Homemade Chili Seasoning Blend

I am trying to make as much of my own things as I can. I know what I put into things versus the unknow quantities in store bought items and food. I found this recipe for homemade chili seasoning and thought, why not? Here is the recipe:
1/3 cup chili powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons salt (I use sea salt)
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon crushed pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Mix ingredients and store in mason jar until needed. You can use as little or as much as you need for your chili.

Bipolar Weather



I have to say that this weather is nuts! We had 80 degree temperatures than fell overnight to 40 then 70 degrees down to 20 and from tornado warnings to snow in less than 24 hours. Let me tell you, it is crazy here in eastern Kentucky.

I got my cold weather plants in the garden so hoping they get going in spite of this weather. They are able to withstand a freeze or two but who knows what will happen here next?

As for lupus, believe it or not, I have had some pain but not as bad as it could be for this type of barometric pressure up and downs.  I did have a stomach thing though. The big D hit me the same day the vomiting started in my husband. I do not know how we got it but it hit and stayed a day and a half. I am finally feeling better today.

I did manage to cook beef ribs in the crock pot and use the bones for bone broth. I got it canned yesterday, six pints of beef bone broth. That is about all I have accomplished though this week.

Hope you are all feeling well.

Obesity: Post Mortem

Wow! I watched this show because it was fascinating to me. I wanted to see how much fat can hurt your body. Why? Well, I am obese. Not as much as I used to be but still not where I need to be. This show was an eye opener for me.
I must state that this is a graphic program that shows all the body organs and all that implies. From the incision to the sewing up, it is graphic so if you cannot stomach it, do not watch it.
I was so engrossed in it, I barely noticed what some consider gory details. I worked in a hospital. I do not flinch at blood and guts. 
Anyway, the show is being slammed for fat shaming folks. I want to say that to me, it showed the truth about what being obese does to your body. It is educational in that. I saw not evidence of fat shaming and believe me, I know what that looks like.
I found a sincere effort to show us all what obesity does to the organs in our bodies and how it can kill you prematurely. It got MY attention and I discussed it with my husband today sharing some things I need to change so I can get rid of this fat of mine.
I carry almost all my fat in my belly. It is the worst place to be carrying it. That figures. I never realized, or maybe I was in denial, just how much fat can infiltrate your body and organs and wreak havoc throughout your body. I saw it in detail on this show and I am committed to doing much better.
In conclusion, I found this show to be honest in representing what obesity looks like on the inside, not only outside. I am so thankful I watched it. It reminded me that I need to work harder. Yes, I lost a bunch of weight, 70 pounds, but I need to continue with it and not be complacent. I need to stop the emotional eating and learn coping techniques to learn to eat to live, not live to eat. 
I am glad I watched it. Thank you BBC for the show. The link to watch it is below

Give Up?



We all have bad days. At times we feel like giving up. I have been feeling a little like giving up on my blog lately. I have this blog and a patreon page I have been using for my other interests plus lupus too. I find that I am spending time, a lot of it, writing and researching the articles I post. Some days it takes me forever to research and find new valuable topics for those of you who read the information. I have been upbeat lately too. However, that has changed a bit lately.

I am debating continuing this blog and/or the patreon page. I got a subscriber on my patreon page and I was so happy, then they cancelled. It left me feeling a bit defeated. I put just as much effort into that page as this one and since I am learning about all this natural good treatments, sometimes it is more than I do for lupus alone.

My husband thinks I should continue and just look at it all as a kind of diary for now. Write to myself, for myself. If anyone reads it then it is a positive thing.

I am not sure if you all realize this but I get traffic from all over the world on this blog. I had one from Pakistan the other day. I hope it enlightens those interested in learning about lupus. My goal was to find material about lupus and post it in this one spot for folks to find a lot of material in one place. I always note where the information comes from so they can go to that site for more information.

I just am having a bad few days it seems. I ran out of one of my supplements and I have found that it helps me quite a bit. If you factor in the rainy weather and planting the cold loving plants in my garden, then you can see why I am in pain and feeling a bit down.

I do not want a pity party. I am just putting it out here how I truly feel.  I want to help others by providing a place they can read and learn about lupus. I also enjoy posting about the other things I enjoy. I made that patreon page to try to separate some of the stuff not lupus related, but include lupus in the page too. I really love posting recipes and stories about my hobbies and homesteading plus lupus topics.

