5 Years of Home Ec 101 Awesome

Heather says:

Five years. Can you believe it? I can’t. Five years and two weeks ago, Home-Ec101.com was nothing more than a little pipe dream, a what if we -you do remember Ivy, right?- started a site where we shared all the information we wish we had learned about running a home and cooking, without all the saccharine platitudes, convenience food short cuts, or a heavy focus on coupons / deals. Those things all work well for other sites, but that was never the goal of Home Ec 101. I want to teach adults -and those who swear they are just pretending- the life skills that make life a little easier, a little more affordable, and a little more enjoyable.

Five years and I am nowhere near done. There are still cooking courses I want to create, recipes to discover and share, reader questions to answer, and so many more people to meet.

If I weren’t on an airplane, I’d visit the wayback machine and show you how far the site has come from my first, clumsy and rather pathetic attempts at creating a site design. Some of my first attempts at food photography are on here as well and while I’m certainly no Helene of Tartlette, I have improved; funny how practice will do that.

I wish I could tell you how good this site has been for me both professionally and personally. I wish I could show you how terrified I was of people and how this job has forced me to come out of my shell, yes I retreat into it at home, but that is the nature of an introvert.

I have gotten over my fear of public speaking. I now volunteer to speak publicly and teach people the ins and outs of writing for the web, how WordPress works (that’s the program that runs this site), how life skills are a tool of empowerment, in addition to home ec related topics. I get to work with an amazing non-profit, Cooking With the Troops and while we are doing good things, giving back to those whom we can never repay, I am having a ball. All of this means that the late nights, the early mornings, and all of the headaches have been worth it. As I write this I am on a plane flying to San Francisco to work with Method, yes the fabulous, environmentally friendly soap company. Not only that, but I’ve been working on a super-secret project the last few weeks and if you’re a fan of Pinterest you are going to wet your pants after it is unveiled this weekend. (Don’t worry, you’re in the right place to learn how to clean up after your little accident.) I am currently on cloud 9 (circling Dulles airport, no less) and I want to share that with you.

Did you know that 3 million people have visited Home Ec? We’re up to 180,000 people a month looking at well over 200,000 pages and growing, always growing. Almost as many people subscribe to Home Ec 101 as live in my town. This is because of you. Every single time you comment you create a feeling of community, when you share a post on Twitter or Facebook or send an email to a friend saying, Hey, you know, Heather might be able to help you out, you are helping this site grow and for that, I can’t thank you enough. It has been an amazing journey watching this site grow, in its own little weird corner of the internet, not quite parenting blog, not quite home keeping blog, not quite life hacking, Home Ec 101 is what it is and you help give it that uniqueness. Thank you.

So how do I celebrate five years of hard work on Home Ec 101? Well that’s easy, I give away a few of my favorite things. I also want to make it very clear that these things have not been provided by a sponsor. I’ve been saving up to give a little back. (I hope that doesn’t sound too self-congratulatory, but sometimes, I do need to acknowledge it)

Today I’m hosting a giveaway of: one 10 piece set of Emerilware Cookware -these are the stainless pans you’ve seen in my posts for the last 5 years, I’ve been using my set for 8 and it’s perfectly safe for those of you with flat top stoves, 2 copies of Home-Ec 101: Skills for Everyday Living, and just for giggles a can of Bar Keepers Friend (you saw that coming, right?).

To enter, leave a comment.

Tell me something, anything, maybe how Home Ec 101 has affected your life, maybe you link to your favorite Home Ec 101 post (there are almost 2000, surely something appealed to you), or if that’s too hard just share your favorite clean (har har) joke.

One comment per person, no purchase necessary, void where prohibited and limited to residents of the United States. I love all of you, but the shipping would blow my budget. This contest will end on Tuesday March 6, 2012 at 9am Eastern. The winner will be announced by 10.

Thank you all from the bottom of my heart, here’s to the future, wherever it takes us.


  1. CandisMurphy on March 6, 2012 at 10:02 am

    I just wanted to say congratulations on five years, how awesome is that. I usually read all the blogs on tips around the house and your has been a tremendous help. Thank You Keep up the good work

  2. Els on March 6, 2012 at 9:59 am

    Congrats on 5 years! 🙂 And to you keeping all us “pretending” adults in-the-know for many more!

  3. Larry on March 6, 2012 at 9:58 am

    Congrats of 5 years. I was only recently introduced to this site through a friend on Twitter, and must say, you provide a tremendous amount  of useful information that has not been taught to many of us GenXers and most of the Ys. As schools cut back on the consumer sciences, I think that this site will flourish even more. Keep up the great work!

