Thursday, August 17, 2017


Perhaps the pyramids need to come down too? I now ridiculous huh?

Just when I think the Russian nonsense is over - a misunderstood tweet  is hashed and rehashed - the so called ‘special’ counsel’ on its witch hunt…. now the Obama infused race issue (yes, I said Obama)  you know what… give it a few days… The whole cycle will start all over again…

The governor of Virginia  wants to remove all statutes in Virginia that were related in connection to the civil war as it relates to the confederates is suggested to remove the memorials in DC related to anything remotely connected as well.... I guess BYE BYE DC! - I could live with that.

White Nationalist, Antifa, Nazis, Black Life Matter- you all are evil, you push an agenda that has no place in this country or world.... I stand by the Statement of TRUMP that both and all sides are the issue - it is not a single group at all.....views, opinions, rage.... run rampant in these groups....  Those in disagreement to are only lying to yourself... Any group that won't allow free speech, intervenes by blocking speakers, shows up uninvited at peaceful gatherings or advocates and back the killing of law enforcement  - Yes you... you are ALL evil  - the KKK, White Nationalist, BLM etc.... Funny you can say Black Lives Matter, but not White Lives Matter? Now this is wrong - just saying, and this alone can cause race issues… know.. I like All Lives Matter… what about you?
Some people want the Pollyanna, red carpet treatment in everything, they expect everyone else to 'make' them feel good, help them cope....I can't tell you how many times someone said to me,,, "you make me feel bad" or "you think you are better than me"  You know what I learned to tell them?  - I said, "I am NOT RESPONSIBLE for how YOU feel" - This is when I learned the shallow, weakness of individuals and their need to be stroked and lifted up..... their self esteem is so low - anyone happy, making progress in life is a threat to them.... They hold onto the past.  I have a God given self-worth and so does everyone else!
Personally, for me, if the historical artifacts cause pain and people can't get past this - I have no issue with taking them down.. BUT
I just don't see this 'issue' 'statues' of the "confederate cause" being the real issue.... and by somehow taking down a statute will change the hearts of many an angry soul....
Here is a thought.... .take em down.... what will Change?  Will it stop the hatred towards the past, and who is perceived as the enemy????    I pray it does....Please comment your thoughts on " take em down" I am interested...

Friday, August 11, 2017

Inclement Weather - you NEVER know.....Prepare to Prepare

There were areas of Severe Flooding this year....Hurricanes are looming, and fall/winter is approaching - What better time to get your supplies, plan and kits ready.  


This is what I do: keep it simple - what you eat, what you need.... My main “Go Kit TUB/s” (I have this ALWAYS ready)  the BIG evacuation TUB is filled with the following:

This year - 2017, I purchased Wise Food Storage enough for 2 people to last 7 days (this includes water) - in addition to this, I add a small mixture of the following: nuts, meal bars, juice boxes, peanut butter, graham crackers, dried venison jerky. (I circulate, use and replace)

PET FOOD - we have Dogs so we buy an extra bag for our GO KIT TUB, it is kept in airtight container. (circulate)

WATER I have a 5 Gallon JUG next the to GO KIT TUB
COLLARS and LEASHES and a WATER BOWL - we keep a set in the GO KIT TUB
IDENTIFICATION ON US and PETS (I update accordingly)

I add games, like cribbage (I have a mini board), playing cards, Yahtzee
Flashlights and batteries. (circulate batteries)
Personal Hygiene items, to include wipes

I have a change of clothes (sweatpants) for Hubby and me, along with socks and sturdy shoes

Prepare your kits accordingly - Have babies? toddlers? an elderly parent?

*the Red Cross and The Wise Company have excellent sources to help you plan and prepare.


I replace and refill all of the following about every three months:

4 stackable water containers (14 Gallons) (purchased from The Wise Company) (pictured)

3 refillable 5- gallon water jugs (mainly for pups)
10 - 1 gallon refillable waters jugs (mainly for pups)
Water purifier tablets

I determined between the freezer and other food I don't store too much food - I have LONG Term MREs and Food from the WISE Company.


