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6/6/11 9:32 A

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Looking forward to seeing you on FB. :-)

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5/20/11 10:02 A

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I have a FB page, but am not that regular checking in (I try to go there at least once a month....); never the less I'll be looking you up D!

I love arugula in my salads, and have heard that the Roman soldiers loved it too.

The rain has taken a break here in Sacto, so am back in my vegie garden & sprucing up my back yard.,

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5/17/11 11:05 A

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Sounds like you are doing a great job with what you have.
I don't know if you know this but, you can grow potatoes in garbage cans or bags. That might be something you can do at your apartment.
Can't wait to hear about the jerky. I have dehydrated some fruits and vegetables. My husband is planning on building a solar dehydrator.

Even if you kosherly kill your own meat you will never get all the blood out of the meat. I have had kosher meat before and it still has blood in it. I haven't used my meat grinder yet but, look forward to using it one day soon.

The Father is a great provider. :-)

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5/17/11 10:59 A

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The weather around here has been crazy. Hot one day, cool the next. The rain we have gotten has filled the pond.
Looks like everyone is busy with gardens this year.
Never thought of growing Stevia. I do have a meat grinder that we got on clearance because the box was damaged. Hope to put that to use this year. We have a cow we hope to butcher later this year. We will know where the meat comes from and how it is processed.
Also plan on putting some of the rosters in the freezer this July. I will try and post pictures of these things on my page. If anyone has a facebook page and wants to friend me, you can find me under Diane Dormier Day. Just let me know I know you from Sparks.
My garden is coming along slowly. Anyone know anything about Argula? It seems to be the main thing growing in my garden.

Seems like we are all thinking along the same lines. More relying on ourselves and less relying on the stores.


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5/17/11 10:32 A

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The weather's been cold & rainy the last few days, even snowing in the Sierras. Hope everyone is staying warm :-)

CHANGE: Dont just talk about it, go out there and do it.
Dont just meditate about it, go out there and create it.
Dont just pray about it, go out there and take action;
participate in the answering of your own prayer.
If you want change, get out there and live it."
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5/13/11 8:09 A

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MRSK- Growing your own stevia is such a COOL IDEA!!!!!!!!! I've got to do this, but where do you go to get stevia plants????????

I actually do most of my vegie gardening in at neighborhood community garden. So you might want to check on community gardens in your area. I voluntarily pay $25 a year towards lawn care (mowing mostly, and take a way of lawn clippings at our garden) for grassy strip along street/sidewalk side of the garden. If your income's too tight you don't have to pay anything. Another friend of mine has a flower/vegie garden in a community garden that just asks folks to volunteer 8 hours a month keeping the overall garden tidy (general weeding, tool cleaning & sharpening, etc.). Some gardens are associated w/city or county park & rec departments or schools. There are many such gardens in the bay area, and web sites like www.sfgro.org that can help you locate one nearest you.

I've never used a dehydrator before, so you must post your experiences with using it. Especially for beef jerky! My nephew lives with us and he loves the stuff, so I've just been buying him the store stuff with all the 'junk' in it.

How cool that you found the nice meat grinder at a garage sale. YHWH provides! I've been meaning to purchase one myself but keep putting it off. Recent teaching on dietary laws by Rico Cortez, has inspired me to be more mindful of how the meat I purchase is actually butchered and who is doing the butchering. Now you've inspired me to start looking for a dehydrator & meat grinder at garage sales & thrift stores near my house. Of course I'll also ask Abba for help with this search :-)



CHANGE: Dont just talk about it, go out there and do it.
Dont just meditate about it, go out there and create it.
Dont just pray about it, go out there and take action;
participate in the answering of your own prayer.
If you want change, get out there and live it."
-Steve Maraboli


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5/13/11 7:36 A

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D- 50 CHICKENS!!!!!!!! You must take pic and post on the team page!!!!!! WOW!!!!

We've been eating strawberries from the garden for last two weeks now and they are sooooooooooooo sweet! Yum-yum.



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Dont just meditate about it, go out there and create it.
Dont just pray about it, go out there and take action;
participate in the answering of your own prayer.
If you want change, get out there and live it."
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5/11/11 11:31 A

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Wow! That sounds great, all the home growing! I am waiting on a food dehydrator to arrive. Do you dehydrate fruits, veggies, or meats? It seems like a great way to keep lots of tomatos, if you grow tomatos also. I should get a tomato plant again this year. I have a small apartment, but I keep a little herb garden growing. I even grow stevia! Actual whole leaf, live Stevia tastes MUCh better than the powdered kind. You can put it into your sauces, like Marinara, to sweeten it naturally and calorie free. Ive done that. Anything like that is a good fit for stevia. Also, teas. You can put it right in with them. You could use it to sweeten alot in leaf form, if you are creative. I thought I had lost the plant, but I kept it in the dirt, then as spring approached, it rebudded! So, now I have a healthy Stevia plant again. I lost lots of herbs when I found out my particular apartment is not suitable for indoor herb growing.

