Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Naturally treating a UTI

Here's how we treat UTI's in our home.

Upon first symptoms, I make up a "Baking Soda Martini": 1/2 t of baking soda to 8 oz. water. Drink it up right away. Slam it.

Next, I brew up some Nettle Tea. Stinging nettle is a very common herb. Anybody that's done any sort of nature hiking knows what nettle is! But it's good stuff!
For tea, I use the following recipe:
Boil 4 C. water
Add 4 Tbls fresh nettle leaf (or 4 t. dried)
Steep for 20 min.
Strain and drink it completely in one day's time.
Continue this for 7 days.

Push fluids, especially water, fruit and veggie juices. You want to flush the system. As painful as it is to "go", the bacteria needs to get out! Cranberry juice is a very good option. Just be sure to get a pure cranberry juice and not one that's loaded with sugars and additives, which can actually aggravate the situation.

If it can be muscled down, Garlic Tea:
Boil 4 C. water
Add 4-5 cloves raw garlic, crushed
juice from 1+ lemons
Steep for 20 minutes
Strain and drink for 4+ days

Thursday, December 16, 2010

So what's new...

Wow, it's been a long time since I've visited the land of blogging. For no particular reason. Perhaps busyness. My days revolve around being a loving wife, a nurturing mother, a homeschooling teacher, a small business owner, and a gluten free chef. :-)

Some of you may be wondering how my pregnancy is going. I will be 21 weeks next Monday, Dec. 20th. It is FLYING by! As soon as we get our Kodak stuff back onto the computer I'll share another belly bump pic. Progressing well. Due date is still looking like May 4, 2011.

I'm not going to lie. This pregnancy is a HUGE step of faith each day. Do I fear losing this baby? You betcha! But every day when I feel that precious squirming inside my belly I immediately send up praise to my Lord and Savior that he has given us yet another day with this this baby. Not for a single moment do I take life for granted.

The biggest area of growth has been to completely and fully trust in the Lord step by step. There have been a few scares along the way. At an earlier point of my pregnancy, I suffered with rhythmic painful contractions that I thought may have been the onset of a miscarriage. Fortunately it was just a reaction to some gluten I'd accidentally eaten. Then two weeks ago the midwife struggled to find a heartbeat for quite some time. On the last try, before sending me off to get an ultrasound, we heard it briefly. New doppler plus the placenta is smack dab in the front of my belly. Whew!

I am not in control. He is! I've learned that full well.

So anyways, I hope to get back to blogging here. Always have TONS of things rattling around in my heart and mind that I want to share. I'll share as I can.

God bless!

Guarding the Home

This is a recent devotional put out by Nancy Campbell at Above Rubies. I just LOVE their ministry and their desire to encourage wives and mothers. They have been an incredible source of strength for me.

You can also find Nancy and Above Rubies on Facebook!

Read. Enjoy. Be motivated and encouraged!
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Thursday, 16 December 2010 00:00

ON ALL FRONTS!

"Appoint guards from the inhabitants of Jerusalem, each at his post, and each in front of his house" (Nehemiah 7:3).

God is very concerned about guarding. We don't have to wait long in the Bible to learn the principle. When God put Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden He told them to work in it and guard it! (Genesis 2:15) To guard a home is high on God's priority. We turn over from the first book of the Bible to the last and find that God has twelve angels guarding the twelve gates of the New Jerusalem. (Revelation 21:12) If it is important for God to have angels guarding each gate of His holy city, then surely it is important to guard the gates of our homes.

We go to 1 Chronicles 9:17-27 and see the gate-keeping Levites guarding the house of the Lord in Solomon's time, just as their ancestors had guarded the tabernacle in the wilderness. They guarded "the entrance" and they guarded "the four sides, to the east, west, north and south... And they spent the night around the house of God, because the watch was committed to them." In Nehemiah we read that they appointed guards, "each in front of his house."

We are also gate-keepers, guarding on all fronts! We can never let down our guard. The enemy is subtle and he is out to destroy marriages and fragment godly homes. The biggest threat to his success is godly gate-keeping mothers who will not allow one opening for him to enter their home. They watch at their entrance and they watch on every side. They watch what their children listen to, look at, read and even what they speak! They check what is happening on the Facebook accounts of their children. They establish God's standard of righteousness in their home, not the world's standard. Consequently, when the enemy comes running to attack he comes to a screeching halt at the gates of this righteous home! He has no access! No loop holes to get in! And he bows! Proverbs 14:19 says, "The evil bow before the good: and the wicked at the gates of the righteous."

