Adopting an Amish Lifestyle?

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What ya think when you read, ” Adopting an Amish Lifestyle?” Did you think I am off my rocker and decided to “become” Amish? Well seriously, you can’t just become Amish, you gotta be born into it or married into it or something like that. :)
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But….could you “LIVE” like an Amish family or do you do that already? Hmmm….. food for thought. I am going out of town soon to visit family in New York with a small pitstop in Lancaster, PA because we love Amish life and food. They intrigue me, always have since I was a little girl and my grandparents took me there. I had to get the cute bonnet like the other girls had, had to try shoo fly pie, had to ride in a horse drawn buggy, had to secretly take a photo of an Amish girl selling her pies. I know, that is a no no but I was 10 years old or something. So my dear child WANTS to go back to Lancaster to get the “good root beer”, yep that is where the idea of making his own root beer all started and he wants all the yummy pies, even mincemeat. What is mincemeat anyway????

I came across a few web sites that had interesting info on Amish lifestyle so I thought I would post some cool steps to be more Amish….just wait until you are done reading them…you are gonna say hmmmm…”I DO THOSE THINGS ALREADY!!!!!” Sigh and smile if you do. :)

#1 Get Outside – go dig a garden or take a walk or sit and enjoy the sounds of the birds, the bees and feel the sunshine. Ok not today when it is freezing!!!! Maybe tomorrow.

#2 Stop Worrying About How You Look – Noooooooo, I don’t mean let all go to heck and stop showering or brushing your teeth and hair! Do you really need that $40 hair conditioner or $50 face wash and must you visit the mall every single week?? Can you make some of your own cleansers and hair care products or can you stop by the local thrift shop to pick up a really nice designer “new” shirt for only $5?

#3 Work Hard Both Physically and Mentally – Don’t take the easy route, do good for yourselves, your family and your community. You will be well rewarded!

#4 Make your own _____________, whatever you want – food, clothes, laundry detergent, soap, herbal remedies.

#5 Conserve energy. Turn off the heater/AC use a fireplace or fans or go outside to cool off. Turn lights off. Replace energy sucking appliances or bulbs with more energy efficient models.

#6 Avoid Modern Day Items You Don’t Need – ok so don’t throw out that computer but do you need it for 12 hours a day? TV all day? Read a book!

#7 Don’t drive for a day or two – walk, ride a bike or horse somewhere- ANYWHERE!
The ultimate homesteader would be Amish :) More to come from our visit.
Enjoy!!!

Anne-Marie :)

Wildcrafting Wednesday!

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Welcome to the one hundred and thirty-second edition of Wildcrafting Wednesday and Herban Momma Give Away! Wildcrafting Wednesday is hosted by:

While traditional wildcrafting refers to gathering herbs and plants in the wild to use for food and medicine, Wildcrafting Wednesday is a weekly blog hop for sharing self-sufficiency and homesteading tips, tried and true home-remedies, and your favorite herbal uses. It’s a place to gather information on ways to incorporate old fashioned wisdom in our day-to-day life. It is anything and everything herbal – from crafts to cleaning to tinctures to cooking. It is remedies and natural cures made at home from natural ingredients. It is self-sufficient living, homesteading, and back-to-basics tips to save food, money, and resources. If it involves herbs or traditional methods of homemaking and home healing then we want to read about it! In other words, Wildcrafting Wednesday is a “one stop shop” for the best tips and simple steps to become more healthy and more self-reliant! Please join us! :)

Herban Momma Give Away!

RG giveawayAnd now, for information on the Herban Momma Give Away! Rosemary Glastar is considered by many to be the mother of modern day herbalism. Sage Mountain, the school she founded, is one of the premier herbal schools in the world. Her books are a staple on every herbalist’s bookshelf. Containing explanations on various herbal preparations, details on many herbs and recipes for wonderful herbal treats, her books are an excellent resource for anyone interested in learning how to incorporate herbs into their daily lives. I’m so excited to announce that in honor of Spring’s arrival (I was beginning to wonder if it was ever going to get here), Kristin from Herban Momma will be hosting her first giveaway! One lucky reader will be the recipient of a copy of Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide. The contest will open on Wednesday, April 16th and the winner will be chosen and announce on April 30th. You can enter on the Herban Momma page so scoot on over there and enter!

