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Post  Marc Iverson on 12/19/2014, 4:14 pm

heated rum with butter and sugar, if I recall correctly
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Post  camprn on 12/19/2014, 5:42 pm

@Marc Iverson wrote:heated rum with butter and sugar, if I recall correctly
this is yum and if one adds hot water and some spices this is what i call hot buttered rum.

Hot toddy is whiskey, preferably Irish.
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Post  Marc Iverson on 12/19/2014, 6:08 pm

Drinking butter sounds so disgusting, but I'm sure the rum helps. :0

The hot toddy in your link sounds much better. Seems smart to heat the other ingredients before adding the whiskey, too.

My parents used to love these when they were in their middle years, but for whatever reason stopped drinking them. But it was a special treat they delighted in for many years.
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Post  camprn on 12/20/2014, 8:31 am

It's not that you drink butter, more that the butter is for flavor, just a little dollop. It is in kind of like putting butter on toast, for flavor. Very Happy

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Post  quiltbea on 12/22/2014, 9:59 pm

For those that are waiting, I just watched a Ray Praxxus episode on youtube dated Dec 22nd and he said next Mon, which is Dec 29th, he will be announcing his free seeds giveaway.
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Post  NHGardener on 12/22/2014, 10:39 pm

Oh yay! Thanks QB!

My beds are uncovered from snow now. And it's supposed to rain a lot and be warm. WEIRD.
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Post  sanderson on 12/23/2014, 12:40 am

Thanks, QB
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Post  camprn on 12/23/2014, 1:08 pm

Christmas Dinner BS!
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Post  quiltbea on 12/23/2014, 1:51 pm

OMG camprn, those look delish.  I'm drooling already.  Lucky you.

I brought in my parsley potted plant a couple days ago.  Its been staying green regardless of the snow that's covered it and the cold nites, some down in the teens, so I thought I'd try to save it for fresh herbs.  Then darn it, my plant light went out and I have to get new bulbs which are on the list for after Xmas.  No more shopping anywhere for me til after.  Yesterday the stores were mobbed and the parking lots filled.  I had to hike a long distance to get to the grocery stores.
Its a short 2 footer on a stand on my antique Singer sewing machine I keep in the entry way.  I use it for my African violets mostly and an ivy.  The other houseplants, another ivy, spider plant and Prayer plant live under the light on the end table and do pretty darn well there.
I really need to go after-Xmas shopping.

If I don't get back here, MERRY CHRISTMAS TO EVERYONE.
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Post  sanderson on 12/23/2014, 2:02 pm

QB, When Ray announces the give away, can you add to your 2014 Praxxus post? Maybe add (2015) in the title or we can.
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 12/23/2014, 2:10 pm

Who is this Ray Praxxus guy?
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Post  sanderson on 12/23/2014, 2:19 pm

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Post  camprn on 12/23/2014, 3:01 pm

I am going to split the Ray Praxus parts of this thread. That is, I will when I get to the computer with a few minutes.

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Post  sanderson on 12/23/2014, 5:26 pm

Split then merge. Or split and new title? I've never done it but what harm could I do? rofl
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Post  NHGardener on 12/23/2014, 9:58 pm

Beautiful BS, camprn! I guess that's a cold weather vegetable?
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Post  CapeCoddess on 12/24/2014, 6:02 pm

@camprn wrote:Christmas Dinner BS!
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really, I don't know how you have the patience to do this. Those are wonderful! Do they have to stay under cover the whole time? do you eat the lower me once you remove them?
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Post  camprn on 12/24/2014, 7:24 pm

Growing these doesn't really require patience as everything has its time and a season. Although I do need to get better at nurturing them throughout the growing season by feeding them more frequently. They haven't been covered up at all since April. These brussel sprouts have seen temperatures down to 15 degrees over the last few months. They pop right off the stocks easily and onto the Christmas table they go.

I didn't eat too many of the leaves this season, maybe just twice. I had tastier greens growing in
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Post  CapeCoddess on 12/24/2014, 7:43 pm

So, the cabbage worm doesn't get on them?

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Post  camprn on 12/25/2014, 8:08 am

the cabbage worms did get to the sprouts little bit but mostly the large leaves had some holes. I do hand pick the cabbage worms all growing season.

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Post  CapeCoddess on 12/25/2014, 10:24 am

camp, so if I cover the BS they should be fine, right? They don't need pollinating or anything?

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Post  camprn on 12/25/2014, 10:43 am

Nope they don't need pollinating. They do need to be fed periodically whilst growing. Also the roots are very shallow so they will need more mix or something to keep them i place. In my photo you can see that as the plants got bigger they did end up leaning quite a bit.

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Post  CapeCoddess on 12/25/2014, 11:05 am

Happening right now, Matt Noyes/NECN is broadcasting a New England winter special that will also forecast what's to come. He's been right so far this year so I'm going to watch.

also, while I was out this morning gardening, I pulled back the mulch covering the garlic bed and saw that there were sprouts in there. I have a feeling the mulch is hindering growth so later today I'm going to pull it off and let the bed air out. It's probably pretty soggy from all the rain we've had lately.
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Post  CapeCoddess on 12/26/2014, 9:15 am

The sun, the sun!!!
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Just picked these greens for my morning smoothie and they are covered with aphids. Do the dang things ever give it a rest? Why don't they freeze and die?
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Post  NHGardener on 12/26/2014, 6:11 pm

It's been so mild... but they'll probably freeze next week, at least in my area.

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"Aphids can be easily killed by unfavourable weather, such as late spring freezes.[48] Excessive heat kills the symbiotic bacteria that some aphids depend on, which makes the aphids infertile.[49] Rain prevents winged aphids from dispersing, and knocks aphids off plants and thus kills them from the impact or by starvation.[45][50][51] However, rain cannot be relied on for aphid control."

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Post  camprn on 12/28/2014, 9:48 am

It has been so warm these past few days that I was able to chip out of a box one of the celery plants. I potted it up and brought it into the house . Over night the remaining ice in the MM thawed so I was able to push it into the pot well this morning. I still have 3 stalks of Brussels sprouts in the garden and some of the turnips are accessible. I will have those with supper tonight.

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