9/15/2011

How to Make Sauerkraut, #1 Part, Delicious and Healthy



Let me just say that I love the videos in this series of three, but I don't use my bare feet to make my sauerkraut! First of all my crock is too small. Second, I just don't care for the idea of eating kraut after someone else's bare feet, so I expect other people might feel the same. Not to say that I wouldn't try it with the plastic bags because it is very effective at jucing the cabbage. That said, this is a great little instructional series. The second video has a noisy bird in it and the "cabbage dance" is most memorable. I love her kitchen! Looks old worldish don't you think! Check out her website for info on the B&B which were our favorite places to stay when we were in Europe.

9/14/2011

Vintage Horse Trailer Renovation


My latest project is renovating a vintage horsetrailer. Looks pretty ugly, but it's fairly sound. I've been looking for a while since we've had two horses for years and I've joined Women on the Edge which is a new trail riders association started up right here in Kentucky. My brother says, "I've got one you can have!". Now that the kids are all out of the house I needed something to fuss over I guess. There will be room for the two horses and a tiny cabin up front. Western style decor sounds good with a miniature chandelier just for a fun fancy touch. Farmgirl fancy or junk gypsy suits me just fine. I'm kind of excited about it!

9/06/2011

Big Hill Farm Fair

Farm Fair
October 1 at the Big Hill Welcome Center

Here’s  What we’re Hope’n For:
Art & Craft Booths, maybe some demonstrations!
Pickin & Singin’-Jammin’ on the Porch!
Someone to teach the Virginia Reel and maybe a line dance or two!
Antiques to Show or Sell
Farm & Kitchen gadgets and goodies-and tractors and old trucks!
Barter, Sell & Trade Booths
Farmer’s Market-I don’t know! Taters? Mums!!! PUMPKINS!
Corn Hole Competition
Storytellers!
Whittlers & Chainsaw Carvers
Face Painting
Hoopin’and Hoppin’ Contests, Old Timey Kids GAmes!
Food Vendors of the Old FAshioned Kind! You know-Cotton Candy, Popcorn, Hot Dogs n’ Stuff!
Photo Booth!!! That would be fun! Hello, Jackson County PHOTO Club???
Tell me WHAT YOU WANT!

Come in Costume:
Cowboy Boots, Hats & Garb!
Vintage or Junk Gypsy- It’s just for fun!
We should have a apron pageant!  Sorry men-Overalls?



What better time than fall to have a Farm Fair at the Big Hill Welcome Center. We did this in 2009 and folks are askin’ , so here we go again.


Then:

1.    Decide you are going to participate!
2.    E-mail me with your ideas.
3.    Reserve a booth for $5.00 (so we can support the Welcome Center a wee bit!).
4.    Spread the word to other crafty/artsy/talented folks who might be interested too!
5.    Be annoying-FORWARD THIS! Send it to your Facebook friends for goodness sake!!!
6.    Talk to your neighbors and tell ‘em to reserve the day for some good, wholesome fun!
7.    Oh, and we need some volunteers to help run this thing!

8/30/2011

Art & the Airstream

I've decided I need to refocus on some things that I had put aside for a while. I've enrolled in an online class which deals with the business side of art. It took me four weeks after the start date to actually get started on it. This is the fifth and final week, although thankfully it is self-paced with a PDF book. I've been busy with making a Civil War costume and curating an Artists & Writers exhibit. Now it's time to focus on my art for a while and readying the Airstream for Feast of Tabernacles. Wonder if I can combine the two pursuits...Hmmm!

Whirlwish!


