Hi there Invisible Internet People!

Two questions have come up recently, and short of reading what feels like the entirety of the internet to answer them, I am asking you:

1. How do you hard boil eggs?

Yes, I know, put the eggs in the pot, bring it to a boil. Usually, I put them in, boil it, and turn off the heat for 16 minutes. Then I'm sort of stuck. Usually, I run them under cold water, and then refrigerate them. Peel as needed, and eat. However, I am starting to feel like running all that water is a bit wasteful. So, I'm on the hunt for some other way. Any suggestions

2. More importantly, we are in the middle of a last-ditch effort to potty train Claire. She's willing, in as much as an almost 3 year old is "willing" to do anything you're asking of her. But we are giving rewards - M&Ms. I suspect the candy is starting to lose it's appeal, and I've got a bit of a problem with using food as rewards. Any of you who know me in real life, know that I've struggled with weight and body issues, and I hate the idea of starting her off in life, starting to associate rewards and prizes with food. So what do I do? Start offering trinkets? Stickers lost their appeal a long, long time ago.

So your mission, should you decide to accept it...


Sue said…
Hi, I can help! Did you know that when I was preggo, I would often consume a 6 egg salad for lunch? as in several times a week (ok almost every day, no wonder I weighed 178 when I delivered). I start them in cold water, when it comes to a boil timer on, 12 min. then immediately plunge in a icewater bath, let sit for a while, and peel. Added tip, old eggs peel easier than brand spanking new eggs, eggs that stand up are best, if they float?...throw it out.

As for The Girl, how about rewarding blocks of time with no accidents? like "no accidents by lunch and we can have...(insert favorite goody or extra activity). Just a thought B trained at daycare...
Grampa said…
I'm NOT going to offer an opinion, or in any way enter the discussion on the second topic. Period.
As to the first, this is not waste, but perhaps, other than the service of a cool drink on a hot day, the best use to which cold water can be put.

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