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trugasCA

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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 6:35:26 PM

Life is short and sweet. lt is good for me and hopefully for you. But life is full of a lot of things, ideas, projects, beliefs and other subjects, so write about what you are happy about, enjoy doing, or whatever you wish.
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MidnightSun
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2014 3:31:44 PM



Life IS Good!

wackiness, Glad you made it! Nice to be able to tell your story.

trugas. Good to let the housekeeper do her work, then you do the shelves afterwards. Like that you are growing potatoes. May also this year.

Good Friday greetings!

Went outdoors early to do what was hoped to be over for 6 months. Brush snow off the windshield of the Dart and scrap the thick ice off the glass. The ice scraping took 15 minutes in 11 (-12°C) temps.

Melted snow turned to ice and was 2" thick. Very solid ice due to the unseasonably low temps the past two days. Needed to back up the Dart for a bit just to go forward. The gravel road was nicely plowed down to the surface.

Bought at the mkt were a new to me item. Sweet Twister peppers, inspired by flavour. Grown at Mastronardi Produce Ltd, Kingsville, ON. They are greenhouse Grown • Family Owned • 4th Generation, now in their 60th year. Truly sweet tasting peppers, that was $2 a lb.

Also bought were Mineolas 50¢ ea, asparagus for an unreal $1 (no typo) a lb, baby bellas 10 oz for $2.28, cukes for 40¢ and giant plastic shopping bag size heads of green lettuce for $1.50. Passed on $2.85 a lb grapes. Have produce remaining from last week.

Visited my pal the mgr at Rite Aid, then decided to pass on a trip to Subway, WM, and Shaw's Supermarket. Did stop at Parker's Mkt and Deli to get a slice of pizza. They have one of the few places where a ⅙ of slice of an 18" pizza can be bought starting at $2.50 (tax inc).

It has been months since my last visit. Told the young pizza baker gal that pizza could be smelled. Shoot she said and ran over to get a giant pizza oven spatula and removed the pie. It was well burnt around the edges. She gave the entire 18" cheese pizza pie for free. Thank you so very much!

Drove to Whitefield to see if my pal the meat mgr was working. Asked him if he and his co-worker wanted some slices of pizza free. They took two slices a piece and wrapped them up for lunch. No excellent deals on meat were found this week.

Drove around munching on slices of pizza and came across the CT River in flood water stage. There were barricades of red and white stripped signs that read Closed due to flood water.

Took about 40 pix of the river pouring over the CT River Hwy, Rt 135 nearly up to the top of the guardrail. Several homes beside the banks need a boat to leave or return, or wait the flood out.

The Official National Weather Service out of Grey ME had a Flood Warning extended until Saturday morning. "The Flood Warning continues for the Connecticut River near Dalton until Saturday morning."

At 12 PM Thursday the stage was 21.6 feet. *Flood stage is 17.0 feet.* The river will continue to fall to below flood stage by late tomorrow evening. Lots of pix were shot.

The low yesterday morning was just 10°F . The temp this morning was 20°F with the high to be 54°. Spring returns.

Have a delightful day!

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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2014 10:43:44 AM

Yea Wackiness, now you just need to stay off of ladders. Hope your ribs heal nicely.

Life is good and l am still busy. One of my plastic shelves broke down and l took everything off it to get to the legs. Today l have to get it back in operation. Food all over the bedroom.

I have housekeeper xcoming today and l will let her do her job then start on the shelves after wards. I want to go out and pile dirt up around the potato plants. Hard to do as l planted 3 potatoes to a pot and some grew tall while others are still just inches tall. But l have to empty the sink of the pans l baked in as l do not want them scrubbed (makes them stick).
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2014 8:06:54 PM

Cancer Survivor---2011

Life has a new meaning.
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MidnightSun
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2014 4:39:48 PM



Life IS Good!

Once slide down my mtn road almost like a runaway pinball. Will Never do that again. Scared the daylights out of me.

Saw some giant 3" stem strawberries today. My first time seeing them. At $5 a lb, they sure are nice to look.

Boiled a half lb of tri-color pasta in the microwave yesterday. It was al dente in 11 minutes. Pan fried some thawed cod, red bell peppers, vidalia onions, then microwave cooked some broccoli florets.

To this a drained can of pitless medium black olives and some peel and eat shrimp were prepared. Nice sized shrimp that are 41 to the lb. Mixed it all up with some lightly cooked diced garlic and a liberal amount of evoo added.

Made homemade Japanese shrimp sauce using the following:
3/4 tsp paprika
2 tbsp rice vinegar
3 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp garlic powder,
+ or - per taste
3 tbsp melted butter
mix all into a plastic or glass mixing bowl
add 1 cup real mayonnaise (never salad dressing)
Light or no fat is okay. Mix well.
Cover and refrigerate 4-6 hours or overnight.
It allows all the flavors to mingle.

Optional: a teaspoon of tomato paste for added color and acidity. You can also add a dash of cayenne pepper for a little spiciness

One can just dip the shrimp into the sauce, as an appetizer, or mix the creamy sauce with the entire contents for a salubrious feast.

After eating this scrumptious meal, a fancy dessert was in order. Made a coffee cup size root beer float with real maple syrup, chocolate and pistachio nut ice cream. Was so delish a second cup was enjoyed.

The low yesterday morning was just 15°F. The high was 28°F. 3" of powder snow fell and still remains. The temp was 10°F this morning with the high 47°F. Will shop at the market and a few other stores.

Have a fantastic day!

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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2014 1:04:52 PM

Morning: Taking a break from the kitchen. Still need to clean up and run dishwasher. I think l used 4 pounds of strawberries on the two cakes. One with frosting then solid strawberry halves, dipped in glaze, the other with maries strawberry glaze then stacks of sliced strawberries and surrounded by whole ones. Will take whipped cream to add at the serving time.

Life is Good and busy. Smile.
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2014 6:09:59 PM

Yikes, looks like a blizzard outside. I have an acupuncture appt. that I don't want to miss. But I really don't want to go out in it and drive, etc. The problem is that the only way we can schedule appts. is in person, and if I miss this appt., I won't be able to schedule for a long time. It is a student clinic and next week they'll go on break. After that they'll be booked up for weeks. It is only open one night a week.

This weather is confirming my theory that I think that Mother Earth is going through menopause. :)
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2014 4:12:01 PM



Life IS Good!

Anyone want to play?

It sure did rain yesterday. The 100% chance was right on the money. Went out to the and soaped it down with a big car wash sponge and a bucket of soapy water. Lots of mud to rid. Did let the rain rinse it off.

Got right into the underwater City of Rapture in the X-Box 360 game of BioShock. Orphaned young girls known as Little Sisters are protected by powerful Big Daddies, men grafted in giant metal diving suits for armor, that protect the girls at all costs.

The first person shooter, named Jack, who crashed into the Atlantic, must fight altered human beings named splicers drugged to the max on "ADAM". The game is set in 1960 with much nostalgia, including songs and memorabilia of the late 1950's.

BioShock is the fifth highest rated Xbox 360 game released to date. BioShock (video is 1 min) toys, action figures, and collectibles are routinely sold out. It has a 95+ out of 100 rating in over 4 million sales.

The temp is 28°F. 3" of new snow in the mtns of northern NH.

Have a fabulous day!

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MidnightSun
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2014 4:25:56 PM



Life IS Good!

dirtgirl, The other supplier to the Northeast is IGA, mostly for their meats. Very good prices and always have the groceries in stock. Have few big box stores and just 5 dif supermarkets in a 40 sq mile circle. Not a fan of Save-A-Lot. They used to be a bargain. Now not very competative. Works out fine. Not many people to sell too.

Lived in LA for 5 years. Like the quaint New England small towns and slow pace of life. Very comfortable and relaxing. If it ain't done today, will get to it tomorrow. Lots of folks like well into their 90's and into 100 y/o. Am all for that.

