Happy Summer and more

I hope you’re able to take some extra time for yourself this summer.  My family is very sweet, but I like to take some special time for “me” and sometimes I even purchase something that I wouldn’t normally purchase.   You may even want to.

Do you like and use Essential Oils?  I have for over 30 years.  Check out this short video about a new company, Aroma Foundry. https://www.facebook.com/kristine.youngfarley/videos/10155206305119882/

I am very happy with the Aroma Foundry essential oils.  Great quality, customer service, packaging and pricing.  I think you’ll like their oils.

Are you getting enough of B12 and Probiotics?

The National Academy of Sciences recommends 2.4 mcg of vitamin B12 each day to boost metabolism and maintain healthy nerve cells and probiotics because your gut bacteria can get out of whack from stress and hormonal fluctuations due to menopause. I take a sublingual tablet everyday to boost my energy.

Everyday I drink some homemade Kombucha and a few times a week Milk Kefir in Smoothies, and vegetable ferments. These are great ways to infuse your body with probiotics.

Summer Herb Waters

I have previously posted about Herb Waters, but I can’t get enough!

Many of us have a hard time drinking enough water.  Especially plain water, even if it’s filtered.  I get that.  It’s so nice to drink something with flavor.  So instead of buying flavored waters make your own.

General  Directions:
Pick fresh herbs or herb roots.  Rinse and shake out excess water.  Bruise the herbs by twisting or slice.  Place herbs into jar.  Add optional sliced fruit or vegetables.  Fill jar with water and some ice.  Refill jar with water as needed for that day.  At the end of the day, drain excess water and place spent herbal mixture into compost or chicken bucket.

My current favorite is Spearmint Rosemary.  I feel enlivened and mentally more alert from drinking this blend.

Experiment by adding fruits, cucumbers and herbs into your waters.

The key is keeping your amazing body hydrated while enjoying the beverages you drink.

Tired, Wired and Always Busy

Rabbit bounced in a small glen around several other animals. “And what do you know? I was off like lightning. That fox didn’t even know what to think.” Rabbit laughed at the memory.

Mrs. Frog, Mr. Duck, and Mrs. Squirrel exchanged glances. He was doing it again! He was bragging about how fast he was.

“I can leap just as far as you can.” Mrs. Frog finally said, tired of hearing his stories.

“Yeah…but you leap and flop.” Rabbit said flouncing toward her. “I leap and run like the wind!”

Just then, an old scratchy voice came from a tall patch of grass near the pond. “You may be able to run like the wind, but I’ll bet I could beat you in a race.”

Rabbit stopped bouncing for a moment to investigate who had spoken. He crept to the edge of the patch of grass just as Mr. Tortoise poked his head out.

Rabbit rolled in laughter. “You? You are challenging me?”

“I am” A smile wrinkled his wizened face.

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Often, in our lives we take on the role of the rabbit. We too believe we are fast, efficient, and can get it all done. We may even, like he does, take pride in our ability.

We may not be runners. But more and more people today identify themselves as multitaskers.

We try to simultaneously watch television, cook dinner, text message a friend, and have a meaningful conversation with our spouse. We lay down in our beds at night proud of the fact that we were able to get it all done.

But do we really get it all done? And if we do, are we doing it well?

New studies have shown that those who multitask are, in fact, less efficient than those who don’t. We have all heard the stories of people walking into fountains while texting, parents being disconnected from their children because of their devices, and even medical mistakes because of multitasking.

Multitasking isn’t only having an impact on our minds and relationships. It is also affecting our bodies. The busyness in our lives is causing stress in our hearts and our homes…and our bodies.

Our adrenals supply the body with adrenaline. It is great when we are doing something exciting and thrilling. It hones our senses and makes us feel alive.

But constant stress can weaken this important part of our bodies.

Adrenal fatigue is becoming more and more common. We are living our lives at a pace in which our bodies cannot keep up.

Some symptoms of adrenal fatigue are:

  • Difficulty getting up in the morning
  • Brain fog
  • High energy in the evenings
  • Cravings for salty foods
  • Weak immune system
  • Joint pain
  • Weight gain
  • Depression

So how do we fix it? How can we let go and heal our bodies, minds, and relationships?

Three things can help us do this:

First, we must take the position of the tortoise, rather than the hare. We must slow down. Think before we act. Turn off our televisions. Connect with our families. Put our phones away at dinner time. Take time to breath. Enjoy the beauty of the world around us.

Second, we must be willing to evaluate, with honesty, how we live our lives, and the way we spend our time.

Ask yourself the following questions:

  1. What am I doing now that I could delegate?
  2. Is what I am doing in line with my core beliefs and goals?
  3. What things do I need to quit doing in order to focus on my goals?

