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Crafts, Health, Jarrin, Ranch Life, Ranch Life, The Boys

It’s winter and the dryness on my dog’s paws are looking cracked. I decided to try some recipes to see what works best and of course is easy to make. This paw protector is wonderful! The scent is great and even though he licks it I know it is safe for him plus protecting his little pads.

Paw protector wax- like substance also helps break down the ice and snow that may collect in his pad. Every time we come in from outside, especially after being down at the ranch I check his paws to make sure there is no snow inside the pad. By applying the paw pad protector this cuts down on the snow accumulation. I just have to remember to put it on him BEFORE we go outside.

Paw Pad Protection for your pet

Recipe

4 tbsp organic shea butter

8 tbsp organic Calendula infused oil  (I have a recipe here)   

2 tsp carnauba wax                    

4 tbsp organic bees wax.          

 4 tbsp coconut oil                        

1/2 tsp vitamin E                      

1 tbsp organic  Sunflower oil.

 30 drops Rosemary Essential oil    

 15 drops Lavender Essential oil.    

10 drops of  Tea Tree Essential oil

In a double boiler, bring the calendula oil, shea butter, carnauba wax, beeswax, and coconut oil to melting point. This should only be about 2 minutes or so. Remove from heat and add vitamin E and your essential oils. Stir again and quickly and carefully pour into your molds. Paw mold, tins, (from any dollar store) or cupcake mold

TIPS

#1. I like to mix the first ingredients in a  4 cup glass measuring cup. I place this in double boiler and stir with a plastic spoon. This helps pouring into my molds easier and using the plastic spoon I can throw away for easier clean up.  #2. I add a tsp of Apricot oil as this oil is helpful in dry chapped skin. #3. Adding a few calendula flowers to the mold make for pretty presentation. I doubled this recipe because of the thick molds used.

Gift Ideas

Paw Pad Protection for dog

Just take paw and place is ointment and rub onto pad. You can also take some in your hand and rub directly onto the paws. 

Paw Pad Protection

Adding tags to your gifts is quick and easy as well as special when you use these little framelits from Sizzix. Using my BIGSHOT I can use material, metal, more than one piece of card stock, it’s wonderful. Makes gift giving fun and easy!

So let me know how your little 4-legged buddies do with this ointment. I hope they like it and it works for you! I invite comments!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Crafts, Jarrin, Paper/Cards
Summer is here! Finally! And with it comes graduations and wedding parties. So to work I went on an idea of creating a mason jar wedding gift. What sparked the idea? Well, the bride had mason jars on her wedding list. Wedding Gift For me, I couldn’t just give EMPTY jars…NO…and boom…came to this idea. Each jar represents one month, beginning with their married month which is June. The bride is someone special as she was in my first high school group of girls I mentored. From her 9th grade year through her graduation, I saw this young smiley girl turn into a beautiful young woman fired up to serve our Lord Jesus Christ. She came in seeking, and indeed found the Lord on her journey. This celebration of marriage, relationship, and commitment I am looking forward to sharing with her and her new love. We also are giving a jar full of heart cookies, engraved M+R on them and the “We Still Do sign giving a reminder of each year together. Below I put a list of what I put into each jar. I also added a bible verse which went along with what I put in the jar, or to the month it was. I added a message with the verse giving advice in God’s word on marriage and relationships. It was so fun! I hope they find it as special as it was to make. Each month was using Pic Monkey for labels and editing pictures. Here ya go: June: Long Grain Rice Wedding Gift July: Red, White, Blue chocolate kisses and Dove candy Wedding Gift August: Brides birthday…candles, and matches Wedding Gift September: Bride’s a teacher, ginger tea with an apple theme Wedding Gift October: Ginger Snap Tea or Pumpkin Tea Wedding Gift November: Deer (she loves to hunt) Wedding gift December: 2 elf hats to go and serve and give of their time Wedding Gift January: COOL gum mints (talked about not letting a relationship get cold) Wedding Gift February: Rose petals and lollipop rings Wedding Gift March: Toothpicks (when a conversation gets prickly…) Wedding Gift April: 2 plastic eggs in the grass (don’t put all your eggs in one basket filled with messaging essential oils and diffusing oil) Wedding Gift May: Jolly Ranchers (because we ranch and they love them) Wedding Gift Remember any links you click and purchase goes to help us serve kids in need on our ranch. We love to do what we do. Just like this young woman who marries a godly man mentored and pointed her to Christ welcomes a life full of HIS promises. Thank you! May the Lord bless you today and enjoy making gifts homemade with love for others! Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee
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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 the bottom takes three days to infuse) 2 tbsp mango butter (substitute for shea butter) 1 tbsp + 1 tsp Carnauba wax (substitute for beeswax, more shiny look, takes longer to melt) 1 tbsp Kokum butter (substitute for cocoa butter…it is a flaky looking) 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! Labels Directions: 1) In a double boiler slowly melt down the Calendula oil, butter, 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 a cooling pad. Wait 5 minutes or so and stir in Vit.E and essential oils. 4)  Let rest in room temperature before using. It will get hard pretty quick. Don’t put a 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. NEVER pour cold water over a hot glass jar. 4. After 3 days, strain off herbs from the oil with cheesecloth( while warm) or strainer. Add your 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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Food, Jarrin

