BEDROOM MAKEOVER

There’s a Bedroom Makeover Contest going on over at THE Motivation Station.  The makeover doesn’t have to be drastic, just something to make you feel better.  For me, it couldn’t be drastic as I’m in a temporary room while helping relatives with an elder care situation.  But, my bedroom at room NEEDS a REAL makeover when I get back.
BEFORE

With the help of CSN stores I was able to create a temporary haven for after those stressful days!  But that doesn’t mean I’m not anxious to get back and do a REAL makeover on my room!

AFTER

Good Cast Iron really makes the best non-stick pan… and SMOTHERED CHOPPED STEAKS taste best made in that pan.

Remember when I promised you this product review? Well, it’s time and I have the perfect recipe for you too!

I love shopping online with CSN and you can too.  It so easy and they have so many wonderful name brand products to choose from.  Whether you are looking for cheap bedroom furniture, lights, TV stands, dining room furniture or cookware  they have it all.  They sent me these awesome Emerilware cast iron pans to review.
After a good seasoning, these pans are awesome and produce super tasty recipes!  My opinion?  CSN carries the highest of quality items and these pans are the proof in the pudding so to speak.  They are even heating and consistent.  CSN really ROCKS! I can’t think of an easier way to shop with reliable shipping, awesome communication and plain nice, accommodating people to work with!

How to Season Cast Iron Cookware

Cast iron lasts nearly forever if you take care of it. Seasoning cast iron cookware is necessary to ensure a non-stick surface and to prevent the pot or pan from rusting. If seasoned correctly your cookware can last a lifetime and more.

  1. For crusty cast ironware that you inherited or picked up at a garage sale: Your cookware may have some combination of rust and thick crackly black crud. It can be restored fairly easily to good as new condition! First place the cookware in a self-cleaning oven and run one cycle OR place in a campfire or directly on a hot charcoal fire for 1/2 hour, until dull red. The crust will be flaking, falling and turning to white ash. Then, after allowing to cool a bit to avoid cracking your cast iron,use the following steps. If you have more rust than crust, try using steel wool to sand it off.
  2. Wash your cast iron cookware with warm water and soap using a scouring pad. If you have purchased your cast iron cookware as new then it will be coated in oil or a similar coating to prevent rust. This will need to be removed before seasoning so this step is essential.
  3. Dry the cookware thoroughly, it helps to put the pan in the oven for a few minutes to make sure it’s really dry. Oil needs to be able to soak into the metal for a good seasoning and oil and water don’t mix.
  4. Coat the pot or pan inside and out with lard, Crisco, bacon fat, or corn oil. Ensure that the lid is also coated.
  5. Place both the lid and the pot or pan upside down in your oven at 300F for at least an hour to bake on a “seasoning” that protects the pan from rust and provides a stick-resistant surface.
  6. For best results repeat steps three, four and five.
  7. Ongoing care: Every time you wash your pan, you must season it. Place it on the stove and pour in about 3/4 tsp. corn oil or other cooking fat. Wad up a paper towel and spread the oil across the cooking surface, any bare iron surfaces, and the bottom of the pan. Turn on the burner and heat until smoke starts to appear. Cover pan and turn heat off.

Alternate Method

  1. First, if you find your cast iron needs to be stripped down and re-seasoned do not fear. All you have to do is place the utensil in your Self Cleaning Oven on the shortest cleaning cycle (usually 3 hrs. on most models), and it will come out looking like the day it came out of the mold. Allow it to cool overnight. Wash the residue off with WATER ONLY in the sink using a stiff abrasive pad. Make certain NO DISH SOAP comes in contact with the utensil during this procedure. If it does you will have to start over!!! Dry the cast iron utensil off with a paper towel, and IMMEDIATELY place BACK in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes or so.
  2. Next, take the utensil out of the oven after the 10 minute drying time is complete, and lightly brush the utensil with a paper towel coated with Crisco or other solid cooking oil. Liquid vegetable oil will do in a pinch, but it’s better to save the liquids until AFTER your initial seasoning. It is important in this step only to lightly coat the cast iron with a light, thin coat of oil until it only glistens. Do not allow any puddles or pools of liquid as this will cause problems at a later time.
  3. Then, place the Cast Iron in the oven set to 500 to 550 degrees Fahrenheit with the COOKING SIDE FACING THE BOTTOM OF THE OVEN. This allows for any excess oil to drain off to the sides, and prevents pooling during the seasoning process. The higher heating temps allows for the oil to truly ‘cook’ as it should as opposed to just ‘gumming up’ at lower temps. Cook undisturbed for 1 hour.
Please note: During the previous step it will be best to turn off any smoke alarms in the immediate area as it may smoke quite a lot. Ceiling fans also aid in ventilation.

