Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Get Organized and Get Focused!

Well, it's the New Year. Have you spent the day planning, inspiring vision in your kids, serving your family or sitting around watching TV all day? Well, I have done a combination of all of all of these today and that's OK, but tomorrow, it'll be a back to business day and I will be planning and focusing on where we will be going in the New Year. I will be assessing my strengths and weakness and see where I can improve in a few areas. Some coming into focus already are

Homemaking-I plan on continuing to serve healthy meals to my family. That takes planning. What I find the hardest about planning ahead is balancing what my family wants (husband in particular) and what is practical, cost efficient and healthy. (All three don't ways compute in my family) Books to use are Nourishing Traditions, Raw-volution and Cooking free (just ordered from Amazon) I plan on Reading the following books Homemaking by re reading Don Aslatt's books on housekeeping. Anyway, I will try again at meal planning. My goal is 1/3 - 1/2 raw, mostly vegetables, sprouts and salads, and an increase of cultured foods, such as daily- Raw yogurt, kefir, sour cream and cream cheese. I plan on making these myself so there will be a learning curve. I also need to find a source of clean raw milk that is NOT $10.00 a gallon (which is what it is in our local Health Food store) I also plan on including some cultured vegetables. (I've tried them before and enjoyed them but my family-(opps husband again) turned up his nose. I'll try again.
I want to use my microwave less, plan more and cut down on our grocery budget without compromising taste or satisfaction (is that possible)- I'll be doing more sprouting and making some delicious salad dressings.
I also plan on getting my recipes organized- in one spot and findable when needed.
I plan on improving on getting dinner o the table at a more reasonable hour. 6:30pm if possible. I'd like to plan on 5:00pm but there is no way of knowing when my husband will be home. I plan on being tidier and neater and to inspire my children to do the same. I will be using Don Aslat's clutter free living.

Spiritual growth- I will be including in my reading journal for spiritual growth a book by Hannah Whitehall, The secrets to a Happy Christian. and using this for meditation this coming year. I have a prayer goals of certain issues that I need direction on, I will plow on till I receive his will on these issues. I want to reimplemented a daily quiet time focusing in the Lord and his direction in my life. I want to get personal, and have Him dig deep in my heart. It hurts but it is so good to be clean and in his care. I will be doing some word studies and hopefully some character sketches from the Word. I want do a comparative study on David, an example of the spirit controlled life (with a few hiccups) and Saul an example of the flesh) Home Education- I plan on reading 1 book per week, of history, classics etc. I resolve to move along in history moving up to the modern age by the end of this school year.

Parenting- To be more proactive with my children's character training. I have such precious time left and so much more I feel I need to cover and work in them. I will be rereading, Keeping Their Hearts by the Maxwell

Physical- I do regularly exercise but in the last few months,,,.... OK almost a year good habits have gone the way of the fire engine approach. Do what is urgent first. So again be proactive in my intent. And maybe tighten up a little and loose 5 lbs! (That would be great) I will be continuing with Jane Fonda's complete work outs and walking daily with my sons, I hope.

Business-I want to open up a few more areas of product sourcing for our online book sales, adding a new book inventory and perhaps a website to market them as well (not sure) I am looking to increasing sales by 10 percent and stabilizing fluctuating monthly income.

Personal Growth-I plan on learning to type. (gasp she can't type?) Nope, I'm the fastest look at your keyboard typist around but it isn't as good as seeing at all your mistakes happening as you make them, so I plan to attack this weak area.
I plan on organizing the files on my computer so I can find things when I need them most. I really really do want to understand why this ....blessing.... of a computer does all these wacky things when I try to direct it.
Most of all I want to focus on relationships this year; relationships with my two sons, who are still in our home. Time is short and I want to instill a deeper relationship and foster deeper trust.
For my husband I want to enter into prayer on his behalf for his job and a few other important issues and to not let discouragements get me down.
With my grown children and their spouses, I love them all so much. How can I serve them? and my grandchildren.
I want to be a Grandma to be remembered, one with a multi generational goal of spiritual influence. That takes a life a sacrifice, of prayer and of commitment.

OK, so off with the TV and get to work. (actually it's not just plain old TV, it's Hogans Heroes 2nd and 3th seasons collection that my youngest got for Christmas. Hilarious!)

I've got another year to live with gusto. In a nutshell, I need to get organized and get focused.

Pleased to Meet you!

Hello and welcome to my blog that is based on who I am and what I believe in- a homecentered lifestyle. In short, "Home is at the center of all we do."
Homeschooling with vision

Home business for skills

Home cooking for health

Homemaking with love

I will be moving some of the applicable posts over from our other blog over time;
and will center most of my time here where my heart is. Join me on a journey, to explore and master some of the ancient skills of making the home the center of life and learning, and all family life.
Janet Langford,
homeschool mentor,
and woman of God
-or aspiring to be all of the above.

Healthy Marmalade and a Natural Antibiotic to Boot!

Every year we make our favorite marmalade and hand it out as Christmas gifts "from our kitchen." This year however, I noticed a link that for some reason I had never clued into before. These two recipes may be prescriptive and preventative, one after the other. The first is a natural antibiotic, just in time for cold and flu season and the other a yummy fresh tasting spread to put on hot buttered toast after you have recovered as a maintenance and a delightful winter treat. They are made from some of the same ingredients and both work great.

The first is what I call my powerful natural antibiotic recipe and is made in a regular blender using organic citrus fruit. They really should be organic as regular oranges and lemons have a lot of chemicals and coloring agents in and on the skin. If you cannot find organic, soak and scrub regular oranges well using a fruit and vegetable cleaner and a scrubbing brush.

The honey should be raw, unfiltered for the antibacterial benefits. Cooked filtered and otherwise processed and altered honey is permanently runny and may be diluted with undesirable sugar or corn syrups, exactly what you do not want in a remedy for a sick person! Raw honey will be a thick liquid that will eventually turn in to a crystally solid and is great on hot buttered toast all by itself.

Perhaps not as important but preferred are organic onions as often store chain onions are treated with anti sprouting agents. (along with potatoes -but we don't use potatoes in this recipe)

So here it is.

2 whole organic oranges, skin pulp and all
1/2 - 1 whole organic grapefruit, same thing, the whole kit and caboodle
1 organic lemon- all of it.

blend with

1 cup raw honey

till smooth as possible.


1 or two large whole garlic cloves or more if you can tolerate it

add a half an organic onion.
Whiz till smooth.
Pour into a glass jar with a lid and store in the fridge for easy and frequent use.

Take 1 tablespoon every hour for the day and evening hours, drink plenty of pure water and expect a quick recovery-without the harmful, and cyclical damage of prescription antibiotics.

Continue the next day if symptoms persist .

Although is sounds like quite an offensive combination it is not entirely unpalatable. If small children object add a little more honey and adjust to a little less onion. We have used this for many years and the first time I tried it on my four year old's ear infection, it cleared up over night!

Perhaps you might want to start with half the recipe to start and see how it works for your family.

AND for prevention in the dark of winter when we have overindulged on Christmas sweets enjoy a very yummy healthy marmalade. Try this one.

2 large organic oranges
1 cup of raw honey

whizzed in a blender till chunky or smooth and poured into glass jars and refrigerate till ready to spread onto hot buttered toast.

(This is the first in a series on natural remedies. Check back for more tried and true natural and healthy remedies for your family)

Hmm, I think I'll go check to see if there is any left in the fridge.

Happy New Years Day and we wish you a great, healthy, prosperous and successful year for you and your family.