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  1. Annarchy

    The Kids in our Neighborhood

    Lol, Cowgirl. They are boys, and boys like noise. But.... it is the sound of the kids that livens the neighborhood. Too many years, our area was almost all retired, then, kids had kids that had kids. This is the 3rd generation we’ve watched grow up. I was just amazed to see what they were using to make their bikes ‘roar’. At first, we thought it was something their parents bought for their bikes. I leave for TX tomorrow, again, and MIL’s neighborhood has no children on her street. She’s mentioned how she would like to hear the sounds of kids.
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    New cookbook

    Fantastic! Sounds like you are going to enjoy it.
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    The Kids in our Neighborhood

    The young boys, (4-7 yrs. old), have come up with a new noisy idea. They have put an empty water bottle on the back tire, wedging it between the tire and the frame, so when the ride their bikes, it makes a lot of noise. I remember my brothers clamping a playing card near the spokes to make noise. 6 in the morning they start riding around the block.... At least it has quieted the little one who constantly rides around whaling like a police car siren... and he’s got that sound down almost perfect.
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    Bread Help!

    I made that dough into bread sticks. I don’t have the courage to try a taste yet. Maybe tomorrow. The cinnamon rolls are for MIL, I just started over, using the right flour, and they turned out fine. What I don’t understand is, why the other sweet roll dough soured. It had risen once, punched down and refrigerated. I took it out and put it in a warm place to rise again, so I could make sweet rolls. It took all day to rise 1/2 of what it should have, then, It smelled like beer, sour. Oh, and my first ever attempt to make sour dough starter, is in a jar, which was next to the rising dough. Did the sour yeast transfer to my new batch of dough. If so, then is my starter ready to use?
  5. I was making cinnamon rolls. Put the ingredients together and stirred, then realized I used whole wheat flour. Decided to make it the sweet bread rolls. It didn’t rise well, I put it in the frig for the night, took it out this morning. It barely doubled its size, I punched it down, and caught a whif of sour! It was rising by my sour dough starter. HELP! Can I still use it???
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    Raising Chicks and Chicken Feed

    Thanks Cowgirl. What are the ingredients for the fermented feed. The seedling mulberry I bought, over 30 years ago, turned out to be non-fruit bearing. I was so disappointed. DH likes the shade it gives. We feed the wild birds and I give the hens a couple handfuls, twice a day. Otherwise, we keep their feeders full all the time. I met met a man at TSC, that said he raises birds for sale. He recommended, when choosing the food, we should use one that has a higher protein content. What I can find around here is usually around 18 - 20%. Thanks for your information.
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    My 5 quart bucket had 2 quarts of water, measured just under 3”. An inch of mud on the carport. It’s going to take a few days to clean up all the debris up. I had to dig a trench, in the back yard, to divert the knee deep water into the alley. It’s a mess out there. Gunny, however, decided it was the greatest thing in the world. He ran circles around the yard, grabbing his balls and tossing them into the air, charging through the water, trying to catch it. Quite a sight to see him lay down, stick his face under the water and blow bubbles, before jumping up and bounding around the yard again. He’s now a muddy mess. The hail lasted about 1/2 hour. I was concerned about our windows. It was coming down very forcefully, so much so, it beat down most the garden. The pumpkin and zucchini leaves are full of holes. This is one of the worst storms I have seen here. I’m not complaining, we desperately needed it. My gardener stopped by, when the water was still high. He said he lost 2 of his chickens the other day also. It was just too hot! And, tomorrow, we can expect high humidity and heat.
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    We got rain today! The fire pit is out of sight. And pea sized hail. The ‘river’ almost came into the house.
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    Hot again today, thermometer topped 120*F with storms heading in, increasing the humidity. Sprinkled slightly. Lost a hen yesterday. 115*+ yesterday. She didn’t make it. I put a canvas tarp over part of their coop, sprayed it down and left the hose on drip, keeping it wet. Poor hen. We are keeping the pups inside. BTW, I-10 is closed again tonight, due to another dust storm blowing through our area.
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    Sour Dough Starter

    DH helped me add the ingredients, and was excited when it tripled in size, but started asking questions when it fell.
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    Sour Dough Starter

    I’ll feed it tomorrow, maybe add milk for the “sour”?
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    Sour Dough Starter

    I started with, 1 c flour, a pkg( 2 1/4 tsp of yeast), a pinch of salt and 1 cup of water, (110*-1120*F), and a full Tbsp of honey. It tripled in siz, then fell to below the mark. DH marked the gallon jar. Sour dough= sour milk? Now, it looks like this:
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    Sour Dough Starter

    I started it without milk. Should I add some?
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    Sour Dough Starter

    Ok, I think I messed up my starter. I used water instead of milk this morning. It doubled in size and fell flat. The bottom portion has less bubbles than the top. Help please....

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