of the month.

I wear my clothes tight enough to show I am a woman,
but loose enough to show I'm a lady
- Mae West

Simply Beautiful Beauty Treatment #16


1/2 Cup of Witch Hazel
10 drops of Tangarine Essential Oil

Combine ingredients and store
 in a clean plastic or glass bottle.
Apply to face with a clean cotton ball
after washing your face, before you
apply your moisturizer. Store in a cool
dry place. Shake before each use.


Scareltt and Rhett

Two drinks this week, one for you and one for your man!

Scareltt O'Hara

1 1/2 oz of Southern Comefort
1 1/2 oz of Cranberry Juice
1/2 0z of Lime Juice

In a mixing glass with ice stir together
all the ingredients and strain into a chiled
cocktail glass

Serves 1

Rhett Butler

1 1/2 oz of Southen Comfort
1 oz of Orange Curacao
3/4 oz of Lime Juice
3/4 oz of Lemon Juice
1/2 oz of Orange Juice
1 scoop of crushed ice

Blend eveything except the Soda and strain into a highball glass.
Top off with soda and garnish with orange slice and mint spring..

Serves 1

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Simply Beautiful Beauty Treatment #16


Ok this week's beauty treatment involves no ingredients. Just look at yourself in the mirrror and sing your own praise. Sometimes we are our own worst critics. So do not look at any wrinkles, blemishes or any other fault you can find.  Tell yourself you are beautiful, remind yourself  of any accomplishments you have completed (Going back to school, raising your children, started a blog, spoke up at work, etc.) and call yourself fabulous. Remember, God only made one of you, you are one of a kind and anyone who comes into your presence should be honored to meet you as there is not another person on this planet past, present or future who will ever be you. You are a desingers original made by God; a one of a kind treasure!

Giggle Water Recipie

Celebrity Profile: One of Joan Crawfords Favorite Drinks

Pucker Drink Recipe
1 part Grapefruit Juice

1 shot Whiskey

Pour whiskey generously over ice in a whiskey sour glass. Add unsweetened grapefruit juice, 7-up (optional), and serve.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Back To the Family- No Wedding No Womb

A dear colleague of mine is promoting  the importance of family and calling for the cesation of out of wedlock children. NWNW stands for No wedding, No Womb and it is a movement that is gaining momentum to get back to basics; marriage then children. I know there are some out there who have not done it in this order and this is not to condemn you, but to encourage you in the future to make family positive choices so that we can hopefully have once again a strong nation.

A strong nation is made up of strong families.

No Wedding.......

No Womb!

For more information Go to:

Monday, September 20, 2010

Simply Beautiful Beauty Treatment #15

For "the girls" Beauty Scrub

I would have never guessed in a million years
that there existed a beauty treatment,
 just for your bosom.
Who Knew?

1 oz of Oatmeal
1 oz of finely ground almonds
1 Tbsp of Almond Oil

Combine all the ingredients in a glass bowl.
Scrub all over neck and chest area
and rinse under a warm shower
leaving the girls soft and supple!

Yields 1 treatment.

If handled tastefully, cleavage seldom fails- Jayne Mansfield


Grown Up Root Beer Float

6 to 8 ice cubes
1 1/4 Oz of Kahlua
1/2 oz of Vodka
Spalsh of Cola
4 Oz  of Half and Half
1/4 Oz of Galliano
1 Marachino Cherry for Garnish

Fill 12 oz Chimney Glass with Ice Cubes
Slowly Pour Kahlua, Vodka, Spash of Cola,
 Half and Half, and Galliano. Do not Stir, top with cherry.

Serves 1

Friday, September 17, 2010


Secrets of Poise, Personality and Model Beauty
By John Robert Powers

 I love vintage books on how to carry yourself like a lady with poise and style. These books are practically non-existent nowadays.  There are books on the market today that somewhat cover charm school like principles, but are mostly geared towards young girls with a few make-up tips and some additional tips on modeling, but in my humble opinion it is mostly fluff and contribute very little to assist a young woman in developing her personality and character. They train girls to be a pretty package with no contents.

