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Monday, November 26, 2012

Can Raw Milk Cure Lyme's Disease?

I have read about how drinking raw milk can help cure Lyme's disease. Here is the story of one lady who was helped by drinking raw milk. There is so much nourishment in raw milk that it will even help you if you don't have Lyme's disease.
Of course, that brings up the question, where can I get raw milk from? If you live near a farm, you are fortunate. Many cities have co-ops that deal with organic foods, including meat and raw milk. You can ask around or do an internet search.
If you want to find out more about the benefits of raw milk, do a search for Weston-price and you should find information on research done on this subject.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Cell Regeneration and Juice Plus+

Every once in a while I get into this mood to study the effects of Juice Plus+ on the body. I was doing a little research on the Internet and came across a site written by Joyce Handler, Psy.D, QNMD, and I will post it here. I was looking specifically for information on how our cells replenish themselves every 90 days. Juice Plus+ has a wonderful effect on our cells and I want to post something here on it. If you are interest in ordering Juice Plus, or learning more about it, please go to my web page at: . I would encourage you to look at the clinical research that has been done on Juice Plus. It is amazing how getting the proper nutrition really does affect our health. We don't  realize how important it is for us to get the proper nutrients into our bodies, and yet we see people that get very sick, almost every day and we never make the connection. It's time we start reversing the bad effects of our bad eating habits and get back to taking responsibility for our health. It's not too late, and Juice Plus can help. Here is an excerpt from the article written by Joyce Handler:

"I have some great news for you! Since you're now going into your 3rd month on Juice Plus, your blood supply is starting to turn over, which means that the Juice Plus+ is going to be working with your new blood cells to make them cleaner and healthier. And this is just the beginning of the cellular regeneration process with Juice Plus+, because every 3-4 months, you will be going through yet another cycle of new blood cells, and each time the Juice Plus+ works with the new cells, they will become even cleaner and healthier than they were the last time. The same will be occurring as each cell of your body is being replaced. That's why people keep reporting improvements on Juice Plus+, anywhere from 3 months, 6 months, 9 months, 1 year, 2 years, and beyond!"
So there you have it! Just what I was trying to explain, but done by someone more knowledgable than I. 

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Cheese Making and Other Cultural Foods

I have successfully made cream cheese a couple of times. Homemade cream cheese doesn't last as long as store bought cream cheese, but it tastes just as good. I used to make yogurt using the culture from a store brand plain yogurt container, but the culture seemed to make yogurt that was slimy, so I got rid of it. Now I made Greek Yogurt and can't wait to try it out! I have made ricotta cheese and liked the way it turned out (I can't seem to find the recipe I used though : (   ). Last night, I made sour cream. Maybe I should invest in a cow!

    My next endeavor is to make cheddar cheese. Cheddar cheese originally was made in a town in England called 'Somerset' in the village of Cheddar. The cheese developed in caves. The process is known today as 'cheddaring'. When I think of the word 'cheddar', I always think of the Kraft Macaroni and Cheese product, with the powdered orangy cheese that tasted so good.

  Here is a legend on how we got cheddar cheese:
Legend has it that the discovery of Cheddar cheese was accidental. A dairy girl decided to keep a bucket of milk in the caves but did not collect it immediately. By the time she had remembered that it was there and had returned to pick it up the natural bacteria had turned the milk into something new and delicious. Whatever the origin, it is known that King Henry II purchased 10,000 pounds of the cheese.
Got Cheese Net-Origin of Cheddar Cheese

  Whatever really happened or however we got cheddar cheese, it has lasted through the years. And it is very versatile as well. You can use it in sandwiches, soups, casseroles, pies, and you can eat it right out of the wrapper. I am going to try to make this one day soon, hopefully. I have the cheese press molds but I don't have the weights to put on top yet. Will look for those, possibly today.


Saturday, September 22, 2012

Banana Flavored "Junket" Pudding

This is real similar to the Junket pudding I used to have as a kid, but the real Junket doesn't come in banana flavor. The banana extract was Watkins brand, but it was imitation. I didn't realize that until after I brought it home and opened it up. I will make good use of it, but will not buy it again because it is not pure. If you can find pure banana extract, definitely use that instead!

Banana Flavored 'Junket' Custard Pudding (Copy Cat Recipe Type)

2 cups whole milk
1 1/2 Tbs. fructose ( I used Stevia)
1 tsp. vanilla ( I used banana extract)
5 drops liquid rennet ( you can get Rennet at a health food store)
1 Tbs. cold water

Set out 4 or 5 dessert dishes. Combine milk, fructose, and vanilla. Heat to lukewarm ( about 115•F). Dilute 5 drops of Rennet in 1 Tbs. of cold water, add to warm and stir for a few seconds only. Pour at once while still liquid, into individual dessert dishes. Let stand undisturbed 15 minutes. Place in refrigerator to chill. Source: Malaka Brand liquid Rennet.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Great Product For the Circulatory System

      Here is a page that gives the results of research that was done using Juice Plus Vineyard. The results were amazing after the subjects had a high-fat meal. The results of the placebo group were about the same as the beginning of the research study. The group that used the basic Juice Plus capsules had better results, but the group that used the basic Juice Plus, and the Juice Plus Vineyard had the greatest change. Here is an excerpt from the article:

Four weeks of the JP-V combination blunted the detrimental effect of the high-fat meal (􏰁47.5 􏰀 23.4% at baseline vs. 􏰁1.7 􏰀 9.7% at four weeks [p 􏰂 0.05]). Four weeks of JP alone had a similar beneficial effect (􏰁45.1 􏰀 19.7% at baseline vs. 􏰁16.6 􏰀 10.3% at four weeks [p 􏰂 0.05]), whereas there was no substantial effect of the placebo. In the subjects treated with supplements, concentrations of serum nitrate/nitrite increased from 78 􏰀 39 to 114 􏰀 62 􏰄m/l (p 􏰂 0.02).

