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Food, Ranch Life, Treats

We do love root beer around here! Especially with a little ice cream and the homemade touch. We also love to have it on our pizza nights! It all just is down home goodness! 

 

I have always been fascinated with the ol’ time flavor and the name sarsaparilla. There really is a difference in taste! It is stronger and really more delightful with the tastes of herbs like real vanilla and licorice root. Just amazing flavors pop out! I think you will like this!

This recipe makes a quart of syrup that you can use to make your root beer and as syrup over your favorite ice cream too.

 

For any occasion you will impress your family and friends with this special drink!

 

So here ya go:

 

4 cups of water

¼ sassafras bark

2 tbsp organic anise seed

2 organic vanilla beans or 4 tbsp of pure vanilla extract

½ tsp organic licorice root

10 organic juniper berries

3 large organic hops flowers (optional but love the flavor)

 

 

How to Make:

 

Place 4 cups of water in pot and bring to boil. Add sassafras bark and simmer 10 minutes. Stir in the rest of the ingredients and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Strain the herbs using a large mesh strainer. Measure the resulting liquid and add ½ part of honey. To 1 part liquid. So if you have 2 cups of liquid add 1 cup of honey.

 

To make into a soda:

 

You can add your homemade root beer syrup to a sparkling soda machine or add Club soda to your syrup. Depending on taste you add however much syrup to your soda mixture.

Of course, serve in a mason jar to get that ol’ fashioned look! These are nice too for your everyday tea blend making or recipes. 

ENJOY it we sure did!!!

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Food, Jarrin

I enjoy a nice cup of hot cocoa and recently I came upon some fun recipes. Six that I use all the time, plus I can package up and easily give as gifts. It is aways nice to give a gift of variety. Just makes it kinda special. Each one of these you can add more or less of any ingredient depending on your taste buds. 
Adding a bit of the herb on top of your whipping cream gives your mug a touch of love! 
I hope you find them fun to make! SOOO yummy!

The Base: 3…2…1

3 Cups confection sugar (powdered…I have to say that cause I get these mixed up sometimes…HA!)

2 Cups Powdered Milk

1 Cup Cacao Powder Organic

Sift sugar and cacao powder than add powdered milk

Place in sealed mason jar and Label 

 

Now that you have the base you can play with these fun recipes!

 

Mexican Hot Chocolate

This has been a popular one. You can get the KICK without the cayenne, but cayenne is good for you so why not!

1 cup of base hot cocoa

1 tsp of fresh cinnamon powder

1/2 grated Organic Nutmeg

pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)

1/8 tsp sea salt

 

 

Lovely Lavender

1 cup of base

2 Tablespoons Lavender flowers Crushed in Mortar Pestle

1/8 tsp sea salt

 

Red Rose

1 Cup of base

2 tbsp Rose Pedals, crushed with your Mortar Pestle

1/8 tsp salt (optional)

Pumpkin Spice (of Course)

 

1 cup of base

1 tsp Organic cinnamon powder

½ tsp Organic clove Powder

Grated nutmeg…1 tsp

Mix

 

Sweet and Salty

1 cup base

½ cup crushed pretzels

Mix

 

With each of these I placed in a small jar and topped with some of the spice. Just for fun!

Each cup of hot chocolate I put 2 heaping teaspoons into my mug. You can surely add more of anything to your liking!

The best part is to add whipping cream really a MUST!!!!

Enjoy!

Let me know what you think or what variety you came up with! Love to hear what you created!
God’s blessings and keeping cozy warm,
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee

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Food, Ranch Life
Side dishes are hard for me. I don’t like the starch and added calories, but sometimes it fits the dish. So when I decide to do a side dish I love the ol’ Fettuccine Alfredo and popping in the ranch flavors of herbs we love as well!

I did take out the cream that is often put into the sauce, and it takes awesome just knowing it’s not in there and taste great!

When you can, try and use fresh ingredients. It gets hard for us not only living in Minnesota and not having fresh produce all year round, but we also live over 30 minutes from town. So when I can, I freeze my herbs when I grow them in the summer.  I will do the same with fruit like peaches, and berries.

We love to eat fresh all year round so we have to can or freeze to have those special flavors.


Here is what you need: 

1 pound of Fettuccine Noodles
2 cups of Almond Milk
1/2 cup of Almond Milk Creamer, Vanilla or Hazelnut
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 stick of butter, unsalted
1 1/2 cup of Freshly grated Parmesan Cheese
Fresh Basil
Fresh Parsley 
Salt and Pepper to taste
Ramekians Cups

Directions:
1) Fill a large pot with water and add some sea salt. 
2) Once it comes to a boil, drop in your fettuccine. Cook for 6-9 minutes. You want them a little al dente. Tender, but still firm.
3) While the noodles are cooking begin your sauce. In a sauce pan, melt butter. Add garlic. Cook for 2 minutes.
4) Add your milk and creamer and continue to stir. 
5) While stirring add you parmesan cheese, basil and parsley. Continue stirring until slightly thicker. 
6) Add you salt and pepper to taste, keep warm while you plate the noodles.

Your sauce will get thicker while it sits for a few minutes. When you don’t use real cream, the thickening is different, but tastes amazing! My hubby didn’t even notice! I added fresh basil which is just a must!

Add more cheese on top with more basil if you like!
SO yummy and healthier than other recipes!


Enjoy and God’s blessing upon you today!
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee
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Crafts, Ranch Life
We indeed love our coffee, tea, and cocoa especially this time of year! Being outside most of our day we fill up an airpot full of one of these beverages which sure keeps us motivated.

