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  1. Leni


    It looks like it's going to be a very bad fire season. I'm safely several miles away from the Sand fire which is in the Santa Clarita area. It's at 5,500 acres burned so far and zero containment. The fire is northeast of me but the entire sky is affected. To the north and east all I can...
  2. Leni

    Now We Have Two More

    Two new fires burning several miles south of me. They are within a few miles of each other. Strong dry winds are not helping and neither is the high heat. Just stepped out onto my front porch and the reading was 110 in the shade.
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    Another Fire

    Well we have another one. It started a few days ago near Santa Barbara which is north of me. It's burning in an area that hasn't burned in 70 years. 4,000 acres as of yesterday. The big problem is drought, 'dangerously' high temperatures starting today, and winds that are called Sundowners...
  4. Leni


    I have a lemon tree that is out of its ever loving mind! It was bought as a dwarf but it had other ideas. I recently bought two cookbooks that are all about lemons. One is Luscious Lemon Desserts and the other is The Lemon Cookbook. However I have a recipe for chicken that an Egyptian friend...
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    Want Wind?

    Want wind? We sure had it today and last night. Won't end until sometime tomorrow. It averaged 50 to 55 MPH with at gust at Oak Peak not far from me clocked in at 91 MPH.
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    She has not been on this web site for a long time. Anyone know why?
  7. Leni


    My Dear Darling went and planted 24 plants. Thank God he planted 12 and then another 12. However they are overwhelming me. I need broccoli recipes! Help!
  8. Leni

    Performance Evaluation Comments

    Had to do ACTUAL" QUOTES TAKEN FROM AUSTRALIAN FEDERAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEE EVALUATIONS: 1) "Since my last report, this employee has reached rock-bottom and has started to dig." 2) "I would not allow this employee to breed." 3) "This employee is really not so much of a has-been...
  9. Leni

    Metric Conversion

    I'm sick and tired of store bought bread, even from the bakery. I've been making my own lately using my bread machine. I'll probably do it by hand when I feel better but in the meantime I've come across really good sounding recipes that are metric. Does anyone have a good conversion chart...
  10. Leni

    Dark Rye

    Does anyone have a good rye bread recipe? I'm looking for either Jewish rye or dark Russian rye. I've got a Zojirushi bread machine that I should start using. I might even get ambitious and start doing it by hand. Who knows? :chef:
  11. Leni

    Holy Mole Pepper

    QSis, you will like this one. It is used when making the Mexican mole sauce. When ripe it is black. It has a nice pepper flavor, a nice smokey flavor and it is not hot. I plan to roast some on the grill this next year. I can send you the seeds if you can't find it locally although you...
  12. Leni

    Mouse Balls

    Here is a great munchie for eating while watching the game. I've made these for years. Best to make more than one batch. Mouse Balls 1/2 lb bulk sausage 1 cup Bisquick or other biscuit mix 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese Mix well and make small balls. Put on a cooke sheet and bake at 350...
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    Robin Williams

    He has died at the age of 63, an apparent suicide.
  14. Leni


    This is a very popular dish here in the Southwest. It's basically an open face taco with additions. 1 pkg large flour torillas 1 can refried beans 1 lb ground or shredded beef. Chicken or pork can also be used. If you use pork then you would add in salsa verde instead of the tomato based...
  15. Leni

    What's Cooking July 6/July 12?

    London broil on the grill with home made Boston baked beans. I'm debating between broccoli or a tossed green salad.
  16. Leni

    Black Ant Attack

    I was at my garden weeding and disturbed a nest of black ants. Didn't feel them bitting me. I brushed them off. I ended up having to go to the doctor because both my feet and my right hand swelled up and turned bright red. A very strong allergic reaction. I was wearing sandles and will...
  17. Leni

    Spring has Sprung

    I just spent a good portion of the afternoon at the veggie garden weeding and getting it ready for planting. I was going through some seed catalogues yesterday and in a moment of madness I bought some seeds for a hot pepper called Carolina Reaper. The scoville reading is up to 2,200,000.
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    Spring Garden

    It's that time of year. My son and I cleaned up the big stuff in my garden. I still have weeds to pull and soil to loosen so DH can rototill it for me. Another gardener and I are going to coordinate what we plant and share the work. She has two plots and I have three. Between us we have...
  19. Leni

    Home Made Egg Noodles

    A while back someone asked me for my grandmothers recipe. I just came across it yesterday. 1/2 tsp salt 2 eggs well beaten 1 1/3 to 1 1/2 cup sifted flour. Add the salt to the eggs. Put the flour into a bowl and make a hole. Add the eggs and stir the flour in gradually. Turn out on a...
  20. Leni

    Got a Fire Going

    Just before 6:00 this morning a fire broke out in Glendora. Three homes have burned along with over 1700 acres. The smoke has reached the ocean and I can see it from my home. We've had a red flag warning for the last four days because of Santa Ana winds. They are still blowing which is not...