Monday, January 31, 2011

In Case You Didn't Know... Cooking Terms

The honeymoon's over and it's time to get cooking. If only Margie Blake, hapless newlywed, knew how. Lucky for Margie, help is at hand--in the form of what may be the most condescending voiceover ever recorded.
Produced in 1949, when every cook was measured by her jelly making ability.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Winner,Winner, Chicken Dinner!

...yeah,  so, there's no chicken,
but 100 Vintage and Creative gifts go to Kaitlin Berry!!
Congratulations on winning the 100 Day Giveaway!!

How did Kaitlin win?  Kaitlin left a comment which was dropped into a digital bowl.  Her comment was then drawn at random by the Linky Tool. 

Thanks to all those who entered and have been following the blog!   Sharing my finds and creations brings me joy.

Keep an eye out for another great giveaway coming up!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Sweetie Pie

Gearing up for Valentine's Day...
(Dearest Poodle, this one is for you, my dear!)

Yes, Please.

Are those... PINK marshmallows... next to the cocoa in the Tea Cup?!?!
Love, its delicious!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

On a Whim

My Idea Book
When I find a look or design I want to imitate or just simply love; when I have a thought of how to decorate or what to create, I put it in my Inspiration Book.
What should I put in my book?  Have a link to share?

Monday, January 24, 2011

Sunday, January 23, 2011

7 Days

There is just ONE WEEK left of my mega 100 Day Giveaway!

The lucky winner will receive 100 vintage and vintage inspired items to celebrate Victoria Nouveau's first 100 followers!

Giveaway includes:
15 yards of vintage fabric,

Box of 12 Vintage Inspired Parisian Postcards (and an adorable mini Eiffel Tower to mark your keys),

Vintage Teacups,

 Four Vintage Aprons,

Jars of Notions, Ribbons, and three vintage sewing patterns;
Vintage inspired paper packs, Four Crafting How-to Books and Four Vintage Chic Recipe Books;
2 Vintage Clutches (and one vintage inspired), Two Gorgeous Scarfs, and Five Floral Pins;
Modern Vintage Bible (Its a book and That's its title), and two Vintage Chic Decorative Vases; 
 your very own Idea Book, waiting for your finds, all packed in two vintage inspired totes.

All the comments are dropped into a digital bowl and one will be digitally chosen at random  on January 30th at 10 p.m! The winner will be announced on January 31st. The 100th Day Giveaway will be mailed to winner the following day, pending receipt of the mailing address.

To enter, CLICK HERE and leave a comment on the original post...
ALL COMMENTS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY 10 P.M. on Sunday January 30th to be includedin the drawing!

Good Luck!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Eating Like Rabbits

So, despite my incurable sweet tooth, J'adore a big salad .

I like grilled chicken on my big salad...

... with my homemade creamy pesto ranch dressing:

Whisk together:
3/4 cup oil
1 cup Plain Yogurt  (yes, you can use mayo if you'd rather...but doesn't that defeat the purpose?)
3/4 cup buttermilk
2 tablespoons grated Romano cheese
2 tablespoons crushed dried basil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 clove garlic, minced

What do you put on your big salad?

Friday, January 21, 2011

Its a Wrap!


Its time for you to get organized... and enjoy your house work as much as this dame

Congratulations to January's Giveaway winner!!


All comments requesting the giveaway were put into a digital drawing and selected at random.  Look for the next  Giveaway in Februrary! Vintage-theme organizer will  be mailed January 22nd -- pending receipt of  winner's address. Thank you for entering.

and be sure to enter the 100 day mega giveaway by clicking here!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Window Shopping


Totokaelo is marvelous for images for your idea book, but its not too kind to your pocketbook ... Luckily, you can find pretty much the same things at H & M for a lot less.

Totokaelo-- Totally cute or Total Bust?

Tuesday, January 18, 2011


Wow, 100 followers since January 1st!!

To celebrate 100 followers signing on, I'm doing a 100 giveaway!!
I'm giving away 100 things to one lucky follower!!

The winner of the 100th Day Giveaway will receive 
A Creative Vintage Life Starter Kit (of sorts):
Cookbooks, Vintage Fabric, DIY book, Vintage Notions, Vintage Post Cards, etc. all in a Vintage-Inspired Tote

How the drawing works
If you would like to be included in this mega giveaway, just leave a comment to this post! 
All the comments are dropped into a digital bowl and one will be chosen at random on January 30th at 10 p.m!   The winner will be announced  on January 31st.   The 100th Day Giveaway will be mailed to winner the following day, pending receipt of the mailing address
Victoria Nouveau will take cake care of all shipping and handling costs.