Six Best Cocoa Recipes

I enjoy a nice cup of hot cocoa and recently I came upon some fun recipes. Six great blends I use all the time, plus I can package up and easily give as gifts. It is always nice to give a gift of variety. Just makes it kinda special. Each one of these you can add more or less of any ingredient depending on your taste buds.
Adding a bit of the herb on top of your whipping cream gives your mug a touch of love too if you are serving to a guest.
I hope you find them fun to make! SOOO yummy! Starwest is amazing and offers FREE shipping which I have on the links.  The cute sweater mugs you can find here.
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Thank you!

 

The Base: 3…2…1

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

2 Cups Powdered Milk

1 Cup Cacao Powder Organic

Sift sugar and cacao powder then add powdered milk

Place in sealed mason jar and Label

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

Mexican Hot Chocolate

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

1 cup of base hot cocoa

1 tsp of fresh cinnamon powder

1/2 grated Organic Nutmeg

pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)

1/8 tsp sea salt

Lovely Lavender

1 cup of base

2 Tablespoons Lavender flowers Crushed in Mortar Pestle

1/8 tsp sea salt

Red Rose

1 Cup of base

2 tbsp Rose Pedals, crushed with your Mortar Pestle

1/8 tsp salt (optional)

Pumpkin Spice (of Course)

1 cup of base

1 tsp Organic cinnamon powder

½ tsp Organic Clove Powder

Grated nutmeg…1 tsp

Mix

Sweet and Salty

1 cup base

½ cup crushed pretzels

Mix

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

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

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

Enjoy!