  4. Jessica on March 6, 2012 at 9:56 am

    You have helped me realize that clean and sanitized are 2 different things. I don’t have to have a home that’s as clean as a hospital room but I do need to clean every once in awhile. 🙂

  5. tahoesuzy on March 6, 2012 at 9:51 am


  6. LindaBay on March 6, 2012 at 9:49 am

    Congrats on 5 years!

  7. JaxxxnDaBaox on March 6, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Honestly, I just found this sit a little less than a month ago. However, I cannot tell you how it has changed my life. I was looking for a chore organizer, and found yours in an internet search. After printing the chart, I began browsing the site, and now am addicted. Every day now, my house is close to immaculate, I have a meal planned out for every day (that didn’t come from a bag/box), and best of all, I have time for my two small children. I feel like June Cleaver…and isn’t that every stay at home Mom’s dream? LOVE this site 🙂

  8. Tater on March 6, 2012 at 9:41 am

    I have watched you from before you started and seen you grow and go! Your site is wonderful! Even this old dog..err Tater, has learned new tricks from you!

  9. beanjeepin on March 6, 2012 at 9:36 am

    You changed my world with Bar Keeper’s friend.  And never laugh at my horrible cleaning issues. 🙂  And you’re just an awesome, amazing person – kind, generous and funny.  But I have known that longer than the site’s been around.  Congratualations!!

  10. Geneva on March 6, 2012 at 9:32 am

    I love the fact that you are encouraging people to get back to basics.   A girl should know how to bake a cake and iron a shirt.

  11. SarahHendon on March 6, 2012 at 9:32 am

    I <3 the daily chore reminders!  It has made my life easier!!  Thank you!

  12. Marianne on March 6, 2012 at 9:30 am

    It’s impossible to pick one favorite post, as I have several favorites in several categories. However, this one is definitely in my top 20, so I’ll link to it: http://www.home-ec101.com/a-little-friday-encouragement-from-a-reader/. Heather, I’m so proud of you. Keep up the fantastic work.

  13. ChristianFisher on March 6, 2012 at 9:25 am

    I am so happy that you decided to share what you have with the world! Thank you!

  14. sands143 on March 6, 2012 at 9:25 am

    I’ve been following your housekeeping plan for a few weeks now and things are running smooth again in my world!  Hooray!  Thanks!  Would love to have this cookware! 🙂

  15. plttclark on March 6, 2012 at 9:25 am

    I am new here and I love it.  I remember the days when Home Ec was taught in schools. I don’t think it is anymore and I’m happy that you are taking up the slack!  Now back to reading and learning more. Thanks for all you do. 🙂

  16. MikeCourtney on March 6, 2012 at 9:25 am

    Congratulations on 5 years of Home-Ec 101, your book, and now your new app. I cook using the cheapest non-stick I can find so quality cookware would be a blessing.

  17. Lorna on March 6, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Love your site!

  18. gatheredovertime on March 6, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Home Ec 101 keeps me mindful regarding my home and its condition.

  19. Miranda9000 on March 6, 2012 at 9:21 am

    This site prompted me to buy your book….my most dog-eared pages deal with how to get each type of stain out of clothing…your knowledge allowed me to bring so much clothing back to life, it paid for the book many times over. I also love your approach to tackling each room…I was thinking of you this weekend when I was on my knees cleaning those kitchen kick plates. How you could make me laugh and clean at the same time is still a mystery!

  20. JennFowler on March 6, 2012 at 9:17 am

    I will be ever grateful for the fact that you introduced me to Barkeepers Friend here on Home Ec 101.  Now I just laugh at the burned on crud that, uh, occasionally winds up on my stainless steel frying pan!

  21. conbly on March 6, 2012 at 9:15 am

    I love you book,I makes me giggle every time I pick it up!  Congrats on 5 years and the bestest of wished for the next 55….

  22. casey1977 on March 6, 2012 at 8:47 am

    Your site enabled me to show off to my mom this weekend when I deboned chicken thighs without completely shredding the meat or cutting myself.

    • casey1977 on March 6, 2012 at 8:47 am

      Oh and tomorrow is my 35th birthday so any of those would make a great b-day present!

  23. Heidi at CarolinaDreamz on March 6, 2012 at 3:04 am

    Our favorites include stove top mac-n-cheese and Butt Rub! 🙂  C’mon Emeril Cookware.  I don’t feel it would be bias. I’m leaving an honest comment and I love you. Congratz on five years.

