Wheat…so many types to choose from???

Since I have really been getting into baking bread, I have been trying all kinds of wheat.  I was shocked at how many different types there actually are.  I mean, I knew about red wheat and white wheat, but that was the extent of my knowledge of wheat.  Here is a list of the different kinds of wheat I have been using.

Hard Red Wheat
This is the “standard” wheat.  It makes dark, nutty whole wheat tasting bread.

Hard White Wheat
This is my favorite for baking bread.  It has plenty of gluten to make yummy bread, but it produces a lighter loaf than the hard red.

Soft White Wheat
This is great for pastries.  It is known as the whole wheat pastry flour.  It behaves the most like white flour.  It is not good for bread, because of the low gluten content.  I use a lot of this as well.

Kamut (pronounced kaw-moot)
This is an ancient hard wheat grain. It has not been hybridized. It is a relative of durum wheat. It makes a good grain to add to salads the way you would with quinoa.  It contains gluten, but some people who have intolerances to gluten can eat kamut.

This is another of my favorites. It is an ancient grain.  It retains most of its nutrients even after cooking.  It is easy to digest and some some people with gluten intolerance can eat without problems.  It taste similar to hard red wheat.  I find that it doesn’t rise as well as the hard red and hard white wheat.  It tends to spread out as it rises.

It is an ancient wheat.  It is low in gluten, so people with gluten intolerances can sometimes eat it without problems.  I haven’t spent a lot of time with this one, I am still figuring it out.  It seems to be pretty versatile.

This is the most ancient grain.  Again, I am still experimenting with this one, but it seems to be versatile as well.

Durum Wheat
This is what is used to make pasta.  It is called semolina once it is ground into flour.

Baking Bacon…

I love to make my bacon this way.  It is so much easier!  Just spread your bacon on a cookie sheet that has a rim around it.  You can bake it to whatever texture you like.  My husband likes his bacon on the crunchy side.  It gets pretty close to perfect if I put the bacon in the oven and then turn it on to 350 degrees.  I bake it for thirty minutes.  My oven doesn’t bake evenly so I turn it around half way through.  I cut my bacon with a pizza cutter if I need bacon pieces.  After the bacon grease is slightly cooled, I pour it into a jar with the date written on it.  Yummy bacon grease. 🙂  And best of all no more burned bacon.  Maybe I am the only one who burns bacon….

Story Time: The Cat of Bubastes: A tale of Ancient Egypt by G. A. Henty

The Cat of Bubastes: A Tale of Ancient Egypt by G. A. Henty

FREE (at the time of writing this post) KINDLE EDITION.

The Cat of Bubastes takes place in Ancient Egypt.  This story is fun because it is told from the perspective of an Egyptian captive.  It also is unique in that it focuses so much on the cats of Egypt.  Before reading this book, I didn’t realize just how important cats were to Egyptians.  For instance, if you accidentally killed a cat, you were put to death.  It was great tragedy.  The first time Rylee heard this story, she claimed it was a little boring.  She then proceeded to listen to it on her kindle at least another ten times.  Not sure what that means. 🙂 I enjoyed it. I thought it was a nice change of pace from the other topics we had been learning through our Egypt books.  Actually, I have enjoyed most of the G. A. Henty books that I have read.

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Story Time: The Bee Tree by Patricia Polacco

The Bee Tree by Patricia Polacco

The Bee Tree is a story about a little girl who tells her grandpa that she is bored with reading and wants to play outside.  He leads the whole neighborhood on an adventure chasing bees.  At the end helps her to understand the “sweetness” of reading if you just put forth the effort.

My kids really like this book, we have read it several times.  The illustrations are really fun.  It does make my son want to chase bees to a bee tree though. 😉

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Get rid of PUPPP symptoms…

I researched and researched how to get rid of PUPPP.  If you do not know what that is,  I wrote about PUPPP in my last post.  I tried every natural remedy I found.  Teas, Poultices, soaps, oils, baths, etc.  A couple of weeks ago I started using Grandpa’s Soap Pine Tar Soap  in the shower.  I rub the bar directly on my skin until my shower turns cold.  At first I wasn’t sure if it was working, but now I am sure.  The itching is still bothering me, but it gets better and better everyday.  I don’t feel like I am going crazy anymore.  I cannot recommend it enough.  It is a miracle.  It says you can use it for Psoriasis and Eczema.  I have never used it for either of those things.  But if you have trouble with those, I would definitely give it a try!

As I was reading Grandpa’s Soap Pine Tar Soap  reviews, I noticed that most ladies seemed to find the smell terrible.  I find this funny because I seriously love the smell.  I am not sure if it is because of my pregnancy, but I can’t get enough of it.  It smells exactly like a campfire.  You may not want to smell like a campfire, but if you are itching this bad… who cares what it smells like.   Luckily my husband doesn’t mind the smell.

