Monday, September 1, 2014

Recently No. 2

Here is a list of stuff I have been up to, and things that have been on my mind recently:

Happy Labor Day!

There were lots of bachelorette, and bachelor parties this month that culminated in my future Sister and Brother in law's wedding on Saturday. Congratulations all around!

Did you know you can remineralize your teeth? (link 1, Link 2)Holy wow! My mind was pretty blown from the info on potatoes in the last post. Now we need to talk about teeth, and dentistry. This information is literally jaw dropping (see what I did there).

A few reasons we should all be grateful.

I cannot say enough about this podcast. I have been obsessed lately. Even if you aren't a business owner or a blogger, it's just so cool to learn more about how other people and artists actually make money, live their lives, and spend their time. Seriously inspiring.

Do you know how many fruits and veggies you should eat in a day? This collage spells it out beautifully.

Date night.

I have been loving tomato recipes this month. I already made Mimi's tomato Tart, Joy's Tomato Cobbler with blue cheese biscuits, panzanella, fresh tomato sauce, and Herb Roasted Tomatoes & Chicken and tomato season isnt even half over yet!

I FINALLY finished The Paris Wife. It was so hard! Hadley is such a frustrating character. I'm not sure Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald would be much better considering all that is said about her but it's on my to read list as well, someday.

I also FINALLY finished Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander Book 2). This series is amazing and I need to get my hands on the third book.

Also I am currently 1/2 way through The Queen of the Tearling. So far so good.

. . . Maybe I shouldn't have given up on my monthly book reviews quite so soon?

There is a lot going on in the middle east right now, and it all breaks my heart. Samaritan's Purse is doing what it can for displaced families over there, and I'm sure they would appreciate all the help they can get.

Just YES!

We finally got to the woods for a little local hike, as well as camping for Chuck's birthday. I even got to spend a weekend up at my parents camp. I feel whole again. I had been missing the woods so bad!

I started out as a contributor for The Charming Blog this month. I am super stoked about the opportunity to work with some amazing ladies. You can catch my first post here and I'll try to keep you updated on all my future posts.

Friday, August 29, 2014

10 Sun Burn Remedies from a Ginger

This post may be coming a bit late to many of you but life has been busy so I’m just getting myself together enough to get this post to you now.

As you all know by now (and even if you are new here you probably know this) I am a ginger. A red headed being with pail freckle filled skin that turns a horrible angry red when exposed to the sun. I also have been known to get heat frustration and swell up like a balloon, so I think I am a pretty good source for sun burn relief. I’m pretty sure I have tried nearly everything at least once.

First and foremost try to not get sun burnt. It is about the most unpleasant experience you can imagine, but as life goes, things happen and if you ever find yourself in this kind of bind here are a few things to try.
  1. Drink A LOT of water. For some reason this remedy is always skipped over but it is so very important. Your body is losing water at a high rate while it tries to heal and repair. Keep yourself hydrated and you will heal so much faster.
  2. Get out of the sun and into a cool shower or bath. It will cool down your skin and add a bit of hydration. 
  3. Another thing you can add to your bath to help repair burnt skin is apple cider vinegar. It’s great for skin and healing. You can also try drinking it
  4. Freshly brewed tea that has been cooled down is supposed to draw heat from the skin while restoring the PH balance, which will help you heal faster.
  5. Lemon Juice. As if you don’t already have enough stuff going on in your bath already try adding some lemon juice. I also like to put it on the affected area with a cloth. This is my favorite remedy, and I honestly feel like I see the most results from it.
  6. Aloe is the age old classic. However I have found that the store bought bottle pales in comparison to the stuff straight from the plant. Get yourself a plant and let it grow big and strong, it will freshen the air in your house and be there when you need it.
  7. Cool Milk Compress made with a clean cloth can help create a protein barrier for your skin so it heals faster, and hurts less.
  8. Baking soda is another method that I haven’t personally tried but I know people who swear by it. Just combine baking soda and water to make a water paste and apply to the skin with a cloth. Let it set for as long as possible before gently rinsing.
  9. Avoid soap that can potentially dry your skin out as it dries. And once your blisters have gone away begin to use moisturizer to help along the final stages of healing.
  10. Ibuprofen – this won’t help your skin heal, but it can reduce the pain that you feel and the swelling from a sun burn, so keep some nearby and rest up.

There you have it straight from a real life ginger. I really hope none of you have to use these remedies any time so, but if you do, know that they are here.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Backpack Tuna Mac

This might very well be one of the best things to bring on a hike ever. I love that they make tuna in a pouch with flavoring already! I mean does it get easier than that?

You could basically just spoon it out of the package with crackers and call it a meal, but I decided to up it a notch by cooking pasta for it. I also chopped up some cucumbers, and carrots, but those are totally optional.

For this recipe I used the classic deli style tuna, but Ranch is also a great option.

If you have a fireplace with a grate just cook the pasta in a pan over the open fire. If you just have a fire pit without a good grate it may be a bit more complicated. In order to cook the pasta you need to get a pretty big fire going and then let it burn down to coals. You can place the pot right on the coals, depending on your equipment or you can place it on a rock in the middle (you may want to get that in place ahead of time).

The water may not actually boil like it would on the stove, but it will get hot, and cook the pasta. Be sure to stir the pasta often and test it to see when it’s done. Cooking times will vary based on the temperature of the fire, but it should take anywhere from 10-25 minutes. If it is taking a while feel free to build up the fire around the pot using small sticks, just make sure you can still access the handles, and that they are not in danger of melting. Note: It’s important to have the right gear for cooking over a fire. I am working on a camping gear page now, but in the mean time, this pot is a great example of the type that we use. 
Once the pasta is done, just drain it and stir in the tuna, and any other ingredients. I mean how easy is that?

Another note: If you are backpacking water is a precious commodity, I suggests saving the drained water for other uses. You could use it with bisquick in the morning for pancakes, or stir simply in hot cocoa.
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