Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Big Fun Restoration!!!

At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because You have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do."
---Matthew 11:25-26

We really want to be best friends with these people...

...and this just might blow your mind too...

At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” He called a little child to Him, and placed the child among them. And He said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in My name welcomes Me.
---Matthew 18:1-5

Friday, January 21, 2011

Big Fun with Dr. Bradshaw

Xanthorhiza simplicissima (Ranunculaceae)
Yellow root...

perennial subshrub found mostly along streams, single stem usually shin to knee high, alternate, compound  pinnate leaves (celery-like)

mildly poisonous, containing the alkaloids berberine and hydrastine 

nice long, distinctively yellow root

medicinal plant used by people living in and around the southern Appalachian mountains for centuries



(sometimes used externally as antiseptic)




transient drops in blood pressure

Always consult a physician before using medicinally.  This plant can be toxic in high doses, can paralyze the central nervous system, and has been known to induce abortion in pregnant women.

A small bundle of approximately 10 to 12 pieces of root each 4 to 6 inches long will make a half gallon.  Clean and rinse roots then bring to a boil and immediately turn off heat (don't let roots boil), let stand and cool, mixed with water, makes half gallon.  Store in refrigerator or root cellar.  Serve 6 oz. of this bitter tonic every morning, mix with local honey if needed. 


Has been used to treat stomach ulcers, Type II diabetes, digestives issues, calm and soothe PMS symptoms, arthritis, symptoms of gum disesase (when used as mouthwash), hemorrhoids, as a laxative, acne, as a diuretic, eye infections, sore throat, and to ward off infection.

*Often confused with Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis), an endangered native plant that used to be common in the woodlands of the eastern U.S.  Overcollection, deforestatin, and habitat degradation are all contributing to the loss of this medicinal plant.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Big Fun Snow Days!!!

5 God’s voice thunders in marvelous ways;
   He does great things beyond our understanding.
6 He says to the snow, ‘Fall on the earth,’
   and to the rain shower, ‘Be a mighty downpour.’
7 So that everyone He has made may know His work,
   He stops all people from their labor.
--- Job 37:5-7

Thanks be to G+d!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Happy 1st Anniversary Beloved!!!

Where it all went down on December 31st, 2009...

...Thanks to Iced:The Upstate Cupcake People and Hotel Indigo, Asheville for helping make our anniversary celebration so very special...

...and what will the next year bring?