Fillin’ Up Yer Drawers! Ha! Ha!

Howdy, y’all!

Ole granny has been busy, let me just tell ya right here and now!

There is a loooooootttt goin’ on at this here Texas ranch. As ya can tell from this here post, we got a big piece of ground plowed up fer growin’ all kinds of food (fer us and the critters!) and then we got another piece of ground plowed up fer an herb garden and yet another spot fer nothin’ but berries!

I’ve also been a workin’ on remodelin’ my house – which is a mighty big job in itself! Down to the studs and wirin’, I tell ya now! And plumbing from scratch. Phooey! Ole granny is plum TARD!

I had to stop and take time to repurpose some drawers from the cabinets we tore out. They make perfect little green houses, they do!

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I just painted ‘em all different colors with some leftover paint I had layin’ here and there.

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Then I cut plastic to fit inside the drawer and stapled it in place, filled it with organic starter soil….

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And planted some heirloom, organic seeds inside!!

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I cut and stapled plastic to fit over the top to make a greenhouse effect (and to keep the rain from a washin’ away all my hard work!

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And there ya have it – a hillbilly dresser full of goodies: organic, heirloom lettuces, basil, spinach, heart ease (viola)

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This is temporary set up ‘till I get ‘em up and growin’ and to keep the north wind off of ‘em. Then I’ll find another way to display the drawers in the yard. What do y’all think?

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Ain’t that there hillbilly dresser just nifty as can be?!

Oh and while I had my paintbrush out, I got carried away and spruced up my plain ole concrete bird bath. Ain’t it purty?

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What have y’all been up to these here past few days? Have ya been a plantin’ and tendin’ yer critters like ole granny? Pull yerself up a chair and kick yer shoes off and tell me all about it!

Are ya likin’ the ole Herb Lady’s posts? Gettin’ excited fer more of ‘em? Hold yer horses, now, I’ll be posting more of ‘em real soon! Take time to Subscribe to the Feed If you don’t have a hankerin’ for feeds, you can subscribe by email, too. And now ya can find me on them electronic talkin’ sites: YouTube Channel, Facebook page, and Twitter. Be sure to do one tor the other, so you can always get our free recipes, updates and information on what Granny Herb Lady is a doin’!

Amish Livin’: Hillbilly Homesteading

Herb Lady MIA

You might’ve been a wonderin’ where I’ve been at lately. Well, I’ve been busy on the Amish farm I moved to! Yep, that’s right. The ole Herb Lady has gone off-the-grid and planted herself in Amish country. Amish livin’ is quite hard, I must say, but it’s an experience I’ll always cherish!

My daughter, Michele, has already made her confessions from an Amish farm on her blog.

It’s been pretty crazy livin’ without electric. So far, we have solar panels and two wind generators for power and a generator for back-up. There’s lots of sacrifice but lots of rewards, too–like signs of SPRING!

Here’s a few new additions to the family

3 Chicks

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2 ducks and a turkey (they’re a little camera shy!)

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NOTE: The chicks, ducks, and turkey are in cages with newspaper under ’em parked right in front of the woodstove ’cause on an Amish farm, there ain’t no heating lamp!

Mama (Hair) sheep and baby lamb

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Red apple tree

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Hillbilly Homestead Site Coming Soon!

We’re planning a new site that’ll share the journey on this Amish farm since the first day we got the key. Things aren’t moving as fast as we’d like. We’re on limited Internet through a USB modem and we can’t upload the videos or tons of pictures because there’s only so much usage available each month.

Yep, we could go to the coffee shop for free wi-fi but life is a wee bit busy with all the Amish type chores.

I’ll be posting here when the Amish homesteading site is live, so be sure to subscribe to my feed or by email so you’ll know when it’s ready fer ya to visit…. Y’all come back now, ya hear?

Diabetes and Stevia Balance with Inulin and Chromium

Stevia, Stevia Balance, Diabetes, alternative medicine

Fighting Diabetes with Alternative Medicine

A few years ago my daughter, Michele, was takin’ diabetes medication. Yep, her blood sugar was plum awful, it was! She was near 300 pounds and her body was all a mess. She’s stubborn and didn’t wanna listen to nary a word I told her. All my hillbilly alternative medicine advice fell on deaf ears, it did. What’s a Momma to do?

