A Proverbs 31 Woman Provides Food for her Family

Vinegar in waiting for the chive blossoms

Vinegar in waiting for the chive blossoms

 

Proverbs 31: 10-31

A wife of noble character who can find?
She is worth far more than rubies. Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.

 She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.

 She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands.

She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar.

 She gets up while it is still night;

she provides food for her family
and portions for her female servants.

She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.

She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.

 She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night.

In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers.

She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.

When it snows, she has no fear for her household;  for all of them are clothed in scarlet.

She makes coverings for her bed;  she is clothed in fine linen and purple.

Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.

She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes.

 She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.

 She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.

She watches over the affairs of her household  and does not eat the bread of idleness.

Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:

 “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.”

 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

Honor her for all that her hands have done,and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

A Proverbs 31 woman provides food for her household. She plans in advance and works for the good of her home.

Chives grow like weeds, the blossoms only bloom in the spring but then you have chives all summer, fall and  winter.
Chive blossoms make beautiful flower arrangements, taste delicious chopped in salads or steeped in vinegar and supply us with vitamin C. Blossoms steeped in vinegar for a week or two give a gentle taste of onion with a beautiful pink color.

Gently wash organic chive blossoms to remove dirt and bugs. Let dry. Pour your favorite vinegar into a jar, then add chive blossoms. Let steep for a week or two in cool dark place. Wha-la- Chive blossom vinegar!Use in homemade salad dressings, serve salads with oil and chive vinegar on side, sprinkle over fried fish, sautéed kale or dandelion greens. . .!photo

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Add cleaned chopped chive blossoms to your favorite vinegar and steep in cool dark place for a week or two

Add cleaned chopped chive blossoms to your favorite vinegar and steep in cool dark place for a week or two

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Are You Physically Empowered? Your pH Level Tells it All

 

 

watermelonTo live an Empowered Life- you must take care of your spirit, soul and body. If we live a holy life honoring God with our whole heart yet  forget to fuel our body (temple of Holy Spirit) with premium fuel- we suffer. I want to run this race to win (I Corinthians 9:24)the prize like an Olympic gold medalist.  To do this I’ve got to be intentional about how I fuel my body.

God designed everything to be in perfect order, our bodies included. He designed us to be kept at a delicate pH balance of 7.365, and our internal temperature at 98.6. Every cell, organ and bodily function are dependent on those being kept in that order. When they aren’t, our bodies start to degenerate; suffer pain, age prematurely, gain excess weight, get cancer, heart disease, diabetes. . .  So, the key  to keep our body running at optimum levels just like God designed is to keep our body at the pH and temperature He designed us for.

The pH scale goes from 1-14 – 7 being neutral. Anything below 7 is acid, and anything above 7 is base or alkaline.

As you know a fish aquarium must be kept at proper pH or the fish die. A swimming pool has to be kept at a proper pH so bacteria can’t grow. Your body must be kept at proper pH level or your body degenerates and suffers disease.   What we eat and drink helps keep our body at the optimum pH level. Sleep, rest, stress and exercise also contribute to our pH level.

How we live and what we eat will determine how we run the race before us. To make healthy food choices we need to look at the pH level of the food we eat. We need to choose a balance of healthy foods. Sometimes even when eating healthy our pH level is still acid. We need to monitor our pH level until we are in the optimum range every day. The only way to know what our pH level is, is to buy a pH tester and test through out the day. You’ll be shocked at how much raw fruit and vegetables you need to eat to maintain your level.

Every pH food chart you look at online ranks foods a little differently. It categorizes foods from most alkaline to most acid. On one site you’ll see a food ranked low alkaline and another it is low acid. The reason for discrepancy  is; all foods are grown in different soils with different nutrient levels. Take for instance a home grown tomato, ours planted in fertile organic soil produces a fruit that doesn’t even resemble the flavor, texture or nutrition of the ones in the grocery store. Some charts say a tomato is alkaline some say low acid- you get the point. Eat as organic and homegrown as you can for optimum nutrition.

pH test strips- can be bought at any health food store

pH test strips- can be bought at any health food store

Most Americans are overly acid.  The standard American diet is acid forming food;  processed breads, deserts, soda’s, pasta, sugar, beer, fast food, lack of rest and an overload of stress.

An Empowered life runs at the optimum pH level of 7.365 so that we can run and not be weary. God gives each of us talents to use for His glory. Are you living up to the high calling of God in Christ Jesus in your life? Or is your health getting in the way? Come on- let’s run this race! I struggle too, I love coffee and junk as much as you do- but I can’t let it rule me. In order to have my French pressed organic coffee in the morning I have to eat a huge bowl of fruit to off set the acid. If that doesn’t work, I may need more rest.

This was my breakfast today. I did add a tablespoon of Greek yogurt and a cup of coffee(acid) 3/4 alkaline 1/4 acid

This was my breakfast today. I did add a tablespoon of Greek yogurt and a cup of coffee(acid) 3/4 alkaline 1/4 acid

To eat healthy we need a balance of alkaline and healthy acids. The majority of our food needs to be alkaline.  Let’s try to make 3/4 of our plate alkaline and 1/4 healthy acid.

Alkaline foods- this is by far exhaustive

Lemons

Watermelon

Limes

Grapefruit

Mangoes

Papayas

Asparagus

Onions

Parsley

Raw spinach

Broccoli

Garlic

Kale

Cucumber

Avocado

Bell peppers

Amaranth

Dates

Figs

Melons

Grapes

Kiwi

Berries

Apples

Pears

Raisons

Cantaloupes

Okra

Squash

Green beans

Beets

Celery

Lettuce

Quinoa

Zucchini

Sweet potato

Oranges

Bananas

Pineapple

Peaches

Tomato

Fresh corn

Mushrooms

Cabbage

Peas

Olives

Potato skin

Pumpkin

Almonds

Chestnuts

Millet

Coconut oil

Avocado oil

Olive oil

Flax oil

Cod liver oil

Almond oil

Sprouted grains

Lemon water

Green tea

Kombucha

Apple cider vinegar

Raw honey

Maple syrup

Raw sugar

Raw goat milk

Goat cheese, whey

Wild rice

 

Acid foods- this is by far exhaustive

Processed honey

White sugar

Brown sugar

Molasses

White flour

White rice

Brown rice

Pasta

Pastries

Wheat bread

Kidney beans

Pinto beans

Lima beans

Navy beans

Peanuts

Prunes

Potato

Eggs

Stress

Smoking

Processed food

Butter

Yogurt

Raw cow milk

Cottage cheese

Cheese

Ice cream

Coffee

Beef

Chicken

Pork

Venison – lowest acid

Fish- cold water, lowest acid

Equal, Nutrasweet,sweet ‘N Low-highest acid

Beer

Soft drinks

Lack of sleep

 

Watermelon Rind Pickles- Fermented (Highest Alkaline)

1 rind from an organic watermelon- Wash watermelon. Eat or drink the pink part- also nutritious. Chop the rind into 1 inch pieces and put inside large jar

2 tablespoons Sea Salt

2 tablespoons whey (if you don’t have this just add an additional tablespoon of salt to the above measurement)

1 quart water- Add salt and whey to the water and stir, then pour on top of rind in jar. Cover.

Let sit in 72-80 degrees for three days then put in refrigerator. It may need to be burped to release air once in a while on counter.

