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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Thankful Thursday - Spices

I have long had a fascination for spices. Spices do more than enhance the flavor of your food, they enhance your life. They were used long before Bible days. Some spices have more nutrients and antioxidants than food ounce by ounce and cost less than medicine without the side effects. In Biblical days Christians were referred to as the "salt of the earth". The salt referred to was not common table salt or sodium chloride but sea salt.

I was surprised when I came across a book written by Prevention Magazine The Natural Healing Guide  which highly recommended  eight spices, and strangely enough I have written articles on seven out of the eight of those they list. The eight spices they list have many properties which will aid   your family and you in keeping well.  I placed my article links to those particular spices in the body of my article. It is wonderful to know we have healing at our fingertips. :-)

If I have a stomach ache, I know ginger tea will help me feel better. Turmeric has totally removed my arthritis pain, thyme is a wonderful expectorant....
1.) What spices do you find very helpful in keeping you healthy?
2.) What are your favorite recipes requiring spices? I use spices liberally in teas and foods but could always use new ideas to incorporate more spices in my dishes. It's hard to sneak spices into dishes when you live with a salt and pepper kind of guy. :-) Sometimes you have to get really creative and sneaky.

Thanks so much for visiting me today. I hope you will hop on over to Amanda's and join us in our lively conversation. There is much to talk about this week. Take care and God bless. 

This post linked to Thursday Two Questions.

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Jeannie's Little Friend

O-k, so maybe not, but she threw nuts out for him. :-)

Look a the size of the peanut compared to him, or look at the bird feeder (yellow top) that fell down from the tree. 

In England they are breeding chipmunks for pets! Did you know a baby chipmunk which is referred to as a pup weighs less than a nickel at birth? For more chipmunk facts read here.

I have noticed that every few years they seem to be coming up with some animal as an exotic pet. Sometimes this works well and sometimes not. Remember the woman who owned an ape (monkey?) who attacked her friend and nearly killed her? I love my cats and loved my dogs but am not sure how to feel about some of these pets? 

What do you think about taming a wild creature and keeping it as a pet?

Do you think city ordinance has the right to determine which animals can be owned?

This post linked to Thursday Two Questions. Thanks so much for visiting me today. Please visit Amanda and join in her lively discussions. Take care and God bless!


Monday, June 20, 2011

Not Everyone Loves Tea

Pictured above is a catnip plant that reseeded itself in my yard from last year. I grow catnip for my cats, but also for me. It makes a very relaxing tea. I came across a dear person at work the other day who is battling lung cancer. I dug this plant up for her to help calm her stomach and the stress she is dealing with going through chemotherapy.  As grateful as she was, she advised me that she cannot stand the thought of drinking tea. Fortunately we do not have to drink tea to get the benefits. For over half a dozen ways to get the benefits of tea without drinking it read Good News for those who Hate Drinking Tea.

Here's a hint, one way is to fill ice cube trays with tea and drop them in lemonade, punch or soup. Some flower petals have medicinal properties and can be very pretty in home made punch. Aren't these ice cube trays pretty?

This post linked to Ruby Tuesday and Clytie's Guest Heart Thursday. Thanks so much for your visit. Take care and God bless!


Sunday, June 19, 2011

Sunny Yellow Blooms

A few years ago I selected a small potted plant with two flowers in it while shopping in a thrift shop. It bore no name. The flower was small and yellow and the sales girl told me it came from her own garden. She said it would spread quickly. Since I was only beginning my flower garden I thought it would do nicely. It did. I must have about 50 flowers now just from the two she sold me. Towards the end of the year I bought some flowers no longer in bloom on clearance  and planted the bulbs. They have rewarded me with these pretty yellow lilies you see smiling at us here. Sunny blooms with smiling faces! 

This post linked to Mellow yellow Monday, Macro Monday, Mosaic Monday,  and Today's Flowers. Thank you for visiting me today and have a blessed day!


Thursday, June 16, 2011

Let's Hear it for the Uniforms!

Wave, my beloved flag, for all of us to see
Proudly display the colors that stand for liberty.

You were carried into battle, watched men fight to keep us free
This flag means a lot to plain folks like you and me. 

For the most part my parents were much more practical than romantic, so it surprised me when Mom got a wistful look on her face one day when she confessed that she fell in love with our father when she was just 12.  He had come home from the army and was in uniform. She said when she saw him in uniform, she was smitten. She knew then that boy who grew up as neighbor and was seven years older than her was the man she wanted to marry. 

A uniform distinguishes a worker and elevates them to a position of trust and honor. Not just anyone can wear a uniform. It takes a special person; one who is loyal, dedicated and true. When one is in trouble they seek out a person in uniform, someone they can trust, perhaps a policeman or a security guard. When one's health is in trouble there is comfort taken in seeing a nurse or a doctor to attend to their needs and diagnose the problem. 

