Easiest Way To De-Seed A Pomegranate {With Recipes}

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Easiest Way To De-Seed A Pomegranate {With Recipes}

Getting all the seed out of a pomegranate may seem like a lot of work with its tough skin and labyrinth of seed-holding pockets but think again – getting at those seeds may be well worth it!

Pomegranate Juice Packs Power!

This fantastic little fruit recently made its way back into the news after some spectacular clinical results.  The pomegranate (punica granatum) is a marvelous nutrient-dense food source rich in phytochemical compounds. Pomegranates contain high levels of flavonoids and polyphenols, potent antioxidants offering protection against heart disease and cancer. Sip for sip, pomegranate juice has more antioxidants than red wine, green tea, blueberries, and cranberries, and that is saying a lot! (source)

And now getting to this wonderful juice-holding seed of the pomegranate just got easier!

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You can purchase fresh pomegranates in most grocery stores from September through January. When refrigerated in a plastic bag, pomegranates store well for up to 2 months. It’s a keeper!

These antioxidant-packed, delicious gems of the fruit kingdom are also simply beautiful and add so much to a food presentation. Sparkling and sweet-tart, whether cook or consumer, you will be in food heaven!

29 Festive Recipes Using Sparkling Pomegranate Seeds or Juice:

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Chocolate Pomegranate Clusters {Lexie’s Kitchen}

 

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 Fesenjan (Pomegranate Chicken) {Minimalist Baker}

 

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 Pomegranate Salad with Quinoa {I Heart Naptime}

 

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Pomegranate-Jeweled White Cheddar, Toasted Almond, and Crispy Sage Cheese Ball  {How Sweet It Is}

 

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Moroccan Roasted Beets with Pomegranate Seeds {Feasting At Home}

 

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Citrus Salad with Pomegranate, Mint, & Pistachio  {The View From Great Island}

 

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Caramelized Brussels Sprouts with Orange & Lemon Juice & Pomegranate Molasses {Give Recipe}

 

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 Cranberry Pomegranate Smoothie {Crunchy Creamy Sweet}

 

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Cranberry-Pomegranate Sauce {Gimme Some Oven}

 

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 Pomegranate Walnut Bread {Nancy C}

 

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Mixed Baby Greens with Pomegranate Seeds, Gorgonzola and Pecans {Gina’s Skinny Recipes}

 

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Apple Pomegranate Galette {A Couple Cooks} 

 

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Pomegranate Jelly {One Sweet Appetite}

 

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Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Spiced Pomegranate Molasses {That’s Some Good Cookin’}

 

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 Pomegranate White Chocolate Chunk Cookies  {Two Peas & Their Pod}

 

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Apple-Pomegranate Breakfast Crumble: Gluten & Grain-Free {Perry’s Plate}

 

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White Chocolate Pomegranate Bark {Fitness Food Diva}

 

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All Natural, Homemade Pomegranate Drops {The View From Great Island}

 

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Cucumber-Pomegranate Salad {Good Housekeeping}

…and lastly…

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Pomegranate Orange Kombucha {Stupid Easy Paleo}

Let this line-up jump-start your imagination to include this healthful and gorgeous fruit in your cooking! Now that I am thoroughly hungry, I must go and add more pomegranates to my grocery shopping list :)

Bon Appétit, friends!

I will hopefully be posting more on this ‘superfruit’ (technically a berry) that may be nature’s answer to turning the tide against the #1 cause of death in the industrialized world: heart disease. What I am learning is knocking my warm, cozy Christmas socks off! My husband and I will definitely be drinking an ounce a day of pomegranate juice once fresh poms are not readily available sometime in January.

                                         

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. I am a wife, mother, and a retired RN. I do seek scientific confirmation of the safety and effectiveness of the herbs and remedies I use. Using remedies is a personal decision. Nothing I say on this blog is intended to prevent or treat disease. Please do your own research and consult your doctor.

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How To Make A Charcoal Slurry

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How To Make A Charcoal Slurry

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Since yesterday’s post on Activated Charcoal: Why No Mama Should Be Without It, there have been questions on how to actually make a charcoal slurry. Since it is true that ‘one picture is worth a thousand words’ – and I am a slow typist – I’m sharing this short, helpful video. It also deals with how to use activated charcoal in a less messy way than many of you may be imagining. When it comes to a poisoning, I’d hate to let some messiness stand in the way of a loved one’s safety, so here goes…

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I hope this helps dispel the fear of activated charcoal being super messy! Just go slowly and stir it INTO a half glass of water. Finish by chasing it with another glass of water. It has never stained my wash cloths, but I make sure I choose a darker colored one.

Activated charcoal is completely tasteless, but for a child you could mix in a teaspoon of honey or sugar if it will help to get it down when you are working against the clock in a poisoning. Putting it in a opaque cup, covering it with plastic wrap, and using a straw would be one other way to make it easier for a child.

Remember, too, if your patient is not unconscious and can swallow capsules, that makes it pretty easy. Taking fourteen capsules (14) equals 1 tablespoon of charcoal powder made into a slurry drink.

How to administer activated charcoal has been and is being taught on the field in foreign countries where poisoning is common place.

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Many pet owners are using activated charcoal. It can be a real life-saver for any number of accidental poisonings in pets when caught in time.

It is my hope that all of you Mamas will stock activated charcoal in your medicine cabinet and a bottle of capsules in your car. Whether to stop an early case of food poisoning, halt a early stomach bug in its tracks, or as an antidote to an accidental poisoning, our home will never be without it.

Lastly, many use activated charcoal for indigestion, bloating, and acid reflux. Here are some testimonials from Charcoal Remedies.com:

Acid Reflux

In his mid-twenties, John’s duodenal ulcers had become so bad that they were affecting his marriage. After admitting he drank coffee, I explained that coffee dramatically increases the acid production in the stomach. He said that if he had to stop his coffee then he would live with the ulcers. “Well” I said, “then you can think about having eroding ulcers”. That grabbed his attention, so I told him about charcoal, and how it works amazingly well to neutralize stomach acidity. Skepticism spread across his face with that typical Cape Breton look that says, “Go ‘way!” Hoping it would inspire a degree of confidence in my unusual remedy, I directed him to the pharmacy, where they could order the charcoal, if there wasn’t any in stock.

Then I realized that his going to the drugstore was not going to happen. Just for such skeptical folks, I carry a small bottle of charcoal capsules in the truck. I pulled it out, gave it to him with some simple instructions, and said goodbye.

I didn’t see him until the following week. With a big grin, he immediately announced, “I am totally free”. All his symptoms were gone. I could tell just by looking at his face. Keep in mind that John had had these severe pains for quite some time. I then had a chance to mention other items he needed to be careful with, such as spices, condiments, and smoking.

