The Easiest Way to Season Cast Iron

  1. Simply brush melted shortening in a non-stick pan with a silicone basting brush on your cast iron.
  2. Bake at 350 degrees for an hour or more, and then let cool.
  3.  If you have multiple pans like I did, then you can put them on a big baking sheet to make them easier to remove. 
  4. Don’t touch them because they will be very hot. 
  5. Cast-iron is one of the oldest cooking mediums around. 
  6. Simply wear good insulated cooking gloves when you mess with this.
  7.  (I only buy shortening to season my cast iron with I never eat it because it’s terrible for your health!)
  8. Wait until the pans or whatever you’re seasoning cools completely and then rinse with the hottest water that comes out of your faucet and scrub lightly with salt. That will get off the extra shortening that the seasoning put on it.
  9. Never wash your cast iron with soap! You want to wash it with scalding hot water, or as hot as you can stand, wearing rubber gloves to protect your hands.
  10. Wash your pans using only hot water and salt. Believe it or not I saw a show where Maury Povich I think it was- put some kind of a bacterial sensor on a whole bunch of different kinds of pans that people brought in the studio audience. The one that had zero bacteria was the cast iron skillet that a lady just scrubbed it with salt! I couldn’t believe it!

 I hope you all have a really wonderful day today and do something that inspires you.

Written by Paulette Motzko.

Photography and Digital Photo Arts by Paulette Motzko.

“I Am Forrest Gump” by Alan Silvestri

When I heard this song play this afternoon I remembered the opening of the movie with a feather that was done with CGI Graphics that was blowing all over the place through town, landing on the bench where Forrest Gump was sitting.

 I remember so vividly in technicolor and have that beautiful image playing in my mind like the movie did.

Combined with the beautiful soundtrack music that Alan Silvestri wrote, “I Am Forrest Gump”, it will always move and inspire me. The music  Only lasts for 2 minutes but it’s a glorious 2 minutes!

I can still remember remember it as though it was yesterday.

I also remembered that I bought the sheet music to it, actually Mark bought it for me (my ex-husband) and I was trying to find it the other day. But it was lost in my sea of sheet music. ALL THOSE YEARS OF TEACHING PIANO I COLLECTED a Lot of sheet music.  It’s unfortunate though, that sometimes I can’t find what I am looking for!

 I considered  the song lost in my sea of sheet music, and decided I would simply do as I always did before I learned how to read sheet music which is  just sit down, listen and play what I heard.

 I put it on a loop on Spotify and tried to play by the sing by ear instead! AND TO MY ELATED SURPRISE,  I DID.

The motto of the story is- shoot for the best that you can do in this world and then just try because the best that can happen is you just might do it!

Written and Compiled by Paulette L. Motzko.

Photography by Leonardo Valencia.

Digital Photo Arts by Paulette Motzko.

Copyright Valencia Motzko, Inc. 2016.

Saturday November 18th 2017. 

5:36 p.m.

You already possess everything you seek to be successful. 

Like a bulb buried deep in the soil that is dormant, your skills are waiting to be “watered with dedication, perseverance, and courage” so they can bloom in the springtime of your life.

You will bloom and flourish and thrive once you bring out all your inherent talents and abilities and really showcase them to the world.

Written and compiled by Paulette L. Motzko.

Photography and Digital Photo Arts by Paulette L. Motzko.

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