"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

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Before

This post is a Before post. Things on a farm have a few perspectives. Before and After posts share a window that is not the most pleasant because if you are reading a Before post then you know what is coming.



This is the Before of Lil Turk. His appearance for after will be more fitting for the freezer later today.

This is Before of Krut. His appearance will be more in line with the main course on Thanksgiving.

This is my mountain Before the storm hit. Oh and the storm? It did not hit us, just the mountain.


On the table are my Before little owls. I sewed the one on the left and need to stuff him and attach his eyes wings and beak. The little one on the right is in the Before stage.

For the record this season-the autumn/wintertime in New Mexico is the time to butcher, to craft and to relax from the intense heat experienced over the other season...remember? Surface of the Sun season is finally over and we can cool off for a bit!

Beware as an upcoming post will be titled After. I really don't hold back with the realities of farm life.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

The Letter S looks:

sweet as I made cinnamon rolls today! The space? Well we have Sneaky Nibblers around the farm. The secret? Mashed potatoes!

Surprised?

spicy as I mixed up a jar of spaghetti seasoning mix this afternoon.
Simply blend 4 tbsp each~ minced onions, parsley flakes, cornstarch, salt; 1 tsp each ~instant minced garlic, basil, thyme, sage, marjoram, oregano and; 4 tsp sugar. Put a lid on the jar and shake. I add to unsalted sauce to make a simple spaghetti sauce-sometimes with meat sometimes not!

soupy as I made South American Soup today in the slow cooker.
I collect cookbooks and this is a recent find. Fourth found the recipe in this cookbook yesterday and asked if I would make it.

So simple to make:
1. medium onion diced
2. 1 cup carrot peeled and diced
3. 1 cup winter squash- I used Acorn squash
4. 1 sweet potato peeled and diced
5. 2 cups potatoes- I was a tad short on this. peel and dice
6. Canned corn-recipe calls for using liquid but I always rinse the canned veggies.
7. 1 clove garlic minced.
salt pepper and paprika
2 cups fresh washed torn spinach
1.5 lbs lean pork or beef cut up. I used stew meat.


Brown the meat in a few tbsp of olive oil with the onions and garlic and put in crock pot. Add veggies and 3 or so cups of water. Slow cook 8 hours or until done. Add the fresh spinach and put on high for 10 minutes until the spinach wilts.


Serve!
simple as this is what the simple life looks like!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Wednesday Window

Busy here on the farm. I often sit at the computer and wonder if anyone sees the world the way I do. I am startled by how far, we as a society, have come that we ignore the preciousness of life unless it is wanted and seek the materialism that is always one inch beyond reach.


I read this morning that Michelle Duggar is pregnant again. I am overjoyed for her and read a lovely article about her here. I confess that if the Lord had allowed I would most be much like Michelle. I love being a mother. May we all welcome a new baby as the Duggar family does.


As I type my posts seem to match my mind-here and there wandering from thought snippet to thought snippet.


Here are a few photos of things around the farm


Enchilada Sauce- Double Nickel Farm version #31. 1 tsp cumin
2. 2 tsp New Mexico chili powder
3. 1/2 tsp salt
4. 1/4 tsp garlic powder
5. 1/4 tsp onion powder
6. 1/2 tsp Mexican oregano
7. 24 oz. unsalted tomato sauce

I mix all the ingredients together and
store them in a jar in the fridge overnight. I do not heat them-yet the overnight chill makes it perfect when I prepare the enchiladas and then put the sauce on and bake.



My daughter and I have been documenting the astounding growth of the Great Pyrenees pups. They are so amazing to watch...she has taken the training to heart and is extremely talented in her ability to train these mini giants.


It seems to take me several photos to calm the pups down to snap a perfect photo- and yes that is Red the Rooster fleeing on the top right. Remember Samson and Red are pretty good friends...reminder post here!

Salsa on the farm- wimpy on the right(mom's-note lid=me) and spicy on left.
I use tomatoes~jalapenos~Serranos~cilantro~garlic~onion and freshly squeezed lime.
Farmer loves salsa on everything. I love salsa just as much but am a bit more selective. I prefer spaghetti minus salsa!

Thought I would share a bird's eye view of mashing of the beans~ in my making refried beans. I cook pinto beans in the crock pot overnight with one onion, 2 cloves of garlic and a chili pepper. By morning they are cooked and I have beans with breakfast. I mash them for the dinner meal...oh I love beans.

Random snippet of my life. I live near several pistachio orchards. Believe it or not I live near the World's Largest Pistachio!! I am not trying to make any of you jealous~as everyone seems to have their own ball of twine nearby~you may have to look around bit!! I love the garlic pistachios. Oh boy they are so delightful!

Here is another random snippet of my life. My grocery has a tortilla factory(far left oval). I am not sure if our town has a bakery like the Great Harvest Bread company(which by the way I love-in Utah) but we do have several tortilla factories. I confess that although I make a mean tortilla, I also buy torts here. And on the farm we eat more tortillas than bread-so it is a good thing that torts are more common. {Great Harvest Bread Company-if you are reading...I do miss my visits and the lovely free samples~ooh how much I enjoyed my last stop shopping when we lived near you}

This was my view tonight...oh I love my mountains.


And finally- my table has become the harvest center for the past few days.
The cayenne peppers are drying, the tomatoes ripening, and I am enjoying the blended aromas of each!


