Snowflakes in March

And no, I’m not talking about the fluffy white junk that keeps falling from the sky. I’m talking about two new dishes that my lovely Mama picked up for me! Really, I don’t think anyone wants to really hear about more real snow.


A separated dish in pristine condition! The mate finish doesn’t seem to be faded really at all, which is a big deal as anyone who owns a similar piece knows. Mate finished Pyrex are the fasted to die in a dishwasher…and I don’t think we need to have that conversation again, do we readers? This exact dish is going on Ebay for 22.99 in a few different auctions- Mama found it for 5.99 WITH lid! A few of the listings online do not include the lid. Fail.

IMG_20130325_123822Now, I had seen the separated dish before in a few flea markets and antique stores. But this little casserole dish? Never before! I was a little shocked, actually, when Mama sent a text saying she found it in such a form. This one is a little more worn than the other dish. But I love it no less. For this, she paid 3.99 for what is going for upwards of 35.99 on Ebay! Big thanks to the SAVERS in Fall River, Ma.

Ladies and Gentlemen: My Mother Is Awesome.

A little side note, if a I may…Finding dishes in ideal condition is great. But at the same time sad. Why didn’t anyone use it? They’re dishes, people! They are meant to be cooked in and have things mixed inside of them. I like a little wear on them is what I’m saying. I want to know that someone loved and used this before me…sort of like buying an old book. Though, dishes don’t have that wonderful smell…


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An Unexpected Gift

So, I have this wonderful friend named Amber. I met her during my stint at the Community College of Rhode Island and we have since become close thanks to Facebook and Pinterest. As well as our common love of all things in the Geekdom (you know, its like the Kingdom of the Geeks) and our little boys.

Sometime around Christmas she sent me an email asking me for my current address because she had a “surprise” to send me. Thankfully, it was not a human head! Because Amber is so in tune with things I’m interested in…

IMG_20130221_142013Butterfly Gold salt and pepper shakers! She told me her Gram has the entire set but isn’t willing to part with it “just yet.” Me thinks the lady has her own eyes on it! Which I don’t think anyone would blame her for. Needless to say, I love them. I do have a set of Butterfly Gold S&Ps but they are white glass, not transparent. I think that maybe I will re-purpose these as just “seasoning” shakers. Put some garlic salt in one and maybe…say..some paprika in the other?

And now, a special message to Amber. I’m super thankful that we met. You are a wonderful friend and I wish that we weren’t so far apart and could actually spend time together. Hopefully this spring/summer we can get the kids to the beach or what have you. Thank you for being a spectacular person.

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100th Post!

Set off the fireworks and call your friends! I’ve finally reached 100 posts! I’m pretty happy with myself over that. And I couldn’t be happier to share with you all today what I have on such a momentous achievement. My other idea for the title of this post is I get by with a little help from my friends…or rather, my husbands customers. 

My husband has a customer who cleans out homes of, well, the dead and owns an antique shop. He knows that we collect Pyrex and Moxie things so is always keeping an eye out for something we might like. Ladies and gentlemen, just in time for our tax return, he delivers.

IMG_20130217_124321Pristine condition does not even being to describe these new pieces. Not a crack, scratch, scrap, or burn mark on the bottom. I can honestly say, I don’t believe these dishes were ever used. It is as if they walked out of a box from 1943!


Originally, we thought that the lids didn’t match the two sauce pots..but upon flipping through Barbara Mauzy’s book about Pyrex collecting, the lids do appear to be proper! I’m very pleased.

IMG_20130217_124306And of course, the crowning jewel in this Pyrex crown is this teapot. Teapots also were introduced in 1943 and sold for just $1.75 but now they got for about 25 dollars on Ebay- more if you pick them up at a flea market or antique store. Where as it may not have huge resale value I will still hold it as one of my crown jewels.

