Saturday, November 14, 2015

There is never enough time

Have you ever caught yourself saying when I get ______ done, then I can do_______.   I sure know I have said that many times in my life.  We think when we finish school, the kids grow up, we retire that we'll have more time.  But we never do have more time.   Its just that simple.

So you have to take a good look at your life and decide what is most important and make room for those things.   Sleep is important.  If you don't get enough your body and mind will shut down.  It's non-negotiable.  For me taking care of our home, daily scripture time, growing our food, putting home made healthy meals on the table are important.  You have to look at your life and decide what the non-negotiable items are in your life.

Next you have to decide what items you feel you really need to be doing.   How can you then fit them into your life in a way that you can afford financially and physically.   You think you will get to it somewhere down the road because you won't.  You have to plan now to work these important things into your life.  

I went through my life and discovered where I was wasting time.  I waste the most time if I don't get enough sleep.  My body simply doesn't function if I don't get enough sleep.  I spend to much time on facebook, pinterest and other time wasting activities.  So enough sleep helps me stay on track.  I spend about 2 minutes on Facebook.  That's enough time to wish folks a happy birthday, make a quick comment and be on my way.  I don't go to pinterest unless I have a reason to be there.  I actually write it down to keep me in focus and getting what I need and departing.  So you have to know your time wasters and stay on focus.  I can spend hours on these items or playing solitaire.  

Learn new skills and read more.  Make use of your time and don't waste it.  Learn to be frugal so you can stay on budget.  Don't say you don't have time until you take a look at your life and get rid of the things that make you waste time.  Plan ahead and don't let things surprise you.  Christmas is coming and it cames on the same time each year.  I plan in January what gifts will be given so we can buy throughout the year.  No surprises unless my other half keeps our finances in a stranglehold all year long but I can usually get home made gifts made up out of my stash to help out.  I found some neat gifts that could be made quickly out of old sweaters right after I had given a whole bag of them away.  So if you need quick gift ideas go search on Pinterest if you have a stash of old sweaters!

So good luck on finding time to do the things you really want and need to do.  If you continue to say I'll do that when I have time you already know now that you will never do it if you don't make time to do it now.  

I hope you have a lovely Thanksgiving with your friends and family and have a very blessed Christmas season. 


Thursday, October 29, 2015

My favorite thing to do with the abundance of green tomatoes at the end of the season

My family loves fried green tomatoes.  And we sure miss them all winter long.   A few years ago I tired an experiment that worked perfectly to give us this special treat in the dead of winter.  I'm going to tell you how to make up these green tomatoes to keep in the freezer and fry up when wanted.
First you need the green tomatoes.  At the sign of our first frost I dash out and pick all the tomatoes left in the garden.  

Now you need to slice them and I use a mandoin slicer to make fast work of the job.

Now because they will be frozen you HAVE to blanch them.  You need to bring water to a boil and drop them in and leave them for 1 minute and then pull them out and put in to ice water.  Blanching stops the action of the fruit ripening any farther so make sure you do this step!

Now you are ready to coat them in your flour seasoning mix.  I grew up just using flour, salt and pepper.  Some folks like to add in corn meal.  Just use what ever you normally use.  
Now layer them on trays.  I found that lining the tray with plastic wrap really helped to remove them after frozen.  I've tried using just the tray and I've used foil, wax paper and they all were hard to remove the frozen tomatoes.  Plastic wrap was easily lifted and I wa able to remove the tomatoes easily.  
Now that I have these into the freezer I will wrap the rest in newspaper and let them slowly ripen in our basement.  I save these treats for after the holidays.  By January winter is begining to feel to long and thats when I fry the first of these up as a side dish for dinner.  
They taste just like they came from the garden and are a wonderful treat as we wait for winter to pass.

Blessing to you and hope you will enjoy this specail treat too!

