Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
In the bowl of a food processor or blender, pulse together dandelion leaves, basil, garlic, and nuts. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. With the motor running, add olive oil and process until a smooth paste forms. Pulse in cheese if you like. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Yummy Yogurt--smoothie style 1 qt. raw milk (unpasteurized) 1/4 cup yogurt for a starter (from previous batch or Stonyfield--or other organic brand without flavor)
Put qt. jar in a pan with water and fill to within 1 inch of top with organic raw milk. Turn heat on med high until bubbles form then lower until bubbles are gently rolling. If you have a food thermometer you can stick it in the milk and it is done when it reaches 110 degrees. (If no thermometer--keep testing the temperature by placing a spoon into the milk and stir--take spoon out and feel if it is hot to the touch but not burning you. Milk should be stirred once a minute to move the hot milk from the bottom of the jar up to the top where the milk is cooler. When desired temperature is met you then stir in the yogurt starter with a fork to blend well.
Remove from heat and cover with a clean towel to keep warm or you can place the milk into a thermos. You want the mixture to remain warm for about 6-8 hours. It will become lumpy so mix again with a fork after the cultured food is done and cover with a canning lid and ring. Store in the refrigerator and use 1/2 to 1 cup in your favorite smoothie recipe.
INHALATION FOR THICK MUCUS 4 drops myrrh 3 drops eucalyptus 2 drops thyme 1-2 drops tea tree
Drop essential oils into a bowl of almost boiling water. Cover head with a towel and carefully inhale vapors deeply for five minutes. Repeat three times a day for five days, or until condition clears. (from Larissa Jone's book Aromatherapy for Body, Mind and Spirit)
Xylitol bar fudge:
In a double boiler: melt 5 bars of NSP chocolate candy made with xylitol and one square unsweetened chocolate (I like to get the organic kind) – add one teaspoon coconut oil. Stir until well melted over medium high heat (if water starts to bubble too vigorously, lower temp). After all is melted you can add whatever ingredients you want—
make a chunky bar by adding raisins and chopped walnuts.
Make an Almond Joy buy adding coconut (unsweetened) flakes and slivered almonds. (I add a thin layer of slivered almonds to the bottom of a shallow baking dish and then spread the mixture over it—makes for easy removal of squares).
Healthy snickers use peanuts (slightly roasted)—haven’t figured out the nougat part yet. Adding a small amount of peanut butter makes this a cross between a snickers and a Reese’s cup. Add this just before you are going to put it into your shallow dish—just swirl it in, don’t mix it up.
After you have spread the mixture into your shallow baking dish, bake for 15-20 minutes at 300 degrees. Let cool to room temperature and put in refrigerator to set up. It is ready after an hour in the refrigerator to cut into pieces and serve.
The above method can also be used to coat pretzels or dip apples. It makes a fun fondue for all kinds of fruit!
Cinnamon Candied Nuts
2 cups Raw Organic Pecans, Almonds, and Walnuts 1 large Egg white 3/4 cup Xylitol 1 1/2 tsp Water 1/2 tsp ground Cinnamon Vegetable oil
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper and brush with oil heavily. Whisk egg white until frothy. Add water, Xylitol, cinnamon. Whisk to combine. Add nuts and toss to coat. Spread nut mixture evenly over cookie sheet. Bake 20-25 minutes. Cool prior to breaking apart.
12 servings @ 1 1/2 oz per serving.
Jeannie Mathis, RN
This is a great way to use that turkey carcass after your Holiday Feast!
Working time—approximately half hour.
Cut (or tear) turkey meat from all the bones. Put in containers and refrigerate or freeze for later use.
I don’t usually strip all the meat from the bones as it does add flavor to the broth.
Put the bones in a large stockpot, slow cooker or even the roaster you cooked the turkey in (not aluminum!)
Cover the bones with water. The biggest challenge is the breast bone—I sometimes will put a glass cover over it as I find it nearly impossible to cover completely with water (see picture).
Add to the above:
1 large onion cut in eighths
5-6 stalks of Celery cut in lengths of 1 inch
4-5 cloves of garlic
3-5 scrubbed or peeled carrots cut in chunks of 1 inch
1 Tablespoon of NSP sea salt (or Celtic salt)
4-5 Bay Leaves
2-3 sprigs of dried Rosemary (if you garden) or fresh from the store – or 1 teaspoon dried
3 or so sprigs of dried sage (if you garden) if not—1 teaspoon dried powdered sage
1 Tablespoon of organic Poultry Seasoning
Cracked pepper if desired
(The first 5 ingredients are a must—after that let your imagination rule)
Let the liquid come to a boil and then turn down to simmer. I usually will simmer this overnight. It is best if you do it for at least 8 hours. I have left it for 24 hours. It depends on when you have time (about another half hour) to complete the next step.
