Sunday at the Movies – Five Little Peppers & Sandwiches

This Sundays Movie is the Five Little Peppers. We will start with the complete audio book and  continue with links for the complete viewing of each movie.

But first let’s make some sandwiches to go with our movies and a vintage coconut cake recipe at the bottom of this post.

 

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1940 Campbells soup sandwich –  sauce recipes

When I saw this set of vintage recipes for open-faced sandwiches it reminded me of my grandmother, she loved open face Rubens, and turkey with gravy sandwiches.

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My daughter’s used to find framed egg sandwiches to great fun as we would use different cookie cutters to cut out the shape!

I think the Pepper family would have found this sandwich affordable.

 

Five Little Peppers and How They Grew

A book series that was originally published in an 1880 edition of Wide Awake, a children’s magazine. The publisher of the magazine, Daniel Lothrop, loved the Pepper stories so much that he published a hard-cover edition of the story — and married the author in 1881. In 1883 the couple moved to historic Concord, Massachusetts, and resided in a house called the Wayside, which had previously been home to Nathaniel Hawthorne and also to Louisa May Alcott, the author of Little Women.


The Five Little Peppers book series was created by Margaret Sidney from 1881 to 1916. It covers the lives of the five children of Mamsie and the late Mister Pepper who are born into poverty in a rural “little brown house”. The Pepper books were the inspiration for a brief series of feature films produced by Columbia Pictures in 1939-40. The four films were vehicles for Columbia’s juvenile star Edith Fellows, who played Polly. The rest of the kids were Charles Peck as Ben, Tommy Bond of “Our Gang” as Davie, Bobby Larson as Joey, and Dorothy Ann Seese as Phronsie.

FIVE LITTLE PEPPERS AND HOW THEY GREW (1939)

In this, the first entry in four-part series, children’s movie, Polly Pepper takes care of her siblings while her mother toils at a factory. Polly’s newest friend is Jasper, a rich kid who likes to play with the Pepper kids. Trouble ensues when the littlest Pepper comes down with the measles and infects Jasper and his grandfather, Mr. King. They all wind up stuck together in a quarantined house. After the devoted Polly collapses from working too hard, Mr. King moves the Pepper clan into his mansion. The plucky family finally garners a fortune when it is discovered that Polly has inherited the controlling shares in a mine that the grandfather wants to purchase.

FIVE LITTLE PEPPERS AT HOME (1940)
This time around, Polly and the kids try to figure out a way to save their mother (Dorothy Peterson) from bankruptcy, with the help of crusty-but-lovable Mr. King (Clarence Kolb). After a slow-moving hour or so, the film picks up tremendously in the final reel when the kids are trapped in a copper mine cave-in, sparking a tension-filled rescue effect. A bit too syrupy sweet for modern tastes, Five Little Peppers at Home is redeemed by the cynical performance of Rex Evans as a sneering butler.

OUT WEST WITH THE PEPPERS (1940)
Once again in dire financial straits, the Pepper family is forced to pull up stakes and head westward. Upon arrival in the Wide Frontiers, the Pepper kids get into mischief in a lumber camp. As usual, the plot is resolved by Edith Fellows as eldest Pepper child Polly, who manages to stumble upon a financial windfall which proves beneficial not only to her family but practically everyone else in the film.

 

FIVE LITTLE PEPPERS IN TROUBLE (1940)
Unable to watch over her kids and go to work at the same time, Mrs. Pepper bundles the little Peppers off to boarding school. The Five Little Peppers in Trouble is just so “cute”; you take it from there. The six are packed off to an elite boarding school. The other students, all rich kids led by queen bee June (Shirley Mills), won’t associate with these common public school intruders. Although all six are in the same boat, the focus is almost completely on Polly; Fellows gets to do some singing when they hold tryouts for the school’s musical.

 

 

May you have a peaceful Sunday watching vintage movies and eating sandwiches!

~Melissa

Copyright 2017 By Melissa O’Connot

 

 

A Great Day For The Irish

A Great Day for the Irish with Little Nellie Kelly (Judy Garland)……and Irish Freckle Bread?

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It’s a Great Day For The Irish…

In Ireland, Jerry Kelly marries his sweetheart, Nellie Noonan  over the objections of her ne’er-do-well father, Michael Noonan , who swears never to speak to Jerry again, even though he reluctantly accompanies the newlyweds to America, where Jerry becomes a policeman, and all three become citizens. Michael continues to hold his grudge against Jerry, even when Nellie dies while giving birth to little Nellie.

And here is Judy Garlands only death scene …….

Years later, Jerry is now a captain on the police force, and little Nellie (also played by Judy Garland) has grown up as the spitting image of her mother. When Nellie becomes enamored of Dennis Fogarty, the son of Michael’s old friend Timothy Fogarty , the squabbling between Nellie’s father and grandfather intensifies, as Michael objects to the romance, and finally leaves home because of it.

Eventually, the three generations are reconciled, and Nellie and Dennis remain a couple.

 

Judy entertains us with her lovely voice singing ‘A GREAT DAY FOR THE IRISH’

Along with a traditional song ‘ A Girls Milking Her Cow’ sung partly in Irish – Gaelic

 

IN MY IRISH KITCHEN

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Cead Mile Failte Romhat!
( A hundred thousand welcomes to you!)

For our tay time and movies snack let’s try a wee bit of freckles bread……

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Irish Freckle Bread…..mmmmm

 

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May The Fairies Luck Go with you !

