Wednesday, March 21, 2018

My Apothecary & Greenhouse

I've made my own herbal concoctions for a few years now but I wanted to get more training and a certificate as an herbalist, so I have been taking courses.  I've been learning a lot and started my apothecary in my armoire in my bedroom, as it was the only place that I had available that was in the house that could store all that I will be storing.


I started yesterday washing jars and lids and drying them and filling them up, one by one.  I have a ways to go but I did a lot!  Keeping them in glass jars is the best storage and it is pretty I think.  I hope to get the rest of my herbs stored and then order new ones that I'm going to be using in making some tinctures, salves and ointments for my course.


Now, for the greenhouse.  I was originally planning to use this outside as that is what it is intended for and comes with stakes to hold down the greenhouse.  However, I decided to use it inside for my herb garden.  I will be placing it at the sliding glass door so it gets sunlight.  Lots of work for spring but I'm excited!!



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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Plans for Christian Homekeeping


I have some exciting plans ahead for my blog:

  • Podcasts - I used to do podcasts several years ago and I'm thinking of starting it up again!
  • Videos - I constantly get subscribers to my YouTube channel for this blog and my homeschooling one.  I hope to start adding more videos to both.
  • Indoor Gardening how-to's - if time permits, I want to make some videos or at least picture steps on how to do your own indoor garden
  • More homekeeping - I want to add in more homekeeping posts such as cooking, recipes, gardening, organizing, cleaning and more!

I'm excited for the future of my blog and expansion, hope you all are too! 😀

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Why I Believe Freezer Cooking Isn't Healthy

Several years ago I started freezer cooking for a month and then that evolved into freezer cooking for 3 months and I did this for about 2 years or maybe more.  I no longer freezer cook.  I've been asked as to why I stopped and I decided to share my personal reason.

The main reason I stopped freezer cooking is because I don't believe it is healthy.  I believe it contributed to my ill health that eventually came about, that along with stress.

I'm not talking about frozen food, such as vegetables, that are actually better for you frozen than fresh vegetables that have sat too long.  When a farmer picks vegetables and immediately freezes them, it locks in more nutrients than when he picks fresh and is transported and sits at the store and by the time you eat it, it has lost a lot of nutrients.  The BEST way to eat vegetables is from your own garden.  Pick and serve that day or week for the best nutritional value.  Second best is buy from a local farm within a week after they pick it.  Third best is frozen.  Canned is of course is the worst from all the studies I've read.

So, frozen vegetables are great but what is not great is buying store-bought vegetables, frozen vegetables or canned and then mixing them in a meal and freezing them.  You really are going to miss over half, if not more, of the nutrient value.

Cooking raw meat and then freezing it is not a good idea either I believe.  Stick with fresh or frozen raw meat.

Also, I used a lot of canned tomato products to make homemade sauces and I believe that was incredibly not-healthy!  When you open a canned item, especially an acidic item like tomatoes - you should use it right away.  Never use it to make homemade sauces that will be not be used within a few days!  I believe there is a health danger to freezing open canned items.

Now you know why I quit freezer cooking.  I believe it was a large factor in my ill health as what you eat for 3 months doesn't show up in your body till the next 3 months.  It can take 3-6 months to rebuild your nutritional stores in your body and health.  Fresh is usually always better - cook fresh meals for your family.  Learn how to garden!  We really need to get back to the basics in our country, not only for health reasons, but for financial and to develop a good work ethic in future generations.

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Monday, March 5, 2018

Working Mothers Produce Mentally Ill Children

Mothers, please watch this short video of a psychotherapist in NY about why working mothers produce mentally ill children.

https://nypost.com/video/working-moms-are-producing-mentally-ill-children-says-author/

*New York Post isn't known for their pureness, please be aware that you may see more than you bargain for on their "suggested videos" lists or ads.

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