{Giveaway} Five Piece Lodge Cast Iron Cookware Set

You know what’s blacker than Black Friday? Beautiful, glistening, well seasoned cast iron cookware.

Oh, yeah, baby. Screw waiting in line for some discount plastic crap or overpumped electronica that’ll be in a landfill in 6 months anyway. If you must shop, shop for something hewn from the living, molten rock of Earth. Something hefty enough to stop a bullet. Something that holds heat so well a steak will tremble and bow down before it. Something you can pass down to your grandbabies. Something strong and heavy and black enough to rival Black Friday itself.

Shop for cast iron. Something like this Lodge Five Piece Cast Iron Cookware Set. Or better yet, don’t shop at all. Enter to win this set without even having to even put on your pants. Hey, I have a three-year-old. I am well aware of how overblown pants are as a “thing” in our society.

Lodge Cast Iron Giveaway

Thankful, Joyful, Turkeyful, etc.

You may remember this set from the recent post on Skillet Brussels Sprouts. I couldn’t get it out of my head, but I couldn’t justify buying it for myself, given that I really do have quite enough cast iron, thank you very much.

Solution: Giveaway!

You see, as I type this post it’s Thanksgiving evening and I’ve had a few glasses of my husband’s excellent homebrew, so I’m feeling all “I love you, man!” towards my readers (except for the douche-waffles, but we are ignoring them). It is a screaming blessing to be the girl behind the keyboard of this blog, to be able to connect with, and inspire, and be inspired by other gardeners and productive homemakers. It is an honor to learn from you and to share what I’ve learned, and to help connect questions to answers.

So, this Thanksgiving I thought I’d give thanks for my readers by giving cast iron, which is – as we all know – the heaviest way to give thanks.

Enter To Win

Update: This contest is now over. Congratulations to winner Benita, who is “thankful that my 28 yr old niece was able to come home for Thanksgiving. She recently finished up radiation from her 3rd major diagnose of cancer since she was 23.”

To win this five piece set of Lodge cast iron, simply leave a comment on this post telling me what you are thankful for this holiday season.

This set includes a 10-inch griddle (excellent for pancakes, crepes, etc.), an 8-inch and 10-inch skillet (excellent for, well, everything) and a 5-Quart Dutch oven with lid (necessary for No Knead Bread). It’s a pretty awesome starter set of cast iron. There is very, very little you couldn’t cook on these pieces, and I say this as someone who cooks on cast iron about three times a day.

And look, I know I don’t have to convince you guys – you already know this – but nonstick is bullshit, ok? It’s not good for you or the people you feed (kids? grandma?). It turns out inferior food, and it scratches if you glare at it strongly enough. And according to the Environmental Working Group, “Toxic fumes from the Teflon chemical released from pots and pans at high temperatures may kill pet birds and cause people to develop flu-like symptoms (called “Teflon Flu” or, as scientists describe it, “Polymer fume fever”).”

Cast iron when well seasoned is also pretty dang nonstick but it doesn’t give you flu-like symptons. It just slightly boosts the iron content of your food which is, unless you are very atypical and drink liver smoothies for breakfast, a very good thing. It also goes from stove to oven to table without missing a beat and will help you cook like you really mean it.

So leave a comment and enter to win. I want to buy someone these cast iron pans.

Fine Print Stuff

This giveaway is for the cookware set described here. Contest entirely self-sponsored by Northwest Edible Life (that’s me!). Contest open until Thursday, December 5th 8 PM PST. Winner will be contacted by email. Contest open to residents of the US only, due to shipping costs. Sorry international readers. I still love you, but cast iron is really, really heavy. Fulfillment of prize via Amazon.com. One entry per person. Multiple entries will be disqualified. Void where prohibited by law, blah blah blah. Best of luck everyone!

Happy Thanksgiving, all y’all. Thanks for being the best readers a blogger could hope for.

