A Pinch & A Dash

A little of this & a little of that!

If you love to cook and try new things, this is the area for you! Join me as I create recipes with the produce I grow and the amazing things I find while forging. You’re sure to find something new and interesting for you to try!

  • Amazon fun

    Do you buy things from Amazon, but you want to support small businesses? Did you know you can do both? Yes there are lots of small businesses that use Amazon to sell or distribute their products. I feature several in My Amazon Storefront.

    Recently I was accepted into the Amazon Influencer and Associate programs and I am having so much fun finding deals to share! Here’s a fun one! Go make a Wedding gift registry so people will know what you are wishing for to update your home and life. Or if you are having a baby or grandbaby or have had one recently consider setting up a Baby Gift Registry. It’s fun and Free! Come try this with me! Drop me a pm if you do so I can try and track it with you and spread the word to your friends!

    For example, my cousin was looking for a Vita-mix like blender. I did some checking around and found AMZCHEF Smoothie Countertop Blender, 1800 W Professional Blender for Kitchen with 600ml Travel bottle, High-Speed Blender for Shakes, Smoothies, Ice Crushing, Frozen Fruits. There’s a 40% off coupon available at the time I’m writing this article. Or Amazon’s choice is the Ninja SS151 TWISTi Blender DUO, High-Speed 1600 WP Smoothie Maker & Nutrient Extractor* 5 Functions Smoothie, Spreads & More, smartTORQUE, 34-oz. Pitcher & (2) To-Go Cups, Gray or the Ninja AMZ493BRN Compact Kitchen System, 1200W, 3 Functions for Smoothies, Dough & Frozen Drinks with Auto-IQ, 72-oz.* Blender Pitcher, 40-oz. Processor Bowl & 18-oz. Single-Serve Cup, Grey While this “Baptist Blender” is small it has a lot of jobs it does well. Like making Mayo or scrambling eggs. Its currently 25% off Hamilton Beach 4-in-1 Electric Immersion Hand Blender with Handheld Blending Stick, Whisk + 3-Cup Food & Vegetable Chopper Bowl, 2-Speeds, 225 Watts, Silver and Stainless Steel (59765) Many people choose this one the most Mueller Ultra-Stick 500 Watt 9-Speed Immersion Multi-Purpose Hand Blender Heavy Duty Copper Motor Brushed 304 Stainless Steel With Whisk, Milk Frother Attachments

    One other honorable mention that could do the job at 14% off. The Magic Bullet Blender, Small, Silver, 11 Piece Set

    If you really have your heart set on Vitamix then Amazon’s Choice would be Vitamix VM0197 Explorian Blender, Professional-Grade, 48 oz. Container, Black. Currently 14% off with a possible other coupon.

    Is there a product you would like me to review? Reach out to me and let me know! I would love to do this for you and add it to my storefront.

    *As an Associate/Influencer I earn a commission. But it doesn’t cost you more.

  • Podcasts to enrich your lives.

    Who gets sick and how to prevent it.
    Dr. Gabor Maté

    In this podcast here’s a few things that stood out to me.

    • One who tends to put others emotional needs compulsively above their own
    • People tend to be overidentified with duty, role, and responsibility rather than the needs of themselves
    • People who repress healthy anger (Boundry Defense)
    • We feel it’s our responsible for how other people feel and you must not ever disappoint anybody
    • Humans are trained to go against their Motherly, Natural instincts
    • It’s the attempt to NOT feel pain that makes us sick
    • Commit to your healing– What is important to you?

    Stress Triggers
    Lack of Control
    Lack of information

    Learning these stress triggers helps us learn how to better navigate them or provide more information to help the child through a situation.

    The child’s brain circuitry is programmed by the Mother’s emotional state.

    Dr. Gabor Maté (addiction, stress, and childhood development speaker & bestselling author) joins us to explain which groups of people tend to be most prone to chronic illness, practical ways we can prevent these diagnoses, and the link between childhood trauma and mental & physical health conditions later on in life. He details health conditions you may not know have stress-related causes and explains why healthy attachment and meeting a child’s needs is even more important than we think. Dr. Maté identifies characteristics of those who are prone to chronic illness, reveals why autoimmune diseases predominantly affect women, and discusses the dangers of systematic denial of our emotions. He and Mayim consider the ways well-meaning loving parents can unintentionally create lower level trauma in their kids, how feelings of being unwanted can lead to workaholism, and the limitations of a traditional nuclear family. They discuss Dr. Maté’s time working at a supervised injection site, why most people in the prison system are highly traumatized, and why trauma goes hand-in-hand with addiction.

    Dr. Gabor Maté’s New Book, THE MYTH OF NORMAL


    Books to help us heal

    Healing Back Pain: The Mind-Body Connection by John E. Sarno
    Hold On to Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers 
    When the Body Says No: Exploring the Stress-Disease Connection Hardcover – January 1, 2011
    Scattered: How Attention Deficit Disorder Originates and What You Can Do About It
    The Myth of Normal: Trauma, Illness, and Healing in a Toxic Culture Sep 13, 2022
    In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction

    Check out my Amazon fun page to download Audible and learn more about some of Amazon fun features.

