12600 Pelican Beach Road, Merrifiled, MN (218) 851-1937
Food, Healthy Eating, Living Naturally, Ranch Life

Oh my do I love this stuff! Fortunately we have a lady in our church who grows a TON of rhubarb and has bags and bags of it for us to take…I seem to be the first one grab it everytime! If you are a lover of rhubarb here are some of my favorite recipes. Especially the Rhubarb lemonade…too die for!

Rhubarb Strawberry Pie

Ingredients:

1 cup of organic sugar
1/2 cup flour
1 pound or 2 1/2 cups of chopped rhubarb
2 pints of fresh or frozen strawberries
 1 tsp grated nutmeg 
2 tbsp butter
1 egg yolk whipped
2 tbsp  organic sugar
1 pie crust (recipe below)

Directions:
1. Preheat oven 400 degrees
2. In a large bowl, mix sugar, flour. Add rhubarb and strawberries and nutmeg, mix and let sit for 30 minutes. ( I like to use a whole nutmeg to grate as it is fresher tasting)  In meantime make your crusts.
3. Once your bottom crust is done, poke holes in the bottom of crust with a fork. Add your mixture (filling). Place your top crust over mixture filling. Cut slits. Brush over crust with egg yolk and sprinkle sugar over top.
4. Bake at for 35-45 minutes until crust is golden brown.

Pie Crust:

2 cups flour
2/3 + 2 tbsp cup Crisco
1 tsp sea salt
Mix and crumble adding 1 tbsp at a time of cold water until dough holds together. I have used up to 5 tbsp…work the dough lightly NOT over mixing or it will get too tough. 
Split the dough in 2 and roll out onto parchment paper. Place in greased pie pan poke holes and fill, roll out second dough for your top.

Love something refreshing to drink?

I do love my flowers like lilac lemonade and hibiscus drinks for summertime refreshing drinks. But this one I think is my new fav…hope you like it!! Fresh is best!

Rhubarb Lemonade Spritzer

Ingredients:

6 1/2 cups of water
3/4 cup organic sugar
4 1/2 cups of fresh chopped rhubarb
Juice of one lemon (maybe 2 if they are small)
Fresh blueberries for floaty tops
Club soda or Kombucha

Directions:
Bring water to and sugar to a boil. Add rhubarb and bring to a boil again then turn to a simmer for 5-10 minutes.  Strain out pulp allowing to drain for 10 minutes. Transfer into a gallon size mason jar and add your lemon juice. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours. When ready to serve,  pour into mason jars, serve with blueberries. To make it a spritzer add club soda or Kombucha (my fav)

ENJOY these yummy recipes and of course keep it natural and fresh…you won’t regret it!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Bible Journaling, Health, Healthy Eating, Living Naturally, Ministry, Ranch Life

Scary Time

The past 2 months have been the scariest time of my life! The unknowns of walking with my hubby who faced a breakdown for major stress. What is called so much now hit by many, many folks? Yep…mental health. What we faced was much more than just depression. It was a chronic mental state I have NEVER witnessed before let alone watching someone I love so deeply be affected by simply believing in lies and allowing the spiral effect that led to his breakdown.

His face was always sad…lost…broken…amazing what the brain is capable of.

He Guided Me

“I will lead blind Israel down a new path, guiding them along an unfamiliar way. I will brighten the darkness before them and smooth out the road ahead of them. Yes, I will indeed do these things; I will not forsake them.” Ishaiah 42:16. Holding onto this verse over and over as our adult kids and I waited patiently for the Lord to heal our loved one. Many days of darkness just scared us to the core of what we were seeing and hearing from him. His unrationalization of simple things. Not being able to do simple tasks and little things set him off into fear and flight. I felt I had a new colt in training and trying to find the spot of calmness and peace became a moment by moment test and trial.

Talk about unfamiliar territory…we were in the middle of it!

Still not 100%…but he is showing improvement by just getting out and doing what he loves.

The Unfamiliar

Mental health is scary because of the stigma I held in my own head. What I saw in movies, or read in other stories, or even the many I have ministered to in the past. I never really took the time to understand why the brain reacts to trauma, how it happens, and the symptoms that appear because of the trauma. When someone is stressed for a long period of time and not dealing with it by taking time to truly rest-stress symptoms will appear. Warning signs really. For my hubby it was more tired, short-tempered, anxiousness over small things, overthinking small things, little eye contact, not really listening, not doing the FUN things once done before, never taking time to “take a break”, and many more. Becoming familiar with symptoms or signs of depression and anxiety would have helped me be more in tune to him needing help sooner.

Smoothin’ out the road

YES, the Lord smoothed out the road! HOW? With many who came alongside us and helped. First,  we learned what he was facing was ok. One therapist stated it’s ok to not be ok. Next, support therapist, support groups in our area, books like Turning Toward Joy, this was huge for us to find joy again. Learning from the Giants wonderful book by John Maxwell. And another one good for Dan was Experiencing God’s Forgiveness. If you have a loved one who has gone through abuse, addiction, divorce, or the many other life issues and has had difficulty forgiving someone especially themselves, this book is great! 

Most of all…the Bible! Being in HIS word has saved us both and our marriage. If you are the caregiver as I was, reading your bible and daily devotional time with Jesus is a must. Studies have shown caregivers can fall into a depressive state themselves and must keep healthy with eating right, daily exercise and keeping close to their Jesus!