Finally, after your cast iron is finished seasoning for 1 hour or so, take it out of the oven and IMMEDIATELY wipe it down with another extra – light coat of Crisco. Allow it to completely cool.TIPS

  • If food burns, just heat a little water in the pan, and scrape with a flat metal spatula. It may mean that re-seasoning is necessary.
  • If you’re washing the cast iron too aggressively (for instance with a scouring pad), you will regularly scrub off the seasoning. Wash more gently or repeat oven-seasoning method regularly.
  • If your pan develops a thick crust, you’re not washing it aggressively enough. Follow “crusty pan” instructions.
  • If storing your Cast Iron Dutch oven for any length of time, it is always best to place one or two paper towels in between the lid and the oven to allow for air flow.
  • Also, after cleaning after each use it is always best to place it back in the oven on 350 degrees for 10 minutes or so to ensure all water has vaporized and left the surface of the cast iron.
WARNINGS
  •  Do not cook tomatoes and other acidic foods in your cast iron cookware unless it has been well seasoned.
  •  Washing pans with detergent after they have been seasoned will break down the seasoning. Either wash without detergent (if you’re cooking similar foods with the pan, this is fine) or repeatedly oven-season your cookware.

SMOTHERED CHOPPED STEAKS

2 pounds ground sirloin
1 sleeve Keebler club crackers, crushed
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
2 Jumbo eggs
1 tablespoon liquid Smoke – MYSTERY ingredient
3 tablespoons butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 large heirloom tomato, chopped,
1 large Vidalia onion, sliced thin
large shred cheddar cheese
  • Combine all the hamburger steak ingredients until well mixed. Form six steaks.
  • In a well seasoned cast iron grill, sear steaks on both sides.  About 4-5 minutes each side should leave you with medium steaks.
  • In a large skillet melt the butter. Saute the onions and garlic until fragrant and caramelized.
  • Top steaks with onions, tomatoes and cheese.

REVEIW TIME! AWESOME PRODUCTS IN YOUR SIGHT and WITHIN YOUR REACH!

Remember when I promised you a product review soon?  Well it’s time.  I love shopping online with CSN.stores and you can too.  It so easy and they have so many wonderful name brand products to choose from.  Whether you are looking for lights, TV stands, dining room furniture or cookware they have it all.  I ordered all these wonderful kitchen toys, uh tools in my jammies:
Eileen and the generous staff at CSN.stores gave me a generous allowance and allowed me to select what I would review.  I told you I was going to review the Nordicware Pumpkin Pan, but when I started shopping, I just couldn’t stop.  Instead of the pumpkin pan I selected the awesome Shortcake Baskets and Bundt multi-mini Nordicware cake pans,  this awesome Progressive baking mat for some new cookie recipes and 2 new sizes of Emsa Clip and Close storage containers.

If you like to make cookies and have never used a baking mat, you will want to change your mind. These Kitchen Sink Cookies love to burn, but since I’ve been using a Baking Mat, they NEVER burn.  The non-stick silicone mat is heat resistant to 600 degrees AND is dishwasher safe!

If you have never used these click and close storage containers from Emsa, you HAVE to try them.  They are airtight AND liquid tight too!  They come in so many versatile sizes and shapes.  Hubby uses them for his lunch and I use them in the freezer too.

As for the Nordicware, I cannot say enough good things about these pans.  I already have a variety of shapes and sizes, but THE best thing is that they are always the same in even heat and consistency.  The fact that they heat so evenly, is what makes it possible to deliver reliable baked goods and they clean soooooooooo easily.  They always look like the day they were new.  And as an added bonus, Nordicware is MADE IN THE USA!  These pans are so versatile too.  Tonight I’m making  Meatloaf Muffins with them. But, I made dessert first!
LEMON CAKE
1/3 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2/3 cup milk
2 cups sifted flour

3 teaspoons baking powder
1 tablespoon lemon extract
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
3 eggs,  beaten

  • Cream the butter, add the sugar and continue creaming. 
  • Add the eggs, one at a time, blending well in between each addition.
  • Alternately add the dry ingredients. 
  • Add the milk. 
  • Beat well and add flavorings. 
  • Fill the well greased cake wells 1/2-2/3 full.
  • Bake +/-18 minutes at 350 degrees. 
  • Remove from oven to cooling rack and cool completely before removing cakes. 
  • Carefully remove and decorate.

