Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year Peeps!!!

A bit of information on the actual "Southern Tradition" history of Blackeyed Peas, Stewed Tomatoes, Corn Bread & Collards/Greens......from

If you are planning to celebrate the New Year in the Southeast, it is most likely that you will be offered black-eyed peas in some form, either just after midnight or on New Year's Day. From grand gala gourmet dinners to small casual gatherings with friends and family, these flavorful legumes are traditionally, according to Southern folklore, the first food to be eaten on New Year's Day for luck and prosperity throughout the year ahead.

The practice of eating black-eyed peas for luck is generally believed to date back to the Civil War. At first planted as food for livestock, and later a food staple for slaves in the South, the fields of black-eyed peas were ignored as Sherman's troops destroyed or stole other crops, thereby giving the humble, but nourishing, black-eyed pea an important role as a major food source for surviving Confederates.

Today, the tradition of eating black-eyed peas for the New Year has evolved into a number of variations and embellishments of the luck and prosperity theme including:

Served with greens (collards, mustard or turnip greens, which varies regionally), the peas represent coins and the greens represent paper money. In some areas cabbage is used in place of the greens.

Cornbread, often served with black-eyed peas and greens, represents gold.
For the best chance of luck every day in the year ahead, one must eat at least 365 black-eyed peas on New Year's Day.

Black-eyed peas eaten with stewed tomatoes represent wealth and health.
In some areas, actual values are assigned with the black-eyed peas representing pennies or up to a dollar each and the greens representing anywhere from one to a thousand dollars.

Adding a shiny penny or dime to the pot just before serving is another tradition practiced by some. When served, the person whose bowl contains the penny or dime receives the best luck for the Nyour point of view, there are several popular ways to serve black-eyed peas, other than as a simple side dish.ew Year, unless of course, the recipient swallows the coin, which would be a rather unlucky way to start off the year.The catch to all of these superstitious traditions is that the black-eyed peas are the essential element and eating only the greens without the peas, for example, will not do the trick.

Popular Ways to Serve Black-Eyed PeasEven most avid fans of black-eyed peas will concede that enjoying the flavor, frequently described as nutty, earthy and buttery, is an acquired taste.

Friday, December 17, 2010

  • Canning Butter

    I always thought I knew about canning from growing up on my Father’s farm. As the story goes you’re never too old to learn. I have never canned meats or butter. Meats we always put up in another form.

    Recently & thankfully I met a couple of women through the Richmond Meet-up of Survivalism and this is just one thing that I would like to pass along that my new friend has shown me. Enjoy and be sure to leave your comments on how this worked for you.

    My intention it to start posting more information on preparing for hard times when the impending prices of foods and materials go up.

Now you can purchase canned butter from The Internet Grocer or make it yourself using the directions below.

1. Use any butter that is on sale. Lesser quality butter requires more shaking (see #5 below), but the results are the same as with the expensive brands.

2. Heat pint jars in a 250 degree oven for 20 minutes, without rings or seals. One pound of butter slightly more than fills one pint jar, so if you melt 11 pounds of butter, heat 12 pint jars. A roasting pan works well for holding the pint jars while in the oven.

3. While the jars are heating, melt butter slowly until it comes to a slow boil. Using a large spatula, stir the bottom of the pot often to keep the butter from scorching. Reduce heat
and simmer for 5 minutes at least: a good simmer time will lessen the amount of shaking required (see #5 below). Place the lids in a small pot and bring to a boil, leaving the lids in simmering water until needed.

4. Stirring the melted butter from the bottom to the top with a soup ladle or small pot with a handle, pour the melted butter carefully into heated jars through a canning jar funnel. Leave 3/4" of head space in the jar, which allows room for the shaking process.

5. Carefully wipe off the top of the jars, then get a hot lid from the simmering water, add the lid and ring and tighten securely. Lids will seal as they cool. Once a few lids "ping," shake while the jars are still warm, but cool enough to handle easily, because the butter will separate and become foamy on top and white on the bottom. In a few minutes, shake again, and repeat until the butter retains the same consistency throughout the jar.

