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Happy Hour / Re: Amarillo and The Caprock
« on: September 23, 2017, 11:48:47 PM »
What is the name of the book you were referring to?

Homesteading Skills / Jambalaya Recipe - Easy crockpot recipe
« on: September 13, 2017, 05:54:10 PM »
Forgotten Jambalaya Recipe
During chilly months, I fix this jambalaya at least once a month. It’s so easy…just chop the vegetables, dump everything in the slow cooker and forget it! Even my sons, who are picky about spicy things, like this dish.—Cindi Coss, Coppell, Texas
11 servings
Prep: 35 min. Cook: 4-1/4 hours
1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
1 can (14-1/2 ounces) beef or chicken broth
1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
3 celery ribs, chopped
2 medium green peppers, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
5 garlic cloves, minced
3 teaspoons dried parsley flakes
2 teaspoons dried basil
1-1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
1-1/4 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 pound smoked sausage, halved and cut into 1/4-inch slices
1/2 pound uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
Hot cooked rice
In a 5-qt. slow cooker, combine the tomatoes, broth and tomato paste. Stir in the celery, green peppers, onion, garlic and seasonings. Stir in chicken and sausage.
Cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours or until chicken is no longer pink. Stir in shrimp. Cover and cook 15-30 minutes longer or until shrimp turn pink. Serve with rice.
Freeze option: Place individual portions of cooled stew in freezer containers and freeze. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally and adding a little water if necessary. Yield: 11 servings.
Originally published as Forgotten Jambalaya in Taste of Home February/March 2008, p33 

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 230 calories, 13g fat (5g saturated fat), 75mg cholesterol, 1016mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 20g protein.

General Discussion / Re: TROPICAL STORM HARVEY
« on: September 09, 2017, 01:25:33 PM »
I heard there are many thousand head of cattle roaming loose (after Harvey) searching for dry land and food. They have all mingled and it would be difficult to tell who owns what. They have helicopters dropping food for some of them.

General Discussion / Re: Hurricane Irma and her sidekick Jose
« on: September 07, 2017, 12:26:00 AM »
Coastal Georgia Irma update: One of the current projections for Irma shows an east side of coastal south Florida hit then back into the Atlantic and then a direct landfall in the Coastal Georgia (Savannah area) and/or South Carolina. This is obviously a computer model simulation of available data. After Matthew last year and Harvey this year everyone is taking this hurricane more seriously than usual. Gas was sold out by 3 pm today at most stations. With the refineries not fully operational supplies for the east coast will be limited. Ships can't come into southeast o r gulf ports because of Irma. I live near coastal highway 17 and I-95 coming from Florida. I am concerned most evacuees from Florida will run out of gas before reaching a safe location. I also heard most motels in safe areas (northern part) of Georgia are booked by people coming from Florida. They are now booking in Tennessee. They have not called for evacuation of coastal Georgia yet which will create a dilemma of where these people will go. I went to fill up one of my vehicles today and people were getting very irritable and testy  with each other. The hurricane is not suppose to be here until Monday maybe Tuesday so by then individuals should really be fired up.

General Discussion / Re: Hurricane Irma and her sidekick Jose
« on: September 06, 2017, 10:36:57 AM »
In coastal Georgia gas stations and places like Kroger are already running out of gas. Hope they have more supplies to replace the gas especially since the refineries are still not back in production. Without gas supplies there will be no evacuations and people will be running out on the expressways. We are nearly a week away from a hurricane strike should it turn and come up the east coast.

General Discussion / Re: Hurricane Irma and her sidekick Jose
« on: September 05, 2017, 06:07:13 PM »
I live in coastal Georgia and the stores at already selling racks and racks of bottled water. People are leaving the grocery stores with buggies filled with cases of bottled water.

