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  1. Sorry for your loss. She sounds like a great person.
  2. This is a combination of different recipes. You should taste the apples before adding the sugar but I don't. Also, the spice combination is what we like. Feel free to mix it up!
  3. NO!! It's so much better than apple sauce. 😆 Actually, it is cooked more but you add sugar & spices to it. We use it on bagels, waffles, toast, pancakes, etc. A couple of my kids eat it like apple sauce.
  4. I've been doing mine in the crock pot. I found a recipe this year that uses the instant pot. If you want my recipe, let me know & I can type it up.
  5. Our farmhouse sink came with a rack for inside so the dishes don't sit directly on the bottom.
  6. I got 66.7%. I said that I won't fly at all but would go to the theater. We've been eating out since the restaurants reopened. The questions about doing something even if you're scared were pretty vague. It really depends on what that "something" is.
  7. You should be able to use any of the InstantPot specific recipes for your stovetop cooker as well. https://www.pressurecookingtoday.com/ https://www.hippressurecooking.com/
  8. It's actually an offensive term used by the more militant childless by choice people. The ones who hate kids. I've known about it for decades now, so nothing new.
  9. I have this issue with the grands. I put stuff on there for suggestions for my dad to get my kids but my MIL will buy ALL THE THINGS! I have to do 3 separate lists: my mom & sister, my dad, and my MIL. I have to make sure to only mention to DH what I want his mom to get otherwise she gets ALL THE THINGS! My kids can't stand it. She overbuys for birthdays too but Christmas is the worst.
  10. It's cheaper to buy a hunk of meat to make into a quick meal than it is to get fast food for our family of 6. I use our pressure cooker for pasta, chicken, pork roasts, & beef chunks (we don't really like beef roasts). One of the best sites for inexpensive meals is Budget Bytes. She has some pressure cooker meals but not all of her recipes use it. I like that she breaks the recipe down into cost per serving. That really helped me convince my DH that buying more expensive (relatively speaking) ingredients is cheaper than eating out. The pressure cooker is basically a time saver, which for w
  11. My 18 yo got Samsung Galaxy Buds+ a couple of months ago. She paid about $120 for them. She said the sound is good, they stay in the ears well, and the battery life is great.
  12. Reminds me of the Arthur episode where Francine is trying to play the drums & sing at the same time. Look it up and show it to him.
  13. One of the real estate gurus that we follow has a couple of things he does to help sort this kind of person out beforehand. He does a surprise visit at their current address to see how it looks. He always calls their references. Once he does rent to someone, he has a pest control company come out monthly to spray and report back to him on what the place looks like. That way he can catch a problem before it gets out of control. Good luck! When I was a teen, my sister & I had to help clean up an apt. I spent the whole day with a wire brush cleaning the soap scum off the shower walls and my s
  14. I'm so sorry for your loss.
  15. My kids said Britney, Daphne, or Baisie.
  16. We have white cabinets, wood floors, and stainless appliances. There was paneling that we painted and may eventually do a backsplash. When I was looking at "country style" kitchens there are a lot that have a different color paint or wood lower cabinets.
  17. Do image searches to find what you're looking for. The only thing I would worry about it having a cohesive look with the different wood (counter, lower cabinet, & floor). We got our kitchen cabinets from a local builder supply place for a fraction of the cost from Lowe's. Our Lowe's quote was just for the cabinets. Our kitchen cabinets, an additional pantry cabinet, farm sink, granite counters, lighting, faucet, & flooring all combined was less than the quote for just cabinets. Shop around!
  18. Personally, I think that teeth are gross and saving them is disgusting. I wasn't complaining about anything just sharing what I did, an alternative as it were, without disparaging the people who "do" teeth and the tooth fairy. I'll share here that we don't "do" Santa gifts either. 😲
  19. As with the others, I have a wide variety of friend & family with differing views and we're still speaking. My poor DH though. He had a falling out with his parents in May. They have not spoken since and he used to talk to them at least weekly. He sent a gift and called his dad on Father's Day. No response. Every year since we've been married they have sent us an anniversary card, none this year. For his birthday she sent a card with a check but nothing written in the card. This is the woman who always writes on the entire inside and back of cards. He said it was like a slap in the fa
  20. What I've done for all of my kids is when they lose their first tooth they get to pick any toy they want from the store (with my guidance so it's not the $300 lego set). That's it! I don't "do" teeth. 🤢 I think some of my friends are up to $1 per tooth!!
  21. It really depends on the area. We lived rurally before and the people who lived behind us, with a huge field between, would have jam sessions and practice one song over & over all night long every weekend. We lived in several subdivisions and always had issues with people and their dogs. Letting them run around, not cleaning up their poop, and the constant barking. We live rural again. The cow farmer next door is great. His cows came through his fencing onto our property, which isn't fenced, and he fixed it right away. We let our field grow and he cuts & bales it for his cows. I've onl
  22. We finished up the renovations for the house that we bought last year. Had new windows installed in Feb, new siding, pressure washed, new shutters, & painted in April, and new gutters & downspouts in May. Had an above ground pool put up in June. Final bits will be building a deck around the pool and getting new exterior doors. So glad we decided to move in 2019 or else we'd have been stuck in the old house.
  23. How could I forget, The Disastrous Life of Saiki K! It's Japanese anime. My 12 yo got me hooked on it. Season 1 is dubbed but season 2 is not.
  24. I loved Ripper Street. DH and I recently watched Dark it's German with subtitles. For some reason, even though we don't understand German, we always turned the volume up to watch it. 😆 He's watching The Rain, which I sometimes sit in with him. He's also watching Cobra Kai, which I relentlessly tease him over. We finished Umbrella Academy when it was first out. I'm just not that into it, too much filler which makes the story drag on. Also, I really only like 2 of the siblings. 😲
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