Why We Don’t Have to be Sheep: Motivation for Self-Sufficiency

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Aw, but they are so cute!

Testing…Testing…1, 2, 3…Are you awake?

Let’s find out:

Have you heard of Executive Order 10998? It authorizes the government to take over all farms and food resources if they deem it an emergency.

Have you heard of Executive Order 10995? It authorizes the government to seize and control the communication media if they deem it an emergency.

How about Executive Order 11000? It gives the government power to mobilize civilians into work brigades under government supervision (Think: concentration camps), once again if they deem it an emergency.

How do you feel after reading this information? Is your blood boiling? It should be. If it’s not, then you might want to check your pulse–or move to North Korea.

The federal executive granted itself these powers to implement only during a “State of Emergency”. The problem is that it is THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT that determines just exactly what constitutes a “State of Emergency.” The Executive Branch of our government granted itself these sweeping, extreme powers to use at its own discretion. No oversight. No vote. We the people did not ask for this. Most don’t even know these Executive Orders exist. Seem fishy? I agree.

It is hard to understand how anyone could consider any executive order constitutional in the first place. It is a power, given to the president, that has little (if any) justification in the Constitution. The executive branch claim to executive orders comes from Article II, Section I, Clause I of the Constitution which reads,

“The executive Power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America. He shall hold his Office during the Term of four Years, and, together with the Vice President, chosen for the same Term, be elected, as follows”

I see nothing there that says they can make laws without Congress. Do you? In fact, if they have read Section I of the Constitution it specifically says no legislation can be established unless passed through Congress.

Despite evidence to the contrary, let us presume for a moment that the government has no intention of abusing the power it has vested in itself. Let’s just say the vast power of these executive orders has been granted to a completely innocuous, innocent cabal of do-gooder bureaucrats who simply worry about what will happen to their flock of citizens if the worst were to happen.

Even in this fantasy realm of benign federal government, it is still an unfortunate society that must rely upon the shepherd of government to rescue it from disaster. Where has the self-reliant American spirit gone? Is everyone okay playing the role of the damsel in distress? I am proud to be an American because we are supposed to be different. We are a strong, independent, tenacious people. We don’t accept tyranny, we never have. That’s why we do not sing “God Save the Queen,” and our neighbors to the north still do. We bought our freedom from English tyranny at a heavy price. Should we now, 200 years later, allow it to slip through our fingers?

We made it easy for the federal government to assume the position of shepherd. Our quest for convenience in all things and consequent lack of self-reliance has turned us into sheeple (sheep+people=sheeple). We are quivering, afraid of the world and afraid of independence because we shirked our freedom and now realize what getting it back entails.

Our modern lifestyles have turned us into sheep. Most cannot do for themselves anymore. Most of us wouldn’t know how to milk a cow, make butter, ferment cream, grind grain into flour, bake bread, filter water, raise chickens and livestock, make chicken stock, butcher a cow, butcher a chicken, collect eggs,  make clothes, make soap, know which herbal remedies are for what ailments, know how to use a gun or bow, or anything else if we couldn’t buy it or pay someone else to do it for us. We all go to the store to collect pre-made, packaged foods, toiletries, and prescriptions to help us get through the week. The horrifying part about this is that your local grocery store has only enough to feed your neighborhood for 3 days if something happened and they could not receive shipments. How is that for emergency preparedness? Not much.

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But you don’t hear many politicians recommending you start learning to be self-sufficient. Instead, they pass laws that make it easier to take advantage of your dependency. Think of how insignificant the government could be if the people spread out a bit and started homesteads in the country rather than crowding all together in the cities. Rather than relying on modern conveniences what if everyone relied on old-fashioned survivalism? What if we all made a point to not be so pathetically dependent on things outside of our control? Fortunately, there is a way we can regain some modicum of control over our lives, and it starts with accepting responsibility for our fates. Yes, even city dwellers can do it.