Twas a great yesterday morning to get the laundry done. Washed the 500 count new red Egyptian cotton sheets, pillowcases, shams, blanket, and bedspread. Not one drop of red on any of the other clothes, mostly jeans. What a nice soft feeling after the sizing is washed out of the new material.

Took my camera and the Dart for a scenic drive on the CT River Hwy. Saw many ice floes, though they were not giant, yet many small ones. Over 100 geese and scores of ducks were resting in the river.

At times the river created the perfect mirror images of the reflections that on the sides of the banks. Ended up in beautiful downtown Northumberland, NH.

The population was 2,288 in the 2010 censuses giving it a density of 63/sq mi (24/km2). There is a covered wooden bridge that is most delightful that is only open to foot traffic.

Photos of the floes in the river, reflections mirrored in the water, geese, ducks, and the mtns in the distance, still snowcapped were taken. Also took more photos of the metal bridge between VT and NH on US Rt 2 that will be replaced. Construction has been delayed for 1 year.

Returned up the mtn road to see a female moose (bulls antlers growth in moose begins in late winter with the formation of velvet, a soft, blood-filled skin that fosters development.) trotting up the mtn. As soon as she saw me she went into a gallop and went off into the forest.

Must have shot close to 100 photos during my three hours in the field. Will have some to share one day when a new album is created and the photos uploaded. Have been told by other members there is an 80 pix limit on GB.

The temp is 66°F (19°C). There is a 100% chance of rain and it is raining.

Have a wonderful day!

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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2014 2:02:04 AM

DG, a good summary of the local grocery stores. I think you are correct about Rainbow owned by Roundy's, from WI.

Additionally, we have Trader Joe's, Whole Foods and all the food co-ops. I believe I have read that we now have the most food co-ops of any locality in the country. They are member owned, but open to anybody to shop there. And they are growing. Several co-ops have more than one store, and more are opening additional stores: Lakewinds, Seward, the Wedge, as I recall will be opening new, additional stores soon. Mississippi Market and Lakewinds already own more than one store. Maybe some others that I'm not thinking of.
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2014 1:20:35 AM

MidnightSun, Don't know about that though there is good variety of produce in most stores here. SuperValu is a wholesaler so they stock everything in all sizes.

Other stores here are Cub (SuperValu and franchise stores), Rainbow (Roundy's out of Wisconsin I think), Lunds and Byerlys (local gourmet grocery - Byerlys stores have carpeting), Kowalski's (locally owned), Aldi (generic labeling), Target and WM. Lots of other mom and pop stores here but the big ones are the first four.

Cold again here. Last week seems like a cruel trick. lol
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Message Posted: Apr 14, 2014 4:19:13 PM



Life IS Good!

dirtgirl, Read that Supervalu is a big produce supplier. Have seen good and bad produce at the Super WM. None that see produce are in my area. The finest and lowest price produce comes from the soon to be three year old mom and pop biz named Big Papa's Fruit and Produce. Half the price of any supermarket. Just 1-2 days fresh.

Enjoyed the 1995 movie remake by director John Carpenter of "Village of the Damned." 99 min, A horror, sci-fi, thriller starring Christopher Reeve (in his final performance before before a horse riding accident on 27 May 1995 left him paralyzed), Kirstie Alley, and Linda Kozlowski.

All people and animals in a small country village become unconscious. 9 months later the women give birth to special gifted children. As the children mature it is discovered they are alien beings posing as humans.

The original version was released in 1960. This was Reeve's last film before a horse riding accident left him paralyzed. Well acted and directed. Rated R for some sci-fi terror and violence. "Village of the Damned." is way better than the imdb.com rates it. 4.5/5 stars.

Set up my new Vizio 42" HD Smart TV. Only have PBS locally to watch. There is no cable or satellite reception. After lots of thought returned to WM to purchase a slim wall tilt mount for up to a 70" TV for under $25.

After nearly 3 hours, the wall mount, TV, DVD, XBox 360, and the RCA 5 speaker surround system were installed. Now need a long ethernet cable to hook up the new TV to my downstairs phone to get all the internet features which are many.

It rained until 2 in the afternoon. A great day to set up my new entertainment system. Temps hit 52° (11°C) and the clouds left for an occasional afternoon of sun.

The temp is 76°F (23°C) in sunny skies.

Have a pleasant day!

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Message Posted: Apr 14, 2014 2:02:01 AM

trugas and goldieolds, I don't buy groceries at Walmart but do buy the occasional thing I can't find elsewhere. Mostly I shop at Target. I do all my grocery shopping at a grocery store. They treat their employees better and pay them better. Target does too. :)

MidnightSun, Don't know about out there but the stores SuperValu owns here they mainly just supply. The grocery business is very competitive here as there are chains, franchises, independents and locally owned stores. Everyone wants a piece of the action. Not worth it for me to shop at Walmart for groceries as they carry limited brands and sizes. Also, the produce is better at other stores. But, having said that, everyone has to shop where they feel comfortable and where they can afford. Maybe the guys at your WM know what to do with bad produce...they sure don't here. ;)
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2014 4:26:24 PM



Life IS Good!

Used to BBQ almost daily. Gave it up and cooking over a campfire. Willing to return to a century ago, as long as I can remain only here and nowhere else.

June will see my Strawberries harvest. Pancakes is #1. May need to learn how to make a fab strawberry pie.

Woke way too early yesterday morning. Finished my rounds, then took the most pleasing 3 hour nap taken in weeks. How refreshing. It felt like a brand new day.

Got ready to go to town and buy some items forgotten on Thursday. Figured it is to rain today so it was a good time to go for the drive. Big Papa's Mkt saw a Big crowd. Vidalia onions were 88¢ a lb and all colors of bell peppers were $1.50. No need to go w/o.

Headed to my Greek friend's Gold House Pizza and Restaurant to order a meat Gyro (souvlaki) for lunch. Cost was 6.86 inc/tax. Like them. Think the steak bombs for a $1.20 more are my fave.

Shopped in WM and bought a few items during the flood of shoppers. Top of the list was cottage cheese. They ran out of the fat free version so the 4% was purchased for $1.86 a lb.

Crossed the lot to stop at Shaws. Really just wanted a small amount of sliced chicken breast to purchase to play their come on game "Monopoly." Perhaps a 50¢ off coupon will be won, that is $1 less everyday at WM.

55 million in Monopoly prizes at Albertson's and Shaws are touted. Both were owned by SuperValu of MN, who owns Sav-A-Lot from Maine to Cal, the Nation's leading discount food chain.

SuperValu also owns lots of market share, and former chain stores. (Scroll down.)

The temp is 56°F. Rain earlier, now lots of fun in the sun. Heading outdoors.

Have a splendid day!

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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2014 11:22:56 AM

Using gas to heat food is bad too. Contaminates the air you breathe. Just about all modern things have problems, but we aren't willing to go back in time. Even wood cooking is hazardous to breathing.
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2014 10:32:19 AM

Walmart...l don't buy much there. l have been there once this year, to buy paper plates and Kleenex. My son likes it but not for everything. Everyonce in awhile l compare food prices and they don't match well IMO. Course our walmart doesn't have a full food line. I looked for canned apricots and canned pork n beans, and beat the price elsewhere easily.

I can't wait for the roadside strawberries. I only paid $1 a pound recently and they were good, but no where near the home grown road stands.

Yesterday l wasted the entire day watching a TV series and so today l want to do something active.
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2014 4:35:02 PM



Life IS Good!

dirtgirl, Getting your temps on Monday. Thank you. Will have the subs and cookies prepared and waiting!

goldie, What a good list to avoid. Lots of chemicals and MSG by other names. Such as Autolyzed Yeast Extract, Brominated Vegetable Oil, Mono and Diglycerides, Disodium Guanylate, Disodium Inosinate and many others.

