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Amish Friendship Bread

 


Amish Friendship BreadFirst you will need to make the starter for the bread.
This will take 10 days.

Ingredients:
2 ¼ tsp. (1 package) active dry yeast
¼ C water
1 C flour
1 C sugar
1 C warm milk
Do Not Use Metal Bowl Or Metal Utensils
Day 1Combine yeast and water, and let sit for 10 minutes.
In a 2 quart plastic, glass, or ceramic container, or in a gallon
Size zip lock bag, combine sugar and flour. Mix well. Add to
This the milk and yeast mixture. If using a bowl, mix ingredients well
And cover loosely. If using zip lock bag, seal tightly and squish bag
Until well mixed. Leave on a counter; do not refrigerate mixture
During fermentation process.Days 2-4Stir starter with wooden spoon, or squish bag daily.
If using a bag, open to let air out and reseal.

Day 5

Stir in 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, and 1 cup milk.
Mix well.

Days 6-9

Stir starter with wooden spoon or squish bag daily.

Day 10
Stir in 1&1/2 cup flour, 1&1/2 cup sugar, and 1&1/2 cup milk. Mix well.
Remove 2 cups starter mixture to make your bread ( recipe follows),
And keep one for yourself to start process again.
Divide the remainder starter mixture into 1 cup portions to give
To friends along with a copy of this recipe, or store in the refrigerator and begin the 10 day process over again skipping day 1, starting at day 2.
You can freeze the starter in 1-cup measures for later use.
Frozen starter takes 3 hours at room temperature to thaw before using.
If the starter isn’t passed on the 10th day be sure to date the bag so the friend
Can determine where they are in the process.

Amish Friendship Bread

1 cup starter
1 cup oil
3 beaten eggs
½ cup milk
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1 ½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
1 large package vanilla instant pudding mix
nuts, optional
raisins, optional
dates, optional
cinnamon sugar

In a large non metallic bowl combine starter, oil, eggs, milk and vanilla.

In a separate bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt
cinnamon , and vanilla pudding mix. Add to starter mixture, and mix well.
At this point add your nuts, raisins, or dates. About 1 cup total.

Grease 2 loaf pans and sprinkle bottoms liberally with the cinnamon sugar.
Pour the batter into loaf pans, and sprinkle with more cinnamon sugar.
Bake 325* for 1 to 1 ½ hrs or until toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pan.
Options:

Chocolate Bread- Omit the Cinnamon & Vanilla Pudding
Add 2 tsp Cocoa
1 Cup Chocolate Chips
1 Large Box Instant Chocolate Pudding

Lemon Poppy Seed Bread- Omit Cinnamon & Vanilla Pudding Mix
Add 1 Large Box Instant Lemon Pudding
1 Tbsp Poppy Seeds

To make 2 different loaves, omit cinnamon & large box of pudding, divide dough in half. Use a small box of instant pudding mix of choice per loaf.
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Cleaning Stains In Small Animal Cages

At my friend’s house there are four cages with guinea pigs, and at my house there are two cages with guinea pigs.  Needless to say there are plenty of stains in the cages when it comes to time to change the pine bedding every three or four days.  I change them on Monday and Thursday.  For a long time I have been using antibacterial soap and bleach trying to get the stains out with a stiff brush.  This has been to no avail. Then one night I was looking through all of my cleaning supplies and found that I had some “CLR”.  I read the label and found out that it removes stains of calcium, lime and rust (thereby the name CLR).I decided it would not hurt to try it on the cages. It is safe to use in coffee pots and other food and drink containers, so I figured it would not hurt the guinea pigs.  The first time I tried it, I just added it to the soapy water.  It did OK, but didn’t remove all of the stains.  The next time I cleaned them, I just put the CLR on the stains full strength.  I left it there for the recommended two minutes. Then I scrubbed the areas with the stiff brush, and lo and behold the stains came out and the cage bottoms were like new.  I did a vlog showing the procedure, but as yet have not had time to upload the video.  Be checking back to catch the video.

