"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

Friday, September 28, 2012

With 62 Cents

one can make a simple autumn centerpiece for the table.
Homemade sometimes comes with imperfect lines.
Homemade comes with decor that no one else has.
 Homemade can brighten the mood of the family.

Felt~ 20 cents a piece for a total of $0.40.
The leaves were 50 for $1.00 or 2 cents a piece, 11=$0.22
Total cost-$0.62
Add a bowl of potpourri with pumpkin scented candle and every day can be extraordinary!

Darn Rich People

I am sure glad I don't live in France.  The French  
 government confirmed a temporary 75 percent super-tax rate for earnings over one million euros and a new 45 percent band for revenues over 150,000 euros.


Temporary? That made me smile!

Can this happen in the US?

Well Hillary does support a global tax on the elites...

Darn elites.

For the record~on the world economic scale, Americans median household income of $50,502 places the median US household in the top 0.98% of the richest people in the world (Global Rich List).

Double Darn.

For the record a person making $12,000 US is in the top 12.88%.  Be very cautious about taking one person's money and giving it to another...as someday someone may show up for your money, all in the guise of the greater good.  

Questions of the Day:edited

Is it racist to ask a person to to join a group/club/organization based on the color of their skin?

If not, why?


If so, why?

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Preparation in All Things

I am a strong advocate of preparing for as much as possible, whether it means preparing for an emergency with great detail or in what is in the vehicle when I take a trip. In my preparing I also work to have things prepared in case I am ill or not at home. I want to make sure that my family can prepare simple meals or snacks that aren't expensive or as heavily laden with preservatives.

So I made a new batch of snacks and thought I would share the recipes.

Sunshine Cookies (original recipe found here)
1 1/3 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
(at this point I blended the flour, soda, powder, and salt til blended well then continued on)
1 cup cooking oats
1/2 cup M&M's 
3/4 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
Be sure to pack each layer down!

Now this is what to do when making the cookies:
Oven 350F
Stir dry ingredients set aside
Mix 1/2 cup almost melted butter with 1 slightly beaten egg, 1 tsp vanilla
Then add dry ingredients to the egg mixture and mix well.
Roll into 1 1/2 balls bake 8-10 min.

 Be sure to label and date the jars

Place on shelf next to other ready mixes!

Second Prepare ahead Mix
Butterscotch Gingerbread Cookies
I found this recipe here and we have not tried this yet, but what can go wrong with Butterscotch Gingerbread anything?
Here goes
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp salt
(at this point I blended the mixture so that the spices were evenly distributed)
3/4 cup brown sugar
5 1/2 oz butterscotch morsels(1/2 bag)

When baking the cookies:
Oven 350F
Mix 1/2 cup butter that is slightly melted with 8 tsp molasses and a small egg.
Mix dry ingredients and then pour in egg mixture, blend well.  Drop rounded spoonful on ungreased cookie sheets for 8-10 minutes.

Label and place next to other prepare ahead mixes.

Now about things going on in the world, crazy aren't they?  Seems like in every turn the world is in chaos.  Perhaps in your very own lives.  Here on the farm we understand as we have had our own upside down chaotic events unfurl and yet were able to stand firm.  Now we did not do this alone and of course in reality ended up with little in material means, but our foundation stood as we have a strong faith in Jesus Christ.  We  are because of Him and because of this comfort we found during our trials, we wish to share with anyone~ anywhere His Holy Word.  We offer to mail a free Bible to you and all you have to do is leave a message with your mailing information(no private information will be released).  

If you would like to build your foundation that will help you prepare in ALL things, please request a Bible today.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Friday Five

Seed preservation
Zinnias, Great Lakes Lettuce, Cinnamon Basil, and Marigolds

About a month ago the elevator was out at the county courthouse for a few days.
I know this because we were supporting a young woman that had to testify and found this sign.
Now for most of us, this sign is perhaps an inconvenience but we can climb the stairs.
For others-that have been in accidents, are older, or with disabilities...this is actually a sign that translates to "Closed."

 Saw this full moon a few months ago and snapped a cellphone photo.
I am pleased that you can see the rays~it was magnificent to see!

I blame capitalism!
I mean everywhere in the States are businesses that make it easy to be their customer.
Those that don't~most likely don't succeed.
I appreciate a business that allows me to drop something off without entering the business. If I want to rent another movie, I can go inside, but otherwise~I can send rentals back to the city with Bill and he can drop them off while heading to work.

I can't remember if I shared this latest project. I know I sent this photo to my brother but not sure if I posted it here.  Interestingly enough (or boringly enough) I posted a before photo of this project on another post titled Friday Five.  Seems like I spend a good deal of time coming up with labels and not so much with titles!
This is the top half of one of the gourds we grew in the garden. When I cut the gourd to make the bowls for my 2012 fair projects(bowls), my frugalness kicked in and I could not toss the top part of the gourds...and realized they were waiting to be.   
Dolls:  a Mr. and Mrs. New Mexico.
I am currently working on the clothing for Senora Nickel as well as for Senor Nickel.  I can't believe how fun this has been to create the dolls with toss away materials.  For the body I used bailing wire, and the clothes were remnants of Bill's and my clothes.   I am sure I will update when I am finished and most likely it will be on a Friday Five! 