In 1923, John Robert Powers, a former actor  founded a modeling agency; The John Robert Powers Agency represented and  trained  many models who went on to successful careers in Hollywood ; among the success  stories included Raquel Welch, Betty Bloomer who became the First Lady of the United States and Grace Kelly who went on to become an Academy Award winning actress and later the princess of Monaco. The training these women  received under his instruction was to teach them to be more than just a pretty face; they were trained how to walk, sit stand, converse and exude personality; training that would prove useful throughout their lives.Although Powers' clientele was overwhelmingly female and to be identified as  a "Powers Girl" was a much sought-after position, the agency also represented several men who went on to fame in the movies such as Henry Fonda, Cary Grant, Clayton Moore, and Tyrone Power.

His book, Secrets of, Poise, Personality, and Model Beauty is a great book to have in your library; it is chuck full of the training and insight that John used to train his models and some of the principles are still utilized at his agency today. Reading through this book, I enjoyed the fact that the very same things I was studying, John probably told Princess Grace in her early days as she trained to be a model and actress. If the training was good enough for Princess Grace, it is good enough for me.

The book  was printed in the early 1960's, this version is out of print, but they have copies listed at Amazon and Alibris ranging from 15 dollars and up. I got mine for a steal  (1 dollar) Don't hate, but get a copy before it's too late!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Simply Beautiful Beauty Treatment #14

A great hair conditioner from Stephanie Tourles

1Whole Egg  Plus 1 yolk (room temperature)
1 1/2 Tablespoons of Lemon Juice
1 Cup of unrefined oilive, avocado, or sesame oil

Break eggs into a blender, add lemon juice
and blend on medium of about 5 seconds. drizzle oil in a slow stream
and blend until the mixture is has thickened.
Pour mixture into a glass jar and refrigeate.
Apply to the damaged parts of  your hair,
cover with a plastic bag of shower cap, then wrap with a warm towel.
Let it remain on your hair for an hour before shampooing to
remove the mixture from your hair.

Yields 1 treatment for long hair, 2 treatments
for shoulder legnth hair and 3 treatments for short hair.

I would kiss you but I just washed my hair- Bettie Davis

Giggle Water Recipie


It is rumoured that Jayne Mansfield used to
Dye her poodles fur pink. Maybe she got
the inspiration after drinking one of these.


Pink Coconut 
 ( 3 tablespoons of dried coconut mixed with
1 tablespoon of powdered pink food coloring)
3 cups of cracked Ice (12 ice cubes)
1 1/4 Cup of Dark Rum
1 Cup of Cream of Coconut
2 Cups of Half and Half
3 Oz of Grenadine
1 Tablespoon Of Vanilla Extract


Rim 6 Cocktail glasses with Pink Coconut
and chill glasses till you are ready to serve

In a blender combine half of the remaining ingredients,
Blend until Ice chunks are smooth.
 Divide evenly among 3 of the chilled glasses

Repeat the process with the remaining 
ingredients and pour into remaining glasses.

Serves 6

Friday, September 10, 2010

Div'Icon (Diva Icon) Of the Month

Eartha Kitt

She was one of a kind. A classy lady with lots of sex appeal. She was the one and only Eartha Kitt. Born in 1927, her career spanned more than 60 years. She performed with  the Katherine Durham Dance company before she branched out on her own as a solo entertainer. Her sultry voice and her command of the french language made every song she sang a 4 or 5 minute seduction. Her rendition of "Santa Baby"  remains a favorite holiday classic. Orson Wells called her the most exciting woman he had ever seen. She set the tone for sexiness and I am sure showed Julie Newmar the way it was done as catwoman on the cult classic 1960's t.v. show Batman.  In her convictions, she was fearless;  in 1968 at a White House luncheon when questioned by Lady Bird Johnson about the Vietnam War, her response was, "You send the best of this country off to be shot and maimed. No wonder the kids rebel and take pot." her bold response cost her dearly, she was blackballed as an entertainer in the United States for many years and had to concentrate her efforts on performing in Europe and Asia to keep her career alive which she was successfully able to do. Eventually she was able to resume her career in the United States and continued to perform here and abroad for the rest of her life.  Sadly we lost Ms Kitt to colon cancer on December 25, 2008. She was classy, outspoken, outstanding and she is my Div'Icon of the month! 