 

United Air Lines – Killed This Dog And Denies Any Blame

 

Amanda Bonnesen, I’m scared to send Chi chi and Xander to you now!!
On Aug, 28th, '12, on a flight from Miami to San Francisco, United airlines killed my 2.5 year old Mastiff, BamBam. United’s “Pet Safe” program guarantees that your pet will be in an acclimated, a/c equipped cargo facility or Pet Safe van to and from the plane. All other airlines require a Certificate of Acclimation to fly, only United does not because of Pet Safe. On the day we flew, no other airline would have allowed us to fly because of the extreme temperatures in Miami AND in Houston, only United because of their program and their guarantee that pets remain in an air conditioned environment at all times. Cargo facilities, vans to and from the plane, the cargo hold. They broke every promise they made to us. 

We had a 3+ hour layover in Houston. Again, we could have flown an airline with a direct flight, but none of them offer the security, or guarantee of constant a/c that United offers. This is of paramount importance for a giant breed such as a Neapolitan Mastiff. After being seated in Houston for the San Francisco leg of our journey, watching out the window for the Pet Safe van, BamBam arrived on an metal closed sided luggage cart, not a van, looking hotter than we had ever seen him. My boy who was used to Miami temperatures. It was 97 in Houston on the tarmac that day. Outraged at the lack of a van and how hot he looked, but assuming he would cool down once inside the plane, and the airplane doors already locked, we watched them load him and we took off to San Francisco. Never, not once did it occur to me that he had been in that condition for close to four hours, since we landed in Houston.

BamBam was dead on arrival. My beautiful baby boy. We were told he must be sent back to Houston for an autopsy, and so began four dreadful weeks of corporate America denying responsibility, non information, ridiculous necropsy interpretations and insulting offers. Eventually United offered us a return of his flight costs, the cost of his necropsy/cremation and travel vouchers.

We have since found out from United employees that at no time in Houston was BamBam ever in a/c. He was removed from the plane, set under the wing on the tarmac until a luggage cart came for him. He was then transferred to a “USDA approved holding area with a cross breeze from open windows and fans” instead of the cargo area with a/c as promised. We have now been told in layovers of under 4 hours, NO animal is taken into the cargo area, only the “holding area.” Something we had never been told or accepted. No van would have been unacceptable, but no cargo area at the hight of summer? Outrageous. After 2+ hours he was put back onto a luggage cart and kept outside for another 40 minutes to travel 4 gates...until we saw him. 

He never had a chance. We have now learned that every 9 days a pet dies on a commercial airline. Yet the airline industry holds all the cards. Almost zero regulation, accountability or informing of the public of the actual dangers of airline flight, even though his one way ticket was double my round trip. The airline and law consider him “luggage” and my recourse has been exactly that. In fact, only “pet” deaths are reported, not the hundreds of deaths of commercial animals, breeding pets, livestock, exotics, primates, etc. How can the public not be informed of this? 

Unless you are prepared to take the exact same chance with your pet as with your bag, do not fly your pet on a commercial airline.  The last words to me beautiful baby boy as I loaded him in the crate at the United cargo terminal, were,...

“Be a good boy, I’ll be back for you, I promise.” For 4 hours in a heat wave, as his body was closing down, as United’s “trained” personnel walked by and ignored his distress, is this what went through his mind? If he was just a good boy I’d be back for him.  

United broke every single promise they made to us. They killed my baby boy and tried to buy me off with travel vouchers and a complete denial of any responsibility on their part.

