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Chasing Butterflies


Treasures In The Garden

Most of us spend time searching for happiness….

Happiness is like a butterfly:

the more we chase it,

the more it will chide us;

but if we turn our attention

to other things,it will

and sit softly 

on our shoulder.

Thoreau

…. there is enough happiness for all of us.

I choose to live with joy in my heart.

My word for today “CHASE!”

The Story Of Kale


Healthy Living With Nature

We grow our own kale. We find it very easy to grow.

We use it in our smoothies, chopped up on salads,

steamed as a green vegie, and in our stir fries.

Kale is loaded with good stuff.

It has a nutrient dense makeup. 

It is packed to the hilt with oodles of fibre, Vitamin K, A and C, Folate, 

Potassiumcopper, magnesium, iron, calcium,and antioxidants

How good is that!

Kale contains more iron than beef and more calcium than milk.

Kale‘s carotenoids and flavenoid antioxidants that can help protect from 

various cancers, can help lower cholesterol, and is also known for its 

antiflammatory properties which work on arthrites, asthma, and 

autoimmune disorders.

It tastes great too!

If you are looking for a detox , look no further.

It can work well with the liver too.

Kale comes from the cabbage family.

It is a year round vegetable.

Make sure your bunch is completely fresh ( we pick ours from the garden).

The old wilted leaves lose flavour and goodness.

Store in a plastic bag. (I find cellophane wrap even better).

Store in the vegetable crisper in the bottom of the fridge.

It can be eaten raw or cooked.

It can be interchanged with silverbeet in recipes.

                                                                                          Body and Soul

HEALTHY HABITS



Treasures In The Garden

Happy People

Some people are lucky enough to be full of the joys of life. And it’s not always the people who are famous, money rich,attractive, slim,who are the happy ones. Real happiness is something which is deep in our soul, it’s attitude, it’s a choice we make. Not every day is a diamond but how we help ourselves to get through our dilemmas, and our gratitude for what we have is what gets us  in a better place.

 Here are some habits that can be made part of our everyday life:

DECIDE to be happy.

Embrace and cultivate the positive.

NOURISH our physical body.

Good food,sleep, exercise, fresh air, hydration are the keys.

NOURISH our .

Tap into your passion. Keep on keeping on. Love what you do.

Find “your” PEOPLE!

They’ll like you for you. Stay away from the negative.

Become GRATEFUL.

 Be thankful for big things and small. Keep a gratitude journal.

 Don’t COVET “STUFF.”

STUFF will not make us happy. It may only bring us debt.

FOCUS energy on what matters most.

Forget the past. Don’t fret for the future.

Don’t compare ourselves to others. We are our own unique selves.

Every day is worth celebrating.

 Bring out the “good” tableware, wear the nicest dress/shirt.

Donate our unique talents.

 Volunteers report great happiness, better health,

connectedness to community and the wider world.

“Fall seven times, get up eight”- Japanese proverb.

Problems are only temporary setbacks, learning curves, NEVER defeat.

Let HURTS go! They only hinder happiness. 

Throw away the trash

Give up chronic stress. BREATHE EASY!

Look for GOOD in all people.

 Be generous with our compliments. Be kind to all whom we meet.

Lift others up…. lift up ourselves.

RELAX…….be Happy!

from an article in Better Homes and Garden

Start SMALL


Healthy Living With Nature

Start small. Put one thing into your life at a time. When you feel this has become part of your life and you can do it easily and you can see the benefit of what you are doing…. then start on a new thing- but not before it is part of your life.

More of the good stuff for Healthy Living.

On our journey we found it so important to stay HYDRATED. The optimum level of FILTERED water to consume is about 2 litres per person per day- plain filtered water. We use tank water which we filter twice to be sure we are getting the cleanest water possible, into our bodies.

WE STAY AWAY FROM COFFEE (and if we HAVE to DRINK COFFEE WE GRIND OUR OWN ORGANIC BREW AND PERCOLATE or STEEP IN A COFFEE POT ), ANY KIND OF SOFT DRINK, ALCOHOL. AND IF WE HAVE TO USE THESE THINGS WE CHOOSE  ORGANIC.   

If you want to get away from dairy it’s possible to make your own milk.

We started at first making OAT MILK which is supposed to be good for the heart. First we bought ready made, but once we realised we could make our own (and it is much cheaper) we moved to that. First we used organic ROLLED OATS. Then we found OAT GROATS at the ORGANIC SHOP.

To make the OAT MILK  we needed a BLENDER

                                                         A NUT BAG

                                                                              A GLASS JAR (to store the                                                milk)

                                                                  and a  JUG to milk your liquid into.

We also needed 3/4 cup of organic rolled oats or oat groats (Soaked in your water for a short while before blending)

2 1/2 cups of filtered/ distilled/ tank/ water

Place all the ingredients into your blender

and blend until liquid

Pour this liquid into your nut bag

– and milk the liquid through the bag into your jug.

Place your milk into a glass jar for storing.Keep covered and refrigerate.

You will be left with solids. These can be recycled  into curries, biscuits, cakes or into your smoothies

ORGANIC Almond, cashew coconut Milk (Flakes) can be made in the same way- Nuts to be soaked overnight and coconut flakes soaked in warm water.

We alternate the kind of milk we make. Any of these are very YUMMY. – just give a different taste to whatever you are using the milk for.

REMEMBER IT IS IMPORTANT TO BE SCRUPULOUSLY CLEAN.

 It is important to use your milk quickly. It doesn’t keep for more than a couple of days.  Fresh food, and made from scratch food creations, are always best eaten and not stored for long periods. This is so very important when eating “HEALTHILY!” THE FRESHER THE BETTER! 

Fresh AIR keeps the head clear!

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