Butternut Squash, Poblano, and Bacon Skillet

Bacon Butternut Poblano Skillet

Heather saysI admit it, I fell off the menu planning wagon last week, the produce piled up, and around time to make dinner I stared into the depths of the refrigerator trying to pair flavors.Finally I turned to Google and found an Emeril Lagasse recipe that looked like a good starting place. The following is my interpretation. This ...

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How to Use Bleach Safely

How to Use Bleach Safely

Heather says:I received a concerning email, yesterday, that made me realize it was time to send this post out again as a reminder.This is the first in our series on household chemicals.Over the past few years, I have gotten the impression that many people are using chlorine bleach¹ in an unsafe manner. Chlorine bleach aka sodium ...

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Menu Monday #35

Menu Plan Monday

Heather says:It's. Hot.We're having record setting temperatures which means we pretty much do our best imitation of lizards by the neighborhood pool in the afternoons. We tried walking around Target once to just enjoy their cooler AC, but that ended up fairly expensive, so we won't be doing that any more. (Nothing was truly an impulse buy, ...

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[Personal and Off Topic] Heavy Hearts

Cover Home Ec 101

June 17, 2015 was a terrible day for my home. A coward drove two hours to kill people he didn't know.He sat with them for an hour, while they prayed.And then he brutally took their lives.My heart hurts for them, for their families, for my home.Yesterday we sat and listened to the news, to the manhunt, and to his capture.At the ...

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Living Room Or Family Room: A Home-Ec 101 Guide

how to take care of your living room

The living room, or family room, often becomes a catch all place. At my house it's where we love to crash, watch a movie, have a snack, play with toys/games, and more. I'll confess that we let the dog on the couch in there too. A lot of use of the room means a lot of wear and tear, dirt and dog hair, crumbs and chaos. Following are some articles ...

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pH and Its Role in Getting Your Clothes Clean Without Damage

guide to chemical cleaners

Dear Home-Ec 101,So I found your article looking for some ideas for dealing with our hard water issues here in Florida. I'm in school for biomed engineering so I appreciated the explanations you gave. I have a question and thought with your background you might know the answer, or know which direction to point me in.My question is, what ...

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Tomato Pie

Tomato Pie

Heather says:Two years ago I stumbled upon the deliciousness that is tomato pie. The framework for this recipe can be credited to Paula Deen, but it has been played with enough, to call it my own.Before giving this pie a shot, make sure you have fully ripe tomatoes. I know, I know it's tempting, what with the bacon and basil, but just sit ...

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Menu Monday – Summer Break Style

Menu Plan Monday

Heather says:I didn't get around to posting last week's menu, but I assure you we ate, several times a day even.We are definitely using the grill much more often and the foil wrapped vegetable packs are an incredibly handy way to use up the CSA's bounty without putting in a ton of work. I just adjust the seasonings to match the protein ...

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