One of our favorite things in the world is Kombucha. We love it because not only is it tasty, but also has a lot of wonderful health benefits. Kombucha has probiotics, is an immune builder, aids in digestion, improves brain function, detoxifies, helps remove heavy metals from our systems, balances internal pH, promotes healthy joints and has theanine which helps ease stress by increasing seratonin levels…just to name a few of Kombucha’s benefits.
Recently we have been researching how to make out own Kombucha. One of our favorite Kombucha suppliers is Kombucha Mama out of Bend, Oregon. Kombucha Mama has a great website with a ton of information (if you are ever in the Bend area you can also stop in and their staff is very knowledgeable and helpful—I give them 5 stars). The following is a link to Kombucha Mama’s How to Make Kombucha page: http://www.kombuchamama.com/brew-class . From all of the different websites we research, we found this one the most user friendly, especially for first-timers.
Yesterday we went and adopted an wonderfully healthy SCOBY that we lovingly have named Toby. Today we prepped our tea and let Toby join his new living habitat (for the next 8-15 days). So far Toby looks very happy and healthy and is relaxing in a quiet, dust free cupboard. We will be keeping a close eye on in and posting updates. Here’s hoping that our first adventure in homemade Kombucha turns out to be a tasty one…we will find out on Christmas as that is when our whole Kombucha making process should be complete.
Having grown up in Colorado and northern Minnesota I am very familiar with the rituals of hunting season. Personally, I’ve never participated in the hunt, but did help the family hunters out by making sure there was hot soup and other feasts for the belly when they came back in. This time of year has always been hard for the animal lover in me, and with social networking booming it is getting even harder. Turning to facebook during this time of year is a challenge because of the number of photos posted of hunters with their “prize”. I did notice that this year there have not been as many photos posted and that makes me want to high five the deer 🙂 There has still been a large number of dead deer photos posted and I thought I would share a photo that I took this summer of a very live and healthy deer.
Amazing how quickly 6 months has passed and how well Leo has adjusted to being a handsome one-eyed old man. Leo is doing fantastic and overall has adjusted to only having one eye very well. Leo still has all of the energy he has ever had…gives his much younger brother a run for his money every day.
Leo still occasionally has depth perception issues and sometimes will accidentally bump one of our fingers with a tooth when he is reaching for a treat. Leo has allergies that cause extra tears at times, we have noticed that with just having one eye Leo does seem to tear more from that eye…which causes some stains if not gently cleaned daily. Leo will also sometimes “lose” a toy on his right side, at which point we have to have him turn to see it. Leo is a very fast boy and is a toy addict, my husband and I both sit and wonder how in the world we ever got a toy away from him when he had two eyes…Leo only having one eye at least gives us a little bit of a chance 🙂