Candied Fennel Seeds

Tried something new that came out great. I wanted the taste of fennel but sweet, and not savory. First I prepared a simple syrup. Half sugar, and half water in a sauce pan. Cooking it down until ut reduced into a simple syrup. Keeping it warm on low heat so it wouldn’t harden.

I toasted some fennel seeds in a sauce pan. Just enough heat to turn them light brown and get the flavor to release. As soon as the seeds toasted, I stirred in enough simple syrup to coated the seeds over low heat in the sauce pan. Once coated I immediately put seeds on to parchment paper. Smeard them into a thin layer. Let them cool 1 minute. Once semi hardened I began pulling the candy off the paper, and breaking it up.

For a dust of the candy I placed them in a food processor. Taking a small mesh strainer, and seperated the large pieces from the dust. Now I had irregular shapes of candied fennel seeds. A dusting powder, and irregular pieces, could be used many ways, in different recipes.

The taste was exquisite. It tasted like homemade healthy licorice. Candied fennel seeds can be used on salads, in dressing, sauces, desserts, and drinks. Who knew something so simple could be so appetizing to the pallet. I can’t wait to try this candy in different recipes. To start though I put it on a salad.

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How To Cut Onions or Jalapenos Without Crying

Cutting onions is never fun, unless your an onion lover. The smell of onions makes your eyes water, and burn. If you have to cut a few pounds your in for a fight, unless you know a few tricks.

Onions are a base, and you can easily escape the pain by neutralizing them with acid. Lemon and vinegar can be great escapes if they go with the ingredients for the meal you are preparing. Just rub your cutting surface with lemon, or vinegar, before you begin cutting. The smell will be balanced as you cut, to get a breath of fresh air.

However, the fool proof way to escape the torture of onion tears, and burns is your breathing. Do not breath through your nose, once you begin cutting. Only breath through your mouth until you finish cutting fresh onions. This will leave your nasal passage, and tear ducts safe from onion aromas. Your mouth can handle the onion aromas in the air. Plus as you inhale through your mouth, saliva will immerse the onion particles that you inhale. Remember wash your hands as soon as you are done handling the onions. You do not want to rub onion juice in your eye. This works well for spicy peppers to like jalapenos. Now next time you want some flavor in your recipe, you don’t have to suffer, or be fearful of pain.

Your Rainbow You Create

Those days in your life when it seems every emotion is turned.

It’s hard to explain why you can’t get a hold of the burn.

You can’t be Petty or the world will never learn.

So intense you want to cry, but so excited by life you want to dance inside.

Holding on to each second of it for what it’s worth, makes you silently scream for a stance….

Because honestly you can’t identify who is the curse.

Trying to decipher is not the cure, you must wait out the moment to see what’s in store.

Every second changes your feelings making you evaluate deep within.

Your mind is always racing, but this time your body wants a chance to win.

As the sun begins to set, your blood vessels pump a little less.

You go to a place where love only exists at this pace.

This love is faithful and true, it’s a love where even in the mist of the worlds chaos, no one can give it to you but you.

As your own blood soothes you heart, your mind begins to reset each pulse with every thought.

You see the world is all around, but it’s not in you.

Only you can understand how to be a light and shine to guide the Earth’s view.

So keep your composure on those irratic days.

When you get home enjoy the prisms of the rainbows, that you may have made.

Cure For Sinus Infection Guaranteed To Work

Months have passed by and I finally found a cure for my sinus infection that worked. Doctors, antihistamines, decongestants, and pain medicine only gave me some relief. My sinuses have drained my energy and my valuable time. The one thing I was scared of saved my sinuses. Everyone has a different tolerance to home remedies. I was scared to try this because as a child I was not fond of salt as a home remedy. After researching, soul searching, and listening to my loved ones, I came to a true realization. Salt nasal rinse is the best cure for a sinus infections. I had a choice to use salt alone, or add some extra things in for assistance. I read what was good and bad, for a nasal rinse. However, one night out of desperation I decided to use what I had on hand at home. I made the best out of feeling the worst, and it worked. People say don’t use iodized salt, but instead it’s recommended to use iodine, and sea salt. I only had iodized salt, and figured that’s killing two birds with one stone so I used it. I boiled some water and mixed my first homemade saline rinse. I made sure the rinse cooled down and was warm before i used it, so i didnt burn my nose. This was a scientific experimental risk I was willing to take for the pain and discomfort I was in.

