Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Memorial Day

SINCE the V.M.M was closed on Memorial Day, we decided to take a trip out there today with Grammie and Papa. 

I love it there.  All of the history that is preserved inside that building is incredible.  There are so many stories, and so many lessons to learn there.  We have walked through the museum 3 or 4 times now, and every time I go, I see or learn something new. 

THAT museum is such a blessing to so many people…not only preserving the memories and our history for numerous generations, but also honoring and  healing the veterans, their families, and all of the brave men and women who are willing to give their lives up for their country

“THEY shall not be forgotten” is the motto of the museum.  How vitally important it is to REMEMBER our providential history, and, though it is painful at times, the great price that has been paid for our freedom.

Ephesians 4:29

Our pastor preached a very convicting sermon last Sunday. 
One question he asked that will stick with me forever was this:

“If someone were to tape-record every word that you said throughout the week, and then play it back for everyone to hear, what would it reveal about your heart?”

Would that tape recording be something you are proud of…something that you want all of your friends to hear? 

He went on to say that Ephesians 4:29 (“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”) does not just mean “Don’t say swear words.”  But even more so, it is encouraging us to speak ENCOURAGING words, words that build others up. 

May 31st 2011

IT has been a very fun Memorial Day weekend! 

GRAMMIE and Papa came all the way up from Arizona to stay with us for several days.  We’ve played Mexican train once (and only once it will stay;-)  It lasted over 3 hours, and at the end we were all so worn out that anything anyone said was hilariously funny and every single person at the table would laugh so hard they couldn’t breathe. 

YESTERDAY we had a big linner to celebrate, brats, baked beans, corn (it’s back in season!) potato chips and watermelon.  

THEN we had apple pie for dinner!


PAPA composed a song to gently break the terrible news to us…all 4 of the possums we caught are (sniff) dead!  I don’t know what they died of, but Daddy suspects starvation.  He’s calling us “THE BOWES CONSENTRATION FARM.”  Where animals go and never return. 

A bit of trivia:  Our oldest surviving farm animal has been living 4 yrs. :-)

Thursday, May 26, 2011

RR quote

"I have wondered at times what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the US Congress."  ~Ronald Reagan

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

May 24th 2011

TODAY was a very nice day.  I have been doing a lot of laundry (5 loads maybe?)  We also went to the Market to get my canopy set up and ready for Memorial Day weekend. 

SO far we have caught 2 possums in our barn in the last couple of days.  We think there’s a family down underneath the flooring.  This is one of them.  I'm surprised he doesn't have a name yet. 

They’re kind of cute huh?!


I am excited, I have a client from a day spa up in Federal Way, who has placed an order for 80 sheep soaps.  This is her second order; she was very pleased with the first one.  Hurray!  I’ll just have to try and keep up with the demand now….

…but you know, if the economy keeps going the way that it is, maybe I won’t have to worry about that.
….of course, I’m sure Obama will save me.
…I digress! LOL
POOR Valerie is recovering from her oral surgery.  I’ve felt so bad for her having to go through all of this!  She has so many appliances added inside of her mouth now.  The meds. have made her rather drowsy, but all things considered, she has kept up a great attitude about it all!   


Isn’t this a pretty picture?  I took it from the top of our hill, looking down on our house at about 5:30 in the morning.  I love to sit and watch the sunrise from up there after my morning run.

The sunrise is so much prettier in "real life."  The photo doesn't do it justice at all! 

Monday, May 23, 2011

Stanley's Big Day!!!

STANLEY IS LEGALLY FREE TODAY!!!!!!!
Mommy attended Stanley’s hearing this morning, at which they pronounced him legally free.  That means we begin the adoption process, which could take up to 6 months.    
 (I would post a picture, but I'm not sure we can do that yet :-(  

Funny ;-)

Do people’s grammatical errors drive you nuts sometimes (or all the time?)  
Follow this link… the article may help you :-)

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Did you know?

We've all been told often that we should drink at least 8 cups of water a day.  But actually, the more accuarate standard would be to drink half of you body weight in water (in ounces)  every day.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Saturday May 21st


Another busy couple of days!

Yesterday we had a lovely “Thanksgiving” dinner with our neighbors, Pastor Dean and his wife, and some friends from church the Clements. 

This thanksgiving meal is an annual thing that we do to celebrate our coming to Washington, and to reflect on the blessings the move has brought to our family.  It’s been 7 years now;  hard to believe!

