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The Up Side to Kitchen Work

I’ve said here before… I’m not very fond of cooking, but I love to eat. I like cleaning the kitchen afterward even less than the cooking part. However, last weekend I was a wild woman in that kitchen. I made several extra meals and froze them. I experimented with baked goods, sometimes very successfully and once very poorly (it looked pretty, anyway).

dishcolors.jpgBut when all is said and done, the only thing better than eating the dinner I made, is looking at the beautiful colors of my dishes coming out of the (half-sized) dishwasher. I’ve done 3 loads in 4 days… but this particular scene just made me happy. (Hmmm, look at those colors, am I cooking spring into existence here?)

My Interior Designer friend Kath told me years ago (when I wanted to buy a set of turquoise dishes as my only dishes after my divorce) “Lynn, go for it!” She figured if I loved that color as much as I do, I’d continually enjoy having dishes that color. She could not have been more right.

So I took her advice to heart. If I love the color of something, and it’s an item I need, I go for that color rather than a safe neutral (which is always available). On the top rack is a frying pan I got at Marshalls a few weeks back, and it is the nicest pan I have had in years (maybe ever). And it’s spring green!!!

The color makes me smile even when I’m a bit grumpy from “having to cook again.” Never mind that sometimes what I make is significantly better than most restaurant food. And food I cook doesn’t have hidden ingredients that might make me feel crummy. Cooking at home is the answer most of the time, and for good reason. The colors reward me as I work.

I have said it before… if you wait for “big deals” to make you happy, you will wait a long time. If you can find little things (like this load of pretty-colored dishes) to make you smile, your life can be very fulfilling. And you will have a heck of a lot more happy little things than big deals, relatively regularly, you know?

3 Responses to “The Up Side to Kitchen Work”

  1. Trish Says:

    I have had my eye on some of that colorful cookware at TJ Maxx and Marshalls lately myself. I am cooking with the same Farberware that I got at my wedding shower almost 30 years ago! I think you have given me the last nudge I need to get at least one pan in a fun color (the greens are my favorites too, but there was an orange one that made me smile recently) I also am very close to buying new dishes, and have pretty much decided on bright colors such as Fiesta Ware. I need more colorful joy in my life! And what better place than at the dinner table? (and breakfast, and lunch, and dessert and snacks …tee hee….)

  2. Sharon Says:

    I have been eyeing Fiestaware for a long time now, and this winter has been so bleak. Your post was a nudge for me too. This evening, I got rid of the old black and white stuff, and I now have a cupboard full of yellow and orange and red and green, and your personal favorite….peacock blue! Next time it rains or snows, I think I’ll just pull up a chair and sit in front of the open cupboard.

  3. Paz Says:

    You’ve been cooking, baking, experimenting/? Cool! ;-) I love colorful cookware, too! I love colorful food as well.


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