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Happy Hour / Re: Anniversary Road Trip
« on: November 11, 2017, 10:06:45 AM »
Double B, glad you and your Bride had a wonderful vacation and thank you for sharing the memories with us.

Happy Hour / Re: Whats for supper ?
« on: October 27, 2017, 08:13:20 PM »
I made a pot of chicken and dumplings for supper tonight.     This is the first cool snap of fall and it sounded good.

Happy Hour / Re: First Grandson
« on: October 05, 2017, 08:26:07 PM »
Congratulations TBird.     That is a beautiful picture.     Hope the mother and family are doing well.

Homesteading Skills / Re: Canning failure
« on: September 25, 2017, 01:51:18 PM »
What was the recipe for the tomato gravy?

Recipes / Re: Hush puppies
« on: September 18, 2017, 06:39:54 PM »
Double B, thanks for posting the recipe.    It is different for sure, but I will give it a try

Happy Hour / Re: Whats for supper ?
« on: September 18, 2017, 09:01:39 AM »
Double B, you got a recipe and instructions on how to make those hush puppies?

Happy Hour / Re: Hurricane Harvey Folks Check In
« on: August 30, 2017, 03:48:46 PM »
I am very fortunate in that my home did not flood.   It sure came close.     I don't have electricity or water but I have plenty of drinking water.   

I also own a house in Houston that I'm sure is full of water but it is going to be probably 10 days or so before the roads are clear enough to go check on it.   Like I said earlier, I am very fortunate.    I'm hoping Gymgirl  he is in when she can.

Best I can tell we have had 47 Inches of Rain from last Friday thru yesterday.

Happy Hour / Re: Hurricane Harvey Folks Check In
« on: August 27, 2017, 07:29:31 PM »
I have had 14 inches of rain today and it's still raining, that's on top of the 8.7 inches yesterday.    Where I live is still in pretty good shape but if the rain continues, it's going to turn bad pretty quickly.     Sure hope it lets up tomorrow.     If anyone has a way to contact Gymgirl, please check on her.    I believe she lives close to Hobby Airport and it looks like everything in that area is flooded.

Happy Hour / Re: Hurricane Harvey Folks Check In
« on: August 26, 2017, 05:46:42 PM »
I came through the storm fine last night.    I'm located about 25-30 miles north of Houston and we have had some pretty strong wind and rain but the water is draining off pretty well.    So far I have had 6" of rain and we are expected to get several more inches over the next several days.    I think the Houston area has fared real well so far, the key is going to be how long the system hangs around dumping rain.     I'm hoping Gymgirl and DoubleB reports in soon.

Happy Hour / Re: Today I am 81yrs old---we had our picture made
« on: July 09, 2017, 11:31:57 AM »
Happy Birthday Monroe.     I hope you and Jewell enjoy the day and I wish you a another year of health and happiness.

Homesteading Skills / Re: Not Blanching Field Peas?
« on: July 07, 2017, 09:16:16 PM »
Oxbow, you are going to love the Taylor pea sheller.      I'm like Double B, I blanch and then freeze purple hull peas, I don't want to take a chance of them having an off taste after a few months.     I am going to can a few jars this year just to see if they taste better than I remember when I was a kid (and that has been a long time ago). ;)

General Discussion / Re: Sale on canning jars
« on: July 07, 2017, 09:06:31 PM »
Thank you for posting that Bobcat, I just ordered 10 cases of the pint and one-half jars.      I really like the jars and I can almost everything in the pint and one-half jars now.

General Discussion / Re: Southern peas question
« on: June 30, 2017, 06:50:12 PM »
1ShotWade, I love black eyed peas and purple hull peas but I can not make myself like the zipper cream peas that so many people like.     You will have to grow some to see if you like them.     I plant top pick purple hull peas only now and grow them in raised beds.    They produce very well for me.     I always pick a lot of what we in Texas call "snaps" when picking peas.    They are immature peas that you snap like snap beans and cook with the shelled peas.    In my opinion, snaps take a pot of peas to a new level of taste that is delicious.     I have got desperate before and cooked snap beans with peas when I didn't have many "snaps" and they were pretty tasty.     My favorite way to cook peas is to simmer them 2 or 3 hours with bacon or ham and then add fresh okra about 15 minutes before eating.

Happy Hour / Re: Tonight's gospel song
« on: June 23, 2017, 09:57:09 AM »
Bob, I'm sorry to hear of your brothers passing.    Thank you for sharing those two songs sung by incredible voices, the songs are two of my favorites.     May God Bless you in your time of sorrow.

Happy Hour / Re: Anniversary with the wife
« on: June 18, 2017, 02:58:48 PM »
Happy Anniversary to you and your better half.     I wishing you many, many more.

Happy Hour / Re: Happy Birthday Donald!
« on: June 18, 2017, 02:53:04 PM »
Happy Birthday Donald.   I hope your enjoy your day.

Happy Hour / Re: Whats for supper ?
« on: June 16, 2017, 09:01:38 PM »
Mike, please post the recipe, it looks delicious.

General Discussion / Re: Garden update
« on: June 16, 2017, 08:46:59 PM »
I've said it before and it still applies, you have a beautiful garden.    Please keep posting the pictures.

Tools and Equipment / Re: Wheel horse tractor anyone ?
« on: June 16, 2017, 08:43:30 PM »
Rick, congratulations on your new toy.    Please post a couple of pictures.

General Discussion / Re: Saving your own tomato seeds
« on: June 14, 2017, 08:45:28 PM »
I started some Cherokee Purple seeds fermenting today.    I'm a believer in fermenting to kill pathogens.    I learned how to do it by reading  reading 100 Heirloom Tomatoes by Dr. Carolyn Male several years ago.

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