Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
I had noticed a stamp on the bottom of the bowl, but couldn't really make it out, with the exception of "Norway". The Potato Salad Lady proceeded to tell me that her family was Norwegian, and that most likely, her father had brought the bowl and cook pot back to America, after going to Norway to visit family. I had to know more about these dishes, so of course I Googled "Norway, enamelware", and discovered that they were in fact Catherineholm of Norway cookware, in the 'Lotus' pattern, created by Grete Prytz Kittelsen. She was born in 1917 in Oslo, Norway, and was one of the most influential designers in the mid-century in Scandinavia. I came across many pictures of other Lotus pieces, and would just about kill for a tea kettle or fondue pot from this collection. Beautiful.
I found this Fire King coffee mug (in Peach Lustre) at another yard sale. I have one just like it in Jadite, but I think I might love this one even more. It was manufactured sometime in the 1950's.
Finally, there has been a set of three of these little snack trays/cups, sitting on the shelf collecting dust, at the local thrift store. I originally thought they were Fire King, but there were no markings on them, so I passed them by. Over the weekend, I was at the local antique shop, thumbing through some of their reference books. They had a great Fire King book, and wouldn't you know, I opened it up to a page with a picture of this exact snack set. The pattern is called "Fleurette", and it originally came in a set of four, manufactured in the 1960's. Perfect for tea and biscuits, if you ask me.
Monday, April 28, 2008
Griffin is now wearing this 30-something year-old Mickey Mouse sweatshirt. Yes, it was once mine, and yes, Camden use to wear it, too.
Camden was eating a graham cracker one day, when he informed me that he'd eaten it into the shape of Idaho, and in fact, he had. Sometimes I don't know what this little guy will come up with next!Will you please look at the blue eyes on this boy? And while you're at it, will you please not look at my crow's feet?
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Anyway, back to the cheesecake I made the other day. The recipe originated in Bon Appetite magazine, and it is a keeper. I found it at Epicurious.com (another wonderful website). The batter was almost like mousse. The best part was the chocolate ganache topping, because my cake cracked, but after covering it with the ganache, nobody was the wiser. The texture of the cake is almost like fudge, and a little goes a loooooong way. Very, very rich, and very dense. I think it would also be delicious with a raspberry sauce drizzled over the top. So, do yourself a favor and bake this. You will not be sorry!
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Imagine my surprise this morning when I visited one of my favorite blogs, and saw that I'd won a delightful prize. If you haven't done yourself the favor of visiting Thrifty Goodness, please do so - - you won't be sorry! Anyway, I got so excited about winning the gaggle of Martha Goodness, it made me want to have another contest of my own. So, stay tuned for that in the coming days. I am currently dreaming up a goody basket to give away.
We were expecting guests tonight - - Steve's sister Danielle, her husband Aaron, and our new nephew, Max. Alas, their connecting flight out of Chicago was cancelled, so they will not be arriving until sometime tomorrow. My heart goes out to them, because one of my biggest fears is having that happen while traveling with children. I will be happy when they finally make it to Idaho!
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
I am loving my new table and chairs, and the bright colors in the kitchen. Remember the crazy yellow light fixture, above the table? Well, when I painted the walls, it looked just awful and didn't match at all, so my dad scrubbed it and painted it bright red, which turned out to be a great accent color. I also found the most perfect cherry print material, and proceeded to dust off my sewing machine and make some valances.
The telephone - - I had Steve move it down to cover the unsightly hole that I'd discovered beneath the paneling, but soon it will be going away for good. I've found a great looking retro desk phone (in red, of course) that will look perfect on the little telephone stand...must hurry up and order that.
Here is the original kitchen, for a little comparison. I do not miss that wood paneling at all. Or the wall paper, for that matter.
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
Mummy loves you so much. You are a beautiful, sweet, smart little boy, and I feel so blessed that I get to be at home with you every day. That being said, I have a bone or two to pick with you:
- Griffie, please stop climbing on top of the dining room table. How do you get up there so fast? Your brother never did this. Why do you? Mummy doesn't understand.
- Please stop dumping the various garbage cans in the house onto the floor, over and over. It makes Mummy twitchy.
- Also, would it be too much to ask you not to grab the plunger or toilet brush, or rub your hands all over the toilet seat, every time you find a way into the bathroom? That's just gross.
- Honey, please stop making Mummy call Poison Control. I think they recognize my voice now, when I call.
