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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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Ranch Life, Ranch Life, The Boys
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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Crafts, Paper/Cards
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

Nubella

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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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Ranch Life
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. 

** All purchases through the affiliate links help support what we do on our ranch ministry! Thank you! God is good!

May the Lord bless you as you prepare recipes to keep you and your family healthy! Please let me know if you made some and how you liked it!

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

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Bible Journaling, Peace, Ranch Life
Are you feeling overwhelmed by something today?

Why is it some days seem like bad things keep piling up? A phone call, a text, news, prayer chain, things breaking down, on and on. The feeling of powerlessness and simply… overwhelmed by it all! Are you feeling overwhelmed by something today?

“Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her warfare is ended, her iniquity is pardoned,  she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.”
Isaiah 40:11

After reading this passage with a weight as heavy as the spring snow, comes another overwhelming feeling…peace. You see, by taking time in my bible reading and listening to what the Lord is saying takes the overwhelming negative stuff and turns it all into overwhelming peace. Why? 

God’s got this! He has the bad news, illness of others, death of a loved one, house or car falling apart, bills to paid. The Lord has all these worldly struggles but we so often carry the weight of the snow ourselves. So dumb! However, each time the bad comes we have a choice.


Look at the first two words. Comfort He even repeats it, COMFORT. The Lord God is comforting His children by speaking tenderly. Our God is so personal demonstrating with a word that instantly brings peace. COMFORT!

I love this! 

How does our God bring comfort? First through His word by reading it, accepting, and receiving every word as true.

By a phone call from an encourager and someone who will pray your problem through.

Simply waiting, crying out to God, and asking for peace in the struggle brings upon a little more peace.

What have you heard or dealt with in just the last few days? What struggle? What did you do when you heard it or came upon it? Did you call a friend? How about going to your phone or computer and facebooking your problem? Maybe just wept and kept  it to yourself. All of these things are not bad but did they help? Did you carry this struggle throughout your day, week, or longer? 

I would say NOT, as I have done all the above!

 Rather than going to self gratifying answers, may I suggest once again turning to your Lord and Savior. Trust me, He has the answers. He says “the warfare is ended” it’s done! He has it taken care of. Our sins our even pardoned as the verse continues and even received double! Amazing good news! Do you see that? We need to look up when a struggle happens so the bad news can be turned to good by trusting in HIS ways and HIS timing. 

The Lord does not want us in an overwhelmed state feeling like we are stuck or up to our necks with problems we can’t escape. He wants us to experience freedom even in the tough times. The longer we stay in the struggle the less we can do for Him. 

If I am holding onto a problem, I can’t do the tasks of this ministry. My focus is on the problem vs. getting to His call on my life. When I am in a session with a child who is facing a major struggle, I am not able to be a good example of living in freedom with Christ. Therefore, when I am sharing Christ it isn’t as powerful as when I have prayed and given the problem to the Lord.

overwhelmed cowboy
Looking at his picture do you see a cowboy up to his neck with snow? Or do you see a cowboy enjoying looking over the top and seeing the LIGHT and being thankful it’s not over his head. It’s like the glass half full thing.  How do we deal with  life issues and what is given to us?

Here’s a thought. Next time you experience an overwhelmed situation, look up. Get in the Word. 

Pray, talk to God letting Him know your pain and struggle. God doesn’t want you to carry the load He already has. He can melt that snow! Maybe not same day, or season even. But He will melt it!

So call on Him, get rid of it so you can get back to HIS purpose for your day and life.

Trust your God can bring an overwhelmed circumstances to overcoming!

May you find the peace that passes all understanding, listen to his tender words, and embrace the word COMFORT in the world of overwhelming problems.

Give it to Him and Get to work! Ultimately, He is given all the glory because you gave your struggle to Him and trusted Jesus to take care of your worries.

We are getting into the Easter season…FREEDOM is celebrated! If you give  baskets to love ones, think about a basket of Hope, Freedom, and His Love! Giving HIS word, a bible, or a simple message of Hope in a card!

