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Health, Healthy Eating, Ranch Life
UTI’s…I know, I know, such a private thing to talk about…but hey…if you get one..RATS it is painful and inconvenient most of the time! I hate getting UTI’s and it has been a LONG time since I had one. 
Oh Boy UTI
WHY?

Why does it come on? Well the answer can be as good as any guess. I personally take the Plexus probiotic and that alone has helped many issues. I also drink Kombucha every day which has also been a BIG change for helping stay healthy. 

What I believe happened this round for me was a lack of water intake. We have had many hot and humid days and if I don’t drink enough water, bacteria can creep into the system. Also just good habits I  wasn’t good about. I have below a great website which give more info on the why’s.
Lavender Lemondade

WHAT CAN I DO BEFORE CALLING THE DOCTOR

Whatever the issue of WHY you got it, now it’s time to try and get rid of it without antibiotics. Let me warn you 2 things. ONE…it isn’t a quick fix like the icky antibiotics. In fact, mine took almost 2 full weeks before it was clear. I felt results within 3 days but it took that long to totally feel better.  Going the natural way takes time and takes doing the teas and oils many times throughout your day. For many folks, they really can’t deal with that. But for ones who choose to heal their body naturally, will pay off in the years to come. Check this link to see facts from Dr. Axe.

Remember, antibiotics take over 3 years to get out of your body. In turn, will slow down your immune system to heal or battle other things that come up in your life. NO thanks!

Two.. is this disclaimer:
Oh boy UTI

Now are you ready to try some things? I love this site for explanation of herbs used.

First onsite of pain:
1. Drink at least 3 full glasses of water. Pee as often as you can. Even if it hurts. Don’t hold it… really important.
2. Put a teaspoon of baking soda in one of the glasses of water and drink it within 5 minutes. It doesn’t taste great but do it… this helps stop or ease the pain while peeing.
3. Get some non sweetened Cranberry juice and drink throughout the day.
4. Be drinking fresh water all day as much as you can and more!
5. Take the supplement D-Mannose. Take as directed. I use the one with cranberry. 


Second Step:
Make up a jar of tea blend, label it, and make yourself a pot of tea. Drink throughout the day. Hot or cold.
Recipe for blend: Ingredients found by clicking Starwest Botanicals (affiliate link)
 1/2 cup Uva Ursi (making a tincture with this herb would be better in your tea as the taste is not great)
1/2 cup Dandelion Leaf (great for UTI’s)
 1/4 cup Golden Seal
 1/2 cup Marshmallow Root
 1/8 cup Corn silk (yep the stuff you usually throw away…dry and save in mason jar…great herb)
 1/8 cup Cinnamon Chips
6 cloves
Mix and blend well in a glass bowl and put into a mason jar labeled. Make 1-2 tsp per cup. 
UTI
I also drank at least 8 oz of Kombucha. This is one drink if you don’t know much about…this book is awesome! (affiliate link) Really helps keep your immune system boosted and when your fighting something like UTI your body will appreciate it! Trust me! Again…this book will answer so many questions and help you make awesome Kombucha. Cheap too!
UTI Kombucha
Last step:
Take a detox bath. Everyday if you can! UTI’s can be so uncomfortable and taking a detox bath with these ingredients will not only help you relax, but help heal the bacteria. 
Fill tub with hot water as  hot as you can stand and add:
*Dead Sea salt 1 cup
*Tea tree Essential oil 3-6 drops
*Frankincense essential oil 2-4 drops
* Camomile Essential oil 2-3 drops or real flowers to float 
*Rosemary herbs to float in bath (great aroma)
*apple cider vinegar with the mother at least 1 cup
Swirl around and soak for at least 30 minutes. Enjoy and relax!UTI

After the bath I put Frankincense with Calendula oil all over my tummy and lower back. AHHHH! 

Again if you don’t have improved results within 2-3 days, go see your doctor. UTI’s are not fun. But really try not to take an antibiotic. UTI’s are common so don’t worry.

On with life now…slowly back to normal until the next aliment happens!
Live naturally your body will thank you!
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee
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Health, Living Naturally, Ranch Life
OOOOO…this tea and syrup is such a delightful blend. I just love the tea warm or cold and the syrup makes your morning pancakes or waffles extra special. The romantic feel in your tummy and aroma is really wonderful. I think you will love this blend!
romantic tea
Romantic Tea Blend:

1 cup of Rose Bud Petals
1/2 cup of Damiana Leaf
 1/4 to 1/2 cup of Cocoa Nibs, roasted (depends on your taste buds…start with less and add more if you like)
1/4 Cinnamon Chips
1/4 Orange Peel
1 Vanilla bean scrapped (this is super expensive right now, so add a little pure extract like an 1/8 

Blend in a glass bowl all ingredients and place in a mason jar. Keep in pantry away from sunlight. 
When your ready to make your tea, put 1-2 tsp into a tea strainer and pour your hot water over herbs. Let steep for 15 or so minutes and enjoy. For cold add ice once steeped.

For the Romantic Syrup:

Ingredients:
1 cup water
1 cup organic sugar 
6 tbsp of your Romantic tea blend

Directions:
1. Boil water in a medium saucepan an the stovetop.
2. Once water has come to a boil, take saucepan off heat and steep tea in water for 5 minutes or until desired flavor. The flavor should be much more concentrated than a typical cup of tea.
3. Remove tea leaves and compost.
4. Bring your tea/water infusion back to a boil on the stovetop.
5. Add sugar and stir until dissolved. 
6. Set saucepan aside and let cool for an hour or so before pouring into a mason jar.
Store in refrigerator keeps for one month.


This tea makes a wonderful gift idea too. For our Hoedown we made gift baskets with the tea. Just too cute! Adding some chocolates will make a wonderful blend.

Enjoy this blend…it is wonderful! LOVELY!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee
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Health, Ranch Life
Ok…let’s get this straight. I do not like to do laundry. BUT, I am NUTS about a new alternative soap I have been using all summer. It is AMAZING! Smells like fresh air AND best of all…it is indeed from nature! Soap Nuts. Yep…that is what they are called! So…you see why I am nuts? 

MANY BRANDS OF LAUNDRY SOAP OUT THERE

There are many brands of soap you can purchase and as you know we are all about natural. We don’t want to put anything bad into our bodies or on our skin, let alone into the pipes of our homes. It is important to educate yourself on ingredients not only in food but in products you use everyday. Just think about it for a minute. You wear, sleep, bath, use on dishes your laundry soap! SO…shouldn’t you know more of what is in it?

.Soap Nuts

If you don’t have time, here is the NUT craze in a nutshell. (sorry couldn’t resist)

The Soap Nuts  (I love these and the organic cloth bags Starwest Botanicals carries I use to put the nuts in and I also use these bags for my teas) affiliate links

Pros:
*totally natural and non-toxic
*can be re-used 7 times
* you can travel with them
* unscented if you like that (recipe for liquid is at end of the blog)
Cons:
*inconvenient-soap nuts need to be put in a sachet when used in the wash. Hey need to dry out or else they will go moldy.
*if laundry is really dirty you will need to wash twice
*unscented so if you like scent I just add essential oil to the soap nuts or directly into the water..works great.

