Monday, November 14, 2011

Are You Ready For Flu Season?

That time of year has come...yes, it's flu season!  What, if anything, are you doing to prevent the flu from striking you or your loved ones?  Take the time to take the quiz at the bottom of my will tell you if you are ready to face H1N1 and other flu viruses coming your way!

Some of the most basic tricks can help you from getting the flu, such as frequent hand washing and avoiding sick people.  These two actions are your biggest help in warding off the flu.  If you do develop symptoms grab some Elderberry tincture (I have plenty available and if you buy it by the end of this month I will give you a 20% discount!) and hot herbal teas.  You may not have much of an appetite if you develop the flu but try to force yourself to eat clear broths with lots of fresh ginger root, onions and raw garlic.  Remember to drink lots of fluids and get plenty of rest.  I make a great big batch of carrot-ginger soup every fall that I store in the freezer in case of colds and flu.  This soup is very healing and easy to heat up when you are ill.  But don't wait until the flu hits because you won't be well enough to cook, so make it now and save it for when you need it!

Kelly's Carrot and Ginger Soup:

Prep Time: 20 minutes                      Servings: 6-8                          category: Appetizer/Main Dish/Soup
Ingredients:  Try to use organic products as much as possible!

2 lbs. carrots, washed and sliced  (DO NOT PEEL THE CARROTS!)
3 tbsp. virgin olive oil
6 garlic cloves, minced or crushed
6 whole garlic cloves
4 cups broth or water
1 large onion
1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice  (in a pinch bottled will do but fresh is truly best)
6 thin slices of fresh ginger root
1/2 tsp. dried thyme or 1tsp. fresh thyme
gr. black pepper to taste
whipping cream - OPTIONAL to use 1/4 to 1/2 cup
6 whole cloves

Heat oil in a heavy pan over medium heat.  Add carrots, onion, ginger, whole cloves and whole garlic cloves and saute all until the onion is translucent.  Add 3 1/2 cups broth.  Cover and simmer until carrots are very soft, about 30 minutes.  Remove cloves from the broth and discard.  Puree soup in blender.  Return soup to same pot and mix in lemon juice.  Season to taste with salt and pepper and thin to desired consistency with leftover broth.  If desired, whisk cream in medium bowl until just slightly thickened, about 10 seconds, and drizzle over soup when serving.  I myself do not add the cream and the soup is still delicious.  Add raw crushed garlic to soup just before serving.  I like to add an herbal garnish.  Rosemary is the garnish featured in the picture above.  Any fresh herb will make a great garnish!

Not only is this soup waistline friendly, it is incredibly good for you.  It's a wonderful fall harvest soup for crisp autumn nights.  When you feel a cold or fever coming on, make this soup and triple the ginger in the recipe.  It will be especially helpful if you add 1-2 cloves raw garlic to your soup bowl before you pour in the soup. You only get the real health benefits from raw garlic, so pile it on!  Eat this soup often when ill.  Make a big batch and keep in the freezer for when you need it and don't feel well enough to cook!  Of course, this soup tastes great and is awesome to eat even if you are feeling fine and healthy!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

A Honey Of A Problem!

Today a shocking report was revealed at Natural News that I find especially disturbing.  I'm thankful that I only buy raw honey from local honey growers because today I learned that about 75% of the honey sold in grocery stores and discount warehouses is not even honey!  It is nothing more than processed corn syrup and other artificial and harmful ingredients.  To think how many consumers are innocently buying honey thinking that they are doing something good for their family.  How many of you housewives have switched to using honey rather than sugar in some of your recipes?  I guarantee you will feel cheated after you have read this article.  This article makes a strong case for buying locally grown raw honey.  It is worth your time to seek a good honey grower out.  Not only will you pay less for a high quality product, you will truly be enhancing your family's health!  Please read this article and share it with your friends, loved ones and all honey lovers you know!  Here it is...

(NaturalNews) Just because those cute little bear-shaped bottles at the grocery store say "honey" on them does not necessarily mean that they actually contain honey. A comprehensive investigation conducted byFood Safety News(FSN) has found that the vast majority of so-called honey products sold at grocery stores, big box stores, drug stores, and restaurants do not contain any pollen, which means they are not real honey.

For the investigation, Vaughn Bryant, one of the nation's leading melissopalynologists, or experts in identifying pollen in honey, and director of the Palynology Research Laboratory at Texas A&M University, evaluated more than 60 products labeled as "honey" that had been purchased by FSN from ten states and the District of Columbia.

Bryant found that 76 percent of "honey" samples purchased from major grocery store chains like Kroger and Safeway, and 77 percent of samples purchased from big box chains like Sam's Club and Wal-Mart, did not contain any pollen. Even worse were "honey" samples taken from drug stores like Walgreens and CVS, and fast food restaurants like McDonald's and KFC, 100 percent of which were found to contain not a trace of pollen.

