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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Something Odd

First of all, merry belated Christmas! Second of all…Pyrex explodes. No no, don’t worry none of mine have recently gone to the great antique store in the sky. But I saw this morning (after a frantic call from my husband to turn on the Today show) that an independent research firm is coming out against glassware companies, saying that they are dangerous and that the amount of broken glass in food is on the rise.

This company did a study where in they took a Pyrex dish (new, not an older dish) and heated it to 500 degrees than dropped it on cold sand. Can anyone guess what happened? Yes, it shattered! Good job…What annoyed me most about this was that glass dishes are not suppose to be cooked at 500 or over and anyone who knows how to handle glassware knows this. A woman they interviewed said something to the effect of, “I took it from the oven and placed it on the counter and it shattered!” …Lady, did ya happen to have water on that counter?

Pyrex released a statement also saying that they have, “made Pyrex the same for generations without issue.” Again, this annoyed me because Pyrex has changed their formula before. We don’t have arsenic in our glassware anymore, guys. Any old, clear glass made by Pyrex has  a yellow tint has arsenic in it.

People, use some common sense when using your glass cookware. Don’t over heat it and don’t put it on anything wet and cold. Or sand. And do not blame the company. Now if its on a shelf and combusted…then you probably bought Anchor.

I tried to find a link to the study but have come up short so far.

 

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A Little Chocolate Shop..

IMG_20121129_141639Slowly, my kitchen has becoming more and more like a sweets-shop. Right before we moved, I was gifted some chocolate molds by my mother in laws (and I can say she is my friend now as well) friend, Stacy. Stacy also gave us our first kitchen table and chairs…she is really an angle. But, I digress. Once I put the molds away I didn’t think of them much until I bought the double boiler from Linda a few months ago. Since money was tight then we didn’t have the extra money for buying melting chocolate…but, the holidays are upon us and that gave us the motivation to give it a try. It was then we realized how absolutely simple it was to make pretty little candies!

Sadly, I have no idea where the picture of using the double boiler. I know I took a few…but they are no where to be found. So, I’ll just explain it. Get yourself a bag of chocolate melts from a craft store or a department store with a craft section. They tend to run about 3 dollars a bag. Fill the bottom of your boiler so the water level is just below the second boiler. Bring the water to a boil and shut off the heat, add chocolate. Stir gently until the chocolate is smooth. Spoon or pipe into your molds. Do not grease the molds! Allow to set up in a cool area for a few minutes. We let ours cool on the counter for a few minutes then pop them in the fridge…Ready to see some?

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Oh…I might want to mention..Joe is also making hard candies now. But that may be another post!

 

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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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Some Love From England…

So remember how I told you that my beloved Jessica brought me over two new pieces of Pyrex from England? Well I am ready to share now! First is an unconventional piece that…well, I’m not too sure where to put!

A wall mounted scale! Are you kidding me! I adore it so much and she got it it…well, to say “ideal” shape would be an understatement. This little kitten hasn’t even been OPENED! Okay, so the box has…but the scale its self is still in the packaging. I’m breathlessly in love.

Next is a sweet little dish that lost our Thanksgiving battle. I wanted it on the table, but Joe argued it was much more of a spring time dish. So you better bet it is first in line for our Easter dinner!

How can anyone not love this? It is so English looking, to me. I can’t find a name for it despite my efforts on Pinterest and other sites. The JaJ Pyrex names seem to be harder to come by.

I love my gifts and I really do love my Jessiekins. We had just a great visit with her and I hope she and her wife come visit soon!

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Thankful for Pyrex!

Thanksgiving was wonderful this year-much more put together than last year. We had less people, but they were people whom we love dearly. I did most of the cooking the day before, actually, so when Thursday came I really only had to form the rolls and put the turkey in. Once I did have the bird in, whom I named Fredrick, we set out to set the table. Complete with our new set of Pyrex tableware…

Here we have our table…Each place had a dinner plate and “salad” plate-which we used for rolls. Then in the center we have our Butterfly Gold salt and pepper shaker accompanied by the matching gravy boat. Our napkin rings are the Corning compatibles.

There is Freddy! I must say, he was yummy.

And here we have…the sides. Everything except the candles on the counter are Pyrex. Starting from the left:

Mashed potatoes in a large Friendship Cinderella dish

Carrots, broth and celery from the pan in a small Butterfly Gold Cinderella dish

Cheddar Cheese on the cheese plate

Crackers in the Cracker Barrel (original, huh?)

Stuffing by Hannah in a new Pyrex loaf pan

Mac and Cheese by Jesse in a large new Pyrex casserole dish

Corn and Peas in a split Town and Country dish

Roasted potatoes in the promotional piece Zodiac

And lastly, two plates of turkey meat on the platters from our unnamed full set.

You’d think we’d be done, huh? You think wrong…there is still dessert!

Here we have our two pies. Chocolate, in a 10 inch classic Pyrex pie plate and pumpkin in a newer flavor savor. In the green nesting bowl we have Joe’s homemade cinnamon whipped cream. And of course, in the center, oatmeal drop cookies. The cookies, however are not on a Pyrex dish. I love that little bird plate…we found it two summers ago at a yard sale.

So, there you all have it. Another Thanksgiving brought to you by the magic of Pyrex! Hope everyone had a great holiday.

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The whole set, folks!

 

I now officially own an ENTIRE set of Pyrex tableware!We recently got the best visit ever from my friend Jessica from England. She brought a gift…but I am saving that for another post.

We took her to our favorite Antique center in Bolyston, MA-Wayside to poke around. Apparently, the Brits don’t believe in antique stores. They have a few vintage shops but there aren’t many. After some browsing around I went to the back corner where I have been able to find many good pieces for great prices. When I turned the corner I saw a women in there dusting. I asked her if she was packing up the booth and she assured me that she was staying put…just cleaning up to make room for Christmas pieces. Then I saw the dishes.

I asked if they were Pyrex.

They were.

I asked how much.

28.

I asked if she would take 25.

And she said yes.

 

It came home and was already put to use at Thanksgiving yesterday! I love them to death. It is a 42 piece set-plenty of dishes to feed everyone and anyone who walks through our door. Sadly, I can’t find a name for this pattern. Please let me know if anyone comes across one!

It is Black Friday and I actually have to go out…We’ve got a sick kiddo over here and he needs some cough syrup. Wish us luck…poor baby can hardly breath.

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