Thursday, December 31, 2009

Homemade All Natural Cough Drops

Do a little steeping and straining, boiling and stirring, rolling and cooling. Voila! Your very own cough drops at half the price and just as effective as the commercial ones. You need a candy thermometer to make these.

2 oz. dried or 6 oz. fresh horehound leaves

3.5 Cups dark brown sugar

20 drops eucalyptus essential oil

20 drops tea tree essential oil

1. In a saucepan, pour 3 cups boiling water over the horehound leaves and steep for 30 minutes over low heat. Strain into another saucepan and add the brown sugar: stir until the sugar dissolves.

2. Bring the mixture to a boil and boil until it reaches 295 F on the candy thermometer. Stir in the eucalyptus and tea tree oils. Let cool slightly, then, using buttered hands, roll into small balls and let the balls harden on wax paper. Wrap them individually in plastic wrap and use as needed.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Broncos Game

Here are some pics of Charlie Sr. (Susan's husband) and their son Charlie Jr. at his first Broncos game. He is so into the Broncos and football this year, so we splurged and got tickets. We were a little bummed they lost, but the boys still had fun :)Driving to the field.

Charlie Jr. and Charlie Sr.

Friday, December 18, 2009


This time of year many people want to help others. A great site is . You can search by location and area of interest. You will find a huge selection of varied opportunities.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Got my seed catalog :)

I got my Baker Creek Heirloom Seed catalog today :) from I love this time of year, get my catalogs and start planning my garden, even tho it's cold out right now! I am gonna build some raised beds and have lots of fresh veggies to can at the end of harvest time.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Remedies for Dry Hair

With winter sometimes my hair gets dry-so I found these natural remedy and thought I would share it with you.

To keep your hair in top condition, try massaging a few drops of oil of rosemary into the scalp, then rinsing with an infusion of nettle.

You can also take your favorite conditioner and massage it into wet hair and wrap a plastic grocery bag around your hair for ten minutes.

For very dry hair, warm two T of olive oil in a cup placed in a pan of hot water. Massage the oil into the scalp. Steep a towel in hot water, wring it out and wrap it around your head for about two hours. Rinse with a solution of half a cupful of cider vinegar to 11 cups of water.

To make an egg shampoo for dry hair use 1 T of fresh rosemary, 2 1/2 cups of hot water and egg. Steep the rosemary for 20 minutes and allow to cool. Beat in the egg and massage into the hair and rinse well.