http://www.change.org/petitions/united-airlines-have-petsafe-program-policies-changed-to-protect-the-animal-and-owner?share_id=cwunJnzRAj&utm_campaign=friend_inviter_chat&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=share_petition&utm_term=permissions_dialog_false
On Aug, 28th, ’12, on a flight from Miami to San Francisco, United airlines killed my 2.5 year old Mastiff, BamBam. United’s “Pet Safe” program guarantees that your pet will be in an acclimated, a/c equipped cargo facility or Pet Safe van to and from the plane. All other airlines require a Certificate of Acclimation to fly, only United does not because of Pet Safe. On the day we flew, no other airline would have allowed us to fly because of the extreme temperatures in Miami AND in Houston, only United because of their program and their guarantee that pets remain in an air conditioned environment at all times. Cargo facilities, vans to and from the plane, the cargo hold. They broke every promise they made to us. We had a 3+ hour layover in Houston. Again, we could have flown an airline with a direct flight, but none of them offer the security, or guarantee of constant a/c that United offers. This is of paramount importance for a giant breed such as a Neapolitan Mastiff. After being seated in Houston for the San Francisco leg of our journey, watching out the window for the Pet Safe van, BamBam arrived on an metal closed sided luggage cart, not a van, looking hotter than we had ever seen him. My boy who was used to Miami temperatures. It was 97 in Houston on the tarmac that day. Outraged at the lack of a van and how hot he looked, but assuming he would cool down once inside the plane, and the airplane doors already locked, we watched them load him and we took off to San Francisco. Never, not once did it occur to me that he had been in that condition for close to four hours, since we landed in Houston. BamBam was dead on arrival. My beautiful baby boy. We were told he must be sent back to Houston for an autopsy, and so began four dreadful weeks of corporate America denying responsibility, non information, ridiculous necropsy interpretations and insulting offers. Eventually United offered us a return of his flight costs, the cost of his necropsy/cremation and travel vouchers. We have since found out from United employees that at no time in Houston was BamBam ever in a/c. He was removed from the plane, set under the wing on the tarmac until a luggage cart came for him. He was then transferred to a “USDA approved holding area with a cross breeze from open windows and fans” instead of the cargo area with a/c as promised. We have now been told in layovers of under 4 hours, NO animal is taken into the cargo area, only the “holding area.” Something we had never been told or accepted. No van would have been unacceptable, but no cargo area at the hight of summer? Outrageous. After 2+ hours he was put back onto a luggage cart and kept outside for another 40 minutes to travel 4 gates…until we saw him. He never had a chance. We have now learned that every 9 days a pet dies on a commercial airline. Yet the airline industry holds all the cards. Almost zero regulation, accountability or informing of the public of the actual dangers of airline flight, even though his one way ticket was double my round trip. The airline and law consider him “luggage” and my recourse has been exactly that. In fact, only “pet” deaths are reported, not the hundreds of deaths of commercial animals, breeding pets, livestock, exotics, primates, etc. How can the public not be informed of this? Unless you are prepared to take the exact same chance with your pet as with your bag, do not fly your pet on a commercial airline. The last words to me beautiful baby boy as I loaded him in the crate at the United cargo terminal, were,… “Be a good boy, I’ll be back for you, I promise.” For 4 hours in a heat wave, as his body was closing down, as United’s “trained” personnel walked by and ignored his distress, is this what went through his mind? If he was just a good boy I’d be back for him. United broke every single promise they made to us. They killed my baby boy and tried to buy me off with travel vouchers and a complete denial of any responsibility on their part. http://www.change.org/petitions/united-airlines-have-petsafe-program-policies-changed-to-protect-the-animal-and-owner?share_id=cwunJnzRAj&utm_campaign=friend_inviter_chat&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=share_petition&utm_term=permissions_dialog_false

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  • You and 2 others like this.
  • Amanda BonnesenThis makes me scared to send them too.
  • Bonnie Jean HernThis really makes me mad. How can they do such a thing and not have to suffer any consequences? This young dog will never have “another day” with his loving family, or anything else with his family. And the family will live the rest of their lives knowing that their dog died a senseless death!!! Unless something can be done to regulate things such as this, this dog died in vain for no reason. American pet owners, we need to get this changed!!! The quicker, the better!!!