Third, be selective with how you spend your time and who you spend it with. After you have evaluated your time and cleared out all those things that aren’t serving you, it will be time to select, with intention, what you want to have in your life. Set healthy boundaries around your time and allow yourself to focus on one thing at a time. Shifting your whole attention to one task at a time is a sign that your mind is healthy, agile, and creative.

If you can follow these three steps, you, like the tortoise, will win the race.

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The day of the race came. Mrs. Squirrel’s trill voice sounded above the hubbub of activity along the race track. “On your mark. Get set. Go!”

Rabbit bounded like a shot out of a gun. His breath came fast and deep into his lungs and dust flew from his feet. Before he knew it, the crowd, Mr. Tortoise, and the starting line were all a tiny dot behind him.

He noticed a tree on the side of the race track. The sun shining through the leaves made lace-like patterns in the grass. He looked behind him. Mr. Tortoise wasn’t even in view. He slowed down and plopped onto the cool grass. Leaning against the tree, he was soon fast asleep.

At the word, “Go!” from Mrs. Squirrel. Mr. Tortoise focused all his attention down the road. The cheering crowd, Rabbit, and even the starting line seemed to fade around him. All he saw was the finish line. “One step in front of the other.” He said to himself.

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To see all of video Tired, Wired and Always Busy, click link below: 

https://www.facebook.com/122892177729900/videos/1476358952383209/

Joint Pain Relief and So Much More

This is so exciting! I am free from joint pain and plantar fasciitis. About 3 months ago I did a bunch of research and created a new herbal formula hoping it would relieve some of my symptoms. And it did!!!  I usually drink 1 to 2 cups daily.  Then I ran out and stopped for a week.  Well some of the pain returned.  This tastes delicious and if I have to drink this daily not to ache, I will.

Today I am sharing it with you. It’s easy to make. I order most of the ingredients from Mountain Rose Herbs.

Let’s make a cup.  Add a heaping teaspoon of Turmeric Chai Concentrate to a mug.  Pour in 1 cup boiling water.  Add sweetener (honey or stevia) to taste.  Top with a float of your favorite milk.  Enjoy!

Turmeric Chai Concentrate

  • Place 2 cups Cold Water in medium sized saucepan.
  • Sprinkle 3 packages of Gelatin. Stir and let sit for 5 minutes.
  • In a mixing bowl stir together:
    • 1/2 cup Turmeric Powder
    • 2 Tablespoons Ginger  Powder
    • 2 Tablespoons Cinnamon Powder
    • 2 Tablespoons Cardamon Powder
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground Black Pepper
    • 1/2 teaspoon Real Redmond Salt
  • Pour all powered ingredients into saucepan with water.
  • Over medium heat, stir in 1/2 cup Coconut Oil.  Continue to stir as it thickens. Usually 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Take off heat and stir in 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract.
  • Pour into jar.  Cover with lid and place in refrigerator.  Keeps for 1 month or more.

All of the ingredients have properties that will benefit most of us.  This formula is easily absorbed.

  • Turmeric – anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, increase brain function, heart health,  anti-depressant
  • Ginger – digestion, nausea, reduces pain, anti-inflammatory, immune system (a daily favorite herb of mine)
  • Cinnamon – antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, fights diabetes, hearth health, brain function, immune support
  • Cardamon –  improve digestion, stimulate the metabolism, antidepressant, heart health
  • Black Pepper –  anti-oxidants, improve digestion, anti-inflammatory
  • Real Salt – immune system, brain health, trace minerals, natural antihistamine
  • Coconut Oil – heart health, brain health, digestion,  anti-inflammatory
  • Gelatin – digestion, joints, sleep, mood, skin & hair
  • Vanilla – antioxidant, antibacterial,  anti-inflammatory, mood

Each of these ingredients have so many more benefits than I’ve listed.

Herbal Teas ~ My Favorites

I LOVE herb tea and drink it daily! In our kitchen we have a cupboard that is the "Tea Cupboard".  It contains: mugs, tea pots, herbal tea blends, hot cocoa, candied ginger, liquid stevia and a variety of small strainers.

Herb teas not only taste great, they are filled with readily available nutrients.  The aroma of the tea, like essential oils, lifts the spirits.  The physical action of making tea, calms and helps me to have a "pause" in my life.  Making tea is a form of self care that can reduce your stress.

Here are a few of my favorites:

From - Mountain Rose Herbs

Evening Repose  This is my "go-to" when we've got a bug.

Flash Tea For those hot flashes

Mint Chocolate Mate  My favorite with a little stevia and milk. Yummy!

Firefly Chai  I love Chai, especially with stevia and milk or for a treat cream.

 

 

 

 

 

Around Christmas I went on a tea buying spree at Fred Meyers.  I love all of these.

