General Discussion, Monday, April 2, 2018

Tulips near the village of Grolloo in Drenthe Province, Netherlands

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  1. MaryfromMarin says:

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  2. nyetneetot says:

    Mornin’ stella! (Smiter of those that ought to be smote) 😎 🍸 (Long Island Iced Tea)
    Mornin’ WeeWeed! (Master Mixologist Extrodinare) 😎 🍸 (Old Fashioned)
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    Mornin’ Ad rem! (Queen Felis catus) 🐱 🍸 (Flaming Lamborghini)
    Mornin’ Sharon! 😎 🍸 🍸 (earthquake)
    Mornin’ ytz4mee! 😎 🍸 (cosmopolitan)
    Mornin’ waltzingmtilda! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (white wine and perrier)
    Mornin’ partyzantski! πŸ™‚ |_| (Tom Collins)
    Mornin’ texan59! πŸ™‚ |_| (Black & Tan)
    Mornin’ ZurichMike! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (fuzzy navel)
    Mornin’ Col.(R) Ken! (hand salute) πŸ™‚ |_| (Boilermaker)
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    Mornin’ czarowniczy! πŸ™‚ |_| (Wild Turkey Rare Breed)
    Mornin’ letjusticeprevail2014! πŸ™‚ |_| (Irish Car Bomb)
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    Mornin’ Wooly Covfefe! (aka “Wooly Phlox” aka “taqiyyologist”) πŸ™‚ |_| (Roy Rogers)
    Mornin’ Howie! (aka “doodahdaze”) πŸ™‚ |_| (Classic Daiquiri)
    Mornin’ TwoLaine! πŸ™‚ |_| (Gin & Tonic)
    Mornin’ Sha! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Lemon Drop)
    Mornin’ BigMamaTEA! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Harvey Wallbanger)
    Mornin’ cetera5! (aka “Cetera”) πŸ™‚ |_| (Blackberry wine)
    Mornin’ The Tundra PA! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Gentleman Jack Whiskey Sling)
    Mornin’ lovely! πŸ™‚ |_| (Backdraft)
    Mornin’ michellc! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Salty dog)
    Mornin’ auscitizenmom! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Kiss on the Lips)
    Mornin’ Margaret-Ann! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (White Russian)
    Mornin’ Auntie Lib! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Tom and Jerry)
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    Mornin’ Pam! πŸ™‚ (Not even water)
    Mornin’ Ms.Tee! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Mojito)
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    Mornin’ Monroe! πŸ™‚ |_| (Stinger)
    Mornin’ Les! πŸ™‚ |_| (Rusty Nail)
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    Mornin’ MTeresa! (Ex-lurker) πŸ™‚ |_| (Albanian Raki Moskat)
    Mornin’ rheavolans! (aka “Rhea Salacia Volans”) πŸ™‚ |_| (Hot Buttered Rum)
    Mornin’ joshua! πŸ™‚ |_| (Mudslide)
    Mornin’ John Denney! πŸ™‚ |_| (RumChata)
    Mornin’ litenmaus! πŸ™‚ |_| (Stolichnaya elit, no ice)
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    Mornin’ TwoLaine! πŸ™‚ |_| (Smoking Bishop)
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    Mornin’ Gary! πŸ™‚ |_| (Yuengling)
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    Mornin’ Lucille! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Peach Schnapps)
    Mornin’ Lburg! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Lburg lemonade)
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    Mornin’ skipper1961! πŸ™‚ |_| (Brompton’s Cocktail – No cherry, no umbrella, no plastic monkey)
    Mornin’ mightyconservative! πŸ™‚ |_| (Benjamin Franklin’s clarified milk punch)
    Mornin’ whiners and complainers! πŸ˜› (No drink for you!)
    Mornin’ to people posting that I missed. 😳
    Mornin’ to all you lurkers! πŸ˜•

    Also just in case someday; mornin’ to Elvis Chupacabra, F.D.R. in Hell and sundance! :mrgreen:

    Breakfast!

