Lamp Berger- Oh My…

In a quaint shop in downtown Mineola, Texas I was introduced to the world of Lamp Berger.  The shop owner was so passionate about this lamp with the special burner on top that could clean the air in your house.  Not just make it smell wonderful (which it does), but actually clean the germs and odors out.  Having four children ages 9 and under at the time, we were constantly dealing with them “sharing” things- never toys or anything helpful like that.  I was intrigued by this lamp and Tony confirmed the owner’s claims of this burner having been used in hospitals to clean the rooms before operating, he learned about it in paramedic school.

That lamp was the best purchase I ever made.  My youngest was 18 months old at the time, and once I started burning the lamp for only 15 minutes per day, we never had a green runny nose again.  No kidding- I did not think it was possible to raise a preschooler without those sort of runny noses.  Needless to say, I did not miss them.  Ever since then we keep oil for the lamp on hand and always use it if someone is under the weather.  Of course, given the wonderful scents available for the lamp we burn it every day making doctor visits much more uncommon.

If you are familiar with buying candles that cost just a few bucks to keep your house smelling nice, then the prices of the lamps may seem a little expensive.  However, you need to think of this as an investment in your health.  The “basic” models are simple and attractive with the “fancy” models being something of a work of art.  Prices vary widely depending on what you are looking for in the style.  Purchase one for yourself and you will be glad you did it.

Also, there are oils available that are neutral- meaning that there is no noticeable scent making this a good choice even for those who are sensitive to perfumes and such.  However, for those of you who love wonderful scents, there are so many to choose from, making for a tough decision at times.

My lamp that I bought 10 years ago- what a great buy.
My lamp that I bought 10 years ago- what a great buy.

Please don’t be fooled by other lamps with lovely oils- these are not going to clean germs out of your air.  You need the real deal.

For more information and to find a dealer near you- Lamp Berger Official Site

Chicken Noodle Soup

The last thing I think that anyone wants to be is sick.  The only worst thing about being sick is being away from home- sick.  I guess that is part of what makes a house a home- what you can expect when you are sick.  In our house, certain foods are expected and thought to make everything better.  These are true comfort foods.  Of course, in our home you can also expect to  be given some nasty tasting herbal concoctions along with some not so nasty herbal teas with honey.  I do not believe that medicine should  be sugared up to taste good.  Basically there is one good reason for not having the medicine taste good- the kids only tell me they are sick when they really are!  Added to that is the fact that if they go in the kitchen and get it out without being told- then I know we are really dealing with an illness.  But more on the medicine latter.

When Cheyenne was sick, her favorite thing was Potato Soup.  These other three cuties like Chicken Noodle Soup.    This past week, all of the children still living in our home and myself had a bout with some germ that made us run a low fever, cough, sneeze, and have a runny nose while at the same time being unable to breath due to congestion- I still don’t know how this is possible.  Anyway, it is a rare occasion for us all to go down but from what I have heard, our family has not been alone with the battle of the sickness.  So given that fact that this is the time of the year for folks to battle illness, I thought it would be a good time to post this recipe for chicken noodle soup.  It is super easy and very healthy.  Now, this soup is good anytime not just when you are sick.

Chicken Noodle Soup- guaranteed to make you feel better!

Chicken Noodle Soup

3- 14 oz cans of chicken broth *

2- carrots coarsely chopped

1- celery stalk coarsely chopped

1-small onion finely chopped

1/2 cup of sliced mushrooms (optional)

5- cloves of garlic minced

salt and pepper to taste

1- tablespoon of chopped sage**

1-tablespoon of thyme**

1- tablespoon of parsley**

1-tablespoon of real butter

1- cup of chopped chicken or turkey***

80z of egg noodles (you can use other pasta if you want to.)


*-broth made at home from boiling a chicken and reserving the broth will be healthier and better for you.  But, canned is fine.

**- fresh herbs from your garden are the best, dried is good, especially if you dried them yourself.

***- you can boil a chicken or turkey pull the meat from the bone and freeze the chopped meat in smaller portions for a quick meal.  Then, freeze the broth for your own chicken broth.

In a large dutch oven or medium stock pot, melt butter over medium heat and add onion, carrots, & celery.  Cook until onion is clear and just starting to caramelize.  About 10 minutes.

Add broth and 2 cans worth of water, garlic, herbs, mushrooms, salt and pepper, and chicken or turkey

Bring to a boil, cover and boil for about 20 minutes until the carrots are tender.

Add egg noodles and boil until noodles are tender.  Done.



What are the foods that your family like when they are sick?