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Old 10-29-2017, 12:53 AM
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I am a really experienced pressure canner, but my mistake today just goes to show, don't get complacent. I had one of the small All American canners on the go with 4 quarts of rabbit broth.
Thought it was strange I wasn't hearing steam start to escape yet at the beginning...when I checked. Holy cow, I had flipped over the exhaust cock already, and hadn't let it exhaust. So what to do? Turned off the stove, have let it come down off the pressure that had built up. And am going to open the canner when I'm sure it's completely down to 0 pressure. Check the jars and water level and redo the process correctly!
Wow! Glad you caught it. Without exhausting, things would not have reached the right temp. At first I thought there was a risk of explosion through the emergency plug, but I think it just would not have reached the proper temp since the air inside would have compressed more than the steam and you might not have produced safe food. Good catch!!
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Old 10-29-2017, 11:43 PM
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Default Pressure Canner

I let it come right down off pressure, opened it up to see, and the water level was still good. Buckled everything back up and redid the process (correctly). All the jars sealed up.
When I caught the mistake the dial showed 12 lbs. pressure, but I wasn't sure what would happen if I let it continue on, so took the cautious route.
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Old 11-01-2017, 07:06 AM
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Congratulations you 2-----Wyo you rascal you.

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Old 11-02-2017, 12:53 PM
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Txanne! How ya been? Good to hear from you. You've been missed here.
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Old 11-07-2017, 08:07 PM
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I second that Txanne! What's goin' on out your way?
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Old 11-11-2017, 09:09 PM
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Default Added 5 more birds to the dchicken flock

These are 5 month old banty/silkie with a few other things mixed in to make a real barnyard mix.
Hopefully they'll be good setters.
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Old 11-12-2017, 07:37 PM
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Good luck with the new chickens, Karen. I've never had banties, but I hear they're great setters and fierce protectors of their chicks. Lots of people take fertile eggs from larger breeds and put them under a setting banty with great success.

Isn't it great when we can let mother nature do the work for us!
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Old 11-13-2017, 03:47 AM
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That's what I'm hoping to do CountryMom - have the bantys hatch out some of the bigger eggs.
These girls are so friendly, I was able to pet them this evening when they were up on the roost.

My favourite is a light grey colour with the Americauna cheek tufts.
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Old 11-18-2017, 02:45 AM
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Default Fudgy Oatmeal Brownies (or Muffins)

Late this evening I had the yen to bake...so went back to one of my standards. This time I did them up as muffins, but originally the recipe was to be baked in a pan.
They freeze super well - if you have any leftocver to freeze.

1.5 cups boiling water
1 cup quick oats

Mix together and let stand til roojm temp0. I just let them stqand while I'm putting together the dry ingredients.

Mix together
1 cup flour
1/3 cup cocoa (I sift mine over the flour because it tends to be lumpy)
1 teaspoon baking soda (I also sift this in)


Go back to the oat mixture, stir in 1/2 cup vegetable oil, 2 eggs
1/2 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup white sugar (I use 1/2 cup)
1 teaspoon vanilla
Stir together very well.

Mix wet ingredients into dry and mix til everything is absorbed.
Pour into a greased 13" x9" pan, or spoon into greased muffin cups.
Bake in preheated 350F oven - 25 to 30 minutes for a pan and about 15-20 minutes for muffins.

I use a medium sized muffin pan and it makes 16 in that. If you use a bigger muffin cup give it extra time in the oven.

These don't need frosting, but if you have a sweet tooth you can certainly do that, or dust them with icing sugar.

Tim gave this one a thumbs up. (But take that with a grain of salt - he hasn't turned down anything I've tried on him!)
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Old 11-18-2017, 12:56 PM
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Tim gave this one a thumbs up. (But take that with a grain of salt - he hasn't turned down anything I've tried on him!)
Lucky duck! My husband is as picky as a five year old.
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Old 11-19-2017, 11:15 PM
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Oh dear - that would drive me bonkers!
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Old 12-22-2017, 07:04 AM
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I wish you both great happiness.
And you can keep the bears up there--they will kill you.
The only thing this Ole Texan fears is bears--period.

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Old 12-27-2017, 05:39 PM
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Yup, that's the only thing Tim fears too....as in " don't poke the bear when she's napping!" - you won't like the result.

It was a bad year here for real bears - lots of them in the area. I think I'm more afraid of snakes & scorpions that would be down your way Annie! Bears I can see.
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Default Argh Panhandlers

Went to town today, not exactly my favourite thing to do at the best of times. Not sure what was up, but we got hit up by panhandlers in different parts of town. The last one threatened to break my Tim's finger.
It really REALLY irks me that these folks are in their 20s and are begging. I sicced the security on that one. All of our shopping centres and malls have security these days. I'm thinking I might start carrying a cane for shopping trips. I don't need one...but it sure would be handy.

Just my rant for the day.
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Old 11-13-2018, 12:20 AM
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When my Grandmother was very old a few of us went to the beach and a young man asked for cash. It was very interesting: as the youngest person present I was silent and watched to see what my Father, Uncle and Grandmother would do.

The interesting thing was when I realized that my Father and Uncle were looking at my Grandmother to see what she would do.

My Grandmother looked at him and say "why do you need to be given money?"

"I have no job" he replied.

"You need to do something about that, then. There are no jobs on the beach. " Was her reply.

My Grandmother raised 6 kids during the Great Depression, and she has known poverty more severe than most. I never heard her complain about that, but then her generation was very big on fixing whatever needed fixing instead of complaining.
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Old 11-13-2018, 12:40 AM
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Went to town today, not exactly my favourite thing to do at the best of times. Not sure what was up, but we got hit up by panhandlers in different parts of town. The last one threatened to break my Tim's finger.
It really REALLY irks me that these folks are in their 20s and are begging. I sicced the security on that one. All of our shopping centres and malls have security these days. I'm thinking I might start carrying a cane for shopping trips. I don't need one...but it sure would be handy.

Just my rant for the day.
Just to clarify a bit before anyone thinks I was giving the guy the bird.......
Of course I wasn't but gave him an open hand "stay away" type gesture as he was greeting cars as they parked and in between people and the store entrance.

When he threatened to break my fingers, that was when I gave him the one finger scratch my ear salute. KarenBC told the store service counter manager and they called police. I watched a bit from the vestibule to see what direction he went.

Near the mission and a couple other areas of town next to the hood this is a common concern. Pot Hole City isn't that big comparatively, but draws from an outlying area that includes a lot of people who aren't welcome in there own back yard as it were.
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Old 11-13-2018, 09:09 PM
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Terri, it sounds like a lot of people could learn something from your grandmother!

It seems that people need to take a little more pride in themselves. Having any job would be better than begging!

I'm sure the stores don't want their customers getting hassled either.
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