Home Economics

Valentine to Self: Little Ways to Live a More Romantic Life

This isn’t how to get more nookie. Romance doesn’t always mean sex. The definition of romance is an idealistic feeling, a desire for adventure, chivalry, and love.  Larry bought me two bunches of daffodils yesterday at Trader Joes. He knows I particularly love them because I get to watch them bloom. That’s romantic.

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

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.

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Creamy Pumpkin Dressing for a Romaine & Green Apple Salad

Potluck with fellow food bloggers, there’s a little self-imposed pressure to come up with a yummy dish that’s not a common recipe and also looks good in a photo. This Food Bloggers LA (FBLA) lunch meet-up had a PUMPKIN theme for the food. Think breads, cakes, cookies? Not me… I STILL think a buffet needs […]

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Host a Block Party and Reap Warm Fuzzies

First question you’re asking: “Why would I want to host a block party?”  Easy: to meet your neighbors. Longer answer: so neighbors meet each other, start sharing ideas, compare safety info, exchange resources like babysitters and handymen, indulge in a little kvetching (405 Fwy. widening project a hot topic here) and my favorite bennie, see […]

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Petite Rustic Apple Galette

Rustic is a great word. In “Patti Land,” it means, “lower your expectations and you’ll get a lovely outcome.” Rustic Apple Galette — it’s PIE, but rough around the edges, hand crafted, simple ingredients. Yummy yet unassuming, it can possibly result in the guy proposing marriage. This, or a perfectly roasted chicken. Hell… make the chicken, […]

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Small Batch Ginger Cookies

This recipe for Ginger Cookies suits me – the ingredients are already here in the house. The batter is quick. And it produces a SMALL batch – just 2 dozen. Our two-adult household doesn’t need more. Larry thinks I’m nuts on this subject, but Christmas Cookie Exchanges kind of freak me out; too many cookies.

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Travel Must-Have ~ My Teensy Eyeglass Tool Kit

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…

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

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 […]

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Count The Silver ~ A Post-Party Tip

When I was a bride and hosted my first extended family party, my mother-in-law offered to help clean up – did I want her to “count the silver?” Shocked, annoyed, what an insult!  Did she REALLY think a family member would pocket a spoon?  (If you’re “in the know,” you see where this is going…)

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The Chef, The Designer, The Kitchen and The Party

Ordinarily, I write here about cooking, trips and/or the antics of our Gourmet Club. But for this post, I was urged by Club Member Laura to write about the KITCHEN of our most recent dinner party, and the DESIGNER, who also happens to be in our Club. Laura is right, it doesn’t always have to […]

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Big Green Salad Moroccan-Inspired, Sort Of

I’m not claiming this to be a “Moroccan Salad.” It is a good example of how to contribute to a dinner party. Friends Chris and Patricia (she’s the chef blogger at Fresh Food in a Flash – and photographer that night) hosted. Patricia was marinating meat in “Moroccan seasonings,” so I said we’d bring salad. […]

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Our Tour of Wilton and My Autumn Leaves Pie Crust

This pie crust is brought to you by Nancy Siler and Gretchen Homan, who are helping me perfect my autumn leaves. They’re the go-to home economists for baking pretty things – they work at Wilton.

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Frozen Soup ~ Product Review and Celebrity Schmooze

9:30 PM – I was not thirsty. That is an important observation. Just a few hours earlier, I was one of a collection of food bloggers sampling a new line of frozen soups: Bertolli Premium Meal Soups for Two.

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