I adore the housewares sections of hardware stores. A really good hardware store, preferably one in the country, has the most practical, heavy-duty tools for housekeepers. I normally do not "shop," by which I mean I don't browse through a store to see if there's something I want to buy (because there always is because those marketing people know what they're doing - this is a terrible way to keep spending down!).
However, I do like a quick run through the housewares section of an old-fashioned hardware store. And that's how I found these great little glass dessert dishes for $1.59 each.
I have had small dessert dishes on my list for a month or two, so I was thrilled to finally cross it off and bring these cuties home. Mr. Thrift likes them, too, which is no small feat when I'm trying to combine my thrift and his taste (and my taste! I have taste too!).
Here they hold nice little servings of Graham Cracker Pudding. This winter, it will be home-canned peaches with a crisp cookie on the side for a company dessert.
Updated with recipe for Rebecca:
Graham Cracker Pudding - recipe from my mother with a few tweaks by me
In a medium saucepan, bring to boil, stirring constantly (get a book!):
1 quart milk
1 cup crushed graham crackers (I used cinnamon graham crackers this time - that was nice)
2 beaten eggs
1/2 -2/3 cup brown sugar
When the glop comes to a definite boil, remove from heat. Refrigerate overnight - it will solidify. The next day, beat the heck out of it with an electric mixer. Fold in 3/4-1 cup whipped cream - too much whipped cream will dilute the graham taste. If you plan to use a sweetened commercial whipped cream, then use the lesser amount of sugar in the pudding. Gently transfer to a glass serving dish. My mom always made a little fluffy disc of whipped cream on top and sprinkled on some graham cracker crumbs for pretty.
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