    NEW and IMPROVED breakfast with extra bacon for ZurichMike!

    Doughnuts for coffee!

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  3. lovely says:

    Beautiful dreamlike photos Stella.

    When we lived in Ohio I used to take my girls to Oglebay Park in WV, we had a yearly pass every year because it was so much fun, not crowded and built with kids in mind.

    One of my vivid memories from there is the beautiful tulips that blossomed every spring.

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    • Lburg says:

      Good Morning Lovely!

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    • So pretty! I bought a hibiscus plant last week and the color of the blooms is called sunrise. It’s the most gorgeous shade of coral. I’m having fun with flowers this year as I also bought a pink azalea plant in honor of my grandmother. She always had azaleas in her yard. There are some other flowers I bought in a variety of Easter colors, but I’m hoping my azalea and hibiscus do well for a long time. I had a hibiscus last year with deep pinky red flowers, last year, that just bloomed and bloomed. My skills in keeping plants alive seem to be improving!

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    • MaryfromMarin says:

      I love the sun shining through the petals. Thank you for posting this, lovely.

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      • lovely says:

        Thanks Mary, I’m guessing it was in one of their advertisements. It was a lot of fun back in the day when we would go there. It was really kid friendly 20 years ago, now I guess it is more of a yuppie place.

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  4. stella says:

    President Donald J. Trump’s schedule for April 2nd, 2018:
    Β· White House Easter Egg Roll Breakfast Reception
    Β· White House Easter Egg Roll
    Β· Meeting with National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow

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  5. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ y’all!

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  6. czarowniczy says:

    Is it only me or is anyone else seeing ‘likes’ from someone/a site with a Russia extension? Have we too been hacked? Mueller, where are you when we need you?

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  7. G-d&Country says:

    Morning Everyone,hope you had a nice Easter πŸ™‚
    Today’s paintin is “The Sun”, which to me looks like a Ressurection image.

    The artist, Edvard Munch is best known for his painting “The Scream”,wich is too bad in a way because he had many other different paintings than just that.

    Below is one of the little Easter cards I cleaned up. This one had staining, foxing,and discoloration from age, but it cleaned up nicely. You have to somewhat guess at what the original color was before fading and the browning of age discolored it.

    Have a great day everyone! πŸ™‚

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    • G-d&Country says:

      β€œThe Scream,wHich is too bad” – I don’t know why I have a harder time seeing the font while typing in the comment box – but the typos sure pop right up when it’s posted!

      I noticed also in transferring the image from my computer to imgur to here, detail in shading on the orchids was lost 😦

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    • Menagerie says:

      Today’s paintin is β€œThe Sun”, which to me looks like a Ressurection image.

      That was just exactly what I thought before I even scrolled all the way down to see the whole picture. Thanks, it’s so beautiful.

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    • Thank you, G & C! Have a beautiful day!

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  8. Menagerie says:

    stella, Mary, and lovely, thanks for the tulips. They are my favorite flower. If I ever live somewhere with enough sun I am going to plant loads of them. They make me happy.

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  9. facebkwallflower says:

    Morning! Hope all had blessed Easter.

    Anyone notice how in the invasion caravan pics and videos the woman are without coats and in tank tops WHILE many men in pics are in jackets/coats? Methinks this is to hide gang tats from the cameras; does not appear those in the back are β€œcoated up”. Maybe not, though. Probably just need to look at more pics/vids to find I am incorrect. . .

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      I have a question. These are INVADERS. Why does PTrump need to ask Congress for anything? Why doesn’t he just declare an emergency, which is what it is? Of course, who knows what he has in mind. {sigh}

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      • facebkwallflower says:

        Oh, I don’t think he is asking permission os any kind. I think will do whatever he can constitutionally do without Congress but is using tweets likes this to prepare minds, including Congress, to eliminate anchor baby citizenship.

