I have a small but well used collection of Lodge cast iron cookware. I add new pieces to it as my husband or I find something we love and have a use for. We just added a 20” griddle, in part because we like to cook pancakes when the kids visit and I frequently cook tortillas from scratch. I grew up using cast iron pans in my grandmother’s and my mother’s kitchen. My grandma loved to take us camping and her camp box always included at least one cast iron skillet. In winter, she often cooked in the fireplace in a dutch oven that had a lipped lid so she could stack coals on top. She didn’t have to cook like that, she just liked cooking that way.
We only buy Lodge cookware, and for good reasons. Below are twelve reasons we always purchase Lodge cast iron cookware, and lately we have been eye balling some of the enameled cookware. We believe it is important to support companies that demonstrate concern for their local community and a social and environmental conscience.
Review: Making a Life-Working by hand and discovering the life you are meant to live by Melanie Falick.
I first read about this book on the Mason Dixon Knitting daily news snippets that come to my email. It sounded interesting, so I added it to my Christmas wish list and was super excited when I unwrapped the box and saw what was inside. I highly recommend making wish lists, whether on Amazon or somewhere else. Then you get exactly what you want, but opening the box is still a surprise.
The book has a little of an anthropological tone, which was part of what interested me. I did some small research projects in college using a naturalistic inquiry approach and have always been fascinated by what you can learn from and about people this way. Melanie Falick interviews and chronicles the lives of different makers, some in the United States and some in other countries. Her goal was to answer two basic questions - (1) Why do people make things with their hands? and (2) Why do they strive to make them beautiful?
One of the challenges I face in every house we have lived in has been having a place to craft and having a room to use for guests when more than two people come to visit at one time. We’ve always had a home with two guest bedrooms, but one of those bedrooms has always been full of a computer desk, sewing machine, craft cubbies, book shelves, etc. Usually squeezed in around the sides of a double bed. Too much stuff in too little space.
Hi there! I am Jeannine.
I believe that a holistic and balanced approach to life is a must when living with an autoimmune disease. I share gluten and dairy free recipes and all the other things I do here. I just like doing stuff and making stuff.
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