I Ask. You Answer. Or I Will Break My Site And Cry (Again)

I’ve noticed that a lot of bloggers have AMAZING advice columns on their blogs. And they are hilarious. And helpful.

So I’ve been thinking (this is where my husband cringes, too) of many questions. And NO ANSWERS. Seriously.

So YOU my friends, get to be the hilariously helpful advice givers. And every week I will pose AN IMPORTANT QUESTION.

And if everyone hates this new section, I will probably ask WHY? and get no answers because y’all are busy reading OTHER PEOPLE’S BLOGS.

I ASK is the last tab at the top. And it is your keys to the kingdom. Of knowledge. Of power. Of hilarity.

And the best advice? (Or the worst advice depending on how the whole thing falls out?) Gets somehow highlighted. And fawned over.

Join the party. Be my Oprah. My Dr. Phil. My Jerry Springer.

PS. I really did break my site and fix it just for this idea. I’m SO DEDICATED. And clearly not well.

Alex Iwashyna

Alex Iwashyna went from a B.A. in philosophy to an M.D. to a SAHM, poet and writer by 30. She spends most of her writing time on LateEnough.com, a humor blog (except when it's serious) about her husband fighting zombies, awkward attempts at friendship, and dancing like everyone is watching. She also has a soft spot for culture, politics, and rude Southern people who offend her Yankee sensibilities. She parents 2 elementary-aged children, 1 foster baby, 3 cats, and 1 puppy, who are all Southern but not rude. Yet.

10 thoughts to “I Ask. You Answer. Or I Will Break My Site And Cry (Again)”

  1. So, I’m lost, and need advice on how to find the comments under the pancake question, but here’s my answer.

    Two disclaimers. While I love to make pancakes, I’m almost incapable of following a recipe. And, once I gave myself food poisoning from a pancake. So, clearly, follow my advice, I’ve got the goods.

    You might be capable of using measuring devices – in which case, here’s the basic recipe I play with — 1 1/2 to 2 cups flour (I use a mixture of white, wheat, oat, flax, cornmeal, whatevers on hand), 3 Tbsp sugar, 1 3/4 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp salt. Mix. Add – 1 cup milk, 3 Tbsp oil, 1-2 eggs (or just a few extra tablespoons of oil if you want to bypass the whole egg thing). Wait a little – like 15 minutes. Add more milk – usually 1/2 – 3/4 cup. Whole grains drink in the liquid. You want it to pour pretty freely. (Thinner then cake batter or honey, but not by much.)
    I don’t usually use a stailness pan, but mine isn’t non-stick, so I think they will work similarly. I heat my pan to 6 on my 1-10 range, and put butter on the pan (adding butter every two to three batches). You could use a healthier oil, but why?
    I use a timer to remind me to flip. Because I can’t do one thing at a time either. 1 1/2 minutes onthe first side, 1 minute on the second. And it helps to have an attentive kid – ‘MOM, there are bubbles!’ – but not a complainer – ‘Mom, it’s burned.’ Which it wasn’t, it was just a darker brown.
    Now I want pancakes…

    1. I cannot believe you gave me advice on making pancakes with the disclaimer that you gave yourself pancake food poisoning. Although I think that the butter every 2-3 pancakes may be the key to my success. Or to my death.

  2. Ironically, I made pancakes just yesterday, so this is fresh in my mind. I would suggest getting a non-stick pan first of all – having the right tools for the job is the key! Heat your pan on medium high (I use canola oil, coat the bottom of the pan). Here’s a trick my mom taught me to know when your pan is hot enough – throw a droplet of water onto the pan – if it sizzles and evaporates, your pan is ready. Now, the first pancake I always call the “test pancake” (aka the one i’m going to eat because I’m so hungry and Im saving all the perfect pancakes for the guests). Know that your 1st pancake is supposed to be bad – it’s your practice cake! So, on your next pancake, wait until there are bubbles all over the top and then flip.

    You know what, I think it would just be easier for me to come over and show you… How’s next Sat.? (: Also, you should know our mutual friend N. Is a master pancake maker and uses her Grandma’s recipe! Idea… Pancake party!

  3. Dude, you broke the bank and went all thesis style on us! Off to read your question and give you my sage wisdom and knowledge!

    Oh, and what the crap, why isn’t my comuv working? I get no love?

    PPS Is your reply to comments sending people emails when you reply?

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