Monthly Archives: December 2012

Organizing your New Year’s Resolutions into goals you can actually DO!

Its time!  The New Year is almost here and many of us, farmers, bankers, or candle stick makers, are planning our New Year’s resolutions.  And in about 45 days all that planning will account for nothing since most of us won’t stick with the  goals we’ve made for more than six weeks.  So today I’m going to show you a way to organize your New Year’s resolutions into goals you can actually do!

First, forget about your goals being for the “new year.”  These are goals for your life!  Sure, start today, but being flexible with your resolutions helps you to overcome setbacks.  Instead of waiting for next January when everything heads south, just pick a date and start again.

Second, break down your goals into steps.  “Get Healthy” is a great idea, but how are you going to do it?  Will you diet? Exercise?  Cleanse?  Take vitamins?

Third, get out your calendar.  I like the cheapie month-in-view from Wal-Mart, but chose what works for you and your life.  Cell phone, pocket calendar, desktop, kitchen calendar, whatever!  Then assign the steps to your goals to each month.

For example:

Organizing Your New Year's Resolutions into goals you can actually DO!  Going to keep them this year!

In the “notes” section of each month I wrote down a reminder of the steps to take towards my goal that month.  I divided my goals into various areas of my life, such as financial, spiritual, homeschool, etc.  My January goal for the farm is to research and pick out my new chicks and garden seeds.  For February I plan to build covers for my current garden boxes to protect the seeds from the chickens we already have and research and pick out a breed of sheep and guard dog.  In March I’ll build trellises for the garden boxes  and create pens for the sheep and dog, hopefully to be added to the farm soon after.  In April I’ll need a more permanent chicken coop and in May I want to purchase and set up rain barrels for both the animals and the garden.  All of these steps are aiming at my big goal of “Raise More of Our Own Food.”

In the next few weeks I’ll also take you through the steps we use to organize our life, farm, homeschool, and other obligations, so stay tuned, but in the mean time I’d love to hear your ideas for New Year’s Resolutions you can actually do!

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Farm Family Christmas

Christmas Farm Style

Rusty the snowman, was as hick as he could be,
with an old seed hat and a flannel shirt and two eyes made out of bolts.
But there must’ve been some magic in that orange Dew’ cap we found,
cause’ when we placed it for his nose he began to …dance around!
Oh, Rusty the snowman,
had to hurry on his way, saying
“Nascars on and my tree stands gone I’ve so much to do today!”
Bumpity bump bump, bumpity bump bump
Snowmen can haul hay?
Bumpity bump bump, bumpity bump bump
Did he take my Chevrolet???!!!!
Song by Daddy, snowman by Brett
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A Healthy Holiday Recipe!

You might think there isn’t much to do on a farm in the winter.  Well, you’d be thinking wrong!  Its bitterly cold today in Missouri, but there are some garden plants that don’t really care.  Spinach is one of my favorite veggies to grow year round.  All you need is a tray of dirt, your favorite spinach seeds, water and sunlight.  Oh!  And a spot indoors!

And then you need a recipe!

But let me say that just because my farm kids help grow the veggies doesn’t mean they’ll eat them!  So I created these green Christmas pancakes to entice my little ones to consume a bit more of those leafy greens.  It was an instant success!  So here’s to healthy holiday recipes!

These Healthy Christmas pancakes use spinach for a holiday green color!


Healthy Holiday Pancakes

Handful spinach leaves
3/4 cup buttermilk*
1/3 cup applesauce
1 teaspoon agave nectar or honey
1 egg
2 tablespoons oil
1 cup flour (I use 1/2 wheat, 1/2 white)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt

*If you don’t have buttermilk you can make your own by adding a teaspoon or so of lemon juice to plain milk and letting it set for about 5 minute.

Put spinach leaves in a blender, cover with buttermilk, applesauce, agave, egg and oil.  Blend until smooth.  In a mixing bowl combine remaining ingredients.  Add wet mixture to flour, stirring just until moist.  Add more flour if the mixture is too runny.  This will vary, based on how much spinach you use and how juicy the spinach is.  I also add about 1/4 cup of chocolate chips to mine at this point to distract my kiddos.  Then pour onto a griddle and cook as usual.  Enjoy some holiday baking without the gilt!

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Top 10 Useless College Degrees

Yahoo Education posted an article earlier this year listing the top 10 most useless college majors.  Number one was agriculture.

The article claimed that because farms are getting bigger, more efficient, and scarcer all the time there will be fewer farm management jobs available.  Therefore the whole degree is pretty much worthless.

You might be interested to know that the agriculture community responded with such force that an article posted on Yahoo Finance a few months later listing the top 10 worst college majors didn’t place ag anywhere on the list at all.  Turns out there was a lot more to agriculture education than Yahoo knew.

Sunday night at our Missouri Farm Bureau annual meeting high school and college students (many majoring in agriculture fields) competed for a scholarship with speeches explaining to all why ag education is not only viable, it is growing!

True, there are fewer farms now than there have ever been.  But there is a lot more to ag than planting seeds and milking cows!  Someone sells fertilizer to farmers.  Someone develops the formula to create the very best fertilizer.  Someone ships the fertilizer, packages it, advertises it, etc.  And these fields are growing!

The world’s population is expected to double by 2050.  That means we’ll need to double the amount of food we grow.  With fewer farmers.  And less land.  So we’ll need scientists to help figure out how to do it, or we’ll all be hungry.  We’ll need people to do all kinds of problem-solving to feed the world.  And maybe we won’t need lots of people to actually grow the food, but the ones who do will need to be highly educated.

At least, we’ll need all this if you plan to keep eating 🙂

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