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    Lemon curd

    Extra eggs time of year so I make lemon curd. I've been using Alton Brown's recipe last several times. Ingredients 5 egg yolks 1 cup sugar 4 lemons, zested and juiced 1 stick butter, cut into pats and chilled Directions Add enough water to a medium saucepan to come about 1-inch up the side...
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    Wintergreen

    First I'm from the northwest and wintergreen isn't native here. I want to use it to make tea so hopefully someone here can help. Ive read that the leaves need to be fermented for 3 days before drying to make good tea. Do you do this like you do for actual tea leaves? Roll in your hands and keep...
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    Lip Gloss

    I decided to make my nieces something beside the chapstick for fun. Went searching and found many recipes that were similar to each other but were just oils and didn't leave any shine on lips when tested. Vegetable glycerin fixes that issue. This one works pretty well. Glass roll on bottles are...
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    Whipped Body Butter

    I made this last year and didn't care for it as it's too oily for my skin. However, Mom loved it. It helped heal up a dry patch on her elbow and does wonders for her hands. I got a request to make her more as she's almost out and has started using it on Dad as well. Simple whipped body butter...
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    Natural Easter Egg Dyes

    Decided I was finally going to try natural dyes for eggs this year. Natural dyes can be scratched off if not careful until fully dried. I put a coffee filter on bottom of bowls I used for dying so that their wasn't a white spot where the egg sat on bottom. I do not have any white layers so all...
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    Great Backyard Bird Count

    Friday is the Great Backyard Bird Count. It helps judge the populations of wild birds. It happens once a year world wide. http://gbbc.birdcount.org
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    Home dyeing

    I've been experimenting with natural dyeing. I'm making some beeswax bowl wraps and figured I could practice dyeing on them first. I mordanted some sections of tea towels I cut to size in alum. Mordants help make the color stay in the fabric but also effect it's shade. I've been using food...
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    Homemade lotion

    Anyone have any good lotion recipes? I tried one tonight. So the lotion recipe I found is a bit different than most of the store ones. More oily, but I can actually use this unlike the body butter. The added water helps put a thinner layer that actually soaks into my skin. I can smell the...
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    Wound ointments

    Story of me being stupid. I was wearing flip flops out in the chicken pen while rat hunting. Stomped one and it bit me good. Broke off it's bottom teeth in me. ER visit and they had to cut one out. Now need to heal up. I know honey helps. I'm thinking an ointment with comfrey for the healing...
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    PNW Smoke Salmon

    Hubby went fishing so I have a bit of sockeye salmon to deal with. I filleted it and pulled the bones. It's in the dry brine now and will be smoked tomorrow. The spine and collars are also being brined since they are a treat in their own right. This works for trout and steelhead as well. I'm...
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    Dermatitis

    I know it's been a bit since I posted. Life has been life. Everyone here is one of the best sounding boards for things that I know of. First background for the issue. So my 5 year old niece has some issues with dermatitis. Nasty patch behind her knee that embarrasses her. It's thick,dry...
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    What's for dinner?

    I noticed we don't have a thread to show some of the neat things we make for meals. So post them on up here. Here's todays for me. One of the local restaurant supply had packs of beef tri-tip on sale. There were 4 of them in the pack. Nice sized fat cap, which is usually removed amywhere else...
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    Wild carrots

    Someone posted this lovely picture on one of the forums I frequent. It got me remembering that the news covered someone who got hemlock poisoning here a few years ago because they had planted wild carrot seed in the garden and thought the seed had just drifted. Hemlock is a noxious weed here. As...
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    Kombucha

    I love kombucha. Hubby is not such a fan of it. When fermenting it, I use half gallon jars because they are easy to deal with. Just run through the dishwasher to clean. I use coffee filters for airflow and cover just because we still had a ton of them from the old coffee pot. Cheap no pull...
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    Ice cream alternatives

    I get in the mood for ice cream every now and then, but I don't keep any in the house to prevent temptation. So I'd started doing what are basically smoothies, but what my husband thought was a milkshake. Well it does have milk in it sometimes depending on mood. In a blender I start with...
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    How do you skin your potatoes?

    Was in a discussion with some friends about peeling potatoes. Again. This was a friendly conversation and now I'm curious. How do you all remove the skins? I've been paring them with a knife since I was 7 for at least one meal a day. Lots of practice makes for fast thin peels. The only time...
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    Poultry Picture Thread

    I was thinking, we should all post pictures of some of our birds and what breeds they are. Give people ideas on what people keep. My multi-purpose birds are my ameraucanas. They are hardy and lay 3-4 nice blue large eggs a week. Meat production is just ok since they aren't really large birds...
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    Steam canning

    Did anyone else notice last year when the University of Wisconsin tested and put out steam canning recommendations? http://fyi.uwex.edu/safepreserving/2015/06/24/safe-preserving-using-an-atmospheric-steam-canner/ I've been talking about getting one for years since they use so much less...
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    Hinotori's house

    So this will most likely just be a bunch of pictures. I've been playing around with the camera a lot. I have quite a few chickens. Partridge silkies, wheaten ameraucana, and some random hatchery birds for eggs. I'm regularly abused by the two cats. They go out and do their job taking care of...
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    Homemade Chapstick

    With the colder weather here I've been drying out a lot so I decided to make some very simple chapstick. The chapstick was a super easy recipe. 2 tablespoons each of an oil, a solid fat, and beeswax. Flavor oils are optional but it only called for a drop. With the even ratio I just weighed out...
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