General Discussion, Sunday, March 22, 2020

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  1. czarowniczy says:

    Woo! I cleared my cache, signed in ‘fresh’ to the ste here and my meter tells me I immediately picked up well over 50 trackers/cookies.

    Read a piece by some biologists who’ve worked the COVID virus and they say they are not only sure it isn’t a man-made virus but some of it’s characteristics share commonalities with virus found in pangolins, making it more likely it originated in the exotic meat market. Pangolin is such a popular meat in parts of Asia that the animal’s protected and illegal to hunt/possess/put between two slices of bread. That doesn’t stop the poachers though, they sell it illegally and specialty markets sell it for lotsa money under the table.

    That Chinese exotic meat/traditional medicine market isn’t content with wiping out species around the world, they’re after people now.

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  2. Lucille says:

    Stellars…

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  3. auscitizenmom says:

    Mornin’ Czar. Where is everybody else? Was it something I said? Something I didn’t say? My deoderant? {sigh}

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  4. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ all!

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    • stella says:

      Mornin’ WeeWeed!

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    • czarowniczy says:

      And here I was thinking that when they opened it Bernie Sanders oozed out…

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      • WeeWeed says:

        Mornin’ Z’s!

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        • czarowniczy says:

          I’m off to brave the fetid, disease infected swamp of a local Walmart. Empty shelves to the right of them empty shelves to the left of them, empty freezer cases in front of the, dismayed and deprived, stormed with cart in hand, into the jaws of Walmart, into the jaws of hell, rode the shoppers looking for toilet paper and canned goods.

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          • Col.(R) Ken says:

            Sink the spurs in the flanks then give the horse it’s head……Ride Czar, Ride…..

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            • czarowniczy says:

              Returned from close recon – no germs sighted but the idiots are still out en mess. Still buying out the bread, leaving the fresh, chewy French bread piled on the shelves. Water’s out but juice and sodas are stacked. Fruits and veggies virtually untouched while chips and cookies are evaporating.

              Baby food is wellstocked too, but them we are and older community – so not that young nor not that old, there’s yet a possible source.

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              • michellc says:

                I drove to another county and town to do some long term shopping. Most of our seed we save from year to year. With not knowing when this will end, this year we decided to plant more than normal. Which meant we didn’t have all the seed we need, so we went seed shopping. Picked up a few tomato plants of varieties we don’t have along with a few other plants.
                While we were there, since it’s a fresh produce store as well, picked up some more sacks of potatoes to put down in the basement to last us until we can start digging potatoes, some apples, oranges and bananas. All the stores around here are out of all canned foods and frozen foods, so I guess when they couldn’t get their OreIda french fries they decided to attempt to make their own, as everyone is also out of potatoes. Or maybe I should have quit telling people about the incredible potato that can feed a lot of people.

                Good thing is I didn’t check the mail yesterday and got a letter from our Indian Tribe about how Indian owned businesses can get relief. According to the letter in order for your county to get anything at least 5 small businesses have to report online they’ve been hurt and in order for the tribal SBA to get the money to help Indian owned businesses 5 Indian owned businesses have to report online. Then got a letter from the county and state addressing the same thing. So I guess even before anyone sees what’s in it, all the different governments are lining up to get their share. I guess we’ll see how much actually gets filtered to businesses after all of them take their share.

                In the meantime those who don’t understand how agriculture works, including those in government telling everyone that it will be fine to keep the country shut down for another month, soon will be finding out food doesn’t just magically appear in warehouses waiting to be shipped to the store. A hell of a lot of steps to get to that point, with the beginning of that step that can’t wave a magic wand and produce more livestock ready to be processed by processing plants that are working understaffed because everyone is afraid to leave their house. I know Bloomberg told everyone it’s just poking a hole and throwing a seed in and out pops corn, but it doesn’t quite work that way.

                BTW, went through a drive-thru chain today to get a shake, they were out of ice cream and milk. Was told by the little girl who brought our cherry limeades that we ordered instead said they were running out of bread as well, so soon no CBs and hotdogs. Their supplier only brought half their order Tuesday and they don’t know what they will get this next week. Yep, those commercial bakeries need people to work as well, so not a big shock to me.

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                • czarowniczy says:

                  The boutique bakeries are even closing in some cases but being as how the locals pass up the NOLA French bread we’re still good – we can also bake our own, much to the shock of many urban people born after 1980.

                  I wish we had a root cellar but the water table’s too high…might look at building one that I can use as a storage magazine too. Gotta deep plow the garden then till it – yuck, I’d just buy this year if it weren’t already scarce.

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                  • michellc says:

                    Yeah, I had to pull out my Granny’s book of knowledge for a bread starter. I went to three stores and no yeast to be had.
                    I’ve never really thought about it before just used store bought yeast. It’s really simple though I now know.

                    I already bake a lot of bread and rolls, so that’s not a big deal, but it will be a big deal for those who don’t know how and can’t buy it at the store or can’t get their burgers at the Drive-thru.

                    I’m wondering about the flour though even for the restaurants or sandwich places that bake their own bread along with the commercial bakeries.
                    Again something the experts aren’t taking into account.
                    I read a comment my daughter made to some people the other day on FB that they needed to read the Little Red Hen so they could learn about working for your food and the process involved with making bread.

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                • czarowniczy says:

                  Ran outta space below but not up to experimenting wild wild yeast sourdough starter or the slightly flatter tasting self-rising flour? Beer batter bread don’t take no yeast either.

