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Healing, Hope, Ministry, Ranch Life, Ranch Life

A weekend celebrating…REST

“Come to me all who are weary and burdened and I will give you REST.” Matt. 11:28

On March 22 our ranch and 3 others are SPURRING other ranches and folks in ministry to come for a weekend of rest. A time to fellowship with other like-minded ministries and take some time to learn, worship, and enjoy all the Lord has blessed us with.

Goofy SPUR team

We are also very excited to have Troy Meeder from Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch come to speak and lead worship. Troy and his wife Kim have written many books. Average Joe is Troy’s book focusing on men and living a life for Christ. Troy is an adventurous guy, to say the least, and if you have a man in your life let me tell you they will be blessed BIG TIME with this read! My hubby Dan loved it and really learned much from his words. Even a little convicted too, which for any of us is a good thing.

We can’t wait to see how both men and women will be blessed by his speaking God’s word and giving us all a boost to get through yet another year of ministry serving kids at risk, trauma kids and adults, and others in need of hope and healing.

Troy’s wife Kim

Kim has written several books. Her story will truly grab you by the gut! Her childhood trauma left her with Hope…Yes, Jesus was truly her rescuer during a horrible situation no child should have to go through. The book Hope Rising will leave your heart full! Full of how truly our amazing Jesus is in the midst of such trials of life…all from a back of a horse. Another one of her books I highly recommend is Bridges Called Hope.

 

Kim’s style of writing is inspiring and as she paints a picture with each word you feel like you are right there. Kim and Troy have been gifted to express their journey and help others by embracing God’s truths. In the midst of very difficult situations, they have a God who loves them and will never let go! You will be blessed as you embrace each story. 

How Ranch Ministry Began

Troy and Kim started their ranch over 25 years ago. All from their love of horses, their personal journey in life with the Lord Jesus Christ, and the gift of the beautiful property overlooking the sisters, the Cascade Mountains which the Lord had a perfect ministry platform for. Their story became a vision and boost for other ranches like us to carry out the call using our horses to serve our communities.

Just Answer the Call

It’s not easy when the Lord asks us to step out and do the uncomfortable or what may seem like the impossible. But when you do, it is absolutely the most amazing ride you will personally ever be on!

Be A Blessing

If you do choose to purchase one or all those books above, you will be a blessing to our ranch ministry as well as Chrystal Peaks. In advance, thank you! Every little bit helps us meet the needs of so many in need of healing and hope!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Crafts, Paper/Cards, Ranch Life

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 is your putsy part. But a simple card is just as cute!

Shaker Coffee or Tea Cup Card

Snowflake Die cute card 3d look using white decorative paper

BURRR..but cute!

So simple…of course when you have the right tools anything is simple. This snowflake die makes it quick and easy for your card to turn out beautiful. The one receiving this card will be blown away! You do need a BigShot to use dies. I love mine because I can do multiple cardstock, metal, felt, and so much more. It is a tough machine and is a wonderful tool for your craft room.

I also beautiful paper Stamping’ Up use to have, but am sure you can find some that will meet your winter look. Vellum would also be striking!

Teeny Tiny Tea Cup

Winter card making

Well, this little idea of course just fits who I am on so many levels! For one, I get to make a cute card using fun background papers and two, well…it’s TEA! You can make them for any occasion and of course, add your favorite tea blend as a gift. Attaching to a gift or put a tea bag inside will make a special person feel loved. The bling is a fun add on too.

Wouldn’t these be great for Valentine’s Day? I made these for the ladies bible study but the ideas are really endless. Enjoy.

Winter card making
Winter card making

Snowman Tags

Making these tags is super simple with the die cut Top Note and of course the background paper and ribbon. I also used some fun googly eyes which added even more character to each one. The eyelets are bigger and heavy duty to attach the ribbon. They sure don’t need to be but when making tags I like to use the heavier eyelets. I also use the “quite” eyelet tool called the Crop a Dile vs. hammering the eyelets. This makes my hubby VERY happy!

Winter card making

Winter Wishes and Thank You’s

Lastly is my winter kinda monochromatic cards. I say kinda as I added the foiling paper for color. I also used the shimmery white cardstock from Stampin’ Up! Anytime I can get a shine or sparkle on a card just makes it for me! I used the star or snowflake folder for the background again you need a Big Shot or Cuttlebug to get that image impressed. It came up lighter on my Thanks card as I used less of a sandwich when rolling it through my Big Shot causing a less impressed image. The Pine Cone die cut and Spellbinders Alphabet set were the dies I used. LOVE my alphabet set as I use it a lot!

Winter is a great time…

Yes, this is a perfect time to stamp some cards you may need in the days and months you don’t want to be inside. I do enjoy taking the cold days (today is -23) and make my summer birthday cards and ranch ministry thank you’s. NOW…back to stamping and I just got 2 new sets and one of them is a horse set from Stampin’ Up! So excited…hope to show you next month what I created.

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Crafts, Paper/Cards, Ranch Life

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 a variety of sources which I will post on the bottom of the blog.

I just couldn’t stop making them! The ideas were flowing!

A Little Hard To Get Started

The shaker card has always been a little tricky for me but what made this one a little bit more was the thinness of the outer frame. I had a hard time getting the right 3D tape to work. I began making the card the old fashioned way with pastor board that is super thick. Only one made with that…too much work. So I began working and playing and came up with the below final. I make the video to help you make your shaker and not go through the tedious trial and errors. I hope you find it easier by the video.

Step by Step Video

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List of Supplies

Big Shot Machine with extender

Honey Bee Stamps, Coffee Cup Die

3M tape

Transparency film

Glue and double stick tape

Background paper Lumber Jack addition

Solid colored Cardstock

Having the extender for your Big Shot will help when running this longer die through.

Comment if you have tried this die cut

God’s blessings and hope you enjoy this card as much as I do!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Food, Ranch Life, Treats

Raspberry Snowflake Pull Apart Makes for a Great Breakfast

This pretty looking breakfast treat just makes anyones morning! Does it take time? YES! Making fresh raspberry jam and making the dough all pretty much by hand does take some work. But, it is SO worth it! I promise you! Our family loved it! Plus, it’s pretty…keep telling yourself that when you make it!