When I worked in a doctor's office we were asked to wear cotton medical scrubs. At first I was a bit annoyed at having to buy new clothes but soon I loved them.  My favorite scrubs were blue sky scrubs and you can find them at http://www.blueskyscrubs.com/. They wash and wear amazingly well, look crisp and neat at all times, and are wonderfully comfortable. You can quickly tell the staff from the patients and the professional look helps to put the patients at ease. I understood and respected the doctor's requirement of scrubs for all staff. It added to the professional environment.

This post linked to weekend reflections. Thanks so much for visiting me and have a fantastic week end. Take care and God bless!


Blue Potato Stir Fry

Last year while browsing through a gardening catalog my friend Jeannie gave me I came across blue potatoes. Fascinated I researched and wrote an article about the nutritional benefits of blue potatoes and published it at Triond. There is a link provided in my side bar and I ordered the seeds. They are growing on Jeannie's farm now.

The other day she called me and advised that she was in Kroger and ran across a bag of blue potatoes called Purple Passion "2 bite" potatoes. She split the bag with me so I made this stir fry.

  • 1 lb potatoes halved or quartered
  • 1 lb carrots sliced in 1/2 slices
  • 1 lb turnips or rutabagas diced to 1 in cubes
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 6 sprigs fresh thyme or 1 tsp dry thyme (optional)
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • Diced spring onions (optional)
  • Diced baby carrots (optional)
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter or oleo
Combine all but water and butter in 12 inch heavy frying pan. Saute until vegetables are browned, about 8 minutes.  Add water to skillet and bring to boil. Boil until fork inserts into potato easily. 

Transfer vegetables to serving platter with slotted spoon. Drizzle with remaining juices from cooking.  You may want to serve with fish or chicken. Enjoy!

This post linked to Foodie Friday. I hope your hungry. Come on over and have a bite! Thanks and God bless!


Sunday, June 12, 2011

Black Eyed Susan: Pretty and Practical

This beautiful flower reseeds itself and can be used for a multiple of purposes, however it is the roots and not the seeds that are used similarly to its cousin echinachea purpurea:
  • as an astringent used in a warm infusion for snake bites, sores and swelling.
  • used as a poultice for treating worms and colds in children.
  • used as a diuretic.
  • used to create an ear drop solution.
This post linked to Macro Monday, Mellow Yellow Monday, and Today's Flowers. Thanks so much for your visit. Take care and God bless. 


God's Glory Reflected

I had three photos to upload and have waited from 11:30 to 3:04 to upload. I finally settled for just one of the three as blogger is making this very difficult. I was absolutely blown away by the beauty of this sunset and took several photos. I hope you enjoy this one. If Blogger and I make up :-) I will post the other's later. Yes, I cleared cookies and did my updates. I tried Safari, Firefox, and am now in IE. I have had trouble leaving comments today also, not on Triond, but on Google. Since I have to get some rest so I can attend church in a few hours, I apologize for submitting just one photo.  I wish you all a wonderful week end.
This post linked to weekend reflections. Thanks for visiting me. Take care and God bless.


Tuesday, June 7, 2011

What's Up with Blogger? It's ALL WET!

I have been sitting here patiently, o-k not so patiently, waiting for my pictures to upload. After waiting for an hour they have finally uploaded. Then I select "add selected" from the upload picture tool and they disappear! 

Last night I waited for two hours to download and the pictures disappeared when I selected "add selected", then I had to wait again. This is why I only posted on one blog. Bloggers problems are taking a big chunk out of my already non-existent time! I hope blogger is treating you better than it is me! And another thing that makes it even more annoying is that you cannot write on your blog while you impatiently wait!

This post linked to Watery Wednesday.

Thanks for visiting me.Take care and God bless.


Sunday, June 5, 2011

Shadowy Quotes

I found a couple of quotes on shadows in The New Beacon Books of Quotations by Women compiled by Rosalie Maggio:

Morning: such long shadows/ Like low bellied cats/ Creep under parked cars/ and out again, stealthily/ Flattening the grasses ~ Rosemary Dobson

Shadows lie late, their long, drowsy limbs/Spread on the grass ~ Babette Deutsch

This post linked to Shadow Shot Sunday. Enjoy the rest of your week end! Take care and God bless!


Thursday, June 2, 2011

Me, a Race Car Driver?

As children my sister and I were instilled with a strong work ethic. Mom worked full time and Dad worked a full time job and many part time jobs.

One of his part time jobs that I found particularly fascinating was pit mechanic. Mom, Jeanne, (my sister), and I got to go down into the pit before the race and see the race cars up close and personal. :-)

In order to make them move faster they were stripped of everything inside but the driver's seat. Doors were welded shut. It was just such an amazing  thing for a child to see! Then came the race. It was hard to sit still and watch the cars speed by. We were standing up and cheering. Something about the races  created such a fascination and excitement in me that for awhile I actually thought I would like to become a   race car  driver.

Then the other day while browsing online I found this incredible site that allows you to live that incredible dream, if only for a few hours. They even offer lessons. Could you imagine me, a race car driver? If you or someone you know would like to experience this incredible dream just once you can visit this  site and they will set it up for you! They also give lessons in defensive driving, a must for any driver now days.

Thanks so much for visiting me today. Take care and God bless!

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