Home-Ec 101

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.

mmmm 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!

72 thoughts on “Home-Ec 101”

  1. My aunt raised me. She was a college teacher- our meals consisted of boil in bag dinners. I remember making scrambled eggs on my own as a Home ec project- I got fragmented shells mixed in with my eggs.

  2. …and then there was the time when I was expected to make scalloped potatos for ‘my FIRST” potluck dinner. I followed directions on the Betty Crocker box- and still ended up curdling the milk – what I ended up with was a salt lick mess that even my Grampy’s prize blue ribbon boar wouldn’t touch. I threw the remains in his trough and he strolled over, sniffed it and walked away!!!

  3. My biggest home ec challenge was sewing. I made an apron with lopsided strings. Later, though, I became fairly good at it.

  4. My biggest home-ec challenge was, and still is, hard-boiling eggs and making mashed potatoes. I can boil eggs for hours (or so it seems), and they still have tiny soft centers. My mashed potatoes are awful, and I have no idea why.
    Alicia Webster
    5webs@comcast.net

  5. In 6th grade, I took an Home Ec class, the teacher wanted us to learn how to budget- so she gave us all $40 in fake dollar bills: Yup, you guessed it. I wasn’t the sharpest pencil in the drawer back then…tried to buy candy with them.

  6. Mother’s day Home EC: I tried making a potholder with those long cloth-elastic loops back in elementary school-( for my grandmother) the thing held together ok, but for some reason wouldn’t lay flat like it was supposed to.

  7. My Home-Ec challenge was making a pineapple upside down cake. I still don’t know what happened, but it was terrible.

  8. My biggest Home-Ec challenge was sewing — Put a needle in my hand and I am lost. Can’t even sew a stupid button on.
    Digicat {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

  9. Hands down (literally) my biggest challenge was sewing – I literally sewed my finger to the machine trying to get a straight stitch on a small piece of fabric. So you can imagine how hard it was for me to finish an entire stuffed football!

  10. My biggest challenge was cooking. I had the hardest time cooking several parts of a meal at once and getting them to be done at the same time.

  11. I didn’t have a Home Ec challenge because I never took Home Ec. Realize that I was in high school more than 50+ years ago, a very small rural school, and the course was not offered. We were expected to (and did) learn those things at home!

  12. When my husband and I were first married, I was such a terrible cook, at this point, I ROCK though and have a few specialties; including (but not limited to) tater tot casserole and home made biscuit gravy!

  13. My biggest challenge was cooking. I didn’t really learn until well after I was married.
    willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

  14. I wrote down recipes before I got married and called my Mom a few times after.
    Now my married daughter calls me for answers!
    Great book and would love to win!
    spcale at yahoo dot com.

  15. My biggest challenge is grocery shopping. HATE. IT. I go at 6 AM so I don’t run into anybody (or their carts!) Even created an excel sheet with the aisle names that I use for my grocery list so I can get through it quickly. Can anyone top that???

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