Monthly Archives: March 2017

Heavenly Treats

These healthy snacks are  so easy to make it’s almost sinful!  They’re easy to cut into bite-sized pieces for little fingers, and they’re filling – so a little goes a long way!

Slice a banana lengthwise

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Sprinkle with shredded coconut

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My kids and their friends loved these and I loved them  too because they were good for them!

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The Scoop On Ions

I’ve always loved a good thunderstorm!  The sound of the rain on the windows can be both exciting and soothing.  There’s just something so cleansing about the earth after a good rain.  It’s undeniable.  When I learned about positive and negative ions, I realized why.

What is an ion?

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Ions are molecules that have gained or lost an electrical charge.  They are odorless, tasteless, invisible molecules that we inhale in abundance. They are created in nature as air molecules and they break apart due to sunlight, radiation, moving air and water.

Negative ions are GOOD. Think mountains, waterfalls, beaches and rain. That’s why when we visit these places or after a thunderstorm we feel so refreshed.  Negative ions are exceedingly beneficial for a person’s metabolism.  You can’t overdose on negative ions.  They act as pure water to cleanse away dirty poisons.  They uplift your spirits by increasing the flow of oxygen to the brain resulting in higher alertness and increased physical energy.   Negative ions are a natural anti-depressant.

Positive ions are BAD.  They are the cause of many major health and soil problems. They are, to a large extent, products or by-products of government and military exercises and projects going on in the sky above us.  Atmospheric projects of military weather control are spraying barium salt and other chemical aerosols down upon us and the soil.

Negative Ions (Yeah!) Positive Ions (Boo!)

Chemtrails

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What many have suspected for years has recently been brought to light.  Last week, according to MIT’s Technology Review, it was noted that “Sometime next year, Harvard professors David Keith and Frank Keutsch hope to launch a high-altitude balloon, tethered to a gondola equipped with propellers and sensors, from a site in Tucson, Arizona. After initial engineering tests, the “StratoCruiser” would spray a fine mist of materials such as sulfur dioxide, alumina, or calcium carbonate into the stratosphere. The sensors would then measure the reflectivity of the particles, the degree to which they disperse or coalesce, and the way they interact with other compounds in the atmosphere.”  https://www.technologyreview.com/s/603974/harvard-scientists-moving-ahead-on-plans-for-atmospheric-geoengineering-experiments/

In case you weren’t aware:

Sulfur Dioxide irritates the nose, throat, and airways to cause coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, or a tight feeling around the chest. The effects of sulfur dioxide are felt very quickly and most people would feel the worst symptoms in 10 or 15 minutes after breathing it in.

Alumina or Aluminium Oxide contact can irritate the skin and eyes.  Inhaling it can irritate the nose, throat and lungs.  Repeated exposure can lead to lung damage.

Calcium Carbonate is a physical irritant of the eyes, nose, mucous membranes, and skin of humans.  Contact with the eyes causes redness, pain and inflammation of the eyelids.

The reason I mention chemtrails is because they place an overabundance of Positive Ions into the atmosphere.  None of those compounds are good for us or the earth.  I don’t know about you but I don’t care very much for the idea of being used as a guinea pig without even giving my consent.  This is not a sci-fi movie.  This is real life and it’s happening to me and you.

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Tesla experimented with electromagnetic flux and studied the earth’s gravitational field.  He discovered that the ionization of the atmosphere altered when it was charged by radio wave transmissions in the low frequency range of 10 to 80 hertz.  He also discovered that he could manipulate positive and negative ionization by manipulating radio frequency.  In addition, his experiments discovered that with positive ions people and animals became tired and lethargic while negative ions gave the effect of feeling active and energetic.

How Positive Ions Affect Us

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Have you ever noticed that right before a storm your body may ache or you experience a headache?  Perhaps you feel overly anxious or irritable.  Here’s why.  The storm’s onset produces an imbalance in the air.  A lack of negative ions and an excess of positive ions. When there are too many positive ions in the air, the positive charge is transferred to you in the air you breathe from you lungs to your blood.

With every breath, air ions are carried into your respiratory tract to be transferred across the lungs into your bloodstream where they are taken up by the thrombocytes.  If they enter by part of molecules of oxygen, the positive ions are transported by your red blood cells.  Positive ions cause thrombocytes to release the allergy producing hormone serotonin which may cause serotonin hyper-function syndrome or “irritation syndrome”.

