Thursday, June 28, 2012

A whole ton of Pyrex

My husband thinks I am not oozing with love (I know he reads this).  But I think these picture prove otherwise.

I'm not all sunshine and rainbows. I get pissy, snap at people and sometimes you may even call me a Bitch. I won't argue that I am a spitfire.  I am rather unpleasant someday. I am pretty sure I am unpleasant every morning.

But on Father's Day we let him sleep in. I made him an awesome lunch.

Butterprint, butterfly gold, yellow & red hostess, spring blossom gravy boat, butter dish and salt shaker. Meadow plates.
 A full spread. Fresh green beans, real mashed potatoes, deviled eggs, rolls, gravy. And a Turkey.

Spring Blossom Lasagna Pan
Weird Father's day dinner, but I had the turkey and it needed to be eaten. And of course I got to use my Pyrex.

 

The red Hostess is slightly smaller than the yellow. They look smashing next to each other. The food doesn't help. It was soooooooo good.


The eggs go perfectly in the butterfly gold.  I normally use my Fire-King egg tray but since I didn't make 12, I used the small Butterfly gold dish.

FOOD. YUM!

So there Husband, I am oooooooozing with love.... damn it.

My  3 Arrons on Dad's day about to launch a rocket.





Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Have A Happy Day...... Today

Well thank you cookie jar. I sure will have a happy day today. Because I found you for $3 at my local goodwill.



Something about this cookie jar just screamed "buy me now hag!" Really, must be the rainbow using such offense wonderful words. Man was it dirty when I got it. But it sure did clean up nice.

The Hubs comments "nice cookie jar."  I wonder if he was being sarcastic or not. He texted me "have a happy day." Great, now he is making fun of me via text. Oh the love we have for each other.

Well he can just kiss my big fat ass. Or my mushroom salt and pepper shakers.


I think I have fallen in love with 1970s ceramic stuff.  The ugly stuff.

Like this owl spoon rest. Funny thing about it is I paid a whole like $2 for it at Salvation Army. They must have put it out and left it's brother behind in another one of their blue bins because the next week I go back and I find the match.... for $14.99.  They (SA) are on crack.


Whether you like the pretty things or the ugly things, Rainbow Cookie Jar reminds you to

Have a Happy Day ........................ Today!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Pyrex Prize Recipes #3 - chocolate pudding cake


Recipe #2 made from Pyrex Prize Recipes
  Upside Down Chocolate Cake

THH has always told me about this upside down chocolate cake his mom makes. Never heard of it or ever tasting it I never gave a second thought to it until I got the Pyrex recipe book. Then I saw the recipe for upside down chocolate pudding cake. Hmmmmmm could this be the same cake? So yesterday I figured I would make it. I had everything to so why not? THM was painting at his little table with puffy paint and I was in the kitchen cooking away anyways.


 Lets see what we have here. Butter in the Spring Blossom Pyrex Compatibles butter dish, milk in an anchor halking measuring cup, salt in a mason jar and way in beak a speckled lines chip bowl.  A simple eggless cake.
 I put a mystery ingredient in mine. Cherries. Because I had a a bunch that needed to be used.
This is the topping. I don't know how this cake works, but you put this topping on the top. Just sugar, bowl sugar and cocoa powder. (Pink Gooseberry)




  See on top. It is a really thick layer.
 But then you pour boiling water over it and do not stir.
 And put it in the oven. It is next to dinner, chicken, broccoli, peas and rice casserole. (desert dawn baker)
 Dinner....... YUMMMY
And this is what it turns out like. A cake on top and pudding on bottom.





THH said it was exactly like his moms. (except mine had cherries, they were huge chunks so they were a burst of cherry flavor every once and a while.)  HAHA! I did it. No more mystery about this chocolate upside down cake anymore. We ate the entire thing.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

TRON

I did NOT buy. 

I'm gonna go sit in a corner and cry now. 



{$480, not working, doesn't turn on, NO DISCOUNTS! Salvation Army, Torrance, CA)
I want it so bad.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Napkin rings and Salt Shaker

According to Corelle Corner Pyrex Compatibles was introduced in 1972 to go with Corelle Livingware.

I was lucky enough to get my hands on napkin rings and a lonely salt shaker about 6 years ago.


{These are awful pictures.}

 
 I got a set of Spring Blossom and Snowflake Blue. 6 clear glass rings with the design on them. One set even came with a box. The box on back has the many way you could arrange your napkin. I have yet to master any of their ways.
 I did have a set of Spring Blossom Salt and Pepper Shakers but THH broke one. He still owes me a new one. I know he follows this blog, so I hope he comes home with the replacement soon. It has been like 3 years man, replace what you broke. Everyone seems really lost on how to use it. LOL  No really. I have to tell people the salt will come out, just keep a finer on the top since you don;t wanna shake too hard and it ruin your meal.