I will say that it seriously dries out my skin.  I just use coconut oil as a lotion, and that seems to help a lot.

Hopefully, this will reach some people that are suffering the way I was.  I am so grateful I found it!!


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Best Cold Remedy Ever!!!

My family has always gotten sick a lot! I am talking, at least 12 times from October-June each year. About a year ago my niece told me about a cold remedy that worked really well at preventing getting colds and the flu. I started using it and I have had a 100% success rate this last year! My kids and my husband refused to try it. They were sick over and over, and I never got sick. Okay, I did get sick once. I was to lazy to get out of bed and use the remedy, and sure enough I got sick. I paid dearly for my laziness. 🙂 I know that a 100% success rate seems to good to be true, but it gets better. It is also super cheap and super easy.

What is it? Peroxide! Make sure you buy the 3% kind.

You use it as soon as you feel like you are getting sick. I know that I am getting sick when my eyes start watering, my nose gets itchy, I start sneezing, and my throat hurts. As soon as I notice any of these symtoms, I use peroxide right away.

Directions: I turn my head to the side and I pour a little peroxide into my ear. I leave it for about a minute and then I turn my head over the other way, and while that ear is draining onto a towel, I pour some into the other ear. It feels cold going in and you will feel a bubbly sensation. It isn’t a great experience, but I would do it every day if I needed to.

It has been so effective, that my husband has started doing it. It is a little trickier with kids, because they do not tell you they are getting sick until they are really sick. I am going to start putting peroxide in their ears on Monday mornings. They seem to catch something at church every week. 🙂

I use peroxide for a lot of other things as well.

Blood: Peroxide will get blood out of clothing or carpet. Just spray it on and wash as normal. It is amazing! Keep in mind that it is a bleach, so test fabrics first. I have never had it ruin anything…

Sanitizer: Pour a little on your toothbrush after each use to keep it clean. Add some to a spray bottle with water and use as a spray cleaner.

Sore Throats: Gargle with 50/50 water and peroxide to help with a sore throat.

Bleach Alternative: You can use it in your laundry. 🙂

I know there are other things you can use it for, but these are the things I have tried personally. I hope this helps someone the way that it has helped me. Thank you Crystal for telling me about this. 🙂

Have you ever tried Peroxide in your ears? What else do you use it for?

Disclaimer: I am not making any promises. I am not a doctor. I am simply saying how well it has worked for me. Do not use peroxide if you have tubes in your ears or you have a blown eardrum. Make sure you get the 3% that they sell at the drugstore.

Cough Remedy…

My family has been sick a lot this winter. On the way home from our trip from Arizona, everyone except me had terrible flu symptoms. When we arrived home, we were really worried about my baby. Her lungs sounded horrible. We wondered if she had Pneumonia. We were using SunBreeze which was helping but we felt like we needed something more.

I am currently working towards my Master Herbalist Certificate and so we decided to try one of the remedies I have learned about…

Onions. Now remember we just came home from a two week vacation, but the onions in the pantry were still good, thank goodness. I sliced them up and warmed them in a frying pan with olive oil until they were soft. I then put a little olive oil on my daughter’s chest and placed the onions on her chest (after they cooled down a bit). I placed a folded receiving blanket over the onions and then wrapped an Ace Bandage around her chest (not too tight) and left them on all night.

The results were amazing! She was barely coughing the next day! This is one simple remedy that we will be using time and time again. It is truly amazing what we can do without harmful medications!

Have you ever tried this remedy?

Do you know of other remedies that have worked for you, to alleviate coughing naturally?

Sunbreeze and SunnyDew… My First Aid Kit…

If I had to pick two items to put in a First Aid Kit, they would be SunBreeze and SunnyDew. My family has been using these products for over 20 years. My husband and I have experimented with them and I thought I would share some of the things they have worked really well for.

SunBreeze has an almost unlimited amount of uses. Please note: SunBreeze feels hot wherever you put it. This bothers some people more then others. My eight year old daughter doesn’t like it, but my 5 year old and 1 year old barely notice it.

Earaches: My absolute favorite use is for Earaches. When I was a child, I used to get swimmer’s ear every summer. It was so painful. The drops we received from the Dr. never helped at all. Finally, my grandmother, dipped a Q-tip into the SunBreeze Balm and rubbed it into my ear. It warmed up my ear and relieved most of the pain. I was able to fall asleep and when I woke up, the pain was gone. After that, each time that I went swimming, my mom would put some SunBreeze in my ear. I never had swimmer’s ear again. Since then I have used it many times on my own children. I have never had to give my kids antibiotics for earaches. I have recommended SunBreeze to friends and they have all had success. Again, I will warn you, SunBreeze gets hot (kind of like icy hot). It can feel uncomfortable. The worse the earache is, the less you notice. My kids used to complain that it hurt. I recommend putting it in your own ear before putting it in your child’s ear. It doesn’t hurt but it is very uncomfortable for a few minutes. It feels hot for about 30-45 minutes. My daughter likes for me to wait until she is sleeping to put it in her ears. But if her earache is really bad, she wants me to put it in right away. I even use it on my babies. The pain from an earache is so much worse then the discomfort from SunBreeze. Usually, the pain from the earache is mostly gone within an hour. I rarely have to give Sunbreeze a second time.

