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RE: Ground Cover (Follow-Up #11)

posted by: joann23456 on 06.14.2009 at 09:31 pm in Kitchen Table Forum

Whatever you use, I'd mix in some lily of the valley. Thrives in shade, stays glossy green all through the growing season, and the scent is terrific.


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RE: Ground Cover (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: whidbeykathy on 06.14.2009 at 12:19 am in Kitchen Table Forum

I used Sweet Woodruff and it thrives in the shade or sun. Here's a article about it..

Here is a link that might be useful: sweet woodruff


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RE: Ground Cover (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: grammahony on 06.13.2009 at 10:23 pm in Kitchen Table Forum

Dilly dally, I was going to say the same thing. I love mine. I have it under some Ponderosa pine trees, and it loves it there.
I love the color of the folage, and with the purple flowers it is so pretty.

Here's some on the left side.


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RE: Ground Cover (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: dilly_dally on 06.13.2009 at 01:28 pm in Kitchen Table Forum


AKA Spotted Dead Nettle, which does not have a nice "ring" to it. They have very pretty leaves and flower. They spread nicely but are not invasive. If you already have blocks around the area there should be no problem with it ever going into the lawn.


Check this out and see if this would be a good ground cover around the cherry and plum trees.
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RE: Ground Cover (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: lydia1959 on 06.13.2009 at 02:43 pm in Kitchen Table Forum

Pachysandra. Fills in nicely, so no weeds once estabished. Stays green all year. I have it planted along the front of my house which faces northwest. I am in Missouri (zone 6 I think).

Here is a link that might be useful: Pachysandra


this would be a good consideration for ground cover around the pecan trees on side of barn.
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RE: Trumpet Vine? (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: vickilovesboxers on 06.07.2009 at 07:52 am in Hummingbird Garden Forum

This year in late April I went to my local Nursery and purchased a potted Crossvine. That plant bloomed prolifically in its pot before we got it planted on the fence.
Croaavine is related to Trumpet Vine(an online search caused me to chose that one) and the Hummers love it too. It blooms at least one month earlier here in Delaware than Trumpet does, and the flowers are smaller but similar. That and Coral Honeysuckle would also probably be good pot choices.


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RE: Help! Coral Honeysuckle has bugs! (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: hummersteve on 05.26.2009 at 10:53 pm in Hummingbird Garden Forum

I still have some aphids in which I blast off every couple of days when I see them. BTW I usually make a quart of the citrus spray when I use it and spray the entire plant. Eggs still continue to hatch. So this fall when it goes dormant Im going to cut the plant back severely all side branches and leaves will be gone to within a couple ft of the crown , the only way to get rid of all the eggs for next year. I know of other people who have done this and they say they have no aphids. Ive had them for three years in a row so its time for action. Also people who have done this say their plant becomes much fuller too.


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RE: Help! Coral Honeysuckle has bugs! (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: hummersteve on 05.24.2009 at 01:35 am in Hummingbird Garden Forum

I too have had aphids on my coral honeysuckle this spring and I dont like to use insecticide or neem oil as some have said both will affect the plant. Instead I use a homemade citrus oil spray, first I blast all the aphids I can see with a jet stream from a water bottle then I make the citrus mix and spray the entire plant leaves and buds and the aphids will all die and drop off in a day or two. Here is a couple of shots of my plant now. I just use the yellow outside of lemons not the white part.


Here is a link that might be useful: citrus spray


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RE: Question for Marilyn_Sue (Follow-Up #12)

posted by: lilliepad on 06.07.2009 at 06:11 pm in Kitchen Table Forum

My mother use to make a sandwich spread kind of like Marilyns but she used roast beef.It was good.If you like Spam,and we do,I make this one.
1 can of Spam grated or chopped in the food processor.I prefer to grate mine with a cheese grater.
1/4 C. Miracle Whip (or mayo if you can't stand M/W).You may need a little more depending on how moist you like it.
A couple of dashes black pepper
1/4 tsp.garlic powder
2 Tbsp finely minced onion
3 Tbsp.finely chopped green olives
2 heaping Tbsp sweet pickle relish
Mix it all together and spread on bread.Also good on crackers as a snack.


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RE: Question for Marilyn_Sue (Follow-Up #11)

posted by: susie53 on 06.07.2009 at 06:05 pm in Kitchen Table Forum

We call it ham salad, to. I make it all the time. I use 2 lbs bologna, 9 or so boiled eggs, a 24oz jar of sweet pickles,1 baseball sized onion and miracle whip. Sometimes after it sits you need to add more miracle. I use the old fashion hand grinder. I grind up the eggs first, then all the other things. Yummy, yummy..

One day I was coming out of Meijer and I heard someone call my name. It was a guy my hub worked with years ago and we had camped with a few times when our kids were young. He asked me if I would send him my ham salad recipe. He said he had trisd to make it a couple times and it never tasted right. He told me it was the best he had ever had. he gave me his email address and I sent it to him..

I, too, like the Echrich bologna the best.

I just got a new table and chairs and it won't work to fasten the grinder to it. I have to figure out some other place to do it. I am sure hubby wil get something figured out for me. It is one of his favorite things..