Comments

  1. I am thankful for awesome neighbors who want to start growing food together (and for neighbors who are willing to let us grow food together on their back lot). And if I don’t win your delightful giveaway, you have me convinced, so I will probably run up the street to the 100 year old hardware store that one of my neighbors runs and get me a cast iron Dutch oven. It’s bread-making season!

    • I’m thankful this season brings us the closeness of God to me and family. This year has brought all the members of my family closer to God and each other. We wish all can share this closeness with their families and friends.

  2. Shannon Thomsen says:

    I am thankful for the chance that every year I get to have just one more Thanksgiving with my Grandmother. She was the best part of growing up and as she ages and get frailer I know the year is coming when she won’t be with us. I would love to learn to make bread in that Dutch oven so that she could eat a piece. I told her about the process and she currently disbelieves it can be done:)

  3. I’m thankful that all of my (adult) children had a wonderful Thanksgiving, even though they’re all in different places across the county–North Dakota (son in USAF), Texas (daughter/son-in-law/grandkids in USAF), and Pennsylvania (daughter in school). They each spent some time with good friends and reported that they had a great time with wonderful company and fantastic food. It’s not spending the holidays together, but it’s a good second choice.

    • I am thankful for my family! My loving husband, four terrific sons and all my brothers and sisters! And the rest of my family – all those ladies weren’t born from my parents union, but are my sisters none the less!
      PS – I was anemic for years – I am thankful that has been resolved! I started cooking with cast iron after a nurse recommended it at the VA. What the heck couldn’t hurt – right? It ended up being a bit more than a diet problem, but I love cooking on cast iron! And I am also thankful that I don’t have to drink liver smoothies any time of day!

  4. The list of things I am thankful for is endless…I thank God every day for my many blessings: my family and friends; a warm, safe home; and the ability to find people like you to help me in my journey towards real food and sustainability.

  5. I’ve gardened long enough to be thankful how the act of gardening has tweaked (NOT twerked) my mind and body. The inequity is gardening always gives me so much more than I give it.

    You are always so helpful. entertaining, and generous. Thank you for your posts.

  6. I am thankful for feeling thankful. Sounds cheesy, but I’ve learned that not everyone truly feels thankful. I have learned from my young children that feeling thankful and grateful is simple if you allow yourself to see it. I feel thankful for each day and even the “teachable moments”. When I’m frustrated with life, I try to remind myself that I am thankful for my life and what I DO have.

  7. Jody Prestine says:

    I am quite simply, Thankful. For the last couple of months I have been trying to consciously live in An Attitude of Gratitude and it’s been very eye-opening, calming, and satisfying. When you take the time daily to be aware of everything you have to be thankful for, it transforms you and blows your mind! I highly recommend it!

  8. I am thankful for my wonderful family.

  9. I wrote a poem about this! Here is part of it, the whole thing I posted on my blog! Enjoy…
    I am thank full…

    full of the gratitude that can make my heart burst and my body explode, into a million little thankful pieces…

    I have a home that is my savior and my paradise, like god and eden, for now.

    my man, a husband, is my best friend,

    my soul mate, my creator mate.

    my 2 corgi dogs are my best friends, inseparable and entangled around my feet when I am at

    home, laughter surrounds us every day.

  10. Penelope Rains says:

    I am thankful for your wonderful website, oh yeah. And I am thankful for my 4 wonderful children and the news that we are expecting a new grandchild in 2014.

  11. Jeff Sallot says:

    Really enjoy your posts and as a lover of Brussels Sprouts, I especially appreciate the recipe. My 17 year old daughter will soon be heading out on her own, and I have been meaning to get her a Dutch Oven, get it seasoned and ready to go before she departs. Thanks for having this giveaway and I look forward to your future posts.
    V/R,
    Jeff

  12. Victoria Zink says:

    I’m thankful for the freedom we still have in this country and hopeful we will keep it. The freedom to grow and buy food that has not been laced with chemicals and pesticides. Freedom to choose what you feed your family. The freedom to make your own alternatives to canned, genetically altered and store bought! The freedom to share and learn about how others are taking this long sometimes bumpy ride through life. I am thankful for those who openly share their finds and short cuts to making this sometimes trying life a little bit easier to handle. Thank you Erica for giving us ways to make our lives a little bit easier and for making the sometimes mundane………fun and funny!

