Monday, October 31, 2011

Easy Apple Cobbler

Every fall - we get apples from Michigan, picked fresh off the tree's - at a very nice price I might add. My sister and husband make quite a few trips up there and always come back with bushels of apples, pears, sweet cherries, plums, peaches, grapes, and other fruit. On their last load they brought back 600+ bushel of apples!

I always buy both Gala and Golden Delicious apples each year. The Gala are mainly saved for eating - these are about 6 weeks old now, and still keeping great in the garage.

The yellow Golden Delicious is what I make my applesauce, apple butter, apple pie filling and apple cobblers with - they are sweet enough you only need to add a very little amount of sugar!

OK, so now for the quickest apple cobbler - here we go -

You need two round pie crust's - I buy them at Aldi, as I do not like the mess that making homemade pie crust's make - They come in a box of 2 and are around $1.79 per box.

Place a pie crust in the bottom of a 9" pie pan and then cut and slice fresh apples into it.
I make sure that the apples are heaping - then sprinkle cinnamon, white sugar and brown sugar on top.

Place second pie crust on top- seal edge, sprinkle with water and sprinkle granulated sugar on the top - Place in oven and bake at 350* until crust is browned and apples are cooked through.

Serve warm with ice cream or milk.

These freeze great! I always try to put quite a few in the freezer - they come in handy for when you need a warm desert on a cold night or if you want to bless a friend.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Ultimate Blog Bash 2011 - come join the fun!

Hello and welcome to my little blog!
Thanks for joining me for the Ultimate Blog Bash 2011 -

I am happily married to a wonderful hubby who is my lover and best friend!

I am a stay at home, work from home, homeschooling Momma to three beautiful kids who are very much full of energy! We love living the counrty life! We have a small hobby farm raise dwarf dairy goats, a LGD, jersey calves, chickens, guinias, rabbits, and cats. We love our 'little' place and enjoy spending time here at home!

In the summer, You will find me in one of my many perennial flowerbeds or in my very cute garden with paths (thanks to the hubby for making them for me), or out on a bench under the shade tree watching the kids play while I dream up another flowerbed and sip icy-juice!

 I love flowers and all things plants!

I also enjoy gardening, canning, cooking, baking, crafts, singing, and writing poetry.
We like having cookouts, taking walks around our property and spending time outdoors in the sunshine!

 In the winter, we can be found cutting and stacking wood, plowing snow (we have a long lane that always drifts shut), playing games, playing musical instruments and maybe watching a good movie beside the warm fireplace!

We are Shaklee Independent Distributors and are excited to be a part of the #1 nutritional company in the Nation! We started sharing Shaklee, because of the difference it made in our daughter's health.....Shaklee did in just 5 months what perscription medicine couldn't do and only made worse in five years! This is something to be excited about!!! We have fallen in love with Shaklee! -Not just with their vitamins, but also all the safe and green, super concentrated cleaning supplies, laundry soap, and personal products! To read the full story, please click here! We have also seen a major difference in our son, who has autisum symptoms, since using Shaklee. You can click here to read more about how it has helped him.

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Monday, October 17, 2011

Headaches and Migraine Relief

OK, so I have to bragg a little!! Most of you know that I suffered from migraines on a daily basis (4+ days per wk.).  I was ran over when I was 12, and have had headaches and migraines regularly ever since.......

In August, I started taking Shaklee Stress Relief Complex and since then (3 months) I haven't had one single migraine!!!

I have had a few (three to be exact) headaches since then, but, I just take an extra stress relief complex and rub Shaklee Herbal Blend Multi Purpose Cream on my forehead and it goes away!

 This makes me super excited!!!

 Life is a whole lot better living without daily headaches and migraines!

Relieves Stress in as Little as 30 Minutes

Stress Relief Complex helps relax the body and mind, and promotes alertness while enhancing the body's ability to adapt to everyday stress. Includes L-theanine, ashwagandha, beta sitosterol, and L-tyrosine.

Herbal Blend® Multi-Purpose Cream

It's a cream that cares for you. Dry, chapped, rough skin is no match for this soothing cream, which softens even the hardest, callused skin on knees, elbows, and feet. Its cooling, mentholated, non-greasy formula vanishes as you massage it in, leaving skin feeling smooth and refreshed.
Enriched with natural extracts like Rosemary, chamomilla, corn oil, and salvia, this multi-Purpose cream nourishes stressed skin with rich emollients and minerals.

