Monthly Archives: August 2016

Frog Eye Salad

Frog Eye Salad…..S H

1/2 Cup Sugar
1 Tablespoon flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 (8 ounce) can crush pineapple, drained
1 k(20 ounce) can pineappl3 chunks in its own juice, drained
2 (11 ounce) càns Mandarin orange segments, drained
1 egg beaten
2 tsp lemon juice
1 1/3 Cup (8 ounces) Acini Di Pepe pasta, uncooked
3 1\2 Cups ( 8 ounces) frozen non-dairy whipped topping, thawed and divided
3 Cups miniature marshmallows (optionals)
1\2 Cup Flake Coconut (optional)
Maraschino cherries (optional)
Nuts, walnuts or pecans crunched up small (optional)

in medium saucepan, stir together Sugar, flour, and salt.

Drain pineapple, reserve juice to equal 1 cup. With wisk, gradually stir juice and egg into sugar mixture. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until mixture comes to a boil. Stir in lemon juice. Cool mixture to room temperature.

Meanwhile, Cook pasta according to packâge directions; drain. Rinse with cold winter cold water to cool quçkly; drain well.

In a large bowl, stir together pineapple juice mixture and pasta. Cover; refrigerate several hours or overnight.

Add crushed pineapple, and chunked pineapple, Mandarin oranges, whipped topping, cherries marshmallows, coconuts, and nuts. Mix gently and thought. Cover; refrigerate until cold.

Top with some cherries, àny leftover orange and whip topping
Makes 12 servings

Sweet Mango Slaw

Sweet Mango Slaw…..ja

1 pound shredded cabbage or coleslaw blend
1 mango, peeled, pitted and chopped
1/3 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
1/3 cup sliced green onion
1/3 cup light mayonnaise
3 tablespoons honey
3 tablespoons cider vinegar
salt and pepper to taste

Place cabbage, mango, bell pepper and green onion in a large bowl. Whisk together remaining ingredients and add to bowl; toss well to coat.

Stinging Nettle

Stinging Nettle aka Great stinging Nettle, Common Nettle

Genus: Urtica
Species: Dioica

Parts Used: roots, leaves and stems
Nettle is high in iron and vitamins C and K

Nettle is very common all over the world. It is often found in moist shaded woodlands but does grow in the prairie too. Plants grow from 2 to 6 feet tall and is propagated from root runners and seeds. The Nettle plant consists of a long, flexible stem that has serrated leaves opposite of each other. When I was a kid we used to encourage the growth and propagation of stinging nettle on the homestead.

The thin hairs on the Nettle plant contain Formic Acid which causes the Stinging effect. Redness, itching, burning ect can last a few hours to a week. This can be somewhat less than fun.

Prevention / protection from Stinging Nettle reactions is best accomplished by learning to identify it and staying away from it ; ]

If you must OR should you decide that you want to make use of this very helpful plant the best way to handle the Nettle plant is to wear long sleeves and gloves to prevent skin contact with the plant until it has been processed.

How do you process Stinging Nettle for use? The most common uses are for consumption as either a pot herb or tea. The younger the plant the more delectable it will be to eat or to make tea. Younger leaves can be striped off the stem and either boiled or sauteed with salt or pepper to taste or mixed in with vegetables or meats.. basically any way that you would use mustard or turnip greens in cooking. The young leaves can also be minced to make a tea with the pulp consumed with the drink not strained out.

Older leaves can be dried [which inactivates the formic acid] and later crushed before steeping for tea, the pulp can be consumed as with fresh young leaves. The stems can be be used fresh or dried for tea with the fibers strained out before consuming.

Some people apply the fresh leaves directly to an arthritic area as a poultice and report that this temporarily relieves the discomfort of the condition.

Dealing with the skin reactions and stinging:

Some references recommend OTC remedies such as analgesic creams or pills, steroid creams [and RX pills] and antihistamines such as Diphenhydramine creams or pills OR Ranitidine aka Zantac. OR –ominous music– you may need to seek medical treatment*.

[*MOST people are not actually allergic to this plant and will not have an anaphylactic reaction which does need intervention]

It has been my experience that the ‘old wives’ who tell the tales are correct and that Stinging Nettle is best treated FIRMLY and not with a light touch. Meaning if you brush against it, it will sting you. But if you grab it firmly the area will go numb and not bother you.

Other uses for stinging nettle include making it into string, rope or weaving it into a rough fabric or baskets.

