Sally Munoz

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What happened to the magazine? I loved every issue and looked forward to getting each one. I gotta say, when I received the UK mother magazine instead, I felt disappointed. Not that it isn't a fabulous publication; I read it at the library and enjoy it very much, I just felt the loss of the North American version. Whatever the reason(s), I just wanted to thank you for the great issues and let you know that I really enjoyed it while it lasted.
1 month ago

paul wheaton wrote:

So ..... for the thing about using paper, it sounds like the reasoning is to have very clear coffee and easier cleanup.    I confess that my coffee always has a bit of "dirt" in the bottom that makes it through the filter.   But my cleanup is definitely a snap.    While I just leave that tiny bit of mud at the bottom of the cup and wash it away, I do like the idea that we come up with solutions for folks that have no sacrifice.    Anybody have solutions for a clearer cup of coffee for the paper-lovers without paper and quick cleanup?

I use a stainless filter similar to your set up, but I imagine a reusable cloth filter would be the ticket for the clear coffee, similar to what was posted above from Brazil, but sewn in a cone shape to fit in a cone pour over device. Clean up would perhaps take an extra 30 seconds and be a bit messier but would certainly work. One could even just drape folded cheesecloth over the filter and if you let the coffee dry, it would plop out pretty easily, the cloth rinsed and hung up for the next cuppa.
2 months ago
Thank you for sharing this! I recently bought a pack of these and was thinking surely I could make them. This is just what I need.
2 months ago
One thing we've been doing for awhile now is wrapping gifts in fabric. We keep a stash of pretty and/or funky fabric mostly kept for the purpose. For those in the household, they might get gifts wrapped in tablecloths, tapestries, scarves, etc. I often give little gifts wrapped in a tshirt as the wrapping and tied with a reusable piece of twine.
I would love to just give seeds, flower bulbs or rhizomes, spice mixes, herbal tea blends, and bottles of homemade liqueur, and my friends appreciate those things , but I have 18 and 22 year old sons, so unfortunately some of those cute pieces of fabric under our tree hold plastic tech items. It's what they want, so I try to make sure there's at least something rechargeable or useful too.
We have our own trees growing here, so that's a non issue; the one thing that will be a challenge for me is the sugar. I'm a cook professionally and adore the baking of all the wonderful holiday treats but I dropped sugar last March, so I'm really not looking forward to the expectations from my family and my own desires to indulge in my favorite traditional goodies.
2 months ago
Bambi and Thumper lol.
3 months ago

Chris Kott wrote:Ooh! A mystery, and possibly adventure! Of course, the adventure part would likely be messy and expensive, so let's hope you've avoided that path.

With that volume of water, I would expect an exit, or some open area underground, allowing for collection and a slower infiltration into the aquifer.

You also mentioned that you're on the edge of a gorge. How was it formed? Are there perhaps fissures in the bedrock that allow for such rapid drainage?

I almost want to take one of those plumbers' cameras on the end of a snake and shoot it down there, just to see what can be seen.

Any update on the potential sinkhole/sliding off into the gorge situation?


Nothing to report, which is good of course! We just redirected the water and filled the hole, hoping for the best and haven't seen anything concerning. A camera would've been interesting-I was so fascinated with the well report. It is 800 feet deep, so went through many different layers/materials.
We live in the Columbia Gorge, so our property is not really any worse than anybody else's here but it's definitely a slide area. To get our building permit we had to have an updated geological report and while there are several slides a few miles from us, our neighborhood is supposedly in lesser imminent danger.
If a big earthquake hits, we'd likely be pretty screwed but I don't worry too much since worrying about that kind of thing never helps. We just try and be prepared for any disaster as best we can.
There are probably fissures and all kinds of underground caves and such.
Our property is mostly a few inches of clay sitting on top of rock with little pockets of nice dark soil where plant matter has accumulated.
If I ever see another hole like that, I'll be very tempted to get a plumber's camera!
The ideas of colored water and smoke bomb are also super ideas! Thanks you guys!
4 months ago
5 months ago
Where is this located?
5 months ago
Got my cherry brandy started!
5 months ago

Amit Enventres wrote:

If all goes well this will be our first major grape harvest! I suspect we'll make a lot of juice, I'd love to make wine, but I'm scared. I don't want it to go bad in a dangerous way or just be super nasty any hints for a first timer?

Excellent on the grapes!
Follow a good recipe and you'll do fine!
I made my first wine 4 years ago and have only done 6 batches total so I'm no expert (although I ferment a LOT), but I would say that while you're learning, follow recipes pretty closely and be super clean. All equipment should be sanitized as best as you can. You could use different fruits mixed together, but use the same weight called for and I would certainly follow the amounts given for all additives.
My main wine book is called The Joy of Home Winemaking by Terry Garey and I have found her writing style easy to follow and all the wines have turned out very well.
I did find the Pyment (left out the "n" in my last post) recipe in The Backyard Homestead edited by Carleen Madigan. Apparently,  melomel is any fruit wine made with honey,  pyment is the one made with wild Concord-like grapes. It was our first wine and I keep meaning to make it again every year. This thread is definitely inspiring me!
If you do make pyment, I would suggest a mild flavored honey,  at least the first time you make it so it's more balanced.
5 months ago