Tuesday, November 29, 2011

What's in the fridge night

You know what I am talking about right?  The night you haven't planned anything so you look in the fridge and just throw something together.  We get a box of organic fruits and veggies once a week at our house.  It is so nice to know I have that to count on.  The thing about it is though is you never know what is in the box until you get it.  It sure makes you think outside the box (pun intended). 

Menu for tonight:
Left over chicken from a whole chicken last night
coconut rice
homemade applesauce
cabbage soup

We got a head of red cabbage in the box so I made a pot of soup with it.  I started with homemade chicken stock and added thinly sliced red cabbage, green onions and diced mushrooms.  A great way to start a meal on this windy, blustery night. 

In case you are around here and run out of your own garden supply or are just interested in ordering organic veggies locally here are the websites where we order from.  If you order please do tell them I sent you!  Angela Czepinski

Brunos Organics

Timber Creek Farms

Wheat-Free Baked Pears

I know there is a line drawn for gluten intolerance folks to either consume or not consume oats.  Our family does eat them as long as I get organic oats.  The rumor is if they are organic they "should" not be contaminated by wheat.  Since we are not celiac we take the chance. 

This morning I made baked pears as I had 5 of them that were on the hard side. 
In a skillet cook over medium heat about 6 minutes:
1/2 cup honey
the juice of 2 mandarin oranges
pinch of salt
stick of cinnamon
1 vanilla bean seeded



When it thickens add 5 peeled, cored and sliced pears.  Cook until thicker and soft about 10 minutes.  Take out cinnamon stick and transfer to an oven safe dish.  Top with:
3/4 cup oats
2 tbsp ground flax seed
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Drizzle 2 tbsp of melted butter over the top and bake at 350 until bubbly. 



Since this was breakfast and not dessert I served it with a couple fresh scrambled eggs in butter.  If this was dessert you could top it with ice cream or fresh yogurt.


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Reconnecting

Reconnecting
to link or be linked together again

My son reminded me that I have a blog last night.  He even found it and left a comment so I would go and read it!  I love him.  He is why I am reconnecting.  When I first started this blog it was called A Year In The Life...centered around a yearly menu in our home.  After that year it changed and I began to blog about food and other things hence the name change to My Life In Which He Has Placed Me.  School started and in our home that meant me being the teacher I just didn't have much time left.  I also teach a literature class in our local co-op and a watercolor class in our home every other week.  Music lessons, church, AWANA...you get the picture.  Along with all of that comes cheating.  Cheating in our food choices.  My youngest has asthma that is gluten and environmental induced. 

I have a cook book that I made a few years ago.  I scrapbooked each page and added our tried and true recipes to it.  It is an heirloom.  Sadly, many of the recipes are for sugar cookies, homemade whole wheat bread, pancakes, gluten laden favorites.  Sometimes to me a gluten free diet seems impossible because it takes planning and when you are first starting out and you have 3 very hungry boys waiting for dinner you just need a tried and true recipe.  That is what this next year is going to be.  The food changes but the name remains!  I won't be making my own cookbook or anything I will just share with you our menus and how they turned out.  Isn't that what we want to know how they turn out?  Are they good enough to add to our cookbook?

Come along for the journey.  We will have success! 

Now that I have started I must tell you something.  We are traveling back to Alabama for Thanksgiving so I won't be posting.  However, I will leave you with a couple recipes I posted before.  The Thanksgiving table can be concurred with some smart choices like, turkey or ham, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, cranberry relish.  You can even if it is family take along some arrowroot powder steal some of the pan drippings and make a bit of homemade gravy for the potatoes!  The dessert table is where your heart will be mislead.  You will feel like it just isn't fair, like you are deprived.  This is not the truth.  You can have dessert.  Make yourself a few cookies to take along and share that way you are sure to have some gluten free choices. 

No Bake Cookies - for us as long as we use organic oats we are fine.
Peanut Butter Cookies

Happy Thanksgiving.
Love,
Angela

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Zucchini - Overgrown Ones to Be Exact

“Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie.”

Seriously.  How can you go out to pick zucchini one day and not 8 days later you have 8, foot long zucchini starving the life right out of your plants?  I know, 8 days is the problem here not the zucchini.  But can I just say seriously again???

So what do you do with them?  It happens to every gardener.  They are very good at hiding.  The first thing to remember is they can be used.  You will have to cut them in half and scoop out the seeds first.  The chickens will love these!  Then grate them in a food processor.  Let them drain a good 10 minutes in a drainer, pack them in freezer bags by 2 cups.  Lay them flat and press out all the air and stick them in your freezer.  You can use this to make zucchini bread and I won't bore you with another zucchini bread recipe but I will share a zucchini cornbread recipe.
Sweet Zucchini Cornbread
2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 cup cornmeal
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 t salt
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 cup buttermilk
3 eggs
4 tbsp molasses
6 tbsp butter, melted
2 cups shredded zucchini, with extra moisture squeezed out
Preheat oven to 400F. Lightly grease a big cast iron skillet.
In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda, salt and brown sugar.
In a medium bowl, whisk together buttermilk, egg, egg white, molasses and melted butter until smooth.
Pour buttermilk mixture into the flour mixture. Stir until just combined, add the zucchini and stir to evenly distribute. Pour batter into prepared pan and spread evenly.
Bake for 25-30 minutes, until a tester comes out clean and the bread springs back when lightly pressed.
Allow it to cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then remove the bread to a wire rack.
Makes 9 pieces.

Savory Zucchini Cornbread
1 1/2 cups zucchini, coarsely chopped
1 cup milk
1/2 cup onion, chopped
2 eggs
1/4 cup butter, melted and cooled
1 1/4 cups cornmeal
1 cup whole wheat flour or 1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon dried dill
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, shredded

1 Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Well grease a 10-inch cast-iron skillet, and place it into the oven while it preheats. (can use a 9x9 Pyrex pan but cast iron works better).

2 Place the zucchini, milk, onion, eggs, and melted butter into a blender, and blend until thoroughly mixed and the zucchini and onion have been chopped into very small pieces.

3 Mix together the cornmeal, flour, dill, baking powder, salt, pepper and cheddar cheese in a large bowl. Pour the zucchini mixture into the cornmeal mixture, stirring to combine.

4 Carefully pour the batter into the hot greased skillet, smooth it out with a spoon, and bake until the cornbread is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 30 - 40 minutes.


