Saturday, August 30, 2014

Rye Crackers with Caraway Seeds

Rye Crackers with Caraway Seeds 

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour 
  • 2 cups rye flour
  • 1 tbsp caraway seeds 
  • 1/4 tsp salt 
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda 
  • 1 cup water from 
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil 

In a large bowl, mix ingredients in the order given. Lightly flour a dry, flat surface and roll out cracker dough until thin. Cut into desired shapes. Heat oven to 275 degrees F. Bake crackers on baking sheets for about 30 minutes. Remove from sheets and let cool completely.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Reusing Old Jeans for Hotpads

During my lean years, those years when my two oldest were little, over a decade ago, I made a lot of things I needed out of things I did not need. One of those things were old or outgrown jeans. In fact, I remember putting a call out to the family requesting any unwanted jeans and I got bags full.

While I used the jeans first for larger projects, such as a braided rug and a jean quilt, the left over pieces were just right for hotpads.

My first step was to cut a square from paper to use as my pattern. I then would cut out as many squares as I could from the leftover pieces. The second step was two layer the jean squares. Depending on the thickness of the jean material, I would use 3 to 5 layers of jean material. I would then pin the layers together. Using a heavy needle and cotton embroidery thread, I would first hand sew a design in the middle of the squares. I kept it simple, such as a heart or flower outline. It was just something that held the layers together. For finishing off, I would whipstitch all around the edges.

I have used these hotpads for over a decade. I won't share a photo of them because they are on longer nice looking, but they do work better than any cheap hotpad bought in the supermarket.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Baked Eggs with Cheddar Cheese

This is a super easy egg breakfast recipe anyone can learn to make.

6 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup milk
2 tbsp soft butter
1 tsp prepared mustard
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper

Preheat oven 325 degrees F. Mix all of the ingredients in a medium bowl. Pour the ingredients into an 8 by 8 by 2 inch pan. Do not grease the pan. Bake for 25 minutes or until the eggs set. Serve immediately.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Simple Honey Prune Muffins

Make and serve these muffins for breakfast or for snacking.

Recipe makes 9 muffins.

1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup chopped prunes
1/4 cup corn oil 
1 large egg, lightly beaten 
1 tsp grated orange peel 

Preheat oven 400 degrees F. Grease 9 muffin pan cups or line with paper cups.

In a medium bowl, mix together flours, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, mix the remaining ingredients. Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients. Mix until the dry ingredients are moist.

Spoon mixture into prepared muffin cups. Bake for 20 minutes or until the muffins feel firm to the touch. Serve warm.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Easy Waffle Recipe

Waffles are very easy to make and it is much cheaper to make them than to buy them. You can also make extra waffles and freeze them for later.

2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1-1/2 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
3 large eggs
1 tbsp corn or vegetable oil
2 cups milk 

In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

In a separate bowl, lightly beat the eggs. Stir in oil and milk.

Gradually mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Cook the waffle according to your waffle iron.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Easy Cheddar Cheese Cracker Dip

Why waste your money on expensive store bought dips when you can make your own? This is a great first time dip recipe that anyone can make.

Make this dip two hours before serving. Recipe makes 3-1/2 cups.

2 cups dairy sour cream
1-1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup green olives stuffed with pimento, sliced thin
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp dried ground sage

Mix all of the ingredients together two hours before serving. Cover and chill. Serve with crackers.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Easy Blue Cheese Vegetable Dip

Blue cheese is one of my favorite cheeses to work with because it is so easy to crumble and I don't need to use a cheese grater.

Make this dip at least two hours before serving. Serve with fresh and crunchy vegetables.

3 ounces blue cheese, crumbled
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream
Dash of garlic powder
Dash of paprika

Mix ingredients together in a small bowl. Cover and chill. Serve in small dip bowl will fresh vegetables.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Tuna Dip for Chips and Celery Sticks

1 can (5 oz.) chunk tuna
1 envelope onion soup mix
1 cup dairy sour cream
1 tbsp prepared horseradish

First, drain the tuna and add the tuna to a small bowl. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well. Cover and chill for two hours before serving. Dip tastes good with chips, pretzel sticks, celery and carrot sticks.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Dill Weed Vegetable Dip

Make this easy dill dip to serve with fresh and crunchy vegetables such as celery and carrot sticks.

Make this dip at least two hours before serving.

2/3 cup sour cream
2/3 cup mayonnaise
1 tbsp minced onions
1 tbsp finely chopped fresh parsley
2 tsp dried dill weed
1/2 tsp  Accent
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
Dash of pepper
2 drops Tabasco sauce

Combine ingredients and chill. Serve in a small bowl that can be used for dip.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

6 Lottery Winning Tips

Who doesn't want a chance at winning the lottery? I would simply love the opportunity to get ahead and have a chance to spend a little extra on the things my kids and I want. That is why I have been doing a little bit of research on how others believe they won the lottery.

