"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
Showing posts with label county fair. Show all posts
Showing posts with label county fair. Show all posts

Sunday, May 31, 2009

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.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Simple Rewards at the Fair

Second's first place entry in the cookie category(center). He created a new recipe that he called Desert Dust!

The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose. Isaiah 35:1

My entry in leavened breads category. On my first attempt at making Pinto Bean bread, first place!

But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Matthew 4:4

My entry in the unleavened bread category...Applesauce bread.

And he pressed upon them greatly; and they turned in unto him, and entered into his house; and he made them a feast, and did bake unleavened bread, and they did eat.

Here are Bill's entries! He entered the dried beans from last years final harvest in November. He won first place for the Anasazi beans, and second for the pinto beans, and second for the green beans.

Take thou also unto thee wheat, and barley, and beans, and lentiles, and millet, and fitches, and put them in one vessel, and make thee bread thereof, according to the number of the days that thou shalt lie upon thy side, three hundred and ninety days shalt thou eat thereof. Ezekiel 4:9

I made this for 2007 Christmas. I listed all the places we have lived, and where each family member was born. I entered this in the Handcraft division.

And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God. Ruth 1:16

I love the book of Ruth. When I married Bill, I became of him and we became a family. No children ~yet we were a family. So when I read Ruth, I loved this passage. Our family began and off we went together where ever needed. One child, two child, three child, four

. This game that I made shows our triumphs together all over this wonderful world that the Lord created. As we circle the board time and time again I reflect on each step that we have taken. I reflect on the state that I lived in when I was born again...I reflect on the town we lived in when I thought that I lost my beloved in an auto accident...each time I was comforted...as the Lord has been with us all along...and thy God has become my God.

Fair Things

{the three yellow roses with the blue ribbons are from the Double Nickel}

For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then we were all dead. And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again. 2 Corinthians 5:14-15

{a lovely neck scarf crocheted by Fourth}
But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea. Matthew 18:6

{Third made tortillas for his first place entry in the Unleavened bread category}

Seven days ye shall eat unleavened bread: even the first day ye shall put away leaven out of your houses : for whosoever eateth leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that soul shall be cut off from Israel. Exodus 12:17

I hope that you have enjoyed seeing a few things that we entered in the County Fair. Yesterday I thought that I would share some of the items that we entered in the fair, and a scripture with it. It rained every evening of the Fair, and in fact we helped take down a booth that Bill's office had set up at the fair, during heavy rains. We had to use the heaters in the truck, as we were cold...in August...in the desert!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Why the Cryptic post?

My previous post was cryptic...I will confess. I have been quite busy in several things, but most importantly in preps for the County Fair!

In the journey of simplicity many things change. On our humble farm we have used many methods to create products to support animals outside, or to make the inside lovely. Our hands have become practiced in woodwork, sewing, handcrafts, baking, and gardening. I have made curtains for nearly the entire home, placemats, cloth napkins, dish scrubbies, soaps, a rag rug, aprons, pillows, paintings, drawings and much more to make our home have a charm. This charm is not store bought, nor could I explain it, except to say that our home is decorated and filled with our works. We see daily the crafts we made because we had a need and no longer rush to the local Supercenter or mall to buy it.

Last year we were not deep on this path, but had a hearty garden and for the first time ever had one entry in the County Fair. Fourth entered a crookneck squash that looked like a swan. She won Reserve Grand Champion!

{photo from August 15, 2007}

Since this we all realized that we have a venue to show our handiworks. And this year we entered 31 things that a member of the farm grew or made. Only 3 of the 31 items did not receive a ribbon! I will post photos...the ones we took have names and I guard this, but photos will be coming...

And to get in on the Olympic fervor, here's a breakdown of the ribbons:
First place-blue ribbon=11
Second place-red ribbon=10
Third place-white ribbon=7

I will have photos soon. Due to the flooding we missed the deadline to enter the animals. Our county has about a 4 hour entry per division. So next year we will enter the animals!