Retro 40's ~ Ice Cold Milk and Cinnamon Roll Cookies!

Welcome !

I'm so happy you've stopped by for a visit ~ pull up a chair and help yourself to some icy milk and cookies fresh from the oven.

This week for Tablescape Thursday we're taking a trip in the Way-Back Machine.

Afternoon Milk and Cookies as may have been in the 1940's

Cinnamon Roll Cookies ~   

The taste and texture is very similar big cinnamon rolls ~ lots of cinnamon-sugar  filling, a crisp edge on the outside of the roll, tender center and a slight crackle from the glaze.   A tiny bit lighter in calories for 2011 ~ some of the butter has been replaced with applesauce.

Some of the last roses from the gardens ~ plucked yesterday, just in time as we had our first freeze of the season last night, so we'll say goodbye to the roses until late next spring.

Most of these are David Austin Heirloom, English Climbing roses; fragrant, prolific bloomers, dependable and hearty. *heart*

Of course the milk has to be chilled in a vintage glass milk bottle.

This one happened to be a lucky find recently at a local antique store.
Imagine my surprise when I spotted it on the very last aisle,  on my way out of the shop.

Yippee! A bottle from our hometown dairy in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

The same dairy products my sis, brother and I grew up with ~ delivered right to the porch by our friendly milkman.  You can probably imagine how my heart skipped a beat when I spotted this little prize. :)

From back in the day when there were dairy cows grazing the hills surrounding the Stanford University campus. 

(Note that both those hunky Stanford U. athletes as well
as little growing boys loved their Piers Dairy ice cream, as advertised on the back of the bottle.)

This one predates me; I barely remember the switch to brown glass milk bottles.

 The change from clear glass to brown occurred after it was discovered that milk develops flavor changes and nutrient loss ~ riboflavin (vitamin B2), vitamin A (particularly in added vitamin A), vitamin C, and added vitamin D when exposed to light.

As long as we're taking a trip down memory lane, I decided put the apples in a vintage Homer-Lauglin "Sunrise Brand" Dinnerware serving bowl, sold exclusively through Sears Roebuck as "first quality china", from the mid 1920's to early 40's. 

As much as I love the clean lines of modern, as well as old world, country-style rustic, I really like the detail on the older everyday US dishware.  

I acquired this one on the secondary market ~ I wonder what stories it could tell us . . .

The fluted luncheon dishes are vintage Staffordshire~ 
Manufactured by Myott the pattern is "Olde Chelsea" England.  

The rose is a David Austin English Heirloom, climber (Abraham Darby), intensely fragrant, prolific bloomer, and virtually disease free. I absolutely love David Austin Roses!

The tablecloth is vintage mid 40's - early 50's.
April Cornell napkins
Flower vases are vintage English stoneware Marmalade jugs
Swirl glasses are European "no name"

If you would like the recipe for the delicious Cinnamon Roll Cookies, you'll find them on Once Upon Plate the Recipes site ~ click HERE.

Thank you for visiting today!

I'm linking to Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch


Foodie Friday @  Designs by Gollum


  1. Everything looks beautiful and the cinnamon rolls look delicious!

  2. Oh yum! What a great setting and I love the milk bottle :o)
    The roses are gorgeous of course, Abraham Darby is sweet, named after the industrialist who built the first Iron Bridge which is about 18 miles from my home!
    Enjoy the week.
    Rose H

  3. Une très jolie publication... L'ensemble de vos photos sont si magnifiques, elles me donneraient envie de peindre certaines d'entre elles...
    En France, dans ma région (pas partout), j'arrive à trouver à acheter du lait cru de la ferme non pasteurisé. Avec je peux réaliser des fromages blancs, de délicieuses glaces...
    Les gâteaux me sembles hummm idéales pour une tasse de thé... je m'en vais voir votre recette.
    Gros bisous

  4. Love your unique milk bottles, so retro, and of course the cookies, gotta habe the cookies, thanks for sharing some fun memories for me...

