Thursday, September 01, 2022
Friday, August 05, 2022
I thought I would share some TIPS for pesky mosquito bites with you!!! We all know mosquito bites can be so annoying. So I have several different modalities for you to choose from, one of which is super easy and probably in your kitchen right now!!!
1. Homeopathy - Ledum 30C, Apis 30C, or Calendula 30C (depends on symptoms). Take one pellet by mouth or drop one pellet in water and apply topically.
2. Herbal/Natural Poultices - Plantain, Bentonite Clay, Activated Charcoal, Chopped Garlic, or a used Black Tea bag. Wrap one tablespoon of any of the above in a warm, wet paper towel and apply topically for 20-30 minutes at a time.
3. Folk Medicine/Home Remedies - Banana Peel. Most everyone can get this and use it. It’s SO easy!!! Peel the banana and rub the inside of the peel topically onto the bite. Store peel in the freezer and use again. It truly works miracles!!! I discovered this about 10 years ago and it has worked for us every time!
I hope these tips help!!! ☀️😎🍉
Stay Safe Friends!!!
Wednesday, August 03, 2022
Wednesday, April 13, 2022
I thought I would share one of our favorite snack recipes with you. I have a child who has an egg allergy. It's not his fault that he has this allergy and so I try not to make a big deal out of it. Instead, over the years, I have just modified and adapted all of our favorite recipes so that we can all enjoy them together.
And if you do eat eggs and just happen to be out of them, this is a great recipe you can still make. They are delicious and I do hope you make and enjoy them!!!
Egg-Free Chocolate Chip Muffin Recipe
Yields: 12 muffins
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup brown sugar
3 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
1 cup water
1/4 cup applesauce
2 T. melted butter (can be omitted if desired)
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips or 3/4 cup chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl whisk together the flour, brown sugar, baking power, and salt. To this mixture stir in the water, applesauce, and melted butter stirring until all the dry ingredients are combined. Add in the chocolate chips. Grease muffin pan and fill with the muffin mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 25 minutes. Enjoy!!!
Wednesday, March 16, 2022
I found it really hard to get good pictures while wearing the socks, but it was pretty funny! If you prefer to see the socks off my feet, here they are.
Friday, February 18, 2022
All this cold weather ⛄️ inspired me to finish knitting this pair of socks 🧦 that I’ve had on my needles for awhile now.
For me knitting socks is a comfortable mixture of intense focus 🤔 and mindlessness 🙃. Some parts require a lot of attention and the other parts don’t. I work on the heel turns and decreases when I have the time to pay attention and keep track of the various rounds. And I work the cuff and foot of the sock while listening to an educational lecture or audiobook. That process seems to work well for me. 😊
I used my tried and true pattern. One day I need to try a new pattern, but for now I am very content with this one. The yarn 🧶 is navy Berroco Comfort Sock and I really enjoyed knitting with it. I used my size 1 1/2 Crystal Palace bamboo double pointed needles. I’ve had these needles for almost 20 years and they have been faithful, but I think they are on the edge of breaking. I am looking into some new ones.
What have you been working on lately? Are you taking time to nourish and refresh your soul? 🌈 Please do find some pockets of time each day to do something you enjoy!!! ❤️
Saturday, January 29, 2022
Have you ever made elderberry syrup? It really is super simple to make and tastes pretty amazing!!! I think you should try it!!! Yes, I realize this is predominately a sewing blog, but we need to maintain our health and immunity so we can sew more! Right? That's my plan anyway! So let's jump right in!
Elderberries (Sambucus Nigra) are deep purple berries that are known for their history with boosting the immune system and treating colds, flus, and other viral infections. I also like to add rose hips to my elderberry syrup because they are high in vitamin C. You could also add other things, like cloves, ginger, cinnamon, etc. I personally prefer the combination of elderberries and rose hips.
I like to make elderberry syrup a few times a year to have on hand for my family. We take it as a prevention over the winter months, and we also take it a bit more often if we do find that we are feeling under the weather.
I would like to share my recipe with you all today.
Here are the ingredients that I use:
1 cup elderberries, dried
1/2 cup rose hips, dried (optional, but I like them)
2 cups water
Local honey (amount explained below)
Let's get started:
Measure your dried elderberries and rose hips into a medium-sized pan. Add in the water and bring to a slow boil. Turn down the heat and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring gently here and there.
Using a fine strainer, strain out the plant materials, collecting the liquid in a clean container. (I collect it in a glass measuring cup.) Then measure how much of the liquid elderberry-rose hip liquid you have. Measure out the same amount of honey and stir it into the elderberry-rose hip liquid.
Pour your syrup into a jar with a tight-fitting lid, store in the refrigerator, and use the syrup within the next three months. Also make sure to label your jar with the contents and the date you made it.
To use for prevention:
Children take 1 tsp. daily
Adults take 1 T. daily
To use when ill with a viral infection:
Children take 1 tsp. several times daily
Adults take 1 T. several times daily
Some misc. random thoughts:
*This is a cross post from my Cindy Johnson Homeopathy website. It can be found here if you are interested in following me for health and homeopathy.
*A good friend of mine pours some of her syrup into ice cube trays and freezes them before putting them into a container and storing in the freezer. She said this way she always has some available and she can quickly thaw out a cube or two in the refrigerator. I am definitely going to try this!
*Dried elderberries and rose hips can be purchased from your local herb shop. If you don't have a local herb shop to support, you can also purchase online.
*Also please make sure to use local honey. It really makes a difference!
*I am not a medical doctor and the information I share is solely for educational purposes. Please consult your doctor if you have any questions or concerns about using this elderberry syrup.