I am not advising you to become a doomsday prepper. The point of becoming more self-reliant is NOT to ensure you can survive a national disaster–that would definitely be a plus–but that is not the main reason. Another reason is that it is better for the environment, but that too is not that main reason. The ultimate reason for becoming self-reliant is because it is good for the soul. Self-reliance doesn’t leave room for us to be victims of our own design. And it decreases the opportunity the government has to swoop in and “rescue” us. The more local and independent your life’s business is the less chance given to someone else to gain control. It requires us to take hold of our freedom and maintain it. Or, bring it back, since it is already gone. It ensures that We the People are in charge of our lives, with no need for a government shepherd. As Joel Salatin, proprietor of PolyFace farms and sustainable farmer, said in his book, “Folks, This Ain’t Normal”:

“Farms and food production should be, I submit, at least as important as who pierced their navel in Hollywood this week. Please tell me I’m not the only one who believes this. Please. As a culture, we think we’re well educated, but I’m not sure that what we’ve learned necessarily helps us survive.”

I couldn’t agree more. And if you need some inspiration from an expert on self-reliance I really recommend Joel’s book.

It’s not necessary that everyone go out and purchase land and 20 cows. It can be baby steps with the intention of surviving. There are things you can do even if you live in an apartment in the city. My husband is in school and we live in an apartment in the city. As soon as he is finished with his education we can really implement our full plan on becoming independent and self-sustained. Until then, we can only do small things that make a big difference. Sometimes we just have to do what works, like stocking up on cans of soup to get us through the week. There are big things you can do if you have the ability and there are small things you can do that make a big difference.

The first thing you should do to increase your independence is to learn how to cook–with simple ingredients, knowing how to prepare nutrient dense foods from scratch. If a disaster strikes and you have no access to frozen or canned foods would you know how to make them into a meal? Also, would you know where to find food? We should support our local resources. Local farmers, dairy producers, and butchers are the most environmentally and economically sound choice besides growing/raising it yourself. Even if you are eating organic, it could be traveling 4,000 miles to get to you and that is not sustainable, neither does it make your community independent.

That will lead you to become familiar with your local resources for produce, dairy, eggs, and meat. If you are living in a city, then you probably do not have the ability to grow your own garden or raise your own chickens. But you can still support your local, independent economy while eating nutrient dense food. Kill two birds with one stone! If freedom is our goal, it is crucial that our food sources be diverse and local, not centralized and far off.  In addition, we can limit public expenditures on roads and transport because we won’t need our food shipped in from a mega-farm thousands of miles away.

Abandoning the principles of self sufficiency has not only made us susceptible to an over-reaching government but it has made us unhealthy. Simple foods and cooking from scratch can improve your health ten-fold. If we commit to being proactive with our health and aware of what we put in our body, we can lessen the need for doctor visits and prescription medications, and eliminate the “need” for socialized health care.  As a sickly nation, the panic of massive unhealthiness has pushed people to beg for government assistance and subsequently freedom has been sacrificed. The question people should be asking is why are we going to the doctor so often? I know people aren’t scheduling appointments, thinking, “I am completely healthy but I’d like to see my doctor anyway.” It’s more like, “Why am I always tired? Why do I have anxiety? Help doctor, I’m constipated!” Take your health into your own hands and perhaps having expensive health insurance that covers hospital trips for each and every sniffle won’t be so important to you, freeing you to buy more cost effective insurance for medical emergencies.

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I take great offense at the argument that we need government to be our shepherd. I don’t want to be the government’s sheep. I don’t want any American to be the government’s sheep. We, as individuals, can fend for ourselves and our liberty. We shouldn’t be herded into a pen when the storm comes.

For more homesteading and self-sufficiency tips check out these great blogs:

http://www.familynaturally.wordpress.com

http://www.polyfacefarms.com

http://www.modern-pioneer.blogspot.com

http://www.gnowfglins.com

Seriously, you guys the internet is loaded with great advice on self-sufficiency. Learning how is right at your fingertips.

