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Easy DIY Pillow Sham

February 23, 2019

So simple I began sewing just a few years ago. So simple and easy is super important to me. I love this idea of just making a casing for the pillow as...


Real Ginger Ale Fresh and Healthy

February 17, 2019

Say bye bye soda In Minnesota, we call soda pop…but, either way, this is a beverage full of sugar and fake colors that eat away your gut flora. ...


Tea for Two

February 13, 2019

Tea is sure my thing There is no doubt I love tea! I love making my own blends to preparing specific teas for illness and building immune systems. I l...


Big HUG Homemade Cards Are the Best!

February 4, 2019

Big Hug Card Why do I love this card so much? Well, I really believe all homemade cards really give the receiver just one big HUG! I used the Paper Hu...


Let it Ride

February 4, 2019

Letting Go…Let it Ride Facing situations with people that are just plain annoying can really eat at your thoughts. Recently I was in a meeting w...


Zucchnni​​​ or Cucumber Grilled Cheese Sandwhi​c​​h…Amazing!

February 2, 2019

Talk about Healthy Ok, I was skeptical at first mainly because of how much water is in each of these veggies and to try and make it firm enough to be ...


Essential Oil Bracelets for the Ranch

February 1, 2019

Beautiful Memory Kids who come to the ranch are often facing some serious situations. From being abused, bullies, losing a parent, parents in prison, ...


DIY Traditional Yogi Tea

January 30, 2019

Why is this so good for you? This tea has amazing benefits for your health. You have probably heard of Chai Tea which really taste the same as this te...


Midwest Bounty Round UP

January 20, 2019

A weekend celebrating…REST On March 22 our ranch and 3 others are SPURRING other ranches and folks in ministry to come for a weekend of rest. A ...


Winter Creating Card Making

January 20, 2019

Coffee Time Oh this set is fun! I just loved making these! A little putsy…but worth it. If you decide to make a shaker card with this set that i...


Coffee Cup Or Tea Shaker Card

January 4, 2019

Cute Shaker Card This card is so dang cute! I came upon this card and fell in love with it! The die cut is by Honey Bee Stamps and the papers are from...


Raspberry Snowflake Pull Apart Breakfast

December 21, 2018

Raspberry Snowflake Pull Apart Makes for a Great Breakfast This pretty looking breakfast treat just makes anyones morning! Does it take time? YES! Mak...


Paw Pad Protector for Your Pet

December 15, 2018

It’s winter and the dryness on my dog’s paws are looking cracked. I decided to try some recipes to see what works best and of course is ea...


12 Gifts for the Hard to Love

December 14, 2018

Do you have someone who is hard to love? Is there someone who you think just doesn’t like you or is hard to communicate with? Has there been som...

Bible Journaling

The Gift of Being Our True Self

December 13, 2018

We sure get ourselves into a rut when we focus on the worst part of ourselves. We can even try to hide from connecting with God because we have deep f...

Ranch Life

What is ​your collar and leash doing to your dog?

December 5, 2018

Since I was a little girl, I have been in the obedience ring with my dog. I was in 4H for 3 years and in my early 20’s became a trainer and show...


Gnome Invasion!

December 1, 2018

We have been invaded by Gnomes! I am crazy for these little fellas! Gnomes are the cutest things ever! After I saw how you could make these gnomes and...


Craft Room Details

November 30, 2018

Ooo laaa laaa! This craft room has become my room for sure! My room with its brightness and special touches have truly made crafting so much more deli...


Banana Bread with Pumpkin Spice and Chocolate!

November 28, 2018

Who can resist a yummy bread with a bit of sweetness? I sure can’t! The banana and pumpkin together is just an amazing flavor with the added spi...


Beef Stroganoff A Ranch Favorite

November 28, 2018

If you have a hard time trying to think of meals for your family, well I am right in your pasture with ya! Beef Stroganoff has been around for many ye...


Honey Homemade Pumpkin Pie

November 16, 2018

Pumpkin Pie wasn’t always my favorite thing growing up. I had to grow into this flavor as well as texture before I could enjoy a good pumpkin pi...


NEW Craft Room

November 15, 2018

Oh I can’t believe it! For 25 years I have had my little craft room in the laundry room with no windows. My hubby would joke and say, “you...


Cranberry Crazy!

November 14, 2018

Who doesn’t like cranberries this time of year? I am SO cranberry crazy right now…mostly because I love the taste and color, but also they...


DIY Blending Your Own Tea

November 4, 2018

Making your own tea and blending herbs can be confusing as well as intimidating. Personally, it took me a few months to feel confident but over time…i...

Bible Journaling

I Need A New Heart!

November 1, 2018

Have you ever thought about if you ever would need a heart transplant whose heart you would get? Would it be a person who is famous? Maybe someone who...

Ranch Life

A Little Piece of Heaven With A Finnishin’ Touch!

October 16, 2018

Dan and I celebrated 30 years on October 8th in a very special place in Northern Wisconsin. It is indeed a little piece of heaven with the Finnish tou...


Unflinching Faith

October 14, 2018

In the book of Daniel chapter 6, we read a famous story told of how Daniel escaped from a lions’ den. At the first sign of trouble, Daniel did the ver...

Healthy Eating

OH NO! Elderberry Shortage!

October 3, 2018

YES…it’s true! Tons of folks are now on the elderberry bandwagon and to get your elderberries will be more of a challenge. The elderberry ...



August 31, 2018

UTI’s…I know, I know, such a private thing to talk about…but hey…if you get one…RATS it is painful and inconvenient most...


Romantic Tea and Syrup

August 30, 2018

OOOOO…this tea and syrup is such a delightful blend. I just love the tea warm or cold and the syrup makes your morning pancakes or waffles extra...

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