A Debate and Mucilaginous Gruel
1. Anderson Cooper. Yuck. What a weenie.
2. Mitt Romney - came across as fake and way too oily.
3. Fred Thompson is the man.
4. It won't kill me to vote for Giuliani in the General Election if that's what it comes down to. (BUT! Go Fred!!)
5. Ron Paul is a complete whack.
6. Gay General is a plant from the Clinton campaign. Good going, CNN.
7. Sucky questions from a lot of stupid college kids. There were a couple of good questions posed by adults, but only a couple.
8. McCain loses my vote AGAIN - except that he never HAD my vote.
9. Wish all of the candidates could have been given the opportunity to answer all questions. Anderson Cooper sucked.
10.I liked Mike Huckabee, but not enough to vote for him. He seems soft and pliable like the Pillsbury Doughboy.
On to the Mucilaginous Gruel. Grizzly Mama brewed some up this evening, as it seems that many in the Sloth are having some stomach problems. I decided to make Slippery Elm Gruel to help with our digestive complaints. I have used this along with other herbs to help overcome bronchitis as well.
It is the inner bark that is used medicinally when it comes to Slippery Elm. According to this, Slippery Elm gruel has been used historically not only for medicinal purposes but also for survival. Of course, legally I cannot make any claims that this herbal will help in any way, shape or form - - but I can guarantee that it won't kill you as I've used it many times. Once the gruel is prepared, I consume a teaspoon or two several times a day for 2 to 3 days in a row. It has a pleasant smell and taste even if it is mucilaginous in texture. We normally don't eat it plain - but add it to whole cooked oats with plenty of pure maple syrup, or in yogurt or applesauce. I cover the gruel and store it in the fridge and use the 3 day rule that I use for pretty much anything that I save in the fridge.
Think slippery/mucous membranes. It's slippery and will help mucous membranes in the body. Lungs, digestive tract.
Here's the play-by-play:
This is what it looks like - very finely ground inner bark.
One teaspoon Slippery Elm to about a cup of water.
Yup. Put it together in a saucepan.
Slowly bring it to a boil. Stir occasionally. I like using a whisk.
Once it starts boiling, reduce heat and simmer stirring constantly. Do this for a couple of minutes.
Then I pour it into this little jug and let it cool. Cover it and store in the fridge. I don't think that you have to cook it. You can just take it, but I think with plenty of water. I like this, though, and it has worked well for us in the past.
Here I've tried to give you the sense of just how mucous-like this concoction is.
I hope everyone has a wonderful day! We are going to visit a museum in Lancaster City in the morning. We will be learning about the Amish.