"When a woman stays at home and cooks with good judgment and understanding, peace and happiness result. She thus controls the family's health and destiny, also her husband's mood, disposition and feeling, and assures the futures of her children." - Jaques DeLangre

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Raw Milk Safety

The Story

I was over at my friend's house the other night picking up some their delicious RAW MILK. I was talking and laughing with my friend when their 10 year old came into the kitchen and said to her husband, "Dad, Peter (name has been changed) next door says we shouldn't drink our milk because it'll make us sick. He said his mom told him it's not clean." My friend and her husband handled the situation with grace and style. They didn't get upset, they just confirmed to him that everything was okay. I was fuming inside, though! I wanted to march over to the neighbor's house and set his mama straight! I've been stewing over it for a while now and I just had to post about it.

I truly believe that raw milk is clean and safe! I love the fresh taste of it and I love knowing that it is alive and REAL! Not dead, devoid of enzymes and two or three weeks old.

I found a few great links in defense of raw milk that I think you will really enjoy reading.

Link 1
Link 2

Thanks for letting me vent!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Tara's 12 Step Program

It's True, I'm Addicted!
Have I confessed here that I am a sugar addict? It's true! I've spent most of my life moving from one sugar fix to the next. As a teen I would spend my lunch money on candy and soda. (Sorry Mom! I'll pay you back!) As an adult I pigged out on sugary cold cereals, deserts and candy. I always bought myself a candy bar at the end of each shopping trip. After all, I had just done the hard work of grocery shopping, I deserved a treat! I usually had a bowl (or two) of cereal at the end of each day. I had just spent a day caring for little ones, I deserved a treat. I often mixed up a little bowl of powdered sugar frosting, because I deserved a treat! Two months after Halloween I would usually find myself combing the cupboards for any leftover candy. So sad! Sugar had me in her grasp and did not want to let me go! I finally started suffering from severe hypoglycemia and knew I had to make changes. I just didn't know where to start.

Thankfully the Lord led me down a path to recovery. That might sound a little silly, (does the Lord care if we eat white sugar?)but it's true. The path started with education! I learned why white sugar was so bad for me. Here are 146 reasons! Don't read any further until you've clicked the link and scanned the list. Even brands that claim to be "pure" and "natural" are not good for you! Don't fall for it!

Good Advice
"The average American now consumes 175 pounds of sugar per year! That's 46 teaspoons a day! If we pretend that sugar actually had some benefits, eating one-half pound every day would not seem like such a bad idea. But the truth is that sugar has absolutely no nutritional value whatsoever. Not only does it totally lack nutrients, but when you eat sugar it actually robs your body of nutrients-- vitamins, minerals and even enzymes.

Sure sugar may be temporarily pleasing to the taste buds, but the rest of the body suffers for it. The sad thing is that most people are not aware of the devastating effects that excess sugar consumption has on the body."


"Get in the habit of reading labels and avoid products made with white sugar, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, sucrose, dextrose, fructose, and ALL artificial sweeteners. Instead use natural sweeteners, including pure maple syrup, molasses, stevia, Rapadura (dehydrated cane sugar juice - Sucanat) or raw unfiltered honey. Many health food stores offer products made with natural sweeteners, like cookies and ice cream, and even licorice, although it is better to make your own."

Read the entire article at the Weston A. Price Foundation website.

It's Still a Battle!
I love sweets! I think I always will. White sugar no longer controls me though. I can go through the check-out line at the store without my palms breaking into a sweat over the sight of all the candy bars! The trick is to learn how to make tasty treats at home. I have several recipes you can try. Click here for cookies and here for a delicious cake!

Tara's 12 Step Sugar Addiction Recovery Program
Step 1. Go buy some Sucanat or honey at your local health food store.
Step 2. Read and try my cookie recipe.
Step 3. Read and try my cake recipe.
Step 4. Read through the "Desserts" section of Nourishing Traditions.
(If you don't own a copy of NT go to Amazon.com and order one right now! That's step 4 and a 1/2!)
Step 5. Try one of the ice cream recipes from NT. I like the berry one!

The next steps are hard, but you can do it!

Step 6. Open your pantry and toss the bag of white sugar into the trash.
Step 7. Take a deep breath and toss all the food CONTAINING white sugar.
Step 8. Stop thinking about all the money you just wasted!
Step 9. Start thinking about the health you will be building!
Step 10. Put on your prettiest apron and make my cookies again.
Step 11. Don't buy any more white sugar or products with sugar in them.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010


Summer just isn't complete without a great salsa!

