If you have been wanting to begin your own journey toward improved health through nutrition, essential oils, and stones/crystals I highly recommend procuring a copy of this book for your health and wellness library.
This book is chock-full of recipes, explanations, and lists of healing foods and spices.
I have made some of the recipes. They are delicious! Think about what WOULD have been available at that moment in time. what could they have grown and preserved? What spices did they have access to thanks to trade ships bringing spices to them from the tropics? Seasonal eating took on a whole new meaning. Although they had spices and foods available to them that perhaps their parents and/or grandparents did not have access to, they still did not have refrigerated shipping, processed foods, etc. that we have today. Without refrigeration, preservation of foods, how spices and herbs were dried, bottled, make into infusions, etc. at that time are different, but not totally alien, to our way of preserving herbs and turning them into useful tools for improved health and wellness.
St. Hildegard thought highly of chestnuts and certain spices such as; nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, to name a few. She even has curry blends which do not contain any peppers which seem to be how much of today’s curries are prepared. I personally cannot eat peppers. her spice blends which do not use peppers or paprika (made from peppers) are of special interest to me, and other people who suffer when they eat peppers or the spices derived from peppers.
Since many herbs and spices can be enjoyed in food through cooking and infusion into wines and vinegar, it makes sense to become better at cooking if you; hardly, if ever, step into your kitchen unless it’s to toss out the take-out containers used to transport dinner to your door.
YOU CAN DO THIS! You can learn how to cook. You can learn about spices and herbs and how to use them in cooking, preserving, wine infusions, etc.
I will be covering more of this in upcoming blog posts and Youtube videos.
Here is a quote from the, NARAL Pro-choice Colorado website which outlines when a woman may have an abortion.
Colorado is one of the few states where a late abortion can be obtained. Outpatient abortion is available up to 26 weeks. In addition, medically indicated termination of pregnancy up to 34 weeks is also an option for conditions such as fetal anomalies, genetic disorder, fetal demise and/or or severe medical problems.
Folks this is demonic, plain and simple that animal life is more revered than human life. Initiative 16 was written up by 2 members of extremist vegan groups. If this very bizarre initiative passes, many ranches and farms, veterinary practices, horse and other animal breeders will go out of business.
It would be great if far left leaning persons felt the same passion for preserving human life as they do for preserving my breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
If anyone reading this is a lawmaker or will be voting on this lunacy, I hope you vote against it. Such illogical and radical laws have no place in a modern nation. We are a nation that kills our unborn children but fights to protect the lives of animals who are not being hurt. who live for the sole purpose of providing vital nutrients, as well as much needed products for millions of people? When did we become such fools?
I truly believe we have become so disconnected form nature we no longer understand many of our ancestral practices of agriculture and farming/ranching.
If you would like to read more about the stupidest Initiative to ever grace a Colorado Ballot you can do so with this LINK.
Killing an entire industry, and forcing the price of animal based products to increase until no one can afford to eat them, is inhumane. Obviously self-hatred has reached new heights in Colorado, so much so that the hate has spread out until it has engulfed all people. This initiative puts a hit out on the health and wellbeing of everyone, even vegans. They just can’t see that far down the road.
Bring back sanity to Colorado. Kill Initiative 16 (formerly known as PAUSE).
Despite the intermittent fasting trend, our busy lives, keto, carnivore, vegan, etc. I still believe in the importance of breakfast. Not smoothies. Smoothies are not real food. No one ever needs to eat a vegetable and smoothies are just the worst. The only thing worse than vegetable sis liquified vegetables. I’m not an invalid… yet, I will take my food straight up and with butter & meat thank you very much.
I will continue to eat real meat for as long as it is available. To that end, here is a tasty breakfast casserole that is easy enough to cook that pretty much anyone should be able to make it.
1 – 12 oz tube of Farmer John pork sausage (cooked- fry it up in a skillet, drain and set aside)
1 bag of Simply potato hashbrowns any flavor (divide bag in half and use the reduced amount unless cooking for a crowd) I precooked mine a bit in the microwave oven before putting them in the casserole dish. Five to six minutes if frozen 3-5 if not frozen.
5-6 mushrooms cleaned and sliced (I cooked these in the Instant pot on the ‘saute” setting after I cooked the sausage the same way.
a splash of 1/2 & 1/2
1/2 a block of gouda cheese shredded (or some bagged shredded cheese it doesn’t matter what you use).
Seasonings; a tsp of dried rubbed sage, about 1-2 tsp of dried onions (you can use chopped fresh onion but then you have the tears and another ingredient to cook.
Fry up the sausage in whatever way suits you best. I used my Instant pot on saute’. Set it aside to drain in a separate dish. use your fry method to cook up the mushrooms. You can either use the mushrooms as a layer or cook them into the sausage. It does not matter. At this point I add in my spices; garlic powder, dried onions, sage, etc.
While all of this is going on, I heated up the hashbrowns in the microwave and prepared the other ingredients.
Crack the eggs into a bowl and add a splash of 1/2 and 1/2. About 1-2 table spoons. Mix it all together with a fork and set aside while you grate your cheese if needed. Once everything is cooked that needs to be cooked it is time to assemble your casserole.
I sprayed my casserole dish with non-stick spray. You can butter yours with real butter if you wish. Just do something to the dish so that the food will not stick.
First in is the layer of hashbrowns. Spread them out on the bottom of the pan and flatten them with the back of the spoon or use a spatula. You’re not trying to mash them, just make them flat and even in height.
Next layer is the sausage and mushrooms. layer those out like the hashbrowns. Nice and flat and even. Top it all off with the cheese and then pour the egg and milk mixture over the whole lot allowing a bit of time for the mixture to seep down into the other ingredients. I maneuvered a fork in between it all there and there to give extra room for the mixture to seep down then I covered the holes back up and smoothed it all out.
Back in the preheated oven at 375 until done. About 25-35 minutes but keep an eye on it so that it does not burn.
When the edges of the casserole have pulled away from the sides of the pan a bit and it is golden brown on the edges and no longer runny in the center, it is ready to be removed from the oven.
Set the casserole dish on either your stove top or a heat proof trivet or tray. I use cookie cooling racks. Let it cool a bit to finish cooking and solidifying. You don’t want to cut into it and have it run everywhere.
Finish up whatever needs finishing. You can cut some fruit to serve with this or make some toast. We just ate the casserole with fresh, hot coffee to drink.
Now comes the important part: sit down and eat this with your husband and/or family. Even if it is just you, sit down and eat this wonderful food you made. Put it on a pretty plate and use real silverware, a cloth napkin, etc. Do it up right. Treat yourself well. You work hard. It’s ok to enjoy the fruits (or breakfast casserole as it were) of your labor.
Top tip: clean up as you go. After you have cracked your eggs and used the cheese and 1/2 and 1/2, put it back into the fridge. Wipe up spills. Toss trash into the trash bin. Put composting items in that bin. When you are finished eating put the left overs into a proper container or baggie and put those into the fridge to be eaten later. You do not need to make a fresh meal for every meal. Left overs are perfectly ok to eat.
I add hot water and microwave it for 5 minutes at 2 minute intervals letting it rest in between intervals to soak up the moisture. One last blast for a minute and it is hot and ready to eat. Hubby is eating left overs from the Mexican restaurant we picked up two days ago.