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Yummy Gummy

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

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

Recipe:

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

(free shipping on these herbs PLUS they are FRESH)

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

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

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

Yummy Gummy!

Comments

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

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

Enjoy!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Oh so yummy

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

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

You will need:

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

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

Directions:

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

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

Delishious!

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

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

God bless you

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Say bye bye soda

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

What you will need

For a nice Limeade:

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

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

Ginger Ale

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

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

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

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


If you have a juicer…

What you will need:

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

Measuring right from the jar no waste!

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

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

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

Great dinner party drink and festive too!

Enjoy and let me know if you tried it!

Sure is refreshing!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Talk about Healthy

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

How to Make

Ingredients: Makes 2

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

Directions:

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

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

Enjoy and Comment

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

Love deeper, talk sweeter, keep it natural,

Lee


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Why is this so good for you?

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

What does each ingredient do?

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

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

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

How to prepare:

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

 

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

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

Mix after putting milk in until just before a boiling point

Why the links to these herbs?

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

All in all, you will be one happy camper!

I hope you like your traditional yogi tea!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Food, Healthy Eating, Treats
Pumpkin Pie wasn’t always my favorite thing growing up. I had to grow into this flavor as well as texture before I could enjoy a good pumpkin pie. With this honey and homemade even pie I think the fussiest one at your holiday table will enjoy this dessert. If they don’t, well…you get to eat it all! Ingredients: 2 Cups of organic pumpkin puree 3/4 cup honey 1 tsp pure vanilla 1/2 sea salt 3 tsp pumpkin pie spice (here is my homemade one) 1 drop Cinnamon essential oil 1 drop Clove Essential oil 3/4 cup of heavy cream (half and half will be fine too) 2 eggs lightly beaten 1  unbaked pie crust Dan is amazing at making crusts! He uses Crisco which I hate, but it works and the Betty Crocker recipe. Of course his magic touch makes for perfect crust every time! Honey Homemade Pumpkin Pie Directions: 1.Preheat oven to 375 degrees 2. Mix first 5 ingredients together 3. Mix in cream 4. Gently beat in eggs 5.Carefully pour into your pie shell 6. Cover edges with a pie shield or use foil bake for 20 minutes. Remove shell and cook an additional 25-30 minutes or until golden brown and no jiggling. Honey Homemade Pumpkin Pie Enjoy every bite and add a bit of whipping cream and sprinkle fresh nutmeg on top. Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee
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Who doesn’t like cranberries this time of year? I am SO cranberry crazy right now…mostly because I love the taste and color, but also they are REALLY good for you! Below is a wonderful simple homemade cranberry sauce (NOT the canned jelly kind I assure you) that you can make ahead of time. I love that idea! Keep refrigerated until your ready to serve. Ingredients: 3/4 cup of Orange Juice 1/2-3/4 cup of honey…it looses sweetness in the refrigerator so I go to the higher amount 12 oz of whole cranberries Orange zest I used a whole orange or Organic Orange Essential Oil Directions: Simmer orange juice, honey and zest bringing to a boil for 5 minutes. Stir in cranberries continuing to cook for 15 minutes. They will burst and the mixture will get thick. Spoon into your serving dish and refrigerate for at least 8 hours. I do this the night before. Add some orange zest on top before you bring to your holiday table. Presentation will be delightful! Next fav…yep not nutritious at all! BUT