We also sought out natural ways to begin healing the brain. Fight the moods, anxiety, and of course the joint pain that comes from being on meds.  Being on meds helped to stabilize his brain to get back into balance. But along with that, we are doing supplements especially CBD oil.  Interesting about this oil, Dan was taking it during the winter months and we ran out. Within a month from not taking it his mood became more unstable deeper depression set in. I believe now this is ONE factor of Dan spiraling downward. He is now back on it!  In time, we hope to eliminate the meds as they have many side effects where natural supplements do not. This CBD oil is one we both will stay on. It helps with joint pain as well as mood. Be proactive if you are facing the road of depression or know you may head into a season like a winter. Taking some of these has made a world of difference. For me as well because with this trial I learned I need to take care of myself as well in the area of mental health. 

Here are some I found out from Jonathan Otto’s series on depression. Wonderful experts who have seminars on the very issues we faced. 
MSM 
Anti-inflammatory supplement so important to take daily,  Glucosamine with Chondroitin Turmeric. 
And from Global Healing, Lithium Orotate
Also daily probiotic, Omegas, and multivitamin (we take Plexus)
For immune boosting, I made capsules of Astragalus Root Powder
Spring has sprung so capsules of Spirulina Powder too
Lastly, because this is an amazing herb for health, Ashwagandha Root Powder. Read here about its health benefits…Amazing brain health! 

Connect with natural healing doctors in this area as they can best help you and your situation. Everyone is so different it is always best to consult with your own resources in the medical field and natural medicine. 

Hope in the Unfamiliar

Hope is on the way. One of my favorite songs and so true. The Lord will lead you. He will show HIS pathway to better health and out of the darkness that floods our world in the area of mental health. He has all the answers! Seek HIM…be in the Word daily, ask for prayer warriors as days can be hard for you to think, and most of all know, you are loved by a Mighty Savior who sees YOU and knows what you are facing. HOPE is on the way. He made a promise…He will do these things and not forsake you! Amen to that mental health!

I am still in AWE of our Lord’s healing…He’s back!! SMILE and all!

Do’s and Don’t

As of today as I update this blog, Dan is doing 100% better! PRAISE THE LORD! What did…many things. Combining consistency of therapy, meds, sleep, eating well, doing things he always loved (ranch and working with his hands), and forgiving the past and himself!

But I do have something I want to share as I walked this trail I should not have done and things I know to do…hope this helps with anyone facing this trial.

DO:

  • Pray daily together
  • Do a devotional together and as a family
  • Let them know their family wants them to get well
  • Listen, and give credibility to their feelings
  • Seek help for yourself and offer to attend the therapist together
  • Go for walks, get exercise, go for a bike ride, do things together
  • IMPORTANT make sure you have Power of Attorney as you may need to be soul guardian if they fall deep enough they can’t take care of themselve

Don’t:

  • Tell them to pray about it and or say healing will come if you trust God more
  • Make them feel guilty for the impact this is on the family
  • Blame or criticizing
  • Expect meds to solve everything or the other way around; not do meds because of certain stigmas or beliefs
  • Let them continue in a pattern of sleeping or wanting to be alone

He was so excited to get back to cooking over an open fire again!

Lastly let me share Dan’s months of depression started three years ago. The stress of his job increased so much in the last year it led to him falling very hard very fast into a spiral of believing many lies from the enemy. After Dan sold his business he still was facing many days of doubt and his mind at this point had spun out of control. His mind had new games. He may not have the job anymore, but he still hadn’t dealt with the “new” life either. He began this journey of deep depression in early March. It is June now and he is back to his old self, PLUS realizing how deeply out of control he was from simply never taking time to rest. I hope he will have the courage to speak to audiences about his journey and be an encourager for all who face this giant of mental health. He is one happy man now, FREE indeed! We pray others will too.

Peace to you,

Love deeper, talk sweeter, and KEEP IN THE WORD

Lee

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Bible Journaling, Crafts, Paper/Cards, Ranch Life

Horse’s and girls…

During our Midwest Bounty event, we had some down time and one of the ranches brought a box of cards one of their supporters made. I went absolutely NUTS when I saw these cards! Not just because of the horses and little girls but because the words are perfect for what we do in ranch ministry! Oh I just love them! Here are a few I made.

I love using wood slivers my husband keeps for me from projects.


Watercolor, Chalks, Blending Pens

The sets are expensive and they are for acrylic blocks. They don’t have the image for you to see and can be a little frustrating especially for the words. But the words really make these interchangeable.

Here is the Link for the company. Happy shopping and fun playing with this great group of stamps!
For a simple video on watercolor even in your bible look below.

Gotta love being creative and best part…GIVING THEM TO SOMEONE IN NEED!

God’s blessings,

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Food, Healthy Eating, Ranch Life

Yummy Gummy

Oh so yummy is this too die for recipe! Why? Because #1 it’s good for you and #2 it’s ELDERBERRY Syrup in a yummy gummy form!

If you know me, I love my elderberry syrup and believe in it whole heartily to keep your immune system boosting to fight the cold and flu season. Really all year, but mostly in the winter months.