6. At this point, while still slightly warm, put the jars into a refrigerator. While cooling and hardening, shake again, and the melted butter will then look like butter and become firm. This final shaking is very important! Check every 5 minutes and give the jars a little shake until they are hardened in the jar! Leave in the refrigerator for an hour.

7. Canned butter should store for 3 years or longer on a cool, dark shelf. [It does last a long time. We have just used up the last of the butter we canned in 1999, and it was fine after 5 years.] Canned butter does not "melt" again when opened, so it does not need to be refrigerated upon opening, provided it is used within a reasonable length of time.

A lovely glow seems to emanate from every jar. You will also be glowing with grateful satisfaction while placing this "sunshine in a jar" on your pantry shelves.

We have canned over 75 pints of butter in the past year. Miles loves it and will open a jar when I'm not looking! I buy butter on sale, then keep it frozen until I have enough for canning 2 or 3 batches of a dozen jars each.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Linus Christmas Monologue

This is Such a Wonderful Christmas Explanation.

Then I had to ask myself when was the last time I had heard this explained
and I wonder how many children have had the chance to see this. Hope you'll
take a moment and share with yours!


It Is That Time Of Year Again I Wish To Remind Everyone Of, Another Small Way to Help: St. Jude's Ranch for Children

The children at the ranch use these cards to make "new" cards and other gifts for St. Jude's and a little money for themselves.

Instead of throwing them in the trash or the recycle bins, help the kids out by mailing just the FRONTS (makes shipping a lighter postage).

Because of ecards they're not receiving what they used to. They are accepting used, all-occaision cards from November 15, 2009 to February 28, 2010. Actually when I called this year I was told that I could mail them anytime.

This is my second year of doing this. Last year was a great success thanks to everyone who helped. One suggestion is to contact your Churches or other groups you may belong to and you will find they are more than will to participate!

St.Jude's Ranch for Children Recycled Card Program100 St. Jude's StreetBoulder, NV 89005

IF: we could find a way for ones to gather them from different places I could arrange to pick them up and mail them in a flat rate postage box. We could ask our churches, offices, organization or print this out and have your children to take it to their classes and then arrange for me to meet and pick them up and I’ll pay the shipping. If you should decide to ship them on your own ask the post office to weigh them. Wouldn't it be awesome to see how many pounds we actually shipped?

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Happy Veteren's Day

to all who gave their lives and to all who have their lives in danger every day. To all who served and lived and help us to remember and to all the families of those who died who lost their family member! Be Proud, Be Happy and Know that you are Loved & Thought of and prayed for. For there is Absolu...tely No Way we could ever repay any! God Bless All!



I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of a Patriot. So help me God
I know that the information included here is a lot and can’t be taken in all at one time. Hang on to it and look at it as you can. On one hand times are very scary. But if you stop and think a bit, don’t allow the fear to take over. Part of the solution is in gathering information and preparing in many different ways. It seems that I can’t gather all the information I want to fast enough.

I was asked a couple of days ago to be one of the thirteen Administrators of the facebook group: United-States-Of-America ·

It’s a group that has grown very fast in a very short time. I will say again as I have many times to my non-facebook friends. To join FB under a pseudonym that way you can use it for information you want to gather or participate in and no one has to know who you are other than those you want to know. Many people do this to keep their anonymity. Remember your knowledge and what you gather is as important to share as anything you have learned.

Whether or not you are a fan of Glenn Beck, I believe these shows that are airing this week everyone should watch and decide for themselves. If the links don’t open when you click them then copy them and then paste into your address bar. In the future any of his shows you wish to watch are available on his site after 7:30pm EST

November 8th,

November 9th,

November 10th,

More information to support food inflation: http://WWW.zerohedge.Com/article/nia-releases-food-price-estimates-qe2-world-bread-2305-corn-1143-6221-sugar

This is an email I sent last night. You can take it for what it’s worth. I believe finding like minded, knowledge seeking & preparing individuals within our own communities could go a long way in getting through this if it comes. I think so often how thankful I am of the things I learned growing up on my Daddy’s farm. I know how to do so many things that so many don't know or have never been exposed to.


We need to hang on to this. Everyone should hear this. I even saved it in Word to print and send to my non-FB friends and family.