If you prefer a liquid Laundry Recipe:

1 1/2 quart of water
30 Soap Nuts
Essential oil of your choice my favorites (geranium, grapefruit, lavender, rosemary, sage, orange, ylang ylang 

Pour hot water over the soap nuts and steep for 30 minuet to an hour. You can also steep overnight. After steeping , cover soap nuts and simmer for 30 minutes. Strain into a bowl and reserve the water. You will have a nice quart or more of liquid. You can reuse the soap nuts for another batch. You can skip the soaking and go straight to adding one and half quarts of water. Simmer and strain. Once it has cooled add your essential oils. 
Use 4-6 tbsp of liquid. I also add Borax powder because of our hard water. 
Your clothes will smell like they have been blowing in a summer breeze! REALLY!



MY GREENFILLS
affiliate link 

They contain NO UNSAFE chemicals 
They send you a refill which means you can help cut down on plastic waste.
Pros:
*plant-derived, non-toxic ingredients
*washes well
*uses real essential oils (no phthalates)
*has an unscented option
*creates no plastic waste or bottles
*gets delivered to your door
*does not contain brightness, articical dyes, phosphates or petroleum based surfactants
Cons:
You need to mix the solution yourself (but really…how hard is that?)

 My GreenFills  will  offer you something special and they agreed to send you 50 LOADS FREE.
You just have to pay shipping of $7.99 in the U.S. and international rates over seas.

Check this out for comparing to the “natural” Tide brand and Seventh Generation:


NO matter which one you choose…you will notice a difference in your skin and over all health. Getting your home toxic free is just one of the many ways to building a cleaner environment for your whole family!

God’s blessings and smelling clean and fresh!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee
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Food, Healthy Eating, Living Naturally, Peace, Ranch Life
Do you suffer from anxiety? Or even just get anxious when something important is coming up on your calendar? I have bouts of this…nothing serious but when I need a dose of calming, I will take a soak in a lavender bath with chamomile tea or if it’s during the day I will make a tall pitcher lavender lemonade. 

This is just downright refreshing and incredibly delightful! Plus…it helps you calm right down.

Lavender Lemonade
Try a batch and see if it works for you. If it does, make sure to comment below. I love hearing how the recipes work in the lives of the readers.


Ingredients:

1 cup of raw honey
5 cups of pure water
1/4 cup dried culinary lavender
6  organic lemons, squeezed
Lavender sprigs for garnish
Elderberry syrup for color

Directions:

1. Pour half of the water in a pan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat.
2.  Add honey and dried lavender and let steep for 20 minutes.
3.  Strain mixture and pour into a large container.
4.  Add the lemon juice and remaining water and stir. Add a little Elderberry syrup to make it purple plus add a powerful immune boost!
 5. Refrigerate 

Lavender Lemondade
For an anxiety soak bath: (highlights are affiliate links which help our ministry)

 Mix 5-6 drops of lavender essential oil  into your bath of hot water. Add your sea salt  (affiliate link) and swirl into your bath. Add apple cider vinegar (affiliate link) for a detox bath. 
UTI
For during the day:
Diffuse 10-12 drops of Lavender essential oil into the air during your work day for a natural stress reliever.

Lavender is my go to essential oil for insect bites and burns as well.



Enjoy every sip, soak, and aroma with this wonderful herb!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee
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Food, Healthy Eating, Ranch Life

I use to love drinking pop or soda and some may call it, but haven’t had a soda for over 8 years. Why? Well, because I heard and read how awful it was, how much sugar was in them, and simply how they made me feel. So, I kicked out all the soda in our home and kicked in some goodness!
Kick out soda
Almost 3 years ago I started taking the Plexus pink drink which really if you have a fedish for soda this is a great start as it literally helps you not crave the bad stuff. It also is a beginning of cleaning out your gut along with the probiotic or Vitalbiome. Great products and very trustworthy! 

Along with the supplements, I added Kombucha to my daily menu. I love this stuff and with the recipes below if you use the Kombucha (especially using a Jasmine Tea) instead of the club soda or sparking water, you get the extra boost your body needs! Simply wonderful is all I can say! PLUS, you feel better and are getting the good bacteria in your body to help you build a strong immune system. Read this article for more info on probiotics and foods to add in your daily diet by Dr. Axe.

Ok…so here ya go…some ideas on fruit and herbs to boost your bodies immune system and provide a wonderful refreshing beverage. These are awesome to serve at your social gatherings as well! 
Have fun and experiment yourself…
Try a few and let me know what you think!


 Gorgeous Grapefruit Soda (serves 6)Kick out soda

5 cups of sparkling soda

3 cups of grapefruit juice

1 lemon squeezed

Serve in a glass picture with a circle lemon wedge and lots of ice!

 Sparkling Strawberry Lime Soda serves 6

1/12 cup two quartered fresh strawberries

1 cup fresh lime juice, about 10kick out soda

1/3 cup fresh basil

5 cups cold sparkling water

½ cup sugar (add more if you like sweeter)
(I also added a sprig of mint as I have a TON of it growing around the ranch!)

Directions:

Blend strawberries, lime juice and basil in a blender or food processor until smooth. Pour the strawberry, basil and lime mixture into a large pitcher. Add sugar and stir. When ready to serve, carefully add the sparkling water to your serving pitcher. Check flavor and make adjustments. For fun, keep some of the strawberry tops, cut up limes, mint, basil, and make ice cubes to add a wonderful look to your pitcher!

Kick out soda kick in goodness

White Peach and Lavender Soda (serves 4-6)

1 cup water 

¾ cup sugar

1 ½ tablespoon fresh lavender flowers 1 tablespoon if dried

1 pound of very ripe peaches

1  lemon, juiced

Brewed Jasmine Tea Kombucha

(Omit the lavender if you don’t like the taste. It can be strong for some folks)

Directions:

Bring water to a boil in a small sauce pan.  Remove from heat and add the sugar and flowers. Stir to dissove sugar let stand for 20 minutes to infuse the sugar water with flowers. Wash and roughy chop the peaches. No need to peel. Strain the flowers and pour the infused sugar water over the fruit. Add the lemon juice and stir to combine. Let stand for 10 minutes

Work in batches, puree the peaches with the sugar water in a blender. Strain the pulp into a bowl squeezing as much out as possible. You should end up with about 1 -2 cups of juice. 

You can keep this syrup but refrigerate.

Now add your syrup to a glass of your Jasmine Kombucha or sparking water. Serve with lemon wedge.

