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Eatmore of www.eatmoretoadstools.com gave me this biscuit recipe earlier this holiday season. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Ahhh biscuits. Reasonably healthy, but still tasty: get a package of
Trader Joe’s Multigrain Baking & Pancake mix & follow the biscuit recipe,
but I like to substitute soured raw milk or real buttermilk, because I
like the tang. And if it’s got enough fat, which mine does when I pour off
the top, no need for oil. For real Southern light empty calorie biscuits,
I mix White Lily flour, the soured milk or buttermilk, baking powder,
salt, and maybe a little baking soda. In each case, knead lightly, and cut
the biscuits with a Mason jar lid or the jar itself. I don’t really
measure, so I don’t know how much of each ingredient. If you knead too
much, you get my ex-wife’s hardtack. You always have dough left over when
you cut with the lid, and that gives you one more biscuit that isn’t as
light. One for the cook when it comes out of the oven. Can’t remember the
oven temps, but use whatever any common recipe has, and bake until done.
For soured milk I use canned evaporated skim milk and add a tablespoon or two of cider vinegar. I use a hot 400-450 oven and keep my biscuits T-N-T, tight but not touching.
Like many rust belt towns Reading, Pennsylvania has seen better days. Reading (sounds like red-ding) sits in the middle of Christmas Tree farm country. They had initially arranged to purchase a tree from a farmer in Schuylkill County. It rained heavily right before the tree was to be cut and delivered and the farmer wouldn’t allow the big truck needed to drive across his fields so they hastily came up with a plan B and went to a local park and cut the homely tree they have on display. After world wide weird news exposure they decided to keep the sparse spruce. Partly because City Council was too busy with real issues like budget deadlines to deal with a uh, holiday tree. Somehow it is fitting that the bedraggled downtown that has seen better days has come to terms with their tree. Here’s wishing Reading and all of you a happy, humble, and healthy start to your own holiday season. Big ups to the Reading City Council for having their priorities in order, too.
It’s a holly, folly Christmas: Reading reverses decision, says tree stays
Reading Eagle | November 24, 2014
Apparently unable to decide what they want for Christmas, city officials, who had agreed to remove the 50-foot holiday spruce from Penn Square, changed their minds on Monday.The droopy pine can stay in downtown as Reading’s official Christmas tree.
City Council President Francis G. Acosta didn’t reverse course until after the city endured a good needling over the “Charlie Brown tree” that has gained international attention.The decision to keep the tree came about 1 p.m. Monday after city workers spent the morning removing lights from the big tree and decorative fencing around it.
“It’s staying up,” declared Ralph Johnson, city public works director, over the noisy traffic.
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There are recent articles about this same topic on some of those newsy newsiosh websites. A little research shows it is not an new idea and that it has been kicking around since at least 2009.
Prehistoric European Cave Artists Were Female
nationalgeographic.com | Thursday, October 28, 2010
For about as long as humans have created works of art, they’ve also left behind handprints. People began stenciling, painting, or chipping imprints of their hands onto rock walls at least 30,000 years ago.
Until recently, most scientists assumed these prehistoric handprints were male. But “even a superficial examination of published photos suggested to me that there were lots of female hands there,” Pennsylvania State University archaeologist Dean Snow said of European cave art.
By measuring and analyzing the Pech Merle hand stencils, Snow found that many were indeed female–including those pictured here. (Also see: pictures of hand stencils through time.)
Missing boy found safe playing inside toy claw machine
Apr 15, 2014 | Jenn Hatcher | klkntv.com
A 3-year-old Lincoln boy disappeared Monday night and where he was found is pretty amazing.
After his mother called 911, the toddler was located across the street from their apartment at Madsen’s Bowling Alley and Billiards, inside the businesses, get this, claw machine.
Many newly discovered species are teeny tiny little things, not these jellyfish!
New species of giant ‘snotty’ jellyfish found in Tasmania
Megan Levy | Fe
A previously unidentified species of giant jellyfish is invading southern Tasmania this summer, baffling scientists after one of the animals washed up on the beach.
And watch out – the new species is described as being a type of “snotty”.
The Lim family were collecting shells on a beach in Howden, south of Hobart, last month when they stumbled across a monster 1.5-metre jellyfish on the shore.
So unusual was the gigantic blob that the family took a photograph, and forwarded it to the CSIRO.
“In Tasmania, we don’t do jellyfish. This was something else. We’ve just never seen anything like it,” said Josie Lim of their find.
Little did the Lim family know that, over at the CSIRO, Dr Lisa-ann Gershwin, who has been working with jellyfish for 20 years, had been hearing stories of this elusive animal in waters off Tasmania for more than a decade.
