Monday, December 24, 2018

Cinnamon Mandarin Cranberry Holiday Kombucha

You will need: One quart finished 1st ferment kombucha starter tea. (Our favorite kombucha ferment is made from 2 Organically Hip Hibiscus tea bags and 2 Paul Newman’s Organic Black tea bags to ½ cup sugar and ½ cup starter and ½ gallon filtered, de-chlorinated water, and one SCOBY.)  If you don’t have starter tea and a SCOBY, you can ask a friend or buy online.

Recipe: Decant 32 ounces of starter tea to a fermenting vessel of choice. We often use quality glass juice bottles, quality fermenting bottles or, canning jars with canning lids.  (It must be able to tightly seal out air).
Add 1 teaspoon quality cinnamon (We use 4 Ceylon Cinnamon capsules).  Peel and add 2 fresh mandarin oranges and 6 fresh or frozen cranberries, and one pinch of LOVE.

 Ferment for one or 2 days,  Chill, strain, and enjoy!
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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Yummy Fermented Cabbage and Carrot (Kraut)

We've learned to love fermented cabbage. This food is often referred to as kraut or sauerkraut but is very different from kraut in a can.  Fermented kraut is healthy, full of beneficial bacteria, enzymes, and vitamins.  Most importantly, it is delicious.

Below is my tried and true recipe.  It contains several tasty additions to basic kraut.

Materials needed:
1/2 gallon glass mason jar with canning lid
Quart sized canning jars with canning lids
1/2 gallon spring-top, Fido-style fermenting jar. (that is what I use now)

Optional but helpful:
2 glass weights from
Painter's tape and marker

1 green cabbage
1 purple cabbage
4 peeled and shredded carrots
1/4 cup whey (I use kefir whey) You could also use whey from yogurt.
5 teaspoons Himalayan salt or Celtic Sea Salt (for minerals, crunch, taste, and integrity of kraut)
Spring water or dechlorinated water
1/2 cup or more of  beet kvass
1-2 tablespoons fresh caraway seeds
One pinch of LOVE.  I add this to all my recipes.

Wash cabbage and remove outer leaves, cut in half, place flat side down and make thin slices with a long knife. Cut the long slices in half. (Some people use a food processor.  I prefer the shredded texture)
Clean and shred carrots.
Mix sliced cabbage and carrot together in a large bowl with salt and optional caraway seeds.
Begin to load cabbage mixture into your jar(s). Use a wooden spoon or pounder to pound and press as much kraut as you can stuff into the jar, up to the shoulder of the jar. The more you pound and press, the better because the salt will begin to make juice.
Add the whey (if using more than one jar, add whey to each jar)
Add the optional beet kvass
Add enough water to cover kraut and press down again.
Top with the glass weights. (You can do it without these, but they are helpful to keep the kraut submerged.

Secure the top, or the lid, depending on your jar type, and use painter's tape to mark the date.

Set aside, away from direct sunlight, for 3 days and refrigerate.

Once your kraut is cold it will keep for months, though you will eat it long before that!

We eat kraut as a side dish with breakfast, lunch, or dinner.  It is also yummy with cooked apples or on a sandwich.

In case you were wondering, my fermented dill pickle recipe is on my other blog.

Blessings to you and yours!

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Another Kraut Recipe we love to eat: 
If you love spicy food, click on this link and try the  Buffalo Kraut recipe from Cultured Food Life.

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Sunday, January 1, 2017

Dear Me, 2017

This year you want MORE!  
More quality time spent on refreshing or purposeful activities.
More time with God, family, nature, and art.
More gratitude.
More understanding of the differences in others.
More kindness. 

You also want LESS!
Less concern over things outside of your control (which is most things)
Less stress (created by not doing the above)

And you want MORE of LESS!
Last year you reduced clutter and plastic. You want more of less clutter and plastic.

You also want LESS of MORE!
Enough already!  Computers were supposed to reduce paper piles and files. You want much less of paper clutter! Figure it out! Digitize those photos while you are at it!

Only 4 things....
That is all. 

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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Dear Darling Motherless Daughter

If you are reading this, you are invited into a grieving heart.

A redeemed heart

One full of love

Aging, maturing, remembering...

A heart missing someone who called me darling

And pointed the way to Jesus

Who remembered every birthday

And laughed at my jokes

The playful one who called me "playmate"


Dear Darling Motherless Daughter,

I am no longer at the other end of the phone line, or at an email address, or even in my lovely home full of things that remind you of me.

I can not hold your hand or pray over your problems or point you to heaven for answers.

Though my scent lingers on that sweatshirt in your drawer and my old copper ring encircles your finger, I am, and forever will be, in a different place than the things I left behind.

You know, Darling, that I delighted in being your mom.

You know I was proud of my children.

You know I gave you everything I could give to help you in life. You still have every part of me that existed, except my body. You have me stored in your memory.

I know you miss me. I missed my mom too.

