Look what I found! A vintage fondue pot. Brand new in the box still. In glorious burnt orange. I love the color orange.
I simply could not pass up this vintage find. There are no dates on the box. There's still a few ways to get a very general idea of how old it is though. Zip codes: yes. UPC codes: no. An educated guess: not as old as the late 1950s, but most likely, before the early 1970s.
There's another reason I couldn't pass up this vintage fondue pot. A wonderful memory. Right before Young Sarge followed in Paratrooper Man's footsteps by joining the U.S. Army, we went on a family trip. Young Sarge would be "shipping out" in early January 2006. So, instead of a traditional Christmas at home, we went skiing in Keystone, Colorado for Christmas 2005. We skied. We ice skated. We snow tubed. We bonded. We made memories. And instead of the traditional turkey & mashed potatoes for Christmas Eve dinner, we dined on a snow-covered mountain top. We dined on fondue. Nope, there was no way I was passing up this vintage fondue pot. I am hoping to re-create some of those fun memories from Colorado.
Later tonight, the girls & I are planning a chocolate fondue extravaganza. Don't worry. I'll be sharing the fun with ya'll. But, first, let's take that walk down Memory Lane.
Getting there is half the fun. You see, Der Fondue Chessel in on top of a mountain, elevation 11,444 feet . To get there, you have to take 2 ski gondolas.
It's not warm in Colorado in December, by any stretch of the imagination. It was negative 20 degrees (as in 20 degrees below zero!) most of the time we were there. The ski gondolas are not heated either. They give you lots of blankets though. Here we are on the lower ski gondola earlier in the day while we were playing in the snow. Don't we look warm & toasty?
Don't you just love those pictures where one child is trying to get the other child to pay attention & pose for the picture? Seems to happen a lot in my pictures.
If you survive riding the 2 ski gondolas in sub-zero temperatures, you are rewarded at the top with a warm & friendly fire inside the restaurant.
Look at poor Goldlilocks. She's so tired from the fun day that she just wants to go to sleep. Trust me, she perked up when the chocolate came out.
I like looking at these photos. They are before the aliens came & stole my little girl from me. And left me with some strange pubescent creature.
Drama Queen doesn't like this picture. She threatened to hide all the chocolate in the house from me if I put it on the blog. I guess she doesn't know about my secret stash behind the vacum cleaner.
I think I've told ya'll before that I hide things that I don't want anyone else to find. Stuff I'm hoarding for myself. Stuff like Girl Scout cookies. Especially the peanut butter patty thingies. I hide them behind the vacum cleaner. A place where no one else in my family ever goes. Ever.
It just warms a mother's heart to see her 2 little girls sharing a meal together & bonding. One feeding the other. Enjoying the delicious tastes & experiences together. Actually, I think she spit it out right after I snapped this picture.
What's a Swiss Alpine experience without an Oompah band?