This is better than Playdough...
Thursday, December 18, 2008
This is better than Playdough...
Monday, December 8, 2008
Well, my husband reminded me something I had long forgotten. Years ago, we used to work for a PLASTIC'S company in Lubbock, Texas. We operated injection molding machines and mass produced plastic components for cars, radar devices, holiday ornaments, and... get this (what I had forgotten) SUGAR SUBSTITUTES! Yes, the stuff you add to your drinks and desserts. We were a plastic's firm packaging sugar. We didn't create the stuff, but I found it odd that we handled it. After all, Frito Lay was just down the street.
I had forgotten this.
But I had never forgotten the fear of breathing too much FORMALDEHYDE while at work. What you use to embalm the dead.
Here's another point: MONSANTO is the producer and owner of Sweet n Low, a synthetic sugar substitute. I've blogged about Monsanto as well.
Monsanto has HUGE lobbying power, so it is NO WONDER that the FDA will approve (harmful) sugar substitutes, yet here in the United States, a NATURAL HERB, called Stevia, which has been grown for hundreds of years in Central America (known as sweet leaf) is sweeter than sugar and even good for you.
Here's some of the health benefits known for hundreds of years:
- Heart support
- Urinary problems
The benefits of this natural SWEET HERB is tremendous.
Unfortunately, LOBBYISTS and powerful companies own and run our FDA, so even though Stevia IS sold in our stores --- it is ILLEGAL to advertise it as a SUGAR SUBSTITUTE!!
You CAN find it in your local stores (at least here in Texas) listed as a NUTRITIONAL DIETARY SUPPLEMENT.Stevia thrives in WARM and humid climates and can grow here in Texas. It is currently thriving in countries like Israel, China and South America.
From what I've read, it is hard to germinate, so several seeds need to be planted. I ordered thousands of seeds from Urugruay.
I had the opportunity to try some Stevia this weekend, in ground leaf form, and was very amazed at how good and sweet it tasted!
THANK YOU to some wonderful friends who had invited us over for the weekend (Paula and John) who shared their herbal goodies. The reason I had been passing UP Stevia, was due to the marketing, or lack of --- NOW that I've researched, I realize that Stevia IS a better sugar substitute.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
I dusted off a couple of my old pictures... Me...
This is one of the girls I had trained. I'm standing on the bow. Beyond the stern of the boat, you can see the ship channel. This is where I kept a look-out for incoming ships and submarines. Whenever crossing the harbor, I'd have to radio each incoming ship to ask for permission. We were called, Whiskey Tango, which stood for Water Transportation.
The boathouse in Ford Island. If I wasn't training others, I was running boat shuttles, doing tours for the Arizona Memorial, or radio dispatching at the boathouse.
Friday, December 5, 2008
It's probably a pipe dream, but I'm hoping to do my winter planting this week. I know I'm late.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
This potato casserole is one of my family's favorite dishes. If you haven't tried any of my recipe's, don't pass this one up. It's easy to make, economical, and a staple!
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Today, we went to the Georgetown Library to see a Nutcracker Docent Presentation -- by a Ballet of Austin, dancer. We learned the history of classical ballet, the training of a dancer, score and component. Some interesting facts too ... for example, a professional ballerina will go through several shoes a week, and a Tutu has 100 yards of Tulle (fabric) which is the length of a football field. We also learned costuming, and theatre etiquette.
Our homeschool group is getting prepared to see the Nutcracker Ballet next week in Austin. This will be my 3rd time seeing the Nutcracker.
We also signed up for piano lessons at the Texas Fine Arts Academy for the spring semester. For homeschoolers, it's only $40 a month! I've been searching for lessons for quite some time and this is the best deal I've seen. Pamela and I worked out a deal. She takes the lessons, and when she comes home, she has to teach me!
She's at the library.
This was my first visit the Georgetown library since they've rebuilt in 2007. Since WHEN do libraries serve food??? This one serves coffee, pizza, and all kinds of yummy temptations! WOW!
I checked around and found that several libraries are adding cafe's. This is to make the library a social place.
What a neat way to spend the day.
Monday, December 1, 2008
We never have leftovers at our house...
The turkey is eaten fast!
This Thanksgiving I decided to roll up my sleeves and save the nitty gritty. I boiled the entire turkey carcass and saved the stock for future soups.