February 19, 2012

What I'm Addicted To Now: Oh Snap, Moo-Moos



Here's my uh, somethingth addition of, What I'm Addicted to Now, yeah there were others.  This one scares me friends, because as with any worth while addiction, it always starts small and grows wildly out of control. A glimpse into my future may go a little something like this: I used to just wear an apron when I cooked, then I wore a smock when I cooked, now I wear a moo-moo to Wal-Mart.  {I don't really wear a smock or moo-moo...yet.}

Here's what got this little post rolling because in typical Cari fashion I pick things to death and over-analyze.  Holla to my over-analytical peeps!  Here's the scoop.  I cook, I kinda love it actually.  I have a few hours to spare on Monday mornings, so I usually make the bulk of our meals for the week, freeze stuff, whatever.  Since I have a kid that eats gluten, dairy and soy free, I cook him a special version of what I make if needed.  {Just a note: Of the two double chocolate cakes made from scratch this weekend, the gluten/dairy free one was far and away better, yeah I don't know how that happened either, but I even did the Pepsi challenge with cake and results were conclusive.}


Last Monday, my son's bus drives up to drop him off and I race out to the end of the driveway, in my apron.  For the record, I was dressed underneath and stuff.  I like the bus driver, we're cool, and so she has no reason to hate on me.  

Then she says, "Are you wearing an apron {kind of smirky-like}?"  Oh, oh, and she giggled at me!  Well obviously lady, why do you feel the need to point it out? 


retro apron AURORA Sleeping Beauty  inspired retro APRON womens full costume aprons in pretty pink polka dots
I WAS NOT wearing an apron like this.
That's kinda smirk worthy.
Half Apron for Women with Amy Butler  and Michael Miller Fabric - Meadowsweet
Cute right? I have 5 similar. Note,
allowing a 7 year old to attempt to
take your picture in an apron is torture.
Just find one on the Internet, c&p. FYI, go
check out this gals site, love.
Let it be known blogosphere, that I am the messiest cook in the Midwest, and I try darn hard not to be, but I spill, splatter, trip, over pour, you name it, the harder I try, the messier it gets.  I've come to terms, thus, I wear an apron.  Spillage onto my clothing is always an issue, so why wouldn't I wear one?  And if I got chicken juice on my shirt, then I'd be grossed out and have to change ASAP.  I'm already a freak with the hand washing, by that I mean I wash my hands a lot; a lot a lot.  So an apron seems logical to me, I'm not trying to be cute, psssh, couldn't be more if I tried.





So now I have a complex.  Am I the only one out there wearing an apron?  Have the grand ol' days of aproning passed?  According to Etsy no, because I could buy 20 hella cute aprons a sitting if I dare go on that site.  I see them everywhere, Bed Bath & Beyond, Target and Wal-Mart.  When my Grandma died, I took the aprons, so I have vintage ones which I still lovingly wear.  I'm hoping some of her awesome cooking skills will transfer osmosis-like via apron.  But I also have cutie cute aprons too.  As mentioned, I might have a slight addiction.  My other Grams wore smocks, which I passed on when she died; but you see, it runs in the family, it's in the genes, I'm afraid.

So if I'm an apron addict, when will enough be enough? Will 20 aprons stuffed in my overflowing kitchen drawer not suffice?  Let me be direct, will I move on to bigger things, literally?  Yeah, that's right, the moo-moo.  I mean we're talking overall coverage with that baby.  I could make 2 pots of spaghetti sauce, go nuts with a chicken and probably make truffles for next Christmas; take it off and my clothes would sparkle.  Is it bad that I see the logic there?  No, no, I also see the hideousness.  As of now, I'd commit myself, but the possibility scares me that when I reach my 60's and the vintage aprons have disintegrated, where will I turn?


In my blogging, uh, research, which involved hours on Etsy; for the blog, and 2 minutes on google, I could go 3 different ways: The housecoat, the moo-moo, or the smock. Oh. My. Lord.  Yes, they still sell all of these.
Snap-Front Duster
The Housecoat

The Smock

Women's Plus Size Moo Moo Dress
Moo Moo, and it's on
sale, $75, what?



I'm taking an informal BGOMS poll to find out if  I'm stuck in 1955 and I should make room for Moo-Moos in my future wardrobe, or if my kid's bus driver is just harassing me.  Not an unlikely scenario either.  Let's also be really honest here, are the sweat pants of today an equivalent to the Moo Moo of yesteryear?  Think it through.


So friends, do you wear an apron?  Do you scoff at the apron?  Are aprons a thing of the past and nobody told me?  Dudes, I know it's only cool to wear some sort of apron with a smart-ass saying when you barbecue, but yes it counts.

