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  • Writer's pictureTerri Tomoff

Ladling Up Something Good

The wedding season is upon us, and so are bridal showers. It's fabulous that all the young people creating a life and home can be showered (or sprinkled) with thoughtful gifts, some or all from a registry or not. They get to donate the old college stuff and hand-me-downs from their friends and family and start new. It's a good tradition, for sure!

Every once in a while, in talking with women who have been married for 20, 30, 40, or 50 years, we always giggle that wouldn't it be nice if we could have another wedding shower? Perhaps many of the gifts were broken and thrown out years ago, or maybe they are still working but very worn, scratched, and dented. I still have several items from 37 years ago that I still use, but gingerly.

Over the years, I have replaced kitchen items especially. My adult kids went together last Christmas and bought me a new set of pots and pans. My Revereware from the mid-1980s was not doing the ultimate cooking that the new, improved kitchenware does today. I must admit the pans are great, and everything tastes great!

Since I also like to thrift shop, I find many things that can be replaced for a few dollars. It's amazing how many of the small things have either been swapped out, thrown out, or no longer functioning properly, even a silly plastic ladle. At least 15 years ago or more, I bought a brand-new plastic ladle while thrifting. I'm sure I paid no more than $1. This ladle has the perfect one-cup measurement and works well with soup and chili while scraping around a ceramic crock pot and more. It is one of those items that is almost used daily.

When my son Ryan pulled this favorite ladle out of the kitchen tool thingy sitting on the counter next to the stove, he wanted to throw it out. I screamed, "NO - it still works despite the crack and tiny hole." He was having none of it. I told him that I'd been looking for a new one like the old one (at a thrift store) for the last couple of years but to no avail. He highly encouraged me to find another one like it - online.

Hey, I had to face it. Our kitchen needed a new ladle. That evening, I found a brand new one on eBay. I didn't want to pay the whopping price of $17.00, which included shipping and handling, but I did.

The new ladle rests in a prominent spot in the kitchen tool thingy. It will be put through the paces, and I sure hope it holds up like the first one did. I'm confident it will.



What kitchen tool is your favorite? Did you have to replace it?


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