2/25/10

VTT - Better Homes and Gardens

Welcome to VTT sponsored by my friend Suzanne at Coloradolady.

Today, I'm featuring part of my set of Better Homes and Gardens Books. I say part of my set because in addition to the cookbook, sewing book and gardening book, I have the decorating book could not find it anywhere this morning. That shouldn't surprise me because it's the only one that I don't use regularly.

These old books are all from around the same time period, 50's-70's, and although they are vintage today, they are just chock full of good ideas. The cookbook is my most frequently used cookbook not just for the recipes but for the instructions like how to cook turkeys and hams and other things that I make infrequently enough that a short instruction is very useful. My first copy came from my Mom and I nearly wore it out, so the first time I found one in an antique shop, I snatched it up so I could stop putting wear on my Mom's, which was probably a wedding gift.

I also use the sewing book for some basics, especially when making clothes. And, the garden book is an indispensible resource for those old fashioned flowers that I remember from my grandmother's garden and from the gardens of that generation. And, it doesn't have as much use of poison as some of the other old gardening books. Even then, they were looking toward natural methods of pest control. It also has great instructions for how to grow plants and how to design a garden.

The decorating book? Not so much. I don't really want to go back to decorating from the 70's, but it's an interesting book nonetheless, if for no other reason than to see that vintage look from my childhood again.



Okay, so that's it for me on this VTT.

Take care and have a great Thursday. Lane

10 comments:

Postcardy said...

Those books definitely look useful. Now I think 1970s decor was the worst ever, though I didn't think so at the time.

Tammy said...

Hi Lane,
Your vintage books are in wonderful shape. The sewing book is my favourite.

I have an old Betty Crocker cookbook that was given to me as a wedding shower gift over 30 years ago. That cookbook is still the one we use the most! It has been repaired with packing tape twice.

Becky said...

I love seeing your books! I have my mothers BH&G Garden book which I nearly wore out growing up just looking at the pictures. I also have Rick's Granny's cookbook and like you, it is a staple. I haven't seen the sewing or the decorating one....I bet the decorating one is a hoot!

Maureen said...

I must agree with you on the 70's decor - mostly yucky!

Elizabeth said...

A set of those books should be in every home. Hold on to the 70s decor so you never forget the horror!

Susan L (lily40au) said...

great collection. there's nothing like a timeless cookery book that helps with the staples. I use my old cookery book from school (also from the 70s) for exactly the same reason.

Coloradolady said...

Lane, I think my mom had all but the gardening one...and she never throws a thing away, but if I asked for these, I guarantee she would not know where they were...I really like these and great that you have a set of three....Happy VTT!!!
PS...how is the pup???

Vonlipi said...

I have the same sewing book!

Thanks for sharing and happy VTT!

Cheryl said...

I love old books... but I always tear them apart and glue the old pages to things lol

Debbie said...

Nice set of books, I remembering using the cookbook!