I threw out a lot of old spices and empty jars yesterday. I kind of shudder when I think how old some of that stuff was. And you would not believe how many EMPTY spice jars I had! Ten or twelve of them? WTF?
I have a pretty nice collection of green Depression glass, but it all started with measuring cups and mixing bowls -- the utilitarian items that my grandmothers would have used daily in their kitchens. No doubt they had some serving pieces, but the everyday stuff is what drew me in. I had a pretty big weakness for measuring cups with three spouts. Most of my glass is made by Hazel Atlas (I had to narrow my focus somehow!) and marked with an HA that many people mistakenly think is the mark for Anchor Hocking. I haven't bought a new piece in years. I broke the lid to my everyday butter dish the other day, though, and yesterday I broke the ill-fitting clear piece that I was using as a replacement, so who knows...
I put two old WW cookbooks in the "get rid of" pile -- I never did use them much -- and kept the one that has always been my favorite (even though I haven't made anything from it in a long, long time). The cookbooks from Nitty Gritty Productions were probably the first two I ever bought for myself! The vegetable book has always been my go-to quick reference for general information.
The Adelle Davis book landed in my collection with marriage -- I've never read it. The "Smart" books were added with kids and I may have made a few things. I use the Household Hints for references a few times a year, usually. As far as Wild Plants, I've eaten young fiddlehead ferns, cattails, and certain fungi (other than mushrooms) -- it was a long, long time ago and I did not forage alone. I think my dad and his brothers all wanted to grow up and be Grizzly Adams or something.
I had to have a book entitled "How To Cook." The plaid books are "All About Home Baking" by General Foods, c. 1933. One of them was my maternal grandmother's, the other three I picked up -- intending to give them either to my sister's or to my daughters. I can't decide, so I still have all four. If you happen to have copy of "The Tillamook Cookbook," I did the typesetting.
There was a lot of up and down the stepladder -- and I felt it in my butt and thighs last night! The shelves were definitely dusty. This is the very tippy-top shelf and those top shelves get it the WORST! It's not only dust... it's the kind adhered to the surface with grease. Yucky, I know.
Voila! After -- clean and organized. There's even some empty space!