Thursday, February 14, 2019

Blueberry Lemon Whole Wheat Sourdough Pound Cake with Rose Petals

I picked up my copy of  The New York Times Natural Foods Cookbook by Jean Hewitt at some point in the late 1970's while living in Tucson, Arizona.  It joined the shelf beside a little bread book from a Safeway store checkout display, and the first cookbook I had purchased after moving away from home, Betty Crocker.  That was in 1974.   Here it is 2019, and I am still baking my favorite cake recipe from the Natural Foods Cookbook, Whole Wheat Poundcake.  Through the years, I have played with this recipe, often adding different inclusions like nuts, chips, seeds, homemade jams and jellies, chocolate chips, carob chips and using a variety of grains (this one has brown rice flour and buckwheat).  

Organic Blueberry Lemon Whole Wheat Sourdough with Rose Petals is my latest bit of play with this recipe.  For this experiment I included my wholegrain sourdoughstarter (whole wheat, brown rice, buckwheat and rye) in making a half batch of the recipe.  In this half recipe, I used 2 eggs, ½ cup of sourdough starter, ¾ cup almond milk, 1 tablespoon of rose petal sugar, (organic cane sugar with organic red rose petals – these have been infused for more than a year so the sugar is very full of the rose scent), 1 table spoon Chia seed and 1 tablespoon of crushed red rose petals. Using two baby bundt pans, I filled each with half of a regular quantity of batter and 2 mini bundt pans filled as I normally would. Each of these was cut horizontally and spread with Quilter’s Comfort’s Blueberry Lemon Jam. The mini bundt had their holes filled with the jam. Icing was made using cream cheese blended with the Blueberry Lemon jam and liberally applied. The jam was very chunky with blueberries, so the icing is pretty fruity lumpy. Yum. 

This cake may appear dense looking, but it is light and melts in the mouth!  Because I am playing with the inclusions, the next time I bake this, I will reduce the almond milk, leave out the chia, and as usual change up on the jellies. Perhaps next time, I will use Quilter’s Comfort’s Rosehip Cranberry Jam, or really go out there with a Mango Rose Chutney! I will make these changes and watch how they are reflected in the whole grain texture. 

Note:  Please only use organic roses in cooking to avoid pesticide poisoning.

Enjoy my twist on the poundcake with a steaming cup of Quilter’s Comfort’s I LOVE Me tea! May these teas hold the intention to support your self love in healthy ways. May the vibrational intention of I LOVE Me be with you in every sip! 

Much love in all,


Sunday, February 3, 2019


From Rosemary-
Hi Friends,
It’s winter and definitely time for Trademark Free Fire Cider! This years flu season has been setting records! Make sure to get your Trademark Free Fire Cider brewing!  Its one of the best tonics to keep you healthy during the winter months and to ‘keep the bugs at bay’.   And while you’re at it, try this great recipe for Trademark Free Fire Cider from Mountain Rose and my Fire Cider chutney (see recipes below).  We’re hoping the Pirates won’t try to trademark these recipes as well!
 Unfortunately, the issue surrounding Fire Cider’s trademark continues and the law suit that Shire City served to the ‘Fire Cider Three’ ~ is ongoing.
 We continue to need your support in helping us win this case!  We are waiting to hear our trial date! We do have costs surrounding this! Please consider donating to these costs. You can help support the Free Fire Cider campaign in many ways!
~Donate to the trial costs! 
~Make your own Trademark Free Fire Cider!
~Teach a Trademark Free Fire Cider class!
~Don’t buy pirated herbal products (the brand with the pirate on the label)!
~Ask your local stores not to carry trademarked Fire Cider!
Thankfully,  many stores have opted to stop selling trademarked Fire Cider.  Stores who have continued to sell  the Shire City Brand usually state that they want their costumers to have the freedom of choice, but there’s NO choice when there’s only one brand allowed to be sold.  Thanks to Park Slope Co-op in NYC for supporting the boycott!  TO - Rosemary's FREE FIRE CIDER web.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Fast Turtle, Update

 Regardless of what I say, I am always going to have a wonky presentation here.  I'd thought I would have published the Tasty Little Nightshades Article.  As they say life happens, not to mention life happens to tech and I think that as I write this, I've just completed a boomarang move in hosting services .  Updates for the Quilter's Comfort website for the New Year, are now being published.  Because of the amount of time working with cyberspace, it has prevented work in the real world, such as packaging of my products.  

