Retro Saturday October 16, 2010

Heather says:

I’ve been in Las Vegas this past week at the annual BlogWorld Expo conference. I’ve met some really great people who have been kind and encouraging. This week has been a huge boost to my enthusiasm for all things Home Ec 101.I have a feeling I’m going to be pretty jet lagged when try to rejoin life on the East Coast, but it has been a great experience.

The blog format makes creating a website easy, but for websites like Home Ec, it has the downfall of burying content that doesn’t lose its usefulness over time. To try and counter this problem, each week I look back through the archives and share a few posts from years past.

In 2009, the Home Ec community shared their vacuum recommendations, apparently vacuuming was on the collective consciousness because a reader wrote in and asked, Do you Dust or Vacuum First? And finally I answered the burning question on everyone’s mindΒ what does Heather do to splurge?

I’ll just let those cliffhangers be or you can click through and read. Your choice.

It was true in 2008 and it’s true today there are (at least) Three Things You Shouldn’t Do in a Down Economy, stay away from these parasites if it’s at all possible.

Have you ever pulled on your jeans and found they stink from sitting in the washer too long? A reader wrote Home Ec 101 to asked, How do I Remove the Mildew Odor from My Jeans? It’s not too hard, don’t worry.

Our last stop on our trip down memory lane is 2007. Here you’ll find, How to Divide Chores for Couples and a post that baffles me with its continued popularity, a very simple recipe for ranch potato wedges.

Since last week’s Friday free for all was so fun, I think I’m going to make it a part of Retro Saturday? Feel free to brag on yourself or share your talent for always picking the longest line at the grocery store. Maybe that last one in just me. Have fun, the comments are wide open.

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  1. Tara on October 17, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    About 15 years ago I saw someone in the express lane at the grocery buying 6 boxes of Velveeta and 6 boxes of powdered sugar. I can't forget it and I can't imagine what that combo would be used for!

    • oliviadish on October 23, 2010 at 3:13 pm

      A homicide, perhaps? Or homemade spackle.

    • ThatBobbieGirl on October 23, 2010 at 10:44 pm

      Maybe they were going to make a bunch of velveeta fudge! I've never had it but I heard of it a long time ago. Here's a link

      Sounds quite nasty, in my opinion. πŸ˜›

  2. Cheryl on October 17, 2010 at 9:59 am

    Milehimama, that's one of the best combos I've heard yet. That's hilarious! I can understand having to buy the plates. But the silverware is what makes me laugh the hardest. Love it!

  3. Milehimama on October 16, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    Oh I love doing that!
    My favorite "cart spotting" ever was when I was at Walmart and the guy in front of me had a cookbook, ground beef, canned tomatoes, garlic bread, spaghetti noodles, two plates, two wine glasses, a box of silverware, a pan… and uh, a box of unmentionables. It was like seeing your standard Date Night only in a cart instead of on a sitcom.

    What really cracked me up is that he had to buy the plates and the pan. I kind of wondered how he was planning to cook the noodles.

    • asyhre on October 17, 2010 at 4:37 pm

      That is great. I am pretty sure I would have been busting up laughing or having to walk away.

  4. asyhre on October 16, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    I am pretty sure people were laughing at what was in my cart this morning. It was pheasant hunting opener today and I told the kids I would get them donuts. It was a bad idea as everyone was getting there last minute hunting treats. Anyways my cart consisted of four donuts, Mt. Dew (it is my sons payment for watching his siblings), cat food and shoe inserts and I think I waited a good 15 minutes.

  5. Cheryl on October 16, 2010 at 11:23 am

    Oops, that should be 24-hr drug store, not 24-hr drug. Sorry! LOL

  6. Cheryl on October 16, 2010 at 11:22 am

    Heather, I remember you from way back in the day on AOL. πŸ™‚ Some of my favorite free for all conversations back then involved playing "what's in your cart." I've seen some hilarious combinations of things that people have purchased.

    My favorites:

    *A man around age 30 had only toilet paper, beer, and Cheerios.
    *A Jewish lady who posted with us on that board said she once bought a ham, a chocolate Easter bunny, and Matzo meal. πŸ™‚
    *A cashier friend of mine from a 24-hr drug noted the best checkout she ever had was a couple around 2:00 am who purchased Red Bull, prophylactics, and Gatorade.

    I love your site. Keep up the awesome work!

    • Heather Solos on October 16, 2010 at 2:12 pm

      Oh my, I remember those days.
      Not too long ago I was at Wal-Mart in the world's longest checkout line. I kid you not, it was over 30 minutes from the time it started. While waiting I spotted a fairly well groomed young man with 21 Healthy Choice microwave dinners and a flat of water bottles. From the looks of the guy, I think he was going to lock himself in his apartment for an epic week of World of Warcraft or Starcraft II.

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