A Little Friday Housekeeping

Heather says:

Last Saturday I posted a reader survey and many of you responded and I thank you for your time, suggestions, and criticism. If you didn’t value this site, you wouldn’t have had anything to say. There are a few things I would like to address.

As of this time, I am discontinuing Fearless Fridays. Participation has always been low and really, how long do you beat a dead horse?

Several readers want kid friendly recipes. Let me introduce you to the recipe testing crew. All of the recipes here are prepared by me and eaten by the family unless otherwise noted. As the site grows, perhaps I can allocate funds to more test kitchen style cooking, but at the moment recipes are added as they are prepared and consumed. Unless the recipe is a “fancy” one for special occasions, the meals are eaten by the kids. If I’m the only one who likes a meal, it doesn’t get added. I do take their opinions into consideration. I try not to have an agenda on parenting topics, but with kids who don’t have special needs, I believe exposure to normal foods is extremely important. No, they won’t like everything the first time. Just keep cooking. Those of you dealing with special needs kids, you have my sympathy, if you have insurance a consultation with a nutritionist may be covered.

With regards to children and chores, I will work on guidelines for age appropriate chores / chore charts, but it must be understood that when children are part of the equation, there is no one size fits all. Parents, I feel your pain or I’m at least familiar with it. I call them my minions, but they have definite opinions and I’m told frequently that I’m the MEANEST. MOM. EVER. Β Hang in there. I’m right in the trenches with you.

One reader asked why I focus so much on gluten free cooking, wanting to know if it was really that common. Well, it is probably more common than you expect. Personally, I have several close friends who have to deal with the restrictions of a celiac lifestyle. I tag or make special note of these recipes to make their lives a little easier. I don’t specifically chase down the recipes, but I note them so individuals searching on Google have an easier time. In the future, I will try to do a better job of tagging recipes that fit other allergies better.

As far as recipes for one or two, it is on the list and I will do my best to get more meals for this readership as time, energy, and budget permit.

I will bring back Retro Saturday, I was wrong in assuming there was no interest. Thank you for correcting my assumption.

I will also try to focus more on basic household maintenance and upkeep as a category. Thank you for the reminder.

I will be travelling later this month, but when I return, I will be launching a short, weekly podcast. This is an additional means of answering reader questions, not a replacement. If you would like to submit a question, you now have two means. You may email helpme@home-ec101.com or call 843-608-9708. This line goes directly to a special voice mailbox.

Last but not least, to those of you who asked, provided everything goes as planned,Β Home Ec 101 the book should be in stores in March.

The feedback was incredibly helpful and inspiring. Thank you all for being a part of Home Ec 101. I can’t wait to see what the future has in store.


  1. Joyce on August 7, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    Welcome to the mean mothers club — it's a badge of honor. Someday you may have the wonderful moment I had when my then teenage daughter announced that when she had kids she was going to be "a mean mother just like you." This came after a summer nannying two very spoiled children.

    • HeatherSolos on August 9, 2010 at 8:58 pm

      Hey,I just fished you out of the spam filter. It seems it as being a little overzealous.
      Good for your daughter! πŸ™‚

  2. Eugene Mah on August 7, 2010 at 7:34 am

    woohoo, looking forward to the book! what's the first stop on the book signing tour? πŸ™‚

    • HeatherSolos on August 7, 2010 at 9:52 am

      I don't know for sure what will be happening, my publisher will be doing some things, but if what I've learned about the process is true there won't be much. I think I'll be combining a self-directed book tour with the road trip I've always wanted to take anyway.

      I do know that Angela and Bill of Wholly Ground will be hosting a Moncks Corner signing, which is very sweet of them to do.

  3. caryn verell on August 6, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    thankyou for bringing back retro saturday. …last night we had a power outage just as supper was being prepared…no problemo…pulled out the 1913 bakepot (cast iron ring-looks like a bunt pan that has five cooking pans that can stack inside and has a big vented dome lid), lit the gas cookstove with a match and in 15 min. we had dinner fit for a king and his queen. i paid $20. for this odd looking item abouat 15 years ago and never attempted to use it until last night…i think i am gonna put alot of useless cookware in a yardsale and use this antique that was made to last a lifetime or more.

    • HeatherSolos on August 7, 2010 at 9:53 am

      Hurray for preparedness. Can you shoot me a link to what that looks like? Thanks!

  4. @simonashton on August 6, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    Another ditto – this is such a great site, and all your hard work is much appreciated, even if I don't always take the time to leave a comment

  5. Stacy on August 6, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    Also, I did like Fearless Fridays, but I didn't necessarily do anything fearless to report. I liked seeing your fearlessness, which I guess is vicarious fearlessness…or just laziness on my part.

  6. Stacy on August 6, 2010 at 1:49 pm


  7. Julie on August 6, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    I don't always take the time to comment but I love this site and I think y'all do a great job πŸ™‚

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