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postheadericon Making your own beer and alcohol

All those old westerns show beer being served from barrels.. and whiskey from bottles. Do you think that beer was warm… if it was cold how did they get it cold….. they certainly didn’t have access to a refrigerator…. Not much I can think of worse than .. Warm beer….

That beer seemed to have a nice topping to it…. and I heard on a few occasions.. “Make sure it is COLD”. So how did they get the beer cold…? Did they haul those kegs over all those miles and miles to the many different towns and way stations along the way. Maybe they had a brewer in all of the different towns.

The old gangster movies showing gin being made in bathtubs.. Gosh how times have changed…

All these micro brewers that are popping up all over they are keeping the tradition of making your own beer going. I am pretty sure a maker of alcohol would be a very popular spot as well… though I think that might be illegal… Can you say Moonshine?

Learning lost ways is something that might come in handy… You just never know when such skills might be needed….You can learn many things from the book The Lost Ways. Just take a peek at the Table of Contents…. Making beer as well as making moonshine are just a couple of the topic that are covered.

postheadericon Hats Off To Miss Kitty

 Don’t you just love those old westerns? To hear my mother-in-law tell it… my husband loved to watch “shoot em up’s” as a child. He still must be a child because he still loves to watch them.

We often watch Gunsmoke. We have hours and hours of them on tape as well as waiting in our cable box ready to watch. We watch Gunsmoke every night while we wait for Coronation Street to come on.

I just love the whole gang…. Marshall Matt Dillon, Chester, Doc, then later came Festus. Burt Reynolds was so young and very handsome. We often see Festus portraying someone else before he actually joined the show. But my favorite was Miss Kitty.

Miss Kitty was quite the woman. She owned the Long Branch Saloon. I am certain she was Matt Dillon’s girl though I don’t think I have ever seen a wink passed between them and for sure never a kiss. I loved her wonderful wardrobe, those dresses were so beautiful I often wonder how they ever washed them.. or if they were. The workmanship that must have gone into making those dresses must of taken weeks.

Then there were Miss Kitty hats…. Now I look like a dweab in hats but that don’t stop me from collecting them and looking at them. Miss Kitty had the hats. That must of taken some other sort of craftsman to make all those hats. First off where would they have gotten all of the items that they used to make those masterpieces. The netting and the feathers… can you tell I love hats?

Being the age that I am and all the hot flashing that goes around at this age I wonder what those poor women must of done when they were having a hot flash. Women back then dresses in layers.. and layers.. and more layers. Gunsmoke is set in Kansas…. Kansas is hot and I mean hot in the summer, as well as dry. Even the thought of having a hot flash with all those layers of clothes on in that high, dry heat is enough to make me want to puke.

But then again maybe it is only me that thinks what it would be like to of lived back then. Can you imagine what it must of been like heading west in a covered wagon? We all know that life is uncertain now and many dangers lay ahead for all of us. But somehow I think that the guts and the determination that the folks back in those days was much more than most people want to put out in this day and age

I am glad someone else pioneered this country for me and I am able to watch it and read about it. I am glad that I live NOW and NOT then. Taking to much for granted has never been a good thing.

Hats off to Miss Kitty…. the gal from the ole west that I would of like to of been. I think she really did have it together. She owned a bar, had a great boyfriend, had a wonderful hat collection, and a beautiful wardrobe..as well as the respect of her community, what more could one ask for?

Here is a wonderful book…called “The Lost Ways.” Is is all about how things were done in the olden days…The days of the pioneers. Just have a peek at the Table of Content.. Click Here!

This book would be perfect for ideas for school science projects… since it contains so many different topic.

I don’t think that Miss Kitty ever made her own moonshine or the beer she served.. but your able to rad how to do both in this book “The Lost Ways”

postheadericon How to Get RID of Maggots in the Garbage Can

I can’t believe I am actually going to write a post about maggots in my garbage can but I am certain others would benefit from knowing this information.

I live in Southeast Michigan.. so far this year the weather has been hot and I mean HOT… and for the past few weeks it has been very dry too. We get our trash picked up on Tuesday mornings. So you can imagine my disgust when I found a zillion maggots in my trash can and it was only Friday… Knowing that the weather was going to continue to be HOT HOT HOT for the next few days I was beside myself thinking how many maggots would be in that trash can by the time the trash was picked up on Tuesday.

