Don’t get down

DON’T LET THE HATERS GET YOU DOWN

There is always someone that is going to try to bring you down. They have their reasons for why they do it. My belief is that they are jealous, but regardless of their reasons – don’t let it stop you from your goals. If we reach for what we want and we start accomplishing our goals then we will have haters, we will be mocked and misunderstood. As long as you know what your goals are and you include God- then you can accomplish anything you set your mind too. Only you can decide what you want out of life and only you can make it happen.
If I had listened to half the people that told me I couldn’t then I wouldn’t be where I am today. Everytime someone said I couldn’t I showed them I could – I took it as a challenge. There is nothing we can’t do if we set our minds to it.
Take those stepping stones and go for it!!! Remember to stay strong and that you are doing what makes you happy in life. If we constantly worry about others and what they think then we wouldn’t get any where and be miserable. Today is your day!! Start it fresh and go after what you want in life. If you have to make a list with your main goal and then list under it all the little goals (stepping stones) that you will need to accomplish in order to reach your main prize. Get a sticky note and post on your mirror so you know what your goal is. I know you can do!!! Now go get started!
God Bless You!
~Country Momma~
Be unceasing in prayer (praying perseveringly)
1 Thessalonians 5:17
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Today is the DAY!

Hope everyone is having a great day! I would like to take this time to remind you that only you can make the changes in your life and decide if you want to be Happy. You are in control of your life, no one else can do it for you. You must decide what you want out of life and go for it! Remember its the little things that add up to the big things.

Decide what you want and then take small steps or as I like to say – stepping stones to get what you want. If you try to do it all at once then it can become overwhelming, which can cause you to throw the towel in and give up. You must learn to do a little at a time and the more little things you do then the closer to your goal you will get. 

May GOD Bless YOU!
~Small Town Girl~

Every day is an opportunity to make your life the way you want it to be. Anything is possible when you work toward it, one day at a time. Skip a day, and you lose momentum. Try to do it all at once, and you burn out. Steadily, consistently work, making every day count, and you will reach your goals. Today is a chance to grow – to do a little bit more than you did yesterday, a little bit better, a little bit more effectively. Anyone can do a little more, learn a little more, and grow a little more each day. Soon, with consistent effort, those “little bits” add up to major accomplishments. Is there something you want to change? Today is the day to start changing it. Is there a new customer you want to land? Today is the day to start making it happen. Do you need to lose weight? Today is the day to start doing it. Not next Monday or next month – today. You deserve to reach your goals as soon as possible. Control today and you control your life.
– Ralph Marston


For as he think in his heart, so is he
Proverbs 23:7

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Stepping Stones

Stepping Stones

We all need words of encouragement from time to time. There are so many days that we ask ourselves “Why me?”, “How much more?” and we wonder “What else?”. It feels like we are constantly butting our heads with someone or we keep meeting a brick wall. It is times like this that really makes us wonder if we should stop and give up or should we keep trying, we get so tired of making decisions and having to fight for everything we have or do. We keep going because in the end it is all worth it.

I have had many ups and downs in my life and have had people question me on it and how I do it. Let me tell you – anything worth doing – isn’t easy. I have learned something that I fondly call my stepping stones of life. Hence, the name of my blog. I have learned that if we just take one stepping stone at a time then we can accomplish more and it just gets easier and the number one thing is to trust in God.

I know that none of this comes easy but I hope that with inspirational and encouraging words and understanding that some of the things that I share with you will help you through your most trying and difficult times. Please feel free to give feedback and ask questions.

May GOD Bless YOU!

~Country Momma~

And let us not lose heart and grow weary and faint in acting nobly and doing right, for in due time and at the appoined season we shall reap, if we do not loosen and relax our courage and faith.

Galatians 6:9

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Crock Pot Deer and Rice

Need a quick easy meal that will feed the family?
Recipe for deer shoulder or necks in crock pot

Place meat in crock pot
Place seasoning and cut onions to place on top.
In a bowl take a can of beer, cup of sour cream, and can of cream of mushroom soup. Mix up good and then place over meat.
Allow meat to cook all day in crock pot. When it starts falling off bone then take the bones out.
Cook about 2 cups of white rice and then add to crock pot.
Makes an awesome full filling family meal.

Deer Season and what it means

I have had a lot of people ask me how to process deer and how to keep it from tasting gamey. I will eventually add a video but for now I will tell you the best I can.

After the deer is dressed out and quartered then you will need to put in a refrigerator or cooler. Make sure it stays good and cold for several days.

