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I  have so many wonderful collectibles acquired over the last 80+ years.  Some were gifts, some were part of my life growing up, some were inherited, some were purchased at antique malls, gift shops or thrift stores  – all are precious to me.  Some items are kept up year-around while others are brought out seasonally and on holidays.  Unfortunately, many priceless-to-me objects go undisplayed and unseen for years, so each week, I’m going to pull out an item and post a COLLECTIBLE OF THE WEEK.

Once a year, if I’m lucky, I find Concord grapes at a farm market and make Streusel Concord Grape Pie.  It’s probably my favorite pie and I get out my vintage pie-baking utensils to make it.

There’s a little bit of work involved, including putting the cooked grape pulp through a food mill ….

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The dough is rolled out with a one-piece rolling pin my mother gave me over 40 years ago.

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I use a pie pan that my toddler children gave me for Christmas in 1956 after they carefully saved up enough Wilson evaporated milk labels to get it.

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Actually, I don’t use the pastry blender at all but have it among my collection of depression-green handled utensils.  I once heard Alton Brown, TV food expert, say that mixing with the hands provided exactly the right amount of warmth for making good pastry and that’s the way my grandmothers, mother and I had been doing it all along.

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I used my vintage kitchen items to make a Streusel Concord Grape Pie on this past Sunday and it’s still my favorite.

 

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If you’re fortunate enough to find some Concord grapes and don’t mind spending a little time peeling them, here is my recipe.  http://lillianscupboard.wordpress.com/2007/09/24/streusel-concord-grape-pie/

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I’m still working on my goals for this year of using up all of the small scraps I have.  I found a lot of fussy-cut scraps from some material I bought 5 years ago to make this apron which won a blue ribbon at our county fair.

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I used a few more pieces in small projects but still had a lot of scraps that I couldn’t bear to throw away.  I used them along with some green/yellow scraps to make this wall hanging.

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I pieced the squares on-point and for the corners found a vintage pillow cover fabric among my scraps to use as corners.

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I still had some odd-shaped pieces of fabric left and put those together with scraps to make a cover for a large cushion.

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I’m down to one large bag of scraps to work with now – brown, tan, and orange shades.  I might make my goal of emptying all of the bags by the end of the year.

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I  have so many wonderful collectibles acquired over the last 80+ years.  Some were gifts, some were part of my life growing up, some were inherited, some were purchased at antique malls, gift shops or thrift stores  – all are precious to me.  Some items are kept up year-around while others are brought out seasonally and on holidays.  Unfortunately, many priceless-to-me objects go undisplayed and unseen for years, so each week, I’m going to pull out an item and post a COLLECTIBLE OF THE WEEK.

I love all of the covered dishes I’m sharing this week.  The rooster and hen are on my kitchen window sill throughout the summer …

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In September, I take down the chickens and put up the squirrel and acorn …

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In November, naturally, the turkey has the prize spot …

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The mini-dishes which are about 3 inches across the bottom are perched somewhere in the kitchen year around – a hen

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…and a cobalt blue scottie

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All of these dishes were birthday gifts throughout the years.  The rooster, turkey and squirrel go back to the 80s and 90s and are reproductions.  The large hen and the two small dishes are vintage, probably from the 1940s.

 

  • feta-topThis dish came about when I had some leftover broccoli and half a package of feta cheese.  The feta and oregano give this dish a really nice flavor.  The bread cubes add crunchiness and extra flavor, plus they make this a satisfying, filling dish for supper.  My daughter and I both loved it.CHICKEN AND FETA CASSEROLE

    One cup of broccoli florets, steamed fork-tender
    2 cups diced cooked chicken breast
    One 10-1/2 oz can cream of chicken soup
    1/2 cup mayonnaise
    1/2 tsp lemon juice
    ½ tsp dried oregano
    3 oz. crumbled feta cheese
    2 slices bread, cut into cubes
    1 Tblsp. butter, melted
    ¼ tsp dried oregano

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

    Oil a 9×9 inch baking dish

    Arrange steamed broccoli in an oiled 9×9 inch baking dish.  Spread cooked chicken on top.

    In a medium bowl, combine soup, mayonnaise, lemon juice and ½ tsp. oregano and pour over chicken.

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    Sprinkle with feta cheese.

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    In a small skillet, melt butter and toss bread cubes to coat.
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    Place cubes on top of chicken mixture.  Sprinkle lightly with ¼ tsp dried oregano.
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    Bake uncovered @ 350 for 25 minutes.

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    4 servings

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Rich Peanut Butter Bars

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This recipe is adapted from one I found in a recipe booklet in 1985.  It’s easy to make and produces a large batch of very rich bars.  Cut into 16 bars, one bar would be fine for a serving.  These also freeze well.

RICH PEANUT BUTTER BARS           
COOKIE BARS:
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup rolled oats (regular)
½ cup granulated sugar
½ cup firmly packed light brown sugar
½ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp. salt
½ cup butter, softened
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
½ tsp. vanilla
1 egg

FROSTING:
1 cup chocolate chips

GLAZE:
1/3 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 Tblsp. creamy peanut butter
3-5 Tblsp. milk

Heat oven to 350 degrees F.  
Grease a 13×9 inch pan

In large mixer bowl, combine all bar ingredients and blend at low speed until mixture forms a soft dough.  

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Press dough in bottom of prepared pan.

pnbars-panBake at 350 degrees F for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.  Sprinkle immediately with chocolate chips.  

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Let stand 5 minutes and then spread chips evenly to cover top.

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In small bowl, combine confectioners’ sugar and peanut butter, mixing by hand.

pnbars-glazeDrizzle over chocolate frosting, and swirl with a knife.

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Cool completely.  Cut into 16 bars

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I have so many wonderful collectibles acquired over the last 80+ years. Some were gifts, some were part of my life growing up, some are inherited, some were purchased at antique malls and thrift stores – all are precious to me. Some items are kept up year-around while others are brought out seasonally and on holidays. Unfortunately, many priceless-to-me objects go undisplayed and unseen for years. Each week, I’m going to pull out an item and post COLLECTIBLE OF THE WEEK.

WALL POCKET
A vase usually with a flat back for attachment to a wall

I have a small collection of vintage wall pockets that are displayed year-around. Three of them were gifts from my daughter …

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…and one pocket I bought about 25 years ago because it matched my 1952 wedding china.

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These pockets hang on one part of the overhang in my kitchen.

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Another pocket from my daughter is another horse/horse shoe combination that hangs over my living room door …

WP-horse-LRI’ve heard some people say the horse shoe should be pointing up to hold in all the good luck and others say it should be pointing down to pour forth good fortune. I have one of each, so I’m covered either way.

A Swan Cushion Set

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A few months ago, I bought a vintage folding chair at an antique store and made a cushion set for it.  I thought it was time to have a change of cushions and looked through my scraps to see what I could come up with.  Recently, I’ve been embroidering in the evening while watching TV.  My embroidery skills demand simple designs with basic stitches.  Actually, I prefer the kind of 1930s-40s embroidery that all of the women in my family did while I was growing up.  This design of a swan holding summer flowers seemed just right for summertime cushions.
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I used a quilt pattern named Children’s Delight from my EQ6 software to make 5-½ inch blocks. The pillow measures 17×17 inches.  When assembling the top cushion, I added a 15 inch piece of 2-½ inch elastic on the back to hold it in place while on the chair.

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I made an unquilted fabric seat cushion to keep the focus on the top cushion with the swan.
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I had just put the finished set on the chair and left to get my camera.  When I came back to the room, I found that Addie loves the new cushions.

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