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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Casserole or Cobbler – Cold Weather Favorites

May in Michigan can mean cold weather, and we are getting that now, in conjunction with a weekend. Either one is a good reason to get out the ovenware and bake a casserole, cobbler or crisp.

Some preparation, an hour or so in the oven while you do other things, and dinner is ready!

Corning ware, Pyrex and stoneware all make great baking dishes. You many have your favorites for certain purposes. We like the Pink Gooseberry pattern by Corning, round with straight sides. Our set of three came from a “granny sale” many years ago.

Our set has . . . → Read More: Casserole or Cobbler – Cold Weather Favorites

Earth Day Baking Part 6: Monkey Bread is an Old Time Favorite

This yeast bread is fun as an introduction to baking, both to make and to eat. Let the butter cool, at the point you are rolling the dough into balls, and the kids can help make this one, too.

Monkey Bread Recipe

Sweet bread recipes like this are also called bubble bread, because you form it into balls before the second rising. When you eat it, the pieces pull apart easily. Fun to make and delicious to eat, for young and old alike.

1 c. milk, scalded 1/2 c. sugar 1 t. salt 2 pkg. yeast 2 . . . → Read More: Earth Day Baking Part 6: Monkey Bread is an Old Time Favorite

Starbucks Coffee Mugs – Collecting for Fun and Profit

Our next guest post is from an online colleague, Wanda Fitzgerald, who has a great passion and knowledge about charms. I’ve admired many of the beautiful sterling silver, enameled and gold charms that I’ve seen in her stores over the years. I can relate…they are so pretty, just like the dishes I love!

By Wanda Fitzgerald

I’ve been reading Diary of a Dishie for a while now and share Sally K’s passion for collecting. So I was honored and excited about the opportunity to exchange guest blog posts with her. My name is Wanda Fitzgerald, and I own and . . . → Read More: Starbucks Coffee Mugs – Collecting for Fun and Profit

Happy Birthday, Diary of a Dishie

Diary of a Dishie just turned 2. It’s not every blog gets to be 2 years old, and have a party to celebrate using beautiful dishes.

This blog is for everyone who loves vintage dinnerware and china, glassware and related items. It is about the dishes, the thrill of the hunt, and how to use and enjoy your finds.

Just in the last day, I got to speak with a customer who will be the lucky recipient of some beautiful, vintage aqua glassware. We talked about the colors of this pattern, Soreno by Anchor Hocking, made around 1970. It’s . . . → Read More: Happy Birthday, Diary of a Dishie

Bake a cake in vintage Pyrex

Pyrex made these round baking dishes, for layer cakes and similar desserts, in the 1950s and 1960s. We eat more pie than cake at our house, but these dishes work quite well for upside down cakes, coffee cake and similar, single layer cakes that are handy for snacks and quick lunch accompaniments.

And they are deep enough to use for a deep-dish pie if you like. This baking dish would also be handy for roasting vegetables in pinch, if you’re only doing a small quantity and want to make best use of your oven space.

We’ve seen them in . . . → Read More: Bake a cake in vintage Pyrex

Spice of Life, more than a dish pattern

Spice of Life casserole

There’s an urban legend among some sellers, that when you handle an item in your inventory, it will sell soon.

So I had this Corning Ware casserole in the Spice of Life pattern. I picked it up to give it a home on a shelf. Within an hour, it sold. Spice of Life is a popular pattern, discontinued in the 1980s. But there’s more to the story…

At my mother’s house for Thanksgiving, we discussed oyster dressing. Not a dish we had at home, but my stepfather likes it. My mother said she’d like to . . . → Read More: Spice of Life, more than a dish pattern

It’s Peach Cobbler Season

It’s that time of year. Peaches are on. And they’re soooo good from the farmer’s market. You can smell them as you walk the aisles…

I have a special casserole dish that I love to use for cobbler – vintage Corning Pyrex, in the distinctive ribbed berries and twining vines of the Gooseberry pattern, in pink and white. I don’t know how long Corning made this pattern. My educated guess says it was in the 1960s or 1970s, but it is now discontinued. I got a set of three Gooseberry dishes at a “granny sale” years ago, and . . . → Read More: It’s Peach Cobbler Season

Hartstone Pottery – Sweet!

This quality pottery is handmade in Zanesville, Ohio, by “the original” Hartstone.

This company has roots back to the 1970s. It went through a period of corporate ownership, and was closed.

But in a town of 25,000, the loss of 400 jobs was painful, not to mention the loss of a piece of history. Southeastern Ohio has a long history of pottery making, and most of it is gone. Roseville, McCoy, Crooksville, Shawnee and Weller are just a few of the Ohio potteries that are familiar to collectors of vintage American pottery and dinnerware.

So . . . → Read More: Hartstone Pottery – Sweet!

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