Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Diamond Caverns Park City, KY

This past weekend, we enjoyed a small vacation to Kentucky.

On Friday, we stopped at the Diamond Caverns in Park City, KY. The Caverns are located just off I-65 at Exit 48 you can visit thier web site here. The guided tour was a little over 1 hour in length, which included 1/2 mile and 350 stairs scattered throughout. The cave was a comfortable 58* which felt great on a humid summer day! This cave has three levels - the first two we walked through.... the third level has a river running through it, but is not open for tours.

I am always amazed at God's creation.....

......God is so Big, Powerful, Almighty.....

.....the Splender and Beauty

                            ....pictures don't compare! 

Me and my baby girl.... (she wasn't too impressed with it!)

the two oldest both liked the cave.....
It is beyond me, how someone can look at God's Awesome Creation such as this and say there is no God.....

"For the invisible things of him (God) from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:"
                                                       -Romans 1:20

“Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”
                                                   - Revelation 4:11

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Thank-You Jesus.....

I am thankful that we switched from prescription drugs to Shaklee's all natural food supplements for more reason than I can list. - But today, it may have just saved the life of my 17 month old baby girl, Adilayia Rose!

Adilayia Rose..... she is dirty from playing outside and is teething, so she has drool all down her shirt!

You see, today, after a busy morning in my 'office', helping hubby put up a new garage door opener in the shop, and picking tomatoes, I was more than a little behind in household chores.

Anyway, I was busy in the kitchen making salsa to can. I had noticed that my son, QW (4 yr. old) was getting a drink of water with the fridge door open. Layia was with him, but since this is nothing unusual, I kept working up my tomatoes.

My oldest daughter was busy practicing her piano for her first piano recital next week (she is doing really well!) and I was happily humming along in the kitchen. After she finished, I noticed that the two littlest were being too quiet for playing in the living room.

 (Please let me insert here that our house has an open layout. The only thing separating the kitchen from the living room is a banister 1/2 way up from the floor.)

A week's pile of vitamins....

I walked over to find Layia contentedly chewing on her big sister's vitamins. (Her mouth was full!) She had the whole vitamin chest dumped out and what was found on the floor, were half chewed ....there were alot that we did not find, so I'm pretty sure she ate them!

You see, ever since Layia was a baby I have given her Shaklee's Vita-C and now, she loves it. To her, vitamins are like candy!

I fill our daughters vitamin chest once a week and she keeps it in the fridge.... I used to fill it with her perscription medicine.... but now she uses Shaklee totally! You can read her story here!

 If, we would still be using prescription medicine, I'm pretty sure I would have had to make a trip to the emergency room. I am so thankful that Shaklee is SAFE!!!

Thank-You Jesus!
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Saturday, August 13, 2011

Keeping Herbs Fresh

I love the smell of fresh herbs and I am slowly learning how to cook with more herbs.........the only problem is that when you live in zone 5, it's quite hard to always have fresh herbs in the garden year round! Thus, you must  preserve them!

One of my Herb beds....

Have you ever had trouble keeping fresh herbs fresh? Do your cilantro and parsley go wilty, limpy, or dry after a few days? The trick involves the clever use of a plastic bag.

How to Store Parsley, Cilantro, and Other Fresh Herbs:

1 - Snip off the bottom of the stems.
2 - Make sure the leaves are completely dry. Better to hold off rinsing them until you're about to use them.
3 - Fill a jar or a water glass partially with water and place the stem ends of the herbs into the water in the jar.
4 - If you are storing the herbs in the refrigerator, cover loosely with a plastic bag. Cilantro loves cool
temperatures and should be stored in the refrigerator.
 Parsley can be stored at room temperature or in the refrigerator. According to Harold McGee, basil is ideally stored at room temperature and not in the refrigerator, because it is susceptible to damage from cold.
5 - Change the water after several days if the water starts to discolor.

Fresh parsley, cilantro, basil, and other fresh herbs can last up to 2 weeks or longer when stored this way.

If you need to store herbs for longer than 10 days, but do not wish to preserve it by drying it, take the leaves off of the stems, fill the cups of an ice tray with cilantro leaves, fill the tray with water, drowning the leaves, and freeze. After two days of freezing, remove the herb cubes from the ice tray and place them in a plastic freezer bag. Then put them back into the freezer. Thaw one cube at a time as needed for use. This storage method will last for up to two months.

To store fresh herbs for two to six months, you will need to dry the them. WASH the herb, cut off a half inch of stem and re-bundle it with the stems facing in the same direction. Tie the bundle with a string or rubber band. Poke holes in a paper bag every two to three inches; holes make for better air circulation. Place the herb bundle in the hole-ridden paper bag. Twist the top of the paper bag closed and tie a string around the top to keep it closed with the herbs inside. Place the bag  in a dark place, such as a pantry or basement and leave the paper bag for a week to 10 days to dry the leaves. Once dry, gently shaking the dried bundle will cause pieces to break easily from the stem. Once dry, store herbs in an airtight glass jar.

What are some of your favorite herbs and what recipes to you add them too?


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