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  • All this talk about your kombucha making skills has me thinking I need to place an order-- I'll take a case of cherry chia kombucha, please.

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    • You should start brewing! It's fun!
      My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53052.html

      "Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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      • Sio, I leave my bottles on the counter just a day, by then I'm seeing bubbles and foam, then refrigerate.
        These instructions mention putting in plastic while carbonating, but I haven't done that.
        How to Make Kombucha Tea at Home | The Kitchn

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        • Yeah, I think I left them out too long. Don't want to go to plastic, though. I see their reasoning, but glass is better for other reasons IMHO. It's summer after all, and I think things happen more quickly in this weather - the temps have been ideal for fermentation lately.

          Performance tonight! Woot!
          My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53052.html

          "Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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          • Originally posted by Siobhan View Post
            Yeah, I think I left them out too long. Don't want to go to plastic, though. I see their reasoning, but glass is better for other reasons IMHO. It's summer after all, and I think things happen more quickly in this weather - the temps have been ideal for fermentation lately.

            Performance tonight! Woot!
            I know you'll be great!!
            Big hug.

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            • Performance went very well. Although we could have distilled it down to one song, sung by the lower voices only:

              It brought down the house! Great fun.

              The Ex is here, he came to see my concert. It is really nice to have someone in the audience. I'm happy with my singing, although I was very tired at the end. As we were singing them through, it occurred to me that they are all quite difficult. Luckily we have some pretty accomplished singers. (Not me)

              Got home quite late and cooked a grass-fed hanger steak, beet greens and mushrooms. Did that ever hit the spot! Finished the meal by sharing a bottle of my homebrewed booch. Ex loved it! I will admit, it is pretty good. Only one of my homebrews left until the new batch.
              Last edited by Siobhan; 08-17-2013, 06:07 AM.
              My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53052.html

              "Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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              • What an amazing stage! Great performance - but I'm confused by the dancers with the pointy shoes and hair? Obviously I know nothing of this piece and there must be some meaning to it. The soloist can really hold that note! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!

                Impressive!

                But, I saw only men - where are you?

                Glad you enjoyed some time with the ex
                1. Love ME no matter what noises are screaming at me, or who is trying to tear me down.
                2. Eat to heal
                3. Move to live
                4. Embrace today
                5. Live with intention
                6. Respect my body
                7. Cultivate joy
                8. Find my passion
                9. Meditate on peace in my soul

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                • Originally posted by tomi View Post
                  What an amazing stage! Great performance - but I'm confused by the dancers with the pointy shoes and hair? Obviously I know nothing of this piece and there must be some meaning to it. The soloist can really hold that note! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!

                  Impressive!

                  But, I saw only men - where are you?

                  Glad you enjoyed some time with the ex
                  Yes, we are only interested in seeing you, lol. jk. It was beautiful, and the lung capacity on that guy must be massive.

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                  • Oh no, that is not my performance, that is just the song I found on youtube. Our male soloist, a tenor, is far more impressive, however!
                    My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53052.html

                    "Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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                    • Bottled up my second brewing of booch and started two more batches. Well, one will receive the scoby tomorrow morning. Close enough! Between the Ex and I, all the kombucha is gone. He loves my homebrew and asked to take some with him when he goes home.

                      Got horribly sunburned today. Feel like an idiot and look like a lobster. Ex and I headed out to the hardware store to buy a couple of screws and decided to go on a boat trip. Nuff said there. It was wicked fun, a wonderful day out, but I'm roasted. I did not have a speck of makeup on, or sunscreen. Between the wind and the sun and the reflection off the water...

                      Also accidentally ate wheat. Got in an argument with a waitress. Not going back to that restaurant! Nuff said there too. Well, I'll say one thing. She basically accused me of being a faker when I said I had a gluten intolerance. It was kind of an ugly scene and I'll just let it go. I only had one bite, which is enough to cause trouble. But I'm just moving forward and not dwelling on it. Must be more careful at restaurants. The thing is that I rarely eat out and my defences were down - I was having fun, I had had a glass of wine on the boat...you get the picture.

                      Well. Our second and last performance is tomorrow night. Very much looking forward to it, but I will be so sad when it is over!
                      My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53052.html

                      "Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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                      • Just sent Ex back home. He brought his bike (he is an avid cyclist) and he's going to do a bike trail on the way home. Perfect day for it. He is good to have around because he is totally onboard with paleo or primal or whatever I choose to cook, and he is very easy to please, eats everything and says how good it is and asks for more. He never tries to get me to eat something I don't want to and doesn't ask where the bread is. He also helped me with a couple of projects around the house that I need three hands for, very helpful! Replaced a ceiling vent that I took down last winter and couldn't get back up. Hung up a bird feeder. So nice to get help with this stuff.

                        We ate grass-fed beef both nights he was here. I really have to make an effort to eat only grass-fed beef. It is so superior in taste and texture. So beefy! Also beets - greens, stalks (roast 'em - they get nice and crunchy), and of course the roots. He started reading Diane Sanfilipino's book Practical Paleo and couldn't put it down! He's read more of it than I have. I made one of her paleo breakfast porridges - almond butter, coconut milk, etc. It was fantastic. Too good, really. I could down a very large bowl of that. He even encouraged me to buy it (I have a library copy) and thinks all the recipes look great and the info is invaluable. The section on poop alone is worth it! I believe he is correct on this and I will order one.

