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Beyond Sliced Bread




There is really nothing better than convenience and uniformity. It is quite surprising that during 1943, U.S. officials imposed a short-lived ban on sliced bread as a wartime conservation measure. The nice thin sliced bread created greater consumption plus created more wax paper consumption. This was before those plastic sandwich wrap. This is before my time. I do not remember any sandwiches wrapped in wax paper but I do remember them wrapped in foil before the plastic.  This was before the explosion of frozen entrees and ramen noodles and inidvidulal wrpped little meat, crackers and cheese lunches in  stores everywhere. Before it was toast for breakfast and sandwiches for lunch.I suppose unless you family could afford a maid.

My bread machine paddle went AWOL so plans to make bread with the better than hand kneading method has been halted.  An order of a new paddle is underway but  I am sure the old paddle with be discovered after it arrives. It seems to work that way around here although I have looked all over.

How I remember the good ode days of sandwiches. I never revered in them so I do not miss them at all with the slimy bologna or baloney. It always seemed the bread was dry. Part of the problem was the day old bread which in realility was much older than one day. Give me freedom, liberty and fresh bread or anything else than sandwiches and I am okay. I will even slice it myself. Now we have all of those fast food and sit down fast food which I call all the other trendy restaurants. I am refraining from any of these since I noticed more problems. This is likely do to the excessive salt content.

Now I must move on the next projects today. That being working more on the planning of the Compost 67% Diet 22% Income 11% garden. The goal of all this work is to produce all of my compost material to entice the soil with the needed minerals and nitrogen, grow most of the food for the year and maybe make a little money to help pay for the other supplies. This planning is taking more time than I had envisioned but I am hoping it will pay later.

I also need to finish the homework for my class.”Growing Our Future Foods: Crops. At least this week is not too bad. Last week with all the formulas took me a long time with great difficulty.  Another class started yesterday so I must move on now before I get far behind.



Sliced bread

Florida Quarter



As I opened the little c coin bank I found in the attic last week one of the first coins falling out is a quarter.  This was a Florida state quarter minted in 2002.  It is one of those state quarters minted to encourage coin collectors but only the uncirculated are worth more than face value. It was fun at the time look at the quarters you received looking for a new state.  I really don’t remember what I was doing during that year. It was around the time we had just moved to Kansas and the years just seem to just melt together anyway.  I was not at Cedar Lane yet. That would happen a couple of years later.


Buffalo Nickel


Light In My Eyes



Frankly, some mornings, I do not want to leave the warmth of the bed into the chilly morning. This morning I had that feeling so much more than others knowing we had no more wood to heat the house to a toasty temperature. The house is being heated to a cool 68 degrees to conserve but to me it just feels cold. I have animals to care for so even staying in to read was out of the question. I other projects to do.

I can’t wait for spring but summer can wait.

Soon it will be lambing time. I did have three still births from the ewe, Fluffy, two days ago.  I have tried to save here for the last two weeks.  They were really tiny. Lambs get most of their growth in the last few weeds and they needed at least two  more weeks to survive. When I walked in I noticed that two were but were still. I other was born not too long ago and still covered but not moving. I feed Fluffy some more energy tonic,  removed the lambs and got her standing. Fluffy did not act to upset. Either she already knew they were dead or she was just too ill to really care.  Hopefully she will start eating better and will live a few more years. We will take precautions she does not mix with a ram. Hopefully, it will go better with the rest of the ewes.


First Light

Life Happen! Yep! Life Happens!



Forrest Gump: “My momma always said, “Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get. 


You just never know what will happen in life. Yep, you can plan and prepare but life happens. Sometimes it is great like when you pick you favorite chocolate with creamy carmels and nuts or you get an orange filling. Move on! Move on!


Silver Screen

Oh, The Places I Will Not Go!





Oh the places I will not go!

Places with war and violence galore

Places the with Westerners it is a no go

It is hard enough to afford

A decent vacation is what I want

Gert away from violence and what not

Why would I want to see horror?

When safer places with beaches and history occur.




No, Thanks

Yucky Canned Soup




I used to enjoy eating  pruchased canned soup.  It was actually one of my favorite lunch entree or side.Then I discovered home-made soup. The discovery was mainly because I needed to cut back on salt and if you have ever read the ingredient list on soups you will find a huge amount of salt listed. Those soups are more of a brine that soup so I moved on to homemade soups.  Now canned soups taste yucky when I try them. They have an off flavor from the tin. I noticed the other package soups do not have the off flavor which is why the more expensive and organic tend to be preserved this way.

Today, while having lunch with a home canned beef stew, two ideas occurred to me. I had canned too many of the soup in quart jars while pint size would be better for our lunches.  The second thought was I need more variety. Right now I have canned chicken soup. split pea, Barbarian cabbage, tomato soup and nine been soup. How about some more exciting soup types?  So my goal now is to plan for more soup types. I came up with some ideas but some will have to be changed because you cannot can dairy products, grains and pasta. Any other ideas?

  1. Creole Style Red beans and Rice (either frozen cooked rice or quick rice will be added at heating)
  2. Mexican-Style Chicken Tortilla Soup (tortillas added at heating)
  3. Veggie Chili soup
  4. Faijata Chicken with rice and beans (rice added with heating)
  5. Bean and Ham Soup
  6. Gumbo soup
  7. Potato soup with bacon
  8. Texas style beef chili with black beans
  9. Chicken and Chardonnay Soup
  10. Mushroom and Madeira Basque (cream added at heating)
  11. French Onion

Below is a good link for canning soups.