I have two doctors of mine who speak highly of Juice Plus. I also have personally heard from several people who are taking Juice Plus and are happy with it as it helps keep the person healthy and they do not experience getting sick in the same way that they used to. Pictured below is the Vineyard, which was the one used in the test to determine its effect on the heart and circulatory system. In order for a person to be in good health, the blood vessels and arteries must have 'elasticity'. This helps protect the blood vessels from having cholesterol build up, thus helping the blood to flow more easily. This is exactly what Juice Plus vineyard is good at! It is good for the circulatory system of your body. 
If you go to my Juice Plus page, you can find information on the clinical research being done and results of the effects of taking Juice Plus. Juice Plus Info

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Beautiful Breakfast

I am not a breakfast eater, but when I saw a pudding on the internet that was supposed to be for breakfast, I decided to get my pudding spoon out and make some tapioca pudding for breakfast. I am taking the recipe on the side of the box from Kraft 'Minute Tapioca'. There is a recipe also on the box for tapioca cream, which I think is similar. I cut the recipe in half because I am not going to eat that much pudding by myself in a short period of time. I can always make more if I want some.

Tapioca Pudding

1/6 cup sugar ( I used 3 Tablespoons Stevia)
1 1/2 TBSP Minute Tapioca (you can use any brand, as long as it is 'minute' tapioca
1 3/8 cups milk
1 egg, well beaten
1 tsp. vanilla (I also used a little Grand Marnier)

Mix sugar (stevia), tapioca, milk and egg in medium saucepan; let stand 5 minutes.
Cook on medium heat stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a full boil.
Remove from heat.
Stir in vanilla or flavoring.
Pudding thickens as it cools.
Cool 20 minutes; stir. Serve warm or chilled. store leftover pudding in refrigerator. Makes about 3 (1/2 cup servings).
But here is what I did a little differently. I took some fruit like kiwi and strawberry and cut them up and layered them with the pudding in a stemmed glass. Serve with whipped cream if you wish.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Follow the Fruit Fly: 80/10/10 Raw Recipes

Follow the Fruit Fly: 80/10/10 Raw Recipes:

Malibu Cocktail

1/2 pineapple
1/2-1 glass of coconut water
few tbs of shredded coconut
1 date

In a blender mix pineapple and coconut water together. Take a glass (or cocktail glass as I did) and with a sticky inside part of a date rub the edges of a glass and then sprinkle it with shredded coconut, so it will stick on to it. This is just for garnish. Pour in your cocktail mix and relax. :)

Cooking With TLC: Use Goji Berries in Recipes

Cooking With TLC: Use Goji Berries in Recipes:

Use Goji Berries in Recipes

Although this is not a list of actual recipes, it gives suggestions on how to incorporate Goji berries into other recipes:

#1) Blend into fruit smoothies

Simply take some organic fresh or frozen fruit, blend it with your favorite milk (I use almond milk), then add in a scoop of goji berries. I also like to add chia seeds, pomegranate powder, camu camu powder and some superfood powders such as Rejuvenate or Living Fuel.

#2) Sprinkle onto granola or cereal

Goji berries make any granola better! Just take a spoon or two and sprinkle them over any cereal. It instantly increases the nutritional density of the cereal while delivering minerals like zinc and phosphorus. Plus, it's rich in vitamins C and E in their natural plant forms, not synthetic vitamin forms.

#3) Add to trail mixes and nut mixes

This is a no-brainer: Any trail mix, nut mix or travel snack mix can be instantly improved with superior nutrition by adding goji berries to the mix. This not only adds great taste to the mixes, it also adds visible natural color that makes it look more delicious without using any artificial colors.

#4) Soak in water to create "goji tea"

When soaked in water -- either cold or hot -- goji berries swell and release nutrients into the water. They've been used for thousands of years in China to make a nutrition-rich "fruity" tea. You can do this at home in mere minutes, and you can also mix goji berries with other teas you might already enjoy.

#5) Bake into muffins and breads

Although goji berries are more nutrient dense when consumed raw, they still pack an impressive nutritional profile when baked. This means you can mix them into recipes for breads, energy bars, muffins and more... and you'll instantly enhance their nutritional density with a superfood powerhouse!

Goji berries have more antioxidant power than broccoli!

As you'll see in our goji berry infographic (, the ORAC scale shows goji berries have a higher antioxidant score than broccoli, grapes and strawberries.

