Dec 28 2011

After a hard day of yard work, it’s time to put another
meal on the table.  No biggie!  All you have to do
is fry some ready made Corn Meal Mush!

Corn Meal Mush is a long forgotten staple for those of limited means. I didn’t have the opportunity to forget it as I had never heard of it until I became friends with the Amish. Served at least once a week, it can be found at breakfast, lunch and/or dinner in an Amish home. Corn Meal Mush is their rice or pasta. I sure wish I had known about the option when I was in college, along with slow cooking nutrient dense food. Rather than existing on chicken noodle soup and Cheerios, I could have had nutritious, inexpensive, easy to prepare meals waiting for me in my refrigerator every day of the week. But, I have made up for lost time. I tell everyone I know about the delights and practicality of Corn Meal Mush and its logical endpoint, Fried Corn Meal Mush.

Organic Polenta Corn Grits make the best Corn Meal Mush.

When I first learned about this “new” and amazing food stuff in the 1980s, we used the corn meal made by Quaker Oats, packed in a smaller cardboard round box, much like the Quaker Oats oatmeal. But, now with the Organic Polenta Corn Grits available, my Corn Meal Mush has extra vibrancy and go power. The coarser grit of the Polenta delivers lots of flavor.

Place 9 cups of filtered water and 3 1/2  cups of Organic Corn meal in a saucepan. Add salt to taste. I add 1 1/2 teaspoons of Real Salt.  Now, here is the trick: you MUST stir it the whole time over medium to medium/high heat. Do not answer the phone. Don’t try to put a dish in the dish washer, just STIR YOUR MUSH. That’s the only hard part. Multitasking is not allowed, if it involves hands.

Eventually the corn will expand and become one with the water. DON’T STOP STIRRING until you take it off the stove. It should be like hot cereal and very homogeneous as it starts to bubble.

At this point, you can call it a day and just have hot cereal. Add butter and maple syrup for the pancake route or cheese and tomato sauce for the traditional Southwestern Polenta route. The good news is if you keep going to make the Fried Corn Meal Mush, you will probably have enough left over for a bowl of hot cereal to reward you for your trouble as well.

So, pour the hot cereal Corn Meal Mush into containers. Loaf pans or refrigerator dishes work well and they DON’T need to be greased.  I usually get three loaf pans or one loaf type pan and one large refrigerator dish. Notice I am showing the saucepan full of soapy water, because once you pour the cereal and scrape the pan, the saucepan needs to be filled with water. If you forget, the cereal bits will turn to concrete and be hard to remove.

Now, let the Mush cool to room temperature, then put it in the refrigerator until it congeals. When solid, slice, dredge all sides in flour and fry in organic coconut oil

Here are the Mush slices when they start and…

…here they are when getting golden.

Dinner’s ready! Yum-Yum and Cheap-Cheap!

The evening we made this for dinner, we had organic coleslaw, bacon and organic scrambled eggs cooked in organic bacon grease. Those of you not familiar with the Weston A. Price philosophy will be shocked at eating eggs cooked in bacon fat like people used to do before the misinformation about low-fat diets became popular.

The truth is, high cholesterol has never been scientifically proven to cause heart disease. In fact, this country’s heart disease skyrocketed when low-fat diets became popular. So did many neurological and neuromuscular problems. Most people do not have enough fat in their diets and they are suffering for it.

Here is a very important PDF about the myths of cholesterol that have been foisted upon the public for many years. And, BTW, those of you suffering from depression may be fat starved. This is serious stuff! You must have good organic fats in your diet to survive and thrive.  There are many articles and endless references on the Weston A. Price web site. Be sure to research this information. When you hear it for the first time, it is difficult to believe.

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Dec 26 2011

On the Shank Eco-farm, Your Family Cow, in Chambersburg, PA,
the cows and their probiotics are part of the family.

