Migraine Relief!

I am one excited chick! In my last post I mentioned that I had been working on a migraine remedy using herbs.  Well, I’ve been working on it for a few weeks and I’m convinced! It WORKS! I can’t tell you how exciting it is – especially since it took nearly a decade to find the right combination of medications to alleviate my migraines before. I was extremely upset when the maker of the migraine onset medication was no longer making it, I pictured myself going through years of trial and error to find one that worked. Not any more!!  Using a blend of different herbs, including Chamomile, Motherwort and several herbs that are flavor enhancers as well as medicinal, I’ve put together a migraine remedy that’s really effective. Especially after Saturday evening, we were in Walmart, after having taken a nice drive around our area, when a migraine hit. This was one of the BIG ones, a true migraine that wasn’t triggered by a food additive or stress.  Completely debilitating, and of course, horribly painful.

… I pictured myself going through years of trial and error to find one that worked…
We headed home and I put the migraine tea to the test.  It took two cups, about 45 minutes apart.  I’m convinced this is the right choice for me – and I didn’t have a medication hangover the next morning, I slept beautifully and the pain was gone before I went to sleep. Best experience with a migraine I’ve had – ever!]]>

Guess what we did last night? ;-)

Ha! You thought I was talking about something else! Admit it!  🙂 Michael and I made cookies and decorated them last night.  It was so much fun! These are from my own pressed cookie recipe and nope, not sharing the recipe yet! But Michael loves them and thought his family in Florida would too. So, I will pack these into a tube and stow them in our checked bag and pray they don’t end up as cookie crumbs by time we get to Florida! Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!]]>

Switcharoo!

I don’t know why I didn’t do this until now – it is so effecient!

When we moved into this house, for some reason I desided the closet/washer dryer area (they used to be in the kitchen and were moved down to the basement before we bought this house) should be used for my small appliances. And the cabinet on the other side of the refridgerator (one that is nearly the same size as the refridgerator and the one above it) became the pantry.  Not effecient.  To reach anything in the pantry I’d have to leave the kitchen and get it, and there was no lighting to see what was actually back in the back. Finally, a couple weekends ago, I switched them!  I just got a wild idea and first thing in the morning I switched them. Then later in the day, Michael took me to Lowes (I just love that store!) and we found a white steel rack that would fit perfectly.  I love it! Here is the newly revamped Pantry and “Appliance Shed”  🙂

 

Then, after that, I was rearranging in the pantry….  making use of the great rack and baskets we added after our trip to Lowes and making a grocery list.  I found on the Android Market this great program called My Pantry 2. Its wonderful, you can scan in items that are in your pantry, you can speak them in or you can type them in.  Running low? move it from the pantry to the grocery list.  LOVE IT! was very helpful when we went grocery shopping! then, I just moved what we bought to the pantry list and added in what wasn’t on the list (Never shop when you’re hungry!) and my pantry list was complete. No more guessing   I just have to remember to keep it updated, it doesn’t automatically know what’s been used! 🙂  Really worth the $0.99 I spent.  But I believe there is a lite version as well.

I feel so organized now! 🙂

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No MSG Baking Mix

In my quest to eliminate MSG and all its derivitives from our diet, I came across a recipe on About.com for BisQwick Baking Mix.  I tried it and with a couple tweaks, I loved it!

  • 8 cups flour
  • 1 +1/4 cups nonfat dry milk powder
  • 1/4 cup baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon table salt (not sea or kosher salt)
  • 2 cups shortning
In the original recipe it says to cut in the shortning until the mixture resembles course cornmeal.  I was being lazy and processed half the recipe at a time in my food processer.  The final mixture looks more like the Bisquick we’re all familiar with.  I did however add in an extra 1/2 cup of flour to the mix as it seemed too dense to me. Store in an airtight container in a cool, dark place.
You can also mix this half and half with whole wheat flour and regular flour if you’d like a more wholesome mix.
When I used this, I used the ratio of 1/3 cup of skim milk (or water) to 2 cups of mix for bisquits. Enjoy!  Kathy  ]]>