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[Oct. 30th, 2017|01:50 pm]
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Gorgeous day with very little wind. (Did i mention that i didn't go to the lake because of wind?) While i was talking to a colleague a hawk swooped by the window and briefly perched in the tulip poplar.

When i went out to pick greens for lunch, i added wild garlic greens, chickweed, and bitter cress to the pile. That wasn't hard at all, since i was already bent over to pick greens. Maybe i'll forage more. I do so like having fresh greens at lunch.

I also have been drinking my hibiscus, today with mint. That was a lovely tonic. The fresh hibiscus today -- a bowl of hibiscus pods wait for me to cut the seeds out and lay them out on the dehydration racks -- made a much more red drink than the dried hibiscus i had last week. Was it the presence of dried mint, absence of ginger, or will the red remain if i dry quickly in the dehydrator?

I wonder if i should use the dehydrator on mint, too.

Work has an edge to it today, but eating from the yard is a pleasure.

Yesterday we had a bit of a downer as we looked for a place to stay with Carrie at the beach. Rental places look reasonable and then there's linen fees, cleaning fees, pet fees, etc.

Another dog event of note, on Saturday's off-leash headache exercise, Carrie found two three limb bones still connected at the joint. It was disgusting, she rolled on it, gnawed on it.... Oh i hope it didn't make her sick. I just realized she threw up first thing this morning. Hrm.

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[User Picture]From: tx_cronopio
2017-10-30 10:45 pm (UTC)
Keep looking --- I hate those AirBnb places that tack on all the fees, but keep looking. I have found cabins/cottages that do not. HomeAway might be worth a look-see. And this IS the off season, so surely you can find something.
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[User Picture]From: elainegrey
2017-10-31 11:06 am (UTC)
I didn't see a pet filter at HomeAway - -did i miss it? Or
it it the same as "children friendly"? Thanks for the encouragement & the hint.

Also, i think the season is so off that places close altogether.

Edited at 2017-10-31 11:07 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: tx_cronopio
2017-10-31 05:56 pm (UTC)
There is, actually -- after you've done your search by date and it shows you the results, click again on "number of guests" up at the top and it will give you a pets y/n option.
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[User Picture]From: elainegrey
2017-11-03 10:21 am (UTC)
Ah-ha! Thanks!

Found one place that i'm pretty sure i would like because it's quite remote, but i don't think that's what Christine had in mind... and i think she's decided she doesn't want to run away for Thanksgiving. Personally, i like being at home, so i don't mind. We're living in our own cottage in the woods. We *are* missing the ocean, but otherwise....
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[User Picture]From: oakmouse
2017-11-02 03:49 pm (UTC)
IME mint dries well in a dehydrator, but don't dry anything else with it that you don't want to taste like mint. Even if you put the other things on a lower tray, they'll still taste minty. Great for leather britches (green beans), not so much for zucchini chips.

Of course, since mint is prolific, you can run an entire dehydrator-load of it at a time!
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[User Picture]From: elainegrey
2017-11-03 10:18 am (UTC)
So, other than tea -- do you have a use for dried mint?
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[User Picture]From: oakmouse
2017-11-04 12:56 am (UTC)
It's nice in cooking, especially in the winter when fresh mint isn't available (at least not where I live). It works best if you crumble it and rub it between your hands before using, or if you steep it in warm or hot liquid and strain it out again before using the liquid in a recipe. I like to use it in rice dishes, and a friend of mine uses it for gluten free "tabbouleh" made with quinoa in place of the bulgur wheat. It goes nicely in the juice of poached pears or poached apples, and you can steep it in milk (dairy or non-) and use the strained milk to make hot minty cocoa.

It also makes a pleasant potpourri for the kind of stuffy air you get in a house over the winter; just put some in a pretty little china dish and leave it out to freshen the air. And you can make a really strong tea with it and strain the tea into your bath to warm you up and ease aches and pains brought on by shoveling snow --- if you get any where you live --- or otherwise being outside in winter cold. (Although oregano and marjoram work even better for that.)
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[User Picture]From: elainegrey
2017-11-04 01:25 pm (UTC)
I so often use cinnamon and clove and ginger with apples and pears: the idea of mint is a surprise. Thanks for the hints!
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[User Picture]From: oakmouse
2017-11-04 06:53 pm (UTC)
You're welcome!

My mom's family emigrated from Britain in my grandparents' generation, and so we did a lot of more or less British cooking. My great-aunt used to serve poached apples or pears with mint as an easy, popular winter dessert. If she couldn't get good dried mint, she used mint jelly!
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