Recipe:

Here is what you will need to make your little guys: (affiliate links)

(free shipping on these herbs PLUS they are FRESH)

1/2 cup dried elderberries
1/3 cup rose hips
1/4 cup cinnamon chips
2 tablespoons licorice root
1 teaspoon black pepper
3 cups apple juice
3 tablespoons of gelatin

Directions:
Place all the ingredients EXCEPT gelatin in a medium-sized saucepan. Bring to a simmer and continue to simmer for 20 minutes.
Remove from heat and let cool.
Strain through cheesecloth or strainer. Squeeze well to extract the juice.
(To make syrup you add honey and store in a nice pour bottle, refrigerate for up to 2 months.) I have that recipe here.

For gummies:
Measure out 2 cups of the juice. Add more apple juice if necessary to make 2 cups. If you want, to add a little honey. Taste and see if it’s sweet enough. Add your gelatin and mix well. Pour into silicon molds or glass pan. Molds are more fun and easy to pop into your mouth. Even make bears! Refrigerate until hardened. Remove from molds and store in a mason jar. Keep refrigerated. 

Yummy Gummy!

Comments

Let me know if you tried them and how your family likes them!

Adults can take 1-3 daily, kids 1-2 a day.

Enjoy!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Ministry, Ranch Life, Ranch Life

The Vision

In March of 2018, I was experiencing some uneasiness in my personal life. My husband was working more and more trapped into a business that demanded so much of his time. I was exhausted trying to get the many needs of the ranch done and not feeling like I had a “willing” partner to help me especially in the area of doing sessions. Marriage struggles, overworked, exhausted, swaying further away from Jesus time.

Pleading with my Jesus one morning, I asked for direction. I knew I needed my man to hear from the Lord again, desiring HIM, and finding time to rest in HIM as well as physical rest. How?

In talking with a similar ministry friend from Hope Rides, Vollie and I began to talk about a more focused time to help ministries in just the area where I was feeling empty. By talking and sharing ideas back and forth, I share specifically the need for men to step up in their faith, lead their homes, and be solely into God’s word daily. Backing it all up in rest. I had the thought of Troy Meeder from CPYR be that man to speak to the ministries. But how, where, when?

Setting the Stage

In the next month, Vollie and I mentioned the idea to many of the Minnesota ministries asking who wants to help and Spur this idea into a spring of 2019 event. HMMM, silence…but the Lord spoke clearly to two ministries. His Haven Acres and Haven Acres joined in. We had our SPUR team willing to seek the Lord in providing a much-needed tool for folks serving in ministries or non-profits. The 4 pillars for the event: Servantship, Prayer, Unity, Rest =SPUR

Spur team in the chapel at Ironwood Springs

“And let us consider how we may SPUR one another on toward love and good deeds.” Hebrews 10:24

The event name and verse theme came to light! Midwest Bounty Round-Up focusing on all the states in central USA.

“From one man he created al the nations throughout the whole earth. He decided beforehand when they should rise and fall, and he determined their boundaries. “ Acts 17:26 

We met at Vollies the first month all planning on having the event at her ranch. In the summer months, we didn’t talk much other than some basic ideas but not gathering again until late September at Vollie’s home. Vollie was feeling like the strain, the number of people, and time of year that her ranch would not be a good place. As soon as we all agreed and started typing in other ideas on our computers looking for the right outlet nothing was coming up roses. Our hope was to provide a RELAXED atmosphere since REST was the main theme. By the end of the meeting, we had no place. YIKES! We needed to get fliers and info to ranches soon and not having a place was not a great way to end the day! But, I trusted this is what the Lord wanted and would provide.

Jesus Showed the Way

On my drive home, I really was having a hard time. Where? Oh man WHERE? Lord help us find the perfect place! I began thinking of camps since our son works at one in our area. YEAH…they have horses, great meeting spots, bedding, food, yeah…let’s try them. I called. The gal in charge was not in. RATS. Ok, try others to make sure we have options. I got home and googled Christian camps. I began to think our area would not be good as it is too far north for most of the people we are trying to get to come. South would be good. Or close to the cities. Then I came upon a camp I have never heard of before. Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch in Stewartville. Where is Stewartville? I mapquest the location…ROCHESTER area…it was south, a good sign. “Oh Jesus is this it?”, I said to myself. On to the website, I found an amazing log lodge. Meeting places. HORSES. INDOOR arena. Food. Chapel even! OH MY GOODNESS! I texted everyone on the Spur team. As I was waiting for the response I called them. I talked to a sweet gal in charge of booking and the date was open!!!! YES!!! Jesus, you answered the desperate plea of my heart! And indeed it was PERFECT as only our Jesus would have it!

Getting the Lay of the Land

In early November the Spur team headed to the location to get the lay of the land. Once we arrived we all were pretty gitty! It really was perfect! We met in front of a warm fireplace and catching up on details. I met the founder Bob who has an amazing story! I highly recommend reading it on their website. Truly a godly man who through tragedy is doing the work of the Lord! The tour just brought more gasps from each of us. The rooms are fabulous! LOG BEDS, real mattress, HUGE rooms, adjoining rooms, with amenities. The meeting rooms overlooked the river giving wonderful views. Heading to the areana we met up with a camel. Oh what fun! In every way this place will provide rest for the ministries and provide opportunity for fellowhip and prayer. We got super excited as we said our good-byes!