Updates 10/24 – 10/25/13 – 6 On Tripp Halstead

 

Stacy: So far so good. No throwing up and his feet look good. Mom is here, so I took a nap. He has been getting pedialyte since 9:30 and they are increasing the speed every hour. So if all goes well, we get to go home tomorrow. So much for an overnight stay. Ha ha. I will take a pic of him with my next post. Anyway , I am paranoid about leaving Tripp alone in the room, so mom got here right as the cafe in the hospital closed for breakfast. So I needed to wait til lunch time to go get food. Then I took my nap and woke up at 2:25. We asked the nurse when the cafe closes and she said 2:30. Of course I was devastated. And hungry. And started to whine. So mom took off in a sprint to get me some food. Watch out people, lady on a mission! Gotta love her. And she made it. On her way back with some lunch. We don’t hv a car because Bill had to go back to work since we are staying longer than we first thought. And I didn’t want to run down there, I haven’t even looked in the mirror today. Just watching Tripp all night then finally napping today has left me looking a little like a crazy person. I do plan on combing my hair and changing clothes some time today. Ha ha Thank you for the prayers and positive thoughts. Love you.

Updates 10/24 – 10/25/13 – 5 On Tripp Halstead

 

Stacy: Well Trippadoodle threw up. But only once so if he keeps everything down from now on, we are still on schedule to go home tomorrow. He has been doing good though. His numbers have been good, he is very alert. He just hasn’t slept much at all last night or today. I pray he sleeps good tonight. You can tell he is so tired. He got a bath today but we can’t wash his hair yet. It is so yucky. But his incision looks good. Our good friends Charlie and Katie brought us dinner tonight. Thank you!! I stayed with Tripp last night so mom is staying with him tonight. I hope to go to bed early and get back over here early. If we are dismissed, it will be in the afternoon. Thank you for all your prayers and positive thoughts. Pray for no puking tonight!! Love you all.

Updates 10/24 – 10/25/13 – 4 On Tripp Halstead

 

Stacy: So far so good. No throwing up and his feet look good. Mom is here, so I took a nap. He has been getting pedialyte since 9:30 and they are increasing the speed every hour. So if all goes well, we get to go home tomorrow. So much for an overnight stay. Ha ha. I will take a pic of him with my next post. Anyway , I am paranoid about leaving Tripp alone in the room, so mom got here right as the cafe in the hospital closed for breakfast. So I needed to wait til lunch time to go get food. Then I took my nap and woke up at 2:25. We asked the nurse when the cafe closes and she said 2:30. Of course I was devastated. And hungry. And started to whine. So mom took off in a sprint to get me some food. Watch out people, lady on a mission! Gotta love her. And she made it. On her way back with some lunch. We don’t hv a car because Bill had to go back to work since we are staying longer than we first thought. And I didn’t want to run down there, I haven’t even looked in the mirror today. Just watching Tripp all night then finally napping today has left me looking a little like a crazy person. I do plan on combing my hair and changing clothes some time today. Ha ha Thank you for the prayers and positive thoughts. Love you.

Updates 10/24 – 10/25/13 – 3 On trip Halstead

 

Stacy: Good morning. Tripp only threw up once this morning so we are still on schedule to go home today. They will come back in at 12 to reevaluate. He looks great this morning, he turned his whole head to look at the camera for me. We can’t wash his hair for a few more days though. That is why is it looking even more crazy that usual. Ha ha He is very alert and he actually slept last night. So they just started his food, so time will tell if he can keep it down. You can do it Tripp!!!! Oh and we only have two more days left to raise money for the Children’s Hospital. If you haven’t made a donation yet and wanted too, here is the web page www.miraclemarathon.org
I have been a slacker these past few days with walking a mile, but I will make my miles up as soon as we are outta here. And only 4 more days till the one year anniversary of Tripp’s accident. Bill took off work that day so we are going to do something fun with Tripp. Thank you for all your prayers and positive thoughts. Love you all.
Stacy: Good morning. Tripp only threw up once this morning so we are still on schedule to go home today. They will come back in at 12 to reevaluate. He looks great this morning, he turned his whole head to look at the camera for me. We can't wash his hair for a few more days though. That is why is it looking even more crazy that usual. Ha ha He is very alert and he actually slept last night. So they just started his food, so time will tell if he can keep it down. You can do it  Tripp!!!! Oh and we only have two more days left to raise money for the Children's Hospital. If you haven't made a donation yet and wanted too, here is the web page www.miraclemarathon.org 
I have been a slacker these past few days with walking a mile, but I will make my miles up as soon as we are outta here. And only 4 more days till the one year anniversary of Tripp's accident. Bill took off work that day so we are going to do something fun with Tripp. Thank you for all your prayers and positive thoughts. Love you all.

