Monthly Archives: November 2012

Miracle Bath

Miracle BathYou wouldn’t believe the amazing things you can find on Pinterest.

Recipes, craft ideas, inspirational thoughts and even miracle cures.

Seriously.

A couple of weeks ago while browsing in Pinterest, I came across a site describing how to take a Detox Bath.

A few minutes later Dagmar come down stairs announcing that she felt like death warmed over – headache, body aches, vomiting. She didn’t look good. It was definitely a flu bug.

I told her about the detox bath I had just read about – and she was miserable enough to try it.

It was simple – fill the bath tub with warm water and add 2 cups of Epson salts, one cup of baking soda, and a couple tablespoons of ground ginger.

She soaked for about 40 minutes – sweating the whole time – rinsed off and went to bed, still sweating.

Four hours later she woke up feeling great and ready to eat.

I’m serious.

She declared it a miracle bath as she munched on saltines (just in case).

The head ache, body aches and vomiting were gone.

It worked so well with Dagmar, that when Jan come down with the same thing a few days later – I got a bath ready for him.

Same thing. Forty minute soak followed by a long sleep with lots of sweating. He woke up feeling fine.

I’m totally serious here.

The web site (which you can find here) gives the science behind the miracle.  The secret is in the sweating.

And since it worked so well to take down the nasty flu bug – I wonder how it would work for a head cold? Sinus infection?

It’s worth a try. After all it can’t hurt and it’s really cheap.

I’m stocking up on Epson salt, baking soda and ginger – just in case.

Welcome to the Christmas Season

So it’s the day after Thanksgiving.

The official start of the Christmas season.

But I must confess – that we’ve already started. (Oh dear – I just heard some of you gasp in horror!)

Normally we would wait till today to pull out the Christmas music. But to be totally honest – we’ve been listening now for weeks.

Yes, weeks. We caved in early November.  I must have heard O Holy Night by at least 4 different artists at least 2 dozen times already. And loved every one.

It’s not just music. We already put together 2 of our Christmas puzzles, drank peppermint hot chocolate, and started Christmas shopping.

When we cave in – we really cave.

And the Christmas movies! Oh my! The girls and I jumped in with both feet.  Our favorite evening activity is to curl up in quilts  watching a Christmas movie, trying to guess how it ends.

Popcorn and hot chocolate make it even better.

But the wait is over – it’s now officially Christmas season! We don’t have to hide our Christmas spirit anymore!

I can’t wait to start baking!

And making candy!

Anybody want to go caroling?

And may I be the first to say, “Merry Christmas!”

Sacrifices of Thanksgiving

My house is hustling with activity as we prepare for Thanksgiving.

Many batches of dinner rolls are made, cookies baked, casseroles assembled.

My list is miles long.  My help a little distracted.

I can only imagine the scene in your home today. 🙂

But in the busyness of the season- can we stop for a moment and focus on thanksgiving?

Not the holiday with the food and the family and the responsibilities – but the idea.

You know – the attitude of gratefulness that we should be displaying in our lives.

How’s your heart? Are you thankful?

A quick look through scripture shows us that the word thanksgiving is often used with the word sacrifice.

Psalm 107:22 “And let them offer the sacrifices of thanksgiving.”

What a thought.

When I hear the word sacrifice I see Abraham posed with a knife over Isaac.

Or Mary breaking the bottle of expensive perfume and anointing the feet of the Savior, wiping it with her hair.

Yet scripture tells us that every “thank you” that we offer up to the Lord is a sacrifice.

Something precious – laid at His feet.

A gift.

What a beautiful, amazing thought!

May my heart say with the Psalmist –

“I will offer to thee the sacrifices of thanksgiving” Psalm 116:17

I ask again, how is your heart? Is it full of thanksgiving?

Offer them to the Lord as a sacrifice.

Oatmeal Brown Sugar Rolls

BreadPreparations for Thanksgiving are in full swing here!

Although I’m not hosting – we have 2 different family meals to fit in this weekend.

We’ll be bringing yeast rolls and homemade jam to both.  Angel Girl has the first of 4 batches started now.

While they’re rising – I’ll share this family favorite – a light and fluffy dinner roll made with oatmeal and brown sugar. The oatmeal adds a whole grain without using whole wheat flour. Even people who are skittish about whole wheat rolls will eat these!

The recipe came from my oldest sister – who happens to have excellent taste. 😉

Oatmeal Brown Sugar Rolls

2 cups boiling water
1 cup rolled oats (I’ve used both old-fashioned and quick cooking)
3 tablespoon oil
1 tablespoon yeast
1/3 cup lukewarm water
2/3 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
5-5-1/2 cups flour

Pour boiling water over oatmeal. Cool to lukewarm.

Soften yeast in lukewarm water.

Combine the oatmeal, oil, brown sugar, and salt. Add flour to make a soft dough.

Knead 7-8 minutes.

Put in a greased bow, cover with plastic wrap and let rise until double. Punch dough. Let rise again.

Shape into rolls and place on a greased baking sheet. Cover with a clean cloth and let rise till doubled.

Bake about 20 minutes at 350 degrees.

Makes 3-4 dozen.

Enjoy!

I’ve linked this post up with Tasty Tuesday at Balancing Beauty and Bedlam.

Buddy’s Birthday: 12th Edition

We did it again.

Child’s birthday party number 79 is now history.

This one was Buddy’s – his 12th.

Some of you may remember his last year’s cake – a masterpiece of Lego engineering complete with a M & M cannon and his favorite Pika.

This year was just as spectacular!

He had not one – but two royal Pika’s – complete with crowns, guards, a court jester, and a royal food tester – all made out of Lego’s and designed by Buddy himself.

It was truly a site to behold – especially when all the candles were lit and started to lean dangerously over.

We have never sung “Happy Birthday” so quickly.

I have never been so glad to see 12 candles blown out!

And I still can’t believe that 12 years could go by so quickly!

Happy birthday Buddy! We love you!