It was almost 3 years ago that I began sharing my love of food and recipes. My vision of the perfect blog was to take beautiful photos of food and paint a picture, so to speak, as to how a recipe comes together with step by step instructions. I have always been drawn to cookbooks with beautiful photos and wanted to create something that would let you imagine the aroma and taste of the dish. I quickly found that I didn’t have very many plates and dishes in which to lay out my recipes. I look back at the early posts and see the same plates used over and over for the first few month’s. My sister Kat solved my problem and enlightened me to a whole new world. I call her the “Queen of Thrifting”. She has a vintage eye and knows what to look for at yard sales, flea markets and thrift stores. It’s like a treasure hunt when we go thrifting. Over the past 3 years I have acquired quite a collection of items that I found at Goodwill and other thrift stores. I don’t spend very much, if it’s too expensive at one place, there’s another shop right around the corner that might have something better or cheaper. It’s like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get. Some days you hit the jack pot and other days not so much. The fun comes when you find something rare or something new or something that you like to collect. I’m also sharing a couple of my favorite things, things that were handed down to me or tugged at my heartstrings like my very own cookbook. Josh designed it and gave it to me for Christmas. It brought me to tears when I unwrapped it and saw how much work and love went into making it. It’s something I will treasure forever!
After I found that first piece of Noritake stoneware I was hooked. It’s the one thing I hunt for every time I go thrifting. I love all the patterns and have a collection of different plates, bowls and accessories. I can’t choose a favorite, it’s just fun to have a little piece of this and a little piece of that.
This little bowl was found for .49 cents.
They are trimmed in gold with a pretty pattern around the outer edge.
This was from my last trip to Albuquerque. A little orange condiment bowl.
I serve pasta in this large Paisley bowl.
I picked this up at World Market. Did you know if you sign up for their rewards you will get a $10.00 voucher each year for your birthday. I waited 6 month’s for that reward so I could get this vintage decorated cake pan.
On to some vintage kitchen tools. My Mom gave me the biscuit cutter which has an inner ring inside. I remember her making donuts. If I think back, I can still smell and taste them, oh they were just about the best thing . . . They were yeast donuts, deep fried and dipped in glaze. We would eat them as soon as they hit the plate. The potato masher was handed down from my Grandmother. It’s an odd square shape and very cool. I found the vintage cheese grater at Goodwill. I Googled it and found it originally had a wooden handle which Joe agreed to make for me some day.
Ovenex . . . My Mom gave me the center loaf pan when I got married. I’ve found that it is the best pan for making loafs of yeast bread or banana bread. Since then I came across 2 more Ovenex loaf pans with a different design. They may be old, but they are the best for baking.
I found some Ovenex muffin pans that are an odd size. There were 3 pans each with a different pattern, larger than a mini muffin but smaller than a regular muffin. These are too small to fit a paper cupcake wrapper inside.
This one is a totally different pattern than I’ve seen before.
My collection of muffin pans. The jumbo Wilton pan is good for making Bird’s Nest Brunch. I’m working on a recipe for baked donut holes in the mini pans. Then there is the cupcake/muffin and the slightly smaller Ovenex muffin tins.
I always wanted a wok but with an electric stovetop it just wasn’t an option. Once I got my gas stove I started looking for a wok and found this “well seasoned” wok for $2. It was marked on the handle “Taylor & NG” so I looked it up and it seems to be a great find. It looks like one that is listed at around $50.
I have a project for this silver platter. A gourmet kitchen store had cheap platters (of all different shapes and sizes) that had been painted in the center with chalkboard paint. They then used chalk to write the menu of the day and hung them on the wall. Would be a cute idea for the kitchen!
I found this Lazy Susan cake stand one day. It needed a little tlc. The wood was dried out but otherwise it was in very good condition. I applied some mineral oil to a dry cloth and rubbed new life into it. Later on I found the glass cover and since it didn’t have the pedestal stand to go along with it, it was marked down real cheap. I hope to find a glass pedestal stand to match it one day but in the meantime I think this works just fine.
I have a thing for colored Coke glasses. I would love to have one in every color. For some reason we are always breaking a drinking glass at our house so it’s a good thing there is a Goodwill close by to replace them with. I can usually pick these up for .49 cents.
This is my favorite coffee cup. Would you believe I found it in Kansas? Oh yes I did for .49 cents! If you ever have the chance to visit The Owl Cafe, try the green chile cheeseburgers. They are famous for them!
I found these earlier this year. They are mint condition vintage Pyrex Hamilton Beach Mixing Bowls. There’s not a blemish to be found on these bowls. The larger bowl was $2.99 and the smaller $1.99. Can’t beat that! It was an extremely cold day and there was a lot of shoppers at the Goodwill store that particular day. It was hard to get through the aisles to look through all the new stuff they were setting out. I wasted a bit of time in another area and came back later to find these gorgeous bowls. They were ice cold to the touch so I knew they had just priced them and brought them in from the donation room.
It’s a little faded on the outside but the inside is shiny like new.
Pfaltzgraff . . . For years I wanted to get a new set of dishes, bowls, platters, the whole enchilada. But I could never make up my mind on what pattern, so many choices and I could never pick just one. Thrifting has shown me that I no longer need to have that perfect set, who wants to set their table with the same dishes day in and day out anyway when you could have a variety and decorate your table according to your mood or the season.
It took some digging but I finally found the pattern. It is Pfaltzgraff “Blossom”. Apparently it comes with a pretty etched lid too. Maybe one day I’ll come across a lid . . .
This cute little dessert plate is a Pfaltzgraff “Garden Party”.
I use this Pfaltzgraff “Juniper” pitcher as a holder for my long handled utensils.