April 2015

19 posts

“When the last tree is cut, the last fish is caught, and the last river is polluted; when to breathe the air is sickening, you will realize, too late, that wealth is not in bank accounts and that you can’t eat money.” – Native American Proverb (attributed to Alanis Obomsawin who was described as “an …
I was doing my Bible study the other night, and was reading about Noah. In the study section, the point was made that Noah built the ark, while God took care of the details – such as design, materials and getting the animals to the ark. This thought resonated with me, to the point of …
. . . especially when she is lamenting a failed incubation and is in serious frugal mode. It’s not a good mix. Let me explain. It all started out innocently enough. Randy and I had to go to Shreveport to the bank and run a couple of errands. When we were finished, Randy wanted to …
Wake up. Shower. Get dressed – check. Feed cats – check. Feed chickens – check. Feed and water chicks – check. Water greenhouse, open gate – check. Check. Spot cows on road – sigh…. Get Randy. Get Range Cubes. Prepare feed bucket – check, check, check. Get cows back in yard, try to herd them …
This past week I’ve been having fun with herbs. Whether you cook, clean, cure or craft with them, they are truly handy plants to have. As a gardening advocate, I think everyone should have at least a couple of things they love to grow – whether it’s vegetables, fruits, flowers or herbs. With herbs, you …
Dill pickles are really great, especially on a hamburger. Dill bread, and fresh dill in a salad are really delicious for any summer picnic. But did you know that dill isn’t just for cooking? It is actually considered one of the Super Herbs as far as health benefits go. This lacey plant is actually tougher …
  When I think of Oregano, I can’t help of thinking about a big bowl of hearty stew with a chunk of freshly baked bread, or a plate piled high with spaghetti covered in a rich read sauce. Ah, two of my favorite meals. But there is definitely more to love about oregano than just …
(photo courtesy of Kathleen Smith of Casa Smith-Coushatta) Rosemary has long been considered the Herb of Love – and here are a few reasons we love it! 1) Drop a whole sprig of Rosemary in your stew. As it cooks, the leaves will separate from the stem. Just remove the stem before serving! 2) Crumble …
I love it when I can grow one thing for multiple uses. Take the tomato, for instance. I know the taste of a fresh juicy tomato straight from the garden in unsurpassable, but tomatoes are also good for removing essence of skunk, if you have ever had the misfortune to be, um, let’s say, perfumed …
(This Farm Wife is overloaded right now and can use all the help she can get – hence, cheating and posting another re-run.  But it is still very useful information.  Hope it makes for a good refresher course!)   Some of these you may already know, some you may not.  I just hope they’re helpful to you! …
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