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There was an article about a girl who left things out for some crows and they brought things to her in exchange. This though. Wow.

crows gift

Stuart Dahlquist


@StuartDahlquist
Mar 23
We've been feeding a small family of four crows (mated pair and their two year old kids) for several years. Last week two days in a row they left these gifts, pull tabs threaded onto pine twigs. This isn't only generous, it's creative, it's art.
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chicken

The traditional spices are garlic, ginger, cumin, cinnamon or allspice, and ALWAYS paprika for chicken. And I added lime juice, lemon zest, olive oil S&P (actually, Adobo), to the marinade, let the chicken sit in the fridge with that for the afternoon, turning it and making sure that every inch had its exposure to soak in the herbs.

With a little oil in a skillet, brown the chicken well, both sides, and then added the rest, more garlic, chopped olives, diced tomatoes and so forth with a splash of white wine to deglaze. Adding a bit of chicken stock to simmer down, and cook the meat through.

Many of these recipes use salted lemons, and I've done that before. I don't keep them anymore, but they're great to use in the Mediterranean style.
The yellow squash, added at the end with a lid on it, to steam. - Judy L.
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Wallaby Captured in Dallas
By Frank Heinz
https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/weird/Wallaby-Yes-a-Wallaby-Captured-in-Dallas-507420941.html


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https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/weird/Wallaby-Captured-in-Dallas-507421191.html?fbclid=IwAR2VRuKqMo8sJbFKV-wTuzEM-hpC8wo6Wdj6OEMJZerzjMElJMnUC-dPfpg

Officers with Dallas Animal Control captured a wallaby on a leisurely jaunt in the east Dallas neighborhood of Lakewood Wednesday morning.

According to a report from The Dallas Morning News a couple were out for a walk when they spotted what they first thought was a loose dog near the 5900 block of Vickery Boulevard.

After seeing the animal hop, they realized it was a wallaby.

Dallas Animal Control officers were called and they were able to corner and catch the animal with a net.

The wallaby, a native of Australia and New Guinea, belongs in the same family as a kangaroo but is much smaller by comparison.

It is not clear who owns the animal. According to the DMN, it is not legal to own the animals in Dallas without a permit and no decision has been made about where the animal will end up.

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Cat would love the sand pit that would be needed under and around this.
Neighbors... maybe not.

firepit
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North Carolina Lemon Pie
https://www.cookscountry.com/recipes/8305-north-carolina-lemon-pie
https://www.blessthismessplease.com/north-carolina-lemon-pie/

This light, bright lemon pie has a perfect balance of sweet, salty, and sour. Best of all? It’s dead simple to make.

WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS
A unique crust made with saltine crackers, melted butter, and light corn syrup sets this pie apart from the competition. We use both lemon zest and juice in the custard filling for a bright pop of citrus flavor.

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lemon pie
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9 Patch Bento Box
https://www.thesprucecrafts.com/nine-patch-bento-box-quilt-pattern-2821759
9 patch bento

Finished block size: 15" x 15"

Finished quilt size: 60" x 75" (without borders)

The quilt blocks are strip pieced.

Fabrics for the Nine Patch Bento Box Quilt
The quilt can be scrappy but do try to choose fabrics of similar color value (contrast) within each fabric designation. Label your fabrics.

Photos of the block begin on page 2 and you can see the entire block on the last page of the pattern. Fabric descriptions match the block, not the quilt pictured above.

Fabric 1
A dark fabric—pictured is a black print
1-3/4 yards

Fabric 2
A fabric that's lighter than Fabric 1—pictured is a yellowish paisley (or a warm fabric, as long as there's good contrast between it and Fabric 1)
1 yard

Fabric 3
A fabric that's darker than Fabric 2, but lighter than Fabric 1—pictured is a grayish print
1-1/8 yard

Fabric 4
A warm color (such as magenta, red, orange, yellow, gold) that 'pops' a bit, but contrasts with Fabric 1—pictured is a reddish batik
1-1/4 yard

Fabric 5
A light neutral that contrasts with all other fabrics—pictured is an ivory paisley print
2-1/4 yards

Make Nine Patch Centers for the Bento Box Quilt Blocks


9 patch
Cut the following fabrics to make 20 nine patch centers for the quilt blocks.