Updates 10/24 – 10/25/13 – 2 On Tripp Halstead

 

Please everyone continue to Pray for Tripp Halstead Updates
Stacy: I wish I had better news but Tripp is still having a rough time. He has thrown up twice since we have been home and has cried out a few times. And every time I think he has gone to sleep, he wakes up within minutes. Our nurse is spending the night as our friend tonight to watch him closely. I saw a couple of you asked about his legs. He hasn't kicked them again since he was in all that pain. We think we figured out what happened though. Too complicated to explain but it is fixed now. And he was kicking because of pain. I also wanted to give a huge THANK YOU to the nurse manager, Michelle, (don't know last name) who went above and beyond Wednesday evening. She was awesome. Her shift ended at 7 but she wasn't leaving till Tripp's foot was pink again. Thank you so much!! His feet still look good. Well, I hope Tripp gets better as the night goes on. I really don't want to go the hospital again, but I have a bag packed just in case. Thank you for all your prayers, positive thoughts and encouragement. I love you guys and I need your support more than ever.

Stacy: I wish I had better news but Tripp is still having a rough time. He has thrown up twice since we have been home and has cried out a few times. And every time I think he has gone to sleep, he wakes up within minutes. Our nurse is spending the night as our friend tonight to watch him closely. I saw a couple of you asked about his legs. He hasn’t kicked them again since he was in all that pain. We think we figured out what happened though. Too complicated to explain but it is fixed now. And he was kicking because of pain. I also wanted to give a huge THANK YOU to the nurse manager, Michelle, (don’t know last name) who went above and beyond Wednesday evening. She was awesome. Her shift ended at 7 but she wasn’t leaving till Tripp’s foot was pink again. Thank you so much!! His feet still look good. Well, I hope Tripp gets better as the night goes on. I really don’t want to go the hospital again, but I have a bag packed just in case. Thank you for all your prayers, positive thoughts and encouragement. I love you guys and I need your support more than ever.

Updates 10/24 – 10/25/13 – 1 On Tripp Halstead

 

Stacy: We are home!!!!! He did throw up so we weren’t sure we would get to come home but the Drs were very sweet and told us that they knew we were responsible parents and if Tripp needed to come back, we would bring him. So they let us go around one. He did throw up on the way home. Poor baby, so our nurse met us at the door. We will watch him closely the rest of the day and tonight and make an informed decision in the morning. But it is so nice to be home. Tripp is getting a good shower now. Then I hope he will take a good nap. Thank you all for your prayers and positive thoughts. Love you all.

Pan Seared Sea Scallops

 

Pan Seared Sea Scallops

large dry scallops
salt
pepper
2 tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 tbsp butter
1/2 cup white wine (or broth)

Pat the scallops dry with towel or paper towels.
Sprinkle salt and pepper over the scallops (both sides).
Heat olive oil in a frying pan (don’t use non-stick) over high heat.
When oil is hot, place the scallops in the pan with at least one or two inches between them (so they don’t crowd and steam one another). After two minutes, the base should be browned nicely. Flip the scallops and cook for another minute or until base is browned.

Remove from heat and set on serving dish(es). While still on high heat, drop a pat of butter into the pan. Move the pat around the pan until melted completely. Pour in the wine or broth and use a whisk or spoon to scrape the fond from the pan and stir it into the liquid. Leave the heat on high and let the sauce boil until it reduces to desired consistency.
Immediately remove from heat and serve with scallops.