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RECIPES; a place to keep and share a few recipes - newer entries at the top
Posted on Feb 6, 2018 8:18 AM

(This is as easy to eat as it is to eat! And the one thing you hardly taste is the avocado. It's like magic pudding.)

2 avocados; peeled, pitted, cut into cubes (Hass if you have them.)
1/2 Cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 Cup brown sugar (light or dark); (or alternate sugar of your choice)
1/3 Coconut milk (or substitute 'milk' of your choice)
2 tsp vanilla extract
a pinch of cinnamon
a pinch of sea salt
Chuck everything into a blender or food processor. Chill. Serve. How hard is that?!

Check online to see the many variations, some add peanut butter, some use date sugar or agave syrup, at least one adds a banana; lots of possibilities.

Note: Hass avocado named after Rudolph Hass.

But why choose between only two types of avocados. There are lots of different avocados depending on where you live and what the season is and in which hemisphere you are shopping/growing. I'm not sure if the list of avocados will ever be complete; here, check this out:

Make ahead; keeps in frig several weeks.
In a large bowl combine:
6 Cups wheat bran
2 Cups boiling water
1 Cup shortening

Stir until shortening has melted; allow to cool before continuing.
Add 4 large eggs, mix well.
In a separate bowl mix together:
5 Cups all-purpose flour
3 Cups sugar
5 tsp baking soda

Add the dry ingredients to the bran mixture alternately with 4 Cups buttermilk; stirring after each addition.
Keep this batter in a covered container in the refrigerator. the recipe will make 48-60 muffins.

The batter should be made a day ahead and stored, covered, in refrigerator to allow ingredinets to blend.

When ready to make muffins, preheat oven to 400F.
Either grease muffin tins or use paper liners.
Mix raisins, shredded apple, currants, dried (unsweetened) cranberries, chopped dates, and/or shredded carrots into some of the batter. Fill each muffin only 3/4 full. Before baking, I like to sprinkle the top of each muffin with a good amount of white sugar. Makes a nice, crunchy topping. Bake 18-22 minutes. Note: If making the mini-size muffins, adjust baking time, maybe 12-14 minutes. Test for doneness using a toothpick.
One of my favorite recipe blog sites is called 'Recipes for Tom...because one day Tom will cook Japanese food'.

This year I had success growing large leaf green Korean type Shiso/Perilla.
Here is a recipe using green Perilla.
Since my mom's family was Ukrainian, we prepared traditional food. Here are a few.

EASTER CHEESE; aka as Hrudka in the Slovak culture; other names are cirak, sirok, sirecz, etc. There are both sweet and savory versions.

12 large eggs
1 quart whole milk
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt

A double-boiler is required. Beat eggs, add milk, sugar, and salt. Fill the bottom of double-boiler with approximately one inch of water. Pour mixture into top of double-boiler. Bring water to boil, reduce to simmer.

Stir the mixture frequently. It should take about 20-30 minutes for the curds to form and separate from the whey.

Have a colander ready. Line it with butter muslin cloth. Several layers of cheesecloth can be used in place of the muslin. Place a colander over a large bowl to catch the whey.

Use a slotted spoon to transfer the curds to the colander. Reserve the whey for other recipes. Allow the curds to drain for 10-15 minutes, then gather the edges of the muslin to form a package. Tie the muslin with cotton twine, pressing out excess whey as you work. Tie the twine so the cheese is suspended over a large bowl. I use a wooden spoon or wooden dowel placed across the top of the large bowl. Allow to drain for 30 more minutes.

By now, the cheese will have cooled. Place into the refrigerator, still suspended over the bowl. Allow to drain and cool in refrigerator overnight.

Cheese may be served for breakfast and must be consumed within 2-3 days.

When mom made this it was sweet and creamy; when Aunt Mary made this it was more 'eggy' and contained onions. Each cook has their own variation.
4 cups whole milk
4 cups buttermilk
a pinch or two of salt

Heat whole milk and salt in a pan. Remove from heat.
Stir in the buttermilk. Set on the counter until curdled; optional: cover and leave in refrigerator overnight until curdled.

Line the colander; place a colander over large bowl.
The rest of the instructions are the same as above.

Note: Herbs can be added.
MOLDED CHEESE, aka paska, paskha, pascha, etc. Serve with kulich (sweet yeast bread). I have a pasotchnitza
пасочница (the mold used to form the cheese), but I realize not every kitchen has one of these.
(Note: I have the mold and will add a photo when I discover where I did the darn thing!)

2 pounds dry curd (farmer's cheese can be substituted)
5 large eggs at room temperature
2 3/3 cups confectioners' sugar
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup coarsely chopped almonds
1/2 cup golden raisins
1 cup chopped candied citron
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
8 ounces whipped unsalted butter

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Recipes for medicines and non-edible stuff. Updates as they become available; new stuff will be listed at the top of the blog.
Posted on Jan 24, 2018 11:00 AM


In an enamel or glass saucepan heat
1 teaspoon cinnamon (true cinnamon)
1/4 Cup white or apple cider vinegar
1/4 teaspoon alum (helps shrink nodules in throat)

Boil and stir for one minute. Allow to cool to room temperature.
Stir in 1 Cup honey (local if possible) and
1/2 Cup whiskey (more or less)
Store in a glass bottle; shake before using.

