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Not just an Apron

I tie one on every day…don’t you?

You don’t?…

You should!

Does anyone other than me still wear an apron?

I had some guests for dinner the other night and the first guest to arrive, a young 30-something lady, caught me in my apron and commented “Hey Mrs. D, I didn’t know you wore an apron…I didn’t know anyone still wore aprons”

I have a collection of them!… I use to keep them hidden in my drawers for fear of my friends seeing them and thinking I was living in a different era or I was a closest-case Stepford Wife!

I explained to my young guest that while the main reason we wear aprons is to keep splash and splatter from our clothes…it is so much more than that!

I use it to dry my hands on throughout the day or as oven mitts while removing hot pans from the oven.

It is perfect for drying tears, wiping runny noses or cleaning a skinned knee…not to mention that it’s a great place for a little one to hide behind while being shy.

My daughter-in-law uses one to cradle freshly laid eggs from the hen house to her house. It can be used for hauling some fresh picked veggies in from the garden too.

It cleans up spills in a jiffy. Who needs a Swiffer duster when unexpected guests arrive? An apron can dust and shine in seconds flat!

A great apron has a couple of pockets…one for all the odds and sods you pick up throughout the day and the other to hold a few treats for when the kiddies stop by.

They tie for a reason…no snaps or buttons to pop. Our aprons don’t judge. …if you want to eat that extra piece of cake, our apron is happy to hang out and catch a crumb or two. If my apron could talk…..

As we ourselves age so do our aprons…so full of wisdom. Witness to all of our ups and downs, failures and successes. Not unlike ourselves they even get permanent lines and age spots. Yes, just like a fine wine our aprons only get better with age.

If you dig deep into the recessed corners of your apron’s pockets, you might find what looks like a piece of lint, when actually… it is accumulated memories all rolled into one soft gentle piece of fluff.

 

For me, an apron is full of  warmth and a feeling of home. Given all the germs that accumulate on an apron throughout a day….I never caught anything from my mom’s other than love.

So go ahead….tie one on!

I won’t tell 😉

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I have been embracing a ‘plant-slant’ cuisine as of late. This is one of my new favourite super easy and flavourful recipes.

Mashed Chickpea “egg salad”
Ingredients
1 can (15 oz.) chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed 1/4 cup or so hummus
1 – 2 tablespoons mustard (stoneground or dijon)
1/2 cup celery, sliced
1/2 cup carrots, diced 
1/4 – 1/3 cup scallions, sliced 
sea salt & cracked pepper, to taste dash of garlic powder
juice of 1 lemon, optional paprika/smoked paprika, garnish
Instructions
• Drain and rinse your chickpeas, place in medium size bowl and roughly mash with a fork.
• Add the remaining ingredients and combine. Add more hummus if you like it creamier and taste for seasoning.
• Serve on whole grain bread (such as Ezekiel), a bed of leafy greens, or scoop up with sliced vegetables like cucumbers, bell peppers, celery sticks/carrots.
• If hummus is a little thick, add about 1-2 tablespoons of water.

Enjoy 😋 

 

 

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40 Comments

  • Reply
    Ann Burbidge
    July 14, 2022 at 9:34 AM

    Good Morning Sunshine!!!
    I love your Blog! Love seeing photos of Tank! I am totally an apron girl!
    Stay cool!

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      Marion
      July 14, 2022 at 10:08 AM

      Oh ya!! I can totally picture you in your kitchen wearing an Apron Ann!! LOL…We need them for the ‘Travelling Tea Cart”
      I am excited to see you again in the fall!! Miss your smiling face and Steve misses your happy song! LOL

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    Marion hunter
    July 14, 2022 at 9:51 AM

    Simply love this! Such warm memories of my mom wearing aprons. My girls tell me they have the same memories, which warms my heart. Good recipe and wow Tank is loving your garden grass. Beautiful M. Thx
    Fellow apron wearer
    m

    • Reply
      Marion
      July 14, 2022 at 10:06 AM

      Thanks Marion!! I love that your girls have these memories too. Savannah and Lilah both have aprons here and matching ones for their dolls. They used to wear them when having tea parties with me…So adorable.
      Thanks for dropping in. Xo

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    Connie
    July 14, 2022 at 12:45 PM

    This is such a cute post Marion. You hit the nail on the head with the runny nose, skinned knee and treats in your pockets. It truly is these little things that creat the memories. I know I have an apron somewhere….I am definitely going to pull it out!

    • Reply
      Marion
      July 14, 2022 at 1:08 PM

      LOL Connie, yes!! Go find it and tie one on!!
      Have a terrific day! Thanks so much for stopping in and leaving a comment.

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    Hillary
    July 14, 2022 at 12:52 PM

    I honestly dont think I have ever owned an apron but maybe I should buy one. LOL….I have been eating a lot more of the ‘plant slant’ as you call it. I am really enjoying it. Thanks for the recipe. It looks great. I will try it this weekend in a wrap. Please share more of this way of eating.

