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I heart lemongrass

lemongrassI was washing the floor with the best mixture of floor soap in the world: baking soda, white vinegar and a squirt of dish soap with plenty of hot water in the bucket, and I wanted to add a little something.

I have many essential oils, but especially own a huge (too huge) freakin bottle of lemongrass I use for lip balm. I added a capful, like a tsp. in the bucket and what a great scent it added to the home! 🙂

Here’s great website for oils, and some excellent info on lemongrass: http://www.justaromatherapy.co.uk/acatalog/Lemongrass.html

Isn’t that amazing?  Have a great weekend!

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Vitamix and Spring Gardens

We finally did it. We bought a refurnished Vitamix. You would never know it was used though-swear!  Even came with a cookbook to get us started.  We’ve been using it every day, twice a day at least:

SAM_0147We’ve been making juice instead of buying it. ^^^Above is strawberry lemonade, yum!  A couple lemons peeled, water, and a couple handfuls of frozen strawberries.  Gotta add a touch of sugar too. Still so healthy and fresh tasting. I’ve been making my version of ‘V8’..but I haven’t been counting the veggies/fruits in it so…a couple apples cut in half, piece of lemon, tomato, kale, celery..I think that’s it. So it’s a VF5:  veggie fruit drink.  I add water and some ice too. Lots of water, as I want a drink, not a veggie smoothie. That just sounds gross to me.  Here is some salsa I attempted:

homemade salsa

We’ve been making hot soups, and tomato sauce also. Taste so fresh, if you use fresh tomatoes, or at least hot house fresh smelling ones from the grocery store.

Homemade dough and sauce..can you tell I love sauce?
Homemade oatmeal dough and sauce..can you tell I love sauce?
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Cashew butter! Tastier than almond butter to my family.

That leads me to my next subject:  Spring Garden!! 🙂

SAM_0036My dear hubby made 3 raised plant beds for me. No more stooping forever pulling weeds!!  Thanks, Mark! We have cucumbers in one of them, roma tomatoes in another, and lettuce in the third one. We plan to add one more next year.

We buy our plants from Fords on Main Street in Gastonia. Always strong, healthy plants! I’ll post more photos as they grow.

HAPPY FULL MOON!

Took this from my backyard a month ago. Pretty?
Took this from my backyard a month ago. Pretty?
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Filipino chicken stock

I LOVE, LOVE our library. LOVE the cookbooks. I have one out about Filipino cooking.

I was feeling really achy today (women stuff!) and decided to have some of this simple stock I made yesterday. I feel SO much better already:

Boil some free range organic chicken with bones for 5 minutes. Drain. (this gets rid of any ‘impurities’, the book says).

Then: simmer the chicken along with a thumb size hunk of peeled ginger, a bay leaf, a blade of lemongrass (I didn’t have any lemongrass, I should have picked some up at our Grand Asian Market in Charlotte) and pepper. I added a bit of salt too. Simmer 4 hours covered, then strain it. I picked apart the meat and added it to the broth. That’s it! Of course you can add onion ,carrots, etc.  I just made it as the recipe said. I am sipping it now out of a mug. I feel a ton better. Medicine! 🙂

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Nettle tea (yum!)

Southern North Carolina is getting more snow than usual. They don’t plow our side streets, so we have been stuck for a few days. My family wouldn’t mind a little, but we are counting our blessings since we lived in northern Ohio and experienced some really bad winters! Weather like that can really make people hardy – that’s for sure. I remember driving to or from work in Cleveland in -10 wind chill with a blizzard going on at the same time, I hardly believe it! Then we moved to the coasts of Florida which we do miss now even more than before. 🙂

Nettle infusion,  echinacea  tincture

Nettle infusion, echinacea tincture

Here is pic I took of an infusion andtincture I made that Susun Weed swears by.  I made a nettle infusion, which to me is like a strong tea, and am drinking it cold today. Since the Holiday season I have been stuffed up, watery eyes, just feeling weak. I hate this, especially when I am used to feeling pretty energetic. This nettle flavor is not bad at all, but a bit grassy.  I would never add honey or sugar though, it just doesn’t need Here is a posting from Susun on the type of infusions she likes to create:

Stinging nettle (Urtica dioica) builds energy, strengthens the adrenals, and is said to restore youthful flexibility to blood vessels. A cup of nettle infusion contains 500 milligrams of calcium plus generous amounts of bone-building magnesium, potassium, silicon, boron, and zinc. It is also an excellent source of vitamins A, D, E, and K. For flexible bones, a healthy heart, thick hair, beautiful skin, and lots of energy, make friends with sister stinging nettle. It may make you feel so good you’ll jump up and exercise.

Oatstraw (Avena sativa) reduces high cholesterol, increases libido, and strengthens the nerves. A cup of oatstraw infusion contains more than 300 milligrams of calcium plus generous amounts of many other minerals. Its steroidal saponins nourish the pancreas and liver, improving digestion and stabilizing moods. Oatstraw is best known however for its ability to enhance libido and mellow the mood. Do be careful whom you share it with, or you may find yourself sowing some wild oats. In Auryuvedic medicine, oatstraw is considered the finest of all longevity tonics.

Red clover (Trifolium pratense) is better in every way than its cousin soy. It contains four phytoestrogens; soy has only one (isoflavone). Red clover infusion has ten times more phytoestrogens than soy “milk,” fewer calories, more calcium, and no added sugars. Red clover is the world’s leading anti-cancer herb; soy isoflavone encourages the growth of breast cancer cells in the lab. Red clover improves the memory; Japanese men who ate tofu twice a week doubled their risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Soy beverage can contain up to 1000 times more aluminum than milk, according to Sally Fallon, lipid researcher and fat specialist. She believes that “the highly processed soy foods of today are perpetuating . . . nutrient deficiencies. . . .”

Comfrey (Symphytum) leaf is free of the compounds (PAs) found in the root that can damage the liver. I have used comfrey leaf infusion regularly for decades with no liver problems, ditto for the group of people at the Henry Doubleday Research Foundation who have eaten cooked comfrey leaves as a vegetable for four generations. Comfrey is also known as “knitbone,” and no better ally for the woman with thin bones can be found. And, don’t forget, comfrey contains special proteins used in the formation of short-term memory cells. Its soothing mucilage adds flexibility to joints, eyes, vagina, and lungs.

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I simmered a quart of water and placed in 2 small handfuls of nettle. Yeah I’m bad like that, I don’t always measure in the kitchen. I let it steep for only 2 hours. Susan says 4 hours is best, but it was after midnight. I am drinking some now… tasty. I will update you soon on how this makes me feel – hopefully more vibrant!  ☆  The echinacea tincture is made with vodka. This is the first one I have made myself and I can’t wait to try it. ButI’ll have to wait since it must sit for 6 weeks before I can bottle it.     Oh, I found another wonderful article from Susan to share!                         ☆.¸¸.•´¯`♥ !Goddess Blessings! ☆.¸¸.