Kyle did a 4 min. slideshow of pictures from when we first moved here, all the way up till now.  Us girls played some music as the slideshow was playing. 

Today us girls played some music for the “Safe Family Ministries” spring luncheon at church, and then had “nursery duty” for the rest of the time.  That was…interesting….

These kids have had a rough life, and they are extremely dysfunctional to say the least.  All 4 of us had a very difficult time keeping 8 of them (ages 4 months to 9 years) under control.  I won’t even explain what went on.  It was scary.  Especially the blood curdling at-the-top-of-her-lungs screaming from an adorable 6 year old whenever she didn’t get her way. 

Sometimes it was so loud and utterly hectic that all I could do was laugh (and try desperately to prevent the children from noticing else they dub their own behavior acceptable and cute.)

It was a good experience I guess.  Even though it wasn’t good....

...if you know what I mean  :-) 

Behind the scenes..

This is what was happening behind the scenes during our Christmas picture photo-shoot;-)  This is just one of the 80-something that Aunt Kelley took. 

Friday, May 20, 2011

Friday May 20th

It's been a busy few days! 

The sun has been out; I guess that contributes a bit to the business :-)


I had 2 driver's ed's this week, but thankfully I only had to show up for one this week.  The other was a test that I have already taken...thus I was excused from class and had the day to work on the garden. 

Mr. Jerke and Mr. Holborn came over and asked if Kyle would like to work for them and their mole blowing-up business.  I can't remember how many hours they wanted him to work, but it was going to be something like 15 a week.  Kyle's so excited!!!  It will be awesome for him to have another job to keep busy.

Last night our good friend Richie came over for pizza and to watch Agenda with us. 

 If you've not seen the film, you should.  It's one of those that everyone should see.  We'd already watched it once, but I could watch it 4 or 5 times and still want to see it again. 

There was an "extra" speech by Ronald Reagan from '65 on the movie...it was incredible.  Everything he said applied perfectly to what is happening today!





“Well, the trouble with our liberal friends is not that they are ignorant, but that they know so much that isn’t so.”

             ~Ronald Reagan



Isn’t that TRUE???  Most of the time at least.

One of the things they said on the documentary was  that the so-called democrats, liberals, or lefties are either: 

1.) Ignorant  (and are, for the left, "Useful idiots")    

 or:

  2.) Evil.  These folks have an agenda (that they're not really bothering to hide all that well since not many people are paying attention anyway.)


Free Smiles!


 One of the things Daddy almost always reminds us every time we go “out in public” (Yes, out of our safe little country bubble on the hill LOL) Is “Are you guys all giving away free smiles?  Or “Free smiles now everyone, free smiles!”

How simple, yet so easily forgotten!  You never know what a smile can do for the cashier at Wall-Mart…or any of the many broken people you see out there.

Christians are supposed to be set apart…different.  Joyful. Hopeful. We should be the happiest people on earth!  And maybe you are…but do you let the world know so???

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Buffalo Chicken and Ranch Wraps

This is one of my favorite things to make for dinner.  You can make it as hot, or as mild as preferred.  I always make my own Buffalo sauce, and add some crushed red pepper to it. 
1 pound thin-sliced bacon
2 tablespoons bacon drippings
3 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut into bite size pieces
1/4 cup Buffalo wing sauce
2 tablespoons butter, melted
12 (10 inch) flour tortillas
1 cup diced fresh tomato
3/4 cup ranch dressing, divided
Directions
Place the bacon in a large, deep skillet, and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned and crisp, 10 to 15 minutes. Drain the bacon slices on a paper towel-lined plate. Crumble when cool.
Drain off all but 2 tablespoons of the bacon drippings, and cook and stir the chicken breast chunks until browned, about 10 minutes. Cover the skillet and allow chicken to continue cooking until no longer pink inside and the juices run clear, about 10 more minutes. Stir in the Buffalo sauce and melted butter until chicken is thoroughly coated. Stir in the crumbled bacon. Keep the mixture warm.
Heat the tortillas, one at a time, in a large ungreased skillet over medium heat until they begin to form air bubbles and small brown spots. Fill each each warmed tortilla with about 1/3 cup of the chicken filling and a tablespoon or so of tomatoes; sprinkle the tomatoes with 1 tablespoon of ranch dressing. Wrap the tortilla around the filling; serve warm.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Verse of the week!