Anything that can not be pronounced should Never be eaten. Saved your link to share w/others. Many Thanks! FDA needs to add more rules to the word organic. Chemicals can be added, to a certain point. not my idea of organic.

Really enjoy the new 24" Samsung LED monitor. Sharp, crisp graphics and true whites unlike the CRT one. Am highly thankful and satisfied saving $70 off list.

What a joy to play Starcraft and see HD movies. Played Starcraft and was lost for hours. StarCraft: Brood War is the expansion pack for the award winning military science fiction, real-time strategy video game StarCraft.

There may be no such thing as a perfect game, but StarCraft: Brood War comes durn close. A Real Time Strategy game that has stealth, base building, air and land assaults, sieges, squad building.

Having the 3 races is great for the reason that you have to learn how to use them separately because they are so different. The game is also addicting Have played it since 1998 when it exploded on the market.

Watch the 1965 pulse pounding spaghetti western film by Sergio Leone, "For A Few Dollars More" This is a Western, action & adventure movie rated "R" that runs 2 hrs 7 min.

It is about life and death in the old SW. Where life had no value, death, sometimes had its price. That is why bounty hunters appeared. Lee Van Cleef and Clint Eastwood star in this 2nd Dollars series.

Now on streaming Netflix.com or free to watch on putlocker.bz. A classic Western with lots of whistling, singing, shooting and in many ways, curiously poetic.

Here is the original soundtrack. 2 min 48 sec. Here is the free movie on putlocker.bz 2 hr 12 min. 5/5 stars, to a lover of genuine Western action.

Spent an hour outdoors loving the warm windless afternoon. Temps reached 62°F (17°C) in blue cloudless skies. Enjoyed having the snow at the edge of the forest facing the sun completely melted to walk on the ground for over 100 ft. Shorts and a t-shirt were worn. The vitamin D felt healthy.

The temp is 62°F. Spring in the northern NH mtns

Have a tremendous day!

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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2014 4:31:46 PM

I forgot to mention that Walmart is starting with only half their stores carrying the Wild Oats organic and natural food line. They want to make sure they have enough supply.

Midnight, you have mentioned more than once that you don't believe in the organic standards. At first I did not look it up, b/c I feel like I am pretty familiar with the organic standards, from when they were revised back in the '90s. At that time we (well, I signed a petition) were able to prevent them from including sewer sludge and GMOs.

Eventually curiosity took hold and I tried to look up what you were talking about and didn't find it. I'm thinking that maybe you are thinking in terms of packaged items, for which the organic standards are complicated and easily misunderstood if one isn't familiar with them. It is a tiered program where "containing organic ingredients" does not mean the same thing as "100% organic", etc. It is more involved than that. I just look at the ingredients list, and the organic ingredients will be specified. If it is not specified, then the ingredient is not organic. I believe that complicated tiered system was a compromise, like most legislation these days. The big chemical corps lobbied hard to not be excluded. etc.

However, for produce and fresh food, which I had been referring to the last time you made that comment, I don't see what the confusion is. Of course, there is always the possibility of someone trying to cheat the system, but that would be illegal if they were caught. If a fresh tomato is labeled "organic" than it should not have been sprayed, grown from GMO seeds, etc. If a can of vegetable soup, containing tomatoes is labeled "organic", it may have a certain percent of ingredients in it that are not organically raised. I would look at the ingredient list to see if tomatoes were designated as organic or not. Unless the can says "100% organic". But I'd still probably check the ingredient list.

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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2014 3:47:45 PM

I drove around the lakes on my way home last night, and it was weird seeing no snow around the lakes but ice still on them. Did see some open patches, so that's starting to come off, too. Not looking forward to the cooler weather on the way. Highs only in 40s and some lows even below fr**zing.

I was sent a link to an article (from DI) telling that Walmart is going to start carrying an organic line of foods called Wild Oats. I don't know if they are connected to the chain (former?) of Wild Oats stores. I think it was bought out by Whole Foods.

I have very mixed feelings about this news. Of course, I'm glad to see that organics and health conscious natural foods are becoming that mainstream, but I don't like Walmart, don't want to shop at Walmart, and there is no Walmart convenient to me. But if their prices are the best (25% lower, as they say) for the same quality, then I need to find the lowest prices. If the competition from them brings prices down at other stores, then that will be a great thing. But according to the article, they expect that prices for organic ingredients will go up at first, due to increased demand.

I'm always skeptical of "off-brand" organic and natural products, lest they might be cutting corners to undercut prices. I looked up the Wild Oats website, and it looks good. I skimmed their list of 125 no-no ingredients and overall it looked good. I was glad to see beet sugar (except organic) and cottonseed oil on the list. Both are almost, if not all, made from GMO seeds. Midnight, MSG was also on the list. Many things I was glad to see, many more that I have no idea what they are, but they have unpronounceable names (often a giveaway of an artificial ingredient). Unfortunately, corn except for organic was not on the list. Nitrites, nitrates, partially hydrogenated oils were on the list, and among things that everybody should avoid as much as possible.

Well, we'll see. I do pretty good with prices anyway, by shopping sales and Trader Joe's.

NYTIMES article about it.
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2014 11:41:21 AM

Morning:

Yes a little drama when housekeeper asked "Are you firing me?" Stunned.
It was worked out. I see now that l have to make sure she really understands me and not just agreeing. I thought l had explained removing only the hours for cooking. Apparently not.
She is really trying. Talked of planting and shopping for plants and yardwork.

Sure glad to hear your awful s*** weather is finally changing to decent temps.
So Life is Good again.
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2014 2:18:44 AM

Forgot to mention that we had fantastic weather here this week. A few days in the 60's and one where we hit 70. Most of the white stuff is gone in the TC metro area except for the now black piles in parking lots and small piles on the north sides of houses. Rain forecast for a little bit tomorrow and then a 20 degree temperature drop starting Sunday. Hopefully it's only temporary. Mother Nature sure has a strange sense of humor. lol
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2014 1:51:53 AM

MidnightSun, The sub and cookies sound like a good deal. We'll all be over sometime next week. ;) Congratulations on the new tv and the new monitor. I also have a Samsung monitor 15" that was bought several years ago when my crt went out.

trugas, Sounded like too much "drama" with the cleaning lady. Glad you were able to talk with her and hopefully she will leave the drama at home.

goldieolds, The new corningware is labeled safe for oven and microwave use only...not for use on stovetop or broiler. I'm not a big fan of cinammon but may have to check out your link. :)
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Message Posted: Apr 11, 2014 4:01:54 PM



Life IS Good!

goldie, Thank you for good TV wishes. It is a good size for my first LED TV. Never had Corningware Glad you had plenty of extra lasagna and the room to keep it in the freezer. No room in mine. Need to eat more ; )

trugas, Nice prices and fabulous to bake a cake, fill it with pudding then add strawberry glazed strawberries on top and whipped cream. You practice baking cakes?!

Left yesterday morning to go to the market on welcomed frozen ground. The road was nicely solid to prevent getting stuck or spraying mud on my Dart. The other side of the loop road remains closed to thru traffic. It is the 5th day of mud so deep that two vehicles were towed out.

Arrived at the market early. Bought were snow peas for $3.50 a lb, cukes 3 for $2, 1 liter (33.7 oz) of evoo for $7, loose chestnuts for $3 a lb, green leaf lettuce for $1.50 a hd, red grapes $2.35 a lb, and a bottle of Cactus Joe Avocado Starter 24 oz just $1. Not much was needed as lots of veggies remain fresh in the fridge fro 1 and 2 weeks ago.

Decided to buy a Dell 24" flat LED monitor at WM for $169. My old CRT 21" monitor was going fast. The Degauss needed to be used increasingly more often (daily) to see the correct colors.

