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Autumn-Are you ready for it?

Welcome friends, old and new! 🙂

I’m a summer baby but boy do I love enjoying all of the other seasons. I’m so looking forward to AUTUMN! That “back to school weather” I’m sure we’ve all experienced as kids. Not too hot, and not too cold. Boots, sweaters, snazzy hats and scarves. The fashion aspect of it is endless! But what I’m most looking forward to is the foliage. Oh my dear goodness, the rush of excitement I get! [haha] Those colors are just BEAUTIFUL! There’s nothing better than watching nature at it’s best. I remember in grade school, we were given the assignment to find leaves in various stages, whether fully soft green or a crunchy red or orange. We’d trace over or place a white sheet of paper over them, and take a crayon to color on top of the paper bringing fourth the variations of lines and shapes within the leaf. Ah, those good ole days. Brought back some snails as well 🙂 [lol].

Either way, I’m anticipating that very moment! How about you? Tell me how you feel about Autumn and one of your favorite or least favorite moments about it. Leave your comments below ^_^

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Until next time…

-Jumblez

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What’s so great about FLAX SEEDS?

Hello again readers! 🙂

I’m sure this is a very COMMON topic among the masses [hehe], but I wanted to shed a little light on it from my point of view. Provided there will be facts to validate the majority of them ;-). For those unaware of what flax seeds (also known as common flax or linseed) are, they’re basically seeds derived from the plant (binomial name: Linum usitatissimum). Tiny brown seeds, some golden brown, and the other is a darker brown. The darker pigmented seeds seem to carry more omega -3, being a little more beneficial in that sense. Reminding me of that quote “the darker the berry, the sweeter the juice”. Lol! Seems to apply in a many of circumstances regarding food etc (wheat bread, berries, flax seeds, black or brown rice, black tea, black beans,fruits) I found this site and a few others to be rather beneficial {http://www.first30days.com/living-healthier/articles/dark-foods-nutrition-champs.html}. According to Wiki, “It is native to the region extending from the eastern Mediterranean to India and was probably first domesticated in the Fertile Crescent.” 

Flax seeds are EXTREMELY beneficial and a good source of essential fatty acids, such as calcium, iron, niacin, phosphorous, vitamin E, and are also a rich source of Omega-3 fatty acids as stated above 😉 . Aside from seeds, it also comes packaged as ground also known as flax seed meal. Usually used in smoothies, food etc. There’s also flax seed oil which is a colorless to yellowish oil obtained from the dried ripe seeds of the flax plant. There are a variety of different ways flax seeds/meal/oil can be used.

WAYS FLAX SEEDS CAN BE USED:

  • Flax seeds can be used as a hair gel. By boiling about 1/4 cup of flax seeds in a pot of 2 cups of water. Constantly stir and check to see if the water has become the right thickness and level of consistency that you want it. You can either extract the gel by pouring it into a knee high that’s been placed into a small container of some sort, and using plastic tongs to glide it out into the container. Don’t squeeze it like you would a tea bag, but more as though you were putting a frosting covered butter knife in between your fingers and sliding the frosting off. Except, it’s tongs and not your fingers. The second way is to use a cheesecloth or a wired strainer the kind with the very fine holes. Extract the gel, allow it to cool down and add any essential oils you’d like. I love using lavender and lemon grass along with drops of vitamin E.
  • They have a sweet, nutty flavor. When boiled and whipped with apple juice, they make a great binder and leavening in baked goods, in place of eggs.
  • Flax seeds alone can have a laxative effect on the body and so should be consumed in moderation. Many vegans enjoy them daily for the Omega-3 benefits.
  • The tiny brown seeds  are sometimes added to cereals. They are prone to rancidity and must be stored in the freezer.
  • Flaxseed oil has been found to be beneficial for those who suffer from Crohn’s Disease and Colitis. Several studies have found that this oil seems to be able to calm the inner lining of the inflamed intestines. There’s also  a high content of mucilage in flax and this is an effective natural laxative.
  • Flaxseed oil is beneficial in helping to reduce high cholesterol (not by itself, it must be added into your diet regimen). Lowers the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure.Flaxseed oil also helps to:
    1. Reduce the risk of cancer.
    2. Aid in the growth of healthy hair and nails.
    3. Promote healthy skin.
    4. Reduce menopause symptoms.
    5. Play a role in burning body fat.

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These are just a few of the great ways flax seeds can be used. Some people with Sjogren’s syndrome (a dryness of the eyes), flaxseed oil helps to improve this condition. All in all, you can’t go wrong with flax seeds, it really is helpful in a number of ways. I love using it as my hair gel! If you have curly hair, it really helps to define them. I hope you’ve taken something helpful from my post today, feel free to discuss such below in the comment section. Until next time….

-Jumblez

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Growing Cucumbers & Tomatoes

Hello again and welcome readers!

I just briefly wanted to share my experience with growing cucumbers and tomatoes from home. I initially wanted to begin this little journey, because I missed planting, and watching them grow. My mom used to ALWAYS have plants at home, and me and my brother got to name them each and learn their purposes. Of course being as young as we were, we gave them Pokemon names, haha! Those were the good ole days. The living room was full of beautiful green plants all different shapes, shades, textures, and sizes. We had pets back then during various times in our lives, this in particular time we owned an angora Egyptian cat. Beautiful long fluffy white fur, so sweet and so smart! Unfortunately we had to give him away :-(, but I mention Egypt (our cat) because he loved nibbling on the plants (which let us know he was getting sick) a lot of the plants are known to aid the ill.

So any who ->before I get off topic here lol….

I’ve been learning to plant since 1st grade when they had you do a project on growing the Lima bean in a plastic bag with a moist paper towel….ah them days lol. We even had eggs hatched and they were the cutest little baby chicks ever. Such a fun experience! So, for these many reasons, I’ve been really interested in the concept of life, and being able to contribute to it in the best of ways. Plus, I found it to be such a financial relief, to have your own mini garden with the essentials you need, verses paying for something with an unknown origin. *wink wink* (Haha)….So  I started my cucumbers, they were growing just fine as you’ll see in the video, but I transferred them improperly I think and didn’t know to remove the old soil from the mini cup it was in, when entering into fresh new soil. The pot was also too big and didn’t have any holes at the bottom to allow air to circulate and for it to properly drain. The tomatoes, one night I left them on top of the damp soil beside the cucumbers (yes the pot was big enough to fit everything lol) and I slept forgetting to remove it. How unfortunate when I came back to find mold creeping up the sides. They were too young to be transferred and really had been growing much more than it shows in this clip. I was so sad they both were dying and felt a bit guilty. :-/

In short, I will be more prepared for next time, and theirs tons of information out there available to everyone. I wanted to get a feel for things first I guess (impatient ole me). I hope you’ve enjoyed the video, and my blabbering lol. Be sure to keep up with future postings.

Jumblez

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