Traditional Medicinal Tea are now in grocery stores.  They are formulated by Rosemary Gladstar.  They are perfect for getting over colds, flu and other things.  My daughter loves Throat Coat.

You can make your own tea blends.  They are easy and to do.  Tea Blending is art, not science.  Blending the herbs together is a healing experience in itself.

These are some of my blends:

 Sleep Ease
3 parts Chamomile
2 parts Peppermint
1 part Lavender Flowers
1 part Oats
~ Ready for to relax before bed?  Try this blend. ~
 
 
Chocolate Mint Rooibos
3 parts Rooibos
2 parts Peppermint
2 parts Chocolate Chips
~ A great "after-dinner" tea. YUM! ~
 
 
 
 
Charmed
2 parts Spearmint
1 part Lavender Flowers
~ This tea is great for relaxation and stress reduction. ~
 
 
 
 
 
Rooibos Red
4 part Rooibos
1 part Red Roses
1 part Hibiscus
1 part Rose Hips
This has a "zingy, fruity flavor that is rich in antioxidants.
 
 
 
Lemon Time
2 part Lemon Verbena
1 part Chamomile
1 part Alfalfa
1/2 part Calendula Flower
1/4 part Lemon Peel
 Relaxing and refreshing.  Delicious iced too.
 
 
Digest Aid
2 parts Catnip
2 parts Fennel Seed
1 part Peppermint
1 part Ginger Root
This simple blend may aid digestion and help with flatulence.
 
 
 

All of these teas not only look great, but are easy to blend.

 
~ To make a pot of tea.  Boil water.  Place 1 teaspoon of dried herbal tea blend per cup of water, into strainer.  Cover with lid and let steep for 10 to 15 minutes.  (No longer or your tea can go bitter, because to longer it steeps the more tannic acids are released into the water) Remover strainer or strain tea.  Pour into mug.  Sweeten, if desired with stevia or honey.  Enjoy!!!
 
Some of you may be growing your own herbs or you may wonder where the best places are to purchase herbs from.  I love growing my own herbs in the garden, then drying them for teas and other preparations.  I still buy some herbs from Mountain Rose Herbs.  They only sell organic herbs, have a quick delivery and great customer service.
 
***Please forgive the formatting of this post.  One day the program and I will be on the same page 🙂

 

Happy Gratitude Day

My heart has been a little overwhelmed with family and friends challenges, and life stresses.  I know you can understand this.

A few things have helped lift me and manage my emotions and responses better:

  • Uplifting music
  • Looking and going outside in awe of the beauty of the earth and giving a simple prayer of thanks.  And not asking for anything in this prayer.   Just gratitude.
  • I had a wonderful energy session with my favorite mentor, Carolyn Cooper.
  • Enjoyed lunch with a friend sharing our challenges and encouraging each other.

I had the opportunity to go to a choir concert a couple weeks ago and they sang this song.  It helped my heart to soar.

Look and find 1 thing to give God glory for.  And before you know it you see many things in your life to be grateful for.  Your happiness will increase and God will increase your joy and love.  God bless you!

Why Make Biscuits & Scones…the Easy Way?

Some meals need a little something extra.  To do that, I want it to be quick and easy, but especially good.  We love having biscuits with soup, salads or jam.  The scones are yummy for a breakfast treat, afternoon snack, tea party or even a dessert.

Today, I am sharing with you two of my favorite master recipes and the key to flaky quick breads.  I love variety in cooking.  And have fun adding seasonal ingredients or whatever we’re craving to change things up.  These recipes are very dependable favorites. We live at 900 feet elevation, so adjust if needed for your elevation.

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Frozen or very cold, grated butter!

Yes!  That’s the key!!!

 

 

 

 

Quick Biscuits    Makes 12

– Preheat oven to 400′. Prepare cookie sheet by lightly greasing or silicone baking mat.

– Whisk together in medium sized bowl:                                                                                                                           2 cups flour (I prefer 1/2 whole wheat and 1/2 white)                                                                                      1/2 teaspoon salt                                                                                                                                                                  2 teaspoons baking powder

– Grate 1/2 cup frozen or very chilled butter  into flour mixture  and quickly toss together till it looks like coarse cornmeal.

-Add – 2/3 cup milk                                                                                                                                                              Stirring until dough forms a loose ball.  Knead quickly in bowl with your hands 5 to 10 times.  Don’t over knead.

– Using a regular sized ice cream scoop, place scoop of dough onto silicone baking mat or greased cookie sheet.  Bake for 15 minutes or until lightly golden.

Optional Ingredients: minced herbs, grated cheese, sesame seeds, chopped nuts.

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Delicious Scones

– Preheat over to 400′ . Prepare cookie sheet by lightly greasing or using a silicone baking mat.

