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Old 03-06-2016, 06:37 AM   #25201
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Making peanut butter!

I have been thinking about buying a food processor for a long, long time and I thought I had settled on a very basic little Cuisinart Mini-Prep Plus 4-Cup Food Processor. I figured that the mini-prep would be good for me because all I want it for is making peanut butter and minced ham or chicken salad spreads, anything else it can do would be a bonus. I was all set to run out and buy one this morning when I decided to give peanut butter making a try in my ancient Osterizer blender. I heated a cup of roasted peanuts in the microwave, tossed them in the blender, hit the button labeled grind, added a drizzle of canola oil, a dash of salt and hit the button labeled whip. In less than a minute I had about a 1/2 cup of nice smooth/gritty natural style peanut butter that even Tim and Richard Smucker would be proud of! The food processor is on hold, again until I give ham salad a try in the old blender!
I ended up recently giving my workhorse Robot Coupe to my son Spike. I don't miss it either. I would rather have a blender. Smaller footprint. And other than using it for handling pasta dough, the only other chore I used it for was grating. I finally bought myself an six sided hand grater. Two chores I would rather do by hand.

This past year or more, I have noticed that I am eating less food. So my cooking is not as intense. More simple, quick dishes. Less prep time. Fewer ingredients. Not being able to stand for longer periods.

So Spike has ended up with my 12" Shun knife, FP, sewing machine, food saver, and a few other items from my home. More available counter space for me, along with less items I have to take care of and keep clean. Right now he has his eye on my KA mixer. Along with the attachments. Sorry, that stays put. I still use that quite often.
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Old 03-06-2016, 11:16 AM   #25202
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I ended up recently giving my workhorse Robot Coupe to my son Spike. I don't miss it either. I would rather have a blender. Smaller footprint. And other than using it for handling pasta dough, the only other chore I used it for was grating. I finally bought myself an six sided hand grater. Two chores I would rather do by hand.

This past year or more, I have noticed that I am eating less food. So my cooking is not as intense. More simple, quick dishes. Less prep time. Fewer ingredients. Not being able to stand for longer periods.

So Spike has ended up with my 12" Shun knife, FP, sewing machine, food saver, and a few other items from my home. More available counter space for me, along with less items I have to take care of and keep clean. Right now he has his eye on my KA mixer. Along with the attachments. Sorry, that stays put. I still use that quite often.
I hear ya!

I still use my old "knuckle buster" grater to make cabbage salad and grate cheese. I'm finding though that it is just as easy and inexpensive to buy a bag of Dole shredded coleslaw mix and freshly grated cheese from the local grocery. The only appliances I have left in the kitchen are a microwave, my old blender, stick blender and hand mixer. The stick blender will probably be the next item to land in the goodwill box, I only use it to make mayonnaise and I can do that in the old blender. I will probably never get around to buying the FP, the older I get the cheaper I seem to become!
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Old 03-06-2016, 01:01 PM   #25203
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I visited my mother today in the care home (she has advanced dementia).
Of course she didn't know what day it was, but I enjoyed making a fuss of her. Gave her my card and some miniature roses, fed her grapes, rubbed in some of the new moisturiser I gave her - which she liked the smell of. She wasn't making much sense...some days she does. Sometimes it gets to me to see what she is now reduced to and I have to leave (make my excuses) before I cry. I was able not to do that today.
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Old 03-06-2016, 01:18 PM   #25204
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That's rough, creative. Good on you for taking such care of your mum.
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That's rough, creative. Good on you for taking such care of your mum.
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And for the benefit of those of us on the west side of the pond, today is Mothering Sunday in the UK.
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And for the benefit of those of us on the west side of the pond, today is Mothering Sunday in the UK.
Ah thanks...I assumed it was worldwide - not so then? You celebrate it on a different day?
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Old 03-06-2016, 02:01 PM   #25207
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What are you doing?

Here in the US, Mother's Day is May 8th this year. I don't know if it's the same date in Canada.
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Old 03-06-2016, 04:40 PM   #25208
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The place I go to for my health care is a center for patients with Alzheimer's Disease. It is not easy to see family member come to visit their parents.

We have a married couple that used to come for day care. Both of them have progressed to needing around the clock care and are now residents. The wife is more along the path of forgetfulness and no longer recognizes her husband.

It is so sad to see, but having watched the employees for the past eight years caring for these patients, I can not give them enough kudos. I have NEVER heard one employee raise their voice for any reason. Not even to get the attention of another employee. The patients in this daycare are cared for with patience and gentle love. And I am sure the families are well aware of the care their loved one receives.
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The place I go to for my health care is a center for patients with Alzheimer's Disease. It is not easy to see family member come to visit their parents.

We have a married couple that used to come for day care. Both of them have progressed to needing around the clock care and are now residents. The wife is more along the path of forgetfulness and no longer recognizes her husband.

It is so sad to see, but having watched the employees for the past eight years caring for these patients, I can not give them enough kudos. I have NEVER heard one employee raise their voice for any reason. Not even to get the attention of another employee. The patients in this daycare are cared for with patience and gentle love. And I am sure the families are well aware of the care their loved one receives.
Yes, here in UK, there are some care homes that have been exposed for abusing their patients but we have the Care Quality Commission which enables choosing a care home more effective.

We did a lot of visiting nearby care homes before we decided on the one where mum now is. It is excellent! The standard of care is what you would wish for and the staff are genuinely caring, clearly in their chosen profession.
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Old 03-07-2016, 05:22 AM   #25210
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Got up early and cracked open a jar of Goya Fancy Red Pimiento Sweet Pepper that had been sitting in the back of the refrigerator just waiting for this day!

Half of it went into a small batch of pimento cheese and the other half went into the blender and was added to a small pot of NoDak style tomato soup!

Pimento Cheese

Tomato Soup, NoDak style
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