Saturday, April 28, 2007

Milking Cats????

As I was preparing dinner tonight my 7 yo dd comes skipping asking me "Mommy, why can the kittens get milk from Marble (our cat) and I cant". Not really paying attention I said, "Because we weren't meant to milk cats, their teats are to small." Then I thought about her question. "You tried to milk the cat?", I asked. "Yes" she replied. "With your fingers????" "No, I tried to drink milk from her!" "With your mouth" "Yeps" "Please dont try that again!"

Friday, April 27, 2007

Food Cooperatives


There is has been a big turn in the tide lately among the American population, a return to eating whole foods and using herbs and other forms of alternative medicine.

The problem that most people are encounter is a way to find these more health products. While Health food stores are on the increase, they are still not as abundant as we would like, plus prices can be pretty high. One way to buy cheaper health products and not have to go far to do it, is to join or start a Whole Foods Cooperative aka as a food coop. What is that you might ask? A food coop is where a bunch of people get together and order from a wholesale company. The combination of orders means you can buy in bulk and is usually much cheaper than buying retail.

How it works - The lady in charge of our coop sends out a list of dates of when to order by and pick up dates for the year. Each member gets a copy of the wholesalers catalog when they join (there is not fee to join) A week or two before the “ORDER BY” date, we call her with what we want to order and pay at least half of our total (before shipping). She then combines our orders and places the order with a company called Genesee Natural Foods located in Northeastern, PA….. There is a flat rate shipping fee divided among those who ordered by weight. How does the pricing work……If I want a 5lb bag of Prairie Gold wheat, it will cost me. $.42/lb, if I order 20lbs it might cost me .38/lb, 50lbs - .32/lb (This is just an example)

Here are a couple of website that can help you start your own or find one near you:


Coop Directory Service This not only lists coops that are already in existence, but also helps by offering information on how to start your own.

Local Harvest Food Coops

Food Routes

FDA wants to control the competition - Alternative Medicie

"It's the year 2022, earth's face has completely changed. New York's population, for example, has grown to 40 million mouths to feed. The greenhouse effect has risen the temperature into nearly unbearable regions, and the people are kept in the cities by law. The rich live in separated luxury apartments (with women as part of the rented furniture) but also experience the lack of natural food. Strawberries are at $150 for a glass of them. Police Detective Thorn investigates a strange murdering case of an official from the Soylent corporation, which feeds the masses with a palette of their creations: Soylent red, yellow, or, even more nutritious, green. Written by Julian Reischl /"

Okay, so maybe the earth isnt overpopulated, and this isn't Soylent Green, and the FDA is trying to feed it to us, but the FDA is trying to limit the use of natural healthcare & alternative medicine by issuing guidelines on CAM (
Complementary and Alternative Medicine), which can lead to further restriction on things such as vitamins, essential oils and even Cherries (click here to read that article: Cherries)

Here are a couple of articles regarding it or just google "FDA" "natural medicine":

World Net Daily News

News Target

Click Here to make your voice heard:



Health Freedom

Scattergories's harder than it looks! But fun!

Rules: Use the first letter of your name to answer each of the following....they must be real places, names, things....nothing made up!
If you can't think of anything, skip it. Try to use different answers if the person ahead of you had the same first initial. You CAN'T use your name for the boy/girl question and you can't use a search engine....Now GO!

  1. Your name: Kay
  2. Famous singer/band: Kraus, Allison (she's a country singer)
  3. 4 letter word: kelp
  4. Animal: kangaroo
  5. Color:
  6. Gifts/presents: kerchief
  7. Vehicle: KIA
  8. Things in a souvenir shop: key chain
  9. Boy name: Keith
  10. Girl name: Kelly
  11. Movie title: Killville
  12. Drink: kefir
  13. An occupation: Bee Keeper
  14. Flower: Ornamental Kale (not sure if this is considered a flower or not)
  15. Celebrity: Kevin Costner
  16. Magazine: Keepers at Home
  17. US city: Killington, VT
  18. Pro sports team: Kansas City Chiefs
  19. Fruit: Kiwi
  20. Reason for being late to work: Ketchup on my blouse, had to change it.
  21. Something you throw away: kleenex
  22. Things you shout: keep away from there
  23. Cartoon character: Krazy Kat

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Green Smoothies

I made my first GREEN smoothie today (I think, I may have tried one when I first read about them in the "Above Rubies" magazine). It was delicious. Here is what I did:

3 bananas
1 can pineapple
2 handfuls of coconut
4-5 leaves of organic kale

MMMM...MMMM. Good! 3 out of my 4 four children liked it.