Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body,
but rather to skid in broadside, totally worn out & proclaiming “Wow, What a Ride!”

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

meal ideas ~ cheesecake with gingersnap crust & mango puree

No-Bake Cheesecake with Gingersnap Crust and Mango Puree

We love mangos and gingersnaps cookies, and this recipe puts the two together for a wonderful dessert made for heaven. For best flavor, choose a fully ripe mango or ripen the fruit in a paper bag before using it.

            nonstick cooking spray
15        gingersnaps, crumbled
3          tablespoons butter, melted
2          tablespoons sugar*
1/3      cup sugar 
            (can use sugar substitute**)
1          envelope unflavored gelatin
1          cup boiling water
2          8-oz pkg reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
1          teaspoon vanilla
1          medium, ripe mango, peeled, seeded, and cut up
1          tablespoon lime juice

1. For crust: Lightly coat an 8-inch springform pan or a 9-inch pie plate with cooking spray; set aside. Place gingersnaps in a food processor. Cover and process until fine crumbs form. With the machine running, add melted butter and the 2 tablespoons sugar through the opening in the lid, processing until crumbs are moistened. Transfer crumb mixture to the prepared pan. Press crumb mixture evenly into the bottom and 1 inch up the sides of the pan. Set aside.
2. In a small bowl, combine the 1/3 cup sugar and the gelatin. Add the boiling water; stir about 5 minutes or until gelatin is dissolved.
3. For cheesecake filling: In a large bowl, combine cream cheese and vanilla; beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until combined. Gradually add the gelatin mixture, beating until combined. Pour mixture into the crust.
4. In a food processor, combine mango and lime juice; cover and process until a smooth puree. Press mango puree through a fine-mesh sieve; discard solids. Drizzle 3 tablespoons of the mango puree on top of the cheesecake filling. Draw a toothpick through the puree and filling to create a marbled effect. Cover and chill the cheesecake and the remaining mango puree about 3 hours or until cheesecake is firm.
5. To serve, remove sides of the springform pan; cut cheesecake into wedges. Serve the remaining mango puree with cheesecake wedges. 

* for filling only, do not use sugar substitute in the crust

recipe came from my DiabeticLiving magazine--so yes, it's diabetic friendly~ :)

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

healthy living ~ make your own "bath bombs"

 There's nothing like a hot bath to soak away the stresses of the day or to pamper yourself before that all-important date. Most bath connoisseurs go the extra step to add bath salts or bubbles to their ritual. Unfortunately, a lot of bath products contain some rather suspect ingredients (think parabens, petrochemicals, synthetic fragrances. . .,) but there are tons of DIY remedies for this problem, and homemade bath bombs are not only fun, they leave your skin feeling soft and rejuvenated.

Bath bombs work a lot like those volcano projects you built in grade school, the ones where you added vinegar to baking soda for an explosive, fizzy reaction.  Except the acid in bath bombs is lot more body-friendly, and there's no mess to clean up at the end of the day. They combine baking soda and citric acid powder, which react only once you drop the bomb into water. In the bath, the bombs bounce around, fizzing and releasing essential oils into the water and air, making your bath a fun and luxuriously custom affair.
You can get bath bombs at many drugstores, and many companies produce some great nearly-natural bath bombs. But they're fairly easy to make, and if you have a scent or skin sensitivity, this is the perfect solution for you.

You'll need:
Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda)
Citric acid (fine)
Witch Hazel
Essential oils
Molds (max. diameter 2 inches)
Rubber gloves (optional)

How to Make Your Own Bath Bombs:
To make bath bombs, blend one part citric acid and two parts sodium bicarbonate (baking soda). If you love sea salts or Epsom salts in your bath, you can also add one part of either salt, just be sure it's a fine grain. Make sure these dry ingredients are blended well, otherwise your bath bomb may be a dud.
Once the dry ingredients are blended, add in your essential oils for scent. Essential oils are derived from plants, so many people who are sensitive or allergic to synthetic scents can handle the real thing. If you have pollen allergies, steer clear of oils from flowers and opt instead for herbs. There is no limit on your creativity here. You can add just one oil, such as lavender, or a personal blend, such as rosemary and mint.

The next step is a bit tricky. Using a spray bottle, spray witch hazel into the mixture while blending continuously. As soon as the mixture starts to stick together when you press down on it, you need to get it into the molds.

