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  1. I hope I'm not derailing your thread, but since you want this bread to travel, I suggest you use a different recipe, one with yeast if you are willing to give it a go. Quick breads (eg. banana bread), by their very nature, do not develop much gluten which greatly contributes to the sturdiness of the bread. I think the Beer Bread would end up very crumbly if taken on a trip... If you want a super easy, no-knead yeast bread (which is ALSO variable in terms of flour/liquid), I highly recommend trying out this one: https://alexandracooks.com/2012/11/07/my-mothers-peasant-bread-the-best
  2. Well, any of your typical Budweisers or Millers will fall into bland. I can read the comments and people use pretty much whatever they have on hand. 🙂 from Lite Beers to dark, hoppy IPA beers. I'm of the "whatever we have on hand" and if I have to buy a can/bottle, I always get what's on sale. I'm not drinking it, after all..... And, typical additions include: herbs (fresh/dried), sautéed onions/peppers, cheeses of all kinds, olives, too. I don't personally add much to my bread because I like to put the stuff on top, not in it..... And it lends itself to more versatility. I can top
  3. NYT has a Quick Beer Bread recipe. I know some of their recipes can only be seen if you have a subscription; if you can't see it, I'll send it to you privately. I make it ALL the time and according to comments people freely add stuff to it. I've made it with beer only, with what's leftover from an open bottle and topped off with whey drained from yogurt (I make my own Greek yogurt), and sometimes, even with just the whey and no beer at all. This bread, in every version, meets with rave reviews.... It is best warm and toasted. MMMMMM. We just finished off a loaf today. Guess what wil
  4. I do a lot of baking and in that recipe the wine mainly provides liquid with some slight nuance of flavor. Given that it is a quick bread with plenty of flavorful ingredients, I would probably use water*** for the liquid aspect and a dried herb of choice to add a bit of nuance. I think apple/white grape juice could also work but would add a hint of sweetness which may or may not be to your taste. I think a vinegar blend might add too much tang. ***In actuality, I would first look and see if I had some liquid that needed using. A bit of tomato sauce? Add water and use. A tad of yogur
  5. When we moved here to Montenegro (from So. California), we encountered backyard cherry trees for the first time because our good neighbor had one. The kids often played over there, and of course, snacked on the cherries like everyone else. Once, we were visiting another family, sitting around the coffee table eating the cherries placed in the center, and my 4 year old is chomping down on them. Imagine my horror, five minutes later, when I realize that she's been spitting the seeds out the side of her mouth, to land willy-nilly everywhere!
  6. Having your paperwork done properly is crucial, but not the ONLY thing. IMO, I think if you had NOT had strong ties to the home country, you would not have been processed in barely 2 minutes. Doesn't mean you *wouldn't* have gotten a visa at some point. Also, I strongly suspect that the criteria for "strong ties to homeland" and "incentive to overstay visa" varies greatly based on the homeland country as well. But all our knowledge of "how visas work" may be somewhat dated by the time the OP's daughter is officially engaged and wedding planning! And, @happysmileylady, congrats on
  7. This has been my experience (well, not me personally as I'm an American), but living overseas in Montenegro, we personally know several people who were denied visas to the US, despite our letters of recommendations, letters from people stateside, letters guaranteeing $$. Why the denial? Not considered to have *enough* incentive to come back to country of origin. It helps to have a spouse AND kids AND a job AND a house back in the home country.
  8. Another Kindle book on sale that may interest some of you: The Reading Life: The Joy of Seeing New Worlds through Others' Eyes by CS Lewis is on sale right now for $1.99.... I picked it up!
  9. This reminds me of something I've pondered a lot after something touching my own life. When I was in my 30s, my mother clearly told me that she didn't think she'd be able to endure a prolonged decline in health/suffering with illness for years. Like, even as a Catholic, she might choose some way to opt out. Fifteen years later, my mom did get cancer, went through some radical (grueling, harsh) treatments, lived another few years with increasing immobility. After she passed away, I found in her nightstand, a printed sheet of personal prayers that she had to get through the days. One of wh
  10. FWIW: along these same lines, when I had surgery for skin cancer (face), the (expensive) dermatologist's front desk sold special creams to minimize scarring, but the office ladies said a cheaper version was to use good 30 spf sunscreen religiously (at night, too!) as there is something in it that helps reduce the pigmentation differences.
  11. We've read the whole series and I thought about recommending the books. But the mother's bravery is tackling life with its hardships, making a go of it without a husband, following through on her convictions ( her testimony could condemn a man so she secretly moved her family back east), and starting over again. Not so much fighting off/facing danger bravery which I think the OP is looking for.... Great series to read anyway!
  12. Please. I'm very happy for people who've married people without proper documentation and had successful outcomes. But, don't base your decision on that. I personally know people who got married, had three kids, and the wife (the foreigner) had to leave the country for 3 whole years before they would let her back. I know people who got married (even with proper documentation) and then went overseas to visit family, the husband wasn't allowed back in for a year. And these were highly educated, post-grad degree people. Why? Because some small detail of his paperwork/marriage visa wasn't in
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