I saw John a month or two later and he said in a very confident manner that not only had he stopped coffee, but that he had also stopped smoking. Now, if he were to feel some acid indigestion coming on, what do you think he will reach for, some brand name antacid with calcium, which actually increases acid production? No, like many others, John knows ‘relief’ can also be spelled:  C-H-A-R-C-O-A-L.   CharcoalRemedies.com, pg.30

My brother Ron has not always “appreciated” the value of my health innovations, but today he has no doubt as to charcoal’s benefit when it comes to stomach upset. As Canadian west-coast commercial fishermen, he and his wife Gerrie worked long and hard seven days a week during fishing season. “There was no time to prepare a proper meal, so then we ended up having a big meal just before going to bed. That habit tended to end in pain, with an upset stomach and gas. But we would take several capsules of charcoal, and the symptoms promptly disappeared.” Back on land again, they are careful to better plan their mealtimes.   CharcoalRemedies.com pg. 32
Ben was, for years, a long distance trucker traveling all over North America. “I didn’t go anywhere without charcoal. If I got an upset stomach, if I had gas, or diarrhea from something, I always had it on hand as a faithful quick remedy. I simply carried a bottle of tablets with me or I would fill some capsules with the powder if I couldn’t get the tablets. We keep it right at hand here in the kitchen.” Oh yes, Ben’s wife Martha is an Emergency Room doctor.  CharcoalRemedies.com page 72

Indigestion

“One tablespoon of activated charcoal powder can adsorb the amount of bacteria that would completely cover a tennis court. I also take four capsules if I eat something that gives me indigestion or stomach pain. I used it once in the middle of a store when my son consumed an unknown amount of liquid soap. We always carry a bottle in our glove box and in my purse for emergencies. For children who can’t swallow pills, the capsules can be opened into a small amount of water, stirred and sipped with a straw. It doesn’t have any taste. Don’t try to put the powder on your tongue and swallow with water. It is so light that when you take a breath, you’ll be sorry!” Thanks Barbara for that motherly advice.   
CharcoalRemedies.com page 97

Stomach Upset

Recently I talked with Yvonne. Some time ago she received a short pamphlet on charcoal, and decided to try it for her long history of upset stomach. She reported that she had gotten fast relief, and that she had had no more problems. She was preparing to go on a trip to Mexico, and was apprehensive about the reports of the Tourista Blues (diarrhea). I suggested that, in case of an emergency, she take some charcoal with her. Fortunately she only heard happy tunes, but she was thankful that she’d had a simple remedy she could trust.
Most cases of chest pain, called heartburn, are nothing more than acid indigestion that can be helped by taking charcoal. A slurry of charcoal and water, or a little olive oil and charcoal mixed together, is often all that is needed.
Ty is another world traveler. As a public speaker, director and field representative for a prominent publishing organization, he is often in the air on his way to some foreign country. With all his other important luggage to keep track of, Ty never forgets his emergency kit. “I take charcoal with me on all international trips, just in case. I visit in many different places, with different foods. If I detect the least upset stomach, I right away take some charcoal.” 

CharcoalRemedies.com page 161

How Do You Take Charcoal?

It’s simple. Just mix 1 teaspoon or 1 Tablespoon of activated charcoal powder INTO a glass of water. Stir gently until the charcoal powder is mixed in. Then, just drink it back.

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 (Excerpt from CharcoalRemedies.com)

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Activated Charcoal: Why No Mama Should Be Without It

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Activated Charcoal: Why No Mama Should Be Without It

Activated charcoal is not the kind found on your burnt toast! 

Activated charcoal is a highly adsorptive antidote for emergency use (and a few other no-emergency uses), able to rapidly mop up toxins and chemicals. Toxins adhere or stick to the very porous surface of the charcoal, so nothing is absorbed by the body – instead passing through and out of the GI tract. It is a fine, black powder that is odorless, tasteless, and nontoxic, and it has proved its value over and over again.

But you have to know about it and have it on hand for it to do any good!

It was 1831. In front of his distinguished colleagues at the French Academy of Medicine, Professor Touery drank a lethal dose of strychnine and lived to tell the tale. He had combined the deadly poison with activated charcoal. (source) Need I say, please don’t try this at home!

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In a 2001 study conducted by the Kentucky Regional Poison Center and reported in the medical journal Pediatrics, Henry Spiller, MS, and George Rodgers, MD of the University of Louisville, demonstrated the real value of giving activated charcoal in the home to children as an antidote for most poisons

The authors of the study concluded the obvious: administering activated charcoal in the home is a lot quicker than taking the time to get to the closest emergency room. They added, “Greater efforts need to be put into educating parents (and pharmacists and pediatricians) about the need to stock activated charcoal in the home in advance of a poisoning.” (source)

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Every 8 Minutes, a Child Goes to an Emergency Room for Medicine Poisoning, Dr. Mercola (source)

We have averted full-blown food-poisoning after eating out more than once as well as using it several times here on the farm. I wouldn’t be without activated charcoal in my medicine cabinet - and always keep capsules in the car – for spider bites, mushroom poisoning, accidental poisoning, a stomach bug, or even a snake bite until we can get to the ER. I don’t hesitate to share it if there is a need. Sometimes, minutes count.

In the case of aspirin poisoning, activated charcoal should be given right away, or if possible, at least within the first thirty minutes. Powdered charcoal reaches its maximum rate of adsorption in the stomach within one minute. The sooner it is given, the better the chances of successful treatment. After one hour, charcoal given for fast-absorbing drugs like aspirin is usually only about ten percent effective. (source)

It has also been used successfully as an external poultice (mixed with baking soda and plantain) on brown recluse and other serious spider bites.

Scientific experiments over many years attest to the effectiveness of charcoal as an antidote, both to humans and to animals. In one experiment, 100 times the lethal dose of Cobra venom was mixed with charcoal and injected into a laboratory animal. The animal was not harmed. In other experiments, arsenic and strychnine were mixed with charcoal and ingested by humans under laboratory conditions. The subjects survived even though the poison dosages were five to ten times the lethal dose.

Contrary to popular belief, activated charcoal does not steal minerals from the body if only used when needed. (source: How Activated Charcoal Works

Dosage:

Activated charcoal can be purchased in tablets, capsules, or powder form. Tablets have one-half the potency of the powdered charcoal and the capsules are a bit more expensive but easy to use. About 14 capsules equals a tablespoon of powder. It is best to take one to two tablespoons of powder in a small portion of water and followed with several glasses of water. (source)

Adequate water is a must to get the charcoal to its target. In the case of a poisoning emergency, I would certainly call a poison control center and follow their instructions. The National Poison Control Center in the US is 1-800-222-1222. Of course, if your area has it, you can always call 911. Please keep pertinent numbers in a readily visible place such as on your fridge. The information on this site is also helpful.

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(This little guy and his brother ingested Tylenol -source) For other true stories, go here.

Pumping the stomach is only effective immediately after swallowing a toxic substance (under a half-hour) and does not reach beyond the stomach as activated charcoal does. Some emergency rooms automatically administer large doses of activated charcoal for certain types of poisoning.

    

