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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Acorn Cook Stove, circa 1914

~ Acorn cookstove, circa 1914 ~

This isn't the greatest photo I've ever taken but it does show our cook stove; an Acorn, made in 1914. The stove stop has seven burners, one of which is a sauce simmer and all are propane gas. The three ovens are electric and the warming oven is at top left. One of the ovens is hot, one cool and one is a roasting oven and all work. It's a great stove and I've loved using it even though when our electric goes out, only the burners work. In the winter, when a storm comes, I try and make sure I've got bread made so we're not without if the electric goes out...which it does with great regularity.

Acorns were made in Albany, NY during the last century...the same century in which I was born. Like the way that was phrased, eh? -grin-

While we didn't purchase from the Good Times Stove, they do have a great selection of antique, refurbished stoves. Their blog talks about antique stoves as well as a bit of everything else. Barnstable Stove is another good source of antique vintage stoves.

I don't believe the place we bought our Acorn is still in business but we found the restorer in an issue of This Old House magazine. They did an article on David and his business, we saw the article, called him in January '96 and put in our request. Six months later, he called us back to say our stove was ready. David told us he knew of only two such stoves in existence and the other was in Ralph Lauren's Colorado home. Such things impress some people but I'm not one of 'em; I'm just happy to have such a fantastic stove and can only hope Mr. Lauren loves his old stove as much as we do ours.

Suzanne hosts a Vintage Thingies Thursday and I decided to participate. It's been a lot of fun, visiting other sites that are showcasing vintage things. Funny, that. We used to call it antique but, apparently, now the name has morphed into vintage. At any rate, I see my house belongings in so many of these vintage posts. I suppose that what's happens when you've been housekeeping for as long as I have -smile-. I hope I remember to do this again next week, participate in VTT; it's been fun, talking about our stove and doing a bit of research. Perhaps next week I'll talk about my Romanian fiber and textile artifacts.

Right now, I need to post this so I can bake some Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Squares for Quilting Bee tonight. I've been a slackard today; time to get something useful accomplished! In the meantime, here's the recipe for the Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Squares. I wish I could remember where I found these but, at any rate, I've changed the recipe just a tad so, perhaps, the original author wouldn't want to be referenced anyway.

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Squares

2 1/4 cups flour
2 1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
4 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
2 cups pumpkin or 15 ounce can
1 cup chocolate chips plus another cup for frosting

Butter or spray a 13x9 inch baking dish and preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
Cream butter and sugars.
Add eggs, stir.
Add pumpkin, stir.
Mix together dry ingredients and add to pumpkin mixture; blend.
Stir in 1 cup of chocolate chips.
Pour into pan and bake for 45 minutes, more of less, depending upon your oven.
Sprinkle the remaining chocolate chips over baked goods, let melt and then spread as frosting.

P. S. If you're looking for the book give-away, Gift From The Sea, it's in the post prior to this one. 

Until next time,

Blessings ~ our old Acorn stove ~ antiques ~ tripping down memory lane ~ quilting bee ~ home baked goodies ~


  1. I have one feeling right now....JEALOUS!!! Oh my gosh, that stove is gorgeous!!! :) I've been wanting a reproduction one for about 10 years now. Elmira Stove Works makes some lovely ones. What a treasure you have there.♥

  2. Love that stove....I have an affection for that year... my father was born that year.....amazing how different our world was. Plus, you are PC by repurposing an old and beautiful...Imagine all of the home-coooked meals prepared on it.

    warm wishes,
    Karen Eileen

  3. ROFLOL! As if Ralph Lauren has EVER turned on a stove! Of the two I am certain that yours is the only one that is actually used.

  4. It's a great stove, and I always love to see old pieces used the way they are meant to old spinning wheels working away!

  5. that is a great cool.

  6. What great post. I have trouble with all the gadgets on my new stove -- I would never be able to figure yours out LOL!!! Thanks for the recipe, I just might try it.



  7. Awesome cook stove - thanks for the recipe!

  8. What a beautiful stoveand how much fun it must be to cook on it. Maybe I was born in the wrong era...I love old things.

