Recipe Friday: Salt Sole

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Salt Sole (pronounced “so-lay”) is a healthy way to get your daily minerals. Information in this post is taken from Jacqueline at https://deeprootsathome.com/salt-sole-never-buy-minerals-again/; she references Dr. Mercola’s website: https://foodfacts.mercola.com/himalayan-salt.html. I strongly suggest you click over and read these articles, as they have so much valuable information.

But, to condense:

Salt sole is simply a saturated mixture of salt (REAL salt, not table, store-bought salt) and water (FILTERED water). Why is it so healthy? Because Himalyan salt or Celtic salt is naturally occurring, and provides a multitude of essential minerals our bodies need to function properly. And, the minerals are delivered in a way that our bodies can assimilate and use.

Contrary to wide media publicity, our bodies need salt (serious health consequences follow a diet too low in salt). But we don’t need any of the table salt commonly sold in grocery stores because those salts are processed so that it contains no more beneficial minerals, only sodium. Real salt contains many salty-tasting minerals, so you’re not getting just sodium. Use real (i.e., Himalayan pink salt) for all of your salt needs in cooking and seasoning. Real salt provides iodine naturally; it is not processed out and added back in, as in table salt. One teaspoon of Himalayan Sole (and other unrefined salt) contains approximately 412 mg. of unprocessed, natural sodium. The USDA states that the body absolutely requires a minimum of 500 mg. of sodium per day just to live.

Salt sole offers these health benefits:

  • Sole is most effective in stabilizing irregular heartbeats.
  • Sole is a strong natural antihistamine.
  • Sole can dissolve and eliminate sediments which lead to stones and various forms of rheumatism like arthritis and kidney and gall bladder stones.
  • Sole can balance the alkalinity/acidity [pH] of the body and work towards normalizing blood pressure. Contrary to popular belief these salts do not elevate blood pressure. Their ability to regulate fluid balance allows them to naturally stabilize blood pressure at a healthy and supportive level for the body.
  • Sole is vital for clearing up congestion of the sinuses.
  • Sole is essential for the prevention of muscle cramps.
  • Sole can help with skin diseases by cleaning from inside out.
  • Sole is vital for the clearance of the lungs of mucous plugs and sticky phlegm, particularly in asthma and cystic fibrosis.
  • It is vital for sleep regulation. It is a natural hypnotic.
  • It is vital to the extraction of excess acidity from the cells in the body, particularly the brain cells.
  • It is vital for balancing the sugar levels in the blood; a crucial element for diabetes sufferers.
  • It is vital for the generation of hydroelectric energy in your body’s cells.
  • It is vital to the nerve cells for communication and information processing.
  • It is vital for absorption of food particles through the intestinal tract.
  • Sole is absolutely vital to making the structure of bones firm. Osteoporosis, in many ways, is a result of mineral and water shortage in the body.
  • A little Sole on the tongue will help stop persistent dry coughs.
  • It can help restore magnesium when you have a migraine.

And, a study conducted at the University of Graz in Austria found that people who drank water containing Himalayan crystal salt daily experienced improvement in:

  • respiratory conditions
  • organ functions
  • connective tissues
  • reported sleeping better
  • having more energy
  • ability to concentrate better and longer
  • lost unwanted weight
  • enhanced hair and nail growth

Salt Sole

Ingredients:

  • a glass jar
  • a plastic lid, non-metal
  • himalayan, celtic, or real salt
  • filtered water

Directions:

  • Fill the jar about ¼ of the way with Himalayan Salt, Real Salt or Celtic Salt (or a mixture)
  • Add filtered water to fill the jar, leaving room at the top
  • Cap jar and shake gently (Ball makes leak-proof lids)
  • Leave on the counter overnight to let the salt fully dissolve
  • In the morning, if there is still some salt on the bottom of the jar, the water has absorbed its maximum amount and it is ready for use. If not, add more salt and repeat (shake and wait overnight) until there is salt remaining at the bottom of the jar. This means that the water is fully saturated.

