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  1. I had a Kitchen Aid 250 watt for years- since '97- and then bought a Jenn-Air 400 watt a few years ago. Loved the KA but was always concerned about it getting warm if I ran it too long. It made bread just fine but I wanted more wattage. Gave the KA to my oldest daughter a couple of years ago and it's still fine. If the KA he's looking at is 600 watts, I'd jump at the chance! A refurbished unit has the same warranty as new and KA has a great one year no questions warranty. Besides,; most refurbs are really just open box returns that have been completely tested and tweeked by a technician.
  2. I almost hurt myself laughing at this! I used to breed Persians but then developed allergies and haven't had cats in the house for many years. As I wiped the tears from my eyes I thought, how bad can the sneezing and runny nose be? I think we need another cat! Still here, still Nana
  3. WOW! I can't believe I found this here! Just yesterday, someone I work with told me I couldn't say Merry Christmas! Needless to say, I just about flipped out! "You may offend someone who doesn't celebrate Christmas," he said. I snapped around and told him to NEVER tell me what I could or couldn't say! I will NOT be censored! If my saying MERRY CHRISTMAS offends someone, then obviously I wasn't speaking to them! I am offended when people speak a language I don't understand while near me but, I don't tell them to shut up! Obviously, they are not speaking to me. I will NOT be muzzled, I will not be censored, I will not be cowered by anyone with different beliefs! If I offer a greeting that comes from my heart and my soul, accept it in the spirit in which it is given, don't tell me to change it to suit your views. Thank you for posting this. I'm going to extract it to my phone and play it as I walk thru stores. MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!
  4. I've been looking around, trying to figure out where to jump in, and found that the marshmallow peeps recipe seems to be missing. I found it in my files. For anyone interested, here it is; Marshmallow Peeps makes about 65 1 inch peeps *vegetable oil, for the pan 2/3 cup cold water, divided 2 envelopes (2 tablespoons) unflavored gelatin 1 + 1/3 cups granulated sugar 1/2 cup light corn syrup 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon vanilla *colored sugar, for decorating) (see note #1) *tiny amount of melted chocolate, for decorating *chick shaped cookie cutter (see note #2) *You also need an electric stand mixer* Line a 9-by-13 inch baking dish with sides (such as a pyrex baking dish) using a large sheet of foil as follows: Smooth the foil over the inverted pan, folding the sides and corners down to conform to its shape. Remove the foil, turn the pan over and press the shaped foil into place. Use a brush to lightly coat the foil, including the sides, with vegetable oil or shortening. Place 1/3 cup cold water in the bowl of an electric mixer and sprinkle the gelatin over the surface. Put the sugar, corn syrup, salt and remaining water in a heavy saucepan with a tight fitting lid, and stir to dissolve the sugar. Cover the pan and place over moderately low heat. Remove the cover after 4 to 5 minutes. The steam will have caused any sugar crystals to dissolve and the syrup will be bubbling lightly. Increase the heat to high, insert a candy thermometer and boil the syrup without stirring until it reaches 240 degrees F. Immediately remove from the heat. Fit your mixer with the whisk attachment. Slowly and carefully pour the syrup into the gelatin while the mixer is beating constantly at medium speed. When all of the syrup has been added, increase the speed to high and whip for about 10 minutes. The mixture should be lukewarm and the consistency of marshmallow cream. Add the vanilla toward the end of mixing. Pour the marshmallow onto the prepared pan, smooth the top and sprinkle liberally with colored sugar. Let the pan stand uncovered at room temperature to dry out. Depending on humidity, this may happen in several hours or take up to 8 hours. Generally speaking, the longer you let it set up, the easier the marshmallow sheet will be to cut. Invert the pan of marshmallow onto a clean cutting surface, remove the foil and coat the top with colored sugar. It should adhere easily. Use cookie cutters to stamp out your peeps (or bunnies) and toss them in a bowl of the sugar to coat the edges. If you find your cookie cutter getting sticky, wash it and lightly coat it with vegetable oil. With a toothpick, apply a dot of chocolate to form an eye. Store the marshmallows in an airtight container. Note #1: Make your own colored sugar using superfine sugar and 'luster dust', a cake decorator's tool. The color 'daffodil' captures a peep's essence perfectly. You can also use regular food coloring; add a few drops to the sugar in a plastic bag, seal the bag, and mix and shake until the color is blended. Note #2: You can use any cookie cutters you have available as long as they are small. Chick shaped cutters are available at decorating shops and kitchen stores. Still here, still Nana
