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The Glasgow Farm and more...




The Glasgow Farm

If you’re visiting me from Proverbs 31’s Encouragement for Today devotion, Marriage is Hard Work– Welcome! Just thought I would introduce you to a few of the characters from the devotion.

Angel and her  babies born last month. In three months they will be weened and we’ll enjoy a gallon of raw milk a day from her. We’ll make curds and whey, cheese, ice cream, soap and lots of yummy and healthy goodies.

Misty is standing on the milking stand. She wants babies so bad, but isn’t able to get pregnant. Yet for the third year in a row produces milk at the exact time as our other doe who delivers twins! It’s a phenomena!

Organic Produce. The green leaves are dried stinging nettle. In the green bowl are stinging nettle roots.

We’ve got mulberry trees! I make mulberry ice-cream, pancakes, jam, syrup...

 

The chickens are supposed to lay eggs in the coop, sometimes its front door delivery!Benefits of free-range eggs!

Yep, snakes climb right in there. You have to watch out for them when you go to get the eggs!

Snake eating our breakfast in the chicken coop! How dare he! He was escorted out!

Mr. Turkey looking through the window to see what our plans are for the mulberry remnants.

Rooster takes good care of the girls and waking us up every morning.

Our border collie, Sparky chases foxes away, protects the chickens, rounds up  goats, alerts us if snakes are in the vicinity, chases ground hogs, possums, skunks, coyote’s…

 

I mow 5 acres of grass and weeds every week.  I ran over an extension cord and had to untangle it from the blade. It wasn’t fun, but a Proverbs 31 woman is capable!

One of the few plants in our garden ground hogs don’t like! Organic tomatoes fried green tomatoes are yummy!

It’s unbelievable how much work goes into a small farm, but just like a good marriage-the benefits are worth it!

The winner of our last drawing is- Laura Wright Smith! Email me your address!

To enter your name to win a $50 gift card for a date night,  just tell me one way I can pray for your marriage?

     
 

The Honeymoon Life

Neil and Michele McQuire married in our barn 2 months ago. If you’re joining me from Proverbs 31 devotions, welcome!

We live on a farm and have weddings in our barn, every weekend!  Marriage, love, weddings and honeymoon conversations are our life!

True love  on a wedding day  is breathtaking, but what’s more breathtaking-is true love after babies, sleepless nights and hard days turned into years.

Many couples struggle to keep their marriage aflame. Many wives tell me they have no interest in lovemaking, that romance isn’t alive in their marriage anymore. I say to them this, don’t allow that mindset for one second. We don’t want our spouse to look for other things to fulfill what only should be fulfilled by us.

It wasn’t always easy for me either, trust me. I struggled when our children were small and demands were constant.  But one day–everything changed. My mindset shifted.It was the day I decided to live The Honeymoon Life, it transformed our marriage.

It all started when this woman  told me the tragic end to her love story.  When she and her husband married, they couldn’t afford a honeymoon. Kids came and the money to do something special together just never seemed to be there. Her husband worked all the time, so for years she dreamed and planned for the trip she longed for with him—the perfect honeymoon.

When their last child was leaving for college, they finally set up their honeymoon trip. But something awful happened right before they were ready to leave. Her husband was tragically killed in a car accident. Her dreams were shattered.

With a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes, I stood by her feeling helpless to offer the right words. All I could say was, “I’m so sorry.”

Her story affected me deeply. Although my husband was still alive, I didn’t have the honeymoon of my dreams either.My heart sank as she told me the tragic end to her love story.

I didn’t want to pin my hopes on a fancy trip any more.

On that day I decided to live every day as if it were my honeymoon. Rather than a honeymoon trip, I wanted The Honeymoon Life.

I looked for ways to turn ordinary places into exotic destinations. I decided that lovemaking would be relished and not just endured.

We live on a farm with open fields and woods. The possibilities became endless for exotic destinations.

No trip around the world, no lavish hotel, nor any gourmet dish could have competed with that field, the picnic dinners and the way God changed my perspective.

From that day on, I chose the honeymoon life. Not just dreaming of it but living it every day. I’ve set my heart to cherish the simple things, like making my husband’s favorite foods and eating ALL meals together, going to bed at the same time, reading and praying together. Even mundane trips to the store together.

We’ve been living the honeymoon life for 21 years now and have been married for 36. Everything changed the day I made up my mind to live The Honeymoon Life. Last week at one of our weddings a couple saw us running in the rain together with arms locked. When we got to the barn they said, “You two look like you’re the newly weds!” Funny thing is, we feel that we are!

