05 March 2013

Yellow Happiness

OK, today I wore a wool pea coat instead of my down and it just wasn't cutting it.  Here are some more cheerful photos to get you through these last cold days...

This first one was sent in by Sumaya Teli, who is originally from Kashmir, India.  She said:

"This photo I took on one of our visits to the beautiful valley of Kashmir Isn't the yellow sublime?  Pure nature :-)  This is a field full of mustard seed flowers!  And what a sweet simple little house."


And here's a cheery yellow kitchen (below) at my favorite Mexican bakery in Sunset Park...Don Paco Lopez Panaderia.  I go there for their hot tamales.


Amanda Lamb sent in the next two photos:

"Here are some pops of yellow in my kitchen. You're right - it's so happy in there because of the yellow!  Also because that's where I keep the chocolate ;)"


 
Danny's parents have that same tea kettle, but in a green apple colorAnd it really is such a cheerful little thing.  I don't have space for a tea kettle now, but I kind of dream of having one in our one day cottage.  (YES, still dreaming about a cottage in the Hudson Valley!  :)
Wishing you all a happy day,

Mara

P.S.   My sister lives in London, where you wouldn't dream of not having a tea kettle.  Here's what she has to say about tea kettles (so cute):
"As for tea kettles, once you have one, there's no going back.  Like a toilet really, you just wouldn't imagine living without it.  As for which one, sort of like a toilet here as well.  Any one will pretty much do the job, more a matter of aesthetic as to which you like best.  They seem to last forever, the first one we purchased is still the one we have now.  These are electric devices, although you can get stove top kettles (the most attractive kind I think) but stove tops are just another breed, not like the ubiquitous electric ones that are probably in every home of an industrialized country east of the Atlantic."
These are the kind of electric kettles Europeans swear by (I like this one, too.)  They boil water nearly instantly and they use them for every need involving hot water - not just tea!  

Do you use a tea kettle?  Anything special you do with it besides make tea?

More Yellow:  1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5
(If you'd like to still send in a yellow photo, feel free!  Just write "Yellow" somewhere in the subject.  thx!)



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21 comments:

  1. Hi Mara! I love your yellow posts. We have an orange tea kettle. It's invaluable. On our first date, my husband made us two cups of tea and we sat and talked. The tradition of drinking tea is so meditative. There is another thing you must do with hot water in the tea kettle -- use it to fill a hot water bottle!! I have one from Restoration Hardware (http://www.restorationhardware.com/catalog/product/product.jsp?productId=prod1730013) and it's the best and cheapest way to warm up in the winter!

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    1. OK - you have completely sold me on the hot water bottle. Every winter I am just FREEZING climbing into my cold bed. Thank goodness Danny is there to help warm it up. But I can't believe I never considered a hot water bottle. I loooove this idea. Can't wait to try it out! I think I better do a post on this. :)

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  2. I have a yellow stovetop tea kettle and am offended when I visit my family and they make me tea out of microwave heated water! Although, perhaps I need an electric tea kettle, so I can be more European. I went to Cardiff for business a few months ago and made peppermint tea in my hotel room each afternoon in a similar appliance!

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    1. OK - I'm with you on the microwave. Somehow that just kills the beautiful/healing/social ritual of having tea. We usually just boil water on the stovetop.

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  3. I never even drank tea before I married my husband (who is half Brittish!), but now I can't imagine life without a tea pot. We have an enamel Corning tea kettle like this one: http://images.replacements.com/images/images5/china/C/corning_spice_of_life_tea_pot_lid_P0000017023S0163T2.jpg
    I have a friend who swears by boiling water only in enamel for the taste and I can't disagree. You can't purchase these pots new anymore, but my husband's grandmother finds them at thrift stores and saves them for us. We actually have three- one for tea, one for coffee, and a back up :)

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    1. LOVE that tea kettle. So old school. And thanks for the tip about the enamel.

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  4. I could NOT live without my electric kettle !! I bought a nice Breville when I moved to the U.S. I use it for so many things (couscous,infant cereal,tisane, bouillon ...!)
    Also, it's funny I was just telling my older son that it's actually the very first thing I bought after I moved out of my parents'.
    Beautiful pic of the valley of Kashmir !
    Margoulette

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    1. Yay for Brevilles. I think they're some of nicer looking ones. (That's the one I chose to link to, as well!)

