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You’re not too young to read them, you’re not too old…. 

Beware... you are about to enter the world of mystery, adventure and fantasy. You’ll find books for the young and books for the not-so-young; mostly books for the young at heart.

Keeping the Art of Storytelling Alive… 

Good Read suggestion #1 –

Finding Christmas – A Mouse in Search of Christmas

A glimpes inside....

© A glimpes inside … Casey, a brave and handsome country mouse embarks on a wild, winter adventure to find Christmas. You are bound to be captivated by this charming little warrior mouse and his best friend Bella. Available on Amazon – in Kindle or Paperback https://amzn.to/2qZRTLh Or contact the publisher – 1.866.533.4896 or purchase on Treasurebookstore.com

Good Read Suggestion #2 –

Newfies to the Rescue

Newfies to the Rescue is filled with intriguing stories of the Newfoundland dog – both tales of yesteryear and tales of today. Did you know the course of world history may have been changed had it not been for the lifesaving instinct of the Newfie? You’ll find many extraordinary events recorded in history involving the Newfoundland dog in this little book. Available on Amazon – Kindle or Paperback https://amzn.to/35F45Qu Or contact the publisher – 1.866.533.4896 or purchase on Treasurebookstore.com

Good Read Suggestion #3 –

The RYDER – A Fantasy adventure

for the young at heart

What does one teacher have to say about The RYDER? “My class read The RYDER and no one wanted the adventure to end. It’s a captivating novel with a fast-paced plot and dramatic action which teaches life-changing lessons that only he (The Ryder) can teach to the story’s three-dimensional characters.” April P. Available on Amazon – Kindle or Paperback https://amzn.to/2rCATuM Or contact the publisher – 1.866.533.4896 or purchase on Treasurebookstore.com

Good Read Suggestion #4 –

Treasure Trap – a sequel to The RYDER

What started out as a sunny afternoon horseback ride for Jessica and David turned into the search for a young boy they spot in the distance, beckoning them to follow him. As they attempt to keep up with him, they end up in an ice-cold, winter field thousands of miles and a hundred twenty years from Grandpa’s farm. This time-traveling adventure takes Jessica and David to the village of Skrytyy, where wicked, foreign-language speaking strangers have cast a spell over an entire valley; all for the love of a hidden and priceless treasure. Available on Amazon – Kindle or Paperback https://amzn.to/2OV4yHz Or contact the publisher – 1.866.533.4896 or purchase on Treasurebookstore.com

Good Read Suggestion #5 –

Roadblocks to Hell

Fiction based on a true story. How Walther Colt survives the cruel, callous and cold-blooded convicts of a Federal Pen, with the help of an unlikely ally. A must-read redemptive, true crime story. Available on Amazon – Kindle or Paperback https://amzn.to/35XhIe7 Or contact the publisher – 1.866.533.4896 or purchase on Treasurebookstore.com

Good Read Suggestion #6 –

KickStart to a Healthier You

Kickstart to a Healthier You – Body, Soul, and Spirit Perhaps you’ve already been working at improving your health, or perhaps this is your first real introduction to a healthier way of life. Either way, this book will help you gain valuable knowledge and practical advice. Leading a healthy lifestyle is well worth the effort, so why not start today. Easy healthy recipes included. Available on Amazon – Kindle or Paperback https://amzn.to/35H3EoG Or contact the publisher – 1.866.533.4896 or purchase on Treasurebookstore.com

Good Read Suggestion #7 –

Chuzzle’s Incredible Journey

Chuzzle, a young, adventurous porcupine, with many endearing qualities, embarks on a dangerous journey to find his dear friend Whuzzle. He must travel past the Little Stream, through the Deep Forest, beyond the Blue Pond, and up the giant Big Hill. He will encounter many kinds of dangers along the way. Chuzzle invites you to join him on his incredible journey as he bravely leaves the safety of his home and enters the mysterious unknown. Available on Amazon – Kindle or Paperback https://amzn.to/2OyYMMU Or contact the publisher – 1.866.533.4896 or purchase on Treasurebookstore.com

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies . . .

The man who never reads lives only one.”

George R.R. Martin

April 9th, 2016 our local Abbotsford Arts Council put on our community’s 12th Arty Award event. An event well worth attending; in fact in my opinion, one of Abbotsford’s finest events.

Culinary catered food, fun, quality entertainment and awesome, stone hand crafted awards, made for a night to remember. 

We were introduced to some of our community’s finest, most talented artists – dance, theater, literary, visual, music, culinary, photography …  every category of the arts was represented. 

 

Yes, I got nominated… for the “Outstanding Literary Artist.”

And I won!!  I’m still feeling the thrill of it as I write this. Just had to get that out there. It was pretty exciting. Thank you – everyone who put so much into this outstanding evening. 

 

This year’s  theme was the 80’s. 

It took me several weeks to come up with something appropriate. I searched online for the 80’s style… as I was having trouble remembering – the 80’s were 30 years ago. Apparently I was not very fashion conscious at the time. But the research took care of that. I remembered a dress I’d sewn many years ago that fit a description of the 80’s formal wear. 

Puffed sleeves, shoulder pads, velvet, scalloped neckline. This dress has it all! 

hand sewn 80's dress Carrie ©

Sewn with my Bernina sewing machine – 80’s dress – Carrie ©

I dug into my closet, opened the garment bag… I put it on… it fit!

I was set.

I took a look at my handiwork from so many years ago – “Not a bad job”

… I complemented myself. 

 

The artist, Robert Syrenne, owner of RS Arts in Mission, hand-created the beautiful stone art pieces awarded for this year’s Arty Awards.
I am thrilled with mine!!

Literary Arty Award 2016

 Arty Award 2016

Thank you Abbotsford Arts Council / Kariton Art Gallery & Boutique for putting on this event and recognizing our community’s many talented artists. It gets better every year.

And thank you, Charles Wiebe and Associates, for sponsoring the Literary Award.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Writing memoirs c

Novelist Stephen King once said, “I write to find out what I think.” Your memoirs are a LEGACY. Putting them on paper gives friends and family (as well as yourself) the opportunity to FULLY …

Source: Writing your Memoirs Leaves a Legacy.

Novelist Stephen King once said, “I write to find out what I think.”

Your memoirs are a LEGACY.

Putting them on paper gives friends and family (as well as yourself) the opportunity to FULLY appreciate these valuable, interesting and “uniquely yours,” experiences.

Writing your memoirs is different from writing your autobiography.

An autobiography is the complete story of your life.

A memoir is one or more stories from your life. You can write as many memoirs as you have memories.

Outline the events of the story sequentially. Then start your story with a little action. You don’t have to necessarily start the story from the beginning. Weave your story, create suspense. Get your reader hooked, looking for more. Then fill in the pieces – the background – as you go.

Here’s what I do…
Close my eyes. Take myself back in time to the memory I’ve chosen to write about. Now, using my five senses, I recreate that scene. What do I see? What do I feel, hear, smell, taste?

I transfer those thoughts on to paper. I want my readers to feel like they are there with me experiencing what I experienced.

Writing memoirs is the easiest kind of writing to do – because you know the story, inside and out.

This funny happening,  happened several years ago – and still makes me laugh.

HOFA - watercolor - Carrie Wachsmann ©

HOFA – watercolor – Carrie Wachsmann ©

 

I went to my local House of Fine Art (HOFA) store for some Alizarin, Crimson artists’ oil paint.

Max Gumbacher paint

At the time of this humorous occurance, I was a frequent visitor to this fine little art store.

The owner  was the president of our city’s Abbotsford Arts Council.

As I was paying for my tube of Alizarin, Crimson oil paint,  he invited me to come to the Abbotsford Arts Council (AAC) AGM meeting that evening.

He said, “tonight“, and wrote down the details on the back of his business card.

He also asked if I would consider being on the board and naturally I asked, ” What do I have to do to be part of this elite group?”

“Just come to meetings once a month.” He said “The AAC is part of the city’s planning and direction for the arts, and supports the many art groups in the community with their projects.

My response – “I can do that – that sounds like something I would actually like to do.”

 

I grabbed my receipt, tucked my purchase into my purse and made my way to the door. As I left he said, “See you tonight at the Kariton House.”

 

6:56 PM I arrived at the Kariton House where I was greeted by someone I didn’t know – I looked for Mr. HOFA but he was nowhere to be seen, so I assumed that this someone else was covering for him. Funny, I don’t recognize anybody, I thought to myself.

The “leader” asked, “Are you a new member” and I said, “Not really – I’ve been a member for a while now but this is my first meeting.”

“Well, what do I know,” he answered, looking somewhat puzzled. Then he said that I would be pleased to know that on Saturday they were going on an outing, somewhere up past the city of Hope into the mountains.

Stunned that I knew nothing about outings, I responded by saying, “I didn’t know you do outings. That’s interesting.”

“Oh yes”, he answered, “that’s what we are all about.”
I pondered that for awhile thinking, “Mr. HOFA never mentioned any outings. That sounds a lot more involved than one meeting per month.”

 

I know…you see it coming, but my lightening fast mind still hadn’t put the pieces together.
Here’s how the rest of that evening went:

The meeting starts and I look at the agenda. It is then that I realize….I am in the wrong meeting!
To my chagrin, I am in an Abbotsford Rock and Gem Club meeting. That explains those chunks of rocks on the table and that rock chart taped to the side of it! LOL
I must admit, my first emotion –  embarrassment, but that changes very quickly. No need for embarrassment, I tell myself. This moment is just too humorous to be wasted on embarrassment.

So I speak up at the first opportune moment (actually I butt in and have to be put in order) and I address the group – saying” Please excuse me. You can all have a good laugh at this…(I take a deep breath)… You see…” and I explain myself.

The room is awkwardly quiet for what seems like an awfully long moment. Then thankfully everyone begins to laugh, after which a few sympathetic individuals try to unsuccessfully entice me to stay – to become one of the rockin’ Rock and Gem Club enthusiasts. I insisted that I must find that Arts Council meeting. One individual asked, “The Abbotsford Arts” who?

At that point I realize this meeting is just not going to happen for me, at least not tonight.

Confused but still in good humor, I take my leave and make my way back home.
As it turns out, I would still have the opportunity to attend this very important meeting –  the next day.

I suppose I could have double checked and consulted my latest “Eye on the Arts” newsletter for meeting dates, before leaving my house instead of after I got back.

 

But then I would have missed out on a funny memory worth remembering –  and a a funny story worth telling.

Visit:  carriewachsmann.com/blog for more storytelling. 

You can find me on Facebook here:  – Carrie Wachsmann – Storyteller 

& here: Roadblocks to Hell – book

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

(inspired by a true event)

“It came upon a midnight clear, that glorious song of old.

From angels bending near the earth to touch their harps of gold.

‘Peace on the earth, good will toward men’,

from heaven’s all gracious King!

The world in solemn stillness lay, to hear the angels sing.”

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“‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” 1  Carrie ©
 

Christmas music gently filled the little coffee-house. Unlike the carol heralding a ‘midnight clear’, this night was everything but. Snow fell fast and thick.

In the corner, a young man sat alone. He looked out the window and watched as the last patron of the night plowed their way out of the parking lot.

“Young man, we’re closing.”

He nodded, put on his coat and made his way to the exit. He looked to be about fourteen, fifteen at the most.