Other uses include:

Monday, October 10, 2011

Itchy Skin

Many people who know me (outside of my family), do not know that I have a skin disease - Prurigo Nodularis
.........or I simply call it - Itchy Skin!

"Prurigo nodularis (PN) is a skin condition in which hard crusty lumps form on the skin that itches intensely. PN may itch constantly, mostly at night, or only when a light brush of clothing sets off a round of severe itch. For many, itching only ends when the PN is scratched to the point of bleeding or pain.
Once PN set in full force the end is similar, and it may last years.  In many patients, the true cause is never found.
Treatment is difficult. Due to the intensity of the itch patients often go from doctor to doctor looking for relief. No one treatment is always effective and several treatments may need to be tried.  Intralesional steroid injections sometimes help those not improved with the usual treatment of prescription steroid creams, antihistamine creams, pills, and anti-depressant pills."
I have struggled with this ever since I was a little kid. My mom took me to many dermatologist's and medical doctors and not one could figure out the cause or prescribe me anything that would relieve the pain. I have used prescription steroid creams( Hydrocortisone, Ammonium Lactate, Erythromycin Topical Gel), antihistamine creams (Zonalon, Pramoxine) and pills (Atarax, Periactin) anti-depressant pills, non-prescription Zostrix cream and many others. I have tried every thing I know of - oatmeal baths, baking soda baths, cool showers, using lotions, and oils. 

Some days, at my worst, I was totally covered from head to foot in the sores. The only way to get them to get a little relief is to scratch them till they bleed. Most often though it is mainly contained to my arms, legs and face.

Well, we are slowly, but surely switching to all natural non toxic, chemical free products in our home. For the past 6 months or so, I have used nothing but Shaklee Meadow Blend soap free cleansing bar in the shower, and Hand Wash Concentrate to wash my hands. I have noticed that my skin wasn't as itchy as usual and I wasn't breaking out as much in sores, but didn't think too much about it.........


  - this past week, I was out of my meadow blend soap free bar, so I used zest bar soap (what we used to use daily)  in the shower.  Needless to say - the last few days, my skin is terrible itchy - and I have sores all over my body again!

My Shaklee order came in and tonight I am going back to only using the Shaklee meadow soap-free cleansing bar..... I've never been more excited over a bar of soap....EVER!

Just in case you're wondering, here's some info on Shaklee's Meadow Blend Cleansing Bar

Scientifically formulated with natural, plant-derived ingredients, Meadow Blend gently cleans the face,
Effectively cleans the body. Contains no harsh ingredients and no added color.
_ Soothes. Oat flour and wheat germ oil hydrate and calm skin.
_ Softens. Antioxidant vitamin E softens the skin.
_ Protects. PH-balanced, plant-derived cleansers don’t disturb the skin’s essential, natural oil/moisture balance.
_ Aroma therapeutic. Light fragrance of citrus and lavender refreshes and calms as it cleanses.
_ Use in all types of water. Lathers and rinses well, even in hard water.
_ No worries about the environment. Biodegradable cleansing agents can go safely down the drain without polluting waterways.
_ Saves you money. Long-lasting bar lathers freely but won’t turn to mush in the soap dish.
_ Uses. Perfect for whenever you require a cleansing bar: the kitchen or bath sink, even in the shower.

_ Meadow Blend Cleansing Bar — With wet hands, rub the bar to produce a rich lather. Rinses clean with no soap residue or ring.

Ingredients: Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Stearic Acid, Dextrin, Water, Sodium Isostearoyl-2-Lactylate,
Sodium Lactate, Lactic Acid, Hydroxypropyl Guar, Oat Flour, Wheat Germ Oil,Tocopherol, Fragrance, Iron

Conventional soaps contain lye and tallow that can cause skin irritation and clogged pores.

_ Gentle enough for face and body
_ Biodegradable formula
_ Soap free — leaves no soap residue or ring
_ pH balanced
_ Non-alkaline
_ Fresh, natural citrus and lavender scent
_ No added color
_ Long-lasting 3.5-oz. bar (It lasts 2 1/2 times longer than a zest bar and has a much more richer, creamier, lather.)
_ No animal testing

Monday, October 3, 2011

Shaklee Basic H - 1001 uses

A List of Uses for

Shaklee Basic-H

 Since there are over 1,001 uses it has been difficult to compile a complete list.
So, here are a few to start!

