Monday, December 14, 2009

The Natural Living Site update

I have been working on a lot of small details for my website.  I redesigned the main page of the site The Natural Living Site by adding some smaller pictures at the top of the page to dress it up a little.  These were all pictures that I or my family have taken of our area. 

I am still putting out a weekly newsletter.  If you haven't signed up, click here The Natural Living Site and enter your name and email and you will recieve the newsletter each week, plus have access to the archives!

I have joined Twitter and try to post on there regularly during the week.

I have joined and submitted articles there.

And I'm promoting my ebook:  Natural Cold and Flu Remedies  Cold and flu season arrived here in the fall and I used several of the remedies.  I especially like my herbal honeys I put up this fall.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Benefits of Onions for Cold and Flu Symptoms

Oops!  Been a few weeks since I've been on here.  I finished my 100 Articles in 100 Days Marathon over at  !!  Whoo hoo!  I've worked really hard to finish this in time.  I finished about a week ahead of schedule.  Here is one of the articles that has had a lot of views, well over 1,000.  So I thought I would pass it along.

Benefits of Onions for Cold and Flu Symptoms
©2009 Shanna Ohmes

Most of us are aware of the powerful odor of onions. Did you know this is their secret weapon against viruses and bacteria? That pungent odor is caused by the rich sulfur compounds that promote health and well-being. Throughout history onions have been held in high regard for their culinary and medicinal qualities. They have even been used as a currency in Egypt to pay the workers who built the pyramids.

Onions have phytochemicals and quercetin which assist the body by moving and breaking up the mucus in the head and chest. The powerful odor causes the eyes to tear and the nose to run. It is this affect on your body that stimulates the immune system to fight the virus or bacterial infection. This is helping your body shed the virus and reduce the inflammation from congestion.

The onion is a warming, stimulating and penetrating herb. It is used in soups and even cough syrups. But you don’t have to eat it to experience its healing affects. Apply them externally as a poultice and inhale and feel their pungent effects. Onions bring heat to the area and this action brings the fever to that part of the body to control how far the infection spreads.

You can also cut them in slices and put them in a bowl by your bed at night or in any room in the house. It is said they absorb the viruses and bacteria from the air. A doctor during the 1918 Spanish flu discovered a farmer and his family doing this very thing and they did not catch the flu, so the story goes.

Onions are anti-bacterial, ant-viral, and anti-parasitic. They are rich in vitamin C, potassium, chromium, fiber, manganese and vitamin B6. So eat onions every day, learn to make poultices and syrups and continue a 5,000 year old remedy.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

7 Health Benefits of Yogurt

Do you like yogurt? Sometimes spelled yoghurt, this fermented milk product has been around for thousands of years. In fact, it is believed that it originated in Bulgaria. From the Gaelic people to the Mongolians, yogurt has been a staple food for many traditional cultures. These cultures had no heart disease and lived on diets chiefly of fermented milk products and meats! The key was their milk was raw, not pasteurized. Pasteurization destroys many helpful enzymes in the yogurt and other cultured milk products.

Here are just a few of the health benefits you will receive from including yogurt in your daily diet:

• It’s loaded with friendly bacteria called lactobacillus acidophilus that is tolerated and assimilated better by those with allergies.

• Vitamins B and C are increased when raw milk is fermented into yogurt and other products, like kefir and raw cheeses .

• It protects you from bone loss.

• Fermenting milk breaks down difficult to digest milk proteins, so those that are lactose intolerant can usually enjoy the healthy benefits of yogurt.

• Lactase is an enzyme in fermented milk that breaks down the lactose in the digestive system, so yogurt improves your digestion.

• Yogurt is very beneficial for young nursing mothers, children, the elderly and those that are ill.

• Yogurt helps you fight infectious diseases.

Yogurt is easy to make at home and can be used in many different recipes. Smoothies are delicious when yogurt is added to the recipe. Also you can use it to make yogurt cheese, or a drink with lime juice and honey, herbal breads and dough for tart shells. Soak fresh ground wheat in water and a little yogurt overnight to neutralize the phytic acid in the wheat that inhibits digestion. It gives a wonderful sour flavor to breads!
©2009 Shanna Ohmes

Thursday, October 1, 2009

"Grub" ideas for an urban organic kitchen

I have been reading a book called "Grub" by Anna Lappe`.  The author calls grub "organic and sustainably raised whole and locally grown foods, produced with fairness from seed to table, and is good for our bodies, our communities, and our environment."  I am about half way through the book and am amazed at the research she did.  She talks about how the chemical companies are indifferent to and twist research that shows how the pesticides and other chemicals affect our health.

