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

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.