The Lord Made it Real

A week and a half before the event, my husband was slipping into deep depression. Work was consuming his every thought and being. He had no joy. He simply… broke. He became undone with all that was undone. This is exactly where Jesus needed him. The story is long, hard, very difficult but it’s Dan’s story. It isn’t for me to tell. We believe the Lord wanted Dan in this very place so he would share and give HOPE to others who face a VERY similar and BIG issue in our society. Jesus gets all the glory in his testimony and knowing the perfect stage may be in this event or sharing at another platform. We don’t know. We just trust when Jesus calls, we will go. As difficult as it is, it’s HIS story and our Lord gets all the glory in it! It just came as such a difficult time. “Our ways are not HIS ways.” “Our thoughts are not HIS thoughts”. I needed to push through and ask the Lord to give me wisdom and live day to day. Dan needed to get before the Lord, but it wasn’t easy.

Here we go

Months of planning, getting info out to ranches and similar ministries, setting up details of sessions, talks, worship, have all come to this day. WOW! It’s here! Yet, I had this “undone” man with me really along for the ride but gripping Jesus tighter than the week before. Praise Jesus!

The Spur team arrived a day earlier, really our day of REST as the next few days we would be serving. We enjoyed helping the team for registration, setting up rooms, and just chatting as we waited for Troy and his friend Max to arrive. Really the first time we could just sit and chat and our husbands to get to know one another. Once the boys arrived we went out for dinner enjoying some special fellowship time and hangin out. AHHH I was feeling at peace.

Laurie with His Haven Acres and Vollie with Hope Rides
Haven Acres Ranch registration crew…these are looks of…WHEW!

Here They Come!

Our cute little name tags made by an old friend from my Stamping’ Up days, Terri Gaines and our red Spur shirts greeted our guest with excitement and laughter! Oh how fun as the trucks rolled in one by one eager to have a weekend away from home and REST IN HIM!

The hubbies help trucks unload
Gather and pray together and for one another
Such a precious time lifting our needs before the Throne and covering the event!

Worship

Photo courtesy of Katherine Mathiasen

CHOW TIME!

The next day…worship and sessions

Vollie and Dan lead Outside the Corral in ministry…thinking outside the box
Jessica a vet teaching vetting the Holistic way
Heading to the arena to try herbs for horses learning about the herbs and applying this idea in sessions…we did a demo…
Read about the herb, offer to the horse to see if they take it

We had a wonderful speaker Todd who is a professional psychologist helping ministries identify trauma and how we can serve the folks who come to our ranch giving many ideas and hands-on activities. We also had a similar ministry gal Kris who gave a live session using horses in the arena and another group getting ideas on Christ-centered sessions with kids. We loved having our own representative Emma from CPYR lead the session. She lives in Minnesota but is available to serve and help all ministries here in the midwest. Her hubby and new baby spent the whole weekend with us.

Ahh REST and A message

Troy gave a message at each worship time and filled us with the understanding with everything we do is for Jesus! The first day Troy met with men only and sharing his heart for men to “cowboy up” in their homes and mission the Lord has given them. Dan had a special calling during this time…as just our Jesus would do in his time of need. The Lord gave Dan a special guy who came to this time with a heavy heart. As Dan came alongside him, listening and allowing the Holy Spirit to speak through him, this young man was in the same situation Dan was facing. With tears and brokenness, two men ministered to one another. Dan later told me this man reminded him of Jesus. Would you recognize the Savior? This man needed a shoulder, an ear, and peace as only Jesus can give and yet Dan thought of him as the Savior coming to his need. We shed some tears over this as we continue to walk the journey the Lord has for us both. JESUS…it’s all about HIM!

Photo courtesy of Katherine Mathiasen

Our Jesus Provided

Yes, an amazing event coming into play at the perfect time with the perfect message. Not just for Dan and I, but for the many who attended and for what the Lord will do for us to carry that on to others in despereate need of “cowboy up”, Eyes on Jesus, and REST.

God is faithful and good and we serve an amazing God!

To God be the glory in all we do!

In HIS Grip,

Lee


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Health, Living Naturally, Ranch Life, Ranch Life

Seems Impossible

Yep, I know. Just the title can seem like ok…weird…but what if it’s true?

Just by one simple thing to try and experiment weather by simply drinking this amazing tea every day for a month will get your body prepared to fight the big spring tick attacks. Can it be true?

I for one am willing to try! Lyme’s disease is more rapid now than AIDS. That one statement alone freaked me out!  I love this article which I hope you will read. There is loads of info on the benefits of this tea.

What is this amazing new tea? Cistus Incanus
Yep… a simple way to start helping your body fight off ticks as well as loads of other health benefits as you read the article.  If you suffer from chronic health issues especially Lyme’s, again this tea can help you find healing.

Cistus Incanus tea
This tea can also be given to my dog. I give him 3 tbsp. a day in his dish and to my horse in their feed. I started out with one cup for each horse. They loved the smell and drank it up. Will it work? Well, time will soon tell as we still have 12′ of snow on the ground, but why not? It helps clean out other toxins in the body so I am beginning it now. And the fact that it can help my animals…well…DAH…I am going for it!

Anything is Worth Trying

If it isn’t a risk to your health and could actually improve your health I also believe it is worth the effort. Some of us may have hidden issues we don’t know or are experiencing some chronic pain. Some of you may even have been diagnosed with Lyme’s. By just drinking 3 cups or more of tea a day could help you with your battle. I think it’s worth the try! No claims here…I am trying it myself. We’ll see and hope it works!