 

Orange and Mint Spritzer

1 cup of fresh orange juice

1/3 cup of sugar

½ cup of fresh chopped mint

Directions: Bring above ingredients in a sauce pan to boil. Remove from heat and cool, strain, and place in mason jar. Top with minieral water or club soda and serve with a fresh full mint leaf and orange wedge.

 

Pomegranate Spritzer

1 cup of fresh pomegranate juice, 2-3 pomegranates

juice from 1 lime or lemon

1/3 cup sugar

fresh ginger

lime or lemon wedge

Directions:

Put all ingredients in a sucepan and bring to a boil. Allow to simmer on low for 5-8 minutes. Smash the ginger roots to side of sauce pan to allow more flavor. Take off heat and cool and strain the liquid into a small mason jar and top with sparkling water or club soda. Serve with fresh lime or lemon wedge.


Sparkling Raspberry Lemonade

½ cup water

½ cup of organic sugar

6 oz fresh or frozen raspberries

1 cup freshly squeezed lemon jice about 7-8

3 ½ cups of cold sparkling water or club soda

Directins: Making the syrup, place in saucepan, add water and sugar. Heat and stir until a boil. Once sugar completely dissolves, remove from heat and cool.

Add raspberries into a blender and puree. Place into a strainer and push through with wooden spoon. In your serving pitcher, add the raspberry puree and lemon juice. Pour your syrup on top and just before serving add your sparkling soda and give a good stir.
You can keep the syrup refridgetaed for up to 2 weeks.

 

Mint Mojo with Celery

2 tbsp. organic sugar

leaves from mint, about 6 sprigs plus more for garnish

¼ cup lemon juice, (from 2 lemons)

1 lb of celery food processed well

2-3 cups of sparkling water or club soda

Directions:

Muddle your sugar, mint and lemon juice. Chop your celery and place in food processor with a bit of your muddle juice to keep from browning, or oxidizing. In a glass bowl, strain celery through a sieve pushing down with a wooden spoon. Pour into a pitcher adding your muddled mixture and sparkling water. Stir well before serving topping with a mint leaf.


Blood Orange Fizzkick ot soda

2 tbsp honey

3 tbsl water

4 sprigs of rosemary, divided

3 large blood oranges (about a 1 cup)

sparkling water or club soda

Directions:

Heat honey and water and rosemary over low heat until fully blended about a minute. Let cool and take out rosemary

Juice your oranges into a pitcher add your honey mixture and sparkling water. Serve with sprig of rosemary.

Sweet Cherry Fizz

½ cup water

½ cup organic sugar

6 oz fresh cherries, pitted and sliced in half

1 cup of fresh squeezed lemon juice or lime

Sparkling water or club soda

Directions:

In a saucepan mix your first 2 ingredents and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and cool. Blend your cherries into a puree. Strain and push with wooden spoon into your pitcher. Add lemon juice, syrup mixture and sparkling water to fill pitcher. Stir


 How to Make Your Own Kombucha (if you want an awesome book that has so many recipes as well as a TON of info on and about Kombucha click here)


If you have a favorite tea use that, but I love the Jasmine tea. SOOO wonderful! You can purchase the already to go tea bags or the pearls. I have used both. Using the pearls you will need to get the organic tea bags to put them in. I LOVE these bags for gift giving and to put my soap nuts for laundry. 

Fill a large dutch oven with water about 8 cups.

You will need:
5 tea bags (white tea or your favorite like Jasmine)
1 cup of organic sugar
1 cup of starter (tea from another batch)
1 scoby (from another batch or get starter from your local natural food store)

For a how to I would suggest going to this link to watch her. She also has starters and other goodies.
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Ministry, Ranch Life

Throughout the summer here on the ranch we usually and prayerfully pick a THEME to carry out our session time. This year is Pathway or Trail. Focus key words help us draw out what the person’s trail is that day or is happening in their life. In one teen we had, her trail was faking the God life. As we continued through her session, she found you just couldn’t fake the God trail. He knows it all!

You can't fake God

I asked this teen, we will call her Marie, to lead the horse out of the pasture walking a trail as her life is going. Marie haltered Bokoda and swiftly walked straight on to the gait. No turns. No going around trees. Just straight on. I responded with a “well…tell me what that trail is?” Marie said, “it’s straight. I can see what is ahead of me and I feel great!”

 

I nodded with a smile, “awesome let’s go play with Bokoda and have a great time!” Throughout the session there was some stumbling of not remembering certain things. For example, when Bokoda would walk faster and bump into her she allowed him to almost push her, she forgot the game on how to back him up or get him out of her space. So we had a quick review.

 

Her confidence was strong thinking she knew how to handle Bokoda, but when he challenged her, she couldn’t remember how to ask him to remember her boundaries.

 

Another time when she was bumped, I asked if she is reading her bible. She shook her head no and said, “ I don’t have time. But I helped at VBS. “How is your prayer life?”, I asked. “I pray at meal time…only when I remember.” She laughed. I quickly grabbed onto that response. “Well, tell me what happens when you remember to ask Bokoda to respect your space?” She said he listens. I asked, “and what happens when you don’t remember?” Looking down and getting where I was headed, “Bokoda almost pushes me down.”

 

We went on talking about when our trail seems straight and all is going well we can allow some poison ivy to grow along the trail. Not even see it. We can even walk through mud and not realize our shoes are wet and muddy. We can fake our faith. God knows our hearts. He knows our every move before we take it and He never forgets our sins. He forgets our sins once we repent, but if we are not walking with Him on the trail in and sinning along the way, HE remembers.

You can't fake God

You see as adults we do this all the time. We tell people we will pray for them and we forget. Just pray right then and there when someone asks. We can even go to church weekly and fake our Christian walk. Even having in our conversations, “God will provide” or If it’s God’s will”.  Another words, we can have the Christian lingo down, but not be living it.

 

 Being on God’s trail means time with Him. Being in HIS word. When things happen in our life, we need to quickly and I mean quickly, go to HIS word and seek out direction. I had something pretty difficult situations happen this summer and I had to Google some words from my bible to seek out what Jesus would do. How He would handled such people or situations. You know…it works every time!

 

Daily we need to spend time with Jesus, share our hearts. Praise Him for what He is doing good and bad on our trail of life. We can’t fake our trail rides with God. Just like you can’t fake any relationship. You can’t fake your marriage is good when it really isn’t. God knows. You can’t fake your life is perfect. God knows it’s not and never will be. You can’t fake God…period!

You can't fake God

A person who chooses to walk the trail with God is peaceful in ALL circumstances. YES, even the bad times. You might be down, but your hopeful. You know the Lord is working in the situation. A person, who is faking it, is falling. They are being stomped on. Deceived.  Their trail is full of poison ivy and mud puddles they just don’t want to let anyone ride the trail with them. Fakeness will catch up to all of us who pretend we have a relationship when we truly do not.

