Game of Thrones and other Trash (Matt Walsh)

Once again Matt Walsh hits the nail on the head.
He is absolutely correct when he says, “the best thing is to at least treat our brains and souls with the same respect we give a kitchen sponge. You wouldn’t put your sponge in the toilet and then use it to clean your dinner plate. Why, then, do we let our brains absorb hours of filth every day and then think we can turn around and use those same minds to be decent, virtuous people in real life?”
God tells us to abhor even the appearance of evil. He also says we shouldn’t conform any longer to the patterns of this world and to be separate. We cannot be a light shining the Truth if we involve ourselves in the same garbage as the world.

Playing Catch-Up

Wow, we haven’t posted any updates for a while, so now it is time to play catch-up. Here’s a bunch of random pictures with explanations. I’m not feeling very well so I’m going to by-pass the whole actually writing a post thing. Okay?

20150516_162441Meet Ma and Pa Cochin. They were added to the homestead on Saturday, May 16.  She laid an egg for us already!

20150516_162938Here I am with Ma. I know I look horrible. I feel it too.

marcia and paPa is so protective of Ma it is sweet.

banties The bantam chicks are growing! We’ve narrowed them down to Mille Fleur d’Uccles, Silver-Laced Sebright, Golden-Laced Sebright, Silver Duckwing Old English Game and Porcelain d’Uccles.


BLRW We got a pair of Blue-Laced Red Wyandottes.

broodyleghorn The same day we fired up the incubator this brown leghorn decided to go broody. She’s our first broody hen. Between her and the incubator, we hope to hatch out Blue-Laced Red Wyandottes, Buff Orpingtons, Barnevelders, Lakenvelders and Buff Rocks.

juvies new home The oldest set of chicks have been moved from the large brooder to a much more spacious pen in the barn. They love all the extra space.

E hikingE hiking2 The people who own the property lining ours has sold some lumber. The tree cutting crew has been thinning out the woods behind our house. Hubs and Buck decided to go for a hike.

E batting first practiceE ground ball first practiceE pitching first practiceE running first practiceE third base first practice Buck had his first T-ball practice last weekend. Go Pirates!

What have you been doing this spring?

carrots under board

Originally posted on vegetablurb:

One of the weirdo ideas that has found a place in my book of goofy things that actually work is sprouting carrot seeds under a board. This is the second year I’ve done it, and I have to admit it works flawlessly (providing you pay attention around the time the seeds are due to sprout and remove the board immediately).


It took almost exactly two weeks from the time I put the seeds into the ground till they sprouted. I only had to pull out one lanky weed seedling in the 30-ish square feet of planted area. Carrots had been frustrating for me for many years, rows with large empty spaces and lots of random weeds dispersed among the seedlings.


There’s still a little more nurse-maiding to do; mulching and thinning (it’s always so hard to murder innocent young seedlings). But after that, piece of cake.

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Iowa farms devastated, impacts unknown as bird flu spreads

Originally posted on The Armageddon Times:

554d86c30ad8c.image_Iowa produces more eggs than any state in the country, and is ninth nationally in turkey production. But both industries are being rocked by a relentless virus that is forcing farmers to destroy entire flocks. A highly pathogenic avian influenza — or bird flu — believed to be introduced by wild waterfowl such as ducks and geese has infected dozens of Iowa farms, causing the death and disposal of more than 20 million birds. While some farmers cope with devastating losses, others are taking every precaution possible to prevent the disease’s spread, knowing full well it could all be in vain. Read Article

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Police Seize 10 Children From ‘Off-Grid’ Homeschool Family


Please pray for this sweet family in Kentucky

Originally posted on Christian Patriots:

Authorities targeting Americans with traditional, rural lifestyles

Police seized ten children from an “off grid” homeschool family in Kentucky on Wednesday after receiving an anonymous tip about the family’s traditional lifestyle.

The nightmare story began when sheriff’s officers set up a blockade around Joe and Nicole Naugler’s rural property before entering the premises. Eight of the kids were out with their father but Nicole and two of her oldest children were at home. Nicole attempted to drive away but was subsequently stopped and arrested for resisting (attempting to prevent officers from taking her two boys away).

The sheriff then demanded Joe Naugler turn over the other eight children by 10am the next day or face felony charges, an order with which he complied.

