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Can We Talk?

Heather says You may find this funny; it’s been a few weeks, and I’m still somewhere between puzzled and amused. There was recently a request, from an individual, for this site to test multiple smooth stovetops and rate them by manufacturer and glass type. I am hoping that this person just doesn’t realize that: a)…

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Lemon Shake-Up Recipe — A Refreshing Summer Drink

Bobbie says: Ah, summer. The scorching heat, the overwhelming humidity. Fun times. Well, when life hands you lemons, shake things up a bit and make Lemon Shake-Ups. Depending where you live, you may have had these treats at a local fair or carnival. For the uninitiated, a Lemon Shake-Up is basically a freshly made, individual lemonade.…

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How To Sharpen A Kitchen Knife

Heather says: Without any more procrastination or delay here is the Home-Ec101.com Knife Sharpening Tutorial. I talk about knife skills and the importance and safety of having sharp knives, but how do you get and keep your knives sharp? First, let’s start off with a little anatomy of a knife. This is my favorite knife,…

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Simple Chunky Blue Cheese Dressing and Dip Recipe

Note from Heather: When I updated the images on this recipe, I added 3 green onions, chopped, used fresh ground black pepper, and used *gasp* bottled lemon juice. Don’t tell Bobbie 😉 Bobbie says: This recipe for Simple Chunky Blue Cheese Salad Dressing and Dip was the result of the quest of a lifetime. I…

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Organizational Sunday Challenge #16: The Menu Plan

Heather says: Recently we worked through organizing the kitchen (see Challenges 6 – 10) if you want to play catch-up. Today we’re going to combine the kitchen organization with our last couple of weeks of financial focus. I want to be very, very clear. I absolutely know that little tips like not buying convenience items…

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How to Clean Up After a Toilet Overflows

Dear Home Ec 101, So, twice this has happened lately thanks to little girls who don’t always flush when they’re supposed to. I have all the towels to mop up the water and um mess, from the toilet overflow itself. Then I have to wash the towels, floor, and toilet. And then I feel the need…

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The Difference Between Boiling and Simmering

Dear Home Ec 101, I’m embarrassed to actually ask this, but what is the difference between boiling and simmering? A lot of your recipes say bring to a boil and reduce the heat to a simmer. What does that mean and why does it matter? Signed, Baffled Beginner Heather says: Basic questions like this are…

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Feeling Desperate

This post is important enough to share yearly. The holidays are a difficult time of year, especially so if you have recently suffered a loss or are in a period of transition, like divorce. Please remember, if you ever do feel hopeless, help is available, whether it’s through IAmAlive.org, 1-800-SUICIDE, 211, or reaching out to…

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Let’s Talk Life Skills

Heather says: Over on the Home-Ec 101 Facebook fanpage someone asked: What would be on your list of skills to know for a homemaker and adult in 2015? This list is by no means complete: Prepare a meal without setting fire to the kitchen or poisoning guests.  Keep a living space clean. Encourage a guest…

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How to Reduce Lint

Dear Home Ec 101, My husband just started a new job that has him wearing dress slacks -like Dockers- and dress shirts instead of the jeans and t-shirts he’s always worn.  Even though I wash and dry them separetely (to avoid any ironing!) they still come out with quite a bit of lint on them. I…

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Menu Monday: Football Season in Full Swing

Heather says: This middle school introduction to yes, you actually to have to have responsibility and be accountable for your things is and has been rough. I’m trying to model responsible adult behavior and that means we need to make and follow a plan for our meals. It helps us not break our budget and…

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Apple Cider Pancakes

Heather says: Whenever birthday season rolls around, we like to give the birthday child a few treats of their own choosing, within reason. I do believe my middle child is a budding foodie. The days leading up to his birthday he talked about how he wanted to have apple pancakes for breakfast, something we have…

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