We bought all of these pieces for 60 dollars. Sounds steep to those who are use to reading about us finding a double boiler for 5 but when you consider that the sauce pans go for 30-40 each and another 25-30 for the teapot it is a good deal. And also, because he is a local dealer and a friend of my husbands we were more willing to spend a little extra.

With the recent finding of three new sauce pots, I believe now that I can stop mourning the loss of my little one that died less than a week ago.


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We’re On A Roll!

Even if it is only a small roll, we are on one for sure. It being tax season, we’ve had a little extra money to play with so obviously…we are. Yesterday we had a family lunch at Red Robin and it was nice-except the migraine I contracted after not having any coffee in the morning. Yes, we had another death here. The inner stem to my Pyrex peculator met its end at the hands of my toddler. It was a pretty rough morning to say the least. After Red Robin, when husband suggested going out to our favorite antique store-Wayside Antiques-I can’t say I was too thrilled. I felt so sick I wanted to curl up and cry (and vomit) but he had a plan to fix me. A stop at the gas station for water and Motrin followed by a Dunkin’ Donuts coffee (with a turbo shot). Later rather than sooner, I was feeling better and was happier to go to Wayside.

After some looking we thought it was a miss, so I settled in to talking with the women working. I adore her, but can never remember her name. She remembers my collection, my husband, and of course my son. While we talked shop Niko ran off down the isle and daddy had to catch him but something else caught his eye (he did catch the child, too).

IMG_20130216_060847A handle! A Flamewear handle! And the price? 5 dollars! I think I’ve expressed before how hard it is to find handles at all -let alone find one for less than 15 dollars. To find one for only 5 was a huge find, so obviously, it came home. I explained to the woman working how they were used since she didn’t really have much of an idea and she said that another one had come through and when she found it she would put it in a drawer for me. The more handles the better!

I would write more, but woke up this morning covered in hives and writing is distracting from scratching my skin off.


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Finally, a Score…

It feels like years have passed since I last found a piece of Pyrex worth buying. Actually, it just feels like years since I even went looking. But yesterday we had a death…one of my beloved Pyrex Flamewear sauce pans went to the great glass pit in the sky. We’re really unsure as to how it happened, but after making corn in it for lunch and scraping out the food particles into the trash the bottom of the pot went with it. Just fell right off into the trash.

I went to sit in the living room and cry. Yes, I cried over a broken dish. Joe woke up from a nap and we decided to load up the kiddo and at least go deposit his paycheck. Savers is right next to the bank so there we went. Never expecting to find anything and always expecting to pay too much. I was wrong (as usual some may say). First there was this..

IMG_20130213_135559A replacement! Much bigger than the one that cracked but who is complaining about a bigger pot? Not I! They had a 4.99 sticker on it. Not bad, so we nabbed it. But what was sitting next to it was even more…shall we say…breath taking?

IMG_20130213_135543Yes! A double Boiler! It was in heaven…this would make our chocolate making adventures even more exciting. But it had two stickers-two prices-on it. 3.99 for one and 4.99 for the other. Nope, wasn’t going to stand for that injustice. When we went to the register to pay I asked nicely to speak to a manager and told the girl that the piece was a double boiler and should be sold at one price. The manager agreed and we paid 4.99 for all of it. BAM! I feel like that takes away all my loathing of Savers if only for a day.

As we near spring and summer this really got my yard-sale/ flea market juices flowing. Bring on the deals.


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Making Butter

Sounds silly, huh? Who goes out of their way to make  butter? The answer is US. And we are proud of it! We are on a mission to live on less this year and make more of what we can fresh.

Think about how much you pay at the grocery store for four sticks of butter. Roughly three dollars to four dollars, right? That is on the lower end of butter, too. Have you ever read what is in your butter that you buy though? Lets just say…if it sounds like a chemical it probably is and it is probably not good for you. Do you know how super simple it is to make your own? No? Want to learn? Of course you do!

