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We are still here…

I haven’t abandoned ship. We are going through the stages of colds and battling asthma here. Welcome to fall. Hoping to be back posting soon!

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Why we aren’t joining 4H this year…

First let me say, I loved our time in 4H. And we miss the great fellowship we had with other families when we were in it. Our children learned a great deal when we were involved. Except this year….we won’t be joining.

If you have done 4H then you certainly know the pledge. We still do and I love the words.

I pledge my head to clearer thinking,
my heart to greater loyalty,
my hands to larger service and
my health to better living, for my club, my community,
my country, and my world.

One of the early reasons for signing my children up for 4h is because we loved that pledge. It is heart warming! And something you would not expect from Big Bad Ag Biz Monsanto…..right? Wrong. Monsanto has become one the biggest supporters to 4H.  With over $1.5 million this last year alone. That should alarm folks. And I know what you 4H leaders and supporters are going to say, you raise your own money and do not get funds from the National 4H Committee or Monsanto. I respectfully say to you, hogwash. The only reason your County Extension Office and USDA can “let” you have a 4H club is because funding has been granted to that office. Where do you think the funding comes from? You may have to support your own club, but the Monsanto paycheck is there. Make no doubt about it. Whether your seeing the money or not, Monsanto is screaming from the rooftop that they support the 4 H. People will now associate 4 H and Monsanto, regardless of how we feel about it. Goodness, 4 H is eager to support Monsanto too. Just check out their promotional tool kits they offer!

If your thinking I am making a mountain out of a mole hill. And that 4 H still stands for non-industrialized farming. Think again. In a sure sign the group is being fully entrenched in ‘bioagribusiness’ this year’s Iowa State 4 H Big Steer Winner was a cloned animal. Surely,  we would all think that this incorrect or this was a violation of the 4 H rules. Right? Not only is it legal with 4 H officials, they seem to embrace it.

With that, our family had heard enough. While I am sure many families will continue to support the 4 H, we just in good conscience could not. I am not suggesting everyone quit 4 H. Nor am I calling for a boycott. I think the core idea is an excellent one. I do however encourage all parents to be vocal in who is partnering with your children. I encourage all parents to thoroughly think of the message we are sending our youth when we partner with these companies. These children are our future, not ‘bioagriscience’.

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Hard work never hurt anyone…


I recently wrote on Facebook about my desire to write a book. The book would be about how to cook real food, quickly. The book has not shaped up the way I had hoped. Every time I wrote something the words felt disconnected to my core idea. It was getting increasingly harder to put it into words. Early this morning I realized why.

Some times…..you just have to work.
There is no getting around it.
Furthermore, why should you?

We drill a work ethic in our children head but we lead by example. And this generation of ours is constantly looking for the quicker easier way out of work. Whether it be our jobs, our home, our duties to our children….we are all about streamlining it to make it go faster, quicker and more convenient to our lifestyle. We should not be surprised when we have honed children who not only do not enjoy working but children who are always looking for a way to get out of it. Same way we have breed the chicken not to brood, we have breed our children to not be lovers of work. To the point they will spend more energy and time on the thought process of how to get out of it. Because folks, that is what we are doing ourselves. We have built an entire world on inpatient people. And I am one of them. But no more my friends.

Now there is nothing wrong with finding an efficient way to do things. I am all about that. But if the time saver is going to compromise any aspect of it, then how efficient is it? For example, we have made the process of raising our food on this earth (especially in America) extremely efficient. But what did it cost us? We are now learning it cost us dearly in many areas especially to our personal health. We have to learn how to combine the usefulness of the task (like growing food responsibly) with time saving efforts. And not to accept inferior results for the sake of doing less work. As my our grandparents have all said, hard work never hurt anyone. They should know.

So, there is no easy quick cookbook coming. Cooking real food takes real time. The effort is worth it. We will have a better quality of life. I’m not looking for quantity of life, that is in the hands of the Lord. 🙂

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It’s not you Grandparents world anymore…

I recently saw that a popular internet personality in the area of frugal warned their readers to beware of being  ‘too green’. That we should be wary of things just because they claimed it was good for us, good for our earth and so on. I agreed. Then I got to the part that made me stop in my tracks.

“Our parents/grandparents did not need this to survive.”

