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Month: March 2014 (page 1 of 4)

Chicks have lobes: Day 16

These chicks have grown by leaps and bounds. They are not starting to show their colors that their breeds have. They are also starting to be interested in what is around them. They are now in the more scrubby age where they are neither cute little chicks nor pretty adults.






Production Reds and Welsummers



Narcissism or Self-Exploration?

It has been an on going phenomenon that gotten greater frequency. It is enough to drive one crazy but I just have decided to just not common on those selfies. Selfies are pictures you take of yourself tagged with #selfie or just with #me. Some view them as a by-product of technology-enabled self-exploration which I agree is the case for some. It is the ones who seem to do them daily that get me. Have some people gotten to the point of being narcissism and having moral decline. Do they really think that most of us want their self portrait every single day and often more than once?

I see that, yes, you have a tongue and can make a silly face. Take a picture of your cat or dog being weird or not, food your are eating to make me hungry or a place I wish I could go. Spice up your facebook or tweet a little with something else. I truly can understand the selfies that are doing so to identify a passion or interest that reinforces our social identity, like the selfies of Japanese teens doing the Kamehameha moves from the popular Dragon Ball manga and anime series, sky diving, hunting or fishing. Have fun but stop all of the face shots.

Think twice, post once


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Navajo Indian Prayer- Blessing

Hopi Blue Corn.jpg





The sacred blue corn seed that I am planting, 
In one night it will grow and flourish,
In one night the corn increases,
In the garden of the House of God.

The sacred white corn seed I am planting,
In one day it will grow and ripen
In one day the corn increases
In its beauty it increases.

-Navajo Indian Prayer



Virgil's Barbecue Road Trip Cookbook: The Best Barbecue From Around the Country Without Ever Leaving Your Backyard: A Review

Different parts of the country have their versions of BBQ and this book covers most of the major BBQ areas. Both home cooks and backyard grillmasters would be tantalized with the recipes from Texas, North Carolina, Kansas City and Memphis. The book also gives a lot of advice and information on how to BBQ and pick the best equipment for your needs.

This was a fun and very informative cookbooks that I believe would be useful for all BBQ fans.

This book was received from Net Gallery in Kindle format in return for an honest review

Fine Cooking Cakes & Cupcakes: 100 Best Ever Recipes: A review

Fine Cooking Cakes & Cupcakes: 100 Best Ever…I love to cookbooks and have too many to count so it takes quite a bit for me to get excited by another cookbook but this book is incredible with its classic recipes and new modern recipes. The book is divided into easy snacking cakes to special showstopper cakes that would are more involved such as the Hot Chocolate Layer Cake with Homemade Marshmallows. The Angel Food Cake with Strawberries and Whipped Cream is a classic which I plan to try this week to use some strawberries I have.The directions in the book are really well done making this a good book for both the beginner to advanced baker.

This is be a good addition to anyone cookbook collection who wished to make cakes from scratch rather than using cake mixes.

This book was received from Net Gallery in Kindle format in return for an honest review

We all have values

Have you got a code you live by? What are the principles or set of values you actively apply in your life?


Being a Christian I live by God’s will. I am not perfect by all means, not even close. Anyone who things they are perfect are over saturating one of their values. I believe in moderation in everything and even the values I live by.

So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.  

John 8:7

I like to win so much so that some people will not play with me.  I will go all out to win without cheating or any questionable behavior but I will try to win. I have been told I should just play to have fun. I had to learn this when playing with my children and believe me it was very difficult for me to play not to win. I am having fun playing but do not see they point for not playing your best.  If is only when winning becomes so controlling over your life that you not accept defect in a sportsmanship manner that it becomes unacceptable.I believe you values are usually fairly stable and are without strict limits or boundaries. You can be flexible with a values. I value winning by will unlikely to win against someone good in chess so instead it can be for fun and a learning values.

As you change through life, your values may change and most likely will.  For example, when you start your career, success – measured by money and status – might be a top priority. But after you have a family, work-life balance may be what you value more. I made a list of values I have. Some are more important than others and they will probability change as changes in my life occur. It is good to make a list of your values to help understand yourself. Below is a list of some of my values. Some of them are low on my self value but enjoying seeing others as their priority. Try making your own list.