8/02/2011

My Favorite Raw Food Meals

Breakfast
  • Green Smoothie
  • Fruit & Nuts with Superfoods
  • Cucumbers with pecans
  • Superfoods Combo: Goji berries, hemp seeds, cacao nibs, green powder, coconut oil, honey
  • Shake Your Money Maker: Super-Food Shake-Matt Amstand
  • Gabes Goodies: Morning-After Delight
  • Buckwheat Crispies/Cereal

Lunch
  • Large green salad with nuts or seeds and a great dressing
  • Guacamole with chips or veggies
  • Spinach and Strawberry Salad
  • Kale Salad
  • Cucumbers with pecans
  • Cucumber & Tomato Salad
  • Cleansing Beet Salad
  • Broccoli Salad with Pine Nuts & Crasins
  • Avocado Sandwich on Onion Bread
  • Lettuce wraps

Dinner
  • Zucchini pasta with fresh tomato marinara
  • Zucchini pasta with pesto, tomatoes, olives, avocado & pine nuts
  • Fresh corn chowder
  • Ramen cabbage salad with tomatoes
  • Raw Tacos with Nut Meat & Cashew Cheese
  • Raw Chili
  • Gorilla Sandwiches
  • Nori Rolls with avocado, carrot, cucumber & dipping sauce

Desserts and Snacks
  •  Superfoods Truffles
  • Cauliflower popcorn (shake in ½ cup nutritional yeast & sea salt)
  • Guacamole with chips or veggies
  • Raw Hummus with Zucchini or Cashews
  • Apples with pecans, cinnamon, Yacon syrup
  • Fresh Strawberries with Almond Crumble or cashew cream
  • Halva (1 cup tahini + 1/2 cup honey, roll into balls)
  • Kale Chips
  • Raw Nut butter with celery & carrots

Drinks
  • Chia with fruit juice
  • Lemon-Lime Aid Slushy with Stevia
  • Herbal tea
  • Sun Tea
  • Tonic Drink
  • Water with Goji berries

Superfoods to incorporate daily  (from David Wolfe’s book Superfoods)
  • Top Ten:
Goji Berries
            Cacao
            Maca  
            Bee Products
                        Honey
                        Bee Pollen
                        Royal Jelly
                        Propilis
            Spirulina
            AFA Blue-Green Algae
            Marine Phytoplankton
            Aloe Vera
            Hempseed
            Coconuts (including oil)
  • Honorable Mention:
                        Acai
                        Camu Camu Berry
                        Chlorella
                        Incan Berries
                        Kelp
                        Noni
                        Yacon 

5/24/2011

Companion Planting

I've been interested in companion planting for some time. Here are two nice documents on companion planting.

Companion Planting Made Easy
A very nice, detailed little booklet!

Companion Planting Chart

3/02/2011

Emergency Survival List: Food Storage Ideas & Misc

Wake Up From Your Slumber

Found the list at Good Earth Health Food store.

