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Maxhell Makes Tacos Boring

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Black Aliss
On 4/20/2018 at 10:25 AM, Odd1Out said:

I’m just so glad she said to remove the lid before chopping up the meat. I would have done it completely wrong. 

Also to take the meat out of the freezer. (But what if it wasn't frozen?)

Wait until the Maxwells find out from Chelsy that real Mexican tacos aren't made with ground beef. At least not at any taco wagon behind a gas station that I've ever eaten at.

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MamaJunebug

They WANTED blocking. For their adult children’s use and their own. What a vile mind Steve must be cursed with, to fear so much and to think so incredibly meanly of his own family’s members. 

But wait — if you are as fearful as Steve, you can get this blocking opportunity AND help support Steve by doing so! 

“Perfect love casts out fear,” the Bible says, IIRC.  Steve, OTOH, uses fear to make a living. 

And that is all I have to say about that.  

 

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IntrinsicallyDisordered
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8 hours ago, scoutsadie said:

Delighted that you asked, @IntrinsicallyDisordered :) ...

Here's the recipe I used; didn't have white wine, and used bone broth instead of chicken broth.  Also, cooked the rice for 8 minutes instead of six, per my husband's trial of this risotto at home while I was at my sister's.  It was truly perfection.  Let us know how you like it!  https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/259455/instant-pot-mushroom-risotto/

Right now, I have carnitas in the Instant Pot with Badia Mojo Marinade, half a can of Dogfish Head Sea Quench Ale (sour beer), several cloves of garlic, a sliced unpeeled orange, a sliced yellow onion, and otherwise following this recipe: https://www.gimmesomeoven.com/instant-pot-crispy-carnitas/

Thank you!  I will use the recipe the next time I make risotto.  The carnitas look great too.  I haven't tried pork in the IP yet but I love the way it makes stoofvlees, a traditional Belgian beef stew (I don't have a recipe, just brown the meat and make a slurry of butter, flour, and some beef boullion, cover with your favorite Belgian beer, add a bay leaf, salt, and pepper, and about 3 hours on the high slow cooker setting will do it).

Reading about the creepy internet monitoring makes me realize my parents could have been so much worse.  Yikes.

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DooDahDame

Great fantasy: Teri gets reports that adult members in her household have recently visited some "questionable" websites and she gets the reports. Teri checks out said websites and finds them indeed questionable. Then Steve accesses Teri's internet usage and what does he find but "questionable" websites. He checks them out and yep, questionable. Then Teri gets Steve's report and guess what's listed? Yep, same websites. Now the kidults hear that Steve and Teri are visiting questionable websites, but don't put two and two together. Every head explodes!

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I'm shocked that so many people are shocked by the news that the adult Maxhellians have their internet use monitored.  It's all classic Fundie accountability measures.  It must be a sign that I have been hanging around Maxhell too long because I wasn't surprised at all.  

They got a few recommendations for Covenant Eyes (the program I mentioned above) from their humpers.  I saw on another thread that it is what the Duggars use.  Teri Maxwell says they found that problematic and had to keep reinstalling it.

And Teri clarified in the comments too.  Em had an excellent question about transitioning teenagers to personal accountability when they become adults:

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Sorry. I guess I didn’t make it very clear. Our adult, unmarried children have chosen to have me as their accountability partner, like Steve has. All of their reports come to me, and only my reports go to Steve.

Of course they chose!

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Black Aliss
On 4/21/2018 at 8:52 PM, Coconut Flan said:

My Instant Pot, and I think most of them, has a slow cooker setting.  It has quite a few settings and they don't all use the pressure cooker.

Also, from the photo it looks like Melanie's is the Instant Pot that does not have pressure cooking functionality. It's really just a crappy slow cooker. Also, that looks like the model that's been recalled for overheating. Which the Maxwells would know about if they paid attention to the news.

I love my Instant Pot for pressure cooking only. The yogurt came out grainy. Rice was too chewy and gluey.  But for making steel-cut oats, dried beans, stocks, and for stewing tough cuts of meat (my favorite kind) it's great. If the IP was going to stay it had to be able to replace at least two other cooking tools. I ended up getting rid of one medium sized stockpot and the crockpot, but I still use my rice cooker. I don't miss the crockpot because I think stews actually have more flavor after pressure cooking and then waiting a day to eat them. But it's so amazing for bone broths and stocks, I'd keep it around just for that.

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Terri says:

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 Our adult, unmarried children have chosen to have me as their accountability partner, like Steve has. All of their reports come to me

Teri can present this as a "choice" her children made, but I don't believe for a second that any other option was ever presented.  Just like Sarah (a woman approaching 40) wants to share a room with her two sisters.  Sorry- not buying it. 

