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   BirdsNest posted on Recipes  Talking with a friend he gave us a recipe for a cake he said was really delicious, and the only cake he WOULD EVER use a box cake mix for. I think he called it Simply Divine.
1 box yellow cake mix
dump that in a bowl
1 can fruit cocktail
dump that in the bowl
1/2 C. chopped nuts(your choice )
dump them in the bowl
1/2 C. blueberries (fresh or frozen )
dump them on top.
Mix all ingredients together til combined.

Grease a cake pan, he never said what size so use your best judgement.

Bake at 350F til the top and sides are dark brown.

Using an ice cream scoop, while the cake is still hot from the oven, scoop some and put it in a dessert bowl or glass, top with vanilla ice cream. Enjoy!

The cake can be microwaved once it has cooled and you have maybe some left. Heat til hot, add ice cream.

I will make this but use a DIY yellow cake mix, just my personal preference.

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Yesterday at 19:55 EST .

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   BirdsNest posted on Gardening & Landscaping  Our friend has raised beds she has been planting in forever. She is in her mid 70's and is busy all the time helping to care for her great grandchildren. No time for canning this year and apparently little time to care for the veggies in the raised beds. We had not been over for awhile and when we went to her house to water the plants while she was away for a few days we were shocked to see the beds full of weeds, over 5ft tall. I finally carved out some time to get over there, she was away again til tomorrow, and in an hour I had all 5 beds cleared of weeds and watered. I left the weeds in 2 piles, the guy that gets paid to cut the grass can haul them off. If he does not then I will load them in our van and dispose of them on our burn pile. That was my good deed for the week. It was a nice cool day for it and I only got hot when I had to haul buckets of water to put on the herbs and few remaining pepper plants. After going over there numerous times to water her plants I still do not know where the outside faucet is. She collects rainwater in buckets to use to water all plants.
Yesterday at 19:46 EST .

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   Gerty  Miss Birdie--you've turned into a real, live "gardening angel! Well done!
8 hours ago .

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   MeiDei  I think you used up at least a week of "Random Kindnesses"
God bless you. We amend our soil and the weeds find them irresistible don't they?
4 hours ago .

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   Hollyhock  Birdie, what an act of kindness. Would love to see your friends face when she sees the work is done.
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   BirdsNest posted on Gardening & Landscaping  We attended a workshop for hoop houses, now the high tunnels they showed us were used and put together in a cheap way, but we gleaned some information from the thing anyway. Our local Food Bank has a hoop house with tomatoes planted and all were invited to come and ask questions or volunteer to help the transition to a late crop of tomatoes. That was on Friday. The hoop house was so crowded with tomato vines I wasn't willing to help since my clothes would have been ruined by the tomato vines-the stuff that rubs off stains so badly. We stood around and asked questions but we were even more interested in the "Garden Soxx" they used to plant the tomatoes in. This house is on a parking lot and concrete, they use the Garden Soxx filled with planting medium and place them on landscape fabric and add drip tape and POOF!! instant raised beds. Go to the website and check it out. This looks like the answer for us. They even sell the whole shebang-hoop house(with stainless tubing and plastic sheeting,Garden Soxx,heater,drip tape, and more ) for $35,000. Any one with that amount of change just lying around, it's on my wish list!! Really the answer for those who cannot till their soil or live in a small area where there is not much room. The Soxx can be cut to a manageable size to fit where you need it. Can also buy pre-filled sizes. Anyway, go take a look.....
http://www.gardensoxx.com/

We want this for our next year's crop of tomatoes, that way we can utilize an area that DOES NOT have to be tilled, just cut the grass, landscape fabric goes down, the filled Soxx on top.Ta Da!
September 14 at 10:48 EST .

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   BirdsNest  This has been up for a day, has anyone visited the website? I was contacted by the company because I made a comment about how I would like to sell these. No one on the Shore carries these and I would really like to be able to use these myself. Several of the people who attended the workshop are interested also. We do not have a store, our "store" is the railroad tracks flea market on Saturdays!! This Saturday is the town wide yard sale in Exmore. I have a request from a customer for a quart of apple butter so that means I have to make some more. I only made pints.
Yesterday at 07:32 EST .

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   BirdsNest  For folks like Balogreene,Surfie,heck anyone! These answer a really hard question about where can we put the garden and who is going to till it. Plus if you get the filled ones they are filled with Super Compost and weeds will be almost nil especially if they are placed on landscape fabric. There is NOTHING better than no weeds to a gardener. Minimum work, maximum benefit.
Yesterday at 07:36 EST .

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   Flaming Sword  I did go to the site right away. Read it all. Compared the pros and cons to Earthboxes, and for me the Earthboxes won hands down. Not that these aren't a good idea though.
Yesterday at 14:46 EST .