Watermelon rind contains a compound known as citrulline, according to a study published in the June 2005 issue of the “Journal of Chromatography.” Citrulline might serve up a range of medicinal benefits. Evidence in the March 2011 edition of the “Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture” suggests that the citrulline in watermelon rinds gives it antioxidant effects that protect you from free-radical damage. Additionally, citrulline converts to arginine, an amino acid vital to the heart, circulatory system and immune system. Nutritional facts about watermelon

Salmon puffs with sweet potato and alkaline salad-3/4 of the plate is alkaline-1/4 is healthy acid

Dilled Salmon Puffs with sweet potato and alkaline salad (fermented lemon peel, cantaloupe apple, dates, spinach, lettuce, beets, flax oil)-3/4 of the plate is alkaline-1/4 is healthy acid

Dilled Salmon Puff’s w/ Avocado

8 oz. can of wild salmon- crush bones and keep for calcium or toss bones out
1 avocado- peel, pit and mash avocado
1 beaten egg
1/3 cup fresh dill, shopped
salt to taste
Mix all ingredients in bowl. Grease muffin pan and fill each 1/2 full. Bake in 375 degree oven for 20 min’s or until done.
Serve with a alkaline filled salad on the side and baked sweet potato. We put fermented lemon peels on every salad. Lemon is in the top seven high alkaline foods.

An alkaline desert or on the go food

An alkaline desert or on the go food

Banana Bread- Lowest Alkaline

6 eggs
1/3 cup coconut milk- I crack a coconut open and use fresh. You can use  canned
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 tsp. organic vanilla
8 tablespoons coconut oil, melted (or butter)
3/4 cup coconut flour
1/2 cup almond flour (I used walnut this time)
2 tsps. baking powder
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1 cup ripe banana’s, mashed
Mix all ingredient s well. Pour into muffin pan or loaf pan. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 25-50 mins. Depends on if you’re making muffins or loaf and what you’re baking in glass, metal or ceramic.
Cool for 10 min’s before inverting.
Spaghetti squash and meatballs w/ alkaline salad- 3/4 of plate is alkaline 1/4 healthy acid

Spaghetti squash and meatballs w/ alkaline salad- 3/4 of plate is alkaline 1/4 healthy acid- salad has fermented lemons on it, parsley, spinach, tomatoes, kale and cucumber w/ olive oil

Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs

1 spaghetti squash (alkaline)
Tomato sauce (lowest alkaline)
Olive oil(alkaline)
Raw goat cheese- shredded(alkaline)
1 lb. venison (lowest acid)
 1. Prepare spaghetti squash. Cut squash  in half, take seeds and stringy part out, baste with oil and bake for 50 mins in 450 degree oven. When done,  scrape inside of squash out with a large spoon. Looks like spaghetti! Toss salt and olive oil  to taste.
2. Prepare tomato sauce. Sauté one chopped onion and 4 diced garlic cloves in 2 tablespoons olive oil until done. Add 12 oz. fire roasted crushed tomatoes, chopped fresh rosemary and chopped thyme to taste into sautéed onions and garlic. Stir and simmer.
3. Prepare goat cheese- shred finely  or use crumbled
4. Prepare meatballs- in a bowl, add raw venison or hamburger, one beaten egg, 1/3 cup finely diced onions and salt to taste. Form into balls. Heat 3 tablespoons olive oil in frying pan. Add the meatballs to the hot oil. Fry until slightly browned on one side then flip to next side . Brown on that side and then continue cooking till done.
Put a serving of spaghetti squash on each plate, top with tomato sauce, a couple meatballs, more sauce then with goat cheese.
A cup of green matcha tea is delicious- I add a little frothed raw goat milk- Green tea is very alkaline and goat milk is low alkaline. I could add a little raw honey to this and it would still be alkaline

A cup of green matcha tea is delicious- I add a little frothed raw goat milk- Green tea is very alkaline and goat milk is low alkaline. I could add a little raw honey to this and it would still be alkaline

Fresh orange juice- drink immediately after juicing for optimal enzymes

Fresh orange juice- drink immediately after juicing for optimal enzymes- Alkaline

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Eating Your Weeds- Milk Thistle for Your Liver

Butterflies enjoying Milk Thistle next to barn

Butterflies enjoying Milk Thistle next to barn

Jonathan is doing well. Would you continue to pray? He needs our prayers. Thank you!! After walking the halls of  the hospital  and seeing all the sick people it makes you want to be healthy, doesn’t it! Hence, this post on Milk Thistle.

Milk Thistle is growing all over our property. For years I thought they were a pain and to some extent they are if you touch the thorns. They’re weeds that literally grow like wild here in VA.  Our cows and sheep wouldn’t eat them, nor our goats! Finally I did some research and found that God was saving them for us. The above ground parts and seeds are medicinal.

The seeds most often are used for liver and gallbladder disorders.

Some people use milk thistle for diabetes, diseases of the spleen, prostate, cancer, depression and, uterus. It is also used for allergy symptoms. They also have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

In foods, milk thistle leaves (cooked)and flowers are eaten as a vegetable for salads and a substitute for spinach. The seeds can be used to make coffee substitute and tea.

I’m using my Milk Thistle seeds raw on salads, in our smoothies and in our oatmeal. Having a healthy liver is vital for our health. Here are just a few things the liver does:
*Controls the production and removal of cholesterol
*Makes clotting factors
*Produces immune factors such as gamma gobulin
*Creates bile to help digest food and absorb nutrients
*Helps to clear the body of waste, toxins, and drugs
*Helps to maintain blood pressure
*Helps to support the liver’s ability to regenerate damaged tissue
*Reduces inflammation of the liver and gallbladder
*Improves digestion by stimulating bile production
*Helps to detoxify the liver from poisons
*Provides the body with antioxidants
*Helps to treat cirrhosis of the liver, jaundice, and chronic hepatitis.

Milk Thistle is a super nutrient for liver health. For more info on Milk Thistle read these links:

http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/benefits-of-milk-thistle-seed/

http://naturallivingsocal.blogspot.com/2012/04/milk-thistle-seed-liver-regenerator.html

http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/milk-thistle-benefits-and-side-effects

“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.” I Cor. 6:19-20

Chop the tops off the milk thistle plant-wear gloves

Chop the tops off the milk thistle plant-wear gloves

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Let the tops dry for a week in a dry place

Pull the purple top out and you'll find this fluffy stuff with seeds on the ends

Pull the purple top out and you’ll find this fluffy stuff with seeds on the ends

I held the fluffy part and with one gentle tug the seeds came off easy. If you do a bunch you can shake the heads in a big bag and the seeds will drop to the bottom of the bag.

I held the fluffy part and with one gentle tug the seeds came off easy. If you do a bunch you can shake the heads in a big bag and the seeds will drop to the bottom of the bag.

We eat the seeds on our salad, in our smoothies and in our oatmeal

We eat the seeds on our salad, in our smoothies and in our oatmeal

 

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Elderberry Elixir- Flu and Virus Remedy

Elderberry Elixer

Elderberry elixir

Elderberry is prolific on the Glasgow Farm. Our honey bees were in bee heaven early this summer with all the  Elderberry blossoms. Elderberry is famous for it’s ability to treat flu and virus symptoms.  This was my first year to make my very own Elderberry elixir. For years I had read how Elderberry  trumps Tamilfu for flu and virus remedy ability, so I decided to make a batch! It is so like God to put the very remedies we need in close proximity to us.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20
“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.”

