Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The Sister Wife and Her Utensils

Last week, my cousin and her family packed up and moved to a house nearby. When I asked her what she needed the most help with, she said her kitchen, so I went to be an extra set of hands. For the last few years, they've been living in her step-grandfather's house which is SOOOO groovy. He had been an interior designer in the 60s and 70s, and that house hasn't been updated since then. Carlee and Bryan had done a few things to make the house more livable, but knowing that they weren't owners, they pretty much made do...and the house was GREAT!

But, it was time for the family to sell the house...which meant packing up all of their stuff, then sorting through a lifetime of memories.

So, being that my job was the kitchen, I helped pack up dishes, pots and pans and china. But then I started coming across some of the step-grandfather's items and they were CRAZY! So crazy that we didn't know what they were.

Join me on a little tour, won't you?

This ladle would be SO AWESOME if it still worked. Why do you ask? Because it has a thermometer built right in. Great for making sure your soups won't burn the taste buds off your tongue!
This one stumped me. It was a metal spatula-type thingamabob with a lever. When pulled it fans open. We believe it may have been a pancake turner.
Lastly, we were CLUELESS on this one. In my opinion, it's some sort of walnut cracker. Why does it have a little catch basin on it? We'll never know!
So, you may be wondering why I labeled this post "The Sister Wife and Her Utensils." Well, we also found the amazing long apron (that I'm wearing above while making my crazy face). It was so hideous and long that all we could do was laugh. Also, I'm holding a fish shaped copper mold. Isn't THAT just the shape that you want to make jello out of???

I hoped you enjoyed this little tour of the 60s and 70s as much as we did!!! Maybe if we start saving some of our favorite appliances and utensils now, OUR grandchildren will say the same thing!!!


Kelly @ Dare to be Domestic said...

lol this is awesome - you look so Amish in that picture! I love all these old things. My mom used to always play "Guess what this is" with friends because she and my father collected so many antiques. My favorite things they collected over the years were beer taps for old huge barrels of wine and beer.

Kristin said...

I think that bottom one is a lemon wedge squeezer. Oh man I would have LOVED to be there going through all that stuff! I am trying to collect up those copper molds too.

Diane {} said...

Love your post, I miss watching Big Love. It very entertaining. I have a fish mold just like that, I'll wait until you stop laughing... I use it for a crap dip, makes me think I should make it and show you how cute it can be:) and I have the lime squeezer on the bottom, perfect for making a margarita!
Great blog!

Condo Blues said...

You look straight out of Big Love. Not so Amish - they don't wear lace eyelet.

The Muse said...

Hello found your blog in my travels today! Very nice, I must say. Loving today's posting...And totally aging myself, as I knew these utensils...

Perhaps your blog is too hip for this old Muse? (maybe I will just stalk you if you don't mind!)

Suz Broughton said...

I'm pretty sure my mom used to have that apron.