They're loaded with antioxidants and carotenoids, and they've literally been used for over 5,000 years to promote stamina and longevity as part of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

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Monday, May 21, 2012

The Things I Have Changed in My Habits

   Everyone wants to live longer, right? I not only want to live longer, but I want to have the energy to live the life that I've been given. I have learned recently that the big culprit behind all our ailments is toxins. We get toxins by the foods we eat, air we breathe, and things we touch. Plus, if we don't get exercise, toxins can build up in our bodies. So, little by little, I have been changing some of the things I am doing, and a lot of the products I am currently using. Here are some of the recent changes I am making:
1. Making homemade shampoo (commercial shampoo is really bad for you if you didn't know this already).
2. Cutting back on sugar and products containing sugar (sugar is really bad for you too).
3. Using natural sweeteners that are recommended by health officials (like stevia and xylitol)
4. Using peroxide with my toothpaste, or, making my own peroxide/baking soda toothpaste. (Fluoride can cause cancer).
5. Making my own laundry detergent (unsafe ingredients used in commercial detergents)
6. Using stainless steel glasses and straws (glass is good too).
7. Making my own soap (for more info on that go to Oma's Workshop)
8. Storing food in mason jars instead of plastic tub containers. (Plastics can contain BPA, which can leach out and act like the hormone estrogen).
9. Making my own cream cheese, butter, ricotta, yogurt, and whey. I try to use raw milk when possible. Greenwise milk is a good alternative as I don't think it is ultrapasteurized.
10. If it is not too hot out, I open the windows and doors and turn the fan on to air out the house. Also, it is good to have green plants inside (I don't have much of those, but would like to grow wheatgrass). Plants that are green provide oxygen that we so desperately need.
11. Create my own compost using worms. It is called 'vermicomposting'. It makes compost tea as well as rich compost.
Worm Composting
12. Grow my own sprouts. I have been doing this for awhile so it is not new. Just be careful with the water you use. Always use purified water on your plants and sprouts, not tap water.
What are some ways you have adapted to your lifestyle that will help to keep a healthy body and environment? I would love to hear about more ideas. Please post them here if you have something you really like and use. Thanks.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Making My Home BPA Free

       It's a goal. I want my home to be free of BPA which stands for  bisphenol A which is an industrial chemical used to make some plastics and resins. There is a possibility that anything plastic, especially items used with food products, could contain BPA. What are the dangers of BPA? 
   When the body takes in BPA, it interprets the BPA as a hormone like estrogen. The elements that make up BPA seem similar to estrogen and can affect the body. There is still testing going on and if a person has a choice of having BPA or not, it is definitely better to not have it.
   BPA is found in water bottles, the linings of tin cans, and cash register receipts to start with. Water and juice bottles have a number on them which is a code that reveals the safety of the bottle in relation to BPA. Here is a web page from the Mayo clinic on BPA:
  So, what kind of measures can you and I take to make our homes and environment as BPA free as possible? One thing is to stay away from plastics with food. This is easier said than done. Most of our processed food has some kind of contact with plastic. I am going to use stainless steel cups and straws. On the sidebar of this page is a picture of the stainless steel straws. Clicking the picture on will bring you to which is where I ordered my set from. 
   Another good alternative is glass, although glass is fragile and does break. also has glass straws available. I am looking for BPA free ice cube trays too. Some of my cooking appliances are made of plastic. I am not sure that everything that is plastic has BPA though. BPA seems to become released in the heat, so don't leave water bottles in the hot car!
   Also, be sure to wash your hands after handling a cash register receipt! Who would have thought that BPA would be on cash register receipts? I am not sure that all cash register receipts have BPA, but it is better to be safe than sorry!
   Here is another web site on BPA with more information:

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Cooking With Cast Iron

I am so grateful for my cast iron skillets and Dutch oven. I have a few other cast iron pans as well. One of the best benefits of using cast iron is that you don't have to use Teflon! If you have been reading lately, Teflon is not the best type of cookware to cook with. Not only is Teflon not good for humans, but it is deadly for birds! If you have birds in the house, the heat from the Teflon could kill them.
  The other benefit that I like is that it helps to provide iron that we need to have in our diets. Iron can end up in the food you are cooking if you are using cast iron.
  There are different types of pans to cook with, and some of them are not necessarily good to use. When I first married, I received an aluminum set of pots and pans. Little did I know that aluminum was not good to cook your food with. When I stopped using aluminum, I went right over to Teflon. I thought it was great! So easy to clean and cook with! I definitely was not going to use something as difficult as my grandmother used, which was pots and pans of cast iron.
   Well, years later, after many cooking experiences, I gave the cast iron skillet a try. It wasn't as hard as I thought it would be to use. One thing that bothered me at first was that you don't use soap on cast iron pans. But I got used to the idea, and learned the curve on cooking and cleaning up cast iron pans.
   Cast iron pans have to be seasoned as well. That is what helps them to have a somewhat non-stick finish to them. There are probably a lot of web sites that have directions on how to care for them, and here is one I just found:

Our ancestors had it right when they used cast iron cookware. Plus, you can actually use the pots and pans over a fire as well as on the stove or in the oven. So, I know if you begin to use cast iron, you will end up enjoying it and it will benefit you in many ways.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Beyond Organic Insider: Is Organic Overpriced?

Beyond Organic Insider: Is Organic Overpriced?: As I travel the country educating people about the short-comings of our modern food system and urging people to choose organically grown, su...