Stinging Nettle can also be used as a deterrent to dissuade people from coming into your yard when planted in strategic locations.

What memories of using stinging nettles do you have?

Heat-related related injuries

Heat-related related injuries

Last week a friend sent picture of his thermometer in his vehicle…. 118 degrees in California … same day we had 97 degrees in Wyoming. Yesterday it was 99 just a little north of us. Last week there were reports of a young dad who ‘forgot’ hiw 15 month old twins in the car….. baked. ;[ Never leave young OR old folks [nor your dog] in a vehicle unattended.

‘Extreme’ heat is especially hard on the young, old and infirm of our population. The best way of treating heat injuries is to PREVENT them. This is best accomplished by drinking plain water. How much water do you need to drink a day to prevent and treat heat related injuries? It is NOT the oft stated 8 – 8 oz containers of water which adds up to 64 ounces or 2 quarts a day. You need a lot more water than that on a normal day. Cross ref and

stay in side or at least in the shade during the heat of the day. An example of this custom is known as the Siesta. typically after a light lunch folks would nap or only do light activities. I personally like to take naps after lunch, especially if I can nap in a hammock, I would highly recommend this system even in the North lands.

How to treat heat injuries ==

Drink extra water,, even more than you think you need.

Wet them down with water, if possible have a misting device going in their area to help cool them. Fans help this effect.

If there is air conditioning get the victim into it. That is sometimes easier said than done, especially in a grid down situation. There is a low tech way around this. Hold that thought for a few minutes. In today’s throw away world there are large numbers of 2 L Coke bottles available for re-purposing. The thumbnail picture of this is that the bottles are cut in half reserving the bottom* for other uses. The top will now look like a funnel. When constructed and installed the wind is compressed and cooled as the air moves through. The actual plans with video are located at which is open source. They have a templates for free downloading.

I suspect that the actual mode of action for this device is that it shades the inside of the house while still letting the air move and carry away some of the heat.

Homemade Air Conditioner 2016 EcoCooler-Homemade Air Conditioner hot against not electric-EcoCooler

*The bottom of the coke bottle will make a great planter. Cross ref [[ ]]
In a related story reporting 4 deaths–abc-news-topstories.html

4 Dead in Arizona as Southwest Endures Record-Breaking Heat
EMILY SHAPIRO and BRIAN MCBRIDE,Good Morning America 2 hours 28 minutes ago 

Four people are dead in Arizona amid a dangerous heat wave that’s extending to several Southwest states.
Two hikers died Sunday in Pima County, Arizona, from heat-related illnesses, the Pima County Sheriff’s Office said. A 28-year-old trainer died from heat exhaustion Sunday after mountain biking at the Phoenix Mountain Preserve, according to the Phoenix Fire Department. A man died of heat exposure after hiking the Superstition Mountains on Saturday, the Pinal County Sheriff said.
Temperature records were shattered Sunday in dozens of cities in New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada and California.
Yuma, Arizona, hit 120 degrees; Phoenix hit 118 degrees; Palm Springs, California, reached 118 degrees; and Burbank, California, reached 109 degrees.
Previous records were hit in Albuquerque, New Mexico, 103 degrees, and North Las Vegas, 109 degrees.
Monday is expected to be the hottest day of the week, with temperatures in some areas topping 120 degrees. Utah, Nevada, California and Arizona are facing excessive heat warnings and advisories.
The extreme heat is hindering firefighters who are trying to contain large blazes in New Mexico, Arizona and California.
The record heat has affected plane travel. A United Airlines flight operated by Mesa Airlines departed Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport on Sunday afternoon and was minutes away from landing at Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix when the flight crew notified passengers it would be turning back; because of excessive heat’s effects on aircraft equipment, it is against the law for planes to take off or land in temperatures of 120 degrees or higher. [[Interesting! Safety point]]

Battle of Athens

It is hard to believe that it has been 70 years since the Battle of Athens…… this was one of the most important battles surrounding WWII and it is hardly talked about, much less actually discussed today.

The following movie tells the story WAY better than I can or have the space to tell.

A gentile reminder to ALL Americans to get out and vote this year. ESPECIALLY VETERANS

The Battle of Athens – 1946 Athens, Tennessee – Full Movie

A small town in 1946 feeling intimidated by local, corrupt politicians, especially concerning voting issues – took up arms against their aggressors and turned the tide for the community.
The second amendment to the U.S. Constitution worked very well!

Discussion of the Battle