TO USE:

Consume every morning on an empty stomach. Do not stir. Take *2-3 tsp. of the Sole from the top of the Sole and add it into a glass of water. Do not use a metal utensil. A wooden or plastic spoon is preferred, but do not leave it sitting in the Sole.

* Even with such a small amount of sole in your glass of water, it will taste very salty. You may want to start with just 1 tsp of sole added to your water, and work your way up.

You can store Sole at room temp. It will last indefinitely as salt is naturally anti-bacterial and anti-fungal so you should never have to buy minerals again unless you run out of salt! More water and salt can be added as needed to keep up the amount in the jar.

Real salts can be purchased at many health food stores, vitacost.com, amazon.com, or from your favorite supplier.

My Days

To my fellow bloggers and friends who read Maggie Tiggles’ stuff, thank you for hanging in with me. These past few days have been rather rough, with the passing of my mother in law last week.

I have been keeping up with my readings as best I can, but I know my replies have not been as well-thought-out and researched as I like.

Death is surprisingly complicated these days! My husband has to do most of the legwork, but our days are very different since this happened.

We plan the visitation for tomorrow, and the funeral for Saturday. I have one post scheduled for tomorrow, but I don’t know about after that. I hope to return to “regular” blogging some time in the new year, after we’ve had some time to process well, and grieve.

God bless you richly.

Dr Axe on Canola Oil

Another worthwhile read from Dr Axe –

His intro: When it comes to one cooking oil, in particular, there are two extremely passionate viewpoints. Some say it’s bursting with healthy fats, while others equate it to modern-day poison. So, what’s the truth? I decided to take a deep dive into the data. What I found is shocking — and I want you to share it with everyone you know. I can say with confidence that this is the #1 cooking oil you should always avoid… including in holiday recipes

How Is Canola Oil Bad for You? Plus 4 Substitutes

Dr Axe Discusses Fructans

Interesting article this morning. Definitely something to read and consider.

Dr Axe’s intro: If you’re eating gluten-free everything but still suffer from constant bloating, gas or abdominal pain and IBS, there may be a tricky carbohydrate to blame. (Hint: It has nothing to do with gluten.) Learn the signs that could signal a fructan intolerance, something most doctors aren’t talking about

What Are Fructans? Signs of Fructan Intolerance & How to Overcome It

Recipe Friday: Canna Chili and Kathy’s Corncakes

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This is my go-to chili, easy and tasty. It’s perfect for those cold winter nights, and for those hurry-up-and-feed-me times when there are more important things to do (like opening presents or getting the kids to bed). It’s called Canna Chili because I toss in a “can a’ this and a can a’ that.” The recipe doubles or triples easily. This can be made and eaten right away; or you can put it in a slow cooker on low to wait for hours; or you can reheat it for delicious leftovers another day. It goes great with cornbread (I’ve provided a recipe, following. Jiffy makes a nice box mix, too.).

This recipe does not include salt or pepper. First, I’m allergic to pepper. Second, it hasn’t needed any salt, but my husband sprinkles some into his. Shake away to your taste.

This is a mild chili. You can kick it up any way you like with more chili powder, hotter chilis, or whatever peppers your taste buds and sweat glands love.

One more note: If you’ve got some shredded zucchini you want to sneak in for nutrition, this is a good recipe to dump it into.

Canna Chili

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground meat of choice
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 heaping tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 4.5 oz can mild chopped green chilies
  • 1 15 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 15 oz can tomato puree or chopped/diced tomatoes
  • 1 15 oz can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder (adjust amount to taste)

Optional toppings:

  • Sour cream
  • Salsa
  • Chopped onions or scallions
  • Corn chips (I like Fritos Scoops, so I can scoop the chili like a dip) or Doritos, crushed or whole
  • Shredded cheese
  • Black olives (whole, chopped, or sliced)
  • Guacamole or sliced avocado
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Pickled jalapeños

Directions:

  1. In a 3-quart saucepan or Dutch oven, brown ground meat over medium-high heat. Add the onion along with the meat. When meat is two minutes from being done, stir in the garlic.
  2. Dump in the green chilies, tomato sauce, tomato puree, beans, and chili powder. Stir well.
  3. Heat to simmer.
  4. Serve immediately with optional toppings, or simmer for hours in a slow cooker. Or, put the filled Dutch oven into a 200° oven to keep warm.