  13. Katie Richards says:

    I love my cast iron skillet and it’s killing me I don’t have more! My husband bought me a 12 inch skillet for valentine’s day (he obviously knows the key to a girl’s heart) that I use for most recipes that start with “throw x, y,and z into a skillet” but would love a smaller version to replace my nonstick and stainless ones.

    • Katie Richards says:

      Also, I am thankful for being healthy for the first time in months and for our amazing little boy who brings joy to my life.

  14. I don’t own any cast iron…yet. Every day I am thankful for my family and our health, but I am feeling extra thankful this year for the land we are living on today. We bought my grandparents farm and are bringing it back alive. So grateful we could make this happen!

  15. Sheila -GypsyBiscuit says:

    Thankful? You bet! All 4 of my young adult children returned to the nest for Thanksgiving–the first time it’s happened in several years. I’m thankful for the other lovely young adults my kids have chosen to bring into our family too. I’m thankful for this husband who supports my whims and is a friend to my soul. I’m thankful for plenty of seasoned wood and our fire pit, for this time to slow down, set aside the rest of the world’s distractions and laugh and talk together. And, I’m pretty sure my nephews were thankful that I provided marshmallows for toasting :-)

  16. I am thankful for our wonderful birth mother. My husband and I have had a terrible year with pregnancy losses, as well as a failed adoption. We were recently contacted by our current birth mother who is such a blessing in our lives, and is willing to share each and every aspect of her pregnancy. She is due in March, so we are Thankful we will become parents for the first time next year!!

  17. I am thankful for good socks. Yep. Socks, that much-maligned Christmas present, quickly tossed aside and even more quickly forgotten. But good ones are not merely good, they’re great. I’m thankful I learned that sooner rather than later.

  18. Cathy Busha says:

    I’m thankful for my beautiful family, a job i love, friends near and far and our home :)

  19. I am grateful and thankful for the loving support of family and friends. I am thankful, inspired and motivated by this blog and so many others that prove daily that we are growing and learning as a society on the ways we can grow, harvest and eat for not only our health but for the health of our planet. Thankful for all your readers that carry your message to their family and friends!

  20. I’m thankful that I lost my well-paying job four years ago. If I hadn’t, I may have never been brave enough to leave my comfort zone and the secure pay to do something I felt passionate about for a living (agriculture!). I’m thankful that I was able to raise my three daughters to (mostly) adulthood after getting divorced five years ago and that they’re all attending college and I’m really thankful that my youngest earned a four-year scholarship! I’m thankful for that although my girls are self-sufficient now, I am still able to provide them a sanctuary to retreat to when they needed to regroup to go back out there. I’m thankful I waited to sell the bunk beds. I’m thankful that three years ago I found my high school sweetheart and after thirty years apart he is still the kind, loving decent human being I knew him to be, that he loves me and my girls, and my loud, drooly Bloodhounds, Virgil and Ruby. I’m thankful that despite how hard life can be at times, I am surrounded by the love of my children, a good man, and Virgil and Ruby.

  21. Amber Oswald says:

    I am thankful for a family that i love so much not only to i look at them as my mother/father/brothers, but i also consider each of them my friend.

  22. I am thankful for my faith, my family, and my friends. Thankful for the roof over my head, the fod I eat daily and all the many blessings I have!