 

Love deeper, talk sweeter,
enjoy some quiet time
with Jesus,
Lee 
(new diffusers for your essential oils and other 
good things)
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Food, Ranch Life

Do you love homemade bread? Would you like a pretty easy way to make the most amazing bread using your Dutch oven? I am telling you…it is easy and it is absolutely wonderful!

YES there is kneading involved 

Ok, I get it! Making homemade bread involves a little work, but it is SO satisfying! If you have a kitchen aid than you will only have to knead by hand once…no big deal!

Tried and True

Both my hubby and I have tried this recipe three times now and what we put below is the best route. Cutting the top before you bake it was our first disagreement, but decided it really gives the bread a nice look, plus it does help the bread not to flatten. 


Ingredients:

3-4 cups of flour (check directions)

1 tsp active dry yeast

1 ½ cups warm water

1 tsp salt

sea salt

Olive Oil spray and more for brushing top

 

Instructions:

First make sure you read this through. It is important to take each step so you know what to look for if your not familiar with making bread. . My hubby is so good at this so I learned from him.

Combine the 1 cup of flour, water, yeast and salt in the bowl of the stand up mixer with your dough hook attached. Mix at medium speed. Add one cup at a time. Stopping at 3-3 ½ cups. This is important! Depending on where you are and the temp in your home, dough can get funny. You want the dough to feel elastic like and be pulling all the dough from the bowl as the hook mixes. It should take 5-10 minutes. Only add more flour if that isn’t happening. I also had to use a spatula to scrap sides to get it going. Once it is elastic like by stretching a piece of it, your ready for the next step.

Next leave dough in bowl and cover with towel for 2-4 hours until double in size and does not spring back when you push your finger in it. These little tips my hubby gave me so use them…they work!

Turn dough onto a work surface with a tiny bit of flour and knead to release and redistribute the yeast. This should be 5-8 minutes. Shape it roughly into a ball, cover it with a towel and let rest for 10 minutes to allow the gluten to relax.

Shaper the dough into a tight ball-the tighter the better-by rolling it on the works surface between your palms.

Spray or coat the bottom and sides of a large Dutch oven or cast iron pot at least 5 ½ quarts or larger with spray olive oil.

 

Put dough in middle of sprayed pot and place lid on. Allow the dough to rise again, 30- 60 minutes. Here in MN in winter it was rising for 4 hours, just so you know each dough will do different things in different places.

 

Preheat oven 450 degrees F

 

Rub 1 tbsp of olive oil or more if you like gently over the surface dough. Score the bread with a sharp knife making an X this allows the dough to expand freely.
Sprinkle the dough with salt. Place in Dutch oven, cover and place in your oven.

 

After 30 minutes remove the lid, reduce the oven temp to 375 and continue baking until the bread is nicely browned and cooked through. It should have an internal temp of 200 degrees or so when done.

 

Allow the bread to rest on rack for at least 30 minutes so the interior finishes cooking.

DON”T leave it in the Dutch oven to cool. It will still be cooking!

Enjoy with LOTS of butter! YUM!!!!

It might seem like a weird shape…but it is wonderful! Taste is what it’s all about right?

God bless you
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee

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Health, Ranch Life
These are my top 10 blends to put into easy roll-on bottles. The 1o recipes below I use on a regular bases due to the issues either I face or my family does. Recently I found Dr. Z masterclass gave a ton of great info on using rollers. One being always to add a carrier oil for absorption. So helpful! Here is his book which I HIGHLY recommend! It is awesome!


With each  roller bottle I put the carrier oil in first just a few squirts than add drops of each oil recommended. Fill the bottle with carrier oil just before the top. If I am using the oil bottle a lot, I will fill the bottle. If I think I am only going to use it for a short time, I just cut the amounts in half to keep the oils always fresh. Recommended to use up the bottle in 3-5 months for full freshness. 

Here are some adorable labels for both your rollers and bottles. Darling!
The company sent a verse in the package! So awesome!


1) Allergy:
3 drops Peppermint essential oil
2 drops Lavender essential oil
2 drops of Eucalyptus essential oil
Mix in 10 ml roller bottle with favorite carrier oil. I got this recipe from my favorite resource Dr. Z
My husband and daughter suffer hugely with allergies and both of them find much relief by using this blend. BUT, they also needed to be in good gut health and on a probiotic. Of course, Plexus is our go to!



