Tillamook Cheese Factory. (Yes, I know it says Cheese factory. And we eat about a 2lb loaf of it a week, but I'm telling you... the ice cream is really where it's at.)
Last year we decided to collect sea glass instead of agates and shells, in order to preserve the natural beauty of the coast.
Our marimos love the sea glass! (Click the link to learn about marimos. Maybe I've mentioned them before. My 11 year old asked for some for his birthday last year. They are endlessly entertaining! Well, entertaining because people are always asking what they are. )
My poor son is hoping to be reunited with Seaweeda, his first true love. She was sort of a drifter, went with the flow, ya know? (Her favorite dance was The Wave, of course.) She always said she was so healthy but she seemed a bit green to me.
I'm excited to be back in my converse. At 110F, it's sandal weather and I miss my fun shoes. My friend Christalee sent me a teal pair, too. Sometimes I wear one of each. My two favorite colors!
Here are my kids, conned into some hard labor again. My oldest daughter has definitely inherited her father's hands. Yikes!
We still have a candy company here that makes home made chocolates and sweets, but it's down the other direction.
Hey, an actual hole in the wall.
Now, we're to the cast iron part of the post. I have a bunch of cast iron. And I had no idea how to take care of it. Honestly... it was a mystery. And somehow it ended up in the cabinet, pushed way to the back. THEN I was introduced to the best thing ever. The Cast Iron Cooking facebook page! 170,000 people who love cast iron and cooking! It's fascinating. I think we've been over this but I STILL love them. They're so helpful and kind. And never snark at me for letting a pan get to this point.
Or like this. UGH.
But this pan is really looking wonderful! This is dry. I know it looks wet, but it's completely dry and as slick as glass. I dripped some water on it and the drop rolled around like mercury. It was amazing! There are all sorts of methods but I used the 500F for an hour, scrub with steel wool, grease with lard, 500F for an hour, scrub, grease with lard, 500F for an hour, etc. method. My house smelled awful. Small drawback. I had to put a lot of vanilla scentsy bars in the warmers. But this pan is like obsidian. I'm in love.
That's it for now, but the next post will be all about cast iron cooking and recipes! We'll still be traveling so I'm just guessing about how the recipes will turn out. I hope I don't have to eat my words and let you all know the food turned out charred and horrible!