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  1. Anita - great news about the storage! Did I miss your pictures of purple hair? Melody - your soup looks good 🙂 I've had a few years where we had green Christmas and white Easter, it's been cold here but not snowing . Sally - I never thought about baked potatoes in the air fryer 😮 What temp do you use for the 25 minutes? Laurie - my husband said the same thing about Philly and the rest of our state.
  2. I've seen at least one premium line with cloth towels at public areas. Carnival actually does have paper towels at the lido hand washing stations.
  3. I think I saw something about this happening with NASCAR. I wonder how much of an effect no audience would have on the games. I know crowd noise has been cited as a factor at both Pittsburgh and Penn State for football.
  4. That's new stuff 😉 Going through my Grandmother's estate I have found receipts from the 1960's and newspapers from the 1980's. One set of grandparents was born in the early 1900's and the other set 1917 and 1921, so even though I'm younger I can appreciate the scarcity mindset and not being wasteful. (On the flip side though, I see a lot of waste from that generation too like the Jamesway Lysol cans).
  5. Melody, I think grumpiness is a good sign of healing - better than gloomy, depressed or resigned. The cooking lesson sounds like a lot of fun. I've done pressure canning, but never pressure cooking. It looks like today's cookers are much safer and have a quick release option. Pressure cooking is supposed to be good for quick cooking (like 1/4 - 1/2 of the time) and some are supposed to come with crisper options. I've also heard they are very good for tough cuts of meat and making them tender (although if you have the time low temp oven/slow cooker works too). Anita, I know people who swear by the crock pot liners for easy clean up. I don't mind washing mine so I don't bother with the bags.
  6. Robin, does Canada or your province have an agency where you can report price gouging? $12 a head during these times is outrageous! Doing mostly well here, but high winds are causing internet to lag.
  7. I read something recently that trying to flatten the curve is fattening my curves. I had a slight loss again this week - even with supporting the local pizza shop last night 🙂 This weeks stats and updated goals: Start: 208.6 (1/9/20) This week: 203.8 Goal by 6/5 (47th birthday, May cruise canceled) 20# loss - 15.2# remaining Goal by 10/22 (just after 25th anniversary): another 25# loss Goal end of year: finish weight of 155#
  8. Yesterday our May Journeys cruise was canceled (we figured it would be eventually), and we went state wide (versus by county) of stay at home order. The stay at home order really doesn't look much different than what I was doing with social distancing, but maybe the stronger language will encourage others to take it more seriously.
  9. Prayers for your son, Rose. It sounds like he is facing a different, but very real threat still with his job 😞
  10. What didn't you like about the Insta Pot? I haven't gotten a pressure cooker yet, but I know a lot of people who love them. If I get another appliance I appreciate having feedback from real people - reviews I tend to average the good and bad 😉 I have a split convection oven (can do two things at different temps) and use the smaller top portion like a toaster oven often, but it doesn't seem to crisp quite as well as the air fryer. I've heard good things about Breville, glad you like it 🙂 I ended up supporting the local Pizza shop last night as I was just not in the mood to cook after unloading the grocery haul 😮 Here is the recipe for a large batch, but you can easily half: 6 medium potatoes (any type works, but original recipe had red potatoes) 4 cups water 1 large onion 1/2 cup butter 1/2 cup flour Crushed red pepper flakes Ground black pepper 6 cups milk 1 tsp sugar 2 cups shredded cheddar 2 cups cubed, cooked ham Peel potatoes and cut into 1 inch cubes. Cook in boiling water in large saucepan until tender. Drain, reserving 2 cups cooking liquid; set aside. Peel and finely chop onion. Melt butter in saucepan over medium heat. Sweat onions in butter (but don't brown). Add flour to make a roux, cook 3-4 minutes; season with spices to taste. Gradually add potatoes, reserved liquid, milk, and sugar to onion mixture; stir well. Add cheese and ham. Simmer over low heat 30 minutes. I will often serve with biscuits or Naan bread, but is fine on its own. We aren't gluten free, but it could likely be adjusted with cornstarch for the roux. I find there is enough salt from the other ingredients that I don't salt the potato water, but you certainly could. If I have ham bone broth I will use it in place or as part of the water. If you like a bite to your potato, cook them until just barely tender since they will continue to cook some during the last 30 minutes.
  11. Local travel (once restrictions are lifted, of course) sounds like a good plan. Many of us live in or near areas that others pay to travel and see while we ignore or take for granted. My sister had planned to visit England and Ireland this year but will now wait. (warning about the video would have been nice 😉 )
  12. Mine is a Power Airfryer XL from Sam's Club. I'm not positive when I got it, but at least before Christmas '18 (got a cookbook for it that year). I would put it as good, not great: it works well for 2 or 3 of us, but small for 4; it takes up a lot of counter space; it cooks quickly 🙂 ; my dad has the same model and his is showing a lot of wear. I'm thinking of researching the crisping pressure cookers and giving my dad mine to replace his - only want one counter stealer 😉
  13. I just got an e-mail this morning that our May 16th cruise is canceled. I'll have to revise my weight loss goals tomorrow.
  14. We use our air fryer most weeks also. I love it for sweet potato fries (jicama fries are good too if you need/want lower carb) and also makes really crispy tater tots and chicken patties. My dad uses it for fish, chicken, and steak and prefers that chicken to the rotisserie he used to buy at the grocery store. I'm heading to the grocery store this afternoon - thinking it will be less crowded than mornings. We go through a lot of produce so I go each week. Just finished my first Zoom session with Bible study and it was nice to see everyone's faces again. Technology has come a long way, I didn't notice any lag time it really was like we were in a room together.
  15. I'd never heard of the cough pearls either. It looks like they are prescription only, but I will still mention them to my sister to discuss with her doctor the next time she gets a severe cough (usually at least once per year). Glad you both got some sleep. I've been cooking all of our meals, tonight will be cheesy ham & potato soup. I do want to support the local restaurants, but balancing that with being mindful of our own budget (and frankly preferring my own cooking most of the time). Will probably plan take out a couple times this month: subs, wings (reheat well), maybe try the local Thai place. How would you reheat Thai - oven/stovetop or just eat cold? It's about 20 minutes away so it won't be warm until I get it home.
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