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    • I was reading a post this morning that was suggesting that with so many being men and not as many women and children, possibly some of them are ISIS or some other group that’s infiltrated the hordes. We already know that some of them have come through that way in the past, so it wouldn’t be surprising.

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    • lovely says:

      Happy belated Easter facebkwallflower.

      The women are there to be placed in front of the men when they try and invade the United States. Just like the Muslims.

      I’ll bet you are 100% right about the gang tattoos.

      President Trump needs to issue an order just like Mayor Daley. Three words was all it took. “Shoot to kill.” . We have a sacred right to defend our people and our borders.

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  10. WeeWeed says:

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  11. Menagerie says:

    Stella, the lamb was excellent. Everyone loved it, fortunately I had carved off a little for us to have here because two of the sons caried off the few slices left. They really tore into it, and I think one or two of them were very cautious about whether they would like lamb. One of the kids even liked it.

    In addition to the gravy recipe you gave with it, I used a little of the drippings as a base and made a very liquid glaze with a ginger jelly on a whim, so they had a couple of choices. Thanks for sending me that recipe, it was so good.

    Sadie was very proud to show off her bread, and quite taken with the end result of it. She had to go home before the bread was baked. So, she thought it was really cool that we were having something she helped with for a special dinner.

    Her grandfather and I feel pretty confident she’s already hooked on cooking. He’s already plotting to get her to make him peach cobbler, which I have refused to do again for over 40 years. Let’s just say that the one time he was dumb enough to make fun of a spectacular failure cost him. Plus, he had to remove the upper element from the oven and scrape off the biscuit topping that blew up onto it. πŸ˜€

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  12. czarowniczy says:

    Well, here ya gioes, folks, unassailable proof from none less than Harvard that the obesity epidemic in the US’s minority population is OUR fault, not a matter of their choices. https://dash.harvard.edu/bitstream/handle/1/31771242/MCSG_We%20already%20own%20-%20Revision%204%2C%20Jan.%202014.pdf?sequence=3
    The first few paragraphs are glaring examples of Left-speak, perfect storms of Leftist-apologist reassignment of blame from the actors to the people supporting them. So lithe, fit and possessors of a normative body illegally enter into the US and – POW – this ‘structurally vulnerable population’ gets run over by the ‘politico-moral dynamics of biocitizenship’…or some such bullship.
    I can remember back in the late 60s when we did some work with the local ‘welfare’ office as they were trying to teach the burgeoning Mexican population in the area on how to cook healthy using the ‘commodities’ and food stamps they were getting. It was largely a failure as they doggedly stuck to their traditional carb-heavy diets, the less-carb-heavy diets were foreign, lacked their known comfort foods and required new cooking methods…no one wanted them.
    So the next time you see a fluffy minority be sure to apologize for your part in his/her becoming so and offer to buy him/her a membership in a gym and a tofu health shake.

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  13. Menagerie says:

    I had a very hard time learning to make biscuits, who knows why. I know, easiest bread ever. Mine wouldn’t rise and were hard. One day my husband brought home boxes of peaches, tons of them from a friend. I did great with pies, but he wanted a cobbler with a biscuit topping like his mother made.

    I called her, and she told me how to adjust the biscuit recipe, add sugar to it, yada yada. Well, instead of being flat as a flitter like my biscuits, this damned topping was about six inches high, way up over the pan.

    My husband and one of his brothers who was visiting had forks in each hand and they were digging through the biscuit saying “I know there’s a peach in here somewhere.” To top it off, I had been peeling and pitting peaches all week and it takes a lot of them for a cobbler. I was sick of peaches.

    So, when that bread I posted the picture of yesterday turned into a monster, he said “I’m not saying a word.”

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    • Menagerie says:

      Oh yeah, forgot to say, peach cobbler is one of his two favorite desserts. His Aunt Ruby died awhile back and he hasn’t had any since then.

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      • stella says:

        Maybe Sadie will take over where Aunt Ruby left off!

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      • The Tundra PA says:

        Peach cobbler is one of my six favorite desserts. But you can’t beg, borrow or steal a decent fresh peach in Alaska. And it ain’t the same with canned.

