Bettijo posted on Health & Diet 8 Ways to Improve Your Salad Dressing What's a salad without a dressing?
It's like Bert without Ernie, a burger without a bun, Sunday without football on TV. A salad is not a salad without some good stuff drizzled on top.
Food manufacturers realized this long ago, and today, entire supermarket aisles are dedicated to salad dressings and toppings. Unfortunately, some dressings do more harm than good. Here are a few tips to help you make the best choices. 1. Make your own dressing This is a no-brainer. In most parts of the world, it's unthinkable to buy salad dressing. People prepare the dressing as part of the salad making process. It's as easy as mixing 1 part oil, 1 part lemon/vinegar, and adding salt and pepper to taste. From there, you can build your dressing with additional herbs and spices. There's no shortage of recipes.
The following tips are for prepared dressings: 2. Decrease the serving size and calories The standard serving for salad dressing is 2 tablespoons, ranging from 50 to 200 and more calories. An easy way to cut the calories is to use less dressing. Work the dressing into the salad until you can't see any blobs of sauce, just a shiny coating all over the salad greens.
3. Don't water down you salad Many of the low-fat, or non-fat dressings are primarily water. You're paying over $4.00 for a bottle of dressing, the least they could do is fill it up with a more expensive ingredient like fine olive oil. Also - why drown your greens after you've dried them up so nicely before serving?
4. A little bit of fat is not bad Vitamins A, D, E, and K, found in salad vegetables, are fat soluble. This means your body will be more likely to absorb them when they're mixed with some oil.
5. Skip the toppings They may add extra crunch and flavor, but the caloric and sodium contribution of bacon bits and croutons almost negate the purpose of the salad - a nutrient dense addition to your day.
6. Avoid added sugars Some dressings can get really tangy, so a bit of added sweetener rounds out the flavor remarkably. The problem is that in many cases, manufacturers add too much sugar. For example, almost 25% of Wishbone's Red Wine Vinaigrette Salad Dressing calories come from sugar. In other dressings, the sugar content can reach up to 50% of the calories!
7. Salty? One of the challenges with salad dressing is the sodium content, which can be higher than 500mg per serving. That's close to 25% of the daily maximum. Look for 300mg per serving, or less.
8. Avoid Phosphoric Acid Many dressings use phosphoric acid (E338 ), an artificial additive that provides a tangy taste for a much cheaper price than lemons. Phosphoric acid is widely used in soft drinks. Some studies have linked it to lowering bone density.
Bottom Line Salad dressing is a great way to help increase vegetable consumption. Make sure to choose a dressing that does not negate the health benefits of your greens. Better yet, make your own dressing!
January 29 at 10:34 EST .
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Escaped commieny What an education ! Publix often has 2 for 1 on WishBone dressings, Just checked the Hurricane closet: Italian House ( naturally helps absorb Vitamins A & E )HAH Nutrition Facts: Fat 10 g, no trans or poly, but 5mg cholest., 260mg of Sodium with NO Vit A, C Calcium or Iron So checked the Ranch, also advertized as better to absorb A & E Sat fat 2 g, pol fat 8g, mono 3g, cholest 0 but sodium is 230mg, no fiber no Vit A,C Calcium, Iron or E Beat me with a stick, They say get More for Your Salad, HAH again. The Italian says sorbic acid but the Ranch uses the phosphoric, think I have clean out the hurricane closet.
It’s a clever ad, on multiple levels. Its length means that it won’t air on television, at least not in paid slots, although portions of it will no doubt air on cable news over the next few days. Walker avoids snark and instead goes for a tone of sincere, Reaganesque revival — matching his “Our American Revival” campaign theme. It’s designed to boost optimism in the future rather than spend too much time looking to the past, although Walker’s team made sure to include a shot of Barack Obama bowing to the emperor of Japan when talking about “weakness abroad.”
Bettijo After thought: In addition to more jobs, he is taking credit for drop in gas price, Tahmooressi freed from Mexican jail, death of Bin Laden, ending Iraq war, upturn in economy, and other things that actually happened in spite of him and his policies. But then he does not take credit for things he is responsible for: Benghazi, Fast and Furious, IRS Scandal, war again in Iraq, etc.
