Lawlessness

In the United States, from what we see on the tv, there is increasing lawlessness – rioting with burning, destroying, murdering, hurting – mostly, it seems in the big cities.  Thankfully, none of that in our part of the world is showing, though, we occasionally get some bad stuff going on.  Always seems to run its course when the perpetrators grow up, get a life, and quit being selfish snowflakes.  (also, the coppers getting in there and ferreting them out!)  But in the meantime, sometimes cattle are let out, combines destroyed, vehicles are stolen, inside of new homes being built are trashed, and multiple fires set to old buildings and piles of hay.

But, i hope that we never get to the point that others will attack and kill you for a coat they fancy, or a nice piece of jewelry or a sweet camera.  Yes, there are some countries in which this happens in broad daylight.  Tourists need to take care as to what they are wearing and displaying to avoid being accosted.

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This lovely hand made necklace is a gift from my daughter which she purchased from a crafts lady in DRC (Democratic Republic of the Congo) in 2013 when she traveled with and as a guest of our dear friends Clement and her new husband Patrick.  They live in Kinshasa, but Jessica was able to spend time on Clement’s mom’s farm outside of the city.  
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Hand crafted necklace and matching bracelet.  No real monetary value, but a treasured gift from our friends’ home land.  Nevertheless, i wouldn’t wear this in a public and dangerous place – especially as a tourist.

Simple Coffee – Simple Breakfast

Daughter, Jessica, is always thinking of nice things to give others.  She brought home from Vietnam Simple Coffee Co, a couple sacks of delicious coffees grown and roasted in Son La, Vietnam.  She has since recently returned to Vietnam (quite the adventure in that – taking 52 hours and now in isolation!), so i’m enjoying the Forest flavor all by myself.  We shared Sunrise earlier in her visit.  Okay, now i’m going to cry because i miss her still. 😦  She’s been doing this international schools teaching since straight out of uni – you’d think i’d get used to her being gone.

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Roasted beans i ground this morning and pressed for a fresh cup.  Enjoyed one of my home made Applesauce Chia Granola Bars.

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Vietnam

Molasses, Ginger, and Zucchini

Once in a very great while, i make a substitution in a recipe and it works!  This is one.  Still working on those uses for zucchini.

I simply substituted half the butter with shredded zucchini and no other changes.  If your zucchini is young, it’s likely you’ll need to squeeze out a bit of the excess moisture or you’ll need to add a bit more flour to stiffen the dough.

Gingersnap Cookies (Soft & Chewy)

Prep Time: 15 mins   Total Time 25 mins   Serves 24

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup butter*
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • 2 ½ cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ cup sugar on a plate for later

DIRECTIONS:

In a large bowl, beat the sugar, butter, egg, and molasses for 1 to 2 minutes.  Add the flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves and mix by hand.  Take one good size tablespoon of dough (or more for a larger cookie) and roll into a ball.  On a plate or shallow bowl, put the sugar, then roll each ball around in the sugar to coat.

Bake at 350°F for 10-12 minutes on cookie sheet.  Adjust time as needed.

*during zucchini season, try substituting squeezed out shredded zucchini for half the butter.  It is excellent!

 

 

Pruning Zucchini?!

Had never heard of pruning zucchini until i searched online for a way to keep my plants producing.  So, i tried it – on all of them – it’ll work or kill them, but it’s okay either way, i have plenty frozen up for winter use now anyway.

I used some hand pruners since these stalks are very easy to cut, yet i was afraid if i tried ripping them off, i would damage the main stalk.  The video i watched said to cut off the leaf stalks up to the first flowers.

Pruned zucchini

Pruned zucchini

 

 

 

Zucchini Lunch

Continuing my collection of zucchini recipes, i post this one.  I’t s really so easy it can hardly be considered a recipe.

Mandoline, spiralizer, garlic press
My home raised garlic from last year is small, so it took some time to get enough to make good flavor. Healthy garlic.

INGREDIENTS:

  • Zucchini – spiralized or sliced thinly with mandolin
  • Onion – sliced
  • Garlic – minced or chopped
  • Sea Salt
  • Pepper
  • Option toppings can include any kind of meat chopped up, shredded cheese,

DIRECTIONS:

  • Spiralize or thinly slice zucchinis into a skillet and saute until moisture is lessened
  • While saute, slice onion and add to skillet, mince garlic and add to skillet
  • Add cooked meat and warm through.
  • Top with sliced hard cooked eggs, cheese if desired.

Zucchini and Onions

Zucchini, Cheese, Eggs, Meat
This tasty dish will replace my daily lettuce salad until fall greens crop come along.  My dish today has leftover corned beef.

 

Already Dead

Already Dead –

By Kit Pharo

Henry Ford once said, “The man who is too set to change is dead already.   The funeral is a mere detail.”   I had to read that quote a couple of times before I fully understood how powerful it is – and how appropriate it is to the current beef industry.   You may have to do the same thing.

I want you to think back to the drastic changes that were taking place when Henry Ford made this bold statement.   The horse and buggy were being replaced by automobiles.   Draft horses were being replaced by tractors.   For many people, these changes were beyond comprehension.   If you and I lived during that time period, there is an excellent chance we would have been extremely reluctant to accept those changes.

People hate change!   Nowhere is this more prevalent than in the cow-calf sector of the beef industry.   It often takes two or three decades for cow-calf producers to make simple changes – even though they know the change will be for their own good.   Some changes are not possible until one generation gives way to the next.   As stated in the leadoff article of our Summer 2020 Newsletter, many family businesses advance one funeral at a time.   If you don’t think this is true, you are living in la-la land.

Cow-calf producers who think they can continue to do things the way they have always done them need to WAKE UP and smell the coffee.   As Henry Ford said, “Those who are too set to change are already dead.   The funeral is a mere detail.”   Are you already dead?   I hope not.   It’s not too late to make the necessary changes in your program and genetics – but time is of the essence.   Nothing stays the same.   It’s Time to Change Horses!

Faith, Family, Farm

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