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Tower Garden Web Site is Up

For those of you interested in the Tower Garden, here is the url for my page on it:

Salmon With Noodles Recipe

I made this for dinner tonight. I used a small can of red salmon and heated about a cup of whey with a TBS of corn starch. After the corn starch was stirred into the whey, I brought it to a boil. Meanwhile, I cooked about a third of a pound of organic noodles and added them to the whey mixture along with the red salmon. I also added some bullion powder ( I used beef flavoring but I intended I using chicken flavoring). I didn't measure anything so I tried to make the measurements as close to what I think they were.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

We Need Oxygen

We need oxygen. Duh. Of course we need oxygen. But we need to have more pure oxygen. How do we get this pure oxygen and why is it important?
   In your science class, you may have learned that plants take in carbon dioxide, and release oxygen, and human beings take in oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide. Plants and humans depend on each other to survive.
   I think in our western culture, one of the things we do out of convenience, is to have our windows in our houses shut, and we let the air conditioning unit do all the work. I am not against air conditioning, but I have a feeling it takes away from our being able to get pure oxygen into our lungs. If you have an air conditioning unit, make sure you change the filters often.
   So, we should be able to open our windows and let the fresh air in, right? Yes, and no. Yes, we need the oxygen that is from the green plants outside, but we also have to remember that there is pollution outdoors as well. Some places have more pollution than others. Plus, there could be pollen in the air that would cause allergies to flare up, possibly. But all of this doesn't change the fact that we need oxygen, and green plants provide oxygen. So, if possible, let the fresh air in, and get the stale air out of the house.
   I have heard that good oxygen can also help a person sleep better. I am sure that must be true, but I would have to research it more to be able to say something more conclusively. Fresh air certainly can't hurt though. So, as a friend told me one time, if you are having a hard time sleeping, go outside and face the area where there is greenery and breathe in. Take in the oxygen produced from the plants.
   One other way to get oxygen into the house is to have green plants inside. I had thought about having an aeroponic garden in the house, not only for the vegetation, but also for the oxygen it produces.
   So, the next time the weather is nice, open the windows if you can. Let the fresh air be recycled in the house. Take deep breaths and enjoy it while it is here.

How to assemble your Tower Garden Video with Instructions

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Are Dental X-Rays Causing Brain Tumors in People?

There have been studies going on, and one conclusion to the research that was done on the connection between dental x-rays and brain tumors has shown that there is clear evidence. It is the exposure to ionizing radiation that seems to be the main factor. Although there appears to be risk of brain tumors, the article is largely referring to non-malignant tumors, which have difficulties of their own that come with them.
Dental X-rays Related to Brain Tumors

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Juice Plus+ - Way to Better Health

The recipe for better health is as simple as 1-2-3
Juice Plus + - convenient, easy to take whole food based nutrition, rich in vitamins, antioxidants, and phytonutrients.

We need to eat 7 - 13 servings of fresh fruits and vegetables each day. Due to our busy lifestyles, most of us simply can't, don't, or won't.

Here is the neat thing about ordering Juice Plus+. You can order it online and it gets shipped to your house! You don't have to pick it up somewhere, nor do you have to wait for me to have it in stock! You can live anywhere in the country and order this product and it will arrive at your door promptly.

Have questions? Follow this link, or place your questions in the comment box below.
Juice Plus Information and Ordering Page

This information is from the booklet put out by Juice Plus, 'The Recipe For Better Health is as simple as 1-2-3".

Also, for your information, Juice Plus+ comes in capsule or chewable form. I am finding more people are choosing the chewable form, and once I started using the chewables, I know why!

If you have children, you can ask about the Children's Health Study, which allows a child to take Juice Plus+ at no cost to you (except shipping, which is very minimal), with a participating adult. So, for example, if you are a parent, and have a child that is four years old or above, if you are taking Juice Plus+, your child is eligible to take Juice Plus+ at no cost to you. All Juice Plus+ asks for is to fill out a survey periodically and send it in. If both parents are taking Juice Plus+, then two children are eligible for the Children's Health Study.
   Again, if you have questions about this, please visit the above link or send in comments below. The web page has information on this. You can find it on this link: Juice Plus Children's Health Study

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Monday, April 2, 2012

Coffee Milkshake

My Breakfast This Morning
Coffee Milkshake

Coffee Milkshake

1 cup milk
1/8- 1/4 cup coffee
2 TBS. malted milk powder
1 scoop JP+ Complete protein powder
1 TBS. kahlua syrup (optional)

Blend ingredients with a blender or food processor until well stirred.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

The Garden Tower

Tower Garden
Here is an exciting idea. If you lack space to grow your own garden vegetables and fruits, here is an answer for you! Take a look at the 'Tower Garden'. It is a vertical garden that can be used to produce a lot of food in a small amount of space.


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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Juice Plus Introduction

Introducing Juice Plus +

The nutrition from 17 different fruits, vegetables, and grains

Orchard Blend:                                      Garden Blend:
  Apple                                                   Carrot    Cabbage
  Orange                                                 Parsley   Spinach
  Pineapple                                             Beet        Tomato
  Cranberry                                             Kale        Oat bran
  Peach                                                   Broccoli   Rice bran
  Acerola Cherry

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Really Tender Pot Roast Tonight

I have heard that if you want to make your meat tender, before cooking it, let it soak in whey, buttermilk, or yogurt. I did that last night. I took a round roast and poured whey over it, and then some yogurt. Since it was frozen, instead of letting it sit on the counter overnight to defrost, I put the roast meat with the whey and buttermilk in a slow cooker (crock-pot). I cooked it on low all night, and then turned it to high during the day. I turned it back to low in the afternoon. I couldn't believe how well the beef broth turned out too. It was rich in color and has a nice flavor. I put salt on it at the end of cooking. I also put a bay leaf in the juice that the roast was cooking in. Maybe the secret was in the Penzey's roast beef seasoning, I don't know for sure. But it was flavorful and colorful and the roast was very tender. I will probably use the rest of the roast in other recipes. One of them will be stir fried rice with beef. I can even use the broth to cook the rice in. Yummy.

