simplysue Hatfield

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Ishpeming, Michigan
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Nice looking loaf Len
I would look to thrift shops, flea markets and garage sales for them's shocking that some ppl think cast iron is worthless...
I like to add the vital wheat gluten and lecithin powder to mine. They are both completely natural foods and give a boost of protein to my bread. Also, I replace the oil in the recipes with 3T. of the lecithin plus water in the amount of called for oil. Brings 2/3 cup of oil down to 150 calories I thought that eliminated the oil would leave me with a tough bread but the lecithin works beautifully. My lil man has had to lose a few pounds so I enhance nutrition and cut calories where I can. Using regular yeast and no vital wheat gluten or lecithin powder has left me with bread that is very hard and and flat.
8 years ago
I don't know anything about no knead bread as the kneading part is theraputic for me and my favorite part of making bread however...I have found that working with fresh ground whole wheat flour you don't get a good rise without either vital wheat gluten or lecithin powder.
Being your recipe has AP flour in it in a great amount though the problem is probly temp. A neat trick for getting a good rise temp is to turn on your oven for ONE minute and shut it OFF. Put the dough in the oven to rise. I use this trick a lot in the winter.
One other possibility is that most recipes it's pretty standard that you would use 1 Tablespoon of yeast for two loaves of bread or 1 1/2 tsp per loaf...I notice your recipe calls for 1/4 tsp of yeast so maybe this particular recipe isn't meant to have a higher rise?Maybe is't coming out exactly as it's supposed to.
8 years ago
Awww, I thought the dog was yours LOL.Sure way to get a stray to stay and keep coming back is to feed it. Beautiful trails Brenda. I enjoyed taking a walk through your woods. Thanks for sharing this.
I hope everything goes smoothly with the pond. That sounds like a huge project.
8 years ago

Brenda Groth wrote:
i believe this is great that this article might open some people's eyes to the complex web of life all over the planet in all areas, and maybe people will stop jumping out ahead of nature and destroying things that are helpful.

i know myself in the past i have gotten overwhelmed with theĀ  enormous amount of pests that can overrun when things get out of balance..ex. the 2009 tent worm infestation in Michigan..which was horrible..defoliating over 50 % of the trees in the state..


this spring there was a huge outbreak of these big flies that looked like houseflies..they were feeding on the young tentworms that were coming out..

there were a LOT of tent worms, but not as many as there were the year before, but there were a LOT of flies..

now the flies are gone and the tent worms are gone for the season, it will be interesting to observe next May what kind of balance they have achieved

In the past few years they were so bad here that parts of the road  were just covered with them...haven't even seen a web in a tree this year
8 years ago

Brenda Groth wrote:
i agree with perennializing your greens and salad crops..i've been trying to do that here in a few of our garden areas..esp the new food forest garden area i have south of our woods.

i have allowed a lot of plants to go to seed this year on purpose to see what comes up next year..

i also left some stumps of plants in the ground in the fall of 2009 and they grew new crops this spring and i still have some of them producing..

the best ones were cabbages (the savoy ones worked best) and swiss chard..and a lot of herbs that were supposed to be annual came back again and grew.

the cabbages were a real they grew new full size heads..and i even moved them to a new spot in the spring..

the swiss chard grew well most of the summer but i allowed a few plants to go to seed to see what i'll get from them next year..

I did the same with salad greens, spinach and radish this year lol you must have been sending me a telepathic message or something. Thanks for the cabbage info. I have them planted now and would have removed the plants if you didn't post this. Do you think it might work with brussel sprouts?
8 years ago
I'm a scratch cook and use quite a few measure cups, spoons, bowls spatulas pots and pans.I clean as I go and do dishes pretty much the same way as Paul.It's convenient and takes less time than the dishwasher not to mention the dishwasher detergent or rinse agent, not sure which, left my glass items scratched looking and my metal and plastic items with a white deposit on it that I needed to take of with brillow pads and a lot of elbow grease. I have to LOL because my dear husband delivers and installs appliances but I choose to wash dishes by hand
8 years ago
this looks like good info for diagnosing problems but I don't know if this site offers any organic could try identifying the problem then searching for an organic solution using the search bar HTH
8 years ago
There's always a way to cut the cost of transportation of food grown locally....who says you have to drive anywhere? A bicycle  with a cart on wheels hitched to the back would work just fine thank you very much.
Even if we do drive to the farmers market we still save by not driving to the doc's office once we get sick from eating mass amounts of chemicals that are not good for us over a long period of time.Yes, I know, the government says that this level of that chemical is safe in this food or that is safe for human consumption but it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that when these chemicals are in every single thing you put into your mouth the levels rise and the chemicals change the way our bodies function.                                         

grocery store apple...approximately $1.39/lb

wild apple I can pick by walking about 300 yards from my home (it's not on private property) $0

my child's health and well being.....priceless.

I realize not everyone has a wild option to turn to and has to buy from others or grow their own so it would cost something but it's MVHO that we should limit the harmful chemicals we consume/are exposed to in every area that we are able.
My personal permie view says that I can't just take one point into consideration such as transportation cost. I have to look at the whole picture and hopefully make the best choice for my family and for the planet.
8 years ago
Not sure if this is what you are looking for but hope it helps

Based on the ASTM densities, this gives you no Portland cement, 270 lbs of hydrated lime and 1,620 lbs of sand.

To put together a single cubic yard of lime mortar, you need to buy:

No bags of Portland cement

5.4 bags of hydrated lime (50 lb bags)

0.81 tons of sand.......from

there are a lot of mortar recipes at that link.
8 years ago
forgot to add that I don't know what kind of damage the ants are doing but whatever it is seems to be to the corn on the outer edge of the garden...the plants aren't showing any outward signs of major damage but I'm hoping they stick to those stalks and leave the rest be just in case.
8 years ago