Sunday, August 16, 2009


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"Natural Bug-Bite Deterrents:

If you can’t stand the smell of DEET or citronella candles, try the natural bug-bite deterrent suggestions from Chinese doctor and author Maoshing Ni. In his book Secrets of Self-Healing, he recommends a three-pronged approach of clothing, diet, and essential oils. 3 Bug-Be-Gone StrategiesUse these chemical-free strategies on your next camping trip, backwoods hike, or neighborhood barbecue:
Nix the Hawaiian shirt. Brightly colored floral patterns on clothing may actually fool bees and other bugs into thinking you’re a flower. So can smelling like a flower, so skip the perfume. Wear neutral-colored, protective clothing and scent-free soaps and lotions.
Eat garlic. Garlic and other strong foods, like onions, might make you less tasty to biting insects. Watch this video for tips on how to buy, keep, and prepare garlic.
Use essential oils. Natural insect repellents such as lemongrass, lavender, or eucalyptus can be mixed with water and used as a spray. (But be careful to avoid getting them in your eyes.) Find out which scents zap stress, too.Already bit? Honey, cucumber skins, and tea tree oil can help soothe, detox, and quiet the itch or sting of bites. Take this quiz to find out if a bite might be serious.
RealAge Benefit: Making a habit of taking proper safety precautions in everything you do -- at home and on the job -- can make your RealAge 1 to 6 years younger.
References Published on 08/19"


A Message from Mindy!!

We are taking our son out to BYU this coming week and
consequently, will be coming back with a nearly empty car.
If anyone has items they need brought back to Columbus from
family or friends in the SLC area we’d be happy to accommodate.

Please respond by Monday August 17 th,2009.


A home food preservation seminar hosted by Hayden Run Ward, featuring a special presentation entitled “Nutritional and Financial Benefits of Canning,” by OSU Extension educator, Susan Shockey Ph.D. During Dr. Shockey’s presentation, she offered some resources available from OSU Extension and University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service.

For those attending and not attending (but interested), I’ve included these resource links below.

Enjoy and safe food preservation for all!




To contact Dr. Susan Shockey: OSU Extension, Franklin County Office, 2105 S. Hamilton Road, Suite 100, Columbus, OH 43232; Tel: 614-866-6900, Ext: 206; Web address: http://franklin.; Email address: shockey.3@osu. edu; FAX: 614-868-8280. See Dr. Shockey for Pressure Canning Testing.
“USDA Complete Guide to Home Canning” (2006 revision): http://www.uga. edu/nchfp/ publications/ publications_ usda.html
Book description: This publication contains many new research-based recommendations for canning safer and better quality food at home. It is an invaluable resource book for persons who are canning food for the first time. Experienced canners will find updated information to help them improve their canning practices." (Adapted from “USDA Complete Guide to Home Canning” (2006 revision), Agriculture Information Bulletin No. 539, p. ii.)
"So Easy To Preserve" (5th Edition); 375 pages; $18.00; Order Form: http://www.uga. edu/setp/ order_book. pdf
Book description: "The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension is pleased to offer the 5th edition of its popular book, So Easy To Preserve. This beautiful book contains the latest U.S. Department of Agriculture recommendations for safe food preservation. So Easy To Preserve is now a 375-page book with over 185 tested recipes, along with step by step instructions and in-depth information for both the new and experienced food preserver. Chapters include Preserving Food, Canning, Pickled Products, Jellied Fruit Products, Freezing and Drying. This 5th edition has 35 new tested recipes and processes, in addition to a new section with recommended procedures for home-canned salsas." (Adapted from "So Easy to Preserve", University of Georgia Web page: setp/book. html)


