Monday, April 19, 2010

Spider Bite... EEK!

So the hubs starts getting sick on Friday and then Saturday morning there was a mysterious bump. After some internet research, we concluded it was a brown recluse spider bite... yuck! So I continued to research for a concoction to stop the venom as it was the weekend and the Terry wasn't to into going to the walk in clinic or hospital(go figure!). This is what I came up with after my "research":

Activated charcoal ( a staple, it to adsorbs things)
baking soda (dunno why, but that's what it said)
tea tree oil
lavender oil (both oils are antibiotic, antiviral and antimicrobial to prevent infection)
Unpetroleum jelly (or vaseline/vaseline alt for a base)

Lay it on thick and change out every couple of hours. I also read that basil oil worked well to!

After applying this, the sore seemed to stop growing. He went to the doctor today (Monday), the doctor said that what we did really helped. It was starting to get into his blood stream (he was getting a rash as well). This stopped that spread and also made a scab form, which is apparently what they want to see happen! Would you believe that my husband found the dead spider under his desk at work this morning ( I was so relieved b/c I was worried about the kids but I hadn't seen any BR around our house).

So, I hope that this can help someone! I would imagine that it could work with many different bug bites, especially venomous. Hopefully you'll never have to use this, but just in case, it really worked.....

Monday, April 5, 2010

Try These... Yum!

Southwest Chicken Salad

4 c. cubed rotisserie chicken ( I used the Oscar Mayer strips from the deli meat section- Southwest)
2 c. frozen corn, thawed
1 c. chopped roasted sweet red peppers (I used green bell pepper)
1 c. chopped red onion
1 c. (or bunch) minced cilantro (the best part:)

3 Tbsp. lime juice
3 Tbsp. olive oil
4 tsp. honey
2 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp . chili powder
1/2 tsp. pepper

Mix top 5 ingredients ( I sauteed onion and pepper first).
Mix dressing ingredients together and coat over chicken mixture. So very yummy!

I served this on pita. You could do salads or wraps too!

I also made Guacamole too!


2-3 ripe avocados
garlic salt
lime juice
cilantro ( I like alot)

Mix/process all together to desired taste!
This is my new favorite meal.

And if you don't know about this quick fabulous desert, this is a good one:

Oreo Truffles (so easy)

1 pkg. oreos
1 pkg (box) cream cheese, softened (let sit out of the fridge)
milk chocolate
white chocolate

process/blend together. Form into balls. Dip in chocolate/white chocolate.

Happy Cookin'!