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I have not tried them with anything but chedder, whill have to venture out

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Yes with cheese. Chrieve was one variation.

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I love eggs about anyway. I love baked eggs. I make them when serving several people. In Garten has some great variations though I would hardly call them healthy.

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I now eat eggs, but I cannot eat them if they have a runny yolk. When I was a small tot I was given an egg and I did not want it. As times were hard Mom told me I had to eat it. I finally got it down, but it was the last one until I was a 19. Mom would put deviled eggs on the table for supper at least 3 nights a week so she could get me to eat one. I would eat those but not other way. I do like eggs now but as stated they have to be done.

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I have never tried shirred eggs. I just boil, fry, or poach them I like sliced boiled eggs on a sandwich or chopped on salad. There are may ways to use them.

Thank you for the information.

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Thanks for sharing

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for those that relish eggs
here are some sparkrecipes
i particularly draw your attention to the last 1.....shirred eggs
eggs can always be whisked with some of the cream
i am sure that having made them you will continually go back for more



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my deepest condolences on your loss
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Sorry to hear about your lose. I am sure that you are finding it easier without clutter. I have been tossing so much since we moved into this house. I packed it and moved it, but when we got here I have given away, and tossed so much. We tossed a lot before moving but when I find that something is not working for me know, I am making a decision to let it go.

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I am so sorry to hear you lost your husband. Mine had a massive stroke 12 years ago and I am now in a place where I am happy and safe and have a lot of new friends. It was hard to be alone for the first time in my life. But life goes on. I am glad you put your house up for sale and are moving on. I got rid of things that gave me bad memories;

Holidays are the worst but gets easier as the years go by. Good luck to you.

I am slowly going through my book shelves and putting them downstairs in the community library. I live in low income senior housing. Rent is 30% of my SS. It is HUD housing. Apartments are about 550 square feet. The building is very well maintained.

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Wow that is my life now. When my husband died unexpectedly in June I could not find anything. I realized our home was too big to take care of myself. I contacted a realtor. She had a stager come by to make suggested changes to help the place sell. I had to clean every cupboard and closet. I did what was suggested. I have to confess, I am liking my life with less clutter

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Started this week on my kitchen cabinet. told Hubby they needed to be reorganized so I can find the things I need. I have really tall cabinets and I cannot reach the top shelf. Hubby will help me by doing the dishes, etc and if he cannot find a place ofr anything it puts it on the top shelfs in the cabinets. Great when I need them I cannot reach them. He told me there is a little stem stool and I got it out, only to have it slip on the fllor when I climbed on it. It was one my hubby found somewhere for a couple of dollars and it does not have cushions on the feet.

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always good to keep decluttering



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I am a collector.....I have a number of wicker tubs, baskets. I have a great wicker condainters my hearth that holds magazines. I have baskets on the one shelf in my linen clothes that holds small items. I can get more into the baskets instead of on the shelf. Hubby has one that keeps his things, extra shaving cream,, unopened after shaves, extra razor blades, his shower gel, and any other of his personal care items. He knows where they are,, etc. My basket is next to his holding all my personal items, etc. I have some bins on our screened in porch that hold a lot of items when we are out there. I found two beautifully woven large baskets this last weekend. They work perfectly in Hubby's southwestern room. The fit under his lamp table and hold his books, etc. everything he is working with at this time. This also keeps it neat and off the surface and floor which he is good about

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I have a lot of good ideas, am always thinking of a better way. I am a doll collector although I am not collecting anymore because I live in a one bedroom apartment now. I have a lot of tiny dolls and sometimes I fill baskets with them.

It seems our whole town is shooting off fireworks. I went outside to watch them but could not stand all the noise so I came back in and am watching Macy's fireworks on TV

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BRENDAGAIL9, thank you for the tip! Have you realized I lack common sense? LOL

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Asking Google is a great idea Brenda. I never thought of that.

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Ask Google what you can use small baskets for. I have many wicker baskets that I use for many things that might lay around in a clutter. I have a lot of sewing and crocheting notions.

Have a great day and keep up the good foods in your diet plan.

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Hello all of you wonderful Sparkpeople!

OK...