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        • stella says:

          Only local ripe peaches will do. I sometimes make my own peach jam when they are in season here (Labor Day).

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          • The Tundra PA says:

            Yum! Fresh peaches are one of the biggest things I sacrifice to live in Alaska.

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            • stella says:

              One place we lived in Michigan (we lived there when I was between 9 and 15) was a rented house with five acres of land. We had fruit trees (including apricots), but the guy next door had an acre filled with fruit trees of every variety, and he also kept bees. It was his hobby. I was allowed to pick any fruit I liked from his trees. It was heaven! I used to climb a golden delicious apple tree with a book, read and eat apples.

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          • lovely says:

            Back at the Franciscan University in Steubenville we had a quite rotund priest. He would glow sometimes when he talked of Christ. One day we were visiting him and he was talking about going down south for a visit and he got lost in a memory of eating fresh peaches warm from the sun off the tree with peach juice dripping down his chin, I am certain his corner of heaven will have a peach tree πŸ™‚ .

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            • stella says:

              I have memories like that – but here in Michigan, after stopping to buy peaches at one of the orchards in Romeo (in the Thumb). They have a huge peach festival around Labor Day every year. There is nothing like a ripe peach, fresh from the tree.

              One year my mom and I got a bonanza. An orchard had a cut-rate price on peaches that were superficially damaged by hail. All that was wrong with them were small blemishes on the skin. We bought a bushel, and made peach everything, including canned ice cream topping!

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              • lovely says:

                Mmmmm. Tomorrow I’m making candied sweet potatoes and it calls for orange juice but now I wondering if tech juice would be funky or good with them.

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      LOL

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    • stella says:

      Bread and biscuits take just the opposite handling. Bread needs to be worked, while biscuits shouldn’t be. Of course, you know that now!

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      • Menagerie says:

        I quit even rolling mine out a year or so ago. I just form them gently by hand and put in a pan. After all the years of making them, it amazes me that you can still find good tips. I knew rolling them out made them a little less soft, but I just did it anyhow.

        Then I saw a tip about not putting them on a cookie sheet, but in a pan, so that they rise up instead of out. Now that’s what I do, and although they aren’t perfect circles, they are twice as high and much lighter without even changing the recipe.

        I saw a chart where some cooking site or magazine had made pictures of biscuits and arranged them in a chart like presentation, with the two variables being the fat used and the milk type. Looks like I’m going to have to give in and try making them with cold butter, but it will have to be really good to get me to give up on lard.

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        • stella says:

          I used to watch my Aunt Verna make biscuits (she ran a diner years ago). She handled them ever so gently, patting them out with her hands, then cutting. Mine still aren’t as good as hers, but they pass!

          I wonder if the amount of liquid you use affects the rise too. I do know that buttermilk helps a lot.

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          • auscitizenmom says:

            After following this discussion, I think I understand why I ended up with “ceramic” biscuits. πŸ™„

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          • Menagerie says:

            I always use buttermilk, it adds to the tast of the biscuits, but in that chart it looked like the heavy cream or half and half, I can’t remember which it was, turned out really well with butter. But, like I said, I like a full fat buttermilk taste.

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            • stella says:

              Me too, and it isn’t easy to get full fat buttermilk around here.

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              • Menagerie says:

                It’s very inconsistent here. Sometimes they have it, sometimes they don’t. It’s getting harder to find. My theory is fewer old women like me really cooking something with it.

                When I was a kid, older folks loved to drink cold buttermilk, especially in the summer. My mother loved to do that. Also, they made this disgusting concoction called a buttermilk shake. Crumbled cornbread in a glass of cold buttermilk. Yuk.

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                • auscitizenmom says:

                  Cornbread crumbled in buttermilk was my dad’s favorite dessert. He had it almost every night.

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                • auscitizenmom says:

                  Oh, and I add………..Yuk!

