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Digging In to Dig Out

Dear Home-Ec 101, Well, I am probably the worst person when it comes to checking out-I did that literally for 2 years when my husband left me 3 years ago for almost a year. The result has been devastating I am constantly consumed by guilt and serious insomnia. I wasted two years of life and…

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It’s May Day, and We’re Doing Fine

Life goes on, as it always does and things are settling back into a routine, an exhaustive set of tasks, but a routine nonetheless. Of course, school will soon be out for the summer and we’ll have to find our next new normal. I started back to work full-time this week. I’ve been working toward…

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Touching Base

It’s been a while and I hope you are well. Amelia Katelyn was born on March 2 at 10:35 am. There was some serious concern that the gestational diabetes I developed was inhibiting her growth, so I was induced three weeks early. She’s tiny, currently at 5.5 lbs, but healthy and absolutely the center of…

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The Home-Ec101.com Family Is Growing

Our blended family is going to get a bit bigger. Remember how I mentioned that I was recovering from mono and taking some time to rest? Well, I went straight from mono to morning sickness. Consequently, productivity has not been at an all-time high around here. Throw in a couple of hurricanes to monitor, a…

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Why Is the Ice in my Ice Machine Melting?

Dear Home-Ec 101, I have a fairly new ice machine at the beach, a house we use roughly every other weekend. Lately, the ice machine does not seem to be cold enough to keep the ice it makes frozen. I have vacuumed the coils, ran a “Clean cycle” with the cleanser, turned it off and…

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Off-Topic: Checking In

Hey there, I hope all of you are well. I know things have been pretty quiet here on the site. Initially, things were just getting quite busy at work, but one thing is never enough. Very recently my father was in the ICU with sepsis, but he’s home and doing much better. That unexpected trip…

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Wilted Spinach Salad with Peppered, Candied Bacon

Spinach salad: 6oz fresh baby spinach 1/2 sweet or red onion sliced thinly 1 granny smith apple cored and cut into bite size pieces (if you are making this ahead of time, store in cold water with lemon juice to prevent browning) 4 hard boiled eggs cut into wedges 7 slices candied peppered bacon Toss…

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Home-Ec101.com Is turning 10

Home-Ec101 is turning 10 and it’s about to get personal. If you don’t want to know the back story, we’ll see you next week. We could just talk about the numbers, more than 16 million people have visited and read more than 30 million pages of this site. I can no longer wrap my head…

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Pantry Moths in Pasta

Dear Home-Ec 101, I put my pasta in a new container to store in my pantry and still found moths. What did I do wrong and how can I prevent pantry moths in the first place? Sincerely, Bugged in Buckhead Heather says Unfortunately, pantry moths are a part of life. We can take a lot…

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New Years Eve 2016

Heather says Tomorrow, for many, is a much-anticipated new beginning. Our New Year started a little bit early, on the 27th, with a wedding.  Ours. This should be all I need to say about why it’s been so quiet around here.  We’re looking forward to 2017 and all that is ahead. We’ll be relaunching the…

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Home-Ec 101 2017 Gift Ideas

Heather says: I overthink gifts. I want the recipient to not only be excited to get the gift but I need to know that this gift will actually get used. I know I feel guilty when I receive a gift and never use it. I worry about making other people feel guilty. (Yes, I am…

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Cornbread and Andouille Sausage Dressing

Heather says: The best part of this dressing, aside from it being fabulously tasty is, it’s gluten free! I have several friends who are either celiac or have friends who are. I love when I have a great recipe I can pass along, especially for a holiday meal. I’m not a huge fan of egg…

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