2) Joyful Morning:
4 drops Orange
2 drops Spearmint
2-3 drops Rosemary
Add favorite carrier oil. I also love Sweet Marjoram.
LOVE this blend and wonderful to diffuse too!

3) Immune Boost:
I use the Rocky Mountain Immune Strength. It is the BEST and really works for our family. I put 10 drops into a roller bottle along with Jojoba carrier oil. I carry this with me anytime I am out an about! I put behind my ears and neck and even chest. LOVE LOVE this blend. Diffusing it also is a bonus!

If your fighting flu bugs check this out! Immune Boost Shot

4) Carpel tunnel: from Dr Z. This REALLY worked for me! In just a few days I was already feeling less pain, and in a week totally gone!
4 drops of Copaiba
3 drops Sweet Marjoram
3 drops Basil
2 drops Frankincense
Fill  the rest with your favorite carrier oil. I used Almond. Apply 2-3 times a day or onset of pain.
LOVE this roll-on!

5) Joints/Arthritis:
3 drops Lavender
3 drops Sweet Marjoram
2 drops Rosemary
2 drops Eucalyptus
2 drops Peppermint
Add your favorite carrier oil. I use Jojoba and Apricot for this one. (If you have sever pain, I would also add Melissa (lemon balm) Message into problem area.

6) Thyroid: Apply this roller everyday for 3 weeks to thyroid area. Than just 2-3 x week if your levels are ok. I am still experimenting with this as I would love to get off my med. 
4 drops Clove Bud 
3 drops Myrrh 
3 drops Thyme
 2 drops Peppermint
2 drops Frankincense 

7) Sinus/congestion/Headaches:
4 drops Peppermint
3 drops Eucalyptus,
2 drops Lavender
Fill bottle Fractionate coconut oil.  Roll on back of neck and shoulder areas. Forhead if you want to as well.
Roman Chamomile is also wonderful both as an herb for tea as well as added to your roll-on or directly applied with a carrier oil. For headaches I use the Peppermint and carrier oil directly on my neck and temples as well as inhale with steam.

8) Calming:
4 drops Roman Chamomile
3 drops Lavender
3 drops Blend of Sandalwood
Mix with Fractionate coconut oil.

9) Focus:
4 drops Vetiver
3 drops Lavender
2 drops Cedarwood
2 drops Frankincense
Mix with Jojoba carrier oil.
Rocky Mountain Oils has this one already pre-blended. 

10) Tummy Upset:
3 drops Dill
3 drops Black Pepper
3 drops Mandarin
2 drops Fennel
2 drops Ginger root
1 drop Peppermint
Mix with Fractionate Coconut oil. Also comes in a blend with Rocky Mountain and kids roll-on. 

Rocky Mountain has rollers already mixed if you prefer. I love making my own as some oils I like more than others, plus it is a cost saver for me. By having individual oils, I have the freedom to make many different roll-ons.

*I do not make any claims that essential oils will work for your particular element. I suggest you always get advice from your physician over any medical issues you have. The information we provide is just that information. We hope by choosing essential oils you will find relief as our family has!

God’s blessings and enjoy trying these helpful, quick rollers.
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee
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Hope, Ministry, Overcome, Ranch Life
My word for 2018 is rest. Am I doing a good job going into month three? Resting in Jesus is not easy because doubts creep in.

I am in the Book of John 1:29-34.

John the disciple and John the Baptist are both so open. Their hearts are genuine and real. They LOVE the Lord!

Sitting in my warm home looking out at the sunshine and fresh fallin’ snow, I imagine what it would of been like to be John the Baptist.  To be watching his cousin approaching  him as he was baptizing others and to have the LAMB OF GOD walk into the waters. Oh my! 


My Big Things

What are your big things in life right now? Health issues, children, marriage, job, financial problems? 
Have you asked yourself “how can I really rest in__________? Your blank is whatever the unrest is.

My big things (notice the S) is our season coming up in ministry. Meeting financial obligations. Being strong in my walk with the Lord to be able to help others. Events coming up and the planning it takes. Keeping the animals and ranch in good care. My list could go on!