But, Darling, you also know where I am and you know with confidence that where I am, you will also be one day.

What a day that will be. Trust me!

Now dry your eyes and hug your wonderful husband, knowing you are loved.

Always and Forever,


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Monday, March 16, 2015

Probiotic Beet Kvass

3 peeled beets, cut into chunky pieces
1/4 cabbage, sliced
1/2 onion, sliced
4 Tablespoons kefir whey (optional)
1 and 1/2 T Himalayan salt (or Celtic Sea salt)
Spring water or filtered water (no chlorine)

Add sliced cabbage and onion and beets to a 2-qt. glass jar.
Add the salt and whey (optional).
Cover with filtered water.

Tightly seal jar and cover with a towel for 3-5 days.
Pour off the finished kvass into a glass jar and tightly seal.
Enjoy the fermented veggies or make a second batch, using 4 Tbs of the first batch. I also add a pinch of love to all my recipes.

Makes: One quart kvass (You can re-use veggies with new water, some finished kvass and fresh, filtered water for a second batch.)

Perhaps you already know of the many benefits of eating beets and drinking probiotic-rich foods; perhaps you are just learning. Either way, if you love beets, you will love kvass. There is a slightly salty, tangy taste to this recipe, with a hint of onion. I drink it for a quick "pick-me-up." I also add it to warm bone broth.
Read more about the health benefits of beets here:
If you don't grow your own, be sure to buy organic beets and eat the greens!  More on eating beet greens here: Eat Your Beet Greens!

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My Father's Words

"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud, it is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices in the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres." Love never fails

Father's Love Letter

An Intimate Message from God to You:

My Child,

You may not know me, but I know everything about you. Psalm 139:1

I know when you sit down and when you rise up. Psalm 139:2

I am familiar with all your ways. Psalm 139:3

Even the very hairs on your head are numbered. Matthew 10:29-31

For you were made in my image. Genesis 1:27

In me you live and move and have your being. Acts 17:28

For you are my offspring. Acts 17:28

I knew you even before you were conceived. Jeremiah 1:4-5

I chose you when I planned creation. Ephesians 1:11-12

You were not a mistake, for all your days are written in my book. Psalm 139:15-16

I determined the exact time of your birth and where you would live. Acts 17:26

You are fearfully and wonderfully made. Psalm 139:14

I knit you together in your mother's womb. Psalm 139:13

And brought you forth on the day you were born. Psalm 71:6

I have been misrepresented by those who don't know me. John 8:41-44

I am not distant and angry, but am the complete expression of love. 1 John 4:16

And it is my desire to lavish my love on you. 1 John 3:1

Simply because you are my child and I am your Father. 1 John 3:1

I offer you more than your earthly father ever could. Matthew 7:11

For I am the perfect father. Matthew 5:48

Every good gift that you receive comes from my hand. James 1:17

For I am your provider and I meet all your needs. Matthew 6:31-33

My plan for your future has always been filled with hope. Jeremiah 29:11

Because I love you with an everlasting love. Jeremiah 31:3

My thoughts toward you are countless as the sand on the seashore. Psalms 139:17-18

And I rejoice over you with singing. Zephaniah 3:17

I will never stop doing good to you. Jeremiah 32:40

For you are my treasured possession. Exodus 19:5

I desire to establish you with all my heart and all my soul. Jeremiah 32:41

And I want to show you great and marvelous things. Jeremiah 33:3

If you seek me with all your heart, you will find me. Deuteronomy 4:29

Delight in me and I will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4

For it is I who gave you those desires. Philippians 2:13

I am able to do more for you than you could possibly imagine. Ephesians 3:20

For I am your greatest encourager. 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

I am also the Father who comforts you in all your troubles. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

When you are brokenhearted, I am close to you. Psalm 34:18

As a shepherd carries a lamb, I have carried you close to my heart. Isaiah 40:11

One day I will wipe away every tear from your eyes. Revelation 21:3-4

And I'll take away all the pain you have suffered on this earth. Revelation 21:3-4

I am your Father, and I love you even as I love my son, Jesus. John 17:23

For in Jesus, my love for you is revealed. John 17:26

He is the exact representation of my being. Hebrews 1:3

He came to demonstrate that I am for you, not against you. Romans 8:31

And to tell you that I am not counting your sins. 2 Corinthians 5:18-19

Jesus died so that you and I could be reconciled. 2 Corinthians 5:18-19

His death was the ultimate expression of my love for you. 1 John 4:10

I gave up everything I loved that I might gain your love. Romans 8:31-32

If you receive the gift of my son Jesus, you receive me. 1 John 2:23

And nothing will ever separate you from my love again. Romans 8:38-39

Come home and I'll throw the biggest party heaven has ever seen. Luke 15:7

I have always been Father, and will always be Father. Ephesians 3:14-15

My question is…Will you be my child? John 1:12-13

I am waiting for you. Luke 15:11-32

Love, Your Dad.... ...Almighty God

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