Site Admin and Retro Saturday 10/2/2010

Heather says:

To say yesterday was rough would be a mild understatement. A few minutes after posting, I slipped and fell down my stairs. Thankfully I didn’t break anything, but I still feel like I went a round or two with Tyson. My doc said it’ll be a week or two before I’m back up to full speed. If I’m a little slower to answer email or if there are some bizarre typos, please cut me a little slack.

I do want to thank @mydwynter and my mom for all of their help yesterday. My mom dropped what she was doing to watch the kids and @mydwynter was a great friend, playing chauffeur to the doctor and pharmacy and making sure my minions and I had dinner and anything else we would need until Tim could come home. (He has one of those jobs where he just can’t leave.)

In other news, I’m still waiting on the shirts to open up the Home Ec 101 Shop. It’s a weird limbo state, bear with me. Hurry, hurry, wait is my least favorite way to do things.

Last on the administration side of things, I will be launching the first episode of the Home Ec 101 Podcast on Friday. My goal is to have 5  – 10 minute episodes with occasional interviews, and of course reader / audience questions.

If you would like to have your question considered for the podcast please call 843-608-9708 and leave a message. Don’t worry, it doesn’t actually ring my phone. If you get flustered or stumble over your words, you can always give yourself a do-over. I’m not out to embarrass anyone and no, you don’t have to give your name, unless you want to.

Let’s dive into Retro Saturday and see what happened in years past, this first week of October:

Last year I shared a recipe for lentil pilaf. If you’re trying to avoid simple carbohydrates this is a great, filling side dish.

The year before, I shared a tutorial on how to make cheese sauce with cheddar cheese. Just melting cheddar makes a gooey, oily, clumpy mess. This tutorial shows how to make a quick roux that gives a smooth, creamy cheesy sauce perfect for topping vegetables or as a substitute ingredient in recipes calling for melted processed cheese food.

And all the way back in 2007, I suggested it was time to take a good look at your entryway. In all honesty this is some advice I should be taking today, but it’s going to have to wait a few days. Once your entryway isn’t scaring off the neighbors, you can invite them in for some coffee punch. I haven’t had this since I posted the recipe and I need to fix that, pronto.

How was your week?


  1. cleanstar on October 4, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    I'm sorry to hear about your fall. Just take it easy for a few days, and don't worry about us on here. We will always be here. We aren't going any where. Our week was terrible too. My husband got laid off, so we are sitting here in a boot right now. I hope you get to feeling better real soon.

  2. Leigh on October 3, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    Oh, Heather! No bueno! I hope you continue to feel better!

    And thanks so much for linking back up to that cheese sauce – I made some tonight to put over some leftover pasta for the kids, and they scarfed it up!

    • HeatherSolos on October 4, 2010 at 8:16 am

      Thank you and you're quite welcome. I'm so glad the kids enjoyed it.

  3. HeatherSolos on October 3, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    Thanks everyone, I'm still stiff and sore, but feeling a bit better today.

  4. sandy on October 3, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    I hope you are feeling better, at least a little, every day. Thanks for making the effort to post. I have printed off two of the recipes 🙂 We'll be trying the lentils later this week and the coffee punch sounds great for around the holidays. Thanks

  5. Queen of the House on October 3, 2010 at 9:18 am

    So sorry about your fall! I am thankful that nothing was broken.
    Make sure to make time for the rest you need! 🙂

  6. hahnak on October 3, 2010 at 1:22 am

    falls are TERRIBLE things. i know. i hope your recovery is quick. im so glad you have help.

    im a long time occasional reader but i find as im cleaning deeply these days im coming back here more and more often. and now i scroll down to the h's every day. ill have to change the name to bump it up to the top of my reader list.

    IM SO EXCITED ABOUT YOUR PODCAST! i cant wait to listen!!

    take care in the meantime!

  7. 13scissors on October 2, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    <3 Next time, we hang out *without* injury. To either of us. Mmmkay?
    Anyway, it was a useful confluence of circumstances that allowed me to help out, for which I'm glad.

  8. ThatBobbieGirl on October 2, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    Oh, dear lady. I know what a bad fall feels like even if nothing gets broken. I hope Tim's at home today to keep the minions in line. I wasn't expecting you to feel like doing a post today, but here you are!

    I wonder if your kids freaked out when Mommy got hurt… mine did when they were little, especially my son. (Don't tell him I told you)

    • HeatherSolos on October 3, 2010 at 1:07 pm

      My kids are stinkers. One fussed at me for spilling my coffee. The other asked, after I was up and moving around if I was going to call an ambulance. None of them seemed the least bit phased, mostly they were miffed that their breakfast consisted of toast and bananas since the 7yo can handle that.

  9. Keter Magick on October 2, 2010 at 10:20 am

    Sorry to hear about your fall! Hope you feel better soon. Still, your experience points out the need for everyone to have a "support system" in cases like this. I know for a lot of years I didn't have people I could call on, and it was scary, particularly as a single parent (which was also the reason why I didn't have friends…no time or money for socializing). Setting up a mutual support network with others is an important part of running a home!

  10. Nichole on October 2, 2010 at 9:01 am

    Oh no! I hope you're feeling better soon!

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