It is believed that serotonin is responsible for many of the unpleasant symptoms exhibited by persons breathing positively ionized air. Elderly people may experience difficulty in breathing and become depressed, apathetic and extremely fatigued.  Asthmatics wheeze, rheumatic’s joints ache, people experience sleeplessness, insomnia, irritability and tension. Hair and skin have an ‘electric charge.’ Migraine patients suffer with nausea and vomiting, and optical disturbances. People with heart conditions complain of palpitations, heart pain and oppression. Women before the age of menopause complain of hot flashes with sweats or chills. Hay fever patients get bad attacks of rhinitis with conjunctivitis, even though it isn’t even hay fever season.  Serotonin acts as a bronchial constrictor and slows the clearing action of the cilia thus allowing mucus to thicken.Even the healing rate of wounds has been known to slow down causing the risk of infection to increase.

Positive ions can contribute to mental illness.  There is evidence that when the positive ion index goes up during the Dog Days of Summer  so do violent crimes such as road rage, bank hold-ups and sex crimes.

As you can can probably surmise on your own, we want more Negative ions and less Positive ions in our lives.

Negative Ions

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Negative ions are extremely beneficial to a person’s metabolism.  It is impossible to get an overdose of negative ions.  Negative ions increase the flow of oxygen to the brain resulting in higher alertness, decreased drowsiness and mental clarity.  They purify the body and wash away dirty poisons.  The more you are exposed to them the better and more uplifted you will feel.  They are found in abundance in places like the mountains, waterfalls beaches.  That’s why you feel so good when you go to those places.   Rainstorms also release an abundance of negative ions.  I have always felt cleansed after a rainstorm and now I know why.

In addition, amazingly all the ailments listed above that are caused by Positive ions can be reversed and alleviated by being exposed to Negative ions!  This is the only time when a negative creates a positive effect!

The beautiful thing about nature is that it has provided us with everything we need to live a long and healthy life.  You don’t have to go out and buy negative ions.  Nature has gifted us, all of us, with all the negative ions we could ever need.

So get outside as often as you can!  Go to the mountains and the beach.  The next time it rains open your windows!  Or better yet, take a walk in the rain and let those wonderful little negative ions work their magic!

 

 

“Let your food be your medicine, let your medicine be your food.” ~ Hippocrates

I Love Garlic!  I’m not going to deny it.  I really can’t get enough of it.  Honestly,  is there anyone alive who doesn’t love fresh homemade garlic bread right out of the oven?  Or the smell of garlic sautéing in a pan?  When I was a teenager I wouldn’t eat garlic because I was afraid of how my breath would smell.  I worried too much about everything back then.  That’s one of the beautiful things about getting older … you stop worrying so much about little things that don’t really matter.  It’s taken me a while but I’m finally learning to let go and just enjoy life and the things in life that make you happy.  For me, one of those things is garlic!  It’s one thing on a long list of things I’ve denied myself for years. Lucky for me, garlic is highly nutritious and has very few calories.

Nutrition

First, in case you didn’t already know, an entire head of garlic is called a bulb and each segment is called a clove.  There are about 10-20 cloves in a single bulb. Garlic comes in different forms from whole cloves and smooth pastes, to powders and supplements like garlic extract and garlic oil.  The minimum effective dose for therapeutic effects is one clove eaten with meals 2 or 3 times a day.

A 1-ounce serving of garlic contains the following percentages of the Recommended Daily Allowances (RDA) for the following:

  • Manganese:  23%
  • Vitamin B-6:  17%
  • Vitamin C:  15%
  • Selenium:  6%
  • Fiber:  0.6 Grams

Garlic also contains decent amounts of calcium, copper, potassium, phosphorus, iron and vitamin B-1.  In all, it contains a little bit of almost everything we need.

The health effects are caused by one of the sulfur compounds formed when a garlic clove is chopped, crushed or chewed. This compound is called allicin and it is this that gives garlic its distinct aroma.

