Let's talk kitchens, shall we? Or rather... kitchen tools.
I spend A LOT of time in the kitchen. Three square meals a day x 7+, baby. I discovered a looooooooooonnnng time ago that having the right tools can make the work downright pleasant. I was asked recently what are some of the best kitchen splurges a new bride should stock her kitchen with and it got me inspired to look around at what I most appreciate.
Ironically, almost everything in the picture above I have only recently gotten within the past year or so. Most of the items in the picture were gifted to me by a sister in law who also loves to cook. (Everyone should have a Holly in their lives.) But they all *spark joy*, Marie.
I'll tell you about the things in the picture and then share some treasures that are too used and utilitarian to be photo worthy after that.
Warning: With the exception of things given to me by above stated sister in law, I have nothing top of the line except my dehydrator...which I could only afford after getting a huge tax return. I lean toward cheap, always. Second hand will do, cast offs are even better.
Here we go:
Last Christmas, my sister in law gave me two gorgeous turquoise enamel coated cast iron dutch oven/pots.. And my world was rocked. Using them for cooking things LITERALLY makes me happier. They cook things so awesomely, can be used on the stove top and then transferred to the oven without switching pans, hold a lot more food than just a cast iron skillet and the very, very, very best part? When the food is done and I have to call to the four winds to find children and husband to gather 'round the table, and it takes 15 minutes for them to find their way to the table... the food is still HOT. They also work great if you are taking a meal to someone or to a Thanksgiving dinner. There have been plenty of nights where I was madder than a hornet that I had slaved away to make a good meal just to have to eat it cold or reheat it before even taking a bite because I couldn't find everyone to sit and eat. Not since these beauties.