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438 weeks ago @ Home Ec 101 - Four Years of Home Ec ... · 0 replies · +1 points

For the record, your video choice cracks me up.

Off to the forums I go!
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461 weeks ago @ Home Ec 101 - Sunday Confessional Se... · 0 replies · +1 points

I feel ya with the dog. Sophie ate my birthday chocolate cake [that I made for myself] a couple of years ago while we were gone to dinner. Tucker got to clean that mess up since she's decided she's HIS dog.

Boy who is determined to break every bone in his body? We went through a string of doctor's visits when Cara was about a year old for strange, still unexplained bumps she would get. Mind you, this was at a Navy base and a guy in Tucker's shop had his kids taken away for a week for suspicion of child abuse which ended up being a blood disorder. To make a long story not nearly as long, I know the "child services is coming for your kid" fear. I stressed for a month over that.

And finally, football practice.

You know I stay home with our kids. They're still young for "formal" school but I'm with them 24 hours/day. Just from a mom standpoint, it is A-OK for your kids to not be around you all the time. They need that "them" time.

The only experience I've had with homeschooled kids is that "something ain't quiet right with that kid" experience which seems to be a pervasive stereotype. Said experience occurred when I was in Junior High and this guy/kid was drop-dead gorgeous and 100% micromanaged by his mother. I am not exaggerating when I say his mother would stand outside the bathroom door to ensure he washed his hands. Though hot as Hades, he went above and beyond the "mama's boy" thing and you don't want that. And it's weird.

Also? Twitter is the passive–aggressive person's playground. Let all that roll off your back like water off a duck's back.

461 weeks ago @ Pajamas and Coffee - Sunday DO OVER · 0 replies · +2 points

Dude, bravo to you! I've been agnostic for as long as I can remember - I'm talking since around 3 - and neither of my parents were nearly as supportive as you seem to be.

All you can do is give your kids tools and then let them build the life they want. You know what you're doing; keep doing it.

462 weeks ago @ Dear Crissy - Win Beautiful Spun Ivo... · 0 replies · +1 points

Modern Butterfly is my fav. :)

463 weeks ago @ Home Ec 101 - Audio Book Rentals Thr... · 0 replies · +1 points

I'm glad to see public libraries are staying relevant. While I still prefer the feel and smell of a book in my hands, my Captivate does a bang-up job of being an eReader - and it's a heck of a lot easier to carry twenty books in your phone than in your diaper bag. ;)

469 weeks ago @ Home Ec 101 - How to Fix a Constantl... · 0 replies · +2 points

Chamber pot. Sorry, couldn't help myself.

I actually had a broken chain last week and used a industrial grade paper clip to splice the pieces together. :D

470 weeks ago @ Home Ec 101 - Cooking Without Power,... · 4 replies · +1 points

I want a house so I can have a grill; I miss grilling. :(

474 weeks ago @ Home Ec 101 - A Blatant Beg · 0 replies · +2 points

" I was crazy once, they put me home, there were worms. I hate worms. They make me crazy. I was crazy once. . . "

I TOTALLY remember that!

Anyway, when Tucker and I first moved to Florida, I had a habit of hopping on Food Network's website and printing out new and exciting [and expensive] recipes to try.

One I printed was a pork chop recipe by Bobby Flay - mistake #1 - called something like Diablo Spice Rubbed Pork Chops - mistake #2. Keep in mind, I've cooked all my life, know how to follow a recipe and neither Tucker, nor I, are afraid to try new things.

I mixed the spices exactly in the fashion the recipe specified. I rubbed the hell out of those bad boys with the mixture until my fingers were caked with the rub and stained red.

Jump forward to dinner time.

Tucker took one bite of the pork chops and his eyes bulged out - and he has deep set eyes. I tried to fight my way through a couple of bites but it was beyond obvious the pork chops were inedible.

Since we had six leftover pork chops we were definitely not going to eat, we decided to give a couple to the dog that will eat anything. This dog eats watermelon and beer bottles. No joke.

The dog licked the chop once and started rubbing her face with her paws. Then the howling started. I can only assume Sophie must have gotten some of the spice rub on her front feet when she rubbed her face. After about ten minutes of her running around the apartment - and into walls - with a frothing mouth and much noise, we were finally able to catch her and spray her face in the face with our shower's pull-down attachment.

Oddly enough, I've never made those things since. ;)