Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Make your own Sauer Kraut Simply

Packed with vitamins and minerals,
sauerkraut has been used as a lay                 This is  a Simple  Sauer Kraut recipe
immune booster for centuries.
It has cancer fighting properties, is                        

full of anti- oxidants, and is an excellent

digestive aid.

The real benefits are from eating
non-pasteurized, lacto-fermented
sauerkraut, not the commercially
packaged kind.

See how easy it is to make a batch
at home in this video.


Our Moral Duty to Plant Trees

  • We need trees to live.
  • People and animals depend on trees for oxygen.  When we breathe in, our bodies use oxygen.  When we breathe out, we give off carbon dioxide.  Trees do just the opposite.  They take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen.
  • A mature leafy tree produces as much oxygen in a season as 10 people inhale in a year.
  • Trees help clean the air by intercepting particles and absorbing pollutants.
  • Trees help cool the Earth by shading. 
  • A windbreak of trees can lower home heating bills up to 30%.
  • Trees give off moisture.  More moisture in the air means more rain.
  • The 200,000 leaves on a healthy 100-foot tree can take 11,000 gallons of water from the soil and breathe it into the air in a single growing season. 
  • We depend on trees for wood we burn for heat.
  • We need trees for the wood to build houses.
  • We need trees to make paper.  
  • Roots of the trees underground are a natural water cleaning system.
  • Trees prevent soil erosion.
  • Trees help prevent flooding.
  • Birds build their nests in trees.
  • Animals live inside trees or build homes on their branches.
  • Trees muffle neighborhood noise.
  • Trees give us fruits and flowers
  • Some trees have medicinal value and help make medicine.
  • Trees give us things like benches, stairways, church pews, tables and chairs, picture frames, guitars, pianos, toothpaste, coffee filters, movie tickets, postage stamps, baby cribs and cradles, candy wrappers and cupcake cups.  
  • More than 5,000 things we use every day are made from trees or from their extracts.
  • Trees can increase the property value of our homes by 15% or more.
  • Trees bring out the kid in letting us swing from their branches.
  • Is there anything more beautiful than a drive through a National Forest.
  • Be sure to look for the wind chimes in today's picture.  

Monday, November 26, 2012

Simplify Slowly

Be not afraid of going slowly; be only afraid of standing still.” – Chinese Proverb (simplify slowly, but consistently)

gift an experience

  1. “If you want to give gifts, why not gift an experience—a nice meal, tickets to a concert, or a sunset on the beach? After all, the best, most loving gift you can give someone is your time and undivided attention.” - Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus                                             

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

apple pie pizza

Best Ever Apple Pie Pizza

Gotta share this recipe for Apple Pie Pizza. If you're like me and don't care to make a pie crust from scratch, well, here's the answer to presenting your guests with a yum-dill-i-ishus modern version of Gramma's Homemade Apple Pie.

1 tube (12.4 oz) refrigerated cinnamon roll dough
1 can (21 oz) apple pie filling
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 T. butter, melted
  •  Set cinnamon roll icing aside.  Separate dough into individual rolls.  Roll out each into a 4-inch circle. Arrange on a greased 12-inch pizza pan, overlapping edges.  Bake at 400 degrees for 8 minutes.
  • Spoon the apple pie filling over rolls to within 1/2 edge.  Combine the brown sugar and butter.  Sprinkle over the pie filling.  Bake 6-8 minutes longer, or until the crust is golden brown.  Cool.  Drizzle with the reserved icing. 
It's oozy-goozy good,
with or without whipped cr



Please stop talking about Black Friday. Has any one thought about excess consumerism. Or declining resources. Or corporate greed. Or media brain washing. Or  public mind conditioning. Can anyone who plans on spending money on Black Friday really say they absolutely have to buy it to help save natural resources or wildlife or open space -- that are declining at an exponentially fast rate!   Glutinous consumerism is ugly. Perhaps shoppers think only in the now and not for their future generations. Black Friday is for fools. Can you  live within the parameters of practically?

In addition to not buying on Black Friday join the moratorium on consumer spending on Nov. 26th in North America and Nov. 27th internationally. 

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Seeming To Do Is Not Do ,Taoist way.

Seeming To Do Is Not Doing

“Being busy does not always mean real work.
The object of all work is production or accomplishment
and to either of these ends there must be
forethought, system, planning, intelligence,
and honest purpose, as well as perspiration.
Seeming to do is not doing.”
–Thomas A. Edison

Simplicity done your way

I think the most wonderful thing about voluntary simplicity is that it means different things to different people. There is no one way to do simple living right. Everyone has a different concept of how they want to live, what is most important to them, and what they need to make them happy. Trying to live someone else’s idea of simplicity will never work.
For us, all of our most important things are home and family oriented. We have a deep respect for all living things and a strong need to live close to nature. We value privacy and solitude and probably need more than the average “personal space.” We find working hard and tackling seemingly impossible projects to be both satisfying and fulfilling. Most of all, we genuinely enjoy each other’s company and working and spending time together. This is our version of voluntary simplicity and simple living, and it is a lifestyle we love because it matches who WE are.
Do you know who YOU are… what’s important to you and what you want and need in your life? If you have a genuine interest in pursuing simple living, do some soul searching as you answer these questions.
Bring into your life as many things as you can that have meaning to you and give you a sense of peace and fulfillment… purge some of what makes you feel stressed and unhappy. Make only small changes and only a few at a time. Be honest and flexible in your assessments and don’t be afraid to admit to yourself when something you thought would work doesn’t. As you discover what is really important to you and the way you want to live, use what you’ve learned to gradually restructure your life.
This will be YOUR version of voluntary simplicity… and YOUR way to do simple living right.