Random Monday

In CategoryNavel Gazing, Random Monday
ByDeb

This weekend I tasted Nutella for the first time ever. Oh. Em. Gee. I am in love, and will be swirling a big spoonful into my coffee as soon as it’s done brewing.

On Sunday, my son was helping sweep the kitchen floor. Then he swept the table.

With the broom.

I was not there to see it, but I heard my husband holler, “NOOooooooooooooo!” while I was in the shower.

When I came downstairs, he asked if I wanted to know what all the yelling was about.

I said No. 

But he told me anyway.

And now I have to burn that table.

• On Saturday night, I got a quart of Ham and Bean soup out of the freezer and asked my husband to make some Jiffy Mix cornbread to go with it. A minute later he gloomily announced we were out of eggs.

But then!

I remembered last week Connie at Smockity Frocks said you could make an egg substitute using ground flax. The chance for a science experiment was too good to pass up. What’s the worst that could happen – we ruin a $1 Jiffy Mix? I mixed 3 tablespoons of water with 1 tablespoon of ground flax and followed the rest of the directions on the box.

Success!

We were both pleasantly surprised that it worked (Jim more so – he is suspicious of stuff I find on the internets). The cornbread turned out fine – maybe a little crumbly, but it usually is. We covered it in butter and honey as per usual, and ate it with a spoon.

(yep. boxed cornbread. the cheap stuff. eaten off a paper plate. with a plastic spoon. that’s how we roll, yo).

13 Responses to “Random Monday”

  1. mnkristy Says:

    You are a woman of contradictions, aren’t you??? You make homemade wheat bread and then buy Jiffy cornbread mix??? For the love of all things good and decent…….

    As I Twittered, I would love to try me some of that Nutella. But when i see Sugar as the main ingredient and then Soy Lecithin, I just can’t do it.
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  2. Deb Says:

    Just because you ruined your potential Nutella Experience o’ Yumminess by reading the ingredients – that doesn’t mean you have to ruin it for the rest of us too! Hmmph.

  3. hi kooky Says:

    I’ve read talk of the undesirableness of soy lecithin lately. What’s bad about it? (Seriously – trying to learn something here.) Also, I never would have guessed flax & water could behave like an egg. Interesting!
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  4. Jessica Says:

    My daughter just tried Nutella for the first time and loved it. I would never have thought to mix it with coffee! Yum!
    You will be laughing about the broom incident for a long time. Not now….but soon!
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  5. Emma Says:

    Your posts always laugh! I’ve substituted for egg with oil/water/baking powder, but never heard flax. Interesting!

    Also, Nutella is AMAZING. The most amazing thing to do with it, in my opinion, is to drizzle it on a warm crepe…that’s why I love the Christmas Markets here in Germany! Crepes with Nutella…
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  6. Emma Says:

    That should’ve said that your posts make me laugh…ugg…
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  7. mnkristy Says:

    This is for Kooky….
    Did you know that soy is one of the most genetically modified grains produced?? And there is something about soy being of the same family as estrogen. So, since soy is now found in so many commericially processed products, we are inudating our bodies with high levels of estrogen. Studies have indicated this is why humans are beginning puberty so much earlier and why the average height/size has increased. Have you ever walked into a high school and thought, man are they making them big nowadays?? Off the top of my head, these are the main facts that I retained from a presentation a few years ago and why I avoid all soy products. I’m sure that a Google search could easily find lots of articles explaining it in more detail.
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  8. mnkristy Says:

    Sorry, Deb…If I can clog up your comments one more time. I did my own Google search and found this article:

    http://www.foodrenegade.com/dangers-of-soy/
    mnkristy´s last blog post ..We know how to Par-tay!

  9. Best Friend Says:

    I substitute chocolate frosting with Nutella on cupcakes, cookies, and sometimes brownies. Yummy! Now there is a justification for using Nutella — it has to be healthier than frosting. Hey, it is all about the justification!

  10. Melanie Says:

    So poor JellyMan wouldn’t be so short if I had crammed him with soy products? Damn. Off to buy some Nutella. ;)

    I wish I could burn everything in my house. The Goobs have contaminated all of it.
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  11. Helena Says:

    Speaking of all things soy and flaxy and nutella-y, Deb, I posted my recipe for Lentil Bolognese…! It’s related to this post ‘cos you know, it’s the recipe with soy and and flax and nutella in the ingredients…

    Okay. That’s a stretch. It doesn’t have any of those things in it. But I wanted you to know your opportunity to put. down. the. nutella. and. back. away. has arrived! :)

    I didn’t know that about soy. What are we hard-working tofu-loving veg-burger-eating vegetarians supposed to do now?? Thanks for the links, mnkristy… I have some reading to do.
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  12. Happy Elf Mom Says:

    Really, Nutella? I’ve been scared of it because it looks too much like VEGEMITE. Evil stuff, that.
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  13. Ashley Rosen Says:

    Wow. I’m always intimidated by the whole home-schooling, cooking-real-food, having-freezer-bags-that-didn’t-get-used-up-to-scoop-kitty-litter-when-we-were-out-of-grocery-bags thing, but flax? I don’t even know what it is. I think it’s something the Native Americans grew, but I feel sure we don’t have any in our house. I tip my hat! I do, however, know and love Nutella…just not served on your kitchen table! Don’t you wish you didn’t know??