One interesting chapter is on the organic brands and what companies actually own them.  For instance, Kashi, Morningstar Farms and Natural Touch are owned by Kellogg.  Celestial Seasonings, Arrowhead Mills, and Garden of Eatin' are owned by Heinz.  And the list goes on.  It makes me wonder when I buy organic, who am I really supporting?

She talks about trends in food.  One is the variety--or I should say lack of variety of fruits and vegetables that we actually consume.  In 2000, only 3 veggies were half of the servings in our nation's diet--iceberg lettuce, potatoes as frozen, fresh and potato chips, and canned tomatoes.  I watch what people put in their shopping carts at the store and I would believe that statistic.  I was one of those statistics at one time.

And then I came across this quote that I put on my newsletter blog:  "Every time you spend money on food, you are voting for the world you want."  That was by John Kinsman, an organic dairy farmer and the founder of Family Farm Defenders.

I am enjoying the book and looking forward to the recipe section and trying them out.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Soy for Babies--Not a Healthy Alternative

Wrapping up our month long study of the harmful effects of soy on our health.  This last post is how dangerous it is for our babies.  Please read and pass on to anyone you think would benefit.

This article is by Dianne Gregg:

Here in the United States we have an excess of soy consumption that is causing health problems for babies as well as adults. Unfortunately, all the hype about how good soy is for you keeps many moms for being aware of the dangers.

Mothers, through magazines and advertising have been convinced that soy formula is a good alternative for babies that cannot tolerate milk. Soy for babies is not a healthy alternative because it contains high levels of phytoestrogens that contain growth depressing trypsin inhibitors – which have been know to cause zinc deficiency. Zinc – which is important to the development of the nervous system. In addition, the aluminum content of soy formula is 10x greater than milk and has a toxic effect on the kidneys. Read article

In addition, soy formula is not always easily digestible and can cause cramping, gas, colic, diarrhea, and early puberty. If an infant is lactose intolerant a better alternative might be goat milk, almond or rice milk. This would also apply to toddlers – do not give them soy milk.

Once consumers start reading labels carefully – they will be amazed at the soy content in snack foods, fast foods, and pre-packaged frozen meals – a staple in a child’s diet. Since it’s often disguised as other ingredients – you have to know what to look for.

For a detailed list of foods containing hidden soy go to:

Dianne Gregg, author of "The Hidden Dangers of Soy" decided to write this book after developing a severe allergy to soy and nearly dying. She has done extensive research on this subject and wants to share this crucial information with others.

To claim your free chapter of The Hidden Dangers of Soy (including) soy free recipes.

Listen to Dianne on the radio Tuesdays, 4pm - 5pm EST interviewing experts in the health and wellness industry.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Herbal Honeys for Colds and Flu

This week I learned how to make herbal honey.  I had sage, mint and roses in the garden and tried my hand at that.  The rose petals were beautiful mixed with the honey and I've sampled a taste and it is so good.  I made sage honey and that will be really good for sore throats.  And the mint was delicious, I can't wait to taste it as tea.  All of these can be made as a tea or spread on toast or used in whatever recipe I find.  I've written how to make them on my new website blog at The Natural Living Site Newsletter if you want to check it out!  It will be published on Friday...

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The Surprising Places Soy is Hidden

If a little is good, then a lot more must be a lot better--isn't that the way we think?  Well, it seems the food industry thinks that way....look at all the places they hid soy...

Another great article by Dianne Gregg...

Although advertising has led many of us to believe that soy is healthy, the fact of the matter is that for many people it creates, rather than prevents, health problems – including obesity, hypothyroidism, osteoporosis and indigestion.

Even those who know have trouble avoiding unhealthy soy. Soy is found in over 60% of food products, even in places where you would not expect it to be. For example: Soy can be found in most canned tunas, canned soups, chocolate, pizza, frozen dinners, breads, muffins, donuts, cake mixes, hot chocolate, some baby foods, and thousands of other popular products.

One reason soy is so hard to detect is that it has many aliases. Manufacturers do not always list soy as an ingredient, instead the labels read:

• Textured vegetable protein (TVP)
• Textured plant protein
• Hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP)
• Vegetable oil (which often contains soy oil)
• MSG (monosodium glutamate)
• Lecithin
• Broth

Keep in mind that food labels and ingredient lists change without warning, and manufacturers often switch the ingredients of a product. That’s why it’s so important to learn to check labels.

And believe it or not...

