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Monday, August 6, 2007

Fun Monday - #6 - Aprons and Tea Towels



Ms Cellania all the way over in the UK is the gracious host of Fun Monday this week. She is trying to keep us in the kitchen but it ain't happening here in VA.

Her assignment is:

'show your aprons' it can be your favourite or an unusual one or more than one. Be creative as you like; and secondly if, like me, you have lots of 'tea towels' that are brand new (or could be an old favourite) I would like to see those as well and hear the story behind the picture- was it a gift from a holiday, a present from auntie that you only use when she visits etc...........

I have accepted the assignment and will show you all TWO of the aprons that I own. I own them but have NEVER used them! My "try to keep my clothes clean" approach is to use a paper towel sitting on the counter or say "the heck with it" and wipe my hands on my pants or whatever I am wearing !

I don't have a clue how I obtained this first one.



It is authentic - the real thing - straight from an A&W (I didn't swipe it - that much I do know - but evidently someone did!)



I do have memories of visiting cousins in Essex Junction, VT as a child and walking down the street from their house to get a big frosty mug of root beer at the drive up type of establishment that A&W used to be. No paper cups - a real mug that was cold! Of course, you had to stay there to drink it because you couldn't keep the mug. Not like the fast food joints of today, that's for sure! And come to think of it, I don't think there was inside seating. You drove your car up to the "lane" spots (kinda like a parking spot under a tin roof) and someone came out to take your order. They put one of those tray thingys on your almost rolled down all the way window and then brought the food out to you.

Don't know how I got it though ... maybe it was years later, after the cousins had grown up and left home - my aunt may have given it me ? Haven't got a clue. Do they still use that style at the places today (you know, you go in and you have your choice of A&W or Long John Silvers). It just isn't the same - those truly were the good old days back then.

I know where I got the second one !!


Bet you can figure it out too!

It was a blood donation gift - one of many that I have received. I have given quite a few a them away but I think I still have one in the original packaging if anyone would like it.

I do have many memories of my grandmother in her kitchen ALWAYS wearing an apron. Making things from "scratch" - especially those delicious donuts that she would make in the frying pan (no written down recipe, either). She never made the "holes" for she and my grandfather but always made them (rolled in sugar) for us kids if she knew we would be there. We always looked forward to her package at Christmas because there were always bags of donut holes inside. No one could ever make them as good as she. How I wish she were still here with us - Christmas has never been the same since she passed away.

And for the tea towels, I don't have any. Well, maybe some packed away somewhere that had belonged to either of my grandmothers but I wouldn't have a clue as to where they would be. My Mom probably has some but I don't have the time to fly to CO to take a picture before this day is over.

This will just have to do in their place ....



It would have been a bit more appealing if he hadn't had on long pants and a sleeved shirt but you get the idea don't you? (He is my nieces' uncle and he cooked the food at her baby shower)

Sorry this is so late - of course I had to work late again - that shouldn't be allowed on Mondays (it makes my post late)! Be sure to check out everyone else's aprons and make sure you stop by and visit Misslionheart - it can't be missed !

11 comments:

Tiggerlane said...

I like the man apron...and I figure it's a good idea to make the blood donor apron RED, don't you?

Pamela said...

I was discussing the frosted mug and the window latched tray with someone recently. That was before cans... and the rootbeer was wonderful Maybe it was only wonderful because it was an uncommon treat for us. Still, the whole event was fun - not just the drinks.

I couldn't figure out the man apron until I clicked to make it big. bwaa ha ha ha ha.

I want my own man apron 8-]

theotherbear said...

I have never seen a fast food place where you get the tray on the windwo like that. I think I saw it in the movies. They may not have been big here.

Madenglishwoman! said...

Thanks for the link!

Have a great week

ChrisB said...

You've got a couple of great aprons there and I last picture was a hoot!!:)

Amy W said...

LOVE that last one!!

CPA Mom said...

oh goodness, what memories this brought back. Going to A&W with my dad and getting the root beer in those tiny frosted mugs you could keep...

We have Doumar's here - same drive up lanes just like A&W was...next time you come, I'll take you. They invented the waffle cone too. So we'll have to sample them in the interests of research...

Rachel said...

Great aprons!! The only A&W we have is in the mall here, but I loved going there when I was little and getting a hotdog! Mmmmmmmm!

SJ said...

A&W or Long John Silvers? Here in my world it's A&W and KFC. Odd.

And HEY! I have that same red donor apron, I wonder where I got it from.....

And thanks for reminding me about Grandma's doughnuts, they were the best, and also I miss them. I remember her always wearing an apron - always.

And the Man Apron was funny! Leave it up to Ricki....

BS said...

In this neck of the woods KFC is paired with Taco Bell in some places and with Pizza Hut in others. Evidently ALL owned by the same parent company !! Greedy little S.O.B.s (Don't seem to go to any of them 'cept Taco Bell cause it's cheap and not as greasy as the others.

Beccy said...

Love the last apron!