Friday, August 21, 2015

Why I don't trust most things at Walmart

Walmart buys stuff from the cheapest vendors.   Most of them are based in China.  They are counterfeiters on lots of stuff.  Paul Mitchell Shampoo is one that's been proven the Walmart stuff is counterfeit product coming from China.  Every time Paul Mitchell   has a claim filed on their shampoo they ask for the product and proof of where it was bought and 100% of it has come from China and was bought at Walmart.  How can you tell if its a counterfeit product or not?  Its almost impossible to know.  China has been expert at counterfeiting products around the world.  Somethings don't really matter like books but many are important to know.  Like children's toys and clothing, food and beauty products, medical supplies.  The problem with the Paul Mitchell shampoo was it caused people to go blind.  Paul Mitchell shampoo is 100% natural.  I love their products so to have something that causes blindness shows its a counterfeit product.   Some say that Walmart has no clue that they are buying and stocking counterfeit products but I beg to differ.   They know they are buying at the cheapest price and most of it is coming from Asia on container ships so they might want to turn a blind eye but someone most certainly knows.  More importantly to me is that they don't care.
The only way to avoid counterfeit products is to buy from a reliable place.  There are lots of good places to buy at.   Do I shop at Walmart?  Yes, but I sure do think about everything I buy and if it matters if it's counterfeit.  I do most of my shopping elsewhere and am grateful that I know what is going on.  I wanted to make sure you know also.


Monday, August 3, 2015

Making your own salad dressings

So many are suffering from food allergies like I am. I have discovered I'm not really allergic to wheat just can't handle GMO grains. Unfortunately I have learned I really am allergic to all soy even non GMO stuff. It makes it hard to be able to buy anything at the store now. So I make my own.

To start with I have to make my own mayonnaise. Mayonnaise is easy to make on your own. I always make mine in the blender so here's my recipe.

Blender Mayonnaise

Place ¼ cup oil (your choice any kind will work) in blender with 1 egg, 1 teaspoon each: dry mustard and sugar, ¼ teaspoon salt, a dash of cayenne red pepper, 2 Tablespoons lemon juice or vinegar. Mix on high for 5 seconds and then slowly drizzle in ¾ cup of oil. You may need to stop the blender and scrap down the sides. Now you have non GMO soy free Mayonnaise to use as a base for your dressings.

Make your own Ranch Dressing
I make my dressings up in pint canning jars.
Put ½ cup mayonnaise and ½ cup buttermilk in the jar. Now you can use sour cream or yogurt instead. Any combination as long as you use a total of 1 cup total. BUT if you want it to taste like Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing you will want to use the buttermilk and mayonnaise. Now add 1 Tablespoon red wine vinegar, 2 cloves crushed fresh garlic (or ¼ tsp garlic powder) ½ teaspoon each: onion powder, dried parsley, dried dill, and dried chives, a few shakes of cayenne red pepper, salt and pepper to taste. Shake in the jar well and use within 2 weeks.

Russian Dressing is hard to find but easy to make:
1 Tablespoon finely chopped onion
1 cup mayonnaise
¼ cup chili sauce
up to 4 teaspoons of bottled horseradish if desired
1 teaspoon hot sauce, Frank's Red Hot Sauce works best
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
¼ teaspoon sweet paprika
fine sea salt to taste

In a mortar and pestle mash onion to create a paste or use a large heavy knife to mince and mash the onion into a paste. Put into your jar and add in the rest of the ingredients and shake to blend. Use within 2 weeks.

Thousand Island Dressing
I have a more elaborate recipe but this one is very simple and does the job just fine.
In your jar, add:
½ cup Mayonnaise
2 Tablespoon ketchup
2 Tablespoon sweet pickle relish
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon paprika
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon lemon juice
a few drops Worcestershire sauce
a few drops of hot sauce

Shake well in jar and use within 2 weeks.

Vinegar and oil
You can use any type of oil or vinegar that you would like. The important thing to know is you must use 3 parts oil to 1 part vinegar. I put mine in a salad shaker container and leave on the table. I use ¾ cup extra virgin Olive oil with ¼ cup balsamic vinegar. Very simple and so very good.

Honey Citrus Dressing
Into your jar add:
¼ cup vinegar
1 cup oil
2 Tablespoon honey
4 teaspoons lemon juice
2 teaspoon orange juice
½ to 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
¼ teaspoon dry mustard
a dash each of ground red pepper and black pepper.