Adult dose:
1 - 2 Tablespoons as needed.

1/2 Cup whiskey
1/2 Cup brown sugar (dark or light)
1/2 Cup honey (local if possible)
1/2 Cup lemon juice (fresh squeezed preferred, bottled okay)
1 teaspoon alum
No cooking. Mix together in a Mason jar; shake before using.

Put a kettle (or pot/saucepan) of water on the stove to boil.

While you wait for the water to boil gather your supplies and get started.
Pour plain old salt into the drain.
Spoon in an equal amount of baking soda...soda, not baking powder.
(Note: this is a good time to switch out that box of baking soda in your frig. Use the old box for the drains.)
Then pour white vinegar into the drain and stand back!!

Allow the bubbling to continue for as long as it takes. Don't rush it.
Could be 5 minutes, 10-15; depends on how yucky your drains are.
When the bubbling finally stops you are ready for the water.

Remember that water that you have boiling in the kettle?
Go ahead and pour the boiling water down the drain and congratulate yourself.
If you have PVC pipes you can shine a flashlight into the drain and see how bright white clean your drains are.
Do this about once a month and you may never have a clog.

It is best to treat all the drains in the house at the same time as they all lead to the same exit. There are no amounts specified; however much you add is up to you. For folks who can't figure out the amounts, I will take a ballpark guesstimate. Maybe 3-4 Tablespoons salt, 1/3 cup of baking soda, and 1/2-3/4 white vinegar.

If you want to get fancy, you could add a drop of citrus essential oil to the drain when you are finished but that's up to you.

Mix 1 1⁄2 ounces of orange essential oil,
3 ounces of liquid dish soap,
1 gallon of water.
If you add 1/2 cup of molasses ants will be more attracted
and will die more quickly.
Pour mixture into a sprayer and spray each mound.
Works for several days as the orange oil contains D-Limonene which has been shown to kill fire ants.
The best fire ant is a dead fire ant.

Fill a glass jar with citrus peels; add heated white vinegar.
Cover and keep in dark, cool place for a few weeks.
Strain; pour into spray bottle.
Great to use for cleaning just about anything.
Dog or Goat WORMER:

1 cup dry mustard seed powder
2 cups Thyme leaf, cut small
2 cups wormwood
1 cup black walnut hull (the green stage of the hulls)
2 cups Sage leaf, chopped small
1 cup fresh garlic, minced finely
2 cups Rosemary leaf
1/2 cup cloves (chopped finely)
1 cup psyllium seed powder
2 cups Diatomaceous Earth (food grade)

Mix everything and keep in a glass (not metal) container.
Add some to animal feed twice a day for 7 days in a row.
Do not skip a day.

Goats, standard size, mature = 1 Tbls at each of the two feedings.
Goats, dwarf breeds = 1/2 Tblsp at each of 2 meals.
Goats, standard size kids = same as dose for dwarf breed.
Goats, dwarf kids = 1/3 of the adult dwarf dosage.

If goats refuse to eat the mixture add whatever necessary to get them interested; brown sugar, molasses, etc.

Do not use on horses. The black walnut can/will harm horses.

Do not give to pregnant goats. May cause abortion.

Look here for an alternate Wormer recipe:


1/2 c coconut oil
1/4 c beeswax
25 drops wintergreen
15 drops peppermint
8 drops lavender
8 drops eucalyptus
14 drops camphor
8 drop spearmint
6 drops cinnamon

Melt coconut oil and beeswax.
Remove from heat.
Add remaining ingredients.
Stir well.
Pour into a small glass jar' cool.

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Computer stuff
Posted on Jan 19, 2018 6:14 AM

Little hints I have learned about how to use computers. Will be adding as I learn more.

Hit Control Shift Escape - it leads to the Task Manager.
If Cortana gets 'stuck' again, just go to Task Manager and find Cortana and 'end task'. That should fix it.

Control + F = shortcut way to search for keywords on most pages. A real time saver!

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Prepare for the future.
Posted on Jan 2, 2018 5:07 PM

Some ladies got together to help each other prepare for the future.

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Seeds received, researched, tested. Some may be available for trade.
Posted on Nov 28, 2017 2:02 PM

Decided to start keeping a record of seeds received. As I research how to grow each one, the information will be added here.

If you have had a positive experience growing any of these, please feel free to share information in the comment section.

