“Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand - and melting like a snowflake.”
- Francis Bacon

Saturday, November 07, 2009

♥Blessings come in all colors and shapes but I'll take some PINK ones, please♥

I'm doing double duty today with Pink Saturday AND the Thirty Days of Thanksgiving challenge.

If you are here for Pink Saturday and haven't heard of the challenge take a peek at my blog postings this week to see what gives me warm fuzzies and what I consider to be my most precious blessings. There is a button on my sidebar to take you to one of the sponsoring blogs and if you click on the punkin's below you will be able to travel to the other. Have fun!

If you are here to celebrate the Thirty Days of Thanksgiving challenge, Pink Saturday is pretty self-explanatory. I'm so in love with pink! I dream of it and swoon when I am exposed to too much of it☺

This week I am going to do my best to combine the two events instead of writing two blog posts. Let's see how well I do. My pink blessings for today are:

  1. Paper plates. A boon to busy mothers, campers, picnics and grade school art teachers, I use them in copious amounts since my boys got married and left to begin lives of their own. I live alone with my furry kids now and HATE to have dishes in the sink - dirty - but all too often I don't make enough of a mess to justify filling the sink with water several times a day to wash used utensils. Paper plates have rescued me  and what could be more thrilling to a pink gal like me than to find pink rattan paper plate holders on one of my explorations at our local Goodwill Store. 
  2. Ring binders. Without them I wouldn't be able to clip and tear to my ♥s content at the pages of magazines before I them pass down to my daughter-in-law, Cindy, to read. Opening one of these books and thumbing through the pages is like going through a time capsule for me. Inside these notebooks are recipes that I clipped when I was a young bride decades ago - recipes that I've used so much they need to be held safe inside the plastic pages or they will disappear - recipes exchanged with friends that call me back to times when little ones would stand on chairs to help me bake. Some new recipes, too, because a good cook knows that she needs to keep abreast of what is hot on the culinary scene.
  3. A good can opener. I can't imagine taking one of those things that had to be slammed into a can lid and then cranked and scissored up and down in order to get at what was inside. Not only was it messy and difficult at times, it left you with a can and lid that could be considered a lethal weapon! I'm not into struggling to get at my food. I want instant gratification☺
  4. Graniteware. There's just something that feels so safe and secure and precious when I make soup in my pot. Standing by my stove, wooden spoon in hand, stirring the contents of this pot and watching it swirl around comforts me. It takes me back to my mother's kitchen and a time when I knew that my parents would keep me safe and fed and warm and clothed and all I had to do was grow.
  5. Vegetable peelers. If you ever saw how terrible I am with a knife trying to peel something you'd know why I ♥ my peeler. I can take a potato the size of a watermelon and turn it into a pearl onion! If I had to peel without this lil' gadget my grocery bill for fruits and veggies would look like the national debt!

There you have it. My pink blessings! I did it! If you are someone who gets giddy at the sight of anything pink take a stroll over to Beverly's HOW SWEET the SOUND. She has links for dozens of great blogs that celebrate pink today and all the rest of the week☺

For something a little pink and amazingly yummy, I am featuring ♥Crockpot Sugar 'n Spice Applesauce with Raisins♥ over at Standing at the Kitchen Door. Rich and delicious, it is easy to make with just the right amount of spice. The aroma filling your house while this is bubbling away will take you back to a much simpler time. Make some this weekend! Your family will ♥ you for it.


carolyn said...

thanks Mimi for stopping by my blog. Love your pinks!

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Great post Mimi!
Happy pink Saturday!
I so love all your pinks. Those paper plate holders are the best. Love them.

And I could never be without my can opener, electric that is. With my arthritis in my hands, I can't use a hand one anymore. I used to, but no more. My peelers what did we ever do without one. I just don't know. I am spoiled to the kitchen toys.

Happy Pink Saturday Sweetie. Please stop by and read my pink post. I so love to share.

Country hugs, Sherry

Anonymous said...

