Archive | April 2016

Washing cast iron cookware

Many people believe that cooking with cast iron is hard and everything sticks. I, on the other hand, am not one of those.

I don’t use cast iron for EVERYTHING but I do use it for many things such as breakfast sausage (any sausage), fried eggs and scrambled eggs are the main things that come to mind. What do these items have in common??? They are greasy or require grease/butter. Which brings me to the main reason for this blog, what is the best way to get that greasiness cleaned off? With Dawn dish detergent on the market, that de-greases everything from greasy fingers to giant oil spills in the Prince William Sound, you may think “that’s it!” well, no it’s not but… yes it is!

The trick? Don’t soak it. When you soak cast iron in soapy water it absorbs that taste which means the next few things you cook will taste soapy! and NO dishwashers – for the same reason, and iron spots.

Huh?? So don’t soak it but use it??? Yep!

This is what I do. I put the pans in the sink and run very hot water in them. I let them sit while I clean other areas as well as other dishes. Then I pour out the hot water and wipe it out with a paper towel. After I am done with all other dishes, I take my Scotch Brite Dobie Cleaning Pad (which scours without scratching) which already has soap in it from the other dishes and I clean it under warm running water. If it still feels greasy then I will add a drop of my Dawn to get that last greasiness!

I have been using these Scotch Brite pads for many, many years and I put one in my bathroom for cleaning the tub. They are excellent cleaners!!! I have been using Dawn since I have been a mom which is over 30 years! Somethings you just don’t skimp on 🙂


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Crocheted Baby Cocoon

I made my first baby cocoon!! Finished it tonight and I’m quite impressed by the way it turned out. I’ve been crocheting for about a year and a half and this was a goal of mine. I added a chain around the base of the hood; I got the idea from Pinterest but I’m not sure if I’m going to keep it. It’s not completely, completely done (I still need to add the baby’s name and edging around the hood but I was so excited to get it posted! I combined two patterns to get this one for the hood: and

this one for the body: for the body. I’ll post the finished product as well. 

Dreary Weather 

I’m in Duluth, Minnesota and it’s snowing. It’s cold and foggy. I’m ready to put my P.J.’s on and head to bed! 

Why does this type of weather do this to some of us? I often wonder  why some people have a hard time dragging themselves through the day while others have no adverse effect. Is it the same reason why those of us with arthritis are more painful when it’s cold or cold and wet than those with no arthritis. 

I asked my husband one morning, after he asked me why I was walking bent over, if he had any pain in his body. He answered with “once in awhile my feet hurt from standing at work”. I blinked and stared dumbly…that’s it?!? I have pain everywhere, everyday; yet here I sit in a cold, snowy state KNOWING it is the reason for my pain. 

Maybe someday I’ll retire to an island and then I can say “what pain”??