Of course I Googled my problem… The input that came back was not that helpful to me in my situation. It suggested I kill the maggots by dumping boiling water on them and then washing out the trash can….. OK???? but what do I do with the trash bags that are already in the trash can sitting there with all those zillion maggots everywhere. All I could think of was where could I get a breathing apparatus and a Hazmat suit.

Then it dawned on me…. diatomaceous earth kills the flies…. lets see if it would kill the maggots. I went in the house and got out my shaker jar that was simply an old Parmesan cheese container that I refilled with “Food Grade” diatomaceous earth. I held my breath and opened the lid of the trash can and sprinkled on a very generous amount of dirt.. shut the lid.. ran as fast and as far as I could and took a breath……. Now to wait.

I actually could hardly wait to check my trash can a few hours later… What a bummer… The darn thing looked just the same… a zillion maggots greeted me as if to say… “Bring it on!”

But by the next afternoon…. I was not able to see 1 maggot… not a one. I was not about to see where they went by poking around in the can.. I was just going to wait until the trash was picked up on Tuesday morning.

After the trash man left… I could hardly wait to see what the emptied trash can looked like. To my surprise there was nothing to look at .. nothing but an empty trash can with a bit of white powder along the side. I am not sure what I was expecting but I sure was happy to see what I saw… No Maggots!

I have been promoting the use of DE for many years. It never ceases to amaze me the many wonderful uses that diatomaceous earth can be used for…. I am now able to add Maggot Killer to the long list.

Diatomaceous Earth for Organic Pest Control

postheadericon Healthy Juice Recipes With Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth

Healthy Juice Recipes With Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth

   Fruit & Fruit Juice Recipes

Why Juice?

Juicing has become a popular way to ingest massive amounts of fruit in a beverage.  I find myself enjoying juicing more and more to get all the fruits and veggies I need.  Over the years people have found certain foods help with certain ailments.  These ailments seem to be a majority of what our customers go through.  Whether it is arthritis, alkalinity problems, detox, or inflammation, we have a juice recipe here for you!  Best thing is that each one of these recipes has Food grade diatomaceous earth mixed in with it.  Please enjoy these healthy and tasty Juice Recipes with your Diatomaceous Earth!  You will need a juicer or if you do not have one, a blender works just fine.  To find out more about our food grade diatomaceous earth please visit our About DE section here!


Arthritis Juice W/ Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth

Watermelon and Blueberry Detox Juice Recipe

Ingredients:

Basil – 3 Leaves

Blueberries – 1.5 cups

Cayenne Pepper – 1/2 teaspoon

Lime – 1/2 squeezed

Watermelon – 5 cups diced

1 Tablespoon of Food grade diatomaceous earth

How To Make:

Juice all ingredients and top with a sprinkle of cayenne pepper

You may blend in blender


Detox Juice W/ Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth

apple and broccoli juice detox

Ingredients:

1-2 Green Apples Sliced and Skinned

3-4 Kales Leaves Destemmed

1 Cucumber Sliced

Head Of Broccoli Broken Up

Handful of Parsley

1/4 Jalapeno Pepper (no Seeds)

1 Thumb of Ginger Root Sliced and Deskinned

Ground Turmeric For Garnish

Tablespoon Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth

How To Make:

Juice all Ingredients and garnish with Turmeric

You may Blend in Blender


Upset Stomach & Colitis Juice W/ Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth

Beet and Orange Colitis Juice Recipe

Ingredients:

1 Beet Sliced

6 Medium Carrots Skinned & Sliced

1/2 Cup Coconut Water

1 Thumb Ginger Root Skinned & Sliced

1/2 Fruit Squeezed

Orange Deskinned

2 Thumbs Turmeric Root Skinned and Sliced

Tablespoon of Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth

How To Make:

Juice all ingredients and garnish with Skin of Lime

You may blend in Blender


Alkalinity Boost Juice W/ Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth

Broccoli & Cucumber Alkalinity Juice Recipe

Ingredients:

1/2 Cucumber Skinned and Sliced

2 Stalks Celery Sliced

1 Cup Shredded Leaf Lettuce (NOT ICEBERG!)

1 Cup Broken up Broccoli Crowns

Green Apple Deskinned and Sliced

Juice of 1/2 Lime

Tablespoon Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth

How To Make:

Juice all ingredients and garnish with slice of cucumber

You may blend in a blender


Anti-Inflammatory Juice W Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth

Ingredients:

2 Thumbs Turmeric Skinned and Sliced

4 Medium Carrots Skinned and Sliced

1 Thumb Ginger Skinned and Sliced

Orange-Skinned

Juice of 1/2 Lemon

3 Stalks Celery Sliced

1 Tablespoon Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth

How To Make:

Juice all ingredients and garnish with Lemon Skin

May blend in blender


Exercise & Workout Recovery Juice Recipes W/ Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth

Ingredients:

Banana Sliced

8 oz Sweet Potato Chopped and Deskinned

4 oz Oranged Deskinned

1 Medium Carrot Chopped Finely and Deskinned

1 Tablespoon Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth

How To Make:

Juice all ingredients together and garnish with Orange and Carrot Peel

May blend in blender

postheadericon Saving Bees… One Yard at a Time

I ran across the most wonderful video about bees. I just had to share it with you. It was created by Planet Natural Garden Supple. It is just over 2 minutes long but will give you some great ideas about those wonderful bees……I am sure you will enjoy it.

postheadericon How is that New Year Resolution working out for you?

As I write this post.. we are just starting the second week of a brand new year…. I am wondering how many people made the New Year’s resolution of getting healthier…. I am guessing that is indeed the number one resolution that is made year after year…..Was that the same resolution that you made last year too?

I gave up making resolutions years ago…. I found for me they only lasted a few days.. let alone on into the second week of the new year….

I like most people find it very hard to diet.. I always remember someone saying that the word.. “die” is actually in the word diet.. and sure enough it is. But wanting to be healthy and hating to exercise don’t really go together….. So what can a gal do?

I have been taking diatomaceous earth for several year… I have posted about the health benefits of DE many times. A few months ago I came across a product that I have been adding to my daily morning routine of DE is a smoothy….. I think these 2 together are a perfect combination.

We have all heard about the wonderful benefits of juicing… but many people including me are turned off by the MESS.. and boy can I make a mess…. and the thing is if your juicing on a daily basis… you have that daily MESS. Then there is all of the shopping for fresh fruits and vegetable.. and don’t forget all of the washing and chopping.. Gosh I am getting tired just thinking about the process of juicing…..

I was introduced to a product that I can add right to my DE smoothy….. There is no Mess.. No shopping for fresh fruits and vegetable… no shopping and I don’t have to worry about storing all that stuff that I buy…..I am now able to get all of the benefits of juicing without the mess……

You can read more about my alternative to juicing here

postheadericon The Bible About Diatomaceous Earth

miss dirt 2I bet you can tell that I love this wonderful stuff called Diatomaceous Earth, DE for short. It is indeed one of Mother Nature’s Best Kept Secrets. I am forever posting about the benefits of this wonderful product and I never miss an opportunity when speaking to someone to tout the many wonderful things it can be used for if the conversation just happening to go that way.

The only kind of DE that I speak about is FOOD GRADE diatomaceous earth…. This is NOT the kind that is used for your pool….. I do not speak about DE that has had something added to it to kill bugs. In my humble opinion… there is no need to buy any other kind of DE for pesticide control than FOOD GRADE DE….. I only have 1 kind in my home and that is the FOOD GRADE DE.. I never have to worry about getting the kind I am able to eat myself with the other kind that I would sprinkle around to control bugs since I only have 1 kind.

I always buy my DE in 50# bags….. You may think that is a lot, but think of it this way….. It will never go bad as long as you keep it dry..after all… it is as old as dinosaurs… if not older.  Split that 50# bag with a neighbor or a family member…. it is the most economical for shipping charges as well.

I will get personal messages asking my opinion on one kind of DE or another…. I do not feel comfortable talking about another product other than the one that I promote….. Your not able to buy it in the store I always send people to their website…… I buy my DE from Earth Works Health.

Earth Works Health also offers a wonderful book written by Tui Rose… she has put together a wealth of information in her book Solutions For Healthy Living….Yes, it is true they is a lot of information on the internet about this wonderful product. BUT>>> this book has it all in one place… easy to read and easy to find what your looking for.

So head on over to Earth Works Health and order a 50# bag of Food Grade diatomaceous earth.. and the Bible about DE by Tui Rose… Solutions for Healthy Living

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postheadericon Container Garden vs.Traditional Garden

Gardening has been one of the most common hobbies for centuries, and more and more people are beginning to enjoy this wonderful past time. A container garden has become one of the more common methods of gardening over the last few decades. It is especially popular in cities and areas with small yards. When it comes to container gardening vs. traditional gardening in these areas gardening with planters and containers will almost always win. A few of the benefits of container gardening include easy design, more control over soil quality, and a wider variety of plants that can be grown.