I think the Glenn Beck program will be online after 7:30pm EST. Isn't this the series where he was telling about food inflation last night? I sent it to everyone I know. Even those who don't like Glenn Beck and told them that everyone should at least listen.

A friend of mine and I went out for a lengthy afternoon meal and conversation about everything going on. We're going to join the local tea parties, of which there are two and see what's going on around here. When things get bad, community and like minded people will play a big role of survival. We need to know our surroundings. I've said to some. So we prepare, some think you're crazy? What have any of us to loose to be if we are wrong? And if we're not prepared, what then? The same I have told many who ask about what I think about being baptized and having Jesus in your life?

On the other side of that, and I hate to think of this, but sometimes it passes through my mind that, the day may come when we have to choose to fight for Our America & not just hide. Don't get me wrong I think that is the last thing that will happen and everything should be tried before that and still I pray to God Almighty that it will never come to that. My days of complacency are over. I need to read and gather as much "real" information & knowledge as I can so that I may be of some good in whatever we have to do.

Many Thanks to Both You and Richard for this!

This is what Thomas posted on the site:

Thomas Hockenbury
6:26pm Nov 9
This Was Sent To Me By A Israeli Friend. She Knows What It Is Like To Be Surrounded By Her Enemies And Still Have Them On The Run. We Should Be More Like Israel And Kill Our Enemies Before They Kill Us.

"The Jihad President"

