Violet Jones

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bruce Fine wrote:that sign sure is big enough to notice, but what do you do if you have said fruit in your vehicle, there does not to seem to be a turn off there where you can stop, sit at a picnic table and eat em all or no barrel to dump them off into?  or a govt run decontamination site,  no folks in white lab coats, just wondering?

Yes, those signs were huge. This particular sign was on a random part of a highway that ran north/south and was in the middle of a county. It wasn't even on a border of one county going into the next.  No idea. lol
1 year ago
I'm in the same area and yes, this area has a very huge apple maggot problem.  I've lived in many places with apple trees in Snoho County and always had apple maggots get to the apples. There used to be big signs along the freeways that said "Apple maggot quarantine area..." like the one I've linked but I've noticed in the past few years that they've removed those signs.  

If you cut the apples into thin slices you will probably be able to see the tiny worms and their paths. They'll be very small and almost unnoticeable but if you look close enough you'll see them.  I used to use the apples to make chunky apple sauce like food for a couple of local parrot and macaw rescue places along with the whole apples so I've seen them in there. (The birds didn't mind a bit)  :)  Unfortunately, I don't think there is anything that you can do about them.  We tried tying nylons to each apple for a couple of years and they still got in there.

Here's the WSDA link about them and the apple maggot quarantine information that shows you the map of the affected areas.

1 year ago
I had no idea that rosemary was so difficult to grow from cuttings.  Really...cutting under the light of a full moon while doing a fertility dance in a virgin meadow of sunflowers seems to be a bit much just to root an herb. (Just joking...a homeopathic doctor once said something similar when describing how organic milk from the grocery store is no better for you than regular milk and should be avoided and I thought it was entertaining when she said it that way.)

I take a whole bunch of cuttings of newer to one year growth (not the hardened wood stems) and stick them in a jar of water. Some of them grow roots and then I plant them in pots of organic potting soil.  If they don't root up, I harvest the leaves and dehydrate them in my oven and store them in glass jars.  I have one plant that's about a year old sitting on my kitchen counter.  It doesn't like to be watered very often, I let it dry completely between waterings and it's doing great, lots of branching out and good growth.

I'm so glad I didn't read this thread before I tried rooting them or I never would have tried at all.  Rosemary is my favorite herb and I use it every chance I get.
1 year ago
I don't know what you consider to be expensive but at this restaurant supply store the lids are $9.98 for the ones with a recessed handle:

There's also this very shallow pan that I think could act as a lid without a handle for the same sized pans for $8.11:
1 year ago
They sell those around here at restaurant supply stores.  Most of them are open to the public.  They stock a lot of stainless equipment and ladles, spoons, etc. at really reasonable prices.
1 year ago
According to what comes up when I do a search, you should be able to find the book through this website.  In order to search on this site, you need to create a log in with a user name.  I don't want to set up a user name there but you could do that so you could search for the book yourself there.

1 year ago
The first link says all of those boots are made in the USA but other sites say that some of them are not anymore. You might need to call the manufacturers directly to find out for sure.

1 year ago
This is my favorite way to use cucumbers. It is so refreshing and crisp. It takes just minutes to make, is delicious and keeps well in the fridge.

Japanese Cucumber Salad (Sunomono)

1 large English cucumber or 2 Japanese cucumbers
½ tablespoon salt
½ tablespoon sugar , or more to taste
2 teaspoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 teaspoon white sesame seeds


-Thinly slice the cucumber. You can do it either by hand or using a food processor.
-Rub the slices with salt and drain for 5 minutes in a colander.
-Rinse under cold running water and squeeze them tightly to remove water. Set aside.

-In a small bowl, mix the sugar, soy sauce, and rice vinegar until the sugar dissolves.
-Add the dressing to the cucumber slices, sprinkle with sesame seeds and mix well. Enjoy!


1 year ago
Hi Orin,
I know this post is super old, but I'm really curious on how this diy treatment turned out for your...umm friend.  Did it work out?  I don't have a need at this time but it would be a good piece of knowledge to have if I, or someone else, ever needed it later.  
1 year ago
My favorite pieced backings are the ones like the first two images here, but there are sooo many different designs out there.  You're basically making two quilts but you get a great reversible effect.  I hope this choice inspires you.  

Your other post said you don't know if you'll even have time to spend doing a hex quilt.'re gonna need a lot of time if you're going to do this. lol
1 year ago