Featured Posts

Each week, we get some incredible posts submitted by amazing bloggers. The following posts are our featured posts as determined by our readers.

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Fibromyalgia Syndrome by Living the Simple Life

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Deodorant Decadence by Raising Vintage Kids in a Modern World

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Make Healthy Homemade Marshmallows by Homestead Lady

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Dandy, Dandy Dandelions!

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Dandy, Dandy Dandelions!

Dandelion(Taraxacum officinale)

When you mention the word dandelion to people what do you hear?

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“Ahhh that darn weed!!!”, “I spray those” or “why the heck would you want DANDELIONS!?” When you mention them to me, I say “YAY for dandelions, love em!” There are so many wonderful benefits of eating dandelions or using them in medicine.

You can find a fabulous recipe for fried dandelion blossoms HERE.

Since the dandelions bloomed in March, I have made dandelion jelly, tea, used them in salads, fried them, made cookies and muffins. Here are some benefits and then I will share more delicious recipes.

Flowers – high in lecithin, which is vital to cell walls and helpful in preventing hardening of the arteries. Healthy cells make healthy bodies!

Leaves & Roots – High in iron, protein and vitamins A, B, C(50% of the RDA recommended!!!) & D. Incredible digestive aid – stimulates appetite through the bitter reflex and aids in digestion. Use leaves in an herbal infusion as a diuretic to safely rid your body of toxins without stripping it of potassium. Clean that liver! Dandelion also helps the gallbladder by stimulate bile production to help the body break down fats.

 By using this as a diuretic, you increase urination and help to lower high blood pressure.

 

So how many ways can you use dandelions? Let me count the ways…

#1 - Fried flower blossoms

#2 – Dandelion Jelly

#3 – Eat those blossoms right off the plant! :)

#4 – Stick a flower or two or three in your hair.

#5  - use a blossom for a mini paint brush

#6 – Make MUFFINS! these are fabulous!!!!

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#7 – Make cookies! Fave recipe from Learning Herbs.

#8 – Dandelion Flower Tea - 1 cup petals, juice of 1/2 lemon and 1 T. honey. Pour about 16 oz. boiling water over petals, cover and steep until cool. Add lemon and honey and serve over ice.

#9 – Dandelion Soup – 3 cups dandelion leaves and young flower buds, 1/2 cup minced wild onion and 1 cup of chicken stock. simmer together. Strain out leaves and buds. Serve hot with toasted bread bits. ***Recipe from Ila Hatter*** I might try this with more broth!

#10 – Add blossoms and or leaves to your salad.

#11 – Make a Dandelion Salve

#11 – Make a hot infusion with the whole plant. Decoct the roots first, simmering 20 minutes then add the leaves and flowers and steep for 20 minutes. Strain and drink. DO not drink this in the evening or you will be visiting the potty all night long!

#12 – Make PESTO  or a DIP – Chopped raw dandelion leaves, scallions and chickweed. Add to sour cream along with salt, pepper, garlic powder and paprika and mix well. Experiment with the amount of spices until you get the flavor you like best!

#13 – Kids craft -Trace a dandelion leaf or dip in paint and make a print on paper.

#14 – add leaves to scrambled eggs

#15 – make a pretty yellow dye with the flowers

#16 - Dandelion Fritters

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Any other ideas?

Have a Dandy day!

Anne-Marie

 

 

 

Wildcrafting Wednesday!

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Welcome to the one hundred and thirty-first edition of Wildcrafting Wednesday! Wildcrafting Wednesday is hosted by:

While traditional wildcrafting refers to gathering herbs and plants in the wild to use for food and medicine, Wildcrafting Wednesday is a weekly blog hop for sharing self-sufficiency and homesteading tips, tried and true home-remedies, and your favorite herbal uses. It’s a place to gather information on ways to incorporate old fashioned wisdom in our day-to-day life. It is anything and everything herbal – from crafts to cleaning to tinctures to cooking. It is remedies and natural cures made at home from natural ingredients. It is self-sufficient living, homesteading, and back-to-basics tips to save food, money, and resources. If it involves herbs or traditional methods of homemaking and home healing then we want to read about it! In other words, Wildcrafting Wednesday is a “one stop shop” for the best tips and simple steps to become more healthy and more self-reliant! Please join us! :)

Featured Posts

Each week, we get some incredible posts submitted by amazing bloggers. The following posts are our featured posts as determined by our readers.