Maybe someday I will be able to have my own area, I am on SSDI, but someday maybe I can work enough to get a little house to rent. Then I would love to have some chickens myself! They could keep the garden going good too. Then, I could have eggs, and organic meat when I wanted some, without the environmental impact of shipping. Cool!

Im glad I found this team.

Oh! I had to add, the food dehydrator is the way I pla to eat jerky again. I used to love beef jerky. But, Eating kosher doesnt realy go well with that for me. Also, those sulfites and things are pretty bad for you. Now, I can make my own jerky! I will make fish jerky, maybe even chicken jerky! I have some organic chicken my dad got me a while back, I never cooked it. Now I can dehydrate it. I will make it teriyaki. Soy Vay makes a great teryaki that is Kosher. I want to try it on my own jerky. I also want to make vegetarian jerky, from Wheat Meat. I eat a lot of vegetarian stuff. I havent eaten meat in a long time again, so I guess I am sort of anticipating my little meat day.

There was one more thing. Oh yeah! Do any of you have a meat grinder? When I went kosher, I tried to soak ground meat, I realized right away that there wasnt any way I was going to get the blood out of it. It fell apart! So, I actually found an old meat grinder, from the 50's or 60's that was never used! It is a hand grinder. It was at a yard sale. A woman's husband was a butcher. It even had the documentation with it. It said where you could order parts, but I dont think they have them available anymore :)

So, Elohim provided for me! Now I can grind my own meats, and make them really special. Like with Herbs and stuff... Havent used it. But, I want to try it out sometime. That would be neat, you could grind your own chicken. You could make chicken patties and barbecue them.

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5/10/11 10:25 A

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Chiming in on this thread. Sounds like the feast was good for you guys. Mimulusbug- Wouldn't be the first time leavened was brought into a house during the feast. Just shows us how easy things sneak into our lives.
We had a wonderful feast of Unleavened Bread. My husband was able to take the whole time off, so he was here for 10 days. :-)
Been working in my garden. Just praying the Father helps things to grow. So far I have eaten Argula and a radish out of the garden. Have lots of things planted there and a whole lot of canning jars in anticipation that I will have enough to put away for winter. We are still working on getting the greenhouse up. A rain storm a few weeks ago took out a wall of sandbags so that wall had to be rebuilt. It is a slow process but, will be great when we are done. I also have 50 chickens that we are taking care of. We plan to put most of the roosters in the freezer in a couple of months. Staying busy.

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5/9/11 11:45 A

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We had very meaningful spring holy day services and fellowship. Unfortunately, hubby (no converted or baptized -but also not antagonistic) brought home a loaf of bread and pizza into the home after a camping trip with the guys. I had to "banish" HIS SIN/LEAVENING to the old fridge in the breezeway for the last 3 days. He was cool with this and apologized to mom & I for not thinking about the holy days.

The matzo-bree sounds interesting and worth trying; so will probably give it a go this coming Shabbat.

Have a great week :-)

CHANGE: Dont just talk about it, go out there and do it.
Dont just meditate about it, go out there and create it.
Dont just pray about it, go out there and take action;
participate in the answering of your own prayer.
If you want change, get out there and live it."
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5/4/11 8:17 P

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Did you guys have a good Pesach? I am trying to motivate myself to make Sparkpeople my main social networking again. I found that I was much more focused on my healthy lifestyle. I have a great little recipe idea for you all, with matzo-bree. I am not sure if I spelled Matzo-bree right, but if you know how, tell me!
I made it during the week of unleavened bread. If you don tknow what it is, it is a lightly fried matzo that is soaked and then drizzled with egg batter. Much like french toast. You can make it with egg whites also. It makes the matzo super tender, and you can use it to wrap up food in! It was so good! My friend Davbid taught me how to make it. He is my source for old world Jewish cooking, heh heh heh. I made it with some lamb, and then I cooked up an experimental raisin-apple sauce. It was so good! No added sugar in the sauce. I just added the raisins in enough of a quantity to make it very sweet only here and there. I put it on the matzo bree and added the lamb! It was tasty. I came up with all kinds of ways to eat Matzo this year :)

Hope everyone is doign good!
Shalom!

PS. @ Mim -- thanks for the tips! Maybe you could share your sweet bread recipe with me? That sounds like a good idea, especially throwing in whichver item sounds good that day :)

I will look up the Sites you mentioned. Thanks!
I just think it is so cool to have the unleavened bread around, it reminds me of the Mishkan and all the grain offerings :)
Talk to you soon :)

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5/4/11 2:12 P

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Just checking in to say hi. Going out to my vegie garden to do some weeding.