  23. I have been self employed all my life and I have not always been able to put away for retirement. But here I sit, 11 miles from the nearest city, on 10 acres, with a greenhouse and enough critters to start a zoo. All I have to do is check each month to make sure Obuma is still sending out SS checks. When I roll out each morning, I check on all my survival websites as I drink my coffee. If the sun is shinning, as it usually does here in Ky, I have to get dressed by 10 am to open the windows in the green house to keep the temps under 110 degrees. Of course all the critters are lined up at the fence for their morning feeding.
    So you ask what I am grateful for, to be able to quit worrying about being in the dog eat dog world out there, and being able to sit back and watch my “stuff” grow. Oh, did I tell you I have been know to made some of Ky’s finest to sip while I am watch the world go by?

  24. Tiffany McIndoe says:

    Hey Erica,
    I know this is going to sound…well kinda odd, but this year I’m grateful for ‘feeling’ gratitude.
    This time last year I was doing that lovely repetitive dance called ” circling the rabbit hole”, and things where feeling pretty nasty. Kinda like what the veggie garden can look like when you have forgotten or haven’t gotten to all the clean up, and the frost has turned what little green was left into that ‘black slime’ that looks like it came right out of a science fiction movie, causing you to not want to get that shit on any part of yourself for fear it will eat a hole through anything it comes in contact with.
    All kidding aside. I’m just aware this year that being able to look around my life and see my family, friends, animals and the gifts my garden gives even with the black slime, all combine to make me the luckiest person I know.

  25. Trudy Mintun says:

    I am thankful to God for providing me with everything I need. A loving husband, a delightful son (now almost 30), a warm home, and today more food than I should have eaten. I am also thankful for blogs like yours who are teaching me so many new things.
    I have never used cast iron. I grew up with stainless steel my mom used. I am still using some of her pieces. They are older than I am. My husband swears by cast iron, as does my BF, so if I win this set I will give it a try and find out what all the hoopla is about. And be thankful for it.

  26. I am spending thanksgiving 3000 miles away from home, but I am so thankful for the welcoming and thoughtful “family” of friends and neighbors that has taken me in this holiday season and made it so much easier to be so far away. I am also thankful for the NW Edible community, who are so full of wisdom, advice and support for all of our collective crazy DIY adventures!

  27. Libby freeman says:

    My healthy and handsome 9 month old son :)

  28. I am thankful for each day I get to spend with my children. There but for the grace of God go I……

  29. I am thankful for delicious local organic brussels sprouts! I used your recipe last night and even my 4 year old couldn’t get enough!

  30. So grateful for a life filled with people who love and support me, for enjoying the journey, and for hope for the future.

  31. I’m thankful for having a great family and friends, and no douche-waffles in my life.

  32. I’m thankful to be at a place in my life where the holidays are full and wonderful, with lots of people I love.

  33. I’m thankful that you didn’t surrender on the douche waffles :-) But most of all that our dream to move to the US came true.

  34. I am thankful for a new home on beautiful land with a field to farm next year. I am thankful for my awesome husband and the lovely fire in the wood stove. I am thankful for a my new job at the food coop and the warm reception from everyone there. I am thankful for a fridge full of beautiful and nutritious food from all my farmer neighbors. My cup truly runneth over!

  35. I am thankful for so many things, but mostly for Jesus and the freedom to worship Him as we choose.

  36. This Thanksgiving I was able to serve food grown right in my backyard… and for that I am grateful!

  37. I’m thankful for my dear Grandma’s little six inch (?) cast iron skillet we use every morning to fry a couple eggs for the toddler. I’d love to expand into more cast iron!

  38. Barbara Davidge says:

    I am thankful for my veg and herb garden, fab and funny food blogs (like yours) that keep me inspired, my husband and little pup. But the list could go on. Thanks :)

  39. I am thankful for the chance to win something that (thanks to you) I recently decided that I must have :) I am thankful for my kids and my hubby. I am thankful for my newfound love of running which gives me motion, solitude and peace of mind so that I can be a better person. I am thankful that my garden grew tomatoes this year…. a lot of tomatoes! I am thankful for my gloriously large extended family. I only recently found you blog, but I love it. Thanks for all the great info and for sharing with us.

