Classy?! Man, I thought I was showing some well-used, stained and pretty casual napkins. Funny how there is a spectrum for everything!
I hear you on the greasy cloths, Nicole! I tried to keep a rag in the kitchen just for wiping out and greasing up the cast iron pans. I even put it on a little plate next to the stove top labeled "cast iron only." And the rag would get used to wipe counters, wipe floors, wash dishes, and then get thrown in the wash with other things, making a whole load of dish towels VERY greasy, too. Then none of them absorbed water any more! Gah. Gave up on that pretty quick.
Marco Banks wrote:Cotton and linen are absorbent. Anything with polyester tends to not be as absorbent or soft.
But paper napkins go right into the compost, so nothing is wasted. Same with paper towels. Carbon is carbon, and any additional carbon in the garden is good.
Ah, yes, the polyester kinda sucks.
As for paper, we don't put it in our compost or our soil. Just our preference not to have the glues go into our soil. Though I respect those who are closing their own waste loops by doing so. We recycle what paper we can and use non-recyclable paper as fire starters in our RMHs.
Well, we did end up making Jamie Oliver's "Incredible Nut Roast" and it was good. Maybe not incredible, but good. I might have rushed a couple parts, so I think it could be better if made by someone a bit more patient than me.
Jan, we subbed "flax eggs" as you called it, which helped some. I used brown rice in place of both the quinoa and the bread crumbs (for lots of reasons). I think that negatively affected the texture because the rice was chunkier than quinoa or bread crumbs would be. I keep organic instant mashed potato flakes on hand to use in place of bread crumbs (*not* for mashed potatoes - yuk!!) for my usual GF substitute, though we wanted to avoid potatoes this time.
The first pic is how the nut loaf looked. It's a lousy pic, though it only looked a little better than this.
Then, we wanted something different for the sweet potatoes, so we made this Stuffed Sweet Potatoes Recipe. Fred and Paul loved the lemony tumeric tahini sauce so that was definitely a keeper for these.
The sweet potatoes are the second pic. We were out of fresh avocados, but had some plain guacamole we tried instead, and I think the fresh avocados would have been markedly better in this dish.
Yaaasss to Shawn of the Dead!! I wasn't at all in to Dawn of the Dead, though the comedy one was just too much fun. (Not for this list, but in the same vein Hot Fuzz is SO good, too!)
Great poll, R!! IMHO, it was a little hard to vote with so many choices, though sooo many good movie ideas kept being added! It helped me that I haven't seen very many of the movies on the list, so I just skipped over those.
Nicole Alderman wrote:Oh man, Santa Baby is definitely my most hated Christmas song.
Yeah, it's horrible in terms of the lyrics, (so wrong in so many ways!) though for some reason, I've always like the melody of that one. Plus, I've loved the melody and harmonizing in "Baby it's Cold Out There" (or whatever the title is) and horrified some friends by saying I liked that song. They swiftly informed me that that song is basically the epitome of NOT recognizing lack of consent. Uff. I just like the jazzy, rat pack or big band style of those tunes. I don't pay attention to the lyrics much. Ah well.
Nicole Alderman wrote:As for favorite, I love the meaning of the original Oh Holy Night (not South Park, LOL!), and Joy to the World is so upbeat. I find myself singing Winter Wonderland a lot whenever it snows. But, I really love annoying people with 12 Days of Christmas. As a kid, my family would sing Christmas songs together before opening pressents. I ALWAYS chose 12 Days of Christmas, to everyone else's dismay. I just love memorization and lots of verses, and 12 Days of Christmas is PERFECT for that.
How devilish of you! Ha! There's a goofy 12 Days of Christmas version (not the funny one of what strangers say, above) that my sister has always loved to sing. Most of our family has always enjoyed hearing it. Wish I could remember it now.
(Sheesh, I sound OLD! Liking rat pack music and not remembering things!)
Nicole Alderman wrote:Now I want to start and Apple Poll about this! But, maybe R Ranson already has one lined up for next week? I'll have to check first!
It's a great idea if it isn't already on the list!
Nicole Alderman wrote:Totally off topic, but it's meaningless drivel, so it's probably okay...
When my husband and I were engaged, he really, really, REALLY wanted a recording of Captain Picard saying, "Engage" at the beginning of our wedding ceremony. But, we weren't getting engaged, we were getting married! It just didn't make sense to me. He's still rather miffed that I wouldn't left him have that in our wedding...
Hahaha! That is funny, and geeky, too. (I like geeks!) Has he watched the "make it so/let it snow" video? IMHO, it is an epic piece of editing.
I had to update the link in the OP, which now has a long ad at the end for the creator's video game of some sort, though I *think* it's the original guy's video.