Food Storage Ideas
Family Size: 1
Time frame 1 year
Wheat...................175 lbs
Flour...................20 lbs
Quinoa..................30 lbs
Rolled Oats.............50 lbs
White Rice..............80 lbs
Pearled Barley..........5 lbs
Spaghetti Or Macaroni...40 lbs
Dry Beans...............45 lbs
Dry Soy Beans...........2 lbs
Dry Split Peas..........2 lbs
Dry Lentils.............2 lbs
Dry Soup Mix............7 lbs
Peanut Butter...........1 qt
Almont Butter...........1 qt
Nonfat Dry Milk.........14 lbs
Granulated Sugar........40 lbs
Molasses................1 lb
Honey...................3 lbs
Beef Gelatin............1 lb
Salt....................8 lbs
Dry Yeast...............0.5 lbs
Water...................28 gal.
Multiply items 1x per additional family size
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Found the list on a web site, here's the list for posterity
100 Items to Disappear First
1. Generators (Good ones cost dearly. Gas storage, risky. Noisy...target of thieves; maintenance etc.)
2. Water Filters/Purifiers
3. Portable Toilets
4. Seasoned Firewood. Wood takes about 6 - 12 months to become dried, for home uses.
5. Lamp Oil, Wicks, Lamps (First Choice: Buy CLEAR oil. If scarce, stockpile ANY!)
6. Coleman Fuel. Impossible to stockpile too much.
7. Guns, Ammunition, Pepper Spray, Knives, Clubs, Bats & Slingshots.
8. Hand-can openers, & hand egg beaters, whisks.
9. Honey/Syrups/white, brown sugar
10. Rice - Beans - Wheat
11. Vegetable Oil (for cooking) Without it food burns/must be boiled etc.,)
12. Charcoal, Lighter Fluid (Will become scarce suddenly)
13. Water Containers (Urgent Item to obtain.) Any size. Small: HARD CLEAR PLASTIC ONLY - note - food grade if for drinking.
16. Propane Cylinders (Urgent: Definite shortages will occur.
17. Survival Guide Book.
18. Mantles: Aladdin, Coleman, etc. (Without this item, longer-term lighting is difficult.)
19. Baby Supplies: Diapers/formula. ointments/aspirin, etc.
20. Washboards, Mop Bucket w/wringer (for Laundry)
21. Cookstoves (Propane, Coleman & Kerosene)
22. Vitamins
23. Propane Cylinder Handle-Holder (Urgent: Small canister use is dangerous without this item)
24. Feminine Hygiene/Haircare/Skin products.
25. Thermal underwear (Tops & Bottoms)
26. Bow saws, axes and hatchets, Wedges (also, honing oil)
27. Aluminum Foil Reg. & Heavy Duty (Great Cooking and Barter Item)
28. Gasoline Containers (Plastic & Metal)
29. Garbage Bags (Impossible To Have Too Many).
30. Toilet Paper, Kleenex, Paper Towels
31. Milk - Powdered & Condensed (Shake Liquid every 3 to 4 months)
32. Garden Seeds (Non-Hybrid) (A MUST)
33. Clothes pins/line/hangers (A MUST)
34. Coleman's Pump Repair Kit
35. Tuna Fish (in oil)
36. Fire Extinguishers (or..large box of Baking Soda in every room)
37. First aid kits
38. Batteries (all sizes...buy furthest-out for Expiration Dates)
39. Garlic, spices & vinegar, baking supplies
40. Big Dogs (and plenty of dog food)
41. Flour, yeast & salt
42. Matches. {"Strike Anywhere" preferred.) Boxed, wooden matches will go first
43. Writing paper/pads/pencils, solar calculators
44. Insulated ice chests (good for keeping items from freezing in Wintertime.)
45. Workboots, belts, Levis & durable shirts
46. Flashlights/LIGHTSTICKS & torches, "No. 76 Dietz" Lanterns
47. Journals, Diaries & Scrapbooks (jot down ideas, feelings, experience; Historic Times)
48. Garbage cans Plastic (great for storage, water, transporting - if with wheels)
49. Men's Hygiene: Shampoo, Toothbrush/paste, Mouthwash/floss, nail clippers, etc
50. Cast iron cookware (sturdy, efficient)
51. Fishing supplies/tools
52. Mosquito coils/repellent, sprays/creams
53. Duct Tape
54. Tarps/stakes/twine/nails/rope/spikes
55. Candles
56. Laundry Detergent (liquid)
57. Backpacks, Duffel Bags
58. Garden tools & supplies
59. Scissors, fabrics & sewing supplies
60. Canned Fruits, Veggies, Soups, stews, etc.
61. Bleach (plain, NOT scented: 4 to 6% sodium hypochlorite)
