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Mrs. Brown's Bowl..

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My dear husband and I were late to find one another. He was 60 and I a young 57 when we met. He brought all the best things to our union, humor, knowledge, kindness, sincerity, some camping gear and the love of books!

He did not, however, bring a lot of household goods, which was fine, as I had plenty! I have been a lover of household goods my whole life. I would collect dish sets if I only had the room. But one of the things he did bring was this simple white bowl...

Mrs. Brown's Bowl, working together to bake our daily bread.

It is a mixing bowl left from a stand mixer. The stand and the mixer apparently wore out, but not the bowl. It belonged to his Mother and he used it in his own kitchen through the years. I wanted to use it regularly and I stated, "Hey let's use this as our salad bowl?!".


That turned out to be not such a good idea, it is a large bowl and holds way too much salad for only the two of us! What to do, what to do. The bowl sat in the cupboard unused for awhile, then we packed up the kitchen to move to the peninsula and the bowl came here...

Once here I really wanted to use the bowl, and then one day it happened. When I needed a large bowl to begin the ferment of a batch of bread dough, I grabbed it. It was a perfect size, and best of all, I had a glass lid that fit. No plastic wrap to worry about and I could keep an eye on the soaking grains.

I was never able to meet my Mother in law, as she had already passed when I met and married my husband. But with this bowl, we bake bread together and I think it works out to be some really good teamwork. I have found through the years that I like certain bowls for specific uses, and this bowl is my ferment/soaking bowl. The start to delicious bread, to feed the family.

The bread that starts out, in Mrs. Brown's Bowl.

There is always a couple of generations at work in my kitchen, how about yours!

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  1. What a lovely post! Nope, I have nothing along this line with my hubby...

  2. Oh wow. I love this post. I was lucky enough to have met and gotten to know my mother-in-law. Her kitchen things went to her daughters, but I do have some of her recipes.

    1. Thank you, I love family household goods and of course the recipes! pretty much what my blog is all about.

  3. I enjoyed this story very much. I happen to love bowls, and the only thing that keeps me from having more is I have no place to put them. :)

    1. Thank you, and we apparently share a common problem, space...

  4. Melynda, The title and picture of the bowls caught my eye. My grandmother was a Brown and this article brought back fond memories for me!

  5. What a fun story! I'm glad you were able to find a use for the bowl and keep her memory alive. Thanks for sharing on the #WasteLessWednesday blog hop.

    1. Thank you, I am glad you like our kitchen story.

  6. Thanks for sharing the story of Mrs. Brown's bowl. I never met either of my husband's parents. I often wonder how it would be. So glad you have her bowl and found a use for it. Sweet story.
    :) gwingal

    1. Thank you, I also was not able to meet either of my in-laws. I would like to believe that we would have been good friends. Thank you for dropping by.

  7. My husband and I met when we were quite young and after 45 years of marriage I still have the pleasure of enjoying my 92 year old mother in law's cooking. She has introduced me to feta cheese, grape leaves, exotic lentil dishes etc. I feel blessed to be part of such a wonderful and big family with lots of siblings and cousins..

    1. I love your family story, thank you for sharing!


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