Vitamins, over-the-counter drugs and prescriptions may contain an unwanted dose of soy as well. For example: Pills with soy oil bases; Vitamin E derived from soy oil, and soy components such as isoflavones. The inhaler Atrovent is one Rx products that contain soy.

You may also be surprised to learn that soy can be found in...

Green oriented industrial products. While they may be green for the environment, they can also be potentially harmful for those with a strong allergy to soy. Inks, paints, plastics, carpets, mattresses, etc. are just a few on the list.

Dianne Gregg, author of "The Hidden Dangers of Soy" decided to write this book after developing a severe allergy to soy and nearly dying. She has done extensive research on this subject and wants to share this crucial information with others.

Discover more soy health risks by claiming your free chapter of The Hidden Dangers of Soy with soy free recipes.

Listen to Dianne on the radio Tuesdays, 4pm - 5pm EST interviewing experts in the health and wellness industry.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Win a Fermenting Jar!

I have posted several times about fermenting various foods and how important it is to your health.  Here is a website called Nourished Kitchen that is giving away a jar to do just that!  And an ebook of recipes.

You can ferment sauerkraut, kimchi, salsa, chutneys, and organic lemons!  Add good probiotics to your health this winter.

If you are interested go to  and sign up for the free giveaway!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

7 Signs of Soy Intolerance

The best way to avoid soy and eliminate it from your diet is to eat fresh whole foods.  Read the labels on other products you buy.  This week's newsletter will be on soy, so be sure and subscribe at The Natural Living Site for the newsletter if you haven't already!

Here is an article by Dianne Gregg on symptoms of soy intolerance. 

By Dianne Gregg
The most common allergies people suffer are Milk, Eggs, Peanuts, Soy, Tree Nuts, Fish, Shellfish, and Wheat. Proteins in these eight major foods are estimated to cause 90 percent of the allergic reactions in the United States. Of all of these, Soy is one of the most under diagnosed.

Do you have an allergy to soy? Below is a list of seven symptoms of soy intolerance provided by Food Allergy Network:

1. Vomiting, nausea, bloating, cramps, diarrhea,.

2. Difficulty breathing, speaking or a drop in blood pressure. (Dianne blood pressure does not seem to go with the other two here)

3. Heart palpitations, loss of consciousness.

4. Anxiety, faintness, distress.

5. Hives or a rash, red and itchy skin, flushed face,.

6. Swelling of the eyes, face, lips, throat, and tongue.

7. Weakness, paleness, or sense of doom. (sense of doom does not seem to go here and I think makes you look like a crackpot J

Unfortunately for me, I had most of the symptoms of soy allergy. Mine was so serious that I eventually went into anaphylactic shock. Because doctors thought my symptoms were related to menopause, it took eight years to develop a full-blown attack and to diagnose the problem.

For a detailed list of foods containing hidden soy go to:

Dianne Gregg, author of "The Hidden Dangers of Soy" decided to write this book after developing a severe allergy to soy and nearly dying. She has done extensive research on this subject and wants to share this crucial information with others.

To claim your free chapter of The Hidden Dangers of Soy (including) soy free recipes.

Listen to Dianne on the radio Tuesdays, 4pm - 5pm EST interviewing experts in the health and wellness industry.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

The Dangers of Soy

Did you know that soy is actually dangerous and that it is in so many processed foods?  Dianne Gregg has written about her experience in her book "The Hidden Dangers of Soy".  Here is a quick quiz you can take to see if you are experiencing problems with this dangerous additive.


If you are not feeling like yourself, and have symptoms such as nausea, bloating, gastric disorders, unusual weight gain, palpitations, shortness of breath, or lack of energy, a soy allergy may be the culprit. While not everyone will have a severe reaction, it’s important to be aware of what foods you may be eating that are triggering a change in the way you feel. Take this quick quiz to see if soy might be affecting your health.

Circle yes or no:
1. Are you gaining weight even though you exercise and believe you are eating a healthy diet? YES/NO
2. Do you experience nausea and bloating after eating a particular food? YES/NO
3. Have you noticed any palpitations or anxiety? YES/NO
4. Do you experience shortness of breath for no apparent reason? YES/NO
5. Do you suffer from gastric disorders such as gas, bloating or IBS? YES/NO
6. Do you feel tired all the time even when you get enough sleep? YES/NO
7. Is your body feeling out of whack and you can't figure out why? YES/NO
8. Do you experience recurrent rashes or itchy skin? YES/NO

What Your Answers Mean: If you answered, “Yes” for two or more of these questions it may be related to your soy consumption. To signup for a free newsletter, to get a white paper filled with soy free recipes or to download a free chapter from the book The Hidden Dangers of Soy go to:

Dianne Gregg is the author of The Hidden Dangers of Soy (Outskirts Press, 2008). After developing a severe allergy to soy that nearly killed her, Dianne Gregg learned the truth behind this supposed health food. “The Hidden Dangers of Soy” is the culmination of her efforts to educate others on the issue in hopes more will avoid soy’s underreported—yet widely researched—negative health impacts. Dianne hosts Health Watch Radio, a weekly show featuring interviews with inspiring guests from a variety of fields -- health, wellness, fitness, personal growth and empowerment, etc. Listen to Dianne on the radio Tuesdays, 4pm - 5pm EST

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Newsletter Updates and Blog Plans

Have had a bug this week and am now getting back to the computer!  It gave me time to think and plan ahead on my writing.  I will be writing a few posts on soy this month.  I am writing newsletters once a week on traditional foods for my website.  And I will be upgrading my blog to a new look and that will take several days to get that process done. 

I've been experimenting with new foods for the last 3 weeks and have written about them in my newsletters. If you aren't subscribed to my newsletter here are a few of the topics I have written about lately:
  • The Secret of the Caucasus Mountains
  • Quinoa The Gold of the Incas
  • Monkey Face Food
  • Bone Broth
You can go to The Natural Living Site to subscribe to the newsletter.  I am having so much fun researching traditional cultures and their diets.  Foods from the past are making their way back into our diets now.  And the health benefits are amazing!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Carrots and Greens

I had a craving for carrots today so I just made this up as I went along.

What you need:
3 carrots
2 celery
greens:  collards, mustard, spinach, or a mixture
1/4 onion
2 cloves garlic
chicken broth

Slice everything up in the desired chunky thickness, and put in a pot with the chicken broth.  I use just enough broth to steam with until the carrots are tender.  Maybe a 1/2 cup or more.

When the carrots are tender, pour into a bowl and add just butter and sea salt to taste.  Mmmmmm.  I love butter and sea salt on my veggies, especially carrots.

Friday, August 14, 2009

A Healing Chicken Broth for Colds and Flu

When was the last time you had home made broth?  I mean the rich stuff--boiling the bones down all day to get that rich dark yellow broth.   Never had it?  Or has it been so long ago you don't remember when?

Here's how to make your own chicken broth and you can store it in the freezer and use it as you need it.

You need chicken bones.  These could be the bones you save from other dishes, like roasted chicken, fried chicken... just put them in a freezer baggie and freeze til you're ready to make the broth.  Now put all the bones in a big pot and fill with water.  Bring to a boil, cover and then put on simmer to medium heat.  Keep it on the stove all day while you do your other house chores.  Just keep checking it and refill with water when needed.  Also, you can skim off the gunk and foam at the beginning.

By late afternoon you should have a deep golden broth.  Just strain off the bones and store the broth in containers in the freezer.  Keep some in the refrigerator too, to add to a quick 20 minute soup during the week. 

Chicken soup has many healing properties, especially for colds and flu.  So make sure to keep it on hand.

Friday, August 7, 2009


Did you know you can make your own butter? 

Just take 1-2 cups of cream and pour it into a glass quart jar.  Shake it for about 15 minutes or more.  The agitation is what brings about 2 phases:  the first one is whipped cream, the 2nd is the butter.

The whipped cream is light and fluffy and delicious.  Keep shaking past this phase until you see the butter granules.  Then pour the buttermilk into a cup and put that in the refrigerator. 

Now you can rinse the butter granules with cool water and press with a wooden spoon.  You want to repeat this process several times until the water runs clear.  Then work in about 1/4 - 1/2 tsp salt into the butter and store in the refrigerator or freezer.

Use the buttermilk to make pancakes or biscuits.  Both the butter and buttermilk are full of nutrients so enjoy!

Friday, July 31, 2009

Another Iron in the Fire--EzineArticles

Ok, everyone bear with me as I add another iron to fire.  I have signed up for EzineArticles 100 Articles in 100 Days Marathon!  Like I needed More To DO!!  I am really enjoying writing articles though and sharing what I've learned about Healthy Foods, Herbs and Traditional Diets.  I will continue to post here.  I see I'm getting viewers from several countries consistently.  Sign on to the Followers list to the left!  Leave some comments and let me know what you think about my posts!  Wish me luck, I'm off to gather my ideas.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Fresh Eggs

Fresh eggs from pastured chickens--have you ever had any?  I grew up on them and didn't give it a thought back then. Then life took me here and there so I was dependent on the grocery stores.  I noticed a subtle change over the years in these eggs, but it wasn't until I was able to have my own chickens again that I figured it out.  The yolk in store bought eggs was the familiar pale yellow with a bland taste, but when I cracked open our fresh eggs, the yolk was a beautiful deep gold and bursting with flavor.  I had forgotten how good those eggs were! 

