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Homemaking, Food & Gardening / Re: What's For Dinner?
« Last post by angelface555 on Today at 06:22:22 PM »
Cooking Light's Instant Pot Applesauce With Pears

If you’re looking for a fun fall way to use your Instant Pot, look no further: Nothing is tastier than homemade applesauce using seasonally fresh ingredients. You can leave it a little chunky (perfect for spooning over top waffles) or process it with an immersion blender, for a smoother taste.

Active Time 10 Mins
Total Time 20 Mins
Serves 10 (serving size: about 1/2 cup)

2 pounds Bartlett pears (about 4)
2 pounds Gala apples (about 4)
1 pound Cripps Pink apple, also called Pink Lady (about 2)
1/4 cup water
2 lemon peel strips (from 1 lemon)
1/4 cup lemon juice (from 1 lemon)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
2 cinnamon sticks

How to Make It
Peel half of the pears and apples. Discard cores and cut into 1/2-inch pieces. Stir together apples, pears and remaining ingredients in an instant pot. Lock the lid in place; turn the pressure release valve to seal. Program instant pot to cook on manual, at high pressure, and cook for 5 minutes. Turn valve to quick release steam until float valve drops. Carefully remove the lid and discard lemon peel and cinnamon sticks. Remove applesauce and place in a medium bowl. Serve warm or chill in the refrigerator to serve cold.

Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for November 15, 2018
« Last post by Shirley on Today at 06:06:53 PM »
We've also had a "better than predicted" day here in central Kansas, too, Callie.  The pool guy came & finished that job, sure hope he's as good as he says  :-\  ... I thought this trip was paid for up front.... but he handed me a bill for about $350. for extra chemicals, ets... & I'd paid him over $2,000 for the new cover when I was writing checks for the pool re-plaster/new tile job.  Besides the new fence around the pool & all this extra, certainly is a shame not a single person went swimming this summer.  Nobody wanted to clean it after so that's how it stood.  No clean up, no invite!  Will have to get rid of this place one of these years, the maintenance is outrageous & I am jealous of the time it takes for ME to keep up with it.  Choices, choices. Will stop the whining for now.......supposed to be even warmer tomorrow, cooler over the week end but pretty nice all next week.  My daughter said St.Louis had a lot of snow today. Not much wind here & sun is bright, I just caught myself going out to close one of the gates... with no shoes on. 

Got to bake that German Chocolate cake this evening, I'll store it in the frig in the RV, can  take shelves out.  Thought it would work just leaving it on the table out there but not with the sun warming up the inside like I'm sure it did today. My daughter's husband & youngest son are driving in tomorrow, he's bringing back the huge stock pot I make the turkey/noodles in.  Sent it back with her last year or year before, saying that "I've retired from that job".  She never used it & somehow I got stuck with the job again this year, so maybe I need to donate that stock pot to one of the main charities, (it's that big). I really do want to retire... latest count about 25 for the meal & one couple will be away on a cruise, so normal count is 27, I think.  We only had 3 kids!!!

Jane, you are one great mother/grand & all rolled into one... for making those goodies for all your family (and friends).  I also have a load of the kitchen towels waiting to be washed.  Long ago I decided to give up & put all hand towels in the kitchen because I never could convince my husband to "go wash his hands" in the utility room bathroom (just a few steps around the corner)... but it was handier to do that at the sink.  I am a compulsive hand washer when cooking so can totally soak a few towels at each meal, took some of the bath towels that matched the kitchen colors & they became kitchen towels, works for me, & I have a whole load to wash every other day. This week has been wild so have several loads of laundry waiting to do.

Larry, when the kids were little I discovered you could buy room darkener shades the mounted inside the frame of windows so when pulled down they didn't allow any light to escape through.  They had aluminum inside the white textured outsides & fit inside the drapes in the kids bedrooms... life savers!  Can't remember where I bought them, but I would measure the exact size of the glass part of the windows & they cut them to fit.  Now that I'm alone, I can fall asleep any time I lay down, day or night! 

