Posts made in January, 2019


There are as many ways to make elderberry syrup as there are cooks. Everyone has their own take on this medicine. So here’s mine… I think it tastes pretty good.

I definitely have a surplus of elderberries after finding a huge supply at the end of the summer!

Benefits of elderberries

Elderberries boost the immune system and have been used as a immune medicine for a very long time. They are anti-viral and can kill H1N1 virus. They have the most flavanoids of all berries.  Flavanoids are anti-oxidants that protect cells and prevent numerous diseases in the body, including heart disease, metabolic disorders, and cancer. The flavanol in the most content in elderberries is quercetin, which is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that has been found to prevent cardiovascular disease, neurodegenerative disease (such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s), and prevent and treat cancer. Quercetin has been proven in a study to be part of a plan to successfully reduce tumor size. It helps support the respiratory system and helps break up phlegm and thus lessen a cough. It can shorten the duration of a cold or flu. Needless to say, elderberries are a powerful medicine.

These are the ingredients you will need:

1 cup fresh or frozen elderberries

1 cup water

¼-½ cup honey

1 T apple cider vinegar

1 T ground ginger

1 cinnamon stick or 1 T cinnamon

INSTRUCTIONS:

Put water, berries, grated ginger, and cinnamon stick in a saucepan.

Bring mixture to a boil, then set heat to low and simmer for 1 hour, covered. Stir it from time to time. Turn off heat and let it sit until it is warm.

Strain with a cheesecloth or fine mesh sieve.

Measure how much liquid you have and add equal parts honey. For example, if you have ½ c elderberry liquid, add ½ c honey. Stir until it is a smooth syrup.

Add 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to help preserve the syrup. Pour the finished syrup into a clean bottle with a tight lid. Store it in the refrigerator for 1-2 months.

Take 1 tsp. per hour when sickness descends or 1 tsp. per day when healthy.

Note: Do not give to babies under 1 year old, as honey is not recommended for babies.

I hope you enjoy this medicine and that it brings you health!

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Trent has been building cabinets since Summer. Sometimes when we get stuck on one task for a long time, it feels like it is lasting forever and we will never finish.

But the last few weeks, with extra time off from work for the holidays, Trent was able to make a lot of progress on the kitchen cabinets.

Kitchen sink

I get particularly excited about the kitchen taking form, because this is going to be the first well-thought-out kitchen I have ever lived in. For a tiny house kitchen, I think we have managed to fit in an admirable amount of storage and functionality.

The sink will be in the middle, with two very deep and spacious cupboards to the right and left. I love the big window that floods the workspace with light.

Two windows for optimal natural light

This is the view when you turn a bit right from the sink. There is a good amount of counter space and another window!

Above is the storage on your right side as you look at the kitchen. From right to left the compartments are: refrigerator, mason jar storage drawers, and pantry. I am very hopeful I will be able to fit all my kitchen essentials and a good amount of food storage for 6 people.

Next up is building the stairs to the kids loft, which will of course have storage in it! It may not look like it, but we are starting to get very close to finishing.

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