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Happy Hour / Re: Got any interesting news?
« on: September 18, 2017, 09:23:17 AM »
the corn posting was really interesting crazyhorse!  thanks for posting!

Happy Hour / Re: Whats for supper ?
« on: September 18, 2017, 09:18:07 AM »
we had a nice lunch yesterday before my older daughter left to go back to school.  we had spicy black bean patties on onion rolls with raw spinach, tomato and some garlic mayo.  i had not had them before and got them for her to have while home.  they were good.  they kind of tasted like refried beans (which i like, but generally don't eat because they are traditionally made with lard) with a kick...but they were thinner and had more of a texture of a skinny crab cake.  i will get them again.  the little even tried it.  i think she was ok with the bean flavor, but thought they were too spicy.  lol.  we had them with a side of sliced apples.  the little one had some peanut butter on her apples to offset her not having the burger and she wiped out all of the tomatoes i had cut up for on the sandwiches. 

The Greenhouse / Re: Greenhouse growing fall 2017 thru spring 2018
« on: September 17, 2017, 06:13:34 PM »
bobcat...were they everbearing strawberries? 

i had strawberries in a pot here that pretty much died back and i was going to get rid of (like brown and gross and dead looking).  i did not do so and when the weather finally started getting below 90 here they came back!  they are green and leafy again and i transplanted them to one of the barrels.  the thing is taking off and i might have a shot at more strawberries! 

General Discussion / Re: Identify this Squash (PIC)
« on: September 17, 2017, 12:45:22 PM »
i am voting spaghetti squash.  :D

i can't wait to see what the inside looks like.  that will be the biggest clue.   let us know when you cut it!

General Discussion / Re: Oct. 28th Get Together Head Count.....
« on: September 17, 2017, 07:50:07 AM »
sorry boo...i am not going to make it.  we have had some family junk come up and hub has already had to take some vac days to deal with them.  i won't have anyone to get little one to school and he won't let me drive to LA with just me and her. 

i do still want to contribute something.  i reached out to mr. donald to arrange for him to physically bring whatever i end up donating as a door prize. 

it has been a rough couple of weeks here and it does not seem to be letting up.  i wish i could have worked it out.  :(

Happy Hour / Re: Whats for supper ?
« on: September 16, 2017, 06:47:27 PM »
it sounds like you had a great get together db!  :)

tonight was the last night my daughter would be home, so i made steak, pierogies, applesauce and green beans. 

General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: September 16, 2017, 06:34:36 PM »
dang mr. gene...that is going to be a lot of beets.  i hope they sprout for you.  :)

General Discussion / Re: I'm really angry and just plain frustrated.
« on: September 16, 2017, 06:31:51 PM »
greg, were you able to salvage any of the garden?  have the fires let up?  is the smoke clearing?

Happy Hour / Re: Whats for supper ?
« on: September 14, 2017, 07:25:18 PM »
we had to go up to get our older daughter from college today, so we stopped on the way home at a local chain.  they make a hamburger cut in half and put on a pita bread with lettuce, onion and homemade tzatziki sauce.  i had that with a side salad.  it was good!  hub had a gyro, my older daughter had beef tips over rice with steamed veg and our little one had a hot dog and fries with a side of cut 

Happy Hour / Re: An Hour of your Time
« on: September 14, 2017, 07:18:34 PM »
ben, this was an amazing posting.  i read it out loud to hub and i honestly think he was gonna cry.  it made me very emotional too.  i am lucky enough to stay home with my little one now...but my life was not that way when i was on my own when my older daughter was small.  it does break your heart to have them grow up so fast and you work and miss things.  i am grateful every day that i have the opportunity to be here for my little one and have the time to be there for her.

*sniff*  *sniff*

(leaves to get a tissue)

General Discussion / county fair time
« on: September 12, 2017, 09:13:47 AM »
it's that time of year!  we are taking the little one to the cabarrus county fair this week.  we went to our local one last year and wanted to try a new one this year!  it looks like it should be much more fun than our local one was.  the little one is very excited to see the pigs race. lol.

does anyone on here enter their fruit/veg/animals/baked goods in the county fair?   do you go to your local county fair?

General Discussion / Re: Kalettes
« on: September 12, 2017, 09:08:37 AM »
hi tazzy

any update on growing the kalettes?

Happy Hour / Re: Got any interesting news?
« on: September 12, 2017, 09:04:47 AM »
omgosh...they are adorable!  75 years!  that is amazing!


Happy Hour / Re: I have always made my own
« on: September 12, 2017, 08:59:58 AM »
good job mr. monroe.  i like that you make them wider than the standard ones.  they do look very sturdy and heavy duty.

i saw the pic from your window repair thread.  they look like they worked out great!

Happy Hour / Re: Two sisters--the first and the last
« on: September 12, 2017, 08:56:01 AM »
awww...they look lovely.  blue is def mrs. jewel's color.  :)

it is awesome they are still so close.  i am glad they could get time together face to face.  phone calls and letters are nice, but sometimes you just need to hug your family.  :)

Happy Hour / Re: old fat man doing window repair
« on: September 12, 2017, 08:50:16 AM »
you go mr. monroe!  heck with how fast you are doing it...the fact is you can still get up there to do it!  take the win!

i don't know anything about fixing windows, but we do have one of those little dremmel tools.  they are very handy!  when we replaced the board on the back of our breakfast bar it was super handy for trimming up the baseboard along the wall to let the new board slide in.  was small enough to get down in there without having to rip the whole thing off.  :)

ps. i have that same chair.  it is part of a set with the little matching table out on our brick patio.  you are right, they are not very comfy.  :(

Happy Hour / Re: Whats for supper ?
« on: September 12, 2017, 08:38:46 AM »
that sound delish db!  perfect for the rainy cold weather.

last night we made hamburgers.  i made them really thin (i just press it out thin on some parchment on a cookie tray then salt/pepper/onion powder/garlic powder and put it in the oven) so my little one would eat it.  she covered hers in pickles and ketchup, but she actually ate half of it!  she loves most veggies, but trying to get her to eat any sort of meat has always been a challenge, so i am excited!
we had them on the store brand of a king's hawaiian sort of hamburger bun.  (hub stopped a couple of days ago to get bread and that was all they had  they were very soft, but the little bit of sweetness was a nice compliment to the burger.  i had mine classic with lettuce, toms and raw onion.  i sauteed up some mushrooms for hub's and he really enjoyed it. 

General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: September 12, 2017, 08:22:23 AM »
it's been raining since yesterday, so didn't do much in the garden.  i did run out this morning to pull a couple of the campari toms that were blushing up so they don't split from the rain before they get to full ripe.  i will just leave them on the counter for a few days.

« on: September 12, 2017, 08:19:48 AM »
that was a cool pictorial, gg.  thanks for posting it.  :)

you got a great deal on the peppers!  they are on sale this week at our local store for .79 EA   

can i ask, does the dehydrating intensify the flavor?  like how much of the dehydrated pepper would you use for a pot of soup vs. cutting up a fresh one?  is there a difference?

General Discussion / Re: What's the weather like in your area ?
« on: September 12, 2017, 08:13:05 AM »
with irma swinging west it took NC out of the danger bubble.  it is very overcast and rainy here, but a nice steady rain with only some occasional heavy downpours.  it is cool with the high yesterday around 60.  today they said it was supposed to go to the low 70's, but with no sun out there i am not sure it will make it.  right now it is still cool and damp out.

supposedly it is going back into the low 80's by the end of this week.  my plants should love that!

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