Why such a big difference?  Well, supermarket eggs are from chickens that are confined in cages only big enough for them to turn around in.  They are fed a grain-based mash or pellet diet filled with antibiotics, drugs and synthetic vitamins.  And they are kept in large factory building settings. 

Pastured chickens are allowed to run around outside in the fresh air, soaking up the sun which produces vitamin D in their eggs.  Chickens are born scratchers.  They love to scratch in the dirt and peck.  What are they pecking?  Little bits of gravel (which helps them digest their food), fresh greens, bugs, and seeds.  A happy healthy hen is one who is out in the yard clucking, pecking and scratching.  The proof is in the egg! 

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Raw Milk vs Pasteurized

I just finished my article for EzineArticles on the health benefits of raw milk.  I thought I would pass on a few quick facts for those that are interested. 
  • Raw milk is an immune system booster!  It has lots of enzymes and amino acids and it is easy to digest.
  • Lactose intolerant?  No more-- after you drink raw milk it changes to lactase which is easily digested.  You may just be intolerant to pasteurized milk.
  • Vitamins A and D.
  • Loaded with calcium.
  • Long proven history of use--about 8-10,000 years or so.
  • In the early days, even the Mayo Clinic used raw milk from nearby farms to cure many diseases. 
Raw milk is delicious and healthy.  Find a homesteader near you and try it out.  In the meantime, read this article by Dr. Ron Schmid, ND to learn more.  Tomorrow's newsletter is on culturing milk products.  If you haven't signed up for the free weekly newsletters click here The Natural Living Site and sign up today.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Grapefruits, Lemons and Limes

These are great fruits to keep around during the summer to keep you cool and give you plenty of vitamin C.  Eat a grapefruit mid-morning or at lunch.  In the afternoon, cut a lemon or lime in half.  I use 1/2 a lemon or lime, but some may like a whole one during the day.  Squeeze the juice into your water, add a pinch of sea salt to taste.  Sea salt has trace minerals.  It's not like table salt.  Your body utilizes all the minerals in the sea salt.  Don't forget to eat the pulp of the lemon or lime.  Remember, eat the whole food because it is packaged with all the nutrients that work synergistically. 

All 3 of these fruits are loaded with vitamin C.  This is a great way to keep your immune system boosted all summer long!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Living the Young Writer's Life

Just want to welcome a fellow blogger, Shiloh, to the world of blogging.  She is pursuing her dream of a writing career and has started a blog about being a young writer and living healthy on a budget.  If you have a moment please visit her blog and show support to our young people for changing their own lives in this hectic world of fake and unnatural foods.  They are the future and have the potential to change future generations with their food choices today.  Good luck in your endeavors Shiloh!  Living the Young Writer's Life

Monday, July 13, 2009

Broiled Tomato Sandwich

This makes a quick summer sandwich that is fulfilling.  Include the hard boiled egg for protein and the avocado for a natural healthy fat.  This makes for a quick meal.  I've made it for lunch, supper and even a late breakfast.  This is tasty anytime of the day.

2 slices sourdough or rye bread
1 slice from large tomato
1 slice from large onion
2 slices Gruyere cheese
Italian Dressing -- homemade  (see earlier post)
1 avocado, sliced
1 hard boiled egg, sliced

Preheat toaster oven to broil.
Toast the 2 slices of bread in a toaster.
Lay the toast on the broiler pan.  On 1 piece layout the cheese and top with onion.  On the other piece lay the tomato slice.  Drizzle a bit of Italian Dressing over the onion and tomato.
Place in the broiler until the cheese melts and then remove.
Top with slices of avocado, hard boiled egg, and a sprinkle of sea salt.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Healthy Fats

Some may wonder why I use lard, butter and bacon grease. These are fats our ancestors have always used and are far healthier than margarine that was "invented" in the last 100 years. A little known fact is that heart attacks became more prevalent after margarine was introduced into our diets. Read Sally Fallon's book "Nourishing Traditions", Weston Price's book "Nutrition and Physical Degeneration" for more in depth information. I am now experimenting with coconut oil and so far I like the taste of it. I will comment more on it after I have used it for awhile. One thing I have noticed is that my skin is already softer just from taking 2-4 Tablespoons of coconut oil a day before meals. I'll be covering more about fats in my upcoming newsletter. If you haven't subscribed yet, you can go to The Natural Living Site to sign up for my free weekly newsletter

Monday, July 6, 2009

Simple Fajitas with Mashed Potatoes

We call this dish Fajitas, although I do it a little differently than restaurants do.   My husband recently added the mashed potatoes to the recipe and it turned out tasty and very filling.

