Thursday, July 27, 2017

When in doubt ...

... Bake at 350

Did your mother/father (or parent-substitute) have any pithy sayings that you can still hear in the back of your mind today?  Mine did.

When I was new to cooking, The Mama gave me this sage advice:  When in doubt, bake at 350.  I can't tell you how many times I have said that out loud to my husband and sons.

Then there's Never pass up an opportunity to use the restroom.  (Or maybe I'm thinking about Disney's Davey Crockett movie where President Jackson advises him to "Never pass up an opportunity to take a drink of whiskey, kiss a pretty woman, or go to the bathroom...")

And I can't forget this weird advice as I headed off to college:

     Don't pass on a date; you never know who else you might meet while you're out.

     Accept the dinner invitation; it will leave you more money to spend on clothes.

What still rings in your ear?


  1. Those are hilarious!!!! Thanks for the laugh!!! My mom told my sisters and me to never pass up the chance to use the bathroom and to marry a man who loves me more than I love him!!!

  2. LOL, great sayings! Your mom and my mom must have gone to the same "mom school." Mine, an immaculate housekeeper, also said "Don't put it down, put it away," and "You kids aren't going to remember how clean the house was, you'll remember the things we did together" as she drove us to the pool every afternoon. She was right.

  3. My sainted Grandma use to tell me that "the people in Hell want ice water but the wagon doesn't go that far"... another words you don't always get what you want. And then my father use to tell me that "you rattle around like a BB in a box car"...which is true... I bounce from project to project to project. I LOVE those old sayings.

  4. along with a string of superstitions? Never walk with one shoe on and one off. By example... buy and hoard... ya never know!

  5. ROFL!!! Glad to see your wit is still intact (in spite of all the heat and humidity we've been having.)

  6. Yeah, my mother was another one of the 'don't pass up a bathroom - you never know when the next one will be' school of thought. (And I passed that one on to my own daughters!)
    Her other ones were "Always get a receipt" and "When you see chicken on sale for less than 20 cents a pound, stock up" - though granted, that last one isn't as useful as it was in 1959...


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