Thursday, April 30, 2009

Home Remedy--Insect Bites

Well, spring is here and that means that soon we'll be spending more time outdoors and most of us will be getting bit or stung by some pesky insect or other.

Insect Bites
*Mix water with cornstarch into a paste and apply. This is effective in drawing out the poisons of most insect bites and is also an effective remedy for diaper rash.

Try to wear less perfumes as many insects will drawn to you by the scent. At our house we use rubbing alcohol to stop the itch of skeeter bites, but you should only do this before you start scratching. If you've already broken the skin and then put on the is really gonna burn.

Bee Stings
*Use meat tenderizer-Mix water with cornstarch into a paste and apply. This is effective in drawing out the poisons of most insect bites.
*Make a paste with crushed aspirin and water and apply liberally to the sting.
*When you get a bee sting spit in some dirt and make mud. Apply the mud for 15 minutes this helps bring the stinger quickly and helps the pain go away. Great idea to try if your away from home, camping, hiking or whatever.
*Sprinkle an alka-seltzer tablet with enough water to make it fizz and lay it directly on top of the sting. In a couple of minutes the pain should go away and the swelling should go down.
*If you have a cigarrete nearby break it open, wet the tobacco & apply directly onto bee sting, it relieves the pain and avoids swelling.

Another remedy, that I had never heard of, but read about, was to place childrens benadryl directly on the bee sting. Hmmm. Well, there is a lot of information out there. A lot of different remedies passed down from generation to generation.

If you have a remedy for bee stings, ways to keep bee's away, or skeeter remedies, etc., please leave a comment and let us know what your family finds most effective. Thanks!

Have a great day.
Jill Marie

Monday, April 27, 2009

Salsa Pizza Recipe

Good Monday Morning! I hope ya'll had as beautiful of a weekend as we did around here. Here's a tasty sounding pizza recipe from good ole Betty Crocker.

Salsa Pizza with Cheese Crust
1 pound lean ground beef
1 1/4 cups Old El Paso® Thick 'n Chunky salsa
2 cups Original Bisquick® mix
1/4 cup mild salsa-flavor or jalapeño-flavor process cheese spread
1/4 cup hot water
4 medium green onions, sliced (1/2 cup)
1 cup shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese (4 ounces)

1. Heat oven to 375ºF. Grease large cookie sheet.
2. Cook beef in 10-inch skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until brown; drain. Stir in salsa; remove from heat.
3. Stir Bisquick, cheese spread and hot water until soft dough forms. Turn dough onto surface dusted with Bisquick; roll in Bisquick to coat. Shape into ball; knead 5 times. Roll into 14-inch circle; place on cookie sheet.
4. Spread beef mixture over crust to within 2 inches of edge. Sprinkle with onions. Fold edge over till it meets the beef mixture. Sprinkle with cheese.
5. Bake 25 to 28 minutes or until crust is golden brown and cheese is melted.

Serve With-Garnish the pizza with chopped tomato and shredded lettuce.
Substitution-Use the jalapeño-flavor process cheese spread if you prefer a spicier crust.

Anyone else thinking the same thing as I was after reading that recipe? Like adding some cheese to the crust before folding it over? Or I also though about just making the crust, cutting it into squares and folding it over cut up pieces of string cheese, or some other yummy centers, baking and serving as appetizers or hor d'oeurves (sp). Along with some dipping sauce...Mmmm.

Well, as I already said, it was a beautiful weekend here and I made the most of it. I went and got some good top soil and cow manure and worked them into my vegetable garden. I also expanded the garden by about 4-5 feet. I may have to add some more footage though. Last year my garden was so crowded and I want to try planting even more this year. Having fresh veggies right outside our door was just wonderful. I can't wait to start planting and then harvesting. Yum!

Have a beautiful week!
Jill Marie

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Home remedies for heartburn

Good morning! Here are a few home remedies that may come in useful if you suffer from heartburn. Always keep in mind that frequent heartburn may be a sign of an ulcer and you may want to discuss your symptoms with your doctor.