41 comments:

  1. I don't wear an apron but I do tuck a towel in my pocket. A similar idea but yours is much cuter.

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    1. Well then I need to send you one of Gramma's, because you're close. I promise you, once you try the apron, you won't be able to go without.

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  2. I dont wear an apron, but if I had one as cute as yours I probably would :)

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    1. WHAT? But you are recipenista, I totally just made that word up. Maybe I should've done a cute apron giveaway on the blog here. The only thing about cute aprons is, you can't say, "I don't want to wear it and ruin it because it's so cute". Nope.

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  3. I don't cook much, but I have always coveted those kinds of cute aprons. Maybe if I had a few I would cook more...

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    1. Interesting school of thought there. Maybe if it were a magic apron. I don't know, you look for an apron that cooks more, and I'll look for one that makes me happy to do the dishes. We're screwed girl. :)

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  4. if I cooked more than once a week you can bet your ass I would have a collection of flippen cute aprons.

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    1. Hahaha, that's no excuse not to have a cute apron! You must. Now, I will go start an apron Pinterest board...and a shoe board...and a cute hand bag board as long as I'm there.

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  5. I forgot "housecoat" was word until this post, LOL! Whatever, yoga pants are the new moo-moo, just a lot less modest with the fat-hugging fit. I'm worried that I will still be wearing yoga pants when they no longer look appropriate (or maybe they already aren't!).

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    1. Actually, I had forgotten too until I googled moo moo. And yes, the moo moo does cover those trouble spots, or uh, it covers everything. You're cute as can be, girl. I say wear the pants, unless there is some sparkly writing on the rump, I don't get that, don't go there. Unless it serves reflective purposes when you're riding your bike. Safety first:)

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  6. Didn't even know they still made aprons to be honest. Let alone all of the other styles you named. Then again I'm not a professional cook. I'm somewhere between hotdog soup and you.

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    1. Oh yeah, they make 'em alright. If I could sew in a straight line, or even sew on a button, I might try making one. But I don't sew. And I threw up in my mouth a little with the soup comment. Why won't it go away, why? Ain't right. {Then again, this is probably the worst post I've ever written, so not sure I should talk}

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  7. I love an apron... and wear them too. I only have two of them, but they are in heavy rotation.

    I have a secret crush on the house coat... Wake up, house coat, watch the sun rise sipping tea and reading a Harlequin romance - that was my granny. One day - I will be old enough to pull it off.

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    1. Oh my gosh, you're cute enough to pull it off too. I know, it's appealing. I feel like I'm already teetering dangerously in "mom jean" territory because I don't like my butt crack showing when I'm standing up straight. At some point with clothing, I think we reach the point of comfort vs. coverage vs. style. You need more aprons!!!! I will enable you.

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    2. Oh, Nessa, just don't start sticking things like one dollar bills and cell phones in your bra strap.

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  8. I should wear an apron. They're really cute. I need one that would look good with my current reading glasses and beaded chain. Maybe I should just go straight for the housecoat so I have a handy sleeve to store my tissue.

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  9. Hahaha! Girl, the other day I was making a beaded bracelet and starting swearing at the bad lighting; I know it wasn't my eyes, couldn't be. If I start collecting $2 bills and doing genealogy...it's dire.

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  10. My vote is that you should sport a corner to corner folded old fashioned dishtowel. I think it's a great look...covers many purposes..and doesn't fit into any of the above listed categories.

    With that said...I have to share a story.... about a year after your (smock) grandma passed...I received an e-mail, from your mom, asking if I was o.k...and what was I talking about? So through question and answer and finding out how the e-mail delivery system failed and delivered a year late...the mail that she got from me asked if I should just go ahead and order a smock for mom from a website that I listed....(she had been gone for a year by then)...

    The moral of the story is.....DON'T WEAR THE SMOCK...PLEASE!

    lol!

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    1. Well here again, dishtowels aren't what they used to be, they're teensy. That won't do me any good, I'd need a bath towel or table cloth even. Oh, sweet story. But why on Earth were you buying her another smock? Enablers, weren't the 48 she had enough? And likewise, if I ever see you wearing one...intervention. Hey, let's buy my mom one for her birthday, hahaha, I'm already out of the will I think, so I've nothing to lose!

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    2. GaFAWWWWWW! I'm soooo doing that for her birthday!

      And...she (g'ma) asked for the smocks! It's all she talked about....more smocks...hers were safety pinned together lol! She needed nice ones for when company came. She sewed and mended with "dark thread so she could see it against the light fabric".