    • Reply
      Marion
      July 14, 2022 at 2:11 PM

      Hey there Hilary! Thanks for stopping by. I will definitely share some more plant-based recipes. Summertime is the best time for this way of eating. Everything is so fresh and all the herbs are in my garden ready to be picked! I have an enormous basil plant. I think I am going to have to get creative with it and maybe make some herb-flavoured butter or oil. ..or just a big ol’ pizza with lots of fresh basil on it! LOL Have a super day!!

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    Sarah
    July 14, 2022 at 12:58 PM

    I was shopping in a really nice little store that sold aprons. They had many of them on display. I think they are coming back into style. I live in LuLu’s and am never much concerned about messing myself up. LOL I think they are a good idea when you are dressed and you are having company. I find I always have last minute things to do in the kitchen. I am now going to go back to that little store and purchase one of their aprons.

    • Reply
      Marion
      July 14, 2022 at 2:06 PM

      Hi there Sarah. Yes, you are so right. Sometimes it’s all those little last-minute things that overwhelm us. I am such Lulu’s girl myself. They are basically my uniform. Who knew we would ever get to the point in fashion where Lulus can be dressed up and dressed down!! LOL. Have fun apron shopping…and have a fantastic day.

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    Angela
    July 14, 2022 at 12:59 PM

    My mom used to make them. I think it was a Simplicity pattern. She always wore the ones that tied around her waist and hers always had a frill around the bottom. I am loving this memory that was long forgotten. I miss my mom. Thank you for this post.

    • Reply
      Marion
      July 14, 2022 at 1:06 PM

      Ahhhh Angela, that’s such a lovely memory of your mom. I can picture that type of apron perfectly. I think I remember my mom getting them free in a box of detergent. LOL. Great memory of your mom Angela.

  • Reply
    Mary Peterson
    July 15, 2022 at 1:18 AM

    Mare,
    This is one of my fave blog posts of yours! I smiled the entire time I was reading it! I, too, wear an apron! They are so fun, and you’re 100% correct, they are full of memories!
    Enjoy your summer and hugs to the two guys in your home!❤️

    • Reply
      Marion
      July 15, 2022 at 11:16 AM

      Really Mare? So, so nice of you to say so. I love that it made you smile. We may have to get Team Tuckaweye aprons!!! LOL
      I hope your summer is fantastic!!

  • Reply
    Diane Regan
    July 15, 2022 at 6:24 AM

    Fun read, I don’t ever remember my mom wearing an apron, but I do remember my Grandma and Great Grandma always wearing them. I remember the traces of flour on them from all the baking they used to do. The Aprons were home made, of course. Thanks for bringing back good childhood memories.

    • Reply
      Marion
      July 15, 2022 at 11:14 AM

      I am so happy that this brought back childhood memories for you Diane. It’s amazing that this simple little story has touched so many people. Makes me feel good 🙂
      Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comments.

  • Reply
    Cathy Farley
    July 15, 2022 at 6:38 AM

    You make me want to go out and buy an apron…… I sure could use one when cooking … cute post ❤️…..

    • Reply
      Marion
      July 15, 2022 at 11:10 AM

      Maybe I will have to go out and get you one. Miss you girl!!! Xooxooxx

  • Reply
    Mary Beth Clouse
    July 15, 2022 at 7:11 AM

    Hey Marion, nice blog! I always wear an apron when I am making dinner. My fav is one I got for my mom when we went to England. It’s from Buckingham Palace. I think of her every time I put it on.
    I put a towel through the tie at the waist to dry my hands so it doesn’t need washing as often. Lol
    Your garden looks beautiful, love Tank showing off!
    Thanks for the post, am trying the recipe this weekend!
    MB

    • Reply
      Marion
      July 15, 2022 at 11:09 AM

      You will love the recipe!!
      Buckingham Palace….you little princess! I want one! LOL
      Have a great weekend MB and hello to Brian.

  • Reply
    Joan
    July 15, 2022 at 7:35 AM

    What a lovely early morning read – thank you. Love the memories it evokes for everyone. (And a great pic of Tank lol)

    • Reply
      Marion
      July 15, 2022 at 11:07 AM

      We should wear aprons hiking to protect ourselves from Tank!! LOL
      Ill PM for hike next week. Have a great weekend Joan.

  • Reply
    Dale
    July 15, 2022 at 7:51 AM

    Baking or bacon and eggs, always wear an apron. Never a fancy one. My grandmother used to make lovely aprons for the church bazaars. Sadly, my spills are not that confined. My aprons are utilitarian and we’ll used.