REALLY YUMMY! Famous marshmallow cranberry salad! Cranberry Crazy #2… Cranberry Crazy Ingredients: 3 cups frozen organic cranberries thawed and chopped (organic makes me feel better we have local farmers too which makes it awesome) 1  1/2 cup pineapple frozen or fresh 1 drop Organic Orange essential oil (adds amazing taste) 2 cups mini marshmallows 1 apple chopped 1 lemon squeezed or 1 drop Lemon essential oil 2/3 cup sugar 1/8 tsp salt 2 cups of heavy whipping cream ( I like as fresh as possible so I stay away from cool whip) 1/4 cup of walnuts or pecans, chopped lemon zest Directions: In large bowl mix first 4 ingredients. Add your lemon juice. Add sugar, salt. Give a good stir and cover and refrigerate overnight. Just before serving, whip up your cream and fold into your mixture. Add nuts and stir. Top with zest before serving. Lastly is a sweet beverage which is healthy and festive! I love my orange flavors with cranberries and I add it into my recipes when I can. Cranberry Crazy #3 Cranberry Crazy I love using martini glasses even though we don’t use them for that purpose. It is fun drinking from the glass so making this recipe is simple but is individually made. Using a shaker full of ice add: 1/4 cup of Elderberry syrup 1/2 cup Cranberry juice 1 drop of orange essential oil Fill remaining space with Ginger Ale Shake well and pour into your favorite glass. (you can sugar the rim of the glass with cranberry sugar by taking a bit of the cranberry juice to 1/4 cup of sugar, mix and place on a plate. Dip your favorite glass into a water than into the plate of sugar) Well there you have it! Your festive cranberry crazy day has a head start. Enjoy making the most of your Thanksgiving by remembering all you are thankful for and raising your glasses in praise for the ONE who gave HIS all! God bless you and may this season bring you peace and love in Jesus Christ! Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee
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YES…it’s true! Tons of folks are now on the elderberry bandwagon and to get your elderberries will be more of a challenge. The elderberry shortage is happening so start ordering TODAY! Starwest still has some but not many if you click here. (affiliate link) Also if they are out of order you can have them email you when they come in. Many recipes are on the internet for the famous elderberry syrup, which also makes for the elderberry craze! Truly I love this stuff! It really works! What a great gift to give a loved one! Just 1/4 cup alone or in my tea a couple of times a day I can fight off a cold or flu bug. It is awesome on ice cream and pancakes too. I also put it in my Kombucha for an added boost in the morning. Kick Out Soda Here is my recipe along with other ideas to use your elderberries. Don’t delay…order today! And make up a big batch of the syrup so you have it on hand! Are you looking for a way to use essential oils more often instead of the “go to” drugs? Along with herbs, essential oils can help your body fight off infections and get your body back to wellness. Here is a link of a series of videos to help in your health and wellness with essential oils. I love Dr. Z. He is very open as well as helpful! Love deeper, talk sweeter and make your own elderberry syrup today! Lee
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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 in 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 gives 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 an 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 the 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 (my recipe).  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. Every day 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 * Organic Tea tree Essential oil 3-6 drops * Organic Frankincense essential oil 2-4 drops * Chamomile Essential oil 2-3 drops or real flowers to float *Rosemary herbs to float in the 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! This Frankincense is less expensive. I love it and works well for me. 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 ailment happens! Live naturally your body will thank you! Remember all essential oils will ship free in the US!!!!! Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee
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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 workday 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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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 fetish 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 (recipe below)  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 sparkling 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 wonderfully 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 (recipe below) (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 saucepan.  