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Initial post: Aug 31, 2013 10:50:27 PM PDT
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Posted on Aug 31, 2013 10:52:07 PM PDT
Looks like this has not changed - let me know if we need an updated start list.

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DonnaBeeGood - Monday, September 2 Start Time 12:00 am MST
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Robb - Wednesday, September 04 Start Time 10pm PT
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Susan - Saturday, September 07 start time 6:30am ED
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Posted on Aug 31, 2013 10:57:37 PM PDT
I love this month - This is the beginning of my favorite time of year. Fall is right around the corner. Then Winter... I cannot wait!!

What is your favorite season (& why)?

I love Fall best:
1. Pumpkin flavored EVERYTHING (did I really need to write that one out?)
2. Halloween and Autumn decorations
3. Everything smells wonderful
4. Trees and weather changing.
5. Sweaters, and scarves and boots. Not exactly a fashion thing for me, but a getting cozy kinda thing. ;) Winter hits and you bulk up more, but with Fall - its lightweight and lovely.
6. The foods - including and aside from pumpkin. I don't really "do" thanksgiving, but take full advantage of huge get together meals with friends and family.

Posted on Aug 31, 2013 11:50:43 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 31, 2013 11:51:55 PM PDT
Great start Charlie-bird. Thank you! My favorite season is spring. I love the warmer weather after a cold and dreary winter. The new growth that brings green lawns and beautiful flowers. Fresh strawberries that I love so much. The birds singing, the butterflies and hummingbirds that seem to signal hope and promise that all is well.

ETA... I forgot to mention that Baseball season begins in the spring. :)

Posted on Aug 31, 2013 11:51:20 PM PDT
redandwhite says:
@ Charlie-bird
Thank you so much for doing the start today, I hope that Sunday will be a good day for you even though you have to go to work - what "work" are you doing today? , you seem to have all sorts of variants ;-)

On yesterday's thread you were talking about collards and since I have never heard of them had to google and thought you might like to see the following

Wow I have shocked myself - I have never posted a link to a recipe before !!!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 31, 2013 11:53:33 PM PDT
Good morning red. How are you this morning? I have to say, it is surprising to see you post a link to a recipe. :)

Posted on Aug 31, 2013 11:55:13 PM PDT
redandwhite says:
I have now found out why I am having a problem being "present" on the thread at the moment seems I am missing some days :-)

Today is Calenday Adjustment Day

Following the British Calendar Act of 1751, Britain adopted the Gregorian Calendar in 1752. However, the current Julian calendar system required them to drop eleven days in order to sync themselves with the proposed Gregorian Calendar. So, on the evening of 2nd September 1752, the population of Britain and its American colonies went to sleep and awoke the next morning to 14th September 1752.

The changeover is also responsible for New Year's Day being celebrated on 1st January, as before then it had been celebrated on 26th March.

As a result of Calendar Adjustment Day, there was rioting on the streets by those who felt cheated, and demanded the eleven days back!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 1, 2013 12:00:56 AM PDT
That is so odd that they would do that. I imagine why the people would have been upset. Some people missed their birthdays and anniversaries. :(

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 1, 2013 12:12:31 AM PDT
Spring for baseball, I agree! But fall has football!!! haha. I love both, but do fantasy football.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 1, 2013 12:17:42 AM PDT
redandwhite says:
@ LoB
Morning to you.
I must say that I had never known about this fact and now find that:

The Gregorian Calendar, also known as the "Western Calendar" or "Christian Calendar", is the most widely accepted calendar around the world today. Its predecessor, the Julian Calendar (*), was replaced because it did not correctly reflect the tropical year or solar year marked by Earth's revolution around the Sun. To get back in step with astronomical reality, a number of days were dropped in the new calendar, creating irregular months with only 28 days and odd dates like February 30.

Scandinavia it seems had real problems with the changeover:

Sweden's 30 days of February
In 1700 Sweden, which included Finland at the time, planned to convert from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar. Therefore 1700, which should have been a leap year in the Julian calendar, was not a leap year in Sweden. However, 1704 and 1708 became leap years by error. This left Sweden out of synchronization with both the Julian and the Gregorian calendars, so the country reverted back to the Julian calendar.