Doubt creeps in!

Resting in Jesus within this HUGE responsibility of life is hard!

What I need to remember?


Let’s take a look at what happens once Jesus is placed under water. “John the baptist testified, ‘I saw the Holy Spirit descending like a dove from heaven and resting upon Him’. Do you see that? John witnessed the Holy Spirit resting on Jesus. 

Our friend John goes on, verse 33 “I didn’t know He was the One, but when God sent me to baptize with water, he told me, “the One on whom you see the Spirit descend and rest is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.”

Can you just imagine this scene? Well folks, we do need to picture this especially when we are facing life issues! If we have confessed our sins, and claim Jesus as Lord, we too have the Holy Spirit RESTING on our shoulders. NOT the problems of the world…the Holy Spirit Who gives us courage, strength, and hope to carry on! What a gift we have!


Resting in the ONE…Jesus! Resting in knowing without doubt the Holy Spirit will give you the power to overcome! 

HOW IN THE WORLD do I do this?

Simple…get in the Word of God. Memorize His promises. Post them on your mirror in the morning. Say out loud “Lord I confess I have doubted you in____________ (name it) and I know you will repair, fix, or have it in the palm of your hand!”

Resting in the Big Things is resting in Jesus!

Trust me, The Lamb of God has the BIG and little things in your life!

Now go rest, pray, and rejoice in His power! 

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

Some great new bible journaling items from Day Spring I think you will love! A whole collection on the Fruit of the spirit! NEW TOO!
(affiliate link and purchase goes to help our ministry)
Fruit of the Spirit sheets
Fruit of the Spirit card stock and stickers
Fruit of the Spirit Wasabi Tape

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Health, Living Naturally, Ranch Life

 

Cholorine bleach is doum hyprochlorite, a solution of cholorine and diluted soduum hydroxide. Hum…first when exposed to air, the cholorine evaporates as a gas from the bleah solutions at high rate, which is why there is such a strong smell with bleach. YUK. WHY do people want that in their homes? Those fumes can cause headhaches and dizziness to internal tissue damage of the nasal pulmonary,, and bronchial tissues if exposed is eiteh servere or prolonged. YUK YUUK! Here is an article for you to read if you want to. https://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/emergency/chemical_terrorism/chlorine_tech.htm

 

How safe is Hydrogen peroxide?

I recommend you read up on this It is important for your own knowledge!

http://www.h2o2.com/products-and-services/us-peroxide-technologies.aspx?pid=112&name=Hydrogen-Peroxide

Why add vinegar?

Vinegar is so easy to find and really it is used in most homemade DIY recipes so one usually always has it around the house. Vinegar has been proven to inactivate certain strains of the flu,(http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0008987) including H1N1 as well as others.( http://www.aciscience.org/docs/alternative_hard_surface_cleaners.pdf)

From this article an executive at Heinz http://www.greenchicafe.com/vinegar-green-cleaning-101) ( pure 5% whie vinegar willkill approximately 99% of bacteria 82% of mold, and 80% of germs when used for cleaning.


Your very own DIY Bleach

Mix in an amber spray bottle

 

1 cup of hydrogen peroxide (3% solutions)

½ tsp Tbsp citric acid

1 cup water

½ cup  apple cider vinegar “mother” on label

5 drops of Lemon essential oil (or any citrus blend)

Store in dark place as light will weaken the solutions. Lasts up to 2-3 months in dark bottle.

 

I also use this ¼ cup in my laundry in whites. You can test it on your colors if you like. I haven’t yet tried it really don’t need to with the DIY detergent I use.

Tips on cleaning your home click here!

In conclusion, STOP USING BLEACH YA’LL! It is unsafe, unhealthy, and really why!

Let me know what your thoughts are on the subject! I think we all need to hear so we learn from one another! Comment below.

God bless you as you continue to improve a healthier way of life.
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee

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Health, Living Naturally, Ranch Life
As I sit here typing I can see little cobwebs in the corners of my windows. YUK! It’s time to get to the spring cleaning! 

