Late yesterday afternoon my doorbell rang. My next-door neighbor Steve was standing at my door.

He said, “You have a package out here. I saw it when getting my mail.”

Four residents get their mail on the wall just outside my door.

Oh, my new cookware had arrived!

I asked about his wife, who will likely be in the hospital over the weekend. St. Francis hospital is just down the road, probably less than a mile.

My new red cookware by Farberware arrived yesterday

I came inside and opened the box of new Farberware cookware.

And of course, the cookware is red! (Do you think I’m going overboard with the red?)

I searched online for a week or so to find a small set for one person from a good and reputable company. Even before I moved I was looking online at cookware.

Research & Due Diligence:

And like I always do, I researched cookware and companies that made them and how many stars their product received. I’m a little nuts and possibly over-zealous when it comes to checking for those stars!

I also researched “best cookware for seniors”, though I guess that doesn’t matter all that much. And I also checked online articles for “best lightweight cookware”.

I like to cover all the bases so you don’t have to.

Wayfair's red Farberware cookware
No, you don’t get the beautiful cutting board

I really didn’t need them right away. It was just the excitement of getting new red pots and pans for my red, white, and black kitchen!

Farberware High Performance 17 Piece Aluminum Non-Stick Cookware Set:

This set had 6424 reviews and 5 and three-quarter stars. I read many of the reviews and some of the questions and answers.

The set was originally $200, then marked down to $99.99. But I got them, for some reason I can’t even recall, for $83.68. The price spoke to me too.

There were other colors available as well. But of course I saw red and just glanced at the others.

The Cookware Set Included:

  • 2 frying pans
  • 2 sauce pans
  • 4 lids
  • Dutch oven
  • Griddle
  • Utensils
  • Cookie sheet
In My New Farberware Cookware Arrived, this is the view of them on my white stove

They are oven-safe, though I’ve never even thought about putting such things in the oven. This product is PFOA-free, non-stick, dishwasher safe, but not metal utensil safe.

You can check it out here. I think it’s perfect for one person, as most sets I looked at had a bunch of stuff I don’t care to use or have to store.

I’m sure Teri will be all over organizing this cookware when she comes next week!

A view of one section of my kitchen with the Kitchenaid toaster/convection oven and my new cookware on the stove

Cookware Features:

  • Durable, quick to heat cookware set: Nonstick cooking set is constructed from heavy-duty aluminum that heats evenly to eliminate hot spots
  • Set includes: 1-and 2-Quart Saucepans with Lids, 5-Quart Dutch Oven with Lid, 8-Inch Frying Pan, 10-Inch Frying Pan with Lid, 11-Inch Square Griddle, Medium Cookie Pan, 6 Kitchen Utensils
  • Premium nonstick cookware: The frying pans and griddle boast the unique dimpled surface of the SmartGlide Nonstick System
  • Oven safe: Nonstick pots and pans are ovens safe to 350 degrees F and the cookie pan is oven safe to 450 degrees F
  • Sturdy handles, shatter-resistant glass lids: Double-riveted handles on the pots and pans offer a confident grip and shatter-resistant glass lids seal in heat and moisture
  • The overall weight of the cookware set is approximately 18lbs.

I’ll of course let you know what I think of them after I’ve used them a while.

This Morning:

Jim Brickman's cover CD of Pure Carpenters

I’m listening to Jim Brickman’s piano version of The Carpenters.

Wow, that takes me back to when I was 12-13. He plays the piano so beautifully. I could listen to that man play piano all day long.

The CD is under $10. I know, CDs are old school. But then, I’m kind of old school.

I’m running the dishwasher. The kitties are probably sleeping in a hidey-hole someplace. I think they like having more room to roam around.

This morning I saw Gracie run after Ivy. It’s so cute when their tail fur puffs when I’m assuming they get excited! Of course, I then had to look it up per usual.

I fed the cats (they’re meowing with extreme hunger when I get to moving around) and then ate breakfast and had a cup of coffee. It tasted so good.

I think I’m just happier in general and thus things taste good, colors are brighter and I probably smile more.

I am at peace and all is right with my world.

