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Robert Frost

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Snow Moon

I'm behind a bit, the Full Moon Of February actually occurred on the second day of the month, alright... so I missed that. We are now in the phase called the Waning Gibbous, 82% of a Full Moon. Another blogger gave me the idea about the moon the other day, however it had been on my mind for a few weeks because of a cookbook, I'll explain a bit later.  First you probably want to know more about the February Moon.....

"Since the heaviest snow usually falls during this month, native tribes of the north and east most often called February's full Moon the Full Snow Moon. Some tribes also referred to this Moon as the Full Hunger Moon, since harsh weather conditions in their areas made hunting very difficult."           ~~~~ from The Farmer's Almanac

Therefore, this month, we have the lovely Snow Moon.  The moon is shining so bright these nights and reflecting off the snow, that we thought the neighbors had left a spotlight on outside.  Of course it was the beautiful Snow Moon instead.  I actually took these photos a few months ago, the clouds were illuminated by the reflecting light and made for some interesting images.

Now let me explain about why a cookbook has me thinking about the moon.  Well it is the illustration of course. As you look at the photo below you will see that the words "Cake Secrets" are encircled by a full moon.  That is what attracted me to the cookbook from the beginning, the gorgeous artwork on the front. The lovely swans on a moonlit lake with the dark blue background is just beautiful.

The photo below is of a cookbook from 1925, called "Cake Secrets".  Few of you have probably heard the name Igleheart in association with cake flour, but what about Swans Down? The Igleheart Brothers sold the company long ago, but Swans Down Cake Flour is still around today.

Cake Secrets Recipe Booklet from Igleheart Brothers which became know as Swans Down Cake Flour. Published in 1925 by Ingleheart Brothers of Evansville, IN.  This book sold a few weeks ago. If I ever come across another I will snatch it up!

I digitally cleaned up the image from the cookbook, removed the lettering and turned it into the lovely image above. Unfortunately the original artists name was not mentioned. 

Who knew that a cookbook could be so lovely?  I must say that so far this is the prettiest cookbook I've ever come across.  Everyday I find something beautiful to enjoy, whether it be a little cookbook, a fluffy cat or a blue sky.  I hope you find something enjoyable in your day too.

~~~ Diane ~~~


  1. Lovely photos, and I love that vintage cookbook and the imagery inside it!!! The music here, once again, is just wonderful, thank you so much for sharing, I always look forward to seeing your posts.

  2. Lovely recipe book! It was published the same year that my Mom was born.

  3. All the way back to 1925? Wow! That is amazing. A very lovely recipe book.

  4. I have to say, at first glance, pairing "cake secrets" with swans confused me!

    Gorgeous moon pictures.

    1. Oh yes, the flour was " as fluffy and light as a swans down ".

  5. Awesome recipe book! I love the pictures of the snow moon. I also loved hoe Jupiter was in such close proximity to it!

  6. Hi Diane, the image reminds me of a painting that used to hang in my childhood home. The painting was of swans, and the artist was Vernon Ward. He died in 1985 but there are lots of pictures of his work on Google.
    I really enjoyed your photos of the ‘Snow Moon’ thank you for sharing them and this lovely cookbook. Barbara x

  7. I thought there must be a full moon - everyone has gone crazy in recent days! The swan picture is beautiful. Have a great day!

  8. Diane - your pictures of the moon are beautiful. I had never heard the story about the snow moon. I am so glad you shared it. As for the cookbook - wow ! I have to agree I have never seen a prettier one. Interesting too about the Swans Down Cake flour. You always have the best history lessons friend! Hope you are staying warm. Hugs!


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