  40. Lisa Cotter says:

    I’m thankful for my parent-in-laws who are letting us move back to the family farm while taking care of us financially as we start up the farm. Grateful for all my family & friends that are supporting & encouraging me in my decision to leave my job to follow my dream. Blessed that my husband has always been there for me, loved me through my chronic illness, & has taken care of me when I haven’t been able to take care of myself. He loves to cook, especially with cast iron and this would be a great gift for him.

  41. I think my nephew said it best when he was about 8 years old, ‘What are you thankful for Matt?’ ‘Grilled cheese sandwiches’ was his reply. I think that about sums it up.

  42. I am thankful that at 0645 PST on Black Friday, I’m not out battling my way through the mall. Still have to work on this whole “sleeping in” concept…

  43. I’m grateful for my 4 healthy boys and being surrounded by family. I’m grateful that even though the man I married was hurt during his last deployment that he is still alive and I can hear his voice and see his smile through the struggle.

  44. I am thankful first and foremost for my amazing family. I am thankful for people like you who enlighten me and keep me educated on the best ways to feed my family. Thanks for all you do!!!!

  45. I am thankful for the lessons I have learned and for the people and events that taught me.

  46. I am thankful for my family. Without them, I don’t know where I would be.

  47. We looked around, and said, “another year! We’re all still here!” and the youngest (8 years old) gave the prayer. I’m more grateful every year for FRIENDS who love my against-all-odds South Florida vegetables. I’m grateful for the retirement leisure and a body that still mostly works and the space to trial 9 new heirloom leaf lettuces and all the crazy Asian vegs that Johnny’s and Fedco bring out each year. They would taste great sautéed in Lodge cast iron………….

    I’m really grateful for this blog, a little island of natural sanity.

  48. I am very thankful I took the time to drive often the 400 miles this summer to see my parents. My Dad passed away 3 weeks ago, after only knowing for 4 months that he had terminal colon cancer. I am also very thankful that I have 2 brothers and their families close by to my Mom so they can be support to her.

  49. Danielle Knudson-Goodwin says:

    I am so grateful for my wonderful family. And I don’t have any castiron yet so I’m thankful for the opportunity to win some. :)

  50. I’m grateful my parents raised me on cast iron on a wood stove in the mountains (then the valley)…glad to still share Thanksgiving with them. :-)

  51. Thankful for family and that mother nature gave us a dry, gorgeous day to give thanks!

  52. Mama Songbird says:

    Ohmygosh! This would be amazing. I don’t even dare to get my hopes up! Thanks for a chance to win!

    • Mama Songbird says:

      Oh yes- and I am grateful that I have two happy, healthy, busy boys and a supportive husband who supports me as I pursue my dream of becoming a Waldorf early childhood teacher.

  53. I am thankful for the chance to WIN! the cast iron set I was JUST LOOKING AT on Amazon.com – no kidding! And I’m thankful that my family and I know how to cook well enough that we hardly ever need/want to go out to eat. :-)

  54. very thankful that i was able to spend this thanksgiving with my family and friends!

  55. I’m thankful for so many blessings in my life, family , friends, health, and this year especially the news that I will become a grandmother.

  56. Amanda Yoder says:

    I’m thankful we have our health and time together as a family and that my husband has a job

  57. I am thankful for my ability to hold hope in my heart. (Not that I’m a “Pollyanna” type or anything.) When life seems really bad, I have sincere hope for better times coming, and that is a great blessing.

  58. I am thankful for my husband and family.

  59. Tina Street says:

    I am thankful for having reached the stage of my live where I can be thankful for nearly everything…even the douche waffles who help me appreciate your ability to move through anger and frustration and grow with a finer tuned perspective on what is important and who counts in your life. I am thankful to live in the United States, where we are rich with opportunity and creativity, and my retirement funds allow me to enjoy every moment of the day, to share in the creativity of my favorite (yes, that’s you) bloggers, and live the life I’ve always wanted, near family and friends, and with a damned fine kitchen!

