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Thursday, April 17, 2014

He's NOT Here . . . He HAS Risen!

"Why do you look for the LIVING
among the dead?
He is NOT here, 
HE HAS RISEN!"
~Luke 24:5-6
"Lead me to the cross
Where Your love poured out!
Bring me to my knees
Lord, I lay me down.
Rid me of myself
I belong to You.
O, lead me!
Lead me to the cross!"
~Lead Me to the Cross
~Hillsong
Have a blessed and happy Easter.

Blessings from Ohio . . . Kim<><

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Easy, Healthy Trail Mix

I don't know about you, but I love a good salty~sweet taste combination. I also like to munch on a tasty trail mix from time-to-time; especially since we started on the Daniel Plan.

When I shop at my favorite bulk food store or health food market, I like to pick up various nuts, seeds, dried fruits and healthy treats and make my own trail mix. Let me say that I like raisins, but it seems to me that so many trail mixes are overrun with them ~ soooo ~ I fixed that situation by making my own.

When you buy your trail treats in bulk, you can save money ~ when you make your own trail mixes, you can save BIG money
This trail mix has pumpkin seeds, cashews, almonds, 
peanut butter stuffed pretzels 
and dark chocolate drops
Pick up your favorite nuts, seeds, dried fruits, dark chocolates and play around with your favorite combinations and what mixes meet any dietary needs you may have . . . stay away from any nuts you may be allergic to . . . make a gluten free mix . . . whatever YOU want . . .
  • raw cashews
  • roasted salted cashews
  • peanuts
  • peanut butter stuffed pretzels
  • pretzels
  • pumpkin seeds
  • macadamia nuts 
  • hazel nuts
  • dried figs
  • dried dates
  • dried apricots
  • dried bananas
  • raw almonds
  • roasted salted almonds
  • raisins
  • craisins
  • dried cherries
  • dried papaya
  • dark chocolate drops/chunks/wafers
  • Jordan almonds
  • dried pineapple
  • etc . . . 
Mix whatever combination you like and store it in a large freezer bag, canister or other air-tight container. Put a little out in a small bowl to snack on during your day, at your desk or when company comes over. Put some in a sandwich bag or small left-overs container and take to work or have on-hand in the car. Make your own personal mix as healthy or as decedent as you wish. 

And another good thing about it: NO COOKING! :-)

Blessings from Ohio . . . Kim<><

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Homemade Face Scrub Additive

Well, if you've read this blog for any length of time, you know that I try to live a frugal life. I have also found that a majority of the time, what I make ~ particularly in skin care ~ far exceeds my expectations. Saving money, knowing exactly what's in my product AND being able to pronounce everything in it, customizing the product to fit my (and my family's) needs ~ there's just nothing like it. Once you start making your own health care, personal care and home care products, it will be VERY hard to go back. 
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It is also no secret that I tend to be more on the oily side of skin issues. Even now that I'm in my 50's! Most of my life, I suffered from terrible deep, cystic acne ~ spent thousands of dollar$ through the years on dermatologists who's "help" did nothing but make my skin red and flaky and the meds messed with my hormones. Not good. UNTIL . . . I started experimenting and discovered my own simple, effective face wash and toner. That was 7 years ago (as of this writing) and I have never looked back. 

(**NOTE: I am a health and beauty buyer at a heath food market and am blessed to be able to try samples of new products, and I do just that: TRY them. I ALWAYS return to my own products.**)

Many times, especially those of us with a thicker skin-type, we like to use a little somethin'-somethin' to takes those dead surface cells off of our face so that our other skin products can work more effectively, our make-up will go on smoother and so that our skin looks a little fresher, a little younger. So, we will make the EXTRA purchase of an EXTRA face wash to do the deed. And that product will sit in your cabinet and maybe go stale or dry out while it waits to be used . . . because . . . in the midst of your busy schedule and the rush of your morning or exhaustion of your evening, we'll forget to use it. Right?

Well, I may just have the answer to your problems ~ a way to save you money AND have a product that can remain on the shelf for long periods of time . . . a powdered face scrub ADDITIVE.