Oh if you’re a bleach user…click here for some helpful info!

Make a plan

 While this task can seem daunting, it helps me stay focused.
I make a plan to clean one room fully a day, maybe two if the room is small enough like the bathrooms.  Set the task for the day so it won’t seem overwhelming. Personally, I take one day to do it all putting everyone in charge of one room. 

Check List
spring-cleaning-checklist
I learned this from a friend who cleans homes for a living and love this concept.  It just reminds me what I need to do, plus I love CHECKING things off. It makes me feel like I completed something!
(The suggested cleaners on the second page really are no big deal plus the links don’t work. You can print off just the first page and have it with you while you clean.)

DIY all your cleaning supplies

Of course I am going to recommend this concept! Really folks, all you need is a good polish or dusting spray, floor and counters or sinks  use the same mixture. Windows too for that matter. The world’s market out there is selling you a TON of stuff you don’t need. Make a few of these up and you’re set!

If you don’t have time, I recommend checking out the all around cleaner here


Counters/shelves really everything spray:
12 oz Amber spray bottle
5 oz distilled water
5 oz white vinegar
1 tsp baking soda
20 drops of favorite citrus essential oil or Immune Strength for winter season



Floor Cleaner:
simple a bucket of water, 1 cup of vinegar, 2-5 drops of  your favorite essential oil

Dusting spray wood and fans:
4 oz.Amber spray bottle
1/2 cup almond or olive oil
1/4 cup vinegar
10 drops of lemon essential oil
Shake before using


Toilet and sinks:
Toilet Bubbles

Sinks:
Left over parmesan cheese shaker or wide mouth mason jar
1 cup of baking soda
20 drops of Immune Strength Essential oil

Window cleaner:
12 oz  stainless steel spray bottle
3/4 cup white vinegar
3/4 cup distilled water
10 drops of lemon essential oil
Mix after every spray

Dish soap:
1/2 cup Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Castile soap
2 tsp vegetable glycerin
6 drops lemon essential oil
4 drops tea tree essential oil
4 drops of eucalyptus or myrtle essential oil
Pour all ingredients into a GLASS mason jar or bottle. Fill the bottle with water, allowing enough room for the pump if that is what you are using. Shake well before use.

Put on the music and your diffuser! Clean out the vacuum regularly and even put your favorite essential oil on the pads in the vacuum. 
I use a citrus blend just to keep me joyful! My favorite, Spearmint, Orange, and Rosemary. A couple of drops in the vacuum and you will be dancing while you clean! I also diffuse this trio a lot! Amazing aroma in the home! So fresh!


As a result of using all DIY all natural cleaning supplies, your spring cleaning and using the check off list will be giving you and your family a wonderful place to live life! In addition to being a ROCKSTAR!




Remember…when you choose to click on the links on this blog you are helping us reach at risk kids and suffering families with our ministries. THANK YOU! You help us so we can help others!

God’s blessing as you clean the HOME HE provided.
Worship while you clean!
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee
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Herb Basket, Living Naturally, Ranch Life, Thyme Out

 Why Make your own organic potting soil mix?

This is such an easy thing to do and really is much healthier for you. Plus, it will save you a bit more money than going out and buying a premade bag of potting soil. Making your own organic potting soil will feel great and your seedlings and plants will thank you! 


If you need some ideas for what to put your seedlings in you can go HERE

If your new to getting started with seedlings, HERE is a few of our ranch tips.

Things to know what a good potting mix will do:

  • * Will be firm enough to support the plant
  • * Contribute light enough to allow air and water to flow with minimal compaction

* Be free of weed seeds and potential pathogens




Coconut Coir: In may potting mix recipes they call for peat moss, but since there is many debates regarding mining from peat bogs, I decided to use the coir instead. Coconut coir is a by-product of the coconut-processing industry and is ground up coconut husk fibers. How cool is that? It is wonderful for retaining water. I got mine in a brick form so you have to soak it in water before it is ready to use. If you like peat moss in your recipe, substitute it 1:1.

 

Perlite: Perlite is a volcanic rock. It holds water and helps to aerate the soil and keep it from compacting. Some folks also use vermiculite or plain old course sand in place of Perlite in some potting soil recipes.

