It’s hard to believe that I wrote this post just over 5 years ago and now I’m celebrating my 5 year anniversary. How did that happen? I guess time flies when you’re having fun!
5 years is one of those anniversaries where you sort of take stock of things. We’re very happy, but if you’d asked me in 2009 what I expected life to look like in 2014, I wouldn’t have guessed right. One of the things I’ve thought about, and seemed especially appropriate to share on this site, was which of the items we received from our registry were really worth getting. It is wedding season, after all.
Fiesta Dinnerware – Getting purple Fiesta was basically a condition of our relationship. For some reason that I’m not sure of anymore, I loved those plates from the moment I first saw them. So, when it came time to register we asked for sets of Plum dishes as well as white because Brian couldn’t envision a world in which we only had purple plates. A couple years later, we added Shamrock to the collection as well. In the intervening years, we’ve also picked up several serving dishes, mugs, chili bowls and the like. I think we’ve broken one plate during the course of our marriage and considering how often I hit the sink faucet with dishes while washing, that’s impressive!
Copco Tea Kettle – Our tea kettle is one of the most used items in our kitchen. We fill it with water for tea and pour over coffee at least twice a day and more than that in the winter. Certainly our kettle isn’t as shiny and new as it was when we got it; if I had to do it again I definitely wouldn’t choose white. But it does its job well!
Salad Spinner from OXO – With the amount of greens we get from our CSA, we wash a lot of lettuce. Sometimes, very dirty lettuce. Our salad spinner looks slightly different than the one linked above, because apparently some things change in 5 years. I’d buy another one in an instant though – it works great, the basket can hold a lot of greens and it is easy to clean.
KitchenAid Stand Mixer – I’ve written before that when my mother-in-law offered to buy me a KitchenAid stand mixer as a wedding present, I thought it was a bit much. Little did I know it would become one of my favorite small appliances. It’s a big investment, but a good stand mixer is so useful…plus KitchenAid has an outlet store!
Knives – I confess, I was pretty oblivious to the importance of good knives before I married Brian. “Real” knives with sharp blades scared me and I was in the habit of cutting all my vegetables with a paring knife. Using chef and santoku knives took a bit of practice, but now I couldn’t imagine my life without them. As wedding gifts, we received a set similar to this J.A. Henckels 18-Piece Block Set as well as a Global Santoku Knife from some very generous relatives; obviously, they used almost daily.
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