your day apart from gardening

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  1. Dirtmechanic

    Dirtmechanic Young Pine

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    I used whipping cream that I soured with a buttermilk culture to make creme' fraiche so literally a soured cream. It does not have the sharp bite of the store bought sour creme and is much more mellow and rich and even mildly sweet. The beef broth had tomato in it so my wife was asking why it was not white. Its not really comparable to the boxed variety at all. Onion, garlic, mushrooms etc make it tasty. Always start by carmelizing those onion!

    I see recipes where a tablespoon of cultured buttermilk is put into a cup of whipping cream for the same purpose and it seems like a much easier way to go. I used a whole carton of cream my first try because I knew I was going to try to use it on a lot of things, but realistically using some sour cream containers you already emptied refilled with whipping cream makes more sense because that is the size you like already.


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    Busy busy and a fun few days here. My daughter and son in law are visiting. They are always eager to get back to the country as work keeps them in the city. It's a long drive over the Rocky Mountains for them so it is always a spring /fall visit.

    We had three large birch trees beside the deck, all joined at the base. They were our major shade trees, but also at the end of their lives and not postitioned well. One large one was leaning over the pump shack and the power line to the pump, another over the deck, and the other was sick at the top. We didn't realize how serious it was until the big garden clean up. The adult kids jumped in and after a long day yesterday, most was done. A rope was attached at a top, and then to a pully on the side of the mountain, and then to the truck in the field - to be sure the tree would be a safe fall.

    We all need a rest today, then the last one will be cleaned up, and two more rotten poplar to go on the driveway.

    Big change is hard. There will be much more heat/sun. The gardens will all have to adjust and will need more water. The birds will have to adjust ...and need more water. We will have to adjust....and need more water. ;):p But we will all adjust.

    I managed to gather a garbage can of shavings from the chainsaws for the a pathway down the driveway. They will have chain oil in them, so not suitable for compost.


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    Melody Mc. Young Pine

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    Well DM...I always say that we never now how much we can impact someones life without even knowing it :) I wanted so badly to make fresh mozza for years now and could not source the ingrediants.

    I noticed your product lable right away, and just googled it, ...and it was USA only hahaha I took a chance and googled Canada..and found a product similiar to yours, and also for making mozza and ricotta. I am ONE HAPPY CAMPER right now.

    This is most excellent especially because of where we live and how difficult and expensive it is to source some items.

    Thanks so much. You are down in our little clan's history books now.
     
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    Pacnorwest Hardy Maple

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    Melody…yummm.
     
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    Sjoerd Mighty Oak

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    Great foto display. It looks like dangerous work, Mel.
    We are all waiting for piccies of your mozza attempt.
     
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    Yesterday had my flu jab in arm, my arm is a bit tender and slightly painful but no other side effects.

    It's raining today so i decided to clean the bathroom, I've been thinking that if i can't get out there i'll do some cleaning every day instead.
     
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    Melody Mc. Young Pine

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    Thank you Sjoerd. :)

    Hope your arm feels better soon Logan. We finally got an invite for our fourth Covid Jab on Thursday, and can't book our flu shot until Oct 1. I feel for you - I always get a lumpy sore arm. Hubby doesn't even get a mosquito bite bump and never sore. :rolleyes:
     
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    Thank you Melody, i've got a invite for my Covid jab but the nearest place i can't book at the moment, i could go as a walk in but don't know how long I'd have to wait, because of walking the boys.
     
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    What a job Melody! You all must know what you are doing, felling trees that tall. I'm glad it was successful.
     
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    Thanks CM :) I always get butterflies when we have to do danger tree removals, because usually they aren't a danger until they....well are a danger hahaha. Hubby is the tree whisperer and a skilled faller, but it is not an easy task for him right now. It was great to have the kids here to help. It still always makes me nervous.
     
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    Cayuga Morning Strong Ash Plants Contributor

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    Yeah. I can see why. Isn't the lumbering (tree cutting?) profession among the most dangerous? Like, as dangerous as roofing?
     
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    Dirtmechanic Young Pine

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    I am really excited about this autopsy club I just joined.

    Tuesday is open mike night.
     
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    Melody Mc. Young Pine

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    I don't know where it ranks on any danger scale, but it is a serious business and needs to be done with thoughtfulness and planning. We use ropes and pullies when possible, wedges etc to make it as safe as possible. There are some really talented fallers out there that do it for a living. We only drop them when necessary on the farm. We have two friends that are retired Fallers, who did it for a living. From time to time over the years they have helped out, and taught Hubby a lot. ( Roofing is a tough job - and now that I'm older, it is also on my "only when I have to" list. Those guys earn their pay, thats for sure )
     
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    DM—Oh yeah….I likes that un.
     
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