Simple Home Cookery by the Check Apron Girl

The Simple Home Cookery by the Check Apron Girl Cookery Book is a find that I bought at a local Boot Fair this weekend, this is a lovely Pocket sized book that you don’t come across that often and as you can imagine I was delighted as I fumbled through the papers that were on the floor and this little gem fell into my hands.  It is advertising Brown & Polson’s corn flour & Raisley’s raising powder and all the recipe’s inside feature the two ingredients.

In the first pages there is a brief history about the cornflour and the raising agent and an index of the recipes.  What appealed to me were the colours and the text, there is no date in the booklet but from the text style and the pictures I would place it around the 1930’s….What do you think?

Thats what I like about looking for vintage pieces – you never know what you will find! So interesting, these little snippets of the past, I love collecting old books and postcards, luckily my Nan was a hoarder and I have been working my way lately through suitcases of paper, photographs, letters and cards all pieces connected to me and my family. She was a great laugh and always had a smile and a cheeky twinkle in her eye, and whenever a song would start to play that she new, she would get out her mouth organ from her bag and start to play along!

This is a picture of (from left to right) My Mum, My Nanny Hilda, My Auntie Joyce and a friend of theirs.

And this is a picture of me as a baby with my Mum….



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  1. Rabbit Hill Creations
    7th June 2008 / 7:10 pm

    Love your blog and all your treasures!…have added you & hubby to my blog for a quick link to visit often!

  2. nel
    3rd June 2008 / 11:23 pm

    Just popped over from Nonnie… what a gorgeous blog you have here. So lovely to visit, puts a smile on my face and on a cold, wintry, wet morning in Sydney, that’s a good thing :)Look forward to popping back again soon!

  3. Hazel
    2nd June 2008 / 10:23 pm

    Oooh what lovely treasures you found! I am so fond of vintage baking books. The photo of you and your Mum is very sweet.

  4. Teena
    31st May 2008 / 10:13 am

    The pictures in that book are lovely – makes me want to spend the day baking! Lucky you to have all your nana’s treasure! My gran was a hoarder just like me, but my grandpa cleared it all out! Arrghh!! Just an aside – could you add an option to the Eurovision Vote? The button would be “Good grief is that still going? Nothing could ever compare to The Brotherhood of Man anyway. Sing it now!…’Kisses for me, save all your kisses for me’…..” I’d click on that button! xx

  5. Katherines Dream
    29th May 2008 / 8:47 am

    A nice jolly post, I needed this -something cheerful….love your necklace! Great vintage finds, I found a few over the weekend, slowly filling the place up!You were a cute baby…I have a similar picture of me but on my sisters lap.Have a great weeks, well what is left!Carol x

  6. Daisys Little Cottage
    29th May 2008 / 1:55 am

    What a wonderful smile your Mum has! I’ll bet you’ve got one too now, finding all that wonderful booty in France. Nice work and Ill be sure to check out the Hilda memory blog.smiles,Darly

  7. Linnea
    28th May 2008 / 10:56 pm

    What a great find!! Aren’t family pictures great?! Yours are so full of personality and memories. I think it’s a really good idea to record your stories… your kids will surely treasure those. I’m going to start writing down my mumsy’s recipies for that reason. Take care :o)! xox, Linnea

  8. Rubyred
    28th May 2008 / 3:54 pm

    Lovely old family photos.You clever thing making the button necklace,I love it!

  9. Vintage Amethyst
    28th May 2008 / 2:29 pm

    Oohh I love old photos of my family and I have lots around the home.I love your goodies you got in France, I only wish I found such lovely goodies as you seem to.loveAlisonx

  10. Nostalgia at the Stone House
    27th May 2008 / 12:09 pm

    Hi Happy!I think that little cookery book was made for you! (Do you have one of those blue and white check aprons yourself?!) Your booty from France is fab – you have such a great eye – I love the red stringing on the little dolls cot. Have a great week,Niki

  11. Tracy
    27th May 2008 / 12:08 pm

    A very cozy, happy post full of goodies…and such terrific finds. Happy Days :o)

  12. Cherry Menlove
    27th May 2008 / 8:40 am

    Wow!Can I hitch a ride with you when you next go to France?WHAT A STASH!!!!Love Cherry xoxoxox

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