First, how should Basic-H generally be used? The genius of Basic-H is that it makes water, the “universal solvent,” penetrate dirt and grime more quickly while then rinsing away easily and leaving no toxic residue. Intensely concentrated, Basic-H’s cleaning power is unleashed when it is diluted in water to the strength required for the cleaning job at hand (spot-test first).

GENERAL USES FOR BASIC-H2 and Basic H the Classic 

CLEANING JOBS: 1/2 to 1 teaspoon to a quart of warm water
WINDOWS, MIRRORS: 2 to 4 drops to a pint of water
FLOORS: 2 tablespoons to 1 gallon of water
BASIC-G AND BASIC-H CONCENTRATE: 3 Cups H to 1 Cup G (this mix will be diluted in water as needed)

OTHER USES FOR BASIC-H Some of these uses are not approved by Shaklee. You can see their official ways to use Basic-H and Basic H2 at the product pages.

Window Cleaner – Mix - Only 1 to 3 drops in 16 oz. spray bottle of water. If smearing occurs, mixture too strong – add water to dilute.
General Spray Cleaner – Mix 4-6 drops in 16 oz spray bottle of water. Use all over the house to wipe furniture, chrome, the stove, the refrigerator, vent blinds, and excellent for louvered doors.
General Spot Remover – Apply Basic-H directly on spotted area. Use a toothbrush or finger to rub into area. Wipe off with a damp cloth or rinse in basin of water. (Removes coffee, ink, grass, etc)
General Cleaning – 1/2 tsp. in qt. of warm water.  Cleans doors, walls, woodwork, appliances, bathroom fixtures & tile.
Insect Repellent for People and Animals – Rub/Apply full strength Basic-H wherever you do not want insects to bite; they won’t bite where Basic-H has been applied. Also relieves itching of insect bites (rub on, full strength). Be careful around eyes, it does sting. If you get some in the eyes just flush with water.
Floors - 1 Tbs. per gallon of water.  Leaves floor shining.  May require rinsing.
Dusting – 1/8 tsp. in pint of water, squeeze sponge almost dry (Or spray on), Wipe off dust, fingerprints, etc.  Dry with clean cloth.  Leaving the wax finish beautifully bright & dust repellent, less dusting required.
Outside Windows – 1/2 tsp. in “Ortho-type” spray applicator full of water.  Makes 2 gallons of solution for windows & screens. Squeegee dry.
Coffee-makers – Dilute 1/8 tsp.  Basic-H in pot of water. Run through cycle & coffee stains will rinse away.
Ironing - 1 drop in steam iron keeps the jets & interior clean.
Wallpaper - Excellent for removing wallpaper.  1/2 Tbs. per gal. of water.  Soak wallpaper with sponge & peel or scrape.
Concrete & Mortar Mix – 1/4 oz. per 1 gallon of water.  Makes cement & mortar spread easier & smoother, set harder.
Plumbing - Will keep pipes clean & free-running when used regularly to wash hands, pots & pans at sinks.  It emulsifies grease & can eliminate cleaning of grease traps.
Pressure Washer – 1/2 oz Basic-H to 20 gallons of water.
Heavy Duty – use 1 oz per gallon of water.  Leaves a luster to mobile homes, homes, RVs & etc.
HumidifiersUse 1 or 2 drops in humidifier water to help prevent rust & scum.
Knives 1 or 2 drops on cutting stone for sharpening knives. Keep moist & add Basic-H as needed.  Doesn’t clog stone – very important when sharpening tools. Stone rinses free of residue.
Yard Spray to Rid of Fleas - in hose spray bottle, fill with water; add 1 cap-full of Basic-H. Attach to hose & spray yard every 10 days for 3 applications. Use twice a year thereafter to control.  Rinse all plants thoroughly.
Liquid Hand Soap - Mix 1/4 Basic-H to 3/4 water in pump dispenser by sinks.  Will not dry or irritate hands like soaps may.  Will help moisten, soften & protect hands!
Fine Fabrics – Use 1/2 tsp to a basin of lukewarm water to wash woolens, nylon stockings, and all fine fabrics.
Gum – Use full strength to remove gum from skin, hair or carpeting.
Fruits & VegetablesUse 1/8 tsp. in pint of water wash and rinse.  Removes insecticide residue, dirt and waxes. For lettuce cut head in half and place in cold water with a couple drops of H. It removes the poisons and crisps up the lettuce.
Automotive Uses Washing- vehicle– 1/2 tsp. per gallon of water. Wash small area at a time and hose off.  Wipe windshield, windows and chrome with paper towels after rinsing.  You’ll love the shine!
Battery Terminals - 1/2 tsp. to pint of water and spray on battery terminals and let soak 2 minutes. Clean with wire brush.
Filters1 tsp to gallon of water. Soak air filters from motors and watch the dirt float out into the water. Air dry or put on hot engine for faster drying.
Camping Cleaning & Washing - Coat bottoms and sides of pots and pans with Basic-H before placing over campfire.  Black soot just slides right off when you wash.
Fish Odors – 1/2 Tbs. per quart of water.  Basic-H2 works wonders on boats, docks.
Washing RV, Boat & Camper – 1/2 Tbs. per gallon of water.
Crayon - To remove from walls, use full strength.
Spot Remover - Apply directly on spotted area, which has been dampened with water. Use a toothbrush or finger to rub basic-H2 into area.  Wipe with a damp cloth or rinse in basin of water
Upholstery - Mix 1/2 Tbs. to ½ gallon water. Spray on & rub clean.