62. Canning supplies, (Jars/lids/wax)
63. Knives & Sharpening tools: files, stones, steel
64. Bicycles...Tires/tubes/pumps/chains, etc
65. Sleeping Bags & blankets/pillows/mats
66. Carbon Monoxide Alarm (battery powered)
67. Board Games, Cards, Dice
68. d-con Rat poison, MOUSE PRUFE II, Roach Killer
69. Mousetraps, Ant traps & cockroach magnets
70. Paper plates/cups/utensils (stock up, folks)
71. Baby wipes, oils, waterless & Antibacterial soap (saves a lot of water)
72. Rain gear, rubberized boots, etc.
73. Shaving supplies (razors & creams, talc, after shave)
74. Hand pumps & siphons (for water and for fuels)
75. Soysauce, vinegar, bullions/gravy/soupbase
76. Reading glasses
77. Chocolate/Cocoa/Tang/Punch (water enhancers)
78. "Survival-in-a-Can"
79. Woolen clothing, scarves/ear-muffs/mittens
80. Boy Scout Handbook, / also Leaders Catalog
81. Roll-on Window Insulation Kit (MANCO)
82. Graham crackers, saltines, pretzels, Trail mix/Jerky
83. Popcorn, Peanut Butter, Nuts
84. Socks, Underwear, T-shirts, etc. (extras)
85. Lumber (all types)
86. Wagons & carts (for transport to and from)
87. Cots & Inflatable mattress's
88. Gloves: Work/warming/gardening, etc.
89. Lantern Hangers
90. Screen Patches, glue, nails, screws,, nuts & bolts
91. Teas
92. Coffee
93. Cigarettes
94. Wine/Liquors (for bribes, medicinal, etc,)
95. Paraffin wax
96. Glue, nails, nuts, bolts, screws, etc.
97. Chewing gum/candies
98. Atomizers (for cooling/bathing)
99. Hats & cotton neckerchiefs
100. Goats/chickens
From a Sarajevo War Survivor:
Experiencing horrible things that can happen in a war - death of parents and
friends, hunger and malnutrition, endless freezing cold, fear, sniper attacks.
1. Stockpiling helps. but you never no how long trouble will last, so locate near renewable food sources.
2. Living near a well with a manual pump is like being in Eden.
3. After awhile, even gold can lose its luster. But there is no luxury in war quite like toilet paper. Its surplus value is greater than gold's.
4. If you had to go without one utility, lose electricity - it's the easiest to do without (unless you're in a very nice climate with no need for heat.)
5. Canned foods are awesome, especially if their contents are tasty without heating. One of the best things to stockpile is canned gravy - it makes a lot of the dry unappetizing things you find to eat in war somewhat edible. Only needs enough heat to "warm", not to cook. It's cheap too, especially if you buy it in bulk.
6. Bring some books - escapist ones like romance or mysteries become more valuable as the war continues. Sure, it's great to have a lot of survival guides, but you'll figure most of that out on your own anyway - trust me, you'll have a lot of time on your hands.
7. The feeling that you're human can fade pretty fast. I can't tell you how many people I knew who would have traded a much needed meal for just a little bit of toothpaste, rouge, soap or cologne. Not much point in fighting if you have to lose your humanity. These things are morale-builders like nothing else.
8. Slow burning candles and matches, matches, matches
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For more references on survival, google "emergency survival" & "emergency food" for the myriad of links to relevant sites. Even reading the how-to survival books might help (check out the list at Amazon by inputting "survival" in Books section and search around for particular books).
Of course, if one can afford and get over the 'irrational fear' of firearms (unless the city, state or national law where you live expressly forbid the ownership of certain firearm with the threat of jail and penalties, like New York state and Australia), the ownership of firearms will be essential to survival. A bow, set of arrows and field dressing kit & manual might help in hunting wild game for roasting & consumption. Just my idea.

