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  1. This is probably a silly question, but what do you do with the whole, peeled, carrot? Do you just add it whole to the mixture while cooking and discard after putting everything else into jars? Or do you do something like shred it and add to the sauce? Just want to be sure before I make this.
  2. I'd love to win. I LOVE cookbooks of all kinds and this one sounds right up my alley. Please put my name in!
  3. I LOVE going there. I took a friend a few weeks ago and she kind of turned up her nose at the dented cans, mashed boxes etc. Granted there did seem to be more damaged packaging than usual, but for the price it sure doesn't bother me!
  4. Yes, I LOVE Swagbucks! There is a bit of cream on the top but it's pre-separated mostly. Not enough to make butter with, just enought to have to shake the milk before you pour it. The next town over (14 miles) has much better grocery sales than our IGA with no competition. The amish farm is about 10 miles past this town. I figure if I'm already that far, it's worth the extra miles for milk/eggs/salvage grocery store stop on my Saturday morning shopping trips. I travel that far about once a month, sometimes twice for groceries. We have a Wal Mart (8 miles away) or an Aldi in our town that I round out my shopping with. Sometimes they have homemade butter for sale too!
  5. As with anything new, the transition to NT seems overwhelming! I know baby steps are the answer. I posted this on another board I frequent. . . I'd love to hear your advice etc. Links are welcome too! I recently bought some raw milk from the Amish semi-near where I live. (It's SOOO yummy!) Anyway, while looking online for the health benefits (there seem to be quite a few) of it vs. pasteurized I ran across quite a few references to Nourishing Traditions. I've heard of the book before but never really paid much attention. I read more and more and finally used some Swagbucks Amazon gift cards and ordered it. I find it really interesting and it goes along with some of my own theories about food/eating/processed foods etc. My questions are: Have you read it? Do you follow it? How closely? What are the best ways to frugally follow it? What do you NOT do that is recommended? Any other thoughts/suggestions/etc, I'd love to hear also!
  6. Here's the one we like, pretty similar to the ones listed, I don't use as much blue cheese as it calls for. 3/4 cup mayonnaise 1/2 cup buttermilk 1/4 cup blue cheese, crumbled 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder 1/8 teaspoon onion powder 1/8 teaspoon salt Mix together, chill till serving.
  7. You can also use rum in place of the vodka to make vanilla. I made some with Captain Morgan's Spiced Rum a few years back. It was wonderful, made the most delicious vanilla ice cream.
  8. I live in Central MO so this is a topic that has always interested me. Dh was laid off for about a month about a year ago and watched the documentary about it, he said it was really good. I've never been able to catch it. Maybe I'll check out Netflix and see if they have it.
  9. I do mypoints, inboxdollars, and sendearnings. Mypoints pays out in gift cards, but threre's a good variety of merchants. They all have surveys but also pay for clicking on e-mails and completing offers. I've been paid by all three multiple times so I know they're legit. I'd be glad to send you a referral for any of the three if you want. just pm me your e-mail addy and I'll send you a referral. If you'd rather just sign up that's fine too. I do get a tiny bonus for referrals on all 3 sites.
  10. I read it about a year ago and found it fascinating! I'd reccomend it to anyone!!
  11. I ordered from Heirloom Acres a couple of years ago. After several e-mails I opened a paypal complaint. I finally recieved my order. I only live about 40 minutes from them, so shipping time should have been minimal. It took something like 45 days for me to finally get my seeds.
  12. I canned 7 pints of Darlene's chicken soup over the weekend for Christmas gifts. Dh's brother, Dh's friend and my uncle are all single and live alone. I plan to give them each a couple of pints with a baggie of egg noogles. My two co-workers that I share an office with will get quarts, I did them quite a while ago.
  13. I think raw packing would leave too much fat on even the leanest of ground beef. You want all possible fat removed before processing. The fat can cause the meat to go rancid.
  14. I have picked up bread machines for about $3-$5 at a thrift store. I just use it to make the dough then bake in the oven. If you need to make more than one loaf at a time, it might be worth it to have more than one bread machine. You can measure ingredients, set the dough cycle and let it go to mix and 1st rise. Then shape into a loaf and let rise again, then bake. If you don't have any good thrift stores nearby, maybe put something on Craigslist that you're looking for one, or try freecycle.
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