As the door closed behind him, the cold quickly bit into his face and hands.  He pulled his collar up close to his face.

“Do you have a ride?” a voice called to him.

The young man turned to see someone standing in the shadows of the building.

”No, I’m good,” he answered firmly.

The man persisted. “I’m not so sure about that. It’s Christmas eve. Shouldn’t you be home with your family, sitting by the fire and enjoying hot chocolate, or something?”

The lad shrugged his shoulders as if to say… yah, so what. Who cares anyway.

The man stepped out of the shadows.

"Twas the Night Before Christmas" 2 - Carrie ©

 

“‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” 2 – Carrie  ©
 

The young man saw that he was an old man. Old enough to make him wonder what someone this old was doing out in a snow storm at this hour of the night.

The old man continued. “Where you’re headed… it is not worth it… You do have options you know.”

The young man was beginning to feel somewhat uncomfortable. He stared at the old man not sure what to make of the encounter.

“How do you know where I’m headed?” he finally asked.

“I know that place, under the bridge.” The old man continued.  “You won’t find what you’re really looking for out there. Running away isn’t the answer.”

Now the young man paused.

How did this old man know that he was going to that “homeless place” where he might make it through the night?

Maybe if he was lucky someone would share their Christmas “Spirits” with him.

And how did this old man know that he was running away?

The old man smiled knowingly and said. “I’ve been young and now I am old…but I have never seen God’s children forsaken”… The old man talked so strange…and yet he was most compelling.

“I know a place.  A place where you can get a hot bowl of homemade soup, and a good night’s sleep.”

“Follow me,” the old man continued.

 

"Twas the Night Before Christmas" 3 - Carrie ©

 

“‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” 3 – Carrie  ©
 

The old man began to make his way through the deep drifts of snow. The young man hesitated but only for a second or two. “Man…what do I have to lose,” he mumbled.

He began to follow in the old man’s footsteps.

After some time, the old man stopped at a building with a sign that read, “The Welcome Home Centre”.  He turned to the young man. “They will take care of you.  You can stay as long as you wish.” Then he paused, looked the boy in the eyes and added, “God loves you, you know. He’s got plans for you”.

The young man did not know what to think. No one had ever talked to him like this before.

They stood in silence and waited.

Eventually a pleasant sort of man answered the knock on the door. The young man’s last bit of resistance melted away as he breathed in a blast of warm fragrant air. He smelled something wonderful.

“Come in… welcome,” the man said sincerely.

“I…ah..need a place to hang till this storm’s over,” the young man said, hesitantly.

“You’ve come to the right place then,” came the reassuring answer.

The young man sighed.

He turned and started to thank the old man but no one was there.

“That old man, who was here with me. He brought me here. He was just here,” the bewildered young man exclaimed .

“I didn’t see anybody but you, lad,” came the answer.

“But he was here, I followed him here. He told me about you…he knew stuff about me…he…”

Bewildered, the young man took one last look out into the white night. He saw only lonely, empty streets and a fast disappearing, single set of footprints that lead to The Welcome Home’s front porch.

Putting a kind hand on the young man’s shoulder the man at the door said, “It’s not the first time this sort of thing has happened son. “I do believe you.  Come…I want to hear all about it.”

It’s now midnight and that brings our 2010 Christmas eve story to an end.

Yes, this young man’s life was changed forever that Christmas eve.

What will this Christmas bring you?

Will you let God’s love bring you a miracle this Christmas?

I wish for you, a life-changing kind of Christmas.

One that you will remember forever because it was…well…life changing.

 

For more inspiring stories check out my author’s Storyteller site, carriewachsmann.com/blog

Chickadees and snow – two of my favorite things – besides celebrating the birth of the Christ Child, Jesus.

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Source : mamietitine.centerblog.net sur centerblog.
Love this scene by Nancy Landry.

If you like to read stories that inspire and give hope, check out my author’s Storyteller site .

Roadblocks to Hell KINDLE version is available for FREE November 25 – 29 th.

Wednesday to Sunday. 

The Kindle version is available from Amazon.com herehttp://amzn.to/21d4nat

Our Canadian family and friends can get it from Amazon.ca for free here from Wednesday ’til Sunday
http://www.amazon.ca/Roadblocks-Hell-Dr-Carrie…/…/B017PB8FUI

If you don’t have a Kindle reader, you can still download an app from Amazon and read it on your smart phone or desktop computer.

Get your copy today –  download it and then – would you please write and post a Verified review? (at your convenience)

NOTE: For a verified review, one must turn pages –  Amazon keeps track of the pages you read to make sure reviews are based on reading the book.  That’s a good thing from my perspective. 🙂

Thank you and

Have a happy Thanksgiving Day – to all my US friends. 

2016 11 x 17 LION calendar and art cards available on my author’s Storyteller blog.  

1 Thumbnail Lion Calendar 2016

11″ x 17″ calendar above

Set of 3 art cards below

 

Rblocks card B

Rblocks card A

Rblocks card C 4

Here’s a short teaser for 

ROADBLOCKS to HELL

my website: carriewachsmann.com/blog/about

Fiction tightly based on a true story. (Category – Fictional/biographical)

So… “What’s this book all about?” you ask.

Roadblocks thumbnail for bookmark

Convicted of trying to kill the police chief at age 15, Walter faces years in adult prison. His only friend, a young Mennonite girl from a strict religious background.

Yes, that would be me. We met when we were teens, and our friendship lasted his lifetime.

What are people saying about the book?

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 “I started reading it and couldn’t put it down. I read until I was finished. Carrie is such a good writer and this is a very interesting story.”  Bev S
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 “Love your book! Half way done! Very intriguing and very good.”  Alicia D 
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“I could hardly put it down. I talked to a few friends who are waiting to read it.” Sharon S 
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More REVIEWS on Amazon –  Available on Amazon  here

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Walt’s wife, Peggy and I reminiscing. Here’s what she has to say about it.

“Eeeek!! The book is here! It’s called Roadblocks to Hell and it’s a fictionalized story of my husband’s life. This is me with author and friend.
 
 This book is well written and very accurate. The fictionalization involves names, some dialogue and dramatization. The core facts of story are true. I highly recommend this book, it has brought back a lot of memories.”  

Patricia and Carrie 2015 oct.

Walt experienced life in a way few can imagine… and yet… as prison chaplain Madsel put it, “I am so proud of Walt… over the past 14 years I have worked with so many like him, and only 2% of the people with histories like Walt ever make it at the end. Most die violently or alone in prison in their lost state.”

Walt’s story is intriguing and compelling,  but most of all it is redemptive.

I am honored to be the one to tell his story, and I am honored to have had him as a friend for over 40 years.

I believe this book will give hope and encouragement to many.

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Below: one of the 60 plus images in the book – Walt and Cali climbing a Manitoba Maple tree.

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Looking for a healthy lunch idea?

This is one of my favorites:

 Tuna, Corn & Sun-dried Tomato Recipe

Tastes as good as it looks. Carrie ©

Tastes as good as it looks. Carrie ©

 Mix the following: 

1/4 cup cooked non-GMO corn (cold)

1 can flaked tuna – drained

2 tbsp chopped red onion

1 tbsp sun-dried tomatoes in oil

sea salt to taste

In a separate small bowel mix:

1 tbsp Hellman’s mayonnaise

2 tsp olive oil

juice of 1/4 lemon

1 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar

1/4 tsp garlic powder

pepper if desired

Mix the tuna blend and dressing blend together

Butter the 100% Rye Crisp –  if you like

Spread the tuna – corn mix on the Rye Crisp crackers (or crackers of your choice)

Top with a few sun-dried tomatoes

Serve with a few carrots sticks and cucumber slices

Makes a great lunch – Serves two

carriewachsmann.com/blog – StoryTeller

Elderberry Attacks Colds and Flu

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Elderberry Does the Job When it Comes to the Cold or Flu.

Are you fighting the flu bug? Dealing with  bronchial congestion, sore throat and cough?

Check out Elderberry Concentrate.

The extract taken from wild grown Elder Flowers (Sambucus nigra) is known to help the body resist infection.

and here’s the interesting part…………

the berries have been found to interrupt the ability of some viruses to replicate”!. Or said in another way, “Elderberries contain Sambucus nigra agglutinins (SNAs), which helps prevent some types of flu from infecting healthy cells.” Now that’s information worth knowing.

One winter a member of our family got bronchitis and was unable to shake it. My research seemed to point to the Elderberry so we gave Sambu® Elderberry Concentrate a try. “Elderberry is one of the most effective herbs for preventing and treating upper respiratory infections” was what I was told.

Within the week the bronchitis was under control.

Another delicious alternative is the Elderberry and Zinc lozenges (NOW brand) I keep these in my herbal medicinal cabinet. I usually find my Elderberry concentrate or lozenges at the local health store.

CAUTION ****** Do NOT use FRESH – as all parts of the plant in the fresh state can cause poisoning. So if you’ve got an Elderberry bush in your back yard like I do, you best leave the berries for the birds.

Having said that, properly prepared, the Elderberry carries significant healing power and the juice is delicious. This is one medicine anyone can swallow.

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Don’t forget, to add a Merry Heart to the mix. “A merry heart does good like a medicine.”

 
disclaimer: The content on this post is meant for informational purposes only, and is not intended for use as official health consultation.

November is national diabetes month.

If you or someone in your family lives with diabetes, you know the challenges they face each and everyday. Thankfully you can live a rich and full life by making a few small changes. Many people with type II diabetes have been able to stop all symptoms entirely just by changing their diet.

I’ve seen it happen in my own family. Some are prone to Type II diabetes. This got me thinking and doing research.

One reason my family has this history of diabetes is because they are so extraordinary in the kitchen. They delight in enjoying rich fatty foods, scrumptious sauces, plenty of home-made white breads, and…. are in love with sugar.  (did I mention rich desserts?)

Because my diet today is healthy and nutrient rich, I know I do not have to worry about whether or not I am at risk. I am not.

The results from the last glucose blood test came back – “excellent”. “You didn’t even spike!” was the doctor’s shocked comment. “We won’t be doing that test for another ten years.” 

I chuckled because I knew I was good.

Then came the eye doctor’s report. If there is a history of diabetes in the family, one must keep an eye on one’s eyes. The doctor insisted I have the complete exam done twice, (she wasn’t satisfied with the results of the first) before she came back with this result.

“Well, things look good… in fact they are more than good. Your eyes are better than normal.”

Again I chuckled because I knew I was good.

What did I do?

I made several important lifestyle choices. I don’t smoke, don’t drink (I will have 1/2 a class of wine on special occasions). Love my one and only man.

For many years now I have avoided foods with sugar, I take my Moringa leaf powder and diatomaceous earth, (and a few other supplements) and follow Dr. Jonn Matsen’s “Eat with the Seasons” protocol.

Eating Alive II image

Dr. Matsen is a naturopath who runs the Northshore Naturopathic Clinic in North Vancouver, BC, Canada. His book Eating Alive II has been my road map and is worth every penny you spend on it.

Raw honey, pure maple syrup and stevia are my sugar substitutes, and… get this… I even enjoy a small piece of dark chocolate ever so often.

I bake my own non-yeast breads and loaves, and make the most amazing desserts out of foods like quinoa, exotic flours and vegetables.

I love my Rooibos tea. 

 

I exercise regularly, and do the things I love… love (am passionate about) writing and painting.