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                  • michellc says:

                    I was talking to my sister about what I found in the book and she said that’s all she’s ever done and she uses it for everything even her banana bread and she does make the best banana bread. I guess that’s why mine is never as good as hers.
                    It’s just flour, sugar and milk that you let ferment.

                    If this gets really bad, we all will be going back to how it was done in the old days or starve, even making your own beer.

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                  • stella says:

                    This article calls for just water and flour.

                    https://www.ourheritageofhealth.com/how-to-make-homemade-yeast/

                    How much sugar do you add?

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                  • michellc says:

                    In our Granny’s book it says 1c flour, 1c sugar, 1c milk, mixed into a mason jar and shake it once a day for 5 days with it sitting on counter.

                    My sister says she does hers in a freezer bag, but otherwise uses the same method.
                    She said she’s tried it leaving out the sugar with the milk method, but it doesn’t work as well. She said she’s also tried replacing the milk with water with and without sugar and it didn’t work as well either.

                    I honestly never knew she did it, but we’ve always said she was the best baker in the family. Now I know her secret. lol

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                  • czarowniczy says:

                    https://holycowvegan.net/make-sourdough-starter/

                    https://www.tastesoflizzyt.com/how-to-make-sourdough-starter/

                    I like sourdough but You Know Who doesn’t like the taste. I sneak some in every now and then for personal consumption but the commercial,stuff pales in comparison to homemade.

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                  • stella says:

                    I won’t run out of yeast for a while. I have regular instant and the kind used for sweet dough, 1# each, in the freezer.

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                  • czarowniczy says:

                    Plenty yeast in our stores, few city folks bake anymore unless they pour it out of a package or pop it out of a chilled roll. Looks like out big mixer’s gonna get a workout.

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                  • michellc says:

                    Her bread never tastes like sourdough bread, I would hate it if it did, because I hate sourdough bread.
                    Maybe because of the sugar or the milk or both?

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                  • czarowniczy says:

                    You and Czarina can make bread. I love sourdough toast with real creamery butter.

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                  • stella says:

                    You can always make flat breads, using baking powder, if you have it. You can also make your own baking powder with 1 part baking soda and 2 parts cream of tartar. You can also add one part cornstarch (optional; prevents clumping if storing).

                    You can make flat bread with just flour, water and salt.

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                  • czarowniczy says:

                    Flour power!

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    • Col.(R) Ken says:

      Ms.WeeWeed!!!!!! I would look to see if The ArchAngel Michael was standing next too me if you want too open that box…….

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  5. rheavolans says:

    Something fun for Sunday: old movie stars dance to Uptown Funk.

    Some people may not enjoy the music, but I have to admit that I liked this video a lot:

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  6. czarina33 says:

    Last week I got two movies from Redbox and 1 from Netflix, all recent, all depressing. This morning I watched three movies on FXM and TCM, all from the 30’s & 40’s, fun and lighthearted. Smiling again. And the sun came out. Much better all around.

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  7. czarowniczy says:

    The big churches have suspended Sunday services indefinitely. The small country church on the road to the interstate moved various chairs outside under the trees, separated by the required 6 feet, and is holding services there. Matthew 18:20

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  8. Menagerie says:

    Hello everyone. HAving a family dinner here tonight as we won’t see each other much for awhile, just two sons, a DIL and two of the grandchildren. I’m in the mood to treat us right so we are having my favorite dish.

    This is my favorite thing I’ve ever cooked. I highly recommend it.

    https://www.babycenter.com/609_steakhouse-pot-pie-with-cabernet-and-mushrooms_20003066.bc

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    • The Tundra PA says:

      Sounds mouth-watering. I was unable to find puff pastry here (only phillo) before the craziness began, so no hope now. Think it would be ok to substitute? Along with dried herbs instead of fresh?

      Have a great time with your fam. Love to ’em all.

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      • stella says:

        Maybe biscuits instead?

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      • Menagerie says:

        I did not have puff pastry today so I just made pies with it, frozen pie crusts. Not as good, but everyone loved it.i served it with just a side of mashed potatoes, and my DIL brought a salad. Such a fine meal. I never even thought of fresh herbs today, even though I have a rosemary bush, so yes, it was perfect.

        Get a really good, marbled cut of steak. I did use a balsamic reduction.instead of just balsamic vinegar, other than that and the crust, I stuck to there recipe. One son brought a single barrel Jack they only make 200 bottles of. A perfect evening!

        Seriously, try this recipe! And eat it on a completely empty stomach because you will eat seconds.

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  9. Lucille says:


    Crestline, CA – man-made Lake Gregory in the San Bernardino Mountains was a favorite and safe family destination during the 1950s…

    …I haven’t seen it for 60 years…

    Once upon a time there was a Mid West saying that people used when moving west…”Goodbye, God. I’m going to California.” So California always had a rep. Today, however, chances of becoming a victim of a property crime in California is 1 in 42, and violent crime is 1 in 224.

    In the Crestline of the 2020s, chances are 1 in 318 that you’ll be a victim of a violent crime. And property crime is 1 in 65, according to stats at the website https://www.neighborhoodscout.com/ca/crestline/crime

    Amazing! Amazingly awful!

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  10. jeans2nd says:

    American ingenuity in the Rust Belt

    they tore down our drive-in…{{{sigh}}}

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