Mr Hubba Hubba Of the Month

Errol Flynn

In his lifetime, Errol Flynn received no recognition from his peers at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He never attended a ceremony in his honor and was not nominated. Could be that his screen persona, the swashbuckler, the rake, stuck to him too well? Yet in his career he defined a male archetype and forever set his mark on movie maleness, in fact, created a constellation of manly virtues that even today is the stuff of dreams. It's time to bring the black sheep home. Long regarded as the prodigal son of Hollywood, with his real-life adventures, scrapes and insubordination, Errol Flynn lived every man's dream of a full life and found himself typecast.

-Rory Flynn, Daughter of Errol Flynn

Errol Flynn was born in Australia in 1909, he began his acting career in the 1930's. After his breakout role in Captain Blood in 1935, he found himself typecast as he Swashbuckling hero and his role in The Adventures of Robin Hood, became his most famous role. Shortly after the United States entered WWII, Errol became an American Citizen and wanted to enlist in the military to serve his newly adopted country, but a heart condition and other health problems rendered him ineligible. Trying to keep his health condition from becoming public knowledge, the studio did nothing to defend him from the harsh criticism of the public who thought he was trying to shirk his duty to enlist and serve his country. Although he continued to act,by the 1950's Errol's heavy drinking problem coupled with the addiction to the medications he had to take to treat his health problems, Errol rapidly aged as his health deteriorated; by the end of the decade, we lost this wonderful actor who never really received the honor and respect for his talent that he rightfully deserved. He was dashing, handsome, and all too human as we all are and  he is my Hubba Hubba of  the month.

Sunday, August 29, 2010


Coo-Coo For Cocoa
Chocolate Dip

I Love Chocolate (Godiva being one of my favorites with a Good Glass of Champagne). Little did I know that Chocolate could be good for your skin as well as your cravings.  Chocolate is rich in anti-oxidants and has been said to be helpful in protecting the skin against the sun! This delightful bath soak, will treat your skin and senses to a delightful cocoa escape!

1/8 cup of Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1/8 Cup of Powdered Milk
1/4 Cup Of Epsom Salts
1 Tablespoon of Baking Soda
1 Tablespoon Of Corn Starch
1 Body Bush or Loofah (if needed)

Combine ingredients in a bowl until well blended. Pour the mixture under the warm running water as the tub fills. Soak for at least 20 minutes letting your skin often and exfoliate. If you find any chocolate residue on your skin, use the body brush or loofah to gently scrub off any traces of the chocolate mixture and rinse under the shower. Use a light moisturizer so that the sweet smell of the chocolate can remain on your skin.

Fashion Flicks- Movies you watch just for the clothes

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

This little gem of a movie also showcased one of the most famous costumes in hollywood history; the pink strapless gown that Marylin Monroe wore in the "Diamonds are a girls best friend" number.

Ok, the movie has a cute plot  (Two female entertainers, one looking for love and the other looking for money; with both getting more than they bargain for!) but the clothes are to live for! I watch it over and over just for the clothes and I am sure I am not alone.  And you can  pick up some great tips for making diamonds your best friend too ladies! (Wink!)

Giggle Water Recipie

Keep hassling me honey and I will change you
from a rooster to a hen with one snip!