We have a landline, but I do charge all our laptops and devices. - my new lantern has a USB charger.

*  I make sure laundry is done!  - who else does this?
* I also fill my bathtub up so we can use to dump water in the toilet in case power goes out.
* Meds go in waterproof bag along with our identification for us in animals and ready to be put in (MAIN GO KIT)* I get cash out of the bank.
* Buy any animal food I may need (HENS)

I make sure all vehicles have fuel - never know if we have to leave.

We sold our generator, but when I had one... it is checked every 30 days and I make sure I have fuel - we have a permanent one planned.

CHECK WATER SUPPLY - Make sure all is ready.

I am obsessed, I have 7 days ALWAYS for two humans and three dogs and hens - I need more... this plan is in the works. This is separate from my GO KITs
I have in my chest freezer 10-20 jugs of water -  It helps to keep your food when power goes out if you don't have a generator.
Plan to use your outside GRILL - weather permitting! I always have camping propane bottles so cooking  rice and oatmeal is a snap on a camp stove, and of course - I can rely on my go kit. (cook outside)

I have a wind up radio
And backup flashlights

In a separate mini ‘go kit’ each commuter car has a sleeping bag, blanket and a backpack for 3 days (water, personal items, food and a change of clothes) sweatpants are cheap!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017


I was in my front yard this past week, when it was warm, and I said to myself, Gee, my yard smells ): Smells like a farm - I have chickens that poop in the front yard - and I smiled - because I would not even think that I would EVER have a hen in my front yard… stinking the place up & messing up my flowers….except this year - I plan veggies…. Thank you girls for preparing all my beds for me.

I like the ‘farm’ smell!

Which brings me to - why dreams are important, having that small farm, a quieter life, living off our land (well, to an extent) I  am no youngin!  It could be that my dream will never be realized, but I do so love to dream it -  Being encouraged having a plan....Dreams are important.

I am a homestead blog junkie,,,I sit in envy of fresh milk, cheese and butter - homegrown meat chickens.

What I can do now is work with what I have - Take my front yard and make it work for me - expanding my garden beds, growing my own food to freeze, can my own jelly and fruits, will be dehydrating more too.

We plan to add bees this coming year, working on their space and planning ahead for their arrival.

As we are approaching the years close to retirement (3 years), we have narrowed down a bit where we want to settle… Kentucky, Tennessee - not against northern South Carolina…

Simple things like a flat yard to garden, having a cow, a sheep, chickens of course a duck or too.

I plan to keep Dreaming!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Holidays in Hooterville - Life is where you are - Home is where you are at

Holidays, Home, Happiness - all are in Hooterville this year.  After a few tough years, I have found my Joy again.   Life is where you are – Home is where you are at – this is me in Hooterville!

This week I purchased my first holiday music in 5+ years, it was Amy Grants new Tennessee Christmas – I bought it because I heard that “Christian” stores did not want to sell her new Album because it was not “Christian” enough?  Really? I bought it for that reason – Gee, I can’t assume I know what Christian enough is? – by the way – two thumbs up and a snap – worth it – put this on your list for your music lovers!

Baking is what I love to do and especially this time of year - I found a new Bakery about 15 miles (round trip) from me (on the way to/from work) – the Red Truck Bakery in Marshall, VA.  – makes the best cinnamon rolls, the right balance of spices, texture of dough and enough sweetness - it is my thank you Holiday Hallelujah! – I no longer have to make them – I can buy my ‘fix’ and be happy and not over indulge from the pan I made staring at me! I still make my cookies - of course!

Holiday Decorating is simple, I put up some LED lights, that I can leave up all year – they offer a soft lighting that softens the room and brings me peace all throughout the year.

My tree is live and I plant them in my yard, each year now, for ten years, I have planted a new tree– I get to reflect on each tree and I think back to that year and give gratitude.

