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Old 04-08-2020, 03:04 PM
 
Location: Maine
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I took the dogs on our morning walk and came back with a matched set of deer sheds. I've been starting a lot of seeds, transplanting seedlings into pots, and doing a little yard work. Back to desk work and hot chocolate tomorrow.
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Old 04-08-2020, 06:17 PM
 
Location: Northern Maine
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I chose not to work remotely or from home.. i want the day to day sense of normalcy thru this apocolypse

we are fortunate my lady works for the dept of labor is swamped with unemployment claims....she is working from home

im still driving all over new England.. in the grocery store business.
Can you get fresh cake yeast?
I can't find any up here, there aren't even any bakeries.
Mail order is $58 lb. Amazon and people say its stale/dead.
Thats more than 2 x 30lb cases cost in Boston.

Fresh cake yeast seems to have fizzled out in Maine, dry yeast is useless.
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Old 04-08-2020, 07:48 PM
 
Location: Ellsworth
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Walked 3 1/2 miles on Newbury Neck in Surry. Gorgeous views. Saw two others and a Hammond Lumber delivery.
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Old 04-09-2020, 07:35 AM
 
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Waiting for 8"-16" snow.....I usually wouldn't worry about clean-up but have a delivery from Logan on Friday.
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Old 04-10-2020, 08:19 AM
 
Location: Gorham, Maine
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Still helping buyers and sellers in real estate almost entirely remotely by using technology. The state of Maine considers real estate to be an essential business (for now) although the city of Portland does not and we are not allowed to enter the properties. I was able to list a condo in Portland this week without having been there in weeks. The seller client took the pictures and I assembled a nice tour and loaded it to my YouTube channel. We're in a brave new world.
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Old 04-11-2020, 08:31 AM
 
Location: Maine's garden spot
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I've been spending time at my camp. I got the heat pump installed and the well pump, trench and all new plumbing put in. While they were doing that, I drove over Rt. 6 to Springfield, then up to Danforth on 169, and back to camp. Thought it best to not be under foot with the three dogs. The views were stunning.
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Old 04-11-2020, 11:43 AM
 
Location: Ellsworth
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Today I’m consoling friends who still do not have their power back on. This nor’easter has been a kick in the pants that folks didn’t need this particular time.
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Old 04-11-2020, 04:22 PM
 
Location: Southern New England
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Can you get fresh cake yeast?
I can't find any up here, there aren't even any bakeries.
Mail order is $58 lb. Amazon and people say its stale/dead.
Thats more than 2 x 30lb cases cost in Boston.

Fresh cake yeast seems to have fizzled out in Maine, dry yeast is useless.

Time to set up a sour dough starter, jonesg.


Equal parts warm water and flour, set it on the counter, feed it every couple of days with again equal parts water and flour.. Takes a week or so to mature enough to raise bread.. and even then you'll have to let it rise a good long time.


Meanwhile, perhaps use a beer instead of whatever liquid the recipe calls for.. a beer will give it a nice flavor and also give the batter some lift.


When you are able to find yeast again, buy a four ounce jar of Red Star Quick Rise.. Nice brown glass jar.. Always does the trick for me. Of course, check the expiration date on the jar before you buy it.


This is all assuming you want the yeast for baking ..


But on topic, I spent the day cooking and potting around in the yard. Cold but sunny.. tidied up a bit.

Last edited by LilyMae521; 04-11-2020 at 05:15 PM..
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Old 04-11-2020, 05:09 PM
 
Location: Log "cabin" west of Bangor
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Today I’m consoling friends who still do not have their power back on. This nor’easter has been a kick in the pants that folks didn’t need this particular time.
Yep, 16" wet snow dump here, on top of covid, I couldn't get out if I wanted to. Running on generator now, power *might* come back tomorrow but I wouldn't bet on it. Just drained my tractor for gasoline, seems like all the vehicles that I made sure were full have some kind of anti-siphon block in the filler pipe...I thought it was a good plan but,foiled again.

I have enough gas to last me through tomorrow, if I stretch it, and an extra tank of propane (dual fuel genny) but if it goes much longer I'll have to go out.

Cleared most of the downed trees that were blocking my way to the road, but the snow and water standing is not something I want to attempt just yet...
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Old 04-11-2020, 05:15 PM
 
Location: Northern Maine
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Time to set up a sour dough starter, jonesg.


Equal parts warm water and flour, set it on the counter, feed it every couple of days with again equal parts water and flour.. Takes a week or so to mature enough to raise bread.. and even then you'll have to let it rise a good long time.


Meanwhile, perhaps use a beer instead of whatever liquid the recipe calls for.. a beer will give it a nice flavor and also give the batter some lift.


When you are able to find yeast again, buy a four ounce jar of Red Star Quick Rise.. Nice brown glass jar.. Always does the trick for me. Of course, check the expiration date on the jar before you buy it.


This is all assuming you want the yeast for baking .
bah, sour starter is flour gardening. I'm making croissant. Dry yeast is no good for this application.
Maine needs to get back to basic civilization again.
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