I store all kinds of things about cooking, quilting and some surprises in my cupboard. Check it out.

Category Archives: Toys

Bisque-bride-grrom

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 have a small assortment of little bisque dolls (2-3 inches tall), all gifts from my older daughter.  I love the tiny bride and groom in their late 1920s clothes.  The groom wears gold-rimmed glasses and has a wonderful coat with tails.

Bisque-groom-back

These two little girls might be standing outside the church watching the newlyweds come through the doors.
Bisque-2girls

This is a wonderful collection of Dutch figures.

Bisque-Dutchgroup

Dutch items always go up in my kitchen in January when I’ve taken down the Christmas decorations and the other little cuties are in other spots in the house throughout the year.


easter-top

My vintage doll table was set for an Easter breakfast this morning with a new crocheted table cloth, a tiny basket with eggs, a new tea set and miniature Jadite hen and rooster.  Of course, there was also a new crocheted Easter bonnet for the hostess.

Happy Easter, everyone.

easter-bott

Click on pictures to enlarge.


doll-st pat

On this St. Patrick’s Day morning, my daughter had my doll table all ready for the celebration.  The doll was decked out in a hand crocheted shawl and tam o’shanter and there was a new embroidered cover for the table.  The picture of the cover doesn’t do it justice – it only measures 2-½ x 5 inches, so you can imagine how tiny the stitches are.

st pat cover

We’re having our traditional Reuben sandwiches for lunch (corned beef and cabbage in a more palatable form for us) and a quick and easy dessert with a little green to honor the day.  This is a deliciously rich dessert.

stpat-bott

ST. PADDY PISTACHIO DESSERT

Crust:
* 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
* 1/4 cup butter, cut in small cubes
* 1/2 cup toasted pecans, chopped

Filling:
* 4 oz. cream cheese, softened
* 1/2 cup granulated sugar
* 8 oz. carton of Cool Whip whipped topping, thawed, divided
* One small package of instant white chocolate pudding (four ½ cup svgs)
* One small package of instant pistachio pudding (four 1/2-cup svgs.)
* 1-1/2 cups milk, divided
* Green sugar for sprinkling on top

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

To Make the Crust:

Mix the flour, butter and pecans well.  Press mixture in a 9×9 baking pan.  Bake @ 350 degrees F for 15 minutes until lightly brown.  Cool

To Make Filling and Assemble:

Layer 1: Beat cream cheese and sugar until fluffy.  Fold in 4 ounces (half of an 8-oz. carton) of whipped topping.  Spread over cooled crust.

Layer 2: Whisk one package of white chocolate pudding and 3/4 cup of milk until thickened.  Spread over Layer 1.

Layer 3: Whisk one package of pistachio pudding and 3/4 cup of milk until thickened.  Spread over Layer 2.

Layer 4: Spread remaining 4 oz. of whipped topping over Layer 3.

Sprinkle top with green sugar – maybe you’ll be more creative than I was in sprinkling the sugar.

Refrigerate for at least one hour before serving.

6 to 8 servings 


v-table-1

When I went to the kitchen for breakfast on this Valentine’s Day morning, I found my little doll table all set for a party.   There was a decorated cardboard box for collecting cards, an assortment of 1940s era Valentines, a luscious looking cake and a box of Valentine chocolates – all miniatures made and assembled by my daughter.

v-table2

Happy Valentine’s Day!


When I came out to the kitchen this morning, I found that my vintage doll table was set for a Halloween party.  There was a pumpkin and skull, a plateful of candy apples, cookies with bat and jack o’lantern designs and mugs for cider.

There was even a pretty black luncheon cloth with an orange crocheted edging.

My oldest daughter who lives with me had fashioned these tiny dishes out of clay (the plate of apples is about the size of a quarter) and made the little luncheon cloth.  All we need now are some miniature trick or treaters.


When I posted about finding this darling set in an antique mall awhile back, I said I needed to be on the lookout for some little dishes and a doll to fit the furniture.  My blogger friend, Sarah, at Sarahdidit, suggested a “tiny table topper”.  I hadn’t thought of that and made up one from two 3 inch log cabin blocks.

Then, on my birthday, I found my table decked out with a hand-crocheted table cloth …

and a little bitty tea set plus a birthday cake with a candle.

Now, I’m all ready for a casual lunch or high tea.


Today, we went to one of my favorites – The Covered Bridge Antique Mall in the Mt. Healthy suburb of Cincinnati.  This darling 1930s-40s era metal table and chair set in depression green was marked down from $70 to $35.  I have no idea where I’m going to put it but it had to come home with me.  The table is 3 inches tall and the chairs, about 3-1/2 inches tall.  There is a darling graphic of a sunbonnet girl on each piece.  The color is a little off in this picture.

Now, I’ll have to be on the lookout for a vintage doll or two and some dishes.