Thursday, June 28, 2012

Emergency Pancakes

Emergency Pancakes topped with homemade canned peaches
and black raspberry jam.

Really? Is there such a thing as a pancake emergency? No. But when your family is used to a certain way of eating and you're not able to meet the standards due to illness, time or look for simpler methods.

My whole family loves our
regular pancake recipe. The problem is, it takes a bit of time and planning. I needed something simpler, like a mix. Like just add water kind of mix so that Daughter could easily whip up a healthy and tasty breakfast.

This idea was born from Still, it needed to be even simpler. Let's face it, the whole time I've been sick, the church family fed my family and Daughter considered heating the food up 'cooking'.

So I combined a couple different recipes that I had, and voila! Emergency Pancake Mix!

Here's the recipe:
2 1/2 c white wheat flour
1/3 c coconut sugar
2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 T baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 c flax meal (grind 2/3 c seeds to equal this amount)
1/2 c wheat or oat bran


Add all dry ingredients to a large bowl and mix together well. Next, cut the shortening in with a pastry cutter. We've only stored this mixture in our baking cupboard, but if you have concerns, store in your fridge.

This could only be simpler if you have someone else cook them for you! There is no need to add eggs to this mixture because the ground flax does a fine job mimicking eggs.

Add 2 c mix to a bowl along with 3/4 c water and an optional 1/2 tsp vanilla. That's it! Each batch makes 7-8 1/4 c pancakes.

Keep this mix on hand for when YOU have a pancake emergency!
Enjoy the day-

This post is shared at Simple Lives Thursday, Barn Hop #68Hearth and Soul, and Farmgirl Friday.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

From The Garden - June 27, 2012

By the Grace of God, this garden of mine has been very prolific this year. It's not because of my laborious hours spent hoeing and weeding, although I've been out there every chance I get.

Strawberry season is just wrapping up for us with a whopping 30 pounds - Daughter weighed every one...

Chives and onion greens have been plentiful for our salads...

Beautiful dandelion greens have been dried as well as frozen. I use them every morning in my green smoothie...

Some dandelions had to be pulled from inconvenient locations and turned into dandelion root tincture...

Red Winter Kale and Winterbor Kale have been plentiful since late January...

This year I learned that kale flower buds taste yummy...

Pac Choi is a new one for me this year, very tasty raw in salads and sauteed with garlic. The slugs like them just fine too...

Mustard greens have just about given up due to the heat. We've had many meals with them and the fall crop will be planted soon...

That's the harvest report so far! More to come!
Enjoy the day-

This post is shared at Farmgirl Friday, Harvest Monday, and Barn Hop #68.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

New Hampshire Sheep and Wool Festival 2012

One of the fun things I did during my detox break in May, was to attend the New Hampshire Sheep and Wool Festival. This was a special Mother's Day outing for me, Daughter, and my friend Jenifer and her daughter.

Examples of felting

Being our first time there, it was a little overwhelming with how much there was to see. I'd definitely recommend this festival as a day trip.

Trying our hands at the loom
We didn't register for any classes this year, but next year we certainly will. Love hands on classes.

There were so many cute critters to see and pet too. But my heart melted when I saw the bunnies. I've long wanted angora bunnies. Not just for their wool, but as pets. The new barn (3 years in process) is designed to house bunnies both with an inside and outside run. Daughter knows I love bunnies and started in right away with "let's call Daddy and ask him if we can have one". Little did she know, I'd already bombarded his text box with bunny photos, but I maintained that it wasn't time for us to have bunnies quite yet.

Until. I met a little white bunny with blue eyes and dark gray 'eye liner' around each eye. I caved. I called. Here's how it went:

Me: "Honey, can I buy a bunny today?"
Husband: "No. No. Absolutely not. NO. Not now. No."
Me: "Ok Honey, it's really ok. Bye"

Daughter of course could hear the whole conversation and her eyes were welling up.

Me: "Your Daddy's in charge and he said not today and that's ok."

Not thirty seconds later, the phone rings. It's him.

Husband, in his gruff commanding voice: "Ok, but buy two. A male and female. And I get to name them."

I hang up and tell daughter. There was much celebrating. This seemed like a good teaching moment to stress the point to not push her future husband and you get more flies with honey instead of vinegar.

Holding this little girl ball of fluff is the breeder and owner of Evergreen Farm.

Holding this little boy ball of fluff is the breeder and owner of Alpaca Obsession.

Here they are in their new outdoor playpen. I've yet to get good pictures of either of them, they move so fast.

While I would have liked cute names like Snow and Charming, Husband wanted the male to have a manly name. I did, however, remind him that it was a white fluffy bunny that in no way screamed manly. No matter.

Bonnie and Clyde. Famous outlaws as they were. Now cute bunnies.
Clyde Hopper
I call them my Buns. One must be careful how and who one says that in front of (smirk). Saying things like "I love my Buns", or "aren't my Buns cute", can leave too much room for interpretation....and comment. The other day I texted Husband when it neared 100 degrees to tell him that my Buns were hot and I was bringing them inside. Yep.

