Vintage Top Hat Guy In A Stocking

    Christmas Stocking Top Hat Man

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    There are times when you see something you like and you must grab it and put it in a post immediately. I like the Fortune caption. It does seem appropriate for Thanksgiving except for the stocking, but I think it would be an alternative to the ever popular Elf on a Shelf. This is a Top Hat Guy in a Stocking. Think it will catch on? I like the concept of a good luck guy more than a tattle-tale elf, but that’s only my personal opinion.

    This guy reminds me of the Monopoly Man, but he’s younger. Now there’s Edgar Bergen’s  Charlie McCarthy “dummy” he made popular. Huh? You may be saying. Yes, it was quite a long time ago so I’ll show you a picture:

    Do you see the resemblance? Yes? I thought you might. In any event, this Top Hat Guy in a Stocking caught my eye when I was looking for another vintage picture. 

    See how easy it is to get side-tracked? 

    I can’t tell you how many vintage pictures I’ve gone through . . . didn’t find the one I was searching for, but this one works better with the story I planned to tell you.

    Come back here!

    My father’s Uncle Al was a real story teller. He had some great adventures growing up. He was the youngest in his family, so he was always competing with his older brothers and sisters. He decided he was going to supply the Thanksgiving Turkey for the family one year. Well, I have to tell you that Uncle Al’s best intentions sometimes didn’t work out as planned.

    You see, he and a friend met a man at the train depot. The boys could always find work for a few dimes around there. I know a few dimes doesn’t seem like much money, but back it those days a dime went a long way.

    The man told them that a load of turkeys was coming in and he needed to hire some boys to take them to the various butcher shops in town for him. They were going to get a quarter for their efforts. 

    In those days the turkeys would be delivered alive and the butcher . . . well, the butcher did what a butcher does to prepare turkeys for his customers to buy and cook for Thanksgiving.

    Uncle Al had a big wagon his brothers made for him with tall wooden planks built up on the sides. He was sure he could get a few turkeys in there and be able to earn his quarter, but his friend was able to get a real horse drawn wagon they could use. The only problem was the friend’s father and older brother came along.

    Now, Uncle Al was content with his quarter and his wagon, but the friend’s father was haggling over the price. And in the meantime while the men were talking, the older brother let the turkey’s out of their cages.

    As you can imagine, turkeys were running all over the place. 

    The man yelled, “Catch ’em!”

    Uncle Al took off pulling his wagon behind him. He was determined to catch a turkey or two. Even if the depot man wouldn’t pay him, maybe the butcher would . . . or at least dress one for their Thanksgiving dinner.

    Those turkeys give him a mighty chase. Uncle Al was exhausted. He rested beside his wagon to catch his breath.

    From under some bushes on the side of the dirt road, he heard some faint gobbles. He watched. He waited. He slowly got to his feet.

    Not one, but two turkeys came at him!

    He grabbed one and put it in his wagon and chased after the second one.

    The turkey in the wagon was making lots of noise. Uncle Al stopped. The turkey he was chasing stopped. Then the strangest thing happened. The turkey he was chasing came up to the wagon and was trying to get inside. Uncle Al picked it up and went on his way down the dirt road for home with his two turkeys.

    All thoughts of a Thanksgiving turkey dinner were forgotten. Those two turkeys lived in the back yard for many years.

    Just for the record, Uncle Al did bring home a turkey for Thanksgiving . . . 

    I hope you enjoyed the story and can appreciate the little Top Hat Guy in the Stocking. I’ll work on figuring out how to make something with him. You may be way ahead of me 🙂

    May you have a Happy and Prosperous Thanksgiving!

    Thanksgiving Week Goodies

    First off, I must say to family and friends — the youngsters . . . I am so very envious that you get a whole week off from school to celebrate Thanksgiving. When I was your age . . . I got 2 days . . . 2 . . . count them 1 . . . 2 days — Thursday and Friday.

    All right, I’m an adult . . . I’m over it . . . two stinking days. . . and they get a whole cotton picking week . . . a whole week!

    Enough foolishness! I have things to put together so your week . . . will be great with goodies . . . 

    Thanskgiving Nutter Butter Turkeys by 7th House on the Left This little turkey has lots of pieces to put in place. Have you guessed all the ingredients? And . . . you can change them to make them original to you.

    Here are the ingredients . . . how many did you get right?

