"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

Friday, March 2, 2012

March Brings the 2nd Cookbook Giveaway!

The Double Nickel Farm is going to have a cookbook giveaway every single month for the rest of 2012. In the previous post I announced the winner of the 1st Cookbook giveaway.

Now it is time to share the cookbooks I am giving away this month. Well one is a cookbook and the other is a pamphlet.

The Treasury of Campbell's Recipes was printed in 1991 and is a softback book. It is not taking a can of soup and serving it, but is instead a book of pretty amazing recipes using Campbell's Soups. Some of the recipes included in the book are Chicken Tetrazzini, Peanut Noodles, and Cajun Style Shrimp! I have loved this cookbook and am happy that it will be going to a new home where someone else can enjoy it.

The pamphlet is a 2003 Pampered Chef Recipe Collection Fall/Winter. It only has 32 pages but believe me, it is loaded with delicious recipes. Some recipes in this pamphlet are Cheesy Spinach Pinwheels, Minestrone Pasta Bowl, and Chocolate Satin Napoleons. I stumbled across Pampered Chef years ago and although I do not have many of the items they sell, I do have two that I use all the time. I love the mini serving spatula as it fits my hand so nicely, and the Mix and Chop. I usually do not endorse anything on this blog and am not receiving anything from Pampered Chef, but I do like to share things that work.

Now back to the contest.

Here are the rules for this contest:
  1. The contest is from this post until March 15. Winner will be announced on the 16th.
  2. The winner will receive both the cookbook and pamphlet.
  3. You can enter once a day.
  4. This time all you have to do is enter. It was very nice that I learned so much about the readers of the blog...but this time all you need to do~is say I'm in, or in, or something like that.
  5. I am happy that those that do not have blogs left me an email address with their comment. If you do not have a blog, please leave me an email with your comment. To prevent any extra spamming leave it like this penofjen(at) yahoo(dot)com~ I really have no idea if it works but so many people do this that it must. Or perhaps it is just neat to do. No worries!

So thank you in advance for visiting the blog and enjoy commenting! I will add a button to the sidebar later tomorrow, so it will make it easy to comment each day!

Have a great weekend!


And the Winner of the

Double Nickel Farm 1st Cookbook giveaway...
Of this lovely Amish Cookbook...

Is the person that posted the 47th comment.

And that person is...debbieo

I did delete two comments. The first one was from Gayle-right after she entered-telling me how to disable the word verification. The second one was from Joan...it was a duplicate comment. I have been having at least one duplicate comment a day since the comment thing changed. Has anyone else noticed this?

Well Debbie, please leave me your mailing address here-and I will not post it! I would like to thank everyone that participated! I am going to post the next Cookbook giveaway on the next post.

Have a lovely weekend, and thank you all for sharing so much about yourselves. I really enjoyed all the kind comments sharing tidbits of who you are.


Thursday, March 1, 2012

No Fire Departments were summoned

although the burning smell could have teased even the giant hook and ladder truck to the farm!

I tried for the first time to make horehound candy. It is a simple recipe calling for honey, water, dried horehound, and molasses.

I used exact measurements.
I used a candy thermometer.
The burnt smell may be here forever.

Will I try again?

You bet! I now know one way how not to make horehound candy! Lessons are not always about how to do things, but also how not to do things.

Oh and yes, in case you are wondering~that burning smell is the Double Nickel!

Andrew Breitbart

Andrew Breitbart has died.

In times where shadows are used to cover corruption, there are always at least a few willing to shine a light and expose the truth. Thank you Andrew Breitbart for your great work, I will miss you.

Marching through the year

In my 1st Cookbook Giveaway, I asked that everyone that entered share something about themselves with each comment. I loved reading all the comments and getting to know more about those that stop by the farm. In fairness, since I requested you share something about yourselves, I thought I would share some things about me. I tried to think of new things that I have not shared. The winner of the 1st Cookbook Giveaway will be announced tomorrow as well as March's cookbook giveaway! I am going to add a button on the sidebar, as I will be having 10 more Cookbook giveaways.

So here goes- a bit more about me:

~I love the challenge that the farm has offered me. I have always enjoyed making things, and on the farm, I am able to create without worry. If it is not perfect, I accept what I have done, or begin again.

~I love learning about other places. Many times I will be reading on line about a place that I have a book about. I love to read how families/people live around the globe, learn about the foods they eat, what they wear, and what they believe.

~I am a better driver than passenger~especially in the mountains. Don't ask my family as they most likely will tell stories about my phantom slamming on the brake, or grabbing the handle in the truck and more that will make my face turn beet red!

~I rarely wear socks~although tonight I actually have on a pair of one of the boys. I think I own two pair of socks.

~I rarely wear any shoes at home. And after I married Bill, I realized high heels of any sort would do nothing for me, so I do not own ANY high heels.

~I saw the movie Silence of the Lambs. We were living in Germany and I was pregnant with my second son when AFN(Armed Forces Network) played it. I had to watch the entire movie once it began as I have this terrible thing in me that creates far worse mental images than a movie can create. I had no idea that AFN showed scary movies and also would show movies without editing~remember back then, TV still censored language etc. That movie was horrible. I do not understand why people write that stuff or film it. Poor Bill had to go even to the bathroom with me for weeks.

~I went to high school in the middle of nowhere. I have not gone to any reunions and hope maybe to make it to my 30th in 2015.

~I am more than an optimist. I am a verb to make things happen. No this does not mean that things are perfect for me. Instead this means that I am willing to roll up my sleeves and do what needs to be done. Tomorrow is coming no matter how much I complain, sulk, cry, or close my eyes. I decided long ago to accept this and be part of what I could do.