CHOCOLATE GANACHE

1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 bag milk chocolate chips
  • In a small sauce pan melt chocolate.
  • Whisk in heavy cream and heat until thickened.
  • Pour over tops of cakes.
  • Cool.

RASPBERRY JAM
8 cups raspberries
6 cups sugar
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon orange peel
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 package unflavored gelatin

  • Combine fruit, sugar, lemon juice, nutmeg, cinnamon and orange peel in a stock pot.
  • Bring to a full rolling boil – stirring constantly. Let boil 1 full minute.
  • Remove from heat and stir in gelatin.
  • Skim any foam.
  • Pour into sterilized jars.
  • Water bath process 15 minutes.

PRODUCT REVIEW ALERT! BE ON THE LOOK OUT!

I love shopping online with CSN and you can too.  It so easy and they have so many wonderful name brand products to choose from.  Whether you are looking for cheap bedroom furniture, lights, TV stands, dining room furniture or cookware they have it all.  

I have to say they have an awesome customer service team also!  I just spoke with a gentleman this morning who went the extra mile as well as above and beyond the scope of his duties to fix a problem with FEDEX delivery.  It wasn’t even really a CSN problem, but he fixed it for me anyway.  YAY CSN!!
Look for my review of these wonderful Emerilware cast iron pans in the very near future over at 3 Sides of Crazy. I truly wonder how I ever got along without them! I have several new recipes that I’m dying to try and the cast iron will be the perfect vehicle for several of them.
 
Just to remind you, CSN Stores has over 1 million products and that number is constantly rising. Not only is their product catalog growing but they’re adding new stores like www.luxebycsn.com. You can literally spend all day looking for the perfect product at CSN.stores.  Thank you CSN.stores for being so generous to the blogworld and allowing us to help spread the word.

PRODUCT REVIEW ALERT! BE ON THE LOOK OUT!

I love shopping online with CSN and you can too.  It so easy and they have so many wonderful name brand products to choose from.  Whether you are looking for cheap bedroom furniture, lights, TV stands, dining room furniture or cookware  they have it all. 

I have to say they have an awesome customer service team also!  I just spoke with a gentleman this morning who went the extra mile as well as above and beyond the scope of his duties to fix a problem with FEDEX delivery.  It wasn’t even really a CSN problem, but he fixed it for me anyway.  YAY CSN!!

Look for my review of these wonderful Emerilware cast iron pans in the very near future. I truly wonder how I ever got along without them! I have several new recipes that I’m dying to try and the cast iron will be the perfect vehicle for several of them.
 
Just to remind you, CSN Stores has over 1 million products and that number is constantly rising. Not only is their product catalog growing but they’re adding new stores like www.luxebycsn.com. You can literally spend all day looking for the perfect product at CSN.stores.  Thank you CSN.stores for being so generous to the blogworld and allowing us to help spread the word.

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Simply Delicious Sunday will be making some little cakes soon…

I love shopping online with CSN and you can too.  It so easy and they have so many wonderful name brand products to choose from.  Whether you are looking for lights, TV stands, dining room furniture or cookware they have it all.

Look for my review of this beautiful Pumpkin Patch Pan in the very near future. I truly wonder how I ever got along without it! 
 
Just to remind you, CSN Stores has over 1 million products and that number is constantly rising. Not only is their product catalog growing but they’re adding new stores like www.luxebycsn.com. You can literally spend all day looking for the perfect product at CSN.stores.  Thank you CSN.stores for being so generous to the blogworld and allowing help spread the word.


I’m envisioning an awesome
little cakes in my family’s future.  The uses are going to be endless.


If you stop by 3 sides of crazy, I’m having a CSN giveaway there.

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ONE VERY HAPPY CAMPER!