I share my passions by teaching writing and painting, and one more… I love to make films… I lied… there’s still another… I love to read and publish books.

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(photo  Storyteller by candlelight – Carrie ©)

But… there is something more.

Something many people don’t consider in their health equation. Their spiritual life.

For me, my relationship with God is the most important element. I believe in a God that is personal, cares about me and certainly my health. I believe that God sent Jesus to this earth so many years ago to bridge that gap between God and man… to pay for their sin… in full, to bring them all good things and that includes health.

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He did this for you & me – Carrie ©

I believe that if it’s good – it’s from God… if it’s not good… it’s not from God. That’s what the Bible says and I am simple enough to believe it.

It’s time to seek and find… to claim those treasures He has for us.  He did that for you and me. 

III John 2  speaks to me when it comes to my health. “I pray that you may prosper and be in good health, even as your soul prospers.” 

How does my soul prosper? In order for my soul to prosper I need peace. I need hope. I need joy. I need to be excited to wake up in the morning, ready to get on with whatever the day might bring. That means I need God. It’s only in my relationship with Him that I find that place of peace, have hope, know joy.

If you face the challenges of diabetes and are looking for answers to the health challenge, there are experts out there who can help you. 

For those of you who want some spiritual input into your lives… you’ll want to check out this pastor’s blog. He and his wife are two of the most  loving, beautiful, grace filled people I know. Cory’s  

got something to say.

NOTE: The Fur Trade Challenge project dates have been moved up one week from previously posted – PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGES:  The Fort Langley tour – Friday, Oct, 11, 10:00 – 12:00 noon (bring a bag lunch to share after the tour)
Classes will be held Tuesdays starting October 15 – Tuesday December 3, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM.

Attention: Home school families in the Abbotsford area… 

I am very excited about offering this new course to home school families. 

Fur Trade Challenge – for Grade 5 Home School Students

Fur Trade - Fort Langley, BC - © Carrie Wachsmann -  watercolor

(NOTE: this project meets many of the HCOS (Heritage Christian Online School) requirements for Grade 5 Social Studies – see list below under “Requirements”)

Here is what you can expect from this course:

Project includes the following:

  1. A visit to Fort Langley – “ Fur Trade Challenge” interactive tour. NEW this year
  2. Research
  3. Descriptive writing/outline & report
  4. Art & crafts/visuals/display
  5. Building a Fort Langley model
  6. Costume creation/character identification
  7. Presentation

Date & Time: The Fort Langley tourFriday, Oct, 11, 10:00 – 12:00 noon (bring a bag lunch to share after the tour)
Classes will be held Tuesdays starting October 15 – Tuesday December 3, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM.
Duration: 8 weeks starting after the field trip to Fort Langley.
Cost per student: based on requirement of 10-12 students  (supplies and facility included)

Cost per HCOS student is $100

Cost per student from other schools is $135

Extra cost: Families are responsible for admission to the Fort Langley tour on Friday, Oct. 4
Cost of admission per student $3.90 & $6.55 per parent  (taxes included – children under 6 – free)

Location: Solid Rock Church 34371 4th Ave. Abbotsford. 604.850.1350

Fort Langley project winter scene

Popsicle stick version of Fort Langley’s Big House and outdoor oven, along with dough characters – done several years ago. 

Project DETAILS:

  • The Fort Langley project takes the students on an exciting adventure into the lives of our pioneering
    ancestors.
  • This project will begin with the students enjoying a day at Fort Langley.
  • Students will choose a character or personality that they would like to represent .
  • Students will have opportunity to create a costume (thrift store shopping) that fits their character.
  • Students will write a descriptive letter to family back home, about their experiences at the fort. (research and outline included)
  •  As a group, students will recreate the fort using popsicle sticks, and branches. Each character will build their own building, and in some cases 2 or more students may work on one building.
  • The fort will come alive when the students fill their fort with dough characters they have made.
  • Students use their resourcefulness to outfit their buildings and finish off the fort.
  • The project ends with a family presentation day where students get to share their story with parents and guests. Parents may want to provide snacks (perhaps something representative of the early Fort Langley days) to celebrate the students’ accomplishments.

Requirements:

The following requirements taken from HCOS Social Studies learning plan are covered in this project.

http://www.onlineschool.ca/outcomes/Socials.php

(italizied areas indicate where this course meets the requirements of the learning plan)

3. What were problems faced by people involved in the Fraser fur trade? Choose one and identify why it was a problem and how it was solved. If it wasn’t solved, suggest a solution (Students will choose a character that would have settled at Fort Langley)

8. Interview someone about their life. (Students will be interviewing tour guides at Fort Langley on the field trip as well as doing other research) Are their answers the same or different? Explain why. Present your questions and answers in one of the following formats: written report. (Written in the form of a letter to family back home across the ocean – about their experiences as a settler to Fort Langley) (hand written rough work, then typed) electronic presentation, illustrations with captions, dramatic, roll play, song, time line, journal, diorama).

9. Find some primary sources (defined as: original document relating to a particular subject, experiment, time period, or event) (research their topic and character) for your own life or someone else’s life (birth certificate, pictures, journals, diaries, school work, art work, stories from parents, etc). Use them to make a secondary source (defined as: a document that interprets or analyzes primary sources and is usually written or produced some time after the initial event took place or work was produced). You could also put the primary sources together into a variety of other presentation forms listed in question number eight.

14. Who were the first settlers in B.C.? Choose a person or group and tell more about them. Clarify things like: when they came to B.C., difficulties they faced, things they enjoyed, daily life, etc.)

15. When creating any of the reports above or for another Social Studies assignment for project, create an outline before you begin. In the outline identify the following, topic/assignment/title, how you will introduce your topic, key points (with details for each point), how you will conclude your topic. Your outlines can be graphic, written, or done electronically.

16. Create an annotated timeline, map, scrapbook, story board, or other graphic to illustrate selected events

18. How did the Canadian environment affect early forms of transportation and communication in Canada? (Rivers)

19. Pretend you are an early settler coming to Canada from another country. Outline the trip and all the different types of transportation you use and why you needed that type of transportation.

26. How are waterways used in different parts of Canada for transportation? How has this changed over time?

46. Pick a job (character) that was around in 1827, and currently (e.g., teacher, grocery store owner, carpenter, farmer). How has technology changed how this job is done?

47. Choose a city that has a natural resource industry (saw mill, mine, fish and marine, energy). When did the town start? Did it start because of the natural resource? (Fort Langley)

82. What did the Canadian constitution give Canadians in 1867 and 1982? Describe the significant events and people contributing to Confederation (e.g., fur trade, gold rush, railway, John A. Macdonald, Pierre Trudeau).

Instructor: Carrie Wachsmann

Here’s what some parents and students have to say about Carrie’s instruction: (feedback from Carrie’s home school course “Writing, Art & Bookmaking”)

(Note: Watch – details on this course to come shortly)

“Well organized. Carrie had 12 kids happily engaged for three hours at a time, asking for more work, and at times forgetting their lunch time. She gave them tools to edit and do their work on their own. This has helped the students to expound their creativity and still keep their original ideas. They shared their very own story/book with everyone at the end. They have learned tons of skills beyond book publishing.”
S.K.

“I love the concept of this course, and my daughter and I are both very pleased with the book she was able to make. We also really enjoyed Mrs. Wachsmann’s teaching style and inspiring creative talent…” R.F.

“The course was excellent. Very well prepared… The cover idea was brilliant.” G.B.

“I think it was the best class I have ever been to.” E.E.

“It was excellent fun.” D.K.

“It was a wonderful course! I’ve learned a lot in the past few weeks. Mrs. Wachsmann is an excellent teacher.” J.K.

“… Making a book with you was like opening a door into another world.” A.F

BIO: A little about myself

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Carrie (Heide) Wachsmann has been writing stories since she was first able to hold a pencil. Her short, personal stories have since expanded and she is now a published author. Her first fiction book called “The Ryder” was published in 1991. Since then she has also written for a number of national and international magazines. Her on-line articles can be found at examiner.com and abbotsfordtoday.ca. Her personal blog nuggetsofgold.wordpress.com chronicles some of her current and past writing accomplishments.

Carrie also paints, sketches and illustrates books. Some of her paintings can be found at carriewachsmann.myartchannel.com.

In 2008 she was awarded the “Outstanding Emerging Artist” Arty Award, by the Abbotsford Arts Council. This was in recognition for her contributions to art in Abbotsford in writing, painting and videography.

Carrie is currently completing her second and third novels of the trilogy that began with The Ryder.

The Ryder 1991 cover - Carrie  ©

The Ryder 1991 cover – Carrie ©

Her first fictional dramatization of a real life story is being edited by the publisher, and is expected to be released in early 2014.

Not only is Carrie a skilled artist and writer, but she has also developed a series of instructional courses on writing, art, bookmaking and creative, multimedia story telling.

CONTACT: carrie@wachsmannstudios.com

Check out the FACEBOOK Event page – Fur Trade Challenge – Home School opportunity 

So you figure you don’t have a “Green Thumb”? Then this short tutorial just might be what you are looking for. 

Thanks to Minde Wagner for sharing “How to Plant Outdoor Potted Flowers” with our readers. 

Time to play in the dirt.

Introduction

Flowers planted in June

Pot 1 latest pictureThe flowers planted in June – photographed on July 4th.

Potted flowers July 2013 2

This article will guide you through the process of creating an outdoor potted flower arrangement. It will instruct on how to plant “partial-sun” flowers in a plastic pot.

This project should be done in spring in order to experience the full blooms in summer. Be prepared to use gentle hands throughout the entire process, and consider the idea that you may get a little dirty.

Before you begin, there are four basic things you need to think about:

1. The location of your flower pot

The location of your flower pot is categorized into 3 different types of sun exposure:

  • Full Sun – minimum 6 hours of direct sunlight each day.
  • Partial Sun – 3 hours of direct sunlight each day.
  • Shade – less than 3 hours of direct sunlight each day.

2. The type of flower pot.

The two main types of flower pots available are:

  • Clay (ceramic) pots – for herbs and flowers that like dry soil.
  • Plastic pots – for most flowers.

3. The types of flowers you should buy

The types of flowers you buy should match the sun exposure of the flower pot location. You should find similar exposure symbols on each of the plants when you purchase them:

  • Full Sun – minimum 6 hours of direct sunlight each day.
  • Partial Sun – 3 hours of direct sunlight each day.
  • Shade – less than 3 hours of direct sunlight.

4. Your ability to maintain and care for the flowers

You should be prepared to water the flowers each day and remove the dead flowers and leaves regularly. Removing dead flowers promotes new blooms.

List of Materials and Equipment

All of the following materials can be found at Home Depot, Canadian Tire, Superstore, or any local garden shop. The flowers and equipment may vary in type and style. Some items are seasonal and only available in spring and early summer. Most items are available all year.

  1. Small Garden Shovel
  2. Water Hose with Shower Nozzle (or Watering Can)
  3. Small-Medium Rocks (approximately 2 liters)
  4. Flowers.

Minimum requirement for this project:

  1. 1 x 5” Saratoga
  2. 3 x 2” Petunias
  3. 4 x 1” Lobelia
  4. Potting Soil Mix – minimum 60 liters.
  5. Scissors
  6. Garden Gloves
  7. Sheet of Plastic or Garbage Bag (size: 3ft x 2ft)
  8. Plastic Pot with drainage holes (size:16”top with 10” bottom).

