A while ago, I interviewed a friend of mine on hope chests. I also included a history on hope chests, which you may go back and read if you’re interested. However, I’m going to start my own hope chest series! Since my St. Augustine series is wrapping up, (and because I’ve wanted to do this for a long time), I’ve decided to start an entire series on what is in MY hope chest.
I think that in the present day and age, teen girls are too focused on the now. And I think this isn’t just true for teen girls – I think it’s true for a lot of people. Many have lost the vision that they had a couple hundred years ago – a vision of their children, and their children’s children. They did things, not for the reason that it would benefit them right then and there, but that it would benefit their children, and their grandchildren. I think nowadays a lot of people have lost that, and it’s sad.
One thing that girls did “back-in-the-day” with the intention for the future was they would sew and collect things for marriage, mainly linens and quilts and so on. I absolutely love this tradition! My mom had a hope chest before she was married and I have kept on the tradition. I actually own my mom’s hope chest which my great-grandfather made himself! Unfortunately it needs to be repaired so I can’t show you a picture of it yet.
Just about everything in my hope chest has been given to me. It’s sort of like an unasked-for bridal shower in slow motion. My mom and grandmother give me items every once and a while and for birthdays and such, and over time they definitely add up! Hopefully by the time I get married I won’t have to buy very many kitchen items!
Today I’m going to take a category of items and show them! The category I have chosen is kitchen tools.
First I have..a zester, poultry lifters, measuring cups (These are really cool because they have measuring spoons for dashes and smidgens!), a mandalin slicer, an egg seperater, a strawberry huller which we use when we can tomatoes, and utensils for canning.
Next I have a turner and spatula set, a grate zester, bottle openers, a citrus juicer, cupcake corers, and a collapsible funnel.
And lastly I have a fruit and vegetable peeler, a kitchen timer, cat measuring spoons, dishtowels, a hot mitt and potholder, and my cheat-cheats.
These Crate and Barrel measuring cheat-cheats were the very start of my hope chest. Muttie gave them to me when I was probably eight or nine!
Aren’t these adorable?
And three aprons…this one which matches my dishtowels…
and two of these which I got when I did a cooking class at the Ritz for my eleventh birthday!
And that’s all the kitchen tools in my hope chest!
So what do you think? Do you have a hope chest? Is it a good idea? AREN’T THOSE CAT MEASURING SPOONS ADORABLE?