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  2. Mackie

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    oh dear about the hazelnuts … we have a tiny hazelnut bush in a pot in the garden - a squirrel planted it last winder.
  3. bess

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    Now I'm hungry
  4. bess

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    I knew what you meant A recipe would say Remove skins by (whatever means). Yes a bother to do but sooooo improves flavour Hazelnuts in short supply here. Used to be lots and inexpensive then there was a blight to the trees on the island and I think also Oregon , Washington.
  5. Mackie

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    hmmmmmmm … sounds delish. The maple syrup ones are a favorite with the family (and the neighbors, as the whole house is smelling lovely when I do them ) Last night (when I should have been going to bed, actually … ) I roasted and peeled hazelnuts for two cookie recipes. Both recipes are coming down from my mum, but I added the roasting and peeling. Makes the cookies even better even though it is a bother. Do you say peeling with nuts?
  6. Yesterday
  7. bess

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    oooh it is a lovely combination. i buy fresh or frozen berries, the dried ones only seem to taste like raisins to me but I chopped them tiny (they were frozen, i used a chopper whuzzer thingie ) and mixed with finely chopped walnuts to add to the basic cookie mix, any will do depending on how one likes one's cookies Today I used one without leavening, as for shortbread. The berries gave a pink tinge to the dough, the taste is delicate and if I keep typing here I won't be tempted to i must make the maple syrup again too :puts-maple-syrup-on-shopping-list:
  8. Mackie

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    cranberries and walnut? you try it and lt us know I am going to do the maple syrup ones again, too
  9. bess

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    cookies? COOKIES?! reminds me i found a cookie recipe to try w/cranberries and walnuts. i will do that
  10. Mackie

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    yes, no sense in getting sick to save a few $s ... Funny how you share a storm and still both get the whole one, isn't it ... I am making cookies. Spent most of yesterday working on an embroidery project only to realize there is no chance to finish it for Christmas … so it goes on the shelf to be finished some other time. (It is a "saying" in our family - and among workmen - "Nach fest kommt ab", meaning, once you tighten something too much it breaks. My "technical" brother is saying that a lot.
  11. bess

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    how nice that Nature doesn't recognize borders. we shared that storm good idea to toss the iffy foods and stock up at Trader Joe's
  12. Goli

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    Er, once i got the rescued stuff back home, i rethought it - the time the power was out was just too long, and at least one thing smelt "iffy", So i wound up throwing everything out, and i'll be off to Trader Joe's for replacements in a little while. There's really not much sense in taking a chance on getting sick. If it had been colder in the house, i probably wouldn't have worried, but it was warm enough in the house that i hadn't even had the upstairs (where the kitchen is) heat turned on. Our power company had started off with about 100,000 customers out. So they go with the major outages in the bigger areas and major problems and work their way down. Ours was only the one little pocket of about 200 in the back half of my neighborhood. And it was simple enough to fix it, but it did need a truck taken off something else, or dispatched when one of the bigger problems (like live downed lines, downed poles, tree limbs about to pull down other lines, etc. was taken care of). By the time they got around to us, they had gotten all but 8,000 or so back online.
  13. bess

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    garsh, thanks I might send something like this card around the world some time. when our posties are back to normal work. so not these days
  14. Goli

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    Lovely on all counts - the cards look wonderful, and the key idea may not be totally unique, but the result is gorgeous
  15. bess

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    Although I can cope it is tiresome. stormy weather, trees and power lines don't mix. If someone builds an efficient wind generator for the home I'm in
  16. bess

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    It is the leftover yarn from the sweater! I am knitting a cowl to join to itself at the grey row. There are a few beads knit in. I've not done that before. paper person too Learning and making the cards was so much fun! erm... after the party I collected everyone's cracker papers to make into boxes or something. Too pretty to get rid. The key idea is probably all over Pinterest. Just new to me
  17. Mackie

    At the movies

    Definitely one to return to
  18. Mackie

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    wah! no fun. Good thing with the friend and the freezer, Goli. It must be so totally annoying to have these recurrent outages.
  19. Mackie

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    The "jewelry" is such a fun idea! But I really love your card, bess. I am a paper person. And what is being knitted there? It looks like the sweater you are wearing …? But you cannot knit it and wear it at the same time?
  20. bess

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    There is that. Assuming someone does... If lots of outages could be a wait. Or all the crews went home early Good you have it back, and to have the helpful friend. My house got so cold it was like a walk-in, walk-around fridge tea time on the grid again
  21. Last week
  22. bess

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    One of my art-y friends makes pendants from blank keys and "jewels" - on this one a ruby button and some inexpensive wedding bindi. And some 16 faced Turkish map fold cards by me. With gold snow
  23. Goli

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    Our power went out a little after six last evening and didn't come back on until about half an hour ago - 1:00 p.m. or so. One of my friends with power was kind enough to let me take a couple of bags of stuff out of my refrigerator this morning and store them for me (a few things, we thought we'd better dump}. We didn't even see a power truck until about an hour ago - the estimate before that was power back at 4:00 a.m. TOMORROW MORNING THAT was irritating, because when i went out and walked around, i could see that there weren't any poles down, and only about half my neighborhood was out, so it had to be a line or something that is usually fixable pretty quickly. Assuming someone comes out.
  24. bess

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    yerss... last night and getting cold, no heat since the morning then i went to bed and then the power came back on! so now piecing together where i left off ... heading over to A & C...
  25. Mackie

    At the movies

    Well, I finally did! such a wonderful film.
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