*Quilter's Comfort is active on Instagram @quilterscomfort, 
 I enjoy the pace of this social media platform and the new "friends" I am making.    I am also on Instagram @patriciaccolemanart,  Visit me there to see a few pictures and Quilter's Comfort's IGTV.

*The Tasty Little Nightshades Poster is Available for order.

* I will get the nightshade article here asap.  Thanks for your patience!

Tuesday, April 10, 2018



There is a lot going on with Quilter’s Comfort and me.  Bulk herbs at 5% bulk discount every day, MUSTARD CLUB, Dome home building 

Quilter's Comfort's Tulsi Basil - Holy Basil, Tulsi and Rama
Tulsi Basil- Holy Basil Rama
I am in the process of transferring host and if you don’t see the web site at any point, know that it is being migrated to the new host and, you know that if necessary, you can contact me.  I am consolidating resources and considering the sale of my top domains.

Grandma’s Traditions was prepared (finally) to go live and in the middle of a transfer, so I will be sharing what info about the MUSTARD CLUB, DISCOUNT BULK ORGANICS, and more.  A new herb I am very excited about, Tulsi Basil, aka Holy Basil information is featured below.  Send me an email if you would like some Holy Basil and I will send you an invoice.

My weird allergies have sometimes been on a wild rampage.  For years they have played games with my scheduling and some ways of being in the world.  Many times, I am playing catch up.  This time they have bounced me to where a friend is launching a crown funding campaign to raise funds for a house that I won’t be allergically responsive to.  If you are interested in that, I’ve just set up a Blog – Aircrete Builds.

I am looking forward to the web being simple again.  I know its not happening.  Everyone is being forced to upgrade to https so that their webs won’t be labeled unsafe!  To satisfy this external push is costing small businesses a more money and a lot of time if they handle their own web services.  I have learned that each hosting service has its own way of doing things.  Some, in recent experience, attempt to thwart your way and others, seemingly recognizing that this is part of the business and have things set up so that transitioning from them is easy.  For that, I even considered staying with them, but can not build the way I want to.

SALE - Quilter’s Comfort has certified organic Krishna and Rama Holy Basil Herb!
Who knows what beautiful, delicious, sustainable stories we are capable of allowing into being.

Quilter’s Comfort introduces EVERYDAY discount certified organics (5% off retail every day) and Grandma’s Mustard Club members getting 10%-15% (sometimes more!) off all products available to the club, including Quilter’s Comfort, Grandma, other Grandmas and a few Grandpa Makers.

My youngest had asked for Holy Basil some months ago, and I kept putting it on a back list.  Fortunately for me, it finally rose to the Order Now list with two varieties among new items for Quilter’s Comforts Certified Organic Discount Bulk Herbs, Every day discount certified organics.  My first bulk box to arrive contained Krishna and Rama Holy Basil, Mugwort and Plantain.  Feet from who know my foot tea in all parts of the earth were softly singing, YEA!!  Re-acquainting myself with Tulsi (I loved that name from the first), I hope to remember its properties with ease.  I am impressed with this adaptogen normalizing abilities, and hope that they may hold some answers to relieving various stress conditions and relief to my environmental/chemical allergy.  I am every hopeful.  I did not purchase any Vana, wild bush basil (Ocimum gratissimum) and will do so in the future; but make note here Do not use Vana during pregnancy. 

We all live in a nerve pushing world of over stimulation.  Most folks have experienced some life scenarios that pushed major adrenaline buttons, and from that end, early in my journey, tulsi was enlisted as an herbal ally.  It was the beginning of the 1980’s, I lived on a bank off of a real Plum Creek, had goats and chickens, and grew an amazing garden that included Holy Basil, Tulsi!  I lost sight of it for quite a while.  Now my attention has returned thanks to the persistent asking of one of my lovely daughter, and her knowing use of Tulsi because of gifts from her partner’s mother.