Elderberry Elixir Recipe
Two pint canning jar (or other glass jar that seals well)
Two cups washed ripe elderberries (it took an hour to pick the ripe one’s from the unripe!)
Two cups of high quality brandy
One cup of raw honey
Pour all ingredients into mixing bowl together and stir well. Pour into sterilized pint-sized jars. Secure top on and shake carefully. Let sit in cool dark place for four to six weeks. Strain well, reserving liquid and store in airtight jar in cool, dark place. You don’t have to strain if you don’t want. Shake  before using. Store in small tincture bottles if you have any. The elderberry tincture (elixir) will last a year or more. This is the first year I have made it! The remedy goes back to Hippocrates.

Take a teaspoon every three hours at onset of flu or virus. You can put a teaspoon into a cup of water and drink as well.  Take until well! If you’ve come into contact with someone with the flu or virus I suggest to take 3 or 4 times a day.
Of course- rest and eat chicken soup along with your Elderberry elixir!

“Elderberries have been a folk remedy for centuries. Elderberry is used for its antioxidant activity, to lower cholesterol, to improve vision, to boost the immune system, to improve heart health and for coughs, colds, flu, bacterial and viral infections and tonsilitis. Bioflavonoids and other proteins in the juice destroy the ability of cold and flu viruses to infect a cell. People with the flu who took elderberry juice reported less severe symptoms and felt better much faster than those who did not. Elderberry juice was used to treat a flu epidemic in Panama in 1951.”

Make sure you don’t eat unripe elderberries, the stem or leaves. They can make you very sick.

A Elderberry bunch- the unripe ones and the stems are dangerous to eat. Only use the ripe berries, the black ones

An Elderberry bunch- the unripe ones and the stems are dangerous to eat. Only use the ripe berries, the black ones

Unripe elderberries, in addition to the plant’s leaves, twigs, stems and roots, contain traces of cyanide- So be careful!

Elderberry Elixier ingredients: Raw honey, good quality brandy and Elderberries

Elderberry elixir ingredients: Raw honey, good quality brandy and ripe Elderberries

Pour all ingredients into mixing bowl

Pour all ingredients into mixing bowl

 

Stir elderberries, brandy and honey

Stir elderberries, brandy and honey together

Pour into pint sized jars-this recipe fit into 2 pint jars

Pour into clean pint-sized jars-this recipe fit into 2 pint jars

 

Elderberry Elixier

Elderberry elixir

 

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Elderberry elixir Secure top on and let sit for 4-6 weeks. You can strain out the berries at that point or let them stay and get stronger.

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You can order  Elderberry bushes from  Gurneys.com.

 

Elderberry tree/bush grew up  through our baler

Elderberry tree/bush grew up through our Baler they would take over our field if we let them!

 

Elderberry bush hanging over bunny

Elderberry bush hanging over bunny

Mulberry Harvesting-10 Ideas of What to do With Mulberries

 

We have five Mulberry trees on the farm.

We have five Mulberry trees on the farm.

Who doesn’t love-making memories or recounting old ones? This past weekend 200 people came to our farm to enjoy family and friends. Dale and I had harvested mulberries the day they got here. Buckets and buckets  were waiting to be processed in my kitchen. My first thought was, I need to get this cleared out of here before all our company comes. But then they arrived before I could get to them and the mulberries became the focus of the night.

 

Many older people who strolled through the kitchen  mentioned the memories of seeing piles of harvest in their grandparents kitchens when they were growing up. They would bring the younger people aside and tell tales of their families mulberry picking and how incredulous it was! Even people who had no memories of mulberries were mesmerized by the mountains of produce in our kitchen. It must be something innate in mankind to feel the pleasure of a bountiful harvest.  I processed the mulberries that night and many who came through said they would never forget the wonderful memory made in our kitchen.

Mulberries are rather mild in flavor, but chock full of nutrients. God planted our Mulberry trees Himself, He knew we would need them. I’ve put up three bushels so far and we’ve only harvested for 2 days! That’s almost 30 gallons! Thank You Lord, You are our Provider!

Ideas for Mulberries:

1. Make a mulberry pie. Find your favorite blackberry pie recipe and substitute mulberries for the blackberries. Just remember–they’re not as sweet.

2. Make a mulberry cobbler. 1 cup of baking flour (I use Pamela’s baking mix it’s gluten free. You can use self rising flour), 1 cup organic sugar, 3/4 cup milk (I use raw), 2 teaspoons vanilla and 1 stick of butter. Melt butter in bottom of baking dish. Mix flour, sugar, milk and vanilla together then spread on top of melted butter. Mix 2 cups of mulberries in 1/3 cup of sugar- heat to melt sugar.  Pour on top of flour mixture in baking dish. Bake for 35-40 minutes in 375 oven–or until done (won’t wiggle when you shake it). Serve with homemade ice cream! Eat on front porch with family and friends. This is truly delicious!

Mulberry Cobbler

Mulberry Cobbler- I ran out of organic sugar so I used 1/2 organic brown sugar in this cobbler- hence the darker color

3. Make mulberry pancakes. Use my pancake recipe, add mulberries to the mix and top with whipped cream and berries on top.

4. Make mulberry smoothie. 1 cup of yogurt, 1/3 cup crushed or juiced mulberries, 1 tablespoon coconut oil, 1 tsps. raw honey and 1/2 tsps. organic vanilla- you can add nuts or flax seeds if you eat with a spoon.

5. Make oatmeal with mulberries. After my oatmeal is ready I add butter, honey, raw milk and a handful of frozen mulberries to the top. YUM!

6. Make mulberry granola.  4 cups walnuts, ½  teaspoon celtic sea salt, ½ cup water, 4  dates pitted and chopped, 5 dried apricots  chopped, ½ cup dried mulberries, 1 teaspoon cinnamon

7. Make your favorite salad and pour fresh or dehydrated mulberries on top.

Dehydrating mulberries in dehydrator

Dehydrating mulberries in dehydrator

8. Make homemade mulberry ice cream. I use 4 cups of raw milk, 1 cup organic sugar, 5 organic and free range egg yolks and 2 tsps. vanilla. Mix all and let sit in fridge for an hour or so. Pour into ice cream maker–use your directions for how long to process. Mine takes 25 minutes. In the last five minutes I add 1/2 cup of crushed mulberries. When I serve the ice cream I add more berries to top!

9. Eat by themselves!

10. Make mulberry muffins. Use your favorite recipe and substitute mulberries for any fruit called for in recipe.

Make sure you don’t use the unripe ones, unless of course you’re in need of a laxative! After you harvest mulberries they deteriorate quickly. They’ll stay good for a couple of days, they keep longer in the fridge.

“Mulberries are very high in antioxidants, which help the body cleanse damaged cells which lead to many complications. They also contain large amounts of vitamin C as well as Vitamin K, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, really high levels of Iron, and Dietary Fiber which all help to give the body and mind incredible energy to live happy and healthy lives! They are also high in minerals like potassium, manganese, and magnesium and contain the B vitamins, B6, Niacin, Riboflavin, and Folic Acid.

Mulberries contain flavinoids and phyto-nutrients and are extremely high in anthocyanins which help to fight against cancer as well as reduce aging and neurological diseases, inflammation, diabetes, and bacterial infections. The berries also contain resveratrol, a powerful blood flow increasing antioxidant which you have probably heard promoted through the wine industry as their new claim to fame. Resveratrol is a powerful healer for many conditions such as aging diseases, inflammation, and a number one go to as part of an herbal protocol for the treatment of lymes disease.” Nutrition facts from www.ReturntoNature.us.

The Mulberry tree is directly behind everyone

The Mulberry tree is directly behind everyone

Dale harvested 30 gallons of mulberries  in two days! 4 hours of labor. There's a ton left to harvest!