Bettijo posted on Main Page The Lobby Sisi [Egyptian President] was speaking in Cairo’s most famous theological center, and his audience included the country’s leading imams. He told them that the dominant thinking of virtually all authoritative Islamic religious leaders had turned the entire world against them:
Bettijo posted on Jokes A young Arab asks his father, “What is this weird hat that we are wearing ?” “It’s a ‘chechia’ because, in the desert, it protects our heads from the sun.” “And what is this type of clothing that we are wearing?” “It’s a ‘djbellah’ because, in the desert, it is very hot and it protects your body” “And what are these ugly shoes that we have on our feet ?” “These are ‘babouches’, which keep us from burning our feet when in the desert” “Tell me, Papa…” “Yes, my son ?” “Why are we living in Melbourne and still wearing all this crap?”
Bettijo posted on Jokes 50 years together Their three kids, all successful, agreed to a Sunday dinner in their honor. "Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad," gushed Son No. 1. 'Sorry I'm running late. I had an emergency at the hospital with a patient, you know how it is, and I didn't have time to get you a gift." "Not to worry," said the father. "Important thing is we're all together today." Son No. 2 arrived. "You and Mom look great, Dad. I just flew in from LA between depositions & didn't have time to shop for you." "It's nothing," said the father. "We're glad you were able to come." Just then the daughter arrived. "Hello and happy anniversary! Sorry, but my boss is sending me out of town & I was really busy packing so I didn't have time to get you anything." After they had finished dessert, the father said, "There's something your mother and I have wanted to tell you for a long time. "You see, we were really poor, but we managed to send each of you to college. Through the years your mother and I knew we loved each other very much, but we just never found the time to get married." The three children gasped and said, "WHAT? You mean we're bastards?" "Yep", said the father, "Cheap ones too..."
January 5 at 10:22 EST .
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Bettijo posted on Health & Diet Cereal is a fast and easy solution for breakfast. Make sure it is a healthy one by following our cheat sheet below.
Supermarket Cheat Sheet Choose cereals with 3 grams pre more of fiber Choose cereals with 100% whole grain (whole wheat for example ) Choose cereals with less than 6 grams of sugar per serving Avoid a cereal if sugar in any form appears as one of its first ingredients Choose cereals without artificial sweeteners Choose cereals with less than 150mg of sodium per serving Don't buy cereals containing partially hydrogenated oils or artificial colors Try to avoid BHT and BHA Don't pay too much attention to the long list of vitamins on cereal boxes. They are a secondary consideration when compared to fiber and sugar content.
January 5 at 09:32 EST .
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Bettijo posted on Household Hints 30 Surprising Things You Can Clean in Your Dishwasher 1. Your dishwasher isn't just for washing dishes! There are several other household items that can enjoy a cleaning alongside your plates. Make it easier on yourself, and add them in your dishwasher the next time you are doing a load. They will come out of the dishwasher sanitized as well as wonderfully clean. Range fan grills: These are probably one of the greasiest spots in your home. Remove the range fan grills, and wash them in the dishwasher. It's that easy. Keys: Toss your basic metal keys in the dishwasher for a cleaning that also leaves them sanitized. And it's safe to wash them as often as you like. Contact case: Throw your contact case in the dishwasher once a month to keep it nice and clean. Facial brush: If you use a facial brush with a removable brush, you can clean it monthly in your dishwasher. Makeup brushes: Place your makeup brushes in the silverware holder once a month for a thorough cleaning and sanitizing. Allow them to fully dry before using them. Hairbrushes and combs: Remove hair and add them to your dishwasher, which removes buildup and bacteria. Eyebrow brush: Give it a quick cleaning and de-clumping of makeup, and add it to the silverware holder of the dishwasher once a month. Nail clippers: A smart way to sanitize and clean your clippers. Add the clippers to your silverware holder and dry it after washing to prevent rusting. Tweezers: Tweezers are also safe to clean in your dishwasher. Plastic child toys: If you have a little one, you should know that plastic toys are safe to wash