That is where they lost me. While I agree that the idea of being more ‘green’, ‘healthy’ and so on is over commercialized and most is not really green. We have to also understand…..this is not our grandparents world anymore. Our grandparents did not deal with the world we have today. GMO’s were not an issue. Please let’s keep in mind in their age, smoking was touted as a way to relieve ASTHMA. And in the case of a Nuclear fallout, why just simply tuck your head under your legs as your sitting on the floor. I could go on. There is a saying I love that applies to us all…

“When we know better, we do better.”

The personality went on to say that there was to her no difference in store bought eggs and organic home raised eggs. She said she had chickens for awhile and never saw the difference. I would suspect it was because she fed them what the world tells them to and not what God intended them to. Furthermore there are about 1500 people who are currently suffering from the latest egg recall that might disagree about being no difference. If you look at a home grown, pasture raised egg and the store bought egg (even a store bought ORGANIC egg) there is remarkable difference. However the comment is more alarming because WHEN can we SEE the nutritional content of items? Rarely. Broccoli sprayed with heavy chemicals looks the same as the one I plan to pull from my garden. They may look the same, taste the same but their contents are NOT the same. I am sure those 1500 people who are suffering will tell you that their eggs did not LOOK different from the eggs they are use to buying, therefore they had no reason for concern to eat them. Looking and tasting an item should not be the defining reason one rejects an assertion of health.

The personality went on to talk about how God does not want us to live in fear. I agree. But to suggest that being green or better stewards of this world is living in fear is really distorting God’s instructions to us. To be good stewards does not require fear but it requires us to be aware that our world is not what God intended for it to be. And He instructs us clearly to be good managers of it and that we are to hold it high regards. When we don’t, we must change. That is not fear my friends, that is has being the good and faithful stewards that God has intended to be….

Ezekiel 34:2-4 (New King James Version)
2“Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD to the shepherds: “Woe to the shepherds of Israel who feed themselves! Should not the shepherds feed the flocks? 3 You eat the fat and clothe yourselves with the wool; you slaughter the fatlings, but you do not feed the flock. 4 The weak you have not strengthened, nor have you healed those who were sick, nor bound up the broken, nor brought back what was driven away, nor sought what was lost; but with force and cruelty you have ruled them.

Proverbs 12:10 (New King James Version)
10A righteous man regards the life of his animal,
But the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.

Jeremiah 2:7 (New King James Version)
7 I brought you into a bountiful country,
To eat its fruit and its goodness.
But when you entered, you defiled My land
And made My heritage an abomination.

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How to make vinegar at home

I know I am posting lots of videos lately. But I cant help it!
They are too good not to share. 🙂

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And so it begins…

Excuse my absence this week. My hubby had a week of vacation which we spent getting the garden ready. We still have a ways to go but it is shaping up. Here is what it looks like, kinda sorta… there are more fence posts right now.

We have some free manure to add to it. Till it a hundred times more, make our rows and put up the fencing. And we need to get a move on.
Because look what we have this morning….

Those are sugar baby pumpkins and cukes. I might be too soon for the cukes, but we are desperate for them I thought I would give it a shot.

And guess what I found right down the road from me yesterday? A commercial POTATO farm! In South Florida? REALLY? I am really excited that I might be able to grow them here! I always thought our soil was too wet but I’m keeping a close eye on the farm. In the mean time I am ordering some seed taters and consulting more literature.

I have LOTS of posts lined up that I need to get on here. Stay with I am sure it will be sporadic at best until we get the hang of this, again! 🙂

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What you SHOULD be eating…

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Update on Our Family :)

Many of you have sent emails asking how we are doing on our adventure, so I thought I would give an update! 🙂

$60 Grocery Challenge:
It is more like $75 a week because we have switched only to raw milk and consume more than 30 lbs. of fresh fruit and veggies each week. We are eating less and less grains too. So that price is reflecting lots of meats, veggies and fruits. 🙂

The Great Purge of 2010:
This is an area we have slowed down in. But with the fall and Christmas seasoning coming, it will ramp right back up. Right now I can guess there is an average of one or two 13 gallon trash bags being filled each week. Some weeks more, some weeks none. But we are still moving along. I see some things in the garage that need to go as well as I type this. When all is said and done. I think it is safe to say we have gotten rid of 50% or MORE of our belongings since moving. Not a bad place to start! 🙂

Exercise & Weight Loss:
It’s a slow road here. I have lost 15 pounds give or take. I am plagued by gall stones at the moment. Portion control is still being worked on as well as limiting carbs/grains.

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If they can do it….

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