Charcoal Testimony

John is a minister, and while he believes very strongly in faith and its part in healing, he also believes one should heed the counsel to “add to one’s faith… knowledge” (2 Peter 1:5). For John and his wife Sharon that means understanding how to use simple natural home remedies.
“John and Sharon try to be prepared for any emergency. As a quick simple first aid, they always have charcoal near at hand. Because they were prepared for one emergency, they now know it really does work for aspirin poisoning. “It happened that a baby got a hold of a number of aspirins and swallowed them. Fortunately it was promptly noticed, and we immediately gave charcoal. For some time after giving the charcoal, we watched the baby carefully, and there were no observable side effects at all.”
Can activated charcoal work for you in an emergency? It can if you follow the Kentucky Poison Control Center’s advice and stock activated charcoal, the antidote for hundreds of common drugs and chemicals, in your medicine cabinet. Then, if it should happen to one of your little ones or a neighbor’s, you can quickly give the antidote as you consider the need to go to Emergency. But what if there is no Emergency Clinic nearby?
“While doing development work in Nepal, just before the rainy season set in, the small clinic at which I worked hosted a week long “health camp”. A group of American doctors, dentists, and their spouses made the exhausting six-hour hike up and down, and finally over into the Huwas valley. “After that very busy week, as some of the medical team rested up for the trek out, Joyce, the director’s wife, led a number of the others on a walk down to the river. On the way, they passed a family having a picnic beside a small Hindu shrine. The translator mentioned that the family lived just below the clinic. After stopping for tea in one village, Joyce decided to hike home by a different route. As they passed by the local health-post/pharmacy, the health worker called them over. A small, four-year-old boy was lying there not responding to anything. The group recognized him as one of the children at the family picnic. Joyce, herself a nurse, tells what happened:
“Among the group was a pediatrician. He examined the child and mentioned meningitis and a couple other serious possibilities as a cause for the child’s condition. Not able to confirm a diagnosis, the doctor decided to give a large dose of antibiotic by injection. It would take some time for the antibiotic to take effect, so we stood around observing the child, and conversing. At some point, I described a similar case, but it had been from poisoning. The baby had not been treated and had died. I suggested giving charcoal. After hearing my story, the physician agreed that this child could also be suffering from poisoning, “but poisoning from what?” he wondered. Nevertheless, he decided that charcoal was worth a try.
So I went to gather some coals from the nearest cook fires. We pulverized them as best we could and mixed the gritty powder in a four-ounce glass with water. We strained the mixture through a cloth and, because the child could not swallow, administered it through a small tube. We were able to get some down, and the child began to struggle against it. That encouraged us to keep trying, and eventually we were able to get about two ounces down. It was difficult to get it into the child because it was gritty and the tube was too small. As the others worked, another woman and I quietly offered a prayer that God would add His blessing to our efforts.
Very soon the child’s breathing, which had been shallow and irregular, returned to normal. We removed the tube, and before the child totally refused to take anymore, we were able to get one more ounce down. By then the boy was completely alert. From the time we were able to get the first bit of charcoal down to the time he was back up and running around was no more than five minutes. We were all absolutely amazed! The doctor insisted that it had to have been the charcoal, because the antibiotics could not possibly have worked so quickly.”
I hope those of you who are still skeptical never have to face such choices. But, by the time you’ve finished these pages and listened to those who have, I hope you will have enough evidence to try charcoal yourselves should an emergency arise. Faith is very powerful, but we need to add knowledge to our faith. (source)

Should you ever need to use activated charcoal on yourself or a child for poisoning, use as soon as possible. Call a poison control center or go to the emergency room as well to make sure the poison has been fully removed as there are several things activated charcoal will NOT adsorb.

The most pure source of activated charcoal (click here) I’ve found is made from coconut shells. When storing it, be careful that young children or pets can’t access it for it is a huge PAIN to clean up from grout or other rough surfaces. The sink or counter, no problem. Think a small plastic container with a tight-fitting lid perhaps.

Activated charcoal has no side effects or known cases of allergic reactions. It has an infinite shelf life. It has also saved the life of many a pet.

No, activated charcoal is not the kind found on your burnt toast. At just the right time, it is worth its weight in gold!

Disclaimer: I am not a professional nor a doctor. I am a mother. I do seek scientific confirmation of the safety and effectiveness of the herbs and remedies I use. Using remedies is a personal decision. Nothing I say on this blog is intended to treat or prevent disease. Consult your doctor.

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Festive Chocolate Cranberry Bishop’s Bread

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Festive Chocolate Cranberry Bishop’s Bread

I’ve been waiting ever since last Christmas to give you this recipe. The doin’s of a household-full, and the holidays were past in a twinkling. At our place, this is only made at Thanksgiving and Christmas-time (as the cranberries are in season), so I didn’t think it a good idea to share it when the weather was in the 80’s.

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This is one of those dessert recipes that I will say – if you’re a regular visitor to my blog – “Now, here you go! I’m about to share something special.” And it is. Special.

My mother wrote this twist on an old European recipe down for me back in 1974 or ’75 just after we were married. She would occasionally make it for company, but more often (because my Dad was Dutch and true fruitcake is an old Dutch tradition) she would serve a kind of eternal heavy fruitcake.  

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I guess this does bear some likeness to the basic fruitcake – heavy like a pound cake. Nuggets of goodness stuck together in a bread. But, instead of copious amounts of dried fruit (lemon, lime, orange, red and green candied cherries, etc.) there is nothing but chocolate chips, walnuts, cranberries (or tart cherries) for a occasional burst of tart, and dates. It is awesome!

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Festive Chocolate Cranberry Bishop’s Bread

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups King Arthur’s whole wheat flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
3 eggs
2/3 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips (or chunks)
1 cup sugar (I used 3/4 cup honey)
2 cups chopped walnuts or pecans
1 1/2 cups chopped dates
1 cup chopped cherries (I subbed unsweetened fresh cranberries halved- add only a hint of tart)

Directions:

Mix together flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir cut-up fruit and chopped nuts into flour mixture to coat. Incorporate sweetener and eggs. Before you go further, line 10x5x3 loaf pan or a 7 1/2″ round casserole dish with parchment or wax paper and dot with butter or solid coconut oil so it will come out clean.

Now this is where it gets fun: Mix as much as you can with a heavy spoon; at one point, it will become pretty hard to stir. Taking the mass into your hands, squish and knead just enough to fully blend. You will be able to form a ball and drop it into your parchment-lined baking pan. Cut tall edges off parchment, so they don’t smoke and bake 65-70 minutes at 350 degree.

My Variation From Normal: I make the whole thing a few days before Thanksgiving before food prep gets heavy but do NOT bake it. I simply wrap it up and stick it in the fridge to blend flavors. Then when we have spontaneous friends knock on our door, I have this pretty bread to serve hot right out of the oven. It takes a bit of work off my shoulders, and it also makes the whole house smell amazing. Either way, bake it immediately or later.

Non-Alcoholic Rum Version: I have read this cake can be made 3 to 4 weeks before Christmas and put in a covered cake tin with an ounce of bourbon or rum poured over the cake itself. The alcohol will evaporate during this time and flavor your cake. It will keep well for several weeks in a cool spot or refrigerated.

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A Jeani Jessen of Ladson wrote about a recipe that her mother found in a ladies magazine at Christmastime in 1939. “Our family has made it yearly ever since. It’s wonderful for folks who don’t like fruitcake – but love chocolate! Our friends start requesting it about Thanksgiving.” Jeani says the recipe originally called for chopped chocolate rather than chips. That got me wondering when chocolate chips were first sold. It turns out that the Nestle Co. first produced them in 1939 – the very year Jeani’s mother found the recipe in the magazine.

When researching origins, I found one reference to Bishop’s bread being made in medieval times for the local Bishop. Nuts and dried fruits were scarce, so it would be a fit ‘treasure’ for the Bishop. Melissa Bowen, a research librarian at the culinary university Johnson & Wales, did some digging in the school’s vast resources and found that there is a reference to a traditional Slovakian Christmas cake – a loaf bread – called Bishop’s Bread or Biskupsky Chlebicek. It has fruit, nuts and – surprise – sometimes chocolate. She also found a website that mentions a story about the bread much like the Bishop’s Bread served to circuit-riding preachers in the days of early America. Those stories shed a little light on the name, but there still seems to be some confusion about whether the bread/cake contains chocolate.

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Once we get settled down after Thanksgiving, we will be making triple the recipe as one of our Christmas traditions. Yes, it is bread-shaped, keeps refrigerated for weeks like fruitcake, but it for sure isn’t fruitcake. I promise! You, too, will became a Bishop’s Bread convert from the first taste, especially if you are a chocolate lover. You may even make it a tradition in your family.

Bon appétit!

“Go, eat your bread with joy…” ~Ecclesiastes 9: 7 

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WWI Christmas Truce: 100 Years Later

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WWI Christmas Truce: 100 Years Later

You likely have already heard and seen this breath-taking video. If not, I humbly post it here in hopes that it will ignite a fire in your breast to lay down your own personal agenda whenever it undermines peace between you and another. History is an excellent teacher.

