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Rachel in KY

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  1. This isn't LOST. Though I'm all about British period pieces, I was very reluctant to watch Downton Abbey. Even after it won all those Emmys. Then I thought I'd check out what the hype was all about and I simply loved it. I don't think you'll be disappointed, but as I've yet to see season 2, don't hold me to it.
  2. Yes! I've watched it twice on Netflix streaming. Love, love, love it!! I adore a good British period drama, and yes, Donna, you are missing something!
  3. My dh, ds and I took a quick Savannah tour on our way to Orlando 4.5 years ago. We didn't have time to do much at all, but did fit in a tour of the First African Baptist Church. I'd certainly like an opportunity to do more exploring there.
  4. My girlfriends and I visited the South Carolina coast two summers ago and loved it so much we want to go back this year. We stayed at the Litchfield Inn on Pawley's Island and were quite satisfied. It was a short walk to the beach and within reasonable driving distance to Charleston. While we are considering staying there again, we'd like to do a little more investigating. Somewhere between Charleston and Savannah might be an option, so we can take advantage of both cities. Budget is definitely a consideration, and our amenity requirements are pretty low. Thanks, y'all.
  5. Not particularly. The house is a 15 year old ranch. My dad has never been a glass-is-half-full kind of guy.
  6. I'm anticipating buying an Electrolux set and my dad (retired civil engineer) is making noises about the units being too heavy to stack unless the floor has some reinforcement. I appreciate his concern, but seems to me that consumers are stacking these things all the time and I've yet to hear of washers and drying breaking (or denting, or bowing, or cracking) through floors. My little house has 1429 square feet, and having a stacked set has always been one of my dreams. Every bit of space I can free is a great gift! Whaddya think?
  7. Chalkdust Algebra I Lightning Literature Rosetta Stone Spanish IEW SOTW IV/Veritas/other books for history BJU Space and Earth Science Some sort of logic/critical thinking Co-op for P.E., etc.
  8. It makes wonderful sausage balls. I just added about 1/3 cup of milk and they were fantastic.
  9. I heartily second Ann Budd's book. It's been wonderful! And I have to say that I'm a Knit Picks addict.
  10. Socks, socks, socks. I used Knit Picks worster superwash merino. I'm going to knit a pair for ME out of the leftover yarns. They should be pretty colorful.
  11. I am in my fifth month of being gluten-free. I have the professional 6 quart KitchenAid mixer and it is fantastic for gf baking. Cross contamination has not been a problem for me, but I am not celiac; just one step from it. I make gf bread dough, pizza crust dough, cookies, cakes, brownies, etc. When I make something with regular wheat flour, I just make sure things are washed and go for it. From what I've read, it varies from person to person as far as cross contamination sensitivity it concerned. If you get the KA, make sure you get the self-scraping beater. It's not a KA product, but you can find them on Amazon. It's a wonderful, wonderful thing. Hope this helps.
  12. Netflix will send you a disc that, every time you want to stream, you put in your Wii and get it spinning. Netflix chooses selections in different genres, which can include very inappropriate (rated R, horror, sexual, etc.) choices. As far as I can tell, there's no way to delete these off the streaming. In spite of this, we have really enjoyed instant streaming. My ds has watched the Avatar series, Invader Zim (now there's a cartoon that'll drive you nuts), etc. There are lots of Travel, History, and Discovery Channel shows. We are currently watching all the Monk seasons and absolutely loving them. Hope this helps.
  13. and I'm ready to sell it. I'm not sure, though, if I should sell as-is or if I should have it tuned, etc. It's a Baldwin studio upright purchased in 1978. There are a few scratches on the outside, (please don't berate me) it's only been tuned twice, and there are a couple of keys trying to stick. Maybe I'll throw it on craigslist.org for $500 and see what happens.
  14. I'm looking for something I can do with my 12 yo ds. I'm leaning toward Reformed Baptist, if that helps. Thanks! Rachel
  15. I just gotta say that I adore Annalise G. Roberts and her Gluten-Free Baking Classics cookbook. I have made bread that actually tastes like wheat flour bread. The chocolate chip cookies look, taste, and feel exactly like, well, chocolate chip cookies. Yesterday, I made a coconut cream pie and the pie crust was absolutely amazing. It actually turned out better than crust I used to make with AP flour. I have used her flour mixes in my banana bread and pumpkin scones, and I can't tell any difference. I was very reluctant to buy the superfine brown rice flour because it was so freakin' expensive ($25 to buy and ship a 3 pound bag), but once it's mixed with potato and tapioca starches (I cut it with a little Bob's brown rice flour, too), it goes a long way. I am so happy!!
  16. Exactly!! Thank you! I don't want to have to stop eating stuff I want/like to eat, and I don't intend on settling for gritty, cardboardy baked goods.
  17. Last year my doctor discovered I was gluten sensitive and told me to stop eating it. I didn't. I wasn't suffering from any ill-effects and did NOT want to give up wheat and its various glorious manifestations. Carbs are good. When I went to see him last week he fussed at me, so I'm giving it a go. After the diagnosis, I was thrilled to find Annalise G. Roberts's Gluten-Free Baking Classics, but became discouraged when I discovered how expensive these alternative flours are. Especially the recommended super-fine brown rice flour from Authentic Foods, which runs $11.95 per 3 pound bag, not counting the $12.20 S&H if purchased from Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/Authentic-Foods-Brown-Flour-Superfine/dp/B00021639Y/ref=sr_1_cc_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1280109248&sr=1-1-catcorr). Roberts emphasizes that this particular product is crucial for excellent results in many of the recipes. I think it's highway robbery to pay $8.05 for a pound of superfine brown rice flour, but I'll do it if I have to. I'm wondering if an Asian grocery would carry a comparable product at a more palatable price. Any helpful hints from you gluten-free veterans would be really, REALLY appreciated.
  18. Washing the pants is a Catch 27 (as my mil likes to say). I would like to get rid of the stink, but not the Mike. I've already decided to make them my winter barn pants. They're just roomy enough for a layer or two of long underwear.
  19. I think it's hysterical! We all laughed like crazy when I pull his pants out of the bag. And they stink to high heaven. He left his Holiday Inn Express key card in the pocket, too. I've been in Mike Rowe's pants. How's that for a claim to fame?
  20. I ordered directly from the company. They had a $50 off rebate at the time, but the price was pretty comparable to anywhere else. And yes, I love it. He just puts on the headphones and goes. I had Spanish 7th-2 years in college, and I like the immersion approach of RS much better than stuggling with verb tenses.
  21. I'm agonizing over our seventh grade math jump from six (seven, if you count kindergarten) years of Singapore to some sort of pre-algebra course. I have Chalk Dust pre algebra and Lial's should be on the way. Upon perusing the various plans for seventh grade on this board, it seems there are as many math curricula as stars in the sky, with no one choice standing out as The Most Popular. And then there's the is-7th-grade-too-young-for-pre-algebra? issue. What about Lial's BCM? So much depends on the student and what sort of learner he/she is, whether math is a "good" subject for them, etc. I guess we'll figure it out. Off to order LOF pre algebra and to eat a pan of brownies....
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