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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.

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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!

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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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From The Mad Hatter Himself…

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I believe I have said before-either on a post about last Christmas or my birthday-that my dear husband, the Mad Hatter of this Wonderland is probably the worst-best-gift-giver I have ever known. He can out gift anyone, I think. This year he told me, “I didn’t get you any Pyrex for Christmas so don’t expect any…” But he was rather insistent that either my mother or brother order something for me from the internet. I thought he was fibbing about not finding any real pieces for the holiday. So I when I found my way down to my mothers Christmas afternoon I had a tube shaped gift waiting for me…My lovely baby brother had ordered it…I opened it, totally and utterly confused as it what it could be.

Wall art! Beautiful, Pyrex wall art! I’m assuming from Etsy or some place like that…I love and adore it and needless to say it went up on the wall rather quickly.

I did have another Pyrex gift waiting down in the good ol’ 401 (do kids down there still call Rhode Island that? It was a very in thing last I checked). This one came from my mama, but that is another post.

Since we have cut back so deeply on thrifting I am trying to stretch out my posts.

Love to you all!

 

 

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Everyone Needs A Little Help…

 

 

In these crazy holiday months baking can get away from me…Thankfully, I have a wonderful little man who has almost over night decided to help in the kitchen!  If I am mixing anything he reaches up and demands to, “Help! Help!” So what is a mama to do but pick him up and let him help?

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Yesterday we made some simple peanut butter cookies. Yes, I trust him using my beloved Pyrex bowl! How will he learn how amazing they are if he doesn’t get to use them? Also, if you are a collector who has children that want to “play” with your dishes- allowing them to use them seems to show them that they have jobs that don’t involve becoming drums. Now, the recipe isn’t anything fancy or special…actually, I grabbed it off of Simply Recipes. Here is the recipe that they so wonderfully shared with the world!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Beat the butter until creamy, 2 minutes. Add the sugars, beat for 2 more minutes. Mix in the peanut butter and egg. Mix together the dry ingredients – flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Stir the dry ingredients into the sugar butter mixture. Then wrap dough in plastic and refrigerate at least 3 hours. I left ours in the fridge over night…mostly because my little helper and I had a throw down over bed time and when it was over I was exhausted.

Once you’re dough is chilled take it from the wrapping and roll it into balls, slightly flatten with your hand then further flatten with a fork. Gives it that nice finished look. While I did that…I set my little chef to his own kitchen3506_10151372456057448_212148479_n

Once he saw me taking his picture he took out his wooden spoon, put it in his mouth and said “Mmmm!Yumm!” Then offered me a bite. I love the blossoming appreciation for cooking he is learning early on. And if all goes as planned…we may be able to start a small garden in the spring. Plenty of little kids around us now who will want fresh food! I don’t have a picture of the finished cookies…But rest assured, they are in the Pyrex Cookie Jar in the kitchen!

 

 

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