Archive | July, 2012

Me, Putting up Corn????

26 Jul

Yep, I did it…I put up corn! If you are a city-born girl like me, you might be asking, “What the heck does that mean?” Putting up corn just means I took my summer harvest and prepared it to be stored for winter.  You can “put up” any vegetable, so that you have access to fresh veggies all winter long. With easy access to the frozen food aisle, why would anyone take the time to put up vegetables themselves? Two answers…taste and money.

I grew up in Washington, DC and now live in a small town in North Carolina. My co-workers tend to bring in fresh produce that they have either grown or were grown by someone that they know. I have had organic eggs, cucumbers, tomatoes, etc. So when someone was selling corn for $.20 an ear, I jumped on it. My co-worker talked about putting up corn for the winter, and even though we could have easily eaten the 10 ears of corn that I bought, I wanted to give “putting up” a try. I found a great site ( that walks you through the process, with lots of great photos.

Putting up Corn

Only cost me $2.00 and little time!

If you decide to try putting up corn, a few things that I would add to the instructions on the HeavenlyHomemakers site. If you do not have a vacuum sealer to remove the air from the bag that you are storing the corn in, you can use a zip-loc bag, insert a straw into the top, and suck the air out of the bag. Also, when you are ready to eat the corn, I was told that, to prevent overcooking it, boil the corn for about 5 minutes, then turn the heat off and let the corn sit for about 10 minutes.

So, for $2.00, I got 10 ears of corn, nine of which actually got put up, yielding me four 2-cup bags of corn. My son begged for an ear to have with his dinner, and I couldn’t say no. While the putting process was work, a little time consuming, and somewhat messy, it was also great fun! My 10-year old, B3, helped me shuck the corn, and who can put a price on quality time with your kids???


So Simple Chicken Salad Sandwich

19 Jul

On the way back from the salon on Saturday, I was talking to my sister on the phone when the hunger pangs hit me and I needed something to eat, right then and there. As I pulled into McDonald’s, I realize that everyone in my small town must have decided to go to McDonald’s at the same time. Living in a town with only one McDonald’s occasionally has it drawbacks! As I was complaining to my sister, she began telling me about the chicken salad sandwich that she had just finished eating and it sounded really good. Chicken Salad? Hmmmm….I have not had chicken salad in a long time. So, I pull out of McDonalds’ drive through and head home to make chicken salad. Oh, I promptly thanked my sister for not only saving me money, but calories as well.

 Chicken Salad Sandwich


1 cup shredded chicken (I  had leftover rotisserie chicken in the fridge)

2 tbs mayonnaise

1 1/2 tbs relish

1 tsp ranch dressing

Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl and serve on toast, on crackers, or eat it plain.  By the way, my sister was the one who suggested that I add a little ranch dressing to the salad and it made it taste even better!

The Verdict

Confession, this was only my second time ever making chicken salad, but I am so glad that I did…it was delicious, just want I needed on a hot summer day.

Sappy Saturday Post – Am I losing my baby???

14 Jul

After a busy week of running around, Saturday is the perfect day for reflecting on my life and things that transpired during the past week.  This reflection has given birth to a series of posts called “Sappy Saturday”.

My oldest child recently graduated from high school, and now that college is less than a month away, we seem to be arguing more instead of enjoying these last few weeks together as a family, and it is breaking my heart. The arguments run the gamut, from the state of his room (which is never clean), to his spending almost all of his free time away from home. I have to wonder is this bickering normal? Are we going through some pre-college arguing ritual, whose sole purpose is to keep up from missing each other too much when dorm move-in day comes? I am not sure if that is the case, but whatever it is, I do not like it, not at all.

Ask my oldest, B1, and he will tell you that I love to argue, but, believe me, that is not true. I am just so worried about the future, about his future, that it is causing me to lose my mind in the present. Should I stress out about the state of his room? Don’t all 18-year-old American males keep their rooms messy? I am sure that most, if not all, are sloppy, but I HATE sloppy! Should I stress out because all of his free time is spent with the girlfriend and not us, his family? Are most recent high school graduates spending the summer before college hanging with the friends that they most likely will not see again until Thanksgiving or Christmas? According to B1, he has spent 18 years with his family and he only has a month left with his girlfriend. Point taken, but I feel slightly abandoned. Wow, I feel silly saying that. Then, there is all of the stuff that needs to be done before school. Should I stress out that his “to-do” list is nowhere near done? He says that he will get it all done, not to worry. I ask, why can he not just get it done NOW?!?

I feel like I am losing my baby and it may be my fault. I do not want to be one of those moms who only yell, but lately, my relationship with B1 has turned into an argument fest. I do not want him to leave soon, all too happy to get away from his overly critical mother. So, I made a decision, I have to let go. No, I am not letting go of B1, but of my expectations for B1. It is so funny that we raise our kids to be independent thinkers, but when those thoughts happen to be in direct contradiction of our thoughts, we get upset. I want B1 to want to come home to visit, so I am going to back off. I can live with a messy room for three more weeks. I will plan more family activities, which include the girlfriend, so that he is home more. As for the to-do list? As he said, he is 18, so it is time for him to live with the consequences of his actions. I hope he gets it all done!

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