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What the Founding Fathers Would Want You to Know.

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It is appalling that something as essential to our liberty as our 2nd amendment is under attack. The Bill of Rights is not something that is up for debate but The Obama Regime doesn’t see it this way. Obama plans to annihilate this essential liberty through Executive Order. To hell with Congress. To hell with the system of Checks and Balances. To hell with Freedom.

I find it even more appalling that The Obama Regime is using a tragedy as terrible as the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting to further their agenda. Never let a good crisis go to waste though, right? Legislation through fear…scare the people into gun control. Make them feel unsafe without it. That is the role of The Obama Regime. As you hear the media throw around rationalizations, skewed perspectives, fear tactics, and false intentions of the 2nd Amendment please do not lose sight of what is really at stake: our freedom.

Mark Levin made a great point the other day:

“If this or any president can restrict the 2nd Amendment by executive order doesn’t that mean this or a future president can do the same to the 1st?”

Here is the text of the original 2nd Amendment passed by Congress:

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Here is the 2nd Amendment that was ratified by the states:

A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

As our nation prepares to go into political battle over our 2nd Amendment rights, I find it fitting to talk about the framers of our Constitution. Let’s take a look at why the 2nd amendment is so important. I can’t think of a better way to discover the true intention than to look at the actual words from the Founding Fathers:

“The constitutions of most of our States assert that all power is inherent in the people; that … it is their right and duty to be at all times armed; … “
Thomas Jefferson
letter to Justice John Cartwright, June 5, 1824. ME 16:45.

“The best we can help for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed.”
Alexander Hamilton
The Federalist Papers at 184-8

“What country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance. Let them take arms.”
Thomas Jefferson
to James Madison

“They that give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
Ben Franklin
American Statesman

“Firearms stand next in importance to the constitution itself. They are the American people’s liberty teeth and keystone under independence … from the hour the Pilgrims landed to the present day, events, occurrences and tendencies prove that to ensure peace security and happiness, the rifle and pistol are equally indispensable … the very atmosphere of firearms anywhere restrains evil interference — they deserve a place of honor with all that’s good.”
George Washington

“And that the said Constitution be never construed to authorize Congress to infringe the just liberty of the Press, or the rights of Conscience; or to prevent the people of the United States, who are peaceable citizens, from keeping their own arms; …”
Samuel Adams
quoted in the Philadelphia Independent Gazetteer, August 20, 1789, “Propositions submitted to the Convention of this State

“I ask, Sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people. To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them.”
George Mason
Co-author of the Second Amendment
during Virginia’s Convention to Ratify the Constitution, 1788

I hope this provides you with some intellectual ammunition to fight the cause for our liberty. I don’t think we can fathom how much is at stake here if the Obama Regime is successful in implementing it’s agenda on gun control.

A jumble of thoughts to ring in 2013!

I feel like my first post back on the ol’ blog should be a big one! I fell off the face of the earth and now I’m back. Woo hoo! Well, not really, I have a better excuse than that for neglecting my blog and her three, okay maybe 4, readers…

We moved!!!

We now live in The City! Portland, OR. Foodie and Hippie Capital of the world. It’s lovely. I am already impressed with how much better Portland weather is than Astoria weather. Like today for instance, the sun is out! Albeit, it is 35 degrees, you would never see the sun out in Astoria during this time of year!

This is the lovely bridge in our neighborhood we get to cross on our way to school/work.

This is the lovely bridge in our neighborhood we get to cross on our way to school/work.

But I work in Beaverton…not so lovely. Not that the job itself isn’t lovely…just Beaverton. You can’t drive anywhere without needing a crocheting project to occupy your time while you spend an hour waiting at every. single. stoplight.

Which brings me to my next topic….

I have discovered the most magical activity in the world…besides eating fat and drinking wine…It is the perfect antidote to compulsive spending, fidgety-ness, ADD, anxiety, stress, and restlessness.