Shopping is as easy as 123 – really!  Quality online shopping is available right from your desk top at CSN stores using one of their over 200 stores. Whether you are looking for  dining room sets, LED lighting or cookware. They have it all. 
I was pleased to be contacted recently and asked to review more of their fantastic products.  I chose Greenland Home Fashion’s Antique Chic Bedspread set and a Tacoma coordinating sheet set from ColumbiaI cannot say enough wonderful things about both of these!  The reversible quilt is absolutely gorgeous, so soft and cuddly.  I can’t wait for it to get colder so I can stay snuggled up in this fantastic quilt.  The sheets coordinate perfectly and feel quite luxurious.   I am pleased to say that both items greatly surpass my expectations.  CSN stores has been extremely generous to all of us here in the blog world and I for one am extremely appreciative.
Remember all these wish list posts I did about all the wonderful quality kitchen dreams and wishes I have? Well, all the items I’m dreaming about to complete my dream kitchen are available from these sites from CSN stores.  I love shopping in my PJs.  I’m off to shop a bit more.

Seriously, you really need to go check out some of their sites.  
Here are a few of my favorites to get you started.
www.racksandstands.comwww.allmodern.com
www.diningroomsdirect.com
www.cookware.com
www.moremailboxes.com
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Look for a new review really soon!

Have you heard the news? Shopping is as easy as 123 – really!  Quality online shopping is available right from your desk top at CSN stores using one of their over 200 stores. Whether you are looking for  dining room sets, LED lighting or cookware. They have it all. Here are a few of my favorite dining room sets.

Remember all these wish list posts I did about all the wonderful quality kitchen dreams and wishes I have? Well, all the items I’m dreaming about to complete my dream kitchen are available from these sites from CSN stores.  I love shopping in my PJs.  Watch for a new review very soon.

Seriously, you really need to go check out some of their sites.  
Here are a few of my favorites to get you started.
www.racksandstands.comwww.allmodern.com
www.diningroomsdirect.com
www.cookware.com
www.moremailboxes.com


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I did and you can too! Plant a kitchen window herb garden that is!

I know that secretly you have been wanting to plant your own herb garden.  Now is your chance to do it and make a difference too!

I was recently contacted about a new campaign by Triscuit in collaboration with non-profit organization Urban Farming to encourage the growth of the home farming movement. To kick start the efforts of would-be farmers looking to plant their own gardens, 4 million boxes of Triscuits included seed packets and instructions on how to get started. While not  necessarily a new concept, the promotional website does contain some great social components for sharing photos, stories and tips and the partnership is working to build 50 community-based home farms across the country.
Considering the concerns over the economic, environmental and health impacts of how our food is grown, transported and made available to the average consumer, particularly as the population continues to shift into urban centers, it’s nice to see a brand-lead push to make that concept more public. 
Whether or not these small scale models of urban agriculture will dramatically change the current landscape their importance might lie in our simply experimenting with what works for each of us as individuals and families. And at the end of the day, there’s certainly something satisfying about eating something grown down the block, in a backyard or on your own windowsill.

DEI world wide sent me these awesome boxes of Triscuits and a $20 gift card to start my window herb garden with.  I can’t wait to add more herbs to it.  I will keep you posted with the progress of growth.  It is going to be great to just snip off the fresh herbs as I need them.  We should all grow kitchen herb gardens.

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YAY It’s here! Product Review ~ Caution FAVORABLE review ahead!

Have you heard the news? Shopping is as easy as 123 – really!  Quality online shopping is available right from your desk top at CSN stores using one of their over 200 stores. Whether you are looking for LED lighting, dining room furniture or cookware. They have it all.

Remember all these wish list posts I did about all the wonderful quality kitchen dreams and wishes I have? Well, all the items I’m dreaming about to complete my dream kitchen are available from these sites from CSN stores.

Seriously, you really need to go check out some of their sites.  Here are a few of my favorites to get you started.
www.racksandstands.comwww.allmodern.com
www.diningroomsdirect.com
www.cookware.com
www.moremailboxes.com

They’re here and soooooooooooo quickly too!

CSN stores sent me these awesome Le Creuset Bakers sets to review.  Right now when you buy the larger square, the small is free and the same with the rectangular sizesa really awesome deal. I have dreamed of owning some of these for sooooooo long. 

I decided in order to review it properly I had to makes lots of great recipes.  That will take time so tonight I started with a spicy mac and cheese.  Now for recipes that fit all these glorious sizes.  I’ll review each piece and size over the next week or so.


My conclusion: FAVORABLE!  
Everything cooked up beautifully and the clean up was so easy! This is a beautiful quality piece of cookware. I can’t wait to buy more pieces from CSN stores – their shipping and customer service are well above the norm.
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