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About pdexter

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    Gopher
  • Birthday 02/09/1953

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  • First Name
    James
  • My Location
    San Marcos, CA, USA
  • Gender
    Male
  • My skill level is
    Intermediate
  • Favorite Quote
    If you don't have a plan, stay in the car.

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  1. Happy Birthday pdexter!

    1. pdexter

      pdexter

      Thanks John.

  2. Thanks GrandpaDave!

     

  3. Happy Birthday James. Wishing you all the best today...66 is not so bad.:P

     

    Dave

  4. I was in Florida for the last week, so am trying to catch up. Thanks again for getting this set up!
  5. No worries...I'll just chip away...and take some time to sharpen my mind as well as my knives.
  6. SURE THING.... MALASADAS... Butter, milk, and half & half give these Portuguese-style donuts their distinctive richness and luscious texture. MAKES 12 Ingredients 1 tbsp. active dry yeast 1 1⁄2 cups sugar 3 eggs 2 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted 1⁄2 cup milk 1⁄2 cup half & half 1⁄4 tsp. kosher salt 4 cups bread flour (1 lb. 2 oz.), sifted Canola oil, for frying Instructions Combine yeast, 1 tsp. sugar, and 2 tbsp. water heated to 115° in a bowl; let sit until foamy, about 10 minutes; set aside. Beat eggs in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment until fluffy. Add yeast mixture, 1⁄2 cup sugar, butter, milk, half & half, and salt; mix until combined. With the motor running, slowly add flour; beat until dough is smooth. Transfer to a lightly greased bowl and cover loosely with plastic wrap; set in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 1⁄2 hours. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough into a 12″ square about 1⁄2″ thick. Using a knife, cut dough into 3″ squares; gather and reuse scraps. Place on greased parchment paper-lined baking sheets, at least 3″ apart; cover loosely with plastic wrap and set aside in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour. Place remaining sugar in a large bowl; set aside. Heat 2″ oil in a 6-qt. saucepan until a deep-fry thermometer reads 350°. Using scissors, cut the donuts out of the parchment paper, leaving about 1″ of paper around the sides of each donut (the paper makes it easier to transfer them to frying oil). Working in batches, place donuts in oil, paper side up, using tongs to peel off and discard paper. Cook, flipping once until puffed and golden, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a baking sheet with a wire rack; let cool completely, then toss with sugar. Tags:
  7. So solly. BTW, yesterday, I got a 16oz coffee with some cream and stevia drops. Today the same. I feel like I'm ALIVE again!! psst: don't let this get out...they might take it away from me.....
  8. I fired up the smoker (and in California - that may mean the FD will arrive shortly) and seasoned 2 Tri-Tip roasts, 1 Turkey breast, and 2 Game Hens. Musta breathed a little too much smoke...cough...and lost my way in here. Boy, I am sure glad I wasn't dreaming about all you characters.
  9. I have been captive in a big metal tube 160 ft down and under water on Oak Island....but where is the treasure????
  10. Yep, that's how we do it as well. We have Hbirds here most of the year. They are still very active.
  11. Coffee! A magical elixer. As a working man, I drank loads of coffee.... Then I discovered this thing called Starbucks. Coffee carts became my friend. Lattes expanded my taste from black to cappuchino. Along the way somewhere in my 30's, I got high blood pressure. Then, after many tests and being the office emergency, I was referred to a cardiologist. I was encouraged to not consume so much caffeine. I sorta complied but was traveling for business and coffee is common to most every client, so giving up was not easy. I didn't and then I developed A-fib. I had to give it all up including the beer. Over time, I noticed that my heart was out of control. I ended up in the hospital thanks to some vigilant co-workers who got me to go. More tests, etc., etc. I confided in one Dr. and he said he was going to find out and put my mind to rest. Off to the cath lab I went. I asked to be awake to see the procedure. Graciously, the doc said yes, ok. Later when I woke up, he said oh, you missed the movie. Once again I was strongly encouraged to limit my caffeine intake. I had a lot of stress in my life - just like most of the people I knew. I changed jobs and companies and eventually fired. Now what? Well, I decided in my infinite wisdom to go into business for myself. I bought a pizzaria. After 12 years in the business, I suffered my heart attack (I was 57). Thank God, my wife was there and saved my life. Taken to the hospital by ambulance, I was not expected to survive. I ended up with a pacemaker/defibrillator implanted. Then, I began to discover more. My dad had died at age 50. At the time, it was just a heart attack. Now, however, I know it as a sudden death cardiac event. My sister (who did not have heart disease) died at age 60. A sudden death cardiac event. I finally was treated by a cardiologist who had interest in my case. He knew the phenomonon of sudden cardiac death. In 25+ years, no one "got it". But this Doc did! I FINALY had some answers. And, I again was more strongly encouraged to eliminate coffee or anything with caffeine. Now, eight years later, I do get some decaf and am also allowed a little caffeine. It is still hard on some days. No lattes, no espresso, etc. Why do I share this? Because, I am alive and believe the amount of coffee I was drinking to work, to drive, to stay awake etc. was not a good thing. I cope now. Sad but alive and above ground! I envy those of you who get to enjoy the Java. But, I stress to you to not over do it!!
  12. I enjoyed reading through this. We have several feeders that we just hung a week or so ago. There is a lot of activity at the feeders. And some are very territorial. We watch them throughout the day. Have not seen any nests, but we live by a wooded stream bed. We also have a finch feeder in the same location. They love the Nijer (sp?) feed. My wife works at a local nursery and her boss suggested another food he uses that is very popular with his finches. Ours did not like it..... I did have a local policeman who had pulled over a driver on our street come to the door after giving the ticket. He wanted to know how we were able to attract the number of birds (finches and Hbirds). Whilewriting the ticket, he had watched the feeders and was impressed. For the Hbirds, we use a 1:4 ratio and he was using 1:3 or so...don't know if that helped him our not. I did thank him for keeping us safe.

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