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Another reason to read the Labels

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

I was going through my email tonight and came across an article written by Food Renegade. I have only been getting the emails for a short time but really appreciate the information.

Did you know that there maybe corn syrup in your vanilla extract? McCormick has added some to their extract? I am including the link so you can read how and why they would do something like that.

Are you aware that you can make your own extracts for a fraction of the cost that you buy them for? All is takes is a fifth of great brandy or vodka and fresh vanilla beans. Put it in a jar and store in a dark closet or basement, shake it periodically, and within 6 months you have your extract. If anyone is interested I will try and find a recipe for different extracts. Unfortunately, my recipes are saved on my desk top on the main computer which went down a few days ago.

I was thinking about making my own... now I am certain I will be making my own vanilla extract from now on.


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CRYSTALJEM 4/27/2012 12:14AM

    Makes my head hurt... actually it makes me hurt all over. I am very seriously looking into a 3 season greenhouse.

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KWRIGHT26 4/20/2012 8:18PM

    Eh?! Corn syrup in my vinegar?! Corn syrup in my vanilla?! WHAT GIVES?!?!?! Why does it need to be there?

They're obviously running out of places to put their corn syrup. What's next? Are they going to inject apples with it?

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SCIFIMOM 4/20/2012 12:38AM

  Yeah, lots of basic ingredients are sneaky that way. Another one is balsamic vinegar. Luckily I started out with a really good, sugar free one World Market, but since it's running low, I've been reading labels for a closer replacement. (World Market is in the next town.) I was shocked to find that 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar could be loaded with sugar or corn syrup, and contain up to 6 grams of sugar!

I don't dare order it for my salad in restaurants any more, since they most likely serve the sweetest ones available. I'll go back to a squeeze of lemon on my salad.


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NAYPOOIE 4/19/2012 12:28PM

    Why would they do that (she wails)

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GRAMPAM 4/19/2012 6:05AM

    Thank for the info. I do have a lot to learn about food and the hidden sugars. Have a great day!

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BEFIT014 4/18/2012 10:21PM

    That's interesting. I'm going to have to read that article. Thanx for the info!

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Spring in Iowa

Sunday, April 15, 2012

I just love SPRING in Iowa... all of the song birds are back now...except we are still waiting for the little wrens to set up house in their backyard apartment, er, birdhouse.

The robins are so pretty with their orange breasts as they have one eye on the ground for an unlucky worm. Just love to wake up to the sound of their song even when it is at FOUR A.M. :).

The newly overturned soil appears so black as it lies in contrast to the various hues of the new greens. Planting has begun in some areas, but there is always the chance of freezing conditions. It is such a relief to get everything in early, which in some years set up the scenario for the never ending game of chance between gardener/farmer and mother nature.

April showers bring May flowers... we are finally getting some much needed rain... but like with many springs once the faucet is turned on it doesn't get turned off right away. Some areas in Iowa are experiencing flooding as severe storms rampage through the Midwest this weekend... alas... this is spring in Iowa.

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GRAMPAM 4/16/2012 6:02AM

    I love the springtime in Iowa, too. Have a great one! Hugs!11

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SCIFIMOM 4/15/2012 6:01PM

  I'm with you, Julia Jean, spring is MAGICAL! Although selfishly I am glad that I live on the far western edge of the eastern time zone, so my robins don't come chirping until after 5. (grin) -- Claudia

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BLUEBIRDSFLY 4/15/2012 12:14PM

    Hmmm. Just read Enchantebroom's comments and there is a green bubble in it. Seems there are an awful lot of bubbles around you but I digress....
This was a lovely spring blog. Tender and sweet much like spring.
I hope the rain will be gentle with the delicate flowers.
Happy Spring to you sweet friend.
Much love and Light your way. I just mentally surrounded you in a BUBBLE of amber light. This is a good thing. Bubbles are good.
Have a great day.

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ENCHANTEDBROOM 4/15/2012 11:35AM

    Julia, how much rain have you gotten so far. How are you and yours doing? y'all okay. Hope the weather wasn't bad.

It's supposed to get down right nasty here. The irises are just now putting on blooms so they will probably be wiped out again this year. So I am going to do the following:

Just visualize, a slow steady rain in the areas needed for as long as needed. A good soil soaking with no extra run off or flooding. Surround this in a green bubble and send it out into the universe.