It is….CROCHET!

It is the perfect activity to be paired with my paranoia about the economic disaster looming and/or in case the Illuminati unleash their terror upon our poor souls. If we are wandering nomads trying to escape the evil reigning in power…how will we clothe ourselves?? Crocheting of course! How will we stay warm when they steal our blankets? Crocheting of course!

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This is my ultimate crochet goal. A 1970’s cape pattern.

These are my cute but crooked boof cuffs I made.

These are my cute but crooked boof cuffs I made.

Well, if you didn’t know, now you do. I am a mental doomsday prepper. But I limit it to fantastical scenarios merely in my head.

I’m sorry if I scared you off…please come back. I won’t bite. I don’t even have a bunker!

My wise husband has calmed my paranoia about such things by reminding me that we need to put our trust in God. If we are prepping for disaster, how is that trusting that God will provide for us?

I, in turn, make fun of this by saying he has poured too much coffee in his cup and he is not trusting in God to provide for his needs of the rest of the cup. he…he…he…what is wrong with me!?

I am so mean.

He is right. It’s right there in the Bible if you don’t believe him.

God forbid you don’t have a Bible, I’ll post the scripture for you.

““Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. …”

Matthew 6:25-34

Anyway, It’s really great to enter blog world again. I hope you stop by again as I have some interesting posts coming your way.

I hope everyone has a GREAT 2013! Happy New Year!

Me and my sweet hub on New Years eve :-) ...my eyelashes aren't usually so big.

Me and my sweet hub on New Years eve 🙂
…my eyelashes aren’t usually so big.

Easy Hibiscus Rinse for Enhancing Light and Dark Hair

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I’ve recently transitioned to washing my hair with baking soda and rinsing with Apple Cider Vinegar thanks to my friend Megan over at FamilyNaturally. She gave me the tip of rinsing with something so that your hair doesn’t smell like salad dressing!

Here’s what you need:

Sauce pan

4 cups water

3-4 tablespoons dried hibiscus leaves

strainer and cheesecloth (or just papertowel)

storage container (mason jars always work)

Here’s what I did and it was so simple it’s almost ridiculous.

1. I went to the co-op and bought about 3-4 tablespoons of dried hibiscus leaves. Your natural foods store should have these or you can order from Mountain Rose Herbs.

2. I boiled about 4 cups of water in a sauce pan, turned off the heat, and added the hibiscus.

3. I let it steep for 30 minutes in there with the top on.

4. I strained the liquid from the hibiscus through cheesecloth and a metal strainer.

5. I put the liquid in a mason jar.

That’s it!

Now you have a hibiscus rinse that accentuates the golden and red tones in in hair. It can be used for either dark or light hair. Either way it will work.

When you use it just allow the hibiscus rinse to sit on your hair for about a minute. Then rinse.

My New Favorite Thing

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coconut oil in your bathwater. like bathing at a tropical beach.

Coconut Oil in the bathtub.

I just returned from the most luscious bath experience ever.My skin is so soft and supple.

Try putting 1 1/2- 2 T of coconut oil in your bathwater as its running.

I also added several drops of Juniper essential oil (a woodland scented oil great for detoxification)so I smell lightly of Juniper which is lovely as well.

Juniper Berries

Juniper Berries

If you missed my post on why coconut oil is miraculous for your skin read it here.

If you missed my post on why baths are better for you than showers read it here.

Don’t forget, running water is full of chlorine which is really irritating to your gut health and skin. It is easily remedied with one of the dechlorination bath balls.

I hope you try it and like it!

Ring in Summer with a Rhubarb-Lime Martini!

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Summer is almost here and Spring is coming to a close. It’s time to get creative with those glorious branches of ruby goodness AKA RHUBARB!

I was inspired by how bright red the rhubarb has been the past couple weeks….and also by Mad Men. Maybe we’ve been watching too much Mad Men…all I want to do is drink martinis.

