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Fast Flu Relief

Is there any such thing as fast flu relief? My answer is a solid maybe. Golden Milk is relief, not a cure. You can still spread your illness to everyone you come into contact with. Stay home until you are healthy again. While you are home, with your stuffy head, burning throat and body aches, try Golden Milk.

  • 1 cup milk
  • Heaping teaspoon turmeric
  • Big pinch cinnamon (1/8 t)
  • Small pinch cayenne
  • Sprinkle of black pepper
  • Honey to taste

Heat milk of choice to steamy.

Add spices to hot milk and whisk in. Stir in honey, Manuka honey is a good choice.

How does it work? Turmeric reduces inflammation, reliving body ach. The peppers clear your stuffy head. Manuka honey is antibiotic. You’re going to feel better in moments!

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Dry Camping on Wheeler Mountain

Intense blue sky sandwiched between the pink sunrise and tangerine sunset. This was the  unusual setting for mountain camping in the PNW during October.

DeerCamp October 2018 4 The Octobers of western Washington State are usually memorable because of pounding rain. This one time, we put up the awning for shade instead of a place to escape the rain.

Dressing in “layers” was essential. Mornings were crisp but by late afternoon I was looking for sunscreen. Then, just in time for dinner, the chill was back. That is what a good autumn in the Cascades in known for… that, and hues of gold and scarlet leaves.

No fires allowed. Not even briquettes. Camping on Wheeler is an expensive privilege. This is a tree farm, the owners income depends on guests not putting the forest at risk. Instead of evenings around the campfire, they were spent by the big back window of the trailer playing Skip Bo, watching the thin orange line that divides the heaven and earth at sunset, grow until, distracted by looking for Mars among the stars, the dividing line disappears into the deep blue of twilight. It never gets old. We had our dogs with us. It is not unusual for them to need to go out in the night for a moment, not something I love leaving a warm bed for, but the reward on Wheeler were the stars! If he wasn’t so stingy, I could have reached out and borrowed Orion’s Belt. Breath taking!

DeerCamp October 2018 3 From the landing we chose on the rugged shoulder of Wheeler, we were without internet or cell service. We are not set up with solar and we do not have a generator. Even though we have a cozy trailer, we still went old school. By old school, I mean we camped the way we did when Ray and I were children on adventures with our parents. Without technology we entertained ourselves with walks, card games and books. I don’t remember getting bored. Just the opposite. Technology is amazing, I enjoy it, but screens are time-suckers. I have let them steel away the time I might otherwise have for books. For a few days, Wheeler gave me back that time. A copy of “Christy” was tucked into a basket of items from my desk and I ate it up with hungry eyes.

DeerCamp October 2018 5 Honest! I totally meant to immerse myself into study of the Word while the guys were out stalking deer. I love my husband, there isn’t anything I would rather do then spend all day with him, but when he has something else to do, and I am (by choice) left home alone, I find those rare times to get lost in my own head, running down whatever rabbit trail catches my imagination. This is how I expected to spend my free time at deer camp. But I was captured by Christy. I’m not even a little bit sorry about it. A secret place to go between the covers of a book that did not interfere with cooking, hiking or speaking simple bits of conversation with people I love. Books are not like technology. They don’t suck away time, they fill it. They wait patiently while my day progresses. I am not always patient, what happens next draws me back! They make my mind come alive rather then making me feel like one of the walking dead.

DeerCamp October 2018 2 Back home again, dreaming, planning, preparing for the next time away. We are planning a different sort of hunting trip in the coming days, low on lavender, we will be heading to crowded Whidbey Island within a few days just to visit Lavender Wind Farm for soap, seasonings and a taste of lavender essence in ice-cream. Lavender is a scent that brings us back to summer. While reminiscing on the lovely days of Wheeler Mountain, I’m listening to the rain that has returned to Everett. Wool socks and sweaters shield me from the chill. I find myself spending too much time shopping for gear, a habit I have when I cannot use the gear I have. It’s time to go again.

Debs… stuck in the suburbs until we can fly away to the wild again.

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Homemade Antibiotic

On a sleepless night, I stumbled across this gem. I often use Golden-milk to overcome the flu… or are they colds? The combination of turmeric, pepper (black) and garlic. has proven to be healing and gives me relief from symptoms. This looks to do the same, as well as being a preventative.

Thanks “Magical Hoof” for sharing.

Recipe and Tips from Magical Hoof…

Ingredients:

  • 24 oz /700 ml apple cider vinegar (always use organic)
  • ¼ cup finely chopped garlic
  • ¼ cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 fresh peppers, the hottest you can find (be careful with the cleaning – wear gloves!!!)
  • ¼ cup grated ginger
  • 2 tbsp grated horseradish
  • 2 tbsp turmeric powder or 2 pieces of turmeric root

Preparation: More information in the video.

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl, except for the vinegar. Transfer the mixture to a Mason jar. Pour in some apple cider vinegar and fill it to the top. It is best if 2/3 of the jar consist of dry ingredients, and fill in the rest with vinegar.
  2. Close well and shake.
  3. Keep the jar in a cool and dry place for 2 weeks. Shake well several times a day.
  4. After 14 days, squeeze well and strain the liquid through a plastic strain. For better results put a gauze over it. Squeeze well so the whole juice comes out. Use the rest of the dry mixture when cooking.

Your master tonic is ready for use. You do not need to keep the tonic in your fridge. It will last for long.