 

 

Ingredients:

Dough:

1 ¼ cups of warm water

2 ¼ teaspoons of active dry yeast

1 teaspoon of ground cardamom

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

grated nutmeg

4 ½ to 5 cups of all purpose flour

1 large egg plus 3 large egg yolks

3 tablespoons of honey

3 tablespoons of vegetable oil

Filling and Glaze:

¾ cups of chucky raspberry jam

½ teaspoons of ground cardamom

grated nutmeg

1 large egg yolk

4 to 5 tablespoons of  almond milk

¾ cups of confectioners’ sugar

½ teaspoons of lemon juice

 

Directions:

For the dough: Stir together the water, yeast, and granulated sugar in a pouted measuring cup. Let it sit until the yeast is foamy, about 5 minutes.

Combine the salt, cardamom and 3 ½ cups of flour in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted wit the paddle attachment and mix briefly on low speed to combine.

Beat together the 1 egg, 3 yolks, honey, and oil into a medium bowl. Stir in the yeast mixture, mixing in low speed until combined. Add 1 more cup of flour and mix on medium speed to make a sticky dough that comes together in a loose mass around the paddle.

Switch to the dough hook and knead on medium speed to make a smooth but still somewhat sticky dough that clears the sides of the bowl, adding up to ½ cups of more flour if necessary, about 4 minutes.

 

 

 

 

Dump the dough onto a floured work surface and knead by hand a few times to make a smooth ball. Oil a large bowl and turn the dough ball in the oil to coat it.

Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

For filling and glaze: Meanwhile, stir together the jam and cardamom in a small bowl.

Shape the dough: When the dough has risen, punch it down and divide it into 4 equal pieces. Line an flat baking sheet with parchment paper.

Form the dough pieces into balls on a floured work surface. With a lightly floured rolling pin, roll one ball into a 10-inch circle and place on the prepared baking sheet.

Spread with a third of the filling, leaving a 1-inch border all around. Roll out another dough disc in the same manner and place on top of the first; top with the second third of the filling. Repeat wit a third dough disc and the remainng filling.

Roll out te remaining dough disc and place it on top of the last layer of filling.

Center the bottom of a small drinking glass (about 2 inches in diameter) in the middle of the dough to mark the center. At the 12 o=clock mark, cut through the dough with a very sharp knife from the edge of the glass to the edge of the dough circle, leaving the dough underneath of the glass uncut. Repeat at the 3 o’clock, 6 o’clock and 9 o’clock points on the circle to make 4 quarters. Cut through the middle of each quarter in the same manner to make 8 equal wedges. Cut through each wedge one more time in the same manner to make 16 wedges.

 

Remove the drinking glass. Lift the edges of 2 wedges that are next to each other and twist them away from each other twice, then pinch the ends tighter to reconnect them and make a pointed tip. Repeat with the remaining pairs of wedges. Cover the dough with oiled plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 45 minutes.

 

Stir tighter the confectioners’ sugar, lemon juice and 2 tablespoons of milk in a small bowl, adding up to 1 tablespoon more of milk or confectioners’ sugar if needed so that the glaze is the correct consistency to slowly drizzle off the end of the spoon. Drizzle the glaze all over the bread and let harden, about 30 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.

 

So…yep it’s a lot of work…but your guests and family will adore you! Such a pretty way to start your morning!

 

I hope it turned out. Let me know if you tried it!
Love deeper, talk SWEETER with this tasty treat,
Lee

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Crafts, Health, Jarrin, Ranch Life, Ranch Life, The Boys

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 easy to make. This paw protector is wonderful! The scent is great and even though he licks it I know it is safe for him plus protecting his little pads.

Paw protector wax- like substance also helps break down the ice and snow that may collect in his pad. Every time we come in from outside, especially after being down at the ranch I check his paws to make sure there is no snow inside the pad. By applying the paw pad protector this cuts down on the snow accumulation. I just have to remember to put it on him BEFORE we go outside.

Paw Pad Protection for your pet

Recipe

4 tbsp organic shea butter

8 tbsp organic Calendula infused oil  (I have a recipe here)   

2 tsp carnauba wax                    

4 tbsp organic bees wax.          

 4 tbsp coconut oil                        

1/2 tsp vitamin E                      

1 tbsp organic  Sunflower oil.

 30 drops Rosemary Essential oil    

 15 drops Lavender Essential oil.    

10 drops of  Tea Tree Essential oil

In a double boiler, bring the calendula oil, shea butter, carnauba wax, beeswax, and coconut oil to melting point. This should only be about 2 minutes or so. Remove from heat and add vitamin E and your essential oils. Stir again and quickly and carefully pour into your molds. Paw mold, tins, (from any dollar store) or cupcake mold

TIPS

#1. I like to mix the first ingredients in a  4 cup glass measuring cup. I place this in double boiler and stir with a plastic spoon. This helps pouring into my molds easier and using the plastic spoon I can throw away for easier clean up.  #2. I add a tsp of Apricot oil as this oil is helpful in dry chapped skin. #3. Adding a few calendula flowers to the mold make for pretty presentation. I doubled this recipe because of the thick molds used.

Gift Ideas

Paw Pad Protection for dog

Just take paw and place is ointment and rub onto pad. You can also take some in your hand and rub directly onto the paws. 

Paw Pad Protection

Adding tags to your gifts is quick and easy as well as special when you use these little framelits from Sizzix. Using my BIGSHOT I can use material, metal, more than one piece of card stock, it’s wonderful. Makes gift giving fun and easy!

So let me know how your little 4-legged buddies do with this ointment. I hope they like it and it works for you! I invite comments!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Healing, Ministry

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 someone who has hurt you in some way and your relationship isn’t quite the same? Well…let’s work on that!

12 gifts for the hard to love
Gift of love

We all have one…

I have all the above. I think if we’re honest we do too. This month is gift giving season, typically. But if your reading this and it isn’t December…than all the better! Because for this relationship which is somehow not right to be ok again… this concept needs to happen no matter what time of year.

Let’s first look at our own heart. The Lord says, “People judge by the outward appearances, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7 

Isn’t this passage so true? Looking at this person who is hard to love. WHY? Why are they hard to love? How they act or speak to others? To us? How they choose to live? I am sure we can think of 12 ways one person has wronged us. This passage holds to this very thing. We are looking at the outside appearances, their life versus God created them and loves them and so must we. No matter what. So now the need to find 12 ways back to love instead of wronged.

