USE LESS STUFF DAY

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11-20 I DON'T NEED AS MUCH

As you know, I’m a conservative.  Yeah – not gonna change me.

Extremism is so easy.  You’ve got your position, and that’s it.  It doesn’t take much thought.  And when you go far enough to the right, you meet the same idiots coming around from the left.  – Clint Eastwood

Whether we’re talking about food, packaging or leaving the water running while you’re brushing your teeth (yeah, that’s a pet peeve of mine), it’s just smart to use less if you can get by on less.  A few things were drilled into my head growing up.  My daddy used to come into a room and if the light was on and nobody was in there, he would ask in his booming and authoritative voice, “WHO’S PAYING THE LIGHT BILL?”  Well – duh – HE was! 

Out in the country we didn’t have a garbage disposal.  My daddy dug a big hole out in the back yard – near the back fence, where we dumped our garbage (banana peels and the like).

We had a septic tank so we could not use a lot of toilet paper at one time.  Yeah, that’s probably more than you needed to know.  Ah, the joys of country living!

It’s USE LESS STUFF DAY!  Honestly, we could all do a better job of conserving just about everything, couldn’t we?

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Conservation was the theme in the Turner household, yet we always had enough.  Waste of any kind has always made me just a little crazy and I suppose it’s because of my upbringing.  I’m not for a minute suggesting that we live on less than we need to have a happy and fulfilling life, but to drown in excess seems…  well – excessive and unwise.

I’m sorry but I just laughed my way through this video – speaking of excessive and unwise (might I add – STUPID).  There is not one item in this video that would enrich my life or make me happier than I am today without it.  I’m not tempted by any of it – but I think it’s fun to watch.

For those of us with normal bank accounts, we can find ways to conserve and preserve in order to make our money go further and it also helps the environment in some cases.  So many times it’s just a matter of putting thought into what you do.  If you have a light on in a room and you are in there and need to see, that’s fine.  When you get up and leave the room, it’s time to flip the switch off.  It seems like common sense to me.  The water does not have to run while you are actually brushing your teeth.  Turn it off until you are ready to use it.  It’s so simple, right?  Well…  we know common sense is not a flower that grows in everyone’s garden.

Speaking of gardens, does anyone remember canning everything from the vegetable garden back in the day???  When I was a kid, we not only had a vegetable garden, but fruit trees as well, so we always had fresh cherries, apples, pears and apricots.

The family that cans together, stays together!
The family that cans together, stays together!

Try being conservative – just for today.  Use less stuff and you might be surprised at what you can do without.  😉

 

PLAY DOUGH DAY

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9-16 I HELPED MAMA MAKE PLAY DOUGH

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I have such fond memories of Sunday nights in Training Union. There’s a name that most of us have not heard in years! We had Sunday School on Sunday mornings and Training Union on Sunday nights. My parents taught my Training Union class. It was usually just me and the pastor’s son, John Mark Anderson.

John Mark was a pistol. Is anyone shocked by that? Yeah, I didn’t think so. He was a little hyper and was always leading me astray. Seriously, I’ve never been a leader, but I’d do anything for John Mark.

As much as I enjoyed Training Union, with the flannel board stories and games and puzzles and stuff, I really liked the times when we got to play with play dough! It was really special because my mom and I made our own from scratch!

The Saturday before, mama and I would put on our matching aprons and head for the kitchen. We put on our gloves and made four batches of dough – in primary colors – red, green, yellow and blue.

The red not only had red food coloring in it, but we scented it with cinnamon! It smelled good enough to eat, but you wouldn’t dare because it tasted very salty! Don’t ask me how I know that…

The green had green food coloring and a mint scent. The yellow had vanilla scent and the blue smelled like almonds.

We used the play dough to make the characters we learned about in the Bible Story. One night we learned about Noah’s Ark. We made an ark and the animals and John Mark used most of the blue to make the “water” for underneath his ark. My ark was on dry ground. LOL!!!

Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching.
– 1 Timothy 4:13

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It’s PLAY DOUGH DAY!!!  Make some great memories with your kids today! 😉

PRAIRIE DAY

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9-13 STATE FAIR

It’s PRAIRIE DAY and we celebrated big this year!

Our Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson, KS is in full swing and the party on the prairie is a great place to go for a fun learning experience.

Today was Heritage Farming Day at the fair. Beginning at 8am there was a 4-H/FFA dairy goat judging at the Sheep, Swine and Goat Building. That’s not really our thing, so we went over to the Expo Center to watch the 4-H Horse Show. Horses are such large creatures, yet they were so graceful and amazing. We don’t spend much time in the Sheep, Swine and Goat Building. If I have to explain why, you are obviously not familiar with the downside of farming.