“They are an extremely happy family,” said family friend Pace Ellsworth, who asserts that the Nauglers were targeted because of their “back to basics life” and their…

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Rice Pilaf Recipe – The Secret to Light, Fluffy and Flavorful Rice


I need to try this because my rice has always been an epic FAIL!

Originally posted on Old World Garden Farms :

What exactly is rice pilaf? It is actually a rice dish in which the rice is lightly browned in oil or butter before it is cooked in a broth – most often with vegetables and sometimes with meat or poultry. There are several hundred ways to prepare this staple, but the key is to end up with light and fluffy rice that has an excellent flavor throughout every bite.

Typically it is made with white rice – and sometimes with jasmine or basmati rice. In our house, we prefer to use brown rice in our recipes because it has a slightly lower calorie and higher fiber count than long grain white rice. However, brown rice does taste a little bit nuttier when cooked, so I was worried when I went to make rice pilaf using our traditional long grain brown rice.

After much concern, it turned out perfect! The flavor was outstanding…

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Out with the old and in with the NEW

Hat tip to Gary Followell for the beautiful picture.

Hat tip to Gary Followell for the beautiful picture.

What I am about to write may surprise some of you; especially if you know what this site is about, which is Jesus and awaiting His return. Anyway, just a cursory glance at this site would give you the clue that I am a Christian. Well, guess what:

I recommitted and was re-baptized on Sunday!

Why? Was I uncertain of my salvation? Not really. As usual, it’s complicated.

The short version is: it is between Jesus and me. He knows the stirrings I’ve had of late and how I am sure they were from Him. Those of you who know my position on the headcovering and how I came about that conclusion should know that I don’t do anything on a whim. Lots of time is spent praying, studying and reflecting. This is no different.

The longer version:

I repented, confessed and was baptized when I was eleven. I was raised in a Christian home from a long line of preachers and elders. My cousins and church friends were being baptized. I remember feeling embarrassed when they went forward and I didn’t, so I told my dad on the way to the baptism that I too wanted to be baptized. When he asked me the questions about believing in Jesus, who He is, what He did etc I answered truthfully. My eleven year old self believed what my mind could comprehend at the time. Mostly though, looking back, what I truly believed was: the adults in my life were telling me the truth. I had no reason to doubt them. My guess is, this is true for so many who become Christians at a young age.

I’m not saying that baptism and commitment to Jesus by youngsters is invalid. I’m not saying only adults can make such decisions.

What I am saying is, I wanted to repent, confess and be buried with Him in baptism as an adult who has lived a little while and fully understands what she is doing. I am no longer taking my parents’ word for it! I know that I know that I know that Jesus is Lord and tonight, when I rose out of that watery grave, I arose a new person. Throwing off the old and putting on the new.

I commit myself to Him and His work. Casting my cares upon Him, I commit to taking up my cross and dying to self so I may have abundant life in Him.

The Perfect Way To Boil An Egg – Yes, Even Farm Fresh Eggs


This is pretty much my method too only I put the eggs in before it boils. I let it boil for at least 15 minutes then immediately submerge in ice water. When peeling, I “smash” or gently break the rounded end of the egg to break the shell then peel. Worked perfectly yesterday morning on eggs that were about a week old.

Originally posted on Old World Garden Farms :

Yes, we are really providing a ‘recipe’ on how to boil eggs.  Every week we get at least one question on how to make them so that they can be easily peeled and have a solid, firm yolk.

Most people add the eggs to the water before boiling - we do just the opposite Most people add the eggs to the water before boiling – we do just the opposite

We remove the eggs and place them directly into a colander for the ease of transporting them to the ice water bath. We remove the eggs and place them directly into a colander for the ease of transporting them to the ice water bath.

It doesn't appear like it, but the eggs are actually submerged under the water. It doesn’t appear like it, but the eggs are actually submerged under the water.

After the eggs have completely cooled, peeling them becomes quick and easy. After the eggs have completely cooled, peeling them becomes quick and easy.

A smooth hard boiled egg. A smooth hard boiled egg.

Save your egg shells to use in your compost or use to add next to your tomato plants in the garden. Save your egg shells to use in your compost or use to add next to your tomato plants in the garden.

There are several ‘ways’ to boil eggs – just ask anyone that you know and they will all give you their method…

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