Lunch on Vintage Dishware

I love salads!Here’s my lunch today. A fresh salad with all kinds of yummy goodness! Organic greens, alfalfa sprouts, walnuts, dried cranberries, carrots, red peppers, red onions, grated cheddar from the farmer’s market, and hard boiled eggs courtesy of my very own free-range hens. Yes, those are croutons… I love them, what can I say? At least they are organic.

And you know what… in my mind, it all tastes better on my new-to-me vintage dishware I found at our local Goodwill. I’m addicted to all things vintage! This gal gets giddy about stoneware made in Japan!

Today’s “stoneware” is NOT what it used to be! It simply does not hold up. I’ve went through more new dish sets in my 21 yrs of marriage than I care to say. Disappointing to say the least. That’s why I refuse to buy new dishes any more. I’ll stick to dishware from the 60’s and 70’s. If a dinner plate can last all this time without chips, well that’s impressive and says QUALITY! And guess what, if I chip or break it, I’m only out 50 cents to a buck usually!

I have 4 each of these dishes below. I also have 4 teacups that happen to have a solid green band and no floral pattern, and match all 3 patterns. I also have 4 saucers to match two of the patterns. For some I know having a mixed set would not be acceptable, but not in my book. I love the different patterns and typically only collect florals. Aren’t they pretty?

Love my vintage dishes!

 

See the maker’s mark on the back of each plate. Made in Japan…. NOT made in China! Big difference!  That’s what you want to look for. And let me tell you, when you pick up a vintage stoneware dish you can FEEL the difference! They are solid! They just don’t make stuff like they used to!

Oh what is that next to my salad plate? My 40’s vintage cookie jar. We don’t keep cookies in it though. It’s become a catch-all for little objects.

Do you collect vintage dishware? I’d love to hear about your finds! 

Oh, back to the salad! It was delicious! Did you know you can incorporate Young Living Essential Oils into your diet? (YLEO’s are the only ones I personally would ingest – Seed To Seal)

Here’s a great recipe for a healthy salad dressing. Skip buying them at the store. You can make your own. It’s quick and easy, with just a handful of ingredients! I love to say, “I made that!”

NingXia Red Salad Dressing Recipe:Ningxia Red dressing

  • 1 oz Olive Oil,
  • 1 oz YL’s Ningxia Red
  • 1 oz Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1-3 drops YL’s Lime EO (depending on taste

Great on salad, coleslaw, or marinade. Add YL’s Citrus Fresh instead of Lime. Add a little honey to naturally sweeten (I did!). Season to taste. You can even blend in an avocado to make it creamy. Options are endless! Try it!

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#RespectTheFlag

Unless you have your head completely in the sand, you probably have seen on the news the latest disgrace and shameful new trend. Stomping on the United States of America flag. I’m going to keep this post short because I am just so disturbed by this. Such disrespect for all that our flag stands for! An act of spitting in the face of all who serve or have served this country, active or inactive, alive or deceased. Are they completely out of their minds? I just can’t relate! Lord, have mercy on us a nation!

SHOW US YOUR FLAG!I work for our family business, a local independent insurance agency as the social media director. This week I was moved by this photo of an 11 yr old young girl standing by the flag.  I received permission from her father to share this pic, and he added that she “loves God, family and her country”.

Does this pic speak to you too? What can you do? What can we do? We can stand up, be heard, be seen, and unite to fight for all Old Glory stands for! If you don’t have a flag, get one! We have always wanted one, but for some reason never got around to buying one. By this weekend we will have a flag, and it will be MADE IN THE USA too!

The agency is running a contest right now, asking locals and people all over #respecttheflagto share a pic of them or family member wearing a flag tshirt, standing near a flag, bumper sticker, whatever… as long as it’s fit for a family audience. The contest is called “SHOW US YOUR FLAG”. I’ll put the blog post from the agency’s site if you want more details… and share your pic with us too! The contest winner will be a Michigan resident, however, don’t let that hold you back from sharing a pic! Let’s start a movement!!

SHOW US YOUR FLAG! Let’s stand together – be seen, be heard! 

