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  • #8949

    Littlesister
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    Molly, you will catch up in school. Hang in there. All will go well as soon as you get your computer back. My daughter went back to college and I have a grandchild in her 5th year of college. She’s going for CSI. Will be heading to medical school in fall.

    Still working on papers to get into binders. Got half way on them. had to clean house this morning and got the car washed yesterday. It was nasty.

    Checking out seed catalogs. Not sure what we will plant this spring yet.

    Hand has been very sore today.  Rain is coming.

    #8955

    OldMt Woman
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    You have a “barometer” hand, LilSister?  ….painful but can be useful, at least.

    AmyDixon….that’s a great description for sealing those jars.  I don’t have one but I copied the directions and filed it under ‘food’.  Thanks!  And good luck, Muffy.  You’ll get this!

    Half sunny and the rest of the day was clouded.  No snow….good.  Don’t need anymore until we see a lot more driveway again!  But then, not my job to give out weather so we’ll deal with what we get.  Even with sun, it’s COLD with strong, refrigerated wind coming across all that snow in our pastures.  Brrrr.  DH and I did chores together tonite so it went fast and we got back in.  His Raynauds hands love the thin gloves within mittens and a pouch for the chem hand warmers.  Tonite my hands were freezing in my Thinsulate leather work gloves.  That rarely happens and temp was in the 20’s.  Must have been the wind chill.  Hmph.  Pellet stove blazing was nice when we came in.  Coyotes howling close by this evening…has doggie dear barking back.  {roll eyes}

    OldMtWoman  G’nite all.

    #8971

    Amy Dixon
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    Hieronyma Textor – Sending prayers for your daughter. I have had electrolyte problems myself. I know how that can make a person feel extremely weak and can cause their muscles to not work properly or to spasm. Fortunately, it is usually corrected once the electrolytes are back in balance.

    OldMtWoman – You’re welcome 🙂 I know that all the details I posted can make the process seem complicated but usually vacuum-sealing dried foods in canning jars goes quickly and smoothly. It’s just that once in a while certain finely powdered foods, or imperfect jar rims or lids/flats, won’t cooperate, lol. (Powdered milk is my personal bane!). Keep in mind that it is also possible to simply place the powdered food in the jar, add an Oxygen absorber (I just use a 300cc size Oxygen absorber for each jar, regardless of whether it’s a quart, pint, or half-pint jar since that size Oxygen absorber is available for such a good price from the LDS church’s online store), carefully wipe off the jar rim, place a lid/flat on the jar, and tightly screw on a jar ring/band. Within 1-2 hours the Oxygen absorber has usually “bound up” all the Oxygen molecules in the jar and caused the lid/flat to “suck down” and become concave. At that point, you can remove the ring/band if you want, or you can leave it on if you prefer. It is not necessary to also vacuum-seal the jar to get out the other gasses that are still inside it since it is the Oxygen that would have caused the food to eventually degrade, and the Oxygen molecules are now chemically bound to the iron filings in the Oxygen absorber packet. With dried foods that are not powdered, I generally vacuum-seal the jar with an Oxygen absorber inside also just to be extra-cautious but it is not absolutely necessary to do so. You can also put powdered dry foods in Mylar bags with an Oxygen absorber or two, gently press out most of the air with your hands, and heat-seal the Mylar bag closed, if you’d rather do that instead of fussing with a cantankerous jar. After an hour or so, the Mylar bag will start to look “sucked in” as the Oxygen absorber(s) chemically bind up the Oxygen molecules.

    Yesterday I watched some of the older YouTube videos on the Honeyville channel that showed “Chef Tess” demonstrating how to prepare meals in a jar (Ziti Casserole, Minestrone, and Personal-sized Meals with Freeze-dried Sausage or Ground Beef and either Classic Italian Sauce or Cheeseburger Sauce, are the ones I’ve watched so far). I wrote down the instructions so I can try to do some myself once I’ve accumulated all the ingredients. If anyone else wants to try those, I suggest you get the recipes from the text typed below the video screen because the ingredients as stated in the videos are not quite the same as the typed recipes.

    Today, I watched some more preparedness-related videos on the Modern Refugee, Uncle Bumble, and Obsessive Chicks YouTube channels, and have started reading Tammy Gangloff’s book “Quick and Easy Dehydrated Meals in a Bag” that was mentioned earlier by another member of this forum.  I was interested to learn that Ms. Gangloff feels stainless steel dehydrator trays can burn the food you’re dehydrating. So, if I ever get a stainless steel dehydrator I guess I’ll have to make sure its trays are plastic, not metal.

    #9002

    OldMt Woman
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    Thanks, AmyD.  I haven’t worked with the o2 absorbers….have a few the size for a bucket.

    My biggest project today was to get water to travel down our very long route of hoses to fill the livestock water tank…again.  Was gorgeous day [except the chill wind] for it.  DH is back at work so I was solo.  It all went smoothly…I’d laid the hoses on top of snow yesterday and they baked in sun till 2pm.  That’s the magic hour of maximum sun before it begins to fade in winter.  Tank was nearly empty so success today was a very gooood thing.  Sat at top of hill in sun-warmed cab of truck…reading book.  Take a look thru binoculars to see if I saw water near the top yet.  Then I go shut off the faucet.  Drain hoses.  Place them back where they stay till the next time.  Hose has to cross driveway to get to the tank…then back to stay on the other side.  Can’t drive across old hoses.