I'm trying with a friend from church to memorize a verse a week from Pastor Dean's sermon.  So I'll be posting a new verse once each week :-)

2 Peter 1:3
"His divine power has given us all that we need for a godly life through the knowledge of Him who called us by His great glory and goodness. "

I Love Baking Soda!!!

It's great for just about everything you can think of!
So here are 50 baking soda uses ;-)
1. To make your own baking powder, stir and sift together 2 parts of Cream of Tartar to 1 part baking soda and 1 part cornstarch. 

2. Be sure to keep an extra box of baking soda by your stove in case of grease or electrical fire. Scatter the powder by the handful to safely put it out.  (It also cleans stoves VERY well!)

3. Keep a container of baking soda in your garage as well as in your car to put out a fire. It won't damage anything it touches. 

4. Clean vegetables and fruit with baking soda. Sprinkle in water, soak and rise the produce. 

5. Wash garbage cans with baking soda. 

6. Soak and wash diapers with baking soda. 

7. Oil and grease - stained clothing washes out better with soda added to the washing water. 

8. Clean your fridge and freezer with dry soda sprinkled on a damp cloth. rinse with clear water. 

9. Deodorize your fridge and freezer by putting in an open container of baking soda to absorb odors. Stir and turn over the soda from time to time. Replace every 2 months  

10. Always add 1/2 cup soda to your washing machine load. 

11. Clean combs and brushes in a soda solution. 

12. Wash food and drink containers with soda and water. 

13. Clean counter tops and floors with baking soda on a damp sponge. 

14. Wash out thermos bottles and cooling containers with soda and water to get rid of stale smells. 

15. Wash glass or stainless steel coffee pots (but not aluminum) in a soda solution ( 3 tbsp. soda to 1 quart water). 

16. Run you coffee maker through its cycle with a soda solution. Rinse. 

17. Give baby bottles a good cleaning with soda and hot water. 

18. Sprinkle soda on barbecue grills, let soak, then rinse off. 

19. Sprinkle soda on greasy garage floor. Let stand, scrub and rinse. 

20. Polish silverware with dry soda on a damp cloth. Rub, rinse and dry. 

21. For silver pieces without raised patterns or cemented-on handles: place the silver on aluminum foil in an enamel pot. Add boiling water and 4 tbsp. baking soda. Let stand, rinse and dry. 

22. Reduce odor build-up in your dishwasher by sprinkling some soda on the bottom. 

23. Run your dishwasher through its cycle with soda in it instead of soap to give it a good cleaning. 

24. To remove burned-on food from a pan: let the pan soak in soda and water for 10 minutes before washing. Or scrub the pot with dry soda and a moist scouring pad. 

25. For a badly-burned pan with a thick layer of burned-on food: pour a thick layer of soda directly onto the bottom of the pan, then sprinkle on just enough water so as to moisten the soda. Leave the pot overnight, then scrub it clean next day. 

26. Clean your bathroom with dry soda on a moist sponge - sink, tub, tiles, shower stall, etc. 

27. Keep your drains clean and free-flowing by putting 4 tablespoons of soda in them each week. Flush the soda down with hot water. 

28. Soak your shower curtains in water and soda to clean them. 

29. To remove strong odors from your hands, wet your hands and rub them hard with soda, then rinse. 

30. Sprinkle baking soda on your wet toothbrush and brush your teeth and dentures with it.  (yuck!)

31. Sprinkle soda in tennis shoes, socks, boots and slippers to eliminate odor. 

32. Add 1/2 cups or more of baking soda to your bath water to soften your skin. 

33. Putting 2 tbsp. of baking soda in your baby's bath water will help relieve diaper rash irritations. 

34. Apply soda directly to insect bites, rashes and poison ivy to relieve discomfort. Make a paste with water. 

35. Take a soda bath to relieve general skin irritations such as measles and chicken pox. 

36. Take 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in 1/2 glass of water to relieve acid indigestion or heartburn. 