~I love old movies. If I could, I would own all of the Abbott and Costello, Jerry Lewis, Lucille Ball(movies and TV), Doris Day, Cary Grant, Rock Hudson, James Garner(TV and movies), a few of Henry Fonda's (Spencer's Mountain, Fail Safe, 12 Angry Men) as well as a few of Jimmy Stewart's and many of the older musicals...Oh and in case I disappointed anyone with my scary movie reveal in #6, I love some Alfred Hitchcock movies-Dial M for Murder/Rear Window/North by Northwest/Strangers on a Train...and a few more.

~I love to read. When I was a little girl I read The Bobbsey Twins, The Three Investigators and Trixie Belden. I read everywhere and anywhere. I read the cereal boxes, carted home books from the school library, and ordered books from the school book orders.

~When given the choice between home economics or shop class in school, I chose shop class. I was deathly afraid of the power tools(still am), and still smile at how I was able to complete a mini shelf. It was not level and I sanded it like crazy, for months, to 'look' busy. I am sure my grade was out of pity instead of skill, although I did receive an A in the class(for those outside USA-this was top grade).

~I love playing games and miss that my kids are getting older and this part of our life has slowed down some.

~I nearly drowned as a young girl. It is the main reason I had all of my children take Red Cross swimming courses. This is also the reason I love to go to the beach, but not swim, and sit on the edge of the pool with my feet swirling around.

~I do not like sweets that much. If I had to choose a favorite chocolate bar I guess it would be a Reece's Peanut Butter Cup-or the original Whatchamacallit.

~I can write in reverse and it is legible if you hold it up to a mirror.

~I still have my stuffed bear from when I was a little girl. I had the chicken pox when I was in 2nd grade and mom bought me a bear to make me feel better. My bear has been on all of my kids beds at one point or another and soon will have a place back in my bedroom. I eventually called the bear Pookey although it was nameless for several years.

~I do not like coffee. I suppose over my life, I have had about 10 cups of coffee. To me the taste is so misleading~as the smell is so heavenly. Bill drinks coffee with no sweetener~he loves coffee.

~I constantly am studying. I love to learn and have at any given time several topics or areas I am researching. I am a person with lots of interest and cannot imagine a time where I won't have several books about with notepads, highlighters and index cards.

~With the family, every single rock larger than my hand has been brought to the farm. For my siblings~how about that? Do you remember the rock shirts? I have had my kids use the rock shirt concept to haul their toys away etc. and now all these years later, I had to haul rocks to my place! How funny is that? But here is the twist, every rock I collect~has a fossil on it. When you look at photos of the farm and see the rocks larger than a hand~keep this in mind~every single one, was hauled here.

~Every day except for Saturday, I iron Bill's clothes. I suppose I could iron all at once and be done with it, but when I iron I chat with Bill. So this is how I like it.

I thank all those that entered the contest and shared so much about you. I tried to think of new things about me~but don't forget this: I am a believer in Jesus Christ and am thankful for His work on the Cross. I am happily married to my best friend Bill. We have been married for almost 24 years. I have four amazing children. Well three are adults and one is a teen, but to me, they will always be my babies. And as no post should be without a photo~here are my babies...1996.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Leap Year on the Farm

Well hotdog! Leap year on the farm has been exciting! Nellie, the LaMancha has given birth to twins! Remember~this is a farm blog...so critter birth photos are uncut and showing how life is.

Nellie with her twins. I love how the little's are wobbly legged when they are born. So cute. If you remember Norm-the papa, was black...so it was neat to have a white one and a black one. Norm is no more as he loved my gardens as much as I do, so we sold him to a butcher. On the farm we now call our flooring Norm or even Mr. Ham(the ram) or Mrs. Ham(the ewe) as they financed the overhaul. Fortunately, Norm provided nicely in the kidding!
On all fours at last!! Yes, that is afterbirth. I am fairly certain the black one is a female. Waiting to see on the white one.

Nellie is doing a good job so far!

High Fives from Delilah to Fourth! Yay

And because I can~ I am adding a cuteness photo. Lizzie and Laura enjoying dinner time with the big girls!

Happy Leap Year from the Double Nickel

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The Simple Life

As those that are regulars to my blog know, I am striving to live a more simple life on less. Less in no way means cheap or poor.

Much of my journey has involved learning how to make many things so I could still have the things I enjoyed in my former life(before the farm). In the process, I have discovered how many products are loaded down with things that are not healthy for us. I believe this journey has been a blessing for my family as we have homemade items filled with natural/organic ingredients that are far better than store bought products.

My newest skill I have learned is how to make lip balm. In my previous post I shared how windy it is today in New Mexico. With the dry winds come dry and chapped lips. So I decided today was the day to make lip balm.

Here is the close-up of the finished product! 18 tubes of lip balm and 2 tins

The ingredients...I forgot to show the locally harvested honey!! Well imagine it is next to the extra virgin olive oil and the beeswax~

The work station. I had talked to Bill about making me something that would hold the tubes up when I poured the ingredients into them, but needed something today. Fortunately, we do have an abundance of egg cartons, so I improvised.

After filling the containers I realized one important thing. They are small and one must pour slowly! As a thrifty person, I could not let the spilled product go to waste~

~and I did waste a good deal...or so I thought. I waited until it hardened, scraped it up and

put it in the double boiler, melted it again and filled...

Six more tubes!! Wow!
Neat isn't it? By the way, the missing tube? Fourth has it! We had to have a product tester-and she willingly volunteered.

In case you were wondering, I made the 18 tubes and 2 tins for less than the price of two Burt's Bees Lip Balm products(what I usually use for dry/chapped lips). I love my simple life!