 

The Lord wants all of us not to fake our trail rides. He desires for us to be honest with Him and with others as we face our daily trials. If your not walking the trail with Jesus, stop right now. Repent. Ask Him to remove your fakeness and pull out the poison ivy of dishonesty. Come to Him with true transparency simply saying daily, “I need you Jesus. I surrender my life to you.”

 

And you know what? You trail of life will be real! Being fakey leads a trail of emptiness. Being real is being on a trail full hope!

 

God’s peace and blessings as you ride the trail of adventure with Him!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

 

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Crafts, Ministry, Ranch Life
We are gearing up for our Harvest Hoedown at True North Ranch!

We can’t wait to share all the Lord has done this year and since we have been in operation  for 10 years it will be especially rewarding to have folks come and see the ranch first hand!
 
In the weeks ahead we will be preparing for little stations throughout the ranch. Here are some of the things we are prepping  and creating.

Kids can make a craft called a Prayer Jar! I just love this idea!
Here are the supplies needed: (affiliate links that when you click on also help our ministry at the ranch)

Harvest Hoedown
Fun Foam Faith Shapes
Fun Foam Faith Sayings
Plastic Mason Jars

For some adhesives I recommend:
Glue Dots
Tacky Glue

And Sharpies for markers:
Big pack

And of course the BLING!
LOVE these!!

On we go to decorating the ranch grounds.  Scarecrows!  I hope they don’t freak out the horses but they will look so darn cute! 

My kids and I will be hunting down some cornstalks and colorful flowers to place on fence posts and of course we will have to scrounge up some pumpkins to place in a variety of places. Color is my big thing since September isn’t a real colorful time yet. I will have to get creative in this area. 

A wonderful volunteer helped paint up some signs and prepped our photo op area. SO cute! Hay bales, and ropes to make a memory for all who come! We also used bandana’s to mark for parking by ripping them into strips and tying them to a hay string. This showed folks where they could park as well as added some fun decor outside the ranch area. The full bandanas we used to decorate the tree lines. This will help add the color too!

The silent auction area will have tables decorated with the faux wood as well as the bandana skirt. This will be darling!

Our chuck wagon will be loaded with grub with a fall menu serving of course our favorite pumpkin tea and spiced apple cider. To decorate this area I found this really awesome faux wood roll. Fits perfect as my hubby couldn’t finish the table part in time.

Our prizes for the sack races, cake walk, and pony barrel races will be goodies wrapped in a bandana.
We chose Golden Nuggets of course to fit our Nugget! Horses, and candy.

The ranch will have some fun games like horse shoe, corn hole, and ropin’ the calf.  All fun for all ages!

We also hired a wonderful husband and wife team to sing us along and have good ol’ line dancing’! I can’t wait for this part! HEE HAW!
To end our day we have a couple of kids who will demo what they have gained from having sessions at TNR. This part I hope will be a special part for our folks to see and hear the message of hope along with our speaker and worship time. 

Everyone will get a little tea bag as a memory and thank you full of our favorite TNR harvest pumpkin tea blend. I used these organic muslin bags with a tag THANK YOU stamped on each one. 

OH how I love to throw a Hoedown, especially giving God all the glory!


I will post pictures along the way.
So until than,
Happy Harvest!
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee
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Bible Journaling, Healing, Ministry, Ranch Life

What pathway are you on right now? What is your trail like? Is it full of poison ivy? Are you tripping on broken sticks? Is there a fork on your trail and you don’t know which one to take?  Are there puddles too big to jump over or mud so deep your just  plain ol’ stuck?

Maybe your pathway is beautiful, full of joy and no worries. You feel all is well and perfect.

About 10 years ago, a ministry came into our community helping financially troubled families who were living on the streets or in their cars. This ministry was wonderful as it allowed the days for children to play or attend a local school and parents to find jobs and homes. In the evenings, the families would go to a church to be fed and loved and have a place to sleep along with a big dinner and breakfast. The ministry is called New Pathways. What a perfect name!   Individuals whose pathways somehow got goofed up, led wrong, or made wrong choices which allowed for a new beginning, new start, new pathway.

In our sessions this year, pathways is our focus word we use as a foundation to their time with the horses on the ranch. So far it has opened many conversations and openness I haven’t really experienced before.

I love how the Lord leads me to certain things such as words like this, verses, passages of scripture, and reminders of my own stories or experiences. 

 

Have you ever stopped to look down a road? A trail? A sidewalk? An aisle? In every step we take throughout a day, we are always on a pathway. If the pathway we are on is causing pain in some way in our life or we know is not a path the Lord would want us on, we must somehow make a new one. We must at that point make a choice to choose a pathway that may not be easier but give us freedom. It may be freedom from sin. It may be freedom from conflict. It may be freedom from addiction. Whatever pathway you’re on, your Savior is longing for you to find a new one!

At times I find the pathway I am on is safe and easy as I know it so well. But the Lord is asking me to try a new pathway to stretch my journey. He desires for me to explore and learn and in that time I will have to depend on Him more and more because I don’t know the path well. That’s the pathway I am on right now. This ministry is constantly challenging in the way the Lord is bringing in new ideas and opportunities. They are like weeds to pull, or brush to move to clear the trail. Sometimes I want to turn around and go back on the pathway that I knew before. A pathway where I knew every area that is dangerous or could “trip” me up. A path or trail that didn’t cost me so much hard work!

 In this new pathway, I have no idea what’s ahead.  I haven’t either been on it before or have and it caused pain somewhere along the way. I surely don’t want to go through it again. YET, my heavenly Father wants me to try because He has a new plan within the new pathway. I must trust Him, believe, and ultimately obey.

 

By obedience I am choosing to say no to self. Choosing His ideas not mine. Simply, surrendering my will.  

One of my favorite verses I have memorized, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding but in ALL ways acknowledge Him and He will keep your path straight. “ Proverbs 3:5-   HE does…every time I am obedient.

My salvation verse, “Your word is the lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” Ps. 119:105  By READING the bible every day not just short devotions or commentary from others but truly reading, absorbing, and talking to the Lord, HE will direct my path for the day and days to come. Again, obedience and choosing the path of being still, alone with my Jesus.

Pathways offer hope. They offer second chances. They open new opportunities. New pathways draws you closer to your Redeemer who is molding your character to be more and more like Him. 

Possibly, you may not be on the path with Jesus. You may be walking alone. Afraid, lonely, or simply unhappy. Will you trust in a Savior who promises to walk with you? He promises “He will never leave you or forsake you. He is with you always.” That is the best part of choosing the path with Christ! 

So what pathway are you on? What trail will you take? Will you choose today to follow HIS lead and walk the trail together no matter what it may bring you?

Enjoy your ride or walk…on your NEW pathway!

Love deeper, talk sweeter along your journey,
Lee

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Health, Living Naturally, Ranch Life
Oh boy…I love to garden but really garden beds are the cats meow! I can’t believe I didn’t do this LONG ago! We have one garden we made out of bricks using the holes for herbs and the center for tomatoes.
But the new garden bed is out of galvanized steel. I LOVE this idea! Our neighbor down the road was getting rid of a bunch of this steel and we just could not let it go to waste. So..we loaded up the truck and trailer and began creating. 