*Almonds- can relieve heartburn. Eat several almonds when heartburn symptoms persist *Lemons- can prevent heartburn. Cut a lemon into thin strips and dip in salt. Eat before meals to prevent heartburn.
*Lemon rind can also be eaten to prevent heartburn.
*1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in 1/2 glass of water sipped during a meal. It may sound bizarre to ingest an acid when you have an acid problem but "there are good acids and bad acids.
*Drink a teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water for immediate relief.

Well, I am back on the nicotine patch and going to give the quitting smoking another try. We'll see how this works out this time. Stress seems to be my big trigger for not being able to stick to the plan. Although, now that I am thinking about it...I wanna smoke. Grrr.

Okay, I've gotta get moving here. It looks like a lovely day outside and sitting here in my office is not my idea of fun on a nice day. LOL

Jill Marie

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Tuesday cleaning tip

Well, spring is upon us and if you're anything like me, that means the cleaning bug is going to hit you. When I clean I tend to move furniture and change everything around. Which means there will be flat spots on the carpet from heavy pieces of furniture. So here's a quick little tip to deal with those flat spots.

Smashed Down Carpet: To make the carpet stand back up after moving a piece of furniture, place an ice cube on the spot. As it melts, the piles will go back up.

Actually, the carpet in our home is at least 30 years old and it's pretty flat all over, lol. The only way to make it look only 25 years old is for me to steam clean the entire carpet. Which reminds me, it's about that time again.

The weather this week is suppose to be pretty yucky, so I might just clean the carpets and give the house a real good cleaning. Friday and Saturday it is suppose to be up in the 70's, so if I get the house good and clean I can play outside and not feel too guilty.

I had so much fun playing in the gardens last weekend. It was beautiful outside and I was able to get all the flower beds cleaned up and mulched. Samantha gave me some pavers and I used those to make a pathway through the garden. This weekend I'm hoping to get the vegetable garden prepped. I also want to put some stakes and chicken wire up for the beans and cukes to grow up on.

Just a few more weeks, some steady warm weather and I'll be able to start planting seeds. Yipee! Last year I the only thing I didn't have luck with was the lettuce seeds, so I don't think I'll try those again. I did buy some green bean and carrot seeds and am hoping I'll be able to get those to grow. I'll plant those along with the cukes, zucchini, squash, tomatoes and melons (they were mini melons and very yummy). And of course, I have to decide if I want to use some of the space for Rylie to grow her own pumpkins.

Well, I've got some laundry to finish up and cleaning to get started.
Have a great day!
Jill Marie

Monday, April 20, 2009

Easy Recipe for Chicken Quesadillas

This recipe seems easy enough. I found it at Simple and Delicious and the total prep and cook time is approx. 30 minutes. If your not thrilled with the idea of using "spicy" tomatoes, I'd try using regular diced tomatoes and a package of taco seasoning.

Ultimate Chicken Quesadillas
Cheesy quesadillas filled with a mixture of tender chicken and spicy tomatoes;

No-Stick Cooking Spray
1/2 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 can (10 oz each) Ro*Tel Mexican Diced Tomatoes with Lime Juice & Cilantro, undrained
1 cup shredded Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese blend

Spray large skillet with cooking spray; heat over medium heat. Add chicken and undrained tomatoes; cook 10 minutes or until chicken pieces are no longer pink in centers and liquid is evaporated, stirring frequently.
Spread chicken mixture evenly onto bottom half of each tortilla to within 1 inch of edge. Sprinkle 1/2 cup of the cheese over chicken mixture on each tortilla. Fold each tortilla in half to cover filling.
Clean skillet. Spray with additional cooking spray; heat over medium-high heat. Cook quesadillas 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown on both sides. Cut into wedges to serve.

I also found this recipe at All Recipes for Churros if you want to make it a Mexican dinner night.


1 cup water
2 1/2 tablespoons white sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 quarts oil for frying
1/2 cup white sugar, or to taste
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine water, 2 1/2 tablespoons sugar, salt and 2 tablespoons vegetable oil. Bring to a boil and remove from heat. Stir in flour until mixture forms a ball.
Heat oil for frying in deep-fryer or deep skillet to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Pipe strips of dough into hot oil using a pastry bag. Fry until golden; drain on paper towels.
Combine 1/2 cup sugar and cinnamon. Roll drained churros in cinnamon and sugar mixture.