 

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“If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” ~Romans 12: 18

The Christmas Truce is an enduring image of the triumph of man’s spirit over hate and adversity. What really happened in no man’s land between British and German infantry in December 1914?

Setting the Stage

“THE assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austrian throne, and his wife in Sarajevo on June 29, 1914, sparked a rapid sequence of events which led to the outbreak of World War I. In early August, Germany swept past Luxembourg and Belgium on their way into France and at first made rapid progress. The Allies and Germans tried a series of outflanking movements which eventually led to a battle line – the Western Front – stretching from Lorraine in the south to the English Channel in the north. Soldiers dug trenches and erected barbed wire to hold their positions: the nightmare that was to become ‘trench warfare’ had begun.

“In places the trenches were just yards apart and, as the soldiers realized that neither side was going to make any rapid victories or progress, the trenches became more fortified. The opposing forces now had time to regroup and strengthen their lines with more men but it soon became apparent to the Generals and to the men on the front line that this was going to be a war of attrition – the only way a ‘winner’ would be decided would be when one side ran out of men or out of bullets. As Private R Fleming of the 2nd Durham Light Infantry put it: “It is not war, this. It is who can kill the most in the shortest possible time” ( The Newcastle Evening Mail January 13, 1915).” (source)

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“The proximity of the enemies also allowed men to shout out to their opponents or stick up signs on wooden boards. After a particularly heavy barrage of missiles or bullets, the soldiers might shout out “Missed” or “Left a bit”. (1) This black humor was to be the start of a ‘conversation’ between troops that would hasten the onset of a Christmas truce.

“For much of December, it had been wet but on Christmas Eve the temperature dropped and a sharp frost enveloped the landscape. A ‘white Christmas’ would provide the backdrop to one of the most remarkable Christmas stories in 2,000 years.

“The shouting between troops turned into something more during Christmas Eve. Germans celebrate Christmas on December 24 – more than they do on the day itself (in Britain and France, December 25 is the main day of celebration). So on the Western Front on Christmas Eve, German soldiers began to sing carols and place Christmas trees lit with lanterns above the trenches. As a sub-altern told the Press Association: “Their trenches were a blaze of Christmas trees, and our sentries were regaled for hours with the traditional Christmas songs of the Fatherland. Their officers even expressed annoyance the next day that some of these trees had been fired on, insisting that they were part almost of the sacred rite.” (source)

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German troops decorate a Christmas tree inside their trench.

A ‘white Christmas’, singing of carols, shouts of good wishes across the trenches and the erection of illuminated decorations: A truce which days earlier had seemed inconceivable was now all but inevitable.

Christmas Eve – The Truce Begins

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German troops pose for a picture and prepare to (hopefully) welcome in 1915.

It is not hard to understand how singing and shouting between trenches on Christmas Eve escalated into something more. This letter, for example, was one of hundreds sent home by the soldiers on the front and shared by excited families with their communities through the local newspapers. Censorship appears to have been in its infancy.

“As I told you before our trenches are only 30 or 40 yards away from the Germans. This led to an exciting incident the other day. Our fellows have been in the habit of shouting across to the enemy and we used to get answers from them. We were told to get into conversation with them and this is what happened:-
From out trenches: “Good morning Fritz.” (No answer).
“Good morning Fritz.” (Still no answer).
“GOOD MORNING FRITZ.”
From German trenches: “Good morning.”
From our trench: “How are you?”
“All right.”
“Come over here, Fritz.”
“No. If I come I get shot.”
“No you won’t. Come on.”
“No fear.”
“Come and get some fags, Fritz.”
“No. You come half way and I meet you.”
“All right.”
One of our fellows thereupon stuffed his pocket with fags and got over the trench.. The German got over his trench, and right enough they met half way and shook hands, Fitz taking the fags and giving cheese in exchange.”
Letter from Private H Scrutton, Essex Regiment, published in the Norfolk Chronicle on January 1, 1915″ (source)

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Conversation between English and German soldiers.

And this from Rifleman C H Brazier, Queen’s Westminsters, of Bishop’s Stortford: “You will no doubt be surprised to hear that we spent our Christmas in the trenches after all and that Christmas Day was a very happy one. On Christmas Eve the Germans entrenched opposite us began calling out to us ‘Cigarettes’, ‘Pudding’, ‘A Happy Christmas’, so two of our fellows climbed over the parapet of the trench and went towards the German trenches. Half-way they were met by four Germans, who said they would not shoot on Christmas Day if we did not. They gave our fellows cigars and a bottle of wine and were given a cake and cigarettes. When they came back I went out with some more of our fellows and we were met by about 30 Germans, who seemed to be very nice fellows. I got one of them to write his name and address on a postcard as a souvenir. All through the night we sang carols to them and they sang to us and one played ‘God Save the King’ on a mouth organ” (The Hertfordshire Mercury, Saturday January 9, 1915). (source)

Christmas Day

First, it should be remembered that while the truce was widespread it was not total. In some parts shelling and firing continued during the day; there were deaths on Christmas Day, 1914. Pat Collard, for instance, wrote to his parents at The Chestnut Horse pub describing a horrendous Christmas under fire, concluding: “Perhaps you read of the conversation on Christmas Day between us and the Germans. It’s all lies. The sniping went on just the same; in fact, our captain was wounded, so don’t believe what you see in the papers.” (Hampshire Chronicle, January 1915). (source)

But despite Pat Collard’s experience, there were indeed many truces along the Western Front that Christmas.

This letter from Private Cunningham, of the 5th Scottish Rifles reveals in more detail how such truces came about: “On Christmas Eve the firing practically ceased. I think both sides understood we were going to have a day off. Through the night we sang carols to one another, the German lines were only a hundred yards away, so we heard each other quite plainly. This went on all night. When dawn arrived we started putting our head above the parapet and waved to each other. On our left was a brewery occupied by the Germans and to our surprise we saw a German come out and hold his hand up, behind him were two rolling a barrel of beer. They came halfway across and signed to us to come for it. Three of us went out, shook hands with them, wished them a merry Christmas, and rolled the barrel to our own trenches amid the cheers of both British and Germans! After that it was understood that peace was declared for a day. We both got out of our trenches and met in the middle of the field, wished each other seasons greetings. The Germans said: “A merry Grismas!” Some of them were quite good at English. We had a most interesting day. The Germans got permission for our officers to bury some of their dead which were lying near our lines. ” (The Scotsman, January 5, 1915). (source)

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Germans soldiers supply thirsty English troops beer.

While this was typical there are also reports of very untypical truces with some soldiers going far behind enemy lines or staying with the enemy for some considerable time.

“This account by Rifleman C H Brazier, Queen’s Westminsters of Bishops, conjures up a comic picture of the Christmas Truce hardly typical of the usual image depicting cautious soldiers nervously shaking hands in No Man’s Land:

“The trenches in this position are so close that they are called ‘The Death Trap’, as hundreds have been killed there. A hundred yards or so in the rear of our trenches there were houses that had been shelled. These were explored with some of the regulars and we found old bicycles, top-hats, straw hats, umbrellas etc. We dressed ourselves up in these and went over to the Germans. It seemed so comical to see fellows walking about in top-hats and with umbrellas up. Some rode the bicycles. We had some fine sport and made the Germans laugh.” (source)

The End of the Truce

“If initiating a truce in the middle of war-torn France seemed impossible, then ending it was to prove even harder. Soldiers seemed reluctant to begin shooting at the very people they had been sharing jokes with just a few hours earlier.