 

Compost: LOVE this stuff. First, it is the soil you made from all those left over scrapes! Ours are filled with tea herbs so how wonderful this will be to use in my potting mix! Just make sure the compost is “finished’ or it will burn your plants or introduce weed seeds into your pots. Use the finest part of the compost you can get. I had to sift a bit to get out some chunks.

 

DIY Potting Soil Recipe

(the affiliate links helps our ranch ministry)

 

A “part” can be anything you use for a measuring device. Like a cup, bucket, can, etc. All depends on how much you need to make.

 

If your coir is in a block you will need to add water to it. I used my hands and worked it until it was really moist.

Next, mix the coir and your compost. Add more water as it makes it easier to work with. I like it damp to easily work.

Add your Perlite, stir it well and BAM…your ready to fill those planters! Congrats you little homesteader you!

Let me know what you think! Send a picture or comment how your seedlings did using your own orgainc potting soil recipe!

God’s blessings as you plant HIS goodness, naturally!
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee

 

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Ranch Life, Thyme Out

 

Getting the itch with the smell of spring! What do I do? YEP, start my seedlings! I make it easy applying some simple steps and making a plan.

 

With each day bringing warmer temps and melting snow, I start imagining what kind of herbs and veggies we want to have on the ranch.

Taking a walk around and seeing the seeds that worked last year and the ones that didn’t and  making notes along the way. Now I can start my plan.

 

First DIY Step: VISUALIZE

 

Today I took a walk around the ranch and visualized where I want some new growing herbs and flowers.

Now that we have our cute tack shack, I want to put some bigger pots on the outside deck where they would get full sun. We don’t have much sun so I need to take what I can get! Next is the area we had the tires with the herbs for the horses to graze through. “Thyme Out Pasture”.  We were given a grant by our local St. Joseph’s Foundation last year in May of 2017 and it worked out beautifully. This area I would like to build out of tin some beds. We used tires to start out and since it was so successful we want to make them bigger. HUM…may need to make a special dinner tonight and chat with Dan about this one!

Lastly, both Dan and I agreed we need to enlarge our veggie garden so I marked that out as well. NOTE…we still have over a foot of snow!

 

Second DIY Step: Prepare Your seeds

 

This part is fun! After my visualization and what flowers, herbs, and veggies we need I purchased the seeds. I use Mountain Herb but you sure can get your seeds anywhere. I also have a master gardener in our church who I will also  use as a resource. I am excited to learn a lot from him this year! He is 93!

After the seeds arrive I get my trays ready. I went to the local nursery where we bring manure and he gives me free dirt as well as these plastic trays. They hold a TON of seedlings!  Another idea is to ask your local nursery for any extra trays they don’t need. You can get these seed pods which are also awesome! They would be an expense vs free, but they work great and easy to use! Wanna try another idea that won’t cost you anything?

Make your own! Use eggs shells or toilet paper rolls! Here is 8 ideas; DIY on that!

Lastly, fill the trays with soil and get your seeds planted and water in the bottom of the trays! I use popsicle sticks to mark my seeds. Just make sure you mark every tray what they are.

How to make your own soil. If you compost, this is a wonderful way to use your homestead soil!

Third DIY Step: Window Light, or Florescent Light?

We have huge windows in our home and with every window is where I put my seedlings. But this isn’t ideal. I would like to work towards having a warm greenhouse and that is a dream of mine one day, but I also could go the extra mile and get some florescent lights and place the seedlings on a shelf. This is a wonderful way to grow your seeds. However, this would cost me some money. By the time I purchase at least 4 lights and have my hubby link this all up it would be April. So I have chosen to use my windows and the greenhouse shelves. I found a picture for you of the florescent one incase you want to try this. It is a better way! Let me know too I always love to hear what others have done!

Fourth DIY Step: Babying your Seedlings

 

Make sure you check your baby’s everyday and the trays are full of water. They will drink what they need. The biggest struggle is sunlight for me especially this time of year, hence the florescent system but what ever you choose you pray for lots of sunshine!

