assistant awol

my assistant called in well today on her way to the beach…even though she’s the worst assistant I can’t do this without her- I hope she shows up tomorrow…

shop until you drop

Mom, I buy lots of stuff on line, but I don’t always spend the minimum amount to qualify for free shipping. I hate to have to buy more stuff that I really don’t want so that I can get free shipping, but I also hate to pay for shipping. What should I do?
This is not a big problem…you shouldn’t pay for shipping and never buy extra stuff you don’t want to get free shipping! You can either wait until you need enough stuff to qualify for the free shipping, find a store near you with the same thing you want to order and buy it at the store or ask some friends if they want to join in on your order.


(Amazing) Brownie Coconut Ice Cream Sandwiches

This is so good that I think it’s more than just a dessert, it must be a cure for something…enjoy
12 oz. raspberries
1 1/2 c. sugar
2 tbsp. sugar
1 c. unsalted butter
8 oz. bittersweet chocolate
4 large eggs
1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
3/4 c. cream of coconut (not coconut milk)
1 1/2 c. heavy cream
Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two 9- by 13-inch baking pans with nonstick foil, leaving a 3-inch overhang on two sides. In a large bowl, toss the berries with 2 tablespoons sugar. Let sit, tossing occasionally, for at least 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, place the butter and the chocolate in a medium saucepan and cook, stirring, over medium-low heat until melted. Remove from heat and whisk in the remaining 1 1/2 cups sugar, then the eggs. Add the flour and stir until smooth.
Divide the batter between the prepared baking pans. Bake until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out with moist crumbs attached, 12 to 15 minutes. Let cool completely in the pan.
Using an electric mixer, beat the cream of coconut and cream in a large bowl until stiff peaks form. Gently fold the berries and their juices into the coconut-cream mixture; spoon the cream-berry mixture over one pan of brownies.
Use the foil overhangs to lift the remaining brownie layer out of the pan. Invert onto a cutting board and gently peel away the foil. Invert again onto a cookie sheet and gently slide on top of the cream-berry mixture. Cover and freeze for at least 6 hours or up to 2 days.
Use the foil overhangs to lift and transfer to a cutting board. Let sit for 5 minutes, then cut into bars.

turn it around

Hi mom, I have two days off every week and I spend the entire two days doing laundry, grocery shopping, cleaning and doing errands. By the end of the weekend I have had no free time and I’m exhausted. I dread the weekends. What can I do to change this?
Turn the week around, consider the week end as your free time and the week days are for working and errands and chores, unless you are already working 18 hour days. Start by making a schedule. Grocery shop on Tuesdays, do laundry on Wednesday night, clean on Thursday night, etc. if you stay on schedule nothing should take that long to do and you’ll have a lot more free time.


do the opposite

Dear Mom, I am trying to get organized so I bought bins and baskets to put all my stuff in and it didn’t help at all. What did I do wrong?
It sounds like you did it backward. You should have looked at all the stuff you want to organize and then decided what baskets and carts and shelves you needed, instead of buying the organizing stuff without really knowing what would be the best things to use.

you’re not a robot

Mom, I’m starting a new job how can I make a great impression? Should I work through lunch, get to work early and leave last?
Absolutely not. It could be the worst thing that you can do. The impression it could make is- if you have to work so long and so hard to get your job done then maybe you’re not so good at it! Beside it’s very unsociable and you’re burn yourself out very quickly…they did not hire a robot they hired a person.

definitely too much…

Dear mom, I check my emails constantly. I sort them into categories and I answer immediately. I’m afraid that if I don’t constantly check I’ll miss something. Is this too compulsive?
Yes. Have you ever missed anything that was urgent? Probably not, so what’s so important that you’re worried about missing? If it’s something extremely important it probably won’t be sent by email. Three or four times that you need to check your emails and respond. Find something else to do…

what’s gremolata?

I hope that someone else has not heard about gremolata . I always hear about stuff way past when it’s popular so you may already know all about it, but if you don’t know about it read on. It’s a great ‘something extra’ and for the effort you need to make it, it gives back a huge amount. It’s a condiment sort of and adds zip when you sprinkle it over grilled or roasted vegetables, any baked or grilled fish, chicken, or lamb. Asparagus is delicious with gremolata, and most pasta dishes.
How To Make Gremolata
1 small bunch of parsley, washed and dried (enough to make 1 cup loosely-packed)
1 clove garlic, papery skin removed
2 organic lemons, washed and dried
Prep the parsley: remove the leaves from the parsley — enough to make 1 cup when very loosely packed.
Chop the parsley: chop the parsley with a chef’s knife until it is nearly finely chopped. It should be less than 1/2 cup.
Add the garlic: grate the garlic clove over the parsley.
Add the lemon: grate just the zest from the two lemons on top of the garlic.
Finish the chopping: Continue to chop the parsley, mixing in the garlic and lemon as you go, until the parsley is chopped very fine.
Use or store: Use the gremolata right away or store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one day.
thanks once more to

just ignore it

Ask mom, am I being too sensitive? I think that I got the worst compliment. I ran into someone I know and she said, “you look good, have you lost weight or something?”.
You’re right, I agree with you, that’s a terrible compliment and I’m not sure that it’s really a compliment at all…

take it or leave it, your choice

Hi Ask Mom- I hate Facebook and Twitter etc, etc., but if I don’t participate I feel like I am missing out on everything. What should I do?
You really shouldn’t hate the social media, use it for your own purposes and don’t take it all so seriously. Definitely don’t believe everything you read…