    Through this site you will find links to different products.
    As an Amason associate I earn commission on sales.

  • Alpha-Gal Syndrome Two Alpha Gals

    Can you imagine not ever being able to eat red meat again because of a tick bite? That is my reality and many others that have gotten bit by ticks.

    This podcast and it explains what I go through with Alpha-gal and things I need to watch out for. Listen with me and reach out and let me know your thoughts. On my Facebook group page Thriving with Alphagalgardengirl

    Podcast with Two Alpha Gals

    Debbie Nichols and Caroline Matthis suffer from a disease known as Alpha Gal Syndrome, a tick-borne illness that makes the effected person allergic to mammal meat and animal products. During their conversation with host Vance Crowe the three talk about living with Alpha Gal Syndrome, how to diagnose the disease, the person that suggested giving Alpha Gal to people to stop animal agriculture and the mourning that happened when they lost the ability to eat meat.

    Two Alpha Gals Instagram: [https://www.instagram.com/twoalphagals/](https://www.instagram.com/twoalphagals/)

    Chapters — 

    0:00 Start
    3:38 Interview Beginning 
    4:48 What is it like to have alpha-gal
    8:43 How do you know if you have alpha-gal
    11:58 Alpha-gal symptoms
    17:39 How does a tick bite cause alpha-gal?
    27:50 Can alpha-gal go away?
    38:10 Why can’t you drink some wines with alpha-gal?
    49:45 How to get tested for alpha-gal
    53:02 Psychology of giving up food

    Vance Crowe Podcast Website: https://www.vancecrowe.com/podcast

    Vance Crowe interviews people with an expertise that you would want to know about, but might not think to ask. He prompts his guests to think about their work in novel ways, discusses how it applies to regular people and has fun sharing stories and experiences.

  • Earth Breeze

    **This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

    One of the things that I had to change once I found out I had Alpha-Gal was my Cleaning supplies. Once I tried them I wish I would have found them years ago. Here’s what my friend Tanya has to say about the Laundry Detergent. Tanya was so kind to do a tiktok review for me.

    I have listed the product links below for those of you that want to check them out. So nice not to have to deal with the large plastic jugs from other laundry detergents. Their package is biodegradable I can just bury it in my garden!

    Save 40% Laundry Detergent is something we all need on a consistent basis, so it only makes sense to set up as a Subscribe and save. After all you can cancel anytime.

    Shop Power Pebbles Dishwasher Tablets starting at $28! For the Dishwasher cleans my dishes without leaving a chemical smell.

    Shop Laundry Detergent Eco Sheets starting at $20! I love the Lightly Scented smell of the Laundry Detergent sheets. They also come in Unscented.

    Shop The Hope Cloth Paper Towel Replacement starting at $13! The Hope Cloths Replace Paper towel I use them wet, They save us so much $$ on paper towels. Look for deals on a monthly subscription. You can cancel anytime or can move your date or change your products which is nice.

    My Favorite Bundle
    Deluxe Home Bundle – $36.00

    Another amazing bundle their Featured Starter Kit

    Tide, Gain and Other Toxic Laundry Detergents Do you know what are in your laundry detergents??

  • Have some Tea with me!

    I have some exciting news to share! I’ve teamed up with Luma Tea  to bring you some amazing blends.

    Weather you are needing to detox with Dandelion blend or need something to help that cold you picked up? May I suggest The Cough and Cold blend?

    Join me on this exploration as we explore the different teas Luma Tea has to offer!

  • Salt Rising Bread

    Have you ever ate a good piece of toasted Salt rising bread ? It’s fluffy but somewhat dense. When toasted The crunch is like no other! My grandpa Taylor use to make some of the best Salt Rising Bread. I remember sitting at the table eating slice after slice with Hot Chocolate on cold days. I enjoy Learning about the secrets of making this timeless classic.

    Did you know you can check for the perfect doneness with a cooking thermometer!?
    190 degrees F. For Salt Rising  seems to be it!

    Here’s one great place to learn about Salt Rising Bread . Mary’s Nest

    If  hands on learning how to make Salt rising bread is something you would like to learn ask me how!?

    Keeping the Salt Rising Bread Recipe alive

    Let us know if you’ve made Salt Rising Bread  and how it turned out. We like ours toasted with a drizzle of honey 

    Sourdough Bread when able to rest overnight before baking, has less gluten in it then one baked the same day.

    Soft inside but crunchy when toasted 🍞

  • My Healing Journey

    I have found Natural solutions PHC @natsolphc and I’m learning so much! Let me share some of what I’ve learned with you! ☺️

    I’m always looking for ways to Heal faster.

    What are vitamins? Why I won’t use Flintstone vitamins, Emergen-C it’s important to avoid cyanide-based vitamin B12

    Healing Techniques I’ve found.