  1. Acceptance
  2. Accessibility
  3. Accomplishment
  4. Accountability
  5. Accuracy
  6. Achievement
  7. Activeness
  8. Adaptability
  9. Adventure
  10. Affection
  11. Agility
  12. Alertness
  13. Amazement
  14. Ambition
  15. Amusement
  16. Anticipation
  17. Appreciation
  18. Approachability
  19. Approval
  20. Art
  21. Articulacy
  22. Artistry
  23. Assertiveness
  24. Assurance
  25. Attentiveness
  26. Attractiveness
  27. Availability
  28. Awareness
  29. Awe
  30. Balance
  31. Beauty
  32. Belonging
  33. Bliss
  34. Boldness
  35. Bravery
  36. Brilliance
  37. Buoyancy
  38. Calmness
  39. Camaraderie
  40. Candor
  41. Capability
  42. Care
  43. Carefulness
  44. Certainty
  45. Challenge
  46. Change
  47. Charity
  48. Charm
  49. Chastity
  50. Cheerfulness
  51. Clarity
  52. Cleanliness
  53. Clear-mindedness
  54. Cleverness
  55. Closeness
  56. Comfort
  57. Commitment
  58. Community
  59. Compassion
  60. Competence
  61. Competition
  62. Completion
  63. Composure
  64. Concentration
  65. Confidence
  66. Conformity
  67. Connection
  68. Conservation
  69. Consistency
  70. Contentment
  71. Continuity
  72. Contribution
  73. Control
  74. Conviction
  75. Conviviality
  76. Coolness
  77. Cooperation
  78. Cordiality
  79. Correctness
  80. Country
  81. Courage
  82. Courtesy
  83. Craftiness
  84. Creativity
  85. Credibility
  86. Cunning
  87. Curiosity
  88. Daring
  89. Decisiveness
  90. Delight
  91. Dependability
  92. Determination
  93. Devotion
  94. Devoutness
  95. Dexterity
  96. Dignity
  97. Diligence
  98. Direction
  99. Directness
  100. Discipline
  101. Discovery
  102. Discretion
  103. Diversity
  104. Drive
  105. Duty
  106. Dynamism
  107. Eagerness
  108. Ease
  109. Economy
  110. Ecstasy
  111. Education
  112. Effectiveness
  113. Efficiency
  114. Elation
  115. Elegance
  116. Empathy
  117. Encouragement
  118. Endurance
  119. Energy
  120. Enjoyment
  121. Entertainment
  122. Enthusiasm
  123. Environmentalism
  124. Ethics
  125. Euphoria
  126. Excellence
  127. Excitement
  128. Exhilaration
  129. Expectancy
  130. Expediency
  131. Experience
  132. Expertise
  133. Exploration
  134. Expressiveness
  135. Extravagance
  136. Extroversion
  137. Exuberance
  138. Fairness
  139. Faith
  140. Family
  141. Fascination
  142. Fashion
  143. Fearlessness
  144. Fidelity
  145. Fierceness
  146. Financial independence
  147. Firmness
  148. Fitness
  149. Flexibility
  150. Flow
  151. Fluency
  152. Focus
  153. Fortitude
  154. Frankness
  155. Freedom
  156. Friendliness
  157. Friendship
  158. Frugality
  159. Fun
  160. Generosity
  161. Gentility
  162. Giving
  163. Grace
  164. Gratitude
  165. Gregariousness
  166. Growth
  167. Guidance
  168. Happiness
  169. Harmony
  170. Health
  171. Heart
  172. Helpfulness
  173. Heroism
  174. Holiness
  175. Honesty
  176. Honor
  177. Hopefulness
  178. Hospitality
  179. Humility
  180. Humor
  181. Hygiene
  182. Imagination
  183. Impact
  184. Impartiality
  185. Independence
  186. Individuality
  187. Industry
  188. Influence
  189. Ingenuity
  190. Inquisitiveness
  191. Insightfulness
