#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.

#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.

#6 Freezer Burn

#6 Freezer Burn

#6 Freezer Burn

by Jolene Philo & Anne Fleck | Home Again

Goodies from the Something Old, New, Borrowed, Blue Feature

Right: Old spatula inherited from Jolene’s mom that we love.

Left: Anne’s Singer Featherweight sewing machine.

Recipe for Thai Coconut Shrimp Soup

Iowa’s electronic library, Bridges/Overdrive

Three little freezers all in a row. We call them chest freezer, tall freezer, and short freezer. You can enter the contest to name them by leaving name suggestions in the comment box below. The winner will receive a yet-to-be-determined prize that is neither Jolene’s favorite spatula or Anne’s sewing machine.

R: The inside of the tall freezer that shows frozen meals stacked on shelves and hard-to-stack items in the door shelves.

L: The dividers and baskets in the new chest freezer. Don’t they make your heart go pitter-pat?

#5 When It Rains, It Pours

#5 When It Rains, It Pours

#5 When It Rains, It Pours

by Jolene Philo & Anne Fleck | Home Again

Jolene and Anne are mighty impressed with the 6 raised garden beds (each one is 4 x 24 feet) constructed by Hiram with assistance from Kailen and Tad. The lumber was salvaged from fence that’s slowly being dismantled. Of special note is Tad’s pet earthworm living large in the driver’s seat of Tad’s toy truck.

Links to ideas, products, and stores mentioned in the When It Rains, It Pours podcast:

  • An article about the many benefits of hugelkultur, none of which were successful when we tried them.
  • The Nada Chair Chair Sportbacker Anne uses when her back goes wacky.
  • Graber Blinds, the manufacturer of Jolene’s new window blinds. Please note that in her opinion, the new blinds are a raging success.
  • Redeker’s Furniture, a family-owned business in central Iowa with great quality and selection.
  • Locally-owned Reising Sun Cafe, which serves delicious meals, especially breakfast, and ice cream.
  • Locally-owned Papa’s Pizzeria serves delicious pizza (with a gluten-free option), as well as delectable salads, sandwiches, and pasta. Everything we’ve tasted there has been wonderful. Thinking about their onion rings makes my (Jolene) mouth water.

#4 Whiteboard Central

#4 Whiteboard Central

#4 Whiteboard Central

by Jolene Philo & Anne Fleck | Home Again

Even though it says August, this was our whiteboard schedule for September.

Links to materials used to make the whiteboard scheduler:

We originally purchased a dry erase set with an eraser and cleaning fluid. It’s a good investment so you can clean the board thoroughly now and then.

Sample Weekly Menu

Our favorite grocery store’s ad comes out on Tuesday mornings. Once it’s in our hot little hands, we make menus for Wednesday through Tuesday and complete the shopping list. J indicates that Jolene’s cooking, while A gives the nod to Anne. There are links to recipes that have been previously featured on the blog.

Wednesday: Uncle Ben’s Sausage and Rice (J)
Thurday: Tacos (A)
Friday: Slow Cooker French Stew and biscuits (J) Make double batch and freeze one
Saturday: Grilled pork loin, grilled veggies, and grilled potatoes (J)
Sunday: Slow Cooker Beef Ragu (J) New recipe with freezer meal potential
Monday: Homemade pizza (A) Make triple batch of crust for a total of 9 crusts. Top and bake 3 crusts. Parbake and freeze remaining 3 crusts
Tuesday: Church Connection Group for the Flecks, out to eat for the Philos

Home Again’s luxury audio studio is designed, not just for good sound quality, but to create envy in the hearts of others.

Pear-Applesauce Recipe

Follow the instructions from this post with the following modifications:

  • Use half apples and half pears
  • Use a slotted spoon when spooning the cooked apples and pears into the colander as pears create more juice than apples do. Run fruit through colander and add juice remaining in the slow cooker until the desired consistency is reached.
  • Freeze remaining juice for later use if desired.
  • Don’t add sugar as the pears will add enough sweetness

Other Products and Businesses Mentioned in the Whiteboard Central Podcast Episode

 

#3 Early Conflicts

#3 Early Conflicts

#3 Early Conflicts

by Jolene Philo & Anne Fleck | Home Again

Check out the map that explains the comings and goings of the Home Again family.

Below you’ll find a list of shows, stores, and services mentioned in the Early Conflicts podcast.

Anne’s been watching Strong Women on Korean Drama

Jolene’s been watching
Parks & Recreation and Madame Secretary. Both are on Netflix, at least they were when this podcast went live. 

Tad’s been watching You Tube train videos.

Anne and Jolene’s favorite grocery store chain is Fareway Stores found in Iowa and across the border in surroundings states. 

Anne and Jolene’s book coaching services are explained in full at Literary Midwives.