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Things are what they are, and won?t improve until the current communists running things are out of power

I hope we can hold out that long.   :shrug:
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General Discussion / February Observations
« Last post by boomer on Yesterday at 04:34:46 PM »
February is Black History Month also Heart Health month. Valentines Day of course but that's informal even though any celebration of Eros seems worthwhile.

Hoping for Spring soon
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Production Knives / Re: Microtech Ultratech
« Last post by crashdive123 on January 31, 2023, 03:51:37 PM »
Autos are fun.  My luck though would be to be carrying it in a pocket, somehow slide the activation piece and stick myself.  Yep.  I can see me doing that.
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Production Knives / Microtech Ultratech
« Last post by Mannlicher on January 31, 2023, 03:39:31 PM »
I really like a good automatic and recently ran across a decent deal on a new Ultratech OTF.  The knife showed up so dull it would not cut paper, and I was really taken aback.  I returned it to the maker,nand after a few weeks and some shopping screwups by the maker, I finally got it back. 
They did a great job in fixing the issue, and now it?s a joy to carry.
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Things are what they are, and won?t improve until the current communists running things are out of power
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Food and Cooking / Re: Easy Pumpkin Pie recipe
« Last post by Moe M. on January 30, 2023, 06:27:23 AM »
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Food and Cooking / Re: Easy Pumpkin Pie recipe
« Last post by crashdive123 on January 30, 2023, 04:55:05 AM »
 :thumbsup: :drool: :thumbsup: :drool: :thumbsup: :drool:
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Food and Cooking / Easy Pumpkin Pie recipe
« Last post by Moe M. on January 28, 2023, 08:16:47 AM »

 Hard to believe that the last time anyone posted in this section was over a year ago, was a time that there'd be a half dozen or more posts every day, now we're lucky to have a half dozen post in total on the whole of this forum, I've been here pretty much since the beginning and it saddens me to see it all fade away the way it has, but what is it they say about time changes all tides, well I for one and probably Boomer will keep on posting here until the lights go out forever.
 
 I guess just about everyone has been affected by the high cost of food and other essentials of life these days, I know we have up here in the great northeast, it seems every time I visit my local super market I'm hit with a new bout of sticker shock, this past week it was in the bakery section, my wife is partial to pumpkin pie so every other week I buy her a pumpkin pie, they normally run about $4.49 each for an 8" pie.
 Well this was the off week so I picked up a pie on my way into the store (the bakery section is the first thing you see when entering the store proper) and I almost went into A-Fib, the price for a plain 8" pumpkin pie is now $8.99, more than double, I put it back on the shelf so fast you couldn't see the movement with the naked eye.
 I completed my shopping and when I got home I was still pretty upset over the cost increase of a little pie so I decided to bake my own, I came out better than the store bought pie we were used to, so I thought I'd pass on the recipe.
 
* I used canned Pumpkin pie filling (a 15 oz can for an 8" pie or a 30 oz can for a 10" pie).
* one can of Eagle brand sweet & condensed milk.
* one large egg (two for a 10" pie.
* one tsp. of vanilla extract
* one tsp. cinnamon powder.
* 1/2 tsp. ginger powder
* 1/2 tsp. salt.
* 1/4 tsp. nutmeg.
* one unbaked pie crust. (I used a premade Pillsbury Pe crust they come two to a package)

** Directions;
* Mix all of the ingredients together until well blended. (the batter will be very loose)
* Pour the batter into an ungreased raw pie crust and bake at 450*F for 15 minutes, then turn down the temp to 350* and continue baking for another 30~40 minutes until the middle is firm. (if it jiggles a bit when done it's ok, it will continue to cook after it comes out of the oven, let it cool completely before serving, store it in the fridge when cooled, it will last all of a week in the fridge. (unless you eat it all before that)  :rofl:

Total cost= about $5.00 bucks.
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Well, I'm cutting back on eggs. Likewise probably start keeping chickens again.

 Eggs or their higher cost is a problem, so far I haven't experienced any shortages of eggs in my area, but that can change rather quickly, we use about a dozen to a dozen and a half eggs a week between cooking, baking, and breakfasts, I have cut down on them by using egg substitute, one of my local discount stores sells Bill's Red Mill flour products, one of which is a pretty good for egg substitute in pancakes, cakes, biscuits and such, one heaping tablespoon of the stuff mixed with a tablespoon full of water equals one large egg.
 I haven't counted, but one bag makes a couple of dozen eggs and it's only a few
dollars a bag, and it has a shelf life of about a year after opening if kept in a cool dark place, however it's not like powdered eggs and will not work for scrambled eggs and the like.
 We really haven't changed our eating habits to speak of, but we are finding inventive ways of stretching our food budget, I've thought of keeping chickens but haven't gotten past the thinking stage, I have to do some more investigating first, my folks always since I can remember kept chickens, I never had to care for them so I'm not sure what I need to do to keep them well fed and healthy, but it is an interesting possibility.
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Well, I'm cutting back on eggs. Likewise probably start keeping chickens again.
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