Dumplings With Herbs and Homemade Alfredo Sauce – Yum Yum!!

Oh My Goodness! We are going to splurge all over the place today with some amazing comfort food! We are going to make fresh dumplings with thyme, parsley and oregano added. We are going to set these amazing dumplings afloat in a sea of decadent, homemade, Alfredo sauce full of buttery garlic goodness and topped with additional oregano. This is a meal in itself; however, if you want to add a protein, go right ahead! Grilled chicken, shrimp, salmon or even meatballs just adds to the depth of deliciousness this dish offers you and whoever you choose to share it with. Ready? Let’s go on a gastro journey to soothe your soul.

Before we get to the recipes, let’s look at the health benefits of the herbs we are going to use today. It is amazing that the seasonings we use everyday offer so many benefits for what ails us!

Garlic:

  1. Reduces cholesterol
  2. Reduces heart attack risk
  3. Stimulates the immune system
  4. Reduces blood pressure
  5. Is anti-parasitic

Thyme:

  1. Ideal for deep seated chest infections
  2. Relieves digestive distress
  3. Is anti-bacterial
  4. Is anti-fungal

Oregano:

  1. Heals coughs
  2. Soothes asthma
  3. Helps with diarrhea
  4. Calms a stomach ache
  5. Aids digestion
  6. Is anti-inflammatory

Parsley

  1. Loaded with vitamins and minerals
  2. Supports healthy digestion
  3. Has a diuretic effect
  4. Protects against osteoporosis
  5. Gives you fresh breath

Making dumplings is seriously one of the simplest things you can do. There is nothing much to it but the end results are fantastic! The recipe we are going to use today is as follows:

1.5 cups of all purpose flour

1 teaspoon of salt

1 teaspoon of baking soda

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon dried thyme

1 teaspoon dried parsley

1 teaspoon dried oregano

3 tablespoons of butter

3/4 cup of milk (or milk substitute. I will be using almond milk as cows milk does not agree with me.)

Step 1

In a bowl, mix the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, thyme, parsley and oregano.

Step 2

Cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

Step 3

Gradually add the milk, using just enough to form a thick batter.

Step 4

Drop rounded tablespoons of dough into simmering soup or stew. We are using homemade chicken broth. Cover and allow to cook for 15 minutes.

Step 5

When the dumplings are cooked through, drain them in a strainer so they can be added to the fresh Alfredo sauce!

For our Fresh Alfredo Sauce, the recipe is as follows:

1 cup butter

1.5 tablespoons of minced garlic

3 tablespoon of all-purpose flour

1 quart of heavy cream

8 ounces freshly shredded Parmesan cheese

1 teaspoon of oregano

Step 1

Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Stir in the garlic and stir until the garlic is fragrant but not browned.

Step 2

Stir in the flour and stir until the mixture is smooth.

Step 3

Whisk in the heavy cream and whisk constantly until the mixture is hot and slightly thickened. This will take about 10 minutes.

Step 4

Gradually stir in the Parmesan cheese. Do this slowly and with great presence. Stir until the cheese is melted and the sauce is smooth. This will take about 20 to 30 minutes.

When the sauce is complete, gently stir in the dumplings until well coated. Sprinkle some fresh parsley over the top if you so desire. Enjoy!!!

The number one secret to making amazing Alfredo sauce is to be totally present during the whole process. If you are rushed or feel like you are in a huge hurry, don’t make this sauce. If you are feeling anxiety, making this sauce can be very therapeutic. There is a lot of slow, steady stirring as you bring this sauce to the finished product. Slowing down and breathing to the rhythem of the slow stirring can be very effective in bringing down your anxiety level. Just breathing and being present while preparing food for yourself and those you love will bring such a sense of peace to your life. As you are stirring, think deeply about how you are adding love to the dish and how you are intending it to bring peace and harmony to the table. So many times in our hurry up world, we tell ourselves we don’t have time to cook food from scratch. I’m asking you to consider that maybe you don’t have time to not cook fresh food from scratch.

