I’m Looking for Tex-Mex Side Dish Ideas

Heather says: With things normalizing, I've decided to involve the minions in Home-Ec. The site earns a little through advertising and in order to keep the kids from being resentful of this never ending side project that does take time, I have decided let them in on the business side of things. This is what it costs to run, this is the traffic … [Read more...]

More on Mildew – The Basement Is Damp

Dear Home Ec 101, When I am in the basement, my allergies kick in, immediately, with all the typical allergy symptoms! It may be associated with dampness in an 1880's basement. We keep it very clean, and no moisture seems to be present, except on a wall or two in which the paint is affected. Signed, Sneezing in Snelling Heather … [Read more...]

Another Case of Musty Odors

Dear Home Ec 101, The problem in our family is confined to specific cotton undershirts and one specific dresser drawer. It does not matter how we wash the shirts. We've soaked, used vinegar, borax, triple rinsed, air dried for a week, used the gas drier and everything is fine until the shirts are put in a closet or that one drawer. Note, nothing … [Read more...]

Knife Skills Refresher

Heather says: This post could alternately be called, Saved By a Fingernail, Because I Wasn't Paying Attention. (only need a bit of super glue until the nail grows out a bit, no actual blood was shed). I've been back in the kitchen over the last month or so. I take this as a good sign, as I'm actually looking forward to feeding people again and … [Read more...]

Sunday Confessional with a Splash of Margarita


Heather says: This isn't particularly Home Ec related, but sometimes life is more than the chores that make it easier. As many of you know, last year was incredibly difficult. Okay, I can see my therapist giving me a look, last year was insane. Yet I'm still standing. In fact, now I'm standing with a few more freckles. I just got back … [Read more...]