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Zesty Orange Cranberry Muffins

Orange Cranberry Muffins

Orange Cranberry Muffins

Orange Cranberry Muffins

Orange Cranberry Muffins

Oh, yeah.  They taste as good as they look!  I found this recipe for Orange Cranberry Muffins after googling “What to do with cranberries?”  I’ve never cooked or baked with them.  Ever.  But I got them in my weekly Bountiful Baskets order and didn’t want them to go to waste.  Thank you Google Search, and thank you Bakingdom.com!!!  Hubs is hard to please when it comes to food, and he LOVED them.

Just a suggestion… I doubled the glaze recipe after a gut feeling that it wouldn’t be enough. My gut was right.  If you don’t want to have to skimp on the glaze, make double.  And in an effort to try to be healthier, I used whole wheat flour, and, as always, organic, fair trade cane sugar, which always pleases with the chunky sugary crystals!

Feeling nostalgic, Sinead O’Connor’s “Am I Not Your Girl” album was the soundtrack to my baking : )

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Preserving Eggs Without Refrigeration

farm fresh chicken egg

leave farm fresh eggs out on counter

farm chicken

farm chickens

Did you know that you can leave your farm fresh chicken eggs out on your counter for about two weeks before going bad?  They do not have to be refrigerated as long as you do not wash them (until you use them), which takes away the natural bloom that acts as a coating to protect the egg from rotting.  As long as the natural bloom stays on, no air can penetrate it to spoil it.  We keep our eggs in a plastic strainer sitting on the counter until they are used.

Likewise, did you know that you can store eggs for up to one year in your food storage without refrigeration?  Yes, you can!  There is an all natural product, called KePeg Egg Preserver, that you can coat on your eggs and it acts just like the natural bloom, but lasts longer.

My Prepper friend, Kellene Bishop of Preparedness Pro, originally told me about this idea, though, she uses mineral oil.  I’ve used mineral oil to preserve my eggs in the past, but decided to switch to KePeg because there is controversy with ingesting mineral oil.  For those of us who worry about estrogen over-production (which is a cause of infertility), we should probably stay away from using mineral oil, especially when there is an alternative (and an all natural one, all the better).

And I have eaten year-old eggs using this unrefrigerated method – so you can rest assure this is good information!  Just be sure to flip the stored eggs about once per month to keep the yolks in tact.  The best use for year-old eggs is for baking or hard boiling.  If you wonder at all if they are good any more, just remember that your nose won’t fool you!

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purple flowers

My sweet grandson was over on Labor Day.  He came in from playing outside holding the first two purple flowers.  He handed them to me, “these are for you Grandma Angel!”  After being thrilled about receiving them, he came in with one more, beaming, loving the joy he was giving to me. <3


Landon and Korbin.  Grandsons.  Cousins.  Playmates.  Cuteness.

tea party

Korbin.  Tea for one.  Sitting on a tea cup.  : )


Good to see family that has been away for months.  A game of cards.  Texting.  And an apple.  Off they go again.  Will miss them.  Is Korbin not the cutest?

Infertility Solution

The simple solution for infertility.  We’ll see.  : )  Actually… I have a good feeling about this. I feel like my time is coming.  This morning I wrote about 1200 words on this renewed hope and gut feeling.  Not sharing here.  Not yet.  Meeting with Shirlyn next week for acupressure on my ovaries/fallopian tubes.

Solution for Infertility

Perseverance.  Oh, and I just noticed my horsey in the background between the chairs : )

Mixed Media Painting


One of my latest paintings.

“I caught a glimpse of my reflection and saw a divine soul.
A child of the Creator, an heir of the Kingdom.
The light you saw in me set me free.
My life work yet to be, unfurling so delicately.
I’m weaving the parts together that came undone.”

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Mother Needs Baby, As Much as Baby Needs Mother

Mother Needs Baby, As Much as Baby Needs Mother | by Angela DiGiovanni

Yesterday I met with a Naturopath, Dr. Jensen, who I am going to be working with for one year to make a last ditch effort to get pregnant and carry a child to term.  My first meeting with him regarding infertility was grim.  He was honest.  And it stung.  I’m getting old for a healthy pregnancy, he said.

Continuing, he said that he has a 90% success rate, working with infertile women!!!  Holy smokes, my heart jumped.  “But,” he said, “I’ve never worked with anyone your age.”  Ouch.  Nothing like rubbing salt into the wound.  But seriously… 90%?  I so have hope in this process right now.