*Notice the smaller perfect sized zucchini compared to the one that is 2 feet long! 
Seriously!?

Estrogen Dominance

THE CAUSES OF ESTROGEN DOMINANCE

Strictly speaking, it's possible that we are all -- men, women and children -- suffering a little from estrogen dominance, because there is so much of it in our environment. You would have to virtually live in a bubble to escape the excess estrogens we're exposed to through pesticides, plastics, industrial waste products, car exhaust, meat, soaps and much of the carpeting, furniture and paneling that we live with indoors every day. You may have on-and-off sinus problems, headaches, dry eyes, asthma or cold hands and feet for example, and not know to attribute them to your exposure to xenohormones. Over time the exposure will cause more chronic problems such as arthritis and premenopause symptoms, and may be a direct or indirect cause of cancer.

This is part of an article regarding the effects of estrogen dominance in our bodies. What has this got to do with homemade soap? Well after some research and going through premenopause myself I have read that lavender and tea tree oil both mimic estrogen. So while I will still make lavender and tea tree soaps just know even good things can be over done. Don't just take my word for it, educate yourself.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Freezer Cooking

What comes to mind when you think freezer cooking?

Well if you were a child of the 70's you may think, "not another casserole!" Casseroles then fell out of fashion in the 1980's and 1990's. They are making a come back for many reasons. Mom's are out working more, homeschooling is becoming more mainstream, an increase in health awareness and I think a return to homesteading are all reasons why.

Several friends and I thought it would be a good idea to start small. Meaning not doing Once a Month Cooking in one day but to prepare 8 meals each in a day. We all just happen to be homeschooling moms who go to the same co-op so we know co-op days are full. Add in music lessons and the library and you could have drive through every co-op day. Instead we plan to cook every Monday until school starts so we will be able to pop a meal in the oven fresh from the freezer.

Yes I mean fresh. Only top ingredients here. I didn't want just a freezer meal void of all nutrition. I wanted healthy food. So I made a list of possible recipes and went from there. The first week we made stuffed cabbage and meat loaf. We used the recipe from The Maker's Diet that is full of whole ingredients. Stuffed cabbage was full of pastured beef and brown rice. We use whole food, organic ingredients.

Today we made Shepherd's Pie with pastured beef, organic carrots, mushrooms, onions, garlic, peas, organic potatoes, rice milk and good old butter. We also made meatballs full of organic spinach, Parmesan cheese, pastured eggs, pastured beef and pork and freshly made bread crumbs. We started at 9:00a.m. and were all cleaned up by 3:00. We ended up making 38 meals! Had 15 kids running around and grilled hot dogs.

Next week? Apple Betty's because who doesn't love dessert on a cool Autumn night? Breakfast and lunch burritos for those days we are running out the door or to pack in dad's lunch box.

I encourage you to get some friends together and start to plan your freezer cooking days. When you do please let me know how it goes and don't forget to share a recipe or two.



Raising Mighty Arrows

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Another Use For Cucumbers

With 90 degree days upon us we always need to stay hydrated.  A tall glass of homemade lemonade is always quenching as is iced tea.  Hot days and gardens also bring cucumbers.  When planting that garden who can resist planting all those cucumber seeds that come in the seed packets?  You have dreamed about this garden all winter and when you get those seeds in your hands and the dirt is before you.  You just plant until your little heart is content.  Then...the cucumbers invade like an episode from the Twilight Zone.

Here is a simple yet enjoyable way to use a few extra cucumbers.  Fill up a quart canning jar with fresh water and add a few slices of cucumber and a couple leaves of basil.  You can sip on it all day long and the longer it sits the stronger it tastes.

You can also do this with fruit.  Raspberries and a lemon, blueberries and strawberries, peach and mint. 

What combinations sound good to you?



Raising Mighty Arrows

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Vacation

Heather Deborah Weinberger, USA


SUMMER VACATION

Summer vacation, what does it mean?
The time when flowers spring and leaves turn green.
The time to go to the ocean shore
or some far away island to explore.
It's the time to go to a paradise.
Or just vacation anywhere tropical or nice.
Everyone is happy within
and upon their face there lies a grin.
In fact the only bad thing about summer
is that when it's over, it's such a bummer.



We are not going "away" this year but we are on vacation so I will be back in two weeks!  Adios!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

A Rainy Day at the Czepinski Farm



Aurancan/Easter Egger

Golden Laced Wyandotte


Buttercup the resident rooster


Buttercup & the girls


Garden view


Zucchini


Kuri Squash


Swiss Chard


Green Bean flowers

Honey Crisp Apples we planted!


Lily (anyone know the name)


Grass & Hostas


Knock Out Roses


Daisy against my white picket fence


Hydrangea

Day 5 & 6 combined

Yesterday, today and tomorrow are busy, busy days.  Days where we leave the house by 7 and don't return until dinner.  So that means I have not been so great about watching what I eat and I am about honesty here so here we go!

Wednesday
Breakfast:  fried potatoes with 2 eggs on top, fresh orange & carrot juice
Lunch:  a few graham crackers and 2 handfuls of raw almonds
Dinner:  baked beans & meatballs
Snack:  cookie dough ice cream



Thursday
Breakfast:  sausage McMuffin cup of regular coffee that I felt sick from because I drink decaf
Lunch:  Albanese candy store ~ really
Dinner:  baked hamburger patty, baked sweet potato fries & steamed cauliflower
Snack:  candy

Do you ever crave greens when you have eaten a lot of sugar? I am craving a side of steamed kale right now!



Tomorrow I will try again ;) 
Teresa???  By the way, thanks for the accountability call today!  Love you.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Wednesday ~ Day 5 of 31

I am here but I'm not.  Lots going on but I really want to give you the opprotunity to share your day. 

How about it?  I'll be back later or tomorrow.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Tuesday ~ Day 4 of 31

Psalm 4:4
Be angry, and do not sin; ponder in your own hearts on your beds, and be silent.

There it is!  Why it works sometimes to send your kids to their rooms!  And ourselves too!  Sending them to their rooms helps in two ways.  First, it keeps them from sinning.  How many times have they sinned in their anger because they just don't stop the mouth?  Second, if they are willing to think about the situation and talk with God they can keep a soft heart.

Today was a nice day.  The 4th soap class I have held.  I had 3 friends and their kids over so we did more talking and walking around looking at the gardens than anything.  And with all the food around I didn't do to bad!