Thanks so much for being here today. Join me again on Thursday. We are going to prepare an insect repellant lotion that contains only health giving essential oils in a chemical free lotion base. The insect repellants you buy in the store are stuffed full of harmful chemicals and biting insects can carry illness and disease. Finding a healthy way to repel these insects is the ultimate goal. Don’t forget to like and subscribe! Until next time, stay free my friends

Upcycled Wedding Dress – Something New From Something Old.

Good Morning Friends!! As promised, today we are going to start up cycling this fabulous, vintage wedding dress that was lovingly gifted to me by a very dear friend. This dress was her mother’s hand made dress from 1950. Having it in her closet was making her feel sad. She knew I would be able to turn it into something beautiful for someone else to enjoy. I am so passionate about this project for so many reasons! First, a little back story. I owned and operated a successful bridal boutique for 15 years. I sold gorgeous, new wedding dresses from all over the world. Over the years I watched the prices of dresses rise at an unbelievable rate. By the time I sold the business, I was starting to feel that the amount of money our brides were paying for weddings as a whole was getting totally out of control! These brides were under such pressure to have ALL the things in their weddings to make sure their peers would think they did it right. And let me say, the number of “requirements” was unbelievable! When my husband and I got married everything was so much simpler!!! and cheaper!

Lately, as we have been navigating this turbulent time in our history, I have started seeing things so much more clearly. We have been held hostage in a matrix for so long that we are not even aware that it exists! We are pummeled from all sides with pressure to be consumers and to consume more and more and more. The more money we spend, the richer our captors become. To be able to purchase all the things we have been lead to believe that we need to keep up with modern society, we have to work harder and harder. The more we work, the more taxes are collected from our paychecks which again adds to the coffers of our captors. As our unnatural desire for all the material possessions constantly increases, we have to work more and more hours. Now we have to have two incomes and we are still strapped all the time. As the feelings of being strapped get stronger and stronger, the more anxiety and fear we start experiencing. It is the most vicious circle imaginable! And we have been programmed to believe this is how we have to live our lives!!! It is all a lie!!!!

Another problem with our massive consumer habits is the amount of trash we are accumulating! We throw out an unbelievable amount of clothing every year. Sometimes we donate our unwanted clothing, which is a help, but the amount of fabric that is discarded every single year could easily clothe every single one of us! Now, I am not saying that I want to wear clothing that is outdated, but, for me, I have started a crusade to make all the things I need from recycled fabrics. For the whole year of 2022 I vow not to purchase any “new” fabric items. I will go to the donation centers and gather used fabrics to create what I want or need. I can guarantee you that the things I create will be amazing!!!!

I realize that sewing has become a lost art. This is another tool the ones who control the matrix have used against us. They have made it part of the program to have us choose not to learn the old skills that everyone had just a couple of generations ago. They have made it seem normal for us to not be able to take care of ourselves. We no longer know how to grow food, preserve food, make clothing or use herbal medicines! All we know how to do it to buy these things – which has led us down the path to more and more consumerism. Is this making any sense to anyone? The more we have to buy, the more money we have to make. Then we are back in the loop. We have to work more and more hours taking us away from our homes and our families to work for companies that can replace us at the drop of a hat! We have zero security that our jobs will be there for us when we need them! If we lose our jobs, we don’t have the skills needed to survive with less. Do you see the vicious circle? Do you see how dependent we have become on others to provide what we need to survive? Now is the time to start reclaiming our freedom from consumerism.

OK, time for me to get off of my soapbox and on to getting this vintage gown turned into something new and wonderful for less than $50.00 in supplies! This is just the first of many wedding gowns we are going to restyle on this channel. Wedding gowns are what I know and what I love so we are going to up cycle many of them. I don’t know who they will end up being for, but I feel confident the universe will bring the right bride to each dress we do.