Why try?

The same thing holds true to the one who hurt you.  The one who continues to ignore you or include you in their gatherings.  If we are a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ, we are to love…no matter what.  Remembering His 2 greatest commandments. “Love the Lord with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength…AND love your neighbor as yourself.”

SO…ready for an idea…one that may not work exactly the way you think but I guarantee will please the Lord. 

12 gift Ideas

12 gifts. You can do the 12 anyway you choose. Maybe it will be over a year, one gift a month, or all in 12 consecutive days. It doesn’t matter. Just commit to 12 gifts to this person.  Get your calendar, planner, or whatever you use and look at daily or weekly opportunities to mail or drop your gift.  Next write down 12 gifts this person may love. Food like those cute jars filled with something they can make. I love this because if they choose to make the item it will remind them of you and your relationship. Other ideas can be a card, bookmark, favorite DVD, CD, or movie tickets. Gardening seeds, teas or coffee, hot cocoa, lotions, and gift cards are wonderful little gestures of love. 

gifts for the hard to love
Do you need a great editing program for you pictures….I love this one!
12 gifts for the hard to love
Gingerbread Spiced Syrup…recipe below

In addition to every gift, include a note. You will need to go before the Lord and ask for wisdom to your wording. You want to be sensitive to whatever your relationship has been in the past as well as to why it is a-strange in the present.  Make it special. Fill your heart with love for them by asking the Lord to help you with your hurt or harden feelings. He loves prayers like this, because relationships are VERY important to Him.

Easy boxes filled with Elderberry syrup

What about after…

Lastly, after the 12 days and gifts have been given, if something has not already been sparked by the first one or two, again pray. “Why Lord has this person not responded? What do I need to do next? Help me to continue to love them and bring them to mind to lift to you.” I know from doing this very thing…God has healed. Whether it was during the gift giving time, or just in this prayer time. He answered. A hint of advice, don’t call them or if you see them don’t say ,”Hey did you get anything from me? Did you get the gifts I sent?” Why? Because by asking you are looking for something in return. Keep humble.

Broken relationships bring us to sinful actions. Gossip, talking bad about this person, rudeness, and unforgiveness.  Which all of these separates us from our Lord. If we want unity, if we call ourselves a loving person, than we must do our best to be Christ-like and reach out. If that person doesn’t respond, we pray for them and move on. 

Joy

 One thing can stand out when you do this activity. You can experience joy in the gift giving process making it special for this child of God and it provides an opportunity to pray for them.  There is nothing more joyful in our daily lives than bringing joy into another. We just never know what is going on in the hearts of others. But the Lord does. 

Let me know what happened

Let me know if you tried this. By your comments you could help another. I will be VERY anxious to see how it goes. In both situations so far I have done, it was misunderstandings in one and the other was facing a strong addiction. By reaching out helped heal and brought forgiveness in others in their personal lives. Amazing!

Share away!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

Gingerbread Spiced Syrup recipe:

All products below I get from Starwest link on blog…

2 cinnamon sticks broken into pieces                12 cloves

3 tbsp fresh ginger root                                    1 tsp whole peppercorns

2 cups honey                                                       2 cups water

1 tsp fresh grated nutmeg

Directions:

Place the cinnamon, cloves, ginger root, peppercorns in a double thick cheese cloth and tie a knot to hold it all together. In a large sauce pan, add water and honey and bring to a boil. Add nutmeg and stir. Now put cheesecloth into the pot. Let sit for 5 minutes watching closely. Reduce heat and simmer for 45 minutes uncovered. Remove from heat. Take cheesecloth and squeeze out any juice collected using the back of a spoon. Serve some immediately and any remaining let cool and transfer into nice GLASS containers. Make a wonderful gift anytime of year! Keeps for one month in refrigerator.


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Bible Journaling, Empower, Hope, The Boys

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 feelings of shame or guilt. The best gift we can give ourselves is who we are to Whom knows are deepest soul.

Do you ever find yourself pretending to be someone else? Hiding from the world who you really are? I can tell you from experience this can be exhausting.  But there is Hope.

Being in the presence of Jesus with all of our junk with our guilt, shame, naked before Him we come into the very presence of grace, love, and forgiveness. Only if we are willing to choose. Only if we are willing to come before this Throne of Grace will we experience the Hope.

In a similar way to our Jesus, horses bring out our true selves. Horses don’t pretend and are not self-conscious. They don’t worry about how their hair looks, if they are too fat or too thin. Horses show up exactly how they are full of grace and pure honesty. They are not ashamed to be afraid or to show contentment.  

The Gift of Being True To Self

When I am in the presence of our horses, I can take a deep breath and release the pressures of the things I am holding in. By gazing into their beautiful brown eyes, these giants who have reason to fear me, brings me peace. Just like Jesus. 

“Do you give the horse his strength, or clothe his neck with a flowing mane?” Job 39:19  The Lord does this and yet the horse contents to gentle this strength to befriend us. They can help bring us into a closer, deeper relationship with our Creator God by simply experiencing the picture of who we are and Who He is.

Often we can be such a klutz in how we approach our Lord.  Just like the horses, He is available offering us the greatest gift EVER…Himself and just as we are. 

We can choose to overcome any false truth about ourselves when we experience the Bigness of our God!

May each of you find the Truth and open the Gift! Unwrap whatever you feel is keeping you in the box. Trust this truth… He is worth it and so are you!

God’s blessing upon you all.

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Ranch Life, Ranch Life, The Boys

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 showed again. For years I have used a training chain collar and never thought twice about what the collar was REALLY doing to my dogs.

 

Sadly, I recently found out what my chain training collar and others are doing to dogs. First step…knowing and educating on the new findings of our little 4-legged friends.

What is your collar doing to your dog?

 

About a month ago I was taking one of those online free sessions about keeping your pets healthy as I do a ton of research on all of our animals pretty much on a weekly bases and came upon a trainer. She was educating the listeners on this very topic of what the collars are doing to our dogs. Training chain collars, pinch collars, harnesses, and the shock collar.

