Ducks4you 2021 Ragtag Thread

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Comes the meltdown. LAST SATURDAY, this was my landscape, and DH and I used our tractor and snowblower to clear paths in front of the garage to the street, down the driveway, cleared in front of the barn, and made a tractor path so that I could clean stalls without pushing through snowdrifts. By mid week, most of the snow will have been eaten up. Even the firepit was covered.
 

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The stalls were COVERED with straw this last week bc I didn't dare let the ponies out with ice. OUR temperatures have been much colder than -5, as it was mid last week, but we first got rain, THEN snow, THEN super cold. Yesterday I was slipping and sliding on ice that had thawed and refrozen. Today it's mud. The hardest thing was filling 6-8 buckets of water/day, carrying them up these stairs and 100+ steps (one way) to the barn stalls.
 

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Been a ROUGH winter for many people here. I had my left leg ALMOST FULLY HEALED, then slipped on refrozen ice Monday. I couldn't avoid the ice on the way to the barn WITH water buckets. :rant
Thought I'd share:
 

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I am a baker. DD is a chef. I have mastered two new desserts this year:
Toll house Cookies
Banana Bread.
Here is my banana bread recipe. DD keeps buying me ingredients for it, so I guess it's pretty good.
Banana Bread (from several online recipes)
Ingredients:
2 sticks butter, salted or unsalted (don't use marjarine, PLEASE!)
1 cup tamped down brown sugar
3 large OR 4 small/medium bananas
1/3 cup sour cream
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking SODA
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
1 cup (or more) chopped walnuts--Optional
2 eggs
2 cups all purpose flour

Combine ingredients in the order above. Be SURE to microwave butter if it is cold, by cutting into pieces and softening in a mixing bowl. Mash in the brown sugar until mixed.
Add bananas and mash in with the butter and sugar with a potato masher and start mixing Hard.
Swtich to a whisk and add sour cream and keep mixing all ingredients to try to get out any lumps. Add vanilla, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Add eggs and thoroughly mix.
Chop nuts and thoroughly mix.
THEN switch to a wooden spoon and add the flour, 1 cup at a time, and again, thoroughly mix.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray baking dish with baking spray.
Set the timer for 1 hour, 5 minutes.
Check for done by inserting a sharp knife all of the way through. If not done, put back in for 5 minute increments until the knife comes out clean.
Turn over onto a dinner plate to cool. Store in a gallon ziplock bag to keep it moist.
Should look just like this~
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