  192. Inspiration
  193. Integrity
  194. Intellect
  195. Intelligence
  196. Intensity
  197. Intimacy
  198. Intuition
  199. Inventiveness
  200. Investing
  201. Involvement
  202. Joy
  203. Justice
  204. Keenness
  205. Kindness
  206. Knowledge
  207. Leadership
  208. Learning
  209. Liberation
  210. Liberty
  211. Logic
  212. Longevity
  213. Love
  214. Loyalty
  215. Making a difference
  216. Marriage
  217. Mastery
  218. Maturity
  219. Meaning
  220. Meekness
  221. Mellowness
  222. Meticulousness
  223. Mindfulness
  224. Modesty
  225. Motivation
  226. Mysteriousness
  227. Nature
  228. Neatness
  229. Nerve
  230. Noncomformity
  231. Obedience
  232. Open-mindedness
  233. Openness
  234. Optimism
  235. Order
  236. Organization
  237. Originality
  238. Outdoors
  239. Outlandishness
  240. Outrageousness
  241. Partnership
  242. Patience
  243. Passion
  244. Peace
  245. Perceptiveness
  246. Perfection
  247. Perkiness
  248. Perseverance
  249. Persistence
  250. Persuasiveness
  251. Philanthropy
  252. Piety
  253. Playfulness
  254. Pleasantness
  255. Pleasure
  256. Practicality
  257. Precision
  258. Preparedness
  259. Pride
  260. Privacy
  261. Proactivity
  262. Professionalism
  263. Prosperity
  264. Prudence
  265. Punctuality
  266. Purity
  267. Rationality
  268. Realism
  269. Reason
  270. Reasonableness
  271. Recognition
  272. Recreation
  273. Refinement
  274. Reflection
  275. Relaxation
  276. Reliability
  277. Relief
  278. Religiousness
  279. Reputation
  280. Resilience
  281. Resolution
  282. Resolve
  283. Resourcefulness
  284. Respect
  285. Responsibility
  286. Rest
  287. Restraint
  288. Reverence
  289. Richness
  290. Rigor
  291. Sacredness
  292. Sacrifice
  293.  Satisfaction
  294.  Science
  295.  Security
  296.  Self-control
  297.  Selflessness
  298.  Self-reliance
  299.  Self-respect
  300.  Sensitivity
  301.  Sensuality
  302.  Serenity
  303.  Service
  304.  Sexiness
  305.  Sexuality
  306.  Sharing
  307.  Shrewdness
  308.  Significance
  309.  Silence
  310.  Silliness
  311.  Simplicity
  312.  Sincerity
  313.  Skillfulness
  314.  Solidarity
  315.  Solitude
  316.  Sophistication
  317.  Soundness
  318.  Speed
  319.  Spirit
  320.  Spirituality
  321.  Spontaneity
  322.  Spunk
  323.  Stability
  324.  Status
  325.  Stealth
  326.  Stillness
  327.  Strength
  328.  Structure
  329.  Success
  330.  Support
  331. Surprise
  332. Sympathy
  333. Teaching
  334. Teamwork
  335. Temperance
  336. Thankfulness
  337. Thoroughness
  338. Thoughtfulness
  339. Thrift
  340. Tidiness
  341. Timeliness
  342. Traditionalism
  343. Tranquility
  344. Trust
  345. Trustworthiness
  346. Truth
  347. Understanding
  348. Uniqueness
  349. Unity
  350. Usefulness
  351. Utility
  352. Valor
  353. Variety
  354. Victory
  355. Vigor
  356. Virtue
  357. Vision
  358. Vitality
  359. Vivacity
  360. Volunteering
  361. Warmheartedness
  362. Warmth
  363. Watchfulness
  364. Wealth
  365. Willfulness
  366. Willingness
  367. Winning
  368. Wisdom
  369. Wittiness
  370. Wonder
  371. Worthiness
  372. Youthfulness
  373. Zeal

