Tonight, Chris and I took Bean Man to one of my favorite places. Le Cracker Barrel. As a misplaced Southerner living in New England, Cracker Barrel has provided just the kiss of sweet tea that I sometimes need in my blood stream to survive.
They have also provided me with hashbrown casserole. Thanks be to God.
This was all part of Operation Keep Beanie Awake So He Sleeps Through the Night. And it worked perfectly. We had such a nice, leisurely dinner just the three of us. Well, until Chris got so engrossed in the peg jumping game on the table that he forgot we were there with a small child who likes to throw lima beans at his mother. I had to ask him to put down the pegs and remind him that his duty in this whole dinner out thing was to protect me from flying vegetables.
He didn’t really care because the peg game kept telling him he was an egg-no-ra-mous. That’s really degrading to someone with a Masters degree from Yale. Or so he kept reminding me.
After we got our Southern food fix on, we moseyed on out to the gift shop. Have I ever told you how much I love Le Cracker Barrel Gift Shops? You can always find the most clever little gifts in there. Chris has a grandmother who collects John Deere tractor merchandise and that is one of the only places that carry that stuff. And the things in the gift shop are always affordable, too. Its one of those places though that I never think to go to find a particularly thoughtful or cute gift unless I happen to be in the restaurant already. I should fix that. I found some cute stuff in there.
Bean found this hat and faithful steed, who we named Pork. (Get it? Pork and Bean?)
But, sadly, Bean said the cowboy hat was merely a sad reminder that Valentine’s Day was coming up soon and we had still not received an invitation to The Pioneer Woman’s ranch. He just couldn’t handle the hat after that…
While Pork the Steed and the cowboy hat were excellent finds, I think I hit the jackpot myself. I found these adorable ceramic measuring cups.
Aren’t they just the cutest? I love their little beaks.
And I love their little tails.
Let me tell you about my latest obsession with ceramic measuring cups. It all started with Paula Deen. She uses a beautiful set of ornately painted ceramic measuring cups sometimes on her show and I think they are gorgeous. And then for Christmas this year, I gave my BFF, Emily, a great set from Anthropologie.
After that, I started keeping my eyes peeled for them. I like them because for one thing, they aren’t that common. Especially when you make up your mind you must have them. Suddenly, they disappear into that black hole along with every great pair of shoes you wanted to buy, but didn’t at the time and then you could never find them again.
I hate that hole.
But tonight at Le Cracker Barrel, I was finally able to put my little paws on my very own set.
My favorite part about them is that the biggest cup is 2 CUPS! WOW! I only have one two-cup measuring cup (cup, cup, cup, cup, of, of, of, of, cup, cup, cup, cup, of, of, of, of, cup a’ tayyyy) and I always find it so useful. I’m so glad that now I have another!
And the sizes go right on down the line all the way to the ‘ittle bitty 1/4 cup. Ain’t he cute?
I loved the measuring cups so much that I bought an extra set to share with you all! Now, I know this isn’t some huge, wonderful giveaway, but you know. Its Wednesday. And its probably cold wherever you are. And wouldn’t it be nice to warm your house up with something freshly baked using some super cute, brightly colored measuring cups?
I’m convinced they make the food taste better.
So, to enter to win this giveaway, leave a comment telling me 2 things.
#1 – That you went to The Bloggies website at some point and voted for Marriage Confessions for Weblog of the Year (and no cheating on this part or the measuring cup birds will poop in everything you use them to bake with for the rest of your life).
#2 – What your favorite utensil in the kitchen is.
The giveaway will close to comments at 8:00 PM on Thursday, January 28. I’ll post a winner on Friday.
There. That’s easy.