Shake well and use within 2 weeks.

Italian Dressing

Into your jar add:
¼ cup vinegar (any type)
2/3 cup oil
2 Tablespoon water
1 teaspoon each of garlic salt, onion powder, sugar, parsley and salt
1 ½ teaspoon Oregano
¼ teaspoon pepper
a big pinch of basil
a pinch of celery salt

Mix and shake well in your jar.  

Hope this helps you!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Getting Mosquitoes to go have dinner elsewhere

I heard about this a few months ago and have tried this and so has several of my friends.  It really works.   Listerine.  Pour it on a wash rag and wipe down with it or put it in a spray bottle and spray it on.   It worked 100%!  I couldn't believe how they buzzed all around me but not one landed for their blood sucking dinner.   If you are going to be out long term, put it in a small spray bottle and take it with you.   It does wear off after about 25 to 30 minutes so having a spray bottle handy to refresh works great if you are sitting out at night.

Hope this helps you enjoy sitting out at night this summer!


Saturday, May 30, 2015

Being a More Christian, Christian

My thoughts today fit well with a talk by Elder Robert D. Hales given October 7th, 2012.  You can read or listen to the full talk here: .    

What does it mean to be a Christian? A Christian has faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, that He is the literal Son of God, sent by His Father to suffer for our sins in the supreme act of love we know as the Atonement. A Christian believes that through the grace of God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, we can repent, forgive others, keep the commandments, and inherit eternal life. The word Christian denotes taking upon us the name of Christ. We do this by being baptized and receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands by those holding His priesthood authority.

Through the scriptures and the witness of Joseph Smith, we know that God, our Heavenly Father, has a glorified and perfected body of flesh and bone. Jesus Christ is His Only Begotten Son in the flesh. The Holy Ghost is a personage of spirit whose work is to testify of the Father and the Son. The Godhead is three separate and distinct beings, unified in purpose.

With these doctrines as the foundation of our faith, can there be any doubt or disputation that we, as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, are Christian? Yet for every Christian, a simple question remains: what kind of Christians are we? In other words, how are we doing in our quest to follow Christ?

Consider with me the experience of two Christian disciples: “Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. “And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. “And they straightway left their nets, and followed him.” (Matthew 4:18-20)

As Christians today, we have the opportunity to act just as decisively as Peter and Andrew did.  Just as they forsook their nets, we too can turn away from our modern day nets and forsake worldly habits, customs and traditions.

I think of how much things have changed since I was born.  When I was a kid we wrapped sandwiches in wax paper.  All we had was wax paper or foil.  Its hard to imagine life without plastic wrap or zip lock bags but we did it!   I still remember the first time I saw TV in living color just like NBC said it was for all those years with their peacock showing its feathers.  Yes, we've come a long way.    How much are we willing to give up if asked to?

 “When [Jesus] had called the people unto him . . . , he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.”(Mark 8:34)  Denying ourselves of ungodly behavior is the beginning of repentance, which brings a mighty change of heart until “we have no more disposition to do evil.”  (Mosiah 5:2)

This change, called conversion, is possible only through the Savior. Jesus promised: “If men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. . . . And my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them.” (Ether  12:27)  As we are made new in Christ, our very natures change and we no longer want to go back to our old ways.

I remember when I first found the church and was learning.  I had picked up bad habits after leaving home and had started drinking.  I later learned that alcoholism runs through my family and I carried the gene.  I was drinking two fifths of vodka each day ( the amount I was allowed to buy each day).  I went out with the guys almost every night and drank with them also.  Buy the time the missionaries were teaching me the Word of Wisdom (D&C 89) I was in trouble and no one around me even had a clue I was drinking as much as I was.  I checked into the Military Hospital when I realized how addicted I was.  It was not a pretty site as I went through withdrawal.  My boss showed up on day 2 screaming and ranting that he needed me on the job and they better let me out.  He shut right up when they took him to see me.  I was so far gone I had no clue he had come by at all.  By the second week I knew I would never be able to do this alone.  I called the missionaries and they arranged for me to get a blessing and with the Lord's help I did over come.    It wasn't easy but several families at church took me under their wing and got me through those first 6 months.  Then I shipped out to Japan.  But with enough time on my knees with the Lord, He and I made it through.   I never took another drink.  I was made new in Christ and he has help me repeated over the years to overcome one bad habit after another.  I'm far from perfect but with His help I'm much closer than I ever would of been.