We watched the 4-H demonstrations over at the 4-H Centennial Hall for a while, then took a walk over to Dr. Goddard’s Lab at the Do Art Building. I enjoy the Exotic Animal Petting Zoo, so we spent a little time there. I left with all my digits intact, so I feel very blessed.

I’m convinced that a person has not lived until they have at least watched one pig race. Yep – that was a hoot, like it is every year!

It’s fun to see the Antique Farm Machinery Show. Technology has brought farming a long way. Oh, and we had to watch the “Give a Chicken a Bath” demonstration in the Poultry Building. I thought it was fun giving my dog a bath. Oh… pleeeeze!

We caught just a few moments of Glenda & Mike’s Magic Show at the Nex-Tech Wireless Stage. Have you ever seen a guy carve wood with a chainsaw? It’s quite a sight! It’s like whittling on steroids! Of course, no trip to the fair is complete without junk food for lunch. We always get a Pronto Pup and it’s one of the few times I give myself permission to have a soda.

While we sat at the nearly clean picnic table, I did some people watching. You see everything on the fair grounds – and at the local Wal-Mart. Jus’ sayin’…

We just walked around a little, then watched the Simental Beef Cattle Judging at the Prairie Pavilion. We didn’t stay there long – it got boring. We watched the Milking Demonstration at the Milking Parlor for a while.

My Pronto Pup was making me sleepy and my feet were getting tired. We sat down to listen to an outdoor concert for a while. I can’t remember who was singing, but he was sure good. I’ll be honest, that bench sure felt good.

We wandered around aimlessly for a while, looking at the goods for sale along the midway. We went into the Young Injury Lawyers Arena for a Quilt Auction for the quilt made from 2013 Quilt Block contest entries. I wish I could have bid on it because it was so pretty.

I admire people who can quilt, or can, or grow things. I have absolutely no inclination in that “domestic” direction whatsoever. I write and play music, neither of which will come in handy if my family is starving or cold.

We debated about staying to hear the Show Choir and watch Disney’s “Frozen”, but decided we still had a drive ahead of us to get back to Wichita, so we left.

It was quite a day at our Kansas State Fair! 🙂

NATIONAL TRAIL MIX DAY

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A nature hike with John Minton.

Damita Jo Rogers used to say, “I’m gonna SCHOOL ya about this!” I smile when I think of her. Today I decided to do a blog to SCHOOL ya about Diabetes and healthy snacking.

There are so many misconceptions and falsehoods about Diabetes and food, regardless of the “type”. People tend to focus on keeping sugar away from Type 2 Diabetics. That would be fine, but if a Type 2 has a low blood sugar, guess what they need to bring that number back to normal? Yes, they need SUGAR.

It’s true that we can’t sit around eating anything we want all day long (bummer). We don’t have to do as much pre-planning and calculating as Type 1 Diabetics do, but we do need to be prepared for a low blood sugar when it happens. I carry glucose gel and hard candy (not sugar-free). If I know I’ll be doing a lot of walking or be very active, I also carry some homemade trail mix in my backpack or tote bag.

I like to make my own because that way I know what is in there. Sometimes there are added ingredients in the store-bought varieties. I’ll be brutally honest – it’s also much cheaper to make your own trail mix. It is outlandishly expensive, especially from convenience stores. A small bag can cost over $5.00. Yes, I am frugal, thank you very much!

It’s not only NATIONAL TRAIL MIX DAY, but today is also PORTION CONTROL DAY!

I like the motto:  Respect your body, respect your health, respect your life!   

Here’s my recipe for Diabetic friendly Trail Mix.

Low-Carb Trail Mix

1 cup raw almonds (I use sliced but you can use whole)
1 cup pumpkin or squash seeds (you can toast them or not)
2 ounces unsweetened coconut
1/2 cup raisins or currants, loosely packed

This makes about 16 servings of 1/4 cup each. I bag each serving separately to avoid overeating. This mix has only 6.5 g. of carbohydrate. I think you will see that it’s better than the pre-packaged stuff at the store!

You can use sunflower seeds instead of pumpkin or squash seeds. Also, hazelnuts, soy nuts or walnuts in the place of almonds once in a while is good.

