Posts tagged as:

Home Economics

Renaissance Halloween Costume Secret: eBay + Old Duvet + The Cat’s Toy (P.S. Read How I Made The Hat)

Patricia-Londre-Renaissance-costume.jpg

This is sewing. Cheap project, but still requires knowing how to use a sewing machine, read a pattern, cut fabric and follow instructions. Here’s how I made my Renaissance Halloween costume for about $70.

Read Full Story

Unreachable Pantry Space? Build Tilted Shelves–Photo Tutorial

11-cans-roll-forward.jpg

Our home has nine-foot ceilings. The kitchen cabinets had – until now –miles of inaccessible pantry space up in the nosebleed section. Clearly a home economist did NOT design this kitchen. Just tilt those shelves! Here’s my easy photo how-to.

Read Full Story

International Home + Housewares Show ~ What American Cooks CAN Use

Fiesta-Dinnerware-Homer-Laughlin-Collage.jpg

It felt like Dubai crashed into Bed, Bath and Beyond. A trade show of stuff with something for any home on the planet. This was THE trade show for new or improved, classic or kitchy, high end or cheap, useful or useless STUFF. If you are girly, it’s mecca.

Read Full Story

Anyone Can Install This Kitchen Utensil Rod

Easy utensil rack

Does your kitchen lack storage space for utensils?  Look at them closely — most can be hung.  Get ready for a nifty and impossibly easy craft — install a Kitchen Utensil Rod.  I made this with a spring-loaded curtain rod and some common “S” hooks.  That’s it, baby.

Read Full Story

Five Holiday Gift Ideas ~ Something for Every Style of Giver

collage christmas gifts

Need an idea?  Cheap?  Do it yourself?  A little pricey but nice?   Blogger Dorothy’s recent post on Shockingly Delicious reminded me to post MINE.  I really DID have a gift ideas post in the works.  Where’s my list, where’s my list?  FOUND IT — under a pile of recipe pages torn from magazines.  Here you […]

Read Full Story

Why Doesn’t This Light Switch Work? Mystery Solved!

plug-mystery-solved.jpg

In our 35 years of marriage, don’t you think Larry would have shared this pearl of wisdom before now? Mind you, he didn’t actually SOLVE the mystery of “why can’t I figure out which outlet is operated by this light switch?  I plug into EVERY @#$% ONE!”  But he told me something of tremendous value […]

Read Full Story

Garage Sale Home Economics ~ 10 Lessons You May Not Read Elsewhere

garage-sale-crazies.jpg

Garage sale bottom line: $1,937. Hot, sweaty, grimy but VERY satisfied on my part.  Larry hates this type of requirement in life; it never balances Effort-to-Income. Too bad, it’s a necessity in this scenario.

Read Full Story

Travel Must-Have ~ My Teensy Eyeglass Tool Kit

tool-kit.jpg

There are people who take trips, and people who travel. And then there are Seasoned Travelers. This year alone, we rang in the New Year in Havana, Cuba.  Mid-year trek to Machu Picchu and the Galapagos. Thanksgiving, visit Africa a fourth time, this one to see the Rwandan gorillas. Seasoned travelers carry useful stuff…

Read Full Story

Meet My Knives ~ And Discover A Home Economist’s Dirty Little Secret

Meet-my-knives.jpg

My dirty secret: I @#$%-up knives. I’m not the only guilty party in this household. Yet, we still possess three received as wedding gifts back in the stone age (in the photo, the three at far right). If you want my take on how to stay married for 99 years, read that here. Not included […]

Read Full Story

How to Fold A Napkin Into An Ostrich

Ostrichnapkin_thumb.jpg

Tablescaping at the Lianshulu Lodge in Namibia was fanciful. Each meal was decorated with fresh-cut branches, intriguing little pods, local craft art such as warthogs and dragonflies. One evening, the napkins were folded as ostriches, and later we were taught the technique. I was EXCITED for the demo, don’t laugh.

Read Full Story

Shirley Corriher’s Touch of Grace Biscuits

ShirleyCorriherTouchofGraceBiscuits.jpg

If you’re a baking fan, you’re a Shirley Corriher fan. Renowned food scientist, writer and frequent guest on Alton Brown’s Good Eats show, Shirley delivers all that’s good about Southern cooking. And, of course, she is the author of my favorite food science book, CookWise. Shirley is a what we home economists love – a […]

Read Full Story

How To Tell if An Egg Is Raw or Hard Cooked

How-to-know-if-an-egg-is-hard-cooked

You’re at the cabin. Everyone else is out hiking. You want an omelet. There’s a bowl of eggs in the fridge. DANG IT, nobody labeled them! Are they raw? Hard cooked? You are smart, you studied physics in school… remember “inertia?” Take the egg and spin it on a smooth surface. Touch it for a […]

Read Full Story

The History of Aprons

HistoryofAprons.jpg

Friend, Caroline is an enigma. On the surface: a classic beauty, self-assured self-employed food pro who travels the country for clients and around the globe for fun. Yet, she’s kind of a country girl. Choosing Home Ec as a profession fit her to a T. One of her favorite pastimes is Knit ‘n Bitch potlucks […]

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
Read Full Story