Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Monday, August 27, 2007
Saturday, August 25, 2007
The last few times that I gathered the eggs, I found a little green egg amongst the larger white and brown ones. These green eggs were laid by one of my pullets. For those of you who don't know, a pullet is a young hen, not even a year old. I have a dozen American-Auracana pullets that will likely lay green to blue-green eggs. They are not yet five months old (the usual age for pullets to begin laying eggs), but one of them has already begun to lay. Notice how small the pullet eggs are in comparison to the white hen's egg. I would use 2 pullet eggs to equal one large hen's egg in my baking. I'm so tickled about my visits to the chicken coop now, and I'm anticipating that others of my pullets will soon follow suit.
Now, for one of my favorite egg recipes, which is really not a recipe at all, but rather, a method.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
~Henry W. Longfellow
Friday, August 17, 2007
All the cattle are standin' like statues,
"Oh What a Beautiful Mornin'
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Today I awoke to a cool 55* F morning with a lovely breeze blowing, and since our veterinarian and his crew are coming late this afternoon to pregnancy test the heifers, I knew that baking was in order for the day. We'll all have supper together and then the crew will stay the night and get up early in the morning to go to the next ranch to test cows. I'll set up the coffee pot for them tonight before bed and have cinnamon rolls set out for for a take-along breakfast. They generally leave between 3-4 a.m. to get to their next destination by daybreak.
Today's baking included Cinnamon Rolls and Cranberry-Apple Crisp. These are two top recipes in my baking repertoire. My little apple tree is loaded with apples just now so I knew I had to make this crisp for our dessert. I even had a few frozen cranberries to plop into the mix. If I don't have fresh or frozen, I often use dried cranberries instead. The recipe comes from one of my favorite homemakers and business women, Susan Branch. If you have the chance, check out her book entitled Autumn From the Heart of Home. You'll be inspired by her beautiful art throughout the book, her delicious recipes, and her ideas to make autumn a joyful season at your house. Check out her web site here.
Saturday, August 11, 2007
"I find it fascinating the way the ancient Chinese belief of yin and yang -- the complementary opposite female and male energies inherent in the Universe -- runs as a pattern through every aspect of our lives. Career and home, dark and light, cold and heat, sorrow and joy, intimacy and solitude, aggression and passivity, Earth and Heaven. Push or stay put."
Career: 1. A chosen pursuit; life work. 2. a path or course
After reading the definition, I thought about whether or not "career and home" are truly opposites. If "career" is my chosen pursuit and my life work, and if my pursuit is my home, then how can they be at opposite ends? Is Ms. Ban Breathnach not leaving room for the woman who chooses a career as wife, mother, homemaker? Or is "home" just a place where we land after we're done doing our career all day long? Is "home" merely the place where the laundry must be done and the dishes washed and put away? Perhaps she means that "home" is a place of rest and not work. Although it is true that home should be a place of rest and peace, I find that I am constantly working at "home" -- trying to make it more organized, more comfortable, more inviting, more peaceful, more beautiful along with creating a restful atmosphere, but that takes hard work and effort on my part. Why? Because it is my career. My rest comes in knowing that this is where God has called me.
So what does this say about the chosen careers of women today? If she must go out and spend her days at a 40 hour per week job, I don't blame her for feeling abused when she is expected to take care of all the needs of her household as well. So I ask, who tends to the children? Who washes the clothes? Who scrubs the floors? Who is making "home" a place where the family is happily thriving and growing, and who is teaching the children about their responsibility to the family unit? Who is teaching the children how to cook a simple meal or do the laundry or keep a home clean? Who is listening to the problems of Little Ones or giving advice on dating? Is there anyone waiting for me at home anymore? In my dictionary the first and second choices defining "home" are: 1. A place where one lives; residence; habitation. 2. The physical structure of portion thereof within which ones lives, as a house or apartment. But I prefer the third and fourth definitions: 3. One's close family and one's self; a person's most personal relationships and possessions. 4. An environment or haven of shelter, of happiness and love. How can a home be such if there is no one there making a life work (career) of it? Does "home" just happen, or is it created by a loving human who makes it her purpose in life to make home a haven of shelter, of happiness and love for her family?
So what do you think? Is career opposite of home in your view? I have heard of many women who say they have given up their careers to stay at home with their children, but have you ever heard anyone say that their career choice is home & family? Is it even accepted as such in our culture today? Or dare we say it for fear of being considered out-of-date and old-fashioned or worse yet, shackled and chained to a medieval institution for the slavery of women?
"The woman who makes a sweet, beautiful home, filling it with love and prayer and purity, is doing something better than anything else her hands could find to do beneath the skies."
~Excerpt from "Secrets of a Happy Home Life" by J.R. Miller 1894
Friday, August 03, 2007
Isn't this a wonderful photograph?
Thursday, August 02, 2007
It's been a long while since we've seen many frogs about. With a severe 7 year drought, they've really died off. Not completely, but they have been greatly reduced in number. Nowadays though, we are seeing them everywhere. As I mowed the lawn yesterday, they were hopping about in between swaths of mowing and jumping out from beside the house as I walked by. They were moving underneath the weeds and flowers I was pulling up in the garden. It seems they've made an excellent come-back this year. While pushing the mower the gnats were billowing up from the grass so I can imagine that the frogs were very content to be there -- sticking out their tongues to catch them like snowflakes falling from the sky.
Hubby was out baling straw in the neighbor's wheat field all yesterday and he came home to tell me that he saw several large frogs in the field. If you've ever been in a wheat field, ripe for harvest, you know that it's a very dry place --not somewhere you'd expect to see slimy, water-loving, google-eyed amphibians. It is shady with tall wheat heads floating high above, but it's still dry. Perhaps there was a little muddy creek there somewhere closeby. The straw is so dry it must be baled "in the dew" of the early morning or night, which Hubs was doing, so that may explain his sightings.
Did you know that frogs are chameleon-like in that they will change the color of their skin to match their environment? If they're in a very green grassy place, their skin will be bright green, but if they are found in slate-colored mud, they will match it and blend right in.