For the rest of the article please go here:

Learn more:

Now that you've read this article, are you shocked?  I was shocked at first but after giving it thought I realized this is just one of the many hoaxes and lies fed to hungry consumers each and every day.  We all need to become better label readers but in this day and age we need to go one step further!  Become proactive and take advantage of today's technology!  Take the time and do some research into the products you are buying, the companies that are manufacturing and selling them and question the quality, safety and cost, both financially and to your health, when deciding what to grab off the grocery shelf!

I would love to hear your comments and ideas for healthier shopping and buying habits!  Will you do more research into what you are eating?  Are you a honey lover and just plain mad about being duped?  I want to hear from you!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Save Big Bucks On Food And Medicine!

I don't know about you, but in this economy I am trying to save money in whatever ways I can.  I was unemployed myself for over 2 years and have only been working again for 4 months, part time and on a temporary assignment which is over at the end of this month.  I am already stressed about making our mortgage payment and keeping the utilities on, not to mention paying other bills and eating too!  I am sure many of you are in the same boat or know someone who is.  I found a great video series where we can all learn to keep the cost of food and medicine down for our families through these trying financial times.  I found it at Natural News and encourage you to check out this unique educational series for yourself!  If you are interested in learning how to feed your family for much less this low-cost video series might be just what you are looking for!  This is not just a series about how to garden and harvest your own fruits and vegetables but also how to make medicine for you and loved ones right in your own backyard.  It doesn't take an Herbalist or an expert to make basic home medicine and this series is a great value for such a low price!  I hope you will enjoy the series and share with us what you learn!

Here is the introduction and a video trailer for you to watch from Natural News:

Dear NaturalNews readers,
We've just launched a really educational video series that teaches you how to find zero-cost food and medicine all around you, even if you live in the suburbs or a city.
This is an especially timely video series because of the worsening economy and the need for people to find more food and medicine without spending money on it.
I'm personally studying this course to make sure I've got a backup supply of foods and medicines that I can readily identify and harvest if I need to.
Click here to see the preview trailer or get the video series now.

Please share with me and other readers what you think of the series after you view it!    Will this change your buying and/or food growing habits?  Will you become your own pharmacist and make your own medicine?   I would love to hear your feedback!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Hershey's...The Evil Halloween Chocolate!

It's that time of year again when spooks and ghouls come out to play, when children don costumes and trick or treat for candy, when neighbors yards look like haunted houses and the stores are selling tons of Halloween candy.  Did you know that almost half the Halloween candy sales are Hershey's products?  It's probably no surprise to you but what may shock you is to learn that Hershey's is guilty of illegal child labor.  Please read the following article before you go out and purchase your Halloween candy!

(NaturalNews) Fed up with Hershey's continued import of cocoa harvested by children, a group of more than 45,000 consumers, has banded together to call on the company to stop the practice, and to urge consumers to boycott its chocolate this Halloween. DubbedHershey: Raise the Bar!, the initiative is calling on Hershey's to live up to its promise to end child labor, forced labor, and trafficking in its cocoa supply chains, which it has failed to do so far.

According to the petition, which can be found at (, several major chocolate companies, including Hershey's, committed roughly a decade ago to stop using cocoa grown and harvested with child labor. Since that time, many of the other chocolate companies have made at least some progress in ridding their supply chains of child labor chocolate, but Hershey's has not.

Learn more:

For the rest of the article go here:

After reading this article will it affect your buying decision when you are facing the Halloween candy in the grocery store?  Will you buy Hershey's chocolate candies or will you go with another brand?  Before I read the article I was blissfully unaware of Hersheys' child labor practices.  Now that I am aware I must admit that I will not be buying Hershey's this year and will opt for a different brand.  I would feel bad giving children candy that came from the forced labor of other children.  But that's just me.  I would love to hear your thoughts and opinions on this so please comment or even email me!

I'm kissing Hershey's chocolate goodbye!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Five Ordinary Foods That Are Really Superheroes!

Today while I was cruising Natural News for interesting stories I ran across this article that talks about 5 "ordinary" foods that are really superheroes!  I wanted to share this article with you...enjoy!
(NaturalNews) When observing the typical diet of American consumers, with all the fried foods, aspartame-laced "diet" products and pasteurized, hormone-ridden dairy products that typical people consume, I sometimes ask myself a question that perhaps you've pondered, too: What on Earth is keeping all these people alive?

The answers may surprise you. Hidden inside the typical western diet of highly-toxic processed foods are gems of natural medicine that you'd never suspect are really health foods. So here, I've assembled a short list of the five most powerful health-enhancing foods that don't seem like health foods but which are quite possibly the one remaining source of natural medicines for mainstream consumers.

#1 - Mustard

Mustard, believe it or not, is a medicinal paste made from the seed of the mustard plant. It's a superfood that's been around for at least 5,000 years, and it's one of the few common sources of cancer-busting selenium, a trace mineral often missing from over-farmed soils.