Breakfast:  1/2 cup of a fruit rice milk smoothie
Lunch:  chicken salad with tortilla chips, caprese salad, 2 corn flake crispy treats
Dinner:  black beans & rice with sweet Italian sausage

Exercise?  Does walking around the yard count?

31 Days to Clean was really good today.  It was all about putting your feet up.  Making your home comfy but not perfect.  Inviting friends over and creating a homey filling.  So I went out and bought 3 new red accents pillows for the couch! 

Teresa how did you do today?
 

Monday, June 20, 2011

Monday ~ Day 3 of 31

Job 37

1 “At this my heart pounds
and leaps from its place.
2 Listen! Listen to the roar of his voice,
to the rumbling that comes from his mouth.
3 He unleashes his lightning beneath the whole heaven
and sends it to the ends of the earth.
4 After that comes the sound of his roar;
he thunders with his majestic voice.
When his voice resounds,
he holds nothing back.
5 God’s voice thunders in marvelous ways;
he does great things beyond our understanding.
6 He says to the snow, ‘Fall on the earth,’
and to the rain shower, ‘Be a mighty downpour.’
7 So that everyone he has made may know his work,
he stops all people from their labor.[a]
8 The animals take cover;
they remain in their dens.
9 The tempest comes out from its chamber,
the cold from the driving winds.
10 The breath of God produces ice,
and the broad waters become frozen.
11 He loads the clouds with moisture;
he scatters his lightning through them.
12 At his direction they swirl around
over the face of the whole earth
to do whatever he commands them.
13 He brings the clouds to punish people,
or to water his earth and show his love.

14 “Listen to this, Job;
stop and consider God’s wonders.
15 Do you know how God controls the clouds
and makes his lightning flash?
16 Do you know how the clouds hang poised,
those wonders of him who has perfect knowledge?
17 You who swelter in your clothes
when the land lies hushed under the south wind,
18 can you join him in spreading out the skies,
hard as a mirror of cast bronze?

19 “Tell us what we should say to him;
we cannot draw up our case because of our darkness.
20 Should he be told that I want to speak?
Would anyone ask to be swallowed up?
21 Now no one can look at the sun,
bright as it is in the skies
after the wind has swept them clean.
22 Out of the north he comes in golden splendor;
God comes in awesome majesty.
23 The Almighty is beyond our reach and exalted in power;
in his justice and great righteousness, he does not oppress.
24 Therefore, people revere him,
for does he not have regard for all the wise in heart?[b]”

When you find yourself asking, "can it rain anymore?"  Consider the one who sends it.  It is 12:30 in the afternoon and I am sitting here still in my pj's.  Yep.  But it has been a restful day and much has been accomplished.  Well, I guess that would depend on what you call success (which is another blog post I plan to do soon).  I also found in scripture support for sending ourselves and our kids to their bed when they have gotten in trouble!  Aren't you guessing where now?  Spent some precious minutes on the phone with a friend just chatting.  Thought out my farmer's market presentation more, made more soap, had Bible and prayer with the boys at breakfast.  I do have plans outside the house today so I am right off to the shower next but wanted to keep up to date with myself and this accountability thing.  I haven't even looked at Day 3 for 31 Days to Clean yet, maybe after dinner??? 
 
Breakfast:  2 lightly scrambled eggs
Lunch: apple with almond butter
Dinner: hungarian cabbage & noodles (rice), corn
Snack later tonight made by Chandler: hot spiced chocolate tea
 
What about you?  Weren't able to start from Day 1 no worries jump in here today!  Can't wait to hear from you.  Sometimes we get in a rut and we just new fresh ideas so don't be hesitant to share.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Sunday ~ Day 2 of 31

This morning was wonderful!  The boys played How Deep the Father's Love for Us at church for Father's Day.  How honoring that God would allow us to see a glimpse of His satisfaction with them.  On the other hand it is Father's Day so how can I say no to the cream filled donut for breakfast?

Breakfast:  Chandler's famous scrambled eggs and a cream filled donut

Lunch:  Hummus and pita bread

Dinner:  Grilled steak, baked potatoes with butter only and shh (chocolate cream pie) was that small enough to get away with?  It is his favorite and as Dalton says, "Mom, dad only has a Father's Day at 53 once."  How could I possibly not celebrate a once in a life time day?

We sat in the sun on our back deck and will take a walk before dinner.  31 Days to Clean is cleaning the oven and since I seriously just did that a few days again I am ahead of the game!

This is about honesty here so there it is laid bare before you.  Please pray for me that this week.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Saturday ~ Day 1 of 31

Good Morning! 
It is already a hot one here in Northwest Indiana.  Tom is working and the boys actually slept in today!  I have my list made out of things I want to get accomplished and breakfast is over.  So what do you eat when you are watching sugar, gluten & dairy? 


I have to admit I am not a breakfast person.  I like breakfast but I would rather eat it at dinner.  I am just not hungry when I get up but if I don't eat something I snack to much during the day.  If you don't have a juicer you could do a smoothie with rice milk or raw milk if you can have it.  Organic oats would be good or a good granola with rice milk.  Fried potatoes with eggs on top.  I told you I like breakfast just not in the morning.  I did also fry one egg in coconut oil to go with my juice because eggs are really good for you.  I know what some of you are thinking.  Those carrots and oranges are high in sugar.  If it is in food naturally I am not worried about it.  I will also occasionally have raw unfiltered local honey.


Took my herbs and progesterone cream and am headed out the door to walk.  Then I will start 31 Days to Clean.  See ya back here later to tell you how the rest of the day goes.

As I walked out the door one of my sons came along for a bike ride so we rode our bikes for 30 minutes instead of walking.  I will take that any day over walking by myself.

Lunch was an apple with peanut butter, a handful of almonds & pepitas and a few dates.  
Here is a great recipe for fruit salsa from a friend and blogger.

Snack: 2 eggs lightly fried in butter.  Just got back from the farm ;)

Dinner: grilled hamburger patty, grilled portabello mushroom cap, baked potato salad & corn.

How is your day going?  Tell me we can hold each other accountable!

Friday, June 17, 2011

What better day than a Saturday

Have you ever done the, "I am starting that diet thing on Monday," gig?  I am not a diet person.  But...I really need to get back into watching what I eat.  Really.  I am just not feeling my best.  I also want to start that 31 Days to Clean.  So tomorrow, Saturday I am starting it all. 