February 30, 1712, came into existence in Sweden when the Julian calendar was restored and 2 leap days were added that year. Sweden's final conversion to the Gregorian calendar occurred in 1753, when a 10-day correction was applied so that February 17 became March 1 that year. Not everyone was pleased with the calendar reform. They believed it stole 11 days of their lives.

The Gregorian Calendar was first introduced in 1582 in some European countries (France, Italy, Poland, Portugal and Spain and they lost 10 days). However, many countries used the Julian Calendar much longer. Turkey was the last country to officially switch to the new system on January 1, 1927, and they lost 13 days.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 1, 2013 12:18:34 AM PDT
:D Yum. I don't know what I am doing for work! I'll let y'all know when I find out. The recipe looks good, thank you.
I love greens, but a lot of people don't. They are deep flavor, just slightly bitter (hence the sugar, but I use chicken broth and I think that cuts it well). Very good, I think.

Posted on Sep 1, 2013 12:19:16 AM PDT
Night peeps. I'll check in before work.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 1, 2013 12:20:40 AM PDT
redandwhite says:
To answer Charlie-birds question I must say that I would choose Spring as my favourite for the exact reasons LoB gives - except of course ....... baseball/sport LOL

Posted on Sep 1, 2013 12:44:59 AM PDT
Sorry, I had to leave to get Links going. It's funny red, Rick and I never had any interest in sports until our kids began to play. Football does nothing for me and I would never allow my boys to play. Fortunately they played soccer and baseball already so it wasn't ever an issue. It's so dangerous.

Anyway, what's not to love about spring? :) Good to have you back redandwhite. I missed you. ❤

Posted on Sep 1, 2013 12:59:45 AM PDT
redandwhite says:
Catch up from Saturday thread

@ LoB - I do hope that today brings you a day/night of no coughing and better health altogether.

@ Susan - when are you going to post the pics of the beach, I am longing to see it. It seems to me that you get relaxation/freedom for mind and body there so it must be a fabulous place.
Sorry to hear about Amy's injury - I do hope that she will be/has been able to do her runs both the long one and the short one.

@ Mary in Fl - I am so glad that you are not shy here on FB&C I always love your posts - you have the ability of making us all smile and we love that you share with us.

@ DonnaBeeGood -There should be an app that would allow one to upload ones shoes and then scroll through the collection and download the pair you want for the day - just like a kindle app really then space would not be a problem :-)

@ shades_of_idaho - We have all been looking forward to getting your update about Joe's surgery and progress, we have been worried and sending all the positive energy that we can - it must be a really tough time for both of you and I hope that he will be coming home soon.
I am so glad that you chose green for the bedroom since: Green symbolizes the master healer and the life force, and well being.
{{{Hugs}}} to you both and take care ♥

@ Sandy - I do hope that you get the car going soon and cheaply.

Posted on Sep 1, 2013 12:59:48 AM PDT
Happy September everyone! A Freebie to begin the new month . . .

Merlin's Mirror by Andre Norton - Science Fiction/Adventure

In this great science fiction novel, Andre Norton brings to new life the legendary King Arthur and the wizard Merlin in the light of modern knowledge of a lost period of history and today's understanding of science and interplanetary communication. Yet, as in all Norton's wonder novels, this is a fabulous adventure in fantasy. Here is Merlin, half star-born, gifted with the advice of an alien intelligence, given the task of renewing civilization and starting humanity again up the ladder to the stars. Here is Arthur, unaware of his stellar heritage. And here too, is the Lady of the Lake, akin to Merlin in that she is also a listener to the music of the spheres and obedient to a celestial command post.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 1, 2013 1:03:45 AM PDT
redandwhite says:
@ LoB
Love the thought for the day on LO - made me think of Bailey :-) wonder if he will get to lie on a lounger under a parasol ?

Posted on Sep 1, 2013 1:06:49 AM PDT
This book is highly rated with 4.3 stars and 158 reviews . . .

The Broken Road (The Broken Road Series) - Romantic Suspense

Megan Connors's life is not going in the direction she thought it would. With her love life in the dumps,she doesn't think it could get any worse until her long-time crush, Shane asks to move in. After all, he has no clue that she's been in love with him for the past ten years. But fate has a way of turning things around.