Dale harvested 30 gallons of mulberries in two days! 4 hours of labor. There’s a ton left to harvest! He puts a sheet on the ground below the branches and then shakes the branches. The ripe ones gently fall onto the sheet. Easier than picking blackberries amongst thorns and poison ivy!

Mulberries make a great all natural dye for clothes!

Mulberries make a great all natural dye for clothes and fingernails!

Mulberry smoothie! Homemade plain yogurt, raw honey, mulberries and a little  organic vanilla-YUM!

Mulberry smoothie! Homemade plain yogurt, raw honey, mulberries and a little organic vanilla-YUM! We eat them on our salads too! Dehydrate, freeze or can the berries for preservation!

Making memories

And He said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest. Luke 10:2

Every time we have a bountiful harvest, I think of that verse and it convicts me to bring in God’s harvest!  People are ripe for hearing the Good News of Jesus, we just need to do it!

 

Eating Weeds for Your Health-Dandelion Fritters & Sautéed Dandelion Greens

Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.  3 John 1:2

Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.
3 John 1:2

I started the week off by making Dandelion Fritters! Yep, with the weeds from our yard.  Dandelions are the most amazing plant ever and just to think people spray killer on them in their yards. Don’t use yours if you’ve sprayed them!! The flowers, the greens and the roots are all medicinal. The flowers  taste a lot like zucchini blossoms, if you’ve ever had those. They’re addicting with your favorite dressing or with honey!

Dandelions are SO good for you; for liver disorders, diabetes, acne, cancer, anemia, for your  bone health, helps in weight loss and the list goes on. . . Read the benefits here! The juice inside the steam of the flower is used for warts, age spots on skin and other skin aliments.  1 cup of dandelion provides vitamin A (186% RDA) and vitamin C (21% RDA)! One cup of chopped dandelion greens are  good sources of vitamins B1, B2, B6, vitamin E  and especially abundant in vitamin K (357% RDA)!

Dandelion Fritters

A bunch of cleaned dandelion flowers—only use clean and organic, meaning no pesticides.

1 egg, beaten

1/3 cup of cornstarch-organic if possible

¼ cup of flour-(I use GF flour)

½ cup of water

Oil for sauteing

Salt and pepper to taste.

Mix egg, cornstarch, flour, water and salt together. Let sit for 10 min-gets thicker. Then dip dandelion flower’s into the batter. Drop on to hot greased skillet. Cook on medium high for 3-4 minutes and flip. Flatten down with spatula and cook for another 3-4 minutes until slightly browned and becomes soft inside.

Dandelion Greens w/ Walnuts and Blue Cheese- (The greens are on the bitter side. Go easy when you first start eating and build up your amount- they are a powerhouse)

Bunch of washed Dandelion greens- in the spring time they are the best, tender— I use all summer

2-3 garlic cloves minced

¼ cup of olive oil or grape seed oil, plus 2 tablespoons

Balsamic vinegar spray

4 ounce crumbled blue cheese—I used my homemade goat feta

Chopped walnuts

Chopped dates

In skillet, saute garlic in a tablespoon of oil. Add dandelion greens and additional 2 tablespoons of oil, cook until they wilt- just a minute or so. Transfer to serving dish. Spray balsamic vinegar over the greens, sprinkle with chopped nuts, blue cheese, chopped dates and salt if you want.

Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers. 3 John 1:2

One of many dandelion plants

One of our many dandelion plants

 

 Dip dandelions into batter and then onto a very hot greased skillet. Fry for 3-4 minutes on medium high then flip and flatten just a little with spaula

Dip dandelions into batter and then onto a very hot greased skillet. Fry for 3-4 minutes on medium high then flip and flatten just a little with

spatula

 Flipped and flattened

Flipped and flattened

YUMMY Dandelion Fritters!! dip in your favorite sauce (mine was curds with garlic and seasonings) or honey. HONEY is DELICIOUS with it!

YUMMY Dandelion Fritters!! dip in your favorite sauce (mine was curds with garlic and seasonings) or honey. HONEY is DELICIOUS with it!

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Saute with garlic in oil

Saute with garlic in oil

Yummy and healthy

Yummy and healthy

Dandelion Blossom Syrup

Dandelion Blossom Syrup

Easter with family!

Valentine’s Day Goodies

Valentine’  Day Goodies- Glazed sugar cookies,Chocolate Bottom Macaroons and Meringue Cookies

This year for Valentine’s Day make your own decadent sweets that say, “I love you.”  Then sit down with the people you love and explain why you’re not joining the millions who are buying the commercial candies.

Millions of people are suffering with infertility, chronic digestive diseases, cancer, autism, and countless other unexplained illnesses.  Most of these issues were not widespread 30 years ago. What has happened?

For one thing, Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s) have become a normal staple in the American diet.  The scary part of it all is that the average consumer has no idea what they really are- and how bad they are for them.

In test studies, animals being fed steady diets of GMO’s showed large increase in pre-cancerous cell growth, damaged immune systems, smaller brains, livers, testicles, partial atrophy (or increased density of the liver), odd shaped cell nuclei, and other unexplained anomalies.  They also saw an increase in false pregnancies, and higher death rates. The GMO’s once consumed remain active in the body, long after eaten. They become a factory that doesn’t die, damaging intestinal walls, etc.

The more you read about these, the more you know that you don’t want to eat anything with a GMO in it. So, what foods have GMO’s?  First let me show you the top foods made with GMO’s.

Presently the top eight GMO foods are: Corn, Soybeans, Canola, Cottonseed, Sugar-Beets, Hawaiian Papaya (most), a small amount of Zucchini, and Yellow Squash.

This means that anything with a corn derivative, like corn syrup, or corn starch most likely has it in it.  This is true unless it says it is non- GMO or organic.  Organic foods do not have GMO’s in them.  Anything with a sugar derivative has great potential of being GM.

The purpose of this blog post:

Most all Valentine’s Day candy is made with corn syrup and sugar.  So, most all is genetically modified.  I personally don’t want to feed that to my family with all the side effects that can be life damaging. And, I don’t want you to be uneducated when you buy your candy this year either.  If you can afford it, you could buy organic chocolates or you could follow me and make your own Valentine Goodies!

It is more effort and money to eat healthy- but it is worth it.  The organic sugars are expensive but deserts are not our daily portion.  We’re eating deserts occasionally and on holidays.

For the Valentine Sugar Cookies, I used organic sugar and the glaze is made from organic powdered sugar, organic corn syrup, and all-natural color.

The Macaroons are made with almond flour, organic egg whites, and organic powdered sugar with organic dark chocolate on the bottoms.

The Meringues are made with organic egg whites and organic powdered sugar.

Still on my list to be made before Valentine’s Day are Chocolate Truffles…

I hope you have a happy and healthy Valentine’s Day!

You’ve got to watch the Genetic Roulette Movie–http://geneticroulettemovie.com/ shocking and amazing!

 

Romans 12:1-3 says it’s important to God how we take care of our body.

“I beseech you therefore brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”

 

The Healing Recipe- Chicken Soup

The Healing Recipe-Chicken Soup

The Healing Recipe- Chicken Soup

Soups and stocks made from the bones of chicken, fish, lamb, venison or beef contain minerals, gelatin, cartilage, collagen and electrolytes to help heal and give life.  For centuries it has been used to heal people. It’s been called Jewish Penicillin.  However, the tradition or art of making soup healthy has generally been lost. Two key factors to making it a super food; length of time cooked and organic ingredients.

Every ingredient listed in this recipe is vital for your health. Pour all in a large pot, simmer for many hours- and you’ve got a powerhouse all in one stock pot.  Soup or stock made the right way can help reduce inflammation, reduce joint pain, strengthen your immune system, repair intestinal wall from effects of IBS, Celiac and Crohn’s disease, be an antibiotic overuse and so much more.

