Monday, November 8, 2010

Kitschy Kitchen Fun


Good afternoon, my friends!

Another beautiful week ahead of us…how exciting!

Just a couple of things to share with you today…

First…a swap completed!


The Diner Pocket Swap, hosted by the wonderful Elizabeth of Bluebird Papercrafts


We were to choose the name of our “diner” that would be the theme for our pocket.  I looked and looked for the perfect image…and this little blue owl jumped right out at me!


I mean, really…how could you not fall in love with this face?!  So the Blue Owl Diner came to be…

On the back side, a little pocket, holding a favorite recipe…


This is my very own Leftover Thanksgiving Casserole.  Not very imaginative, but oh, so delicious!  I just came up with this one year while wondering what to do with our  Thanksgiving leftovers…

…all the flavors oozing and blending together…each layer a different but complementary flavor…YUM!


…and now, seriously, my family would probably rather have this than the original Thanksgiving dinner!

Here’s the recipe:

Julie’s Leftover Thanksgiving Casserole

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a 9x13” baking pan, simply layer all the leftovers from your Thanksgiving dinner.

Start with the turkey (shredded), then the mashed potatoes, cranberry (sauce or jelly), gravy, and then last (but not least!)  the stuffing.  Pile it on!  You want the stuffing on top as it will get all nice and crunchy!

Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes, or until the top is golden and the sides are bubbling and fabulous…Enjoy!

Thanks for such a fun swap, Elizabeth!  Can’t wait to see what all the other ladies came up with!

Next…a little card made with the same lovely, kitschy Graphic 45 “Domestic Goddess” papers I used for my diner pocket…


I  tried my own little technique with this card…don’t know if you can see it very well, but I made my own “oilcloth”…perfect for a kitschy card, don’t you think?!


I melted a bit of beeswax and quickly brushed it on the paper—smoothing it as quickly as I could—and it looked just like oilcloth!  Smelled wonderful, too!

And the perfect vintage wooden button in the perfect shade of blue found in my button stash…


…a lot of sparkle on that strawberry cake, of course!

And last, just a few kitschy kitchen photos to leave you with…

Karen in kitchen dorm--BYU

My Mom, Karen, in her college dorm kitchen in the late ‘50’s…love the hair, Mom!

Karen the college girl, BYU, 1957

Here again in the same kitchen UNDER the kitchen table…she says she loved to lay on the cool linoleum floor and read or study…

Julie & Steve in kitchen, Glendale, 1966

My younger brother, Steve, and I in our mid-‘60’s kitchen…wish I could zoom in closer and see exactly what was in that open cupboard!  I remember this kitchen well…

Little Steven in his highchair 1967


One of my favorites--my brother Steve again--looking just so sassy!  (And he was!)  My Mom seems not to notice that he’s standing up in his highchair—always a no-no, if I remember right!


Well, that’s it for me today!   I hope the day is wonderful for all of you, and I’ll see you soon with something new!




  1. Oh Julie, your apron pockets came out fabulous. Love the owl, as I'm nuts about owls like so many of us. I forgot to tell you that I tried your recipe last year, and it was a big hit here. :) Can't wait to make it again. Love the photos of your Mom in that wonderful kitchen, and you and your brother were adorable. Have a wonderful week!

  2. Hi Julie

    Those little name plates are wonderful, how nice for something so special for guests.

    More lovely keepsake pictures.

    B x

  3. Always love to see your family photo's and that recipe looks delish!! Lovin' your sweet Crafty Secrets creations!!

  4. Oh, Julie, Julie,
    Love that pocket! The Blue Own Diner is wonderful! The owl looks almost like it has dimension.I thought you had put a pottery piece on each one! Just adorable. Your other one s also so cute and I love your mom in the dorm! Very special!
    Bigs hugs, girl,

  5. Julie, your pocket turned out so cute. That was a fun swap! Your recipe looks great. It's almost that time! Have a wonderful week! Twyla

  6. I love coming over to read your beautiful posts, you are such an inspiration. I've never heard of oil cloth but your technique sounds wonderful, can't wait to try it myself.