What You Need
2 large tomatoes
3-4 green onions
1/2 cup cilantro leaves
1 small can diced green chilies
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp Real Salt
2 TBLS raw apple cider vinegar or lemon juice

What You Need To Do
Wash and chop all of the veggies and herbs. I usually mix mine together in a wide-mouth quart jar. Add the salt, garlic powder and vinegar. Stir gently. Enjoy with chips (find a kind with as few ingredients as possible) or on Mexican Style Wraps. Have I posted the recipe for Mexican Wraps? I'll check on that!

Make The Salsa Extra Nourishing!
Add 2 TBLS of whey to the salsa. Mix it in gently and screw a lid on the jar. Leave this on your counter for 2 days and then transfer to the fridge. It is now full of enzymes and will aid in digestion!

Breakfast Time!

I Wish You Could Smell This!
I promise no one will miss the cold cereal when you serve up a breakfast like this one! Butch and I worked together to bake/blend/mix up this delicious meal! I made the Cinnamon Bread Sticks, and Butch made the scrambled eggs and the Fruity Yogurt.

Cinnamon Bread
Start with half a batch of basic soaked dough.

Knead a rounded teaspoon of Real Salt, and a rounded teaspoon of baking soda into the dough.

Butter your stone and roll out the dough evenly. Spread a thin layer of butter over the dough, and then a thin layer of Sucanat.

Sprinkle cinnamon over the whole thing and then bake at 350 for 25 minutes.

Let it cool for a few minutes and then use your pizza cutter to slice it into squares. Big Guy calls these squares "sugar cubes!"

Fruity Yogurt

I poured 1 quart of my homemade, raw milk yogurt into the blender. (If you're not making yogurt yet, don't worry! Dannon makes a great plain yogurt. Just be sure to buy the full fat kind, not low-fat. Brown Cow is another brand that is pretty easy to find.) Butch added 3 bananas, 5 frozen strawberries, and a 1/2 teaspoon of pure vanilla. Whiz that until it's well blended. It will be a little soupy. He poured the Fruity Yogurt into bowls and then I sprinkled a few teaspoons of Sucanat into each bowl.

What a great way to start the day!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Summer Salad

Too Hot To Cook?
I'm always on the lookout for recipes that don't involve heating up the oven! This recipe is fast becoming a favorite of mine. The original recipe came from my friend Sara, but I've tweaked it a little. (I'm hopeless when it comes to following a recipe!)

What You Need
1 1/2 cups boiling water
1 cup bulgur wheat*
Juice of two small lemons
1/4 cup olive oil
Real Salt
1 cup cooked, chopped chicken (optional)
3 green onions, chopped small
1 cup cilantro leaves, chopped a little
1 cucumber, chopped up small
1 large tomato, chopped up small

*Bulgur wheat is wheat berries that have been soaked/sprouted, dehydrated, and coarsely chopped. Unless you have a lot of free time, I suggest you buy this from your local health food store!

What To Do
In a large, heat-safe bowl combine the boiling water, olive oil, lemon juice, and bulgur wheat. Cover this and let it sit for an hour or so. The bulgur will absorb the liquid.

While the bulgur is busy absorbing, you get busy and chop the cucumber, tomato, green onions, and cilantro. When the bulgur is fluffy and tastes chewy like rice, mix in the veggies. I sprinkle in about 2 teaspoons of Real Salt, mix well and TASTE it. Add more of what it seems like it needs.

Let the salad chill for an hour in the fridge so the flavors blend together well.

Other optional ingredients are chopped mushrooms or your favorite kind of cheese.

If you add the chicken, this is a main dish. I usually make it without the chicken. Either way, it is great served with a big green salad!

This Is The Place!

Face Lift
I am so excited about the new look of my blog! What do you think?

Hello? Are You There?
It feels like forever since I last posted. I have to admit that I haven't felt very "happy in the kitchen" over the last few months! I'm working on a post to explain that. I think we all have our ups and downs and what we are able (or willing) to do changes all the time. I have still been cooking and learning, though, and I am happy to say my enthusiasm is returning! My goal is to post regularly!

Let's Get Together
The class idea is still in the works! I am putting together the first class called, "The Science of Soaking." We will learn all about WHY it is so important to properly prepare your food and HOW to do it! More details on dates and times soon to come.

I just have to say that I think the title "Followers" is SO odd in the blog world. Can we change it to "Onlookers," or "Observers," or "Slightly Interested In What You Have To Sayers?" I am amazed every day that there are 22 people who follow this blog! I think you all are the GREATEST!