    • Reply
      Marion
      July 15, 2022 at 11:06 AM

      Aprons for bacon is a must!! I have started to use a screen ‘thing’ over my bacon now. I am going to try cooking it on bbq. I hate the mess it makes. LOL…I bet we can all get some great aprons at church bazaars. I will keep my eyes open.
      Have a great day Dale.

  • Reply
    Brenda
    July 15, 2022 at 8:21 AM

    Great message Mare! I’m going to bring mine out of the cupboard!!

    • Reply
      Marion
      July 15, 2022 at 11:04 AM

      Yes…do that and you can sing into your spatula!!! LOL
      Thanks for stopping in Brenda. Looking forward to the movie 🍿

  • Reply
    Laura
    July 15, 2022 at 8:25 AM

    Thank you for inspiring me to wear an apron. I do not know how many times I have gotten “splash and splatter” on my clothes just before guests arrive. I also look forward to trying your recipe for chickpeas salad. Hugs.

    • Reply
      Marion
      July 15, 2022 at 11:02 AM

      Aprons are fun! I honestly think they are making a comeback and they are definitely more popular now with the men too. Enjoy the recipe. It’s super yummy!

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    Mary Ferguson - Allan
    July 15, 2022 at 8:38 AM

    Good read Marion and yes I still have 3 or 4 aprons and still wear them but not so much now as on my own but a must when baking, flour can get everywhere. I’ll pass on the hummas and chick peas as do not like them. Love mom.

    • Reply
      Marion
      July 15, 2022 at 11:01 AM

      I remember you wearing aprons when we were little. You can probably make the recipe using lentils instead of chickpeas….and honestly it tastes so good you probably wouldn’t notice that you were eating them. Xo

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    Andree Jean
    July 15, 2022 at 8:42 AM

    Marion ! Love this lovely post!
    Growing up My mom always wear one when cooking she had tissue and her lipstick in her apron pocket!s and still do today!
    Also my John own a few of Aprons he wears them when he cook! I find it Very handsome! 🥰…IKitchen get pretty hot and sweaty whenever he wear the aprons!!!lol!!!😉😉😉😅😅😅

    • Reply
      Marion
      July 15, 2022 at 10:59 AM

      Hahahahaha….I am coming for dinner!!! LOL
      Funny that you mention the tissue with lipstick on it. My mom too!!
      Glad. You loved the post Andree.

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    Mary Lynn
    July 15, 2022 at 9:10 AM

    Cute post. I have never worn an apron, prefer to make a mess on my good clothes apparently 😂
    I am going to try that recipe, post more plant based need tips.
    Oh Tank always a treat.
    ML xo

    • Reply
      Marion
      July 15, 2022 at 10:57 AM

      I will for sure post more plant based recipes ML. Stay clean…lol
      Xo

  • Reply
    Mary Beth Clouse
    July 16, 2022 at 1:54 PM

    Loved the “egg salad” !! Brian did too! Soo filling. Had it opened faced like in the picture. Could have had half a piece and would have been fine. But of course because there was a whole piece on my plate…….. I ate it!! Lol!
    Squishes for Tank!! And Steve too.

    • Reply
      Marion
      July 17, 2022 at 3:44 PM

      LOL….oh my!! You are fast!!! I am happy that you and Brian liked it so much. It is definitely filling and keeps you full for a long time!! Such a healthy meal. Tank appreciates your squishes!!!

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    Nancy Murtaugh
    July 16, 2022 at 3:49 PM

    Hi Marion: Like you, I have a “stash” of aprons tucked into the back of a cupboard. I can’t get rid of them somehow: too many memories, I guess. Somewhere along about the 1970s, I guess I stopped wearing them regularly. Your post makes me feel regret about that while my children were all growing up. Somewhere along the line, our clothes must have become more disposable than the aprons!
    If I reached for one today, it would be a red and white gingham half apron, with a cross-stitched decoration around the bottom and two big pockets. Always my favorite, back in the day! I definitely still have it!

    • Reply
      Marion
      July 17, 2022 at 3:43 PM

      Ahhhh, no regrets Nancy!! You can always pull them out now and add to the memories. I can picture a red/white gingham…which happens to be one of my favourite fabric choices…gingham anything!!! Go for it Nancy…tie one on!!

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    Val Cater
    July 19, 2022 at 11:23 AM

    I also have a stash and must get back to them. Better than having a tea towel tucked in my waistband all the time!
    So happy you are “slanting” towards my vegan dining table😋 Your body will always thank you….

    • Reply
      Marion
      July 27, 2022 at 2:51 PM

      I am astonished at how many ladies have come forward and admitted to ‘the apron’ LOL
      I have also received messages about women that are going to dig theirs out of the cupboards and splash them with a whole bunch of new memories!!!
      Oh yes…enjoying the plant slant for sure. I have been on and off it for years. You definitely lose the bloat when on it!
      Glad to FINALLY have received your message Val!! LOL
      Xo Mare

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