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  1. How are they breaking it?? The only salad spinner we've broken was my fault when I put it to dry on the stove and later turned the wrong burner on. :eek: That is not a smell I will forget. Maybe buy one that is for you and you only to use. Let the careless people go without one!
  2. The author of A Man Called Ove has several other books similar in tone. I listened to these two -- Britt Marie Was Here My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry and really enjoyed them. The narrator is an English woman, and she has a great voice and does good characters.
  3. I don't know. I used to take ds on walks when he was little, and even though the trail was one mile, I swear we walked 2 or 3 miles by the end of it. Meander off the path to look at a squirrel, backtrack to pick a dandelion, run back and forth just for the heck of it. Maybe dog-walking miles are like toddler miles and you have to use a multiplier. :)
  4. I use a timer to help me keep from getting overwhelmed. I set it for 15 minutes and work on one task. I usually start with loading some laundry and doing dishes. When the timer goes off, take a minute to have a glass of water, look out the window, stretch, whatever. Then decide what to do for the next 15 minutes. (In my case, probably keep doing dishes. :) ). I do 3-4 sessions of 15 minutes and then take a 15 minute break. When I'm behind, my GET CAUGHT UP order of operations is approximately: dishes and laundry (not having these up to date makes life very difficult) major clutter put
  5. It's interesting that we trust *our* online friends to the extent that the OP is asking a boardie here to serve as an emergency backup. This doesn't sound shady in the least. I'm glad you posted more info, and that moms like us can adapt to new ways of social interaction. I'm excited for your son and his friend to finally be able to meet. What fun!
  6. Yeah, do you like chickpeas? Because I swear I could base my diet on them. Chickpeas are great added to pasta and sauce. Cannellini beans too, and they have a very mild flavor. I agree that a plate of pasta and tomato sauce is lacking a little something. Legumes can help a lot with that. We aren't vegetarian, but we don't eat a lot of meat. I find if a meal is just vegetables and grains, we end up hungry again very soon. So we make sure to include legumes or nuts or some dairy. Last night, for example, we had a Tunisian vegetable stew that was cabbage and tomatoes and chickpeas with spices
  7. Why can't he do his normal fun things? And why can't you? I used to get majorly stressed when my inlaws came to visit. It was just like you described -- I would shortchange homeschooling, run myself ragged to keep the house clean and bountiful food cooked and provide entertainment. It was so incredibly tiring. But I eventually decided to stop. We usually try to find a day or two that we can devote to guests. Dh takes the day off work, and ds would take the day off school (he can't even do that anymore because he has too many outside commitments). And we'd go to a museum or apple orchar
  8. In that case, wouldn't it depend on her size, not on her perceived age? I mean, her size didn't change when they learned she was actually 17. YES! I find myself frustrated quite often reading news articles when it seems there are glaringly obvious questions that nobody bothered to ask.
  9. Vegetable curry (potatoes, carrots, peas, chickpeas, onions, garlic, tomatoes, curry spices, and coconut milk) and brown rice.
  10. I thought the advice was going to be "be rich". Don't get me wrong, Norwich is a lovely town and it does have a strong community spirit. But it's also the wealthiest town in Vermont. The children attend one of the top high schools in New Hampshire. It is an enclave of wealthy people, highly educated and advantaged in many ways. As is often the case, achievement is highly correlated with means. And people in Norwich have a lot of means.
  11. As I said, we buy locally roasted coffee. It's more expensive than what you buy at Costco. Ours costs $12 a pound and we probably buy at least two pounds a month. So say $30 a month. That's more than 5% of our grocery budget, which seems pretty high to me for something that gives no nutritive value. It's a pure luxury. But that's what this thread is about, right? What are the luxuries that you personally would hang onto the longest? For me, good coffee is one. I would (and do) choose that over lots of other luxuries.
  12. Homemade seitan is so good. How do you prepare it? Our family likes the seitan piccata in Veganomicon (it's a lemon/caper/olive sauce over the seitan) and we always serve it with mashed potatoes and green beans. But that's not part of a bland diet probably.