Perscription for PMS

1 oz Drambuie
1/2 oz of Chilled  BlackVodka
1/4 oz Chilled Sweet Cream

In a large chilled shot glass,
combine  the Drambuie and black Vodka.
Slowly float the sweet cream on top and serve.

Serves 1
And that one is me, if you want one

Friday, August 27, 2010


By Ann Fogarty

This book is fabulous! Written in the 1950's by fashion designer Ann Fogarty as a guide to teach women to dress well; especially for their husbands. Some may find the information antiquated by today's standards, but if you look past  what you perceive to be outdated information, Ann  gives great advice on the importance of always looking your best for every occasion and for the two most important people in your life; yourself and your husband. I can see the "independent" women now rolling their eyes, but if you are reading my blog you already know that I have a vintage state of mind and the books I share will support that. Some things you cannot duplicate as the roles of women have evolved alot in the past  fifty plus years (like take 15 steamer trunks full of clothes with you on your honeymoon as Anne did....or can you??? lol), but the heart of the message is timeless; always look your best for every occasion.

You can  pick up a copy on Amazon or Alibis for 11-15 dollars;
  and let me tell you, it is worth every penny!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Giggle Water Recipe

To help you come out ( of  being shy, not out of  the dress!!)

4-5  Limeade Ice Cubes
(Freeze Limeade in an ice tray 2 hours before)
1 1/2 Ounces of Quality Gin
Spash of Campari
3 to 4 oz of tonic water
Lime Wedge

Chill an 8 oz double old fashioned glass
Fill the chilled glass with the limade ice cubes
add the Gin and splash of Campari.

Squeeze lime wedge into drink
then drop wedge in glass and enjoy!

Serves 1

Simply Beautiful Beauty Treatment #12

Beauty Sleep Remedies

Restful sleep is the best thing you can give your body.
I don't care how glamorous some of those 
hollywood  celbs look in their 10, 20, 100 thousand dollar dresses
if they are sleep deprived because of those all night parties, 
it will catch up with them and speed up the aging process!
I also read in an article that not getting enough rest can actually
contribute to weight problems;
well that is all I needed to know to go grab my pillow! 
(Who am I to argue with nature?)
But if lying down in bed
is not enough to bring on the shut eye,
 here are a few remedies that don't include counting sheep:

1. No Caffine (Duh!), but even that Frapuchinno
with whipped cream from Starbucks can
 keep you up way past your bedtime!
Instead, have a cup of chamomile tea!

2.  Put a 1 or 2 drops of Lavender or
Roman Chamomile essential oil on your pillow
just before you put your head on it.

3. You can whip up this simple sleep balm
By Stephanie Tourles

1/4 cup of all vegetable shortening (room temperature)
10 Drops of Orange Essential Oil
2 Drops of Ylang-Ylang Essential Oil
1 Drop of Vanilla Essential Oil

Combine ingredients in a small glass bowl,
blending with a spatula or whisk.
Apply to temple area just prior to bed time 
 Store in a 2 oz glass or plastic Jar in a dry cool place
( it has a 3-4  month shelf life)

This remedy is safe enough to calm fussiest of babies
 (And the adult ones too!)

Go to sleep my baby close your pretty eyes.

Angels up above you looking at you dearie from the skies.

Great big moon a shinin come now don't you cry,

Time for little ones to go to sleep

Go to sleep my baby close your pretty eyes,

Sandman is a comin time to say goodnight

Vintage Recipie Circa 1919

Meat Loaf Sandwhich

From The Nashville Tennesseean

1/2 pound sliced bacon

1/2 special meat loaf


Mayonnaise dressing

Toast to a light brown slices of bread. Spread with butter. On one slice, place lettuce leaf, bacon fried extra crisp, a slice of special meat loaf, and a small amount of mayonnaise dressing. Cover with another piece of toast.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Vintage Recipie


One quart of milk

three tablespoons of corn starch

yolks of four eggs

half cup sugar

a little salt

Put part of the milk, salt and sugar on the stove and let it boil; dissolve the corn starch in the rest of the milk; stir into the milk, and while boiling add the yolks. Flavor with vanilla.