  60. I’m thankful for my family and especially for having the chance to spend time with my son, whom I have not seen in a long time. I am also very thankful for finding your blog… I find it entertaining and inspiring, so thank you for all your good work. :)

  61. Lori Martin says:

    I’m thankful for good health for our family – always something we tend to take for granted. I’m also grateful for the love of cooking and eating! Love your blog and your wonderful tips on gardening, canning (my newfound love!), recipes, etc… Thanks so for your wonderful blog

  62. Ouida Lampert says:

    I am thankful that I am still breathing. It was dicey for a while, and may be again; but, for now, I breathe and try to take nothing for granted.

  63. Debbie Farnam says:

    We have recently moved to a new area away from family and friends and, although I feel lonesome at times it helps to always find something to be thankful for, like an “attitude of gratitude” we like to say. We bought some land and are planning a home…and my first vegetable garden! Thanks for this great site which is not only educational but entertaining!

  64. I am thankful for having three healthy children. We have had serious illness with one of our children and the fact that she is still here makes me very grateful.

  65. So grateful for my little miracle baby, her brothers and her daddy!

  66. I am so thankful for my little family, and our simple life together.

  67. I am thankful for the family we have become and for the good health of us all.

  68. I am thankful that ny grandmother, who has Alzheimer’s and is often very confused, was still with us this year and able to enjoy the party.

  69. Cara Hohenstein says:

    I’m thankful for my family, friends, our home in the lovely NW and good health. We use cast iron multiple times a day, but haven’t branched out to all of the pieces in this kit. My fingers are crossed.

    Thanks for your wonderful blog!

  70. I am thankful for so many things in my life. I am always very thankful for my family, both near and far, but this year I am particularly thankful for the friendship and support of the permaculture community both locally and online.

  71. I’m thankful for my best friend’s family who so warmly welcomed me into their home for Thanksgiving and the few days around it. I’m so lucky to have them in my life!

  72. Your blog is a pretty rockin’ gift all of itself. Thanks for this opportunity to get even more coolness!

  73. Thankful for for the usual things but also basil, chocolate, raspberries and pizza. Oh, and gravy made from pan drippings! Mmm mmm. xx

  74. Susanne Bowra says:

    I am immensely thankful for my husband – we got married this year. I am specifically thankful that he does all the cooking, and he does it with love, creativity and skill, creating taste sensations every day. I get to focus on my full-time job and the gardening that produces much of our food.

  75. Reminded daily of the fact that other parents are watching their babies battle cancer and lung infections, I cannot help but be beyond thankful for my healthy kiddos. And this Thanksgiving we celebrated with my husband’s 86 year old grandmother, who is still strong and healthy enough to fly across the country to see us. We ate food from my garden, which is still producing even into the winter and I know we are blessed. So many things to be so very thankful for. And thank you, too, for the inspiring and wonderful work that you do to make the world a better place. Happy Holidays, Erica! :)

  76. I’m thankful for my new baby niece.

  77. I’m thankful to be married to someone who understands and appreciates my point of view, my amazing boys who surprise me daily with how kind and open-hearted they are and I’m thankful for having the ability to share our home with rescue animals who make our lives rich in so many unexpected ways.

  78. Cathy King says:

    I’m thankful for my family, a roof over my head, and food to eat, and my job.

  79. How can I not be most thankful for the bouncing baby boy that showed up this year? Healthy, happy, and even letting me sleep sometimes, my cup runeth over. Or should that be my cast iron?

  80. I am thankful for my happy and healthy family. I am thankful for the ability to live a healthy and sustainable life and to have access to so much support.

