Restore rusty cast iron with a little elbow grease (and some actual grease)

rusty cast iron rusted

I have a confession to make: even though this is a blog that includes housekeeping advice, I have recently hired a house cleaner.  I feel like Ali Landry’s character in Legally Blonde: a celebrity fitness instructor who gets liposuction.  But here’s the deal with why I hired the cleaning lady:…

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5-minute ribbon and wrapping wreath

It’s almost New Year’s Eve and I’m sure some of my loyal readers (Hi, Mom) are hosting for the evening.  As I was getting ready for my annual Festivus party on the 23rd, my doors were bare and that was driving me crazy.  I may have had 18 Christmas trees,…

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Rendering Beeswax

As I posted last week, I recently had my first honey harvest.  I spent a couple hours each night of the week bottling the honey, so by the weekend that part of the project was done.  But I still had the crushed beeswax to deal with.  I’m sure a lot…

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Butterfinger Blondies

I had no Trick-or-Treaters this year.  Zero.  Zilch.  Nada.  Very disappointing.  And what made it more disappointing was that there were kids Trick-or-Treating on my street, but they were too lazy to walk up my long front stairs to come get the candy.  It’s like that every year, but at…

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Apple cider jelly

We’re finally having some fall-like weather here in Virginia, so it’s definitely apple picking time!  Some girlfriends and I went up to Carter Mountain Orchard outside of Charlottesville the other day.  I always say I love apple picking, but here’s the thing: unless you’re buying a metric shit-ton of apples,…

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