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    just moved to georgia from wisconsin
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    self reliance; lo-tech living; cooking, crafts, anything to do with food!!, camping, livestock, garden & orchard, hunting, fishing, trapping, camping, etc.

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  1. kappydell

    poverty cooking

    Is it just me, or does November come by and empty out the budget?? I was rereading about Bubble & Squeak, and decided to see if there was such a thing as "skittely gumbo" (as in the old song)…."Skittely gumbo, hot pot, bubble & squeak..." No skittely gumbo found, but I did find a cool variation on bubble & squeak called Rumbledethump! LOL.... RUMBLEDETHUMP (from the Scottish border lands) Boiled potatoes Boiled Cabbage Spring onions Butter Salt & Pepper 1. Take equal measurements of boiled tatties and cabbage and mash/mince and mix together adding finely chopped up spring onions and a wee bit of butter. Add salt and pepper. 2. Brown in the oven if required. (You can sprinkle with Scottish Cheddar Cheese for a lovely topping.) Variations: 1. Add any cooked & mashed/minced turnips (or other brassica, I imagine) 2. Add milk or cream to mashed potatoes for a creamier texture. 3. This was suggested as a side dish, for a 'main dish' put a fried egg on top. CHEESE PANCAKES (Oh those Brits!) 4 oz flour 1/4 tsp salt 1 egg a little lard or cooking oil 1/2 pint milk 4 TB grated cheese Sift the flour and salt into a basin. Break the egg in a cup, then make a hollow in the flour mixture and drop in the egg. Add a little of the milk, and start to mix, drawing in the liquid to the flour. Add the rest of the milk little by little. When all the milk is added, and the mixture is smooth, beat it with a wood spoon until little bubbles appear. Sieve into a jug, add the cheese and stir. In a small fry pan heat 1 TB of oil or fat. Spoon 1 TB of the batter into the hot pan, rotate the pan to cover the bottom with batter and cook about 2 minutes until edges look crispy, then flip and cook the other side. Remove from the pan, put on a plate and continue until all the batter is used up. Wrap pancakes around one of these fillings if desired: 1. a small tin of baked beans, heated up 2. Chopped leftovers, heated up sizzly hot 3. A fried egg 4. Some cooked bacon 5. a small tin of sweet corn, heated up 6. Well fried sausages or cooked frankfurter (I never would have thought of adding cheese to crepes to make them more of a meal!) And their toffee! Never thought I could make it myself. Apparently toffee is to the Brits what fudge is to the US. TOFFEE 4 oz brown sugar 4 oz butter or margarine 2 TB golden syrup (dark corn syrup) 1 small tin of condensed milk 1 Adult (this is from a child's cookbook) Grease an 8x8 inch tin. Put all ingredients into a saucepan, bring slowly a boil whilst stirring. Heat until it has boiled 5 minutes. Keep boiling and stirring while you test the toffee by dripping a bit off the wood spoon into a cup of cold water. Cook, stir, and test until toffee sets hard in the water at once. (If you are using a thermometer, this should read 268 F. Remove from heat at once, and pour into the greased tin. Let cool, watching it until you can mark it off into squares. Mark it and let it continue cooling until it is cold enough to break it into pieces. Store in a tin if you don't eat it all at once. For raisin or nut toffee, stir in 2 TB chopped raisins or nuts just before pouring into the tin. And BTW this little cookbook (theleftchapter.blogspot.com/2018/03/cooking-is-game-you-can-eat-w-toad-in.html) had Bubble & Squeak, too, and listed sprouts as a option if you had no cabbage. And scones. And potato pancakes (Boxty if you are Irish, Latkes if Jewish...they called theirs Gratie Taties). Their version of "Toad in the Hole" is baked, with sausages in Yorkshire Pudding Batter. Mmmmmm. I love finding other countries' poverty recipes, they are so cool.
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    Need lots of prayers

    From all the hoops there are to get on disability you'd think they are trying to make you go away....get lost....give up....NOT. Thank goodness things are lookin' up at last.
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    another non-electric clothes washer option

    Gotta love the "stomp-em washer" Ive done them that way when the washer was broken, except I took my clothes into the bathtub. Shampoo washes them nicely plus rinses out clean (much like dish soap does). Washing socks that way gets them quite clean. As for wringing... wring by hand, roll them in a towel and stomping (or seriously walking will do) on the towel gets them dry enough so they don't drip when you hang them around the room
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    Yup. He is definitely a "Not Friend". And yes, its good to know, NOW and not try to guess in a crises. No favors from us, just common civility. Period. (Is common civility an oxymorn? Like common sense? )
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    Is it me or...

