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   BirdsNest posted on Suggested Viewing/Listening  So tell me, has anyone seen "The Departed"? With a goodly number of recognizable actors. A Scorcese film. Very bloody. I watched the whole movie. It was okay. A bit draggy in some areas. Accents seemed to switch on and off.
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   BirdsNest posted on Blessings  This Thursday marked the one year anniversary of my beloved Hagar's passing. A rough week for sure. I spent the day in mostly silence asking friends to refrain from calling or texting me. I spoke only a few words to the lady at the funeral home when I went by to pay on my bill. Otherwise I just reflected on life and love. I am blessed with many friends.
February 18 at 06:39 EST .

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   HopeandGlory  (Hugs Birdsnest ) I know this has been a hard year for you . . . I'm so glad that you have a lot of loyal friends to see you through this very difficult time.
Monday at 13:46 EST .


   BirdsNest  Thanks Hope. Earlier that week I got a call from a lady that used to have our UPS route. She is retired but she saw a man in a local diner that had a ponytail that triggered a remembrance of Hagar and she was moved to phone me. Hagar was fond of her and she of him. Its times like that that grab my heart. Folks that get reminded of him and share......
Yesterday at 20:17 EST .




   BirdsNest posted on Recipes  Yesterday I made 2 loaves of bread from recipes I got in my e-mail from bread machine diva. One was Banana Oat bread and the other was Raisin bread. I loved the raisin bread because it had lots of raisins in it and a touch of cinnamon. I have made another banana bread that was good, but this one was better. Half of each loaf is bagged to give away. I am a pushover for bread so I have to give most of it away to keep myself from eating too much of it.
February 18 at 06:34 EST .

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   BirdsNest   http://www.sprinklebakes.com/2017/01/cho
colate-chip-double-bundt-cake.html


I don't think I want to make this a double decker cake, but a single Bundt cake would be delicious. I have had chocolate chips on the brain this week......I have several chocolate chip cookie recipes earmarked but I think a cake would be better. Easier to take one slice out of and gift the rest. Cookies would be too easy to hoard and eat and eat and eat.....
February 18 at 06:44 EST .

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   BirdsNest posted on Recipes  This past Sunday and Monday I baked goodies.
Almond Cherry Biscotti.
Red Velvet Poke cake.
German Chocolate cake( from scratch )
February 16 at 09:56 EST .

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   BirdsNest posted on Movies & Reviews  I got bored with reading books and rented two movies this week.
Jason Bourne a bit predictable with the chase scenes. Wondered why the 2 characters did not at least cover there heads while running from the bad guys, especially the female with long blond hair. Loved the ending though, wished he could have killed the bad guy twice.

Reacher with Tom Cruise....all of the Reacher books I have read were much more interesting than this movie. It was sort of bland. Maybe TC is getting too old to play the tough guy. I have not read this book but I will and I sure hope I like it better than the movie.

That said, is there anything out on home video that is worth watching?
February 5 at 07:40 EST .

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   GO3  See my review of Jack Reacher: Never Go Back from Jan. 6. It was bland because it was basically a remake of Lethal Weapon 1.
February 5 at 10:44 EST .

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   StormCnter  The last good movie I rented was "Hell or High Water" and I enjoyed it.
February 5 at 12:11 EST .

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   GO3  Jeff Bridges nominated for Best Supporting Actor for Hell....
February 5 at 19:50 EST .

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   BirdsNest  I did remember someone from here commenting the movie was blah, but I was desperate for something to watch so I wasted $1.58 to rent it. Anyone seen the movie Pets?? I had seen some bits as trailers but don't know if they were the only cute/funny parts of the movie.
February 6 at 06:50 EST .

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   StormCnter  You mean "The Secret Life of Pets"? I watched it while I ate my lunch one day a while back. It was cute.
February 6 at 07:33 EST .

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   BirdsNest posted on Nostalgia  From Nelson DeMille's book "Up Country"

"Nostalgia is basically the ability to forget the things that sucked".
February 1 at 07:37 EST .

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   BirdsNest posted on Gardening & Landscaping  Bought some onion sets today. Will plant them at the appropriate time. If I wait too long they will dry out in WalMart because no one cares how live plants etc are treated. Maddening.
January 29 at 16:58 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Onion sets planted. Beet seed planted. Now just need to start some cole crop seed inside.
Yesterday at 19:45 EST .