I Have A Friend Living In Israel That Sent Me This. She Ask Me To Please Post This. So That We Ameri...cans Can See What Is Seen Of Obama Through An Isreali's Eyes. Thomas "Conspiracy theory or real life events?" Over two years ago I wrote “The Jihad Candidate;” warning readers that Barack Hussein Obama was a Muslim plant hand-picked to destroy America. How I wish I'd been taken seriously. Get yourself something cool to drink, find a relaxing position, and let’s examine what has happened, but before we continue I want you to vividly remember those two jet airliners slamming into the twin towers of lower Manhattan. I want you to remember those American citizens just like you who jumped from the fiery flames to their death because that end would be quicker, less painful. Please remember the dancing and cheering from the Arab Street. Keep those images indelibly in your vision, because the Muslim White House would have you believe “ground zero” doesn’t matter anymore. Since February, 2010, Barack Obama has given Islamic terrorist organization HAMAS, $1.23 billion U.S. dollars. Additionally, Obama has agreed to take 100,000 Gaza residents into the United States as ‘resettled immigrants,” all on your tax dollars. How will these “refugees” find a job with an unemployment rate of 12% here? This president refuses to prosecute the Muslim mastermind of the U.S.S. Cole bombing in 2000, which took the lives of 17 American sailors, yet he persisted in the prosecution of Navy SEAL Matthew McCabe and 1LT Michael Behenna for doing their jobs to fight Muslim Al Qaeda. What? Whose side is Obama on? Any president in American history would have decorated both young men for their heroism on national television. Obama’s answer? Coddle the brutal murderer of 30 United States soldiers at Ft. Hood, Texas, Nadal Hasan, and continue his contemptuous assault on our military. But what can you expect from a “president” who holds a special White House Ramadan dinner for 100 of his close Muslim friends (many with ties to terrorism) and basks in the applause of his support to build a “mosque de triumph” at ground zero, which will be used as Sharia finance center. He and his sycophant Muslim apologists continue their efforts to strengthen the false conception of Islam as a benign religion. This chorus of Islamophiles warbles melodious delights about a “peaceful” Islam. They want to airbrush out the misery and spoliation of conquered peoples, the executions and martyrdoms, the rapes, and pedophilia, the child abuse, the humiliations and oppression, and the 15,486 Muslim terrorists bombings and human carnage since 911. Despite our Presidents protestations, such historical facts are the only important information needed as far as "understanding Islam." Could this be the reason Obama’s approval rating among Americans is 41 percent and his approval rating among Muslims is 78 per cent? How can any thinking, clear minded American make sense of such things? Telling audiences that “Islam has contributed to the rich history of America” is a lie Obama continues to spread in challenged. Islam, and Muslims, did NOT have any influence on our founding or our culture. Obama fails to tell his drug induced crowd of followers that the Koran (the “Holy Koran as he calls it) tells readers 109 times to murder infidels and Jews. How positively “peaceful.” But what else do you expect from a foreign born Muslim who endorsed the mosque at ground zero in New York by having the gall to wrap his decision in the cloak of the First Amendment. Any real American president would feel the pain of Americans from 911 and put a stop to the mosque. What a slap in the face of every American citizen! Obama’s disdain for America continues unabated as he approves to finance the fund-raising "sensitivity tour" of his friend Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, (who said in a 2001 interview that the United States was responsible for 911, that the blood was on OUR hands). Did you realize you were paying for Rauf’s trip around Europe, the Middle East and all of his expenses? This gets even worse: Obama approved millions to be spent on the renovation of mosques in 27 countries around the world. Isn’t it nice knowing where your tax dollars are being spent during the biggest recession since 1929? Obama, foreign born? Yes, that nasty “missing birth certificate” hasn’t gone away, and the nation of Kenya continues to insist he is their native. Obama’s hatred of America is further revealed in his steadfast refusal to defend the borders of the United States and submit the State of Arizona to the United Nations for violation of human rights? Violation of human rights? He needs to report his beloved Islam for butchering women! The State of Arizona is only trying to do HIS job because he will not. This president has opened the door for terrorists and disease to freely enter America, and for that alone he should be impeached. This week Obama ordered the release of several hundred captured “illegal aliens,” violating our immigration laws and imposing a back door amnesty plan without the consent of Congress. Obama doesn’t care about you, the crime caused by illegal’s, the expense of a few hundred thousand anchor babies or who will pay for them. He obviously doesn’t care that an illegal could enter the United States with smallpox or a nuclear weapon and murder 80,000 Americans. Someone raised in the world’s most Muslim nation, Indonesia, doesn’t care about you. Someone with close ties to Muslim terrorism in the Middle East and Africa doesn’t care about your day-to-day issues; he cannot identify; his heart and sympathies lie elsewhere. Is Barack Hussein Obama President of the United States or merely a katib (secretary to the Islamic Caliph)? Angry and informed Americans already know the answer. Look at ISLAMONCAPITALHILL.COM to see his agenda. His disdain for America, our history and our traditions, grows more contemptible (and obvious) each day. Americans be damned, nothing can sway him. Those who had any doubts are learning why a guy named “Barry” would change his name to match Mohammed’s horse: Barack. Where is America’s liberal press in all this mess? Drinking the kool-aid of our first black president, they forget his allegiances lie with Muslims because being called a “racist” by the White House is a fate worse than destruction at the hands of Islam. Remember in his book “Dreams of My Father” that Obama said “if the political winds shift in an ugly direction I will side with them (Muslims)?” Well, he meant it! We face in the coming months and years critical points in history that will determine our future existence as a sovereign nation. To scale the fortress walls of financial ruin brought-on by the indulgent “stim-you-less” waste of a trillion dollars that did nothing more than pay-off Obama's campaign contributors and a catastrophic housing finance scheme fueled by insistent liberal meddling, we need an American aware of the need of financial restraint and not someone who continues to wholesale spend (including unlimited lavish vacations). These are the times that try men’s souls; a time requiring unity. We must not be torn-apart by someone forcing the nation of Islam onto our culture. Democrats too much realize, we are at that apogee in American history that we must save our country first, or we will not have a two-party political system to save. Americans realize we need a president that was raised in America; one who would say “the most beautiful sound is the song “ is 'America the Beautiful,' not “the Azan, or early morning Muslim prayer call.” Americans are fed-up with Acorn, and Islam and Chicago thug politics and a president who uses a gold Arabic cloth as his speech backdrop instead of the Stars and Stripes of our national flag. America is disgusted with the racism and bigotry spread by the likes of Jeremiah Wright and Louis Farrakhan and Barack Obama. We want a president who will instruct NASA that their job is space exploration, not making murdering Muslims feel good about themselves. We want our nation back before it’s too late. Which side are you on? By Richard Carroll Pass The Bacon Please...