 

Here is link you can watch for yourself of a vet and his scientific detail of what is actually occurring every time you go for a walk with your dog. Hang onto your heart…it may break a little!

 

Also here is another link of many videos you can watch. They are short but will help you understand how this works and other brands out there that also cause problems for your dog. I especially love the manners videos!

What is your collar doing to your dog?
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I know the chain training collar works. I know also when I learn something new and I can be wrong about my thinking…I need to stop and take a closer look. This leash and collar are EASY to use. It works. My dog is happier. I feel better knowing my dog will have a healthier body because of using it.

 

Take a look and see for yourself. (affiliate link) An easy size chart will help you find just the right fit for your pet.

What is your collar doing to your dog?

The 30 day money back guarantee is awesome! PLUS…the training videos to help you know how to use the system, which is simple by the way. You can watch the videos I suggested above. You will see it really is all about when the dog gets ahead you stop. The pressure makes them not want to go forward.

 

What is your collar doing to your dog?Lastly, I attached a video of Cruz and I when we first got this harness and leash. 

Video

If you have any questions, they are fee to talk to which I would suggest if you have reservations. Your pets health is important and really folks this is an amazing set up.

 

Remember if you click on the link 
you are helping us reach kids at risk through our ranch ministry. This company graciously gives 10% back to us. We are thankful for all they do!

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I would love to hear how this has worked for you! I know there are many concepts for training now days, but when we have an open mind of new ideas I think it is worth checking out!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Crafts, Paper/Cards, Ranch Life, Sewing
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 so simple too, I went nuts and made a ton of them! Plus I got this stamp set which really made my day! So guess what our Christmas card will be this year? Yep…GNOMES! Oh, they are cute! Here are some of the creations! Gnome invasionGnome Invasion Gnome Invasion Now time for you to make one or more! Pictures help by Pic Monkey Step by step: Gnome Invasion After you cut your sock at the heal (I use an ankle sock) stuff the toe part with rice. About 1/2 cup enough for it to stand. Gnome Invasion Add some stuffing to make him or her chubby Gnome Invasion Tie a small rubber band around the top to hold the stuffing in Gnome Making You can hot glue beard on now or wait until you get the hat and nose on. This can be last. Gnome Invasion Place your fuzzy sock on top…I cut mine in half depends on the size you purchased. If you do get a bigger one use it for another Gnome. And here is where it starts…you keep making more! Gnome Invasion Hot glue your nose on the white sock. Gnome InvasionPic Monkey Helps with making your pictures to die for… As you can see I added legs. Also, the top of the sock on the hat can be formed into a ball by adding another small rubber band. Or add a pom pom. The legs are 2″ of fabric as long as you like sewn together and added pompoms for shoes. For white noses, I added color by sponging with red ink. I tell you…you won’t be able to stop! Now for the cards…Pic Monkey helps with effects…love this program! Gnome InvasionGnome Invasion . The set for this is by Fun Stampers Journey. I used the alcohol markers to give a bright watercolor look. I tried the watercolor pencils but it wasn’t strong enough plus it took longer. I love adding glue glitter as well as white liquid appliqué that puffs up when you heat it with a heating tool. Before you heat it, you can add glitter and when it puffs up it will sparkle! I love them all…can’t wait to make some more…happy gnome! Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee
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Crafts

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 delightful in every way!

I love how not only the windows put a smile on your face, but the paint choice, the day bed, and small details just bring a sense of peace.

 

This light really makes the room! Not only is it whimsical but does it give out the light! It’s LED so it will last more than I will.  I just LOVE it! (pictured below) My hubby had quite the time getting this girly girl light…ran into 2 guys he knew and…well…he was made fun of. What a man!

 

My hubby is also adding shelving with drawers that will go under the desk he made. This will help take some of the clutter on the desk into the easy access drawers.

Lastly, I will be having a friend paint a verse on the wall. She can’t make it until January but she did the rest of our home and can’t wait how she will finish this very special part of the room. Doing my morning devotionals on my day bed and looking up at the verse will surely start my day with HIS faithfulness and love.

Enjoy the pictures of the room. It really was fun to create and now…inspiration and creation will be easily sparked in this whimsy craft room!
Day bed…so whimsical!

New Craft Room

The horsey quilt and yellow pillow

New Craft Room

 

Craft room detailThe verse makes this chair! Lovin’ it!

New Craft Room

So this room has a defiant character don’t you think?

The last touches…
New Craft Room

And my lamp. I decided not to even sew this lamp shade as the heart pins on the top are too adorable…so I kept them on.

Now…time to craft!

Bye for now! I’ll keep the light on for ya if you want to join me! I have an extra chair or two!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee

Love this LIGHT!!!