Lloyd, my family thought it was "the best food ever" when I bought whipping cream for fruit salad for Thanksgiving dinner. Had oranges cut up, apples, grapes, bananas, pears, lots of pecans & sweet whipping cream.  Not going to make it this year.

Hummmm, have the crew putting in the high speed AT&T working outside my fence right now... they don't seem to have any problem hopping over my 5' wrought iron fence. I opened the gate for them the other day & they promised they would put the locks back on when they were done... with a pool you don't take chances, even though there is another 5' fence around it, that fence doesn't have padlocks on it... got home from the store & not only didn't they LOCK the gate, it was standing wide open, didn't bother to put the latch down over the bar.  I'm not going out today, they can jump it if they need~~ I will bend over backwards to help anyone but don't get lied to but once. 

Guess I'd better get busy, got a cake to bake.  Gloria & Gloria de.... I took magazines this last couple years, still like the "hard copies" so I can stop & go back over what is really interesting, & got the free cooking magazines that I thought my "girls" would fight over.... not so, stack of Rachael Ray, & the other main cooking mag... with lots of recipes... NOBODY wants them!  I will take them to the doctors office & sent a whole bunch of the Outdoor Life & men magazines to the retirement places.  People MY age still read paper books & not online or on their phones!!!  I'm not looking for any new recipes, everyone wants what they remember from the old days. I like the hunting & fishing magazines as well as Popular Science.... but my kids only read online or on their phones.  Used to be the sports magazines would have articles about wildlife artists, I did my share of painting wildlife.... but mostly nothing but advertising the last 20 years in most magazines.

Today I fixed my roast beef meat spread (cook the roast, grind & freeze in baggies) I add the pickle relish, Miracle Whip, chopped onions, chopped celery, diced hard boiled eggs when want to eat...  mix together & it makes one layer with slices of tomatos on that layer... had cut up turkey breast & cheese with horseradish mustard on the other layer, white bread on outside with inside layer of oatnut ... & switched breads on the other sandwich... served with chips to the pool guys.  I made extra so my daughter took some over to Andy (.. since he can't drive...) she wanted just the meat spread so she could eat her "bread calories" used up with some kind of apple pies that are fresh baked at this one store.  I enjoy feeding people & even other critters.  ;)

Wishing all a happy day tomorrow.... Amy, I planned to get the snow blower out of the shed when the pool guys got the cover out, but I hadn't had time to clean a spot in the garage for the blower (it is a big dude).... so hope we don't get a big snow before I get that job done, the shovel I use is worn out & I don't like the fiberglass one that Cas liked (but never used), it is too heavy before lifting the snow!  Ah, well, always tomorrow, right?

Town Talk / Re: Norms Bait and Tackle
« Last post by Marilyne on Today at 05:03:05 PM »
Patricia - I wish I could go with you to Dora's for Thanksgiving! I'd be glad to bring whatever dish she requested, and then just enjoy everyone else's contributions.  Our older daughter will be staying here, and will help me with whatever we decide to prepare or buy ready to eat, so I shouldn't complain.  I think it's just the planning, purchasing, preparing, and all the hassle that ensues! (I hope you have a big enough freezer for those three turkeys?)
Photos and More / Re: Photos Old and New
« Last post by Shirley on Today at 04:49:19 PM »
Bubble, how I would love for my great grand and your grand, Aviv, to spend time together.... no doubt they would stir up enough mischief to keep parents in a tizzy for weeks after!  I'll bet you "egg him on" and teach him new tricks, right?  The kids wear uniforms where Jace goes to school, navy pants & white knit shirts.... the girls wear plaid, pleated skirts with white knit shirts.  Amelia (the little troll doll with all the hair) is in pre school so doesn't have to wear uniforms....yet. Cute shirts & logos, so fun to watch them grow up, isn't it? 
Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for November 15, 2018
« Last post by CallieOK on Today at 04:38:46 PM »
Beautiful day in central Oklahoma. 

