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On 10/24/2020 at 11:53 AM, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

The tradeoff is lack of SAD in the winter. As I always brag, we get over 10 hours of daylight on the Winter Solstice.

I live in Western Pennsylvania. SAD is a year long thing, and all the doctors prescribe vitamin D because we're basically all Vampires with Ricketts. But the tradeoff is the beautiful forests to hike in, as long as you stay on the trails so ticks don't get you. 

 

Yup. It's paradise here...🤣I'm not gonna lie, all that sunshine sounds wonderful. 

 

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4 hours ago, Snarkyfishguts said:

I live in Western Pennsylvania. SAD is a year long thing, and all the doctors prescribe vitamin D because we're basically all Vampires with Ricketts. But the tradeoff is the beautiful forests to hike in, as long as you stay on the trails so ticks don't get you. 

 

Yup. It's paradise here...🤣I'm not gonna lie, all that sunshine sounds wonderful. 

 

I got a buddy who grew up in North Central PA. He was home during July and said he only got direct sunlight from about 10am to 4pm due to being in a valley.

1 hour ago, Emma said:

Yes, I prefer Pepsi to coke. We are an exclusive club. :)

 

It takes all sorts ;) 

 

Today is a good day. Ish. The baby got up in the middle of the night and even with tag teaming we both lost some sleep. We did church online today. Sra. Tanque was a dear and got Whataburger for lunch. We had fun with the baby in the afternoon, and all of us napped at one point. I also did laundry during this time. Dinner was amazing. There were some mixed veggies on the side. The main star was the salmon and the sauce. The salmon was skin-on filets that I seasoned with salt and pepepr. I cooked them skin side up for five minutes in avocado oil, then flipped them for another five minutes. Doing it this way gets the skin nice and crispy. I didn't even know you could eat the skin til Sra. Tanque showed me while we were dating. The sauce, however, stole the show. I melted 2 tbsp butter in a sauce pan, then added about 1 c heavy cream, 1 c parmesan, and 1 tbsp garlic paste. I let it come to a low boil then simmered for five minutes. When it was done I added in some fresh chopped basil. It was heaven, and really elevated the salmon.

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On 10/23/2020 at 11:59 PM, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

Many Nerds have already shared Tacos with me. 

Serious bucket list material!

 

I actually want to do a trip through the states where i want to visit as much NF Rebels as possible. Now just to find the time and money for it...

On 10/24/2020 at 4:08 PM, shaar said:

I visited in September last year for a work conference and I actively wanted to shuffle my soul off the mortal coil every time I set foot outside.   aaaaaaaaaaa

 

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On 10/25/2020 at 6:22 AM, SkyGirl said:

I'm starting to think I'm the only person in the world who prefers Pepsi to Coke.

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9 hours ago, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

The salmon was skin-on filets that I seasoned with salt and pepepr. I cooked them skin side up for five minutes in avocado oil, then flipped them for another five minutes. Doing it this way gets the skin nice and crispy. I didn't even know you could eat the skin til Sra. Tanque showed me while we were dating. The sauce, however, stole the show. I melted 2 tbsp butter in a sauce pan, then added about 1 c heavy cream, 1 c parmesan, and 1 tbsp garlic paste. I let it come to a low boil then simmered for five minutes. When it was done I added in some fresh chopped basil. It was heaven, and really elevated the salmon.

going on my evergrowing list!

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4 hours ago, Mr_Willes said:

Serious bucket list material!

 

I actually want to do a trip through the states where i want to visit as much NF Rebels as possible. Now just to find the time and money for it...

 

Texas in July is just like…. | Pete's Alaska

 

 

 

I wouldn't say it's always a dry heat... they get quite a bit of humidity. 