I testify that through His infinite love and grace, we can become more Christian Christians. Consider the following Christlike qualities. How are we doing in strengthening them within ourselves?

Christian love. The Savior valued everyone. Kind and compassionate to all, He left the ninety and nine to find the one,(Matthew 18:12-14) for “even the very hairs of [our] head are . . . numbered” (Luke 12:7) to Him.

Christian faith. Despite temptations, trials, and persecutions, the Savior trusted our Heavenly Father and chose to be faithful and obedient to His commandments. Christian sacrifice. Throughout His life the Savior gave of His time, His energy, and ultimately, through the Atonement, gave Himself so that all of God’s children could be resurrected and have the opportunity to inherit eternal life.

Christian caring. Like the good Samaritan, the Savior was continually
reaching out to rescue, love, and nurture people around Him, regardless of their culture, creed, or circumstances.

Christian service. Whether drawing water from a well, cooking a meal of fish, or washing dusty feet, the Savior spent His days serving others—lifting up the weary and strengthening the weak.

Christian patience. In His own sorrow and suffering, the Savior waited upon His Father. With patience for us, He waits upon us to come to ourselves and come home to Him.

Christian peace. Throughout His ministry He urged understanding and promoted peace. Especially among His disciples, He taught that Christians cannot contend with other Christians, notwithstanding their differences.

Christian forgiveness. He taught us to bless those who curse us. He showed us the way by praying that those who crucified Him would be forgiven.

Christian conversion. Like Peter and Andrew, many recognize the truth of the gospel as soon as they hear it. They are instantly converted. For others it may take longer. In a revelation given through Joseph Smith, the Savior taught, “That which is of God is light; and he that receiveth light, and continueth in God, receiveth more light; and that light groweth brighter and brighter until the perfect day,” (D&C 50:24) the perfect day of our conversion. Jesus Christ is “the light and the Redeemer of the world; the Spirit of truth.” (D&C 93:9)

Christian endurance to the end. In all His days, the Savior never gave up doing His Father’s will but continued in righteousness, goodness, mercy, and truth to the end of His mortal life. These are some of the characteristics of those who hear and heed the Savior’s voice.

I so enjoyed this talk and realize there is so much more I should be doing.  I am so grateful for the many blessings I have been showered with over my life time .

I pray this will be a blessing to all who read this!


Monday, April 13, 2015

Are you facing cancer?

My husband had cancer and went through surgery and 2 years later he had to go through radiation.  Almost immediately after, the cancer was back and they wanted to do chemo but he refused.   He went to an oncologist at KU Med Center and was told to eliminate GMO foods, all meat and all dairy.   His next testing was 6 months later showed him cancer free.  He gets tested every 6 months and 2 years later he is still cancer free.  

If you or anyone you know is facing cancer give it a try and see if it works for them.  I learned that most meat sold came from animals that were fed GMO grains and it passes on to their meat and by products.  Once I gave up meat I instantly noticed my breathing became much better.  GMO foods is causing severe food allergies but I discovered I'm not allergic to wheat, soy, milk and eggs. I'm allergic to GMO foods.  I am now able to make bread with non-GMO Wheat and I can eat it just fine.  I can eat eggs from my own free ranging chickens and I just feed them our own scraps and they love them.   We have discovered we do just fine with non-diary milk.  

I hope this helps someone!


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Bed Bugs

I grew up thinking Bed Bugs was a myth and now know they are vey real.  Why are they everywhere now? Very simplify put, they are coming in from 3rd world countries.  Most of our bedding is now made overseas in 3rd world countries.  The fabric is laden with bed bug eggs.  We buy new sheets and run put them on the bed and then when we sleep on them the eggs hatch from our body heat and you now have bed bugs.   Its very simple to prevent this.  Each and every time you buy bedding, wash it first.   Wash with detergent and dry in a hot dryer and this will kill and remove those bed bug eggs. 