Bitter Cucumber aka Bitter Gourd, seeds arrived Nov 2017
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Annual vine 12-15 feet, provide support or grow on a fence; full to part shade; water as needed; yellow flowers in summer; fruits in fall; only eat green fruit; leaves good for tea.
Bitter melon (this one may be a hybrid)
Eat when green or just barely yellow; do not eat when fully ripe.
Skin is edible.
Young shoots and leaves are edible as greens.
Leonotis leonuris

Bottle Gourd, seeds arrived Nov 2017
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Chinese Cabbage; 3 varieties, seeds arrived Nov 2017
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Coriander, seeds arrived Nov 2017
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Cucumber seeds; 2 varieties, seeds arrived Nov 2017
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Lemon cucumber
Green Pepper, seeds arrived Nov 2017
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Hairy Basil aka Lemon Basil/Thai Lemon Basil, seeds arrived Nov 2017
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Annual; sandy loam soil; full sun; medium water; harvest 56-60 days from seed. Plant forms flowers at about 60 days; seeds will ripen about 150 days or less.
Ocimum sanctum aka Holy Basil
from different source

Moringa, seeds arrived Nov 2017
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This grows as a tree but can be grown as a 'vegetable'; harvest the leaves. Full sun, part shade; medium water; neutral to slightly acid soil; all parts are edible - bark, leaves, roots, seeds, flowers. Sow in situ 1/2 deep. Will grow from cuttings.
Drumstick Tree (Moringa oleifera)
Sowed seeds Feb 4 2018 in grow tent w/heat mat, fan and LED lights; (8) germinated on Feb 11 2018 - moved closer to light.
Moringa olifera PKM-1 hybrid
Sowed seeds Feb 4 2018...
Garlic Chives
Garland Chrysanthemum
edible foliage
Musk Melon, seeds arrived Thailand 2017
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Pak bhoong, seeds arrived Nov 2017
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I know to only grow these in a controlled environment, such as an aquarium; do not let plant escape into the wild.
Planted Feb 4 2018; germinated Feb 9 2018 (in grow tent w/heat mat and LED lights)

Porophyllum tagetoides aka Pipicha, 2 packs; seeds from Nan Ondra Nov 2017
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Smooth Loofah, seeds arrived Nov 2017
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Sugar Pea, seeds arrived Nov 2017
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Talinum paniculata Kingwood Gold, seeds from Nan Ondra Nov 2017
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Thai pumpkin, seeds arrived Nov 2017
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Tomato, seeds arrived Nov 2017
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Tomato: Opalka
85 days,
start indoors 6-8 weeks,
Tomato: Kosovo
Tomato: Giant Sicilian Paste
Tomato: Uncle Charlei's Italian pear

Wax Gourd (small round), seeds arrived Nov 2017
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Wax Gourd, seeds arrived Nov 2017
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White Eggplant, seeds arrived Nov 2017
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Since I do not care to eat eggplant, these will be available for trade.)

Winged Bean, seeds arrived Nov 2017
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Jaltomato procumbens aks Creeping False Holly
Short lived perennial, edible leaves, roots, fruit.
germinates 1-6 weeks
34-48 inches tall

Oroxylum indicum aka Midnight Horror aka Indian Trumpet Flower
59 feet tall/tree
Twice pinnate leaves
pollination by bats
5 foot long seed pods!!
Yound seed pods are eaten as Linmai/Lin fa/ Thailand and Laos
Root and bark are medicinal
Lagenaria related to Calabash; Cucuzza.
Super long squash
Summer squash from Italy
Long, thin, light green,
15 inches to 36 inches long
Requires very tall support/trellis
Remove skin, cut lenghthwise, grill/steam/fry/bake/stuff, etc.
Treat plants for fungal disease as needed
R. brittanica, Tall pink
Melilotus officinale aka Yellow Sweet Clover
Brings potassium, phosphorus,
nitrogen to soil surface.
Full sun
48-72 inches tall
dry conditions are okay
Mentha x gracilis 'variegata' aka variegated ginger mint
Love in a Puff
Sunroot aka Sunchoke aka Jerusalem Artichoke
French Breakfast radish
Hovenia dulcis aka aka Japanese Currant tree aka Oriental Raisin Tree aka Japanese krenterboom
Tree, deciduous, 10 meters tall, self polinating.
7-10 years to first fruit
Zone 5 or higher
Cole crops:
Broccoli, raab
Black kale
Hyacinth bean:
Culantro aka Ngo Gai
Kinh Gioi aka Elsholtzia cillata aka Vietnamese mint/balm
A Choy
Gai Lan aka Chinese Broccoli
Melothria scabra
fPeperomia pellucida aka pepper elder aka Shining bush plant aka Suna Kosho
Pennisetum glaucum
Phoenix dactylifera
Guava 'Rolf's", pink,
Spinach (including substitutes):
Surinam spinach

Giant Noble
Hablitzia tamnoides aka Caucasian spinach
perennial vine
Lotus tetragonolobus aka Asparagus Pea;
Asparagus Pea (Lotus tetragonolobus)
Entire plant is edible; young pods are the best.
Echium pininana aka Tree Echium aka Giant Viper's Bugloss; grows as a biennial or triennial; first-year rosette only; in the second (or third) year it forms a tall stem up to 13 feet with many small blue flowers. Hummingbird magnet.Provide sun and some shelter; poor soil is okay; may need support; wear gloves to protect fingers/hands when handling this plant. Will self-seed.

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