While shopping for groceries last week, the bin of assorted nuts in their shells caught my eye. When I was a kid, there was always a nut bowl sitting on the coffee table during the holidays - a big wooden bowl full of pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds and brazil nuts.
For all I can remember, the same nuts came out year after year, since we didn't seem to make much of a dent in them, but I hope that wasn't the case and that I just didn't notice my parents replacing them with fresh ones each winter.
So I brought home a bag full of nuts, not realizing until I was home that we didn't even own a nutcracker. Or a decent serving bowl, for that matter.
A trip to Home Goods later, with a nutcracker and some pretty but inexpensive serving bowls and platters (which inspired me to begin a search for an actual matching set of dishes to replace the green and brown flowered flea market dishes I bought when I was 25, which were simply a set of way too many plates and not enough of anything else), we were all set to crack some nuts.
Once we have our new dishes, I think I'll drop off the box of old dishes at Goodwill. I hope another 25 year old buys them for their first apartment and loves them as much as I have.
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