Is this the only way to get bed bugs?  No.  If you travel a lot and stay where there are bed bugs, they can travel home with you in your luggage.  They don't have nest like ants do but tend to sleep in groups in sofas and mattresses.  Their only food is blood of humans and animals.  They are very tiny until they feed and then they swell up into reddish bodies that kind of looks like roaches.  They only come out at night.    So if you travel a lot I highly suggest you leave that suitcase on top of the dryer while you wash everything that can be washed and wipe down everything else and fumigate that suitcase. 

Don't invite bed bugs into your home.  They are almost impossible to get rid of once you have them.  Here is a link if you want more information:


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

My Favorite Cleaners

Here are some of my favorite cleaning formulas I use all the time to clean our home.

My all time favorite is Orange cleaner. I used to get it from Dollar Tree but it really affected my breathing. I learned how to make my own orange or other citrus cleaner and love it!
Homemade Citrus Cleaner

you can make your own citrus cleaner from vinegar. It has the added benefit of a pleasant smell, plus the boost of citrus oil for cleaning power.

After you’ve made your lemonade, save the lemon peels. Its winter right now and I have lots of oranges so have lots of jars full of soaking oranges right now Fill a glass jar, I use old pickle jars, but you can use any quart size jar with a screw down lid.

Fill the jar 3/4 full with your lemon or orange peels. Pour white vinegar over the lemon peels. Let it set for a minute and then top off with more vinegar, so the lemon peels are completely submerged. Cover with a lid and band and set in a dark cupboard for two weeks. You might want to mark the top of the lid with the date in case you forget.

In two weeks, pour the vinegar through a strainer. Dilute with two parts water to one part citrus vinegar. Use on windows, counter tips, mirrors, and as a general multi-purpose cleaner. The vinegar smell will leave when it evaporates, leaving behind the lemon scent. You can use any citrus, orange or lime, or add some herbs for you own unique custom blend. This works really well to keep the soap scum cleaned off the shower walls and door.

Awesome Goo Cleaner

The next one is my awesome goo cleaner. I use a spray bottle and add 1 Tablespoon of washing soda(not baking soda). Next I add a big squirt of liquid detergent ( I use Dawn Dish Soap) and then add 3 cups warm water and mix well. You have to shake it each time when you use it but it really cleans well.

Make your own  Furniture Polish

My third favorite cleaner is furniture polish I use on furniture and cabinets. I use a wide mouth jar and add 2 parts olive oil and 1 part lemon juice. I keep a rag right in the jar to wring out and use each time,

Pick up the dust better spray

My 4th favorite one is a mix I do in a spray bottle with 2 teaspoons olive oil, ½ teaspoon lemon oil, ¼ cup vinegar and up to 1 ¾ cup water. You have to shake this each time you use it it. I use this to spray my feather duster and it sure helps pick up the dust much better when its sprayed first.

Floor Cleaner

I've tried several cleaners to keep my linoleum floors clean and shiny and was unhappy with all of them. I had gotten a swiffer mop but their sheets really dulled my floor fast! I ended up cutting fleece to fit my swiffer and I get it wet and attach to my swiffer and put ammonia water on the floor and this has been the best cleaner so far. I tried mop and glo also and it just didn't shine the way I wanted it to. A little ammonia in water and poured on my floor does the job much better and much cheaper.

Bad smell/smoke Rescue

Have to ever burned something really bad and had a house full of foul smoke to deal with? I soaked and hand towel in ammonia and waved it around in each of the effected rooms and did it twice and and took a break. With in an hour the whole house was smoke free and not burned smell remained.

I hope these things will help you keep your home clean and make the job easier and cheaper.


