Curiosities, Books and Recipes!

I found this yesterday while going thru some of my mom’s stuff.


I am so curious as to what it is so if you have ANY idea please let me know!  I know it will be painfully obvious once someone enlightens me but right now…I haven’t a clue!

I have been absent because thankfully there wasnt much to report.  Well, that isnt entirely true ~ my washer went kaput and I have been going to my mom’s to wash clothes which is all of 200 yards.  I think it might be some minor little issue so I will wait for husband to take a look at it before I panic.   But in my waiting on washing to finish I have been riding the exercise bike and go thru some of the things that I will eventually have to find new homes for.  I really have not been able to go into her room and start that dreaded progress yet.  And at the advice of much wiser people than I, I will do it in my own time.  As I had written earlier, things are just now beginning to sink in for me and January was a difficult time in that respect.  Now on to pleasant things!

Husband comes home a week from tomorrow.  He had a bit of excitement at work this past week when a co-worker had to be taken by Medi-Vac chopper to a local hospital and emergency angioplasty done.   The man is 12 years Husband’s junior and thin and seemingly fairly fit.  A bit frightening.  Apparently, this man has a rich family history of such.  It seems he will be fine now.  Hopefully.

Be sure and venture over to the Book Club page (I have renamed is so it is easier to find).   I posted a poll to decide our next book.  We will vote today thru Friday and Saturday I will post the results.  Thank you for your willingness to offer your opinion!

Now as promised: a recipe! This recipe for Tea Cakes came from an old friend of mine.  I found this recipe looking thru a zip lock full of recipes I keep meaning to organize.  This recipe makes enough for a family reunion – or you could bake a batch and share them with all your neighbors, friends, co-workers…attach a copy of the recipe – they are going to ask you for it anyway.

Tea Cakes

1 c. butter
1 c. vegetable shortening
4 c. granulated sugar ( I use 1 cup white/1 cup brown)
4 eggs
3 tsp. vanilla extract
7 c. all purpose flour                                                                                                                                                                                    1 tsp salt, 1 tsp. baking soda,  tsp. baking powder
1 c. buttermilk

Mix butter, shortening well and then add eggs and vanilla and mix until light.  Whisk all dry ingredients together in a large (very large) bowl .  Add to this very large bowl your butter mixture and stir until ingredients come together. Add buttermilk all at once and mix well.   Use rounded teaspoon to drop batter onto greased or parchment lined cookie sheet. These spread so place dough far enough apart to allow for this.  Chilling the dough will prevent some spreading. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. Do not over bake. Makes soft, old – fashioned cookies.

Now a picture for your pleasure:


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I am stumped…the only thing I can see that being is a stamp for milk bottles – maybe from a factory press??

That looks like a newsprint ad block…and perhaps the “per bottle” blank allowed them to insert the price that milk was going for that week. Very cool! It would be lovely to apply ink and print a block, then frame the printed piece with the actual block.

Your kitty looks a lot like the kitty (Lucky) that we used to have in our store. He was a giant fellow, but very gentle, and very careful amidst the fragile china and other antiques.


Susan- Tamara is correct, it is an old printers block, from a newspaper. The blank spot might have also been to insert the name of the local “Carnation dairy” geographically. Glad to see you are “finding your feet” after such an emotional and sad time. I also see you have a wonderful trip to look forward to so I will wish you Bon Chance &
Bon Voyage in advance. Be well and I will keep checking in!

My guess is also that it is a lable maker of some sort for the old milk bottles.

I agree about taking your time. We all go through these things in our own ways. May God bless you and give you peace in your heart and strong memories of the good things and times.

Laura of Harvest Lane
happy at home


I am sure it’s a plate for printing in an old fashioned printing press. If you have a letter press printers group (or a high end print shop) in your area, they would probably pull a nice print off the plate for you. I think Tamara is right, it would be great to print it and frame the block and the print together. I don’t know where you live, but the Independent Publishing Resource Center in Portland, Oregon is pretty well connected to small press printers all over. Check out their website here If you wanted to donate to a museum of typography, they could help you locate one, too!
Thanks for showing us this great find!

What a great find!

Thanks for the recipe. I’ll have to put it in my “to-try” pile.



Kim Pebley

YUMMO>..thanks for the recipe. It would appear to be a block for printing an ad. Very great keepsake!

It’s beautiful! I just re-discovered your blog tonight, I am so glad I did!

I love the picture of kitty; Tabby’s are my favourite cat! I can’t resist one that snoozes like the one in your picture. Happy to hear that the new year is moving along, albeit with a few bumps.


What a wonderful keepsake! Framing it, possibly in a shadow box, would be a nice way to display it. It appears to be a newsprint ad block.

This is a recipe I can’t wait to try. A bit different from the usual cookie recipes available. Thank you.


Great recipe and what a wonderfully content cat you have there! I was going to say it appears to be a newprint ad block as well. How wonderful!

You might be interested in looking at this site:

This is Hatch Print Shop in Nashville TN which is one of the oldest, still making print shops around. I had the good fortune to have a tour of this place, and is it ever full of history! You can see from the pictures how your milk block was used. What a fun treasure to own!

Hey~ this is so funny. I was at antique store and found a whole claw foot tub full of stamps like that. I spelled out our last name and put them in our bathroom.

Love your blog!