“Company-Sergeant Major Frank Naden of the 6th Cheshire Territorials: “Next day we got an order that all communication and friendly intercourse with the enemey must cease but we did not fire at all that day, and the Germans did not fire at us.” (Evening Mail (Newcastle) January 31, 1914)” (source)

“And the Manchester Guardian’s Paris Correspondent wrote: “The sequel was more interesting than the event itself. The French and German soldiers who had thus fraternized subsequently refused to fire on one another and had to be removed from the trenches and replaced by other men.”

“It was then we discovered that those on the ‘other’ side were not the savage barbarians we’d been told,” Alfred Anderson, the last surviving British soldier to take part in the Christmas truce, told George Beres for the History News Network. “They were like us. Why were we led to believe otherwise?”

I find it encouraging that such a spontaneous truce was possible, yet also heart-breaking. Heartening in that for this short time these young soldiers could put aside their political hatred and unite in observance of a common holiday, and heart-breaking in that a short time later these same young men who had been breaking down the barriers of war would again be killing each other on a massive scale. 

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The all too short Christmas Truce of 1914 was a celebration of the human solidarity and fraternity amidst the unimaginable pain and suffering of the Great War. It was an initiative of the soldiers on both sides against its political and military leaders. Indeed, the spirit of Christmas prevailed in December, 1914. 

But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you…” ~Matthew 5:44

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Virginia Lee Burton, Fabulous Children’s Books Author

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Virginia Lee Burton, Fabulous Children’s Books Author

Dear Mama, if it is difficult for you to find wholesome, engaging books for young boys, look no further. Virginia Lee Burton’s children’s books are just the thing to acquaint boys with the wonderful world of books. And her books seem to not have an set age range…even older boys become engrossed in the pathos of the story and detailed illustrations!

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“I am a part of everything that I have read.” ~Theodore Roosevelt

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Virginia Lee Burton is best remembered as an award-winning author and illustrator of children’s books. Her memorable characters, still ‘alive’ in our grown children’s imaginations, make her one of our very favorite children’s book authors.

Virginia was born in Massachusetts in 1909. She won the Virginia Lee Burton, Fabulous Children's Books Author, Life Story, book, simpler times, reviews, children's literature, personification, animation, country cottage, urbanization, Amazon, Theodore Roosevelt, quote, living books, fiction, children's author, Song of Robin Hood, Trains, Trucks, Tractors, Cable cars, Diesel Engines, snow, snowplow, writers of stories, illustrator, complete and unabridged, classic, old books, homeschool readers, Geopolis, bulldozer, Choo Choo, Calico the Wonder Horse, Popperville, Mike Mulligan and His Steam Engine, The Little House, Maybelle and the Cable Car, Caldecott Medal-winning author,   prestigious Caldecott Medal for The Little House in 1943, and her illustrations for Song of Robin Hood (1948) found a spot on the Caldecott Honor list.

Burton’s themes take us back to a simpler life. She pays tribute to heroes who persevere through difficulties with goodness and strength of character.

Burton specializes in bringing the inanimate to life with her vibrant and detailed drawings and stories of courage and vulnerability. The beauty of the her stories is that they are simple, yet deep and complicated at the same time.

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It is true that her books captivate boys. Trains! Trucks! Tractors! Cable cars and Steam Shovels and Diesel Engines and Bulldozers! Every young boy’s dream. But in truth, everyone (girls included) from toddlers to grandparents are drawn into the oftentimes heart-tugging predicaments the subjects find themselves in.

Her use of personification, a highlight of her stories, makes for rich conversation with children. Her winsome animated machines can lead to great fun as we think about machines and why we sometimes compare them to humans (or animals) when we talk about them. Can you tell we like her works?

Song of Robin Hood

In all, she wrote and illustrated 7 children’s books:

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The Little House

The Little House is a poignant story of a cute country cottage that becomes engulfed by the city that grows up around it. The house has an expressive face of windows and doors, and even the feelings of a person, so she’s sad when she’s surrounded by the dirty, noisy city’s hustle and bustle: “She missed the field of daisies / and the apple trees dancing in the moonlight.” Fortunately, there’s a happy ending, as the house is taken back to the country where she belongs. A classic!” ~Amazon review

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Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel

“Mike and his trusty steam shovel, Mary Anne, dig deep canals for boats to travel through, cut mountain passes for trains, and hollow out cellars for city skyscrapers — the very symbol of industrial America. But with progress come new machines, and soon the inseparable duo are out of work. Mike believes that Mary Anne can dig as much in a day as one hundred men can dig in a week, and the two have one last chance to prove it and save Mary Anne from the scrap heap. What happens next in the small town of Popperville is a testament to their friendship, and to old-fashioned hard work and ingenuity.” ~Amazon review

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Katy and the Big Snow

“Katy, a red crawler tractor, “could do a lot of things,” Burton explains early on. In the summer she is a bulldozer, helping to build and repair roads in the city of Geoppolis. In the winter, she turns into a snowplow, waiting and waiting for her chance to be useful. Most of the winters, though, the snowfalls are mild and the town doesn’t need Katy. But when the big one finally hits, the town is buried in page after page of powder. The power lines are down. The doctor can’t get his patient to the hospital. The fire department can’t reach a burning house! “Everyone and everything was stopped but… KATY!” Suddenly, the entire community is dependent on one little snowplow. Children love witnessing Katy’s shining moment of glory and will inevitably admire her “chug, chug, chug” endurance.” ~reader Gail Hudson’s Amazon review

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Maybelle the Cable Car

Maybelle was a cable car a San Francisco cable car. . . She rang her gong and sang her song from early morn till late at night. . . . By recounting the actual events in San Francisco’s effort to keep the city’s cable cars running, this classic story illustrates how the voice of the people can be heard in the true spirit of democracy. Virginia Lee Burton’s original art for Maybelle the Cable Car was retrieved from the archives of the San Francisco Public Library to re-create this edition with all the vibrant charm of the original, which was published in 1952. ~Amazon review

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Choo Choo 

“The story of a rebellious little engine that isn’t content and wants to show off, runs away and ultimately learns an important lesson. Does this sound like anyone you know? The author skillfully and carefully weaves a story that incorporates many topics of interest and importance to small children, such as travel, time, distance, trouble, responsibility, duty, etc., within the context of a story about a train. The illustrations are masterful and were prepared by the author herself. As with her other books, she is writing to her own small children, which adds to the richness, depth, sensitivity and focus of the story.” ~reader review

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Calico the Wonder Horse

“This is an old fashioned, action packed, rootin’ tootin’ western that has it all…cattle rustling, hold-ups, a stampede and kidnapping, a wild and thrilling stagecoach chase, and through it all, Calico comes to the rescue, outsmarts the bad guys and saves the day. Virginia Lee Burton’s clever, witty text is dramatic, engaging and full of wild west colloquialisms that will have both kids and adults laughing and cheering at all the fun. Her marvelous comic strip illustrations are expressive and full of detail and beg to be pored over and explored. Put it all together and you have the makings of a timeless classic to share with friends, family and future generations.” ~reader Roz Levine’s Amazon review

Now there is a 4-book collection that commemorates Virginia Lee Burton’s most popular classic stories, each featured complete and unabridged. They have been entertaining children, parents, and grandparents for more than sixty years, and I think they will entertain you, too!

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Mike Mulligan and More: Four Classic Stories

“There’s a reason why this book [The Little House] has lasted through 70 years of cultural change in America. Kids love it. Moms and Dads love it. Grandmas and Grandpas love it. What’s not to love?” ~Michael J. Ettner

Caveat: I have not read Life Story, but it has many, many references to evolutionary processes as she describes how the earth came into being, and so I share this warning. It is the only book of hers that I don’t recommend.

