As many homemakers do, I have items in my kitchen which belonged to my mom. Most of them are not usable any more due to age and deterioration, but for some reason, I just can’t bring myself to either box them up or throw them out. I’m not a true pack-rat like some members of my family, but I am sentimental.
The other day, as I was going through one of my cupboards, I came across a small glass salt shaker with an orange lid. I almost tossed it out since I wasn’t using it for anything but couldn’t bring myself to do so. You see, it belonged to Mom. Mom loved all those earthy colors so popular in the 70s…orange, brown, gold, yellow, etc. This little salt shaker was part of a set she had to match the orange design in her kitchen wallpaper. I have no clue as to the location of its mate, but I decided this little piece just couldn’t be tossed. It holds too many memories! A week or so later I was glad that I kept it. I was making my Snowy Day Donuts for the family (see earlier post) and needed something to make the holes with. That’s right! The top of the shaker (minus the lid) is the perfect size for donut holes!! So now this little memory maker sits on the back of my stove waiting for another snowy day.
I also have lots of measuring spoons in my kitchen. Finding just the right place to keep measuring spoons was quite a challenge for my mom. They often got lost in the drawer. . . or smashed under something a bit heavier. She even tried those little hooks screwed into the cabinet drawer to keep them hung up. Often, though, they never made it back to those little hooks! She decided that a one-cup canning jar was the perfect place to keep her measuring spoons. I use the same jar for my spoons along with hers. Its proper place is on the circular shelf (lazy susan) next to the salt, baking powder and baking soda.