2/14/2011

Raw Menu #3

Breakfast
Lemon Water, 32 oz. upon arising
Raw Granola: Morning After Delight

Snack
Carrots, Celery and Sugar Snap Peas

Lunch

Orange Pomegranate Salad

Dinner
Raw Zucchini Pasta
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Kombucha Tea sweetened w/ Stevia

Snack
Apple Crunch
Herbal Tea

One of my favorite raw breakfast recipes!

Gabes Goodies: Morning-After Delight

Gabesgoodies


Ingredients (always use raw & organic for the best flava!)
  • 1/2 cup Almonds
  • 1/2 cup Walnuts
  • 1/2 cup Cashews
  • 1/2 cup Wild Peanuts (Natures First Law)
  • 1/2 cup Pumpkin Seeds
  • 1/2 cup Raw Chocolate Nibs
  • 2 table spoons Cup Raw Chocolate Powser (Natures First Law)
  • 1 table spoon of Raw Honey
  • 4 table spoons of Raw Agave nectar
  • 2 dashes of Sea Salt
  • 2 dashes of Cinnamon
Directions
Chop. Mix. Enjoy! Gabe promises you'll be floating!

I substitute sunflower seeds for the wild peanuts.

We Like It Raw

Linen for Your Health!

Why wear linen? Try it on and you will immediately sense a difference.

How to Sew a Linen Skirt

It filters the air, does not cause allergic reactions, does not accumulate static electricity, posseses high air permiablity, is bacteria and fungus resistent, is cool in the summer and warm in the winter, washes and wears beautifully. That's just the beginning! Read more here!

Healing Clothing

Linen for Your Health

Pattern for the skirt in the photo!
Simple Linen Skirt

Napa Cabbage Kimchi Recipe

Napa Cabbage Kimchi
By Ani Phyo
Makes about 8 cups
Pickling time: 2 to 3 days


1 napa cabbage, cut crosswise into 2-inch chunks

1/2 medium-size daikon radish, peeled and cut into quarters lengthwise, then 1/2-inch-thick chunks
2 tablespoons sea salt

1/2 cup water

2 green onions, sliced into 2-inch lengths

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger

1 tablespoon Korean chili powder


Place the cabbage and daikon pieces in a large mixing bowl.
Place the salt and water in a separate small bowl, mix to dissolve. Pour over the vegetables. Set aside at room temperature overnight to soften.

The next day, drain, reserving the saltwater the vegetables were soaked in. Add the green onions, garlic, ginger, and chili powder to the cabbage mixture, and mix well.
Tightly pack the mixture into a 1/2-gallon glass jar with a lid. Pour the saved saltwater into the jar, leaving 1 inch of space at the top. Tightly close the lid. Leave the jar in a cool, dark place for 2 to 3 days (depending on the termperature and how pickled or fermented you want your kimchi). Refrigerate after opening. Will keep for a couple of weeks in the fridge.

2/07/2011

Kimchi!

Last night I made Kimchi! A very mild version mind you. Fermented foods are suppose to be longevity foods and good for the digestion. I love them on avocado sandwiches or just as a snack.

It took about an hour and a half of chopping and slicing, but so worth the time. It looks so colorful in a glass gallon jar sitting on the top shelf of my refrigerator.

Here is a link to the recipe I used.

The Ultimate Kimchi Recipe

2/05/2011

Raw Menu #2

Breakfast
Lemon Water, 32 oz. upon arising
Shake Your Money Maker: Super-Food Shake
http://books.google.com/books?id=ialwGIyz0xQC&lpg=PT47&ots=Bvkf97hYyS&dq=shake%20your%20money%20maker%20superfood%20shake&pg=PT47#v=onepage&q&f=false

Lunch
V-8 Vegetable Soup

Snack
Raw Banana Split w/ Cocao Nibs
http://goneraw.com/recipe/simple-banana-split

Dinner
Bok Choy Salad w/ Cashews
http://www.marthastewart.com/recipe/bok-choy-salad
Raw Blended Soup
Kombucha Tea

Snack
Carrots and Sugar Snap Peas

2/02/2011

Audrey Hepburn's beauty tips...

"For Attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
 For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
 For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
 For beautiful hair, let a child run their fingers through it once a day.
 For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone.
 People, more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed. Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of each of your arms.
 As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself and the other for helping others."
Audrey Hepburn

Raw Menu #1

Breakfast
Lemon Water, 32 oz. upon arising
Green Smoothie w/ Bananas & Blueberries


Lunch
Fermented Veggies & Avocado on Onion Bread

Snack
Cinnamon Apple & Pecans Dessert

Dinner
Raw Kale Salad w/ Tamari Roasted Almonds
http://iheartkale.blogspot.com/2008/05/raw-kale-salad-with-tamari-roasted.html
Raw Blended Soup
Herbal Tea

A new linen skirt headed my way!

Long Scrunches And Flower SkirtNew addition to my wardrobe. I love that it's made by a homeschool mom! And I love linen, wrinkles and all!

28 Day Reset Cleanse!

Smoothies! Blended soups! Amazing salads! Menu ideas and recipes to come!

My favorite raw food site is Raw Food Rehab! Check it out here http://rawfoodrehab.ning.com/