  24. melanna on March 5, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    I stumbled onto your site via Google while trying to figure out why my chocolate brown sheets has turned green, and only on my husband’s side (turns out he’s acidic and I can’t just wash the green away). While I was here I discovered all sorts of other stuff I hadn’t learned growing up. Like a cleaning schedule. Which I followed religiously for about a year (and then I’ve adapted it to fit my changing life with children). I love your site! When I accidentally deleted a folder in my google reader and lost all the sites yours was one of the first that I went back and made sure I resubscribed. And I’ve told friends about it too. Because now they have started asking me questions, as if I’m some expert due to the wisdom I’ve gleaned from you. So, I send them your way instead. 🙂

  25. TheresaTomlinsonCorral on March 5, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    I love reading your posts, and use you daily chore schedule.  Good luck to the winner!

  26. Jamie Plank on March 5, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    This site has been revolutionary for me. As a newlywed and a newly minted stay at home mom, I have had a crash course in domesticity and my perfectionism – mixed with my lack of any housekeeping skills – has been overwhelming. Finding this site has helped me harness my energies, learn the basics, and tackle housekeeping with calm, informed organization. Embarrassingly, my favorite post was the how-to on bathroom cleaning. My house is cleaner, more orderly, and I am less anxious thanks to the manageable daily chores and the straightforward presentation of essential skills.

  27. Sheri on March 5, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    I love the daily chore reminders at the top of each post.  It’s so much easier to keep up than to catch up!!

  28. hislovendures on March 4, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    I wish I’d known about your site 5 years ago!  I’ve been married for 3.5 years and have slowly been learning some of the things I wish my Mom had taught me before I was out on my own.  I still have tons, and tons and tons of things to learn.  But, I love that I can come to your site and find out exactly how to clean a bathroom.  And when I see a reader asking the same question I have, well, it warms my heart to know that I’m not the only person that doesn’t know something.  Thank you for all the work and energy you’ve poured into us readers.

  29. justmalia on March 4, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    I remember sitting with Ivy at Mothership BBQ while she excitedly told me about the plans for this site. I remember thinking how brilliant and smart it was. I’m so proud of how far you’ve come with it! You’ve certainly taught me a lot and many of your recipes are my “go-to” ones now. Congrats on five years! Looking forward to the next five!

  30. Kate on March 4, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    Thank you so much for 5 great years of resources! As a wife and new mother, I truly appreciate having a go-to stain-fighting guru on hand, and your book has been a lifesaver on more than one occasion! Here’s to many more years :o)

  31. candis on March 4, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    I think I first stumbled on your site while researching using vinegar as a cleaner. So many great ideas since then. Congrats on 5 years!

  32. imlay4 on March 4, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    I loved your post on Holiday Mocktails, I’m a firm believer when I entertain in offering a non-alcoholic alternative and assigning a DD. People don’t drink alcohol for many reasons and they should still be able to have something great to drink. I also love that you treat the art of homemaking with such respect., I always say that keeping a home well, is not an easy job and homemakers deserve more respect 🙂 Please enter me in your give-away.  I’m about to celebrate my 30th wedding anniversary and I’ve had the same pans since before I was married.  What a great anniversary gift they would be 🙂 

  33. deneicer1 on March 4, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    So very glad I found Home-Ec-101!  You are awesome and thanks for pouring all of your thoughts and funny stories to us.  I look forward to checking in here every few days.
    Have a great trip!

  34. MarciaF on March 4, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    There are too many posts to cite just one.  I want you to know that I eagerly await Sunday morning e-mails that afford me the opportunity to enter the world of solutions.  Thank you!

  35. amybhole on March 4, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Thank YOU! Your site has helped me realize that domesticity is easy when done in bite-sized pieces. Since reading Home Ec 101, I’ve been much better about trying mew dishes and cleaning techniques.

  36. RedMosquitohawk on March 4, 2012 at 9:53 am

    Thank you for the the useful common sense help. It so refreshing to receive such useful advice from some one that is not trying to convince me to buy something!!!

  37. Courtney on March 4, 2012 at 9:53 am

    Congratulations on 5 years! I heard you speak at the Center for Women in Charleston and I really appreciated all the knowledge you shared. I cannot wait to see what you are revealing re Pinterest! I do love that site. And Method – very cool. Great work!!