Learn more:
For the rest of this great and interesting article go here: 
Now that you've read the article how will you incorporate these 5 super foods into your family's diet and lifestyle?  I'd love to hear your feedback so comment or email me today!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Kelly's Own "Welcome To Autumn Harvest Soup"

Today we woke to a blustery and crisp autumn day with the sun shining and the leaves fluttering wherever the wind led them.  It felt like a good day to make soup with the vegetables left in the garden.  Gunnar would be working in the yard and later watching football and making soup just seemed like the thing to do.  I went outside and gathered some fresh tomatoes, onions, carrots, zucchini, a few remnant green beans, and I even dug up a few baby potatoes to throw in to the soup.

To make my Welcome To Autumn Harvest Soup I gathered:
8 or 9 medium sized tomatoes 
1 medium zucchini
8 green onions
handful of green beans
8 small carrots
5 small potatoes
1 cup sliced baby portabella mushrooms
3 cloves fresh garlic, minced or pressed
dry pasta (opetional)
1/5 au jus dry seasoned packet
corn, fresh or frozen
sea salt and pepper to taste
fresh herbs of your choice, preferably what you have growing or access to
1 lb extra-lean ground beef (I used 4% fat)
whatever else you want to throw in the pot, such as other veggies, herbs and leftovers from the fridge! 

After cleaning and cutting the tomatoes I threw them in my soup pot and let them start cooking while I cut up and added the rest of the vegetables.  Once the tomatoes had cooked down I added 2 cups of organic low sodium chicken broth and some sea salt and ground black pepper to taste.  For added nutrition and a nice mellow flavor I added 2 handfuls of sliced baby portabella mushrooms to the soup which contributed nicely to the soup's interesting mixture of autumn flavors.

I then returned to the garden to gather some herbs.  I decided on Basil because it goes well with tomatoes, Rosemary because it goes will with the lean ground beef I added after the vegetables were soft, Thyme because it adds a great flavor to everything and just a few snips of Sage to round out the flavor.  To cook the ground beef simply brown in a frying pan and add to soup when cooked rare to medium rare.  It will finish cooking in the pot.

I went back inside and added a chopped handful of each of the herbs and tossed them into the soup pot, giving the soup a good stir to blend in the herbs for added flavor and nutrients.

The soup pot looks so pretty with the addition of Rosemary and Thyme added for flavor and nutritional benefits.

I grabbed some dry pasta noodles from the cupboard and added about a handful and a half to the soup as well as a good portion, about a cup, of frozen corn.  I let this all simmer for about an hour, stirring occasionally and adding a few more handfuls of fresh Rosemary, Basil and Thyme.  After a taste test I decided to add just a bit of Au Jus (about 1/5 of a dried seasoning packet), 1 cup of organic low sodium beef broth and fresh garlic.  I let this simmer another half hour until the soup smelled so wonderful we just couldn't wait any longer!

Of course, I had to taste the soup and make sure it was good enough to feed to my wonderful husband who worked so hard in the yard cleaning up the debris left by those strong autumn winds!

Gunnar loaded a big bowl of soup and with a grilled cheese sandwich on the side, it's a complete meal packed with nutrients, taste and your own garden's harvest!

Kelly eats from a smaller bowl, ever practicing control!
This is a very hearty soup that was great with the grilled cheese sandwiches but would pair nicely with a green salad and chilled fruit, such as cinnamon pears. Or just grab some crackers and enjoy!

The best thing about making a Harvest Soup is that it will be different every time you make it because you will have different vegetables to harvest each time you make the soup.!

Be creative, clean out the fridge and come up with your own fall harvest soups!  Please share your ideas and recipes here at theherbnhousewife!  I would love to post reader's recipes so don't be shy!

Josh's Delicious Citrus Coho Salmon

Our son Josh turned 26 recently and when I asked him what he wanted for his birthday dinner he surprised me by saying he wanted to fix us his favorite recipe for coho salmon.  I have not eaten much coho so was delighted that not only did I get out of cooking I also got to try a new way to eat salmon, my favorite food!  I  watched my son as he prepared the salmon, proud to see him finally working in the kitchen with confidence.  He cut the large piece into 4 fillets and laid them in a foil lined baking dish. I removed the pin bones for him with my handy kitchen tweezers as he sliced an orange and lemon, filling the kitchen with a fresh cheerful aroma.

He doused each fillet with a small amount of sea salt and pepper and then laid orange and lemon slices across and around the fish, leaving a brightly colored dish to put into the oven.

I was impressed how quickly Josh put this recipe together.  He spent the summer in Alaska guessed it...salmon!  He learned several cooking techniques for salmon and this citrus recipe quickly became a hit among his friends and fellow workers.

Josh proudly shows off his lovely citrus coho before he puts it into the oven to bake.  Josh recommends cooking the fish at 325 degrees for about 15-20 minutes.  Check the fish to see if it is ready by simply flaking the fish with a fork.  If it flakes easily it is ready.  If it is not ready check it every 3-5 minutes until the meat  flakes easily with the fork.  

I hope your family enjoys this refreshing, delicious and different recipe as much as our family does!
As you can see, my men really enjoyed this dinner!

We served our salmon with steamed baby potatoes from our garden and garden salad.

I would love to hear how you cook coho and other types of salmon!  Happy Cooking and be sure to share your favorite salmon recipes right here!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Great Reasons To Eat Watermelon!

