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  1. how are you doing? i have been wondering about you.

  2. Dearest friends, Thank all of you for your helping hands that helped to pay for some of the snakebite related medical expenses. It is enough, so I am asking that the donation button be closed. Mais cher! You have been such good medicine for a bad day! --PureCajunSunshine
  3. Bless all y'all, and thanks so much for your prayers, good thoughts and sweet helping hands! Here's my story (and then some, lol!): http://mrssurvival.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=36784&st=0&start=0
  4. Meow!!!!!!!!!! Congrats on a brand new 'kitten'-to-be!!!! ((((((Big Cat, Little Cat, and Kitten-to-be)))))
  5. Oh boy! ohboyohboy! This is one of the coolest things I've ever seen on the internet! Great idea for this forum!!! But wait! What? No cookwagon? (Back in the old days, did a wagon train have one of those?) If so, maybe I can get over this snakebite in time to rustle one up, if'n someone hasn't already beaten me to it. Y'all wanna hire an authentic Creole/Cajun cook? I can cook beans just as well as a Texan, I guarantee. And mais cher! Lookit the size of that beignet! I do Jambalaya and Gumbo pretty good too. Oh, I can hunt real well too. I might hafta bring my long range rifle, though. Me and this snakebitten leg won't be hauling nowhere far...
  6. To each, her own...and I have the BTDT tee shirt! In a hardship situation, I'd look at the live critters as 'extra protein', but it's the dead critters in the food that's the problem. In the normal course of things, we all eat bits and pieces of dead bugs without knowing (even the FDA allows so many bug parts per quantity of foodstuff)... But an abundance of decomposing and moldering bug bodies isn't good! If I find bugs in my pantry, I will routinely inspect suspect foodstuffs with a magnifying glass to determine that there's not significant evidence of bug die-off going on. If not, then, into the freezer it goes! But, like I said, to each her own, but I'm thinking that if there's frozen-to-death bugs in the food, then it should remain in the freezer or else cooked and consumed quickly. I'm not gonna enjoy thawed out and rotting bug guts in my groceries! yukity yuk yuk If there's no room in the freezer, I do the diatomaceous earth thing I mentioned earlier in this thread... So far, none of my diatomaceous earth treated foodstuffs have ever had a bug problem to begin with. I sometimes see more than a few dead weevils outside the packaging. (I also dust my pantry with the diatomaceous earth powder.) So I know it kills them all eventually...both larvae and adults. (There are some who may argue this point, but I have the dead bugs to prove it! hahahaha!) I also suspect that most bug eggs can lose their viability (hatchability?) if dehydrated by the diatomacous earth. I seldom encounter the hatchlings... If there was evidence of a bug morgue going on in my food, and if times were hard enough, I would consider using the spoiled food as bait, or recycled through chickens, or as wormfood, or composted...but never wasted.
  7. Hi there! Thanks for asking... look at this one, scroll down a bit, under "Forum Topics" and you'll see all the threads that are up for voting. http://mrssurvival.com/forums/index.php?showforum=56 I'm the knucklehead that cooked this forum up then tried to explain it all. lol Sorry 'bout that! As you can see, it still needs a lil' tweaking. Thanks to your questions, I see where I need to make some adjustments! I appreciate your patience. Please let me know if this link clears things up or not...
  8. "When there's a will, there's a way"... I'll be there too! Making coffee now...
