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*gets keys, unlocks door* It's Friday - Time for Fiesta!
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dernwyn
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Apr 19, 3:52pm

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*gets keys, unlocks door* It's Friday - Time for Fiesta! Can't Post

Greetings, all and sundry, to Fiesta Friday! Our esteemed barmistress, Altaira, has found herself set upon another adventure, so I shall be your hostess today.

It's a lovely sunny day in New England - how is it, in your part of the world? I've set out a salad bar buffet today, so select your greens of choice, and add in cheese, veggies (even pickled beets!), cold cuts or chicken tenders, and of course some savory dressings. What's your favorite salad? And there's fresh bakery breads to accompany! What would be your drink of choice?

Let us know what you've been up to - and how you'd like to spend the weekend!

*puts quarters on jukebox* How about playing some rousing Springtime/Autumn-time music!


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Annael
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Apr 19, 4:17pm

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*walks over from Reading Room* [In reply to] Can't Post

I admit, I've spent very little time in the RR in the last few years, but the new discussion is intriguing. Props to those who got it going!

We're still not exactly spring-like here, with temps nearing freezing at night. I have starts that I'm still bringing in overnight so they don't die, but I wish I could get them planted! It looks like we'll warm up about 10 degrees next week, but it's going to be rainy. A friend is coming to visit--she wants to see the tulips that are a big tourist attraction here--and we'll do that, but I'm plotting out fun things to do under roofs as well, like a visit to a local spa. We're going to take the ferry through the islands one day, best way to sight-see!

Tomorrow morning I'll be the featured guest in a webinar, which is exciting for me (and I hope leads to a big jump in book sales!). I'll probably spend the rest of the weekend assembling the bedframe I ordered and then turning my office into a guest room for my friend.

My favorite salads are the ones that include a fruit (pears or apples are favorite) and some kind of sugared nuts, plus blue cheese or goat cheese. With some hot-out-of-the-oven sourdough bread and plenty of butter!

I'll have a decaf mocha to help me warm up, please!

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dernwyn
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Apr 19, 4:27pm

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Candied pecans and walnuts are great in salads! [In reply to] Can't Post

*gets out large mug for the decaf mocha* And that's REAL butter, of course. There are few aromas as soothing as fresh-from-the-oven bread!

How are the tulips doing this year, with the cold nights you've had? They're a feast for the eyes!

If you don't mind, here's a link to your webinar, the one you posted last week:
https://fatesandgraces.com/...nar-with-jody-bower/

I hope you have a fun time with it! Cool


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Annael
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Apr 19, 6:10pm

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it's been a good year for them [In reply to] Can't Post

Mine only peaked this week, so I'm hoping the tulip farms are still spectacular next week for my friend. The official Tulip Festival lasts all of April. We get inundated by tourists, especially on the weekends; friend & I will do the tour on Thursday to avoid the worst of the crowds.

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Greenwood Hobbit
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Apr 19, 6:39pm

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I really should eat more slads! [In reply to] Can't Post

The weather so far has been more soup-related with a few happy exceptions, but I'm looking forward to more reliably warmer days and long evenings pottering about the garden. I haven't tried candied nuts, but am a fan of smoked salted almonds, though I'm not sure they'd work in a salad. I've never liked blue cheese! I do enjoy a nice ripe saggy Brie, though, on a crusty roll or baguette. Simple but effective!

This weekend I'm looking after my younger grandson tomorrow morning and the family dog (he of the howl and the hard stare) for most of Sunday, so that's my weekend really. My daughter's away with a couple of school friends for the weekend, so elder grandson and his Dad are off to local football tomorrow morning, then out at a rugby tournament with the younger grandson on Sunday, hence my input. I have young plants to pot up; plenty of things to do at home and in the garden. Enjoy your weekends, everyone!


dernwyn
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Apr 19, 9:20pm

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Brie on baguette! [In reply to] Can't Post

Now that sounds very tasty!

Your weekend is busy! What plants will you be "playing in the dirt" with?


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cats16
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Apr 19, 10:40pm

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Sun! [In reply to] Can't Post

Glad you're having a lovely sunny day. Is seems like the Northeast has fully come into springtime in the past week or two, based on what I've heard from friends. We'll be flirting with the upper 70's/low 80's with lots of sunshine, so we're aiming to have lots of time outdoors to enjoy it.

Hm, salad? Never had one! (vegan joke lol) I'd say either a well-made house salad or a build-your-own kale salad is up my alley, with some shaved almonds and lentils in there as well along with the veggies.

This weekend we're going to the annual (outdoor) festival of books that USC hosts every year on its campus. I used to go in for the speakers and panels (I got to see the late John Lewis speak there a year or two before his passing), but anymore we usually just walk around, check out some booths and see if anything the local booksellers have strikes our fancy.

