Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Whatcha got cookin'?

I've never tried using these for actually baking anything,
but they call my kitchen china cabinet home.

I once saw an image of these animal casseroles
lined up along one of Martha Stewart's kitchen ledges,
but I couldn't find it for this post.

(i have stacks of those suckers)

I've had the rabbit for about twenty years.
I made him when ceramics were all the rage.
Did any of you get caught up in that?
Wow, the ceramic tchotchkes we had!

The duck and chicken I have found since then on flea market excursions.

Now, I'm trying to remember if this is the tablecloth that
I stole borrowed from my sister. (?)

But today I thought I'd pretend
I was cooking something yummy for the casserole.
Hmmm... Hey, I know!
How about a "chicken" casserole...
I'm not really into rabbit or duck.

This poor little 30's Metropolitan Life Cook Book
got a little wet once when my sunroom leaked.
They do have some yummy recipes.

Anyone for Scalloped Turnips?

I received some of my Grandmother's painted wooden utensils,
so now I'm on the lookout for white ones.

I adore this cutting block, but the flower basket is too sweet to ruin.

Milk glass Hoosier Cabinet Salt Shaker.

OK, these are my faux cat chewed carrots.
After all, we are just pretending to cook.

Wow, I really enjoyed that pretend dinner.
Look, no calories!

I'm linking up with these great blog friends:

Linda from Coastal Charm

 Kathleen from Faded Charm

 Cindy from My Romantic Home

And Laurie from

Hope you all are having a great week!
but I'm still hungry.



  1. Wanna know what I have cookin' tonight????

    Huh? Huh? Huh????????????????????



    Love to you~Rebecca

  2. Lol those are the kind of meals I really need to eat...the pretend ones. I would stay out of trouble that way! Love the rabbit!

  3. Debra,
    I just luv your dishes...they are sooooo CUTE...the bunny is my fav! Thanks for coming to NIFTY THRIFTY TUESDAYS...hope you have a good time here:)


  4. "faux cat chewed carrots"....hahaha!!!

    Wow, you made that sweet little bunny? I'm impressed!

    Call me later (after Dancing With the Stars, of course!)


  5. Awww...I like your animal friends at the table. White is so soothing.
    Country Blessings,

  6. LOL! That was a cute post! I was so expecting to scroll down and see a yummy chicken pot pie (or something like that!) Now I don't have to drool all over your post!! :) I love all of your things and adore the pretty cutting board. I wouldn't be able to use it either...way too pretty!
    Hugs, Carolyn ~ Cottage Sunshine

  7. I'm impressed that you made that bunny. It's wonderful! I love these little animal shaped pieces too. I have a few hens on nests, ducks, etc. but all of mine are polychrome. I like the white ironstone one. Great collection.

  8. The animal shaped pieces are adorable - love the rabbit. I had take out for dinner also - smoked turkey sandwich and cinnamon apples.


  9. Better yet, my husband is the cook! He's not much for cutsy serving dishes however. However, your dishes would make a the simplest meal look gourmet.

  10. Bonjour Debra,
    Great idea for a low-cal meal! Your casseroles are wonderful in the china cabinet or with faux food!
    Good evening,

  11. They are beautiful. I have never cooked in one, either.
    Blessings, andrea

  12. Oh Debra-
    That is going to be my new favorite expression:
    I am pretending to cook.

    I love that, and all of your pretty white tureens.

    I think I need to build more cabinets...

  13. Oh Debra! I have to fix dinner now...do you think my family will go for this kind of cooking?? Sooo pretty!!!!

  14. Happy White Wedneday....glad I ate before I got here :)

  15. As soon as I saw the picture I thought, "Gee we have the same exact duck one". I think my mom made it in ceramics years ago. I have to check if we still have it!

  16. Love your animal dishes!!! Especially the rabbit...I'm partial to rabbits! I think my mom had the chicken one....I seem to remember one in my youth from somewhere.

    That cutting board is adorable! I don't think I've seen one with flowers on it ~ I wouldn't use it either!

    Happy White Wednesday!


  17. Very cute! Love the critter casserole keepers!

  18. Yes, I took ceramics about the same time. Well, we might have been in the same class, who knows? I made a deviled egg dish which I still have and a Christmas tree. My other things are long gone. I love your rabbit and it looks great with its companions.

  19. Just love your kitchen pieces~ my favorite is the covered rabbit dish!

  20. Hi Debra,
    I love these casserole dishes....I have some smaller versions and don't really know what they are for....gorgeous pictures!

  21. I loved your post today. These guys are too darn cute to cook with, aren't they? I look forward to what you come up with every week and appreciate you playing along so faithfully.

    Hope you enjoy the rest of your week.


  22. Hi Debra! Oh, how I love your pretty little tureens and all of your olden cooking things! I don't eat rabbit or duck either, but I sure could use those tureens! :)
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  23. Oh! Your cutting board is adorable!

    m ^..^

  24. Oh yes, I was a ceramic junky too! I still have a bunch somewhere, including the kitty teapot and mouse creamer!! Then there was the cow butterdish....
    At least your rabbit is white and somewhat timeless!!

  25. Hi Debra,
    I love your casserole animals! I especially love the rooster/chicken! I have a thing for chickens and roosters, my kitchen is full of them! They are truly fabulous!!
    Have a great day!

