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  1. I found this bottle at Sam's that lol is just like honey but it is made from apples. It is delicious!
  2. I gotcha sweetie pie!
  3. Just recently, (today! HA!) I thought I would start doing this. I may not be doing it next week, but today it sounds like a good idea! ;). I made a pitcher of mnt tea and used 3/4 c horn instead of sugar (1 1/4 c) I usually use. I know. I like it sweet! I knew wth baking it is not an equal substitute and the liquid would be effected but I found this guide to use. Does anyone else use honey routinely as a sugar substitute and with what results? Honey Apple Mini Bundt Cakelets (Image credit: Coco Morante) Lately I've found myself pushing aside the container of sugar in my pantry in favor of honey. It's not that I have anything against sugar — I just love the earthy sweetness honey imparts on baked goods. And the coolest part about baking with honey is that each varietal lends a different flavor to the end product. Orange blossom adds a citrusy, floral note; wild raspberry is reminiscent of the berry itself; and buckwheat is almost molasses-like. But when it comes to swapping in honey for sugar in a recipe, it's not simply an even trade. I chatted with author and baker Shauna Sever to find out what you need to know for baking success. 1. Use less honey than sugar. "You definitely want to reduce the overall amount of sweetener when swapping white sugar for honey, as honey can be two or even three times as sweet depending on the honey," says Shauna Sever, author of Real Sweet: More Than 80 Crave-Worthy Treats Make with Natural Sugar. Use your best judgement depending on the flavor of the honey. Some honey, like acacia, is extra sweet, while some, like chestnut, is much less so, but the general rule to adhere to is as follows: The Rule: For every 1 cup of sugar, substitute 1/2 to 2/3 cup honey. 2. Reduce the liquids. Honey is made up of about 20 percent water, which means you'll also want to reduce the total amount of liquids in the recipe to counter the extra liquid from the honey. "When I am first testing a revamp of a white sugar recipe by using honey instead, I start by reducing the liquid by about a quarter to a third," says Sever. The Rule: For every 1 cup of honey you're using, subtract 1/4 cup of other liquids from the recipe. 3. Add baking soda. If the recipe doesn't already call for it, you'll need to add a little baking soda. This is because honey is naturally acidic, and baking soda helps balance that acidity to allow the baked good to rise properly. The Rule: Add 1/4 teaspoon baking soda for every 1 cup honey used. 4. Lower oven temperature The higher sugar content in honey means it caramelizes and therefore burns faster than granulated sugar. To ensure that whatever you're baking doesn't brown too quickly, lower the heat and keep a watchful eye. "Check it early and often to avoid burning or overbaking," recommends Sever. The Rule: Reduce the temperature of the oven by 25°F.
  4. I have a cookbook somewhere with 5 ingredients or less. Let me find it!
  5. I would think that when Fitbit was developed the creator never imagined it would be helped to solve crimes! Now, along with cell phones our exercise trackers can show where we are at what time. Amazing!
  6. Where did my link go? Richard Dabate, centre, appears with attorneys Hubie Santos, left, and Trent LaLima, right, while being arraigned, in Rockville Superior Court in Vernon, Conn. (Mark Mirko/Hartford Courant via Associated Press) Police in Connecticut have cited Fitbit records in an arrest warrant for a 40-year-old man charged with killing his wife in 2015. Richard Dabate faces murder, tampering with evidence and making a false statement charges in the fatal shooting of 39-year-old Connie Dabate on Dec. 23, 2015. Fitness trackers need to step off when it comes to counting steps, entrepreneur says Couple finds out wife is pregnant, thanks to Fitbit (and Reddit) Authorities say the 40-year-old Dabate told them a masked man had entered their home, shot his wife and tied him up before he burned the intruder with a torch. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/04/25/police-wife-fitbit-logs-steps-after-husband-says-died.html
  7. This is true and especially true in the advertising world! That is why celebs are paid big money to advertise a product. Do you recall our sister Teresa Graves.? Although we do not use women to 'preach, teach' as within the congregation, the society took opportune advantage, used it wisely, and was able to reach many people through her fame. There were radio call in shows where she and a brother were able to field questions re our beliefs and if I remember correctly, some attention to what was currently happening in Rawanda. After all, are we known for 'Advertise, advertise, advertise the King and his kingdom?' All the more so to be without spot when everyone's eyes are upon you!
  8. My internet froze and would not let me complete my comment. REMAINDER: With Miss Williams, outsiders can not read her heart. Her actions are what we see. The worlds standards are at a all time low and still she is seen as having a baby out of wedlock. If she states she is a witness, she would know Jehovah's standards and would not blatantly draw attention to her situation. What would happen in the congregation if an unmarried sister became pregnant? Would she excitedly announce it at the meeting or post it on the communication board for all to read? Or would she approach the elders and confide in them for help and correction? Example. A young woman at work was excited that she was having a baby. Another nurse said 'Oh, that's great! I didn't even know she was married.' Implication? Even the world still views certain things as having a proper order. A couple of reasons you might announce something before it is common knowledge? To diffuse a situation or to share, rejoice in an event. We are told that even within the congregation there is bad/weak association. What criteria do we use to decide if someone is good/strong association? I think we understand the basics. It is not judging. It is a protection. Jehovah gave us reasoning ability and a standard to compare.