Health Benefits

  • Garlic helps to prevent and reduce the severity of common illnesses like the flu and common cold.
  • The Active Compounds in garlic can reduce blood pressure.
  • Garlic can lower total and LDL cholesterol levels which may lower the risk of heart disease.
  • Garlic contains antioxidants that protect against cell damage and aging which in turn may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
  • At high doses, the sulfur compounds in garlic have been shown to protect agains organ damage from heavy metal toxicity.
  • Garlic kills germs greatly reducing the possibility of wound infections.  Because of these findings garlic was used extensively as an antiseptic and dysentery cure during both World Wars.

It’s important to mention that if you have a bleeding disorder or are taking blood thinning medications because there is a possibility that it could increase the risk of bleeding.  Garlic might prolong bleeding and should not be taken for 2 weeks prior to a scheduled surgery.  Talk to your doctor before increasing your garlic consumption.

History

Garlic has been used since the beginning of recorded history and was found in the Egyptian pyramids and ancient Greek temples.  It is one of the oldest known horticultural crops in the Old World. Ancient medical texts from Egypt, Greece, Rome, China, and India each prescribed medical applications for garlic.  Amazingly, cultures and civilizations that never came in contact with one another cam to many of the same conclusions about the role of garlic in the treatment of diseases.

Superstitions & Folklore

European folklore gives garlic the ability to ward off the “evil eye”.  Central Europeans believed that it warded off devils, werewolves and vampires. To ward off vampires, garlic would be worn on one’s person, hung in windows, or rubbed on chimneys and keyholes.

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When diseases caused by mosquito bites were considered the “touch of the vampire,” garlic came in handy as a mosquito repellent.

Greek midwives would hang garlic cloves in birthing rooms to keep evil spirits away.

Dreaming that there is “garlic in the house” means good luck.  To dream of “eating garlic” means you will discover hidden secrets.

Nashville Zoo at Grassmere

It’s hard for me to believe it’s been one year to the day since I last visited The Nashville Zoo.  What an absolutely glorious place!  From the moment you get out of your car your senses are greeted with the sounds of exotic creatures and jungle music.  The staff is helpful and enthusiastic!  The exhibits are clean and structured so you can get a good glimpse of the animals.  The animals here are happy.  They’re not cramped in cages but instead have lush natural habitats to roam freely in.  This is a wonderful magical place that everyone should visit at least once.

The zoo is located 6 miles south of downtown Nashville, Tennessee.  It opened in its current location on May 1, 1997.  Prior to being a zoo, this land was a farm belonging to the Croft family.

What you can expect to see at the zoo.

On a typical day you’ll see clouded leopards, giraffes, porcupines, meerkats, cougars, pandas, lemurs, bats, sloths, monkeys, kangaroos,

sloths, gibbons, zebras, owls, lorikeets, ostriches, storks, flamingos, macaws,

tortoises, lizards, snakes, alligators, lionfish, seahorses, and piranha.

There are currently four new animal exhibits being construction with anticipated opening dates this year, 2017.  They are the Andean bear, Mexican spider monkey, Sumatran tiger, and Southern white rhino.

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The Andean Bear, also known as the spectacled bear or Andean short-faced bear, is the last remaining short-faced bear and only surviving species of bear native to South America.  It is technically classified as the largest land carnivore on that part of the continent, although as little as 5% of its diet is meat. Males are 1/3 larger than females in dimensions and sometimes twice their weight.  Males can weigh from 220 to 440 lbs.  Females typically weigh from 77 to 181 lbs.  Mating may occur at any time of year.  The gestation period is 5.5 to 8.5 months.  One to three cubs may be born but two is average.  Cubs are born with their eyes closed and weigh between 11 to 12 oz.  Cubs often stay with their mother for one year before going out on their own.  The species is classified as Vulnerable meaning they are likely to become endangered unless circumstances threatening their survival and reproduction improve.

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Mexican Spider Monkeys are found in the tropical forests of Central and South America. The Spider monkeys live in the upper layers of the forests and forage the high canopy from 82 to 98 feet up.  They primarily eat fruits, but will also eat leaves, flowers, and insects.  They prefer the undisturbed primary rainforest and are social animals living in bands of up to 35 individuals. Because of their large size they are hunted as a food source by local populations.  In addition, their habitat is threatened by destruction due to logging and land clearing.  They are susceptible to malaria and have been used in laboratory studies of the disease. Spider monkeys are decreasing.  There are 7 genus of spider monkeys and they are classified as: 1 species Vulnerable, 4 species Endangered, 2 species are Critically Endangered.

