Episode 15A: Betty Crocker and our first Giveaway!

Posted 12 October 2011 by

In this minicast, we have a little discussion about the history of Betty Crocker. (You know she wasn’t real, right? We’re going with the fictional character theme.)

We talk history of this brand icon and the times she was not only created, but the many years that she has endured and changed. You may find out some things that you didn’t know ( like she started on radio).  Or you may just end up wanting to go bake something. It really could go both ways, too. Why don’t you bake something WHILE you listen?

Original Betty Crocker image for radio show, 1927 courtesy General Mills archives

Latest reincarnation

 Watch this vintage Betty Crocker cake commercial : The men sure love it – and so will your bridge club!



For our very first ever giveaway we are offering up two very stylish, vintage inspired aprons made by our  dear friend, and Susan’s personal apron supplier- Other Susan.  We picked out the fabrics, and Other Susan did the rest.

First prize: Two-in-one, custom- made, vintage inspired apron.


Work it, Kitten, work it! ( Same apron, now a hostess style)

Second Prize! Custom, full practical apron (This is the style Susan runs around her neighborhood wearing. *sigh*)

Close up of main fabrics.

Yes, the apron is a symbol of some less than feminist qualities—but dang it! These are cute and- in the words of Beckett  when she saw these pictures, “That’s being a true chick! Do what you do and damn the rest!”

Want one? Post a comment to THIS shownote, telling us who your favorite TV Mom is (any era).  On October 30, 2011-mid dayish- we will do a random drawing of the names and pick two winners. Make sure that the email you supply us with when you post your comment (it  does not appear on posted comments) is one that you monitor so that we can get the shipping details from the winners. Good luck!

(Here is a link to Other Susan’s Etsy shop, From Pieces.http://www.etsy.com/shop/FromPieces She does custom work as well as featuring some pieces in her shop.)

Before we leave the 1950’s behind, thank you for listening! We are nominated in the Education category for the 2011 People’s Choice Podcast Awards! If you would like to vote, and it is before October 27th, 2011–click this link! Thank you! http://podcastawards.com/

13 Responses to Episode 15A: Betty Crocker and our first Giveaway!

  1. Dee Kridel says:

    Peggy Wood as Mama Hansen in “I Remember Mama” from 1949-1957

  2. Bradley Morgan says:

    My favourite TV Mom was Lily Munster. She was a voice of reason in an otherwise INSANE household. She was also strong enough to beat Herman in an armwrestle, or to knock Him out with ONE punch.

  3. Liz Andreakos says:

    I LOVE LUCY! I would watch her on Nick-at-Nite. I recently realized that Fresh Prince was on Nick-at-Nite! Which seemed crazy to me because that was what I grew up with. I always loved Lucy because she wanted to be involved. To me, she was always saying, “no way is this just a man’s world – here’s my creative plan to get a piece of that pie!”. I really loved that show, and her character. And I really LOVE this Podcast. Keep up the fantastic work.

  4. Andrea says:

    Clair Huxtable! She was such a smart lady, and her kids couldn’t get away with anything.

  5. Beth says:

    Wilma Flintstone & Betty Rubble!

  6. Virginia says:

    Seconding Andrea in saying Claire Huxtable. She was smart, sassy, AND bilingual, and she ALWAYS kept Cliff in line. We knew who the real boss in that house was!! 🙂

  7. Jeannette says:

    I never really had a favorite mom, I loved them all, but I have to say the one that made me smile was Marion Ross as Mrs. Cunningham on Happy Days. She always seemed like so much fun. I also loved Claire Huxtable who was everything I wanted to be when I grew up, brilliant, sassy, strong, and happy.

  8. Lauren says:

    Janet King from Road to Avonlea. She was just the perfect combination of compassion and sass.

  9. Katie Coulter says:

    My favorit 1950’s housewife has to be Donna Reed. I have not been a housewife for too long, but I think back to those shows and how I could try to be a like more calm like her when dealing with 3 crazy kids1 I think there is a reason they do not have toddlers in those shows.

  10. Laurie Thompson says:

    Karen Grassle as Caroline Ingalls. A true pioneer woman!

  11. Maggie says:

    My favorite TV mom is Claire Huxtable. She was a terrific depiction of a working mom. Also? Her ridiculous amount of coolness was an inspiration. Sometimes when my sons are misbehaving, I try to channel Claire.

  12. Lee says:

    Morticia Addams from the Addams Family, because she likes cobwebs as part of her decor. (I also liked Claire Huxtable but since several others have mentioned her, I’ll go with Morticia.)

  13. Pat Opfer says:

    My vote goes to Aunt Bea on the Andy Griffith show.. She wasn’t the Mom but she was the Mother figure . There are so many broken homes and so many Grandmothers, Aunts and even Sisters who step up to the plate when a child in their family needs love and a safe home. Aunt Bea still stands for “Mother Love” even for todays audiences. (But I am glad that I never did have a “Bea Hive” hairdo….. lol)

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