The trouble with simple living is that, though it can be joyful, rich, and creative, it isn't simple. ~Doris Janzen Longacre

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Friday, February 25, 2011

Buying Memories ....

Well yeah that's what I been up to this week, you can wonder how that's possible but the Ebay offers are hard to resist for this collector of old wares. I had promised myself to stay off Ebay and stop going to the antique auctions but it so hard to bypass these memory making items. Oh some 45 years ago (now I am giving away my age)my mother and I were baking biscuits, lots of biscuits, the kitchen table was packed with baking trays and cooling racks, hot biscuits just out of the oven. And more baking trays with pretty shaped flowers, stars and other shapes, dough just piped out with a biscuit maker. Filled up with dough and then pushed out like an icing set thingy. I remember making rectangle biscuits and spreading an icing filling on the smooth side and then putting another biscuit on top, just like a sandwich. Strangle how a child sees things so much simpler than an adult. This is what I purchased to make memories with my grandsons and maybe grand daughter one day. We're going to bake biscuits!

My childhood was sometime a little lonely as a only child, but I got to spend a lot of time at my Grandma's house. Those were the best days and I had her all to myself, Mom was like an only child, her half brother was at least 20 years older than her. He never really came to visit my Grandma (she married her brother in law, a sheep farmer, when her sister died, it was different those days, the child needed a mother and out of duty? she married my grandfather. He passed when Mom was 18yrs old)
Now one of the things we did at Grandma's house was make butter, real butter! Stirring that butter churn was hard work for a little girl, waiting for those little yellow specks to form and then bigger blobs of yellow butter. Then Grandma would take over, add a little salt after draining off the liquids. She'd mould it into a square block and we'd give it a taste tester on freshly baked bread. Those loaves where raised high with a round crusty top. So as you might have guessed by now, I bought a glass bottled butter churn, it's got a metal screw on lid with a wooden paddle, that tells it the real thing, used long ago by a busy housewife caring for her family.

Talking about my uncle, he had owned a small saw mill and struggled to make a good living. The farmhouse they stayed in was old and in need of TLC, and no power. My cousin was just a few months younger than me, so it was quite a novelty for me to have candles burning and kerosene/paraffin lamps to light up the house. My mom had just bought me a new wardrobe for the holidays, old cloths was just not on you know, and this was our first stop, then on to the other family. Well by the time we left there I had only the clothes on my back cause I had given all my new clothes to my cousin. Mom had to buy me more for the rest of the holidays, something that she can laugh about now but it was done and there was no going back. My next purchase was a set of green glass paraffin lamps. It is made in China so is not very old but it will be handy at the farm and blend into the deco.

I did also buy a whole lot of seeds, so tomorrow we need to go get a few bags of mushroom compost to dig in ...
and I have a date with a few chooks ...
Happy weekend for everyone


  1. What a neat find! I love your oil lamps! I have one myself for emergency power outages.

  2. Beautiful butter churn! I have one similar to that with a four paddle setup. I think mine is a gallon size. My mom used it when she was a child living in the white house to the left as you look at my profile picture. I absolutely love the things you collect! I was fortunate enough to receive many tools that my grandfather used for taking care of his animals and building their post-and-beam framed barns. Wonderful family heirlooms!

  3. Wonderful, wonderful post! I have the first item still in the box from my Mom. I'm sure Mom bought it as a "spare." Something else that I have are her cookie cutters. Oh, so very neat.

  4. I heard ebay referred to as Evilbay the other day :D

  5. A beautiful collection Rina.
    I well remember making biscuits with my Mum with one of those 'biscuit makers', thanks for the trip down memory lane.

  6. I love the biscuit press and the butter churn ......and the the lamps. I can remember times with my aunts that had no power doing all those things and the great memories that will stay with me forever.

  7. Oh what a great collection. I used to have one of the biscuit makers, we called them cookie presses. I never could get it to work very well though.

  8. I remember using a churn and making butter....with my grandmother. Trish

  9. I enjoyed reading through your blog, I'll be back!

  10. Hi Rina, Nice to meet you, you have such lovely treasures around your home. I will keep on reading after this comment...I Have the exact same biscuit maker although it is not in the box so I'm so glad you posted this picture. I have had mine for many years but have never used it as I am not quite sure what kind of biscuit mixture to use with it...Did your booklet come with a recipe? If I'm not being to cheeky, I would be ever so grateful if you could please pass a basic recipe..:)