Ask God to help rekindle passion in your marriage, ask Him to help you have desire. Ask Him to take all hindrances away. Once you decide to change your mindset and start making plans for your adventures- desire will come, and The Honeymoon Life will begin.

My husband and I are officially going on our first honeymoon trip to Europe this August!

Past posts on marriage:

Marriage is Like Farming

Marriage’s Greatest Enemy 

A Wrecked Marriage Saved over Lunch

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My dear friend, Sharon Jaynes wrote this 14 Day Romance Challenge. You can order it through Proverbs 31 Ministries.

Would you like for me to pray for your marriage? Do you desire The Honeymoon Life?  Leave your name in the comment section. I’ll pray for you, and it will enter your name in a drawing to win this Romance Gift Set.

Dear Lord, give me the ability to live the honeymoon life with my husband. Help me to stop focusing on the what if’s of the future and to start focusing on loving to the fullest today. Help me not to have any regrets of how I’ve lived out my married life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

     
 

NO Disease Can Exist in An Alkaline Environment

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Giving away a book and alkaline tester at bottom of post!

Dr. Otto Warburg the 1931 Nobel Prize winner for cancer discovery, stated “NO disease, including cancer, can exist in an alkaline environment.” So, if this is true, I asked MYSELF, am I alkaline or acid? That was my question! I eat healthy foods. So, I bought an alkaline strip test kit, to find out.

I was shocked to find that Dale and myself were ACID!

I started to research  what we needed to do, to create an environment in which diseased cells, viruses, bacteria and fungi are UNABLE to thrive.

We all need a pH level of around 7.4 on the scale from 1 to 14, with 1 being acidic and 14 being alkaline. At this level, we’re able to function more effectively and fight off potential chronic diseases.

Ordered on Amazon and was at my door in two days

pH Alkaline Test Kits: Order online or get from your local health food store.

You can test your pH with your saliva or urine. The urine provides a more accurate reading, especially the “first morning urine test.”

Urine pH Zone: 4.5-6.0
•Health Condition: severe acidosis zone
Degenerative chronic diseases thrive in this zone

Urine pH Zone: 6.0-6.5
•Health Condition: moderate acidosis zone
•You have risk of contracting degenerative chronic diseases

Urine pH Zone: 6.5-7.5
•Health Condition: optimal healthy zone
•Optimum of a healthy person

Urine pH Zone: 7.5-9.0
•Health Condition: unhealthy alkalosis zone
This is just as serious at highly acid. Not healthy!

When our pH levels are consistently below 7.4, our system becomes acidic (Acidosis) and forces our body to extract essential vitamins and minerals such as calcium, potassium, magnesium and sodium from vital organs, bones and teeth in order to neutralize the effect of the Acidosis.

Acidosis weakens our body systems and creates the perfect recipe for chronic diseases like cancer, arthritis, diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis, premature aging. . .Add stress and lack of exercise in there and its havoc to our body.

I found Alkaline forming charts that show what foods are alkaline and which are acid forming. It’s slightly confusing because every chart you find is a little different.

I printed a couple different charts, made a grocery list of alkaline items and headed to the store.

My plan was for us to eat  75% alkaline forming foods and 25% acid forming for 40 days.

I stopped drinking my beloved, coffee and  started drinking green tea(matcha) lattes in the morning (made with raw goat milk and raw honey).

I read somewhere that the average person can become alkaline in 3 weeks. Proudly, I boasted  to myself, we’ll conquer this in a week. It didn’t happen!  So, I took out the 25% acid forming foods for a week. We became alkaline. After that, we continued the 75%/25%  vow to health. When the 40 days were over we felt GREAT!

We’re INTENSELY  busy! I’ve traveled to 6 speaking events in 10 weeks and had a wedding on our farm EVERY weekend. Do I have time to eat like this?? You betcha! I’ve got more energy and no pain, living  alkaline!

Here’s a sampling of what we’ve been eating:  (I use all organic ingredients) :

Alkaline Pumpkin Muffins are great milk boosters for lactating moms!

Organic Alkaline Pumpkin Muffins                    Makes a dozen

2 1/4 cups old fashioned oats (rolled)

1 cup pumpkin puree

1/4 cup, plus 2 tablespoons Sucanat

1/4 cup molasses

2 eggs

1 tablespoon vanilla

4 tablespoons clarified butter (melted)

1/4 cup raw milk or coconut milk

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Optional-Toasted pumpkins seeds on top

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Grease or line 12 muffin pans
  3. Mix all ingredients
  4. Fill muffin pans 3/4 full
  5. Bake 20 mins, or until done
  6. Cool

Now that we are alkaline, I add walnuts to this recipe. Walnuts are acid forming. They’re a healthy nut as long as you’re not acid.