One of the greatest ways we guard is by example. Your children see whether you have courage to act according to your conscience or whether you compromise. Sometimes on the weekend the extended family will come and we watch a family movie together. We have a big screen for our songs at church so we can play the movie on the big screen. It is sad that we sometimes find a scene that is not wholesome, even with family movies! What do we do? We have to immediately stop the movie-that's the end of that, even though we could be tempted to see the ending! But the children are watching. By our example they are going to learn to stand strong with their conscience or compromise!

An Above Rubies helper asked Evangeline how she guards her 10 children. She replied, "We train them to be gate-keepers themselves. We train their conscience. We teach them righteous principles and train them to keep to them, not just when people are looking, but to be true to their own soul."

We cannot weaken in training our children. Proverbs 29:15 NASB says, "The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child who gets his own way brings shame to his mother." You leave your children unguarded when you let them get their own way. You are teaching them how to give into temptation. You are setting them up to be a prey to the enemy! You are preparing them to have a turbulent marriage. The diligent gate-keeping mother will teach her children how to say No to the temptations of the flesh.

We also guard our home by conducting Family Devotions with our family each day, morning and evening if possible. It is hard for the enemy to take hold when we read God's Word and pray together each day as a family. In Chronicles 8:13-14 NASB tells us that, "Solomon offered burnt offerings to the Lord on the altar of the Lord... and did so according to the daily rule... he appointed the Levites for their duties of praise and ministering before the priests according to the daily rule..." *This was a daily rule God expected of His people, morning and evening.

"What's all this business about a daily rule?" you argue. "Isn't that religiosity and legality? Shouldn't we do it when we feel the urge? I don't like the sound of duty." Yes, I am sure that it could become tedious if it is done without the anointing of the Holy Spirit who illumines the Word. 2 Corinthians 3:6 tells us that the "letter kills" but the Spirit gives life. But how can a "daily rule" be legality when we are reading LIFE GIVING WORDS? Jesus said, "The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life" (John 6:63). God's life-giving words, anointed by the Holy Spirit will guard your marriage and your children from the deceptions of the enemy. Read also Hebrews 4:12 and 2 Peter 1:3-4. Sadly many marriages are no longer together because they never established the daily rule of praying and reading God's Word together. Many families are in disarray because they have not gathered together daily around the Word of God which is our manual for life.

May the enemy be scared of you as you guard the entrance to your home! Guard your home on all sides! Give no foothold for the devil.

Love from NANCY CAMPBELL

PRAYER:

"Father, please teach me how to be a diligent gate-keeper of my home. Please show me areas that are weak in my marriage and in our family life and please teach me how to build up the wall again. I want our family to be a bulwark against the enemy. In Jesus' name, Amen."

AFFIRMATION:

I am guarding my marriage and my home on all fronts!

Further Scriptures to read: Exodus 29:36, 38-39; Numbers 28:3; 1 Chronicles 16:40; 23:30; 2 Chronicles 2:4; 13:11; 31:3 and Ezra 3:3-4.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Back in the kitchen

Here's Arianna onto meal #2: Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

The recipe called for a layer of Cheddar and a second layer of Monterey Jack (or Mozzerella).
Very tasty with the mix of two cheeses!

Here's my GF Udi sandwich. My first sandwich in months!
It was amazing!

Apples cut so the star inside is revealed.
Kids thought that was pretty cool.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Arianna & Cooking

Our eldest has shown an ever-increasing love of all things "kitchen". On a whim the other day, I handed her a Kid's Cook cookbook, pen, and paper and had her pick out a few recipes she wanted to try. I'd pick 2-3 of her recipes, add them to our menu plan for this week, and she could make them. WOW- was she ever thrilled! That not only kept her busy for a good long time as she meal planned, but her "recipes" was all we heard about for the past several days!

Up first, Purple Cow.
6 oz. grape juice concentrate
1 C milk
2 C vanilla ice cream
Blend on HIGH for 30 sec.
Everyone agreed it was "so-so". But Arianna definitely had a blast!
We even made it more special by adding twisty straws with grapes on it.

Up next: Grilled Cheese Sandwiches (layered with Cheddar & Mozzerella). And I can't WAIT because I just purchased Udi's Gluten Free sandwich bread last night! I haven't had a sandwich in months!!!

