Jane Mulberry wrote:What a wonderful thread. Some truly talented people here!
Writing is my main hobby, as well as an income source. I've learned all aspects of indie publishing, so I do everything that's needed for my own books myself, apart from editing and proofreading.
My next time-use is reading, planning, and daydreaming for my future piece of land I'm in the process of purchasing, a weed-filled acre with an old house and a stream at the bottom of the garden. Reading "Invasive Plant Medicine" in preparation.
I also sew, paint, and do a little woodworking, all badly but I have fun so that's the main thing. Oh, and fermenting. I'm just getting back into it again and making some interesting (and sometimes explosive!) edibles.
David Royal wrote:
Heidi Schmidt wrote:I didn't look at all the rules, but this sounds an awful lot like "Dutch Blitz", which is my family's all-time favourite when we get together! Highly, highly recommended for tons of fun. A little wild at times, as it's a speed game (all play at once), but that's what makes it so fun!
I remember being a teen and getting the Dutch Blitz game as a family present... it looks so un-fun and old fashioned when you just look at the cards, but looks are truly deceiving in this case
Thanks for posting this! I got Dutch Blitz for Christmas -- I'd heard it was good, but I haven't taken the time to figure it out yet.
Tyler Ludens wrote:What is your hobby besides permaculture?
I have two main hobbies which are related; Embroidery, and Ernest Thesiger.
My embroidery: http://imagination-heart.deviantart.com/gallery/33561114/mixed-media
My Ernest Thesiger website: http://ernestthesiger.org/Ernest_Thesiger/Home.html
What's yours? The more obscure and bizarre the better!
Mariamne Ingalls wrote:Hi all-
Our favorite family game (after scrabble) is a card game we call Peanuts (aka Nerts or Pounce or Squeek, I guess):
My grandmother brought it back from Florida in the 70's. And we just played it here last week.
It's a form of multi-player solitaire, with no turns, and it's a riot.
It takes a lot of decks of cards: one deck for each player.
The only thing about winter play, is that it's much more fun to play if you have at least 4 or more people, which may not be the norm on a snowy day.
I laughed out loud when I read the rules web page (above) that says that it "gets out of hand" if five or more people play!
Because that's the way our family REALLY likes to play it (a fast free-for-all with no turns and lots of competition!)
I especially recommend it if you have a group with small kids (5 years old and up) and adults, total group about 6 to 8. Then you can pair each kid with an adult partner. The kid partner has the responsibility of watching for a chance to play just the one card off the pair's Peanuts pile (aka Nerts pile), while the adult does all the rest of the demanding fast work of trying to play out cards. This makes for lots of teamwork. The kids have one of the most important jobs, and there's lots of opportunity for the adults to help, coach and joke with their kid partners. And the adults can help the kids to reach down the long dining room table, to play their cards.
One thing we insist on, that makes it more fun, is how we turn over the cards in the stock pile, 3 cards at a time (just like in solitaire).We do this using a "flip".
That is: hold the stock pile in your left hand, slide the top card off with right hand's thumb into your right hand; then repeat with the next 2 cards, and flip the resulting 3 cards in your right hand over, to reveal the card you can play. (Please forgive the right-hand bias). You'll get why this is more fun, once you play.
You can see the whole thing demonstrated as "Squeek" on Youtube here:
This family is faster than mine, and there isn't as much good-natured yelling as there is at our house. And they play the Peanuts pile face up (what's up with that?!).
Watch the player to the lower right of your screen -- it's easy to see him doing doing the "flip".
I guess you can tell by now that I REALLY like this game! And that this post definitely belongs in the meaningless drivel forum!
Jay Angler wrote:I have a friend who's made an almond flour crust and used it for pumpkin pie. With stuff I've recently read about the almond industry, I'm not sure I'd want to go there, but I can try to get the recipe from her if you've got a source of safe almonds. I do recall you 'press it in place' rather than rolling it.
Carla Burke wrote:
Heidi Schmidt wrote:If anyone has a recipe / tried-and-true method for making gluten free pie crust, I would be all ears!
Megan Palmer wrote:
Heidi Schmidt wrote:My story to add...
I was an au pair to a trio of English children when I was 19 years old. A few days into my stay, they were acting up in the way children do... nothing terrible, but a little bratty. As a Canadian, and thinking nothing of it, I affectionately chided them: "That's enough, you little buggers!"
Shocked silence. That day I learned that bugger had another meaning, and that it was considered a swear word over there. Oops! Oh well, just part of my education.
Bugger is not considered an offensive word in NZ and this iconic ad aptly illustrates its common usage https://www.nzonscreen.com/title/bugger-toyota-hilux-commercial-1999