A Piece of Family History

When my family first moved into our old country farmhouse four years ago, I was so delighted to find out the kitchen (which was in need of much repair and a major facelift) would indeed fit my beloved Hoosier cabinet …


Gifted to me by my Great Aunt Marie a few years earlier, this precious keepsake was stored away in her basement, patiently awaiting it’s new home.
Finally, we had a home that would fit this lovely cabinet!




Diane commented on this blog that she noticed my Hoosier cabinet so I thought I would do a little post about my special heritage kitchen piece. It was formerly owned by my Great Great Aunt Dora. It is now used every day by my busy family.




This kitchen tool is so very useful in the kitchen … the enamel board expands to make the perfect work area for rolling out sugar cookies or cinnamon buns, kneading dough or rolling out pie dough for a delicious treat for my family.




On top, it holds my old pyrext bowls, some measuring cups and some favorite every day recipes, taped to the doors for quick reference.



Down below, you will find my muffin and cookie trays, along with various pie plates and cake pans.


Above, you will find cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda and powder ready for quick use. It certainly makes a fantastic baking station.


Stored in the middle, you will find my powdered sugar, brown sugar, rolling pins and vanilla.



There is even a built in flour sifterΒ  …

Do you have any special heirloom antiques in your family? Perhaps you use a Hoosier cabinet, as well? I would love to hear about it …


February 11, 2019 - 5:06 pm

Gigi Oh, wow, all of your treasures sound wonderful! We have a collection of cast irons beds, as well. Do you use the dishes?

February 11, 2019 - 5:05 pm

Gigi Sue, that sounds lovely! What a fantastic family treasure!

February 9, 2019 - 11:13 pm

sue Thank you for sharing your wonderful family heirloom with us, it is a beauty! In our home, we have a beautiful, old mahogany secretary which originally belonged to my husbands late parents. We are not completely sure of its age, however, his parents brought it with them when they moved from Michigan to Arizona to build their family home in the late 1940’s. My husband has many fond old memories of the secretary and it is filled with his family memorabilia including a photo of him as a baby sitting in front of the secretary in only a cloth diaper. (no disposable diapers back in those days πŸ™‚

February 8, 2019 - 5:28 pm

Teresa@ Simply Farmhouse A beautiful cabinet, my mom use to have one when we were little. I have a real cast iron bed that was my father’s. And a set of Walker China dishes that belong to them. I love your cabinet and how you are using it still today. Beautiful life photo’s!

February 8, 2019 - 12:07 pm

gramma Cardinal I know that gramma’s and aunties and dear Uncle Bunk can see this post from Heaven! They will be so pleased!

February 8, 2019 - 11:51 am

Diane Oh Gi Gi it is a beautiful cabinet! Knowing that it was passed down through the family is even more special. It is so convenient to have everything at your fingertips while baking. Before I had everything kind of all over in my kitchen but now it is altogether in one spot with pans, bowls, ingredients and all. Hoosiers are a bit lower than a counter too so it makes it easier for the younger ones to reach better. Love all your vintage bowls and the recipe box. The children are so adorable as usual. Lavender is so photogenic, and she seems to love the camera in such a sweet way. The flour sifter is so fun too can’t wait to use mine. Thanks so much for giving us a peak into this beautiful antique. Sometimes I enjoy being nosey. πŸ™‚

February 7, 2019 - 8:50 pm

Gigi Rachel, well … welcome! So glad to have ‘met’ you here! πŸ™‚

February 7, 2019 - 7:04 pm

Rachel This is such a gorgeous piece!! How precious that you get to use such a special piece of furniture every single day… it’s not stored away to keep “safe”… it’s actually functioning and adding value to your lives!!
When I saw the top picture I thought, “that looks like it would make an amazing baking station”! ha!
I would love a piece like this one day πŸ™‚
PS I just found your blog and I’m loving your posts πŸ™‚

February 7, 2019 - 6:32 pm

Gigi Yes, I love to do the same! There is a hoosier available near us for a similar price and I (sort of!) want to buy it for a daughter when she marries and has her own home. But perhaps that is thinking a little too far ahead!

February 7, 2019 - 6:13 pm

Monica Love your cabinet! So charming, especially in the photos with the dear gals in long braids! πŸ™‚ I saw one just this week on Craigslist for $300, she was a beauty, but no room in my current kitchen. I love antiques! While some peruse Facebook, I peruse craigslist antiques! πŸ˜‰ Hugs my dear friend!