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Salt Sole: Never Buy Minerals Again

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Salt Sole: Never Buy Minerals Again

It turns out not everything that tastes good is bad for us! It’s posts like this that make me a happy blogger…sharing life-giving information that doesn’t cost an-arm-and-a-leg and is doable for all of us.

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Salt is essential and basic to all life – we cannot live without it. But most people just don’t realize that there are immense differences between the pure white, refined cooking-salt you find on tables in restaurants verses natural health-promoting salt. Man-altered table salt is stripped of minerals and bleached, not like God’s wonderful creation at all. Himalayan salt is mined from mountainous sea beds far from industrialization, so it is pure and free from modern environmental toxins. Sea salts, unfortunately, are becoming more and more contaminated as the oceans fill up with toxins.

These differences can have a major impact on our staying healthy.

Natural sea salt contains ninety-some essential minerals, whereas refined, adulterated salt (a byproduct of the chemical industry) contains only two elements, sodium (Na) and chlorine (Cl). Himalayan salt contains all of the minerals and trace elements found in your body and all of them are available in colloidal form – meaning they are so small your cells can readily absorb them.

Minerals in Himalayan Pink Salt – Spectral Analysis…94 trace minerals, electrolytes, and elements.

Sole (pronounced so-lay) is a fully saturated solution of water and Himalayan pink salt (you can also use Real Salt or Celtic salt). The water becomes saturated when the water can no longer dissolve more salt. At this point, the crystals remain undissolved on the bottom of the jar, indicating that the solution has reached it’s saturation limit. The water is now fully saturated. This is what is called Sole, and it can be taken as our daily minerals. 

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Here is a rather new-agey discussion on what happens when water and natural salt mix.

“Each of the ionized minerals in the sole represents the ionized minerals naturally occurring in your blood. And each mineral element carries its own unique vibration or frequency pattern of energy.”

I tend to believe these claims of generation of energy for the body, however. When salt and water collide, water is no longer water, and salt is not salt anymore. This combination produces a release of energy available to your body. Many in the scientific community (here, here, here) are now working on harnessing this release of energy when natural salt and water come together on a larger scale. The human body can benefit from it, too, with a properly prepared Sole.

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We’ve all been told for so many years that salt is damaging, so the thought of drinking salt water may be pretty illogical, but it turns out that this concentrated solution can have a variety of health-supporting uses.

Dr. Mercola discusses the numerous health benefits:

  • Sole is most effective in stabilizing irregular heartbeats.
  • Sole is a strong natural antihistamine.
  • Sole can dissolve and eliminate sediments which lead to stones and various forms of rheumatism like arthritis and kidney and gall bladder stones.
  • Sole can balance the alkalinity/acidity [pH] of the body and normalize blood pressure.
  • Sole is vital for clearing up congestion of the sinuses.
  • Sole is essential for the prevention of muscle cramps.
  • Sole can help with skin diseases by cleaning from inside out.
  • Sole is vital for the clearance of the lungs of mucous plugs and sticky phlegm, particularly in asthma and cystic fibrosis.
  • Sole is vital for sleep regulation. It is a natural hypnotic.
  • Sole is vital to the extraction of excess acidity from the cells in the body, particularly the brain cells.
  • Sole is vital for balancing the sugar levels in the blood; a crucial element for diabetes sufferers.
  • Sole is vital for the generation of hydroelectric energy in your body’s cells.
  • Sole is vital to the nerve cells for communication and information processing.
  • Sole is vital for absorption of food particles through the intestinal tract.
  • Sole is absolutely vital to making the structure of bones firm. Osteoporosis, in many ways, is a result of mineral and water shortage in the body.
  • A little Sole on the tongue will help stop persistent dry coughs.

A study conducted at the University of Graz in Austria found that people who drank water containing Himalayan crystal salt daily experienced improvement in respiratory conditions, organ functions, and connective tissues. Participants also reported sleeping better and having more energy. The study noted a boost in the ability to achieve higher concentration levels. Some of the study participants stated they lost unwanted weight while others involved in the study showed enhanced hair and nail growth. For a complete summary of this medical study please refer to the book Water & Salt – The Essence of Life

One teaspoon of Himalayan Sole (and other unrefined salt) contains approximately 412 mg. of unprocessed, natural sodium. The USDA also states that the body absolutely requires a minimum of 500 mg. of sodium per day just to live. 

How To Make Salt Sole

What You Will Need:

  • A glass jar (mine is 6″ tall)
  • A plastic lid, non-metal (like this one)
  • Himalayan, Celtic, or Real Salt (see sources below)
  • Filtered water (ours is filtered by our Berkey)

Directions:

  • Fill the jar about ¼ of the way with Himalayan Salt, Real Salt or Celtic Salt (or a mixture)
  • Add filtered water to fill the jar, leaving room at the top
  • Cap jar and shake gently
  • Leave on the counter overnight to let the salt fully dissolve
  • In the morning, if there is still some salt on the bottom of the jar, the water has absorbed its maximum amount and the Sole is ready for use. If not, add more salt and repeat (shake and wait overnight) until there is salt remaining at the bottom of the jar. This means that the water is fully saturated.

To Use:

Consume every morning on an empty stomach. Do not stir the Sole. Take 1 tsp. of the Sole from the top of the Sole and add it into a glass of water. Do not use a metal utensil to measure or touch the Sole with any metal object. A wooden or plastic spoon is preferred, but do not leave it sitting in the Sole.

Never Buy Minerals Again

You can store Sole at room temp. It will last indefinitely as salt is naturally anti-bacterial and anti-fungal so you should never have to buy minerals again unless you run out of salt! More water and salt can be added as needed to keep up the amount in the jar.

Best Unrefined Salts:

You can usually find Real Salt, Celtic, and Himalayan Salt at your health food store. If you can’t, you can find it here online. Here are many options for price comparison:

Disclaimer: I am not a professional nor a doctor. I am a mother. I do seek scientific confirmation of the safety and effectiveness of the herbs and remedies I use. Using remedies is a personal decision. Nothing I say on this blog is intended to treat or prevent disease. Consult your doctor.

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Earn Your Life

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Earn Your Life

An old man walks down a wide path through a colonnade of evergreens. He has a full head of gray hair, combed from a wavy peak to one side. His eyebrows spike with a grandfatherly flourish toward his temples. He wears a light blue Windbreaker over a golf shirt with a horizontal stripe, Sansabelt slacks, and the crepe-soled shoes his doctor recommended. His gait is quick but stiff – stiff like someone who has just gotten himself up. He marches forward with great intent and purpose, as if he’s hunting out something or someone.

Behind him trail his family. His wife is closest, his son and daughter-in- law a step or two farther behind, bracketing their children.

The man’s eyes show that for the moment he’s not thinking of his family, although he seems to be dragging them in his wake. His eyes are at once wide-open yet fixed, poached by what can only be dread. His mouth works in a way that shows his stomach is in his throat. Off to the left his family can see the curve of a long shore, hear the soughing of the waves, and nearly breathe in the scent of the brine. But the man looks neither to his right nor to his left. He keeps stumbling forward, his body tense yet determined.

When he finally turns to his right, he steps onto a vast lawn striped with thousands of white crosses that extend toward the horizon. Here and there a Jewish star adds to the procession of markers that contrast starkly against the green sward. The old man’s pace speeds as he makes his way through this vast cemetery. His family struggles to keep up.

James Ryan’s determined march finally halts in front of a particular cross. The rims of his eyes show red. He wipes at them with a shaking hand, sniffs hard, tries again to breathe. Here it is, his captain’s cross, the name, the date: Captain John W. Miller, June 13, 1944.

