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  1. I have -27c (-17f) outside this morning -- It's a bit chilly!
  2. We can all read up on health standards, especially the ones that govern our water supply. http://forums.pcpitstop.com/index.php?act=...11&t=165068 The point on my well is 200ft down and is in a 80ft stand pipe. I have good water and it is quite soft (by Michigan standards)...
  3. Getting hot in Australia!!!! http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20090131/wl_as...aliaweatherheat
  4. OK! Time to tell us --- How're the ham sandwiches???
  5. Roast Goose with Port Gravy Gourmet | December 1997 * user rating: 3½ forks rate this recipe review this recipe at a glance main ingredients Goose, Port more resources Food Dictionary Wine Dictionary cooking videos yield: Serves 8 We've learned from experience that, because goose gives off so much fat in roasting, it's necessary to use a deep (at least 2 inches) roasting pan... more › subscribe to Gourmet Ingredients * a 12-pound goose (with neck and giblets; reserve liver for another use) * 3 onions * 2 celery ribs * about 3 bread slices (any type) * 2 carrots * 1 cup boiling water * 1 cup dry white wine * 1/4 cup Tawny Port * 1/3 cup all-purpose flour * 3 cups chicken broth Preparation Preheat oven to 425°F. Discard loose fat from goose. With a cleaver or heavy knife cut goose kneck into 2-inch pieces. Quarter 1 onion and quarter celery crosswise. Rinse goose inside and out and pat dry. Pierce skin of goose all over with a fork to allow fat to drain and help skin to become crisp. Season goose with salt and pepper and loosely pack neck cavity with enough bread to fill out cavity (this will prevent cavity skin from collapsing during roasting). Fold neck skin under body and fasten with a small skewer. Fill body cavity with quartered onion and celery and tie legs together loosely with kitchen string (or insert legs through slit in lower skin flap if provided). Cut remaining 2 onions and carrots into 2-inch pieces. Transfer goose, breast side up, to a rack set in a deep flame-proof roasting pan and scatter onion and carrot pieces, neck pieces, and giblets in pan. Roast goose in middle of oven 30 minutes. Reduce temperature to 325°F. and carefully pour boiling water over goose (juices may splatter). Roast goose, skimming off fat (save fat; click here for a recipe) and basting with pan juices using a metal bulb baster every 20 minutes, 2 to 2 1/2 hours more, or until a meat thermometer inserted in fleshy part of thigh registers 175°F. and juices run clear when thigh is pierced with a skewer. Transfer goose to a heated platter. Remove skewer and discard string. Keep goose warm, loosely covered with foil. With a slotted spoon discard vegetables, neck pieces, and giblets from pan. Spoon off fat from pan juices and reserve. On top of stove, deglaze pan with white wine and Port over moderately high heat, scraping up brown bits, and boil mixture until reduced by about half. In a 2 1/2- 3-quart heavy saucepan whisk together 1/4 cup reeserved fat (save remainder for another use) and flour and cook roux over moderately low heat, whisking, 3 minutes. Add Port mixture and broth in a stream, whisking to prevent lumps, and bring gravy to a boil, whisking constantly. Simmer gravy, whisking frequently, 5 minutes, or until thickened. Season gravy with salt and pepper. Transfer gravy to a heated sauceboat. Garnish goose with parsley.
  6. They can skip the judge and jury as the media has convicted her mother several times over.....
  7. How is a md5sum generated? Near as I can tell -- the originator can generate a md5sum -- that implies that any copy may not be a good place to generate a md5sum from...
  8. Too bad its only ten minutes long..
  9. 80% Nerdy -- Test needs refinement
  10. "ALEXANDRIA, Va. (CNNMoney.com) -- Wal-Mart - expected to benefit this holiday season from its deep discounting in a tough economy - had its Black Friday marred when an employee was trampled to death as thousands of people rushed through the doors at the opening of the store in Valley Stream, N.Y. Police said the man, identified as 34-year-old Jdimytai Damour, was a temporary employee who lived in New York City's borough of Queens. " http://money.cnn.com/2008/11/28/news/econo...lmart/index.htm