I actually started it last weekend and did really good considering we went to two open houses.  Then came company 3 times during the week and a grill out at friends tonight that did me in.  I am not talking about not having anything and enjoying life.  I am talking about knowing what drags me down and makes me feel like I am running on empty.  For me that is sugar and gluten.  I have a non-celiac sensitivity to both and dairy.  So do my children and we use to do very well.  You know how it goes you get home from the nutritionist to bag everything up that is not good and donate it all to people who can have it.  Research and make meal plans and actually stick to them.  Let me tell you that is hard when you are trying to fill up 3 growing boys.  Not to mention I love to cook but you are some what limited when you have to watch sugar, gluten and dairy!  Then it happens you eat a bit here and there, no major problems so you cheat more.  Your body hides the intolerance well for awhile until it just hits you and you are down. 

I need accountability here ladies!  Who is joining me on this band wagon?

Tomorrow I will
start to walk again 30 minutes 5 days a week
limit to almost none existence sugar
limit dairy
limit to almost none existence gluten
start 31 Days to Clean devotion online ebook

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

What is in your Fridge?

If you have ever read a Rachael Ray magazine I know exactly where you flip to first?  The back page!  You know what I'm talking about.  That back page where they highlight a famous person's fridge.  We foodies are predictable, we want to know what people eat.  As if we can somehow know who they are by what they eat.  Maybe that's why we say you are what you eat? 

I have been so busy this week with 3 soap making classes that I haven't blogged.  I have barely been able to keep up on email.  So pretend I am a famous soap maker to the stars.  Okay atleast a successful soap maker.  Here is what is in my fridge. 


2 bags of Costco organic corn
4 quarts of organic strawberries
4 quarts of homemade chicken broth
homemade bean burritos for husbands lunch
Edy's fruit bars
homemade key lime pie popsicles



We juice a bit so a 25lb of organic carrots and 30lbs of oranges are a must! 
See that bottle of cod liver oil in there?!
A bowl of caprese salad left over from lunch today.
Organic rice milk.
A drawer full of lemons & limes for Rice Milk Limonade.
Local free range eggs.
Jicama, great juicy crunch for salads and also good for juicing.

And don't worry the sugar cookies are in the microwave for safe keeping ;)  We can't always be good!

What is in your fridge?


Do you care what goes into your body?  You should and you should also care about what goes ON your skin.  Check out my ORGANIC soap blog and the reviews by many fellow friends and bloggers.  There are also several giveaways to enter for a chance to win a free bar.  Here & here on Friday.

Links

Raising Mighty Arrows soap giveaway

Heather at Raising Mighty Arrows writes some great posts.  Head on over and spend some time reading and oh yeah, she is hosting a soap giveaway and it just happens to be the soap I make so enter for a chance to win!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Strawberries


Who doesn't like strawberry jam or banana & strawberry smoothies, strawberry ice cream, strawberry pie, spinach & strawberry salad.  I am sure there are some but I love them all!  Today was our first day out picking strawberries.  It is about a week late but they are big and sweet.  The farm about 5 miles down the road from us is run by an older gentleman who raises them without spraying.  You have to pick through the weeds but when 1 quart is regularly $4.99 for organic I will gladly pick for $1.50 a quart.  I also have 3 great helpers.  We picked 29 quarts in 1 hour and we will go back at least one more time, depending on how many trips we take with friends.

Of course we eat many but I pick so I am able to put some up. Here are some tips to keep in mind when you get home from picking.

1.  Never wash until you are ready to eat or use them!
2.  Strawberries don't ripen after picking so pick red ones!
3.  Wash, pick of the top, smash with your hands and freeze in bags by the quart.  Now they are ready for making jam and that is one less step you will have to do the day of jam making!
4.  Put the strawberries in the refrigerator as soon as possible!
5.  Make sure you slice and freeze some for smoothies during the winter and you don't have to sugar pack them!
6.  While picking the tops off sit under a tree and let the chickens eat them!




Get out there and find a strawberry patch and enjoy the fruits of your labor :)

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Saturday, June 4, 2011

The Curse That We Are Not Able to Fix

Have you ever wondered what God's curse really meant for us when Adam and Eve fell?  Have you ever wondered what is meant by He will set us free?  They both go hand in hand.  He came to set us free from the curse.  So shouldn't we find out what that curse is and how it affects our lives?

When Eve decided to listen to the serpent she choose not to listen to God.  So God pronounced upon her to have a desire to be lead, protected, cared for, provided for, you insert your desire, by her husband.

When Adam decided to not protect her God pronounced that by hard labor and the cursed ground he would try and be a leader, protector, care giver, provider and so on. 

Isn't it true?  We as Christian wives want our husbands to lead us in prayer, to lead our families, work hard to provide and be manly in character.

Isn't it true?  Christian husbands want submissive wives that help them.

What is wrong with all that?  God meant for us to go to Him for leading, protecting, care, everything.  He cursed.  He also gave us freedom.  That Freedom comes from knowing Him.  We were created in the garden to be each others helpers.  Everything else God provides.  We can not fix the curse.  We can never be for another person what only God can be. 

If your husband won't pray with you does God still hear you?
If your close ones aren't Christians does God still care for you?
If your are hormonal and can't seem to get anything right does God care? 

I ask all these questions as I am surrounded by friends who are true woman of God and I am grieved by not being able to fix it. We all have problems that no one else can fix.  Go to Him.  He made a way to set us free from the curse of desiring others before Him.  Desire Him instead.

"How are you going to be a happy person even if the other person does not change?"

Families Where Grace Is In Place, Jeff VanVonderen


As a disclaimer:  I am not saying we are free from being obedient to God and his desires for our relationships with spouses and families.  I am also not saying a friend is of no useful help during trials.  I say all this with a sigh of relief because I am free from trying to control and change people to fit my needs.  God will do that, the changing if needed and the fulfilling of my needs.  Amen.

 

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Is it the summer time or just me?