Here are the quick sketches of what I have planned for this gown. It will be a two piece dress with just a thin strip of tummy showing. The beading at the top will be removed as it has become damaged over the years. I will also remove the sheer mesh at the top. The back will be opened up and will have a lace up, corset back added for a bit of that medieval look I love so much. Along the neckline Kevin and I will be pouring small, resin buttons containing tiny little flowers to include the treasures that nature provides. These decorative buttons will be added at 5 points along the top of the bodice and possibly down the corset back. The skirt will be turned into a fit and flare style skirt with a multi tiered lace insert down the back from the top of the thigh to the bottom. The top of the skirt will also be fitted with a corset closure. Before I insert the lace tiers in the back, I will be dip dying the different layers in an ombre of earthy greens. Also before I insert the lace tiers I will be dip dying the entire skirt and the lower half of the sleeves in a lighter shade of the earthy green. It will gradually fade from the ivory at the top to just the slightest tint of green on to a finished medium green at the very bottom. I have choses to use the little bits of nature in the buttons and the earthy green as I want to honor the earth and all she has provided for us through the entire time life has existed on this planet.

I know that one person deciding not to buy clothes for a year is not going to save the planet. Frankly, nothing we can do is going to save the planet. She will eventually take care of herself even if that means purging us from her surface. Reclaiming my personal freedom and showing others that it can be done might just save us from slipping further into the matrix. We might reclaim just a bit of the freedom we use to have.

Thanks so much for being here! Monday we will be back in the kitchen making herb dumplings and fresh Alfredo sauce. Next Saturday, when we get back to this wedding dress, we will be completing the deconstruction and getting the dress ready to put back together! I would love for you to join our tribe by liking and subscribing. Please share these posts with anyone you think might enjoy them.

Thanks again for being here and have a magical day!

Golden Honey Infused With Herbs – Fabulous!

Good Morning Friends! Our journey begins today. We are going to be creating 3 different types of herb infused honey. Two of these will be for flavor and one will be for medicinal use. The goal during this brief few minutes of time, we all leave behind the stress of our lives right now and feel the magic of honey. Our lives are out of control! Just for a few minutes, lets totally focus on the golden beauty of honey and contemplate how the magic of herbs can both add flavor to our foods as well as heal what ails us.

Here is your first little tidbit to investigate on your own. Herbal medicine has been around for over 10,000 years and was the only medicine available during that time. Herbal medicine is divine. Our beginnings were in a garden where the earth provided everything we needed to survive. Main Stream Medicine or scientific medicine has only been around for a little over 100 years. Those who promoted this form of medicine saw the opportunity to make obscene amounts of money from this new form of medicine when they were not able to profit from herbal medicine. They started the campaign to eliminate herbal medicine and to make people believe it was not real and only witches and snake oil salesmen would ever pursue herbal medicine when scientific medicine was available. I will leave links below so you can do your own research.

Anyway, we are going to make orange peel honey, hot pepper honey, and lemon ginger honey. Just think of all the beautiful flowers that go into making honey. Bees fly all across the landscape gathering the nectar of the flowers to create a perfect super food. Honey has over 600 health giving phytonutrients in it! Some of the benefits of eating honey are:

  1. Honey helps regulate blood sugar
  2. Honey is anti-bacterial
  3. Honey is anti-fungal
  4. Honey is a natural probiotic
  5. Honey soothes coughs
  6. Honey reduces ulcers
  7. Honey helps heal wounds

Just two important points to remember about honey. It should not be given to infants under 1 year old and it should not be heated above 108 F. Above this temperature the honey is broken down into a glue like substance that is very hard to digest.