I also found another recipe using a can of flaky rolls at RecipeZaar, click here Easy Churros, to check out that recipe.

I spent Thursday, Friday and Saturday working in the yard. Getting the gardens cleaned out and ready for planting and putting a lot of mulch out. The weather was absolutely beautiful and, as a matter of fact, my back was even sunburned. I can't wait for it to warm up a wee bit more and stay there so I can begin planting flowers and veggies.

I'm so excited. I'm waiting for my petunias to arrive (I wrote about winning them last October) from entering an online contest. I wonder if I saved that email because it looks like I should be receiving another confirmation before they ship out the flowers.

The main thing I have left to do in the gardens, besides planting, is getting some more cow manure and top soil to mix into the vegetable garden. I also need to buy some stakes and chicken wire. I want to put the chicken wire up in the back of the garden for cucumber and beans to grow up. Last year I had vines growing all over the place and I want to see if it will be better growing up the wire.

I've never had any luck growing pumpkins, but maybe I'll give Rylie her own little patch so she can try growing her own pumpkin for Halloween. I think she'd really enjoy it. She's always wanting to help me in the yard with the gardens. She has her own little shovel and I have to keep a close eye on her or she'll just start digging my stuff up and say something like "look mom, I'm your helper." LOL

Well, have a great week.
Jill Marie

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Cleaning shower doors

Morning ya'll! I hope this week finds everyone happy and healthy. Here are a few cleaning tips to try the next time you go in to tackle the job of cleaning the bathroom. Personally, I hate trying to clean the shower. We have a big garden tub so they gave us this little square shower in the corner. When I'm cleaning the door it is hanging open, over the carpet, and cleaning goo just drips all over the floor.

Of course, I could always stand inside the shower, with the door closed, to clean it. Except then I am stuck inside this 30" x 30" space with cleaning fumes. It is very claustrophobic and I cough continuously from the odor of the cleaning supplies. Ick! Besides, just one or two showers later and the door is all cloudy with gunk again. Anyway, here are some tips for trying to get those shower doors all sparkly clean.

To clean shower doors...

1)Try using Resolve® carpet cleaner on clear shower doors to remove soap scum. (I've heard this is suppose to work well.)

2) Make ammonia solution of 1/2 C. ammonia in 1 gal. water. Pour solution into a spray bottle. Spray the shower door. Use a sponge or stiff bristle brush to scrub. Rinse well.
Warning: Keep room well ventilated while working! Ammonia can irritate your skin, so wear gloves while cleaning with this solution. Ammonia and bleach form a toxic gas when mixed together. Do NOT mix the two cleaners!

3) Vinegar works well on soap scum, especially hot vinegar. Try heating up vinegar in the microwave, clean the microwave (as the vinegar will have loosened any stuck on food) and take the vinegar to the bathroom to clean the soap scum from the shower curtain and walls.

Don't forget, if you have a cleaning tip or a cleaning brand that works great for you, be sure to leave a comment and let everyone else know. Thanks!

BTW, I made a post, not too long ago, about cleaning your fridge with a half & half mixture of warm water and white vinegar. When Rylie and I cleaned out the fride a few weeks ago we used that mixture and it worked really great. I think it even helped with that "fridge" odor.

Have a great day.
Jill Marie

Monday, April 13, 2009

Some recipes from Pillsbury

Good Morning! Here are a few recipes from Pillsbury using their Grands Biscuits. Of course, if you're budget minded (cheap) like me, you'll just buy the cheap generic biscuits for 33 cents a container and use them in place of the Pillsbury brand.

Heck, in the first recipe I could get away with a real cheap dinner. Just 33 cents for the biscuits and the generic dogs for 79 cents and then add a bag of generic chips for 99 cents and I've got dinner done for just $2.11. LOL Okay, maybe I'll throw in a can of generic beans for 49 cents. Heck, I'm still under $3.

