Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!


There is one day a year when food and family take center stage and that day is Thanksgiving.  Families come together across many miles to spend the day eating food prepared from recipes passed down for generations.  It is a time for grateful appreciation of being together and having the comfort of being "home".   Thanksgiving is a time for traditions. The traditions vary from family to family, from city to city, from state to state, but one thing is certain food is always center stage!

A few fun facts about Thanksgiving:
  • President Abraham Lincoln declared the last Thursday in November as a national day of thanksgiving in 1863. In 1939, President Franklin Roosevelt decided that the holiday should be celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November in order to extend the holiday shopping by a week as requested by The National Retail Dry Goods Association. This caused controversy since in 1939 there happened to be five Thursdays in November. Two years later, the House of Representatives passed a resolution making the last Thursday in November a legal holiday.  The Senate amended the resolution, setting the date as the fourth Thursday and the House eventually agreed.
  • Macy's was not the first department store to sponsor a Thanksgiving Day parade. Gimbel's, a Philadelphia department store sponsored a parade in 1920. Macy's parade began four years later and has become a Thanksgiving tradition as well as the kick-off to the Christmas shopping season.
  • Domesticated turkeys, which are the ones we traditionally eat on Thanksgiving, cannot fly.  They are also slow with females being a bit faster than the males.  Wild turkeys can fly for short distances at a speed of almost 55 mph!  They also have better vision and hearing than the domestic turkeys.  Benjamin Franklin actually suggested that turkeys be our national bird instead of the bald eagle!
  • The White House has a long history of issuing pardons for turkeys. The practice may have begun when President Lincoln granted a pardon to his son Tad's pet turkey. President Obama pardoned a turkey named courage in 2009.
  • The Pilgrims adopted the Native Americans use of cranberries.  The Native Americans used cranberries in foods such as "pemmican" which was a nourishing, high protein combination of dried deer meat, crushed berries and melted fat.  They used cranberries also as a medicine to treat wounds and as a dye for fabric.  The Pilgrims named it "craneberry" because the drooping pink blooms in the spring reminded them of a crane.
  • The first Thanksgiving was a 3-day harvest feast held by the founders of the Plymouth colony in 1621.  Attending were 53 colonists and 90 Wampanoag. They feasted mainly on venison, swan, goose, and duck. 

There are several recipes and dishes that are required eating on Thanksgiving.  It is interesting to see how the recipes and names of dishes change depending on the Mason Dixon Line! One the most popular is "dressing" or "stuffing". Southerners call it "dressing" and most Northerners call it "stuffing", although a few Pennsylvanians have "filling" with their turkey.  There is no way to know if the Pilgrims had stuffing at the original feast, but it is likely that combinations of wild game and rice were featured in some way.  Boston cookbooks include stuffing recipes that contain oysters. Mennonite women used left-over mashed potatoes, stale bread, and butter to make their "filling" to serve as a casserole with the main dish of poultry.  

In the south, the dressing is cornbread based.  Many homes serve dressing cooked by a recipe that has been in the family for years.  Some cooks know the recipe by observing their mothers and grandmothers prepare the dish.  It is often hard to find two recipes exactly the same and sometimes a recipe isn't written down.  A grandmother may tell you to use enough broth until it "looks right" or you add a "bit" of salt and "some" stalks of celery.  Perfecting the recipe make take a couple of Thanksgiving failures to get it right!  

Many cooks used what was available to make their dressing or stuffing.  The Pacific Northwest recipes have oysters, clams, and mussels.  The American West cooks developed their own recipes by blending what they liked from the North and the South. San Franciscans took advantage of left-over sourdough bread for their dish.  The recipe shared below is an updated version of a traditional stuffing recipe from San Francisco.

San Francisco Stuffing
Serves 16

1 large loaf sourdough bread cut into small cubes ( about 13 cups)
8 links chicken apple sausage
2 large white onions, chopped
5 stalks of celery, chopped
4 tablespoons of butter
6 cups peeled and diced Granny Smith apples
3 cups chicken broth
1 tablespoon dried sage
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon of dried savory
1 teaspoon of dried thyme
1 teaspoon black pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spread bread cubes on a baking sheet and toast until golden brown, about 10 minutes. Transfer cooled cubes to large bowl.
Cut open sausage links remove casing and finely chop meat.  Add 1 tablespoon butter to heavy skillet, heat over medium heat and add sausage.  Saute until browned. Remove sausage with a slotted spoon and add to bread.  In the same pan, saute onions and celery until translucent.  Add to bread mixture.  Put remaining butter in the same skillet and saute the apples until soft.  Add apples to bread mixture along with the sage, savory, thyme, pepper, and salt. Gradually add liquid until the bread has absorbed it and the bread cubes have no crunch.  Butter a 15x10x2-inch baking dish, add the stuffing, cover with foil and bake until top is golden brown and crisp, 45 minutes to 1 hour.



This stuffing is very different from most served in this area, but maybe your family would welcome a "new" tradition!