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                • stella says:

                  My mother drank buttermilk too. Of course, when she was a kid they had cows and had plenty left over from butter making (although it’s a different product).

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                  • auscitizenmom says:

                    Many years ago, I read that there were two kinds of buttermilk, I think cultured and traditional. I finally found the traditional, and loved it. But, I haven’t seen any in years. I can’t even get the cultured buttermilk to my mouth. I start gagging as soon as I smell it.

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                • The Tundra PA says:

                  My grandmother loved cornbread crumbled into either buttermilk or sweet milk. I’ve never even seen “full fat” buttermilk in the stores.

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                  • stella says:

                    We used to eat bread and milk (white bread) with sugar as a treat. I still do that once in a while.

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                  • michellc says:

                    My parents always ate cornbread and buttermilk as dessert. Nothing I hated more as a kid when they decided polk salad and wilted lettuce and cornbread and buttermilk for dessert sounded like a good supper. At least for those of us kids that wouldn’t eat it got bacon and tomato sandwiches.

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                  • The Tundra PA says:

                    Yeah, i wasn’t a fan of polk salad either (a weed that grows in the roadside ditches in rural Alabama), and I never liked my cornbread in buttermilk. Yay for bacon and tomato sandwiches!

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                  • michellc says:

                    I remember picking it with my mother and her telling me which was a safe size to eat. I would always ask her who in their right mind saw a weed one day and decided to cook it with boiled eggs?
                    She’d tell me it was nutritious and I’d tell her yeah I guess if it doesn’t kill you first. lol

                    It smelled horrible cooking too. I can remember being outside and being able to smell it.

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        • michellc says:

          When I was a young wife, I would follow my family biscuit recipe and the biscuits always came out like Ellie Mae biscuits. My aunt showed me the patting them out in your hand trick. Never had another Ellie Mae biscuit.

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    • stella says:

      Video of an Aussie making southern style biscuits. Grates frozen butter.

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      • stella says:

        He uses the roll and fold method that they use to make puff pastry.

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      • auscitizenmom says:

        I saved this and will try again. πŸ™„ Did you notice that his biscuit was burned on the bottom?

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        • Menagerie says:

          I am going to try the butter, but I am on the fence about the fold method. The layers look cool, but when he broke the biscuit it didn’t look tender and fluffy to me, it looked kind of like canned biscuits. However, the truth is in the tasting, you just can’t tell from the video at all.

          Only thing I would absolutely do differently is sift the flour. You have got to sift flour for biscuits.

          I do wonder about the putting the bowl in the freezer too. I need to check the comments and see if anyone explained that. Maybe it was to refreeze the butter after it being worked so that it melted in the cooking? Curious.

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          • auscitizenmom says:

            I think I might split it in half and compare the two methods. Probably a waste of time for me since overhandling seems to be my problem.

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            • Menagerie says:

              If that’s your problem, here’s my advice, FWIW, which is nothing. Use this recipe and cut into rectangles like it says, or just oil your hands and very gently take some dough and gently shape it in a ball. Put the biscuits in a square pan, pretty close together.

              They are going to all rise together so they won’t look picture pretty but they will rise high and be tender and delicious. Just don’t handle the dough, have your hands oiled well and just make a ball and quickly put it in the pan.

              Once I learned to make biscuits, I have made really good ones for years. Finding that tip about the square pan was a game changer for my biscuits. They taste so much better you’d swear I changed recipes, but I changed nothing else.

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          • stella says:

            Is think the frig is for rehardening the butter.

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        • stella says:

          No, I didn’t. I’m not necessarily recommending this one. I thought it was interesting. I never use self rising flour, btw. I already have four kinds of flour in my cabinet, and no room for any more.

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          • The Tundra PA says:

            I never use self-rising flour either. My grandmother (who made scratch biscuits every single day her entire life) also refused to use butter, said it made the biscuits too rich. Only lard.

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            • michellc says:

              My granny’s recipe used lard and all purpose flour or at least I guess it was, her flour was always kept in a tin can. That’s what I’ve always used anyway as when the recipe was written down it just said, “flour.”