Fabric 1:
(5) 2-1/2" wide strips cut from selvage to selvage
(1) 2-1/2" x 17" strips
(2) 2-1/2" x 26" strips

Fabric 4:
(4) 2-1/2" wide strips cut from selvage to selvage
(2) 2-1/2" x 17" strips
(1) 2-1/2" x 26" strip

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Make C Strip Sets and Add Segments to the Nine Patch
9 patch bento

Cutting

Fabric 3:
(2) 3-1/2" wide strips cut from selvage to selvage
(1) 3-1/2" x 29" strip

Fabric 5:
(2) 3-1/2" wide strips cut from selvage to selvage
(1) 3-1/2" x 29" strip

Sewing
Sew a long Fabric 3 strip to a Fabric 5 strip of the same size.
Press to set the seam, and then press the seam allowance towards Fabric 3.
Check widths. The strip set should measure 6-1/2" wide along its entire length. Individual strips should each measure 3-1/4" wide.
Use remaining strips to make two more strip sets (one will be shorter).
Check all for accuracy.
Square up one end of each strip set. Cut a total of (40) 2-1/2" segments.
Find a 6-1/2" x 6-1/2” nine patch quilt block.
Place a C segment (vertically) along the left side of the nine patch, with the Fabric 3 portion of the segment sticking upwards as shown.
Place the second C segment (vertically) along the right edge of the nine patch, but flip the segment around so that Fabric 3 is down (aligned with the bottom edge of the nine patch).
Sew the two segments to the nine patch. Press seam allowances either direction.
The partial block should be 6-1/2" tall and 10-1/2" wide.
Repeat to add two C segments to each nine patch quilt block.
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Make D Strip Sets and Finish the First Bento Box Round

9 patch bento D strip

Cutting

Fabric 3:
(2) 3-1/2" wide strips cut from selvage to selvage
(1) 3-1/2" x 29" strip

Fabric 5:
(2) 3-1/2" wide strips cut from selvage to selvage
(1) 3-1/2" x 29" strip

Sewing
Sew a long Fabric 3 strip to a Fabric 5 strip of the same size.
Press to set the seam, and then press the seam allowance towards Fabric 3.
Check widths. The strip set should measure 6-1/2" wide along its entire length. Individual strips should each measure 3-1/4" wide.
Use remaining strips to make two more strip sets (one will be shorter).
Check all for accuracy.
Square up one end of each strip set. Cut a total of (40) 2-1/2" segments.
Find a 6-1/2" x 6-1/2” nine patch quilt block.

Place a C segment (vertically) along the left side of the nine patch, with the Fabric 3 portion of the segment sticking upwards as shown.

Place the second C segment (vertically) along the right edge of the nine patch, but flip the segment around so that Fabric 3 is down (aligned with the bottom edge of the nine patch).

Sew the two segments to the nine patch. Press seam allowances either direction.
The partial block should be 6-1/2" tall and 10-1/2" wide.

Repeat to add two C segments to each nine patch quilt block.
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Make E Strip Sets and Sew More Segments to the Quilt Block

9 patch bento strip E

Cutting

Fabric 2
(1) 5-1/2" wide strip cut from selvage to selvage
(1) 5-1/2" x 25" strip

Fabric 4
(1) 5-1/2" wide strip cut from selvage to selvage
(1) 5-1/2" x 25" strip

Sewing
Sew a long strip of Fabric 2 lengthwise to a Fabric 4 strip of the same size.
Press to set the seam and then press the seam allowance towards Fabric 4.
The strip set should be 10-1/2" wide along its entire length; each half of the set should measure 5-1/4" in width.
Make a second strip set from the shorter lengths of Fabrics 2 and 4.
Square up one end of each strip set. Starting from the squared up ends, cut a total of (40) 1-1/2" segments.
Align one E segment along the left side of the partial block. The Fabric 2 portion of the segment should be even with the top of the partial block as shown.
Place the second E segment along the right side of the block, but flip it around so that Fabric 2 is positioned along the block's bottom edge. See photo.
Sew each E segment to its side of the block and press seam allowances either direction. The partial block should measure 10-1/2" x 12-1/2".
Repeat to add all remaining E segments to the 20 quilt blocks.
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Make F Segments for the Nine Patch Bento Box Quilt Block