New Craft Room
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Food
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 spices and of course, the chocolate chips just make eating this bread any time of the day a pick- me- upper! It’s not just an ordinary banana bread or pumpkin bread. The spices especially the ginger gives this bread a pop you will love! To add to your taste buds make yourself a cup of the Creamy Pumpkin tea just setting your day up to be full of spice and everything nice. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Ingredients: 3 cups flour 2 tsp baking soda ½ tsp baking powder (or use ¼ tsp baking soda, ¼ tsp of cream of tartar) 1 tsp salt 2 tsp cinnamon 1/4 tsp clove 3/4 tsp ginger 1/4 tsp fresh grated nutmeg 1 cup sugar 1/2 cup brown sugar 2/3 cup olive oil 3 eggs 1 can pumpkin, canned (I used almost all of the can except 1/4 cup to use in another recipe) 2 ripe bananas 1 cup chocolate chips 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans Directions: In mixer bowl, cream sugars, oil, eggs, bananas, and pumpkin until nice and smooth. Add one cup at a time of the flour mixture in your baking soda, powder, salt, and spices. Mix well. Fold in your chocolate chips and nuts. In 2 PREPARED glass loaf pans, divide your batter between prepared pans. Bake about 45-55 minutes. I had to put a foil over the top after 45 minutes so it wouldn’t get too brown. I love my ALEXA to help me with the time. She is one big helper in the kitchen. When done, allow cooling for 5 minutes before placing on cooling rack. Yeah right…I dug right in and ate 3 slices….too yummy to wait!!! Serve on a sweet plate if you’re entertaining. Just makes it look awesome! Banana Pumpkin Bread Hope you enjoy it too! Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee
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Food
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 years and my mom used it as a stapler all the time.  Hence, I did the same as my family was growing up. It is so fast and simple and everyone loved it. Over time I made some changes. This recipe is one I have added to over and over making my own tastes and herbs we love around the ranch. Of course, using the herbs we grew over the summer make it fresh and special. One note to make… in other recipes they use canned mushroom soup. We really try and stay away from canned items and instead make homemade thickeners. As well as the beef stock, I make my own by adding a gravy thickener. The first time I made this I accidentally used stew meat. DON’T do that! The meat takes 3-4 hours to get tender. Unless you put this mixture into a crockpot and cook for that time frame it will be delicious. Especially for you busy moms that would be an awesome way to make this recipe. Comfort food this meal is for sure! I hope you find it as delightful as my man does! Keep it fresh! Enjoy! Ingredients: 1 lb Sirloin steak cut into cubes Salt and pepper to taste 2 tbsp olive oil ½ large onion finely diced 1 cup chopped mushrooms 2 carrots finely diced ½ cup brandy 2 cups beef stock 2 tbsp arrowroot powder ½ cup sour cream 2 tsp of Dijon mustard Cooked egg noodles for serving or you can mash up potatoes to serve over too…both are out of this world Parsley flakes to sprinkle on top Beef Stroganoff Ranch Favorite Directions: Pour 1 tbsp of your olive oil into skillet. Add Salt and pepper to your cubed steak and add half your batch to the skillet. Fry up until done about 2 minutes.  Set aside and continue with another half. Put cooked meat into a bowl and set aside. Add your other 1 tbsp olive oil and cook mushrooms, carrots until golden brown. Turn off heat and add brandy and beef stock. Stir getting the bottom scraping as you stir. Turn on heat to medium-high. Cook until liquid is about a third about 3-4 minutes.  In a small bowl make a roué take ¼ cup of the juice stock from your skillet and put into a bowl. Add arrowroot powder and stirring quickly making the roué and pour into your skillet. The mixture should thicken after 1-2 minutes. Turn off heat. Add your sour cream and Dijon stir again. Add your meat and stir until everything is nice and hot.  Pour over your cooked noodles or mashed potatoes and serve with parsley. Beef Stroganoff Ranch Favorite Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee
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Food, Healthy Eating, Treats
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 pie. With this honey and homemade even pie I think the fussiest one at your holiday table will enjoy this dessert. If they don’t, well…you get to eat it all! Ingredients: 2 Cups of organic pumpkin puree 3/4 cup honey 1 tsp pure vanilla 1/2 sea salt 3 tsp pumpkin pie spice (here is my homemade one) 1 drop Cinnamon essential oil 1 drop Clove Essential oil 3/4 cup of heavy cream (half and half will be fine too) 2 eggs lightly beaten 1  unbaked pie crust Dan is amazing at making crusts! He uses Crisco which I hate, but it works and the Betty Crocker recipe. Of course his magic touch makes for perfect crust every time! Honey Homemade Pumpkin Pie Directions: 1.Preheat oven to 375 degrees 2. Mix first 5 ingredients together 3. Mix in cream 4. Gently beat in eggs 5.Carefully pour into your pie shell 6. Cover edges with a pie shield or use foil bake for 20 minutes. Remove shell and cook an additional 25-30 minutes or until golden brown and no jiggling. Honey Homemade Pumpkin Pie Enjoy every bite and add a bit of whipping cream and sprinkle fresh nutmeg on top. Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee
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Crafts, Ranch Life
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 can do your sewing and at the same time get the laundry done.” HA HA!
Now that we are empty nesters my man and I got to work creating a new craft room with lots of natural light!

 A new craft room with color and light will make creating so much more exciting! 

I am calling it my Whimsy room! Because of the whimsy decor…so cute!


Here is what the room looked like before we began. Our son  Mitchell.

Craft Room
Now for the fun part…gutting and getting walls ready for new brightness!

We were given old base boards as a donation so I decided to use these as a  crown molding around the room. I painted them white…and added a splash of distressing…

New Craft Room

Dan mounted them…they look so cool against the painted wall!
New Craft Room

We also decided to empty the closet taking out the old racks and will turn this area into the main area for stamping.
New Craft Room

This next part was so fun to do and really makes for a cute window especially a craft room! I wanted a WHIMSY type of room so looking at ideas for window decor I came up with this. What do you think?

Whimsy or what? It was also a project I could do NOW since I had to wait for the flooring to come in. 

New Craft RoomNew Craft Room




New Craft Room
I just took material and cut them into strips tying them onto a white cord made of cotton. I measured the cord out by hanging it on the window so I knew how long I wanted the swag. Lookin’ whimsy for sure!
Even the rod is whimsy!
New Craft Room
New Craft Room

 


Next took some time as Dan has never put hardwood floor in before. The underlayment isn’t tricky but thank God for Youtube. 

Oh the hardwood is so pretty. I couldn’t resist and laid some down to see what it looked like. Getting all his measurements and knowing direction of wood he began the first layers. 
He is so good at stuff like this and being a perfectionist he did it well!

New Craft Room
OK…he finished the floor…

I think it turned out great! The details of this little room will make creating so fun and cheerful!