With this scrub, you add a VERY small amount to your favorite face wash and ~ voila ~ you have just made a whole new product: a face scrub that you simply use WHEN you need it.
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You Will Need:

~1/4 c. baking soda 
~1-1/2 to 2 ts. spinach powder
~1 ts. cinnamon powder
~1 ts. dried calendula flowers (*optional* for drier skin)
~4-5 drops of lavender essential oil
~2-3 drops of peppermint essential oil
~small mixing bowl
~whisk
~small jar or small decorative canning jar or other container, with tight-fitting lid   

Directions:

1) In a small bowl, use a whisk to blend the baking soda, spinach powder and cinnamon powder. IF you have a drier skin, blend in the calendula flowers; otherwise, leave this out.
2) Once it is well blended, add the essential oil drops one fragrance at a time; whisk well to blend.
3) Carefully, pour the scrub mix into a container with a good lid.
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To Use:
~Pour a VERY small amount into your palm or onto your wash cloth, add your favorite face wash as usual, LIGHTLY mix together (so that the powder does not completely dissolve) and wash your face.
~Avoid eye area.
~Rinse as usual.
~Use 1-2 times per week, as needed.

Easy peasy!

Blessings from Ohio . . . Kim<>< 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Hawthorn ~ So Good for You

Do you have poor circulation? Heart issues, like angina? High blood pressure? Do you need a memory booster? Then you might just want to keep reading . . . 
Hawthorn has been used for centuries for such ailments and has a long list of documented successes.* In the last two centuries, hawthorn has been used especially for heart and blood pressure issues. The Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine says, "Western herbalists consider it literally to be 'food for the heart,' increasing blood flow to the heart muscles and restoring normal heartbeat. Recent research has confirmed the validity of these uses." 
Both the flowers and the berries can be used, though most people will use the berries of this lovely tree. 

Hawthorn is also loaded with the bioflavonoid: quercitin, which is a top-notch product for those (like THE Man and DD#2) who suffer from allergies, asthma and sinusitis. Keeping things open and working as it should is something that hawthorn does so very well. 

And that's exactly why it works so well with for angina and coronary artery disease,* because it increases blood flow to the heart and slows down the degeneration of the blood vessels that feed the heart
As for correcting blood pressure, hawthorn has the amazing ability to correct BOTH high AND low blood pressure. It is amazing, indeed. 

And as I said earlier here, and to so many of my customers, once you get your veins opened and your blood flowing as it should, many other things are improved as well. Another problem that is improved by good blood flow is your memory. And if you are anywhere near your peri-menopause or menopausal years, you know that your memory can just do flip-flops . . . if it even shows up! With good blood flow to the brain comes a better supply of oxygen, which clears the cobwebs of "memory fog." 
Hawthorn can be taken in several different ways: capsules, teas and tinctures. Liquids (teas and tinctures) will always get into your system quicker than capsules/pills and are great to build a strong foundation for long-term use. If you do wish to use it long-term, once your foundation is laid by using a tea or tinctures for a few weeks, switch to capsules. (Gymnema is a good partner for blood sugar issues.)*

What wondrous, healthful things the Lord has given us.

Blessings from Ohio . . . Kim<><

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Memories of a Sad Day in Ohio

Today is a sad anniversary for our area of Ohio. 40 years ago today ~ April 3rd, 1974 ~ a neighboring county and town were hit by a rare F5 tornado.
At the time, I was 15 years old and had only been home from school for a short time. The winds whipped up and dark storm clouds quickly filled the sky. My brother called me out to the back yard to watch the clouds race to the east. We had never seen anything like it ~ the clouds were traveling so fast and as they went by, there were swirling areas that would slowly go up and down, up and down, but never dropping.

