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Sunday Thoughts--Donald

22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
~ Galatians 5:22-23 ~

No, we are not Catholic, but I was greatly blessed by a very sweet, grandfatherly, toll-booth man during my last rotation. I always hated paying my tolls, not being accustomed to it from living in Ohio for so long. One day he commented on how much he liked my smile as I paid my toll. Politely, I thanked him and continued on my way. When he saw me again, he said, "There's that smile again! Don't ever lose that!" After a few days of this, I decided to ask him his name--from then on we were friends and took about 20 seconds each day (trying not to hold up our line too badly) chatting. One day when I left work early from not feeling well, he told me he'd be praying for me as he showed me his icon of Mary. As my rotation neared a close, I sadly mentioned that this was my last week. …

Paige's Highlights

1. Cold Remedies. With all the sniffling and sneezing going on this year, and my increased exposure to all those germs, I've certainly been looking for as many ways to nip my sore throats and coughs in the bud. As practically all of these ailments are caused by viruses (for which we have little medicinal help other than making the symptoms less miserable), I am certainly open to alternative therapy choices. Here's an article from Mother Earth News on some herbal supplements in addition to the health-promoting efforts such as keeping hydrated and rested.

2. Less common nut choices. After some of my entries (here and here) on the nut wizard, Dan and I got to talking about other kinds of nuts. We remembered reading about eating acorns in Back to Basics, but when this article came out, I realized just how many nuts we aren't using.
Just two this week....hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving! (And, no, I haven't forgotten about my promised entry on raw milk!)

Happy Thanksgiving! :)

Happy Thanksgiving, all!
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever ~ Psalm 107:1 ~

Sunday Thoughts

14Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. 15See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.

Hebrews 12:14-15 (NIV)

Paige's Highlights

No post this week--it's been busy with my 12 hour, 850 mile trek to Ohio, starting a new rotation, surgeries, and c-sections. However, next week be ready--I'm going to have a blog on "Cow Share" programs and other ways to be able to provide healthy, home-raised meat and dairy products! I've done a bit of research into the concept and been in correspondence with a few people on it! Can't wait to have something to share! :)

Raging Against the Machine

Although I have been inundated with rock and heavy metal this most recent rotation (my preceptor is something of an aficionado--how's that for office music!), my recognition of songs really stops at whatever made it onto the Guitar Hero album. However, the title of this rock band has something to do with the semi-revolution going on in the feeding business. People are beginning to get tired of eating flavorless, unhealthy, factory produced foods and are instead moving back towards the way that our grandparent's did things. Granted, no one was a millionaire, but there was a simple richness that came out of an honest day's work and working with your own two hands. There's got to be a reason that "grandma's home-cooking" is still held up in a place of honored respect--even despite the fact that in these modern days we have the finest of chefs. A lot of this has got to be in the quality and simple goodness in the stuff Grandma was cooking with.

Hence the …

Efficient Building

A listing of resources for DIY projects to make your home more self-sufficient from outside sources of heating, cooling, and power and/or ways to decrease your need of power at all!

Solar Power
Build It Solar "The Renewable Energy Site for Do-It-Yourselfers"Article, Mother Earth News--8 Easy Projects for Instant Energy SavingsBuild It Solar's creator's Book Recommendation--"Low Cost Solar Heating"Intro to Solar Power article, Mother Earth News.Optimum Solar Panel OrientationMaking Solar Absorber Fins--Fin PressBuild it Solar's DIY Solar Hot Water heater panels--complete instructions!Waste Management Options
Grey water management. ( A GREAT resource on plans and data on grey water.Humanure--Complete pdf online book Water, Water Everywhere
Tankless Water Heater informationSteibel Tankless, whole-house water heaters.$1000 solar water heater--Overview$1000 solar water heater--Detailed directions$1000 solar water heater--Aluminum/copper directio…

Paige's Highlights

1. Meat Chickens. Over the years, I've heard negative things about the Cornish X chickens. Unrivaled for sheer meat production, but at the expense of flavor, ease of raising, and compatibility with mostly pastured husbandry, these aren't necessarily the best option for the homestead production. They require heavy grain inputs and are notoriously lazy compared to other heirloom breeds. However, this article from the Backyard Poultry Magazine talks about some hybrids from the 60s specifically with pasture raising in mind. Here they are from J.M. Hatchery who carries several varieties of the Colored Range/Freedom Ranger chickens.

