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Old 10-04-2015, 05:14 PM   #81
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DH loves feeding the birds. We use sunflower seeds without the hulls. The squirrels love sunflower seeds too. I also have plenty of seedy plants like Black Eyed Susans, which the finches love, along with many other plants for hummingbirds, along with milkweed for the Monarchs. The deer feast on anything they want that I plant, and the bunnies adore my green bean plants, so much so that I have to replant at least twice every year, even though they're fenced in. The blueberries are also quite popular, though I'm not quite sure what's eating them.
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Old 10-04-2015, 05:20 PM   #82
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Especially squirrels who haven't any Noxema.

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Old 10-05-2015, 02:29 PM   #83
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Now that our cat is gone, maybe I will find out why we had no furry pests in our garden for the last 7 years. Sad. Never saw one mouse either!

Heres a question I have asked myself on several occasions.
Pigeons.
Why do pigeons like peoples habitat when wild habitat is at hand?
I have no pigeons anywhere around our house, but there is a dairy barn/farm down the road and they have plenty using the buildings for nests and such.
Big cities have them everywhere. Yet I have never seen a pigeon in a natural setting without human influence.
They must be wild, yet they depend on man it seems?
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Old 10-05-2015, 03:32 PM   #84
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When Lums was still in business, the pigeon population in south Florida was curtailed big time, starting when they introduced Wienerwald Chicken.
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Old 10-06-2015, 11:41 AM   #85
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Delighted to find this thread. Dh introduced me to avocado pears, but the only way he'll eat them is mashed and spread on toast with salt and pepper because that's the way he ate them as a child growing up in South Africa, so it was good to read of some different ways of using them. I sometimes use them in sandwiches and add beetroot salad or some other salad ingredient. On some occasions I would also have cooked meat or tinned mackerel in there as well. Honey and mustard dressing is also nice with avocado.

My question is, if you still open an avocado pear and discover it is not ripe, in spite of all the good advice above, what can you do about it?

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I just came across this yesterday: A Trick for Transforming Unripe Avocados in Just Two Hours
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Old 10-06-2015, 11:58 AM   #86
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When Lums was still in business, the pigeon population in south Florida was curtailed big time, starting when they introduced Wienerwald Chicken.
I remember Lum's very well. "hot dogs steamed in beer"!
I frequented the one across the street from Gulfstream race track in Hallandale.
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Old 10-06-2015, 12:16 PM   #87
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That's really interesting GG. I can't wait to give it a try.
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I remember Lum's very well. "hot dogs steamed in beer"!
I frequented the one across the street from Gulfstream race track in Hallandale.
Yup, Pumpernick's is gone from Hallandale. Wolfie's - gone, Rascal House - gone and Corky's - gone.
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Here's the one reply out of many that reported back who actually tried this method.

"I am back sand here are the results. 1. Cut through the skin in quarters and placed into room temperature brins; 2. Marinated for 45 m8n.; 3. Removed and took peel off the upper half portion all around; 4. Returned to brine for 45 minutes;5. 45 minutes, taste testes - firm but soft and with full avocado flavor. Husband very happy and it isn't mushy".

It sounds as if the shortened brining time is the ticket!
A good tip, I gotta try it. Gonna first have to buy one of those cute looking canning jars shown in the pic.
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Yup, Pumpernick's is gone from Hallandale. Wolfie's - gone, Rascal House - gone and Corky's - gone.
Good ole days goon too.
I loved Wolfies, Pumpernicks and the rest of the jewish inspired/owned restaurants in Miami and surrounding communities.

Did you ever know Myers Subs on 146th and NW 7th ave N. Miami?
The sandwiches were piled so high, I used to ask for two extra slices of rye bread with mustard on them. Split the pastrami on rye with someone.
They never charged me for the extra two slices!
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