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   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  Made this cake. Could not taste it so I gave it away.
March 11 at 15:42 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Made Hawaiian bread recipe into rolls last night. I will have to get someone else's take on them....I really couldn't taste them. I have the bulk of the bread to give away today. I still have half a loaf of Rasin bread left. I will probably give that to the chickens. I have gotten tired of eating it( Did I really just say that? ).
March 15 at 07:26 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Couldnt taste these rolls either so I gave them away.
March 15 at 17:03 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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   Jerico  What was your red velvet poke cake?
March 10 at 13:08 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Recipe came from Browneyed Baker blog.
March 11 at 15:44 EST .

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   Jerico  I checked out that blog BirdsNest. It sounds great. Gotta say I am a fan of tres leches cake too. Here is the link for her recipe if anyone wants it. http://www.browneyedbaker.com/red-velvet
-poke-cake/

I don't see how you can go wrong with cream cheese frosting.
March 12 at 08:33 EST .

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   BirdsNest  You could put cream cheese frosting on a hockey puck and it would be delicious.
March 13 at 06:25 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.
February 21 at 19:45 EST .

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   BirdsNest  They are starting to break ground....
March 3 at 16:21 EST .

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   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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   BirdsNest posted on Recipes  I am making cabbage soup. A big pot of it to last several days. It is supposed to snow up to 12" here. The house smells great, wish it was ready to eat. The other day I made Italian Wedding Soup, which I love. Well, I decided to use Dollar Tree chicken broth, that was a big mistake. It smelled like wet dog and I could not eat it. The cats did not care. Last time I made it I used Progresso broth, bought it at the same place but only got 2 boxes. My mistake.
January 5 at 18:44 EST .

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   MeiDei  I used to make cabbage soup when needing to lose weight - now I need to gain at least 20#'s. There's a lg. cabbage in frig. needing 1/2 for naturally fermented sauerkraut & 1/2 for coleslaw. If we lose power this will take preference over cookie making ; )
January 7 at 13:54 EST .

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   BirdsNest  My cabbage soup was not as good as usual. I will likely feed it to the chickens.
January 8 at 09:03 EST .

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   MeiDei  NO! NO! NO! - EC - cabbage soup to LOSE weight!
Now I'm stressing & likely to get another mild shingles attack - lymph nodes, I had one under my arm removed along w/breast, no signs of the others enlarged but I will mention it to my oncologist. Have you had your thyroid checked (? ) if not do so as well. I gained a few #'s, to get up to 100, over the holidays just by eating more I.e. a 9" square pan of cornbread stuffing w/apples, raisins & moistened with apple cider [mostly all by myself] with every meal 'til it was gone + having 2nds of each meal if I could force myself - cook what you most like to eat and stay hydrated - a MUST! Good luck, my prayers go w/you.
January 8 at 13:30 EST .

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   MeiDei  EC - how did your appt. go?
January 14 at 14:22 EST .

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   BirdsNest posted on Gardening & Landscaping  I have a bundle of "Garden Porn". It has been coming into my mailbox in droves. I have looked through some of it, but I am not jazzed yet. Last year was such a disappointment, in many ways.
January 5 at 18:36 EST .

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   MeiDei  I have no doubt your inspiration and "Can do" attitude will light up come balmier weather ; ) For now just keep cookin' and warm [smile].
January 11 at 14:25 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Still no Burpee catalog. Bet my post office put it in someone else's box. I ordered lots of seed last year. Wasted a lot if time and money as it turned out. Live and learn. Not sure how I am going to cope with seed starting this year. My space has shrunk. I had to bring parrots in the house so they could be warmer. Instead of heating 2 spaces now we are all cozy together. And loud. No more peace and quiet. But I am not stressed about whether they are safe and warm.
January 14 at 20:01 EST .

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   MeiDei  Would winter sowing in milk jugs, ala Kevin Lee James, be something you could do? His method is outside the house.
IIRC he lists veggies best suited & time frames -
http://www.agardenforthehouse.com/2016/0
1/your-2016-winter-sowing-project/
January 15 at 07:51 EST .

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   MeiDei  here's his latest about seed sowing in the snow
http://www.agardenforthehouse.com/2012/1
1/winter-sowing-101-6/
January 15 at 14:49 EST .

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   BirdsNest posted on Health & Diet  Raw Beets Boost Heart Health

For example, raw beets have been shown to lower blood pressure by an average of four to five points in a matter of hours.1 This effect is due to the naturally occurring nitrates in beets, which are converted into nitric oxide in your body.2

Nitric oxide, in turn, helps to relax and dilate your blood vessels, improving blood flow and lowering blood pressure. In fact, medicinally, nitrates are used to treat angina and congestive heart failure, and research shows a glass of beetroot juice has the same effect as prescription nitrates.

This is part of an article from Mercola.com. I could not figure out how to copy the link, it came to me in an e-mail about a month ago. I LOVE beets so this is good for me.
January 4 at 09:45 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  DH was using 'Superbeets' by Neogenics Labs, expensive and clotted in the containers, made a mess on the truck, we switched to Life extension Nitrovasc, alpha-lipoic acid and L-arginine caps.
January 4 at 15:23 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Priced fresh beets today $1.79 for 3 medium beets.
January 5 at 18:37 EST .

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   MeiDei  $2.99 for 3 med/small today at my go-to store - passed. Are they in short supply since the food icons are all getting on the beet juice wagon?
January 5 at 18:56 EST .

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