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”

― Oprah Winfrey

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  1. Hi Brenda! I was thinking about you and had to look up your blog. You’ve moved! I’m glad to hear you’re happy and starting a new chapter in your life. I quit blogging a while back but missed it so much I started up again. My old blog was all mess up as all of my pictures had disappeared so I started a new one. Hope you’ll pop in sometime.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  2. Brenda, I’ve read through all of your recent posts but waited until this last one to post a comment. I am SO happy for you! It’s been such a long and sometimes arduous journey for you to get to your new place but it seems like it’s all falling into place for you. I’m so excited to see this new place become yours. Congratulations! And what impeccable timing to get all moved in right before our Snowmageddon!

    Enjoy the peace. You deserve it!

  3. I can’t wait to see your decorated new place! In my mind I can just see how contented you are & your big smile. Happy for you!

  4. Beautiful cookware Brenda! You can never have too much red in your cheerful kitchen! I echo others who recommend hand washing only. Washing in the dishwasher can dull the pretty enamel finish over time. Looking forward to seeing more of the layout of your cozy sweet home!

  5. I am so happy for you Brenda that you have found your happy place, with all that went on (or not) at your other apartment I am so glad to see you are out of there.
    It sounds as if Ivy and Gracie are loving their new home too.

  6. No such thing as too much red! It’s a cheerful and happy color, and it definitely seems reflect how you’re feeling since moving!

  7. Never too much red! The set looks really attractive. Nice neighbours make all the difference. It does my heart good when you feel safer and more at peace.
    It is a wonder what the kids are up to. Or sometimes it’s best not to know 😉

  8. Brenda, Your happy outlook on life is catching. I see it even in the comments here. I love the red pots and pans. I hate cooking, that would make it easier. 🙂 Oh what fun “helping” you settle in just by being here. LOL Sandy

  9. I am so glad that you have found Peace and Happiness in your new home, Brenda, and that you feel safe! The extra space in this new Apartment for the kitties to roam and play has helped them settle in quickly! I hope the older Lady that you helped in the old Apartment has also found a safer, nice place to live also… Do you keep in touch with her? Love the red Pots and Pans! I too have red pans and a lot of red in my kitchen, and I too believe you can never have to much! I am very Happy for you and the kitties and so looking to watching how you decorate and transform your new home!

  10. Brenda, I hate to research anything! So I am one person who really appreciates your tendency to do it to the hilt! Your new cookware looks lovely in your new kitchen. What fun to organize and display in your new space. I’m so happy for you to be in your new space and that it feels so good to you.

  11. You sound so happy in your new place.

    Enjoy using your new cookware. Just be careful with non-stick pans as the coating can be toxic: don’t use high heat or use any utensils that would cause the coating to flake off. I use only cast iron pans if I want to cook something that may stick. Otherwise, I have a set of Cuisinart stainless steel cookware that I’ve had for at least 20 years and still looks new. And I cook all the time!

  12. Hi Brenda
    Loving the red. I have red cookware too! So happy for you. You do seem so relaxed and at peace. That is priceless. Have a great weekend.

  13. Oh yes love the cookware and yes on the red I looked at the site seems the red are on sale maybe a Valentines deal just know it’s nice I love all your doing with the place also am a cat fancier have one inside but there are several outside seems someone has gotten them and I don’t think they feed them well in fact I know they don’t so I started with one just to help sustain it now there are 7 I don’t have the heart to not put something out there in fact have built a small house outside no uses it 🤦🏻‍♀️ But I try thanks for the review on the set I really love the weight of all hands don’t do like they use too excited to see the rest gloria

  14. So glad you like and feel safe in your new place . I’m loving all the photos your sharing . Your new cookware is beautiful! You can never have to much red ! Lol ! My kitchen also has red accents . If I need something for my kitchen and I can get it in red , that’s what I pick . Even my toaster is red !

  15. Beautiful cookware. Your kitchen is looking so warm and inviting, and no, you’re not over doing it with the red. You’re going to enjoy cooking for yourself in such pretty surroundings with pretty cookware.

    1. CD’s old school?? Lolol. Most of my favorites are still in cassette dorm. I have many CD’S…but prefer those old cassettes!
      Thanks for the wonderful blog!