National Center for HomeFood Preservation “Soups”


This planning should go well with my garden plans for this year. I am well into the plans and should be done soon. This year as I mentioned before I will add a bed of sweet potatoes and three Irish potato beds. The sweet potatos slips have been ordered along with some additions to my Food Forest.

Kitchen/ Main Garden


Food Forest




Oh, My Eyes

once upon a time




in a small little town with not even one stop traffic light was a girl in need of some eye drops to stop the irritation. She walked to the local store with her 5 dollar bill in her hand to purchase some eye drops.  As I watched her walk into the store she asked where she could find the drops and was promptly shown the area. When checking out she was dismayed to find she did not have enough money for the eye drops after the taxes were added. Then a voice from the next patron offered to pay the difference. Happy was the little girl to get find a prince charming to assist her at a time of need. .

There still is a lot of good in the world.


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Daily Prompt

Fluffy and Sheep Pregnancy Toxemia


Fluffy and her son

I have noticed her being a bit off for a while but last night I found here putting her face to the wall and today she had her feet in the water. Time to take some serious action for the carbohydrate metabolism disturbance. I do not have anything on hand so I quickly made a mixture of molasses and corn syrup to give her some energy. She is not able to eat enough feed (energy) to meet the demands of their growing fetus(es).  I am thinking she might able having twins and she is my oldest ewe. Most of the fetal growth occurs during the last 4 to 6 weeks of pregnancy.

To prevent this problem with the other ewes I separated them today from the ram, wether and goat. They tend to be aggressive at feeding but do not need the extra nutrients. I began feeding them  grain to the ewes for extra protein.

With Fluffy I used a molasses/corn syrup mixed with water to thin out for dousing. After dousing I went to the local farm store but was only able to find an energy and electrolyte mix, and probios boluses.I  I  grounded up the probios bolus with aspirin mixed with some water and used a teaspoon to give to the ewe. Later I mixed one pint  energy and electrolyte. She seemed better and was not grinding her teeth too much. I am hoping for improvement but will try to find some nutidrench, dextrose and prop glycol in the morning to hopefully get her over this problem. And all was right in the world for now.

What About A Fireside Chat



As I monitor the wood stove to push back the cold morning and prepare to do some more garden plans it occurs to me how wonderful it would be able to have a fire side chat with John Jeavons. He is one of the founders of Biointensive agriculture a mixture of different cultures small farming techniques  first developed by  Alan Chadwick. One of the techniques considered is calorie farming which I briefly wrote about yesterday. The only holding back from fully using this systems is  it concentrates on the vegan diet. It would be great to show him my plans and receive suggestions but also be able to listen to his story but second best would be the ability to attend one of his workshops.

I think I should really check the material I have from GROW BIOINTENSIVE before further planning. It is warming up some more planning. It is hard not to start planting now but I know from experience it is better to wait.

Off On the Right Side and Getting the Garden Plans Moving


2014 Lettuce


It is hardly a day when I wake up on the wrong side of the bed . The only routine I have when getting up in the morning is to give myself a few minutes to ease into the day and to fully adjust to being awake before I get up. Instead of using that snooze button I use the ten minutes or so to stretch. I also get up at least an 1/2 hour but like an hour before I need to get ready.  This is an important step people should take since many heart attacks and slipped disks happen when people just jump out of bed and then rush.

Today was an exciting day for me since I got my first seeds of the season. Since it was in the evening when I got them and I had dinner and other activities to do I left putting them in my 2015 excel spreadsheet. Soon the planting 2015 garden planting begins and I am excited. I already got two new exciting seeds this year to try, Utrecht Blue wheat which is be great for weaving and Doborskian Rice. This rice is an upland rice so it does not need to grow in a paddy. It will be exciting to try this since I like rice and would like to grow some of my own. Many preppers do not realize the importance of growing some starchy plants to have during the winter when it is hard to grow vegetables in certain areas.

So I have updated my spreadsheet and put it up to share. This spreadsheet has a number of pages to keep records of seeds, planting dates for my garden and other useful information.  I have it loaded to Google Drive if you would like to look at the 2015 Garden Plan.  I have been seaching a number of sites to purchase some native fruit bearing plants for my food forest. I hope to order soon.  I received an email that I will test plant variety for Seed Savers  M-GEN program. I was offers to pick a varieties but the choice was too hard so I offered to try any variety they send. I am really excited for this challenge. It will require me to direct sow if they send me a type of vegetable I normally begin on a heat mat under lamps. What a wonderful challenge and a chance to grow a vegetables in this zone to help other gardeners.  They asked for me to sign up for the Cornell University  Vegetable Varieties for Gardeners website. They call it a citizen science program. I add the Chocolade bruine boon and I am awaiting approval to rate and add information. I will add some others later that will help others.



2015 garden plans

Garden Plans 2015

The puzzle was completed last night. Now I just need to get it framed and put above the computer desk sometime in the future.


time well wasted_1-21-2015

Time Well Wasted complete Puzzle


Two Right Feet

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