The Story of Our House

A few of you commented on the ramekins I used in our last post.  Where did they come from, you ask?  They actually came from our house.  Kevin and I moved to Seattle from Southern California almost two years ago.  In the autumn of 2008, we started looking for a house, but–being the picky people we are–we couldn’t find one that was perfect.  During this time, we drove past an estate sale and wandered in.  The house was a wreck: it hadn’t been updated in 30 years, everything was threadbare and dirty, and I remember saying to Kevin “well, at least we’re not looking at this house.  (Famous last words, trust me.)  I found a box of Anchor Hocking casserole dishes and ramekins at this estate sale in the Meadow Green pattern, which was produced between 1967-1977.

To make a long story short, we bought the house a few months later and it became our threadbare and dirty house!  Originally, Kevin and I were searching for a ‘time capsule’ house that had vintage style and didn’t need much work.  Sadly, they were out of our price-range, so we had to make some major renovations to the house in order to turn it into a place we’d be proud to call home.  But that’s the subject of another post–back to the ramekins!


So, after hauling away my casserole dishes and ramekins, a few months later, they came back to their house, which was now our house!  I use the dishes, especially the ramekins, often and I think they like that they’re being put to good use!  In fact, I used them in today’s recipe, which comes from a 1940’s (or maybe 1950s?) cookbook from the Mayflower Church Guild in Minneapolis.  I tried to find the church online, but it seems that it’s now the Museum of Russian Art.  I guess times and churches change, don’t they?

Dorothy Olson’s Banana Nut Muffins

Transcribed from the Cook Book of the Mayflower Church Guild, 2nd edition

1/3 c. butter

1 c. sugar

2 eggs beaten

1 1/3 c. flour

3 tbsp. buttermilk

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. baking soda

3/8 tsp. baking powder

1/3 c. chopped walnuts

2/3 c. mashed banana

Mix in order given and bake in a moderate oven (350 degrees).

I baked ours for 30 minutes and they turned out perfectly!


  1. Reply
    Kate April 1, 2010

    Banana nut muffins! I would enjoy one of these with my breakfast coffee!

  2. Reply
    Michelle Harding April 2, 2010

    And my partner’s name is Olson…the dishes and story are so wonderful and so very you Alison. I recall your recommending purple tomatoes to me years ago. Thanks for posting.

  3. Reply
    alison April 2, 2010

    @Michelle: awwww, I’m glad you like the blog–it’s been really fun starting it up. Yay for purple tomatoes!

  4. Reply
    Kathleen April 2, 2010

    These sound wonderful! Yum

  5. Reply
    theUngourmet April 3, 2010

    Thanks for sharing the ramekin story and this yummy muffin recipe!

    Have a lovely Easter!

  6. Reply
    jamie April 8, 2010

    I love the ramekins and I love Seattle. I lived in Seattle on E. Newton about a block up from the floathouses on Lake Union. We are in the Sierra foothills of California now but I would love to return to Seattle someday. It is such a beautiful city.

  7. Reply
    alison April 9, 2010

    @Jamie: We switched places! I’m from Bakersfield, Ca originally and lived in L.A. for a long time before moving over to Seattle. 🙂

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