This morning I set out to make our daughter-in-law Allison a birthday cake for our little family gathering this evening. I asked if she wanted to go out, order in or I’d make a homemade meal of her choice.
She chose the homemade meal, so a chunk of today is spent in the kitchen where chicken and noodles, baked sour-cream mashed potatoes and green beans are on the menu. For dessert, it's confetti cake with choice of locally made Good’s vanilla or cookie dough ice cream.
I’m also putting together a game (with prizes), and we are all excited because along with the kids coming in, we have a special guest, Brian’s brother, Steve.
The kids adore their uncle and we are fortunate it all came together like this because he’s visiting in preparation for his day in Indy tomorrow at a Kiwanis conference.
So while using the hand mixer on the birthday cake, I realized that the mixer and the batter bowl were both wedding gifts going on 39 years ago.
In fact, it was Steve and Linda who bought us the mixer, and the yellow speckled bowl was a bridal-shower gift from the late Cleo Winters, a lady who was the matriarch of the Brownsville United Methodist Church in all my growing-up years. A couple of years ago I was stunned to see a bowl exactly like it for sale in a store -- an antiques store! Nothing makes a woman feel as old as seeing one of her wedding gifts in an antiques store.
I’ve thought for years that surely the little motor in that Harvest Gold-hued mixer will give out and I even thought of what color I’d replace it with if I found a sale on a KitchenAid. I suppose I could anyway, but the frugal side of me says, “Nope, not until the first one dies.”
I grew up in a family where you used it up, patched it up or made do without. The mixer works great as is! Now that it's been around this long, I'm pulling for it to go the distance.
If I follow my mother’s example, the wedding mixer will be the only one I ever need. Mom had a hand mixer that she got for a wedding gift herself.
I started thinking about other wedding gifts still in use around the Cronk home. There’s a set of measuring spoons that came with measuring cups on a little wooden holder from Barb Kaufman of Brownsville. The church ladies on the committee for my bridal shower gave me a beautiful silver-hued serving tray with a fitted glass dish and wooden handles. Still in use!
The sheets, towels, Corelle dishes and electric skillet are no longer around. I wish I hadn’t worn out the handmade braided rug from the late Vivian Clevenger, and I wish I could find the small painting by noted Union County painter the late Gladys Rude. Those are certainly irreplaceable, one-of-a-kind gifts created by fixtures in my home community.
How about you? What wedding gifts are still in use around your home many years later?