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.

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Mother’s Day: Top 5 Gifts for Moms Who Love Vintage

What to get for your vintage-loving Mom for Mother’s Day ? It can be a challenge, but here are some ideas:

Use her kitchen theme as a starting point. Does she have a flower, a color or an animal as her common thread? If she likes chickens, for example, look for a cookie jar, mugs or dinnerware with a chicken motif. If she favors tulips, go with china that echoes that motif. Add to her existing china. Look for the gravy boat, large oval platter, or extra pieces of her favorite dishes. A well-used set often suffers damage or loss . . . → Read More: Mother’s Day: Top 5 Gifts for Moms Who Love Vintage

Make Some Cobbler for Earth Day

One great way to celebrate Earth Day is to enjoy the fruits of the earth. And one of the most hardy of those is rhubarb, or pie plant, which originated in Siberia.

Vintage casserole

Nowadays in the spring we can easily find fresh fruit in the produce markets: baby watermelons from Honduras, grapes from Chile, or pears from Argentina. But not that long ago, the available fruits were seasonal. And rhubarb was the harbinger of more juicy fruits to come.

Many a Midwest garden has a few rhubarb plants along the edge. But if yours has to come from . . . → Read More: Make Some Cobbler for Earth Day

Rustic Dinnerware: 1970s Classic Stoneware

Midwinter vintage china sun moon

We’ve got a definite weak spot for 1970s dinnerware we find in our travels, especially the stoneware.

Patterns from Midwinter, Mikasa and even Noritake go great with table settings based on the days when vintage was new: back to the land, Earth Day, Earth Shoe and The Mother Earth News.

Midwinter’s series of patterns – Sun, Moon and Earth – go literally with the environmental themes of the day, themes that are coming back around for another view, and revival, in our times.

The cups shown are Sun and Moon. We haven’t found Earth yet, but the bands are brown. . . . → Read More: Rustic Dinnerware: 1970s Classic Stoneware

Repurpose Me: Your Chop Platter Is Practical

Remember those large round china plates that tend to end up at the back of your china cabinet? The ones that look like they’ve hardly ever been used, because they haven’t been?

When I hear Chef Alton Brown talk about multi-taskers, this is the piece of vintage dinnerware I think of: the round platter or chop plate.

These platters are usually about 12 inches in diameter and in the vintage days of meat and potatoes for supper, they were the go-to serving piece for piles of pork chops.

Today, fatty meats are not in favor, and even with lower-fat pork . . . → Read More: Repurpose Me: Your Chop Platter Is Practical

A British Cup of Tea

Today was warm and sunny, but the forecast for tomorrow and coming week is, well, back to normal Michigan weather. If you don’t like it, wait 15 minutes. It’s going back to cool and wet.

But this is great weather to make a cup of hot tea, after my British brother in law. ( We wrote about this last fall, too, when the weather was cool and tea sounded so good…)

You can use any mugs or cups you like, and we have some favorites right in front of the mug section in our kitchen cabinet. We like to use . . . → Read More: A British Cup of Tea

Vintage Pyrex Flameware Double Boiler

This vintage beauty is a 1.5 quart Pyrex glass Flameware double boiler. We found it on separate shelves in our travels, and remarried them!

Too bad they’re not making these anymore. Most of the new double boilers in today’s marketplace are stainless.

You can set up a double boiler with two pots (one somewhat smaller than the other) if you don’t have one.

Why use a double boiler? Certain types of delicate foods and saucers are easier to handle when cooked in the inner pot. The outer pot has water, which you’re simmering. The . . . → Read More: Vintage Pyrex Flameware Double Boiler

Get Creative for Mother’s Day with Vintage China

Now that Easter is over, time to get ready for Mother’s Day (second Sunday in May).

By adding some vintage charm to your table setting, you can impress your mother, family and friends with a table setting that is creative and shows off your china to enjoyable effect.

Feature Mom’s favorite flower – such as roses, daisies or forget-me-nots – to enhance your dinnerware patterns. There are china patterns galore that feature these specific flowers. Pick her favorite color – such as pink, blue, yellow or green – and build the table setting around that theme. White china and . . . → Read More: Get Creative for Mother’s Day with Vintage China

How to Hard Boil an Egg

Making hard boiled eggs seems easy. We use them for deviled eggs and beet pickled eggs. But you need them to peel cleanly, and that’s not as easy as it seems.

We like our hard boiled eggs just done, with fluffy yokes and NO green ring around the yoke, a sure sign of overcooked eggs. Here are our tips:

Buy your eggs a week or two ahead, and keep them refrigerated until you’re ready to cook them. Cook two or three more than you need, to allow for the one that might not peel well.

When ready to cook:

Place . . . → Read More: How to Hard Boil an Egg

Get Ready for Easter with Vintage Dinnerware

Charming vintage dinnerware can make your holiday gatherings even more special. Pretty pale colors, shiny glassware, and bold clear accents are reminiscent of the colored Easter eggs, jelly beans, marshmallow chicks and other treats that many of us remember from our childhood Easter baskets.

Easter was one of the big holidays at our house. Ham, mashed potatoes and pie were sure to be on the menu. And colored Easter eggs, of course, to eat plain or turn into deviled eggs.

To serve the afternoon dinner, Mom pulled out lots of platters, big serving bowls, pie plates and other dishes that . . . → Read More: Get Ready for Easter with Vintage Dinnerware

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