Garden Beds
Garden Bed
Isn’t this just wonderful?

Dan will make 3 of these forming a horse shoe. (of course)
He also is making more for our “Thyme Out” pasture for the horses. Each box is filled with herbs the horses can munch on as their bodies needs. We love this as it helps the folks that come to the ranch learn about medicinal plants and how they can help us heal. 
Garden Bed
This man has been working hard to make these and I am VERY thankful we have compost ready to fill these puppies up! It does take a ton of dirt to fill, but once done…they are set to go!
Garden Bed
He simply cut each piece to the size we wanted and place a wood corner on each side. No bottom of course just placed right where we wanted them, leveled, and filled with compost and fresh dirt. 
My back loves me!

Here we have them planted and Dan is now working on the other two to complete the horse shoe look. They will not be filled with veggies this year as it just got too late. Other priorities needed to take place, so for now this is what we have.

Peppers, tomatoes 2 kinds, carrots, spinach, and sweet beans. The outer part of the cement block garden is all herbs. Basil, thyme, oregano, cilantro, and pearl onions. (left over from last year)
Garden BedGarden Bed

Around the ranch we love to continue to put in each garden some kind of herb. So each of the flower pots have at least one herb in it. I am also trying to grow blueberries in a garden pot. We have many wild ones around the ranch, but we NEVER get any! HUM…I think the 4 legged friends get them before we can!

Enjoy your summer garden and if you try the garden beds, they really make planting and upkeep wonderful!
God bless you!
Love deeper, talk sweeter all for Jesus,
Lee
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Summer is here! Finally! And with it comes graduations and wedding parties. So to work I went on an idea in creating a mason jar wedding gift.

What sparked the idea? Well, the bride had mason jars on her wedding list. Wedding Gift

For me, I couldn’t just give EMPTY jars…NO…and boom…came this idea.

Each jar represents one month, beginning with their married month which is June.

The bride is someone special as she was in my first high school group of girls I mentored. From her 9th grade year through her graduation, I saw this young smiley girl turn into a beautiful young woman fired up to serve our Lord Jesus Christ. She came in seeking, and indeed found the Lord on her journey. 
This celebration of marriage, relationship, and commitment I am looking forward to sharing with her and her new love. 

We also are giving a jar full of heart cookies, engraved M+R on them and the “We Still Do” sign giving a reminder of each year together. 








Below I put a list of what I put into each jar. I also added a bible verse which went along with what I put in the jar, or to the month it was.

I added a message with the verse giving advice in God’s word on marriage and relationships. 

It was so fun! I hope they find it as special as it was to make. Each month was using Pic Monkey for labels and editing pictures. 

Here ya go:

June: Long Grain Rice
Wedding Gift
July: Red, White, Blue chocolate kisses and Dove candy
Wedding Gift
August: Brides birthday…candles, and matches
Wedding Gift
September: Bride’s a teacher, ginger tea with an apple theme
Wedding Gift
October: Ginger Snap Tea or Pumpkin Tea
Wedding Gift
November: Deer (she loves to hunt)
Wedding gift
December: 2 elf hats to go and serve and give of their time
Wedding Gift
January: COOL gum mints (talked about not letting relationship get cold)
Wedding Gift

February: Rose pedals and lollipop rings
Wedding Gift
March: Toothpicks (when a conversation gets prickly…)
Wedding Gift
April: 2 plastic eggs in grass (don’t put all your eggs in one basket filled with messaging essential oils and diffusing oil)
Wedding Gift
May: Jolly Ranchers (because we ranch and they love them)
Wedding Gift

Remember any links you click and purchase goes to help us serve kids in need on our ranch. We love to do what we do. Just like this young woman who marries a godly man mentored and pointed her to Christ welcomes a life full of HIS promises. 

Thank you! May the Lord bless you today and enjoy making gifts homemade with love for others!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee

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Oh my! Who doesn’t love the wonderful smell of lilacs? For anyone who has them in their yard, I envy you. We have to go searching for ours and when I find them, I harvest a TON! Making delightful drinks like lemonade, tea, and sparkling waters is just a few that I love to serve.

First you will need to gather your lovely lilacs. Harvesting is delightful all in itself as the smell will overcome your home! By gently pulling the flower head off the little stem only leaving you the flower, place into a strainer and rinse well in fresh clean water. Once this part is done, you can make your syrup which is your base.


Lovely Lilac Syrup:

1 cup of water
1 cup sugar
1 cup of lilacs
Some fresh or frozen blueberries. 5-8 will make a light color, more will make a deeper color.

Boil your sugar and water. Once boiled, bring to a simmer and add your lilacs and blueberries. Let simmer for 10 minutes. Take your liquid and pour into a strainer over a steel bowl. Squish your blueberries into the lilacs getting as much of the flower and blueberries as you can. Let cool and place your syrup in a mason jar and in the refrigerator. This liquid will thicken as it cools. Awesome for your pancakes in the morning!
Lovely Lilac Drinks
Lovely Lilac Lemonade:

In a gallon mason jar
2 Fresh Lemons, juiced
4 cups of water
1/2 cup lilac syrup (taste and see if you want to add more)
Stir and add ice. We add a lemon rind for looks too if you like.

Lemon Ginger Lilac Tea:
If you want to make it a cold tea, let steep and cool than add your ice.

1/2 tsp  Organic Lemon Peel 
1/2 tsp  Organic Ginger root
2-4 tbsp Lilac syrup
2 cups of boiling water

Using your tea strainer, place your lemon peel and ginger root into your strainer. Steep in the boiling water for 10 minutes. Add your syrup while it is steeping. 
As an ice tea let cool and add your ice. YUMMMY!

For a nice fresh water drink add lilacs to a jug of water and let sit in the sun for about an hour.
Add some ice…and WOW…so refreshing!

Lovely Lilac Spritzer:

Lovely Lilac DrinksAdd 2-3 tbsp syrup to full glass of club soda or sparking water. Add
ice and some lovely lilac flowers for another refreshing summertime drink!

I hope you enjoy all summer can bring while you sip some wonderful lovely lilac beverages!

God bless!
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee
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Some days you just need a little pick me up. A little smile. Something to give you a boost!

The winter has indeed been VERY long. It is April 16 here in Minnesota and we just got another 6 inches of snow on top of 10″ last week.

I’ve had it! So I decided to make up some smiles of goodness.

These little treats are fast and easy to make plus they are made with wonderful ingredients that won’t leave you feeling guilty.

Silicone molds  come in a pack of fun shapes will bring on even more smiles plus they’re inexpensive!

Adding the smile treat to the tops of desserts, ice cream, or a little touch of delight to a tea dish for sure will add that smile!

