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  • in reply to: Good Soft Pretzels in Columbus #351853

    DonnaTate
    Member

    I think I’m going to have to walk to Omega and try theirs. I figure if I walk a mile to the market, I can order a soft pretzel and still lose some baby weight :) And carrying the little guy in his bjorn helps burn the calories a little faster. I’m totally willing to rent him out to anyone looking to amp up their weight loss program hehehe! ;) j/k

    in reply to: Babies in Bars (a no-no?) #351062

    DonnaTate
    Member

    Roland wrote >>
    Scotch.

    You should have seen the tab your son ran up the last time I took him to a bar. I turned my back for two whole minutes and he was doing shots of Lagavulin 16 with the bartender.

    Now, I’ve already had the talk with him about how there’s a difference between alcohol for shots and what’s better for sipping, and I thought he was clear on that.

    He said the bartender was hot and he was trying to impress her. I told him next time he wants to flirt with a bartender, he should at least get his tab picked up. Mama can’t afford his tastes.

    in reply to: How Does Your Garden Grow? #250081

    DonnaTate
    Member

    Oh man, this got me so excited that I went to a gardening store and bought some veggies to plant. Woo hoo!!

    in reply to: Good Soft Pretzels in Columbus #351849

    DonnaTate
    Member

    This recipe is nice because you don’t need lye, and they come out buttery and soft. They’ve got a hint of sweet to them so you could easily coat them with cinnamon and sugar instead of salt.

    I usually just eat them as the recipe suggests, but I think I’m going to try melting some butter and dipping them inthe butter after coming out of the oven.
    They’re best fresh, but if you store them it’s best not to cover them so they don’t get soggy.

    in reply to: Good Soft Pretzels in Columbus #351848

    DonnaTate
    Member

    Ingredients
    4 teaspoons active dry yeast
    1 teaspoon white sugar
    1 1/4 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
    5 cups all-purpose flour
    1/2 cup white sugar
    1 1/2 teaspoons salt
    1 tablespoon vegetable oil

    1/2 cup baking soda
    4 cups hot water
    1/4 cup kosher salt, for topping

    Directions
    1.In a small bowl, dissolve yeast and 1 teaspoon sugar in warm water. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.
    2.In a large bowl, mix together flour, 1/2 cup sugar, and salt. Make a well in the center; add the oil and yeast mixture. Mix and form into a dough. If the mixture is dry, add one or two tablespoons of water. Knead the dough until smooth, about 7 to 8 minutes. Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
    3.Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). In a large bowl, dissolve baking soda in hot water.
    4.When risen, turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and divide into 12 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a rope and twist into a pretzel shape. Once all of the dough is all shaped, dip each pretzel into the baking soda solution and place on a greased baking sheet. Sprinkle with kosher salt.
    5.Bake in preheated oven for 8 minutes, until browned.

    in reply to: How Does Your Garden Grow? #250075

    DonnaTate
    Member

    I really would like to have a garden this year, but don’t have a yard. I like the idea of container gardening, I might have to look into that more.

    My parents were always big into gardening. They did a lot of square foot gardening, and I always though that was a great way to utilize soil resources etc. They also had an orchard, which was probably my favorite thing. It was nice always having fresh cherries, apples, peaches, grapes, rhubarb, etc…

    in reply to: Babies in Bars (a no-no?) #351059

    DonnaTate
    Member

    People ask me quite often how I get my baby to behave so well, and I gladly tell them little tricks I use. I think that’s the easiest way to make an impact. Those parents see that it CAN be done, and I think on some level they wish things were like that for them, they just don’t know how to get there.
    I grew up in a large Catholic family, so there were always children around. I have 6 brothers myself, and several of them have ADHD so if there’s a way to keep a child calm and focused, I’ve probably read about it or tried it in the past. My step mother on the other hand…not so much. It’s always bothered me that her parenting style has kept my brothers from reaching their fullest potential. They’re great kids (and very intelligent too), you just wouldn’t know it at first glance because she has absolutely zero desire to be a mother. It kills me to think how far they could go in life if just the tiniest bit of effort were made.
    Being a parent is tough. It’s the hardest thing any of us will ever do, but there’s never been a more worthwhile job. My entire day (and night) is spent working on my child’s development. I try to do everything I can to make sure I meet his needs even before he realizes he has a need. When he’s napping I spend most of my time researching and networking with other mothers. I’m borderline obsessive about making sure my child has every advantage developmentally and socially.
    I see people like Walker, Anne, Andrew and Elena… and they’ve sort of become role models for me. Their kids are AWESOME and I can only hope my son will be just like them when he grows up. It’s comforting to know that it IS possible to live a normal life with a child.

    in reply to: Good Soft Pretzels in Columbus #351844

    DonnaTate
    Member

    They’re incredibly easy to make. I have a great recipe if you’re interested :)

    When I lived in Raleigh I would get them at Mellow Mushroom and I remember them being pretty good. There’s one of those in Polaris I think.

    in reply to: Babies in Bars (a no-no?) #351055

    DonnaTate
    Member

    It seems there is a general feeling that anyone who brings their child into public, does so irresponsibly….and that’s almost as offensive as undisciplined children.