37. Gargle with 1/2 tsp. baking soda in 1/2 glass of water. Freshens and cleans your mouth. 

38. Used as a mouthwash, baking soda will also relieve canker sore pain. 

39. To relieve sunburn: use a paste of baking soda and water. 

40. Bug bites: use a poultice of baking soda and vinegar. 

41. Bee sting: use a poultice of baking soda and water. 

42. Windburns: moisten some baking soda and apply directly. 

43. Making Play Clay with baking soda: combine 1 1/4 cups water, 2 cups soda, 1 cup cornstarch. 

44. Use soda as an underarm deodorant. 

45. When scalding a chicken, add 1 tsp. of soda to the boiling water. The feathers will come off easier and flesh will be clean and white. 

46. Repel rain from windshield. Put gobs of baking soda on a dampened cloth and wipe windows inside and out. 

47. Add to water to soak dried beans to make them more digestible. 

48. Add to water to remove the "gamey" taste from wild game. 

49. Use to remove melted plastic bread wrapper from toaster. Dampen cloth and make a mild abrasive with baking soda. LOL

50.  Mix a couple tsp. with water and a coupld drops of soap and spray on your plants to prevent and cure blight

Salt Explained

I'm reading a book called Improving Your Serve by Charles R Swindoll...It's definitely one of my favorites! 

In Matt. 5:13 Jesus tells us that:  “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.

So what are the functions of salt?  How is it used, and what is it for?  How can we practice this verse practically?

Here are some facts about salt that helped me understand the concept.

1.)  Salt is shaken and sprinkled...not poured.  Too much salt ruins food.  It is a good reminder for Christians to spread out rather than stay huddled all together.

2.)  Salt adds flavor...but it is obscure.  No one ever comments "My, this is tasty salt!"  Servants add zest to life, a flavor impossible to achieve without them.

3.)  Salt is unlike any other seasoning.  Its difference, however, is it's strength.  It can't be duplicated, and it must be applied before it is useful.  Salt in the shaker does nobody any good! 

Monday, May 16, 2011

Monday May 16th

Today was a beautiful day! 
I started working on a new memory verse, 2 Peter 1:3, made a skirt out of an old pair of jeans and some new fabric, did some school work, worked in the greenhouse, and a few other things.  Valerie made an awesome dinner for us...cowboy/BBQ beans with home-made corn bread. mmmmmmm.  We also played a family game of ultimate frizzbee, which is always SO MUCH FUN.  Then I had to put a new string on my guitar since I snaped the old one a couple days ago.  I love my guitar!
Now I need to go to bed before it gets too late. :-)

Women

Former U.S. senate chaplain, Peter Marshal lamented back in the 1940’s

“Godly womanhood…the very phrase sounds strange in our ears, we never hear it now.  We hear about every other type of woman: beautiful woman, smart woman, sophisticated woman, career woman, talented woman….  …but so seldom do we hear of a Godly woman—or of a Godly man for that matter. 

We believe woman come nearer to fulfilling their God-given function in the home than anywhere else.  It is much nobler thing to be a good wife, than to be Miss. America.  It is a greater achievement to establish a Christian home than it is to produce a second-rate novel filled with filth.  It is a far, far better thing in the realms of morals to be old fashioned, than to be ultra-modern. 
The world has enough women who know how to be smart.  It needs women who are willing to be simple. 
The world has enough women who know how to be brilliant.  It needs women who are willing to be brave. 
The world has enough women who are popular.  It needs women who are pure.

We need woman, and men too, who would rather be morally right, than socially correct.”

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Bees!

I opened up the beehives yesterday, and took a few pictures. Pretty neat huh?
 The bees formed a queen cell, and frankly, I'm not sure what to think about that.  That little yellow blob is a queen cell.  The egg that gets laid in it is the same as any other egg in the regular cells...they just feed it differently.  When this queen hatches, it will kill the other queen.  They may make even more queen cells, and all but the one they like the most will end up getting killed :-)  Sweet little creatures :-)

 This is capped brood.  The queen did a very good job, only a few cells missed.  The ones around the outsides are filled with water, pollen, or eggs that have not yet been capped. 
Joe got stung yesterday when he was watching me.  I told him probably 5 times to stay back, but he wasn't afraid at all.  He was standing right next to me when he started screaming...he got stung right on the tip of his finger!  Poor little guy! 

Kyle's Been Busy!

Kyle started building greenhouses to sell, after he and Daddy made a wonderful greenhouse frame for me.
He has sold 1, and is working on this one for a neighbor.  The lady who he sold the first one to has a friend that also wants one from him.  It's turned into a nice little business for him!
 This is the frame without the PVC pipes for the roof.

 This is my greenhouse that he and Daddy built.  It's AWESOME!!!


