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This blog is all about all the things that make me up. I am a Mother, I am a Pagan Witch, I am a Wife, I am a homemaker, I am a student, I am Spiritual, I am a Teacher, I am Liberal Hippie, I am a Voter, and I am extremely opinionated! Plan to see it all! If you don't like what you see, feel free to leave! However, chances are, if you stick around, you'll find more to love than hate!

Blessings!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

I've decided to make some BIG changes in my life!

In an effort to live a more Earth Friendly (and healthy) life, I often find myself feeling stressed and very overwhelmed! I feel like I NEED to be Plastic Free, GMO Free, Totally Organic & Mostly Homegrown, Low Energy, Completely Local, UnBleached, Naturally Died, Natural Fibers, Pre-planned, totally homemade from scratch and STILL have time to actually cook, clean, raise my kids and see my friends...  But I'm just not all that!

I'm anti-social. I hate - HATE - to cook and really don't know how any ways. I always use the dryer because I have nowhere to hang my clothes. I find us eating out of a box WAY to much. I have no idea where to buy local meat or eggs or organic fruits & veggies.  From where I sit now I see nearly a dozen plastic boxes, baskets & toys...  Yeah, I'm pretty far from perfect! And it's sometimes hard to admit. I know I should be doing better - ALWAYS take your bags in to the store I tell myself, then I get to the store and don't even have any in the car. NEVER buy boxed dinners, make it all from scratch I say, then I get to the store and realize I don't have the time to make things from scratch, and my family won't eat them anyways, so I buy a box... ALWAYS buy organic, I think, then I get to the store and realize my local store doesn't even have an organic option for most things, and the few they do have are twice (or more) as much than the "regular" stuff and I just buy what I can afford...

THEN, after all that internal arguing, I come home and cry for an hour because I feel like a total failure! Depression, Stress & Anxiety soon follow and I'm a total hot mess! My only comfort in all this? I know I'm not alone! I know there are others like me out there who as hard as they try, as much as they know, they just can't seem to get their shit together...

SO, I've decided enough is enough! I'm done (or at least I'm going to try and be done) being stressed over all this! I'm going to make a plan and I'm going to stick to it! I'm going to take things slow - one step at a time. And I'm not going to stress over things that I simply haven't mastered yet! I'm going to aim at being totally organic, homemade, plastic free, chemical free and 100% naturally healthy in FIVE YEARS! Yes, I know it would be better for me to be all that NOW, but I need to be realistic! Because the more I stress over it all, the more I give up and fail.

NO MORE FAILURE! I'm DONE! 

They say if you have a goal, make a plan, and make it realistic! So I am. Five years to the life I want. I think, in reality, I'm going to make 4 or 5 lists, 4 or 5 "goal plans" and work on them all. One for the home - no plastic, natural fibers, etc. - One for our Diets - Local Eggs, No Boxes, No White Sugar, etc. - One for the Spirit - Daily Practice, Sabbat Rituals, etc. - and One for Business - New Website, Business Cards, 5 New Items each Week, etc - One for Finances - Savings Act, Pay off ALL debt, Buy a House, etc...

I'll publish the lists once I get them made. And let you all know how things are going from time to time as well. Maybe, hopefully, someone out there will see my journey and get the help they need to start their own. But more than that I want to share my journey because it's important for me to keep my goals! I've found, like weight watchers, if you have to report what you're doing, you're more likely to stick with it. So I'm hoping that by going public, I'll feel like I'm obligated to do it and I'll stick with it better!

Wish Me Luck!

Friday, September 27, 2013

20 Snack Ideas

I am still working on over hauling our eating in this family.  And for the most part, I do okay, not great yet, but okay. But snacking is definitely my downfall! I can do healthy breakfast, healthy lunch and healthy dinner. But between meals, when I'm reading or working, and after I get everyone to sleep - just before bed...  I tend to wonder and eat things I know better than to eat - prepackaged cookies, candy, lunch meat, cake... Yeah, as much as I know I shouldn't be eating them, I can't always help it. So having healthy snacks around that I can lean on is awesome!

Lately, I've been making lots of Apple snacks. Cinnamon Apple Chips, Apple Butter Whole Wheat Muffins, and sometimes, just Apples & Peanut Butter! But a woman can not snack on apples alone, so I needed some more ideas. Then I found this wonderful new post from Good Girl Gone Green and I'm loving all the new stuff swirling around my brain!


