Archive for November, 2008

Why is Apple Cider Vinegar known as the wonder vinegar?

We’re talking about the brown colored, unfiltered, unpasteurized “with Mother” Apple Cider Vinegar.

The clear version will not have any of the benefits listed below.

It ‘s loaded with nutrients; vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, enzymes, and dietary fiber (pectin).

In my research on this Wonder Vinegar I came across some very good reasons to add this my diet.

My Top 11 good reasons to use Apple Cider Vinegar “with Mother”

1. Helps to reduce cholesterol and regulate blood pressure

2. Contains Malic acid which helps to fight fungus and bacterial infections

3. Dissolves Uric Acid (cause of painful joints and gout)

4. Helps indigestion and Acid Reflux

5. Helps in weigh reduction and obesity

6. Helps to relieve constipation or diarreha

7. Helps the body use calcium and supports good bone health

8. Is low in sodium and fat

9. It is loaded with nutients

10. Is great to use for marinating meat, fish, chicken

11. Is absolutely wonderful used in home made salad dressing


Salad Dressing Recipe

11/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

1/3 cup apple cider vinegar

1/2 lemon – juice

1/4 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp honey

1/2 tsp mustard

2 tbsp mixed dried herbs

(we use herbs like, basil, rosemary, dill, chives, dried onion bits, thyme, sage, parsley)

2 – 3 cloves fresh garlic chopped

a few drops of hot red pepper sauce

Optional:         add 2 tbsp. capers

or 2 tbsp. sundried tomatoes.    Sometimes we add both.

mix and let stand for a few hours. keep in the fridge.

enjoy on salad, potatoes, veggies, dumplings,  pasta and rice.

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Chapter 1and 2 of my children’s fantasy can now be found on the STORY TELLING page.ryder2

A little about the book:
David and Jessica have just arrived at their grandparent’s farm in the Cariboo. Previously, they welcomed these visits with great enthusiasm, but this time is different. Things have changed.

Then without warning, through a series of bizarre events, they find themselves involved in a most unusual and exciting adventure in the land of Antoch; a land where dreams do come true, and life is never what you expect.

The Lion's Den - ©

The Lion's Den - ©

Will Jessica escape from the lion’s den? What will happen to David, trapped high up on the treacherous mountain, alone face to face with the huge mountain cat? What about the Ryder? Who is this mysterious person who effects everything he touches and everyone he meets?

The RYDER will soon be available in e-book

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God has blessed me with many artist friends and family, who inspire, encourage and motive me. That alone makes me a “Wealthy Artist.”

One of my very talented and creative friends is a writer (among many other things, some of which include film maker and producer). Lately he wrote a book entitled “To My Beloved Eve, Letters from Adam to his wife”. by Francis Testafront-cover-letters-to-eve

photo-francisI totally enjoyed the book. It was touching and a wonderful read. I immediately went to my Bible and read chapters 1 and 2 of Genesis. I’ve read them many times before but this time I read it with a different pair of eyes. There is so much in those chapters I hadn’t really noticed before!

Adam views Eve like every woman would like to be seen by her man. Priceless and like a precious jewel. Despite all the pain and strife in the relationship, love prevails and the depth of the relationship continues to grow to the very end. It gives hope

Francis portrays Adam’s relationship with God in a way both men and women can relate to. I appreciate the way he makes Adam work through all his issues with God. Adam doesn’t get away with anything.

Be sure to visit his very interesting and thought provoking blog http://www.letterstoeve.blogspot.com

To My Beloved Eve will be available on e-book shortly

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I probably caught your attention with The Wealthy Artist” title .

You’re wondering right now if I am really wealthy, and, just how wealthy I am, or if it’s wishful thinking. God has blessed me with many artist friends and family, who inspire, encourage and motive me. That alone makes me a “Wealthy Artist.”

Jed's Jam and Bluegrass

Jed's Jam - watercolor © Carrie

My motto “Treasures are found in simple things”.

Art Walk

To the right – Jed’s Jam in Mill Lake park (Abbotsford) this summer during Art in the Park days. I enjoyed the absolutely perfect day, sketching and listening to bluegrass all afternoon.

I invite you to visit my websites http://www.wachsmannstudios.com


You can also check out my ART BLOG at http://www.wachsmannstudios.com/blog

Some of my artist friends are writers, some are musicians and some are painters, some create in the kitchen, some are photographers, and others tell stories.

To the right, my piece called “Salsa” -created for the “Something Red” show.

Salsa - Oil on canvas ©

Salsa - Oil on canvas © Carrie

Prints on Canvas available Price:  $185.00

Size:  24″ x 20″

contact Carrie at carrie@wachsmannstudios.com

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I have decided that laughter is something precious. Although the scripture verse found in the Christian Bible, “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine”, is a verse I have been familiar with for many years, I haven’t always actually taken it to heart – the exception perhaps on the days that I didn’t feel so well. Now I am beginning to realize how “preventative” this merry heart can be.

I always wished for a sense of humor. I sometimes even felt envy towards someone with a quick whit, great one liners, and smart comebacks.

Then the Lord showed me that a sense of humor is something we can cultivate. Yes, some come by it naturally but for those of us who need to practice humor, take heart.

The first thing I learned is that it stems from a happy heart, a heart that sees the good in things and is not easily offended. Offense is probably the most likely thing that will keep me from seeing the “funny side” of things. Now that seems to me that I’m mostly thinking about me. Ahh – another key to happiness. Less of me.

The second thing I learned is that cultivating a good sense of humor takes work. Some days it comes easy, and I even surprise myself with a little bit of spontaneous wit. But most of the time I have to stop and ask myself what possible humor is there is this situation. I want to laugh more, to live in the moment and love it. Not because it’s necessarily an extraordinary wonderful moment, but because it’s mine and I’m living it, and there is so much more to get out of that moment than I often realize.

To quote author Barbara Johnson, “After a lifetime of straining to be “the perfect perky ideal,” finally your breasts can relax”. Ah yes, that says it all doesn’t it. I just wish I had thought of that one.

Be assured, I am coming up with my own precious laughter moments and am intending to share them with who ever will listen.

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Mennonite Milkmaid

One of my heritage oil paintings titled "Mennonite Milkmaid" in it's unfinished state.

Treasures are found in simple things

This is the first day of my very new and exciting blog.

“Nuggets of Gold” is intended to pass on treasures of information that I or others have gleaned along life’s journey.
Like the unfinished canvas to the right, one has to start somewhere to get where you want to go.

Like a good old favorite pair of blue jeans, a golden nugget of truth and wisdom, wears well.

My Nugget for today comes from Hugh McLeod, advertising guru and cartoonist. http://www.gapingvoid.com

Here are a few of Hugh’s helpful tips on
“How to be Creative”:

“1. Everyone has their own private Mt. Everest they were put on this earth to climb.
2. You are responsible for your own experience.

Mennonite Milkmaid  30" x 30" Oil on Canvas

Mennonite Milkmaid 30" x 30" Oil on Canvas © Carrie

3. Never compare your insides with somebody else’s outside.
4. Merit can be bought. Passion can’t.
5. Avoid the watercooler gang.
6. Sing in your own voice.
7. Write from the heart.
8. The best way to get approval is not to need it.
9. Power is never given. Power is taken.
10. Don’t worry about finding inspiration. It comes eventually.
11. The hardest part about being creative is getting used to it.

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