Thursday, January 26, 2017

Trip down memory lane



1. "red yellow and blue balloons" (WONder Bread)

2. Spam  (the original mystery meat)

3, drive-in movies

4. Hostess Twinkies

5. Zarex

6. Marshmallow Fluff

7. Tuna Casserole (made with cream of mushroom soup) with peas (yum)

8.  TV test patterns

9. "living better electrically"

10. Masks on the back of cereal boxes

11. Cracker Jacks and those cool prizes

12.  Saddle shoes

13. Velveeta Cheese



16 comments:

  1. I remember them all well but I have never eaten Spam and never will.

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  2. I didnt say I liked this stuff, most of it makes me gag, now. My husband likes spam, but I love him anyway...
    He also likes Fluff, but I just have to say "FlufferNutters and beards..." and he retreats.

    I never got to wear saddle shoes, my mother was into orthopedic shoes, so while the other girls wore saddle shoes or penny loafers I trudged along in Oxblood red laceups. Sulk.

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  3. ahhhhhhhh the saddle shoes ,love them still big klunky, me at the time

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  4. Girls wore either saddle shoes or penny loafers, rarely did you see sneakers of any sort. They were really for gym days. We were also a lot dressier then, too.
    It still startles me to see kids in jeans and tshirts, almost as much as it startles me to see young girls in flippy little skirts and cleavage. My lord, when I was that age we didnt even know what cleavage was. Lol.

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  5. We called them "fluffernutter" sandwiches. The only one I don't know is Zarex. Calgon take me away!

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  6. Zarex was a kind of juice concentrate in neat little glass jugs--Kool aid came along just about then, and even though it was a much poorer product, it just about wiped Zarex off the shelves since it was a powder and probably much more portable. It was also nearly pure sugar. Lol it's a wonder we didn't just implode. Twinkies and Koolaid and ice cream sandwiches...
    Just did a search, turns out "Zarex is back..."

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  7. I visited the Wonder Bread Bakery in Hartford when I was in the (6th?)grade & got a freebie mini-loaf.

    The jingle:
    "Just mix with water and add some ice / just pennies per glass, the price is nice / Ice Cold Zarex!"

    No peas in that casserole, if you don't mind (yuck!)

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    1. I think it was the cream of mushroom soup that did me in. Yuk, indeed. Made it just once after we were married and had to throw it out, sadly. Neither of us could tolerate the smell.

      I never knew there was a jingle that went with Zarex, but I do recall that creepy Kool-Aid pitcher...

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  8. Spam is a War Child's favorite meat, sort of. I much preferred it to the rabbits with buckshot still embedded in them. I remember spitting fur out with a pellet once, on grandpa's farm. He was aghast.

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    1. Spam was fairly new when I was a kid, and we did indeed have it fried, or cold, as sandwiches, or any time mother was running short of ideas and meat for dinner.
      I can't decide if Grandpa was aghast at the fur/pellet being spat out, or the fact of it being there at all...

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  9. The only one with which I wasn't familiar is Zarex. My T13

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    1. I don't think I would have been if it hadn't been a summer staple in our house. The selling point for me was that you could make it as strong as you wanted.

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  10. What a fun trip. I remember all these things. Thanks.

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  11. More than welcome. It's fun doing this, suddenly I'm three years old and standing in Mother's kitchen, kneading the margarine bag, to spread the yellow coloring thorugh it. =)

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  12. I remember these things. What changes we have seen. And I actually like SPAM, always have. But not Velveeta Cheese.

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  13. My husband likes Spam, I do not. Oh I forgot Cheez Whiz. Right up there with Velveeta. My first Cheeseburger event when I was maybe six or seven was a deeply cooked (mother believed in crispy well done) hamburg patty slathered with cheez whiz. It was years before I'd eat cheeseburgers again.

    I think food-wise the changes are for the better. My mother in law, when we first married, considered me a gourmet cook because I used Oregano. pronounced "Or e GAN o". As a kid pizzas were non existent around here, chinese food was the product of white slavers, and 'they put stuff in it", and our grocery stores were white bread/dark bread and hamburg places. Frozen food meant ice cream and frozen squash.

    I think we've gotten a bit more sohisticated about our food choices--and no more tuna casserole, thank heaven. =)


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