I've picked just three things to show you, two that I know to be useful and one that I believe to be beautiful.
First up is the imaginatively named Ted.
Apparently he was given to me when I was born, which makes him WAY more than 20 years old! He was my most favourite cuddly toy and he went to bed with me every night. His poor forehead is worn away because I used to kiss him a lot. That bit actually wore away when I was still a kid because if you look closely you can see some pretty terrible repair attempts.
He didn't have a mouth when he was new, I remember asking my mum to sew one on him for me. I don't think I actual see what he really looks like when I look at him, to me he is beautiful.
Next up these fabulous cake tins.
These were my mum's and I love them. The little arm thing is such a good idea, I don't need to line them with baking paper, I can just grease and flour them just like my mum used to.
You can see them in use on my chocolate cake recipe.
My final choice is my brilliant 3 tier cooling rack.
I bought these about 25 years ago from a UK company called Lakeland Plastics. They are just called Lakeland now and still sell a similar one (but obviously mine is better!) It is such a great space saver in our pretty small kitchen, I use them every time I bake without fail so they must have been used literally 100's of times.
The box is pretty mashed up, as I photographed it I did think maybe it should take a one way trip to the recycling!
You can see this cake rack in use in almost all my baking related posts.
This post is part of a blog train hosted by Agatha from Green Issues by Agy on "I Didn't Throw It Away".
We have become such a throw-away society, but there are some things in our households that we still keep. Why is that so? Perhaps this blog train can unlock the reasons behind it! Follow the daily posts on this blog train and read about the stories behind the things we have kept for many years and why we didn't throw them away.
Tomorrow it's the turn of Mira from Fafafoom, her site is a feast for the eyes with fashion, DIY projects, Japan fashion and culture, and travel stories.