on the top rack of your dishwasher. It will leave them free of germs and grime. Duster: Have a fabric removable duster head? It's safe to toss in the dishwasher. And this way, it doesn't get lost in the washing machine. Cabinet knobs: Most ceramic and metal cabinet knobs are safe to wash in the dishwasher. Dog toys: Toss your pup's plastic chew toys on the top rack of your dishwasher to clean off all that slobber. Razor: Give your razor a deep cleaning, and add it to the silverware tray of your dishwasher. Hair ties: Your hair ties will be fresh and free of buildup, ready to hold your hair with style. Removable cup holders: Your cup holders in your car? If they're removable, they are safe to wash in the dishwasher. Mop covers: Mop covers can also get a quick cleaning in the dishwasher, cleaning without tons of twisting and tumbling in the washing machine, which cuts its life span. Sponges: Make your sponges last longer and toss them in the dishwasher for a sanitizing clean. Refrigerator shelves: The shelves of your fridge are also dishwasher safe. If they fit, add them to your load. Range knobs: Remove the knobs from your range, and give them a deep cleaning in the dishwasher. Soap dishes: Soap dishes in the bathroom or kitchen are also safe to wash in the dishwasher. If they are plastic, they should be kept on the top rack. Toothbrushes
January 4 at 16:45 EST .
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Bettijo and toothbrush holders: Your toothbrush is safe to add to your next load of dishes. And ceramic or plastic holders can be washed on the top rack. 24. Light switch plates: Your light switch plates could use a good cleaning. Remove them and add them to your next load of dishes. 25. Baseball caps: Keep your baseball hats clean. Place them on the top rack of your dishwasher. They won't get bent like in the washing machine. Air-dry, and your cap is ready to wear. 26. Pet dishes: Keep your pets happy, and wash their dishes in the dishwasher. 27. Flip-flops: Place plastic flip-flops on the top rack of the dishwasher for a cleaning, but avoid washing Crocs or sandals with leather straps. 28. Mouth guards: Teeth and mouth guards are safe to clean in the dishwasher, leaving them bacteria-free. 29. Small window screens: If they fit, washing window screens in the dishwasher is an easy cleaning solution. 30. Showerhead: If you have a removable showerhead, add them to your dishwasher every three months for a deep cleaning that also breaks up hard-water buildup. 31. Desk organizers: Your metal desk organizers can also get added to your next load of dishes. Place them on the top rack and run your dishwasher.
January 4 at 16:47 EST .
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MeiDei That's quite a list & a lot of good tips, let me just add an important hint - NEVER MIX the metals in your dishwasher - don't put sterling, stainless steel, silver plate, brass, chrome or aluminum in together or a combo of any two, a chemical reaction occurs & builds up over time = something will get ruined & possibly beyond repair. Gold/silver or platinum rimmed dishes or glassware will eventually disintegrate, they're painted on as a last step in manufacture. If you have a stainless steel dishwasher be warned. I put our soap dispensers, baseball caps & plastic wear in the top shelf & it does a good job. Read the label on the detergent. If manufacturers warned you about problems it would cut into their sales. I do all my riveted expensive knives by hand, even the best among them can have the handles ruined & I don't mean wooden handles.
January 4 at 17:38 EST .
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MeiDei Oh shoot, I'm sure you know your dishes & glassware won't disintegrate - the painted-on metal will : ) I should go back to school for a refresher course. While I'm here, I like how you find all this info Bettijo & take the time to share it with us.
January 4 at 17:42 EST .
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BirdsNest Hagar's aunt used to blanch her corn on the cob in the dishwasher.
January 4 at 19:59 EST .
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Bettijo MeiDei: Thanks for the reminder about mixing metals. I had forgotten and put a sterling spoon in with everything else the other day. Wondered why it is dull now??? Hope I can polish it. Do you mean if the lining of the dishwasher is stainless, you should never put any other metal in it?
I bought a new rather expensive chef knife the other day (on sale at Tuesday Morning ) and the instructions with it said, "Do not put in dishwasher." My daughter never puts her good knives in dishwasher.
