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It’s Works for Me Wednesday over at Rocks in My Dryer, and here’s what works for me – having my kids entertain themselves online by learning to read. Starfall is a free website that starts with letters and the sounds they make, and moves up to words, then complete stories for kids (There’s even one about the Trojan horse!). My children (ages 5 and 3) love it. I won’t tell you the computer taught them to read, because I’ve done a fair bit about it myself, along with my husband and our parents. But the kids love it, and it’s phonics, so it’s more profitable than some of the other choices.

If  you’d like more great ideas than you can shake a stick at, go see Rocks in My Dryer.

I was going to post this last week for the 5-ingredients version of WFMW, but since that was 2 days before my daughter’s birthday, it just didn’t happen. Now that I have recovered, I am sharing with you the easiest recipe that ever tasted good, as far as I’m concerned. (We’ll see what I think after I check out all of last week’s WFMW links.)

Popovers: (makes 16-18, depending on how full you fill the muffin cups)

Preheat the oven to 425 F.

2 cups flour

1 tsp. salt

6 eggs (no need to beat them first)

2 cups milk

2 Tbsp. oil

Start with the flour and salt, so you can get them well mixed first. Then add everything else, and mix it with an electric mixer/beater. DO NOT use a fork! I tried it once and got very lumpy batter. Beat it until the flour is combined. It should be the consistency of thick cream.

Spray 18 standard-size muffin cups with cooking spray *with flour* (it sticks without the flour). Fill the muffin cups about 3/4 full of the batter. Bake for 30-35 minutes. Don’t open the oven during baking; that can make them collapse. When they’re done, they’ll be nicely brown on the top with a hollow space in the middle of each one.

I like to eat them plain with lots of butter, and with 6 eggs in the recipe, they have a fair bit of protein. But you can add more by stuffing them with cheese, tuna salad, chicken salad, egg salad, or my favorite stuffing: deli turkey and avocado slices.

Notes:

The original recipe only called for 4 eggs, but I sneak protein into my kids any way I can, and we think they’re even better with 6 eggs anyway.

They make popover pans for this purpose. I don’t room in my kitchen for single-purpose implements, and muffin tins work just fine.

I tried it once with soy milk (temporary lactose intolerance) and they didn’t rise properly. I have no idea why, but they turned out to be really eggy muffins. Good, but not the same as proper popovers.

It’s funny – this is a lot of words for an “easy” recipe, but it really is easy. I have the whole thing in my head, and I can do it all in the 6 minutes it takes my oven to preheat.

Check out what works for other people at Rocks in My Dryer!

Yesterday I caught the stomach bug that’s been going around, and I’ve been living on ginger ale and crackers ever since, with a little jello for variety. So I thought I’d share all my tricks for making nausea and diarrhea go away.

First, for settling things down, whether it’s nausea or cramping further down, your best friends are chamomile tea and ginger ale, preferably Vernor’s if you can get it, because it has more ginger than the other kinds of ginger ale. Ginger tea would probably work well too.

Once you’re ready for solid food again, start with bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast (this is the BRAT diet, and they are all constipating foods). Common sense tells me that the toast has to be made from white bread, since all the fiber in whole wheat bread is not helpful right now. I can put butter on the toast and rice and not have problems, but other people need to skip the butter. Crackers and pasta also work well for me, but nothing whole grain. Fiber is not my friend right now!

Above all, avoid all dairy products until you’re completely over it, and I always give it a couple more days for good measure (except for the butter – I don’t know why I can get away with that). Most people are rendered lactose-intolerant by food poisoning and stomach viruses. When you’re ready to start with dairy again, start with yogurt that has active cultures. This will replenish your system with all the good-for-you bacteria that help you digest things. I have read that eating yogurt will actually shorten the duration of a bout of diarrhea, but I can’t tolerate it myself until I’m over it.

The next thing I’m going to try is peppermint tea, because I’ve read that it helps with nausea, but I can’t vouch for it personally yet.

For a whole mess of other great ideas, check out Works For Me Wednesday at Rocks in My Dryer.

Sometime in my late twenties, I became a convert to doing things the lazy way – you know, do as little as you can get away with on the things that don’t matter so much, so you have more time for what does matter. And this was before I even had kids. (Now I’ll give you three guesses about what my house looks like, and the first two don’t count)

I just discovered that there’s an entire series of books about doing things the lazy way, like the For Dummies series. I just checked out the one about learning Spanish from the library. There’s also handling money, stuff to do with kids, shopping, cleaning, getting in shape, organizing time and stuff, and cooking. How cool is that?

For a whole mess of other great ideas, check out Works For Me Wednesday at Rocks in My Dryer.


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