Did errands this mornng and came home to have lunch.  Then decided to finish pot garden cleanup and have lunch before going to grocery store.

  I thought I would get there in between lunch hours and "pick up school kids" time.  Apparently, a lot of other people thought the same thing!  Store was packed!!   

However, I was able to get everything I need for Thanksgiving dinner "assignment" and most of holiday treats.  :thumbup:

  My feet and ankles are telling me I've definitely used up my "allotted" (according to podiatrist) walking/standing time for the day.

Hope Everyfriend Everywhere is having an Enjoyable day.

Leisure Activities / Re: Classical Corner
« Last post by Vanilla-Jackie on Today at 04:32:29 PM »
Don * Sending * Belated * Birthday * Wishes
Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for November 15, 2018
« Last post by JaneS on Today at 03:58:52 PM »
I've been going like a "house afire" ever since I was in here earlier today.  I made it to the store and back before the snow started and I was just getting started on forming the PB Cup centers when it started to snow.  And it's been snowing ever since.  It's not predicted to stop until sometime in the wee hours of the morning.  They're saying between 4 and 5 a.m.   Gonna be a lotta snow!

I finished shaping and making the PB cups today.  They are not packed in the bags yet but my plan is to do that tonight.  I guess I was a candy lady today.  Is that better than a Dippy Lady or a Bag Lady?  Unfortunately, I'll be turning into a bag lady tonight if I pack the PB cups.  Not so bad for a days work! 

And I also have a load of towels in the washer.  I seem to go through a lot of them when I make candy and I'm totally out of dish towels.  I've brought a couple of bathroom hand towels (clean ones) to the kitchen until I can get the laundry done.

I'm also going to have to get my boots, etc. on and make my way to the shed.  I forgot that I was going to need my snow shovel when they predicted the snow.  My neighbor across the street always snow blows my driveway but if it gets very deep, I'll have to shovel a spot for the doggies to use so they don't get buried.

I don't think the electrician is going to make it today.  At least, if I were the electrician, I wouldn't make it.  Another day lost!  I think I'll join the doggies and close my eyes and see what happens.  Could feel good!  What better to do during a snow storm?

Take care, my friends!  Enjoy your day, whatever you do with it!
Town Talk / Re: Norms Bait and Tackle
« Last post by angelface555 on Today at 03:15:35 PM »
Good morning from a now snowy Interior as we received seven inches overnight with probably three to four inches remaining. It is presently minus five with an expected high today of plus seven. We are not due for more snow until Monday.

Marilyne, I'm fine, just a series of appointments out, visit with friends and some early Christmas shopping or hunting and gathering as Callie always put it. This morning Dora and I went grocery shopping, and we both received free turkeys as they had a spend a certain amount to get a free one deal.

 We weren't particularly going for it, but it was a pleasant surprise! I had purchased one small one the other day and received another small one in a Thanksgiving gift basket from one of the local sorority chapters for everyone living here. So, my freezer is full!

I'm making a cranberry, orange, raspberry whole berry relish for Thanksgiving at Dora's this year as she requested it. She is like a general with her lists. There will be about ten of us there, and everyone has an assigned a role.

 She keeps a small binder with lists for every endeavor, and I'm sure Thanksgiving wouldn't dare to be less than Perfect. She's very caring and loving with family and friends, but those lists are so much a part of her.

Joy, I'm glad your procedure went well, and now you will have the holidays free. It sounds as if everyone is doing well and planning family Thanksgivings!
Village Clubhouse~Place For Fun! / Re: Follow That Name
« Last post by Amy on Today at 03:12:10 PM »
Spencer Silver

Spencer Ferguson Silver is an American chemist who, together with Arthur Fry, invented Post-it notes in 1970.
Village Clubhouse~Place For Fun! / Re: Six letter Word Game
« Last post by Amy on Today at 03:07:54 PM »
Travel   is tricky in the rain.
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