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    Phaedra's Garden 2022

    I finished the winter house for the quails. It looks nice with my potted plants. We cut the plastic panels for the common greenhouse and built the weather-protection pieces. In fact, it's a mini-greenhouse. Some gaps for ventilation Bobo is checking the construction quality...
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    Growing strawberries in glass bottles?

    Is there any specific reason to choose glass bottles as planters?
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    Family Restaurant

    No, I don't. I just found a nice pressure canner from Switzerland recently. Pressure canning and using a sewing machine are my top 2 tasks in 2023! :D
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    Family Restaurant

    Raining the whole day till now...so, baking time! Craneberry dinner rolls A Pullman Loaf and two small cheese bacon buns From September to May, I make some sauces and jam for friends. Today is the Rose and Pear jam~ Done! My FIL is quite okay, and we also prepare some snacks he loves...
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    Family Restaurant

    The Lidl in our town changed their policy. The 50% discount became history, and now we can get a 30% discount the most. As a 30% discount can be found in every discounter/supermarket, Lidl lost its charm. Therefore, from this month on, we went to another much larger chain supermarket in the...
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    Homegrown Herbal Tea

    Yeah, sometimes I am a bit picky. :celebrate
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    Homegrown Herbal Tea

    So far, so good. I still have some mint to harvest in the garden in Cologne. I plan to have one or two bee hives in the near future, but before that, I want to keep adding some nice plants that can become part of our selection. Today I bought six Winterlinde/small-leaved lime(Tilia cordata) -...
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    Somehow, It's Funny that Way

    I suddenly think about this video about language
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    Experiments, observations, and lessons learned

    Another experiment I have been doing recently is changing the lawn. I have no love for the stereotypical and monotoned lawn. The dry summer caused pretty serious damage to the lawn (especially the grass), so I sowed many different seeds about two weeks ago (as I know from the forecast that...
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    Experiments, observations, and lessons learned

    I once want to open a similar thread, thanks @Zeedman! This year, I tried to remove the main stems and even sub stems of most of the Dahlias to: 1. reduce the size of the flower, especially the dinnerplate varieties like Cafe au Lait - quite successful, the flowers are half smaller and much...
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    when should i harvest my basil?

    Same here; I harvest mine during the season, too. Sometimes, when the weather becomes a stress factor for the plants, they will start to bolt. I usually cut them short (till the lowest side shoots), so they will remain relatively young. This method works quite well; after a few weeks, the...
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    Eating Well on a Budget

    I baked today, one half-sized Pullman loaf, one large tray of soft dinner rolls, and one small tray of Anpan (Japanese style soft bread with azuki bean paste) Baking at home also saves a lot of money; of course, the products could also be more delicious than what are offered in ordinary...
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    Eating Well on a Budget

    I usually removed the chicken skin before making stock, cut them into smaller pieces, and then seasoned them with garlic, salt, and chili powder. The seasoned chicken skin will offer a rich fat and flavor when I stir-fry vegetables. Our cats and dogs are raw-fed, so they will eat chicken skin...
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    Eating Well on a Budget

    Taiwanese-style Pig's trotter over rice served with homegrown french beans. In Germany, some supermarkets will offer less popular varieties of meat and organs. I love them. The prices are always much lower than the lean meat prepared neatly - no skin, no bones, properly cut, and three times...
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    Eating Well on a Budget

    No matter how fancy a restaurant and the dishes could be, for me, the real comfort is always homemade food - simple, cost-effective, and delicious. Pork fried with cucumber and basil, scrambled eggs with homemade spicy ketchep, and rice. The temperature drops so fast, and it's again the...
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