As I have mentioned on earlier posts, I discovered this summer that I am gluten intolerant. For those of you who aren't familiar with gluten intolerance, it basically means that grains (such as wheat, oats, barley, etc) cause intestinal inflammation, which totally messes with the whole digestive tract, and then causes all sorts of digestive "issues" (which I'll spare you the details *grin*). Basically, a gluten intolerant person's body cannot process and digest grains right. Rice and corn are fine, though, so it's not a totally depriving sort of lifestyle.

There are SO MANY GF products on the market, too, that taste and feel like the real deal (and texture is huge with me). Plus, I've also been experimenting with all sorts of baking using a GF All-Purpose Flour. King Arthur flours has a whole GF section with recipes for pancakes, waffles, scones, muffins, bread, pizza dough... and it tastes SO GOOD. You'd seriously never know there was no wheat or grain in it! I just have to read LOTS of labels. And if we go out to eat (which is pretty rare) I have to carefully question the management about ingredients.

This has been a night & day different pregnancy for me. Perhaps it's what would be called "normal". Yes, queasies and nausea and tiredness. But the only time I "lost my lunch" was when I accidentally got a hold of something containing gluten. Paid for that mistake for 5 DAYS!!!

All my other pregnancies have been absolutely miserable. Basically, I can't hardly function and go into what I call "the black hole". Survival mode. Everything backs up. If dinner gets on the table that's a good day! And even doing that takes everything I've got. It's bad. Nausea. Vomiting. Lying on the couch in misery. The whole nine yards.

But this time... it hasn't been bad at all! I've been able to eat. No weird food cravings. And as long as I got a power nap in the afternoon, I was good to go. It's been amazing the difference this GF pregnancy has been compared to the other ones.

PRAISE GOD He revealed what was wrong before this pregnancy occurred! He has been SO gracious and kind to me! I have so much to be thankful for!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The "Bump"

11 weeks today!

Drooling

I see things like this:



... and this:



... and I find myself drooling. I LOVE IT! Oh... if only I had a creative bone in my body!

When I see what I like it's like "oh, oh, oh! That's it!" But I can't seem to replicate it. Nor come up with an idea like that on my own.

And as we're standing at the gate of someday very soon purchasing our first house, my mind is rattling with decorating ideas. Wish so badly I could afford to hire an interior decorator. "Here's what I like. HELP ME!"

Some women just seem as though they are oozing with creativity. And I sit back in awe at what they create.
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So anyway....

I've been out of the blogging world for a darn good reason these past couple months.

We're having another BABY!!!

Yep yep. May 4 is the due date and I am quick approaching the 12 week mark. Next week on the 20th, RD and I are going to our first prenatal appointment to hear the heartbeat. We are SO excited. And yes, a bit nervous. Baby G's due date is a mere 10 days off of what Francesca's was last year. She came early (April 9th) but her official due date was April 24. I try not to think on it too much because my mind will go in a thousand different not-so-good directions.

God gives and He takes away.

For SOME reason Francesca was supposed to pass from our hands and into heaven. Now we see in part, but one day, we will see the whole picture. It doesn't feel good. But the Lord IS good. And He uses bad things FOR good.

God gave us another baby. And right now He is within me molding and shaping this baby's features, personality, and body. He or she is so very intricately made. And if I learned anything through Francesca's experience is this: God is in control! I can eat right, exercise, take my prenatals and herbs... But ultimately, there is nothing I can do. God is in control of the womb! He is sovereign and can be fully trusted.

And so... we walk in faith.

And I've got a little bump. Belly pics to follow. :-)

God is so good. We are so blessed!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Miche love...

Has anyone ever heard of Miche???

I hadn't, until this past Christmas when my mother purchased me a small base bag and 2 shells.
At first I thought it was just another cute purse.
But after having used it for the past several months, I have YET to return to any other purse. And I have SEVERAL! I guess you could say I have a bit of a fetish. And yes, I've been told on occasion by my husband to widdle my collection down. But I never could bring myself to do it. I LOVE my purses. And you just never know what purse you'll need for what occasion. And for me, it went beyond "occasion". I'd change my purse just because my mood changed. I'd change it upon what color I was wearing that day. And what a pain in the rear it was to have to change out my wallet and make-up and personal items from purse to purse all the time.

That's why I LOVE my Miche bag (pronounced "mee-chee").

