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Sunday, January 19, 2020

Sometimes we just have to be practical.

I love cooking on my mom's old iron skillet. It not only brings back wonderful memories of her cooking when I was a child, but also cooking on an iron skillet is good for you. 

I know that iron skillets add iron to your diet, but they are also long lasting, chemical free, nonstick (if you take care of it), easy to clean, and can be used in the oven as well as on top of the stove. 

There is one drawback as we get older. Just like last winter, my arthritis has flared up pretty badly in my right hand, which makes it difficult to do some things. Lifting a heavy iron skillet is one of those things. 

So Friday, after going to chair yoga (I'll talk about that in a future post), I decided to drop into Home Goods. I have managed to avoid it for the last three months because I haven't been over in that area.

I don't know what was going on, but the place was packed and they had a lot of really nice things. I saw a couple of things, a book shelf and a wire and wood shelf that I would liked to have had, but I decided to be practical. 

I found a nice nonstick ceramic skillet for $16.99 and a non metal spatula for $3.99. Somehow I managed to get out of that store for a little over $20. WHEW!!

However, I have to be honest. I am really thinking about those other two things and will probably go back on Monday when I am back over there. I'm hoping they are gone, because I am not sure I can resist. 

Since I was next door to Walmart I decided to run in and get a small box for something I sold on Etsy. I bought that size there for 72 cents a couple of months ago. Imagine my surprise when I saw that they had hiked the price up to $2.22.

Ummmm, just NO. When did Walmart start gouging people. There was another woman looking for a box and she said the same thing. I left the box there and stopped at Kroger on my way home. I got the same size box there for 52 cents. 

We can't always be practical, but sometimes it becomes a necessity and a matter of principle.


  1. Wow about the box prices at Walmart. When Walmart starts to gouge people that is pretty bad. I am addicted to Home Goods and find it to be my happy place. How nice you have a new one near you. Happy Weekend.

  2. I haven't been to Home Goods in a while and am overdue. Hope when I do go soon they have great things.


  3. I've noticed some of the prices going WAY up on things I normally buy. Now I'm trying to wait until the are on sale at the grocery store. Love your new skillet and spatula! So easy to use and clean! Hugs!

  4. I notice that Walmart prices aren't very different at all from my local grocery store and Trader Joe's. Sometimes these other places are actually cheaper. They just make you think you're getting a good deal. But if you look online at the same things up next to Amazon, it's pretty much a draw. They probably figure MAGA hat wearing folks in their pajamas won't know the difference.

  5. Cast iron skillets are so heavy and then when you fill them up with food, it only gets worse! Glad you found a ceramic skillet.

  6. My daughter sells a ton of stuff online and I save all my shipping boxes for her...she said it was getting crazy expensive to buy boxes, that's nuts!


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