Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Baking Cookies in the 100 Year Old Occidental Oven

I finally put my 100 year old Occidental Oven to the test today. I ran this oven for 9 hours straight at 350 degrees while I baked 12 batches of cookies. I baked as they would have 100 years ago using a Hoosier Cabinet and a gas/wood combination stove-oven. From 10:00am to 8:00pm, I did non-stop baking.


Soft Molasses before/after





Here is 75% of what I baked today. I plan on making the same amount tommorrow.


  1. OOOOOH! BEAUTIFUL! I wished I lived closer! I would beg for one of those! You sure did a wonderful job! Your oven did too and your house is just getting more gorgeous by the day!

  2. Thank you Lisa. If you lived closer, I would surely bake you some. They are delicious and my friends and co-workers love them. I'm glad you are following the house progress. I still need to tackle some big projects like the dining room and living room. The master bedroom will be next...Thank you for commenting :)

  3. Good to see you're taking good care of that Swift's Premium can! ;-)

  4. Looks like fun! I can bake cookies all day!

    I have a question for you. You have such a beautiful front door, but you now have a screen door covering it. Do you feel the screen door detracts from the nice front door? Im considering adding a similar screen door to our front, but worried the front door will 'disappear'. Id much rather have a nice craftsman style screen door, instead of a 60s style aluminum screen door (which we used to have).

    Thanks for any commentary :) Dave

  5. Thank you Dave. I love my front door. I wish I had pics of what the origional front door looked like. If I had to guess, I think I nailed it close. I always loved the look of the old wooden screen door on a rustic style bungalow such as mine. I have always thought it adds personality to these older homes. There is something about hearing the screen door slam on a warm summer night that just rings home to me. You can actually make out the details of my front door from the street. I have recieved many complements from my neighbors about my screen door, front door, whicker furniture, and schoolhouse porch light. When I first bought this house, it had an 80's style oak front door and an rod iron security gate. My goal is to restore my house to what it once origionally looked like in 1915. As you can tell from my finished photos. My kitchen screams the 1915 period...I think you should have a screen door that is period-like to enhance the age of your home for aethetics. Most all of these homes had them when they were new to allow a cool breeze through the homes during the hot summers. I have many historical books showing these homes in their hey day and most of them had screen doors like mine and some were plainer. I actually bought mine at Lowes for $80.00. I actually wanted to buy one from www.vintagedoors.com but it would have cost me $320.00. Do you have any pics of your home? I have visited your site and could not find any..Thanks, Adam

  6. Hi Guys!!! WOW!! Things are coming along! I was hoping get together to see if you guys were wanting to wait another month or so on the Engagement or if you are ready? I emailed last month but I am not sure if you recieved it as I had not heard back. you can email at carolyn@carolynwelchphotography.com Great Job on the House!

  7. I love wooden screen doors too. Looks just right to me.

  8. I love the Hoosier cabinet, it's fantastic. Also love to see an antique stove in use! I'd love to do a feature on your home and kitchen on my blog http://ramonasvintageapplianceforum.wordpress.com/Let me know - my email is antiquevintageforum@gmail.com