Maw Stoots Got The Blues Brew: For those rainy day blues, here’s an apple a day to keep the doctor away drink. A great old homeopathic remedy to help you feel relaxed and warm inside.
Preparation time: 4 hours to prepare, add 6 hours to allow mixture to stand before serving
2 quarts cut apples
4 quarts water
3 tablespoon white vinegar
2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 orange, cut into small pieces.
3 cups of sugar
Makes about 4 quarts of brew.
Freshly picked apples are best. Harvest enough to make 2 quarts of cubed apples.
Core the apples, but do not skin them.
Wash the apples in cold water then slice them into 1 inch cubes.
Select a large orange and peal the rein.
Separate the slices and if necessary, remove the seeds.
In a large stew pot, mix the water and sugar to boiling for about 1 minute.
Reduce heat and allow the mixture to cool slightly.
Add the cut apples and cook for approximately 3 hours. Stirring often. But do not let mixture come to a strong boil.
Add white vinegar and orange slices. Allow to simmer for 30 minutes. Stirring frequently.
Turn off heat and let mixture cool upon the stove.
Once cooled, strain the mixture through a double ply cheesecloth, squeezing the leftover fruit pieces to remove all the juice.
Pour the liquid into a jug, such as a glass cider jug.
Cover with a lid, but DO NOT screw the cap down tightly.
Store in your refrigerator.
Drink over ice, or you can warm single cups adding a cinnamon stick for additional flavor.
The Left Overs You don’t have to throw away the ‘mushed’ apples and oranges. Use these leftovers to make a taste apple sauce.
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Drop the leftover fruit from the cheese cloth onto a large cookie sheet.
Using a spoon or potato masher, flatten the leftovers over the sheet.
At this point it should be fairly easy to find the remaining orange skins and remove them from the mixture.
Return the remaining ingredients to the pot.
Add 2 cups of water and ½ cup brown sugar.
Cook over medium heat, stirring the brown sugar into mixture until melted.
A deep and heart-felt Thank You to all the Men, Women and Animals of our Armed Services, living and in spirit! Thank you for your service and your sacrifice. We send out blessings to all soldiers, their families and friends.
This weekend is a reminder of the sacrifices that have been made for freedom. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the fallen Union Soldiers. The south too had its day of Decoration, but the date of celebration varied through out each region of the nation.
On June 28, 1968, Congress passed the Uniform Holidays Bill, which moved four holidays, including Memorial Day, from their traditional dates to a specified Monday in order to create a convenient three-day weekend. The change moved Memorial Day from its traditional May 30th date to the last Monday in May. The law took effect at the federal level in 1971.
Blessings on this Memorial Day Weekend everyone. Please have a safe and relaxing extended weekend! And spend time remembering what this weekend is really all about.
Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America. Waterloo N.Y. was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966, it’s difficult to prove conclusively the origins of the day.
Regardless of the exact date or location of its origins, one thing is clear – Memorial Day was borne out of the Civil War and a desire to honor our dead. It was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11. “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land,” he proclaimed.
As I mentioned yesterday, I’m not sure what happened four days ago. Someone shared a page from my blog on Facebook and suddenly everyone and his brother is stopping by to check out that share! Thanks for the promo who ever you are. I’ve tried so many different ways to find that original Facebook share, but tracking back to the specific referrers on Facebook isn’t something you can do. Through a little research, I found out that’s thanks to Facebook. Ok, that’s life. I’d still love to see it. If for no other reason than for marketing interest.
I do know the page that was shared and generating the huge increase in traffic is my post on 3-Time NASCAR Champion Tony Stewart’s Log Home in Indiana. An absolutely beautiful log house, nestled on 414 acres called Hidden Hollow.
This past Saturday my traffic tracker jumped to 298 from the average 40 to 60 visits per-day. Sunday that number jumped to 457. Monday at 6:15 pm Eastern, we were up to 2,362 views for that day alone. In the time it took me to get a snap-shot of the statistics page and post it on The Best Day Ever – So Far, that number jumped to 2,450. Almost a 100 views within 30minutes?! Seriously? Wow.
At the end of the day, Monday December 15, 2014 there were 4,557 views making yesterday my best day ever here on Springwolf’s Creations. Continue reading →
I’m not sure what happened three days ago. Someone shared a page from my blog on Facebook and suddenly everyone and his brother is stopping by to check out that share! Thanks for the promo. Wish I could see it, but tracking back to the specific referrers isn’t something that’s provided on my blog statistics.
In general my little blog here receives on average 40 to 60 visits a day. It depends on which day of the week. More on Monday and Friday to my technology posts. More on the weekends for my story posts. But three days the traffic tracker jumped to 298. Really? You all couldn’t find 2 more people on Saturday to come visit?
Sunday that number jumped to 457. And so far today Monday at 6:15 pm Eastern, 2,362. In the time it took me to get a snap-shot of the statistics page and post it here, that number has jumped to 2,450. So I suspect that number will keep rising over the next few hours of the day. Continue reading →
Gary and I have both lost our Dads. We both believe in life after death, talking to spirit and that our dads do visit us. This week we both have felt my Dad around and that makes this fathers day a little more meaningful.
So for all the Dads, whither they’re still here with us or they’re only with us in spirit, I offer these words. A poem I’ve always loved and says it all.
What Makes a Dad
The GreatSpirits took the strength of a mountain, The majesty of a tree, The warmth of a summer sun, The calm of a quiet sea, The generous soul of nature, The comforting arm of night, The wisdom of the ages, The power of the eagle’s flight, The joy of a morning in spring, The faith of a mustard seed, The patience of eternity, The depth of a family need, Then the GreatSpirits combined these qualities, When there was nothing more to add, And knew the masterpiece was complete, And this was called … My Dad.
A deep and heart-felt Thank You to all the Men, Women and Soldier Animals of our Armed Services, living and in spirit! Thank you for your service and your sacrifice.
This weekend is a reminder of the sacrifices that have been made for freedom. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the fallen Union Soldiers. The south too had its day of Decoration, but the date of celebration varied through out each region of the nation. Continue reading →
Mother’s Day is a holiday honoring motherhood that is observed in different forms throughout the world. The American incarnation of Mother’s Day was created by Anna Jarvis in 1908 and became an official U.S. holiday in 1914. Jarvis would later denounce the holiday’s commercialization and spent the latter part of her life trying to remove it from the calendar. While dates and celebrations vary, Mother’s Day most commonly falls on the second Sunday in May and traditionally involves presenting mothers with flowers, cards and other gifts.
In the years before the Civil War (1861-65), Ann Reeves Jarvis of West Virginia helped start “Mothers’ Day Work Clubs” to teach local women how to properly care for their children. These clubs later became a unifying force in a region of the country still divided over the Civil War. In 1868 Jarvis organized “Mothers’ Friendship Day,” at which mothers gathered with former Union and Confederate soldiers to promote reconciliation. Continue reading →