If you want to be healthy eat this chicken soup.  If you want to boost your immune system- eat this soup.  If you need to bring a meal to a sick family- make this soup. If you want your house to smell heavenly- make this soup.  If you’ve had a lot of health issues for a long season- eat at least one serving of this once a day, every day, and enjoy!

The Healing Recipe- Chicken Soup

2 1/2 gallons filtered cold water- (You can lessen this if your pot isn’t big enough)

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

4-6 tablespoons organic extra virgin coconut oil

1 medium organic, free range or kosher whole chicken

5 organic carrots, peeled and sliced

6 stalks organic celery, sliced

2-4 organic zucchini, sliced

2 large or 3 medium organic onions, diced

2 heaping tablespoons of grated ginger( buy in jar or fresh and grate)

5 cloves garlic, diced or minced (less if garlic bothers you more if you love garlic)

2-4 tablespoons high mineral Celtic sea salt

1 large can of organic fire roasted crushed tomatoes

2 cups of uncooked organic brown rice

1 large bunch organic parsley

*curds- see below

Every ingredient is vital in this recipe, except for the crushed tomatoes and rice. Those two are the only ingredients that can be left out. If you leave them out it will lack in flavor and filling, but it will be healthier to your body. For a very sick person you must not add tomatoes and rice.  This recipe has helped rejuvenate many a sick people.

Importance of each ingredient:

1. Filtered water- I use our well water it is 275 feet deep, has been tested for pollutants (has none) and is filtered. It is better water than you can buy at the store.  If you don’t have access to good water buy filtered water.  Do not use chemical laden city water. Make sure your water is cold when you put the ingredients in.  This helps fibers open slowly, releasing nutrients and optimum flavor.

2. Apple cider vinegar- Helps draw minerals from the bones and into your soup.

3. Organic extra virgin coconut oil- Even though a whole chicken has plenty of fat-you’re adding this for your health. It contains large amounts of lauric acid, which have potent anti-fungal and antimicrobial properties.

4. Organic chicken- if at all possible use organic chicken. It has so much more nutrients for your health. Bones from beef, lamb, wild game, turkey, and duck can all be used to make a good broth or stock if you don’t have a chicken.  Bones can be saved in zip lock bags in the freezer until it’s time to make up a batch of stock.  They can be bought, too, from local natural-foods stores.

5. Carrots- rich sources of carotenoids, B vitamins, phosphorus, calcium and all important iodine. Use organic.

6. Zucchini- restores sodium-exhausted liver.

7. Onions- Contain carotenoids, B complex vitamins, C vitamin, calcium, magnesium, potassium and sulphur compounds. They help kidney function and have antibacterial properties.

6. Ginger- It is an anti-inflammatory so it to help arthritis, pain, inflammation and stiffness. Ginger improves the absorption and assimilation of essential nutrients in the body. It helps ease gas and sick stomach.

8. Garlic- Antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and antibiotic properties just to name a few benefits. Read this article for a list of the other things it is good for http://naturalsociety.com/benefits-of-garlic/ .

9. Fire roasted crushed organic tomatoes- This should not be included in your soup if you have sensitivity to salicylates, the nightshade family of foods, or if you have severe digestive issues. Roasted tomatoes give an added flavor our family enjoys.

10. Organic brown rice or quinoa- I add this for bulk not for nutrition, never ever use white rice. It has no nutritional value for your health.  If I’m making soup for a sick person, I do not add a simple starch like rice or quinoa, or the tomatoes.  If your intestinal tract is inflamed, you shouldn’t have tomatoes or rice until you are healed.

11. Mineral Celtic sea salt- Is high in organic iodine, contains trace minerals, sodium chloride and magnesium salts.

12. Parsley- http://naturalhealthtechniques.com/diet_nutritionparsleybenefits.htm The list is too long to write for the health benefits. Read it for yourself. Add to soup when it is finished cooking.

Parsley has a tripetide called glutathione. It’s a substance composed of 3 amino acids containing cysteine, glutamic acid and glycine, which serve as both a hydrogen acceptor and donor.  It acts as an antioxidant and can inactivate cancer causing agents that may damage cells.  It seems to neutralize rancid, oxidized fats that initiate the artery clogging process.  If parsley is cooked it can kill 30 to 60 percent of the glutathione, if it is canned it kills 100% of it.

That’s why I add it at the end of cooking- fresh.

*curds- if you have curds add a tablespoon to each individual bowl when the soup is cool to touch along with the parsley. Never add curds to a liquid above 110 degrees.  That would kill the good bacteria and living enzymes.  For instructions on how to make curds read this post: http://sharonglasgow.com/2012/07/how-to-make-curds-and-whey.

Where to find raw milk? http://www.realmilk.com/

Directions:

Place all ingredients (except for rice and parsley) into a large stock pot. Let sit for 10 min’s before you turn the heat on. Bring to slow boil then turn down to simmer for 10-24 hours! Yep, the longer you cook it the more nutrient dense it becomes. Simmering the broth, not boiling ensures clarity in the broth. 

Take chicken and bones out of pot. Add rice or quinoa to broth, cook until done.  Let chicken cool, pick chicken off the bones (the small bones will crush between your fingers-add those to the soup).  When rice is done add the chicken back to the broth.  Let it cool a bit before you eat.  You may freeze this. Eat every day for your health. You’ll know if you have a generous amount of gelatin in your soup, if when cooled it becomes thick. This is a super food for people with digestive issues, bone disorders, arthritis, cancer, Lyme disease, and other ailments.

If you make this for someone who is very ill you will need to puree it. Pureeing it helps in digestion process and takes work off the digestive system.

Recipe to get well:

1. Eat soup or clear stock at least once a day. Eat cultured plain yogurt every day- preferably unpasteurized.  If you’ve got major digestive issues only use goat dairy.  Eat organic eggs, meat, fish and fermented vegetables for the rest of your life.

2. Ask Jesus to heal you.

3. Read and believe James 5: 13-16

“Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray…Is anyone sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Confess your faults to one another, and pray for one another, you that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”

Chicken soup ingredients- I didn’t have Celtic Sea Salt, so I used regular sea salt

Put all ingredients in pot except for parsley and rice and bring to boil-turn down to simmer for 10-24 hours

Chicken soup without crushed tomatoes cooking

I like the added flavor of the fire roasted crushed tomatoes-only use organic tomatoes

I cooked this batch for 17 hours- sometimes I only have time for 10. The longer you cook it the more medicinal it is. The chicken is cooling in the bowl.

I ladled two quarts of broth off the top of my soup- we’ll drink a small cup of this with meals

Add neck, liver, gizzards to your soup. The neck falls apart and you’ll see the vertebrate after 17 hours of cooking, the bones crush easily. Crush them and add to the soup, if they aren’t cooked long enough they won’t crush, toss them out if they are hard. On the left you can see the vertebrate before i crush it. On the right, crushed it is soft.

I added a little quinoa to my soup, parsley and a dollop of curds when it cooled. If you don’t have homemade curds, add plain yogurt for the probiotic properties (Goat if you have digestive issues) Delicious!!

8 Fermented Food Recipes–For Your Health

The Flu is rampant! More than 50% of the nation is being hit with it right now. I’m taking precautions; eating healthier, getting sleep, washing my hands after being in public places and praying!

