Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Fresh Cranberry Sauce

It's been years, well probably decades, since I bought cranberry sauce in a can.  
That's because it is so easy to make fresh and at home. 
 Here is the recipe that I have used for all those years-  enjoy, and Happy Thanksgiving!

Fresh Cranberry Sauce from One Ash Farm Recipes

1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 bag fresh cranberries

Combine the sugar and water in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
Add the cranberries and bring the mixture back to a boil.
Turn down the heat and keep at a low boil for 10 minutes.
Cool in the pan to room temperature, then transfer to a jar or bowl.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Thanksgiving Menu

Can you believe that it's almost Thanksgiving?  Even though it comes late in the month, I feel like the year, and especially this fall, have just flown by.  

Thanksgiving is my holiday to cook.  I have never learned how to do it "small", even though we only have a few folks here for dinner that day.  And I always prepare in the same way. This week, I wrote out my menu, and completed all of my shopping.  We have the same things every year- you would think I have it down by now since I've been cooking it for 24 years!  But I still write it all out, and put the list of items on the fridge to check them off as I prepare each one.  It would be terrible to sit down and have forgotten something!  And I shopped this week, because I don't plan on going back to the store, or town, during the Holiday week! (and I definitely will never go shopping on Thanksgiving day, and most likely not that weekend after!)  

If you haven't planned your meal yet, here's a copy of our menu. It may give you some ideas!

One Ash Farm Thanksgiving Menu

Turkey- roasted with butter and garlic stuffed under the skin
Stuffing-  cooked in a separate pan, allowed to get crunchy on top 
Gravy- not giblets, just turkey gravy
Mashed Potatoes- with lots of butter
Yams with marshmallows- the traditional way
Fried Plantains- caramelized and gooey
Black Beans- an old family recipe
White Rice- must have for under the beans
Green Bean Casserole- the traditional way on the fried onion can
Lime Holiday Jello- with pineapple, carrots and walnuts
Homemade Rolls- with lots of butter
Pecan Pie- with whipped cream
Pumpkin Pie- with more whipped cream
Guava Paste, Cuban Crackers & Swiss Cheese- really the only dessert we need

I'm full just writing it all down!  
I hope you have a blessed and Happy Thanksgiving week!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Book Review- Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World: Finding Intimacy With God in the Busyness of Life

I really wasn't sure what to expect when I received this book for review.  I liked the idea that there were short story examples, and that there is a 12 week Bible Study to go along with the lessons.  What I didn't expect was to hear the truth that this book speaks to nearly every woman.

We all do live in a busy, busy world, and society has decided that women can just "do it all".  This concept is great, if you don't want relationships.  But to have any kind of one-on-one, especially with God, we have to realize that "doing it all" is not what's important.  In example after example this book uses real life scenarios compared to the examples from Mary in the bible to show us that all the "stuff" we are doing is not what we need to do.  There are examples of how to learn to say no, how to slow down, and what to do when you have those quiet moments that begin to appear in your life.  

As a believer in keeping "busy" all the time, there were things in this book that hit me harder than I expected, and have really made me think about what I do, and how I handle situations.  The companion bible study proved to be a solid reinforcement for what Joanna Weaver directs the reader through in this much needed book.

Any woman could benefit from reading this book.  There are examples that can apply to all of our lives, and will surely improve our relationship with God and others.  This would be a great gift or to use as a ministry to busy women everywhere. 

~I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my review.  

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Life Lessons in Golden Milk Tea

I had always thought of turmeric as that "weird" flavor in Indian food that I didn't like. So when I first heard of Golden Milk, it promised some good benefits, but I just couldn't convince myself to try it because of the turmeric.  Oh, I love one of the other ingredients, ginger, and could speak about it's benefits in aiding digestion and as an anti-inflammatory for hours, but I just could not convince myself to try Golden Milk because of the turmeric. Since I have been studying herbs and natural remedies, the benefits of turmeric have been too amazing to ignore, and I've now not only given it a chance, I have come to love my version of this warming, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant drink.  

