"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

Monday, August 1, 2011

White Sands and Wildfire

We went to White Sands last night for a simple picnic. There were storms coming in and we eventually saw a fire that was caused by a lightning strike, on the mountains east of Alamogordo, New Mexico.

I have written about White Sands before and love going there because the local children have an opportunity to sled which is really not possible in the winter as we have little to no snow. At the White Sands sledding is year round and very fun!

Of course sledding clothing is usually shorts and tee shirts, but otherwise it is almost like sledding in the snow! Well aside from the fact that you aren't cold, and you need to drink lots of fluids so you won't suffer from heat stroke!


I love the sands because I love to doodle...

We brought our small grill although the park has many covered picnic tables with grills.

On the menu:
beef slices marinated with jalapenos, limes and garlic
to make beef wraps in tortillas with tomatoes, lettuce and salsa
fresh veggies
shish kabobs with yellow and scallop squash



The White Sands are so wonderful! Miles of sand dunes to enjoy.


Up on the dune looking down to the truck and Bill

My Fourth up on the dune the above photo is taken from


As evening approached we noted a fire on the mountain. Lightning had been striking to the east of us, and we saw a fairly large wildfire.




This is a photo from the park seeing the fire. The camera is not the best in dark but you can see the glow of the fire in the center.

As we drove to town to pick up one of the teens from an activity we took a few more photos.


To the left of the golden arches sign you can see the fire on the mountain.


Photo credit J Holmes

Dinner and company at The White Sands was lovely. The fire on the mountain is a reminder that in an instant things can change and we must be prepared.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

On My Mind

Winter~

We must always look ahead and prepare for what is coming. The seasons come and go and while it is warm and delightful we must plan for the cold and chilly days ahead. Sometimes I am surprised at how some people are shocked when winter arrives.

I suppose that is how life is. An awareness hits us all at some point or another that life is a gift and we all are on a time clock. None of us are on the same time, so in essence we do not have the seasons over and again to remind us. Instead we have another powerful reminder of what is ahead, and what we can do to prepare.

We all will die. Some of us may die in sickly, old frail bodies gasping our final breaths, while others will die in a brand new edition of the human body, shiny, fresh and young. It is a reality that all of us face. No matter the condition of our body the surety of the season of death awaits us all.

So how can we prepare? What can we do? How can we be ready for our final destination because body condition is clearly not a requirement. So what is the requirement?

Belonging to a church?
Being good?
Paying tithing?
Not swearing?


NOPE...

The requirement is Jesus Christ. Through Him one can have eternal life. Have you ever seen the poster at a sporting event-John 3:16?

Well John 3:16 is in the New Testament and the verse says~ For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

As I reflect upon the upcoming winter I have you, the reader of this blog on my mind. If we prepare so efficiently for one season, why should we not prepare for something far longer than a season?

Thursday, July 28, 2011

On the Table


I decided today was my take it easy day and so I worked on some projects around the house. This braided rug I am working on is from some polyester fabric that I bought from a thrift store a few months ago. I bought around 40 yards of the fabric for~~drumroll please~~ 80 cents!! The fabric was neat and clean and most likely bought by someone with grand visions of polyester pantsuits and the likes!

For me, I saw potential seasonal curtains as these were large enough to be added to cotton to make sun blocks for summer over the standard curtains. I have the heavy or dual lined curtains over my cute curtains so the farm family can enjoy living in the desert by reducing the amount of heat that is allowed inside!

I have decided that my career until I die will be one of an innovator. I have realized that I have made it my personal challenge to take something and either change it into something different~or tweak it to make it better or more efficient for me. Why not?

Farm Life

New project on the farm...
We are building a coop inside one of the sheep pens. It will have the nesting boxes and a feeder that is under the house that the sheep will not get to.

We had to clear some mesquite~kind of wish pennies would drop from the sky every time we have to clear mesquite!

Love the farm wagon! It is a wonderful tool to help haul materials to project sites, as well as hauling away mesquite.
Here is Fourth pounding away on the new coop. Samson is in from of her and Delilah is on the right.


The materials for this coop are repurposed from other projects or salvaging that we have done on the farm.
Fourth is a very hard worker and a great asset to the farm.

When I watered the garden I noticed a scallop squash twin!! So cute!