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      • Menagerie says:

        I wonder how he’d like gravy? That was cool!

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      • The Tundra PA says:

        Never heard of grating frozen butter for biscuits. Will have to try that.

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  14. stella says:

    50 PERCENT: Trump Outpaces Obama In Approval Ratings

    http://amp.dailycaller.com/2018/04/02/trump-approval-ratings-pass-obama-50-percent/

    President Donald Trump’s approval rating hit 50 percent in Rasmussen’s daily presidential tracking poll Monday, which puts him ahead of his predecessor at the same point in the presidency.

    The last time Trump hit 50 percent in the Rasmussen tracking poll was February 27. At the time, he was generally within the 47-50 percent range. The President’s approval rating outpaces that of former President Barack Obama, who sat at 46 percent in Rasmussen’s tracking poll on April 2, 2010.

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    • Menagerie says:

      In all seriousness, I still find it surprising and dismaying that so many people approved of anything Obama did. I have said it before, and I will say it again, I can’t think of a single thing he did that I liked. There must be one, but I can’t think of it.

      What Obama did to the coal industry maybe can’t and won’t be fixed. Because of that, the economy is, thank President Trump, booming all around us, but my husband’s industry is still very damaged. I think the small shipyard he works at won’t last much longer at all.

      Maybe we can hang on for a modest retirement, but my son is hoping to go back to school this fall to prepare for another field. Going to be very hard to do and still support three kids, but he sure needs to get it done ASAP.

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      • The Tundra PA says:

        Good luck to him. Changing fields in your mid-30s or later is really tough, especially when you have kids.

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        • The Tundra PA says:

          And I never liked a single thing Obama did. Not one, single solitary thing. He said a few decent things back during his brief tenure as a Senator, but that all went by the board when he became President.

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  15. Menagerie says:

    I cannot express how cool I think this is. And I can’t say I am a Bruno Mars fan, or even liked Uptown Funk. wooly, you just need to watch this one.

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  16. michellc says:

    I know I’m on a teacher tirade, but now they’re really wanting to start a war. This is the mildest of comments about home schooled kids, I guess they can still type on their phones while staging their walk out.

    Home schooling is a far inferior alternative that needs to be more regulated in Oklahoma to prevent abuse and human trafficking. It should remain legal but the requirements for oversight and assessment need to be tightened to protect children. Classroom teachers can generally tell which of their students came from homeschooling and approximately how many years they were out of the classroom by their inability to stay up with their peers at the beginning of the school year.

    This is the biggest lie ever. I personally know 3 different families who homeschooled their kids. One family all of their kids are either in college or working now. Each child though scored in the top 5% in this state on their SAT/ACT scores. Another family had just two children who are now also grown, one is now a doctor and the other is a dentist, both graduated at the top of their class. The third family, the parents got a divorce when the youngest two were HS age and they then were put into public school, both tested 2 grades above their age level. However, the school forced them both to start school a year below their age level. The oldest graduated with a 4.0 GPA and the youngest will graduate this year as valedictorian.
    A friend of my daughter’s lives in a state where home schooled kids have to test yearly, her kids outperform public educated kids every year.

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    • stella says:

      I know that Pioneer Woman (Rhee Drummond) schooled her kids at home, and is active in the home schooling movement. Her oldest started college last September. I think she belongs to a cooperative for the high school aged kids for some of their classes/testing. She said she started it because it was such a long school bus ride for her little kids.

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      • michellc says:

        I know why they hate home schooled kids because that’s less money for them. That’s all they see kids as is dollar signs.