Tracey and her family would like to wish you and your family a very happy Thanksgiving!

Tracey Cole is a wife, mother, grandmother and entrepreneur. Living her dream on the banks of an Alabama lake just east of Birmingham, she remains an enthusiast for anything to enhance the well-being of her family and friends.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Perks of Young Living Peppermint Essential Oils...

Young Living Peppermint Essential Oil is one of the oldest and most highly regarded herbs for supporting normal digestion, including promoting healthy intestinal function and gastrointestinal system comfort.

Tips to making the most of this comforting oil include:
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  • Add a drop of peppermint essential oil to herbal tea to help aid normal digestion and ease heartburn.
  • Massage several drops of peppermint essential oil on the abdomen, place a drop on wrists, or inhale to soothe the minor stomach discomfort associated with travel.
  • Diffuse or inhale peppermint essential oil mid-morning to curb the desire to snack.
  • Inhale peppermint essential oil or rub a drop on your abdomen to soothe minor stomach discomfort.
  • Rub four drops of peppermint essential oil on the chest and stomach to relive motion sickness.
You will be happy to have Young Living Peppermint Essential Oil on hand for those inopportune times.

Tracey Cole is a wife, mother, grandmother and entrepreneur. Living her dream on the banks of an Alabama lake just east of Birmingham, she remains an enthusiast for anything to enhance the well-being of her family and friends.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Young Living Products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Share Your Young Living Essential Young with Pets Too!

Young Living Oils are for adults, children and yes...our four legged family members too!

There will be times when your pet gets into something they shouldn't. The result may be cuts, scratches or scrapes. Young Living Animal Scents offer comforting, natural therapies to treat your babies when they need special attention. 
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Willie Working His Living Young
Follow the easy three step process:
  • PuriClean - Add 1 or 2 drops to the affected area to support proper cleansing. Apply a generous amount with an AromaGlide Roller Fitment. Add 1 to 2 drops to a 1 oz. spray bottle with distilled water for a quick skin cleansing spritz.
  • Infect Away - contains 6 essential oils formulated especially for animals. When used in conjunction with other oils this exclusive oil blend addresses most of the common challenges that occur in our pets. Apply 2 - 4 drops to your hands and pet your fur baby. Add 8 - 10 drops to a 1 oz spray bottle. Fill with distilled water, providing an immune boosting spritz
  • Mendwell - Follow up to InfectAway. Rub 1 -2 drops on the affected area. You may prefer to use an AromaGlide Roller Fitment to apply a generous amount, promoting wound healing. This is the finishing touch to healing your fur babies.
Add 1 drop of T-Away behind each ear during times of aggravation to calm your pet. T-Away is a soothing scent for your pet to support a new level of emotional freedom and happy feelings. Diffuse 3 times daily for 30 minutes to support positive emotional perseverance. Use an Aroma Glide roller fitment to apply to bottoms of paws or on the flanks.

Your pet will be thankful you discovered Young Living Oils

Tracey Cole is a wife, mother, grandmother and entrepreneur. Living her dream on the banks of an Alabama lake just east of Birmingham, she remains an enthusiast for anything to enhance the well-being of her family and friends.


*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Young Living Products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Young Living Loves Our Pets!

We all adore our fur babies!! All natural and non-toxic, the Animal Scents Care collection gives you a perfect solution for taking the best care possible of your pets. 
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Lucy Loves Living Young

Animal scents shampoo doesn't have harmful ingredients that are sometimes found in pet care products. All natural, Young Living shampoo contains five essential oils that gently cleanse, increase luster and enhance grooming.

Animal Scents Ointment is for external use. It assists in healing minor skin irritations and cuts on your pet. This natural ointment contains myrrh, lavender, frankincense and tea tree, all healing oils for your beloved pet. Protecting and soothing, your dog or cat will love you even more.

ParaGize is created with your animal in mind. Composed of peppermint, spearmint adding 8-10 drops of this combination of healing oils to a 1 oz spray bottle with distilled water supports wound-healing properties. Or, simply add 1-2 drops to the affected area to promote proper healing.

RepelAroma contains 4 essential oils including citronella. Apply 2-4 drops to your hands and pet your baby. Add to a spray bottle and spritz them on a hot day. Your pets can enjoy being outside without being bothered by pests. This is ideal for horses too!

A clean, healthy pet makes a happy dog and cat owner!

Tracey Cole is a wife, mother, grandmother and entrepreneur. Living her dream on the banks of an Alabama lake just east of Birmingham, she remains an enthusiast for anything to enhance the well-being of her family and friends.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Young Living Products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

6 Benefits for Having Lavender Around your Home...

Lavender is one of our favorite Young Living Essential Oils to have on hand at all times.

