I’m all about a bargain piece, but there are quite a few things in my house that I’m glad I made the splurge on. I’m lucky enough to be the beneficiary of my grandparents’ and parents’ great taste – thanks for the hand-me-downs and special family heirlooms! Because of their generosity of spirit, I’ve been really intentional about finding pieces that I believe will be just as special to my daughters. Mackenzie Childs fits the bill every time.

My husband gifted me with the new Sterling Check tea kettle (currently on sale for the annual Barn Sale!) from MC after a particularly busy season of life. It was easily the most thoughtful gift I’ve ever been given, and even though he was a smart man and enlisted in the help of my sister to find a discount code (thanks for the hookup, Katey McFarlan!) I know exactly how much these pieces cost. Needless to say, I won’t have a pantry filled with $150 hand painted works of art that I use and abuse year round. This one will get used frequently and become a beautiful, special part of every occasion in our home, mundane and magnificent!

If you’re looking for a way to make sure you get your money’s worth out of an investment in Mackenzie Childs, I would definitely go for a tea kettle. I’m a tea person myself – I have a tea drawer in our kitchen that stays stocked with pitcher-sized black tea bags, mint green, my favorite nighttime rooibos, and vanilla chais. But whether you’re a tea time fanatic like me or you stick with a morning coffee, these are a few ways to incorporate your tea kettle into your everyday routine.

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1 Add Character To A Grocery Store Bouquet

If you’re going to spend over $100 on a tea kettle, you might have to cut back on your flower budget. But lucky for you, a hand painted tea kettle can make $12 carnations look like a million bucks. You can find a flower frog on Amazon to fit inside and fluff up an inexpensive arrangement for brunch, girls night in, or just a Tuesday pick-me-up.

2 Wow Your Guests With Arnold Palmers

This is my favorite summer drink. It’s fun to make with the kids, and anything that gives Annie a job is always a win-win. Juice 7 lemons into a pitcher while the MC kettle gets to work on the stove top. Drop a pitcher-sized black tea bag into the kettle, let it steep for 4-6 minutes, then pour it into the pitcher about halfway. Add sugar to taste (I’m a half cup kind of girl, because I’m not into sweet, but true Southern girls might like it a little sweeter) then fill the rest of the pitcher up to ice and water.

When you’re entertaining guests, serve it up with some Titos and lemon slices. Keep the sippy cups vodka-free.

3 Fill Your Home With Yummy, Inviting Smells

If you just made the Arnold Palmers, you likely have a few lemon rinds to work with. This is my favorite part – turning the leftovers into a potpourri that will fill your home with a welcoming scent. What’s even better? The lemons have super odor fighting powers to blast through lingering cooking smells. If you’re entertaining, keep this one going on the back burner.

  • Leftover lemon rinds
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 sprigs of rosemary
  • A splash of vanilla
  • A kettle full of water