And last but not least...look at this amazing bench!

The old paint was coming off, and it was very ugly.  Kyle took all of the wood pieces off, sanded them, and re-painted them.  He spray-painted the metal frame as well.  He did such an awesome job on the whole thing, and then put it out by the garden.  One of my favoritest  things to do is to sit there on the bench in the afternoon (when it's not raining) and enjoy the garden. 

Of course, he's also been working hard on lots of other things around the house, but I just didn't get pictures of them today.

WAY TO GO KYLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  My amazing, wonderful, creative, hard-working, entrepreneurial, productive, little (huge!)  brother! 

Save Money!

Do those dishes!!!!

One of the reasons why families go out to eat for dinner too often is because of the daunting pile of dishes already sitting in their sinks most evenings. 

So the easy solution; do those dishes RIGHT AFTER eating, cooking, or baking :-)  Then, you don't have any concreted crud to scrape off either.... 

...and you're a lot more likely to feel like cooking a nice dinner when the kitchen is clean and tidy.

...and if any un-expected visitors drop in, you have no reason to be embarrassed! :-)

Friday, May 13, 2011

Friday, May 13th

Blogger was doing maintenance yesterday and this morning, so I wasn’t able to post anything for awhile.  Today is Stanley’s FAS evaluation up in Seattle, (not that anyone thinks he looks like he has problems, they just have to do it I guess.)  And my parents dropped off one of my sheep with her new owner at a gas station in Olympia.

Mossyrock Farmer’s market is up and running; and as soon as I get my canopy sides (from a very un-communicative fellow off of Craig’s List) I’ll start selling there again.

I created a blog site a few months ago for the Market to help with publicity.  Mrs. Brooks (the sweet market manager) and all of the other folks at the market really like it.  It will be an exciting year.  I enjoy spending time with all of those people so much.  Anyway, here’s the link:  http://www.mossyrockfarmersmarket.blogspot.com/

This morning I made another skirt, and did chores, and milked the sheep.  I usually do some running too, but it was so nice yesterday that I ran twice :-)  That made up for this morning. 

Kyle is working on another green house to sell to our neighbors.  WAY-TO-GO-KYLE!!!  He is truly maturing into an entrepreneurial, industrious and  hard-working Godly young man.  Later I’ll do a post on some of the cool things he’s been doing for the family.

Well, the sun is (sorta kinda) shining, so I’m going to see what I can get done in the garden.  Ta-ta for now! 

Foods :-)

A couple healthy eating tips:

Eat protein for breakfast instead of a sweet bread or anything with a lot of sugar in it.  Sugar will give you a sudden burst of energy, after which you will feel more tired than you did when you woke up.  Things like eggs, cheese, and meats will stick to you longer as well…you won’t feel hungry again until lunch time. (Usually!) 

If you set out carrots or fruits (that are in season) on the counter, you’ll be more likely to snack on those rather than chips, cookies, or chocolate (yes, I’m talking about that big Costco bag of semi-sweet chips that sits OPEN in the freezer 24/7 Mommy…)


Chewing peppermint gum while baking cookies keeps you from eating the dough or finished product.  (At least it works for me most of the time!) 
Pack along lunches instead of eating at fast-food. 
Some great ideas are:
Sandwiches: ham and cheese, cucumber and cream cheese, cream cheese and jam. 
Tortilla roll-ups: Ham and cheese, chicken and cheese, BBQ chicken, BBQ beef
Snacky stuff is good as well, carrots, apples, cheese sticks, fruits

Frozen Bananas are AWESOME!  It’s kind of like ice-cream, but much healthier!!!!  Makes a great dessert.

Problems

I think the next best thing to solving a problem...
...is finding some humor in it. -- Frank A. Clark



Sometimes that's all you can do!  If you can remember that God is still in control, even when everything is falling apart, it's much easier to be joyful.  :-)


Don't you just love being around those kinds of people who are easygoing about EVERYTHING? 

Some good things to know

Do not consume ice-cold drinks with meals.  Drinking cold drinks, even water, can cause fatty foods to congeal in the stomach making them harder to digest.  Sip on room temperature water or herb teas before, during, or after meals. 

Liquids are important to activate digestive enzymes, but excess can also dilute them.  Keep liquid intake to under eight ounces per meal. 