Tulsi Basil - Holy Basil Plant, Wikipedia
 HOLY BASIL in general often refers to either, Krishna or Rama (Ocimum tenuiflorum /Ocimum sanctum (tulsi) interchangeably.  It is a member of the mint family and well grounded in the ancient Ayurvedic Medicine system.  Krishna has the highest concentrations of adaptogenic triterpenoic acids which enhance the body's natural response to physical and emotional stress.  Rama has significant amounts as well.  Holy Basil is known for its ability to fight free radicals and promote a general sense of calm and well-being. 

Quilter’s Comfort introduces Everyday Discount Certified Organics (5% off retail every day) and Grandma’s Mustard Club members getting 10% sometimes 15% (sometimes more!) off all products available to the club, including a number of organic commercial brands, and Quilter’s Comfort, Grandmas and a few Grandpa Makers products.  Mustard Club Members can have their products included in this discount offering.

Here’s how to understand Quilter’s Comfort and Mustard Club Pricing.  Our example is for our new product Holy Basil.
   Non Mustard Club Shoppers - $8.25 for 4 ounces                              
   Mustard Club Members pay $7.42 for 4 ounces.
   Join the Grandma’s Mustard Club for $63 each year and save all year long!  And, some of you will enjoy knowing that you are part of what keeps the grannies and grandpas off the streets with a roof over their heads.  Thank you!

Send me an email if you would like some Holy Basil and I will send you an invoice.
Tulsi is a powerful corticosteroid modulator, reducing stress from (adrenal) hormones moving about the body and assists in the normalization of cortisol making it an ideal aid in our hyper-stimulated digital culture.  It lowers stress in loud environments, and has been found to be useful in cases of social anxiety; an aid to those with sleep problems, forgetfulness and exhaustion.  According to the Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine, holy basil has antidepressant and anti-anxiety properties.

It is considered to be a prophylactic and known as a life-extending substance.  Research is also showing it to be a modifier in glucose regulation; it is anti-histamine, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and an immune system modulator.  This diuretic is considered quite safe to use.  It has had a long history of successfully treating fever.

Holy Basil contains ursolic acid, a carboxylic acid present in a wide variety of plants in the form of a free acid or an aglycone of triterpene saponines. Ursolic acid blocks the inflammatory enzymes cyclooxygenase and lipoxygenase, inhibits tumors (through the inhibition of MMP-2 and 9). It has been used to treat photoaged skin because it inhibits the appearance of wrinkles and age spots by restoring the skin’s collagen bundle structures and elasticity.  C. Cardenas, A. R. Quesada, and M. A. Medina, “Effects of ursolic acid on different steps of the angiogenic process,” Consume a cup of tulsi tea daily gives you the benefits of the phytonutrients in Holy basil.  These help make it is an excellent antibiotic, germicidal, fungicidal, and disinfectant agent and effective protector of our body from all sorts of bacterial, viral, and fungal infections curing internal and external disorders of the skin without any side effects.

Holy basil promotes eye health, is anti catarrh, it has been found to aid in normalizing blood pressure, it nourishes the cardiovascular system and inhibits platelet aggregation/ profound antiatherogenic!  Research by N. Singh, P. Verma, B. R. Pandey, M. Bhalla on Therapeutic Potential of Ocimum sanctum in Prevention and Treatment of Cancer and Exposure to Radiation shows it be an Anticancer and antioxidant offering important protection against radiation and chemotherapy poisoning and can heal damages from treatment induced damage.  It is also been used in recent study successfully to treat anxiety disorders.  

Send me an email if you would like some Holy Basil and I will send you an invoice.
Ocimum Basilicum, Tulsi can be used fresh as you do other culinary basils.  Our Southeast Asian native has respectable amounts of vitamin A and C, calcium, zinc, iron and chlorophyll. It enhances metabolism.  When used as a mouth rinse it is beneficial for dental health, helps treat bad breath and because of its powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-infectious properties make it a strong treatment for all gum disease according to J. Kukreja and V. Dodwad in Herbal Mouthwashes—A Gift of Nature.  I read that every Indiana home had this plant because of its usefulness.  I can understand why!