BirdsNest: How do you blanch corn in the dishwasher?
I also run my dish sponges and vegetable brush through a dishwashing cycle about once a week. It sterilizes them while it cleans them.
January 6 at 07:01 EST .
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MeiDei Bettijo - you can restore the sterling, if regular polish doesn't work (don't use dips, they gradually dissolve the silver - a very soft metal ) try a jeweler's rouge product. I have a tube of Hagerty's rouge that works wonders, but it's costly so it's used as a last resort. I've wondered about a stainless steel tub also - mine is enamel/ceramic lined but will need replacing soon & will hesitate to get SS.
January 6 at 11:36 EST .
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Balogreene One more, rather odd one. You can put your keyboard (in two parts ), on the top shelf, wash in cold water, no detergent, when you spill something like cola or milk on it. Also, don't dry it, let it air dry.
January 6 at 18:28 EST .
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BirdsNest Bettijo, the only thing I know about the blanching corn thing is to use rinse cycle only and if you can adjust, hottest water. Since I have never had a dishwasher, the cycles and heat settings are foreign to me. It also seems to me that you would want to run an empty rinse cycle to rid the machine of any leftover soaps or rinse agents left behind.
January 7 at 08:26 EST .
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Bettijo posted on Blessings Here’s A Nuclear New Year Biblical Message For Those 'Least Likely To Succeed' Doug Giles | Jan 04, 2015
How many of you are familiar with David and Goliath? Is that the place where you can get food and beer and play hundreds of games under one roof? Man that place is a hoot. A real hoot! Uh… no, Spanky. That would be Dave & Buster’s. No, David and Goliath is the epic biblical tale in 1st Samuel 17 about a teen who had the moxie to take on a giant with rocks and a slingshot while all his bros stood by and shook like scared punks. By the way, not only did David’s siblings dwell in immobilizing dread, but like most terror-addled slaves they also discouraged David from taking Goliath on. Don’t you just love advice from the unimaginative-risk-adverse-shriveled-testicle-cold-water-bucket-brigade? No? Me neither. Yep, this well-known, scriptural narrative spotlights the fact that an ill-equipped person with ridiculous odds piled against him can achieve gigantic accomplishments if they dare to believe and act contrary to what the “experts” advise. In this little screed I hope to help you defy the way you think about all the sucky stuff that keeps most people curled up in the fetal position wetting their big “Woe-Is-Me” diaper instead of cowboying up and playing the man. So… without further ado let’s check out David’s dilemmas… dilemmas, little kiddies, that David wouldn’t allow to hamstring him. 1. David was not liked by his family. According to this book called “The Bible” David had two half-sisters (1 Chron. 2:13-16 ) and the father wasn’t old Jesse but some cat named Nahash (2 Sam.17:25, 2 Sam.10:2 ) who was a king to the Ammonites. David’s old man might not have been Jesse and/or the boy’s old lady could’ve been the second wife of Jesse. If the above deduction is spot on, it would explain why David’s bros considered themselves better than David and also explain why he got overlooked when Samuel sought to anoint a king from Jesse’s brood (1 Sam.16:11 ). To leap further down the tawdry funnel, it also could mean that Jesse was bumping uglies with some other lady who was married to another man and she got preggers. Good Lawd! This is Honey-Boo-Boo-Reality Show stuff. Suffice it to say that, whatever the scenario in which David was conceived, it was not heavenly like the Christmas Story. It’s more akin to something The Kardashians would be accustom to, which might explain verses like… Ps.51:5: “Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.” And … Ps.69:8: “I am become a stranger unto my brethren, and an alien unto my mother’s children.— 19 Thou hast known my reproach, and my shame, and my dishonour: mine adversaries are all before thee.” Indeed, it seems as if David was a product of adultery. Which is no big whoop nowadays in our decadent days, but back in the OT that was a deal breaker regarding respect and covenant blessings. According to his culture, in his day, David was a skank… a
January 4 at 08:08 EST .