You get a base bag (mini, small, large, or diaper bag) in either brown, black, or cream. Then all you have to do from there get some shells (that attach via magnets) and change them up for whatever occasion or mood you're in! Miche has SO MANY cute styles and colors! There are endless possibilities.

And now you can change the handles, add bling and charms, etc.

I no longer have to change out my belongings every time I want a new look. All I have to do is change the shell and voila!

I love these purses so much I have decided to join the Miche team and introduce them to other women.

Here are just a few samples of the many shells available!





If anyone is interested in these, please let me know. As soon as I become a rep I will have my own website where you could directly order from. Otherwise, if you're local, I will let you know when a home party is coming up and I'll get you an invitation.

Seriously, these pictures do them little justice. I went to my first rep meeting last night and saw a bunch of them in person. They are SO much cuter in real person than they are on the internet or on a brochure.

And... I got to see some up and coming styles for the Fall and Winter season and they have some just DARLING items coming out soon!!!

Please let me know if you'd be interested in trying out a Miche and I will help you out!

What to do?

I declare! Boredom is such a nuisance. It leads to all sorts of trouble.

Now, I'M not the one who's bored...
(how COULD I be with 4 kids 7 and under?!)

It's my kids.

I've tried explaining that their purpose here on life is NOT to be entertained, played with, or to constantly "have fun". I truly believe God desires us to work! Play comes afterward.

Here's lies the rub: with all our modern-day "conveniences" there's really very little "work" to be done. Sure there's the endless loads of laundry, the making of the beds, the emptying of the dishwasher... but beyond that, machines do all the rest of the work. Which leaves room for a lot of boredom, at least from my kids' perspective.

I try desperately to keep them busy, but seriously there's only so much that they can do! It's not like we've got wheat fields to harvest, cows to milk, massive garden's to tend, and houses to construct from scratch!

We've been reading through the Little House series (currently finishing up On the Banks of Plum Creek) and it simply amazes me to read what Mary and Laura were doing for their Ma and Pa! They were what, 9 and 7?!

But life's not like that anymore...

How do I keep them busy and helping me?

I'll tell you what, behavior problems rise up with a vengeance when boredom strikes.

Anyone got any ideas?

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Adventures in "Gluten-Free"

Taco Salad with corn chips.
*Homemade taco seasoning- a lot of commercial packet seasonings will have gluten.*

Meat Roll-Ups
(Deli meat, pepperoni, sprouts, and mustard)

Pepper Steak over brown rice & sauteed squash
(This particular batch of squash was cooked in oil & seasoned with steak seasoning.)

(crockpot) Pot Roast w/ potatoes and carrots & salad (w/ homemade Ranch dressing)

Chili over rice
(I load ours up with lots of beans! We like it hearty!)

Gluten Free store purchase from today!
-corn taco shells
-Nut Thins crackers
-baked beans
-xantham gum
-pancake/waffle mix
-arrowroot powder
-flax seed meal
-brown rice flour
-tapioca starch
-potato starch
These flours and starches are needed to blend together and make an "all-purpose flour" for baking:
Whisk together 6 cups (32 ounces) brown rice flour; 2 cups (10 3/4 ounces) potato starch; and 1 cup (4 ounces) tapioca starch or tapioca flour. Store airtight at room temperature. Note: You can substitute white rice flour for the brown rice flour if you like; it’ll make your baked goods grittier (unless you manage to find a finely ground version).
~From King Arthur's blog

Arrowroot is used as a thickener.
Flax seed meal is used for making breads.
Xanthan gum adds volume, viscosity, and thickening to baking.
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At our local Kroger I saw they have 3 flavors of gluten-free Chex: rice, corn, and honey nut!

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Now that I have my flours and starches, I can't WAIT to try baking with them and actually have a slice of bread!!! I haven't had anything bread-ish in about 2 months!

I cannot tell you enough HOW MUCH BETTER I feel after having cut out gluten from my diet. It has made a incredible difference!

My youngest daughter, Cassandra, has always had some digestive issues. So yesterday I started her on the gluten free lifestyle. I can already tell a difference (less gas!- that's always a plus!).

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Food

Here's a batch of my Kombucha.
Sooooo good. And good for you!
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Grain Free Muffins
*so good... notice there's 2 missing!*

1 C nut butter (peanut butter, almond butter, etc.)
1/3 C honey
2 eggs
1 Tbls lemon juice
1/2 tsp baking soda
approx. 1/4 C mini chocolate chips
Combine all ingredients with a mixer until well blended. Spoon into greased mini muffin tin. Bake at 350F for approx. 15-17 mins. (About the time you start smelling it, take it out, it's probably done!) Yields 24 mini muffins. Do not over bake.