Oh, your pfeffernuss look perfect, Judith! I'm glad you like them. My kids are kind of tired of them, and asked me not to make them. Ha!
A dear friend of mine - we grew up together and were best friends in grade school - was so used to these at Christmas, from hanging out with me, that she asked for the recipe when she started her own family. She felt it wasn't Christmas without them. :-) I might have to make some this year, just to send to her, since she's having a rough time right now. So I really appreciate the reminder - thanks Judith.
Has anyone tried Thekla's idea to swirl the bean brownies with the white bean cookie batter? That just sounds so amazing!
Chris Kott wrote:The whole Dresden Files series is a good one, and the audiobooks, all except 13, are narrated by James Marsters, who does an incredible job. If you want really good urban fantasy, this is your series. The series is a little slow until the third book, but otherwise fantastic.
Ah, Paul and I are often looking for audio books that we both like and this series sounds like it could be that for us! Thanks for the recommendation!
Okay, that Tak game based on the Rothfuss books looks so awesome. It inspired me to look for a books thread to talk more about those books. See What Are You All Reading, page 2 of the thread, for links and more about the Rothfuss books. Some HUGE book joy there, to be sure.
I finally stepped away from the computer to play a game with Fred and Kara the other night, and I really enjoyed it! Kara said she prefers this game to Settlers of Cataan. It was Fred's game, and there are expansion packs as well as simpler or more complicated ways to play.
You build the board like a puzzle, with tiles that have cities, roads, fields and/or monasteries, and you get points by your "meeples" (or followers or little person game pieces) claiming certain parts of what is built as the game goes along. So, there are similarities to Cataan, but no Robber. :-)
Judith Browning wrote:I'm a few hundred pages into my winter books....'the Wise Man's Fear' (second book in the Kingkiller Chronicles) by Patrick Rothfuss and 'Infinite Jest' by David Foster Wallace...both 1000 pagers and both excellent reads so far.....
Yaasss! Discussing board games here these books came up, including The Slow Regard of Silent Things. Wow. I (or we, actually, because Paul loved them, too) highly recommend them!
I'm a big audio books listener (I use Audible - if you use that link for a free 30-day trial I get a free book credit or something) and I was listening to The Name of the Wind
and Paul overheard parts and was sucked in. So we finished the first time together, where he only heard part. Then we listened to it over again, both of us hearing the full book. There were aspects to it that I understood or realized the second time through that I missed in the first listening! Such an epic tale.
Oh, so excellent!! And of course, we are waiting for the third book (day) as are all the Rothfuss fans.
nancy sutton wrote:Books I've enjoyed most in the last year, to the point that I actually bought copies after listening to the library audio's were 'The Third Plate' by Dan Barber, and Michael Pollan's 'Cooking'.
My very favorite book is 'A Paradise Built in Hell'.... for hope in these dire times
And David Graeber's 'Debt: The First 5,000 Years'... a long slog, so I read the beginning and the end... well worth it Another excellent, and easy , book on $$ is 'The Future of Money' by Bernard Lietaer.
Nancy, I second you on The Third Plate - which is just poetry for my soul! I recently started to listen to it a second time when cooking with J and Kara in the kitchen here at base camp. Plus, I have friends who have visited the Bread Lab near Mount Vernon, Washington (WA State), which Dan Barber profiles in this book, and have heard so many good things about that place and the work they are doing!
I'll have another look nto yours and other suggestions in this thread!
I'm currently bingeing on the Outlander series (Outlander, Book 1) which is read with such artistry in the accents that it has me saying "Och, aye!" in a Scottish brogue rather more often than necessary. Just loads of page-turning fun, and some homesteading/off-grid and herbalism examples (though I don't know how accurate or not) of life in the 1700's.
The microphone quality is excellent. It is very comfortable. But there are two features on this that I never knew were features on any headset that I really like.
1) the connector on the end looks like a micro-usb connector. I haven't tried connecting that to anything. What I have used is that this connector came with several adaptors that would convert this to the many different things I need. Sometimes a connector dramatically reduces the quality, but this has excellent quality.
2) the cord is covered in cloth. Like some old school irons. It is just .... aesthetically pleasing. Neat!
I tried headsets that were as expensive as $200. And this headset is the best, but only $50.
Update - this headset is now $90 though I'm seriously considering it after several failed attempts myself at trying to find a decent headset.
Oh wow, there you are with more "the problem (waste) is the solution ideas,"!
I suppose drying the bunny poop would make it easier (in many ways) to ship. Though that could be done easily enough, I bet.