I am at 156 pounds and holding. Atleast I am not gaining, right? What makes me want to jump up and down? I am not considered an "obese" anymore. "Obesity" to me is like a bad word. You know what I mean, right?

I have meatballs in the crockpot for meatball hoagies for dinner. I am starving! Included is a fruit and vegetable. How about you?

From now on, I know to do Sparkpeople first thing in the morning after the iced coffee ritual. This way my day is going to start off happy instead of stressed when writing articles. Makes sense, right?

A question... I have a ton of small baskets. What type of crafts should I use the baskets for? I know gift baskets, but what type? Any other uses?

Don't forget to stay hydrated!

Also, pray for those who do not or cannot pray for themselves.

Have a blessed Sunday.

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During the holiday season I frequently ship cookies and bars to people in other parts of the country.

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Fill them up and use them for gifts.

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I received a bunch of donated cookie tins yesterday! What a nice surprise!

Then, I have a bunch of tiny jars from a yard sale years ago.

So, wondering what I should do with the tins and jars?



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Occasionally I will make kits for baking things and include the directions on a card attached. I also make different chutneys and give as gifts.

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Do any of you make food gifts using jars?

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there are mavellous things to be made from grains, lentils or beans
hummus
dhall are 2 that spring to mind
even meat eaters like snacking on these



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Hard to go meat free in my house as Hubby looks at me like I forgot something when I was preparing the meal. One of my alternative is to prepare a big pot of beans. When I do this he does not seem to miss

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That makes sense. My breakfast and lunch almost never include meat.

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so mine are meat free days rather than just individual meals



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I also consider eggs and and dairy meat free, but tend not to include fish or shellfish in meat free. I try to plan meat free for two meals a week. Then I try to have 2 seafood meals a week and fill out the week with chicken, pork, and beef.

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regard any fish, dairy or eggs as being meatfree, plus vegetarian
pescatarian sometimes, flexitarian mostly
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When you say meat free do you mean plant based or do you include seafood and poultry? Just curious.

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just had a big rush of meat free days this week
5 so far



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I try to eat a balanced meal and I do not eat a lot of meat. I enjoy a lot of salads and freah veggies and fruits

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I currently eat several meat free meals every week

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I don't eat much meat in the first place. I get my protein elsewhere.

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anyone trying for some meatfree days?



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That’s a great idea.

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this time of the year I I keep cut cimber and chunked watermelon in vinegar water in the fridge for quick cool refreshing snack

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Celery is one of my favorite vegetables...good with Neufchâtel cheese or peanut butter! Great plain, too!

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I like cheese and crackers or even peanut butter and crackers.

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My favorite snack is microwaved popcorn dusted with a little Parmesan.

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I agree, Richard. I love peanut butter and celery.

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peanut butter in celery pieces makes a good snack
quick and simple
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They both look and sound good guys but not very diet friendly,. LOL.

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That looks really good. I saved to try later. Right now I am feeling overwhelmed with everything I need to do for the holidays.

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I have always fantasised about making the following but have never got around to it so far.

www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/
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My friend cuts cauliflower into florets and dips it in an egg wash, then rolls it in cracker crumbs and puts it in the refrigerator on a tray for about a half hour to let the coating stick on. Then deep fries it. Yum!

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I love cauliflower

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Apparently, cauliflower can be cut into thick "steaks", then marinated or spiced and then fried or baked.

Cauliflower being neutral takes on board other cooking ingredients flavors.

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I love eggplant. It is meaty so it is good for vegetarian meals. While eggplant Parmesan can be not very healthy, there are many healthy version. I am not a fan of the skin as it is kind of bitter so no matter what therecipe says I always peel it. I really like involtini which is a thin slice of eggplant the usually a ricotta stuffing rolled up witha light marinara sauce.

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I have to admit that I have never had eggplant Parmesan or in any form. I guess I should try it.

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I salt eggplant before making eggplant Parmesan to draw the liquid out. Then I bread and and bake the slices.

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I remember eating thick slices off eggplant when I was a child,
These were fried in either fat or oil, in a frypan.
The spongy nature of the eggplant used to absorb a super amount of fat.
I used to like it with lots of salt and some pepper

not an everyday dish

I believe bitterness was extracted from eggplant slices with salt to begin with



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My experience with dye was a dealer so I have never tried again

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I never had much luck with dying things either. I tried with a commercial dye and it was not a good job. I was dying a bedspread.