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   BirdsNest  It's good that you checked it out. The Earthboxes don't work for everyone. And the Garden Soxx may not be the ideal for all.
Yesterday at 19:32 EST .

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   BirdsNest  WW, the Food Bank Soxx have been through their 3rd season and still look great. Granted they leave them in place, but there is no reason to move them anyway. All they do is remove the dead plants, tidy up the area and wait til next growing season.
No weeds to pull, except for a very few we saw, it looks like a grand solution. This garden is not tended to every day either, a young lady from Va Beach comes over a couple of times a week and supervises volunteers. Except for watering, there is not much to do once the plants are in and the strings are attached to the braces in the top of the hoophouse. They have drip lines for watering.
Yesterday at 20:52 EST .

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   BirdsNest posted on Health & Diet  I found this to be interesting.
http://www.naturalnews.com/046783_neem_skin_health_Ayurvedic
_medicine.html
September 8 at 08:45 EST .

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   BirdsNest posted on Main Page The Lobby  Most of these we already know...
http://www.naturalnews.com/046776_popular_lies_Americans_sta
te_of_denial.html
September 8 at 08:43 EST .

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   BirdsNest posted on Gardening & Landscaping  The manufacturer of Ball jars has changed their guidelines for prepping lids for hot water bath canning. They do not recommend boiling the lids, simply put them in water no hotter than 180F or wash with soapy water,rinse and dry and use them that way. We have not boiled our lids for a long time but still keep them in hot water til ready to place on the jar. For those that use the old method of heating jars in the oven, boiling lids and then just filling jars and covering them....I have no expertise in that method. A good friend of ours does that and is successful but we stick to USDA guidelines for most of our canning. Oddly enough, the USDA has not changed their guidelines.
September 5 at 07:23 EST .

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   Balogreene  The new things I have read (so all I've used ), recommend the hot, not boiling, method. I do keep everything in hot water till I put it in the jars, thus 4 pans on the stove!
September 7 at 20:17 EST .

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   BirdsNest posted on Gardening & Landscaping  today I want to make tomato jam with the last of the tomatoes. There will still be a few more for eating but I really want to make the jam. Another batch of pepper relish is in order, last year we made 60 pts and there are 2 left(we don't eat any ). I want to gift some to the old fella that asked me to make it for him 2 yrs ago. He has hit hard times and cannot afford to buy it anymore. Made a batch of hot pepper relish and found among the pepper plants a hot pepper that I did not know was there, so I used 4 of those ground up in with the 2# jalapenos with seeds,this batch is NOTICEABLY hotter. My hand burned for a full day after touching them. I used food service gloves, but they tear easily and that was the result.
September 3 at 07:52 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Made the tomato jam, 1 pint,5 half pints and 2 midgees(a really small jar ). Hagar tasted it..."tastes like ketchup"...a lot of help he is!!
September 5 at 07:12 EST .

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   Flaming Sword  My fruit roll sheets arrived 30 minutes later. Herb drying question. I have 9 trays. Each tray has the needlepoint type screen. Since I probably won't dry more than 3 or 4 trays of herbs at a time, can't I just put the herbs on the tray, then top it with the screen from an unused tray?
Yesterday at 15:29 EST .

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   BirdsNest posted on Recipes  Crack Pie....follow the suggestion to use throwaway aluminum pie pans. Makes 2 pies, keep one frozen for later consumption.

http://www.browneyedbaker.com/momofuku-milk-bar-crack-pie-re
cipe/
September 3 at 07:46 EST .

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   BirdsNest posted on Suggested Viewing/Listening  Hagar found a DVD collection at the flea market of 4 seasons of "Rumpole of the Bailey". A great series and we are enjoying it all over again.
August 31 at 08:32 EST .

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   MeiDei  Love that series! Came this close to getting a sweat shirt that was imprinted "She Who Must Be Obeyed". : )
September 1 at 21:14 EST .

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   Safetydude  Good old Horace. He should have been Head of Chambers.
...of course I've been drinking...how else do you think I come out with these blinding flashes of deduction...sober?
September 2 at 22:22 EST .

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   BirdsNest posted on Movies & Reviews  Just a word from a lurker on this wall....you all are doing a great job of keeping this wall fresh and interesting. I manage to get here every few days to read what's been added. Keep up the good work.
August 31 at 08:28 EST .

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   HopeandGlory  It's good to see you here Birdie. Hopefully when the gardening season winds down, you can join in with us.
August 31 at 08:34 EST .

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   StormCnter  How lovely to see you. We're glad you're visiting and hope you will jump right in when you feel like it.
August 31 at 08:42 EST .

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   MeiDei  Oh Bird, how thoughtful of you. Thank you. Add your comments pro or con of the movies, or an experience you had when you saw it. : ) Good & bad accepted.
August 31 at 08:49 EST .

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