Friday, May 23, 2014

Birthdays, Babys, visits and fly paper

  What more could you ask for?  It's my youngest son's birthday today, yesterday was my grand daughter's, and not only that, the youngest son and his wife and two adorable little girls are heading to Tennessee for a visit,  it is a holiday week end so hope they don't get bogged down in traffic. Can hardly wait to spend time with Erin and Sammy.  Looking forward to this next week!!
  We had thunder storms and rain overnight, but the winds and hail missed us. Heard the Knoxville area had hail as big as tennis balls moving in on them last night, that would have devastated the garden. Once again, our enchanted mountain kept us safe.  After all the years I spent in the plains of Nebraska and Illinois, I am soooo happy to live in these mountains, which rise up around us like protective arms and divert most of the bad stuff away from us.
  You must live in a cave if you have not heard about the million pound recall of beef again this week, and all the people sickened from eating it.  Long ago when those recalls became more and more frequent, I quit buying and eating beef.  Once in a long time I get a yen for a roast, but not often.  For the most part I eat vegetables, sometimes chicken.  Do not miss meat and find much less to worry about.  Which makes me think, last Sunday I did a very uncharacteristic thing, I stopped at Mc you know what and got a burger for lunch. Yuck, burger way thin, bun white and thick, lettuce wilted and only a dab of mayo and pickle  to spice it up. A few bites in, it ended up in the trash, so much for occasional craving, that won't happen for a long time again.  It's gotten to the point most canned, boxed, fast food items just taste plain bad. When you get used to starting from scratch with good, mostly organic ingredients, anything else just has no taste, or a tinny taste. Hope the garden is really productive this year, most of what I put up last fall is long gone.
  It's bug season, and I have a recipe for you that is non toxic and will catch flies, lady bugs etc, inside or outside. And easy, in a bowl  put 1/4 cup of corn syrup, 1 T white and 1 T brown sugar, mix well. Cut strips however long you want them from brown paper bags, punch a hole in the top, tie a string, floss etc to hang by and dip in the syrup mixture. Hang over a sink to dry. Then you can put them around your doors, windows or wherever you want to catch buggy critters.
   Been picking strawberries and have a few blueberries on my new bushes. Most of the garden is looking good, beans and squash, chard, herbs all doing well, had to restart peppers and tomatoes so waiting for them to grow enough to replant. Last year we lost most of our squash to mold from all the rain, would be nice if  it's a bit more temperate this year, would like a good crop.
   Hope you are enjoying the warmer weather, so nice to get outside again. Take care, see you next week after my lapful of grand girls go home.  Always hate to see them leave.  Planning a fun week.

Friday, May 16, 2014

More What's in your foods, a wrinkle fighting idea and more

  Morning all, been to town, was a lovely but cool start to the day, after days of 80s yesterday we were only at 60. Felt good, cat  got under the blanket and slept so she felt the change too.  I came home and read my bible verses, one I really like today,  from Revelations 21,   "He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be my son. But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters and all liars shall have their part in t he lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death."
  Got wrapped up in  Dr. Oz show again this week, he had a man they call The Health Ranger, who tests for levels of unacceptable stuff in what we eat.  He has been testing for heavy metals,  and poison in things,  stuff like arsenic, aluminum and bug killers.  Even certified organic foods are not tested for metals, sad.  FDA does not care what we eat, I think there is a plot afoot to weed us out by what we eat, and lessen the population for some reason, maybe so more illegals can be here in the USA. Do you remember when the immigrants left their oppressed countries and came her because they wanted OUR way of life? They learned English and took on our customs. Now folk want to set up their countries here and run us out. Something wrong with that. Anyway, back to these metals. They affect your skin and hair and body. They go to your liver , and seep into all your cells. They cause DNA changes, cancer, heart attacks and many other problems. Protein powders which many rely on are really bad for these metals. Seems a lot of the products are imported from Asia  proteins which are very high in heavy metals. The US produced ones are not, but its not required that the label states where ingredients come from so you don't have a way of knowing. There is a bill in CA called Prop 65 which limits metal content in food.  For more info and safe brands, check out Dr. Oz's website.   Hemp protein is clean, so is whey. Ginkgo from the US is clean, but not imported, There are no restrictions on imported herbs and other products, so look for made in the US  as much as possible. If you are unsure, get in touch with manufacturers and ask about their products , procedures and metal levels. Imported cocoa is also high in metal, so get good old US chocolates.  If you are looking to detox your body, eat ( organic) strawberries, almonds, spinach, broccoli, they all do you a world of good.
  Got some wrinkles  going on you would like to loose?  Boil 1/2 cup of water, put 25 fresh basil leaves in and steep til a bit cool, then run through food processor. At bedtime use a cotton ball and apply to wrinkles, leave on over night, guess you will smell like spaghetti or some such. But worth a shot.
  Most of the garden is up and doing well, the heavy rain killed out my tomato and pepper plants so need to start some more of those. 
   My darling little grand daughters will be here in just over a week, can hardly wait to see them, and of course their mom and dad!  We always have a great time visiting. And it always goes much too fast.   What ever happened to the transporter idea? It would be great to get into a tube, push a button and be someplace else in just a matter of seconds. Of course, I am told you might not get back together quite right, mmm, maybe not such a good idea.
   Have a great week, enjoy the warmer weather, winter may finally be behind us. Til next time, live healthy.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Kitchen Cures, new thoughts on old things, great visit from Sis

