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Discovering 1974 One Bite at a Time

Note: The first book in The Michelle Kilpatrick Mystery Series (working title) occurs at a mid-sized midwestern college and surrounding communities in 1974.

1974. President Nixon resigned. The UPC Bar Code was introduced. Flares were in, and polyester reigned supreme. The Jackson 5’s “Dancing Machine” and Barbara Streisand’s “The Way We Were” were in the top five singles of 1974, while sit-coms All in the Family, Sanford and Son, and Chico and The Man claimed the top three spots for the 74-75 season.

It was also the time when, in the midwest, pizza became mainstream. Yogurt was marketed as the new option for healthy eating and, I might add, for those who needed to lose a few pounds after eating all the pizza and McDonald’s new Egg McMuffin. A Jell-O Salad and a Tuna Casserole were standard-fare at family reunions, and no church function was complete without its version of a punch made with a quart of melted ice cream.

Whether you’re feeling nostalgic or simply want to step back in time, here are some recipes to help you capture 1974 one bite at a time.

Wacky Cake


Watergate Salad

Jell-O Salad

Poke Cake

Banana Breeze No-Bake Pie

Cherry Breeze Cheesecake Pie

Punch with Vanilla Ice Cream

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New Work in Progress

Yeah, the first draft of my debut cozy mystery novel is completed. I have sent it off to a few readers for their input and then the first of many revisions will begin. I am going to take a couple of weeks off from writing to reinvigorate my inner being. The biggest problem facing me is what to do first. Yikes! Design my dream house? Make my own sourdough bread? Study black and white photography techniques? My list goes on and on.

With the internet at our fingertips, I think the world of learning new things becomes daunting. There is just so much to learn and to explore. A lifetime hardly seems long enough and I think that is where life gets even more confusing. It is easy to become paralyzed and not make a decision when there are so many options in front of us and we fear making the wrong one, so we don’t make any at all.

Thank goodness for what I like to call the low-consequence decisions in life – those decisions that even if we make the wrong ones are not going to impact our lives negatively. Sometimes we just have to go with the decision that brings us the most joy at that moment in time. Maybe today I dig out my photography book and tomorrow I start my bread. The main thing is not what I decide to do, but rather is to decide to do something.