Aloha Friday: Martha vs Maxine

It’s time for another Aloha Friday, the day that you take it easy and look forward to the weekend, in Hawaii and blogland anyway. As you should know by now, over at An Island Life, Kailani decided that on Fridays she would take it easy on posting and ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response.

If you’d like to participate, just post your own question on your blog and leave your link at An Island Life’s blog. Don’t forget to visit the other participants! It’s a great way to make new bloggy friends!

Before we begin the questioning, I’d like to ask that you read the following tips from two leading experts on house work and house wifery – and remember, there will possibly be a pop quiz at the end:

Stuff a miniature marshmallow in the bottom

of an ice cream cone to prevent ice cream drips.

Just suck the ice cream out of the bottom of the cone, for Pete’s sake!

You are probably lying on the couch with your feet up eating it, anyway!

To keep potatoes from budding, place an apple in the bag with the potatoes.

Buy Hungry Jack mashed potato mix. Keeps in the pantry for up to a year.

When a cake recipe calls for flouring the baking pan, use a bit of the dry cake

mix instead and there won’t be any white mess on the outside of the cake.

Go to the bakery! Hell, they’ll even decorate it for you!

If you accidentally over-salt a dish while it’s still cooking, drop in a

peeled potato and it will absorb the excess salt for an instant ‘fix-me-up.’

If you over-salt a dish while you are cooking, that’s too bad. Please recite with me the real woman’s motto: I made it, you will eat it and I don’t care how bad it tastes!.  Also, Butter helps just about everything.

Wrap celery in aluminum foil when putting in the

refrigerator and it will keep for weeks.

Celery?  Never heard of it!

Brush some beaten egg white over pie crust

before baking to yield a  beautiful glossy finish.

The Mrs. Smith frozen pie directions do not include

brushing egg whites over the crust, so I don’t.

Cure for headaches: take a lime, cut it in half and rub it on your forehead.  The throbbing will go away.

Take a lime, mix it with tequila, chill and drink!   All your pains go away!

If you have a problem opening jars, try using latex dish washing gloves.

They give a non-slip grip that makes opening jars easy.

Go ask that very cute neighbor if he can open it for you.

Don’t throw out all that leftover wine. Freeze into ice cubes for future use in casseroles and sauces.

Leftover wine???????????    HELLO!!!!!!!

So this week, I want to know…

Are you a Martha or a Maxine?

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16 thoughts on “Aloha Friday: Martha vs Maxine

  1. @ Jen : I have no idea, I’m guessing she’s from a newspaper comic, but this was emailed to me and the sentiment of it made me laugh. I think I’m a cross between Maxine and Martha – like sometimes I want to be a Martha until I get frustrated and turn to “Maxine-like” thoughts instead, you know?

    I hadn’t seen it, but I have to admit, I’d be a regular watcher if they made this. Unlike all those other show ideas, John Mayer would win me over.


  2. @ Andrea : I love to bake (which is funny because I barely do it) but one of my favorites has got to be cake mix cookies – dark chocolate cake mix with any kind of “chip” you like or maybe a variety of them. I know it seems silly when you can make just cookies but these beauties always come out amazing and I always get people asking me for the recipe.

    1 package of cake mix (chocolate is better but anything will work – I have less success with white or yellow cake mixes though, you’ll have to tweak the amount of butter but I can never remember which way)

    1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, melted

    1 egg

    1 1/3 cups chocolate chips or peanut butter chips or whatever your heart desires

    Heat oven to 350. Mix cake mix, butter and egg. Beat with electric mixer on low speed for 2 minutes. Stir in your mix-in of choice.

    Shape dough into 1 1/2 inch balls (I’ve never measured, I just eye ball it) and place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheet (again, the recipe says this, I just wing it)

    Bake until cookies are set, about 10 minutes. Cool for 1 minute on pan then remove and cool on wire rack until cookies are cooled completely.


  3. Oh boy… Although Maxine is definitely funnier, I’m definitely a Martha. In fact, my husband and I had an argument just last night about this kind of thing. We’re going to a potluck at a friend’s house Saturday, and I want to make a nice dessert to bring. He wants to buy something from the grocery store bakery. He knows how much I love making things like that, and I’d almost rather die than bring storebought cookies to a party (oh my, how Martha-ish do I sound now??), and I think he says that kind of stuff just to pi$$ me off sometimes. Anyway, we came to an agreement. I get to make something if I can find a dessert that costs less than a bakery one would. Any suggestions?


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