  9. AUDIO-BOOKS!!!! Hearing those superfine audio-book voices, and being intellectually entertained at the same time might be just the ticket! Don't push yourself. All that work will still be there when you get better, 'tain't going nowhere, nohow. I have not yet read this whole thread, 'cause I can't sit for long...but just wanna let you know that I hope you can keep in touch best you can! Thinking of you often, with lots of hugs, kisses and misses, Sharon
  10. I read somewhere (don't remember where) that sometimes a haze will appear on the surface of some syrups and that it is harmless. Occasionally this has formed on the surface of my syrups, but eventually it disappears. Does anyone know what causes this haze? On my blog, someone asked me about a 'questionable' film that formed on the surface of her recently made elderberry syrup that was made with a stout concentration of 70% sugar... http://purecajunsunshine.blogspot.com/2009...ed-to-know.html Here's what I told her: It is possible your sister may be seeing what I call a ‘sugar haze’. It’s harmless, but it sure does look weird, floating against the dark background of the darkness of elderberry syrup! Although I have never had it happen, it may be possible to contaminate a newly made 70% sugar solution with molds and bacteria. Molds are common culprits in spoiled medicinal syrups, which is why I favor going with a 70% sugar solution over the standard 65% called for in most recipes to make shelf stable syrups. By shelf stable, I mean it needs no refrigeration ever. Not before or after opening. A couple of times over the years, I mis-measured my sugar/liquid ratio and ended up with a batch of spoiled syrup. The mold started out looking exactly like the typical sugar haze but it continued to progress until it eventually bloomed into full spoilage. Because sugar is the only preserving agent in some old fashioned syrups, and because my elderberry syrup does not contain a myriad of chemical preserving agents found in commercial products, I prefer to bottle it in pint jars and halfpint jars. That way it gets used up in a reasonable amount of time, and so the risk of contamination is reduced. If your syrup was freshly made under sanitary conditions, and the measurements were correct (or pretty close to it), chances are very, very good that the ‘questionable film’ is a sugar haze. If it has been sitting around for more than a couple of weeks before developing a film or haze, and bottling procedures were less than stellar, it *might* be contaminated with growing mold spores. If this is the case, one way to find out for sure: leave it alone for a few more days, and see if it develops further into sure enough mold.
  11. Before you venture into these websites, notify your next of kin, because you may not come out for days...Between these two sites, there's a nice collection of 1,650,328 books written from 1620 to 1999...most of them are from the early 1800s and mid twentieth century. These old books and journals have been rendered into electronic form, and are free to anyone. The first link is agriculturally related, the second one deals with all things related to home and hearth.... http://chla.library.cornell.edu/ The Core Historical Literature of Agriculture (CHLA) is a core electronic collection of agricultural texts published between the early nineteenth century and the middle to late twentieth century. Full-text materials cover agricultural economics, agricultural engineering, animal science, crops and their protection, food science,forestry, human nutrition, rural sociology, and soil science. Scholars have selected the titles in this collection for their historical importance. Their evaluations and 4,500 core titles are detailed in the seven volume series The Literature of the Agricultural Sciences, Wallace C. Olsen, series editor. Current online: Pages: 1,011,930 Books: 2,047 (2,116 Volumes) Journals: 12 (510 Volumes) For a related collection of core texts in the disciplines of home economics, see Home Economics Archive: Research, Tradition and History (HEARTH) at http://hearth.library.cornell.edu/ HEARTH is a core electronic collection of books and journals in Home Economics and related disciplines. Titles published between 1850 and 1950 were selected and ranked by teams of scholars for their great historical importance. The first phase of this project focused on books published between 1850 and 1925 and a small number of journals. Future phases of the project will include books published between 1926 and 1950, as well as additional journals. The full text of these materials, as well as bibliographies and essays on the wide array of subjects relating to Home Economics, are all freely accessible on this site. This is the first time a collection of this scale and scope has been made available. Currently online: Pages: 638,398 Books: 1174 (1236 Volumes) Journals: 13 (401 Volumes)
  12. 'taint 'fraid of no zombies. I have lots of Liquid Crab Boil Seasoning and Tabasco sauce and I know how to use this stuff. Cajun mace! One squirt into their eyes...
  13. There are many edible plants that are used as vegetables in some parts of the world but look like 'weeds' to those who are unfamiliar with them. To mention a few: Orach... Lamb's Quarters (Magentaspreen) Calaloo (vegetable amaranth, Carribean type) ...I'm growing it this year and it is delicious and pretty as an ornamental! All are available from Johnny's Seeds. http://www.johnnyseeds.com
  14. The link nmchick posted contains additional links to similar threads (thanks!). Here's another one! Crop failure, what if… (contains lots of info on kudzu and Jerusalem artichoke) http://mrssurvival.com/forums/index.php?sh...garden&st=0
  15. Hey Christy, I love that spa / canning station / laundry room you got going there in the barn! It might be a good thing that the woodburner is in the corner...that way, if wintertime finds you still having to bathe in the barn, you can string up 'curtains' of sorts to make a smaller triangular 'room' and trap some of that fire's heat to warm yo' cold wet booty! Do you think your house will be renovated enough to do indoor baths by wintertime?
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