Archive for September, 2008


I love to eat bread but I hate the extra mucus that always comes after a bread snack.

mucus clearing diet – lots of info on this

Certain foods such as milk and bread cause an increase of mucus secretions. These foods have large protein molecules (casein and gluten) which are difficult to digest and are more prone to putrefaction, and may be toxic or an irritant to the body. For many, bread and milk cause sinus congestion.

Fruits and vegetables don’t cause mucus, which I’m convinced is why I felt so great while following the Daniel fast. The article is really great and a good resource.

lye soap and herbs

Yesterday I received from Amazon my stock pot to make lye soap. Also, I picked up my two soap making books from the library the same day. I think next week I’ll actually make the soap – I’m looking forward to it.

At the grocery store yesterday I saw some fresh herbs for sale – a small plastic container with a small amount of herbs for $2, which seems extremely expensive. I’m looking into selling at a nearby farmer’s market in 2009. They only require a 5 week commitment, so that would be good for starters. info on growing fresh herbs

I love perennial herbs – they so faithfully come back every year.
Garlic chives



Today I started a new compost pile. We have a big one in the way back of the yard where all our leaves, clippings, etc. go. I used to put kitchen wastes in it, but the dog and stray cats got into it, so now I started one in the fenced area where we don’t keep the dog because she gets out. I’ll take a picture of it one of these days.

compost tea

dog solution


What really works to keep the dog from licking excessively is put pure tea tree oil on her skin. It tastes terrible and also I’ve been putting garlic powder in her food, which she likes. And, I’ve been giving her the more expensive dog food which is supposed to be good for the skin – smaller servings with more nutrients and of course less poop! : )

I made the doggie biscuits (recipe in earlier post) and she liked it, but she even likes tomatoes and carrots.

doggie treat recipe


Breath Bustin’ Biscuits

• 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
• 1 1/2 cups Bisquick® baking mix
• 1/2 cup mint leaves — loosely packed
• 1/4 cup milk
• 4 tablespoons margarine
• 1 egg
• 1 1/2 tablespoons maple syrup — or corn syrup

Combine all ingredients in food processor, process until well mixed, mint is chopped, and a large ball forms. Press or roll on non-stick surface (floured board or ceramic) to a thickness of 1/4-1/2″. Cut into 1×2″ strips or with bone-shaped cookie cutter and place on non-stick cookie pan. Bake at 375° for 20 minutes or until lightly browned.
Cool and store in air-tight container.
Makes about 30 medium biscuits.

We got our dog Molly in July of 2005, over 3 years ago. She was 3 1/2 then and now she is a middle-aged dog at 6 1/2. She gets me around the block each morning brisk and early; otherwise I would be unmotivated to get out. She accompanies Scott enthusiastically on long walks through the woods – they both prefer to get off the path (I don’t). Our kids don’t do that much with her; they are so busy as teenagers with their own lives. Another thing, now that we do have teenagers, Molly is always here with us faithfully. She can seem to be a burden, but for this season of our lives, the pros outweigh the cons (most the time).

dog’s anti-itch natural formula

Here’s the dog blog. Molly, our dog, has an itch problem – maybe this recipe will help – I hope so.

*witch hazel
*aloe vera gel
*tea tree oil
*lavendar (optional)
*and a 4-ounce spritzer bottle.

You can get all these ingredients at any drugstore.

Fill the spritzer bottle about half and half with the witch hazel and aloe vera gel. Add about 15 drops of tea tree oil. If you want to make it smell even better, add a few drops of lavendar. Shake it up. It will have the consistency of a thin lotion. Apply the lotion daily or as needed, and gently massage into the affected areas.

flowering chives

I love my chives – they spread more and more each year. Here are the plentiful honey bees on it at the present:

I see from a little research that what I have is garlic chives. I don’t really mind that they spread profusely. Ordinary chives have purple flowers. These are edible, but I haven’t tried them. Maybe a recipe would help.

Chive flowers are a welcome addition to salads and bring a touch of spring as a garnish to any dish.

chive recipes –