And don't worry, this isn't some "heavy" post either.
Well, I guess it could be, depending on how you look at it. :) I'm thinking about cookware lately. And kitchen utensils. I know, really exciting. But that's the type of stuff that thrills me lately. :)
I have been weeding out my aluminum and Teflon pots and pans this year (I even said good-bye to my aluminum dutch oven this year!) and getting rid of plastic and silicone utensils. I had already eliminated almost all my plastic containers - I use glass jars for almost everything now.
With my cookware, I have had a cast iron 3 qt. dutch oven/10 inch skillet combo for a few years now, but I wanted to add more pots and pans to my kitchen, either with cast iron or stainless steel. So this year, I've added a 14 inch stainless steel skillet, a stainless steel double boiler, a cast iron 12 inch skillet, a 12 inch stainless steel skillet, a 12 qt. stainless steel stockpot, and a1 .7 qt. cast iron/enamel saucepan as well as a stoneware deep dish baker, a large stone round stone, and a cast iron/enamel dutch oven . Almost all were thrifted/garage sale or bought on clearance/sale too. I'd love to pick up a couple more stainless steel saucepans, another smaller stainless steel stockpot, and some stoneware bread pans and, as well as a cast iron griddle/grill. But overall, I'm pretty pleased with what I've acquired so far. I could really use a pot rack now. Especially in my tiny kitchen with its very limited storage space.
With utensils, I've picked up a stainless steel ladle, a stainless steel spoon with long handle, and a stainless steel turner. Oh and stainless steel measuring cups and measuring spoons. I'd love to pick up a stainless steel slotted spoon and stainless steel tongs. [ETA: I bought a stainless steel slotted spoon and tongs today!]
Oh, and I'd LOVE to get a good cutlery set. We have an inexpensive set, and now that I'm cooking and preparing MUCH more food from scratch, I have found that I really could use at least a few good quality knives.
But some days, I just stand in my kitchen and smile. I have managed to pick up lots of good cookware this year. I've managed to eliminate lots of extra packaging. I've moved to almost exclusively glass for storage. I cook from scratch almost always. I even make lots of my own dairy now! We use stoneware for our plates, glass for our drinking glasses, and stainless steel for our utensils. We are almost entirely non-disposable (no paper plates, cups, napkins, etc.) It is a tiny kitchen, but I am making the best of the space, I think.
Next post will be a top ten list, OK? Or 2011 photos in review. Or maybe I'll talk about yarn. 'Cause this is my blog and that's how I roll. :)