Today hubby and I were doing dishes together. I know… how sweet. Or lame… depending on how you look at it. But I was cooking lunch and he offered to wash the dishes since I cooked but I had dirtied them up and he was feeling bad so I felt bad making him do the dishes so I washed and he dried and put away.
Anyway, as he was putting the dishes away he commented on our “everyday” dishes. I told him it was funny that he would mention them because I had just taken a picture of one of the plates the other day because I was intending on writing about it so I guess I will now.
When we first got married we lived in New Orleans. We were poor newlyweds with no extra money to spare and an expanding family so we but corners in any way that we could. The grocery store that we always shopped at was called Canal Villere. I’m not sure if that is spelled correctly or if it even exists anymore. There was one right down the street from our apartment and there was also one in the shopping center of the restaurant that hubby worked for. Whenever they needed something on the spur of the moment they would run down to Canal Villere and pick up whatever it was between trucks. Hubby always brought his receipts home to me because they had those little contests where you could “earn” place settings for dishes for every so many dollars you’d spend.
I’m not sure how much it was, maybe for every $100 you spent you’d get a free plate or get it for 99 cents. I’m not sure. It’s been so long. Seriously, it’s been almost thirty years! But, the point was, that we collected enough “points” during the promotion for those dishes that we ended up getting place setting for 20! Not twenty pieces total but we had 20 of everything and we ended up giving away enough points to people for them to get an 8 setting haul for themselves! We had 20 plates, bowls, saucers and cups and I think we had bread plates too.
Through the years I think we gave away 8 place settings when people moved or lost stuff and needed something to start out. Slowly but surely it has whittled itself down to where we now only have 7 plates left! Not a single cup or bowl or saucer but 7 plates and one of those is cracked and has a chip in it but I can’t bear to throw it away! It’s like part of our past. We’ve had those since we first got married! Up until last year we had one bowl left and it eventually broke but those 7 plates are hanging in there. The cups were so cute with the little strawberry design on one side and the little golden yellow rim around the top. The saucers and bowls and bread plates were all plain with jus the little golden yellow rim around the outside edge.
It’s like the end of an era. I don’t know what I’ll do when we finally lose or break them all. These have been our stand by every day plates for our whole marriage other than our fine china we use a lot (paper plates). I know it’s silly but it makes me a little sad. I guess I’ll have to see if the company even still exists. It was made by a company called Sheffield and it was their “Stoneware Collection, Strawberries and Cream edition” and it said on the bottom “Oven to Table, Microwave safe” which I guess oven to table was pretty cutting edge for way back when! I guess great minds think alike that we were both thinking about those dishes and the story behind them at the same time.
By the way, I made Shepard’s Pie for the first time and I must say it was pretty tasty even if I did make it myself! I meant to get a picture of it before we dug into it but we were so hungry that I forgot. At least I got a picture before it was all gone! Aren’t yall proud of me? I’m branching out!