Not a post

This is not a post but a reminder to my children.
Please do not send me photos like this.
Please do not share stories about things like the ugh in this photo with me.
Please do not think that my fear will incapacitate me.
It won't.
I will be wigged out.
I will deal with a racing heart.
And if it is a rattlesnake:
I will do what is needed.
I will not enjoy it.
I will be forever skittish when walking about my farm.
I will look before I collect squash off my plants.
And I will watch my step coming off the porches.
And I will continue to have the scary snake dreams while awake.
This is me.
Your mom the co-contributor to your genetic makeup.
The one that protected you from your fears and worries and dreads,
even if they were purple aliens...and 
I ask you as you are all nearly adults, 
that the time is now to protect me from my 
and refrain from sharing about them,
or sending me emails about them,
or leaving the skin they shed upon my porch.

NOT the Snake Whisperer

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Did you ever

wonder why people say the world is crowded?
we barely can move here in my neck of the woods.

Did you ever find a surprise veggie in the garden that makes you wonder...
What is this?  Is it art? Is it food? Is it to measure scale?

Did you ever see something that takes your breath away?
and then you realize you are blessed to see it every day!

Did you ever doodle on something that wasn't supposed to be doodled on?
and then you did it again because it was fun?

Did you ever wait years for a dream,  knowing it would be worth it?
 Temporary shelving until winter

Did you ever realize how low cost it is to make your own?
Helping hamburger with ingredients you can pronounce~

Monday, September 17, 2012

Historic Find: UPDATED

I have spent last night and this morning contacting my siblings.  Mom died in February 2011 and so we had sorted photos etc that belonged to each of my siblings and mailed them to them.  Included were pretty much every letter or card that we had given to mom and so the crazy thing about what we thought had been precious notes filled with our children to Gramie, became treasures when returned.

I have written about some of the things she had kept that I gave her:  Floral Bouquet for Mother's Day and Mother's Day Gift from My Mom.  I truly cherish the fact that she saved all of our correspondence and that I have these to share with my children.

Last night, as I was going through the box a  folded note fell out. I picked it up and it was that old typewriter thin paper, and I opened it...and my mother's handwriting was clear as day.  I read the date June 8, 1967 and was floored!  A seven page letter from my mother to the six of us children even though I had not been born yet.

The letter is of a young woman grieving and worried if something happened to her would the children know their parents.  It is a letter that is powerful as she shares Dad's last thoughts about the children, being a father, and his character as a man.

I am going to share snippets after I get a copy to each of my siblings, as this is not a story that should remain within my family.  My parents were more than I ever realized, more than I ever understood, and they truly were part of a generation that loved this nation.

Here's Dad and Mom on their wedding day 
They were married only 6.5 years
Had five children when he was killed in Vietnam
and I was born 2 months later making mom a widow with six children five and under.

I pray someday I can share their lives and how they may never have been fulfilled in the way they dreamed upon their wedding day...yet parts of who they were in character and content have continued on.

UPDATE:  I thought I would include a photo I have posted before~one of my mother receiving the Silver Star and the Purple Heart that were awarded to my dad posthumously. I think that this is a powerful photo as the wee ones in this photo became the legacy of that young couple that I am proud to say were my parents. (I am the babe in mom's arms)

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Some Things Never Change

In 2007 we took a trip with the younger three and for some reason it reminded me of a trip we took yesterday.  Yesterday we went and helped a family member move some things and left early in the morning, the trip in 2007 was for one of Bill's cases that finally went to trial.  Anyhow back to how some things never change~
Third and Fourth asleep in 2007

Third and Fourth 2012
Second 2007
Second 2012

and the driver~
Bill 2007
Bill 2012

Well not about the kiddos and after I snapped the photos of the kids, I laughed and asked my Bill if he would help me repeat history!

Life is most certainly what you make of it.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Saturday Thoughts

On this Saturday~ with all that has been going on in the world, I ask my readers to keep our men and women in the military in your thoughts and prayers.  As for my soldier it appears as if he will be heading back to Afghanistan soon...

Life in a goldfish bowl

on the farm may be a touch scary!
the water looks cloudy but it wasn't~chalk this up to an older model cell phone photo!
This is the kitty from this post, and she is such a character.  I cannot believe that the fish has survived this kitty.  I have found her with her paws in the water, the glass bowl tipped, and kitty looking innocent and pointing towards the dog.  I do move the glass bowl to make her locate the fishin' hole and I cover the top, but she is persistent.  If I were to guess, fish bowl water is an elegant beverage that is served in the wine glasses of feline world.

Blowing of Trumpets

Today begins the day of trumpets at sundown.  Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall ye have a sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation. Leviticus 23:24.