I've also been putting in some hours into NZ trip planning, aiming to get a rough draft of an itinerary by the end of this month.

Wishing everyone a great weekend!

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Kimi
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Apr 19, 11:40pm

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An indoor sort of day. [In reply to] Can't Post

The rain's been pouring down overnight and this morning, so any outdoor activity has been confined to darting out and in again. A nice day for baking: Mr Kimi's made feijoa muffins, and I currently have profiteroles in the oven. Dinner will be moussaka, made with some of the tail end of this year's aubergines from the garden.

We've been scooping and freezing feijoas, as well as using them in any vaguely relevant meals. Some neighbours whose trees aren't bearing yet, or who (shock! horror!) don't actually have any trees are eager recipients of the excess. We're also harvesting a few tamarillos - not enough to make preserves, but sufficient to put on (home made) cereal. And rows of golden persimmons are ripening on the windowsill - these we only ever eat fresh. We've begun the process of putting part of the vege garden to bed for the winter, clearing the beds and putting on compost before sowing a winter crop of broad beans.

I had an amusing little interaction at a local cafe this week, that made me feel my age (in a good way). The till had broken down, so the lovely young lass serving was working out the sums using a calculator. All fine, except that I had a discount card. Trying to work out the discount flummoxed her. She asked another staffer, who looked anxious and said, "I can't do percentages". Since I actually wanted my discount, I asked the total amount, worked out the discount (10%! Super-easy if you know how), and all was well. As I told them when they looked impressed, "I'm older than calculators" - not strictly true, but certainly older than cheap, readily available ones.

Wishing everyone a pleasant weekend.


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Ataahua
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Apr 20, 12:59am

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ROFL! [In reply to] Can't Post

"I'm older than calculators." That genuinely got a laugh from me. Cool

I'm somewhat envious about your tamarillos. I planted two new trees in spring and they've grown really well, and are starting to bud for next season's *sigh* harvest, so I just have to be patient and lucky for one more year. When the strong winds came through last week, I took the time to tie each tree to other objects (fence, other trees) for support. Weeding around them is going to be a bit more acrobatic than I'm used to, to get around the lines, but the trees withstood the winds and hopefully will do well in the coming months.

I've just come in from clearing leaves from the road gutter. Rain always ponds on my side of the road because the gutter isn't smooth and there are plenty of places to catch and bank-up leaves - and the household halfway down the road doesn't keep the drain-gate outside their property clear. Anyway, that work's done and it's raining steadily again, and I don't mind having an indoor day. I have bananas aplenty so I thought I'd make a banana and walnut loaf. Smile

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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dernwyn
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Apr 20, 1:30am

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I assume you'll bring a couple of backpacks and large bags with you [In reply to] Can't Post

so you can safely haul back all the treasures you'll be finding at that book fair! Laugh

Are you able to fit many LotR sites into the itenerary? Or TORnsibs?


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dernwyn
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Apr 20, 1:43am

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LOL, I must remember that! [In reply to] Can't Post

"Older than calculators"!

Once again I must make-believe that I'm coming to your house for dinner, I can smell the aroma halfway around the world! What kind of filling did you use for the profiteroles?

I've never eaten a feijoa - do you freeze them in pieces, or mashed?


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dernwyn
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Apr 20, 1:45am

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That's a job and a half [In reply to] Can't Post

Clearing out street gutters. Wet leaves are so heavy to lift or push around.

It sounds like you've been having a steady drenching at times! I do approve of bread-baking for days like that! Cool


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Kimi
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Apr 20, 1:48am

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We've had this tree for several years now, [In reply to] Can't Post

and this is the most successful season by far. Previously we've had enough for cereal maybe two or three times a year, but there's been a small but constant haul these last few weeks. It's in a fairly exposed spot, but is well staked, and doesn't seem to mind being blown about. Earlier attempts we planted in a sheltered spot, and they sulked then died, whether from humidity or insufficient sunlight.

For a tamarillo, it's reached a good age. I hope we can keep it going a fair while yet!


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Kimi
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Apr 20, 1:55am

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Halved and scooped. [In reply to] Can't Post

They freeze really well, then work fine in cooking or on cereal, pancakes, etc.

Feijoas have a very definite flavour, and people tend to love or loathe them. I've noticed that people who don't encounter them till adulthood are more inclined to be in the "loathe" camp, and claim they taste like perfumed soap. Fortunately we both love them.

Mr Kimi loves cream - me, not so much, but I made them partly as a treat for him, so cream it is. And with a thick chocolate sauce on top (that's for both of us :))


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Do we find happiness so often that we should turn it off the box when it happens to sit there?

