Country Living Series

Monday, June 24, 2013

Fast food, country style

There's a new and cool blog called Thoughts From Frank and Fern about a couple who is homesteading in Oklahoma.

This afternoon I saw a spiffy post called Fern's Fast Food, in which Fern made a quickie meal of scrambled eggs (mixed with meat and cheese) and toast for dinner. Ten minutes from beginning to end.

Or was it?

What goes into scrambled eggs? What goes into toast?

Fern points out that toast must start as wheat. Eggs must start as baby chicks. Meat starts out as baby goats. Cheese starts with milk, which must be extracted from an animal that has been bred...

...and so on and so forth.

We take our own "fast food" for granted. When I reach into the freezer for a steak, I forget that we had to breed the cow, raise the steer for two years, and have the steer butchered. Ditto with milk, cheese, butter, eggs, wheat, vegetables, fruit, and other staples we produce on our homestead.

Walk with Frank and Fern through their fast food and learn to appreciate how good food gets here!


  1. Patrice,

    Thank you very much for the mention of our blog. Yes, it is fast food, but it takes years of hard work before you can sit down and enjoy it. This has been our way of life for a long time and we are happy to share.

    Thank you again,

    Frank and Fern

  2. I'm reminded of a fun conversation I had with my brother years ago, before I'd ever even heard of homesteading.

    He remarked about the origins of a simple sweater. As he thought about it, more layers of work kept becoming apparent.

    To produce a sweater totally from his own hands he'd have to:

    1. Get a sheep. Build a barn. House the sheep.

    2. Grow some hay. Forge a scythe. Cut the hay. Bale the hay. Store the hay.

    3. Feed the hay to the sheep.

    4. Shear the sheep with shears you forged yourself from iron ore, on a fire you fed with wood you cut yourself with an axe you already made yourself the same way.

    5. Clean and card the wool.

    6. Find a branch. Forge a knife. Carve a drop spindle. Spin the wool.

    7. Find another branch. Carve knitting needles. Knit the wool.

    I'm going to go check out Frank and Fern's blog.

    Just Me