Indeed, having a place for my teas has been a challenge. So I asked my hubby to build me a shelf that I can put items on. I love the idea of coffee bars you see on Pinterest but none of them fit our tiny kitchen. Instead together Dan and I created what would fit for us and of course the ranch life. 


I put chalk labels on the jars for my teas so they can be anything that fits into your lifestyle. You can fill them with cocoa items, like marshmallows, cocoa in different flavors, or whatever works for you. The hooks are all different. We are in the process of making more for the Etsy Store. I am hoping to post them this week. 


Another fun project was this one. WE STILL DO! 
This is such a great gift idea for new married’s to already celebrating years together. The chalk on the end gives the couple a yearly tradition of changing the number of years. I prefer using chalk markers vs. chalk. Last longer, and of course the colors stand out more!


Our Etsy Store

As with everything we do, what we sell and when folks purchase from the blog, the proceeds goes directly back into our ranch ministry. 
When you shop with us, you are giving double!
Your purchase is one, the other is eternal!

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! 
Spread the word by sharing the blog with your loved ones. We love sharing our life with others!

God’s blessings upon each of you,
Love deeper, talk sweeter EVERYDAY!
Lee and Dan
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Crafts, Ranch Life

Giving a gift with purpose that is made with the love of your hands is just plain ol’ the best! No fancy words here…it is just simply the best gift you can give. No matter the celebration, when you make it the meaning is stamped; homemade in love!

When you give a gift of purpose like making up your own blend of teas, bath and body ointments, albums, bible journaling supplies, etc…your giving something that will be encouraging good health and wellness. From the inside out! 

 If your first thought of making a homemade gifts is coming across as cheap. Well, let me tell you first hand, it isn’t cheap when you take precious time to make a gift verses going to a mall or on line and purchasing a gift. Plus, using all natural ingredients in cooking, or cosmetics is anything BUT cheap!

In the past several years, I have made gifts from blankets, wood crafts, to a special Christmas where I took pictures my dad was going to throw away and made individual albums for each of my siblings. There are seven of us. It took me 6 months to make those albums and I wouldn’t trade the long nights or cost for anything. That Christmas still holds dear to my heart watching the faces and the tears as each sibling went back into their childhood to precious memories.

 

Giving a homemade gift is truly a gift of love. I believe that with all my heart! So I have created this blog to some of my favorites. 

1.) Photo Album Ideas:

Make for individuals in your life, or a special event:

Make up a KIT! Kids, grandkids…love this! Buy your album base, scallop clear album or a flip flop. I love these too by Bo Bunny. We have made Love, Friend, Family, and Believe.  Maya Road makes fun mini albums and accessories too. Add ribbon, background paper, bling, whatever the theme to complete the project. I loved making one with a memory of my dad who I knew wouldn’t be with me long. Sure enough, the Lord brought him home 7 months later. GOOD thing I made a small album memory.
Flip Flop is my daughters from 2007! She loved putting memories and favorites into a cute little look.

Using this product made an incredible finish, quick and easy too! Once you decorate your plaque like your creating a scrapbook page, you just pour this mix on top and dry for 24 hours. AWESOME gift!

 

2.) Stocking Stuffers:

Candy bar Snowman:

Tea, Cocoa, or Coffee: Make a special blend of tea and put into a mason jar. Label and put decorative fabric on lid. I also made up individual tea bags using organic muslin bags for a cup of tea. 

Ornaments

Bible journaling goodies from Dayspring

 

 

3.) A  gift of HIS Word cost $10-$60 Depending on if you need to purchase a bible for this your cost will flexuate. Dayspring has many ideas here from coloring tools, stickers, to just getting started kits. You can have stocking stuffers of smaller items like the pom poms and paper clips, and a godl gift with your bible and markers or gel pens. The BEST GIFT to give is this gift ot HIS word! If you have a young person or teeen in your life, this is wonderful!

 

4.) Quilts, blankets

No sew blankets, quilts, and simple baby comfy and chalk mat

5.) Country Tree

6.) Lip Balm, Salves, and soaps (all using essential oils and herbs of course…NO icky fillers)

Lip balm is wonderful!

7. Bath bubbles amazing aroma!


WHEW! Lots of love here! Hope some ideas sparked for you to make your everyday giving a little more special!

God’s blessings upon you!
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee

 

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Crafts, Health, Ranch Life

 

These organic herbal bath bubbles(aka bombs) you will make are not only your own creation, but will offer you healing as well . These bubbles are filled with fresh organic herbs to heal your body while you soak, and the aroma of the essential oils will just enhance this time for you to relax and unwind.

There is nothing more relaxing than knowing your soaking in all natural ingredients! More rewarding, is making them and giving them as a gift! This makes it extra special!

 

Each bubble is unique to your own ideas. Add herbs to give color but also think about what the herb is offering in terms of healing. There are recipes out there for these, but they put food coloring in the recipe. I just couldn’t! It would be taking away what I want to implement in my lifestyle.

The same goes for any recipe I come upon. I will change it if it has ingredients that will not benefit. YES, at times I will add the ingredient, but for the most part, I really try and find a natural way to make what I creating better.

 

I hope you will find the bubbles fun. Here is the basic ingredients and below are other herbs and oils that will be wonderful for your spa bath.

 

First…you need to make yourself a cup of tea. I made my Christmas Delight tea so you can use the tea for color to your bubble later. As the herbs were steeping I took a bit of the strained herbs into a small cup so I could add to my bubbles.

