Friday, December 31, 2010

Healthy New Year



"Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink. Then compare our appearance with that of the young men who eat the royal food, and treat your servants in accordance with what you see."
 Daniel 1:12-13.

This is the scripture that came to my husband the first time I shared that I wanted to go on a raw food diet.  This is my confirmation that I am doing the right thing for me and my family. 

Changing my family's health for generations to come.


I grew up in a family where eating out several times a day was the normal.  We would only have a sit down meal on Sunday mornings.  This was eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits with chocolate gravy.  The breakfast choice the other six days of the week was a snickers and a Pepsi.  A home cooked dinner would be pot pies, hot dogs, steaks, potatoes or anything that could be microwaved. 
We always had chips, cookies and cokes. 

No wonder I never learned to cook.  

Then the teen years hit.  I didn't learn to eat better,
I just learned how to eat less of the bad
and starve myself to be thin. 
Again, very unhealthy and guaranteed to fail.  

As an adult who now makes the food choices for the family,
I am guilty of raising my kids on McDonald's.  That was until December 1st. 

Now we are a Raw Family.

I wish I knew then what I know now.  Both of my parents have had open heart surgery.  My mother has diabetes, thyroid issues, cushion's disease, sleep apnea and depression.  My father has had several skin cancers removed, yearly suffers from bronchitis and recently found a spot on his lung.   Both take tons of prescription drugs.   My parents seldom visit their grandchildren.
 They are often to ill or afraid to get to far from their doctors.
On the flip side is my grandparents who are in their eighties.  They are in better health than my parents.  They have always ate fruit and veggies that they grow on their farm.  They also eat meat that they have killed.  Seldom do they eat out.  I remember my granny saying white bread was junk food. 
They enjoy gardening, hunting, fishing and going to church.

I can't help but think that there is a definite
correlation between health and food. 

My Ah Ha, Wake Up moment came December 1, 2010
when I was desperate to feel better.   I pulled out my juicer
and got online to learn some new recipes. 
That is when I learned about Raw Food

WOW!  My life will never be the same. 

A raw diet is just what is says, raw food.  No processed foods or sugars allowed.  Just fresh organic fruits, veggies,nuts and seeds....Nothing Cooked. 
No Meat or Dairy. 

I never liked to cook anyways. 

I found that when I juiced veggies I had tons of energy.   I  bought several raw recipe books and have made some of the freshest desserts and meals.  I have lost 16lbs in the first month.  Never hungry and full of energy.  My skin and hair has never looked better.  I can't imagine going back to my old SAD diet (standard American diet).  My hubby has lost 15lbs in two weeks.  We do not count calories. 
We eat as much as we want and never go hungry.  

Eating organic is expensive.  How much is your health worth.  It has taken me 37yrs to learn that not everyone suffers from health issues and that most things can be controlled or reversed by what we eat.   
I am happy to say that I am changing the health future of my family. 

Here's to 2011.... it is already looking good.   


If you would like to learn more about raw food here are two of my favorite sites
 

My favorite book is The Raw Food Detox Diet by Natalia Rose

My favorite recipe book is
Raw Food A Complete Guide for Every Meal of the Day by Erica Palmcrantz


I acknowledge that everyone is at a different point along their health journey and
I will respect that this diet may not be for you.   
I hope to be a blessing and encouragement to you to find and make the changes
that work to make you and your family healthy today and in the years to come.

Happy New Year!







Saturday, December 25, 2010

A Very Blessed Christmas



Christmas 2010
A very Merry and Blessed year!














We woke up to a White Christmas. 
This has not happen in 17 years.









Santa brought everything on my list. 
I must have been really good this year.  :)








I would post a pic of me,
but I don't wanna scare any new readers...
 Didn't get out of my jammies all day on Christmas.



Merry Christmas! 
May your family be Blessed today
and thru out the New Year!















Thursday, October 28, 2010

 


 
The economic downturn has effected everyone,
especially small businesses.  

Take a moment to think of three stores you would miss if they disappeared, then remember to return there.
We have become so rooted in thinking about the essentials that we have forgotten about the little gift store on the corner whose owner remembers our name.








The 3/50 Project supports independent, locally owned businesses by inspiring consumer loyalty to the storefronts that directly fund their communities.

Fifty comes from the idea that if even half the employed population spent a mere $50 per month in locally owned retail stores, those purchases would generate more than $42.6 billion in revenue.

Sixty-eight dollars remains in a community╩╝s economy for every $100 spent in locally owned stores. $43 per one hundred remains local when spent in national chains; little or no revenue results from online purchases.

Please stop in your favorite
hometown stores. 
They would love to see you.
While you are there please pick up a little
something that makes you smile.
That's what keeps them around, after all.

Pick 3. Spend $50. Save your local economy.


For more information check out their site the350project.net






Monday, October 25, 2010

When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one that has opened for us. —-Alexander Graham Bell


This week I found out that the antique store I have been renting a booth from is closing.   The closing is almost a year to the day that I started there.  I have enjoyed every moment of the experience.  I have made new friends with several of the women who rent booths, as well as the two wonderful ladies that own the store.   I wish the best to each of them....

This door may be closing....
Patiently waiting for my open door
Can't wait to see what wonderful opportunities it brings.   



Friday, October 1, 2010

Antique Booth


Antique glass bird bookends, owl, blue vase,
small urn perfect for a candle.

French Garden Crown


Small writing desk with beautiful glass knobs

Several pieces of furniture, shabby chic dresser,
solid oak antique church pew, desk and
small dresser with glass pulls

Solid wood vintage doll house


Lots of new items in for Fall. 

