"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

Thursday, January 8, 2009

What is this? UPDATED

Can you guess what this is?

I have slowly been redoing my home in a way that requires little money and lots of creativity. This is something that is in my laundry room. I used a method of crafting that used white glue, water, and clippings from the magazine Popular Science (a favorite). The magazine was not just a random choice, but one that reflects what it is on.

Yes- it is a panel door to the Fuse Box(or electrical box). I just could not stand how dull and drab it looked and decided to give it a face lift. As it is an electrical box, I thought why not use pictures from a magazine that deal with electricity and science! Drab to fab in 20 minutes!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

A Russian Peasant?

I was emailed a link to a blog that compared me to a Russian Peasant! Can you believe that? The post was written as a commentary because of the story Michelle Malkin wrote about my family and I on the Double Nickel(click here to read MM article)

I must confess that my understanding of what a Russian Peasant is must be incorrect and here are a few reasons why I am wrong.

~I use organic bar soaps= 1 bar can cost the average consumer $3.99...my cost-pennies.
~I use organic liquid soaps= 1 bottle can cost the average consumer $9.98...my cost-pennies.
~I eat only organic free range eggs=1 dozen can cost the consumer $5.00...my cost-pennies.
~Eating organic free ranging goat=cost to the consumer is mind boggling...my cost less than $30 for the whole goat and her first offspring! Same with lamb.
~Organic free range turkeys= to the consumer $47.25...my cost...less than $10.00 padding feed cost.
~Organic free range chickens= cost to consumer $10.50...my cost... so below this!!
~Organic free range geese=can cost consumer $45.00...my cost...so below this!!
~Organic deodorant =can cost consumer $5.82...my cost $.25!

I always thought that the connection to being a Russian Peasant was derogatory. I stand corrected. Funny when I think of the financial crisis holding our nation under a cloud of doom, I wonder who is better off? The one that pays a ridiculous sum for a product, or one who knows how to provide the ridiculous product for her family and others.

By the way, have you seen the view from my front porch? Peasants do have the life don't they?

Oh and for the record I believe I should rightly be known as a German Peasant I am of German descent~
Guten Tag from the Double Nickel Farm!

Please feel free to click on any of these items as I provided links to products.
Vermont Soap Organics
Organic Eggs
Organic Goat
Organic chickens, turkeys, geese
Organic deodorant

Just Do It

This is a challenge to those apprehensive bread makers. Just do it! I had only made bread once or twice over the years, and secretly prayed I would someday have a bread maker. I am so glad that I didn't because it would sit next to all the other gadgets ...and never be used.

I began this journey of bread-making by making pizza crust, yes, pizza crust! Here is the simple recipe for you to try.

Part 1:

1 tbsp yeast
1 tbsp sugar
3/4 cup hot water(I run the tap for a minute or so...must not be super hot nor lukewarm)

First blend the sugar and yeast, then add the water, stir with a fork, and let rise. If it does not bubble up and make a mini dome then the yeast is dead, throw it out and start again. Once you mix it and it begins to foam, bubble, and froth start on the next step.

Part 2:
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp olive oil

Mix together...wait until the froth bowl of yeast mixture is ready(about 5 minutes!) Pour the yeast mixture into the flour mix. If it is a bit dry add a bit of water. I usually have a cup of hot water by me, and if it is dry I dip my hand in the water as a little bit goes a long way. I then begin the kneading process on the table which I lightly flour. Scary word, kneading, that means take the outer part of the dough and fold to the center and use your heal of your hand to work it. I do this for about 5-8 minutes. Then I lightly grease the bowl that I had the flour mixture in and put the dough in it, cover it and let rise on the window ledge. Once it doubles in size(here in NM sun it takes about 10 minutes), I put the dough on a greased pizza sheet and pad it and stretch it to the edges of the pan.

I then take a fork and poke holes(dock it) so the pizza crust will not rise but stay crust shaped!

