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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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Vintage Dinnerware Repurposed for Earth Day

Lenox china vintage sugar bowl popcorn

Earth Day is every day when you continue using your vintage china and glassware!

Most dinnerware is not recyclable, nor is broken glass or Pyrex.

Yet you can keep using those old dishes and glasses in different ways to jazz up your table setting, made up eclectic table settings, or just enjoy the style of something from decades past.

Of course, if you’re using vintage dishes to serve food, choose only those pieces that are in good condition. The cracked, crazed or chipped pieces (in most cases) can be garden ornaments, planters or the container for a floral arrangement . . . → Read More: Vintage Dinnerware Repurposed for Earth Day

Garden Dinnerware | Green for Earth Day

Garden theme dishes

Itchy for green outdoors? Start indoors, with a table setting of garden theme dishes!

Earth Day is on Monday this year.

That makes this weekend an ideal time to bring out the summer-y garden and floral dishes, to satisfy your need to enjoy growing things.

Start with any green dishes or glassware you might already have.

Add on the quantity, or piece types, you need based on how you’ll use your dishes, and your menu.

Do you need serving pieces, or just place settings?

All Greens Are Not Created Equal

Most greens can be mixed and matched to create a . . . → Read More: Garden Dinnerware | Green for Earth Day

Earth Day Baking Part 7: Serving Baked Goods

Serving baked goods Earth Day

Once you’ve made your baked goods, it’s time to eat them!

Serving breads, rolls, muffins and other baked goods to family and friends is satisfying and enjoyable. What should you know about serving them at the table (if you can resist long enough)?

Many dinnerware sets include serving pieces designed for bringing breads to the table. Bread and cracker trays are long and narrow. Some product lines include metal or earthenware pieces which are oblong, even those where the other pieces are fine china.

Serving bowls that go with your dinnerware (round or oblong) can also be used, as . . . → Read More: Earth Day Baking Part 7: Serving Baked Goods

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

Earth Day Baking Part 5: Yeast Breads

While they take longer to make than quick breads, yeast-raised breads are versatile and delicious. Great to eat by themselves, with soup, stew, or another meal – homemade breads can help you save money and eat healthier. Baking bread is also a great way to express your creativity in the kitchen.

Yeast is a living organism, employed for thousands of years to leaven bread. The yeast cells create air bubbles, which become trapped by the gluten in the flour. This causes the loaf to expand.

A leisurely Saturday or Sunday afternoon is a perfect time to practice some new . . . → Read More: Earth Day Baking Part 5: Yeast Breads

Earth Day Baking Part 4: Banana Raisin Muffin Recipe

Banana raisin muffins make use of some handy ingredients, widely available all year round.

This recipe, like almost any basic muffin recipe, can be adjusted to make lots of variations. Perhaps you are a nut lover. You can add nuts, or a combination of nuts. Or substitute another dried fruit for raisins, like dried cherries. Or replace the nuts with peanut butter, butterscotch or chocolate chips. As you learn, you will discover the combinations you like best.

Banana Raisin Muffins

Very similar to the Pineapple Raisin Quick Bread Recipe, this simple muffin recipe is tasty for breakfast, snacks or . . . → Read More: Earth Day Baking Part 4: Banana Raisin Muffin Recipe

Earth Day Baking Part 3: Bake Muffins at Home

Blueberry muffins are ever popular. Other recipes include banana raisin, apple, cranberry and many other variations.

Muffins may seem intimidating, but following a few simple techniques will help you create home baked success. Baking them at home can help you save money, eat healthier because you control the ingredients, and provide a chance to experiment and tweak recipes to suit your situation.

And making your own muffins will add baking skills to your repertoire, and you get to eat the flavorful results.

Simple tips for baking muffins:

In addition to the Quick Bread Tips in Part 1: Make . . . → Read More: Earth Day Baking Part 3: Bake Muffins at Home

Earth Day Baking Part 2: Pineapple Raisin Quick Bread Recipe

Time to get out your mixing bowls and loaf baking pans. Assemble your ingredients and roll up your sleeves. You are not far away from that wonderful home baking aroma, and the tasty results of your work.

Pineapple Raisin Quick Bread

A simple recipe with popular ingredients. This bread is flavorful for breakfast, snacks or lunches.

2 c. all-purpose flour 2 t. baking powder 1/2 t. baking soda 1/2 t. salt 1/2 c. firmly packed brown sugar 1 egg, well beaten 1 c. sour cream 1 c. crushed pineapple, including juice 1 c. raisins 1/3 c. melted . . . → Read More: Earth Day Baking Part 2: Pineapple Raisin Quick Bread Recipe

Earth Day Baking Part 1: Quick Breads

Quick breads are an easy introduction to the world of home baking. Homemade breads are delicious and economical. These breads usually include fruit or nuts. They are especially good to pack in lunches, or enjoy with a hot cup of tea or coffee, or a cold glass of milk for an afternoon snack.

By definition, a quick bread rises through the chemistry of ingredients like baking powder or soda (or a combination) – and their interaction with acidic ingredients like milk (contains lactic acid) – instead of yeast. We’ll get to yeast breads later in this series.

You do . . . → Read More: Earth Day Baking Part 1: Quick Breads

Celebrate Earth Day with Home Baking

Earth Day is April 22, and in 2010 celebrates its 40th anniversary. It has expanded to Earth Awareness Week, which we like, because a week gives time to add something new to your “green living” skills and activities at home.

In this series, we suggest baking at home as something to do to celebrate Earth Day. If you are not already a home baker, this is a new skill with ongoing usefulness, a way to help make the Earth a greener place. Wholesome food, made at home from basic ingredients, can help you and your family eat healthier, save . . . → Read More: Celebrate Earth Day with Home Baking

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

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