    • Nutter Butter Cookies — that was a give-away with the peanut shape, but you could use Vienna Fingers if peanut butter isn’t your thing
    • Mini M&Ms — use the brown ones to be traditional or go a bit wild, you’re creating these turkeys — you can also use those candy eyes
    • Betty Crocker White Cookie Icing — this is a must use for taste and the glue quality — you don’t want it falling apart 
    • Jelly Bellys — yellow, red and orange
    • Reeses Peanut Butter Cups — hummmm, if peanut butter isn’t your things . . . you’ll have to work on that one . . . or use another Nabisco Famous Chocolate Wafer Cookie or a whole Nabisco Oreo Cookie — whew I thought of an alternative 🙂
    • Nabisco Famous Chocolate Wafer Cookies — if they’re not in the cookie section of your store, you’ll find them in the ice cream section
    • Candy Corn

    Now, just follow the picture and before you know it you created a delicious cookie turkey! And since you bought all the ingredients you might as well make a whole bunch of them. A “rafter” of turkeys . . . not a flock . . . or a gobble . . . since you have a whole doggone week off, you should still learn something!

    Moving on, we have this handsome fellow:


     Once again, do you know what you need to make these adorable turkeys? Maybe this is just too easy, but it’s lots of fun!

    Here’s what you’re going to need (some left overs from the above recipe will work fine):

    • You can use Double Stuff Oreo Cookies or the regular ones for the base and the tail feather base
    • Candy Corn for the tail feathers
    • Whoppers for the head — did you guess this one?
    • Mini Peanut Butter Cups — here we go again . . . will Rolos work or are they too small? I think they’re too small . . . maybe a chocolate covered marshmallow will work . . . think about it . . . 
    • Betty Crocker Frosting in the tubes: Chocolate, Yellow, Red and Black
    • You can make the eyes with frosting or go for the candy eyes

    Now, putting these together may be a challenge.

    1. I usually like to begin from the bottom up, but this time we’re going to start with the tail feather Oreo cookie . . . put some chocolate frosting inside to hold the candy corns as you place them around the top section or do it however you like . . . top of the tail feathers or add a few more for a fuller look . . . up to you. I also cut off the white tips to use for the beak . . . it also helps to have a flat surface on your candy corn to stick in the chocolate frosting. Just my preference.
    2. Put down an Oreo cookie — this is your base. Use some chocolate frosting to “glue” the tail feather Oreo to the base Oreo.
    3. While the chocolate frosting is setting . . . unwrap your mini Peanut Butter Cups . . . with the bottom up and using a sharp knife (kids don’t do this part) cut a sliver off of one side using a sawing motion to keep from breaking the whole peanut butter cup. You’re making a flat surface and a nice little taste . . . 
    4. Once you finish sawing a flat spot in all the peanut butter cups, carefully flip over your stuck together Oreo cookies — you now want the tail feathers on the table . . . and the base up in the air. The flat spot you made in your peanut butter cup is going to be “glued” with chocolate frosting to the Oreo base . . . and the top of the peanut butter cup is going to be “glued” to the Oreo feather (candy corn) holder . . . 
    5. Keep the Oreos in this position . . . the frosting needs time to set. Next comes the Whopper . . . that’s the turkey head . . . the back of the head is “glued” with chocolate frosting to the Oreo cookie tail piece . . . also glued on top of the peanut butter cup . . . you’ve created a flat turkey belly with the bottom of the peanut butter cup now a round head with the whopper . . . check out the picture . . . don’t want you putting the head in the wrong place . . . whooperturkeyhead_edited-1Is this how your turkey cookies look?  If not, then my directions stink! This is how it’s supposed to look on your work space . . . glue on the white candy corn tips for the beaks and do the eyes however you choose to do them . . . with frosting or those candy eyes . . . 
    6. Another lesson!!! Whoopeee!!! What’s that red thing you’ll be adding across the beak and down to one side? It’s not a “gobble gobble” and it’s not a “wattle” . . . give up? It’s a “snood” . . . yes a “snood”. I’d go into more detail about the thing, but we’re working with food here and “snood” completes your lesson 🙂
    7. Once the beak has set and is staying in place . . . gently flip the cookies over to set on its base with the tail feathers up in the air . . . like the first picture . . . Now, with the turkey sitting properly, you can add the red snood. (Aren’t you glad you learned what that thing is??!!)
    8. Give the little guy some yellow frosting feet and I think you’re done!

    All right, one more . . . a Pilgrim hat:

    This is so easy . . . I’m almost cheating on this one! Here’s the picture:

    Do you know the ingredients for this Pilgrim Hat? Need a hint? There are only four ingredients:

    • Chocolate-Striped Shortbread Cookies
    • Package of Chocolate Chips or Chocolate Candy Melts
    • Marshmallows
    • Tube of yellow decorators’ frosting — I go for Betty Crocker, but you can choose what you like

    Putting the Pilgrim Hats together:

    1. Cover a tray with wax-paper and set the Chocolate-Striped cookies stripes down, chocolate side up . . . give them some space between cookies
    2. Melt the chocolate chips or chocolate candy melts in the microwave or a double boiler
    3. One at a time, stick a toothpick into a marshmallow and dip it into the melted chocolate, covering it completely.
    4. Center the chocolate covered marshmallow on top of the shortbread cookie.
    5. Gently remove the toothpick and dip the remaining marshmallows, etc.
    6. Chill the hats in the refrigerator until the chocolate sets.
    7. Once chilled, pipe a yellow frosting buckle on the front of each hat.

