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On The Lazy Person's Guide to Canning

@wallsdonotfall I'm totally kicking myself because when I was at the canning demo last weekend I learned what all the odd kitchen utensils at my grandparent's house were. Like the canning funnel, grabber, rack, etc. The ones I didn't bring home because I didn't know what they were or where I'd put them. Sigh.

I also learned why there were boxes of paraffin wax all over the damn place. I don't ever remember my grandmother canning, but according to my mom, my great grandma canned everything, all the time. They shared a duplex, and were solidly lower-middle class, so they lived off of Mimi's garden.

Posted on July 10, 2012 at 7:02 pm 2

On The Lazy Person's Guide to Canning

@maiasaura Did it perhaps go a little wibbly-wobbly?

Posted on July 10, 2012 at 6:55 pm 3

On The Lazy Person's Guide to Canning

Came down to say, I just went to a canning demonstration this Saturday, and I'm totally stoked to try it. I've always been scared I'd blow something up or kill everyone, but I'm gonna do it, damnit!!

On a side note, almost typed "caning" demonstration which would be way too 50 Shades for me.

Posted on July 10, 2012 at 6:41 pm 1

On Not Shaving

@Megano! My daughter was told by her kindergarten classmates (boys) that she needed to shave her arms and legs because she was so hairy. I told her they were full of sh*t (one of the few times I swore in front of her before she hit adolesence) and it must have stuck; she rarely bothers to shave anything these days, even in the throes of teenage beauty drama.

Posted on July 9, 2012 at 6:22 pm 1

On Ask a Clean Person: Here We Go Again With the Roaches

@amarz DDDDD:

Posted on July 5, 2012 at 5:09 pm 1

On Ask a Clean Person: Here We Go Again With the Roaches

@Probs It's excellent for dealing with scorpions. Does it work on roaches too?

Posted on July 5, 2012 at 5:08 pm 0

On Ask a Clean Person: Here We Go Again With the Roaches

Pigeons poop in cracks, you know. So beware cleavage and low-slung jeans when they're about.

Sorry, it's a running joke with my family and friends. I dislike pigeons intensely, and am convinced they're running around deficating in everything. Cockroaches and clowns are worse, though.

Posted on July 5, 2012 at 12:46 pm 1

On How (Not) to Make Natural Dish Detergent

@Mandalas Oh yeah, it was probably about four or five months before we stopped obsessively rinsing everything (our old one was such crap at the end.) And, yes, so very quiet! It sounds like a gentle rain shower at its loudest. The one downside is that it's a bit smaller inside somehow? So we do more loads than we used to, but it's also way more efficient.

Posted on June 26, 2012 at 2:33 pm 0

On How (Not) to Make Natural Dish Detergent

@Mandalas That was true of our old one, but the new one we got is brilliant, and it specifically says in the manual not to rinse the dishes. We just scrape large chunks of food (crusts, etc.) into the compost and dump the dishes in. I am totally in love with it.

Posted on June 26, 2012 at 1:43 pm 3

On "Don’t worry, he’s harmless."

@Genghis Khat I'm pretty sure that he was going for hyperbole there.

Posted on June 25, 2012 at 12:24 pm 10