 

Once your season begins depending on where your zone is transplant away! Some I will be putting into planters in April keeping them in our home until May. Most of our gardening won’t take place unfortunately until Memorial weekend. Such a bummer, but it’s Minnesota!

 

God bless you all as you start your own herbs and veggies and living a healthy homesteading lifestyle!

Lee

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Food
Oh how I love lemon and the color yellow! Because I need some spring boosting this recipe just gets me in a happy place! Recently I have been learning a ton about turmeric and ginger and how it can benefit our overall health. So WHAM…I decided to add these great ingredients to this recipe.

You will LOVE the combination of flavors in every bite. While the lemon dances in your mouth, you will enjoy the healthiness of the turmeric and of course the ginger just gives the right touch!

Using Essential Oils in Cooking

The best part…I used Lemon essential oils to give it the kick it needs! In addition, it’s all good for you!
It has to be somewhere because the sugar is pretty hefty! But, you will enjoy it.

Tea Ties it all together

After you make this, try my Lemon Drop tea recipe below and have tea time with a warm slice.

Ingredients:

  • 2 ½ Cups of Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 Tablespoon of Cornstarch
  • 2 Teaspoons of Turmeric
  • 1 Teaspoon of Baking Powder
  • ½ Teaspoon of Sea Salt
  • 1 Cup of Salted Butter, Room Temperature
  • 2 Cups of  Organic Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon of Pure Vanilla Extract or** Balsam of Peru essential oil
  • 5 Eggs
  • ½ Cup of Sour Cream
  • ½ Cup of Lemon Juice or 2 drop of Organic Lemon Essential Oil
  • 1 tsp Ground Organic Ginger

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Thoroughly grease a Bundt pan with shortening. Flour the pan, tapping out the excess. If there are any bare spots, grease and flour them.

 

Whisk flour, cornstarch, turmeric, baking powder, ginger, and salt together. Set aside.

 

Cream butter with sugar for several minutes until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla. Mix in eggs one at a time, beating until incorporated. Scrape down bottom and sides of bowl as needed. Beat in sour cream.

 


In three additions, mix in flour on low speed, adding lemon oil drops or lemon juice. Begin and end with the flour. Mix until combined. 

Pour into prepared pan and bake 55-65 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean or with a few crumbs.

Set on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Place wire rack over exposed part of cake and flip cake over. Let rest for a minute, letting gravity do its work. Lift pan off cake. Let cool completely.

Make your Glaze:

1 cup of Powdered Sugar
1 tbsp of Coconut Milk
1 tbsp of Melted Butter
1 drop of Organic Lemon Essential Oil

Mix well and pour over warm cake.




Lemon Drop Tea:
(affiliate links From Bulk Herb Store help our ranch ministry…thank you!)

1 Cup of Lemon Peel
1 Cup Orange Peel
1/2 Cup Lemongrass
1/2 Cup Rose Hibs
1/4 Cup Ginger Root
Mix well in a glass bowl and pour into a mason jar to store.

TIME TO BREW?
Use 1-2 tbsp of your blend into a steel strainer, pour boiling water over herbs and steep for 10-15 minutes. We add some honey and sometimes the Elderberry syrup for sweetness.

** Interesting Fact from RMO

Oils In The News

You may have recently noticed the reformulation of some of our blends that contain the essential oil Vanilla. Madagascar is the main supplier of Vanilla at this time and upwards of 30% of the crops were damaged after a cyclone hit the area. This has created a global shortage. Vanilla is also a labor-intensive crop to work with and it can take upwards of 5 years for the vanilla beans to be ready. In an effort to keep providing blends in a time when it may not be possible to obtain Vanilla, we have switched to Balsam of Peru. Not only did Balsam of Peru’s sweet aroma substitute nicely for Vanilla, but we all discovered that we enjoyed the newly formulated blends even better.

Enjoy your tea time with this wonderful taste filling cake!
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee

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Crafts, Ranch Life, Sewing
Oh boy! These quilted gift baskets are SOOO adorable I can’t even stand it! 

I had a hard time at first, partly because the directions were hard for me to understand, but once I got them, well…look I made a TON! I couldn’t stop!

