Sunday, April 27, 2014

Cookbooks and Shiny Brites

We went to several garage sales on Saturday. 

I purchased several cookbooks.  The lady there said “Oh you are going to cook!”  I replied “No I am only going to read them.”  I like reading cookbooks, they are like short stories.   I mix the contents in my head and see if I can figure out if we will like it or not.  Or not happens a lot around here…as we are pretty much plain meat, potato, vegetable and fruit people.  I am very allergic to some foods…so food adventures are best kept to a minimum. IMG_8300

The one from Iowa is an Italian Cookbook…I know nothing of Italian food but there must have been a few Italians in Iowa to write the book.  The Akeley Minnesota Centennial Cookbook should be great fun to read, Akeley is about 45 miles away.  The cookbook from Nye Montana is a Community Cookbook, Nye is a little berg with 272 people in South Central Montana.

Found some Shiny Brites. Some that I have only coveted in antique shops. Frosted Shiny Brites

These I call Frosted Shiny Brites.

West German Ornaments

These are from West Germany. Not technically Shiny Brites …more like Mercury Ornaments trimmed with glitter. They are most likely from the 1950’s.

IMG_8307

This is the whole box.  It was a dollar.  I was pleased.  There are three other Shiny Brites in the box and one satin thread ball from the 1970’s.

The boys playing ball

Chance is still enjoying his company. 

Blog Signature

26 comments:

  1. Top shopping! I too enjoy reading recipes most of which I never attempt to make. And I cut loads of recipes from magazines and stick them into scrapbooks for presents. My stepdaughter and her husband run a cafe and seem to appreciate a great fat scrapbook of random recipes!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Some of the cookbooks from little bergs can be very interesting. anything I want to cook, I find on the internet even if I know that the micro manager has a cookbook for it.

    ReplyDelete
  3. You must have been thrilled to find the Shiny Brites!

    I like to read cookbooks, too, especially those from small communities. They always have "real" ingredients and were probably family favorites for years.

    ReplyDelete
  4. So glad you found some Shiny Brites, and what a deal! I love to buy old cookbooks too. I don't cook much any longer but I enjoy them just the same.

    ReplyDelete
  5. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'll try again.....Awesome find with the Christmas ornaments, and especially at that price! I have a few cookbooks like that, but now quite often I do what Red does and look something up on the internet, and usually I can find a version of the recipe that I have most of the ingredients for.
      I passed on the garage sales yesterday as I spent half of Friday at sales at my favourite thrift stores. I needed to stick around home and get some work done:)

      Delete
  6. I love reading cookbooks too!!

    ReplyDelete
  7. What a find on those Shiny Brite ornaments. I still love to cook from old cookbooks. Some of the best recipes are found in them.

    ReplyDelete
  8. I am another one who likes to read recipes but doesn't make them. I go back to my usuals! I am glad to learn that I am not the only one that does that. Congratulations on the great shiny brite finds.

    Shirley H.

    ReplyDelete
  9. You have no desire to try and create meals that won't get you sick? For me, that's the fun. Creating something that works safely. So much fun. I just love it.

    ReplyDelete
  10. There are a lot of us that love old cook books, I like being one of them.
    Have a fun day reading and thinking about food.

    ReplyDelete
  11. I especially love the frosted ones. You are lucky to find them at garage sales. I never find them anymore so I really treasue the ones I have.

    ReplyDelete
  12. I used to collect recipe books from places we vacationed. I have to find them! I had one from Hawaii that I'd love to browse through now

    ReplyDelete
  13. Wonderful finds!
    We're pretty much plain food eaters, too. Hubby is the chance taker when cooking.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Chance will experience empty-nest syndrome - - - once he wakes up from recovering from having company!!! We love cookbooks, too and like you - - - look for ingredients we like. We have discovered some good recipes in the last few years. This book is supposed to have delicious recipes for those with allergies. It has received excellent reviews. I LOVE a few Italian foods - - - could eat them everyday but not my husband. He wants them sparingly - - - unless it's a calzone - - - one of his downfalls for weight maintenance.
    http://www.amazon.com/Against-All-Grain-Delectable-Recipes/dp/1936608367/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1398627365&sr=1-1&keywords=against+the+grain

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks for the Link Lynda. I am allergic to Strawberries, Pineapple, Mushrooms and Celery. I am probably allergic to MSGs too. Sometimes I get ill from eggs sometimes not. It is a struggle.

      Delete
  15. Afternoon Connie, wow, great find on the Shiny Brites, love them. Blessings Francine.

    ReplyDelete
  16. My spouse have two full shelves of cookbooks and to try all the recipes would take several lifetimes. Being a meat and potatoes guy myself I don't get it.....:)

    ReplyDelete
  17. That's a great price on the ornaments!
    I've never thought of cookbooks as 'literature', but it does sound kind of fun.

    ReplyDelete
  18. I love garage sales but hate going alone. Maybe when my husband retires in two years we can get out together more. I have several of those old church cookbooks. Some of the recipes are entries from people I have known. And most of the recipes are simple. The kind I like.

    ReplyDelete
  19. ahhhh - love the frosted shiny brites :) what a great find!

    ReplyDelete
  20. Wow, your Shiny Brite pic brought back memories for me. I have a box just like that, inherited from my mother-in-law, tucked away in my closet. If I ever give those away, I know exactly who would be interested :)

    ReplyDelete
  21. Company is ALWAYS fun!!!

    Boomer

    ✿♥ღLinda
    http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

    ReplyDelete
  22. Most of the Italians in our area are third generations from Italians who came to mine coal. They do know real Italian cooking. You found some great buys. For a dollar means they just plain gave them to you. Less than a dime a piece. Good buy. Chance does appear like he likes his company just by seeing his posture as he walks. Happy tail for him.

    ReplyDelete
  23. Great finds! I felt a little surge of excitement at the shiny brites box--and I don't even collect them--LOL! Just from seeing your tree and delighting in the gorgeous display.
    Happy Chance!! He will miss his company when they are gone.

    ReplyDelete
  24. I own the Nye Community Cookbook for one recipe, page 139, the 5 Nut Caramel Tart. I knew Jean and she often used peanuts rather then pine nuts, and that's how I make it. It comes out perfect every time.

    ReplyDelete

Thanks for stopping by! I appreciate your comments! If you have a question I will try to answer it here. Connie