Friday, September 24, 2010

Addicted to Decorating



You know who you are

Stand up and be proud

If you're addicted to decorating

Shout your name out real loud.






You wait for the mailman

In hopes he'll come soon.

Please bring a new magazine

With gorgeous new rooms.






Your evening's complete;

"Let me just read in peace".

Lock the door to the bedroom.

Don't let THEM find the keys.






You watch HGTV

From morning till night.

Do we need all those channels?

When that ONE seems just right.






You rearrange furniture

All day in your head.

And you can't seem to stop it;

Not even in bed.






Your magazines date back...

10 years and some longer;

Cause you've dog-eared a page;

To read again in the future.






You carry your paint chips,

Tape measure & swatches

So you'll always be ready

To create special touches.






Your ultimate vacation...

Where shopping's a must.

Who needs sandy beaches?

If it rains.that's a plus.






If one of these statements

Sound familiar to you.

You're addicted to decorating;

That's ok...we are too.






So take the inspiration

You've been collecting for years:

Let's apply it to your home

And erase all your fears.




Poem by Christine @ Rooms Revealed


Sunday, September 19, 2010

10 Reasons 2 Buy Antiques


1. Save money. Really live better.

Antiques are often reasonably priced and can be found in any price range.

2. Buying local does not just apply to tomatoes and kohlrabi.

When you buy an antique, you are supporting a small, locally owned business.

3. George Washington did not sit in your La-Z-Boy.

Antiques are tangible pieces of history.

4. There is no such thing as a McBlanket Chest.

Antiques are unique and offer nearly endless variety.

5. 100% post-consumer content.

Antiques are the most environmentally responsible choice for home decorating.

6. There are enough ten-year-old futons on Craig’s List.

Antiques retain significant resale value.

7. No allen wrench required.

Antiques offer solid, quality construction, and durability.

8. Industrial cable spools and pilfered milk crates do not

constitute a living room suite.

Antiques are stylish, and can accommodate anyone’s decorating tastes.

9. Forty cents per hour was a fair wage in 1940, not 2010.

Antiques are socially responsible—none are made in sweatshops.

10. If it’s not French, it’s crap!

Antiques can be a source of ancestral or regional pride.
 
 
 
Please visit your local Antique Store
 
 

Tuesday, September 7, 2010



Good-Bye Summer 




 
 
 
Hello AUTUMN!
 

 

 



I love the changing of Seasons...




Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Homemade Granola

One of my favorite things to make is homemade granola.  It is sooo easy and yummy.  I thought I would share my recipe.  





 Mix together 4 1/2 cups uncooked rolled oats, 1 1/2 cups almonds, 1 cup unsalted sunflower seeds, 1 cup ground flax seed, 1 tsp ground cinnamon, 3/4 tsp ground nutmeg and 3/4 tsp ground allspice.  In a separate bowl mix 4 tbsp molasses, 4 tbsp canola oil, 3 tbsp honey, 2 tbsp apple juice, 5 tsp pure vanilla extract.   Drizzle over the dry mixture.  Stir to coat mixture evenly.   Bake 300 degrees for 40 minutes, stirring occasionally. 








When completely cooled stir in 2 cups of dried cherries.  I like to store mine in a glass jar.

Enjoy this granola  as a cold cereal or as a topping for fruits salad, yogurt, or fruit parfaits.




*  Makes a wonderful hostess gift. 

All you need is a vintage jar, tie it up with  a beautiful ribbon and a homemade tag and you are ready for the party!   




  



Monday, August 9, 2010

Be Inspired

We all have different styles that make us swoon....mine just happens to be anything White, Old, Chippy or French.  
    

Friday, July 23, 2010

Most Charming Place Ever

I took a road trip to a little town called Springfield, TN. Super charming. I went there to buy an Antique French Daybed from a local artist named Wanda Choate. She had it in her art studio, located behind her house. I had to share a pic of her art studio also known as True North....my dream studio would look just like it.

The most charming little place I've ever seen. Outside was a beautiful garden, koi pond, bronze statues, fountains and an aviary for her chickens.... I could go on forever. She also told us about Burdett's Tea Shop where we had the best lunch and tea. Please check out Wanda's website http://wandachoate.com/ she is an amazing artist.

Oh ya....and the best part of the trip was getting to take a little piece of her charming home with me.... Sorry, the bed is not going in the Antique booth. I can't part with it just yet!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Sneak Peek






















Recent photos of my booth at Walnut and Vine Antiques.









Monday, July 12, 2010

In LOVE With Burlap

I thought it would be nice to share my favorite French Burlap King size Pillow Shams. I have a pair of them on my own bed. I Love the look and texture of Burlap. This pillow is the perfect French finishing touch to any room. Looks great on a couch, daybed or outdoors on a hammock or porch swing. I am offering them for sale in my antique booth @ Walnut & Vine located in Murfreesboro, TN. I also have a great selection of french burlap throw pillows. If you are not local and would like to order please feel free to contact me by email brittanyscottage@hotmail.com.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Weekend to Relax


Happy Fourth of July!
Time to relax and enjoy this beautiful weekend.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Plastic Plant Confession

True confession time... I own plastic flowers and display them proudly. I also sell them at my antique booth. Check out the photo evidence. But please, before you judge me you should know that I prefer real flowers and plants in my home. I would buy hydrangeas, but every time I do they wilt after just a few days. That's why Hydrangeas are my only exception to fake plants. You will not find another in my house. Cross My Heart. Also, in my defense, I have even tried to grow hydrangeas only to fail miserably... but that's another post.