Good Luck

Saturday, January 15, 2011


It's time for a GIVEAWAY!
 Nothing will put a smile on your face quite like being organized! 
January's (and my first) giveaway  is this brand new
 LOVE LOVE LOVE the tabs, sections, folders, plastic card case, coupon holder, and document saver!
How could you not be organized with this?


All  comments from now until Friday January 21st will be entered into the drawing.

The winner will be announced January 21st. Victoria Nouveau will pay all shipping for the organizer.  Organizer will be shipped January 22nd.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

New Housewife Prep

1940's  Reproductions


A universally flattering look and relatively easy pattern to sew.
Classically Classy.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Its Hot and Its Cold

When its cold outside, nothing like..... um... ice cream (?) to warm your ... erm... heart! 
(Oh, come on, by now most of us have given up on the resolution of no more sugar, right??!!)

For this Baked Alaska, you'll need:
6 tablespoons sugar
3 large egg yolks
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted and cooled
3 large egg whites, room temperature
Pinch of salt
1 1/2 pints pistachio (or whatever you choose) ice cream, slightly softened
1 1/2 pints cherry ice cream (or some other treat) or berry sorbet, slightly softened
Swiss Meringue (So, if you don't know how to make merringue click here)
Vegetable-oil cooking spray

And here's what you do:
1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8-inch round cake pan with parchment paper, and spray with cooking spray.

2.Combine 3 tablespoons sugar and the egg yolks in bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment; whisk, on medium speed, until pale yellow and thick, about 15 minutes. Add vanilla, and fold in melted chocolate just to combine.

3.In a medium bowl, combine egg whites and pinch of salt in bowl of electric mixer; whip, on medium speed, until frothy. Add remaining 3 tablespoons sugar; beat until stiff. Fold egg whites into the chocolate mixture.

4.Carefully pour batter out into prepared cake pan. Bake until cake is set and top is dull, about 20 minutes. Remove from oven, and let cool on a wire rack.

5.Spray a small metal bowl with cooking spray; line with plastic. Pack base of bowl with pistachio ice cream; layer cherry ice cream over pistachio, then finish with another layer of pistachio ice cream (or layer other ice creams and sorbets as you desire-- But TRUST-- Pistachio and cherry is DELISH). Pack firmly, cover surface with plastic wrap, and place in freezer. Freeze until ice cream is very hard, at least 2 hours or up to 24 hours in advance.

6.Place cake on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Remove ice cream from the freezer, and invert bowl over cake. Keep the ice cream covered with plastic wrap, and return ice-cream cake to the freezer.

7.Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Spoon meringue over ice cream and swirl with a rubber spatula. If ice cream starts to soften, return cake to freezer for 15 minutes.

8.Place in oven, and bake until meringue just starts to brown, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from oven, and serve immediately.

Want to 'heat' things up with your Baked Alaska?  To make Bombe Alaska, cover the whole thing in Rum and light it up... Let me know how that works out for you...

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Random Recommendation...#1

I recommend doing what you love.

Wow!  I went from 14 followers quickly...
First Giveaway is Slated to begin on Saturday, January 15th!!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Might as well wear a potato sack

its not just for 16th century peasants anymore!
Recycled coffee bags are a fashion and environmental statement.

For the "If I were a Rich Man..." Look

"Darn those modern hippie do-gooders!"  Tom's burlap flat.
(  for more ways to  do good with your toes)

New Homemade Purse... Stenciled Fluer de Lis with Black Acrylic.

Adding a Flower (made from old ribbon) to this clutch = sweet and feminine.

Tip for working with Burlap:  Don't sew right on the edge & make sure every edge gets a hem. 
Burlap frays on the edges easily.

What do you think?? Shabby Chic or just Shabby??

Monday, January 3, 2011

In Case You Didn't Know... The Little Girl With the Big Voice

The epitome of a flapper, Marion Harris paved the way for women jazz singers and helped revolutionize the fashion for the Prohibition era. 

Marion Harris was introduced to listeners of NBC's radio programming as 'The Little Girl with the Big Voice'