Steve and Terri get by on, "that's the way it's always been, so there's no reason to change it".  It never seems to occur to them that their "kids" should be living adult lives.

Sarah will be 40 in 4 years, and her mom monitors her internet.  Let that sink in for a moment.  

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PennySycamore

America's Test Kitchen sent out an email today with their some of their ratings for multicookers and an ad for their new multi cooker cookbook..  The Fagor LUX LCD multi cooker was the top rated and the GoWISE was the Best Buy.  The InstaPot was not in the top from what I could see.

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DooDahDame

A case of semantics, but as long as Steve and Teri refer to their unmarrieds as adult children that is the way they are treated. Offspring, son and daughters, unmarried adults, etc. give a different picture to someone unfamiliar with their family dynamic and would then be treated as adults and include them in adult conversations about adult subjects. Instead conversations would, imho, be based on their relationships with Steve and Teri. In Maxhell "adult children" means just that, adults that are still children. I hope this makes some sense.

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20 hours ago, Black Aliss said:

Also to take the meat out of the freezer. (But what if it wasn't frozen?)

Wait until the Maxwells find out from Chelsy that real Mexican tacos aren't made with ground beef. At least not at any taco wagon behind a gas station that I've ever eaten at.

You're giving a lot of credit to Chelsy/the Bontragers - in Mexico they only hang out with gringos (white German Mennonites) and they served "taco soup" at the Bontrager/Maxwell wedding. While I'm sure the Bontragers serve slightly better food than the Maxwells, it's still typical mid-Western easy Americana.

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Alisamer
2 hours ago, Koala said:

Sarah will be 40 in 4 years, and her mom monitors her internet.  Let that sink in for a moment.  

For comparison, when I was 40 (not that long ago), I was also single, but I was working full time, owned my own car and house, traveled wherever I wanted to with my friends (and sometimes sisters - both of whom also own their own cars and homes), and had more hobbies than I knew what to do with. I'm still doing all those things, and had been doing all those things for years. I was younger than Sarah is now when I bought my house. My sisters and I have on more than one occasion planned a vacation trip without telling our parents until the day before we left (or until we couldn't find anyone else to take us to the airport). No one monitors ANYTHING I do (except that camera the boss has up in my office, to see if I'm there before he calls me). 

I know it's not necessarily fair to compare fundies to those of us not raised that way, but Sarah's life just seems so sad to me. She was raised with the goal of marrying and having kids, and it seems her life is on hold while she waits, and waits, and waits... 

Wouldn't it be nice if she felt like she could just get in a car and GO somewhere? Anywhere? Without making a schedule and fasting and praying and debating and having a chaperone? 

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Black Aliss
8 minutes ago, Alisamer said:

I know it's not necessarily fair to compare fundies to those of us not raised that way, but Sarah's life just seems so sad to me. She was raised with the goal of marrying and having kids, and it seems her life is on hold while she waits, and waits, and waits... 

I dunno. I was raised fundie, and with the goal of marrying and having kids. I wasn't allowed to drive or really go anywhere without my parents. I got out. If the will is there one finds a way.

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Candydandy

Hmm even the adults arent accountable to themselves? Is a site like Victorias Secret considered questionable? Maybe they should just have 2 websites available The Bible and Wholesome Cooking. I cant imagine having my mom looking at my web history daily- Im a married adult. Or my husband. 

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Sister Mozz

I had friends who used similar web monitoring programs. I remember they had trouble accessing websites about Shakespeare for homeschool classes, as well as an inability for the mom to search for help with nursing problems, because the use of the word 'breast' would cause a report to be sent and the screen to be locked until the father-controlled password was entered. In one case it was extremely sensitive, and even words like 'assistant' would lock it up because of those first three letters. 

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PennySycamore

@Candydandy, heck, even the underwear section of the Sears catalogue is probably off-limits to the Maxwells.

(For you youngsters, back when there was the printed Big Book Sears catalogue, teenage boys used to love looking at the women's underwear section.  Michael Landon said once that was why those teenage boys grew up to like women in garter belts and stockings.   The lingerie section was their porn.)

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catlady

back on the subject of dinners, here's what i made tonight in less than 45 minutes.  i perused the fridge, freezer, and cabinets looking for something fast and easy--  

three boneless chicken breasts, thawed in microwave for 15 minutes (i have a small micro with relatively low power).  while they thawed, i made a lemon sauce by juicing 2 lemons and adding minced garlic and chives, plus about 1/2 cup white wine.  it was the end of the bottle, so i didn't measure.  i let it sit and then read the paper while the chicken finished defrosting.  

i was concerned about how long the chicken would take to cook, so i used kitchen shears* to cut it into strips/fingers. i laid them out in a 9x13 glass pan, covered them with the lemon sauce, and then shook some poultry seasoning over the whole thing.  baked at 350 for 20 minutes.  

while that baked, i took the easy way out and made instant mashed potatoes and canned gravy.  lastly, i did frozen green beans cooked in Cajun seasoning.  by the time these were done, the chicken was ready.  and there you have it:  a nice hearty hot meal with zero planning, minimal effort, and very little time.