  11. Big family dinner at my nephews this year.
  12. The City of Rochester Hills (Avon Township, for those of us who know the place) want to use sharpshooters to control the deer herd --- the same deer herd that is fed everyday in backyards by animal lovers -- the people who haven't hit one yet on the roads. "Methods to control the deer population became a topic of discussion in early fall after complaints from residents concerning the eating of vegetation in yards, and the latest report from SEMCOG indicating Rochester Hills as the top city for vehicle-deer crashes in Southeast Michigan with 219 crashes in 2007. “Thankfully, we have had no fatalities and only a few injuries due to these crashes,” said Mayor Bryan Barnett. Last year there were 61,907 reported vehicle-deer crashes in the state, with 0.001 percent of these involving the loss of a life from a crash. “Police statistics show that most motorist deaths and injuries occur when drivers swerve to avoid hitting a deer and strike an object, such as a tree or another vehicle,” according to the Michigan Deer Crash Coalition. The resolution addressed nonviolent methods such as leaving the feeding ban enacted in September in place." "Ready, aim, fire! The shooting of up to 200 deer by deputy sharpshooters in the city of Rochester Hills was approved this week by five of seven city council members. It’s part of a comprehensive method of controlling the deer population in an effort to curb the eating of residents’ vegetation and to reduce the number of vehicle-deer crashes." http://www.theoaklandpress.com/articles/20...10066444220.txt Run, Bambi, Run ---
  13. The youngsters who will grow up during the presidency of Obama are the ones who will see things as they really are, for them. They will see Obama as a leader and just accept it. The older ones still hang on to stereotypes and the conditioning they received when the were young. Cherish the youngsters and help instill good values by example, you don't need a lot of words...
  14. Yup! Have a good Birthday and all that.....
  15. Shoulda gotten him one of these http://www.ehow.com/how_4491636_hula-hoe-s...action-hoe.html
  16. BURNS (Including sunburn, brush burns, scrapes and chemical burns) Keep cool water with a little vinegar added in it on the area until the burning stops. The pain may last from four to six hours but continue using the compresses or soaking until you are relieved. If the burn doesn't blister, Aloe Vera gel, fluoride toothpaste or any soothing medicated cream should help. After 24 to 48 hours, if blistering has occurred, cut the blisters off and wash with povidone-iodine solution (Betadine). Coat during the day with either Betadine Cream or Neosporin, Honey, or Aloe Vera Gel, and at night apply the cream and cover area with a moist burn pad such as Second Skin which should be covered with a gauze pad. These water-impregnated bandages enhance burn healing. Brush burns and scrapes can be treated in the same fashion but initially, use cool water compresses without any vinegar, since vinegar will sting and cause burning to an open wound. (Cool water compresses cause stinging on a brush burn anyway, because a fresh scrape is very sensitive.) Use 3% Hydrogen Peroxide to disinfect and clean the area before applying the compresses. Continue to use the peroxide every hour or so to clean and disinfect and compress with the cool water afterwards until the burning stops. You can then treat it as a burn with the other recommendation. The area should be washed twice daily and any white, scabby material should be removed each time. Using the Perosice as an antiseptic before applying the burn cream is very beneficial. The burn should be raw after every washing. Rubbing the area rather than patting dry, although somewhat painful, will achieve this. (Sivadene Creme is still a prescription, at time of printing, but is very effective for pain and to promote healing.) [Note: Honey has been used as a cure for burns since it was recommended by Aristotle. Honey retains heat, so the burn must first be cooled with cold running water or ice cubes, then honey applied to the burned area. Raw honey contains antibiotics, and promotes healing of burns leaving very few scars. Not that long ago, East Bloc medics used raw honey for burns and blisters on soldiers in the field. Miles]
  17. Humans are the only animals allergic to the oil in the poison ivy plant. The oil, from contact with the plant, does the damage -- you can get the oil from your dog or cat, from anything that may have rubbed against the plant. Getting the oil off your skin after contact can save a lot of problems.
  18. The raw steak is cold -- that keeps the swelling down, actually -- a package of frozen corn or peas (still in the package) works better, and you can still consume them after!!
  19. White Vinegar is very versatile -- Stop insect stings and bites from itching by dabbing them with a cotton ball saturated with undiluted white distilled vinegar. Soothe sunburn with a spray of white distilled vinegar, repeating as often as you like. Ice-cold white distilled vinegar will feel even better, and may prevent blistering and peeling. For cuts and scrapes, use white distilled vinegar as an antiseptic. Get rid of foot odor by washing feet well with antiseptic soap daily, then soaking them in undiluted cider vinegar for 10 minutes or so. Remember that cotton socks aid odor control more effectively than wool ones. Clean a hairbrush by soaking in a white distilled vinegar solution. Tone facial skin with a solution of equal parts white distilled vinegar and water. If commercial aftershaves cause rashes and itching, try using undiluted white distilled vinegar as an aftershave lotion. Lighten body freckles (not facial freckles) by rubbing on full-strength white distilled vinegar. Eliminate bad breath and whiten your teeth by brushing them once or twice a week with white distilled vinegar. Make nail polish last longer. Wipe fingernails with cotton balls dipped in white distilled vinegar before putting on nail polish.
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