Tools and Equipment / Re: Under water equipment
« on: September 01, 2017, 11:31:10 PM »
Double B,
I purchased a 48 inch Caroni (Agri-Supply)tiller from a man who left it outside. When I brought it home I did covered it had some water in the gear box. I could not get to the drain plug  So I sucked all the fluid out of the gear box and drained the reservoir for the chain drive. I filled both with diesel and let it sit over night. I then sucked it out and to make sure I had all the water out I picked it up with the boom lift and let it suspend upside down for a couple of hours. I then filled the gear box and the chain reservoir with fresh fluid and greased all fittings. I have used it several times and all is well.  Can't speak for others but this worked for me.

Tools and Equipment / Re: David Bradley
« on: September 01, 2017, 02:46:50 PM »
I should have mentioned these David Bradleys are the 3 wheel walk behind model David Bradleys.

Tools and Equipment / David Bradley
« on: September 01, 2017, 12:15:44 PM »
I just purchased 4 David Bradley Tractors from a man older than me (he's 81) who did not plant a garden this year. He said he used them for 30+ years to plant and manage his garden. He would not sell just one. He wanted me to have all 4. They all run and he used them last year. They come with 10 different pieces of equipment including a planter. One of the "tractors" is the one with the larger engine with reverse and what I call "positraction." I was looking for a winter project to keep me from having cabin fever. I will probably keep two and sell two. Have any of you used a David Bradley in a past life? What was your experience?

General Discussion / Re: Another okra question
« on: August 28, 2017, 09:18:36 PM »
I had the same issue last year. I also planted a 300 foot row 3 times with only a very few seeds germinated. I then planted green velvet seeds in a different garden with smashing success. I think the spineless seeds although purchased from the seed feed were not fresh. This year I planted seed from the same seed and feed a few rows over from where they did not germinate last year and every seed must have germinated. I think the seed/feed store purchased a bad lot of seed last year. I will say I like the taste of the green velvet okra better than the spineless.

Regarding your current plants. I would not cut any of them back. By having plants in different stages you will have production over a longer period of time. If you cut some back by the time they recovered and began to bloom it would be very late season and the plants production will be decreasing anyway because the sunlight hours are getting less and it is already beginning to cool slightly now.

General Discussion / Re: I found a place >>>>>>>>>>>>
« on: August 27, 2017, 11:22:54 PM »
I really appreciate you locating a place for the gathering. I would like to attend but it is about a 9 or 10 hour drive. I will not know until it gets closer. I will be attending the Southeastern Agricultural Exposition on Oct 18 and 19 in Moultrie, GA but if schedule  is clear I still may try to make it.
Again I appreciate you stepping in and handling the arrangements.  If all goes well this may be a good annual location.

General Discussion / Re: What's the weather like in your area ?
« on: August 27, 2017, 11:16:46 PM »
Thanks for the information. That is the first I have heard about this. Interesting to receive local weather from Louisiana. I will keep close eye on it because I do not want my sailboat to get blown away. My power often goes out when you toss a pan of water out the back door. When Matthew went through I lost power for 4 days. Thanks again for the heads up.

General Discussion / Re: What's the weather like in your area ?
« on: August 27, 2017, 07:24:59 PM »
I li8ve on the coast of Georgia and Harvey is affecting me. The hurricane has created strong breezes and fairly heavy gusts as the air is being sucked towards the storm. I have also experienced fast moving rain/squalls over the past several days. That gives an indication of the size and power of Harvey.

Are you going  to be able  to get that through customs?

General Discussion / Re: Drainage
« on: August 25, 2017, 12:47:27 PM »
Good to hear from you. I second the subsoiler and recommend growing a mixture of oats, millet, radish, buckwheat and later mow and till this in. I found as I have raised my amendment ratio my water issues have improved as my productivity. I cover my smaller garden with shreaded leaves, scatter nitrogen and lime and till this under every winter. Before I began this program I used a subsoiler. In the spring I just need a shallow surface till to prepare seed bed.