I imagine the fruit tree trimmings as smoking wood would be an easy sell, too. Nice! I wonder if chipped, or in certain size chunks might make it more appealing, though still quite doable. The "bunny kissed" idea is also epic! I think the wood, not the bark, is the best for smoking, right? So being bark-free would be advantageous, yes?
I know other folks make wreaths out of (pruned) grape vines. We're so much in the habit of composting, putting in a hugel, or burning in RMHs these kinds of things that I hadn't really thought of how easily they could be an income source for some folks. Wow. Depending on what your "surplus" is, there is probably a market for it!
Hadn't thought of the stalks of the sunchokes as sell-able fodder/animal food - that's really cool too!
Even as rural as we are, we have mail service every day (of course) and we have remarkably regular UPS and FedEx service to our homestead. I just really like the idea of these things being shipped out as they are sold, because one UPS or mail truck making all kinds of pick ups and deliveries, saves dozens of vehicles from various trips and surely saves LOADS of time for the seller!
Some organizations I'm involved with are using bonfire.com to sell t-shirts as fundraisers. That was kind of surprising to me. A minimum number of tees must be sold before bonfire prints and fulfills the orders, with profits increasing per tee when more are sold. Here are the examples I'm aware of:
There are more - I hear there are 2,000 crowdfunding sites now! - so this is only scratching the surface so far.
Now, if only we had a crafter-creator (like someone on etsy or who sells things they make) offering to sell a widget or an organic t-shirt or something, as a fundraiser for a content creator who is raising money for more educational content!! That would be some synchronicity I'd like to see.
Anne Miller wrote:Just look at the fast food joints in your nearest town around lunch time to see how the rest of folks eat. Even on TV and movies folks come in with bags of fast food or boxes of pizza.
I was watching a reality show where the guy was trying to explain to his girlfriend why she needed to feed her child something other than chicken nuggets and french fries ... her explanation was something like "I am busy and don't have time"
So much this.
"I don't have time to cook."
This is the edge, the eco level 0 or 1 where we can meet folks. This!!!
How long does it take to cook eggs or even old-fashioned oatmeal? (You know, you can even pour boiling water on oats in thermos and they'll be ready for you in the morning?)
Just one, tiny, little, baby step example of how cooking whole foods can take less time than a microwave, less time even than walking or driving to a fast food restaurant two blocks away. Washing the dishes can even be included in this time frame.
This is the mind bender that folks are missing. This is the edge we can call out and help folks feel comfortable with.
Re-invent leftovers for the bored or picky palate - turn tomato soup into a curry, or add leftover marinara sauce to chili, make a casserole or pot pie with leftover meat or veg, add leftover cooked veg to a scramble or frittata, etc.
There are SO many inspiring ideas in this thread! Could I ask those of you who might be interested to chime in over at at a new thread, specifically about favorite vegan roast or loaf recipes? I'd really appreciate your input there.
I'm looking for a vegan nut roast or (meatless) loaf recipe. Our parameters are even crazier than normal vegan restrictions in that I'd also like it to be:
1. soy free (no tofu)
2. gluten free
3. lower in legumes (some legumes would be okay)
I've made a lentil-nut loaf from The New Laurel's Kitchen (albeit, that's an old cookbook now!) several times to fairly okay reviews with folks here at wheaton labs. Though now I'm looking for something better.
I'm looking at these three Jamie Oliver roasts, who, while not exactly known for vegan/vegetarian meals, does seem to put together flavors that I like. Though I'd have to substitute in some areas to make soy free or GF. Then there are the walnut balls that look interesting, too.
Someone asked about signing up for an online pdc. Here is what I wrote in response as I recommended this video series. :-)
(Thomas Elpel taking 2017 pdc students out for plant identification with his book, Botany in a Day.)
Yes, it is possible to learn the basics of permaculture online, though I've heard mixed reviews from many different folks. (I talk to a lot of permaculture people.) One thing they miss is actually meeting and visiting with like-minded folks in person. IOW, even though lot of in-person pdc's are also primarily classroom time (typically not a lot hands-on), the 'meat space' exchange is pretty powerful and often inspiring.
As for online course content, a friend told me that he signed up for one based on all the cool project videos that were used to advertise it. Then the course itself was mostly the instructor rambling in front of a whiteboard. He was sorely disappointed. To be fair, another friend paid for the same course and raved about how wonderful it was. (Shrug.)
Note too, whether online or in person, a pdc is an overview of the massive tool chest that is permaculture. There is not enough time in a 72-hour course to go into depth in any one of the many, many aspects of this design science. It's not just landscape design, as some people think...there is SO much more to it than that. This is why a pdc really can't be as much of a foundation for a lot of (singular) things that folks wish it would be. Though most folks I've talked to, and myself, think it is still highly valuable. Even life-changing.