Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Bring Aprons Out of the Closet

I'm not much of a cook, so I really don't think a lot about aprons. I have to admit I assume that people wearing fancy aprons must be really good in the kitchen. That probably explains the few boring, food-stained aprons I have hanging in the corner. I don't rate a great apron.

Grandway recently offered me an opportunity to try out a great apron.  They've made vintage inspired aprons that look like adorable dresses straight out of an old movie.

I love seeing a company taking a common product in a new direction! The apron I tried was The Lindy. Since I am both large and tall, I was really impressed by the adjustable buttons along the neck. The apron ties are also very long and can be tied in the back or wrapped around again to the front.

The idea with these cute aprons is to feel like you can keep your apron on even after your guests arrive. I felt like it was much cuter than the boring black dress I was wearing when I took the pictures. The quality of the material impressed me since I've had a few aprons with material that didn't adequately protect my clothing. Even if I can't cook beyond mac 'n cheese, at least I can look good during the attempt.

To show how the same apron can be worn beautifully by women of different sizes, shapes, and ages, I enlisted the help of Dyllen, a quirky drama major who is dating my son, to use the apron as well.  Isn't she cute? In addition to these sassy aprons, Grandway has matching pot holders, gloves, laundry bags, and even brooms.

Grandway is following the same dream that I had when I started Native & Pilgrim - taking something familiar and putting your own twist on it. While other people use their tatting skills to make doilies, I prefer to make jewelry and other wearables. We've seen the same Native American and Southwestern inspired jewelry over and over so we modernize the images and even some of the materials. "There are a variety of fabric aprons on the market," Grandway explains, " but we feel like we have added the perfect amount of 'extras' to ours to make them stand out and make them different than other aprons on the market. Gone are the days of taking off your old aprons when company arrives; we have designed the aprons with little fancy dresses in mind so our hostesses can finish their hosting tasks and still look stylish and chic."

Want one of these aprons for yourself?  Grandway has provided me with another apron like the one they gave me so that one of my readers can have one. To enter the contest, leave a comment on this post about your favorite kitchen memory.  For a second entry, go to my post about this apron on The Spirit Bead Journals and leave a comment there.  The drawing will be January 5, 2013.

**Disclaimer - Grandway provided me with the apron pictured in exchange for writing a review of it and sent an extra apron to give to one of my readers.  All the opinions expressed are completely my own.

94 mad comments:

Shtook said...

My husband and I decided to make cinnamon rolls this Christmas for breakfast. We got up late but made the dough anyway and waited 2 hours for it to rise, but when we uncovered it, the dough had only risen a tiny bit. It was supposed to double. We looked at the date on the package of yeast - it's expiration date was 2011. We decided to make an omelet for brunch instead and we waited some more. Right before dinner they were ready to be made into rolls but then they had to rise and double again! At about 9 pm they were ready to bake. At 9:30 pm on Christmas we had cinnamon rolls for dessert! Next time I will be sure to start EARLY and use FRESH yeast!

. said...

Oh my goodness we know Dyllen! We love her family. We use to be in their ward in Provo. You both look cute in the apron!
April-Living the Sweet Life

Jennifer said...

This Christmas both of my kiddos were old enough to help make goodies. So we had a Mom and Kids bake date and invited some of our friends. It was a blast, then watching all the kids decorate cookies with my cake tips was fun. My son(3yrs) tried to decorate and shot the icing out the top of the bag. The other day I was working in the kitchen and noticed I have green icing on my ceiling.

Rachelle Anderson said...

My favorite memory is my mom dancing around like a crazy woman while she cooked.

Miranda said...

My favorite memory is baking cookies with my mom.

debra daigle said...

my grandma used to wear aprons all the time. most of her pics show her wearing them too. i used to love sitting in her kitchen making homemade mac an cheese casserole with her.

Maria K said...

My favorite member in the kitchen is watching my grandma try to make cookies. She was not a cook and never would be. It was quite the adventure.
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Valerie said...

I think one of my favorite memories would be of me and the children making daddy's birthday breakfast together.

deanna said...

fave memory: cooking with roommates in college and not having ingredients so we improvised. The food was gross. So we went on a scavenger hunt for the rest of the correct ingredients. Got em all!
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Teish said...

I was helping my Mom in the kitchen when I picked up a very hot glass pan. I literally threw it across the room, and it didn't break. I picked it up off the floor, not thinking it was still hot, and threw it again. Still, it didn't break. Mom and I were sitting on the floor laughing at that point!

k. said...

