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The Old Laundry Days

I was standing here folding laundry and looking at the cloths pin basket and wash board and the old memories came up from my child hood!! A little of a nightmare I might add !

I was about 10-12 yo and remember hanging up cloths outside after mom threw them in a basket and out I went to hang those wet things up , not my favorite thing to do mind ya!

Then back in to the OLD Maytag Ringer washing machine! It was my job to take them out of the rinse water and hand run them through the ringer of the Machine, the spool thingy spun the whole time I was trying to just barely push a piece of wet clothing into it that thing! Well then all of a sudden before I knew it that sucker had me!!!

It grabbed my fingers then my hand, then went rolling and grabbing my wrist half way up my dang arm!!! Holy Batman I was doomed the thing wouldn’t unlock then finally after mom was banging on the release that monster let go of its grip!!

Well to this day my right wrist and forearm are a little flatter thanks to LAUNDRY!!!

So this gal loves our modern washing appliances so much that I make my own soap, softener and kinda dream of hanging my cloths on the line ( If I had one)

It’s coming this spring ! It’s all about Self-Reliance you know!

Happy Washing Y’all

Laundry Soap

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Home Made SPICE MIXES

About 25 years ago I started drying some of my own veggies which back then wasn’t very many! I started with Celery and green peppers ; now through the years and more time after having had raised 4 boys things have changed.

Living in a little River town the past 23 years I began doing a garden again and canning and freezing along with drying veggies and herbs!

So here are a few items I make with some of my dried vegetables and herbs.

I dried my own Celery last fall and keep in canning jars. It’s so nice to have for soups, stew and such!

The jar on left is the Celery, sorry forgot I ran out of Labels!

The bottom bag is my mix of green peppers, red peppers and jalapeños! So good mixed with Meatloaf,Tacos,Chili and such.

Cilantro my Favorite herb to cook with or mix in my Italian dishes, I’ll be raising more this year !

Then last but Best is my Taco Seasoning and Chili seasoning mixes!

Taco Seasoning Mix

  1. 1/4 cup chili powder
  2. 1/4 cup cumin powder +2 Tablespoons
  3. 1-1/2. Tablespoon garlic powder
  4. 2tsp onion powder
  5. 2 tsp oregano
  6. 2tsp paprika
  7. 2 Tablespoons salt
  8. 1-1/2 tsp pepper

Put all ingredients in a pint jar and shake to mix well, This makes approximately 1 cup.

I add 3-4 Tablespoons to 2 lbs of hamburger

Chili Seasoning

  • 1/2 c chili powder +2 Tablespoons
  • 2 -1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 5 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 c plus 2 Tablespoons cumin
  • 1-1/2 Tablespoons salt
  • 3 Tablespoons pepper
  • Add 3 Tablespoons and 1/2 cup water to 1 pound of meat
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Another day Another step closer to my goal!

More water more steps more work outs!! This past weekend was out of town and out of my normal workout routine! I managed to do treadmill and some different leg weight which put my knee in frenzy for a couple days !! A little Lavender oil rub, deep blue and rest I got through it !

I caught myself wondering why do I do this!!?? The pain, The time, all the negative nelly thoughts creeping in!

I know I’m not the only one who has ever thought this! This is why we give up when it gets tough !! THIS is when we regroup and remind ourselves why we started this journey in the first place! Is it about losing weight, a medical issue, to get healthy , or maybe gain weight??

We each have our reasons and can all be different for each of us .

So what is your reason I ask?

Did you set a goal?

Do you have a plan to obtain that goal?

What if you have a set back? (we all do eventually) we’re human.

For me my goal is to lose weight and get healthy!

I have had little goals I have reached along the journey such as getting off meds, increased strength, endurance, walking , less joint pain lol till the other day!

Smaller sizes, decrease appetite and remember all these little goals lead to the ultimate goal your working towards! For me I feel these small goals is what gave me the Determination to keep going for my main big goal!!!

So think about it a while, ask your self what little goals can I work towards while you keep going for the BIG GOAL!!

Maybe you need a support person or group ? I did and glad I still do! Or maybe a workout Buddie , Books, DVD’s (workouts)

Do whatever works for you my friend and never quit and remember you will have down days but just pull up those big girl or big boy pants and keep on keeping on!!! I’ll be cheering for you!!!

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Getting over the Hurdles

It’s been a little over a year now since I have been on this healthy Living journey and it’s been an exciting and not so exciting times !