This has been a window to my Wednesday! We have incredibly exciting news that is happening this month on the farm~ I can't wait to share.

Have a lovely week!
Jennifer

Friday, November 4, 2011

Sweet Eats



For dinner tonight I made one of my favorite foods-sweet potatoes. I love sweet potatoes! I never even tried a sweet potato until we bought the farm and I am sad to confess that I missed out on something wonderful for a good many years.

Now for my quirky reveal-I do not really care for sweet things. So the first time I made a sweet potato I made it the way that would be more savory. I made it onions and a bit of olive oil. Oh so delightful and the only way I have ever eaten them!

The sweet potato is an incredibly healthy food. Please jump over to World's Healthiest Foods and read about them here- you will be amazed!

My recipe:


One sweet potato and one medium onion

washed and peeled-save the peelings...


pour about 2 tablespoons of olive oil in oldest dinged skillet or pan you may have! (ignore creepy reflection in oil~blame dinged pan)


Cut up the sweet potato into small pieces slice onion in rings


Put pan on medium heat...cook for a bit and eat!
For the record: The peelings are for the turkeys. It is November and some things need to fatten up for a certain day. Not saying it will be something either of us enjoy, but the end result will be appreciated by the farm family!
The photos are from my cell phone. Seems like it is a glorified camera far more than a machine to text or chat...so by glorified we can all agree that I mean photos in a hurry that I can quickly zip to my computer, open-download and post.

Oh and Bill's comment? Delicious.
My comment? Superb!
Kids comments? You made sweet potatoes? Ugh we only went to the movies and missed out!!

Coming soon!

Life slowed things down...but I am feeling more like my old self once again~and~

I have a ton of backlogged posts that I am going to begin posting. In case you are wondering about what I am going to start blogging about here goes:

Making things on the farm:
laundry soap
deodorant
shampoo
toothpaste

Using the solar dryer
Using a woodstove
making a rocket stove

making enchilada sauce
spaghetti sauce
Kimchi

using natural cleaners that you need not rush to a special store to purchase

sheep-the wool, hoof care, lambs, butchering, making a new shelter, recipes

chickens the egg the nest and the cluck...

Turkeys-

amazing success using raised bed gardens all the while rationing the water

freezing~canning~drying foods

baking breads using anything and everything

cooking with powdered milk

preparing for next year-projects etc

and then several posts on the Bible about for ever, the feasts, the sabbath, grace, Noah, Jesus, Lazarus and the rich man and perhaps more

in addition I will write about my family. I love being a wife and mother and love my family


-plus simple life, this and that, Monday musings, Friday Five's, Thrift, holidays, and well the farm!!

Thank you for stopping by my corner of the internet!

Jennifer

Which 1% do you think about?

As we are bombarded with the news of the occupiers, I thought I would share something that made me appreciate something different. On Wednesday I had an opportunity to go to the VA hospital in El Paso, Texas. As expected many of the people there were older and far from their days in a uniform. As I walked through the halls I thought deeply about this professed 1% of Americans that are ruining things for the rest of us. I thought about how the Occupy movement has received understanding from the White House as well as from many in Congress and kind of frowned.

Because I saw a sight that made me choke up and nearly burst into tears. In the VA hospital were several young soldiers~young like my oldest son...in wheelchairs.

These men and women are the 1% I focus on.

You see they are part of a group that comes from a small number of Americans that choose to stand-

And if one understands military strength, one realizes that in order to live with the peace, freedoms and security that even our precious whining Occupiers enjoy, we have to have a set of horns.

If you are unfamiliar with what a set of horns means, let me explain. You see bulls do not eat meat, yet they have long horns to show the predators they want to be left alone as they graze. And living here in the southwest I see Texas Longhorns which have the most ferocious long horns ever.

Our military is ferocious. We stand~ and for the rest of the western world to hate our actions I must remind them that 2011 would be a far different world if America was not so willing to not only protect our way of life, but also the western world's comfy way of life. Perhaps you argue it is about Big oil etc...I cannot disagree. You see, I enjoy having the ability to drive to and fro. I appreciate that I can place my child on an airplane to travel back east. I enjoy typing utilizing energy and living the life I lead.

I am sick and tired of those that whine and cry. Act. If you don't like that you have a college loan- PAY IT OFF. If you don't like using gasoline or oil- move off grid. If you don't like Brussels sprouts-don't eat them. If you don't like big corporations and their greed- cease dealing with them- no one makes you use banking or money or modern medicine. No one forces you to even enroll your children in schools that utilize big oil, waste energy and have sporting events that teach winning instead of group losing.

As I walked those halls in El Paso, I was humbled. I know I will never convince the occupiers to stop whining, as this has worked for them. Without a cause, the politicians will never get any more tax dollars so...the occupiers will receive handouts, food stamps, bailouts on home loans that they signed up for, credit card reprieves regardless of the fact that they had to buy that $400.00 pair of sneakers on credit~ NOW~ instead of paying cash for their purchases.

I often wonder what people felt as times heated up just before something happened that changed their way of lives... did it feel like it does now? Because in my heart of hearts, I feel something big is coming our way. And we are too busy hating the 1% all the while ignoring the 1%

“Less than 1 percent of the American population is bearing 100 percent of the burden of battle.” - Tom Brokaw