We watched this incredible scene for several minutes and then went inside to watch a local weather man, Gil Whitney, as he was in front of his big radar map (that tornado footage on the link was shot by my husband's uncle). At once, he was desperately trying to convey the urgency of the situation AND not make people panic, but calls were coming in that a HUGE tornado was ripping right through downtown Xenia.
At the same time, my husband (then still on his family's farm in a neighboring town) and his dad were watching THREE tornadoes blend into one HUGE tornado . . . and praying for my mother-in-law who was working at a bank in that very downtown and for my brother-in-law and his new wife who lived in the historic section of old downtown Xenia. Thankfully, they all survived ~ but downtown Xenia didn't. 
My mother-in-law worked at a bank nearly in the middle of the most devastated area. The employees and a few patrons ran down below ground into the bank's vault. That decision saved all of their lives. When it was over, and with the help of others outside, they were able to get out of the vault and when they did ~ the WHOLE bank was gone! Just gone. Completely level. 
A whole housing development of scores of homes was gone. The historic courthouse was badly damaged. Banks, restaurants, groceries, shops, homes . . . gone


The high school was gone ~ a close friend of ours was a senior at the high school and was practicing for a track meet with a friend. They actually survived the tornado by hanging on for dear life to the heavy metal legs of the stadium stands! I've heard him tell many times over the years about how they stood facing each other with their arms wrapped around and through the huge risers' leg and as the tornado bore down they would be lifted up 6 and 8 feet from the ground, with the risers, and slammed back onto the ground. But they survived when others didn't. Another friend's father was in his truck in a downtown parking lot that was rolled and crashed around, he survived but was badly injured. And paperboy was on his bike delivering papers in the large plat that was leveled and couldn't get home quick enough, next thing he knew, he was sitting on the courthouse lawn talking to a policeman and wondering how he'd gotten there . . . 3 miles away. He was never quite the same. They survived when others didn't.
32 lives were lost that day, including an expectant mother. There was over $200 million dollars in damage ~ in 1975 money. President Nixon flew over the area in a helicopter and said that he had never seen anything like it, and he had served in the military. 

Three days after the tornado, my family drove through the parts of Xenia that had been shoveled and cleared to allow traffic, on our way to southern Ohio to visit my grandparents. It is a sight that I will never forget. I had never seen a town just "go away." You could see the trail the tornado's tail had literally cut into the ground in some of the fields it had traveled through. 

My 9th grade science teacher was also a National Guardsman and he missed a week of school to help with some of the rescue and clean up. He came back to class with 4'x6' blown up aerial photos he had taken of the devastation. Our class looked at his photos and listened to his stories in stunned silence. Stories and finding people in the strangest places, railroad ties wrapped around telephone poles like weird candy canes, planks sticking out of houses, a telephone pole that went in the front windshield of a parked car and out the back windshield and the glass was barely cracked around it, playing cards cut into trees and telephone poles that weren't even bent. 

My dad had a co-worker who had gotten home just moments before it hit and, like he did everyday, had laid his wallet and extra pocket change on an end table in his living room; his house was destroyed, his family barely survived ~ but ~ while nothing else was there, the little end table still stood and his wallet and most of the pocket change was still there. My brother-in-law and his wife's house was half gone, however, the kitchen did survive. They had a cream and sugar set on their kitchen table that had made it through. When they were packing up the things that they could save, they took the little set. The first time they had opened the sugar bowl was to pack it up to wrap in packing paper and when they opened it, they discovered that all the sugar had been sucked out, replaced by broken glass and the lid set back down. 
Amazing stories from an amazing day in Ohio history.

Blessings from Ohio . . . Kim<><

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Scotch Eggs ~ Oh...Yes!

OK . . . Here's another celebration of my Scottish roots. And, if you've never had these, you are about to experience a taste treat that you never would have expected. I had Scotch Eggs years ago and was recently reminded of them. I can't WAIT to make them again.  Once I do, I will up-date this post with my own photos, until then, these photos are courtesy of Google Images. :-) 


Now, you can eat these warm ~ NOT hot ~ but preferably at room temperate. If they are too hot, they will fall apart . . . AND . . . since the proper way to eat them is with your fingers, you don't want to burn yourself. You can even pack these in your lunch. Eat as part of your breakfast or lunch or have as snack.