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Sumatran Tigers are a becoming more and more rare.  They inhabit the Indonesian Island of Sumatra. They are one of the smallest tiger subspecies with males weighing from 220 to 310 lbs. and females weighing from 165 to 243 lbs. Their stripes tend to disintegrate into spots.  Males have a prominent ruff which is especially marked in the Sumatran Tiger.  They are currently classified as Critically Endangered.

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The Southern White Rhino is the second largest land mammal after the elephant. A typical male weighs in at 5,100 lbs. and a female at 3,700 lbs.  On its snout it has two horns.  The front horn is larger than the other one and averages 24 inches in length.  The color of this animal can range from yellowish to slate grey.  Mating occurs throughout the year with a gestation period of 16 months. Breeding females are prevented from leaving a dominant male’s territory which he marks and patrols on a regular basis.  Their preferred habitat is the grasslands and savannahas of southern Africa.  This species was almost extinct, down to 20 individuals in a single reserve in the early 20th century. They are a major conservation success story having been brought back from the very brink of extinction with an estimated 19,682-21,077 in the year 2015.  A current surge in poaching for their horns has seen record numbers killed in recent years.  Urgent efforts are under way to stop the poaching and end the illegal trade.

A little history:

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The Croft home was built by Col. Michael C. Dunn in Federal style and completed around 1810.  Michael Dunn’s son-in-law, Lee Shute, purchased the farm for $10,000 in 1846 and several years later sold it to his son, William Dickson Shute for $5 as “a loving gift” to William and his new bride, Lavinia.

After the Civil War William and Lavinia renovated the home from Federal to Italianate.  Two porches were added, as well as a smokehouse, kitchen, and a three-tiered garden.  The primary crops grown were wheat, hay, corn and sweet potatoes.  In addition they raised swine and cattle.  They sold the flowers and apples from the garden allowing the farm to prosper in the 1800’s.

William and Lavinia had four daughters: Leila, Maggie, Venie and Kate.  Kate married her husband William Croft at the farm in 1888.  They had two daughters, Margaret and Elise.  William Croft moved his family to Cuba in 1902 for business  but his daughters returned every summer to visit with their grandfather and aunts.

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Margaret and Elise became the last two owners of Croft Farm.  In 1964 the Croft sisters entered into an agreement with the Children’s Museum of Nashville (now The Adventure Science Center), stating that the museum would pay the property taxes and assist with the upkeep of the home while the sisters lived the remainder of their lives there.  The agreement stated that after their deaths the museum would become owners of the property and buildings with the only stipulation being that the property would be maintained as a “nature study center”, preserved to educate Nashvillians about animals and the environment. What a wonderful legacy to leave on this earth!

If you would like to learn more about the zoo and it’s happenings you can visit their website at https://www.nashvillezoo.org

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Basic Chicken Cutlets

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 large thinly sliced chicken cutlets

Separate flour and bread crumbs into separate plates.  In a bowl mix milk, egg, cheese & salt & pepper.  Coat cutlet in flour, then egg mixture, then bread crumbs.  Put aside in a dish until both are finished.

Pour about 1/4″ vegetable oil in frying pan and heat on medium until oil warms up.  Don’t let it get too hot.  You don’t want to burn the outside of the cutlet and have the inside be raw.  When oil is medium/hot place the cutlets in.  Let cook for approximately 5 minutes on each side.  Until golden brown.  Place on flat on paper towels when done to cool.

This is a family favorite and my son named these “Mom’s Famous Chicken”.  This serving is for 2 but can be doubled and tripled up to however much you like.

Ah Green!

There is truly no other color that captures the feeling of Spring like the color green.  To close your eyes and picture the color green will bring visions of budding plants and lush landscapes.  It is the definition of nature.  Green is symbolic with fertility, growth, and harmony.

When painting and choosing colors, remember that color has an effect on your mood.   Green is an excellent choice to bring warmth and relaxation into your home.  It is believed to relieve stress and some believe it to help with fertility, making it an excellent choice for the bedroom… unless you don’t want to be fertile … then NO GREEN!

via Photo Challenge: It IS Easy Being Green!

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