  5. One of the reasons I came back is because my husband and granddaughter were putting up the Christmas tree as I was busy doing a million other things, and my granddaughter said, "Oh, Nana this is cute! It has a little piece of paper in it that says Flagirl. Should I take it out?" My heart almost skipped a beat and I said, rather loudly, "NO, don't touch it!" Then I calmly told her to put the paper back in the adorable little plastic canvas mailbox and put it on the tree, in the front where it could be seen. That little ornament was one I'd received from Frannie -aka Flagirl, in one of our first ornament exchanges. Frannie died a few years later, after a surgery that was supposed to be routine. I want to cry when I think about it. She was sweet and gentle, loving and kind, and it breaks my heart that she is no longer here. But I have to remember that she was already such an angel, God must have just wanted her to come home. It was us, who were left behind, that didn't want her to leave. So... we also lost diinmi, ed, and therefore Peg- through different means. I can't think of any others right now, I can't seem to stop crying. I'll be back later... Still here, Still Nana
  6. Why my key didn't fit the gate anymore! I could see the porch, way off in the distance but, I just couldn't get the gate open! So, what did I miss? How is everyone? What are y'all up to, these days? Where's the plain tea? I can't stand all that sugar Cat puts in the sweet tea! Yuck! On a serious note; I was so sorry to hear about Linda. She was crazy & fun & sweet & outrageous & loving & intelligent & wise & so many other things to so many. She will be loved & remembered & missed by all who were fortunate enough to know her, both on & off the internet. Rest well, dear Westie. Still here, Still Nana
  7. it's been a tough year but, we're surviving... Maybe someday I'll try to explain; just not now. Everyone's healthy, reasonably happy, and safe. I guess that's all that matters. I have to get ready for work. Take care and thanks for thinking about me. Love, Nana
  8. Thanks, everyone! I'll be back later tonight or tomorrow morning with the next installment. Right now I have to do some prep work for baking 30 single serve desserts- 10 pineapple upside down cakes, 10 peach cobblers & 10 sweet potato pies. When I get those started, I have to touch up the stain on 2 beds, finish sewing the bedding for 3 beds, & build 4 dining chairs, 2 side chairs and 3 nightstands. Fortunately, these are not people size- they are 1:3 & 1:5 scale. I build doll furniture and make all accessories for them. As soon as I get a display finished, I'll post a couple of pics. After that, I need to cook dinner. If I have any time left, I want to start reading a new book. No wonder I fall asleep when I sit for more than a couple of minutes! Gotta run!
  9. IMPORTANT NOTE: Please consider the shipping charges as you would gas for your vehicle when doing a local grocery run. If you create a budget of $50.00 for groceries, you wouldn't fill your tank out of that budget, would you? It's really the same principle. don't you think? This time we're going to shop at http://store.honeyvillegrain.com/ You may also call them at 1-888-810-3213 ext. 121 They have a fixed shipping charge of $4.49! It doesn't matter how much you order, the shipping charges are they same. $25.00 plan (plus $4.49 shipping) (1) #10 can banana chips $7.29 (1)#10 can dehydrated carrots $14.29 Total = $21.58 Kitty gets $3.42 Total w/shipping = $26.07 $50.00 plan (plus $4.49 shipping) To the list above add the following; (1) #10 can dehydrated celery $10.99 (1) #10 can dehydrated onion $12.49 Total= $45.06 Kitty gets $4.94 Total w/shipping = $49.55 $100.00 plan (plus $4.49 shipping) Add these items to the above lists. (1) #10 can freeze dried peas $12.99 (1) #10 can freeze dried raspberries or strawberries $14.99 (1)#10 can freeze dried corn $12.99 (1) #10 can 9 grain mix $8.99 Total $95.02 Kitty gets $4.98 Total w/shipping $99.51 Another list will be posted very soon. Good luck!
