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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Cosleeping and onions in your sock

Ha...bet that's a title you never thought you'd read.

Destructo-boy is sick.  And, when Destructo-boy gets sick..he get's SICK.  Days of misery.  Social-butterfly and Fairy-princess...well they get sick for a little bit, plug on and recover quickly. Destructo-boy drags it out..and out...and out.

Social-butterfly seemed to get it first.  She woke up this morning with a low-grade fever, but within an hour of waking up, was totally fine.  Weird..but we didn't think too much of it.  She was fine all day, but tonight she wasn't feeling well again.

Anyway, those of you who know me, know that I LOVE home remedies.  The weirder the better, I say.  So, when Destructo-boy got sick, I searched through my archives of home remedies to find something that would work for a 2-year old.  A 2-year who refuses to eat or drink anything other than breastmilk when sick that is.   And, voila..I came across the perfect home remedy.  Onions in your sock.  Yes..that's right...placing cut up onions in your sock helps a fever.

It's actually scientific in a weird sorta of way.  Onions are well known for having antimicrobial actions.  The soles of the feet are well known for being highly absorbent (surely you mom must have warned about the perils of getting worms from walking around barefoot outside).    So, the onion is absorbed through the feet and into the blood stream where it fights the infection.

Raw garlic would actually also work except for the fact that raw garlic is so strong, that it can actually burn the skin.  So, we'll stick with onions.

Anyway, Destructo-boy is now sleeping in MY room with cut-up onions in his socks.  Yes...he sleeps in my room every night.  So, I just entered my bedroom to check on him and well...the entire room smells like a burger joint. Ah..the joys of co-sleeping.  Can't wait to go sleep in my oniony smelling room.  Ha...at least we'll probably get the whole pew to ourselves tomorrow at Mass.  No one's going to want to sit next to us!

Sugarless Cookies

I have finally perfected my recipe for a healthy, mostly sugar-free cookie.  This recipe is my own invention, and with the exception of the chocolate chips (hey you gotta have a little fun!) contains no refined sugar at all.


1/2 cup coconut oil
1 egg
3/4 cup honey
2 cups whole wheat flour (I use white-whole-wheat flour)
2 cups oats
1/2  natural peanut butter
1 cup instant non-fat dry milk
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup chocolate chips (or if you want to be really healthy...nuts or dried raisins)

Beat coconut oil, eggs, honey, peanut butter and vanilla until smooth.  Stir in flour, instant milk, baking soda and salt.  Add chocolate chips. Dough should be fairly stiff, if it's not, add more flour.

Bake on a greased cookie sheet at 375 for 10 minutes or until done.  Be careful, since honey burns easily.  The cookies will be slightly brown on the bottom but still look a little "undone".  That's okay.  They'll finish cooking on cookie sheet.


Tuesday, November 2, 2010

My little urban garden.

My parents got me some garden boxes for an early birthday present so I could try my hand at urban container gardening.  We used to have free access to their huge, organic vegetable garden and I really miss it.

Here in the sub-tropics you can grow fruits and vegetables all winter...so I'm trying my hand at container gardening.   I planted strawberries, kale, chard, red lettuce and basil in the one little section of our drive-way that gets full sun.
 Can't wait to see how they do!