  9. I believe so. Its a privledge, not a right, to be one of Jehovah's servants. It takes knowledge and a willingness to make changes. That makes the difference between ' aiming to be'and 'hitting the target'. Once we take in knowledge, make changes, dedicate and become a baptized witness, we are then witnesses. We are held to certain standards. And acknowledge this prior to our baptism. Do we quit making mistakes? I wish that were the case. Unfortunately, we make mistakes, sometimes willfully. But we recognize, seek help and forgive ness and amends when necessary. But we continue to serve our GOD. Do you consider someone leading a double life as a witness? They may have been baptized but are they upholding Jehovah's standards? What happens if they continue to put on a lie? They will be disfellowshipped. Then what is the course? They will be announced as being 'no longer one of Jehovah's witnesses'.
  10. I have my friends and work mates hooked on this now. Rhonda said she cuts a wedge and has it in a glass of milk. The others say they made it with soups and chili. I love it with pork roast. Tell me how you liked it and what you served it with!
  11. I had never, even now, heard of him living a lifestyle full of drugs or alcohol. I do not believe his addiction occurred until later in his life, after having double hip replacements and after becoming a witness. From a nurses standpoint, it is so easy to become an addict the way Rx's are doled out. There are lots of our brothers and sisters who are in this situation. Being fortunate enough to have suffered little pain it is easy to preach 'just say no'. To live n pain daily is quite a different story. Plus, chemicals alter Our personality and not just during the time they are consumed but alter the pathways and are reasoning ability.
  12. One of his managers quoted him as saying 'I never knew it was so lonely to be famous'. He died from an overdose of Fentyl patch. It is a patch prescribed for chronic pain control---to be changed every 72 hrs. Many addicts cut the patch and ingest the medication all at once for an intense high. There is an epidemic of this now that is so widespread fire departments are being trained to administer save shots. If you recall the devastating recent reports where two separate couples overdosed while driving their vehicle--the child was a witness to this horrific event and called 911. Upon arrival both parents were dead and the car descalated to the side of the road saving the small child. Fentyl or any other strong opiad causes the respiratory system to 'forget' to breathe. I have observed this shot administered several times over my years of nursing and it is very frightening to witness. With my first patient I observed, her anesthesia accumulated in her system along with pain medication and boom--respiratory arrest! A code blue was called, crash cart brought to the bedside and her boyfriend was so shook up he admitted to giving her extra pain meds I knew nothing about. The physician grabbed a Syringe and drew up a dose of Narcan. He felt her chest counting her ribs down to either the third or fourth intercostal space and drew his fist back into the air and plunged/stabbed the needle into the left ventricle of her heart! BOOM! Immediately she screamed and sat bolt up right! I had no idea what to expect and it was one of the most frightening things I have ever seen. I asked later why he did not use the IV and he said he wanted instant results! IV might take 30-60 seconds and when you are not sure how long they have already been without oxygen, every second counts. There was a old song written by Nicki Sixx of Motley Crue called Kickstart My Heart which was about his experience receiving a save shot -not once but twice--from his heroin overdoses. Years later I saw Pulp Fiction and there is a scene that was supposedly based on his experience. Yes, it was just like that! The next ones I saw where Narcan was administered via an existing, patent IV line were still fast acting but not as dramatic as that stab in the heart! I still fell faint when I think about it. Anyway, they never interviewed his best friend, our brother the other musician, Larry Graham, who was in his 'inner circle' about the impeding intervention that was already in progress. Too bad they did not delve into how he had made changes, but then that is not what draws ratings.
  13. Happened to watch 3 shows/ interviews with peers this weekend re: Prince. 1) the Secret life of Prince 2) Purple Reign 3) when Doves Cry. We never know for sure what is true. Interesting none the less. Makes you realize the challenges that certain ones must face and the obstacles they encounter. Hard to see his background and how he came 'so far'--in worldly terms. i had so many people ask me what did I think about his being a witness and dying from an overdose. Like I knew him personally or he shared his life with me? I have come to the conclusion that only he can answer to Jehovah and I dare not judge his actions. How would we have responded in those unique circumstances? Attention from the worlds most desirable women? Money? Fame? Talent out the wahoo. How did his childhood effect his outcome? Only Jehovah knows. But he was in good standing at the time of his death. Just because he died of an overdose does not mean he lived a life of drugs. In fact, I never Heard a report even before he bacame a witness that put him in the drug scene. I do remember a brother in the Beverly Hills congregation after Prnces appearance at the Super Bowl telling us to stop judging! Jehehovah was not through with any of us yet. Besides, it was about how far you have come and not where you are right now. I hope to meet our brother in Paradise. When my mind will see him with new eyes and I won't recall those lyrics or immoral thoughts that he stirred when I listened to his music. Yes, I was a secret die hard Prince fan. But I am anxious to see what beautiful lyrics he will come up with soon.
  14. That was the answer I was looking for. Thank you. Can their homes, autos be seized?