Sunday, November 8, 2009

Homemaker Monday: Don't Cry Over Spilled Molasses

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YOURS: This week's "YOURS" goes to Alessandra over at Random Tips! Alessandra is one of my most faithful blog commentators and she always makes my day with her wit and charm. Therefore, I am honored to feature her for her recipe for Apple Puree. This is no ordinary puree, though. Her recipe has a secret ingredient, one you can only discover by visiting Alessandra's blog post, but here is the photo...


I am getting hungry just looking on this, but then again, I'm pregnant and always hungry.

Thank you, Alessandra, for your contribution to Homemaker Monday. I look forward to many more visits from you and more "random tips"! For Alessandra's recipe, click HERE. And Alessandra, please feel free to take the "I Was Featured" button from my left sidebar. Thank you!

MINE: Not all of my Homemaker Monday tips will be inspiring and instructive. Some tips will be inspiration of what NOT to do. The following is one of those tips.

Sometimes I like to answer nature's call all by myself...alone...without three little boys leaning on my thighs, unrolling the toilet paper roll, swinging the plunger around, or rubbing the toilet brush on my flip flops. Sometimes I sneak into the bathroom while the 3 three and under are distracted with making messes in some other part of the house, messes which usually only require a little bending over to clean up.

Thursday morning was different. Thursday morning I decided to sneak into the bathroom alone, while the 3 three and under were watching Finding Nemo. I guess Twin A had watched Finding Nemo one too many times, however, and was not distracted in the least. What did catch his attention was the child-proof cabinet lock that had not been replaced after the kids had opened it two hours earlier during the breakfast rush.

Twin A opened the cabinet, and was attracted to a clear, dark brown pail of the stickiest liquid on the face of the planet...a quart and a half of our year's supply of molasses. This is what I encountered after my pleasant stay in the bathroom alone...



The best part is that Twin A had not only poured out the entire pail of molasses, but had also walked through it...



Cleaning Twin A was the easy part...




Cleaning the molasses was not. Do you have any idea how one would clean up mess up such as this? Neither did I. I was out of paper towels, so I grabbed as many dishrags as I could and scooped up as much molasses as would fit into my rag-covered hands, then tried to squeeze this out into a bowl by my knees. Rags do not really absorb molasses. Nothing does. Even so, I rinsed the rags and did this over and over again, while trying to comfort crying Twin A, who was still disturbed about his sticky situation, and trying to discourage Twin B from walking through the molasses as well.

What was the silver lining of such an experience (for my father always taught me that every negative event has attached to it a blessing in disguise)? After the clean up, the grout between our slate tile pieces had a lovely rich brown hue to it.



And for the record, Twin A soon felt much better...



(He is depicted here eating roasted seaweed from the sushi I later prepared for lunch. Incidentally, I will show you how to do this tomorrow, or maybe Friday. We'll see.)

Thanks for listening.

OURS: All righty then, what inspiration (or lack thereof, such as my post above) do all of you wonderful homemakers have for us today? If this is your first time participating, feel free to dig through your archives and enter anything homemaking. Thank you so much for joining us today and I hope you have a great Homemaker Monday!



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27 comments:

alessandra said...

Wow! this is so sweet from you, and unespected.
You know, these days I was thinking to quit all the blogging thing, but maybe I'm changing my mind, thank you Jen, big hug.
P.s.: and what a lovely, tiny, molasses' footprints, but I imagine, in that moment you could not appreciate them so much.

Kristin @ Prudent and Practical said...

What perfect little footprints! Thanks goodness it was spilled on tile instead of carpet. I love molasses on toast. What else do you use it for?

Kristi said...

I just found your blog the other day and I've decided you must be superwoman! :)

Your post reminds me of a day when my oldest was 3 or 4 and set a cube of soft butter on the carpet at my parents house. He drove thru it with a big wheel. He's 9 now and there's still stains that the carpet cleaning company was never able to get rid of.

I had 3 kids at the time, so I guess I identify with you and the molasses a bit.

But I have to ask, was the few fleeting moments in the bathroom alone worth it? Almost?

Tom and Julie Tyra said...

Shop VAC, had a similar experience with a 2 gallon container of laundry soap from Costco, the thing just exploded! Shop vac made my day, then lots of hot water and towels.

Mom2my9 @ 11th Heaven said...

Alessandra, you are right. I DID NOT appreciate the foot prints at the time, but I have to admit they are kind of cute now!