Life before probiotics was very different. I didn’t know I was sick. I didn’t know I wasn’t digesting well. I just thought I had a host of physical problems and tagged them with labels such as “growing old” or “female troubles.” But, once our friends convinced us to introduce fermented foods with probiotic bacteria into our diets, my life changed dramatically. The complaints, I thought I had to live with, just went away.

Reading and studying the way people live and eat around the world, I am convinced that many of our common illnesses here in the United States are actually hiding inefficient digestive systems.  Digestive tracts unable to properly function usually lack the three pounds of good bacteria needed to help us digest our food. A lack of good bacteria invites the bad bacteria and seriously debilitates our immune systems.

A fellow blogger, Pick Your Brain, has a great post outlining the particulars, but why isn’t information about building up the gut flora for optimum health the first thing you hear out of your doctor’s mouth when you go to visit? In fact, you have to almost dig for the information while looking in alternative health venues. We are bombarded by pharmaceutical drug advertisements. At the same time, we hear little about the good bacteria necessary to properly sustain our lives. This information about good bacteria ought to be mainstream, not “alternative health” oriented.

Misdiagnosis of faulty digestion is so widespread and
oppressive, one has to ask, “Who stands to gain?”

While years ago, healthy habits were promoted by mainstream media for the common good, now toxic living habits are profiled. For instance, the mainstream media tries to convince us that good food takes too long to fix and our modern schedules demand fast food. Like never before, each of us must gain a knowledge of how our bodies work in order to heal and nurture our way into better living. No longer can we use a blind eye to rely on newspapers, TV, the Federal Government or our medical community to instruct us. And, most importantly, we have to rely on our bodies themselves to tell us when we are feeling good and what constitutes good health. Good health begins with slow food and a fully functioning gut.

The money and time spent on nutrient dense food reaps rewards.
For an informative PDF on “How Probiotics Keep us Healthy,”
click on the dollar bill above.

Great sums of money can be made on a massive scale when people eat toxic food and live in a toxic environment. Each of us is really a fine tuned spiritual being in a physical body of chemicals and electrical impulses. If we don’t provide our bodies with the chemicals they need to operate their electrical impulses efficiently, our bodies “don’t work right.” We get sick and have to seek treatment for health complaints.

Health complaints lead to contacting the medical community and here modern society seems to have gone down a path of corporate profit, promoting illness rather than health. Common sense would seem to require checking the old “garbage in garbage out” admonition. Wouldn’t you think a doctor would first inquire about what you eat? How you eat? Your level of exercise? How much sleep you are getting? And whether you get outside into the fresh air everyday? No, by prescribing drugs and ignoring lifestyle, the body gets further and further out of balance. Small problems become big ones. It would appear a toxic population is a revenue generating asset.

And once one studies how the body works and maintains health, the most important requirement seems to be a fulling functioning digestive system. A digestive system that efficiently breaks down food and allows the absorption of essential nutrients requires, so learning how to make and eat traditional foods is a step toward using food as medicine. When the body gets what it needs, in the way that it needs it, being chronically sick is not a daily concern.

The Weston A. Price web site says this family is happy
because they eat butter. They also eat raw milk, cream,
cheese, eggs, liver, meat, cod liver oil, seafood, and
other nutrient-dense foods that have nourished generations
of healthy people worldwide. Learn more about the foods
that support radiant health for your family.

 

Billie Bumps knows to eat his probiotics, that’s why
he’s so healthy. To download Billie Bumps and his
Christmas toys for your own personal use,
click on his picture.

 

For the week of December 25 – 31, 2011,
SunbonnetSmart.com will share a new downloadable PDF
each day, but only for a limited time.

Visit each day to collect them all!

NaBloPoMo 2011



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Dec 17 2011

What’s wrong with this picture? Absolutely nothing.
That’s what wrong with it, as far as the FDA is concerned.

