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We are in the not spending mode. The rehab cost a bit. Less then what we got from the tenants estate but still a good bucket of funds going out. Told hubby we need a few months of no expenditures.
 
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What will you be fermenting @Mitch ? My mother in law has us spoiled, she has given us fermented cabbage and turnip, also she gave us dehydrated black garlic and dried purslane. The black garlic is delicious, it tastes a little like black licorice as we just chew it like candy, and the best part is she grows everything herself. So I will be making anadama bread with purslane as gifts this year. I got a silly game for the family to play over Christmas, my youngest wants a scooter board for Christmas so my husband has to put castor wheels on a lovely piece of wood we have, the oldest need clothes so I will send my husband out for that.
 
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I'm with Tara...what's cooking @MitchM ? It sounds interesting!

@Tara - I didn't know what anadama bread was, so I had to look it up! Sounds like "brown bread". Am I right? I make mine in a coffee can with foil duct taped over the top. I experimented with a loaf last year that I added craisins to, and it was REALLY good! I think I'll try blueberries in the next batch.
 
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I'm with Tara...what's cooking @MitchM ? It sounds interesting!

@Tara - I didn't know what anadama bread was, so I had to look it up! Sounds like "brown bread". Am I right? I make mine in a coffee can with foil duct taped over the top. I experimented with a loaf last year that I added craisins to, and it was REALLY good! I think I'll try blueberries in the next batch.
Sounds good, the anadama bread is one I make with corn meal and dark molasses. I was given the recipe from a friend a few years ago, it was one her grandmother made. Crasins do sound good in bread though, I wonder if soaking them in cranberry juice before hand would be a good idea. I must give the coffee can a try, that's handy as I could give the whole thing away.
 
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I love hearing everyone's Christmas traditions! I wish we had gone the no-gift route when our kids were small, but I was too young as a mom and didn't know that I could take control of the grandparents! So they all got lots and lots and lots... and I had to figure out how to manage all that STUFF!

Our best Christmas ever was the year my kids were all basically grown but there were no grandkids and we all went to Arizona for three weeks. Time together, no hassles of what to buy, no tree to lug in and out, no wrapping... just relaxing and games and long walks in the sunshine. Don't get me wrong - I LOVE my grandkids, wouldn't trade them for anything, and since Christmas really is all about the little ones we go all out... but I did love the stress free travel year!

We don't really "shop" though - we sit at our kitchen island and browse the internet for the best prices on the best gifts. So easy and pretty much hassle free. Then we just wait for the boxes to roll in!
 
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Crasins do sound good in bread though, I wonder if soaking them in cranberry juice before hand would be a good idea. I must give the coffee can a try, that's handy as I could give the whole thing away.
I use 'em in cookies, muffins, and the brown bread, and haven't bothered soaking them or altering the liquid content of any of the recipes. Everything always turns out well.

The brown bread needs to come out of the coffee can after it cools; so no good for gifting it in the can. That, and its really hard to find a metal coffee can anymore! I've had mine for years (I think its a one pound size).

Here's the recipe for anyone interested:

Boston Brown Bread

1 1/2 cups Brown Bread Flour ( which is equal parts wheat, rye and cornmeal)
1 tsp. Baking Soda
1/4 tsp. Baking Powder
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/3 cup Molasses
1 cup Milk
2 heaping TBS. Brown Sugar
Dash or two of Allspice
Splash of Vanilla
Butter for greasing the metal coffee can

Combine all ingredients. Grease a small metal coffee can with butter and pour batter into can until the can is about 2/3 full. Cover with heavy duty foil and duct tape the edges of the foil down to the sides of the can. Place the can into a deep baking pan and fill the pan with boiling water half way up the sides of the can.

Bake at 325 degrees for 2 hours. Check the water level in the pan after the first hour, and refill if needed.

Allow bread to cool, remove foil/tape, and slide bread out of can.
 
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@Somethin' Fishy I am going to try that bread, I'm going to cook it a cookie tin take it out to cool then pop it back in and give it away as a gift. I love cooking this time of year and my Christmas shopping seems to revolve around food, here is the gumbo I made with some delicious king crab legs( thanks @texmaster ). We had it for dinner and my husband took the rest into work to share with a co worker. I think we might need a food thread.
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