I know the snow will melt…ONE DAY…but until then…onto making some goodies!
Chocolate smile

Ingredients:

1 cup Coconut oil
1/2 cup of Organic Honey
1/4 cup Organic Cocoa Powder

Directions:
1. Place oil and honey in a sauce pan on simmer.
2. Add cacao stirring constantly.  
3. Add your favorite essential oil 1-2 drops. I like orange or lavender. I split the mixture so I had 2 favors.
4. Pour into molds and freeze for 45 minutes.

Chocolate smiles
Pictures edited with Pic Monkey. Great program, easy to use!

Chocolate Smile

These little treats are fun to make for any occasion. I put mine in a mason jar and keep in the refrigerator and pull them out whenever I need a pick me up or to share with guests. 

We will be having 20 guests coming to the ranch for a visit in the snowy conditions tomorrow so these treats will be fun to share. Hopefully they will put a smile on their faces! I am making hot cocoa too. I can’t believe it…APRIL and I feel like it’s December. Oh well…

Enjoy and have a happy smiley day!
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee
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Now that you have decided to take the big plunge and feed your dog a raw diet, your ready to get creative as well as make your pups happy.  Here are 10  homemade healthy recipes that will help you plan, bag up (BPA please), and freeze ready to go! I love making life simple and your pups will love the variety!

I do like using BPA free bags or glass with BPA silicon lids. Either will keep your fresh ingredients safe and away from chemicals. Isn’t that why you decided to go raw in the first place? So store wisely too!

LOVE the bags as they are simple, easy to clean, and save our landfill. Reusable is always a key for our household.

Feeding raw diet 

I feed twice a day so I make up enough for the day and pack in my bag and freeze. Ready to pull out of freezer when I am ready to use. I label the bag too so I know what he gets for the day. If there is egg or liquid broth I add it fresh when I feed. Sometimes the herbs too just depends on my time.

All my dry herbs are from Starwest Botanicals, free shipping too as my purchase is always over $75. Their herb capsules are wonderful for pets too.

Oil Chart:Flaxseed, sunflower, extra virgin olive oil, coconut, and canola are all wonderful. Rule of thumb on how much, the smaller the dog start with 1/4 tsp go up to tbsp for large dogs. (if dry skin add a little more)

Herb Chart:
For dry
Toy dogs under 10 lbs: Pinch
Small dogs 20 lbs: Bigger pinch
Dogs under 50 lbs: 1 tsp
Large dog under 100 lbs: 2 tsp.
Giant dogs: 1 tbsp.
For Fresh
Double or triple the amount
If your dog is fussy, make a paste by adding coconut oil to the herb and mix in food.

Healthy Recipes Dogs Love
1. OH LAY DAY!

Ground turkey organic is best
organ of choice
white rice
chopped spinach
1/4 diced carrots (slightly cooked to soften)
pinch (see chart) cumin 
2 tsp. fresh cilantro chopped 
1 egg including shell
1 slice mango
1 1/2  tsp olive oil

Mix and measure to your dogs size for the day. These measurements for veggies and fruit are for my 35 lb dog. Use your proper measurement for each meal below.

2. MOOOO Day

ground organic burger and or 95% lean
liver
diced sweet potato (slightly boiled for 3 minutes)
basil herb
green beans
olive oil
organic yogurt

Healthy Dog Recipes3. Let’s Go Fishing
salmon in oil
parsley
egg and shell
brocoli both head and stem chopped
turmeric paste (adding olive oil)
cucumber
blueberries

4. Deer Opener Stew
Venison
organ of choice
dandelion herbs
sunflower oil
brussel sprouts
strawberries

5. Chicken and Pumpkin
chicken thigh
organ of choice
chicken  bone broth
egg and shell
organic pumpkin
cocoanut oil
 
6. Swimming Sardines
sardines in oil
organ of choice
flaxseed dry
cauliflower
strawberries
Recipes Dogs Love
7. Pork and Beans
ground pork
organ of choice
rosemary herb
bean sprouts
kale leaf
bone broth
chopped apple

8.  Yummy Orange Chicken Leg
 chicken leg
organ of choice
orange squeezed and grate peel
chia seeds (first soak in water for a 10 minutes)
peas
oregano 
1/4 banana

9. Tropical Chicken Breast
chicken breast
organ of choice
pineapple 
cat claw and corn silk herb tea (recipe below)
mushrooms mix (see recipe)

10. Sassy Sausage
organic pork sausage
organ of choice
zucchini 
bone broth
flax seed
spirulina
hemp oil




Mushroom Mix is an amazing boost for your dog. Helps immune system and organ function.
I make this up and put in a mason jar and leave in refrigerator or cool place. 

1 1/2 cup coconut oil
2 oz organic Red Redshi powder (great for dogs suffering from allergies and skin issues. Also immune booster)
1 oz Shiitake Mushroom powder 
1/2 oz turmeric
3 drops vitamin E oil

Heat oil add mushrooms powders one at time. Add the rest and mix. Turn off burner and let cool. Put in mason jar and label.

Awesome treats that are HEALTHY for your little friend!

I Love this company and their concern for healthy pet care!
Healthy treats
I hope you  find these recipes helpful and give you some ideas to begin your journey in feeding your dog raw, homemade food!

Just know if you click any of the links on the blog you are helping us do what we love to do and that is help kids in need at the ranch.
 Make a list of ingredients and clink on the links to order. We will be eternally thankful!




God bless you,
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee
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I have never so been appalled by the dog food industry and cats for that matter! The lies. Why? Money.
Learning their food is filled with ingredients that cause cancer and many other illness made me review, research, and change to an all raw food diet.Feeding Raw diet



I have owned 8 dogs in my life, known many others of course, and all of them died of cancer. ALL!
That just turns my stomach! I want my pets to die naturally free of pain and live a happy, natural life! Don’t you? 

Can you just imagine if we had this info years ago the quality of life my pets would of had? 


Well this month I decided for our family we are changing. Feeding raw diet


It has been a wonderful choice and seeing my dog happier has been a God send!

I am all about natural feeding with my horses, so why did I not get this with my dog? DAH! 

Serving Size for your “Easy Raw Dog Food”:

*Special note: These are general guidelines, we are not trying to land a man on Mars. If your dog is losing a little weight eating the raw dog food and this is not desired, increase the amount you are feeding. If your dog is gaining weight on the serving size then cut back a little. In short, adjust the serving size of raw dog food depending on your dogs age, weight and activity level.

  • 10 lb. dog1/2 cup raw dog food daily+1/2 tsp DE +1/2 TBSP Olive oil or Coconut oil
  • 20 lb. dog 1 cup raw dog food daily + 1 tsp DE + 1 Tbsp Olive oil or Coconut oil
  • 40 lb. dog 2 cups raw dog food daily + 2 tsp DE + 2 tbs Olive oil or Coconut oil
  • 60 lb. dog 3 cups raw dog food daily + 3 tsp DE + 3 tbsp Olive oil or Coconut oil
  • 80 lb. dog 3 1/2–4 cups raw dog food daily +3 1/2 tsp DE + 3 1/2 tbs Olive oil or Coconut oil

***Special Note: If you add the supplements to the whole batch when making the dog food recipe it is not necessary to add them with each serving. Use whichever method you find easier. Supplements like a probiotic which is awesome to add to your diet as well!

