TLC’s Sister Wives

September 22, 2010 at 5:26 pm (Uncategorized)

I was recently part of an online discussion about this new show that’s been publicized quite a bit recently.  It’s called “Sister Wives” and will be on TLC.  The show follows the real lives of a family with three wives.  The man married all three wives before any of them had children so all of the kids have been raised with these multiple marriages from the beginning.  I believe the family is expecting their 13th child.  The man on the show has stated that he decided to do the show to go public, that he’s tired of hiding his lifestyle from the world.

The discussion we had surprised me a little bit.  I know I’m not very traditional, but I was surprised how many of the women were shocked that TLC would even air this show and how many women are refusing to watch it.  I enjoy watching shows that film real families living lifestyles I’m not used to or wouldn’t participate in.  I am no more interested in being part of a plural marriage than I am in having 19 kids, but I will be watching both shows this season.

In general, I’m a “to each their own” kind of person.  As long as everybody in the family is thriving and the decisions of the parents aren’t harming any of the children, I don’t think it’s my place to impose my views of families on those people.  I do not agree with the polygamist sects that force teen girls to marry and ostracize young men.  From what I’ve seen, the family on this show doesn’t seem to be any part of those things.  These women supposedly willingly entered into this relationship.  The kids seem happy.  If they’ve found a way to have a happy, supportive, cooperative household, who am I to say they shouldn’t be allowed to do it?

Here’s the other thing that I always wonder about this.  If it’s illegal for a man to “marry” two or more wives (although the later marriages are not recognized my the government), why is it not illegal for a man to father a child with a mistress?  If my husband were to cheat on me and father another child, he wouldn’t face arrest.  The other woman could still seek him out for child support.  Why should people who choose this lifestyle be reduced to hiding?

I’m really looking forward to watching this show and seeing the response to it.  I think it will bring up some interesting debates.


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Delicious Apple Cider

September 22, 2010 at 5:51 am (Food)

Earlier this week, we had a playdate at our house.  Now that the fall weather is setting in, I decided my house should smell like apple cider, so I made sure it did!  I threw everything in the slowcooker the night before and woke up to the most delicious smelling house.

  • 10-12 apples, quartered (I used granny smith and fuji, but use whatever you have on hand)
  • 1 orange, quartered
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 Tbsp whole cloves
  • Nutmeg (I wanted to put in a whole clove, but I didn’t have any, so I just threw in a bit of ground)

Throw everything in the slowcooker and add enough water to cover everything.  Set it on low, cover and let it go.  In the morning, mash the fruit with a spoon or a potato masher and cool everything for a while (just so it’s not too hot to handle).  Strain it once with a strainer and again with 2 layers of cheesecloth.  Cool it or drink it warm; either way, it’s fabulous!  I ended up with a ton more than we would drink in a short while, so I divided it up and froze some.  I have a feeling this will be going on the stove quite often this fall.

If you’ve got an excess of apples on your trees this year, quarter and freeze them.  There’s no need to core or seed them since it all gets strained.  Then, as you’re ready for cider, just throw the frozen apples in the slowcooker.  Let it do the work!

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Korean food

September 7, 2010 at 7:21 pm (Food)

Hubs is Korean.  When we first met, I wanted to learn to cook his favorite foods for him and I asked his sister to teach me.  I had a hard time picking the recipes up from her because she doesn’t measure everything and just tastes it to see if it’s “right”.  I don’t like a lot of the food, so it never tastes “good” to me.  Before Hubs’ birthday in January, he asked if I would try cooking him Korean food for his birthday.  I decided to give it a shot and found the most wonderful website.  Here’s a link.

It’s from Canada, so the measurements are metric, but it’s close enough to get a good idea of what you’re shooting for.  Everything I’ve made from her site has turned out great, so I thought I’d share a couple of our favorites.  A lot of Korean food is spicy, but the recipes I use aren’t since I’m a total spice weenie!

This noodle salad is super easy and always a big hit.  I make it for potlucks and other events now.

I LOVE this soup.  It’s always my favorite Korean dish to cook.  We like to add a touch of beef stock for extra flavor.  I also throw in some frozen potstickers and some starch noodles (the same kind from the recipe above) for the last 5-10 minutes of cooking.

Pan-Fried tofu in soy sauce (the second recipe on this page) is delicious.  It’s a little sweet, a little salty and lots of yummy!  I love the texture the tofu gets when it’s seared like this.

I’ve tried both of the first two recipes on this page.  My favorite is the second one, but the first is good too.  I think Hubs’ sister makes the steamed eggs just about every time she cooks a big Korean meal!

The first potato dish on this page is so good.  I look for excuses to make it now, especially since I always seem to have everything at home to make it.

There’s some others too, but these are my favs!  I hope you give some of them a shot.  Some of the ingredients you’ll only find in Asian markets, but if you don’t have one around, you can usually substitute for some other things.  Enjoy!

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A little early, but oh well…

September 7, 2010 at 7:04 pm (Deuce, Random rantings)

I’ve been thinking a lot about baby showers already.  I know it’s a little preemptive, but oh well.  I’m not a huge fan of relying on other people.  For one reason or another, things so often don’t work out the way they plan and I get frustrated.  More often than not, I just find it easier to take care of things myself.  For this and several other reasons, I’m really considering throwing my own baby shower this time.  Is that too weird?

I don’t want a traditional shower by any means.  Hubs and I have been discussing just having a big bbq/potluck kind of thing at our house.  Sort of just a celebration of the baby-to-be.  I don’t want it all about gifts and games or anything.  We really don’t need anything.  If Deuce is a boy, all we NEED is some cloth diapers.  If Deuce is a girl, all I need to add to that list is some clothes.  For newborn clothes, Junior just lived in the basic sleeper style one piece outfits.

I feel sort of weird wanting to host my own shower, but I love having people over and hosting parties.  I’d love for all of our friends and family to be welcome; couples, kids, coworkers, etc, rather than just an event for my female friends and relatives.  I don’t know.  Is it TOO weird?  I know it’s not traditional, but if you were invited to a “shower” like that, would you find it weird?  Would you be put off by it?

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