Healthy in Hooterville

Here in Hooterville, I came to realize that whole foods and whole products are so much better for me.  I took the plunge and invested in some high quality essential oils and other products for the 'overall good'

On another point, I am not necessarily a meat eater, but a high quality raised chicken or beef is okay to me, I like a good steak every now and again,  I like butter from organically raised, grass feed beef, I find it produces a higher quality product and my food taste better too.  I will soon have my hens again, I know what they are fed.

I am not off the scales crazy here... but for me, I have had to realize that eating the proper balance of quality food is important to my body and overall health.  Processed food is not good for us!   I don't care how organic or 'healthy' the label states!  If you don't make it, don't eat it.

I started making my own extracts for baking, buying local products, such as butter, honey and cream/milk to to feed my family.  I even started to experiment on foods made without 'sugar'.  Once you purge this devil, things taste pretty darn good. 

I am making my own beauty products -  just for me, cause I think I deserve it!... I know what is in them, and most of the products I use  - I can grow.

I have always made my own bath salts, there is nothing I love more... sitting in a warm bath and the scent of my salts warming my soul.   I grown my own lavender... so making this salt, is perfect... I get my inspiration from Pinterest and other sites....on how to decorate my jars of joy.

Hooterville wants everyone to stay healthy - whatever this means to you.

Events In Our Lives - Making us Who We Should Be - In Hooterville

My gift this year (to me) and beyond - is to be kinder, more compassionate, understanding and forgiving.

My very good friend called me today upset and in tears, her in-laws sent a holiday card to their home yesterday, but did not include her, only her husband and the grandchildren were named, wishing Robert and the kids the best of the Holiday Season; between sobs, she said that a few years back, they (she)  quit sending out cards due to the cost and since both their kids were in college they could not afford this.  Becca told me that she will send out a letter for those that did not live close to update them on their lives etc….Well,  she says her in-laws ‘noticed’ this card in their other Son’s home that lives in Ohio and made a comment about Becca no longer sends them a card.  I know ridiculous right?

Becca told me that she is sad and mad about this - that her in-laws that go to church every Sunday, donate to Charity (they make sure they tell her this) and pray at every meal could be so... like "unGodlike" to her.   Becca and Robert have been married many years and they have not always been welcoming to her.

My Lesson, outside of not being like Becca's in-laws, or my brother in-law  IS TO be kinder, show more compassion, help more, criticize less, pray more, be more thankful for all things .....and most of all try and show Christ through how I live, what I say - and in some cases - don’t say.  

Happy Merry CHRISTmas from an imperfect person who is in training and needs to pray more.

Happy, Thankful and Grateful in Hooterville

It has been a rough year.   It is far too easy to get caught up in the nonsense of the World, to let hate creep in.  I recently read a post and I was reminded that our heavenly father has things under control. (I do have to remind myself daily, not perfect I tell you!)  - Attitude is what matters, things happen to us all, we have to choose to remain positive, have faith and trust, and most important --- do not comprise biblical values. - enough said!

I  love this time of year, family, friends, and most important: "The Reason for the Season" - SO I do what I know how to do, I can't sew very well, but I can bake... so to make my family and friends have some holiday cheer and to remind them they are appreciated -  I made my usual cookies and candy and sent to a wider audience, made extra jam, homemade vanilla, even tried a few new candy recipes. (below is toffee, Oh YES, easy too)   Baking makes me happy, and I love to share treats with everyone.  One of the favorite things I remember as a kid was getting my older sisters box of goodies - It was a true gift, the time and energy to make candy and cookies, this is something I can appreciate and is a big influence on my giving homemade gifts at Christmas.