  5. Such glorious photos and a shot back to another time. Your cookies look magnificent, only to be outdone by your roses.

    - The Tablescaper

  6. That's such a cool milk jug, and the cookies look too yummy.

  7. What a lovely post. Making a note to myself about your stunning David Austin roses. Your china and tablecloth remind me of my grandmother's table, and your cookies are absolutely adorable. Hope you have a wonderful night.

  8. Cinnamon rolls are one of my favorite treats. I love this idea making them into cookies! Sounds so delicious!

  9. Dear Mari
    I just had to come back and thank you so much for the sweetest comments. I really do appreciate them and sincerely hope your dream can come true!
    Rose H

  10. I'm having a hard time deciding which I like more - your lovely photos or your delicious cinnamon roll cookies - both are quite stunning!

  11. Gorgeous pictures and such a warm happy setting! It does take us back in time and the cookies look great:@)

  12. Oh this was FUN! What a lucky & nostalgic find your milk bottle was! I ADORE your vintage rose covered cloth & bowl and so envious of all your heirloom roses that you still have in bloom. I'm craving a cookie now with a tall, cold glass of milk :)

  13. They still deliver clear milk bottles here but I haven't seen the pint size ones in ages.

    I love these cookies they look so good and pretty. Would you be so kind as to share them at my virtual cookie swap and giveaway? All you need to do is mention them and provide the link to this post. I know everyone would love them and they'd be a nice addition to the selection we currently have.

    This was a fun post. Thank you for sharing.

  14. Looks delicious. Can't go wrong with cookies and milk. The cookies especially are unique.

  15. Hi Mari, I had to come visit my favorite foodie blog. :) Enjoyed this trip in the way-back machine! Funny.
    Also, I love how eloquently said 'secondary market', love that.
    Great job as always.

  16. Cinnamon rolls are one of my favorites, especially if warm. Your photos are fabulous, love the milk bottle...Christine

  17. Looks so good. Made me smile.:-)

  18. Oh wow! That "way back machine" sure works well! It looks like a genuine old photograph! Beautiful roses, so glad you caught them before the freeze!

  19. What a lovely setting for those delicious looking cookies. If they taste like cinnamon rolls my husband would LOVE them!

  20. Reminds me of my grandma and the cookies and fresh (from the milkman, lol) milk at her house :)


  21. It looks delicious! I love your photos!

  22. Mari, you have made milk and cookies into an art form! Such a nice walk down memory lane. I think it was a sad day when they started putting milk in plastic containers. I will definitely make these cookies! And, I would love to know what kind of camera you have. Your photos are so beautiful!


  23. What a lovely, nostalgic post!! Your photos are stunning. I can't wait to try the cookies with a big glass of milk!!!

  24. Gorgeous post Mary!
    What a find that milk bottle was!
    I love it!
    Making these cookies asap!
    L xo

  25. Thought id say hello while passing your blog by, and i hope you folks have a very nice weekend. We are maybe a little past fall peek colors for taking pictures of our tree's here in central Pennsylvania, but ill try anyway to go out one last time to snap some images. Richard from the Amish community of Lebanon Pennsylvania.

  26. Beautiful roses! They look so elegant and stunning on your vintage cloth. I'd love to drop by and sample those cookies, they look yummy! The Myott plates are very beautiful. Thanks for visiting me and your kind comments. Sorry I'm late getting back to you, I've been out of town!

  27. I wish I had a plate of those in the kitchen right now. Perfect comfort food. Haven't seen a glass milk bottle in years! (Although I've noticed Giada seems to have them on her show once in a while.)

  28. This whole post is chock full of GORGEOUS photos, Mari! A trip down memory lane indeed. The little milk bottle is a treasure, for sure & I love the vintage bowl you found as well.
    The cookies look luscious but me thinks you could make sawdust look scrumptious! LOL
    Well done!



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