Isn’t it important to feel good in a place you are creating in?
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Food, Healthy Eating
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 are REALLY good for you! Below is a wonderful simple homemade cranberry sauce (NOT the canned jelly kind I assure you) that you can make ahead of time. I love that idea! Keep refrigerated until your ready to serve. Ingredients: 3/4 cup of Orange Juice 1/2-3/4 cup of honey…it looses sweetness in the refrigerator so I go to the higher amount 12 oz of whole cranberries Orange zest I used a whole orange or Organic Orange Essential Oil Directions: Simmer orange juice, honey and zest bringing to a boil for 5 minutes. Stir in cranberries continuing to cook for 15 minutes. They will burst and the mixture will get thick. Spoon into your serving dish and refrigerate for at least 8 hours. I do this the night before. Add some orange zest on top before you bring to your holiday table. Presentation will be delightful! Next fav…yep not nutritious at all! BUT REALLY YUMMY! Famous marshmallow cranberry salad! Cranberry Crazy #2… Cranberry Crazy Ingredients: 3 cups frozen organic cranberries thawed and chopped (organic makes me feel better we have local farmers too which makes it awesome) 1  1/2 cup pineapple frozen or fresh 1 drop Organic Orange essential oil (adds amazing taste) 2 cups mini marshmallows 1 apple chopped 1 lemon squeezed or 1 drop Lemon essential oil 2/3 cup sugar 1/8 tsp salt 2 cups of heavy whipping cream ( I like as fresh as possible so I stay away from cool whip) 1/4 cup of walnuts or pecans, chopped lemon zest Directions: In large bowl mix first 4 ingredients. Add your lemon juice. Add sugar, salt. Give a good stir and cover and refrigerate overnight. Just before serving, whip up your cream and fold into your mixture. Add nuts and stir. Top with zest before serving. Lastly is a sweet beverage which is healthy and festive! I love my orange flavors with cranberries and I add it into my recipes when I can. Cranberry Crazy #3 Cranberry Crazy I love using martini glasses even though we don’t use them for that purpose. It is fun drinking from the glass so making this recipe is simple but is individually made. Using a shaker full of ice add: 1/4 cup of Elderberry syrup 1/2 cup Cranberry juice 1 drop of orange essential oil Fill remaining space with Ginger Ale Shake well and pour into your favorite glass. (you can sugar the rim of the glass with cranberry sugar by taking a bit of the cranberry juice to 1/4 cup of sugar, mix and place on a plate. Dip your favorite glass into a water than into the plate of sugar) Well there you have it! Your festive cranberry crazy day has a head start. Enjoy making the most of your Thanksgiving by remembering all you are thankful for and raising your glasses in praise for the ONE who gave HIS all! God bless you and may this season bring you peace and love in Jesus Christ! Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee
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Health, Living Naturally, Ranch Life
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…it all really doesn’t matter -just so it tastes good to you. Yep, that’s right…just don’t worry about it! Tea blending is all in what you love, taste, and feel. That’s it! DIY tea Blending Begin by having some kind of journal so you can write down the tea blends you tried.  You can make a note or use faces…I love using those emoji faces! Kinds of Teas, Herbs, Spices, and Essential Oils (just a few of the most popular and flavorful) Base Tea: Black, White, Roboos,  Green,  Oolong, Fruit,  Macha Add a dash: Ginger, Orange Peel,  Lemon Peel,  Mints, Cinnamon, Clove, Cayenne Pepper Aroma delight: One drop of essential oil like orange, peppermint, spearmint, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, lemon Flower Herbs: Elder Flower, Hibiscus, Rose Petal, Rose Hips, Lavender Medicinal Herbs: (Top herbs to have on hand especially cold and flu season)  Ginger, Elderberry, garlic, Marshmallow, Elder Flower, Echinacea,  Goldenseal, Yarrow, Dandelion leaf or Root DIY Tea Blending Here are a few tips that I hope you will find helpful in your journey of tea blending. Once you find the group of herbs you like, make a label naming your new tea and put the ingredients of herbs on the label. Naming the most used herb first. Tip 1: Fighting an illness:Taste-of-Herbs-Flavor-Wheel-Packet
  1. Look at the link above even print it out to help you.
  2. Find how your feeling or what you’re trying to fight.
  3. Pick 3 herbs based on the chart. Blend only a cup of the herbs. Use 1 tsp for the herb that is needed to be the strongest. The other 2 use 1/2 tsp, and if one is a mint use only a sprinkle.
Once you have a blend you like, make up a bigger mason jar of the blend, adding your ingredients and name it, like cold/flu, cough, tummy, headache… Tip 2. Base tea leaves: Using one of these is making a caffeinated tea. Yet, it may be a wonderful blend to play with. When you go to order the tea leaves, Starwest is wonderful at giving you the info behind each one as well as the flavor.  A tip in itself! Especially with these based teas. Once you have had a cup of the base tea add an herb you like- for example green tea with rose petals, rose hips, ginger, and orange. Again only make a small batch, giving you one to three cups so if you don’t like it you won’t waste your herbs. (If I make a cup I that is too pungent I will put it in my dinner some how…like when I am simmering meat I add the tea to water…I feel better when I don’t waste!) Tip 3.
  1. Blend 2 herbs. Pick a flower or medicinal herb. Pick one dash and an aroma delight.
  2. Only make one cup of tea using a 2 tsp of your choice herb and ½ tsp of your dash, brew and you’re ready to drink your cup add your drop of essential oil.
If you like this blend, write it down in your tea blend booklet. DIY Blending Tea Tip 4: (click on the Starwest link to get the herbs and spices you need even tea bags) Top herbs to have on hand all the time would be ones I love yes but also to help fight an oncoming cold or flu.
  1. Elderberry both berry and the flower (I make a syrup to keep in the fridge all year round!)
  2. Golden Seal, Yarrow, and Echinacea, (not the best tasting but sure powerful in helping aid in fevers, coughs, and upper respiratory)
  3. Ginger and orange peel, and rose hips (gotta have flavor…these are not only medicinal but packed with flavor)
  4. The above spices can be substituted for essential oils only one drop per cup. peppermint, ginger, clove bud, lemon, or orange
Lastly, when brewing your tea make sure to brew for at least 10-15 minutes. I know it may seem like a long wait, but it is important to let the herb steam through. Also, cover your mixed herb while it is brewing. Most tea strainers (Starwest has a wonderful one) do not have a cover so I use a lid of a mason jar. Enjoy blending and experimenting with your teas and spices. The joy of blending is feeling free enough to stretch your imagination and enjoy the smell and taste of your OWN blend. If you want to give your new tea as a gift…I love putting them in a mason jar and I made cute quilted bag but you can gift wrap yours with a tea strainer attached. Another opportunity to be creative! DIY Tea BlendingDIY Tea Blending Happy blending, Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee
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Ranch Life
