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Sunday, February 26, 2017



1 lb. Brussels sprouts chopped
½ cup of celery  chopped
1  red and yellow sweet bell pepper, deseeded and chopped
1  carrot, chopped
1  small onion, chopped

1 clove garlic chopped fine
1 can petite diced tomatoes
1-2 tbsp. butter
5-6 cups of chicken broth

1 package dry chicken gravy
1/2 cup instant brown rice
1 Bay leaf
1 pinch Nutmeg
Salt and pepper

Cut off the end of each sprout and chop fine...

In a soup pot, heat the butter and sauté onion, brussel sprouts,garlic, peppers,celery, and carrot
for 3 to 5 min. 

Pour in the chicken broth, entire can of petite tomatoes with the juice,  chicken gravy packet,and bay leaf bring to a boil stirring frequently. 

Reduce the heat to simmer /low , cover the pot and cook 1 hour. Add rice, and nutmeg as well as salt/ pepper to taste and continue to cook 10 more minutes.


*Special Note...Meat may be added to this soup for a more heartier    variety...sausage,chicken,hamburger,ham, etc.

Sweet Annie {Wormwood}

“The third angel sounded his trumpet, and a great star, blazing like a torch, fell from the sky on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water — the name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters turned bitter, and many people died from the waters that had become bitter.” (Rev 8:10–11)

What is it?

It’s  Sweet Artemisia annua … you may also know it as sweet wormwood, sweet annie, sweet sagewort or annual wormwood … It’s a Chinese herb, a common type of wormwood native to Asia ..Sweet Annie (Artemisia annua) is also called sweet wormwood, annual mugwort, sweet sagewort, or annual wormwood. 

It is native to Asia but has become naturalized in scattered parts of North America. Its’ very feathery fern like leaves appears early spring and has small bright yellow flowers in late summer, on a straight single stalk with alternating branches, sometimes reaching heights of 6’.

This annual readily reseeds itself (but easily pulled out) in the garden and can become a nuisance if not controlled. Insects or wind cross pollinates this plant. It is easy to grow and prefers sunny, well drained (even sandy) locations and is not prone to many diseases other than root rot from overly wet soil.

This plant is airy, gracefully branching and very aromatic-- I love this one in the garden-- I will let some of it go to seed for spreading and will harvest some for wreaths...beautiful against our 8 foot fence for color and grows to about  4 ft tall... It will not stand well in high winds, so you should staked it when not planted against a building or fence. I plant Cosmos with it for colorful blooms.

Preserving Wormwood By preserving in the glycerin which you can get at Walmart in the first aid section, it retains a green color and a "softness".  And best part is, it still smells wonderful! Make wreaths with it for winter enjoyment.

I mix 3 parts of water with 1 part of glycerin in a glass container and add the freshly cut stems.  Don't overcrowd the stems.  In approx. 1 week, I remove the sweet annie when there isn't anymore water in the container, let cut ends dry.

Why do I grow Sweet Annie Wormwood?

Wormwood can be used on every type of cancer. It has been an ancient Chinese remedy for over two millennia for normalizing digestive complaints . It is found to be safe, easy to use and affordable. And, has great promise in the treatment of cancer.DO NOT USE THIS IF has been known to induce labor!

 Artemisinin is extracted from wormwood and is FDA approved for the treatment of malaria.Cancer cells and bacteria accumulate iron far more than normal cells. Artemisinin works in the presence of iron to create free radicals that kill cells that hoard iron. Leukemia cells concentrate iron 1000 times normal lymphocytes and breast cancer concentrates iron 15 times a normal breast cell.

There are three forms of wormwood extract: artemisinin, artesunate, and artemether. It can be given either orally or rectally by suppository.  I dry mine and put it in the blender to make a powder, then fill gelatin caps .

It should be taken several days on and several off if taken by mouth because of intestinal tolerance. It is non-toxic and has been used on over 4000 patients without problems.

Combining wormwood and iron is much more effective in killing cancer cells and when cancer cells send signal to the body that indicate their need for iron and protein, they are unaware that the toxic compound artemisinin [wormwood]  is lurking on their surface along with iron and protein. On the inside of the cancer tumor, iron reacts with toxic artemisinin to release poisonous molecules known as free radicals.

 When there is enough accumulation of free radicals, the cancer cell dies.The herb is frequently eaten as a salad in Asia , dried and consumed, or made in a form of tea..Dried wormwood leaves do not lose their artemisinin fast {per CDC website}. In proper storage conditions, the artemisinin is present in almost whole amounts even after one year of storage.

The recipe is to place approximately 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of the dried tea leaves into a cup and then pour one cup of hot water over the leaves. Do not boil the water, I recommend water that has not quite reached the boiling point to protect the active compounds in the leaves from damage. The leaves are strong and bitter tasting, so you will likely want to add a sweetener of some sort. Let the tea steep for several minutes to ensure the active compounds are extracted from the Artemisia Annua leaves  . The tea is best digested on a full stomach. The tea can also be mixed with other herbal teas including peppermint to improve taste.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Cinderella in the news

Link here....