Both Rama and Krishna are pleasant to sip with woodsy, earthy notes; Rama being of a little mellower and cooler flavor.  Quilter’s Comfort’s Holy Basils are certified organic unless wild-crafted or stated locally sourced.  

As we are each unique chemical bodies with different chemical response mechanisms, we always recommended that with any new herb, begin with small doses until you are sure that your body and mind are having a positive experience.  If you have questions, contact an Herbalist, Naturopath, or other wellness provider for advice and of course, it is very important for you to do your own research.  Remember, Holy Basil may modify glucose regulation.  I advocate using your local library and book store collections and reputable resources to know more.  You can find a lot of useful information about health and wellness on the National Institutes of Health’s Website.  Check this out -

In Vibrational Medicine Holy Basil is a powerful bio-energetic field harmonizer restoring and balancing the subtle electromagnetic fields generated by the mind and body.  Tulsi is considered to be one of a handful of unique herbs that can balance the chakras (the vibrational energy centers of the body). It is beneficial during times of grief.  This plant is directly associated with Lakshmi, Hindu goddess of wealth, love, and prosperity.  Don’t be surprised if you experience some mental and emotional catharsis after sipping your cup of Tulsi. It is an intense healing plant. It seeks to facilitate clearing out old, stuck energy and emotions that are hindering your health and well-being and restoring systemic (mind, body, spirit) order.   

Resources                                                                                                  If you are a gardener, you might consider growing your own Holy Basil.  It is cultivated as you would any other type of basil and does well in containers.  Wherever you plant your tulsi, it needs at least six hours of sunlight daily.  When you are planting in the ground, puts at least 15 inches between plants. Water as needed, but don’t over water.  Pinching growing points back will allow your plant to bush out.  As leaves mature, pick to encourage more leaf growth.  The herbal qualities and nutritional benefits are best when gathered for drying before  flowering. 

"Tulsi is said to penetrate the deep tissues, dry tissue secretions and normalize kapha and vata. Daily consumption of tulsi is said to prevent disease, promote general health, wellbeing and longevity and assist in dealing with the stresses of daily life. Tulsi is also credited with giving luster to the complexion, sweetness to the voice and fostering beauty, intelligence, stamina and a calm emotional disposition.”

There is a lot more to Tulsi!
~Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine                            
~Benefits Cortisol Levels -
~Your library has a herbal resource section and people to assist you in finding more.

TULSI, sacred herb has been named the
 Elixir of Life and the Mother Medicine of Nature.

May you enjoy consuming Holy Basil (Tulsi) and receive its maximum benefits!

Send me an email if you would like some Holy Basil and I will send you an invoice.
Questions?  Please ask.  Thank you!

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Hot Tea Month, GRATITUDE and...Quilter's Comfort


Thank you for being here with my tea, seasonings and my words!  I hope that for all of us the end of 2017 is wonderful and 2018 will be even better!

Mamma's Feel Good

Celebrate Hot Tea Month with Quilter’s Comfort, Bloomington’s 
certified organic, small batch herbal blender.  On January 5th, the 
first twenty visitors to the Flowing Colors Studio will receive a 
tea gift; 112 North Walnut Street, #600, 5:00 p.m.  8:00 p.m. 

As Quilter’s Comfort, herbal blender who is also an artist; creative arts and happiness coach, inspirer and more.  I hold a space with other local artist and exist on the courthouse square (upstairs) as the Flowing Colors Studio allowing me a place for my herbal products.  Artist and artisans enrich the community and keep creative energy close to the heart of town.  Your support is much appreciated and needed by every shop downtown.   

There is a lot to enjoy in the Flowing Colors Studio.  You are a part of that, geting to chat a little, share our arts, knowledge, interest and skills with you and Quilter’s Comfort herbal product.

*******NEW PRODUCTS*********

The Mustard Club - Food buying club


Why would your Mom, Kid, Auntie, Sister or Friend want Quilter’s Comfort’s Seasonings in their stocking or included as an add-in gift?

Why would L.A.O. seasonings be at the top of the prepared seasoning list?  First of all, everyone in the family can appreciate the fresh tastes and flavors imparted by these small batch blended certified organic teas or seasonings. But most important for some is that Quilter’s Comfort blends all seasonings without nightshades, an allergen know to cause, for some inflammation.