All About Watermelon
(with Strawberry Agua Fresca Recipe)
by Rosalee de la ForĂȘt

Nothing quite says summer like a big slice of juicy ripe watermelon! Cooling and delicious this is the perfect summer food.

The first evidence we have of people eating watermelons goes all the way back to ancient Egypt, where watermelons were recorded in their hieroglyphics. By the 10th century, China was cultivating this luscious fruit. Today, Russia, the US, Iran and Turkey are the main producers of watermelon. You know a plant must be really good when it so effectively spreads across the world.

We can love and revere watermelon for taste alone, but did you know it’s also packed with nutrients?...For the rest of the article and the delicious recipe go here:

Now that you've read this eye-opening article and have learned all the different ways Watermelon is good for you, will you buy and eat it more often?  Will you make the Watermelon/Strawberry beverage?  It is delicious, refreshing and good for you!  Your kids will love it!  Please comment or email me your own Watermelon recipes and ideas!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Fried Squash Blossoms...A Fun And Delicious Recipe For Autumn

If you've never had a fried squash blossom you have been missing out on a delicious and fun treat!  Any kind of squash blossom will do.  I've enjoyed this recipe with both pumpkin and zucchini blossoms but you can use any type of squash blossom you have access to.    First you will need about a dozen fresh squash blossoms.

12 squash blossoms
salt and pepper to taste
1 egg, beaten  (or 1/4 cup eggbeaters for less fat and calories)
1 cup or so of bread crumbs
bacon fat or butter  (I use nonfat cooking spray)

Clean and pat dry the blossoms.  Spread blossoms open; salt and pepper to taste.  Dip each blossom into beaten egg and roll in the bread crumbs.

Fry on medium or medium-high heat until golden brown, about 2 minutes per side.

Fried squash blossoms are a fun and different way to celebrate the arrival of Autumn and a good way to use up those blossoms that are so abundant this time of year!

These treats can be very nutritious if you fry in the nonfat cooking spray or with a light amount of olive oil.  If you want
the richest flavor, use bacon fat or butter to fry in.

  Enjoy the finished product!  Once your family tries this recipe they will want more.  It's just a shame we can't grow squash all year round!  I hope you enjoy this easy fall recipe and let me know what you think!  I would also love to hear about your own recipes for squash blossoms so please comment or email me with your ideas!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Delightful Herb Crackers

It may be only the beginning of September, but let's face it folks...the holidays are right around the corner.  Soon you'll be serving up Halloween treats and before you know it Thanksgiving and Christmas will be here.  I found a  simple and fun recipe for herbed crackers that you will enjoy making and take pride in serving to family and guests.  They would also make great gifts!  These homemade crackers have more substance than the store-bought variety and are great served with herbed dips and butters! (See my Let's Eat! column for an herbal butter recipe!)

1 1/2 cups unbleached flour
1/2 cup rye flour (may substitute with whole wheat flour)
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
8 tbsp. unsalted butter, cut into 8 pieces
1 extra large egg
1 tbsp. horseradish mustard
1 tsp.fresh thyme leaves, minced or 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
3 tbsp. garlic chives, freshly snipped are best
4 tbsp. ice water

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Combine the dry ingredients in a food processor and pulse to blend.  Add the butter and process until butter is in pea-size pieces.  Add the egg and mustard and mix until just blended.  Add the herbs and process a few seconds more.  Add the ice water and pulse until the dough just starts to come together.  Turn the dough onto a lightly floured pastry marble or board and knead for 2 - 3 minutes.  Divide the dough into 2 parts; flatten them into disks about 1/4 inch thick.  Wrap one in plastic and refrigerate until ready to roll.  Roll the first piece of dough about 1/8 inch thick, lightly flouring and turning the dough as necessary.

Cut the dough with a biscuit cutter or cookie cutter and prick a few times with a fork, if desired.  It is not necessary however.  Bake the crackers on ungreased baking sheets for 10 minutes, or until they just begin to turn golden.  While your first batch is baking you can roll out the other piece of dough.  Remove crackers from oven and cool on racks.  When completely cooled, store in tins.

I hope you'll give this simple recipe a try.  Play with different herbal combinations for something uniquely your own. Please let me know how yours turn out!

A Natural And Safe Alternative To Birth Control Pills And Procedures

If there was a safe, natural and easy form of birth control would you use it?  I found a fascinating article at Natural News about a safe and natural form of birth control for men that has no side effects whatsoever.  It is simple, cheap and a great alternative to birth control pills and surgical procedures.  Please enjoy the article...

(NaturalNews) In today's society, much of the burden of birth control involves chemicals, drugs and often falls upon the women. However, it turns out the key to birth control might be better placed on men. And the good news is, you don't have to look any further than hot water and papaya seeds.

It turns out that sperm don't like heat and by bathing, or simply submerging the testes, in 116 degrees water (justbelowthe pain threshold) for forty five minutes each day for 21 days, a male becomes sterile for the next six months...  For the rest of the article go here:

Learn more:

Now that you've read this article will you change the current method you are using for birth control?  I am thankful this is not an issue for me but if it were, I'd ask my husband to try it.
I am curious to know what you think about it so please comment or email me!  