Love the blizzard of pinks!! Wonderful post... I enjoyed it!!
Happy Pink Saturday!!

Anonymous said...

Hello Mimi,

I would choose . . . the pink vegetable peeler! :-) It's my fave among the pinks you have :-)


Natasha said...

Perfect pink post! You have some amazing pink things there....I am a just a little bit jealous!!
Best wishes, Natasha.

Senkyoushi said...

I've enjoyed reading your blessings, especially the pink ones! Thanks for stopping by my blog, so that I could find yours. I'll be back!

Sandi McBride said...

Oh Mimi, is that applesauce being made there? I want some! Lovely Pink Saturday you have here! Thanks so much for sharing these..

Marsha's Mpressions said...

Mimi, I can tell you're a cook by what you're thankful for..that's for sure! :)

My grown daughter and sil gave me a potato peeler for Xmas one year. I had not ever used one and they thought I was deprived. LOL!

BTW, enjoyed reading your side bar.

Shabbychicdiva said...

Happy Pink Saturday! Thanks so much for stopping by. I enjoyed this post so much. Love the paper plate holders. Have a great day!Winona

LV said...

Enjoyed your pink Saturday showing. Often times, it is the little things that are more important than big things. There is nothing wrong with loving your peeler.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Good Morning, Mimi!

I love all of your pink things you have in your kitchen. I don't see that many here, but seeing yours, I am going to really be on the lookout for them. Doesn't pink just make your day brighter?

Happy Pink Saturday to you...


Sheila :-)

Sarah said...

It's fun to see all the colorful kitchen gadgets available now. I have a friend who has the pink ones, and a niece who likes the red ones. It's great that there is something for all out there. Thanks for sharing your pink ones. Happy Pink Saturday! ~ Sarah

Tricia said...

Your post was so special today. I think it is so great that you are posting about things you are thankful for! Cute selections too. Nothing wrong with combining two posts, in my opinion. : ) Have ag reat day today.


Anne Fannie said...

Hi Mimi
Great post! Happy Pink Saturday..

Finding Pam said...

I enjoyed your pink post combined with your gratitude post. Your list today stikes a familiarity with me, especially the recipes in the ring binders and in the plastic page holders. What lovely memories you shave shared with us today.

I went through my pink obsession a few years back, but I still love pink with a passion. For a while all I wore was pink and then I saw a picture of me in my pink t-shirt and it was not good. LOL!

Michelle said...

Mimi-Happy PS, and thanks for sharing and stopping by. Very cute pink daisies "raining" down. have a great week.

Catharina Maria said...

you have a beautiful pink post !
Thaks for visiting my blog today !
love from Rini

Anonymous said...

Again. Loved the post. Love the way you combined the two posts too. I'll have to go see your other blogs. I've often wondered about 'more than one' because of subject matter. Seems like a lot of work? I'll have to check it out.

Paula said...

Thanks Mimi for stopping by my blog. And I just adore your post today. Who doesn't love pink???

Mollye said...

Hi Mimi, Boy we've come a long way baby from the old days in the kitchen. My daughter Shari laughs at me for having so many "old" things in the kitchen but what she finds amusing is that I actually use many of them and do not think of them as chic or vintage ha....a true sign of age isn't it. Happy Pink Saturday friend, Mollye

Anonymous said...

stunning pinks thanks so much for sharing your blessings:)

Anonymous said...

Wishing you the pinkest of Saturdays. You just made my day. Thank you!

Peggy said...

Blessings in PINK...Mimi...awesome... you did the combination so well!!!
PINK & thankfulness...great job & wonderful list of both! Yummy idea!
I can almost smell it over the hot spices here!!! I cannot believe the many blessing you have in PINK!!! I'm a BLUE person...but I did enJOY sharing in your PINK mood & thankfulness for the PONK in your life! (How cute!...even a peeler)!

She'sSewPretty said...

Happy Pink Saturday Mimi. I love your big pink pot. Mine is just a basic black and white. I've never got the hang of a potato peeler. I'm a paring knife kind of girl and it isn't even pink. whine....