Here’s a family during Colonial times, sitting together outside in the summer. They are sharing the day while enjoying refreshments under shady trees in the garden. Looking closely, we see a gentleman, an officer in the military, relaxing with his upper class wife and children while the milk maid tends to milking the family cow. While the older boy enjoys his milk with mother, the younger boy is eagerly waiting for his glass by getting close and talking with the milkmaid. He leans on the table that holds the glasses waiting to be filled with nutritive fresh milk straight from the cow. Milk is the substance that has sustained humankind throughout known history.

We are now disconnected from the origins of our food, because we live dependent upon large industrial agricultural complexes. We are out of touch with how our food is treated every step of the way from the place where it is raised, to where it is slaughtered, packaged and distributed. Losing sight of these steps from farm to mouth is dangerous, because if we don’t know what we are putting into our bodies and the bodies of our families, we are not responsibly seeing to their health and happiness. Lots of distasteful things are happening in between the source of our food and when it is presented for consumption at the dinner table.

For most of human history, cows and their milk
have been interdependent with people in all cultures.

Because the public is becoming more aware of what is happening to our food supply, many farmers have converted over to strict organic farming to answer the public’s demand for more accountability. The problem is, that so many people are demanding clean food, that organic farms are starting to take a representative market share away from giant industrial operations. And, under the guise of “protecting the consumer,” it seems regulatory agencies are provided oversight where it is not require to shut down small farms and give back the market share to giant agribusinesses.

Quiet, rural farmers that sell organic food directly to the public are having FBI Swat teams wake them up in the morning and pull them and their children out of bed. If you are not aware that extreme measures are being taken against the farmers who are trying to save our wholesome foods, then go here. The movie Farmageddon is a wake-up for us all. If we are limited to the chemical foods government regulators say are OK, but forbidden from eating healthy, organic foods grown naturally, then we, as a people and as a nation, will continue to be malnourished and ill.

Organic Pastures is one of the largest distributors of fresh, wholesome raw milk in the country. To visit Mark McAfee, his family and their life’s work, go here.

Mark McAfee has been involved in a government sting
operation that was just resolved on December 16, 2011.

Although raw milk is actually much safer than pasteurized and homogenized milk, government agencies are dumping hundreds of gallons and shutting down small farms over trumped up charges without valid claims. By filing charges, valid or not, the farm must cease operation. This is a terrible hardship for all concerned, farmer and consumer. The cows must still be milked and the farm operation must continue although daily sales are suspended.  In the case of Mark McAfee, the cessation of operations lasted a month.  Can you imagine the financial loss?

We all need to become more aware of those trying to control our food systems. The information is freely available on the Internet and research on the issue is well worth your time and trouble.  Many of the illnesses that plague you and your family may be easily ameliorated with fresh, natural organic produce, grass fed and free range meats and raw milk dairy products…as long as they are available and we work to keep them so.

 

NaBloPoMo 2011



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Dec 02 2011

Milk has been drunk straight from the cow all through history.

My family lives by the tenets of the WAPF or Weston A. Price Foundation. Being aware of children with ADHD and becoming aware of the Feingold Association, www.feingold.org, when they were small, we realized our Western diets were lacking essential nutrients and over burdened with toxic chemicals. We did not realize, however, the importance of good, clean animal fats in our diet until fifteen years later, when we became friends with members of the Weston A. Price Foundation, found at www.westonaprice.org

Tending more toward vegetarianism, than anything else, we ate fruits and vegetables, mostly raw salads with turkey and lean fish, if any meat at all.  Organic eggs were included as well as occasional hamburgers or beef strips in stir fry, but never, ever did we consume volumes of meat. Steaks were unheard of at our house. We had grown up “fat free” while counting egg yolks and watching cholesterol like most of America, sure that as our LDL and HDL volleyed for supremacy, so would go our cardiac futures. In addition, skim milk was our ticket to clean artery heaven, as we believed whole milk was for the sorely undisciplined.