  26. I love your post, it's all about food, right? What amazing casserole dishes, I love the (stolen) table cloth. The coolest thing is you milk glass salt shaker, my collection. Happy whites to you.

    come visit

  27. That was as much fun as making mud pies! I like pretent cooking...pretend calories.
    P.S. I didn't get into the whole ceramic thingy, but goodness my sister did!

  28. Cute post! Love your header! Thanks for visiting my blog!

  29. LOL That was fun! Gorgeous photos and the best part - no dishes to wash;) Now I am hungry so gotta go find some carrots to munch on:)
    Blog: Capers of the vintage vixens

  30. oh, you just take the greatest photos and create the loveliest combination of items..

  31. I love your dishes they are really cute.

  32. Hi Debra, Your animal casseroles are gorgeous! Your rabbit is stunning! You should make some more!
    Have a great day!

  33. These white casseroles of yours reminded me of a stay at a B&B I love in the Texas Hill Country.
    They used these, only smaller ones to serve our scrambled eggs in the morning. I always think of this little getaway place when I see small animal casseroles.

  34. I'm just laughing to hard... I like your diet plan! LOLOLOL

    AND the bunny that you made! AND the other two farm animals! haha! But seriously - hide the tablecloth 'cause it belongs in your house - it's SO pretty!!!

    much love, robelyn

  35. I love calorie free eating. I love your little cassaroles. Dang...I think this made me hungry for real food though.

  36. Debra,
    Girl, I was all about the 'greenware' in the day. Bless my Mom for keeping every painted Easter egg, Valentine heart & any other thing that would hold still long enough for me to glaze! Love the faux veg, but you can keep the turnips! Lisa

  37. Your bunny casserole is fabulous! I don't think I'd bake with any of them either, although I don't usually pass up a browned baked dish! Are you going to have to return the tablecloth now that you tattled on yourself? LOL :) My daughter just tattled on herself today when she came home with my shirt on!!! She forgot or didn't think I would notice! too funny! Happy WW, Theresa

  38. I never got caught up in the ceramic trend but I L-O-V-E the bunny!!!!
    Your "faux cat chewed carrots" are the perfect accessory!!!

  39. Giggles yes I enjoyed the pretend dinner too, hugs, and really love all your treasures, hope you have a great day friend, and stop by and visit with me too. Hugs Barbara

  40. I made a nativity set and several other ceramics during my teen years! And I still have them! I love all of your wonderful kitchen items, and that cutting board is way too pretty to use!

    Thank you for your sweet comment about my house post!

    Kat :)

  41. Very cute animal casseroles, they make such a statement on your table. It is nice your sister learned to share with you because that tablecloth goes perfect with your tablescape.

  42. I love your casserole dishes. Yep, I too was into the whole ceramics thing many years ago. I remember making mushroom canisters. Ugh!

  43. Great pretend dinner and you didn't even have to wash the dishes afterward!!!!lol
    Really love your ceramic bunny casserole but I wouldn't want to cook a bunny in it!!!!

  44. Hi Debra... I love the bunny dish! I just love bunnies! Your cutting board is so beautiful... a good idea to decorate the "good side".

  45. The bunny is my favorite. You got me with the carrots, they look real, pretend. I am glad I am not the only one who stages pictures. Have a great weekend.

  46. I passed on the ceramic trend. But I love your rabbit!

  47. Yep, that is my kinda meal-a calorie free one!

    What a fun post!

    Best wishes,

  48. I've never seen casseroles like these. They are very pretty and unique. All the pictures in your post are beautiful.

  49. I love this idea of cooking, especially since I don't really like to cook. Your pictures are adorable, I love the milk glass cotainer. If you have a moment stop by I am giving away a teapot for the month of April,

  50. Hi Debra! Your white animal casseroles are darling. I am your newes follower!

    Susan and Bentley

  51. These are wonderful Debra.

    Yes, I got caught up in the ceramic craze/daze. I was a Brownie Scout Leader in the mid 1970's. All the leaders in our town got together and decided it would be great to finish out the rest of the school year, one Spring, in ceramics, so we each put our troops in a class. I made a white ceramic pitcher and bowl set. It was 1976 and I still have it. It's signed and dated...I called it my Bicentennial Project.:-)

    Happy Weekend!

  52. I love the cozy country feel of your pictures and treasures!
    Have a great weekend!

  53. Those are so neat! The rabbit you made is amazing! No, I never was into ceramics.


  54. I love your animal shaped casseroles! I also love that cutting board, how cute. Pretty things.

  55. I love your animal casserole servers, Debra. My favorite is the bunny. I have a collection of them too but then again, I collect everything, lol....Chistine

  56. Debra-I did have a duck, but broke it! Love yours. I think I'll pass on the scalloped turnips, but I love your grandmother's utensils!

  57. Debra, All of the casseroles are so cute, but I really love the bunny one that you made. Cute cutting board, and I love old painted utensils - especially if they hold familky memories. I enjoyed your No Calories post! Thanks so much for linking to Favorite Things. laurie

  58. What a beautiful post. I just love the white duck and your amazing food. It reminds me so much of France. I am a new follower and will be back soon. Hope you have a chance to come say hello.


  59. That was great! Yes, I did ceramics in the late 70's, but nothing I made look as good as yours!
    If you are hungry come on over..

  60. I have some of those too....I've always love them. Mine are tucked away somewhere! Those carrots are so beautiful! Those aren't your normal grocery-store variety!! haha!


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