Remove from heat and add the sugar and flowers. Stir to dissolve sugar let stand for 20 minutes to infuse the sugar water with flowers. Wash and roughly 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 sparkling 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 saucepan to boil. Remove from heat and cool, strain, and place in mason jar. Top with mineral 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 saucepan and bring to a boil. Allow simmering on low for 5-8 minutes. Smash the ginger roots to the side of saucepan 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 juice about 7-8 3 ½ cups of cold sparkling water or club soda Directions: Making the syrup, place in a 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 a wooden spoon. In your serving pitcher, add the raspberry puree and lemon juice. Pour your syrup on top and just before serving to add your sparkling soda and give a good stir. You can keep the syrup refrigerated 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 to top with a mint leaf. Blood Orange Fizzkick ot soda 2 tbsp honey 3 tbsp 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 the rosemary Juice your oranges into a pitcher add your honey mixture and sparkling water. Serve with a 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 ingredients and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and cool. Blend your cherries into a puree. Strain and push with a wooden spoon into your pitcher. Add lemon juice, syrup mixture and sparkling water to fill the 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 Jasmine tea. SOOO wonderful! You can purchase them all ready 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. KOMBUCHA RECIPE 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 a 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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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 hours 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 boiling, 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 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 sparkling water. Add ice and some lovely lilac flowers for another refreshing summertime drink! I hope you enjoy all the summer can bring while you sip some wonderful lovely lilac beverages! God bless! Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee
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Food, Healthy Eating
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 saucepan 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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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 ( herbs can be on Bulk Herb or Starwest 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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Food, Healthy Eating, Ranch Life
Our favorite homemade ranch style pancakes with a touch of lemon flavor are just enough to start your day with a boost! One thing, if you use the lemon essential oil which I HIGHLY recommend, use only 1-2 drops. You can also add some real lemon zest too, but this is a wonderful way to add essential oils to your culinary cooking! Also, make sure you PUT THE ESSENTIAL OIL WITH YOUR MELTED BUTTER. This allows the oil to mix well as oil with oil gives the best overall flavor and won’t ruin the good properties of the essential oil. 2 whole lemons or 2 drops of Lemon Essential oils 2 1/4 cup of Almond milk 1 cup of Almond milk creamer 2 tbsp Vanilla 3 cups flour ¼ cup sugar 2 tbsp baking powder ¼ tsp salt 2 whole eggs, beaten ¼ cup butter, melted Directions: Zest both lemons. Set aside. If you’re using the essential oil, mix your 2 drops with the melted butter. Measure the milk and add the juice of one lemon or your essential oil and butter. Stir and let sit for 5 or so minutes and then stir in the vanilla. Stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt… Pour in the lemons mixture, stirring gently. When its half mixed, stir in the eggs.  If your batter is too thick add a little more milk. Heat your iron skillet over medium heat. Next, add butter to grease your skillet, drop in a ¼ cup of batter and pour onto skillet. Cook first side until you see bubbles and flip and cook until golden brown. Lastly is the Elderberry syrup which I have here on my blog.  Pour over your pancakes and enjoy the goodness. Now let me know what you think! I want to hear especially if this is your first time using essential oils in your culinary cooking! So proud of you! Enjoy! God’s blessings! Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee
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Food, Healthy Eating, Ranch Life
Well, yep around here folks are getting excited not only because of the Vikings doing so well, but the super bowl is right here in our home state of Minnesota! So game day appetizers for the big gatherings will be on the fans mind. These no guilt Tater Tots are sure to be a crowd pleaser! Dan and I don’t watch football much just because we enjoy being outside on Sunday afternoons working around the ranch or going for a trail ride. But when the big game comes, we usually will gather some friends and settle in to watch the game. Since it’s here in Minnesota it should also bring some excitement as well. These cute little delights will make you feel good when serving them not only because they are delightful in taste, but that they are chock full of good for you ingredients. I think you will love them too! Enjoy and Happy Game Day! Ingredients: 1 large sweet potato, peeled and diced 2 clove of garlic, minced 1 drop sage essential oil ¼ tsp ground smoked paprika ¼ of Himalayan salt 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed mixed with 3 tablespoons of water 2 tbsp of coconut flour Directions:
  1. Preheat oven 400 degrees
  2. Bring a pot of water to a boil and place your diced sweet potatoes in boiling water. Cook until a folk can piece through but not squishy.
  3. Place the cooked sweet potatoes and rest of ingredients in a food processor and pulse until combined.
  4. Take a tablespoon of the mixture and form your tater tot. and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  5. Bake for 10-15 minutes both sides making sure they are crispy. Love them up with a sauce! (Below)