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Natural cures your doctor doesn't want you to know

  Since the start of our country Pharmaceutical companies have been in charge of training our nations doctors.  How did this happen?  Its very easy,  Back then there wasn't enough money to run medical schools so those small pharmaceutical companies stepped up and funded them.  That gave them a platform to push their newest drugs.  They could even use students to help do more research on their latest drug inquires.  Nowadays drug companies send their reps around and hand out free samples and very handsome incentives to prescribe them.  There are many simple cures around but none of them want you to use them because they can't make money from them.

I have been gleaning many things from the Dr. Christopher site I've listed here:

I've read a book about Dr. Christopher and learned much about him thats given me the desire to learn more.  He was drafted into the Army but objected to fighting.  The Army decided to make him a medic and got more than they bargained for.   While in training several cases came in from soldiers returning from the Pacific with things the Army doctors couldn't cure.  Dr Christopher stepped up and said he thought he could cure them.  He was given 72 hours to do so, so he jumped in with one patient and gave it all he could and it worked.  Within a few weeks all the soldiers were cured on on their way.   The US Army was so impressed they built him a lab where he spent the rest of the war researching and coming up with his formulas.

I  figured if the Army was that impressed then maybe I should look at his formulas and learn more.  I learned that making tea out of red raspberry leaves can stop stomach flu in its tracks.  Yes it really worked!  I learned that raw honey, minced fresh garlic and a little red pepper will cure strep throat.    I learned that a tea of Lobelia and Mullein would induce vomiting that would clear my system of stuff that caused my breathing to be greatly reduced.  Any one with reduced air flow will tell you that to have something suddenly make it so you can get a good clear breath is a great thing.  

I continued to read and study and knew diet was important to our health but I was to learned from personal experience the real story about that.   My husband had cancer.  He had surgery and a year later we learned that it had spread,  He started radiation but firmly said he would never do chemo.  I had long known that doctors really didn't try to cure cancer, they tried to stretch it out as long as they can to get the most money out of each patient.  So we researched for ourselves.  My husband started on a regiment of many vitamins and started taking apricot pits.  We found an oncologist at KU Med Center that we felt would work with us.  He added a big change to our plan.  He told us to remove all GMO's from our diet which we already were due to my food allergies and to remove all meats and dairy.  That was the best thing that happened to us.  I learned that animals are feed a diet of GMO grains that is passed on to their meat and by products.  But the main reason for giving it up is because our diet that is heavy on meat and dairy makes our bodies very acidic.  Giving up the meat and dairy changes our body back to an alkaline state and cancer can't grow in an alkaline state.   My husband gets tested every 6 months.  At the first test after we started this diet his count was greatly reduced. By  the second test there was no sign of cancer at all.  2 years later he remains cancer free.  I know most of this was because of giving up meat and dairy.  But it goes to show that many illnesses we have can be cured with simple measures if we are willing to study them out and learn for ourselves.

So don't depend on your doctor to know how to treat you, dig in now and learn as much as you can because your life might depend on it one day!


Sunday, January 25, 2015

Welcome to 2015

This has been a very strange January in my neck of the world.  No snow, we've had several days warm enough to go for walks without coats.  I've even gone out and hooked the hose up and washed my car.   But as we approach February I know we will have to pay the piper and I'm sure winter will rear its ugly head again as well it should before all our trees decide to bud out way to soon.

I've been dealing with a case of the flu.  It started with a ear ache, something I hadn't had since I was a little kid.  I woke up at 4AM with my joints aching.  I had a feeling so dashed to the kitchen and made a pot of red raspberry tea and got myself a piece of dry toast and corn chex's.  Very quickly I went from joint pain to every bone in my body feeling like they were on fire.  The red raspberry tea took care of my tummy and gut which was good because I had several hours I couldn't of stood to dash to the john if I had needed to.

Today I stayed home and as long as I laid around I fared pretty good but when I got up and ran around the joint pain returned along with a killer headache.  I'm hoping to be more back to normal tomorrow but will stay home instead of going the 100 miles to St Joseph with my husband.  To be honest I don't think he wants to be in such close quarters with me yet and I would just assume not pass this on to him.

So I personally am looking forward to the end of January and I am looking forward to Spring getting here in due time.  I hope you all are faring better then I am and if you do get the flu remember red raspberry tea will stop the vomiting.