  10. Thanks, ladies! Your confidence and encouragement is always heartwarming. Our first shopping foray will be at EMERGENCY ESSENTIALS @ http://beprepared.com/ Remember; any leftover funds should be put away - just as though it was spent - so that extras may be purchased now and then. This will be your 'kitty'. $25.00 PLAN (plus $6.00 shipping) (1) #10 can creamy wheat cereal item #FSG170 5.7 lbs. $7.25 (1) #10 can buttermilk biscuit mix item #FSC250 4.84 lbs. $7.50 (1) #10 can potato slices item #FSV155 2.2 lbs. $5.95 Total = $20.70 Kitty gets $4.30 Total w/shipping = $26.70 $50.00 PLAN (plus $6.00 shipping) Add the following items to the list above. The shipping will still be a total of $6.00. The price line increase for shipping starts at $60.00. (1) #10 can ABC soup mix item #FSC145 6.2 lbs. $9.90 (1) #10 can gravy mix w/im. beef flavor #FSC065 4.7 lbs. $12.95 (1) #10 can instant oatmeal #FSG145 3.45 lbs. $6.25 Total = $49.80 Kitty gets .20 Total w/shipping = $55.80 $100.00 PLAN (plus $9.00 shipping) Add the following items to the lists above; (1) #10 can whole eggs item #FSD120 3.95 lbs. $16.95 (1) #10 can inst. fat/free milk item #FEM700 4.7 lbs. $16.95 (1) # 10 can apple slices item #FSF110 2.26 lbs. $10.95 Total $94.65 Kitty gets $5.35 Total w/shipping = $103.65 That concludes the first round of shopping. The link above will take you directly to Emergency Essentials website or you may call in your order. The phone number is; 1-800-999-1863 They're very good with shipping and their customer service is excellent. Good luck!
  11. Okay! Here I go again... I'm going to attempt to pull a rabbit out of a... no, wait. That's not it. Got it! I'm going to saw Darlene in half... that's not it, either. Alright, alright! I'm going to try to put a few plans together for long term food storage. We'll use #10 cans & pre-packed plastic buckets in 5 or 6 gallon sizes. I'll list items according to total cost for each budget. They'll be done for $25.00, $50.00, & $100.00 budget allowances. Each plan will list the online store where these items can be purchased, and the cost of shipping for that $$$ amount. I'll try to find the absolute best buys, with the best shipping costs. A bargain just isn't a bargain if you pay a fortune to have it shipped. I'm going to stretch this out as far as possible, before it just becomes a matter of repeating a purchase. I'll put as much variety as is available in these plans, and try to have a little fun with it. As with any other plans I've created, these will be merely suggestions, based on my family's likes and needs. If there is something included that you don't like, don't buy it. Go to the website and find a substitute, or skip it altogether. But, PLEASE! Don't tell me I'm wrong or ask that I change things. I won't. You may use any suggestion I post, but as always, you are free to make your own choices; nothing is set in stone. The first 3 plans will be posted tomorrow morning. Just remember, I live on the LEFT coast, my morning may very well be your afternoon. Good luck! (EDITED TO ADD - NOTE THAT THESE ARE 2007 PRICES!) Cat
  12. Hi btupper... it took me a minute or so to understand what was happening here and now that I'm pretty sure I figured it out, let me try to explain it to you. These posts were written last year by someone named Carolyn - who was registered under the name of TR or something. She came on like gangbusters and since we weren't sure of her intentions, we had this discussion with her. She, to my knowledge, never posted after that. We had a major technical change- the board server - and somehow, in the changeover, some usernames and posts got scrambled, some posts disappeared completely, and some of us just became 'anonymous'. For the most part, it was the moderators and admin that were affected but, it also seemed to grab a few people who had registered but didn't post a lot. It was a major 'hiccup' during the change that no one could foresee, or correct. There was another change at a later date - I'm not sure when 'cuz I was AWOL - and some of the missing posts came back, and a couple of other wierd things occurred. The whole thing was just programming problems; none of it was intentional and no one has your registration information and password. I'm sure it was a shock to come in and see things written under your username, of which you had no knowledge, but I assure you, there was no malice involved. We still can't fix these things so we just learned to live with them. To erase a lot of these posts would be to lose valuable information, and that would just defeat our purpose. Anything you post from this day forward, should be okay - unless the server hiccups again - then I guess all bets are off! I hope you understand, and that you'll come back often. And please post once in a while! That way, maybe no one will notice if I'm not here! Glad you dropped in!
  13. D, I will be praying for you and your surgeon. Things will be just fine, I'm sure! {'cept for the drug induced conversations, that is! ) And Cat?
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