Love and Light


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Fed Up Yet? You may be after you see what else is in your foods.

Monday, April 09, 2012

I was surfing through my emails and came across this email about ingredients in our food which are the last thing I ever thought would be there.

This also is another push for me to give up... I mean completely GIVE UP processed foods.

Here see for your self and let me know what you think... Who would have thought antifreeze in chocolate cake mix? See for yourself if you dare.....


You will need to copy and paste... it is worth the effort to take the time and read this one.

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JUSTBIRDY 4/18/2012 11:02PM

    Propylene glycol is not the same as ethylene glycol, which is the stuff in antifreeze.

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SCIFIMOM 4/13/2012 10:05PM

  EWWWW... As if I needed another reason to give up processed foods. I'm currently following the line of reasoning that if it grows on a plant instead of being manufactured in a plant, or raised on a farm, that I'm probably better off.

Of course, it does kind of remind me about the old comedy item about eggs. Just imagine being the first caveman to see that coming out of a chicken's rear end and wondering, "Gee, I wonder what THAT tastes like." (big grin) -- Claudia

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CRYSTALJEM 4/13/2012 8:11PM

    Well, I must say it's gross, but at the same time I found the article sensationalized the topic. A couple of commenters on the actual article pointed out details regarding this. Whole and fresh is the way to go. I prefer to know where my food comes from and produce as much of it as I reasonably can myself.

Back in the day when killing and processing your own meat and pelts was a common event, and that was the only way to feed yourself, it took a lot more to gross someone out. I can well imagine how someone found out that the gland contents tasted like raspberries. Other glands are eaten such as sweetbreads (the thymus gland found near the base of the neck - well in some animals, not in beavers though). Especially then you didn't waste anything because of the difficulty and effort required to produce said food. I know some of the organs have some of the highest nutritional value, but I don't have any idea what the nutritional value of any of the glands are. You can't argue that it's not a "natural" additive though.
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BLUEBIRDSFLY 4/13/2012 6:10PM

    This information is so utterly disturbing not to mention thoroughly gross.

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SAVANNAHZMOMMA1 4/10/2012 12:56PM

    WHO figured out that Beaver Butt tastes like raspberries?

Life is strange, isn't it? I'm glad that Savannah and I are eating whole foods... thanks for sharing this.

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UNIQDRGNFLY 4/10/2012 10:15AM

    OMG! who would have thunk all of that! Thanks!!!

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CJSARGENT1 4/9/2012 11:17PM

    Oh my

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DJ4HEALTH 4/9/2012 10:30PM

    That is sooo gross!!! emoticon emoticon

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Fresh Veggies to start in your gargen for FREE

Thursday, April 05, 2012

As some of you know by now, I am on a journey to eat whole and healthy food at a reduced cost or, hopefully free. I have been subscribed to this wonderful site for a while and I was surprised and re minded that most of our healthy -live foods can be regrown, DUH!!! big time on my part.

Here is a link to her blog and I hope most of you will be willing to try this. A word of caution... if the living plant does not grow it may have been irradiated... time to shop for some live foods to consume.


What do you think? I am going to try this. I already have some garlic sprouting so I will be planting it shortly. I have also heard of doing this with green onions. Save the ends and plant in a planter or outside and you will have another green onion. Better yet, let it go to seed and see what you can do.

Life, my friends, is just an experiment. Have fun and be healthy!. Julia

as of4/6/12 I have changed the url address. This one should work but as a friendly reminder, you may need to copy and paste to get to the site.

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SLIMCHANCE5 4/6/2012 1:27PM

    Thanks for sharing this link - its great and I can't wait to try it!!

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JULIAJEAN2 4/6/2012 11:43AM

    Sorry about the link... I will see what I can do to fix it today. Thanks for letting me know.


I have edited my blog as of 10:50 this morning 4/6/12. Thanks for visiting my blog and letting me know about my error. I learned from this mistake so, hopefully, I won't repeat it.

Have a great weekend.

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CJSARGENT1 4/6/2012 10:48AM

    very interesting

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BEFIT014 4/6/2012 6:29AM

    I love veggie gardening! Nothing like fresh from the backyard!

P.S.-the address took me to GMail sign up.

