Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Homemaking Link Up Weekend: Vintage Woodland Cookie Jar

Ok, true confessions:  Anyone who read my Thursday post knows that I have come in here, changed some stuff up and am REPOSTING it as my Homemaking Link Up Weekend post!!  My husband has a night free of college assignments and has invited me to watch our old favorite, Stargate SG-1 with him!!  How can I resist?  Bad blogger?  Maybe.  Bad wife?  Nope, not at all!

So...please link up your homemaking-related posts below and have a VERY lovely weekend!
To be honest, I bought this vintage woodland-themed cookie jar from a yard sale last month so I could resell it!  However, while I was preparing it for a photo shoot this morning, my sweet kids saw it and fell in love.  Please Mommy!!!  Ok...we'll keep it.  Besides, it matches my blog!

My 12-year-old daughter informed me at dinner, after I'd handed her a warm cookie from the new jar, that we are now like normal families because we have a cookie jar!
Did I say a warm cookie from the jar?  That's right!  This thick, ceramic container kept our cookies warm for over 5 hours!
My family has requested that I start making more "old-fashioned homemade" meals, so I've begun scouring my great-grandma's cookbooks and recipe boxes for some new-old things to make!  I knew that since we now had a cookie jar, I'd need to fill it with cookies, so I looked for a cookie recipe in this 1926 Cook Book from the Mothers' Club in Burns, Oregon.  Our Baker family ancestors started a ranch there in the mid-1850s and there are still Baker boys running it today!

Robert, Clyde, Nina, Martha, and Jim Baker Silver Creek, Oregon c. 1905

I made these Oatmeal Cookies just how the recipe states, except I used shortening instead of lard and added raisins.  There are no baking times or temps anywhere in this book, so I figured I'd bake them at 350 until they smelled done.  They're great!

The thing that intrigued me about this recipe was that it was sweetened with corn syrup only.  They were nowhere near as sweet as my regular recipe, but they were sweet enough---the raisins helped with that.  I didn't even notice until I'd picked them out that they were submitted by Mrs. J. T. Baker.  Hmmm....I wonder how she's related???

I'm having a lot of fun playing around with older recipes!  Do you have a favorite meal that your mother or grandmother made when you were younger?  I'd love to hear about it!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Also linking with:

Katherine's Corner: Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop
The Rookie Seamstress: {What is it?} Wednesday


  1. This is a really sweet post, I love all thing vintage and family. Well I do have a hand written cookbook from my grandmother I really love it! I have to admit that I don't make very many of the main coarse's because they are very unhealthy. However I do love all of the desserts...like those are healthy right :)

  2. A wonderful post for VTT! I LOVE the cookie jar! My aunt had one like that! How fun! The books and picture are so interesting. Thanks so much!

  3. I cant' believe that the cookies stay warm that long! Why do older things work so much better???
    I'm happy that you're keeping it for your family! Cute!
    Erica :)

  4. A wonderful vintage post. Every home with children needs a cookie jar.

  5. Love the vintage cookie jar! Thanks for hosting!! Can't wait to see the cards you make from your weekend!
    visiting via DearCreatives.com

  6. Thank youfor this link party.
    Have a nice weekend :-)
    Dearest greetings

  7. Hi Sarah,
    Your cookie jar is delightfully cute....I like it.
    I like the idea of warm cookies but I've always waited until they are cold before putting them into a container.
    Love the family cook books you have.
    God Bless
    Barb from Australia

  8. I love old cookbooks! That is so neat!

    Mrs. White
    The Legacy of Home

  9. you are like normal people, giggle, that made me giggle. I love that the cookies stayed warm too. How fun to create recipes from old cookbooks. love it! Hugs and thank you for joining in the fun at the Thursday Favorite Things hop xo

  10. I love old cookbooks and I use recipes that my grandmother made all the time. She taught me to bake bread and many things that I still use to this day. I love that feeling of making things with your own hands.

  11. What a cute cookie jar and post. I giggled when you said you baked them until they "smelled done". I have a couple of cookie jars but I never put cookies in them. I wonder why...

    Have a great day!


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