 

Dry Ingredients:

1 Cup Baking Soda

1 Cup Arrow Root Powder

1 Cup Citric Acid ( I used a pestle and mortar)

1 Cup Dead Sea Salt (optional I used in one batch and omitted in another this is the part that causes the fun bubbles but can get messy…careful)
**Omit salt if you are using these in a hot tub.

Mica for sparkle

Plastic clear Christmas balls ( I had one large one and one small for left over at end to make one colorful bubble)

Time To Make:

Mix together in a steel or glass bowl. It can be fussy when not mixed well. Use a whip as well to make sure to get all the clumps out. You want a nice smooth mixture. Feels like sand! 

Now pour into your dry ingredient bowl

  • 1 Cup of Organic Coconut Oil Melted

Mix with your hands.  
Now add your color using the herb of your choice. The Beet Root makes wonderful pinks and reds.

Next add the Mica color for the sparkle if you want that.

You will want to add just enough of the above about ½ cup of your base into a separate bowls if you want different colors and oils for each bubble. So the next 2 steps you continue using only a little of your base.

  • 4-6 drops of Essential Oil of your choice (I use only Blends as it adds so much aroma to the spa)
  • Herbs (suggestions below) for color 1/2 tsp or more for darker (start small and add to your liking)

 

 

Now…use your hands to mix. If it doesn’t bind in your hand than add just an eyedropper of water until it will clump.

Put your colored nice smelling mixture into one half of your ball bubble. Press firm filling it well.

If you want a different color for the other half, than get some of your base, about ½ cup and mix in your herb for color. You won’t need any more essential oil so you may need your dropper of water for this part especially since you added drier ingredient with your herb.

 

Continue to mix and clump and fill your other half. Both half balls should be chuck full of mixture and now put them together forming your bubble. Carefully pull one half off, flip into your palm, and take off the other half. Lay on tray and let dry for 10-20 minutes.

 Now you got beautiful bubbles to add to your bath or give as gifts!

 

Let dry on tray for 24 hours. Wrap in saran wrap and keep in cool place. If they fall apart just squish a little together back into ball. Mine did a little bit and cracked but went back in to patch up.

A perfect bubble ball filled with goodness and, gives you a wonderful spa experience.

 

 

Herbs for Color Choices: Bulk Herb Store

Turmeric (yellows)

Saffron (yellows) Expensive

Christmas Delight Tea (reds, pink)

Rose Petals, (grind for color keep whole for pretty top)

Lavender whole (add for smell, not color)

Beet Root Powder (reds, pinks)

Carrot Powder or juice (orange)

Matcha Powder  or Nettles Powder (green)

Blueberry Juice (purple)

Put the whole herbs in the bottom of your bubble when forming to give a pretty look.


Essential Oil Blends:

I used Fitness Blend full of wonderful oils. Grapefruit, Lemon, Mint, Cinnamon Bark, Celery Seed, Ginger Root AMAZING!

 

Aligning…GO TO oil ( like a chiropractor in a bottle)… Rosewood, Spruce, Frankincense, German/Roman Chamomile Mix WOW! My husband’s favorite!

 

Citrus Blend…Orange, Grapefruit, lemon, Lime AWESOME in my daily water intake! LOVE this oil!

 

Single Essential oils that you would enjoy in your bubbles:

Peppermint

Lavender

Chamomile

Myrrh

Tea Tree

Grapefruit

 

 

HAVE fun making your bubbles for you or for gifts! I hope you will make them with a child…so fun to teach them about healthy living and how each herb does something amazing for your body!

God bless you!
Love deeper, talk sweeter

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Bible Journaling, Hope, Ministry

As Advent is now approaching this word just fills my soul! Promises. It is a word that when you hear it you either feel a sense of hope, or you immediately remember a promise that was broken and the sound of the word makes you upset, angry, or maybe abandon. Your trust for that person or group of people has left you with a permanent mark.

As a result of either experience, lets look at the promises fulfilled and bring us to a place of trusting once again in Someone Who never forgets a promise.

Advent is a time of recalling the promises of God. Promises to remember what God had told His people long ago would happen. The whole Old Testament is filled with the promises of God. A promise to Abraham he would Father as many descendants as the stars in the sky. Genesis 15. A promise to the Israelites they will be taken out of slavery and see the promise land. Exodus 12

A promise to HIS people He will send a Counselor, Peacemaker, a King, a Savior. Isaiah 9

In the New Testament we begin with a Promise fulfilled in the birth of a Child, Whom has come to save the world. God sends the Perfect Promise. Jesus.

Yes our God keeps His promises and it truly is what gives me hope everyday! I put tabs on my bible with the words PROMISE so on those down days, I can quickly go to them.

Humans not so much. Humans simply cannot do what God can do. We are promise breakers. WHY? Because of our selfish ways, our own agenda, or simply life in general. We cannot fulfill all the promises that our family and friends would love for us to do.

In ministry, working with teens especially, making promises is a NO NO! First, they most likely already came from a place of abandonment. Consequently telling them I will do something or give them something when I am not sure, just leaves an open door for lack of trust.

 Instead I trained myself to respond, “I will try” or simply “that will not work for me I won’t be able to that.” Being honest and open breeds trust and a stronger relationship in the future.

This goes for any relationship. Young or old…don’t make a promise we simply do not have the capability like God to see the future.

With our Lord Jesus coming as a baby, God’s promise and plan was being fulfilled. Imagine all the people in the Old Testament that heard about this prophecy of a Savior coming, but it didn’t happen in their lifetime. Some lost hope in the wait. Some even left the faith all together.

But for the ones who hung on, without sight, without the story of a baby in a manger Who is called King of Kings and Light of the World, those individuals are rejoicing in heaven with HIM. They may not SEEN Jesus, or read about Him in the what we call the Bible now, but they are experiencing the same Hope we will soon have.

