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  1. 02/17/2009 - P.H.A.T. Chick Journal

    by , 02-17-2009 at 09:27 PM
    Better and better...a little progress each day.

    Today's food consumption: one banana and 2 cups of coffee for breakfast, a big bowl of oatmeal with rice milk for lunch, snacked on 1/2 mini-loaf of artisan bread and a mini-carrot while I was chopping up produce for the bunnies, and had a big salad for dinner. Oh, and one cough drop!!

    Finished off my 8 glasses of water, did my sit-ups and push-ups, and I managed an hour on the treadmill!! Yes, the hen is back up ...
  2. Artisan bread

    by , 02-16-2009 at 11:39 PM
    Tonight, I made several mini-loaves of artisan bread. I think it was Crazy Homemaker who listed the link. SO easy and SO good! I made 7 loaves (well, 8, but I didn't hear the oven timer on the 8th one, so it burnt).

    The basic recipe is 1.5 T of yeast and 1.5 T of salt in 3 cups of warm water. Add 6.5 cups of flour. Mix, then let rise 2 hours. Shape into loaves and set on plate covered with cornmeal, and let rise 40 minutes. Cut a couple of slits in the dough, then bake in 450F oven ...

    Updated 01-22-2011 at 01:38 PM by madhen

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  3. 02/16/2009 - P.H.A.T. Chick Journal

    by , 02-16-2009 at 11:33 PM
    I did a little better today, although my eating was a bit lop-sided toward the end of the day.

    I started with 2 cups of coffee and an apple. Lunch was a cup of creamy tomato soup. Then I blew it at dinner with spaghetti AND a mini-loaf of HM bread. I was going to just have half of a loaf, which was still about 2 sensible servings, but it was so good, I just kept going. Washed down the antibiotics with a glass of soymilk.

    I drank my eight glasses of water and ...

    Updated 02-16-2009 at 11:34 PM by madhen

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  4. A week on the ranch (February 09 - February 15)

    by , 02-16-2009 at 12:12 AM
    Another week of sickness. At least I found out what is wrong with me: mycoplasma pneumonia (walking pneumonia) and a virus that is causing an inner ear imbalance. I am on a bunch of meds and just waiting it out.

    SNOW!!! We had snow this week!! It is not common where I live, as I'm at about 1500 elevation, which is below the snowline. So it was fun to wake up to a white landscape, and a gentle snow still falling most of the morning. By afternoon, the sun was out, and the snow ...
    Ranch Diary
  5. Spaghetti sauce with meat

    by , 02-15-2009 at 10:59 PM
    Tonight, I threw together a batch of spaghetti sauce.

    I browned 2 lbs of ground beef in a skillet, then added chopped onions (1 lg), 3 celery stalks, half of a large green bell pepper, and about a pound of fresh mushrooms. I cooked it until the beef was browned, then drained the whole batch and dumped it in a cast iron dutch oven. Stuck it in the oven at 400F. Added one can of tomato paste, 1 lg and 1 sm can of tomato sauce, 1 15 oz can of petite diced tomatoes, and 1/2 cup of brown ...

    Updated 01-22-2011 at 01:40 PM by madhen

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