Once the meat has had time to rest then we start pulling out a little at a time and cutting into the choice of meats that we choose – normally steaks, cube meat, tenderloin, neck, and we even use the meat between the ribs for grind. We try not to waste any meat. Once meat is cut up then it goes into a sink of cold water with salt generously sprinkled over the top.

Allow meat to sit for 30 minutes to an hour. Drain the water and then package meat into freezer safe bags or vacuum seal it. We weigh out 2 lbs for all of our bags. We take the grind meat and grind it and use it for ground meat and to make sausage out of it. We also use hams to make deer jerky.

I have recipes to use for shoulders, necks, sausage and jerky. Stay tuned – I will be adding them later on.

We use this method on all of our wild game. Our entire family hunts and this allows our family to have meat all year round.

God is great and provides!deer

Pickled Quail Eggs

Well I made my first attempt at pickling quail eggs a couple of months ago and we finally decided to open a jar and check them out.

The overall vote at 100% was they were delicious! They were on the sweet side so next time I will add in a jalapeno. I had never even tried any pickled eggs in the past and for sure never canned them, so I was very happy with outcome. We had to do something with all the extra quail eggs that we have around here.

What is your experience with pickled quail eggs?

Testing Poultry in Arkansas

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I have been receiving a lot of questions about private testers and NPIP, so I decided to do a quick rundown on the difference. ( I am a licensed tester for Arkansas).

Private Tester …..The NPIP Division licenses individuals to blood test birds for Salmonella pullorum, which also allows them to fill out 90 Day certificates for tested birds. Two schools are held per year for private individuals wanting to do this testing for county fairs, shows, flea markets, sales, etc. The schools are held in Fayetteville and in Little Rock. This licensing enables persons to blood test their own birds, as well as other individuals’ birds.

Flock Certification Program: NPIP

Flock Certification is available for waterfowl, exhibition poultry, and game bird flocks. This involves an annual inspection by a Livestock & Poultry official and farm testing of eligible poultry. If the farm is approved by NPIP, a certification is granted. The Flock Certificate is valid for one year and enables free movement regarding Salmonella pullorum requirements within the United States, as well as other countries.

For more information http://alpc.arkansas.gov/programs/Pages/NPIP.aspx or just ask me.

 

 

Deviled Quail Eggs

We had a family reunion today and so I decided to do something a little different. I had lots of extra quail eggs since I have shut the incubator down for a while so I decided on Deviled Quail Eggs. The hardest part of making them is getting the shell of the eggs and after that its super easy. You get an awesome reaction out of adults and children.

What we do..

We are a small family farm that has a variety of critters. We also take in rescues from time to time and just about every critter that ends up on the farm has a unique story.

I realize some people may be confused because we do eat SOME of the animals. Here is our take on things. We try to raise as much meat on the farm as we can for our own personal use and yes we also hunt. Every animal is well cared for and is humanely terminated and processed. We are not vegetarians nor will be pretend to be and by us raising our own meat we know exactly what was put in it. We also have a small garden that we freeze and can so that we can enjoy all winter long.

We have a horses and donkeys which are free to run and graze on more grass then they could ever eat. Several of them have rescuing or owner surrender.  When it fits our schedule we will take them to carnivals and we also give riding lessons.

We normally butcher a couple of meat pigs each year and then we have pet potbelly pigs. The potbelly pigs are huge pets but are also allowed to breed so that we can put the money back into feed, fence, etc.

Rabbits are raised for show, pets and meat. Currently the farm raises Californians, Mini Lops, English Lops, and Dwarf Hotots. We are also currently working on a project meat rabbit.

Chickens, Turkeys, Quail, and Ducks are also raised for show, pets, meat and eggs. We are NPIP and can also test Poultry. The farm also does it own hatching and sells eggs or chicks.

The farm uses Chows to guard and protect our farm and they do an awesome job! Occasionally we do have pups for sale – We are not a puppy mill – we will not allow a dog to have more than one litter a year.

For oddball critters we have an African Spurred Tortoise and a crazy into everything racoon called Jazzy. Yes we have lots of variety and lots of stories to tell. You will never know what you will come across on our place. It’s hectic and we do work full time jobs along with kids in 4-H and school activities but we wouldn’t have it any other way.

SIDE NOTE: I will not tolerate bashing or negativity! You don’t like the way we run things then move along, we are not trying to force anything on you. This is just us and our way of life.

I also have a lot of people that contact me about animal or farm questions and advice – I AM NOT A VET but I do have lots of information on all kinds of wild and domesticated animals in which I don’t mind sharing. It does take up more time and I don’t require any kind of payments but donations are welcome.

We now have set up Paypal donations and yahoo messenger to make things easier. You can find out more information on both at goodwinfamilyfarms.com