GMO Issues

I just thought you would like to know what is going on in the agricultural world. For years, I had heard the term GMO, which stands for Genetically Modified Organism, but I failed to understand what the issue was about that seemed so distressful to many people, particularly gardeners.
   With the ability to alter the nature of seeds by use of genetic engineering, plants can be developed that have special capabilities, like resisting certain bugs or diseases. So good, so far, right? Nope. Here's why; There is a large food company that owns many, if not most of the other smaller food companies. The name of this food/agriculture company is called 'Monsanto'. Many meat companies and produce are ultimately owned by Monsanto. Monsanto is continually coming up with ways to patent their food products. For example, they have a soy bean that is patented. The soy bean has been genetically modified to be protected from certain things like diseases and certain pests. All the other soy bean plants in the world do not have this resistance (because they are not genetically modified). So, let's say that people use Round-up in their gardens (which is also put out by Monsanto). It will have an effect on the plants that haven't been genetically engineered like the Monsanto ones. But the Monsanto ones will stand strong. And if someone is caught growing one of Monsanto's plants, that farmer or gardener could get in trouble with the law because there is a patent on the Monsanto plants. You would have to have special permission to use a soy bean as a plant if it is one that Monsanto produced. If you want to grow your own soybeans that are not from Monsanto, the soybean might not grow as well as the Monsanto ones. Little by little, Monsanto is taking over the entire food industry by doing this. It will come to the point where people won't even be able to do their own gardening anymore! There are people who have gotten into trouble legally for using Monsanto soy beans, as well as just having too much produce in their gardens!
   Having said all this, there are quite a few garden seed companies that sell 'heirloom' seeds. Some sell organic seeds as well. These seeds have not been tampered with and are good to use in the gardens. We need to be supporting the companies that sell these seeds. What we don't want to have happen is for Monsanto to end up having complete control over all food/agriculture decisions in the future.
   Also, I find it ironic that a man named Mike Taylor has been a lawyer for Monsanto, and also has played a part in being president of the FDA. I'm sure he has a hand in all this as well!
   Here is a link to an article from Dr. Mercola's web site on GMOs:
The researchers are calling on farmers in some parts of the country to stop planting corn with anti-rootworm genes altogether, or to plant such corn only intermittently ...  Mercola on Corn GMO

Friday, March 23, 2012

I love my T-fal Actifry Cooker

Here is the appliance I used tonight to 'fry' my sweet potatoes in. It doesn't use much oil, and doesn't require you standing over it while it is cooking. You just cut up the potatoes, and put a little oil on the bottom of the Actify cooker pan, lay the cut up potatoes on top, close the lid and turn it on. The potatoes are finished when they are a little browned. You can use other potatoes in this appliance as well. I got mine through, and if you look on the sidebar on the right, one of the items that come up is the Actifry cooker. You can click on it and it will bring you to the page that has the information on it. The sidebar is on the right, but under a couple of other pictures.


                                                             T-Fal Actifry Low-Fat Multi-Cooker

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Organic Gardening Blog

Here is the url for my new blog on Organic Gardening. Right now I put a Youtube video on Organic Gardening.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Safety Tip- Please Read

I know this is a blog for health tips and recipes, but I want to make sure all of my readers are aware of the danger of not removing lint from the lint remover in your dryer. I have seen houses burn down because the people who live there left their dryers going while they went out. Your dryer comes with a pull out lint remover or some means to remove lint. You need to do this very often. Some instruction booklets say to do it every time you dry your clothes! If you don't, you could bring about a fire hazard. The heat from the dryer is so hot, and there is static electricity on the clothes and lint. It is better to be safe by taking a minute or two in order to remove all the link from the dryer. Please take this precautionary measure. I would hate to hear about your house burning down because your dryer caught on fire! And never, under any circumstances, leave your home with your dryer on. Please be careful!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Home Grown Sprouts

One of the easiest ways to garden is to grow sprouts. Growing sprouts is similar to hydroponic gardening. You don't need soil to grow sprouts. All you need is a Mason jar, special lids to work with sprouting (they come in sprouting kits.), seeds to sprout (mung beans are my favorite), and water (I prefer purified or filtered water). One thing to keep in mind is that once the sprouts start to grow, they grow really fast, so I just start out with a tablespoon of mung bean seeds and place them in the jar (the bigger the better). Add the filtered water to cover them well and leave them sit for a while in the water. Then drain off the water and lay the jar on its side, with a towel or something covering it (you don't want the sprouts to go through the process of photosynthesis). The sprouts will develop well even though they are covered. Rinse the bean sprouts three times a day (I let them soak a little too before I drain the water off). They should be ready to use in about 3-5 days. They go well in oriental meals, as well as additions to salads. They are versatile and are full of vitamins.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Blood Orange Roasted Corn Recipe from Noble Juice

This recipe looks really good! I thought I would post it here. I got it from a QR scan on a bottle of tangerine juice.

Blood Orange Roasted Corn

Blood orange makes a tasty twist on roasted corn on the cob.
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Yield: 4


  • 4 ears of Corn
  • 1 cup Noble blood orange juice
  • Garlic salt
  • Paprika


  1. Place each ear of corn on a large piece of foil and wrap the foil up the sides of the corn.
  2. Sprinkle each with 3-4 tablespoons of Blood Orange Juice, 1 tablespoon of garlic salt and a few pinches of paprika. Wrap the corn completely in foil.
  3. Grill for 7-8 minutes or until tender. Sprinkle with paprika and serve!                                       Here is the url for this recipe:

What Does Juice Plus+ Do For Your Health?