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Pumpkin muffins with toasted pumpkin seeds baked on top! These were from pumpkins we kept in storage over winter. Two cups of pumpkin come out of a small pie pumpkin.

I usually double the batch and freeze one. These are excellent  to take on trips for snacks or breakfast! I’ve used banana  or butternut squash in exchange for pumpkin.

Almond Butter Balls

Almond Butter Balls                Makes a dozen

1/2 cup chopped dates

1/2 cup chopped raisons

1 cup chopped roasted *chestnuts

1/4 cup molasses

1 cup almond butter

1 to 2 tablespoons orange juice (I use fresh)

1/2 cup shredded coconut

*Chopped walnuts taste MUCH better than chestnuts in this recipe, however, walnuts are acid forming. Once you’re alkaline it’s ok to use walnuts instead of chestnuts. When you’re working hard to get alkaline use chestnuts. Order organic roasted chestnuts through Amazon, they’ll be at your door in two days!

  1. Using a wet knife or scissors cut dates and raisons into small pieces
  2. Chop walnuts
  3. Mix everything EXCEPT COCONUT together
  4. Roll into balls, then roll balls into coconut to coat
  5. Store in airtight container. Flavor is enhanced after a day. Store in refrigerator

After 10 days on a alkaline diet Dale nor myself could reach above  5.5  until the day we had this soup! Yeah. Throw the highest alkaline foods into one pot, cook and eat it. We hit 7 by the next morning!

Alkaline Soup with almond flour bread and an alkaline salad

Alkaline Soup with almond flour bread and an alkaline salad

Alkaline Soup  This will boost you into alkalinity!

1 cup dry lentils ( I use sprouted lentils- you don’t have to)

1 extra large sweet potato or 2 medium (peeled and diced)

4 large collard green or kale leaves (chopped &center vein removed)

2 carrots- diced

1 red bell pepper- diced

4 cloves of garlic- minced

1 onion- diced

2 cups vegetable stock or mineral water

2 tbsp coconut oil or clarified butter (depends on your taste preference)

1 teaspoon sea salt

1 avocado

2 tbsp chopped dill

1 handful of cashews (roughly chopped)

Add all ingredients except for avocado, dill and cashews into a pot. Cook for 40 minutes on medium until done. Take off stove and puree in a blender. Add sliced avocado, dill and cashews to top.

You don’t have to puree the soup. It’s good not pureed as well and you won’t have to wash the blender. If you’re making it for someone who is ill or has a sluggish digestive system pureeing it helps reduce the work load on the digestive tract.

Serve with fresh sliced pear or apple.

Now that we are alkaline, I’ve been using bone broth instead of vegetable stock.

Butternut Squash and Brussel Sprouts with salad and Japonica Rice

Butternut Squash and Brussel Sprouts with salad and Japonica Rice

Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Butternut Squash and Pomegranate Seeds

1 large butternut squash

2 pounds Brussel sprouts

2 large red onions, quartered

1/2 cup clarified butter or olive oil

1 tsp sea salt

1 cup pomegranate seeds

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Put whole Butternut squash in oven and bake for 20 mins. Take out of oven and peel and de-seed squash, then chop into bite size pieces.
  3. Trim bottoms of Brussel sprouts, cut in half if you want or leave whole.
  4. Quarter onions
  5. In large bowl add squash, Brussel sprouts and onion. Drizzle oil over vegetables and stir.
  6. Pour onto a large baking dish. If you don’t have a large one, pour on two baking sheets. You want breathing room around the vegetables so they are roasted on all sides. If you dump them in and there’s no room it won’t taste roasted.
  7. Roast for 35 mins on 400 or until browned and cooked through. Add the pomegranate seeds when out of oven, stir and serve! YUM!
  8. Add chopped spinach, kale or collard greens for extra alkalinity before you bake it.
  9. I served this with Japonica Rice (its alkaline!), salad and a small piece of baked chicken.
Oatmeal

Oatmeal Porridge with fruit and raw goat milk (raw goat milk is slightly alkaline, pasteurized is acid. Raw cow milk is slightly acid forming)

Oatmeal Porridge

1 1/2 cups rolled oatmeal

3 cups water

3 tablespoons clarified butter (not alkaline or acid- neutral)

1 tablespoon molasses

Optional: raw goat milk

In pot add oats, water, butter and molasses. Cook on medium until water is mostly absorbed and oatmeal is creamy.

