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Sweet Tea Kombucha
(Yields: ½ Gallon)

- ½ Gallon of brewed organic black tea (steeped overnight)

- Organic Sugar

- 1 organic SCOBY

- ½ Gallon Jar

- Dish Towel (breathable)

After Tea is brewed, and steeped overnight - Add ½ to ¾ a Cup of Organic Sugar

Place SCOBY in jar of tea

Cover Jar with Breathable dish towel, and place jar in a warm, dark place

“Brew” from 7-30 Days. I prefer 8-10 personally.

- Once you are ready to consume -

Remove SCOBY and store in dark/warm place until you are ready to use again. (Store in a shallow dish with some Tea to keep it wet, and place dish towel over it.)

Refrigerate Kombucha in jar with lid. (Good for ~ 30 days, but you usually drink it all within 10 days.)

Before serving, and 2-3 tbsp of lemon juice and a little bit of sugar.

Enjoy!

All about RAW HONEY//

Key Nutrients

Honey is loaded with many essential vitamins and minerals. Vitamins such as B1, B2, B3, B5, B6 as well as vitamin C are found in honey. It also contains minerals like magnesium, potassium, calcium, sodium chlorine, calcium, copper, iron, manganese, sulphur, zinc and phosphate.
Main Health Benefits
Energy Boost

Carbohydrates in the form of glucose and fructose supply the body and mind with energy which can boost endurance, and reduce muscle fatigue. Many athletes use this wonderful food for an instant as well as a sustained energy source to lift them through their training. In sports and endurance, honey can provide 17 grams of carbohydrates per tablespoon, and can be an inexpensive alternative to commercial sports gels.
Excellent Source of Antioxidants

Honey not only has a full spectrum of vitamins and minerals, but it also contains the flavonoid pinocembrin which is unique to honey. Pinostrobin supports and promotes healthy enzyme activity.
Supports Good Bacteria

Honey supports Bifidobacteria – present in the gastrointestinal tract – which is essential for efficient digestion and good health. Honey contains pre/pro biotics that help the growth and activity of Bifidobacteria because it is an alkaline-forming food, and is similar to ingredients found in fruits. It doesn’t ferment in the stomach and it can be used to counteract indigestion.
Antibacterial and Anti-fungal Properties

Based on these properties honey can treat allergies by promoting a strong immune system, and has powerful anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties that makes it an excellent option to treat wounds with. It has antibacterial properties due to its acidic nature and enzymically produced hydrogen peroxide. Constant use of honey strengthens the white blood corpuscles to fight bacterial and viral diseases.
Slows Aging

Part of the aging process is related to the slow depletion of enzymes in the body. Raw honey is one of the few foods to help slow the depletion of enzymes through the ingestion of amylase. Amylase is the enzyme that breaks down sugars and carbohydrates. It can restore damaged skin to give a softer, younger look.
Other Benefits

Honey is a great aid in relieving morning sickness;
Honey is good for sore throats, laryngitis and pharyngitis;
Raw honey can be used as a medication for issues related to male impotence and female infertility;
A salve made of honey can be applied to eczema, canker sores or bleeding gums.
Calcium absorption and hemoglobin count can be increased by raw honey to prevent anemia.
Raw honey may also lower total cholesterol while increasing HDL(good) cholesterol.
Honey acts as a sedative and is very useful in bed wetting disorders.
Can help treat minor acne by attacking the bacteria that cause outbreaks while moisturizing the skin to aid in rejuvenation.
Precaution

Honey may contain Clostridium botulinum spores and toxins that can cause infant botulism. As such, it is recommended that children under the age of one should not consume honey because their intestinal tract is not mature enough to inhibit the growth of Clostridium botulinum.
Healers from around the world have used honey for centuries for many healing procedures. When shopping for raw honey it is of greatest benefit to buy local and organic. This will support local farmers who practice organic farming where the honey is harvested with care. The amazing health benefits have been known by healers for centuries. According to PubMed, there have been over 4,357 medical studies on healing effects of honey; moreover, 1,194 of these studies relating to honey as a treatment, and 132 of these studies were relating to the antioxidants in honey.
Article Sources:

www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/health-benefits-of-organic-locally-grown-raw-honey
www.fitsugar.com/Health-Benefits-Raw-Honey
http://asedarawhoney.com/health-benefits

4

Spring Cleaning = Deep Cleaning 

I started my spring cleaning endeavor in one of the places that is most used in our household - my car! 