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      • michellc says:

        I was reading Sooner Politics to get info on governor candidates and saw this link to this teacher who is calling out her district and teachers. Notice how this superintendent finished the e-mail. Ya think she might be a Hillary voter?

        https://ymlp.com/zjcMyS

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      “This is the biggest lie ever.” Ha, ha. I read that first paragraph three times before I went on to this one. I just couldn’t believe you said that. My friend who was a social worker had a very negative attitude toward homeschooling. Of course, the people she worked with only used it as an excuse to get out of bothering to send their children to school. Meanwhile, I homeschooled my son until the 11the grade and then he went into a public school. We did that partly because he wanted to go to Annapolis and at the time, they were just starting a program to accept SOME homeschooled students on a try out basis. So, we didn’t want to take a chance that would keep him out. Anyway, he did get in and graduated 4 years later. Homeschooled kids did very well.

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      • michellc says:

        I would never say that, but they seem to now want to start a war with parents who home school.
        I’m not going to say every single kid who is home schooled is properly educated. Some parents are horrible we all know that. However, I will say since I’ve been doing a lot of research, home schooled kids often outperform public educated kids. There is data out there to prove that.

        Just like I pointed out the other day about my grandson and how much my daughter has taught him already. Most kids in this state coming out of kindergarten can’t do what he can do at 3. Headstart in this state is a joke. They do crafts and play games all day.

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    • Menagerie says:

      I can’t believe I’m going to try this again, but my ipad, which I normally love, really did eat my comment. Just said “this comment cannot be posted” and it was gone. That only happens on the longer ones, or the ones I am really thinking about, not the just fun one liners.

      I once thought homeschooled kids would not be well socialized and be awkward adults. Of course I found out that was untrue. Also, some of my nieces have gone to fine colleges, and one of them was smart enough, and willing to invest tons of time, into chasing down all kinds of obscure scholarships.

      One of my favorite examples of homeschooled kids comes from an outdoor party I went to. Lots of HS families with their kids there. The kids, aged about three to ten, put on an impromptu play which they wrote, assigned roles, and acted out themselves, and it was not childlike dialogue and topic at all. Very well done, and you would never believe kids did this if you read it.

      I also believe, from the example of a large number of young women I know, that the homeschooled girls grow up much more self assured and less body conscious. They are, the ones I know, far less sexually active, as in I have never seen an out of wedlock pregnancy, they don’t appear to do drugs, and they don’t feel compelled to go with the crowd.

      I don’t think the boys, at least in my observation of Catholic homeshooled kids, do as well. That’s the only group I have personally observed, and I think they are possibly a little different demographically than other homeschooled groups, so my observation might not apply beyond, and it is obviosly, as opinions are, biased on my part.

      Some of the boys seem to founder at about 20 or so, or after college. Some seem to rebel. They often have a very rigid and disciplined home life (our own was disciplined but not as religiously rigid and involved) and have little freedom. They mostly have fathers who are white collar Catholic trad very nerdy type men.

      Here’s an example. Nothing wrong with professional careers and people. One of my sons is a successful salesman selling stuff that makes factories and plants run from one central computer system, and he understands the stuff, as well as sells it. He is the most athletic of the three, very competitive, and very physical.

      I think it did him as much good as it did his brothers to have the very strong (mentally and physically) influence of his dad, uncles, and grandfather, as far as physical work they demanded from him and his brothers, athletics, rough play, competitiveness and an intangible thing I can’t put a name to, but I bet you know what I mean from your own guys. A thing I just think of as real men guyness. Whatever it is that makes them different from us in good, strong, fun, tough ways.

      I think some of that is lacking in some of the families I see homeschooling, and no, it isn’t caused by the homeschooling, but those boys might have been exposed to more men and more athletics and guy hobbies through school. But they would also have been exposed to more drugs, sex, indoctrination, etc.

      Also, I don’t like to see homeschool advocates who trash those who don’t. Some parents can’t. Some would not be good at it and they know it, some have other very good reasons. I would rock the hell out of it now, and kind of wish they’d let me do it with the grandkids, but I could never have pulled it off when my boys were actually school age. I was a young mom, had never actually been around kids, and had no confidence. They would have mowed me down.

