And these few lines have made a difference. Thanks.
The bushel will not cover all the lights. As irritated as some may be
about our frequent discourse that some claim to be OT, perhaps, just
perhaps, someone has been touched and will spread the word. Gardening
begets garden philosophy. Ya jist niver know, eh?
Ahhhh.......what a wonderful morn it will be!
I would gladly trade you your chilly overcast for what we just got
(others worse, I know)......six inches of flurries and effing single
digits at nite.....will it never end?
We have a glucometer and we test at least monthly. Kids test regularly
also. We are all eating lower on the glycemic index and the results
have been positive. Wifey and I both drink a glass of bitter melon
decoction daily. Prior to starting the low GI and bitter melon I was
running 120-130 FBS and she was 125-135. Hers is in the 100teens now.
My last fasting test registered 92 and 2-3 hours after meals that day
it was never above 115.
The herbal concoction and all the water I drink kinda wrings the juice
outta me. I should probably cram my three doses into a tighter
schedule and lay off any liquids after early evening.
BTW, did the herbal list hold anything of interest for you?
Charlie, playin' with two grands and will likely wind up asleep before
I like Hawthorne Berry, Bitter Melon, Garlic, prunella (self-heal)
*Billy*, Vitamin C , K and D, Cinnamon and Pycnogenol (aka Pine bark).
I also drink pomegranate juice.
Just found out that Bitter Melon can be dried and will store well.
I shop here http://www.pennherb.com/index.html as they close about 35
Bill who thinks Polan on food is the way to go.
Most of the above can be researched here.
Sure can...I bought it dried, but will grow this summer and dry.
I buy here.....
Seems to be cheaper than your source and it's in my state.
Here are a few more that I use
Whoa. Rachael how are you? Last I heard, things were dry in NC and it
doesn't sound like it got any better. How you doin'? What ever happened
to your pasture. How's the hay business? How are the kids? How's your
winter tan coming along?
Here, on the other coast, we've had a wet, but not exceptionally wet,
winter so far. If we don't get anymore rain, it will be just sorta
You gonna be able to put in a garden this year or are you to busy
raising your family to fight "Mother Nature"?
We are good, we've had some thunderstorms and lots of rain in the last
couple of weeks, but not nearly enough to put a dent in the drought levels.
What ever happened
When they saw that we wouldn't be run over, they offered to fix things
back up after they finished fixing "their ditches" so that we could put
our livestock back. We had moved all the horses & cows here to the house
while everything was going on, so that we could be sure of their
wellbeing. We took the DOT up on their offer, and they almost have
everything completed. We have yet to decide whether or not we really
want to put our livestock back there. My FIL wants it, so we are
thinking of just renting it out to him.
How's the hay business?
Hay business is very slow right now. The drought sure did not do us any
favors there. We won't get started up in hay this year until the end of
April or so.
How are the kids?
The kids are doing great. They are currently "hiding" behind the rocking
chair and playing farm. Go figure, huh? lol! Wyatt will be 3 on the 21st
of this month. Breanna turned 1 in Jan. We did a BBQ for that of course,
and yes, we had all the trimmings. I thought of you and Charlie when
making the sauce!
What winter tan? We actually had some cold weather, but not much. I was
really hoping for a bit of snow for the kids to play in some, but the
only time we had flurries here, it was about mid-night and they were
long fast asleep. The weather has been so wishy-washy with cold one day
and warm the next, that it's wrecked havoc on allergies, so I've not
really be out too much. Trying to keep the kids in so they will stay
well. Only one visit to the doctor this winter so far, and I want to
keep it that way.
Ha! I will put something in, just not sure of how much yet. Gotta have
the staples...beans, peas, peppers, cukes, maters, okra, and zukes!
Breanna is big enough that she can be out and about some when that time
comes around. We will be moving, so I'm not sure yet how that will
affect planting. We are in the process of buying a house & small farm
(105 acres), but at least it's bigger than our current place!
Thinking I may have to do some raised bed techniques, and some 5-gallon
buckets for the earlier crops. Any ideas or thoughts on that? I'm not
sure if I want to follow my grandfather's ritual of planting on Good
Friday this year or not. That's right around the corner and weather
still isn't quite right. I've been bit by the planting bug though! Can't
wait to get started!
Well, I smell a little stinker...Shew!
Catch ya later, watch that fence post there now. Gotta get round to
replacing it! lol
Hay business can't be all that bad or is your husband workin' 24/7?
A question always comes to mind for us west coast people, and that is,
other than gumbo, how do you cook okra?
Sounds like you should be planting portables (pots and buckets and
such). If the new house isn't to far away, maybe you could start
preparing the ground there. You could give the present owner some token
sum of money for rent so that it wouldn't be misconstrued as taking
Ha! It really was, only about $11,000 last year, that's total, before
any taxes. And he's nearly working 24/7, put in 163 hours in the last
two weeks, and it will be picking up more soon. He works outside of our
business for a local big-time farmer, and that pays pretty good for
around here. That farmer deals in everything, from row crops to hogs and
turkeys. Got a good deal on the house and land as well.
Instead of boiling in a pot on the stove, my wife now puts it in a
dish of water in the microware and just brings to a rolling boil. It
is not near as "slippery" cooked this way and more people like that!!
To me, I was raise on it boiled on a wood stove until it was almost
falling apart, so either way is good to me. I also like it sliced
across in 3/4" or so pieces, battered in corn meal and fried crispy!
Go, and sin no more, my son.........
Speaking of lard.....I recently bought a pound to season a new dutch
oven and rehabilitate some old pieces I acquired and damned if they
hadn't gone and ruined lard by hydrogenating it. Bastids. When did
they start that crap? Gonna have to season me cast iron with organic
pig bacon, it seems.
In a similar vein.....other than olive oil, should one trust the oils
we have been led to believe are healthy? Canola, corn? Last I heard,
none of Canada's canola can be certified as organic on account of GM
contamination. One can assume the same for corn oil.
Today we made a large pot of vegetable zoup and had cornbread with it.
Guess what Lovey decided to use in the cornbread? She substituted the
bacon grease from this morning for the "healthy" oil. OMG......it's
been decades since we had cornbread that good.
Ha! Here's a market niche fer ya, Billy. Lard, from organic,
grass-fed hogs. Oh, the irony!
Hell, I keep this up, I'll be waitin' for *you* on the otherside of
Care, brother, carefully
Here's one of our favorites, ya gotta add whatever proportions sound
good to ya.....we be cookin' here Billy, not measurin'...this ain't
Stewed Okra and Tomatoes (for specifics and variations, go to
Tomatoes and juice or broth or water or wine (I always add some wine)
Onions...lots of em... and garlic...lots
Sliced Okra.....lots and lots
Green Pepper.....or red....or not.
Simmer sliced okra in water for five minutes, drain, set aside
Saute onions nicely as well as peppers
Add garlic last minute or so
Add tomatoes and liquid and okra and simmer til ready (20 mins or so)
Season with something hot and cajun like.....Essence is always good.
We ladle over brown rice and then I get stupid with hot sauce. Tabasco
Chipotle is one of my favorites. It is good on everything.
Enjoy, this is some seriously good stuff
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