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Rose of Sharon: 10 Recipe Ideas, Health & Nutrition Facts

Rose of Sharon buds chopped thin make excellent decoration on cakes

Rose of Sharon buds chopped thin make excellent decoration on cakes

  • Medicinally, Rose of Sharon’s flower buds contain mucilage, a gooey medicinal compound made of polysaccharides, found in most species of the mallow family.  Mucilage can be used to heal burns, wounds, gastric ulcers and internal and external inflammation and irritation, such as sore throats or urinary tract infections.

2. Every part of The Rose of Sharon is edible leaves, blossoms and bark- it contains vitamin C and, Anthocyanins which are antioxidants.

3. Current studies are showing promising results with the root bark for inhibiting the proliferation of lung cancer. The root bark is used by the Chinese as an anti fungal remedy. It is also said to calm the nerves.
4. Use flowers and leaves in salads-Chop the blossoms or use whole flowers.

5. Make a tea from the leaves and flowers and drink as an antioxidant.

6. Add flowers and leaves to soups and quiche.

7. Chopped blossoms make beautiful decoration on cakes and the mild flavor blends well.

8. Opened blossoms make great dip holders- dip idea below.

9. Rose of Sharon water can be enjoyed with raw honey or used for making tea.

10.  Song of Solomon 2:1 The bride speaks, describing herself as a humble meadow flower (Rose of Sharon) unfit to be in such a luxurious place as that in which she now finds herself  in Solomon replies.

Rose of Sharon is South Korea’s national flower. It’s called Rose Mallow in the United Kingdom and St. Joseph’s Rod in Italy. It’s a deciduous shrub native to Asia and the name comes from Palestinian Valley named Sharon.

We have white, pink and purple Rose of Sharon bushes

 Rose of Sharon blooms most of our summer. It’s beautiful, healthy and it’s a perennial! PERFECT addition to your yard and health. 

Rose of Sharon attracts Humming Birds, Honey Bees and Bumble Bees

 Rose of Sharon attracts Humming Birds, Honey Bees and Bumble Bees- food for your bees

The Bee is covered! I love it!

The Bee is covered! I love it!

Kept in water until dinner

Kept in water until dinner

Rose of Sharon makes colorful, nutritious and yummy salad

 Rose of Sharon makes colorful, nutritious and yummy salad- who wouldn’t want to eat this? The roses have a mild flavor, doesn’t taste medicinal

Dehydrate for winter tea

 Dehydrate for winter tea

1 cup of Rose of Sharon pressed down,  add  2 cups of shimmering water and let steep for 40 mins

 1 cup of Rose of Sharon pressed down, add 2 cups of shimmering water and let steep for 40 mins

 

Take roses out of water and gently squeeze- Rose of Sharon medicinal water

Take roses out of water and gently squeeze- Rose of Sharon medicinal water

Omelet with chopped Rose of Sharon buds and chopped Rose of Sharon leaves. Organic, homegrown tomatoes are superior to anything you get in the store and chopped fresh herbs

 Pizza- Crust is egg, chopped Rose of Sharon buds, chopped Rose of Sharon leaves. Organic, homegrown tomatoes, fresh herbs

Omlete with raw cheese

 Omlete with raw cheese and rose of Sharon

Bone Broth with Rose of Sharon added to broth. Rose of Sharon also is a thickener

 Bone Broth with Rose of Sharon added to broth. Rose of Sharon also is a thickener

Fermenting Rose of Sharon- fermented soft items must be eaten within 30 days

 Fermenting Rose of Sharon- fermented soft items must be eaten within 30 days

Opened blossom makes a great dip holder. This one holds homemade yogurt with raw honey and cinnamon to be used today with our homegrown blackberries, raspberries. . .

 Opened blossom makes a great dip holder. This one holds homemade yogurt with raw honey and cinnamon to be used today with our homegrown blackberries, raspberries. . .

 

Rose of Sharon buds chopped thin make excellent decoration on cakes

Rose of Sharon buds chopped thin make excellent decoration on cakes.  Frosting was colored with our raspberries, crushed. The cupcakes are still warm, hence the frosting drooling over the side. Rose of Sharon is so mild, it doesn’t interrupt flavor

     
 

A Wrecked Marriage–Saved Over Lunch

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If you’re joining me from P31 Devotions today, welcome!

“I can’t STAND my husband. I’ve had enough. It’s over. I’m so finished

with this marriage, Sharon. I’m DONE… DONE!” She screamed as I held

the phone away from my ear. She started sobbing. I waited. I could hear

her kids fighting in the background and a baby screaming. She said,

“Sharon, can the kids and I come over right now? I need your help. I don’t

know what to do with my life.”

Everything in me wanted to say, “NO!” It was lunch time. Her kids plus

mine would be a miniature army to feed. We were renovating our house

and the kitchen was out of service. I was using my bedroom as a makeshift

kitchen. We didn’t even have running water! I couldn’t imagine feeding

her crew and mine, much less have enough ingredients for a lunch.

