Kitchen Haulin Again – Gifts from the Mom's

December 29, 2009Katie

My mom had sent me a check for Christmas.  Yesterday, Mr. Wonderful and I hit the mall.  I also had the Williams-Sonoma gift card burning up like fire in my wallet.

I browsed through that store and coveted everything in there…until of course, I looked at the prices.  Did you know a large Silpat mat costs over fifty bucks? Holy cow!

Anyway, I always longingly linger around the Le Creuset area, and just in case you’re wondering, it’s pronounced La CrewSAY.  Le Creuset cookware is enamel coated cast-iron and is the king-daddy of their breed, as it heats your cooking perfectly and evenly, goes from oven to microwave to refrigerator in a snap and is just beautiful to look at.

The price tag, however, is not.

I wandered into our local TJ Maxx tonight looking for a simple white blouse for work.  I found a whole shelf of Le Creuset, just sitting there in its glory, waiting to be plucked from their perch.

I got these.

Adorable butter dish ($25.00 retail, I got for $12.99), 2 different size casseroles (retail $140, and I got each for $12.99) and and some ramekins ($9.95 for one, I got 2/$6.99).  I’m still watching for the 5 1/2 quart dutch oven.

Total price tag? Under fifty bucks..and it matches my kitchen.


I love a good bargain.

And I love classic things that you can keep forever.

Mom, I spent my money  wisely, be assured.

My Mom-In-Law Wonderful made me the cutest table runner.

She quilts beautifully.  She’s also doing some gorgeous monogramming on shirts and …


Ready for this?

I love it!

The kids have already been threatened that if they actually use this towel, they’re dead meat.  It’s hanging on my buffet table as a decoration.

Thanks to both my moms for the gifts…

I sure do love them!



  • Dina

    December 30, 2009 at 12:09 am

    Katie, I love the Le Creuset! And the monogrammed towels!
  • NannyRuth

    December 30, 2009 at 12:28 am

    You spent your money wisely! Congrats! All items are beautiful. And Fran's quilted table runner is so pretty! Love you.....
  • bunny

    December 30, 2009 at 10:35 am

    TJ Maxx/Home Goods/Marshall's are great for scoring cookware deals, esp. Le Creuset deals! I bought a square and small rectangular porcelain baker (for around the same price you did) AND a cast iron brassiere (for less than $100!) at varying times at one of these stores. Also, I would recommend you go for the 7 quart dutch oven if you can. I bought a 5.5 and found it a little small when making big batches of soups/stews (hard to stir) or an oversized roast/fowl. The 7 quart gives you a little more "elbow room."
    1. dishinanddishes

      December 30, 2009 at 10:42 am

      Bunny - I am watching for BOTH sizes now! That is what I truly want - the cast iron brassieres. Elisabeth - so nice to meet ya! I'll be checking out your site! Mom - thank YOU! Dina - me too! Judy - no more breaking it! It's toooo expensive ! LOL

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