Whites of four eggs beaten to a stiff froth, half a cup of sugar; flavor with lemon; spread it on the pudding, and put it into the oven to brown, saving a little of the frosting to moisten the top; then put on grated cocoanut to give, it the appearance of snow·flake.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Simply Beautiful Beauty Treatment #11


In the 1920's, with the discovery of King Tut's tomb, everything Egyptian became the craze. Egyptian Queen Cleopatra was not only known for her beauty, but her beauty regimen as well. to keep her skin soft and supple, she bathed in Asses (donkey) milk. Since donkey's milk is a little hard to come by, here is a simpler approach.

1 cup of instant Whole goats or cow's milk (Powdered)

1 Tablespoon of apricot kernel,jojoba, avocado,

hazelnut, or extra virgin olive oil

8 drops of one of these essential oils; German or Roman Chamomile,

lavender, rosemary, spearamint, or rose

Pour powdered milk and oil together under the running bath water.

Add the essential oil just before you get in the tub.

Swirl around in the tub, then imerse yoursself and relax


Minivan Mom Meltdown Mixer
(Just keep saying to yourself, Only 500 more carpools and the kid  can drive herself!)

5 thin Cucumber Slices
5 Ice Cubes
1 Oz of Well Chilled Vodka
1 1/2 Oz of Pimm's  No.1
4 oz of lemonade

Garnish: 1 lemon Wedge and 2 Thick Cucumber slices

Place one slice of cucumber in the bottom of a Highball glass, top with one of the ice cubes. Contiunue the proces altenating between cucumber slices and ice cubes till the last ice cube is on top. Pour in the Vodka, Pimm's no 1 and lemonade. Stir with a ling spoon to combine. With a plastic sword, skewer the lemon wedge between  the cucumber slices,pop in the drink and enjoy.

Serves 1

Wednesday, August 4, 2010


 Beautiful Sleep/Beautiful Romance

In ancient times in some  middle eastern cultures, 
women would perfume their beds for sleep and romance.
Scents can play a delightful role in beautiful sleep and beautiful romance (wink). This simple recipe can be used to scent your bed linens and your room.

4 oz of distilled water
Few Drops of Anise (you can find it at the grocery store)
or  the essential oil that gets you in the "mood" (Wink, Wink)
4 oz Spray bottle

Spray generously on your bed linens and in your bedroom.

Two of the best beauty treatments is a night of
peaceful sleep or a beautiful night of Romance (Wink Wink)



Cream together 3 sticks of butter and one box of powdered sugar.

Add 6 eggs one at a time.

1/2 teaspoons salt

Box (sugar)of sifted flour

1 teaspoons vanilla

1 teaspoons lemon extract

Bake in a tube pan 1 1/4 hours at 325 degrees



Prepare and serve in 10 oz glass

Fill 1/2 full shaved ice. Place sliced red and green cherries alternately around inside of blass.

Add juice of 1/2 lime or 1/4 lemon

1 jigger Distilled Dry Gin

Fill balance of glass with shaved ice.

Add 1/2 jigger Cherry Liqueur

Add dash of Benai Liqueur

Garnich with slice of Torange, Cherry, and peel of cubumber

Serve with straws. Do not stir, or shake.

Di'Vicon (Diva Icon) of the Month


Were you shocked when Madonna pushed the envelope in the 90's? Jospehine did it on the 20's! Does Lady Ga Ga's eclectic ways make you do a double take? Josephine tuned heads first. Angelina Jolie adopting kids of other races from a round the world? Josephine did it 60 years ago! A woman ahead of her time  she was an unforgettable icon.

