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Baking
Flour - Self rising, all purpose, whole wheat, white wheat, cake, gluten free - All King Arthur brand
Sugar - White, brown, turbinado, confectioner's
Baking powder
Baking soda
Cream of tartar
Vanilla - whole beans, paste, extract, double strength extract
Cake mixes - I always have at least 4, usually just vanilla and chocolate
Pudding mixes - at least four, half vanilla and half chocolate

Spices & Herbs
Everglades Seasoning - regular, heat and seafood
Old Bay
Penzeys - I have 30+ spices and herbs along with blends - Shallot pepper is my favorite
Garlic pepper
Saffron

Pantry
Rice - white long grain, Jasmine, brown long grain, wild
Quinoa - white, purple and black
Beans - canned, dried, multiple varieties
Tomatoes - diced, crushed, paste is in a concentrate tube in the refrigerator
Vegetables - I only keep canned peas and corn, one can each in case of a power outage or to use when camping
Pasta - regular and gluten free - multiple varieties
Roasted red peppers
Hot sauces
Asian condiments - Oyster sauce, Thai peanut sauce, Ponzu sauce, Sriracha, Tamari, Dark soy, Sesame oil, Sweet chile sauce
Potatoes
Oats - always the old fashioned
Cream of Wheat - my mom always made that for me as a kid, and I love it
Cereal - a few varieties
Bread
Grits
Acorn and butternut squash
Bananas
Apples
Pears
Oranges
Limes

Refrigerated
Meat - usually at least two varieties, right now we have some thinly sliced steak and pork chops
Eggs
Cheese - 4 or more varieties, shredded, blocks, wedges
Yogurt - DH and I eat one a day each - Publix Greek yogurt is the best - also a large Fage plain Greek yogurt for cooking and baking
Sausage or ham - currently have both
Condiments - at least 5 types of mustard, ketchup, dressings
Vegetables - zucchini, cucumber, bell peppers, lettuce, cabbage
Tea
Iced coffee
Milk
Half & Half and two flavored creamers

Frozen
Ice
Corn
Peas
Stir-fry vegetables
Pot sticker dumplings
Ice cream
Ham
Chicken breasts
Tilapia fillets
Pet food
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Reposts to Facebook that are the equivalent of forwarded emails that haven't been checked against Snopes. Just saw one requesting help finding a dog from early July, if you read the comments you see the dog was found the day after the original post was made.
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Life...in general / Re: No thanks, I don't want to compete with you
« Last post by Tea Drinker on Today at 04:05:18 PM »
There are lots of good, relatively breezy answers here. I would be tempted to go with blunt truth, which is "When I compare myself to other people, it sucks the fun out of exercise. I'm sure you don't want me to stop exercising, so let's change the subject."
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Instant justice stories
« Last post by Mergatroyd on Today at 04:04:24 PM »
Bobcats on the other hand, worry me. They really, really, really, do sound like a crying newborn. I was working in a very remote location, far from any residental area, and I still had a horrible time convincing myself that there wasn't a newborn dumped in the woods. I had been standing in the same location for 12 hours, I would have noiced something earlier. Forced myself to climb in the truck and shut the door, and a few minutes later the bobcat came out and strolled right in front of the truck. I could have been lunch, and nobody would ever have found me.

At most a bobcat can weigh 40 pounds, and don't usually attack people. Are you thinking of cougars (mountain lions)?

I had to google it to be sure, but yes it was a mountain lion. I can't think why I called it a bobcat.. Bobcats don't go that far north according to google, though there was lots of white lynxes around. At any rate, it sounded like a baby crying, and it was bigger than my mid size dog. I was in a crew cab 1 ton ford, and it was taller than the bumper easily.
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The rice issue seems to have started with some take-aways in the UK. You don't hear about it much in the US.

*Some* rice has a bacteria on it that, if the cooked rice is improperly stored, can make you sick. So not all rice is at risk for this. But apparently there is no way to determine if the rice you buy is safe or not.

I've been cooking and refrigerating or freezing rice for decades and not had a problem.
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Family and Children / Re: Buying someting other than requested
« Last post by Honeypickle on Today at 03:57:31 PM »
Sometimes people make mistakes! For example, when your mother made her kind offer, you said you "graciously" accepted. I think you meant "gratefully", but as I said, sometimes people chose the wrong thing - be it  cat litter or word. No harm meant.
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Entertaining and Hospitality / Re: Help! Gender Reveal Party!
« Last post by camlan on Today at 03:56:00 PM »
Thumbprint tree? You have one already sketched on a canvas. Then blindfold the parents. Put each of their thumbs in the paint and then guide to the canvas. While everyone watching sequels they take off their blindfolds. All other guests add their thumbprints later. And since your artistic you can fancy it up,before giving to the couple.