We too have not seen the Lord Jesus in the flesh, but we have this side of the cross where we know what happened and what will happen due to His Holy Word.

 

We have the story. We have the facts. We have the proof. We have Jesus, who came as a baby, walked the earth as a man, and died on a cross to save us from our sins.

We are on this side of the cross with the WHOLE picture.

I know there are folks who have had promise after promise broken and they have given up hope…TRUST. I get that. I have had people do the same to me. But…they are human. Jesus is not. He is God our Savior who paid a price. The price of dying a horrible death for my sins. Every time I get angry, or gossip, or hurt someone I picture Jesus being beaten. His painful death.

I know there are folks out there that don’t think they sin. They feel they are good people. I don’t think anyone who says that understands when they hurt someone by words or actions that is a sin. Or when they have told a “white lie” it is still a lie.

There is not one human being who can say they have held the 10 commandments perfectly. Not one. We are not perfect and without sin. Hence we need of a Savior. A promise kept that has everlasting, eternal rewards. I can’t wait to meet my Promise Keeper! Can you?

This advent season whether you are alone, or have a family, take this time to research all the promises in the bible. I can make one promise because it has come true for me and thousands of others. You will not be disappointed or feel abandoned.
Isaiah 40:31 but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my right hand.


**If your pondering a gift idea for your child or grandchild, think about the gift of HIS Word. 
Dayspring has many fun ways to open the child or teen into God’s love for them. Ideas to inspire daily reading and prayer! I encourage you to check it out! Links are on our blog. (which help our ministry)

Living on the Promises of God today and every day!
In Jesus name,
Love deeper, talk sweeter and walk in HOPE,
Lee

**The picture in this post is of a young teen who was building trust with the horse. She was understanding through the horses response how trust in a relationship begins with herself. She must be consistent, patient, kind, and be a partner, not a boss. This teen 3 years later experienced a trial of a loss so huge! To get through such a trial took trust and faith in Jesus Christ, promising her Hope!

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Crafts, Paper/Cards, Ranch Life
Our  homemade Christmas ornaments always reflect our lives. Of course, if your making an ornament or card for someone, you may change it up a bit for their personality or yours.

Our western life and faith gives a taste of who we are and what we love to share. 

We hope the ideas below spark some ideas.

Ornament is made with a clear bulb and rub on letters. Easy peasy…I love attaching the ornaments onto a gift. Just brings a little sparkle.
The Stamping’ Up products I get from a friend of mine. Here is her link if you don’t have a demonstrator.

The card is using:

Real Red Card stock
Basic Black Card stock
Shimmery White Card stock
Glimmery Paper with Background
2″ circle punch
Basic Black Ink Pad
White Craft Ink Pad
Hemp
cardboard letters I cut out using my Big Shot and small die cut

Set of Wild Horses

Chalks
Directions:
Simply stamp your image onto your glittery white card stock. Mine had an image on it but you sure can use an embossing folder to create your own. 
Punch out image
Chalk as you like
Layered using dots or pop ups
Painted my letters with White craft ink
While still wet you can add some dazzling diamond glitter.
I placed letters to look like NOEL and used pop ups for them too.
Layer your card and your done!


This one is easy peasy!
You will need:
Real Red Card Stock
Shimmery White Card Stock
Sweater embossing Folder
Pine Cone framelits
Banners Framelits
Banners Stampset 
Big Shot

Creation Time:
Do all your Big Shot things first
Pine Cones, banner of choice, and your sweater
Mount and layer your card stock and create with your cut outs. Such a simple card, and so COZY too!




My sister got into this homemade card making and she loves it! Especially Christmas! I just got this in the mail today and it made my day!

Ornaments are pretty easy now a days with the clear bulbs. I especially like the flat ones as you can fill them easily and put the rub on letters on easier too.

 


Rub ons are pretty popular…here is some ideas.

Making something special is always rewarding and a great expression of LOVE!

Merry Christmas!
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee

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Food, Grillin' One, Ranch Life
Is your mouth watering yet? This recipe uses my favorite combination of chocolate and fresh oranges which sets the stage for a great breakfast! I did a cream cheese filling instead of whipping cream to make them more filling and to give it more fluff in the middle. 

The traditional crepe with whipping cream is awesome, but today I switched it up a bit.

Let me know what you think…my family went nuts! It was a great start to our weekend of Christmas decorating!

Festive Orange Chocolate Crepes

Ingredients:

1 Cup Almond Milk

½ Cup of half and half or Whipping cream

5 eggs, beaten 

1 Tablespoon butter, melted Plus more for your pan

1 TeaspoonVanilla 

1 Cup of All Purpose Flour

5 Tablespoons of Cocao Powder 

Dash of salt

For Filling:

4 ounces of Cream Cheese

1 tablesppn of Maple Syrup

1 Medum Orange, zested

1 Tablespoon of Freshly squeezed orange juice

1 ½ cup of Heavy Whipping cream

 

Instructions:

CREPES:

In small bowl, whisk together milk, eggs, and melted butter, and essential oil. Set aside

In a separate bowl, sift together your flour, cacao powder, sugar, baking powder, and salt.

Make a well in your dry ingredient bowl and slowly pour your liquid mixture together, stirring as you pour.

I use a a wire whip while doing the stirring and the bowl moves freely around on its own, kinda cool!

Cover with plastic wrap and put in refridge for 30 minutes. Make your filling.