– In large bowl, whisk together:                                                                                                                                             2 cups flour                                                                                                                                                                               1/2 cup sugar                                                                                                                                                                           2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder                                                                                                                                1/2 teaspoon salt                                                                                                                                                                 Optional ingredients: zest of 1 lemon, cinnamon, ginger, etc.    

– Grate 1/2 cup frozen or very chilled butter  into flour mixture and quickly toss together till it looks like coarse cornmeal.

– In small bowl, whisk together:                                                                                                                                            1/2 cream or whole milk                                                                                                                                                 1 egg                                                                                                                                                                                             1 teaspoon vanilla    

– Pour over flour mixture and with spatula toss mixture till everything is moistened.

-Gently fold in 1 cup of any of these optional in ingredients:                                                                    blueberries, raisins, currents, dried cherries, crasians, raspberries, chopped nuts, diced apples, peaches, apricots or pears, chocolate chips,  etc.

– Using a regular sized ice cream scoop, place scoop of dough onto silicone baking mat or greased cookie sheet.  Or shape dough on floured board into 8″ disc and cut into 8 wedges and place onto cookie sheet at least 2″ apart.  Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until lightly golden.

– Directly out of oven, drizzle glaze over each scone.

Glaze: 1 cup powdered sugar and 2 to 3 tablespoons lemon juice or milk stirred smooth.

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My hope is that these quick, fun recipes will enhance your meals.

 

 

Summer Deliciousness ~ Pesto

Have you ever found a food that is in your top 10?

Pesto & Basil are one of mine.

Basil how do I love thee, let me count the ways:

  • Shredded in salads
  • On sandwiches
  • Shreds on top of many main dishes and soups
  • PESTO….on pasta, corn on the cob, toast, chicken, baked potatoes, etc
  • And the most important….on a spoon or finger.

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This week I made this beautiful, easy dish.

Zucchini Pancakes topped with Pesto and served with fresh Tomatoes.

2 cups whole wheat sourdough starter

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

2 eggs

1 medium sized, tender zucchini, grated

In mixing bowl; add sourdough starter, salt, baking soda and eggs.  Mix till smooth.  Add grated zucchini.

Heat a griddle on medium high heat.  Great generously with coconut oil.  Drop 1/3 cup spoonfuls of batter onto griddle.  Cook till bubbles pop on top and flip.

Serve with Pesto.  For pesto recipe at Herbal Momma’s School of Domestic Arts  http://herbalmommasda.blogspot.com/2008/09/basil.html  This batch of pesto contained Almonds for the nuts.  Delicious!

 

 

Stuffed Kale Recipe

I love garden food!  Kale is in our garden or available at the grocery store year round.  It was so easy to make these, much easier than cabbage rolls.  It took me about 20 minutes to make these.

It’s hot here in Western Washington and I didn’t want to heat up the house.  I baked them in a roasting pan outside or you can use a crock-pot.

I don’t remember the name of this beautiful, large kale, but I am happy to share some seeds if you contact me.  Very easy to grow.
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Ingredients:

12 large kale leaves

1 pound grass fed ground beef

2 Tablespoons dried onion

1 teaspoon seasoning salt

1 teaspoon Italian herb seasoning

1 cup white rice

1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

2 farm fresh eggs

2 quarts roasted tomato sauce ( http://herbalmommasda.blogspot.com/2008/09/tomato-day.html )  or any seasoned tomato sauce

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  1. Wash and cut out spine of kale leaves.
  2. Mix meat with rice, eggs, and seasoning.
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5. Pour 1 quart tomato sauce into greased pan or crock-pot.

6. Place stuffed kale into pan.

7. Top with additional quart of tomato sauce.

8. Bake at 350 for 1 hour or crock-pot for 6 to 8 hours on low.  Serve with sour cream if desired.

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Herbal Flavored Waters

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I purchased this glass spigot jar.  It holds 3 quarts.  We have been using so often that I am keeping it out on the counter.  Our family is drinking more water when I prepare these simple Herbal Flavored Waters, especially in the summer.

General  Directions:
Pick fresh herbs or herb roots.  Rinse and shake out excess water.  Bruise the herbs by twisting or slice.  Place herbs into jar.  Add optional sliced fruit or vegetables.  Fill jar with water and some ice.  Refill jar with water as needed for that day.  At the end of the day, drain excess water and place spent herbal mixture into compost or chicken bucket.

Flavors
– Lemon Balm
– Lemon Balm and Strawberries
– Spearmint and Lemon
– Peppermint and Grapefruit
– Ginger and Lemon
– Ginger, Cucumber and any Berry

My favorite is spearmint.  I drink it almost everyday.

As you can see the flavors  are endless.  Enjoy and drink more water!

~Water is the key element of our bodies.  We should aim to drink 1 ounce of water for every 2 pounds we weigh.  If this is not possible, aim for 1 ounce per every 4 pounds and work up from there.