  • Identifying the weeds around us

    Lambs Ear The first aid plant. Bees love it! How is it different from Mullein

    @hippiechickbotanicals teaches us about many uses of Lambs ears

    Can we really eat that fuzzy thing? Thank you alexisnikole for teaching us we can!

    Lambs Quarters

    Medicinal benefits of Lambs Quarters using food as medicine.

    Bidens Pilosa

    Common Milkweed: Uses and Natural Remedies

    Gallant Soldier it’s medical benefits is it a Weed or a Wizard 🪄? Quick weed. Gallant Soldier eat the weeds

    Where Science meets nature talks about Gallant Soldier

  • Herb to Know: Queen-Anne’s-Lace

    This article Herb to Know: Queen-Anne’s-Lace is an awesome overview of this plant and it’s medical value.

    More info and pics to come!

  • Alphagalgardengirl Garden list
    Alphagalgardengirl garden list
  • Bananas 🍌 A pinch of this a Dash of that.

    Have you ever wondered 🤔 what can I do with that old banana 🍌? Let’s explore this further and Don’t forget to save the skin for tea to water your plants. They will thank your for it!

    Follow @janedegraaff for more great recipes. And learn great healthy treats to make with 🍌

    Joyce taught me to freeze the bananas and put a touch of maple syrup when blending for a yummy 🍌 Banana ice cream. If you have a yonanna it makes it even easier! It’s so yummy 😋!

  • Dandelion

    Dandelion has many uses. Below you will find some of my favorite videos explaining health benefits. The text is just a tease of what all it can do!

    Digestive bitters how we can make at home Thanks @becomingfiona

    Antiviral too! Let’s learn from the Herb Guy

    Great for the 💜❤️ What Big Pharma and Roundup have in common.

    Reducing the risk of cancer! Also high in vitamin c

    Liver cleanser helps the immune system!

  • Alpha-gal what is it exactly?

    Alpha-gal allergy is an allergy to the carbohydrate molecule attached to the proteins found in all mammal meat and their by products. For those who are the most reactive it can trigger a condition called mast cell activation syndrome where their mast cells become over active and release histamines in response to so many things. Plus others on here have developed other allergies that they have to manage. It is confusing.

    If you are newly diagnosed you need to focus on removing all mammal meats from your diet. If you are still having reaction go a step further and remove the by products like vitamin d3, gelatin, glycerin, and additives made from mammal to prepared foods that can be listed as natural flavors, mono and diglycerides, carrageenan etc. If still reacting after removing all mammal and it’s by products then you may need to remove dairy…milk, cheese, whey, lactose etc. (About half of people with alpha gal react to dairy).

    In time you will learn what affects your body. Everyone’s level of sensitivity and everyone’s reaction are so different. If you find someone’s post confusing just ask the poster to explain.

    Remember reactions most often are delayed by anywhere from 2 to 10 hours or more. So if you have a reaction look at what you ate earlier in the day. Also know that alpha-gal is a allergy that can produce a reaction anytime you ingest mammal meat or its byproducts but it may not cause you to react everytime you eat it. So you could eat a hamburger today and do absolutely fine but it the same thing in a few days and land in the hospital from a reaction.

    Remember also that over time your sensitivity can increase or decrease so you need to learn to listen to your body to know how to adjust.

  • My favorite cleaning products

    I love Norwex for a lot of reasons. Mostly because it’s free of toxic chemicals.

    My friend Krist recently started her Norwex business. So I’m hosting a party to free my home of chemicals and you can order here. http://kristibrand.norwex.biz/en_US/customer/party/5818459

    If you want to be invited to the party and have a chance to win products and learn along the way pm me and I will have Kristi add you.

    Here’s a little video about Norwex. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQWQKNvMBYw

  • RedBubble and My Art

    Since I was a young girl, I’ve loved taking pictures, so much so I even had my own darkroom! As life went on I entered several photography contests, and won a few along the way too.

    Recently, my passion for photography was reignited through the encouragement of a few friends. They nudged me to share my passion with others so they could also enjoy it. Well now it’s a reality and thanks to RedBubble! They make it easy to share the art I love but with minimal other work on my end.

    I would love for you to head over and check out my shop called AGGardenGirl, just follow this link or search AGGardenGirl. Give me a ❤️ on the ones that you like best, or give my shop a share! I have plenty more to still go through and upload, but here are just a few currently in my shop.

    Monotropia Uniflora – Indian Pipe

    My favorite item so far is this pillow!

    With this one being a close second! What are your thoughts on these pillows?

    Do you have any art you want to share with the world? Let your passions fund your dreams! Maybe like me you need a few videos to help you figure it out, here are a few I found helpful.

    How to figure out what tags to use to make your sales explode!

    Why use RedBubble?

Check me out on Social Media!

Disclaimer: All information provided is not from a medical or homeopath professional and is not medical advice. All information provided is from personal experience, reading medical literature, consulting medical professionals, and from multiple additional sources by the writer. Please consult a medical professional regarding any and all questions, concerns, symptoms or otherwise that you have.