#10 A Closer Look at Boundaries

#10 A Closer Look at Boundaries

#10 A Closer Look at Boundaries

by Jolene Philo & Anne Fleck | Home Again

These pictures show favorite Christmas memories Jolene and Anne shared at the beginning of this podcast.

L: Jolene (in fur stole) playing wedding dress up with cousins.

R: Anne and her cousins searching for the American Girl dolls hidden by Uncle John.

Healthy Boundary Resources mentioned in Home Again Podcast #10:

The Four Kinds of Boundaries & How to Build Them at the Psych Central website.

Boundaries Updated and Expanded Edition: When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life by  Henry Cloud.

#9 Christmas Shopping Without Going Overboard

#9 Christmas Shopping Without Going Overboard

#9 Christmas Shopping Without Going Overboard

by Jolene Philo & Anne Fleck | Home Again

Anne and Jolene mentioned Grandma Dorothy’s Chex Mix early in the podcast. It is also known as That Fabulous Franklin Chex Mix in honor of the school where  Grandma Dorothy taught for decades and where she first sampled the recipe in the teacher’s lounge. Whatever you call it, the secret ingredient (bacon grease) has made it a delicious and decadant holiday treat for generations at our house.

Anne and Jolene talked about selecting toys that encourage creativity in kids and “grow” with them. This list features many of their favorites.

  • Legos
  • Lincoln Logs
  • Play-Doh
  • Costume and dress up boxes
  • Art and craft supplies
  • Miniature work bench & tools
  • Kids’ cooking supplies
  • Sewing box stocked with notions and fabric
  • Dolls
  • K’nex
  • Robotic kits
  • Books, books, and more books

 

#8 Troubleshooting Pie for Thanksgiving

#8 Troubleshooting Pie for Thanksgiving

#8 Troubleshooting Pie for Thanksgiving

by Jolene Philo & Anne Fleck | Home Again

As promised, Jolene and Anne are sharing their favorite essential and ancient pie-making tools. First up, the drip pan that catches boil overs and allows air to circulate so the bottom crust gets done.

Next up, Anne’s favorite rolling pin followed by Jolene’s fave. You can see Anne’s rolling pin in action in our How to Make Pie Crust video on Facebook.

 Aunt Kris’s Oil Pie Crust

In a medium bowl, combine:

2 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt

Pour in 2/3 cup salad oil and mix well.

Add:

4 tablespoons cold water

Blend this mixture well. Then form into a ball. Cut the ball in half and roll out each crust between 2 sheets of plastic wrap.

This recipe makes 2 pie crusts.

Slow Cooker Beef Ragu

Slow Cooker Beef Ragu

Life around here is getting into a making-it-through-fall-with-1-broken-foot-and-a-pregnant-woman groove. Basically, that means we’re always on the hunt for recipes that are tasty, nutritious, easy, and economical. Now that we’ve become one of “those families” with a variety of food allergies–dairy for Jolene, Anne, and Kailen, soy (for sure) and gluten (perhaps) for Tad–the recipes also need to be adaptable to those restrictions.

This slow cooker beef ragu is tasty, easy, nutritious, economical, dairy-free, soy-free, and with the right noodles, it's gluten-free, too.Today’s recipe for beef ragu was found in a free magazines distributed by Hy-Vee, a regional grocery store chain. Made in a slow cooker, it meets the “easy” requirement. The main ingredients listed were nutritious, inexpensive ones like tomatoes and carrots. I substituted an inexpensive chuck roast for the flank steak to make it even more economical. Four of the five of us thought it was mighty tasty. The Man of Steel warmed up to the flavors once he, as our token adult dairy eater, sprinkled it with parmeseon cheese. The only modification made was preparing gluten-free noodles for Tad.

 

The only fail of the night was when the cook forgot to take a picture before she started eating. But I managed to prepare the entire meal and set the table with no help (other than asking someone else to drain the noodles) despite a broken foot, so I’m feeling good. We all agreed this recipe is a keeper that can be doubled or tripled to make freezer meals. So it’ll hit our table again, and I’ll snap a picture then. In the meantime, here’s the recipe:

Slow-Cooker Beef Ragu

1 1/2 pounds chuck steak
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 (14.5 oz) cans diced Italian-style tomatoes with onion and garlic
1/4 cup water
2 medium carrots, chopped
6 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
3 tablespoons tomato paste
12 oz. wide egg noodles, cooked and drained

Cut chuck roast into chunks and place in slow cooker. Add tomatoes, water, garlic, carrots, bay leaves, and Italian seasoning. Stir well. Cover and set cooker on low for 5-6 hours. Discard bay leaves and stir in tomato paste. Serve over cooked noodles and enjoy!

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#7 Home Again Epic Successes

#7 Home Again Epic Successes

#7 Epic Successes at Home Again

by Jolene Philo & Anne Fleck | Home Again

We’re proud of our epic successes and want to share them with you. So here are pictures of photographable successes in the order they were mentioned during the podcast.

Living Room Remodel: Note Jolene’s technique while sweeping the floor in a wheelchair. Decorative window treatments and wall art are in the works. And the furniture will be rearranged once the wheelchair is no longer needed.

Soundproofed Laundry Chute: Foam insulation and double-sided tape did the trick!

Patio Fence: Created by Hiram with harvested posts and boards from the fence around the former horse pasture.

Garden Fence: The posts are in and ready for next spring’s fish line fence that’s supposed to keep the deer out. Click on Fish Line Fence to learn more about them. Yes, Tad is wearing Spider-man rain boots!

Anne’s Sewing Center: It’s a repurposed computer armoire she moved out of the main living area recently as her sewing and costume box business is taking off.

Worms Be Gone: Hiram’s simple caulking fix did the trick. Anne and her family quickly bid the worms, spiders, and bugs eager to share their living room a relieved farewell.