"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 simple life. Show all posts
Showing posts with label simple life. Show all posts

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Saturday Six

This morning I went outside to capture what 44 F looks like. Brr for me because I opted to photograph the morning in my lovely pink pajamas. I do love living in the middle of nowhere.

Here are six photos of things around the farm:
wood ready for woodstove

Surprise pumpkin growing between tires in raised bed garden! Something about pumpkins on the farm makes me smile! Remember Mesquite pumpkins?

Second has a duty vehicle now. As I was walking to take photos I loved how the pre-sunrise looked over his car!

Cayenne Peppers in the raised bed garden

Old bench outside the garden. Well more accurately ~old bench end!!

Front door wreath. The wreath is from my grape vines from our first home-re purposed. Pine cones from NM and of course glue gun burns on fingertips totally free!

Six random extras

Hot Chocolate Mix
5 cups instant powdered milk
3/4 cups sugar
1/4 cup cocoa
1/2 tsp salt.

Add 1/2 cup mix to 1 cup of hot water

The whole duty of man

Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep is commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
Ecclesiastes 12:13

Blast off
A Rocket Stove actually is as cool as it sounds (or hot!?)
I think that Double Nickel Farm will be researching more on rocket stoves.

Facebook Status of my cousin's daughter:
IT'S A BOY!!! finally getting a brother today!!!! She has three sisters and the oldest is getting married today. Seems like I love my first cousin once removed perspective!! ( I did have to look up what our exact relationship is!) Wedding wishes to Amanda and Doug <3

Hot water is a wonderful thing
I love taking hot baths! Not the kind that are for scrubbing, but the kind where a book and long restful relaxation is involved. For the record I am going to take a hot boiling bath in just a few minutes!

It is never too late to learn a new skill or task.
self explanatory...

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Wednesday Window

Welcome to a small glimpse into my kitchen...I wish I could share the aroma of our simple dinner:

Quesadilla's-cheese filled tortilla's toasted on a comal. I used mozzarella cheese and sliced up some beef as a filler.

Cucumbers... It is a delicious side or a cool snack on a hot day. Slice the cucumbers and squeeze lemons or limes over them(you can use lemon or lime juice too), season with chili powder and salt. I use Kosher salt.

Now for a mini tour~
Inside the China Hutch in the dining room:
I love cookbooks. Reading the older ones give us a glimpse into food trends. I recently bought a Jello cookbook from 1963. It took me back to grade school and vegetables shredded and chilled in Jello. Definitely not a tasty memory but a glimpse. For the record I went to school in the early70's to mid 80's. I am not sure if schools do this anymore~not sure I want to find out!

This is the wall I worked on today. We have slowly been redoing the kitchen. You may have heard of the plan-the ten or twenty year makeover, anyhow...I went to Lowe's hardware over the weekend and bought some yardsticks. Each one was 60 cents. I painted them, then nailed them to this wall as my new gadget center. Now all of my kitchen doodads are neatly or better described as eclectically arranged in one place!

Thanks for visiting the Farm

Monday, December 29, 2008

2009 Plans

I rarely make any resolutions for the New Year. Being a wife and mother has clued me into the fact that I may be sincere and yet not accomplish anything. So as the New Year is nearly upon us, I thought I would share my simple tip to remove the pressure of resolutions.

Make a list of things that you do very well every day. Perhaps you make the bed before 7am every day...write this on the top of the paper. Continue on the list until you have nothing else to write. Now take a moment and reflect on how you turned the items on the list into habits that you are pleased with.

Now on the flip side of the paper write down 12 things that you would like to accomplish for 2009. Do not write DIET. Here is something I wish to accomplish...drink 6- 8 glasses of water per day. I am very neglectful on staying hydrated, and I live in a climate that requires that I maintain hydration. See this one accomplishment will complement my day, and will be easy to track using a dry erase marker on the fridge. I can make a tick mark for each glass. So this will be one that I know by February can become a good habit.

I am not going to feel deflated or disappointed if some days I miss my target goal. This is not something that will define me as a failure...

Instead of condemning behaviors that I may have picked up over the years, I try to learn a few new things over the New Year. Last year I challenged myself to bake bread from scratch. I mastered this and do not use a recipe card when I bake now! Oh and I have been experimenting with varieties of breads from the one base. Since I added a behavior that is beneficial to the family, another behavior must have gone to the back burner. One thing off the top of my mind is idleness. I have less time to sit and wander on the computer or watching TV.

Now back to the resolution list. If you must make a list, place the habits that you already do on the top, as you can begin on a mental success note.

My year is open to whatever the Lord puts before me. If I am in the Word He does press on me what I need to do.

So now you know my plans: be in the Word and~water. Yes it is easy to live a simple life.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Just Risk It

My thoughts for today are simple and make all the difference in my home, and perhaps can also in yours. We take time as a family to relax together. This afternoon we played Risk(click here to see Wiki link about game).

Even before we had the children Bill and I devoted time together at home, no money spent, just playing or relaxing. As each child was born we continued. Sometimes it was just a Lego building activity, or concentration with cards, and other times just playing in forts in the living room. The simple time together has been amazing and will travel many years in the future when the children have their own families. The way our children look to becoming parents has been impacted by simple time that they have had with Bill and I.

The way TV or the world presents family is negative, and often something that one wishes to ditch. I am saddened so much by this image as the family is a blessing. I have often heard that we seem corny or boring in the same conversation that I am told that my children are so nice, so kind, and well different. I promise you that the notion of teens and angst do not have to be synonymous.

So as you close your day, I challenge you to risk being corny and schedule an activity at home with your family. It has been worth it and never been boring, and as much as the kids will look back and smile, I will look back and wipe a tear of joy, as I never knew that it could be this way.

* the above photo of Risk Bill won!

* On another post I will share how the morning begins- as a family in His Word, as we know that all things are possible because of the Lord.