Feel the magic of this 1963 Shasta Airflyte: It's designed for a princess
Your magic chariot awaits, but not in the form of a pumpkin, but as a 1963 Shasta Airflyte. Some girls might like diamonds and glitter while others prefer the outdoors and camping. One woman proves that it's possible to like both by giving her vintage Shasta a makeover fit for a princess. Deidrea Ann is the owner of The Tin Tiara and the writer of this Shasta fairy tale. 
By renting out her Cinderella camper, anyone can have their moment to feel like a princess. Whether you are planning the wedding of your dreams or looking for an elaborate way to enter the party, this camper is made to grant any wish. The Tin Tiara is meticulously covered in lustrous surfaces and hand-painted details. She glistens from inside to out. 
What princess is without her own horse-drawn carriage? 
A beautiful trompe-l'œil window painting greets you at the front door of The Tin Tiara. 
Hand-painted details cover this princess camper, even the tires have flowers on them.
The interior is just as lavish. The seating area features a lush pink and gold sofa and jeweled chandeliers. 
Elaborate ornament covers every inch of this camper. This old, wooden dresser has been revamped with gold embellishments. 
Feel like you are lying in a field of flowers when you are under the canopy of this bed. 
Pamper yourself at this lovely bathroom vanity. 
In the evening you can relax under the hand-painted awning...
But don't forget to be back by midnight. 
Is this camper perfect for the prince or princess in your life? If so, SHARE with your friends on Facebook.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Pink Kitchen Cookware

My score yesterday thrifting....Shabby Pink Pots and Pans!!!

 Now most would not think this was a big deal, but if you ever wanted pink cookware you would feel me on this one...

Not only are they pink, but the perfect shade of pink...ya ...I am picky that way....I like pink...but not PINK....

I got the whole set for under 20 bucks, and if you could even find these you would pay upwards of 200.00, as they were only for a limited time for cancer awareness ...WOOHOO!! #Faberware

 I cannot wait to get cookin'!!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Poppy Troll Crochet Knit Hat

 I tied the yard to the hat , then unraveled each string, and brushed it out with a bristle brush...this is time consuming, but worth it...

 I used this nice soft yarn for the hair...not a good idea, you will want to use the cheap kind in order to get the hair to stand up...learned the hard way....

 0.K....I decided this hat really needed I cut some from felt. I initially crocheted some, but they were just too bulky....I glued these on with E6000 GLUE...

Video here:
 I love the added eyes...they add so much more character!

Monday, January 2, 2017

Leland Claes Siamese Cat TV Lamp

 Oh vintage 1954 marked and signed Leland claes glowing cat eye lamp! The lamp was made in 1954 and is marked and signed on the base. This lamp was made by Leland Claes whose lamps are very rare and highly sought after especially after his death in 2000.

T V lamps were made for only about 10 years in the 1950's. The early first television sets had such low resolution, the quality of the picture was best at night with all other lighting turned off. This kind of low light was thought to be bad for your eyes, thus the T V lamps were born! Placed on top of your console set, they splayed light onto the wall through the back of the lamp without affecting the television broadcast (and through the eyes as in our cat lamp). As T V technology improved, the short lived T V lamp era was over. 

The lamp is made of ceramic and features a pair of lounging Siamese cats that have been hand painted beautifully and is VERY RARE AND HARD TO FIND! The cats also have blue painted eyes which are underlit by a bright white light which makes their eyes glow when the lamp is turned on. The lamp would have originally sat on top of someone's television or in their window.

This Siamese Lamp was designed by Leland Claes, "a virtual unknown in most pottery collecting circles, his designs are appreciated almost exclusively by TV lamp enthusiasts. Claes was born in Turlock, California on August 31st, 1916, and would be the eldest of seven children. Leland was a loner, and as a result the details of his time as a pottery designer are rather vague, even to those close to him. He designed pottery for Arthur Ball at Ball Art Ware in the late '40s through the early '50s, replacing Howard Ball, who had left to design for Brad Keeler. 
Most, if not all, of Claes' TV lamps were made by William H. Hirsch Manufacturing.

In 1952 Claes left Ball Art Pottery to design and manufacture independently, and established his Morongo Valley studio. Demand increased, and Leland opted to take his designs to the William H. Hirsch Manufacturing Company for production. Thus began the period in which the best-known Claes designs were produced.  Hirsch Mfg. made most, if not all, of Claes TV lamp designs, and a stylized "WH" can be found on most examples. The length of this association with the Los Angeles-based Hirsch Manufacturing is unclear, but it was likely a five or six year span. 
A little-known pottery called Williams Ceramics is also thought to have produced some of the lamps, but this cannot be substantiated. The companies involvement was suggested before Hirsch was discovered to be the primary manufacturer, and the connection could simply be a confusion resulting from the similarity of names. The records of Underwriter's Laboratories indicate that Williams Ceramics was active in Fontana from 1953 until 1957, in which year they are inexplicably shown to be located in Elsinore. No records of that company exist after 1959.

In 1960 Leland abandoned his desert workshop and returned to Turlock, working from a shop located behind his father's home. His interest soon turned to photography, and he opened Adam Portrait Studio in Turlock. He specialized in individual and group portraits, some finished in oils. His kiln was situated in the back of the studio, which allowed him to continue his ceramics and give help and instruction to interested individuals.

Leland closed his photography business in 1971 and moved to his own residence where he tended a small orchard, worked on his computer, and did a great deal of reading and writing. His health was failing, and he passed away on March 11, 2000 at the age of 83.  Leland Claes left behind a marvelous body of work, but couldn't have forseen the rise in popularity that occurred so soon after his passing. His TV lamps and figurines are distinctive, valuable, and a lasting testament to his artistic passion.