Kathy’s Corncakes

Serves: 6

These make small johnny cakes. If you prefer, pour batter into muffin liners and bake in a muffin tin; or pour batter into a pie plate.
The batter thickens quickly after mixing, but it works well for frying up any size corncake you want.
If the griddle is too hot, make sure you watch the cook time, so they don’t burn.
These freeze well. I layer between parchment paper.

Yield: 12 cakes
Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 6 minutes fry time each

Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups               stone-ground cornmeal

1 1/2 teaspoons     baking powder

1/2 teaspoon          baking soda

1/4 cup                    palm coconut sugar or other sweetener

1 teaspoon             salt

1 1/2 cups               buttermilk *

2                               eggs **

4 tablespoons        melted butter or coconut oil

Directions:

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  1. Blend dry ingredients together.
    2. In a separate bowl, whisk together wet ingredients.
    3. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients; stir just until combined. Batter will be thick. (If too thick, thin with a little more buttermilk.)
    4. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. For each corncake, spoon 1/4 cup batter onto hot skillet, and cook 3 minutes per side.
    Makes 12 little ones or 4-5 big ones.

[Alternate: Pour batter to fill paper muffin liners ¾ full and bake 20 min at 400°. (Makes 12 – 14 muffins)]

[Other alternate: pour batter into a greased pie plate and bake 20 min at 400°.]

* As a substitute, measure 1 tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar into measuring cup; fill with the 1 1/2 cups of milk.
** or 3 tsp Enr-G egg replacer with 4 T water

 

Letting Go, Moving Up

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Galatians 4.21-26 Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law, do ye not hear the law? For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman. But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise. Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar. For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children. But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.

Hebrews 11.13-16 (speaking of Abraham, Sara, Isaac, and Jacob) These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.

Starting in the Garden, God made promises to man. His first promise was that we would surely die if we disobeyed.

After Adam and Eve disobeyed, God blessed them with many promises. He has continued to give and repeat promises throughout His Word.

Chief among His promises are blessings for obedience.

When God called Abram out to a strange land, Abram fully obeyed in faith. God counted Abram’s faith as righteousness (Romans 4.9).

God calls all of us out of our land. He does not want us to live in man-made environments. He has bigger and better plans for us. Like Abraham, if we obey, we will live in the freedom of His promises.

Abraham had opportunity to look back, to pine for what he was missing (Hebrews 11.15). But his desire for God was greater than his desire for whatever he was leaving behind.

When God promised Abraham a son, he must have been overjoyed. His faith was greater than Sara’s, but he allowed Sara to convince him to follow a human way instead of waiting on God. That’s like building your house on sand. It can’t stand up to the storms of life.

When Ishmael was born, Abraham loved him. Ishmael was, in Abraham’s eyes, his first-born. Abraham delighted in Ishmael.

But Ishmael was not the son of the Promise, he was the son of the flesh (Galatians 4.23). When it’s not God’s Way, it’s not going to work out God’s way. It can’t, when we’ve built it ourselves.

And therein lies the bondage. Abraham allowed his heart to become bonded to the son of his flesh. It was hard to let go when God told him to; but he did. Abraham remained faithful to God, and did not follow after his flesh or his disobedience. He didn’t look back.

He (and we) still suffered the consequences of his sin; that was passed down through the generations, in wars and disputes. But God led Abraham, in obedience, to the promise of the blessing in Isaac. That was built upon the Rock.

Do you have cherished possessions or people that are created from the flesh? Are you tightly holding onto something that is not related to God’s promise? Have you been working for God, and finding out that it was all your idea, and it’s not what He wanted at all?