Bad Habits and Sweet Tea

She drank iced tea with white sugar by the droves (which is thought to cause and feed disease). I was on a mission to find a healthy alternative sweetener–and not one of them there ole chemical ones. This was my solution: Stevia Balance with Inulin and Chromium. It’s delicious and not bitter like some Stevia brands like folks think. It also has Inulin and Chromium.

Blood Sugar Stabilizes with Help of Stevia Balance

Once Michele started using Stevia Balance in her tea, she began noticing a total difference in the way she felt. Her blood sugar started stabilizing and it even helped her get out of the rut she was in with her weight loss. She still uses this natural sweetener today (I do too) and maintains a 120-pound weight loss.

What is Chromium?

Chromium is a mineral our bodies need. Most folks are lacking in it and don’t even know it. Chromium helps control blood sugar levels, and metabolizes cholesterol and nucleic acid. Chromium deficiency can cause you to be insulin resistant, which can actually lead to heart disease or even diabetes. A lot of people notice an increase in their strength when they begin supplementing with chromium or use this sweetener.

In Goes the Inulin

Inulin is a prebiotic fiber that promotes beneficial bacteria in your gut and helps you have healthy bowel functions and helps to stabilize your blood sugar as well. It’s  found in sources such as chicory root, dandelion, and numerous other natural sources. A lot of the time, you’ll hear of inulin comin’ from chicory root.

Balance Your Life

Ya might wish this here sweetener would be a magical cure. Now it won’t melt all your fat off, but it is a great supplement to help you with your weight loss. It sure did help my daughter!

What can ya do with it?

  • add it to yer tea or other drinks (don’t forget the lemon!)
  • stir it in yer oats (I use steel cut oats <— These things help scrape the gunk that’s caked up on the sides of your colon; more to come about that in a future post.)
  • sprinkle it on some raw fruit
  • the possibilities are endless!

What Are Ya Waitin’ Fer?

Head on over and nab you some of this stuff — you’ll sure be glad ya did!

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References:
WH Foods

Lemon Low-down: The Sweet Truth about Lemons

By

Deborah J. Tune (aka Herb Lady)

lemon, herbal tea, tea

Lemons: Sour and Sweet?

Pucker up when ya taste a lemon, do ya? Well, that tart little thing is exploding with benefits! Have weak kidneys? Bladder infections all the time? What about them there nasty ole colds and sniffles? Lemons are loaded in Vitamin C to help your immune system fight off germs.

Health Benefits of Lemon:

  • combats arthritis
  • fights inflammation
  • builds immune system
  • flushes kidneys and bladder
  • neutralizes free radicals
  • reduces some symptoms of osteoarthritis
  • bursting with Vitamin C

Fun Fact: Lemons also contain phytonutrients that have anti-cancer properties!

Here’s a few ways to add lemon to your daily diet:

  • add a slice to your tea or water
  • squeeze it on your salad
  • add it to your guacamole
  • drizzle it over the top of chopped avocado and tomato for a quick, healthy snack
  • make homemade vinaigrettes instead of using store-bought, high-fat, processed dressings
  • add a few slices when baking fish
  • or squirt some on your fish once it’s done
  • add a little to your raw juice

I always notice a difference in the way I feel when I don’t get my daily lemon. I feel stronger, better, and healthier when I’m able to get my raw lemon juice. (I never, ever recommend using bottled lemon juice–it isn’t in it’s natural raw form.)

Organically-grown foods are always best-received by our bodies. I’ve added a solid quote from Whole Foods below to back up my opinion.

Other compounds, such as ethyl alcohol or ethanol, are added to the waxes for consistency, milk casein (a protein linked to milk allergy) for “film formers” and soaps for flowing agents. Since you may not be able to determine the source of these waxes, this is another good reason to choose organically grown lemons and limes.– Whole Foods

What’s So Sweet About a Tart-Tasting Lemon?

I guess you’re wonderin’ by now why I used the word “sweet” in the title of this post. Did you notice all the health benefits of lemons I’ve mentioned here? That’s what makes ’em sweet!

I plan on sharin’ a ton more health benefits with ya such as I did today with the lemon. Foods in their raw, natural form contain maximum nutrition for our bodies and minds. That’s what alternative medicine (and Hillbilly Heaven Herbs) is all about: preventing disease and illness by using food, spices, herbs, and frugal natural remedies to be healthy and ward off sickness.If you want to reach yer ultimate state of health, be sure to sign up for free updates. Subscribe to my feed or by email. Y’all come back now!

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