I remember making my mom grilled cheese for breakfast one Mother's Day. One side was burned black, and I served it to her with milk because she doesn't drink coffee. She appreciated the sentiment, but I got in trouble for using the stove.

auntietina said...

The first year I had a house that could host everyone for Christmas I decided to get fancy and do Julia Child's boned and stuffed turkey. I somehow managed to cut the turkey into two separate pieces and was in tears trying to get it pieced back together and tied before everyone showed up.
Despite the fact it came out delicious and no one was the wiser, I have never again attempted a complicated new recipe when hosting a houseful of people!

Brittany Boardley Renaldi said...

I remember my great grandma showing me how to make gnocchi.
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Miranda Gonzalez said...

My favorite kitchen memory is baking cookies with my 3 and 4 year olds. The kitchen was a DISASTER but we had tons of fun!!!
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anne said...

My favorite memory is of my kids sitting on the counter helping me make chocolate chip cookies

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Karen T said...

I'm actually pretty pleased to see so many people with kitchen disaster memories. Those can be the best ones!

Heather Swarthout said...

For Christmas I had my whole family in my tiny little kitchen, and I had my grandmother-in-law helping me as we scurried around the table in the middle of the kitchen to get dinner prepared, all while burning ourselves and dropping food. It still turned out to be a good night!

Samantha F. said...

My best kitchen memory is when my husband cooked us some great food with leftover ham last Thanksgiving. He made a delicious meal, he doesn't cook that often so it's memorable.

Sara McManaway said...

My favorite memory in the kitchen is how hilarious of an ordeal it was when I made my first meatloaf.

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hvpooly said...

My favorite memory is making cookies with my great grandma when I was little

Kathleen M Smith said...

One of my favorite was my grandmother teaching me how to make chicken and dumplings and letting me help.

Alison Zawinski said...

I loved making Christmas cut out cookies with my 3 year old this past Christmas. He was actually really great with the rolling pin and cookie cutters- practice from play dough at preschool!

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Jessica P said...

Making gingerbread cookies with my Grandma the day before our family Christmas party! jessicapeeling@yahoo.com

maria-hv said...

The first time I peeled an onion (I was no older than ten, I think), I kept peeling it until there was nothing left.

Sadie said...

I loved all of my memories of baking in the kitchen with Grandma. So many things learned that are not in a cookbook.
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Ellen said...

Worst favorite kitchen memory - just took a vegetable lasagna out of the oven and placed on the stove top. I didn't know one of the burners was still on so when I picked up the pan it shattered in my hand. The new name became flying vegetable lasagna!

Shooting Stars Mag said...

a favorite kitchen memory is probably making christms cookies with my mom when I was younger. we'd do spritzes, which was always nice because it's something her dad used to always do and he passed away before I was born.

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Unknown said...

Angie
I have a lot of memories as a child making homemade jam with my grandpa. I always love doing it with her
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Gina F said...

I love when my little one started making food in the kitchen with me.

Ashley said...

One of my earliest memories is helping my mom slice cucumbers - I ended up slicing my finger in the process, which is probably why I remember it.

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DistractedMommy said...

My mom always let us make a mess when we helped her cook. We'd love helping her bake and make a mess and eat the batter!! I try not to be a neat freak when my little ones help me bake. Hopefully Im making favorite memories for my kids!

Tooth Fairy said...

A fave kitchen memory is decorating gingerbread house in high school and it won a prize in contest.

Stephanie said...

vorite kitchen memory is making a gingerbread house with my brownie trooop .... they had a ball!

Ryan and Abby said...

Making cinnamon rolls with my dad!

corey1971 said...

My best memory was making cookies with my grandmother. (CoreyOlomon at gmail dot com)

Chloe Salerno said...

My best memory is making cookies with my daughter.

michelle gilliland mcafee said...

My favorite memory is cooking w/ my grandma when I was little. When I was 5 my grandma cracked an egg on my head. I insisted I could do it and cracked it all over my hair. lol

Tina Solomon said...

My favorite memory is making Christmas cookies with my mother and my two little boys my boys are 20 and 16 and my mther passed away 4 years ago great memories 2 have.

A.Carmody said...

One of my favorite memories was from this year...all the ladies (my great aunt, grandmother, mom, aunts, sister, and cousins plus my boys) were making a great great great aunt's cookie recipe!