Then drove a ¼ ; mile to Staples to see a Samsung 24" higher quality LED monitor on sale for $149. Reg Price is $219. Bought the Samsung, then returned the Dell to WM. Am very happy with the super high picture quality of the Samsung made for gaming, industrial use, and graphics.

Getting caught up to the 21st Century rapidly. Good to buy Christmas presents for oneself. Especially those that are high quality and on sale.

Saw two geese and two ducks resting and threading water in the Ammonoosuc River. Soon there will be 1,000's returning. They often fly north at night. Hope to see each of their V formations during the day.

The temp is 62°F. Highest of the year to date.

Have a delightful day!

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Message Posted: Apr 11, 2014 11:19:49 AM

Morning:

We have been having fog in the morning..light fog, then it warms up to mid 70
s and then it gets windy and cools down quickly. So something for everyone. Smile.
Got a few bargains yesterday when l took back the rotten watermelon. Dripped all over the place, but they insist one return the item..LOL.
Got butter for $2.50 a pound..that is up for me tho most places it is higher.
Got strawberries for $1 per pound. Not bad ones either. l am going to bake a cake, fill it with pudding then marie's strawberry glazed strawberries on top and whipped cream.
Housekeeper new hours - shorter- today, and l won't cook while she is here. Takes up her time and l get upset and stressed. l will wait til she leaves. Then l can sit down when l want and continue when l want. It doesn't have to be done today, l just want to practice fo r Big John's birthday cake next week.
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Midnight, enjoy your new t.v. That sounds huge!
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Message Posted: Apr 11, 2014 7:45:50 AM

Well, I definitely did underestimate how many servings I'd get from the lasagna, and I'm glad. I had several delicious meals and put a big over-sized serving in the freezer, and I have a little piece left for Friday, when I'll need a "grab and go". I've been using the little square CorningWare dishes for reheating and for the one in the freezer. I'll be able to reheat it right in the same container. I use the oven for reheating, since I do not nuke my food.

I love those old CorningWare pieces, and am so glad I still have them. Can even use them on the stove-top if I want to, but haven't been lately. The newer ones don't say that you can do that. I have several larger pieces also, and have been using them lately, too. Also have a loaf pan version, which used to be good for meatloaf, back when I used to make it. Now it's more likely to be used for banana bread. The little Corning saucepan has a bad chip in the rim, so I don't use it much now, but keep it just in case. I don't remember if the ones I'm using now were all my mom's or a combination of mine and hers, or what. Think there may be some more of my old pieces down in the storeroom from when I moved in. Someday I'll have to go down there and look in the boxes.

A salesman at the Kitchen Window store told me once that putting CorningWare in the micro compromises their integrity and they can explode if subsequently put (in the oven or on stove-top -- I don't recall which). Maybe that has something to do with why they no longer say you can use them on the stovetop. I suppose most people would want to use them in the micro, but I'd rather be able to use it on the stove.

I got at least double the amount of that mustard potato salad that I bought at Cub the other day for only $1.69/#, by adding things like onions, celery, radish, red bell pepper, cuke, shredded carrots, etc. Not all, but several at the same time. It really stretches it and makes it a lot healthier, IMO. There was so much dressing that it was still covered after mixing it up, and it tasted good. I think the added crunch is a plus, too.

Have a good Friday everybody!
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2014 4:15:13 PM



Life IS Good!

Anyone want to play?!

Was looking at sales that Best Buy, Amazon, and WM had on the internet for mid size TV's. Spent some hours comparing LED TV's on Tuesday and researched them further Wednesday morning at 5 AM. Found several with the kind of features that was wanted.

Decided on a VIZIO E420i-B0 42" LED Smart TV HDTV with a 1080p resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate. Price was $428. If a 22.9% WM charge card was signed up for and used in 24 hours on an order over $75, a $25 discount on the total would be $403, the final cost.

After an extended time in thought and re-reading the terms several times, it was decided to apply for the cc card which was instantly accepted. Ordered the TV that was in stock at the Woodsville NH Super WM, 20 miles south of Littleton.

Arrived early for my dental 8:45 AM exam appointment. Naturally there was lots of paperwork to complete for my first visit. After a routine check and a panorama shot. We spoke extensively.

Many of my teeth are ground down due to excessive grinding. For the cost plus the time for the extensive work that would take months and months of tedious work, it was decided the fastest and most permanent care would be oral surgery and replacement dentures.

Am all for this to get the dental aspect over with asap. Now my ins has to approve the surgery and this could take up to 6 weeks before it is approved and an appointment made for the oral surgery. Times marches on.

Stopped in the same building to visit the ServiceLink Resource Center. It helps for free educational programs and free counselors to help people make choices about their futures such as financial planning, living arrangements, service availability, and social connections.

My health ins monthly premium increased 300% beginning in January. 30 minutes with a free counselor had me switch carriers so that beginning May 1st, there will be no cost for monthly medicine coverage. May cap is no more than $6.30 for all brand name med's. $2 and change for generics. Am all for this.

Cruised down the smooth US Rt 302 Blvd from Littleton to Woodsville in my Dart. Asked the Electronic Dept Mgr many questions on Vizio and LED TV's in general. Then my recipe for the order was shown, he got the pre-ordered TV and brought it to my car.

Across from me wa a young lady who had just parked in her Dart. Asked her how she liked hers. Said she bought it in Sept '2012, now has 17,000 miles on it, has no mechanical problems, and she loves the ride, comfort, and super acceleration from the turbocharger.

We spoke for 15 minutes. Told her mine has just over 700 miles and feels great for the few miles driven. Am getting 36-37 mpg away from the mtns and the engine is not even broken in until 1.000 miles.

Returned to Littleton to the Gold House Pizza. Parked on the Main St in front of the restaurant for 25¢ an hour on the meter. Ordered a 12" Steak Bomb Special, (onions, peppers, and mushrooms) and had a pleasing $8.06 tax/inc lunch.

Jim, the owner, was putting the finishing touches on 15 giant Greek salads to go, 6 18" pizza pies and a huge cardboard box full of drinks, chips and etc. It took the woman 3 trips to bring the order to her car. The Gold House is where the locals eat.

The temp is 53°F (12°C). Will visit the market and other stores.

Have a fantastic day!

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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2014 4:09:50 PM



Life IS Good!

For me, often,
if not always.

Finished my posts very early yesterday morning. Took a 3 hour nap that was needed. My right hip was so sore from the many places walked the day before. The napped added much more comfort.

Rain arrived and it melted the final snow off the roof of my house. It has been about 6 months since rain was heard on roof. Also could hear the rain dripping onto the two propane tanks in the back of the house.

Played each of the three races that StarCraft offers. Commanding Terran, Protoss, or Zerg forces, players must complete a series of missions while managing resources, amassing armies and defending their base.

Each race is truly distinct with unique units, technologies, attributes, and abilities. A cinematic of the original StarCraft opening clip is here. 3:45 min.

Had a salubrious lunch of shrimp, veggies, and linguine made the day before. Dessert was a chunk of cored pineapple and cottage cheese. It was so good seconds were eaten.

Took a leisurely walk down to the foot of the driveway. Some of the gravel and lawn in between the tire tracks are seen. This is not my driveway.

Could smell Spring. The smell of thawing balsam firs are unmistakable. The air felt warm. It was 53°F (12°C). Soon the brooks will break out with the roar and echo of water heard in the distance. Some clear, sunny days are upon us.

The temp is 44°F (6°C)in the northern NH mountains. Spring has really arrived in the mtns.

Have a fabulous day!

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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2014 10:58:02 PM

sometimes
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Life IS Good!

goldie, Like to have about 6 meals of leftovers. Sometimes get bored with much more than that. Also use cinnamon to control blood sugar. The Egyptians used cinnamon 1000's of y/a. My doc said to use cinnamon daily. No mention of cassia or Ceylon. Using the dark kind. Not a biggie to me. MY annual blood check is just fine all around.

