Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Retro camping retro cooking

So I've been thinking,. We have the vintage Aristocrat travel trailer,.  We have the vintage Melmac dishes,. Queenie loves to cook for me,. We just need vintage food for when we go camping!

I recently got a couple of vintage cook books that are small and will travel well:  
7-up Goes to a party, (everthing is made with 7-up in it, how fun!) and it includes a savory jello recipe that I'm curious to try: Shrimp Aspic Ring.

 And I also got a vintage Presto pressure cooker recipe book.  I have a pressure cooker, and with it you can make a fast and hearty meal in minutes including a recipe for squirrel that will be handy for camping as there are squirrels everywhere!  Here's all you need to make it:

1 squirrel
salt and pepper
1/4 cup of fat
1 cup of water
2 tbsp. flour

Wait a minute,. a quarter cup of fat?  Where in the heck are we gonna get a quarter cup of fat when we are camping!?  I'm not even sure if you can buy just plain old fat any more.  I guess we will substitute the fat with olive oil.  Or substitute the squirrel with a more fatty rodent, like beaver or marmot. Of course you'd probably only need half a beaver for two servings, and you'll have to fight over who gets the tail! 

The flour is in case you want to thicken your squirrel au jus, so you don't even need the flour really.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Montana Landscape

Here are a couple of pics of the Montana Landscape and highway 382. The colors are nice this time of year before everything dries out. (all photo rights reserved)

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Happy Father's Day

A pic of my Dad playing the mando in our old house years before I scampered around in those rooms.

And a pic of my grandfather having a smoke while my Dad did a little picking.  Those guys were cool, and they were well respected.  They carried themselves in a way you just don't see very often these days.  They set the bar pretty high for someone like me to follow.  I'll never be half the man those guys were.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Aristocrat travel trailer water system repair

I've been working on the water system in the vintage Aristocrat travel trailer.  I've camped a lot in vintage campers and have come to realize that all you really need is one of those large green plastic water containers.  They will last forever and it's easy to manage them, but I wanted the water system in the Aristocrat to work.  I've been trying to get all of the trailer's systems to work.  The water pump was disconnected when I got the trailer and when I put it back together it didn't suck.  Which sucked..

So I took it out and took the pump apart.  The gasket was pretty much shot and the blades on the impeller were somewhat bent over.  Still I thought it should work because the motor ran, and it's a simple device.  Plus the pump is a 4+ gallon per min pump which is a lot just for a sink by todays standards.  We have scrap gasket material at work so I cut out a new gasket.  The main thing was getting the diameter right which was 1.75 inch.  I got it to fit perfect and tight, and then I drilled the holes for the screws.  Then tried to make the blades on the impeller straight by bending them back.  After a day or so I put the pump back together with the new home made gasket and used clear silicone to seal it.  I let that dry over night.

It had to work right?  I gave it about a 60% chance and Queenie crossed her fingers.  I did not like the idea of buying a new pump if I didn't have to.  So I soldered all of the electrical connections, wrapped the water connections with teflon tape, and shazam! we have water in the sink!

Oh yeah.  I used a 1967 Ford pickup gas cap for the missing water tank fill lid.  It fit the existing fixture perfect and looks retro.  I had to grind down the inside flange a little but then it fit like a glove and locks into place.

And for drinking water I recently picked up a vintage Coleman water cooler.  It will sit ontop of the fridge cabinet.

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Sold our old house

My mom finally sold the old house I grew up in.  So after the garage when everyone else had left and the house was empty, I walked around alone and took some pictures. Above is the view outside of my bedroom window.  As luck would have it a vintage school bus came from out of nowhere and into my picture, as if to take me away.

Here is what it looked like inside my bedroom.  I never had that plant thing over the window BTW, that's something my mom put up in there when she used this as a guest bedroom.  I used to hear the rain on the roof and listen to the wind in the trees from this bedroom.  In the 1930s the  original roof burned off and they gave the house a different roof line.  It also lost it's lap siding and a pointed spire.

There was a stairway from the upper floor to the back yard.
I looked around in each empty room before I walked out of the house for the last time. It had a personality with sights sounds and smells all its own.  In the morning sun would shine through the beveled glass and make rainbow colors on the floor and walls.

Our house, was a very very very fine house.. I hope its new owners value it as much as we did.  I'm really going to miss it..

Monday, June 03, 2013

Melmac dishes

I found myself hunting through a new thrift store (after I made a deposite) and came across this set of vintage Melmac dishes for our vintage Aristocrat travel trailer.  We found a gold set earlier that is more complete, but I couldn't pass this up. It will match our mid century trailer decor perfectly.  The picture shows the Melmac on our an old dinette not in the trailer.  Works pretty well there too!