Here are a few key things that Juice Plus does for your health. This is taken from the booklet, "The Recipe For Better Health is as Simple as 1-2-3"

1. Delivers key phytonutrients that are absorbed by the body.
2. Reduces oxidative stress.
3. Positively impacts markers of systemic inflammation
4. Helps support a healthy immune system.
5. Helps protect DNA.
6. Positively impacts several key indicators of cardiovascular wellness.

     Results of independent clinical research studies published in peer-reviewed journals.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Quark / Yogurt Maker - Small Kitchen Appliances - German Corner LLC

Quark / Yogurt Maker - Small Kitchen Appliances - German Corner LLC

Here is a yogurt maker that you can use to make quark with as well. Quark is made with buttermilk and is similar to yogurt. It is used in many European recipes.

Juice Plus Representative Potential

I just had a thought. First of all, I am not a great business person, but I do know that Juice Plus is a great product that people will gladly use because of the health benefits. I don't believe that the Juice Plus business is MLM either. Having said this, if anyone out there is interested in becoming a Juice Plus representative, let me know. I can help you get started. I also have access to people who have been in this business for a long time and will be able to answer any questions that I can't.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Making Homemade Buttermilk

     I know there are probably a couple of ways to make buttermilk, but I will post the way I make it here. I got my starter from Cultures For Health and made the starter mixture. From that first batch, many new batches have come out of it.
   I take the buttermilk that I made and from that I take 1/4 of the batch and add enough (preferably whole) milk to make a cup. I put that combination in a small mason jar, and cover it with cloth or a napkin, then let it sit on the counter for about 18-24 hours. When the mixture is thick, I know I can put a lid on it and put it in the fridge. Sometimes, I put it in the freezer and take it out when I want to make another batch. If I want to make a recipe, and it calls for two cups of buttermilk, I have to make a new batch using 1/2 cup of the buttermilk mixture and add enough milk to make two cups to it.
  If you have a recipe that calls for buttermilk, but you don't have buttermilk in the house, you can substitute. Take a TBS. of lemon juice or vinegar and place it on the bottom of the measuring cup. Add enough milk to make one cup. I use a little more lemon juice than that and I don't think it will ruin it if you don't have the exact measurements. Just be careful if you are making a recipe that calls for adding baking soda to the mixture. Don't do what I did and put the whole mixture in a small Magic Bullet cup! You will end up with a mess!
  I found another page that tells about making buttermilk. The url is:
I haven't been to this web site before so I can't form an opinion on it other than it being a page that tells about buttermilk. The Cultures For Health one has a lot of recipes for yogurts and cultured foods, and starter mixes.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Health Tip on Hair and Skin

     All my life I have been receiving health tips, partly due to the fact that I have an aunt who was a hair dresser and almost can remember back when she was in school. (That was a really long time ago!)
      Here is one health tip I still remember. I still encounter this one today, as well; When you wash your face or your hair, first, use hot water (I remember experiencing this when I would go to the hair styling place!). Then, toward the end, turn the water to cold. Finish washing your face or hair in cold water, as cold as you can stand it. When the water is hot, it opens your pores, but the cold water helps them to close.
   Also, you could look into make-up and shampoo that is natural, or even better yet, organic. Here are the names of two companies that have safe products; Jafra (botanically composed), and, NYR Organic NYR Organics. I do have friends who sell these products, so if interested you can contact me for more info.
   Those products take care of your skin externally, but you still need to take care of your skin internally. That is where Juice Plus comes in. Taking Juice Plus every day is like taking your required 5 - 13 servings of fruit and vegetables every day. It affects all parts of your body, including your skin. Here is the url for Juice Plus; Juice Plus

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Gluten-Free Oven-Fried Chicken Recipe

Here is a pic of what I made tonight for dinner. I want something different to coat my chicken with when I bake it. So tonight, I took about 1/2-1 cup of brown rice cereal, some Parmesan cheese (probably about 1/3 cup) some herbs and seasoned salt and put them in the food processor and finely ground the mixture. Then I coated the washed, air dried organic chicken thighs that were thawed out and coated the chicken with the mixture. I put it in the oven at 350 degrees F for about 45 minutes (my little upper oven cooks fast!). It was great! Usually I cook the meat too long and it is tough. Tonight is was just right!


Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Cultures are Good For You

I found a web site that specialized in cultures for making yogurt, sourdough, buttermilk, and a host of other things. Not only do they carry and sell the culture starters, but there are some videos and recipes as well.
   If you want to really make it easy on yourself in making some basic yogurt, get some plain (no flavor) yogurt from the store. Heat some milk (I used 4 cups) on the stove until there are bubbles forming around the edges. Let the milk cool to lukewarm (no more than 110 degrees F.) When it is cooled enough, add a couple of tablespoons yogurt to the milk and stir. If you have a yogurt maker, place the milk mixture into the container (s) and plug in. There is a way to make yogurt without a yogurt maker, but I have not done this yet, so I will not comment on it. Although I have made Piima yogurt (a culture from cows in Europe who feed on the Butterwort plant). That yogurt turns out like a drinkable texture. It has to be replenished every week, and it does not have to be made in a yogurt maker. It can sit on your counter for about 18 hours and finish.
  Yogurt is a cultured food and is excellent for digestion. You can add fruit and flavorings after the yogurt is done, but save some of it to make the next batch of yogurt with.
   Buttermilk is really cool to make. I almost couldn't justify ordering the culture because I don't have many uses for buttermilk. However, I have recently found a couple of recipes that use buttermilk, so I have been making it ever since. I do freeze some of it and defrost it as I need it, then always replenish it by making another batch.
   The recipes at the site above are very interesting. They also have cheese recipes and a recipe for sour cream. Get on their mailing list for the latest updates too.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Teeth and How To Care For Them