In the New Testament we read that the holy days as well as the sabbath are important because they are a shadow of things to come.
 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:
Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ. Colossians 2:16-17

As a Christian of things to come would most importantly be the Second Coming of Christ, and so I find learning about the holy days is a dress rehearsal of things to come.  

Of the first four Feasts in the Bible:
The Passover
Unleavened Bread

Jesus Christ the Messiah fulfilled all of them with his death, burial, resurrection, and the pouring out of the Holy Spirit.  As one studies the fall feasts, one understands that He will come the sound of a trumpet,  there will be a judgment and then the millennium. As I am new to studying the feasts, I cannot say I understand everything about them, but I can say with absolute certainty that I am going to continue in my studies because I want to know more about what is to come.

Friday, September 14, 2012

The Simple Life

I have been adding buttons on the sidebar to gather like posts together.  The Simple Life  truly could be all the posts I have written as the blog is about our simple life~

For ease, I am going to stick to posts that are a snippet or window of the Simple Life of the Double Nickel Farm family.  I will be adding to this as time goes on...and will note the additions.

These are a few of my favorite things(when I'm feeling sad I simple remember my favorite things and then I don't feel so bad November 2011)
Simple Life (I choose less so I can have more June 2011)
Unload the Patches (It couldn't be anymore simple Reposted March 2011)
The Simple Life(Thanksgiving 2011)
Simple Life(The Road Less Traveled July 2011)
A Window to My Life( February 2010)
The Simple Life (Making Lip Balm February 2012)
Farm Life(May 2011)
The Simple Life( A picnic and a peek into the kitchen March 2012)
What Hasn't Made it to the Blog?(Random simple life posts February 2012)
Can You Believe This Mural?(an amazing early post November 2008)
Slowing Down( The ladder of success and the farm March 2011)
A House of Belonging (A peek inside the farmhouse May 2010)
Simple Life(Jen loves Bill August 2012)
Simple Life (A simple life should include visiting places near your home March 2012)
On the Playground (Simple life for the farm critters too April 2012)
Where's Waldo New Mexico Style (simple life of seeing what is around January 2012)
A Day in the Life (the label says it all And for me a day without a rattlesnake is far more than a great day January 2012)
Small Town America (a peek at our town December 2011)
Know What's Great?(Well worth clicking on this one November 2008)

In the garden, the mighty garden

Are wonderful things to harvest.

Henny Penny dreams of living on the other side of the garden fence.

Cuatro  was happy right where he was, as weeds magically landed near him!

Other plants volunteered to grow among the weeds~the purple plant is a Hopi Red Dye Amaranth.

 And the cotton is flowering!

Kitty joined me in my garden visit and she is needed as we have a burrowing pest.
Henny Penny waited by the basket waiting for more treats to be tossed.

And the pomegranate tree looks wonderful!

Kitty loves the garden and is spying from high for her varmint.
I am glad as  she is needed in the garden, as the vole or mole has been busy.  I need the kitty to help resolve the issue for me.  See the burrowing of the dirt?

Oh and as my photo tour ends, these are volunteer melons from last year! How neat is that?

Ket-chup on the Times!

Clever idea I have seen here, there, and everywhere:

I saved an empty ketchup bottle, washed it out~then I made my favorite pancake recipe inside
 the bottle~I was careful to shake well!

Then I poured the mix on  the heated comal.
I waited for the bubbles to pop, flipped the ketchupcake, cooked the  backside and~


What an easy way to make pancakes ketchupcakes and no mess~

Another wonderful part of using the bottle is that a frugal person like me will not waste anything.
 When you think you have used all the mix, add a bit of water to the bottle, shake and pour on the comal...
The last one ends up being a crepe!  I enjoyed my crepe filled with homemade applesauce.

*I am playing around with names and Ketchupcakes was one of the names. I am not 100% sold on the name.  I mean pancake is a pretty good name and who am I to shake things up all these years later? 

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Crockpot Applesauce

A simple way to have homemade applesauce~
Cut the apples and put in crockpot with a cup of water and juice from half a squeezed lemon
Let cook overnight. I put the apples in at 10 pm and by 6 am ...the house smelled heavenly.

I used the potato masher and very easily pressed the apples. I added 1/4 cup sugar and 1/2 tsp of cinnamon.

Now the key to making delicious applesauce is not to use the apples that are unbruised, unblemished, and visually appealing.


The key is to use the ones that are mushed and the orchards call seconds.  Sort the seconds and remove any that have worm damage...and then use all the rest. Cut off the mush and then you have apples like in this photo.  I already cleaned the mush off and I used about 12 apples in my crockpot applesauce. 

Oh don't toss the cores and the peels. They are perfect to make apple jelly or apple syrup.

Stay tuned to more post on apple preservation as it is that time of year.  If you do not have your own apple tree or it is not producing yet, I suggest you look around and find a local orchard. Prices are so much less than from the stores and the seconds are usually free or practically free. 

Don't forget that Sometimes I Dream Apples
Make me think about Things in an Apple Barn