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Homemaker Portrait | Cathy Bauer, Season 18, Ep 6


Today I am chatting with seasoned homemaker, Cathy Bauer. Nominated for The Art of Home by her daughter, Laura, Cathy has so much wisdom and practical help to offer homemakers of any age. Even through her college years, her heart's desire was to be a wife, mom, and homemaker and she has been living out that desire for almost 40 years.


We discuss her beginnings and the challenges of learning to cook, the overwhelm that came with baby #2 and the challenges of parenting and running a busy household. Cathy shares how organizing her space and time have helped her over the years and she gives some great suggestions for extending the welcome of home beyond the four walls of our homes.


SHOW NOTES


EPISODE CHAPTERS

Welcome, Allison's Update: Favorite Cleaning Tools


Meet Cathy, Beginnings: Living the Homemaking Dream, but Dinner is Going to be Late


Practical Organization Suggestions


Special Challenges: How Homemaking Helped her ADHD Child


Hospitality: Inviting Kids to Participate in Homemaking, Treat Your Family Like Guests in Your Home, Building Community


Seasons of Homemaking: Empty Nest Heart Trouble, When the Husband Retires, Grandparent Hospitality


Q&A: Fails, Wins, Favorites and Recipes


The Art of Home: Honoring One Another and Creating a Unique Family Culture; Titus 2 Advice


Episode Top Takeaways & Podcast News







ALLISON'S UPDATE: Favorite Cleaning Tools

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CATHY'S FAVORITES


Hack or Tip

Implement meal planning. Plan for the whole week and keep it simple on work or extra-busy days. “I make simple meals on workdays. I don’t try to light the world on fire on work days.”


Cathy also recommends you keep a freezer list because, you’re not going to use the stuff in your freezer if you don’t remember what is in there. Make sure things are packaged and labeled correctly before storing in the freezer then record that item on your freezer list. Don't forget to mark it off the list when you use the item.



Product or Resource

Cathy is a firm believer in the value of investing in good cookware and good knives. While you can get good results in the kitchen with inexpensive equipment, better quality tools have a direct result on the quality of your cooking, saving you loads of time and frustration that often comes with sub-par tools.


Do your research and invest in a quality chef's knife and paring knife and the best skillet you can afford;10-12 inches is a good all-purpose size. Next, I would recommend investing in a good quality dutch oven. You can cook just about anything in this versatile pot. For more on this topic, see this week's edition of Homemaker Happy Mail.


Signature Dish: Auntie Jones' Lasagna



Auntie Joan’s Lasanga
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