Bet you thought this was going to be a post on how beautifully sunny it is.  Beach adventures planned, outings with friends, hanging out in backyards playing soccer, smores...nope.  As school days wind down so do I, in a way.  I have much more free time so I get to read more.  You would think I would read more in the winter but no.  Summer reading is the best!  Which leads to my question.  Is it summer time or just me when your brain has a chance to just think?  I have so much I want to post about, witches, Harry Potter, God's blessings, my boys, gardening but that all requires more tact than I have left tonight so I will leave you with wondering minds and what's on the menu for dinner tonight ;)

Another organic salad of baby romaine & spinach from my garden.  Fresh local asparagus (2lbs), rice noodles, local strawberries soaked in balsamic vinegar, and a chicken that has been in the crock pot all day.




Wednesday, June 1, 2011

First Salad of the Season

Sunny and 78!

That's what is was here today.  That's what I request when I put my order in for the summer.  I didn't even mind driving around all afternoon.  Music lessons, Farmer's Market, Sander's Farm, Produce Depot, bank & the post office.  I even had time to make it home and plant a few more pepper plants and do some weeding. 

While we were out I got a special treat from Produce Depot.  Rice Milk Limeade.
Lime
Lemon
Honey
Rice Milk
Ice

Just what a sunny 78 degree day deserves!  Dinner was simple and I even heard the boys claim great dinner mom.  Though I was scared for a moment it wasn't going to be enough.

Our first baby spinach & baby romaine salad from the garden with dried cranberries, almonds, Asian dressing and fresh grated Parmesan. Chickpeas and coconut rice. 

What have you gotten out of the garden or at the Farmer's Market this season?  Share!

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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

School For This Week

Remember when I told you we "school" some during the summer.  Well, as we started June of with a bang in many ways I thought I would share with you what that looks like in actuality.  Here is what I got a chance to work on last night sitting out on a clean deck.  We have one of those no maintenance decks and I love it.  But I would call it no paint deck as there is maintenance to it.  I spent 4 hours cleaning it yesterday.  Now it sparkles and I got a nice tan too. 

Dalton
 6:00  get ready, empty dehumidifier
 6:30  Bible, prayer
 7:00  guitar
 7:30  guitar
 8:00  breakfast, devotion
 8:30  banjo
 9:00  group study
 9:30  group study
10:00  clean
Extra time spent reading books of choice

Angela
 6:30  Bible, prayer
 7:00  shower
 7:30  kitchen & get breakfast ready
 8:00  breakfast, devotion
 8:30  clean
 9:00  group study
 9:30  group study
10:00  clean

Bryce
 7:00  get ready, chickens
 7:30  Bible, prayer
 8:00  breakfast, devotion
 8:30  guitar
 9:00  group study
 9:30  group study
10:00  clean
Extra time spent reading books of choice


Chandler
 7:00  Bible, prayer
 7:30  get ready, water flower pots on front & back porch
 8:00  breakfast, devotion
 8:30  piano
 9:00  group study
 9:30  group study
10:00  clean
Extra time spent reading books of choice


If we happen to be able to go to the beach or to a friends house those take precedent over the schedule. 

Group study will change weekly.  This week we are doing science.  We will rotate between math, science, history, geography, literature.

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Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day

Hooray the sun is here and man is it going to be HOT, but I am not complaining!  We are also not going to make a trip to the beach today, though that is where I want to be.  It will just be to crowded and I am not ready to be sunburned in all my white places ;)

We are staying home and working.  Remember the new house, the garden, chickens and weeding that has gotten away from me since we have had so many rainy days?  That is what we will be doing especially since Tom is home and willing.  I can use any extra hands I can get! 

There will be grilling of hamburgers, potato salad and good old strawberry pretzel salad.  You know the one.  The one at every pot luck in America.  Here is the recipe for this beautiful Memorial Day.  Celebrate and give thanks always for everything.  God bless!


Strawberry Pretzel Salad
2 cups crushed pretzels
3/4 cup butter, melted
3 tablespoons white sugar ( I cut back to 2)

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 cup white sugar (I cut back to 3/4c)
1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed

2 (3 ounce) packages strawberry flavored gelatin
2 cups boiling water
2 (10 ounce) packages frozen strawberries

Directions

1.Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

2.Stir together crushed pretzels, melted butter and 3 tablespoons sugar; mix well and press mixture into the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish.

3.Bake 8 to 10 minutes, until set. Set aside to cool.

4.In a large mixing bowl cream together cream cheese and 1 cup sugar. Fold in whipped topping. Spread mixture onto cooled crust.

5.Dissolve gelatin in boiling water. Stir in still frozen strawberries and allow to set briefly. When mixture is about the consistency of egg whites, pour and spread over cream cheese layer. Refrigerate until set.


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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Innocent as Doves

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As I sit here right now and pray God speak the words through me with tact and love I do know this may not be a popular post today.  I haven't even titled it (yet) as I am not sure how He will put down all these thoughts and I want to look back over it and even see something I hadn't thought of by the end.  Let me give you fair warning that there will be illicit material written here today.

It is a Saturday morning cup of coffee in hand (yes decaf and organic fair trade) and I read all my emails, check the weather for the day, hang out in facebook land, check my bank account.  I sigh and think okay what am I going to write about today.  What has happened to me this week besides playing soccer at friends, grocery shopping, school, soap making, the orthodontist.  Whoa the orthodontist!  That's it!

Dalton has had braces on for about 3 years now, long story.  He has a tooth that they are trying to coax little by little so we go every 3 weeks.  Today we are sitting in the office waiting, a mother and child sit next to us and I hear her say to her son who looks like he is maybe 11.  She is telling him, "I mean it, no more swastika's."  I can only imagine what that is all about.  In the back ground is the usual secular music playing.  I can see the eyes rolling now.  I can hear the chants oh my gosh she is that homeschool freak who guards her children's every move.  Poor kids.  I can see behind all that too and I know what is really going on but I won't speak it. 

