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Saturday, December 28, 2013

Mid Century China and a Delicious Holiday Recipe

My tastes in vintage have always run more to clothes then housewares, but lately I've been thinking more and more about vintagefying my home.  While in clothing I'm partial to the 1920s and 30s, in housewares I'm strictly a mid-century gal with a love of all things kitsch.   Lately I've been seriously lusting after mid century china.

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I'm particularly partial to the Blue Heaven style china

 and I was lucky enough to receive a Christmas gift of a small start to a blue heaven collection from my dear husband, four blue heaven bowls.

Over the coming years I hope to amass a full Blue Heaven set for my dining pleasure.   Thankfully mid-century china is fairly easy to come by whether through Ebay, Etsy (the shop Kolorize has  amazing china), vintage shops or yard and estate sales.   

Of course you need a nice hearty mid-century style dish to serve on your china.  One of my favorite Holiday meals is a delicious, and fattening,  breakfast casserole.  It is super easy to make and really rakes in the compliments, several people have told me its among the best things they have ever eaten.  I strongly recommend you bite the bullet and make it, calories be damned (you can always have fruit salad the next day).

Cowboy Christmas Breakfast Casserole

1 1/2 packages Texas Toast
12 eggs
1 1lb hot Italian sausage, removed from casing
1  cup whole milk
1 green bell pepper
1 red bell pepper
1 bunch scallions
2 tbsp minced chives
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
8 ounces grated sharp cheddar
Butter for greasing pan

Butter a 9 by 13 inch baking pan.  Line the pan with slices of Texas Toast, cutting pieces as needed.  Cook the sausage in a skillet over medium heat until well browned.   Place the sausage on top of the Texas Toast.   Whisk the eggs and milk together and stir in the pepper, scallions, chives, salt and pepper.  Pour over the bread and sausage and sprinkle with the cheddar.  Top with a sheet of butter foil.  At this point you can store the casserole overnight in the fridge which is what I always do and then bake it in the morning.  In the morning preheat the oven to 375 and place the foil covered pan in the oven for half an hour.  Remove the foil and bake for 20 more minutes until puffed and brown.  


  1. I just love your new china and can't wait to see your new pieces as they get added. The breakfast casserole sound so good. I will definitely make it.

  2. Really, you should take a look at my mother's kitchen. W are not great shoppers for new things in my family, preferring to keep the old stuff going for as long as possible, so there is much here that would now be considered vintage..
    PS What is Texas Toast?

    1. Texas toast is big slices of garlic bread

  3. Love the china. We have an old set too but the only downside is you can't put them in the dishwasher.
    Have a marvellous Monday.
    Best wishes Molly

  4. Our human makes a similar breakfast casserole, but without the peppers and onions. Sadly we don't ever get any due to stupid food allergies :( Our Mom has been lusting after vintage kitchen wares for years. She did finally get the vintage useable Sunbeam Mixmaster she wanted awhile back and some china on our vacation this year. Maybe not exactly the the perfect print for her dream vintage kitchen, but it was way too good of a deal to pass on. Have you seen the vintage Pyrex? How could I forget her obsession with tablecloths, geeeeesh. Sounds like you and our Mom would make great shopping buddies. Only one requirement we has to go for a long walkie first so we can sleep while you are out.


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