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Super Simple Coconut Ghee by Creating Silver Linings

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6 Great Ways to Enjoy Organic Coconut Butter by Organic 4 Greenlivings

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Making Jellies from the Wild by Bella Vista Farm

Thank you to every one of our bloggers who linked up and to all of our readers for helping us pick our featured posts!

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  3. Please place a link back to this edition of Wildcrafting Wednesday at the end of your post. That way your readers can benefit from all the ideas too. This also helps out the other participants who are hoping to get more traffic to their blogs. If you’re new to blogging here’s what you do: Copy the URL of Wildcrafting Wednesday from your browser address bar. Then edit your post by adding something like, “This post was shared on Wildcrafting Wednesday” at the end of your post. Then highlight “Wildcrafting Wednesday”, click the “link” button on your blogging tool bar, and paste the URL into that line. That’s it!
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So Many Cool Things…

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So Many Cool Things…

The fall and winter were kind of dreary here and I don’t just mean weather dreary…life dreary if you know what I mean. Nobody really likes to complain, nobody wants to hear complaints but life can’t always be PERFECT! Stuff happens for a reason, I get that. There are times where you just feel like all is lost and you are in a deep, dark hole with no hand in site to pull you out. What keeps you from feeling that – FAITH, yep FAITH, without it, no matter what religion you are, no matter who you pray to, faith keeps you from falling deeper in that hole. You know somewhere there is a light peeking through with a hand to pull you out.

That is exactly what happened here. Then it snowballed into lots of cool things, lots!!!!

New jobs, improved health, exciting opportunities, new growth and the list goes on. My coolest thing happened like this:

I was invited by my awesome friend Cyndi to attend a class, taught by Patricia Howell of Botanologos School  last month, a class that I was unable to pay for due to circumstances beyond my control. Someone or a few someones anonymously donated the funds for me to attend the class. Oh my goodness, I was sooooo excited since I LOVE all of Patricia’s classes.

I arrived early so that I could help set up and chat for a bit. I asked Patricia if she was excited to be starting her annual Herb Certification Program the following week and she asked if I would ever be taking the course. My response, ” The only way I could attend the course was to have a miracle or to win the lottery.” It was the exact words that I said. What happened next was totally an unforeseen miracle or I had just won the darn lottery. Patricia mentioned that she did not have her assistant this year and would like to know if I would be her assistant in the program……Ahhhhhhhh, I almost fainted, I was dumbfounded…next week…holy moly…ok let me talk to my hubby.

Long story short, hubby said yes! How cool is THAT?!?! My second weekend of classes is coming up in beautiful North Carolina, one weekend a month. WOW!

In turn I am giving back to community where possible. One of the ladies in our Ladies Homestead Gathering won a free class from me and I recently donated my time to the herb walk below -

This past weekend I set up our farm booth at the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center and met some amazing folks that wanted to learn about herbal medicine and wildcrafting plants. There were 35+ people on my herb walk, crazy!

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Some beautiful plants on our walk…

Trillium!

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Thank you to God, my family, my dear friends and to people I don’t even know that were involved in all the goodness!!!

Enjoy your beautiful day,

Anne-Marie

Wildcrafting Wednesday!

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Welcome to the one hundred and thirtieth edition of Wildcrafting Wednesday! Wildcrafting Wednesday is hosted by:

While traditional wildcrafting refers to gathering herbs and plants in the wild to use for food and medicine, Wildcrafting Wednesday is a weekly blog hop for sharing self-sufficiency and homesteading tips, tried and true home-remedies, and your favorite herbal uses. It’s a place to gather information on ways to incorporate old fashioned wisdom in our day-to-day life. It is anything and everything herbal – from crafts to cleaning to tinctures to cooking. It is remedies and natural cures made at home from natural ingredients. It is self-sufficient living, homesteading, and back-to-basics tips to save food, money, and resources. If it involves herbs or traditional methods of homemaking and home healing then we want to read about it! In other words, Wildcrafting Wednesday is a “one stop shop” for the best tips and simple steps to become more healthy and more self-reliant! Please join us! :)

Featured Posts

Each week, we get some incredible posts submitted by amazing bloggers. The following posts are our featured posts as determined by our readers.

