MOM! Lily's in our spot!!!!!
She's touching me!
Get her away!!
My dogs have met her numerous times, and they are all learning how to get along. However, I think they were less than impressed with the sleep-over idea :)
Lily is back with her "Grandparents" now, and it's time to discuss the $500 challenge. It came about from two occurrences:
1. For the last few months, I've been thinking about changing a lot of equipment I use in the kitchen, for more useful, long-lasting and less harmful alternatives.
2. Just before Christmas, I received a $500 year-end bonus from work this year, and have been trying to figure out how to spend it. I could just deposit it in the bank, where it will get absorbed by mortgage payments, reno costs and everything else, but I wanted to spend it in a more thoughtful manner.
How perfect :)
So, this is my challenge:
Every month, I will buy something to replace an article in my kitchen that is made of a material I no longer want to use. I will strive to buy items made in North America, and will only buy items made from stainless steel, wood, glass or any other long-lasting and inert material. The budget for the year is $500.00.
Plastic and Teflon are my main items of concern, especially plastic that is used with hot food. I had, in a small way, started this a while back, having recently bought stainless steel measuring cups and spoons, and colander to replace my old plastic versions. And I have a list of things I want to change - things like plastic cooking utensils, disposable aluminum pie plates, my old plastic electric kettle and plastic food storage containers.
What to start with? Well, I've been wanting this for a LONG time, and it seemed like a good item to start the challenge with!
My new Lodge 12" cast iron skillet!
Why a cast iron skillet?
1. Health concerns over using Teflon vs. health benefits of cast iron
2. The fact that, in 20+ years of being on my own, I have gone through at least 3 sets of "non-stick" frying pans
3. Cast iron lasts almost forever, when treated properly
4. According to my Texas friends (who still haven't blogged about their trip up here, AHEM), this is the ONLY way to correctly make cornbread :)
5. I already have two enamelled cast iron dutch ovens, and LOVE them.
As Lodge makes all of their non-enamelled cast iron in the USA, and is highly recommended by many, many, many people, it was the obvious choice.
Cost: $34.99 plus tax = $39.54
Balance: $500.00 - $39.54 = $460. 46
I suddenly can't wait for February!
I've created a summary page for the $500 Challenge, which can be found way up there to the right!