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RE: Question for Marilyn_Sue (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: marilyn_sue on 06.07.2009 at 09:25 am in Kitchen Table Forum

Hi Veta, sorry I wasn't on here sooner to answer your question. I used bologona. I used two pounds of bologona, a couple stalks of celery, some sweet pickle relish, 9 hard boiled eggs, some Miracle Whip and sugar to taste. I chop up the meat in my food processor, dump it into a bowl and then chop up the other things, not the relish. Add the Miracle Whip to all of it and then add some sugar if you like. I didn't have any sweet pickle relish yesterday so I thawed some of my frozen dill pickles I had in my freezer and chopped those and used them. I like the sweet better, but it was okay. You can even add just a bit of onion if you like. My dill pickles had some onion so I didn't bother to add any more to it. It is probably better if it chills a while before using so the flavors will blend together. Of course you don't have to make this much, but with working men they eat a lot.



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RE: Question about honeysuckle (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: mbuckmaster on 06.06.2009 at 04:14 pm in Hummingbird Garden Forum

Sorry to hear about the PI...we have all been there, unfortunately. Getting rid of it and the Japanese honeysuckle will be a battle--good luck to you. It is a battle well worth fighting for you and the hummers!

Both Goldflame and the John Clayton are excellent choices and will have good hummer use. To mix the palate up, consider one of the red sempervirens...'Major Wheeler' or 'Alabama Crimson'.


Two more honeysuckles to add for my hummers. MAJOR WHEELER, AND ALABAMA CRIMSON.
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RE: Question about honeysuckle (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: penny1947 on 05.29.2009 at 08:24 am in Hummingbird Garden Forum

when you say 'wild honeysuckle' are you referring to the one with white/yellowish flowers? If so that is invasive Japanese honeysuckle. Our native honeysuckle is coral honeysuckle (Lornicera sempervirens). It is extremly hardy (zone 4 or 5) and it will bloom continuously if the spent blooms are pinched back and it gets enough sunlight. Hummers use it all summer long.



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RE: Tell us something about you..Part two (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: olyagrove on 05.05.2009 at 02:27 pm in Hot Topics Forum

Since everyone else seems to be "editing" their bio and adding bits and pieces, so will I

I came to the US in 2000, and worked full time all throughout undegrad - while going to school full time. When people complain about school being too expensive, I do not want to hear it...It is hard, but doable...

In grad school, I was able to work at school and get a tuition waiver...That is when I got a ton of free time (in comparison to working full time/going to school full time, it sure felt like it!) and started gardening...
I grew up with my parents growing food we ate ...I love growing things and currently grow mostly flowers..

I love tea and coffee...I love to eat and not as much to cook!

I like sewing but do not have much time for it anymore...My sewing machine is getting dusty.

My family still lives in Russia, and my husband and I try to visit every summer...Hubby is about to start Russian lessons - he is looking forward to it :)

I own a bunch of cats, half of them - because I could not let them go from fostering or they were not exactly adoptable...

This is me, a few years ago

From Michael and Olya

Passed out, with 5 foster kittens laying next to me...

From Michael and Olya

And one of my favorite cats (tripod)...A foster who never left :)

From Bruno living the life

My Gallery of Plants and Cats


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RE: Roses that root easily from cutting (Follow-Up #21)

posted by: hartwood on 01.19.2009 at 07:18 am in Antique Roses Forum

When I first started growing roses, I tried quite unsuccessfully to root some of my own. A friend showed me her method, and I have had wonderful results ever since. The whole thing is based on the idea that the top part of a 2-liter soda bottle will fit inside the bottom half of a 1/2 gallon plastic milk jug, making a little greenhouse. I had practically a whole basement full of these on shelves under grow lights last winter. The milk jugs are fairly transparent, and it's very easy to see roots growing along the sides and bottom of the jug. (Now I'm rooting most of my roses under mist in the greenhouse.)


To answer Randy's initial question .... one rose that I'm quite surprised by is White Pet. I took cuttings of it in late November when the weather was quite cold and the plant was very leafless. Each of the 4 cuttings is already showing roots at the bottom of the pot! (I use 2 1/2" clear orchid pots -- thanks, Mike.) It looks like some of the other polyanthas I have may be just as easy to root. I have two unknown ones that I rustled that are rooted, too.

In case anyone wants step-by-step instructions to the milk jug method of propagation, go to my web site below. I have a photo tutorial to show you how I do it.

Here is a link that might be useful: Rooting Roses Tutorial


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RE: Roses that root easily from cutting (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: jerijen on 01.18.2009 at 01:22 pm in Antique Roses Forum

I agree with Molly -- most of the Teas and Chinas are happy to root. I'd include Noisettes, as well.

Some things we changed in the past year have increased our success rate greatly, but to single out a few that REALLY root like crazy:

"Dawn Crest" (Undocumented Climbing Rose)
"Setzer Noisette" (Undocumented Climbing Noisette)
'White Pearl In Red Dragon's Mouth" (Chi Long Han Zhu - China Rose)
'Rosette Delizy' (Tea Rose, Nabonnand, France)



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RE: easy care antique roses (Follow-Up #15)

posted by: rjlinva on 04.29.2009 at 06:06 am in Antique Roses Forum

I had saved some of Jean's List/Message....I hope I'm not out of line by pasting it back here. It's such a great list.