Comment if you tried it…

Please let me know if you tried the tea. I would love to hear your results and remember it could help someone else who is fighting a chronic illness or for us who want to prevent getting Lymes.

So pass the info along! Below is a FREE online event to get more info! ANOTHER worth your time effort!

Best of Chronic Lyme Disease Summit

God’s blessings to you,

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Health, Ranch Life

SUBJECT: Learn the symptoms and healing protocols for Lyme!
SUBJECT: Did you know: most who contract Lyme don’t get it from a tick?
SUBJECT: Learn from someone who has helped heal Lyme disease!

Did you know? Most individuals who contract Lyme don’t get it from a tick sting.

It’s true! And, there’s more…

Spiders, fleas, mosquitoes, deer flies, black flies, horse flies and other insects can transmit it. Deer, birds, cows, horses, other mammals and rodents can also be carriers.

—>> Click here to join me at The Best of the Chronic Lyme Disease Summit, free and online!

Expert Dr. Ray Stricker says that migratory birds are a big contributor to the worldwide spread of Lyme disease. This explains why it’s found on every continent except Antarctica.

One of the biggest misconceptions of Lyme disease is that it can be easily diagnosed with a bull’s-eye rash. However, many people with this condition develop a different type of rash, or none at all. 30-80% may have some kind of rash. Meaning, 20-70% may not.

Patients with Lyme have reported an average of three severe symptoms. Over 74% reported at least one severe, or very severe symptom.

So, why is diagnosing Lyme so difficult? Many of its symptoms occur in other diseases: fatigue, joint pain, cognitive impairment and more. These symptoms often overlap those of fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and multiple sclerosis, for example.

There are so many diseases with similar symptoms, most Lyme patients are misdiagnosed at least once before being properly diagnosed.

If Lyme is not treated early it can become a serious issue. Untreated Lyme can gain a foothold in the body, making it more difficult to remove the spirochetes, and more likely that the disease becomes chronic.

—>>For all these reasons, please take a moment to join me at this Lyme Disease summit!

Thank you for joining me. I think we all will learn a ton and start being more aware of how we can treat and prevent this awefu​l plague!

God’s blessings,
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee

Tea to Stop the Tick Biting

Do you want to try and fight off these little beasts before the season begins?
There has been proof by drinking this tea  Citrus Incanus throughout the day (tea bag can be steeped up to 3 times) the ticks will not even want to land on you.
Best part…you can feed it to your dog and horses! SO amazing! I am trying it now as I want to be ahead of the game! I will post more as I begin the new healthy way to fight off biting insects. Love experiments!

P.S. When you register for The Best of the Chronic Lyme Disease Summit, you also gain access to Dr. Jay powerful, eGuide, 5 Things Your Doctor Should Know About Healing Lyme Disease.

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Food, Healthy Eating, Ranch Life

Oh so yummy

Fabulous dinner and in 30 minutes you will have an awesome meal for you and your family.

I love simple, quick and of course fresh with homemade organic if you can ingredients. Hope you give it a try and hear lots of noise of love from your families smiles.

You will need:

Ingredients: (all my spices and herbs I get at Starwest as I love fresh vs store bought especially when it’s winter and no more garden fresh)

  • 4-6 turkey sausages (use organic if you can)
  • 4 scallions, chopped
  • 4 small peppers, diced
  • 1 1/4 cup mushrooms, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, diced
  • 4 fresh tomatoes (or 1 can diced tomatoes if you have to)
  • 1 tsp. fennel seed
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 1 tsp. basil
  • 1/2 tsp sage
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder or cayenne pepper
  • angel hair spaghetti noodles
  • 1 cup shredded skim mozzarella cheese or fresh parmesan
  • top with kale chips and dash olive oil
Smells amazing!

Directions:

In a skillet on medium heat, cook turkey through. There should be little grease but if there is take out of the skillet and dry cooked turkey and a clean skillet of any grease. Add cooked turkey back to skillet adding scallions, peppers, and mushrooms. Cook for 2 minutes. Add a little olive oil if it seems dry. Add your garlic and cook for 2 minutes. Now add remaining ingredients.  Tomatoes, fennel, oregano, basil, sage, cayenne pepper or chili powder. Keep on low heat while you cook your noodles.
 Cook your noodles in a separate pan adding a pinch of salt to the water so the noodles don’t stick. Follow package instructions.

Bake up some kale, sprinkle with lemon pepper and when done sprinkle on top of your dish.

Delishious!

I loved adding the kale to the dish. It was a last minute idea as I had to use up what we had before it spoiled. Or the ranch bunnies would get to enjoy it. I place the kale in a bowl and pour about 1/4 cup of olive oil to soak it up. Add lemon pepper about 2 tablespoons, and place in 400-degree oven for 10 minutes. Until nice and crunchy.

Hope you enjoyed it as much as we did! My hubby couldn’t stop moaning! He loved it!!!

God bless you

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Crafts, Ministry, Ranch Life, Sewing

So simple

I began sewing just a few years ago. So simple and easy is super important to me. I love this idea of just making a casing for the pillow as you can take it off and wash it. I have a tendency to pick brighter colors so this is super important to be able to wash them.