The broth should not be boiling hot when you go to strain it. I usually will shut the heat off—take the pan off of the stove and wait about an hour.
After cooling a bit transfer liquid to a large pot by: putting a colander on a stew pot or Dutch oven.Line the colander with unbleached cheesecloth and pour the contents of the soup pot into the lined colander. Go slowly so that things don’t go plopping out of the pan and missing the colander.
You then can put the broth into glass jars and keep refrigerated for making soup or freeze to use for soup starter or any time a recipe calls for chicken broth. My family loves the turkey noodle soup I make from this.
Making jam with honey!
If you have a peach tree, too many blackberries or pears—here is a way to preserve them that is absolutely delicious and good for you too. I love Herb Mentor for the ideas and knowledge of ways to use herbs and food that are healthy. Here is the website for the complete directions on making healthy jams with honey: http://www.learningherbs.com/news_issue_19.html
(a no-crust variety)
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 Tablespoon minced onion
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1 Tablespoon butter, melted
1 1/2 cups cottage cheese (small curd)
3 cups spinach, cut then steam
1/2 yellow,red or green pepper, chopped
1/2 cup broccoli, chopped
3-4 scallions, chopped fine (or 1 small leek)
6 ounces Swiss cheese, or your favorite melting cheese, grated
You can place into your favorite pie crust or go without and serve with a crusty bread.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a blender or food processor, combine eggs, flour, baking powder, minced onion and garlic, butter, and 1 cup cottage cheese; blend well. Pour mixture into a large bowl; add remaining cottage cheese, broccoli, spinach, peppers, scallions, and Swiss cheese. Mix thoroughly. Pour into a greased 10-inch pie pan. Bake 40 to 45 minutes, or until set.
Natural Insect Repellant
1 oz. Herbal Trim; 10 D. Lemon/Eucalyptus, 6 D. Tea Tree, 3 D each Peppermint, Lavender and Geranium add ˝ teas. massage oil and ˝ teas. NSP conc. Soap—Whisk into 4 oz. of water and pour into two 2oz. spray bottles.
This is safe for even babies (spray from a distance of no closer than 12 inches and cover face with the back of your hand--then gently swipe your hand over the baby's face and neck).
Works effectively against mosquitos, flies and most garden insects.
Flies can carry disease--here is a good answer for this pesky bug:
All Natural Homemade Fly Strips 1. Combine equal parts honey, sugar and water in a saucepan. 2. Boil the mixture, stirring occasionally, until thick. 3. Remove from heat and let cool 4. Cut strips of brown packing tape, punch a hole on one end and loop a piece of string through the hole. 5. Dip the strips in the thick honey mixture and hang outside to dry, about 30 minutes. 6. Hang the strip in the area of worst infestation, and replace often.
Here are some fabulous old-fashioned (and not so old-fashioned) formulas for cleaning outdoor furniture and grills. Washing soda can be found in the detergent area of your local grocery store--Most times it says Arm and Hammer. Nature's Sunshine's Nature's Fresh and NSP concentrate can be purchased online: www.mynsp.com/Born
Plastic Lawn Furniture Cleaner 1/2 cup washing soda
1 Tablespoon Nature’s Fresh enzyme solution 1 gallon hot water add a few drops of NSP concentrate
Dissolve the washing soda in a bucket of hot water add rest of ingredients. Wearing gloves and using a sponge, slather the water onto the furniture, and let it set for 10 minutes or so before rinsing. For stubborn stains, redo and leave the water on the plastic for an extra 10 minutes before rinsing thoroughly.
Mildew and Mold Cushion Cleaner
Tea tree oil is an essential oil that is a broad spectrum fungicide.
20-30 drops tea tree oil 2 cups water
1 Tablespoon Nature’s Fresh
1 teaspoon NSP concentrate
Combine the ingredients in a spray bottle. Spot test on cushions to make sure there is no discoloration. Spray on the cushions. Don’t rinse. In a few days, both the strong smell of the tea tree oil and the mold will dissipate.
(This actually works well as a deck cleaner as well--just double the recipe and put in a bucket)
—use a stiff broom, dip in solution spread on a small area at a time, let sit for about 10 minutes, scrub with broom, then rinse with hose)
Cushion Cleaner Assuming you can rinse your cushions, after you have killed the mold and mildew, spot clean cushions using the Plastic Lawn Furniture Cleaner, above. Rinse.
Note: Spot test the washing soda mixture on wood furniture first. It is a powerful cleanser, and you don’t want to peel off any existing wood finish.
Grill Soak 1-2 cups washing soda Enough hot water to cover the grills
1 teaspoon NSP Concentrate
In a pan big enough to hold the grill (the kitchen sink might also work), soak the grills overnight in the washing soda and soapy water. In the morning, the grime on the grill will come off easily. Wash with NSP concentrate and water, and rinse.
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