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  • He's gonna be a big one!
    Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.

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    • I have successfully managed to get my coffee consumption down to a single cup a day without the headaches and fatigue from caffeine withdrawal. Yay, me!! From 6 to 7 cups a day down to one is huge, especially since I was able to do it in less than a week. What helped? Drinking enough water, enough fat in my diet and having tea to fall back on when needed. I have tried for years to make this happen!!

      I am so needing to get back up in the woods. Yes, it is wet today. Yes, it is windy today. Yes, I will come back happier!!
      Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.

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      • I was just at our local butcher shop where I discovered lots of natural cheese AND they sell big slabs of pigskin with fat attached inexpensively. I get to make my own lard! Guess I'll figure out how BEFORE I buy it.

        Doing good on water consumption. Screw the scale, my bra is getting too big!
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        • I wish my bra would get too *small* .

          I haven't had the guts to inquire with Whole Foods about any grass-fed beef trimmings they have. I've heard some people get it for free if they just ask. I think I'd rather start with lard over tallow, though, since I've heard it smells better.
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          • Wow. Just wow.
            I was melting cheese under the broiler yesterday to make cheese chips (failed miserably, by the way) and I had some Tillamook and some Hickory Farms that I was given for Christmas. The Tillamook melted, bubbled and browned nicely. The Hickory Farms........did nothing. Didn't melt, didn't bubble, didn't brown. Now, THAT is scary "food"!
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            • Duh. Of course coconut butter would have a layer of oil on top. So does natural peanut butter. i am down to the coconut layer of coconut butter and it is plenty tasty!
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              • I love coconut butter. Yum.

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                • Originally posted by honeybuns View Post
                  I was just at our local butcher shop where I discovered lots of natural cheese AND they sell big slabs of pigskin with fat attached inexpensively. I get to make my own lard! Guess I'll figure out how BEFORE I buy it.
                  I made tallow for the first time a few weeks back. Here is what I did - trimmed all fleshy bits off, you know, the actual muscle meat, and anything resembling bloody flecks. Roughly hacked at it with a chef knife until it made a pile of semi-regular chunks because I received my suet from the local processor in iceberg-sized hunks. Put that into my crock pot, turned the thing on, and let her rip for a full day and night. Ladled off the hot fat, then strained the leftover proteinaceous stuff (which by now was brown) into a stainless steel mesh strainer so that I could press out the last bits of fat that I could. Stored it in the fridge in a leftover plastic lard tub I got from our local processor as part of a previous lard purchase.

                  I would improve that next time by cutting my chunks possibly smaller. I discovered that my crock method does not produce cracklings-like bits, but since I haven't made lard, perhaps tallow just does not make cracklings. The tallow is AWESOME - snow white, and SUCH a saturated fat that it is like brittle candle wax when fridge cold.

                  I say just go for it! If I can make tallow, you can make lard!!
                  I have a mantra that I have spouted for years... "If I eat right, I feel right. If I feel right, I exercise right. If I exercise right, I think right. If I think right, I eat right..." Phil-SC

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                  • Originally posted by honeybuns View Post
                    Duh. Of course coconut butter would have a layer of oil on top. So does natural peanut butter. i am down to the coconut layer of coconut butter and it is plenty tasty!
                    P.S. What is coconut butter, and what do you do with it??
                    I have a mantra that I have spouted for years... "If I eat right, I feel right. If I feel right, I exercise right. If I exercise right, I think right. If I think right, I eat right..." Phil-SC

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                    • Coconut butter is finely ground coconut meat. Kind of like when nuts are ground for butter. Even better than that, though. I am using the Maranatha brand which uses whole coconut meat, not what is left over after the oil is extracted. I can see where this would be delicious in some sort of dessert. Right now it is straight off the spoon for me. I'm thinking of melting some dark chocolate and mixing the coconut butter with it and letting it firm back up again. DECADENT!!
                      Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.

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                      • Went on a logging road walk with my hiking buddy and his partner yesterday. This is the man that used to do 15 to 18 mile rambles with me in downpours. It was hard to watch him hobble for four miles in very obvious pain and not be able to do anything to make it better. He seems to think the medicine they are putting him on in March will allow him to resume his love of solo wilderness hiking. For his sake I hope so. He isn't one to take meds so this tells me just how rough all of this has been on him. I am not too clear just exactly what he has going on but cancer was ruled out. Rheumatoid arthritis? Neurological? A combination?

                        Tomorrow I get to step on the scale. I am not expecting much in the way of a loss and I'll be happy with no gain.
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                        • It has been almost two years since I have been able to be consistent with the RPR's. 2011 was all about the kitchen remodel, 2012 was about a dying dog, working with a new dog, transporting and fostering rescues. I promised DH I would not go up in the hills by myself and if that is what it takes to be able to go up there without him worrying, I am all over that. Hopefully I can get back to my schedule of four days a week, four hours a day in my forested playground. Tabi sticks right with me, her I don't worry about. Moose is into himself right now so I spend a lot of time hiding from him and making him find me. Reilly, when he is old enough, will be more in touch to where I am at all times, unlike Moose.

                          2013 should bring lots of stories of adventure and hopefully some good pictures for Crabcakes First.
                          Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.

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                          • I am so in love with our new pup. We've only had him a couple of weeks and he has made it his job to keep track of me. Yes, he is a Mommy's boy but that is what I need when we are exploring. The dynamics between the three dogs couldn't be any better.

                            Today's weigh in. After getting up and peeing 189.6 After pooping 189.9 An hour later 188.6. That is the number I'm going with so that means I have dropped four pounds in two weeks. That puts me withing 5 pounds of what I was just before my surgery before the weight started going up and up and up (darn hormones). I'm hoping I have this right where I can continue a downward trend. Even if it is a small amount of loss, it is still a loss.

                            Made cream cheese clouds today (cream cheese, butter, vanilla, small amount of sweetener) and I added coconut butter, cocoa powder and used honey. It tastes like a fancy chocolate mousse. Hopefully DH will reach for these when he wants dessert.
                            Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.

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                            • Originally posted by honeybuns View Post
                              2013 should bring lots of stories of adventure and hopefully some good pictures for Crabcakes First.
                              Woohoo! Thanks for thinking of us, and we look forward to the pics!!

                              All that snow in those fotos of Crabbcakes woods... gone. Melted in the rain two days ago. Fooey.

                              Dog pack sounds heavenly - that would be Third's dream come true, and mine as well as the canines would hopefully help me keep track of the girl as she grows more deliberately willful, rather than just kinda brainlessly distractible (as young kids tend to be, but young special needs kids especially so). I think it is a beautiful thing, how much you love those dogs who come into your care - just wanted to tell you.
                              I have a mantra that I have spouted for years... "If I eat right, I feel right. If I feel right, I exercise right. If I exercise right, I think right. If I think right, I eat right..." Phil-SC

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                              • Thank you! Yup, I'm going to the dogs!

                                Reilly on the left, Moose on the right. Tabi had the loveseat to herself.
                                Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.

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