Well, fast forward to 2008 when we met the “Weston Pricers.” They changed our lives. When we read the Weston A. Price web site along with Sally Fallon and Dr. Mary Enig’s books, we became convinced that humans need animal fat and must have daily quantities of it for healthy motor functioning, bone development and mental acuity. We changed our diets, started eating only organic grass fed, naturally pastured beef and drinking raw, non-pasteurized, un-homogenized milk. We did not know until we made the change how lack luster our bodies and metal processes had become.  In fact, many symptoms of what we considered to be “aging” were actually the result of being malnourished. We felt better almost immediately, within a week, let’s say, and have never looked back.

Now, we want to get the word out that many of our modern illnesses can be lessened or cured with the re-introduction of good clean animal fats and animal products and a return to traditional diets and foodstuffs.

Please visit the Weston A. Price web site’s hefty archive of articles and gauge the possibilities for yourself. For your convenience, I am listing their Mission Statement below:

About the Foundation

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January 1 2000

 


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The Weston A. Price Foundation is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charity founded in 1999 to disseminate the research of nutrition pioneer Dr. Weston Price, whose studies of isolated nonindustrialized peoples established the parameters of human health and determined the optimum characteristics of human diets. Dr. Price’s research demonstrated that humans achieve perfect physical form and perfect health generation after generation only when they consume nutrient-dense whole foods and the vital fat-soluble activators found exclusively in animal fats.

The Foundation is dedicated to restoring nutrient-dense foods to the human diet through education, research and activism. It supports a number of movements that contribute to this objective including accurate nutrition instruction, organic and biodynamic farming, pasture-feeding of livestock, community-supported farms, honest and informative labeling, prepared parenting and nurturing therapies. Specific goals include establishment of universal access to clean, certified raw milk and a ban on the use of soy formula for infants.

The Foundation seeks to establish a laboratory to test nutrient content of foods, particularly butter produced under various conditions; to conduct research into the “X Factor,” discovered by Dr. Price; and to determine the effects of traditional preparation methods on nutrient content and availability in whole foods.

The board and membership of the Weston A. Price Foundation stand united in the belief that modern technology should be harnessed as a servant to the wise and nurturing traditions of our ancestors rather than used as a force destructive to the environment and human health; and that science and knowledge can validate those traditions.

The Foundation’s quarterly journal, Wise Traditions in Food, Farming, and the Healing Arts, is dedicated to exploring the scientific validation of dietary, agricultural and medical traditions throughout the world. It features illuminating and thought-provoking articles on current scientific research; human diets; non-toxic agriculture; and holistic therapies. The journal also serves as a reference for sources of foods that have been conscientiously grown and processed.

PLEASE NOTE: The Weston A. Price Foundation is NOT a trade association.

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Nov 12 2011

“Unapproved” backyard vegetable gardens could become illegal.

Everyone needs to be aware of what is happening on the organic food front, There are big name legislators sponsoring bills in Congress to allow Americans to eat as they wish, such as Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) sponsoring the Raw Milk Freedom Bill HR 1830, but there are other government entities trying to force Americans to eat toxic, commercial food as their sole source of nutrition. How else would one put it when wholesome, locally grown farm raised food is ordered by a government inspector to be destroyed while fast food restaurants serve chemically saturated foods with governmental approval? Doesn’t make much sense, does it?

All of the food on this plate is organic. Except for the
lemon and grapes, all of the food was raised locally on
small family farms or in our backyard garden.  Therefore,
most of this food would be considered “not fit for human
consumption” because it had not been inspected.

But watch in the following video how a Nevada State inspector asserts a commanding level of authority over a gathering at a farm where people were planning on having a picnic with locally, sustainably grown, organic food. Because the food had been brought in from Utah, even though it was approved as consumable by the Utah state authorities, the food was not authorized as edible by the Nevada authorities and so was required to be destroyed. There was no second guessing this command, in other words, the family that raised the food was not allowed to eat it, nor was it allowed to be fed to their livestock.  The food was required to be destroyed by pouring bleach on it to make it totally unusable. What a waste and what an insult to picnickers who want to choose eating healthy foods.

