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   Hollyhock posted on Health & Diet  Don’t know where to post this link so I will start here. A while back someone suggested reading the Granny Miller blog. Very interesting lady. While her life is so far removed from the life I lead I am still interested in our food supply. Pay special attention to her thoughts about Chinese pork.

http://www.granny-miller.com/

Would be interested to know what you think.
March 23 at 11:08 EST .

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   Gerty  I follow a basic rule of thumb: Never buy anything from China that will be eaten or come in direct contact with food for my family, our pets, friends and neighbors!
March 25 at 10:10 EST .

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   Carmen  I second that!
April 12 at 10:01 EST .




   Hollyhock posted on Gardening & Landscaping  Isn't this a cute bird bath?
   February 24 at 10:21 EST .

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   Balogreene  My mother would kill to have the horn in working condition!. It is adorable however.
February 24 at 21:40 EST .

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   Gerty  If I didn't like birds so much, I would say this is a sad ending for such a noble instrument.
March 3 at 16:38 EST .

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   Hollyhock posted on Recipes  Who knows about leaf lard and uses it? Basically it is no-hydrogenated rendered pork fat. I use mainly olive oil, coconut oil and butter. Lately I have been reading about leaf lard.
February 23 at 14:09 EST .

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   Hollyhock  I meant non-hydrogenated. Egad, I don't know if my mistakes are typing related or sight related, maybe both.
February 23 at 14:16 EST .

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   BirdsNest  I use lard for pie crust and biscuits. Like it better.
February 23 at 14:26 EST .

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   Hollyhock posted on Dogs, Cats & Critters  Bird, what kind are these?
   February 19 at 18:32 EST .

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   Hollyhock  If I could have chickens I would give them names after the former first biddies.
February 19 at 18:36 EST .

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   Gram77  What color eggs does this chicken produce?
February 20 at 09:02 EST .

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   BirdsNest  HH, I am not as good at identifying as Hagar is but my first thought was "Seabright". And their eggs are likely light to dk brown on the small side of a medium size egg. Love the penciling of the feathers. she is very beautiful and her chick is adorable.
February 20 at 20:12 EST .

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   Balogreene  Gorgeous.
February 20 at 21:39 EST .

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   Mildred  My daughter believes this is a version of lacy Wyandotte.
February 23 at 20:19 EST .

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   Hollyhock posted on Recipes  We seem to be on the topic of crock pots. I need to replace mine. Any opinions as to the best brands, models, most versatile?
February 1 at 10:22 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Ours is a Rival. Just make sure you get one with a removable bowl.
February 1 at 15:31 EST .

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   Balogreene  Like I said below, here's the link to the Hamilton Beach, at Amazon.
http://www.amazon.com/Hamilton-Beach-331
35-6-Quart-Stainless/dp/B000R8A1OK/ref=s
r_1_49?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1391290
589&sr=1-49&keywords=crock+pots+and+slow
+cookers
February 1 at 16:44 EST .

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   Balogreene  I take mine to work every year and do baked beans for our picnic. When it is time to take the leftovers home, my boss very carefully rubber bands the lid on. I wish it did have clamps.
February 2 at 03:04 EST .

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   Ynaught  A friend of mine has one that not only has clamps, but has a serving spoon that attaches to the lid. Very nice addition.
February 2 at 20:39 EST .

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   Hollyhock  The HB with 3 different size crocks is what I have but it is wearing out. I didn't think they made it anymore. I may just get another. Hubby's favorite meal is a pot roast. Maybe I could repurpose the old crocks into a small water fountain for the back yard.
February 3 at 09:51 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Our WalMart had a Hamilton Beach with lock down clamps on clearance for $31.
February 4 at 16:59 EST .

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   Hollyhock posted on Main Page The Lobby  Jerico, do you have an up date on your friend Patty? Any Change?
January 15 at 15:50 EST .

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   Jerico  No I have not heard anything for two days. I know that the dr wanted to talk to them about end of life. If I don't hear tomorrow I am going to call. Please keep praying.
January 16 at 01:44 EST .

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   Jerico  I think they are removing the respirator today. She'll go home to The Lord soon I'm sure. I'm so sad for us. Thank you all for your prayers.
January 18 at 12:19 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  Oh dear, sending a hug, seems we are losing so many relatives and friends this year, our Annie aka Bonnie Blue Flag and cousin Kurt both at Thanksgiving and a few more, sigh..........
January 19 at 17:57 EST .

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   Hollyhock posted on Household Hints  Question - does anyone keep their car in the garage anymore? Don't know where this should go. Pet Peeves? Nostalgia? Househoul Hints?

Seriously, when I look around our neighborhood we are the only house that garages our cars.
December 15 at 16:50 EST .

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   Nugoddess  We garage our car. I had a 2004 Acura TL that I kept garaged - it looked almost like new (couple of tiny chips ) but the interior had no cracks or tears. I cannot understand why anyone would not garage their vehicle.
December 15 at 18:04 EST .

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   Bettijo  Not only do I keep my car in my garage, I keep it LOCKED and the power to the garage opener turned off. Guess I am paranoid. But when I was in Chicago visiting my daughter a couple of years ago, her garage was broken into and my car, her car, and everything not nailed down was stolen.

A number of years ago I was burglarized and every since then I have kept my "good" jewelry (not that I have much ) hidden...sometimes even I cannot find it. Once burned, I learn the lesson of a hot stove very well.
December 18 at 15:42 EST .

