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Old 02-09-2014, 08:19 AM   #91
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Debby thanks for reminding me - I need to make mayo today, too. And I bought some chicken to make chicken jerky. It's so handy to have around.

Sharon you may win this thing for sure! Slow and steady, right?
My birthday is tomorrow and Valentine's Day runs up right afterward. All I think about is chocolate....
My SS (skinny sister) made a chocolate bean cake for an early birthday present for me.
I don't feel very svelte!

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Oh boy! Chicken jerky! Hubby just put some prepared london broil in our dehydrator this morning. I've never tried chicken. Do you just make it from breast meat or jerk the whole bird? I need to know more info on this one.

My medical scale really tells the story. I'm so glad I have it to let me know just where I'm at. It shows every bit of progression. Makes me really watch how much I'm putting in me..Laughing!
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I am too lazy to work hard on chicken jerky.

Several months ago I bought a sort of extruder (looks like a caulk gun) from Cabela's.
I put in ground meat I've seasoned with whatever (salt, lemon-pepper, liquid smoke) and it squirts out nicely-sized pieces of soon-to-be jerky.

After I got a high homocysteine level, one of the things they said to do was to eat less red meat, so if I have a lower-protein day, I will have turkey jerky or chicken jerky.

I also make my dog's chicken treats in the dehydrator.
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I've never heard of homocysteine level. Does your dr test for that? do you?

Sounds like you put your dryer to good use. What do you put in your doggie treats? I would be worried about not cooking chicken.

Sharon the london broil sounds interesting too. Glad your scale is doing its job!
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I buy the cheapest chicken breasts I can - in bulk. Then I do for my dog what I'm too lazy to do for myself, I slice it as thinly as possible.

I dehydrate it for around 36-48 hours, so in my imagination it would be fine.
When I first started making her treats, I boiled the chicken first, THEN sliced it and dehydrated. I might do it that way again, now that I think of it. It's an extra step, but probably worth it.

I do not season the chicken at all for her.

I agree - the London broil does sound interesting!

The homocysteine level is measured by a blood test when I get thyroid and blood fats, and all that stuff in one blood draw (several tubes). It's a marker for inflammation.
My SS has a high CRP (c-reactive protein) level. Mine is normal. It's always normal.

But last year I had a pretty high homocysteine level. Normal is 10 something and mine was 30 something.
MK and the internet advised taking more B vitamins. I did and I do. The internet also advised less red meat, less alcohol , I think even less coffee. Some things I did not remember because I knew I wouldn't do them.

Anyway, my last test was much improved - where normal homocysteine (or the highest acceptable in the range) is 10 something, mine was 12 something, so I'm moving the right direction.
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Another way to get more B vitamins is to eat more green leafy veggies. How are you there, Judy? Also, do you take an Aspirin daily? If not, perhaps you should start. Homocysteine level increases can be related to a tendency to have blood clots. I am glad your CRP is normal. You are right, these are markers for inflammation, particularly for atherosclerosis. And we do NOT want to go there!! Hmmm.....I've never had my CRP or homocysteine level drawn. Something to talk to my doc about! But I do take a Vit B with C, and a Vit B6 daily, and usually have a sublingual Vit B12 daily. Just to keep my immune system up with my allergies and all my previous sinus disease drama from several years ago!

Judy - Tell me about your MAKING your mayo! I do NOT like soybean oil, and it is in about every mayo that I see. Can you share your recipe? How long does it last?

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Hi guys.

On my phone on the way home. Fun wedding in KC. Reception was at the Boulevard Brewery with OK Joes catering. I only had a glass of wine. My dd said that a Sat event included all the beer the group wanted. Dh had 2. Lol

Got an IPad today. I think Dh really wanted one so he bought me one. Nice keyboard instead of poking letters with my fingers.

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EARLY Judy!! I didn't want to miss it!! Enjoy your DAY tomorrow!!
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Here is the recipe I've used. I pour off the whey on any sour cream or yogurt I have and keep it in its own little mason jar in the fridge. So I have kept mine at least 3 weeks with no problems whatsoever. I use a stick blender and put it all in the mason jar I'm going to keep it in. Perfect.