She was born Freda Josephine McDonald in St. Louis Missouri.Having to fend for herself at a young age, she was abused by the women she worked for, rather than continue to allow herself to be abused,Baker dropped out of school at the age of 12 and lived an orphan in the slums of St. Louis, sleeping in cardboard shelters and scavenging for food in garbage cans She performed on street corners and eventually attracted attention and she was recruited for the St. Louis Chorus vaudeville show at 15. She then headed to New York City during the Harlem Renaissance,to perform at the Plantation Club and in the chorus of the popular Broadway revues Shuffle Along (1921) and The Chocolate Dandies (1924) her comedic antics lead to her becoming the highest paid chorus girl in the show.

Josephine decided to try her luck in Paris,and France was never the same, in her first show, she performed completely nude except for a single feather. Her stage act made Madonna's cone bra's  look like nun attire. Her performances made her the toast of Paris; Ernest Hemingway called her "… the most sensational woman anyone ever saw. She never failed to keep her audience on their toes. Her pet cheetah, Chiquita clad in a diamond collar often accompanied her on stage and often escaped into the orchestra pit scaring her band half to death and the audience as well.

Wind of her success reached her home country America and Flo Zigfield of the Zigfield Follies asked her  to join his show. The still present staunch racism however made Josephine's return to the United States a bitter one. Her time in the follies was short lived and she decided to return to the place where she was celebrated and not tolerated; France. She became a citizen, married and used her celebrity to help France during WWII. A little known fact about Josephine was that she was the one that promoted Haute Couture in War impoverished France after WWII reviving the industry and saved the house of Dior from financial ruin? Not bad for a woman who made a living wearing a skirt made of bananas!

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In 1951, Baker made charges of racism against Sherman Billingsley's Stork Club in New York, where she had been refused service. Actress Grace Kelly, who was at the club at the time, rushed over to Baker, took her by the arm and stormed out with her entire party, vowing to never return (and she never did). The two women became close friends after the incident. Testament to this was made evident when Baker was near bankruptcy and was offered a villa and financial assistance by Kelly (who by then was princess consort of Rainier III of Monaco).

Still fighting the sting of racism, she  had adopted 12 children of different races who she affectionately called her "rainbow tribe" to prove to the world that people of all races can live in harmony and love. Josephine continued to perfrom until her death in 1975. So greatly loved by her adopted country, her funeral received the honors usually reserved for heads of state. Burlesque star Dita Von Teese considers Jospehine one of her inspirations proving that even 35 years later, she is still an inspiration and my Di'Vicon of the month.

Josephine, you go girl!!

Mr Hubba Hubba of the Month


Ok this month I am moving into the 70's;JUST for a minute, the very thought of polyester gives me hives, next month back to the classic guys, but I could not resist, I have always had a thing  for guys who bucked the establishment so to speak and no one did it better than Steve "double hubba hubba" McQueen.My favorite movie? Bullit (did you have to ask?)

A man with his good looks and talent did not breeze through life without challenges;abandoned by his father and later by his mother for a season;  he also had dyslexia and  was partially deaf due to an ear infection in childhood. After a stint in the military (during which he saved the lives of 5 of his fellow soldiers) he pursued a career in acting. After  a series of good breaks, including a role that put him in the company of Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr., Steve began to really get noticed for his acting talent and was soon acquiring meatier parts which included his breakout role in "The Great Escape" in 1963 and his Oscar nominated role in Bullitt a few years later.

He was an avid racer of both motorcycles and cars; a passion he had since childhood. In the early days of his acting career, he supported himself partly by competing in weekend motorcycle races and bought his first motorcycle with his winnings. He remembered for performing many of his own stunts, especially the majority of the stunt driving during the high-speed chase scene in Bullitt. McQueen also designed and patented a bucket seat and trans brake for race cars. So not only was he handsome as the day is long, he was talented, a military hero, and a brain (Hubba to the third degree! squeak!)