Abby Lanes said...

What a great idea to add gratitude for a month! I love your post, and I especially love that gorgeous pink pot! Happy Pink Saturday and thanks for an uplifting message.

Candy said...

Cheers to the MIMI PINK Princess with all the PINK accessories in her kitchen. I bit you even cook in PINK ballerina shoes...it can just picture you now.
Thanks for your sweetness and wishing you too weekend pleasures ;-)

Jennifer said...

Happy Pink Saturday Mim ,Love your pink sat post and your thankful post.Your pinks are great hugs,Jennifer

Marsha (Sassy Mini Dolls) said...

It's always a pleasure to come over and visit your blog!! Thank you for stopping by mine today. You're always a ray of sunshine!

Wishing you a beautiful Pink Saturday!


Meg said...

I haven't been by for awhile and look at all I've missed! Great post I will be back later to find out more about this challenge! Enjoy your weekend. Meg

Becs said...

WHat a great post Mimi, love the 30 days of Thanksgiving too....I went to all your blogs....love the puppies one they are all so special... Have a great pink Saturday! Becs

Dogwood said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love your blogs! After reading your profile, I see we have a lot in common. I would love to be remodeling an old house, but with the prices in CA~eeekkkk. We have an apartment in SF and a cozy, warmly decorated home in the foothill of the CA Sierras.

I can see that I will be returning to you fun blog.

Have a nice weekend.

Leah in Iowa said...

Wow - your blog seems to be one big Thank-fest! I love it!! I just popped over to see your list, and my heavens - what a place!

Have a great weekend!

~ Leah

Judi said...

Hi Mimi
and Happy PINK Saturday which seems truly to be your day.
Lots of wonderful pink items you've shown us and I have enjoyed your story behind each one.
Love apples yummmmmm and apple sauce. In fact we picked some today and we have apple crisp in the oven right now.
thank you for sharing
have a great weekend

Sares said...

It sounds like you have a well stocked kitchen, ready to take on any holiday! Happy Pink Saturday and thank you for coming to visit with me today!

Elizabeth said...

Love your blessings. Thanks for visiting my blog today!

Gabriela said...

Happy Pink Saturday!

Lovely post!

~ Gabriela ~

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Hi Mimi

This was a lucious post! I love all the goodies inside of it...both the blessings and the pinks!

Happy Pink Saturday! Hugs, Pat

SmilingSally said...

Of that list, the one I'm most thankful for is the paper plates! What would I do without them?

claudie said...

Hi Mimi
Love your little flowers pouring down on me, and your new look!
I'm getting so pink around here, you won't believe what I have done! Pink stripes on the ceilings. Pink claw foot tub... that was today. The bird cage is half pink, and the dogs nearly got it too lol
Love all your pinks Mimi.
Happy PS
Love Claudie

Fairy Footprints said...

Hello thank you so much for visiting me today for Pink Saturday. I loved our visit.

Thank you so much for your kind words.

Have a wonderful Sunday.


Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Lovely pink post and wonderful things to be thankful for.

Happy PS!

Big TX Hugs,
Angelic Accents

Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

Hi! fun pinks!

Have a wonderful weekend!


Mimi my dear...You've done a great job on combining your posts...Love it! PINK granite pot? Where did you ever find it? OMG the apple raisin thing sounds too yummy! Happy ps to you my creative friend!

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Went back through to read your blessings so far. Love this! Funny, we also had applesauce, but with cranberries and it was also a lovely shade of pink. I didn't think of it for a Pink Saturday. Love your graniteware pot.

Caroline@ FOREVER VINTAGE said...

Thanks for stopping by Mimi...I love that pink pot in your photos! Happy PS!

Jillian said...

Pink things are always blessings! Like little baby pink lips and little cat noses! :0)

Teeny Tiny cabin said...

I loved your pink blessings!

My Crafty Little Page said...

Sweet pinks, Mimi. Hope you're having an absolutely lovely week! :) Nancy