Does size matter when it comes to eggs?
photo by jonny hunter
DEAR SARA: With the price of eggs going through the roof, does the size of eggs really matter that much in recipes that call for eggs? I figured if I downsized my eggs, I might be able to buy them without feeling sick to my stomach. (There is a 70-cent difference in the price of small versus large eggs at my store.) — Phyllis, Florida
DEAR PHYLLIS: I would purchase medium size as a substitute, but not small eggs because there would be a noticeable difference in many recipes. You will have better luck substituting smaller eggs in recipes that don’t call for many. Or try substituting a tablespoon of soy flour and a tablespoon of water to replace an egg in a recipe.
DEAR SARA: How do you organize your coupons? — jaded, e-mail
DEAR JADED: I use a plastic expandable check file. It has 13 pockets with tabs and an elastic-cord closure. It cost less than $5. The categories I use are: breakfast, frozen, canned goods, meat, dairy, bread and baking, snacks, condiments, beverages, paper products, health and beauty, cleaning and miscellaneous. I’ve seen people who use zippered binders with plastic trading-card sleeves to organize their coupons. I found a binder a bit too cumbersome when I shop, so I prefer my method.
DEAR SARA: I have lots of extra baby stuff that I’d like to sell, but my past experiences with consignment stores have been less than satisfactory. One place didn’t sell anything! Another place was just downright rude. I felt like a scrap collector trying to beg for a few bucks. Are there some tips I should know before attempting this again? — Fizzie, California
DEAR FIZZIE: I’ll assume everything you dropped off was in good shape, in style, clean, wrinkle-free and appropriate for the season. I’d call consignment shops ahead of time to see what they’re accepting and ask about their contracts and policies. This will give you insight into their customer service, too. Some stores, such as Once Upon a Child (www.ouac.com), pay up front for your clothing, while some donate what they can’t sell to charity. You’ll want to be aware of that beforehand. The amount of traffic a store receives is important. Look at the merchandise in the store. Do they offer a nice variety of brands? Some shops sell primarily boutique items, so be certain your merchandise is a good match for what the store sells most often.
DEAR SARA: I know you work from home. How do you keep your children occupied? I’ve been working from home with some success. However, I think I’d have more success if it wasn’t for the munchkin climbing my leg. I have several work-at-home opportunities I’d like to try, but time is limited. How do you manage to work and be mommy at the same time? — Sandi, West Virginia
DEAR SANDI: My two oldest children are in school full time, but I don’t do most of my professional work during the day. My other two children are very young, and I can fit in a few e-mails in the morning. I have approximately 1-1/2 hours when they nap, but I use part of that time housecleaning and prepping dinner. My husband comes home for lunch, and I can fit 35 minutes worth of work then. I do a lot of my work on weekends when he’s home.
I’m extremely disciplined with my time. The majority of my work is done after my children are asleep. There are many evenings that I work past midnight. During the day, I let the phone go to voice mail and prioritize the level of importance on returning calls, so sometimes I’m multitasking work and parenting, but that’s rare. My family is the priority, and I chose to work from home so I could be available to them and have the flexibility to set it aside when I want to. I refuse to “do it all.” That would be shortchanging my family and myself. So, to sum it up, I have a support system.
Superwoman doesn’t live here. Working from home isn’t for everyone. Try to keep things in perspective and understand the definition and measurement of “success” varies from person to person.