Traditional gardening involves growing plants in the ground or in a raised bed. However, container gardens are grown completely in planters and pots. This allows the plants to be moved around, and placed in the best places for optimal growth. The plants can also be brought indoors during unfavorable weather. Plants grown in containers also make great additions to decks, porches, and balconies. They can really soften the edges, and bring a nice splash of color to even the most drab of settings. The containers can even be customized to match the décor.

The ability to control soil quality is another great benefit of container gardening. With traditional gardening most people are stuck with whatever kind of soil they have in their yard or gardening area unless they want to spend a lot of money and time on soil amendments. When growing in containers gardeners can buy the type of soil their plants need. This also opens up a large variety of plants that may not be able to grow in the local soil.

Container gardening also makes it easier to control pests that may destroy beloved plants. The containers make it easier for gardeners to look for signs of bugs and small pests on their plants. It is also less difficult to quarantine any plants that may become infected with a fungus or disease. They also detour local wildlife that would eat or trample the plants.
One drawback to container gardening; plants grown in containers will lose moisture at a faster rate than plants that are grown in the ground. This means that the plants will need to be water more often, especially during hot, dry weather.

Containers that are used for planting should be chosen with care. Most plastic planters will fade in the sun, and become brittle. Untreated wood containers will rot quickly when used as planters. Cedar and redwood are naturally rot resistant and can make great planters. Whatever type of container that is used, the gardener should make sure there are drainage holes in the bottom of the container. Otherwise, the plant may become water logged and die.

When it comes to a container garden vs.a traditional garden it is easy to see the benefits of either. Container gardening is nice for beginners, needs less space, and often less work that traditional gardening. However, traditional gardening does provide a nice work out and lets gardeners get their hands a little dirtier.

This is a wonderful eBook called Container Gardening Secrets that you may enjoy

postheadericon Could I feed my family if I had to?

survival seed vault I am not one to run around like Chicken Little yelling “the sky is falling.. the sky is falling”. But I do believe in being prepared…Just in case. It is always a good idea to have a backup plan.

I have one question for you to ask yourself…. Could I feed my family if I had to?

The concept of a survival seed vault has become more widespread over the last several years. More and more families are gaining food independence by growing their own survival heirloom seeds. The health benefits of  non-gmo, survival heirloom seeds are more widely known now than in years past, and people are taking a stand against high supermarket prices.

But what if disaster strikes, and you have to ask yourself some questions:

Could I feed my family if I had to? Do I have the right kind of seeds for my region? Can I save the seeds from my harvest to plant the following year?

It is always a good idea to have a backup plan, and having a supply of premium heirloom survival seed to have on hand just in case would be a good thing to do NOW.

My Patriot Supply is a premium heirloom survival seed supplier located in the United States. They are a group of folks with a passion for self-reliance and freedom.

They have many wonderful items available on their site… but one that everyone should consider having on hand .. just in case… is their Survival Seed Vault. The Vault contains only the highest quality heirloom vegetable survival seeds. These Patriot Seeds are 100% Non-GMO, open-pollinated and placed in specially sealed packets allowing for long term storage.

The Patriot Survival Seed Vault is packaged for long term storage (5+ years) but priced for planting this year! Because of the affordable pricing, the majority of their customers buy for both planting and storage!

They offer a special, you can buy a bulk pack and plant seeds now and you will have extra if you need them…. or you can plant those seeds next year. Next year, plant the seeds and replenish your stock that you had for backup…. It just makes sense to me to be prepared.

Survival Seed Vault features only the finest survival heirloom seeds for a robust and hearty garden, even in the toughest of times.  Check out My Patriot Supply… poke around their website. They offer many items but the Survival Seed Vault is first on my list… just in case.

You might also enjoy this article about Straw Bale Gardening. You could plant your seeds in straw.

 

postheadericon Do Dogs Really “SEE” With Their Noses?

I am sure you have seen dogs sniff at things… Some dogs sniff more than others. It is fun to watch how my 4 dogs take in all of the different smells. 3 of my dogs just as so so at sniffing the different things. My precious little Joy is the one that has a wonderful sense of smell and has to SMELL EVERYTHING in sight. When she is out on a walk you can just see her chasing what ever had been in the area before. My Joy is a beagle and many of that bread of gotten themselves into trouble with their great sense of smell.

Here is a wonderful video that I found very interesting… It describes how dogs see with their noses.
I am sure you will find it as interesting as I did.. Enjoy!