Spotlight on Grapefruit (Citrus x paradisi) Essential Oil

Qualities: citrus, detoxifying, fresh

Top Properties: Diuretic, Antioxidant, Antiseptic, Astringent, Antitoxic, Purifier, Expectorant

Blends Well With: Basil, Neroli, Peppermint, Rosemary

Main Constituents: d-limonene, Myrcene

Safety: Avoid exposure to sunlight or UV rays for 12 hours after application.

Top Uses for Basil Essential Oil:

๐ŸŒฟ Weight Loss & Obesity: Drink a few drops in water or take in a capsule. Apply to areas of concern to breakdown fat cells.

๐ŸŒฟ Breast & Uterine Issues & Progesterone Balance: Take in a capsule or apply diluted to area of concern.

๐ŸŒฟ Addictions & Sugar Cravings: Diffuse or take in a capsule.

๐ŸŒฟ Oily Skin & Acne: Apply to areas of concern to better manage breakouts.

๐ŸŒฟ Detoxification & Cellulite: Rub on bottoms of feet or drink in water for overall detox. Apply diluted to problem areas to breakdown cellulite.

๐ŸŒฟ Lymphatic & Kidney Toxicity: Drink in water or apply diluted to problem areas to breakdown cellulite.

๐ŸŒฟ Adrenal Fatigue: Apply diluted with basil over lymph nodes, kidney area, or bottoms of feet.

๐ŸŒฟ Gallstones & Gallbladder Support: Take with geranium in a capsule.

๐ŸŒฟ Hangover & Jet Lag: Take in a capsule to ease symptoms.

๐ŸŒฟ Emotional Balance: Use aromatically and topically to get from Divided to Validated.

Source: The Essential Life 5th Edition

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Spotlight on Basil (Ocimum basilicum) Essential Oil

Qualities: regenerating, uplifting, stimulating

Top Properties: Stimulant, Neurotonic, Steroidal, Regenerative, Antispasmodic, Anti-Inflammatory, Antibacterial, Digestive

Blends Well With: Bergamot, Lime, Litsea, Peppermint

Safety: Dilution recommended. Possible skin sensitivity. Caution with pregnancy and epilepsy.

Top Uses for Basil Essential Oil:

๐ŸŒฟ Adrenal Fatigue: Apply under nose, to bottoms of feet, back of neck, forehead, and/or over the adrenal area.

๐ŸŒฟ Earache: Apply behind and down beneath ear area: swab ear canal to relieve pain and infection.

๐ŸŒฟ Loss of Sense of Smell: Apply under nose and to toes to regain or increase sense of smell.

๐ŸŒฟ Migraines & Dizziness: Apply with wintergreen or peppermint to temples and back of neck.

๐ŸŒฟ Mental Fatigue & Focus: Breathe in, diffuse or apply across forehead.

๐ŸŒฟ Nausea & Cramping: Take in a capsule or apply to abdomen to ease discomfort.

๐ŸŒฟ Gout & Rheumatism: Apply to spine, bottoms of feet, ears, ankles, or area over heart.

๐ŸŒฟ PMS & Menstrual Issues: Apply to lower abdomen to stimulate menstrual flow and assist with menstrual cramping.

๐ŸŒฟ Muscle Spasms & Inflammation: Apply to spine or bottoms of feet, or take in a capsule.

๐ŸŒฟ Bug, Snake & Spider Bites: Diffuse or spray diluted in water to repel insects. Apply topically to bite.

๐ŸŒฟ Emotional Balance: Use aromatically and topically to get from Inundated to Relieved.

Source: The Essential Life 5th Edition

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Spotlight on Spikenard (Nardostachys jatamansi) Essential Oil

Qualities: healing, rejuvinating, uplifting

Top Properties: Anti-Inflammatory, Antispasmodic, Sedative, Antibacterial, Anti-fungal, Deodorant, Laxative, Tonic

Blends Well With: Blue tansy, Clove, Cypress, Frankincense, Geranium, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Myrhh, Wild Orange, Vetiver

Safety: Safe for NEAT application.

Top Uses for Spikenard Essential Oil:

๐ŸŒฟ Aging & Irritated Skin: Add a drop to facial cleanser or moisturizer.

๐ŸŒฟ Insomnia, Stress & Tension: Diffuse and apply to bottoms of feet.

๐ŸŒฟ PMS & Menstrual Issues: Apply to abdomen, back of neck, and pulse points.

๐ŸŒฟ Candida & Vaginal Thrush: Apply to affected area diluted.

๐ŸŒฟ Convulsions, Seizures & Muscle Spasms: Apply to back of neck and affected area.

๐ŸŒฟ Detoxing, Diuretic & Cellulite: Apply to affected area or bottoms of feet.