1 beef roast
1 onion
1 package portabella mushroom fillets
1 bell pepper
mashed potatoes

Cut the onion in slices, the mushrooms in small chunks, and the pepper in slices.  Put in a cast iron pan with a little lard, bacon grease or butter and sautee.  Stir fry till browned.

Cut the roast in bite sized chunks.  Put in cast iron wok with a little lard or bacon grease.  Stir fry till browned, then cover on high heat till tender.

Put on butter fried tortilla with mashed potatoes, sour cream, guacamole, avocado, and shredded cheddar cheese.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy Independence Day!

Hope everyone has a Great 4th and delicious cookouts.  Be careful and have fun out there!  I'll be back next week to blogging again.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Rose Hip Tea

Rose hip tea is an excellent source of Vitamin C.  When I had gum problems I drank lots of rose hip infusions.  This is a natural way to get your Vitamin C without taking a lot of pills.  You can even mix it with other teas or infusions.

Roses were used by American Indians for a number of ailments such as mouth sores, fever sores, blisters, diarrhea, and for the male and female reproductive systems.  The parts of the rose that can be used are the petals, hips (buds), leaves, leaf buds and bark.  Use rose hips for colds and flu and to boost the immune system.  Rose hip nutrients are:  Vitamin C, B complex, carotenes, Vitamin E, selenium, chromium, niacin, phosphorus and many more.

Here's how I make my Rose Hip Tea
1 quart jar
1/4 - 1/2 cup dried rose buds (or 1-2 handfuls)
boiling water

Pour the rose buds into the jar, pour in boiling water and steep up to 4 hours.  You can drink part of it and refrigerate the rest for the next day.  Or just drink it throughout the day.

A great place to get rose hips is Mountain Rose Herbs

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Breakfast Burritos

Well, actually we make them as supper burritos.  This makes a great meal and we always have leftovers for breakfast and lunches too.  Healthy additions are green onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, avacodos or guacamole, hot sauce or salsa.  I even mix in spinach.

Breakfast Burritos

2 lbs breakfast sausage
12 eggs
1-2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 bunch green onions, chopped
2-3 roma tomatoes, chopped
tator tots, baked in oven
avacodo or guacamole
hot sauce or salsa
cooked or raw spinach (cooked turnip greens also do well)

Cook the sausage with onions and mushrooms, drain.  Put in all the eggs, scramble on high heat, till cooked.  Turn heat on very low, then stir in the shredded cheddar, tomatoes and tator tots.  Cover and turn heat off, let cheese melt.

Serve on butter fried tortilla, top with sliced avacodo, hot sauce, salsa, spinach, sour cream....

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Cayenne-- A Spice for the Heart

Cayenne has been in use for about 7,000 years.  It originated in Central and South America and then introduced to Europe by a physician traveling with Columbus.

Cayenne added to hot cocoa, as the Mayans did, adds zest to your chocolate!  My daughter and I tried it a few nights ago.  We tasted the chocolate first and then when we swallowed, felt the cayenne on the back of the throat.  I instantly thought this would be nice for sore throats!

Cayenne is antimicrobial--it counters the bacteria that cause food poisoning.  So if in doubt, sprinkle a touch of cayenne onto your meal.  This spice is good for digestion and tones the stomach.  It even helps heal ulcers.

Perhaps the best feature about cayenne is that it is so good for the heart and circulatory system.  It even helps stop a heart attack.  Just mix 1 teaspoon cayenne in a glass of water and have the patient swallow.  This in addition to CPR works better than CPR alone.  I learned this in the course I took from The School of Natural Healing by Dr. Christopher.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009


I'm working on an article on the health benefits of spices.  I found cinnamon a very interesting spice.  It is antifungal, antibacterial and stops Candida.  Since it stops bacteria, it is a useful medicine for gums.  I bought a blend of essential oils for a mouthwash and found cinnamon one of the oils used.  So if you have gum disease, this would be great for killing the bacteria around the gums.

Cinnamon is high in manganese and also helps reduce the risk of colon cancer and helps get rid of cholesterol.  As a warming herb it also stimulates the blood and so helps the heart and circulatory system.