Materials and Equipment Needed to Plant the Flowers

Materials and equipment

Steps to Planting Flowers in the Pot

Make sure to follow each of the steps and sub-directions in sequential order. The main steps include: (Step 1) set up materials and equipment, (Step 2) prepare the pot, (Step 3) prepare the flowers, (Step 4) plant the flowers, and (Step 5) water and care for the potted flowers.

Step 1: Set Up Materials and Equipment

  1. Purchase and have all materials and equipment ready.
  2. Put on gloves.
  3. Place the plastic on the ground to keep the area from getting dirty.
  4. Place the pot on the plastic to one side.

Plastic and Pot Set Up

Plastic and pot set up

Step 2: Prepare the Pot

  1. Put the rocks in the bottom of the pot
  2. Fill the pot with potting soil until just over ¾ full.
  3. Make sure you have enough soil reserved to fill the remainder ¼ of the pot.
  4. Dig 6 shallow holes in the soil.

Shallow Holes in the Soil

shallow holes in the soil

Step 3: Prepare the Flowers

Be gentle and take your time when handling the flowers. Try not to crush or break stems and leaves. Some breakage may happen by accident; this is usually OK. Most plants will recover from damage if cared for properly.

  1. Water the flowers using a gentle stream until the soil and roots are moist.
  2. Cut the plastic flower containers into individual pieces with the scissors.
  3. Arrange the flowers in the pot to visualize how you would like them while they are still in the plastic containers.

Cut the Plastic Flower Containers

Cut the containers

Arrange Flowers in the Pot

All plants in the pot

Step 4: Plant the Flowers

When handling the flowers, grasp gently near the base of the stems where they are strongest. Take your time and be careful with the stems and leaves.

  1. Hold the first container by the flower base, turn it upside down and look at the bottom.
  2. Remove any roots sticking out of the bottom container by pulling or cutting them.
  3. Hold the flower base with one hand and squeeze the bottom of the plastic container with your other hand.
  4. Keep squeezing the container and pushing the roots upward until the flowers and roots are out of the container.
  5. Gently break up the bottom of the roots so they are hanging loosely. (This will help the flower plant to grow quickly, and to its full potential, in the new soil.)
  6. Place the flowers and roots in one of the shallow holes in the pot.

***Repeat these steps 1-6 with each flower container you wish to plant***

Squeeze the Container and Push Roots Out

Squeeze container

Break up the Bottom Roots

Break up the bottom roots

 

Once you have all the flowers out of the plastic containers, the bottoms of the roots are gently broken up, and each plant is placed in the pot arranged as you like; you may proceed with the following steps.

  1. Scoop soil using the shovel, from the ¼ reserved potting soil, and put it around the base of the flower plant.
  2. Repeat step 7 for each flower plant in the pot.
  3. Fill the area around each flower plant from the remaining ¼ reserved soil until there are no roots showing.
  4. Gently press the soil around the base of each flower plant with your hands.

Scoop Soil and Fill the Area around Each Plant

Scoop soil and fill in

Step 5: Water and Care for the Plants

  1. Water the base of each flower plant in the pot, using a gentle stream of water.
  2. Wait for the water to soak in, and water again.
  3. Gently wash any soil off the leaves and flowers.
  4. Let the water fully drain out of the pot. (This may take 5-10 minutes.)
  5. Place the pot of planted flowers in the location you chose. (The flowers in this example will require a “Part Shade” location.)
  6. Water every second day, or keep soil moist.
  7. Pick off dead flowers and leaves every day, throw them away.

Water the Base of Each Flower Plant

Water the base of each flower plant

Finished Outdoor Potted Flowers

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Once you have completed Steps 1-5, the flower pot should look similar to this.

This photo taken July 4th, 2013,  about 3 weeks after planting

Flowers are now in full bloom

Potted flowers July 2013

More Information:

The flowers used in the above instructions can be found on these websites:

The flowers used in the above instructions can be found on these websites:

Here are some websites to help plan and care for your outdoor potted flowers:

Trouble Shooting and Problems

Below are some potential issues that you may encounter during this project and a list of suggested solutions.

Water does not drain from the soil.

  • The pot needs to have drainage holes.
  • Check to make sure the pot has drainage holes.
  • Check to see if the drainage holes are blocked.

The flowers are limp and the leaves are wilted.

  • Most flowers need to have moist soil.
  • Do not buy wilted, dried-out flowers.
  • Do not let the soil dry out.
  • Water the flowers before you begin planting.
  • Water the flowers after you finished planting.
  • Do not let the flowers sit exposed and out of the container without water for more than 1 hour.
  • Once you have finished planting the flowers and watering them, and the water has drained out of the pot; wait 24 hours for the flower plants to recover and leaves to strengthen.

There are many broken stems and leaves.

  • There may be flowers, stems, or leaves that break off in this process.
  • Be careful while handling the flower plants.
  • Remove any broken leaves or stems.
  • As long as there is a plant fully attached to the roots, the plant should grow and recover with continued care.

The soil dries out quickly.

  • Small pots dry out faster than large pots.
  • Small pots will need more frequent watering than larger pots.
  • Use water gel from your local flower shop to decrease watering times.

Warnings

The finished outdoor potted flowers in this project will be quite heavy and weigh approximately 50-60lbs.

  • Bring the materials and equipment near the location you chose for your flower pot.
  • Follow these directions near the location you choose for your flower pot.

Some flower plants may be poisonous, and should not be eaten.

  • Read the labels before purchasing flowers.

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All photos by Minde Wagner.

I  have a special guest for you today.

Traveler and blogger, Cole Millen, has some helpful advice on how to maintain a nutritious diet while traveling. 

If you’re looking for ways to stay healthy, trim, and stress free while on vacation, you will appreciate what Cole has to offer. 

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Thank you Cole for sharing your travel tips with our readers. 

So you’re finally ready for your vacation. You’ve saved up, you’ve packed and – most importantly – you’ve got your beach body in top form. So now that you’re in rocking shape, how do you avoid gorging yourself while on vacation and coming back with extra pounds in tow?

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If you want to avoid packing on the pounds you worked so hard to get off before your trip, all it takes is a little bit of planning and a whole lot of self control. Neither should be a problem, as you’ve likely exercised plenty of both in order to get in shape for the trip over the past few months.

It starts on the plane, where you can avoid eating unhealthy, over-processed meals by having a home-cooked meal beforehand or simply bringing one with you. You can also burn excess calories by walking around the airport rather than taking lifts or moving walkways. If you’re in for a long trip, consider bringing healthy snacks like dried fruit or trail mix along in your carry on luggage.

You also want to make sure the place you’re staying is relatively health conscious. After all, not every hotel at every vacation destination is a 24/7 buffet. The best way that I have found to receive the most accurate information regarding these needs is through consumer reviews. I recently found a great site that listed extremely helpful reviews for Las Vegas hotels. This ultimately led to me finding a hotel in sin city with a fitness center as well as a gluten free restaurant! These amenities were so extremely helpful to maintaining my healthy lifestyle. Many places offer full gyms, spas and tons of outdoor activities like hiking, canoeing and swimming, which will entice you to stay active instead of stuffing your face poolside. You can also stock your hotel’s fridge up with healthy food in order to avoid late night snacking from the mini bar. Smart travelers will minimize both unhealthy eating and spending by bringing along a simple crockpot when they travel. With a cheap plug in model, you can prepare chicken, rice and steamed vegetables easily, even if your room doesn’t have a kitchenette.

Going out to eat is part of the vacation experience, and you shouldn’t go out of your way to deprive yourself of exotic foods and beverages. However, you can control what you eat when you’re dining out. Check menus before you arrive for healthy options, and avoid going places with “all you can eat” signs or excessively unhealthy menus. Also, having a small healthy snack such as an apple before you go out can make sure you’re not tempted to overeat. Once you get to the restaurant, feel free to ask questions about the origins of the food, the cooking style and the ingredients. You may feel like a tourist at first, but you’ll feel better knowing exactly what you’re putting in your body.

Alcohol is also a huge calorie contributor on vacations. Not having any responsibilities can lead to excessive drinking throughout the day, leaving you bloated, tired and hung-over come the morning. Temper your tendency to start drinking too early by making sure you stay active (swimming, hiking, boating) during the day. Save the relaxing – including the drinks – for the evening. Follow these suggestions, and you’ll be sure to come back relaxed, fit and feeling better than ever.  

If you wish to contact Cole, send him an email at  colemillen@gmail.com

If you haven’t made a Diorama, it’s time you did.

Dioramas are fun to make.

Moms, Grandmas, this activity will occupy your energetic kids and grandkids for hours.

Check out this cheerful Safari Diorama made for a kids workshop I taught during Spring Break.

Safari Diorama

Safari Diorama crop

Diorama 2

To make your Safari Diorama

You will need:

  1. A shoe box (preferably  man’s shoe sized box – free from your local shoe store.)
  2. 3-4 sheets of colored paper for the background (chose from orange, red, or peach shades)
  3. White sheet of card stock paper (.95 cents a sheet – aprox. 20″ x 24″ )
  4. Damco Tempra paints (liquid non-toxic brilliant colors – ($11.95 for 6 bottles  – white, black, red, yellow, blue, green. These will last for many projects)
  5. Pencil  
  6. Pair of scissors 
  7. Glue stick  
  8. Tape
  9. Paint brushes  
  10. Container with water to clean your brushes

Supplies are available at your local art and craft supply store, House of Fine Art (HOFA)

Now you are ready to begin.

1.  Begin by gluing the orange, red, or peach paper inside your box (sides and bottom)

This will give it the feel of a hot African Safari desert.

Now, using your card stock:

2.  Draw your characters, paint them, and cut them out.

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3.  Draw 3 suns – large, medium and small sizes.
4.  Color, cut, and glue them together as shown below.
5.  Glue them into the background of your diorama.
Diorama 3 suns 13 suns colored3 suns together

6.  Do the same for the mountains.

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Diorama mountain pattern colored 1

7.  Now the tree
Diorama tree patterns
Tree colored 1
8.  Glue your tree to the foreground of your diorama.

9.  Make a stand for each of your characters.

10.  Glue the stand to the back of the character.

11.  Find a home for your character in your diorama, and glue it down.

prop up stand

12.  Add some grass…

Snip into a strip of card stock to make blades of grass.

Diorama grass pattern

13. Paint your grass using yellow, brown, orange and green hues.

14. Glue to the front of your diorama.

Safari Diorama crop

Voila… your diorama has come alive.

Have fun.

Thank you House of Fine Art

for providing the art room for us to create our dioramas.

House of Fine Art is located at #101-2485 West Railway, Abbotsford, BC  604.853.2400

Thank you Chrissy for making the appealing poster,

and Riley, for taking a photo of the finished diorama.

Diorama

Flipside Cartoons

FLIPSIDE Cartoons.

Introducing FLIPSIDE  – a new series of cartoons with “another perspective”.

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Whether you laugh, smile, or just get “another perspective”, that’s what it’s all about.

Using current events and personal experiences, FLIPSIDE wants to give us a laugh, or at the very least, put a smile on our faces.

Check out, http://joe-ks.com rated  #1 humor site on the ‘net, for Flipside Cartoons and much, much more. 