:Check out 20 Vegan Snack Ideas & Tips:

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

600 Reasons Turmeric May Be The World's Most Important Herb

For all the herbs and spices I've worked with, I'm actually pretty new to Turmeric.  I grew up eating mostly Italian-American and Polish-American, so lots of Oregano, Thyme, and Parsley, but no Turmeric. Now that I'm learning more about it, I wish I'd been eating it my whole life!



:Learn Why Turmeric Should Be A Part Of Your Diet:

Monday, September 23, 2013

Double Chocolate Zucchini Bundt Cake

When I first started learning to bake, I found a recipe for Chocolate Zucchini Cake. And it quickly became my favorite! Since then I've discovered so many versions and I love them all! This version is a new one for me, but since I love every version I've tried, I can only assume I'm gonna love this one too... I'll be trying it this week.
Ingredients: 
2 cups all purpose flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp espresso powder
3/4 tsp salt
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1/3 cup oil
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup sour cream
3 cups grated zucchini
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
:Full Recipe At:

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Easy Crock Pot Shredded Chicken

I'm a super busy mom of 3. So finding things that can speed me through food prep yet allow me to feed my kids healthy balanced meals is a God Send!  I usually buy chicken thighs and boil them, then let them cool and shred. But this will be a good option for those days when I can't hang out in my kitchen and need to re-stock my freezer...


It's simple to do, makes life easier and can help you keep costs down too!


Thursday, September 19, 2013

Easy Apple Jelly

It's that time of year again! Time to start preserving all the blessings we have had growing through the summer!  Apples are one of our most abundant (at least in my area) fruits come harvest time. Farmer's Markets, Orchards and even Grocery Stores are over flowing in big, sweet, beautiful apples of all kinds. But what do you do once you have all these beautiful apples filling your home? Well, there's lots of options - cook them for sauce, bake them in pies, dry them for incense and spell work, or make butter & jelly...  For me, jelly is my favorite! This recipe makes it easy to do and SOOO GOOD! And the best part is, because the recipe only needs the juice, you can still use all the "pulp" to make Apple muffins or bread - perfect places for jelly!

All you need for this recipe is Apple Juice & Honey. As always I recommend Organic Apples and Raw Local Organic Honey - learn the bees names if you can, seriously, it should be that fresh if you're going to use it!




Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Candle Spell for Bringing Love & Lust

At least once a week I get a message or request from someone asking for help with a love spell. It's simply human nature to want to be loved, and to love. We're pack animals!  But unless you enjoy the bar scene, it's often hard to find someone to fit your need. So many a witch look to magick to help bring them some help in the matter. 

Generally, I simply advise love spell seekers to meditate on opening themselves to love and to focus on putting themselves in positions where they could meet someone with similar interests - classes, workshops, volunteer opportunities, or other gatherings.  Love spells are often tricky and can lead to more trouble than blessing, which is why it's important to focus on being open to finding love, rather than pulling someone towards you. However, I recently found this post on the Magickal Recipes Online Blog which I thought was a wonderful way to both open ones self, AND draw the right person to you. It is important though that you do not do this craft with a specific person in mind! Instead, ensure that you are focusing on the qualities you want to find in a partner, the universe will do the rest.

To cast this spell you'll need:
  • Pink or White Candle Wax
  • Honey (Raw if possible)
  • Copper Pot (ideal, but optional)
  • Rose Essential Oil
  • Orris Root (powdered)
  • Fire Resistant Container - Pink or Copper
  • Two wicks, cut to the length of the container
I would also suggest you take the time to write out the qualities you're looking for in a mate, maybe even create a chant about them. This will allow you to better focus on exactly what you're looking for! Stay away from ideas about what you don't want! Don't list things like "Not a Liar," instead list "Honest."  The universe will bring to you what you focus on, so even if you're focusing on NOT finding a liar, the universe will hear "Liar" and that's what you'll get. SO ensure that you're focus is on positive aspects- again, this is why writing out a list is a good thing.

Good Luck & Happy Loving!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Cheesy Roasted Broccoli Patties That Your Kids Will Actually Eat

Want a healthy snack option for your kids when they get home from school?  Kids not eating enough veggies? Make a batch of these up and have them ready when hungry kids walk in - they're way better (and more filling) than cookies & milk!

