Color My World

Color My World

Coloring Books are the big ‘thing’ these days. I loved coloring as a child, and the Crayola box of 72 with the sharpener and the book of ideas was one of my favorite things… right along with my Spirograph. I used this set until there were nothing but little stubs left! I was an only child and I had a lot of time by myself, so coloring was a common pastime. I would sit for hours and color away. A new coloring book was a huge treat for me and would keep me occupied for weeks. In my teens I found Dover Publications and even back then they had coloring books that were more intricate than the normal ones you found at the five and dime stores.  They also had paper crafting books that I loved…but that is a subject for another post! These days Dover is just one of many that publish coloring books, but they still have an awesome selection of all sorts of books. Coloring as a life-long hobby. My fascination with coloring continued into my adult years.  I would search out the few available selections in the bookstore ‘art’ sections (remember, there was no internet when I was young) and at one time I had every book I could find. For a while, I got away from coloring, but when I was pregnant with my first child at 23, I found myself drawn back to it – it calmed me and I would color for hours at a time.  Of course at that point, (1983) I had given up crayons and began using colored pencils... read more

Essential Oils – Why?

I share what I have learned with you, because I have found so many benefits by using Essential Oils to replace other toxic substances for my health and home care. We are so inundated by toxins these days from all sources, anything we can do to minimize our exposure will be helpful. And essential oils are a powerful tool to support your immunity and overall health.

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Potato Salad and Mofongo! Resistant Starch at it’s best!

Most starchy foods, carbohydrates are digested quickly and can cause spikes in blood glucose or insulin and, as we all know, tend to cause weight gain.

Resistant starch however, is not digested in the stomach or small intestine, reaching the colon intact. (this is how it got it’s name) So when consumed, we don’t have spikes in either blood glucose or insulin and we don’t gain significant calories either.

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Food: Then and Now (or Why Do I Feel So Bad)

Food: What do you think of when you think of food? When our grandparents thought of food years ago, what came to their minds was a lot different then what probably popped into your head. Food, until just the past 50 or 60 years, was harvested from the ground or sourced from fairly local suppliers. You didn’t buy a lot at one time because the shelf life was short, and in some cases, you didn’t have the storage, refrigeration or otherwise, to keep it fresh for more than a day or two. Real food decomposes quickly, so you needed to eat it when you picked it. Coincidentally, this is when it has the most flavor and nutrition. So, your vegetables were fresh picked and eaten, the excess were canned for eating during the months when things wouldn’t grow. Your meat came from the local butcher or from your own hunting success. That limited the amount you ate, as it too needed to be acquired in smaller quantities and eaten quickly. Sweets were quite a treat as sugar was a high priced commodity. If you wanted something sweet, you generally had fruit. You looked forward to special days and holidays because, as it does now, it meant gathering with family and eating special dishes that you did not have the rest of the year. Food was a necessity and at times a celebration, and our taste buds were attuned to the unadulterated tastes of real food. Doctor: House Call, 1888 Painting; Doctor: House Call, 1888 Art Print for sale(click picture to purchase)   Medicine was not as advanced. When people... read more

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