As their relationship goes from "just friends" to lovers, life takes a turn for the unexpected. Shane isn't the person that Megan once fell in love with all those years ago. Shane has a past; murder and drugs is a portion of what he's been hiding and is only revealed once the FBI knocks on Megan's door.

Secrets, tragedy, and deceit force Shane-and Megan-to make choices that will change their lives forever. Once Megan learns the truth, will she still want to be with Shane? Or will someone else be at the end of her broken road?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 1, 2013 1:10:45 AM PDT
Lol, maybe Robb will come in tomorrow and tell us. It is an amusing thought.

I've taken my cough medicine tonight and am heading off to bed soon. I actually ended up sleeping on the couch this morning. It elevates me just enough so that the coughing wasn't so bad. Our bed is so much more comfortable though. :)

Posted on Sep 1, 2013 1:14:46 AM PDT
Susan says:
Good Morning Red and Wendy - yes I'm on my first cup of coffee before 4am...
Red, I posted a beach picture.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 1, 2013 1:17:41 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 1, 2013 1:19:10 AM PDT
Susan, what are you doing up so early? Can't sleep? Coughing? :)

That's a beautiful picture Susan. So peaceful.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 1, 2013 1:26:08 AM PDT
Susan says:
can't sleep :)

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 1, 2013 1:29:28 AM PDT
It's just better to get up when that happens. Maybe you can get some reading in and take a nap later in the morning. I hope you have something good to read... :)

Posted on Sep 1, 2013 1:37:52 AM PDT
Here a pumpkin recipe that looks yummy to me Charlie . . .

Pumpkin Garlic Knots

1 cup warm water
1 envelope active dry yeast
2 tablespoon agave nectar (or honey)
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
2 tablespoons plus 1/3 cup olive oil
1-1/2 teaspoons coarse kosher salt
3-1/2 cups unbleached bread flour (I used King Arthur)
3 cloves garlic, minced
salt & freshly ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves

1. For the dough: Pour the warm water into a medium bowl and whisk in the yeast. Let sit until frothy, about 10 minutes. Whisk in the agave nectar, 2 tablespoons olive oil, and pumpkin puree.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour and salt. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients then pour in your wet ingredients.
3. Using a rubber spatula, pull all the ingredients together. When you can no longer mix, use your hands to start kneading the dough. Knead the dough until it comes together in a smooth and elastic ball, adding flour as necessary to prevent sticking.

4. Lightly oil another large bowl and put your dough ball inside it -- flipping over once to coat both sides lightly with oil. Cover with a damp towel or plastic wrap and let rise for about 2 hours; or until nearly doubled in size
5. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F, put in a pizza stone (you may use a pan, too, but it works best with a stone), and divide the dough into two equal pieces. If you're planning to use the other half the next day, just put it in a large zip-lock bag and store in the fridge. You may also freeze the dough for up to three weeks.

6. To create the garlic knots: tear off sections of dough (2 tablespoons at a time) and roll them into a long snake shape. Tie that snake in a knot. Set aside and continue with the rest of the dough.
7. Once you've made all your knots, put them on your stone (or on your pan) and let bake until golden brown on the tops, about 10-15 minutes depending on size of knots.

8. While the knots are baking, in a bowl mix together the 1/3 cup olive oil with minced garlic, salt, pepper, and oregano. When the knots are done, toss in the olive oil mixture to coat. YIELD: 2 batches

Posted on Sep 1, 2013 1:44:09 AM PDT
One more from the same website . . .

Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

4 eggs
1 2/3 cups sugar
1 cup canola oil
1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda

1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
3-4 cups confectioners' sugar
1-2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9x13 baking dish.
Mix the eggs, sugar, oil and pumpkin with a mixer until light and fluffy.
Pour flour, powder, cinnamon, salt and baking soda into another bowl and mix.
Pour flour mixture into pumpkin mixture and mix until incorporated and smooth.
Pour the batter into the baking dish and level out the batter.
Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool before removing from the dish or frosting.
Frost the bars when they have cooled -- To make the frosting: Combine cream cheese and butter in a bowl and mix until smooth. Add the sugar slowly until you reach the desired consistency. Stir in the vanilla.
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