Inheriting the Basics: Coffee Cups and Kitchen Tools

My kitchen is full of family heirlooms. No, not Limoges platters or silver serving spoons. These are heirlooms of a much simpler sort--the ones my great-grandmother used to roll out her pie crusts, to bake her famous Portuguese-style beans, and to strain her spaghetti. When Bobo died two years ago, I helped my grandmother clean out her kitchen. Instead of tossing or donating her usable dishes and kitchen gadgets, I took them home. Now, every time I open the cupboard I think of her.
There's that pretty set of classic Buffalo China coffee cups, that Pyrex mixing bowl with the sweet farm motif, an old dented colander, and her trusty wooden rolling pin. I use at least one of Bobo's old kitchen tools every day, and I think it's a wonderful way to memorialize her. Do you have some treasured everyday items you've inherited from a loved one?

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(Images: Celeste Sunderland)

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