Posts by Angela

41) Message boards : Cafe SETI : I've got a bun in the oven! (Message 1833279)
Posted 30 Nov 2016 by Profile AngelaProject Donor
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I cried too, when I heard of Ian's passing... and I had been gifted with lots of advance notice.

More pictures of Miss Daphne, please!!! Old ladies like me love baby pictures!!!
42) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XXIII - All Are Welcome In The Critter Cafe (Message 1833120)
Posted 29 Nov 2016 by Profile AngelaProject Donor
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Not seen that picture before Ang, but really lovely, plus the resident pussy cat. The exact same place that I fed the racoons in 2011. Never to be forgotten ever.

I included that picture of Spawnie in my New Year's post from last January, but you may have missed it.
43) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XXIII - All Are Welcome In The Critter Cafe (Message 1833060)
Posted 28 Nov 2016 by Profile AngelaProject Donor
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Bernie, your urban wildlife photos are delightful!!!

I know I've posted this picture before, but I wanted to put it here for squirrel comparison. The squirrels who frequent our backyard are Fox Squirrels. They seem to range in color from grayish brown (like this one) to deeply red to very light chestnut. Their bellies are lighter in color, but not white. Also, they do not have the tufts of hair on their little squirrel ears that Bernie's handsome red squirrels have.

The little fellow in this picture, taken over a year ago, is a young squirrel. I can tell he is young because he is still slender. The older squirrels in our yard become "portly" rather quickly, as there are always seeds and peanuts for them to enjoy.

Squirrels are so much fun! Eric calls them "a pound of hell", but I find squirrels to be absolutely charming.

44) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Florence Henderson - "Mrs. Brady" has passed. (Message 1832788)
Posted 27 Nov 2016 by Profile AngelaProject Donor
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I watched her on tv doing some comedian's roast once. She used a "naughty" word in her routine and the crowd over-reacted. In response to this over-reaction she smiled and used a sing-songy voice to proclaim "Mrs. Brady swears!" It was the funniest part of her routine.

R.I.P.
45) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Fidel Castro has died at the age of 90. (Message 1832785)
Posted 27 Nov 2016 by Profile AngelaProject Donor
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R.I.P.
46) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XXIII - All Are Welcome In The Critter Cafe (Message 1832756)
Posted 27 Nov 2016 by Profile AngelaProject Donor
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Yikes, Sue! Wishing you speedy repairs.
47) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XXIII - All Are Welcome In The Critter Cafe (Message 1832594)
Posted 26 Nov 2016 by Profile AngelaProject Donor
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Bernie, those are awesome photos!
48) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (103) Server Problems? (Message 1832592)
Posted 26 Nov 2016 by Profile AngelaProject Donor
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Thread locked at OP request, as he will be initiating a new thread on this topic.
49) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Thanksgiving Prep and Other Winter Holidays (Message 1832461)
Posted 25 Nov 2016 by Profile AngelaProject Donor
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I am enjoying catching up on everyone's posts. Yesterday I was crazy busy, but everything turned out fine. Whew!

As for today well.... Dishes - must wash more dishes!!!
50) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Thanksgiving Prep and Other Winter Holidays (Message 1832102)
Posted 24 Nov 2016 by Profile AngelaProject Donor
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I made a fruit studded ice ring to float in punch. I used a Kugelhopf pan and put orange slices in each of the rings. The ice is made of blood orange juice and lemonade, so it shouldn't dilute my punch too much. Whenever we have more than four people over, I try to make batch cocktails that can be served from a punch bowl, rather than trying to shake up individual drinks.

I made a marinade for a shrimp salad, compound herb butter for the turkey and a 7 layer smoked salmon spread from the current issue of Bon Appetit - new recipe, so I hope it is as tasty as it looks in the photograph.

I still have to cut up some pineapple for fruit cups for the kids and bake a batch of caramel pecan bars. Ol' Pookers doesn't like pumpkin pie. Go figure.

I also need to map out a time line for when to pop various dishes into the oven and when to take them out tomorrow.

I swapped out the litter in our cat boxes, so hopefully our house will smell like turkey tomorrow instead of like the home of a crazy cat lady. I have other cleaning jobs to do as well.

Wishing everyone a very happy holiday, and wishing all the hosts and hostesses out there a big burst of energy as we round the final turn and view the finish line.