Zip you lips because loose lips sink ships

Signing the blues


From time to time it is inedible that we might feel down and out. The last two day I myself have been a little down and out of sort. If I was able to get outside and garden it would help. Keep busy helps me when I feeling a little bit down. So to keep busy today I will can seven more quarts of pinto beans and read more.  I need to get all reviews up to date. 


The house is cold right now at around 56 degrees so this it a haiku I have written to express the coldness.


It is cold now

sucking heat from my body

the winter chills.

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Yummy Thursday -Split pea soup,

 yummy Thusday


This week I did some canning to have meals for later while it is cool. They are items we eat on a regularly, especially the pinto beans. Pinto beans can be make in a variety of dishes from burritos to chili. I notice I had some more beans down stair they will also require canning. Beans are good for a while but after a year of so the start getting harder and hared until it will take forever to get them soft unless you use a pressure cooker. The problem with beans is the like to fall apart in pressure cookers and built pressure. Before the new pressure cookers you would hear stories of the danger of beans. Newer pressure cookers have plugs that will come out with too much pressure to avoid a bomb on your stove. If you pressure cook them in a jar then you avoid this danger unless a can breaks. A rare but possible event.

I like have the food ready, prepared for a moments notice but also with the ability to know what ingredients are contained in the jar. So this I took two days to can some  split pea soup, 10 bean soup, corned beef and pinto. Sometimes the cans do not seal for a number of reason. I found you need to be careful of the lids you purchase. I had failure with my spit pea soup and one pinto bean jar.  We had burritos last night and split peas tonight.

The split pea soup is a simple ball recipe. If you decide to can make sure you check your altitude for adjustments and know what you are doing. I take no responsibility for your actions using this recipe. Any variation  of ingredients to this recipe could render it unsafe.

Split Pea Soup


1 16 oz split peas, dried
2 quarts Water
1 cup onion; chopped
1 1/2 cups carrots; sliced
1 cup diced cooked ham
1 bay leaf
1/4 teaspoon allspice
salt and pepper to taste

Combine dried peas and water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, cover, about 1 hour until peas are soft. If a smooth soup is desired, press mixture through a sieve or food mill. Return mixture to saucepot. Add remaining ingredients and simmer gently, about 30 minutes. If mixture is too thick , add boiling water. Ladle hot soup into hot jars, leaving 1 inch head space. Adjust two-piece caps. Process pints 1 hour and 15 minutes, quarts 1 hour 30 minutes, at 10 pounds pressure* in a steam-pressure canner. Yield about 5 pints or 2 quarts.

This is you sea level. For other levels please check you pressure cooker manual.

NYC Nutrition Analysis (per serving or yield unit): water=807.3 g; calories=255.4; protein=14.03 g; total fat=16.53 g; saturated fat=5.71 g; monounsaturated fat=7.57 g; polyunsaturated fat=2.04 g; cholesterol=55.2 mg; carbohydrate=12.68 g; dietary fiber=2.73 g; total sugars=5.29 g; ash=4.51 g; calcium=62.08 mg; phosphorus=161.9 mg; iron=0.94 mg; sodium=1048 mg; potassium=536.2 mg; magnesium=32.43 mg; zinc=1.74 mg; copper=0.17 mg; manganese=0.19 mg; vitamin A=10690 IU; vitamin E=0.65 mg AT; thiamin=0.63 mg; riboflavin=0.2 mg; niacin=3.98 mg; pantothenic acid=0.38 mg; vitamin B6=0.36 mg; folate=23.14 ug DFE; vitamin B12=0.75 ug; vitamin C=7.78 mg; selenium=16.11 ug; vitamin K=8.66 ug; refuse=1.45%; blocks carb:prot:fat=1.1 : 2.0 : 5.5; ECC=9.9; %cal as carb:prot:fat=20:22:58; DietPoints=5.9 (incomplete analysis)

 Yield: 5 pints


Seeds of Time: A Review

Seedtime: On the History, Husbandry, Politics and Promise of Seeds



This is a review of Seedtime: On the History, Husbandry, Politics and Promise of Seeds by Scott Chaskey I received from Net Gallery.

For anyone interested in the concept of preserving biodiversity and ecological integrity or just wants to understand why this is a powerful book. He was able to explain the evolution of seeds in nature and through man’s encouragement to provide more useful plants for humanity. Many people remained confused  aboutGMO’s, hybrids, open pollinated, and landraces and this book gave some explanations that are easy to understand for individuals that are not botanists. It is estimated that of 90% of cultivated plant varieties have disappeared since 1903 as seed banks and farmer saved seeds have disappeared and agribusiness has dictated what seeds may be sown. Landraces are unpredictable and discouraged by many agencies such as the USDA as being not worth the effort but Scott does a great job to explain why they are really important to maintain and why we must work together to maintain them.

This book has again encouraged me to start maintain the diversity of seeds. I am working on saving some varieties of beans, corn and wheat on my small amount of land. Even if I can only grow plots of 40 x 30 to maintain the varieties that grow in the plain  states.Anyone who has gardened likely  has used seed of a vegetable varieties they have enjoyed year after year only to find it not in the catalogs anymore. The more of the seeds we can as ambassadors of the earth grow the less likely anyone variety will disappear removing its genetic makeup forever.

I did find a couple of errors such as confusion sequoia sempervirens and sequoiadendron giganteum but this book was very well researched and written. If you are interested in easy to read and interesting book about  biodiversity , history of seeds, and poetry you will really be impressed with this book.


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