You will need: 

~8 hard-boiled eggs
~flour for dusting (sprouted flour and almond flour works well if you do not use white flour)
~2 lbs pork sausage (I like mine with sage)
~1-1/2 c bread crumbs (fresh is preferred) 
~1/2 ts sea salt OR Real salt
~1/2 ts ground pepper
~2 eggs, beaten
~oil - enough for deep frying OR partial deep frying
~shallow bowl
~waxed paper (optional)
~rolling pin
~deep fryer OR deep frying pan for partial deep frying


Directions:

1) Boil 8 eggs, let cool enough to remove the shells; start warming oil in deep fryer OR deep frying pan
2) Dust the eggs with flour; rolling them in the flour works well. Set aside
3) With a rolling pin, roll the sausage out on a flat surface; it's a little neater if you roll it between 2 sheets of waxed paper. Roll to about 1/2" thick
4) In a shallow bowl, mix the breadcrumbs, salt and pepper
5) Dip each hard boiled egg into the beaten eggs
6) Then, quickly, completely wrap each egg in the sausage. Make sure the egg is completely covered with sausage, about 1/2" thick
7) Roll the sausage-covered eggs in the breadcrumb mixture
8) Deep fry OR deep pan fry until they are golden brown and sausage is cooked through

Salt, pepper or season salt to taste. This is SO good served with hash browns or fried potatoes. 

Blessings from Ohio . . . Kim<><

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Word-Filled Wednesday ~#110~ Are You Stumbling or Walking with the Lord?

"The ways of the LORD are right; the righteous walk in them, but the rebellious stumble in them." ~Hosea 14:9(b)


If you ask me, the days are growing short. The day of Christ's glorious appearing is growing nearer and nearer every day. (Matt. 24) Praise the LORD

Something I notice more and more is that those having Jesus as their Savior and having been forgiven of our sins are growing in stark contrast to those who do not. The cultural divide, the lifestyles, the language, the dress . . . list almost anything you can think of . . . and our differences can be starling. 

What happened to the time when a pastor was respected and even the vilest sinner would watch his language or rein in his conduct around him? Or someone would curse in front of a lady or a child and immediately stop to say he was sorry for his slip of the tongue? When promises meant something and honesty mattered? 

What has changed?

God hasn't. God the Father, Jesus the One and only Son and the Holy Spirit are the same yesterday, today and forever. (Heb. 13:8) What has changed is the how desperate our enemy is because he knows that his time is short. (1 Peter 5:8) The unsaved are stumbling around "the ways of the LORD." They look at God's eternal principles as a list of "don't's" that are there to ruin their "fun." 

But the saved, recognize that "the ways of the LORD" are there for our safety and freedom. When you are safe, don't you feel free? And when you're free, isn't life more enjoyable? Aren't you able to do more good for your family, your church body and those around you? Freedom ~ REAL freedom ~ is built upon the Foundation of Christ and His redemptive work upon the cross. When we are free and walking in the ways of the LORD, we are no longer the ones who stumble; we are the people the LORD sends the lost stumbling our way. 

And when they stumble our way, let's pray that the LORD opens their eyes to see how the righteous ~ those saved by grace ~ walk in freedom and that they can walk in freedom, too. 

Blessings from Ohio . . . Kim<><

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Homemade Aromatic Salt

Salt is such a staple of everyone's life. Personally, I think salt has a far worse reputation than it should. Too much salt ISN'T good, of course, but cutting down too much can be worse. 


Salt is essential for your brain, digestion, proper muscle contraction, skin and all-over hydration. Salt in our body helps us to sweat when we are over-heated so that we don't become dehydrated. Salt helps level-out proper blood pressure and carries nutrients to your cells.

And we all know that salt adds flavor to our foods. And WE are to be salt (and light) in this dying world: 

"You are the salt of the earth . . . " 
~Matt. 5:13

"Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt . . ."
~Col. 4:6

Salt was so important that Old Testament offerings were to be seasoned with salt (~Lev. 2:13; ~Numbers 18:19). If it's important to God, it should be important to us.

One of the ways to change-up the taste of salt, or if you are still concerned, to use a little less in our diets, is to use a seasoned salt. There are so many delicious options. We have used a seasoned salt for years, THE Man especially enjoys my old standard Seasoned Salt. Click HERE for the recipe. 

Recently, I started making an incredibly YUMMY alternative: Aromatic Salt. WOW. I can't even tell you how good this is on chicken or any poultry or fish. My family eats a lot of chicken, so that's the main dish I use it with. You may also use it to change-up ANYTHING that you add salt to ~ dips, vegetable soups and stews, creams for creamy soups, cheese balls, Focaccia bread, homemade gluten free rosemary and seasalt crackers ~ use your imagination.