  81. Jennifer Still says:

    I am thankful for my incredible children, my loving & supportive (and really funny!) extended family, and my new job. I’ve struggled for many years financially and emotionally as a single mother of 4, living a thousand miles away from all of my friends & family and things are finally starting to look up! I am so grateful for all of our many blessings and am looking forward to the years to come!

  82. Brenda van Schie says:

    I am thankful for the many things I have learnt through your wonderful blog. God bless.

  83. Erica, You are the best
    Just when I think the gardening season is over and you will take a break,except for the holiday madness, you come up with a super fun giveaway to make 99.999% of us jealous of the one lucky sucker. I hope I am the sucker. I bake all my bread from my own starter and a set like this would definitely better my results. And if my bread sucks sometimes, at least I would know that it wasn’t because of the bake ware. I don’t need to win. I am thankful for everything and everybody in my life. That includes nwedible.

  84. I am exceedingly grateful for my husband being in my life and for the fact that we finally (wednesday!!!) got our woodstove installed and we have HEAT this winter! I am super grateful for that and for knowing that this year I will not get frostbite on my toes! YAY!!!

    How can you not be grateful for that, eh? ;)

  85. I am thankful for my wonderful, supportive husband.

  86. I am Thankful for my health and my family. It has taken me a few years to learn what eating well actually meant (hint, it has little to do with calories and fat), now I’m teaching others. I’m so thankful that my family has been supportive on my journey and are starting to make changes too.

  87. Matt Jarvis says:

    I am thankful that there are bright, entertaining folks like you who are out there in the interwebs and freely give us great information, satire and (usually) an uplifting moment from time to time….

  88. I am grateful – so grateful – to live in the time of internet. I love to learn, and having the internet is like being able to access the Library of Alexandria at my fingertips. It’s really remarkable when you think on it!

  89. I’m thankful for a secure, productive, happy life.

  90. My family and my boyfriends family who joined us for the celebration this year! So thankful to have great people we love who are happy to squeeze into our home

  91. Kelly Hitchcock says:

    My family is happy and healthy! I have good friends and a roof over our head! And for that I am truly thankful!

  92. I am thankful every day for my good fortune to be born a first world democratic (in concept) country, with the privilege of choice: my life partner, whether and how many children I will have what I will make for dinner and where my food will come from, who my friends are and how I will live and make my living.
    I couldn’t agree more about your love of cast iron cookware. For the cooking methods you mentioned, it holds its own against any other type of cookware; when you combine the performance with cost when comparing cast iron to other quality cookware, I’m guessing it will win every time.

  93. I’m so thankful for friends I can by honest with, for family who loves no matter what, and a community that I can trust.

  94. I’m always grateful for my beautiful, healthy children. What a blessing! But I’m also grateful that we live in such a wealthy country with things like clean, running water into our homes and impressive infrastructure and a stable government and so much freedom to enjoy my beautiful, healthy children. Life could be so much harder, and it is, for so many. Anyone living in a “first world” country is lucky by default. The rest is icing.

  95. Beth Rutherford says:

    What a lovely idea! I’m thankful for too many things to list, but the top is always family and friends. It is all about the people, you know?

  96. Kim Johnson says:

    I am thankful to be alive. Thankful that my son and I are happy and healthy. Thankful that family and friends have been able to, and did, help us through a very rough year.

  97. I’m thankful for my family

  98. Thank God we all have so much to appreciate. It isn’t guaranteed to last forever (unlike the Lodge stuff!), so I am thankful every day for my life, my wife, my family, and friends. Now’s a good time to sit down to watch “It’s a Wonderful Life” all over again.

  99. I am thankful for funny friends & family (like Erica here) who make me smile each and every day!
    Thank you!!!!

  100. I’m thankful for this chance to win a Lodge Cookware set! But mostly I’m thankful for all the awesome family and friends in my life. I could not be here or be happy without them. And thank you Erica for the blue cheese dressing recipe a few posts back! Just when I gave up looking for a good one in the stores…

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