I have been enjoying local honey for about a year now,
a tablespoon per day (or whenever I remember),
and let me tell you....
this is the first spring
in recent memory
I have not suffered from seasonal allergies.
Local Honey and Allergies by Tom Ogren
Some years ago I wrote several articles touting
the use of local honey to help alleviate seasonal
pollen allergy/hay fever symptoms. I wrote that
I had seen local honey used numerous times
with very good effect, that it was relatively safe,
was inexpensive, and that the honey itself
also had other health benefits that
might be good for people with allergies.
I wrote that the honey used ought to be raw honey, unheated, unpasteurized, and that the more local the honey was, the more it was apt to be effective. The theory works like this: the pollens you are most likely to be allergic to, are those found in the area where you live and work, the pollen grains coming from local trees, shrubs, grasses, vines and flowers in your own immediate area.
The local honeybees, the bees that live and harvest pollen and nectar in your own neighborhood, they are collecting the exact same kind of pollen grains that you would be most allergic to. Small amounts of this same pollen (and other possible local allergens associated with flowers) will be found in the honey these bees make.
Immunotherapy…very small amounts of the allergens
are taken over a long period of time, allowing the body
to build up resistance to the allergens. This is the same
thing an allergist does when they give someone "allergy shots."
This is also the same thing that can happen when local honey
is used over a prolonged period of time.
Sweets vs. Shots?
What would you chose?
I strongly suggest you try a spoonful of this magic
yellow elixir if the sting of spring gets you shoving
tissues up your nose
surfing realtor.com for a nice
home on an ice cap (if those still exist!) every year.
You might ask why you haven't heard of this before,
simple, really, the pharm companies want you popping
Claritin and Zertax like candy my friend.
They can't package & sell 'local'.
So hit your farmer's market and go for the gold!
We can all have a big picnic in my garden next year,
We went to my husband's favorite restaurant, Balthazar, for an early dinner last night. We met up with his parents who were down visiting from Massachusetts. Planned on a calm and easy outing. But hey, this is the big apple after all. You never know what to expect.
something very upsetting happened about five minutes
in to our first glass of a delicious Pomerol.
These nasty butt ugly vultures converged ... standing on benches on the other side of the glass taking shots with their big lenses (making up for the lack of....) of someone of great importance sitting beyond us. That someone apparently safely tucked away in the core of the restaurant behind a full and delicious looking baker's rack.
The maitre d' ran to the rescue and tried with out much success to pull the venetian blinds down (the cord about 10 feet up was tangled) to block the view from these bottom feeders and give that special diner some privacy.
My ingenius mother in law, taking matters in to her own hands, took our napkins and created a 'curtain' to fill in the gap between the frosted glass and the inadequate blinds.
(French Laundry? hehehe)
Hey I get that people need to make a living, and celebrities on the cover of People magazine sells issues but this was too much. Leave the girl alone. All she did was marry someone famous. Her poor daughter must be used to the media circus. Is this how they spend their days? Getting chased by a bunch of nasty goons? And let me tell you these losers are UG-lee. Not my idea of success.
The grass is never greener.... I would hate to live like that. Just having those pariahs zooming their lenses over us was enough to almost make me lose my appetite. But come on, this is Balthazar. A girls gotta eat.
Anyhoo, I love the look of aged pottery, it is easy to achieve in record time if you just follow this simple tip. Mix 1 cup buttermilk and 1 cup crumbled moss, puree in a blender (or use immersion blender) for a faster fix or I have found just using buttermilk will work too. Paint mix on the surface of the pot, place outside in a moist, shady spot. Let age. Spritz every once in a while. Sounds easy? It is. I then take whatever is left over and pour it on our stone walls or stepping stones. The buttermilk ages the areas you apply it to, creating a green mossy patina in no time.
Now here is the mate to that first pot, I aged this one last year.
living and loving life, everyday, with springtime hope and promise.
Follow me, the best is yet to be!
I have been: Gift wrapper (age 7), a Papergirl (10), House Cleaner (for my brother and my uncles $5 bucks, no laundry (12) , greeting card shop window dresser and Hello Kitty merchandise organizer (15), Sailboard Sales Person (18), Pappagallo Shoe Store Manager (20s), Party Planner (always), Event Planner (20s), Door Person at a NY Niteclub-surrounded by bouncers holding a clipboard (20s), Garden Designer (20s-30s-40s), Interior Designer (30s), Caterer (30s), Prop Master/Art Director on Food TV & PBS Shows (30s/40s), Greeting Card Designer (from when I could hold a crayon 'till the day I die), Adoring wife and step-mommy, and now...hoping to spread some smiles and get 'crafty' as a volunteer at Ronald McDonald House in NYC, Cheddar by my side.