    My dream is to have enough space for a personal library. Meanwhile I have boxes & boxes of books in storage. Homesteading stuff, how to fix it stuff, even some textbooks (thank you thrift shops) from the tech school on esoteric skills like lawnmower repair...treadle sewing machine repair...etc. (Big sigh) I will undoubtedly have at least one storage unit … forever …. full of such things. I dearly want to purchase the treadle sewing machine retro-fit kit and a new machine with the right attributes to use it, but I'm getting LOTS of resistance from family & friends, mostly "why do you want this stuff, you don't sew clothes or even alter them anymore. Grrrr. That is not the POINT! It is that I can if I WANT to. Grrrrr. Same with the books. (At least my late spouse understood my love of those.) Who knows the value of a good library in an unpowered future? Who wants their electronic library accessible to power failure, hackers, or big brother control? BTW, I am looking for good text books on basic engineering, PRE 1960s (before mechanical engineering became largely eclipsed by electronics). Never know when you might need to know how to figure out how much stress a bridge truss could handle, you know....
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    survival medicine books

    Thank you, thank you! A great read & I downloaded it. Haven't seen anything that cool since "survival and austere medicine".
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    If you are a leaker like me, go pee before you read this adventure....I'll wait.....Ok, here we go. Our black & white aussie (Jack) is a pigheaded little cuss, but we love him all the same, because we are a house full of stubborn cusses. But we never would have wished for him discover that he should not be sticking his head in the dishwasher while we load it in quite this way....we decided to call it "How Captain Jack Became Crashin' Jack" I was loading the dishwasher last night. Jack is always attentive; he wants to lick the plates clean, while I prefer to rinse them before I load it. After numerous admonishments..."No, Jack, get outta there" ….I was getting weary of the refrain, so I was concentrating on loading as efficiently as I could just to get It done. Suddenly I look down and see Jack has his head in the dishwasher again...he sees me looking...he tried to pull his head out of there...his collar catches on the dish drawer...and crash! bang! off he goes in a panic, dragging the bouncing (and fully loaded) dish tray behind him, jumping and shaking in a frenzy as he tried to free himself of the very scary (and NOISY) thing that had him in its clutches. Of course, it is 3:00 am and Mary is in bed. I usually load just before I go to bed so it can be clean in the morning. Mary comes flying out in time to see Jack shake loose (dishes, silverware, pots & pans flying) and run into his safe spot, his kennel. (She thought I had fallen down in a pile of broken glass or something.) We recovered all of the scattered dishes, nothing broke except one pot lid handle. An easy fix. Mary went back to bed, I replaced everything. Jack sat in his kennel, as bug eyed as I've ever seen him. He would NOT come out and go near me while I was loading that....nefarious..... dishwasher...…! I let him out to go pee afterward, and sat on the porch with him a while, reassuring him that I was not mad at him for the craziness, but reminding him to keep his head out of the dishwasher from now on (and trying to keep from laughing at the whole situation). This morning he is a little subdued and clingy. I haven't opened the dishwasher yet, but it should be interesting to see if he learned anything the hard way. And that is how Captain Jack became Crashin' Jack (snicker, snicker, snicker).
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    timing is everything

    Sounds familiar. either not enough time, or (more in the past now) not enough space
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    poverty cooking