1. Choose Numbers with Meaning

Don't let the machine pick your numbers for you. Instead, pick numbers that have meaning to you. They can be ages, birthdays, or the last two digits of the years your family members were born. Choose your lucky number. If a number has a happy meaning to it, choose it.

2. Choose Random Numbers

Some winners swear by choosing their own random numbers. This can be done by holding a pen and letting it drop onto random numbers or you can go the extra mile and write each number on a slip of paper and drop them into a bowl. Draw out the number of slips (numbers) you need to fill out the lottery card and use the numbers you draw.

3. Play the Same Numbers

After you have chosen your set of numbers, play them each time you play the lottery. Also, focus on your numbers as you play them. Memorize them. They are your ticket to financial freedom.

3. Practice Law of Attraction

You've probably heard about the Law of Attraction by now. It basically states that what you think about, you become or you acquire. I read about a lottery winner who swears by this practice and, hey, practicing positive thinking is always helpful when living your day to day life. Using it to help you win the lottery is not a bad idea, either.

4. Pray or Spell

There is no harm in praying for what you want in any religion. People have also been known to cast little spells or set out a patron saint to help their cause. When it comes to good fortune, turn to your religion or spiritual beliefs for help. There are many ways to ask God, the Gods and Goddesses, and the Oneness for help. Utilize them.

5. Watch Money Attraction Videos

Visit YouTube and watch a few money attraction and lottery winning hypnosis and meditation videos. I've tested out a few before choosing which scratch off ticket to buy and I believe that they work for me.

6. Keep Playing

You can't play just once and then give up because you didn't win right away. It takes perseverance and determination to win the lottery. Many winners have played the lottery faithfully for years before they won. Go in it for the long haul and see what happens.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Stop Buying Herbal Supplements and Make Your Own Cheaply

You can make your own herbal supplements cheaply and safely at home. You don't need expensive equipment and you can be certain of the quality of the herbs you grow.

Make Your Own Herb Supplements

Buying herbal supplements is expensive. Besides price, there is also the question of the quality of the herbs, the age of the herbs (how long have they been sitting around, losing their potency), and where the herbs were grown and in what kind of soil.

As an herb lover, I have always been suspicious of any health product sold in stores. It is in my nature to question everything and, while I am sure that there are many quality herb supplement companies, I don't have the time and resources to be 100 percent certain of the condition of the herbal supplements available. The only way I can be certain of the quality of my herbal supplements is by growing my own.

Growing Your Own Herbs

Growing herbs is a fun and healthy activity. Many herbs can be grown in pots on a sunny windowsill or on a sunny patio. If you have a small patch of earth to garden, you can grow many more herbs. If none of this is available to you, consider renting a community garden plot or asking a friend or relative for a small patch of herb to garden.

Easy Herbs to Grow

Caraway Seeds (Carum carvi)

Catnip (Nepeta)

Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile)

Coriander (Coriandrum sativum)

Dandelion Root (Taraxacum officinale)

Elecampane Root (Inula)

Fennel Seed (Foeniculum vulgare)

Hops (Humulus lupulus)

Horsetail (Equisetum arvense)

Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis)

Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)

Licorice Root (Glycyrrhiza glabra)

Marshmallow (Athaea officials)

Nettle (Urtica)

Parsley (Petroselinum)

Rosemary (Rosmarinus)

Sage (Salvia)

St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum)

Valerian Root (Valeriana officinalis)

Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

How to Grind the Herbs

After you have grown, picked, and dried your herbs, you will need to grind them into powder form.

Mortar and pestle. This is the old fashion way to grind herbs. It does not take electricity for you to grind your herbs this way, but it can be a time consuming process.

Magic Bullet. Many people have been successfully using the Magic Bullet to grind their herbs into powder form.

Food processor. A simple food processor will grind your herbs.

Coffee grinder. Another popular item that people are using to grind their herbs into powder form.


The capsules you need to make your own herbal supplements can be bought online. The capsules are inexpensive and can be bought in bulk from places, such as

Capsule Filler Machine

Filling capsules by hand is tedious work. Capsule filler machines are inexpensive and speeds up the process of making herb supplements.

Storing Your Supplements

After you have made your supplements, you will need to store them properly. Store made capsules in a dry containers, just as a glass jar. Keep the supplements out of the sunlight to prevent deterioration of the vitamins and minerals in the herbs. The supplements should also be stored in a cool area of the home. Cool, dark, and dry are the three necessities for keeping your herbal supplements safe.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

How I Use Coconut Oil for Better Health

From the first day I started using coconut oil I saw the benefits. From better skin and hair to feeling healthy, I am now convinced coconut oil is the reason for my well being.