F strip

Cutting

Fabric 2:
(1) 6-1/2" strip cut from selvage to selvage
(1) 6-1/2" x 25" strip

Fabric 4:
(1) 6-1/2" strip cut from selvage to selvage
(1) 6-1/2" x 25" strip

Sewing

Sew a long Fabric 2 strip to a Fabric 4 strip of the same size.
Press to set the seam. Press seam allowance towards Fabric 4.
The strip set (F) should measure 12-1/2" wide along its entire length. Individual strips should be 6-1/4" wide.
Make another (shorter) strip set from the 25" long strips.
Square up one end of each strip set, and then cut (40) 1-1/2" segments.
Sew one segment (horizontally) along the top edge of the block, with Fabric 2 on the left side as shown. The images are getting large -- the photo on this page shows strips already sewn to the block.
Sew another segment below the block, horizontally, with Fabric 2 positioned to the right.
Press seam allowances either direction.
Repeat for all 20 quilt blocks.

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Finish Sewing the Nine Patch Bento Box Quilt Blocks

finish

G and H strip sets for the quilt blocks look very much alike, but the strips used to make H units are wider. Only one strip set is illustrated.

Cutting for G Strip Sets

Fabric 1:
(2) 6-1/2" strips cut from selvage to selvage

Fabric 5:
(2) 6-1/2" strips cut from selvage to selvage

Sew G Strip Sets

Sew a 6-1/2" x selvage width Fabric 1 strip lengthwise to a Fabric 5 strip of the same size.
Press to set the seam and then press seam allowance towards Fabric 1.
The strip set should measure 12-1/2" wide along its entire length. Each half of the strip set should be 6-1/4" wide.
Make another strip set from remaining fabrics.
Square up one end of each strip set, and then cut a total of (40) 2" segments.
Refer to the photo, bottom left. Sew one G segment (vertically) to the left of the partial block. Fabric 1 should be at the top left corner.
Sew another G segment (vertically) on the opposite side of the block, with Fabric 1 in the bottom position as shown.
Press seam allowances either way.

Cutting for H Strip Sets

Fabric 1:
(2) 8" wide strips cut from selvage to selvage

Fabric 5:
(2) 8" wide strips cut from selvage to selvage

One More Set of Segments

Sew an 8" wide x selvage width Fabric 1 strip lengthwise to a Fabric 5 strip of the same size.
Press to set the seam, and then press the seam allowance towards Fabric 1.
The strip set should measure 15-1/2" wide along its entire length. Individual strips should be a consistent 7-3/4" wide.

Use remaining strips to make a second strip set.
Square up one end of each strip set and cut a total of (40) 2" segments.
Sew one segment along the top of the block, with Fabric 1 on the left as shown in the photo, bottom right.

Sew another F segment to the bottom of the block, placing it in the opposite position (Fabric 1 to the right).
Press seam allowances either direction.
The quilt block should measure 15-1/2" x 15-1/2".

Repeat to make a total of 20 quilt blocks.

That's it! The blocks can be sewn side-by-side after arranging them into five rows of four blocks each, but your quilt can differ. You might want to add borders, place the blocks on-point, or split the blocks and make two smaller quilts.
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Easy Jelly Roll Bento Box Tutorial


bento box

This block can be made in any two (or more) colors you like, but will
be more striking with a dark and light color!
It’s extremely easy to make using 2.5” strips.
20-strip rolls will be the most efficient use of fabric for this pattern.
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Tasty Burritos
https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/tasty-burritos/
Crunchy Burritos. They’re even better warmed up the next day in the microwave.