                        My sunburn is not painful but looks awful, which is unfortunate for the performance tonight. I will of course do my best to cover it, but there is no covering this degree of beet redness.
                        My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53052.html

                        "Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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                        • Well, the concert is over and the season is ended. (Sniffle) I am very sad, I will miss it. It was a lot of fun and I learned a great deal and improved my voice. It all went very well. This was our recording session, so I will be interested to hear it. The director invited us to come sing with his college and go on a short tour. That is very tempting! But I think it is probably too much of a commitment. I don't have to decide right now, though.

                          Someone made a snarky comment about my 'allergy' when they saw me eating chopped liver with a spoon instead of a cracker. (Homemade, really, really good. Made by a Greek lady.) To be honest, I'm tired of these comments and problems. I think I'm going to become a hermit eater and just not eat in public. I have not the slightest desire to eat the usual junk that everyone else is shoveling down. I was really happy with the smoked mussels, salmon, chopped liver, and shrimp. Didn't need crackers and corn chips.

                          I think I am going to bow out of the retreat I am scheduled to go on in October. It is just too hard and uncomfortable to be around people in that situation and not eat the same things. It is different in my own home, or in a restaurant where I can order something and not have it be a big deal. I also realized that I really don't want to go. I like the other women but I don't really want to go away with them for three days. I need some friends of my own age and in my own socio-economic group. I know it is the primal way to be in groups and seek out social interaction and so forth, but honestly I don't want to. I feel like I have been forcing myself to do things that I don't really want to do to be with people that I don't really want to be with. I really like being alone and I am happiest by myself. In groups I often feel I am pretending to be someone I am not.

                          On a lighter note, I am trying to wear clip-on earrings. I haven't been able to wear pierced earrings for a long time. I picked up a pair of clip-ons at a yard sale for a dime and I'm testing them. So far so good.
                          My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53052.html

                          "Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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                          • Teachable moments.---Maybe it's time to tell people who make those snarky comments-- when someone has a discernible palate the favor of xyz does not have to be masked by bland crackers. I respect other peoples choices. I wish they could/would respect mine.

                            And, I get the comfort in being alone.. I have always felt like the odd woman out.

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                            • Back after a few days with some kombucha notes.

                              I slipped a couple of apricot slices, and a piece of ginger into each of my kombucha bottles(holds 1 3/4C) after I brewed it, then let it sit, capped, at room temperature for three days before moving it to the fridge. There was quite a bit of fizz when I opened it, but it was so good I felt the mess was entirely worth it.

                              I am going to do the same to the batch I am bottling today, to see if the good flavor is repeatable or a fluke. I now need to get another large jar, as my baby SCOBY is looking like it wants a jar of its own. I foresee a whole little brewing station in a few months. I'm glad I can make a larger quantity, though, as I am liking kombucha more and more. It will be nice to be able to have more than one serving a day if I want.

                              No tip for that waitress! Giving people grief about their food sensitiviies/allergies? What's up with that!? And I imagine it would be so tempting to fake an anaphalactic(Don't know how to spell it, and feeling too lazy to look it up. Sorry!) reaction. Just a little one. I salute you for not doing it.

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                              • Originally posted by marcadav View Post
                                Teachable moments.---Maybe it's time to tell people who make those snarky comments-- when someone has a discernible palate the favor of xyz does not have to be masked by bland crackers. I respect other peoples choices. I wish they could/would respect mine.

                                And, I get the comfort in being alone.. I have always felt like the odd woman out.
                                I need to rehearse some kind of canned sound bites when this sort of thing happens. I'm not good at that sort of off-the-cuff comment that relieves tension and is amusing and informative. On the other hand, why should I be? I'm not a politician or a stand-up comedian! I should lighten up.

                                Originally posted by Sabine View Post
                                Back after a few days with some kombucha notes.

                                I slipped a couple of apricot slices, and a piece of ginger into each of my kombucha bottles(holds 1 3/4C) after I brewed it, then let it sit, capped, at room temperature for three days before moving it to the fridge. There was quite a bit of fizz when I opened it, but it was so good I felt the mess was entirely worth it.

                                I am going to do the same to the batch I am bottling today, to see if the good flavor is repeatable or a fluke. I now need to get another large jar, as my baby SCOBY is looking like it wants a jar of its own. I foresee a whole little brewing station in a few months. I'm glad I can make a larger quantity, though, as I am liking kombucha more and more. It will be nice to be able to have more than one serving a day if I want.
                                I feel the same way; my first batch was so good I couldn't believe it. Now that my capital investment is over - jars, scoby - it will be very, very inexpensive. And my capital investment was fairly small. In my second batch I put ginger, peaches, and blueberries (not all together, one it each.) And when I drink it I put in a squeeze of lemon - I scored a bunch of Meyer lemons on sale, perfect for booch. The jars I bottled on Saturday went into the refrigerator this morning and I will try one out about lunchtime. I learned to put the bottles/jars in a bowl when I opened them to avoid losing my precious kombucha to fizz.

                                Slept great last night. I am sleeping so well at night (when I am not at work) that it is kind of amazing. I'm out for 7-8 hours with just one bathroom visit at some point, which I usually barely remember. Still thinking about a FitBit. Would be so cool to track my sleep and my activity.
                                My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53052.html

                                "Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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