    All done!

     There you have three Thanksgiving themed goodies the kids can help you make.

    Thanks for stopping by!  Have a Happy Thanksgiving!!!



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    Thanksgiving Day Ghosts


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    Grandma’s house was always a busy place for the holidays.

    I remember seeing more than the relatives that were busy in the kitchen preparing our Thanksgiving Day dinner. I knew to keep still and quiet or I’d be rushed out of the kitchen and maybe out of the house. Sometimes that wasn’t so bad when the wind wasn’t blowing or it wasn’t raining. 

    I did like going to the train depot to see people coming and going. It was much busier than Grandma’s kitchen.

    With my dad in charge of us, he’d always find something for us to eat to keep us happy and the hunger pains away.

    Sometimes we’d go to pick up a relative or just go for the activity of the place.

    My dad’s brother, John, and his Uncle Al would sometimes join us. Uncle Al always had stories to tell. The problem with Uncle Al’s stories was that you never knew when the truth spun off into fantasy. Nevertheless, they were entertaining.

    In those days, the stores were closed on Thanksgiving Day.

    You had to be prepared. And you had to be prepared in case a relative didn’t bring what they promised. There was, however, a corner market that was run by an elderly couple who took pity on the forgetful Thanksgiving Day non-planners and were opened from 6 AM to noon. Of course, we paid them a visit.

    Uncle John had Grandma’s list. We were getting ready to check out when I saw my Great-Grandma. I knew Grandma forgot something on the list she gave Uncle John. I told my dad we needed more yams, butter, coffee, brown sugar and some spices. My father didn’t hesitate to follow me as I followed Great-Grandma to collect some necessary items. Uncle John soon discovered that I had a second sense about such things. This saved us a second trip to the little market. He’d sometimes add a few items for good measure.

    While we were waiting for the turkey to be done, Uncle Al told us a story about the year he decided to get the family turkey.

    “Well, being the youngest, I had to come up with something special to outdo my older brothers,” Uncle Al began. “I listened very carefully to their Thanksgiving plans and those of my sisters. Not one of them mentioned the turkey. So I announced one day at breakfast that I’d provide the turkey for Thanksgiving Day.

    “There were doubts that I could do such a thing, but no one stopped me from my grand gesture.

    “I had worked out a deal months before with my friend Leo and this guy we met at the train station. He had turkeys coming in and needed them delivered to the various butcher shops in town.

    “Leo’s father had a wagon we could use. We were excited and met the man after school at the depot. The only problem we had was that Leo’s father met us there and started haggling about the price we’d be paid. 

    “I stood back. I told the guy I’d deliver the turkeys at the agreed upon price. Before I knew what was happening, one of the cages with the live turkeys inside opened. There were turkeys running all over the place. Then another cage opened and then a third. The man yelled, ‘Catch ’em!’

    “I took off at a dead run after one, then one came behind me and I thought I’d be able to catch it. I was running all over the place. I finally caught one and held on for dear life. I got pecked a time or two, but I kept my grip. This was going to be our Thanksgiving dinner.

    “I was walking down the dirt road for home. I was getting tired. That turkey was heavy.

    “‘What do you have there, Al?'” my eldest brother Fred asked.

    “‘Our Thanksgiving turkey,'” I answered proudly.

    “My brothers helped me up in the old truck with the turkey. They tied up the turkey so I could rest my arms. 

    “When we got home, my brothers made a pen for the turkey.

    “Well, the closer we got to Thanksgiving, I got attached to that old turkey. First mistake, don’t name your food. Second mistake, don’t get attached to your food. Third mistake, have a plan as to how to make a turkey dinner. I’d never killed and plucked a turkey before. I was sure Mom or one of my brothers would volunteer.

    “As it turned out, with all the turkeys that were let loose at the train depot, some were still running loose. Fred brought one home. He did the deed and we had turkey for Thanksgiving. But my sisters were eyeing Tom in the cage and thinking he would be just right for Christmas dinner.”

    I saw Great-Grandma smiling at her youngest son. I got the impression this was the first time Uncle Al told a story as it actually happened, but I did wonder and had to ask, “Did you eat Tom for Christmas?”

    Everyone laughed. 

    I had to wait until Christmas for Uncle Al to continue his story.


    ©Sharon Harvey    11/2014

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