Sunday, October 30, 2011

Healthy Mondays Peanut Butter

I have always loved peanut butter, and felt it was a very healthy food. The label on the ingredients though must only say peanuts and perhaps a little salt-no added sugars, bad fats, etc etc. Found an article online too about this here
I've been buying Smuckers peanut butter for Larry cause when he needs a little pick me up thru the day he can use whole grain bread, my homemade no sugar jams, and peanut butter for a little healthy snack. Natural Peanut Butter I started using Smuckers cause it is available at a regular store, stirs up easily, and is only peanuts with a little salt. Be sure to read the label on the peanut butter you pick up at the store.
a good article here on benefits of peanut butter by Prevention

My personal feeling is that peanut butter is an excellent food for the diabetic, expecially when pairing with whole grain breads or crackers.

One of my fav cookies from childhood is the peanut butter cookie-now I make a healthier version-
How do you enjoy your peanut butter??

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Art Sunday--I am hosting for Nemo this Week

Welcome to Art Sunday, hosted by Nemo, but this week I am playing "hostess" for us.
Art Sunday started back on Yahoo 360, and was something I always enjoyed on Sunday mornings. I had my cup of coffee or tea, sometimes hot cocoa, and just enjoyed the "tour" of all the art posts.
So glad that Nemo has carried on our Art Sunday here on Multiply.
Anyone is welcome to participate; if you wish to share a blog on art, please put the link to your post here in comments and I will add you to this Sunday's art tour.
A link back to this post is always welcome, so your readers know about all the other art posts.

Art Sunday Halloween

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Some Blog Things-for fun

You Are Harmonious
You are a natural counselor. You listen well and give out good advice when needed.
You are accommodating and peace-seeking. You do your best to make others happy.

You love to celebrate, but your favorite parties are chill and low key.
You strive to build close relationships. You are attracted to people of substance.
And with the Cardinals in the playoffs--
You Are a Hot Dog
You are fun loving and quick to tell a story or joke. You always know how to have a good time.
You never quite feel settled. You have the spirit of an adventurer.

You are imaginative and very visual. You can play out whole movies in your head.
There's so much in this world that interests you. You like to dabble in a little of everything.
You Are Sweet Potato Fries
You are open-minded and very inventive. You like to play around with new ideas.
You are excited by knowledge, and you like to put what you learn to the test.

You are a natural creator, and you love to make things. You are definitely a mad scientist.
Some of your ideas may be total flops, but you will produce valuable, original works one day.
You Are Compassionate
You have deep and genuine feelings. You are a very caring person.
You're the type not to make a fuss. You're more likely to sit back and figure out how you can help.

You're not looking for a lot of attention on Halloween. You're just happy to put a smile on someone else's face.
You believe that Halloween is mostly for kids, and you want to make it as special for them as possible.

Herbs for Thursday White Willow Bark

Of course when I have a long day, and am ending the day with aches and pains and tired-I can't sleep-I usually don't get to bed til around 11 to midnight-just cause I need to be totally exhausted so I will fall right to sleep.-well that's tonight, so thought I would a share an herb blog, instead of getting into another physical type project.
I have stopped using asprin on occasion, and tylenol, can't use any of the other stuff like advil and ibuprofen, so I have started back to taking the herb white willow bark when I need something like an asprin to relieve a little pain and swelling of joints etc.
Can't remember if I have posted about this herb before, but I wanted to share this with you, cause this is one that really works for me. Unlike the chemical form of asprin, white willow bark will not cause bleeding and other problems that asprin can. and it works for me, but then I am not someone that can take anything strong-tylenol was usually my go to for this, but now I am having trouble with it too-cause sme to get too "high" or too much of a "drugged" feeling-not good Of course always ask your own health care profesional if you decide you might want to try this.
I brought this up with my doctor today, he is very knowledgeable on alot of the more common herbs-and he knew right away that it was the herb that asprin was chemically copied from. He knows me-so he just nodded in approval-lol

White Willow Bark

Where does White Willow Bark come from?

White willow bark comes from the white willow tree, which can grow up to 23 meters tall. This tree is native to Europe and Asia and the name "white willow" comes from the leaves, which are covered with fine white hairs.

Chinese herbalists used this natural pain killer for centuries and in the 18th century Western medicine recognized white willow as a pain reliever and fever reducer. European settlers brought the white willow tree to North America, where they discovered that the local people were already using some of the native willow species to alleviate pain and fight fevers.