Dan’s kickin’ Sriracha Dip: ¼ cup of sour cream ¼ cup of light mayo 1-2 tsp of Sriracha sauce Mix….YUMMMY! Sweet Tooth Dip (Lee’s idea) ¼ cup of sour cream ¼ cup of mayo 1 tbsp honey or maple syrup 1 tsp paprika Mix and become delighted! Honey Mustard 2 tbsp of Dijon mustard 2 tbsp honey 1 tsp melted coconut oil 1 tsp coconut milk 1 tsp coconut flour Dash of sea salt to taste Mix Comment below if you tried these and how your loved ones liked them! God’s blessings enjoy the game! Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee
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Food, Healthy Eating, Living Naturally, Ranch Life, Treats
OOO La La! I love Elderberry and it is SOOOO awesome for you! Elderberry is our GO TO herb when we are coming down with something and especially if we already are in need of a boost. You can easily make this up and keep in your refrigerator for up to 3 months. We take 2 Tbsp of it a day when a bug is going around. Sniffles, sneezes, coughs, you name it, we start taking our Elderberry Syrup. (recipe below) Once you have the base you can make up some fun drinks with it. Of course, we put a tablespoon in our tea especially our Christmas blend, but I also have some other favorites below. I think you will find them enjoyable for the whole family! We call them MOCKTAILS because we don’t put any liquor in our drinks. You can, but that is the reason for the name…MOCK…pretend cocktail. My dad long ago called them fox tails, along with the Shirley Temple…ahhhh fun memories. Anyway, here ya go…hope you like it. If you have a favorite way to use elderberries, post it! I love getting as much use out of this wonderful herb! I like using some fun glasses when I serve these up. It just makes it look pretty and fun! Add 1/4 to 1/3 cup of Elderberry syrup base (recipe below) Fill remaining glass with Blood Orange Sparkling Juice Top with an orange slice if you like This next one is fun! I made up some of our favorite tea during the day, Christmas Tea Blend…which has Hibiscus and Rose Hibs herbs in it. Plus a whole lot of fun spices like clove, and cinnamon. So what a perfect drink. If Bulk Herb is out of Christmas Tea blend her is my recipe: 1 Cup of Hibiscus Flower 1 Cup Rose Petals 1/2 Cup Rose Hibs 1/4 cup of Cinnamon Chips 1/8 cup Whole Cloves Orange Peel and Ginger Root about 2-3 tbsp each In a  mason jar glass: put 1/2 cup of your blended tea cooled 3 Tbsp of Elderberry syrup Fill glass with crushed ice Put a lid on your jar and shake. Take the flat part of the lid and pour into your fun glass about 1/2 full. Fill glass with Club soda to give it the fizz. I added frozen raspberries on the top and serve. The last one is just adding cream to your Mocktail! Use any recipe and just add a little heavy cream on the top. So pretty and fun for all ages and GOOD FOR YOU! For the most part!*Elderberry Syrup 1 cup fresh or 1/2 cup dried Elderberries 3 cups water 1 cup raw honey 1 cinnamon stick, 3 cloves, and a tablespoon of ginger root (If the Bulk Herb is out of product, try Starwest.  They offer free shipping) Place berries, spices, and water into a saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Pour mixture into a strainer over an easy pour bowl. Smash berries to release remaining juice and get all that goodness into your bowl. Allow to cool and add your honey. Stir. Pour into a mason jar or pretty bottle that seals well. Store in refrigerator for up to 3 months. *When you purchase items with the highlighted links or by clicking banners, all proceeds go to our ministry helping kids who are in need of healing and hope. Thank you! Enjoy these wonderful drinks and celebrate with goodness and wellness! Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee
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Food, Health, Healthy Eating, Living Naturally
BLOCK that JUNK! Lori is an inspiration and full of knowledge. She shares about the Plexus Block and how it works in your body. Cookies, holiday parties, work parties, food in the staff room, and let’s just say we overeat.  As it’s yummy and we just say to ourselves, “it’s ok!”  Well, I’m one to talk as I have been doing it too.  I do take a supplement that is responsible for inhibiting the absorption and digestion of starch and sugar by 48 %, this action is done by reducing the glycemic indices for food which are consumed. Through this glucose conversion to fats is slowed down. Plexus Block is capable of slowing these processes. Block is a great way to keep blood sugar levels in check post meal and prevents carbohydrates and sugar from being stored as fat.  Besides it helping with carb blockers, it’s going to give us IODINE which all of us do not get enough of therefore, it will help with our thyroid. It has unique and special blended ingredients of two brown seaweed species called Insea2 Brown seaweed that:-
  • Provide dual action against digestive enzymes by inhibiting alpha-glucosidase which converts sugar into glucose and alpha-amylase.
  • These mechanisms also help prevent increased blood sugar levels in the body.
  • Plexus Block also contains:
White kidney bean extract as a major ingredient that slows down sugar absorption.  I love this! Such unique ingredients!
  • Inhibits enzymes that convert starch to glucose
  • Helps to reduce the conversion of glucose to fats
  • Promotes healthy weight management
  • Minimize free radical damage/ oxidative stress
  • Increase hunger endurance
  • Boost body energy
  • Suppress appetites
  • Enhance better sleep
So give it a try, especially over the holiday time!  It’s just amazing and you don’t feel so bloated! God’s blessings upon living a happy, healthier you! Lori Olson CNHP *Plexus does not claim to cure, treat or diagnose any disease. ***If you go to the Plexus link and click on the Block product they have a wonderful video! I love visuals!