 

14 hours ago, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

 

Dinner was amazing. There were some mixed veggies on the side. The main star was the salmon and the sauce. The salmon was skin-on filets that I seasoned with salt and pepepr. I cooked them skin side up for five minutes in avocado oil, then flipped them for another five minutes. Doing it this way gets the skin nice and crispy. I didn't even know you could eat the skin til Sra. Tanque showed me while we were dating. The sauce, however, stole the show. I melted 2 tbsp butter in a sauce pan, then added about 1 c heavy cream, 1 c parmesan, and 1 tbsp garlic paste. I let it come to a low boil then simmered for five minutes. When it was done I added in some fresh chopped basil. It was heaven, and really elevated the salmon.

 

LOVE the food descriptions on your thread, Tank... mmm... 

 

I didn't know you could eat the skin either! Huh... something new. 

 

 

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6 hours ago, Mr_Willes said:

Serious bucket list material!

 

I actually want to do a trip through the states where i want to visit as much NF Rebels as possible. Now just to find the time and money for it...

 

Texas in July is just like…. | Pete's Alaska

 

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Only West Texas gets dry heat. Central Texas gets average humidity, South and especially East Texas get heat AND humidity.

6 hours ago, Mr_Willes said:

going on my evergrowing list!

It will be worth it, especially with those good European Dairy products you have access to.

2 hours ago, RhiaWolfe said:

 

I wouldn't say it's always a dry heat... they get quite a bit of humidity. 

 

 

LOVE the food descriptions on your thread, Tank... mmm... 

 

I didn't know you could eat the skin either! Huh... something new. 

 

 

Only eat the skin if you've gotten it good and crispy. It isn't as pleasant without a crunch.

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47 minutes ago, Hazard said:

Pepsi > Coke

 

And ginger ale reigns supreme over them all.

 

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2 hours ago, Hazard said:

Pepsi > Coke

If I may offer a counter argument, Pepsi<Coke<Dr. Pepper.

1 hour ago, Scaly Freak said:

 

And ginger ale reigns supreme over them all.

 

Ginger ale is very good. I also like Cream Soda and Root Beer. This is wierd, I almost never drink regular Soft Drinks (That's what I'll call them to ensure no one is happy), but the memories of them are fond. At the same time, I am not having a craving for Soft Drinks.

1 hour ago, RhiaWolfe said:

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Coke for sure has the better marketing department.

1 hour ago, Big_Show said:

Pepsi Max FTW

Dammit Big Show! They don't serve that here. Although for Diets, Coke Zero is the way to go.

Just now, foxinthenorth said:

But ginger beer is like ginger ale but with more ginger, and making it, perhaps, the king??

Every time I've had Ginger beer I wound up wishing I did not have Ginger Beer.

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14 minutes ago, deftona said:

Not to sound like the resident psychopath but

 

FANTA OR GTFO

 

... psychopath... 

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1 hour ago, deftona said:

Not to sound like the resident psychopath but

 

FANTA OR GTFO

Only European FANTA. FANTA in the US just doesn't taste as good.

49 minutes ago, RhiaWolfe said:

 

... psychopath... 

Have you ever had Fanta in Europe? They don't have HFCS and it tastes way better over there. 

 

I see no one has stuck up for RC Cola. 

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23 hours ago, Emma said:

Yes, I prefer Pepsi to coke. We are an exclusive club. :)

 

Count me in this club true. The true king though is Dr. Pepper :D At least when I do drink soda ;) 

 

43 minutes ago, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

Only European FANTA. FANTA in the US just doesn't taste as good.

Have you ever had Fanta in Europe? They don't have HFCS and it tastes way better over there. 

 

I see no one has stuck up for RC Cola. 

I hadn't had RC Cola in so long. It reminds me of back when I was a kid with Shasta sodas too. haha

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5 hours ago, Tateman said:

Count me in this club true. The true king though is Dr. Pepper :D At least when I do drink soda ;) 

 

I hadn't had RC Cola in so long. It reminds me of back when I was a kid with Shasta sodas too. haha

I went to college not far from the birthplace of Dr. Pepper, which is Dublin Texas. It's not named after the Irish Capitol, it's because the town had two Inns, which led to Double Inn, which got shortened to Dublin. Up until a few years ago you could purchase Dublin Dr. Pepper, which was made with pure cane sugar and not High Fructose Corn Syrup.

