We are building a casita for my parents to live in. (They may or may not move in--another story) As the project is coming together, I am beginning to pick out things that are a bit more fun.
There is a kitchenette, so I need dishes. As much as I love antique china, it needs to be microwaveable dishes.
|Some antique teacups I ADORE!|
I have a lovely set by Villeroy and Boch, Audun Ferme, which I use in both houses. I just didn't feel like getting more of the same. Also, the quality of their mfg has gone down hill--the transferware is fuzzy compared to the older stuff.
More plates I love to use, but these are bone china.
I fell in love with the plates below and "knew" they were the ones I was getting before I looked at the description. How cheery, right?
This is another design.
I was really sorry I couldn't find anything like this that would microwave. I need simplicity here. My parents are in their 80's and they won't be following any instructions about microwaving on a paper plate..
So I kept hunting. I had to do my shopping on the internet, no time to hunt for anything in person. The next dishes I spotted were from Pierre Deux.:
This pattern is called Louis XV. I really like the scalloped edge. It is microwaveable. PLUS! It comes in different colors. I thought a blue salad plate would be fun.
I went to place the order, but some dishes are back ordered until July. I hate that--having been through the backorder scenario with Restoration Hardware.
So I then went to Williams Sonoma to purchase an induction hot plate. I spotted these lovely dishes. The photo is much lighter than the actual china.
I also picked up some towels to match their new kitchenette.
Everything is packed up waiting for our trip to the project, so you'll have to wait for the "reveal" photos. I just thought I'd share what is going on. Today I must get some stone-sealer enhancer, take back the induction plate, and purchase an ADA toilet. That should explain the lack of blogging.
The induction plate for the casita looks like a winner:
It's from Williams-Sonoma, and a Caso Blue Two. This is the second one we've tried. We put a pot on it--and clicked on each temperature setting. 210 works, 250 it goes off, and then 290 it goes on. Both units have the same problem. I am not happy because I REALLY wanted this unit. It was on sale for $199, regularly $350. However it is the only unit that has a knob in this price range. All Clad and Viking units are over $400. The knob was important as an 83 year old isn't going to like the electronic pad.
So unfortunately I will likely get this one below. It's a great price on Amazon, but no dial.
Max Burton, 1800 watt, no dial $68.49 delivered. As long as I was having problems, I may as well save some money too. Water boils at 212, and the major complaint with these units is that the "tuning" isn't as fine as needed so it's easy to burn stuff. I just couldn't risk going from 210 to 290. (max on these units is 450).
I'll let you know how it goes. The reviews about these units are amazing...people love the speed and the ability to have an extra burner.
There is one caveat. I have to check with my mother's doctor. She has a pacemaker. If it is a unipolar left-sided pacemaker I will be using it myself. Otherwise induction would be great for her. She has dementia and the idea that it cools quickly is a good thing. (We are trying to ease her out of all cooking).
I'm off! I hope to run outside with the camera and record the wonderful late spring in the yard here in the cloudy northwest!