It’s hard to let these things go. When it’s our “baby,” something we’ve worked so hard for, it’s hard to let all that energy and pride and time and money just – GO!

Paul said, in Philippians 3.7, 8 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ.

Can you change your lenses, your perspective, to see how God sees things? He loves you, and wants all His promises for you to come true. Don’t stand in His way. Don’t keep up a wall of your own building just because you built it and think it’s beautiful. Let God tear down that wall so that you may see beyond it to the beautiful freedom God has for you.

Just as Abraham obeyed God and let Hagar and Ishmael go, you can, in faith, let go of your fleshly works. God will give you the strength and desire if you humble yourself under His mighty hand. He will lift you up (James 4.10).

There may come surprises, pleasant and unpleasant once you give up your works and start building according to God’s plan. But God is the refiner’s fire. He will make a way.

Recipe Friday: Edible Chocolate Play Dough

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This time, Recipe Friday is for something completely fun! This chocolate play dough is the perfect consistency to make any shape you like. It rolls out or rolls up or curls or stands or shapes. And it’s no-cook, besides being tasty!

This recipe, and the photo, are taken from a Cook’n newsletter at http://www.dvo.com/newsletter/monthly/2012/may/funtimes.html . Shameless plug (because it’s that good): For anyone looking for the perfect recipe organizer software, this is it. If you visit the site, be sure to click around and investigate. With Cook’n software, you can browse the Internet, capture a recipe, and organize it in several ways. You can also share your recipes via Internet, e-mail, Facebook, etc. And you can convert your hand-written recipes into digital to save, or scan or take photos of a recipe.

A word about using: It’s best to work the dough with clean hands on a clean surface, if you plan on eating it. Don’t use chemical cleansers to clean. Although this dough will keep quite a while (I don’t know for how long), it won’t stand up to multiple uses simply because it will accumulate too many germs. Please be safe with it. (It’s too tempting to eat it right away, anyway.)

Use this to create shapes, or even use for Christmas decorations. You can make cake or cookie toppers, edible containers for treats, or whatever your imagination leads you to. Your finished shapes play well with add-ins (dried fruit, nuts, chocolate chips), frostings, and sprinkles.

Edible Chocolate Play Dough

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
  • 3/4 cup dry milk powder
  • 1/2 cup butter at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Mix and knead by hand until desired consistency (something like a Tootsie Roll).

Bonus recipe: Peanut Butter Play Dough

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • ½ cup dry, powdered milk
  • 1 T honey

Mix all ingredients together by hand. Mold, sculpt, and eat!

The Words of My Mouth

Ephesians 4.29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.

This is a pretty imposing mandate! The words that come out of our mouths should be only edifying and ministering. No corrupt communication, no tearing down, no evil or unwholesome speech.

Unwholesome: contaminated, dangerous, deleterious, destructive, harmful, insalubrious, lethal, noxious, pernicious, poisonous, rotten, septic, spoiled, toxic, unhealthy, unnutritious, venomous, virulent.

Wholesome: pure, beneficial, clean, edifying, ethical, exemplary, fit, good, hale, helpful, honorable, moral, nice, nourishing, respectable, restorative, righteous, safe, sound, strengthening, virtuous, well, worthy.

Let’s think about the words of our mouths in our day-to-day activities with spouses, children, friends, other family members, church family, community, and phone conversations. Are all those words 1) necessary and 2) wholesome?

It is better to remain silent than to blurt out unwholesome speech.

How can we garner some semblance of control over the tongue?

Colossians 3.2 Set your minds on the things above, not the things on the earth.

Why?

Romans 8.6 For the mind of the flesh is death; but the mind of the Spirit, life and peace.

We must fill our minds and hearts with the things of God. Luke 6.45 ends with “for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.”

How’s your heart? Anxious? Angry? Give these things to God, for they are of the earth and lead to death.

Is your heart peaceful and joyful? Praise God and edify others with the words of your mouth.

Psalm 19.14 May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in Your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.