  38. musingminds on March 4, 2012 at 2:04 am

    This site has validated my thinking on not using overly processed or convenience foods. I’m making many things from scratch, including mac and cheese. It tastes much better and isn’t the dayglo orange of the boxed kind. I now need to get more organized. I know where everything is, but its in piles…

  39. AllisonWoodland on March 3, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    My goal has always been to be a stay-at-home mom extraordinaire.  I realized, when I actually became a stay -at-home mom, that this is much easier said than done.  One of my greatest struggles was staying motivated day after day.  Your chore chart with the tasks divided by day has been amazing.  I’ve kept it on my refrigerator for over a year now.  Sometimes I’m better than others at following it, but it’s always there to provide direction and inspiration.  Thanks Home-ec101.  Oh- and your meatloaf recipe fixed all my meatloaf failures 🙂

  40. Leigh on March 3, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    Congratulations, Heather!  I feel like I’ve been reading from the beginning – perhaps I have – My oldest is 6, and that first year I was scouring the blog-o-sphere to figure out how to keep house, since I was a new SAHM who had never learned how to “be domestic”… 😉  I’ve always known I can turn to your site for the training I need.  And if I have a specific question, I come here first, because I know if you’ve answered it, your answer is thorough and correct.  
    Thank you!!!

  41. Rachel on March 3, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    I’ve just moved into a new (to me) house built in 1980… Home Ec 101 has been great for learning cleaning skills and housekeeping tips!

  42. Melissa on March 3, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    I don’t remember how I found your website, but I’ve been reading for almost three years…. just about the same time when I was newly graduated college, living away from the dorms for the first time, and newly married. I didn’t know the basics of anything “Home Ec”. So you have taught me a LOT. I’m still learning how to keep things clean and tidy, but I’ve made good progress. Thank you for all you do!

  43. jennisews on March 3, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    Thank you so much for making my life a little easier!

  44. courtney.tucker on March 3, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    That tomato pie is the bomb diggity. Just saying.

    Congrats on a wonderful accomplishment, Heather!

  45. cajun_MD on March 3, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    I forget what initally brought me to your website, but I’m glad I found it. It has so many helpful hints to get and keep the house clean and orderly. My favorite is Fearless Friday. I have become so much more confident in my cooking skills. As the child of a home ec teacher, I think I’ve learned more from this website than I did growing up. So I thank you for that.

  46. DebbieLazarchicWeber on March 3, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    I really enjoy your handy tips and recipes when I open my e-mail or log into Facebook.  Sometimes it reminds me to cook something I haven’t made in a while.  I also strated using BarKeeper’s Friend because of you.  I remember that my mom used to use it but I had never bought it until you  raved about it!

    • DebbieLazarchicWeber on March 4, 2012 at 11:48 am

      Is there an edit button for people like me who can’t spell??? lol

  47. ColleenC on March 3, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    I found this site shortly after my divorce.  One of my biggest issues with my ex was that he did everything the easy, lazy way and I found myself slipping into that as well.  Following the cleaning schedule on here has allowed me to have a clean, pleasant home for myself and my two young sons.

  48. MelessaGregg on March 3, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    I don’t remember what led me to your blog, but I was very excited the day I pinned your dirty toilet tutorial on Pinterest and you liked it and left a comment. 🙂

  49. BevE on March 3, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    Your stats are amazing but not surprising.  Home Ec 101 is unique in not only the info that you offer but the way it is organized – I love it !  I feel like I’m learning and sharing with my neighbor- which in a way I guess I am – thanks cyber neighbor for all the work you do in making Home Ec 101 a success and may the next 5 years be even more fun !

  50. TheAmyTucker on March 3, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    I would totally leave a dancing animated gif for you but I know it won’t show up. How about a link? For you: http://tastelikecrazy.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/bradpit.gifI don’t remember when I first met you and started stalking your site but I’m here at least once a week looking for something. Usually recipes but sometimes I decide to clean something and get stymied and then I procrastinate by looking for a quick way to fix my problem. “Quick” quickly turns into me getting off track and reading about  mosquito bite fixes in the middle of the winter. My ADD thanks you, my kids’ stomachs thank you and happy anniversary!  

    • TheAmyTucker on March 3, 2012 at 12:02 pm

      Not sure why the “I” was included. Try THIS link. :Dhttp://tastelikecrazy.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/bradpit.gif 

  51. Jen on March 3, 2012 at 11:53 am

    I first found your site over three years ago when I was trying to host my first Thanksgiving. It was truly a success due to YOUR help! Well, I’ve been a loyal reader ever since. I am continually amazed at the breadth of your knowledge and continually entertained by the humor and wit of your posts. Looking forward to another five great years!