German and French scientists isolated the plant"s active ingredient - salicin - in 1828. A decade later, European chemists manufactured salicylic acid, a chemical related to aspirin, from salicin. Aspirin, or acetylsalicylic acid, was later created from another herb containing salicin. At the end of the 19th century, the Bayer company had started to commercially produce aspirin.

Concentrations of salicin are highest in the bark of the white willow and Salix alba is the most popular species used for medicinal purposes.

The salicin that comes from white willow bark is metabolized in your body to form salicylic acid, which reduces inflammation, pain and fever. Even though this herb is slower acting than aspiring, the beneficial effects of white willow bark last longer and has fewer side effects than aspirin. The most important fact is that white willow bark does not cause stomach bleeding like commercially available aspirin.

White willow bark is most effective at relieving headaches and severe muscle pain. The symptoms that are commonly associated with flu (fever, muscle aches, headache) are also greatly relieved when you use white willow bark.

White willow bark is also very effective in alleviating toothache.

Research conducted proved that people who suffer from osteoarthritis benefit from using low doses of white willow bark daily to relieve chronic pain associated with this debilitating condition. White willow bark reduces the swelling and inflammation associated with rheumatic conditions and increases joint mobility.

Women will also benefit by taking white willow bark as it eases the pain of menstrual cramps. Hormone-like chemicals called prostaglandins cause the pain associated with the menstrual cycle and the salicin in white willow bark helps to regulate these hormones.


Please consult your medical practitioner prior to using any herbal medications should you be under their care.

High doses of white willow bark can cause stomach upsets, ringing in the ears (tinnitus) and nausea. If any of these side effects occur, lower the dosage or stop taking the herb.

Pregnant and breastfeeding women should not take willow bark.

White willow bark has an anti-coagulant effect and people using blood-thinning medication such as Warfarin should not take this herbal remedy.

People who are using beta-blockers for high blood pressure should not take white willow bark as it may make the drugs less effective. (note: this was the first I had read about this concern)

Do not use nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen with white willow bark as it might increase the risk of stomach bleeding.

Do not give white willow bark to children under the age of 16 as it can cause a potentially fatal brain and liver condition known as Reye"s syndrome.

How do I use White willow bark?

Make sure that you purchase white willow bark extract standardized to contain 15% salicin. Do not purchase white willow bark tea, as you would need to consume several liters to get an effective dose.

To reduce pain and inflammation and lower a fever take one or two pills three times a day, or as needed. Follow the instructions given by your health care practitioner. (note: I purchase in capsule form, extracts can be good too, I agree making a tea would not get a strong enough dose)

White willow bark is safe to use over the long term. It has a very bitter taste, so the most convenient way to take it is in pill form.

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A little more from Mountain Rose Herbs here

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Pears Canned

When I showed Larry these pears and had him help me cut them in half, he said these are winter pears. In the old days these were pears that one would put in their home root cellars. I think he is right-as these really are not canning pears. I can see that they would make up into a really nice pie, or one would just bake or cook up something with these during the winter months.
There was alot of waste with these so I dumped out the peelings etc by the edge of the woods for the deer and foxes etc.
Since these were so hard, and didn't want to cook them first before canning (hot pack) I decided to slice these-kinda like 1/8's of the pear.
I decided they needed a little something in the syrup, but not alot. So I made a syrup of 10 pints water to 1/4 cup local honey. As I brought it to a simmer I put in a stick of cinnamon-about 4" long, and a big slice of candied ginger. Turned out with just hint of the honey and the cinnamon and ginger-I think they will be good. I had one jar from the first batch that didn't seal-so we will try that one out in a day or two-after its been in the frig.
Glad I forced myself to get this project completed. Tomorrow we go for our 6 month check ups and its an hour to get there, so the morning will be taken up with that. Hope to tackle the green tomato salsa tomorrow-and then I will have the canning finished up.
two weeks till the hunters come-and this house is a major job to get cleaned and ready.
off to make supper

Sunday, October 23, 2011

MMMMM I Just Love Caramel Apples

Chocolate is good too, but not candied-I don't like those

recipe for this one here
I found a recipe here for making the caramel from scratch
Good Eats! lol

Art Sunday Grandma Moses

I have posted Grandma Moses before, as alot of us have already too, but during autumn especially I really love everything "country" more so than any other season. I especially love her paintings for their simplicity-and well they just make me happy viewing them.
What makes her paintings even more special for me, is that she didn't take up painting til she was 75 years young, because she could no longer do her needlework do to arthritis. I love that about her, live life to the fullest, there is always something new we can learn. paintings chosen from here
Do take the art sunday with our host Nemo.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Getting ready to tie lots of knots-on a quilt that is-lol