   i have been intrigued lately since I read an article explaining how root canals can harbor deadly bacteria that grows in an anaerobic environment. I personally have at least 8 root canals, so I am living at a dangerous level according to this article written by Dr. Joseph Mercola. Anyway, I continued to read about an experiment done by Dr. Weston Price (do a search for raw milk articles) and he was a dentist who did an experiment by pulling out the tooth of a woman who had arthritis, implanted the infected tooth into a rabbit, watched the rabbit develop arthritis and die, and observed the former arthritic woman become free of arthritis.
   It reminds me of something I heard a couple of years ago. My husband read a book given to him by a health authority, and the book studied different cultures of people who had long life spans. It made observations of possible reasons that these people lived a long life. One of the reasons had to do with the way they took care of their teeth. Our teeth can make us deathly sick if we let them go.
  For the past year, I have done a little research on this, and found that fluoride, which the authorities seem to taut as a great preventive for cavities, is actually a deadly poison and can cause cancer. So, I am looking for a way to brush my teeth without fluoride now. That led me to find a recipe to make my own toothpaste, which can also be fluoride free.
   Here is what I found; a web site that gives directions on how to make toothpaste out of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda. By the way, I have also heard that baking soda is a good thing to use to treat cancer. Supposedly, it helps reduce it or eliminate it altogther. Here is the recipe for the toothpaste from

1/2 cup baking soda
1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide (3%)
3 tsps. glycerin for every 1/4 cup dry ingredients (optional)
drop of peppermint oil

Mix together to form a paste. Do not eat the toothpaste though. Small amounts probably won't hurt, but it is not a good thing to eat toothpaste of any kind! Take good care of your teeth. You only get two sets!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Recipe- Green Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie

Green Mint Chocolate Chip Complete Smoothie 
1-2 cups Almond milk
1 handful of raw baby spinach leaves (2 cups?)
2 frozen bananas
3 drops essential oil of peppermint*
1 scoop JP Vanilla Complete
Extra ice cubes if you want it thicker
I also added 1 Tbsp Raw organic cacao nibs (raw unsweetened chocolate) 
I order it online. Just google: Cacao nibs
This smoothie turns bright green, and with Chocolate nibs, it tastes just 
like “mint chocolate chip ice cream”. Well, almost!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Peppermint Patty Chocolate Complete Smoothie

Peppermint Patty Chocolate Complete Smoothie   

             1 - 2 cups Almond Milk (Vanilla Almond Breeze – at Kroger or Walmart)
             2 Bananas (frozen)  or 1 cup frozen blueberries 
             1-2 Tbsp. ground flax seed (optional.)
            *3 drops Peppermint oil – you can get it at a health food store or Whole  
              Foods,or, 1/2 tsp. peppermint extract
             1 scoop chocolate JP Complete powder
             (extra ice cubes if you like it thicker, or more frozen fruit makes it thicker too)

Friday, February 3, 2012

Home Made Root Beer

Here is a simple recipe for home made root beer.

1 cup sparkling mineral water
1 tsp. root beer extract
1 TBS. xylitol or sweetener to taste
2-3 filtered water ice cubes

Fill a glass with the water. Add the root beer extract and sweetener. Stir and add ice cubes. Let sit for a minute or two to cool.

Recipe - Orange Dreamsickle Smoothie

Orange-Dreamsicle Smoothie

Orange-Dreamsicle smoothie 
1 orange, (peeled and seeded)
1-2 cups ice cubes
1-2 cups organic soymilk/ or ½ cup Orange juice + ½ cup soymilk, or Vanilla Almond milk
1/2 tsp vanilla (opt)
1 scoop vanilla JP Complete powder
Blend til smooth. Your own healthy version of an Orange-Julius!
Personal note; I don't have any problems with using raw cow, sheep, or goats milk in this recipe. I am not fond of soymilk, but if you are used to using it, go ahead. I have also heard of rice milk. I do remember having Orange Julius when I was in dental assisting school. I would have one for lunch along with a hot dog with sauerkraut! The modern recipes I have found call for using a raw egg. Since there is a lot of skepticism about the use of raw eggs today, I would opt for a recipe that doesn't use raw eggs. I haven't made this particular recipe, but it looks like a good alternative to the other recipes that use raw eggs.
Also, if you are interested in ordering Complete (Juice Plus protein powder), go to my web site at:

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Romantic Smoothie Recipe

Here is something I came up with on my own. I didn't get to use the sheeps' milk because it was still frozen, but I used raw cow's milk.

Romantic Smoothie

1 cup milk
1 TBS. malted milk powder
1 scoop Complete protein powder (chocolate flavor)
2 TBS. yogurt
small handful of frozen raspberries

   Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. I also added a couple of ice cubes. Enjoy.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Recipe For Strawberry-Banana Smoothie

Strawberry-Banana Smoothie

Put about 2 cups of frozen whole strawberries in the blender (or any Frozen Berry, Pineapple or Frozen Fruit Blend)
Add 1 Banana (frozen bananas make it creamier and thicker)
Add 1-2 cups of soymilk, orange juice, Almond milk or water til it is just below the level of the strawberries. Let it sit in the blender for about 5-10 minutes to slightly defrost the strawberries. Then blend until smooth.
 Add a scoop Vanilla JP Complete powder. Blend. The amount of strawberries and liquid will determine how thick it is. You can add any frozen or fresh fruit that you like. Blueberries are good too. Different fruits give you Variety.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Recipe: Chocolate Banana Juice Plus+ Complete Smoothie

Chocolate Banana Juice Plus Complete Smoothie.

