About Kimbesa

I love dishes, and I continue to haunt thrift stores, estate sales, and other places where vintage china, dinnerware and glassware are to be found.

I talk about Dishes

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Chocolate cake, remember when

One yummy chocolate cake

It must be the change in weather. When things get cool, we get itchy to bake. We first paired this easy and moist chocolate cake with a simple cooked frosting about 40 years ago. Just learning to cook then, and prowling in mother’s cookbooks for ideas. The combination has become a family favorite.

Cockeyed Cake

1 ½ cup flour 3 T. cocoa powder 1 t. soda 1 cup white sugar 5 T. vegetable oil 1 T. white vinegar 1 t. vanilla extract 1 cup cold water

Grease and flour a 9×9 cake . . . → Read More: Chocolate cake, remember when

Chickens, hens, roosters…more dishes

Over my kitchen cabinets, I have a display of chicken things. Mostly dishes, but a few other pieces as well. I have some other chicken-related things around the house as well. I’ve just chosen to collect because they’re fun, and then…

Above the kitchen counter

My grandfather raised and showed bantam chickens for many years. He passed before I was old enough to remember him, but I remember the chicken houses and pens at my grandmother’s house. The sound of the chickens and the smell of the clean straw.

We had a few chickens at our house, too. I . . . → Read More: Chickens, hens, roosters…more dishes

Corning Ware Daisies, Vintage Centura 1960s

Springhill is the pattern name. This vintage dinnerware from Corning is decorated with charming daisies: white-on-white daisies, yellow centered, in turn adorned with green ribbons.

Centura is the brand name of the dinnerware made by Corning, before it turned to Corelle. The substance is called “pyroceram,” which started life as a material to use for the nose cones of space capsules. This material has its origins in two worlds, glass and ceramics, a natural choice to use for tableware.

In my view, Centura is one of those sleeper collectibles. People love it and use it, because it’s durable, sleek and . . . → Read More: Corning Ware Daisies, Vintage Centura 1960s

My Little Nub

What, you say? It’s a pencil, not a dish. I’ll tell you how it’s connected.

Well used in service to vintage dishes

I love school supplies, almost as much as vintage dishes. I’d love to have Tom Hanks send me “bouquets of sharpened pencils” as well. If you’re a fan of You’ve Got Mail, you know what I mean. Every September, the smell of new pencils and new notebooks…

So my little nub started life as a new, full size, yellow pencil, No. 2B Soft (I like the darker, bolder marks from the softer graphite) — fresh from a . . . → Read More: My Little Nub

Big Top Peanut Butter Goblets, Vintage Hazel Atlas

Even today, once in a while, you will see jelly sold in a glass jar with a pop-off metal top. Like these Big Top Peanut Butter goblets, the glassware is meant to be kept as a drinking glass.

This was much more common in the 1950s, and the goblets made by Hazel Atlas for Big Top Peanut Butter are one of the best known examples of this method of marketing and packaging.

Big Top later became Jif, and I remember better the white milk glass goblets of similar shape and size that had a grape motif, made for Jif by . . . → Read More: Big Top Peanut Butter Goblets, Vintage Hazel Atlas

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