IMG_20130119_145248Pour two cups of heavy cream into your favorite Pyrex measuring cup. I used the one we bought at the Orchard in the next town. Blue measuring cups were given out as factory tour gifts, as I have written about before. It measures four cups total and is super handy. So! Two cups of heavy cream and a teaspoon of salt (if you like salted butter…if you don’t, you’re probably ill).

IMG_20130119_145405Sorry for the blurriness. I can’t figure out why none of the pictures I took would focus…None that follow are blurry, I promise. Pour your cream and salt into the bowl of your stand mixer. You could do this with a hand mixer…but you would probably get tired of holding it.

IMG_20130119_150132Set your mixer to 10 and let it go! After about two minutes you’ll have whipped cream. Don’t taste it unless you enjoy salty whipped cream. Lower the speed or stop the mixer and scrap the sides. Then let it rip again. After another three minutes or so the cream will begin to break and the fats and solids will separate.

IMG_20130119_150302It will look something like this. You will have milky buttermilk at the bottom. Now…forming the butter can be icky. I tried it just by hand the first two times I made it..then had a brain blast in the middle of the night. Literally, I think I woke from a deep sleep and nearly got up to make some at 4 am.

Here is my new technique…

IMG_20130119_150438Cheese cloth! Because you need to further strain the buttermilk from your butter this will save you a lot of heartache and stinky hands. Pick your largest mouthed measuring cup and place your cheese cloth over it, holding it there with a rubber band. Very slowly, pour the contents of your mixing bowl over the cloth. Be careful, as cheese cloth may slip down…as mine did. Once all of (or as much will fit at the time) the curds are in the cloth, remove the rubber band and bring up the edges of the cheese cloth- form around the curds and SQUEEZE! Buttermilk will come pouring out into your measuring cup. The butter will need a few good squeezes to get all of the milk out but it is worth the extra hand work.

Make sure that you have on hand what you intend to put the butter in. We use Ball glass Mason Jars (an American kitchen staple for Lord knows how many years).

IMG_20130119_151116And there you have it! A beautiful jar of homemade butter. This jar is going to our friends Jesse and Hannah- hope they love it!

A few things to note…

* Fresh Cream is best. We get ours from a local farm called Coopers Hilltop. they have amazing product, friendly workers, and affordable prices.

*Store bought cream will take longer to separate and may, in total, take 10 minutes to become butter.

*Do not under or over salt your butter. It is regrettable.

* Never think things are too hard to make at home…especially if you have a KitchenAid





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From My Mama

I love my mom. I love my mom more the older I get…She is really just the best when it comes to advice-according to  my husband, all of our major purchases must be mom-approved first. Which is why we don’t have a dog…I plan to tap that advice even more so when the spring comes and I need help planting whatever kind of garden I can.

But right now I want to bring you back to Christmas. I knew what my big gift was from her because she had asked what color I wanted. But when I got down to her house on Christmas morning she told me she had another one for me. And she was (and is) proud of it.

IMG_20130110_115921A refrigerator dish matching the Friendship Pattern. She happily reported that she only paid 12 dollars for it! A good one, mama! The dish has no chips or fading at all and has already been put to use when frying up some drumsticks.

Now…My big gift. Its blue.

IMG_20130104_162109A Kitchen Aid! That matches my kitchen! I can’t begin to tell you how much I looooove this little lady. Of course its a lady, come on.  When I took this picture it was in the process of turning heavy cream into butter-a common practice in the house now. However I have also used it to make: bread, cake, pizza dough, whipped cream (made by Joe), and more…Later I plan to make some more Fluff. It is one of Joe’s favorite things to have for lunch (sorry to southerns who have no idea what I am talking about) and we’ve run out. We are on a mission to make as much at home as possible and spend less at stores. Its amazing what we can do with just raw materials!

IMG_20121230_145554Here are two loaves of egg bread I did…Ah so yummy! Half of one became a breakfast casserole.




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