Using a large chunk of our Christmas money for something grown-up and practical, we have officially made the switch from nasty old teflon to classic cast iron. We covered the basics: a large and a medium skillet, a griddle with a smooth side and a grill side, and a dutch oven. It will take some getting used to, but at least I'll feel like we're consuming fewer toxins on a daily basis.
My brother is usually the soul of practicality, and this time the end result looked very trendy. Christmas wrapping made of old outdated navigation charts: frugal AND green! More interesting than old newspaper any day.
Sometimes the vast sums of money spent on weddings these days can be absurd. Admittedly, our wedding day can be one of the most important of our lives, but it isn't the caterers or the string quartet or the expensive venue or the limousine that makes it special. Family and friends make it special.
In that light, we're pleased to highlight a cause that we think is well worth the money. My husband's college roommate and best friend has been asked by his sister to walk her down the aisle and give her away at the altar as she takes her religious vows in Florence, Italy. She will be joining the Sisters Adorers Of the Royal Heart of Jesus, the female branch of the Institute of Christ the King. What this world needs are more habit-wearing nuns, seriously.
Please consider donating if some of your charitable budget hasn't yet been earmarked. We're talking about a great little Catholic family with a couple of kids and no realistic hope of dredging up a spare $2000 for trans-Atlantic travel on their own. Even a little can go a long way. Thanks!