Friday, April 27, 2012

GMO's, Food Safety, choices to make

  Our food safety is at risk!  GMO's(Genetically Modified organisms) are now in an estimated 70% of our food supply.
  Corn, soy, sugar beets and canola are the main targets. The seeds for these crops are modified to keep insects from attacking the crops. What they are doing is producing a strain of super bugs, resistant to the pesticides now used.
  As much as 90% of corn and soybeans are now treated in this manner. This use is increasing the allergys and illnesses in our country. Europe has already banned the use of  GMO's as unsafe. For some reason, we are always behind in making our food supplies safe.
  300 organizations and doctors have now filed a petition with the FDA, seeking to label all foods grown with GMO's, thus giving us a choice of whether or not we purchase these unsafe items.
  Scientists actually modify the DNA codes of plants, to produce insect free crops, thus adding that element to what we eat. No wonder we have so many health problems, we are ingesting totally harmful food. Again, go back to the farmer markets and organic grown foods to keep your children and family safe. It's a horrible thought, but little girls as young as 6 years old are having periods now because of the food they eat.
  Here is a clue to super market buying, there are PLU stickers(price look up locators) on produce.  A four digit number  is a conventionally grown product.  A five digit number starting with a 9 indicates organically grown products. Be sure to read the labels on your produce as much as you do the labels on your other products, we have to take charge and look out for ourselves these days, no one will help us out as that ever present dollar sign seems to be all that matters.
  If you want more information, visit http://www.nongmoproject,org/consumers/about-gmos/.
  I think back to my young days, on my grandads farm. No electricity, running water, just a wood burning cookstove that provided heat for the house and did the cooking. My grandad was up at at dawn, using 2 horses and a walking plow to turn his fields. He planted in the same manner and fertilized with manure from the farm animals that was piled up all winter, and was ready by planting time. He spent the summer hand weeding. When harvest came, neighbors banded together and helped each other out to get crops in when they were ready. I learned to cook in my grandmas kitchen, she was a great cook, and the long table down the middle of the room fed the crews that came to harvest each fall. Those were ideallic years, playing with all the newborn kittens, chicks, calves etc. The windmill clank was peaceful,   and I enjoyed the summers there. Sure different from this day and age. Too bad we can't go back a little and enjoy the peace, fresh air and family times together. The only thing I would not miss would be the outhouse.  Those were nice to have replaced with modern plumbing.
  Have a great week, eat healthy.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Scary things in your food, cream soup recipe

 I am about to complicate your life, unless you are content with eating awful stuff.  I learned some really scary, icky facts about canned things we buy this week, and I am sure this is just the tip of the iceberg, another reason to grow and process your own food, or at least buy fresh produce from a farmers market and use that.
 First, how often do you open a can of tomato sauce and use it in soup, stew, recipes of some sort? Do you know the FDA allows 30 fruit fly eggs per one small can? To check this out go to If you just put fruit flys in tomato sauce in your search engine, you will find more sites.
  Most of us keep canned mushrooms in the pantry, useful for all kinds of recipes.  The FDA allows 20 maggots per small can, 3 ounces, of mushrooms. You can check this out at: There are other sites for this yucky problem too .
  Lastly for today, are you a fan of hard candy? The FDA allows anal juice from beaver glands to be added to candy for flavoring. I can purely do without that. You can check this out at:, or:
  It's plain to see you are better off to process your own food, and skip the pre processed grocery store stuff .If you can't grow your own, there are always farmer's markets, or places to buy fresh produce. I buy organic mushrooms, saute them in a little olive oil and freeze in containers for use when needed.
  Lastly if you are a lover of cream of celery, mushroom, broccoli, chicken etc soup, here is an easy way to quickly make your own base.
   Cream Soup Base

 2 cups powdered milk
3/4 cup corn starch
1/4 cup boullion powder
2 tablespoons dried onion flakes
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon pepper(black)
 Mix all together and store in jar in refrigerator. To use, mix 1/3 of a cup of mix  with 1 and 1/4 cups of water, stir over medium heat til thickened, add 1 tablespoon of butter, then your choice of celery, chicken etc. This is a great, rich tasting base, and was one I used for my diabetic hubby to make soups he liked.  It is neccesary to precook the additive, celery etc. Have a great week see ya soon.