      Now, I think if they wouldn’t put me in prison for my methods and language, I could control a classroom and teach better than about 95% of those with actual degrees. And because of my life and work experiences, I’d bet I could teach math as good as any high school teacher out there because I could rub their noses in the “we’re never going to use this” crap with tons of real life problems to solve.

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      • michellc says:

        I didn’t home school my kids partly because of my own ignorance. Never even thought about it, just thought you had two options, public or private. Then when my oldest was in junior high I met a family who home schooled. They did it for religious reasons and they were very strict with their kids, no television, music, only dresses and pants for the boys. Their kids were socially awkward, but I think it had more to do with their lifestyle than home schooling. It did though get me into looking at home schooling, but at that time it wasn’t so easy to find out everything you needed to know and this family were very secretive about how to go about it. A few years later I met another family, their kids were not awkward at all.
        They had them involved in summer league sports and other activities. They were more open about it and I learned a lot from them. At that time though I was afraid my kids would hate it. They all liked school and their friends. Also, schools weren’t so screwed up around here then.
        By the time my youngest got into HS, I regretted him being in public school. He was the one who learned in spite of school because I didn’t approve of their lack of teaching, so I taught him at home what I thought he was lacking.

        All of my kids though had a head start, not one of them started school without being able to write their name, their letters, numbers and all could read 1st grade books. They also knew basic addition and subtraction. It caused all of them to be bored stiff in kindergarten though. lol

        I’m with you on life experience and believing I could teach better than most of them with an education degree.

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    • michellc says:

      I’m against raising the minimum teacher salary and I’m not a big fan of public teachers anyway. I do understand politics though and get why they have to play to teachers, although teachers won’t be happy because their union told them they were getting a $10,000 per year raise. However, with that said, I am glad Coburn is helping and hopefully those liberal scumbags posing as Republicans will start taking some heat and listen to him.

      http://tulsabeacon.com/tom-coburn-give-teachers-a-raise-without-raising-taxes/

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  17. So cute!

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  18. stella says:

    Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale calls for CNN’s Jim Acosta to be suspended

    https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/apr/2/brad-parscale-trump-2020-campaign-manager-calls-cn/

    President Trump’s re-election campaign manager is calling for CNN’s Chief White House Correspondent Jim Acosta to be suspended after he shouted questions about immigration at the president as he interacted with children during the White House Easter Egg Roll on Monday.

    Brad Parscale tweeted an article from The Daily Caller that said Mr. Acosta β€œbegan yelling at” Mr. Trump after he joined first lady Melania Trump and his son Barron at a coloring table with about a dozen other children.

    β€œMr. President, what about the DACA kids? Should they worry about what’s going to happen to them, sir?” Mr. Acosta shouted from the press pool, referring to the the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which protects immigrants who came to the country illegally as children.

    β€œThe Democrats have really let them down,” Mr. Trump responded. β€œThey really let them down. It’s a shame. A lot of people have taken advantage of DACA. It’s a shame.”

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  19. stella says:

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    • michellc says:

      I try hard to keep up with all these companies who are for liberal causes and cave to SJW pressure, but it’s not easy as the list is long. It’s getting to the point we just need to make a list of those who aren’t liberal or pansies.

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  20. auscitizenmom says:

    lilbirdee12’s prayer:

    Our Heavenly Father, Your children come to you tonight to ask for healing and peace throughout our country so that we may return to being One Nation Under God. Guide us to be leaders in Your Kingdom, spreading Your Love and Salvation to all. Forgive us our sins and deliver us from evil.

    Lord, we ask for a blanket of protection over all our troops and law enforcement who serve to defend and protect us. Bless our representatives with the strength and wisdom they need to achieve the path You have chosen for us.

    Please place Your Guardian Angels of Protection around Donald Trump and Mike Pence and their families as they seek to lead America back to You.

    Grant us patience, Lord, as the evil ones try to anger us and cause us to fall.
    Spread blessings over Israel and Netanyahu.

    We humbly ask that You please comfort those who are grieving and in pain.
    Thank you Father, for Your Love and the gift of Life.

    In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.

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