๐ŸŒฟ Terminally Ill & Hospice: Apply to bottoms of feet and diffuse.

๐ŸŒฟ Ulcers, Gas & Indigestion: Apply to abdomen.

๐ŸŒฟ Pinkeye & Rashes: Apply diluted to affected area or around eye.

๐ŸŒฟ Perfume: Create a personalized fragrance; combine with clove, cypress, frankincense, geranium, juniper berry, lavender, myrhh, wild orange, rose or vetiver.

๐ŸŒฟ Anxiety, Depression & Old Emotional Blocks: Apply to pulse points and diffuse.

๐ŸŒฟ Emotional Balance: Use aromatically and topically to get from Agitated to Tranquil.

Source: The Essential Life 5th Edition

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Steamtown National Historic Site, Scranton PA

On Saturday, May 18th, I had the opportunity to meet up with a group of YouTubers at the Steamtown National Historic Site in Scranton, PA. There were 74 of us in attendance! Sparky107107 organized the meet up. See my YouTube video here. I will put links to the other channels at the bottom of this post. If I’ve missed anyone, please leave a comment and I will add them.

I don’t consider myself a train buff, but I do enjoy visiting all types of historic sites. I learned quite a lot about the trains that I didn’t know before. It makes them even more interesting to me now, having made these “new to me” discoveries.


The largest train at Steamtown is a Union Pacific “Big Boy”, 4012, one of eight Big Boy’s left of 25 that were built 1941 to 1944.

This Big Boy at Steamtown will be cosmetically restored, but not restored to operation since the Steamtown tracks, turntable and yard aren’t able to support such a large locomotive.

Here are some other locomotives at Steamtown. If you can help me identify any of these, please leave a comment and I will add captions. Thanks!


The turntable at Steamtown can be rotated to move trains to different locations of the yard.


The Long Island Railroad
Rotary Snowplow, No. 193 was built at Cooke Locomotive and Machine Works, 
Paterson, November 1898.


My favorites were the restored mail car and business passenger car. The interiors are far more interesting to me than the exteriors!


The Louisville and Nashville Railway Post Office (RPO) Car, No. 1100 was built by American Car and Foundary Company, 1914. 

In the United States, a railway post office, commonly abbreviated as RPO, was a railroad car that was normally operated in passenger service as a means to sort mail en route, in order to speed delivery. The RPO was staffed by highly trained Railway Mail Service postal clerks, and was off-limits to the passengers on the train.

RPO cars were equipped and staffed to handle most back-end postal processing functions. First class mail, magazines and newspapers were all sorted, cancelled when necessary, and dispatched to post offices in towns along the route. Registered mail was also handled, and the foreman in charge was required to carry a regulation pistol while on duty to discourage theft of the mail.


The Erie Railroad Business Car #3 was built by Pullman Car and Manufacturing Corp., 1923.

The car contains two staterooms, two bedrooms, crew quarters, galley, dining room, and observation end. It is a heavyweight railroad car, featuring 6-wheel trucks.


The Rutland Railroad Caboose, No. 28 was built in the Rutland Shops around 1920 to a New York Central design of wood, with cupola off set towards one end. 

The caboose provided the train crew with a shelter at the rear of the train. The crew could exit the train for switching or to protect the rear of the train when stopped. They also inspected the train for problems such as shifting loads, broken or dragging equipment, and hot boxes (overheated axle bearings, a serious fire and derailment threat). The conductor kept records and handled business from a table or desk in the caboose. For longer trips, the caboose provided minimal living quarters, and was frequently personalized and decorated with pictures and posters.

More cabooses at Steamtown:


I also found these statues of the types of people involved with the locomotives to be very interesting. I missed a few of their titles, so if anyone can help me out, please leave a comment. Thanks!


I had a great time visiting Steamtown National Historic Site! I’m glad I went and I would definitely recommend it! Thank you Sparky for organizing the event!


Sources: Wikipedia and Steamtown National Historic Site (U.S. National Park Service)


YouTube Channels Participating in the meet up:

Adam Tereska

Alex Brockway FLGK Railway

Bernie’s Model Railroad

Buck

Creative Rails

djstrains

Duane Ernest

Hans Fehlow

H A P P Y L U X

Hastings BNSF N Scale Modeler

Hot Rod Rodney 25

Indian Head Valley RR

JPVideos

Nathan DeLay

N-Scale Union Pacific Evanston Subdivision

Random Outdoor Fun

Revenge of the Apocalypse

Ron Piskel

RV Life with Stacy

Schuylkill River Valley

Sparky107107

The Crooked River & Eastern RR

The Wandering Woodsman

Tiadaghton Valley Railroad and Coal Company

WeberModelRailRoad

Savory Keto Almond Flour Muffins

One of the most difficult parts of being on a ketogenic diet is not having breads. But it is possible to make some very tasty substitutes. When I first tried this recipe, it was very good, but had more onion and garlic powder than I liked, so I cut these ingredients in half in my recipe.