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Garden Tips A to Z: Newspapers by Katie’s Farm

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All About Comfrey – The Bone Healing Herb by Annie’s Place

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Protecting Your Homestead Before Death by Katie’s Farm

Thank you to every one of our bloggers who linked up and to all of our readers for helping us pick our featured posts!

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  3. Please place a link back to this edition of Wildcrafting Wednesday at the end of your post. That way your readers can benefit from all the ideas too. This also helps out the other participants who are hoping to get more traffic to their blogs. If you’re new to blogging here’s what you do: Copy the URL of Wildcrafting Wednesday from your browser address bar. Then edit your post by adding something like, “This post was shared on Wildcrafting Wednesday” at the end of your post. Then highlight “Wildcrafting Wednesday”, click the “link” button on your blogging tool bar, and paste the URL into that line. That’s it!
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Medicinal Benefits of Wild Violets

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I wanted to follow up on my last post of making the wild jellies with what the medicinal benefits are of wild violets.

Wild violets (Viola odorata) have so much to give us besides their amazing beauty and scent!

Violets are a symbol of faithfulness, a symbol of purity and charm against evil. Blue violets says “I’ll always be true” and signify constancy; white violets depict modesty, or the desire to “take a chance on happiness”; and yellow violets convey modest worth, and the White violets – depict modesty and the desire to “take a chance on happiness”  borrowed from this blog, you must read the history of the violet!!!

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Obviously from the last post, you can EAT the violets and you can also eat the leaves either raw in a salad or cooked. Here some more foodie tips:

Eat the petals raw in a salad

Freeze the petal in ice cubes to float in your drinks

Whip up an egg white, dip the flower in the egg white and coat with white sugar, shake off excess and let dry completely. Use these to decorate cakes or just to eat – :)

Make jelly or syrup or LOLLIPOPS!

Lollipops –

use 3/4 cup of violet infusion as per jelly recipe(1:1 ratio)

1 T lemon juice

2 cups sugar****** I FORGOT this earlier in the post, please note!!!!!!*******

Mix all together well and add to a larger sauce pan then you think you need.

DIRECTIONS

  1. Prepare candy molds with non-stick cooking spray. If you do not have molds, you can use a SILPAT on a solid surface. Without a SILPAT spread oil in a thin and even coat on a marble pastry board or a cookie sheet.
  2. In a bowl whisk sugar, lemon juice and water until very well blended and pour into a small saucepan which will be filled about half full when ingredients are added.
  3. Place on heat, if working on electric set on highest setting. If working on gas set on highest setting but ensure that flames do not come up on sides of pan.
  4. Place a candy thermometer in syrup and bring to boil. Using a wooden spoon remove crystals that form along edges of pan. Once done DO NOT STIR syrup anymore. Boil until the candy thermometer reaches 305°F or unto hard crack stage. Meanwhile fill a bowl with cold tap water and set aside.
  5. When syrup has reached 305°F add flavor and remove from heat. Place bottom of pan for 1 minute into cold water. (Will make a steamy sound and pan will be bouncy.) Remove and place on a kitchen towel to prevent pan from sliding. (Very important.)
  6. At this stage, the syrup will have slightly thickened. Pour syrup in small puddles a few at a time onto prepared pans and stick a lollipop stick into the bottom while syrup is still very hot. Roll stick to ensure it is coated with candy. Working quickly, press candies into syrup.
  7. Let cool for at least 10 minutes. Once cooled wrap tightly in plastic to prevent lollipops from becoming sticky.

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Now for the awesomeness of the medicinal benefits - 

Leaves and flowers are used as medicine for fibrocystic breasts, Violet stimulates the lymphatic glands, helping the body get rid of bacteria and other toxins. It is especially useful for swollen glands. Loaded with minerals and vitamins A & C

Just found out to it is good for rashes, hives and eczema – so add that to the list!

So make a salve with the violet leaves – instructions for salves here

 

Remember to get your supplies at Mountain Rose Herbs, by shopping at my affiliate links I receive a small commission to help keep me blogging and learning herbalism, thank you bunches!!!
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Let me know what you make with your violets!

Enjoy your day,

Anne-Marie