Seriously, it has the exact same texture as a regular muffin would, just grain free. SO yummy! I prefer it with peanut butter myself.

Sunday, August 08, 2010

I'm BACK! And a little something on health...

Yea! It's good to be back to blog-land! I really enjoyed my time off during the month of July. I had a lot on my plate (especially emotionally) that I needed to think and sort through. It was nice having that undistracted time just "to be" and heal.

A lot has happened this past month.

The biggest, most significant thing that happened is that I discovered that I may very well be gluten intolerant.

My sister loves to do research on health issues and nutrition. It's kind of her hobby and I stand in awe at the sheer knowledge she possesses. Her latest interest has been on the topic of disease prevention. EVERYone on my mother's side of the family has Type II diabetes and several other surrounding health issues. But what's strange is that they don't eat badly. They hardly eat out. Everything is homemade. What gives? Why weight issues and diabetes? My sister has made a remarkable discovery: grain carbohydrates that are not metabolized and used for energy turn to sugar in the body. Sugar is poison to a diabetic/pre-diabetic! They shouldn't consume it!

As an experiment, both my sister and I (who are sitting ducks for Type II diabetes) removed ALL grains carbohydrates (wheat, oats, barley, etc) for 30 days just to see how we felt.

The result: we felt AMAZING!!!

I had no idea my "normal" was really "yuck" until I removed grains from my diet. You really don't NEED grains so long as you are eating a diet rich in fruits, veggies, nuts/seeds, and meat. For those 30 days I ate whole, REAL, unprocessed/undamaged foods minus grains and I have never felt better!!!

After my 30 day challenge, I decided to start re-introducing my body to grains. I started with corn. A-ok. No gastrointestinal problems.

Next grain: brown rice. Also A-ok! No problems.

Next grain: whole wheat. I ABOUT DIED. I'll spare you all the details but it was not well with my bowels.

Why would wheat grains bring me such utter distress?!!!

As my sister and I began researching this further, we discovered a thing called gluten intolerance, where basically gluten (a substance found in wheat grains) eats away at your intestinal flora and lining causing both a "leaky gut" and inflammation. Which, in turn, causes all kinds of problems: body stress (which increases cortisol levels), fatigue, adrenal exhaustion (which affects the thyroid gland), lowered immune system, problems regulating insulin, etc. My sister and I have hardly scratched the surface on this topic of gluten intolerance! It's fascinating!

So as of now, I'm going gluten free.

Here's a list of gluten do's and don'ts.

Saturday, July 03, 2010

This July...

Just as a heads up, I am planning on going "unplugged" from the internet for the entire month of July starting Monday the 5th. Want to spend some undistracted time focusing on my marriage and children. The internet, for me, is a big distraction/time-spender so I'm gonna go through a brief sabbatical from it all. I'll be back at the start of August. See you all then!!!

Friday, July 02, 2010

Homemade canned beans

As I've been researching, I've discovered that canned beans have been stripped of a lot of their nutrients and texture (and are loaded with sodium, to boot) and are no where near as healthy for you as rehydrated dry beans. So RD and I have been busy making our own "homemade canned beans" and keeping them in the freezer. So far we've made two large batches, which in the end has produced a yield of 8 "cans" of beans.

It's SO easy! Here's how we did it:

1- in a large crockpot, add 1 lb of dried beans, 2 Tbls of acidic medium (whey, apple cider, lemon juice), and 8 cups water. Cover and let set at room temperature at least 8 hours or more.

2- drain and rinse. Return to crockpot. Add just enough water to cover the beans 2-3 inches. Cover and cook on LOW for 8 hours. (There WILL be some water remaining. Don't worry that it hasn't all been absorbed.)

3- drain and rinse again.

4- in sandwich baggies, portion out 1-1/2 cups of beans. (Each bag is equivalent to 1 can of beans.) Seal and store bean baggies in a freezer bag. Put in the freezer and use as needed.

A 1 lb bag of beans will yield 4 "cans" of beans in the end.

In the freezer, beans are good for about 6 months.
If you keep the bags in the refrigerator, it'll be good for about a week.

They taste SO much better than canned beans!
They're very tender- but NOT mush!