I am a beginner sewer and making these quilted baskets wasn’t difficult once I made one.  The video is to help others like me and make the process a little quicker.




One of the things I love the most is the versatility and the 3 different materials. The ribbon effect all around just makes the basket as well! 

Take note, I put fleece in some of the handles and the ones that didn’t have it are droopy so I would recommend putting that in. Also if you have a button attachment to your machine, do those ahead before folding the bag and sewing edges. Just a couple of things I learned along the way and am passing along to you.

Here is the link to the FREE DOWNLOAD from Hugs and Holly!

Here is a video on a step by step: 

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Crafts, Paper/Cards, Ranch Life
WOW! When I saw  Stampin’ Up! got a new set called the Barn Door I just about flipped out! I LOVE barn doors! I love them for our closest, for our tack shack and of course it just fits who we are. SO to have a stamping set that I can make fun cards with well…the frosting is on the cake!

Some things you will need for this set…
Big Shot
Card Stock (I prefer SU! but if you shop on line here is a good one)
Barn Set and matching template cut outs are from Stamping’ Up! If you need a demonstrator, let me know via email or in comments. I would love to hook you up withs some gals I know!

Below is a video showing it step by step as it is a bit tricky and time consuming at first. However when you get the SWING of it…well…you will be hooked! SOOOOO CUTE!!

Here is the video so you can watch it step by step…..




I did take some time to make up a bunch of the framlet cut outs. I put them into a container I can use later. It will make it easier when I want to make a card but don’t have as much time. 
Also, you can use instead of the washer, a 1/2″ punch.   The 3/4″ was better for me, but you decide. Use a heavier card stock when you do. 

Here are my creations:







Ok I have to do something else.  This set is just amazing and I am getting nothing else done!

I actually have a couple more I will post later.
You will love it!!! 
I am indeed in heaven as I created these. I hope you will give it a try and POST YOUR creations below. I love inspiration and I am sure others will too!

God’s blessing as you bless others with homemade stamped cards!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee
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Food, Grillin' One

Ok I know homemade hamburger buns…EASY? No way! Well, your wrong. This recipe is wonderful and it truly is easy peasy. Trust me!

By the way, it won’t take long to prepare and while your doing other things the rise is simple. 

Tips for making homemade bread:

The biggest tip my hubby the bread maker tells me…
1) Watch that the milk is not too hot or too cold  for anything mixed with a yeast or you will spoil the yeast
2) While you knead the dough, make sure you time it and pull the bread to see the elasticity. I should of taken a picture of this for you but was so into it I forgot.

Anyway, I think you will be proud of yourself for making these and with the big game coming up it will be a special treat! You can make them smaller for sliders. Great for bigger crowds too!

Here ya go!

Ingredients:

1 cup warm almond milk (100 degrees F)

1 tbsp active dry yeast

¼ cup organic sugar

2 tbsp melted butter

1 egg  (room temp)

1 tsp fine sea salt

3-3 1/2 cup all purpose flour

For top of buns:

1 egg beaten with 1 tsp water (wash on top of bread dough to give it a shiny look)

Sesame seeds

Directions:

  1. Combine milk and yeast in small bowl. Make sure milk is not more than 100 degrees. Stir well. Pour into larger bowl.
  2. Mix in sugar, butter and egg, then add the salt and flour.
  3. Pull dough onto slightly floured counter and knead for 6-8 minutes. The dough should be smooth and have elasticity.
  4. Set aside in a warm place and cover with a towel for an hour or doubled in size.
  5. Punch down dough and divide into 8 equal balls onto a pan that you have greased and dusted with corn meal.
  6. Flatten into 3” circles. I used the lid of a mason jar to make my circles. 
  7. Let rise for 30 minutes than beat your egg and water and brush on each bun top. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  8. Place in 375 degree oven and bake for 14-16 minutes or until nice golden brown.

Due to the fact these are homemade, you need to put them an airtight container and eat within 3 days. Or freeze. 

 


I tell ya…best buns ever and guess what….YOU MADE  THEM HOMEMADE nothing better!!!!

Let me know what you think if you tried it! Love to hear how yours turned out.
God’s blessings,

Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee

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