 

For Filling:

Beat together cream cheese, maple syrup until smooth. Add orange juice and zest. Add whipping cream until small peaks form. TRY not to eat this as you blend….HA didn’t work for me!

Set in refrigerator as you make the crepes.

 

To Make Your Crepe:

1.When making your crepe, your butter your cast iron pan well.(We use this one perfect for this kind of thing) The pan must be hot to make a perfect crepe.
2.Pour 1/4 cup of your crepe mixture onto hot pan.
3. Roll the pan until the mixture is moving around forming the shape of the pan.
4. Because the mixture is dark you will cook for only about a minute. Flip do other side
5.Lay out a crepe onto your plate and spread a generous amount of filling into center of done crepe
6. Roll up.
7. Sprinkle your powder sugar ontop and add more orange zest.

We had extra pomegranates so I spread them on the plate too. More festive!


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Bible Journaling, Crafts, Ranch Life
When I got into bible journaling, I began simply with just buying the NIV Bible Journaling book and some colored pencils. Which by the way are awesome! I can water color or just color with these and they are amazing. I also enjoyed getting out the sparkly gel pens too. 

But when I saw what Dayspring had in their packets and kits, I came into a whole new world of journaling!

What I love so much about them is really, they keep me organized in finding certain words. 


For example, I like how the tabs are on the top that I can label frustration,  forgiveness, worried, angry, or love. I can quickly go to those spots when one of those words are in my life. Or someone else that I can give them a verse.

I adore these pom poms….just because!


Another item I didn’t know how to use right away I now find amazing! These clear transfers can be used as you see below as an overlay.

I love this! I can have this colorful page that I attach with wasabi tape (Dayspring has) and add my own note on top or prayer. It is especially cool when the page has already been drawn on. 

The best part about bible journaling is how wonderful this is to share with young kids but really for teens. I know through the years of doing ministry with teens getting into the Word of God is hard for them.

Bible journaling is a wonderful way to let them express creatively what their thoughts are or to remember what God is trying to teach them. 

The kits make great gifts. The Advent kit is wonderful! I highly recommend this for stocking stuffers for next year…or a St. Nick gift on December 6th. (You place one shoe outside the door and fill with goodies) Traditions are so fun!

Remember if you click on the Dayspring link on this blog and the other links, proceeds from your purchase goes to support our ranch ministry.
Overlays

When you explore all Dayspring has to offer, you will be hooked on this wonderful way of doing devotions as well as how they provide some wonderful gift ideas!

Thank you in advance, for clicking on the links from this blog to help us reach kids and teens in need1

God’s blessings upon you as you live life for Jesus!
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee
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Ranch Life
Every year we have the opportunity to make a Christmas box for Operation Christmas Child. This organization is so well put together and I love how it opens the door for families to work together in making a box full of things a child will need.

It is also a wonderful opportunity to teach giving to your children. A long time tradition around here. Not only putting it together, but making something homemade brings a more special joy for the giver and the receiver! 

This year I got the idea of doing this chalk mat from of all the great ideas on Pinterest. When I was shopping online, I saw these chalk markers. Of course with this idea in my head I had to get them!

Traditionally we make up a box or two every year, but since our children are now grown, it is harder to get in the spirit of this activity. Also doing it as a couple is just well…different. So I had to think of something I could sew. 

 I got busy creating this mat and with some extra of this plastic stuff I had around from making purses years ago, this was perfect to add to the mat. 

Here is the lay out for doing this play mat. It is wonderful for kids to carry around too by adding a handle on the end.

Step 1.Cut one piece of your chalk fabric 10’x 13.5″

Step 2 Cut
2 Pieces of 12’x20 your fabric
1 piece of 5″ x 12″ vinyl

Step 3 Cut one piece of 12″ x 20″ fusible fleece

Step 4 After cutting your pieces next iron you fabric to fleece

Step 5 
Pin chalk onto fabric.  Next sew onto your
fabric. I used a zig zag stitch
  
Another look:

Step 6  Place a small bias tape on edge of vinyl and sew. I used left over fabric.
Put vinyl in place and cloths pins to hold
Sew in place









Step 7 Once you have the above bias on the vinyl  and the vinyl sewn down the center creating 2 pockets you are ready to put the 2 fabrics right sides together and pin. Leave a hole so you can turn it back right side out.


Step 8
 
Once you have turned it back out, sew your open hole shut by hand.
I also added a ribbon at the top and a little handle on the end in case it is hung on something in a car or a room.
You can use chalk or chalk markers. 

I just love this idea and hope I was clear enough. If not, please let me know!

God’s blessing and happy crafting!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee
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I love what I do.  I love serving my community.  I love justice.  I love trying to make a difference.  But in the process it can take a toll on my body.  I have to confess, when I came home this week because of an injury I was on  daily doses of Aleve to releive my wrist pain.  

But in this household at the ranch, that was the WRONG thing to say.  

My mom quickly told me to get rid of those harmful pain relievers and to try some oils and some tea blends

Being the good daughter I am, I did. I really don’t like filling my body with bad, harmful over the counter meds, so I didn’t hesitate. 

I didn’t have any pain all day. Second day…same…and so on. Just by rubbing the oils onto my wrist I had no pain and instant relief. 

On a beautiful day which is rare here in Minnesota in November, we went for a ride. On the ride a headache was coming on. As we put the horses, away my mom made up some of her headache tea, and by the end of the cup it was gone. I tell you, it just amazes me how I think going to my medicine cabinet is faster and better, when in reality taking the time to make up some hot tea and grabbing essential oils is not only better for me, but really just as easy. 

