Modern Day 50’s Housewife & A Recipe by Ruby’s Musings

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I’m a modern day 50’s housewife. I do not work, at least outside of the home. I cook, clean, do the laundry etc and yes, at times sit around eating “bon-bons”. My kids have flown the nest, mostly; they are adults , so I don’t have children to care for. I did for a time return to work, unfortunately life and my body had other plans. I have fibromyalgia and all that goes with it. It makes it hard to work outside the home. Lucky for me, I have a wonderful hubby that earns enough that I can do that. At times I do feel like a little bird in a gilded cage , he does love to spoil me and he helps out on my bad days, though I do tend to get frustrated when he does , as I prefer to do my “job”.

0723151049-1~2Where does the 1950’s come into play? Partially even from early childhood, I had an obsession with I love Lucy and Leave it to Beaver, I wanted to be June Cleaver but am more like Lucy! I love the music, movies and style of era as well. Since my teens I had been dressing on and off as if I stepped out of one of those 1950’s sitcoms, though I do mix in my take on rockabilly and pin up style as well. The main thing that makes me a modern 1950’s housewife, in my eyes, is not just that I stay home, but that I also enjoy being at home, taking care of the house and my husband, it brings me pleasure to have a clean home and to be able to put a hot meal on the table for him; though I shall admit he often does quite a bit of cooking when I have a bad day health wise. I honestly find it all very satisfying and fulfilling…and YES, I do often wear pearls like June Cleaver!

0723151217b-1~2 0430151419e-1-1~2What do I do with my day? Well in a nutshell, the typical housewife duties, I make the bed, once that is done and I have had my toast and coffee, I get dressed, do my make up ( no day is complete without my winged liner and red lips) and my hair , I then run any errands that I might need to do. Typically I walk to “run” my errands, so I fit in my exercise at the same time. I enjoy puttering in the garden and tending my roses. I work on my blog and Facebook page for it as well so, I work on my social media needs for the day. Each day I await for the knock on the back door, as our middle daughter resides behind us in a small apartment, which is when my “grandpuppy” Sir Winston comes rushing in for his banana chips… a brief moment in the day that packs a lot of giggles and smiles. Before I know it, it’s nearly time to start supper. The day really does rush by when you are caught up in “busy work”. It may all sound boring to many, and there are those days, but when you enjoy and make lemons into lemonade, really it is quite fulfilling.

0724151656e-1~2 0722151303b-1~2When I cook, I like to make easy to prepare, healthy meals and just for fun, quite often I draw upon a 1950’s /1960’s twist. Recently while watching The Astronaut’s Wives Club, at a gathering they had, one wife served little meatloaf “muffins” with mashed potato “frosting”. I had seen similar things on pinterest, imagine my delight to see them in a show set in the 1960’s…then I found them in an old 1950’s entertaining cookbook ( now out of print). I prefer Turkey so I simply switched ground beef for turkey, it was that easy. Great thing is, I can freeze them and then defrost and bake as needed; they reheat nicely too. Thursday night is mini meatloaf night here, and they are always a great hit!

PhotoGrid_1437876379822~2Mini Turkey Meatloaf Muffins w/Mashed potatoes

Recipe serves app. 6 if you eat only one a piece.

Mini Turkey Meatloaf Muffins w/Mashed potatoes

*via a really old cookbook and my modern day tweaks

1 lb of ground turkey

1 box of Stove Top or any brand stuffing mix (instead of crackers etc)

1 cup of water or broth

salt and pepper to taste

1 clove of chopped garlic and ½ of an onion diced and sauteed in just a little margarine or butter

1 large egg whisked and dumped onto meat and stuffing

Ketchup for topping (if desired ;I don’t use any)

Mashed potatoes, boxed or homemade

Paprika

Mix all the ingredients together, form into small baseball size balls put into a greased muffin pan, top with sauce of choice and a nice amount of mashed potatoes that have been put in a zip lock bag, with corner cut off the bag and piped on to the meatloaves. Sprinkle the mashed potatoes with paprika for color

Bake at 350 degrees in a preheated over right in the muffin tin until meat thermometer says they are fully cooked when inserted in the meatloaves..