At every meal I’m eating at least a tablespoon of fermented foods. I know, you never hear of them anymore. In the olden days everyone knew how to preserve vegetables. It’s done through a process called lacto-fermentation. The lactobacilli in fermented vegetables enhances digestibility, increases vitamin levels, produces helpful enzymes and antibiotic properties critical to our health.

Lactic acid in the fermented foods keeps them perfectly preserved and promotes healthy flora in our intestines (80% of your immune system is in our gut).

Making them is easy. You don’t need any special equipment. The most important thing is to use the highest quality ingredients. When available use organic fruit or vegetables.  If the vegetables are deficit in nutrients the fermentation is likely not to work. Use pure water, not chemical laden and use sea salt when available.

Most people don’t have access to homemade whey that’s in the recipes.  Don’t use commercial concentrated whey, it’s not the same thing at all. You must have whey to ferment fruit but you don’t have to have whey to make the vegetables. Just use additional salt as I state in the recipe.  If you want to know how to make whey read my post: http://sharonglasgow.com/2012/07/how-to-make-curds-and-whey/. If you don’t have access to raw/unpasteurized milk you can make your own whey using plain yogurt from the store. Here is a site that tells you how to do it http://wellnessmama.com/2402/how-to-make-whey-and-cream-cheese-in-one-step/.

Wash your fruit or vegetables, cut them up, add; salt, spices, water, then pound down gently to release juices. The salt helps eliminate bacteria while the fermentation is taking place. Put top on the jar, close tight. Don’t open while on the counter, it is a anaerobic process and the presence of oxygen can ruin the final product.

When you are ready to eat your fermented food–If  it has a horrible odor toss it out. It should smell fermented and maybe sprity.  Some vegetables don’t smell like  anything. Once I made a batch of fermented cucumbers and when opening they were mushy on top, I tossed those out.  They should have been the texture of it’s natural state.

Eat in small quantities, like a condiment.  Enjoy the benefits of being healthy! Recipes are taken from Sally Fallon, Nourishing Traditions book.

Homemade sauerkraut recipe: http://sharonglasgow.com/2012/05/making-sauerkraut/

Homemade preserved lemons :http://sharonglasgow.com/2012/05/preserved-lemons/!

Fermented Beets

9 medium beets (when possible use organic)

1 tablespoon sea salt

4 tablespoons whey (if you have none, use an additional 1 tablespoon salt)

1 cup filtered water

Chop greens off and wash beets well. Place on cookie sheet and bake on 300 degrees for 3 hours. Peel and chop beet’s into thin strips. Don’t mince beets. Place beets in quart jar with wide mouth. Press down slightly. Combine the rest of the ingredients and pour over the beets. Press down lightly. Should be 1 inch below top. Cover tightly and keep at room temperature for 3 days before transferring to refrigerator.

Beets in 300 degree oven for three hours

Peeled

Pour all other ingredients into beet and pound lightly

Pickled Radish

1 bunch of radishes

1 teaspoon sea salt

2 tablespoons whey (if you have none, use 1 additional teaspoon salt)

Take greens off, wash and grate radishes. Place grated radishes into pint size mason jar. Pound down the radishes, then pour other ingredients on top. Pound again. The top of the radish mixture should be at least 1 inch below the top of the jar. Cover tightly and keep at room temperature for 3 days before storing in refrigerator.

One bunch of organic radishes

Greens off and washed

Grate them–not your fingernails!

Put into pint size jar and pound down

 

Add salt

Pickled Garlic

6 heads of of organic garlic

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon sea salt

2 tablespoons whey (if you have none, use 1 additional tablespoon salt)

1/4 cup water

Bake garlic heads in 300 degree oven until cloves open. It will smell wonderful in your kitchen. Take outer layers off the cloves and put cloves into jar. Pour rest of ingredients on top. Cover tightly and keep at room temperature for 3 days before storing in refrigerator. This is DELICIOUS! Our daughter Rachael spreads it on toast and sprinkles cheese on top-said it was heavenly.

Baking garlic on 300 degrees

Took clove out

Done, now cover tightly and let sit for 3 days at room temperature

Pickled Cucumbers

3 cucumbers

1 tablespoon of fresh dill if you have it

1 tablespoon sea salt

4 tablespoons whey (if you have none, use additional 1 tablespoon salt)

1 cup of filtered water

Wash cucumbers and slice in long quarters. Place in wide mouth quart sized jar. Combine rest of ingredients and pour over cucumbers. Top of liquid should be 1 inch below top. Cover tightly and keep at room temperature for 2-3 days before transferring to refrigerator.

Wash cucumbers well, then slice in long quarters

Put cucumber pieces into wide mouth quart jar and then pour water and whey on top

Sliced and ready for the water, whey and salt

Mango Chutney (or Papaya)

3 cups of firm mango, peeled and cubed

1 tablespoon grated ginger

1 red pepper, diced

1 cup cilantro, chopped

1/4 cup  lime juice

2 teaspoons sea salt

1/4 cup whey

1/2 cup filtered water

Mix all in large bowl, then pour into wide mouth quart sized jar. Press down. If it doesn’t all fit don’t force it. Eat the left over’s for lunch. The fruit should be covered in liquid, if it is not add more water. Leave 1 inch a top. Cover tightly and sit at room temperature for 3 days before transferring to refrigerator. We’ve used this as a condiment with Mexican dishes, yum!!!

Getting ingredients ready for Mango Chutney

You don’t have to have one of these mango slicers–but it helps

Chopped mango

Lime juice, cilantro and ginger in the mango

Onions, red pepper and salt added

Rest of ingredients added and stirred

Pour into jar and pound–extra left in the bowl was yummy for lunch

Incredibly yummy– put lid on and let sit for 3 days at room temperature

Pineapple Chutney

1 pineapple, chopped- if at all possible use organic

1 cup cilantro, chopped

1 tablespoon minced ginger

2 tablespoons fresh  lime juice

1 teaspoon sea salt

1/4 cup of whey

1/2 cup of filtered water

Mix all in large bowl. pour  into wide mouth quart jar. Press down lightly. If it doesn’t all fit, eat that part for lunch! You should have 1 inch head space at top. Cover tightly and let sit at room temperature for 3 days until transferring to refrigerator. I didn’t like this one as much, it tasted really fizzy! But I eat it! You need whey to make this one.

Ingredients for pineapple chutney

Took skin off pineapple and cored it- it’s hard

Chopped pineapple

Grated ginger

Add chopped cilantro, water, lime juice and whey

Add Salt

Stir and pour into wide mouth mason jar- Pound, add more if there is room. Extra is delicious to eat right away!

I had to pour some off the top. There is suppose to be 1 inch head room at top

Video of me milking our goat. I use unpasteurized milk to make our whey.  http://sharonglasgow.com/2012/07/how-to-milk-a-goat/

 

 

 

Canning Pear Butter-Video

Sharon’s Pear Butter( I double the recipe)

We have an abundance of pears on our property. We just found another tree drooping with pears a couple of weeks ago in our field. Some people are allergic to apples so pears are a great way to enjoy the same recipes with a fruit similar. I would recommend using apple cider in this recipe if your family members can have apples. I posted how to make your own pear cider in a previous post; http://sharonglasgow.com/2012/10/the-weekend-harvest-bushels-of-pears-pear-cider/

10 cups chopped pears (approximately 5lbs)

2 cups pear cider (you can use apple)

3 cups sugar (you can make it without sugar)

1 tsp ground gloves

1/2 tsp allspice

3 tsp ground cinnamon

1. Wash, peel,core and quarter pears. You don’t have to peel the pears if they’re blemish free.

2.Cook pears in cider and sugar until done, 20 min’s on high.