  52. Amber F. on March 3, 2012 at 9:38 am

    This site had helped me develop a chore chart and know how often each chore needs to be done — truly a life-saver for this newlywed couple! =) Congratulations!

  53. Jeanneod on March 3, 2012 at 9:30 am

    I recently found your website and I look at it everyday.  I know if I have a cleaning question I know where to go for an answer.  Thank you!

  54. kristenwestfall on March 3, 2012 at 1:09 am

    I’m very excited to find this blog and your book. I’m a novice and need all the help (and tools!) I can get!!

  55. jhedeen on March 2, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    I love this site you are so very helpful. Thank you for your hard work.

  56. Rachel@FoodFix on March 2, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    Congrats Heather! Your hard work is paying off and Home Ec is a wonderful site. You are an inspiration! It’s no small feet to blog consistently for 5 years! woo hoo for you!

  57. Stonalino on March 2, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    I love that it’s been five years!  And I’m inspired by your WrodPress-ness.  I’ve been struggling with WP for work since November.  (It probably doesn’t help that I’m so old I keep referring to it as WordPress).
    You are amazing, and I love having Home Ec 101 in my life!

    • Stonalino on March 2, 2012 at 9:05 pm

      And I can’t even type.  WORDPress-ness and WordPERFECT.

  58. writercook on March 2, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    I got here because of my friend, Bobbie, who has been known to spend a bit of her time hanging out on this site. I stayed because it’s a worthwhile blog — worth my time, worth my attention, worthwhile. Thanks for the good info you share week in and week out, and heartiest congratulations on your milestone anniversary.

  59. idahojill on March 2, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    I learned about bar keepers friend for my stovetop – a long long time ago.  i think i have been a subscriber for between 2-3 years.  love learning all the little tricks you teach us!  thanks and congrats on 5 years!

  60. Jackie on March 2, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    Thanks so much for all you do for us. It’s great to have a blog to go to when I need help.

  61. carostad on March 2, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    I’m inspired by your posts constantly. Hard to narrow it down. But, I keep your weekly chore schedule on my garage door so I can’t miss that inspiration daily.

  62. becky on March 2, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    I love all the tips I learn here. I impressed my husband when I brought home Bar Keepers Friend and he was able to get our skillet clean 🙂

  63. godbeyk on March 2, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    I am newer to reading along though it has inspired me to manage my home/apt more as I am satarting out. I claim to be one of those “playing” houes and pretending to be grown up having just graduated recently its nice to have a goto to learn from when my mom’s so far away in Georgia and I’m up north in Chicago. I have even gotten her started on tips and shes learning some new tricks now too!  Thanks!!!

  64. m on March 2, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    I’m relatively new to your site and I can already tell how it going to transform my day-to-day living. I now have three kids under 6 and keeping a house is not easy amongst such chaos. I was never taught how to clean properly, just muddling my way through. Your daily to-do sheet is so great at keeping me on top of things. Thank you!

  65. MassholeT on March 2, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    I am so grateful for your site and have had so much success with many of your recipes over the past few years.  I have a wonderful mother who did all the cooking and cleaning when I was growing up (on top of working more than full time) so I found myself clueless about cooking and cleaning in my twenties.  My DH says that my cooking has come from “inedible to palatable” but he is a very harsh critic so that is actually a compliment coming from him (everyone else thinks it is awesome)!

  66. CassandraCraig on March 2, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    Hmmm, my favorite post, my favorite post……..
    Could it be the Zombie Apocalypse Emergency Pantry one?
    Or, the “Avoid Militant Foodie-ism” (which I always love to go back and read when I feel discouraged)?
    Maybe the Sunday Confessionals?
    …I KNOW. Absolutely every post by @Bobbie Laughman
    <3 ^_^ <3

  67. tinaincal on March 2, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    I found this site in January when I was looking for Home Economics blogs.  I like this site because it covers so many simple every day things that most people don’t know how to do or just  need a better way to do them.  Do I show my age when I say I remember Home Economics class in Jr. High and High School? You know making your prom dress and learning how to bake cookies (Oh wait that was my grandmother).  Anyway, I have bookmarked this site and visit daily just to see what you are blogging about. Congratulations on 5 years! I just began my blog (home4tina) in February.  I can never catch up with you but hope to follow in your footsteps. 🙂  🙂

  68. amaramorgana on March 2, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    I really liked the post about using lemon juice and sun to treat stains in white fabric (http://www.home-ec101.com/hard-to-remove-stains-and-a-white-skirt/) This is a great site! Thanks so much!