Holiday gift giving is now about simple, homemade, local and organic – I love shopping in the small businesses close to me,  I find such great products, like local honey, local salt, maple syrup, cranberry sauce – bird treats and unique gifts…. What fun it is to find something that I know will be enjoyed and cherished!   I found a jar spoon - OMG - Love the Brits!

What you  do or however you celebrate the holiday - Enjoy the simple things this time of year, a nice quite family dinner, bake that special batch of cookies, eat that pancake with butter and syrup - find that Holiday Hallelujah in your life!  Be Happy Be Grateful!  

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Zucchini Muffins - Hooterville Cooks

Zucchini Muffins - made with the one and only zucchini I was able to grow this year.. Bad garden year for me.

My new recipe find and test was using Flax Seed and Whey Powder. (no palina is for a new recipe, yet to try)

This recipe I found on the Atkins Blog… and I had to try it, I sure missed having my muffins…But no MORE!
hubby gave them a 4  pitchforkimages.jpg

Ingredients: large Eggs (Whole), 2 tbsps Canola Vegetable Oil ,1 tsp Vanilla Extract ,4 1/2 oz Zucchini 1 cup Organic 100% Whole Ground Golden Flax seed Meal ,1 oz Vanilla Whey Protein ,1/3 cup Sugar Substitute), 1 1/2 tsps Cinnamon, 3/4 tsp Baking Powder, 1/4 tsp Salt, 1/8  tsp Allspice Ground, 1/8 tsp Nutmeg (Ground)  (I also added a Tablespoon of unsweetened coconut and used pumpkin pie spice - I was plumb out of baking spices except for pumpkin!)

Directions: 1. Preheat an oven to 350°F. Grease 6 wells of a standard nonstick muffin tin. 2. Combine the eggs, oil and vanilla in a small bowl. Using a whisk beat until frothy about 1 minute. Shred the zucchini, add it to the bowl mixing to combine. 3. Add the flax meal, protein powder, granular sugar substitute, baking powder, salt, and spices. Mix with a spoon to combine. 4. Bake for 25 minutes until slightly puffed, golden and cooked through. Enjoy!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Lemon Cheese Cake…Hooterville Style

Low Carb, Gluten Free  - Taste Good and Satisfying…I love to bake, and I felt a bit depressed when I switched to gluten free/low carb...I did reading and extensive searching and found that I can still eat my favorite foods, just prepared with different ingredients.  I am growing to like the bread  - it requires taste adjustment -  as it is not the same texture I like. (working on this)
I have come familiar with Erythritol and Xylitol (I read some fuss on this.. But sugar is worse, in my opinion)

I love Cheese Cake - Lemon too,,, so I tried a few and finally hit the jackpot…. Oh, yes, this is a keeper….  I found on the internet - “Cleochatra’s Ultimate Cheesecake - Your Lighter Side”  I followed the recipe as it is stated,,, It is a Keeper!!  I have lost a size and 12 pounds in 4 weeks - Not bad as a benefit to monitor my blood sugar and Gluten - And I get the Cake too!

Makes 16 servings. Nutritional Information for one serving: Calories: 351, Carbohydrates: 29g, Fiber: 2g, Sugar Alcohols: 21g, Net Carbs: 6g, Protein: 8g, Fat: 8g  

Sunday, August 14, 2016

BREAD - you can eat, WAIST forgiving TOO!

I made a decision to lose some pounds... again!! I know, some of us struggle... After two knee replacements and health issues, I gained 20 pounds... I have recently dropped 12 pounds in 4 weeks.... I ditched sugar and carbs.... Today, I made some bread.  I absolutely Love Bread- toasted with JAM...  I make jam and I find I give it mostly away due to the fact I can't eat gluten, not allergic to gluten, just causes me to retain weight and other issues.

I have been searching the internet for bread recipes and taking advantage of the hard work folks put into developing their favorite recipe,,, I would share the recipe, but I don't have the permission yet... I give credit where credit belongs....