Ginger “Beer” – Make it Yourself

Ginger “beer” ready to bottle Oh gosh, I wanted to wait to publish this recipe for not only my site here, but for my readers of my newspaper columns. But so many of you wanted it after hearing me chat with Ron Wilsonon his radio show Sat April 25 that I thought it best to share it now. I am enjoying a glass of well … Continue reading Ginger “Beer” – Make it Yourself

Symbolism of Magi Gifts and Mulled Cider

  This morning talking to Matt Swaim on the Sonrise Morning Show, Sacred Heart Radio, was a fun and informative segment. We chatted about the gifts of the 3 Magi and to honor the shepherds, who couldn’t afford gifts for Baby Jesus, I’m sharing a recipe for mulled cider. Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh:  Matthew 2:11.  Gold, frankincense and myrrh were among the gifts to Jesus … Continue reading Symbolism of Magi Gifts and Mulled Cider

St. Nicholas Traditions and Chai Tea

Some history about the feast of St. Nicholas. Nicholas, born in a section of Greece which is now part of Turkey, came from wealthy parents who died when he was young. They taught him good Christian values, and he used his whole inheritance to assist the needy, the sick, and the suffering. Each night, Nicholas would disguise himself and deliver such items as food, clothing … Continue reading St. Nicholas Traditions and Chai Tea

Are Girl Watermelons Sweeter than Boy Watermelons? And a Melon Popsicle

As I do every Thursday morning, I chatted with Matt Swaim on the Sunrise Morning Show, Sacred Heart Radio. Today we talked about melons.   Melons, along with cucumbers and leeks, are mentioned in the Book of Numbers. A familiar passage is “ Num. 11:5 – We remember…. the cucumbers, and the melons….”   What kind of melons were eaten in Bible days and referred … Continue reading Are Girl Watermelons Sweeter than Boy Watermelons? And a Melon Popsicle

Mint! Vitamin/Spa/Detox Water with. Mint and Potatoes with Mint Pesto

This week when I chatted with Matt Swaim on the Sonrise Morning Show, Sacred Heart Radio, we talked about mint. It was used as a tithing herb during Bible days!  Here’s a familiar passage: Luke 11:42 “But woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over judgment and the love of God: these ought ye to have done, and not to … Continue reading Mint! Vitamin/Spa/Detox Water with. Mint and Potatoes with Mint Pesto

Shrub a Dub Dub: Fruit Shrubs

The conversation on the subject of shrubs started with gardening expert and friend Ron Wilson. We were chatting about a class at Turner Farms that we were to teach. Along with food, I planned on making shrubs. “What’s a shrub?” He asked. I told him shrubs are refreshing colonial health drinks made with fruit, vinegar and sugar. I don’t think that convinced him. Then Ron … Continue reading Shrub a Dub Dub: Fruit Shrubs

Homemade Gripe Water

Chamomile is one of the ingredients in gripe water Kathy W., a reader, wanted to know how to make Gripe water. Wow! I love that folks are going back to homemade remedies. Gripe water is an old fashioned medicine that is often used to help ease pain and discomfort experienced by infants. The home remedy can be used to soothe tummy upset pain associated with teething and … Continue reading Homemade Gripe Water

Feel Better Remedies with Bible Herbs and Foods

Many of the herbs and foods commonly used from Bible days on, along with old fashioned home remedies your Mom or Grandma used, when used properly, can be your body’s best and least costly defense against colds and the flu. These remedies also help to minimize the misery if you do get a cold or the flu. That’s just what Matt Swaim of the Sonrise … Continue reading Feel Better Remedies with Bible Herbs and Foods

Spicy Fruit Salad and Pineapple Infusion

    During the holidays, I had my girl friends over for lunch. Each of them brought a salad and I made the main entre, a grilled flat iron steak, served room temperature. Even though I didn’t specify what kind of salad to bring, they were all different! My friend Lainie brought a very unusual, winter fruit salad. Spicy and sweet and so refreshing. Since … Continue reading Spicy Fruit Salad and Pineapple Infusion