And to continue with my previous post on recipes for Yellow Squash-
Squash Soup

Begin with 2 yellow squash
1 zucchini all washed and cut up
some frozen peas
frozen carrots
shredded chicken
some onion
a few cloves of garlic minced
a few stalks of celery washed and cut up
a bay leaf
one can of tomato sauce
Cook on stovetop on medium high for 20 or so minutes. Serve and enjoy. This recipe is a winner even in the summer. The soup is so tasty and everyone always has seconds.

The challenge will continue on~ so stay tuned(or run away!)

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Squish Squash

My garden has been slow to produce and to be honest not the usual farm garden. I suppose this year has weighed heavier on me than I wish to admit. For some reason my yellow squash has been producing like crazy although we have never had such incredible yields in all the years we have lived in New Mexico.

So the question then becomes~what do we do with so much squash?

Can it- check.
Dry it-check.

Experiment with recipes-check, with some of the recent recipes below! We have a clear winner in taste but I will share all and be ever so thankful that we have an abundance of food to place on the table.

Recipe 1: Baked Yellow Squash


I used the necks of the yellow squash and reserved the full body for another recipe.
3 crushed beef bouillon cubes
3Tbsp minced onions
1/2 stick of butter(minus mint jelly on one edge and toast crumbs)

Bake at 350F for 15 minutes.
No after photo...I guess I did not snap the photo. Here yellow squash with minced onions...


Thoughts-not the favorite of the family. Will I make it again? No


Recipe 2: Fried Yellow Squash

I used the large part of the yellow squash reserved from the first recipe.
Flour- a few cups
2 Tbsp New Mexico Chili Powder
Black Pepper
Salt
1 tsp Paprika
1/2 cup of crushed bread crumbs
3 cloves of garlic minced

1 egg and 1 or so cups milk mixed to soak the squash before putting in the flour batter.

Some of the fried squash. I fried them in Extra Virgin Olive Oil~ for those dieting I suppose this is a plus?! For me I wanted the flavor of the Olive Oil.


Thoughts- well fried food is pretty hard to mess up! Truth be told this was a huge hit! I had a hard time not eating all of the fried squash while cooking them. We will make this one again!

Recipe 3 Boiled Squash

This recipe was the easiest to make and its simplicity did not minimize its taste. Wash and cut the squash up put in sauce pan with water and boil for 15 or so minutes. Drain water.

Thoughts- delicious and definitely make again!

Recipe 4: Squash Casserole

3 yellow squash
1/2 onion diced
butter
milk
flour
salt
pepper
paprika
bread crumbs

I made this like scallop style potatoes, layering the squash and onions and butter. I then added hot water to a few tablespoons of flour and added 1/4 cup of milk. I added the spices and poured the liquid over the squash and baked it in the oven at 350 F for about 40 minutes. I sprinkled the bread crumbs on the top then baked it another 5 minutes with the broiler on.

Thoughts-this was another incredible dish! We will make this one again also as it was so tasty.

The boiled squash is in the bowl and the casserole is in the front dish!

In the Kitchen

Something old

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Summer Treats:updated

Summer cooking on the farm is a simple effort at not increasing the temperature in the house while making a meal. I have my dream stove that we found on Craigs*list for free for the pickup...kind of like this one here(but maybe a bit newer-`1960's**). With this stove I only heat up the small oven on the left side. So little heat yet so effective in easy snacks and meals.


These are called Greek Spinach Melts. I apologize for not remembering who made them, so I could credit them*. They are so easy and so delicious.
I used mini French bread loaf sliced into small thin pieces
1/4 cup Feta cheese
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup diced onion
1 garlic clove minced
1 tsp dill weed
crumbled bacon
1 cup fresh spinach washed and cut up in small pieces

Mix all the ingredients spread on the roll slices and bake at 400 F for ten or so minutes then serve!

salt to taste


My very own cheese pizza...(love that line in Home Alone)
Lazy I know-but here goes
1 can of self rising biscuits from refrigerator section of store
sauce-I made my own with 1 can tomato sauce-minced garlic and onions Italian seasoning salt and pepper.
Shredded cheese
onions
I flattened all the biscuits and then docked them with a fork, spread the sauce, added the onions then the cheese. So easy so simple.

Oh bake at 400F
Enjoy!


** I think I will take a photo of my fancy smancy Craigs*list stove. I really like it and cannot believe I own such an eclectic functional item!!

Update: Here is the link where I found this recipe. I altered her recipe a bit to make it more tasty for my family and suggest that for every recipe we should do so.