"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 10, 2013

Don't Forget

photo credit T. Cates

that Daddies as well as Mommies are leaving their wee ones for deployment overseas.   This is one of my son's Army buddies hugging ever so tightly his precious Maya. He is leaving tomorrow and this is a photo of what he is filling his last moments with before he leaves.   Thank you Nick for serving in our Armed Forces. Thank you Tiffany Cates...you are in service too, as you are holding the home front together for your handsome soldier. 

Nick and Tiffany Cates and daughter Maya...we will be praying for your family.

Father of the Year Contest

Guess what  former President Bill Clinton was honored with: Father of the Year title!  This is not an award I would have ever guessed would be something he would be honored with.   I can understand if Chelsea thinks this of her dad.  In a perfect world we would all give that title to our own fathers but I have to wonder if there isn't someone else more qualified in this position?

So I am having a Father of the Year Contest here on the blog...The winner will be announced on March 1, 2013. Contest entries will be accepted until 11:59 on February 28, 2013.

Here are the rules...leave a comment with your choice and why your father or someone you know that is a father is your choice for Father of the Year.

You can also leave a link to your blog with your choice and a post you write about them.

I will try and share your posts and I may grab the photos of your dads and post here for others to see.
In addition I may copy and paste stories to share so others can get to see  your choice for Father of the Year.

Keep in mind, this will be a hard task to select a winner...I believe that the role a man takes as a Father is ever so important.

One entry per person.

Oh and feel free to share this post about the world wide web...I am certain that many people can name someone that deserves this honor and here on the farm I would like to take the time and share these Fathers.

*let me know if you link this post...whether on Face*book, the blogity world, or elsewhere.

Oh and the prize?  Let's see...an all expense paid vacation to a warm tropical beach?  No-already done too much.  Hmm...2 tickets to the Superbowl?  No-I mean why...the winners of the Superbowl want to go to Disneyland!  So what should the prize be?  I think it should be something amazing ...if I could I would spare no expense... But we are humble on the farm...so instead how about a gift card to Amazon?  Yes,that way the winner can choose anything he wants. The winner of the Double Nickel Farm Father of the Year contest will win a 50.00 gift card to Amazon.com!

Oh and for the record...I mean no ill towards the Superbowl or Disneyland.  If you have been a regular reader on the farm, you understand our humble life!
photo credit

And today is brought to you by the color Orange

and of the importance of thrift!

I assembled the ingredients for dinner and realized how simple and orangey it looked so I thought I would share.  In addition, this is the third meal from the original roast I made, so once again thrift is important on the farm. In case you are wondering, I made the roast, then burritos, and now Orange Stew!

Yep, that is what I have decided this stew should be called!

 Orange Stew
1. 2 medium carrots washed, peeled, and diced. 
Save your peelings and you can make carrot cake 
or cookies.
2. 2 medium potatoes washed, peeled and diced. 
Save your peelings to bake with a bit of olive
oil and salt. (yum)
3. 2 medium sweet potatoes, washed, peeled, and diced.
Save your peelings for compost or chickidoodles.
4.  Roast shredded or chopped up about 1.5 cups
5.  medium onion.  If your gang likes onion chop
it up. Mine only likes the flavor...sigh...makes me 
wonder, did I take away all their onion love? You
know~to horde it for me!!  
6. 1 large garlic clove, minced
7. Not pictured~ 2 tbsp flour
8.  Not pictured~1 tbsp NM chili powder
9. Not pictured~1 tsp dried parsley
10. Not pictured~water to cover stew.

Then you need some beef broth or beef bouillon.  I reserved some of the broth from the roast.
Some made gravy and this portion I had been planning on making French Dip and this with be the au jus, but changed my mind as my gang has been a sniffling (more on that at the end). Many times people throw away things and then use a store bought product.  In times like these, it is important to not waste such valuable, nutritious items.

Oh back to the beef broth...remember what I said about onions?  Well I need to make this rich juice palatable to my gang, so I whipped the contents of this jar with the blender.

Here the juice is nicely blended.

I will let it slow cook until dinner and serve it up with a roll.

Since my sweeties are sniffling, I wanted to make something that will help them by boosting their immune systems.

So this meal is full of immune boosting vitamins.

I will update with a photo and don't forget to look about and see if you can see the orange in today!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Project 1

Group of crocheted items
Let's see~the top three on the left were technically finished last year, but I did not record them.