A few songs play that I remember and at times my foot is tapping along.  Because I know I am in the world, I know my children also live in the world.  I am not naive.  I know they will always encounter secular music, dress, TV, you name it.  I am not naive.  I also know God has boundaries.  When He came to set us free it wasn't so we can be free to do whatever we want to do!  He came to set us free to the truth.  When He sets us free we can worship Him freely in spirit and truth.  What have you attached to that freedom?  How you dress?  Where you go?  What you watch?  What you listen to?  How you talk?  This could be another Saturday.  Let me transport you back to the orthodontist's office.  Justin Timberlake's song is playing, Future Sex Love Sound.  I told you I am not naive, I live in this world and though I do limit most secular entertainment I do know who and what is out there.  Even as I go try to look up the lyrics to the song my cybersitter blocks the song.  Wait a minute as I turn it off...this is a song I am NOT going to sit and listen to!  This is NOT a song I will sit and let my young men listen to!  This is NOT a song that should be playing in an orthodontist office where the majority of the patients are minors!  This is NOT a song if you are my son's future wife want him to be listening too!  This IS where I draw the line!  I go up to the receptionists desk and quietly and politely say, " this song on the radio is about sex and I have 3 boys sitting here could you turn it or turn it off?"  She says oh and turns the station.  Now it is still secular, it is not much better but I am not naive and I know we have to live in this world.  In a perfect world my child wouldn't have crooked teeth.  Bet you thought I was going to say something else ;)

Yes I am nervous about saying something.  No it is not easy as the room is filled with people who eyeball you and wonder what the big deal is about.  Yes I am wondering in the back of my mind if they will write that in his charts that I asked for the music to be changed.  Dalton walks through the doors, we make another appointment and leave.  Sigh.

There are many other stories like that we have and are encountering.  We have to respond, we can't be lazy in our diligence.  You know from recent posts that my son Bryce loves cars.  There is a generous gentleman we know who loves cars too.  He collects a bag full of magazines and gives them to Bryce.  Bryce knows they will be screened.  You don't understand they have to be.  The whole magazine will be about cars and the last 3 pages will be advertisements for hot girls, sex toys, want ads for men looking for women.  Do I throw the whole thing out?  No, I simply tear out the inappropriate sheets and hand him the magazine.  Does he see me do this?  Yes and I hope when he is an adult he will do the same.

I use to take Dalton to get  his hair cut at a local shop.  We homeshool so I can take him when we are done with school for the day but the schools are still in.  We get in and out quick.  Well, one day they were playing soap operas on the TV.  And not just 1 TV, each station had a mini TV so each client could watch.  So here is a 15 year old watching a soap opera.  I have to say something.  I simply ask them to turn the station and they politely turn the whole thing off.  The next time we went in the new Katy Perry song I Kissed A Girl and Liked It came on.  This is a horrific song!  Dalton was in the chair so he had to endure it but me and the other 2 boys simply walked outside until it was over.  Did we look weird?  I am sure.  Do I care?  No.  Did we go back there?  Never.

Last summer I had plantar fasciitis and had to go to the doctor. The only time I could get in was during a time Tom was at work so the boys went with me.  We sat in the waiting room.  I will give you one guess as to what is on all hospital TVs.????  CNN.  Oh boy.  It was the time they were putting sex education in the school systems starting in kindergarten.  Remember that last year?  Of course they weren't being selective in their speech.  It is a news program most children aren't watching.  I make my way to the front desk and ask if I can change the channel.  The receptionist says sure.  I turn it and am called back.  I am praying the whole time I am back there because I just left my 3 sons sitting in a waiting room where I just turned the station and could not see the reactions.  The boys later tell me the older *cough *cough gentleman hastily marched up to the TV and said what the *** did she do that for?  What did the boys do?  They moved.  They moved to seats that did not face the TV.  Prayer works!  Would they had done that if we hadn't shown them it is worth the risk to try and remain pure?  I am not so sure.  It is so easy to be complacent and rest on that freedom thing.

I sat with them this morning and told them what I was going to blog about.  I asked them what verses in the Bible could they remember or find that tells us how we should conduct our lives.  Here is what they came up with.

Philippians 4:8 (English Standard Version)
8Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

Proverbs 1:10 (English Standard Version)
10My son, if sinners entice you,
do not consent.

Proverbs 4:24 (English Standard Version)
24Put away from you crooked speech,
and put devious talk far from you.

Proverbs 2:11 (English Standard Version)
11 discretion will watch over you,
understanding will guard you,

Proverbs 8:8 (English Standard Version)
8All the words of my mouth are righteous;
there is nothing twisted or crooked in them.

Proverbs 20:11 (English Standard Version)
11Even a child makes himself known by his acts,
by whether his conduct is pure and upright.

Matthew 10:16 (English Standard Version)
16 "Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.

In all these thing I am free!


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Friday, May 27, 2011

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

June special~Soap giveaway for bloggers

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Rainy Days

One rainy Sunday when I was in the third grade, I picked up a book to look at the pictures and discovered that even though I did not want to, I was reading. I have been a reader ever since.
Beverly Cleary

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It sure has been a rainy spring here in the northwest part of Indiana.  I really don't mind them, rainy days.  Life can be so busy with school, cooking dinner, planning the menu, running to music lessons, the dentist, the orthodontist, church, grocery shopping.  When I get a chance to sit down I sometimes feel guilty that I should be off doing something.  But for some odd reason when it rains and the calmness comes over me and I relax I don't feel guilty.  I think God intends it that way. 

Before you think this is about what electric blanket I used to snuggle up with today it didn't happen.  I did relax though and I am still in my sweat pants, hair undone.  I made ice cream and granola today.  I like to have a stash of snacks ready so we are less likely to crave not so good for you snacks.  I know everyone and their mother has a granola recipe but I am still going to share mine with you.  I hope you will also share yours!

I am fortunate enough to have a friend who runs a food coop.  We order once a month and I keep a stocked pantry with many staples.  Like unsweetened coconut, walnuts and oats.

In a big bowl combine 6 cups rolled oats, 2 cups unsweetened coconut & 2 cups walnut pieces.


I use coconut oil.  You can use canola oil but if you do some research you will find that coconut oil is very good for you.  Add to a saucepan 1/3 cup coconut oil, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup peanut butter, 1/2 cup honey, 2 tsp. cinnamon & 1 tsp. vanilla.  Stir over medium heat until melted and smooth.



Yes, lick the cup!  It's peanut butter for goodness sake.


Heat the oven to 325.  Line a sheet pan with parchment paper and cook for about 50 minutes, stirring every 10.


Tomorrow I will share the past few ice cream recipes we have tried. Without cow's milk ;)
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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Get To Know Your Children

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If you ever come across any books by Marilyn Howshall buy them.  They are worth their weight in gold.  She is a homeschool author.  She wrote many booklets on how to teach your children to love learning. While schooling her children she allowed them to find out who they were, what purpose God had for them by learning  how to find the interests of your children.   God does have a purpose for us and I believe He gives us desires that we can use for His pleasure and ours.  I am not talking about sinful desires.  I am talking about those desires to be creative, to be hard working, to be spontaneous, to be thoughtful, such as these.  Marilyn points out in her booklet Get To Know Your Children that we as their parents need to recognize their interests and peculiar traits and allow them to become developed.  To do that we need to give the time needed to focus on each specific area for its development no matter how insignificant it may seem.