Thanksgiving is the meal that takes days to prepare and only a few hours to enjoy. May we all succeed in making the holiday appear "effortless" to our guests!
51) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XXIII - All Are Welcome In The Critter Cafe (Message 1832051)
Posted 23 Nov 2016 by Profile AngelaProject Donor
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Lovely pictures of your charming little visitor, Bernie!

Our reddish brown fox squirrels like unsalted peanuts in the shell, if you ever need a less pricey substitute for what appear to be hazelnuts in your feeder.
52) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Thanksgiving Prep and Other Winter Holidays (Message 1832048)
Posted 23 Nov 2016 by Profile AngelaProject Donor
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Does anybody use the plastic bag of turkey innards?

My mom used to cook them for the family dog!
53) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Thanksgiving Prep and Other Winter Holidays (Message 1831956)
Posted 23 Nov 2016 by Profile AngelaProject Donor
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Today I purchased more groceries, borrowed an extra table from my aunt, borrowed a bunch of my mom's dishes from my sister, washed a bunch of serving platters, picked up the turkey, and made a make-ahead potato dish.

I didn't get to the gravy base last night, so I'll have to do that tonight. Hopefully I'll also get around to making a mushroom base tonight. It is the foundation of the dressing I usually make. Once the mushroom base is done, all I would have to do on Thanksgiving day is add bread, fresh herbs and a little chicken broth, then bake the whole thing off.

Whew!!! I envy those hostesses like Martha Stewart who book a relaxing manicure and pedicure the night before a big party. I can't even imagine being so ahead of schedule tomorrow night that I would have time to do that sort of thing.
54) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Thanksgiving Prep and Other Winter Holidays (Message 1831914)
Posted 22 Nov 2016 by Profile AngelaProject Donor
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Will Trump give a turkey a Presidential Pardon next year?

Will the turkey actually WANT to live???!!!
55) Message boards : Number crunching : 16th Anniversary (Message 1831868)
Posted 22 Nov 2016 by Profile AngelaProject Donor
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Congratulation on your 16 year crunching anniversary!!!
56) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Thanksgiving Prep and Other Winter Holidays (Message 1831866)
Posted 22 Nov 2016 by Profile AngelaProject Donor
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you know where the wine bottle opener is and that it is working.

Ours sees extremely regular use, so no worries there !)


Great post, Gary! One of the things I had forgotten to add to my master plan is to wash and dry serving pieces that haven't been used in a while, for example my turkey platter that gets used every other year, along with a "vintage" cut glass bowl given to me by one of my aunts. I only use that bowl for cranberries, and now I have to remember which closet I stuck it in the back of two years ago!

I've added "find and wash serving pieces" to tomorrow's TO DO list, thanks to your wonderful, memory jogging post.
57) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Thanksgiving Prep and Other Winter Holidays (Message 1831836)
Posted 22 Nov 2016 by Profile AngelaProject Donor
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a Manhattan


That's her favorite drink, actually.


Eric's too! I find Manhattans to be too strong for me, but Eric absolutely loves them.
58) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Thanksgiving Prep and Other Winter Holidays (Message 1831833)
Posted 22 Nov 2016 by Profile AngelaProject Donor
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Speaking of bourbon, she likes Happy Balls.

OMG - who wouldn't???!!!



What about adding cherry syrup to the cream?

Cherry and pumpkin seems like an odd combination to me, but there really are no "rules" when it comes to taste.

If your mom likes cherry with her bourbon, perhaps you should start the meal by mixing her a Manhattan?

Whee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
59) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Thanksgiving Prep and Other Winter Holidays (Message 1831829)
Posted 22 Nov 2016 by Profile AngelaProject Donor
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Gordon, heavy cream is not that hard to whip. Take a walk on the wild side!


I suppose I could give it a whirl. And maybe add in some cinnamon and nutmeg?


I wouldn't, as dried spices are not very good in freshly whipped cream.

I recommend 1-2 tbsps of white sugar per cup of cream (most people prefer it sweeter so maybe go for two), a splash of vanilla or, better yet, a tablespoon of brandy!!!

Wait. You and your mom are in Kentucky, right? I suppose you could substitute bourbon for that brandy.

You could use brown sugar instead of white sugar, but personally I don't care for the molasses tones that brown sugar brings to whipped cream. Also, it muddies the color... but then again so does brandy, but the flavor advantages of brandy far out-weigh the mild color distortion, IMHO.
60) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Thanksgiving Prep and Other Winter Holidays (Message 1831818)
Posted 21 Nov 2016 by Profile AngelaProject Donor
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That is a beautiful bird!!!


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