  16. Nice cookware Brenda! I did have red cookware for many yrs and just gave them to my daughter bc she liked them and bought some new pans for myself. One thing I will never let go though is my red Staub Dutch oven! Lol. I make all my stews and chunky soups in it. It does have substantial weight to it, but I still love it!
    So glad that your happier now!

  17. Your new cookware is so pretty and such good quality. You can never have too much red! Red is a happy color. Your kitchen is looking great and it is fun to see you decorate it. The kitties seem happy, too. They have adjusted well. Your neighbors are nice—that’s a real plus.
    I am so happy for you.

  18. Isn’t it wonderful to have thoughtful and nice friendly neighbors around you!
    I hope Mrs. Neighbor Steve gets well quickly and is back home soon. Farberware is an excellent brand, it’s been around a long time, and the red set is gorgeous. I don’t think it’s too much red in your kitchen. Great that the set also came with its own non-scratch utensil set. Good cookware can last a lifetime with proper care. I bought a set of West Bend “Waterless” Stainless Steel Cookware in 1968, when I was a junior in high school, from a door to door salesman. I’m still using that same set in 2022.

  19. Love seeing your cookware. And who does not love red!!!!
    You sound so much happier and content. It is nice to have new focus and new creativity, too.
    Looking forward to see how you use those beautiful, colorful quilts. They always cheered me up just to see photos of them.
    Bless you, Brenda.

  20. I have always believed in “the spirit of place.” A pleasant setting is more important to some than others, and I get very unhappy if I don’t like a hotel room, an office, or my home. Famous Interior Designers like Bunny Williams and Martha Stewart get it. So did the 19th century architect and designer William Morris who said “Have nothing in your house that is not beautiful or useful.” You have created many beautiful homes in your lifetime and that is an important accomplishment.

  21. Your new set of red pots and pans is just perfect and goes so well with your kitchen decor. Your are feeling better and happier because your have gotten such a heavy burden off your shoulders since leaving the other apartment. So glad things are going well and your future looks brighter. Enjoy every minute. The Oprah Winfrey quote is a wise one. Jotted it down to remind me!

  22. I’m so glad to hear that you are at peace! You certainly deserve it! It seems that you have great neighbors! This is the best move you could have made! I love your new cookware. I’m like you, I research everything before I buy it and always check the reviews! My family calls me the Researcher!

  23. Blessed to have a nice home with nice neighbors. Your happiness and peacefulness comes through in your blog comments! Have a great weekend.

  24. So much fun to receive something new like your cookware, isn’t it? I’ve heard of that brand before and think I might have had some too. But I’m due for some new ones soon and will check them out. Already saw where they have a champagne color which would suit me fine. Your neighbor certainly sounds like a nice man. So comforting to be in a safe place with such pretty surroundings. Enjoy!

  25. Love the red cookware! I’m all over red – it’s definitely my favorite color.
    Very thoughtful neighbor, indeed. Nice to have someone look out for you.
    I’d love to see a picture of how your front door is positioned. Just curious.

    The Oprah Winfrey quote is spot on – thank you for sharing.
    Have a wonderful Saturday!

  26. I love seeing cookware. Especially your red set. I am one who loves home goods. Think of how you can experiment and have fun making your own food to enjoy and freeze if need be. I also wash my pots and pans rather than use the dishwasher. I make my own soups and freeze some, give some to my daughter and just plain like as I get older, eating my own foods o I know what is in them. You are at a good place now so take in every moment of this new journey.

    1. A kitchen can never have to much red😊 especially these apartment kitchens that tend to be bland!
      You sound just like me when I came here in 2020,I too had lived in a really rundown place where the owner never fixed anything and I was just ecstatic to have this freshly painted,newly carpeted new home for my kitties and I!
      Enjoy yourself, don’t work to hard and pet your fur kids for me.😻

  27. How nice to have such a thoughtful neighbor! In some areas your box would have disappeared before you even knew it was there! POOF! GONE!

  28. So wonderful you are feeling good at your new “home”. I love your new cookware. Just a note, I learned the hard way, even tho it says dishwasher safe, it is hard on the coating in the long run.
    Love your furry friends antics.

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