Pizza sauce that we make:
1 can tomato sauce
shake of Italian seasoning
onion minced
pinch of cayenne pepper(we live in NM:)

~~spread sauce on crust, add cheese and favorite toppings and YUMMY, it takes about ten minutes to cook.

Once I did this for nearly a year, I realized that making bread did not scare me so much anymore. I ventured into making bread using a 1963 Betty Crocker cookbook. I use the best ever white bread recipe. It is easier than I thought, and like with the pizza dough I have begun experimenting with new ingredients.

Before the farm, I was your typical every day suburbs woman. I would buy Schwan's frozen bread dough to let rise and cook and never made hardly anything from scratch. If I can learn to bake so can any of you in blogland!!!

From the pizza crust recipe, I now make bread sticks, rolls and even a bread that taste like a sourdough bread...

Here is the post I wrote about making pizza.(click here because I have photos of the froth and the not so perfect looking pizza's!) In the link post I even experimented by making hot pocket style pizza's. Please be encouraged to try. We have grown up in a media world where everything must be visually appealing, and therefore we refuse to try because things do not come out perfect. So what! Perfect is for but One, and all the rest of us fall short, so accept that it will be unique in its appearance and have fun!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Computer Bailout?

My laptop (aka my mobile life) has been having some issues and the screen is fading, so Bill tried to call the number that we have for the warranty. Guess what? The company is in Chapter 11, so what to do? Bankruptcy? Bailout?

We have set a very low bar for the bailout monies and we are on a very dangerous slope as EVERYONE is pleading for money.

My advice: Prepare for the worst, expect the best. Times are not rosy and unlike the Great Depression- we as a society are ill prepared. Most of us do not know how to survive without even the basics. Our grandparents knew how to can foods, preserve foods, butcher animals, and grow a simple garden.

One should consider stocking up on foods. As you know, here on the Double Nickel we have a large portion of our food storage free ranging. If this is not a possibility you can stock up on non perishables. Do not go crazy and go to a survivalist style place, instead stock up on foods that you and your family eat, and know how to prepare. I mean if you stock up on 200lbs of flour and have never made a loaf of bread then this is not ideal. In addition to stocking up, I suggest learning to make some items from scratch. This is not being a pessimistic gloomy Gus, as it is a wonderful thing knowing how to bake a loaf of bread, and the result is everyone will love you!

My prayers are that this is just a bump and our economy will recover, but I have come to understand that only so much self destruction is tolerated before the fall. Too many of our citizens have forgotten that the nation has been successful because we have had a spirit of self reliance.

My plans for 2009: To continue to learn as many skills as possible for my family and I too continue on.

Here are five of the six loaves of bread I made today. The sixth never had a chance as it was inhaled by the savages I like to call my family!

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Friday, January 2, 2009

Love Being a Mom!

[ This is the post I wrote on January 2, 2008. I think that a year beginning with humor is always fun, so here is something that my son did that still makes me smile. Last year at this time we were finishing cleaning out the house we had rented in town, while jointly setting up on the farm...So here is the post- have a brilliant day!]

January 2, 2008 As I have written we are still slowly in the middle of the move. It has been days of repairing the well, replacing the water heater, cleaning, cleaning, weeding, and taking 2 loads of stuff in the van, each day.

Today was too cold, so we are cleaning the rental. I asked my second son to clean out the fridge. Now I am at a moment where I love...love...love being a mom. Maybe some readers can relate, my son found an onion deep in the back reaches of the neverworld of the land we call the Fridge. This onion was in a bag growing.

Here is what it looked like:
Last year was the year we read only biographies and autobiographies for school. So learning does pay off...because Second laughed and said that this is Einstein!

A few minutes ago Bill and I went in the kitchen and we broke into tons of laughter! Scroll down to see why we laughed

Things like this happen daily at our home. It really is such joy to be a mom to these kids!!! Next time you have onions think of Albert Onion Einstein!