Practical Prepping for Cold and Flu Season

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Herbs are a healthy alternative to pharmaceuticals and are loaded with healing properties.  This recipe for a HOT/COLD TEA is a tasty and natural way to fight a bug.

FOR EACH CUP:

1 fresh sage leaf [1 tsp. powdered]

1/2 inch peeled and crushed ginger root [or 1/4 tsp. powdered]

1 tb. fresh lemon thyme leaves and/or 1 tb. fresh minced lemon balm [or 2 tsp. dried]

honey to taste

Place all ingredients in cup except honey. Use a tea ball for herbs or strain after steeping.  Pour boiling water over herbs and ginger; cover and steep for several minutes.  Strain. Add honey to taste.  Benefits of this tea are best if prepared fresh each time.

  • sage heals a sore throat
  • ginger warms the blood, stops headaches, lowers blood pressure and is an antibacterial
  • lemon thyme is antibacterial
  • lemon balm is antiviral
  • honey is antibacterial

 

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Leaf Peeping on Grandview Drive

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Two views from Grandview Drive with the Illinois River in the background.

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Prepping for Winter and Beyond…

Tomatoes and apples for cold storage

Tomatoes and apples for cold storage

Frost is forecast for this evening…time to bring in green tomatoes to prep them for storage. Wrap green tomatoes in a sheet of newspaper and place in a box in a single layer. Store in a cool dark place. The tomatoes will slowly ripen for fresh eating for several weeks. I also picked more apples to go into the pantry refrigerator. Apples will remain fresh in cold storage for about a month–more apple pies and eating out-of-hand.

“We are all preppers to some extent. We buy fire insurance, life insurance and health insurance and try to keep an emergency fund in savings. Wise investment of what God provides financially is as much preparing for unforeseen circumstances as stocking emergency food and water. But the Lord cautions us not to set our hearts upon earthly treasures to save us.” [Spiritual Prepping for the Rapture]

What about preparing for the future?  Spiritual Prepping for the Rapture offers a spiritual perspective to those who recognize that things are getting progressively worse, not better.  It answers questions such as: Is the Rapture a real Biblical event? What happens to those who disappear from the earth? Are we prepared for the perilous times that the Bible warns will come even before the Tribulation? Learn about one of the most debated topics in Christianity from a teacher who has studied Bible prophecy for over forty years, Sharon L. Clemens.

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Needle Felting Christmas Projects

I feel guilty when I wind down by watching T.V. Needle felting is the perfect craft because I can do lap projects and jab my heart out while watching my favorite programs. So far my projects have been fairly simple–pumpkins, ducks using a cookie cutter for a pattern, felting simple figures on small pillows, etc. The most adventurous project was finishing this reindeer from raw wool. I flat-felted the wool into a sheet and cut out the antlers with tiny manicure scissors. I used a slightly smaller deer Christmas ornament as a pattern for his body.

He is lonely so I am crafting a doe and fawn for a grouping. Don’t you love the look of all-white Christmas on snow with green pine trees? I can see them as a side table grouping on a bed of faux’ snow…

Welcome to Christmas!

Welcome to Christmas!

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SPIRITUAL PREPPING

I’m a practical prepper…gardening, canning, scratch cooking, and a DIY diva. It’s about being self-reliant and frugal in uncertain times. But I also know that preparing for life’s unexpected challenges is not foolproof. Someone with superior force can always take what we put by for a rainy day. That is why spiritual prepping is at the top of my preparedness list. After forty years of teaching Bible prophecy, I decided to write a book about finding blessed hope and living faith for what lies ahead. Spiritual Prepping for the Rapture is now available on Amazon in both soft cover and e-book formats.

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IS THE RAPTURE A REAL BIBLICAL EVENT? WHY IS IT CALLED THE BLESSED HOPE? WHAT HAPPENS TO THOSE WHO DISAPPEAR? WHY ARE WORLD CONDITIONS BECOMING INCREASINGLY WORSE? SPIRITUAL PREPPING FOR THE RAPTURE ANSWERS ALL THESE QUESTIONS. LEARN ABOUT WHY PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT ONE OF THE MOST DEBATED TOPICS IN THE BIBLE.

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What’s Not To Love About Fall

Fall is my favorite time of year. I know…it means winter is coming. That intensifies my adoration of autumn because I relish every single delightful day when I can walk outside and see the sights:
I love golden corn fields ready for picking in the fall.
I love pear and apple trees hanging full of fruit in the fall.
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I love the colors of fall and walking through crispy carpets of crunchy leaves.
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I love meadows turning golden with the vivid touches of wildflowers like purple iron weed, goldenrod and white wild asters.
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I love the last burst of garden blooms like zinnias and mums.
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I love pumpkins and Indian corn on the porch. Rub your pumpkins with shortening to keep them hydrated and fresh longer.
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Especially I love to walk down tree-lined lanes in autumn or drive down country roads to do leaf sightings. The best treat is a fresh apple from the nearest tree to crunch along the way.
God’s creation is breathtaking. Catch some quality time to hoard all winter.
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September Apple Picking

The trees are full and apples begin to fall. Friends and family arrive to pick and enjoy a warm September day.
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Butch and Tom wield the handy apple picker. The best ones are at the top.

Mary gleans from a low-hanging branch over the garden shed.

Mary gleans from a low-hanging branch over the garden shed.

Almost got it!

Almost got it!

Way to reach Vanessa!

Susie picks Red Delicious by the pond.

Susie picks Red Delicious by the pond.

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Emptying the picker into the wagon.

The kids help...and sample. Isaac, Judah and Liberty Scherter

The kids help…and sample. Isaac, Judah and Liberty Schurter

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Liberty is in charge of the wagon. Anyone need a lift?

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