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   StormCnter posted on Suggested Reading  After pushing it back on my shelf for several months and even after my son-in-law told me how the book impressed him, I am finally getting into Laura Hillebrand's "Unbroken". I resisted it because war stories, particularly those involving torture and imprisonment are not my favorite genre and certainly not entertaining. However, when my stash of unread books withered down to a sad few, I decided to give "Unbroken" a try. I'm 63 pages in and I'm thinking I was mistaken to have avoided it for so long. What did any of you think of that book? I'm sure by now every reader except me has read it.
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   StormCnter posted on Suggested Viewing/Listening  Anyone else following "Amish Mafia"? I have a weird attraction to that show.
April 11 at 06:18 EST .




   StormCnter posted on Suggested Viewing/Listening  This more properly belongs on the Movie wall, but that wall isn't used for discussing movies anymore. So...has anyone else seen "August: Osage County" and what did you think of it? I watched it yesterday. Intense is the best description I can offer.
April 10 at 05:26 EST .



   Yottyhere  I hope some others who have seen the movie comment with you. I had read about that movie the original screen play in Wikipedia and it sounded pretty intense and then when I read that Hollywood had made the movie I wondered about the casting....
Julia Roberts as Barbara seemed to me as a miscast how do you think she did?
April 10 at 13:02 EST .


   StormCnter  I thought everyone in the movie was great and Julia Roberts turned in the finest performance I have seen. But, I was surprised at the dark turns of the plot and the truly ugly confrontations among the family members. I felt a bit wrung out when it was over.
April 10 at 13:55 EST .

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   StormCnter posted on Music  I ran across this while looking for something else. Maybe some of you would enjoy a bit of Der Bingle and Galway Bay.





April 5 at 08:11 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  Oh, drat!! I posted the wrong link in the post I deleted. Let's try this. A parody of Galway Bay .

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1uo0gkrD
gM
April 5 at 22:02 EST .

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   StormCnter posted on Recipes  One of my kitchen peeves is when the boiled eggs get greenish around the yolk. Yes, there are suggestions for preventing this and some of them work. But, I saw a household tip this morning saying it's easier to steam eggs than to boil them. And the result is green-free. Has anyone ever tried this? The site said 10-12 minutes over a couple of inches of boiling water is sufficient. I wonder if it works for a large batch, say a dozen?
April 2 at 16:08 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Just make sure you don't boil the pan dry. Years ago when we had a vegetable steamer, I used it mostly for eggs and the result was a tender egg. It took 20 minutes if I remember correctly and I do not remember having any green eggs, ever. I would guess if the pot was large enough and you had a large enough colander to place over top as long as the eggs weren't piled on top of one another it should be alright. I wonder if the bamboo steamer would work for this?? I may try it.
April 2 at 17:13 EST .


   StormCnter  thanks!
April 2 at 18:05 EST .

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   Balogreene  I bake mine. Half an hour at 350. Straddle them over the "muffin cups" on a mini muffin pan.

I have to admit, I don't think eggs are done until they have the green around the edge, I like my eggs HARD. I actually bake them more like 45 minutes to an hour. Just like I put the eggs in water, bring it to a boil, and simmer them for an hour.

Mom doesn't really want the green ring, but doesn't do them herself, so just laughs at me.

My Sis just bought a NuWave oven, and they supposedly hard-cook eggs. I'm going to try it next.
April 2 at 20:22 EST .




   StormCnter posted on Gardening & Landscaping  Okay, you who are more knowledgeable about this stuff than I: Due to really severe low temps during the winter, some of my usually hardy shrubs have suffered. I am most concerned about the four large pittosporum(s ) in the front. The variegated versions in the back yard are just fine, but the standards turned completely brown. My yard guy found all kinds of green wood on the branches, so we decided to prune them back to get rid of the dead leaves. Will they come back?
March 29 at 06:28 EST .

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   BirdsNest  There has been lots of winter kill this year on many shrubs and trees. I would think that once the weather looks to be stable(next couple of weeks ) you could fertilize and cross your fingers.

We have lost 2 Rosemary bushes, one is the size of a small car. Also our 20+ year old Bay Laurel tree(12 ft tall ), protected from NW wind and south facing we have never had so much as a hint of winter issues. Hagar is in total mourning for that. He did some cuttings in the Fall and we may get something out of that. Don't even know how the fig trees have fared, scared to even investigate. No signs of growth as yet. Blueberries are starting to burst, almond tree has shown some life. Waiting on the other fruit trees.
March 29 at 07:52 EST .

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   StormCnter  Isn't it sad? I only have one big fig and it freezes almost to the ground yearly, but pruned back very early spring, I still get two crops from it. And it's in a protected southwest area of the yard.

I'll follow your advice with the fertilizer, maybe a diluted application. Those shrubs were just huge, not tall but very spread out and were lovely. I mourn.
March 29 at 11:59 EST .

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   StormCnter posted on Suggested Reading  Anyone read "The Eighty Dollar Champion" by Elizabeth Letts? I picked it up off a bargain table at Barnes & Noble. I had never heard of it, although the cover blurb identifies it as a best-seller. The horse was rescued from a trailer headed for the slaughterhouse by a young Dutch horsetrainer who had recently emigrated to the US with his wife.

Anyway, I'm enjoying it a great deal and can't wait to pass it on to my horse-loving granddaughter. What a great story.
March 24 at 09:00 EST .

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   StormCnter posted on Music  Anywhere in Texas on karaoke night at the honky-tonks, this is the song wannabe cowboys like to sing:





March 22 at 09:22 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  might be an old lady now, but I still have my key chain they gave me for hanging on, memento from Gilly's in Pasadena for riding the bull
March 22 at 15:41 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  Gilley's
March 22 at 15:42 EST .

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   StormCnter posted on Music  Flamenco guitar fans?




March 18 at 08:33 EST .

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   Safetydude  Canadian Flamenco guitarist Jesse Cook.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TcIYyIbp
Mt4
March 18 at 21:09 EST .

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   StormCnter posted on Suggested Viewing/Listening  Does anyone else think "Duck Dynasty" has lost its freshness. I've watched the newest shows and they are only sporadically interesting. And I'm a big fan! Maybe the Robertsons should close it up and retire back to West Monroe, knowing how we appreciate their example and their influence.
March 6 at 16:04 EST .

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   Rollingcow  I'm still loving every minute of it. The Robertsons remind me of my brothers and their friends so it never stops amusing me.
Mrs. Cow
March 7 at 11:25 EST .

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