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Monday, January 17, 2022

 When God He is speaking

That voice in your ear
He talks of your joys
He shows you your fears
The pain of the others
The weary and lost
Those that have found Him
At joy and at cost
They call Him the savior
They greet him with cheer
They forget with the knowledge
That binds us all here
To draw Him the open
To welcome with glee
To live through His might
With bowed head and bent knee
To see it is coming
To taste this new test
There is no great winner
There is no real best
The sorrow it comes
The balance be made
The payment extracted
For the table we have laid
We fight and we conquer
We chose our new foe
We say we are righteous
But inside we all know
The love we have in us
We hide and we dare
We choose only the worthy
To honor and share
But now time has come
To look what we wrought
To wonder the payment
For what we have bought
So we sit and we ponder
We try not to think
We are sick with the knowing
We are the weak link
It’s time to take hold
To do what is right
To share that love
To honor His light
So smile with knowledge
And find joy in what you see
Start your day with grace
And be what you are to be.
Open your heart
Be brave and to dare
For all He really wanted
Was for us to care

Monday, January 10, 2022

Let's talk about Kombucha!


Kombucha is easy to make, with the simple ingredients on the above plate.... but what is that brownish slimey looking thing?  Well it's a SCOBY. A Symbiotic Culture Of Bacteria and Yeast.  Sounds and looks yummy.  lol  It is this SCOBY that enjoys the sugar that ferments the tea into making a lovely drink full of good bacteria, antioxidants and more!  It is simple to make and a must for good gut health.

Kombucha has been around for centuries, originating in the Chinese and Japanese cultures. There are many claims to what it can help and cure, but little scientific testing has been done. I am my own guinea pig, and I have to say I do enjoy this tasty drink every morning.  

I make mine with black tea which is why my SCOBY is brownish. If you use green tea it is closer to a white color. However, I think that green tea tastes like feet, so I don't subject my SCOBY to it. lol

All my SCOBY's go back to Scoby wan Kinobe.  lol Okay it's a little silly, but I was given one years ago. And then made my own. They are very easy to make.  Just take a serving of Kombucha, pour it in a jar and leave it for a couple of days. You will see a white film start to form on the top of the liquid, and as the days go by it gets a little thicker. With this thick disc that floats on top you can make your own Kombucha

To make a 1/2 gallon all you need is 3 tea bags of either black or green tea, or a combo of both and 1/2 cup of sugar. You might think it would be healthier with less sugar, but you would be wrong. The SCOBY needs that sugar to ferment your tea. So use the amount recommended and you won't be sorry!  After about a week, less in the summertime your kombucha will start to smell a little vinegary. If you wait too long, it will smell and taste a lot like vinegar.  At this point save one cup of kombucha to keep your SCOBY happy and put the rest in the refrigerator.

You can drink it like that or do a second ferment. I like to add blueberries and ginger to increase the health benefits.  I don't add a lot, a handful of each. Then put it in the refrigerator. 

So too begin, boil water and dissolve your sugar, then turn off the stove and add your tea bags.  Let the tea cool off before adding it to the SCOBY. It is live culture and you don't want to hurt it! Fill your 1/2 gallon jug till the SCOBY is at the top and cover with a paper towel or coffee filter, I affix mine with a rubber band, set it were it won't be disturbed. Wait about a week and TADA! you have Kombucha!

My favorite way to start the day is with a drink of 1/3 Kombucha, 1/3 Carrot Juice and 1/3 Pineapple Juice with two dollops of plain yogurt. I put it all in a blender to get it to a good consistency. A nice little smoothie type thing to get your day started. 

Don't keep your SCOBY in a tightly sealed container. It's working and can develop gas (can't we all?),  and you don't want to let too much pressure build up. That is why we cover with a paper towel or coffee filter. 

If any of you are in the Grass Valley area, I will gladly share my SCOBYs with you! Just email tammie5750@yahoo.com and we can set a time to get one.

Sunday, January 2, 2022

Happy 2022!

Okay, now that I have your attention!  Isn't this just the cutest goat!


Wow, we made it to 2022!  So now we take the time to enjoy the good things in life. If the past two years has taught us anything, the most important things aren't things at all!  They are the people in our lives. So to start this year, I got a good nights sleep. What a concept!  After chores I took the dogs for a walk and said my morning prayer of thanks. We have had a tough December in my area, and I was blessed to come out of all that unscathed. 

Started out this year with a little champagne brunch. Good food, great people and enlightening conversation. I don't think you start a year out better than that!  

We did have a bit of the bubbley.  :) 

Finished up with some good food and laughs. I call that start a winner!