January 26, 2009 – Apple Pie

Everyone seems to have one thing they are exceptional at cooking, at our house, it is Linda’s pies.  When we first moved here over a decade ago, Linda entered some pies in a local pie contest and won in the fruit pie and cream pie.  It was hilarious as we could see and hear all the local white-haired ladies asking “who’s Linda?’

So we are the beneficiaries of her talent.  This is an apple pie with the apple pie filling we canned last fall.  The filling gets two thumbs up!

one year ago…”Playing in the Snow”

January 25, 2009 – Snowbanks are Back

I was hoping that the odds were low of having two similar winters in a row and that the towering mounds of snow along our road would not reappear this year.

Well, I’m wrong.  This week the plows finally got here and widened to road to mostly the whole width, but some places are about a lane and a half wide.  Beats the single lane we had.  One plow spent 45 minutes just on the 1/3 mile between our place and the blacktop.

one year ago…”Big Fluffy Flakes”

January 24, 2009 – Mercury in High Fructose Corn Syrup

From the “Never Eat Anything Your Grandmother Would Not Recognize as Food” department comes a revelation that depending on the manufacturing process used, high fructose corn syrup contains mercury. High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is one of the most common ingredients in processed foods. Young children, especially, are urged not to ingest mercury. It’s kind of freaky that parents may be unwittingly be adding to their child’s mercury intake by feeding them Quaker Oatmeal to Go or Hershey’s chocolate syrup.

In a nutshell, the production of hfcs involves using caustic lye which can be produced by a manufacturing process that uses mercury cells. Many countries have outlawed this process, but the United States has not.

Here’s a list of the top 15 offending foods from the report:

Just because a food isn’t on the list doesn’t mean it is safe – the study just took samples of 55 supermarket foods.  The group that released the study urges an immediate ban on this practice that leads to unwitting mercury ingestion. You can read the press release for further information and more details and suggestions.

one year ago…”Thingamajig Thursday #104″

January 23, 2009 – Laying Hen Update

The layers we ordered in early December were finally given free reign of the coop this week.

They are growing up nicely and all of them survived the brooding in temperatures down to -25.

Getting in and out of the coop has been a challenge, with the continual drifting, water dripping off the roof and filling waterers.  So, it was time to get the axe and shovel out and free the doors of snow and ice.

one year ago…”It’s Cold, That Leaves Only Accounting”