      Ahhhh memories. :) today I'm smiling. Thanks for the blog...
      ~heart-hug~..... YIKES! I just noticed that I'm writing this while sitting in a nice warm (smock-like) bright yellow zip up vest that I slit around the bottom so it would fit better!!!!!...OMG!....send in the intervention!!!!!!!

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    3. That pink one in the pic looks right up her ally. Heehee. I will video it and then we'll post it on FB. Nevermind, I'll still video:) I'm wearing yoga pants, whatcha gonna do. I've got to come up with some kind of safety pin jewelry in grandma's honor.

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  11. Maybe just don a Snuggie and call it good?

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    1. I think you meant to put that on Maj's blog, I don't speak snuggie, nor would I ever. I think I'm allergic. They're too Jedi or something, would rather have 22 layers.

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  12. I think apron wearing for me depends on what I'm wearing, if I have plans later on, and what I'm cooking. Me and Lala have matching purple and white aprons that say, Drama Queen, and Drama Queen in Training. ;-) Now I'm not a drama queen but they were adorable, and it always makes me smile to see her running around the kitchen in her little apron. I think if I cooked more often I would wear an apron more often. Please please do not ever go over to the Moo Moo dark side, there is no return, and a smock is I think just one half step away from Moo moo's so I think it is safer to stick with your too cute aprons. :-D

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    1. You have plans? Ok, see I never have plans later on and still wear an apron. You and La in little matching ones sound cute. I must admit, both my kids have more than one apron. Start 'em young. Smocks always have crusty pockets, I don't think I could do it, ew.

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  13. Aprons are super cool, cute, and NECESSARY for anyone cooking something that doesn't come nice/neat in a pre-packaged box of from the boy on the front porch. I have 2 and plan to add more....especially if I find a cute ruffled one. Don't listen to anyone else. All the COOL COOKS wear aprons. But don't push it and go for the mumu---my 85 yr old grandmother wears those and ALWAYS has. I think she calls it her "duster".

    -Ali

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    1. Oh cute, that's what they must call them in in the south; very lady like to say duster, sounds kind of cute. I've never seen you wear an apron and I make you cook for me every time I see you! The only thing I want in this world besides more aprons and sweaters, is the recipe to your MIL's coconut cake, get me that, I'll die happy;) See, I didn't even talk about your boobs in this post! That's a first.

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  14. I'm thinking of wearing the French-maid type of aprons- yes, I have to admit, I may be fulfilling some kind of fantasy here :).

    Don't ditch your cardigans just yet, Cari. Stay away from Moo Moos. Come to think of it, you can probably jazz them up with a pair of funky flip flops?

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  15. Keep it out of the kitchen Pepper! Or not, I don't know, I don't want to know...moving along.

    My 17th addiction just happens to be sparkly flip flops. No joke. Someday I'll move somewhere warm where I can go cardigan-less and wear flip-flops year round. By then I'll be retired and delivering meals on wheels in my Moo-Moo.

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    1. Who knows, by then they would've already invented leather moo-moos! They'd go well with your sparkly flip flops. I'd welcome you in my apron when you deliver food to my house :)

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  16. I think aprons are cool. If it's your thing, then more power to ya....especially when they are the cute ones from Etsy or the awesome vintage ones. I think osmosis via apron could be possible! Keep trying!

    I have an apron but don't wear it all that often. I can't do the cute tie-at-the-waist ones because invariably when I cook, I manage to get stuff above the waist. It's like the girls have a target on them.

    The apron I have is like the men's BBQ one, only without the smart ass saying. However, the front panel is WAY TOO SMALL to be of much use to me. It's annoying, which is why I don't wear the apron all that much. It usually shifts and winds up covering 1 of the girls and not the other, which looks insanely ridiculous. Maybe they should make aprons with a built-in underwire or shelf bra so that it will stay in place! ;-) That's a million dollar idea right there! LOL!!!

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    1. Well you let the cat out of the bag, and with all the millions that read my blog...ha! I think when it comes down to wearing the apron, it may have more to do with if you are a complete mess, like myself, or your clothes can remain pretty unscathed. Perhaps if I could learn to cook without making a mess, I wouldn't need an apron? But I trie that, and it doesn't work. So apron it is!

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  17. You. are. HILARIOUS! I found your blog because of all things I was searching around on google for a picture of a MOO MOO to send to a gf who didn't know what I was talkin about! I am so happy I found your hilarious blog though and am pumped to read further.

    What on earth was up with this bus driver? Heck yes I wear an apron, don't we all? :)

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