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How to Cook with Cast Iron {Giveaway}

How to Cook with Cast Iron {Giveaway}

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Some of the items in this post were provided to me by Mighty Nest.

In my younger cooking days, I was scared to death of cast iron. It reminded me of Laura Ingalls and cooking over an open fire on the wagon train. My mom never used cast iron, she used her stainless skillet mostly. So, I didn’t have any experience with it. And things we don’t have experience with can make us nervous, kinda like ice skating, walking over hot coals, or getting a tattoo.

I bought my first iron skillet to make cornbread. And the heavens opened up and sang the hallelujah chorus. I’m not lying when I say I think my eyes rolled back in my head with that first bite. Victory!!!!

Cast iron has been around a long time…which should let you know that it’s pretty stinkin’ reliable and long lasting. Except when applying that logic, we can get in trouble. Aluminum anyone? Saccharin? Please pass the MSG. Ahem.

But anyways, I’m not going to tell you what types of pans are best and safest to cook with. Because as sure as one person says “This is GREAT!” Another person will tell you that it “causes your toe nails to fall out, hair to turn gray, and  buttitis.” I feel like cast iron is pretty safe. Unless you drop it on your foot. Then it can be pretty unhealthy. *SMC is not held responsible for any broken feet due to dropping of iron skillets.* (more…)



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Mary Russell’s Carrot Cake

Mary Russell’s Carrot Cake

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When I was little, there was a woman who attended church with us. Her name was Mary Russell. Not Mary. Not Miss Mary. Not Mrs. Russell. Mary Russell. Every time. I never called her anything else other than that – even when speaking directly to her. And now, at age 33, I have no idea why I did that. I think maybe everyone else did too – or at least the people in my family. Maybe it’s why I also refer to myself in third person regularly.

But anyway, Mary Russell was a baker. Not just any baker. She would put Sara Lee or Betty Crocker to shame. Betty Crocker who!? She sold baked goods – and not just any baked goods. Baked goods that would make you slap your mama or push your sister down. True story.  (more…)



Comment Policy: I love hearing your thoughts and input on what I write. Since I write about what works at my house, what pleases my handsome hubby and darling children; I'm sure we'll disagree sometimes. In those cases, do what's right for you and yours. As with any form of communication, please only post comments that move the discussion in a positive direction.

How to Get Three Meals from One Chicken

How to Get Three Meals from One Chicken

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A long while back, when I conquered my fear of cooking a whole, naked chicken in the crock pot (Crock Pot Baked Chicken), I felt like the world opened up to me! Behold! All those glorious Pinterest recipes calling for 2 cups cooked chicken would no longer add 20 minutes on to making a meal! A whole neeeeeeeeeeew worlddddddddddddddddddddddd! Come with me on my magic carpet.

So, today we’re talking chicken – and how you can take ONE of them and make three meals. First off, let’s clear the air: I’m only feeding 4 people here. So, if you’re feeding more than that, maybe this post should be called:

-1 Chicken, 2 meals OR

-1 Chicken, 1 meal OR

-1 Chicken Per Person

Honestly, we eat meat a lot, but we don’t eat a lot of meat. Is that clear as mud? I try to make sure vegetables and healthy whole grains are a bigger part of our diet than meat…mainly because I’m stinkin’ cheap frugal.  (more…)



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I Am Not Crunchy Mom or a Whole Foods Blogger

I Am Not Crunchy Mom or a Whole Foods Blogger

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It has become more and more obvious to me that a lot of you follow me because you think I’m a whole foods blogger or a natural-living expert…or something else that I simply am not.

I am not a whole foods blogger. I am not an attachment parenting blogger. I am not a crunchy mama. If that’s why you are here, I love you – but your time might be better spent elsewhere. Time is precious, so don’t waste it.

One of the reason I quit blogging for a while is because I was questioning everything. I had made myself out to be this whole foods blogger who swam upstream and didn’t do what everyone else was doing. I didn’t want people following me or listening to what I had to say when I was starting to think some of the things I was doing just weren’t right for OUR FAMILY. I didn’t feel like I had anything to say. (more…)



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100 Days of Meal Plans – Whole Foods Style (for FREE)

100 Days of Meal Plans – Whole Foods Style (for FREE)

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So, I have this thing I like do to do in my spare time…it’s called – planning meals. Yeah, okay. Stop your laughing. Some people knit. Some people sew. Some people play sports. I read cookbooks and dream up meal plans. I’m a wild and crazy girl.

You already know how much I love Plan to Eat. But what you don’t know is that planning meals is one of the highlights of my week. I also enjoy making beds, ironing clothes, and de-boogering my children. Gosh…I AM a weirdo.

But something I’ve learned is that not everyone enjoys de-boogering their children with a Nose Frida – and not everyone enjoys making their bed daily – and some people don’t even own an iron (THE HORROR!). And the most crazy thing of all is….some of you hate making meal plans! Ahhhhhhhhhhhh!!! Cue the freaky scary movie music! What is wrong with you people!? (more…)



Comment Policy: I love hearing your thoughts and input on what I write. Since I write about what works at my house, what pleases my handsome hubby and darling children; I'm sure we'll disagree sometimes. In those cases, do what's right for you and yours. As with any form of communication, please only post comments that move the discussion in a positive direction.