You will need:

~3 TB Celtic Sea Salt (remember ~ it's only pronounced "seltic" in Boston '-) )
~1 TB rosemary (grind dried rosemary leaves in a mortar and pestle, DO NOT use powdered)
~1/2 ts garlic granules
~1/2 - 1 ts sage (if you have your own, rub the dried leaves between your hands or fingers until fine)
~1/4 ts black pepper
Directions:

1) As mentioned above, grind dried rosemary leaves in a mortar and pestle; DO NOT use powdered rosemary because grinding it will cause it to release and retain that wonderful pungent fragrance you want. If you have dried your own sage, and even if you buy your sage in bulk, rub it between your palms or fingers until it is fine but not completely powdered.

2) With a whisk, mix all ingredients together.
3) Pour salt mix into a pretty little canning jar, a small gasket lid jar. Make sure it has a good lid to seal in that wonderful fragrance in-between uses.

4) Sprinkle on with clean fingers.

5) Enjoy!

Blessings from Ohio . . . Kim<><

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Word-Filled Wednesday ~#109~ The Battle is the Lord's

"'O our God . . . we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.' All the men of Judah, with their wives and children and little ones, stood there before the LORD . . . 'Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God's . . . You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions, stand firm and see the deliverance the LORD will give you, O Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. God out to face them tomorrow, and the LORD will be with you.' . . . Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the LORD and to praise Him for the splendor of His holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying: 
'Give thanks to the LORD
for His love endures forever.'
As they began to sing and praise, the LORD set ambushes . . . and they were defeated." ~selected verses from 2 Chronicles 20:12-22

As a member of our church's praise and worship team, I readily admit that any Scripture about singing praise and worship before battle catches my eye and heart every time. {also see: Joshua 6:6-21} But the above verse blesses my heart above all of them.

So often in our lives, we are faced with Trouble ~ Trouble with a capital "T." Or need ~ BIG need. And we just don't know where our answer or help will come from accept for a miracle of the Lord

In those times, I first go to prayer ~ right on the spot. We DO NOT need to be at church, in private or even on our knees to pray. Pray where you are ~ silently or aloud. He doesn't care where you are because He's already there with you. Second, I praise Him ~ either silently or aloud ~ and He sets the appropriate song in my heart and surrounds me with His peace that surpasses all understanding {Phil. 4:7} right there in the midst of the battle. Third, He assures me the the battle is His, not mine . . . His.   

And He is there. And He supplies. And He works His miracles in His time and in His way . . . In His most timely way.

And He wins . . . every time.

Blessings from Ohio . . . Kim<>< 

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Yarrow



Hopefully, once you read this post, you'll wonder: Why don't we hear more about Yarrow? Or even . . . Why have I never heard of Yarrow?


Yarrow is native to Europe and is a known wound healer and ointments/salves/balms made with this herb have been used for centuries in Scotland and the UK for wounds and, as such, helps to heal ulcers as well. Yarrow is also known to help regulate periods, help with digestion and ~ adding just a ts to Baby's bottle or squirted into Baby's mouth with a dropper ~ can help with colic. 

An anti-inflammatory, it can also help with hay fever, allergy symptoms, lowers blood pressure and gives relief for poor circulation and varicose veins.

It is a wonderful herb for women ~ it's wound healing properties allow it to ease menstrual pain and is a must for women with irregular periods and heavy bleeding. 


And as if those uses are not enough, Yarrow also reduces fever and is an ingredient in my Ulcer Tea because it eases and helps heal most digestive disorders and ulcers. 

Yarrow is one of those Bitter Herbs that should be in everyone's Homemade Natural First Aid Kit, in one form or another ~ whether herbs for tea, tincture, balm/salve or essential oil.


Click on these links to make your own Yarrow . . . 

~Medicinal Tea
~Tincture
~Balm/Salve

Let me know when you try Yarrow for the first time and how much you LOVE it :-) 

Blessings from Ohio . . . Kim<><
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