Not a real good photo, but you can see that this quilt took up the whole length of the frame. Larry figured out poles long enough to fit a queen-and this one gave me just a couple inches to spare. The largest one I have put on here so far.
The last quilt I tied last spring I used 4" spacing and decided afterwards I would space the next one closer. This one will be 3" spacing across and down, I think I will like it better. If I had more time, I would consider 2" spacing, but I have only about 3 weeks to get this finished.
Next up is to mark the first row-which is always fun for me-not lol will probably do that first thing tomorrow morning. I am off to cut more strips

First Frost and blogthings for Halloween

The basil plants are now history-ok cause I dehydrated lots of basil this year, and the morning glorys got hit pretty hard too, as well as a few wildflowers. I had covered a few annual flowers and veggies cause today starts the warm up thru next mid week.

Frost on the pumpkin?
You Are A Silly Pumpkin Face
You would make good pumpkin taffy.
You Are A Cute Optimist
You are a naturally cheerful, happy go lucky person.
You're the type of person to see Halloween through the eyes of a child.

This Halloween, dress up as something cute - like a bunny.
The candy you should give out: candy corn
You Are Pumpkin Bread
You are considerate and generous. Your heart warms when you're able to do something unexpectedly nice for someone else.
You know it can be a cold world out there, and you have plenty of happiness to spread around.

You try to give as much as possible every day, and you know that small acts of kindness can often mean the much.
Whether you're being a good listener or sharing a slice of your pumpkin bread, people feel lucky to be able to count on you.

Dried Tomatoes in Olive OIl

Have any of you made this? or when you purchased it-what do you make with it??
I love this site and here is a how to
I have one dryer filled with sliced green tomatoes, some partially ripe tomatoes. I decided to slice them instead of chopping-cause it is faster for me to do-and I think I can do more things with them in slices.
This got me to thinking of those pretty jars you see with sun dried tomatoes in olive oil and spices. Pretty pricey too and just as easy to make yourself. But what do you do with them? Just eat them as a side, put on sandwiches? I have not tried this, but thought I may now.
Sun-Dried Tomatoes in Olive Oil. Photo by Sweetiebarbara found on food network
found here with recipe

Has any one made a green tomato jam?? I found several ideas online for this too

An Amendment to Fix Congress

I got this at all places on my yahoo quilt group-I like this so passing it on

* If you agree with the following, please repost:

Warren Buffett, in a recent interview with CNBC, offers one of the best
quotes about the debt ceiling:

"I could end the deficit in 5 minutes," he told CNBC. "You just pass a law
that says that anytime there is a deficit of more than 3% of GDP, all
sitting members of Congress are ineligible for re-election
The 26th amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds) took only
3 months & 8 days to be ratified! Why? Simple! The people demanded it.
That was in 1971...before computers, e-mail, cell phones, etc.

Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took 1 year or less to
become the law of the land...all because of public pressure.

Warren Buffet is asking each addressee to forward this email to a minimum
of twenty people on their address list; in turn ask each of those to do

In three days, most people in The United States of America will have the
message. This is one idea that really should be passed around.

Congressional Reform Act of 2011
1. No Tenure / No Pension.
A Congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when
they are out of office.

2. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security.
All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security
system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system,
and Congress participates with the American people. It may not be used for
any other purpose.

3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans

4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay
will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

5. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the
same health care system as the American people.

6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American

7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen are void effective
1/1/12. The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen.
Congressmen made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in Congress
is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen
legislators, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and back to work.

If each person contacts a minimum of twenty people then it will only take
three days for most people (in the U.S. ) to receive the message. Maybe it
is time.


If you agree with the above, pass it on.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Relish and Dills

These canned goods always look so pretty in their jars. I ended up with quite a bit of the hot relish, and the dills I think will be really tasty. Recipes come from the new Ball canning book, I changed up the relish a bit, but I followed the green tomato dill recipe.
Half goes to Mr. L. I still have at least 1/2 bushel or more to go. Salsa and dried will be next