Friday, April 13, 2012

Learn prevention at a young age, helps for your health

  I married young, eighteen years old. By the time I was twenty one I had 3 children and was traveling the states and overseas as an Air Force wife.
  One of the first things  learned in life was to care for your body, and health. My folks did not give us candy except for a rare treat. We ate fruits and veggies as snacks, often picked right out of Dad's garden in the back yard.  I was lucky that I had no cavitys or major health problems until the summer I was fifteen. I taught a swimming class at the YWCA in the morning, then rode my bike across town to my grandparents and helped get their lunch. Late afternoon I baby sat with the neighbors kids while the parents worked. Got too tired and left myself vulnerable to the polio epidemic that was going around then.
 Once I had recovered enough to get back to life, I tried college, but couldn't go fast enough between classes to make it work well, so after one semester I went to work. And after a year, I got married.
  Where ever we were stationed, one of the first places I visited was the local Health Food Store.  The people who ran them were always so knowledgeable and taught me so much.
  My mom by then was in her fifties and was suffering from cripplng arthritis in her hands. She was a teacher and this made it hard to write on blackboards, grade papers etc so she started taking a medicine called Endocin. Wicked stuff, caused bleeding and other health problems but did let her hands work better. So I talked to my source at the Health Food store, and got some recommendations.  They told me to take ginger and turmeric. Both are common spices, easily available and pretty cheap. Also added MSM, which is a sulfer substance mined from the ground. The combination has served me well, I am 75 now and have no knarled knuckles or painful joints. In fact, pain of an sort is rare. turns out these spices are now being touted as wonderful antioxidants that help prevent a great many illnesses, even cancer. Its amazing how we learn as we go. I  am greatful for being able to take these all the past  years and prevent a lot of problems.
  I watch Dr Oz, and read health books like others read novels. I recently learned that if we started taking astaxanthin about age 30, we could prevent cataracs. Wish I had known that a few years back. I take it now, and after being told by one doc I had cataracs, let a few years go by while my hubby was ill before I got them checked, and was told then I had nothng to worry about .
  Do some reading and checking on natural ways of coping with family problems and see if you can build your health up and prevent future problems. You may be predisposed to things but you have in your power the ability to change what could happen.
  Be healthy!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Home made scrubs, for you and your home

  It's Friday already, Good Friday at that. The week just flew by. And along the way my missing recipes turned up, right under my nose as usual. Must be getting old. So I will pass along a few recipes for spring cleaning your house, and a healthy breakfast muffin from Dr Oz.
 By now you know that vinegar is a disinfectant, and a drop of tea tree oil makes it more potent, so cleaning can be done with a minimum of supplies that are good for you, your pets and kids and home. So here is one I love, as I am a big user of a soft scrub for cleaning sinks, cupboards etc, and this one works great:

 1/8 cup of baking soda, mixed with enough of your dishwashing liquid  to make a paste. Keep it in an empty tub, margerine, yogurt etc, and use with a cloth or paper towel to clean what needs cleaning.
 You can also sprinkle soda into your toilet, add white vinegar and let it fizz, then brush and flush.
  I like to make scouring powder out of equal parts of baking soda and salt, put in a sprinkle can.
   For your self, make a great face cleanser out of :
 2 Tablespoons of cottage cheese
 2 Tablespoons of vegetable oil.
Mix together well and massage onto face, rinsing well with warm water.

  Now for breakfast. Here is a good for you muffin that is fast, and tastes great and really is good for you:

  1/4 cup ground fresh flax seed
  1 teaspoon baking powder
  2 teaspoons cinnamon
  1 teaspoon coconut oil(very healthy fat)
  1 egg
  1 packet of stevia
Stir all together in a coffee mug, and microwave for 50  seconds. Could breakfast be any easier? Add an egg for protein and you are good to go.
  Have a wonderful Easter, hope you are spending it with family, til next time, be healthy.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Hello again, what's for breakfast?

It's good to  be back, will take a while to get up to speed but will catch you up on the last two months.
  Started out the first of February with my sis and her hubby, on a trip to Myrtle Beach SC. What a lovely place! We had a suite on the 15th floor of a BlueGreen hotel, looking right at the beach. Could watch the sunrise and sunsets. And the tide washing in. We spent time on the beach,gathering shells, and then we explored the boardwalk and little shops in the area. It was fantastic. Then we headed for Illinois, and my daughter's house for overnight on the way back to NE. Clutzy me, fell down her steps on the way out to the  car for trip. Knew I had banged my ankle and it hurt but went ahead and left anyway. By the time we arrived in NE, my daughter in law took me to the ER clinic, where I found out I had broken my leg.A temporary cast was applied. And I was old not to bear weight on the leg. So a wheelchair arrived to make me stay off. I was holding my grand daughter and didn't put her down right, tipping the wheelchair over and sending us to the floor. Tangled up my other leg, so an ambulance came and they scooped me up off the floor and took me to the local hospital.
  I was not in a good position to take care of myself, so stayed, much like the Man who came to dinner, for a very long time. Got home last week, and now I am trying to become independant again.
  I have some recipes to share, but for some reason can not find them. So for today, I am giving you  an easy breakfast to whip up.
   Breakfast Muffin in a flash

1/4 cup quick oats
1 egg
A few blueberrys
1 tsp brown sugar
1 T soy milk(can use regular)
Mix all in coffee mug, and microwave for 1 minute. Can add 30 seconds more if it doesn't seem done.
    Happy eating, see you again soon!