CHANGE: Dont just talk about it, go out there and do it.
Dont just meditate about it, go out there and create it.
Dont just pray about it, go out there and take action;
participate in the answering of your own prayer.
If you want change, get out there and live it."
-Steve Maraboli


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5/2/11 12:33 P

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Hi all!

April was way too busy for me! The spring holy days, my Ca. native plant society spring activities/events and trying to keep things somewhat balanced at home kept me from sparking...

But its a new month! Let's hope May is as beautiful and fulfilling as April was.

-mim

PS. In response to MRSKITTKITT:

In our house we make a large batch of whole wheat unleavened tortillas for our main bread at meals and to make sandwich rolls w/cheese, deli meats, greens and anything else we care to throw in the roll. On high days we like to make 'cottage cheese rolls' (sounds wierd but we like em; bar cookies; and Jewish bread recipe that is like pound cake & we sweeten and flavor w/what ever we feel inspired to do (Favs: cinnamon, lemon, raisins, chopped dates and apricots -I'm getting hungry... Our family has World Wide Church of God background so we have a large collection of unleavened recipes that we can use during the days of unleavened bread. So you might want to check out some of these unleavened recipe sites for next year (sorry about the late response):

http://www.intercontinentalcog.org/unlea
venedbread.php
http://lcguppermidwest.org/holy-days-cal
endar/unleavened-bread-recipes/
http://www.thejournal.org/recipes/catego
ry-list-of-unleavened-recipes.html


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Dont just meditate about it, go out there and create it.
Dont just pray about it, go out there and take action;
participate in the answering of your own prayer.
If you want change, get out there and live it."
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4/12/11 10:32 P

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Hey everyone. I am thinking up what to do on Pesach too.... I have stock piled some matzos :) I also have some grape juice. Does anyone have any recipes for what to do for the whole 7 days of unleavend bread? Ive been trying to think it over...

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3/31/11 4:01 P

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Wine came today. :-)

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3/30/11 11:10 P

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I also like the idea of supporting Israel. This year I bought wine for Passover from kosherwine.com and most of the bottles I made sure came from Israel. Can't wait to try some.

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3/30/11 9:33 P

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So happy that the weather has cleared up. Mom & I will probably be keeping Passover w/Rocklin fellowship & then with each other (due to different dates). We observe the observed new moon calendar & 'early' 14th Passover. I like the idea of supporting Israel this year. :-)

CHANGE: Dont just talk about it, go out there and do it.
Dont just meditate about it, go out there and create it.
Dont just pray about it, go out there and take action;
participate in the answering of your own prayer.
If you want change, get out there and live it."
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3/24/11 3:22 P

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I watch the Karite Korner for information on the Barley being Aviv. Still trying to figure out what we are going to have for our Passover meal. We do Passover with one other family. My 20 year old son and their 18 year old daughter are working on the order of the service this year. We like doing the Sedar but, there are a few things we want to change.
I'm going to order wine from kosherwine.com this year. Going to try and get wine from Israel to help support them.
Continuing to pray for Israel.
Looking forward to hearing everyone's stories about Passover this year.

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3/24/11 3:01 P

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Well, well, well. Spring definitely is here -isn't it! LOL!!

I got the last of my company out of the house this past Sunday, and have been trying to get back into the routine of logging my food/water consumption on Spark again this week. I always do so much better when I'm logging things (it keeps me more conscious of my consumption). Plus logging my exercise seems to help me exercise more often too.

My spirit got a little shook up early March when I read that barley was found in abib before March 6th & spring holy days would be in March!!! (http://yahwehstruth.net/galleries/abib11/
index.htm)

I'm not good at telling difference between barley/wheat abib photos, but after reading other internet early March reports like J. Meyers/PaleoTimes March 6th 'no abib' report (http://www.paleotimes.org/2011/03/march-6
-2011-no-abib/ ) I stopped stressing out :-)

And am now looking forward to holy days coming up in April.

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Dont just pray about it, go out there and take action;
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If you want change, get out there and live it."
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3/23/11 10:57 P

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I'm glad you started the Spring Chat. Looking forward to great discussions over what going on in people's lives over the next few months. I know that I'm looking forward to the Spring Holy Days. Passover is just around the corner. ;-)

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3/23/11 10:54 P

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Hey everyone. I just wanted to start a little thread here. I wanted to post it so I could come along and chat. I saw a recent post (march 14th) in the winter one. but I just wanted to pint out that I will be hanging around here---- seking fellowship you can say :) Shalom!

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