Dear David

At the suggestion of a friend of mine, I thought I'd try an 'advice/opinion' column here on Good Things by David as a way to answer some of your questions.  On any given month I get many emails from individuals asking about this or that, which I try my best to answer in a timely manner.  Many of those queries leave me thinking that a lot of my readers would benefit from sharing this back & forth dialogue.  Why not do it in an open forum here on the blog and have you see what others are asking?

I don't pretend to be an expert, but I do have opinions, I do have experience and knowledge in areas that I blog about (otherwise I wouldn't be doing so) and I think I have an eye for spotting a "Good Thing" when I see it.  

Let's keep this fun, informal and open.  I don't want anyone to feel inhibited or shy about asking questions regarding the home, baking, cooking, collecting, style, etc.  

A Jadeite Basket Mystery
Can I Freeze Iced Cookies?
Can I Freeze Royal Icing?
Do I Keep My Depression Glass?
Mosser Glass Cake Stands vs. L.E. Smith Glass Cake Stands
What is Dutch-process Cocoa Powder?


  1. Hi David I just had a question on what I believe to be a very rare jadeite dish that I plan to sell on ebay. My mom bought it a long time ago from an antique store. We have never been able to find one like it, even on line. I was wondering if you had any knowledge on it? It is a nutmeg jar with a hand painted nutmeg on it. I'd like to send a picture nut don't know how.

  2. Christy,

    If you can find a way to upload the photo to your computer, send it to me via email as an attachment.

    Send to:

    I can't wait to see that nutmeg jar!

  3. This is a little off the subject. Although it is a question. I'm curious to what types of TV programs, movies and books you enjoy? I'm a big PBS fan and enjoy movies and have a pretty good collection of cookbooks and novels. I plan to purchase the Downton Abby series. So....... What's your favorites?

  4. OK, Coco, I'm not a big TV program watcher! Believe it or not, it's rare for me to turn on the television. If I do, I like to watch cooking shows (big surprise).

    As for books, WELL, that is a whole different thing! I read every single day without fail. I'm a big fan of mystery/thrillers, Victorianesque, some sci-fi, and the classics. For that, I would have to email you. The list is TOO long!

  5. Wonderful! You know I never get tired of having a good book to read. I keep one on the night stand. I still go to the library in town.
    I would love to hear some of you're suggestions. Please e mail.

  6. I will email you with my favorites when I get a moment!

  7. Hi, I hope you can answer my question. I have two containers of what looks like a clear gel. On the top it says, "Boo" by Martha by Mail. Any idea what it might be and what it would be used for? Thank you. Pat

    1. Hi Pat,

      Without having a picture of what you have, it sounds like something from one of the Martha by Mail Halloween kits. You can always send me photos to my email address (click on the link in the sidebar, upper right of the blog) so that I can ask around.


  8. David, I just want to tell you how much I love your posts. They are always so pretty and well written. I usually learn something. I wish you a Merry Christmas and very prosperous new year.

    1. Thank you Brenda!! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family! πŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸŽ„


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