Category Archives: Simple Living

Living simple tips from J.J. Palmtag, Inc and RealtyTalk. Gardening, Cooking, Bikings, Hiking and Art are a few of the blog topics covered.

Espresso

Espresso in the morning Continue reading

Posted in cooking, foodie, health, Local foods, Nebraska, Self-Sustainability, Simple Living, simple living tips JJ Palmtag | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Hail to the Kale!

I answered the phone reluctantly knowing it would be more work to stack my pile higher. “Really?  You have too much kale in your garden and I should come pick it?  I’ll be right there!” I love picking, cooking, and … Continue reading

Posted in cooking, foodie, gardening, green, health, Local foods, Self-Sustainability, Simple Living, simple living tips JJ Palmtag | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Cheese Whiz

  A short drive West of Nebraska City, NE among green pastures spotted with beautiful milking cows, there is a farmer who lives in a 100-year-old home and works in her modern milking barn.  The home is heated with power … Continue reading

Posted in Cheese, cooking, gardening, green, health, Local foods, Nebraska, Self-Sustainability, Simple Living, simple living tips JJ Palmtag | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

The Old Goat

  At the office today, a technical problem with data causes bad information on the Web which then creates human emotional despair involving at least two humans.  Unable to fix the problem after several hours, I grab a cappuccino and … Continue reading

Posted in gardening, health, Nebraska, Self-Sustainability, Simple Living | Leave a comment

Woman

Sitting in the park today, I contemplate the struggles of women.

Posted in art, gardening, health, Simple Living, simple living tips JJ Palmtag | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Quiet Pear Tree

QUIET PEAR TREE We leave for work early most mornings, feeling rushed and late.  Work is hard, especially on Mondays with backups from the weekend business.  We get home later to find household and lawn chores, homework to help with, the news, … Continue reading

Posted in cooking, foodie, gardening, green, health, Nebraska, Self-Sustainability, Simple Living, simple living tips JJ Palmtag | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Changing houses

  After nearly 24 years of living in my house, I decided it was time for a change.  Perhaps I needed a new challenge.  Or maybe it was a desire to live among fruit trees and berries in solitude far … Continue reading

Posted in cooking, foodie, green, health, Self-Sustainability, Simple Living, simple living tips JJ Palmtag | Leave a comment

Cow Talk

This gallery contains 2 photos.

Five O’clock on Thursday, a friend summons me to her farm.  Excited, I rush from my day to find her 12 miles away at the back of her house on a plank that overlooks green rolling hills dotted with cheerful … Continue reading

Gallery | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Peonies bloom in May

Every May I am distracted from life by the most fragrant, plump, blooms of peony bushes in parks, allies and yards of others.  The peony has always been my favorite flower, pink, white & reds,a silky soft and fluffy with … Continue reading

Posted in gardening, green, health, Nebraska, Self-Sustainability, Simple Living, simple living tips JJ Palmtag | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Pottery Shop Chapel

Several years ago, a special friend and I ventured out to find a pottery shop in a small town several hours from our own.  Upon reaching our destination, we learned via a note on the door, that the potter had … Continue reading

Posted in art, Nebraska, Simple Living, simple living tips JJ Palmtag | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Fresh, Healthy Quinoa Salad

So it’s January 1, 2013.  Once again we start the “Let’s Get Healthy” plan for the year.   I found some organic black Quinoa in the cabinet and began to assemble a healthy salad.  After cooking the quinoa, a product … Continue reading

Posted in art, foodie, gardening, health, Simple Living, simple living tips JJ Palmtag | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Duck Soup!

Yesterday morning  was filled with disagreeable tasks including tax documentation preparation, accounting entries, checkbook balancing and other tedious chores.  I headed home for lunch late, hungry and crabby to find nothing to eat. In the freezer sat a frozen duck that had been … Continue reading

Posted in cooking, foodie, Simple Living, simple living tips JJ Palmtag | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Bean Truth

Ok folks… For most of us, beans are not a luxury.  But, you must rethink this untruth! Legumes and beans of every sort, are high in protein, available year-round and can be purchased and stored dried.  Therefore, they are a … Continue reading

Posted in cooking, foodie, health, Self-Sustainability, Simple Living, simple living tips JJ Palmtag | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Fish food

One of my dearest  friends is a physicist and also a geographer.  He has mastered both fields of study and is a life-long learner.  He has been writing a paper, which he hopes to have published soon on the correlation … Continue reading

Posted in cooking, foodie, Simple Living, simple living tips JJ Palmtag | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Avocado – plain and simple

For years I have been preparing guacamole using a complicated recipe with many ingredients mixed in a food processor.  Each time I made it however, my youngest son would ask me to omit an item like, sour cream, then chili … Continue reading

Posted in Simple Living, simple living tips JJ Palmtag | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Day at the Farm

This week work randomly took me to three self-sustainable farms in Otoe County, Nebraska.   Between real estate conversations, I learned that all three farms were growing and raising their own food, processing it, then selling or bartering the produce … Continue reading

Posted in gardening, green, Nebraska, Self-Sustainability, Simple Living, simple living tips JJ Palmtag | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Pear Bucket

  Today Jim brought to the office a hearty bucket of pears strategically placed at the entrance door, reminding us all that we’d rather be in the orchard.   I ate three this morning right out of the bucket.  They … Continue reading

Posted in Simple Living, simple living tips JJ Palmtag | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Basil, tomato, cheese toss

Fresh from the garden, cherry tomatoes with chopped basil, both picked and washed right before preparing and serving.  Add some chopped mozzarella or other soft cheese, toss in vinegar, lemon or lime and olive oil, salt and pepper, then add … Continue reading

Posted in cooking, foodie, gardening, health, Simple Living, simple living tips JJ Palmtag | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Peachy

Peachy We’ve always had peach trees with the exception of a few years, when the harsh winter had her say with a fit of strong wind and heavy snow breaking limbs.  The new young trees we planted raced to produce … Continue reading

Posted in art, gardening, green, health, Nebraska, Self-Sustainability, Simple Living, simple living tips JJ Palmtag | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Wine, Vinegar or Juice Bottle storage

This week, I visited a darling bungalow built in the 40’s with hardwood floors, panel doors and old-fashioned windows.  As I looked around the house, the grape vines outside appeared in clear vision from the sparkling pane; leaves large, green … Continue reading

Posted in cooking, foodie, gardening, health, Self-Sustainability, Simple Living, simple living tips JJ Palmtag | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment