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   Hollyhock posted on Recipes  To reheat left over mashed potatoes use a double boiler. For some reason reheating them in a saucepan or microwave changes the flavor.
Yesterday at 08:00 EST .

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   Hollyhock posted on Main Page The Lobby  This is on Breitbart today. I am appalled that the Mexican gov is free to operate inside the US in such a way and even use municipal buildings.

Sunday at 13:30 EST .

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   Hollyhock posted on Health & Diet  Is anyone into using essential oils? I am not talking about "aroma therapy" but using them for treating common ailments. I am trying to educate myself and am trying them out. I am also learning about making soaps and lotions. Anyone else?
November 21 at 13:56 EST .

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   Hollyhock posted on Crafts  There was a request for ideas for homemade gifts. I save ideas for later and sometimes the ideas get lost when I transfer them from my short term memory to my long term memory.

There is a paint technique using Sharpie markers and alcohol. Requires no artistic talent. Look up Sharpie and alcohol art for picture tutorials to see how easy it is. Finished items look like lovely watercolors. I am wanting to try it on dish towels or T shirts. Kids can do it.
November 17 at 12:22 EST .

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   Hollyhock posted on Main Page The Lobby  I think this is pretty amazing about the DOJ and the media keeping silent. I hope I copied it correctly. Can be found on American Thinker.
October 19 at 10:25 EST .

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   Gerty  You copied just fine, Hollyhock.

Reading it gives one the feeling we are not in the USA anymore. Corruption is rampant and a whole administration is out to hurt us.

What a mess!!
October 19 at 10:50 EST .

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   MeiDei  This has been given to the 9th Circuit Courts; I don't feel reassured since historically they are over ruled 75% of the time. Perhaps this time a fair outcome will happen.
October 19 at 15:47 EST .

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   Hollyhock posted on Recipes  My brain cannot absorb any more Ebola news. Today I am fasting news and radio. That means I can bake cookies. DH is a happy man. This is a recipe handed down from my Mom. I know that Crisco is a really bad hydrogenated fat but try it once as it appears before trying to change the fat. I think Spectrum makes a non-hydrogenated shortening. I have tried both butter and lard and didn't like how they turned out.

Peanut Butter Cookies 350 degrees
1 c shortening (crisco works best )
1 c peanut butter, regular or super chunk
1 c brown sugar
1 c white sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2-1/4 c flour
1-1/2 tsp soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

Sift together dry ingredients, set aside. Cream peanut butter, shortening, and sugars. Add eggs and vanilla, mixing till fluffy. Add dry ingredients and mix all together. Spoon onto cookie sheet and press with fork dipped in sugar.
October 17 at 12:09 EST .

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   Balogreene  My mom's recipe! The best peanut butter cookies in the world.
October 18 at 22:24 EST .

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   Hollyhock  I agree, Balo. Recipe is from 1940's - 1950's.
October 19 at 08:59 EST .

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   Balogreene  Mom's recipe calls it "Peter Pan cookies" after Peter Pan Peanut Butter.
October 24 at 17:00 EST .

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   Hollyhock posted on Recipes  BIL sent me some "browned" sugar from the Amish store. It is granular and dry not like the brown sugar that I am used to. I have been using it in tea and coffee. Does anyone know about it?
October 15 at 19:12 EST .

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   Balogreene  Raw sugar is brown and granular, and really good.
October 18 at 22:01 EST .

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   Hollyhock  This Amish browned sugar looks like dry yeast. Tastes good but I wouldn't know how to bake with it. I like to try things that are from different regions of the US that are not available to us in Washington state.
October 19 at 10:35 EST .

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   Balogreene  I only use it in my coffee.
October 24 at 17:00 EST .

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   Hollyhock posted on Gardening & Landscaping  Bird, is the grape juice processed for 10 mins in a water bath canner? Do you remove the seeds from grapes or use whole?
September 17 at 22:17 EST .

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   Hagar  Wash and stem fresh, firm-ripe grapes. Put 1C. grapes in to a hot qt jar. Add 1/2 to 1 cup sugar. Fill jar with boiling water, leaving 1/4" head space. Adjust cap.
Process qts 10 min in boiling water bath.
This is straight out of the Ball Blue Book.
September 17 at 22:51 EST .

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   MeiDei  That's the process I easy. Doesn't work well with white grapes, tried that once. I used Concord grapes.
September 18 at 09:49 EST .

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   Hollyhock posted on Health & Diet  Hi Clipped Wings and Mei Day. Could you give more information about the Doctor/clinic that does stem cell treatments in Tennessee? BIL is very interested and is in TN.
September 17 at 20:08 EST .

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   Clipped wings  I am refraining from endorsing this treatment...yet. I have had two injections and didn't get much, if any, improvement from the second. I have one more and I hope there will be marked improvement.
This is a doctor from Viet Nam. He only charges a small sum for his time/equipment. He has remarkable stories of some of the research he was involved with. From those, I have hope!
September 23 at 18:39 EST .

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   MeiDei  Sorry Hollyhock I am as much interested as you are with no experience or anything to offer. Since passing along the information (below ) a friend told me her husband had checked with his doctor and was told he was, unfortunately, not a good candidate for it.
For your sake Clipped I'm offering prayers for a well received cure.
September 24 at 21:12 EST .

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   MeiDei  Hollyhock - this was posted on The Forum and by morning could swiftly go to another page or 2 or 3 before you might get to see it. It has to do with stem cell breakthrough for arthritis suffers.
October 8 at 00:51 EST .

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   Hollyhock posted on Faith  Prayer Alert! Olhokie64, long time poster and friend of the Connection is in very poor health and in need of our prayers.
May 16 at 10:00 EST .

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   Gram77  Prayers from Gram.
May 16 at 10:49 EST .

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   Phooey  Sent with more to come.
May 16 at 14:02 EST .

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   HopeandGlory  Prayers going up!
May 16 at 17:43 EST .

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   Surfhut  Prayers for our dear friend.
May 16 at 19:43 EST .

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   NWPA  I'm sorry to hear of this. Will certainly pray for a good outcome.
May 23 at 22:14 EST .

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