Traditions

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Traditions are all around us in every season. The definition of tradition is to: transmit, to hand over, to give for safekeeping. Keeping traditions are the fabric that bonds families together and everyone has the need for a tightly knit family.

If you don’t have traditions in your family, make one. If you’re not sure what you want to make as a tradition, discuss it with family members and start it this Easter. It doesn’t have to cost a lot; it doesn’t even have to cost anything. You just have to start doing it and keep doing it. For example; 30 years ago for our families first Thanks Giving dinner, I started the tradition; before we begin to eat, everyone must say what we are thankful for. This simple tradition costs nothing but, as simple as it is we have conducted this each and every year since. Being thankful and conveying thankfulness is a great gift that can be and should be passed from generation to generation.

I am looking forward to Easter this year; because my grandchildren are just old enough to start learning our family traditions. Our traditional Easter egg hunt is a favorite of mine. This year I am going to try natural egg colors. I heard this could be done and I have wanted to try but, I just didn’t know how. So, being the Pinterest fan that I am, I typed in “natural Easter egg colors” and came up with a huge assortment of ways I could naturally color the eggs.
My husband’s favorite tradition is the homemade Zupfe bread. This Swiss Sunday bread is still a part of his families’ tradition at Easter. I love to bake and I use to make it for him but, since I have tried to keep with my gluten-free diet, I have rid my kitchen of the regular ingredients needed for this lovely bread. Don’t feel bad for him; he still enjoys it when we go to his sister’s house.

Our 3 grandchildren and their parents will spend the weekend with us here in Ohio. There are something’s they can help with; cooking, coloring eggs, and stuffing plastic eggs with candy. But, before they arrive I have a few things I want to get done and I just received my order from Pine Hill Collections and I’m excited to add to my kitchens decor with the items I picked out!


In my kitchen I already have the Sturbridge “Live, Laugh, Love” Valance and panels. So, to match, I ordered the Sturbridge country kitchen 54″ table runner, also with “Live, Laugh, Love” embroidered on the border and because I like to be fashionable; I will be wearing my Sturbridge Wine Apron by Park Designs. So, I ordered the Lemons Apron by Park Designs, for my Daughter-in-laws; its updated styling with a V-neck design, gathered front waistband and lacy scalloped bottom edge, is a younger look for them. I’m sure they will be delighted!
The decorative kitchen aprons are priced right and very fashionable for when you’re having those special guests over. Made of 100% Cotton fabric these decorative kitchen aprons could be a tradition with your family and friends. Our mother’s aprons never looked this good!

Cooking my favorite hobby/weakness

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Yesterday, I started cooking at noon and wasn’t finished until 5pm. My kitchen was a mess, the dogs  were waiting to go for a walk and the kitten fell asleep, but I had a great time. Sometimes, I don’t cook just because I don’t want the messy clean up afterwards. That is the truth but… I love to cook.

I have been on a gluten free diet since January 1st this year (2012) and at first I thought it was going to be hard to do but, turns out with just a little effort its easy! I have relearned how to bake. Using different types of flour, and learning to substitute gluten free foods for the usual gluten filled items in my old diet. I won’t go into my whole diet routine during this blog but, I will in the near future.

As for my health, I feel it is improving. The reason for my gluten free diet experiment was and is my thyroid problem. I guess you could say I am my own guinea pig in my experiment. I really should have been documenting it all but, I have not felt good enough until now. 

Here are a few things that I have changed in my normal eating habits.

I tried to eat the basics, for example; fresh fruits and vegetables, unprocessed meats and cheeses. I exchanged butter and regular oils for coconut oil, sesame oil and avocado oil. I added more beans and rice and for breakfast every morning; cottage cheese with a fresh fruit of my choice. Sometimes, I added frozen blueberries if I was out of fresh. Adding avocados to my diet was hard at first because I have never ate them before but, I knew they were good for me.

I started taking a few supplements and because I have dealt with mild depression since the birth of my first child, I decided to take a vitamin D supplement; a naturopathy doctor recommended Green Pasture Blue Ice Fermented Cod Liver Oil, I take two 500mg tablets daily. This has helped especially in the winter with SAD. I also started taking L- Tyrosine; two 500mg tablets daily, one with lunch and one with dinner (I seen this one on the Dr.Oz show). Currently I am only taking one 500mgs of L-Tyrosine daily. Occasionally when I am eating a heavy meal I will take a plant enzymes capsule(375mg) before I eat, this is for digestive support.

(Please consult your doctor before you decide to take any supplements because, you just never know if something will interact with drugs already prescribed.)

 

Tonight I think I will get the leftovers out of the fridge. We have leftover taco meat (no MSG), fried summer squash(fried in sesame oil), homemade re-fried beans(gluten free), and BBQ chicken wings. I also cleaned some fresh green beans yesterday and didn’t have time to cook them so I will fry them tonight. Kinda like having a pot luck dinner! Yum!

Good evening to all, Connie in Ohio

The top 10 superfoods Im eating every day

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The top 10 superfoods Im eating every day.

Hi everyone, I found this 10 superfoods list and thought that some of you might be interested in seeing what they are.

Most of the time I get these types of headlines; “10 superfoods to loose weight fast” or 10 foods that are toxic to your body” in my email but, when you go to find out what they are they want you to buy something before you look at them and who knows if there is really a list afterall! I don’t want to buy anything I just want to see what they are making such a big deal about.

So, when I found this list and it was free I was excited!

Do with it as you please, it’s free! Read through it, try some of the superfoods or don’t, what ever you do is great. I am already using one of them; coconut oil, and I believe it has helped my health. I think I will choose another one to try this week, not sure which one. Let me know if you tried any.

Writers block?

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Have you ever had a problem or a paper you just could not figure out how to solve or write? This week I had three papers that I just couldn’t get going on; so I tried meditation.
This is the practice of doing and thinking nothing…sitting alone, quiet, and thinking about…nothing. You have to quiet your inter-thoughts, and that can be very hard to do especially when you have so much to get done. But guess what? It worked! After spending about a half hour meditating, I started my first paper and finished it within an hour!

Trick or Treat

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Great Grandma Luthi and AlliAndrea Ecenbarger

This was Andreas’ first time Trick or Treating. We took her to the Laurals Nursing Home here in Massillon. All of the elderly residents had smiles on their faces as they passed out candy to the 25 to 30 children that attended the Trick or Treat event. If you want to keep your child safe and make someone happy at the same time, call your local Nursing Home to see if they are having a Trick or Treat night.

Grandma status

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This weekend my daughter-in-law Brittany gave birth to my newest granddaughter. She weighed an even 6 pounds and was only 18 and 1/2 inches long. They named her Keegan Joy.

I was very pleased to hold her when she was only 1 hour old. She was very alert and hungry. The new mother is nursing her, this will give her a great start in life. Keegan had a touch of jaundice but is doing much better now.

The picture of Keegan below is before she had her first bath. she is only one hour old.