Friday, July 30, 2010

A Sign of Something Good & '70s Crock Pots

I was at Valu Mart (a grocery store at Woodbine/Danforth) today. I was looking at the bulletin board to see if there were any advertised yard sales in the neighbourhood. What caught my eye was this wonderful letter calling on local residents to contribute to a big gift basket for a 61-year-old woman who was sexually assaulted recently at an east end cemetery. I remember reading about it in the paper and being utterly shocked that this would happen. Fortunately, police have apprehended the suspect, but the pain continues for the victim. I often read about stories of this nature in the paper and think I should do something, but I never do. I'm inspired by the person who has taken on this gift of healing and I will be contributing to the gift basket. If you live in Toronto, consider helping out by dropping off a small gift to the Body Shop on Queen St. E. by August 9th. Thank you, whomever you are. There are so many bad people in the world, but your kindness reminds me of all the good people out there. - Erin
On a very different note, I popped into the Value Village today. It wasn't a brilliant day for vintage treasures for the house. I saw a seventies linen tea towel that had stylized beer steins on it, but I didn't love it enough to hang it and I just don't need anymore tea towels for drying dishes. I did notice the crock pots (above). I think the golden age of crock pottery was the late seventies/early eighties. They must have been marketed towards working moms because I remember my mom getting one (probably as a gift from my dad - LOL) and telling me how it would make her life easier because she could throw ingredients into it in the morning and by the time she dragged her weary bones home from work - voila- stew! She probably didn't say "weary bones" to me, but I can only imagine that working and raising four kids left her with very weary bones.

Of course, as soon as we got a microwave oven, the love affair with the crock pot came to a crashing end. All the crock pots you see in thrift stores seem to be in those seventies earth tones and once again, feature the woodland motif. Fondu seemed to be big in the seventies and eighties, hence the fact that most fondu pots are orange or brown.

Have crock pots made a comeback? Do you have a seventies/eighties crock pot or fondu story. Dish on my comments.
Good luck tomorrow, everyone!


  1. Crockpots went out of style? What????? LOL I love my crockpot and could not live without it. We have two. One is that lovely golden brown with speckles on it made I am sure in the seventies and the other is a more modern version that holds 6 qts. Yes! I make it all in my crockpots. Soup, mac and cheese, pot roast and even meatloaf.

    Best Invention Ever!

  2. Leslie,
    What's the magic trick to cooking in a crock pot? I'm worried that I'd plan to make a coq au vin (however you spell that), and I'd come back home to find the carcass of a chicken dried up with my house almost on fire. How do you know the time to set it for, etc.

    I didn't realize crock pots hadn't gone away. Can you buy them new at Zellers or whatever?
    Thanks for the comments. I'm glad crock pots are still going strong.

  3. You can buy crock pots at Zellers or Canadian Tire! I got one as a gift around 5 years ago.

    There are a couple of magic tricks to cook in it...Here's a blog you might enjoy!

    I make picadillo,maroccan chicken, some kind of beef bourguignon and peach cake in it.

    If ever you are worried about burning down the house; yo can get a crock pot with an automatic shutoff or you can cook at night and put away the dish in the fridge after. I can't do that the smell makes me feel ickiy when I sleep (go figure). If ever you want to chat you know where to find me.

  4. Nope, crock pots are still going strong! The new ones even have adjustable settings. I cook in my (low tech) crock pot a 1-2 times a week. I love how you can put something in, season it, and forget it until it's time to eat. Check out this lady's website and the book she published last year.

  5. I had a crock pot in the 70's and have a newer one now. I love it. Great when you are gone for the day and come home to dinner.

    What a nice thing to help bring a smile to someone who has been attacked like that.

  6. We got a crock pot ( I almost wrote crack pot lol ) for a wedding present and even though we don't use it all the time I do like it. My son likes chicken drumsticks that are cooked in there.

    I love that people are helping this woman who was attacked. There is not enough of that these days, I don't think.


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