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Kelly's Delicious Lavender Pound Cake

Today I had to bake up a couple of my special Lavender Pound Cakes for my husband's family reunion and decided to share this unique recipe with you.  It is a delicious and moist pound cake that is great with frosting or without.  The Lavender in the recipe provides a very subtle flavor that is light and tastes like a light lavender breeze blowing through a summer afternoon.  Give this recipe a try...I bet you and your family will come to love it as much as we do!


Prep time: 20 minutes  
Category:  Breakfast/Dessert  
Servings:  8-10

2 sticks salted butter, softened to room temperature
2 cups sugar
5 eggs
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 - 1 1/2 tbsp. dried chopped lavender
1 cup buttermilk
2 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Cream butter and sugar.  Add 1 egg at a time, beating well after each egg is added.  Combine the dry ingredients in one bowl.  Combine wet ingredients in another bowl.  Alternately add the dry and wet ingredients, mixing well after each addition.  Pour into 2 greased bread loaf pans.  This recipe will actually give you enough batter for 2 large loaves and 1 mini-loaf.  Bake for one hour (30 minutes for the mini-loaf) or until tester poked through center of cake comes out clean.  Let cool completely before adding frosting.  This pound cake tastes great without any frosting but if you prefer, a little drizzling of icing is quite lovely too!  For an easy frosting I just combine powdered sugar, 1 tbsp. melted butter and a small amount of milk until I get the desired consistency, then just drizzle over the cake.  I like to add powdered lavender to my frosting mix for a complete lavender treat!

Nutritional Info:
I probably don't need to tell you that this is a  very fattening cake.  It is worth every fat gram and calorie so just practice portion control and enjoy it!

Let me know if you try this recipe what you think of it or what changes you would make.  I'd love to hear what you think!

Monday, August 22, 2011

A Healthy Way To Start Your Day!

If you like to drink water with lemon or lime, this article is for you!  I never would have guessed all the benefits to drinking warm water with lemon or lime!  I bet you will find at least one reason to try it for yourself!  I found this interesting article guessed it...Natural News!  Please enjoy the article..

(NaturalNews) A glass of warm lemon or lime water first thing in the morning is surprisingly helpful in several ways. This Yogic or Ayurvedic ritual was primarily for stimulating digestion and eliminating ama, the Ayurvedic term for toxic slime that builds up in the gastro-intestinal or GI tract. This ritual has even more health benefits...For the rest of the article go here:

Now that you've learned the wonderful benefits of warm water with lemon or lime, will you try it?  Maybe you are already drinking it every day.  I would love to hear your thoughts!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Childhood Vaccinations...Are They Really Saving Our Children?

Lately in the media there has been a lot of coverage regarding childhood and teenage vaccinations.  We are a nation that is shot-crazy and I am especially concerned with the CDC's latest campaign to vaccinate teens and preteens against Meningitis.  Being in the medical field I know how truly rare Meningitis deaths are among this group, though it does happen.  But do a few deaths warrant vaccinating our entire teen population?   I found an article at Natural News that discusses the danger of childhood vaccinations and the bullying pediatricians who threaten parents with legal action if they don't comply.  Please read the article and let me know how you feel about this!  Here is the article, enjoy...

(NaturalNews) Just when you think some progress is being made for allowing exemptions from required vaccination schedules, along comes a threatening policy statement from a group that does most of those vaccinations. The Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (PIDS) has issued a position statement opposing secular exemptions from vaccinations.

Already, many pediatricians are refusing healthcare to children of parents, who oppose heavy vaccination schedules.

Pediatricians Are Vaccine Crazy

The vaccination schedule begins at birth with the Hep B shot, which is followed by two more Hep B shots before two years of age. Hepatitis B is transmitted sexually or with hypodermic needles. Even if the mother is not at risk, the Hep B shots are pushed on newborns.

Two other vaccinations come as three different doses in one package. And those are given more than once before age six. They are the MMR (mumps, measles, and rubella) and the DTP (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis) vaccinations.

Including the two inoculations that inject three vaccines, there are a total of fifteen different vaccines inoculated into a child well over 30 times by the age of six. Those shots aren't cheap, and they are hazardous. The USA requires more infant vaccinations than any other nation, yet it ranks 34th in infant mortality.
Now that you've read this article, how do you feel about getting your own children vaccinated?  I'm personally glad that my children are now in their mid to late 20's and when they were young we simply didn't have all these vaccinations the CDC and pediatricians are pushing at our children.  I do not believe that all the vaccinations our children are getting are necessary.  I would love to hear what you think about this ongoing controversial issue!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Praise for Kelly's Backyard Herbals Gone With The Wound Cream!

 This is an exerpt from an email I received today from a satisfied customer who recently used the Gone with the Wound cream to rid herself of a rash.  I thought I'd share it with you before I put it in the Kelly's Backyard Herbals column.  I did not print the whole personal email, just the information that is relevent.