I’ve also learned that if I have a craving for chocolate (c’mon… who doesn’t?) I can add a SMALL BAG of regular M&M’s to the mix and it will take care of the craving. I usually have my worst cravings around Halloween. There’s just something about Autumn and Halloween that brings out the chocolate cravings! It does add a few carbohydrates to each serving, but it’s better than going crazy eating a candy bar!   😉

SUMMER COOL OFF DAY

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Today is SUMMER COOL-OFF DAY!!!  In 1630, lemonade was invented in Paris.  That’s certainly one way to stay cool this summer.

These awesome photos on my poem were taken by my friend, Ian. He is fortunate enough to live close to a beach. Of course, going to a beach is on my bucket list. One day I will get there, Lord willin’ and the creek don’t rise.

It’s obvious his dogs enjoy going to the beach to frolic and play. Our beagle mix, Casey, is too old to frolic much anymore, but he still enjoys a good walk around the neighborhood. No matter where we live, we all like to take our pets out for some exercise because it’s good for them.

I talk to him when I’m lonesome like; and I’m sure he understands. When he looks at me so attentively, and gently licks my hands; then he rubs his nose on my tailored clothes, but I never say naught thereat. For the good Lord knows I can buy more clothes, but never a friend like that. – W. Dayton Wedgefarth

I care for Casey by using a homemade flea shampoo. Most bottled dog shampoos have added toxins that could hurt him, so I make my own.

Flea Shampoo

1 c. Dawn dish soap
1 c. vinegar
1 qt. warm water

Massage in and leave for 5 minutes before rinsing clean.

You ask of my companions. Hills, sir, and the sundown, and a dog as large as myself that my father bought me. They are better than human beings, because they know but do not tell. – Emily Dickinson

We try to feed Casey the most healthy food, but it’s fun to make treats for him!

Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats
Yield: About 2 dozen small treats

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 30-40 minutes

Total Time: 35-40 minutes

Ingredients:
1 cup pumpkin purée
2 eggs
1/2 cup oats (optional if your dog is on a grain free diet, sub an extra 1/4 cup grain free flour)
3 cups whole wheat flour, brown rice flour, or gluten-free flour
3 Tbsp of all natural peanut butter
1/2 tsp cinnamon (optional)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In small bowl, stir together the flour, oats, and cinnamon
In a separate large bowl, whisk together the eggs, pumpkin and peanut butter until combined. Stir wet ingredients into dry.
Pour onto a floured surface and roll dough out to 1/2 thick. Cut out using cookie cutter. The dough will be a little sticky, a dusting of flour for your hands and the rolling-pin will help! Bake for 30 to 35 minutes until golden brown.
Place on cooling racks and let cool thoroughly. They will harden as they cool.

Notes:
*These are the treats that are pictured.
*1/2 tsp of salt can be added to these treats to help extend the shelf life but, it is optional.
*Cinnamon is fine to use in recipes for dogs, however do not use a pumpkin spice blend or anything that could contain nutmeg. It is toxic to dogs and even in small amounts can make them sick.

I need to share one more heart-warming video. OK, two more… LOL!

Heart-warming. Five hearts from me! ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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INGREDIENTS FOR A PERFECT DAY

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I love quilts and really like the name of this quilt. I wish I was gifted in this way, but at least I have the one granny and mama made. It’s my most cherished possession.

The word perfect often brings a note of doubt to mind, but this day came very close to being perfect in my humble opinion. Here’s my recipe for a perfect day.

So often we take the weather for granted when it is this nice. I can honestly say after the long winter months, I do not under appreciate near perfection anymore. I don’t believe I’ll ever take that big bright ball in the sky called the SUN for granted again! The first ingredient in this recipe is serendipity. Begin the day grateful for blessings, you will surely find many wonderful things to be thankful for.

When was the last time you looked at the good and thanked God for it? You can admire and enjoy the good around you, but until you take a moment to bow before the Creator and voice your thanks, it’s just admiration and enjoyment. The second ingredient in this recipe is thanksgiving.

Once you have thanked God for the good around you, is there someone you can remind to do the same? Maybe there is someone in your life who is looking down or so involved in other things that they have not noticed the good around them. How great would it be if you could take a moment to point out the good when they don’t see it before them. The third ingredient in this recipe is sharing.

Once you have mixed the serendipity, thanksgiving and sharing in a large bowl, bake it in the warmth of God’s love all day long. Keep a big smile on your face and your batch of near perfect will bake up nicely. If you make quilts, maybe you’d like to make them a Serendipity quilt! That would remind them to invite God’s goodness into their lives. You know when we are thankful and have a serendipitous attitude about life, it makes it easier to face the more unpleasant things that happen in life.

My little recipe costs nothing to make, it is calorie-free and it won’t raise your blood glucose, blood pressure or cholesterol at all. ❤