This is my list of no-spray roses. I am in Nashville, Zone 7. This list contains roses that I have found lose fewer than 30% of their leaves over the season over the past 8 years. This list probably has little value to northern growers because very little of what I grow would survive there. It's also likely that folks like Olga have a particularly nasty strain of blackspot because many of these roses are tried and true throughout the south.


The Fairy
Cl. Clotilde Soupert
Cl. Cecile Brunner
Clotilde Soupert
La Marne
Gourmet Popcorn
Mrs. R.M. Finch
Perle dOr
Phyllis Bide

Hybrid Musks:

Excellenz von Schubert
Darlow's Enigma
Gardindirektor Otto von Linne


Carefree Delight
Earth Song
Pearl Meidiland
Carefree Sunshine
Belindas Dream
Carefree beauty a/k/a/ Katy Road Pink
Winter Sunset
Prairie Sunrise
Knock Out


Alberic Barbier
Francois Juranville
Aviateur Bleuriot
Alexander Girault
Ayrshire Queen
Paul Transon
Emily Gray
Francois Guillot


Pink Pet/Caldwell Pink
Le Vesuve
Comtesse du Cayla
Bermudas Kathleen
Cramoisi Superieur
Little White Pet


Blush Noisette
Souv de Mme. LAdvocat
Narrow Water
Jaune Desprez
Reve dOr
Duchesse dAuerstadt
Alister Stella Gray
Champneys Pink Cluster
William Allen Richardson
Secret Garden Musk


Lady Hillingdon
Maman Cochet
Duchesse de Brabant
Baronne Henriette de Snoy
Georgetown Lemon White Tea
William R. Smith
Rosette Delizy
Comtesse Festestics
Souv. de Pierre Notting
Rock Hill Peach Tea
La Sylphide
Le Pactole
Jean Bach Sisley
Clementina Carbonieri
Etoile de Lyon
Mme. Maurin
Alliance Franco-Russe
Mrs. Dudley Cross
Monsieur Tillier
Mme. Joseph Schwartz
Georgetown Tea
Isabella Sprunt
Mrs. B.R. Cant
Lorraine Lee
J.E. Murphy's Pink Tea
Angel Camp Tea
Puerto Rico
Mme. Antoine Rebe
Mme. Berkeley
Marie van Houtte
Triomphe de Luxembourg
Rhodologue Jules Graveraux
Smiths Parish
Cels Multiflora
Humes Blush
Souv. dun Ami
Miss Caroline
Thomasville Old Gold
Duke of York
Niles Cochet
Mme. Antoine Marie
Mme. Lombard
Irene Bonnet
Mme. Camille
Paul Nabonnand
Mme. de la Sombreuil
Isabelle Nabonnand

Hybrid Teas:

Eva de Grossouvre
Red Radiance
Careless Love
Maman Lyly
Lady Ursula


Clair Matin
Cl. Lady Waterlow
Autumn Sunset
New Dawn


Strawberry Ice a/k/a Bordure Rose


Souv. de la Malmaison
Mystic Beauty
Kronprincessin Viktoria
Souv. de St. Anne a/k/a Miss Abbot



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Ah Ha!! Busted him.

posted by: rob_a on 04.07.2009 at 11:16 am in Hummingbird Garden Forum

I caught the finch dude stealing water from my ant moats again. But I tolerate him, even though he has a whole lake full of water fifty yards from here.
Actually, I enjoy watching him, and the hummers don't mind and will perch on the feeder next to him.


Some of today's visitors, both Black Chinned. You can barely see some of the purple on the males neck.




isn't this the cutest?
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RE: Best Honeysuckle vine for Hummers? (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: hummersteve on 04.08.2009 at 12:39 am in Hummingbird Garden Forum

Yes, coral honeysuckle is a good one and I have it, but my sister swears by lonicera x heckrotti " goldflame honeysuckle" I read somewhere that it has a higher nectar content that the others, but dont quote me on that.

Here is a link that might be useful: goldflame honeysuckle


Seems like everyone is recommending goldflame honeysuckle. Stay away from the japanese honeysuckle that home depot sells.
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RE: Best Honeysuckle vine for Hummers? (Follow-Up #10)

posted by: mbuckmaster on 04.12.2009 at 08:17 pm in Hummingbird Garden Forum

I can't let a honeysuckle thread go by without cautioning anyone and everyone against planting lonicera japonica, Japanese Honeysuckle. It also goes by the name of "Hal's Honeysuckle" sometimes...I've even seen it for sale at Home Depot. It has pure white blossoms and smells heavenly for a couple of weeks in late spring...but that's where its positive attributes stop. Then it takes over the garden and your neighborhood and is an unbelievable invasive nightmare. Stick with our native Goldflame...a truly wonderful plant whether you want to attract hummers or not!


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Hummer pics

posted by: ctnchpr on 04.16.2009 at 08:53 pm in Hummingbird Garden Forum

Here are 2 of about 8 that I have so far -




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Go Native!

posted by: ctnchpr on 04.19.2008 at 08:40 am in Hummingbird Garden Forum

If you want to attract hummers using native plants, this is a good one. According to Wikipedia (and it's never wrong), the primary pollinator of Fire Pink (Silene virginica) is the RTHB. Mine are a good indicator of when the hummers are getting close - the first bloom this year was Apr 5, first hummer arrived the next day. If you can find some that need rescuing from developers, they are easily transplanted. Just look for a bright, red star a few inches off the ground.