Grands Corn Dogs
1 (17.3-oz.) can Pillsbury® Grands!® Refrigerated Golden Corn Biscuits or 1 (16.3-oz.) can Pillsbury® Grands!® Refrigerated Buttermilk Biscuits
8 teaspoons ketchup
8 teaspoons mustard
8 hot dogs

1. Heat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease cookie sheet. Separate dough into 8 biscuits. Press or roll each to form 6 1/2-inch oval.
2. Spread each biscuit with 1 teaspoon ketchup and 1 teaspoon mustard. Place 1 hot dog in center of each biscuit. Roll dough around hot dog; seal ends and edges well. Place seam side down on greased cookie sheet.
3. Bake at 350°F. for 15 to 18 minutes or until golden brown.

Sloppy Joe Biscuit Pot Pies
1/2 lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
1/4 cup chopped onion (1/2 medium)
3/4 cup Green Giant® Valley Fresh Steamers™ frozen mixed vegetables
1 teaspoon packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon dry ground mustard
3/4 cup chili sauce
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 Pillsbury® Grands!® Frozen Buttermilk Biscuits (from 25-oz bag)
2 teaspoons milk, if desired
1/2 teaspoon sesame seed, if desired

1. Heat oven to 400ºF. Spray 8-inch skillet with cooking spray. Add ground beef and onion; cook over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until beef is thoroughly cooked. Drain.
2. Stir in frozen mixed vegetables, brown sugar, mustard, chili sauce and Worcestershire sauce. Cook 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are crisp-tender.
3. Spoon beef mixture into 2 (1 1/2-cup) ungreased ovenproof bowls or ramekins. Top each with frozen biscuit. Brush each biscuit with milk; sprinkle with sesame seed.
4. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until biscuits are deep golden brown.

Grands Biscuit Taco Cups
1 1/2 lb. lean ground beef
1 (15-oz.) can spicy chili beans, undrained
1 (1.25-oz.) pkg. Old El Paso® 40% Less-Sodium Taco Seasoning Mix
1/2 cup water
1 (16.3-oz.) can Pillsbury Grands!® Refrigerated Golden Corn or 1 (16.3-oz.) can Pillsbury® Grands!® Refrigerated Buttermilk Biscuits
4 oz. (1 cup) shredded Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup shredded lettuce, if desired
1/2 cup chopped tomato, if desired
1/2 cup sour cream, if desired
1/2 cup Old El Paso Salsa, if desired

Heat oven to 375F. Brown ground beef in large skillet over medium-high heat until thoroughly cooked, stirring frequently. Drain.
Add chili beans, taco seasoning mix and water; mix well. Reduce heat to medium; simmer 10 minutes or until ground beef mixture is slightly thickened, stirring occasionally.
Meanwhile, spray outside bottom and sides of 8 (6-oz.) custard cups lightly with nonstick cooking spray. Separate dough into 8 biscuits. Roll or pat each biscuit to form 4 1/2-inch round. Place rounds over outside of sprayed cups; press to fit over bottom and part way down sides of cups. Place cups, upside down, in ungreased 15x10x1-inch baking pan.
Bake at 375F. for 14 to 16 minutes or until deep golden brown. Remove pan from oven. Carefully remove biscuit cups from custard cups. Place biscuit cups, right side up, in same baking pan. Spoon beef mixture evenly into each cup.
Top with cheese, lettuce, tomato, sour cream and salsa. 8 taco cups

Meatball Bubble Biscuits
1 (12-oz) can Pillsbury Golden Layers Refrigerated Buttermilk or Flaky Biscuits (I bet Grands would work)
10 frozen cooked Italian meatballs (about 5-oz), thawed, each cut in half
2 (1-oz) sticks string cheese, each cut into 10 pieces
1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 cup marinara sauce

Heat oven to 375. Separate dough into 10 biscuits. Separate each biscuit into 2 layers. Press each biscuit layer to form 3-inch round.

Place 1 meatball half, cut side up, and 1 string cheese piece in center of each dough round. Wrap dough around meatball and cheese, pressing edges to seal. Place seam side down in single layer in ungreased 8 or 9-inch round cake pan. Sprinkle evenly with Parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning and garlic powder.