After losing 40+ lbs it was like my body was yelling enough is enough! And it seemed like no matter what I did I just could budge so I re-evaluated my situation and decided ok this is it! I can’t quit now and I made some changes such as increase my water intake change up my work out routine like increased the weights and duration plus added a few new machines ! I know I must not be the only one who has hit a wall! Right?? So this past weekly weigh in I was finally down 1.5 lbs. not a lot but no gain or scale freeze! I’ll take it man! I keep looking at all the non-scale victory’s and you might wonder what these are or like me just think of the scales victory’s but it’s more than that!!

Like… crossing your legs, tying your shoes, smaller cloths, more energy, compliments, more stamina, more oxygen, no cravings, smaller notched belt, watch, loose jewelry and hey what about getting off medications!

Less or no more joint pain. Think about it if you have been here or here right now you are truly Blessed!! You can do it so don’t give up! It took a while to get unhealthy and it takes a while to get back to healthy!

Be

Strong

Be

Smart

Be

Healthy and

Never Ever Give Up!!!✌️

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Dried Herb

i love drying my herbs and flowers and use them in sachets, wax tarts and cooking.  Here is my dried Lavender that I used for my recent Scent Tarts.

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Home-made Scent Tarts

Lavender Fields


As part of ridding chemicals from our home I have been making my own scent bars/Tarts with natural wax and Essential Oils , not Fragrances which still have chemicals in them.

The Lavender ones I made with my Own Harvested Lavender and used the flower buds along with some pure Lavender Essential Oil.

I use a 1/2 pound of natural soy wax (not from a craft store). I order on line Amazon.

    Weigh out on scale then add to double broiler and heat to 180 degrees F then remove from fire and add
    2 tsp Lavender
    1/2 cup Dried Lavender buds (save half for top of scent tart)
    Stir gently and pour into molds and let harden. I usually let mine set for a few day to season a bit.

Now just drop into a wax warmer and enjoy and relax! Lavender is good for that!


Sweet Nothings

Another Scent Tart I made I using

  • 2 Tsp of Ylang Ylang
  • 1/2 Tsp Cedar Wood
  • 1/4 Tsp Vetiver
  • 1/4 Tsp Clove Bud
  • Cook same as above

Gently stir and pour into mold, oh I love the Silicon molds I purchased on line also!

Essential Oils of Yang Ylang, vetiver, cedar wood and Clove bud.

Note I did not add in coloring to my wax if I did I use natural coloring such as herbs, seeds, fruit and such.

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https://www.healingharvesthomestead.com/home/2018/10/7/how-to-start-using-herbs-part-1-which-herbs-should-you-use-as-a-beginner-how-to-source-your-herbs-how-to-store-your-herbs?rq=how%20to%20start%20using%20herbs

Great site for Herbs!

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Crochet Baby Bunting and Hat

Using Baby Bernat Yarn that is so so soft I decided to be Frugal and make a Baby Gift ; Especially since I have baskets of yarn!! Noted in earlier post I have been busy making a lot of gifts myself and save money$!!

So try it look up patterns on some popular yarn sites! I love Lionbrand.com

Yarnspirations.com

Redheart.com

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More Muffins Anyone?!


Cherry Almond Banana Muffins

1- sugar Free cake mix (dry)

4-5 ripe bananas

1 Egg

1/2 c 1% milk

1 bag dried cherries( 6-8 oz bag)

1/2-2/3 c of slivered Almonds

1 Tsp Vanilla and 1 tsp cinnamon

Mix all above ingredients together well by hand and bake in Large muffin pans sprayed with Pam

Note batter will be slightly thick, if too thick add another egg (more good protein baby)

Makes 12 muffins, Bake 350 17-19 min.

So good and not full of calories!!


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Happy New Year All !!

Well It’s here another new year and a lot of contemplation and goals ahead for me and probably all of you!!   lol a new year seems to do that huh!

You may as well what changes are you making??    Well a few I would say and improve on the ones I set previously !

This year a few I will be working on and improving on are…

  1.  Continue to make and do more with my Natural Products for the home and others, And being more Self-Reliant.  Really focusing on all areas!!
  2.  Really get down to business with my healthy eating and excercise program ( I slipped at bit during the Christmas holiday)
  3. learn and do more dedication to my Blog and Bible reading
  4. Reach out more with community service and service to others
  5. More healthy recipes and post to blog
  6. Read at least 1 good book a month

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I could go on; But too much is over whelming !!

I read on another Bloggers page to write our goals down and focus on what is important to us and I Totally agree!

Another good idea she spoke of was a Blessing Jar!  Check out her page.   http://Nancyonthehomefront.com

MANY BLESSINGS TO YOU ALL AND MAY 2019 BE YOUR BEST YEAR!