Been trying to get a pic of the little male and female which are working these, but no luck so far.


Here is a link that might be useful: Fire pink on Wikipedia


These will reseed
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RE: extending pattern life? (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: kathi_mdgd on 04.14.2009 at 03:33 pm in Sewing Forum

Joann's fabric a lot of times has their interfacing on sale for 1/2 off and the lightweight one isn't expensive to begin with.I've gotten it at times for .50 cents a yd,and i'll either buy 10 yds or the whole bolt.
I generally just cut the pieces from the big sheet leaving a margin,and making them easier to work with,then just fuse the interfacing and cut on the largest size cutting line if it's a multiple size pattern.Then for the other sizes i use different color sharpies to mark the cutting lines for each size.Then when you're ready to use a different size it's easier to see.You can also clip the edges of the pattern pieces,like from the largest to the smallest,so if you're doing the smallest you can just fold the excess in so it's out of your way.Hope that makes sense to you.


This is a fantastic idea for saving a well used pattern from being torn. Fusible lightweight interfacing. Transfer the markings and wala.
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General swap info for newbies

posted by: lola99 on 04.22.2009 at 02:07 pm in Quilting Forum

There have been a lot of questions lately about the swaps. Ill try to help out, but forgive me if I miss something. Im sure others will fill in the blanks. (My disclaimer: this is not intended to be a substitute for reading the directions on each individual swap!)

Birthday Swap this is generally organized in the fall, in other words, you can not join mid-year. This last year Vicky organized and ran this swap. It is a year long commitment. You are put in a group of 13 and you are signing up to make 12 blocks spread roughly throughout the calendar year. (Vicky sent the list out in November so we had time to start sewing for our January birthdays.) Once you sign up, you will receive a list with the names, addresses, and square preferences of the others in your group. It is your responsibility to mail a block to each person in your group for their birthday. In other words, it is a direct swap. On your birthday you will receive 12 blocks made to your general guidelines. Sometimes people are very specific with what they want, i.e. a specific block pattern with specific colors. Sometimes it is something like "quilters choice with brights" or "penguins" etc. This swap is for quilters of all levels. You do not have to be perfect; you just have to try your best. This is my 3rd year in the birthday block swap and I have had 3 great groups. I do remember hearing about one or two groups that fell apart mid-way through the year. While this can happen, in my opinion it is not likely as the swap hostess (this year Vicky, last few years Amy) does a good job of keeping track of what is going on in the swaps and helping to find a substitute if necessary. Below Im pasting a link to the last sign up just to give you an idea of what it looked like last year.

Lotto swap Ive only done this once or twice, so if you need more info, Im sure someone else can chime in. Basically, each month the hostess posts directions for a block. You can usually make anywhere between 1 and 3 blocks. Your name is entered one time for each block that you make, and the drawing takes place the first of the month. Sometimes the hostess asks for $1 and sometimes 1 stamp per entry. This is to cover the cost of mailing the blocks to the winner. All of the blocks will then be sent to the person whose name was drawn.

Fabric swaps these have been different sizes, fat quarters, strips, nickels, I Spy fabric, etc. The hostess will describe the type of fabric to be swapped and the size and the due date. Sometimes the hostess asks that the fabric is prewashed, sometimes it doesnt matter.

Direct swaps Christmas in July, Secret Santa, etc. I cant really help here because I have not participated in these. Usually the directions seem fairly straight forward.

On all swaps:
- if you have questions, ask for clarification
- if you are involved in a direct swap, please keep all information confidential and do not send emails that are not about the swap. (My rule of thumb is to keep EVERYTHING confidential. Some people dont like to share last names, where they are from, etc. so never post info on the forum that you learned about someone due to participation in the swap even if it is unintentional you may be violating their privacy.)
- Make sure you note if the due date is the day the fabric should have reached the hostess, or the date that it needs to be postmarked by.
- Make sure your fabric does not smell or have animal hair on it
- Carefully read the directions about postage. Usually you are asked to send a self addressed STAMPED (not meter postage) envelope for your return package in a centralized swap.
- I once read that it was good etiquette to enclose a host/hostess gift. This is not a requirement, but a nice gesture. This can be anything from a "thank you" note to fabric or something else entirely.
- Here is a web site on other swap etiquette, it is not the "rules" but generally good info about swaps in general:

I hope this helps,

Here is a link that might be useful: Sample: last year's birthday block sign up


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2009 Birthday Block sign-ups

posted by: vicky4x4 on 09.17.2008 at 01:04 pm in Quilting Forum

I am the new host for the 2009 Birthday blocks.

The time has come again for all those that are interested to sign up for the Birthday Block Swap. Here’s how it works:

1. Sign up!
2. Email me your Street address, Birth date and e-mail address (these are confidential and only sent to swap recipients).
3. Pick a theme; block style, size, and color preference for the blocks you would like to receive.
4. I put everyone who signs up into groups of 13.
5. I email you your group list.
6. You send one block to each person in your group on their birthday. (not me)
7. You receive 12 blocks on your birthday from the other members of your group.
8. If you want to add something else, like a card or a small goody, that is your choice, but not a requirement.


