Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Thanksgiving and a Restoration

There are a thousand tutorials on how to restore old cast iron
so I won't bore you with the how-to's of it.
But. . . 
I did want to share.
You might already be aware that 90% of my cooking arsenal
Love them both!
For the longest time, I had what I called "a stew pot," of cast iron,
but I really wanted a true Dutch oven.
I wasn't really impressed with the poor quality or the high price
 of the new ones available in stores.
My mother-in-law is just awesome.
She likes to go to yard sales etc.
so I let her know a couple years ago that I would like one.
Not long ago, she sent me the following picture

with a message that read "$25 ???"
I said "YES!"
Brought it home, hubby took the wire wheel to it,
then I scrubbed and seasoned it.
And the results~

Oh but there is more :-)
It wasn't evident in it's rusted state,
but after cleaning it up,
we saw that it had one of our family names
 that is not entirely common
engraved on both the lid handle and bottom of the pot.
That makes it even more special.
MIL is going to go back over and ask about where they got it
as she kinda knows who the folks are who had the yard sale.
Until she finds out for certain,
we will be left to wonder.
I've not had a chance to use it yet,
but oh I will.
I am just thrilled to have it at hand.

Also, I wanted to wish each of you a very
happy Thanksgiving.
I hope you find the day enjoyable and are able
to give thanks for the many blessings received.
We are taught that we should be thankful not only for our easy times
but for our trials as well.
I know first hand how difficult that can be.
But, if that Dutch oven could feel & speak,
I have a feeling it would have known even in the rusted state
 what it was made of
regardless of what was present on the outside.
Because life isn't pretty at the moment,
doesn't mean it won't be beautiful 
in what is yet to come.
And yes, I see cast iron as a thing of beauty😊
If life is trying for you right now,
I would like to wish you even a greater blessing
in that there is beauty yet to come.
Happy Thanksgiving dear friends.


  1. It sounds like the Dutch oven has come home where it rightly belongs. I love when that happens. The restoration was well done; it's just beautiful now. Cast iron pieces on the market now are "seconds' compared to the older ones.
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your husband!

    1. I will be curious to learn if I have a "new" relative :-)

  2. Your Dutch oven is indeed a thing of beauty! Happy Thanksgiving to you!

  3. Replies
    1. I thought of you as I was typing the words "stew pot" and "Dutch oven." :-)

  4. Wonderful!!!!!!!

    Very wonderful, for you and for the Dutch Oven! You got what you have wanted. It is being loved again, and will be used again. -smile-

    Wise of you to have alerted your MiL, that you were looking for such. It worked out perfectly.

    And I love your analogy, (is that the right word?) of the Dutch Oven, and life's trials.

    Yes, do have a lovely and peaceful Thanksgiving.


    1. You are a dear! I know holidays can be difficult some years for some folks.

  5. I just found your blog and I love it! I too love cast iron and feel that anything old is of a better quality. I enjoyed reading and will enjoy going back to see older posts :)

    1. Welcome! And I completely agree - love old quality made items.

  6. What a beautiful Dutch oven. Someone else might have completely ignored it because of the rust. You restored it beautifully.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones, Lady Locust.

    1. Thanks Nil. I think you are away from your family, but hope you get to spend the day with people you love.

  7. Cant wait to hear the final results but it appears a family member has arrived for not only for Thanksgiving but for life. Happy Thanksgiving.

  8. Your new pot is gorgeous. I see a lot of love poured into that pot. I am sure a lot of delicious loving filling meals will emerge from that pot too. I humbly and gratefully accept this thoughtful blessing you have bestowed upon me. I wish you the same. Happy Thanksgiving.

  9. I can't believe the difference between those two pots, how wonderful that you can take it from a rusty pot to an object of such beauty. I love that it might have a connection to you too, I do hope you will share what you manage to find out.

  10. I'm super impressed with how well you cleaned that up. I love stuff like that. Please show us your first meal. Happy Thanksgiving.

  11. Wow! And what timing for me. I just got a Wagner cast iron kettle for my 1975 Vermont Castings parlor stove. I have watched several videos re: rust removal. And the wire wheel was mentioned more than once. My other pieces were not bad but this one could use some love.

    Let us know how the name game goes. How special would that be?!

  12. That's fantastic! You did an excellent job. How rewarding it must be to use it.

  13. Very nice, turned out beautifully. I was given a cast iron dutch oven by a sweet elderly lady, I always think of her whenever I use it. Can't wait to see what you find out.

  14. Beautiful restoration! Such a nice find at a good price. I hope you get a lot of use out of it!