Have hypoglycemia as well. Salads seems to work for me with cottage cheese and evoo.

trugas, Glad the housekeeper realizes her error. Good that you will cook and that you bp will go down.

Was saddened to learn that veteran actor Mickey Rooney has died at the age of 93. Was a childhood fave as was Shirley Temple, Judy Garland, Frankie Avalon, and Annette Funicello.

Made some shrimp lo mein using linguine instead of fettuccini for the noodles with broccoli, green beans, red bell peppers, onions, carrots, scallions and the thawed 14 oz pkg of 41 shrimp. Know snow peas, bok choy, and ginger is used in the real McCoy. Did not wish pay dbl at the local markets.

Read the forecast for Tues into Wed. It reads rain likely in the evening, then rain or snow, or sleet after midnight into Tuesday. Figured to get out as do a few errands, as my road will become a mud puddle and a soft mess during the rain.

Went to the market in Whitefield. Learned my friend took off 5 days from the meat dept. No deals to be seen. Bought a large half farmhouse coffee and French Vanilla at Cumberland Farms. Any coffee size is $1.08 inc/tax.

Drove back to Lancaster. Limped w/hip pain into Shaws and 4 other stores. Opened at the P.O. a Chevy Dealers pretend prize winning yellow envelope reading "You've won $2,000!" Will follow the farce to the end just learn more on this known fake win/sales scam.

Returned home just before the mtn gravel road turned into inches of soft slimy mud. Our forecast was to be 51. It reached a high of 62° in beautiful sunny skies w/few clouds. Water from the snow pack on my roof is not just dripping, it is pouring off.

Phoned the Silverbow Honey Company a family owned honey packing business located in Moses Lake, Washington at 12:30 PM my time. 9:30 AM PDT.

Asked the gal who answered the phone why my unopened bottles of honey are dark, like molasses. She asked several others around her and answered that honey reaching about 10 y/o turns dark and the flavor changes a tab bit more hearty. The honey is still good to use.

Said to freeze honey if one knows it will not be used for some years. Phoned my local honey packer/distributor to share the info. During my visit to them last week, the office folks told me they have never seen dark honey.

The temp is 54°F. It is rained nicely this morning. Just enough to give the snow a slow melt.

Have a wonderful day!

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Had a talk with the housekeeper. Said we need to reevaluate the hours and such. Cut back to just housework, not cooking. She was agreeable and seemed to know what l was talking about with the negative stuff. So She said she realized it after she left.

I feel much better and Life is Good Again. Smile.
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Life is good and I am grateful to have a hard working housekeeper. l am going to drop the hours for cooking. That will leave only housekeeping and errands and laundry. So that gives me a break physically. l am not a teacher, nor physically can l stand in the kitchen for all the time required to teach, fetch and supervise. So the cooking is gone. No more stress over that. My b/p should go down. My legs and back pain should lessen.

The negative talk has got to stop. l don't want to hear it and l get too involved in negative thinking myself. l need support in positivity. The long lost daughter who might be a scam, the husband's problems at work with a drunk boss, the homeless people squabbling and their dogs running into the street, across the street all has to GO. Don't bring it into my house.
Watching the news is bad enough.LOL

I do not know how gentle l can be, but l can be honest about how l feel and lay out the rules that l said when l hired. Come in cheerful and clean. (and cook) that's it. I am dropping the cooking, her work is good, the laundry is done well and that is what l expect to continue.

Then instead of lying awake in pain and my mind going over and over what to do about the problems brought into my home, l can go back to being a happy person.

I plan to start with "You are here to support me. You clean well and do the laundry well. The cooking is causing me problems, so l will drop those hours. It doesn't work for me. We need to go over the areas l talked of when l hired you. Negativity brought into my home. l don't watch the news much because l can't handle the bad news. l need to have cheerful happy postive people around me."
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2014 7:23:47 AM

Tru, no, you are not asking too much, IMO, but you may have to remind her (gently). Some people like to wallow in the negative, in the drama. But they may be able to learn not to. I used to be that way, but have had teachers who have helped me to see it as non-productive. Some people are ready and willing to give it up, others are not. If she is one who is willing, then you may be able to help her along. I think you are well within your rights if you (gently) tell her you are not interested in the drama. I trust you can find the right words. The important thing is not to judge. You are clear on what you want for you. No judgment is necessary. Just whether or not it is for you.

I have to admit that I think I did underestimate the amount of lasagna that I made. Still probably not 10 servings, but more than I said. The thing is, I tend to think of it in terms of how many *days* I get out of it, and I might eat it more than one time a day. That's what I did yesterday.

My current quest is to learn more about cinnamon and what kinds are useful in balancing blood sugar levels. This is a confusing matter, b/c not all that is called "cinnamon" in the stores is actually cinnamon. There are several different kinds (by their Latin names) of "cinnamon". Some is actually "cassia", which is not cinnamon. Thankfully, I do NOT have diabetes, but have had hypoglycemia in the past. It is low blood sugar, and although it may be considered the opposite of diabetes, both are insulin related conditions. Hypoglycemia is akin to what happens if a diabetic takes too much insulin. I used to get tested for it, until I realized that what it does is make you sick and then measure how sick you get. The "treatment" is to go on the hypoglycemic diet. I figured out that if I feel bad enough to have the test, I'd be better off just going on the hypoglycemic diet w/o having the test (which made me sick). I think I've been controlling it this way for a long time. My grandfather had diabetes, so I feel like I need to be mindful of it.

When I started with my new doctor (integrative, functional, holistic) she tested my blood for A1c, which has to do with blood sugar, over time. It was at the top of the "normal" level, and she was not happy with that.

I started putting "cinnamon" on my daily yogurt or kefir. The most recent test showed improvement, and she was pleased. So was I.

But I need to order some more and it is really confusing. What I've been using is some that I probably bought in bulk at a co-op some years ago and refilled it into a previously used cinnamon bottle. I have no idea which kind it is.

One thing I have learned is that Ceylon cinnamon is considered "real cinnamon". But is it the kind that helps balance blood sugar? The employee at Whole Foods says it is. But it is lighter in color than the kind I've been using.

Here is a link if you are interested in reading more about this. I'm going to continue to research this.

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Well my lasagne ended up filling up a 9x13 in pan instead of the 8x8. Two was too many zucchini and 2 italian sausage was just right. My housekeeper chopped and prepped while l cooked and went for needed items. Wore my self out into irritable mess. Housekeeper was left to assemble the lasagne, said she had made it before and l wrote down and said "layer" and so she put 1/2 the sauce and 3 lasagne noodles and the rest of the sauce and asked about the cheese. Does it go on top?
My back was hurting by then and l jumped in there and poured it all back into skillet and showed her what layering was. Using 9 lasagne noodles. and cheese on top of each layer.
She talks and talks and talks and l am so muddled, l can't think or read, and listening to her long detailed stories of how her husband's drunken lady boss...... on and on and the people across the street are in a fight and the dog got away and ran into the street and she called 911 and.......... and that point l got up and went to the back yard for some quiet. I just can't handle all the negativity. or all the constant talk. I asked her "so what did you do this weekend that was fun?" HINT.
I am thinking of cutting my hours back again. The housework was done in 1 and 1/2 hours to 2 tops and she doesn't cook so l am just getting irritable and back aches from standing there correcting ..........so l want to have her here less. She forgot when l hired her l told her l can't and won't listen to long negative stories. I also told her l needed someone to cook.

I guess l am just an old fuddy duddy but l want alone time. Come do your work and leave..am l asking too much?
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Message Posted: Apr 7, 2014 4:10:04 PM


An excellent debate.
For the flat, wide pasta and the dish made from such pasta, North American English speakers use lasagna. English speakers from outside North America usually use lasagne.

Lasagna; pl. Lasagne: Long, very broad noodles (2-3 inches wide) with straight or rippled edges.