Husband and his 'manly' white fluffy bunny, Clyde.

Had a great time at the festival! Maybe next year I'll ask for a goat. JUST kidding!
Enjoy the day-

This post shared at Barn Hop #68.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Detox/Raynaud's Update - June 25

It's been a while since I've given a detox update, the reason being that they pretty much all went the same - excruciatingly painful. I've completed eight cycles, the seventh cycle, Husband was actually home for the worst part of my day and he decided (as I lay on the bathroom floor crying) that it was time to get re-tested to see if the metal levels have gone down. I wanted to go ahead with the eight cycle anyway, and believe it or not, it was cake compared to the rest so I'm hoping that it's a good sign. Today I went for one of the tests and I'll be doing the second at home tomorrow.

During the last update, I shared some things that seemed to help this detox go smoother and to help me recover between DMSA cycles. There are a couple other things that I'd like to mention that I feel are important:

Alkaline Diet
I have been eating mostly raw foods BUT also mostly alkaline foods. After reading the pH Miracle book I figured I ought to give it a try being already halfway there with foods that were tolerable to my system. If you're anything like me, my first thought while reading the book was you've got to be kidding me, what CAN a person eat! Really, it's not like that at all. It's the people around me that seem to have a problem with it. When I had my initial blood test that reported the laundry list of problems, an infection in my blood came up and I'm pretty sure after much research that it's candida. The pH diet is suppose to help.

Castor Oil Packs
Castor oil packs help a lot with pain in my stomach and liver. They're pretty easy to do as directed on many websites and YouTube videos, but I simplified the procedure to suit me. I get my hot water bottle ready along with several old towels and the castor oil, then I lie down and pour the castor oil on my abdomen and cover it immediately with one of the towels. Usually, I wait a few seconds and lift the towel up to add some more oil. Then, I put the towel back on, adding another or two more and top with the hot water bottle. I don't think the plastic wrap is a good idea (as recommended elsewhere) against the skin and I really don't care about these old towels. Castor oil packs help almost instantly with the pain and help me to fall asleep. The problem I've found is that if I sleep all night with the pack on, I'm pretty wiped out the next day.

A friend from church gave me a bottle of PectaSol along with a brochure entitled The Case Against Detoxing. Yes. I agree. And if I hadn't been desperate enough, I would have taken the slow and steady route instead. However, after reading all about PectaSol, I decided to take it in the afternoons after I stirred up the metals in my system, using the PectaSol to mop up the leftover metals in my bloodstream that had not been evacuated.

Speaking of Evacuation...
Ok, this one I've been holding back on. Pride. BUT if my purpose for sharing my gory details is to help someone out there, then I will divulge entirely. Enemas. Yes, enemas (but wait, there's more). In order for the toxins to come out...well...there's really only one exit. And they need to exit quick too. At least quicker than letting nature take it's course. Toxins can be reabsorbed if they hang out too long waiting to exit. Once I figured this out, my recovery time between cycles decreased from 10 days to 4 to finally 2. And not just plain enemas are in order, ahem. Please read this and this regarding coffee enemas. I KNOW how it sounds, trust me and no, I didn't just find a new way to have my coffee! This really does work to clean out the liver and EVERYONE could use that. I would not recommend  this DMSA detox to anyone (a person must decide this for themselves) but I would recommend a coffee enema to everyone. Please take the time to read the above links. This info could be a real life saver to anyone with a serious illness.

Our church family has been great during this whole time - it's been five months. My friend Rebekah coordinated meals for Husband and Daughter. I am very thankful.

Even though I am not spending my days in bed right now, I'm still not really cooking. No one seems to mind. I've been spending most of my energy trying to catch up with life. Life did go on without me participating as it seems. Hard to deal with on some level...

Right now I am still healing, and trying like mad to look and behave normal. I've lost 18 pounds, and am unusually weak. Weak like unbelievable. But willful and stubborn, pushing forward. I still have to lie down for part of the day, kind of like a siesta I guess. My brain is not back to normal quite yet, (insert joke here) I have trouble finding the right words, verbally, for things at times. Hoping it's not permanent, but it is much better than it was a month ago. I am thankful to be driving now, though just a bit.

Another thing I should mention is that I've acquired a severe chemical sensitivity during this detox. If I go to a store that carries fertilizer, perfume, beauty products or cleaning agents, it hits me and knocks me for a loop. I can smell and taste it, and it instantly makes me feel weak and sleepy. There is no hope for a normal day after this happens. This also applies to being around people wearing perfume, strong deodorant, and who have recently used perfumed laundry detergent or fabric softener.

Good news though - my feet are doing very well! The only time I've had any trouble at all was during a heat wave we had last week with temperatures nearing 100. I've also had no problem with my hands or feet in air conditioning so far. We'll see how things go when the weather turns cooler this fall.

At the beginning of May, I took a few weeks off of the detox to enjoy some of spring. Husband chauffeured me around New England. I'll be sharing some of our fun days soon.