How to Clean a Cast Iron Skillet

By Sharon MacGregor, Fed Well

Imagine a cast iron pot, pan, or skillet for a moment. It is dense, heavy, timeless, and has been a cooking choice for generations. It is beloved for its ability to hold heat evenly, which can result in beautifully browning and searing foods especially meat, its versatility, and is one of a few items from the kitchen which can truly be passed down through generations with love. Yet, for some reason, using a cast iron skillet seems a bit mysterious and intimidating as questions like how to season a cast iron skillet, how to care for a cast iron pan, and how do you clean a cast iron pan need to be properly understood before even setting a cast iron skillet or pan on the stove, grill, campfire or in the oven. 

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Flour Power: A Guide to Different Flours and Benefits

By Sandra Lee, Coffee in the Middle   

From bread to biscuits, cake to cookies, pancakes to pizza dough, baking flour is that one magic ingredient that makes sweet and savory food taste delicious. With so many types out there, it can be tough figuring out what kind to use for what purpose. Here we break down the different types of baking flour, the protein content (gluten) and the tools needed to become a baking expert. You got this!   

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“New Normal” 8 Months in to COVID-19, Survival Tips on Parenting a 2-Year-Old and 7-Year-Old

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By Amber Weldon, Mommies R Bomb 

We have been living through a pandemic for most of the year now and families have become closer than ever before. When mandatory quarantine first began at the start of the pandemic, I felt like I was constantly preparing for a natural disaster. Going to the grocery store regularly, constantly replenishing snacks, toilet paper and Lysol wipes. Staying at home, watching the news, and online shopping for desks, games, and décor became the norm. Living, working and learning at home is a part of our lives now. Although places have opened, the virus is still spreading. A lot of families are continuing to limit their outings and spend the majority of time at home. Let’s finish this year strong, here are a few survival tips to remain safe at home and levelheaded with a 2-year-old and a 7-year-old. 

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Amazingly Easy Winter Crafts for Kids

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By Janine Clements, 21st Century Mama

With it getting dark earlier every evening now the clocks have changed, the chances are you’re already wondering how you’re going to keep your preschoolers and toddlers entertained over the winter. It’s good to have a raft of fun winter crafts for kids up your sleeve that you can bring out when you need to. Knowing how pressed for time moms are at the moment, it’s good to keep things simple.  

Whether you’re blessed with blue sky days and your little ones can get outside, or it’s grey and raining, here are some easy winter crafts for kids, from frozen sun catchers to homemade snow.  

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Fast, Easy DIY Backyard Fire Pit Ideas

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By Stephanie Jarrett, Everything Arlington, TX!

Cooler weather has arrived, and there is nothing like spending time in the backyard with loved ones lounging in the backyard (especially in a comfy chair!). One of my favorite ways to enjoy my backyard this time of year is around my DIY fire pit, roasting marshmallows and hot dogs with my girls, enjoying the warmth of the fire while wrapped in a flannel blanket on a chilly evening. 

When we moved last summer, my husband suggested we DIY our own fire pit to enjoy in our new backyard. I’ll admit- I was skeptical. I’m no Chip Gaines. Creating something that could withstand and contain fire seemed daunting. However, after a quick YouTube tutorial, I knew my husband was right. We could do a DIY fire pit quickly and easily.  

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Creative Ways to Use Thanksgiving Dinner Leftovers

Turkey or Chicken Leftover Sandwich with stuffing and cranberry sauce. Freshly made from Thanksgiving or Christmas turkey leftovers on crusty wholemeal bread.

By Wanda Lopez, My Sweet Zepol  

The holidays are meant to be spent surrounded by family, friends, laughter, gifts, traditions and lots of food. Whether you are gathering this year or not,  food is always a big part of the holidays. From turkey, to ham, to a vegetarian main dish to pot roast – food is everywhere during this time of the year. Now, what to do with all the Thanksgiving dinner leftovers? Today , we’ll be talking about creative ways to use your Thanksgiving leftovers.   

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7 Ways to DIY Winter Décor

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By Stephanie Jarrett, Everything Arlington, TX!

I’ve always loved the look of DIY winter décor. The deep greens, crisp blues, whites and metallics are so inspiring and soothing during the cold winter months. Winter is a season of stillness and wonder, with cozy décor that is easy to recreate yourself at home. Whether you want to add a winter wonderland scene over the fireplace, custom Mason jars to your tabletops, buffalo plaid blankets to your sofa or DIY your own wintry canvasses for your wall, read on for fun ways to DIY your own winter décor!  

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Unique Holiday Gifting Ideas for Everyone

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By Michelle Stansbury, Eat, Drink, Be San Diego

Holiday shopping this year is less about the “it” present of the season and more focused on finding a thoughtful gesture for those you love. Especially with the CDC encouraging a holiday-in-place, sending a meaningful gift in your absence can help bridge the distance. Without the present of your presence, choose a gift that spreads joy and will make your friends and family think of you all season long.  

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Easy Ideas for the Best Make Ahead Thanksgiving Appetizers

By Sharon MacGregor, Fed Well

Celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday may look a little different this year and keeping your appetizers light, simple, and easy to make ahead has never been more important. These three customizable techniques instead of recipes can be personalized to suit the tastes of your friends and family, are light and easy to make look gorgeous on the table in a few minutes and can be brought along if you are able to visit someone you love. And, as a bonus, cooking is minimal.

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Cute & Easy Turkey Craft Ideas for Kids (Thanksgiving 2020 Guide with Steps)

By Drisana Wallace of Modern Cali Mom

I’m in shock that Thanksgiving is a couple days away. Where did this year go? My goal for the holidays this year has really been to emphasize on making memories especially since things will be so different given social distancing orders. We are spending more time at home, so why not create special memories with my family and start new traditions. I went all out for Halloween and Thanksgiving will be no different. Something about crafting as a family that brings everyone so much joy. The kids have looked forward to it so much and that makes my mama heart so happy. Below are some ideas for Turkey Crafts for kids to try out this Thanksgiving at home with your family.  

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