Read more:
Kitchen Dictionary: pasta at food.com

 
 

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Life IS Good!

---> Starting today each of the first 5 gas prices reported per day will be worth 200 points each.

dirtgirl, Also agree to a Subway 6" sub partay. Yet not in Saudi Arabia. It may have to be virtual and vicarious. Will also add plenty of cookies and lots of various drinks. How's that?!

goldie, Agree lasagne is nearly correct. Most dictionaries use lasagna. Am good at typos. Also making lasagna in a 6 qt crock pot. You would not think it was cooked in a crock pot. Even a high falutin chef would not know. Forgot to mention am a milled golden flaxseed lover. Adding it to many foods.

trugas, Wish there were 6 crock pots to make 6 different styles of lasagne. We could have a tasting party and compare ingredients. Would enjoy Mex lasagna with salsa instead of tomato sauce. Add avocado to the queso fresco, panela, adobera, Oaxaca, Requesón, or Chihuahua cheeses. Love to experiment.

Was saddened to learn that veteran actor Mickey Rooney has died at the age of 93. Was a childhood fave as was Shirley Temple, Judy Garland, Frankie Avalon, and Annette Funicello.

Temps warmed up wonderfully compared to just a week ago. Saw only 28° (-2°C) for a low last night. 44°F (7°C) was the high yesterday. Finished my rounds early after waking up much later, it was nearly 3 AM.

Prepared the crock pot with 2 thawed chicken breasts, green beans, carrots, and egg size red potatoes. Then went back to sleep. Woke up 90 minutes later, then decided to ready for a drive to my pal, the meat mgr in Whitefield.

He took Sunday off, his usual days off are Tues and Wed. No meat deals interested me. Even tho giant chicken leg quarters were 89¢ a lb. Went to that local Subway and bought the $3 breakfast combo.

Ordered a 6" flat bread breakfast egg, bacon, cheese sub with peppers, onions, and extra black olives, plus a large cup of 50% blonde and 50% French vanilla coffee. Nice to spend just $3.27 inc/tax.

Returned to make homemade gravy from the chicken breast and veggie drippings. Used cornstarch to make a fabulous tasting gravy. A cooked carrot or two is mashed up in the gravy to give it more taste and color. Onion and garlic are added as well.

Gave the meal a rest in the fridge for another time. Relaxed in the afternoon and listened to the baseball game on the internet.

The temp 62°. Spring has arrived. The snow melts.

Have a pleasant day!

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Message Posted: Apr 7, 2014 11:43:14 AM

Tru, are you in Sonoma county?

I think "lasagne" is actually the correct spelling. I was spelling it that way, but finally just gave in and went with the crowd. I looked it up once, and both ways were acceptable. Sometimes in Europe an "e" at the end of a word is pronounced as an "a". I knew a young woman back in the '70s who had just moved here (USA, Atlanta) from Denmark. Her name was Charlotte, pronounced "Charlotta". She finally changed the spelling of it to "Charlotta" so people would not call her "Charlotte", leaving the final "e" unpronounced. If you can follow my drift.

I, too, wish I could just eat the right amount and feel satisfied, instead of wanting to keep going due to the taste. But I don't wish to not care at all about taste. Taste of food and drink is one of the things that makes life fun. I have an older (about your age or maybe a year or two older) neighbor friend who has lost her taste of food and the pleasure from it. It's sad. She got dangerously thin and her doctor said she had to gain weight. She pushes herself to eat, esp. higher calorie foods, but she doesn't enjoy it. I think she also takes Ensure, to get enough nutrients.

Too bad the dining places don't prepare better food. What a waste. Especially Meals on Wheels, b/c so many people who get that don't have other options. I've thought of going to some (aggregate dining), but with my dietary restrictions, it doesn't seem worth it. Although there was a Thanksgiving dinner that I was intending to go to last fall. I'd been to it once before and the food was good. I love turkey, pumpkin pie, etc. But my car wouldn't start that time, so I didn't make it there.

I'm glad you are still cooking and eating well!

Hey, did y'all notice that they are now awarding 200 points for each gas price reported ( up to five) now? It's so a person can get enough points just from posting gas prices to enter the daily drawing, they said. I don't like the daily drawing. Liked it better once a week and with a larger gas card as the prize. Looks like daily is here to stay. :(

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Message Posted: Apr 7, 2014 10:21:54 AM

Morning:
I bought 2 small sticks of goat cheese and could use that l guess. lt isn't the taste of cottage cheese l object to in lasagna. Spelled it correctly this time. But it won't last as l am so used to spelling it with e...Like baloney. Instead of Bologne ..
I think the veggies with mozzarella will be enough moisture. And it is sausage lasagna, so it is supposed to be different.
Sometimes l wish l were like some of these people that just eat enough to stay alive, and they don't care at all about taste. Some can't taste. They exist on TV meals or what meals on wheels delivers in a little tray like frozen meals. The food in this county from meals on wheels and at the congregate site, is so awful. l can barely eat most of it. I am not alone. There are 150 to 200 senior units right next to these sites where one goes to eat, yet never more than 8 or so people go regularly. Tells you something. While in Fort Bragg there were at least 150 each day. The food was good. Prepared on site and homemade breads and good desserts. A world of difference from this one location kitchen serving an entire county. Ends up tasting like institutional food.
Another reason l continue looking for a better place and out of Sonoma county.
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Message Posted: Apr 7, 2014 8:40:58 AM

Tru, LOL, no, not ten meals from that pan of lasagna. :) Maybe half that. I have a big appetite and I eat it by itself. I'll eat other things later. I'm not really into the "three squares" anymore. That's part of why I like one-dish or one-pot or one-pan meals, so I can get a variety of types of food at one time, in one dish. I'll probably eat a big green salad, but at a different time. etc.

My lasagna, so far, has been vegetarian, although I do eat fish and fowl and on very, very rare occasions, a bit of mammal. But I do limit it to one meal a day, as a rule, but I'm not totally strict about it. But mostly. Similarly, I also limit the amount of dairy, esp. from cow, that I eat. So the mozzarella "cheese" in my lasagna was non-dairy. Next time it might be dairy, but all from goat milk. Whatever works at the time. But the cottage cheese and ricotta were cow dairy, and some hard, aged goat cheese (or possibly sheep, but I think it was goat) was used in place of the grated Parm.

BTW, once the cottage cheese is in the lasagna, it no longer tastes like cottage cheese. Texture is changed, too, if you've mixed it up with the egg, other cheeses, etc. But however you like it, is how you should make it.

But anyone out there who makes lasagna, if you haven't tried fennel in it, give it a try. It really gives it a great Italian flavor. It is the predominant flavor in a lot of Italian sausages. I remember many, many years ago, my cousin had me over for dinner to thank me for housesitting while they were on their honeymoon. She made lasagna and said a friend had given her the tip of putting fennel in it. Delicious, so I've done it since then, but I don't make it often, so it hasn't been that many times.

DG, I know what you mean about some cooks going too heavy on the salt. The chicken I bought the other day didn't taste too salty, but left me very thirsty afterwards, so I thought it must have a lot of salt in it. I have that issue a lot with pepper. Sometimes the cooks get too heavy-handed with the pepper. The fried chicken I've had from the Cub closest to me had cayenne in it, the last two times I got it, and I didn't ever try their grilled b/c it looked like it had those pepper flakes in it. I must have a sensitivity to those red pepper family things, b/c they just create one big nasty taste in my mouth and then I don't taste any of the good flavors. So last week at the Bloomington Cub (84th and Lyndale) I asked if they put that in and she said "no", just paprika. Which is fine. And the grilled chicken was very delicious. I went back and got some more last night (only grilled, not fried) and it was not so delicious. It tasted like someone had put some red pepper in it, at least some of the pieces, or maybe just too much black pepper, and the meat was drier, like it was over cooked. Oh well.