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

A Bushel of Green Tomatoes

Wow-I wasn't expecting quite so many tomatoes-lol Mr. L picked every single green tomatoe on his plants and brought them to me to make salsa and relishes.
I got a late start too, and just finished hand chopping the first batch, I always forget just how long this takes. I don't like to put my relishes in a processor cause they just end up too fine or not chopped enough, and we like our salsas and relishes more chunky-can use them for more foods that way too.
I found a recipe that looks really good, I changed the recipe a bit since I didn't have a cabbage on hand, and I decided to add some hot peppers too. So this has chopped green tomatoes, bell peppers, onions, and hot banana peppers. You put salt over and mix-let sit 4 hours and then rinse well drain and proceed to make the liquid and can. I decided I am too tired now to finish up-7 pm is kinda late to get into the last of the process, so I put it all in the frigerator-and will take it out first thing tomorrow morning.
I looked around for recipes using whole or small green tomatoes, and found one that was a dill pickle-has lots of garlic in it, dill and spices-I may make that one. I also want to follow my latest salsa recipe but use these green tomatoes. I need to wait for the cilantro to come in from Penzeys, and I am going to have to go to town to get a few ingredients like more vinegar and garlic-so this all might not get finished up til week.
Our truck that has over 550,000 miles on it now, and Larry just keeps it running-is acting up this month. He hasn't found the problem yet-so I am afraid of driving off to town and perhaps breaking down, or I would run to town tomorrow.

I have never made or even eaten a fried green tomatoe-any of you have a favorite recipe??
Larry just went out bow hunting for deer, the weather is finally cold enough to go out. We would like to get one before the deer hunters arrive so we can have one smoked and bbq'd for eats. I also plan on smoking a big batch of trout for them.
well, I am off here, need a break before supper.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Celestial Seasonings Tea Co

Deb and I were talking about their Sleepy Time Tea earlier today; and that got me to remembering a bit of my past.
Life events had taken me to Denver, Co in the 70s and this is the time period when this tea company was beginning to expand etc. It was also when I learned how to weave, and another company in the area was new and growing as well Schacht weaving co here I believe these are both still out of Boulder, Co.
I have collected lots and lots of Celestial Seasonings tins, big ones and little ones, I love their art work. I had so many that I decided to sell a few at the resale shop and when I saw I only got a quarter off of each-that was it-I am enjoying my tins and using them more now.
Here is a link to their time line history--here browsing their online site, they have really expanded their line.
I always loved thier sleepy time tea-very soothing and relaxing
Sleepytime tea I have the tin and a coffee mug with their sleepy time logo Their art work has always made me happy and smile thru the years.
Why I am blogging about this?? Well, not sure now-lol I never get into the trap of feeling old-I refuse to do that, but I do have a soft spot for companies I grew up with thru the years.

Chickens and a Sharing Neighbor

Yesterday afternoon our dear friend Mr. L came over with 3 freshly butchered and cleaned whole chickens. Two fryers and one very very young one. What an awesome caring gift. He had bought a dozen chickens butchered and cleaned them all-cooled them down and saved a couple for him and his wife, and gave the rest out to friends.

This is what living is all about-sharing and caring for each other. I have been so fortunate never have had to grow up or live in a sub division. I have always been connected in some way to country rural living, except for a few years when I lived in downtown Denver, Co. So I am used to this kind of sharing and caring for each other, especially during my younger years

This can also occur any where though-if you choose to get involved with your neighbors and help one another out. We can all survive these tough times (or any times) much better. It's the way our forefathers survived-we need to get back to this Now

Monday, October 17, 2011

Healthy Mondays Cookies

I haven't baked for awhile, been too busy and we have been warm here, but this week is a changing-quite cold and a freeze mid week-it is october after all lol
Alot of people when they go on their diets think they have to eliminate all baked items-not so if you bake them healthier.
My tips: always use whole grain flours -no white flours, cut the sugar in half right off the bat in most recipes-and then play around with part stevia, or a little honey, or molasses along with a little sugar. For baking diabetic I have learned a little sugar is ok so I love the new stevia and natural sugar blends. Use quality oils instead of butter you can upgrade the healthy part of your baked item right off by doing that. If the recipe calls for milk I use soy milk, or almond milk or coconut milk depending on the recipe.
From Eating Well-tips and recipes here
honey oatmeal cookie
I found this excellent oatmeal recipe here it follows my ideas of a healthier cookie
There are lots of recipes online, just do a google search for healthy cookies-you will also find vegan and ways to add protein as well
Happy Monday

Friday, October 14, 2011

It's That Time Again-Pumpkin Carving carve online-love this
pumpkins carving safely here
pumpkin carving patterns here
More fun ideas here-painting pumpkins etc
Lots of pumpkin decorating ideas here
Lots of photos of pumpkins carved here

and don't forget the yummy pumpkin seeds inside
Sweet and Salty Pumpkin Seeds
skillet toasted pumpkin seeds here from Emeril here and sweet and salty here and real simple from Michael Chiarello here

Young or old-go have some pumpkin fun!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Finallly-lol-Basting the Quilt Layers