Some persons with arthritis have been medically advised to exclude nightshades which are found in tomatoes, peppers, eggplants and white potatoes (tobacco is a nightshade).

Some advised to avoid not just the obvious nightshades, but prepared foods that are processed with these foods.  Persons following these suggestions have reported very positive results including reduction and sometimes remission of arthritic swelling and pains.  Some have even felt relief from bursitis, gout, tennis elbow, lower-back paint, headaches, high bloom pressure and similar conditions.

No white potatoes!  No Tomatoes!  Egg Plant or Peppers!  What a kick off the path!  I would, I thought, I could, find a way around this.  I loved these foods!  They were an accent or main ingredient to daily dishes, not to mention, that I had spent decades cultivating heirloom varieties of both peppers and tomatoes! 
Well, I went kicking and screaming, but You don’t have to.  And you can ease away from these foods.  Give your self this easy test to see if and how nightshades influence your body.  Consciously reduce the quantity you eat, even eliminate entire servings.  Read labels on prepackaged items, even shredded cheeses.  Use only corn starch.  Do this for a week.  If you want to, keep a journal; plan on eating a particular meal with nightshades making notes of how you feel.  Then a few days later prepare the exact meal only leaving out the nightshades.  Again, notice your body and write about all your observations, if any.   

I no longer use nightshades nor knowingly consume products that include them in their composition.

I found that most commercial seasoning blends contained nightshades or other artificial substances my body did not like.  I, being a food explorer and lover, and someone who enjoys experiencing a variety of flavors and food traditions had to do something. 

So Quilter’s Comfort developed a line of delicious, small batch blended seasonings reflecting a global palate to of flavor and free of nightshades.  You can enjoy all L.A.O. blends including Curry and Garam Masala and recently made available, Coumeric Pepper.   

Exciting to the mouth, these spice compositions offer great taste experiences that your entire family of eaters, home chefs and friends can enjoy (professional chefs and dieticians too)!

Quilter’s Comfort’s L.A.O. seasonings are available in a sampler packet and glass shaker jar.  As always Bloomington, IN area folks, email request for invoice and  pick up in the Flowing Colors Studio.  Email is always the best way to reach me.

 Thank you,

I look forward to seeing your face soon and I look see you in time.  May we each in our own way spread a little Quilter’s Comfort cheer!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

TEA AND HERB SALE ~~~ BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA - 10% Off Quilter's Comfort Herbs Friday, Oct. 6, 2017!

Maple Honey Mustard Saucy Syrup!
Hello Everyone,

Quilter’s Comfort teas and seasonings, as well as Patricia's art will be on sale during first Friday arts opening in the Flowing Colors Studio in celebration of the studio's first anniversary!

 Newest small batchs include, the Maple Honey Mustard Sauce Syrup (above), Elderberry Syrups and an Elderberry jelly.  As you know, small batchs move quickly, so stop by October 6th and save on these delicious certified organic products.  Quilter's Comfort products and the arts in the Flowing Colors Studio, make great gifts and some originals are available.

Light refreshments of savory scones made with Quilter's Comfort seasonings and one of our Cold Thyme seasonal support blends  will be served.

The studio is located at 112 North Walnut Street, on the second floor, up the stairs from Caveat Emptor Book Sellers Suite 600 (beside Opie Taylor’s Restaurant) and will be open until 8pm on October 6th and every first Friday.  Regular hours are Thursday and Friday 2pm – 6pm; Saturdays are 1pm – 5pm and other times by appointment.  I am there most Thursdays 1pm - 6pm if you would like to discuss my teas.

Question regarding https and safe sales.
All sales made through Quilter's Comfort are secure through Square as are those transacted through Grandma's Traditions.

Mustard Club Logo picture of mustard leaf with flower an text.  A private food club.

The MUSTARD Club is almost ready to launch!    The club is a private food club were members will be able to enjoy Grandma's small batch mustard products and many other products at club member prices.  That means you will pay 15%, sometimes more on items you enjoy.  Interested?  Sign up for the Quilter's Comfort News.