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cats16
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Apr 20, 7:08am

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This one's a bit unique [In reply to] Can't Post

in that it's not really a book fair per se, more like a gathering of people who like books and have bookish interests. You get booths with everyone from mystery writers looking to market their book to university groups and local reading groups, and then there are a handful of sellers there too, in addition to the panels and readings. The sellers mostly are just showing off the newer releases they have in store, so unless I find something really unique, I don't usually splurge. You're right though, I normally would bring a backpack to this kind of event, but I guess it's more about the celebration of books than the acquisition of more of them. Laugh

It's quite the puzzle! We'll certainly do Hobbiton, as I won't be upset going there again, lol. Beyond that it's a bit hazy. I'd like to see Mt. Sunday as I didn't get to last time, but I'm not sure yet if it'll happen. And yes, would love to catch as many 'sibs as I can, once I have a sense of where I might be, myself! PirateAngelic

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Greenwood Hobbit
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Apr 20, 3:23pm

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Hah - only just noticed the typo - salads not slads! [In reply to] Can't Post

Slad is a place in Gloucestershire... I have a number of rooted shrub cuttings to pot up, also some annuals grown from seed that are growing fast. Tomatoes really need to go into the greenhouse now, but the nights can still be cold. I messed with my young grandson's mind this morning by showing him the basic elements of dowsing; he loves a 'but how does it work?' conundrum! I'm pretty rubbish at it, but even the basics are impressive when it's new to you.


dernwyn
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Apr 20, 6:24pm

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Dowsing! [In reply to] Can't Post

My Texas brother has done that, and he was amazed at how strong the pull was.

What kind of tree branch do you use, or do you use something else?


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Greenwood Hobbit
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Apr 20, 6:33pm

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The traditional way is with a forked hazel twig under tension [In reply to] Can't Post

but I have a pendulum and rods. I do have a hazel in the garden, but it's not really big enough to start attacking for suitable twigs! The whole phenomenon is hugely intriguing.


grammaboodawg
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Apr 22, 4:13am

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Pickled beets!? [In reply to] Can't Post

Yummmm! I'll have to figure out a salad with those added... which won't take long ;) Taco Salad is my favourite! But I build my perfect salad at home with ice berg lettuce, bacon bits, seasoned Texas toast croutons, grape nuts cereal, chow mien noodles (crispy), shredded carrots, broccoli crown chunks, pickled beet chunks, a few red grapes halved, low-fat ranch dressing and either diced chicken or chunky crab/lobster meat... which makes it either a chicken or seafood dinner. However, I rarely have all of those ingredients; but when I do, it's good fun :D I never know what I'll get from one bite to the next.

We got some GREAT news! My daughter's pathology report came back to announce she's CANCER FREE!!!! *toots horn!* Another week or two and she'll be back home if all goes according to plan. But, of course, it will all be up to how everything heals up and settles down :)

Have a great week everyone! And thanks for taking such great care of us, dernwyn!



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Kimi
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Apr 22, 5:01am

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Absolutely brilliant news! [In reply to] Can't Post

Definitely worth celebrating.

Wishing your daughter rapid healing.


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dernwyn
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Apr 22, 11:33am

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I am so SO glad to hear that! Now sending prayers and well-wishes for everything healing up the way it should! And how are YOU holding up, gramma?

Grape nuts cereal in a salad? I've never thought of that before, definitely puts a bit of crunch in there, do the bits soften up in the dressing? Now that is a meal in a bowl!

You two take there, there's been stormy weather out your way!


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grammaboodawg
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Apr 22, 1:47pm

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The wonders of Grape Nuts! [In reply to] Can't Post

The Grape Nuts do soften up if you dawdle; but even softened, they still have that nutty-sweet flavour that imho adds to the taste and texture of the salad. We use them in our yogurt (all variations) and banana split ice cream, too.

We haven't had much trouble with the weather so far. High winds and cooler temps for the most part. But weather here is fickle ;)

I'm doing very well, considering. She's most comfortable in my recliner (breathing problems, too), so it does put a cramp on my TV watching ;) *spasm* I just can't move it to her bedroom where she'd surely feel ostracized. Plus, I need to keep an eye on her or she tries to do too much. We get up about 3-4am for meds... but it's all temporary! :D Thank Goodness! Prayer works!



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Annael
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Apr 22, 2:59pm

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wonderful news! [In reply to] Can't Post

and prayers for a complete and rapid recovery from all the messing about.

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Ethel Duath
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Apr 22, 4:15pm

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Wheeeee, wheee, wheee! [In reply to] Can't Post

I am so happy for the both of you! I can't imagine how relieved she must be.

Now you can both relax and enjoy the spring. Do you have a lot of flowering bushes popping out yet?



Ethel Duath
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Apr 22, 4:17pm

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Yes, it does. :) [In reply to] Can't Post

(The prayer and the Grape Nuts.)


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