The essential oils I used for pain relief are: German  Chamomile, Sweet Marjoram, and
Juniper Berry.  Other blends that help are Relieve Me and Pain Ease, both of which also help with headaches.  


I can’t wait to try their new Complete Relief for tension and muscles for my long days or workouts on the job!

Hope you will try these oils verse the over the counter drugs. So much better for you and they WORK!

Stay safe, take the back, and God Speed…
Mackinzey
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Food
This sandwich is amazing with your leftover turkey or chicken meals! I tell you it is just all around goodness. Ooie gooie goodness! Like most things we make it really comes down to the sauce or what you cover your food with. Main meals to desserts it’s all about the sauce!

One thing for sure, it isn’t for ones on a diet. The buns we use alone are just plain awesome!

Hope you enjoy this wonderful sandwich for lunch or a main meal.

ENJOY!!!!


Sandwich for two
You will need:

Buns or Penne bread
Choice of your left over turkey or chicken
1 Tablespoon Orange Marmalade or (Apricot is amazing too)
1 Tablespoon of Mayo (not Miracle Whip)
1 Tablespoon of Dijon Mustard

Directions:

Wire whip together, marmalade, mayo, and Dijon in a bowl and set aside while you heat up your meat and buns.

Get your cast iron grill hot and place a tablespoon of butter in pan. If you want the grill look, you can use a grill pan.  This especially looks great if your using a penne type bread. And are using the Penne Maker.
Make sure it is well greased. Place buns on pan and heat until buns are slightly crispy.

Remove your buns and place on your serving plate leaving bread open faced up.

Using your sauce mixture spread on both sides of your buns.
Layer your meat on top of sauce and put a little more on top of the meat if you like. 
Close up sandwich and serve with your favorite fruit or a nice ripe avocado with lime.

Adding cucumbers, lettuce, tomatoes, or any other of your favorite sandwich layers, just adds more goodness as well as refreshing taste.

You will need a napkin for this meal! It is messy! But OOOOH so yummy!

I hope you find this as enjoyable as we do!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee
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Health, Living Naturally
If you are into essential oils, well….STOCK UP! Amazing deals and perfect for making fun gift ideas! After all, tis the season!
The specials are wonderful and you know what is the best part? If you live in the US…FREE SHIPPING!

There are deals on all kinds of oils, accessories, and diffusers. I know the carrier oils are in my cart as I go through these pretty fast with the salves, and blends for gift making. 


Click here to see what may work for you!


Remember, all orders through this blog help us reach kids at risk and their families! THANK YOU!





Put together some gift baskets chuck full of natural goodness!
With your own special tea blends or here is one you can try, and essential oils as well as a beautiful hand made card.
Your loved one will receive something VERY unique and special for them.


Hope you find some wonderful deals this season of shopping! And for us, you will be helping a great cause as well! www.truenorthranch.org 


God’s blessing upon you as you thank our Lord Jesus Christ for all He provides. It has been indeed a wonderful 2017!


Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee

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Food, Health, Healthy Eating, Living Naturally

BLOCK that JUNK! Lori is an inspiration and full of knowledge. She shares about the Plexus Block and how it works in your body.

Cookies, holiday parties, work parties, food in staff room, and let’s just say we over eat.  As it’s yummy and we just say to ourselves, “it’s ok!”  Well I’m one to talk as I have been doing it too.  I do take a supplement that is responsible for inhibiting the absorption and digestion of starch and sugar by 48 %, this action is done by reducing the glycemic indices for food which are consumed. Through this glucose conversion to fats is slowed down.



Plexus Block is capable of slowing these processes. Block is a great way to keep blood sugar levels in check post meal and prevents carbohydrates and sugar from being stored as fat.  Besides it helping with carb blockers, it’s going to give us IODINE which all of us do not get enough of therefore, it will help with our thyroid. 

It has unique and special blended ingredients of two brown seaweed species called 

Insea2 Brown seaweed that:-

  • Provide dual action against digestive enzymes by inhibiting alpha-glucosidase which converts sugar into glucose and alpha-amylase. 
  • These mechanisms also help prevent increased blood sugar levels in the body.
  • Plexus Block also contain: 

White kidney bean extract as a major ingredient that slows down sugar absorption.  I love this! Such unique ingredients!

  • Inhibits enzymes that convert starch to glucose
  • Helps to reduce the conversion of glucose to fats
  • Promotes healthy weight management
  • Minimize free radial damage/ oxidative stress
  • Increase hunger endurance
  • Boost body energy
  • Suppress appetites 
  • Enhance better sleep

So give it a try, especially over the holiday time!  It’s just amazing and you don’t feel so bloated!

God’s blessings upon living a happy, healthier you!

Lori Olson CNHP 

*Plexus does not claim to cure, treat or diagnose any disease.

***If you go to the Plexus link and click on the Block product they have a wonderful video! I love visuals!

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Jarrin, Living Naturally, Ranch Life
Do you need something to sooth an upper respiratory passage way, but want to do it naturally? Do you ever get bug bites, dog bites, bee stings, or other injuries and want to stay clear of medicated fillers?
Do you want to save yourself money in the long run by making it yourself and of course using natural ingredients in the process? Well…here ya go! 

Around the ranch I have gotten bitten by more animals, insects, and yes Stinging Nettles while harvesting them, that I need to grab my salves to save the day.

**We do not claim in these post that they will treat, cure, or prevent any diseases. This is for educational purposes only and for you to try and live free of harmful chemicals.