   BirdsNest posted on Health & Diet  Apple Cider Vinegar with "mother". Braggs is one, but pricey at $6.89 at our store for a qt. Found WalMart organic brand for $4.44 qt. I bought some because I want to make Fire Cider. Good for colds and flu. Takes 3 weeks to marinate the vegs(onion, garlic, fresh ginger ). If you have access to fresh Tumeric that's good too, but not here.
January 29 at 16:52 EST .

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   BirdsNest  The fire cider will be ready in about 10 days but I tasted it yesterday. I like the taste. Once it is steeped I am supposed to strain out the solids and add cayenne and honey. I may skip the honey, as I said I already like the flavor.
February 8 at 07:13 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Fire Cider finished. Tastes really good. Gave half to my friend who is an EMT and is always around sick people. I am making her a whole qt. just for her. One spoonful daily...anything to keep the cold or flu away.
February 16 at 09:59 EST .

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   BirdsNest posted on Health & Diet  Has anyone made a cake or bread with gluten free flour? I got a recipe for GF Banana Bundt Cake. Recipe calls for 6 ripe bananas. Made the cake. Beautiful. Nice crunch on outside. But I don' t know. I can' t taste the bananas. But the texture is wonky. Just short of crumbly. I will deliver the cake to a friend( minus the missing slice ) and get her to critique it. She wants to be GF. I was curious. No more.
January 14 at 19:52 EST .

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   MeiDei  Just read this article, it seems different flours are good/bad depending on which use. Rice flour is popular & in most stores, don't know about the others.
"1. White Rice flour. This is what I use as my all-purpose gluten-free flour. I like it for dredging, thickening — really anytime I need a tablespoon or so of regular flour (like in this chocolate cake recipe ). It has a very mild taste and seems to play nicely with most foods. For the record, rice pasta is also not too shabby! Like most GF flours, rice flour has a different density than regular AP flour. If you want to use it interchangeably in a recipe, you should weigh it instead of measuring it cup for cup. I use rice flour as the base for my cornbread — no xanthum gum required! — and also for my fish and chip batter. These cornmeal cakes are also great. If cornmeal was a flour, I would put it in a tie for number one!

2. Millet flour. I have my mom to thank for introducing me to millet flour. It’s certainly not the most common, but I’ve found nothing better for getting a nice crispy coating on pan-fried meat or fish. My mom uses it all the time during the summer when she cooks up little vineyard sole with tartar sauce (try it with fried calamari too ). It also works great with any dish that calls for dredging like this chicken fricassee.

3. Chickpea flour. I recently became obsessed with Socca. It’s a simple Italian chickpea flour based pancake that seriously satisfies those bready cravings. I make it all the time as a side dish, where the bread basket would ordinarily be. Baked Falafel is another easy favorite and uses a couple tablespoons of the stuff.

4. Buckwheat flour. I admit, I don’t have tons of uses for buckwheat flour. But these savory buckwheat crepes are a breakfast go-to much in the way pancakes are for most people. You can serve anything you want inside of them, which makes them a great vehicle for leftovers. Here’s a great cake recipe from Smitten Kitchen and muffins from Yummly.

5. Masa Harina. Mexican is my favorite gluten-free cuisine, and masa harina is the base of a lot of dishes. Warning: masa is different from corn flour and should not be used interchangeably. You can make homemade corn tortillas. Or, my favorite sandwich bread alternative, arepas. It also is a nice thickener for chili if you don’t want too soupy consistency.

For more gluten-free ideas, visit Feed Me Phoebe"
If recipes above are of interest here is the original link:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/phoebe-lap
ine/gluten-free-flours_b_2999509.html
January 15 at 08:51 EST .

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   BirdsNest posted on Gardening & Landscaping  Yesterday since it was so warm and the ground was good and wet, I decided to spend some time pulling weed stalks out of the garden. Plus I needed the exercise. I spent a couple of hours clearing them out of a 50' square area. Two big piles to burn if it ever dries out. I still have weeds(dead ) to pull and add to the pile but I just needed to get the tall stuff pulled up. I would love to be ready for plowing by early Spring, but time will tell. It's a big area and that was just a drop in the bucket. I do have Swiss Chard coming up, it's about 4" tall. I should harvest some and eat it.
January 13 at 07:35 EST .

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   MeiDei  Did the Swiss Chard reseed itself or did you plant it during the Fall?
January 14 at 02:01 EST .

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   BirdsNest  I planted the remaining seeds I had. Just because. I pucked some of the leaves to eat in a salad. Not tender but still edible and delicious. Very dark green. As soon as the length of daylight gets to 10 hours I can look forward to the chard growing faster.
January 14 at 19:55 EST .

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