This is another one of my men's cotton shirts quilts, I added buttons to all of the pockets on this one-a few vintage buttons thrown in, and it is alot bigger than I usually make. I kept adding borders to the backing and then to the front, and then more on the backing-lol I just barely had enough room on the floor to lay it out-fits right up against the hearth of the woodstove on one side and next to my loom on the other side. It is ending up 98" wide and over 100" long. I do love big quilts. This one I have an all natural cotton batting in, and the orange strip around the edges brings the fall theme all together, and is one of my own hand dyes. This will just fit on the frame so I can knot it

Doings a Couple Memes This Morning

I had totally forgotton about the Hunter's Full Moon-til I saw it in full view this morning, with my walk with Nikita. interesting read here from the Farmers Almanac
I am usually not effected by the full moons, but I think because of everything going on the last few weeks it got me-lol this time.
This morning on our walk, I wish I had my camera with me, but I took in the moment for memories sake. We had a huge storm come thru last night so we had puddles and Nikita loves to drink from them. The sun had come out, I was ahead of her watching her, and suddenly while drinking her full reflection along with the sky appeared in the puddle. She noticed it too, and was not alarmed as some dogs might be, she looked at herself for a bit and then continued drinking from the water. I felt like this should mean something, but just enjoyed it and didn't ponder it any further. This has never happened before.
Larry had decided enough of paying high prices for live bait that is not quality-so with his dozer has been building a pond to raise his own. I checked and this morning the bottom has a nice amount of water from the rains last night.
Mr. L was over at a neighbors, and she was going thru her extensive rock collection-collected from all over the states, and was just tossing alot of them out. she makes rock gardens with them. Mr. L asked if he could have a few, so he brought me over about a dozen cool rocks. So now I have these new rocks and the rocks from Scotland, so perhaps I can get back to rocking walls next week.
Last night my body was tired from the wood stacking, and crawling on the hard concrete floor to get this quilt layered, so just fell asleep on the couch during the news. Woke up, and Larry had fallen asleep too, so I cleaned up the kitchen, finished sewing on strips for the quilt backing, and turned on food network-they are having halloween wars now, and I like resturant impossible. before I could see the ending of one of the shows-a big storm blew in. High winds for a bit and then t storms for several hours-up til midnight. Of course Nikita is frightened by these and was glued to my side. Sooo I decided to make a birthday card for a friend (we are having a big party this saturday) and turned out sooo awesome, I know she will love it. I used some new oil sticks for the first time to print a stamp with so will finish the back up today.
Now to decide if I want to do the wash, or tackle the quilt again. Haven't decided yet. I guess we are going to the resale shops tomorrow so have Larry looking to see if he has anything for sale. I may just do some wash late this afternoon, and hang it out so it will dry while I am gone tomorrow morning-now thats thinking ahead-lol

a couple birthday blog things, Larry and I both have birthdays this month as do several of our friends
You Are Thoughtful

You are a selective and sometimes critical person. You examine everything carefully.
You are exacting. You like to be able to have as much control over your environment and as possible.

You like to have meaningful social interactions. You prefer relationships that are fulfilling and not casual.
You are sensitive and observant. You have a heightened awareness of everything going on around you.
You Are Open-Minded

You don't get too caught up in how you think things should be. You know there's not much you can control.
You are accepting and broad-minded. You think the world needs more tolerance and understanding.

You are intensely passionate, especially about causes and people you believe in.
You couldn't be someone else even if you tried! You're simply you - and thank goodness for that.
and just for fun
You Are an Elegant and Magnetic Shoe

You are convincing and magnetic. Persuasion is an art form for you.
You are fascinating and alluring. People are definitely interested in what's going on in your life.

You shine when it comes to negotiating conflict. You can craft win-win situations.
You like to let loose but you always maintain your composure. You are always classy.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Photos of my Art Swap with Loretta in Scotland

This is my art swap from Loretta, she made me a bag all from recycled materials that she sewed together with her treddle machine, and collected rocks from her nearby beach for my shower-

Chicken on a Tuesday Smoked

Speaking of smoked meats---chicken in the smoker
and great tips from Emeril
If you do a google search for smoked chicken-wow lots of yummy recipes.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Autumn Slideshow

Yesterday I grabbed the camera and took a few photos of flowers, veggies, colors-enjoy!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Art Sunday Deer

Here in the woods we love watching the deer, as they wander thru the backyard (woods) from time to time, especially during the spring and winter months. We do still have a mother and her two young twins visit us right outside the window where the computer now is. I especially love watching all of nature's critters during this gorgeous colorful season.

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