Extra Tip: You can also use it in the kitchen – mix it with some olive oil and use it as a salad dressing or in your stews.

Dosing: Caution: The flavor is very strong and hot!

Extra Tip: Eat a slice of orange, lemon or lime after you take the tonic to ease the burning sensation and heat.

Gargle and swallow. Do not dilute it in water as it will reduce the effect. Take 1 tablespoon every day to strengthen the immune system and fight cold. Increase the amount every day until you reach a dose of 1 small glass per day (the size of a liquor glass).

If you struggle against more serious disease or infection, take 1 tablespoon of the tonic 5-6 times a day. It is safe for pregnant women and children (use small doses!) because the ingredients are all-natural and contain no toxins.

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Baked German Pancakes

German Pancake

First, preheat the oven to 450 degrees F

Then, stir together:

  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 Tbs melted butter or oil
  • 1 Tbs sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Finally, stir in without over-mixing:

  • 1/2 cup flour

Butter a pie pan or cast iron skillet with 1 Tbs butter.

Pour the batter into the buttered pan, bake the pancake 12 to 18 minutes (mine took the whole 18 minutes.

Top with seasonal fruit and powdered sugar. Serve with syrup or honey on the side.


For most of my adult life I have seen recipes for German Pancakes but never tried them. Nanny Ash changed my mind. I watched her and one of the quads make a pan of German Pancakes on The Gardner Quad Squad (September 15, 2018) BAM! I had to search for directions! Score!

German Oven Pancake from The RECIPE CRITIC.

Yum! I am going to need a whole lot more practice! What do you suggest?

Debs …on a brisk September morning in Everett, WA (Happy birthday Mom!)

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Road Food

Sending my love with our traveling family

RoadFood 5
Jason is taking his family for a long, hot road trip, across the state (Washington). The girls and 4 dogs (3 of them are really big dogs) in a small car. Ray and I wanted to send road food and something for the girls, to make the trip slightly easier. I’m sure their electronic devices will entertain them and the AC will keep them comfortable, but we really wanted to send our love with this family that shows us their love all year long.

  • RoadFood 3 We made our personal road-food favorites.
  • Summer Heat Chex Mix

We make ours with all organic ingredients including the cereals, kettle chips, raisins, pumpkin seeds and peanuts baked with Indian spices, cayenne pepper and butter. This mix is sort of like the traditional Nutz -n- boltz that Ray’s mom always made for Christmas, but with a summer time taste.

RoadFood 4 Dirty Gourmet Granola

Simple and just sweet enough, this road food has staying power. Made with traditional (organic) ingredients, the thick-cut oatmeal and nuts are filling, while honey, coconut ribbons, and black sesame seeds give a sweetness that keeps us away from the donut shop.

Both of these recipes are from our new favorite camp food cook book, “The Dirty Gourmet”

RoadFood 2 SnackleBoxes

This great idea was all over You Tube. A dollar store tackle box is filled with a variety of sweet and salty snacks. In my home town of Everett, Washington, the Trader Joe’s is right next door to a dollar store. We snagged cheese goldfish, chocolate chip Annie’s Bunnies, TJ’s jellybeans, Airheads, Sourpatch, chocolate covered grahams, white chocolate pretzels, some kind of TJ’s gummy things, and TJ’s corn-nuts. It looks like a lot, but we could have filled 5 more boxes with the extras… or we might have. We only bought snacks we like.

RoadFood 1Are We There Yet” bags

Do you know how difficult it is to find old-fashioned make-up bags? They seemed like a good idea for the extras we packed. I know we will be looking for smaller coloring books for next time. The regular size books did not fit into the bags we finally found. Into these bags we tucked tissues, wet wipes, a pen, crayons, note pads (the old fashioned paper type), paper doll stickers, a few more snacks and those little plastic write-on things (wish I knew what they are called) for tic-tac-toe and hangman. It has been forever since I’ve been in a dollar store. They have great ideas for stuffing these bags.

Have a great time my loves! Honestly, I hope you have more pool time then color book time!

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Back To School

I’m no longer a teacher (sad-face), my son’s are grown up and I have no grandchildren BUT I do have three lovely children whom I pray for. I want to send them Back to School gift boxes. I’m thinking stickers, cookies to tuck into lunches or to have with milk after school, first day picture frames, blah, blah, blah. But what about school supplies?

My three kiddo’s probably want to pick out their own supplies, even so, I want to send something fun. Here is a kewl idea! Now I need to go shopping….

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The quest for camp pizza

We have a 4th of July tradition, Dutch Oven Pizza. It began in the summer of 2015 when we could not afford to turn the key in our vehicle knowing that we could not afford to refill the tank. Determined to not feel depressed or to go on government assistance, we had an awesome year. Summer was the best. That was when we began The great Dutch Oven Pizza Cook Off. That was when I first discovered overnight Pizza Dough. It occurred to us that this would be perfect for camp pizza. Not that there is anything wrong with Trader Joe’s pizza dough. It is inexpensive and quite good. But a family of pizza makers ought to be able to make their own pizza dough.

I’ve lost the recipe we originally used (the guy is famous for having Labradors, I think he lives in Connecticut and has built an outdoor pizza oven from stacked bricks and cement stones) Here is a recipe that comes close…. more to follow.

Overnight Refrigerator Pizza Dough from One Lovely Life

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