Where I get tea towels

Tea towels are wonderful to use so here is where I get mine. Of course, there are many ideas out there, just remember if you purchase from the link you are helping our ministry as ALL proceeds go to the ranch.
Thank you in advance!

Tea Towels Variety of colors
Red Truck
Dog and bike
Dog and leaves
Grey Checkered fabric (Fabric.com has great fabric, link on sidebar)
same with the pillows good prices
20 x 20 pillow
Pretty much anything you love you can plug into the search and find something fun. Just make sure they are cotton. 

How to

This print of snowman I found at William Sonom
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  1. First iron your towels
  2. Cut one 20.5″ by 20.5 ” Piece (this is my front piece)
  3. Cut two 20.5″ x 13
  4. Now for hemming to make a clean look. Take one 20.5 x 13 piece and fold it over 1/2 ” on the 20.5 sides. Iron in place fold again, iron hiding your raw edges. So the same with the other piece.
  5. Once folded and ironed, stitch with 1/4″ seam.
  6. Next, take your square piece 20.5″ with the right side facing up
  7. Overlap the two back pieces which will create an envelope to your pillow opening
  8. Pin everything in place and sew all the way around
  9. Use 20×20 pillow to fill
Step 2
Step 7 & 8

Love this! I bought a 20x 20 pillow
Nice folded back

Your done! Isn’t that simple?

Yeah! I hope you make a ton! Especially for gift giving! I will post more as I make them for the Hoedown!

Happy sewing!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Food, Healthy Eating, Ranch Life

Say bye bye soda

In Minnesota, we call soda pop…but, either way, this is a beverage full of sugar and fake colors that eat away your gut flora. Do you want a better way to enjoy the fizz and flavor? Well, here is a recipe for homemade ginger ale.

What you will need

For a nice Limeade:

2 cups of water
2 tbsp fresh chopped basil
1 tbsp fresh grated ginger, or ginger root (I keep on hand for my teas)
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup lime juice

Place water, basil, and ginger into an enamel or glass pot. Let it come to a boil. Once it comes to a boil turn off heat and let sit for 1-2 hours allowing the herbs to steep and bring on flavor. Add honey and stir while the water is still hot. Serve warm in winter months, or add ice in a pitcher and serve with ice cubes and lime slice for garnish.

Ginger Ale

First, you need to infuse your ginger making a base. Here is what you need.

4 cups of water
4 tbsp. fresh ginger grated, or ginger root
1/3-1/2 cup honey (or less taste add more if you like)

Place water and ginger into an enamel pot and bring to a boil. Turn off heat and let steep for 1-2 hours. Using a metal strainer, strain herbs, and water into pour bowl. Now add your honey to your ginger infusion. I put this into a mason jar so I have my base ready to go for drinks or teas. It last only 3-4 days so use often!

To make your ginger ale, add base 1-2 tsp really up to you on taste and mix with Kombucha or carbonated water. Add ice and lime slice for garnish. 
Absolutely awesome and good for your digestion too!


If you have a juicer…

What you will need:

Fresh ginger about a fist full. Cut up and place into your juicer. You should get about 2 cups. I use a pint size mason jar and it is full when I am done juicing.

Measuring right from the jar no waste!

Take only 1 cup of the juice and equal parts of honey. So 1 cup. Remember, real honey comes in a mason jar and all mason jars have measuring right on the glass so you don’t have waste. I think that is pretty cool!

Keep my base in a pretty jar for serving guest. They can add as much as they like.

Now mix or shake your jar full of ginger juice and honey making sure it is well mixed and pour into a nice serving bottle. I like to keep on my counter and allow for guests or family to add however much they want to their own soda.  Shake the bottle before you pour into a glass and add carbonated water or Kombucha over the juice. Add ice and garnish. SO yummy!

Great dinner party drink and festive too!

Enjoy and let me know if you tried it!

Sure is refreshing!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Crafts, Paper/Cards, Ranch Life

Tea is sure my thing

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

Tea cups, tea blends, herbs, and yes even making tea cup cards!

Comment below get free pattern

If you make a comment below and want the pattern, I can email it to you. Of course, free of charge! We are all about that around our ranch ministry. When you click and purchase from any link, you are helping us reach kids in need of hope and healing!

What you will need

Pattern background paper preferably prints on both sides. Here are my favorites for this project.
Anna Griffin Collection
Bo Bunny
Doodlebug Collection (love this one for lots of stamping and gift ideas)
Tag Die Cut (use your background paper to match)
Washi Tape
Washi Tape (for planners too)
Bling of course!

Add the tag either tape or let hang while wrapping around handle.

Great Greetings

Now you have an adorable card to give to a loved one or attach to a gift. I make up a tea blend and put inside a little bag.
I also will add a verse to the tag for extra encouragement. 

A side note if you are making your own blends, put the herbs on the tag or somewhere on your card. This will help your receiver know what’s in it just in case they can not have a certain herb.

Enjoy making your little tea cup greetings! They are adorable!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Crafts, Paper/Cards

Big Hug Card

Why do I love this card so much? Well, I really believe all homemade cards really give the receiver just one big HUG! I used the Paper Hugs Stamp set by The Stamp Market. As you can see below the die gives you an option to use the “fatter Paper Hug” as a shadow effect to the skinner one.  But on one card I reversed it using the fatter as the main image. Another great die and inexpensive too! With all the cards you will need a Big Shot or Cuttlebug. 