Re: the sale, I called the closer Cub and they said the chicken sale had ended Sat. :( For future reference, I asked her if they put cayenne or red pepper flakes in it and she said, "no." But I know sometimes it has had it. I wonder if the cooks are supposed to be able to take that kind of liberty. Then I called the B'ton Cub and he said the chicken sale had ended Sat. but they still had it cold for that price, and he packaged some up for me, since the cold grilled was gone. And he put it aside for me, so I could go later to get it. Nice. And they still had some mustard potato salad for $1.69/#, although only in larger containers than I would have chosen. I got some of that, too.

I have a weakness for deli potato salad, but don't like it to be so dripping in dressing, and only get carb and fat when I eat it, so I add some things when I get home. Depends upon what I have. This time it was onion, red sweet bell pepper, a little left over spinach, and put it "cup" of three romaine lettuce leaves. Was going to add some carrots, but just ate them separately instead. When I eat potato salad this way I don't feel guilty (except for the chemical residue that might be in the heavily sprayed potatoes. For that reason I don't buy it with the skins, even though I like potato skins. I feel like not as many chemicals penetrate, although recently I heard (on Dr. Oz, I think, but not sure) that so much chemical is used on them and that it's all over the ground that they roll around in, and it can penetrate the skins. Yuck. Wish I didn't know that.

DG, do you remember Film In the Cities, formerly on University Ave at Raymond? Many years ago, I went there to a program of a couple of documentary films, and one was about the sprays used on potatoes. It was the same chemical as the Agent Orange used in Viet Nam. That's when I started buying organically grown potatoes!
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Message Posted: Apr 6, 2014 6:16:02 PM

I love cottage cheese but only as salad with fruit. l found 8oz of cream cheese. May use it, don't think l need it tho.
Wow that amount of lasagne should last you 10 meals. Goldie. l decided l am not fond of it frozen. Some things get too soggy when thawed.
I am making lasagne for 2.
2 italian sausage. browned then add bell pepper and onion. Garlic too.a sliced zucchini or two. l judge as l go along.
Then add the diced tomatoes, may use only one 15 oz can. Cook about 10 mins.Could add a can of tomato sauce IF it looks like not enough liquid.
I will use an 8x8 pan. Sauce, then boiled noodles and then zucchini and sauce, mozzarella and parmesan. Italian seasoning.Repeat til pan is full. Bake uncovered 20 to 30 minutes at 375;deg Should be easy for the housekeeper and tasty too.

Decided to save the mushrooms for my chicken thighs.And the cream cheese for that fantastic apple torte.



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Message Posted: Apr 6, 2014 5:30:27 PM

goldieolds, The Cub chicken deal was chain wide. I got some of the fried chicken. Sometimes someone at the Cub by me gets a little crazy with the salt. I've had some at the one on Nicollet that is always good. Same franchise, different cooks. :)

trugas,
The sausage and zucchini lasagna sounds good. :)

MidnightSun, A subway party would be good. :)
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Message Posted: Apr 6, 2014 4:27:21 PM



Life IS Good!

We can have a sub party, my treat. Could use a dozen of us to party. The more, the merrier. Want to partay!

Also use cottage cheese in my lasagna. Great by itself or 50-50 w/c.c. and two eggs, w/parsley or plenty of spinach. Get away w/1 can of tomatoes sauce 28 oz. Using Hunts. Too much garlic is just the right amount. Onion as well.

Always better the next day when the flavors mingle. Love to cook. Love to eat. Love leftovers!

When the sleet stopped at 9:30 AM it was time to get ready for a trip to the Super WM on US Rt 302 south using the new Dart. Brought the camera in hopes of getting some great big ice floes.

Lots of ice remains up north on both the CT or Ammonoosuc Rivers. Much more river water is seen flowing south of Littleton, NH in Woodsville, NH. No worthy shots on 40 miles of the rivers on the way down or on the return.

Did purchase some blueberry Lender's bagels that my WM never stocks. 6 bagels $1.58, low fat Greek yogurt mixed w/cream cheese is $1.78 for 8 oz, and a bag of a mix of shredded cheeses is $8.48 for 2 lbs.

Kept my rain check for 41/50 cooked medium size shrimp at Shaws in Littleton that is $5 for a 14 oz bag. Purchased 6 of them, the max, as my local WM has not stocked them in almost two months. WM are $6.98 for the same 14 oz size.

Stopped at my local Shaw's to buy a 1.5 quart (1.4 litre) of Turkey Hill banana split flavored ice cream. On the bottom half of Moose Tracks (Fudge ripple with peanut butter chips) bought Friday. 1.5 qt (1.4 l) for $1.99 on their Wicked Awesome 3 day Sale.

Averaged 38 mpg in 100 miles driven on the Dart to Woodsville and back. Not bad considering the steep hills between my house and Littleton. Up the hills sees 11, 9, or 7 mpg. Coasting downhill is 90 mpg.

The temp was 28°F, this morning, with the high 49°F, so far in pure sunny skies.

Have a splendid day!

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Message Posted: Apr 6, 2014 12:08:30 PM

Tru, try cottage cheese, if you have any. That is often substituted for ricotta in lasagna, and I have seen some recipes that call for cottage cheese, not ricotta. I haven't seen any that call for cream cheese. I've been looking at several, and then I ultimately improvise, combining elements from more than one.

I finally got my lasagna made. It was a big project for me. I did some of the initial prep ahead of time, but even the final mixing and layering took longer than I can stand, so had to sit down to rest a couple times before getting it into the oven. The recipe I drew from most heavily called for two of the filling ingredients, instead of one like most recipes, and only a few more noodles (12), so it was nice and juicy and not overly carb. It called for two cartons of ricotta; I only had one, so I used one carton of ricotta and one of cottage cheese. It called for two bottles of pasta sauce, and I added a little can of tomato sauce b/c I wasn't sure there would be enough to cover the tops well enough. And two eggs.

I figured out that the key to using no-boil noodles, in addition to having plenty of liquid, is covering it tightly so it can steam inside. I don't like using aluminum foil on food, at least not directly, esp with the acid of tomatoes, so I used parchment paper and then covered that with the foil.

Fennel is really good in lasagna. I put some fennel seeds in the t.v.p. (fake meat), along with some other seasonings, and it could have used some more. Fennel powder would work, too. It turned out good. A 9 x 13 pan was overflowing. I love having the leftovers. And since I tend to eat one dish meals, there isn't going to be as much left over as it would seem. I think olives would have been good in it, too. I was going to put a little nutmeg in the white part, but forgot.

DG, the Cub in Bloomington has fried and grilled chicken on sale this weekend, 8 pieces for $4.99. I'm assuming it is chain-wide, but not sure. One of those weekend specials. I was really hungry the other night when I was out, and got tempted to buy some. It was the fried that tempted me, but I got half fried and half grilled, and it turned out I liked the grilled better. The Cub by me puts cayenne in theirs, so I don't get it there, but the Bloomington Cub doesn't, so it was good. I was going right past there and stopped for water, not chicken. But it was good to be able to eat something substantial before I got home, and then have plenty of leftovers.



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Message Posted: Apr 6, 2014 11:09:00 AM

Morning:
Today l am eating leftovers from the chicken croquettes. Tomorrow l am showing the housekeeper how to make a combo of sausage and zucchini lasagna for two.
I am making up the recipe as l have no Ricotta. l see a recipe that calls for substituting cream cheese, but l used that all up too.

I asked her if she wanted the recipes l have shown her how to make, but she said she remembered. Hopefully not like she made the mac n cheese and forgot milk or some liquid as the mac was dry and hard on top. She goes right home and makes the dish l show her, so that helps set it in your memory. But l often look at recipes to refresh my memory on all the spices especially.

Life is good and l enjoyed a sunshiny drive thru green and yellow covered hills yesterday. Cows in fields with big ponds, So nice.
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Message Posted: Apr 6, 2014 9:34:28 AM

I enjoy talking about food, too. In case you haven't guessed. ;) I think food is an important part of The Good Life!