  69. AllieJ on March 2, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    I only just discovered Home Ec 101 but I think it is a great site. Thanks!

  70. cnuland on March 2, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    I love your blog! Even when I see a topic that I think I know all about, I still read the articles, because often I learn a tip or two I hadn’t heard before. Thanks for all you do!

  71. Michele on March 2, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    I love Home Ec 101!  I’ve been reading for so long (I do, in fact, remember Ivy!) that I can’t even remember how I found you.  This is totally random and you probably don’t remember, but I commented once giving a professional organizer’s view on the show Hoarders and within minutes you sent me a Real. Live. Email!!! thanking me for my thoughts.  After I got over the craziness of being emailed by an Internet celebrity, I realized how much work and time you must put into this site to post daily AND personally respond to comments that quickly.  Thanks for the last five years!
    I can’t wait to see what you’ve done in another five years. 🙂

  72. FrannyAnnie on March 2, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    Congratulations on the 5 years!  I love that I learn about the things my own mom either forgot or didn’t know to teach me!

    • FrannyAnnie on March 2, 2012 at 2:14 pm

      ps — how is Ivy doing these days?

  73. Shannon nwaMotherlode on March 2, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    Hi, Heather! I “met” you at Blissdom last week (unfortunately, we didn’t actually come face-to-face) and I’ve been reading since. CONGRATULATIONS on five years. We have a 4-year anniversary coming up  at nwaMotherlode. I love what you wrote about WHY your site keeps growing. That sense of community is amazing. I can’t wait to dig in even deeper.

  74. gokemon on March 2, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Congratulations on your five years of teaching Frugal Living, saving money on buying things cheaper than retail, and all your recipes. I love the Type A Parent site as well, as I write foodie posts there, and love being a DIY, saving money and fun projects.
    Relaxing, having fun, beer and nachos sounds like a great Sunday afternoon.
    I grew to love the Lowcountry of South Carolina due to my ex- and love your cooking basics and how you include men as part of your audience.

  75. kerriew on March 2, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    Your cleaning tips have been timely and extremely helpful, I now read every post as it is published.  Thank you!

  76. besnini on March 2, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    I just stumbled on Home-ec101.  I love this website/blog.  It has inspired me to cook and become a better manager of my home.  Thanks!!!

  77. DianaOrchard on March 2, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    I found this website while stumbling around the internet looking for a housecleaning schedule that was concrete but flexible, simple but thorough, and routine enough to become habit.  I haven’t fully implemented your cleaning schedule yet, but it has helped me feel less overwhelmed already.  Your tips for cleaning floors and stove tops and toilets have helped my cleaning to become more effective.  This website is a wonderful tool for those of us who dream of being responsible adults, but somehow still manage to look like they live in college dorms.  Your recipes and cooking tips are also awesome.  🙂  Thank you for all your effort and time and knowledge!  

  78. suemaynard on March 2, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Oh man… you taught me how to scrub my tub with baking soda, how to make a roux the easy way, I still refer to your response to my question about dealing with dried beans as my definitive source on the subject, and your carrot raisin salad is the first thing I think of when I have carrots to use up. This is just off the top of my head. Home Ec 101 started roughly when I started living on my own, and my housekeeping skills have grown up with the site. Thank you so much for all you do, Heather! And Ivy, if you’re seeing this, I still miss you and hope you’re well!

  79. Jen at Gooseberry on March 2, 2012 at 11:26 am

    Thanks for being such a great resource and a saccharine-free voice of reason whenever I have a practical question. 🙂

  80. Frank in North Jersey on March 2, 2012 at 10:21 am

    Life Changer: Congratulations on a fabulous five years of Home Ec 101 from a recently-retired Gay guy in North Jersey who needs to learn late in life what his Momma didn’t teach him. I knew I had come to the right place when I read this post: http://www.home-ec101.com/the-secret-to-a-clean-home/

  81. skrkdale on March 2, 2012 at 10:01 am

    I’m so thankful I found this site.  I often feel I missed learning so many things, and I can often come here and find things to answer questions I have.  I’ve also enjoyed trying some recipes.  I love cleaning with baking soda and love to see when you suggest it as well.  It’s a lifesaver for me.  Congrats!

  82. kimclemmer1 on March 2, 2012 at 9:11 am

    You’ve helped inspire me to put up chore charts for my son and niece, so that they can learn how to pick up after themselves!  And we LOVE the Chili Honey Chicken Thighs!
    Thanks Heather, Bobbie, Ivy and everyone who has been involved in this site! Great work!