A Farm to Fork organic gathering in Nevada was raided.

Follow-up and commentary on the news.

What the general public doesn’t realize is that government agencies are primed and ready to go to control the food supply so that everything one eats must be inspected and approved. Well, in light of the e.coli scares of industrially farmed produce, one might think total inspection control is a good idea. But, the public needs to realize all food, including the tomatoes you grow in your own backyard, would have to be approved. And approval costs money…for the inspectors…for the paper work…and some web sites say a backyard growing permit might cost as much as $2,000.00…per year!

Backyard Victory Gardens were encouraged as part of the war
efforts of both World Wars. Now, they may be considered
illegal, if food freedom laws are not put in place.

Think about that for a minute. A small family owned garden plot, much like the ones that got households through the war years, the Victory Gardens of wartime fame, would be illegal. The government would have a right to come onto your property and confiscate your produce as “unclean” and “unfit for consumption.” Without legislation, such as Dr. Ron Paul’s proposed HR 1830, this level of interference in family life is just around the corner. To get an educated perspective on the the implications of food control, click here.

Dr. Ron Paul’s statement on Food Freedom:

“Most Americans understand that if you don’t want to drink unpasteurized milk you simply do not buy it. But the federal government solution is pre-dawn raids which destroy the livelihoods of honest, hardworking families in this time of continued economic hardship.

I am outraged by [the April 2011 FDA armed] raid [on a peaceable Raw Milk producer] and the many others like it, and that is why last week I introduced HR 1830, a bill to allow the shipment and distribution of unpasteurized milk and milk products for human consumption across state lines. This legislation removes the unconstitutional restraint on farmers who wish to sell or otherwise distribute, and people who wish to consume, unpasteurized milk and milk products.

Many Americans have done their own research and come to the conclusion that unpasteurized milk is healthier than pasteurized milk. These Americans have the right to consume these products without having the federal government second-guess their judgment or thwart their wishes. If there are legitimate concerns about the safety of unpasteurized milk, those concerns should be addressed at the state and local level.

I am hoping my colleagues in the House will join me in promoting individual rights, the original intent of the Constitution, and federalism by cosponsoring this legislation to allow the interstate shipment of unpasteurized milk and milk products for human consumption.

If we are not even free anymore to decide something as basic as what we wish to eat or drink, how much freedom do we really have left?”

Many patriots rightly complain that the “Interstate Commerce Clause” of the Constitution has been misapplied to allow unprecedented Federal interventions in our private lives. Dr. Paul shows us where the Clause has its proper, limited application: promoting free trade among the States, rather than prohibiting, licensing and taxing.

Introducing the Natural Solutions Foundation

The Natural Solutions Foundation is very active in working toward Food Freedom. To learn of their concerns, click here. I get a kick out of their tag line saying, “Live dangerously: Garden for Food Freedom.”

“YES! You DO own your own body and ought to get to decide what goes into it! Despite the FDA’s assertion that you have no such right, Dr. Paul and Natural Solutions Foundation know differently!” – Rima E. Laibow, MD

Dr. Rima E. Laibow is a health freedom advocate that I have followed for many years. She is concerned with this latest organic food raid, the one on the picnickers in the first video, because the party goers did not know their rights and destroyed their food even thought the Federalized State inspector did not have a warrant. They were within their legal rights to refuse. Here are Dr. Rima’s comments from her newsletter:

ONE-BUREAUCRAT-RAID COWERS NATURAL FOOD PICNIC!
DO YOU KNOW YOUR RIGHTS?

On top of the raids on the Amish Dairy in Pennsylvania and on the Rawsome Food Co-op in California, this latest story of bureaucracy-gone-crazy shows us that people need to know their rights when confronted by naked power emboldened by the newly Federalized state food authorities.

As usual, we see the connection between disparate events and note that state food agents, under contract with the FDA (provided for in the so-called FDA “Food Safety” Modernization Act — the Food Control Law) are acting in an increasingly fascistic manner.