  13. I just got home from the store and I'm avoiding putting away the groceries. :) Here's what I've planned -- Pasta Tutto Giardino (rotini with vegetables in a creamy sauce) Chicken Tikka Masala + basmati rice Vegetable Korma + basmati rice Malai Kofta (maybe -- seems overly ambitious to me at the moment) Curried Peanut Soup + salad every night We stopped at the Indian grocery and got some frozen breads and new chutneys, hence the prevalence of Indian-themed entrees. My goal is to use up the chutneys rather than have them hang around the fridge for months as we usually do. So I'm
  14. Yup, that's my issue too. What about this idea? I haven't tried it, I'm just brainstorming. I remember when I was pregnant I froze casseroles like this -- I put foil in the pan, then filled the casserole pan (like lasagna, for example) and put it in the freezer. When it was frozen, I popped the casserole out of the pan and wrapped it in plastic. Or maybe more foil. Anyway, I wonder if it's possible to do something similar with liquid foods. Freeze them in a flat container, then pop them out and wrap them. Obviously my old method of wrapping in plastic wouldn't be good, but perhaps fre
  15. I know I had something I wanted to say, but now that I've reached the end of the thread it has vanished from my mind. Swept away by bedbugs and slimy asparagus and beets in jello. Perhaps this was not the best thread to read over breakfast.
  16. I love having a workhorse of a kitchen table. Ours looks kind of beat up, but it's very solid. Dh sometimes talks about wanting to refinish it, but I love being able to do anything at the table and not worry about it. We can put cups down without coasters, do all kinds of projects, and scrub it vigorously. Other tables in our house are nicer and treated more gently, but the kitchen table gets no special treatment. I like it that way. If we ever want it to look nice, we just throw a tablecloth on it.
  17. If you don't use trash bags, can I ask how you get your trash to the landfill? I thought most garbage companies required bags. And it's hard to picture transporting it in our car (which is what we do) without any bags.
  18. Great topic. This is something I'd like to work on too. We use a lot of plastic bags. I wash and reuse them a lot, but eliminating them would be my preference. What kind of stuff are you freezing? There's old fashioned freezer paper, which you could use for meats. I wonder if that would work for fruit too. We often freeze bananas and berries. I freeze chicken stock in quart sized plastic bags, but I would love to find a non-plastic alternative. Mason jars seem like they would take up so much space, whereas my bags lie flat. It would certainly be a more environmental choice, though, so
  19. I'm sure we all know this, but it's worth making sure your kids know that any time a person is unconscious it is a medical emergency. It doesn't matter if they are passed out drunk or passed out from drugs. If they do not respond to words or touch, 911 should be called. Sadly you hear stories of young adults who don't call 911 because they think their friends are "just drunk". But friend or stranger, alcohol or no alcohol, if they don't respond, it's an emergency. That's obviously not the case for the OP, as the man did respond. That's a trickier situation for sure.
  20. Obviously, the $8000 figure must be an average and it will vary considerably among individuals. But one would have to make sure to include the cost of the car, whether that is through payments or cash. For example, we paid $15,000 for our car nine years ago, and will probably be replacing it next year. So, dividing that payment over 10 years gives us a cost of $1500 per year just for owning the car (minus whatever we can sell it for -- probably not a lot). That cost would be higher for a newer vehicle but on the other hand, maintenance would probably be less. Gas and parking depend on how
  21. Good coffee and internet service. We already have just one car, no AC, keep the heat low, no cable, low cost phone plans, etc. But we buy expensive locally roasted coffee and internet service costs a decent amount. I wouldn't give up either of those unless things were pretty dire.
  22. You may be thinking of the Brady Bill, named for James Brady. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brady_Handgun_Violence_Prevention_Act
  23. Just the way you describe it makes me want some. :lol: Are there any other chains that have it? I'm in New England. I want the good ice too!
  24. What is this softer ice y'all are talking about? We don't have Sonic or ChickFila here, but I am another ice lover. I have to confess we buy all of our ice because the store-bought stuff is so much better than homemade ice cubes. I think it's the hole in the middle of the cube. And I like the ice from some stores better than others. I also love crushed ice, Hawaiian shaved ice, snow cones, you name it. I love it all. Well, except for homemade ice. Not so fond of that. I do chew the ice. I'm disappointed to hear it's bad for my teeth, but gosh as far as vices go, I guess it could be worse
  25. Why not try it? Recipes aren't laws. You could try some other kind of hot sauce too. Or leave it out. Whatever. It's just food. But if your kid likes hot sauce, sriracha is great to have around.
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