  83. SneePete on March 2, 2012 at 7:59 am

    Congrats on five years!  This is my #1 go-to site when a question pops up, and I always find something useful.  Especially love the “realistic” approach to everything!

  84. leewilkins on March 2, 2012 at 7:33 am

    Congratulations, Heather!  I am grateful for what I have learned at Home Ec 101 – and the book is my favorite gift to give at bridal showers!  The thing about your site is that it’s not just for beginners – even those of us who have been around the block a few times can get something new from it.  So carry on!  I look forward to the next 5 years!

  85. MaineGirl on March 2, 2012 at 7:24 am

    Like so many others, I fell onto your site when I was looking for information. ( I think it was how to season a stir fry pan I received as a gift.) I found your site so interesting that I think I tried to go through the entire thing in that one day. I’ve been an email subscriber ever since. I like to know the “why’s” of things, so I appreciate the way you get into why and how different things work.  Thanks for all the help!   

  86. CouponSnob on March 2, 2012 at 7:16 am

    Even though I’ve been married for almost 15 years, I only just started becoming “domesticated” in the last 2. Your site has answered so many questions for me, and I loved your book! Thanks for all the info…some of it I didn’t even know I needed until I read it!

  87. mindywinn on March 2, 2012 at 7:08 am

    I love this site! I’ve been following it for so long now that I don’t even remember how I stumbled upon you. I know I googled “how to” for something and landed on your site and whatever it was worked. Since then, I check back whenever I need a tip for cleaning. Even just a couple of weeks ago, you gave tips for toilet cleaning and mine are all sparkly now! I’ve also made several of your recipes – chicken bog is in heavy rotation during the winter. I think the biggest influence for me though has been your recommendation of saymmm.com. I’m completely and utterly lost without my saymmm list at the grocery. So keep it coming! We love you!

  88. hahnak on March 2, 2012 at 4:53 am

    ive been reading/following/subscribed for just a couple years.  love it!  CONGRATS!  besides the actual practical articles/postings, what i really lovelovelove about your site is the tone you set in your posts.  im not going to name other sites (maybe youre friends with some of them!) but sometimes i read in a nasty edge to other places.  it’s their right to have that edge and from what i can tell, some of these other sites are quite popular without my participation, thankyouverymuch.  but i really really like the feeling here.  its real.  there are ugly parts (Sunday confessionals!), but yeah, its still upbeat and hopeful without being disgustingly saccharine.  and NO nasty edge!  im glad for your success and wish you heaps n heaps more!  keep up the great work, Heather!!

  89. sandylouise on March 2, 2012 at 4:08 am

     Congratulations on 5 years! I found your site only a couple of months ago when I was looking for advice on making chicken stock.  I absolutely love it. I immediately read your “how to’s” on the bottom of the page. They’re indispensable. I’m already a better housekeeper (and believe me, that’s no minor accomplishment for me.) Thanks for your help.

  90. MoEads on March 2, 2012 at 1:53 am

    I love your website. It has helped me out alot. I think I found it by looking up homemaking. I am a homemaker, and I want nothing to more than to help my husband and take care of my children. Your site has helped us save money by using your sugguestions. and it also is just a really good read.

  91. sorefined on March 2, 2012 at 1:40 am

    I don’t remember how I found Home Ec 101, and it has been a major source of practical information. Two things I have found especially useful are your low country boil recipe (a FEAST with minimal time and effort) and your instructions on how to skin and debone chicken thighs. 
    But more than that, I really admire that this is a judgment free site.  That is so amazing, and so rare in forums where people are basically anonymous to each other. In so many ways, people need help but are afraid to ask because of fear of ridicule.  
    A home ought to be a place to retreat to regroup, recharge and refresh, not a source of stress, strain or shame.  That gets away from all of us sometimes because that’s life, and to be able to come here and receive advice on how to get out from under it without anyone wagging their finger is just so special. 
    Thanks Heather and everyone here!

  92. sandra on March 2, 2012 at 12:21 am

    I found your site when I was searching for help with stinky towels.  You saved my towels!  🙂  

  93. Bertha on March 2, 2012 at 12:10 am

    Just have to say this is one of the best sites ever!!!!

  94. Stephanie on March 2, 2012 at 12:09 am

    Love this site!

  95. MelissaTurnerJones on March 2, 2012 at 12:08 am

    Happy anniversary!  Probably the thing that I learned from Home-Ec 101 that has impacted our lives the most is what we call at our house “crack and cheese” (that would be your “stovetop mac & cheese recipe).
    Thanks for offering real solutions that don’t push any agenda (“green,” “frugal,” “whole foods,” etc.), and yet are most of those things all at the same time!
    Here’s to many more years!