~Melissa

 

Copyright 2017 By Melissa O’Connor

 

Just Another ‘Perfect Day’

It was another chilly, blustery day, rain clouds were brewing in the distance –  indeed it was /  is a   “Perfect Day” to steep a pot of tea and indulge in The World of Peter Rabbit. This is one of my favorite version of  Beatrix Potter’s stories!  I was at first enjoying these whimsical little tales playing in the background on my computer while I went about some daily task – washing up some dishes, cleaning ceiling fan, dusting –  this then called for some therapeutic – meditative style knitting ( you know the kind you get while knitting my Tasha Tudor style Cottage shawl  – the pattern is  available in my etsy shop 😉  ) and a nice cup of tea. While going about my task  slowly, calmly taking in the words of these lovely little stories realizing once again that there is indeed some deeper meaning in these little tales of Beatrix Potter’s, I also took notice of the music – very mystic, celtic sounding, that was played at the beginning and end of each episode lending to that serene, calm atmosphere of my day. I just had to find out the name of that song  – that voice! I  did a little google search – as one does!   I found the song to be  “Perfect Day” by Miriam Stockley!

I thought you might enjoy listening to the song while you start some soup!

 

Perfect Day – With Beatrix Potter and Miriam Stockley.

Perfect Day

The rain has moved on
And left a new day
Nothing seems to move everything is still
It’s just a perfect day

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A perfect moody day!

 

The shadows and light
That move with the wind
Hidden violets grow splashed with summer spray
Just another perfect day

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On the wild and misty hillside
Fear is nature’s warning
Hunger here is never far away

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On the wild and misty hillside
Fear is nature’s warning
Hunger here is never far away

And all of this world
Is for children who play
Days that never end always should remain
Another perfect day

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Another Perfect Day!

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A  “Perfect Day”  to enjoy watching / listening to The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends.  It will keep playing all episodes – Enjoy another perfect day!

Here you can enjoy my post about Squirrel Nutkin and his friend scamper who stopped by to visit us while on one of our camping adventures. I also share some fun information about Beatrix Potter:

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A Perfect Day in my world would also include a nice bowl of my vegetable soup….. so today I think we will call it Peter Rabbit’s Vegetable soup! 😉

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First thing is to go to Mr McGregor’s garden and gather your ingredients – fresh is best.

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Peter Rabbit’s Vegetable soup.

“Soup is to the meal, what the hostess smile of welcome is to the party…”                                                         ~’The Soup Book’ 1949 Louis P De Gouy 

Do you start your meal with soup? I usually have it as a  meal  accompaniment with a sandwich or crackers and cheese.

 

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Pretty Carrots!!

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mmmm….carrots, cabbage, celery, leeks, potatoes, squash…..

Yes Peter, these are just a few of the vegetable we all love.

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Veggie,herbs and spices of choice. It’s your soup

I start by dicing:

1 leek or onion

4-6 ribs celery

4 – med carrot

1 red, yellow and /or orange bell peppers

4  med to large tomatoes

– diced potatoes

1/2 – Med head of cabbage cut into desired size chunks

1 Each of Yellow squash and zucchini squash, diced

Saute in olive oil. I then stir in

6 -10 fresh chopped tomatoes

I then put the lid on and let this simmer.

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Another perfect day soup!

After you have simmered this briefly – 10 – 15 minutes.                                                                       Add more of the same and more vegetables but chopped this time.

 

2- Potatoes 2- ribs – celery (optional, I like celery) 1 – Each yellow and zucchini squash, chopped cabbage if you like, and….. other vegetables that you enjoy……

 

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Maybe you like turnips, parsnips. I do I enjoy that little surprise bite of tangy tartness.

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I love Green Beans in my soup.

After you have added all the vegetables you like, fill the pot with water to cover the vegetables and boil adding more water as needed.

Seasoning:

1- 4 Tbsp Dried dill –   chives and Tarragon  are also a tasty addition but optional                                           2 – Tbsp  onion flakes (yes, in addition to what you have already added)                                                    salt and Pepper  ( I use celtic / grey salt)

I do not like to over season so as not to lose or over power the wonderful flavors that the vegetable seep into the broth, that is why we start with small diced vegetables most of these will cook down into the broth.

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Mmm… something smells good in there.

“There is nothing like a plate or a bowl of hot soup,                                                                                Its wisp of aromatic steam making the nostrils quiver with anticipation…..”                                                ~ ‘The Soup Book’ 1949 ~ Louis P De Gouy 

 

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“Soup is the song of the (my) hearth……. and (my) home”.

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Is the soup done yet!!!

When is it done ? Well how to you like your vegetables – real soft or a little more texture to them – it’s up to you!

When I turn the heat off I like to stir in:

2 – cups of spinach or mixed greens – just to wilt.

1/3 – cup Nutritional yeast optional

There are a few  options / additions :

I enjoy zoodles (AKA zucchini noodles)

1 can of beans – garbonzos are good in here, drain or add with liquid

pre-cooked noodles or rice

 

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As many of us are aware, Tasha also admired Beatrix Potter you can find recipes at her families site, to enjoy with todays soup. Tasha Tudor’s Corgi Cottage Soup  can be found in her Cookbook not only does it contain delicious family recipes but is accompanied by family stories related to each recipe and Tasha’s excellent water colors. There is now available a new – up-dated version of the cook book by Tasha’s grandson Winslow.

https://www.tashatudorandfamily.com/inspiration/recipes

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The Up-dated version of the cook book

 

~ Take Joy, Melissa 

 

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Here we come to “The End Of A Perfect Day” with Barbara Stanwick from the movie “Remember the Night”

 

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The end of a Perfect Day

I hope you do indeed have another “Perfect Day”

~ Take Joy, Melissa

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