BLOG POST – SHOW US YOUR FLAG!

#RespectTheFlag #PureMichigan #IlovetheUSA #standupbeproud

I make soup!

That’s what I do! I make soup! Little inside family joke there.

I’m no baker by any means. I mean, I can bake cookies, cupcakes, basic desserts… but it’s really not my calling nor do I care do do it! Weird I know. (My poor husband… his mother is a baker supreme!! Sorry honey!) For my own personal health, I’m actually thankful baking is not my forte’. But… I do make a mean soup, so my family says. I can’t recall the exact conversation in our house one day… but my reply was, “I make soup!” My husband and daughter cracked up… and so the phrase stuck.

potSo many will ask for a recipe, but it’s really hard for me to share because I don’t follow any given recipe. My soups are never the same soup twice! I have a BIG red 12 qt pot… and in my head I know I need about 3 lbs of meat (if I add meat) 2 qts beans, 3-4 qts broth, 4-5 large carrots, 1 large onion, then I just “eyeball” the rest. I just use what I have on hand, or follow a basic base recipe (broth or tomato base) and often throw in leftovers. Add whatever veggies you like! You can’t go wrong. I truly think soup is the perfect meal. For those who think they can’t do this… YES YOU CAN! Soup is so easy, so versatile… you can’t mess it up!

Note: I cook gluten-free for the hubby, but we all follow the diet for the most part. Want to thicken your soup without flour? You can use corn starch (Use organic/non-gmo… it’s available!) You can stir in a can of refried beans if it’s bean based, or use your hand blender and mash it up a bit, especially if it has beans or potatoes in it. This soup I did not thicken, but adding the cheese & half & half did give it the consistency I was going for.

This week’s soup: Turkey & Bean (Gluten free too!)

  • 3 lbs local raised ground turkey (Love my farmer’s market!)
  • 2 jars Randals mixed beans (These are NON GMO!)
  • 3 qts broth (Your own or use organic chicken or veggie broth from store)
  • 1 8oz Organic Tomato soup or sauce. (I used what I had on hand.)
  • 3-4 cups frozen corn
  • 4 large diced carrots
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 drop Young Living Rosemary or Thyme EO (optional! I ONLY use YLEO’s)
  • Season – I use REAL or Himalayan salt, pepper, whatever floats your boat.
  • Cheese of your choice
  • 1 cup or so of half & half (optional)

Brown turkey with onion & carrots. Drain. Add broth, beans, seasoning. Simmer then grate cheese in. I used smoked cheddar. I added the half & half at the end because I wanted the soup to have some creamy, cheesy goodness. Done! Soup’s on!

Turkey & Bean

Hello world!

This is my very first blog post! I have said for a couple years now that I wanted to blog, but for some odd reason never got around to it. Well… here I go! I hope you will find this page a blessing. As you can see I am with Young Living, a company I absolutely adore! I’ve been using their products for one whole year now. My entire family loves YLEO’s!  We live in Michigan and to go one entire year without OTC’s is a miracle in itself! We thank the Lord for this company coming into our lives. Not only health wise, but for the financial aspect of it as well. What a blessing!

Since this is my first post, I’ll keep it brief. My favorite oil you ask? Why… it’s Thieves Essential Oil blend! Every household should have this one!! Apply to your kiddos feet to boost immunity. I make hand sprays for all my family members. Did you know Thieves FAR OUT PERFORMS the gel hand sanitizer you’ve probably been using for years? Yes, it’s true!!

Here’s a greahandspray1t hand spray recipe you can make easily, and very affordably! This is a recipe you can modify easily. I actually order the 1 oz spray bottles from Amazon, and use the same amount of drops of Thieves. I like the stronger fragrance of Thieves. I also add a tsp of Aloe or Fractionated Coconut oil. And for a sweet added touch, about 6 drops of Orange Essential Oil.

Positively lovely.. and it WORKS!! 

 

Thought I’d add this pic.. which clearly shows the effectiveness of Thieves essential oil compared to Lavender, Peppermint, and your average everyday hand sanitizer. Make the switch! Get some Thieves!

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