Most bath bombs are spherical, but you can also use rubber ice-cube molds to make more festive shapes like hearts, four-leaf clovers and even Santa Claus. Be sure to firmly pack the mixture in the ice-cube molds.

Making a sphere is a little more effort, but absolutely worth it if you're gifting the bath bombs. Simply pack the mixture into two dome molds, heaping extra mixture on top, then squeeze the open ends of the molds together to create a sphere (don't worry if some of the mixture spills out at the seam?spillage means the mixture is dense enough so that the bath bomb won't crumble when it hits the water).

After a few minutes, gently tap the bombs out of the molds and allow bath bombs to dry on a towel for at least a few hours, but preferably overnight. Wrap bath bombs in plain tissue paper and store in a plastic, airtight container until you're ready to use them. Don't store the bombs in metal containers, and don't rest them on metal between baths, as the ingredients will react with the container.

Each bath bomb should last at least a couple of baths, if not more—it really just depends on the size of the bomb...and how long you soak in the tub!

Monday, August 29, 2011

a messenger from the wilderness of Mother Earth

The other day the husband of a friend was looking through the recent pictures I took in Colorado. He came across the wildflowers, turned to me and said, “why all the pics of the weeds. You got to do something about those.” I laughed and replied, “What weeds?” He held up one of the pictures with a just how stupid are you look.

It is interesting to consider that a plant is a weed only within a certain context, which is to say that one person’s wildflower is another person’s weed. Simply expressed, a weed is any plant that grows where it isn’t wanted. (BTW mine are wanted which makes them wildflowers) Weeds are defined by their tendency to flourish at the expense of a gardener’s overall vision, and we tend to battle their presence in our yards. I have known many who have pulled a dandelion up by its roots and disposed of it in the interest of preserving the look of a perfect green lawn, yet the dandelion is good medicine, packed with healing properties and vitamin-rich leaves that are a delicious, spicy surprise in a summer salad.

In the wild, there is no such thing as a weed because the overall vision is in the hands of Mother Nature, who accommodates and incorporates all forms of life. In nature, balance is achieved over the long term, without the aid, or interference, of a human supervisor. While one plant may prevail over others for a certain period of time, eventually it will reach an apex and then it will naturally decline, allowing for other forms to be born and survive. This self-regulating realm was the first garden of our ancestors, who learned the art of agriculture from studying the forests and fields of the as yet uncultivated earth. In a sense, weeds are harbingers of this wildness, pushing their way into our well-ordered plots, undermining more delicate flora, and flourishing in spite of us. 

The next time you see a weed, you might want to look deeply into its roots, discover its name, its habits, and its possible uses. Instead of seeing an unwanted intruder, you might see a healer offering its leaves for a medicinal tea or its flowers for a colorful salad. 

At the very least, if you look long enough, you will see a messenger from the wilderness of Mother Earth, reminding you that, even in the most carefully controlled garden, she cannot be completely ruled out.

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nature's tempest

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Friday, August 26, 2011

Our best friends are loyal to the end

I had seen this story in the news yesterday and pondered if I should post it here in Journey. After receiving an email from my very dear friend Angie W. I knew it needed to be posted. Thank you Angie for reminding me just how important this story is to all of us with true best friends.
Our best friends are loyal to the end.......

Navy SEAL Jon Tumilson had a very close friend in his life – his dog, Hawkeye. Tumilson, a former San Diego resident, was killed August 6 in the Chinook helicopter crash that also claimed the lives of 29 other American service members.

Tumilson’s funeral was on Friday in Rockford, Iowa at Rockford Senior High. Hawkeye was one of the 1,500 souls who attended. As you can see by the gut-wrenching photo on the right, Hawkeye refused to leave his master’s side during the service.

Tumilson's cousin Lisa Pembleton captured the loyal pup, Hawkeye, resting alongside Tumilson's casket at the Rockford, Iowa ceremony. her words....
"Hawkeye is/was his loyal "son". To say that he was an amazing man doesn't do him justice. The loss of Jon to his family, military family and friends is immeasurable. I hadn't planned on taking any pictures other than with family. However, from my seat at the funeral, I felt compelled to take one photo to share with family members that couldn't make it or couldn't see what I could from the aisle. This is that photo."