Bake at 375 for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown and biscuits are no longer doughy in center. Remove from pan. Serve warm biscuits with warm marinara sauce for dipping. 20 servings

Cheesy Sausage Calzones
1/2 lb bulk Italian pork sausage
1/3 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped red bell pepper
1 (10 ounce) can 95 biscuits) Pillsbury Grands
2 ounces (1/2 cup) shredded mozzarella cheese
1 1/2 cups tomato pasta sauce, heated

Heat oven to 375. In medium skillet, combine sausage, onions and bell pepper; cook over medium heat for 10 minutes or until sausage is no longer pink, stirring frequently. Drain. Cool 10 minutes.

Separate dough into 5 biscuits. On ungreased large cookie sheet, press each biscuit to form 6-inch round. Top half of each biscuit round with sausage mixture and cheese to within 1/2 inch of edge. Fold dough over filling; press edges firmly with fork to seal.

Bake at 375 for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm calzones with warm pasta sauce for dipping. 5 servings

Mini Pizza's

One can of Pillsbury Grands biscuits
Pizza or spaghetti sauce
Mozzarella cheese
Any additional pizza toppings

Flatten Pillsbury Grands biscuits to the thickness of crust you desire. Add sauce, cheese and toppings. Bake at 400º F for approximately 12 minutes or until crust is brown, and cheese is melted. This is a great dish for kids to help with.

What, you want dessert too? Okay, open a package of biscuits, flatten one and add a dollop of pie filling. Fold it over and seal the edges. Drop into hot oil and cook until golden brown. Sprinkle with a little bit of sugar when you take it out of the oil and...Viola! Individual pies.

Have a lovely Monday.
Jill Marie

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Home Remedy -- Headaches

Morning ya'll. Here are a few tips you can try to relieve a headache without medication.


*Eat 10-12 almonds, the equivalent of two aspirins, for a migraine headache. Almonds are far less likely to upset the stomach.
*Drinking two glasses of Gatorade® can relieve headache pain almost
immediately -- without the unpleasant side effects caused by traditional "pain relievers."
*Hot OR Cold compress applied directly to the area of pain. I've read comments that say hot compress and I've read comments that say ice packs work to relieve pain. I'm going to guess that it depends on the person and what type of headache they have. I remember years ago, my doctor told me to alternate cold and hot compresses for my migraines.
*Drink lots of water. As much as possible, stick to the eight-glasses a day recommended amount of daily water intake. Water cools down the body and so when you feel a major headache, drink up to get rid of it. This relates to the tip to drink Gatorade. Dehydration will cause you to have a headache or hangover. Drinking 6 to 8, eight oz glasses of water a day may help you to avoid the headache and it is just good for you from everything I've heard.
*Watch a funny movie. Laughing is supposed to stimulate the release of serotonin and it is believed to relieve headaches.
*Tension is a major cause of a lot of headaches. Try to de-stress as much as possible. I usually find that my tension headaches start in the back of my neck and go up my head. Find someone to give you a gentle, but firm, shoulder and neck massage. If you've been sitting for a long period of time and feel a headache starting, get up and stretch your muscles a bit.

I've also read that a common problem for women is a headache that comes days before their period. This is usually felt as a pain directly behind the eyes. Some suggest that to get rid of this headache, women should eat foods that are rich in zinc, especially those that come from lean proteins such as lean meats.

I hope this week has treated everyone well. Sunday here is supposed to be sunny and with a high 53 degrees. That would be nice but I certainly won't hold my breath. With my luck it will be overcast, windy and bring a few snowflakes, lol. Oh well, we'll just wait and see. Although I do hope it is warm. Rylie loves to dress up in dress and it would be nice if it were warmer for that.

Speaking of Miss Rylie, she has a dentist appointment today so I better get off here and get some stuff done before I have to get her ready for that.

Have a wonderful Easter weekend.
Jill Marie

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Scratches in wood surfaces

Scratches on Wood Surfaces

Take the meat from a pecan (for darker wood) or a walnut (for lighter wood) and break in half. Rub the meat of the nut across the scratch. There is a natural stain in the nut meat that fills in the scratch. Go in the direction of the scratch and try to stay within the scratch as the nut meat may darken the surrounding wood.

Eyebrow Pencil – Eyebrow pencil comes in many colors, and will often conceal small scratches. Match the color carefully, and follow the direction of the scratch.

