"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation.

You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."
Dr. Adrian Rogers 1931-2005

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Our Very Own Mural

Cookbook Craze

I love to go through old cookbooks. In fact, I collect older cookbooks. About a month ago I found a cookbook for a dime! It is a Betty Crocker Homemade Bread Cookbook from 1973(so not too old)


The book is in pretty good condition except for being a bit cracked on the spine and then one page is clearly spotted and stained by a former cook.

Can you see the stains and grease marks? No other page has anything on it. Just this page. So I decided to try the biscuit recipes and test the reasoning as to why this book, with so many bread recipes only had this page used.

The top two recipes are biscuits. One a standard biscuit and the other a Biscuits Supreme. Wow! The Biscuits Supreme are incredible and never should you skimp by neglecting to add two additional ingredients: sugar and cream of tartar!

Here is the recipe for Biscuits Supreme
2 cups all purpose flour
4 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup shortening
2/3 cup milk

Stir first five ingredients. Cut in shortening till mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Make a well in the center; add milk all at once. Stir just till dough clings together. Knead gently on lightly floured surface(10-12 strokes) Roll or pat to 1/2 inch thickness. Dip biscuit cutter in flour(I used a round cookie cutter)cut dough straight down. Bake on ungreased baking sheet at 450 F. for 10 to 12 minutes. Makes 12 biscuits.

We love these biscuits. Until I found this cookbook I rarely made biscuits as they always tasted bland. Now I am searching for recipes to compliment these biscuits!

Just fun for thought, I am going to use this cookbook to try making some breads that I have never made before. Last year I entered Pinto Bean bread in the yeast bread division in the county fair, and Applesauce bread in the Quick Bread division. Every year I wish to try something new. So for the next two months I am going to try out several breads and see which one my family likes the best, to then enter in the fair.


In the left photo is my applesauce bread(center) and the photo on the right is my pinto bean bread from last year's county fair.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Saturday Ramblings

I went outside early this morn to check out my gardens. It has been a while and Bill and the kids have taken such good care of them. I was amazed at how fast things have been growing. The sunflowers are so big and a few are nearing 4' tall!

Feeling Better News~I actually made dinner last night. What a great feeling! I made a lovely oven BBQ chicken, homemade biscuits, mashed potatoes, gravy and a dessert of lemon cake.

Oh and the farm that I thought would never have a beef on it- will soon be raising a beef to butcher. The pen was built yesterday by the guys, and it is really just a fattening up outdoor pantry! I think that the last time I looked at ground beef in the store and saw that it could come from Canada, Mexico, and the US, I thought to myself...enough is enough.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Alive and Recovering

I am so thankful for the kind inquiries as to where I was. I am happy to say (now) that I was quite ill and am finally on the road to recovery. As I have heard others say once they overcome an illness and are feeling better, I will share with you this pleasant thought " Best diet EVER!"

With that I will say that I am humbled so much at those who wear the uniform and I will never forget the heavy price paid by our soldiers to guarantee our freedom.

Here is a picture of my dad and my son.( My father was KIA in Vietnam)

Monday, May 11, 2009

Mother's Day Twins!

At 10:10 pm our newest goat Daphne had her first twin...the one on the right. At 11:00 pm she had the pretty white brown mixed kid. Boy what wonderful way to end Mother's Day. All of us sat outside her pen and watched the second one born. Now this was an amazing thing to experience!!


(c) Double Nickel Farm
Jennifer

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to all the visitors of the Double Nickel Farm!
This is a repost of what I wrote a few years ago and I think it says all I need to say!

I wish to take a moment and thank my sweetheart for making me a mother.

I struggle with many of the holidays because every day I am pampered and loved more than I could have ever desired. Thank you Bill for treating me so wonderful. Thank you for seeing the best in me(when often I only see the worst). Thank you for the children, I see so much of you in them. I love that I am their mom.