6 servings

Ingredients
1 pound ground beef
1 envelope taco seasoning
1 can (16 ounces) refried beans
6 flour tortillas (12 inches), warmed
1 cup shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese
4 teaspoons canola oil
Sour cream and salsa

Directions

In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in taco seasoning. In a small saucepan, cook refried beans over medium-low heat for 2-3 minutes or until heated through.

Spoon about 1/3 cup of beans off-center on each tortilla; top with 1/4 cup beef mixture. Sprinkle with cheese. Fold sides and ends of tortillas over filling and roll up.

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, brown burritos in oil on all sides. Serve with sour cream and salsa.

Freeze option: Individually wrap cooled burritos in paper towels and foil; freeze in a resealable plastic freezer bag. To use, remove foil; place paper towel-wrapped burrito on a microwave-safe plate. Microwave on high 3-4 minutes or until heated through, turning once. Let stand 20 seconds.

Nutrition Facts
1 burrito: 519 calories, 24g fat (10g saturated fat), 63mg cholesterol, 1539mg sodium, 49g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 8g fiber), 27g protein.


burritos
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Sweet-and-Sour Meat Loaf
https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/sweet-and-sour-meat-loaf/
The sweet-and-sour flavor adds a deliciously different twist to this longtime standby

Ingredients

1 cup dry bread crumbs
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1-1/2 pounds ground beef
1 teaspoon dried minced onion
1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce, divided
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
2 teaspoons prepared mustard

Directions
In a large bowl, combine the bread crumbs, salt, pepper and eggs; crumble beef over top and mix well. Add onion and half of the tomato sauce. Press into a 9x5-in. loaf pan.
Bake at 350° for 50 minutes. In a saucepan, combine the sugars, vinegar, mustard and remaining tomato sauce; bring to a boil. Pour over meat loaf; bake until no pink remains and a thermometer reads 160°, about 10 minutes longer.
Freeze option: Securely wrap and freeze cooled meat loaf in plastic wrap and foil. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Unwrap meat loaf; reheat on a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan in a preheated 350° oven until heated through and a thermometer inserted in center reads 165°.

Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 419 calories, 17g fat (6g saturated fat), 146mg cholesterol, 969mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 1g fiber), 28g protein.
Originally published as Sweet and Sour Meat Loaf in Reminisce Premiere 1991
sweet and sour meatloaf
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Satisfying Tomato Soup
https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/satisfying-tomato-soup/
From scratch, chunky style with grilled cheese sandwich

Ingredients

2 teaspoons canola oil
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1/4 cup finely chopped celery
2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes, undrained
1-1/2 cups water
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
Minced fresh basil, optional

Directions

In a large saucepan, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and celery; cook and stir until tender, 2-4 minutes. Add remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes to allow flavors to blend.
Puree soup using an immersion blender. Or cool soup slightly and puree in batches in a blender; return to pan and heat through. If desired, top with fresh minced basil. Freeze option: Freeze cooled soup in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally and adding a little water if necessary.

Grilled Cheese Croutons:

For croutons that won't immediately soak up all the soup, use day-old bread and cook it slower than normal so you end up with a crispy, drier sandwich.

Butter one side of two slices of day-old, hearty bread. Place one slice in a skillet over medium-low heat; top with your favorite cheese slices. Top with the second slice, butter side up, and cook until dark golden brown, 4-5 minutes. Flip and cook another 4-5 minutes. Remove and cut into cubes.

Nutrition Facts
1-1/4 cups: 76 calories, 2g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 627mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 4g fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 vegetable, 1/2 fat.

Originally published as Homemade Tomato Soup in Simple & Delicious December/January 2015
tomato soup

Sopapillas

Mar. 15th, 2019 05:46 pm
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Sopapillas

Ingredients

2 cups Flour + some for rolling out
2 teaspoons Baking Powder
1⁄2 teaspoon Salt
2 Tablespoons Shortening
3⁄4 cup warmed milk
oil (for frying) (at least 3" deep in sturdy pan)

