YOU TUBE LATEX FREE FACE MASKS

In this trying time we need all the help we can get to stay safe.  A YouTube site I had previously mentioned as giving  great tips on sewing  quilts, reusable paper towel substitutes etc.  offers a latex free mask, which even the approved masks are not.

This woman has come up with face masks that would   give you some protection within your family or at the grocery store when medical masks are unavailable. These masks are not CDC approved, but when they start telling that you can feel safer with a bandana or scarf across your face, these masks are probably safer. They are a good grade of cotton material that has been doubled. In addition these masks are latex free, which even the surgical masks are not. She is not selling  the masks, but simply showing  how to make them. Check them out!


A good night’s sleep will give you a more productive day.

                       CRYSTAL HEALING AND INSOMNIA

I used to be a solid night sleeper and at the time I didn’t realize how lucky I was. Then a turn of events kept me from falling asleep until the wee hours of  the morning. For a few weeks the repetitive practice of Zentangle helped me fall asleep more quickly but even that didn’t  last.

Several weeks ago a friend told me of the solution to her insomnia and since I was just starting to learn about crystals I gave it a try.

The solution to my friend’s problem was fairly simple. In fact it seemed  too simple to work, but work it did and I have had restful nights of sleep ever since the first night I  tried it.

My friend told me to put a blood stone crystal in a glass of water near the head of my bed. I did just that. In the morning when I got up I was amazed that I had slept through the night, falling asleep within minutes of getting into bed. I was able to get up for my usual bathroom calling, but I immediately slept afterwards. Weeks later I am still getting a good nights sleep. Believe me, I am still amazed, but thankful. I hope this will help someone else.


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Latex allergies are becoming more prevalent.


About nine months ago my daughter had a sore big toe. So what, you say? Well the red flag went up and we were all very concerned. She is diabetic, but in addition to that, she also has a very severe latex allergy which she acquired while working as an R.N. in the Intensive Care Unit at the local hospital. The climax of her allergy resulted in her having anaphylactic reactions three times in two days, to the point she nearly died. That came from years of using latex gloves and equipment, and culminated after having eaten a lunch in the cafeteria that was prepared with rubber gloves. That happened some twenty years ago.

At the time she and her husband thoroughly researched what foods were safe for her to eat and where she could go. That research is still going on today. Unfortunately, she is on a very limited diet and her home is the only safe place to be. You might say she is a prisoner in her own home. She has been absent from her kids graduations and weddings, from her father’s and husband’s funerals.

Back to the problem of the painful, throbbing, infected toe. The total care she received was the few antibiotics she could take and a home visit from the local doctor on a few occasions.

The toe grew steadily worse, going from an infected draining area on the bottom of her toe to a second area on the top of her toe, which was now at least three times its normal size. It involved daily soaks and debriding the dead skin around the infected area. About a month ago the bottom had finally closed but the area in the top had smelly drainage and it looked as though she could lose her toenail. Her latex allergy prevented her from being able to get help at any hospital, have any x-ray. or any wound treatment because No one could offer her safe treatment because they were not latex free.  One foot doctor finally came to see her and said he would be back in about a week and he would be looking into portable x-ray and would, at that time, take a wound culture.  We’re still waiting on any of that. Our questions about any potential surgery hung  in the air, and the possibility of gangrene lingered.

My oldest daughter  began looking into crystal healing as a last resort. She found some interesting methods, largely poo-pooed by traditional medicine. Feeling there was nothing to lose, and already used to doing her own research, my affected daughter saw information about a crystal described as an infection healer, specifically for the foot, so she ordered an African Jade, which incidentally arrived in the shape of a small foot. She began taping the stone on top of her other bandage. What transpired seemed a miracle. In one month her top wound  had closed,  the drainage gone, and the size of her toe, was nearly normal. After nine months of hopeless suffering!

We are so grateful, so thankful, that there was an alternative to traditional medicine. But one problem still exists. That is the need for treatment, testing, even surgery where it may be needed. Latex allergy is increasing. Recently we heard of a three year old who was affected. There are other people in the medical profession who live with the condition, besides there are countless others.

The latex companies left out a necessary washing step when universal precautions started around the AIDS epidemic. They realized there were more latex allergies because of the change in procedure because it left more loose protein molecules on the gloves. When they realized this, they went to the federal government who gave the glove companies immunity, which meant they did not have to take any responsibility. They continued their practice without the washing step. Since then there are over 15 million people in the USA with varying forms of this allergy. The CDC has called latex, the asbestos of the 90’s. When will the government stop turning their backs on a real need in this country?

Not one of us would want to live as my daughter has for over 20 years, missing out on all the important functions and things we consider normal.

Disclaimer: The outlined metaphysical and healing properties in this website are for inspiration and reference. We gather this information and alleged properties from writing, books, folklore and various other sources. They are also dependent upon the attitude and beliefs of the individual. Furthermore they do not replace diagnosis or treatment by a qualified therapist or physician.


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A fun channel with lots of surprises.

                        YOUTUBE ‘KING’


The picture I painted from a photo, depicts Rick’s sillier modes, acting out as the ‘king.’  Visiting his site will give you cooking information, critiquing eateries, making a salad on a John Deer tractor and more, humorous looks at life,  as well as  road  trips he and Kathy have taken for  food and fun. Rick is a stand-up guy and has lots of loyal fans.