Thursday, August 25, 2011

being green~ uses for junk mail

 Most people don’t give a second thought to tossing junk mail in the recycling bin. But with over 100 billion pieces delivered annually, some savvy recipients are seeing it differently. Instead of seeing junk mail as junk, they see it as a gold mine. As the saying goes, one man’s junk is another man’s treasure.

For this reason, some people order as much junk mail as they can. I once read about a man who burned his junk mail. He received enough of it to keep his house warm all winter. In another vein, strictly sells products made from re-purposed junk mail.

Here is a list of creative and useful things you can do with your junk mail. Of course, take into consideration the different types of paper used in junk mailings and chemicals that may be in adhesives or inks:

1. Burn in Place of Wood
Yep, you can do it too. Stay warm in the winter by a fire made of all that junk mail. Just throwing it in the fireplace won’t be too effective, but by using a product like the Newspaper Brick Maker (about $30) you can make paper bricks that will burn like real wood.

2. Use as Packing Material

Sure, dehydrated mushroom mycelia and plastic pillows filled with air are both good green packing material options, but why not use your bounty of junk mail? Just run it through the shredder and use to ship or store fragile objects.

3. Use as Animal Bedding
Avoid the cost of buying bedding for your small rodent friends by shredding your junk mail. It might also come in handy as bedding for your urban chickens.

4. Use as a Funnel
This works best with those return envelopes you get in the mail. Simply cut a small section of one corner of an envelope (for the bottom of the funnel) and a larger portion from its opposite corner (the mouth of the funnel). Use this to conveniently refill salt and pepper shakers. This idea is one of the useful ideas from

For these gardening projects, make sure there are no toxic adhesives or inks on the paper goods you use.

4. Make Seedling Pots
Another clever product is The PotMaker (about $15). You can use paper to make seedling pots, which can then be planted directly into the soil and will decompose on their own. This way, you don’t have to buy plastic pots (which saves money and resources).

5. Garden Mulch
You can literally lay out junk mail or old newspapers on your garden as a mulch. This makes an excellent weed barrier and will have all the benefits of traditional mulch. But since this is a little aesthetically displeasing, you might also want to cover with a layer of leaves or other traditional mulch.

Alternatively, you can also shred junk mail or old newspapers first and then lay them as mulch. This will break down easier.

6. Handmade Recycled Paper
Instructions for how to make your own recycled paper from junk mail or old newspapers abound on the internet. It is a fun art project and a relatively easy way to make some really pretty paper.

7. Make Mosaic Portraits
Artist Sandhi Schimmel Gold is another individual who has found a way to make money from her junk mail. She creates colorful portraits in a sort of mosaic style from bits she cuts from junk mail and other paper waste. It’s easy to do this yourself. Just take a picture you’d like to use, cut out colored bits from your junk mail and magazines, and paste them onto the picture. Then either hang on the refrigerator or sell for $2,000.
8. Festive Decorations
The classic elementary school paper chain, useful as a decoration or for visually representing how many days until the school year ends, can be made from junk mail instead of the more traditional construction paper.

9. Bookmark
Sure, you can just grab a piece of junk mail and use it as a bookmark. I do that sometimes. But another clever idea from is to cut the corner from a junk mail envelope and use that corner as a bookmark by placing on the corner of the page you’re marking. That’s a little more graceful than sticking your whole pre-approved credit card envelope in there.

then again.... just want to get rid of receiving all those catalogs, phones books and such? here is a perfect way,, I went from getting 48 different catalogs and junk mail things to the 4 I really want, it is easy and free and it works! 

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

meal ideas ~ beef with mushrooms, pearl onions in red wine reduction

Beef with Mushrooms and Pearl Onions in Red Wine Reduction
 Need an elegant, easy, and time friendly meal, perhaps for that weekday special occasion or just wanna nice dinner quickly--that perfectly describes this flavorful entrĂ©e.

2          8-ounce beef top loin steaks, 3/4 to 1" thick
1/2      teaspoon cracked black pepper
1/4      teaspoon salt
1          teaspoon olive oil
8          ounces fresh mushrooms, quartered
1          cup frozen small whole onions
4          cloves garlic, minced
3/4      cup dry red wine
1          cup lower-sodium beef broth
2          tablespoons whole wheat flour
1          tablespoon snipped fresh parsley

 Steamed green beans and/or crusty whole grain bread (optional)

1. Trim fat from steaks. Sprinkle steaks with the pepper and salt. Preheat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil; swirl to lightly coat skillet. Reduce heat to medium. Add steaks; cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until medium-rare (145 degrees F), turning once. Transfer steaks to a tray or plate; cover with foil and let stand while preparing sauce.