DE=Diatomaceous Earth

Now…you want to know how to do this? 

Well, lets get to the menu part. I have spent a ton of time reviewing the best for my pet, so I want to pass it along to whoever wants to change for their best friend. 
Raw diet
Cats…well….I don’t have one yet. So when that happens I will make up a menu for them. Until then, research on your own. You will love it! Promise!

Here is a link to menu ideas!

Leave a comment of your results!

Here is new BPA diffuser that I run in our home for our pets. 

Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee

Love this chart I got off of Pinterest.

 

If you’re nervous about this, I get it! I was too! You can always add a wonderful raw diet already pre packaged to get you started or to have on hand when you don’t have time to put together your meals. They also provide automatic monthly shipping so another thing you don’t have to think about!
 
Here is a brand I recommend. Check them out! TRUDOG
Raw Meals for dogs
If you’re ready to get started…begin here!
God bless you and know your doing a great thing for your pet!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee

 

 

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Ranch Life
Being in God’s word is really the only thing I can do to overcome my fear of something. Learning from Bokoda, our Haflinger horse, has taught me many things I do that simply don’t work. One…RUN! Fear will not go away. Fear will just keep coming back and learning to confront will help overcome.

Bokoda is a prey animal. He hears or sees something he thinks could kill him, he will run. It’s instinct. To save his life he is wired to run. God created horses to save themselves they must run away as fast as they can!

For us, NO. What does running do? For me I have had broken relationships because I didn’t want to deal with it any more. I have situations that I didn’t want to get hurt again, so the answer was to run away, instead of confront. I felt like the situation was impossible to fix or reconcile. 

But I forgot one truth.

Brokenness and fear festers deep within when things are unresolved. The fear actually gets worse!

Remembering a truth…
“For the Heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your way and My thoughts tan your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:9

When I embraced the truth and thought was impossible, became God’s possible.

Since fear has no power over me as I have Jesus to help me overcome this major little word, I can indeed run to Jesus in the midst of fear vs. running away.

When we have Christ, He takes over. Indeed there is not only power in that alone, but what a promise we can hold on to! With Christ we can overcome ANY fear! 

A bad diagnosis, a new change in life, loss of someone dear to us and being alone. You name it. Jesus’ has them all!

What a wonderful gift we have of art and being creative in our bibles. Below is a video on my new love..Gelatos! WOW! They are SO fun! There are many ways to use them and here I am showing one of many.

Devo creations verses:
Matthew 6:25-34
Psalm 60:2-4

Overlays are from Dayspring…click the link on the sidebar
Gesso
Gelatos Toolset
Gelatos Set



In the video there is some blurred images. Sorry about that! Also the page I created is in Psalms not Isaiah. I was all over the Bible that day and got caught up in the moment. I hope you find it helpful and maybe even giving you power to overcome fears you have in your life today.

What fear are you dealing with right now and how can I pray for you?

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Spring is a time for splashy colors and making fun, cute baskets to give to loved ones and friends! 

My favorite colors are the bright lime greens, soft yellows, and of course the pinks, so I decided to make up these baskets for birthday gift giving and of course May Day surprises.

You can find the die cut shapes on Sizzix or Amazon which I will highlight under the pictures. Remember, there is a TON of ideas on the  Sizzix site and really look around you may find a cuter die cut that fits your style. For example, the butterfly. There are many to choose from and if I had a more detailed one I would have used that, but didn’t.
I found Amazon provided some better basket boxes and Sizzix was sold out of a few.
 I had to bounce between the two and so may you. You will need a Big Shot or Cuttlebug to cut your dies. Once your into this machine your creative juices will really rock!

I also have come upon another company, The Fun Stampers Journey. I have a link to a gal who would be happy to help you, as well as get some of the die cuts from her. Her name is Pam and she is sweet. When you go to her link, you can click on the catalog and look around. 
FSJ also has the bags!

So enjoy the shopping and being creative. 

To make the basket topper you will need either one of these:

The solid die cut from Sizzix the #661018, just put it in the search part.
Daisy die from Amazon

For a CUTE scallop but with more lace type flare try this one:

You will see more…see what you like.

Scallop lace from Amazon
For these two  Sizzix doesn’t carry any more but put links from Amazon for you.

Here is one

Sizzix

Circle Scallop #660021 for fun edging. Just put it in the search part of the site. 

 Here is one

Hope the video here helps in how to make the basket handle for your bags.


Want some of these cute bags? Lime green, purple, pink, yellow, and teal. Just email me and I would be happy to send you some! Free will offering! (they’re cheap!) I did say 50 cents a bag on the video, but want you to have them if you like.

homesteadranchgirl@gmail.com

Enjoy making your fun basket gift bags this spring! They are cute!

Here is a video explaining how I did them. MAN Smilebox hasn’t fix this yet, but hope to get it fixed so you can see the whole HOW TO which got cut off. Hang in there…it will get fixed!


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Ranch Life, The Boys
We love our animals! We hate it when their hurting! Using essential oils and making changes in our home environment can be the first step to keep our pets healthy!

Here is a wonderful link to Dr. Z book and well as another link to an article that can help you get started and feel more confident in using essential oils with your pets.








Of course, I recommend Rocky Mountain Oils, free shipping in US PLUS they offer so many discounts, rewards and more.

Using essential oils with Pets

I found most fascinating was the info on household items, even TV and internet connections. Our animals are sensitive to this stuff.

Essential Oil Vet – Janet Roark, DVM is on Facebook and has a website as well that is awesome! She is wonderful in handling our pets in the most natural way as possible. I would suggest contacting her if you have any questions. 

Until next time…make sure you take care of your pets the way you take care of yourself and family! 
Their worth it! Everyday is a SPA day for our beloved pets, right?
essential oils for pets
That spa juice not alcohol! HA!


Keepin our home and ones we love healthy and happy!

God bless your week!
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee
Our pets:

Nugget and Bokoda

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Food, Healthy Eating, Living Naturally, Ranch Life

I found a new delightful tea! Blackberry leaf which is a close relative to the Rasperry leaf another favorite of mine.

Blackberry leaves are high in vitamins and nutrients like vitamin A,C, E, K and B 1,2,3 and 6, also calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, and zinc. It may help relieve diarrhea, inflammation and so many other properties. Recently I had a tummy issue and drinking this throughout the day helped the bubbles in my stomache and other issues if you know what I mean. Some tea and essential oils aided in a good night sleep and woke up new again! 

