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Third Time’s A Charm

My daughter and I have been playing around in our test kitchen again and have come up with a delicious new cookie!  Test kitchen is just a fancy way of saying we’ve been cooking and concocting and this time, our mouths watered at the results. Oatmeal-Carrot Cookies that literally melt in your mouth with sweet delicious flavors that will have you tossing carrot seeds in the ground so fast your head will spin!

Oatmeal Carrot Cookies

Sure, you can buy carrots from your local market but where’s the fun in that?  I love to go to my supermarket and wander the aisles (I’m particularly excited by the weekly buy-one-get-one deals), but I really love harvesting vegetables from my organic garden, then proceeding directly to the kitchen for consumption of the same. Awesome feeling.

Anyway, with a bounty of freshly harvested carrots, I thought, “I need a new way to eat these babies.” My Fluffiest Carrot Cake is divine but way too fattening to eat on a regular basis. I mean, it’s too easy to eat three slices in a sitting. Too easy and bad for the hips. Very bad. So I decided to make a healthy cookie, instead. Unfortunately, healthy cookies are kinda hard to make, hence the title of this blog post. Our first two attempts failed. We sweetened the dough with honey which made the final cookies too “liquidy.” For the next batch we cut down on the honey but the cookies still didn’t have enough substance to them. Answer? More

Ulcer-Healing Cabbage Juice

A stomach ulcer can be a huge problem for many and antacids might not be the best route. As a woman who prefers natural healing over pharmaceutical, I thought I’d delve into the issue a bit more and search for a food remedy to heal an ulcer. If you’re a follower of my blog, you know there are ties between what we eat and health issues we encounter so for me it’s a no-brainer do the research. I discovered some startling facts. While it’s easy to understand the effects of fast food on a body, how about tomatoes?

tomatoes ready for drying

They look good, taste delicious, but did you know they can aggravate the condition commonly referred to as of GERD? Onions, too. Who knew?

Not me. Chocolate isn’t recommended for those suffering from the condition either. What a bummer. HUGE bummer. Alcohol exacerbates the condition, too. Bye-bye wine!

Anyoo, I began my research because I’ve been having stomach ulcer issues of late. While I’m not sure exactly what’s going on, I think I’ve narrowed it down to the onset–a three-week period of time when I took a daily NSAID for back pain. Doctor told me to take an antacid with it, but I didn’t listen. Remember, I don’t like to take meds, so unless I NEED it, I don’t take it. Apparently I NEEDED it to combat the effects of the NSAID on my stomach lining and prevent an ulcer. Moral of the story: Ask more thorough questions. (My doctor’s gonna love that!)

Working from my new theory, I’ve diagnosed myself with a potential peptic ulcer. It meets the checklist of symptoms, began around the time I began the NSAID. Makes sense to me there could be a link. Besides, the alternative prescription was a six-week regimen of daily antacids for acid-reflux. Not appealing to me. Besides, there’s information out there to suggest that lowering my stomach acid temporarily could potentially worsen the condition in the long run. We’ll save that for another post.

cabbage juice ulcer healing ingredients

Me? I’m a food remedy gal who prefers natural methods. In light of my self-diagnosis, I’ve decided to try cabbage juice. Apparently this veggie is one of the wonder-workers in the garden, particularly beneficial when it comes to stomach ulcers. Seven to ten-day healing is the claim and if it works, yahoo! If not, no harm no foul, right? I’m still eating healthy.

ulcer healing juice

Cabbage juice is easy to make and quite tasty, especially when combined with apples and carrots. To make an 8-ounce glass, you’ll need one large carrot, one small apple (organic please, as this is one of the most toxic when it comes to commercial pesticides) and a quarter head of cabbage. I cored the apple, discarding the center and peeled the carrot. For the cabbage, I cut out the hard stem and used 1/4 the leaf body.

Ulcer healing Cabbage Carrot Apple Juice

Simply turn of your juicer, insert vegetables and voilá, you have cabbage juice! Some kind of beautiful, isn’t it? (First photo is before mixing.) Knowing that your holding a cup full of powerhouse antioxidants adds to the allure. Granted you have to drink this four times a day for the quick healing results, but it is good and I can use the extra vitamins. For those of you prone to gas, reduce your intake to 4-ounces.

So there you have it. I’ve begun my experiment with the natural healing benefits of Cabbage-Carrot-Apple Juice. I’ll keep you posted on my results. 🙂

What Shape is YOUR Garden In?

Good shape, poor shape, the kids have discovered all kinds of shapes in their garden this week, especially when it comes to leaves.  They’re long, short, ragged, smooth, small, wide, narrow…  Well, you get the idea.  Brussels sprouts tend toward the round side.

Oval with a point as in oregano.  Pepper plants share this shape (but it’s too cold for those at the moment). More