Pour into bowls. Serve with optional fruit  and raw  goat milk.

Optional:

raisons

dates

mulberries

bananas

strawberries

apples

raspberries

blackberries

We eat a plate of fruit like this EVERY morning with oatmeal

We eat a plate of fruit like this EVERY morning with oatmeal

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Stacked Salad

Chopped-Apples, asparagus, zucchini, fermented lemons, arugula,tomatoes,  dandelion leaves, Boston Bibb lettuce, red or green peppers, carrots, raw green beans, pumpkin or sunflower seeds, red pickled onion, fermented radish, avocado and beets. Sprinkle soaked and roasted sunflower seeds to top. Enjoy!

Use ANY alkaline vegetable or fruit in a Stack Salad. Pickled onions and fermented lemons are not only alkaline forming but really add a delightful flavor to the mix.

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Ratatouille served with purple sweet potato and small portion of meat. 3/4 of the plate is alkaline, 1/4 acid

Ratatouille

1 eggplant- diced

3 zucchini- quartered

2 onions- quartered

2 green peppers- sliced

5 tomatoes quartered

5 garlic cloves- minced

  1. Preheat oven  to 375
  2. Soak eggplant in salt water for 30 mins to remove bitter taste. remove eggplant from water and pat dry.
  3. Saute zucchini in 2 tablespoons clarified butter for 3-5 mins. Then put sautéed zucchini in baking dish.
  4. Saute onions in 3 tablespoons clarified butter for 3-5 mins on medium high. Then add sautéed onions to zucchini baking dish.
  5. Saute green peppers in 2 tablespoons of clarified butter for 3-5 mins then add to other veg’s in baking dish.
  6. Saute eggplant in 3 tablespoons of clarified butter for 3-5 mins, then add to other veg’s in baking dish.
  7. Add tomatoes to the baking dish and stir all ingredients together
  8. Bake for 40 mins.
  9. Take out of oven and add thyme or herbes de Provence if you want to add no herbs. It’s delicious with or without herbs
Iron Skillet Tenderloin Smothered in Onions and Peppers

Iron Skillet Tenderloin Smothered in Onions and Peppers served over mashed potatoes with asparagus

Iron Skillet Tenderloin Smothered in Onions and Peppers

1 grass fed tenderloin (I used venison- it’s less acid) sliced thin

1 green or red pepper- sliced in strips

1 onion- sliced in strips

4 tablespoons clarified butter

Optional: All seasons salt

Sautee onions and peppers separately. Add to a bowl to wait. Last sauté tenderloin pieces for 3-4 mins. Then add onions and peppers to the tenderloin.

Serve on top of homemade mashed potatoes. YES! Potatoes are ALKALINE! Make your mashed potatoes with clarified butter and a little milk (raw goat milk is alkaline).  Remember it’s ok to have had 30 percent of your meal acid forming from good food. If you cant get raw milk, organic grass fed pasteurized milk can be your acid forming ingredient in the potatoes.

Serve with a LARGE alkaline forming salad! YUM! Drink purified water with lemon.

Soaked for 6 hours and baked on 200 for 12 hours- YUM

Soaked for 6 hours and baked on 200 for 12 hours- YUM

Soaked and Slow Basked Raw Cashews– Do not eat RAW without soaking and baking. Your digestive system will be suffering if you eat them raw. Cashews are alkaline, high in protein, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium.

Soak RAW cashews in purified salt water for 6 hours. No more, no less. They get slimy if you let them sit longer. Drain. Pour into large pan to slow roast. Salt to taste.  Bake on 200 degrees for 12-24 hours.

Soaking raw cashews

Soaking raw cashews

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Soaked, drained, salted to taste- now ready for the 200 degree oven for 12 hours

Hudson's looking for raspberries and blueberries, yep he found them

Hudson’s looking for  food! Let’s teach our children how to live to eat, not eat to live!

 

 

 

 

Matcha, raw goat milk and raw honey

1 Teaspoon of Organic Matcha, 6 oz Hot purified water, 2 ounces raw goat milk and 1 teaspoon raw honey

Green Tea Latte

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I’m personally eating 75% Alkaline and 25% Acid. At the beginning I did 80/20 

VEGETABLES, LEGUMES

Vegetable Juices, Avocado, Parsley, Raw Spinach, Broccoli, Celery, Garlic, Onion, Eggplant, Bell Pepper, Alfalfa Sprouts

Carrots, Green Beans, Lima Beans, Beets, Brussel Sprouts, Lettuce, Zucchini, Carob, Parsnips, Radishes, Leeks, Cucumber,