Septic Tanks – Keeps crust from forming.  For maximum health of septic system use all of Shaklee’s phosphate free cleaning products.  This will do much to promote the growth of needed friendly bacteria.
Houseplants – Water plants with 1 oz. Basic-H to 1 gallon water. 4 drops to 1 pint water can be sprayed on the leaves to make healthier plants and keep dust off.
Fertilizer - Add a few drops to warm water, then water your indoor or outdoor plants. The Basic H2 solution will make the ground soluble to the water, thus making your plants much healthier than with regular water.
Toothpaste - Add a drop or two to your toothbrush, right on top of your normal dab of toothpaste. Watch as your teeth become whiter and your gums healthier. Your breath may even stay fresh longer, as Basic H fights germs of all sorts.
Glove Before you start a dirty job or before gardening, pour a few drops directly onto your hands. Rub them together to coat both hands. After you are done cleaning, wash your hands to find that dirt, scum, smell and overall ickiness are nowhere to be found.
Pesticide -  Dilute your Basic H2 to a couple of drops per spray-bottle, then spritz your plants as part of your regular routine. Not only will the bugs stay away but you might also find that they are bigger and healthier, as well.
Produce wash – Just 1/8tsp. added to a pint of water will make an effective and safe wash for your produce. Grit and dirt on leafy vegetables are easily removed, and you no longer have to worry about a funny taste remaining on the produce.
Diaper wash - Coupled with 1/2 tsp of Shaklee Basic G (a germicide), 1/4 tsp of Basic H2 can remove germs and odors from your cloth diapers. Leave a bit in your diaper pail to prevent odors there, as well.
Windshield Wash/Rain repellent - Pour 3 1/2 tsp of Basic H2 into one quart of water, and use it as your windshield wash. Rain and slush will easily wipe away from your windshield, and bugs will slide away, as well.
Records - Add 2 drops to a cup of water and with a soft cloth or brush, wipe off records. Removes finger oils and leaves them magnet free.
Shoes - 2 drops on a clean cloth to clean shoes. Will not wax finish, shine with a dry cloth.
Clothes Dryer - Place 25-45 drops into a 16 0z. spray bottle and spray inside of dryer. Reduces static cling and softens clothes.
Contacts - 1 to 2 drops in 1/2 cup water to soak contact lenses. Rinse well to remove all traces of solution.
Delicate Clothing - 2-3 drops in pint of water; perfect for panty hose and delicate fabrics.
Hand Washing - 1tsp for undies, socks, sweaters, or knit dresses
Dishes1tsp to sink of water. May need to add a little extra if you have greasy dishes or pots and pans.
Walls and ceilings3 tsp. to 3 quarts water. For kitchens and bathrooms
Body Wash - 3-6 drops on sponge for luxurious shower.
Bathtub Cleaner - Use in tub for a bubble bath and don’t worry about bath rings.
Buildings - Use solution in a sprayer with no more than 500lbs of pressure or all you’ll get is foam and add the Basic H last. 1oz. to 20 gallons of water. For heavy duty jobs use 1 to 2 oz. to 20 gallons of water. Then use 1 to 1 &1/2 cups of Basic G to 20 gallons of water to disinfect. The Basic G does not have the abrasiveness that petroleum based cleaners have, especially when coming in contact with the skin. Rinse thoroughly. Use the Basic H in accordance with the hardness of your water. Very effective in cleaning buildings and cattle.
Carpet Pre-SprayMix 2 to 4 oz. Liquid Dish Wash Concentrate with 2 to 4oz. Basic H to 5 gallons of warm water. Spray on carpet and leave at least 10 minutes. Then steam clean carpet using Basic H in 1/2 proportion to required amount of steam cleaner’s shampoo. You can use Shaklee’s fabric softener, as a de-foamer instead of steam cleaner’s, again using 1/2 amount required.
UpholsterySAME AS CARPET PRE-SPRAY- Mix 2 to 4 oz. Liquid Dish Wash Concentrate with 2 to 4oz. Basic H to 5 gallons of warm water. Leave on 10 minutes and use dampened towel to clean approximately 3 times.
Leather2 drops on damp sponge then wipe the item dry. Basic H cleans better leather better than saddle soap.
Fire Extinguisher1 tablespoon Basic H to 1 pint spray bottle; put water in first then add the H to prevent suds. Very effective on grease fires; keep one by the stove, in the tool box, by the welder… Also 1 gallon H to 55 gallons water in 55 gallon water barrel; suffocates a fire fast. In Fire trucks 1 gallon H to 1,000 gallons water.
Tape Residue4 drops to 16 ounce spray bottle filled with water, spray on let set and wipe off.
Paint BrushesWork full strength H into brushes and wash under the tap.
Outside Windows and ScreensSpray mixture of 1 teaspoon H to 2 gallons of water.
RustUse Basic-H for rust inhibitor for rusty nuts and bolts. Also use one tablespoon to radiator full or water or anti-freeze to help prevent rust.
Changing Tires - Spray diluted or full-strength Basic-H on rims. Tires go on easier.
Septic TankPour one quart of Basic-H into septic tank drainage when it becomes sluggish to clean it out. Does not hinder bacterial action in septic tank or cesspools. In fact, it helps build bacteria in your septic tank.
Boat Bottom Algae - 1 tablespoon Basic-H to one gallon of water.