Recipes / Apple-Blueberry Crumble
« on: August 24, 2017, 07:41:31 PM »
Apple-Blueberry Crumble
Servings 8
Author Emily Luchetti
•   5 red apples, such as Gala or Fuji (but not Red Delicious), peeled, cored, and cut into ˝-inch cubes
•   1 1/2 pints blueberries
•   1/2 cup sugar
•   3 tbsp unbleached all-purpose flour
•   1/2 tsp kosher salt
•   1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
•   1/2 cup sugar
•   1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
•   1/8 tsp kosher salt
•   12 tbsp cold unsalted butter, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
•   1 cup sliced almonds
1.   Preheat oven to 375°F. Make the filling: In a large bowl, combine apples, blueberries, sugar, flour, and salt; toss to combine. Spread evenly in a 9" by 13" baking dish.
2.   Make the topping: In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Using your fingers or a fork, work butter into flour mixture until mixture resembles small peas. Stir in almonds. Distribute crumble topping evenly over fruit.
3.   Bake until topping is golden and apples are soft, 35 to 40 minutes. Let crumble cool slightly before serving.

Recipes / Zippy Chicken Enchiladas Recipe
« on: August 20, 2017, 07:18:01 PM »
Zippy Chicken Enchiladas Recipe
Leftover chicken gets an awesome makeover in this rich and creamy casserole. This colorful dish is loaded with flavor. It's a nice change of pace from beef enchiladas. —Julie Moutray, Wichita, Kansas
10 servings
Prep: 15 min. Bake: 35 min.
10 servings
Prep: 15 min. Bake: 35 min.
•   1 can (16 ounces) refried beans
•   10 flour tortillas (8 inches), warmed
•   1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
•   1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
•   3 to 4 cups cubed cooked chicken
•   3 cups (12 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese, divided
•   1 can (15 ounces) enchilada sauce
•   1/4 cup sliced green onions
•   1/4 cup sliced ripe olives
•   Shredded lettuce, optional
Spread about 2 tablespoons of beans on each tortilla. Combine soup and sour cream; stir in chicken. Spoon 1/3 to 1/2 cup down the center of each tortilla; top with 1 tablespoon cheese.
Roll up and place seam side down in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Pour enchilada sauce over top; sprinkle with the onions, olives and remaining cheese.
Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 35 minutes or until heated through. Just before serving, sprinkle lettuce around enchiladas if desired.
Freeze option: Cover and freeze unbaked casserole. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Preheat oven to 350°. Bake casserole as directed, increasing time as necessary to heat through and for a thermometer inserted in center to read 165°. Yield: 10 servings.
Originally published as Chicken Enchiladas in Quick Cooking May/June 1998, p16
Nutritional Facts
1 each: 487 calories, 23g fat (12g saturated fat), 95mg cholesterol, 1001mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 4g fiber), 29g protein

General Discussion / Re: Sliced tomato has sprouting seeds
« on: August 20, 2017, 05:07:34 PM »
I do not refrigerate my tomatoes after picking or purchase from the store. I leave them on the counter. I think refrigeration alters the flavor. I find seeds sprouting several times  during the year. These are in tomatoes that look like the other tomatoes on the counter and are still fresh. This does not alter the taste although it is eye catching. I think it has something to do with the sustained temperature sitting on the counter.

General Discussion / Re: Taylor Mr. Pea Sheller
« on: August 20, 2017, 04:57:23 PM »
If you ever have a question about your Taylor pea sheller call the manufacturer in Moultrie, GA. I had an issue and questions and they even had me turn it on so they could hear it operate. I have the smaller version. They said mine was one of a few that had a defective set of gears. In two days I received new gears with instructions on how to swap them out. They even called to make sure I received the gears and was able to install them. They are a very small company with limited number of employees but very responsive and strive to make sure the customer is happy. You do not have many of these companies left.

Recipes / Re: Fish Dipping Sauce
« on: August 16, 2017, 12:05:50 AM »
What I use is quick and simple, Ketchup and horseradish mixed. The proportions are when my taste buds stand at attention.  Sometimes I add a dash of tobacco.

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