Did I mention, too, that dried beans are CHEAP?! :-)





Walking Away the Pounds


I am now just shy of being 3 months post-partum and I'm walking away the pounds and getting fit. Joined a weight loss/health/accountability class at the church. I've cut out grain carbs (bread, pasta, noodles, corn, etc.) and I'm feeling great! (I'll post more on the why's and how's of deciding to go grain-free in a later post.) Taking my herbs. Trying hard to rebuild my ab muscles. I want to be as healthy as possible, both for the King I serve and for another future pregnancy (if the Lord wills).

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Question...

Is anyone reading this blog?

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Nettle Infusions

Lately, I've been drinking nettle infusions, my daily multivitamin in liquid form. This stuff is JAM-PACKED with nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and protein! And because this is plant-derived it is SO much more easily absorbed and utilized by our bodies than a pill.

Here's how I prepare mine:

1- Measure out 1 oz. of dried nettle herb. (I purchase mine in bulk from Bulk Herb Store and/or Mountain Rose Herbs.)

2- Place in a quart sized canning jar.

3- Pour and fill jar with boiling hot water.

4- Let steep for 4-8 hours. (I usually prepare mine the night before and let it set overnight.)

5- Strain herbs out. (Compost!)

6- Drink at preferred temperature (heated, chilled, or room temp).

Viola!

I'm not going to lie. It tastes pretty grassy. But everything I read says it's an acquired taste that you learn to appreciate and love. I can vouch that it gets more palatable the more you drink it. Try it and enjoy nourishing your body the natural, healthy way!!!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

All right!

Ever wonder what English sounds like to foreigners? This is a song of total gibberish made by an Italian gentleman.


The kids and I just really like that song. We play it a lot. It's catchy. Perhaps too catchy because one day I was just randomly spouting off the "Prisencolinensinainciusol" line and Edmund immediately followed up with an "all right". Check it out!

Friday, June 11, 2010

ANOTHER giveaway!

Raising Homemakers is having ANOTHER giveaway!!! I can't believe it!!! Here's what's up now:
Anna Sofia & Elizabeth Botkin's book "So Much More" and (2) CD's entitled "Strength and Dignity For Daughters" and "What Our Father Taught Us About Boys". Check it out!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

This summer.

RD and I decided not to rush our children into a myriad of activities and practices until we noticed certain traits and natural abilities arising. They sure seem to be in our two oldest kids!

This summer, we're enrolling them in classes.

Arianna: painting/art
(She would seriously paint everyday/all day if I let her.)

Benjamin: basketball camp
(He's amazing with a ball! And I'm not just saying that as a proud parent. He's good!)

Got mosquito bites?

I don't know about you, but the mosquitoes just LOVE our family, especially RD and Arianna. (I tell them it's because they're so "sweet".) Sometimes I wonder if mosquitoes prefer certain blood types. Hmmm... Anyway, for those of you that are suffering this summer with those pesky itchy bites, try this simple home remedy: Baking Soda Paste.

Pour out a bit of baking soda into a bowl and add enough water to make a paste. Rub a bit of the paste on the bug bite. Voila! Works like a charm. Takes the itch right out!
(Also works wonders on bee stings.)


Another wonderful thing to have around the house for bug bites is Watkins Salve. For minor cuts, scrapes, burns, and skin irritations. Looooove it!

Kombucha while pregnant and/or nursing...

Good to know for future reference: http://www.foodrenegade.com/is-kombucha-safe-when-pregnant-or-nursing/

(Thanks, Susan!)

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Paper Doll Books giveaway


Raising Homemakers is at it again. Next up for a giveaway is a set of 3 Paper Doll Books. Click here for details!!!

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Kombucha


Today, a friend of mine dropped off a Kombucha mushroom. Very excited to get this brew started!!! I've heard about Kombucha on several mommy bloggers I follow~ have always been interested and intrigued but never indulged. It's basically a fermented (non-alcoholic) tea drink. For more information, head on over to Keeping the Home.

More homemade goodies!

Thank you, Kendra, for sharing these recipes! SO good!!!

Onion Soup Mix
Makes approx. 5 Tbls (= 1 packet)
3-1/4 Tbl minced onion
4-1/4 tsp beef bouillon powder
1 tsp onion powder
1/8 tsp crushed celery seed; celery salt; or crushed celery flakes
1/8 tsp sugar
Mix and use in place of onion soup packet.