One important thing to know is when our children create rough, unpolished projects that is not the object.  Letting them develop the desire to work with their own hands is.  At times I just wanted to talk them out of a certain desire because it took time to help them on my part and even sometimes there were price tags attached.  I had to learn to not count my cost but to see what fruit it may bear if cultivated.  As I look back over our school year that has flown by I took a moment to ponder things in my heart.  That may sound familiar to you if you read a past post of mine about pondering things and what that looks like.  I wanted to know what it looked like for Mary to ponder things in her heart about what God had told her about her having a son, Jesus. 

Here is what cultivating and giving time to my boys looks like.  Even when they should have been doing math instead.
This is Dalton and he is my very hard worker.  He can not stand to be lazy or still.  When they got their first jobs mowing grass he saved up his money and went to Home Depot and spent $200 on tools.  He has better tools then Tom does and we are thankful because now we don't have to buy them, we just borrow them.  He can fix most anything and is very handy at building things.  He is working on our chicken coop.  He built 6 nesting boxes, a perch and a wall between the coop and the storage shed.  All by himself.  I was busy in the house and Tom was at work.  As a matter of fact today is rainy but he is out there fixing up a few other things, because he wants to .  I have not asked any of this from him.  He was just given time to build on his own interests and I believe God leads him and not I.  Which is exactly what I want!  What did this cost me?  A few boxes of screws, some 2X4's, a couple sheets of plywood, a writing lesson here and there.  What have I harvested?  Character.

Bryce!  My most of time jolly, happy, go lucky fella.  A few years ago he started checking out books from the library on guns, war & cars.  Yes he is all boy.  He would read them cover to cover and retain all of it.  We all call him the walking library on those subjects.  He asked me last year if he could start detailing cars.  I was very hesitant.  I thought about a 12 year old taking the responsibility if he happened to scratch a car or use a wrong product.  Mind you he was already detailing our vehicles.I just didn't give him to much of an answer or hope.  Then our neighbor that they had been mowing for a couple of years asked him to detail his car.  His cherished, never driven in the rain car, a mustang.  Bryce was on cloud nine let me tell you!  Tom had said he could, I was nervous but you know what?  He did a great job and the guy appreciated giving a young man the chance to learn.  This year he asked if he could hand out a few flyers.  Again I was hesitant but Tom allowed it.  He took him down to the local restaurant and body shop.  So far this spring he has detailed 4 vehicles!  He spends his money on car supplies.  Something I want to say, "oh just save it" to.  But he is willing to go where God leads his desires.  I am thankful for that.  What does it cost me?  A few extra bucks for new car scent spray as a thank you for cleaning my van, a few extra prayers when he has strangers vehicles in his care.  What have I harvested?  Character.

Here is Chandler, the one who wants to do everything his brothers are doing or have done.  He is my sweet child.  The one who still sits by me in church and holds my hand or lays his head on my shoulder.  He is 11 and not to many young men still do that at that age.  I am proud that he is still tender that way.  We are still working on his desires.  We know he is a great organizer!  Once we were visiting our youth pastor for a game night and all the kids were downstairs playing.  After a bit they all came up and called us down to look at how Chandler had organized the toys in the basement!  He also likes to rearrange his room monthly.  I mean bed, dresser and all.  He's kinda funny that way, tee hee. He also likes to get in my spice cabinet and rearrange, which secretly I don't like.  It's that whole my kitchen thing, some of you will get that ;)  The last thing he spent his money on is what you see here.  He is taking off the old paint on his bike and repainting it.  Bought new grips for the handle bars and new tires for the rims.  What does it cost me?  Sadness as I think about him growing up so fast, a can of paint or two because he is running low on cash.  What have I harvested?  Character.

I love them, but mostly I love God for leading them and giving them desires.  I am thankful for God leading me to let go and trust their desires to God.

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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Summer break. Do or don't?

This is a picture I took looking out from a museum in Chicago last summer.  Last summer I did the good mom thing.  You know, that one time in your life you get a good idea and actually follow through with it.  Now first of all I really don't mean the "good mom" thing.  I really try not to get hung up on that and guilt.  Try being the key word, it takes effort and Satan is sly in that area.

What I did was plan a field trip once a week somewhere.  I sent an email out inviting all our friends and the ones who could come did, when they could.  Each week it was different friends along.  It really was a good summer. 

This summer...we bought a house in August.  We also put in a huge garden, planted strawberries & blueberries, 2 apple trees, have sweeping gorgeous landscaping, and bought 20 chickens.  Top that with wanting to paint the remaining rooms in the house, change the carpet, sew new curtains for each room.  Oh there goes the "good woman" thing through my head.  I kid.

Now I am going to switch gears here after roughly 3 paragraphs and talk school, homeschool.  And I do spell it homeschool because it is one word and idea for me and it is in the dictionary that way!  Each year of school is different for us.  When we first began like most we took off the 3 or so months called summer.  Then the boys got older and me too.  Spring rolled around every year like clock work and we became restless.  I wanted to get out and garden the boys wanted to get out and play in the hose.  So we changed the way we do our school breaks.  The way I am going to tell you we do it is really just so I can have a grand post on a Saturday morning while the kids are enjoying a lazy morning playing Wii.  Take what seems good to you, think it over and use it if it will help.  If it won't and you just don't do it that way consider it a dose of good old medicine, a good chuckle.

When "school" stops we normally don't.  They still practice their musical instrument the same amount of time.  They still read their Bible and have time with God in quiet.  They still read a book just now they may be able to choose it if I allow it ;)  Free choice gotta love it.  Finally they will continue to do a math lesson everyday.  They will be done by 10 at the latest and there is still a daily routine.  Their whole lives they will have a daily routine.  I hope it always includes God, music and reading for pleasure.  We may or may not do a unit study together.  I have Answers in Genesis Pilgrim's Progress unit study that I have set out the past 4 years, maybe we will get to it.  We do take off music and math in July because that is when we take our 2 week vacation and after a 2 week break away from the garden it takes 2 weeks to get the weeds back in check.

That is what we do.  What works for you?