Other benefits of cinnamon are for abdominal pain, diarrhea, gastric disorders, gas, indigestion, morning sickness, nausea, heartburn, athletes foot, diabetes and as a natural deodorant!

So, Spice Up Your Life by adding more cinnamon to your diet!

Friday, June 5, 2009

Pork Roast with Black Beans

Yesterday I slow cooked a pork roast in the crockpot.  I made up a pot of black beans to go with it.  It turned out pretty good.

To prepare the beans: 
12 -24 hours ahead of time:  Take 2 cups dry black beans, rinse under warm water to remove any dirt and check for small rocks.  Put into a bowl with plenty of warm water to soak the beans.  Stir in 2-3 Tbs lemon juice.  Cover and let set overnight (12-24 hours).

The next morning, drain the beans and rinse well under warm water.  Put the beans into a pot with plenty of water and bring to a boil.  Skim off the foam from the top and discard.  Cover and turn down the heat to a simmer for 2-3 hours.  Stir often and keep plenty of water in with the beans.

For the Pork Roast:
Place the roast in the crockpot on low heat for 6-7 hours.  I put sliced onion over the top, sprinkled worcestershire sauce over the meat, a 1/2 can of pineapple chunks with a bit of the juice, and maybe a  1/2 cup water. 

For leftovers the next day:
Shred a bit of the roast, mix with a few spoons of the beans and place on a butter fried tortilla.  Toppings:  guacamole, sour cream, diced green onions, hot sauce/or salsa.

Thursday, May 28, 2009


I am getting into a routine for writing my newsletters now.  I am relating to my subscribers more of what changes my family made in our diet and how we came about that change.  I am going to share more of my naturalist studies and how I made things.... everything from making butter to making homemade slings out of the llama wool I spun. 
I am going back through the last 10 years or so of all the homesteading activites my children and I shared and enjoyed.  I look back and can't believe all the things homeschooling allowed us to have time for.  They had a rich learning environment out in nature and with their responsibilities for the animals.  I will share in my newsletters as much as I can to give others ideas for how they can impart that love for nature to their own kids.yucca blossom 750

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Buffalo Roast

My husband and I checked out a new store nearby called The Natural Grocers. It was nice to see free range meats offered as well as an abundance of other non-processed foods and bulk herbs. We picked up some elk steaks for one meal. The taste was similar to a mild liver flavor. I loved it. We also picked up a buffalo roast. I am slow cooking it in the crockpot today.

Buffalo Roast

3 1/2 lb buffalo roast
1 can cream of mushroom soup
garlic cloves 4-5
dash worcestershire sauce

Place the roast in the crockpot. Spread mushroom soup over the meat. Top with cut up onion, garlic, mushrooms or your favorite vegies and sprinkle on the worcestershire sauce. Slow cook on low for 6-8 hours.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

I'm Back! Website is UP!!

Wow! Who knew learning how to build your own website could be so involved? Thanks to Chris Farrell and his book "Create Your Own Website by 3:45 This Afternoon" for helping me develop the skills necessary to learn how to do it myself! (I will be offering this free ebook to members of my newsletter subscription soon!)

My site is up! I'm still working a few bugs out, but the main thing I'm offering on my site is a free eReport "7 Tips to Boost Your Immune System Naturally" to those who subscribe to my Free weekly newsletter --The Natural Living Site Newsletter. For those who subscribe I will offer my eBook "Natural Cold and Flu Remedies" that I have spent several months researching and writing.

Sneak a peak and check it out at: and if the link for the subscription is not up yet, I'm still working on it, so keep checking back!!! It should be up within a day or 2.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Book is Finished

My book is finished and I am now working on getting my website up and running. It may take me a few more weeks before I start posting on here regularly again. I am looking forward to posting again and sharing more of the things I am learning.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Oatstraw for Your Bones

I learned about oatstraw a year ago to help build and maintain strong healthy bones. It is also soothing and calming, great to take when you are under stress or if you have the cold or flu. Oatstraw is good for women of all ages, especially during menopause to prevent or treat osteoporosis. Men and children also benefit from the abundant calcium. Oatstraw can be added or blended to other teas or drinks.

I have been making infusions and drinking a quart a day when my body really needs it. It is easier to assimilate the calcium from the herbs than other sources like dairy (for some people) and pills.

Here's how I make it:
I take 1 oz oatstraw and put it in a quart Mason jar. Fill the jar with boiling water and cap. Let steep overnight. The next morning strain and drink throughout the day. You can refrigerate this for up to 2 days.