Squash, Asparagus, Rhubarb, Fresh Corn, Mushrooms, Onions, Cabbage, Peas, Cauliflower, Turnip, Beetroot, Potato, Olives

Sweet Potato,Kale, Collard Greens, Pumpkin, Okra

FRUIT

Dried Figs, Raisins

Dates, Blackcurrant, Grapes, Papaya, Kiwi, Berries, Apples, Pears,  Pumpkin, Grapes,

Coconut, Sour Cherries, Tomatoes, Oranges, Cherries, Pineapple, Peaches, Avocados, Grapefruit, Mangoes, Lemons, Watermelon, Cantaloupe, Honeydew, Limes, Tangerine, Cranberries, Bananas, Passion Fruit,

 

GRAINS

Lentils, Wild Rice, Japonica Rice, Quinoa, Millet, Buckwheat

Sprouted Grain Bread, Oats

MEAT

There are no Alkaline meats. Low Acid meats are venison, wild duck and organ meat. Remember a quarter of your plate can be acid, that’s where the meat will be.

EGGS, DAIRY

Raw Goat Milk, Goat Cheese, Whey, Clarified Butter, Duck Eggs

NUTS & SEEDS

Almonds, Chestnuts, Cashews, Pumpkin, Sesame, Sunflower Seeds

OILS

Flax Seed Oil, Olive Oil, Clarified Butter, Cod Liver Oil

BEVERAGES

Mineral Water, Herb Teas, Lemon Water, Green Tea, Ginger Tea

SWEETENERS

Molasses, Stevia, Rice Syrup, Raw Honey and Sucanat

Sea Salt is Alkaline

ACID FORMING  FOODS

Sugar, white bread, white and brown rice, pasteurized honey, coffee, pasta, processed food, fast food, margarine, cheese, ice-cream, liquor, fruit juice with sugar, beef, chicken, pork, table salt, cocoa, artificial sweeteners, soft drinks, whole wheat products, candy, deserts, milk

Each food item can be listed as very high to very low Alkaline or Acid. I would suggest you buy a book for a more comprehensive list of the foods.

I Corinthians 6: 19-20 “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” 

I’m going to draw names to win The Acid Alkaline Food Guide and an Alkaline Test Kit!  Leave a comment below and let me know you need them! I’ll pick two winners next week. I’ll also pray for your health as I read the comments!

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The Best Alkaline Cookies

Alkaline (forming) Cookies

To maintain a healthy alkaline balance, we should eat 75-80% alkaline forming foods and 20-25-% healthy acid forming foods. In this recipe the egg and walnuts are healthy acid forming, the clarified butter or coconut oil are neutral and, the baking soda, raw honey, almond flour, coconut and raisons are alkaline.

1 egg

4 tablespoons clarified butter or extra virgin coconut oil

1/2 cup Sucanat or raw honey

1 tablespoon vanilla

1/2 baking soda

2 1/2 cups Wellbee’s almond flour

1/2 cup fresh shredded coconut

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

1/2 cup raisons

  1. Beat egg, oil, vanilla and baking soda- set aside
  2. Mix Sucanat, almond flour, coconut, walnuts and raisons
  3. Mix liquid mixture into dry.
  4. Form into balls
  5. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until done at 350 degrees
     
 
 

Seared Scallops over Sautéed Vegetables

Seared Scallops over Sautéed Veggies

Seared Scallops over Sautéed Veggies

 

Seared Scallops over Sautéed Vegetables- Serves 2

Scallops are acid forming, the veggies are ALL  alkaline forming and the butter is neutral. Serve with steamed broccoli and carrots. Sliced mango on the side to get the correct alkaline proportion.

8 oz sea scallops- pat dry

1 large zucchini- julienned

1 large carrot- julienned

1/2 red onion sliced

3 garlic cloves- sliced

1/2 cup chopped steamed kale

clarified butter

seasoned salt

fresh herbs to taste

  1. Fry onion and garlic in 2 tablespoons butter- take off stove then set aside in a bowl
  2. Melt two tablespoons of butter in  pan and then add zucchini and carrot. Sauté 3-4 mins. Take off heat and add to onions and garlic. Add steamed kale to it all and stir.
  3. Add 3 tablespoons of butter to frying pan, turn heat up to high. When sizzling add the patted dry scallops. Fry for 3-4 minutes without turning. Flip and cook on other side the same. Season with seasoned salt. Take off heat.Alkaline 1

4.  Reheat veggies before serving. Add scallops on top of veggies.

Served with large helping of broccoli and carrots and a side of fresh mango.

 

 

     
 
 
   
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