2. Backyard Poultry Magazine. Another one of those magazines with considerable information presented on-line. A good resource for heritage breeds and homestead raising of all sorts of poultry.

3. Stevia. I have always been very anti-artificial sweeteners. Not only do they leave a funny after-taste and have been linked with random health complaints…

On the road again.... *sigh*

Ug, oh how I hate rotations. Once again, I'm about to begin yet another trek across country--by myself, living out of my suitcase for the next three months. I cannot express how much I dislike and loathe this year and all the time that it keeps from away from home and Dan. This will be yet another 3 month stint. I'll be in Ohio, Dan will be in Western NY for part of it (which isn't so bad), but for the entirety of the second half of that three months, he'll be back in Maine.

850 miles away.

I am not happy.

Looking back, I'm not 100% sure that I'd be going to UNE if this is exactly what I knew I was getting myself into. This is school, not an enlistment. And I'm paying a TON for this, not being paid. I just keep telling myself that it'll all be over in about 6 months and then we can choose to not ever ever ever do anything like this again.

Maybe I'll be changing my tune in about 7 months, when we arrive in KY and spend the next year in a travel…

Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies from Jody Dimit

These are something that always remind me of my old boss and "college mom," Jody Dimit. She made these on multiple occasions in the office and gave me her recipe. Mmmmm-mmm. :)

1/2 c. butter (softened)
1/2 c. peanut butter
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. brown sugar (packed)
1 egg

1 1/4c. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt

Hershey kisses (about 36) (removed from foil)

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Mix together the first 5 ingredients. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix in with the wet ingredients.
2. Roll the dough into small balls, about 3/4 of a teaspoon. They will spread out while baking! Place on a greased cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes, or until just beginning to brown.
3. Immediately upon removing from oven, place a kiss in the middle of each cookie and allow to cool. Enjoy!

Sunday Thoughts

“Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.”
2 Corinthians 9:6-8

Paige's Highlights

1. Apple Sauce in Baking.This article in Mother Earth News reminded me of baking with applesauce instead of oil. Growing up, we normally would only do this in a pinch, but as Dan and I work towards growing more of our own foods, making the switch would nearly cut buying all oil out of our diet (other than olive oil, which we both love). We'd likely be replacing what cooking oil we needed with our home-grown butter--which has more good vitamins and less cholesterol as it would be from nearly completely grass-fed dairy cows. Also, I had some other posts about the benefits of home-raised lard from pigs--and that's even BETTER for you than the butter. I love the options. :)

2. Whizbang Applesauce With all this replacement of oils for home-made, healthier applesauce, we'll need an efficient way of making it. Mr. Kimball has recently been trying some experiments on using his Whizbang Apple Grinder to make apple sauce as well. He chronicles his experiences on his blog, here.…

Let there be light!

For quite some time, Dan and I have been making do with one light in our kitchen. The one over my sink was having issues for quite some time and required a "special touch" to get it to come on. And even when it did work, only half of the lights functioned. It did finally, however, bite the dust a while back and with the long days of summer, it just didn't get attended to. However, with winter coming quickly and dark arriving at about 5 p.m. I was finding it unacceptable to have half of my kitchen lit. In the end, we talked with our land-lord. He's going to reimburse us for the materials and Dan's labor to fix it.

Here's my dready, dark kitchen before Dan got ahold of it... Most of that lighting is actually coming from a light I moved in there temporarily so we could see to work. It was bad. :(

And after! SOOOO much nicer. The only bad part is that I can see the ugly minty green colored walls too well, haha. Oh well, I'll take it for some light! :)


This is one of my family's favorites, compliments of a lady we lived with when I was a kid--Hazel Grigg (I always thought she had the coolest name.) Dan loves this and drinks at least a batch or two himself during the fall.
Hazel Grigg's Wassail

1 gallon Apple Cider (Make your own!)
4 c. orange juice
3 1/2 c. pineapple juice (usually, I just put half a can in so it's even between two batches)
1 1/2 c. lemon juice
1 c. sugar
4 cinnamon sticks
1/2 tsp. whole cloves.

Mix together all the ingredients in a large crock pot or stew pot on the stove. Simmer together. Serve hot or cold.

Sunday Thoughts

A house is built by wisdom, and becomes strong through good sense. Through knowledge its rooms are filled with all sorts of precious riches and valuables.

Proverbs 24:3-4 (NLT)