Cassandra was mommy's little helper this morning. She helped me with all kinds of things. This is her mixing up the soup mix.
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Next, Cassandra and I whipped up a batch of homemade mayonnaise!!!



Homemade Mayonnaise
Makes 1 C
1 whole egg
1/2 tsp dry mustard
1/2 tsp salt
2 Tbls white distilled vinegar
1/4 C vegetable oil
1 dash of paprika

3/4 C vegetable oil
In a blender, add all ingredients except the last 3/4 C oil. Blend on LOW for 2 minutes. Then, with the blender still running, take the cap off the lid and slowly pour the remaining 3/4 C oil in that blender as a thin stream. (Pouring too quickly will cause your mayo to be runny.) Caution: splattering may occur! Continue blending for a few more seconds, or until thickened; it doesn't take long. Store in fridge, preferably in a glass container.

God's Word from A to Z

Visit Passionate Homemaking for a chance to win the CD "God's Word From A to Z" by Abe and Liza Philip~ Scripture put to music so God's Word can be hidden in the hearts of our children (and ours!).

"Completing Him" Summer Challenge

Anyone interested in joining me on this adventure this summer?
Link up here at Women Living Well.

The challenge starts today and ends August 9th!



Be the woman your man needs!



Monday, June 07, 2010

Misc. homemade & herbal stuff

Honey Whole Wheat Muffins
Yields: 9 muffins
(doubles & freezes well)
*1-1/2 C buttermilk
*1 C rolled oats
2 Tbl honey
2 Tbl vegetable oil
1 C whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
Preheat oven to 350F. Grease (or line with paper cups) muffin tin. Combine buttermilk and oats in a small saucepan; heat just until warm; stir in honey and vegetable oil; set aside. In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients. Add oat mixture to dry ingredients to form a batter. Scoop batter into prepared muffin cups. Bake 25-30 minutes, until lightly browned. Amazing served with butter and honey!
*can soak oats overnight
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Homemade Italian Dressing
*from New Life on a Homestead*
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My spearmint was about to flower so I picked several stalks off to dry and chop for tea. I love drinking just straight spearmint tea or adding it to other herbal mixes for added flavor.

Yet ANOTHER cool giveaway...

... from Raising Homemakers: The Return of the Daughters DVD


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More on raw milk

**Warning: not for the squeamish.**

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A tale of two calves — one calf was fed on raw milk, the other on pasteurized (from: The Bovine blog)

Here are the preliminary results (June 3), as reported by Michael Schmidt:

Raw milk fed calf

To understand the results of our raw milk experiment it is important to tolerate the so called scientific demands. That means in order to get accepted and being taken seriously by the scientific establishment you need to have 100 or 200 or 300 or may be even 1000 calves to make a scientific valid point .However the simple fact that the so called experts have not yet entered into a joint research project as proposed by me already in 1994 has given me even a greater confidence that the results we have seen with these two calves are credible and significant. They are in fact supporting the findings of Pottenger’s cat study, which as well has been ignored and ridiculed.

Calf fed on pasteurized milk diet

The experiment was costing us over 5000 dollars just in milk. This is a significant amount for us, since we did not get any support from corporate sponsors.

The weight of the two calves was basically equal at the beginning of the feeding trial.

At the end the raw milk calf weight 200 kg and the pasteurized milk calf weight 115 kg.

They gained weight almost equally for about 8 weeks and then the pasteurized milk calf started falling back.

A significant difference during the 4 month trial was always the different smell and the consistency of the manure. The raw milk calf had mostly a well formed manure and normal smell you would expect. Contrary to that the manure of the pasteurized calf was runny and the color mostly grey or almost white during the feeding trial.

We did not treat either of these calves for any condition. We would have if there would have been a life threatening situation.

The hair on the raw milk calf was shiny and solid on the pasteurized calf dull and easily pulled out.

The alertness in the two calves was a major difference: the pasteurized calf seemed very uninterested with a clear lack of movement.

After nearly 5 months we could see that the pasteurized calf would have had difficulty to survive without medication and supplements.

Below are some of the pictures to show the obvious visual differences.

Livers: Pasteurized on the left, Raw on the right

A tale of two stomachs -- in the cart raw milk stomach with solid contents, and on the floor the stomach from the calf which was fed on pasteurised milk, with very bad smelling runny contents

Raw kidney

Kidney from pasteurized milk fed calf

Testes of pasteurized milk fed calf

Testes of raw milk fed calf