Crayons – Children’s crayons can also be used to fill a scratch, if you have the right color. You have a bit more leeway with these, as they are wax, and can be removed if needed.

Shoe Dye or Shoe Polish – Shoe polish comes in a myriad of colors these days. Either the liquid, or the paste forms can be used to fill a scratch. If using liquid, use a fine brush to apply. If using the paste variety, a cotton swab can be useful.

Iodine – If you have mahogany woodwork or furniture, iodine often works well to hide scratches. For brown or cherry mahogany, use iodine that has turned dark. For lighter woods, such as maple you can dilute the iodine with an equal amount of denatured alcohol to cover scratches. In each case, paint the iodine carefully in the scratch with a fine brush and allow to dry. If it is too light, apply another coat. Always err on the side of lightness, as it is easy to darken an area further, but more difficult to lighten it!

If these don't work for you there are commercial products you may want to try. Stain pens, pencils, etc. Check with your local fix-it shop or Home Depot store.

Once you have darkened the scratch to match the surrounding wood, all you need to do is wax or polish the wood, and the scratch will be gone.

I've used the meat from a nut trick several times and it tends to do a pretty good job. Just be sure to wax or polish the wood. The table I used this trick on was used a lot and I needed to repeat, but then I hadn't waxed the spot either. Oops.

Well, I am 24 hours smoke free. Yea? Grrr. I crave it so badly. I'm proud to have made it this far even. But I just want to sit and have a smoke so much. I'm not even gonna try to guess how much junk I ate yesterday in trying to avoid running to the store to buy a pack of smokes. Instead I went to the store and bought peppermints, twizlers, peanuts, those mini jaw breakers and a big bag of wintergreen Life Savers.

I predict if I manage to quit smoking for good that I will weigh in at a hefty 200-something or other. Bllllppphhhhttt! Sorry, but as you may be able to tell, I am not in a very pleasant mood this morning. I want a CIGARETTE! Okay, done with my tantrum, lol.

Have a nice day...even if mine sucks and my body is screaming at me. =)
Jill Marie

Monday, April 6, 2009

Easter desserts

I'm taking the easy way out today. Rather than posting some recipes, I'm giving some links to some Easter dessert recipes. I've chosen these sites because they give some cool recipes and have some great pictures showing you the finished product or how to cut the cake to look like a bunny.

The first site comes from with her Easter Bunny Cake.

Next is the Betty Crocker site with their Easter Bunny Cake.

Then I chose the All Recipe website with their page full of Easter Desserts. They have cakes, cupcakes and cookies.

I also found this website called Homemade Dessert Recipes with a lot of Homemade Easter Desserts. I'm going to try one of two from there. I love old recipes.

Saturday they had an Easter Egg hunt down at the community club house. I took Rylie and we went with another couple and their daughter, Rylies friend Caitlin. The girls had a lot of fun, even though they only found one egg each. Apparently, when they let the kids take off for the hunt, the older kids ran through the little kids area and snatched up a lot of their eggs.

So Chris, Caitlins mom, and I decided to have our own little hunt. We bought some little plastic eggs and filled them with treats. Then we hid them in the yard. We told the girls that the Easter Bunny had been going down the street and when he heard they only got one egg each he hid some more eggs. The girls had so much fun.

Of course, on the way home Rylie turned to me and said "The Easter Bunny hopped down the street and left us more eggs? Mom, you left them eggs." I knew she had seen the eggs in that white store bag. So I told her that Chris and I had a few eggs for them, but the Bunny saw us and left a lot more eggs for them. She seemed satisfied with that answer.

I hate to admit it, but I'm really not in the mood to do the big holiday dinner this year. It is such a huge chore for me do all by myself. Everyone else gets to sit around, munch on appetizers or goodies and visit with each other, while I'm busy in the kitchen either cooking or cleaning up by myself.

It's hard because I really enjoy having the whole family together, but it is so much work, a bit expensive and I don't feel like I really get a chance to enjoy it. At least, not until I've spent several hours cooking and prepping, then another 30-45 minutes cleaning up after everyone. Then a lot of the time, the kids have to leave to go to another parents house for dinner before I even get out of the kitchen.

Maybe it is just all the family drama that has gone on this year that has me feeling like not doing it. I don't know, maybe I'm just a burnt out and I'll feel more like doing something the next time a holiday comes up.