The rest are items made from remnant yarn.  The crocheted cloth on the right side middle is of several small pieces of yarn that I tied together until I had enough yarn to make it.  All of the items will be used on the farm.  Some to go under hot dishes at the table, others as washcloths or dishscrubbies. 

As I love the Bible and often name critters Biblical names, I think I will apply a Biblical name to my multi-colored washcloth.  From this day forth it will be known as the washcloth of many colors.

Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours. Genesis 37:3

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Friday, January 4, 2013

2013 Books

This will be a list of most of the books I am reading this year.  I began my book list in February for 2012 and then kind of trailed off...perhaps I will do better in 2013!

  1. The Bible and Life by Edwin Holt Hughes. 1915. Downloaded from project Gutenberg. 
  2. Rodale's All-New Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening. Fern Marshall Bradley and Barbara W. Ellis, ed.  Rodale Press. Emmaus PA. 1992
*1992-new to me!!


    3. Imperial Rome. Moses Hadas. Time Life Books. 1965.                                                              4.   Manners and Customs in the Bible.  Victor H. Matthews. Hendrickson Publishers. Peabody MA.  2003.  I have read this book before, but I am rereading it.
    5. Our Father Abraham.  Marvin R. Wilson. Wm. B. Eerdman's Publishing Co.  Grand Rapids MI. 2011.     
    6.  Fossilized Customs.  Lew White.  Torah Institute.  Louisville KY. 2012.
    7.  Esther The Romance of Providence. J. Vernon McGee. 2005
    8.  Greece and Rome Builders of our World.  National Geographic Society. 1968.
    9.  Come Out of Her My People. C.J. Koster.  Institute for Scriptural Research. 2009.  
    apparently I am not so good about keeping tabs on what I read.  Even with the best of intentions.  I read daily and cannot believe quickly I forgot to record the books read this year!!
    10. In Search of Paul How Jesus's Apostle Opposed Rome's Empire with God's Kingdom. Grossan
    11. Cooking in Ancient Civilizations.  Kaufman
     12. A Promise Fulfilled.  Greenfeld
    13. Israel The Culture.  Smith
    14.  My Jewish Year. Senker
    15. Ancient Rome on Five Denarii a Day. Matyszak
    16.  The Founders of the Western World A History of Greece and Rome. Grand
    17.  Nero The Destroyer of Rome
    18.  Cleopatra Ruling in the Shadow
    19.  Israel Enchantment of the World.  Hintz
    20.  Israel. Garfinkle
    21.  Israel the People
    22. What Life was Like When Rome Ruled the World 100 BC- AD 200
    23..  What Life was Like at the Dawn of Democracy.  
    24.  Healing Plants of the Bible.  Krymow
    25.  Colonial Folkways.  Andrews
    26.  Ask a Mexican!  Arellano
    27.  Glenn Beck's Common Sense.  Beck
    28.  The Bible is History.  Wilson 
    29. Culinary Arts Institute Mexican Cookbook
    30. Cooking at Home with the Culinary Institute of America
    31. 100 Health Boosting Foods  
    32.  Floating Schools and Frozen Inkwells.  Adams, Thomas.
    33. Old Time Schools and School Books.  Johnson
    34.  The Civilization of Ancient China. Corona.
    35. The World Until Yesterday.  Diamond.
    36.  The Columbia History of the World.  ed. Garraty.
    37.  Matthew Brady Portraits of a Nation.  Wilson.
    38.  The Gentle Tamers Women of the Old Wild West.  Brown.
    39.   Inside the Victorian Home.  Flanders.
    40.  The Miracle of Freedom 7 Tipping Points that Saved the World.  Stewart, Stewart.
    41.  Jewish Holiday Crafts.  Becker.
    42.  Collapse How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed.  Diamond.
    43.  Crafts of Mexico.  Harvey.
    44.  The Ten Lost Tribes.  Benite.
    45.  How to Keep Kosher.  Stern.
    46.  Daily Life in the Middle Ages.  Newman.
    47. Guns, Germs, and Steel.  The Fates of Human Societies.  Diamond.
    48.   Hiding to Survive.  Rosenberg 
    49.  Maya Ruins in Central America. Ferguson
    50.   Great Empires of the Ancient World.   ed. Harrison
    51.   Constantine Ruler of Christian Rome.  Morgan.
    52.   Wonders and Miracles.  Kimmel.
    53.   Purim.  Peppas.
    54.   Ancient Wonders of Central and South America. Woods, Woods.
    55.   Laura Ingalls Wilder Real Life Pioneer of the Little House Books.  Ford.
    56.  Laura Ingalls Wilder Storyteller of the Prairie. Wadsworth.
    57.  The Great Depression & The New Deal. Rauchway.
    58.   There Were Giants Upon the Earth.  Sitchin
    59.    Stolen Innocence.  Wall
    60.    Celebrating Passover.  Hoyt-Goldsmith.
    61.    Under the Banner of Heaven.  Krakauer.
    62.   Cooking the Mexican Way.  Coronado
    63.   Cooking the Irish Way.  Hughes.
    64.   Cooking the Israeli Way.  Bacon.
    65.   A Passover Holiday.  Raabe.