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What is the Fracking thing all about?

Monday, April 02, 2012

I came across this article today and thought I would post it for those of you who would like to assist our planet and take action by speaking out during this election year.

I, also, have just returned from visiting family in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. This is really frightening when you consider the damaging effects fracking has been proven to have on our planet and our(or loved one's) lives.

Has anyone else come across any informative articles on this subject? Here is what I found. You may need to copy and paste.


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    This is going/was on around the area where I live drilling for natural gas. Fortuantely, a lady who lives down the road a piece got her facts together, rented the Center across the street and brought up the Mayor from Dish, Tx. He in turn gave a talk about the effects of fracking on his town and even brought along a couple or three bottles of water from his town. I live in town not far from Greers Ferry Lake and in another two or three years that lake wont even be fit to fish in. The company drilling for gas sold the portion of the company that was drilling here to an Australian company. There have been major earthquakes about 30 miles south of where I live, and one or two in our town. I just hate it, hate it. Most of the people who have the drilling rigs on their land quickly climbed into bed with the gas company just for the money they were offering. The results: The county formed a board to govern the fracking and got the state to put a mortorium on gas drilling, the lady was elected Justice of the Peace for her district, by a landslide I might add, and the people that were so sure they would make more money than the Ewings, or a Middle Eastern Oil Shiek haven't gotten paid. They are the ones I blame for this. But then this is what the county I live in is like. There haven't been any earthquakes in just about a year now. Ever since the oil/gas companies moved to town I have been using bottled water. Even my fur babies get bottled water. I have a 5 gallon water dispencer in my kitchen and at least 3 5 gallon bottles in reserve. The water company here is constantly sending out letters saying the EPA has found all sorts of harmful bacteria and other things in the water. In other words Don't drink the water.

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MZZCHIEF 4/3/2012 10:13AM

    Its horrible!
I live just north of the Dallas area.
There was even an earthquake here last year, from the combined effects of fracking and I suspect from the drought's effect on the aquifer.

Of course the media said there was no tie in... nothing to be worried about.
Its big business as usual.

There are times that I feel humans are a cancer on this Earth with all the damage they do to the environment. 'Tis a strange bird who soils his own nest.

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KURTORTOISE 4/3/2012 3:24AM

    I've seen quite a few YouTube videos in the past two years where people set their tap water on fire.
I often sign anti-fracking petitions at Care2.com, which also promotes other environmental groups that have easy letter writing campaigns (just fill out your name and address and their site sends the letters to your state reps).

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JULESJ1OK 4/3/2012 1:43AM

    Yes that is very frightening. We here about it all the time here in Oklahoma. I really wish the powers that be would figure out a reliable fuel alternative soon because the gov plans on drilling now more than ever in history. We believe that's what was causing all those earthquakes here in OK last Christmas, that was unreal, we had tornadoes and earthquakes in the same day. But we cannot live with out water. Thanks for posting...people need to know what's really going on around them.

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PROVERBS31JULIA 4/2/2012 7:55PM

    I've been watching this for several years - have friends in various places up farther north and also south, and read comments about people having water that they can ignite into flames just coming in the tap! It's Corporate Greed, once again trying to tear up the Earth. I've also noticed that there are earthquakes happening in areas nearby where fracking has been going on...you can't tell me that's not a coincidence!! (and the Bible predicts earthquakes in various places... "diverse places" I think is how the KJV renders it. And you can believe wars will be fought over water rights, as the various countries start competing for the dwindling water supply as these greedy rich corporate guys stupidly destroy THEIR OWN WATER SUPPLY, as well as OURS, not realizing that the fracking is gonna come around and BITE THEIR ARSES!!

Just wait and see... but I'm not a happy camper. And the greed is invading in my home state too... ARRRRGH!!

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BLUEBIRDSFLY 4/2/2012 6:58PM

    I just read some of the links about fracking and they are terrifying. There is so much that goes on that we know nothing about. Like how clean is our drinking water, really and how about the air we breathe, or the earth that grows our food.
According to what I have read in my metaphysics journey, drilling holes for oil into Mother Earth is the most damaging thing that mankind can do. I am now beginning to understand why. Imagine lighting fire to your drinking water?????
This is such an important blog. I hope people will take the time to read it.
Thank you.

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