Turmeric has been used in many cultures for thousands of years to help improve immune systems, reduce inflammation, and help prevent illness.  According to numerous studies found at the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, turmeric is known to help aid digestion, particularly by increasing the production of enzymes that digest fats and sugars.  It is said to help prevent cholesterol from forming gallstones, and helps to fight gum inflammation, therefore preventing bad breath and gingivitis.  Curcumin, the active ingredient in Turmeric, is now known to assist in lowering blood pressure, and is being said to work better than prozac in treating depression.  Given all of this information, I think it's important for everyone to consider visiting Golden Milk and turmeric.

In addition to these powerful attributes of turmeric, there are other highly beneficial ingredients in my Golden Milk Tea recipe.  First, is the chamomile tea.  Not only a stress reducer, it also aids in calming a nervous stomach.  Raw cow milk is the equivalent of taking in a super-food.  Raw milk provides more enzymes and nutrients for our bodies than I could begin to talk about in this single blog.  Ginger, as I mentioned before, is one of my all time favorites for improving digestion and reducing inflammation throughout the body.  A little shake of cinnamon not only adds a delicious flavor, this spice helps the body to metabolize sugar. A tiny pinch of black pepper improves the bodies absorption of the benefits of turmeric. Raw honey adds the sweetener to make this warming drink especially delicious.  

My lesson here is that I need to be open to what is being presented to me. So many times I will hear or read something and just brush it off as something to file or throw away, and I close my mind.  What I need to remember is that I am reading or hearing that thing for a reason, and I need to pay more attention.  This goes for all aspects of life, not just for learning about the benefits of a spice that far outweighs my perceived disagreeable taste. It's necessary for us all to stay open to what the Lord is presenting to us, and listen to what He is trying to teach us. He is giving us lessons in everything, everyday, and what a blessing that is for our lives, if only we will open our minds!

One Ash Farm Golden Milk Tea

1/2 cup very hot chamomile tea
1/2 cup raw cow milk
1 "shake" cinnamon
small pinch black pepper
1 tsp. raw honey

Add the milk and other ingredients to the hot chamomile tea.
Mix well, and enjoy!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Book Review- Quick Start Guide to the Whole Bible

I don't think it matters how long you have been reading and learning the bible, it always helps to read and learn further. This book is good at presenting a basic understanding of each book of the bible in a simple, easy to understand format.  

For anyone wanting to start reading the bible, this would be a great companion to help with basic understanding.  There are easy to read descriptions and explanations, along with vivid images to help with the descriptions.  

This is a good book for a reference or church library to be used in conjunction with traditional reading and services. 

~I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my review.

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Book Review- Heaven Touching Earth

 What an inspiring book!  This compilation of true stories by James Stuart Bell had me hooked from the minute I picked it up.  Each story is as compelling as the next.  I particularly enjoyed the stories of the healing power of God.  I am always amazed at the faith we put in our doctors, when we first should put our faith in the amazing power of God.  He is our ultimate healer, and stories in this book are a great reminder of His power.  

I often found myself picking up this book to read a quick story- each one is short an easy to finish. I know I will read many of them over and over again for inspiration.  I will think of this book whenever I need a gift. It is sure to uplift anyone who reads it. 

~I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my review.  

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Natural Cold and Flu Relief

I hate to think that we are heading into cold and flu season, but it's inevitable.  
Along with the chilly weather, artificial heat, and confined spaces,
comes the sharing of germs and infections.
Here on our blog we have some great ideas and recipes to help when 
those bad times hit your homestead.

Elderberry Syrup is great for coughs and colds-  find our recipe here.

Sore Throats can be miserable-  try our Sore Throat Buster to soothe and heal-  the recipe is here.

Read about the benefits of Mullein here to help ease congestion and bronchial concerns.

And prevention is always the best medicine!  This is a unique chart from www.adrianlupsa.wordpress.com showing natural
ways to help keep the cold away.


I hope you have a healthy winter on your Homestead!