NOW I have some sad news. Bulk Herb Store who we love to share with you is going out of business. So as you read these new recipes, go visit and help this Christian family move into another chapter of their life.
We love Bulk Herb Store and hope you find some wonderful teas and herbs to make up your own.


Each recipe below makes 1/2 pint cute little mason jar!

Blackberry Tea Recipes

For cold and flu

2 tbsp. blackberry leaves

2 tbsp. elder flowers

2 tbsp. ounce linden flowers

1 tbsp. peppermint leaves ( I like Spearmint too)

Prepare hot water and pour over tea blend steep for 10 minutes serve with honey or favorite sweetener.

 

This tea helps combat intestinal gas and mild diarrhea. This tea warms tummy and soothes intestinal inflammation.

Upset Tummy (all herbs I found on Bulk Herb just click link on the sidebar to log in)

2 tbsp. Blackberry leaves

2 tbsp. Raspberry leaves

2 tbsp. Chamomile flowers

1 tbsp.  Spearmint leaves or peppermint

Tea for Rheumatism

2.5 tbsp. Blackberry leaves

2 tbsp. White willow bark

1 cup Nettles leaves

2 tbsp. Horsetail leaves

Drink 2 cups a day for 1-2 weeks. Reduce your intake as symptoms decrease.

 

Use for sore Throat Pain

For an oncoming of Strep, you can oil pull with coconut oil and Immunity Blend essential oil first thing in the morning. Follow up with gargling with salt water. Do at least 2 times a day.

Make up a cup of blackberry tea at first sign of sore throat. Let it cool a bit and gargle with it. Drink 2-3 cups of tea daily and gargle as often as you can.

This herb is a bit sweet so it is lovely on food!

Sprinkle the herb on your salads, put into cakes, or sweet rolls or breads. Wonderful!

I hope you find this tea a wonderful spring thirst quencher!

God bless and HAPPY SPRING!
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee


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Oh boy! I found a new recipe triggered by a relative on my husbands side. His great Aunt Cherie.
SO simple using chocolate wafers (or make your own) and whipping cream! Yummmmmmy! For this is a Nanna’s treat with chocolate goodness!

Aunt Cherie use to make this treat with her kids many moons ago and I can see why it was a hit. First, it’s cheap. Second it’s simple, easy to do with kids, and third everyone will love them!

Try a batch you won’t be sorry!


Ingredients:

2 cups of whipping cream
1 tsp. Vanilla
1 package of chocolate wafers (or make your own recipe below)
1 drop of Orange Essential oil

Directions:

1) Whip cream in mixer until peaks form. At least 5 minutes or so.
2) Add vanilla, mix in.
3) On cookie sheet line with parchment paper.
4) Scoop cream mixture on one cookie and lay another on top. You can add another layer if you like or just top with cream.
5) Place  in freezer for 4 hours. TRY not to sneak and take one…FAT CHANCE…I did!

Adding essential oils to your everyday cooking is not only adding amazing flavor, but is SO good for you instead of extracts full of yucky stuff. SO try it! 

 Homemade Chocolate Cookies

½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened

¾ cup sugar

½ cup brown sugar, packed

1 tsp pure vanilla (or get creative and add orange, peppermint, or lavender, essential oil ONE drop)

1 cup all-purpose flour

¾ cup cacao powder

½ tsp baking soda

¼ tsp salt

¼ cup almond milk

Directions:

  1. Cream together the butter, sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla or oils, about 2 minutes.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, cacoa powder, soda and salt.
  3. Next add the dry ingredients into the butter mixture. Add milk just to combine.
  4. Form a log about 1 ½ inches think. I covered my hands with coconut oil, you can use any oil even some butter.
  5. Place in refrigerator for 2 hours.
  6. Set oven 350 degrees. Place log on parchment paper on your cookie sheet.
  7. Cut each log piece about 1/8 inch thick coin size
  8. Make sure they are 2 inches apart or so. Bake for 8 minutes. Bake extra if they are not dry looking.
Your ready to put your whipping cream on and freeze! Or eat them all!

Hope this is a wonderful time cooking with your children or grandchildren!

God’s blessings,
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee
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Health, Jarrin, Living Naturally
Oh my…if you have read through my blog, you know  I LOVE Calendula! This gorgeous flower is so easy to grow and not only looks beautiful in your garden but is awesome for DIY for body, teas, and cooking. The horses adore it! Calendula is one medicinal herb you will want to know more about.

To make this salve the infused oil takes three days to prep. Once it’s made it lasts for 2 years or more and you can make multiple salves and balms with it. 


New Butter To Try
I discovered a wonderful salve recipe and wanted to share. What makes this salve wonderful is the mango butter. Instead of using shea butter, I decided to substitute shea for this as well as add these other ingredients I think you will find just as wonderful! This salve is just plain ol’ filled with substitutions…my middle name in cooking too! But ahhhh so good!



Ingredients Needed:

3 tbsp Calendula herbal infused oil (see recipe at bottom takes three days to infuse)

2 tbsp mango butter (substitute for shea butter)

1 tbsp + 1 tsp Carnauba wax (substitute for bees wax, more shinny look, takes longer to melt)

1 tbsp Kokum butter (substitute for cocoa butter…it is a flaky looking butter not to be mean)

¼ tsp Vit E. oil

9 drops Lavender essential oil

9 drops Roman Chamomile essential oil

4 drops Balsam of Peru (this is a VERY thick oil, like vanilla)

Jars that are fun…also any small jar work!

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Directions:

1) In double boiler slowely melt down the Calendula oil, butters, and wax in the jar you will be storing it in.
2) Do not rush this or have high heat or it may scald oils. Stir with a wooden stick or tool until wax is melted.











3) Once ingredients  are fully melted, remove from heat and place on cooling pad. Wait 5 minutes or so and stir in Vit.E and essential oils.

4)  Let rest in room temperatur before using. It will get hard pretty quick. Don’t put lid on jar until fully cooled.

 

 

This should last about a year or 2.

How to make your infused oil

What you need: ( click on Bulk Herb Store to get these herbs, flowers)
3/4 cup Calendula Flowers
1/4 cup Rose Hips
1/4 cup Comfrey
1/4 cup Chamomile Flowers
1/4 cup Arnica 
1/4 Yarrow
Coconut oil (0r any carrier oil of your choice)
Vit. E

How to make:

1. Fill glass jar 1/3 full of herbal mix and cover with coconut oil. Screw on lid and place jar on top of a dishtowel in a crock pot or Dutch oven.( we love cast iron)
2. Fill the crock pot with water (but not above the year’s lid) and turn on warm for three days or low simmer if using a stove.
3. Check the water level every day to make sure the water hasn’t evaporated and fill as needed. NVER pour cold water over a hot glass jar.
4. After 3 days, strain off herbs from the oil with cheese cloth( while warm) or strainer. Add you Vit. E

Label and keep in a dark place. 

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Keeping it natural as we can around the ranch!
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee

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