You may pick what ever you want for your block. The blocks would be "beginner friendly",,,no appliqué, unless a person asks for a Quilters choice of block and the maker wants to do appliqué... This swap is open to all levels of quilters and we do not want to discourage new quilters from joining.
I will try to assign everyone to a list that pretty much spread out the birthdays so there aren’t a lot on your list in one month.

Please make sure your fabric is washed, so we don’t have bleeders.

This swap will be open for sign ups until October 31st. You should have your lists back to you before November 15th. So that everybody can get started with their early January blocks before the holiday rush.

Now for a few details that need addressed; sometimes, for whatever reason, someone might need or just want to drop out. If that happens, no problem, but please be fair and let me know ahead so some one else can volunteer to take your spot. I will ask for "pinch hitters" who will be willing to fill in and go the extra mile if they can.

If anyone has any questions, please ask. I look forward to another great year of birthday swaps.



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RE: I hate buying cameras (Follow-Up #12)

posted by: tami_ohio on 06.11.2007 at 09:10 am in Kitchen Table Forum

Kathy, CALL OLYMPUS!!!! Yep, I yelled that! DH bought me a new one after my C-50 broke. About 2 months later we called Olympus to see if we could get parts for our first Olympus, the D-510. Low and behold, for $150 they fixed the C-50! Anything that was wrong with it! Now I have 3 workable cameras!!!!! DH was using the 510, but now that the c 50 works, he uses that one, while I carry the 710 all the time.

That's lots cheaper than a new one.



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RE: I hate buying cameras (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: organic_donna on 06.10.2007 at 11:39 pm in Kitchen Table Forum

I bought my camera from They have good prices. It's easy to comparison shop on their wesite.


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RE: I hate buying cameras (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: arosegirl on 06.10.2007 at 08:03 pm in Kitchen Table Forum

I love my Olympus SP500UZ. Does everything I need it to and more. I have never regreted buying it. It makes excellent pictures. Olympus rocks!!!! This is my 3rd Olympus, wore my first one out, the 2nd one was stolen.


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RE: I hate buying cameras (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: aptosca on 06.10.2007 at 12:53 pm in Kitchen Table Forum

I saw a show on HGTV or DIY about buying a new digital camera. They talked about what amount of MP you need. they came to the conclusion that most people will be fine with 4 to 5 MP, especially if you only get 4x6 prints. No one could tell the difference even when they were blown up to 8x10. Unless you are doing lots of poster size prints, you don't need much more then 5 MP.

I got a Nikon coolpix 8800 8MP years ago and I have to admit that most of the time I keep it on the 4MP setting. That is great for 4x6 or 5x7 shots.

I got it mainly because of the image stabilization system, which a lot of cameras have now, but back then it was the only affordable one. Also liked the 10x optical zoom, macro feature, timer and remote control. I had used manual 35mm and Medium Format SLR's with different ISO's, manual focus, lens threads for filters, shutter and apeture priority, and metering. So I wanted a digital camera that could do all that. This was one of the few digital cameras, again that was affordable, that had all that.

If you don't need all those extras, I would suggest something in the more automatic type camera with 5MP. Go for the highest optical zoom, not digital zoom, and image stabilization. It really helps with camera shake. Here is a good article on digital camera features.

I wish I had waited till now to buy a new one because digital SLR's have really dropped in price. I saw one at Costco that is less then what I paid for the Nikon many years ago.

Good luck in your search.


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posted at the same time (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: debby_ab on 06.10.2007 at 12:46 pm in Kitchen Table Forum

Reading the specs and see a very low F number and a VERY high ISO which means you can take pictures in the dark and they'll still turn out really great. The lower the F number the more light the lens lets in. But in bright conditions, you want to have it on a higher number (I usually start at F9 and work my way up) and a low ISO (bright days, I use 100). I see it has a digital zoom which is something I never use on my point and shoot camera's. The pictures just don't look all that good with the digital zoom, so I leave it off all the time. There's lots of shooting modes, bells and whistles. Even though it doesn't say Canon, I think you would be very happy with it.


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RE: I hate buying cameras (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: debby_ab on 06.10.2007 at 12:41 pm in Kitchen Table Forum

For me it's simple: The word CANON has to be on the camera. I've seen great pictures come from $200 camera's as well as $5000 camera's. I wanted a DSLR and never thought I'd own one. My husband surprised me for Christmas and bought me the XTi. I still use my S80 for 'quickie' shots, but the XTi is the main camera I use. I like that both have the mode presets: portrait, landscape, sports, etc.. And that they both have the manual settings, TV, AV, as well as the "green box" auto mode. I like that the ISO on my SLR goes up to 1600 for really dark conditions. On my S80 I believe it's only 1/2 that.

And are you sure about the 18megapixel camera? I think the highest I've seen is 12 and that's the $5 grand camera.


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A poem for Dad you might like

posted by: bestlawn on 06.12.2007 at 09:02 am in Kitchen Table Forum

A dads a man whose life is spent in working hard each day;
In tending to his familys needs and brightening their way;

In sharing and in caring and in understanding, too;
In helping with a problem and in making dreams come true.

