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8 “Vintage” Cooking Tips and Tricks

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While going through an old tin of recipes my grandmother collected during the 1960s and 1970s, I came across a list of “Cooking Potpourri Tips” that she had compiled. In meticulous handwriting it said:

“Like most space-age homemakers, I have a rather full schedule. Below I have written some handy tips for other busy homemakers.”

Space-age or not, these are some goodies: Read more

Are “junk food laws” a bit unsavory?

Posted on by Crystal in MommiFried Extras | 91 Comments

I just finished reading a TIME article that discussed the results of the first study covering the effectiveness of so-called “junk food laws” in schools. According to the study released online in the journal of Pediatrics, “laws strictly curbing school sales of junk food and sweetened drinks may play a role in slowing childhood obesity.” May? Oh, that’s encouraging. Read more

Getting Ready for Winter in Maine

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We just received our first four cords of wood for winter, with two more coming this afternoon. That means a lot of stacking and grumpiness from the peanut gallery. What can I say, we live in Maine. Winters are bitter and looooooong. Take a peek at the awesomeness that is pre-heat:

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How can you miss your Olympic event?

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The story of the Egyptian wrestlers missing and thereby forfeiting their matches because they showed up late is really quite depressing. Supposedly they were unaware that the events for that day were at a different time from all previous events. In a world fueled by smartphones, GPS and mobile apps, there is simply no excuse for such a costly mistake. Beyond that, where the hell were their coaches? Was no one paying attention to the schedule? If I were one of these unfortunate athletes, you better believe there would be some kind of body slamming going down. Someone would be wearing the podium. Read more

Crunchy Onion Burgers Recipe

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If you love to grill, here’s a fun and tasty twist on traditional burgers – crunchy onion burgers. Made with a dash of Worcestershire sauce and French’s original French Fried Onions, they are full of robust flavor and literally melt in your mouth when grilled right. Read more

Salve, Mercurochrome & Robitussin – The Cure-Alls of the 1970s

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Little Aless is still sick, which caused me to pause and reflect today. Growing up, there were three products that made everything better. From cuts and bruises to sore throats and coughs, my grandmother was always “administering” (I use this term lightly) one of these products in or on me when I was hurt or sick:

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Listen to Your Mommy Gut

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We made our first trip to the ER last night with Miss Aless. At first we thought she had a head injury, because she knocked her noggin off of the side of the coffee table while trying to stand yesterday. Don’t judge. Stop thinking we’re horrible parents. It happens when kids start learning how to walk. And most of the time – like yesterday – there is very little reaction time.  One second she was up and then the next, BUMP, she was down. It was a double whammy, too. After hitting the front of her head, she landed on her butt, lost her balance and fell over backwards – another BUMP! Neither hit was particularly hard, but sometimes you just never know. Read more

The Anti-Lullaby

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I have a theory. I believe the person’s voice a baby hears most often (other than mama’s) while in the womb, is the voice he or she responds to most after being born. My reasoning is that no matter how long Aless has been sleeping or how hard she is zonked out, if Nick speaks – whether a whisper or a room rumbling yell – she awakens immediately with eyes wide open and looks around for him. Read more