Articles to mull over

Here are a few links to articles that I have found interesting and have been mulling over in my mind these last few weeks.  Hopefully you will enjoy them too.

*There are a few affiliate links in this post.

On Health

I have become fascinated with magnesium and the role that it plays in bodily processes. This article highlights some of the hormonal symptoms that result in magnesium deficiencies are outlined in this post.  As I have researched magnesium I have found it linked to ADHD, cholesterol issues, fibromyalgia, migraines, restless legs syndrome, irritability, insomnia, to name a few off the top of my head.  To help get our magnesium in we eat leafy greens, take a magnesium supplement, take our baths with epsom salt, spray magnesium oil on body, and on stressful days will drink Natural Calm.  

I was fascinated with this article about how the acne on your face is a road map to what systems are struggling internally.   Interestingly enough, the areas that my face keeps breaking out in does correspond to health issues that I am currently aware of and working on trying to find a remedy.

The impression that I got in my education was that the human race is so much smarter now than they were thousands of years ago.  I found myself questioning that as a kid, but as I asked questions the answers received always confirmed that thought process, because my teachers were all coming from an evolution based mindset.  But as I started teaching my children from a creation based perspective, I was amazed at all the resources that pointed out this line of thought obviously was not the case.  I have become even more fascinated with this concept as I have started studying more aspects of natural remedies, health foods, and traditional diets.  I am amazed as more and more studies are going back and finding out some of these natural remedies do in fact work.  This article was thrilling to me, as I read about how they are finding evidence that an onion and garlic remedy that is at least 1,000 years ago is proving to have great potential in fighting the MRSA.

On Education

In homeschooling, conversation is a vital part of your children’s education.  I talk to my kids all the time, but I need to amp up the quality, non-rushed conversations that happen in the home between my children and me.

Thought provoking article on how we educate our children at home from a veteran homeschool mom.  Have homeschoolers slipped too far back into the model of what public schools are doing because we are struggling under someone else’s idea of what a “proper” education is? 

On Parenting

As of late, a frequent discussion among some of my friends has been along the lines of doing things that will mess our children up or cause them to walk from the faith.  This was a great post about the most important thing that one family did in encouraging their children to continue to walk with the Lord into adulthood.

On purpose

I loved this article about how to find your “thing.” 

Turnip Mashed Potatoes

If you are looking for a new spin on mashed potatoes or perhaps you are looking for a way to get your kids to eat turnips, you should give this recipe a try.  We ate this tonight and everyone who gave eating a fair shot tonight (Sweet Potato had one of his night tonight and did not want to eat anything – perhaps because he still has a lot of pressure in his head from his ear infection) loved the potatoes and went back for seconds.

There is a mild underlying turnip flavor, but none of my kids seemed to notice.  The more noticeable flavor was the rich creamy buttery taste of potatoes.   This just proved to be a great way to use up some of the turnips we get in our veggie basket as well as use some of the cream we have readily available from the raw milk.

 

Cream of Broccoli Soup

For snacks around here we eat a lot of broccoli, carrots and cauliflower.  I pick up a big bag of it at SAM’s and we snack on it all week.  Some weeks we eat nearly all of it, but there are others that we still have a lot left lingering .

So this week to use up the broccoli that needed to be eaten quickly, we made Cream of Broccoli Soup.  It tasted great with some crackers.  We even pureed in some cooked carrots that we needed to use up too.  Next time I think I will leave some bigger chunks of broccoli in it though because I like texture in my soup.

Here is the original recipe.  

I am posting it in this blog so that I can find it easier at a later date.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 8 cups broccoli florets
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • ground black pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in medium sized stock pot, and saute onion and celery until tender. Add broccoli and broth, cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
  2. Pour the soup into a blender, filling the pitcher no more than halfway full. Hold down the lid of the blender with a folded kitchen towel, and carefully start the blender, using a few quick pulses to get the soup moving before leaving it on to puree. Puree in batches until smooth and pour into a clean pot. Alternately, you can use a stick blender and puree the soup right in the cooking pot.
  3. In small saucepan, over medium-heat melt 3 tablespoons butter, stir in flour and add milk. Stir until thick and bubbly, and add to soup. Season with pepper and serve.

