In case you missed it, my dear friend Erika reviewed her recent purchases of The Pioneer Woman's new line of dishes and cookware. I mentioned in the introduction to that article that I may or may not have made some purchases of my own. Of course, I didn't need to spend this money, but I got caught up in the whirlwind of events on release day and here we are. I'm sure you've guessed by now that I did in fact make some purchases and I'm here to tell you about them.
I bought two different items from the new collection. The first is the knife block. I have been wanting a new knife block for a few years now. In fact, I opened up my Christmas/Birthday Wish List today and there on the list was knife block. I can now mark that one off the list. The knife block I have has been in use for quite some time and has been through the ringer. There's one knife missing, one knife has a big chunk of handle broken off, another knife has the end of the blade chipped and the scissors have a melted handle from being too close to the burner on the stove. I think we can all agree that I have used my knives and I have used them well.
I am here to tell you that I love the new knives and knife block I bought. The handles are red rosewood and are absolutely gorgeous. The set comes with the following: 8" Chef Knife, 8" Bread Knife, 8" Utility Knife, 3.5" Paring Knife, 6 - 4.5" Steak Knives (I previously had zero steak knives), Scissors, 8" Sharpening Steel, and a 6" Nakiri Knife. The block itself is dark wood and really, really pretty. Each knife has The Pioneer Woman logo emblazoned on the side and the same logo is on the front of the block. I'm not crazy about the logo being on the front of the block, but when I think about it, it's no different than Kitchen Aid (my old block) or any other brand being on the front; so, I get it.
The one thing I dislike about the knives are that they are hand wash only. Yes, this was clearly outlined in the description on the web site, but I overlooked it and upon their arrival was disappointed to see that these knives are not dishwasher friendly - as all things should be. Apparently it is because of the rosewood handles and the heat of the dishwasher. So, I understand, but will miss the convenience of just throwing the knives in the dishwasher. Actually, I have some nice Wustoff knives that Santa gave me a few years ago that I also don't wash; so, in reality I suppose it's not that big of a deal. First world problems, y'all.
Thought I would style my photo with the latest version of Garden and Gun since I'm so very Southern!
The other item I bought was the 12-Ounce Adeline Embossed Glass Goblets. These are of the same line of glassware that Erika purchased. There are three colors in the Adeline collection, Clear (Erika's choice), Turquoise, and Plum. I chose plum which is not really a color I would normally chose, but there is a reason behind this decision.
Years ago (like over 20 years ago), I became the recipient of my great-grandmother's china. One of the sets (my favorite of the two) has purple flowers on it. Ever since I got these beloved dishes from my great-grandmother, my mother has said that I should find some purple glasses to go with them. Thus the reason I opted for the plum glasses. I wasn't sure if they would work or not and figured if not, I could always take them back. I'm here to tell you that not only so the glasses work with my dishes, but they work beautifully. I love, love, love, the design of these glasses. They are gorgeous. They actually have an older antique look and feel to them I think and so they work great with my old china. The glasses themselves are a good weight, not too heavy, but also not light. They feel just right in your hand. I've always liked a goblet/glass with a stem and these make my dish collection complete. Now, if I only had a nice dining room in which to serve people. (It's in the five-year plan, which will be here before we know it).
I suppose it goes without saying that both Erika and I are very pleased with our purchases from The Pioneer Woman's new collection and in case you didn't know, Erika and I are both big-time dish lovers so this is a high compliment coming from us. I was in Wal-Mart on "Drake" (the Wal-Mart by Drake Avenue) a week or so ago and saw a display with a lot of other Pioneer Woman items such as pots and pans and serving pieces and cooking utensils, etc. All of the items looked to be of good quality and in my opinion everything is reasonably priced. When these items first came out, that was one of the things I was most impressed with. I was glad to see these items were available at Wal-Mart and at affordable prices so that they are accessible to the every day gal and not just the Macy's shopper. If you have a kitchen lover on your Christmas list, you may want to consider some of these items, I don't think you or the recipient will be disappointed.