Avoid eating citrus at meals other than breakfast.  Citrus fruits are digested quicker and are regarded as cleansing foods rather than nourishing foods.     

People with stomach problems are often times not producing enough HCI (hydrochloric acid) A simple way to assist the body in producing the proper amount of HCI, is to soak 1 almond for every 10 lbs of your weight in water, and then eat them first thing in the morning. 


Thursday, May 12, 2011

Thurs. May 12th

Today some guys came out to power-wash a couple sides of our house.  Tomorrow they will stain in.  They had to cover up our gardens to keep the yucky stain/water off. 

I sheared Elsie today, and cleaned out the barn.  That was a big job; I’m glad it’s done.

Mommy is taking Caroline and Victoria to the Van Donsel’s to watch a horse trainer do some horse training.  It’s about a 45 minute drive, and the training lasts about 4 hours.  They may only stay for 2 hours.  Mommy will most likely get a hair cut, and get some shopping done.

I told her I could cut her hair, since I do my own…she just kinda laughed :-)   I understand why! 

I made some muffins, and now I need to clean up my bed area.  There are books and papers and pens and hair-ties and magazines and clothes all over the place.  (And it only took me 2 days to create, amazing huh?!) 

It’s partly cloudy today!!!!!!  With no rain!!!!


Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Wednesday, May 11th

Today is a typical Wednesday.  The girls go out for piano and violin lessons at noon, and I take the opportunity to get a lot of things done. J 
Milked Petunia
Washed some dishes
Made 2 batches of soap with some new scents~ honeysuckle-rose and Sun-ripened Raspberry
Washed my soap dishes (which is easy since they're covered in soap!)
Made whole wheat flour tortillas (much better than white store-bought for health and flavor!)
Did some studying (mostly health)
Read a couple chapters in “Improving your Serve” by Charles Swindoll
Listened to a sermon by Paul Washer (Awesome, awesome stuff!)
Washed some more dishes (I have the “kitchen” chore this week!)
Emailed the lady who is buying one of my ewes about 12 million times (she’s one of those types.  But that’s a good thing I suppose!)
Read some more about natural house-cleaning
Washed some more dishes
Made some ham and cheese roll-ups with the tortillas to take on the road to feed the family for dinner. 
Checked on my plants in the greenhouse
Cleaned up the flood I made in the kitchen when I forgot the pot I was filling up with water on the counter.  ( I figure, the family will appreciate the clean floor at least LOL!) 
And washed the last dishes so the sink will be empty when I get home yippe!
In about an hour, Mommy, Daddy and I are going to a CPR/First Aid class at the college in Centralia to have our cards renewed.

I'm exited, I always need a refresher in CPR (especially since they are changing things all the time!) I believe that first aid is going to be a very important skill for me, and really for anyone.
 1st, it takes awhile for medical help to arrive way out here.
2nd,  I think it is very helpful to know what is truly an emergency, and what I can treat myself, as doctor appointment fees go up higher and higher.
3rd, it will probably just get looonger and loooooooonger to get medical assistance as our healthcare deteriorates.  But I’ll not get into my soap box ;-)  Better to be prepared for the worst, than to risk losing a life when it could have been prevented. 

Yummy Tortillas

This is my favorite tortilla recipe by far.  I like to triple it, and freeze them for later useage :-)
1 cup all-purpose flour
4 cups whole wheat bread flour
1/2 cup shortening
2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 cups boiling water
all-purpose flour for rolling

Directions
In a large bowl, stir together 1 cup all-purpose flour, the whole wheat flour, and salt. Rub in the shortening by hand until the mixture is the texture of oatmeal. Make a well in the center, and pour in the boiling water. Mix with a fork until all of the water is evenly incorporated. Sprinkle with a bit of additional flour, and knead until the dough does not stick to your fingers. The dough should be smooth.
Make balls the size of golf balls, about 2 ounces each. Place them on a tray, and cover with a cloth. Let stand for at least 1 hour, or up to 8 hours.
Heat a griddle or large frying pan over high heat. On a lightly floured surface, roll out a tortilla to your preferred thinness. Fry one at a time. Place on the griddle for 10 seconds, as soon as you see a bubble on the top, flip the tortilla over. Let it cook for about 30 seconds, then flip and cook the other side for another 30 seconds. Roll out the next tortilla while you wait for that one to cook. Repeat until all of the balls have been cooked. Tortillas can be refrigerated or frozen.