3. Pour pears in small quantity into blender and puree.

4. After all pears are pureed put spices in and stir

5. Pour into a pan and cook in oven on 350 degrees for at least 7 hours. It becomes thick and rich the longer it cooks.

Don’t use iron pans, it turns the pear butter a dark color and takes on the taste of iron. I learned this the hard way. Glass, stainless steel or ceramic are good choices. Test for desired thickness by spooning a drop of pear butter on cold plate. If no liquid oozes around edges, it is ready.

6. Ladle into sterile jars, leaving 1/4 inch head space.

7. Process in boiling water canner for 10 minutes.

Yeilds 5 pints

 

 

How to Make Curds and Whey

Pour fresh raw milk into a clean jar. Put top on loosely. Let sit for 3-4 days in72-78 degree room. When The curds and whey separate it is time to process. This jar is ready to process.

Raw milk has all 8 of the essential amino acids our body requires. It also has two players in antibiotic protein/enzyme arsenals, lysozyme and lactoperoxidase. These two work together to get rid of undesirable bacteria and unwanted microbes.

When milk is heated(pasteurized) many of the super abilities of the milk are lost. You must read, The Health Benefits of Raw Milk www.raw-milk-facts.com/raw_milk_health_benefits.html Raw milk is life to the body.

Now let’s take raw milk and supercharge it more; Leave unpasteurized(raw) or partially pasteurized milk out on the counter for several days in warm temperatures(72-78 degrees) and you get–curds and whey the super food hero’s.  Whey is the golden clear liquid known throughout the centuries as “healing water.”  Whey from fully fermented milk no longer contains lactose, and is  full of probiotic organisms (good bacteria) that helps repair intestinal walls and a host of other healing properties. A blog post is too short to expound on the priceless commodities of whey.

Whey also contains  enzymes, minerals and vitamins to restore life and energy. I put a couple of tablespoons of whey in fruits and vegetables in the  fermentation process like sauerkraut, preserved lemons, grape leaves, carrots, beets. . .the list goes on. I have the recipes for preserved lemons and sauerkraut under recipes. I also use a whey mixture in soaking grains, beans etc.

If we’ve been exposed to sickness we take a couple of tablespoons at each meal. If any intestinal issues arise, whey is always the remedy.

The Bible says in Isaiah 7:15 that Jesus would eat curds and honey so that he would know to refuse evil and choose good. If Jesus Christ who is fully God and fully man needs to eat curds and honey, I need it more! Isaiah 7:22 is another great reference to curds and whey.

If you watched my milking goat video I mentioned that in the 1300′s millions (estimated 100-200 million) of people died of the Bubonic Plague, the only people not dying were the Jews. The Jews didn’t get the Bubonic Plague because they were eating biblically correct, they were eating fermented foods, like curds and whey and raw honey.

Whey last  over 6 months in the refrigerator. Many of the fermented foods listed above will last more than 6 months when preserved in whey. It’s incredible the health benefits.

The curds are chock full of nutrients just like the whey. They are the solid part and resemble a soft to firm cream cheese. They only  last a month in the refrigerator. If they ever discolor, throw it out. Depending on what the temperature was in your kitchen will depend on whether the curds are dry or soft. Sometimes when the whey and curds separate the curds are firm other times soft.

If the curds are soft you can use it like cream cheese and put it on your toast or use in recipes where cream cheese would have been used. If the curds are firm, use like feta cheese. For the cream cheese consistency you can add chives and garlic and it taste like Boursin cheese! After the curds are poured into a strainer you can continue to strain until very dry and it crumbles just like feta. Delicious in salads, middle eastern dishes and omelets, etc.

Once in a while the temperature in the kitchen doesn’t stay warm enough and the whey and curds don’t separate fully. You can use this as  sour cream or buttermilk in baking. Whey is never milky looking, if yours didn’t separate perfectly it is almost always that it wasn’t consistently warm enough. If it is just buttermilk looking use it in baking recipes.  I use it in our pancake batter, cakes and all my baked goods. When your house is too cool  you could use a heating blanket under the jar to keep it warm. If your house is too hot and you don’t have air conditioning you’ll have to wait for spring and fall to make it. I try to make enough in the spring and fall to last a long time.

(If you don’t have access to raw/unpasteurized milk you can make whey from store bought organic  plain whole milk yogurt. It is not as beneficial for your health but you can use it in making fermented vegetables, etc. Strain yogurt through cheesecloth. The liquid part is the whey. The solid left is more dry now than yogurt, use as cream cheese)

Put cheese cloth or thin cotton material over another clean jar. Start to pour the mixture carefully over the clothe. The whey (the liquid part came out first this time out) Now I’m scooping curds out of jar.

Straining the curds for a day. Curds stay in the strainer over a bowl to catch any drippings of leftover whey. I cover the top of the strainer and leave in refrigerator. When finished draining, the curds are firm, I break it up and I use as crumbled cheese in dishes. Looks like feta, taste milder than feta in the store.

The curds in the strainer are firm. Sometimes you’ll have one big clop of firm curds and the rest whey. That’s the easiest batches you make. Sometimes you’ll have firm curds mixed in to softer curds, the curds in the yellow cup are are soft, the consistency of thick sour cream, the jar in the background is the whey.

This is a perfect jar of whey. After it settles for a couple hours it will be a little less cloudy, a little clearer.  After you’ve separated the curds out of the whey a perfect jar of whey won’t have curds floating in it. If it has curds left in, it will shorten the life of the whey. If you are using whey to make fermented vegetables or fruit only use the purest whey–meaning no curds in it.

Here is another set of curds and whey being made. I have a thermometer in the room to keep me informed of the temperature. This set actually didn’t turn out right. I was disappointed whey I saw the middle jar getting yellow coloration on top of curds. Sometimes that happens–either the temp gets too hot or too cold.

The temperature was a constant 72-78 degrees the first 2 days, then the temperature changed drastically and ruined my curds and whey.

Yellow color is on top, I don’t like that when using goat milk. Using cow milk you may have yellow on top from the heavy cream separation. Goat milk rarely gets yellow on top. I throw it away if it has yellow, pink, green or any weird color on or in it. 99% of the time you won’t see an unusual color. Perfect curds are always a white color. This batch also didn’t separate, and it had a different smell than usual, it just didn’t do anything right.

 

If you have questions, leave a comment. I’ll answer anything I can. I’ve made hundreds of batches of curds and whey, but in the beginning I had a lot questions but no one to answer them! I would love to help you get healthy. Make sure all your jars, spoons etc are clean.

 

 

 

The Home of Our Happy Chickens: Our Portable Chicken Coop

Video by Rachael Glasgow

For years we enjoyed watching our chickens roam the property. It was great fun to see them running  around and hearing the rooster cock-a-doodle-doo  all over the farm. But, we had one major problem, at dusk chickens would get snatched by fox waiting for them in the fields, the only thing we would find of their remains–feathers. Dale decided to build a portable chicken coop, one that they could have fresh grass and bugs but be protected from fox.

I always bring Sparky with me when we get our eggs because there are times when we have had snakes in the chicken coop. Sparky will get the snakes for me. This is a portable chicken coop, dale built it so that the fox can’t get to the chickens,  they are totally enclosed inside. Everyday we move the chicken coop with our lawn tractor around the yard; so everyday they get fresh grass and bugs. It doesn’t kill your grass because you are moving it all the time, and you get more eggs because they are getting all the nutrients they need.

