Healthy Living

Vacation & Book Promotion 

Happy Fall y’all! Hope all is well in your neck of the woods. It’s so nice here. We are loving the beautiful Fall weather. 
This past weekend my family and I took a trip to our neighboring State of Arkansas. We left Friday morning planning to drive to Eureka Springs, AR. We were taking the scenic route, so a 7 or 8 hour drive was more like a 10 hour drive. 
We retraced the route we took 31 years ago when I was 7. Back then we were going to see the Great Passion Play and on to Silver Dollar City in Branson, MO. This time we were going to tour the Holy Land replica on the grounds of the Great Passion Play.
The Holy Land tour was neat. We saw a replica of the Old Testament Tabernacle exactly the size it was in those days. The only other exact replica is in Israel. We saw a replica of an inn like the one that was full when Mary and Joseph traveled to Bethlehem. We also saw a replica of the stable where they stayed and Jesus was born. Our modern nativities are no where close to depicting the birth of Jesus correctly. The stable was like a cave and the manger was made of limestone with hay in the middle.
We saw a replica of the Sea of Galilee. We also saw replicas of the upper room where Jesus and His disciples partook of the last supper, the innkeeper’s house, and the empty tomb. It was a very neat tour.
All of that was on Saturday. Let’s go back to Friday. On our scenic route, we pass an Amish store in Dermott, AR. We love to stop and purchase jellies and such. They also have a deli where they use the homemade breads, pickles, etc. to make delicious sandwiches. So, we enjoyed lunch there. 
Our next stop was in Hot Springs, AR. We walked down the Main Street where the famous bath houses are located. There is a fountain in front of them where the water that comes out is naturally hot. It felt hotter than our hot water at home. It was neat.
From Hot Springs we headed north on Arkansas’ Scenic 7. We stopped again a few miles down the road at a roadside park where we have stopped a number of times. Now, all that is there is 2 outhouses, an old well pump (or what’s left of it), picnic tables, and you guessed it, A CREEK. It’s a neat place.
Many years ago upon stopping at this roadside park, my mom thought she would be funny and take my photo coming out of the outhouse. I have never forgotten that. So, I was waiting and ready when she made her exit this time. Revenge sure is sweet!
We traveled on down the road stopping at scenic overlooks along the way. As the day went on we began looking for a place to eat supper. After coming down a high mountain with lots of crooks and turns, we landed in Jasper, AR. We found the Ozark Cafe and decided to stop and eat. I forgot to mention that the weather was very cool in this area. In fact it was 39 degrees in Jasper that night. 
After leaving the cafe, we decided we would like to stay the night there. We were only an hour from Eureka Springs, so we found a room and stayed. We fell in love with Jasper. In fact, we traveled back to Jasper to stay on Saturday night as well. That will not be our last visit there.
Jasper is a small town surrounded by mountains. The Buffalo National River flows through it and there are lots of hiking trails and places to enjoy nature. It reminds me of a western town in the mountains. It’s so nice.
We traveled back home on Sunday. We have a couple of more trips planned this year. So, I’ll keep you posted on those.
I purchased a book written by a friend of mine last week and almost read the whole book in one evening. The book is titled “Apple Cider Vinegar on the Homestead” and is written by Rhonda Crank of thefarmerslamp.com. This is a tremendous book on the history and current uses of ACV. After reading the book, I felt like turning up the bottle of raw, organic, unfiltered ACV and guzzling it. ACV has amazing health benefits for both us and our animals. I highly recommend this book and give it my full endorsement. I will be using it as a reference book for years to come. You can purchase Rhonda’s book at the following sites:
Thefarmerslamp.com 
Amazon.com/Apple-Cider-Vinegar-Homestead-Ultimate/dp/1537351206/
Please visit these sites and support a fellow homesteader. Rhonda is doing a tremendous job promoting natural health information and sustainability. I admire her greatly.
For more information about Homestead Nutrition, or to make an appointment, email me at homesteadnutrition@dr.com. Have a healthy and blessed week! 🙂 

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