Botulism: What you don't see can hurt you, HYG-5567-98; http://ohioline. fact/5000/ 5567.html
Food, Hands and Bacteria; http://pubs. caes.uga. edu/caespubs/ pubs/PDF/ B693.pdf
Foodborne Illness: Guess Who Came to Dinner?, HYG-5570-98; http://ohioline. fact/5000/ 5570.html
Attention Freezer Owners: In case of power outage DO NOT OPEN!!!; http://ohioline. freezer.html
Safety in the Berry Patch (pdf only); http://ohioline. fact/pdf/ Food_Safety_ Berry_Patch. pdf
High Pressure Processing, FSE-1-04 (pdf); http://ohioline. fact/0001. html
Freezing Combination Main Dishes, HYG-5308-09 (pdf only); http://ohioline. fact/5000/ pdf/5308. pdf
Canning Meat, Poultry, and Game, HYG-5330-09 (pdf only); http://ohioline. fact/5000/ pdf/5330. pdf
Freezing Vegetables, HYG-5333-09 (pdf only); http://ohioline. fact/5000/ pdf/5333. pdf
Freezing Meat, Poultry and Game, HYG-5334-09 (pdf only); http://ohioline. fact/5000/ pdf/5334. pdf
Jams, Jellies and Other Fruit Spreads, HYG-5335-91; http://ohioline. fact/5000/ 5335.html
Canning Tomatoes, HYG-5336-09 (pdf only); http://ohioline. fact/5000/ pdf/5336. pdf
Canning Tomato Products, HYG-5337-09 (pdf only); http://ohioline. fact/5000/ pdf/5337. pdf
Canning Basics, HYG-5338-09 (pdf only); http://ohioline. fact/5000/ pdf/5338. pdf
Salsa: From Garden to Table, HYG-5339-09 (pdf only); http://ohioline. fact/5000/ pdf/5339. pdf
Freezing Basics, HYG-5341-09 (pdf only); http://ohioline. fact/5000/ pdf/5341. pdf
Making Fermented Dill Pickles, HYG-5342-09 (pdf only); http://ohioline. fact/5000/ pdf/5342. pdf
Basics for Canning Fruit, HYG-5343-08 (pdf only); http://ohioline. fact/5000/ pdf/5343. pdf
Basics for Canning Vegetables, HYG-5344-09 (pdf only); http://ohioline. fact/5000/ pdf/5344. pdf
Quick Process Pickles, HYG-5345-09 (pdf only); http://ohioline. fact/5000/ pdf/5345. pdf
Making Cider Vinegar at Home, HYG-5346-09 (pdf only); http://ohioline. fact/5000/ pdf/5346. pdf
Drying Foods, HYG-5347-09 (pdf only); http://ohioline. fact/5000/ pdf/5347. pdf
Preserving Uncooked Jams and Jellies, HYG-5348-09 (pdf only); http://ohioline. fact/5000/ pdf/5348. pdf
Freezing Fruits, HYG-5349-09 (pdf only); http://ohioline. fact/5000/ pdf/5349. pdf
Jams, Jellies, and Other Fruit Spreads, HYG-5350-09 (pdf only); http://ohioline. fact/5000/ pdf/5350. pdf
Home Preservation of Fish, HYG-5351-09 (pdf only); http://ohioline. fact/5000/ pdf/5351. pdf
Preserving Food for Special Meal Plans, HYG-5352-08 (pdf only); http://ohioline. fact/5000/ pdf/5352. pdf
Safe Handling of Fruits and Vegetables, HYG-5353-09 (pdf only); http://ohioline. fact/5000/ pdf/5353. pdf
Preserving Beverages: Water, Juice, and Milk, HYG-5354-09 (pdf only); http://ohioline. fact/5000/ pdf/5354. pdf
Preserving Pie Fillings, HYG-5355-08 (pdf only); http://ohioline. fact/5000/ pdf/5355. pdf
Cupboard Storage, HYG-5401-94; http://ohioline. fact/5000/ 5401.html
Freezer Storage, HYG-5402-94; http://ohioline. fact/5000/ 5402.html
Refrigerator Storage, HYG-5403-94; http://ohioline. fact/5000/ 5403.html
For OSU Extension “Yard and Garden” resources and fact sheets, visit: http://ohioline. hygs.html


I came up this from Real Age Website. Before trying this, especially if you have a medical condition, always talk to your own physician first! We do not endorse any products but find this interesting.
See cut and pasted article below.
Give Your Blood Pressure This Daily Treat

Just 30 calories per day of chocolate may be enough to help reduce your blood pressure. As far as serving sizes go, that’s about a Hershey’s Kiss worth. But you have to eat the right kind of chocolate, according to Joseph Maroon, MD, author of The Longevity Factor. He recommends nonsweetened or minimally sweetened dark chocolate that’s at least 70 percent cocoa. Crazy for CocoaDark chocolate can also help reduce atherosclerosis and blood clotting, aid blood flow, contribute to an overall reduction in heart attacks, and improve cholesterol levels, according to Maroon. And it’s all thanks to the powerful antioxidants found in the cocoa bean. Here’s everything you ever wanted to know about this heart-smart treat. More Good Reasons to Eat ChocolateAs if you need them . . . Maroon offers three more great reasons to indulge:
For better blood sugar. Chocolate enhances the effect of insulin and sugar utilization. Drop your blood sugar even further with this one painless click.
For a finer complexion. Yep, fewer wrinkles and fine lines. Here’s how you can help your skin with chocolate.
For a better mood. The taste isn’t the only reason it makes us smile. This is how you get happier with chocolate.Watch this video on how to make quick 60-calorie brownies.
RealAge Benefit: Getting 31 milligrams of flavonoids a day -- like those found in chocolate -- can make your RealAge 3.2 years younger.