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  1. DH wants to invest in some of those emergency food kits. We do have a grill...dependent on propane. All our house is electric. We don't have storage (no pantry, no garage), so something like a kit that can be stacked in the back of a closet and ignored for a couple of years sounds attractive. 

    Buying and storing normal food sounds great, but only if you have the space to cycle it (use/replace)...

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  2. I just ordered a pastry cutter, dough/bowl scraper, and a zester.  

    I can't tell you how excited I am to not cut in butter with two knives, plus to no longer mince fresh ginger by hand. I have no idea why it's taken this long to take the plunge...🤔

    ETA: full disclosure - I have been (re)binging Great British Baking Show these past two weeks. 

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  3. And from what I've heard, many school systems are charging for this service. So you're doing public school AT the public school, but now you're paying a fee for it. 

    (And I realize the supervising adults must be paid, etc, but I'd bristle at paying for an education that's subpar to what was previously free...)

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  4. 4 minutes ago, Pawz4me said:

    Paper towels and cleaning supplies haven't been fully stocked here since February. The aisles are really sparse. In addition to tomatoes and pumpkins, I've been having problems finding canned green chilies.

    Yes, to the chiles! My grocery orders have been hit or miss, usually with a substitute brand. 

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  5. 40 minutes ago, Scarlett said:

    A list like this would overwhelm you? That seems weird to me.  Especially when you say you are the organized one in your family.

    Yes, but I don't have lists of chores I must do daily. Laundry is done as needed. I dust and vacuum on the weekend. Kitchen and dishes are cleaned as they are dirtied. I'm sure we just approach it differently.

    And maybe you haven’t been following along but he already has been given the responsibility of cleaning the bathroom He uses once a week.  He does not do it less reminded.  
    I'd clean it myself and send him a bill. He'll either take over cleaning or decide that it's not worth his time. (And if it's not worth your time, bring someone in to do it and he can pay.)

    You think we should not do chores we care about?  The one I would give up is planning meals, buying food and picking it up and cooking most meals.  I do that for the two men in my house.  Not for me.  

    I don't see porch plants as a household chore. They seem more as a personal hobby, which is the responsibility of the hobby-holder. Maybe I'm wrong. I have one plant; I water it. 

    Responded in quote. 

  6. If I had a list like that every day, I'd be overwhelmed.  It's not a lot...but it looks like a lot.

    He should totally be paying his bills and making calls re: his car.  Those are nice reminders -- I still have to remind DH stuff like that. No biggie -- I'm more organized/time-aware than he is.

    If your DS is the main user of a specific bathroom, he should absolutely be responsible for cleaning it...but I wouldn't say WHEN. Just require it weekly, but give him the freedom to schedule it. And of course he should clean up after himself (stove, counters, etc). But I'd expect that of everyone in the house (in which case there's no need for that to be a specific chore for DS.)

    Watering the plants -- I wouldn't expect anyone in my house to care one bit about my plants. And I'd not likely ask them to water them.

    (I also have no problem with sitting in the room all day because I'm somewhat inclined to be that way myself. As long as he's contributing when asked, I wouldn't care.)

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  7. Yes, the change in dynamics would frustrate/annoy me. Because if something is working well for me, almost on autopilot, to make changes creates more work/mental energy. 

    I have had a similar situation here, but literally in the kitchen, lol. DH works with a university and has been home since March. (SINCE MARCH, PEOPLE!! 😣) Anyway, he's gotten into YouTube food channels and wants to make things. Well, fine, but I've been doing this for our family for 20 years. It's a (fairly) well-oiled machine -- I don't want to change and adapt! Sigh. 

    All to say - I hear ya. 

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  8. 37 minutes ago, vmsurbat1 said:

    I don't personally add much to my bread because I like to put the stuff on top, not in it..... And it lends itself to more versatility.  I can top with homemade jam and pb at one meal, sautéed veggies and cheese at the next.....


    Makes sense. I'm trying to plan in advance for potential holiday travel. Every year we end up eating junk, and I'm thinking something similar to a picnic loaf (but simpler) would be nicer than Happy Meals. Like a charcuterie to go...

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  9. 23 minutes ago, vmsurbat1 said:

    NYT has a Quick Beer Bread recipe.  I know some of their recipes can only be seen if you have a subscription; if you can't see it, I'll send it to you privately.  I make it ALL the time and according to comments people freely add stuff to it.  I've made it with beer only, with what's leftover from an open bottle  and topped  off with whey drained from yogurt (I make my own Greek yogurt), and sometimes, even with just the whey and no beer at all.  This bread, in every version, meets with rave reviews....  It is best warm and toasted.   MMMMMM.  We just finished off a loaf today.  Guess what will be on my To Do list for tomorrow? 🙂

    Thanks! I was able to see it, though not any reviews (which stinks cause I like to read the recipe reviews). 🙂

    So the recipe calls for a bland beer. Any suggestions? I couldn't tell you one beer from the next. 

  10. Just now, Carol in Cal. said:

    Yes, the bubbles in the beer are functional, and the taste is also important.  And beer bread is pretty much the easiest bread in the world to make.  

    Thanks! Maybe I'll just look for a beer bread recipe that I can add the cheese and stuff to... 

    (The one I get at the bakery has cheddar on top and chunks of cream cheese inside...so good!) 

  11. Thanks for the feedback. I've subbed for wine in regular cooking recipes (stews and such) but I wasn't sure about the bread. 

    I've never in my life purchased alcohol, lol, so I wouldn't have a clue what to even get. I'll probably experiment without first, and see how it turns out. I was planning on green and black olives and cheddar...which are pretty loud flavors. 

    What about beer in bread? My fave loaf at the bakery is a beer & cheese loaf. Does beer provide more than just flavor -- or does the carbonation have a job?

  12. My DH is also a t-cell lymphoma survivor. It does make things like this feel more loaded.

    My DD has had two ultrasound guided FNAs in the last year (most recent one was last week). The numbing agent does burn going in. My DD did have some pressure/pain during the procedure (but her biopsy was in a less fleshy area -- thyroid). She was also sore for the next day or so but nothing major. 

  13. 5 minutes ago, Kassia said:

    Ah, now I get you. 

    I have seen the boot sock things inside tall boots. They are cute. I've not seen them without the tall boots (which is what I envisioned from the OP). Those you posted are cute!

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