The saying is from the Hello set below

Because I love a cop…

Yep, we have an officer in our family! Plus my hubby and I served on the Mounted Patrol in our county before life in ministry got crazy. So what better stamp to have than a Donut Card plus you get the die-cut.  Hello Set is cute with plaids and fun HELLO!

The HELLO comes with die cut

Well…the letter die cut is amazing! SO fun because of the thickness of the letters you can easily use background papers to make the letter pop and they are not SO huge you can’t fit a word on a card. The diversity of having the letters is truly awesome! The set is below. I’m telling you…you won’t be able to stop…like you see below!

Background papers like wood is awesome! Love Echo Park.
And my gingham! Alphabet set 
Dots and floral too!
Fun colors are important to make the letter pop.
Such a fun and easy die cut to have!

Big Hugs…

The Rose is pretty and I couldn’t resist only because I can think of many events this one can be used. Below I made a mini wrist corsage. The background paper really made this turn out stunning! 

Pretty wristbands

The Rose is also nice and dainty too.

I have seen many flowers in recent parties with babies and wedding showers and with these die cut you too can make some really awesome decor. Just dressing up the craft room was fun! The Magnolia is a hot flower for many crafts and ideas so I got one of course and I love it’s a fresh look.

HUG someone today

Did you love the cards? Please let me know what you think and especially if you made a card for a loved one! Post a picture too!

God’s blessings to you!

Love deeper, talk sweeter, and HUG today,

Lee

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Crafts, Healing, Paper/Cards, Ranch Life

Letting Go…Let it Ride

Facing situations with people that are just plain annoying can really eat at your thoughts. Recently I was in a meeting where one gal was pretty dominating. We had much planning to do to organize and set up for an event and I am sure you have experienced this once or twice, but you have an idea and instantly it is shot down. Ok…well me too. I continued to share ideas “letting it ride” that one of the ideas didn’t go over, but then there was another, then another, and another. “Letting it ride” was not going so well! So I became quiet. Not sharing anymore. Becoming…not Christian-like.

Let it Ride set (find here)
Letters Die Cut by Honey Bee (find here)
I used Gelatos (find here) for my colors translucent and brights,  or here blending with an aqua painter pen (find here) 
(LOVE using watercolor when using open stamps)
The blending pens from SU! are good too, I just don’t like them as well.
The wood paper (find here)
Mounting tape for 3D effect (find here)

Gotta get a barn door look!

It’s a matter of the heart

Simply put our hearts are jealous, rebellious, full of sin. When I felt like I wasn’t heard and thinking my ideas weren’t worth importance, it wasn’t the gal’s fault for putting the ideas down or the others in the room who didn’t jump in and say, “awesome idea Lee!” What I was feeling was unimportant. I forgot life isn’t about me. The event is an important agenda. Jesus is the focus and center of it all. Not my ideas, not my goals, not anything!

“The Lord looks at the heart”. Samuel 16:7b Jesus know my heart. What I am thinking. Thoughts which don’t belong to a follower of Him.

Let it ride brings peace

“Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.” Matthew 6:21

True verse! If I choose to focus on the needs of my feelings of self-worth I set myself up to be bucked off! Peace only comes when I choose to “let it ride”, let the Lord lead. Give my concerns to Jesus and He will sort them all out. If someone has wronged me, by praying and seeking the Lord on the issue to “let it ride” and pray for them, or address it with love, He will lead the way!

Coloring in the horse giving a silhouette look

Love to hear your comments

Please let me know what you think of the cards. Not that I need affirmation or compliments, but it is fun to see fellow crafters give ideas and tips too.

God’s blessings upon you and

ENJOY THE RIDE HOME,

Lee


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Food, Healthy Eating, Ranch Life

Talk about Healthy

Ok, I was skeptical at first mainly because of how much water is in each of these veggies and to try and make it firm enough to be grilled…well I was graciously surprised! This is my new favorite lunch! Especially on the days, I need to feel full through the afternoon munchies. This, in fact, will do the trick plus amazing flavor! You just feel good after eating it too!

How to Make

Ingredients: Makes 2

  • 2 Zucchini grated or cucumber
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of Cassava Flour
  • 1 tbsp of Nutritional Yeast (amazing on popcorn)
  • 1/2 tsp of sea salt
  • 1/2 cup of grated cheese or more as I love cheese. (cheddar, smokey cheddar, provolone, or cauliflower cheese are wonderful)
  • Your favorite herbs, thyme, dill, basil, paprika…
  • 1 tbsp Avacado oil
I like using glass when I cook for mixing. Easy pour spout helps too.
This one is the Zucchini can you tell it’s thicker more binding?

Directions:

  1. Mix beaten eggs, grated zucchini/cucumber, and flour. Add your Nutritional Yeast and sea salt and herbs of your choice. Mix well.
  2. Put avocado oil into cast iron pan…my favorite pan…and get hot.
  3. Put a little bit of the mixture into a pan and spread out into a rectangle. Have fun…this can be tricky with the cucumber. Zucchini is easier.
  4. Let cook until they have brown edges and firm. Flip and cook the other side. Do the same to the other half. When last part is done, place grated cheese on top and the other top like an old fashioned grilled cheese. Cook until cheese is melted.
  5. Serve with fresh fruit.
Pour for only one side of sandwich.
Spread into a rectangle shape or whatever shape you want
Before flipping over after edges are brown, I added my fresh herbs. You can mix into the batter too.