For Upper Respiratory 
Basic Vapor Rub:

8 oz of Almond Oil (carrier oil)
3/4 oz Beeswax Pellets (the more wax you use the harder the consistency)
25 Drops of Eucalyptus essential oil
10 drops of Peppermint essential oil
Glass Mason  Jars

How to:
1. Put beeswax and oil in a double boiler on low heat until wax melts. Stir consistently. 
2. Remove from stove top and add essential oils.
3. Right away pour mixture into your glass jars. Place lids on lightly so oils can work into salve but yet allowing for cooling. 
4. Label
 Wonderful for those achey nights trying to sleep.

If you want a more stronger menthol smell to your salve, add 1 tsp of organic Menthol Chrystals. You will add this with your oils step while mixture is still hot.

Ouchy Salve…Or no more tears!


Infuse these Herbs:Follow Infusing directions here.
Herbs found on Bulk Herb Store link
Lavender
*Calendula Flower
Chickweed
Comfrey Root or Leaf
GoldenSeal
*Lemon Balm
*Plantain Leaf
*Yarrow
*St. John’s Wort
** If you don’t want to use all of these, pick the * ones for the most drawing out and soothing properties. 

Once you have your infused oil follow next steps:

1 Cup of Ouchy Infused Oil
5 Tablespoons Beeswax
12 drops Peppermint essential oil
12 drops First Aid essential oil (amazing blend for skin healing)
1 Teaspoon of Honey
Glass mason jars

Directions:
1.In a pan on your stovetop, melt beeswax into herbal infused oil. 
2. Remove from heat and add remaining ingredients and stir well
3. Pour into mason jars allow to cool with loose lid.
4. Label
** Other essential oils I added to mine to help with burns and bites are Lavender, Relieve Me,
Tea Tree

Love how salves work! I can’t claim anything, but with all the wounds we face around the ranch these salves have worked! Healing and bruising is much less, PLUS no chemicals are on my body or my family!

Hope you find success in trying these and they work for you!
Let me know what you think! You may help someone else by your comments!

*Remember by you purchasing through our blog, you are helping us reach kids, teens, and adults in need through our ministry. All proceeds go directly into our ranch ministry. THANK YOU!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee
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Ranch Life, Ranch Life, The Boys

I just love making  my own natural dog treats! And guess what? So does our dog! They are not only good for him, but I get to add my own touches with ingredients he loves!

You can too! These recipes are easy to add other ingredients, like cheese is a one I hear many have done.
I would love to hear what you created so please comment below. I am sure other dog lovers would enjoy reading what you came up with!
Have fun and teach some new tricks…they will learn QUICK with these treats!

Directions for all the treats are below and the doggy paws and bones from Amazon just are TOO cute! Makes a great gift too!

 



DOGGY TREATS 

Peanut Butter Paws:

2 Cup of Organic Oats

½ Cup of flour

¼ Cup Flax Seed

1 tsp baking powder

1 cup of Natural Peanut Butter

t tbsp honey

1 Egg

1 Cup of water


Smokey Bones:

1 cup of Wheat flour (Use regular flour if your pup is sensitive to wheat)

1 Cup of Organic Oats

½ Cup regular flour (or more wheat)

½ tsp of sea salt (optional)

¼ tsp Liquid Smoke

1 egg

½ Cup hot water may need to add more to bind


Healthy Pumpkin Treats:

½ cup canned pumpkin

4 tbsp molasses ( I use honey)

4 tbsp coconut oil

2 Cups flour (use oats if your pup is sensitive)

¼ tsp baking soda

¼ tsp baking powder

1 tsp cinnamon

Directions for all recipes:

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

  1. Mix wet ingredients together in a bowl
  2. Add the dry ingredients and mix well until combined
  3. Scoop out small spoonfuls and form into balls or put into cute doggy cookie makers

If you place on cookie sheets make sure to grease well.

  1. Bake for 25-30 minutes
  2. After they cool, I place my treats in a gallon size mason jar. Make SURE they are cool, if they are too moist they will mold quickly. I keep some in the freezer and take out enough for just a few days allowing them to thaw. The treats last months when frozen.

** Be aware of any allergies your pet has. You will want to avoid any ingredients there has been a reaction in the past.

Have fun!
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee

 

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Health, Living Naturally, Ranch Life
I am so excited to offer this Thanksgiving  special until next Wednesday, November 21st. Because it’s Thanksgiving and I am SO thankful for you, I want to give you something special. 

I love the Plexus Probiotic and Bio Cleanse! The two work together for YOUR good, sound familiar…HINT bible verse…anyway…I am offering you a FREE new Organic Peppermint Essential Oil with your order of these two married supplements.  If you click on the Plexus link and order, I will send you the free oil.


These two products helped my body stay regular, eat away icky bacteria, and get my gut feeling amazing! li. The foods and cleaning products in our world along the daily stresses, is all hurting our bodies.
We wonder why our bodies are so goofed up!

With these two products one cleaning out the bad stuff and the other putting good back in, your GUT is getting back to health.

Let me say…you can’t go into any health and wellness site without learning about the importance of a healthy gut…and folks…this company  stays true to helping YOU get that gut cleaned up!
After all…their #1 business in the state of Arizona so you know they are awesome and hold an integrity you can be confident in. 

SOOOOOO What are you waiting for? Sign in and order. YES it is an MLM but you can just be a customer. You can order retail, preferred (gets you a discount but will come every month) or wholesale by actually signing on to be an ambassador. (I wouldn’t do this right away so you can see for yourself how the product works for you).

Every dime I make through this blogs advertising I put back into our True North Ranch Ministry! We run this non-profit and every little bit helps us keep offering a free service to so many hurting children and their families.


Lots of info on the Plexus site too if you want to scrounge around and learn. I always recommend that!