I don't know if I've ever had bread pudding. I may have had it when living in the South, but don't recall. Didn't have it growing up. But when my grandmother was living with us sometime she made rice puding, with raisins. That was good. She also made a very good noodle pudding (also called a noodle kugel) but we ate it as a side dish, not a dessert.

Midnight, it sounds like you're going to be having a sub party. Are we invited? :)

DG, interesting to hear that Thrivent is opening a big new building out your way. I hadn't known that, and thought they were shutting down their physical presence in MN, except maybe for downtown. Too bad they're not opening anything a reasonable distance from me. Unless they are and I just don't now about it. I remember when Affinity Plus moved into that building out your way. I think they had been in a smaller one in the same vicinity. That was when I lived in St. Paul, so got over there sometimes, but usually went to a closer one, like the one near the Capitol or on U of M campus. They don't have anything over this way. Even a little one in a grocery store (like TCF in Cub or First Bank in Byerly's) would be helpful.

It used to be that banks made their money from investing the funds we deposited with them. Now they rely on fees for a big part of their income. Credit unions are often more user friendly b/c the customers are also the owners, and profits come back to us in the form of services or decreased fees or better interest rates or something like that. At least that used to be the case. I haven't compared lately.

Friday I wrote this post out and then my computer froze up before I posted it. Have had to write it all over again.
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Message Posted: Apr 5, 2014 4:15:10 PM



Life IS Good!

dirtgirl,Have the card registered w/my name and password at Subway. Card has a #. Can put a hold on it in a few seconds. Not worried at all.
Our WM closed for the first two days due to bomb threats. Put 6 businesses outta biz already in 14 years. All small mom and pop places.

Went to Littleton and was going to points south to see if the CT River was nearing its ice break. The mileage reading was flashing on and off. It never did. Returned to the Dodge dealer and had them look at it.

40 minutes later the Service Mgr said it was all set. Said the brain needed to be rebooted, it was and the problem solved, Way to many visits on a brand new car, now with 600 miles.

Kept thinking how the mud was melting on my gravel road and wanted to return home asap to avoid the undercarriage and body from getting muddy. Shopped at a few stores in Littleton, paid the new refinance payment a month in advance and went home.

The fancy brick faced 12,000 sq ft The Village Bookstore had a sign on the front door reading it closed forever on Wednesday after 40 years. It was a hub and magnet to that town.

Many businesses fear that the closing of that store will keep people from visiting downtown as often as they did. Many used The Village Bookstore as their focal point and place to meet.

When the door opened at 11 AM, the usual time The Gold House opens, a visit to see my Greek pal saw a chat,smiles and good to see you once again. Ordered a mighty steak and cheese loaded with mushrooms, onions, and multicolored peppers.

Sure love the footlong cost of a massive steak bomb that is $8.06 inc tax. This is the Facebook page to The Gold House. Lots of photos and fun.

Realized on the drive home, that Staples was forgotten to be visited. Did want to buy a new printer, one with a cartilage for each color ink. Will return to that on Monday, as there is an appointment to have a dentist examine my teeth.

The temp is 36°F (2°C), with the high to be 43°F (6°C). Sleet likely with a chance of freezing rain this morning.

Have a tremendous day!

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Message Posted: Apr 5, 2014 9:00:31 AM

Morning:
Dirt Girl l was just getting ready to go to your site. Accidentally jumped it and landed here on Favorite Topics.

Sounded like your description of Walmart is locals description of new Indian Casino. Increased crime etc.
I haven't had a problem so far at Walmart, but at Food4less parking lot had a shooting when l was shopping there, and a man waving a gun caused me to run out the back at Longs drug.
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Message Posted: Apr 5, 2014 2:37:11 AM

Hi all, getting caught up on the reading here. :)

goldieolds, Thrivent just built a big location out by me and Affinity just relocated to a new building. That said, I don't belong to a credit union. You should get Frontier to change the name as banks, all types are getting pickier about how they deposit funds. Know what you're saying about TCF but sometimes you put up with stuff for the convenience. :)

trugas, It will keep you young teaching your housekeeper how to cook. At least she is willing and is passing along what she learns. :)

MidnightSun, Use up those subway points before you forget them or loose the card. Unfortunately, one of the side effects of the bad economy is crime. A new WM is opening by me the police didn't really want it because it is a retail store known for generating numerous police calls (shoplifting, car break ins, etc.) Takes police time away from the real emergencies. Glad you found another free movie site. :)

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Message Posted: Apr 4, 2014 4:01:22 PM



Life IS Good!

Had to look up a apple torte. Looks good to me.

Would be nearly insane to have to work in this recession the past 10 years or so. Having a family, paying rent, clothes, food, has to be difficult for many. Hope this country does not turn to crime to try and get by.

Woke up so early yesterday morning that there was time for a 90 minute nap after my rounds before leaving for the market. The town paved the sharp turn at the bottom of the mtn road.

Water the night before had melted on the turn and then froze in the morning. Slide straight into the snow bank. Was thankful the bank was nearly 3' tall to prevent the free rental PT Cruiser from hitting the trees.

Bought at the market were red grapes at $1.50 a lb, broccoli crowns $1.38 a lb, baby bella mushrooms 10 oz for $2.28, 3 lbs carrots for $1.50, and Driscoll's strawberries $2.25 a lb.

Also bought were green beans $1.35 a lb, cukes 3/$2, Mineolas 4/$1, bananas, 49¢ a lb, Green leaf lettuce a $1.50 for a giant head, and a 6.5 lb pineapple that was cored for $2.75.

Decided to not drive back to Woodsville and went to Shaws to buy a 22 oz, 8" egg custard pie for $4.99. Asked a female baker if Miracle Whip goes well w/custard pie. She laughed well and said you must mean Cool Whip.

Visited my pal at Rite Aid and asked if he know his Chevy Cruze was to get a recall to check the front wheel drive axle as some are defective and keep the car from driving.

He said he did not get a recall yet. Chevy will wait until a few die and then recall the Cruze. Not far from the truth either. We had a good laugh over this.

Stopped at the local WM to buy bandaids, chicken noodle soup, and no fat cottage cheese 1 lb for $1.88. My chosen topping for the custard pie and the fully ripe, juicy pineapple.

Visited Littleton's Subway and bought the footlong ham sub w/pepperjack cheese loaded with all the veggies, spinach included. My subway points have climbed to 1,077. 1 point for each $1 spent. 75 points for a free footlong. Have enough points for 14 free footlong subs. And some other goodies.

Mid afternoon the Service Mgr phoned to say the new radio was installed and they dbl checked that the entire car was fully functional. Returned the loaner PT Cruiser and paid $15 for my Dart's emission and inspection sticker (had a coupon) that was washed, waxed, and vacuumed. Drove home smiling and am thankful all went smoothly and well.

The temp was 17°F with the high 48°.

Have a delightful day!

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Message Posted: Apr 4, 2014 10:10:53 AM

Life is good when l hear more people starting new jobs. Too bad when l hear they don't keep them long tho. Good luck to the latest batch, hope it works out.

Glad my time of working is over. l never fully enjoyed it. The jobs that l enjoyed doing were marred by poor bosses. l got great sense of accomplishment on my county job doing searces at courthouse and Vital statistics. Boss didn't appreciate my effort in clearing up backlog, and never had a good thing to say to me.
But l enjoyed doing it.

Had a very few jobs where the work was hard or dirty, but a good boss. More where the job was dirty and hard and a mean boss. That is way more common.

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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2014 7:29:44 PM

Today l made an apple torte with pressed crust then mixed cream cheese and egg with vanilla and sugar and the maintenance man just returned my plate with a "OOOH that was good" love to hear that. The hardest part for me is all the standing and prep.
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