Visit his site and enjoy his humor.



Rick Mammana’s Youtube Channel

Cooking with Kathy’s Youtube Channel





For great recipes, sewing and hand crafted ideas.

Kathy’s site gives you delicious, nutritious meals, also teaching techniques with new cooking items, such as Hot Logic, pressure  cookers, hot air fryers etc. She presents her recipes and techniques with a warm, friendly, personal touch.

Cooking with Kathy:


Mama Llama shows sewing, quilting, knitting, crocheting, and various types of yarn and fabric discussed in a friendly manner that is easy to grasp.

Mama Llama Razzle Dazzle:


Check out  both these sites for a great  source of information.


The most delicious cinnamon or sticky buns. Well worth the effort.

                                         CINNAMON (STICKY) BUNS

When I made sticky buns I made a double batch and distributed them be-  tween my grown family, a neighbor, and anyone else who happened by, and I froze some. It was an event !! My family always wanted to know when they came out of the oven! Here is the total recipe for either cinnamon buns, which can be iced, or  delicious sticky buns.


  • 2 yeast cakes
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 cup luke warm water
  • 1 cup milk
  • 6 Tbsp. shortening
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  •  7 cups flour
  • 3 eggs beaten

Dissolve yeast & 1 Tbsp. sugar in warm water. Scald milk, add shortening, sugar and salt. Cool to lukewarm. Add 2 cups flour to make a batter. Add yeast and beaten eggs. Beat well. Add remaining flour, enough to make a soft dough. Knead lightly and place in a greased bowl. Cover and set in a warm place, free from drafts. Let rise until double, about 2 hours. When light punch down and shape according  to next  directions.



  • 1 Recipe sweet dough (Basic recipe}
  • 6 Tbsp. melted butter
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. cinnamon

When dough is light punch down and divide into equal parts. Roll into oblong pieces 1/2 in. thick. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with brown sugar, cinnamon and raisins. Place cut side up about  1 in. apart in baking  in buttered baking pan (or on sticky bun topping.) Let rise in warm place until light. about  1 hour. Bake at 425  20 min.



For 2 pans:

  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup molasses

Boil together  til blended. Nuts optional. Pour on to generously greased pans (with butter), and sprinkle with brown  sugar and molasses Bake according to recipe #2

















































A great meal anytime.

                                              CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP

Anyone suffering from a cold or similar ailment can hear the advice of having some chicken soup to cure their ills. I’m sure this is not just a myth. There is something comforting about a steaming bowl of soup to make you feel cared for. I’ve often added some mixed vegetables and a plate of rolls or fresh bread to complement the meal.



  •  Chicken pieces, at least a pound
  • 1 Package noodles, any width desired.
  • Salt
  • 1 onion, chopped

In large pot of water cook chicken until tender and remove  from broth, also remove skin and bones, cutting chicken into  small pieces and reserve until later. Season with onions, and any other seasoning while the chicken is cooking.  Add noodles and cook according to pack directions. When they are done  add chicken pieces.  While noodles are cooking , if you desire add a pack of frozen vegetables.



A treat for vanilla lovers.


Most people think Whoopie Pies are only for  the chocolate lovers. Here’s for the ‘vanilla ‘lovers.’



  • ½ cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  •   ½ cup hot water
  •   2 cups flour
  •   ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  •   ½ tsp. baking powder

In large mixing bowl combine dry ingredients. Combine milk and all wet ingredient s except how water. Add ½ dry ingredients to wet. Mix and add other half dry ingredients, add hot water and milk. Use 2 in. cookie scoop for whoopee pies.Bake at 425 for 6 – 8 min.


    • 1 Tbsp. vanilla
    • 1 cup shortening
    • 4 cups powdered sugar
    • ¼ cup + 2 Tbsp. milk.
    • Mix and put between cakes.





A touch of the PA Dutch!


On Shrove Tuesday, or the day before lent begins, the German tradition was to use up all the items most removed from the diet during lent, such as lard, sugar. etc.  Among the PA Dutch it also became the  tradition that the last person in the house to get out of bed was called  the fastnacht. Today it is called donut day and I doubt that many people recall being the ‘donut ‘ I do!! The best way to eat them is to cut in half and put molasses beteen the halves, put back together and ENJOY.


  • 1 ½ cup milk
  • ¼ cup light molasses
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ¼ cup soft butter
  • 1 pkg dry yeast
  • ½ cup warm water
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 4 – 4 ½ cups flour

Heat milk until bubbles form. Add molasses, salt and butter. Stir until butter is melted. Remove from  heat. Cool until luke warm. Sprinkle yeast over warm water. Add milk mixt, egg  and 2 cups flour. Beat til smooth and light.  Add remaining  flour. Cover with damp towel and let rise   in warm place until double  in bulk. Turn out and knead. Cover with mixing bowl and let  rise 10 min. Divide dough in half.  Roll out to ½ in. thick. Cut with donut  cutter. Let rise while heating  oil to 375. Fry til golden.






This a great pie for peanut butter lovers.

                                        PEANUT BUTTER PIE

This recipe was given to me by a very good friend, and a very good cook, about fifty years ago.


  • 8 oz. cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  •  cup milk
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 1 large container of cool whip.
  • 1 graham cracker crust.

Blend cream cheese and sugar and slowly add milk til creamy. Add peanut butter and mix. Fold in cool whip. Pour in crust and chill.