      And thanks for the other ideas. mmm...the electric kettles do seem like they'd be so handy with children. This is really going on my wish list.

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  5. What??! This cracks me up. Do Americans not use tea kettles? Do you just heat water on the stovetop whenever you need it? I can't imagine a kitchen without a kettle.

    (For the record, I am Canadian!)

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    1. I think some people do have tea kettles but it doesn't seem to be a major must have like in other places. But I think it should be! I visited Australia once and everyday the entire family I was staying with had "cuppa" together. The children would get out the mugs or cups for the entire family and they would help make tea for each person according to their liking. And then everyone would sit and have wonderful conversation. It really, really was a wonderful thing to see each day.

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  6. You should have Jana write more! You could have her write about the baby shower she helped throw for a friend in London.

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    1. I know, RIGHT? That's not a bad idea. I should check with her. She's also such a great writer and so creative.

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  7. We had several stovetop kettles, the last one biting the dust when I insisted on tea during hurricane Sandy, when we had no power, and were cooking on the propane grill (whoops). a melted handle and uneven bottom later, we switched to an electric kettle that I love so much (yes, i realize there will be no tea come another hurricane).

    I even love the sound it makes. it sounds like morning and it sounds like night.

    I also have a million types of tea that I collect from travels. So far, my favorite is the cinnamon and clove from Peru. it reminds me of Cusco.

    I use it for oatmeal, but now that i see these other uses, i'll try them. Maybe i'll try it to thaw my baby food that I store in cubes in the freezer. The microwave just doesn't seem right...

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    1. Mmm...the sound. Yes, I've heard about that sound.

      And collecting tea from travels?! LOVE it. What a wonderful tradition.

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  8. I have an electric tea kettle myself! (and I am an European!) it`s the best thing ever to have when you`re a tea addict like myself. And I can vouch for them lasting what feels like forever. When I moved out at 18, I inherited an old tea kettle that my brother had gotten when he moved out at 16, the kettle lasted until winter 2011. It got 15 years old!!

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  9. I use my electric kettle every day. In addition to tea, I use it make hot water for making quick vegetables- I boil the water, and pour it over broccoli to get it bright green and crisp in seconds, or pour over frozen peas to defrost them. If I am in a hurry, I use it to start water for pasta so it boils quicker. I also sometimes use it if I want to put really, really hot water into greasy pots and pans, or for other cleaning tasks requiring hot water! I've had mine 10 years and it still works great!

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  10. I'm Australian and I can't even imagine life without the kettle. Having a cup of tea soothes all manner of ills. The simple ritual of tea making is a wonderful "slow" habit in a crazy world. If life is hard for a friend, it's pretty standard to say "come round and I'll make you a cup of tea".

    When you first move out of home in Australia every young person gets themselves a kettle, a toaster and an iron as first appliances.

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  11. I love my electric tea kettle! I'm American, but my husband and I lived in Europe for several years, and everyone uses one there! We used to use it most for heating up water to make coffee in our french press. But it's so handy for everything - making tea, hot chocolate, heating up water for oatmeal, etc. In Europe because of the higher voltage, the electric kettles literally boil the water almost immediately. Here in the U.S. it's not quite as fast, but still really handy!

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  12. In Israel, tea kettles are basic kitchen items. They are in every single hotel room, office, apartment, home- everywhere! We don't drink tea or coffee, but I'm with commenter #1 on hot water bottles- every winter night, my husband makes me a hot water bottle and puts in under my covers 5 minutes before I crawl into bed. It's heaven! And the only thing that really warms me up on those freezing nights! You MUST must buy one!!

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  13. I love these yellow posts. Yellow is my happy color, in little doses or big splashes the sunshine of yellow fills me with joy. That is why I painted my bedroom a sunrise yellow, so everyday no matter how gray I can feel the joy of a sunny day.

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  14. Haha. You responded to my twitter comment on the peacoat thing - and it certainly didn't quite cut it for me, either. Oh well. SOON! The time is near! :)

    We live in Europe (I'm American, he's German, we live in Hamburg) and we had an electric kettle for the longest time, until it broke. For our wedding last summer, we registered for a tea kettle and my brother-in-law bought it for us and added an engraving to the lid with our names on it and our wedding date. (What a great way to personalize registered gifts!) That tea kettle makes me smile every time I see it. We also have an induction stove, so it heats up really quickly. And that whistling sound when the water is piping hot - nothing beats that!

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