These are great for making a “sandwich” such as a sausage and egg breakfast sandwich. Add some avocado or guacamole to really make it special! I kept it simple with just a sausage patty. You could also cut them in half, toast them, and add butter to go along with a main dish or soup or stew.

See my YouTube video here.

Savory Keto Almond Flour Muffins

Cook Time13 mins
Course: Side Dish
Keyword: almond flour, keto, muffins
Servings: 12
Author: Stacy

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups almond flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 4 tbsp butter, melted
  • 2 ounces cubed cheddar cheese

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  • Melt the butter. Shred or cube the cheese.
  • Place dry ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
  • Add wet ingredients, mix well.
  • Place silicone muffin pan on a baking sheet.
  • Drop by tablespoon into muffing cups.
  • Place baking sheet with muffing pan in oven, bake 10-13 minutes.

Notes

3 net carbs per muffin.

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Spotlight on Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) Essential Oil

Qualities: resolving, powerful, expelling

Top Properties: Analgesic, Mucolytic, Stimulant, Antioxidant, Anti-rheumatic, Antiviral, Expectorant

Blends Well With: Basil, Lavender, Manuka, Rosemary

Safety: Caution with use with epileptics, during pregnancy and high blood pressure.

Top Uses for Thyme Essential Oil:

๐ŸŒฟ Cold, Flu & Viruses: Take in a capsule or inhale.

๐ŸŒฟ Asthma, Croup & Pneumonia: Dilute and massage into chest, inhale from cupped hands, or take in a capsule.

๐ŸŒฟ Candida & Parasites: Take in a capsule or inhale.

๐ŸŒฟ Infertility, Progesterone, Breast, Ovary & Prostate Issues: Apply to reflex points on feet and take in a capsule.

๐ŸŒฟ Memory, Concentration & Dementia: Inhale and apply to back of neck to increase alertness, memory, and brain health.

๐ŸŒฟ Low Blood Pressure: Apply to bottoms of feet and pulse points.

๐ŸŒฟ Incontinence & Bladder Infection: Combine with Geranium and take in a capsule or apply over abdomen.

๐ŸŒฟ Fibroids & Cancer: Take in a capsule or inhale.

๐ŸŒฟ Pain & Sore Muscles: Apply with Wintergreen.

๐ŸŒฟ Fatigue, Stress & Depression: Combine with Basil and apply diluted to back of neck. Inhale to de-stress and combat fatigue.

๐ŸŒฟ Hair Loss: Add a few drops to shampoo bottle and apply topically to stimulate hair growth.

๐ŸŒฟ Emotional Balance: Use aromatically and topically to get from Unyielding to Yielding.

Source: The Essential Life 5th Edition

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Keto Almond Joy/Mounds Bars

I’ve never really been a fan of Almond Joy candy bars, but Mounds? OHH YEAH!!! I looovvvveee dark chocolate and coconut! And almonds? Well, they’re ok, but I’d rather not have them on my candy bars! But if you looovvveee Almond Joy, then by all means, add some almonds and maybe even some almond extract to these babies!

See my YouTube video here.

Keto Almond Joy/Mounds Bars

A low carb version of Almond Joy/Mounds bars.
Course: Dessert
Servings: 16
Author: Stacy

Ingredients

Chocolate Base Layer

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond butter
  • 5 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1/4 cup Pyure Stevia Blend
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Coconut Topping Layer

  • 7 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 2/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 1/2 tbsp Pyure Stevia Blend
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla

Instructions

  • Combine the base ingredients in a saucepan.
  • Melt over low-medium heat, stirring well. Make sure all lumps of coconut oil have melted and mixture is smooth.
  • Pour into a pie plate or square baking dish. Place in refrigerator or freezer until solid.
  • Combine the topping ingredients in a saucepan.
  • Melt over low-medium heat, stirring well. Make sure all lumps of coconut oil have melted.
  • Pour over top of the chocolate base layer. Smooth out and flatten the coconut layer. Place in refrigerator until solid.

Notes

I calculated roughly 3 net carbs per serving.

“Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don’t” was the old slogan for Almond Joy and Mounds candy bars. Which one do you prefer?

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Spotlight on Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) Essential Oil

Qualities: powerful, cleansing, resolving

Top Properties: Antiseptic, Antibacterial, Antifungal, Anti-parasitic, Antiviral, Analgesic, Decongestant

Blends Well With: Cypress, Lavender, Litsea, Siberian Fir, Thyme

Safety: Safe for NEAT application.