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Food, Healthy Eating, Ranch Life
I just love this time of year! I love to try new recipes and being creative with all the fun ingredients this time of year offers.  But I  have to share…I struggle with the whole gluten-free thing. If I know a guest is coming who is gluten-free I want to make them feel comfortable and not feel like they are inconveniencing us. So I got to work on putting some recipes together that may change our way of eating. Below I gathered some favorites. I love this gal’s blog and shared her stuffing recipe. I hope you find it just as enjoyable, as well as a couple of others. The links will get you to their blog to try your hand at gluten-free cooking.  Maybe if your not on that track of eating it may inspire you too! I sure am trying! I also added some links to make your table be adorable! I just love these dishes! Ranch style too! Click HERE for Natalie’s  Stuffing recipe: Darling serving dish. Serving dish too cute! This is amazing! Dr. Axe recipe for Pecan Pie. The pie crust is hard to do but worth it! You have to try this. Just downright wonderful!!! Lastly is this Brussel sprouts recipe…I tell you it’s our favorite to serve for special occasions. It is sticky yummy for sure and the colors just make your dinner plate look beautiful. This is my man’s recipe…enjoy. Googie And Beautiful Brussels Sprouts 1 ½ lb Brussels sprouts 1/2 Purple Onion cut small 2 TBSP Olive Oil 1 Cup Balsamic vinegar ½ cup Sugar Salt and Pepper Cranberry raisins Pomegranate seeds for garnish
  1. Trim your Brussels sprouts and coat them in a bowl with your olive oil.
  2. Place on a cookie sheet and add your salt and pepper. (Dan is quite generous with this)
  3. Place in a 375-degree oven for 25-30 minutes.
  4. While in the oven prepare your gooey sauce. Get a saucepan and put Balsamic Vinegar and sugar in a pan. Bringing to a boil.
  5. Reduce heat and keep stirring for 15-20 minutes until thick and gooey.
  6. Take your spouts out of the oven that should be nicely roasted and spread your gooey sauce over them. Give them a good stir.
  7. Stir in your cranberry raisins and put into your serving dish. LOVE these!
  8. Garnish with your pomegranate seeds.
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Food, Healthy Eating, Living Naturally, Ranch Life
Dan and I made this fabulous chicken dinner last night! It was so easy! It just fell apart and amazingly moist. Just plan and simple to prepare yet bursting with flavors. We love taking the time to cook together and I learn so much when I cook with Dan. He doesn’t even use measuring tools which makes me crazy, but he is good at this cookin’ thing. When we decided to do this recipe we were in the mood for orange. I don’t know what the deal was, but we just wanted to have something with this flavor, so Dan created this dish. Using essential oils in cooking is just an added bonus to your cooking but you MUST not use much. It is just really overpowering if you do. The Organic orange oil we used in this recipe we get at a local vinegar and oil place but if you don’t have that you can use olive oil and put a DROP of the NEW Organic orange essential oil into the dish. I am a substitute queen so I know what its like to go to cook a recipe and you don’t have all the ingredients. Make up some of your own ideas and favorite flavors and post them in the comments. I love that! I hope you will find this dish just as enjoyable as we did! We can’t wait to share it at an upcoming dinner party. So fun to explore using essential oils and herbs in cooking! Ingredients: 4 Chicken Breast or thighs (if you like dark meat like me) 2 TBSP of Orange Oil (you can use orange essential oil here read above only use a drop) Dash of Sea Salt Ground pepper to taste ½ onion quartered 1 orange squeeze juice 1 drop of  Rosemary essential oil Pour enough water until just before covering your chicken choice Place all ingredients in your cast iron pan, cover and simmer for 2 hours. While your chicken is cooking you can prepare your sauce for about ½ hour before it is done. Ingredients for Sauce: 4 TBSP of butter 2 TBSP of powdered mustard 4 TBSP of Organic Honey 3-4 TBSP of apricot jam (I added more just for more tang taste) 4 TBSP of Grand Marnier Fresh Rosemary sprig for garnish Directions for Sauce: Melt the butter, mustard, honey, and jam until bubbly. Take off heat and add your Grand Marnier. With your wire whip mix it in. You can now keep it warm on the burner. Finishing the dish: Check your chicken using a meat thermometer for doneness. Take your chicken out of the pan and pour off any fat. Place chicken back into the pan and add ½ of your sauce. Let simmer for 10-15 min. Prepare your rice or veggie. Plate your chicken putting some sauce on the plate. Make a mound of your rice. Now place your chicken on top of rice finishing pouring the remaining sauce over the chicken. Your mouth will be filled with bursting flavors! Let me know what you think if you tried this…always love to hear your thoughts! Side Note: If you are not comfortable using the liquor in this recipe I totally understand. We are the same way. But truly without this part, it won’t quite be the same taste, but you can do without. We tried it and found it really needs to have that burst of flavor. The alcohol is cooked off as well if that helps. Oh my, we loved this meal! Served on a bed of brown rice was just Devine! Hope you love it too! Comment please if you tried it. God’s blessings to you all! Love deeper, and talk sweeter, Lee
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