The year 1980-something
The setting: Mrs. What-was-her-name-I’m-too-old-to-recall’s Home-Ec 101 class.
She is imparting her wisdom about proper cleaning of an iron. I once again am staring longingly at football-star-dream-boat Lance H. sitting at the table next to me -who has no clue I exist- rather than soaking in this invaluable 411. This pattern will repeat itself during pillow sewing, laundry sorting, baking basics and light switch repair. A wasted opportunity that will come back to haunt me -repeatedly- in later years.
Lucky for me – and those of you who were also hopelessly distracted by teen dreams in high school- author, chef, fellow mom of four and all around GENIUS Heather Solos has our back. Her new book Home-EC 101: Skills for Everyday Living is an epiphany for anyone who has ever struggled with reducing laundry piles <–I live here rounding up the clutter <–what this can be done? Imagine my shock or even how to bake a pie.
Heather imparts common sense along with reviving long lost arts such as on-the-fly fashion repair and proper “seasoning” of cooking gear. With titles like “Pantry Principles: Are You Ready for the Zombie Apocalypse”, “Wallpaper and Other Crimes Against Humanity” my personal fav “Shoes are NOT Hammers” she’ll have you whipping your pad into shape and laughing all the way. She even had a section on how to clean jetted bath tubs, a skill as yet obtained in this house without the aid of outside assistance. Watch out mold you’re goin’ down!
This book is really a revelation. It should be required reading in every bachelor pad, newly wed love nest and Home-Ec slacker’s house!
Want a copy? Well you can’t have mine! You’ve got a few options though. Order it from Amazon, grab it at your local Barnes and Noble or one lucky reader can win it RIGHT HERE! I’ll even be tossing in an Amazon gift card ($10 value) to get you started on that zombie prepared pantry. Simply leave me a comment telling me what your biggest Home-Ec challenge was. At random one of you will win a copy of the book.
Giveaway is open to US residents only. UNLIMITED entries! Closes at midnight Friday April 22, 2011. MUST have either an account via subscription to Chicken Nuggets of Wisdom or leave an email address in your comment so I can reach you.
Disclosure: I was provided a copy of the book to read. This review was my choice and all opinions are my own. The giveaway copy is coming directly from me, not Heather or her publishing company. I LOVE this book so much I’m forking over my own dough to share it’s genius!