Tea Tree Essential Oil Top Uses:

๐ŸŒฟ Cuts & Wounds: Apply topically to clean and disinfect wounds.

๐ŸŒฟ Bacteria, Viruses & Diarrhea: Take in a capsule or apply to abdomen.

๐ŸŒฟ Cankers & Cold Sores: Use on site to prevent and treat.

๐ŸŒฟ Athlete’s Foot & Candida Issues: Take in a capsule or dilute and apply to affected area.

๐ŸŒฟ Sore Throat & Tonsillitis: Take in a capsule or gargle with warm water.

๐ŸŒฟ Dandruff, Scabies, Lice: Apply to affected area or add to your shampoo, lather and soak.

๐ŸŒฟ Ear Infections: Apply behind and around ear.

๐ŸŒฟ Shock: Apply under nose or along spine.

๐ŸŒฟ Acne, Pinkeye, Staph Infection & MRSA: Take in a capsule or apply on or around affected area.

๐ŸŒฟ Bronchitis, Cold & Flu: Take in a capsule, rub on throat or diffuse.

๐ŸŒฟ Hives, Rashes & Itchy Eyes: Take in a capsule or apply to affected area or bottoms of feet.

๐ŸŒฟ Cavities & Gum Disease: Take in a capsule or apply to affected area.

๐ŸŒฟ Emotional Balance: Use aromatically and topically to get from Unsure to Collected.

Source: The Essential Life, 5th Edition

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Spotlight on Arborvitae (Thuja plicata) Essential Oil

Qualities: woody, majestic, strong

Top Properties: Antiviral, Antifungal, Antibacterial, Stimulant

Blends well with: Birch, Cedarwood, Frankincense, Siberian Fir

Safety: dilution recommended, possible skin sensitivity

Arborvitae Essential Oil Top Uses:

๐ŸŒฒCandida and fungal issues: apply to bottoms of feet or area of concern.

๐ŸŒฒViruses: Apply to bottoms of feet.

๐ŸŒฒCold sores and warts: Apply to sore or wart frequently.

๐ŸŒฒRespiratory issues: Apply to chest with fractionated coconut oil.

๐ŸŒฒRepellent: Diffuse, spray on surfaces, or apply topically to repel bugs and insects.

๐ŸŒฒCancer: Apply to bottoms of feet.

๐ŸŒฒStimulant: Apply under nose and back of neck to stimulate body systems and awareness.

๐ŸŒฒBacterial support: Apply to bottoms of feet or spine with fractionated coconut oil. Spray diluted in water on surfaces or diffuse to kill airborne pathogens.

๐ŸŒฒSkin complaints: Apply with lavender to troubled skin.

๐ŸŒฒSunscreen: Apply with helichrysum or lavender to protect against sun exposure.

๐ŸŒฒMeditation: Diffuse to enhance spiritual awareness and state of calm.

๐ŸŒฒEmotional Balance: Use aromatically and topically to get from Overzealous to Composed.

Source: The Essential Life 5th Edition

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Stacy’s Dr. Berg Chocolate Shake Mix Copycat

I have been low carb and Keto for several years and I do follow Dr. Berg. I love the way he explains how the keto diet works and helps the body to heal! For awhile, I did purchase Dr. Berg’s Chocolate Shake Mix. It was expensive and when I began traveling in my RV, it was difficult for me to receive packages.

So I began experimenting with creating my own substitute version of Dr. Berg’s Chocolate Shake Mix. This is what I have been using and it tastes just as good, if not better, than Dr. Berg’s Chocolate Shake Mix!

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Stacy’s Dr. Berg Chocolate Shake Mix Copycat

This is my version of Dr. Berg’s Chocolate Shake mix.
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dr berg, keto
Servings: 1
Author: lifewithstacy

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk (or substitute)
  • 1 cup organic frozen chopped spinach (or kale)
  • 1/4 cup wild blueberries
  • 2 scoops LIVfit Superfood Blend
  • 1 tbsp organic cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp liquid MCT oil (or powdered equivalent)
  • 1 1/2 tsp Pyure Stevia and Erythritol Blend
  • splash of vanilla

Instructions

  • Pour almond milk in blender. Add frozen chopped spinach and frozen blueberries.
  • Add cacao powder and Superblend powder. I like to to use 1 scoop of each variety.
  • Add MCT oil, Pyure and a splash of vanilla. Blend well on high for at least 30 seconds.

The Superfood Blends contain pea protein which helps to thicken the shake. There are two varieties and I have been using 1 scoop of each, but you may choose to use just one variety. I enjoy having this for breakfast every morning!

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