  9. What a cool stove and your pumpkin squares sound delicious! By the way, your blog header photo is Beautiful.

  10. Thanks for the recipe, and happy VTT.

  11. How lucky you are to have found that stove! Both attractive and practical - I'm sure it works much better than many new electric stoves. :)

  12. A truly wonderful old stove Sandra. Such a brilliantly efficient set up. :^)

  13. I commented just after you on the bluebird giveaway and thought how long its been! I love the header photo and thank you for the recipe!

  14. You lucky girl! I love that stove! Such character, and I bet it's fun to cook on it too. And that recipe sounds yummy!
    Happy VTT!

  15. They certainly don't make 'em like they used to, do they? My oven is currently acting all ka-flooey, and I know it will be over $100 just for the part...and it is only 8 years old.

  16. I'd love to cook on that stove! Thanks for the yummy recipe which I've bookmarked.

  17. I am in love with a stove! Ye gads, that is a beauty!
    We have an old stove in one of our barns that came out of this old house from around the early 40's.
    It is on my list of things to "re-purpose on this old farm.

    Hope your day was better today, Sandra..

  18. Love love love the love love your brothers farm!!! I want both of them!!

    I also love the deer fabric for your nephews quilt and so should he!!!!

    I may try this pumpkin recipe this week!!!

  19. Welcome to VTT!!! I should be so ashamed of myself....being jealous over that fabulous stove...but I am not...hahaha....It is wonderful...and I can only dream of what it would be like to cook on that beauty....loved your post today....and thanks for posting such a great recipe!! Have a great VTT and I can not wait to read your post next week!!

  20. Lovely stove, lovely farm, lovely recipe! I can't wait to try it!!

  21. Years ago, before my husband and I had any children, we would visit his great-aunt and her husband who owned and lived in an amazing old home with turrets that is on an Idaho State Calendar. We could not help but admire all the many fantastic antiques they owned, lived with, and used but once when we were talking about the antiques she laughed and laughed because she said those "antiques" were new in her hey-day. That is how I am beginning to feel when I see the "vintage" blogs and advertisements...hey! Those aren't antiques, they were new when I was a young thing!

    Beautiful stove, love the post Sandra...vintage lassies that you AND your stove are!

  22. What a great stove!! I think it would be fun to cook on this "vintage" beauty. Thanks for sharing about it.


  23. I have to say that I would love to have that stove in my kitchen. What a lovely little thing to be able to use each day.

  24. Dear Sandra,
    Hi from Kansas.
    I love your stove!!! It's fantastic. I can just imagine you using this and fixing good home cookin' meals!
    You lucky duck you.

    May you have a blessed Thanksgiving,

  25. Hello Sandra, So nice to meet you! I have just perused several of your posts to get to know you a bit better. Lovely place you have here. Awesome header photo.

    Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving your comment. I'll be sure to stop by again to spend more time.
    Kindly, ldh

  26. Hi Sandra:
    What a beautiful, old stove. I love cooking with gas and miss my range in Wisconsin. (We've got electric in FL) I hope some day we can bring a line in and convert to what I really love to cook with!

    Thanks for visiting my blog yesterday. I'll be sure to give you entries in the Giveaway! Hope you come back and visit every day during the drawing! Good luck!

    Looking forward to getting to know you better.

  27. i love the stove! and the recipe for the pumpkin squares sounds wonderful! thanks for the recipe! have a great weekend

  28. What a treasure - I have a commercial propane cooktop but nothing so truly functional as your vintage beauty. Being also from the last century I prefer to think of myself as vintage rather than oldie - I agree with KathyB - hard to hear things I got in my Hope Chest referred to as antiques!

  29. Gorgeous, gorgeous stove! My mother would swoon over it :) She has a reproduction "old" stove and it's such a joy to cook on. When we moved into our own place (huzzah!!!) we were so thankful that our loft had one of the few gas stoves. I think there may be only two others out of 16 lofts. A prayer answered! When I can install my own oven, I want an Aga shipped from across the pond.

    Happy Tuesday,

    PS: the chocolate chip pumpkin bars sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing the recipe.


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