2. For sauce: In the same skillet, cook mushrooms and onions over medium-high heat about 5 minutes or until tender, stirring frequently. Add garlic. Cook for 1 minute more. Remove skillet from heat; add wine. Return skillet to heat. Boil gently, uncovered, for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Whisk together broth and flour; add to skillet. Cook and stir until sauce is thickened and bubbly; cook and stir for 1 minute more.

3. Return steaks to skillet; heat through, turning to coat steaks evenly with sauce. Transfer steaks and sauce to serving plates. Sprinkle with parsley. If desired, serve with green beans and/or whole grain bread. Makes 4 servings (1/2 of a steak and 2/3 cup sauce per serving)

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

healthy living ~ bottle water-- is it safe?

   Is bottle water safer than tap water?
   "There are not a lot of outbreaks associated with bottled water," notes the University of Arizona's Kelly Reynolds. But it's not clear whether that's because bottled water is less contaminated, or because it's harder to pin outbreaks on it.
    "Bottle water gets distributed all over the country," says Reynolds. "If it caused an outbreak, that might be hard to identify."
     In theory, purified bottle water companies start with tap water that has met all federal standards," notes Reynolds. "and the companies often add an additional treatment"-- something like ultraviolet light or ozone to further disinfect the water or reverse osmosis to remove chemicals. "So you do sometimes get a higher standard of treatment."
    Two big differenced between tap and bottled water:
  • The EPA, which regulates tap water, requires utilities to notify consumers when their water fails to meet legal standards. The FDA, which regulates bottled water, doesn't require bottlers to do the same. (The EPA's and FDA's standards are essentially the same.) So, bottled-water drinkers are unlikely to know about any violations.
  • Tap water doesn't come in plastic bottles that can end up in landfills.
     Purified Water: Most likely municipal tap water that has been distilled or treated with a process like deionization or reverse osmosis to remove impurities. The two major bottled drinking waters, Dasani & Aquafina; are purified water.
    Spring Water: Comes from an underground formation from which water flows naturally to the surface of the earth. May be collected only at the spring or through a borehole tapping the underground formation that feeds the springs.
    Mineral Water:  Contains not less than 250 parts per million total dissolved mineral solids when it emerges from its source. No mineral can be added.
    Sparkling Bottled Water: contains the same amount of carbon dioxide that it had as it emerged from its source. (Companies sometimes add CO2 to replace what's lost during bottling.) Depending on the source, it may be labeled something like "sparkling drinking water," "sparkling mineral water," or "sparkling spring water."
((source: Adapted from the International Bottled Water Association (

Monday, August 22, 2011

wildlife update

Hornby Eagles--       With all the stuff going this summer, our wildlife friends have been just as busy as we have. Just as I was getting ready to go to the ranch in Colorado, the Hornby Eaglets, Alexandria and David, were well on their way to leaving the nest completely. As a rule dad leads the little ones off to the salmon fishing grounds with mom following a couple of days later.
      August 15th was the last anyone saw of the eaglets, mom was still hanging around until the next day when she too left to go to the salmon fishing grounds to finish teaching her kids the ways of an Eagle. This was a wonderful finish to a terrific year for these extraordinary Bald Eagles of Hornby Island, Canada.
      Here is a short video tribute to this year's nest by a young man I only know as Beans. It starts off in October when Mom and Dad return to the nest to ready it for spring.

Gone but not forgotten-- beautiful memories of these very special eagles.

email friends: click above link or go the the Journey Blog site to see this beautiful tribute.

Lily, Hope & Faith-- these three have been tromping all over the woods.  The last reported was when the NABC, and Dr. Lynn Rogers, had been able to put a r/c collar on Hope. Well, it appears that it didn't last long before she was able to work it off and leave it behind in their travels. After retrieving the collar, our patient researchers tried collaring her several times all with the same results. The last report said they had been able to collar Faith, without incident, they left it on for 24 hours and removed it, feeling secure that she will accept wearing a collar in the spring. Everyone has their fingers crossed for Hope. It will be a huge benefit to the NABC study to keep tabs on this unique family. The Bear Center is also starting to put ribbons on all the bear's collars to protect them against hunters as the season approaches, which is a nervous and stressful time for all the wildlife researchers and watchers of these bears in Ely, MN.