- When Mummy has spent hours and hours painting the kitchen walls, please don't steal a barbecue skewer ( a barbecue skewer! That's dangerous, for goodness sakes!) out of the drawer and scrape the new paint off the walls. This makes Mummy a bit cross.
- When I'm trying to put your jammies on you at night, please sit still. It would also be helpful if you wouldn't scream, "N00000000!" and run off down the hallway, naked.
Can you do these things for Mummy, Griff? It would really help me cut back on my alcohol consumption in the evenings. Thanks!
Thursday, April 10, 2008
I am still painting the kitchen. I'm beginning to wonder if I will ever finish. Mind you, my kitchen has 20 cupboard doors, and 10 drawers. That means removing hinges and handles from all the doors, priming, then painting, putting them back together, and then hanging them back up. I've finished all of the upper cupboard doors, but still have a bunch of lower ones to do. These are challenging because I have to figure out how to keep nosey little boys out of the cupboards while they are door-less. If all goes as planned (and who am I kidding, things rarely go as planned around here!) then I will finish with the painting tonight, and will go and pick up my new table and chairs tomorrow.
The boys are doing just great. Camden has recently had an obsession with the Titanic, after his good buddy Hayden directed him toward a book about the Titanic at the library. I don't know if there has been anyone who has entered our house, that has managed to escape Camden spewing forth various facts about the iceberg, the manner in which it sank, what happened to the people, etc., etc. Camden and I even had to make an "iceberg" one day, so that he could play "Titanic" in the bathroom sink. Next week will be busy with kindergarten registration (insert sound of me, weeping softly), assorted doctor's appointments, and the arrival of Steve's sister Danielle, her husband Aaron, and our nephew, Max.
Griffin is as crazy as ever. His vocabulary really exploded while my folks were visiting, and continues to grow. Right now, his favorite thing to say is, "NO!" (no surprise there). He says it all day long. He's also very interested in books, and his favorites right now are Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb, and Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? I'm pretty sure I can recite both of those books backward and forward, in my sleep.
Steve is busy with work and command (no surprise there, either!). Recently, he's been rearranging the garage/shop so that it is more to his liking. He hung up his canoe plans, and I'm guessing it won't be long before he starts building it. This is something that he has been dreaming about for years, so I am glad that he is finally going to do it.
To round out the family update, I'm happy to report that Roy finally had his *ahem* nether regions altered last week. You may recall we had a couple of failed attempts at getting that accomplished. I thought maybe it would mellow him out a little, but he came home from the vet and proceeded to chase his tail, turn cartwheels down the hallway, and act like a lunatic. Riley continues to think he is in charge of everyone, which is so not true, but given his old age, we let him think whatever he wants.
Lots to do this morning. Boys to dress. Faces to wash. Laundry piling up. And painting. Oh yes, more painting.
Sunday, April 06, 2008
Next, I found a couple of Pyrex cinderella bowls:
Then, I found this lovely Fire King Primrose cake dish:
A very retro serving tray (which I used this morning, by the way):
I also found this great little bread tray, which I plan to hang on the wall in my new kitchen:
My favorite treasure is this Corning sauce maker bowl - - my mom has one just like it, and I use to like to make pudding in it, when I was little:
Oh Lordy, it was exhilarating. We found so many treasures. I have to say though, there is something about an estate sale that seems a bit sad - - the physical remnants of someone's life, spread out on tables, being picked over by a bunch of strangers. I overheard the woman who was running the estate sale say that she was doing it for a family friend. She said that the husband had recently passed away, and the wife had immediately moved to an assisted living facility. Some of the Pyrex shows a bit of wear, so I'm guessing they were well-loved and used for years.
If you look closely in some of the pictures I've posted today, you can see that the walls in my kitchen are looking very different than they looked a couple of weeks ago. I spent a good deal of time painting yesterday, and will be back at it today, after I get Griffin down for his afternoon nap. I'm hoping to be able to "unveil" my new and improved kitchen by the end of this week, so stay tuned!
Wednesday, April 02, 2008
The reason for the big dinner? Steve turned 40 yesterday (yes, he's an April Fool). I can't believe I am married to a 40-year-old man! Oh, wait a minute...I guess I am pushing 40 myself so I'd best keep my comments under control.
The Birthday Boy, getting some help unwrapping gifts, from a gaggle of midgets.