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He takes another sniff against his watering eyes, bites his lip. He’s almost choking as he struggles to breathe in the heavy air. His knees give way, and he kneels before the cross, his shoulders heaving. His wife is suddenly at one shoulder, his son at the other. He’s glad they are there, but they cannot help with what needs to be done.

He mumbles that he’s all right, and they retreat several steps, leaving him to the thoughts that press so hard he can’t bear the weight.

Not until this moment does he realize that what he has been looking forward to yet dreading is a transaction. An exchange of some kind. For him this visit to the Normandy American Cemetery is no sightseeing tour. It’s a profound action. Even now he cannot say why he believes this to be the case. The emotion that’s seized him declares it to be so, however.

Whatever must happen involves the question that’s dogged him his whole life. The unspoken question that’s brought him here. He feels its presence in every memory, and not only the good ones.

Now that he’s looking at his captain’s grave, Ryan has to ask the question.

Decades earlier, on June 6, 1944, Captain Miller and his men had landed at Omaha Beach, a horror James Ryan had been spared as part of the 101st Airborne. His unit had been dropped into Normandy the night before the sea assault. He later learned from the tales of his buddies and from seeing newsreel footage what D-day had been like. Although Germany had not been expecting the assault at the place Eisenhower chose, the air assault hadn’t softened their positions one whit, and when the armored front of the Higgins boats opened onto the beach, the men were ducks on a pond to the enemy’s machine guns.

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Many of those sitting forward in the landing craft never had a chance to move from their seats as the Germans opened fire. Those who jumped over the craft’s sides to swim and crawl ashore could only cling to the Belgian gates and iron hedgehogs – the jack-shaped defensive works strewn in rows all along the shingle that prevented tanks from making the initial assault.

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The army rangers humped forward in waves, men falling to the right and left every few feet. They were getting hit not only by machinegun fire but by artillery as well. Bodies flew with the explosions. The wounded picked up their severed arms and stumbled a few more feet to their deaths. The waves washing onto the beaches ran red with blood, lapping at the dead, who lay scattered and senseless.

Captain Miller and a few of his company made it to the seawall. Although 50 percent of the men in the first waves to hit Omaha Beach were killed in action, the others broke the first line of German defenses.

Soon after the hell of D-Day, Captain Miller and a squad of seven men were assigned to find paratrooper James Ryan and bring him home – alive. The army’s chief of staff, General George C. Marshall, had personally issued the order for Private James Ryan to be taken out of the war. Ryan’s two older brothers had died in the great assault, and a third brother had been killed in action in New Guinea. Marshall thought that three sons were enough for any mother to contribute to the war.

Captain Miller and his squad found Ryan with remnants of the 506, Baker Company, which had orders to secure a bridge on the far side of a river. The company had been ordered to hold the bridge at all costs – or, as a final defense, to blow it up. When Captain Miller and his squad arrived to take Ryan home, Ryan refused to leave. Miller asked him what he was supposed to say to Ryan’s mother when she got another folded American flag. Ryan replied, “You can tell her that when you found me, I was with the only brothers I had left. And that there was no way I was deserting them. I think she’d understand that.”

Captain Miller and his squad told Ryan angrily that they had already lost two men in the search to find him. Miller finally decided that they’d make Ryan’s battle their own as well and save him in the process.

The Germans soon came at them – nearly a full company of men, two Panzer tanks, two Tigers. The Americans lured the Panzers down the village’s main street, where they staged an effective ambush. The only thing Ryan had been allowed to do was pitch mortar shells like hand grenades. Captain Miller never let Ryan leave his side, protecting the private every step of the way.

Still, one tank blew their sharpshooter to eternity. Another soldier died in hand-to-hand combat with a knife to his heart. No matter their ingenuity, the squad couldn’t hold off such an overpowering force, and the men made a strategic retreat to the other side of the bridge. In the retreat one of the sergeants was hit and collapsed.

Captain Miller took a shot beneath his ribs as he struggled to fix the wiring on a detonation device. Then an artillery blast knocked him nearly unconscious. All hope lost, Captain Miller began shooting at a tank coming straight at him.

Suddenly, Tankbuster aircraft shrieked down on them, blowing the enemy’s tanks to smithereens and routing their foot soldiers. The Allies’ own armored reinforcements rolled up minutes later.

Of the squad that had come to save Ryan, only two men escaped relatively unscathed. The others were dead or dying.

Captain Miller lay close by where he had been hit, his back slumped against the bridge’s wall. Ryan, in anguish, was alone with his rescuer in the final moments before Miller died. Ryan watched as the captain struggled in his last moments, shot clean through one lung. The captain wouldn’t take another breath, except to grunt, “James. Earn this . . . earn it.”

Were these dying words a final order or charge?

These memories rivet the aged James Ryan, who now finds himself staring at the grave marker and mumbling to his dead commander. He tells Captain Miller that his family is with him. He confesses that he wasn’t sure how he would feel about coming to the cemetery today. He wants Captain Miller to know that every day of his life he’s thought of their conversation at the bridge, of Miller’s dying words. Ryan has tried to live a good life, and he hopes he has. At least in the captain’s eyes, he hopes he’s “earned it,” that his life has been worthy of the sacrifice Captain Miller and the other men made of giving their lives for his.

As Ryan mutters these thoughts, he cannot help wondering how any life, however well lived, could be worthy of his friends’ sacrifice. The old man stands up, but he doesn’t feel released. The question remains unanswered.

His wife comes to his side again. He looks at her and pleads, “Tell me I’ve led a good life.”

Confused by his request, she responds with a question: “What?”

He has to know the answer. He tries to articulate it again: “Tell me I’m a good man.”

The request flusters her, but his earnestness makes her think better of putting it off. With great dignity, she says, “You are.”

His wife turns back to the other family members, whose stirring says they are ready to leave.

Before James Ryan joins them, he comes to attention and salutes his fallen comrade. What a gallant old soldier he is. 

(Excerpt from The Good Life by Chuck Colson)

So you see, James Ryan, out of gratitude for the sacrifice of his friend Captain Miller, did all in his power to live a good life.

Today, Veteran’s Day, is an exceptional time for each of us to look at our own lives and examine our hearts. Are we attempting to live ‘good lives’ in gratitude for all those who have gone before us in sacrifice – those who gave their lives, those who gave up years in service to our country, and those currently serving? Are we filled with thankfulness for those who have gone before us so we could live a ‘good life’ – one of freedom and liberty in a country where we have a vote, can raise our children as we would like, and can sleep safely at night?

And what about our families, devoted friends, and most of all Christ?

Like James Ryan, are we kneeling before the cross? What a powerful allegory in this imagery. Are we following the commands of our Captain thankfully doing our duty for Christ whatever the Lord has called us?

Take a long look in the mirror and appraise your life.

This Veteran’s Day, thank those who have sacrificed for you and those you know who have served in our nation’s armed forces at home or on foreign soil. Connect with them today…just do it! Tell them how much their service means to you. Maybe you’ll do what I do when you see a serviceman or woman in uniform …wherever that might be. Walk up to them and thank them for their service.

And then go and remember Whom it is you serve.

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To Juicers & The Infertile: Know The ‘Dirty Dozen’

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To Juicers & The Infertile: Know The ‘Dirty Dozen’

Especially YOU, if you are juicing or find yourself infertile…listen up!