  7. Julie, Whatever can I say to express just how wonderful your tags are! That blue owl looks like a hand pressed paper embellishment, he's so darn cute! Each lady will be so happy to get your tag, especially me! This casserole is just perfect! I will definitely give it a go the "Day After". Thank you again so very much for participating! Elizabeth

  8. Your tags are so cute! I've developed a "thing" for owls again after all these years. I loved them in the 70's, along with everyone else!!

  9. Hi Julie!

    Loving those vintage kitchen pictures and you're right, that owl is cute as can be. Be sure to stop by and share that Thanksgiving recipe at...

    There's a contest going on now and you could win a 3-cookbook bundle! :)

  10. Julie,
    LOL, I love the photos!!!!! I wish my folks had thought to take ones like these....:):) Your pocket tag is so you!!!!!! I cannot wait to see them all! I did the "Coffee Cup Cafe" as I had a great uncle that had a diner by that name...can you believe that???? How perfect! Hope you have a GREAT week! Sandy :):)

  11. I loved all that you shared today! Your brother and his cute! And mom under the my daughter, she loved the cool floor too. Yummy recipe too..thanks for sharing :D

  12. I saw this swap over at "Kids Napping" & thought what a cute idea. But, YUM your casserole sounds amazing. I'm not cooking this Thanksgiving but, if I was... I'd be making this a day or so afterwards. Thanks for sharing. HUGS!

  13. Julie I too thought your owl was maybe chalkware on there, but I guess it's paper then. He is just so alive I love him and a wonderful presentation you did with him too. I enjoyed all your vintage photos too of your Mom and you kids.

  14. How adorable, Julie, and what a great idea for a swap! I'll be at your house around noon-ish the day after Thanksgiving. ;)

  15. Julie, your pockets are too darn cute, I can't wait to receive it! Love the card, as usual, wonderful detail! Have a great week, Nan

  16. Love the cute. And thanks for the recipe. I'm always wondering what to do with that last bit of turkey.

    I always love seeing the old pictures of your family. Your mom looks like a doll!


  17. Hi Julie!
    The little owl is adorable...your pockets are so perfectly YOU! And your recipe?! WONDERFUL! I've always wanted a recipe for the after thanksgiving bounty...thank you for this! I can't wait to get all my apron tags...AND the recipes!

    Have a wonderful rest of the week! HUGS!

  18. Am loving your recipe pocket Julie and the recipe! It looks very similar to what I do with my turkey dinner leftovers! Oh don't they taste so good all layered together like that! You are so right, it is almost tastier than the actual turkey dinner! LOve, LOVE your newest card also! YOu are such a fabulous talent. Who'd have thought of making their own oilcloth! Why YOU of course!! I also loved the old photos as always. I love how you are always able to marry the past with the present! That takes real talent and you are the best at it. I love you loads! xxoo

  19. I am sooo going to
    copy this recipe down,
    Julie! My mouth is watering,
    just thinking about all of
    that deliciousness smooshed
    together....Your cards are
    always so darling and the
    pics could have come right
    out of my own family album!
    My little bro had that same
    sassy hair ~ and attitude : )!
    xx Suzanne

  20. hi Julie! love your apron pocket tags, sooo cute. I'm looking forward to seeing them all in person. The papers you used are one of my favorite collections, I used them for one of Es other swaps, the kitchen gadget swap (or whatever it was called!)
    the card you made is adorable. Ive been wanting to get some bees wax, i want to try waxing bears noses!
    have a great night

  21. That recipe sounds soooo yummy. I love all those ingredients. Your pictures are precious.. Great creation.. Hope all is well with you..

  22. I couldn't pass up the chance to tell you how adorable your little swap pockets are!!! Lucky gals!
    hugs lynn

  23. LoVe the old photos!
    Can't wait to try the recipe ;-)
    Thanks for stopping by .. stay in touch.