HONEY ROSEMARY SHAMPOO

 

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A wonderful recipe from CULTURES FOR HEALTH  Pair it with my former post on how to make your own rosemary oil.  Your hair will thank you.

Honey may seem an odd ingredient to use in a shampoo, but combined with the right ingredients, it can add body and health to your hair. Rosemary cleans and disinfects, and it helps to treat a flaky, imbalanced scalp.

 

Ingredients:

Instructions for Making Honey Rosemary Shampoo:

  1. Place water in a small saucepan and warm gently over low heat until warm but not hot. Remove from heat.
  2. Add castile soap, olive oil, and raw honey. Whisk until well combined. Cool in the pan.
  3. Pour the shampoo carefully into a quart jar or other airtight glass container of choice. Add essential oil and seal the container tightly.Shake to combine.

 

Shelf Life and Storage Information: Store in glass jar or other container, in a cool place. Shampoo should last 3-4 weeks.

How to Use Honey Rosemary Shampoo:

  1. Gently pour or spray over wet hair. Use only as much as needed to coat the hair and work up a slight lather.
  2. Rub into hair and scalp from root to tips.
  3. Rinse well with warm water and apple cider vinegar, if desired.

HOMEMADE ROSEMARY OIL

rosemary dropper

we have tons of rosemary growing here. it grows into big bushes and is green year round.  it’s one thing the deer don’t eat.  essential oils are pricey. rosemary is abundant, so i decided to make my own oils. it’s good for so many things. you just pack a mason jar with fresh rosemary, fill with oil, put in a sunny window for a month or so and voila!  i looked up a site for exact instructions, so enjoy!

HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN ROSEMARY OIL

HEART HEALTHY OR VEGAN PANCAKES

HEART HEALTHY OR VEGAN PANCAKES

by beverly armstrong

(2 choices)

 Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar or whey low
  • 1 1/4 cups non dairy milk of your choice
  • ¼ cup egg beaters or egg substitute for vegans to equal 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons vegan butter, melted, or olive oil

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Make a well in the center and pour in the milk substitute, egg substitute and melted vegan butter or olive oil; mix until smooth.
  1. Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake. Brown on both sides and serve hot.pancakes

FOREVER FAITHFUL, THE STORY OF SHEP THE DOG

 

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and on a personal note:

i know of this loyalty. i have 2 service dogs. one is part aussie and he never ever leaves my side. when i had my heart attack, and the icu noises were too much for him, he stayed home with my husband. when i finally came home, he greeted me like he never has before. he put his “lips” on my lips and wiggles his whiskers back and forth in the oddest greeting i’ve ever had. then slept next to me for 2 weeks, non stop and guarded my room, not letting anyone come in, including my husband. he’s always within a few feet of me. even when we go to the beach or he’s outside running up the mountain, he comes back to check on me every few minutes. never in my life have i had such a dog. i would NEVER leave him behind ever. if he falls into an icy pond, i’ll go in after him. he’d risk his life for me and i for him. people who abandon their dogs, to me, are heartless and i can have nothing to do with them. i am trying to buy land in texas and open a dog rescue. but i won’t get another dog to live with us for years. oliver is so loving and loyal and gets his feelings hurt even when i foster a dog. so we’ll leave it at that. he’s my service dog and that relationship can’t be broken. i owe him that much for the many times he’s saved my life. he turned 9 in december. i know big dogs don’t live as long as small ones, but i take very good care of him so that he can live as long as he can and be healthy. no matter which one of us goes first, the other will be lost.

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OLIVER, MY SERVICE DOG ABOUT 3 YEARS AGO

 

 

oliver and reggie at work

oliver and reggie at work today

 

don’t think i’ve forgotten about my other service dog, reggie.  he and i are also close and bonded, but he is a different dog with a different personality. he bonds with everyone.  oliver is kind of a more private bonder, so to speak.  reggie performs a very important job as well and keeps me healthy.  he oftens helps strangers who have a similar disability.  he’s so smart and cute and a terrier personality.  everyday he is full of smiles and happiness and energy.  both of my dogs were trained to be service dogs and i have documentation from my doctor and all that.  many businesses and especially kaiser permanente, don’t know the laws for service dogs….so we have days where someone wants to keep us out and says they don’t allow dogs.  my dogs are protected by federal law and have more rights than humans.  and thank the lord for that, as they keep me safe and alive.