Our family is doing a 21-day juicing detox to address some deep-seated health issues. It has become clear that while juicing we consume SO MUCH MORE pesticides because we consume so much more produce in a short period of time. So, why buy the typical pesticides-laden conventional fruits and veggies when you are working so hard to rid toxins from your body! I want to get the best payoff from our health investment; it PAYS to know the dirty dozen and clean fifteen. Organic is a better value in this case when you figure the real cost of healthcare today.

Pesticides Affect Fertility

Choosing produce is also of concern to those considered infertile. As my husband and my journey with infertility crossed over the decade mark, I began reading that pesticides were strongly suspect in infertility. The notion was confirmed by my fertility specialist, as well.

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Infertility affects both women (sources: herehere) and men (here and here).

Physicians For Social Responsibility states that, “Human reproduction is under threat, and male fertility appears to be particularly at risk. Worldwide, sperm counts are down and infertility rates are up. Concerning trends in male reproductive health include:

  • Rising rates of testicular cancer
  • Falling sperm counts
  • Decline in testosterone levels
  • Fewer males being born
  • Increases in certain types of birth defects

Science tells us that pesticides and other chemicals are at least partly to blame. Endocrine disrupting chemicals are particularly adept at interfering with reproductive health, even when exposure levels are extremely low.” (Source)

Mamas, some of those men are our little boys now! 

Not only do we gain exposure from heavily sprayed yards, neighboring fields, road fumes, toxic cleaners, air fresheners, and conventionally canned and processed foods but also from the gorgeous fresh fruits and veggies one finds on supermarket shelves.

According to the EWG: “The fruits and vegetables on “The Dirty Dozen” list, when conventionally grown, tested positive for at least 47 different chemicals, with some testing positive for as many as 67. For produce on the “dirty” list, you should definitely go organic – unless you relish the idea of consuming a chemical cocktail.” 

Dr. Alex Lu, Harvard, exposes what pesticides do to us and our children (2 Minutes).

The truth is, choosing organic-certified foods — when you can and can afford to — is one of the best choices you can make for your children.

“If the body be feeble, the mind will not be strong.” ~Thomas Jefferson

“The way he treats his body, you’d think he was renting.”  ~Robert Brault

Every year the Environmental Working Group analyzes pesticide residue testing data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the FDA to come up with rankings for these popular fresh produce items. All 51 foods are listed HERE from worst to best (lower numbers = more pesticides).

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Organically grown foods have become more widely available as consumer demand increases. Nationally, more than 3/4 of all grocery stores carry at least some organic products.

  • Ask the farmers who sell at your local farmers market if their products are organically grown.
  • Ask your grocer to stock locally and regionally grown organic products.
  • Consider your own small garden plot for growing some of the things listed on the DD list: sweet bell peppers, potatoes, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, snap peas, spinach, and kale are some of the easiest veggies to grow.

On Packaged Organic Items, Read the Ingredient Labels

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There is a carcinogenic ingredient allowed in organic food! This surprising ingredient is a substance derived from red algae (seaweed) called carrageenan. 

Carrageenan is used as a thickener and stabilizer for certain dairy products like cottage cheese and yogurt. Carrageenan is extracted from red seaweed (so naturally-derived) and widely used in the food industry for its thickening and stabilizing properties. It is most commonly used in milk and milk products including non-dairy milk alternatives such as coconut, rice, soy, and almond milk regardless if the product is certified organic by the USDA.

The organic watchdog group Cornucopia Institute notes that according to USDA organic code, non-organic ingredients like carrageenan can only be introduced into certified-organic food when they are deemed “essential” to the manufacture of a given product. The group argues that carrageenan should not have been deemed essential, because some organic dairy companies don’t use it at all, proving it can be done without. For example, Horizon and Whole foods 365 use it in their cottage cheeses, while Organic Valley and Nancy’s don’t.

Here is a shopping list to avoid using carrageenan.

While this hopefully makes us more aware, don’t let it make us become fearful. Simply exercise wisdom and seek it from the Lord. He has always directed my steps, and He will yours, too. Keep learning as much as you can.

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Use this handy Dirty Dozen list (top photo) to help you budget your spending on organic produce. There is an app that you can download, too!

Support the Organic Farmer, Especially Locally Owned

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Juicers, those trying to conceive, and families with children, I strongly urge you to consider buying the Dirty Dozen foods organic, as best you can. Just do the best you can and don’t sweat the rest. Don’t give way to fear or frustration. True rest in the care of the Lord and peace are far more healing and strengthening to the body and spirit than any amount of organic food! 

“And He [Jesus] said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on.” ~Luke 12:22

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Mama’s Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding

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Mama’s Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding

Very trendy now are chia seeds and chia pudding, so we have been enjoying chia puddings along with everyone else. You can probably find over 100 recipes if you look on Pinterest alone! 

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hydrophilic chia seeds rich in omega-3 fatty acids including α-linolenic acid (ALA)

Since it has turned all fall-like and cozy-feeling I’ve been making this {raw, gluten-free, dairy-free, processed sugar-free} chia pudding concoction with pumpkin for breakfast and snacks…anything to add more pumpkin to the season! Our visit to the pumpkin patch was just perfect for that crisp autumnal day!

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For a basic recipe to which you can add any *flavor plus sweetener* (raw cacao powder, raspberry puree, apple sauce, bananas, almond butter, etc.), stir 2 tablespoons of chia seeds and a pinch of sea salt into 1 cup milk or milk alternative. Let sit in the refrigerator overnight. It makes itself while you sleep! By morning it will be thick and creamy – amazing for topping with berries or few nuts for a healthy breakfast or an afternoon snack or dessert.

A second way to use chia is to gel it. Similar to the pudding, you can make a chia gel, which can be stirred into sauces, dips or salad dressings to lend a more satisfying texture to otherwise lean items. Mix 1 tablespoon chia seeds with 1/2 cup water (or other liquid, such as coconut water) and let sit for 20 minutes. Chia gel can also be substituted for some of the fat in baking recipes though I have not done this.

Chia seeds don’t have much, if any, flavor of their own. Instead, they take on the taste of whatever you add them to. I feel they amplify flavors and add desired bulk to make your cooking even more appealing.

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Ingredients for Mama’s Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding:

(4-6 servings)

  • 3 cups of coconut milk or milk alternative of your choice
  • 1/2 cup (~8 Tbsp.) chia seeds - I buy in bulk to save money (they are shelf-stable)
  • 1 -15 oz. can pumpkin puree or just under 2 cups of your own baked pumpkin
  • 2 – 3 Tbsp of maple syrup or raw honey or substitute stevia to taste
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 – 2 level tsp. pumpkin pie spice, to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp. nutmeg, optional to taste
  • 1/4 tsp. ground ginger, optional to taste
  •  1 tablespoon walnuts and pumpkin seeds to garnish, optional
  • a dusting of cinnamon to garnish

Directions:

  • Mix milk and chia seeds together in a glass or bowl until chia seeds are fully submerged/dispersed in liquid and not clumped.
  • Mix the rest of the ingredients together and stir into the chia mixture, smashing out any lumps.
  • Place in refrigerator overnight or for at least 3 hours. I try to stir it once before I go to bed to make sure the chia seeds don’t become too gelatinous.

Some say chia seeds help with weight loss, but the 2 studies that have looked at chia refute that they help with weight loss. However, chia seeds do seem to keep me from wanting to snack between meals. The wee seeds provide an excellent source of fiber (11 grams per 2 tbsp!) – both soluble and insoluble – which helps you feel full and keeps things moving smoothly. They offer significant amounts of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, copper, niacin and zinc. More health benefits on chia.Mama's Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding, clip art, autumn

So put on an extra sweater
and some nice thick socks;
Wake up for Mama’s puddin’
served up with bagels and lox.”
~Jacqueline

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