Gardening, cooking, crafting and being Nannie

Wednesday, July 20, 2011


I'm taking part in Casey's collections blog tour.

I have several collections but I won't share all of them with you. Too many (maybe we can do this again?) I collect books, books and more books. Today I'll share some of my cookbooks with you.

I scrapbook so I have loads of supplies for that. So to scrapbook you need loads of pictures. I take lots of pictures. I guess I'm the keeper of our family history. I have many of the family photos. I have a lot of books on scrapbooking, photography and many other subjects. I like to sew so have books for that. (I have books for knitting, crocheting, counted cross stitch, etc.)

I have this thing for ribbon and fibers. I save ribbon from pkgs, too. I use the ribbon on scrapbook pages and cards.

I love stamping, too. And chipboard.

Years ago I started collecting dishware, glasses, etc. My mom gave me my grandfather's silver.

My mother gave me these dishes that were my grandmother's. My mom thinks she got them from a movie theater as a giveaway in the 1940s. I love having things that were my grandparent's.

I collect newer dishes, too. Years ago when I worked at Penney's they had sets of Phaltzgraf on sale so I bought 2 boxes. When we go to Pigeon Forge I try to go to the outlet store and get more pieces for my Yorktowne pattern. The bowl in the background isn't the same pattern but I like to use other bowls and things, too.

This was my mother-in-laws. Everytime we went to her house and I helped her cook I would get this bowl out to serve something in. It's one of the few things I asked my sisters-in-law if I could have after my mil passed.

I collect luncheon plates. I just have a couple sets of these but would love to find more of them.

I love Pyrex. There is just something about these little containers with lids that I love. The other day we were at the flea market and I found the little green dish for $2. I do use some of the Pyrex but found out the hard way it does not like going in the dishwasher. So now I hand wash them.

I keep my Pyrex in a cabinet with glass doors along with bowls I used daily.

A few years ago we remodeled out kitchen and dining room and I wanted some built in cabinets to display dishes and my cookbooks. I keep the dishes I use every day in here as well as things I have collected. This is the same cabinets as we had installed in the kitchen.

I'm addicted to cookbooks, booklets, pamphlets that went with appliances, etc. I even have somethings I got while in home ec in high school so they are vintage now.
I love to find vintage cookbooks. I do use a lot of my cookbooks often. And I like reading cookbooks.

I had to have this booklet since it was published in 1953 (the year I was born).

Had to have this one too because of the retro pictures in it.

I collect some cooking magazines too. My favorites are Taste of the South (I am a southern girl), Taste of Home, Cook's Country, Paula Deen's, and Food Networks. Yes I really do try recipes from them. I got this book of cupcakes from my book club.

and made lemon cupcakes from a recipe included.

I'm making a handwritten cookbook for my granddaughter. I include recipes I've tried that she loves and things that I make without a recipe that are her favorites. I've tried to write out how I made things like the "Good Soup" and the chicken pot pie she loves.


  1. Wow, your Pyrex collection is amazing! And I think the idea of a cookbook for your granddaughter is great... it will be greatly treasured.

  2. You have many nice collections. The Pyrex collection is my favorite. I love old Pyrex. I have a few mixing bowls that were my grandmother's.

  3. the luncheon plate sets make me think of my great grandmother! she had 2 sets and liked to serve a half sandwich and some soup on them. thanks for the memory!

  4. I recognize a lot of the dishes here! Some my mom has (the light blue pyrex with white figures). I had a china tea set like your blue plate from China.

  5. Thank you all for visiting. I've enjoyed the tour so much.

  6. Its all great but I love that retro barbecue!

  7. thanks so much for stopping by! I think it's so neat to have items that have a history.

  8. What amazing collections! I especially love the Pyrex! And the luncheon plates are so dainty and beautiful!

  9. Those are some sweet collectables you have.
    I too love old cookbooks. I don't have as many as you...I don't think a library has that many LOL.
    Your grandaughter looks adorable, love that you bake with her.
    Keep smiling and creating.
    PS thanks for the febreeze tip, I will try that.

  10. I love your Pyrex collection...I've recently fell in love with Pyrex and have been looking for some while I thrift! I especially love the teal/white set.

    Thanks so much for the comment on my last blog post about the value of handmade. Yes, I definitely understand that many people are on strict budgets right now. I guess I should have clarified and said that some of the rude reactions of people to our prices is what upsets me...not the fact that someone can't afford it. :) Anyway, I definitely agree that we live in a society that would rather continue buying cheaply made items instead of quality ones. Thanks again!


  11. Renee, My daughter is also collecting pyrex! Wow, I'm telling her about your collection. And I love all your cookbooks and dishes. And what a great stock pile of family photos! Thanks you for sharing all your goodies! Thanks for your sweet comments on my blog!