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

My second born's new blog

Bryce my car guy has started a new business and a new blog.  Stop by to learn a few things and support a young man! 

http://bryce-cardetails.blogspot.com/

My Chicken Noodle Soup

Here is my chicken noodle soup recipe. Tom and the boys love it and I dream of one day calling it Grandma's Chicken Noodle Soup.


Buy a whole chicken from an Amish farmer. Put it in a pot of boiling water, about 12 cups or to cover it. Add some dry herbs like basil, oregano, thyme, red pepper flakes by the cap full and salt & pepper. When the chicken is done pull it out and let it cool. Keep the water boiling and add about 8 carrots sliced into rounds, 1 huge onion diced and 3 ribs of celery diced. Cook until soft. In a cast iron skillet saute in butter 12 oz of sliced mushrooms. When they are done add to it a big splash of lemon juice. Now add this to the soup. Pull apart the chicken into bit size chunks, add to soup. I buy frozen noodles I think they are Reames brand. They are in the frozen food section and they are like homemade noodles. Thick and chewy. Add these the last few minutes of cook time. I also do one more thing. You may be asking yourself where is the garlic? I chop up about 5 big cloves and add it right before ladling so that you get all the nice raw benefits and salty taste.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Why bother with handmade soap? Is it really better for you?

Have you ever tried a bar of old-fashioned handmade soap? Are you worried you will burn your skin or have scaly itchy dry skin when you hear of lye in handmade soap? Well, let me ease your fears and tell you exactly what real handmade soap is. Soap can not be made without lye. Oils and lye mix in a process called saponification resulting in soap. The soap cures for 24 hours and is ready to cut and there are then no traces of lye left. Soap is cured depending on the soap maker between 3-6 weeks. This lets the soap rest and harden. The longer it sets the harder and milder it becomes.
Now that is the short of it but there are many different oils and additives you can put into your soap. I basically use 5 ORGANIC oils, olive, coconut, sunflower, sweet almond & palm. The basic additives I use are ORGANIC cocoa butter, raw unfiltered Indiana honey, ORGANIC fresh ground oats, poppy seeds, and 100 % pure essential oils. I have made a bar of blueberry that is from a fragrance oil.

There are many differences in handmade soap and store bought soap. Handmade soap has tons of natural glycerin in it. Factory soap makers take the glycerin out to make lotions and skin creams which is why after a shower using store bought soap you have to put on lotion! Handmade soap leaves all the good stuff in it. Handmade soap uses no chemicals or detergents. Factory soap is mostly detergent and adds so many chemicals you would have to put each one into the Environmental Working Group database to find out the danger of each ingredient. Which is what I have done for you.

If you take a stroll down a Wal-Mart isle you will find many selections of bar soap. Dove, Olay, Ivory, Caress, Yardley of London, Camay, Canus Goat’s Milk, Tone, the options keep going. EWG rated all these soaps based on the ingredients in them. The scale ratings are 0-2 as low hazard, 3-6 moderate hazard and 7-10 high hazard. Now you understand we are rating hazardous to our health people!
Lever rates an 8
Olay rates a 6
Everyone else rates a 5

What are the ingredients that are hazardous? Let’s look at some.
Lever 2000 ingredient list from packaging:

WATER, AMMONIUM LAURYL SULFATE, AMMONIUM LAURETH SULFATE, COCAMIDOPROPYL BETAINE, GLYCERIN, FRAGRANCE, PEG-10 SUNFLOWER GLYCERIDES, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE (VITAMIN E ACETATE), RETINYL PALMITATE (VITAMIN A PALMITATE), PANTHENOL (PROVITAMIN B5), PANAX GINSENG ROOT EXTRACT (GINSENG), COCAMIDE MEA, PEG-5 COCAMIDE, POLYQUATERNIUM-10, AMMONIUM CHLORIDE, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, TETRASODIUM EDTA, ETIDRONIC ACID, METHYLCHLOROISOTHIAZOLINONE, METHYLISOTHIAZOLINONE, BLUE 1 (CI 42090), GREEN 3 (CI 42053).
We will look at just a couple of these ingredients. The fragrance used could cause neurotoxicity, allergies/immunotoxicity at a level of 8 on a scale of 0-10.

The synthetic form of Vitamin A which is retinyl palmitate has been shown to cause cancer, developmental/reproductive toxicity, organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), biochemical or cellular level changes. Again at a risk level of 8 on a scale of 0-10.

Now are you going to get cancer from using these products? Maybe we should be asking another question. Are you okay with moderately risking your health ever single time you shower?
I also looked up some soap companies with a rating of 0 and 1. I also listed if they were organic (OG) and the price per bar and ounce.

By Valenti True Castile right near here in Shamburg, IL (Chicago) rates a 0 at $7 for a 5oz bar/OG
Kiss My Face rates a 0 at $3.99 for an 8 oz bar NOT OG
Trader Joes Oatmeal & Honey rates a 0
Coastal Creations Oatmeal which is the face bar I use to use rates a 0 and is now $9 per 3.5oz and is NOT OG
Aubrey Organics Evening Primrose rates a 0 at $5.95 for a 4 oz bar and the only OG ingredient is the evening primrose oil!
Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint rates a 1 at $4.49 for a 5oz bar/OG


We personally test our soaps on ourselves so we know it will be gentle to your skin. We also put in each ingredient at the EWG database and our soap rates a 0. You can also feel good about buying a bar because each recipe is thought out and each oil has different health benefits. Each bar is hand cut, weighed, stamped and wrapped. You are buying the best product we can provide for the best possible price.
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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Farewell to Soup...you will be missed

Last week the weather here was 89 and sunny! Today it is rainy and 39! That's Indiana for ya and the forcast is rainy and 50 for the next 8 days. So when life throws you lemons you make lemonade.


As the cold weather came back in I found myself wanting soup. I realized that soon we will be in the middle of summer and eating garden fresh tomatoes with basil and mozzarella, Romaine & spinach salads, grilled hamburgers and hot dogs. Soon we will not be thinking of soup and I really, really like soup. So this week while we can enjoy soup we will be savoring chicken noodle soup, tomato bisque and others.

I am also hosting a blog hop! What is your favorite soup? Recipe?

Bloggers make a post on your blog come back here and leave a link. Non-bloggers feel free to leave a comment below. I simply ask that you leave a link back to my blog. I will leave it open until next Sunday. Let's have fun!