Thanks to Joe for keeping an endless supply of good humor coming our way at  http://joe-ks.com.

 

 

 

 

From the moment I first sipped Red Rooibos tea, I was hooked. On the lookout for a tea with interest, I had found one. Rich in taste, full of flavor, and loaded with antioxidants, this tea has a lot to offer.  That was several years ago.

While taking in the many sights, sounds and tastes of the 2012 West Coast Women’s Show, I made a point of paying a visit to Liz Bandelin’s Tega Tea booth. A welcome stop after spending the last few hours enjoying the endless displays of just about everything a woman could want – jewels, clothing, cosmetics, skincare, food, drink, entertainment and adult beverages.

The world slowed down as I enjoyed the tea tasting, along with a little flavorful chat. I treasured the moment.

I was pleased to see new additions to Liz’s already rich combinations and varieties – Chocolate Mint, Chai, Orange Spice, Lemon Hibiscus, Wild Berry and Green Rooibos teas to name a few. Based on my tasting, I decided to purchase the Winter Berry Blend and the Tropical Sunrise. I was already looking forward to a cup before retiring later that evening.

Tega Teas are the #1 ranked fair trade teas in Canada.  To learn why and to learn more about Rooibos and its many health benefits, go to    http://www.nu-tea.com

My next stop of interest –

Epic Cosmetics and their Clear 60 Minute Skin Care line.

We “mature” women are always on the look out for that special something – the miracle in a bottle that will fix it all. Well, maybe not all, but if it erased even a few years of lines and wrinkles (oh, it almost hurts to say that word) we are all over it.

Now, having said that, this “miracle in a bottle” must pass several very stringent tests. Having educated ourselves in the fine art of healthy living, we “mature” women, have become very discerning.

Not only does this miracle in a bottle have to be effective, it must be natural and toxin-free. No more sacrificing inner body health for outer body beauty. Those days are long gone.

Mladen and Tanya, a local scientist and his beautiful wife, work tirelessly to bring us this “miracle in a bottle”. Clear Skin Care is 100% natural, safe and toxin free, highly effective and loaded with anti-oxidants. Clear Skin Care is making its mark and flying off the shelves of local stores.

Did I mention it is effective? You see, I discovered this skin rejuvenating serum a year ago.

I haven’t even touched on the skin clearing capability this remarkable product has. Chronic problems like psoriasis, eczema, hives and various unknown skin conditions are erased or eliminated within hours or days.

Here’s a little secret. It’s not just for woman, nor is it just for the “mature” woman. Check out their website at  http://www.epic-cosmetics.com/

The treasures one can find at the West Coast Women’s Show are endless. If you missed this year’s show, be sure to make it a priority next year.

What do Tega Tea and Clear 60 Minute Skin Care have in common?

Me for one.

 

Moringa Oleifera -one of nature’s most nutritious foods

contains over 90 nutrients, 36 anti-inflammatories and 46 antioxidants.

A few months ago while doing research, I came across information about a tree called Moringa Oleifera.

I was intrigued by the many benefits associated with this tree.  The leaf and its uses in particular, is what got my attention.

Here is a list of some of the possible BENEFITS of the Moringa Leaf Powder: (dried and ground Moringa leaf)

  • Boosts the natural defenses of the body
  • Nourishes the brain and eyes
  • Helps regulate a healthy metabolism
  • Promotes healthy cell structure
  • Promotes healthy cholesterol levels
  • Supports healthy function of the liver and the kidneys
  • Beautifies the skin
  • Acts as a natural antbiotic
  • Increases energy
  • Lowers blood sugar levels
  • Aids in proper digestion
  • Contains powerful atioxidants that reduce the risk of tumors and the effects of aging
  • Possesses strong ant-inflammatory properties
  • Promotes a healthy circulatory system
  • Supports the normal sugar levels
  • Helps detoxify the body
  • Eeffective against nervous system disorders including normal and migraine headaches
  • Gives a feeling of general wellness

I’ve been using 2 tsp. per day for the past 5 months and I have shared this product with other people.

Here is some feedback about its effectiveness:

  1. Blood sugar level is much more stable throughout the day.
  2. Inflammation from a serious accident is subsiding significantly after 1 week of 1 tsp. 3x per day. Acupuncturist commented on client’s significant improvement over the one week period. Swelling and inflammation had receded.
  3. Sleeping better and if awakened, go back to sleep quickly. Previously person would often have many sleepless hours once awakened. 
  4. Do not wake up having to move because of hip pain
  5. Increased energy.
  6. Am losing weight and loving it.
  7. Restless Leg Syndrome is now a rare occurrence since taking Moringa Leaf  Powder, and when it does act up it is much less severe.
  8. Leg cramps at night are pretty much gone.
  9. Nervous system is much calmer day and night.
  10. Hip pain from rock climbing has subsided significantly.
  11. Muscles recover faster after exercising.

Click here to learn more about, or to purchase

 Moringa Leaf Powder 

One day while working in the garden, one of my fellow gardeners whose home is in Nigeria, started talking to me about Moringa.

I had just started using Moringa Leaf Powder and had never had anybody talk to me about it before.

This is his story.

Background:

He and his wife live in Nigeria. He came to Canada to earn his engineering degree.

His Story:

In their little home in Nigeria he and his wife have a garden. In the garden they have a Moringa Tree. They regularly harvest and dry the leaves and always have a ready supply for daily use.

Since his stay in Canada would be lengthy, he took enough Moringa Leaf powder with him to last him for many months.

I listened as he told me about all the wonderful benefits of the Moringa Leaf powder and how they would never want to be without it.

He mentioned that in their country it is used to help regulate blood sugar in diabetics.

In Africa, if someone has a Moringa Tree, they are looked upon as “blessed”.  He says, “Here (Africa)  it is known as “The Miracle Tree”.

A LITTLE BIT OF  MORINGA HISTORY

Moringa is called “Nebedaye”, which means “never die” In many African languages. The Moringa plant is native to Northern India, where it was first described around 2000 BC as a medicinal herb.

The Moringa tree spread eastward from India to the lower parts of China, Southeast Asia and the Philippines. From India It also spread westward to Egypt, the Horn of Africa, around the Mediterranean, and finally to West Indies in America.

Ancient Egyptian treasured Moringa oil, using it as protection for their skin from the ravages of desert weather. Later, the Greeks found many healthful uses for Moringa and introduced it to the Romans.

On the Island of Jamaica in 1817, a petition concerning Moringa oil was presented to the Jamaican House of Assembly. It described the oil as being useful for salads and culinary purposes, and being equal to the best Florence oil as an illuminant – giving clear light without smoke.

OTHER NAMES FOR MORINGA

Horseradish Tree, Drumstick Tree, Marango, Mlonge, Mulangay Malungay, Malunggay, Mother’s Best Friend, Miracle Tree

Moringa Leaf Powder

Disclaimer: All material is provided for your information only and may not be construed as medical advice or instruction. No action or inaction should be taken based solely on the contents of this information; instead, readers should consult appropriate health professionals on any matter relating to their health and well-being

I’m very pleased to post this article on how healthy meals can make a lasting difference for cancer patients,  by Jillian Mckee.

Jillian is a Complementary Medicine Advocate at the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance in the US. 

Thank you Jillian for your time and effort in spreading good news and sharing excellent suggestions on how to make healthy meals that can make a lasting difference when  going through the difficult battle of fighting cancer.

I hope you or someone you know, finds this information helpful and beneficial.  

Learning how to make healthy meals can make a huge difference in the life of someone with cancer. Many cancer patients make the mistake of not fixing healthy meals simply because cooking and preparing can take a lot of time and effort. It can be a major challenge for people who are ill from breast cancer or mesothelioma treatment side effects to find the energy to plan and cook healthy meals.

The disease and the treatments leave a wide range of damage on a person’s body. Many times, this damage drains and depletes energy and physical strength, making it difficult to get enough energy to cook healthy meals.

Friends and family members can be a major help by shopping for and cooking healthy meals in advance. Studies have proven that when one invests in eating diets that are high in whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and some dairy, the person will gain vitamins and antioxidants needed to produce energy and increase strength.

Many people who are going through cancer treatments such as chemo and radiation often experience months of fluctuating weight changes. A solid diet filled with wholesome foods loaded with all the right minerals and vitamins will help a person have better weight management.

A person who is losing far too much weight can benefit from a nutritious diet by ensuring he or she is getting all the needed vitamins, proteins, minerals, and antioxidants each day. Healthy diets help people with cancer to take more control over their lives and to have energy and physical strength to continue fighting the disease. Family members and friends may offer simple healthy meals that are fresh or can be frozen, which can be a major benefit when going through treatments.

Nutritious food will help to give a cancer patient much-needed energy that is vital to improving how well the person is able to handle treatments. Vegetable and cheese casseroles, fruit trays, sandwiches loaded with veggies and tasty dressings, and salads packed with delicious and healthy items are all dishes that can be delivered to a person who has cancer. These foods will be a great relief to someone who is too ill to prepare a healthy meal on their own.

The New York Presbyterian Hospital has a video about nutritious foods and how these foods can play a big role in improving the life of a cancer patient to help you get started.

For more excellent cancer fighting information visit  http://www.mesothelioma.com/blog/authors/jillian/.

Sourdough Bread is not only delicious, but also highly nutritious.  

Our first sourdough rye bread attempt

According to Kitchen StewardshipSourdough rye bread in particular is noted scientifically to be the most nutritious of them all. 

Sourdough is a fermented food. 

Fermented foods provide the body with good intestinal flora, and aid in digestion.

This is very good news for someone who is off wheat and yeast breads.

And to top it off, sourdough rye bread is the most tasty of them all –  in my opinion.

By the way, does anybody know of a restaurant in Abbotsford, Vancouver or the lower mainland, where I can get a 100% Sourdough rye bread, sandwich?

That would more than make my day.

How does Sourdough bread  improve nutrition? By…

      • pre-digesting starches, making the bread more easily digestible
      • lowering insulin response/improving glucose tolerance
      • protecting Vitamin B1 from the damage of the heat of baking
      • breaking down gluten, which may result in a bread that gluten-sensitive people can eat
      • activating phytase to hydrolyze (dissolve) the phytates, thus freeing up minerals such as:
        • zinc
        • iron
        • magnesium
        • copper
        • phosphorus

Last week, my husband and I decided to make sourdough bread.

Monday my husband started our sourdough starter.

  • 1/2 cup rye flour and enough pure water to make a gooey mixture
  • Mix and put it into a glass bowl
  • Place it in the oven with the light on, cover  with a cloth and let sit
  • Stir a couple of times a day and feed it every day by adding  1/4 cup flour and enough water to keep the same consistency – continue to let it ferment

Initially it looks like nothing is happening, but in a day or so it will start to bubble and get larger. It has now attracted natural yeast from the air and the environment. It will have a good sour smell.

Three days later our starter was bubbly and ready to use.

To keep the starter growing, add a little flour and water everyday and let sit on the counter. If you are not going to bake for a week or so, put into the fridge to slow the process down. Take out and let grow a few days before making the bread.

Here’s how we made our sourdough bread.

We took about half of the starter for the bread recipe.  Then transferred the remaining sourdough starter to a jar, and fed it once more. It will continue to grow and we will continue to feed it, until we make another loaf of bread.