*if you are even remotely like me--a culinarily inept, clumsy, and lazy chef--a good set of kitchen shears is a fabulous thing to have.  so much easier than using a knife on things like raw meat.

 

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4 minutes ago, catlady said:

*if you are even remotely like me--a culinarily inept, clumsy, and lazy chef--a good set of kitchen shears is a fabulous thing to have.  so much easier than using a knife on things like raw meat.

 

They’re a must in my house. After I had my first child I appreciated them so much. I cut pizza, hot dogs, even ham steaks with them. Saves so much time and I disassemble them and toss them in the dishwasher.  (I also use them for raw chicken)

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feministxtian

MOST meals I make take 30 minutes or less...unless, like tonight I forgot to take meat out of the freezer. So, tonight was baked chicken (frozen, skinless, boneless), rice and spinach. Tossed the frozen chicken breasts on a cookie sheet, sprinkle with Adobo, Sazon and Old Bay. Oven at 350...didn't bother preheating it. Rice - 3 cups water, 1.5 cups rice. Tossed a couple of chicken bullion cubes in the water. bring water to a boil, throw rice in, bring back to a boil, boil for 5 minutes. Cover pot and turn off stove, let sit 20 minutes. Perfect every time. Spinach...in a pyrex bowl with butter and sazon. Cover with plastic wrap and throw in the microwave for 5-7 minutes. Took me about 5 minutes to figure out what was for dinner and active "cooking" (involving my attention) was maybe 10 minutes. 

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nomoxian
13 hours ago, PennySycamore said:

@Candydandy, heck, even the underwear section of the Sears catalogue is probably off-limits to the Maxwells.

(For you youngsters, back when there was the printed Big Book Sears catalogue, teenage boys used to love looking at the women's underwear section.  Michael Landon said once that was why those teenage boys grew up to like women in garter belts and stockings.   The lingerie section was their porn.)

That's really interesting. When I was a kid, National Geographic was my porn. Aaaand now I have stretched lobes and really like earlobes for some strange reason.

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Black Aliss

So, am I the only one who wonders how they discovered this?

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 We uninstalled and reinstalled K9, but then we discovered, it wasn’t working at all.

I demand details! How did you discover it wasn't working and who landed on what page that gave them the vapors?

Brother Black and I relied on keeping the lines of communication open so that our kids didn't feel the need to hide information, be it their browsing habits or things that went on in real life. So, for example, I knew when Kid Black Three was reading a lot of slash fanfic to try and define themselves sexually by what turned them on, and we could talk about that.  We also had conversations about internet safety and how the internet today is a very different place from what it was in the late 80's and early 90's, when it was virtually impossible to assume a fake identity because your only internet access was through your employer or institution.  The now fully fledged Blacklets have varying degrees of interest in technology, but mostly they regard the internet as a convenient repository of information. 

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Coconutwater

I’m curious, on Twitter or a blog post (I can’t remember) Jesse talked about Pandora so can he only listen to instrumental and if it’s not paid he might hear an unsavory ad...or is this more tech talk? 

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PennySycamore

@nomoxian. when my brother was in junior high, the librarian/8th grade English teacher taped sheets of paper over the bare breasts of the native women in National Geographic.  Of course, all the boys just lifted the paper up to get a look.  The paper probably made it easier to find the "naughty" pictures.  

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When you've been deprived of meat in your burritos for so long, writing a blog post about taco meat probably seemed the height of edginess and excitement. (I initially meant that to be snarky-and-semi-funny, but after writing it now I just feel sad. :cry:)

I suspect the Maxwellian habit of breaking sets of instructions into mind-numbing detail stems from Teri's days of being severely overwhelmed by daily tasks. And I'm not snarking on that at all - I've had anxiety and depression for years and have experienced periods when the most basic tasks seemed utterly overwhelming. Didn't they even come up with some sort of discipline chart so Teri didn't have to decide on what the consequences would be for specific infractions?

From another angle - so much of their focus is taking the potential for mistakes out of daily life. (Scared of making a bad judgment call on which TV programs are appropriate for your family? Just eliminate "The Beast" from your home entirely and you don't have to worry! Etc.) Teri yields headship decisions to Steve and doesn't have to make those types of decisions for the family. And then Steve errs on the side of cutting things out entirely when they bear even the slightest risk of moral temptation, so he doesn't have to use his discernment to sort through all the scary judgment calls of everyday living.

Fear appears to permeate their daily lives. It's no way to live, especially if they claim faith and hope in Jesus.

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