Runny Nose:  We put Sunbreeze on the roof of our mouth or in our nose (it burns a little in the nose) to totally clear our sinuses. You can also just smell it.

Sore Throat: We put a little on the back of our tongue to help relieve a sore throat.

Cough: We rub some on our chest and back and feet to help with coughs. I find it works a lot better if I firmly “whack” the child’s chest and back for a little while to help loosen the phlegm. Not too hard, I don’t want to hurt them. I cup my palm so that it doesn’t slap their skin.

Sore muscles/Nerve pain/Sprains: I rub on any area that hurts and it will make it feel better.

Toothache: My husband swears that this is the best remedy for a toothache. He fills the whole in his tooth with the SunBreeze balm after brushing.

Hemorrhoids: This burns! But it is a relief from the other pain from the hemorrhoids. 😉

Mastitis: The heat is very soothing for Mastitis pain. It is like a hot pad.

Headaches/Migraines: We put on our temples, the back of our neck, our forehead to help with headache pain. Be careful not to get it in your eyes. It burns. The fumes can feel kind of like an onion if it is too close to my eyes, so I lay down and close my eyes if it is bugging me.

Stomach Pain: I rub some on my children’s stomach to help with all sorts of stomach pain.

SunnyDew does everything else. 🙂 SunnyDew is a  combination of stevia leaf extract and chrysanthemum flowers.

Small cuts/Sores: We use this instead of Neosporin. It works amazing. It is antibacterial. It has also completely gotten rid of weird dry spots. I haven’t ever had a child with eczema but this would be the first thing I would try on that. I would just squirt it on a couple times a day and see if it helps, it certainly wouldn’t hurt.

Fungus: It is also antifungus. We just squirt it on toenails or wherever fungus might be.

Yeast: And anti-yeast. This is the only treatment I have ever found to completely get rid of  Thrush. I just squirt a couple drops in baby’s mouth and a couple drops on my breast and rub around. I do this a few times a day until it goes away. It is so nice to not have to worry about washing it off before baby eats. You can squirt it anywhere there is a yeast problem. 🙂

Blood Sugar Regulation: A few drops on the tongue and I feel better if I go too long without eating. It is also a zero calorie sweetener that is good for me. Be Careful, a little goes a long way. 🙂

That is all the uses I can think of right now, but I am sure more will come to me. As you can see, these are incredibly versatile. I use several other remedies such as garlic, cayenne, onion, rasberry tea and lobelia as well, but Sunbreeze and SunnyDew are my go to favorites. I will do a post another time on some of the thing I use the others for.

How have you used SunnyDew or Sunbreeze? What is your favorite natural remedy?

One final note: I am not a doctor and I am just sharing what has worked for my family. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.


Digital Declaration of Intent to Homeschool…Super Easy!!

In Washington State, we must submit a  Declaration of Intent to Homeschool for all children ages 8-18 by September 15th 2012. I was referred to  a website that submits a time stamped digital copy to the superintendent of your school district. Once the superintendent opens it, it will send you a confirmation letting you know. I tried it and it was super easy to use!

Here is the link Declaration of Intent to Homeschool for Non-Washington Residents.

Asher of Bethlehem Review…

We loved this book! Rylee requested that I read this book at every story time until it was finished. At the end of every chapter, she would literally beg for me to read more! I thought it was pretty great too. At 119 pages, it is a super easy read. The chapters are short so you can fit them in whenever you have five minutes.

Asher of Bethlehem: The Story of a Young Beggar, His Best Friend, and the Birth of an Extraordinary Child:

When he guides two strangers to the inn owned by his best friend’s parents, a 15-year-old beggar sets in motion events that place him in grave danger before putting his life on a dramatic, new course. Readers will meet exciting heroes and treacherous villains, while gaining renewed inspiration from the story of Jesus’ birth. People of all ages will enjoy this stirring account of the adventure-loving youth who was in Bethlehem to witness—and take part in—one of the most important occurrences in recorded history.

Our heart hurt for Asher and so many others like him. It was so awesome to see the light in Rylee’s eyes the moment she realized that the two strangers were Mary and Joseph and the baby she carried was Jesus.

I wholeheartedly recommend this one to read aloud to your younger children. Older children could read it to themselves in just a few short hours.

I should note that the story is mostly fiction and is not 100% accurate. I simply explained these moments to my daughter and enjoyed the story.

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookCrash.com
book review program in exchange for my honest review.