 Attacking the car as a deep clean zone can be daunting, but with a few easy steps and prep - it’s easily checked off the chore list. 

 1. Empty your car - Floor mats, trunk, trash, glove box, and nooks. 

 2. Set aside items in groups - floor mats, trunk stuff (reusable bags, dog travel goods, and yoga mat in my case), Glove Box goods -etc. Don’t worry about this stuff now, it’s a small task for later. 

 3. Take out seats, if possible and Vacuum. (Vacuum everything - seats, floors, cracks and crevices. 

 4. Dust off dash area - I like to use armor-all or pledge multi-surface. As it cleans, it’s builds up a anti-static coat to make cleaning easier over time as dust does not like to stick to it. Start here before cleaning floors or windows. Any loose dust will go in the floor and overspray will hit windows. 

 5. Vacuum the seats - I usually find crumbs that I missed the first go-round. 

 6. Clean windows - spray the entire window and don’t worry about overspray. Wipe with a lint free rag or newspaper. Newspaper leave your windows streak free, and it’s a good way to re-use it. 

 7. Scrub your floor mats - I use dish soap and water mix with a bristle brush. After its soaped up and scrubbed well- rinse and let dry. (Old tooth brushes are great for getting in small grooves) If you have carpet mats - vacuum and scrub with tough stuff or any upholstery or carpet foam. You can usually blot up with water after you have scrubbed for a bit. Let it air dry throughly before putting back in your car 

 8. Vacuum the floors - getting as much of the dirt and dust that builds up over time is the best way to keep it at bay. 

 9. Sort through the crud - I usually start on the passenger side after sorting through my glove box bin. Keeping things that are essential : Sunglasses, Insurance & Registrations, a few napkins, and a pen or two. Toss the rest! You do not need a glove box full of napkins and kleenex. Clear the Clutter.

10. Put in Floor Mats, and enjoy!

… and it’s off the list of spring cleaning.


Tip: Remember to keep essentials and discard the rest. Here’s my quick list of what to keep:

- Glove Box - Registration, Insurance, Sunnies, Charging cable and AUX cable, Napkins or Small Pack of Kleenex, Note Pad, and 2-3 pens.

- Driver Side and Passenger Side Door - NOTHING. Keep it clear.

- Passanger Door - Umbrella

- Trunk - Yoga Mat, Dog Kit (Leash, plastic bags, portable water bowl, and sheet to cover the seats), 4-8 Reusable Bags for shopping, and one trunk organizer.

5

Milkglass make over//

Part of my milk glass collection received a facelift ! Lindsey and I are trying a few vase options for her wedding in June.

We used a metallic gold paint marker, and embellished around the rim and bottom of the vases. We let them dry for a few minutes- and applied another coat. The obtain straight lines, it wouldn’t hurt to use masking or painters tape (or just wing it like we did ). I’m quite pleased with the way they turned out! Milk glass is a fairly obtainable resource- most of mine has been bought 3-4 pieces at a time at thrift stores, junk stores, flea markets, and antique malls.

Use your senses to the max!

While tidying up around my desk at home, I discovered one of my original, long-lost collection of recipes, organizational hacks, and tricks that I wanted for my future homestead. I was so excited! I had been stockpiling it since high school. I had some of my friends recipes, lots of articles from magazines ranging from work outs to weekly grocery lists. It’s just an efficient little thing!

I have utilized Pinterest for many things like organizing my wedding theme, gathering recipes, and gawking at home design. It is a wonderful way to discover what’s out there but there is just something great that gets lost with the virtual board.

Having something tangible and in-hand makes things understandable and real.

As humans, most of us learn best through sight and touch with sound incorporated. It’s stimulating to use more than one of the senses together, it’s a brain work-out!

Print your inspirations and stick them where you will see them often, and use them! Organize them in a file box and rumble through them often. I can’t tell you how many time I pin something and say,“ oh I’ll cook that soon,” and then end up using a recipe I’ve memorized, or I’ve been bored and not realized I have 10 million cool crafty things I can try in no time with things I have around the house.

Keep inspiration tangible, and you can obtain it. Create more, and be continuously inspired. It’s food for your brain. And overall well-being.

Clean veggies and fruit before you eat ‘em. (without using harsh chemicals)

1:3 vinegar//water soak - wait about 10 minutes or so// rinse // enjoy.

Vinegar is the bomb.

First of all, its affordable and second, it is so versatile! (And of course, it’s natural.)

It can be used to clean hardwood flooring and other household surfaces safely as well as plant-edibles.

It’s a win-win.