Infusions steep longer than teas and pull more of the vitamins and minerals out of the plant material.

Herbs First
and Mountain Rose Herbs
are good places to buy herbs in bulk for your teas and infusions.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Tips for Freezing Leftovers

I found a frozen bag of Beef Stew in my freezer and we had that for supper last night. Whenever I make more than enough for a meal, I put the leftovers in a container or baggie and freeze for nights when I don't have time to cook. It really helps on days when I just have too much to do and not enough hours.

Another meal I freeze is Turkey. I will cook a 20lb + turkey and divide it into sandwich baggies and freeze. These are great small meals to pull out for sandwiches and lunches. Around November our grocery store has turkeys on sale and I buy several. Then throughout the winter I can pressure can the turkey or freeze it for small meals. It's an affordable way to plan ahead.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Italian Salad Dressing

The other day I discovered Italian Salad Dressing. I say discovered because I have always been a Ranch fan and have been staying away from all dressings lately because of the soy and canola oil that is used.

I wanted to try an enchilada casserole recipe in a magazine and one of the ingredients was Italian Salad Dressing. I went to the store to see if there were any brands that I would want to try. I found a do-it-yoursef kit by Good Seasons. It came with the cruet (glass bottle) and 2 seasoning packets. Everything else you add: the vinegar, water, and oil.

I took it home and made it with the Bragg Raw Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, water and olive oil that I already had in my pantry. This was the best dressing I have tasted in a long time. The enchilada casserole turned out great. I also used it on a salad for lunch and then on baked potato wedges last night. I couldn't get enough of it, so I knew I needed the nutrients that were in the apple cider vinegar and the spices. When I get time I will get my own spices to match what was in the packet and be able to avoid the additives and preservatives.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

A Simple Healing Salve

Yesterday the weather warmed up enough for me to get out in my garden. I pulled up last year's tomato plants and broke them up so we can till it all back into the soil. I hurt my hand on one of the plants, instead of snapping the stem my hand slipped up along the stem and it slit my thumb. I put a simple healing salve on it and a bandaid. Today it is already starting to stitch itself together.

Healing Salve
pinch comfrey root powder
pinch slippery elm bark powder
just enough honey to make a thick paste

Mix together. After washing the wound well then place the salve in and on the wound and bandage. All 3 ingredients are wound healers.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Vote for White House Farmer

Back when I homeschooled the kids we did a unit study on government and presidents. One day the kids asked me if I met the President what would I want to say. I told them I thought the President should encourage everyone to be more self-sufficient and grow their own food, even if it is a small bit in a container garden on a porch.

Well, today I came across this grassroots idea in a link through the Wilderness Awareness School where I took my first nature correspondence course.

It is Vote for the White House Farmer. There are more than 100 nominees. I have not had a chance to look through them all, but I recognize a few whose books I've read. It's going to be a hard choice to pick one.

Basically the idea is to replace all the lawns with edible landscaping/gardens that would feed the White House and also food banks. I think it is a great idea and would show an example for people to get back to providing at least a little bit for themselves. Fresh homegrown food always tastes better!

Take a look at the site and if you have any comments send them my way. I would love to hear what you think. Oh, and voting ends Jan 31. Only a few days left.

Happy healthy eating....

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Working on a Website

As I near the last few phases of my book I am also getting my website ready. There is a lot to learn when you've never made your own website before, but I'm having a lot of fun!

I have enjoyed this whole process, even getting a cold/flu twice during this has given me time to get to know these herbs and how they work. Herbs have so many wonderful qualities and so many healing qualities. The first cold I had back in November I treated totally herbally. This second time around the only over-the-counter medicine I took was a bit of Chloroseptic before going to bed to numb the tickle in my throat. I learned Yarrow tincture sprayed on the throat is really good, but I didn't have any on hand to try.

Off to work on my website...

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Back on Track

Well, unforseen circumstances, holidays and a computer crash interrupted my blog. I am getting back on track this month. My research is coming along. I have had a cold again and have used more of the herbs I have been studying.

Coltsfoot for coughing. I used this in the evening before going to bed and it calmed my cough so I could sleep.

Mullein for the lungs and lymph. I used mullein tincture by applying it all over my neck where the lymph glands were clogged. I also took it internally.

Other family members have since caught the cold and have tried Vick's Vapor Rub on their feet, covered with socks and gone to bed overnight. They said it really did work.

My goal is to get my ebook done in a few weeks before the flu season hits hard. There are many wonderful healing herbs that help the body fight colds and flus.