I've tried to explain the religous meaning behind this holiday to Rylie but it's a bit hard. She just looked at me like I was making no sense at all. Then she asked me about the Bunny and what kind of things he was going to bring her. Perhaps, the fact that we've gotten so far away from the true meaning of Easter has a bit to do with my lack of desire to host a family dinner. I don't really know, perhaps I think I'm just in a wee bit of a blue mood currently.

Maybe I'll just do a small little dinner for Ray, Rylie and myself. I've already gotten some things to do baskets for Ray and Rylie on Easter morning. I think a nice quiet day for the 3 of us sounds just perfect. Then we can do whatever we want that day without having to worry about entertaining other people. Or cleaning up the house before and after a big get together. Sounds perfect to me.

Have a blessed week.
Jill Marie

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Home Remedies--Hay Fever

Well, spring is quickly approaching so this is a good time to post this information about hay fever.

Hay Fever
Hay Fever also known as nasal allergies, pollinosis or seasonal allergic rhinitis is a collection of symptoms. Hay fever is an allergy to dust, pollen or dander in the air. It mainly causes allergy to the eyes and nose. Hay fever is seasonal; however it can last throughout the year if the allergens are present in the air throughout the year. Spring and fall are the two main seasons for hay fever.

Hay Fever Symptoms
Some of the symptoms of hay fever are as follows Coughing, Headache, Itching of nose, mouth, eyes, throat, ear and skin, Red and watery eyes, Runny and stuffy nose, Impaired smell, Sneezing, Sore throat, Wheezing, Fatigue and trouble in sleeping

Home Remedies for Hay Fever
*Steep 1 tsp. fenugreek seed in 1 cup water, covered, for 10 minutes. Drink 1 cup a day to help hay fever symptoms.
*Freeze-dried nettle capsules (Nettle tea also works) Nettle is a blood-cleanser. Similar results may also be found with Chinese Scullcap.
*Add some honey to boiled minced grapefruit and lemon. Have this solution three times a day.
*To stop irritation in your nose, apply little petroleum jelly inside your nose.
*Boil chamomile in water and inhale fumes from the water.
*To "cure" hay fever...from what I've heard...take a tablespoon of LOCAL honey every morning and evening. I heard this second hand and after doing this for 2-3 years someone "cured" their hay fever.

Other Suggestions for Hay Fever
*Avoid going out early in the morning or late in the evening. At this time pollen count in air is comparatively more.
*Avoid using nasal spray continuously for three days. It may increase congestion of nose.
*Avoid smoking and air pollutants.
*After being outside for a long time during the day, wash your hair to avoid inhaling pollen that falls from your hair onto your pillow.
*Wind-dried clothes can become pollen catchers, put clothes in a dryer, or hang them inside to dry, to keep them pollen-free.
*Keep your house and car windows closed and your air conditioner on during spring, summer and fall months. If you don't want cooled air, at least flip on the fan setting. The fan will filter out the offending pollen. During the pollen season, you should clean your air conditioner filter approximately once a month.

A local furniture is having a 5 day sale this week. Rylie's mattress is shot so I'm heading over to the store today to get her a new one. They advertised twin size mattresses for $69. Sounds like a deal (dang near a steal) to me. I got her mattress from a friend nearly 15 years ago when the ex and I first separated. It was a hand-me-down mattress so I don't know exactly how old it is. However, it feels like it is at least 30 years old. One of those mattresses where you can feel every flippin' spring in it.

I'm sure that a $69 mattress isn't going to be the best, but as long as it last for another 10-13 years, I'll be happy. I just wish I had the money to shop for new living room furniture too. Ours is a mish-mash of hand me down stuff. Nothing matches and most of it looks like it's about to fall apart.

I've also got my grandmothers old dining room table. It has 4 leaves that can be put in to make it much bigger. But it really needs to be refinished and I have to find a little wheel for the center leg. I'm hoping to get that table refinished and fixed when Rylie starts school in August this year.

Well, I guess it's about that time. I want to get some things done around here before her Highness, Rylie Jo, wakes up.
Have a beautiful day.
Jill Marie