I make HALF this recipe because we just don't use that much mayo. I make it in the evening, let it sit on the counter overnight, then stick it in the fridge in the morning.

And thanks for your birthday wish!!

Easy Two Egg Mayonnaise (half this recipe)

2 large eggs (at room temperature!)
2 Tbsp vinegar (I prefer plain cheap white)
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard (more or less, to taste)
dashes of salt and pepper (needs more salt)
2 Cups oil of choice (use the very lightest olive oil)

(Original poster said: I use light olive regularly, but I've switched to MCT oil and macadamia nut oil for about 1/2 a cup sometimes. The MCT makes it emulsify less well, but I've got a bunch to use up. But I didn't like the mac oil even at less than a quarter, so I've stayed away from other nut oils as well. I don't want my mayo to taste nutty, it tastes wrong to me but YMMV.)

For stick blender: Add ingredients in order to vessel of choice (I use a quart size mason jar so that I don't have to move the mayo). Put the stick in all the way to the bottom, turn it on and hold it there for about 20 seconds, until you can see the emulsion has taken over the bottom of the jar. Then move it up and down until all of the oil is incorporated.

For other methods: I wish you all of the luck I never had.

Note: Per the cookbook Nourishing Traditions, I also add about 2 Tbsp of whey from yogurt or sour cream at the end and let it sit a while on the counter, but this is totally optional. The whey is for durability and adding a bit of lacto-fermentation is never a bad thing.

About light olive oils, if they aren't processed with hexane, that fact will probably be somewhere on the label. Non-hexane processed light olive oil may be a little more golden, but it tastes just as neutral as the hexane processed stuff. And if you can't find a non-hexane processed oil, you're probably still better off using light olive oil than any other similarly priced oil simply because of the fatty acid profile. Everything else has significantly more PUFAs.

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About 4 or 5 years ago I decided I should take a baby aspirin every day.
And I've significantly damaged my esophagus...
It's better - much better - but I'm not the aspirin type. I got horrible reflux.
Anyway, I'm OK now.
I'm good on leafy greens and I'm encouraged by the direction downward of my homocysteine level. If it doesn't get in the "normal" zone, I might do more, but so far so good, I think. I'm nearly there. Don't know why my sister's crp is high. It's not very high and her doc put her on a statin. Oh well. I know I'm not doing that!

Debbie which vitamin B12 do you take for the sublingual? I have wondered if I should do something like that. I do already supplement with "Folic Acid Xtra" and credit that with the lowering of my level - Mary Kay suggested it and I think it's done a great job. I also take C and CoQ10 and a special magnesium supplement. Not much else.

Carolyn I hope you enjoy your ipad! I hate typing on phones!
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Early Happy Birthday to you Judy. Have a lovely day.
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Hi ladies,

Yummy on that mayo recipe. Thanks!

Dd didn't know that Edith was pg on DA. She was shocked when I told her. She missed the letter. Poor Edith.
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I feel like a turtle in this race. The ending is good so I plan to win this thing. Laughing!!!
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Oh boy! Chicken jerky! Hubby just put some prepared london broil in our dehydrator this morning. I've never tried chicken. Do you just make it from breast meat or jerk the whole bird? I need to know more info on this one.
And I need someone to make jerky for me!

All my food packages keep getting lost in the mail!


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lol a little large . . . . but you're totally worth it!

Carolyn - was the wedding fun?
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And I need someone to make jerky for me!
All my food packages keep getting lost in the mail!

OH MY GOSH!!!!
This is a serious problem!!

When Sandy gets back from the beach I am positive she will make an MK run.

I mean, it's only right - she's been on the beach... we've been suffering in snow and cold... right?
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Good morning!!

Happy birthday, Judy!!!!! Hope you have a great day and all your family treats you like a queen! Any special plans?

I haven't exercised in a week..I had better get over there this afternoon!!!

Glad you are back on plan, Debby! Yippee!