CHEROKEE FRY BREAD

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i know some of you know that my mother is more than half native american.  we just say indian because anyone born in america is a native american, however, i digress.  this being my heritage, the NC cherokees, i thought you might enjoy our version of fry bread.  not only is it a treat to be eaten with honey or powdered sugar, you can also make a “taco” out of fry bread.  yummy!

cherokee fry bread recipe

legal bat removal from your attic, house or other places that are creeping you out

after speaking with experts on bat removal i’ve learned a lot. more than i ever wanted to know and i don’t need anymore lectures on “how beneficial they are” they are not beneficial indoors and are dangerous and cause illness and carry rabies, so that being said, let me post my piece, and get off my back about how wonderful bats are. they can fly outside all they want but not live inside my attic. i’m not going to educate you on why that is dangerous, you can look it up. i’ve spent a week researching, calling experts and the like. here’s what i have come up with.
in this state, they can only be removed by professionals during march. after they have their jillion babies. it is against the law to poison them, so they have to be removed a certain way. they will contaminate your insulation and cause 1000s of dollars worth of damage, leave urine and feces aka guano that must be removed as the smell etc seeps through your ceiling exposing you to deadly disease. that’s the good news. eye roll. for the professionals to come to find where they are getting in is 900.00. for them to remove them and clean is 1000s. most home owners policies will cover it after your deductible which is 1000 in our case. so, being the race and culture i am, i am frugal and started shopping around and reading about bats. here we go. and just before i get started, i have spent a week doing all these calls, had dental surgery, had a hellacious car deal and am on the verge of tears so i really don’t need any more hassle. have been called an anti semite even tho i am messianic jew and so on. so what i am warning you, ahead of time, is to back off, the scoldings and judgment, PLEASE.
bats have to be removed by a pipe that allows them out but not back in. they sleep in the day, so they say, but i can hear them. the pipe lets them out to go find food, but they can’t get back in. first you have to close up any and all teeny spots they may be getting in and then place this pipe there so they still come out the same way they came in.
i just bought this on ebay. it was the best price for the durability:http://www.ebay.com/itm/171801882329
and
http://www.ebay.com/itm/270892056600
then i bought these items to protect my husband, on amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002YKBV2
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0067NOY2Y

i have rodent/bat phobia. i can’t deal with them. i’m not afraid of much, including snakes etc, but one got in my hair when i was around 30 and i was already afraid/phobic of them. other people can’t really know what someone else feels, plus i can’t risk the illnesses they carry. they are everywhere here and have plenty of people who love them. they can’t live in my house and the professionals said they will eventually get IN my house. holy cow. i’ll lose it. there is no tone in email so any way one thinks i’m ‘saying’ something, if rude or whatever, comes from their own head. i’m just stating facts and thought someone might be interested in case they have the same problem. i’ve done the work for you.
if you are not interested, pass on the article and my post. someone asked me to post what i found.
i now expect to be called more names, be scolded and the like because that’s how the week has been. whatever gets you through your life and makes you feel better, i suppose. this is a humane, safe way to deal with rodents, bats, birds, etc that will tear up your house. also, you can’t sell a house with bats in it. you must let people know via full disclosure laws and so on. use the information or don’t. here it is.

http://www.batcon.org/pdfs/education/fof_ug.pdf

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HOT BUTTERED RUM POUND CAKE

hot buttered rum pound cake

We’re getting to that weird part of the year where there’s a limited number of fresh fruits and vegetables available. And you know what that means?

It’s Butter Season.

Okay, no, really, it’s a thing. This is the time of year when I tend to make desserts that are heavy on ingredients like cream, chocolate, booze, and butter (so… pretty much all the good things in life, mirite???).

But can we all take a moment to appreciate just how awesome butter really is? I mean, a good three quarters of the recipes on this blog would not exist were it not for butter. Like this yellow butter birthday cake, these brown butter hazelnut blondies, or this hot buttered rum cake:RECIPE FOR HOT BUTTERED RUM POUND CAKE

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VEGAN EGGNOG

vegan eggnog

i love and miss eggnog. sorry but vegan isn’t the easiest transformation on earth and i miss a lot of things.  so i’m trying new recipes to see what i think. the banana has me thrown off here, but hey,  i just over bought like 40 bananas, so it’ll be to my benefit to use some.  got this from this link. click and enjoy.

http://www.girlmakesfood.com/vegan-eggnog/