Sunday, April 27, 2014

Change...& exploring.

    Change is good. Whether it's my home, my wardrobe, my hair color or my blog...I get the itch to change it up every once in awhile :) I like change. It helps me to grow & learn new things...My blog title changed once again. Along with it came a new blog address. You can access all the posts I've made in the past, you just can't access the blog with mccl4.blogspot.com anymore, the new web address is growingupcountry7.blogspot.com I'm hoping you will continue to visit me here, I love the feedback!

    Today we decided to pack up the kiddos & take them to a place that I loved to visit as a little girl. Hoping to make some of the same memories for our children that I have today.


    "The Wilderness Center"  is a wildlife center with winding trails, beautiful ponds, lookout towers & so much more.


    There were tons of trees uprooted like this one due to all the storms we had last year...





    Feeding the fish & geese is always a highlight! I brought along a nice big loaf of stale bread & we had so much fun watching them scramble for the crumbs...

    
    One of the beautiful ponds...


    Grandma & Grandpa met us there to go hiking...sitting to rest after an all uphill winding trail. Having a snack of pretzels before heading to Grandmas house for supper...


   There is rain in the forecast for the next 3 days so we made the most of every bit of sunshine that we could get today-such a beautiful day! 

                                                 Have a blessed Sunday & a good week!



Saturday, April 26, 2014

Preserving Pineapples without processed sugars

    This year I'm starting a new adventure. I've been canning & preserving for as long as I can remember. I learned everything I know by watching & helping my Mother year after year as a little girl, growing up. When my Husband & I got married, almost 12 years ago, I continued doing so for our family. This year I'll be learning a whole new way of canning & preserving. Using only natural, raw & whole sugars & sea salt to preserve my fruits, vegetables & meats. I will try & share each new recipe as I go along.
    I'm super excited to start filling my cellar shelves with delicious, wholesome foods that are good for my family.
    Today I'll be sharing my recipe for canning fresh pineapples. It's super simple.
    I found pineapples on sale at our local Aldi for 1.99 each!


 I bought 10 of them, cut them up in chunks & filled my jars. I then made a simple syrup using 1 1/2 cup raw local honey to 1 gallon hot water. I stirred the honey-water till all the honey had dissolved into the water. I then poured the simple syrup over the pineapple, in the jars till the neck of the jar(leaving about 1inch from the very top of the jar.
    wipe the rims of the jars clean with a hot, wet dishcloth. Place the lids & rings tightly on the jars & place them into your canner. Fill the canner, up to the ring of the jars with water that is the same temperature as the liquid in your jars. I add 1 cup vinegar to the water in my canner, it keeps the jars from getting a chalk-like film over the surface of the jars.
    Cold-pack for 7 minutes once the water reaches a full rolling boil. Remove from the canner & place on a tea towel till the jars are completely cooled.


I saved one pineapple for eating fresh & the remaining 9 pineapples made 2 quart & 21 pint.

Monday, April 21, 2014

New CT & testing updates for Andy

    last week Andy had his 1st CT scan since last Fall. We saw a new Oncologist this time. Andy said he refuses to see the Dr. we had seen previously, who was very pushy, in his face & treated him very disrespectfully. If you value you life or the life of your loved ones, then DON'T see Dr. Lund at the Cleveland Clinic. Andy is seeing Dr. Machey currently & we were really happy with how he treated Andy. He respected our desire to continue natural medicine & actually encouraged Andy to do so due to the scan results.
    The scan showed that the cancer is stable & there is only the slightest bit of growth in his liver. Dr. Machey said, "we're talking millimeters" & he said that likely comes from the detoxing that Andy is still doing & everything gets flushed through the liver. Dr. Machey did say that even though the cancer is at a stable state, the lymphatic tumors had not shrunk like we expected they would be, but he said Andy's cancer is very slow growing & the natural meds are keeping it from growing so he should keep doing what hes doing.
    We followed up with Andy's NMD with her testing as well & the testing supported the findings of the CT scan. The type of cancer Andy has is NOT curable unless God works a miracle, & we believe He will, But they are able to shrink it & keep it from growing.
    NMD Jean Finley is recommending Andy start a 120 day, natural, stem cell therapy that will shrink the lymphatic tumors throughout his body. He will likely start that this week & will be tested every 2 weeks while doing the natural stem cell therapy, to keep track of his progress. We seek your prayers as he starts this new regimen, praying  Andy gets significant improvement in the next 4 months. God is able.

   MANY individuals have come to us since starting our Journey, asking what Andy is doing to heal his body. In this post I will try to explain the things we're doing.
 
    One of the first things our NMD had Andy do was change his diet completely. No processed sugars or white flours, no processed food AT ALL, he is to eat organic & fresh as much as possible & put him on a diet that was for his specific blood type. GMO/hormone free poultry, fish and specific fruits & veggies for his blood type. He is allowed sprouted grains & I use that in all of my baking.
    Andy also started juicing vegetables. By juicing vegetables, the body absorbs the nutrients almost immediately instead of having to break down all the fibers. Here is the recipe that he uses...It makes 32oz. of juice & he drinks this daily.

    1 large lemon
    1 large granny smith apple
    4 large celery stalks
    4 large carrot sticks
    3 large handfuls of dark green kale or spinach
    1 red beet, greens & all
\   1 inch fresh ginger root
    1 inch fresh turmeric root


    Andy also jumps on a rebounder 15-20 minutes daily. Any exercise that gets your heart pumping & fills your lungs with air, is a good exercise to be doing.

    Twice weekly, he sees NMD Jean Finley for oxygen, motion & sensor therapy.
    In addition to the stem cell therapy he will be starting this week he is also taking naturals meds, tailor made for his specific case.


    If you any questions about treating your body with natural medicine you can contact me through the comments on this post or through my Facebook account. I don't have all the answers, but I will help as much as I can.