100% pure therapeutic essential oil blend, Lavender has many beneficial uses. Lavender is excellent for relaxing and enjoying a good night's rest, as well as it is a great healer. We enjoy using lavender essential oils in everyday uses around the house such as:
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  • Add a few drops to shampoo or apply directly to the scalp to prevent dandruff.
  • Add a few drops to a damp washcloth or dryer sheet and put in clothes dryer for fresh smelling laundry.
  • Place a drop or two on a cotton ball and place in drawers and closets for a refreshing scent.
  • Adding 2 or 3 drops to a cotton ball then adding to your vacuum cleaner bag will soothe and call your  home as you clean.
  • Add a drop to your wrists for a natural, uplifting fragrance.
  • Diffusing lavender oil sets the perfect mood for a baby shower or social gathering.
These small differences just make our homes a little happier and more enjoyable after a long day. The soft aroma of lavender throughout your home just makes your home more inviting. Try some today, we don't think you'll be disappointed! Share your favorite uses for lavender with us, we'd love to hear!

Tracey Cole is a wife, mother, grandmother and entrepreneur. Living her dream on the banks of an Alabama lake just east of Birmingham, she remains an enthusiast for anything to enhance the well-being of her family and friends.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Young Living Products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

6 Ways Lavender is Used to Heal

Lavender's sweet floral aroma is soothing and refreshing. 

While lavender's aroma is perfect for relaxing, lavender is a great healer as well:
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  • Add a drop to 1/2 teaspoon of coconut oil for an all natural diaper rash cream.
  • Apply 2-3 drops to minor burns to prevent blistering and sooth pain. Adding to pure aloe alleviates sunburn pain.
  • Apply directly to minor cuts to aid healing, disinfect and minimize bleeding.
  • Diffuse, inhale or take internally for seasonal allergy relief. Apply topically to the back of neck, bridge of the nose, or vita flex points.
  • Minimize the appearance of scars by massaging lavender oil in or around affected areas.
  • Rub lavender oil on dry, chapped, itchy skin to moisture irritated areas.
Lavender provides so many benefits, don't let your home be without it.

Tracey Cole is a wife, mother, grandmother and entrepreneur. Living her dream on the banks of an Alabama lake just east of Birmingham, she remains an enthusiast for anything to enhance the well-being of her family and friends.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Young Living Products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

5 Ways Lavender is Used for Relaxation

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) has a sweet, floral aroma that is soothing and refreshing.

Lavender's aroma is great for relaxing and winding down before bedtime; add to bath or diffuse to create a calming and comforting environment. Lavender essential oil may compliment your favorite shampoos, lotions and skin care products. Because it is the most versatile of all essential oils, no home should be without it.

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Lavender is a great solution for relaxing before bedtime, yet it has the balancing properties that can also boost stamina and energy. Take these steps to relax and rest better at night:
  • Add five drops to one cup epsom salt for a relaxing bath before bed. 
  • Rub on bottoms of feet to ease restlessness and encourage peaceful sleep. 
  • Diffuse or inhale lavender essential oil before bed, combating restlessness, calming your mind, body and spirit. 
  • Dilute 20:1 with water and a dash of witch hazel to spray on sheets to promote relaxation.
  • Rub a few drops of lavender oil on your hands and spread over your child's pillow to help him/her sleep.
At times it seems we all have difficulty going to sleep, or staying asleep. Lavender is a pleasant, natural invitation to the sand man. More rest means less stress!

Tracey Cole is a wife, mother, grandmother and entrepreneur. Living her dream on the banks of an Alabama lake just east of Birmingham, she remains an enthusiast for anything to enhance the well-being of her family and friends.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Young Living Products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

We Just Call it FRANK...

Frankincense is one of the oldest essential oils and is used primarily in meditation to improve inner balance. Considered the “holy anointing oil” in the Middle East, frankincense has been used in religious ceremonies for thousands of years. It was well known during the time of Christ and was one of the gifts given to Christ at his birth. Anciently, the Chinese used frankincense to support overall health. 

Young Living Essential Oils, FrankinceseSacred Frankincense™ has a rich, earthy aroma and deepens spiritual connection. It grows and is distilled in Oman and is regarded the world over as the rarest, most sought-after aromatic in existence.
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Tracey Cole is a wife, mother, grandmother and entrepreneur. Living her dream on the banks of an Alabama lake just east of Birmingham, she remains an enthusiast for anything to enhance the well-being of her family and friends.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Young Living Products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Thieves Essential Oil Blend

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Thieves Essential Oil Blend was inspired by the legend of four 15th-century French thieves who formulated a special aromatic combination composed of clove, rosemary, and other botanicals they used while robbing the dead and dying.

Young Living’s one-of-a-kind Thieves blend, crafted in the spirit of that legendary combination, is a carefully balanced blend of Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary essential oils.

This powerful formula may help support healthy immune function and contribute to overall wellness when taken as a dietary supplement. The home and personal care products in our Thieves line are the versatile solutions you need to clean your home effectively, made with ingredients you can feel great about.

Tracey Cole is a wife, mother, grandmother and entrepreneur. Living her dream on the banks of an Alabama lake just east of Birmingham, she remains an enthusiast for anything to enhance the well-being of her family and friends.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Young Living Products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.