2013 Tally Page

This is a post to compile the projects I complete in 2013.  It is kind of a personal tally sheet to remind me of what I have done over the year.  It will not be complete if 2012 is my model, but I will try and be more diligent in my record keeping.
  1. Project 1 . Making items using leftover yarn.
  2. Project 2 Crocheted lap quilt. 
  3. Project 3 Bread towel. 
  4. Project 4 Organized Simple Wedding.
  5. Project 5 Button Bouquet 
  6. Project 6 Hangin' Around
  7. Project 7 On the table(centers to granny square quilt)
  8. Project 8 T-shirt Rug (soon to be in blog post)
  9. well what a surprise.  I am not recording my projects either.  I need to get on the ball.  Jen of the future you really will wish you were more detail oriented.  No excuse except...have you seen my cutie pie husband?  He takes my day and transforms it and I run out of time to remember to add new completed projects.
  10. Crocheted Lap quilt
  11. Ten crocheted dish scrubbies
  12. Dried mint
  13. Dried cilantro
  14. Dried amaranth
  15. owl toy for the county fair
  16. light replaced in room that formerly housed Second my ever so handsome FEO 
  17. electrical wiring and switch replaced in above room
  18. OH I cannot believe I have not posted this!!! We have green grass!  A real yard in the heart of the desert...and it is so wonderful for this former midwest gal!
  19. Ouch.  I am terrible at recording this.  Let's see we gained a room as Second moved to an apartment with First.  We redid the room.  Baseboards, rewired old wiring, window trim, paint etc.  All but the paint and wiring was salvage and the paint I used cantaloupe ~yep it is bold and wonderful.
  20. We added two small gardens on the west side of the property.
  21. I made new curtains from quilt tops I bought at an antique store for $5! They look amazing.
  22. I have been saving seeds from this years garden.  Wow...even though I thought we did not make a big garden it is still pretty big!
  23. I have frozen 16 cups of squash and dried the same amount.  I make it a medley of zucchini, crookneck, and pattypan.
  24. I have frozen and dried 10 cups each of kale as well. 
  25. I have frozen five cups of sweet bell peppers.
  26. I have dried oodles of rosemary, lemon~lime~and sweet basil, lavender, marigold, peppermint, spearmint, and yarrow.
  27. I will be pickling about 5 pints of hot peppers.
  28. I have two half gallons of pickles~like my Mamaw make fermenting.
  29. I have made two tee shirt rugs
  30. I have made a braided rug
  31. Canned 5 quarts of veg soup
  32. Canned 5 pints of veg stock
  33. Canned well many pints/quarts of beans.
  34. Have enough in freezer to make 18 quarts of vegetable juice.
  35. Have enough in freezer to make 5 quarts of chicken stock-waiting for cooler days as it is hot to use the pressure canner.
  36. added a play area to my laundry room...I need to update with photos~I know!
  37.  Wow- lots to update.   Four 1/2pints of strawberry jam
  38. 2 1/2 pints blueberry jam
  39. Four pints strawberry syrup
  40. Four pints grapes in light syrup
  41. Four pints of strawberries in light syrup
  42. Canned tomato sauce with kale
  43. Canned v-8 (well v9 this time)
  44. Canned tomato juice
  45. Canned pickled radishes
  46. Canned pickled onions~oh my these are my absolute favorite!!  2 large batches
  47. Canned French onion soup
  48. Canned pickled zucchini
  49. Froze 40 lbs of green chili
  50. Froze 20 bags 2 cups each of squash medley
  51. Froze 10 2 cup bags of kale
  52. Frozen 10 2 cups bags of kale stems
  53. Froze 10 bags of scraps for stock
  54. Sewed two queen size pillowcases for my room
  55. Froze 10 2 cups bags of sweet bell peppers