On August 8, 2011 JoAnne writes:

"...I started a project on the front hill and developed a nasty rash on my neck and arms.  A neighbor said "Gold Bond", so I used that; then she said 'antihistamine's, so I got some of that...   It didn't go away and became a dry and angry mess...  While I was dusting the other day  I realized that the larger jar of cream you sent me some time ago was  Healing Cream, and I do believe, my young friend, you saved me!
Thank you a million times."

I am so happy to see yet another successful outcome with the help of my Gone with the Wound cream and to know that it's out there helping people!

For more information about this amazing healing product go to the Kelly's Backyard Herbals column.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Kelly's Favorite Breakfast Smoothie

I start almost every day with a healthy high protein fruit smoothie that tastes so delicious it's hard to believe it's health food!  I thought I'd share the recipe with you.  

It is a simple recipe to make that makes about 16 ounces.  I work on one half while getting ready for work in the morning and pour off the other half into a thermos, which I drink when I get to work.  This wonderful fruiti-licious drink keeps me going until lunchtime!  Here is the recipe:

In a Vita-Mix or blender add:
1 serving of frozen peaches
1 serving of frozen strawberries, or other fruit of choice
1 banana
cold water to cover the fruit  (this will help thaw the fruit and make blending much easier)
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tbsp. ground flaxseed
2 small packages of Truvia sweetener
1 full scoop of LifeTime Life's Basics Pea Protein Powder, Vanilla flavor
   (or other vanilla flavored protein powder)

Gently stir ingredients prior to blending.  Blend on high for 30 - 60 seconds and check to see if the consistency is right.  If needed add a bit more water and blend again.  Enjoy!

Gunnar takes a sip
Good smoothie!
What makes this smoothie taste even better is the lack of guilt you have while drinking it!  Here is the nutritional breakdown for a 16 oz. serving:

382 calories
4.5 gm. fat
29 gm. protein
34 gm. carbohydrate

A healthy and filling breakfast that gives you 3 full fruit servings and a dose of heart healthy flaxseed that won't hurt your waistline!  

I would love to learn new smoothie recipes and hear your ideas about different fruit combinations!  What smoothies are you currently enjoying and making for your family?  Talk to me!


Saturday, August 6, 2011

Lovely Lavender Lemonade

Here we are in the height of summer and picnic season.  People are camping, fishing, exploring national parks and on many corners of quiet family streets you'll find lemonade stands.  I found a delicious lavender lemonade recipe that I thought I'd share with you.  This recipe comes from the book "An Unthymely Death And Other Garden Mysteries" by author Susan Wittig Albert.  She writes about herbal shop owner China Bayles who also just happens to solve mysteries that occur in her little town of Pecan Springs, Texas.  China collects and shares many lovely herbal recipes and crafts in the many books Susan Witting Albert has written about China and her escapades, and this lemonade recipe is worthy of sharing!  I hope you will enjoy this cool, refreshing summer beverage that comes from Texas.  This recipe might just be the hit at the neighborhood lemonade stand this summer!

For the Lavender-Hibiscus Syrup:
2 1/2 cups water
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 cup dried red hibiscus flowers
1 tbsp. dried lavender flowers

For the Lemonade:
3 cups very cold water
1 1/2 cups fresh-squeezed lemon juice (8 large lemons)
1/2 cup sugar (optional
thin lemon slices, for garnish
fresh lavender sprigs, for garnish (optional)

To make the syrup:
In a medium saucepan combine the 2 1/2 cups of water and the 1 1/2 cups of sugar.  Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar.  Add hibiscus flowers, reduce heat and simmer for 2 - 3 minutes.

Remove from heat and stir in lavender flowers.  Cover and let steep until cool.  Strain hibiscus-lavender syrup into a jar and chill.  Make lemonade in your prettiest clear glass pitcher and stir in the chilled syrup.  If you like it tart, this will be fine.  If you have a sweet tooth, add another 1/2 cup of sugar and stir briskly to dissolve.  Garnish with lemon slices and sprigs of lavender and enjoy!

If you have a special lemonade recipe that you'd be willing to share, please tell us about it!  I would love to hear your creative lemonade ideas!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Spray Away Those Spiders!

I found a great recipe to rid your home and entrances of spiders!  It's all natural and won't hurt you, your plants or the environment.  It's easy, cheap and will generally keep spiders, as well as ants and other bugs, at bay for about two years after you spray.  This recipe is the perfect natural solution to ridding yourself of eight legged pests!

You will need:                                                                                        
1 package of pipe or chewing tobacco
1/2 cup lemon dish soap (organic is best)                                      

Place the chewing/pipe tobacco in a gallon of water and bring to a boil.  Remove the pot from heat and allow it to cool completely.  Strain the liquid into a clean container.  Put 1 cup of the resulting tobacco juice and the lemon dish soap into a hose-end sprayer and spray the areas you want to be spider-free.  For smaller jobs, simply pour the liquid into a spray bottle and spray your affected areas.  As I said, this recipe works on other pests as well.