Ingredients:
  • 2tsp coconut oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 onion (chopped)
  • 1 (12oz) bag frozen broccoli - defrosted
  • 3/4c panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2c sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/3c Parmesan cheese
  • 2 eggs - beaten
  • pepper to taste

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Easy Raven Wreath Craft

I love this time of year! From September first til Mid-November is my favorite time of the year! The nights are getting longer, the leaves are changing to all kinds of beautiful colors, the air smells heavenly, the food is OUT OF THIS WORLD, and the home decor options are mind-blowingly beautiful! YEP, Autumn is without a doubt, my favorite season! Fact is, I start decorating for fall in August, I just can't get enough Autumn decor either! The DAY the dollar stores start putting out their Thanksgiving and Autumn stuff, I start looking for awesome ways to make my house Autumn-Awesome!

In past years I've made - or bought - quite a few leafy, gordy and twiggy wreaths. And I honestly find them to be beautiful! But this year, I'm going for a different look - a more Poe-esque look...  (I am quite the Poe head after all).

THIS is the easiest DIY Raven Wreath I've ever seen! Definitely a Must Do!



Monday, September 9, 2013

Cast Iron Cooking

It seems like every month there is another warning out about the dangers of common cookware.  Even the US Government has gotten involved when it comes to the teflon coating that's on many non-stick pots and pans. It seems that, once again, grandma knew best!  So more and more people are learning about the benefits of cast iron, and learning to love them as much as our grandparents did! 


But many people are nervious about cast iron. Some cast iron brands are expensive and many people are afraid of misusing or rusting cast iron. While it's true that you can not treat your cast iron the same way that you do other cookware, learning to use and clean it is well worth it!  And the cost can easily be avoided IF you have a grandmother who can - or will - pass theirs down, or if you have a local second hand shop around where you can purchase it.

Many times rusted cast iron can be found for a very small cost. And with just a little TLC, it can easily be brought back to life! Seasoning and/or Restoring a cast iron skillet (or pot) does take time, maybe the better part of a day, but is without a doubt worth it!

**Just as a note, many Cast Iron Pieces will say "Seasoned" or "Pre-Seasoned" on their labels, but it's ALWAYS best to wash and season your cookware for yourself once or twice before you use them for the first time.**


   

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Learn How to Save Heirlom Tomato Seeds

Gardening has been becoming a bigger and bigger part of my life...  More than anything, it's because I want to provide good healthy food for my family.  Food I know came right from the Earth, and not a store shelf.  But getting started can get to be VERY expensive! There are so many seed catelogs out there and prices can get to be rather high if you want some of the "better" varieties of things. So saving seeds, or sharing seeds, can be a huge money saver - plus, it ensures that you're getting the best of the best!

With many plants, it's easy to collect seeds and keep them for next year. But then... there's tomatoes!

Tomatoes are DELISH! And so easy to grow. BUT, how the heck do you get viable seeds for next year? You don't want to have to buy more seeds next year, why should you?  Believe it or not, it's not actually that hard, you just have to learn how, and now, you can!




Talk to your friends who grow heirloom tomatoes and make sure you get a tomato from each of them. Then you can collect their seeds and grow more varieties next year!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Homemade Instant Vanilla Pudding Mix

I am doing my best to make sure I am replacing all those "boxed" foods with homemade "from scratch" options. I'm still learning, but I recently found an awesome recipe for Homemade "Instant" Vanilla Pudding Mix. So now whenever I have a recipe that calls for "instant pudding" I can use a version without preservatives or extra packaging.

Ingredients:
 1 cup granulated sugar
 ¾ cup cornstarch
 ¾ cup nonfat dry milk powder
 1 teaspoon kosher salt
 2 whole vanilla beans

For full recipe & directions visit:
http://www.browneyedbaker.com/2012/04/17/diy-homemade-instant-vanilla-pudding-mix/



Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Homemade Calendula Salve

This is an all-purpose, gentle salve that is suitable for treating:
  • diaper rash
  • scrapes
  • scratches
  • razor burn
  • sores
  • blisters
  • bruises
  • mild burns
  • hot spots
  • insect bites
  • dry skin areas
  • and more!
This salve is perfect to have on hand in your emergency kit since it will cover almost any minor skin ailment that a person or animal could experience.

To make, you will need:
For the full "how to" information check out:
http://thenerdyfarmwife.com/calendula-oil-salve/

   


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