And, while its seldom that he gets the praise hes sure to rate,
He can be sure his family thinks hes absolutely great.

It takes a while for children to realize some things,
Like the sense of deep security a loving father brings.

It takes a while for them to see how often day by day
His wisdom and his counsel may have helped them on their way.

But as time goes by, they realize the love hes always shown,
And they feel that hes among the very finest men theyve known.

Hope someone likes it.


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RE: Are the hummers gone from Hoosierland? (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: penny1947 on 10.22.2006 at 10:03 am in Hummingbird Garden Forum

You are welcome Steve. Rich grows some fantastic salvias but keep in mind that not all of them bloom early in the season. Some are late summer/fall or winter bloomers. Some that I have found to be great all season bloomers are the Salvia guaranitcas (the species, Black & Blue and Van Remsen), most of the salvia greggiis, the coccineas. I have been able to find Salvia coccinea 'Lady in Red' at our local walmart stores in the spring for two years in a row. Salvia Greggii while smaller plants are also a little hardier than many of the other salvias. Selvia Azurea is a late summer bloomer but it is hardy to zone 6. I think Salvia reptans is also hardy for us but a late bloomer. Pineapple sage is usually available in the herb section of many garden centers but is a late Sept. bloomer.



info on salvia for hummers. Fall, all season, spring bloomers.
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RE: Are the hummers gone from Hoosierland? (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: penny1947 on 10.22.2006 at 06:35 am in Hummingbird Garden Forum

Salvias are easy to obtain in some areas. Up here in my area of NY they are not as easy to find. When I go down to see family in Madison Ind. I buy plants at a little hole in the wall produce and plant shop otherwise I grow my own from seed or overwinter cuttings from plants I already have or buy online from Rich Dufresne, who is a salvia breeder in NC who knows his stuff and his prices are great. Below is a link to Rich's website. I definitley recomend his plants.


Here is a link that might be useful: A World of Salvias


Salvia info. for hummers
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RE: LOOKING for: no carbs (Follow-Up #13)

posted by: Julie_Va on 08.01.2002 at 01:35 pm in Special Diet Recipes Forum

I am following low carb, up to 25 carbs a day, and I have never felt healthier. My arthritis and tummy problems have virtually disappeared. My nails look healthy, my cholesterol went from 250 to 170. I could go on but won't bore you. I have tried many of the low carb breads, donuts and muffins and they are passable and help with variety.

I do have two recipes for you. The first is a nice dip for veggies, low carb crackers, cheese crackers (this recipe will follow) and is also interesting placed over chicken and baked.

Cream Cheese
Salsa or Picante sauce

Microwave cream cheese just until soft enough to stir. Add salsa and mix well. Refrigerate.

This is a big hit at office parties with veggies and chips. I will make up 2 bowls, 1 with low fat cheese, 1 with regular.

Cheese Crachers

cheese; cheddar and American work well, you will need to try what you have because different cheese react differently.

Slice the cheese. Spray a microwaveable plate with Pam and lay the cheese on it in a single row. Microwave for a long time. I am sorry I can't be more specific, it just depends on what kind of cheese you use and your own microwave. Cook until they are real bubbly, then cook some more. Just don't let them burn, but that would take a long, long time. As they cool, they will harden if cooked long enough. Then break into chunks. This is something I have just experimented with. Maybe someone else has more specific directions. I just know they are very good and can be used in a variety of ways.


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RE: LOOKING for: no carbs (Follow-Up #10)

posted by: Emanon68 on 06.19.2002 at 01:36 pm in Special Diet Recipes Forum

Here is a site dedicated to LOW CARB recipes.

Here is a link that might be useful: Low Carb Recipe Archives


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RE: LOOKING for: no carbs (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: lynnie (Guest) on 03.07.2001 at 02:20 pm in Special Diet Recipes Forum

here's the most recent site i've found...still "low" carb, not "no" carb, but it gives you a feel for what you're trying to do .

Here is a link that might be useful: Dyan's recipe page


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Check out this site for lots of low carb recipes! (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: Healthy Eatin' Recipes (Guest) on 02.04.2001 at 11:59 pm in Special Diet Recipes Forum

They're great for answering questions too.

Check the Recipe Archives for tons of recipes!

Here is a link that might be useful: Barbo's Diet Kitchen


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RE: LOOKING for: Low Carb Pie Crust for Apple Pie (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: krissie on 10.05.2006 at 06:50 pm in Special Diet Recipes Forum

Make a nut crust. I chop nuts real fine, add butter and Splenda, bake or toast nuts before using. Can use for a crumb topping also. The toasted nut flavor is great! This is the best way to have a crust when diabetic.


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RE: Apple Cider Vinegar (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: joy4me on 08.18.2006 at 09:14 pm in Health Forum

My doctor takes it herself and has recommended it to many patients.


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RECIPE: I know it's early, but... Fresh Cranberry Relish

posted by: mdgardengurl on 09.14.2006 at 09:21 pm in Recipe Exchange Forum

My family didn't like the canned or cooked cranberry relishes I used to serve during the holiday, but I wanted them to reap the benefits of the fruit, so I came up with a delicious relish using fresh fruit.