Rhubarb may seem a bit challenging but in reality, the possibilities are endless. First on the menu: My Rhubarb-Lime Martini!

Here’s what you’ll need:

For the Rhubarb Compote:

1 pound of rhubarb, cleaned and sliced

3/4 cup rapadura or sucanat (much more nutritious than regular granulated cane sugar. you can find this at whole foods or your local health food store)

2 or 3 tablespoons of unsalted organic butter

pinch of sea salt

lime zest from 1 lime

For the rest of the ‘tini:

[makes 2 Martinis]

1 oz lime juice

3 oz. chilled vodka (use a good quality one!)

3 tablespoons of rhubarb compote (from recipe above)

2 ice cubes

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a little organic evaporated cane juice to rim the glasses

Recipe Notes:

*You can play around with measurements to your liking.*

*For an added ruby hue, add a splash of pure cranberry juice if you have it on hand!*

*Remember to use organic ingredients!*

First, make the compote:

1. Melt butter in large sauce pan

2. Add sugar and cook on very low heat until well combined

3. add the sliced rhubarb, lime zest, and pinch of sea salt

4. cook on low heat until rhubarb becomes slightly soft.

5. turn off heat. let cool. (it’s not good to put steaming hot food in the processor)

6. using a food processor, process the compote until creamy and smooth.

7. Place martini ingredients into martini shaker (ice cubes, lime juice, rhubarb compote, and vodka) *if you are redneck like me and don’t have a martini shaker–use a mason jar…they work great and they even have oz. measurements on the side*

8. Garnish with Lime slice and sugar the rim.

9. Cheers!
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Day 7: No Coffee Video Blog

Hello out there!

Here are the things I have noticed since quitting coffee: Less bloating, a comfortable stomach, a little more energy, legs hurt [a bit] less, no crashes, able to get moving and feeling awake faster in the morning.

I’m starting to think all of those studies that say coffee drinkers live longer are a crock…how can you live longer if your adrenals are suffering? Just Sayin’!

This post is linked to Butter Believer’s Sunday School.

How to Make Julia Child’s Hollandaise Sauce

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Sometimes I just have a hankering for the fattiest thing I can get my hands on. The thing that satisfies me the most? Hollandaise sauce. The perfect combination of fat, fat and more fat. It’s one of those things that when you eat it, you know it’s exactly what you needed.

My recommendation: If you are finding you are craving fat…EAT IT. Your body clearly needs it and is begging you for it. Good saturated fat is important for properly functioning brain and hormones. Since incorporating fat into my diet my mental stability and depression/anxiety tendencies have decreased.

Thank you Julia Child for your simple hollandaise sauce recipe…so easy, even I can do it! And it’s a great arm workout too 🙂

Here’s what you’ll need:

A whisk

A sauce pan

3 eggs (and two more if you are putting it atop poached eggs)~(I’ve been using duck eggs for this and they work GREAT. Try to get your hands on some organic pasture raised duck or chicken eggs)

a tablespoon or two of lemon juice

a tablespoon or two of water

6- 8 oz of soft unsalted organic butter

1 teaspoon sea salt

pinch of cayenne

pinch of paprika

1/2 tablespoon of pepper

fresh parsley chopped (optional)

Directions:

1. In sauce pan, add 3 egg YOLKS only, water, and lemon juice.

2. Whisk constantly over low hear until mixture is quite thick, you will know when it reaches this point. You may take the sauce pan off the heat occasionally while whisking so yolks dont harden.

3. When you’ve reached the desired thick consistency turn off stove.

4. Add butter by the spoonful and whisk in until totally melted.

5. Add salt, pepper, paprika, and cayenne.

6. Add more lemon juice or water to taste.

7. Serve over poached eggs as eggs benedict or atop anything your heart desires. It’s great over roasted asparagus as well!