Faith doesn't have a problem with the collar
one of Hope's rare collared moments

"you're not seriously going to put that back on me....!!!"
Sara bear, getting ready for hunting season

this week's journey

"Yak and baby would look good in our pasture," Steve emailed.
Steve wants to have Yaks at the ranch, and I will have to say that since seeing 
one up close on our recent trip, they are rather cute as well as very useful.


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Thursday, August 18, 2011

being green~ 10 re-uses for paper grocery bags

10 ways to reuse paper grocery bags
          --- by gayle b.  @ grocerycartchallenge blog

When I go to the grocery store sometimes I forget my reusable grocery bags. I know that's a heinous crime in the world of green living but yeah, it happens. So without my reusable bags, it's easy to accumulate a stack of paper bags that get shoved under my sink. And the stack can get out of control fast. So here are a few productive ways to reuse your paper grocery sacks.
  1. Use it to ripen fruit. Place unripened fruit in a paper bag in a dark place and the ethylene in the fruit gets trapped in the bag and quickens the ripening process.
  2. Make texture in your painted walls. Paint a base coat of color on your walls. Get another pain color a few shades lighter or darker and dip a wadded up paper bag in the paint. Gently dab on walls for an effect similar to ragging. I did this in my bathroom and it came out looking like Italian stucco.
  3. Clean out your car. I leave a few paper bags tucked in my suburban. Every few weeks, when kids stuff starts to accumulate on the floor of my vehicle, I open up a few bags and shove it all in there so I can get it back in the house to be sorted and put away.
  4. Grow your garden. When I get ready to put my homemade compost into my garden I put a layer of brown grocery sacks down first. They are a great organic additive, suffocate any weeds underneath them and then decompose fast to add nutrients to my garden along with the compost.
  5. Make book covers. I remember doing this as a kid in School. Cut open the paperback and fasten it around the outside of your textbook. Then let your kids make custom decorated book covers.
  6. Make Homemade Wrapping Paper. We do this alot and it's the same concept as the textbook covers. The kids wrap the present in the unprinted side of the bag and then decorate it with special drawings, sweet sayings or even glued on photos.
  7. Ship things in the mail. I mail books or packages covered in brown paper bag. It saves on shipping supplies and it's easy to write the address on the package.
  8. Catch Grease. When I cook bacon or other greasy foods, I use a paper bag to soak up the extra grease before serving. It's free and easy to clean up.
  9. Clean silk flowers. Clean your silk flowers or greenery by shaking them, with salt, in a paper bag. The salt removes any dust or grime stuck to them.
  10. Simple Snow Removal. Place flattened paper bags on the windshield and secure with the wipers. In the morning when you are ready to drive off, simply pull off the paper bag and all the snow comes off in one quick movement. No more frozen fingers or wet gloves.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

meal ideas ~ change of pace picnic salad

Basil and Tomato Pasta Salad

This make a nice change of pace from the same-o-same-o potato or macaroni pot-luck/picnic salad. If you use dried herbs, chill the salad at least two hours so they rehydrate.

1      lb dried gemelli
1      lb red and/or yellow tomatoes, chopped
1      C shredded reduced-fat mozzarella cheese (4oz)
1/2   C thinly sliced red onion
1/2   C quartered pitted kalamata or ripe olives
1/4   C thinly sliced fresh basil or 4 tsp dried
2      tbs snipped fresh oregano or 2 tsp dried
2      tbs capers, rinsed and drained
2      cloves garlic, minced
1/4   tsp salt
1/8   tsp ground black pepper
2      tbs olive oil

1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain; rinse under cold water until cool. Drain again.

2. In a large bowl, combine cooked pasta, tomatoes, cheese, red onion, olives, basil, oregano, capers, garlic, salt, and pepper. Add olive oil; toss gently to mix. Cover and chill for 2 to 4 hours. Makes 16 (3/4-cup) servings.

gemelli: these are short rods twisted together in a spiral pattern.  they're great with salads or casseroles. 
nice substitutes: fusilli, farfalle

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

healthy living ~ calendula at my doorstep

Finding calendula (marigold) flowers scattered in abundance around the ranch in Colorado last week excited me knowing that I have one of the best herbs for healing and medicinal 
purposes right at my doorstep.