Anne W said...

I remember making sugar cookies with my grandma with fondness.

Gale said...

One of my favorite memories is making pie with my mom in the small kitchen on the boat we lived on. She always let me make things with the extra scraps of pie crust.

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Donna said...

So many memories... I love one of my father and I making dressing on thanksgiving. He let me make it while he told me how to do it and the importance of each ingredient. I never forgot and now I do the same with my children. It has become our favorite thing to make and it is the best dressing/stuffing that I have ever had. :) Everyone that eats it loves it.

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Roach Kelley said...

My favorite memory is baking cookies with my mom.

Candace said...

making homemade brownies with my mom as a kid!

Michelle said...

My favorite kitchen memories are from when I was a little kid. My grandma was a great cook and I loved being in the kitchen with her. Thanks for the chance to win!
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Unknown said...

My favorite kitchen memory is from early in my childhood making pancakes with my grandfather.. Cookies with grandma is a close second!

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Laura said...

About once a month, my mother and me would just take an entire Sunday and bake, and bake, and bake. I love those days with my mom.
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Kemberley Crosswhite said...

my favorite kitchen memory would have to be the time i made my son's first bday cake :) i made two Winnie the Pooh cakes and two jumbo cupcakes. i was super stressed and cried three times lol but i finished it and it was great :) thanks so much for the giveaway :) senior06chs@aol.com

Karen said...

I remember making cook-n-serve pudding for the first time and thinking I was quite the cook! Yeah, it was jello brand, not homemade. At that age, I didn't realize pudding could be made from scratch.

Thanks for the giveaway!

Corene Hutchings said...

I remember when my mom taught me how to make rolls! She is a very good cook and the rolls are delicious !

Rebecca said...

I loved making coffee cake with my grandma!

Diana Santiago said...

My favorite memories in the kitchen are with my mom. May she Rest in peace. We used to prepare dinner together every night for my dad and 3 brothers. We made everything and anything in that kitchen! From baking to good 'ol fashioned guisados!

Teresa Thompson said...

Baking with my granddaughters.
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Nancy said...

My favorite kitchen memories are three-fold: cooking in the kitchen with my children, cooking in my mother's kitchen with her and being in my grandmother's kitchen when she cooked!

Nancy
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Discovering the Me in Mommy said...

Favorite kitchen memory is learning how to make an apple pie from scratch!
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one frugal lady said...

as kids, we spent summers at my grandparents farm and we would create wonderful things in the kitchen from things we grew!
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Alicia Sparks said...

I remember making snickerdoodles in the kitchen with my grandmother when I was six, and her showing me how to measure spices in the palm of my hand instead of measuring spoons. I was fascinated. She would say, "Oh, this is about 3/4 of a teaspoon," and show it to me in her hand, and we'd carefully pour it into the measuring spoon and it WAS exactly the right amount.

kathy f said...

My favorite kitchen memory is baking cookies with my kids. They had to stand on chairs to reach the counter and were so proud of themselves when we finished.

tammy said...

When i was a lil girl I got a easy bake oven foe christmas I was baking a cake and it just bubbled hen my mom check to see what i did I had try baking the icing.

Laura Bradley said...

My favorite memory in the kitchen was my first married Thanksgiving. For some reason, I was in charge of the turkey that year, and I was clueless. But it came out FLAWLESS. Everyone was so proud, and shocked! :P

GrammaL said...

My favorite memory is my dad making peanut brittle every Christmas. I loved seeing it foam up when he put in the soda!

Darby Elizabeth said...

My favorite memory is making Thanksgiving dinner for the first time in our first house.

vwestermeyer said...

my favorite kitchen memory ... watching my kids "cook" with their grandma. She would put them on the counter, then as they grew onto a stool next to her and just let them pour, stir, make a mess! The looks on all of their faces was pure love!

Danielle Williams said...

My favorite kitchen memories all revolve around cooking and baking with my nana (and getting to lick the pot after making fudge :))

Nichol Tone said...

Making food with my grandma

Megan Parsons said...

My favorite kitchen memory was the first time I attempted to make an decorated cake. It was a train on tracks and I was shocked that it turned out awesome. I have been baking amazing cakes since and LOVE it! makeighleekyleigh at yahoo.com

Becca Acker said...

Baking alot when I was young. :)

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Racquel S said...

Baking w/ my daughter now!

sakkeller said...