Without thinking further I said, “Get the kids in the van and get over here!

We’ll talk over lunch while the kids play.” I heard her phone disconnect

before I even finished the sentence.

I rummaged through a box and found oatmeal, walnuts, maple syrup and

water bottles. That’s it, I thought. We’re eating oatmeal for lunch. That’s

all I’ve got! I made it on one of those table top burners. It was the biggest

pot of oatmeal you’ve ever seen.

The bowls and spoons were covered in dust from the construction. I wiped

’em clean. A little dirt never hurt anybody, I thought to myself. My kids

came in and asked why I had so many bowls. I said, company’s coming.

Your FRIENDS! They squealed with delight.

15 bowls of piping hot oatmeal topped with butter, walnuts, milk and

drizzled maple syrup were ready! I ran outside. Pulled 15 apples off the

apple tree and sat one next to every bowl.

The house was a wreck but I don’t think she ever saw it. She had tunnel

vision. All she could see was her doomed marriage. Everyone got their

bowl of oatmeal- including the construction workers.

We all sat down on the dusty floor, bowed our heads in prayer, ate, and

talked. The kids talked. The construction workers talked. My friend and I

talked.

As she told me her story, I thought to myself, “Oh my GOODNESS! I can’t

imagine being married to this man-either!” But I wasn’t about to say it! I

let her talk for over an hour without saying a word. At the end of it all, she

looked at me and said, “Well, what do you think?”

Within my spirit I prayed and asked God to help me say only what He

wanted me to say. My flesh wrestled with my spirit- BIG TIME! Lord?!

This guys a jerk! A total JERK!

I looked into her eyes and said, “Let’s pray and ask what He thinks.”

Words rolled out of my mouth that I hadn’t planned or thought. So much

better than what my thoughts were.

The prayer was finished and she looked at me and said, “I’m going to need

a lot of prayer to get through this Sharon. Everything you said really

convicted me today. I do love him and I believe more than ever after

coming here, that God is going to turn this around and use it for our good.

She hollered for her kids. Hauled them into the van and off they went. She

went back home to her husband, the kids’ dad, the family united. They

started to love each other again…

What did I do?

Served 15 bowls of piping hot oatmeal in 15 dusty bowls on a dusty floor

and barely said a word of my own. Listened. Kept my mouth closed and

invited the Lord through prayer to lead our thoughts. He is faithful and boy

did He answer.

“Ask and you shall receive. Seek and you shall find. Knock and the door will

be opened to you.”

Do you have a friend who’s going through a hard time with money,

marriage, kids, or their health? One you should invite over but haven’t

because your house isn’t in order? It doesn’t matter what your house looks

like or what you serve ’em! They need your help!

In the comment section below, tell me who you need to invite in one word.

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card and Karen Ehman’s book, A Life That Says Welcome: Simple Ways to Open Your Heart &

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Marriage is Like Farming- It Must be Cultivated

A magical marriage

The grain bag was almost empty, so I reached deeply into the dark bag to get a scoop for my chickens… Suddenly something scurried up my arm sleeve! You would have thought an anaconda was in my shirt the way I jumped and screamed! Within 10 seconds a mouse jumped right out of the top of my shirt! I’m surprised we didn’t both roll over and die right there!

People love farms. I think it’s inborn. You know an innate desire deep within for “that” farm- where the grass is always green, the animals are always content and luscious organic food grows effortlessly.

Ahhh… but what people don’t see is what it takes to make “that” farm.

A diligent farmer never, ever goes a single day without working and laboring by the sweat of his brow on behalf of the farm. You have to fight for it. YOU DO! You protect its borders, maintain the fences… love and cherish it, in sickness and in health- till death do you part.

Only a farmer with this mentally has “that” beautiful, “magical” farm.

You must be willing to fight predators single handedly who come to steal, kill and destroy; like snakes eating our breakfast, foxes dragging off the chickens, or coyote’s stealing our newborn kids (baby goats).

The work doesn’t stop there. There’s poop to scoop, fields to mow, poisonous vines to annihilate, goats to milk in 0-100 degree temperatures. . .  Left unattended for just a short while and you wouldn’t want the farm!

People love looking at our goats, chickens, and turkeys strutting about the farm. They love watching the fireflies dance about over the open field at night… roaming the nature paths… With dreamy eyes many say to me, “Oh this place is magical! I want a farm, just like it.” I smile and nod, thinking to myself, if they only knew the labor. Would they really want it?

A good marriage is just like a good farm.

People love good marriages, it’s innate. Everyone desires “true love.” Oh, it’s breathtaking. People flock to movies to see a powerful love story about a couple who would do anything for love. They sit with popcorn in hand, tears streaming and wish their love story was “that” one.

Just like a farm, marriages have predators that threaten “true love.” You know what I’m talking about… Something or someone that seeks to destroy you and/or devour your marriage. You’ve got to FIGHT for your marriage! YOU DO! Protect the borders. Maintain the fences. Love and cherish it in sickness and in health- till death do you part.

