Hurricane Matthew – What We Learned

Heather says I hope everyone is doing as well or better than can be expected. Last week, starting on Tuesday, it became readily apparent that Hurricane Matthew was coming for a visit. It was Thursday before we had a good idea of the type of visit he’d be paying. We spent the week debating whether … Read more

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 … Read more

How to Remove a Stuck Outdoor Flood Light

Dear Home-Ec 101, I cannot remove a burned out flood light. I guess I have to break it first unless you have another suggestion. Thanks, Donna, in the Dark . Heather says The good news is we have a couple of ideas to try before resorting to Hulk smash to remove the floodlight. Even if … Read more

How to Unclog a Kitchen Sink, Naturally

Dear Home-Ec 101, Is there a “green” way to unclog the kitchen sink? I really hate having to use heavy drain cleaning chemicals. I have used boiling water (2 pots full) then the drain cleaner set 10= minutes followed by a pot of boiling water again. Thanks! Signed, Clogged in Closter Heather says: Depending on the … Read more

Potential Sources for Mildew Odor in a Bedroom

Dear Home-Ec 101, There is a musty / mildew smell in my home, but I’m having issues locating the source of the smell. As far as I can tell, it’s restricted to one bedroom. I’ve examined all of my clothing, removed the air conditioner, checked all of the furniture, and even the air ducts. I’m guessing … Read more