Did everyone get to see DA? Of course we all hate that rapist and love Mrs. Hughes. Hope Bates doesn't take revenge.

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ACK! I've been awake since 2:45 AM!!!
I decided to work out some reports since that's what I was thinking about anyway.
Hoping to grab a couple of hours sleep before heading out.

DH and I are taking my mother and a longtime friend of hers/ours out to dinner tonight. It will be my celebration.

Carolyn good luck on getting back to the gym. Glad the wedding was nice!

I will have to catch DA a little later. I confess I watched The Walking Dead.
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Happy B-day, Judy!!!

Speaking of olive oil, I just mail ordered some Rich and Robust unfiltered cold processed EVOO from a company called Napa Valley Naturals. I am hoping it is really strong tasting to toss on Fiber Gourmet pasta. I also ordered some fig balsamic vinegar. I will report back!
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OH MY GOSH!!!!
This is a serious problem!!

When Sandy gets back from the beach I am positive she will make an MK run.

I mean, it's only right - she's been on the beach... we've been suffering in snow and cold... right?
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How was your birthday, Judy???

Yes, Cindy report back!

Blush, blush. No gym today. But will go tomorrow for sure. For sure.
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MMmmm - fig balsamic vinegar sounds delicious!
I could pretty much drink regular balsamic vinegar as is!

My day was great, thank you all so much for your good wishes!
It sure started off nicely with half a bagel from the Great Low Carb Bread Company!
Goodness that is just so nice to have something like that again.

Hugs to all!
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Glad you had a nice day!, I love those bagels. My least favorite is the pumpkin spice. Won't get those again.

Hair appointment today. She doesn't style my cut so I go home and do that. If she did I would look much older than I want to look. But she is a good haircutter and knows what to do with cowlicks. She is also a LCer so will see how she has done.

Better get my gym shoes on. Really! Catch you all later,
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It never looks like that again. LOL
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Morning!
Made it to the gym and yoga yesterday, along with varied and assorted errands and the last shelf of the pantry finally was cleaned out.

Either we have a mouse or we used to - some of the chips up there are so old, who knows! Anyone, I think he's out of things to eat and places to sleep, and I put 4 mouse traps out, so hopefully ......

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Oh we've had mice before.
DD and I decided we'd like to move out that moment.
DH is a fighter and reclaimed our home!
Haven't had them in years, but I know that doesn't mean we never will again.

Do any of you use or could direct me where to buy cocoa butter? That's one of those things I've never bought or could not easily find in a store, maybe. I just got an order from netrition but failed to check them. I'll see if my post has the link.

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Judy - how did you get rid of them?
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Hi

I am a cruel mouse hunter and use De-Con under the sink, etc. I don't want to find a dead mouse in a trap!!!

Did go to exercise and it was a good thing!! My scale said 145 this am. Still recovering from wedding cake. Lol.

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So much of the mouse stuff says not around pets or food etc.
And since I've seen the most evidence in the pantry, that's where I concentrated the traps.

I'll keep you posted!
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My dad walked slowly around the outside of our house (we're not on slab - we're on a crawl space) and found an opening around one of the vents. It had been what looked to me a very heavy metal weave, but it had been chewed-through (I DO NOT WANT TO KNOW).

We stuffed it with steel wool and my dad has been gone since 2008. No mice since.

Carolyn I am of 2 minds about mice - I used to have hamsters and loved them, but I am actually offended by mice for some reason. I agree with being ruthless.
I am so ruthless I used glue traps to get rid of them.

Dear Mice:
You may live outside, but you may not live in my house.

Thank you,
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Judy - I totally agree! Outside is fine . . . .

We have a bi-level house, so I have no clue how it got in . . .

I really don't want to know - I just want him dead but without killing the pets!

Ewwwww!
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In our former house I discovered they were coming in through the dryer vent openingand then walked along pipe and found a place in the wall. Eww! So I had to really, really keep the vent cleaned out so it wouldn't get stuck open (where it comes to the outside), and the tiny holes on the side had to have steel wool stuck in them. Nothing is worse than a dead mouse in the wall that you can do nothing about for WEEKS!

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