The next thing I needed was a antiseptic, and a soothing cleanser. I decided on peroxide, and baking soda. As I read more saline rinse recipes, I found the three ingredients to be predominantly the main essentials for a outstanding healing rinse. By mixing all three ingredients with the water, I maximized my home remedy for healing my sinus. On day one my nose stopped running, and post nasal drip surpassed. Day two I only coughed randomly, and head conjestion relieved in my eyes, nose, and throat. Day 3 and 4 made my symptoms decrease in discomfort more each day. Now only 5 days later I feel know the difference in my health. I feel 100% better. I’m no longer taking antihistamines, decongestants, and pain relievers. Now I only use the saline rinse. Morning, afternoon and night, I rinse my nasal cavity daily. Up my nose until it runs into my mouth to spit out, is the way to go. At first depending on how congested you are it may not be easy to rinse up into your nose and spit it out your mouth. But I guarantee you as the days go by it gets easier. This is one of the best home remedies I could ask for. It actually worked. Now I no longer have to breathe conjested all day long. I sleep, much better getting proper rest able to breath. Depending on the severity of your sinus conjestion you can only use salt, or add in tthe other two ingredients. Yes I will say that iodized salt worked fine for me. See salt is great, you know your body, so use kosher, or table salt, depending on what’s best for you.

  • Update
  • For maximum decongestion on day 7 I did the upside down rinse.Even though my nose is no longer running, and post nasal drip has stopped. I still had some head sinus pressure left. I lay on the bed with my head falling backwards over the edge. Squirted the rinse into my nose while breathing through my mouth. I held it this way as long as I could. Then pinched my nose jumped up and ran to the bathroom sink to let it drain and blow my nose. I repeated it twice. Will do this twice a day since I’m only feeling a little congested in my head sinus. But I can breath, and smell through my nose.
  • Update 2
  • 10 days later and I’m doing great. I only rinse once or twice a day now. No more cough, post nasal drip or runny nose. I can breath again without congestion in my nose. My mucus is clear when I rinse. My smell is back 80%. This has saved my sinus. It improves more daily. I’ll keep you posted.

Purple Green Beans the Magic Bean

A neighbor in my favorite community garden gave me a special treat. Because of his kindness in sharing his harvest, I was able to try purple green beans for the first time. The magic beans he gave me, went along great with his fresh baby kale. 

When you cook these delicious beans they turn from purple to green. 

How to keep fruit and vegtables from not turning brown and fresh

Meal prepping makes life so much easier. One of my daily snacks are fresh veggies sticks. However, no one likes a brown apple, or pear slice, in there snack pack. So I found a new way to meal prep my fruit, and vegetable snack packs to keep them fresh. This way you can save money, and keep your whole family healthy on the go. Plus it’s easy and quick. 

 Any fruit or vegtable that oxidized after being cut and exposed to air, I soak for 1 minute in 2 tbsp raw honey and 3 cups water. This works great for keeping your food looking fresh, until you eat it. It also cuts back on the acid taste, as if you had used lemon water. My apples, and pear slices taste like honey, instead of lemon. 

Last but most importantly, before sealing up my fruit,  and vegetable snack packs, I fold a paper towel and place it inside. The paper towel absorbs all moisture, and locks in freshness. I meal prep my snack packs on sunday, making one for everyday of the  week. The whole family gets their own too. They last fresh all week long plus a day. So next time you want any fruit, vegtable or herb to stay fresh and crisp, you can make it happen, just by doing this. 

Can You Put Neosporin In Your Eye?

For the past few months, I have been to several doctors. I was concerned about the discomfort around my left eye, which was accompanied by headaches, sinus congestion, and post nasal drip. After taking plenty of antihistamines, antibiotics, steroids, sinus, and cold medicines, I was still in discomfort.  It constantly felt like my eye was congested, and the consistent post nasal drip gave me a chronic cough.  I decided to search the web for a home remedy solution, for what I was able to self diagnose as a sinus infection. 

During my search I found a solution of Neosporin Ointment  (NOT THE CREAM OR PAIN RELIEF NEOSPORIN IT MUST BE THE REGULAR OINTMENT ). 

Apparently it works for eye and ear infections. Most people message boards said to follow the instructions and don’t put it in your eye. However, many reviews said it worked for eye, sinus, and ear infections. I outweighed my options and decided to try it. I looked online to see how to apply it. Most people suggested using a q-tip, so that’s what I did. 

You put the Neosporin on the q-tip. Pull down your eye lid, and roll it under your eyelid. 

Then close your eyes and lay down. I applied it in my eyes before bed, because once in your eye you need it to melt and coat your eye.It’s hard to see with it in your eye.  In the mornings and at night I applied it my nose, and ears as well. I could feel the difference the first time I used it. It does not burn at all. MAKE SURE YOU USE THE OINTMENT NO CREAM OR PAIN RELIEF OINTMENT NEOSPORIN OR IT WILL BURN. 

My post nasal drip is finally stopping. I still use a nasal saline rinse 3 times a day as well and I’m almost cured. I tried Zyrtec, Claratin, Benadryl, and Flonase but none worked. The last doctor of 3 I went to suggested I try Allegra, and I’m finally getting full relief. But NEOSPORIN OINTMENT SAVED MY LIFE. I’M ALMOST GOOD AS NEW AFTER ALMOST A YEAR OF POST NASAL DRIP, AND SINUS INFECTION. I said if it worked I would right a blog about it. I would suggest this for kids and adults as a home remedy. I give it 5 stars.