Let me know how this works for you!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Fun Outdoor Dates For Couples

Do you and your spouse or significant other spend time outdoors together?  Perhaps you run together or hike on the weekends.  Maybe you fish or swim in the nearest lake, play tennis or garden together.  If you enjoy spending time in the great outdoors I found a great article you'll want to read!  This article gives some great ideas for outdoor dates for couples who want to enjoy nature and each other at the same time.  I'm sure you'll want to try some of the fun, romantic suggestions to liven up your love life.  I hope you'll enjoy the article...

Feeling outdoorsy?  When the weather is nice—or even when its not, there are so many great things to do outside!  Outdoor dates can be a ton of fun, and there are so many options.  We have a constantly growing list of the most exciting things to do outside on a date.

  • Make kites—go to a local park to fly them.
  • Go for a bike ride in your neighborhood—maybe find a tandem bicycle to borrow or rent.
  • Go look for luck by hunting for some four-leaf clovers.
  • Go to the park and feed the birds
  • Play “Tackle Football” - ON YOUR KNEES
  • Go to random spots in your hometown and take pictures
  • Find inner tubes and float down a nearby river

For more great ideas and for the rest of this fun, idea-filled article go here:

After reading this article, will you be planning an outdoor date with your true love or new romantic interest?  My husband and I love to camp in our backyard a couple of times each summer, a romantic way to spend a summer night.  We set up the tent, bbq and roast weenies and marshmallows over our fire pit, make s'mores and read a couple of short scary stories as the sun goes down.  It's fun, romantic and gives you the feeling of camping without ever leaving your own driveway.

What fun outdoor dates do you spend with your loved one?  I'd love to hear your ideas and suggestions!  Talk to me!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Do You Or Your Children Really Need Those Drugs?

Are you or your children taking drugs for mental illness or ADHD?  I found a great article at Natural News that talks about the epidemic of so-called mental illness and the "need" for millions to be on psychotropic medications.

A child recevies her daily ADHD meds
but does she really need them?

 If you or a loved one is taking these drugs you may want to read through this article.  It may be that those drugs are doing more harm than good!  Please read on...
(NaturalNews) Is America truly stricken with widespread mental illness? Do tens of millions need mind-altering drugs? A recent flurry of media articles lead readers to a realization that Big Pharma and the "mental health" industry have deceived Americans on a grand scale.
People are taking more drugs than ever
before but we aren't getting any better!
The "New York Review of Books" two-part article by Dr. Marcia Angell, Senior Lecturer at Harvard Medical School and former Editor in Chief of The New England Journal of Medicine, summarizes it extremely well. She analyzes three books by authors Irving Kirsch, Robert Whitaker, and Daniel Carlat. Each deconstructs the apparent mental illness epidemic and theory that mental disorders stem from brain chemical imbalances which can be corrected by drugs.

Dr. Angell's review has sparked a host of other journalists to applaud her and fuel the fire. An article in Forbes even concludes, "psychopharma is looking like an idea whose time has passed."

As an overview:

Ten percent of Americans over age six take antidepressants. Antipsychotic drugs, once reserved for schizophrenics, have become the top-selling class of drugs in the US, with over $14 billion in sales in 2009. ADHD, bipolar and autism diagnoses have exploded in the past two decades with at least 5 million US kids now on psychiatric drugs. Ten percent of boys take drugs for ADHD. Half a million kids take antipsychotics, including preschoolers.
Now that you've read the article, what do you think about so many of our nation's children being on these psychoactive drugs?  I have a grandaugther who has been "diagnosed" with ADHD but thankfully our daughter does not want to medicate her and has chosen alternative methods to deal with the "ADHD".  My personal opinion is that my grandaughter is simply spoiled and a bit hyper, but I could be wrong.  I'm just grateful she is not taking psych meds!  I firmly believe that the ADHD drugs do more harm than good in the long run.

Do you have kids with ADHD or other diagnosis that they are being medicated for?  I would love to hear from you and how you feel these medications are helping (or harming) your child!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Mammograms...Are They Really Necessary?

Do you ever worry about Breast Cancer?  Perhaps you have a history of Breast Cancer in your family.  If so, you are probably getting your yearly mammograms if you are over the age of 40.  In recent years there has been some controversy over whether or not mammograms are effective in detecting cancer and some even believe mammograms are harmful, exposing the breasts to radiation that could cause cancer.  I found an article at Natural News that discusses recent research findings that claim computer - aided detection mammograms are a waste of time.  I think all women over the age of 30 (let's face it...younger women are getting breast cancer these days) should read this article.  Enjoy...
(NaturalNews) Computer-aided detection (CAD) technology, which analyzes mammography images and marks suspicious areas for radiologists to review, has been widely hyped and pushed on women as a way to insure invasive breast cancer is spotted on mammograms. And it has grown into a huge industry, adding millions of dollars to the cost of healthcare.

The problem is, CAD simply doesn't work -- at all. That's right. Despite the fact CAD is now applied to the large majority of screening mammograms in the U.S. with annual direct Medicare costs exceeding $30 million (according to a 2010 study in the Journal of the American College of Radiology), new research by University of California at Davis (UC Davis) scientists shows the expensive technology is ineffective in finding breast tumors.

