The Gift of Time ~ A Mother’s Treasure

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The Gift of Time ~ A Mother’s Treasure 

(Guest post by JES)

The best gifts in life are made up of minutes and seconds.

It is the time and energy you give to your children.

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~ Jacqueline

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3 Ingredient Kool-Aid Recipe

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3 Ingredient Kool-Aid Recipe

Did you know you could make a beautiful “Kool-Aid’ alternative with hibiscus flowers that tastes like ‘Kool-Aid’, too? With the downside of dyes and aspartame in Kool-Aid, many people are going to safer more natural drinks.

I just saw hibiscus flowers are on sale at the Bulk Herb Store for the last few days of July at a really good price, and thought I would share this Cool Recipe as we reach the height of summer. This is a really great price given that you can also dye cloth and yarn with red hibiscus flowers. Their sale ends July 31st.

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~ Jacqueline

Posted in Bulk Herb Store, Food & Recipes, Health, Herbs, Sweet Treats | 1 Comment

Haytime Switchel: The First ‘Gatorade’ Thirst Quencher?

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Haytime Switchel: The First ‘Gatorade’ Thirst Quencher?

Summertime is HAYTIME for many of our rural farm friends. Mmmmm…can you smell the fresh cut hay?

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Taken here at Berry Hill last July – Thank you, Amy!

We just completed our second cutting here at Berry Hill Farm. Keeping hydrated is a priority, and I was reminded that Ma Ingalls made them ginger-water also known as ‘switchel‘.  

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~ Jacqueline

Posted in DIY, Farming, Food & Recipes, Healthy Living | 8 Comments

The Secret To Enjoying Herbs All Year

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The Secret To Enjoying Herbs All Year

What’s the very best way to preserve fresh herbs? It’s taken me a long while to find out! Growing herbs such as parsley, basil, chives, tarragon, cilantro, garlic, and dill in my garden since before we were married, but I’ve had to fail many times in order to learn how to preserve those marvelous flavors before the chills and bluster of winter could damage their tender leaves.

Freezing makes them un-recognizable with no texture; drying takes away much of their flavor, and putting them into ice cubes with water? What an unappetizing mess!

What Is the Secret?

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~ Jacqueline

Posted in DIY, Food & Recipes, Garden, Herbs, Raw food, Storing Food | 13 Comments

Deborah & Co. Halftee /Cami Review

Deborah & Co. Halftee /Cami Review

Deborah & Co. Halftee /Cami Review

Hello there! I’m Jacqueline’s daughter. Mother and I have a wardrobe-extender to shout-out about today that may or may not be on your radar. We’ve been eyeing 2 of Deborah & Co.’s halftees (aka a cami or shell) and are thrilled with the opportunity to review both!

We had so much fun trying on different outfits with our new halftees and posing with Mother’s little Nikon Coolpix S6400 point-and-shoot camera

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~ Jacqueline

Posted in Fashion, Favorite Products, Meditations Of My Heart, Modesty | 16 Comments

12 Signs That Someone Is Repentant

How Do You Know When Someone Is Repentant?: 12 Signs, transparency, make amends, consequences of sin, grief over sin, calling sin - sin, godly sorrow, 2 Corinthians 7:9-11, C.S. Lewis, Screwtape Letters, Screwtape and Wormwood, a broken heart, a soft spirit, contrite heart, What Will Keep Someone From Being Repentant?, The Gospel Coalition, turning around, walking away from your sins, sin, destruction, Hell, lies of the world, the flesh, the evil one, Matthew 18: 8-9, Church Discipline, book, Jonathan Leeman, true, lasting repentance, restoration, Galatians 6:1, worldly sorrow

(St. Peter Penitent, Guido Reni, 1600)

12 Signs That Someone Is Repentant

There are times in everyone’s life that it is helpful to know the true state of another’s heart. Is there godly sorrow and true repentance or worldly sorrow and temporary change?

“Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.” ~1 Corinthians 7:10

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~ Jacqueline

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50+ Aspartame-Containing Products To Avoid

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50+ Aspartame-Containing Products To Avoid

Since aspartame first hit the U.S. market in the mid-70s, doctors contended that tumors were skyrocketing in the general population. There is also the mysterious rise in diseases such as fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. Indeed, as an RN in the operating suites during the 70s/80s, it was certainly a topic of interest as we conversed amongst ourselves. While I was in the heart rooms, my best friend went into neurosurgery, and we discussed the rapid rise in the numbers of brain lesions. The experience made such an impact on me that as a new mother I shied away from foods containing this additive.

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~ Jacqueline

Posted in Health, Healthy Living, Protecting Our Children | 23 Comments

The Woman Behind ‘Roe vs. Wade’ (and what I didn’t know)

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The Woman Behind ‘Roe vs. Wade’ (and what I didn’t know)

Few Supreme Court rulings have been as consequential as Roe vs. Wade, but not many know the true story of the pseudonym-cloaked plaintiff ‘Jane Roe’. For some reason, I distinctly remember the morning I read about it in January of 1973; my sweetheart and I were to be married later that year. Oddly enough, this story and my life are forever intertwined, for 18 years later after battling infertility partly due to an abortion, we miraculously gave birth to our firstborn son on the 18th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade.

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~ Jacqueline

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Best Herbal Healing Salves: Summer Giveaway

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Best Herbal Healing Salves: Summer Giveaway

Have you walked down the body care aisle at your local supermarket lately? Thousands of colorful skin care bottles and tubes vie for your attention. Every day most of us use products that we think are safe; but the truth is that they are NOT. Manufacturers don’t have to tell us so. Ever since 1938 – when the FDA granted self-regulation to the cosmetics industry – such products can be marketed without government approval of ingredients, regardless of what tests show!

Thankfully, more and more people are starting to become aware and find other sources.

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~ Jacqueline

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Red Raspberry Leaf Tea ~ Danger Or Help?

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Red Raspberry Leaf Tea ~ Danger Or Help?

Is red raspberry leaf tea a help or a danger? A lot of people say that red raspberry leaf tea is for use all the way through pregnancy to have an easier labor, while others say that it is only helpful for inducing labor. Some people say that it can cause a miscarriage if you take it too early in your pregnancy. So can we discern the truth?

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~ Jacqueline

Posted in Health, Herbal Remedies, Motherhood, Pregnancy and Breastfeeding | 16 Comments