Typically mine take 25-35 minutes..but check it with that thermometer, depends on meat variety, size of “muffins” and oven.

IF MAKING AHEAD..

Pop meatloaves without the sauce or mashed potatoes on top in freezer for 2 hours to flash freeze.

Once flash frozen, pop out of the muffin tin and store in an air tight container separated by parchment paper if making layers.

When you go to bake, defrost overnight, if not making from fresh, preheat oven to 350 degrees f. Place meatloaves in baking dish, no need to put back in muffin pan, they will hold their shape. Apply sauce, potatoes and sprinkle with paprika, bake as instructed.

or

They will bake from frozen, but if doing that, they will have to bake longer, upwards to 45 minutes or more depending. Cook with sauce only for first half, then apply the mashed potatoes for second half till meat is fully cooked and mashed potatoes hot.

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For more fabulous pinup tips and recipes from the delightful Ruby’s Musings, make sure to check out her blog!
http://ruby-rubymusings.blogspot.ca/

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The Winner of the Fluff Giveaway!

The excitement and overwhelming response to our Fluff Limited Edition Bowler Bag Giveaway was truly phenomenal! Thank you all for sharing your love of Fluff with us and spreading the word about the official relaunch. Without further adieu, let’s announce the one lucky winner…

Fluff.ContestDrum roll please…the winner is…

Megan Prosser!!!

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All prizes must be claimed within 7 days of contest end. Any unclaimed prizes will be forfeited and redrawn on the 8th day from the existing pool of entrants.

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Discover Your Inner Cover Girl

There are moments when we just know something was truly meant to be…there’s no denying the desire in your mind that you have to have it! Seeing as I am a recovering closet hoarder, if I truly want something that badly…I force myself to wait several weeks (or months) before indulging to ensure its love and not just lust. For what seems like forever, I pinned over the jaw dropping Stop Staring Cover Girl in blush floral and anxiously awaited for it to become available at Modern Pinup. From the moment the Stop Staring Spring/Summer 2015 collection sneak previews were released, I knew this was a quintessential for summer.

Available in sizes XS-2X ~ MSRP $158USD

IMG_5629 IMG_5640With Stop Staring sizing, I always gauge based on if the material has stretch (bengaline) or not (cotton). In this case, the Cover Girl Dress is made of a cotton/polyester mix therefore I knew it was best to stick with my normal size Medium based on my measurements (bust 36”, waist 27”, hips 38”). If you are unsure, definitely touch base with Rachel at Modern Pinup as she is super helpful with sizing advice when you need it. The Medium fit perfectly, with the right amount of wiggle room to sit comfortably. Although invisible to the naked eye, there is a second layer under the white pleated neckline which I assume is designed as a modesty panel. This under layer did gape on me enough so, that I safety pinned it down in the corners to provide the coverage needed and allowed for the pleating to sit nicely. If you are more well-endowed than me, this likely won’t be an issue. The Cover Girl Dress features a halter neck (expandable elastic) sweetheart neckline with contrasting white dot accent bust detail, underbust pleating, pencil skirt with rear slit and back zipper closure. At 5’-4” tall, the skirt falls a few inches below the knees.

IMG_5618The Cover Girl Dress is truly spectacular with such a soft blush coloured background in combination with the classic rose print. Normally I shy away from pinks altogether but there was something that pulled me in from the moment I saw it. This is definitely a classic style that can be transitioned from day to evening giving more versatility to your look. At first I was worried the non-tie halter strap would be too long for my short torso but with the expandable elastic, the length was impeccable and it was actually very comfortable due to the wider band design. With all wiggle skirts, I achieve the illusion of a flawless silhouette with my trusted Rago Shapewear essentials like the 1294 Open Bottom Girdle. The thickness of the fabric is great for concealing any shapewear; I can attest that no one will know. Since the material is almost 50% cotton, the wiggle skirt will crease when sitting for extended periods of time. It’s nothing major to be quite honest but I do have to iron it with each wear.