1 bag fresh cranberries
2 large navel oranges, peeled and sectioned
1 small box raspberry jello
1/2 bag mini marshmallows
2 cups cranberry juice coctail, if you can't find 100% juice
1 cup chopped walnuts

Wash cranberries and chop in food processor. Cut up orange sections. Put chopped cranberries, oranges, walnuts and marshmallows into large bowl. Make jello according to box directions, but substitute the cranberry juice for the water. Cool jello to room temperature, then mix with the ingredients in the bowl. Chill, but stir about every 15 - 30 minutes until all the jello is absorbed.

I make jars of this as gifts for friends at Christmas.


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RE: RECIPE: recipe (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: jenn on 01.29.2006 at 01:19 pm in Recipe Exchange Forum

Here's my version of the flourless variety. I think I'll try the one with baking soda next time because I like that cracked surface appearance.

Easy Peanut Butter Cookies

* 1 C peanut butter
* 1 C granulated sugar
* 1 egg
* 1 tsp. vanilla

Combine sugar with peanut butter and blend well. Add vanilla and egg. Blend thoroughly.

Roll into 1" balls, place on ungreased cookie sheet and smash with fork.

(NOTE: These cookies retain their shape while baking.)

Bake 10 minutes at 350F.


Here's one I created years ago based on a World's Best Sugar Cookies recipe published in the Los Angeles times sometime in the 80s.

Jen's Rich and Crumbly Peanut Butter Cookie

* 1 C sweet (unsalted) butter
* 5/8 C granulated sugar
* 3/8 C powdered sugar
* 3/4 C brown sugar
* 2 eggs
* 1/4 C oil
* 1 tsp. vanilla
* 1 (16 oz.) jar Chunky Peanut Butter (I used Laura Skutters)
* 1 tsp. baking soda
* 1 tsp. baking powder
* 1/2 tsp. salt (optional)
* 2-1/2 C flour

Cream butter and sugars. Add eggs, oil, vanilla, and peanut butter; mix well. Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt; add to butter mixture. Blend well.

Shape dough into walnut-size balls. Place on ungreased baking sheet and press down with fork. Bake at 350F 10 to 12 minutes. Makes about 4 dozen.



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RE: RECIPE: recipe (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: iris_gal on 01.29.2006 at 02:31 am in Recipe Exchange Forum

I just had this outstanding peanut butter cookie at work. No flour!!! The baking soda causes cracks in the surface (like snickerdoodles) which makes them very attractive looking.

Flourless Peanut Butter Cookie
1 cup each brown sugar and peanut butter (ie. Skippy)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Optional: 1 cup chocolate chips

Combine all ingredients; allow the dough to rest about 5 min.
Roll balls, pressing dough together (may be crumbly).
350 degress --- 15 minutes. Cool on pan 1 minute before removing.

My friend tried the recipe and forgot to ask her if she greased the cookie sheet. She is more of a cook than a baker and hers were perfection.


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RE: RECIPE: Oatmeal Raisen Cookies (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: Roselin32 on 06.30.2004 at 08:16 pm in Dessert Exchange Forum

Dawn,I make these for the techs at my ISP and they keep asking for them-soaking the raisins really gives them a different flavor as does browning the pecans (or walnuts) and the oats.
Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
3 eggs, well beaten
1 c raisins
1 tsp vanilla`
1c butter
1c brown sugar
1c white sugar
2 1/2c flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp baking soda
2 c oatmeal
3/4 c chopped pecans
Toast nuts and oatmeal til lightly browned, then cool. Combine eggs, vanilla, and raisins and let soak covered with saran wrap for one hour before mixing into dough.
Cream together butter and sugars; add flour, salt, cinnamon, and soda to sugar mixture and mix well.Blend in egg-raisin mixture, oatmeal, and chopped nuts. Dough will be stiff-roll into balls the size of a walnut, place on ungreased cookie sheet, and flatten with a fork. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes or til lightly browned.~
Yield: 6 dozen.


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RE: Sam's Club oatmeal and raisen cookies (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: Ginger_St_Thomas on 11.14.2003 at 06:05 pm in Dessert Exchange Forum

This is from Epicurious & is a Cook's Illustrated recipe:

Cook's Illustrated's (Moist And Chewy) Oatmeal Cookies (With Raisins & Variations
Michael in Denver, Quaker Oats has their famous Vanishing Oatmeal cookies, which remain soft if you leave them on your baking sheets for a minute or two before completely cooling on wire racks. I always soak my raisins in water and drain them before adding them to my cookies, although, I have heard that rum is better. :O)

Cook's Illustrated #1 Oatmeal Cookies

Why did it take six months to develop the right recipe for a chewy, thick, buttery oatmeal cookie? Well, it all started and ended with the back of the Quaker Oats box....