Sadly we lost him too soon, following complications from an operation, Steve passed away November 7, 1980; he was only 50 years old. It was rumored that he spent time with Minister Billy Graham before his passing about his faith which gives me hope he got his wings and makes me even  more happy to celebrate him as my August Mr. Hubba Hubba of the month.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Div'Icon (Diva Icon) Of the Moment

She could teach today's young women
a thing or two about how to be sexy and seductive
without walking around practically naked and
giving all your goodies away. If you ask me me, she out-catted,
Julie Newmar as catwoman on the 1960's show Batman.



Tequila 1 ½ oz
Cream de cacao 1 oz
Grenadine dash
Light cream 1 ½ oz
Cinnamon garnish
Except for the cinnamon, pour all the ingredients into a shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into a cocktail glass. Sprinkle with cinnamon and serve.



3 Tablespoons of chopped non-pesticide Rose Petals
1/2 Cup of Vodka
2 Tablespoons of Lemon Juice

Combine ingredients and set aside in a glass bottle for 24 hours. 
Shake then refrigerate for one week, shaking once a day. 
After a week, strain into a clean glass bottle. 
Apply with a cotton ball after washing your face. 
Keep refrigerated after each use.

You'll be swell! You'll be great!
Gonna have the whole world on the plate!
Starting here, starting now,
honey, everything's coming up roses!

Clear the decks! Clear the tracks!
You've got nothing to do but relax.
Blow a kiss. Take a bow.
Honey, everything's coming up roses!

Now's your inning. Stand the world on it's ear!
Set it spinning! That'll be just the beginning!
Curtain up! Light the lights!
You got nothing to hit but the heights!
You'll be swell. You'll be great.
I can tell. Just you wait.
That lucky star I talk about is due!
Honey, everything's coming up roses for me and for you!
Everything's coming up Roses- As sung By Ethel Merman

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Household Hints- WHO KNEW?

 From the Booklet  

Housekeeping Hints 137 ways to make housekeeping a breeze

1. A little basket with a handle make a fine cleaning basket to carry from room to room with brushes, cloths, cleansers, polishes, etc.

2. Rid rooms of stale tobacco smoke of sweeten air in closets like this: mix 2 tablespoons ammonia with a cup of water in a shallow bowl and let it stand in the room overnight. 

3. Pick up small pieces of broken glass this way: pat them up with a wad of damp paper toweling or cotton or with wallpaper putty.

4. To erase fingermarks and soil spots from wallpaper, try rubbing it with soft chunks of white bread

5. Don't shake your dust mop out of the window if you love your neighbors--tie a big paper bag around the mop head and shake.  Then throw bag and dust away.

6. Chill candles in the refrigerator 24 hours before using them on the table.  They will burn evenly--and won't drip. 

7. To hammer a nail in the wall when hanging pictures, avoid plaster chipping this way: put scotch tape over the spot before driving the nail in.  Remove tape as soon as nailing is finished. 

8. Don't force sticky drawers.  Rub the sticking surface with a bar of soap.

9. To mend a torn window screen: cut out a piece of screen an inch of so larger all around than the hole.  Strip down the edges until you have an inch or more of loose wires all around.  Put the patch over the outside of the hole and weave the loose wires into the screen.  Very inconspicuous if you do this carefully. 

10. Soak neglected paint brushes in hot vinegar to renew them.

11. Air blankets often to minimize lint.  Tumble them in your dryer with no heat on--or hang them outside on a breezy day.

12. If a dripping faucet is robbing you of sleep, tie a strip to it, long enough to reach the drain.  Water will run down the string noiselessly until you have time to fix the faucet.
13. Drop clothes loosely in a plastic bag.  Pour in 1/4 cup warm water to two pounds of clothes.  Close bag and let stand for one hour.  Clothes are evenly dampened for quick ironing

14. If your perfume is getting low in the bottle, here's a slick trick: drop in a few small glass beads.  They'll keep the liquid level high and eliminate air space and reduce evaporation of your perfume.