Saturday, 31 March 2012

Mad Makes

Yesterday I made some cushion covers for the sofa cushions, which I have to say, I really like.

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They are made from remnants of vintage fabric which I picked up for a couple of pounds on Ebay. The backing is some very cheap lining satin, which I bought on line, with no purpose in mind (to check the quality really). My sewing is still seriously wonky, but I love the fabric so much I am managing to overlook the wonky-ness and just enjoy them.

In the evening we reclined out on our new cushion covers and watched the 2 hour special season opener of MAD MEN. We really love this show, and we were so excited to see it return after a 2 year break, we had a Mad Men themed evening.

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For Duncan I bought 3 different drinks from The Authentic Cocktail Co, Bourbon and coke, Whiskey and ginger and Gordons Gin and tonic.(aprox £1 a tin)

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For myself, it was bitter cranberry juice and lemonade, with a cocktail sick and cherries of course.

For snacks, we used the Mad Men Hors d' oeuvres suggestions

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INGREDIENTS (makes 4 cups of spread)
1 (4 ounce) jar chopped pimiento peppers 1 large onion, grated
1 pound shredded Cheddar cheese 1 dash Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon mayonnaise 1 pinch garlic powder
ground black pepper to taste
In a medium bowl, mash the pimientos using a fork. Mix in cheese, onion, Worcestershire sauce and mayonnaise. Season with garlic
powder and black pepper. Chill until ready to spread over Ritz crackers (or any crackers you like — Ritz crackers give the snack a real
vintage vibe, though) and serve on a festive platter.

INGREDIENTS (makes 16 portions)
8 eggs ¹⁄3 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 1 drop hot pepper sauce, or to taste
2 tablespoons creamy horseradish sauce salt and pepper to taste
1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes 1 teaspoon paprika
Place the eggs into a saucepan in a single layer and fill with water to cover the eggs by an inch. Cover the saucepan and bring the water to
a boil; remove from the heat and let the eggs stand in the hot water for 15 minutes. Drain the hot water and cool the eggs under cold
running water in the sink; peel the cooled eggs.
Cut the chilled eggs in half lengthwise. Place the yolks into a mixing bowl and set the whites aside. Mash the yolks with a fork until smooth;
stir in the mayonnaise, Worcestershire sauce, horseradish sauce, hot sauce, salt and pepper. Spoon the yolk mixture into a heavy plastic
bag; snip a corner off the bag to create a ½-inch opening. Pipe the yolks into the egg white halves. Sprinkle with parsley and paprika to

INGREDIENTS (makes 8 servings)
1 (10 ounce) can refrigerated crescent roll dough
4 slices American cheese
1 (16 ounce) package cocktail sausages
Preheat oven to 375°. Lightly grease a large baking sheet. Separate crescent rolls. Flatten rolls and cut into triangles measuring 1½ inches
on each side. Cut each cheese slice in half. Wrap each sausage in a half cheese slice, then a triangle of dough. Place on prepared baking
sheet. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes, until golden. Serve warm, speared with toothpicks, on a decorative plate. Try putting out
some different mustards for dipping!

(we used vegi sausages)

There are more suggestions on the MM site for cocktails and MM inspired menu's.

I also wore this dress

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Which again is winky wonky but I enjoyed sewing it and the fabric is vintage inspired, and I love it.

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I will probably always call it my Mad Men dress now lol.

Did you see the show? They ran real 1960s ads in the breaks, totally amazing.


Have a lovely weekend.




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