Information is like reading a book, newspaper or other source of reading or viewing. You keep your morals and your self and decide what is good and what you really don’t go for. Bottom line though is that you have taken it in and it allows you the pleasure of discernment.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Dismantling America

"We the people" are the familiar opening words of the Constitution of the United States-- the framework for a self-governing people, free from the arbitrary edicts of rulers. It was the blueprint for America, and the success of America made that blueprint something that other nations sought to follow.

At the time when it was written, however, the Constitution was a radical departure from the autocratic governments of the 18th century. Since it was something so new and different, the reasons for the Constitution's provisions were spelled out in "The Federalist," a book written by three of the writers of the Constitution, as a sort of instruction guide to a new product.

The Constitution was not only a challenge to the despotic governments of its time, it has been a continuing challenge-- to this day-- to all those who think that ordinary people should be ruled by their betters, whether an elite of blood, or of books or of whatever else gives people a puffed-up sense of importance.

While the kings of old have faded into the mists of history, the principle of the divine rights of kings to impose whatever they wish on the masses lives on today in the rampaging presumptions of those who consider themselves anointed to impose their notions on others.
The Constitution of the United States is the biggest single obstacle to the carrying out of such rampaging presumptions, so it is not surprising that those with such presumptions have led the way in denigrating, undermining and evading the Constitution.

While various political leaders have, over the centuries, done things that violated either the spirit or the letter of the Constitution, few dared to openly say that the Constitution was wrong and that what they wanted was right.

It was the Progressives of a hundred years ago who began saying that the Constitution needed to be subordinated to whatever they chose to call "the needs of the times." Nor were they content to say that the Constitution needed more Amendments, for that would have meant that the much disdained masses would have something to say about whether, or what kind, of Amendments were needed.

The agenda then, as now, has been for our betters to decide among themselves which Constitutional safeguards against arbitrary government power should be disregarded, in the name of meeting "the needs of the times"-- as they choose to define those needs.

The first open attack on the Constitution by a President of the United States was made by our only president with a Ph.D., Woodrow Wilson. Virtually all the arguments as to why judges should not take the Constitution as meaning what its words plainly say, but "interpret" it to mean whatever it ought to mean, in order to meet "the needs of the times," were made by Woodrow Wilson.

It is no coincidence that those who imagine themselves so much wiser and nobler than the rest of us should be in the forefront of those who seek to erode Constitutional restrictions on the arbitrary powers of government. How can our betters impose their superior wisdom and virtue on us, when the Constitution gets in the way at every turn, with all its provisions to safeguard a system based on a self-governing people?

To get their way, the elites must erode or dismantle the Constitution, bit by bit, in one way or another. What that means is that they must dismantle America. This has been going on piecemeal over the years but now we have an administration in Washington that circumvents the Constitution wholesale, with its laws passed so fast that the public cannot know what is in them, its appointment of "czars" wielding greater power than Cabinet members, without having to be exposed to pubic scrutiny by going through the confirmation process prescribed by the Constitution for Cabinet members.

Now there is leaked news of plans to change the immigration laws by administrative fiat, rather than Congressional legislation, presumably because Congress might be unduly influenced by those pesky voters-- with their Constitutional rights-- who have shown clearly that they do not want amnesty and open borders, despite however much our betters do. If the Obama administration gets away with this, and can add a few million illegals to the voting rolls in time for the 2012 elections, that can mean reelection, and with it a continuing and accelerating dismantling of America.

Friday, August 13, 2010

This is a program that is just getting up and running and soon there will be a list of local (Richmond,VA & Tri-Cities) business that are drop off sites.

So far:

Padow's Deli & Hams (in Willow Lawn Shopping Center)

Today's Hair - 3641 Cox Rd. , Richmond , VA, 23233 Phone: (804)741-8008 (in same shopping center as Ipenema Grill)

Hair Thairpy - 4915 Caskie StreetRichmond, VA 23230-3507(804) 254-4915 (behind Willow Lawn Shopping Center)

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by Prevent Child Abuse Virginia on Monday, July 26, 2010 at 11:24am
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1.Pack your cell phones and batteries in a sturdy box or padded envelope. Please do not include chargers or accessories.

2.Be sure to deactivate the service on your cell phones.

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