 

Today is a good day. I did the NF Prime Mobility Challenge workout in the morning and went to work, where I was tired. Dinner, though, was amazing. The night before I prepped the instant pot for the meal today. Last night I Put 2 lbs of stew meat (beef) in a plastic bag with 1/4 c paprika, 1 tbsp flour, salt, pepper, caraway seeds and marjoram. I shook it up to mix evenly then let it sit for a bit. I then chopped a yellow onion and sauteed it in avocado oil for a few minutes with red wine vinegar, then added garlic at the end. I then dumped the contents of the bag in the skillet and browned the beef a little. I put everything in the instant pot with 3 c beef broth and 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce, then chopped some parsnips and carrots then added those. I sealed the removable part of the instant pot with plastic wrap and let it sit overnight. In the morning I put the instant pot together with 8 hour cooktime on the slow cooker mode. Towards the end Sra. Tanque, who got home from work before I did, added some finely chopped multicolored bell peppers. When I got home I boiled some water for wide egg noodles, and added cornstarch to the pot and turned on the sautee function to get a little last minute heat increase and to cook the cornstartch into the liquid. It was incredible.

 

After Dinner Sra. Tanque sent me to get a 1 hour wellness massage, which was very needed. I feel a lot better. 

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10 hours ago, Tateman said:

The true king though is Dr. Pepper :D 

 

Yes! Keep your coke and your pepsi, Dr. Pepper is better by far :D

 

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15 hours ago, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

 

Have you ever had Fanta in Europe? They don't have HFCS and it tastes way better over there. 

 

I see no one has stuck up for RC Cola. 

I have not... if I ever get to Europe, I'll have to try their fanta. 

 

and no... no sticking up for RC. 

 

3 hours ago, iatetheyeti said:

 

Yes! Keep your coke and your pepsi, Dr. Pepper is better by far :D

 

I actually don't like Dr. Pepper. Coca-cola is where it's at for me. Pepsi is a sad substitute, but it'll do in a pinch. 

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1 hour ago, RhiaWolfe said:

I have not... if I ever get to Europe, I'll have to try their fanta. 

 

I think i know where Tank is coming from. Southern Europe Fanta tastes better than Northern Europe Fanta. A bit more sweet, a bit more like real oranges. At least that's how i remember the Fanta Naranja i had!

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6 hours ago, iatetheyeti said:

 

Yes! Keep your coke and your pepsi, Dr. Pepper is better by far :D

 

This is one of the many places we agree.

4 hours ago, Mr_Willes said:

I like Dr Pepper too, but only cause i'm occasionally reminded about it. Don't want it subbing my favorite:

 

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2 hours ago, RhiaWolfe said:

I have not... if I ever get to Europe, I'll have to try their fanta. 

 

and no... no sticking up for RC. 

 

I actually don't like Dr. Pepper. Coca-cola is where it's at for me. Pepsi is a sad substitute, but it'll do in a pinch. 

Our Local Grocery Store, HEB has their own brand of soft drinks that are even better than the national brands.

33 minutes ago, Mr_Willes said:

 

I think i know where Tank is coming from. Southern Europe Fanta tastes better than Northern Europe Fanta. A bit more sweet, a bit more like real oranges. At least that's how i remember the Fanta Naranja i had!

My experience of European Fanta is all in Spain.

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5 minutes ago, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

You really do know how to dance on the line with gifs.

 

Dance with me!

 

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5 minutes ago, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

My experience of European Fanta is all in Spain.

Mine too, though technically Spain, i was a bit more south than you would expect (Canary Islands). So it could just be a Spain version.

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I was in Arizona for a week. It took three days and I was ready to punch everyone who said, "But it's a dry heat"

 

When it is over 104 degrees F, I don't care how "dry" it is. It is still too damned hot.

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