I was thinking the same. They could even take the extra paint home and let other people who didn't make it to the shower add a "leaf" later.

I think i would stay away from anything where the guests could feel awkward saying they don't want to be part of the artistic expression of what gender their friends baby is. Noone cares as much as the parents what gender the baby is and having to put someone on the spot to admit that they really are there for the cake and the company and it doesn't really matter to them what the gender is could be awkward. And to then bring it home and make anyone who goes to their home have to participate or admit they don't want to could cause hard feelings.

Well, I don't think I suggested lining up the guests in front of the canvas for a one by one thumb imprint. But leaving the canvas on the easel with the paint near by gives those guest who choose to participate the opportunity to do so. If I cared so little about the gender of this new born that I wouldn't be willing to get a little paint on my thumb I probably wouldn't be invited to the party anyway. But maybe these gender reveal parties that other have attended are much larger than the very close family and friends parties I'm aware of.

ITA with the bolded. If you accept an invitation to a gender reveal party, chances are there might be some interaction of this kind. If that bugs you (general) than you probably shouldn't go in the first place.

Not that I've ever been to a gender reveal party, but the ones I've heard about don't have the guests doing arts and crafts. The parents-to-be cut a cake or pop a balloon or do something else that reveals the baby's gender. Not the guests.

So I would be very surprised to attend such a party and be asked to get paint on me, or really do anything else other than watch the reveal and eat cake.

That would have been my suggestion, too, but the mom-to-be specifically asked OP for a reveal that could become artwork in the nursery after the shower. That's why we were thinking of the thumbprint tree.  :)

Yes, I understand that. I was referring to:
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If you accept an invitation to a gender reveal party, chances are there might be some interaction of this kind.

Unless it was specified on the invitation, I would never expect to be asked to contribute to artwork at a party. And from what I understand, most gender reveal parties don't have audience participation artwork.
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Carl Sagan said something like "to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe."

The "you should do it from scratch" people probably aren't grinding their own flour from wheat they grew themselves, pressing their own olives for oil, etc., even if they're using home-grown vegetables in everything. We all use shortcuts, it's just some of them are so standardized that people don't realize they're doing it.

If you don't want to get into that sort of philosophical discussion, you've already got the answer: "I tried a from-scratch crust and it didn't work." That's also useful information for anyone who actually wants to make this pizza: you're warning them that a seemingly-reasonable substitution isn't.
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Family and Children / Re: Buying someting other than requested
« Last post by camlan on Today at 03:51:55 PM »
I've been thinking about this, and I think that whether or not you buy a substitute depends on the situation. I'm assuming that you've tried to contact the person you are buying the item for, but have failed, so you have to decided whether or not to buy nothing or buy a substitute.

If you are buying, for example, diapers because someone is completely out of diapers, then it would probably make sense to buy a small package of a different brand in the same size to serve as a stop-gap until the person can get the correct diapers. Working on the principle that in an emergency, any diapers that will fit the baby are better than no diapers.

But if you are buying diapers for someone who can't get to a store but who does have 2 days worth of diapers left, then maybe waiting until you can contact the person for an acceptable substitute is the way to go.

I think a large part of the problem in the OP is that the mother didn't just buy one bag of the wrong litter, she bought several. With just one bag of the wrong stuff, you can eat the cost fairly easily, or return it to the store fairly easily, or even try it out with your cat to see if the cat will use it.

The problem in the OP was that, without a car, returning several bags of litter would be a huge hassle for the OP and completely eliminate the favor her mother thought she was doing, and in fact, make matters worse.

What you should strive for is not making matters worse.
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Instant justice stories
« Last post by Twik on Today at 03:47:13 PM »
Bobcats on the other hand, worry me. They really, really, really, do sound like a crying newborn. I was working in a very remote location, far from any residental area, and I still had a horrible time convincing myself that there wasn't a newborn dumped in the woods. I had been standing in the same location for 12 hours, I would have noiced something earlier. Forced myself to climb in the truck and shut the door, and a few minutes later the bobcat came out and strolled right in front of the truck. I could have been lunch, and nobody would ever have found me.

At most a bobcat can weigh 40 pounds, and don't usually attack people. Are you thinking of cougars (mountain lions)?
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