Growing up we all made our favorite recipe for Christmas dinner. It was fun to all be in the kitchen- and we always had an interesting meal!

Natalie Parvis-Nichols said...

My favorite kitchen memories are of making christmas cookies with my mom and sister. They still do, but since I live across the country, they do it without me. I still have the memories though.

Randi said...

One of my favorite kitchen memories was catching my two year old daughter wearing a t-shirt and diaper, wearing her grandma's apron tied around her neck. She had a chair pushed up to the sink and was "helping" her grandma do dishes.

amkj2002 said...

My favorite kitchen memory is walking into my Grandma's house for Sunday dinners, smelling those smells, watching her check the green beans and get all the dishes counted out.

Darlene said...

My favorite memory was of my mother baking bread, she has now passed on but she didn't do it with any machine, it was all by hand and boy did it taste good. There were 7 of us in the family so she baked a lot of bread every week.

Brandi Hawn said...

my favorite memories are making homemade apple pies with my grandpa with the lattice cut crust :)

Robyn-coolestmommy R said...

My favorite kitchen memories are cooking with my mom and my two grandmas. I remember some of the best school days when I came home to mom opening a can of frosting and a sleeve of graham crackers. So simple, but truly one of my favorite snacks. I think it was more the time spent talking...but the frosted graham crackers were good, too.

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Holly S. said...

My favorite kitchen memories all involved my wonderful mom who was an insanely good cook. Thanks for the great giveaway!
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Heather said...

My favorite kitchen memory is making a full turkey dinner at 12 and serving our guests. With a 9 person family and guests who had 4 kids plus a set of their grandparents, it was quite an endeavor.

Sheila Hickmon said...

My favorite kitchen memory is when my grandma and I used to make her "million dollar fudge" every Christmas time.

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Domestic Diva said...

Making and decorating holiday cookies with my grandma.

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Adrianne B said...

My favorite kitchen memory is baking pies with my grandmother in her kitchen, peeling and cooking apples, and rolling the dough. She had little pie tins and would let me make an individual pie for my mom or dad, or sometimes just for me to enjoy by myself!

Tammy Hoffa said...

My favorite kitchen memory is of my grandmother and how she could just cook anything, without a recipe. A pinch of this or a dash of that. She had 9 kids and could make anything look impossible to cook.

Tara Haidinger said...

My favorite kitchen memory was making pancakes with my granny when I was growing up. After we put all of the ingredients in we would also blow a kiss into the bowl as the final ingredient - "love". Then I would tell everyone that our pancakes tasted better because they had love in them.

TreasureToday said...

I have always loved baking cookies. It must be because of my wonderful memories of making them with my Mom and my Grandma. Not only did they wear aprons, but they sewed a little one just for me!

Allison said...

My fav memory is watching my mom bake!

Che V said...

One of my absolute fondest memories in the kitchen was with my father's mother as a child. She had grown up a very poor farmer's daughter and married to become an even poorer farmer's wife, mother to eight children, so she had all sorts of neat tricks in the kitchen to help stretch a dime. She used to allow me to have (what I thought were) the strangest snacks, like saltines and mayo or creamed corn, which seemed utterly magical to my childhood self. The day that she taught me to make her melt-in-your-mouth buns was definitely one of the best days that I ever spent with my grandmother. They were always the centerpiece of every meal that she made, and to be trusted with the recipe was exhilarating. To this day, I still can't make them exactly as good as she did, but I still remember the smell of that first batch I had ever helped with baking.

Brooke Anna @ Mommy Does... said...

My best memory was while making slap biscuits with my nuderma back home in Louisiana as a little girl. Slap em in the pan, pat it with water and cook till a little burned up top. Best memories ever!
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Erin Rok said...

I really enjoy making pumpkin rolls with my daughter, that is my fondest memory
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nicolesender said...

My favorite memory in the kitchen is learning to bake bread with my mom.
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jlapage said...

Every Thanksgiving my mom cooking the turkey and how good the house smelled! :-)
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TheVegan said...

Cooking spanish rice with my Grandma! :) RIP

Dena Anderson said...

The kitchen is the heart of our home so I have so many memories it's hard to pick one. I think the simple times that my kids and I are all in the kitchen tasting, mixing and baking chocolate chip cookies are one of my favorites.

Sue Bunting said...

suebunting1977at(gmail)dot(com) My daughter and I makeing cookies!

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