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I remember trying to dye things, but it was always a failure as it was not a consistent color over the entire item.

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Thanks for sharing the vegetable dyes. I remember my mother coloring her white bras to beige with tea bags.

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I am not sure I would like to spend that much on one either. I did know that beet root and tea made good dyes but not the onion skins.

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Thanks for the info on dyes. The compactor sounds interesting, but it’s a little out of my price range.

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Here is an American invention for food scraps, dont think it could take bones tho.
Hope you can view it at

www.facebook.com/tastyvegetarian/vid
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or at the bottom of the page at zera.com

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You would get a tan color from tan onion skins, dont know if the red skins lead to pink.
Tea leaves and beet-root can also be used as colorants.

here is how to use onion skins

www.thespruce.com/diy-onion-skin-nat
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Edited by: RKOTTEK at: 11/20/2017 (16:54)

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11/20/17 12:03 P

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How can onion peels be used for dyes? My peels are mostly tan.

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11/20/17 5:59 A

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I didn't know that Richard. Learn something new every day.

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11/19/17 8:19 P

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onion skins are more used for home-made dyes eg coloring boiled eggs for Easter.
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11/19/17 7:06 P

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I have been freezing chicken and turkey carcasses for years. Since there are only two of us don’t get a ham bone very often, but I should start saving vegetable scraps. I am thinking onion peels wouldn’t work. Is that correct?

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11/19/17 6:50 P

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To help economy in the kitchen, have a look at the following.
It started with vege scraps and spread to other food items
Some people freeze their vege scraps and then when they have a good supply boil them up with water to make vege stock.
Other food scraps can be frozen then added to stews or soups.
With things like prawn heads and lobster heads and carcasses these can be frozen then used to make stock for marinara or chowder dishes.
Also the prawn bits and lobster bits if kept frozen and just added to your green waste garbage in the day, stops your bin from stinking.
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11/19/17 6:08 A

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I love soup and stews. I make them often during the winter,

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11/18/17 9:43 P

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In New England we had a mild fall, but it is definitely winter now. Soups and stews are on our menu.

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I personally love soups, stews and chowders. I cannot wait for it to get cool and I can made some of my favorite. In September we had an evening that dropped to 61 and I was making chilli. However, here in Florida, as true the next day was 88. Needless to say one serving of chilli and rest is in freezer for another cold snap.

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we do bulk soups on the cook-top using a large, heavy-based spaghetti-pot.
the soup is then packed into microwaveable and freezer-proof containers.
some are kept in our fridge for immediate use.
the others are frozen

Its not hard to tell many of you are experiencing cold weather when the topic turns to soups and stews. LOL
We are nearly into our Summer season here in Oz
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11/17/17 5:47 A

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I love to use my crockpot. I am home most of the time but it is nice to just put food in the pot and let it go. It is nice in the summer because you don't need to heat up your house and I love it for soups in the winter.

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11/16/17 11:40 P

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I have found a number of slow cooker soups on pintrest. You can do a search for slow cooker soup recipes and you will see a number of choices.

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I am checking out slow cooker recipes and saving the ones that look good. When I start working in January, I plan on trying a lot of these so they will be ready when I get home. Last year Hubby worried over me to eating and he would cook large meals. When I am tired and it is late I do not want a lot. I would come in and he would make me a big plate and he would go to bed. I have found a number for soups and chowder that are veggies and need 7 hours on low which is perfect. I am prepping our freezer for my work time also. Things made, ready to thaw and cook

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I also tried a new recipe for Mediterranean chicken with orzo that was done in the crockpot and it turned out very good.

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I tried a new recipe as well. A shepard’s pie made with wild mushrooms instead of meat. The mushrooms were meaty. Will definitely make again. Trying to incorporate more vegetarian recipes in our diet.

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Tried a new recipe today, cut one polish sausage in half in slices, cut 6 red potatoes into quarters, cut ends off b half pound green beans, put beans, then potatoes, then sausage on slow cooker, with a half cup chicken stock, set on low for 7 hours and went about my other things for today. Got a great compliment from Hubby on this one

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