Calendula officinalis, also known as pot marigold or garden marigold, has been used for centuries to heal wounds and skin irritations. Calendula has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, astringent, antifungal, antiviral, and immunostimulant properties making it useful for disinfecting and treating minor wounds, conjunctivitis, cuts, scrapes, chapped or chafed  skin, bruises, burns, athlete’s foot, acne, yeast infections, bee stings, diaper rashes, and other minor irritations and infections of the skin. Plus, it stimulates the production of collagen at wound sites to help minimize scarring and assist with stretch marks. This versatile botanical can be incorporated into baths, creams, compresses, washes, salves, ointments, massage oils, baths, facial steams, tinctures, and teas. It is also gentle enough to use for babies, children, or animals. Internally, gargling with Calendula infused water may ease a sore throat, sores in the mouth, and inflammations in the mouth and throat.

Not only is Calendula a wonderful healing and medicinal herb, but it is also a lovely and useful plant in the garden!  Calendula repels many common garden pests including aphids, eelworms, asparagus beetles, and tomato hornworms, and is a companion plant for potatoes, beans, and lettuce. Plus, it grows quickly and is easy to cultivate from seed.  The fresh vibrant petals can be used to color butter, cheese, custards, sauces, or sprinkled atop salads, cakes, and sandwiches.

my favorite recipes:

Calendula Herbal Oil
        This medicinal oil is simple to prepare and has so many uses. The gentle, soothing, and healing oil is perfect for cradle cap, diaper rash, chapped or chafed skin, bruises, and sore or inflamed muscles. The oil can be used alone, or incorporated into salves, massage oils, lip balms, ointments, creams, and lotions.

Organic Olive oil
Organic Calendula flowers

1. Place Calendula flowers in a clean, dry glass jar. If using fresh Calendula, wilt for 12 hours to remove most of the moisture (too much moisture will cause the oil to go rancid) before adding to the jar. Pour olive oil into the jar, making sure to cover the flowers by at least 1” of oil so they will have space to expand. Stir well and cap the jar tightly.
2. Place the jar in a warm, sunny windowsill and shake once or more per day.
3. After 4-6 weeks, strain the herbs out using cheesecloth. Pour the infused oil into glass bottles and store in a cool dark place.

Heat Method: I prefer to infuse oils utilizing the solar or folk method described above, but heat can be applied if you need the oil quickly. To prepare, follow step 1 from above, but place the Olive oil and Calendula flowers in an uncovered container. Warm over low heat at approximately 100 degrees F for at least 3-5 hours, the longer the better. A yogurt maker, double boiler, or inside the oven with a pilot light on are all effective ways to heat the oil, just make sure to check the temperature occasionally to ensure that the oil isn’t getting too warm. Once the oil has infused, strain out the herbs using cheesecloth and package the infused oil into glass bottles.

and of course gotta have that ~ lip balm
         This nourishing lip balm is made from healing ingredients which soothe dry and chapped lips.

1 Tablespoon Shea Butter
3 Tablespoons Calendula Herbal Oil (from above recipe)
1 Tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon Beeswax
10-15 drops essential oil of choice
A few drops of Vitamin E Oil

Coarsely chop the beeswax or use beeswax pastilles. Place beeswax, butter, and oil in a small pot or glass Pyrex measuring cup and gently heat in the top of a double boiler until the beeswax and butters have melted. Once melted, remove from the stovetop and stir in the essential oil and Vitamin E Oil. Immediately pour the mixture into lip balm tubes or small containers. This recipe will make approximately 1.5 oz of lip balm, enough to fill 10 lip balm tubes, 6 of your 1/4 oz plastic jars, or 3 1/2 oz tins or plastic jars.

Monday, August 15, 2011

the only true americans

and some still call them savages........
 indian proverb

the Ten "American Indian" Commandments
Remain close to the Great Spirit.
Show great respect for your fellow beings.
Give assistance and kindness wherever needed.
Be truthful and honest at all times.
Do what you know to be right.
Look after the well-being of mind and body.
Treat the Earth and all that dwell thereon with respect.
Take full responsibility for your actions.
Dedicate a share of your efforts to the greater good.
Work together for the benefit of all mankind.

this week's journey

here's the real secret behind the beauty of our ranch
i promise to update Journey with new pictures we took on our recent trip to Colorado by next weekend-- and lots of news regarding our Wildlife friends too.

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