Originally Posted by roadfamily6now
Okay, So I am just learning about all this bleach being bad stuff. (yeah, I'm a little late in that game)
So tell me, what do you use?
I currently have my cutting board sitting with some hydrogen peroxide on it.
I mostly just use really hot water.
I'm not too worried about cross-contamination because I have two cutting boards (bamboo ones btw...they rock!) One is for raw meat, and the other is for produce, cheese, bread, and other non-raw things (I rarely cut cooked meat on a cutting board--it's usually in the dish--but if I do it goes on that board). Anyway, I took a sharpie and wrote "raw meat only" on the meat board so there's no chance of confusion. As soon as I'm done using it I scrub it with a brush and really hot running water (I have a soap-shall-not-touch-it brush that I also use for my cast iron and it works great).
I do most of my other cleaning with baking soda, vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, and (as often as not) plain old hot water. I'm a great believer in the cleansing power of HOT water
Originally Posted by Pinoikoi
Does anyone here pack thier kids' lunches? Two of my kiddos attend a school where lunch is free to all kids, but one attends a different school, and all of a sudden we no longer qualify for reduced price lunch for him.
Also, what do you put in them? I am always looking for ideas, and "Oh, I just snatch an orange off of my fruit tree that grows by our front door" doesn't really fit for Alaskan families
My DH typically takes leftovers, and my DS gets the reduced lunches which are only .40 here and we realized I can't hardly pack them for that price, so he usually just buys his...but I do pack them sometimes. I dont' stress too much about having a balanced meal each day per se, but more about there being balance across the course of the week... He's a real carb-o-holic and not so good with fruits, so I try to have nutrients hidden in carby forms if I can (eg: banana bread, cheese biscuits, etc)
Here's a random list of things I tend to put in:
- Muffins, rolls, biscuits, crackers, a couple of slices of homemade bread with butter on them, or a sandwich (I usually toast the bread first so it doesn't get soggy)
- cheese sticks (I cut a pound of sharp cheddar or colby-jack into sticks about the size of string cheese--cheaper than strings and tastes better too...I just drop in 2-3)
- a bunch of grapes, apple slices (if you slice a whole apple but put the slices back together and then seal them up in a baggie or container then they won't turn brown OR alternate apple and orange slices--the citrus juice will keep the apples from browning )
- carrots or broccoli with dip (he loves brocc and will eat it plain, but he won't eat the carrots without dip )
- some nuts, granola, or trail mix
- sometimes (certainly not daily) I put in something dessertish...a homemade brownie, a couple of cookies, some chips, a little candy of some sort...
- He likes to just carry a water bottle, but sometimes I give him a can of V-8 cuz he really likes that too and given that he's not great about veggies lately, I figure it's a good thing for him to have.
- Another favorite snack around here--if you can figure out how to pack it without making a mess--is a "peanut butter spoon" which is exactly what it sounds like: a spoonful of peanut butter.
Originally Posted by dislocator3972
Can anyone please remind me WHY IN THE WORLD I thought it would be a good idea to move to Alaska right before having my first child?
I think a certain amount of isolation is normal to feel after having a baby. I know I felt it after my ds was born and I had lots of family around. What helped me the most was to have a regularly scheduled time to see other mothers...I was very lucky to have a great crunchy-mama playgroup (which expanded to include a monthly crunchy bookclub meeting and sporadic mothers-nights-out where the only kids allowed were nurslings...plus a lot of us went to the local LLL too). Anyway, a lot of the days were long and some of the nights were lonely, but I knew that every wednesday I would see other mamas like me, and that helped a lot. I'm actually trying to figure out how to best go about trying to organize a similar group here in homer right now (katiesk, want in?!) I'm thinking I may post a flier at the midwife/naturopath's office with my phone number on it and just see if I get any takers.