  96. Charlene on March 2, 2012 at 12:01 am

    Thanks for all you help and advice and congrats on your five-year blogiversary!

  97. Colleen on March 1, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    I have been a subsciber for the past 9 months and love learning all the things that I wish my mother had taught me. I am trying to pass all this new knowledge on to my own daughters. Thanks for a great site!

  98. randideo on March 1, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    Your site reminds me of all the things I wish I would have learned from my grandmother.  I’m learning bit by bit, day by day – but your site has helped me immensely.  Here’s to five more years! 😉

  99. rainintorainbows on March 1, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    Bar Keepers Friend!! hehehe
    A memory, oh gosh… I’d have to say way back when I asked about my (then) grody washer. It’s long since been replaced, but I remember you helping me to de-grodify it until I could replace it.
    Congratulations!! Five years is awesome!

  100. kendra on March 1, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    The weekly cleaning schedule for sure has saved our household!  No longer am I playing ‘crazy cleaner’ on the weekends.  🙂 

  101. Tornado on March 1, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    Thank you for confirming that chicken has to be handled carefully. My wife didn’t believe it from me.
    You may have saved our lives!

  102. Mrs. Jen B on March 1, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    Oh, Heather, I just love you and this site.  I remember hearing about it back in the day and thinking “What a great idea!”.  I can’t even tell you how many tips I’ve picked up from you.  Thank you for all you give to semi-clueless folks like me.  🙂

  103. beesknees on March 1, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    I’ve just found this site, and I hope to see it for another 5 years!  Thanks for all this information. 

  104. Crystalclean1955 on March 1, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    Thank you for helping so many of us to handle the everyday challenges we all face in taking care of our families.:)

  105. Karen L on March 1, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    Congrats! I’ve been enjoying and learning for about 4 years now. I wish I could enter the giveaway!

  106. BeckyD on March 1, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    Love your site!  I’ve been reading for at least 3 years and FINALLY bought your book and I love it!  Keep up the great work!

  107. carnellm on March 1, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    Congratulations!! 5 years is an amazing anniversary. You have a fantastic site, and an awe inspiring talent. What I can’t figure out is how you keep being able to come up with new posts constantly. 
    Oh, and how has the site had an affect on me? It helped me find a great friend and one of the most fantastic people I know. Even if she cheats at Words WIth Friends…. 😉

  108. Brittany on March 1, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    Congratulations on 5 years , I am a newbie to your site, I have to say it is brilliant because so many people in our generation were not taught at all how to keep a house. I am learning so much, Thank You!

  109. Cheryl on March 1, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    I just found you not long ago and love that you put the chores on for each day!  As i am domestically challenged I love to read your tips and answers to questions.
    What a nice giveaway!  Thank you for the chance to win some wonderful cookware!
    Take care.

  110. stipplequilt on March 1, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    Congrats on a wonderful site and 5 years! I always find new tips and hints, the last was your post on dirty toilets!

  111. Jennifer on March 1, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    I have loved reading about so many things that I can’t pick just one.  Sometimes I love reading about things that I have never even thought about before.  I love how I can also come back and look up things whenever I have questions too.  Thanks so much for starting your blog!!!!!

  112. Bitts on March 1, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    I moved into a new home shortly after finding your site, and your tips have helped so much to get the new place up & running! The first thing I did was WAX THE HEATER VENTS!! My husband thought I was cracked, but we’ve lived here 8 weeks and they are still 100% dust-free! HA!

  113. Celia on March 1, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    I love your blog and get so much useful information from it. The post I use the most is the Homemade Granola recipe (http://www.home-ec101.com/homemade-granola-recipe), which I make weekly (or as often as I need to to keep us in cereal).  My husband loves it, and it is so much less expensive (and yummier) than store bought granola.  Thanks for your wonderful blog!

  114. Katherine on March 1, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Sometimes the site makes me feel smart, because I read a post and think, “Oh, I already do/know that”, but more often, I learn something new.  One of my favorite features is the little post-it notes with the tasks of the day.  I’ve implemented assigning tasks to specific days in my house and it has helped a lot. 

  115. imabug on March 1, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    woohoo! congrats!

    • Marla Lew on March 6, 2012 at 9:16 am

      Don’t remember how I found you but I love to read your advice on lots of different topics, thats why I subscribed to you! Marla L.