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Momma’s Kitchen Monday…My Grandma’s Wooden Spoon

5 Sep

Material items seem to mean so much more when people pass.  Every time I pick up a wooden spoon a rush of emotions turn to memories of my grandmother who I lost a few years ago. Grandma Tumbleson was a whirlwind,  a silver ball of fire who could whip up an entire feast in the blink of an eye, darn a hole in any sock you thought was destined for the rag pile and had an incredible way with stories that could keep any child entertained for hours.

I remember when I left for college she gave me a dishrack dryer filled with soap, towels, cleaning  supplies and a few other kitchen essentials to include a wooden spoon. I don’t remember grandma using a mixer too much if at all growing up, but I sure remember her wooden spoon. Its just one of those things I always associated her with. She was either using it to mix up one of the heirloom recipes, or shaking it at a child when they were out of line.

 My entire family lovingly remembers her famous line that will forever be instilled in our hearts, “you better (here you have to insert the issue at hand) or I will beat your butt! “This was always said while clenching her worn wooden spoon and chasing the guilty around …most of the time the kitchen table, until you would be laughing so hard that you would agree to listen to anything she said. No one was immune to this treatment when she was around, I remember my father was even subject to this behavior a couple of times.

Today you will always find a wooden spoon in my kitchen, not only does it spark soothing childhood memories of a wonderful lady, it’s a way to teach my children about the gentle balance of order and turning life into happy moments.

My Wooden Spoon

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Things I Love Thursdays…WOOD BOWLS

1 Sep

The pioneers whittled them as needed while crossing the great plains of our country. Early settlers loaded them in trunks to bring over to the New World to begin a new life. I am talking about wooden bowls, ranging from tiny salt dishes to very large oval pieces that were used for a main entrée during supper. Not many of these old pieces have survived due to their functionality in those days, but some lie preserved in museums, admired by many. There are still wonderful pieces to be discovered out there, ones that you would have found in grandmas kitchen. 

Making of a Wood Bowl

The early settlers of this country made their bowls using very simple tools like a knife, chisel and plane. Toward the 18th century we began to see the use of lathes by colonial tradesmen making their wares. This is where the name “turner’s ware” comes from. Maple, pine, poplar, yellow birch, cherry, ash, beech, and walnut are the most common woods that were used. The most cherished by collectors are the nests of bowls that were made from White Ash and other rare pieces such as bowls using curly and bird’s-eye maple.

Wood Chopping Bowls

Most in demand and collected are the bigger chopping bowls. I prefer all the rustic nicks and chops of time in mine. Each has a story to tell and just adds to the beauty. If you are someone who prefers to restore your bowl here are a few easy steps. First, a good finish requires a light sanding with a fine paper inside and out, next use a new 0000 steel wool. Last, you can wax the outside to a high shine. The inside unfinished area just needs a fine coat of cooking oil to keep from getting too dry.

Wood Bowls Used In Your Decor

Robinhood Ware Large Avocado Oval Wood Bowl (1920’s -1940’s)

You don’t need to use your older pieces for whisking, beating or chopping in the kitchen. These nostalgic pieces of art can be beautifully displayed on mantles with seasonal decor, on breakfast nooks with colorful mounds of fruit and oh so much more. I would love to hear your ideas!

Robinhood Ware Handpainted Wood Cherry Bowl (1920’s-1940’s)

 
 
These will be listed to my Etsy Site this week!

Its Swapmeet Sunday….

28 Aug

Its been so HOT here in Central Cali that I took off extra early to beat the heat. I knew it was going to be a decent day when I heard my 80-year-old vet picker yell “junior” from over his hot coffee and donut while sitting at the taco truck waiting for more venders to arrive. These old guys call me junior, short for “picker junior” go figure, I am a young 40. I was informed he had already “scouted the perimeter” and told me where to find the good stuff.  Here are a few photos of my favorite find. A rustic antique old world cheese grater. Probably used by an eating establishment or a large family. It is a lovely handmade wood box, with the grater built right into it. A lovely glass knob also adorns the drawer where the cheese is stored. It measures 10.75″ x 71/8″ x 3.25″  I was only able to find one other Antique Wood Box Grater on Ebay

This vintage beauty is listed on my Etsy site, check it out!

ANTIQUE OLD WORLD LARGE CHEESE GRATER

Do you have the VINTAGE BUG too? JOIN ME!

27 Aug

Vintage Cooking Wall Decor

Do you get goosebumps when you see dusty untouched boxes filled with colorful old glass at the thrift store? Are you guilty of tiptoeing out the front door at 0530 on a Saturday morning careful not to wake the kids with garage sale ads in one hand and the GPS in the other?  Is there a constant race to beat the old veteran pickers at the swapmeets? Ahh….then you have it too, the VINTAGE BUG. Someone out there understands me!

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