"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 pioneer week. Show all posts
Showing posts with label pioneer week. Show all posts

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Farm Cat

This is Lainy, a wonderful cat that we rescued(in the goat pen). The previous owner allowed her collar to nearly kill her, but a wise vet saved the day-and we ended up with her. It took her two months before she would allow me to touch her. She loves the boys and remained hidden in their room for nearly six months, only coming out at night, but recently she decided that I am ok. So she has taken to coming to see me in the morning.

Now I did not get her because I was looking for a sweet lap cat. No I was really looking for a mouser, as the farm had been vacant and needed a dedicated CAT. So Lainy came and has fulfilled her duty to a T. She hunts all the time, and she also has become a sweet kitty for the family.

Simple things do make all the difference. Many seek kittens... as they love the cuddly cuteness. Such is life, we want new and fresh and forget that under the baggage of life could be something pretty incredible. Given time things do seem to work out.

During this Pioneer Week, I decided to reflect upon things that are simple yet wonderful.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Pioneer Life Day 1-update...

Well we began our Pioneer week today and here is how it went:
1) blind cat had bad night and made lots of landmines in laundry room- boys did initial cleanup, I scoured floor and used tons of HOT water to scrub...so failed on conserving water
2) as a result of #1 I scoured all floors as his little paws could have carried poo well anywhere...ugh
3) then I realized that I am dressed to scour...so I scoured out here and there and detailed this and that
4) took blazing HOT shower to scour me=)
5) too tired to cook(although had stew ready to warm up-so called sweetie and he brought home pizza...an extremely rare luxury)
6) still tired and due to long time of not using harsh chemicals....feeling light headed from using bleach to ensure poo germs dead, so I am actually watching a movie.

Pioneer week for me so far is to do the opposite of what we usually do=)

School went well, and we actually mailed a letter to Paraguay-so that is in the Pioneer spirit! Well the button to Pioneer week is listed on the sidebar so if one desires to participate, feel free to jump over and do so...


Sunday, October 26, 2008

Pioneer Week

Here are the rest of the rules for Pioneer Week- my comments in green...

3. Conserve water: Since we don't all lug our water from the stream for home use, we'll have to do a few things to help conserve water. Besides taking shorter showers (5 minutes or less or take a military style shower) and flushing less often, you can create a great reminder about water usage by turning the water off on most of your sinks so when you go to use them nothing comes out. Conserving water in the Southwest is critical. We really do try to remember this at all times. Before we begin I will plot out an estimate of what we use...and set a goal to lower our daily use.

4. Transportation: Walk as much as possible. This will force you to support more local stores if you can't drive across town. If this isn't feasible, then drive or take public transportation. Most importantly, try to combine trips and if you really don't need to go out, stay home!
We have no public transportation out here in the sticks...but we can reduce the trips and have Bill bring in anything that we need...kind of how it is now=)

5. Rethink your entertainment: Instead of spending the week passively watching television or movies, try to engage more with the people you live with or neighbors within walking distance. Get the family back into playing games, music or just sitting around talking and telling stories. If you aren't in the mood for socializing try picking up that long lost craft hobby or start a new one.
This one is a neat rule and I think that we can incorporate some neat projects and games...all the while spending time together.

6. Watch your wallet: Think of this as a Buy Nothing Week. Since you'll be pretty much eating at home or at home all week, you don't really need to buy anything, now do you?
Again this is so easy as we are so careful with every penny.

I guess that this Pioneer Week would have been harder a few years ago...but for the past three years we have been building up to this and I am sure we will be fine. Life on the Double Nickel is most certainly unique but probably not much different than many small farm families across the world.
When we begin the week I will update as needed.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Planning to Cook

I wrote in my previous post how the Double Nickel Farm family is going to *play* along with Pioneer Week(here). I linked the post that explained in detail the challenge. The blogger that is hosting this has had far too numerous challenges for me to mention. Most I have just smiled at the project but go on about my life. But I do like this challenge so I am going to share a bit of it's rules and how we are going to go about trying to accomplish them.

The first part of the challenge is to make all of your foods from scratch(to the best of your ability). Since we began our life here on the farm we have jumped in with gusto making things from scratch. I think that this is an incredible goal for families to attempt irregardless of participating in the challenge or not. I cannot begin to say how much better off you and your family will be. By cooking from scratch you see every item that goes in the food. You reduce all ingredients that you cannot even pronounce.

That is a huge benefit for you and growing children.

Here is an example of what is in bread(standard white bread) enriched wheat flour(iron, thiamin mononitrate,folic acid, riboflavin added) water, high fructose corn syrup, partially hydrated soybean oil, yeast, salt, sodium stearoyl lactylate(lactose intolerant people may have a problem with this ingredient), monoglycerides, monocalcium phosphate, potassium bromate(since 1991 the FDA has urged manufacturers from using it...yet the bread bag I am looking at is from the store in town from this month), potassium iodate.

WOW...so much!

Here are the ingredients I use to make rolls, bread and pizza crust...
flour(same as above)
sugar(cane sugar)
olive oil

My bread is yummy and makes the house smell wonderful, and we love it. It requires some forethought in cooking yet the rewards are heavenly. So Pioneer Week is something that I am ever so glad that we at the Double Nickel have been doing in cooking. I mean have you read labels?? The one that made my heart jump from above is the one that the FDA has urged manufacturers not to use. They are the FDA, hello.

What recipes can one do in cooking from scratch?(here is our standard menu)

Breakfast: arroz con leche...oatmeal, homemade granola cereal(oats, raisins, brown sugar, powdered milk, cinnamon, olive oil, dried apples)

Lunch: we usually eat Ramen noodles and sandwiches(so this will be modified)and we will have Turkey Noodle soup(homemade noodles and leftover turkey) sandwiches...chicken with rice soup, tomato soup with quesadillas. Yes I make the soups, and the breads...and jellies.

Dinner: gumbo with tortillas, pizza night(toppings are leftovers from the week...) chicken enchiladas...beans spanish rice...salsa, baked chicken...onion potatoes...rolls...strawberry sweets(strawberries soaked in apple syrup- my own), cream of chicken noodle casserole...corn...buttered bread, stew(from farmer's market) breakfast for dinner( pancakes, eggs* all from our hens and ducks*, bacon), chicken pot pie(with any veggies from the gardens)

Snacks: popcorn(we only make on stovetop), pumpkin cookies (our own) pumpkin pie(our pumpkins), apple pie(from neighbors tree), tortilla roll ups(butter melted on tortilla with sugar sprinkled on),

So you can see that we only need to modify a bit. I serve ramen for its low cost and what I can add...add veggies and it is something new. Slice ham and toss it in and it something else...but I will serve soups instead.

I do plan ahead as to have the food ready for the day. Right now I am steaming pumpkin to be able to puree it for pies and cookies. I know that as it is chilly I need to prepare the dough for the rolls and pizza earlier so it will rise. I do this daily and refer to mental menus in case I need to make a quick menu change.

Consider joining in on this challenge...it will really be such a benefit to your health. I will address another rule in my next post.