The work doesn’t stop there. There’s stinky messes to clean,  poisonous vines (words that destroy) to annihilate… love to be lavished sacrificially. . .left unattended for one season and you wouldn’t want the marriage.

Yep… There are moments that I don’t want to farm anymore; like when a mouse runs up my sleeve and out the top of my shirt. I’m finished, I am! But in the grand scheme of things a mouse in my shirt is the very least of the costs of having “that” farm. Some things you just got to get over no matter how unnerving and press on toward the prize of the high calling.

A good marriage is like a good farm. It is a work in process that can never be left unattended- not even for one day. Luscious fruit doesn’t grow effortlessly. You’ve got fight for it. YOU DO.

I always dreamt of living on a farm. Never, ever did I think it would be so hard. But we’ve got “that” farm- where the grass is green and the animals are content. Actually, it is magical to live here but we work hard at it.

Our marriage is magical too, but we work really hard at it.

Gen 3:18-19

“Both thorns and thistles it shall grow for you; And you will eat the plants of the field; By the sweat of your face You will eat bread, Till you return to the ground…”

Gen 2:22-24 “Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. The man said, ”This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman, ‘ for she was taken out of man.” For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.”

Edward when he was born

Edward when he was born.

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Edward our French Alpine buck.  He’s famous on The Glasgow Farm.

chickens

Sparky and chickens

 

Snake eating our breakfast

Yep a black snake in the chicken coop- eating our breakfast! He never came back for another egg after this day.

Edward

A content animal.

Turkey's

Every night before dusk we have to put the Turkey’s in their house or the foxes come looking for them.

Sparky and cat

Trolly unloading people

Trolly unloading people onto our farm for a wedding- 2 hours before they arrived. Edward knocked down his fence that led straight to where the trolly is parked. Dale worked hard to mend the fence before 200 people arrived!

 

Ground hogs- every year Dale secures the garden. He built a wooden fence to the ground with chicken wire around it.  They've dug under, climbed over. . . I've turned around while weeding before and seen one looking me straight in the eyes! You've got to fight for your garden!

Ground hogs.  Every year Dale secures the garden. He built a wooden fence to the ground with chicken wire around it. They’ve dug under, climbed over. . . I’ve turned around while weeding before and seen one looking me straight in the eyes! You’ve got to fight for your garden! They love anything with blossoms, especially zucchini, cucumbers and squash.

Fence and gate

Deer  jump over and  foxes crawl under  fences to  get to what they want- it’s up to us to protect within our border.
     
 

Mulberry Sorbet- Super Hero Food

Today's harvest from one tree- we have three more to harvest from

Today’s harvest from one tree- we have three more to harvest-each will keep producing for several weeks!

Mulberries are the latest rage in “superfood.”  Their antioxidants are 79% higher than blueberries and 24% higher than cranberries. They contain  high levels of resveratrol- the super hero antioxidant. They outperform cranberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries with its phytoactive ingredients!

In a recent article by the Journal of Infectious Diseases it proved that resveratrol decreased the reproduction of the influenza virus.

Studies have shown that eating high levels of antioxidant’s can also help protect from age disorders, cancer, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

So, if you, your neighbor or the park next door has a mulberry tree, go get ’em! 

Mulberry Sorbert- Super Hero Food

Mulberry Sorbet- Super Hero Food- I didn’t let this cure in freezer for an hour, when you cure it, it will hold its shape

Mulberry Sorbet

5 cups of washed fresh or frozen mulberries (remove stems if you desire, it takes a lot of time)

*1 tablespoon elderberry elixir (if you have it!)

1 cup organic sugar & 1/4 cup water- heated in pot until sugar melts

Ingredients for sorbet-Mulberries, organic sugar, water and elderberry elixir if you have it

Ingredients for sorbet-Mulberries, organic sugar, water and elderberry elixir if you have it

Puree mulberries and add to melted sugar and stir well. Let chill in refrigerator for 6 hours.

Pour into ice-cream maker and follow the makers directions for making sorbet.

Let set in freezer(cure)  for an hour before serving.

For 10 things to make with mulberries click here!

Caution:

If you’re not into health, don’t waste your time harvesting mulberries. It takes a LOT of work. Read how we harvest.

After you harvest the fruit- you’ve got to go through and get twigs, branches, rotten and unripe fruit out. Which could take hours if you have bushels and bushels and more bushels. . .

The only people who would go through this amount of work  are people who don’t have the money for superfood in the market, people who are ultra serious about their health and want to stock up or farmers who can’t let anything go to waste.

This is “today’s” harvest from one tree, we have three more trees! Yep, I didn’t take a photo of yesterday’s bounty.

The trees will keep producing high yields for the next few weeks. Well, I better stop talking and get to work! I love super hero food and Dale’s a true farmer at heart- he can’t let harvest go to waste.