Alright it looks like a lot of eggs. There are 13 eggs for today. Alright, they have their water, they have their feed in there. Then we lock it back up. The portable chicken coop is carried by a pulley that attaches to our tractor. Do you want to see what it looks like inside? Let me show you how dale built this. Alright we’ll make sure there are no snakes. Sparky is ready. We put the grain feed on the door. We’re almost out of grain here. This is the grain; we put it in this container. We change the water in the morning and at night. We’re all done!

 

 

Milking a Goat and Benefits of Unpasteurized Milk

Today, I’d like for you to join me as we milk our goats! Watch this video, and you’ll be able to learn how to milk a goat yourself.  One of the stories that I read that really made me want to try milking goats and having raw milk, was the story that happened in the 1300’s. The Bubonic plague came and hit Europe and killed 25 million people, within 3 years of time. The only people that weren’t dying were the Jews. The people thought that the Jews were killing them, but really what was happening was that they were eating “Biblically correct”.  Their immune systems were strong, and their bodies were able to kill the bad bacteria with the good bacteria from the unpasteurized milk.  They were able to kill viruses and pathogens that came into their bodies.  It’s an amazing super-food that God created for us to be able to have for our health.

Now that you’re convinced that you want a milking goat, here are the supplies that we need in order to milk her…

- We need a jar to put the milk in.
- We need a sterilized cloth to make sure that nothing falls into the milk while we’re milking her.
- And we need a cloth to wash her well.

The first thing that we’re going to do is wash her udders.  After you’ve done that, you lay the cloth over the jar and start milking. The first couple squirts go onto the paper towel, just in case there’s bacteria in there.  Put both hands at the base of her utter, push up and squeeze, and then all the milk comes down. So you go up, and squeeze down!  You want to make sure that you get it all out because you don’t want her to get any infections.

The next thing that you do is spray with Fight-Bac. This is a disinfectant, and it also helps to control mastitis. You never want your goat to have that.  Now we’re going to let her out…Good job, Angel!

The first thing we’re going to do is wash our hands.  The next thing we’re going to do is take the cloth off and rinse it out.  Rinse it really well and get all the milk and anything that fell on it off.  Then we have a filter.  I got mine from Hoager’s, a goat supplies store (online).  I put the filter on the bottom of the funnel. Then we’re going to put it through the second filtration process.  Make sure that we filter out anything that could have fallen into the milk. Sometimes you don’t have any dirt, and nothing comes through the first cloth that we put on.  But, you never want take that chance — you always want to have a second filter.

This is from one milking!  We get a little over a gallon a day.  This is from the night time milking, and we get the same amount in the morning.  Then, I take the funnel and filter off, I rinse it, and later I’ll be sterilizing it.  Now we’re going to put a top on and seal it up.  We have Saturday written on the top.   We put it on, and now we’re finished.  We’re going to put it in the refrigerator where it will last for 4 to 5 days.  And now we’re finished.  You know how to milk a goat.  And you know how to process it.

Diet Cured My Daughter’s ADHD

Jennifer painting Daisy Daffodil and enjoying French Press coffee

Jennifer, our second daughter, had so many wiggles when she was a little girl. She couldn’t sit down at the dinner table or in her seat at school.  She had more energy than 5 kids combined. The school diagnosed her as ADHD (Attention Deficient Hyperactive Disorder). Her emotions all functioned at the highest level.  From the time she was born, she never took a nap and had the hardest time turning her brain off to go to sleep even after the most active days.

The summer after her first grade year in school, we knew we needed to do something about her ability to focus and sit still.  She couldn’t read on grade level, and other issues were popping up.  We begged Jesus to help us find the answer.

A friend introduced us to the www.feingold.org diet, which allows you to only eat all natural foods. There are two stages on the diet.  We did the most restricted.  Within four days of her eating all natural, she was able to go to sleep, stay asleep, and sit in her seat for meals.  Her emotions were level, and she wasn’t hyperactive.  Within 2 months, she went from below 1st grade reading level to 5th grade reading level.  Jennifer’s brain couldn’t handle all the chemicals in artificial colorings and flavorings, preservatives, nitrates or pesticides in foods. Once she was off of them, she was like a new person. She still had energy, but now it was focused and she excelled exponentially…

By the time she was a senior in high school, she was the president of her class, number 7 academically out of 400 students, had a 4.4 grade average while taking AP and duel enrollment classes, won many awards, and had a job.

Today, Jennifer is a powerhouse of productivity.  She is a prolific artist and painter, an anointed teacher and speaker of the Word of God, a creative genius, and visionary.  She is focused and driven and lives outrageously in the power of Jesus.  Her life is amazing.

A recent accomplishment, among many, is illustrating for a children’s book entitled, “Dancing Daffodil Daisy.”  When the author of the book sent her the story, at the beginning of the project, she knew immediately she was the right illustrator for the project.  The book tells the story of a little girl with a lot of wiggles and how God uses her for His Glory.

http://www.amazon.com/Dancing-Daffodil-Daisy-Ashley-King/dp/1467921092/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1340383313&sr=8-1&keywords=dancing+daffodil+daisy

Making Sauerkraut

 

Temperature is key in making Sauerkraut or any fermented food. Ideal temperature in your house would be 75- 85 degrees. That means night time low-75. The key is you don’t want to go under 75 degrees or you’ll mess up the fermentation. I try to make most of my fermented foods in the fall and spring when temperatures are ideal. But you can find success if your house is cooler by putting a heating pad under your jars, using a heat lamp or sitting jars in front of a wood stove or fire place.

The lactobacilli in fermented vegetables increases the vitamin levels, enzymes, antibiotic and anticarcinogenic substances. The by- product, lactic acid, helps keep the vegetable and fruit in perfect preservation.

In past centuries ship captains would load large barrels of sauerkraut onto their ship for long trips. Some trips took over two years and the sauerkraut would still be good at the end of the trip, keeping the crew healthy.
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Recipe is from Sally Fallon’s book, Nourishing Traditions.

Sauerkraut

(Makes 1 quart)

1 medium cabbage, cored and shredded
1 tablespoon caraway seeds
1 tablespoon sea salt
4 tablespoons whey(if not available, use an additional 1 tablespoons salt)

(I use organic cabbage)

In bowl, mix cabbage with seeds, sea salt and whey. Pound mixture with wooden pounder or meat hammer for about 10 minutes, to release juices. Place in quart-sized, wide mouthed Mason jar and press down firmly until juices come to top of cabbage. The top of the cabbage should be at least 1 inch below top of the jar. Cover tightly and keep at room temperature for about 3 days before transferring to cold storage. The sauerkraut may be eaten immediately but improves with age. When the sauerkraut is covered and kept in the refrigerator, they will last up to 6 months.

(Photo’s: I used two small heads of cabbages, instead of one medium, so it made more than 1 quart)

1 Gallon size jar holding 2 small heads of cabbage, shredded plus a jar of wheyPounding the cabbage downAfter 10 minutes of pounding, it reduced by more than 50%

Transferred to 1/2 Gallon Jar (you can get these at Michaels)After more pounding, it reduced even more and liquid is on top of cabbageAfter more pounding, it reduced even more and liquid is on top of cabbage. It is not ready! I put a top on it and screwed it on tightly and will wait 3 days before transferring to cold storage.After more pounding, it reduced even more and liquid is on top of cabbage. It is not ready! I put a top on it and screwed it on tightly and will wait 3 days before transferring to cold storage.

 

After more pounding, it reduced even more and liquid is on top of cabbage. It is not ready! I put a top on it and screwed it on tightly and will wait 3 days before transferring to cold storage.

 

Recipes for Preserved Lemons and Yogurt up next!