Zucchini again a little thicker
The second one is done so now add grated cheese and place other done half onto cheese and cook until cheese melts.

Enjoy and Comment

I hope you try this amazing sandwich! It will knock your socks off with freshness and make you feel healthy too instead of too full. It is one sandwhich you will most likely have to eat with a fork, but oh well! It’s worth it!

Love deeper, talk sweeter, keep it natural,

Lee


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Crafts, Ministry, Ranch Life, Ranch Life

Beautiful Memory

Kids who come to the ranch are often facing some serious situations. From being abused, bullies, losing a parent, parents in prison, and or suicidal. One of the activities we will do in a session is offered for the child to put essential oils on the horse. This activity has many benefits not only for the child but for the horse!

I will introduce the oil box to the child and allow them to choose up to 5 oils. Once they choose the essential oil I have them open the cap and offer the horse to smell it. If the horse likes it, he will lick and chew maybe even try and eat it.  The funniest thing they will do is lift their nose up in the air showing their teeth. It looks like they are smiling but in fact are smelling the air. Some favorites of our boys are Peppermint, Ylang-Ylang, Tummy Rub, Frankincense,  Lemongrass, and Aligning. 
If he doesn’t like it he will turn his head away or swish his tail.

Horses love the smell of the essential oils! So does the child!

Watching the Love Exchange

Once the child has the oils which both of them like, I have the child drip a little on the horses back. All along the back. By taking their fingers making a back and forth motion down the spine, I have the child watch the horse’s eyes, ears, and tail. If the horse yawns, or breaths out, they are responding by relaxing and enjoying the treatment. Not only is the horse enjoying this experience but the child is inhaling the oils and receiving the benefits as well. A child who faces trauma will instantly respond to giving love and receiving love. Indeed a beautiful thing to watch!

Allowing the horse to smell the oil before applying.

After the child has given the oil treatment to the horse. I will ask if they would like to make a bracelet with their favorite oil on it so they can remember this special time. Usually…I get a BIG YES!
So off to the tack shack we go to make a bracelet while the horse grazes in the round pen. The horse will like to roll in the sand and relax a bit before being turned out plus we have them close by while we craft. 
The bracelets are simple to make and the beads are inexpensive as well.

Talking while Crafting

We get are beads from Oriental Trading as they give back to our ranch when we purchase their items. If you purchase anything as well when you click on the links, you also will be helping us continue to reach kids in need of hope and healing. 
We use the Natural Lava Stones to hold the essential oil and stretch cording so it can fit any size wrist. Some children will end up making one for mom or sibling so it helps to have the flexibility to fitting. The company carries lots of variety and of course, like everything on this site, I love the free shipping for orders over $39. No prob there!

The children love Lemongrass as it is soothing and keeps bugs away!

One teen girl really did herself proud with this one! Love the colors she chose!

Simple Activity and Memorable

Every session is unique but when a child chooses to do the essential oils and craft I get especially giddy as I really love this activity! I love the freshness of the essential oils. I love the emotion poured out from the child and horse. I love the special chat time while making the bracelet. But mostly I love how the child can walk away from the ranch with a memory!

Make One and Comment Below

Please let me know if you make one and even send a picture! If you’r a mom, what a special time you can share with your children. If you’re a grandparent, you too will enjoy this wonderful activity!

Many blessings and keep it natural!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Food, Healthy Eating, Living Naturally

Why is this so good for you?

This tea has amazing benefits for your health. You have probably heard of Chai Tea which really taste the same as this tea, but it is usually full of fillers instead of good healthy ingredients. I think you will find this recipe satisfying to the taste buds and know you are enriching your immune system at the same time.

What does each ingredient do?

Black pepper is a blood purifier, cardamom is for the colon (gas), cloves are for the nervous system and cinnamon for the bones.

Ginger has a delicious taste and is helpful when suffering from a cold, recovering from the flu or for general physical weakness.

The milk aids in the easy assimilation of the spices and avoids irritation to the colon. The black tea creates a synergy for all of the ingredients.

How to prepare:

Ingredients you will need for one cup: ( you may want to make more than one)

 

1 Cup Filtered water
3 Whole Cloves
6   Whole Black Peppercorns
4 Whole Cardamon Pods
1/2 Stick Cinnamon
A sliver of ginger, or tsp. ginger root

After it comes to a boil, bring to a simmer for 20 minutes. 
Add 1/4 tsp. of black tea and stir. Let steep for 2 minutes.
Add 1/2 cup of almond milk and bring to just about a boil and remove from heat.
Pour into a strainer. Serve with honey if you like

Mix after putting milk in until just before a boiling point

Why the links to these herbs?

For our family, I want the best! I don’t like what I am finding in the shelf life of herbs and spices in our local grocery store and frankly, they don’t always care that I prefer fresh. So we decided to start looking for herbs and spices and teas in a different place which leads me to the above company. They offer information and are extremely helpful besides offering 100% guaranteed money back. PLUS free shipping if you order $75 or more. PLUS…you help us in our ranch ministry for troubled youth.

All in all, you will be one happy camper!

I hope you like your traditional yogi tea!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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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!

For More Information…

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

Honey Bee  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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