To make all of these infused honeys, we are going to add dried herbs to the honey, seal it up and let it sit for at least 2 weeks, preferably a month. After it has time to absorb all the herbal goodness, we will strain out all the herbs and decant our infused honey! For the orange peel honey we add several strips of dehydrated orange slices, peel and all, to a sterilized jar and cover with a mild to medium flavored honey. I have chosen Palmetto honey which I purchased from a local producer at our farmers market because it is produced locally in our area and has the desired mild flavor. If you choose a very strong flavored honey, it will overpower the subtle flavors of the herbs. The health benefits will remain but the flavor will not be as detectable. A few of the health benefits of orange peel are vitamin C levels that exceed that of the fruit, it has been said to help ward off cancer, improve lung health and aids in diabetes treatments. We want to make sure that we include as much of the dried peel as possible while still completely covering with the honey. I am using dried elements because sometimes adding anything that contains water can cause the growth of unhealthy things we don’t want in our final product.

For our hot pepper honey, I have dehydrated some of our locally grown hot peppers including the seeds. Again, we add enough of the dried peppers to loosely fill the jar while still be completely covered with the honey. When this is done infusing, there is nothing quite like the combination of hot and sweet. One of my favorite things to do with this mixture is to pour a good amount over the top of a block of cream cheese and use as a spread for crackers! It is SO good! Hot peppers also offer us a great deal of health benefits. Capsaicin is the most healthful element in hot peppers. It offers a wonderful anti-inflammatory effect which helps in pain relief. Hot peppers are also high in vitamin A, C and K. They are powerful antioxidants and have been reported to help ward off cancer.

Last but not least is our super therapeutic Lemon Ginger Honey. Again, we have dehydrated our lemons and the fresh ginger root. Loosely fill the jars with the dried lemons and ginger and cover completely. This blend is fabulous as a sweetener for any kind of tea, but it is also the most potent herbal medicine in our group of infused honey products. Just look at the health benefits of Ginger alone!

  1. Ginger is an anti- inflammatory
  2. Ginger is an immune booster
  3. Ginger helps with colds and flu
  4. Ginger helps with nausea and morning sickness
  5. Ginger helps with indigestion
  6. Ginger helps with pain
  7. Ginger helps maintain a healthy cholesterol level
  8. Ginger helps protect again Alzheimers Disease

Ginger is a powerful herbal medicine. All of these benefits have been well documented and the information is readily available to any who wish to search for it. The health benefits of lemons are almost as impressive.

  1. Lemons boost the immune system
  2. Lemons reduce phlem
  3. Lemons support heart health
  4. Lemons protect again anemia
  5. Lemons aid in preventing kidney stones

This is a honey that is powerful medicine. It can be taken in 1/2 tsp servings several times a day during illness or it can also be used to sweeten tea. Either way offers the same therapeutic benefits without the harsh side effects of man made medications. God’s medicine is far superior to anything created in a laboratory!

Look how beautiful these jars of honey are!!! We are going to leave them in this window space for the next few weeks. When they are ready, we will come back to them and I will show you how to strain them and decant them for storage. While we wait, I hope you will take time every day to relax with a warm cup of tea sweetened with pure honey and contemplate how many wonderful things we have to be grateful for.

Because herbal medicines have been wrongly portrayed as somehow harmful and those who tell others about them as criminals, I am required by law to tell you I am not a medical doctor, I am not diagnosing any illness or disease and I am not prescribing any herbal medicines to cure any illness or disease. The information in this article is for your general knowledge only. Please do your own research.

Please share this with any of your friends and family who might be feeling a little under the weather or feeling the effects of stress. We would love for you to like and subscribe to our channel and become part of our tribe. Join us on Saturday when we start upcycling a beautiful vintage wedding dress. The design drawings are done and we are ready to create something new from something old. Until then, stay prepared my friends.

Welcome To Our New Journey

We can all agree we are living in a completely different world than we were just a couple of years ago. The truth is, our world and our lives have changed forever. Whether that change is for the good or for the bad is still to be seen. The Great War between good and evil wages all around us as we speak even though it is a different type of war than we have ever experienced before. The Great Books assure us that Good triumphs over Evil. I pray daily that this is the truth.

