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ImageMaryE
Jul 16, 2010 10:25 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
One of the perks of volunteering at the co-op is that I get 30% off anything I buy. Today they were marking down some flax muffins by 30%. They want to make sure to sell them before the store is closed on Sunday. So, take an additional 30% off the reduced price and it was about half of the full price. I sometimes get things like celery with brown spots, wilted lettuce, carrots that are starting to sprout, wrinkly avacados or discontinued items. When I was making our chicken stir fry for dinner, I was thinking about how much our already quite healthy diet has changed since my hubby had a heart attack in April of '09. Mostly we have cut the saturated fats.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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ImageJaeRae
Jul 16, 2010 11:02 PM CST
Name: Jamie R
Zone 5, WI
save the rainforest & habitat
Well...that's a reason. Good for you. Sounds like you get some pretty good deals working at the coop too. This time of year the markets fill up with really good veggies (and I grow a few) so I have fun shopping (no real deals though).

Strange but I just never liked meat. The family would have a big party with grilled steaks and I would eat a few very well done slices but go for the cucumber salad and roasted corn; the only meats I really did like were lamb and veal. That was before I became aware of the practices of raising them. I probably still would but won't partronize the abuse and killing of baby animals. I have always cooked meat though for family, and you could catch me with a club sandwich or a bowl of chili but I generally just don't care for it.

Funny but back in the early years ALL kinds of fish was really cheap and I was able to eat it without pause. Now I about choke when I see the prices. I expect it will get worse now that we killed the gulf.

I do have to cook meat for my dawg though. They are true carnivores. When I got him, he was sick all the time. I finally narrowed it down to anything related to chicken. Most dawg foods, even if they call themselves beef have chicken byproduct except the lamb and veal ones ... EGAD!...Well, since I'm a CO on that, I just started cooking for him. I buy on sale whenever I can, mostly eye of round, lean pork, and turkey; I trim fat and drain well so he eats healthier (add a lot of veggies,nuts, brown rice and/or oats (in meatballs), and fruit too) than most kids these days.

...keeps the vet happy. Here's a PIX...looks good, hey?....that's cuz' he skips all the chocolate and yogurt that I put down!...

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ImageAnnaZ
Jul 17, 2010 5:16 AM CST
Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
jamie, what do you eat for protein??
ImageAnnaZ
Jul 17, 2010 5:59 AM CST
Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
This is what I had blooming Thursday night.

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ImageAnnaZ
Jul 17, 2010 5:59 AM CST
Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
A closeup........they are so delicate.

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Imagecececoogan
Jul 17, 2010 6:19 AM CST
Name: Cherie (Cece) Coogan
Southeastern WI zone 5a
They are so beautiful too. Can't wait for mine to bloom again.........
the faster I go, the behinder I get
ImageMaryE
Jul 17, 2010 7:58 AM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Jamie, I agree with you on the veal, but the lambs my neighbors raise eat grass in nice pastures until the end. How can raising them be more humane than that? He raises them organically, and they never go to feedlots.

We don't eat as much meat as before. Often we have beans made into a meatless chili, and serve it with rice or cornbread.

Gotta do an early session in the vegie garden to beat the heat. It's still in the shade for another hour. I'm just finishing my breakfast of Scotch oats (aka steel cut or oat groats), sunflower seeds, currants and just enough milk to make it easy to get them to behave on the spoon.

Anna, that's beautiful. I had a white one, it died in the greenhouse freeze a couple of years ago before it ever bloomed. I still have a red one, it happened to be in the house at the time. So far that one has only produced one bloom. It got too big and top heavy for the pot on the windowsill and has now graduated to a larger pot that I will hang. Do you know if they need to be potbound to bloom?
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ImageJaeRae
Jul 17, 2010 8:10 AM CST
Name: Jamie R
Zone 5, WI
save the rainforest & habitat
Anna...beautiful. I hate to admit, I don't know what they are? (Probably everyone else does *Blush* )

I get a lot of protein, I'm not a complete vegetarian, I DO like fish and eat it a couple of times a week (I just took out some trout for tonight's dinner). In addition to fresh/frozen fish, scallops, shrimp, crab, I also eat canned salmon, tuna, and clams. Also eggs (love them poached), many nuts and seeds (I have sunflower seeds, pumpkins seeds, and unsalted nuts in the fridge all the time). I like cheese, not crazy about tofu but I do that in a crepe sometimes, I like edamame and always have them frozen in a zip lock; they sub well for chick peas in all kinds of salads or hot greens. I like lentals and any kind of beans. I will also eat some turkey breast when I have it for Inky, just don't like red meat.

What's funny is that because I let him share with me, over time, inky's tastes seem to have changed a bit. He still is primarily a carnivore but while he didn't like veggies or fruit at all initially, now we will sit on the couch at night and he will enjoy a sliced peach or green pepper with me. He LOVES avocados, really likes nuts (can't have grapes, onions, or garlic so in that regard, my cooking has gotten really bland just in case he begs some fish off me...he'd eat fish all the time but he knows nothing about budget!!!!). Hilarious!


