Shiny and New

new pots and pans

Sometimes, it’s the little things that make me the happiest.

We just got a new set of pots and pans last week.  It’s my first set of all-stainless-steel, and I’m more excited about them than is probably healthy.

I love them. A lot.

The only problem with new things, though, is that sometimes they highlight how cruddy the old things look.

I’m trying to just appreciate the new pots and pans without looking past their shiny stainless steel beauty and seeing all the old things they sit beside. 

But if I’m being honest, the new pans make me want to get new plates and bowls.  Because mine are kind of old and lots of them are chipped (not coincidentally, we started having a lot more chips in plates and bowls when I put B and G in charge of emptying the dishwasher a few months ago). 

So I’m debating whether I should get a new set of dishes.  I always prefer plain white dinnerware; I just think food looks prettier on a simpler background.  Plus white plates match any tablescape, any season, and any holiday.  I like these the best –great quality and price point:

pier one dinner ware

The one piece of dinnerware I don’t mind a little color in is dessert bowls.  I think they’re meant to be fun and pretty.  And dessert looks good in anything.  I sort of want these.  They’re just so cute:

west elm dessert bowls

I also really want an electric kettle.  (See?  Buy one new thing and it starts a whole waterfall!)

We just have a regular kettle that goes on the burner on the stove.  Which is fine.  But again, it’s old and kind of ugly.  It’s completely functional though, so I have a hard time justifying getting rid of it and buying something new when it still works fine.  I feel like electric kettles are easier and more convenient, and this one is so adorable:

electric kettle

We’re holding off on buying electric appliances/items right now though because we can’t use them as easily when we move.  Rather than buy here and then need a plug adapter for everything overseas, we can just use the stove-top kettle we have.  In both places, actually.

So for now, I am reminding myself to be happy with what I have and trying to just enjoy my new pots and pans and all the delicious dinners they make me want to cook.  (Although those dinners really might taste better on non-chipped dinner plates…)

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2 thoughts on “Shiny and New

  1. Kristen

    Funny you posted this today. I just purchased new Tupperware the other day because the old stuff was stained thanks to my husband. It’s pretty and clean and PURPLE! Then I got to thinking, “Why in the world am I so happy about Tupperware? Is this what adulthood is about?” It makes me feel a little better to see this! (Though, pots and pans are probably a nicer purchase…Hmmm new pots and pans…)

  2. Sheri

    I am always a fan of new kitchen items! They give me “happy thoughts!” Enjoy your beautiful, clean, new pots and pans and I’m with you about the white dinnerware. It’s my go-to. However, some friends in Europe purchased lovely, colorful, patterned dinnerware in Poland and Italy. I know you will collect things on your adventure!


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