Thursday, January 6, 2011

Lint, snow, tree, snake, eggs, and a skillet!

I have a confession to make.  I made a rug yesterday and one today.  I can't stop! 

See the lint?  This is where I've been sitting to tear my fabric into strips.  I must get this cleaned up soon.  Okay, maybe not.  Ehhh-what's the difference?

It snowed today.  I do love my snow, but my child is driving on snow covered roads tonight and that always makes me a bit nervous!

I hugged a tree today.

I found a tiny snake in the driveway.  At first I thought it was real, but upon closer inspection-I realized it was plastic.  My  kiddo would play with these in the bathtub when she was little (remember that freaked you out, Rhonda?).  I have no idea where this came from.  Perhaps it was unearthed from the driveway, somehow.

I'm wearing my husband's boots.  Attractive, eh???

I ventured to the basement and retrieved this 12 inch cast iron skillet.  It has been down there for years and years.  I wanted to try cooking on cast iron again.  It was a little rusty so I scrubbed it up with some oil and salt, rinsed it, then wiped it down with oil again.  Then I put it in the oven at 300 degrees for about half an hour.  (You're suppose to for an hour, but it smelled really bad, so I took it out.)  (It would be best to 'bake' it at 250 for an hour then just let it cool in the oven.)   I lightly buttered it and made some scrambled eggs.  It worked like a charm. 

To clean it-I just wiped it out.  Easy peasy.  I think I might like me some cast iron cooking.

(By the way-this was my sister, Jodie's.  I think it was one of her wedding gifts.  She gave it to me many, many years ago, but I never used it.  Until now!)

Have a great day!


Dawn S. said...

*I think you might need to seek some help about your rug hooking issue! LOL
*The moss/lichen on the tree is beautiful!
*That snake was icky, fake or not! Thank Heavens it is too cold for real snakes!
*If you "bake" cast iron at 250 for an hour then just let it cool in the oven it will be cured; no smoke or smell in the house......
*I love your posts and I can tell you are a real sweety! :o)

Holly C. said...


*I think you might be right!
*I thought so too.
*He scared me at first!
*You know-I wrote that wrong. I baked it at 300 but apparently that's still too hot. I'm going to change that in the post and suggest that 250 is better.
*Thank you, dear!

Rhonda said...

Oh my! I remember the snakes. I never allowed my boys to have them cuz they really FREAK ME OUT. There is one on the side of the road about 1/2 mile from here and when I was jogging, it would never fail that I would see it and jump EVERY single time, even though I knew it was there. As for the cast iron - I LOVE THEM! I "married" into a cast iron family - Dan has several pans all different sizes. I'd never used them before this, but I use them all the time now - they are excellent. I would like to get one that looks like a grill so that I could have the grill marks on the chicken and beef. It just tastes better with the grill marks :-)

~ The Jolly Bee ~ said...

The older the cast iron, the better. I have some from my grandmother and love cooking on it. And my biggest fear in life is snakes. This is why I love winter -- they're no where to be found (except your blog).

Dawnie said...

I love cast iron too. We use one all the time at camp and I have a panini maker that does leave those grill marks which are awesome. I just wish they weren't so darn heavy! I hate snakes too and Remi loves them and loves scaring people with them (boys)> And all the lint is worth it for all those beautiful rugs you make! I LOVE snow too, except to drive in it.