Serves 6

Prep time 10 minutes

Cook time 25 minutes

Bulk Oatmeal

In my attempt to be the best steward of our grocery money – trying to keep a low budget while at the same time trying to buy nutrient dense, whole foods, I bought a 25# bag of oatmeal.  We have managed to eat our way through all those oats in just a little bit over 3 months.   We have eaten a lot of oatmeal, baked oatmeal, granola bars, and granola cereal (we’ve even had oats in some of our pancakes and as a batter for turkey). I have already shared one of the granola bar recipes, but in the next few days I will try to share some of our other favorite ways to eat oatmeal.   The best part is that most of the recipes are ones that I can make the night before, so I don’t have to mess with cooking in the mornings.

Mass Weapon of Distraction

While in the gas station the other day, I saw a shirt that read:

MASS WEAPON OF DISTRACTION

and it had a picture of  a T.V. on it.

There is much truth in that shirt.  Many people may find that to be funny.  I find it to be sad.

I find it sad that I wasted so much of my early life watching T.V. when I could have been hiding God’s Word in my heart or learing more about God’s creation or learning better how to manage a home.

Thankfully, the Lord convicted us about how much we watched T.V. years ago.   We can’t imagine what it would be like to turn on the T.V. every week, much less every day.   And yet early in our marriage it was not uncommon for us to watch several shows on most days.

I find it sad that so many people are so distracted by T.V. that they miss their kids growing up, they miss out on investing in their relationship with their spouse.   They just miss out because they are distracted.

I find it even more heartbreaking that so many Christians are distracted and bombarded with T.V. that they miss so much.  They miss out on the relationships with others.   But I think they really get to a place where they can be distracted from the Lord.  They miss out on what the Lord has for them.  They miss out on hearing from Him.  They even get so distracted by what is going on in T.V. land that they are distracted or blinded by sin to the point that they can no longer identify sin in their own lives.

Now as I sit here and right this, I must say that: 1. watching T.V. in itself is not sin.   One can easily watch T.V. and not sin.  But they must be on constant guard about what they are allowing into their minds, homes, and their eyes to see.  2.  there are many other things that can be a distraction from what the Lord has for us.   I can easily get distracted by the computer (that’s a big one for me), the dishes, house maintenance, even the relationships that God has blessed me with can distract me from hearing from the Lord if I do not put those things in their rightful place.

My point being with this post is that some will laugh about how the T.V. is a mass weapon of distraction and yet I think it has become one of the biggest tools that Satan uses to distract people from seeking the Lord.

If you have not already been prayerful about you and your families time in front of the T.V., I encourage you to do so.   From all those whom I’ve heard from whom have either fasted from the T.V. or reduced the amount of television time they have, I do not ever recall hearing any of them saying that they regret not spending more time being distracted by the T.V.

Homemade Deodorant

I have avoided antiperspirants for probably the last 5 years.   First I switched over to regular plain old deodorant that you can buy at the store. Then I started using the more natural deodorants at the store.  For a while I just used baking soda….but after awhile I got tired of dealing with baking soda powder on the floor every time I would apply some under my arms, so I went back to a natural deodorant that I could buy at the store.   I have been wanting to mix  up my own batch of deodorant for a while and I finally did a couple of weeks ago.  Hubby and I both think that it works great.  Be forwarned that if you are used to using commercial deodorants, especially those with antiperspirants it may take a several weeks for your body to adjust.

I found the deodorant recipe  on Tammy’s recipes (where I have also found some other very yummy recipes.)

Ingredients

1/4 cup of baking soda

1/4 cup of corn starch, or arrowroot powder

aprox. 5 T. of coconut oil

essential oil drops if desired

Directions:  Combine baking soda and corn starch, blending well with a fork. Start with about 4 T. of the cocunut oil, adding it into the other ingredients.   Work it into a paste.  Add a couple of drops of essential oils if it pleases you.  I added a drop of lavender and a drop of lemon.