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Bettijo … a mere bas**d rube. 2. David had a horrible job. 1 Sam.16:11 states that David was a shepherd of his dad’s sheep. That’s not the dream job, folks. I doubt that David Facebooked his vocation or took pics with his moronic sheep that he had the misfortune to oversee. Sheep are dull animals that do nothing but eat, crap, sleep, have sex and grow fur. That’s it. Nothing exciting about that line of work except of course when predators come in to try to snack on your old man’s livestock. Most of the days are simply spent just sitting there watching them exist. It’s much like viewing paint dry or grass grow or reading the instruction manual of a hinge over and over and over. Nothing sexy or inspiring about that work. I seriously doubt even Mike Rowe could make it look robust. 3. David was a teenager. Just like with most teens today, people back in the Old Testament didn’t look for jaw- dropping greatness to come tumbling from a teen. 4. David had no “military training” to tackle the monster he faced and the only weapons he knew how to wield were “ridiculous” according to military wizards of his day. 5. David had zero support from his family or peers. No one believed in him. No one was singing encouraging Katy Perry songs to him or quoting to him heretical, anthropocentric Joel Osteen quotes on how to “Make Every Day A Friday!” No one thought he could/would be king or that he could topple Gath’s ghastly, gigantic ghoul who had cowed all of Israel. No one. As in zippo. And yet… with all this smack stacked against him David succeeded against all odds and all naysayers. So … how would you have fared if you were saddled with the same slop David was saddled with? Would it constrain you? Would you cry for mommy? Would you join a Jewish shepherds' gang and whine about Philistine oppression? Would you give your goals to the trolls and live on the sidelines of life with your dreams in check simply because others didn’t encourage po’ whittle you? Are you one of those pouty babies that need a red carpet rolled out for you or you’re not gonna play? Not David. Oh, heck no. Nothing of the aforementioned smack kept this kid down. So, how did David play this wicked hand/golden opportunity when it was dealt to him? Check it out and follow simple shampoo instructions when faced with the ferocious; namely: lather, rinse and repeat what David did. 1. When it came to David’s family not digging him he didn’t turn into a brooding, multi-tatted, Gothic moaner who did death poetry slams about how he’d like to stab his parents with a butcher knife for skipping his 3rd Grade play. Yep, even though David was rejected by those closest to him he knew that God hadn’t tossed him out with the trash and had the audacity to believe that even though others thought he was garbage. In God’s eyes, which were
January 4 at 08:16 EST .
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Bettijo were the only eyes that mattered to young David, he was “fearfully and wonderfully made.” Check it out in David’s own words in Psalm 139… 13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. 17 How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them! 18 Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand— when I awake, I am still with you. * Is that powerful or what? Please note David didn’t quote what his dumb brothers thought about him or his seedy conception. 2. David didn’t drone about his job even though it sucked worse than an airplane toilet. Matter of fact, David not only didn’t complain or give minimal effort but he was super contentious of Jesse’s critters (1 Sam.17:15,20 ) and he even jeopardized his life for his father’s flock (1 Sam.17:34-36 ). In addition, instead of whining and complaining during work, he obviously milked a sucky experience and turned it into songs and revelation of how God relates to us… his dumb sheep. “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want,” (Ps.23:1 ). You see homoslackiens, David did his work, his “inglorious work”, unto the Lord, not men. Chew on that nugget for a few hours, por favor. Oh, and one more thing: when Samuel sought for a king to replace numb-nuts Saul he found David, the only arrow in Jesse’s quiver who was working. Think on that for a little while, Tinker Bell. 3. David didn’t let his age hold him back and neither should we, whether we’re young or old. It’s simple, folks: If God injects something into your spirit that’ll bless his heart, better our planet and scatter his enemies, then guess what? You’re the right age, no matter what your age. David understood this and so should you. Please notice: when David was faced with Goliath he didn’t say ‘’I'm too young,” but rather, “Who is this who defies the living God?” (1 Sam.17:26 ). 4. When Saul “the expert warrior” tried to saddle David with his “advanced weapons and armor”, weapons and armor that “made sense” to the “consultants” when tackling monstrosities, David would have none of it (1 Sam.17:38-40 ). Read this slowly: David was encumbered by their tools of the trade and relied on what he knew he could kick butt with, versus what they were selling him. Boom. Ballsy man stuff right there, hombre. 5. Finally, David encouraged himself in God. David filled the encouragement vacuum created by jealous brothers with the awesomeness of God and the sure knowledge that what he was
January 4 at 08:17 EST .