Thank you First for breaking me into being a Mom, you always had me laughing.
Second I thank you for teaching me that NO LOCK Or child safety product is 100% effective and that I am not as smart as a 2 year old EVER!!!
Third, thanks for being a combination of your brothers, one of laughter and of co-conspirator in all Second did...and still do:)
Fourth...thank you for letting me peek at God. You allowed me to see a miracle first hand, and I will always catch my breath in the morn as you come and give me a hug.

But to Bill, every Mother's Day I must confess that without you this would never have been possible. Thank you for giving me your last name for my own, and for giving me such an easy new name: MOM for the kids!

I love you Bill

Bear Cat Skin Rug

Friday, May 8, 2009

I 'yam what I 'yam

Spinach salad
First walk out your door to your lovely garden and clip some fresh spinach
Second grab your jar of sunflower seeds(saved from previous garden)
Third cut an orange in quarters

~tear up the spinach in bite size pieces put in salad bowl, add sunflower seeds, then squeeze fresh orange juice over the salad. Reserve orange slice to eat on side:)
Have a wonderful day!
Jennifer

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Conversation

I had words with Mr.Hoover. After some foot stomping and explaining that I only need job performance for three area rugs, Mr. Hoover told me two words "I quit".

I checked his health and realized that he had been held together with duct tape and a bit of baling wire...so I accepted his resignation.

Mr. Hoover will spend the rest of his days in a beautiful meadow with butterflies and hummingbirds...

He will be missed.


Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Thinking

Please read through and then share your thoughts.

Below are listed the wars that the US has been involved in, year(s) of war, and total deaths per war.

The American Revolution 1775-1782.......... 4,435

The War of 1812.......... 2,260

Mexican American War.......... 13,283

The Civil War..........364,511

The Spanish American War.......... 2,446

World War I..........116,316

World War II.......... 405,399

Korean War.......... 36,995

Vietnam War.......... 58,151

Desert Storm.......... 382

Operation Enduring Freedom.......... 420.

Iraqi Freedom ..........3,688

total deaths of all US wars.......... 1,008,286

We have had much blood spilled. Forget the political agenda, but see these deaths as men and women who believed in our nation. They may not have been involved in the rights and wrongs of each war, as this is easy to judge after the fact. No, these deaths represent over one million people who stood before you and I when the chips were down and paid the ultimate price. Although it might be hard for some* to grasp the notion that people are needed to defend a homeland and its ideals, this is the case. So as you think about our nation, and its over 200 year history, only ONE MILLION soldiers maintained this right. They did die for purpose. They did die for something.


Now to my thinking. Please clear your mind for a moment before you go on. Please take ten seconds and close your eyes.













We have un-uniformed soldiers who have been killed while doing their sole job...Not for national freedom, not for border security, not to defend a nation being invaded, not because of terrorism...no, they are doing their job of developing and growing into a beautiful new life.

And WE HAVE ALLOWED THEM TO BE MURDERED for one word CHOICE.













Sadly it was not those in the wombs' CHOICE, but their Lady Liberty did not hold this beneath her breast:
"Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"(read more)


No the 'Lady Liberty' of these wee ones only held CHOICE and SELF under her bosom and not one lamp was lit and no one welcomed the refuse of her womb.

(c) Double Nickel Farm

Jennifer



Tuesday, May 5, 2009

More Introductions

This is Jericho-(we have decided to keep all the kittens and have them all fixed- as a farm needs many a mouser) We allowed the kids to pick a kitty that they liked and Bill picked Zane Gray(I wrote about him a bit ago). Our oldest picked this kitty and named him Jericho.

This is Bandit Jr. Second named him. The father of these kittens is a no good Tom that we call Bandit. He shows up once or twice a week to make sure we feed him, then he goes off to his other families!!

This is Randy Disher. He is a crier all the time. No Fourth is not pinching him it just looks that way. By the way I still think that this is a cute picture. Fourth named this kitty because of this show. Skim through the characters of the show and you will see Randy Disher! By the way here on the farm, Randy Disher's mother is Teeger(which is short for Natalie Teeger- another character from the show!)