DOGS For Worms – Apply 2 drops H for every ten pounds of the dog’s weight on their feed for one week. Repeat this application every 3 months. You may put it in a spray bottle with a little water and spray it over the dog’s food. You can also add a drop or two to the water. I also add some Liqui-Lea to our dogs’ food.
Wormer for Cattle - use 1 cup per 100 gallons of water
Goats and Sheep - mix 6 cc Basic h classic with 8 oz water. Place the mixture in a turkey baster and give to the animal. - Read more here.....
Laboratories – Excellent for cleaning glass slides used under microscopes and blood-stained test tubes. Use 2–4 drops of Basic-H® in 1 pint of water. Glass will smear if more than the recommended amount of Basic-H® is used.
Plaster Casts – Place a few drops on one palm, rub thoroughly over hands, and a little water to remove plaster from hands.
Radiograph Pens – A few drops of Basic-H® will clean engineering pens and keep them working smoothly.
Concrete and Mortar Mix – Add  1 ounce to each 1 gallon of water used. Makes mixture easier to spread.
Golf Clubs – Add 1 teaspoon to a 4 ounce spray bottle. Spray solution on clubs and brush off dirt. Also excellent for cleaning golf gloves
Eye Glasses – Fill a 4 ounce spray bottle with water and one drop of Basic-H®.
ShavingApply full strength to damp skin and shave as usual.
Frying Vats Use 1/2 cup in 3 gallons of water. Boil for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Dissipates stubborn crust without damaging vats.
Skunk Odor Removal – 1 T. Basic H² in gallon of water

You can find info on using Shaklee Basic H for Agriculture Use and farming here.


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