    Tho M does not like much garlic (and I love loads of it) the dehydrated onion & garlic in cubes, like bouillon cubes, are a good "have on hand" for me. Have to look for the tomato paste in tubes & stock some of those as well as tiny cans. But I don't have trouble getting rid of "extra" tomato paste I just make tomato juice from the extra and drink it for breakfast the next day. One 6 oz can of paste + water to make 1 quart + 2 TB sugar + salt to taste = tomato juice. Chill well, it ain't bad.
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    Yep. I was stressing about it, but decided to pray for him and his wife (and family if he hasn't driven them away) that they find peace, joy and fulfillment in their lives. I suspect he is very unhappy or he would not project his problems that way, suspecting others of whatever nebulous thing fears. Feel sorry for his wife. After I turned it over to God, I just let it go. But we will be getting some cameras when we can swing it. I was LOL over the seed catalog I was reading today (planning next years' garden). some of the kale I am looking at has survived below zero temps (!?!). So I guess it will over winter here, where the rock bottom coldest it gets is 20 degrees. Went to my doc today and took her some greens I picked yesterday - spinach, romaine lettuce, some kale, a sweet banana pepper and a lone radish (gotta plant more)- for a salad. She always loves the fresh stuff, but was surprised when we told her we had more planted and coming along for later. Apparently most folks do not do winter gardens, except for real gardening die hards (none of which live near us). What a pity - good luck trying to find decent fresh stuff in the store. (Then try to afford it!) We are working on our Christmas decorations now, while it is rainy, testing lights, and the like. We have laid out where the landing lights will be for Santa's sleigh and Santa's airplane, and where the packaging area (elves & boxes) will be. We have to lay out "kringle logistics" all over again, since it moved to larger headquarters....and make a new sign....
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    Yesterday (Sat) we met one of our closer neighbors. When we were planting our garden, a woman pulled up in her car and told us she was diabetic (...and...?) and if we had any 'spare' tomatoes she would like some. Offered to pay us. Mary told her we'd have to see how they did this year, since we were not putting in a huge garden. Well today, we met her spouse. Mary had been mowing the lawn, and as is her habit, when she does the ditch line she does the neighbors' ditch line as well, if the lots are unoccupied, or if the cabin is closed up. Next door are two empty lots, so she mowed the ditch line near them also, to keep things looking tidy. Most of our seasonal neighbors have been appreciative to get the little extra help. Yesterday when she got back from mowing, we were working on some yard chores, when a white car pulled up and a rather large, truculent man got out, walked up to Mary and got in her face, telling her "Last time I was nice, this time I'm telling you not to mow my property. We bought it, we are not renters, and we don't want anyone on it. Stay off the property. " He was clearly angry, and a little threatening (nothing overt, just gave off nasty vibes) and after we gaped at him, Mary said "I forgot, I'm sorry, it won't happen again" and he stomped off and drove away. Now the big reveal...she told me HE and his wife were the ones our other neighbor down the road told her stole our tomatoes right out of the garden when we were gone for a weekend visit to Wisconsin. Hmmmmm. We will ignore that stuff (it would have been easy to say something smart-alecky, BUUUUUUUT we both know to pick our battles, and we don't need a war with a neighbor right now. He will be on our watch list though, especially if the SHTF, because he will undoubtedly be the first one to start making demands (or stealing), sad to say. Glad he revealed his character to us, but sad that he lives so close. At least there are two vacant lots between us, but he owns them both. I wonder if we will have border disputes when we start cutting trees near the property line?
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    One of our cats lost a kitten to a recliner accident - he got underneath and we didn't know he was there in the mechanism. We were beside ourselves. When we were going to bury the little one, we stopped to let momma (who had been mourning for it for hours) see it one last time. She lay down beside it, loved on it, got up, called to it a couple times, and when it did not respond, came back and washed it all over. Sat by its side for a while. Then, goodbyes said, she let us take it. Our chihuahua mourned the loss of his long time companion when she died at age 12. He laid on the mat they had shared for TV watching, leaving only to go potty, waiting for her return. We were not sure he would not die of loneliness, even though we have other pets galore. After a few months he started interacting with the rest of us again, but it was not until we got our new chihuahuas that he really perked up. They were 12 weeks old and although he grumbled when they were rambunctious around him, he also played with them and watched over them. You cant tell me animals don't know what death is, and feel the loss.
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    I have to say, but no pics of this old copper directing traffic via cane....at least not that I know of(lol). But here are the others. we picked today - a few sweet banana peppers, a few small bell peppers, a few green beans. (They are about finished as they hate the cold. But we got a couple of good meals from them, and we'll let them make seed pods now for next year.) Meanwhile I picked more spinach, a couple heads of romaine lettuce, and grabbed up the kale thinnings which were a nice saute size - bigger than baby greens, but far from full grown). We also thinned carrots. Tonight we will have to cover the garden as we will have some freezing weather (30 to 32 degrees) so we have tarps ready. We want to see how long we can keep the garden producing, since we have not yet purchased the "low tunnels" that so many folks use to go through the winter (waiting for tax refund to get those). We took Christmas inventory, too and are planning our yard display. We finally have more yard than decorations, so I have to keep Mary OUT of the Christmas decoration aisles, at least until the post Christmas sales, LOL. The pics are a little out of order, puppy was supposed to be last, and I hav eno idea how I got two, but better than NOT getting pics posted....
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    Making the Best of Basics

    Mine was printed prior to Y2K, then the newer ones I got for my SIL were used editions from Amazon from 2004. Info was the same, some updates on the 'links' printed inside, but much, much, MUCH cheaper! The font was fairly large (14 or so) except in the reference/link pages, that was phone book sized. OMG remember phone books? Youngsters don't even know what they are for. (LOL.) I just tell them they were for using with the phone that hung on a wall. Then they get reeeeely puzzled! LOL!
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    Making the Best of Basics

    It does have a lot of recipes, but also some useful nuggets you won't find elsewhere, such as how long a gallon of lamp oil will give you light. The food preservation info was good too. I found it worth the money, and even bought one for my sister in law when she asked about prepping basics. I liked it because it was more oriented to how to survive using old-time techniques rather than a lot of expensive and high maintenance 'stuff'. I also liked the cross referencing it did to find other sources of info and 'stuff'. It would be one of my rock bottom basic library, along with nuclear war survival skills, dare to prepare, and cooking with home storage.

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