Hello all! Here is a recipe my family makes every St. Lucy's Day (December 13). Our heritage is from the Sicilian region of Italy, and we love to keep up with certain traditions like this:) My Nana (Dad's mom) used to make it for my dad, and then he helped me figure it out the right flavors from his memories. Enjoy! Ingredients: 3/4 cup barley (dry) 3 1/2 cups water 2 (15oz) cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed 2 tablespoons honey or agave 3/4 cup old-fashioned oats (dry) Extra 1 3/4 cups water To serve: ricotta/cottage cheese + cinnamon (for sweetness) OR roasted veggies (for savoriness) Directions: 1) Combine barley and first amount of water in a pot on the stove; bring to a boil and then tilt a lid on top and let cook for about an hour 2) Add chickpeas and honey (or agave); bring back to a boil under a closed lid. Once boiling, tilt lid and let it roll for about 30 minutes. 3) Add oats and last amount of water-cook until water is mostly gone Serves 6-8
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Incredible, amazing fact about essential oils: As you may be aware, doctors like to help you by trying to heal your illnesses. If it is bacterial, they are in luck because they can prescribe one of their thousands of antibiotics, and hopefully you will get better. However, even doctors have to admit that they really don't have much for viruses, because it is a disease that gets into your cells. Essential oils (of pure, therapeutic, certified grade) reach every cell in your body within 20 minutes. They kill off viruses, clean out the cells, and also fight bad bacteria. There is virtually no ailment of the human body that cannot be healed and treated with essential oils. And, unlike modern medicine, your body does not have the ability to build tolerance against them, because they are natural; instead of attacking parts of your body, they work with your body to kill the bad while improving the good.
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There are many sources (online and otherwise) who claim to have the right method for making dreadlocks. If you begin a search for the "right" way, I am here to testify to the fact that there are as many methods as there are sources, and there is not one way more right than another. However, I have had wonderful success with the following method (which is why I will be explaining it below): 1) Start with a brushed and ready head of hair. Decide if you want to lock up your whole head or just a few or just one, etc.. 2) Get a good teasing comb and block out a bit of time. (It took me about 20 minutes to start the three I have.) 3) Take a strand of hair that is about the thickness of a hefty drinking straw. Clip back surrounding hair so it doesn't get in the way. 3) Start near the top and tease tease tease, while holding the strand at the bottom. Continue down the strand of hair, tangling it very well along the way till you've reached the bottom. 4) Go back to the top and twist the frizzy strand slightly, teasing as you go. This will lock in all the frizzes that are everywhere. Continue to twist and tease to the bottom of the strand. 5) You're done! You have successfully made your first dreads. Until they are fully locked, you will have to maintain by repeating step 4 every morning, until you like the way they stay when you wake up without doing anything else. 6) If desired, you can add beads or feathers by getting a twist tie and threading it through the bead/around the feather, and then attaching it in the deadlock of choice. This is preferable to doing it permanently (beading in original formation), because you now have the ability to trade out as you please.
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Clive Staples Lewis (C.S. Lewis) had one sibling; an older brother by the name of Warnie Hamilton Lewis. The two brothers always got along very well, and remained close to the end of Clive's life. He was even quoted as referring to his brother as "my dear and closest thing". The two of them were very creative, and loved nicknames. Warnie referred to Clive as "Smallpigiebotham" (or, SPB), and Clive referred to Warnie as "Archpigiebotham" (or, APB). They took the names as a joking reference to what their nurse used to say to them, when she would threat to discipline them by smacking their "piggybottoms".
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