1 cups ice cubes
1 - 2 cups Organic SILK Soy Milk, Vanilla Almond Milk, Rice Milk, or Coconut Milk  (I don’t prefer Cow’s milk)
1 -2 Bananas (frozen)
1 scoop chocolate JP Complete powder
1 Tablespoon Natural Peanut butter (Optional – but I love the “Reeses” taste with PNB in it!!)
1-2 Tbsp. ground flax seed (optional, for additional omega 3’s.)
                    Put ice, soy milk, and banana in the blender. Blend until smooth.  Add flax seed and chocolate powder. Blend just until mixed in. That's it! It's delicious and the healthiest meal that you could make for yourself in less than 60 seconds.
             *Actually, I don't measure anything. I put ice cubes into the blender. Then I add soymilk to almost cover the ice, and throw in the frozen bananas.
 *Also, if your bananas are getting over-ripe, peel them, slice them and put them into baggies in the freezer. They make your JP Smoothies much creamier, smooth, and icy. Yum.  I always use FROZEN bananas!
             Also, if you add flaxseed, be sure that your flaxseed is ground. (Whole Golden flax seed passes through the digestive tract undigested, so Grind it yourself in a Coffee mill.) Do not buy pre-ground flax seeds.  Grind it just before adding to your smoothie to protect the Omega-3's.  And keep flax seed in the refrigerator. Flax seeds provide many benefits: (Omega-3's -Good for hormones, heart, cancer fighters, Lignans-Cancer fighters and additional fiber.)

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Fresh for Less- Get More Fresh, Organic Vegetables Locally

Fresh for Less Co-op. Every other week pick up 25 LB. Fresh Vegetables and Fruit.

New Study Shows Black Tea Lowers Blood Pressure

Black Tea May Lower Blood Pressure

    A study took place in Australia using two groups of people; ones who were given black tea to drink, and the other one, a placebo group.
    According to the Archives of Internal Medicine, researchers in Australia studied the results of 95 men and women who participated in this experiment, which took six months to complete.
    When the experiment was finished, the group that drank black tea every day showed a lower number in their blood pressure than when the experiment began. Their numbers went down by about three points. This group drank three cups of black tea a day during the phase of the experiment. Flavonoids in tea may also help with improving the blood vessels' tone.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

What does Juice Plus Do For Your Health?

Here are some of the things that Juice Plus+ can do for your health:

1. Juice Plus delivers key phytonutrients that are absorbed by the body.
2. Juice Plus reduces oxidative stress.
3. Juice Plus positively impacts markers of systemic inflammation.
4. Juice Plus helps support a healthy immune system.
5. Juice Plus helps protect DNA.
6. Juice Plus positively impacts several key indicators of cardiovascular wellness.

Results of independent clinical research studies published in peer-reviewed journals.

For more information on the facts of Juice Plus+, go to and go to the links on the top of the page. There is one specifically on clinical research and Juice Plus. 

I found this definition of 'phytonutrient at

The term "phyto" originated from a Greek word meaning plant. Phytonutrients are certain organic components of plants, and these components are thought to promote human health. Fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, nuts, and teas are rich sources of phytonutrients. Unlike the traditional nutrients (protein, fat, vitamins, minerals), phytonutrients are not "essential" for life, so some people prefer the term "phytochemical."

Friday, January 20, 2012

Huffington Post Article on Juice Plus - January 20, 2012

Here is an article from Huffington Post telling how Juice Plus can help with skin. Read the article here:

  Here is the title of the article:

Fruit And Vegetable Juice Improves The Skin, Say Scientists

I am happy that there are scientific studies done on Juice Plus. Juice Plus can do a lot in the way of health. Eating 9-13 servings of fruit and vegetables a day can be healthful too! That's a lot of fruits and vegetables to eat and the time it takes to prepare some of them. Well, maybe you can do that, but I would rather get that much nourishment from taking Juice Plus. Oh, I really do love fruits and vegetables though. I know most people don't care for vegetables, but I really like them. But even with that, I don't have the time or resources to eat 9-13 servings every day! 
  Anyone interesting in looking at Juice Plus and finding out more about it is welcome to go to my web page at   . There are different links that tell of the research with Juice Plus, the benefits, what Juice Plus is (and isn't), plus a contact number and a link to the store with the Juice Plus products. Please take a look and learn about Juice Plus!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Juice Plus Capsules or Chewables?

Juice Plus+® is whole food based nutrition, including juice powder concentrates from 17 different fruits, vegetables and grains. Each ingredient is specially selected to provide a broad range of nutritional benefits.
   Juice Plus comes in two forms, capsule and chewables. The chewables are similar to gummi bears and are delicious. If you are a person who can't swallow pills, you can use the chewables and have the same results! 
   Besides the Garden (green) and Orchard (red) capsules, there is another capsule (or chewable) that you can take. It is called 'Vineyard' and test results have shown a significant improvement for people who have had heart problems when adding vineyard to the garden and orchard Juice Plus. 
   Juice Plus also has a milk shake available called 'Complete'. It comes in vanilla and chocolate. You can order all chocolate, all vanilla, or both chocolate and vanilla. It is a protein powder that comes from plants. For those of you who like milk shakes, here you go!