I can’t count how many times I’ve gone back and forth the last year – deciding to give up, freeing myself of the emotional turmoil of trying for a baby closing in on year five now, and then half-heartedly convincing myself to keep going, that I can do this.  I’ve countless times firmly decided recently that I can have a fulfilling life without children – no screaming kids in the grocery store, no demands, no schedules, no restrictions…. ahhhh.  Sounds like freedom, right?  YES, I convince myself…

…until something unexpectedly triggers my deep down yearning for a child, the yearning I’ve been trying desperately to ignore lately, and the emotion creeps up like a thief in the night, and the tears just fall.  How can this be, I wonder.  I’ve decided I’m done – I’m over it.

But I cannot fool myself, hard as I may try.

I had lunch with a friend a few weeks ago, who said, “try all that you can try before giving up, so you’ll never have to wonder.”  And that’s been haunting me (in a good way – as it has inspired and motivated me to this new action).

It’s usually an awkward conversation when people ask, “well what have you tried?”  Have I tried everything there is to try?  Certainly not.  It is very, very expensive to obtain assistance in having a baby if you aren’t naturally blessed.  Tens of thousands of dollars can be spent without a guaranteed outcome.  So, for one, I don’t have the resources for those avenues.  And, two, I’ve never felt impressed to go down any of them.  But I knew my friend didn’t mean these ways.

I’ve always believed that if I am to have a baby, it will happen naturally, and at the right time for my child(ren).  But have I tried everything within that scope?  No.  And God blessed me with a loving friend who gently encouraged me to dive a little deeper.

So I feel very good about this path with my holistic doctor.  The first time I worked with him several years ago, I had so many health problems – with my kidneys and liver, mainly.  After these several years of implementing the practices he taught me, my kidneys and liver checked out perfect yesterday.  I was thrilled to see it.

My experience, plus his result of 90% of previously infertile women bearing children after his treatments is very, very encouraging.  After this year, I think I can feel complete – that I tried my best.  If my arms are full as a result, of course I will be thrilled.  If I am to remain a Childless Mother, then I believe I can finally find peace, let go of the process, and work on the plans for the rest of my life accordingly.

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Limeade Drink Recipe To Die For

Limeade Drink Recipe
I’ve never been a huge Limeade fan… until now.  Several weeks ago I figured out the recipe for the best Limeade Drink ever after the hubs and I went to a farmer’s market and watched them make it.  We only got one to share because they were $4 each!  We thought it was a super lame ripoff, but we it was really hot out, and we were really thirsty so we bought one anyways.

To make a long story short, we were snatching that sucker from each other until every last drop fell onto our insatiable tongues.  Since then, we’ve been making this drink at home several times per week.

Here’s the recipe…

In a mason jar, add the following:

1/4 Cup of freshly squeezed lime juice (ends up being 1.5 to 2 limes)
1/4 Cup of Organic Cane Sugar (yeah, it’s a lot… but trust me, if you are going to indulge, this is the place to do it!)
3 Mint Leaves (do NOT leave this out – they make it SO good!)
1 Cup of Cold Water
4 Ice Cubes

Put the lid on the mason jar and shake, shake, shake that bad boy – you want to make sure the sugar gets mostly dissolved.

Pour the blend of magic into a 12 or 16 ounce glass.  If you have a bigger glass (16 ounce), you can add in a few of the squeezed lime wedges for fun – but not having them doesn’t seem to make a taste difference.

Add a straw.

Slurp up the yummy goodness like there’s no tomorrow.

The great thing about the straw is that some of the sugar granules fall to the bottom of the cup, and with the straw you end up sipping them back up through getting yummy granules of pure delight.

In this drink, we’ve tried regular store bought bleached granular sugar, natural Rapadura (sp?) sugar (nast in this drink), and Organic Cane Sugar from Costco.  By far, the Organic Cane Sugar from Costco was the bomb dot com.  And, it’s a great value for as much as you get.  And, it’s better for you than the bleached stuff you buy at the store, cuz it’s natural, fair trade, and Kosher.  Just go get it.

Here’s a picture so you know what to look for:

Organic Cane Sugar

Enjoy, and you can come back and thank me later after you’ve made one :-)


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