Anyway, I am not usually a downer person but I have felt pretty low this week. It must be my turn to feel depressed a little. I will get over it but in the meantime, what do you all think? Opinions? I just hate to waste time from my life and yours if you are not reading the posts. Let me know what you think.


Great Appalachian Homesteading Conference

This is an exciting time to be homesteading! So many mentors out there, willing to share their wealth of experience with others. This is one I want to attend. For sure.
Patera has been homesteading for some time now and she gets some of the best of the best to give presentations and informative workshops to those interested in homesteading. Her tenacity for learning about new things makes her an ideal person to mentor others. 
She is another person who walks the walk and talks the talk. She “gets” it. She started from scratch and has blossomed into one of you tube’s most knowledgeable channels for the genre. If she doesn’t know, she knows someone who does. 
Please join those of us who will be attending and see for yourself!
If you see me, say hi! Here is the link for information: 

The Great American Farm Tour Documentary

If you know anything about homesteading and farming, y ou should know Justin Rhodes. He is an amazing person, with an amazing family, who set out last year on his “Great American Farm Tour”. He and his family drove through all fifty states (in Hawaii they actually flew there), joining up with like minded folks who know a thing or two about farming, homesteading and permaculture. 
This family walks the walk and talks the talk. In spite of health issues and a myriad of other issues that they had, they did get out and meet so many folks. They documented the whole experience and will be premiering it in April.
There is also a collaboration titled “Can One Family Make A Difference?” on you tube about this wonderful family. You will see what I mean if you watch it. 
I have already reserved our spot but if you are interested in viewing it for yourself, please follow the link below. It will be well worth the time!
 Watch the entire tour in ONE weekend (for free). Anywhere! 48 Hours only. April 14th – 16th. Register Now: http://bit.ly/2FlrQkz 

The humble weed that is so good for us



The humble dandelion gets a bad rap most of the time. In fact, it is this plant that most people purchase round up to get rid of.  The truth about this plant may make you rethink your opinion of it. 
Dandelions are really good for us. The entire plant is usable. The lovely flowers can be dehydrated to use in tinctures and recipes such as jelly or bread. The leaves are a great addition to salads or fried up like collards. The tap root is medicinal in a number of ways. This plant is a winner!
Caution: Only use dandelion plants from yards or areas that are NOT sprayed with pesticide. 
You want to harvest the flowers to use  in recipes for tinctures, and in infused oils that are good for joint pain. There are recipes online everywhere for these things. I am infusing the flowers into olive oil for the pain relief. All you do is put the flowers into a mason jar, packed tightly, and cover with olive oil. Put a coffee filter over the top of the jar and screw the ring on.  Let it sit for two to four weeks to infuse the oil with the medicinal flowers. You can then remove the flowers and strain the oil and add coconut oil or shea butter to it and use as a salve. 
You can make a jelly from the flowers too and it tastes like honey! Just put the flowers into a bowl and pour hot water over them to steep for half an hour then strain. Use the liquid in your favorite jelly recipe. It really is good!
The leaves are used in salads and can also be dehydrated and ground into a powder to add to soups and salads. The leaves are best in early spring and late fall. They can be bitter during the summer months. You can use them like collards and cook them like the collards. They are a tasty addition to any meal.
The tap root is valuable for all the things it helps with medicinally. It is used to calm stress and anxiety. The tap root can be ground up and used as a tonic to help with strengthening the kidneys. It is used also to treat gall bladder issues including gall stones, jaundice, edema from high blood pressure, chronic joint pain, hypoglycemia and skin complaints. 
To make a tonic, use 1-3 teaspoons of ground tap root per cup of water. Bring to a boil, turn to low and simmer 15-20 minutes. Drink as a tea. 
This plant helps in digestion as well. It is one of the best herbs for building the blood and stopping anemia. 
It is truly an amazing plant to have in your home. I dehydrate it and have it on hand for use when needed. It is best fresh but since it doesn’t grow in winter, it is nice to have that time of the year too. 
I hope this helps you to see the fine qualities that this overlooked and misunderstood plant has to benefit us.