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Elovia last won the day on August 5 2021

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  1. Even though where I live is awash in wild or natural cranberries available for the picking (we have to compete with the bears for the free ones), and not counting cookies or other snack foods, there are only two times a year that we serve cranberries as a side dish; Thanksgiving and Christmas. You might say we don't take advantage enough of our natural surroundings. /meh ... nature is overrated (and bears are scary). Oh, and Thanksgiving (U.S.) occurs later this week. A lot of Americans eat turkey for Thanksgiving, and cranberries go well with turkey. So today, I'd like to share with you a cranberry chutney recipe (not mine) that we like better than traditional cranberry relish. Not only does this side dish go well with turkey, it also goes well with prime beef rib roast, pork, chicken, and other traditional holiday dishes. It has a decent balance of sweetness, tartness, sauciness, chunkiness, and crunchiness. That's a lot of -nesses. It can be made and eaten soon thereafter, but it tastes better if allowed to sit in the refrigerator for a few days prior to serving in order to allow the flavors time to meld. I've taken a jar of this in for holiday work pot lucks, and I've always taken home an empty jar. It is also popularly requested for our at-home holiday meals. Without further ado ... --- begin snip --- Cranberry Chutney Ingredients: 4 cups fresh cranberries 2½ cups sugar 1¼ cups water 6 whole cloves 2 cinnamon sticks (whole) 1 teaspoon salt 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and diced 2 firm Bosc or Anjou pears, peeled, cored and diced 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped 1 cup golden raisins ⅓ cup crystallized ginger, finely chopped ½ cup hazelnuts, roughly chopped Directions: In a large pot over medium heat, combine the cranberries, sugar, water, cloves, cinnamon sticks, and salt. Stirring frequently, bring to a boil and cook until the cranberries pop open, about 10 minutes. Turn the heat down to a simmer and stir in the apples, pears, onions, raisins and ginger. Continue to cook, stirring often, until thick, another 10-15 minutes or so. Remove from heat and stir in the hazelnuts. Discard the cinnamon sticks and cloves (if you can locate them). Refrigerate in tightly sealed jars. Serve chilled. Notes: This recipe can be halved fairly easily. For best results, prepare and measure out all of the ingredients before starting to cook the cranberries. --- end snip --- Below are a few action photos of the (half) batch I made earlier today.
  2. "Mums" and "blows" in the same breath ... reads like a summons for @Jazz
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    COVID-19

    Darwinism in action. I predict microbes will cause humanity's end; human immune system adaptations are slower than microbe mutations. ... and there's more of them ...
  4. Not here; the problem is primarily geographical. Inventory is perpetually low, and prices are high compared to what you get elsewhere because there just isn't much space for housing. So it was before the pandemic, and so it will be after. Fortunately we still have the small condo we purchased for me to live in over this past year. The best we can hope for is an estate sale from a non-vaxxer.
  5. Insane? Seems so. I'm not sure how others are affected. You can see what our market looks like and compare it to yours. IMHO, the biggest issue driving cost here is low inventory. It's definitely a seller's market at the moment, and we benefited by it when we sold our old house. Now we're looking to bear the other side of that transaction. But first we need to find the magic unicorn property that has all of our wishlist items for a reasonable price. I could hardly type that last bit without laughing.
  6. Recipe inc? OT ... Just got back in town after a week away. Spent the last week packing up the rest of my household goods from our house at the old location (that one is in process of being sold) and traveling to the current location (no new house yet on the horizon - so most of the stuff will sit in storage during the interim). Got up around 6am Friday morning, and didn't get back to bed until 2am this morning (Sunday) - I'll leave it to the enterprising student to do the math. In between was a lot of packing, hauling, loading, and cleaning, followed by a monumental no-sleep international drive traveling much slower but on the same route as before. Travel was much slower due to us traveling with a horse in a trailer behind one of our vehicles. We also had to time arrival close to marine transport departure to avoid lengthy waiting time; this task was more difficult due to uncertainties in road condition and border crossing delays (customs), and limited by maximum travel speed tolerated by the horse. Most of the drive was done at an optimal average speed calculated on the fly between refuel stops and occasional pull-over rest stops all the while resisting the urge to Leroy Jenkins the accelerator pedal. Spoiler: the calculated optimal average speed was usually between 35 mph and 45 mph ... for a 650 mile route. Again, I'll let the enterprising student do the math for how long that took. Hint: add in 2.5 hours for assorted non-drive time. On the positive side, the trip was very scenic ... except those portions driven in the dark of night (and I suspect they were scenic too; it's just we couldn't see them). So yeah ... spending the rest of the weekend resting and catching up.
  7. No worries. Still quite busy here for a bit longer. I think I scratch out, maybe, 4-5 hours of game time each week ... and that's a drastic departure from my normal routine. So gotta pick and choose what to sacrifice.
  8. I played the original Greedfall some time back, but stopped for some reason I can't recall and just never picked it back up. I haven't purchased this DLC yet. I vaguely recall that the first main boss was a tough encounter and racked up several deaths while frantically running around trying to figure out a strategy that would succeed. Greedfall is made by the same developers, Spiders Software, as several other titles I've mentioned here in the past: The Technomancer, Mars: War Logs, Bound by Flame, and so forth. They're all incrementally better re-skins of similar game play. That isn't to take anything away from them. I nearly completed Bound by Flame, which is a rare feat for me exceeded only by those exceptionally rare games I do indeed complete. I started playing The Technomancer, and progressed into it a fair depth, but unfortunately stopped and, just like Greedfall, I can't tell you why I never got back to it. I might have gotten busy at work, or preparing for the move or ... ??? Mars: War Logs was an earlier release from the other two, and it showed to be fairly rough compared to my experience with Bound by Flame. That and the main character struggled to be ... 1) relatable, and 2) likeable enough to learn to relate to. If you like it well enough, I can probably reinstall it and give it another go. I could also pick up the DLC, which isn't terribly expensive, but it isn't on my impending short list of purchases.
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    We Happy Few

    No apologies for the deep necro ... Finally getting around to playing this. Bought it on sale some time back. Only have a few hours in at the moment. My sense as a new player who has not read or watched any spoilers (or really, much of anything about the game), the dystopian story is unfolding in a macabre and rather disturbing way as I'm figuring out what to do and where to go. That and, with empathy toward non-American English speakers, I'm having to tune my (compromised) ear to understand the vocal British English that is used throughout the game. Just gotta find that subtitle option. Despite the cartoon-styled graphics, this game's content and subject matter is definitely not for children.
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    Funny Stuff

    The very definition of "irony" ...
  11. Still not permanently settled from the last one.
  12. Zero point no interest.
  13. Stopping for a look at a couple open houses on Saturday. Otherwise, not much.
  14. I can't attest to this random recipe found on the internet, for not having tried it, but it might work if you like molasses bacon. If you don't want to use up your stock making more BBQ sauce or cookies (and why wouldn't you?), you can explore that site for additional recipe suggestions.
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