I really needed to redo this shot. One day. The napkin rings are dainty enough that they don't overpower the simplicity of the white cloth napkins.

I have never used them on my table. I just never had a reason, or matching dishes. But I do now have the matching snowflake blue dishes so hopefully I have a reason to use them this winter. 

HUSBAND - REPLACE MY PEPPER SHAKER!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Meatless Monday - 4 Cheese Spinach Pizza

 The following post will make you hungry for cheese. Sorry :) But this pizza is so yummy. I don't really even know of it qualifies as pizza.

4 Cheese Spinach Pizza


I have no clue what kind of pan this is. It has a super heavy bottom. It is one of my favorites. I did see it at an antique store with lid for over $20. I got mine at goodwill for $3. SCORE! no lid, but hey I have one that sorta fits.
 I used 4 cheeses. Provolone, Parmesan, mozzarella, and cream cheese.
The bread was huge, thank gosh because this made way more than I expected. Piled high with all that cheese and spinach. My pizza stone is getting all nice and black. I had a perfect one then it broke and THH got me a new one for Christmas. You  must own one of these, they are amazing.

4 Cheese and Spinach Pizza 
adapted from:eatyourlegumes.com
2 Tbsp Butter
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
1/2 Onion, Chopped
2 Tbsp granulated garlic (I didn't have any fresh)
A Pinch of both Salt and Pepper
2 Tbsp Flour
3/4 Cup Milk
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
10 oz Frozen Spinach, thawed and rung out
Grated Parmesan Cheese, Mozzarella Cheese, Provolone slices (you judge how much you want)
2-3 oz cream cheese
Half of a Italian Loaf, Cut in Half Lengthwise

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a medium sized frying pan melt the butter and olive oil over medium-low heat.
  3. Add the onion and garlic and cook until soft. Add  Salt and Pepper.
  4. Whisk in flour. Then whisk in the milk and cinnamon . Cook until thick.
  5. Put spinach, cream cheese. Stir in Parmesan cheese.
  6. Remove from heat. Spread onto each piece of bread. Top with Mozz, Parm and provolone. Bake 6-8 minutes or until the cheese is melted.Or just throw it under the broiler for crispy only top. I did mine in the oven so the bread was really crispy. Should of thrown it under the broiler or a minute.
 Look at all that cheese!!!!!!!

 

Friday, June 15, 2012

Pyrex I didn't buy......4

Man I thought I was going insane this month. I didn't buy a ton of Pyrex. Why? Because I just wasn't in love with some. Well most I came across. Not listed here is EA chip and dip set, minus bracket..... Half a set EA mixing bowls, various clear Pyrex, daisy divided.


 

Butterfly gold mixing bowl
Salvation army, Long Beach, CA 
$12.50
Really for one bowl? Give me a break, it isn't pink it is butterfly gold! I did see a lady take the largest bowl from under it. But they should of sold it as a set. In decent condition though.







Clear Pyrex in metal holder
Salvation Army, Torrance, CA
$17.99


I'm not a huge fan of clear, even though this is older. I like it but not for $18. Even on a 30% off day it is just not my style. But in awesome shape








Woodland oval Cinderella
Salvation Army, Torrance, CA
$8.99


I carried this around for a while but I put it back. I like the size and shape but I have 3 at home, and this one didn't really do it for me.







Woodland round Cinderella
Salvation Army, Torrance, CA
$8.99

Another woodland! Must have came from the same person who donated the above. Again not my style.








Homestead Mixing Bowl
Goodwill, Rolling Hills, CA
$4.99


Why hello Homestead. I don't like you please stop following me. Thank you. 








Update on some I didn't buy last month: the homestead and verde (DWD) mixing bowl went 50% off. Still there as of yesterday

Hopefully this makes SA revise their pricing a little. Nobody wants the not so pretty (no offense who likes homestead) for an outrageous  price. All in all I feel pretty good for leaving all that for you to find. Don't forget I wanna trade or sell some of my treasures. Interested let me know.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

WW: Quilt squares

Wordless Wednesday
(not really all that wordless) 
 
Quilt Squares that occupy my laundry room.
 
I started this quilt on January first. I've slacked off but I am going back into full force.  It is from the book The Farmers Sampler Quilt.  Described on Amazon as: 
 
In 1922 The Farmer's Wife magazine posed this question to their readers: If you had a daughter of marriageable age would you in light of your own experience have her marry a farmer? The magazine at that time had 750000 subscribers and received over 7000 letters. The best answers to this question are included in this book along with the traditional quilt blocks they inspired. 111 six-inch quilt blocks complete instructions for making a sampler quilt in any size CD with easy-to-print full-sized templates for all 111 blocks and 42 letters from the contest to give you a glimpse into our country's past.
 