Scientists confirm first two-headed bull shark
www.sciencedaily.com | Date:March 25, 2013 | Source: Michigan State University
Scientists have confirmed the discovery of the first-ever, two-headed bull shark.The study, led by Michigan State University and appearing in the Journal of Fish Biology, confirmed the specimen, found in the Gulf of Mexico April 7, 2011, was a single shark with two heads, rather than conjoined twins.
There have been other species of sharks, such as blue sharks and tope sharks, born with two heads. This is the first record of dicephalia in a bull shark, said Michael Wagner, MSU assistant professor of fisheries and wildlife, who confirmed the discovery with colleagues at the Florida Keys Community College.
Usually, I feature one story at a time, but these are so closely related I will post them both. One must admire the tenacity of the non-Christians to use the same freedoms as those who erected the Ten Commandments sculpture to erect one too at the State capital. The fact that the original Ten Commandments statue has typographical errors only adds to the mayhem of this intersection of church and state.
Satanists Unveil Design For Oklahoma Capitol Monument
Jan 06, 2014 | By Associated Press
OKLAHOMA CITY – A group has unveiled designs for a 7-foot-tall statue of Satan that it wants at the Oklahoma state Capitol.
The New York-based Satanic Temple released an artist’s rendering of the monument Monday. A spokesman says the group has formally submitted its application to a panel that oversees the Capitol grounds.
The statue features a goat-headed Satan sitting in a throne with children next to it.
The Satanic Temple says Oklahoma’s decision to put a Ten Commandments monument at the Capitol opened the door for its statute.
Temple spokesman Lucien Greaves says it’s moving forward with plans to have its monument approved, despite the Oklahoma Capitol Preservation Commission’s decision to place a moratorium on new requests.
The commission says it’s waiting until a lawsuit over the Ten Commandments has been settled.
Misspellings Mark Ten Commandments Monument At Oklahoma State Capitol
By Chris McKinnon, News 9 | www.news9.com | Nov 16, 2012
A similar monument installed at the Texas Capitol raised similar concerns in regards to the separation of church and state but the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to allow that monument to stand.
Way to keep it classy Tau Epsilon Phi!
Beached Whale in New Jersey Becomes Frat Graffiti Mural
Denver Nicks | May 2, 2014 | www.time.com
The corpse of beached whale in New Jersey appears to have been spray painted with graffiti letters of a fraternity that has chapters at nearby schools. It’s not immediately clear what killed the animal, but it’s not uncommon for whale corpses to wash ashore in the area
The corpse of a beached Minke whale in New Jersey became a canvas for graffiti artists, Atlantic City police confirmed Thursday.
This story really reads a lot like a soap opera or an old fashioned country song.
State police: Neighbor fatally shot over plate of food in Indiana County
James Buterbaugh, 59, charged with homicide in death of David Ackerson
May 26, 2014 | Ashlie Hardway | www.wtae.com
With the help of a walker, 59-year-old James Buterbaugh was put in a state police cruiser Sunday night, charged with homicide in the shooting death of his neighbor.
State police in Indiana County said Buterbaugh and David Ackerson, 51, got into an argument over a plate of food at Ackerson’s Grant Township home just before 6 p.m. Sunday.
Buterbaugh told state police that around 8 a.m. Sunday, he was awakened by Ackerson as Buterbaugh slept inside his pickup truck. He said the two men drank beer before Ackerson left for church and Buterbaugh fell back asleep inside the truck.
Any one who was worked with a Civic Organization can attest to the fact that money and developers almost always get what they want. This is not an out of the blue event or accident and the architect has had similar incidents with previous buildings. This is an example of the unintended consequences of not using a slow, deliberate, thoughtful, process to development.
The Walkie-Talkie skyscraper, and the City’s burning passion for glass
Oliver Wainwright | theguardian.com | Tuesday 3 September 2013
The 20 Fenchurch Street building reportedly has car-melting properties – this has happened before, to the same architect
It has been trumpeted as “the building with more up top”; a swollen pint glass of a tower that bulges out as it rises to pack in more offices at the lucrative higher levels, with a Babylonian sky-garden up above. What its developer might not have bargained for is that, like every Bond baddie lair, the Walkie-Talkie building would also come with its own death ray.
News this week that 20 Fenchurch Street, designed by Uruguayan architect Rafael Viñoly, “melted” part of a Jaguar parked beneath its bulbous mass, only adds to the impression that the building is the ultimate symbol of everything that is wrong with the City of London – a physical monument to capitalism destroying itself.