This post is part of Kelly the Kitchen Kop’s Real Food Wednesday & Gnowfglins Simple Lives Thursday & Butter Believer’s Sunday School

“You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces – just good food from fresh ingredients.”  ― Julia Child

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Day 1: No Coffee Video Blog

Are you exhausted all the time?

I know I am!

After years of stress, poor coping skills, caffeine, malnutrition, and even diet pills I got me some adrenal fatigue! I hope this can help other people too and maybe take the mystery out of chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia. Both of those may very well be symptoms of adrenal fatigue. And there is a way to reverse it! Watch my little diddy then read below some other things I am going to do to heal my adrenals.

Here’s what I am going to do to slowly heal this God forsaken exhausting thing.

1. Get to bed early. On days that my alarm goes off at 5 am I want to be in bed before 9 pm! On days that I can sleep more I want to be in bed by 10 pm!

2. No coffee. I am going to transition with yerba mate which I really like. It contains theobromine rather than caffeine as the stimulant. Theobromine is less taxing on adrenals.

3. Decrease stress.

4. A well rounded traditional foods diet of saturated fats, protein, vegetables and healthy carbs.

Stay tuned for updates!

❤ Olivia

Satisfying Alternative to Coffee–A superfood too!

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photo credit: from flickr by Like a bird on a wire. Who looks this awake when drinking coffee in the morning ?!

I created this concoction a while back during this phase I went through of drinking roasted dandelion tea like it was going out of style. I just remembered it today and I got really excited to make it again so I thought I’d share!

I’ve been really struggling in my goal of quitting coffee. I need to do this SO BAD for my adrenals. With other dietary changes I have always had so much willpower and ease in eating and not eating what I should. Coffee is not one of these things. I will talk myself into all the great reasons why I am not going to drink coffee any more and then promptly the next morning I think to myself “Who am I kidding?? Coffee is AMAZING!!! GIVE ME COFFEE!!!” and then I feel bad, and then I drink more coffe, and then I convince myself to stop drinking it, and then I drink it again. It’s a vicious cycle.

This coffee substitute contains absolutely no caffeine and is a nutritional powerhouse. I am hoping to get on the no-coffee-wagon with this concoction.

Dandelion is great for digestion as it helps your body produce bile which assists in fat digestion. Maca is perfect for those trying to balance hormones and increase sex drive. If you are having menstrual issues, or are trying to conceive, Maca can really help your hormones to do what you want them to do.

Here’s what it contains:

Roasted dandelion root tea (You can use loose roasted dandelion root—buy here or tea bags traditional medicinal makes good ones!)

Maca Powder (order good quality maca here)

Raw Honey (try to get local)

Raw Cream (try to get raw, or atleast not ultra pasteurized. Preferably from grass-fed cows)

Benefits of roasted dandelion root: helps increase bile production for improved digestion of food. Also great for liver detox. recommended frequently for skin problems like acne due to an over-worked liver.

Benefits of Maca: adaptogen, nourishing for tired adrenals, hormone balancer. libido increaser (nature’s viagra! 😉

From naturalnews.com:

Maca root helps balance our hormones and due to an over abundance of environmental estrogens, most people’s hormones are a bit out of whack. Maca stimulates and nourishes the hypothalamus and pituitary glands which are the “master glands” of the body. These glands actually regulate the other glands, so when in balance they can bring balance to the adrenal, thyroid, pancreas, ovarian and testicular glands.”

Benefits of raw honey: Raw honey has anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties, full of enzymes, if honey is local, it can help seasonal allergies.

Benefits of raw cream: perhaps the most treasured of food item in my fridge when I get my hands on it…raw cream is delicious and stock full of probiotics, enzymes, vitamins, and GOOD fat (SATURATED fat). When still in it’s raw state, cream is wonderful for your daily dose of fat soluble vitamins, conjugated linoleic acid, and immune boosting properties.

Mix everything up together in your mug and enjoy!