So if I see you have ordered, I will send your FREE oil to your home. $18.95 value! WOW! I just want you to live a normal, healthy life and what better way than with natural supplements and essential oils!

OH by the way…you will get some great tips on what to do with the oil along with your little essential oil gift…so an extra bonus as well.

Special Ends Next Wednesday! 

God bless you…and thank you for doing your best to live naturally and healthier!
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee
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Food, Healthy Eating, Ranch Life
I just love this time of year! I love to try new recipes and being creative with all the fun ingredients this time of year offers.  But I  have to share…I struggle with the whole gluten-free thing.

If I know a guest is coming who is gluten-free I want to make them feel comfortable and not feel like they are inconveniencing us. So I got to work on putting some recipes together that may change our way of eating.

Below I gathered some favorites. I love this gals blog and shared her stuffing recipe. I hope you find it just as enjoyable, as well as a couple of others. The links will get you to their blog to try your hand at gluten-free cooking.  Maybe if your not on that track of eating it may inspire you too! I sure am trying!

I also added some links to make your table be adorable! I just love these dishes! Ranch style too!


Click HERE for Natalie’s  Stuffing recipe: Darling serving dish.


Serving dish too cute



This is amazing! Dr. Axe recipe for Pecan Pie. The pie crust is hard to do, but worth it!
You have to try this. Just down right wonderful!!!



Lastly is this Brussel sprouts recipe…I tell you it’s our favorite to serve for special occasions.
It is sticky yummy for sure and the colors just make your dinner plate look beautiful.


This is my man’s recipe…enjoy.

Gooie And Beautiful Brussels Sprouts

 

1 ½ lb Brussels sprouts

1/2 Purple Onion cut small

2 TBSP Olive Oil

1 Cup Balsamic vinegar

½ cup Sugar

Salt and Pepper

Cranberry raisins

Pomegranate seeds for garnish

 

  1. Trim your Brussels sprouts and coat them in a bowl with your olive oil.
  2. Place on a cookie sheet and add your salt and pepper. (Dan is quite generous with this)
  3. Place in a 375 degree oven for 25-30 minutes.
  4. While in the oven prepare your gooie sauce. Get a sauce pan and put Balsamic Vinegar and sugar in pan. Brining to a boil.
  5. Reduce heat and keep stirring for 15-20 minutes until thick and gooie.
  6. Take your spouts out of oven that should be nicely roasted and spread your gooie sauce over them. Give them a good stir.
  7. Stir in your cranberry raisins and put into your serving dish. LOVE these!
  8. Garnish with your pomegranate seeds.
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Food, Healthy Eating, Living Naturally, Ranch Life

Dan and I made this fabulous chicken dinner last night! It was so easy! It just fell apart and amazingly  moist. Just plan and simple to prepare yet bursting with flavors.

We love taking time to cook together and I learn so much when I cook with Dan. He doesn’t even use measuring tools which makes me crazy, but he is good at this cookin’ thing.

When we decided to do this recipe we were in the mood for orange. I don’t know what the deal was, but we just wanted to have something with this flavor, so Dan created this dish.

 

Using essential oils in cooking is just an added bonus to your cooking but you MUST not use much. It is just really over powering if you do.

The Organic orange oil we used in this recipe we get at a local vinegar and oil place but if you don’t have that you can use olive oil and put a DROP of  the NEW Organic orange essential oil into the dish.

I am a substitute queen so I know what its like to go to cook a recipe and you don’t have all the ingredients. Make up some of your own ideas and favorite flavors and post them in the comments. I love that!

 

I hope you will find this dish just as enjoyable as we did! We can’t wait to share it in an up coming dinner party. So fun to explore using essential oils and herbs in cooking!

 

Ingredients:

4 Chicken Breast or thighs (if you like dark meat like me)

2 TBSP of Orange Oil (you can use orange essential oil here read above only use a drop)

Dash of Sea Salt

Ground pepper to taste

½ onion quartered

1 orange squeeze juice

1 drop of  Rosemary essential oil

Pour enough water until just before covering your chicken choice

 

Place all ingredients in your cast iron pan, cover and simmer for 2 hours.

 

While your chicken is cooking you can prepare your sauce about ½ hour before it is done.

Ingredients for Sauce:

4 TBSP of butter

2 TBSP of powdered mustard

4 TBSP of Organic Honey

3-4 TBSP of apricot jam (I added more just for more tang taste)

4 TBSP of Grand Marnier

Fresh Rosemary sprig for garnish

Directions for Sauce:

Melt the butter, mustard, honey, and jam until bubbly. Take off heat and add your Grand Marnier. With your wire whip mix it in. You can now keep it warm on the burner.


Finishing the dish:

Check your chicken using a meat thermometer for doneness.

Take your chicken out of the pan and pour off any fat.

Place chicken back into the pan and add ½ of your sauce.

Let simmer for 10-15 min. Prepare your rice or veggie.

Plate your chicken putting some sauce on plate.

Make a mound of your rice.

Now place your chicken on top of rice finishing pouring the remainder sauce over the chicken.

Your mouth will be filled with bursting flavors!

Let me know what you think if you tried this…always love to hear your thoughts!

 

Side Note: If you are not comfortable using the liquor in this recipe I totally understand. We are the same way. But truly without this part it won’t quite be the same taste, but you can do without. We tried it and found it really needs to have that burst of flavor. The alcohol is cooked off as well if that helps.

Oh my we loved this meal! Served on a bed of brown rice was just Devine! 
Hope you love it too! Comment please if you tried it.

God’s blessings to you all!
Love deeper, and talk sweeter,
Lee

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