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   Ynaught  We have a two car garage with so much crap in it that my husband's ATV can't even fit in it. When we moved here 17 years ago, we put a lot of boxes in the garage "temporarily" until we had time to unpack them. Still waiting for the free time to do the job! :-(
December 18 at 22:44 EST .

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   Balogreene  Garage? What is a garage? In all my sixty years, we lived in two houses with garages. Even up north of Chicago, all we had was a carport (that was an old farmhouse ). Here in VA, only the newer houses have garages, and townhouses don't.

In the townhouse we can't even fit a shed. We really need a place for the lawnmower and gardening supplies, a garage would be nice.
December 20 at 20:00 EST .

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   Carmen  When people finish their basements, they realize they have no place for 'stuff' any more and have to use their garages. For this reason, we will never finish our basement. And also --- I hate being underground unless there is a tornado warning.
December 22 at 10:13 EST .

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   Carmen  Our houses in the Chicago area (Maywood and Oak Park ) always had garages but they weren't attached. These were houses built in the 30's. Most all the houses in our neighborhoods had garages with alleys behind them.
December 22 at 10:15 EST .

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   Carmen  I said built in the 30's but most, I think were turn of the century.
December 22 at 10:16 EST .

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   Hollyhock posted on Recipes  I found this today. It cracked me up but the more I think about it - why not? Home canned cheese. I guess it is possible to can butter also.

http://www.keyingredient.com/recipes/801015039/canning-chees
e/
November 21 at 10:18 EST .

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   BirdsNest  We have canned cheese. But have not done butter. It is on the list of things to do.
November 21 at 11:17 EST .

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   BirdsNest  We have also canned bacon. Why?? Because it is shelf stable.
November 23 at 08:07 EST .

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   Hollyhock posted on Recipes  It never occurred to me to make my own ingredients. Lately I have found all sorts of recipes on Pinterest, Key ingerdient and Tasty Kitchen.

Besides making your own lemoncello and vanilla you can make almond extract, almond paste, vanilla paste, condensed milk, brown sugar, boiled spiced cider syrup and more. Has anyone else tried any of those recipes?
November 16 at 20:13 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Brown sugar and dark brown sugar-depends on how much molasses you add. You can also "make" your own cake flour and self rising flour.
We have made limoncello and vanilla extract, and will be making bourbon vanilla extract.

Everyone else chime in on your DIY things.
November 16 at 22:04 EST .

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   Judith  Years ago I read a Swedish novel. The characters went out into their woods, picked tiny, wild strawberries, infused them and had the most delicious sounding strawberry (vodka, I think, but they called it something else )drink. But I have to time it just right to get the native strawberries here in May/June.
November 17 at 07:50 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Maybe something like this??
http://www.fragoli.biz/
November 17 at 08:41 EST .

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   Judith  BirdsNest, thank you so much. That looks so delicious and would be quite the treat in my cold New England winter.
November 18 at 06:27 EST .

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   Hollyhock posted on Health & Diet  Has anyone been hearing about our government's intent to allow chicken processed in China to be sold in the US? There is a petition to sign on the .gov website but I am shying away from putting my info to anything gubmint. Don't know why I don't trust them. Here is the link to an article:

http://www.wnd.com/2013/10/sign-petition-to-ban-chinese-proc
essed-chicken/


I think this is cause for concern. Also more pet treats are suspected of being tainted and poisoning dogs and cats lately.

What do you all think?
October 24 at 10:49 EST .

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   Gerty  I don't think I could do anything to stop them. However, I would consider making a really big sound (! ) if they don't label the country of origin.

As it is, unless I absolutely need it, I put all merchandise labeled "Made in China" right back on the shelf.
October 24 at 19:32 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Chinese company just bought Smithfield pork, they supposedly cannot grow enough pigs in China for their own needs. So I guess we will all pay more for pork from other places. Already I don't like Smithfield, haven't for a lot of years, their pork has little to no taste. Chicken is another story, so many of the chicken processors add so much garbage to the product that it tastes lousy and costs money. Food Lion has a Nature's Place brand of chicken that no matter how you prepare it all you get is a metallic taste. The store brands of chicken are little to no taste here, try to stick with Perdue or Holly Farms, making sure there is no added flavor enhancers or anything else added.
October 25 at 07:25 EST .

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   Balogreene  I hardly ever eat meat, except ground beef which can be sauced up and not taste like beef. I never liked the flavor of beef, ever. But, over the last several years, the flavor of all meats has become the problem. I don't like it. I still do bacon and sausage, but ham, chicken, turkey, no longer taste good to me. I have no idea if it's me that's changed, or the taste of the meats.
October 25 at 19:09 EST .

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   BirdsNest  The tastes of the meats have changed significantly. The animals are being rushed to market. If you could ever get to taste homegrown meat like pork, it would spoil you. We do not raise anything meatwise to eat, because I get too attached to everything here, except the big ducks, them I could eat. I have eaten fresh pork and it was SO GOOD.
October 25 at 20:46 EST .

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   Carmen  I make all of our dogs treats - 2 large yellow labs. I use chicken or venison, carrots, eggs, olive oil and flour. I knead it, roll it out and bake at 200 deg. for 4 hours.

Sometimes I add moldy cheese or peanut butter for variety.
December 7 at 17:07 EST .

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