This is bigger than one abusive bureaucrat… this is YOUR future if you don’t PUSH BACK hard!

What happened at the Farm to Fork picnic was that a single bureaucrat cowed the attendees into poisoning their the natural foods on the picnic table, with BLEACH, as a “safety” measure… and NO ONE OBJECTED or forced the bureaucrat off the private property (she displays her badge, but no Warrant!)

A good book: FOOD REBELLIONS!

A Reader Review from Amazon:

“This book makes a critical contribution to discussions of the current food crisis and what can be done to increase food equality, security and justice. It covers multiple global regions and in particular Africa, Latin America, Europe and the United States. I was particularly amazed by the statistics indicating that organic, smallholder, local, polycrop farms are more productive than the intensive monocropping with chemical inputs. This is a critical point. The book would have been strengthened by more expanded treatment of pervasive arguments for GMO and Green Revolution technologies. The value of these agricultural “innovations” is assumed by a large section of those concerned with food, and who are not necessarily convinced by a significantly one-sided argument in opposition. The arguments that resonate with less financially invested individuals must be addressed at their maximum strength in order to prove convincing. This weakness, however, should in no way detract from the invaluable contributions that this book makes to projects for sustainable food security.”

Food Rebellions: Crisis and the Hunger for Justice



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Sep 17 2011

Amish and Mennonite farms present their
fall finery in tempting displays.

It’s always a shock when I wake up and realize summer’s over. It hit me today when I saw the first changing leaves. Tips of color on an otherwise summer-green tree. Sigh. It is so hard to say goodbye. I use to wait to say goodbye until I finally had to quit wearing flip-flops, but now I don’t wear flip-flops in summer and so, the move to autumn is less defined. Now I have to count on the trees to show me that time is passing. And, in that case, there is no denying the transition. It’s not subjective or based on personal preference anymore. I can’t push the envelope. When tree leaves are turning red and orange, the time to move into fall has come.

The very first bits of fall color are noticeable

on Saturday, September 17, 2011

Our drive to Pennsylvania was trying therefore, at  least it was after I noticed the tree with the color. But, putting that to the back of my mind, I had a really great time otherwise. We go to Pennsylvania to save money on food and get the best value for our money.  We buy directly from farmers to get the best food at the lowest price and it is a pleasure that enhances this time of year when winter is coming and the air is just starting to get chilled.

A fall palette of chrysanthemums waits for adoptive gardens.

After we were introduced to the teachings of Weston A. Price in 2007, we started driving to Pennsylvania to get milk, dairy products and organically grown fruits and vegetables off the farms. All of the products were so much better than we could buy at the store and we established personal relationships with the farm families. We quickly learned eating from growers we knew was comforting, because we knew exactly how our food was grown.

It always amazes me how people will fuss about having just the right designer label on their clothing, but stop for fast food to save money. Isn’t what we put into our bodies much more important than what we put on them? Food can build your body up or tear your body down. Learn to choose good, nutrient dense food for you and your family. You’ll find that, in addition to being nutritive, organic food is like medicine. It can restore and heal.

“Larksong” is the name of the organic dairy farm

in Ohio’s Holmes County owned and worked by David

and Elsie Kline with members of their family.

If you have an interest in the organic way of life, consider reviewing this lovely book illustrating the richness of living and eating organically by hovering over the link below:

Letters from Larksong: An Amish Naturalist Explores His Organic Farm

One reader review on Amazon comments:

“One key to sustainable farming, Kline says, is to “romance our children into farming,” and the key to that is to make it both profitable and fun. The Klines have managed that balancing act for generations. It requires deep knowledge of the land. So, for example, they plan their haying to allow bobolinks and vesper sparrows time to build nests, lay eggs, and raise families in the field. “Our goal is to see flying young bobolinks while we’re mowing the field,” Kline reports. They’ve seen as many as 45 singing bobolink males in twelve-acres.”

This is a beautiful book.



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