The RECIPE is simple

Sourdough Rye Bread Recipe

  • Put  4 cups rye flour into a bowl
  • add 1/2 tsp salt and blend
  • Put 1 cup pure water in a bowl and add 1/4 cup olive oil
  • To liquid add 1 cup sourdough starter
  • Slowly add liquid  to flour
  • Add more pure water until you have a dough that you can roll and kneed.
  • Place into pan
  • Set oven for 400 degrees and bake for 15 minutes.
  • Egg wash the crust at this time if you wish. (take an egg, blend it well and brush lightly onto the top of your loaf)
  • Turn heat down to 350 degrees and bake for another 45 minutes – 1 hour or until a toothpick comes out clean when you stick it into the loaf.
  • Let cool for about 1/2 hour before slicing

Kneading the dough

Our first attempt was satisfactory.

Dough ready for the pan

Our 100% sourdough rye bread

Sourdough rises much slower than yeast breads. I think we should have let it rise longer. We let it rise about 3 hours. We’ll have to figure this one out.

I do like the consistency and the taste is excellent.

We forgot to add salt… but a little butter took care of that. Next time.

Chemical air fresheners… What do you mean they are “Not Just a Nice Smell”?

To those of you who enjoy your smelly “Chemical-Cocktail Air Fresheners”, you may not want to read any further.

If you do, I warn you, those air fresheners may never smell the same to you again.

While reading the latest, February 2012 Vista magazine I came across an article written by Michael Bloch – “Chemical Air Fresheners and Your Home.”  (Michael’s website is greenlivingtips.com )

Getting right to the point – Bloch says that the air freshener industry uses up to 3000 synthetic chemical ingredients. Some of them include the following nasty toxins:

  • Formaldehyde, a known carcinogen
  • Phenol, a skin and nervous system irritant
  • Petroleum distillates such as butane and propane
  • Methlformamide, linked to organ system toxicity, cancer and developmental or reproductive toxicity.
  • Butanoic acid, linked to neurotoxicity, endocrine disruption and organ system toxicity.
  • Nitro – and polycyclic musks, linked to cancer and hormone disruption… and the list goes on.

What about those convenient air fresheners that spray automatically every few minutes?

Michael Bloch says these harmful products should be pulled from the market for many reasons.

Apparently, one can build up a tolerance to the smell so that one needs a stronger and stronger scent to get the desired result. That is not good.

So… what can you do?

You can start by reading the labels. Just because it says “natural scent” doesn’t mean other harmful ingredients aren’t included.

Check the ingredients list. 

The Environmental Working Group  has an online data base, Skin Deep, where you can find out the potential effects of most chemicals.

So, you ask, how do I freshen my home without my favorite chemical air freshener?

One alternative is to use essential oils diluted in water – use in a spray bottle. Mist the air for a fresh, safe and truly natural aroma.

Smell the citrus

Lemon and orange are some of my favorite aromas.

Lavender is another.

You can also use vanilla extract as a natural deodorizer. Place a few drops in small containers here and there in your home.

Natural, safe and non-toxic – why settle for less? Your health is worth it.

Safe, effective and beautiful

That’s what I find Cheri Watson’s natural mineral cosmetic line promises… and delivers.

Accents Cosmetics is the name of her company.

Needless to say, I love the products; so much so that I feel compelled to re-write my former article.

Some of my readers may recall a post I wrote in 2011, where I introduced you to Cheri and Accents Cosmetics.

Since one of my missions in life is to  live as toxin-free as I possibly can in today’s world, I am so thankful for the efforts and dedication of people like Cheri – people who strive to bring us the very best in quality and purity. People who don’t quit just because the competition is fierce and the market is slow.

Thank you again Cheri.

Here is Cheri Watson, owner of Accents Cosmetics  about to give me the ‘makeover’.

Cheri about to give me the makeover – 2011 Carrie ©
I love the product so much, I use it confidently everyday.
I know that I am actually feeding my skin nutrients…period.! No chemicals, no additives, just good stuff.
Here are some juicy tidbits to consider…
Did you know:
  • Most women absorb up to 2 kilograms of chemicals through their skin from their toiletries and cosmetics over the course of a year!
  • The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health found that  884 chemicals used in personal care products and cosmetics were toxic!
Those are troublesome stats. 
A little bit about Cheri…
Cheri Watson  began to develop  Accents Cosmetics in 2004. She started her business in Mission, BC. As of fall 2011 her products are now manufactured in Vancouver, BC.

For those of you who want more details…

What does “manufacturing” entail?

Cheri purchases the raw materials from the US, which she uses to make the variety of colors for foundation, blush, eye shadow, and lipstick.

Here’s where it gets personal.

If someone wants a specific color of lipstick, and she doesn’t have it... she will make it for you!

As for her mascara... it is formulated by a Master Herbalist (local).  Cheri has the sole rights to this masterfully crafted recipe. The added touch;   lavender scent.

Having tried several other natural mascaras, I find this one to be my absolute favorite, with minimal smudging and smearing – and so easy to remove, yet stays on all day (if I don’t cry) LOL (now I’m sounding like a commercial)

The reality is, in today’s world of information, most of us aren’t looking for more information.

We’re looking for experts who we can trust to deliver the very best possible.

My expert cosmetic adviser – Cheri of course.

Contact me if you would like more information – Email Me

A friend and I met for tea this morning and she reminded me that today was the last day of January!

2012 Carrie ©

The comment caught me off guard for a moment. 1/12th of the year is already behind us!

“Where have the last 31 days gone?” I asked myself. Before I could answer, my friend said, “the next thing you know, it’ll be Christmas.”

I gasped, and then quickly recovered, realizing we really do have almost 11 more months to prepare.

Every year many of us declare that December suddenly just “appeared” on our doorstep. How stupid is that? It comes around every year, exactly once every 12 months, or every 365 days; accept for this year which will be 366 days. There are no surprises here.

So this year, I am making a decision. No more surprises.

This year I am putting in my calender that I will start to organize myself today, so that I’m ready for December.

What will that look like?

Does that mean I will do more busy stuff to prepare for Christmas?

Here’s what that might look like, and NO, I do not intend to do more. It merely means that I intend to get the most out of the season, and I will not be caught off guard for the umpteenth time.

More questions come to mind…

Does that mean that I won’t still get the most out of the other months and seasons of the year, because I’m preoccupied with that one month of the year?

Enjoying the beauty of the moment - Jan 2012 Carrie ©

On the contrary, this will be a reminder  to enjoy the moment and season that comes with it.

Does that mean I will spend more money on Christmas?

Most certainly not. I intend to have the time to thoughtfully decide what it is I want to spend on Christmas, and, what I don’t want to spend on Christmas.

Another way to make the most of this wonderful month of the year is by intentionally thinking about who I want to spend it with.

Umm, not sure where aunt Susan fits in… but we’ve got almost 11 months to figure that out.

What about the preoccupation with gifts?

Throughout the year, many fabulous craft fairs and trade shows pop up  just about everywhere in the county. If I’m thinking creatively and ahead, gift giving can actually be fun to do.  I still believe that it’s the thought that counts, not the “how much did it cost?”.

So, that’s my decision.

2012 Carrie ©

January, you’ve done well. As you can see, I’ve had plenty of time to enjoy this season.

February, I have a very good reason to look forward to your extra day.

Yes, I’m ready for the rest of the 11 months.

December, 2012 is starting to look pretty inviting.

Yes, Mennonite girls can make New Year’s Cookies

This tasty donut like treat is a bit of a project to make, but well worth the time and effort.

This recipe is not on the top of  my healthy foods list, but is a family favorite that comes around only once a year.

There’s something about tradition that speaks it’s own language.

New Year's Cookies


New Year’s Cookies

(AKA fritters or Portselkje)

  • Dissolve 1 tsp. sugar in 1/2 cup warm water. Sprinkle 1 pkg. dry yeast (.25 ounce) on water and let stand for 10 minutes.
  • Add 3 cups warm water
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp butter melted
  • 4 eggs beaten
  • 2 cups raisins or more
  • Stir in enough flour to make a fairly thick batter.  Let rise until double in bulk. (I use light Rye flour)
  • Drop by spoonfuls into hot oil. The batter will sink to the bottom and rise to the top.
  • Flip once
  • When golden brown scoop the cookies out of the hot oil and place onto a paper towel or drip tray.
  • Roll in icing sugar if desired.
The key is to have the oil hot enough so that it does not soak into the batter. (about 375F or 190C)
A couple of years ago, our son made New Year’s Cookies for a New Year’s Eve party.
Being innovative, he stuck a chocolate square into the centre of each cookie.
Needless to say, the cookies were a big hit.



Happy December is Here

Happy December is here…

… my favorite month of the year.

Let it snow - 2011 Carrie ©

Nothing can beat the sights, smells and sounds of Christmas.

Here’s how to have a happy December.

  • Dance to the music – put on the  Bony M Christmas CD and dance.
  • String up some lights and leave them on during the day. Pick your favorite color. The color that makes you feel “happy” and instills anticipation.
  • Plan an Advent evening with some friends.  Have dinner and light the candles.
  • Keep gift giving to a minimum. Set aside your Christmas budget and stick with it.
  • If you give a gift, make it a meaningful one.
  • Don’t use your credit card.
  • On December 24th take the family and attend a Christmas candlelight service.
  • If it snows, play in it.
  •  Make home made apple cider
  • Make Christmas cards and give them to your neighbors.
  • Smell up the house with baking. Make cookies and give some to a neighbor.
  • Watch “A Charlie Brown Christmas”
  • Watch Christmas classics .

Homemade Nativity Scene we made in 1984. We still use it today - 2011 Carrie ©

Do you have a “how to be happy this December” suggestion?
What’s your favorite Christmas Classic?

Vintage style aprons…  with a flare of their own.

My mother grew up sewing just about everything.

Her aprons were always delicately embroidered, or beautified with lace and ribbon.  I went searching in my treasure box and found this one.

One of Mother's hand stitched aprons - 2011 Carrie ©

Notice the detail - 2011 Carrie ©

My mother taught me to sew when I was twelve. A gift that will last me a lifetime. These were fun to make.

Polka Dot Black Tie - 2011 Carrie ©

Emerald Lace - 2011 Carrie ©

Purple Party Apron - 2011 Carrie ©

Lady Gardener's Delight - 2011 Carrie ©

Just Peachy 2011 Carrie ©

Sassy in Pink - 2011 Carrie ©

Vote for your favorite. Let me know which one you like best.

Harvest time is a time to be thankful

After the storm that dismantled much of my garden a few weeks ago, with a little cleanup and tender loving care, the garden took on another form of beauty.

On Canadian Thanksgiving (October 9) we  had a family and friends dinner/ party at the garden farm ‘Red Barn’.

Everyone brought something, (we brought a turkey). We didn’t spare the sweet and the savory.

A warm fire in the fire pit nearby invited us to come and sit, share stories and enjoy the art of roasting marshmallows.

This is what the day was like…

Mother and daughter, gardening companions – Thanksgiving day harvest 2011 Carrie ©
Towards the end of the day we harvested beets, carrots, cucumbers, kale,  lettuce, and a few last hour green beans.
Birdhouse ready for rent in spring  – 2011 Carrie ©
We share our Sunflower seeds with the birds – 2011 Carrie ©
Alyssum, Sedum, Calendula – 2011 Carrie ©
Leek among the Nasturiums – 2011 Carrie ©
Leeks can be harvested up until February. We’re looking forward to leek soup this winter. 
Me in my garden Thanksgiving day – 2011 Carrie ©

Am I thankful for my garden or what? 