What is that flower? i'm afraid since most of mine are standard perennials I am unfamilar with so many other kinds (yet).
Woman on the eastbound train
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ImageJaeRae
Jul 17, 2010 8:21 AM CST
Name: Jamie R
Zone 5, WI
save the rainforest & habitat
Hi Mary...we just crossposted I guess....still laughing at how you make your oats behave!

Yes, I know that many folks are now letting lambs graze and that their life can be humane. I just can't help thinking even then, that they were babies. I did try some a while ago again because i really like mediterranian food and it tasted pretty good but in my head, the animal kept staring back at me.

Like this Hilarious! :

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ImageAnnaZ
Jul 17, 2010 9:09 AM CST
Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
It is a Night blooming Cerus.........Queen of the night. The flowers come out only at night, and by morning are goners. LOL If you saw the movie Dennis the Menace, that is the plant that Mr. Wilson was having his garden party so they could see it bloom. However, it does NOT bloom and die as fast as the movie, you can see it from about 11 on. till the sun comes up. Big Grin
ImageJaeRae
Jul 17, 2010 10:55 AM CST
Name: Jamie R
Zone 5, WI
save the rainforest & habitat
Wow Anna...you 'experts' make it so difficult! it is truly a beautiful bloom though and there was a gorgeous slice of moon out last night.
Woman on the eastbound train
...........................................Je Suis Désolé.
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ImageMaryE
Jul 17, 2010 12:20 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Jamie, lamb is less than a year old, but they are butchered when they reach 110-125 pounds, so they are almost full grown. Their growth rate is amazing!

Anna, does your plant have more buds? And do you have other varieties that bloom in the daytime?
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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ImageAnnaZ
Jul 17, 2010 3:58 PM CST
Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
Yes, I have orchid cactus. Same type of blooms, but last a little longer. :>) My pink one has some blooms, and the red just got done. The yellow is persnickity.......just blooms once a year, when it's in the greenhouse. Usually April/May.
ImageMaryE
Jul 17, 2010 5:18 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Queen of the Night isn't an orchid cactus? Hmmm, if some pieces of your pink one fall off sometime, I'd be happy to pay postage to have a start. Accidents do happen. Do you have a picture of your red one?
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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ImageJaeRae
Jul 17, 2010 6:08 PM CST
Name: Jamie R
Zone 5, WI
save the rainforest & habitat
MaryE wrote: Accidents do happen.


Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
Woman on the eastbound train
...........................................Je Suis Désolé.
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Imagecececoogan
Jul 17, 2010 6:14 PM CST
Name: Cherie (Cece) Coogan
Southeastern WI zone 5a
Jamie I googled Mountain Fleece in images. I found the Persecaria a....... but it is red and is a perennial, Ernies picture looked more like a tree. I wouldn't have any room for such a perennial of such size. and it spreads. Don't know how fast and will not be finding out none too soon. Not exactly what is was looking for. Sad Sad Sad
the faster I go, the behinder I get
ImageJaeRae
Jul 17, 2010 7:18 PM CST
Name: Jamie R
Zone 5, WI
save the rainforest & habitat
here's one you may like: http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.monchesfarm.c...
Woman on the eastbound train
...........................................Je Suis Désolé.
(also a mule lovin', Charley huggin' girl)
ImageMaria
Jul 17, 2010 7:29 PM CST
Name: Maria Ramspott
Massachusetts
This is my Mountain Fleece, if you look carefully in the upper right you will see a bit of a bird feeder with a cardinal on top.
MF grows very fast, when I planted it about three years ago it was 30 inches high. It needs a place all its own because how tall and wide it gets. It will grow any where.

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Maria

"Those who do not learn from the past are condemned to repeat it"
G. Santayana
ImageJaeRae
Jul 17, 2010 7:45 PM CST
Name: Jamie R
Zone 5, WI
save the rainforest & habitat
Beautiful Maria! Now I'm all interested too...I think I have a perfect spot. Do you prune it to keep it that shape? What time during it's cycle (after blooming?)
Woman on the eastbound train
...........................................Je Suis Désolé.
(also a mule lovin', Charley huggin' girl)
ImageJaeRae
Jul 17, 2010 8:11 PM CST
Name: Jamie R
Zone 5, WI
save the rainforest & habitat
Cece...here is the Persicaria plant list from Monches farm. I may just go up there (it's closer to you) but want to check with Prospect Hill first because i have "dollars" I can spend there. also want to get some Russian Sage (bunny repellent):

PERSICARIA (syn POLYGONUM)
􀂐 syn. POLYGONUM, FALLOPIA, TOVARA
amplexicaulis 'Firetail': slender bright red spikes, long blooming 36"-48" $12.50
amplexicaulis 'Golden Arrow': golden lvs, slender bright red spires in fall 18"-24" $17.50
amplexicaulis 'Pink Elephant': pink flwrs, dark stems, long blooming 36"-48" $12.50
japonica 'Variegata': leaves splashed w/ cream, pink, & yellow 48"-60" $12.50
polymorpha: fluffy, cream white plumes July-September 48"-60" $12.50
Woman on the eastbound train
...........................................Je Suis Désolé.
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