    I may have a child, but I’ve also spent the first 30 years of my life with no children. I certainly understand not wanting to be bothered by someone’s screaming child while I’m trying to enjoy my evening. And I’d like to think I’m smart enough to avoid putting myself (and my child) into that situation.

    I think children do what they’re taught. If you expect them to be respectful, they will. If you allow them to behave badly, everyone around will suffer. Any time I’ve taken my child to a restaurant, theater, etc… nobody would have even known a child was there if they hadn’t personally seen him.

    Making broad generalizations about any one group of people is never a good idea because everyone is different, not to be defined by one single characteristic.

    in reply to: I Am Looking For a Job and Have No Where Else To Turn To #351340

    DonnaTate
    Member

    Doesn’t the University have some sort of job placement program? I would think they might have connections in a variety of places. Idk how open you are, but it might even be worth taking an entry level job in a different field until things turn around?

    in reply to: Babies in Bars (a no-no?) #351045

    DonnaTate
    Member

    Bear wrote >>

    AmyJ wrote >>
    Sorry to move away from the pussy discussion, but I am with SJT and others that say bringing a kid of any age into a bar when you’re just there to drink seems a little silly to me. I don’t understand the appeal of it for the parents at all. I go to a bar to get AWAY from my kiddo. I’m pretty laid back about everything parenting-wise, but this is one thing I’m not down with at all.

    I suppose it depends on the bar.
    Roland and Donna brought their son to the Twisted Vine a while back… not a bar exactly, but everyone was drinking wine. They were there to hang with friends. Nice to see the little guy, and having him there didn’t seem odd at all actually.

    I think the owner had a pretty good conversation with Froggy about wines too! :)

    in reply to: Babies in Bars (a no-no?) #351018

    DonnaTate
    Member

    I guess I should never underestimate the stupidity of some people, huh :) LOL
    And you’re right, I’d never consider doing those things with Froggy :)
    I think we’re both too paranoid about being “those” parents

    in reply to: Babies in Bars (a no-no?) #351016

    DonnaTate
    Member

    Daz wrote >>
    I’m with Michael on issue C. above. If you come into an establishment that is normally used in mass for adult drinking situations, and you expect language/topics of conversation/etc. to change just because you brought your kid in there, you’re a jerk.
    That’s like bringing your little kid into an R rated movie and complaining because it’s not appropriate. In fact, this WHOLE situation is like bringing your kid into a movie theater. If it annoys the population, remove it. If you expect the content or the patrons to change because you showed up, you’re in the wrong.
    Otherwise, whatever. It’s your kid.

    Strike 2 for me. I’ve brought my baby to a movie theater…and he was quieter than most adults watching the movie. In fact, nobody even knew he was there.

    in reply to: Babies in Bars (a no-no?) #351003

    DonnaTate
    Member

    Man, this topic makes me feel like I shouldn’t be planning to apply for “Mother of the Year” award any time soon, because I’d never think twice about bring my 3 month old son to a place like Surly Girl. Maybe it’s because I don’t consider it to be a bar, and maybe it’s because I don’t feel I should be stuck eating at Bob Evans for the next 18 years. We’re very aware that others don’t want to hear a screaming baby while they’re enjoying dinner, and do our best to make sure that doesn’t happen. I certainly can’t imagine lowering my standards when it comes to dining establishments just because I have a child.

    in reply to: What’s Cooking? #204898

    DonnaTate
    Member

    Manatee wrote >>

    DonnaTate wrote >>
    I could go for some pierogi’s right now. Where’s the Pierogi King when you need him??

    If YOU don’t know I’m sure we don’t either ;)
    P.S. Please start training the Pierogi Prince early

    The Prince has to take all the credit for the bacon pierogi. Silly pregnancy cravings! I’m sure he’ll be making them before we know it. He’s always talking about wagyu beef. Waaaagoooo, waaaagoooo!! I knew his first word would be food related LOL

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