Carnitine is another nutrient that was not considered a vitamin until recently.  However, it has been proven to support vital functions, particularly the metabolism.  Carnitine has a regulatory effect on the metabolism because it is involved in fatty acid transport.  It takes long-chain fatty acids into the mitochondria (the “power plants” of the cells) toContinue reading “Carnitine”

Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet potato casserole is a Christmas favorite. When you grow your own sweet potatoes, it’s particularly fun. A fertile garden soil and ample moisture during the growing season ensures spectacular results. Sometimes you can manage to grow a sweet potato that is big enough to supply the entire casserole single-handedly! Seriously! Ingredients 2 pounds sweetContinue reading “Sweet Potato Casserole”

The Roots of Cattle Driving: Part 3

From Texas to New York Another major cattle drive was carried out by a young man named Thomas Candy Ponting.  Ponting had grown up herding cattle in his native England.  When he came to America, he continued in the trade, but soon found his plans growing beyond what he had originally expected. Ponting heard thatContinue reading “The Roots of Cattle Driving: Part 3”

A Kid’s EcoJournal Series

If your children love the outdoors and also love to write, they may enjoy A Kid’s EcoJournal series by Toni Albert. There are four of these books (spring, summer, fall, and winter), but they all follow a similar format. After some tips on exploring and writing about nature comes space for entries. Each entry hasContinue reading “A Kid’s EcoJournal Series”

The Roots of Cattle Driving: Part 2

The Opelousas Trail The settlers of Texas were by no means behind their fellow Southerners in herding cattle. Well before the days of the Chisholm Trail, they were driving Texas Longhorns to market along the Opelousas Trail, also known as the Beef Trail. The trail began near Liberty, Texas, and followed Indian paths to variousContinue reading “The Roots of Cattle Driving: Part 2”