  I just had an incredible visit from my youngest sis from Nebraska.  Time just flew, always does when its being enjoyed.  She and her hubby helped me out by finishing the top painting I can not reach in my living room and kitchen, got some help with my car and lots of other little things, plus the trips. We went to Hot Springs NC, Del Rio TN, Dandridge TN, and took a lot of drives through the back areas of my mountains. Love to call them mine, such a pretty place to live. It was a great time, sure enjoyed seeing them. 
  This week I have been getting the rest of my garden planted and this morning I clipped a bunch of unruly honeysuckle vines in my back yard. Got almost done before I lost a screw out of my loppers and had to quit til I find another one.   It's been sunny and warm, good for growing, but we need rain. Already using a lot of water to keep the gardens moist.
  This week, lets raid the kitchen and find new uses for things we have there.  These ideas are thanks to Woman's Day magazine.  A is for avocado, mm,  yummy in salads, dips etc but also  draws water into your intestines to keep things moving . So try a smoothie, 1/2 of an avocado, 1/2 cup of raspberries, 1/3 cup almond milk and some ice,  process and drink.  B is for blueberries,  they have substances that prevents bladder problems, so eat them whenever you can. C is for carrot, grate a carrot, wrap in paper towel or cheesecloth and apply to insect bites to sooth and lessen swelling.  D is for deep breathing, guess we all know we need to do this often. E is for Epsom salts, got dry skin? Exfoliate with 1/2 cup Epsom salts and 1/2 cup water to make a paste,  gently massage dry areas. F is for a flowering herb called arnica,  great for achy knees and joints, just rub arnica cream( drugstore) into those parts. G is for green tea, if a cold is coming on, brew a cup of green tea, and 1/2 teaspoon of \salt, keep in frig and gargle  twice a day. H is for honey, dab a bit on blemishes to heal them. I is for ice, apply to bumps and bruises to ease pain and help heal.  J is for java, just had my 2nd cup.  Nice to know its an anti inflammatory, but can also be rubbed into itches to ease them away. K is for kneading,  between your thumb and forefinger rub and squeeze to release stress. L is for licorice, great for digestion, I keep DGL handy for those moments when heartburn or indigestion pop up. M is for midnight snack, well maybe some of you are awake then, try calcium rich food, like cheese or walnuts to get you back to sleep. N is for nutmeg. this is a mild sedative, sprinkle on warm milk  before you go to sleep. O is for olives,  eat for motion sickness before you get  yucky tummy. P is for pick me up shower, switch from hot to cold three times to feel stimulated. Q is for quick stroll,  if you are tired, take a 5 minute walk to make you more alert. R is for a refreshing  rinse, in a cup of water put 1 teaspoon of baking soda and rinse your mouth, fights bacteria. S is for stretch, headaches can be caused by sitting too long so take some breaks and stretch , roll your head etc. T is for tropical fruits, boost blood flow with lemon juice, ginger juice and pineapple juice with a pinch of cayenne and turmeric. Drink for sore muscles, will be doing that one later.  U is for under eye. de-puffer,  brew white tea, stir in 1 Tbsp honey, cool to room temp, add thin slices of cucumber and put in frig overnight, use slices on eyes, cucumber tightens, honey heals and tea de-puffs.  V is for vinegar, there is nothing this stuff can't do.   but try soaking feet in a mix of white vinegar, and water, can add a splash of mouth wash, this kills fungus and gets rid of stains. W is for witch hazel , try patting a dab on hemorrhoids. X  is for x-tra energy, if you are beat, fold a blanket lie on the floor, put blanket under your head and another one under your upper back, deep breathe and relax for a while. Y is for yoga, nuff said, good for ya. Z is for zinc rich foods,  eat some every day to avoid hair loss, things like lentils, cashews,  pumpkin seeds pecans and yogurt. And there you have it, A to Z. If you find one helpful idea, great.
  Time to start lunch, home made cream of chicken soup today. Have a good week, enjoy the weather, nice change from all the long cold winter we have just gotten through. See ya next time!