Mom2my9 @ 11th Heaven said...

Kristin, I use molasses in homemade whole wheat bread. I really don't use it for anything else, but I will have to try it on toast!

Mom2my9 @ 11th Heaven said...

Kristi, the silent, fleeting moment in the bathroom was SO not worth it! :)

panamamama said...

So cute! Your kitchen is beautiful BTW!

Mom2my9 @ 11th Heaven said...

Panamamama,thank you for the sweet compliment! Now if only I could keep it clean!

alessandra said...

Oh, Jen, today I was so happy, first about your post, then about the fact that I commented only once, without forgetting something....but now I come again, and I want you to know that I will copy and paste your post, may be frame it, especially the "she always makes my day with her wit and charm" part ( I think, by now, this is my mission ) thank you again. You made my....let's say.... month? :D

Phyllis AROUND THE HOUSE said...

Your blog is so sweet and cute, I will be back, I am now a new follower, come for a visit

Salsa Mama said...

Wow. Good for you for finding a silver lining in that one!! :) The footprints are my favorite. That is a great picture!

Aubrey said...

You are pregnant, you are allowed to cry over lesser things than spilled molasses! and I do think that the footprints are very cute!

Barbiemat said...

My favorite part are the molasses footprints.

Cassie said...

My favorite part was the cleaning of the twin in the sink. Glad he didn't get hurt on the jar.

nannykim at spindle cottage said...

I have always been amazed at how fast kids can get into trouble!

Amanda B. said...

Oh, this was so cute and funny, but only because it didn't happen to me. I imagine you must have just wanted to run away when you saw that. That is a classic photo though with the big pool and little footprints leading away....

Kara@ Creations by Kara said...

So sorry about the molasses. My youngest did the same thing with honey when he was about 2. Luckily I stopped him before he made it to the carpet. Yikes!

Cheryl @ On the Old Path said...

Oh boy, that is a mess. The footprints are too cute!!! Jen I love your kitchen very nice.

phoenix carpet cleaning said...

As a phoenix carpet cleaning professional these are great tips. Good post.

jsangel said...

My children just dumped out my molasses last week! It was practically impossible to get off of my counter! Really hot water is the key! Precious pictures though. :) LOVE the blog ;)

Karen said...

LOL and only a true blogger would stop to take pictures! LOL

Mom2my9 @ 11th Heaven said...

Karen, you've got that right! LOL!

Cheryl B. said...

you asked, "Do you have any idea how one would clean up mess up such as this?" 'jsangel' was on key with the hot water tip!! VERY HOT water!!!

For some sticky type foods, cold water is actually the ticket. Things such as pans or bowls from oatmeal, or cooked eggs, or mac. & cheese. The cold water puts a stop to their stickyness, hardnening it up and making it much more easiely removeable. In the dishroom up at camp, we'd fill a clearing tub with COLD water and dump bowls from oatmeal in it when they came through the dish room window. We'd do the same after lunches where we served mac. & cheese, etc. Then one swish with a metal scrubbie before racking to put in the dishwasher and all was good. With these type of products, using hot water just worsens/intensifyies the stickieness 8-/

However, for other type of products/substances, HOT water is the trick. Products which are more of a syrupie base. Things such as syrup for pancakes, or molasses, or carmel ice cream topping, etc.. The HOT water cuts through and breaks down the core of the product, thus making it pretty much disenegrate, thus making it (ever so much) easier to clean. HOT water to the point of really feeling it on your hands, or sort of feeling it through rubber gloves. Then use cloth rags, wipe up, rinse (still in hot water) and repeat, and repeat, and repeat ..., or so it would take with a whole bucket of molasses 8-/

Some people (usually of southern originality) like molasses on corn bread. Molasses is a good thing to add to beans, whether baked or fried. And the other ideas for it just left my mind 8-/

How I remember being invaded in the bathroom by little boys!! The bathroom we had when they were those ages, was set up so if you had shut the door, your legs were mere inches from the door, thus brusing you every time someone would shove it open 8-b Now-a-days, if I shove the bathroom door but it doesn't fully click, I'm guarented a visit from Boo while in there, the best way to distract his sniffing is to scratch his back side. The things us moms do o;-p

Trench Mommy said...

Wow. That would not be fun. However, I love the footprints!

Bonnie Baker said...

your kitchen is the most beautiful sight I have ever laid eyes on...

Mom2my9 @ 11th Heaven said...

Lol, Bonnie, thank you! :)