In My Kitchen… I can’t remember the last time I had a complete set of dishes. After multiple moves over the years, their numbers diminished one cracked plate, chipped cup, or broken bowl at a time. At best, I was down to a half-dozen or so “blue plate specials,” fortified by odds and ends brought home from my forays to the flea market and thrift store. Color-wise, they blended well with our lake surroundings and I’m grateful for their longstanding service — thirteen years and counting. Still, my heart yearned for a matched set.
Then, along came these…
An incredible gift from my sister. (Thanks, Sis! xo)
Notice their resemblance to my favorite time of year?
I’m soooo excited! (Couldn’t resist showing you another peek…)
They fit perfectly in my hutch (aka repurposed entertainment center) — meant to be! As if that weren’t enough, the ochre-colored vessels were recent gifts from my daughter. (Thanks, Bebe Girl! xo) I’m loving this vibrant corner adjacent to my kitchen.
In My Kitchen… are (were) crispy, airy popovers baked in a popover pan from my Mom. (Thanks, Mom!) I enjoyed mine with gravy (ala Yorkshire pudding) while the Man Of Few Words slathered his with butter and jam. For this batch, I used King Arthur Flour’s Gluten-Free Multi Purpose Flour (my first attempt at gluten-free baking here’s why) and was entirely pleased with the results. (That’s not an endorsement, nor sponsorship — just my opinion.)
In My Kitchen… is the cutest lil’ step stool made by The Man Of Few Words. He crafted it many years ago for his Mom who is, shall we say, “vertically challenged.” In his typical humor, he wood-burned this on top: “Mom, now you can reach the silverware drawer!!!” (Worn thin from decades of use, but the sentiment is still there.) I can’t recall when she passed it on to me, but it’s been indispensable in my kitchen, too. (Thanks, Mom!)
In My Kitchen… is a birdseed jar (part of the new set) that will come in handy in a few weeks. During the euphoria of my recent blessings, I took leave of my senses and volunteered to lead a craft session (yes, moi) for tiny tots at our church. It involves making bird feeders out of pine cones, peanut butter, birdseed… and a whole lot of messy fun. How could I resist?
The other 364 days of the year, it’ll serve as a cookie canister.
In My Kitchen… it’s time to have another cup o’Joe, gaze at the backyard beauty before it’s gone, and count my blessings… over and over and over.
Each month Celia at Fig Jam & Lime Cordial hosts In My Kitchen and it’s a pleasure to take a peek at her ingredients, utensils, and musings about life, as well as those from contributors around the world. Do hope you’ll join us!
Enjoying colorful blessings,