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


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Jarrin, Living Naturally, Ranch Life
Do you need something to soothe an upper respiratory passageway, but want to do it naturally? Do you ever get bug bites, dog bites, bee stings, or other injuries and want to stay clear of medicated fillers? Do you want to save yourself money in the long run by making it yourself and of course using natural ingredients in the process? Well…here ya go! Around the ranch, I have gotten bitten by more animals, insects, and yes Stinging Nettles while harvesting them, that I need to grab my salves to save the day. **We do not claim in these post that they will treat, cure, or prevent any diseases. This is for educational purposes only and for you to try and live free of harmful chemicals. For Upper Respiratory  Basic Vapor Rub: 8 oz of Almond Oil (carrier oil) 3/4 oz Beeswax Pellets (the more wax you use the harder the consistency) 25 Drops of Eucalyptus essential oil 10 drops of Peppermint essential oil Glass Mason  Jars How to: 1. Put beeswax and oil in a double boiler on low heat until wax melts. Stir consistently. 2. Remove from stovetop and add essential oils. 3. Right away pour mixture into your glass jars. Place lids on lightly so oils can work into salve but yet allowing for cooling. 4. Label Wonderful for those achy nights trying to sleep. If you want a stronger menthol smell to your salve, add 1 tsp of organic Menthol Chrystals. You will add this with your oils step while the mixture is still hot. Ouchy Salve…Or no more tears! Infuse these Herbs: Follow Infusing directions here. Lavender *Calendula Flower (easy to grow) Chickweed Leaf Comfrey Root or Leaf GoldenSeal *Lemon Balm *Plantain Leaf *Yarrow (natural fever reducer) *St. John’s Wort ** If you don’t want to use all of these, pick the * ones for the most drawn out and soothing properties. Plus these really should be in your collection as “go too’s” for immune boosting herbs and strength. Once you have your infused oil follow next steps: 1 Cup of Ouchy Infused Oil 5 Tablespoons Beeswax 12 drops Peppermint essential oil 12 drops First Aid essential oil (amazing blend for skin healing) 1 Teaspoon of Honey Glass mason jars Directions: 1. In a pan on your stovetop, melt beeswax into herbal infused oil. 2. Remove from heat and add remaining ingredients and stir well 3. Pour into mason jars allow to cool with a loose lid. 4. Label ** Other essential oils I added to mine to help with burns and bites are Lavender, Relieve Me, Tea Tree Love how salves work! I can’t claim anything, but with all the wounds we face around the ranch these salves have worked! Healing and bruising are much less, PLUS no chemicals are on my body or my family! Hope you find success in trying these and they work for you! Let me know what you think! You may help someone else with your comments! *Remember by you purchasing through our blog, you are helping us reach kids, teens, and adults in need through our ministry. All proceeds go directly into our ranch ministry. THANK YOU! Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee
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Crafts, Jarrin, Living Naturally, Ranch Life
Living in Minnesota this time of year can be brutal on our skin. With this wonderful homemade lip gloss recipe using only natural ingredients, will help your lips be protected from harsh conditions.  PLUS, it is all natural using fresh herbs even in the color and luster shine! Can you believe how herbs give color? SO FUN TOO! Here is what you will need: 1/4 Cup of Infused Oil (recipe below) 3 tablespoons of shea butter 4 tablespoons of Beeswax 2 teaspoons cocoa powder (optional) 2 teaspoons of Honey 15 drops of your favorite essential oils (peppermint, orange, grapefruit, tangerine) 1/4 teaspoons Vitamin E Oil Stardust Mica  Beet Root (adds the color, you will add 1/8 tsp at a time to your color desire) Directions: 1.) Mix first 5 ingredients together and heat in double boiler until hot and melted. 2.) After it’s melted, add essential oil and cocoa powder or Beet Root. 3.) Next, add your Vitamin E oil and your Mica color. I use Red…I only use about 1/8 tsp but you can add more if you really like BLING! 4.) Pour into your lip gloss containers. If you want to use different colors you can pour the mixture into different cups, but work fast as it does set. You may have to reheat to get to the liquid form to pour easily. I didn’t do this and the balm got lumpy and not smooth. *** peppermint oil and the cocoa powder make great gifts for anyone on your list One of my Infused Oil DIY The herbs below are wonderful for your infused oils the one * is the DIY link. Rose Petals Lavender Buds *Calendula Flowers Lemon Balm Cloves Beet Root ( want this for your color too) Hibiscus ( this is an EVERYTHING herb for your tea blending) Comfrey coconut oil Another way to infuse herbs into an oil: 1. Fill a glass jar 1/3 full with equal parts of each herb. Cover herbs in coconut oil, melted. Place lid on the jar. 2. Set jar on top of the towel in a crockpot filled with water, on a warm setting for 3 days. Watch water level and be very careful not to put cool water on a hot jar, as it could explode. 3. On the third day, remove the jar from heat, let cool, and strain your herbs. Squeeze well to get every nutrient from your herbs. Now you have an Herbal Infused Oil!  Label and put in dark place. So much fun making these for me and my loved ones! Hope you find it just as enjoyable! God’s blessings, Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee
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Food, Healthy Eating, Jarrin, Ranch Life
This dreamy recipe is so easy and you can even make it easier by already buying the blend all ready to go! I personally choose to purchase each ingredient from my favorite place, Bulk Herb Store but you can purchase the ready to go 1/2 pound mixture. I tell you, you won’t go buy any other Chai type recipe. SO wonderful! So…here ya go and ENJOY! Really any time of year not just fall! 1 Cup.     Organic Red Rooibos Tea (buy here) 1/2 Cup  Organic Cinnamon Chips (buy here) 1/2 Cup.  Organic Whole Cloves (buy here) 1/3 Cup. Organic Orange Peel (buy here) 1/4 Cup. Organic Ginger Root (buy here) Mix each ingredient in a steel bowl. I put the mixture in a mason jar and keep in a cool dark place like your pantry. Label as well. Once you have your blend made and you are ready to brew, place 1-3 tsp of the blend in your strainer, pour boiling water over your blend and steep for at least 10 minutes. Cover your tea while it steeps. This holds the flavors. Add your honey or sweetener and the topper…add your almond milk. I tell you this is what makes this SO yummy! I also add a little nutmeg to add a little touch. In the picture is a Calendula flower to make a special touch! All eatable too! Special note: If you like one ingredient more feel free to experiment with this and add or take out what is too strong for your taste. I LOVE the orange peel and add more. Fresh whole nutmeg is wonderful to grate on the top. I hope you enjoy your dreamy fall delight! God bless you and keep warm! Love deeper, talk sweeter and enjoy your day, Lee
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Health, Healthy Eating, Jarrin, Living Naturally, Ranch Life
March 19, 2017 If you suffer from allergies or feel a little something coming on, turn to tea and essential oils! It works for me EVERY TIME! The key behind staying healthy and keeping your immune system strong comes down to what you put in your body when you well AND when you’re sick. I use daily supplements to keep my body ready for the attacks of this world called germs. I also use those supplements to boost my body to fight off infections by building a strong immune system. I personally have tried many products, nothing worked 100% until I tried Plexus. If you like, you can click on the link and read more about the product that has helped me and thousands of others GET WELL ahead of the big sickness called colds and flu. Next, I keep close clues to what comes before a cold or flu bug. If a bug is going around, which is all the time in the winter, a spring, I start diffusing my home with essential oils and of course I use only essential oils for cleaning my home as well. You can check out some recipes here. For me, when a cold is coming I feel it in my nose and teeth. Kinda like when you get a sinus infection. I begin by inhaling my go-to remedy, Eucalyptus OilI may inhale several times a day. Along with that, I inhale Peppermint.  If after a few hours symptoms don’t subside, I hit the BIG guns and will boil in a glass bowl purified water and place a few drops of either oil in water and with a towel over my head and bowl begin to inhale. WHEW…watch out..it is powerful but VERY effective. Usually, this will do it and whatever was gonna hit, subsides. Lastly, throughout the day I mix myself some of my favorite Immune Strength tea blends. I love this tea! You can use the ingredients below and have your own batch adding more of a favorite spice. I love to make my own so I created a recipe to share with you. Drinking tea throughout the day, smelling the freshness of a home cleaned with no chemicals, and using oils on my body, is just what the nature Doctor gave us to get well and KEEP well. Enjoy trying the goodness that only the Lord provides! Keep healthy God’s way! Love deeper, talk sweeter and enjoy your day! Lee Allergy and Immune Tea Wild Cherry-1/2 c Nettles  ¾ c Plantain Leaf  ½ c Yarrow-1/2 c Elder Berry ¼ c Licorice root ¼ c Ginger Root2 Tsp. Fenugreek Seed-1/4 c Orange peel 2-3 tsp. ( I like a lot of orange flavoring) Mix, keep in airtight container. ( I use handy dandy mason jars decorated on the outside) When ready to brew, place the desired amount in a tea strainer, and steep for at least 10 minutes. Mix together and you have an AWESOME tea blend as you feel a cold coming on! So great for those allergies as well! Enjoy getting well the natural way, drinking tea,  eating well and taking your supplements!
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