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Updated: 2017-09-09T04:38:27.876-07:00


Happy Thanksgiving, Loungers!


Have a fun and safe holiday!

Thanksgiving in the '40s


Thanksgiving is coming this way, and it makes me nostalgic (like all holidays do).  How did our country celebrate in the 1940's, with the war and everything? Well we don't need a time machine to find out.  I just found this interesting blog post by Sentimental Journey about what Thanksgiving was like in the 1940s.  Very interesting read, especially with how far we've come!

How to Throw a 1950's Thanksgiving

2016-11-18T07:00:17.920-08:00 provides us with a post detailing how to throw a Thanksgiving like the 1950s! Are you finding that your family's modern Thanksgiving dinner is not traditional enough? Too many foods that actually taste good? Too much gender parity? Too fun? Well, then this year, you might want to consider having ... a 1950s Thanksgiving dinner! It's good for what ails ya! (if "what ails ya" is

Happy Birthday, Rock Hudson!


Cocktail Recipe du Jour: Weekly Special


Reposting this delicious recipe! Weekly Special In your iced tin, pour: 1/3 Grapefruit Juice (1 oz) 1/3 Gin (1 oz Cascade Mountain) 1/6 Maraschino Liqueur (1/2 oz Luxardo) 1/6 Kümmel (1/2 oz Helbing) Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.  Shake and strain into a cocktail glass Garnish with a cherry Cheers!

Crushing on George Peppard


You're welcome.

Cocktail Recipe du Jour: The Jack-O-Lantern


Try this cocktail to ghoul it up this Halloween season! 1 ounce Hennessy VSOP Cognac  1 1/2 ounces orange juice  1/2 ounce ginger ale  1/2 ounce Grand Marnier orange liqueur  Orange wheel and lime twist for garnish

Frankenstein for President!


With Halloween approaching, and the Presidential election not far behind, I thought this was appropriate. Now I know who I'm voting for! Thanks to Plastic Pumpkins for this beauty.

Must-See Movie: I Married a Witch


I Married a Witch (1942)  This fantasy romantic comedy is the perfect find for some classic Halloween fun!  The film opens in 1672, where two witches were burned by puritan Jonathan Wooley. We are told that before her burning, the female witch cursed all future generations of the Wooley family; she deemed that all the sons will marry the wrong woman and be miserable. A tree grows over the

"Va Va Voom" Star of the Day: Bette Davis


Bette Davis From the official Bette Davis website: Often referred to as "The First Lady of the American Screen," Bette Davis created a new kind of screen heroine. She was a liberated woman in an industry dominated by men. She was known as an actress that could play a variety of difficult and powerful roles, and because of this she set a new standard for women on the big screen. Independent

Monday's This & That


Whilst I deal with Monday's "dog-eat-dog" feeling, how's abouts we see what's floating around the interwebs? Let's start with this article of some "secrets" of Lucy and have to click a billion times to get them all, but hey - you had nothing better to do, right? Here are 25 cocktail recipes that apparently everyone should know.  Study them all for the test on Friday (when you can

Recipe For the Perfect Slumber Party


It's 1983 and you're hosting a slumber party.  What do you do?  Here is the recipe for the perfect 80's slumber party: 1. Rent yourself a video machine from the nearest Wherehouse store. 2. Rent Michael Jackson's "Thriller" video. 3. Watch Dad setup the machine to your Zenith TV.  Ignore the cursing and visible butt-crack as he can't figure out which wires attach where. 4. Pop popcorn. 5. Answer

My Name is Errol Flynn


As the poster on YouTube says: "This is the intro from a TCM TV doc on the life of Errol Flynn...This guy created the mold that Johnnie Depp has had so much fun breaking. Flynn would have absolutely approved." I just wish this clip was longer. P.S. Special cameo by Don Knotts.

Must-See Movie: Pillow Talk


Pillow Talk (1959)One of the greatest romantic comedies of all time, this movie sparked the Doris Day/Rock Hudson/Tony Randall trio that would be followed by two other hit comedies. Doris Day plays a single working woman named Jan Morrow who lives in a nice apartment in Manhattan. Her only problem is that she shares a partyline with a playboy-slash-songwriter Brad Allen, played by Rock Hudson.

All Hail the Bloody Mary!


I was blessed a while ago to receive a copy of Bloody Marys from author Judy Bennett, and have just had the time to write about it! Bloody Marys: Sanguine Solutions for a Slew of Situations includes over 40 Bloody Mary recipes, but Bennett offers more than that... she also provides vintage photographs, trivia, insight, and myths, and tons of humor. And the insight is not limited to mixology.

Must-See Movie: Best Foot Forward


Best Foot Forward (1943) A cadet at Winsocki Military Academy named Bud (Tommy Dix) sends an invitation to movie star Lucille Ball (as herself) to come to Winsocki's big dance. Ball's publicity-hungry agent Jack O'Riley (William Gaxton) convinces her to go in order to boost her career. Complications arise when Bud's girlfriend Helen (Virginia Weidler) unexpectedly shows up; she knows there is

"Va Va Voom" Star of the Day: Harry James


Harry James Taken from the official Harry James website: Harry Haag James was born in 1916 in Albany, Georgia, in the United States. He learned the trumpet from his father, a circus bandleader. James decided to pursue a professional career in music after winning a state high-school trumpet competition. Harry began to perform with several dance bands, including that of Ben Pollack's popular



"The secret of staying young is to live honestly,  eat slowly, and lie about your age." -- Lucille Ball

Cocktail Recipe Du Jour: The B&B (and B)


If you've ever watched the Mel Brooks classic "High Anxiety" (like I have) and were captured by the 70's portrayal of the piano bar and cocktail scene (like I was), you'll appreciate this.   In the 1977 film that pays homage to Hitchcock classics, psychiatrist Dr. Thorndyke (Brooks) suffers from "high anxiety" (a.k.a. vertigo).  One of his patients is a mystery that he is trying to unravel.

"Va Va Voom" Star of the Day: Ava Gardner


This is an updated version of a previous post. Ava Gardner Beautiful, shining star of the MGM studio, Ava was born in 1922.  She was the youngest of 7 children living on a cotton and tobacco farm in the rural southern town of Smithfield, North Carolina. Her show business beginning began just as simply.  Her brother-in-law, a professional photographer took her photo in 1941 and displayed it at

Good Things To Eat


Not "Delicious," not "Great," just Good.  I'm sure there's a sequel cookbook out there that then lists alternative recipes called BAD Things To Eat, but I'm glad I came across this small, aged cookbook at an estate sale. Maybe back in 1936, when this was published, you just didn't get all that excited about food.  It was more a means to an end. You're hungry. You need to eat. Here's some stuff

Classically Quotable


"Va Va Voom" Star of the Day


Grace Kelly Today let us highlight the Princess of Monaco. Grace struck out on her own after high school, heading to New York's bright lights to try her luck. Grace worked as a model but made her acting debut on Broadway in 1949. She also had a brief stint in television. Not content with the work in New York, Grace moved to Southern California for the more prestigious part of acting -- motion

Jack Lemmon: America's Everyman


Jack Lemmon is featured as "America's Everyman" in this video.

Cocktail Recipe Du Jour: The Fuzzy Navel


Did you know there are three different ways to make what people think is the typical "Fuzzy Navel"? First, a history lesson: the 1980's brought a revival of cocktails and mixed drinks, and the fuzzy navel was one of the first to come forward. Over 30 years ago Ray Foley, a well known bartender and founder of Bartender Magazine was cutting an orange for a garnish when a man nearby made the