Directions

Sift together flour, baking powder and salt.
Cut shortening in until mixture is a rough texture.
Gradually add warm milk.
Mix to form dough.
Knead until smooth.
Cover and let stand for 20 minutes (this will make it easier to roll out).
Start oil heating (desired temp is 375° - 400°).
On a lightly floured board, roll dough thin (between 1/4 and 1/8 inch).
Cut into 3 inch squares.
Fry a few at a time, turning when golden and puffed up, about 2 minutes, each side.
Drain on paper towels.
Best when served immediately. Serve with honey or powdered sugar, cinnamon. Or slice open and stuff with meats and chile.
Sopapillas
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"Rose Garden" Quilt



65" x 65" quilt

Supplies:

• 2 Print Charm Packs (5" Quilt Squares)
• 1½ yds. Blue Fabric by the Yard
• 1¼ yds. White Fabric by the Yard
• 1¼ yds. Fabric for Border
• ¾ yd. Fabric for Binding
• 4¼ yds. Quilt Backing

• Clearly Perfect Slotted Trimmer B
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A = 5" - squares charm pack (85 total), dark grey or a dark blue/not navy (8)

B = 5" - 1/2 square triangle squares (make 70)
white yardage and navy yardage - cut into 5 1/2" squares (35 of each color).
Draw line diagonally from corner to corner. Sew 1/4" on either side of that line. Cut on line. = 70
Trim to 5" square

C = 5" - squares pyramid
5" white square(cut 16) and 3"x6" navy (cut 32)
Mark center edge on one side on white square.
Place navy strip so it is just past the center mark and angles to the lower corner.
Sew 1/4" along navy fabric edge to corner. Press open. Repeat to other corner. Press open.
Turn over to white square and trim off navy that extends pass white square.

5" wide border

Arrange (make 2)
All B --navy part of half square (upper left to left of center) and (upper right to right of center)
Border with ((Point of C point out)) in center

row 1 A(dark),B,A,B,A,B,|A(dark)|,B,A,B,A,B,A(dark)
row 2 B,A,B,A,B,A,|C|,A,B,A,B,A,B ((Points of C point up))
row 3 A,B,A,B,A,B,|A|,B,A,B,A,B,A
row 4 B,A,B,A,B,A,|C|,A,B,A,B,A,B ((Points of C point up))
row 5 A(dark),B,A,B,A,B,|A|,B,A,B,A,B,A(dark)
row 6 B,A,B,A,B,A,|C|,A,B,A,B,A,B ((Points of C point up))

(make 1)
center row A,C,A,C,A,C,A,C,A,C,A,C,A ((3 Points of C point left)) ((3 Points of C point right))

2 Border Sides with ((C points to side)) in center


rose garden
rose garden

rose garden
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Smoked chile, or Chipotle as it's called, is much more expensive to use, but easily had with just a bit (1/4 teaspoon), of smoked paprika added to this recipe!
They're both chiles, lol.
This can be frozen in smaller portions


Basic Red Chile Sauce

Ingredients

1 ½ cup water for slightly thicker consistency
114 oz. container Frozen Red Chile or Frozen Special Reserve Red Chile
1 Tbsp. oil
2 garlic cloves- minced
¼ tsp. Oregano
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. sugar (very optional, but it might remove some bitterness if required.)

Instructions

Heat water in saucepan over low to medium heat.
Add frozen red chile allowing the chile to defrost and cook.
Meanwhile, heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat.
Stir in garlic while to lightly soften.
Add garlic to simmering red chile and water
Add oregano, salt (and sugar). Stir and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat and cover. Simmer 10-15 minutes.
red chili

I need to ask what form the contents of this container are. Is this a paste, chopped or whole.
It's
****puree****

red chili
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STIR-FRIED CHICKEN WITH SNAP PEAS AND BASIL
https://www.177milkstreet.com/recipes/stir-fried-chicken-with-snap-peas-and-basil

To prepare the chicken, cut each breast lengthwise into ½-inch strips, then cut the strips crosswise into 1-inch pieces. Using both chopped basil (mixed with the cooked chicken) and whole basil leaves (stirred in at the end) provided the full herbal flavor and fragrance we were looking for. Serve with steamed white or brown jasmine rice.

4 servings
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