Oh boy, do I remember the old time ornament and napkin ring idea! Entertaining guest, giving them as a gift, can dress up any holiday table. Ornament Essential oils A simple recipe, fun and safe for kids, and of course a wonderful way to teach children the art of giving. ornament essential oils Coming into a season of giving I wanted to create ideas for gift giving, table decor, and an activity to do with youth. Since we are past the little ones in the home and yet to have grandchildren, I thought of this old recipe to have the youth make for their loved ones. Plus, these little gems can be used all season and adding a heart or snowflake to the mix of cookie cutters…well… this could be an ongoing gift through the long winter months. Enjoy making these and being creative of how you can add them to packages, place them throughout your home for wonderful scents, or simple ornament to decorate your tree. ornament essential oils Recipe: 1 cup of flour 1 cup of salt 1/2 cup warm water Mix flour and salt together, add water slowly while mixing with your hands. Form a ball, make sure they are not too sticky. Roll out dough onto floured surface and make your cut outs. After you place cutouts onto your cookie tray, make a hole by using a straw. You can also stamp on the cut out to give a little Scandinavian look. Bake at 250 degrees for 2-3 hours or leave out on a tray for 2 or so days. After they dry, add a drop or 2 of essential oils to each one. We love using lemoncinnamon, peppermint, clove, and orange. Either individually or combining a couple. You can also paint them with acrylics to add a flash of color. NOTE: The organic oils are more expensive so in doing crafts, diffusing type of use I use the less expensive essential oils. When putting them in my teas, foods, or lotions I like to use the organic essential oils. Be creative! Ornament essential oils I am sure you will come up with great ideas! Send me pictures in the comments below…Love to see what you came up with! Adding ribbon or a pin back can be a way someone can use your napkin ring for other gift ideas. Attaching the ornament to a gift is my favorite way to use them. God’s blessings as you celebrate all the Lord has given you and your family! Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee
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Bible Journaling, Crafts
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 had committed murder! Or maybe someone who has given their whole life to serving others. The whole fact that one would need a transplant is scary as the risks are so high and recovery can be long. But God gave us a chance without any of those risks or worrying about its past! But have you thought about today? Do you need a new heart today? I do! Do you find yourself stuck on your own views whether political, religious, or even, you will NEVER eat Asparagus? Are you stubborn, set in your own ways? In the book of Ezekiel, starting in 36: 22, we read, “Therefore (read the passage before will help), give the people of Israel this message from the Sovereign Lord: I am bringing you back, but not because you deserve it. Ok, …we need to stop a minute. First, this passage is a message from the Sovereign Lord. Sovereign meaning all powerful, all in control…GOD Himself! If we are at all a person who desires to please others, we first need to please God. Listening to Him is a great start. Think about this for a minute. The God who created the universe is speaking to you. He is speaking and saying, “I am bringing you back”. Back from what? Well, really our sinful self, our stubborn ways, and thoughts that we are always right. Look at the next part. He is even bringing us back and we don’t even deserve it. AMAZING! Yet, so many of us don’t understand this. We really don’t deserve what we have now or for believers, heaven. But our Jesus longs for us to spend eternity with Him so He paid the price of death, which as a sinless man he didn’t deserve. We do. When we read on the Lord did this for His people to show how holy He is and that HE is Lord. He made a promise to bring them home. In verse 25 He sprinkles CLEAN water on each person. Washing the sin away. OH, WHAT A SIGHT! Again…if we don’t realize we are unclean we cannot accept this sprinkle of cleanliness. We cannot understand the need for a beautiful shower from our Lord. But when we do… Verse 26…I WILL GIVE YOU A NEW HEART! There it is! Our transplant! The transplant was successful! New, clean, pumping, and beating! The Lord has taken out our stony, stubborn old heart and given us a tender, responsive heart. DO YOU SEE THIS? Don’t you WANT to be tender? Don’t you WANT to be responsive to others? Think about your views again going back to the beginning. Your views on world issues. Did you react in a way that was tender to someone else’s position? Were you responding in love, tenderness, understanding? I can tell you…this is where this passage hit me…right in the HEART! YEP, I need a transplant, every day! I am quick to my viewpoints or beliefs and am not being a good witness to a God Who is patient and kind. As I read on in this passage, I simply came before the Lord praying for a transplant. A transplant I may need to ask many times over, as I am a sinner. However, as a sinner, I have a Savior. I know with every new heart I need to ask for forgiveness and He will forgive AND FORGET EVERY time. Unlike us humans, Jesus forgives and moves on. A heart transplant on an operating table is far more risky as well as many months of healing, but a heart transplant from our Jesus is easy, not painful, and best of all will lead you to an abundant life with Him! May you be open to receive a daily transplant and in turn be sprinkled with His blessings. Love deeper, talk sweeter, ask for a new heart (and be amazed at HIS answer) Lee
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Ranch Life, The Boys
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 touch and a perfect getaway! Palmquist Farm Palmquist Farm is located in a small town in Brantwood, WI. The farm is full of history from the old barns to all the décor covering the walls of each building and a cute couple who are your hosts.  Jim greets you with his Finnish accent and welcoming smile escorting you to your cabin or in our case the barn to get our horses settled. He knew we came from a distance and the importance of animals first was on the forefront of his mind. He showed us all the spots we could place our boys and once we got them comfy cozy Jim walked us to our cabin. What a place! From the moment you walk in the yellow lighting upon the logwood made you feel warm and welcomed. Each room had memories of the past including furniture dated back to the 1940s. Of course, Jim shared a story or two about the old radio and listening to President Roosevelt with the break of the war and the linens hand stitched by grandma. Get Away My man and I arrived in the early afternoon so we had time to look around after unpacking. OH am I glad I got a new camera! I was in heaven snapping all kinds of shots! Get AwayGet Away Get awayGet Away Get Away Each building is full of wonderful décor and in the sauna, they even have newspaper articles from the Titanic to the San Francisco earthquake. The old furniture set the stage in time and one feels your really living in the early 1900s. Get away Palmquist is a perfect place for couples, hunters, horse riders, newlyweds, or an excuse for a perfect get-away. The trails are full of beauty with ponds around every corner, trees full of life, and paths easy to walk or trail ride.  