Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Pumpkin Breakfast Cake

Sometimes when we are out of milk and cereal I make breakfast cake. I had some pumpkin saved back in the freezer so I retrieved it and started thawing it in the microwave. then I started on the recipe.

“Pumpkins On Sky Background” by Serge Bertasius Photography

Pumpkin Breakfast Cake

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter, melted
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 tsp of vanilla
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups of pureed pumpkin or applesauce
  • Nonstick cooking spray or butter and flour for the pan
  • Confectioners' sugar if you want on the top of the baked cake.

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, whisk together all the ingredients and bake at 350 degrees for about 35 to 40 minutes. 
  2. Allow to cool and sprinkle with confectioners sugar if you want. If you don't have any you can blend some up in the blender with your regular white sugar. 
  3. Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

From One Mother To Another

From My Heart!

Most days around here there are no glorious happenings. If you looked in on us you would wonder what in the world we had to live for. We don't have a shiny new van or even a van with a current paint job or cold a.c.  Our lawn is not up to par because once again our lawn mower in broke down. The house is not in the best of shape. The kids are not dressed in the latest fashions and (nor do I want them to be) our garden consists of a few pots of vegetables that I am growing; but, in my heart I know that there are happy memories being made and hearts being molded for good. There are truths being taught and lessons being learned. My children are beautiful on the inside and modest on the outside. My chickens are bringing me eggs every day and the chicks are so cute and fuzzy. The eggs in the incubator are warm and cozy and the little child that was sick last night made it through by the help of God the Father and his son Jesus! 
My medicines were herbs and God allowed me to learn many things about herbs so that when the over the counter medicines are not giving me the relief that I seek, I can give some God made remedies and pray for my Jesus to bless the creation of his hands. There is so much to be thankful for. We have been able to put in a new stone pathway and do a little landscaping this past week and now I have some prayer requests that I can look forward to my sweet Heavenly Father, who dotes on us, to answer in a miraculous way! 
I have been in pain with plantar fasciitis but I have a God who cares and is working on me. There is too much to do around here but I have seven children and a dear husband to lighten the load. My second oldest will be a teen this week and his birthday will be a blessing and not a cursing. There are so many things that I fail at, having physical ailments, but God comes along and fills in the failures with blessings. This is the Blessed Life!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Can I Count My Pullets Before They Are Hatched?

I was really curious as to what was going on with my eggs because sometimes they came out pointy and sometimes more rounded, from the same chicken! I was always told that the egg should be the same basic shape. I have found that statement is only partly true.

The Answer to the Proverbial Question:

It seems that more pointed eggs are more likely roosters and smoother eggs are more likely pullets or female. I hear that it works better with large breeds and that it is only about a 75% predictor but it is a real help when choosing the eggs you would most like to incubate. Roosters are wanted some of the time and hens or pullets most of the time. 

If you have tried this or are going to try this out let me know what your results are. I am going to monitor the ones that I have but they are banty eggs and I hear that it is harder with the banties. 
I'll let you know what happens with my pointy one. 

Monday, April 13, 2015

Egg Biscuits

Eggs make your biscuits light and fluffy! Another reason to love eggs. Here is the recipe that I use.

Photo by Simon Howden.

Egg Biscuits


  • 3 cups Flour
  • 4-½ teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 2 Tablespoons Sugar or honey (optional)
  • 1 tsp. of lemon juice or vinegar
  • ½ teaspoons Salt
  • ¾ cups of melted butter
  • 1 whole Egg, Slightly Beaten
  • 1 cup Milk


   Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.

   Mix all ingredients together with a large wooden spoon or a metal spoon. If you don't have this you  can use your hands or a dough hook and a mixer. 

   Form into 2 1/2 inch circles adding extra flour as needed to keep the dough from sticking.  You  don't have to  be perfect just do your best. (This is a good  project for  children learning to bake with  a little  supervision.) 

   Put your circles into a baking pan or cookie sheet lining them up close together. Bake for 10 to 12  minutes. Cool for a few minutes and enjoy.

Supplements for Shingles

A beloved family member has come down with shingles and I really hate that it gets worse before it gets better. So I jumped in and ordered up some supplements and can't wait to try them out on my patient.

                     “Chamomile Tea” by Serge Bertasius

What is shingles?

Shingles (herpes zoster) comes from having the chicken pox virus as a child and then getting a compromised immune system or being under a lot of stress. Lately we have had so much going on with work and children and house and church etc... So our case was from stress which lowers the immune system.

Here is what I am going to recommend:

Antivirals: (to fight the virus)
Olive Leaf
Licorice Root

Nervine: (to help repair any nerve damage the virus has inflicted)
or helichrysum

I also wanted to know what my loved one should eat or not eat. 

Foods that contain the amino acid Lysine are particularly helpful in the Shingles diet. Below are a few of them.

All kinds of meats esp. fish
Dairy (yogurt, cottage cheese, milk etc.)
Green Beans

The amino acid Arginine foods should be avoided just aggravating symptoms and prolonging the virus. Here are some of them:

Pecans and other nuts
Wheat Germ
Brussels Sprouts

Another way to combat Shingles is to have a chiropractic adjustment to align your spine because the virus dwells in your spine. It is thought that misalignment of the spine may cause the outbreak of shingles along with compromised immune system. I would say if you could, it would be worth a try.

There are many other herbal combinations you can do some research or ask your herbalist or naturopath. I am an herbalist and I can also recommend some Natures Sunshine products as a representative. Just ask me in a comment or get on our facebook page.

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