My New Love: A mini food processor?

Do you ever get a new gadget for your kitchen and FALL IN LOVE? You know, the kind of love that makes you wonder how you ever managed without it? The kind that, if this thing breaks, you may actually cry and give up cooking? I’m having that love affair with my Cuisinart Mini Food Processor right now. Shhh, don’t tell my husband! I met this little piece of heaven a few months ago and we had an immediate connection. We shared common interests, like chopping onions and nuts, and even grating cheese. Last night, it even surprised me after I accidentally bought whole coffee beans instead of already ground. After a long, tiring day, the thought of having to return the coffee beans and exchange for ground coffee almost had me in tears. Luckily, with a switch of the blade, this little lifesaver had the whole pound of beans ground for me. If we were married,...

Don’t Cry Over Sour Milk

As a little girl growing up in a household with siblings and two parents, I possessed a childish ignorance of all things pertaining to sustaining life. How long did milk last when I was younger? Forever! How did we get more? My mom went outside and harvested the Money Tree before going to the store and buying it. The harsh reality of living alone for the first time: milk goes bad. Pretty quickly. This Moxie Girl learned that the hard way a few months ago. The day I took a gulp of sour milk was the day I decided that embracing independence would also require brushing up on my kitchen savvy. Now, I’m proud to say, I am a fridge-stocking expert (complete with a frilly vintage apron and glittery pink ruffled rubber gloves…whoever said style and domesticity didn’t overlap was clearly unaware of Barbie’s Dream House)!  I learned everything I know from Real Simple–one of my...

Continuous Learning

Hello World! I am Moxie Girl Sylvia! I’m so excited to join the blogging world with Moxie Girl and really look forward to passing on any knowledge that I have to all of our readers. Having been raised in a 5-member family with a hard working farmer father and a stay-at-home mother, I’m glad to bring more to the table when it comes to alleviating stress in my client’s homes. It’s true that I have little fear in attacking today’s household stresses and am excited to share some tips I have gained and been passed on from my wonderful mother. I never realized this knowledge would be useful in the world, the phrase “you’ll thank me for this someday” is indefinitely true. Without a doubt I have admitted to my mother, “you were right” when it comes to household assisting. Continuous Learning There is a joy I find in sharing my secrets with clients, helping to...

Home Sweet Moxie

Hello, Moxie readers! I couldn’t be more excited about my new place in the Moxie family. Home Sweet Moxie As a recently independent single girl, the lessons I learn as the newest Moxie are boundless–I would by lying if I said I haven’t made mistakes that my mother would cringe at. As I report these experiences, you’ll get to witness the embarrassing (I prefer to call them charmingly innocent) household blunders and domestic mysteries I experience as a girl on her own. For instance… As a shopaholic, most of my wardrobe is “hand wash” or “dry clean only”–what does that really mean? How can I keep my clothes looking like the first time I wore them? Just how long does milk last? (I learned that one the hard way.) If the toilet won’t flush, does that warrant calling a plumber? (Clue: the answer is probably not.) The beauty of witnessing my domestic faux pas is that...

Welcome to our new writers!

Attention world! I would like to introduce you to our newest voices of Moxie Girl. World, meet Beth and Sylvia. Beth and Sylvia, meet the world. Sylvia is no stranger to keeping house. Moxie Girl would actually like to take this opportunity to thank Sylvia’s mother for making her clean the house so much as a child. Seriously, Sylvia’s Mom, THANK YOU. We have seen Sylvia attack moldy showers and crusty toilets like no other Moxie Girl before her. She is fearless and tenacious when it comes to removing grime from homes, and we are excited for her to share her wisdom with our readers. Beth will be bringing another point of view to our blog. Living on her own for the first time, Beth could be described as our Domestically Curious Moxie Girl. We admit, she’s our entertainment right now. We hover around her like a bunch of momma birds teaching a baby bird to fly. We...

OCD Home Organizing

I have always had a slight case of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. As a kid I didn’t realize my normal daily activities were not normal for most kids. Having all my books alphabetized by author’s last name when I was 6? Quirky. Always having to take my first step with my right foot, including when changing flooring types or flooring color? Not quite normal, and embarassing when people saw my quick-step to get the right foot first. Chewing my food in 5-chew incriments on each side of my mouth? Keeping notebooks full of notes on every commercial that played during my after school tv shows? Now I’m starting to sound like a wierdo. Being a child with OCD wasn’t always easy. I got really good at hiding my quirks and keeping my thoughts to myself when I realized that no one else really thought like I did (What do you mean you don’t know how many tiles are on the walls and floor of your bathroom? I’ve...