Next post – vote for your favorite vintage apron design. 

Sneak preview – I’m wearing one of them.

Thank you for visiting.


									

Important NOTICE:

The seminar, ‘Safe. Effective. Beautiful.’ has been postponed due to the sudden passing of a valued employee.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family as well as Daniel and fellow employees at Marshall Compounding Pharmacy.

Image(s) courtesy VintageHolidayCrafts.com

For all my local readers … you may be interested in this….

A seminar, held in Abbotsford called…

Safe. Effective. Beautiful.

This seminar promises to give valuable  information to help us feel and look great – naturally!

TIME:

Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at 7:30 PM

PLACE:

Kent Place Medical Building

33774 Marshall Road
Abbotsford, BC

604 859.8333
“Marshall Compounding Pharmacy” marshall@relcomsys.ca

I’ll choose, safe, effective and  beautiful any day. 

Here’s Cheri Watson, owner of Accents Cosmetics  about to give me the ‘makeover’.

Cheri about to give me the makeover - 2011 Carrie ©

I love the product so much, I use it confidently everyday.
I say confidently because I know that I am actually feeding my skin nutrients…period.! No chemicals, no additives, just good stuff.
Here are some juicy tidbits to consider…
Did you know:
  • Most women absorb up to 2 kilograms of chemicals through their skin from their toiletries and cosmetics over the course of a year!
  • The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health found that  884 chemicals used in personal care products and cosmetics were toxic!
Those are troublesome stats. 

At this seminar you will learn how to find skin care products and cosmetics made without the plastics, silicones, petroleum, artificial fragrances, dyes, and other unsafe ingredients found in most beauty products.

Let me introduce you to the Presenters:

Cheri Watson

Cheri Watson is a businesswoman who created a natural line of cosmetics, Accents Cosmetics,  in 2004 and manufactures them in Mission, BC.

Daniel Wong

Daniel Wong is a compounding pharmacist who owns Marshall Compounding Pharmacy.
He also specializes in natural remedies for a wide range of common maladies.

Daniel Wong can be reached at Marshall Compounding Pharmacy – 604 859.8333. Email: marshall@relcomsys.ca

Maybe I’ll see you there.

A floral feast found in my garden

A few days after I took these flower photographs,  a wet and wild storm lasting the night, dismantled much of the garden.

But... this flower photographing day I had a great day. The garden amazed me with it’s wonders.

Photo Gallery of flowers 

Bee in a Sunflower 2011 Carrie ©

Rustic Sunflower variety - 2011 Carrie ©

Teddy Bear Sunflower 2011 Carrie ©

I don’t remember planting him… it appears he is one of the garden volunteers.

Bumble Bee and Honey Bee on Sedum 2011 Carrie ©

Chair in the Crocosmia Red Star - 2011 Carrie ©

Hummingbirds love this flower. We had many visits from them this summer.

Love Lies Bleeding 2011 Carrie ©

These flowers make a stunning addition to an already stunning flower arrangement.

Yellow Daisies 2011 Carrie ©

Red Nasturium 2011 Carrie ©

As well as helping to keep the garden free from bad bugs, Nasturiums are edible, and very healthy.

 Herbsarespecial.com article states that scientific research has found the plant has:

  • a natural antibiotic action that is fast-working in the body 
  • The antibiotic agent, tromalyt, has been found in the urine within one hour of digesting the herb
  • This antibiotic does not interfere with intestinal flora
  • It has been found to be effective against some microorganisms that have built up resistance to common antibiotic drugs

I enjoy a few whenever I’m in the garden. They have a peppery taste that goes great with a fresh salad.

Smiling faces - Pansies 2011 Carrie ©

A little nibbled around the edges, but still smiling.

Yellow Nasturiums 2011 Carrie ©

Virginia Spiderwort 2011 Carrie ©

Echinacea 2011 Carrie ©

Hyacinth - 2011 Carrie ©

Another volunteer blooming somewhat late in the season.

Rose Champion (Lychnis) 2011 Carrie ©

Nasturiums among the Sunflowers & cucumbers - 2011 Carrie ©

A bee enjoying the California Poppies 2011 Carrie ©

I can hardly wait until next spring to see what floral surprises are awaiting.

disclaimer: The content on this post is meant for informational purposes only, and is not intended for use as official health consultation

Sweet red beets.  This year my organic garden has a perfect crop of red Beets.  I am so happy!


Red Beets in my garden - Carrie ©

Why do I love my beets so?

Because red beets:

  1. are sweet and juicy ( I never realized how delicious raw beets are)
  2. are anti-carcinogenic
  3. are high in antioxidants
  4. increases oxygen-carrying ability of the blood by up to 400%
  5. were traditionally used to battle leukemia
  6. have been shown to inhibit colon and stomach cancer
  7. help reduce serum cholesterol
  8. help to normalize blood pressure
  9. are a powerful cleanser and blood purifier
  10. help to keep your arteries elastic
  11. help to prevent varicose veins
  12. are high in folic acid
  13. stimulate the function of liver cells
  14. protect the liver and bile ducts
  15. are highly alkaline
  16. help to relieve constipation
  17. are anti-inflammatory
  18. help in detoxification

If you are not use to consuming beets, give your body time to get accustomed to it. This is a powerful food.

(Warning: you may experience red stool!)

Beet juice is so powerful that it you may feel dizzy during cleansing. This discomfort is normal as toxins are being eliminated. It is advised to drink plenty of water to help in the elimination of toxins.”

Harvesting my Red Beets - Carrie ©

Ways we enjoy our sweet red beets:

  • Washed, peeled and sliced into thin slices (served with home-made dip)
  • Grated fresh or diced and added to one of our many varieties of fresh salads
  • Juiced
  • Washed and steamed for no longer than 15 minutes
  • Beet leaves are filled with nutrients as well. Washed and steamed or added to  juicing

2011 Carrie ©

Beets prepared for steaming - Carrie ©

Red beet and carrot juice recipe

  • 1 whole Red Beet (leaves included if desired)
  • 2 medium sized Carrots (green tops included if desired)
  • 1 Apple

Juice and drink immediately.

This is one of my favorite “get started” in the morning juice recipes.

You’re sure to enjoy this next recipe…

Beet and cucumber salad recipe

1 whole raw beet, peel and diced

1 small/medium cucumber diced

1 small sweet onion diced

add dried or fresh dill

add 3 Tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar

1 Tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive oil

Sea Salt to taste

a sprinkle of Mrs. Dash

mix

Let sit in the fridge for a day

Serve with a meal or enjoy alone

Drink plenty of water.

For more detailed information about the benefits of red Beets,

http://bit.ly/oSo3bV

http://bit.ly/qg0VN

disclaimer: The content on this post is meant for informational purposes only, and is not intended for use as official health consultation


Rocky at Cascade Falls - Carrie ©

Rocky, Rocket Budwiser was a happy dog who lived a long, happy life.

On August 24, 2011, Rocky our 13 year old Golden Retriever, had a mishap.

Our Sweet (Sr.) Rocky April 16, 1998 - August 24, 2011 - Carrie ©

Somehow he partly slipped down the steep embankment at the back of our home while reaching for some tasty blades of grass. At least that’s what we think happened.

A neighbor (for whom we are so thankful) saw him struggling to get back up, and helped him, but… the effort was too much for Rocky’s heart.

He passed away within the next 15 minutes as we held him in our arms and told him how much we loved him.

Rocky had arthritis in his rear knees which left him with little strength in his back end.

A visit to the garden taken this spring - Carrie ©

Other than that, he was in “good shape for an old dog”, our friend the vet told us just last week.

We buried him in the field at the farm where we have our garden. It seemed appropriate.

Rocky RIP - Carrie ©

Horses at the farm - Carrie ©

He loved the farm, the horses, the sheep and the chickens.

We remember him as alert and engaging, loving and gentle, sweet and smart.

Checking out his Christmas present - Carrie ©

A very handsome dog, Rocket Budwiser - Carrie ©

Rocky inviting us to join him for a walk in the fresh snow - Carrie ©

For those of you who left him treats when dropping off courier packages, or newspapers…he felt special and watched for you.  Thank you.

Friends - a man and his dog - Carrie ©

Rocky loved much and was much loved.

We miss you Rockster.

Water sports at Cascade Falls - Carrie ©

Rocky was included in many of my paintings.

Sewing Circle - Carrie ©

Rocky sketch for Sewing Circle - Carrie ©

Rocky and lady 3 for Sewing Circle - Carrie ©

Fishing with a Friend - Carrie ©


									

Finally, the lazy, crazy, ‘dog days” of summer are here.

Where did that term ‘dog days’ originate?

Answer: ancient times.

In the summer, Sirius, the ‘dog star’, rose and set with the sun.

During late July, Sirius is in conjunction with the sun, and the ancients believed that its heat added to the heat of the sun, creating a stretch of hot and sultry weather.

They named this period of time… ‘dog days’ after the dog star.”

Lazy, crazy, dog days of summer – Carrie ©

Looking at Fido here, lazing in the hot mid afternoon sun,  ‘dog days’ of summer doesn’t need a star to originate the term.

This adorable puppy merely raised an eyebrow while being photographed.

Too hot to move, but happy for it, it’s a dog’s day for sure.

Toxins in my makeup?  

Did you know that what’s on your skin and in your bathroom could kill you?


Fact:  Most cosmetics on the market today are loaded with  toxic chemical potions, often referred to as 
The Dirty Dozen.

The word ‘natural’ on the front label means very little when the dirty dozen, (below) are listed on the back of the label.

1. Bisphenol-A: Also called BPA. Used in moisturizers and makeup as antioxidants and preservatives. It’s associated with tumour growth and hormone disfunction of humans. Harmful to wildlife.

2. Coal Tar Dyes: Appearing on bottles as
“p-phenylenediamine” or colours listed as “CI” followed by five digits, this chemical is common in hair dyes and is linked to cancer. It also contains low levels of heavy metals.

3. DEA: Diethanolamine makes products soapy, sudsy or creamy, but also irritates skin and may be toxic to the immune and nervous systems of humans and fish and wildlife.

4. Dibutyl phthalate: Found in nail polish, it enhances the capacity of other chemicals to cause genetic mutations of humans. Harmful to fish and wildlife.

5. Formaldehyde-releasing agents: These irritate skin and eyes and harm marine life. Examples are DMDM

hydantoin, diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea, methenamine, quarternium-15 and sodium hydroxymethylglycinate.

6. Parfum/perfume: Fragrances are considered “trade secrets” and could contain any number of chemicals.

7. Parabens: Used as a preservative in makeup, parabens are linked to breast cancer and hormone problems, particularly in women of childbearing age.

8. PEG compounds: Polyethylene glyco compounds open skin’s pores, allowing other harmful chemicals to penetrate more deeply. This chemical is often found in creams and is linked to cancer.

9. Petrolatum: Also called mineral oil jelly, this chemical carcinogen is common in moisturizers and lip balms for providing shine and a moisture barrier.

10. Siloxanes: Used in cosmetics to soften, smooth and moisten, these compounds can irritate the skin, eyes and lungs and are harmful humans, fish and wildlife.

