Archive for October, 2008

healthy hair diet

Healthy-Hair Diet from

* Eat more salmon. Omega-3 rich foods like salmon and sardines help seal in shine.

* Be a bran lover. Bran is rich in vitamin B, which may slow hair loss and promote hair growth. Other B-rich victuals include beans, peas, carrots, cauliflower, soybeans, nuts, and eggs.

* Say yes to avocados. Avocados and avocado oil may prevent some funky stuff that kills hair follicles — dihydrotestosterone (DHT) — from getting where it needs to go.

* Say no to animal fat — and red meat — if you’re losing hair. They can lead to more DHT production and hair-follicle damage.

* Stock up on green tea. Brew a strong pot, cool it, then give your head a rinse to help kill off dandruff-causing fungus. Incidentally, if you drink green tea, the caffeine in it may help slow balding, too.

# Water not only hydrates your body, but helps keep your hair silky and shiny. This diet includes eight to 10 glasses of water and juices a day for maximum hydration.

# The fiber from fruits, vegetables, grains and legumes is good for your body and your hair. This meal plan features lots of fiber-containing food as an option at each meal.

# Soy products contain phytoestrogens — estrogens from plants — that may boost your health, so this diet offers soymilk as a beverage choice and soy nuts as a snack option.

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more companion planting – raspberries

Plant garlic with raspberries
paula’sherbsandplantscompanion planting

from GardenWeb:

I’d like to plant some edibles or flowers with my berries as a groundcover. Any idea ? Thanks in advance.

I’m in my second year of a garden experiment with raspberries. I planted strawberries at the base of mine. Worked fine last year, and so far this year things look okay.

I have bulbs at the base of mine. Tulips and hyacinths for spring (the raspberry foliage comes out in time to hide the spent blooms) and crocomia for summer. The grassy foliage looks quite pretty poking out and they like some shade.

lettuce, radishes, cucumbers

grow lettuce successfully
how to grow lettuce
the lettuce factory
Univ.Mo extension

from GardenWeb

How to sell, price and package loose leaf lettuce?

Sell 1/2 lb of lettuce in plastic bag for $3.00 (in the spring when everybody has lettuce and late fall and early winter $3.50).

One head to a plastic bag, or two to a bag if small heads – $3 per head/bag – bread bags – from bakery supply.

Cut the heads and dunk in three different buckets of water to clean; place in upright in plastic trays six inches deep, 12 to a tray. Use clear plastic trays with locking lids, 6-8 inches deep, 18 inches across and 2 feet long.) Harvest just before the market.

Trays good for transport; can stack them if the lids are on.

Lettuce – Lactuca sativa
Grow near Radish, Kohlrabi, beans, carrots
Don’t grow near celery, cabbage, cress, parsley
Mints (including hyssop, sage, and various “balms”) repel slugs, a bane of lettuce and cabbages

how to grow radishes – Mother Earth News

how to grow cucumbers

cucumbers – Cucumis Sativus
companion plants – Nasturtiums, radishes, marigolds, sunflowers peas, beets, carrots, and Dill
Beneficial for ground beetles don’t plant near Tomato, Sage


Homemade Dog Kibble

Yay! I found a doable recipe for homemade dog kibble. I’ve run out of the boughten, so here goes – she eats two raw chicken wings in the morning and veggies and raw eggs and night and is such a happy, happy dog. I mix the food with kibble, so this recipe will be perfect.

I made the recipe using rye flour, powdered milk, water, shredded carrots, brown rice, eggs and lard. It is baking at 170 degrees for 45 minutes, but it seems it should bake hotter than that – we’ll see how it turns out.

more homemade dog food recipes

I will bake it longer at a higher temp. as it seems really mushy now after an hour at 175 degrees.

P.S. again: I really think the recipe should be baked at 275 degrees for 30 or 40 minutes.

Healthy Pumpkin Cookies

I got this recipe from the link at the right.

Make healthy pumpkin cookies that are very low-fat by using applesauce instead of margarine or oil. These healthy pumpkin cookies are dairy-free and vegan as well. Try serving these pumpkin cookies at Halloween or Thanksgiving for a healthy and low-fat pumpkin dessert.


* 1 cup canned pumpkin
* 1 cup brown sugar
* 1/3 cup applesauce
* 3 cups oatmeal
* 1 1/2 cups flour
* 1 tsp baking soda
* 1/2 tsp nutmeg
* 1/2 tsp ginger
* 1/2 tsp cinnamon
* 1/2 tsp ground cloves


Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix together the pumpkin, sugar and applesauce.

In a separate bowl, combine the remaining ingredients, then add to the pumpkin, mixing well.

Drop by spoonfuls onto a baking sheet. Bake for 13-15 minutes or until done.

family size tuna melt

I made this recipe tonight – they ate it, so thumbs up!


2 c. baking mix
1/3 c. mayonnaise
1/3 c. milk
2 (6 1/2 oz.) cans tuna, drained
1/2 c. finely chopped celery
1/3 c. mayonnaise
1 tbsp. sweet relish
shredded cheese

Heat oven to 450 degrees. Mix baking mix, 1/3 cup mayonnaise and the milk until soft dough forms; beat vigorously 30 seconds. Turn onto surface floured with baking mix. Knead 10 times. Pat into rectangle, 12″x8″, on greased cookie sheet. Bake until light brown, about 8 minutes. Mix remaining ingredients except cheese. Spread over hot rectangle. Top with cheese slices. Bake until filling is hot and cheese is melted, about 5 minutes. 6 servings.

Dan. fast until the election

I love this website – so much great information. I’d like to complete a 21 day Daniel fast starting tomorrow until the election.

Here are some guidelines from the Dan.Fast blog:

Breakfast: sliced fruit, hot whole-grained cereal with raisins and nuts, juice

Lunch: hearty layered salad, vegetable stew

Dinner: Soup, green salad

Snacks: sliced veggies with dips, almonds and other nuts, fruits

Things are happening so fast; it will be nice to have the election settled and prayer always helps.