May 18, 2009

Show and Tell: Hand Me Downs

Musings of A Beautiful Mess
My MIL cleaned out her cabinets this weekend and look what I got! A rolling pin!!!!! I've had the cookbook for awhile, which she gave to me as well, but I didn't have a rolling pin. Which is why I haven't made my own pie crusts in a few months.

The funny thing about this rolling pin is that it's the same one my mom had. And when my MIL handed it to me, I didn't feel one ounce of sadness! I didn't feel like I was feeling left out because this was just one more thing my mom wasn't able to give me. It felt awesome that my husband's mother gave it to me. My "other" mother gave me something that she used for certain holidays to make something for her loved ones.

I know it's just a rolling pin and I'm probably looking into it TOO much, but the fact that I didn't feel any sadness was HUGE!

My rolling pin is marble, so I'm not sure how it'll do with a pie crust, but I'm sure as hell going to try...tomorrow. I can make them and freeze them for pies, pot pies, pie crust cookies..oh SO many things! She even gave me a spring form pan so I can make my cheesecake in! She gave me all kinds of goodies yesterday. I spent a good portion of the evening washing and putting everything away in it's place. I now feel like I have a kitchen! *YAY*

Run along, while I so some baking and see what the rest of the class brought

15 friends have commented:

SS on May 18, 2009 at 9:13 AM said...

How wonderful to receive all those greta baking tools from your MIL! ANd even more wonderful the fact that you were just happy to be getting the gifts from your "other" mother and didn't feel sad at all. Maybe next week you'll be posting pictures of the pie and cheesecake you made?

Lori on May 18, 2009 at 9:51 AM said...

I also love the BH&G cookbook.

So glad you're receiving mother love from your MIL. A rolling pin is a surprisingly nurturing gift!

You'll share your pies with the blogosphere, right?

WiseGuy on May 18, 2009 at 9:52 AM said...

How nice of your MIL to have given you all that...totally sweet of her!

And that it is just like your mother's...WOW!

Heather on May 18, 2009 at 11:19 AM said...

I have heard that a marble rolling pin will roll crusts out better if you refrigerate the rolling pin. Never tried it though. I don't make pies. =)

Jenn on May 18, 2009 at 11:47 AM said...

I think getting the rolling pin and other baking items from the MIL was great but the fact that you felt excited, happy and ready to bake says a lot about how you are processing things.

I am so happy that this put a smile on your face.

I absolutely expect to get some of those homemade goodies you are talking about - You wouldn't leave a good friend hangin - would ya?

Love ya back hon!

nancy on May 18, 2009 at 1:09 PM said...

Yes, I'll agree in the "no sadness is huge" thing. Good, good, good. It looks like the tsunami of grief may be past you for the moment. :)

A Mom in Jacksonville, FL on May 18, 2009 at 1:43 PM said...

Awesome kitchen items! And SO happy that you were able to receive them wihtout angst. :)

The Steadfast Warrior on May 18, 2009 at 3:15 PM said...

There's something so special about passed on items of any kind but stuff from the kitchen top it all. I hope that rolling pin brings wonderful new memories.

And I can't wait to see the results of your endeavours. My thought is that the marble will work great because it will stay cold and not warm up the butter. Happy Baking! :)

Kristin on May 18, 2009 at 6:04 PM said... goodies rock. I have a wooden rolling pin about hat size but I would LOVE to have a marble one!

rys on May 19, 2009 at 5:31 AM said...

I have one of those and love it! Just make sure it's in a place your kiddos can't commandeer it as a weapon. ;-)

JamieD on May 19, 2009 at 8:38 AM said...

What a wonderful rolling pin! And even more special as a gift from you MIL.

Great cookbook as well!

We have Angel Wings on May 19, 2009 at 9:14 AM said...

I love those rolling pin's. Now, I expect to see your great tasting, beautiful pies soon. :)

Get to baking young lady!

Anonymous said...

Yay ! I love geting new kitchen bits and pieces especially cook books!

the no sadness is a HUGE deal..big step!
Now get on with that baking and don't forget to show us pictures! Have a great week!:-)

Coffeegrl on May 20, 2009 at 5:35 AM said...

What a beautiful rolling pin! You lucky lucky girl! I have the BH&G cookbook too. Wouldn't know what to do without the recipe for Pumpkin Bread that's in there. They also have an AMAZING gingerbread recipe. Delish.

Anonymous said...

I love backing, and blame it on my science background. Come on now, what is baking if homemade chemistry at its best?

Sadly, neither my mother or my mother-in-law are much into baking. And actually they aren't much into cooking either.

Luckily though they are always willing, albeit nervously, but willing to sample my kitchen experimentation's.

I'm incredibly jealous you have this great connection with your mother-in-law. And while she will never take the place of your own mother, she can help provide some much needed motherly love. Such a great thing and one that we never outgrow, no matter how old we get.


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