11. Sodium laureth sulfate: Used to create foam, this chemical may be contaminated with ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane, both of which cause cancer. It can be found in soaps, shampoos and toothpaste.

12. Triclosan: Found in antiperspirants, deodorants, cleansers and hand sanitizer as a preservative and antibacterial agent. It interferes with hormone function in humans. Harmful to fish and other wildlife.

Switching to toxin free skin care products isn’t easy, but it’s worth it. 

Today my toxin-free skin care is loaded with mangosteen goodness,  and works to restore, rejuvenate, and protect the skin.

No “dirt” here!

contact: carrie@wachsmannstudios.com

Apparently the old adage “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” has merit.

Why does “an apple a day keep the doctor away?”

Organic Gala apples - Carrie ©

  • Apples are a good source of both insoluble fiber, roughage, and soluble fiber, pectin.
  • Pectin lowers cholesterol, helps digestion, and helps maintain steady blood sugar levels.
  • Fiber keeps the bowels working and healthy.
  • Apples are rich in vitamins and minerals.
  • Apple skin contains quercetin, an antioxidant that is very good for your heart and lungs
  • and lowers the risk of heart disease and fights cancer.
  • Apples can help control weight  – apples are effective in suppressing  the appetite.

So when you eat your organic apple, eat the skin as well.

Apples are perfect for juicing along with vegetables.

Every morning, I juice some vegetables and add an apple for taste.

An apple also makes a great mid morning or afternoon snack.

So if you’re on the run…why not grab an apple, feed your heart lungs, and keep that doctor away.

My favorite morning juice blend

1 large carrot

1 small to medium beet

a handful of spinach

1 apple

Juice, pour into a wine glass,  and drink to your health.

For more on the benefits of apples visit essortment.com

disclaimer: The content on this post is meant for informational purposes only, and is not intended for use as official health consultation


Recently bill C – 474 was defeated.!!

This bill, Bill C474,  was a safeguard for our Canadian Farmers!

Bill C-474 was a private member’s bill that would have required an analysis of market harm before new Genetically Modified (GM) varieties are released.

Most people want to the assurance that the food they eat is REAL, wholesome, and good for them.

Baskets of REAL, fresh organic foods - Carrie ©

How can we be sure that what we are eating is just that?

REAL – and good for me.

If you are concerned about what you eat and what you feed your family,  you may want to consider going organic.

How does one “go organic”?


Zucchini growing in my organic garden 2010 - Carrie ©

This article,  Back to simplicity-basic, nutritious, wholesome food”, tells you how.

You’ll find a list of practical steps to help you on your journey to “go organic”.

Every effort is worth the effort. Your body will thank you. Your family will thank you.







Steamed asparagus makes a super healthy snack.

Add a little sea salt, lemon juice, dab of butter if you desire, and savor the flavor.  It beats chips and dip anytime.

Asparagus has many nutritional benefits some of them listed in 12 nutritious benefits of asparagus, a super healthy food.

Asparagus makes a great snack - Carrie ©

When buying asparagus, make certain the tips of the asparagus spears are firm and dry.

Asparagus can be stored for one or two days in the refrigerator. This is one vegetable that does not store for more than a couple of days. It soon begins to deteriorate.

The benefits of asparagus are numerous and the list is impressive. Thank you for visiting Healthy living examiner.com where you will learn more about these benefits.


Kale is a super, nutritious green food.

Curly purple kale - Carrie ©

That is one of the reasons why I grow kale in my organic garden.

This past summer I planted two varieties of kale – the curly purple kale and a long leaf green/blue kale. We enjoyed both but I do prefer the curly purple variety.

Kale is known to help protect the eyes as well as build and maintain healthy bones. It can be eaten raw or cooked.

To eat it raw, I either add it to my juicing along with other vegetables first thing in the morning, or I make dehydrated kale chips. It can be added to a salad or used to decorate a plate.

The dehydrated kale chips are a very viable substitute for regular chips, and provide a highly nutritious snack. They taste so good there’s usually none left for another day.

I’ve posted a recipe for kale chips as well as several other ideas on how to serve kale, at Healthy living examiner.com

This summer I intend to try yet a third variety of kale – the curly green variety. Variety is the spice of life.

A Weight loss secret

The weight loss secret for today is vitamin D.

healthy living and weight management

Yes, vitamin D is proving itself to be a key in weight loss.

Vitamin D has many significant health benefits, one of which is weight loss.

How does vitamin D have an effect on weight?

  • Our bodies need sunshine to produce vitamin D.
  • Lack of sunshine causes lack of vitamin D.
  • Lack of vitamin D can cause weight gain.

To learn more about the link between vitamin D  and weight,  check out Vancouver healthy living examiner;  Vitamin D and weight loss.

For information on adequate amounts of vitamin D check out this article, What is seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and can vitamin D help?

Happy Valentine’s Day greeting

Happy Valentine’s Day to

all my friends and followers

Valentine's Day card 2011

Happy Valentine's Day - Carrie ©

Have a wonderful, stress-free, happy day and pass it on.

Ideas to help make your day a good one:

What women want for Valentine’s Day

or……….

How to express your love on Valentine’s Day

visit my site as Vancouver’s Healthy living examiner.

Does Valentine’s Day promote anti-aging?

Valentine card - Hart Wachsmann ©

Valentine’s Day is very popular.

Everyone wants to stay young.

Put the two together and make them work for you for the rest of the year.

If everyday we thought about love and how to express it, we’d all probably live to be a 120 years old. Maybe more.

Those good, loving, happy thoughts would keep the stresses of life where they belong – underfoot.

If you need a little encouragement in expressing your love and affection to your Valentine, you can find some great advice at examiner.com, “How to express your love on Valentine’s Day.”

Stay young, be happy and nurture your relationships.

Zesty Super Bowl Salsa recipe

This year why not spice up your Super Bowl party with healthy snacks.

This zesty Salsa recipe is a spicy healthy alternative.

You can find the recipe here at Examiner.com, along with 4 tips to help make your Super Bowl party a great one. 

Some colors have the power to lift the spirit, combat cabin fever and chase away those winter blues.

Find out which ones

There are many good reasons to use Apple Cider Vinegar.

Apple Cider Vinegar is:

  • known as the wonder vinegar
  • an effective natural bacteria-fighting agent
  • loaded with vitamins, trace minerals, antioxidants, enzymes, and dietary fiber (pectin

In my latest Healthy Living article for Examiner.com I list

11 good  reasons why I use Apple Cider Vinegar.

I’ve also included my recipe for, Apple Cider Vinegar and sun dried tomato salad dressing.

Apple Cider Vinegar and sundried tomato salad dressing

So easy to make, so delicious, great for salads and more.

BC is on the cutting edge of Alzheimer’s research.

The University of BC along with the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute Researchers has been making headlines.

Caring for the elderly with love - Carrie ©

Gerry Bellett of the Vancouver Sun writes, “Researchers at the University of B.C. and the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute have identified the gene that destroys brain cells in both Alzheimer’s patients and people with Down syndrome.”

This discovery is significant in helping scientist find answers to forestalling Alzheimer’s disease.

Although it will probably take years before science finds these answers, this discovery offers hope for the future.

In the meantime, there  is one care facility making headlines by letting love and respect for the elderly rule their care giving.

Each Alzheimer’s patient is given the freedom to eat, bath, sleep and even eat as much chocolate as he or she wants.  A little ‘schnaps’ before bedtime is also given, if that is what brings comfort.

I have a family member in a care home, and several friends who have a member disabled by Alzheimer’s disease.  I applaud this way of caring for the elderly.

Here’s what happened to one 96 year old  Alzheimer’s patient in Beatitudes care home, when they decided to break the rules and let her have what she wanted …Read more…

Light therapy and how it helps fight SAD

In my previous post, we learned how vitamin D is an effective solution to (SAD) Seasonal Affective Disorder.

Today we will look at another treatment for SAD light therapy.

According to Mayo Clinic light therapy is proven to help persons suffering from SAD.

 

Carrie outside office - getting light therapy

Carrie © - Getting a good dose of light therapy

If you live in the West – Vancouver and the lower mainland, you’ve probably heard of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

Perhaps you are one of those persons who struggles with this condition during the gray, gloomy winter months.

Some of the symptoms may include fatigue, depression, lack of sleep, moodiness, and weight gain.

I for one am one of  ‘those persons’ who needed to kick up her vitamin D intake and have some sunlight around me.

This is the second winter that I have a lamp in my office and natural lighting in my kitchen.  I take 5 – 7,000 units of vitamin D per day.

I needed that!

So how does light therapy help?

Light therapy mimics sunlight.

It helps to regulate both melatonin and serotonin, bringing the body back into balance.

For details on the relationship between light and hormones please read my article on Examiner.com titled,  “Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and light therapy”.

Light therapy works best when used on a daily basis, starting in fall and ending in springtime.

Also known as bright light therapy or phototherapy, light therapy is widely recommended by doctors and naturopaths.

A note of caution:

Persons affected by SAD may also be suffering from other conditions. Talk to your doctor, naturopath or mental health provider to find out if light therapy is right for you.

Suggested sites:

Seasonal Affective Disorder-The SAD season

Seasonal depression need not ruin the holidays

Light therapy for the low-light months

disclaimer: The content on this post is meant for informational purposes only, and is not intended for use as official health consultation

Vitamin D, also known as the sunshine vitamin, is proven to help persons suffering from SAD.

Carrie ©

If you are:

  • sad
  • depressed
  • tired
  • irritable
  • craving sweet starchy “comfort” foods
  • gaining weight
  • feeling just plain lethargic

you may be suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD.

One solution that has proven itself to be helpful is vitamin D.

You can read more about SAD and vitamin D in my latest article published on Examiner.com – What is Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and can Vitamin D help?

disclaimer: The content on this post is meant for informational purposes only, and is not intended for use as official health consultation


Here is my recipe for healthy, raw food, energy bars.

Not only are they healthy and easy to make, they are also delicious.

Note: if you don’t like carob, you can substitute raw organic cocoa.

Click here for my ‘No guilt energy bars’ recipe.

No guilt energy bar recipe - by Carrie Wachsmann

Ted Williams, no longer homeless, got a little emotional in his interview with CBS News “Early Show”, yesterday. He is looking forward to reunite with his 92 year old mother, whom he has not seen for years. A touching story.

The top breaking news story today  is a story of HOPE.

Ted Williams, a man with an amazing golden voice, was homeless yesterday. Today he has numerous job offers, one of them from Cleveland Cavaliers. Besides a full time job with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Quicken Loans has offered to pay a mortgage for him. WOW!

Watch this story here:

2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is on fire!.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 11,000 times in 2010. That’s about 26 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 8 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 52 posts. There were 104 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 64mb. That’s about 2 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was April 1st with 172 views. The most popular post that day was Outhouses I Have Known.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were alphainventions.com, search.aol.com, blogcatalog.com, twincities.com, and bigextracash.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for sunflowers, alouette lake, life drawing, outhouse, and sunflowers pictures.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

Outhouses I Have Known March 2009
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2

Colors Combat Cabin Fever March 2009
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3

Bee Propolis – A Natural Antibiotic That Combats Super Bugs? (MRSA) April 2009
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4

Abbotsford Art January 2009

5

Life Drawing – Pencil Sketches of Woman in a Wedding Dress April 2009
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