My story starts a VERY long time ago. I have walked this earth for just over 6 decades. Way, way back in time, when I was just about 4 or 5 years old, I had a series of visits from someone beyond this realm. I call the visitor God but please use whatever name you identify with. I have shared my story with a very few select people because, as you can imagine, one doesn’t just go around telling everyone, “Hey, God gave me some messages!”. Saying things like that is a quick way to cause people to run away and whisper behind your back.

Times have definitely changed and what I was told way back then appears to be coming true so I have to do the job I was sent here to do. That job is to help others through this challenging time and on to a New Earth. As a young child, the message I received about these times was that during the final days when others would leave the earth plane to be removed from the horrors of the end days, I would be left behind to lead others through until the final promise was kept. Being raised in a Christian home, to me this meant I would be staying behind when the Rapture happened. This horrible thought has plagued me my whole life. In fact, actually experiencing the Rapture and finding myself still on Planet Earth has been my biggest fear. Anytime I am out with other people and I turn around to find they they have wandered away, my very first thought is that it happened and I am still here. This has provided great fun for those who knew my secret. Many false Raptures have happened for me at the hands of those very close to me.

Anyway, on with the story. Knowing that I would be left behind, my whole adult life revolved around being self sufficient, growing food, making clothes, learning herbal medicines and so on. I married the man of my dreams almost 38 years ago and he gladly went along with living the life of a survivalist. He cut wood for our wood stove and wood cook stove. He raised the most fabulous gardens imaginable so that I could preserve the bounty. We raised goats and chickens, a beef calf and a few pigs every year. We had fresh eggs every day, we made goat milk cheese and goat mild soap, we had freezers full of farm raised meats, our pantries were overflowing with home canned foods and we lived a happy, self sustaining lifestyle even though we both had outside jobs.

When Y2K became a big deal, I thought my time had finally come but, as we all know, that “end of the world as we know it” event passed with barely a blip. Then we experienced 9-11. As horrific as that was, life soon returned to a version of new normal that did not result in the end of the world. Then came the 2012 End of the Maya Calendar scare. I really thought this was the big one, but again, nothing happened. As my husband, Kevin, and I started getting towards retirement age, I finally decided my early messages were just the imaginative creations of a little girl’s mind. We decided to sell everything we owned including our businesses and retire to someplace warm. In August of 2019 we completed this task. We moved to a house on a small lot in a large neighborhood on a body of water where the palm trees grow all year round and we considered ourselves retired. By January of 2020, just 5 months after our move – we started hearing rumors of some kind of virus. Since that time our entire world has changed. It has turned into the scariest place I can think of. Every day tyranny raises its ugly head a little more. Never in my wildest dreams did I think there would come a day when we were forced to stay in our homes at the risk of being arrested. Rumors of “re-education campus are swirling around like crazy along with forced, experimental medical procedures that are threatening our ability to provide for our families. Because this is a world-wide event and because there appears to be no end in sight, only more slavery, it has become clear to me that these are in fact the days I was sent here for.

Now that the time is upon us, we find ourselves in a location with no way to provide food for ourselves other than to go to the grocery. We find ourselves unable to get medical care unless we take the experimental medical procedure. We find ourselves forbidden to live lives as free people. So, now is the time for me to accept the gauntlet that God threw down for me as a 4 year old child.

On this channel, I will teach others the old ways of survival and I will teach them the ways of Earth Medicine. We will go on the journey of using less, throwing away less and reusing everything possible. We will cook, prepare potions, make medicines, upcycle clothes and furniture, hand make gifts and learn to cherish the Earth. In doing so, we will expose evil along the way. I hope you will become a part of our tribe. Please subscribe to our channel and share it with anyone you know who might need to learn the skills we will be teaching. The time in now. Soon it will be too late.

Thanks for being here on the Winter Solstice 2021. Join me on Thursday for preparing herbal concoctions and Saturday when we start up cycling a vintage wedding gown. Don’t forget to like and subscribe! Until next time, be prepared my friends.