The challenge: When we considered doing a story on oatmeal cookies, the first place we went was the back of the Quaker Oats box, and the cookies the Quaker recipe produced were very good. Nonetheless, we wanted something moremore chewy, more moist, and more substantial. We were after a big, moist, chewy cookie with lots of real oat flavor.
The solution: After literally months of testing, our final recipe was in fact still very close to the Quaker Oats recipe that had gotten us started, but we had discovered four simple changes that made a significant difference in the end result. First, we substituted baking powder for baking soda. The baking powder gave the dough more lift, which in turn made the cookies less dense and a bit chewier. Second, we eliminated the cinnamon recommended not only in the Quaker Oats recipe but in lots of other recipes. By taking away the cinnamon, we revealed more oat flavor. Third, we made our cookies really big, doubling the amount of dough most recipes recommend dropping onto the cookie sheet. We had learned that small cookies tend to be dry; by increasing size, we got more moisture and more chewiness. Fourth, we increased the sugar in our cookies, and this made a huge difference in terms of texture and moistness. Sugar makes baked goods both more tender and more moist because it helps the end product retain water during baking. In addition, by encouraging exterior browning, sugar promotes crispness. In the end, we had gotten even more out of our new oatmeal cookie recipe than we'd hoped for.


Makes 16 to 20 large cookies

If you prefer a less sweet cookie, you can reduce the white sugar by one-quarter cup, but you will lose some crispness. Do not overbake these cookies. The edges should be brown but the rest of the cookie should still be very light in color. Parchment makes for easy cookie removal and cleanup, but it's not a necessity. If you don't use parchment, let the cookies cool directly on the baking sheet for two minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack.


2 sticks (1/2 pound) unsalted butter,
softened but still firm
1 cup light brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
3 cups rolled oats
1 1/2 cups raisins (optional)

1. Adjust oven racks to low and middle positions; heat oven to 350 degrees. In bowl of electric mixer or by hand, beat butter until creamy. Add sugars; beat until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in eggs one at a time.

2. Mix flour, salt, baking powder, and nutmeg together, then stir them into butter-sugar mixture with wooden spoon or large rubber spatula. Stir in oats and optional raisins.

3. Form dough into sixteen to twenty 2-inch balls, placing each dough round onto one of two parchment papercovered, large cookie sheets. Bake until cookie edges turn golden brown, 22 to 25 minutes. (Halfway during baking, turn cookie sheets from front to back and also switch them from top to bottom.) Slide cookies on parchment onto cooling rack. Let cool at least 30 minutes before serving.


Substitute 1 1/2 cups chopped dates for the raisins.


Omit raisins and add 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger.


Substitute 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips for the raisins.


Omit raisins, decrease flour to 1 1/3 cups, and add 1/4 cup ground almonds and 1 cup walnut pieces along with oats. Almonds can be ground in food processor or blender.


Omit raisins and add 2 tablespoons minced orange zest (remove zest with peeler, being careful to leave behind any white pith) and 1 cup toasted chopped almonds (toast almonds in 350-degree oven for 5 minutes) along with oats.

Author(s): Christopher Kimball - Eva Katz
Written: January,1997


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RE: LOOKING for: blackberry crisp or cobbler (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: Roselin32 on 03.06.2004 at 10:38 am in Dessert Exchange Forum

This is the one I make but Ginger, yours sound good too. I'm not crazy about oats in my crisps.
4c blackberries mixed with
1/2c sugar
1/4c water
Combine with fork until crumbly
3/4c flour
1c sugar
1/2c butter
dash of salt
Butter a deep baking dish and put berries and water into pan.
Combine topping crumb mixture and sprinkle over berries.
Bake at 350 til crust is brown and serve with cream.
May also use cornflake crumbs in place of flour in topping.


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RE: Recipes to share (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: Tom1953 on 08.01.2005 at 07:31 am in Market Gardener Forum

Plenty of Zuchs and cabbage and nice onions never go to waste try this.
(I don't measure a thing)
Cut up your cabbage, Place on the bottom of a high walled Thick pot
Slice several onions like you would for hamburgers, place on top of cabbage.
Turn on the heat to a simmer
Chunk up summer squash place atop the other items.
Cover let the stuff simmer and steam, if no steam add a little!! water.

Once the squash begins to tender add quartered tomatoes.
Sevre with parmsion cheese salt and pepper and enjoy.

I cook as I speak striaght from the top of my head. But this is easy to do as it is good for you.



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RE: Recipes to share (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: beckyishere on 07.25.2005 at 08:12 am in Market Gardener Forum

This is a great thread! I was hoping for lots of yummy ideas, but thought I would share my childrens favorites.

Grilled eggplant "pizza's"

Med Eggplant cut longway, 1/2" think slices
Lg tomato
1/4 red onion
black olives (to your taste)
green olives (to your taste)
pinch fresh oragano
splash olive oil

Chop above veggies, excluding eggplant, into 1/4' pieces, add to bowl with oil, gently stir to coat. Set aside until later.
Pre heat grill. Spray eggplant with non stick cooking spray, or brush with olive oil. Grill eggplant about five minutes on one side,flip.
Carefully spoon chopped veggies onto cooked side of eggplant, cover with slice of motzy cheese. Remove from heat when cheese is bubbly.

My daughter is diabetic and has to count everything she eats, so we have had to learn to cook foods that fill up a growing pre teen with out counting against her to much. We have rough figured this as counting as 15 carbs.
We add and subtract veggies at will, depending what is fresh at hand.
My daughter wants me to tell you she prefers to use cherokee purple tomato, she thinks they work best in thei recipe. I prefer a nice paste tomato, they seem to run less.



This is a great recipe
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