    OldMtWoman  G’nite

    #9022

    Amy Dixon
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    OldMtWoman – You’re welcome 😉

    #9023

    Josefina Arenas
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    Amy @12:16…funny you should mention Honeyville and meals in a jar.  I just received some bulk hard red wheat berries from them and got a Meals in a Jar book by Stephanie Petersen.  Thought I’d start exploring how to put up meals in a jar!

    #9025

    Amy Dixon
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    Josefina Arenas – I’m just starting to learn about making meals in a jar also 🙂  I have Stephanie Petersen’s book too but haven’t read it yet.  I’m planning to get the little 6-recipe Meals in a Jar cookbook from FoodStorageMadeEasy.net soon.  If you haven’t already seen it, here’s the “Food Storage Made Easy” recipe for Beef Stroganoff in a Jar:  In a 1 Quart jar, ‘pack 1/2 cup Thrive Bechamel Sauce powder, 2 Tablespoons Thrive Espagnole Gravy powder, 1/2 Cup Thrive Sour Cream powder, 2 Tablespoons Thrive Beef Bouillon powder, 2 teaspoons Dill Weed, 1 Cup Thrive Freeze Dried Beef Slices, 2+1/2 Cups Thrive Egg Noodle Pasta, and 1/3 Cup Thrive Freeze Dried Mushcooms (Optional).  To cook the dish, in a large saucepan bring 5 ½ cups of water to a boil. Add contents of jar and let simmer for 15-20 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes to thicken.’  I assume you could use a different brand for most of these ingredients if you wanted to but it is based on Thrive brand products.  I haven’t tried it yet but thought it sounded interesting.

    #9031

    OldMt Woman
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    We’re finally getting back to normal around here…post-DH-being-gone and then the illness.  We’re both ok now.  Still pretty tired.  We’ll go see our elderlies this week…it’s been too long.  But then there is weather.  It’s being a “real winter” in our neck of the woods this season.  Tho not with as much snow/ice as the Midwest.  Hope we can get my medical stuff handled pretty soon…on waiting list for a time slot.

    OldMtWoman  G’nite

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    #9033

    Josefina Arenas
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    Amy Dixon, thanks for sharing that recipe and the book title it came from.

    #9059

    Molly Malone
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    The computer repair shop has finally admitted (after ~3 weeks) that they can’t save my laptop. They did copy off the data, though. (I would have been fine if they couldn’t copy off the data.)

    So I was forced to dig into the emergency fund for another laptop. I found an Asus for ~$400 at Best Buy. I know there are bargain-basement laptops selling for as little as $150 but I didn’t want to go any lower in price as I want this thing to serve me well for 6 to 8 years. Ugh and I have to wait 2 weeks for delivery. So I am still trudging back and forth through the snow uphill both ways to the school library to use their computers. Oh the humanity!

    This episode has made me appreciate the difficulty people face when they have no choice but to rely on computers in public libraries. Not only do they risk identity theft, but the decrease in productivity is immense.

    #9061

    Amy Dixon
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    Josefina – You’re welcome.  I think that Beef Stroganoff in a Jar recipe is actually from the blog at that website.  I think there are 6 different recipes in the little book from what I can tell from the description of the book on the website.

    Late last night (a couple of hours ago) I found out that some unknown crook managed to get hold of my Visa account number and used it online yesterday to buy airplane tickets to Canada (on two different airlines no less) and then tried to use the number again to order food delivered to some address in California.  Fortunately, my Visa card issuer (realizing I live on the opposite side of the country) spotted the suspicious charges and notified me quickly.  So, eventually the fraudulent charges will be removed from my account.  Of course, in the meantime I had to cancel that card and get a new one issued, which will take 10-14 days to arrive <sigh>  I know what I’ll be doing for the next couple of days – calling the vendors I usually pay through Visa to make alternate arrangements to pay them in the meantime so I don’t fall behind on any bills.  What a pain in the patootie!  Still, it could have been worse.  At least my Visa issuer realizes I wasn’t the person using the card number for those big airline ticket purchases!

    #9065

    OldMt Woman
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    MollyM……Yeah, I know about those routes in life that have you going up hill BOTH WAYS.  In winter!  Been on that route recently.  So….they can’t fix your laptop 🙁   Did save your data.  🙂  But now you’re waiting 2 wks LONGER for new one?  That’s got to be rough while taking classes!  Glad you pop in here for an update tho!

    I didn’t feel as wiped out today.  Physically going up and down.  Still awaiting a medical appt…and then fairly minor surgery.  The results of that surgery will tell me if 2019 is going to be a reallllllly nasty year….or not.  But I have chosen NOT to worry about the results until we know.  Meanwhile, decluttering would be proactive….when I can.  This active winter weather hasn’t been helping my energy levels tho the past week has been quite fine.  Keep up the sunshine, melting ice/snow and I’ll have more energy for other things!

    OldMtWoman  ….is winter done yet?  {roll eyes}

    #9099

    Amy Dixon
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    Yesterday, Valentine’s Day, I did online research about the Inergy Kodiak2 solar “generator”.  It sounds as though it has a lot of good features and a pretty good price point.  I also read a description of the Point Zero Titan, which I understand will be on the market soon.  That one sounds very nice also.  They’re both too pricey for my budget right now though, so I’d have to save a long time to be able to afford one.  Still, a girl can dream … <sigh>.

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