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Bettijo doing was right and that God would back him up. He built his spirit up and remember … he had no Christian Facebook group and/or a loaded iPod filled with contemporary Christian rock to make him chipper and bold. He was a force of nature, in and of himself, via his relationship with God, when he descended as the bad-*** into the Valley Of Elah. Take these little ditties and meditate on them as you face the giants in your life and in our nation in 2015 and refuse to stay marginalized and terrified in front of what confronts you in this coming year. And lastly, please email this, share on Facebook and tweet this to folks who’re rowing against the tide of the establishment and clowns who try to keep them from slaying giants. Amen. http://townhall.com/columnists/douggiles /2015/01/04/heres-a-nuclear-new-year-bib lical-message-for-those-least-likely-to- succeed-n1938294/page/full
I had so much trouble posting this as the censor keep detecting “bad” words and I had to go back and find them, delete them, and repost. And, this is a “religious” post, no less, not a raunchy joke. Ugg.
January 4 at 08:25 EST .
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BirdsNest Thank you, Bettijo for taking the time and having the patience to get it all done.
Published on Aug 16, 2014 The Great Dorset Steam Fair WW1 commemorative convoy from Bovington Camp to Tarrant Hinton, on 16th August 2014, arrives at the roundabout in front of the Bryanston School Gates - just before Blandford Bridge. A vintage (Ford? ) staff car forms the escort at the front. McLaren road locomotive 1332, Gigantic, then appears hauling the 72 ton Pickfords trailer bearing the 1914 WWI Holt 75 HP gun tractor, 'Ben'. The strain of turning the Pickfords trailer through ninety degrees gives Gigantic cause to slow down and then bounce forward with accompanying chuffs as the driver expertly brings the trailer around. McLaren road locomotive 1652, Boadicea, pushes from the rear making up the 80 foot train. Burrell road locomotive 3257, Clinker, follows bringing troops. Roger, son of the late Fred Dibnah, is (I believe ) at the controls of the 1917 Foden steam lorry that follows. Roger is co-owner of the Holt tractor. Show co-founder, Ronald Harris is with his 1915 Daimler lorry which was army owned in the war. The rear is brought up by the 1918 GMC water bowser owned by Rowley Moors of Bridport. After a stop for sandwiches at the Crown Hotel you will see the lead driver check that all are ready, a blast of the whistles to signal the start and then the convoy setting off for the final leg of the journey. Please comment with any further information / corrections and don't forget to tick on 'Like' if you enjoyed this video. I was lucky with the shots/light and think that I caught the vehicles at their active best - especially the early sequence showing Gigantic being turned around the roundabout. All credit to those who have restored these vehicles and who handled them so well. It was a truly spectacular and memorable event.
January 3 at 13:44 EST .
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Ole buzzard Steam traction engines like these were designed primarily to be used as stationary power for for threshers, sawmills, grist mills and the like. Road transport was usually done at a lower throttle setting, which in turn leads to the leaping of the engine through turns.
January 4 at 17:38 EST .
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StormCnter In my attic is a complete miniature steam-powered machine shop mounted on a 3'x 3' board. My son received it as a gift when he was about 12, old enough to operate the steam engine and to enjoy the action. His father had (has ) a modern manufacturing facility. Are kids introduced to steam in that way any more? My brothers had little steam engines, too.
January 8 at 07:52 EST .
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Ole buzzard One of the sons-in-law has one of those little steam engines. It is alcohol fired (i had one years ago, too, but it was electric ) and still works. It holds about a pint of water, and doesn't take long at all to get up a full head of steam.
I doubt that children are even introduced to steam locomotion in school anymore, despite the important part it played in the development of this country.