IMG_5621 IMG_5630Whether you’re attending an afternoon summer gathering or headed on a hot date night, your accessories can be easily transitioned from day to night. By adding a cropped cardigan, the Cover Girl Blush Dress becomes a little more conservative when the occasion calls for it. I really liked playing up the contrasting bust detail by pairing it with these cute white wedges, finished off with some lovely pink rose stud earrings. For a more defined nipped in waist, try adding a skinny belt in white or complimentary pink hues.

IMG_5626 IMG_5637There wasn’t a more perfect occasion than our 2 year wedding anniversary to wear the Cover Girl Dress. I felt like a total bombshell that evening and of course very excited for summer that was only a month away at the time. Stop Staring truly created a winning combination with this figure flattering design and exquisite rose floral print. If you prefer a less formal design in this gorgeous fabric, make sure to check out the Cora Blush Floral Swing Dress.

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A Cinderella Story

Dreaming of fairy tales and our happy ever afters is something many of us have done since we were little girls. Timeless stories like Cinderella finding her prince charming despite the misfortunes of her life continues to inspire endless generations for over seven decades now. This inspiration is transcending into the vintage reproduction fashions and granting us our very own Cinderella moments in our every day lives. Get your glass slippers ready, the Heart of Haute Mercedes Dress in Cinderella Blue will transform you into the belle of the ball, no fairy godmother necessary.

Available in sizes XS-2X in Blue, Ivory & Green ~ MSRP $150USD

IMG_5655It has been some time since I last wore Heart of Haute, but their sizing is fairly consistent with the size charts. Seeing as my bust (36″) is a size medium but my waist (26-27″) is a size small, I always have to take a chance with sizing down to a Small otherwise I’d be swimming in the waist. Now some of you might be wondering why you don’t see the Mercedes Dress in Cinderella Blue on the Heart of Haute website? That’s due to the fact it was a custom order which they indeed offer for no extra charge…isn’t that incredible?!? Seeing as this was being special order, I had to wait patiently (7-10 days) for my dress to be made and shipped. This is also true for many of their in house designs simply because they keep a very limited inventory on hand and will make your item once the order is received. If you’re in a rush, I would recommend contacting them before placing an order. Once my Mercedes Dress arrived, it was like fairy tales due to come true as the Cinderella blue fabric was truly ethereal with its sparkling damask print. Just like it’s big sister the Monique Dress, the bust does run snug and I would highly recommend sizing up if you are full-bosomed. I am glad to have chosen the size small as the waist fit beautifully and the shoulders were spot on as well. Although the bust was a bit snug, I didn’t find it uncomfortably so and it loosened with wear. The Mercedes features a fully lined modest boat neck bodice, fitted waist, full circle skirt, matching slide belt and back zipper closure. At 5′-4″ tall, the skirt falls a couple inches below the knees.

IMG_5643 IMG_5671The Mercedes Dress has truly done her big sister Monique proud, the full circle skirt really makes her the belle of the ball! The shimmery damask fabric is striking and very evocative of the noble Cinderella. Initially I thought the damask print was a bit too elegant to be versatile but those reservations quickly subsided once I saw how delightful it was simply spending an afternoon at the park.  The blue Cinderella print truly stole my heart, it’s magnificence is absolutely breathtaking. The longer hemline is very reminiscent of the timeless 1950s styles and splendid for twirling like a princess. If I had to choose which styles I prefer between the Monique and the Mercedes, I would definitely favor Mercedes simply because the full circle skirt makes it perfection. Normally I shy away from slide belts as they tend to loosen while wearing but the damask fabric seems to hold it snugly in place.

IMG_5666 IMG_5662Now is the time, if you own glass slippers…get them out! For those of us that don’t quite fit in the glass slipper, it’s highly suggested to pair the Mercedes Dress with some silver strappy sandals to accentuate the lovely shimmer in the damask print. To complete the ensemle, I added come silver confetti earrings and matching bangle. The fullness of the circle skirt drapes beautifully, there’s no need for a petticoat but it is definitely an option if you prefer more volume.

IMG_5686 IMG_5688Even if you don’t believe in fairy tales, I can say without reservation that the Mercedes Dress in Cinderella blue will bring out your inner princess. Luckily for all of us, it is also available in a variety of prints and colours as one of the new signature styles by Heart of Haute.

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