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Thursday, August 20, 2009

To Compote or Not to Compote....that is the Question

I was at the local thrift store today picking up what else...more milk glass (lol). To the lady behind the counter I stated that I would be willing to take the 2 compote dishes that were safely protected within a glass display case. She said the what?? The compote dishes to which I verbally guided her towards my choice. Then she asked me what is a compote?

According to dictionary.com the definition of a compote is this:

1.fruit stewed or cooked in a syrup, usually served as a dessert.
2.Also, compotier. a dish, usually of glass, china, or silver, having a base, stem, and often a lid, and used for serving fruit, nuts, candy, etc.

even though I have seen many other uses for this very quaint lovely dish. My mind was swelling with all the decorating possibilities these dishes will have come holiday season!

Therefore in the spirit of a compote and to assist all those who truly do not understand what a compote is; here is a recipe. I hope it helps!


1 3/4 c. milk
3 oz. pkg. vanilla instant pudding mix
1 1/2 c. fresh blueberries
1 1/2 c. sliced bananas
1 tbsp. orange juice
1 c. whipped topping
1 1/2 c. sliced fresh strawberries
1 1/2 c. sliced peaches
Combine milk, orange juice, and instant pudding mix in bowl; beat at low speed of an electric mixer 1 minute. Add 1 cup whipped topping and beat an additional minute. Combine fruit; arrange half of fruit mixture in individual serving compotes; top with pudding mixture. Top with remaining fruit. Garnish with additional whipped topping, if desired.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009


No doubt there are no shortage of websites out there with people selling their lives and their life's possessions.  And when it comes to collecting a lot of people use this as a gauge as to how much things perhaps should cost or what they can sell their item for.  A couple of weeks ago while I was on vacation I came across a lovely antique store.  God Bless the owners of this shop as there was a terrible storm the night before and their store as a result was flooded and one big mess.  These kind people did let me in to have a peek and allow me to drool over their HUGE selection of milk glass.  One of the items on the shelf was a milk glass oil lamp.  When I asked how much the lamp was she replied $50.oo.  Of course my mouth fell to the floor literally and suggested "Do you know how much you can get for it on EBay??"  To which she replied the prices on EBay was sooo overblown that it was utterly ridiculous.  So how much is your item truly worth??  Does it depend on who's in front of you at the time asking for it?  Are you getting any reassurance that your piece of the collection is going to be going to a home where it will be treasured as much if not more than what you had given it?  So what price is the true price?  What do you use for a gauge?  A definite part of collecting is paying close attention to all the dollar figures that cross your path right from the time of purchasing the item to the minute you end up parting with it.  Hopefully there's some happiness in the middle making these adventures all worth the while.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Me, Milk Glass & Moments of Excapism

There are no shortage of milk glass cups out there. All kinds of shapes and sizes; cartoons or business names providing a few of us with a great memory of an event that once was.

But I'm partial to the delicate looking type of cups. Ones that seem soo fragile and delicate that you carefully cradle it in the palm of your hand as you take a moment from a busy and hectic life to enjoy a beverage that warms your innermost soul reminding you that all in the world really isn't that bad after all.

My favourite tea is a Chai. The cinnammony flavour easily puts me in a dreamy state even if it is only for a few brief moments. I'm trying to be good and add more green tea as it's suppose to be terrific for the maintenance of good health but like the minty green teas instead of the plain jane ones.
And of course with it being summer (at least for a few more days) there's every excuse and opportunity available to enjoy the fruity teas. The strawberries, cranberries, peaches and more. Fun teas and just as enjoyable as any others.
And yup I did have my tea today in amongst my browsing for milk glass today.
Today was a great day. I picked up my first lamp.
Time to brew up another pot and prepare for more stories to tell.........................

Tuesday, August 11, 2009


Well my dear hubby as succumbed to my desires to collect milk glass.  He may occasionally grumble when I suggest that we should seek out thrift stores and antique stores but I really don't think he actually minds looking about in these stores.  However the collection is indeed growing by leaps and bounds.  Adding some duplicates and triplicate items to stuff I currently possess as well as beautiful new and welcomed additions.  My intentions are to clean out my china cabinet hutch; moving the china to a different spot within the cabinet and displaying the glass in the upper portion where it can be lit and hopefully drooled over by others when they enter my home. However so far these plans have just not been fulfilled yet.  It has been a very busy summer.  I do realize that it is now almost the middle of August which also means them major holidays that involve major food banquets really is not that far away yet.  So I guess sooner or later I just better get at it.  Find all the places within my home (yes and this DOES include the garage), wash it up and get it out on display.  Luckily one can daydream as to the endless uses of milk glass which should make this job go by rather quickly!  Besides....if I can get this done then the only thing left to do is add to the collection of course!!


If this affliction (ha ha) does indeed apply or define you please stop by and let me know as I will follow you and your blogs and drool over your lovely photographs!