"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
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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

~Applethoughts~

Today I made applesauce to go with dinner and I had a few thoughts while in the kitchen.



I never used to make my own applesauce. In my old life I would just buy applesauce from the grocery. I still buy applesauce just not very often or very much. We have a friend that owns an orchard near us and since meeting him and helping him through a season a few years ago I appreciate apples far more than I ever did and have learned how to can, dry, freeze and bake almost anything with apples.

The apples in the first photo may not have clearly shown how old and shriveled the apples are. I wanted to share that apples that look like this are fine. In my old life before the farm, I most likely would have tossed apples that looked like this. Oh how sad was I? They are just as tasty and while I was peeling the apples I ended up eating much of the peels. I did end up tossing a nice portion of the peels to the chickidoodles and turkey's that have earned the coveted 2011 Reprieve. I store apples for at least 4 months. If the storage room is cool enough I suppose they could last longer, I am not sure as we finish the apples before they go bad. I had 40 lbs in storage and am down to about 5 lbs.

After the apples were peeled I carefully removed the core and diced up the apples.

Make note~there are not many uniform slices. Seems like it improves the taste the less uniform the slices are! I put the slices in my handy dandy pot and put it on the stove top with about a cup of water and 2 tbsp. of sugar and a few pinches of cinnamon. I cooked it on low for a while and used the TI~IITRIS method. In case you are not trained in the culinary arts this stands for taste it~ if it tastes ready it is.What I love about the TI~IITRIS method is that you may need to apply this method often as to be absolutely certain.


While the applesauce was slowly cooking, I was able to cut open the core and salvage the seeds. I love how beautiful the place that houses the seeds looks!

Isn't it amazing that a lovely star is inside each apple? I am a bit of a frugal frau since moving to the farm and I love utilizing every single item in as many ways as possible (remember this post?) Apples are perfect for a person that is living a simple life no matter if one is living this way due to circumstance or choice. The old peelings feed the flock, the apples fill the pot, the seeds fill our plot (of land). These are apples that are organic and grown locally, so we know that they can survive in this climate. So the seeds are my hurry up and wait project. I am looking forward to my fifties and eating, selling, and giving away fruit off of trees that grow from these lovely seeds!

and to my applethoughts:
Both this post and the applesauce I made required me. First I was the cook in making the applesauce-funny because I had all the ingredients to make applesauce yet it didn't make itself. Same with this post. Blogspot is so easy to use, yet the post did not write itself, add the photos or publish it. This blog is mine and in my little corner of the world I am the author. Without me, neither the applesauce nor the post would have happened.

But the beautiful apple, simple and yet incredible in design is without a Designer? Seems kind of silly to believe that everything about the apple in this post needed me, but the apple itself slowly came to be over millions of years from nothing...

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

I wonder

I wonder what my blog says about me? I wonder if those that read this blog know what guides me in my life? I am afraid sometimes at what the answer may be.

I pray that my blog directs my readers to Him. I know that often I share of my family and of the farm but through my day to day writings I pray that I point my entirety on Jesus Christ as He is the reason I have hope in my day to day activities.

I worry sometimes as I feel inadequate as a writer of anything, let alone this blog. I worry sometimes that I am inadequate in my faith as I am not the perfect wife, and far from even close to being the perfect mother.

Life is a struggle. It is not always easy nor pleasant. I try to share the reality of my life and I try not to censor the bad as the bad allows me to see the good and the days that are not so bad.

As I wonder these simple thoughts, I want to close with this scripture to any that read this post: I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Philippians 4:13~

These words comfort me. In a world that promotes me, myself and I, I am glad that I was courageous enough to realize I did not know God, let alone His Son and moved towards Him to appreciate that I am nothing without Him.