But it does something extremely well. It causes enormous stress by greatly increasing a woman's risk of being called back for more costly testing following a CAD analyzed mammogram.

The new research, just published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, used data from the Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium to analyze 1.6 million mammograms. Entitled "Effectiveness of Computer-Aided Detection in Community Mammography Practice," the study specifically looked at screening mammograms performed on more than 680,000 women at 90 mammography facilities in seven U.S. states, between the years of 1998 and 2006.

The results are being hailed as the most definitive findings to date on whether the super popular mammography tool is effective in locating cancer in the breast. The findings? CAD is a waste of time and money.

The false-positive rate increased from 8.1 percent before CAD to 8.6 percent after CAD was installed at the medical centers in the study. What's more, the detection rate of breast cancer and the stage and size of breast cancer tumors were similar regardless of whether or not CAD was used.

"In real-world practice, CAD increases the chances of being unnecessarily called back for further testing because of false-positive results without clear benefits to women," Joshua Fenton, assistant professor in the UC Davis Department of Family and Community Medicine, said in a statement to the media. "Breast cancers were detected at a similar stage and size regardless of whether or not radiologists used CAD."

This isn't the first time the CAD technology has been questioned by researchers. The current study follows a previous study of the computer aided mammography tool that was published by Dr. Fenton in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2007.

That examination of mammography screening results in 43 facilities, including seven that used CAD, found that CAD was actually linked to reduced accuracy of mammogram screenings and produced no difference in the detection rate of invasive breast cancer.

"In the current study, we evaluated newer technology in a larger sample and
over a longer time period," Fenton noted in a statement to the press. "We also looked for the first time at cancer stage and cancer size, which are critical for understanding how CAD may affect long-term breast cancer outcomes, such as mortality."

CAD software was first approved by the Food and Drug Administration back in 1998, but its use only skyrocketed after Medicare began covering it in 2001. According to 2009 Medicare data, using CAD adds another $12 to the costs of having a mammogram (about $81 for film mammography and $130 for digital mammography), representing a 9 percent to 15 percent additional cost for CAD use.

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Now that you'v read this article how do you feel about CAD mammography?  I chose a couple of years ago to forego yearly mammograms, simply because so much research has proven that if a woman gets a yearly mammogram starting at the age of 40, by the time she is in her 60's and 70's she is likely to develop breast cancer due to all the radiation exposure.  There is an alternative for women who don't want to expose their breasts to harmful radiation and it is called Breast Thermography.
I learned about Thermography a few years ago and find, (personally) the technology to be much more sensible for detecting breast cancer.  Please read about Thermography here:
I worked in a clinic and for a provider that did breast thermography and I was very impressed, to say the least, with the technology.  I believe in thermography versus mammography and have decided to have no more mammograms unless a breast thermography indicates the need for one.  Now that you've learned about breast thermography will you proceed with the conventional method of radiation exposure with mammography or will you look into breast thermography as an alternative?
I would love to hear your thoughts about this controversial subject!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Grilled Herbed Corn On The Cob

This evening has topped off a lovely day in the Pacific Northwest...we finally got some summer weather and decided to make the most of it and barbequed ribs.  Gunnar requested my grilled herbed corn on the cob and I thought it would be nice to share the simple recipe with you.  Grilled herbed corn on the cob is easy, tastes great and cooks very quickly.  I hope you enjoy the recipe!

Grilled Herbed Corn On The Cob
What you will need:
Desired number of ears of corn, unwrapped, clean and patted dry
Several sprigs of fresh herbs such as Rosemary, Thyme, Savory and Basil  (be creative!)
Butter or PAM cooking spray
Squares of foil big enough to wrap ears of corn

To clean the fresh herbs, shake them lightly and rinse them gently.  Place on a paper plate or towel and lay a paper towel over them to dry them a bit.

Rosemary and Thyme go
well with corn on the cob!
Pressing excess moisture from
the herbs

Lightly butter or spray your foil squares with Pam.  Lightly salt and pepper if desired.  Place the ear of corn in the center of the foil and lay the herbs beside and top of the corn, as shown below.

Ready to wrap the corn
Just roll it up and its ready for
the grill

Once your corn is on the grill you will want to turn it about every 5 minutes until it is done, in about 20 minutes.

Gunnar turns the corn to ensure
even cooking

When the corn comes off the grill it will look like this, slightly charred on the outside but perfect inside!

Now all you have to do is carefully unwrap the corn from the foil (remember, it will be hot!) and enjoy!

Cooked to perfection and
ready to eat!

Have fun experimenting with different herb and flavor combinations.  Another fun way to flavor the corn is to spread
herbed butter on the foil before you wrap the corn.  Check out my Let's Eat! column for a great recipe for herbed butter!
Enjoy your grilled corn and all the other wonderful produce that nature is kind enough to provide this time of year!
How do you grill your corn on the cob?  I'd love to hear your ideas!

Here we are enjoying our bbq'd ribs and corn on the cob!