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  1. Watering with Sugar water helps against transplant shock (Or so I have heard) .
  2. Be careful though, they grow like gangbusters.. (PNW here, with 12 acres of brambles). The berries grow on second year canes. They are near impossible to kill. Here, we need to go over them pulling them out 3 times with the tractor before we make headway to clear spots of them. They keep coming back!
  3. They are a kind of bush apricot? I bought a couple and will be planting them as soon as their home is free. (We are doing construction and big trucks drive down near where they will be planted.) Are they anything like real apricots taste-wise?
  4. oh the little minds you can meld.... let them learn and maybe they will teach their parents...
  5. My son and I are both Gluten/Casein/Soy free. Actually, we have been so for 3 years. The first year, we used all those GF subs on the market. Now we rarely use them (except for the Daiya cheese) but we rarely make it from scratch either. We just don't eat alot of breads anymore at all. We use flax/almond/cocnut milk as subs for dairy. We just avoid all soy. But we also have not been lucky enough for our weight to stabilize, or rather, it is stabilized, but unfortunately at a too heavy weight. We have not lost any. On the other hand, it is not a waste of time. My son was having complete a
  6. It's gonna be a long 40 days (mainly for the reason mentioned above)...on the bright side I have to/get to re-think my cooking routine. "Dey's uh, shrimp-kabobs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo. Pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried. There's pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp and potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich.." </Bubba> What about Tuna Skewers,,, Paella,,,, Smoked Salmon steaks,,,swordfish,,,even shark? Crab? Lobster? How about a clam chowder? Spaghetti with lentils instead of meat?
  7. saw the show,, thought some of it went overboard, for example that man who took from others in the restaurant, and the dead flowers...but I leave food out sometimes too. My father is a DR and always did too, but grew up during in the war when you didn't throw out anything. I leave veggies and fruits out, and eggs, my DH always freaks out... He won't even eat refrigerated left overs from monday nights dinner for lunch on tuesday... I won't go as far as my Father who has broken a glass jar of instant coffee then swept it all up and used it to make coffee even with possible bits of glass in i
  8. I had a friend over at my house for canning and she say our pantry. She laughed and said tht she knew where she was coming. I told her, OK, but bring all the food you guys are storing, clothes, medicines and weapons/ammo and be prepared to work each and every day to help us all make a "go" of it. She looked at me a bit suprised, but has since started prepping. She does have some gardening and canning skills, she can sew, and her husband is in security, so could help with such issues here. I know that it would be difficult for my husband and I to make it on our own and we have 3 kids. So, as lo
  9. we have some solar lights outside, and put solar panels on my sons play structure. My DH uses a CPAP to sleep and we have lost electricity for a week at a time in the past. This way we always have 3-4 charged batteries and each one will last a few days on the CPAP for 8 hours at night. This is very important to me. My DH and I are often arguing over light and heat, He is nearly legally blind and needs lots of light, I prefer natural light from just the windows until it is too dark to see your hands. But I tend to like the house around 70, and he prefers it around 65. We recently put in
  10. nini2033a


    Well one of the next steps we have taken towards being more self sufficiient has been to acquire rabbits. We only have 2 of them, one of each, they are Silver fox? Anyway, we thought we would try to keep them alive over the winter, and if successful we will try to breed them in the spring. We hope to raise them for meat. But I have never purposely killed anything except a vegetable plant or an insect, so I am not sure if we will be able to harvest them. My DH says it is all up to me since I am the one who wanted to try raising them.... gee thanks. But I will definitely try. If I can bumble my
  11. I have to say, I have taken my kids shopping, but they were facing me in the shopping cart and always had something to keep them busy. I was able to sneak things in the back of the cart and cover them. Sometimes, when dad is deployed, thats what you have to do. But my kids was always afraid of the Santas at the store and we wrote a letter every year which changed several times, but they always knew Santa would only bring them each one thing and it couldnt be expensive and had to be something he could make up at the north pole... (Read no electronics here)
  12. My biggest goal is to harvest everything and get it processed before it goes bad. That is somethng that we are not good at. I also need to be better at gardening. We just got rabbits to raise and I would like to successfully butcher them when the time comes. I am not sure if I can do that. But it would be a great source of protein for us if I can get it done. My husband says that they are all mine and I have to be able to do it myself. (He didn't want to get any rabbits)
  13. We are having 8 people eating,,, (First year without either of my parents-one is travelling, the other in a nursing home 3 states away ) 1 diabetic, 1 on a sugar free grain free diet, 2 with 20+ various allergies, and 4 gastronomically normal people. Having shown up places before only to realize that there is nothing I can eat or feed my son...I want to make sure that there is a good variety for everyone. So, I am making various appetizers for the varied diets, and a veggie plate with regular ranch and dairy free ranch dressing... cranberry apricot sauce for the gastronomically unchal
  14. jerusalem articholes are great sliced thin in salads or stir-frys, kind of like water chestnuts. They are also great with dip and can be roasted like a potato. If you have never tried regular artichokes, you are really missing something....
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