The fabric I chose is nothing special, no fancy fabric here. Just whatever I like that day. I have been trying to get fabric from different people, like my mom. I have written in the book where I have received the fabric and what day I made it. I also not any problems I had or any notes from the day. Like a diary of sorts.  


Look for more Wordless Wednesday Quilt Square editions to come.
Block 3 - basket
Block 5 - Bat Wing
Block 4 - Basket weave
Block 11- Broken Dishes
 

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Pyrex Prize Recipes #2

Recipe #2 made from Pyrex Prize Recipes
Creole Spaghetti

Not a hit. Sorta, well really big, MISS!

I had such high hopes for this dish. I wanted it to become a regular in my rotation. But it just fell flat. Sorta bland, not pretty and too many steps for a weeknight meal.

Pyrex measuring cups, spring blossom butter dish
 It has so much going on I thought it might have too many different flavors swishing around. THH said he couldn't taste the onion which surprised him.
onions and celery
 Now one thing I love about this book is it calls for bacon fat to brown the onions.  Most would say "who in there right mind has bacon fat laying around?" I do, that is who.
Bacon grease

I started collecting my bacon fat over 4 years ago. Maybe even longer. I have used the same jar since. An old jelly jar.  I keep it in the fridge. I use it for just about anything that needs a bit of frying.  I do strain my bacon grease before pour it in.  THH hates my jar of grease. It has to be my favorite thing in my fridge. I think my mom has one too.

Back to the recipe.  It called for a square baker. I used the one my mom gave me a few months back. I have 2 (one is up for trade or sale) I also mixed the loaf ingredients on a 440 snowflake. I got that from a neighbor behind us for about $3, 5 years ago.
All done. Hot and steamy. Does not look like the picture in the book. I hope the next recipe makes up for the flop of this one.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

For trade

Okay so I live in the Los Angeles area, close to the OC. Why I telling you this? Because I have a few Pyrex peices I don't want. And we could do a local trade! Local because I have 0 faith in USPS. They will break stuff, and I don't want any Pyrex to die.

 Here is what is up for trade:

Grab it. Perfect, has lid, has plastic lid. No chips, no cracks.


Pink Gooseberry 401 no marks. No chips

Yellow gooseberry 404 no marks, a few flea bites.

Spring blossom square baker. Great condition, no chips or cracks

Small carafe. No lid (corning)

Glasbake green flower design, no chips or cracks, no marks



I'm sure more will come up over time. Hubby says I am only allowed to keep what I can fit in my china cabinet and cupboards. I'm being a good wife and making space for more treasures. And I would love to find some certain pieces that finish sets. And meet new Pyrex Lovers.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Gooseberry and good food

Once a year I have to take my 84 year old boss to Santa Monica for his hip check up and yearly physical. We make a day of it and eat at a pricey restaurant. This year knowing I had about an hour and 15 minutes to kill during s physical I went and did a little thrifting.

I stopped at a salvation army. It was dirty and had very little housewares. I got in my car disappointed before I saw the boutique store was right next to it. Yay! They had china cabinets full of fancy glaaswares. Then I spotted it on a low shelf, not in a cabinet. A Gooseberry 444. Also with it was an early American chip and dip set. Why is early American following me around? I don't care for it. I have one divided of it and I don't want more. Anyways it was faded (the gold) and not worth it for the price, also missing the metal dip holder. But the gooseberry came home with me. I love the color. I just love it.



Then I stopped by goodwill. It was a big clean one. With tons of stuff. And guess what? Another freaking early American. Really? Well for $3 I grabbed it. I actually like this size. I like that it is the perfect cereal bowl. So hopefully that ends the Early American following me around.


 Then it was to lunch. We stopped a few years ago at Pacific Dining Car.
 They serve you real cold butter, fresh bread, cokes cost $5 a glass.
 Yeah expensive lunch. (expensive for me. I'm a cheap gal)

It is dated but has that old Hollywood feel. The waiters wear really nice looking uniforms. One guy stands in the room ready at any moment to refill your water. They are known for their steaks. I don't eat steak.
I had the chicken caesar salad. Chicken was moist. Salad was crispy. Perfect dressing. My boss had a cheeseburger and real chips. Like made in house, still hot from the oil.  They were yummy


The for dessert I had the house special. Chocolate souffle. Took 30 minutes to come. It was perfection. Served hot with homemade whipped cream. Not cool whip. My boss had the hot fudge brownie Sundae. It was huge.


I give it 4 out of 5 stars. Why not 5? Only my moms cooking will ever get 5 stars. Moms just rule like that. All in all it was a good day out of the office. I love food.