Do you see Obed and his heart? He has gotten so big! Do you see the thorns? Yes this is a daily part of our life on the Double Nickel!

Here is Buffy. She is another goose that we have and she is setting on a nest of eggs too. Based on our calendar this week should wrap things up, and we should have little mixed up goslings of an African goose and an American Buff(clever ~us calling her Buffy?! get it?)

This is Third's kitty. He has named her many names, Midnight- BB, Snuggly, and on and on. All I know is that this was a photo op that I could not pass up! I am sure that he will lock in on a name soon!

This is Daphne the pregnant LaMancha mix goat. She is very nice and I cannot believe how soft of a voice she has. My gang built her a mother's pen last night, so that she is isolated from the other goats during delivery.

That is it so far, as I could not get any good shots of the other goats as they kept moving their heads. We have named them Holly and Molly. Yes rhyming names but they look alike so it makes things easy. Well actually most times I call all the goats "goaty goat" and that keeps my life sane!


Oh and a footnote- it is hard to take kitty photos~ they act like they have ants in their pants(to borrow a phrase my mother used to say!!!)
(c) Jennifer
Double Nickel Farm

Monday, May 4, 2009

Is Your Lamp Oil Full?

Many things are happening today that make readers of the Bible take a double take-my question to you is this: Is your lamp oil filled?

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Saturday on the Farm

I have not updated the projects on the farm in a while. Sometimes it seems like we have undertaken such a gigantic project, that we may never finish. To maintain an upbeat attitude I have to forgo thinking about any other farm I know of and focus on ours.

So here are a few things that we have been working on:
~Now what is this you ask? It is a kitchen sink turned upside down so that the guys can sand it and prep it to paint. This is what it kind of looked like when we got it(actually we found two on Craigslist)
With the second sink the guys took the top off and refinished it, and made a counter top. So far the cupboard and sink are lovely! Our goal is to systematically remove the cabinets in the house because they are made out of a cardboard particle board, and are well unable to meet the durability needs. I do plan on posting photos of the completed project...

~The guys are also building a back porch the length of the house. It is pretty amazing, and I love it, but we originally decided to build this to reduce the direct sunlight in the home. The crazy thing is that it really is farm southwest. I do plan on posting photos of the completed project...

~We have about 1/3 of the garden in. It seems like the below freezing nights stretched all the way to mid April. Finally we see bright vibrant green!

~ We picked up some more goats last night. Three female goats and one is pregnant.
~Kittens can escape every containment that we have created!
~ Chicks are growing like crazy...
~Teens are still mom's delight. They actually went to the movies with a group of their friends today.

I am taking today easy, as I have not listed most of the ongoings, just a few to give you a window.

We made a commitment to ourselves when we moved to the farm to be very frugal with our money. We decided that we would not buy new except for water heater...and paint etc, and everything else would be refinished. For this the teens have had their eyes open, and they have learned that refashion refurbish remake to its original state...or bEtTer!!!

Several times on this journey, I have had people comment that they would never live this way. Goodness just go to Home Depot etc. Well until 2005 I didn't live this way. But circumstance has put us on a path- we have decided to roll up our sleeves and make the best farm we can have.

Now it is second nature to evaluate everything for a secondary purpose. It is relaxing to see a home convert into a farmhouse by elbow grease and vision. So that is my update on the farm.
Jennifer

It's all about attitude



Swine Flu...fortunately not panning out as the BIG PANDEMIC, but some nations are still wearing masks...So I say it's all about attitude in how you deal with anything!

I shamelessly lifted this from Eilleen in Australia!

Friday, May 1, 2009

Friday Chuckle

I have all sorts of baby pens set up, and this photo made me laugh out loud! We have three week old chicks in one, two week old chicks in yet another one, under a week chicks in still another one, and three week old kittens in yet another. Life on the farm is crazy...to be continued.