Working with Vintage Kitchen Tools

To the chef, a kitchen full of useful tools is a cause for rejoicing.

I happen to have been born outside of my true era, and I love Vintage Tools in my kitchen!  This vintage Sunbeam Mixmaster mixer (from the 80’s)  has won my heart because of its color and dependability.  I can pull it out in a jiffy, and mix up some buttercream icing pronto.

sunbeam mixer
I spied this beautiful mixer at a local Thrift Shop

I remember that my Grandmother Vivianne, who was an excellent cook,  had an exact replica of this mixer.  Her fried chicken was second to none, and my Father begged for her chocolate fudge and molasses cookies every Christmas.

Imagine my delight when I came across this mixer at Salvation Army last week.  My mind flooded with happy memories of Grandma’s tiny apartment, those irresistible aromas coming from her impossibly small kitchen.

united in love

Every birthday in our family is a chance for me to pull out this mixer

and remember my Grandma while whipping up some delicious


vintage mixer

On party day, my family flocks to our Cottage, knowing that they are about to taste

a new cake with unique flavor.  My son loves Lemon Cake with Lemondrop Icing.

My sister insists on my Coconut Cake for her birthday celebration.  Barbara, my

niece, begged me to make a yellow butter cake for her Bridal Shower.  I always

come through, and I totally enjoy the process.

my wedding cake
Barbara’s Bridal Shower Cake: Yellow Butter Cake with Buttercream Icing… Yellow Roses from my backyard!

cake nat house


This love of baking has been passed on to my child.


From the time he could see over the counter, my son  has shared in my joy of cake

creating.  He now creates his own confections, being asked by friends to make their

Birthday Cakes these days.


What a satisfying feeling to watch him in the Kitchen.

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Our son (years ago, age 8) preparing the pans for his latest cake creation

Our boy  loves hearing stories about his Great Grandmother Vivianne, even though

she died many years before he was born.  I think it is wonderful to pass down

stories and facts of the family members who have gone on before.  And I love

passing down baking…


What hobbies have you shared with your children recently?

With Love and Hugs from



My Husband just showed me this beauty he found on ebay for $49.97…  I am tempted to purchase it in case my faithful mixer finally goes Ka-Put.