Here’s my lunch today. A fresh salad with all kinds of yummy goodness! Organic greens, alfalfa sprouts, walnuts, dried cranberries, carrots, red peppers, red onions, grated cheddar from the farmer’s market, and hard boiled eggs courtesy of my very own free-range hens. Yes, those are croutons… I love them, what can I say? At least they are organic.
And you know what… in my mind, it all tastes better on my new-to-me vintage dishware I found at our local Goodwill. I’m addicted to all things vintage! This gal gets giddy about stoneware made in Japan!
Today’s “stoneware” is NOT what it used to be! It simply does not hold up. I’ve went through more new dish sets in my 21 yrs of marriage than I care to say. Disappointing to say the least. That’s why I refuse to buy new dishes any more. I’ll stick to dishware from the 60’s and 70’s. If a dinner plate can last all this time without chips, well that’s impressive and says QUALITY! And guess what, if I chip or break it, I’m only out 50 cents to a buck usually!
I have 4 each of these dishes below. I also have 4 teacups that happen to have a solid green band and no floral pattern, and match all 3 patterns. I also have 4 saucers to match two of the patterns. For some I know having a mixed set would not be acceptable, but not in my book. I love the different patterns and typically only collect florals. Aren’t they pretty?
See the maker’s mark on the back of each plate. Made in Japan…. NOT made in China! Big difference! That’s what you want to look for. And let me tell you, when you pick up a vintage stoneware dish you can FEEL the difference! They are solid! They just don’t make stuff like they used to!
Oh what is that next to my salad plate? My 40’s vintage cookie jar. We don’t keep cookies in it though. It’s become a catch-all for little objects.
Do you collect vintage dishware? I’d love to hear about your finds!
Here’s a great recipe for a healthy salad dressing. Skip buying them at the store. You can make your own. It’s quick and easy, with just a handful of ingredients! I love to say, “I made that!”
NingXia Red Salad Dressing Recipe:
- 1 oz Olive Oil,
- 1 oz YL’s Ningxia Red
- 1 oz Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1-3 drops YL’s Lime EO (depending on taste
Great on salad, coleslaw, or marinade. Add YL’s Citrus Fresh instead of Lime. Add a little honey to naturally sweeten (I did!). Season to taste. You can even blend in an avocado to make it creamy. Options are endless! Try it!
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