Reasons for Choosing Coconut Oil

It was a rash decision. I told my teenage daughter to grab her shoes and meet me in the car. We drove off to the health food store. We walked in and straight ahead I saw what I was looking for: extra virgin coconut oil.

For the past few months I have been researching for different ways to improve my overall health. The only catch is that I am generally lazy when it comes to setting up any sort of regime. I needed something I could quickly use and see almost immediate benefits. Coconut oil made sense to me because I could use it in cooking and baking - something I do every day - and I love the flavor of coconuts. Keeping it on the kitchen counter, I could also easily eat a spoonful of it for each meal I prepared: breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In sight, easy use, and tastes good. These were the perfect qualities of a regime I could actually follow.

Soft Lips and Healthy Skin

One of the first things I did when I opened up the tub of coconut oil was put some on my lips. From that moment on, I haven't used anything else to soften my lips. I no longer have chapped lips and the skin on my lips is soft, smooth, and perfect for those rare occasions I put on a bit of color.

Coconut oil also softens the skin. I began using it on my face the first night by testing out just a tiny amount of coconut oil on my cheeks. I did not break out and the oil was quickly absorbed into my skin. After the initial test, each night I would put a light layer on my entire face and neck, including the skin under my eyes. I could not be more pleased. My skin began to soften within the first week and there have been no acne outbreaks from using the coconut oil. (Other people have experienced pimples when using coconut oil on their face. What you experience my very well different from my own experience.)

Rough patches of skin have also been softened by regular use of coconut oil. At night, I will sometimes rub some coconut oil onto my feet and put on a pair of clean socks. My feet have softened up and my heels are no longer cracked from dryness. My elbows have also softened and no longer pain me from dry skin.

There are many other skin uses you can try out. Extra virgin coconut oil is said to help fade age spots. Use it as often as necessary to keep your hands moisturized. As I've done with my feet, I have also used coconut oil on my hands and then placed a pair of clean cotton gloves overtop to hold in the moisture. This helped with my dry hands and cuticles. You can also use the oil as a makeup remover. The side benefit of this is that the oil seems to help with growing healthier eyelashes.

Soft Hair

If you have dry or curly hair, coconut oil is a blessing. Before going to bed, simply place a small amount of oil in your hands and, using your body heat, soften and melt the oil. Massage it into your hair. Comb through and bun or braid your hair back for the night. The next day, wash out the oil. Your hair will feel softer and healthier.

To get rid of static hair on cold winter days, put the tiniest amount of coconut oil on your hands and melt it between them. Lightly run your hands through your hair, focusing mostly on the ends.

Eating Coconut Oil for Better Health

Eating coconut oil has been an easy habit to get myself into. I believe this is mainly because I enjoy the flavor of coconuts. I take roughly 3 teaspoons of coconut oil a day, approximately 1 teaspoon before each meal. From my personal experience, this has helped my curb my snacking habits and it has given me small energy boosts with no crashing experience afterwards, as with coffee.

There are studies that show that the lauric acid in coconut oil can help lower blood pressure and cholesterol. It is also said to improve thyroid health.

Amazingly, coconut oil also increases the body's absorption of vitamin D and calcium. As a woman in my 40s, calcium intake has been a major concern of mine. I have switched to drinking raw milk for the health benefits and taking natural calcium supplements. I now have the coconut oil working to my benefit, as well.

Fight Off the Flu

Coconut oil is antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antiviral. Many people believe that ingesting coconut oil on a daily basis has helped them avoid or overcome the flu more easily than if they were not ingesting the oil. I haven't been taking coconut oil long enough to know whether or not it will help out this flu season, but I am anxious to find out if my new health ritual proves beneficial against the flu.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Making Hotpads on Looms

I was trying to remember all the crafts my mom and I would do together when I was small, and the first thing that came to mind were the hot pads I used to make on a square, metal loom.

When my two oldest were small, I bought them a plastic loom to make hot pads and they went to town. They must have made close to 50 hot pads in their early years and I still have a bunch of them tucked away, over a decade later.

Now that my youngest child is nearly three years old, I am dreaming, once again, of my crafting time. A quick search on Amazon turned up the old metal loom like I had when I was small. Of course, I ordered it to put away until the little one is old enough to weave.

Crafting is a family affair, and something that builds wonderful memories of family. I can't wait to share this time with my youngest.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Easy Poppy Seed Bread

Easy Poppy Seed Bread

  • 1 package yellow cake mix 
  • 1 package coconut cream instant pudding 
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten 
  • 1 cup warm water 
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil 
  • 1/4 cup poppy seeds

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Scrape batter into two, greased bread loaf pans. Bake for 40 minutes at 350 degrees F until  bread is firm.