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by LBR
Wed Jul 09, 2008 10:35 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Stevia fans???
Replies: 42
Views: 11186

Re: Stevia fans???

I've never tried to dry and grind the leaves. Have used powdered stevia and stevia extract. I like to eat the leaves right from the plant. I've heard the leaves are sweeter when dried. Might be nice in cookies. This is my first year growing them. I'm hoping they'll flower so I can grow some from see...
by LBR
Wed Jul 09, 2008 7:41 pm
Forum: 101 Uses For
Topic: 101 professions for a self-sufficientish, thinking person
Replies: 121
Views: 61250

101 professions for a self-sufficientish, thinking person

Have found the thread on what "normal" folks' reactions are to selfsufficientishers very interesting. I'd like to know what sort of work we all do. Are there professions that are well suited to the selfsuffiecientish value system? So many jobs require wearing binding clothes, being in artificial, po...
by LBR
Wed Jul 09, 2008 7:21 pm
Forum: Eco Products and Innovations
Topic: carpet sweeper out performs hoover
Replies: 6
Views: 2480

Re: carpet sweeper out performs hoover

I have one I got from a garage sale that picks up surface stuff. My 45-year-old Sears-and-Roebuck canister vacuum cleaner works well enough for my carpeting. I think carpet sweepers are very nifty. I do like how quiet they are, and have no cords!
by LBR
Wed Jul 09, 2008 5:13 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: too many egg whites
Replies: 5
Views: 1010

Re: too many egg whites

Here's a link with some ideas and recipes for such things as angel food cake, frittatas....

http://www.gourmetsleuth.com/leftovereggwhites.htm

Maybe something'll strike your fancy.
by LBR
Wed Jul 09, 2008 5:11 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: would you vote for an independent Scotland?
Replies: 22
Views: 1250

Re: would you vote for an independent Scotland?

Yep. I don't know all the ins and outs of history. The answer's just there. Here's my "yea" for the tally.
by LBR
Wed Jul 09, 2008 5:03 pm
Forum: Wild Foods and Foraging
Topic: self suffiency, what turned your head??
Replies: 50
Views: 10842

Re: self suffiency, what turned your head??

No one specific thing. Tent camping was the way we went on a vacation when I was a child. We had enough to eat, to wear, to read, etc. growing up, and I took music lessons. There was enough for a treat now and then, but not for indulgent living in any way. Fancy and freedom just don't go hand in han...
by LBR
Wed Jul 09, 2008 4:40 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: yogurt
Replies: 1
Views: 250

Re: yogurt

All starters either lose their starting power or go rancid at some point. I use a teaspoon of yoghurt in the bottom of each yoghurt cup and mix in scalded milk (which has been somewhat cooled) in the yoghurt cups, put the lids on, cover the machine, and plug in the machine for a few hours. If I forg...
by LBR
Wed Jul 09, 2008 4:37 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Stevia fans???
Replies: 42
Views: 11186

Re: Stevia fans???

As far as I know, unless you're in a very warm climate, the stevia needs to spend the winter indoors. http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/316/ In hardiness zones 9 and higher, it will be a perennial. I bought plants and am growing them in containers on my deck. I'm in hardiness zone 7b (some maps sa...
by LBR
Mon Jul 07, 2008 9:00 pm
Forum: Eco Parenting
Topic: Laundry balls
Replies: 9
Views: 1848

Re: Laundry balls

My experience was that they seemed to work the first or second time and not thereafter. Figured this was due to the residue of laundry liquid in the clothes and in the machine. Don't know if it was the brand I had, or if they are a scam, or what.
by LBR
Mon Jul 07, 2008 8:57 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: What music are you people into?
Replies: 18
Views: 1501

Re: What music are you people into?

The Richards: Strauss and Wagner, with occasional visits to earlier periods.

Once in a while, folk or country, pre-1970s.

Mostly I like to listen to the wind blowing, the leaves brushing up against the house, the birds in the morning, and the soothing sound of my air purifier destroying icky things.
by LBR
Mon Jul 07, 2008 8:15 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Making cheese with cream
Replies: 11
Views: 1107

Re: Making cheese with cream

Clara, this sounds great. What do you do with the whey?
by LBR
Mon Jul 07, 2008 7:35 pm
Forum: 101 Uses For
Topic: 101 things to cheer up the winter blues
Replies: 24
Views: 7840

Re: 101 things to cheer up the winter blues

47. Bake gingerbread and eat it hot with whipped cream. 48. Sort books and play favorite music. 49. Watch charming old movies. 50. Give away something to someone who'd really appreciate it. 51. Volunteer at a soup kitchen. 52. Make something to give to a stranger and then go find someone and give it...
by LBR
Mon Jul 07, 2008 7:30 pm
Forum: 101 Uses For
Topic: 101 pressies to make!
Replies: 27
Views: 7576

Re: 101 pressies to make!

Lip balm Dry skin salve Medicinal salves Crocheted lap blankets, leg warmers, scarves Special baked goods Home-made meal for someone on a special diet Haircuts Back rubs Doing a chore for someone that s/he usually does and doesn't care for Write a poem or song in honor of someone and read/sing it to...
by LBR
Mon Jul 07, 2008 7:25 pm
Forum: 101 Uses For
Topic: 101 uses for glass yoghurt pots - help wanted please
Replies: 12
Views: 9241

Re: 101 uses for glass yoghurt pots - help wanted please

For storing and displaying crochet hooks, colored pencils, paint brushes, and the like.

For mixing paints.

If you could find lids, they'd be great to fill with all sorts or things and give as presents.
With potpourri
herbs
candies
salves
love notes....