In the winter, the folks with skinny skis will enjoy the trails as well as the ones with the motors. Get AwayGet Away The accommodations with a cozy fireplace made coming back from a cold trail ride inviting. Sippin’ my tea and a book made for relaxing afternoons.  For my man, it came down to the food. It was over the top!  Served both breakfast and dinner in a beautiful room full of more stories and history, we enjoyed every meal full of the flavor of an ol’ fashion farm taste. From fresh veggies and fruit from their gardens to meat fully packed with flavor.  The pastries were my downfall! I ate WAY too much! Once I found out Helen had a cookbook I was delighted to bring a piece of Palmquist cooking home. Helen truly did an amazing job at EVERY meal. OOOO I can still taste the wonderful cranberry/raspberry sauce! Delightful! Here is a sample of one of Helen’s sweet desserts. I couldn’t resist making this right away for our church bible study time. I changed one thing in her recipe by making my own yellow cake mix. I prefer to do things homemade vs. out of a box when I can. I also don’t have to feed tons of folks like Helen so I can make the time for the extra step. Here ya go: Pumpkin Pecan Crumble by Palmquist Farm Ingredients: 1 15 oz organic can of pumpkin 1 12 oz can evaporate milk 1 cup brown sugar 3 eggs 4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice (my recipe below) 1 box of yellow cake mix (my recipe below) 1 cup chopped pecans (optional) 1 cup of melted butter cool whip or real whipping cream Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together pumpkin, milk, sugar, eggs, and pie spice until well blended.
  3. Pour mixture into a 9×13 greased pan.
  4. Sprinkle about ¾ of your cake mix evenly over the pumpkin mixture. (save extra for next time)
  5. Sprinkle the chopped pecans over the cake mix.
  6. Drizzle the melted butter evenly over the nuts.
  7. Bake cake for 30 minutes or until a knife inserted comes out clean.
  8. Refrigerate until cool about an hour. Top with whipped cream and sprinkle a bit more pumpkin spice on top!
Lee’s Homemade cake mix: (you can refrigerate this mixture for up to a week or freeze for a month) Ingredients: 2 ½ cups of unbleached purposed four 1 ½ cups of sugar 1 tbsp baking powder +1 tsp (I make my own 1 tsp of baking soda, 2 tsp of cream of tartar) 1 tsp. salt 6 tbsp of softened butter Mix together in a glass bowl crumbling butter with a knife or your clean hands. Store in a safe container. To make a cake, add 1 1/4 cups of water and 2 eggs. Lee’s Pumpkin Spice recipe: 3 tbsp. ground cinnamon 2 tsp ground ginger root 2 tsp. fresh nutmeg, grated 2 tsp. cloves Mix and best part…put in a cute jar! What makes a B&B? The accommodations…yes. The food….yes. The people you get to know at every meal?….YES. A young couple with their new bundle 4-month-old singing to you for your anniversary? YES! What makes a great B&B is the people! Their loving conversations, stories, and smiles make your stay a warm family stay. We did get a kick out of Jim sharing real stories of the farm from gangsters visiting, buffalo stories, to shootouts the ol’ fashion way. He made our meals full of adventure and laughter. Of course, a good tease about Finnish and Norwegians provided more fun! Palmquist isn’t just a place to stay it is an experience! A Finish touch was everywhere you look. I am sure my dad would have loved this spot. Palmquist Farm is known to many cross-country skiers in the area and the signs around the trails proved horses aren’t the only ones who use them. Get Away We hope to back to this little place in Northern Wisconsin. A Finnish touch indeed…hope you too will find your way there for any kind of weekend getaway! Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee
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Ministry, Ranch Life, Ranch Life
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 very thing he would be killed for….an un-flinched faith….he prayed to ask God for help. Think just for a moment of a time when you received bad news. REALLY bad news! A death. An illness diagnoses. Loss of a job. Did you go to a private room, open a window, kneel down and pray to ask for help? HUM…I know I haven’t. My faith was shaken to the core. I cried. I called others to tell the news. I simply fell apart turning to others instead of turning to my God. Unflinching Faith Daniel’s faith was unflinching! He knew without a shadow of a doubt God would come through….SOMEHOW. He didn’t know to what extent, even if it all did take his life, God would be with him. In verse 19 we read King Darius woke up early and hurried to the lions’ den. He called out in anguish, “Daniel, servant of the living God! Was your God, whom you serve so faithfully, able to rescue you from the lions?” Doubt in the king’s voice and heart. Yep…I think I would have been too. BUT, Daniel answered, “Long live the king. My God sent his angel to shut the lions’ mouths so that they would not hurt me, for I have been found innocent in HIS sight. And I have not wronged you, Your Majesty.” Amazing? Not when we have unflinching faith! Unflinched Faith In my early years of receiving my Lord Jesus as my Savior, I was full of flinching faith. I just had not had enough of HIS promises in my heart. I didn’t know HIS word well enough to see stories like this one come true in my own life. In time, reading HIS word daily, meditating on what I have read and applying it in my own life, I became stronger. YEP, I slip up. I do get shaken, but time with the Lord will bring peacefulness in my heart to pull me through the trial. Seeing it happen in others in the same situations also proved of HIS faithfulness and HIS promises During the months preparing for the harvest hoedown, I needed to take much time in prayer believing the Lord would pull things all together. Two weeks before the event our son just bought a home and his closing landed the day before. Our daughter would be traveling from Richmond, VA a 1200 mile trip with her dog, our bunnies were experiencing illness’,  Bokoda had pulled his shoulder which meant he couldn’t be used for demonstrations, and to top it all off, rain was predicted all week and especially on the day of the big event. Shaken faith? Unflinching? I called in the troops to pray. I called out to God. I prayed “Lord this is YOUR day, not ours. Have it as YOUR will be done. Help me to enjoy serving YOU and continue to be obedient with a smile and faith YOU will take care of the details.” HE DID! AND SOOOO MUCH MORE! Mitch’s house closing got moved up a day and we took the day as rest away from the event and enjoyed moving him into his new journey. Our daughter arrived safely and without troubles. All animals healed, except the one but she got better a few days later, and the Lord made a beautiful day even the SONshine came through! Another story in my life goes into the books of relying on God, and our faith can be UNFLINCHED! Verse 26 “For HE is the living God and HE will endure forever. HIS kingdom will never be destroyed and HIS rule will never end. He rescues and saves HIS people; HE performs miraculous signs and wonders in the heavens and on earth.” He does! These verses should inspire us all believers to walk this life of trials with an unflinching faith! He’s got us…in the palm of HIS Holy Hands! Take that you lions! Love deeper & talk sweeter, Lee
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