How Should Kim Spend Her Cookware Gift Card?
A hundred bucks fall from the sky, right into your line of vision. Attached to the bill is a note that says, "I'm your kitchen genie, and I've been watching you hard at work. It's time for a reward. Go buy yourself somethin' nice at your neighborhood cookware store [insert applicable name here]."
Essentially, that's what happened to me recently when two friends out of the blue handed me a $100 gift card to spend at a nearby cookware shop.
What a treat -- and good timing, to boot. In the midst of moving into a new home, I'm weeding through my kitchen inventory and letting go of broken measuring cups, a cracked citrus juicer, chipped glass mixing bowls. I'm pondering the state of the new space, asking myself if I've got more storage and if the space will allow for new tools to play with. It's a jigsaw puzzle that I enjoy solving, and a little extra loot from manna makes the process a lot more exciting.
To whet my shopping whistle, I recently took a stroll through no-name cookware store for ideas on how I could spend my kitchen cash. I've always wanted one of those double-sided grill pans, you know, the one with a flat griddle surface that's perfect for pancakes and multiple grilled cheese sandwiches. And then I spotted a set of mural-colored mixing bowls, made from unbreakable melamine, complete with nonskid surfaces. I liked the idea of a decorative ceramic or glass pitcher for lemonade, a silicone baking pan, a new saucepan, an extra coffee grinder for spices...oh my. I'm awash with the possibilities, I'm feeling flush, and I'm running well over my Monopoly-money budget.
Got any thoughts for this dazed and confused shopper? Should I be practical or whimsical? And what would you do if had a similar encounter with a kitchen genie?
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