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Ghislaine de Lessines

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since Jan 23, 2013
Vermont, annual average precipitation is 39.87 Inches
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Recent posts by Ghislaine de Lessines

Our school has a taste test table set up in the lunch room about once a month.  Sometimes it's from the garden like the time they offered kale chips.   Other times it's themed to a country one of the classes is studying.  It allows for some flexibility and introduces foods the kids may have never tried before.  The really successful items may end up on the regular lunch schedule too!
3 weeks ago
You may want to look into putting India Inks into fountain pens before you go ahead.  My understanding is it will gunk up the fountain pen, possibly to the point of making it useldss.  I believe that the pigment particles in the India Ink are bigger, making it hard to get through the feed of the fountain pen.
1 month ago
I  have three Platinum Preppys.  Two of which I installed the cartridges they came with when I got them Christmas 2 years ago.  I had misplaced them along with a few other pens for a good 8 months at one point.  These two and a Pilot Petit1 were the only ones that hadn't dried up when I found them again.  One of which is still writing!  (They aren't the first ones I reach for.)  The third is a Crystal version of the Preppy that doesn't have all the writing on it.
1 month ago
I like to find resources other than always buying things on Amazon so I was excited to discover that the publisher of many books I already own, Chelsea Green, is having a sale of 35% off books in their farming, homesteading, and gardening books. A good number of these books have been discussed here so I wanted to share in case anyone is looking to expand their personal library.

I wish I knew how long the deal lasts but here's the link:  Chelsea Green Publishing Offer Page
2 months ago
I don't care for cooked peppers so I've always just replaced them with carrots in recipes that seemed to be using them as a mirepoix. I am happy to confirm my assumption that peppers must replace carrots in Creole cooking.  I wonder if carrots just don't grow well in Louisiana or something?
5 months ago
I have made these several times.  The base is almond flour though I imagine other nut or seed flours would work as well. I skip the sweetener and vary the seasonings.
5 months ago
I don't think this is the answer you are looking for but I  carry mine in a 5 gallon bucket with one of those bucket aprons on it for other bits and pieces I might need.
5 months ago
There is a story in my family that my great-grandmother used to have a truck come once a year to fill her pantry with canned vegetables.  I think this must have been a time saving move on her part because my great-grandparents lived on a farm!  This may also have been how people made the transition between growing/preserving/cooking all their own food, and the way supermarkets are in use today.
5 months ago
I have an apple tree that is north of a forest of deciduous trees.  Somehow it still produces apples.  It may get a little bit of filtered light in the afternoons.  It came with the property and only produces little 2 inch green apples so I will be grafting more productive varieties in the hopes for tasty apples in the future.
6 months ago
I am very interested in seeing yoir progress.  Thanks for posting!
6 months ago