Sunday, May 06, 2007

The ABC’s Of Homemaking

My friend, Rachel, had this on her blog the other day and I thought it would be fun to do even though I don’t normally complete surveys. I’ve not updated for awhile and don’t really feel like I have much to post…so here it is. Enjoy!

The ABC’s Of Homemaking

Aprons—Y/N? If Y, what does your favorite look like?
Well, I only own one and it’s a cute spring green with white. I don’t wear it often because I usually forget I have it. But I do think it’s cute.

Baking—Favorite thing to bake
Molasses sugar cookies. This is my grandma’s recipe and it’s wonderful. Many of you have had them and love them. I especially love them hot out of the oven with a glass of cold milk. MMMmm!

No line. Condo’s don’t appreciate them and I’m not hanging laundry in my house. Personally, I prefer the dryer although I would love to air out the down comforters and pillows.

Donuts—Have you ever made them?
Hahaha…I tried. ONCE. I laugh because they were actually baked donuts and I preheated the oven. Unfortunately, my dad had left a brown paper bag in the oven which caught on fire and so when I opened the oven there were flames pouring out of it. I was terrified and didn’t know what to do so I ran next door and got my neighbor who was 9 mo. pregnant. She came over and sprayed a fire extinguisher on it which then when over the whole kitchen. Needless to say, I never made the donuts and never tried again. Life lesson…check the oven before you preheat it. (or…for my dad…remove your paper bags when you’re done with them!).

Every day – One homemaking thing you do every day.
Hmm…EVERY day? I almost always clean things up and put items away but honestly, I can’t say I do it every day.

Freezer—Do you have a separate deep freeze?
I would LOVE one. We had to get rid of our huge fridge/freezer when we moved from CA and our new one is much smaller. Someday….

Garbage Disposal – Y/N
Yup. I have one and it works great. (I even have a spray hose now that I love! I haven’t had one for years!

Handbook-what is your favorite homemaking resource?
Hmmm…I have all my favorite recipes typed on my computer. I refer to that quite a bit and enjoy my vita-mix cookbook.

Ironing—Love it or hate it? Or hate it but love the results?
Ironing is one of my least liked tasks. Let’s just say, I don’t iron unless it’s imperative! I tend to buy clothes that don’t need ironing. And if I happen to purchase something that needs to be ironed it hardly ever gets worn. Phil and I use a wrinkle spray which relaxes the material and actually does a decent job of making clothing presentable. It doesn’t look ironed but it improves the look.

Junk drawer – Y/N? Where is it?
Hmm…I can’t honestly say I have an actual junk drawer. I have different misc. drawers but they tend to have a theme. I like to be very organized. Everything has a place and eventually ends back up in that place. It makes it MUCH easier to find what I’m looking for. So, do actual junk drawer. Oh, I just remembered, we do have a basket under our coffee table for misc. items. Things that would normally be sitting on the table but that I don’t want to look at. That is the closest to a junk drawer that I have.

Kitchen - Color and decorating scheme
No real theme. I have a couple of the chef pics and some “homey” items decorating the kitchen. I have some warmer colored items with reds and oranges but nothing overpowering.

Love– What is your favorite part of homemaking?
Being a wife. I love making a good meal that my husband enjoys or doing something special for him that he enjoys. Marriage has been such a blessing and I can’t imagine being not-married at this point. I pray for many years to come.

On the few occasions that I mop, I get down on my hands and knees and scrub it with bleach water or ammonia. (Yes, I know not to mix the two). If I spill something or drip on my floor I try to clean it up right away.

Nylons – Wash by hand or in the washing machine?
Nylons? Yeah right! I didn’t even wear them for my December wedding. I do own a few pairs that are stuffed away somewhere for emergencies but I’ve not had an emergency worth wearing them for years. If I did wear them, they would go in the machine.

Oven— Do you use the window or open the oven to check?
Well, since I like to bake and opening the oven a lot will adjust the temp to much, I tend to turn on the light unless they’re almost ready to pull out and I have to test them.

Pizza-What do you put on yours?
First of all, grilled pizzas are really good. You should try them sometime. However, as far as ingredients go, I prefer pineapple on my pizza. I also like some more exotic ingredients like sun dried tomatoes, chicken, artichokes but don’t normally get them because Phil doesn’t like them.

Quiet – What do you do during the day when you get a quiet moment?
Read my Bible or a book I’m enjoying. Don’t have any good books at the moment….any suggestions? We also just got cable so I’ve been watching more TV.

Recipe card box – Y/N? What does it look like?
I used to use my computer but over Christmas break I typed out all of my recipes and put them in a stand-up book I received from my Zachary grandparents for our wedding.

Style of house – What style is your house?
We live in a rented condo on the third floor. It’s a two bedroom with a HUGE loft and we love it. The views are beautiful. Most people that come visit us get pretty winded. I don’t mind the climb now but I’m sure I will if I have a baby and groceries to carry up someday. Hopefully, we’ll have a house some day. I hope the market out here drops rather than continues to grow.

Tablecloths or Placemats?
We just recently purchased placemats because we got a new black table and had black plates and it was a bit dark…so now, we use placemats which I like the look of although I don’t really like either placemats or tablecloths because you can’t just wipe them off.

Under the kitchen sink – Organized or toxic wasteland?
Organized…of course. Because I don’t have anywhere else for my cookie sheets and cutting boards to go, they’re down there now with my pot & pan lid holder and the soap for the dishwasher.

Vacuum—How many times per week.
Per week? Hahaha! We vacuum either when we see that we need it or right before guests come. I don’t feel like it gets very dirty with just the two of us. Puma doesn’t shed a lot either which is great.

Wash – How many loads of laundry do you do per week?
As little as I can get away with. I would say I usually do wash every 2 weeks or so. Now that I had 3 days off work each week, I’m trying to do the laundry on one of those days as well as a deep clean of the house. It’s awesome having that extra day to be at home!

Yard—Y/N? Who does what?
Well, our yard outside our new condo is still dirt. No landscaping has been done at this point. However, when it comes time, we won’t have to do a thing. Yippee! I have a small plant I got from one of my students and I’m trying very hard to keep it alive and so far I haven’t killed it but it definitely doesn’t look as good as it did when I got it. I don’t have a green thumb. Maybe someday when I have an actual yard I’ll be better at it.

ZZZ’s—What is your last homemaking task for the day before going to bed?
Usually cleaning up the kitchen and living room. I don’t always but I enjoy when my home is clean and organized.


Julie said...

Hi Megan!

Just wanted to say hello and thanks for the note. I'm glad everything is working out so wonderfully in Colorado and that you're both loving it. We miss you though!! =)

jenylu said...

Hey there -- just wanted to say hi! I don't have time to take the quiz, but ditto on the ironing question! :)

Glad things are going so well!!!!

Sarah said...

Hi Megan, I enjoyed reading your blog today. I knew most of what you put down, but not all. Thanks for posting. I want some new pictures of you though. Still waiting. . . .

Dad said...

Well Megan,
It is amazing the things we remember from our childhood. I had completely forgotten the "fire in the oven" episode. And, yes, I was the one who left the bags in the oven. But, do you remember WHY I put them in the oven?
It had to do with my winter boots that I was sealing with mink oil. After rubbing in the mink oil (I think), I was supposed to heat the boots so the oil would penetrate well into the leather.
I just forgot to remove the paperbags when I removed my boots.
Sorry I missed all the fun and excitement.

Megan C. said...

I do remember WHY the paper bag was in the oven! :) Hey, this was a tramatic/memorable experience in my life!! :) I was wondering if you'd comment about the paper bag story.